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*Minnesota Statewide
*June 20, 2002

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Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: June 20, 2002
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 June 20th, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

On June 13th, Sharon Stiteler once again observed an adult MISSISSIPPI KITE in Minnetonka, Hennepin County. The location is just northeast of the junction of state highways 7 and 101 behind the Wild Bird Store. This brings the total number of Mississippi Kite sightings in the southwestern suburbs of Minneapolis to ten in the past eight weeks.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE is being seen in the town of Amboy, twenty miles south of Mankato, Blue Earth County. It is often found in the area one block north of Maine Street, in the central part of town. It was most recently reported on the 17th.

At Great River Bluffs State Park in Winona County, HENSLOW'S SPARROWS can be found in the field beyond the entrance station. BELL'S VIREOS and a MOURNING WARBLER are also in the area. These birds were seen along the hiking trail that begins at the campground.

Three Mute Swans were at the Sleepy Eye sewage lagoons in Brown County on the 17th. This is south of town on Highway 4.

GREAT GRAY OWLS were reported near the junction of St. Louis County Road 52 and Owl Avenue in the Sax-Zim bog area over the weekend. And a young Great Gray is often visible near the drainage ditch that runs north from County Road 52, a half-mile east of Owl Avenue.

On June 18th, Chris Benson reported the following shorebirds at the Lewiston sewage ponds in Winona County: LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and WILSON'S PHALAROPE. A lone SWAINSON'S HAWK was also in the area. Bob Scherzer reported a three AMERICAN AVOCETS, plus BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and WILSON'S PHALAROPES at the Hamden Slough NWR in Becker County on the 17th.

CERULEAN WARBLERS can be found at Carver Park in Carver County. Listen for them along the Aspen trail just beyond its junction with the park's other trails.

Dave Zumeta reported both PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and PINE WARBLER at William O'Brien State Park in Washington County on the 15th. He found LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at Falls Creek SNA, which is located one and a quarter miles north of state highway 97 on the east side of state highway 95. Unusual was the singing HERMIT THRUSH he reported from this same area. Most surprising was his sighting of two YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS at the south end of Linwood Lake in the Carlos Avery Refuge in Anoka County.

And finally, DICKCISSELS have returned to their various territories in the southern part of the state and they can be heard singing where ever there is appropriate habitat.

This state-wide birding report is brought to you and financially supported by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU). The MOU is Minnesota's oldest and largest bird club.

The report is composed from reports generously submitted by MOU members and other birders throughout the state. You can support this weekly birding update by submitting your bird reports to Anthony Hertzel at axhertzel@sihope.com or by calling the hotline directly at 763-780-8890 and leaving a detailed message.

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The MOU is pleased to offer this service. Thank you, and good birding.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday, June 27th. -- Anthony Hertzel -- axhertzel@sihope.com

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