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-RBA *Minnesota *Minnesota Statewide *September 28, 2000 *MNST0009.28 -Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: September 28, 2000
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://biosci.umn.edu/~mou/
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel
Transcriber: Anthony Hertzel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the Minnesota birding report for Thursday September 28th, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
On Sunday, September 24th this tape was updated to report on a remarkable total of 29 SABINE'S GULLS that were seen over Lake Superior on Park Point at the Minnesota - Wisconsin border on Saturday, September 23rd. Also seen in the area were seven PARASITIC JAEGERS, an adult ARCTIC TERN, and an immature POMARINE JAEGER. Unfortunately, no additional sightings of these birds have been reported. For updates on records in the Duluth area, call the Duluth birding report at 218-525-5952.
A EURASIAN WIGEON was found on Long Meadow Lake in Bloomington on September 27th. The directions given were to drive south on Lyndale Avenue to the end of the road at the Minnesota River. Park and walk east along the trail until you come to a large grassy area between the trail and Long Meadow Lake. Cross this field to the lake, looking for a large weeping willow. The wigeon was seen at the lake here, along with a few BONAPARTE'S GULLS and AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS.
A MUTE SWAN was found in a marsh 1/2 mile west of the town of Cokato in Wright County along U.S. Highway 12 on September 24th. It was in the company of two TRUMPETER SWANS. And two additional Trumpeter Swans on Birch Lake in White Bear Lake, Washington County on the 25th.
On Sunday the 24th there was a SNOWY EGRET at the Heron Lake sewage ponds in Jackson County.
On the 26th, two adult THAYER'S GULLS were seen on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. One of these has been present as early as the 23rd, which about one week earlier than previous early records.
A female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was reported September 23rd at Murphy-Hanrehan Park in Shakopee, Scott County. It was found near trail marker number 1.
On September 23rd, Manley Olson found a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at the Assissi Heights Retreat complex in northern Rochester in Olmsted County.
A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen by Lou Dinzl on Sturgeon Lake in Pine County, on September 23rd.
In addition to the NASHVILLE WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, many other migrants being reported in the state including HORNED GREBE, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, BROWN CREEPER, WINTER WREN, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, DARK-EYED JUNCO, FOX SPARROW, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.
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