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Subject:Salt Lake Trip
From:Bill Unzen <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bill Unzen <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 27 Apr 2010 19:53:46 -0500

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From: Bill Unzen <>
Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 7:34 PM
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Salt Lake Trip
To: Pastor Al Schirmacher <>

129 species were tallied on Saturday night for the 35th annual Salt Lake
weekend. Well below last year's count but better then expected considering
the very odd and poor migration it has been out here. The rain and wind
helped ground some migrants. 18 shorebird species were seen and 9 of those
were first arrivals that were absent in many of the same locations the day
prior.  Pectoral Sandpiper numbers increased at least 10 fold from Friday to

Notables on Saturday:
 2 Smith's Longspurs at Plover Prairie East Unit.
American Golden-Plovers were seen in several locations with the largest
group being 40 birds.
Short-eared Owl at the Prairie Marsh farm.
Cattle Egret on Hwy 75, 2 miles north of Madison.
Single Greater Prairie-Chicken at Plover Prairie.
 A possible Prairie Falcon seen roughly 4-5 miles NW of Madison.

Notable Friday birds:
15 White-faced Ibis at the Big Stone NWR.
Ferruginous Hawk along Hwy 40 about a mile before crossing over into
Chippewa County.
2 American Avocets a mile east of Barry, Big Stone county.

Otherwise there were few migrant passerines (handfull of Yellow-rumpeds and
one Orange-crowned were the only warblers) and low waterfowl numbers.
Raptors were scarce as they have been all spring. Few early arrivals were
seen but there were a surprising number of lingering species given the warm
spring that often are missed on the count: Common Merganser and Goldeneye,
Tundra and Trumpeter Swans, Sandhill Crane, Fox Sparrow, Juncos, hundreds of
Lapland Longspurs the past several days, and Rusty Blackbird.

Bill J. Unzen
Lac Qui Parle County.

On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 1:07 PM, Pastor Al Schirmacher <> wrote:

> How did the Salt Lake trip go?  Any sign of shorebird activity out there?
> Al Schirmacher
> Princeton, MN
> Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties
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Bill J. Unzen
Lac Qui Parle County.

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