Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*October 12, 2000

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: October 12, 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 October 12th, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

Since this tape was updated early on October 9th to report on a BLACK-HEADED GULL on the Minnesota-Iowa border in Jackson County and two immature SABINE'S GULLS in Wilkin County, no additional sightings of these birds have been reported. It is presumed, however, that at least the Black-headed Gull is still in the area. It was first seen on October 7th at Spirit Lake in Dickerson County, Iowa. Spirit Lake reaches into Minnesota in Jackson County, and it was here on October 8th, along County Road 2 that Anthony Hertzel and Peder Svingen observed the gull fly into Minnesota. This is the same location where Black-headed Gulls have been reported for the past few years.

On the 9th, Svingen found two immature SABINE'S GULLS at the Breckenridge sewage ponds in Wilkin County. These ponds are located two miles east and two miles north of town.

Mike Hendrickson found a probable adult PACIFIC LOON on the 10th along Scenic Highway 61 near the Lakewood Pumping Station just northeast of Duluth, St. Louis County. [Editor's note, subsequent observations suggest that this bird may turn out to be a young Red-throated Loon; the distances involved in the original observations prevented a clear and positive identification.]

A EURASIAN WIGEON was again reported from the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge area in Minneapolis on October 7th. While quite possibly a correct identification, the more likely American Wigeon can superficially resemble the Eurasian Wigeon at this time of year, and when the area was checked later in the week, only American Wigeons were found.

On the 7th, Stan Tekiela reported an early VARIED THRUSH from his yard in Victoria, Carver County.

On October 9th, Chet Meyers found a male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER at Cedar Park in Minneapolis. This was just south of the railroad tracks on the path that runs along the north end of the lake. This is the fourth record for this species at Cedar Lake this fall.

Becky Melintin has a BROWN THRASHER and a pair of EASTERN TOWHEES in her northeast Minneapolis yard, and a SPOTTED TOWHEE is being seen at the nature center at Carver Park in Carver County. Some of the other migrants still being reported include HERMIT THRUSH, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and HARRIS'S SPARROW.

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The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday October 19th.

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