Also see the 2008 MBWs summaries

following the summary of the 2013 MBWeekends


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ITASCA - KOOCHICHING COUNTY I and II MBWs SUMMARY

June 14-15-16-17 and June 21-22-23-24, 2013


ITASCA-KOOCHICHING I


Except for much of Monday morning, we mostly managed to avoid the rain during our four-day MBW in the wilds of Itasca and Koochiching counties. However, the same cannot be said for the mosquitoes – they were especially memorable at that impromptu roadside pit stop on Sunday afternoon. Still, no one fainted from loss of blood, none of the cars got lost or stuck on those remote forest roads, our logistics and itinerary worked well overall, and we even saw more birds than I thought we would.


Friday morning on the pre-MBW started off nicely in the marshes and bogs near Wawina, which is where we had our one of three Great Grays, several warblers (including a Canada singing endlessly atop a 40-foot snag and a Pine standing in the road), and our best Le Conte's Sparrow views. Later we found a collared-dove in Grand Rapids after a one-minute search, and White Oak Lake produced 3 unexpected Western Grebes. About the only disappointing part of the day came as we tried to listen after dinner for woodcock and whip-poor-will but came up empty.


Though billed as a Koochiching County MBW on Saturday through Monday morning, we spent a very productive Saturday morning in Itasca County, especially birding the Alder Road and Scenic State Park. Black-billed Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanager, and a host of warblers were on the Alder Rd, while at Scenic there were 2 baby woodcocks in the trail, the most cooperative of our 4 Black-backed Woodpeckers, the first of many Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, and responsive Connecticut Warblers.


We finally made it to Koochiching County on Saturday afternoon, when we primarily birded around Big Falls and Littlefork; Sunday's loop included CR 9, CR 1, CR 13, Twomey-Williams, Fiero, and Sandsmark forest roads; and there was time to bird along CR 8, CR 31, and Hwy 71 en route to our return to Grand Rapids on Monday. A field with Upland Sandpipers, 2 more Great Grays, 3 more Black-backed Woodpecker spots, Boreal Chickadees along CR 13, and still more warblers (including our best Connecticut) were some of this county's highlights. In addition, there was a Wild(?) Turkey that acted wary enough to suggest natural origins and "countability", and a Nelson's Sparrow that was briefly heard by some before it fell silent and remained invisible as the rain began.


A partial list of the birds we did better with on I than they did on II (when they were missed): Trumpeter Swan (my favorite starling!), Sharp-tailed Grouse, Western Grebe, Upland Sandpiper, American Woodcock (with babies), Franklin's Gull, Common Tern, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Black-billed Cuckoo, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Scarlet Tanager. In addition, one of our 3 Great Gray Owls was seen surprisingly well by all of us on Fiero Rd, while I understand that the Great Gray on II was unfortunately only seen by some.


On the other hand, Craig and Shawn's group found the following which we missed on I: Ruffed Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Caspian Tern, Marsh Wren, Swainson's and Wood thrushes, Northern Waterthrush, and Indigo Bunting. This group also had better views than we did of American Bittern and Black-backed Woodpecker, both which posed for photos.


And, by the numbers, for those who like to keep score, here are some of our species totals on I:


- pre-MBW in Itasca Co (June 14) = 114

- Itasca Co total (incl June 15 a.m.) = 127

- Koochiching Co total (June 15 p.m.-June 16-17) = 121

- main "Koochiching Co" MBW (June 15-16-17, incl June 15 a.m. in Itasca Co) = 131

- pre-MBW + main MBW (June 14-15-16-17) = 147


Thanks to all of you for coming, with special thanks, of course, to Shawn for his leadership in Itasca Co – which pretty much gave me the day off on Friday!


– Kim Eckert  


ITASCA-KOOCHICHING II


I would like to thank everyone for joining myself and Shawn on this MBW. While we started a few of the mornings with an early rain shower, the afternoons turned very pleasant as we missed a couple of storms that appeared to be headed our way. I would also like to thank all the drivers and those who have shared their photos.  

 

Our day in Itasca County was memorable with an immature Northern Goshawk, several cooperative Le Conte's Sparrows, and good looks at 17 species of warblers.

 

Our trip to Koochiching County also produced many highlights. We enjoyed great looks at many more warblers, enjoyed that very vocal and visible Winter Wren, and the only cooperative Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was in Scenic State Park. Our time spent on the Toumey-Williams and Fiero roads was great, with most of the boreal species observed, including a Great Gray Owl, Boreal Chickadees, and Lincoln's Sparrows. The Wood and Swainson's thrushes along the Fiero Road were some of the great additions to the bird list, and the Black-backed Woodpecker was one of the birds observed by Kim's group that we were able to relocate. Monday morning also had a few highlights, including very nice looks at that American Bittern, and those baby Common Loons hopping up on the adults were very cute.

 

Thanks again to Shawn for all his help as a co-leader on this trip and to all the participants for putting up with lots of late long drives and late lunches.  I hope to see you all on another MBW in the near future.  


– Craig Mandel


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Composite List = 155 species


Itasca I = June 14-15 in Itasca Co

Kooch I = June 15-16-17 in Koochiching Co

Itasca II = June 21-22 in Itasca Co 

Kooch II = June 22-23-24 in Koochiching Co


Canada Goose     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Trumpeter Swan     Itasca I, Kooch I (near Wawina, Big Falls sewage ponds, Tufer L)

Wood Duck     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Gadwall     Kooch I / Kooch II

American Wigeon     Kooch I / Kooch II

American Black Duck     Kooch I / Kooch II

Mallard     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Blue-winged Teal     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Northern Shoveler     Kooch I / Kooch II

Green-winged Teal     Itasca I, Kooch I / Kooch II

Ring-necked Duck     Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Lesser Scaup     Kooch I / Kooch II

Common Goldeneye     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Hooded Merganser     Itasca I / Itasca II

Common Merganser     Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Ruffed Grouse     Itasca II, Kooch II

Sharp-tailed Grouse     Kooch I (crossing the road on CR 1)

"Wild" Turkey     Kooch I (a wary, wild-looking bird of unknown origins along Hwy 11)

Common Loon     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II (incl babies on II – aw!)

Pied-billed Grebe    Kooch I

Red-necked Grebe     Itasca I / Itasca II

Western Grebe     Itasca I (#250 on Shawn's Itasca Co list at White Oak L)

Double-crested Cormorant    Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

American White Pelican     Itasca I, Kooch I / Kooch II

American Bittern    Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II (much better looks on II)

Great Blue Heron     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Green Heron     Itasca I / Itasca II

Turkey Vulture     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Osprey    Kooch I / Itasca II

Bald Eagle     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Northern Harrier     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II

Sharp-shinned Hawk     Itasca I / Kooch II

Northern Goshawk     Itasca II

Broad-winged Hawk     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Red-tailed Hawk    Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Virginia Rail     Itasca I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Sora     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Sandhill Crane     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II

Killdeer     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Spotted Sandpiper     Itasca I, Kooch I / Kooch II

Upland Sandpiper    Kooch I (3 along CR 9 just S of Hwy 11)

Wilson's Snipe     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

American Woodcock     Itasca I, Kooch I (incl babies at Scenic State Park on I – aw!)

Franklin's Gull    Kooch I (on a lawn in Int'l Falls)

Ring-billed Gull     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Herring Gull     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Caspian Tern     Itasca II

Black Tern     Itasca I / Itasca II

Common Tern    Kooch I

Rock Pigeon     Itasca I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Eurasian Collared-Dove     Itasca I (a few blocks from McDonald's)

Mourning Dove     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Black-billed Cuckoo     Itasca I

Great Gray Owl     Itasca I, Kooch I / Kooch II  (one of the 3 seen on I was cooperative)

Common Nighthawk     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Chimney Swift     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Ruby-throated Hummingbird     Itasca I / Itasca II

Belted Kingfisher     Itasca I / Itasca II

Red-bellied Woodpecker     Itasca I

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Downy Woodpecker     Itasca I

Hairy Woodpecker     Itasca I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Black-backed Woodpecker     Itasca I, Kooch I / Kooch II (at 4 locations on I, but more

          cooperative on II)

Northern Flicker     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Pileated Woodpecker     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

American Kestrel     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Merlin     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Peregrine Falcon     Itasca I / Itasca II (cooperatively perched at the power plant on I and II)

Olive-sided Flycatcher     Itasca I, Kooch I / Kooch II

Eastern Wood-Pewee     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Alder Flycatcher     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Least Flycatcher     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Eastern Phoebe     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Great Crested Flycatcher     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Eastern Kingbird     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Yellow-throated Vireo     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Blue-headed Vireo     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Warbling Vireo     Itasca I / Itasca II

Red-eyed Vireo     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Gray Jay    Kooch I / Kooch II

Blue Jay     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Black-billed Magpie     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

American Crow     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Common Raven     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Purple Martin     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Tree Swallow     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

N. Rough-winged Swallow    Kooch I / Kooch II

Bank Swallow     Itasca I / Itasca II

Cliff Swallow     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Barn Swallow     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Black-capped Chickadee     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Boreal Chickadee     Itasca I, Kooch I / Kooch II

Red-breasted Nuthatch     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Brown Creeper     Itasca I / Itasca II, Kooch II

House Wren     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Winter Wren     Itasca I / Itasca II, Kooch II (seen well & photographed on II)

Sedge Wren     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Marsh Wren     Kooch II

Golden-crowned Kinglet     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Ruby-crowned Kinglet     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Eastern Bluebird     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II

Veery     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Swainson's Thrush     Kooch II

Hermit Thrush     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Wood Thrush     Kooch II

American Robin     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Gray Catbird     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II

Brown Thrasher     Itasca I / Itasca II

European Starling     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Cedar Waxwing     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Ovenbird     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Northern Waterthrush      Itasca II, Kooch II

Golden-winged Warbler     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II

Black-and-white Warbler     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Nashville Warbler     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Connecticut Warbler     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II (great looks on both I and II)

Mourning Warbler     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Common Yellowthroat     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

American Redstart     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Northern Parula     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Magnolia Warbler     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Blackburnian Warbler     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Yellow Warbler     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Chestnut-sided Warbler     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Palm Warbler     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Pine Warbler     Itasca I / Itasca II (standing in the road on I!)

Yellow-rumped Warbler     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Black-throated Green Warbler     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Canada Warbler     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II (= 18 warblers on I; 19 species on II)

Chipping Sparrow     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Clay-colored Sparrow     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Savannah Sparrow     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Le Conte's Sparrow     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II (also great looks on both I and II)

Nelson's Sparrow     Kooch I (heard-only by Barb & Denny along CR 8)

Song Sparrow     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Lincoln's Sparrow     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Swamp Sparrow     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

White-throated Sparrow     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Dark-eyed Junco     Itasca I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Scarlet Tanager     Itasca I

Rose-breasted Grosbeak     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Indigo Bunting     Itasca II

Bobolink     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Red-winged Blackbird     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Eastern Meadowlark     Itasca I / Itasca II

Yellow-headed Blackbird     Itasca I / Itasca II

Brewer's Blackbird     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Common Grackle     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Brown-headed Cowbird     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Baltimore Oriole     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

Purple Finch     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

House Finch     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

American Goldfinch     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II

House Sparrow     Itasca I, Kooch I / Itasca II, Kooch II



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Itasca County MBW - June 26-27, 2008

Koochiching County MBW - June 28-29, 2008


–  Summary by Craig Mandel  –


I would like to thank you all for joining me on this combined Minnesota Birding Weekend. It was great that most of the group was able to join Shawn and me on Thursday evening in Itasca County. We were able to get a lot of the common species for the county that night, giving us more time to work on warblers and other species of interest on Friday. I would like to especially thank Shawn for his help on Thursday and Friday in Itasca Co. His knowledge of the county and skills as a birder helped us add a good number of species to our lists. 


I would also like to thank those of you who helped with their I Pods. It gave the rest of us more time to watch for the birds we were trying to call in and others a chance to find more birds close by. While not perfect, the lodging arrangements worked pretty well for the Koochiching County portion of the trip. The Powerhouse Bar and Grill worked well for dinner, but for those of us that stuck around on Sunday and had lunch there, the service was pretty slow. 


With the conditions of the roads in Koochiching County, it turned out to be a pretty good idea to start out birding at the Big Bog State Recreationa Area on Saturday, even though it was not in Koochiching Co. We lucked out with the weather on Friday, managing to bird around most of the rain, but it did keep us from some good birding locations in the NW portion of the county. Our composite total of 133 species of birds for the entire weekend was just great, with the only migrant being the Least Sandpipers found on Saturday. That's a lot of nesting species!

       

Itasca County MBW


We started out on Thursday in the town of Bovey and headed down to the boat access on Turtle Lake, where we added Pine Siskin and Purple Martin and also had a nice look at a Green Heron. From there, we did a loop down to CR 446 and then back to Bovey, where we heard and a few saw a Whip-poor-will do a quick fly-through in response to the I Pod.


On Friday one of the first birds of the day was a Eurasian Collared-Dove in the town of Grand Rapids. After that we headed over to Riverside Park, where we added Indigo Bunting, Pine Warbler, and Brown Creeper, and may well have had a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher as well. From there we headed to the Alder Road and picked up about 20 species of birds in route, including some very nice looks at a Winter Wren. We managed a few birds along the Alder Road before a heavy rain set in. At that time we headed north and birded along the Priem Road, where we added Black-billed Magpie, Eastern Meadowlark and had a possible Vesper Sparrow. From there we headed over to Scenic State Park and birded the Fire Tower Trail, where we managed to briefly see a Connecticut Warbler and lots of pretty wildflowers. From there we headed south to White Oak Lake and added Black Tern, Red-necked Grebe and Yellow-headed Blackbird. We ended the birding portion of the day at Little White Oak Lake.


Bird List: 113 species


Canada Goose

Wood Duck

Mallard

Hooded Merganser

Ruffed Grouse

Common Loon

Red-necked Grebe

American Bittern - heard only by a few in the group at White Oak Lake

Great Blue Heron

Green Heron

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel

Merlin - pair observed at the picnic grounds at Scenic State Park, including one that was feeding on a small song bird

Virginia Rail

Sora

Killdeer

American Woodcock - seen by a few in flight over the wetland on CR 7 near the town of Taconite

Black Tern

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Great Horned Owl - seen by a few participants at Riverside Park

Whip-poor-will - was great to hear and get a brief look at the one as it responded to the I pod

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Eastern Phoebe

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Least Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Yellow-throated Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

Black-billed Magpie - several observed along the Priem Road

American Crow

Common Raven

Purple Martin - seen by some of the group near the Trout Lake boat access

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

House Wren - heard by all and seen by a few in the group

Winter Wren - nice looks at one near Deer Lake

Sedge Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Veery

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Gray Catbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Golden-winged Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Northern Parula

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Pine Warbler

Palm Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart

Ovenbird

Connecticut Warbler

Mourning Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Chipping Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Le Conte's Sparrow - heard in lots of locations, but only a couple were observed

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Bobolink

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Brewer's Blackbird

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Baltimore Oriole

Purple Finch

House Finch

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow


Beltrami-Koochiching Co's MBW


While it was a surprise to many in the group, I think everyone enjoyed our time birding at the Big Bog SRA. It was the first time that I had the opportunity to walk the entire boardwalk and I was not disappointed. It was wonderful to hear and see the Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, five in all. Then there were the Palm Warblers: I'm sure I heard at least seven and we also observed a couple. That's the most I have ever seen in Minnesota in one spot during the breeding season. And then there were the Lincoln's Sparrows: they took a little while to finally see, but those that stuck around got some sweet looks at one through the spotting scope. 


After that we headed over to CR 40 en route to the Toumey Williams Forest Road. We added a lot of birds along CR 40, including some of the first fall migrants: a couple Least Sandpipers. We made a try to take the Toumey Williams road to Big Falls and were lucky to get a road report from the white SUV that chose to turn around themselves. At that point the it began to rain a little harder, and we drove straight to Big Falls, where we missed our connection by a few minutes. At that point some of us headed over to the campground and ate a quick picnic lunch, while others ate at a local cafe. After lunch we spent time birding around the town of Big Falls, picking up most of the feeder birds that are possible. We gave CR 30 a try after that, but it was pretty quiet, so we headed over to a couple lakes NE of Northome and finished the day with a Belted Kingfisher and Osprey there, along with some baby Eastern Phoebes.


On Sunday we started birding at the Northome Motel, picking up a Merlin and Brown Thrasher. Then we headed west on CR 15 to an interesting patch of prairie, where we heard some Western Meadowlarks and were able to watch some Wilson's Snipe doing there display flights. Our next stop was at the campground just east of Northome: there we added some ducks and Double-crested Cormorant. We followed this with TR299, a great little road that Diane and Bob found on Saturday night. We ended the day on CR 53 and added Black-billed Magpie and a number of other species. While it was frustrating not to be able to bird on the forest service roads, we really did pretty well with the alternate routes we chose.


Bird List:


Beltrami County = Bel = 75 species

Koochiching County = Koo = 100 species


Canada Goose - Bel, Koo

Wood Duck - Koo

Mallard - Bel, Koo

Blue-winged Teal - Koo - seen by a few in the wild rice paddies along Highway 1

Green-winged Teal - Koo - ditto

Ring-necked Duck - Bel, Koo

Lesser Scaup - Bel

Common Goldeneye - Koo

Red-breasted Merganser - Bel

Ring-necked Pheasant - Bel - observed in 3 or 4 locations, though listed as occasional in the county on the MOU web page; countable?

Common Loon - Koo

American White Pelican - Bel, Koo

Double-crested Cormorant - Koo

American Bittern - Koo

Great Blue Heron - Koo

Green Heron - Koo

Turkey Vulture - Koo

Osprey - Koo

Bald Eagle - Bel, Koo

Northern Harrier - Bel, Koo

Sharp-shinned Hawk - Koo

Broad-winged Hawk - Koo

American Kestrel - Bel, Koo

Merlin - Koo

Sora - Koo - heard only but very well on Sunday along CR36

Sandhill Crane - Bel - heard only, Koo - nice looks in a couple locations but none with young

Killdeer - Bel, Koo

Least Sandpiper - Bel - 2 adults in a field along CR40; first fall migrants?

Wilson's Snipe - Koo - CR15 just west of Northome

Ring-billed Gull - Bel

Herring Gull - Bel

Rock Pigeon - Bel, Koo - I was excited to hear that Rick finally found one in Koochiching; he's now observed one in every county in Minnesota

Mourning Dove - Koo

Black-billed Cuckoo - Bel - heard only by some of the group

Chimney Swift - Bel, Koo

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Bel, Koo - was interesting to watch them fly over the gas

          station on Saturday morning

Belted Kingfisher - Bel, Koo

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Bel, Koo

Downy Woodpecker - Koo

Hairy Woodpecker - Koo

Northern Flicker - Bel, Koo

Pileated Woodpecker - Koo

Eastern Wood-Pewee - Bel

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - Bel - one of the highlights on the boardwalk at Big Bog SRA

Alder Flycatcher - Bel, Koo

Least Flycatcher - Bel, Koo

Eastern Phoebe - Bel, Koo

Great Crested Flycatcher - Bel, Koo

Eastern Kingbird - Bel, Koo

Yellow-throated Vireo - Bel - heard only across from the Big Bog SRA, Koo - very nice

          looks on CR 53 on Sunday morning

Blue-headed Vireo - Bel, Koo

Warbling Vireo - Koo

Red-eyed Vireo - Bel, Koo

Gray Jay - Bel

Blue Jay - Bel, Koo

American Crow - Bel, Koo

Common Raven - Bel, Koo

Tree Swallow - Bel, Koo

Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Koo

Cliff Swallow - Koo

Barn Swallow - Koo

Black-capped Chickadee - Koo

Red-breasted Nuthatch - Koo

White-breasted Nuthatch - Koo

House Wren - Bel - heard only, Koo - mainly heard but a couple were observed

Sedge Wren - Koo - heard only

Marsh Wren - Bel - heard only

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Bel, Koo

Eastern Bluebird - Bel, Koo

Veery - Koo

Hermit Thrush - Bel - heard only, Koo - heard in several locations and one observed

          briefly

American Robin - Bel, Koo

Gray Catbird - Koo

Brown Thrasher - Koo

European Starling - Bel, Koo

Cedar Waxwing - Bel, Koo

Golden-winged Warbler - Koo - listed as occasional on the MOU web page

Nashville Warbler - Bel, Koo - many heard and a few briefly seen

Northern Parula - Bel, Koo

Yellow Warbler - Bel, Koo

Chestnut-sided Warbler - Bel, Koo

Magnolia Warbler - Bel, Koo

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Bel, Koo

Black-throated Green Warbler - Bel - heard only

Blackburnian Warbler - Koo

Palm - Bel

Black-and-white Warbler - Bel, Koo

American Redstart - Bel, Koo

Ovenbird - Bel - heard only, Koo - heard in several spots and seen briefly on Sunday

Connecticut Warbler - Bel - heard only at the Big Bog SRA

Mourning Warbler - Bel, Koo

Common Yellowthroat - Bel, Koo

Chipping Sparrow - Bel, Koo

Clay-colored Sparrow - Bel, Koo

Savannah Sparrow - Bel, Koo

Le Conte's Sparrow - Bel, Koo - heard in many locations but was a hard one to see

Song Sparrow - Bel, Koo

Lincoln's Sparrow - Bel

Swamp Sparrow - Bel, Koo

White-throated Sparrow - Bel, Koo

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Koo

Indigo Bunting - Koo

Bobolink - Bel, Koo

Red-winged Blackbird - Bel, Koo

Eastern Meadowlark - Bel, Koo

Western Meadowlark - Koo

Brewer's Blackbird - Koo

Common Grackle - Koo

Brown-headed Cowbird - Bel, Koo

Baltimore Oriole - Koo

Purple Finch - Bel, Koo

House Finch - Bel, Koo

Pine Siskin - Bel, Koo

American Goldfinch - Bel, Koo

House Sparrow - Koo