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Subject:Snow buntings in 3 metro counties today
From:Jim Ryan <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Jim Ryan <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 6 Nov 2011 22:05:25 -0600

Hello birders,

Out and about birding the metro with Diane today yielded some early winter
birds and late fall migrants:

*Snow Buntings* - 1 in Ramsey (Red Rock Road), 5 in Washington (100th. St)
and 15 in Dakota County (180th st. Marsh).

Wood Lake Nature Center had:

*Song sparrow* - 1 near feeders (but not AT the feeder)

*Fox sparrow*s - today and yesterday

*Tree sparrow * - only 1

Vadnais lake was also productive:

*Common Loon* - 15 yds from car!

*Ring-necked Ducks* - at least *200 *

*Common Goldeneye *- about 40

*Redhead *- 2

*Double-CRESTED cormorant *- 3

*Wood Ducks* - about a half dozen

*Hooded Merganser *- at least a dozen.

180th Street marsh also yielded a small blackbird flock with

*Brown-headed Cowbird* - 1 male

*Rusty Blackbird *- 1 female

*Red-winged Blackbirds* (males & females)

*Starlings* - about 3 in this flock. Several small murmurations also seen
elsewhere today.


Jim Ryan
Saint Paul's Westside
One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and
Nature shall not be broken. -* Leo Tolstoy*

A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty. - *Lucius Annaeus

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