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Subject:Wilson's Snipe & others: Bass Ponds, Hennepin County 29 Mar
From:Rob Daves <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rob Daves <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 30 Mar 2011 08:15:08 -0700

During a noon walk around the bass ponds on Tuesday I saw a Wilson's Snipe between Hog Back Ridge Marsh and Hog Back Ridge Pond.  It was attempting to feed along the partially-thawed ground between the trail and the water and eventually flew east.

Other species:

Great Blue Heron (4)
Ring Billed Gulls
Scaup (3)
Song Sparrows (4)
American Crows
Northern Cardinal
Coot (several)
Red-Winged Blackbirds (several)
Barred Owls (2, calling just west of the lower parking lot)
American Goldfinches (several)
Black-Capped Chickadees (many)
Pileated Woodpeckers (2)

The highlight, in addition to the snipe, was a lone mink and muskrat Susie and Sam.

The trail that leads east toward Big Bass Pond between Little Bass Pond and Long Meadow Lake toward was flooded.  Access to those ponds is only by the upper trail, which begins at the shelter and still is snow covered.

Good birding to all.

Rob Daves
South Minneapolis

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