The 400 Bird Quest - it's raining migrants!

Count Update: 313 / 400

 I got a chance to ride along with Big Tom on Monday in a attempt to break the Ramsey County April Big Day record, which was 102 species.  It goes without saying the your best chances to find a high number of species in Minnesota in April is going to be on the last day of the month.  That gives you the best chance to see birds arriving from the south.   And they really did!  We saw Nashville Warbler, Orange Crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and dozens of Palm Warblers, and White-throated Sparrows, that for the most part where not here the day before.   We birded from 4:30 am to about 7:00 pm, which is an early whined down for most Big Days.  We had a reason. Due to Tom's excellent scouting, route management and keen ears, we accumulated 111 species, scattering the previous record.   The most memorable bird of the day, by far, were 4 Red Crossbills!  The sat in a pine in clear view at Vadnais-Snail Lake Regional Park in Vadnais Heights.  It was a delightful day!  Big Days are fast moving, there is not a lot of time for photos so I did not get many.  

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