This afternoon I found a Louisiana Waterthrush at Seven-Mile Creek
County Park in Nicollet County. The bird was foraging along the creek
at the end of the park road just past the parking lot and near the
first bridge. I first heard a sharp "smack" call note; thinking it was
a Northern, I was very surprised to find a Louisiana. I followed the
bird as it worked the edge of the water and eventually flew upstream
and out of sight.
The shorebird spot one mile north of the town of Nicollet on the east
side of Hwy. 111 has a bit more water than the last week due to this
week's rains (~1.5 inches) and thus currently less mudflats are
exposed. Without rain in the next few days this will improve. Today
there were a few shorebirds present however, including Lesser
Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plover, and a pair of Wilson's Phalarope.
Bob Dunlap, Nicollet County
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