[mou] [mnbird] no eurasian wigeon Sunday

Donn Mattsson dmattsson at comcast.net
Mon Nov 10 06:12:16 CST 2008

We did see the Eurasian Wigeon on Saturday afternoon around 2:00, but it took a while to find it.  It was very cold, windy, and uncomfortable.  After about a half hour of searching with the scope, my husband spotted it and then others got a look.
The bird was out a ways in a group, feeding, and with its back turned to us much of the time.
Kathy and Donn Mattsson
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Steve Weston 
  To: mnbird ; Mou-net 
  Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 1:49 AM
  Subject: [mnbird] no eurasian wigeon Sunday

  I went to Anderson Lake about 4pm on a cold Saturday and returned warmer and better dressed on Sunday about 1pm.   While I did not find the Eurasian Wigeon, either time, I am only convinced it was not on the lake on Sunday.  I did not have time to check neighboring lakes.  Conditions were poor for viewing all the ducks and there were at least two or three times more wigeons on Saturday.  the only birds of interest there were Pintails (5 on Saturday and at least one on Sunday) and a Lesser Black-backed Gull on Sunday.

  My lack of success in Eden Prairie did not deter me from checking White Bear Lake for Kittiwicks, but I was no more successful.   I did see a winter plumage Common Loon.

  On Thursday in Maple Grove, I had to pull over to the side of the road when I saw what looked like a buteo hovering being harassed by a smaller falcon.   The only buteo that will normally hover is the Rough-legged.  They can be ID'd at a great distance by this trait.  But, this was a Red-tail. Upon closer inspection it was kiting, which is holding a stationary position with minimum wing beats, usually in a stiff wind.

  Steve Weston on Quiggley Lake in Eagan, MN
  sweston2 at comcast.net


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