[mou] snow buntings in the twin cities

Warren Woessner WWoessner at slwip.com
Thu Jan 10 09:44:15 CST 2008

Cruise what dirt road remain east and west of Rogers


From: mou-net-bounces at moumn.org [mailto:mou-net-bounces at moumn.org] On
Behalf Of Steve Weston
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2008 12:54 AM
To: Ben Parke; mou-net at moumn.org
Subject: Re: [mou] snow buntings in the twin cities

Hi Ben,
Snow Buntings are being seen around the area.  I saw seven along with
two or three Lapland Longspurs on January 1st in Washington County on
Neal Avenue between 70th and 80th Streets.  But, these guys are highly
mobile and probably would not be at that site.  You will do best not to
chase down old reports, but to cruise the open spaces.   To find what I
call road birds (Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, and Horned Larks)
when the fields are covered with snow, look along lightly travelled
roads in open areas.  The birds will be feeding in the road or on the
shoulders.  Also look in fields over which manure has recently been
spread.  The Buntings and Longspurs travel in tight flocks that can be
quite large.   Larger flocks can be mixed.  Occasionally Larks will also
be in the flocks.  The Snow Buntings are the light birds that flash
white.   The Longspurs are brown birds without the white about the same
size.  Note their face pattern.  The Larks are larger with solid black
tails.  The Larks will flush from the road perpendicular to the
direction you travel.  They fly alone or loosely associated with a few
I hope that helps.
Steve Weston on Quiggley Lake in Eagan, MN
sweston2 at comcast.net

	----- Original Message ----- 
	From: Ben Parke <mailto:trumpetplayers at yahoo.com>  
	To: mou-net at moumn.org 
	Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 10:41 AM
	Subject: [mou] snow buntings in the twin cities

	I'm wondering if anyone has seen any snow buntings in
Minneapolis or the western burbs recently.  It's my bird of obsession
for the winter and I have yet to run across any (or much any birds for
that matter!)


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