Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*September 21, 2000

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: September 21, 2000
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://biosci.umn.edu/~mou/
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel
Transcriber: Anthony Hertzel (ahertzel@uswest.net)

This is the Minnesota birding report for Thursday September 21st, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

Because of time constraints, information reported to the hotline may be edited or omitted, but all contributions are included in our permanent records.

Chris Benson found a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE at the Lewiston sewage ponds, Winona County, on the 18th. Twelve species of shorebirds were found in Meeker County on the 19th. Craig Mandel reported BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and SANDERLING on the north side of Bell Lake; RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were at the Dassel sewage ponds on the same day; and both Black-bellied and AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER were at the Wright County line along U.S. highway 12. And on the 17th a few WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were found at the Horse Ranch on state highway 55 east of the Koch Refinery in Rosemount, Dakota County.

SNOW GEESE were reported from Washington County on the 15th, and from the Pine City sewage ponds in Pine County on the 19th.

A MERLIN was at pool number 6 at Carlos Avery Refuge in Anoka County on the 15th.

On the 17th several NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were at the east landfill reservoir in Rochester, Olmsted County. From U.S. highway 52 take 19th street west to 70th Ave., turn right and go north about a half mile. A Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow was found on the 19th near Agate Bay in Two Harbors, Lake County, by Jim Lind. The bird flushed from a field south of the train museum and east of the Edna G. tugboat. Unusual was the GRASSHOPPER SPARROW reported September 18th from Spruce Creek in Cook County.

On September 15th Warren Nelson reported that in a field five and a half miles north of Aitkin along Aitkin County Road 1, he found three SHORT-EARED OWLS, one GREAT HORNED OWL, three SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, two AMERICAN BITTERNS, and several BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES.

Reports of other migrants continue to come in with both good numbers and good variety. Among the interesting birds seen passing through are AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN THRASHER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO, plus a number of different warbler species, including PINE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER.

In cooperation with the Minnesota Office of Tourism, highlights of this hotline can be heard at a toll free number which is available to callers outside the Twin Cities area. That number is 1-800-657-3700.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday September 28th.

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