A Townsend's Solitaire was present at his/her classic Ann Lake location this
morning (believe this is now five years of the past six).
A Northern Shrike and Purple Finches were also present (winter is here?)
Ann Lake/Sand Dunes Park is about two miles south of Sherburne Refuge on
Highway 5. Take 169 north to CR 9, 9 west through the refuge to CR5, then 5
south a couple of miles to the second CR 4 exit. Instead of proceeding
west, turn east on the access road towards the campground. There is a dirt
parking lot on the south side a little over a mile in, park there and start
scanning the treetops to the right/west. Sometimes one has to walk into
those fields a bit to find the bird.
This (slightly southern MN) location is excellent in early winter (generally
into or through December) for northern/western birds - solitaires (1-2),
goshawks, shrikes, Bohemian Waxwings, winter finches.
Good birding to all!
Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties
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