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Bird Language, Mar 3

posted Mar 11, 2018, 2:50 PM by Minnesota Ki Society   [ updated Mar 11, 2018, 2:50 PM ]
MN River Wildlife Refuge. The icy path kept us from descending to the lower parts of the hillside trail last Saturday. Instead we sat closer to the Visitors Center. This gave us a chance to take in a different part of the trail and see interaction between the edge of the sit area and the feeders by the Visitors Center. Before the first period started a Cooper's Hawk flew in from the west and headed toward the eastern side of the sit area. Over the past few years we have seen Cooper's Hawks nest in the east area, either at a nest fairly close to the trail or up the hill and to the west of the trail. Songbird activity was subdued in this area during the sit. We will keep our eyes and ears open to see if Cooper's Hawk nesting happens again this year. During the sit Bald Eagles were active, once flying over the sit area from the northeast and also soaring high in the southwest. We observed feeding flocks of White-breasted Nuthatches and Black-capped Chickadees as we have during the winter. There was also a sighting of an Eastern Bluebird.