[mou] Hennepin Co Finds

alyssa tiger150 at comcast.net
Sun Apr 22 14:22:50 EDT 2007

Hello All-
I birded Westwood Hills (St. Louis Park) this morning, and much was about! Y-R Warblers, W-T Sparrows, and R-C Kinglets singing everywhere! I found a House Wren near the center, and there was a single male Ruddy Duck out on the lake. Swamp Sparrows, Hermit Thrushes, Pileated Woodpecker, Greater Scaup, Bufflehead...that was about it. Also, I found an un-identified wren near the Y Dock. It was light-colored and had some white on its back. Unfortunately, a Swamp Sparrow chased it away, but now I'm guessing it was the House Wren (I was wishing for a Sedge!)
I got a little luckier at the General Mills mudflat-y area, which is directly southeast of the intersection of 55 and 169. On the north side (facing 55), I happened upon a flock of 20-30 sparrows. Most of them were Savannah, but it also contained Chipping, Song, one Clay-colored, and a probable Vesper's Sparrow. Also a Killdeer was performing its broken-wing display. A Cooper's Hawk, and later a Bald Eagle, soared over the mudflats.
Despite checking both the ponds near my house, neither were hosting the B-C N Herons. Hmm. I wonder where they went? I'll keep eveyone posted as soon as I can relocate them... Good birding to all!

Alyssa DeRubeis
Golden Valley
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