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Subject:Re: [mnbird] What Makes One Bird More Special Than Another?
From:Erika Sitz <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 1 Feb 2010 17:07:50 -0600

Canada Jays - "The opportunity to enjoy their specific features from ten
feet away was a rare treat."  Never been in the Boundary Waters, eh? LOL

I'll go with the Great Gray Owl and I'll add Sandhill Cranes.  I will never
tire of their show at Sherburne and Crex in the fall.  And we're going to
Nebraska next month; three years is about as long as we can go between trips

Erika Sitz
Ramsey, north Anoka County

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Pastor Al Schirmacher
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2010 1:58 PM
Subject: [mnbird] What Makes One Bird More Special Than Another?

Saturdays' Great Gray Owl - as well as the much more common Gray Jays - 
stuck with me through today.

The Great Gray was due to its absence/rarity, 13 months since my last 
sighting, and at least a couple of years since I last had one on Aitkin 18 
(which I visit nearly monthly).  Its "presence" (size, face/eyes, 
coloration, silence, jizz and probably other factors) also contributed to 
the overall joy.

The Gray Jays were due to their proximity, and unique calls.  The 
opportunity to enjoy their specific features from ten feet away was a rare 

For me, coloration and markings mix tend to leave lasting impressions.  The 
first Scarlet Tanager, Blackburnian/Golden-winged/Black and White Warblers, 
Ruddy Turnstone and a few others each year linger in my mind.

How about you?

Al Schirmacher
Princeton, MN
Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties 

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