Monday, April 18, 2011

Spotlights on Local/Metro Birding Spots

Those of us in Minnesota, and specifically the Metro area are really pretty lucky. We don't have to go very far from our front doors to do some fantastic birding. Part of that is the sheer number, and diversity, of natural areas like parks and refuges that have been designated and are available to enjoy. I am going to try to spend the next couple of blog posts highlighting some of the lesser known ones.

First up - North Mississippi Regional Park in Minneapolis. Don't let the proximity to I-94 fool you - it is sandwiched between the river and the freeway, and has some real gems. The nature center is wonderful. They also have an open area that will attract Eastern Kingbirds, Eastern Phoebes and other flycatchers. Northern Flickers and other woodpeckers love it, too. This was the first spot this year that I heard and saw Song Sparrows (first two pics). It also features a large Great Blue Heron Rookery (next four pics).

Last photo is a Greater White-fronted Goose. Just happened to notice it as I was walking to the rookery.

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