[Mnbird] Hennepin County - MVNWR - Bass Ponds - Field Trip Report - 4/2/17

CRAIG MANDEL EgretCMan at msn.com
Sun Apr 2 22:23:25 CDT 2017

 April 2, 2017

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Long Meadow Lake Unit

Bass Ponds Trailhead

Field Trip Report

There were lots of birds moving at the Bass Ponds this morning.  There were still large numbers of dabbling Ducks on Long Meadow Lake and we observed a small flock of Bonaparte's Gulls near pond C.  There were distant looks at Ruby & Golden-crowned Kinglets and some of the group observed some Yellow-rumped Warblers.  Song Sparrows were abundant and there were also a few Fox Sparrows and American Tree Sparrows.  Prior to the walks some of the participants observed the Barred Owl, near the lower parking area and a possible Yellow Warbler was observed just East of the Lower Parking area.  Here are a few of the species observed by the group:

Waterfowl - 16 species, including Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead and Northern Pintail.

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Turkey Vulture

Cooper's Hawk

Sandhill Crane

Wilson's Snipe

Bonaparte's Gull

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Fox Sparrow

Craig Mandel

Minnetonka, Hennepin County

EgretCMan at msn.com

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