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Blue Gray Gnat Catcher

Cass County Birding

Cass County is located in central Minnesota and covers nearly 2,500 square miles of land and water. Cass County is bounded by the Mississippi River to the north and the Crow Wing River to the south, and contains two of the largest inland lakes in the state: Lake Winnibigoshish and Leech Lake. There are a good mix of habitats, including northern coniferous bog, extensive wetlands, mature coniferous and deciduous forest, and plenty of open country. Cass County is not a traditional destination for birders (with the possible exception of Lake Winnibigoshish) and it is true that most of the species in Cass can be found in areas closer to the more populous parts of the state. However, Yellow Rail and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow are present at several easily accessible locations, and the county in general is not heavily birded… so who knows?

Few counties span such a broad range of habitats. There are not many places where one can find Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher and Connecticut Warbler breeding in the same county. How about Dickcissal and Blue-headed Vireo? Grasshopper Sparrow and Canada Warbler? As such, the avid county birder can do quite well, and there really is much left to be discovered. Thanks for visiting!

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