[Mnbird] Mille Lacs, Itasca & Koochiching Counties - 8/26 - 8/29 - 2015

CRAIG MANDEL egretcman at msn.com
Sun Aug 30 13:13:35 CDT 2015

8/26 -8/29 - 2015
While birding in North Central Minnesota with Mark Junghans and Ron Erpelding the last few days.  We encountered a few species of note.  Here are a few of my favorites from the trip.
Mille Lacs county
Eurasian Collared-Dove - A Eurasian Collared-Dove was observed along the main street in the town of Long Siding.
Itasca County
Great Horned Owl - A Great Horned Owl was heard calling at the intersection of CR 3 and Bluebird Drive.
Swainson's Thrush - Several Swainson's Thrush's were observed at the public boat access at the intersection of Highway 6 and CR 63.
Warblers were observed at numerous locations, with a total of 11 species observed.  Golden-winged, Black-and-white, Pine  and Chestnut-sided were some of the more abundant species observed.
Koochiching County
Red-necked Phalarope - Three Red-necked Phalaropes were observed at the International Falls WTP.
Common Nighthawks were observed migrating between 5:00 and 7:00 pm, in Koochiching county.
Koochiching County
13 species of Waterfowl were observed, including American Black Duck, Northern Pintail, Bufflehead and lots of Common Goldeneye.  These were observed at the international Falls and Little Falls WTP's.
Cooper's Hawk - A Cooper's Hawk was observed West of the town of Big Falls along CR 30.
Shorebirds that were present a the International Falls WTP: Semipalmated Plover, Spotted, Stilt, Pectoral and Least Sandpipers, Red-necked Phalarope and Lesser Yellowlegs.
Birds observed along the Toumey-Williams Road included: Merlin, Blue-headed Vireo, Gray Jay, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Northern Waterthrush, Nashville, Connecticut, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Magnolia, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green and Wilson's Warbler and Dark-eyed Junco.
Boreal Chickadee - Several Boreal Chickadee's were heard and observed along the Pine River Road, about 3 miles North of CR 30.
Field Sparrow - Two Field Sparrows were observed at the entrance to a gravel quarry along CR 77, .2 miles South of UT 251.
Craig Mandel
EgretCMan at msn.com
Minnetonka, Hennepin County
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