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*March 12, 2004

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Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: March 12, 2004
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://biosci.umn.edu/~mou/
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel
Transcriber: Anthony Hertzel (ahertzel@sihope.com)

This is the Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday March 11th.

Dave Grosshuesch saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL on the 10th in Lake County along the Stoney River Forest Road, about five miles south of Highway 1. And on March 7th, Beth Siverhus found a Northern Hawk Owl in Lake of the Woods County, along Highway 72 about 8.5 miles south of Baudette. GREAT GRAY OWLS were seen as recently as March 8th near the junction of Aitkin County Road 18 and Pietz's Road. And the SNOWY OWL is still being seen on Aitkin County Road 1, about five and a half miles north of the Mississippi River bridge. Jane Hosking saw a Snowy Owl at Leif Erickson Park in Duluth on the 7th, but the bird was not relocated the next day.

Unusual was the report of a white-phase GYRFALCON from Mille Lacs County on the 9th. It was reportedly seen south of Milaca along U.S. Highway 169 about a quarter of a mile north of the Milaca Freight Store and standing on a hay bale.

Chad Aakre reported seeing the ICELAND GULL in Two Harbors, Lake County on the 7th, and the three LONG-TAILED DUCKS was also still in Agate Bay on the same day.

On the 9th, the ROSS'S GOOSE was still on Silver Lake in Rochester, Olmsted County, along with several GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE.

There is a pair of MUTE SWANS on the St. Croix River in Washington County just north of Stillwater. They were last reported on the 8th.

Finally, a male Smew was found on the 11th on Lake Shady on the east side of U.S. Highway 52 in Oronoco, Olmsted County. This is about two miles south of the Goodhue County line. Indications are that this is an escaped bird. I also have recent reports of RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, TUNDRA SWAN, WESTERN MEADOWLARK and COMMON REDPOLL.

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