I have continued to be intrigued by the numbers and new locations of Blue
Grosbeaks, so I have continued searching for them. I haven't found any new
birds myself but I do have some updates:
- I again observed the male BLGR at the Danube brush site on 8-7-14. I did
not check up on all the other birds I found a week ago.
- I did not find the BLGR at Gneiss Outcrops SNA in Chippewa County on 8-7-
- Garrett Wee told me he found a male BLGR in Marshall's city limits on the very
northwestern edge of town on London Road on 8-6-14. Garrett is the birder
who found the Blue Grosbeaks at the Cottonwood sewage ponds the last two
years, and this year he found a nest there as well.
I recently wrote a blog post showing how I used satellite imagery to locate
probable habitats within this seemingly expanding range of this species. You
can see photos of the satellite images and maps I used as well as BLGR
pictures from around Danube at the following link:
The Danube birds are just 6 miles from Kandiyohi County - hopefully one will
make the jump soon if it hasn't already!
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