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Subject:Re: Bass Ponds MnVNWR
From:Milton Blomberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Milton Blomberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 5 Nov 2011 11:31:36 -0500

Recent sightings Wed., the 3rd (after an airport drop-off),trail- ponds near Hwy77bridge to Old Cedar: Sharp-shinned Hawk chasing up a whole flock of Robins in the buckthorn and nearly crashing into me, Northern Shrike, Amer.Tree Sparrows, Fox Sparrow, Wilson's Snipe.  Later, found the 7 Long-billed Dowitchers on the mudflat SSE of the EnviroEd pavillion loop trail.  Ducks of note:  several dozen Pintails, one Amer. Black Duck, Am.Widgeons,Ruddy, Canvasback, plus others.  Tundra Swans, both flyover flocks and staging groups.  
Also, I want to report a possible White-winged Dove, as a dove flew up from the thickets---I assumed it to be a Mourning Dove (same size), but upon getting it in view, the curvature of the bill was much stronger, a strong black mark below the malar, and a thin-slight white edge along the wing edge was seen, and then the bullying Robins drove it off and I could not relocate it...ahhh!  I wrote it off as a Mourning because I thought WWinged to be ...say...EurCollared Dove sized and with a thicker white-edge as I remember from birding in Texas, and now by studying the field guide I see they are near the same size.   Studying now the drawings in the field guides, I am really leaning to this possibility that I sighted on a White-winged.  So...please you who bird this stretch often, find it! :) 
 Location: between the Old Cedar Bridge parking lot eastward toward the Hwy 77 bridge...look for a huge cottonwood on the N side of the trail where a small opening to a cattail pond with Widgeons in it.  The event happened in the thicket along the south side, yet prior to the opening further eastward where there is a dugout pond along the south side of the trail. Sincerely, mjb
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