‘Birding’ Category

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Warbler Wave!

Last night’s cold front brought with it several new migrants into the arboretum. This morning I found the following 8 species of warbler among these migrants: Nashville Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, American Redstart, Mourning Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and Wilson’s Warbler. A “wave” is the term used when you come across a large […]

New Hire in the Linnaeus Arboretum

The Linnaeus Arboretum has hired its new Naturalist to start in August.  Bob Dunlap is an ’08 graduate of Gustavus with tremendous experience in both plant and bird identification.  He brings with him vitality and excitement and will surely do a wonderful job in the position. His knowledge of birds is amazing and as you […]

A Great Day of Birding

Yesterday afternoon was amazing for birding in the Arb! We had excellent looks at several uncommon species, and the weather was absolutely beautiful. Here’s a list of what we found: American Crow American Goldfinch American Robin Bald Eagle Barn Swallow Black-capped Chickadee Brown Thrasher Brown-headed Cowbird Chipping Sparrow Common Grackle Cooper’s Hawk (heard calling briefly) […]

Birding in the Linnaeus Arboretum

What a beautiful afternoon it was for birding! Migration is definitely well underway, as we found several species now passing through the Arb. Here’s a list of what we saw today: American Crow American Goldfinch (nearly in full yellow summer plumage!) American Robin Black-capped Chickadee Brown Creeper Brown Thrasher (at least two within earshot of […]

Birding Club

We had great weather for birding in the Arb this afternoon. We found: American Crow American Robin (hundreds!) Brown Creeper Canada Goose Chipping Sparrow Common Grackle Dark-eyed Junco Eastern Phoebe Field Sparrow Golden-crowned Kinglet Hermit Thrush House Finch House Sparrow Northern Cardinal Ruby-crowned Kinglet Tree Swallow Join us next Tuesday…it only gets better from here! […]

Spring Birding

This afternoon I took a study break and drove over to Kasota Prairie, across the river from St. Peter. The unusually warm, windy weather seems to have brought quite a few new migrants into our area, including: Song Sparrows Tree Swallows Double-crested Cormorants Turkey Vultures Also at the prairie, Eastern Meadowlarks were back on territory, […]

Look for Horned Larks

Right now is the best time of the year to see Horned Larks. These birds of open country are the first birds to arrive back in MN in the spring, with the first ones arriving in mid-February and sometimes as early as the last week in January. Right now is the peak of their spring […]