I had a hard time getting to work today, because of all the bird activity!
There was a single eastern bluebird along Benton CR 47 in the Donovan Lake area this morning - this is about 5 miles SE of St. Cloud.
There was a Wilson's snipe feeding along the edge of the St. Francis River, south side of CR 4 - Sherburne NWR both yesterday and this morning.
There was a juv golden eagle soaring around at the junction of CR's 3 and 5, north end of Sherburne NWR about about 12:15 today.
And at 12:30 a gorgeous black and white-plumaged rough-legged hawk on the north side of CR 9, just west of the Blue Hill Trail service road that goes up along the spruce/pine forest - Sherburne NWR. This is about 1.5 miles west of refuge headquarters. The bird was picking away at a raccoon carcass when I went by, and when I turned around for a better look, it flew and landed in a nearby tree for a few minutes, then flew and soared overhead for a couple more minutes. At that point, I left, so it could continue foraging. Refuge biologist, Sally Zodrow, also got to see this bird.
Bald eagles and red-tailed hawks are soaring all over the place. And there are large flocks of tree sparrows around the refuge, and increasing numbers of horned larks along area county roads.
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