I spent Sunday morning trying to catch Sedge Wrens and their young without much luck at Carver Park near Victoria, MN. The nesting season is almost over and the birds are not as responsive to tape calls as earlier in the summer. Lots of young birds present and I also observed an adult carrying fecal sacs from a nest so there are still birds on territory.
Other observations included lots of Cormorants flying overhead, Clay-colored Sparrows singing and Meadowlarks hanging out along the telephone wires. I stopped by one of the osprey platforms and took a little video of 3 youngsters hanging out. Here is a short clip.
The weather has been cooler and much drier than normal and you can really tell from the absence of insects. No big swarms of mosquitoes and the deer flies were actually tolerable yesterday.