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Matt Dufort <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 23:37:16 -0700
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I spent much of today visiting various spots in southeast Minnesota, in 
search of birds and some slightly warmer weather.

I saw two Snowy Owls in southwestern Dodge County this afternoon, in the 
same area where they've been reported previously. Both were sitting out 
in the fields, and both within about 1/2 mile of the intersection of 
690th St and 120th Ave intersection. The heavily marked owl was east of 
120th Ave, about 1/2 mile south of 690th St. The very lightly marked owl 
was north of 690th St, about 1/2 mile east of 120th Ave. They were 
present around 3:00, and still present at 3:30 when I left. Snowy Owl 
has been a serious jinx bird for me in Minnesota, so I was thrilled to 
see two in the span of 10 minutes!

Earlier, I found 2-3 Tufted Titmice along Hay Creek Trail south of Red 
Wing. Near the south end of the road, maybe 1/4 mile from where it meets 
Hwy 58, there's a feeding station.  It's up the slope, right at the 
driveway for house number 31365 (IIRC). It was being frequented by lots 
of chickadees and the usual suspects, plus several titmice.

I also heard, but didn't see, a Carolina Wren along 4th Street in 
Hastings. This neighborhood was really birdy, with lots of feeders being 
visited by a ton of birds. A short ways down the road to the east, 
there's a pull-off where a number of deer carcasses have been dumped. 
They were also attracting birds, including a flicker.

I was pleased with the diversity of birds for the middle of winter, even 
with bad luck on waterbirds. The wind and cold were creating lots of 
steam over the water, making it nearly impossible to see birds except at 
the edges.

Good birding,
Matt Dufort

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