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Least Bitterns, MNWR, 7/12/14 (2014)

Posted by Dave Spier on July 13, 2014 at 8:45 AM

[Sat., 7/12/14] From Betsy, via Eatonbirds: "... after volunteering at the refuge gift shop, I took a ride around the wildlife drive to see if I could see the Least Bitterns being reported at Larue's Lagoon. This was about 4:30 pm and just as reported, they were concentrated on the north end of the lagoon.... which is the first [open] place you come to on the right side (east) of the drive. I turned off the car and just waited a few minutes before seeing the first one flying right in front of my car and very low across the road. In about 15 minutes I saw 5 of them, 4 flying from east to west across the road, one further up flying west to east. These were excellent views and a great chance if you, like me, have never had a really good look at one.

"This was also the closest look I've had at the beautiful black terns who were all over the Lagoon and back and forth over the road providing very close-up views.

"At the same time a mink was unknowingly entertaining me in the grass right next to the car. He kept tunneling under the mown hay at the side of the road and then popping up and wandering around in plain sight.....maybe 8 feet from the car, at most." -- Betsy


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