T.R. Michels

T.R. Michels is a professional guide who specializes in trophy whitetail, turkey and bear hunts in Minnesota. He has guided in the Rocky Mountains for elk and mule deer, too. He publishes the Trinity Mountain Outdoors website at www.TRMichels.com.

Day Late & a Dollar Short

Posted by: T.R. Michels Updated: May 28, 2012 - 8:40 AM

Seems like I am often a day late (but not often a dollar short) , when it comes to birding. Every onec in a while I see a bird sighitng on the Minnesot BIrding List on the internet that I'd like to see, like the Whoopng Cranes at Randolph last year. I did not learn about them until Monday, and by then they were gon, This would hve been a lifer bird for all of my family. So, when I saw that a "Lifer" Ibis had been seen at the 180th St. pond south of Inver Grove Heights, I jumped in the car. It was clouding up pretty good that evenng,  with thunderstorms predicted, but I took a chance, and got lucky on my sceond pass through the area I found it, Even got pictures. Then when I saw that there were a number of shorebirds there last week I headed out the next morning, and sure enough - they were gone.

I just noticd that Dickcisels and Bobolinks, along with Savannah and Grasshoper Sparrows , and Northern Harrier and Gray Partridge were seen at the Randolph Industial Park south of Inver Grove on Highwy 56. I know of several spots to see Indigo Bunitngs, Red-headed Woodedpeckers, Bobolinks andother birds I have not seen yeat this year - not too far fron there -. so we are juming in the car and heading out this Sunday morning at 9:00 , Wish us luck. 

God bless,

T.R. .

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