July Bird Boredom: Not!

This is the second in my new series, July Bird Boredom (first post). Folks tell me that July means bad birding opportunities, which just is NOT true. Yesterday I needed to be down in the Minneapolis area, and thus I grabbed the opportunity to visit the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge shortly after sunrise.

Although the birding opportunities are not as dramatic as earlier in the summer when birds are “a courting”, I think you’ll find using these birds as evidence, birding in July is anything but boring. It is important to get out early. Given the sun rises in these parts not to long after 5 am, one must be willing to get up early. If one waits till 9 or 10 am to head out, you won’t see anywhere near as many birds.

Eastern Phoebe
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Dickcissel
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Bald Eagle (immature)
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Tree Swallows
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Trumpeter Swans
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White Pelican
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Pied Bill Grebe (chick)
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Wood Duck
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Sandhill Cranes
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Sharp Shinned Hawk (greeted me when I got home!)
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