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Subject:[mou-net] American Avocets at Purgatory Wetlands ~ Hennepin County
From:Conny Brunell <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Conny Brunell <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 8 May 2010 07:12:41 -0600

This morning there were 2 American Avocets foraging at the Purgatory Creek Wetlands in Eden Prairie, Hennepin County.  What a spectacular sight in the morning sunshine to see these two graceful birds forage by sweeping their long slender bills from side to side in the water both along the mudflats and the weedy island.  They flew back and forth between the two showing off their distinctive black and white back and wing pattern and vocalizing.  There was also a Horned Grebe circling the mudflats that contained a full house of Caspian and Forster's Terns, Franklin's and Bonaparte's Gulls and Am. White Pelicans squeezed in there pretty tight.

Conny Brunell
Richfield, Hennepin Co.

Purgatory Creek Wetlands

The Purgatory Creek Wetlands is in Eden Prairie, Hennepin County.  It is south from MN State hwy 5 on Prairie Center Drive about .4 mile on the south side of Prairie Center Drive.  You will see the Purgatory Recreation Area and The Flagship Corporate Center signed and can park in either lot to walk the paved trail around the wetlands.  A good viewing area is behind the office building on the bridge that overlooks the wetland and mudflats.

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