On Lake Fremont near Zimmerman there was the typical string of hundreds of 
gulls present last night (have counted up to 1500 in past) as this lake 
begins to open up.

One gull had a dark mantle, and appeared larger than the Ring-billed around 
it, although smaller than the few Herrings present.

However, the bird was at least 3/4 of a mile away, observed at 20-60X 
through heat shimmer.  Therefore I wouldn't assert this bird's ID in a court 
of law.

First of year Vesper Sparrow in Sherburne Refuge, Blue Hill Trail this 

Surprisingly, have not observed or heard a Brewer's Blackbird yet.

Good birding to all!

Al Schirmacher
Princeton, MN
Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties 

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