While surveying breeding bird atlas block this morning, I decided to explore
some parts of the Minnesota River valley from New Ulm westward. There were
three Prothonotary warblers at the following locations:
1. MinneConn Park in New Ulm. It was singing way off on the east side
of the road on the way into the park at 6:30am. This may be the same bird
Brian Smith reported back in May.
2. Along Nicollet county road 21, about .4 mile west of county road 14.
This one was singing and visible from the road around 10:30am
3. Along Renville county road 5, just one-half mile east of county road
3 in the south-eastern part of the county. Again, it was visible from the
road and singing loudly about 1:00pm.
Other sightings of note:
- a recently fledged Black-billed Cuckoo with a nearby adult in
- a very out-of-range and out-of-date adult Northern Parula warbler
along the "K.C. Road" in Brown county. This is the gravel road that
parallels the Minnesota River west out of New Ulm.
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