Note that the species on this Fillmore Co. MBW

would be similar to those on the Houston Co. MBW


FILLMORE COUNTY MBW / June 10-11, 2006

So, once again, I still have to ask: where were the Least Flycatchers?! Let's hope, of course, they were still present in normal numbers but simply unwilling to sing (like almost everything else) during our two mornings of mostly dark overcast and cold temperatures in the 50s. Saturday's windy conditions didn't help much either, and rains during both afternoons and Saturday evening cut short our birding time.

Still, despite the relative silence, there were several memorable highlights. Perhaps most interesting of all was the response to the Barred Owl recordings! Not only did the owls come in a few times at midday and show themselves, but the curiosity of lots of other birds was also aroused. Most notable among these were the Acadian Flycatcher, which offered us the best views in response to the owl recording, and Sunday's Tufted Titmouse, which otherwise might not have been seen at all.

The two Henslow's Sparrows singing at Hvoslef WMA were certainly a great find as well, with one of these offering nice views in Rick's scope. Less cooperative was that heard-only Louisiana Waterthrush singing from an inaccessible creek just outside Forestville State Park. And, of course, thanks to John Hockema's guidance, the Burrowing Owl at Rochester's airport seen by part of the group was especially significant.

In addition, we had nice looks at Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Willow Flycatcher, Veery, Blue-winged Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, and numerous Dickcissels, and those remote back roads of Fillmore County were fascinating as well. So, despite the lousy weather, it was a worthwhile MBW. (And we'll get those Least Flycatchers next time – promise!)

Canada Goose

Wood Duck


Hooded Merganser

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Great Blue Heron

Green Heron

Turkey Vulture

Bald Eagle

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel


Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Barred Owl

Burrowing Owl

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Acadian Flycatcher

Willow Flycatcher

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Yellow-throated Vireo

Warbling Vireo (heard-only)

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Horned Lark

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

House Wren

Sedge Wren (heard-only)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Eastern Bluebird


Wood Thrush (heard-only)

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Blue-winged Warbler

Yellow Warbler

American Redstart


Louisiana Waterthrush (heard-only)

Common Yellowthroat

Scarlet Tanager

Eastern Towhee

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Henslow’s Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting



Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark

Common Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Baltimore Oriole

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow