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Jeanie Joppru <[log in to unmask]>
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Jeanie Joppru <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 15 Jul 2012 11:57:03 -0600
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I just got the below email yesterday from Dennis Weisenborn. Perhaps someone
will want to check these out.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wiesenborn, Dennis [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2012 1:44 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Blue grosbeaks in Clay County
> Hello Jeanie:
> This was first posted on the FMBirders a bit over two weeks
> ago; I apologize for not reporting this to you sooner, but
> the male grosbeaks was still present this morning. The
> attachment is an audio clip of the singing male (3x over 35
> sec). The area is fenced, but the male came up to the road
> on several occasions.
> With best regards,
> Dennis
> Original posting on FMBirders on June 29: A pair of blue
> grosbeaks (male & female) was present this morning near 70th
> Ave. N. east of the gravel pit. The male was in 1st summer
> plumage (only the head was blue) and sang for an extended
> period of time between 7:30 and 8 a.m. An audio recording was
> made. The male was first detected Monday morning during the
> Glyndon breeding bird survey. At that time, it was singing
> from the low trees and brush northwest of stop 27 (70th Ave
> N/180th St). But I did not believe my ears, the bird became
> silent before I could get a visual ID; thus, that individual
> went unrecorded at that time.
> Posted today on FMBirders: A male blue grosbeak was still
> singing in the same area reported just over two weeks ago. I
> followed its song from about 7 to 9 a.m. today, but just had
> a few distant glimpses. This is a first-summer plumage male,
> and it is not easy to see the little bit of blue color on the
> head. It covered a lot of territory in that period; roughly
> 70 acres based on Googlemaps. A female was probably also
> seen; perhaps nesting can be confirmed this summer. Several
> families of other bird species were also present, such as
> eastern bluebird, Baltimore oriole, orchard oriole, lark
> sparrow, vesper sparrow, clay-colored sparrow, and brown thrasher.

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