Because there have been no mou-net reports of the Le Sueur Co Rufous Hummingbird for 3 weeks, I think it's worth reporting that the bird is still visiting Mary & Steve Nesgoda's feeders at 30627 Pumpkin Hill Rd just N of Le Sueur. A Minn Birding Weekends group stopped by to see it yesterday afternoon, at which time the Nesgodas were also presented with a MOU Certificate of Appreciation. Three previous certificates this year have been presented to those who hosted visiting birders: Janet Anderson (Lewis's Woodpecker), the City of Herman (Black-necked Stilt nesting pair), and Jason Olson (Wood Stork).
Otherwise, the MBW found the birding to be generally slow in Murray-Pipestone-Rock counties this past weekend, Oct 17-18-19, with hardly any migration in evidence. About the only birds of note were: Cackling Geese at 2 locations, a lone Gray Partridge (just W of L Shetek, Murray Co), Red-bellied Woodpecker (Edgerton, Pipestone Co), Northern Shrike (Blue Mounds State Park), and some large Com Grackle numbers (one Rock Co flock was estimated to have 10,000+ individuals).
But especially conspicuous by their absence were ducks (only 10 species), raptors (4 species), shorebirds (5 species), and no sightings of any swallows, wrens, thrushes (except a few bluebirds and robins), longspurs, or warblers (not even a Yellow-rumped!).
Kim R Eckert, Duluth
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