Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*October 19, 2000

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: October 19, 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 19th, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The two immature SABINE'S GULLS were still at the Breckenridge sewage ponds in Wilkin County on Friday, October 13th.

An immature KING EIDER was found October 14th at Good Harbor Bay in Cook County, and it was still present on the 16th. This is four miles west of Grand Marais on highway 61.

Chuck Juhnke and John Hockema had a brief look at a RED PHALAROPE on October 15th at the far end of Minnesota Point in Duluth, St. Louis County. Attempts at relocating it the following day were unsuccessful.

Also seen in Duluth were several HARLEQUIN DUCKS, one at the Park Point Recreation Area, one at the Superior Entry at the south end of Park Point, and two east of Two Harbors near the Stuart River. On the 17th, all three species of scoter were found on the bay side of Park Point at 33rd Street. A flock of LONG-TAILED DUCKS was seen flying over Lake Superior near Lakewood Road on October 13th. Also on the 13th a juvenile Sabine's Gull was found on the bay side of Park Point at 19th St, but many observers looked for it later in the day but were not successful in relocating it. An unidentified jaeger was reported on the 16th at Park Point. And an early NORTHERN HAWK OWL was found on the 15th in Lake County along state highway 1, about 14 miles northwest of County Road 2.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was found on the 14th along highway 61, about a mile east of Silver Bay, Lake County.

On October 15th a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. It appears to be a third winter bird. Also present were a few THAYER'S GULLS.

On the 14th Warren Nelson and Bill Stauffer recorded the first NORTHERN SHRIKE of the season. It was found along Pietz's Road off Aitkin County Road 18. They also found an immature PARASITIC JAEGER in Malmo Bay on the northeast corner of Mille Lacs Lake in Aitkin County.

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was seen by several observers on the 15th in Rockwell Township of Norman County. Directions were given as "on the border of sections 3 and 4."

A few COMMON REDPOLLS were seen October 14th in St. Anthony Park, Ramsey County. This is a bit early for this species to be so far south.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen in Burnsville, Dakota County, on the 15th. It is on a small lake that is visible on the north side of Cliff Road, eight-tenths of a mile west of the intersection of state highway 3.

Finally, a record high number of COMMON LOONS was counted October 18th on Lake Mille Lacs. 2,511 were recorded over a period of about seven and a half hours along with 1,953 BONAPARTE'S GULLS. A juvenile THAYER'S GULL was found at Garrison harbor in Crow Wing County.

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The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday October 26th.

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