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JWilder
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01/10/2021 08:23AM  
Just observed a bird I have never seen before. A belted kingfisher according to my Minnesota bird book. Location is south central Minnesota.
I read they are "seen perched on branches near the water, it dives headfirst for small fish and returns to a branch to eat." That would make sense with the creek out back.
They are not normally in this area in the winter but reside on the southeast border, along the Mississippi River Valley. Looks like some hang out here and feed on creek chubs...

 
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JWilder
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01/10/2021 08:38AM  
Just witnessed it swoop down on the water and grab a fish! Now I'm certain it is a King Fisher...
 
01/11/2021 09:35AM  
I've only seen one. I believe they burrow to make a nest. Could be wrong though.
 
inspector13
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01/11/2021 12:11PM  

Yes, you’re right. Mostly in muddy banks. Maybe that’s why I’ve seen them in the north section of Long Lake near Rice Creek in New Brighton.

 
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