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Subject:Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Redwood County
From:Brian & Risa Smith <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Brian & Risa Smith <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 26 Apr 2010 20:45:00 -0500

I saw the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Redwood County this evening from 6:40 
to 7:00 pm.  However, it was in a slightly different location west from 
where Ron observed it earlier this afternoon.

At the intersection of Cty. Rd. 9 and Co. Rd. 17 (17 runs north and is a 
gravel road) go six tenths of a mile on Co. Rd. 17.  The bird was perched on 
a wire fence that separates an alfalfa field and a cow pasture and it is 
about a hundred yards east of Co. Rd. 17 and it runs parallel to the gravel 
road.  It was actively flycatching along this fence line.  It probably would 
have been difficult for me to find the Scissor-tailed if I hadn't come upon 
John Schladwieler.  He told me that he had seen the bird near the original 
location to the east.  He said that he had watched it for about a half an 
hour until it rose up and flew off to the west but he wasn't exactly sure 
where it had settled.  Based on his observation, I started scanning the 
fence lines along Co. Rd. 17 and found it almost immediately.  My point is, 
this bird will move around and I noticed that there are a lot of fence lines 
and cow pastures in this area along the east of Co. Rd. 17 so this is an 
area that should be checked as well.  When I last saw the bird it was at the 
north end of the interior fence line along Co. Rd. 17, near some tall dead 
pine trees.

Thanks to all who passed on this sighting.  What a beautiful bird!

Brian Smith
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ron Erpelding" <rerpelding@CHARTER.NET>
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 3:43 PM
Subject: [mou-net] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Redwood County

> An adult male scissor-tailed Flycatcher was seen and photographed by Wild
> Turkey hunter Curt Plotz on Saturday, 4/24/10 and reported to me by Steve
> Erickson this morning, Monday, 4/26/10).  The bird is located in north
> central Redwood County just south of the Minnesota River.  I observed the
> bird early this afternoon from 1:22 to 1:45 p.m. and it was present when I
> left the area.
> Directions:
> From the west end of the town of Renville, MN on US Hwy 212
> Take Renville Co Rd 6 south to the Minnesota River
> Cross the MN River where Renville Co Rd 6 becomes Redwood Co Rd 6
> Follow Co Rd 6 three additional miles south to Redwood Co Rd 9 - the 
> Delhi,
> MN corner
> Turn left/east on Co Rd 9 and travel 2 miles to Co Rd 17 (gravel rd)
> At the intersection with Co Rd 17 turn north (see large sign that reads 
> Road
> Closed 1 mile ahead - local travel only)
> Follow Co Rd 17 north approximately nine tenths of a mile
> Turn right/east on an unsigned road - look for faded fire number sign with
> the black letters 380 (road also takes you to Cedar Rock WMA)
> Following the road east will bring you to a pasture on the left/ north 
> side
> The bird has been observed perched on the pasture barbed wire fence and in
> the pasture
> If you come to the farmstead on the north side you have gone too far.
> Ron Erpelding
> Kandiyohi County
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