[mou] Black-headed Gull and other weekend birds

Joel Claus jclaus13 at msn.com
Mon Oct 15 00:20:54 EDT 2007

I saw the Black-headed Gull at it's usual spot at the north end of Spirit Lake, Iowa on Friday.  After sitting along the road for two and a half hours I was rewarded when it flew across the road into Minnesota about 3 PM.
Also of note, there is a stock pond on east side of Hwy 86 at 730th where a large number of geese and blackbirds are congregating.  Among them on Friday afternoon was a flock of at least 12 Great-tailed Grackles at the edge of the pond near the highway.  I counted seven males and five females before the flock flew with a few Common Grackles mixed in to give a nice size comparison.
Other birds of interest (at least for me) from this weekend:
2 Short-eared Owls flying over the east unit of Plover Prairie in Lac Qui Parle county between 6:45 and 7 PM Saturday harassing a Northern Harrier.
Eurasian Collared Dove in Wheaton on Sunday.  The bird was in a yard along Hwy 27 at the corner of 16th street.
Red-Breasted Nuthatches in Pipestone, Lac Qui Parle, Big Stone, and Wilkin counties.
6 Snow Buntings along 200th street near the Rothsay WMA in Wilkin county on Sunday.
A late Magnolia Warbler and a Winter Wren in an Aspen grove near Rothsay.
American Pipits and Harris Sparrows everywhere!
Joel Claus
Eden Prairie
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