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*Minnesota Statewide
*January 25, 2001

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: January 25, 2001
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 January 25th, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH discovered in the Duluth harbor near the Cargill grain elevator was seen again last weekend. The bird feeds on spilled barley at the base of the elevator. Note this is private property, and the Cargill superintendent allows birders to look for the bird only during weekends. Birders MAY NOT enter the Cargill property on weekdays. Birders should park by the No Trespassing sign next to the railroad tracks, and walk the 200 yards up the driveway which leads to the elevator. The bird is often seen feeding on grain just to the right of this road in a small alcove of the building between two doors with "danger" and "caution" signs. In the early afternoons a GYRFALCON is often seen perched atop this same Cargill elevator.

A VARIED THRUSH was reported from North Oaks on the 25th. This is likely the same individual reported from a different residence in this community last December.

On January 23rd, a SNOWY OWL was seen on U.S. Highway 75 in Clay County about one mile north of the Wilkin County line. Bob Rodgers reported a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL on the 22nd in the town of Saint Joseph, Stearns County. He saw the owl January 24th at 92nd Ave and Dale Street.

The GOLDEN EAGLE was still along the north shore of Black Dog Lake in Dakota County on January 24th. It's normally seen just east of the power plant along the Minnesota River. This may be the same Golden Eagle reported from Mendota near the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport.

Thanks to Judd Brink, Ken LaFond, Mark Davis, and Laura Rodgers.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday February 1st.

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