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Old Monday 21st July 2008, 20:58   #1
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Prairie Chicken and Longspur

Hi all,
I'm up visiting MN for a little while and thought I would try to get out and do some birding with my uncle while I'm here. We're especially interested in trying to track down Prairie-chicken and Longspur. I'm based in Mpls but we were thinking about making a long weekend of it. I understand it's not the best time of year for these, but if anyone knows of a good location to try, I would greatly appreciate the info. Thanks in advance.

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While you're waiting for more detailed info you might check out this link for the Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society.
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Old Monday 21st July 2008, 23:02   #3
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Hi Benji

I was in Minnesota at the end of May this year and saw both Greater Prairie-chicken and Chestnut-collared Longspur. If you can get hold of a copy of Kim Eckert's A Birder's Guide to Minnesota it will be a big help as it has really detailed information and maps. We saw Greater Prairie-Chickens near the town of Rothsay in Wilkin County, more specifically near the Western Prairie on road 165. There is also a lek at the Rothsay Wildlife Management Area north of country road 26 although I guess the birds aren't active there at this time of year (although they'll still be in the area).
We saw several Chestnut-collared Longspurs around Felton, Clay County in the area described as "Chestnut-collared Longspur pasture" in Eckert's book. Greater Prairie-Chickens also occur in the area around Felton.
We found both areas to be great for birding, at least in late May.
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Thanks for the help! Seeing them this time of year doesn't seem all that easy but it should be a good weekend out regardless!

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