Migratory birds are coming back to Minnesota around this time of year (late March or early April).  夏の終わりから秋に南に渡った渡り鳥が、春に帰って来ます。鳥によっては、ミネソタは、途中の休憩地であり、さらに、北に向かいます。また、秋に、北から、ミネソタに渡って来て、ミネソタで、冬を過ごした渡り鳥は、春に北に戻ります。

Signs of Spring
今季、初の鳥、ミネソタに帰って来ました
110510 Gorgeous Spring Day!!!
 a Wilson’s Warbler, Golden-winged Warblers, Magnolia Warblers, a Common Yellowthroat, a Gnatcatcher, a Phoebe, a Chestnut-sided warbler female, a Nashville Warbler, a Canada Warbler?, a Waterthrush Warbler, an Ovenbird, an American Redstart (male), a Yellow-throated vireo, a Ruby Kinglet female, a Swainson’s Thrush, Cardinal males, Robins, Crows, Cowbird family, a Catbird, a Chipping Sparrow, a Raccoon. part of Kris' Birding Walk, Roberts Bird Sanctuary
110507 It's a beautiful day! a Swamp Sparrow, a Song Sparrow, Cardinals, Red-winged Blackbirds, a Tree Swallow, a Kingfisher, Ruby Kinglets, a Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Blue Jays, a Pileated Woodpecker (at close range), Robins, Two male Downy Woodpeckers fighting, etc. on Tammy's Walk, Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden. Marsh Margot flowers in bloom, Trout Lilies begin to bloom, Dutchman-Breeches flowers open, Chorus Frog calls
110506 Saw Nuthatches, Cardinals, three Deer, and a
Spined Soldier Bug, Minneapolis; Scaups, Red-breasted Mergansers, Cormorants, Coots, Mallards, Red-winged Blackbirds, Mourning Doves, a Killdeer, Song Sparrows, St. Paul; Spotted 88 species on a birding walk, Southeast MN (Matt)
110503 Finally we
had a Gorgeous Spring Day: an Ovenbird (second one in my life), a Northern Waterthrush (second one in my life), a Swamp Sparrow, a Chipping Sparrow, a Sparrow (Savannah?, unidentified), a Duck pair, Cardinals, Chickadees,
Yellow-rumped Warblers, Robins, some maples and oaks in bloom, Leafing-out (part of Kris' Birding Walk at Roberts Bird Sanctuary)
St. Paul: a Yellow Warbler (first one of the season) at close range, Yellow-rumped Warblers (catching insects in the air like a flycatcher), a Phoebe, Chickadees, Robin calls, Geese, Ducks, unidentified bird calls, a cormorant, a hawk, crows, rock pigeons, a Great Blue Heron, House Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds, first Green Darner (dragonfly) of the season, a Water Strider, unidentified beetle, a small fish, Pocket Gopher's Mounds,
Chorus frog calls, Another kind of frog calls, lots of grass
110502 Overcast and cloudy again  some snowflakes are seen in the morning, two hawks; one hawk is being attacked by a crow, an egret, rock pigeons, a pair of European Starlings collects materials for their nest,
110430 Sat. Rainy Day, No Birding

110429 Two egrets fish,
House Sparrows, Rock Pigeons, Crows, Red-winged Blackbirds, European Starlings,
110426 Rainy day. We didn't join Kris for her birding walk. We heard that several die-hard birders did birding.
(Kris' Birding Walk at Roberts Bird Sanctuary)
Cloudy days or rainy days continue!! And it's not warm. ...
Yeah, We're depressed.
110424
Two Barn Swallows (first ones of the season) chasing each other while making calls, mergansers, mallards, geese
110423 Sat. Rainy Day. No Birding

110421 Rock Pigeons, a moth and a fly in the kitchen, a Blue Heron,
110420 It snowed last night.
110419 Robins, an Ovenbird, Yellow-rumpted Warblers, Downy Woodpeckers (Drumming), Red-bellied Woodpeckers, a Winter Wren, a Ruby Kinglet, Cardinals, Chickadees, a female Cowbird, Quite a few Northern Flickers (calls), Swamp Sparrows, a Junco, a Nuthatch, a Mallard pair, a Brown Creeper, Several Deer, Goldfinches, feathers of a duck, which a hawk attacked to eat on the trail, Wood Ducks,
Two State persons collect Mosquito’s larvae from the swamp.
Mammals: Chipmunk calls, a Gray Squirrel
Flowers: Scilla: blue and pink flowers in bloom
(Kris' Birding Walk at Roberts Bird Sanctuary)
a Sora Rail, which is very hard to spot (Julie, on Kris' Afternoon Birding Walk)

110416 Tammy's Birding Walk (Becky led the Walk) at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden Bird Sanctuary. The temperature was around 30 degrees and the ground was covered with snow of around one inch; Indeed it snowed Friday night as we anticipated. We saw an eagle, a few raptors (unidentified), a downy woodpecker, chickadees (alert calls and spring calls), nuthatches, blue jays, cardinal calls, flickers (calls, first ones of the season), a kingfisher (first one of the season), a male red-bellied woodpecker looking for possible nesting sites, mallards, a hermit thrush, a male red-winged blackbird (calls), several crows chasing a hawk (I don't know which species of hawk it was. Could be a red-tailed hawk), and Robins.
No insects were spotted; it was too cold for them to fly.
The following flowers bloom at the Garden: Skunk Cabbages, silver maple and red maple (?), Pussy Willow catkins, leather wood, Hepatica, Snow Trillium, and Bloodroot. Note: I saw many tout lily leaves emerging, and some fern leaves. It looks like leaf-outs will occur for trees soon.

110412 Kris' Birding Walk at Roberts Bird Sanctuary:
It was a sunny and warm day. We saw quite a few birds such as a Hermit Thrush (first one of the season), a Hairy Woodpecker, a Winter Wren (first time in my life), a Rusty Blackbird, Grackles, Cardinals, Chickadees, Crows, Crow Mobbing, Yellow-rumped Warblers (first ones of the season), Geese, Mallards, Unknown small birds (2), Red-breasted Mergansers, Grebes, Robins, Coots (first ones of the season), a flock of about 20 Buffleheads swimming in a line, a pair of Wood Ducks (first ones of the season), a Black-crowned Night Heron (first one of the season), and Fox Sparrows (calls). Scilla (import, blue) flowers are in bloom. I spotted two Mourning Cloaks
110411 Flocks of red-breasted mergansers, two Muskrats are playing: It looks like a parent muskrat plays with its kid
110410-0411 ice-Outs occurred
110409 A flock of about 50 Red-breasted mergansers, several common mergansers, a male bufflehead, gulls,
110406 Geese, Mallards, a pair of small ducks (unidentified), St. Paul, MN
110404
We saw 55 species total on Kris' birding walk. Chorus and wood frogs were singing too. (Julie)
110403
50 Sandhill Cranes fly over in Fargo, North Dakota, and the first Pelicans are back to west Minnesota. (Jeff)
110403 Chickadee's spring calls, Red-winged Blackbird's calls, American Robin's calls, Ice-outs will occur soon at Lake Phalen and Tanners Lake
110402 Snow is melting fast. Spotted many Mallard Ducks, several Gulls (calls), a few Canada Geese, a few Crows, a Hawk, two Chickadees, and a gray squirrel.
110401 Spotted our first Great Egret of the season.  
110401 Spotted our first American Robin of the season
110331 Spotted our first Great Blue Heron of the season.
110330 Heard our first Red-winged Blackbird Territorial call of the season.
110326 "We spotted our first Gull of the season."  今季、初のカモメを見ました 
110311 First 50 Great Blue Herons are returning to North Mississippi Park
"Kim, Thanks for the info."
early March 2011 First Flowers of the season from Dave Koskenmaki, California 
今季、初のワイルドフラワー

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