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-RBA *Minnesota *Minnesota Statewide *April 4, 2002 *MNST0204.04 -Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: April 4, 2002
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 April 4th, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
A HARLEQUIN DUCK was reported in the harbor at Grand Marais, Cook County. It was seen close to the break wall on March 29th.
On April 3rd, Conny Brunell reported five LESSER YELLOWLEGS and a single GREATER YELLOWLEGS at Lake Byllesby in Dakota County. A few COMMON SNIPE were also in the area. Yellowlegs were also seen at Whitewater State Wildlife Management Area in Winona County on the same day.
On March 31, a GYRFALCON was reported from near Grand Plain Township, Marshall County, though no specific location was given.
Most unusual was FERRUGINOUS HAWK reported on March 31st. It was seen at the Bonanza Prairie Unit of Big Stone NWR in Big Stone County. Amazingly, the caller also reported a PRAIRIE FALCON about a mile north of Traverse County Road 55 along highway 27 just north of Brown's Valley.
A TUFTED TITMOUSE is coming to the feeders at Tom and Elizabeth Bell's home on Grey Cloud Island in Washington County. It first appeared there on April 1st.
A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE can still be seen at the north end of Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis. Please call the statewide birding report for specific directions.
On March 31st, Jim Mattsson found a THAYER'S GULL in Washington County. It was seen on the St. Croix River just west of Prescott, WI.
On March 29th, two BOREAL OWLS were heard calling in Cook County. They found along forest road 170 at six and eight miles east of Cook County road 2, also known as the Sawbill Trail.
At Mott Lake in Waseca County, 60 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and one ROSS'S GOOSE were present on March 30th. And at the Wells sewage ponds in Faribault County 19 Ross's Geese were seen on the same day. A Ross's Goose was also seen in Wright County in a flooded marsh in Woodland Township on 70th Street just west of county road 8.
On the 29th, the first EASTERN PHOEBE of the spring was reported from Carver Park Reserve at the Lake Auburn campground area. Another phoebe was seen on the Hogback Ridge Trail east of the New Cedar Avenue bridge in Bloomington, Hennepin County.
Other migrants coming into the state have included COMMON LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, GREAT EGRET, TURKEY VULTURE, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, GREATER SCAUP, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, OSPREY, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, SONG SPARROW, and both EASTERN MEADOWLARK and WESTERN MEADOWLARK.
And finally, the pair of Ferruginous Hawks reported as nesting near I-35W and highway 10 in the north metro area are unquestionably Red-tailed Hawks.
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