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Subject:[mou-net] western MN shorebirds, Henslow's Sparrow, et al.
From:Kim R Eckert <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kim R Eckert <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 8 Aug 2011 10:45:00 -0600

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.

Kim Eckert

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