[mou] MRVAC - Fort Ridgely State Park - Field Trip Report - 7/20 - 22, 2008
EgretCMan at msn.com
Sun Jul 27 03:17:37 CDT 2008
Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter
Fort Ridgely State Park
Field Trip Report
July 20 - 22, 2008
5 - participants
111 - species of birds observed
Here's a quick report, on the recent field trip I lead to Fort Ridgley State
park and some surrounding counties. Some locations of note are as follow:
Sleepy Eye Sewage ponds
East side of Highway 4, 1/4 mile North of the Minnesota River.
Fairfax Sewage ponds
Gaylord Sewage ponds
Our group observed a total of nine species of shorebirds at the combined
locations above and all the locations mentioned should remain good for
shorebirds for some time to come.
Here are some of the species we observed on the trip:
Eared Grebe - Sibley county - About a dozen birds were observed on nests, on
Western Grebe - Renville County - Several dozen Western Grebes were observed
with young on Round Lake, which is several miles
NE of the town of Fairfax.
- Sibley county - Western Grebes with young were observed on
Swan Lake. Note that these birds are pretty far
from the road. So morning may be the best
time to check this lake out, before the heat waves
distort your viewing.
Least Bittern - Nicollet county - Observed in the large marsh on the East
side of Highway 4, about 1/4 mile North of the
Black-crowned Night-Heron - Renville County - NW side of Mud Lake.
Eastern Screech Owl - Nicollet county - Fort Ridgley State Park
Cerulean Warbler - Brown County - CR 10, just West of Eden Avenue. A male
Cerulean Warbler was observed at the boat access.
This is a location that Cerulean Warblers
were reported at over the last few years.
Lark Sparrow - Brown County - Highway 4, 1.5 miles South of CR 22. Adult
Lark Sparrows were observed here carrying food.
This is a location that has been previously
reported. Orchard Orioles were also observed here,
but we missed on Blue Grosbeaks. Which have
been reported from this location in past years.
Orchard Oriole - Brown, Nicollet & Renville counties
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