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I was able to reach the location about 2:00 and found the Purple Sandpiper at about 2:20.  I did not relocate the Sanderling however.  The sandpiper was sitting in the rocks on the east side of the road very near the north end of the road that crosses a large slough in the WPA.  I watched the bird until about 2:50.  At that point a pickup drove by and the bird flew out over the water and immediately returned to the same spot on the edge of the road.
 
Joel Schmidt


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From: Bob Ekblad <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2011 1:10 PM
Subject: [mou-net] Alert: Juvenile Purple Sandpiper in Swift County

Denny & Barb Martin called to report they found a juvenile Purple Sandpiper
in Swift County - and they were watching it as we spoke on the phone
(moments ago).



The bird is located at the Lubenow WPA that is on 230th Ave SW 2 miles North
of Hwy 12.  This location is approximately 7 or so miles north of Appleton.



The Purple Sandpiper and a Sanderling were hanging out together.



Bob Ekblad
Olmsted County in SE Minnesota
http://www.Birding-Minnesota.com




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