Date: 10/15/18 1:06 pm From: Stephen Greenfield via Mnbird <mnbird...> Subject: [Mnbird] Minnesota Global Birders: birding and biodiversity in Ghana
The next presentation to the Minnesota "Global Birders" group will be by Tom Will, biologist with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, on the diversity of habitats and birds of Ghana. He will discuss a trip taken this April, tips on travelling and birding there and elsewhere in Africa, along with observations about conservation and the culture.
So we can monitor the number of attendees, please register online with Eventbrite at the link below, where more information is available (or type "tinyurl.com/globalbirding14" into your browser).
Monday, October 22, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Ave. S (at Lagoon), Minneapolis
Date: 10/14/18 3:14 pm From: Roger Schmidt via Mnbird <mnbird...> Subject: [Mnbird] Prior Lake Sightings Happy and Sad
After 15 years of sitting on my deck watching the birds I had given up the prospect of ever seeing a Red-breasted Nuthatch on the deck. What a surprise when a pair arrived 3 days ago. They've discovered the suet and they are now counted among the usual suspects…..almost. I don't know if they'll stick around or not but what a pleasure to have one on the home turf! The only place I've ever seen them is Crex Meadows.
Moving on to yet another stranger near the deck. An Oven Bird. Another first time ever here at home. We spent a week watching it feed on the ground. The weather was poor so I never did get a pic. However, this happy sighting has a rather sad ending. Going out to get the mail one day, As I stepped off the front step I noticed laying in the rocks under the kitchen window our little Oven Bird we'd been watching for days. We only observed one and I assume it's the same one. A window strike I'm afraid. Our kitchen window seldom if ever has had a strike. I suspect a Cooper that frequents the front yard. Hmmmm….of all the birds in our yard this one little OB, we so enjoyed watching, had to be the one to perish.
I have to end the post on a happy note.
This morning I watched a baby cardinal play in the snow on the deck. It was so cute I could hardly stand it. It would kick the snow from side to side with it's beak, jump up, flap it's wings and shake it out. It was like it was taking a bath in the snow. Maybe it was. All the years I've watched birds I've never seen anything like it. It made me smile and that's not a bad way to start a day!
Date: 10/11/18 1:36 pm From: DONALD GRUSSING Owner via Mnbird <mnbird...> Subject: [Mnbird] crab grass
Before the rains we enjoyed two days of very busy clay colored sparrows in our yard, eating crabgrass seeds. (It was a good year for crab grass). They were everywhere the crab grass was, looking at first very much like leaves as they moved about. They were joined in the grass, and also in the shrubs and trees by yellow-rumped warblers and one very dark warbler I could not identify (even though it was only 10 feet away).
It reminded me of my childhood when I would watch flocks of house sparrows (we called them English sparrows then) going everywhere the crabgrass grew. One year they were joined by a greenish yellow parakeet. I always wonder what happened to that escapee.
Date: 10/10/18 8:41 am From: Betsy Kerr via Mnbird <mnbird...> Subject: [Mnbird] Goldfinches, RCK & Bluebirds
The most populous bird in the yard this week--at the feeder and the coneflowers-- is the American Goldfinch. The young ones are still flapping their wings and chirping, begging to be fed.
Most notable bird in the area of the feeder, sighted on Sunday: one Golden-crowned Kinglet. A thrush just perched briefly on the feeder, I suppose a Hermit, but I wouldn't swear to that ID. A small flock of Eastern Bluebirds was also observed in the neighbors' garden yesterday--maybe after the remaining raspberries?
Date: 10/1/18 12:27 pm From: DONALD GRUSSING Owner via Mnbird <mnbird...> Subject: [Mnbird] Wasps
While cleaning up my feeders for the upcoming season yesterday I had a rude surprise. A good sized, active wasp nest underneath the removable roof. Luckily the wasps were slow, thanks to the cold, and I was able to avoid being stung. First time that has happened, though I have had wasp nests in bird houses, a bumble bee "hive" in a bluebird house, and a bee hive in a wood duck house. The bees did not last through the winter, but sure made a sticky mess of the inside of the house. Had to remove it and replace it.