So, it's mid-October, cold, occasionally snowy, the birding must be slow.
* The MOU Mille Lacs field trip yesterday (20 participants, did some stay
behind due to the cold?) enjoyed one Pacific and two Red-throated Loons on
the smooth as glass lake. The Pacific look was particularly clear &
enjoyable. We covered the west side of the lake from the southwest corner
(CR 35) to Garrison. Further details available upon request
* Nate & my visit to Duluth on Friday was most enjoyable. See his post from
yesterday for details, but any trip that includes Long-tailed Ducks, Black &
Surf Scoters, Lesser Black-backed and Thayer's Gulls is well worth the time.
(Eight species of sparrow were still around, including a Harris'; also
enjoyed the pipits). Since Nate is a high school senior, this might be our
last fall Duluth trip together, a bittersweet thought.
Good birding to all!
Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties
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