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Mon, 2 Jun 2014 09:59:16 -0600
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I heard an Acadian Flycatcher this morning on the south side of Minnehaha Creek just to the west of the new Lyndale Avenue bridge. It called many times and I tried to get down to the area to get a look which proved very difficult but by the time I got down there the bird stopped calling. I waited for about 25 minutes and then went back home. I never did get a view of the bird but I initially thought the call was of an Acadian Flycatcher and when I listened to the call afterwards it sounded to me to be exactly the same as the bird I heard. I don't have extensive experience with this species although I have seen and heard them a few times before. The call reminded me initially of a Pacific-slope Flycatcher but not quite as high pitched (at least it was more similar than any other bird I could think of). I had just heard and seen Pacific-slope Flycatchers on a trip to California. 
On a side note, I went and saw the Cerulean Warbler that was on the Cattail Trail loop at Carver Park near the Lowry Nature Center yesterday. The bird was singing at the top of a large oak tree. About 100 yards down the trail I saw a backlit warbler seemingly gathering nesting material. This warbler had two distinct white wing-bars but I could not see the coloration. The overall pattern seemed to match a female Cerulean Warbler. I would warn anyone going to see the Cerulean Warbler to not use playback at all to get views of the bird, just in case there is a nesting pair in the area. There is no need to use playback anyway, I was able to get views of the bird while rocking a stroller back and forth.
Good Birding,
Jason Caddy
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