On 18 Feb. I observed 4 goldeneyes in Kandiyohi county on Foot Lake, in a patch of water Canada geese have kept open. No ducks were here all winter, so these are migrants. This is 9 days earlier than my earliest recorded date for godeneyes in the county, and almost 3 weeks earlier than last year. On the same day in NW Todd county, I observed 6 swans flying NW (I was in my vehicle, but presume them to be trumpeters, based on date). I do not know of any trumpeters overwintering near this location (Eagle Bend) so also presume them to be migrating birds.
We still cannot find a snowy owl in Kandiyohi county:(
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