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Thu, 22 Oct 2015 20:03:03 -0600
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(Posted by Alex Lewanski <[log in to unmask]> via

Today (10/22/15) from 2:45-5:30pm at the Lake Byllesby public access in Goodhue 
County, two other birders (Sorry I forgot your names!) and I observed multiple flocks 
of shorebirds with the highlights being 1 Hudsonian Godwit and 48 American Golden-
Plovers. Note that the birds were on the Dakota County side of the lake. There is 
extensive mudflats due to a draw down and it is possible to walk several hundred feet 
out into the lake. A complete list of birds is given below.

Hundreds of shorebirds arriving in several flocks.
-113 Killdeer 
-48 American Golden-Plover
    -Tan/gray underwing coverts seen. Obvious white supercilium, thinner build, 
tan/gray coloration and more petite bill in close comparison to BBPL.
-1 Black Bellied Plover
     -Paler coloration, larger and bulkier than AMGP. Diagnostic black underwing 
coverts also seen when it flew. 
-1 Hudsonian Godwit
     - In nonbreeding plumage. Large shorebird (larger than nearby KILL and AMGP) 
with long upturned bill with a pale, pinkish base and obvious white supercilium. I was 
able to see the diagnostic black tail with white base and long pointed dark wings with 
white stripe when it flew and preened.
-69 Dunlin
-4 Sanderling (in their light gray nonbreeding plumage)
-10 Pectoral Sandpiper
-2 Semipalmated Sandpiper

Raptors seen:
-1 Peregrine Falcon: Made a pass at the shorebirds. 
-1 Merlin
-1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
-1 Red Tailed Hawk 

Other birds seen:
-7 Canada Geese
-1 Great Blue Heron
-1 Double Crested Cormorant
-6 American Crow
-30 Lapland Longspur: Flying out on the mudflats and briefly landed amongst the 
-1 American Robin
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