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Subject:Re: [mou-net] Blue Grosbeaks and other notables in southwest MN
From:Eric Harrold <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Eric Harrold <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 8 Aug 2011 15:39:38 -0600

I too had good numbers of HESP in Blue Mounds earlier this spring (3-4 males).  Saw BLGR there as well. 
Eric Harrold

From: Bob Dunlap <rdunlap@GUSTAVUS.EDU>
Sent: Monday, August 8, 2011 5:07 PM
Subject: [mou-net] Blue Grosbeaks and other notables in southwest MN

Bob Williams and I spent some time birding in the southwest corner of the state yesterday and today. Perhaps what was most interesting to us was the number of Blue Grosbeaks that we found (this has to be one of the best years for this species in MN). All of the birds were males either heard singing or seen perched in the following locations:

Jackson County - one singing yesterday along CR 23, 2 miles south of Jackson (second county record)

Nobles County - at least one, maybe two birds yesterday on the power lines along CR 6 a half mile west of CR 4

Rock County - two singing at Blue Mounds State Park this morning south and east of the lake/picnic area on the north side of the park, another singing at the intersection of 90th Ave. and 171st St.

Pipestone County - one on the power lines this morning along CR 2 a half mile east of Ihlen, another singing north of the Edgerton sewage ponds

Also of interest in Rock County were two Henslow's Sparrows on the north side of Blue Mounds State Park. Both were heard singing this morning; one can be heard from the park road near the bison viewing platform, and the other can be heard about 100 yards south of the lake/picnic area parking lot along the prairie trail that parallels the bison fence. This species has shown up in an impressive number of southwest counties this year.

Yesterday there was also an early Red-necked Phalarope in the western-most pond (which is apparently being drawn down) of the Hills sewage ponds in Rock County.

Bob Dunlap

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