[mou] About the metro
Fri, 6 Apr 2007 01:52:22 -0500
Late last week I found Trumpeter Swans on a small pond in Grant twshp,
Washington County on Jamaca Avenue about 88th St and in a wet spot in a farm
field in Corcoran on Willow north of Highway 55. I missed a new yard bird,
as another pair were on Quiggley Lake for a couple of days.
Lately I am seeing flocks of American Robins everywhere, usually they are
foraging on the ground. I am also still finding flocks of Juncos and
American Tree Sparrows. A couple of days ago I found my first Chipping
Sparrow in Chanhassen, although I am pretty certain that I have been hearing
some in my neighborhood for several days, but have lacked the time to search
Today I had my first sightings of Turkey Vultures, finding two or three
along the Mississippi bluffs between Pine Bend and Hastings, and another in
slumming in Edina along the Crosstown. I also checked out 140th and 180th
Street marshes in Dakota County. both looked like attractive habitat, but
were bird deficient. I did find a quiet Meadowlark just east of the pond at
140th. I also passed a Loggerhead Shrike by the irrigation rig on Emery
between 160th and 170th.
Pine Bend Landfill had thousands of gulls with a few hundred additional
gulls at the wastewater ponds by Highway 52 across from the refinery. I did
not have time to scan them for interesting birds.
Interesting was the active spider I found in my garage this the frozen night
I believe it was a female Hammock Spider. the spider was hanging by a
thread by the door. It dropped t the floor when I approached.
Steve Weston on Quiggley Lake in Eagan, MN