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Pectoral Sandpiper,©Tony Disley

19 Mar GREAT BLUE HERONS in STEELE COUNTY ["Nels F. Thompson" ]
19 Mar Re: Sandhill Cranes [Holly Peirson ]
19 Mar Sandhill Cranes [Susan Gilmore ]
19 Mar Owl nest? [Gail Wieberdink ]
19 Mar male purple finch, S . Dakota County ["Elizabeth Tiller (Beth)" ]
19 Mar Re: Short eared owl Nicollet county ["Bernard P. Friel" ]
19 Mar Short eared owl Nicollet county [Brad Abendroth ]
19 Mar Re: Tundra Swans []
19 Mar Chipping sparrow, Olmsted Co. [Lance Vrieze ]
15 Mar Chanhassen Red-shouldered Hawks [Paul Worwa ]
18 Mar Access to Blue Lake Sewage Lagoons ["Emms, Simon K." ]
18 Mar Trumpeter Swan St. Louis County [Anne Bier ]
15 Mar MOU state fair booth [Tom Bell ]
15 Mar Re: MOU state fair booth [Mark Alt ]
15 Mar American Three-toed Woodpecker [Juile Grahn ]
14 Mar Early swamp sparrow [Bob Bystrom ]
18 Mar MRVAC Program this Thursday, March 23 [Steve Weston ]
18 Mar Townsend's Solitaire in Carver County ["Williams, Bob" ]
18 Mar twin cities birding hot spots, map [James Williams ]
15 Mar Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Wednesday, March 15, 2017 [Jeanie Joppru ]
15 Mar Re: MOU state fair booth [Mark Alt ]
18 Mar Tundra Swans [Bruce Baer ]
18 Mar American Three-toed Woodpeckers [Juile Grahn ]
16 Mar Sandhill Cranes, Turkey Vulture, Lake Rebecca, Hastings [linda whyte ]
10 Mar Belated (2 days) Snowy Plover, Winona [Dedrick Benz ]
10 Mar Record waterfowl count []
8 Mar Great Blue Heron [Gail Wieberdink ]
11 Mar Black Scoter, Black Dog Lake, still present [linda whyte ]
11 Mar Ross's Geese in Houston County ["Williams, Bob" ]
8 Mar Black Scoter - Dakota Co [Howard Towle ]
11 Mar Road Trip Birding [Rich Hoeg ]
8 Mar Re: Black Scoter - Dakota Co [Liz Harper ]
27 Feb Duluth Birding Report 2/27/2017 [Jim Lind ]
27 Feb Re: MOU-NET Digest - 24 Feb 2017 to 26 Feb 2017 (#2017-44) [Anthony Smith ]
27 Feb Sandhill cranes [GREG ELIZABETH CLOSMORE ]
26 Feb waterfowl ["Heins, Chad" ]
26 Feb Re: Lake pepin eagles [Mickey ]
26 Feb Re: LE Owl - roadkill - Becker County, NW MN ["Shawn C. Goodchild" ]
26 Feb Lake pepin eagles [Mark Alt ]
26 Feb Re: LE Owl - roadkill - Becker County, NW MN [GREG ELIZABETH CLOSMORE ]
26 Feb LE Owl - roadkill - Becker County, NW MN ["Shawn C. Goodchild" ]
25 Feb Cackling Geese-2 [Mark Alt ]
24 Feb Metro birding where? [Anne Bier ]
24 Feb Peregrine Falcon return to Colonnade Tower [Mark Alt ]
23 Feb Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, February 23, 2017 [Jeanie Joppru ]
23 Feb 2 becker county snowy owls [Beau Shroyer ]
23 Feb "oregon" dark-eyed junco, Prior Lake [Elizabeth Tiller ]
23 Feb early arrival/activity this week [linda whyte ]
23 Feb Sandhills [GLENN CIEGLER ]
22 Feb Wigeon, Wood Duck, Gadwall, Redhead... []
22 Feb "Masters of the Sky"; (upcoming program) [linda whyte ]
22 Feb Eagles mating [Mark Alt ]
21 Feb Salt Lake Area Waterfowl Extravaganza []
21 Feb Lake Byllesby Tuesday 21 a.m. []
21 Feb Strange Things - Houston Co. [Alan Stankevitz ]
21 Feb Snowy Owls Kittson County [Matt Mecklenburg ]
21 Feb Townsend's Solitaire [Missy Bowen ]
20 Feb 3/18/17: BELL MUSEUM & MOU SPRING BIRD IDENTIFICATION IN MINNESOTA [Peter Nichols ]
20 Feb Boreal Birding in the arrowhead [Mark Alt ]
19 Feb Dakota Co. waterfowl 2/19 [Bruce Fall ]
19 Feb Sandhill Cranes arrive in Houston Co. [Alan Stankevitz ]
19 Feb Anoka Co. sightings [Susanne Nevin ]
19 Feb Rice Co. Birds [dan&erika ]
18 Feb Re: Swan question []
18 Feb Swan question [Anne Bier ]
18 Feb Swans St. Louis County [Anne Bier ]
18 Feb Stan Tekiela Program at MRVAC this Thursday [Steve Weston ]
18 Feb digest off [Bill Kahn ]
17 Feb Big Stone, Salt Lake Early Arrivals []
17 Feb Dakota Cty []
17 Feb Mute Swan -- Goodhue County [Bruce Baer ]
17 Feb Minnetonka signs of spring! [Ken Larson Mary Lou Frank ]
17 Feb Salt Lake Birding Weekend [Ken Larson Mary Lou Frank ]
16 Feb Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday February 16, 2017 [Jeanie Joppru ]
16 Feb Spruce Grouse - Scenic State Park, Itasca County [Shawn Conrad ]
16 Feb Eagles Nesting, First Geese & Ducks []

Subject: GREAT BLUE HERONS in STEELE COUNTY
From: "Nels F. Thompson" <nelsthom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:25:55 -0500
This afternoon, March 19, at The Marsh, south on CR #45, one mile north of CR 
#30, 5 Great Blue Herons were at a rookery about 1/2 mile east of the pond of 
The Marsh. 3 Sand Hill Cranes and a mix of waterfowl were also spotted as well 
as one Meadowlark and 2 Killdeers. 


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Subject: Re: Sandhill Cranes
From: Holly Peirson <hpbirdscouter AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:14:45 +0000
Could very well be! "Our" cranes that nest at Carlos Avery WMA near Forest Lake 
have been back for a couple of weeks already. They are loudly calling from the 
marshes in the area today. 




Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Susan Gilmore 
Date: 3/19/17 4:22 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: MOU-NET AT LISTS.UMN.EDU
Subject: [mou-net] Sandhill Cranes

My husband & I just heard what sounded like a flock of Sandhill Cranes flying 
over our house in Golden Valley MN! 


Susan

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: Susan Gilmore <sgphoto AT MNINTER.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:22:10 -0500
My husband & I just heard what sounded like a flock of Sandhill Cranes flying 
over our house in Golden Valley MN! 


Susan

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Subject: Owl nest?
From: Gail Wieberdink <wieber64 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:58:29 -0500
 Does anyone know if the GH Owl used the nest near I-694 and old 5 this year? I 
know an owl has used it a number of years but did not see anything there this 
year. (Doesn't mean nothing was there, we just didn't see anything on one or 
two trips by earlier.) We stopped to look today and just as we stopped, a 
red-tailed hawk flew to the nest carrying either food or nesting materials, 
couldn't really tell which in a very quick view. The hawk then settled down in 
the nest so likely has some eggs. I know owls use other birds' nests so thought 
I'd ask here. 



Gail Wieberdink

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Subject: male purple finch, S . Dakota County
From: "Elizabeth Tiller (Beth)" <beth87tiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:57:19 -0500
1 Male purple finch (and 1 male house fnch) coming to feeder. About 10 miles 
southwest of Farmington. 



Beth Tiller
Farmington, MN
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Subject: Re: Short eared owl Nicollet county
From: "Bernard P. Friel" <wampy AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:33:10 -0500
Just heard and then observed eight sandhill cranes quite high up circling
over Mendota Heights.
-- 
Bernard P. Friel

    
            


> From: Brad Abendroth 
> Reply-To: Brad Abendroth 
> Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:23:52 -0500
> To: 
> Subject: [mou-net] Short eared owl Nicollet county
> 
> Swan lake wma. I walked the conifer stand to the west of the main parking
> lot and flushed an assumed owl.  I then walked to the end of it and the owl
> was in the grass and flew probably towards the stand again. I assume it
> will hunt tonight if the wind dies down. For now I will let it rest. Only
> three mou members plus the infamous "historical records" guy has it ticked.
> Surprising as this is near perfect hunting habitat.
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Subject: Short eared owl Nicollet county
From: Brad Abendroth <bdaisok AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:23:52 -0500
Swan lake wma. I walked the conifer stand to the west of the main parking
lot and flushed an assumed owl.  I then walked to the end of it and the owl
was in the grass and flew probably towards the stand again. I assume it
will hunt tonight if the wind dies down. For now I will let it rest. Only
three mou members plus the infamous "historical records" guy has it ticked.
Surprising as this is near perfect hunting habitat.

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Subject: Re: Tundra Swans
From: jbaumann AT USFAMILY.NET
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:00:44 -0500
Has anyone seen the tundras at Old Cedar today, Sunday?

Jeanne B.


From: Bruce Baer 
Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:02 PM
To: MOU-NET AT LISTS.UMN.EDU 
Subject: [mou-net] Tundra Swans


A flock of about 25 Tundra Swans came in at 2:30 this afternoon to Long
Meadow Lake. They can be seen from the observation deck at the Old Cedar Ave
Bridge.

 

Bruce Baer

Bloomington


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Subject: Chipping sparrow, Olmsted Co.
From: Lance Vrieze <vriez001 AT UMN.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:44:17 +0000
A chipping sparrow was singing in my Rochester back yard this morning.

Lance Vrieze
Olmsted County

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Subject: Chanhassen Red-shouldered Hawks
From: Paul Worwa <Pworwa AT ALLANMECHANICAL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:53:06 +0000
Our neighborhood Red-shouldered hawks have returned to nest in the woods behind 
our home for the 12th consecutive year. They actually returned on March 5th, 
but I didn't have a chance to post since I was leaving for a Cuba trip. Between 
the constant calls from the hawks and near constant harassment from the crows, 
the decibel level in the neighborhood goes up considerably when they return! 


Paul Worwa
Chanhassen

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Subject: Access to Blue Lake Sewage Lagoons
From: "Emms, Simon K." <SKEMMS AT STTHOMAS.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 22:41:30 +0000
Could someone possibly explain how birders can visit the Blue Lake Sewage 
Treatment Plant ponds. I visited years ago and seem to remember just driving 
into the plant. I revisited today and the entire facility seemed to be fenced 
off, with access gates closed. 



Birders are still going there because they are posting sightings to eBird. I'd 
appreciate any guidance from recent visitors. Thank you. 



Simon Emms

[University of St. Thomas : All for the Common Good]

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Subject: Trumpeter Swan St. Louis County
From: Anne Bier <aabier AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:46:24 -0500
There are 9 Trumpeters on Silver Lake in Virginia today. Most I have seen at 
one time this year. But the cool thing is that one is banded, and the same bird 
was here on February 22. I reported that sighting to the USGS, and will report 
this one too. Any thoughts on where it has been the last 4 weeks? The band 
number is 68F - anybody else see it? 

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Subject: MOU state fair booth
From: Tom Bell <bell.tom32 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:09:18 -0500
Kate Kelnberger and Jen Vieth, MOU State Fair Booth Coordinators, are seeking 
some information. They asked Elizabeth and myself, because they knew we had 
been volunteering for all the time they could remember, but I do not recall 
when the MOU had its first booth outside the DNR building. My recollection is 
that MOU and Audubon Minnesota together had a booth in the Education Building 
prior to moving the DNR building, I remember staffing that booth. Our hope is 
that someone out there in the birding community remembers. 


Tom Bell
Grey Cloud Island
5868 Pioneer Rd. S.
St. Paul Park, MN 55071
651 459-4150

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Subject: Re: MOU state fair booth
From: Mark Alt <markcaltpmp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:10:15 +0000
On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 4:09 PM Tom Bell  wrote:

> Kate Kelnberger and Jen Vieth, MOU State Fair Booth Coordinators, are
> seeking some information. They asked Elizabeth and myself, because they
> knew we had been volunteering for all the time they could remember, but I
> do not recall when the MOU had its first booth outside the DNR building. My
> recollection is that MOU and Audubon Minnesota together had a booth in the
> Education Building prior to moving the DNR building, I remember staffing
> that booth. Our hope is that someone out there in the birding community
> remembers.
>
> Tom Bell
> Grey Cloud Island
> 5868 Pioneer Rd. S.
> St. Paul Park, MN 55071
> 651 459-4150
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Subject: American Three-toed Woodpecker
From: Juile Grahn <jg.grahn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:40:39 -0500
I reported having seen this bird along the Johnson Road east of Cook, MN on the 
2nd of March. I also said it was about 7.5 miles east of town. It was brought 
to my attention by a friend that I was off on the mileage by quite a bit. I 
went out there again today and relocated the bird. That is the "good" news. The 
"bad" news is that, yes, I was off on the mileage. It is more like 4.3 miles 
east of town. I am VERY sorry if anyone came and went too far along that road. 
I do take time be careful before I post but I sure blew it this time. Today I 
measured from the time I was at the railroad tracks that cross Johnson Rd just 
after you get on it off of HWY 53 on the south side of town. There is one more 
bit of "good “ news and that is the male I saw has a female friend. I saw her 
after some looking today. He did some drumming and she vocalized back to him 
and later flew over to him. 


Again, I am very sorry if someone drove all the way up here and missed this 
because of me. 


Julie Grahn
Cook, MN
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Subject: Early swamp sparrow
From: Bob Bystrom <robertbystrom1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:21:23 -0500
An swamp sparrow was present this morning feeding in a thicket near our house.

Bob Bystrom
Stillwater, MN

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Subject: MRVAC Program this Thursday, March 23
From: Steve Weston <sweston2g AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:01:08 -0400
Changing the Future for Endangered Species
Thursday March 23rd  AT  7:30 pm

Presented by *Dr. Onnie Byers*
*IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group*

With so many challenges facing nature today, it can be hard not to become
discouraged. But there is good news. There are successes. And calling
attention to them celebrates the many scientific and collaborative efforts
that make them happen, bolstering the resolve of specialists and concerned
citizens alike.

CBSG is a global network of conservation professionals dedicated to saving
threatened species by increasing the effectiveness of conservation efforts
worldwide. Hear about mammals from the coastal scrublands of Tasmania,
amphibians from a unique gorge in Tanzania, birds from the forests of
Japan, and plants from the rocky caves of Bermuda –stories that illustrate
ways we are helping the people already working to conserve a species come
to agreement on what needs to be done to succeed.

*When:* Please join us from 7:00-7:30 pm to socialize over cookies. From
7:30 – 8:45 pm we have a brief business meeting and the featured speaker.

*Where:* Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center 3815
American Blvd E, Bloomington. Hwy 494 to 34th Ave – S to American Blvd;
turn left and go 2 blocks. Center will be on your right. Use the staff
entrance in the center of the building (not the east door). There is plenty
of free parking.

*All MRVAC programs are free and open to the public. Join us.*
Steve Weston
On Quigley Lake in Eagan, MN
sweston2 AT comcast.net

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire in Carver County
From: "Williams, Bob" <bxwilliams AT CBBURNET.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:03:19 -0500
There is a Townsend's Solitaire in Carver Park Reserve seen this afternoon from 
the paved trail that goes south from the end of the Springview Parking area. 


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Subject: twin cities birding hot spots, map
From: James Williams <woodduck38 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:46:36 -0500
I would like to visit with the person responsible for the map and info on the 
web site entitled Twin Cities Birding Hot Spots. 


Jim Williams
woodduck38 AT gmail.com
birding blog at www.startribune.com/Wingnut

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Subject: Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Wednesday, March 15, 2017
From: Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru AT MNCABLE.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:14:34 -0500
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Wednesday, March 15, 2017
sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also
hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.
 
With the very cold weather this last week, bird activity has been sparse.
This being also true of people, there have been few reports in the
northwest. One can say, however, that BALD EAGLES  have been reported from
all areas. They are being seen in groups , suggesting that there is
definitely migration going on. CANADA GEESE  have been filtering in and the
flocks are getting larger. Other waterfowl have been stopped at a few sites
that have open water. That will change this weekend, as many spots were
thawed previously, and have re-frozen in the past week. HORNED LARKS  are
paired up and getting ready to nest.  ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS,
NORTHERN HARRIERS, and AMERICAN KESTRELS  are beginning to be reported.
 
Cliff Steinhauer reported the first WESTERN MEADOWLARK  of  the season in
Marshall County on March 13. On the 15th, he saw 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  in
his yard near the western entrance to Agassiz NWR.
 
Here in Pennington County, I found 31 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  in our yard looking
for crabapples when I got home from work yesterday. The PILEATED WOODPECKERS
had cleaned off the few that were left  in recent days.
 
In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva reported 2 BALD EAGLES and 200 CANADA
GEESE  on March 8.
 
Shelley saw 20 SNOW BUNTINGS, 10 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and an AMERICAN KESTREL
in Polk County on March 8.
 
Two NORTHERN HARRIERS  were seen in Clay County on March 8.
 
In Becker County, Shawn Goodchild reported 40 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
flying over Cormorant Lake on March 6. On the 10th, he found RUSTY BLACKBIRD
there. Heather Hundt saw a KILLDEER  in the county on March 10.
 
In Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala found a GREAT HORNED OWL  on March 14.
Hundreds of CANADA GEESE  were found at the power plant in Fergus Falls on
March 10, along with a number of COMMON GOLDENEYE, and a BUFFLEHEAD. Jason
Swelstad saw a KILLDEER  in the county on March 6.

Ben Eckhoff reported  KILLDEER  in Douglas County on March 5, EASTERN
BLUEBIRD  on March 6, and GADWALL on March 7.
 
From the North Ottawa impoundment in Grant County, Wayne Perala reported 6
TRUMPETER SWANS, 6 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, a ROSS'S GOOSE, LAPLAND
LONGSPURS, and 6 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  on March 5.
 
Thanks to all who sent in sightings this week.
 
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at ajjoppru AT mncable.net 
OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber's toll free number: 1-800-542-3992.
Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county
where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is
Thursday, March 23, 2017.
 
 
Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN
 

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Subject: Re: MOU state fair booth
From: Mark Alt <markcaltpmp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:18:14 +0000
It was in my term as President of the MOU. I would guess 2005, after the
owl invasion. I headed up the negaotiations with Carroll Henderson andrhe
DNR then Carroll put me in contact with many others that made it happen.
The booth came about because Carroll and I displayed beside each other in
the Owotanna Cabela's one day. people were streaming past us but no one
stopped i drew up a large sign for the table "ask us about birds" and we
had a crowd the rest of the day...

Mark Alt




On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 5:10 PM Mark Alt  wrote:

>
> On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 4:09 PM Tom Bell  wrote:
>
> Kate Kelnberger and Jen Vieth, MOU State Fair Booth Coordinators, are
> seeking some information. They asked Elizabeth and myself, because they
> knew we had been volunteering for all the time they could remember, but I
> do not recall when the MOU had its first booth outside the DNR building. My
> recollection is that MOU and Audubon Minnesota together had a booth in the
> Education Building prior to moving the DNR building, I remember staffing
> that booth. Our hope is that someone out there in the birding community
> remembers.
>
> Tom Bell
> Grey Cloud Island
> 5868 Pioneer Rd. S.
> St. Paul Park, MN 55071
> 651 459-4150
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Subject: Tundra Swans
From: Bruce Baer <bbbaer957 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:02:25 -0500
A flock of about 25 Tundra Swans came in at 2:30 this afternoon to Long
Meadow Lake. They can be seen from the observation deck at the Old Cedar Ave
Bridge.

 

Bruce Baer

Bloomington


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Subject: American Three-toed Woodpeckers
From: Juile Grahn <jg.grahn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:48:07 -0500
This is going to sound a bit unreal but I found another Three-toed Woodpecker 
near Cook in St. Louis County. This bird was seen on the west end of Plum Creek 
Road which is west of Cook. 


Julie Grahn
Cook, MN
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes, Turkey Vulture, Lake Rebecca, Hastings
From: linda whyte <0000004e7b0e779a-dmarc-request AT LISTS.UMN.EDU>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:07:18 -0500
Two cranes were observed foraging in the wetlands on the south side of the
dike next to the lock and dam. This is the same area that has hosted a
nesting pair for the past several years.
Also present was a lone Turkey Vulture, along the driveway that leads to
the lock and dam. It was perched next to the road, and as it took off
toward the river, it startled up a Rough-legged Hawk.
A few Common Grackles have also arrived in the area, and the eagle nest
northwest of the dam is occupied.
Linda Whyte

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Subject: Belated (2 days) Snowy Plover, Winona
From: Dedrick Benz <benzdedrick AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 22:33:24 +0000
A stunning photo by a duck hunter of a Snowy Plover in Winona has just 
surfaced. Unfortunately, it was from Wednesday, and a couple brief searches 
today have yielded nothing. The area is the end of Bartlett Lake Rd in Winona, 
which runs through a small marsh at the airport. It may not look like much but 
WF Ibis have showed up here multiple times, as well as other shorebirds. The 
March 8 date is amazing. Of course I'll update if the bird is refound. 



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Subject: Record waterfowl count
From: mou AT MOUMN.ORG
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:12:30 -0700
(Posted by Chet A. Meyers  via moumn.org)

Birding conditions were excellent for Calhoun, Harriet, and Isles,
with slight overcast skies and calm water.  I circumnavigated all 
three lakes and found zero waterfowl on the water. That's ZERO. 
A few shore-bound Canada geese and mallards and seven ring-
billed gulls in the middle of Calhoun (Are they waterfowl?). Even the
southwest pocket on Harriet was empty...I think the first time ever
for me with open water.
Desperately seeking ducks, I ventured to Lakewood Cemetery and
struck it rich with one male bufflehead and two birds in the air.
I assume females.     Something has to set down on these lakes
tonight.
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Subject: Great Blue Heron
From: Gail Wieberdink <wieber64 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 22:23:45 -0600
Late this afternoon I saw my first of the season Great Blue Heron in Lady 
Slipper Park, Roseville, Ramsey County. 



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Subject: Black Scoter, Black Dog Lake, still present
From: linda whyte <0000004e7b0e779a-dmarc-request AT LISTS.UMN.EDU>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:48:24 -0600
The Black Scoter was still present at 3:30 today, near the south shore of
the lake. It was across from the viewing platform, a bit to the west. She
had her head tucked in for awhile, so her white facial signature was not
immediately obvious. However, the search-time required to find her, yielded
a bonus view of a Red-breasted merganser surfacing from a dive.
Given the location of the viewing platform, it might be a shorter haul with
scope and tripod to walk from the east end of the (closed-off) road,
reached from Silver Bell Road. But the west entrance seemed to offer more
gulls to search, if looking for the Greater or Lesser Black-backed. Either
way, it's a healthy walk.
Linda Whyte

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Subject: Ross's Geese in Houston County
From: "Williams, Bob" <bxwilliams AT CBBURNET.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:41:17 -0600
There are 4 Ross's Geese on the east side if Hwy 16 at CR 21 feeding in the 
grass with Canada's about 200 yards out. 

Earlier I had a Peregrine Falcon at mile marker 273 also on Hwy 16 between 
Houston and Hokah. It swooped in on a mixed flock of Robins, Grackles and 
Blackbirds. 


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Subject: Black Scoter - Dakota Co
From: Howard Towle <towle001 AT UMN.EDU>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 14:32:48 -0600
The Black Scoter found at Black Dog Lake by Herb Dingmann yesterday is
present this afternoon. The bird was seen east of the outlet actively
diving amidst a large group of Common Mergansers & Goldeneyes. A scope
is probably needed to ID it.

Howard Towle
Golden Valley, MN

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Subject: Road Trip Birding
From: Rich Hoeg <richardhoeg AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 04:24:09 -0600
Ever been on a road trip, perhaps with a spouse or companion who could care 
less about birding? In this scenario it is likely you may be driving across 
America and not have a clue as to your current county. Just posted instructions 
with extensive annotated screenshots on my blog on how to obtain birding 
information and solve this situation. 


http://www.365daysofbirds.com/2017/03/10/road-trip-birding/

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Subject: Re: Black Scoter - Dakota Co
From: Liz Harper <harp0055 AT UMN.EDU>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 16:11:00 -0600
Still present also Franklin's gull.

On March 8, 2017 2:32:48 PM CST, Howard Towle  wrote:
>The Black Scoter found at Black Dog Lake by Herb Dingmann yesterday is
>present this afternoon. The bird was seen east of the outlet actively
>diving amidst a large group of Common Mergansers & Goldeneyes. A scope
>is probably needed to ID it.
>
>Howard Towle
>Golden Valley, MN
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Subject: Duluth Birding Report 2/27/2017
From: Jim Lind <jslind AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:02:53 -0600
This is the Duluth Birding Report for February 27th, 2017 sponsored
by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The EURASIAN TREE SPARROW in downtown Two Harbors is still being seen
daily at the ground feeder at South Avenue and Waterfront Drive,
between the Do North pizzeria and the black historic locomotive.  The
TOWNSENDS SOLITAIRE at 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street was also seen as
recently as the 25th.

An immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK was reported by John Richardson on
the 22nd at Agate Bay in Two Harbors, and it was relocated on the
27th by Abby Pulvermacher.  The HARLEQUIN DUCK in Grand Marais was
also seen as recently as the 22nd, and Alex Sundvall relocated the
female HARLEQUIN DUCK at Black Beach Park in Silver Bay on the 19th.
A flock of 35 LONG-TAILED DUCKS has been seen as recently as the 25th
at Agate Bay in Two Harbors. A LONG-TAILED DUCK continues to be
reported at Canal Park in Duluth.

Last weeks warm weather brought some early migrants into the area
including a NORTHERN HARRIER on the 24th in Aitkin County, NORTHERN
PINTAIL on the 19th near Wisconsin Point, a GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the
22nd north of Duluth, several RING-BILLED GULLS around the Duluth
Harbor beginning on the 19th, and several TRUMPETER SWANS across the
region.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on or about Monday,
March 6th.

This report is compiled from MOU-net postings, local eBird
checklists, various Facebook group pages (some of which may require
joining), and personal contacts. Please follow the links below for
the most up-to-date information:

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Minnesota Rare Bird Alert:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1570731239835376/
Northeast Minnesota Birding:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/177159692431348/
Sax-Zim Bog: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saxzimbog/
Duluth Phenology: https://www.facebook.com/groups/duluthphenology/

Information about bird sightings may be sent to the Duluth Rare Bird
Alert at duluthrba AT moumn.org

The Duluth Birding Report is sponsored and funded by the Minnesota
Ornithologists' Union (MOU) as a service to its members. For more
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Subject: Re: MOU-NET Digest - 24 Feb 2017 to 26 Feb 2017 (#2017-44)
From: Anthony Smith <smithwndcrl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:53:55 -0600
ammhsmith AT aol.com

On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 12:00 AM, MOU-NET automatic digest system <
LISTSERV AT lists.umn.edu> wrote:

> There are 6 messages totaling 233 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
>   1. LE Owl - roadkill - Becker County, NW MN (3)
>   2. Lake pepin eagles (2)
>   3. waterfowl
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> Date:    Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:02:14 -0600
> From:    "Shawn C. Goodchild" 
> Subject: LE Owl - roadkill - Becker County, NW MN
>
> Found a Long-eared owl dead on the side of a gravel road, near Bisson Lake
> near Becker County CR 13 and CR14.  Non-native prairie grass habitat, so
> odd location. Looks like it has been dead for few weeks to a month, feet
> missing or cut off.  According to eBird it will be rare but eBird isn't set
> up for documenting dead bird locations, so thought I'd post it here. (yes,
> forwarding info to DNR)
>
> Some nice snowy owls hanging out in the area too, as reported by others.
> Lots of early stuff in that area the past week, Turkey Vulture (!),
> Harriers, huge flock of ~400 Horned larks, etc...
>
> Shawn Goodchild
> Becker County, MN
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> Date:    Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:21:02 +0000
> From:    GREG ELIZABETH CLOSMORE 
> Subject: Re: LE Owl - roadkill - Becker County, NW MN
>
> There is a site to log in dead birds called dbird as I recall . Similar to
> ebird
>
> > On Feb 26, 2017, at 9:02 AM, Shawn C. Goodchild 
> wrote:
> >
> > Found a Long-eared owl dead on the side of a gravel road, near Bisson
> Lake near Becker County CR 13 and CR14.  Non-native prairie grass habitat,
> so odd location. Looks like it has been dead for few weeks to a month, feet
> missing or cut off.  According to eBird it will be rare but eBird isn't set
> up for documenting dead bird locations, so thought I'd post it here. (yes,
> forwarding info to DNR)
> >
> > Some nice snowy owls hanging out in the area too, as reported by others.
> Lots of early stuff in that area the past week, Turkey Vulture (!),
> Harriers, huge flock of ~400 Horned larks, etc...
> >
> > Shawn Goodchild
> > Becker County, MN
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> Date:    Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:05:35 +0000
> From:    Mark Alt 
> Subject: Lake pepin eagles
>
> Any gatherings of eagles being seen? I am planning a trip...
>
> Mark Alt
> Hennepin County
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> Date:    Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:31:37 -0600
> From:    "Shawn C. Goodchild" 
> Subject: Re: LE Owl - roadkill - Becker County, NW MN
>
> Thanks!  D-Bird looks interesting. A good idea, especially with
> documenting window kills you see in the city and stuff like that!
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: GREG ELIZABETH CLOSMORE 
> >Sent: Feb 26, 2017 10:21 AM
> >To: "Shawn C. Goodchild" 
> >Cc: "MOU-NET AT LISTS.UMN.EDU" 
> >Subject: Re: [mou-net] LE Owl - roadkill - Becker County, NW MN
> >
> >There is a site to log in dead birds called dbird as I recall . Similar
> to ebird
> >
> >> On Feb 26, 2017, at 9:02 AM, Shawn C. Goodchild 
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Found a Long-eared owl dead on the side of a gravel road, near Bisson
> Lake near Becker County CR 13 and CR14.  Non-native prairie grass habitat,
> so odd location. Looks like it has been dead for few weeks to a month, feet
> missing or cut off.  According to eBird it will be rare but eBird isn't set
> up for documenting dead bird locations, so thought I'd post it here. (yes,
> forwarding info to DNR)
> >>
> >> Some nice snowy owls hanging out in the area too, as reported by
> others. Lots of early stuff in that area the past week, Turkey Vulture (!),
> Harriers, huge flock of ~400 Horned larks, etc...
> >>
> >> Shawn Goodchild
> >> Becker County, MN
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> Date:    Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:57:03 -0600
> From:    Mickey 
> Subject: Re: Lake pepin eagles
>
> Thursday I saw about 30 eagles a large group of Mergansers and ring bills
> near the lock and dam past Treasure Island Casino.
> Mickey Kallas
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 26, 2017, at 12:05 PM, Mark Alt  wrote:
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> > Any gatherings of eagles being seen? I am planning a trip...
> >
> > Mark Alt
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> Date:    Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:47:26 -0600
> From:    "Heins, Chad" 
> Subject: waterfowl
>
> Hey birders,
>
>
>
> Trent Robbins and I got out into the field (first time for me in 6 weeks)
> and were able to get a taste of spring.  The lakes around Lake Crystal are
> largely open though it looks like some of them have been more open than
> they are now.  Lily and Crystal were the two best lakes.
>
>
> Lily Lake had a large flock of Greater White-fronted Geese, Canada Geese,
> and a single Snow Goose.  There were also Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwall, and
> Northern Pintail with a few scattered Common Goldeneyes, Hooded Mergansers,
> and Common Mergansers.
>
>
> Crystal Lake had a large flock of Canvasbacks, Redheads, Common Goldeneyes,
> Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, a couple of Greater Scaup, and both Mergansers as
> well.  We even found a small flock of Green-winged Teal on the eastern
> end.  A pair of Herring Gulls were wrestling over a morsel there as well.
>
>
> Loon Lake had a few scattered goldeneye and mergansers but is largely open
> and viewable from the boat launch on the south end.
>
>
> Tim's Slough near O.A. Vee WMA also had Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwall, and
> lots of Mallards and Canadas.
>
>
>
> Lincoln WPA had lots of waterfowl but much of it was hidden in the weeds.
> Watonwan WPA had lots of Greater White-fronted Geese.
>
>
>
> CR13 which was flooded last fall is now passable though I will miss the
> Black-necked Stilt on the road in September.  We had a lot of Mallards in
> that area and a small flock of Northern Shovelers.
>
>
>
> One of the best waterfowl concentrations was at the infamous Madelia Goose
> Magnet which is located east of Hwy 60 between 320th and 330th Streets.
> Large flocks of all three geese mentioned above plus many of the ducks and
> gobs of Mallards.  I normally get there by taking CR30 past the Watonwan
> WPA and keep heading west.  Lots of birds in the air and on the ground.
>
>
>
> Happy birding!
>
>
>
> Chad Heins
>
> Mankato
>
>
>
>
>
> *Chad Heins*
>
> Assistant Professor of Biology
>
>
>
> Bethany Lutheran College
>
> 700 Luther Drive
>
> Mankato, MN 56001
>
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Subject: Sandhill cranes
From: GREG ELIZABETH CLOSMORE <closmore70 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:38:04 +0000
Two bugling in Hugo, Washington county,  6:45  am today

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Subject: waterfowl
From: "Heins, Chad" <Chad.Heins AT BLC.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:47:26 -0600
Hey birders,



Trent Robbins and I got out into the field (first time for me in 6 weeks)
and were able to get a taste of spring.  The lakes around Lake Crystal are
largely open though it looks like some of them have been more open than
they are now.  Lily and Crystal were the two best lakes.


Lily Lake had a large flock of Greater White-fronted Geese, Canada Geese,
and a single Snow Goose.  There were also Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwall, and
Northern Pintail with a few scattered Common Goldeneyes, Hooded Mergansers,
and Common Mergansers.


Crystal Lake had a large flock of Canvasbacks, Redheads, Common Goldeneyes,
Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, a couple of Greater Scaup, and both Mergansers as
well.  We even found a small flock of Green-winged Teal on the eastern
end.  A pair of Herring Gulls were wrestling over a morsel there as well.


Loon Lake had a few scattered goldeneye and mergansers but is largely open
and viewable from the boat launch on the south end.


Tim's Slough near O.A. Vee WMA also had Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwall, and
lots of Mallards and Canadas.



Lincoln WPA had lots of waterfowl but much of it was hidden in the weeds.
Watonwan WPA had lots of Greater White-fronted Geese.



CR13 which was flooded last fall is now passable though I will miss the
Black-necked Stilt on the road in September.  We had a lot of Mallards in
that area and a small flock of Northern Shovelers.



One of the best waterfowl concentrations was at the infamous Madelia Goose
Magnet which is located east of Hwy 60 between 320th and 330th Streets.
Large flocks of all three geese mentioned above plus many of the ducks and
gobs of Mallards.  I normally get there by taking CR30 past the Watonwan
WPA and keep heading west.  Lots of birds in the air and on the ground.



Happy birding!



Chad Heins

Mankato





*Chad Heins*

Assistant Professor of Biology



Bethany Lutheran College

700 Luther Drive

Mankato, MN 56001

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Subject: Re: Lake pepin eagles
From: Mickey <mjk1115 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:57:03 -0600
Thursday I saw about 30 eagles a large group of Mergansers and ring bills near 
the lock and dam past Treasure Island Casino. 

Mickey Kallas

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 26, 2017, at 12:05 PM, Mark Alt  wrote:
> 
> Any gatherings of eagles being seen? I am planning a trip...
> 
> Mark Alt
> Hennepin County
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Subject: Re: LE Owl - roadkill - Becker County, NW MN
From: "Shawn C. Goodchild" <achirus AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:31:37 -0600
Thanks! D-Bird looks interesting. A good idea, especially with documenting 
window kills you see in the city and stuff like that! 




-----Original Message-----
>From: GREG ELIZABETH CLOSMORE 
>Sent: Feb 26, 2017 10:21 AM
>To: "Shawn C. Goodchild" 
>Cc: "MOU-NET AT LISTS.UMN.EDU" 
>Subject: Re: [mou-net] LE Owl - roadkill - Becker County, NW MN
>
>There is a site to log in dead birds called dbird as I recall . Similar to 
ebird 

>
>> On Feb 26, 2017, at 9:02 AM, Shawn C. Goodchild  
wrote: 

>> 
>> Found a Long-eared owl dead on the side of a gravel road, near Bisson Lake 
near Becker County CR 13 and CR14. Non-native prairie grass habitat, so odd 
location. Looks like it has been dead for few weeks to a month, feet missing or 
cut off. According to eBird it will be rare but eBird isn't set up for 
documenting dead bird locations, so thought I'd post it here. (yes, forwarding 
info to DNR) 

>> 
>> Some nice snowy owls hanging out in the area too, as reported by others. 
Lots of early stuff in that area the past week, Turkey Vulture (!), Harriers, 
huge flock of ~400 Horned larks, etc... 

>> 
>> Shawn Goodchild
>> Becker County, MN
>> 
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Subject: Lake pepin eagles
From: Mark Alt <markcaltpmp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:05:35 +0000
Any gatherings of eagles being seen? I am planning a trip...

Mark Alt
Hennepin County

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Subject: Re: LE Owl - roadkill - Becker County, NW MN
From: GREG ELIZABETH CLOSMORE <closmore70 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:21:02 +0000
There is a site to log in dead birds called dbird as I recall . Similar to 
ebird 


> On Feb 26, 2017, at 9:02 AM, Shawn C. Goodchild  
wrote: 

> 
> Found a Long-eared owl dead on the side of a gravel road, near Bisson Lake 
near Becker County CR 13 and CR14. Non-native prairie grass habitat, so odd 
location. Looks like it has been dead for few weeks to a month, feet missing or 
cut off. According to eBird it will be rare but eBird isn't set up for 
documenting dead bird locations, so thought I'd post it here. (yes, forwarding 
info to DNR) 

> 
> Some nice snowy owls hanging out in the area too, as reported by others. Lots 
of early stuff in that area the past week, Turkey Vulture (!), Harriers, huge 
flock of ~400 Horned larks, etc... 

> 
> Shawn Goodchild
> Becker County, MN
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Subject: LE Owl - roadkill - Becker County, NW MN
From: "Shawn C. Goodchild" <achirus AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:02:14 -0600
Found a Long-eared owl dead on the side of a gravel road, near Bisson Lake near 
Becker County CR 13 and CR14. Non-native prairie grass habitat, so odd 
location. Looks like it has been dead for few weeks to a month, feet missing or 
cut off. According to eBird it will be rare but eBird isn't set up for 
documenting dead bird locations, so thought I'd post it here. (yes, forwarding 
info to DNR) 


Some nice snowy owls hanging out in the area too, as reported by others. Lots 
of early stuff in that area the past week, Turkey Vulture (!), Harriers, huge 
flock of ~400 Horned larks, etc... 


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Subject: Cackling Geese-2
From: Mark Alt <markcaltpmp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 04:43:20 +0000
On Thursday, Feb 23, i had s v of twenty canada geesefly over me in Eden
Prairie on Baker Road 1/4 mile douth of Hwy62. Two of thr geese appeared to
be 1/3
Rhe size of.the others...Cackling Geese!

Good birding!

Mark Alt
Hennepin County

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Subject: Metro birding where?
From: Anne Bier <aabier AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:12:46 -0600
I will have a few hours on my own in the metro Saturday. Any suggestions where 
I should go? Thanks. 


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Subject: Peregrine Falcon return to Colonnade Tower
From: Mark Alt <markcaltpmp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:27:53 -0600
I have been checking daily for the Peregrine Falcons on the Colonnade
Building in Golden Valley off of Xenia/Park Avenue. Today there was a
Falcon sitting on the SE corner of the building on the ledge below the roof
line. I observed it there from 8:15 am until 9:15 when I left.

Good birding!

Mark Alt
Hennepin County

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Subject: Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, February 23, 2017
From: Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru AT MNCABLE.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:30:58 -0600
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 23,
2017 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may
also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.
 
With all the warm weather and melting, birds have been on the move, and the
first wave of early spring waterfowl are starting to come in. A few
stragglers are appearing in the north, but larger flocks of CANADA GEESE,
TRUMPETER SWANS,  and other waterfowl are being reported in the southern
part of the area. Also HORNED LARKS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS  are increasing in
numbers. Northern owls are still being reported, and SNOWY OWLS  seem to be
increasing here in the north, suggesting that they are now on the move north
to their breeding areas. The first flocks of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS  are
being observed in the southern part of our area.
 
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  were reported in Roseau and Roosevelt  in Roseau County
by Doug Kieser and others on February 20. Tim Driscoll was in Roseau County
on February 18 where he found several NORTHERN HAWK OWLS  and two GREAT GRAY
OWLS  in locations where they have been previously reported. He also found
an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK  on the Sprague Creek Road north of Roseau.
Other species seen included NORTHERN SHRIKE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GRAY JAY,
and SHARP-TAILED GROUSE.
 
A MERLIN was found by the Doug Kieser group along MN 11 in Kittson County at
CR 5. Matt Mecklenburg found four adult male SNOWY OWLS  not far from
Donaldson on February 20. Kurt Ellwanger reported that the BALD EAGLE  nest
along CR 11 east of Karlstad is now occupied.
 
In Beltrami County, the Doug Kieser group found a pair of NORTHERN HAWK OWLS
north of Upper Red Lake, and PINE SISKINS, PURPLE FINCH, and COMMON REDPOLLS
in Kelliher on February 20.
 
In Pennington County, Doug Kieser found a pair of GREAT HORNED OWLS  about
two miles west of St Hilaire on February 20.
 
Emily Hutchins reported several small flocks of CANADA GEESE and increasing
numbers of TRUMPETER SWANS  in southern Polk County on February 21. A GOLDEN
EAGLE  was found along MN 32 a little north of Fertile on February 22 by
Doug Kieser's group. Terry Johnson saw a MERLIN  near East Grand Forks on
February 19, and reported SNOW BUNTINGS, HORNED LARKS  and LAPLAND LONGSPURS
in the area. SNOWY OWLS  are still being reported from western Polk County.
 
From Clay County, Kara Susag reported that the RUSTY BLACKBIRD  reported
earlier has returned to her yard in Moorhead.
 
Many ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS  were still at Hamden Slough in Becker County on
February 21. Matt Mecklenburg reported two SNOWY OWLS  along CR 14 in Becker
County on February 23.
 
In Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen reported an influx of AMERICAN TREE
SPARROWS, adding to the few that have overwintered. Doug Kieser's group
found GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE  in the southwestern part of the county on
February 21. GREATER SCAUP, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, NORTHERN HARRIER, and BALD
EAGLES  were observed by Wayne Perala in the Fergus Falls area this week. An
EASTERN BLUEBIRD  was found at the Orwell reservoir on February 21.
 
In Grant County, a great variety of waterfowl was reported by Doug Kieser at
the North Ottawa impoundment including CANADA GEESE, CACKLING GEESE, four
ROSS'S GEESE, 10 SNOW GEESE,  250 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and a large
variety of ducks.
 
Thanks to all who sent in sightings this week.
 
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at ajjoppru AT mncable.net 
OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber's toll free number: 1-800-542-3992.
Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county
where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is
Thursday, March 2, 2017.
 
 
 
Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN
 

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Subject: 2 becker county snowy owls
From: Beau Shroyer <beaunshroyerduckbuster AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:11:25 +0000
At 4pm today there were 2 snowy owls on Becker Cty 14 near Becker Cty 9. Both 
within 1/10 mile of Cty Hwy 9. Spotted on top of power line poles. Also saw a 
small flock of Lapland longspurs in the same area. 


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Subject: "oregon" dark-eyed junco, Prior Lake
From: Elizabeth Tiller <beth87tiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:14:07 -0600
A nice male Oregon Dark-eyed Junco just showed up at the feeder, briefly.
3 sandhill cranes flew over this AM.

South edge of Prior Lake near McMahon lake.

Elizabeth Tiller

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Subject: early arrival/activity this week
From: linda whyte <0000004e7b0e779a-dmarc-request AT LISTS.UMN.EDU>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:21:52 -0600
It would seem that unseasonably warm weather has played as much a role as
advancing daylight in triggering northward movement. Prompted by recent
posts, Rob and I decided to do a habitat drive-by in SE bluff country
Sunday, though we had no solid expectations of bird activity.
Choosing a land route, we drove through Zumbro Bottoms. There was little
surprise over the Rough-legged Hawk and the Red-tails and Bald Eagles, over
which we lost count somewhere in the teens. It was also within expectation
to see Horned Larks in the snow-free corn fields.
What did surprise, was seeing the Horned Larks engage in so much breeding
behavior. There was some lively territorial chasing, followed by perching
up on stalks, with loud bursts of song.
When we checked the viewing platform at Weaver Bottoms, there was nothing
new among the eagles, gulls, C. Mergansers, and Trumpeter Swans. But
driving through Whitewater's management area, where we were pleased to see
Cackling Geese among the Canadas and Mallards, we were brought to attention
by sunning turtles on a log. Having finally thought to check posts, we
headed west to Wells Lake on the Cannon. Arriving in waning light, we were
still able to pick out the Pie-billed Grebe, Redheads, and Canvasbacks.
Additional posts raised expectations further. Sure enough, yesterday at
Carpenter Nature Center, Sandhill Cranes flew over, and Red-winged
Blackbirds were heard singing. They inspired a stop at the 180th St. Marsh,
where Greater White-fronted Geese were feeding in the farm field behind the
north lake. There were also Pintails and American Wigeon on the lake, and a
calling Kildeer flew overhead.
All this early activity is exciting, but also disconcerting, with the
upcoming reversal in weather. The tiny bunch of flying insects in our yard
reminded that many of the travelers need live food that could be extremely
hard to come by in snow and cold. Hopefully, only the most adaptable have
moved so far.
Linda Whyte

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Subject: Sandhills
From: GLENN CIEGLER <cieglerglenn AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:41:38 +0000
Saw 3 Sandhill Cranes flying North of Stillwater,MN along the St Croix River 
flyway this afternoon. Hope they enjoy snow later this week. 


Sent from my iPad

> On Feb 22, 2017, at 10:15 PM, "mou AT MOUMN.ORG"  wrote:
> 
> (Posted by Jason Frank  via moumn.org)
> 
> New ducks at Salt Lake today were American Wigeons, Gadwalls, and Redheads. 
The huge 

> Mallard flocks are still there, as are the geese. The mudflats have emerged, 
and they extend 

> over 100 yards out the lake from the MN overlook.
> 
> 31 Bald Eagles were on the ice at Cory Lake, in Hamlin WMA, 4 miles west of 
Dawson, a 

> spectacular sight.
> 
> Found a pair of Wood Ducks on the flooded West Fork of the Lac qui Parle 
River about 1 mile 

> northwest of Prairie Marsh Farm this morning. 
> 
> Hiking along the beaver dams at the east end of Prairie Marsh Farm, I counted 
29 dead or 

> dying Leopard Frogs floating just beneath the surface of a single pond. There 
are 4 ponds 

> there, and the frogs congregated in the one with the most vegetation, which 
is mainly 

> watercress. Those that were still alive were nearly comatose. A week of daily 
highs in the 

> 60's woke them up, but even with some bugs emerging along the shoreline, I'm 
guessing 

> they weren't able to consume enough calories to get them through the 
upper-30-degree 

> nights. An eerie and heartbreaking scene.
> 
> Jason Frank 
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Subject: Wigeon, Wood Duck, Gadwall, Redhead...
From: mou AT MOUMN.ORG
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:15:24 -0700
(Posted by Jason Frank  via moumn.org)

New ducks at Salt Lake today were American Wigeons, Gadwalls, and Redheads. The 
huge 

Mallard flocks are still there, as are the geese. The mudflats have emerged, 
and they extend 

over 100 yards out the lake from the MN overlook.

31 Bald Eagles were on the ice at Cory Lake, in Hamlin WMA, 4 miles west of 
Dawson, a 

spectacular sight.

Found a pair of Wood Ducks on the flooded West Fork of the Lac qui Parle River 
about 1 mile 

northwest of Prairie Marsh Farm this morning. 

Hiking along the beaver dams at the east end of Prairie Marsh Farm, I counted 
29 dead or 

dying Leopard Frogs floating just beneath the surface of a single pond. There 
are 4 ponds 

there, and the frogs congregated in the one with the most vegetation, which is 
mainly 

watercress. Those that were still alive were nearly comatose. A week of daily 
highs in the 

60's woke them up, but even with some bugs emerging along the shoreline, I'm 
guessing 

they weren't able to consume enough calories to get them through the 
upper-30-degree 

nights. An eerie and heartbreaking scene.

Jason Frank 

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Subject: "Masters of the Sky"; (upcoming program)
From: linda whyte <0000004e7b0e779a-dmarc-request AT LISTS.UMN.EDU>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:43:33 -0600
With the change of weather, some educational, indoor birding might be
appropriate. This weekend, Carpenter Nature Center (12805 St. Croix Trail,
Hastings) will host the annual "Masters of the Sky " program on Saturday
and Sunday.  There are 3 one-hour presentations each day, starting at
11:00, 1:00, and 3:00. Tickets are $10 (or $7 for 'Friends of CNC').
Reservations are required; call 651-437-4359.
This is an excellent program featuring the staff of the World Bird
Sanctuary from St. Louis, Missouri, and a large selection of their birds
from around the world. It's fast-paced, entertaining, and highly
informative, with a focus on protecting raptors and their habitats.
For more information, visit www.carpenternaturecenter.org

Linda Whyte

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Subject: Eagles mating
From: Mark Alt <markcaltpmp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:08:02 +0000
Bald Eagles seen mating today on the ice on Staring Lake in Eden Prairie

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Subject: Salt Lake Area Waterfowl Extravaganza
From: mou AT MOUMN.ORG
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:49:30 -0700
(Posted by Jason Frank  via moumn.org)

6 BALD EAGLES, 3 CROWS and 2 RING-BILLED GULLS were on the rapidly shrinking 
ice at 

Bolland Slough along Lqp County Road 12, scavenging the winter fish kill. First 
COMMON 

GRACKLES and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS of the year along field edges. 

Around 50 GREEN-WINGED TEAL found some open water on Lake Marge at Prairie 
Marsh 

Farm. 2 CACKLING GEESE in a small flock of GREATER CANADAS passed overhead. 
RED- 

TAILED HAWK pairs were in defensive mode around their nest sites. AMERICAN TREE 

SPARROWS were flitting in and out of the brush piles.

An estimated 1,000 Mallards, 300 Canada Geese, and 700 Greater White-Fronted 
Geese 

occupied a half-acre of floodwater in a cornfield along Lqp County Rd 12, on 
the north side 

of the road 4 miles west of the intersection with Hwy 75.

Ice out at Salt Lake, where an estimated 3,000 MALLARDS, 500 PINTAILS, 200 SNOW 

GEESE, and up to 1,200 CANADA GEESE have gathered along the western inlet and 
penninsula, along with roughly 300 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 8 COMMON 
MERGANSERS, 4 COMMON GOLDENEYES, and scattered groups of LESSER SCAUP and 
RING-NECKED DUCKS. There were 9 Bald Eagles, with 4 in adult plumage, in a 
flooded 

pasture half a mile east of the lake. Hundreds more birds are passing overhead. 
Mallards 

are the predominate species. Many hundreds of birds circling overhead, but not 
landing. 


A spectacular flock of approximately 10,000 SNOW GEESE (a third of them BLUE 
phase) 

were circling in cyclone formation descending upon a flooded cornfield along 
the west side 

of State Line Rd, 3 miles south of Hwy 212 at 4:30 this afternoon.

I spotted a lone EASTERN BLUEBIRD perching in the cemetery just east of Dawson 
off Hwy 

212 and another off Lake Rd, on the NW edge of Lac qui Parle State Park. Still 
lots of ice on 

Lac qui Parle itself; most of the fowl in that area are frequenting flooded 
fields. I found 

water striders in an eddy of the Lac qui Parle River, with crickets and spiders 
active in the 

grass and moths out on evening flights. Moths are swarming around street and 
yard lights; 

first BIG BROWN BAT of the year chasing them around 9:00 PM tonight.

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Subject: Lake Byllesby Tuesday 21 a.m.
From: mou AT MOUMN.ORG
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:59:27 -0700
(Posted by Chet A. Meyers  via moumn.org)

Keith Olstad and I birded both ends of Lake Byllesby Tues. the 21st
a.m., both through the fog and after the fog lifted.  Apparently so did
the birds; all we could find were a FEW Canada Geese, ring-billed gulls 
and common mergansers.  We did have one fly-over flight of about 80
greater white-fronted geese.  It was really pretty 'dead' but things can
change so rapidly. We thought that with the all-day rain on Monday the
birds that were seen on Sunday would still be around, but not so.
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Subject: Strange Things - Houston Co.
From: Alan Stankevitz <alan AT IWISHICOULDFLY.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:21:44 -0600
Since we're on the subject of strange weather causing strange things, 
last night after the rain ended I went out to check the rain gauge at 
10pm. It was 58 degrees and a tree frog was clinging to our front 
door...in February.

Also, a friend of ours also in Houston County had an American Woodcock 
peenting in her yard yesterday morning.



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Subject: Snowy Owls Kittson County
From: Matt Mecklenburg <mecknani AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:37:05 -0600
Late yesterday afternoon there were 4 snowy owls along MN 11 near
Donaldson, MN. 2 were east of town a couple of miles and 2 were west of
town about one 1/2 miles. Three of the birds had barring, one of the birds
west of town looked to be an adult male.

Good Birding
Matt Mecklenburg
Clay County

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire
From: Missy Bowen <missybowen AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:30:06 -0600
Has anyone seen the Townsend's Solitaire in Afton SP recently?  Tips on
where to look?   I'll be in the area this afternoon and it'd be a lifer...

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Subject: 3/18/17: BELL MUSEUM & MOU SPRING BIRD IDENTIFICATION IN MINNESOTA
From: Peter Nichols <petenich76 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:57:13 -0600
Join the Bell Museum and Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union for a day of
speaker sessions and activities to prepare for the spring birding season.
The family-friendly morning session is great for those new to birding or
wanting to refresh their identification skills. The afternoon session
provides a deeper dive and resources for e-birding. Light refreshments will
be provided. Members attending both sessions are encouraged to bring their
own lunch.

Free for current members of the Bell Museum and Minnesota Ornithologists’
Union. No reservations are required for the open-house activities in the
atrium from 10am-1pm. Reservations are required for the morning and
afternoon speaker sessions.

Saturday, March 18, 9:00am - 3:30pm
Cargill Building
1500 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55108
Free for Bell Museum Members and MOU Members

REGISTRATION: Opens on February 20, 12 pm

EVENT PAGE:

https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/programs-events/spring-birds

Program Overview:

8:45am - 9:00am: Doors open; registration
9:00am - 11:30am: Morning speaker sessions (family friendly)
10:00am - 1:00pm: Atrium tabling activities
11:30am - 1:00pm: Mid-day break: Visit tabling activities, bring your own
lunch, or visit a nearby restaurant
1:00pm - 3:30pm: Afternoon speaker sessions

Speaker Schedule:

9:00-9:45am: Clinton Nienhaus - Birding in Groups
9:45-10:30am: Kathleen MacAulay - Introduction to Waterfowl
10:30-10:45am: Morning break
10:45-11:30am: Flash sessions: Sharon Stiteler - Digiscoping; Pete Nichols
- Quick Guide to Spring Warblers & eBird/MOU Data Entry
11:30am-1:00pm: BYO Lunch Break
1:00-1:45pm: Steve Stucker - Breeding Birds & Birding by Ear
1:45-2:30pm: Bob Janssen - Shorebird Identification
2:30-2:45pm: Afternoon break
2:45-3:30pm: Kim Eckert - Minnesota’s Next First State Records

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Subject: Boreal Birding in the arrowhead
From: Mark Alt <markcaltpmp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:50:33 -0600
Richard Peet and I headed north from the Twin Cities at dark thirty on
Saturday, 2/18, seeking boreal birds. We had heard of Great Grey Owls in
good numbers along the north shore, so we made a beeline for Gooseberry
Falls, passing through Duluth as civil dawn began (6:30 am) and nearing
Gooseberry as the sun rose (7:00 am). Viewing conditions were very good but
several hours of searching yielded no Grey Ghosts, but many White Tailed
Deer. Along Highway 61 we saw 3 murders of crows and 3 unkindnesses of
Ravens (I love terms of venery – these collective nouns), gathered on road
killed deer carcasses in the ditches. At 9 am, we decided to head north on
the Sawbill Trail. We traveled north to a road named “The Grade” turning
eastward towards Brule Lake and the Gunflint Trail. In search of the
Northwest Passage! Traveling along the BWCA on a brightly lit, 40° morning
was spectacular; we stopped to inspect Wolf and Lynx tracks in the 2.5 foot
deep snow. The 2”crust on top broke quickly from our weight, immersing us
up to our hips in the loose granular snow underneath…some hard walking, but
we wanted to be certain of the tracks, which required measurements. The
Lynx left clear crisp prints as it danced its 40 pounds across the crust,
never sinking more than an inch. The wolves punched through the crust
deeply, making it tough going, their tracks showed they use the roads this
time of year. We approached within ten miles of the Gunflint Trail, along
the NW corner of Two Islands Lake, (N47°82’29”; W90°29’26”) when a 
small 

bird flew up from the roadside and away from us. It appeared to be mostly
flat brown on the head, back, wings and tail. We stopped to view a Boreal
Chickadee! It was traveling with a Red Breasted Nuthatch, in the type of
dense evergreen  only Boreals love. “The Grade” is a road I plan to hit in
mid-march for Saw Whets and in June for warblers. We headed on and into
Grand Marais, passing 40 plastic Great Horned Owls nailed to the tops of
utility poles. There were also sleeves of metal mesh on the pole,
protecting them from what? Porcupines? When you are looking for Great Grey
Owls, each of these provides quite a distraction. The harbor in Grand
Marais was full of birders as the trip from the Sax Zim Weekend had
dispatched a bus of birders there. The leader (Chris?) put us all on a
Harlequin Duck and two 3 Common Goldeneyes. We grabbed lunch at Huey’s
Tacos (recommended), then headed south, stopping to view the varied Thrush
in town. We picked up a single Common Redpoll and 3 Pine Siskins at
Tettigouche Visitor Center’s feeders, two Ruffed Grouse near Wolf’s Ridge
Environmental Center- skittering across the snow pack, running like the
Scaled Quail I have seen in Colorado, raising and dropping their crests in
agitation. Running on hard pack, these birds are fast! In Gooseberry Falls
Park, down by the lake, we saw 4 Long Tailed Ducks out about 500 yards from
shore, diving actively. We planned our afternoon search for Owls to start
at Tettigouche as the sun set (5 pm), to arrive in Gooseberry before the
end of civil dusk (6:12pm). Our search was successful ¼ mile north of the
Castle Danger sign as you head southward, we saw a Great Grey Owl hunting
the western road edge, perched atop a spruce. My first Great Grey sighting
since 2005! We finally headed home, after 17 hours of driving,
bushwhacking, and birding, and epic day, with fewer number of birds than we
expected, but with great birds found. It is great to be back in Minnesota.
Good birding to you all!

Mark Alt

Minneapolis



Trip List 2/18:

1.       White Breasted Nuthatch – 1

2.       American Crow – 32

3.       Common Raven – 22

4.       Gull sp– 28

5.       Red Breasted Nuthatch – 2

6.       Ruffed Grouse – 2

7.       Black Capped Chickadee – 28

8.       Hairy Woodpecker – 2

9.       Bald Eagle – 3

10.   Boreal Chickadee – 1

11.   Harlequin Duck – 1

12.   Common Goldeneye – 4

13.   Common Redpoll – 1

14.   Pine Siskin – 3

15.   Long-tailed Duck – 4

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Subject: Dakota Co. waterfowl 2/19
From: Bruce Fall <bafall AT UMN.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:47:16 -0600
April-like temperatures brought an unusually early surge of waterfowl 
into Dakota Co. (and, from eBird reports, elsewhere in southern MN, 
especially Southwest). At the west end of Lake Byllesby today (2/19), 
Susan and I found 700 Greater White-fronted Geese, hundreds of Canadas, 
and a few Cackling and Ross's Geese plus a good variety of ducks 
(Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, etc.). At 
Emery and 145th St. there were 2,200 Canada Geese and 500 Mallards 
feeding in a cornfield. Ring-billed Gulls were at several locations and 
are being widely reported elsewhere--this is very early for this species 
too.

Bruce A. Fall, Minneapolis

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes arrive in Houston Co.
From: Alan Stankevitz <alan AT IWISHICOULDFLY.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:49:38 -0600
This morning our resident pair of Sandhill Cranes that nest in the Root 
River bottoms arrived. This is approximately 3 weeks early. Does anyone 
know what the earliest return of Sandhill Cranes are for MN?

Here is a youtube link showing the pair "painting" themselves with mud:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNzIyJvNats


Alan Stankevitz
Mound Prairie Township
Houston Co.


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Subject: Anoka Co. sightings
From: Susanne Nevin <nevin026 AT UMN.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:54:26 -0600
This morning between 9 and 11 a.m. we walked along the eastern side of the
river below the Coon Rapids Dam  and observed a flock of 9 Common Goldeneye
swimming and diving, as well as 1 male Common Merganser who was sitting on
top of the ice on the shore across from us preening himself and then taking
a nap.  I distinctly saw his red bill and red feet and he was much larger
than the Goldeneye surrounding him in the water.  Unusual to see just one
and so early in the year?

Susanne Nevin
St. Paul

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Subject: Rice Co. Birds
From: dan&erika <danerika AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:57:31 -0600
Hi All.  This morning John Holden and I took a poor photo of our first
Killdeer of the year (just south of Northfield).  At Wells Lake, we saw
Canvasbacks and a drake Pintail, both flagged by eBird as rare at this time
of year.  Also at least 50 Gadwall, which eBird thought were unusually
numerous.  The birds at Wells Lake require a scope due to the amount of
ice-free water.

dan

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Subject: Re: Swan question
From: patcatgags AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:57:55 -0600
WI banders use yellow bands, were you able to read the numbers?
Might read 17A or P98, always fun to find out their history...how cool!
Cathy Gagliardi



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Subject: [mou-net] Swan question

Looking through pictures - Dec 8 Trumpeter Swans in Virginia. One has a yellow 
band, maybe 2” wide, around its neck not far above the breast. Looks like it 
has writing on it. Band of some sort? I would be happy to send you the pic, not 
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Subject: Swan question
From: Anne Bier <aabier AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:39:16 -0600
Looking through pictures - Dec 8 Trumpeter Swans in Virginia. One has a yellow 
band, maybe 2” wide, around its neck not far above the breast. Looks like it 
has writing on it. Band of some sort? I would be happy to send you the pic, not 
great focus. What is it? Thanks. 

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Subject: Swans St. Louis County
From: Anne Bier <aabier AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:15:28 -0600
This afternoon there are 3 Trumpeter Swans on Silver Lake in Virginia, St. 
Louis County. 2 adults, 1 juvenile. The lake stays at least partly open all 
year and now is almost completely open. I saw the last Swans on the lake on 
December 8. Quick turn-around this year. 

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Subject: Stan Tekiela Program at MRVAC this Thursday
From: Steve Weston <sweston2g AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:04:43 -0500
Stan Tekiela - Author & Birder
The Elegance of our Tallest Birds Cranes
*February 23 at 7:30 pm *

Herons and Egrets are our tallest birds. For 30 years Stan has been
traveling to study and photograph the annual migration of Sandhill Cranes
in Nebraska. In this engaging presentation, which also includes Whooping
Cranes, herons and egrets, Stan will show you his award winning images of
these magnificent birds and talk about their epic migratory journey. He
will also speak and show his images of the endangered Whooping Crane which
makes a similar journey from northern Canada to the Texas coast.
Information about both meetings

*When:* Please join us from 7:00-7:30 pm to socialize over cookies. From
7:30 – 8:45 pm we have a brief business meeting and the featured speaker.

*Where:* Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center 3815
American Blvd E, Bloomington. Hwy 494 to 34th Ave – S to American Blvd;
turn left and go 2 blocks. Center will be on your right. Use the staff
entrance in the center of the building (not the east door). There is plenty
of free parking.

*All MRVAC programs are free and open to the public. Join us.*

Steve Weston
On Quigley Lake in Eagan, MN
sweston2 AT comcast.net

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Subject: digest off
From: Bill Kahn <0000001191fb7131-dmarc-request AT LISTS.UMN.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:07:56 -0600
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Subject: Big Stone, Salt Lake Early Arrivals
From: mou AT MOUMN.ORG
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:08:38 -0700
(Posted by Jason Frank  via moumn.org)

Hold onto your worms, because these birds are early.

This morning my dog flushed a Common Snipe on public land just west of Gary, 
SD. 

Admittedly not Minnesota, but only a mile over the border. Two Northern 
Flickers and a 

Red-Bellied Woodpecker at the same location.

A drive up to Salt Lake yielded several overhead passes of Greater 
White-Fronted Geese 

moving north in flocks of 20-50 birds, 7 Red Winged Blackbirds, lots of 
Starlings and 3 

Meadowlarks (apologies for not knowing whether they were Eastern or Western, as 
they 

never sang and the breasts were still gray). Two were on the SD side, 1 just 
south of the 

MN overlook.

Note: the road that loops back into MN from the SD side northwest of Salt Lake 
is in 

terrible condition. Travel not advised without a 4WD truck. I'll monitor the 
conditions and 

report when it becomes navigable.

Lots of Horned Larks in open fields.

Flocks of Canada Geese were landing at Big Stone NWR this afternoon. Ice cover 
rapidly 

diminishing. On the wildlife drive I also saw 1 Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, 3 Red 
Tailed 

Hawks, and 1 Cooper's Hawk.

Jason Frank
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Subject: Dakota Cty
From: mou AT MOUMN.ORG
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:35:51 -0700
(Posted by Chet A. Meyers  via moumn.org)

Birded 180 marsh and 190th and 200th Sts. yesterday
and found total of four horned larks and hundreds of
starlings. Heard a couple of cowbirds. With eyes to the
sky for geese, nothing to see.
Chet Meyers
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Subject: Mute Swan -- Goodhue County
From: Bruce Baer <bbbaer957 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:17:35 -0600
Drive all the way through the Treasure Island Casino. On the long curve over
to the power plant, take the gravel road on the left down to the river and
the parking lot. Also seen were a few Common Goldeneye and Common Mergansers
and Trumpeter Swans. A scope is a good bet.

 

Bruce Baer

Bloomington


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Subject: Minnetonka signs of spring!
From: Ken Larson Mary Lou Frank <prairiemarshfarm AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:31:33 -0600
This morning I was blessed with a flock of 12 Wild Turkeys in our yard, the 
males gobbling and in display (although the younger males need to work on it)! 

I also had a flyover of two Trumpeter Swans, possibly the nesting pair from 
Crane Lake next to Ridgedale. 

Two days ago we had three flickers stop by as well as two RW Blackbirds and a 
Starling. 

The Fox Sparrow is still showing up most mornings below our feeders as it has 
done all winter. 

Ken and Mary Lou
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Subject: Salt Lake Birding Weekend
From: Ken Larson Mary Lou Frank <prairiemarshfarm AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:52:52 -0600
On April 29th the 42nd annual Salt Lake Birding Weekend will take place in the 
western Minnesota counties of Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine and Big Stone. 
This event is free and open to all who are interested, no pre-registration is 
needed. This is great family event and appropriate for birders at all levels of 
experience. Meet on Saturday, April 29 at 7 AM at the Marietta American Legion 
to join guided car caravans for tours of the best birding areas. 

We will be seeing the end of the waterfowl migration and the start of the 
shorebird migration. Every year unexpected and interesting birds can show up 
such as Say's Phoebe, White-faced Ibis, Prairie Falcon, American Avocet or 
Snowy Egret. 

Please note that for this years chicken dinner at the Sons of Norway the price 
has been increased to $12 per person, still a great bargain. 

Information about lodging or camping is available on the MOU website at 
http://moumn.org/saltlake/ or contact Ken Larson at 
mailto:prairiemarshfarm AT comcast.net or 612-210-8486. 


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Subject: Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday February 16, 2017
From: Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru AT MNCABLE.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:28:26 -0600
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 16,
2017  sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may
also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.
 
We are getting subtle signs of spring in the northwest this week , with
warming temperatures. Many bald eagles are being reported, due probably to
the fact that they are beginning the nesting now and are more obvious than
they were last month. Undoubtedly , more are returning also if they
migrated. Horned larks are getting more numerous also.
 
Beau Shroyer reported several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS along CR 13 at Hamden
Slough in Becker County on February 13.
 
Two SNOWY OWLS  and several HORNED LARKS  were reported by Leon Thoreson
along Polk CR 41 east of Climax on February 11. Sandy Aubol found two GOLDEN
EAGLES  on CR 66 about 1.5 miles north of CR 21 on February 15. A BALD EAGLE
was seen by Gary Tischer near the intersection of US2 and MN 32 on February
16.
 
Ten SNOW BUNTINGS  and several HORNED LARKS  were observed by Shelley Steva
in Red Lake County on February 14.
 
Two GREAT HORNED OWLS  were spotted by Sandy Aubol along MN 1 in Pennington
County east of Thief River Falls on February 11. On CR 3 west if St Hilaire
she found BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE and SHARP-TAILED GROUSE. Shelley Steva saw
HORNED LARKS, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE , and PILEATED WOODPECKER  in the county
on February 13.
 
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK  was seen by Gary Tischer two miles south of Strandquist
along US 59 in Marshall County on February 14. Sandy Aubol reported a
NORTHERN HAWK OWL  along MN 89 north of CR 6 on February 11. Other species
seen included SNOW BUNTINGS, 18 PINE GROSBEAKS, 35 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS,
COMMON REDPOLLS, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE and SHARP-TAILED GROUSE.
 
In Beltrami County, Beth Siverhus reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE  north of
Kelliher, and four adult BALD EAGLES. Herb Dingmann , Ron Erpelding, and
Mark Junghans found a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE  lek along CR 709 south of
Fourtown on February 15.
 
Larry Wilebski reported more than 75 COMMON REDPOLLS at his place in
Lancaster, and sixty plus at the cabin on February 16. A BALD EAGLE  was
seen by Gary Tischer at the intersection of MN 175 and US 59 on February 14.
 
In Roseau County, Sandy Aubol reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE , SHARP-TAILED
GROUSE, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES  along CR 4 on February 11. Beth Siverhus
observed BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  and RUFFED GROUSE  in the county on February 10.
A female NORTHERN CARDINAL  is coming regularly to her feeder in Warroad.
 
Two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS  were seen by Beth Siverhus along  MN 72 south of
Baudette on February 10.

 
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at ajjoppru AT mncable.net 
OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber's toll free number: 1-800-542-3992.
Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county
where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is
February 23, 2017
 
 
 
 
Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN
 

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Subject: Spruce Grouse - Scenic State Park, Itasca County
From: Shawn Conrad <itascabirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:01:11 -0600
Around noon today there were 4 Spruce Grouse (3 m, 1 f) along the Fire
Tower Trail at Scenic State Park.  All of the birds were in/under a couple
of jack pines on the west side of the trail, on the edge of the spruce
bog.  This is just over a half mile up the trail from the road.  They were
all very tolerant of being watched. Snow conditions on the trail are
excellent for snowshoeing and decent for hiking without snowshoes.

Shawn Conrad

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Subject: Eagles Nesting, First Geese & Ducks
From: mou AT MOUMN.ORG
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:40:58 -0700
(Posted by Jason Frank  via moumn.org)

The resident pair of Bald Eagles at Farrell WPA/Sweetwater just south of County 
Road 12 in 

Lac qui Parle County are either laying or incubating. Their nest is in a 
cottonwood and is 

visible through a scope from County Road 9, due south of Bolland Slough.

Small numbers of Canada Geese began moving in to Yellow Medicine and Lac qui 
Parle 

Counties on Monday, February 13. They are claiming nest sites on the marshes of 
Sioux 

Nation WMA a few miles southwest of Canby.

This morning I saw a small flock of Common Mergansers moving north through 
Yellow 

Medicine County. 

I had a Brown Creeper on an ash tree in the yard on February 14.


Jason Frank
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