Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*October 12, 2004

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: October 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 Tuesday, October 12th.

On the 10th, a SPRAGUE'S PIPIT was found at the Red Rock Prairie of Cottonwood County, and it was still in the area on the 11th. Park at the Nature Conservancy area and walk about half a mile east to the fence line, then south for a short distance. Several SMITH'S LONGSPURS are also in this area.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was found in Duluth over the weekend and has been seen on and off at least until Sunday. The bird was seen on the top of the chain-link fence that surrounds the small experimental impoundment, just across the railroad tracks. Several SHORT-EARED OWLS are also being seen here.

The BLACK-HEADED GULL is still being reported from Jackson County at the north end of Spirit Lake at the Iowa border. It was reported as recently as the 11th.

On the 9th, a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was discovered along Minnesota Point in Duluth. It was seen in the trees east of the farthest airport hangar.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen on the 7th, hunting in the big power line clearing along St. Louis County Road 16, seven and a half miles west of state highway 7.

I also have recent reports of SURF SCOTER on Lake Superior, plus GOLDEN EAGLE, AMERICAN PIPIT, SNOW BUNTING, and LAPLAND LONGSPUR.

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