Still Here – Jan 3, 07

Well, the Yellow-rumped Warbler is still here. Our mild weather and the grubs I have been feeding him has kept him around. I was surprised to read a post today on the MNBIRD listserve:

At mid-day today we walked about 2 miles on the Root River Trail not farfrom Lanesboro. At about 2/3 miles, a 20 minute moderate paced walk, wecame upon a sheltered area bordering the river on one side and bluffs onthe other. There we met many small birds. Highlights were 2 TUFTED TITMICE, about 5GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, at least 20 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and 1CAROLINA WREN. We heard the wren’s descending trill before we saw itforaging among rocks and roots on the bluffside. Other birds in the vicinity were unremarkable except for their goodnumbers–Red-bellied, Downy, and Hairy Woodpeckers, Blue Jays,chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, juncos, cardinals and goldfinch.Elsewhere along the trail, we saw Canada Geese, Mallards, 5 Bald Eagles,and 6 Red-tailed hawks.

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