Today I heard my first Red-winged Blackbird on territory in Eagan by the Post Office. I saw a Crow carrying nesting material crossing Highway 169 in Eden Prairie south of the Crosstown.
A Red-tailed Hawk was sitting on the perch on the Osprey platform near the ice arena in Edina near the Crow reported above. Red-tailed Hawks like substantial branches, but I saw one sitting on the top spike of a small spruce along I-494.
Great-horned Owls are on Red-tailed Hawk nests. I have found them along 52 north of Zumbrota along the Zumbro river and on the east side of I-494 in Eden Prairie north of the Valley View Road entrance. I also have a report that they are reusing a nest by Vascular Solutions on Sycamore Court in Maple Grove.
Lake Bylessby is beginning to open up on the west end where I saw several diving ducks.
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