[Mnbird] McKnight Prairie (Goodhue Cty) & Great Western Industrial Park (Dakota Cty)

Laura Coble shearwater45 at frontiernet.net
Sat Jun 13 22:09:41 CDT 2015

After the drizzling rain today, I enjoyed some birding at McKnight Prairie, south of Randolph, in Goodhue Cty.  It's accessed by driving south on Hwy 56 from Hwy 88 at Randolph;  turn right (west) onto Scotia Trail after the bridge, and turn left (south) onto the first cross road (2nd Ave.).  Drive about a mile south, and it's on your left.  The prairie area, owned by Carleton College, is on the north side of the gravel trail (or road), and a Christmas tree farm, a private business, is on the south side of the road.  Park outside the gate on the shoulder of the road.  A map and other detailed information can be found online.  

Species seen and/or heard:
Lark Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Last year I saw singing Henslow's Sparrows, but not today.
Brown Thrasher
Eastern Bluebird
Tree Swallow 
Northern Flicker
Eastern Kingbird
Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
American Goldfinch  

At  Great Western Industrial Park, north of Randolph:
Western and Eastern Meadowlarks 
Grasshopper Sparrow 
Savannah Sparrow 

Laura Coble
Cannon Falls

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