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Kim R Eckert <[log in to unmask]>
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Kim R Eckert <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 7 Sep 2009 17:25:42 -0600
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Late this morning, Sept 7, my Minn Birding Weekends (MBW) group  
observed a Snowy Egret at Agassiz NWR, Marshall Co. It was seen on  
Parker Pool from the observation platform along Co Rd 7 west of refuge  
headquarters. I then alerted Jeanie Joppru who reported the egret was  
still present this afternoon.

There were a few other highlights during this Sept 4-5-6-7 MBW tour  
covering parts of Kittson, Roseau, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, and  
Clearwater Co's. In all, we managed to turn up over 150 species,  
despite the clear and warm weather which is currently prevailing and  
is not conducive to much migration.

Our shorebird total was a respectable 18 species, with limited mudflat  
habitat available. The most interesting finds were an American Avocet  
at the Roseau sewage ponds and a flock of 145 Red-necked Phalaropes at  
the Warroad sewage ponds. The only extensive mudflats we saw were at  
Parker Pool in Agassiz, although most of the habitat there is  
relatively far from the road. There are also decent mudflats at  
Agassiz along Co Rd 7 at South Pool just east of refuge headquarters.

On the other hand, however, the woods birding was generally very slow,  
as evidenced by our modest 4-day total of only 16 warblers, with very  
low numbers of each species, and no significant waves of passerines  
found anywhere.

Kim Eckert


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