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Sat, 6 Jul 2013 12:26:54 -0600
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Hi Josh,Maybe listen to the ALTERNATE song of the Northern Parula...It sounds very similar to what you describe... and is reminiscent of a Cerulean and Black-throated Blue. I have been fooled before.
Much more likely in northern MN

Sparky Stensaas 
2515 Garthus Road 
Wrenshall, MN 55797 
218.341.3350 cell 

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> Date: Sat, 6 Jul 2013 13:18:25 -0500
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> Subject: [mou-net] Possible Cerulean Warbler in St. Louis Co.
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> The past few days while camping at the National Forest Service Pfeiffer Lake Campground, I 
> heard a buzzy warbler song that stumped me.  I knew it wasn't the Black-throated Green 
> Warbler or Black-throated Blue Warbler as I had a lot of recent exposure to those at 
> Temperance River State Park and Oberg Mountain in the last week.  The song is 4-5 faster 
> buzzy notes ending in a higher singular buzzy note.  It wasn't until Roger Schroeder's post 
> about the Cerulean in Lyon Co. that I started to study that song.  It seems to my wife and 
> me to be a match to what we heard.  
>  I hesitate to post this as I'm not 100% certain and have not got a good look at the bird 
> despite much effort. I have seen enough to know it's a warbler-shaped bird. This bird sings 
> from the very tops of 30-40 ft tall aspens and birch trees.  Its territory is an open stand of 
> birch and aspen immediately to the north of the campground host. It can also be found 
> along the east-west road to the north of the host near the area mentioned earlier.
> I'm posting this in case someone local wants to check it out and confirm or deny the 
> presence of a cerulean before people make the trek.  I am running out of time to check it out 
> as I leave tomorrow.  Pfeiffer is on MN Hwy 1 at mile marker 254.  It's about 5 miles west of 
> the Y store in Tower. 
> While hunting this mystery bird I observed a nesting pair of Blackburnian Warblers, singing 
> Northern Parulas, Gray Jays, and an Eastern Kingbird.  I also heard a Black-throated Green 
> Warbler.  It should be good birding even if this bird isn't a cerulean.
> If you have other possible species it could be, let me know.
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