11/7/2014,
 
The previously reported Mute Swan was observed this morning at the Gaylord WTP.  At 11:33 am, the bird was still in the North Eastern cell of the WTP.  Some of the additional birds observed at the ponds included:
Bonaparte's Gull
Franklin's Gull
Lapland Longspur
along 280th Street both East and West of the WTP, there were large flocks of Blackbirds.  100s of both Rusty and Brewer's Blackbirds were observed along with a large number of Red-winged Blackbirds.
 
Craig Mandel
Minnetonka, Hennepin County
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> Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 00:17:15 -0600
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> Subject: [mou-net] Mute Swan - Gaylord WTP
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> A  Mute Swan was in the south pond at the Gaylord WTP this afternoon.  It
> was rather wary and flew as soon as I came upon it in the pond.  No banding
> was visible while the bird was in flight.  It didn't move far - just to the
> pond on the far east end of the complex.
> 
> Other reports of lone Mute Swans from this region over the last few years
> may all represent just a couple of individuals:
> 
> 6, 7 July 2012 - in northern McLeod County;
> 6-25 July 2012 - in Sibley County at the Gaylord WTP;
> 22, 23 September 2012 - in Wright County on the east side of Pelican Lake;
> 15, 16 December 2012 - in Scott in Shakopee;
> 24 April 2013 - in Nicollet County, east of the town of Nicollet;
> 13, 14, 20 October 2013 - in Sibley six miles south of the Gaylord WTP at
> the Nicollet County line;
> 16, 17 October 2013 - one a bit farther south in Nicollet County, 4 miles
> north of the town of Nicolle (and about 9 miles south of the Nicollet County
> line);
> 18, 31 March, 2 April 2014 - near Courtland, Nicollet County; 
> 5 April 2014 - near Pelican Lake;
> 13 April 2014 - in extreme eastern Renville County;
> 11-13 October 2014 - in Scott at the New Prague WTP;
> 6 November - at the Gaylord WTP (again), this location is 33 miles due east
> of the prior record from Scott County.
> 
> Paul
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> Paul Budde
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