[Mnbird] Sherburne - Benton
birderbetsy at gmail.com
Tue Mar 24 18:28:40 CDT 2015
The Prairie's Edge Wildlife Drive at Sherburne NWR opened today, nearly a
month earlier than is usual - mostly due to a dry winter and good road
conditions. I didn't get there until mid afternoon, not optimum birding
time. I only saw FIVE species of birds the whole loop! A personal "worst"
- which of course means it will only continue to get better with future
visits, which I look forward to as a "retired" federal employee. No more
hurrying, because I need to get back to the office! Loved my job, but love
retirement more. In case you were wondering.
The marshes are 90% ice-covered. It was very quiet. Seen were: Canada
Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Sandhill Crane, Bald Eagle and Northern Shrike.
Other sites around the refuge where water was open, I did find Red-winged
Blackbird, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Harrier, American Crow, Wilson's
Snipe, Mallard and Hooded Merganser.
I spent a good share of the afternoon in Benton County, as I did yesterday,
and saw MANY American Kestrels(15), and quite a few Northern Shrikes (7)
today, that weren't present yesterday. I traveled many of the same roads
St. Cloud, Benton County
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