Hey birders,

On our way back from a bioblitz in western Yellow Medicine County, Tom
Dahlen and I stumbled into an awesome area with flooded fields about 1 mile
west of Wabasso on Hwy 68.  There’s a single flooded field on the north
side of Hwy 68 that had a few shorebirds, but heading south along the same
crossroad will reveal a much larger complex.

Species present: ~300 Blue-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Northern Shoveler,
Mallard, ~500 shorebirds: 300+ Pectoral Sandpipers, Baird’s Sandpiper,
Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary
Sandpiper, Wilson’s Snipe, a single Sanderling, and 4 Red-necked
Phalaropes.  There were also about 500 mixed swallows on the power lines in
that area.

We also stopped at the quarry area west of the entrance to Minneopa State
Park in Blue Earth County along 216th St.  The male Blue Grosbeak who has
been around this summer was quite cooperative singing about the middle of
the southern berm.

Happy birding!

Chad Heins


*Chad Heins*

Associate Professor of Biology

Bethany Lutheran College

700 Luther Drive

Mankato, MN 56001

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