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Subject:[mou-net] Afton State Park - Henslow's Sparrows
From:Matt Dufort <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Matt Dufort <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 1 Jul 2010 17:59:08 -0600

Hello all,

I spent a few hours yesterday evening at Afton State Park.  Most 
interesting find was about 4-6 Henslow's Sparrows singing in the prairie 
restoration near the visitor center. I know Henslow's have been present 
at Afton both this year and last, but I think they've mostly been in the 
prairie area in the northwest part of the park.  The birds I heard and 
saw yesterday were in the southeast part of the park, easily accessed 
from the trail by the visitor center.  Several were audible from the 
park road and the first parking lot.

Other birds in the park included a Black-billed Cuckoo, many Towhees, 
Clay-colored Sparrow, Sedge Wren, Wood Thrush, etc.

While at Afton a week ago on a walk (without binoculars), I heard 
several interesting but odd songs. One sounded most like an odd Magnolia 
Warbler, and the other sounded a lot like a Prothonotary. However, I was 
not able to see either bird that day, and I wasn't able to locate either 
of them yesterday. I raise this mostly because I think Afton has a lot 
of potential for interesting breeding birds (as evidenced by the Chat 
and Summer Tanager present last summer).

Good birding,
Matt Dufort

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