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Kim R Eckert <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 18 Oct 2015 20:18:27 -0600
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The Minn Birding Weekends group found several species of interest this weekend (October 16-17-18) in Norman, Clay, Wilkin, and Otter Tail counties:

- At least 3 Smith’s Longspurs among a flock of Laplands coming to a pond on 230th St just W of MN Hwy 9 in Wilkin Co.

- Le Conte’s Sparrow at the NW corner of the water impoundment along the E side of 290th Ave, 1.5 mi S of Wilkin CR 26.

- A minimum of 2,000 Brewer’s Blackbirds in a pasture on the Wilkin Co side of the Otter Tail Co line, 4 mi S of Rothsay; this blackbird flock was virtually 100% Brewer’s, with just a few starlings and Red-wingeds among them, and 2000+ is by far the most Brewer’s I’ve ever seen in MN, and it apparently represents a record high number for this species in MN.

- Late Semipalmated Plover and Am Golden-Plover in Otter Tail Co in a large wetland along the W side of CR 88 at 320th St.

- Short-eared Owl after sunset along Wilkin CR 26, ~3 mi W of Rothsay. 

Also seen this weekend were: Gr Prairie-Chickens at Felton Prairie (Clay Co) and at Rothsay WMA and Town Hall Prairie SNA (Wilkin Co), Rough-legged Hawk on MN Hwy 9 just S of the Norman-Clay county line, Eur Collared-Dove in Rothsay (Wilkin Co), N Shrikes in Wilkin Co at Rothsay WMA and just E of Town Hall Prairie, Black-billed Magpie in Clay Co at Felton Prairie, and a few Com Redpolls in Norman Co at Ada and Twin Valley.       

Kim Eckert, Duluth

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