The MBW (Minn Birding Weekends) group had 16 shorebird species this
past weekend in Stevens-Big Stone-Lac Qui Parle Co's. Coincidentally,
this is the same total posted by Doug Buri (with most of their birds
apparently in SD): they recorded Am Avocet and Red-necked Phalarope
which we did not see, while we found Semipalmated Plovers and Buff-
breasted Sandpiper (missing from Doug's list).
The Buff-breasted was in a flooded field along Hwy 7, 3.5 mi S of
Beardsley, Big Stone Co. Other productive mudflats were: the drawn-
down David Steen WMA in Big Stone Co (2 mi W and 2.5 mi S of Clinton;
note the directions on the DNR website are incorrect); the small
flooded area 2 mi S and 2.2 mi W of Bellingham (Lac Qui Parle Co); and
several flooded fields in N Stevens Co, especially along 120th, 130th,
140th and 150th streets W of Donnelly, and along CRs 20 and 5 E of
The Henslow's Sparrow we found that Doug referred to was singing just
E of Plover Prairie SNA in Lac Qui Parle Co: S side of 370th St, 2.8
mi E of Hwy 75. Also of note on our MBW were: 4 Sandhill Cranes ~3 mi
E of Appleton along Hwy 59 (Swift Co); Loggerhead Shrike 1 mi E of Hwy
75 on 370th St (Lac Qui Parle Co); and singing Eastern Meadowlark
along the U of M Morris entrance road off Hwy 59 (Stevens Co).
A few early fall migrant passerines also turned up (Olive-sided and
Alder flycatchers and Tennessee Warbler), 2 Dickcissels were found,
there was a big movement of Bobolinks (e.g., a flock of 40+ in
Morris), and Orchard Orioles were at numerous locations.
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