thanks for posting Linda
On Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 6:03 PM, linda whyte <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Weekend exercise successfully targeted some species I'd missed earlier. At
> Randolph Industrial Park, in the southernmost part of the field adjacent to
> the church, there were singing Bobolink. Thanks to fellow birders I also
> saw the Dickcissel who perched up and sang just across from the Bobolink
> field, right after I'd started to depart ! As before, Meadowlarks,
> Grasshopper Sparrows, and Kildeer were also vocal and visible, but I did
> not stay to search out others.
> Instead, the destination was Cannon River Wilderness East, to the southwest
> of Northfield, to hike. This Rice County park was recently re-opened after
> erosion caused a major land-slide across the opening part of its boardwalk
> path. Immediately beyond the steep, descending stairway and along the
> boardwalk that enters the main ravine, the Acadian Flycatcher could be
> heard and seen, hunting fairly low, back and forth across the boardwalk. It
> finally retreated to the west up into an intersecting ravine that is marked
> off as private property.
> Several erosion events have severely altered the trail that usually yields
> Cerulean sightings. In order to attain the full walk around the bluff, you
> either have to bushwhack and do some steep climbing on the south side of
> the streambed, or hike the north side all the way to the Cannon, where the
> bed is narrow enough to be crossed. I did the latter, listening intently
> for Cerulean sound. On the way in no sound wasdetected, but on the way out
> the buzzy, ascending calls were finally heard., just twice. There was not
> the customary singing duel across the main ravine, but it was late in the
> afternoon by then. Viewing the birds will require another visit.
> Linda Whyte
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