I got out this morning to look for some birds for my July
I got out this morning to look for some birds for my July list in Blue Earth County. There were three notable species.
Blue Grosbeak: Take Hwy 68 west from Hwy 60. Turn left on 216th Street at the MN DOT quarry. A male was singing on the wire near the quarry in this location. I posted a photograph to the MOU site. This is the same location I found one in the summer of 2011.
Common Gallinule: Go west from the Blue Grosbeak location to CR50 and then go south. Continue south of Hwy 60 where the road turns into 535th Avenue. There's a wetland on the east side of the road just north of the O.A. Vee WMA; the bird was foraging on the south side. This is the same location where a pair nested in 2011 (they were not there last year).
Henslow's Sparrow: After striking out on the Henslow's at Minneopa State Park, I was happy to find two singing males at Lincoln WPA. Take CR32 south from Hwy 60 and continue south of CR13. Turn east on 169th Street; the birds were singing on the north side of the road not far from the WPA boundary.
Other good finds: Ovenbird, Blue-winged Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Gray Partridge, Lesser Yellowlegs, Savannah Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, both meadowlarks, Orchard Oriole, Dickcissel. It was a great morning.
"But ask the animals and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?" --Job 12:7, 9
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