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Subject:Re: Appleton BBS route results
From:Steve Weston <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Steve Weston <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:12:26 -0500

Hi Bob,

I found  few ducklings in surveying for the atlas out in Lac qui Parle, 
Yellow Medicine, and Lincoln along the Dakota border.  I also had an 
unsolicited comment that ducklings were scarce from a farmer/birder from 
that area, who said he had heard that from others. Canada Geese gooslings 
were abundant.

Steve Weston

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert P Russell" <wildchough@AOL.COM>
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 2:10 PM
Subject: [mou-net] Appleton BBS route results

Run 9 June.  This route runs westward through Swift County SW of Benson, 
then north to the Pomme de Terre River bridge N of US 12.  This is a very 
enjoyable route made better this year by all the flooded fields. This year 
it's easy to tell where many of the drained wetlands once were.  Six species 
of waterfowl was a record high and the usual Upland Sandpiper field held a 
Marbled Godwit instead.  I found 648 individuals of 71 species.  Highlights 
included a courting Wild Turkey showing his stuff to a rather unimpressed 
hen, Black-billed Cuckoo, 6 species of flycatchers, good numbers of both 
orioles, and 2 Grasshopper Sparrows.  Chipping Sparrows were a very low 2 
and Sedge Wrens only 3.  Fifteen Y-H Blackbirds were a record high. 
Uncommon species found for this route included Brewer's Blackbird, Chimney 
Swift, Bald Eagle, and Cardinal.  Local farmers said they had never seen so 
many drake Mallards hanging around in their fields which might portend of a 
good duck breeding season.  Bob Russell, USFWS

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