[mou] [mnbird] Salt Lake Festival
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Tue Apr 29 02:10:55 CDT 2008
Nice report, Steve.
One additional bird of note seen and not mentioned was *American Bittern*.
It was a lifer for me!
On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 1:44 AM, Steve Weston <sweston2 at comcast.net> wrote:
> We drove out on Friday night to Goody Larson's Prairie Marsh Farm near
> Marietta, MN, 5 miles from the South Dakota border in Lac Qui Parle
> County. We left the cities at 5pm in a light drizzle. By the time we
> reached Olivia, it was snowing. By the time we reached Granite Falls, it
> was starting to accumulate on the road. From Montevideo the last 30 miles
> was through a blowing snow with the road crusty with ice and small drifts
> blowing across the road. Still, the car was handling well. Turning off the
> highway, we held our breath for the last mile and a half to the farm.
> Shortly after we arrived the snow was measured by Ken Larson at eight to ten
> The next morning the roads were dicy and the wind was hard and cold out of
> the north. By afternoon travelled roads were almost dry and the infrequent
> roads were passable and the weather was beautiful. Still on Sunday we did
> encounter one drift that turned us back.
> The over twenty participants found at least 131 bird species compared to
> 132 last year. The most interesting birds included a *
> Great-tailed Grackle* that Bill Unzen had steaked out for about a week and
> a *Little Gull* that was found by Bob Williams. The Grackle was not
> relocated Sunday afternoon. The Little Gull was seen Sunday morning, but
> not Sunday afternoon. Twenty-two species of waterfowl were found including
> *Cackling Geese*, and all the Grebes, except Clarks. Thirteen species of
> raptors were observed, including a *Merlin* (unusual out there), probably
> in excess of a hundred *Harriers, Red-shouldered Hawks, Rough-legged*, and
> several *Swainsons Hawks*, including a kettle of four.
> Fifteen species of shorebirds were found including *Semi-palmated Plover,
> *both *Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Sanderling,
> Semipalmated Sandpiper, Bairds Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral
> Sandpiper, LB Dowitcher, Snipe, Woodcock, *and *Wilson's Phalarope*.
> Snipe were quite numerous. One concentration of 25 were found. They were
> calling in many locations. We found the first of three *Marbled Godwit*in the Plover Prairie standing on one leg on a rock about fourty feet from
> the road with his head tucked in. After we watched him for a while, he
> pulled his head out, looked us over, greeted us in his dialect, and
> stretched his wings. He then tucked his head in and we drove off.
> Also in Plover Prairie we found a *Sharp-tailed Grouse* in a tree and a
> few saw a couple of *Prairie Chickens. *We probably saw over a thousand
> *Ring-neck Phaesants* during the day. We found fourteen species of
> sparrow, including Lark, Fox, and Lincoln. Other birds of note included
> *Black-crowned Night-Heron, Franklin Gulls* with pink blush breasts, a *
> Shrike,* four species of Swallows*, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers,
> Orange-crowned Warbler, Palm Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush,
> and Brown Thrasher.*
> On Friday, a Pine Siskin was seen. On Sunday, additional finds included *Peregrine
> Falcon, American Avocet *(both at Salt Lake)*, Willet, *and* Marsh Wren*.
> Mammals seen included Richardson's Ground Squirrel, and a River Otter.
> Steve Weston on Quiggley Lake in Eagan, MN
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