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*July 25, 2002

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

A LONG-BILLED CURLEW is being seen on a sod farm in Lino Lakes, Anoka County. First discovered on July 19th, it was seen as recently as July 25th. Directions are to drive north of Interstate 35W on Lexington Avenue for two miles. Turn east on Anoka County Road 14 for about a mile and a quarter. Look for the blue sign that reads "Robertson Sod Farms" and check all the fields in the area. Because this is private property, birders are not allowed to walk into the fields, and parking along this particular stretch of road is limited and may be prohibited by local police. Please use caution and common sense.

A WHITE-EYED VIREO was still present at Great River Bluffs State Park in Winona County as recently as July 20th. The bird is being found along the hiking trail that runs southeast of the park's main road about a quarter of a mile beyond the King's Bluff Parking Area. Walk a short distance southeast along the trail until you come to a T intersection. The bird was seen in the large thickets at south end of this intersection.

Shorebird migration is picking up, especially in the western counties, and Doug Buri reports the following species from July 23rd at Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Big Stone County: GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, SANDERLING, and WILLET.

A CAROLINA WREN visited Bob Jessen's backyard in Austin, Mower County on July 22nd. Jeff believes it has been in the neighborhood throughout most of the summer. A Carolina Wren had overwintered at the Hormel Nature Center in Austin which is about three miles from this most recent sighting.

Quite unusual was the adult TENNESSEE WARBLER found dead on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota on July 24th. This species does not typically occur this far south in the state during the summer months.

Dave Thurston found as many as fifteen RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS on July 25th at the Cedar Creek SNA in northern Anoka County. The birds were along northeast Durant Street.

And finally, the Northern Bobwhite reported from Goodhue County was almost certainly an escaped bird. This species is found only in Houston County and perhaps Fillmore County, and even there they are very rare and may be extirpated from the state.

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 observations 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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