Minnesota Statewide RBA

Previous reports: December 11 18 , January 8 .
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*Minnesota Statewide
*January 1, 1997

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: January 1, 1997
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (612) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel
Transcriber: Anthony Hertzel (tony@millcomm.com)
Re-transcriber: David Cahlander (dac@skypoint.com)

This is the Minnesota birding report for Thursday January 1st sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

That male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE is still at the Blue Lake treatment plant in Scott County, and it was reported as recently as January 1st. Other ducks seen there include CANVASBACK, AMERICAN WIGEON and LESSER SCAUP .

Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were seen just south of the town of Giess in southern Aitkin County on December 27th. And a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was in Carlton County on the 28th. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was reported by Bob Janssen from Big Willow Park in Minnetonka, Hennepin County on the

A few THAYER'S and GLAUCOUS GULLS can still be found at Black Dog Lake in Dakota County, along with an ICELAND GULL which was seen there by several observers. Tony Hertzel reports that a first winter ICELAND GULL, an adult GLAUCOUS GULL and a few THAYER'S GULLS were in with a large group of HERRING GULLS along the north shore of Lake Superior on January 1st.

A SNOWY OWL was in the Duluth harbor on the 1st. A GREAT GRAY OWL and a NORTHERN HAWK OWL were both reported by Ken LaFond from Koochiching County on Jan 1st. The Hawk Owl was in the southeastern part of the county along highway 65 at mile marker 228. The Great Gray was seen on highway 71 between mile markers 379 and 380.

I have several reports of BELTED KINGFISHER. They have been seen recently in Stearns, Hennepin and Dakota counties.

An EASTERN BLUEBIRD was at Meyer-Big Island State Park along the Esker Hiking Trail on the 1st, a HERMIT THRUSH is lingering near the southwest corner of Normandale Lake in Minneapolis. AMERICAN ROBINS were at Rambling River Park in Dakota County near the town of Farmington on the 27th, they were seen in the Roseville area on the 28th, and they were in Big Willow Park in Minnetonka 29th. A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE is visiting the yard of Joan Wallen in Sherberne County near the town of Monticello.

PINE GROSBEAKS have been reported recently from the counties of Hubbard, Aitkin, Itasca, Pine, St. Louis and Lake. WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen in Bloomington, Hennepin County near 110th street and Russell Ave on the 27th. WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS have also been seen in Aitkin and St. Louis counties.

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The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday January 8th

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