Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*November 9, 2000

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: November 9, 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 November 9th, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

On November 6th, Craig Mandel found a gray phase GYRFALCON at Bayside Park in Lake County, approximately 1/2 mile east of the town of Silver Bay. The bird was initially observed on the rocks of the breakwater. It then flew to a white pine along the shoreline west of the park.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was found in Lake County on the 6th along the Stoney River Forest Road, about 15 miles north of Forest Road 11. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were found November 8th by John Richardson at the junction of Aitkin County Roads 5 and 18, and another was found farther west on 18, about 1/2 mile east of U.S. Highway 169. A BARRED OWL was at the junction of Aitkin County Road 18 and Pietz's Road on the same day. Two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS were reported along the Gunflint Trail in Cook County on November 7th. One bird was seen near the intersection of the Gunflint trail and Forest Service Road 1352, 1.1 miles north of the Seagull Guard Station. The other was seen 4/10ths of a mile south of County Road 50 along the Gunflint Trail. Another Northern Hawk Owl was seen on November 4th on the northwest side of Miners Lake in Ely, St. Louis County. Mark Johnson reported two Northern Hawk Owls on November 3rd along state highway 72 near the Beltrami - Lake of the Woods county line. The first owl was two miles south of the county line, and the second was two miles north of this line. And a Northern Hawk Owl is still being seen at Eagle Ridge Resort in Lutsen, Cook County. A SNOWY OWL was at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on the 5th and two were in the Red Lake WMA area in Beltrami County, and another Snowy was seen on the 8th at the intersection of state highway 36 and Hadley Avenue in Oakdale, Ramsey County.

A CAROLINA WREN is being seen in St. Paul, Ramsey County. The location is apparently near the Mississippi River but no specific directions were given by the caller.

On November 5th Doug Johnson found a PACIFIC LOON near the swimming beach of Lake Bemidji at Lake Bemidji State Park in Beltrami County. This is a first county record.

And finally, many people have reported seeing groups of TUNDRA SWANS moving through the state. The largest group was of a flock of 200 seen on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis on November 9th by Chet Meyers.

Thanks to Jim Rataczak, Karen Sussman, Peter Neubeck, Scott Ihrke, Rebecca Stouffer, and Thomas Bloom.

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The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday November 16th.

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