Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*April 9, 1997

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Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: April 9, 1997
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (612) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel
Transcriber: Anthony Hertzel
Re-transcriber: David Cahlander (dac@skypoint.com)

This is the Minnesota statewide birding report for Thursday April 9th sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The most interesting reports come from Bloomington in Hennepin County and from Pennington County.

In Bloomington, Loraine Schoenack observed what she identified as a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER at her bird bath on March 28th. If confirmed this would represent a first state record. Then on April 5th she had a VERMILION FLYCATCHER visit the same bird bath. This well described male would represent only the fourth state record and the first in spring. Neither of these birds returned the following day, but if they are seen again this tape will be updated immediately.

In Pennington County in the northwestern part of the state, Peder Svingen found a second year CALIFORNIA GULL at the Thief River Falls settling ponds. It was seen in with a group of FRANKLIN'S GULL and RING-BILLED GULLS on April 5th, but was not present the next day. Peder also found a MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD on the 5th in Kittson County along the Tombstone Highway just east of the town of Lancaster, and a BLACK SCOTER at the Federal Dam on Lake Winnibigoshish in Itasca County on April 6th.

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS returned to Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis where up to eight were seen on April 9th, and on the 5th two were at Springbrook Nature Center in Anoka County.

VIRGINIA RAILS were at Carlos Avery Refuge in Anoka County on April 5th and a SORA was at Mound Prairie north of the town of Hokah in Houston County on the 5th as well.

Six species of shorebirds were seen by Karl Bardon in Jackson County on the 3rd. Species seen there include PECTORAL SANDPIPER, COMMON SNIPE, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, DUNLIN, KILLDEER and an unidentified DOWITCHER, probably a LONG-BILLED.

Fifteen BONAPARTE'S GULL were seen by Paul Budde on April 4th in southern Dakota County, and on the 5th Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis held a single adult THAYER'S GULL.

Three species of owls were seen and heard in Lake County on the 4th. Tony Hertzel found LONG-EARED OWL, GREAT GRAY OWL and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS along the Stoney River Road which runs south of state highway 1 about four miles west of the town of Isabella, and along the Whyte Road which intersects the Stoney River Road about 12 miles south of highway 1. For additional information on these and other birds in northeastern Minnesota, call the Duluth birding report at 218-525-5952.

Most interesting was the report of a BALTIMORE ORIOLE from Don Buldoc. The bird was seen the first week of April in Minneapolis for one day only. This would be a record early date for this species by nearly two weeks.

Thanks to Don Wansura I have the following April 7th report from Pine County from near the town of Rutledge: TURKEY VULTURE, EASTERN PHOEBE, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, SONG SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and a few EASTERN MEADOWLARKS have all returned as spring migrants to the area, while COMMON REDPOLLS, EVENING GROSBEAKS, and PURPLE FINCHES are some of the winter birds he found still lingering there. And speaking of winter birds, Greg Pluth had a few WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS at his feeder in Minneapolis on April 9th.

Additional species that many callers have reported -- mostly from the southern half of Minnesota -- include RED-NECKED GREBES and HORNED GREBES, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, AMERICAN COOT, NORTHERN HARRIER, COOPER'S HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN PIPIT reported from many localities all across the southern part of the state, WINTER WREN, both GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday April 16th.

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Hotline: Minnesota Duluth/North Shore
Date: April 16, 1998
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 525 5952
Compiler: Kim Eckert
Transcriber: Barb Adams badams@.css.edu

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, April 16, 1998, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union. As expected, this week's list of new spring migrants plus other birds of interest reported in Duluth and northeastern Minnesota is longer than it was last week. Among the more interesting sightings since last week's tape were a ROSS'S GOOSE seen by Bill Stauffer and Warren Nelson last weekend in Aitkin County west of Duluth. The location was along County Road 1 about 10 miles north of the town of Aitkin.

OLDSQUAWS last weekend at various locations seen near Grand Marais up the North Shore in Cook County.

Two SPRUCE GROUSE and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, seen by Jim Lind of Two Harbors along the Spruce Road in Lake County on April 11. The Grouse locations were not given, but the Black-backed was about 0.7 mile up the Spruce Road from Minnesota Highway 1.

Jim Lind also saw a quite unexpected and very early FRANKLIN'S GULL in the main harbor in Two Harbors on April 13.

On the Minnesota side of the Superior entry breakwater at the southern tip of Park Point yesterday, were a first-winter GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, a first-winter ICELAND GULL, along with a late GLAUCOUS GULL and some THAYER'S GULLS. All identified by Karl Bardon of the Twin Cities. Some of these same species were also at the nearby Superior, Wisconsin landfill.

Very early on April 13, were there the three small and pale sandpipers on the beach at Park Point, which Scott Wolf was unable to identify. The most likely possibility would be BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, which migrate earlier than most other shore birds.

Dan Versaw of Two Harbors found a GREAT GRAY OWL on a nest on April 11 in the general vicinity of Greenwood Lake in Lake County. But to avoid disturbance, the exact location of this nest cannot be given at this time.

Another GREAT GRAY was also seen April 12 in Aitkin County near the intersection of Pietz's Road and County 18. This is four miles east of US highway 169.

A few NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS and LONG-EARED OWLS have been heard recently at various locations in Lake and Cook County, but calling BOREAL OWLS continue to be very hard to come by this spring. As of April 10, resesarcher Bill Lane reports hearing only nine calling male Boreal Owls on territory during 300-plus miles of survey.

And an out-of-range FIELD SPARROW was carefully identified and photographed by various Twin Cities observers April 10. It was found at Taconite Harbor in Cook County.

Frank Nicoletti's spring count of raptors and other migrants on West Skyline Parkway near Enger Tower has also resulted in some significant sightings lately. On April 10 his count was 872 raptors including no fewer than 753 RED-TAILED HAWKS. On April 11 his count included two GOLDEN EAGLES, plus the first DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT of the spring in Duluth. The raptor count on April 13 was 450, including no fewer than 158 TURKEY VULTURES, 110 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 12 OSPREYS -- the first report for the season, one BROAD-WINGED HAWK -- also the first arrival in Duluth, and a Harlin's-type RED-TAILED HAWK. Also on the 13th, a minimum of 68 COMMON LOONS, four AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, and five SANDHILL CRANES flew by. On the 14th, the count included another HARLAN'S HAWK, and yesterday, the 15th, Frank was still seeing some late BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS.

Finally, among the other newly-arrived spring migrants reported in Duluth since last week's tape were: HORNED GREBE, early BONAPARTE'S GULL on April 13th, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, WINTER WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, CEDAR WAXWINGS - - also early on April 13th, CHIPPING and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, EASTERN MEADOWLARK and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD.

Unless something unusual is seen in the meantime that needs to be reported on immediately, the next scheduled update of this tape will be on Thursday, April 23rd. And, as always if you have birds to report you may leave a message after the tone.

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