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Sunday, June 6th
Not only did my good friend Carl join me on 2 of my BBS routes this
week-end, he treated me to a very fine dinner at Peters on Ripley
Lake in Litchfield, MN last night - a good friend to share excellent
food that would have made Dennis Getto happy, and spectacular
scenery! I watched a thunderstorm build as I returned to my motel in
Hutchinson, and then the skies opened up after I arrived, and I would
estimate that 2" of rain poured down. A dense fog made driving to
the starting point this morning a little difficult.
Although we had a few problems with negotiating the route, the survey
went well. A number of wetland species were observed including 2
rail species, Black Tern, loon, white pelican, cormorant, and 6
species of waterfowl. Veery was added to the overall species list
for the Knapp route. Two individuals of 4 different flycatcher
species were encountered - Willow, Alder, Least, and Eastern Phoebe.
The Great Crested was the most abundant (19) flycatcher, followed by
pewee (10) and Eastern Kingbird (4). I hope that a Western Kingbird
will be forthcoming soon.
All in all, a nice route with 72 species, bettering the average of 63
found over the past 3 years.
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