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!)
Great Blue Heron
Great Crested Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo (heard-only)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Sedge Wren (heard-only)
Wood Thrush (heard-only)
Louisiana Waterthrush (heard-only)