[Mnbird] recent arrivals, Crosby Farm Park, St. Paul; Mendota Heights/Lilydale

linda whyte birds at moosewoods.us
Thu Mar 31 23:46:41 CDT 2016

On Wednesday, there were some new additions to the waterfowl mix at Crosby
Park. Besides the usual Canada Geese, Mallards, and Wood Ducks, there were
several pairs of Ring-necked Ducks, a few pairs of blue-winged Teal, a
Pie-billed Grebe, and a Trumpeter Swan.
On the river path there was a flock of Golden-crowned Kinglets foraging
high along the banks. There were also Brown Creepers, though these may have
been the same ones seen here during the winter months.
Additional Brown Creepers and Golden-crowned Kinglets were found today,
along the paved path that runs from highway 13 to highway 110, parallel to
35E. The Creepers were concentrating their gleaning efforts on the deep
crevices of mature cottonwoods.  While most of the kinglets were feeding in
the upper canopy, some were at eye-level, flashing the flame color beneath
their yellow crowns.
A drive-by check in Lilydale revealed no Osprey on the Station Island
nesting platform. However, there was a new occupant on the abandoned nest
that Osprey had built on the power structure at the east end of the main
lake, right next to the road and the railroad bridge. Last year, a Canada
Goose used it. Now the nest has been expanded, and was hosting a Bald
Eagle. Further west, off the bike path and overlooking the wetland, the
Great-horned Owl was visible on her adopted Eagle nest. No other nests
occupants were visible at the time, but perhaps the weather was keeping
everyone hunkered down to brood.
Linda Whyte
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