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> From: Laura Coble <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: June 27, 2010 6:57:09 PM CDT
> To: MN listserv <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Red-headed Woodpeckers, Goodhue Cty
> On Thursday this week, I discovered at least 5 adult (possibly more) Red-headed Woodpeckers in the dead trees along Wild Turkey Road in Goodhue Cty. I observed them flying back and forth from utility poles and trees to some dead trees, inspecting nest holes. I saw no juveniles, but residents along the road farther down have had them at feeders for a number of years, and told me that juveniles came to their feeders last year with the adults.
> From hwy 19, turn north on Sunset Trail. The first road to the east is Wild Turkey Rd. The woodpeckers are hanging out in an area about a mile down this road, on the south side. About a mile and half farther east down the road is another area where you may see the woodpeckers flying from feeders to dead trees beyond the end of a resident's lot. I've talked to the the people who live there, and they don't mind birders viewing the birds near their home. Though the feeders are mostly hidden by high bushes, the birds can be easily viewed from the road, in flight and perched on trees, at both locations.
> Also, I saw one adult Swainson's Hawk. About a month ago, Jim Otto told me of seeing a Swainson's along Wild Turkey Rd, about a mile or so from the intersection. I finally saw it flying last week on the west side of Sunset Trail, close to Wild Turkey Rd. There have been Lark Sparrows along the road if you follow Sunset Trail and cross the Cannon Valley Bike Trail, where Sunset Trail begins to follow the Cannon River. I saw them on two occasions last week, and the second time I saw a pair displaying.
> Although you can't park on the road near the bike trail, you can park on the side of the road a short way farther down, since this area is part of the Cannon River Wilderness. There are several state park signs along the river, and River Terrace Prairie SNA is about 2 miles beyond the bike crossing, on the east side of Sunset Trail. The Goodhue side of Miesville Ravine is across the river from the SNA, though there is no bridge at this location.
> Laura Coble
> Cannon Falls, MN
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