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|Noel's Quad 30 Journal|
Tuesday, June 15th
When I stepped out of my Vue at the starting point, it was like
hitting a wall of bird songs. I think all the species were singing
with so much vigor to stay warm. Typically, when I arrive at the
starting point, I open the window as I prepare the map, forms, times,
and other gear. This gives me a chance to acclimatize to the birds
singing in the darkness. However, because it was cold this morning -
38 degrees!!!!, I didn't do this, and the dawn chorus smacked me in
the face. It took a couple of minutes to get going.
Then, there were the American Bitterns - read more about this "Bird
of the Day." I thought the route would provide some diversity as I
drove near the route on my way to International Falls for the night.
And it was a good route with 73 species (15-20 species more than
tallied from 1994-99), including some bog birds - Lincoln's Sparrow,
Palm Warbler, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and Connecticut Warbler.
New birds for the trip were a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and an immature
Northern Goshawk that flushed from the near the roadside ditch and
then allowed a scope view as it perched in a nearby white birch. The
17 Veeries and 13 Sedge Wrens, along with the 3 most common warblers
(yellowthroat - 40, Nashville - 35, and Ovenbird - 34) also gives you
an idea of the habitat diversity of the 50 stops.
And even the mediocre pancakes and weak coffee at the Big Spoon Cafe
in Littlefork didn't dampen my spirits after a neat BBS.
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