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I've been without internet for a week but will try and keep this short.

A note on locations (since many of them are new):
The impoundments are open to the public but may not always be open to
vehicles
Audubon Center of the Red River Valley (Polk County): Formerly Wetlands,
Pines, and Prairie Audubon Sanctuary. South on Marshall 36/Polk 68 from
Minn 1 east of Warren
Agassiz Impoundment (Polk/Marshall Counties): Immediately north of the
Audubon Center of the Red River Valley. NOT to be confused with Agassiz NWR.
Off Channel Impoundment (Marshall County): 4 miles north of Minn 1 on
240th. 280th is 2 miles east of the turn for the Audubon Center
AO#4 Impoundment (Polk County): Polk 68 South from the Audubon Center till
it dead ends at Polk 23. Head south 1 mile then east 1 mile.
Euclid East Impoundment (Polk County): 1.5 miles east of Euclid on Polk 19
Parnell Impoundment (Polk County): Takes US 75 south out of Euclid to Polk
17 east.  Impoundment is on the north side of the road 2.5 miles east of US
75.

New arrivals in the Marshall/Polk area:

Common Loons
Red-necked Grebes
Swainson's Hawks (only seen at burn sites so far)
Turkey Vultures
Franklin's Gulls
Tree Swallows
Cliff Swallows
Barn Swallows
Savannah Sparrows
Chipping Sparrows
White-throated Sparrows
Yellow-headed Blackbirds (small #'s)
Snakes (only Garters so far)


Single sightings:

Trumpeter Swans   4/26/2012  Parnell Impoundment
Greater White-fronted Geese 4/20/12 Agassiz Impoundment
Common Goldeneyes  4/22/12  Roseau River
Ruddy Duck     4/20/12    Agassiz Impoundment
Red-breasted Mergansers  4/18/12   Euclid Impoundment
American Bittern   4/26/12   Parnell Impoundment
Hudsonian Godwit (female) 4/26/12 Parnell Impoundment
Willet   4/22/12  Roseau CR 16
Herring Gull  4/22/12  Roseau CR 16
Greater Prairie-Chicken 4/26/12 Goose Lake IBA
Ruffed Grouse 4/21/12   Goose Lake IBA
Cooper's Hawk     4/26/12    Marshall County near Warren
Loggerhead Shrike   4/17/12    Parnell Impoundment
Swamp Sparrow  4/20/12  Agassiz Impoundment
Clay-colored Sparrow  4/26/12  Off Channel Impoundment

Mammals:
Fox Spp. (pair with newborn) 4/20/12  Agassiz Impoundment

Fox Sparrows have departed the Audubon Center
Trumpeter Swans departed from the Euclid Impoundment

Bill Blackburn
Minnesota Audubon
Warren, MN

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