Since it is only mid-week and the next Monday Phonology is still almost a week away I need to share all of the great observations coming in from around the state. The warm weather early in the week combined with winds out of the south are bringing migrating birds into the state. While at Birds and Beers on Monday night people shared reports of Canvasback and Killdeer migrating into the state. There are multiple reports of Red-winged Blackbirds in the state as well now. Birdchick even reported them singing at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul on Tuesday. That same day while tapping maple trees I heard the first Red-shouldered Hawk of the year. I saw Eastern Bluebirds on territory this morning on my commute to work and saw several flocks of migrating Canada Geese as well.
Checking the list-serves I see in the last two days people have also reported Cackling Geese, Ross's Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, Snow Geese, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Bufflhead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, American Coot, American Kestrels, Belted Kingfisher, Rusty Blackbirds, Brown Headed Cowbirds, Eastern Meadowlarks, Western Meadowlarks and Song Sparrows all moving into the state!
Get ready for birds!