Birding List Update #1

Attention Birding Enthusiasts!

A big *!Thank You!* goes out to Grace Schoessow, Patty Ross, David Hart, Sam Gaier, Jack & Nancy Griner, Allen Hasken, Nana & Pops, Royal Moore, Abbie Saltz, Jen Braunstein, Lindsey Sipes, Caitlin Mae Burke, Josh Penn, the Miller Family, Bob Hauschildt, Rik Stewart, Paul Densmore, Virginia Siegel, Tyler Hamby, Heidi Clayton, Paul Dunigan, Chris Wolf, Kent Walker, and the many anonymous bird-lovers who have supported my field observations of the Mississippi River's avian wildlife.

My binoculars are never far from reach, and here are some of the many birds that I have sighted in Minnesota over the past few days. It is truly a birder's paradise here in the Headwaters region of the Mississippi River's watershed. We have seen ospreys fight off bald eagles, loons running on water, and kingfishers diving just off our starboard bow. There are so many of these living dinosaurs flying, floating, and flitting about! And so, without further ado, here is what has been sighted thus far:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Common Raven
Cliff Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Blue Jay
American Crow
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood Pewee
Eastern Kingbird
Least Flycatcher**
House Wren
Wood Thrush
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Yellow Warbler
Baltimore Oriole
Red-eyed Vireo**
Common Redpoll
American Goldfinch
House Finch
**Some kind of Grosbeak... Rose-breasted?**
Song Sparrow
House Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Tundra Swan
Turkey Vulture
Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
Blue-winged Teal
American Coot
**Some kind of sandpiper**
Ruffed Grouse
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Common Loon

Be sure to check back periodically for more updates! Thank you so much for your support, and I sincerely hope this message finds you and yours well and happy! Know that I will be sharing all my bird sighting with you over the weeks to come.

Best wishes & confusion to your enemies!

Forrest S. Schoessow

P.S. I apologize for not including the scientific names of the species I have logged. I cannot remember all of them and it seems odd to include this for only a handful of species.