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While walking this evening at Crow-Hassan Park in northwestern Hennepin Co, I observed a Short-eared Owl near dusk coursing over the fields southeast of Prairie Lake. I watched the bird for 3-4 mins as it slowly moved north towards the barn area at the north end of park. I'm not sure if it will stay around, but the habitat at Crow-Hassan is well-suited for finding this species during its migration.

Other birds seen or heard this evening: Red-shouldered Hawk, Sandhill Crane, American Woodcock (display reliably at main parking area), Barred Owl, Eastern Meadowlark, Vesper Sparrow.

Howard Towle
Golden Valley, MN
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