[Mnbird] 140th St Marsh, Dakota Co 7/16

Molly Miller johnson-miller at msn.com
Thu Jul 19 14:20:37 CDT 2018

On Monday afternoon, 7-16-18, I saw at least 3 Solitary Sandpipers on the north side of the 140th St Marsh (there might've been 4). Initially I thought they might be juvenile Spotted Sandpipers, but they all had the heavily barred tail shown in flight and when "stretching" their wings (plus other markers).

Has any one seen a flycatcher (maybe an Alder, or similar?) in the area between the dump slope and first big bit of water?

Saw Brown Thrashers, Catbirds, and the Bell's Vireos carrying food. Also seen: Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroats, Orchard Oriole, Eastern Kingbirds, Robins, Goldfinches, Clay-colored Sparrows, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrows, Mourning Doves, Cedar Waxwings, Pied-billed Grebes, Coots, and 1 Yellow-headed Blackbird (M) within ~200 Red-winged Blackbirds. I thought there were dozens of Red-wings, but a deer bounded through the corn field on the south side of the road and a dozen dozen Red-wings flew up.

I might have to go back. I missed the Spotted Sandpiper, Green Heron, Dickcissels, and Marsh Wrens. No Blue Grosbeak, although I saw them when they nested here in 2011.

Molly Miller

Inver Grove Hts, Dakota Co.


Date:    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:54:57 -0500
From:    Gail Wieberdink <wieber64 at COMCAST.NET>
Subject: Re: 140th St. Marsh, Dakota, 7/15

We did not see nor hear the Blue Grosbeak at 140th today but we DID see a Spotted Sandpiper! It was moving along the side of the road and then crossed the road in front of our car and went through the gate and up the dump road. I have not seen any other reports of people seeing a Spotted Sandpiper there but I could have missed it.  It was unexpected but unmistakable.

Gail Wieberdink
Ramsey County

> On July 16, 2018 at 3:47 PM linda whyte <0000004e7b0e779a-dmarc-request at LISTS.UMN.EDU> wrote:
> A report of a Blue Grosbeak at this location inspired another check for the
> species yesterday morning, though I'd looked here on a few previous trips
> this year. Parking closer to the east border of the waste site, I walked
> west, noting the many other species to be seen and heard. It wasn't until I
> turned back, walking east toward the car, that I heard Blue Grosbeak song.
> The bird was singing from the top of a tree on the slope. The voice and
> song were unmistakable. Its size, shape and stance were typical of the
> species. Unfortunately, it was back-lit, so didn't give good looks at its
> deep blue color or its russet wing patch. Before I could get in a position
> of favorable light, it took off, flying west and dropping behind a ridge
> near the bottom of the waste site. It was not seen again by me or several
> other observers who were there at the time.
> Thanks to Joe Conoly I did finally see the Bell's Vireos I'd been unable to
> find earlier this year.  They are apparently nesting in the same location
> as last year. They were going back and forth to a large bush between the
> dump driveway and the main pond, with food.
> Linda Whyte


Date:    Mon, 16 Jul 2018 21:07:46 -0500
From:    linda whyte <birds at MOOSEWOODS.US>
Subject: Re: 140th St marshtoday

I did not mention it in my report, but there were also a few shorebirds at
the 140th St. Marsh yesterday. Spotted Sandpiper was mentioned by Joe, but
there was at least one Solitary in the wet area on the north side of the
Linda Whyte

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