Craig Mandel and I birded Clay and Grant Counties yesterday (August 4) in
search of the state's summer rarities. A brief report:
The Western Wood-Pewee was still singing on-and-off, and flying around, at
Buffalo River State Park (Clay Co.). This was around 8:30/9am.
We managed to spot one Say's Phoebe--perhaps a juvenile--at the Felton
Prairie site (Clay Co.) around 10/10:30am. Dennis and Barb Martin saw both
of the birds on August 3 in addition to an adult Golden Eagle, which was
likely pushed east due to the extreme droughts in the western Dakotas.
We spent a few hours (approx. 1-3pm) at North Ottawa Impoundment (Grant
Co.). We did not hear or see either of the King Rails or any herons/egrets
of interest. The highlights were 4 Red-necked Phalaropes and 9 other
shorebird species, a Canvasback, an American Bittern, and a Virginia Rail
visiting Golden Valley, Hennepin Co.
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