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*Minnesota Statewide
*December 2, 2011

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: December 2, 2011
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://moumn.org
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel (rba@moumn.org)

This is the Minnesota Birding Report for December 1st, 2011.

On November 25th, Chad Heins reported a possible adult CALIFORNIA GULL at Gilfillin Lake in northeastern Blue Earth County and what may have been the same bird on the south side of Eagle Lake in Blue Earth County on the 29th.

A SNOWY OWL was reported on the Swift-Big Stone county line on November 29th in a field south of state highway 7 between Appleton and Correll. In northwestern Minnesota, Snowys were reported along Marshall County Road 36 just east of Audubon Center; three miles north and one mile west of Radium on Marshall County Road 14; seven miles north of Red Lake Falls in Red Lake County on state highway 32; at the intersection of Marshall County Road 6 and 350th Avenue NW; and in Kittson County south of Hallock at the junction of 450th NW and county road 7.

Lars Benson found a SHORT-EARED OWL on the 29th at the restored prairie at St. Johns University in Collegeville, Stearns County. This is on the south side of county road 159 just west of I-94.

On November 30th, Bruce Baer found a WINTER WREN in the brush behind the kiosk at the Bass Ponds area of Bloomington, Hennepin County.

A SUMMER TANAGER is still being seen at the Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings, Washington County. The nature center is located at 12805 Saint Croix Trail. John Zakelj found a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE there on the 27th in a tree near the Bluff Trail. On the 29th, Al Schirmacher reported three TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRES in Sherburne County near the Ann Lake/Sand Dunes campground. Take U.S. Highway 169 to Sherburne County Road 4, then west to county road 5. Turn south and where county road 4 turns west, go east on the dirt road to the first small parking lot on the right.

The next scheduled update of this tape is December 8th, 2011.

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