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Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge - BirdForum Opus

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Princeton, Minnesota, north of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Wetlands with loop trail was some wooded areas. Huge number of sparrow species in summer. Nesting Bald Eagle. Many deerflies and mosquitoes in July


Notable Species

I saw the following 60 species with the help of two local birders

Species Name Number Reported Canada Goose 28 Trumpeter Swan 3 Wood Duck 5 Mallard 6 Ring-necked Duck 4 Pied-billed Grebe 3 American White Pelican 2 Double-crested Cormorant 60 Great Blue Heron 6 Bald Eagle 1 Red-tailed Hawk 2 Virginia Rail 1 Sandhill Crane 13 Killdeer 8 Black Tern 18 Mourning Dove 11 Barred Owl 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Downy Woodpecker 3 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 5 Eastern Wood Pewee 9 Alder Flycatcher 1 Least Flycatcher 1 Eastern Phoebe 11 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Eastern Kingbird 5 Warbling Vireo 5 Red-eyed Vireo 2 Blue Jay 3 American Crow 4 Tree Swallow 115 Barn Swallow 2 Black-capped Chickadee 5 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 House Wren 6 Sedge Wren 3 Marsh Wren 5 American Robin 7 Gray Catbird 5 Brown Thrasher 2 European Starling 9 Cedar Waxwing 3 Yellow Warbler 4 American Redstart 1 Common Yellowthroat 13 Eastern Towhee 2 Chipping Sparrow 2 Field Sparrow 18 Vesper Sparrow 3 Lark Sparrow 2 Grasshopper Sparrow 12 Song Sparrow 3 Swamp Sparrow 2 Indigo Bunting 1 Red-winged Blackbird 5 Eastern Meadowlark 4 Common Grackle 1 House Finch 1 American Goldfinch 2


Birds you can see here include:

Bird list available in PDF

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

Access and Facilities

Free admission.

Contact Details

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External Links

Content and images originally posted by bernerjc


bernerjc's review


  • many sparrow species
  • nesting bald eagles


  • deer flies
  • mosquitoes
  • variable water levels