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3 Apr Hennepin County - MVNWR - Bass Ponds - Field Trip Report - 4/2/17 [CRAIG MANDEL ]
2 Apr Duluth Birding Report - 4/2/17 [Jim Lind ]
2 Apr Cologne, Carver county update [William Marengo ]
29 Mar Merlin, Chipping Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, other migrants in South Minneapolis []
31 Mar Lake Harriet, Hennepin Co. [Susanne Nevin ]
1 Apr Cologne, Carver County [Rick Gibson ]
29 Mar Roberts Bird Sanctuary [Janice Lane ]
31 Mar Hennepin Co. Lake Harriet Horned Grebe [Pat Norton ]
30 Mar Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, March 30, 2017 [Jeanie Joppru ]
29 Mar American Woodcock displaying at Black Dog Fen []
29 Mar Field Sparrow in Burnsville ["deanne.endrizzi AT juno.com" ]
27 Mar SW Minnesota [Kim Richard Eckert ]
27 Mar From Fillmore County [Nan ]
27 Mar Re: Hennepin County - MVNWR - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge Trailhead - 3/27/17 [linda whyte ]
27 Mar Kingfishers, Harris's Sparrows, Merlins []
27 Mar Hennepin County - MVNWR - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge Trailhead - 3/27/17 [CRAIG MANDEL ]
27 Mar Fox Sparrow ["jeffbirds AT charter.net" ]
27 Mar Woodcocks [Mark Alt ]
26 Mar Hennepin County - MVNWR - Bass Ponds - Recent sightings [CRAIG MANDEL ]
21 Mar Tree Swallows- Houston County [Steven Houdek ]
22 Mar Northern Pintail [Mark Alt ]
23 Mar Metro birding [Max Richter ]
24 Mar Swans, Osprey, Sparrows- LqP/Yellow Med. []
22 Mar LT Ducks still present [Herb Dingmann ]
22 Mar Horned Grebes [Gail Wieberdink ]
24 Mar Ducks: McMahon Lake, Scott County [Elizabeth Tiller ]
25 Mar Blue Earth County Waterfowl ["Heins, Chad" ]
22 Mar Please enroll me to your email list []
22 Mar Northern Pintail at Purgatory Creek today at noon with the Mallards []
25 Mar Kettling Turkey Vultures, and pic needed [Gregory Munson ]
22 Mar Woodcock "lek" in Elm Creek Park [Mark Alt ]
24 Mar Hennepin Co. Red-breasted Mergansers [Pat Norton ]
23 Mar TURKEY VULTURE in STEELE COUNTY ["Nels F. Thompson" ]
24 Mar Osprey Watch [Vanessa Greene ]
21 Mar Pickerel Lake Ross's Goose is not currently present ["Susan E. Barnes" ]
24 Mar Lesser black backed gull scott county [Brad Abendroth ]
21 Mar Great Blue Heron []
23 Mar Re: Metro birding [Mark Alt ]
24 Mar More on lesser black backed gull [Brad Abendroth ]
24 Mar Woodies [Sid Stivland ]
23 Mar Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, March 23, 2017 [Jeanie Joppru ]
24 Mar Eur. Collared-Dove still in Duluth [KIm Eckert ]
22 Mar Re: Am Three-toed Woodpecker [Juile Grahn ]
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 ]

Subject: Hennepin County - MVNWR - Bass Ponds - Field Trip Report - 4/2/17
From: CRAIG MANDEL <EgretCMan AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 03:23:25 +0000
 April 2, 2017


Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Long Meadow Lake Unit

Bass Ponds Trailhead

Field Trip Report


There were lots of birds moving at the Bass Ponds this morning. There were 
still large numbers of dabbling Ducks on Long Meadow Lake and we observed a 
small flock of Bonaparte's Gulls near pond C. There were distant looks at Ruby 
& Golden-crowned Kinglets and some of the group observed some Yellow-rumped 
Warblers. Song Sparrows were abundant and there were also a few Fox Sparrows 
and American Tree Sparrows. Prior to the walks some of the participants 
observed the Barred Owl, near the lower parking area and a possible Yellow 
Warbler was observed just East of the Lower Parking area. Here are a few of the 
species observed by the group: 



Waterfowl - 16 species, including Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Lesser 
Scaup, Bufflehead and Northern Pintail. 


Pied-billed Grebe

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Turkey Vulture

Cooper's Hawk

Sandhill Crane

Wilson's Snipe

Bonaparte's Gull

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Fox Sparrow


Craig Mandel

Minnetonka, Hennepin County

EgretCMan AT msn.com



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Subject: Duluth Birding Report - 4/2/17
From: Jim Lind <jslind AT FRONTIERNET.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 19:52:35 -0500
This is the Duluth Birding Report for April 2nd, 2017 sponsored by
the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was found by John Richardson on the 22nd at
25th Street on Park Point, and the bird was still present on the 2nd.
 It has been seen between 11th Street and 36th Street.  John saw a
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK fly past Enger Tower on the 29th.  Clinton
Nienhaus found a WESTERN GREBE on the 21st at Canal Park in Duluth
and it was last reported on the 25th.  John Richardson found a female
RUDDY DUCK on the 24th at 27th Avenue West near WLSSD.

The EURASIAN TREE SPARROW in Two Harbors was relocated on the 2nd for
the first time since February 21st.  It was seen briefly at the
ground feeder at South Avenue and Waterfront Drive near the Do North
pizzeria.  A flock of 55 LONG-TAILED DUCKS was seen on the 1st at
Burlington Bay in Two Harbors.  The HARLEQUIN DUCK in the Grand
Marais harbor was still present on the 2nd.

Two AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS have been reported by several
observers as recently as the 2nd in northern St. Louis County along
the Johnson Road, east of the town of Cook.

Mike Hendrickson saw a SLATY-BACKED GULL on the 26th on Allouez Bay
at Wisconsin Point at parking lot #1.  Peder Svingen and Todd
Whitesel saw six GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 21 GLAUCOUS GULLS, and an
ICELAND GULL on the 2nd on Allouez Bay.  Jan and Larry Kraemer saw a
ROSS´S GOOSE on the 27th in Superior at the 21st Avenue grain storage
area off US Highway 53.

Recent spring arrivals include PIED-BILLED GREBE on the 21st,
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT on the 22nd, AMERICAN WOODCOCK on the 23rd,
NORTHERN SHOVELER and TURKEY VULTURE on the 24th, SNOW GOOSE and
COMMON LOON on the 26th, SANDHILL CRANE and BELTED KINGFISHER on the
27th, KILLDEER on the 28th, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, GADWALL, and EASTERN
PHOEBE on the 29th, REDHEAD, SONG SPARROW and FOX SPARROW on the
30th, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD on the 31st, and TUNDRA SWAN, CANVASBACK,
NORTHERN FLICKER and SWAMP SPARROW on the 2nd.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on or about Monday,
April 10th.

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:

MOU-net:
http://www.mail-archive.com/mou-net AT lists.umn.edu/maillist.html
eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/places
Facebook group pages:
Minnesota Ornithologists Union:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/moumn.group/
Minnesota Birding: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mnbirding/
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
information
on the MOU, write us c/o the Bell Museum, e-mail us at mou AT moumn.org,
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the MOU web site at moumn.org.

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Subject: Cologne, Carver county update
From: William Marengo <mntallboy AT BROADBAND-MN.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:10:34 -0500
The 150th street flooded fields are now mostly drained. 90% of the water that 
was here just a few days ago is now gone. The only waterfowl left are a few 
Green-winged Teal, Coots and Mallards. There are some shorebirds present 
including five Golden Plover's, both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's 
Snipe and Pectoral Sandpipers. These are located at the west end where the last 
of the standing water remains. 


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Subject: Merlin, Chipping Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, other migrants in South Minneapolis
From: dzumeta AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:41:08 +0000
Good day for spring migrants in South Minneapolis. In, over, or next to Seven 
Oaks Park (located just south of 34th Street South and east of 47th Avenue 
South, 0.5 miles south of the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue bridge): 1 Merlin 
calling while flying high over the park; 1 Northern Flicker; 1 Winter Wren; 1 
Hermit Thrush; 1 Chipping Sparrow; 2 Fox Sparrows; 1 Brown Creeper. Along the 
Mississippi River 0.5 miles south of the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue bridge: 1 
Killdeer; 1 Eastern Phoebe singing; 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet; 2 Brown Creepers, 
1 singing; 1 Fox Sparrow singing. 


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Subject: Lake Harriet, Hennepin Co.
From: Susanne Nevin <nevin026 AT UMN.EDU>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:52:44 -0500
Just about three hours ago:  a large flock of Red-breasted Mergansers and 3
Buffleheads near swimming beach on band shell side.

Susanne Nevin

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Subject: Cologne, Carver County
From: Rick Gibson <rjoegibson AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:49:48 -0500
The flooded field, (150th St, just west of Carver County 53) south of
Cologne, was ducky this morning with scaup, Red Heads, Tundra Swans,
Greater White Fronteds, Pectoral Sandpipers and American Golden Plover this
morning. Lots of mud and likely good for more shorebirds in the coming days.

Have fun!

-Rick, mpls

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Subject: Roberts Bird Sanctuary
From: Janice Lane <lane3141 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:25:36 -0500
This morning in a one hour walk through Roberts, the following were observed:

hermit thrush
bluebirds
fox sparrow
red-tailed hawk
marsh wren
red bellied woodpeckers
downy woodpeckers
juncos
robins
cardinals
chickadees
nuthatches
mallards

Jan Lane, Minneapolis

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Subject: Hennepin Co. Lake Harriet Horned Grebe
From: Pat Norton <55norton55 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:26:53 -0500
Saw a horned grebe in the west side of Lake Harriet about 5:40 pm tonight.
Far distant I saw a possible loon, but could not be sure.

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Subject: Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, March 30, 2017
From: Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru AT MNCABLE.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:11:22 -0500
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 30, 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.
 
Spring seems to have really come to the northwest as temperatures are
getting into the high 50's each day, and happily the winds have stayed light
for the last few days. Snow has almost all disappeared and rivers are mostly
opening up. Birds are streaming in with the skies full of waterfowl, now
including tundra swans and several species of ducks. Tundra swans have
reached all counties in western Minnesota. The rice paddies in eastern
Clearwater County on Sunday held hundreds of tundra swans and Canada geese
with a few ducks mixed in. We expect to see the duck migration numbers to
swell in the next few days. Dark-eyed juncos have increased greatly in
numbers this week. American kestrels, and red-tailed hawks are also back.
 
In Clearwater County on March 26, Shelley Steva and I found both TRUMPETER
SWANS and TUNDRA SWANS  and hundreds of CANADA GEESE  on the rice paddies.
Several AMERICAN KESTRELS  were also observed.
 
Gary Tischer , driving  through Marshall County on March 25, heard SANDHILL
CRANES  there, and on the 29th , he saw a dark ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK  5 miles
north of Newfolden. A NORTHERN HARRIER  was seen in Marshall County on March
27, and a pair of BUFFLEHEADS  were observed on the river in Newfolden on
March 29. A flock of TUNDRA SWANS  stopped to feed and rest a few miles
north of MN 1 along CR 12 on March 30.
 
Gary Tischer saw a GREAT BLUE HERON  in Pennington County on March 26. Here
along the Red Lake River east of Thief River Falls, I saw the first HOODED
MERGANSER  on March 28, and the first WOOD DUCKS  on March 29. Today, March
30, I saw a flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and heard a KILLDEER.
 
A HERRING GULL  was seen by Gary Tischer 8 miles south of St Hilaire in Red
Lake County on March 26.
 
SANDHILL CRANES  were seen by Shelley Steva and I in eastern Polk County on
March 26. On March 28, Sandy Aubol reported GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE,
SNOW GOOSE , TUNDRA SWAN, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, RING-BILLED GULLS, and several
species of ducks in western Polk County on March 28. On March 25, she saw a
NORTHERN SHRIKE  and a MERLIN  in Polk County.
 
Becca Engdahl reported FOX SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE
on March 29 in Hubbard County. A HOARY REDPOLL  was found among the COMMON
REDPOLLS and PINE SISKINS. On March 30, she saw BELTED KINGFISHER, RUSTY
BLACKBIRD, and the overwintering LINCOLN'S SPARROW. Marshall Howe reported a
large influx of DARK-EYED JUNCOS  in Hubbard County that day, and also noted
TUNDRA SWANS  flying north. Connie Cox observed SANDHILL CRANES, AMERICAN
WOODCOCK, and  EASTERN BLUEBIRD  around Itasca State Park this week.
 
Wayne Perala reported that the Grotto Lake Rookery in Fergus Falls, Otter
Tail County, was  very busy with DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, GREAT EGRETS,
and some RING-BILLED GULLS  on March 27. A BARRED OWL  was seen in Fergus
Falls on March 25.
 
At the North Ottawa Impoundment, Wayne found many species of ducks, 100
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 30 SNOW GEESE, and even a few SHARP-TAILED
GROUSE  on March 27.
 
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, April 6, 2017.
 
 
Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN
 

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Subject: American Woodcock displaying at Black Dog Fen
From: dzumeta AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:57:16 +0000
Last evening, March 28, some friends and I observed at least 11 American 
Woodcock, nine or more of them doing courtship displays, at Black Dog Fen, 
Dakota County, which can be accessed from the playground parking area 
immediately north of Cliff Road and < 1 mile east of I-35W south of Black Dog 
Lake and the Minnesota River. An added bonus was a Great Horned Owl both 
hooting and landing in a tree silhouetted against the sunset, as well as a pack 
of Coyote howling. 


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Subject: Field Sparrow in Burnsville
From: "deanne.endrizzi AT juno.com" <deanne.endrizzi@JUNO.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:42:46 GMT
I came home from work and looked out at my feeder area and saw a small sparrow 
fly up into the tree from the ground. I thought it might be a chipping sparrow, 
so I grabbed my binoculars and discovered it was a field sparrow. I got a few 
photos just to make sure. Deanne EndrizziBurnsville, Dakota County 

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Subject: SW Minnesota
From: Kim Richard Eckert <eckertkr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:53:48 -0500
The Minn Birding Weekends trip to Nobles and Jackson counties this past 
weekend, March 25-26, encountered some difficult weather conditions and did not 
turn up anything too unusual, but there were a few highlights worth noting… 


- Waterfowl: Good numbers and variety of all the expected ducks, although we 
curiously found no N Pintail. There were still a few lingering groups of Gr 
White-fronted and Snow geese, but most notable was the flock of 55 Ross’s 
Geese at the Brewster sewage ponds along with only 15 or 20 Snow Geese; I 
can’t recall ever seeing such a high percentage of Ross’s (~75%) in a flock 
of white geese. 


- 1 Horned Grebe, 3 Herring Gulls, and 1 Common Loon on L Okabena in 
Worthington. 


- A few early Franklin’s Gulls at 2 locations.

- A pair of vocal and copulating E Screech-Owls in Worthington at a nest/roost 
cavity. (Unfortunately, because the cavity is fairly visible, a specific 
location cannot be given here to avoid the possibility of disturbance.) 


- ~40 Lapland Longspurs grounded into view in a field south of Worthington.

- Sparrows were almost non-existent: 1 early Fox Sparrow, only 1 Song, and a 
few Am Tree Sparrows among modest numbers of juncos. 


- Blackbirds: Good numbers at several locations, including several Rusties and 
just 2 Brewer’s; however, no Great-tailed Grackles or early Yellow-headeds 
were found. 


Finally, hardly any migrant raptors were seen because of the weather, and no 
shorebirds other than Killdeer could be found on the handful of mudflats we 
checked. 


      
Kim Eckert, Duluth
http://www.mbwbirds.com

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Subject: From Fillmore County
From: Nan <bigwoods AT CENTURYTEL.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:33:34 -0500
From our yard in Preston and on trails around Preston:

Yesterday 3/25: Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet (about 30,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (about 30), Eastern Bluebird, Song Sparrow

Today 3/26: many Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 4 Yellow-rumped
Warblers, Fox Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark

Nancy Overcott
Preston, MN

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Subject: Re: Hennepin County - MVNWR - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge Trailhead - 3/27/17
From: linda whyte <0000004e7b0e779a-dmarc-request AT LISTS.UMN.EDU>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:18:37 -0500
Thanks, Craig! It was great to bird with you again. Laura and I checked
Bass Ponds (after warming up a bit :-). We had repeats on the Green-winged
Teal and other waterfowl, but also found Northern Pintail, just east of the
outlet from the trout stream.
Good birding to all,
Linda Whyte

On Mar 27, 2017 12:46 PM, "CRAIG MANDEL"  wrote:

> 3/27/17
>
>
> Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
>
> Old Cedar Avenue Bridge Trailhead
>
> 8 - 11:30 am
>
>
> It was fun to get a group back down to the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge.  There
> are still lots of Ducks on Long Meadow Lake and the Sandhill Cranes were
> also very cooperative today.  Our group observed 39 species of birds and
> here are a few of the highlights:
>
>
> 13 species of Waterfowl, including: Trumpeter Swan, Wood Duck, American
> Black Duck, Northern Shoveler Canvasback, Lesser Scaup and Bufflehead.
>
> Great Blue Heron
>
> Great Egret - Observed in flight
>
> Northern Harrier
>
> Bald Eagle - Including some on there nest
>
> Sandhill Crane
>
> Mourning Dove
>
> Belted Kingfisher
>
> Eastern Phoebe
>
> American Tree Sparrow
>
> Dark-eyed Junco
>
> Common Grackle
>
>
> Here are the dates of some upcoming MNWR bird walks.  The walks begin at
> 8:00 am and there is no fee for the walk.
>
> April 2 - Bass Ponds
>
> April 3 - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
>
> April 10 - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
>
> April 11 - Rapids Lake Unit
>
> April 15 - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge
>
>
> Craig Mandel
>
> Hennepin County - Minnetonka
>
> EgretCMan AT msn.com
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Subject: Kingfishers, Harris's Sparrows, Merlins
From: mou AT MOUMN.ORG
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:00:04 -0600
(Posted by Jason Frank  via moumn.org)

First Belted Kingsfishers in Lac qui Parle County, at the slough on the west 
side of Hwy 75 

about a mile north of Madison.

Canada Geese and Hooded Mergansers were mating today. Males of both species 
were at each 

other's throats on Lake Marge at Prairie Marsh Farm and at Sweetwater WMA.

First Harris's Sparrows in the yard this morning.

Spotted 3 Merlins between Madison and Salt Lake this afternoon.

First Ruddy Ducks on Salt Lake.

Noticing lots of bright green algae blooms in flooded ditches.

Chorus and Leopard Frogs are calling at Prairie Marsh Farm.

One Richardson's Ground Squirrel in a flooded meadow between PMF and 
Sweetwater. 


-Jason Frank
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Subject: Hennepin County - MVNWR - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge Trailhead - 3/27/17
From: CRAIG MANDEL <EgretCMan AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:46:01 +0000
3/27/17


Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Old Cedar Avenue Bridge Trailhead

8 - 11:30 am


It was fun to get a group back down to the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge. There are 
still lots of Ducks on Long Meadow Lake and the Sandhill Cranes were also very 
cooperative today. Our group observed 39 species of birds and here are a few of 
the highlights: 



13 species of Waterfowl, including: Trumpeter Swan, Wood Duck, American Black 
Duck, Northern Shoveler Canvasback, Lesser Scaup and Bufflehead. 


Great Blue Heron

Great Egret - Observed in flight

Northern Harrier

Bald Eagle - Including some on there nest

Sandhill Crane

Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Eastern Phoebe

American Tree Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Common Grackle


Here are the dates of some upcoming MNWR bird walks. The walks begin at 8:00 am 
and there is no fee for the walk. 


April 2 - Bass Ponds

April 3 - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge

April 10 - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge

April 11 - Rapids Lake Unit

April 15 - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge


Craig Mandel

Hennepin County - Minnetonka

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Subject: Fox Sparrow
From: "jeffbirds AT charter.net" <jeffbirds@CHARTER.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:50:27 -0500
Just heard a Fox Sparrow singing in my yard. More to come I hope...waiting on 
frogs to start singing. 


Jeff Stephenson
1323 28th ST SW
Rochester, MN 55902
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Subject: Woodcocks
From: Mark Alt <markcaltpmp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:34:54 -0500
I watched 7 American Woodcock displaying last evening in Elm Creek Park in 
Hennepin County. Many courtship calls and murmur calls heard, and territorial 
flights observed. Activity began promptly at 7:30 PM with an ambient temp of 48 
degrees, and stopped just as abruptly at 8:15 pm when the ambient temp had 
dropped below 40 degrees. Videos are posted on the Minnesota Birding Facebook 
page. Good Birding! 


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Subject: Hennepin County - MVNWR - Bass Ponds - Recent sightings
From: CRAIG MANDEL <EgretCMan AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:13:28 +0000
3/26/2017


Here are some recent sightings from the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife 
Refuge, at the Bass Ponds, which are located in Bloomington. 



Complete checklists are available on EBird.


These birds were observed on my refuge walks:

20th

13 species of Waterfowl, including Trumpeter Swan, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American 
Black Duck, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser 
Scaup and Common & Hooded Merganser. 


Great Blue Heron

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Northern Harrier

Bald Eagle - Including the ones on the nest, on the South side of Long Meadow 
Lake. 


Sandhill Cranes - Seen and heard

Mourning Dove

American Tree Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco


25th

16 species of Waterfowl, including flyover flocks of Snow & Ross's Geese and 
Tundra Swans, Wood Ducks, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, American 
Wigeon, Bufflehead and some Mergansers. 


Pied-billed Grebe

Barred Owl

Cooper's Hawk - A pair is building a nest next to the road which leads from the 
parking area to the bottom of the hill. 


Sandhill Cranes - Seen and heard

Tree Swallow - A single bird was briefly seen and then flew off.

Common Grackle


I will be leading a number of walks at the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge, with the 
first one being tomorrow morning at 8:00am. Information on these and other 
walks can be found at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge web site. 



March 27 - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge

April 2 - Bass Ponds

April 3 - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge

April 10 - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge

April 11 - Rapids Lake Unit

April 15 - Old Cedar Avenue Bridge

All walks begin at 8:00 am and there is no fee for the walk


Craig Mandel

Minnetonka, Hennepin County

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Subject: Tree Swallows- Houston County
From: Steven Houdek <schoudek AT CENTURYLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:37:41 -0400
Tree Swallows have arrived in Houston County along the Mississippi south of La 
Crescent. 


Steven Houdek
Onalaska, WI

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Subject: Northern Pintail
From: Mark Alt <markcaltpmp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:16:36 +0000
At Purgatory creek in Eden Prairie, the Northern Pintail is still present,
as of 3:00 pm today 3-22.

Good birding!

Mark Alt
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Subject: Metro birding
From: Max Richter <max.r.richter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:03:33 -0500
Any suggestions on great Metro spots today or tomorrow?  Thanks!
Max Richter , St Paul

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Subject: Swans, Osprey, Sparrows- LqP/Yellow Med.
From: mou AT MOUMN.ORG
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:52:25 -0600
(Posted by Jason Frank  via moumn.org)

MARCH 24-

14 yuge Trumpeter Swans flew low over Salt Lake this afternoon, hooting and 
hollering. Lots 

of Mallards and Green-Winged Teal; water is high since the snowmelt, mudflats 
are gone. 

The road around the NW side remains a quagmire, apparently due to a plugged 
tile 

attempting to drain a swamp. 

Had a good look at an Osprey heading north along Hwy 75 in the Madison Dairy 
Queen 

Parking Lot. Gadwalls and Shovelers are prominent in flooded fields, with large 
rafts of 

Redheads and Canvasbacks on deeper wetlands.

Great Blue Herons are carrying lots of nesting material to a secluded grove 1 
mile west of 

Lac qui Parle CR 7, at the intersection of 140th and 107th Ave, just west of 
Goodman 

Marsh. Looks like the start of a new rookery. 

Big flocks of American Tree Sparrows are still in the area, and today I found 
my first 

Vespers, Savannahs, and Chippings in Lac qui Parle County. 

One Woodcock is peenting at Prairie Marsh Farm.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers are calling, and there’s an active pair of Pileated 
Woodpeckers just 

over the border in Gary, SD, in the woods behind Buffalo Ridge Resort.

MARCH 23-

There were 40 Tundra Swans on the lake at Miller Richter WMA visible from my 
vantage 

point along Yellow Medicine Co Hwy 67, 10 miles due south of Dawson. A pair of 
Horned 

Grebes were out in the middle. Lots of ducks, around 500 Mallards, with 
Shovelers, Ring- 

Necks, Scaup, Green Wings, Hooded Mergansers, and Buffleheads also present.

At the smaller slough just west of Miller Lake, there was a mixed flock of 
Snows, White 

Fronted, and Canada Geese, guessing around 1,000.

The Eurasian Collared Dove population is exploding out here. They are the 
dominant “town 

birds” in Gary and Marietta now. Also present in Madison, Dawson, and Canby. 
They seldom 

venture beyond city limits.

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Subject: LT Ducks still present
From: Herb Dingmann <herbdingmann AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:32:36 -0500
The Long-tailed Ducks photographed (photo on the MOU website) by Doug Johnson 
in Bemidji yesterday were still present as of 9:15 today. 


Herb Dingmann

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Subject: Horned Grebes
From: Gail Wieberdink <wieber64 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:58:06 -0500
 There was a FOY pair of horned grebes on the swimming lake at Fort Snelling 
State Park today. 



Gail Wieberdink

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Subject: Ducks: McMahon Lake, Scott County
From: Elizabeth Tiller <beth87tiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:08:00 -0500
Canvasbacks, ring-necked ducks and scaup


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Subject: Blue Earth County Waterfowl
From: "Heins, Chad" <Chad.Heins AT BLC.EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:52:19 -0500
Hey birders!



I led a fieldtrip this morning in northeastern Blue Earth County.  We ended
up with 56 species for the trip and only missed swans, Cackling Goose, and
a couple of ducks.



Eagle Lake's north end had a Common Loon, dancing Sandhill Cranes, a Great
Blue Heron and two Bonaparte's Gulls with a couple of Ring-billed Gulls.
Gilfillin Slough/Lake was largely empty, but Long Lake to the north was
loaded with Ring-necked Ducks, Canvasbacks, a few Redheads, and an
assortment of dabblers including Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal.  Wita
Lake had Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye, a Pied-billed Grebe, and a
single Greater Scaup in with the Lesser Scaup.  American Tree Sparrows and
Song Sparrows sang from the lake's weedy edge.  Duck Lake had a large raft
of Red-breasted Mergansers with a few Common Mergansers and some Herring
Gulls.



By far, the best site was our last which was Indian Lake near Smith's
Mill.  We had four geese including a couple of Ross's Geese mixed in with a
large flock of Snows and 100+ Greater White-fronted Geese.  Ruddy Duck was
there along with Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard and many of the other
species we had already seen.



Happy Birding!



Chad Heins

Mankato

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Subject: Please enroll me to your email list
From: mou AT MOUMN.ORG
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:03:21 -0600
(Posted by Michael Hall  via moumn.org)

This email has my correct email address.
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Subject: Northern Pintail at Purgatory Creek today at noon with the Mallards
From: mou AT MOUMN.ORG
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:37:38 -0600
(Posted by Wilmer Fernandez  via moumn.org)

Ring-billed Gulls
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Canada Goose
Mallards 
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Subject: Kettling Turkey Vultures, and pic needed
From: Gregory Munson <naturenutgm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:50:13 -0500
On Sunday, March 19th I observed 60-70 kettling Turkey Vultures while biking in 
NW Rochester. Ten minutes later I got a call from a friend who said there were 
about 60 Turkey Vultures circling above his house and roosting in a cottonwood 
tree in his backyard a mile from where I spotted them. Unfortunately a neighbor 
scared them away afraid they would fly off with his dog. 


I thought it make make a good story for my Nature Nut column next week, and I 
got a good pic of the roosting birds, but could use one of a TV in flight 
showing its characteristic V-shaped wings. 


If anyone has one of fairly high resolution, please send and I will let you 
know if I submit it to my Editors. 


Thanks to those who send a pic in advance.

Greg

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Nature Nut Columnist
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Subject: Woodcock "lek" in Elm Creek Park
From: Mark Alt <markcaltpmp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:40:01 -0500
On Monday evening, 3/20/17, from 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm, I heard at least 7 calling 
male American Woodcock in Elm Creek Park Reserve 1.5 – 2 miles south of 
Eastman Nature Center’s access road. I had used this site to see 
timberdoodles from 1985 to 2005, it was good to see the birds are still around. 
One problem is – there never used to be ANY car traffic on this road. On this 
night, I had 30 cars drive by my roadside vantage point in a matter of 45 
minutes. I neither saw nor heard any courtship flights occur, but on 4 
occasions I had birds flush and fly away when the lights and road noise 
approached their position. I will come back to see if I can locate birds 
farther in from the road and try to capture the spectacle one more time. I have 
attached a URL of a short clip of a video of the site…not much to look at 
unless you love these birds like I do. Enjoy! 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Kg0Qp0hTqU&feature=em-upload_owner

Good Birding,

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Hennepin County

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Subject: Hennepin Co. Red-breasted Mergansers
From: Pat Norton <55norton55 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:51:47 -0500
A flock of red-breasted mergansers were on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis at 5
pm today.

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Subject: TURKEY VULTURE in STEELE COUNTY
From: "Nels F. Thompson" <nelsthom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:48:24 -0500
Turkey Vulture spotted over Kaplan's Woods (Owatonna, Steele County) this 
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Subject: Osprey Watch
From: Vanessa Greene <osprey.mn AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:55:04 -0500
The Ospreys will be returning to their nests in the twin cities area within the 
next few days or weeks and Twin Cities Metro Osprey Watch needs your help. This 
is our annual plea to please report new nests or osprey activity in the eight 
county metro area to us. We are trying to monitor all know nests in Hennepin, 
Ramsey, Carver, Washington, Anoka, Wright, Dakota and Scott counties as part of 
a long term study on these raptors. We are also seeking volunteers to help 
monitor these nests. (122 known occupied nests last year, which included 13 new 
nests.) We are assembling our field teams now so If you are interested in 
helping us by checking a nest once a week through the breeding season, please 
contact Vanessa Greene at osprey.mn AT gmail.com. You can find more info, 
including last years productivity and behavioral results, on our facebook page 
( 
https://www.facebook.com/Twin-Cities-Metro-Osprey-Watch-218968924786696/?ref=hl) 
or our blog... www.ospreywatch.blogspot.com 

Please feel free to share this post with anyone who might be interested in 
joining this research effort. Thanks! 


Vanessa Greene
Twin Cities Metro Osprey Watch
Osprey.mn AT gmail.com
Osprey watch.blogspot.com
On Facebook too!

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Subject: Pickerel Lake Ross's Goose is not currently present
From: "Susan E. Barnes" <sbarnes AT LINDQUIST.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:46:20 +0000
As of 8:15 am, the Ross's goose is not present. Also scanned nearby Crosby Park 
lake without locating the goose. 


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> On Mar 20, 2017, at 9:49 PM, Tom Bell  wrote:
> 
> Observed Monday morning on Pickeral Lake in Mendota Heights. (Lillydale Park 
area) A lone bird with a few Canada Geese, but always stayed on far side of 
lake, so at least 100 yards away. Have some photos, so strongly confirmed that 
the bird was a Ross’s Goose. 

> 
> Tom Bell
> Grey Cloud Island
> 5868 Pioneer Rd. S.
> St. Paul Park, MN 55071
> 651 459-4150
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Subject: Lesser black backed gull scott county
From: Brad Abendroth <bdaisok AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:53:17 -0500
Found a single bird maybe same one from black dog that came here assuming
after Burnsville dump. 42 to crest avenue and then south. Park is on the
left which connects to beach. Scope required

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Subject: Great Blue Heron
From: mou AT MOUMN.ORG
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:20:37 -0600
(Posted by James V Weber  via moumn.org)

Saw a Great Blue Heron fly over North Minneapolis today.
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Subject: Re: Metro birding
From: Mark Alt <markcaltpmp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:25:08 +0000
Black dog lake with a scope to get the lingering gull rarities while rhey
are still in large flocks


On Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 11:03 AM Max Richter 
wrote:

> Any suggestions on great Metro spots today or tomorrow?  Thanks!
> Max Richter , St Paul
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Subject: More on lesser black backed gull
From: Brad Abendroth <bdaisok AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:11:08 -0500
I have been stopping at that park in the evening  often in the last week or
so.   Large flocks would stop for awhile and eventually leave southerly to
other sections of prior lake or maybe spring lake. I eventually made it to
Spring tonight and refound it.  It was on the water with a minimum of 5000
gulls.   Herring and a few franklins gulls were there as well.  There is a
small parking lot off Shoreline Boulevard which runs between Upper Prior
Lake and Spring.  From there it's a short walk to the water

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Subject: Woodies
From: Sid Stivland <stivland AT CPINTERNET.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:36:15 -0500
On Monday, mama Wood Duck was checking out one of the Woody boxes here at the 
Stivland ranch in Plymouth. This morning, she was checking out the interior of 
the box while papa stood guard on the Wood Duck box roof. No sign of Hoodies 
yet. Mallards are swimming in the 9 inches of open water at pond edge. Geese 
have made noisy visits, as well. 


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Subject: Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, March 23, 2017
From: Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru AT MNCABLE.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:18:47 -0500
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 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.
 
This has been a cold week, and migration was stalled for a while, but has
picked up within the last two days. The skies are filled with migrating
geese of all sorts, and some ducks are being seen in areas that got warm
enough to melt some of the ice. Horned larks are paired off and thinking
about nesting, and more dark-eyed juncos are being seen daily.
 
An AMERICAN WOODCOCK  was reported in Grant County on March 19 by Wayne
Perala. At the North Ottawa Impoundment , he observed both GREATER SCAUP and
LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, HORNED LARK,
GREAT BLUE HERON, and one SNOW BUNTING. Two SNOWY OWLS  were seen in two
nearby fields also. On March 22, he reported MERLIN  and GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE. A FOX SPARROW  was observed by Kathleen MacAulay on
March 19 in Grant County.
 
In Hubbard County, Becca Engdahl reported that the overwintering FOX SPARROW
is still visiting her yard. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK  was seen by Jon Parker on
March 19. Connie Cox , reporting from near Itasca SP this week observed a
RED-TAILED HAWK, and a meadowlark species.
 
Steve Midthune reported 14 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS  on a lek at Hamden
Slough NWR. The lek is at the corner of CR 13 and CR 106. SANDHILL CRANES
and WESTERN MEADOWLARKS  are also there.
 
In Clay County, Kathy Bresee reported that a FOX SPARROW  has overwintered
in her yard in Moorhead.
 
On March 18, Bruce Flaig heard a SANDHILL CRANE, and saw two RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRDS  in southern Polk County. Sandy Aubol  reported TUNDRA SWANS,
BALD EAGLES, NORTHERN HARRIER, HORNED LARK, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in Polk County this week.
 
From Marshall County, Lucas Abrahamson reported several BALD EAGLES,  and a
pair of TRUMPETER SWANS  near his place between Holt and Agassiz NWR this
week.
 
In Bemidji, Beltrami County, Doug Johnson found two LONG-TAILED DUCKS  on
the Mississippi between Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving. This is in the city of
Bemidji, and can be reached from the west on US 2 by turning right
immediately after the first bridge east of Babe the blue ox and following
that road down behind the water treatment plant. They were still there at
3PM today. Also there were COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED MERGANSERS, GREATER
SCAUP, a lone PIED-BILLED GREBE, and the always present CANADA GEESE.
 
Larry Wilebski reported that a few SANDHILL CRANES  have reached his place
near Lancaster in Kittson County.
 
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 30, 2017.
 
 
 
Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN
 

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Subject: Eur. Collared-Dove still in Duluth
From: KIm Eckert <eckertkr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:27:16 -0500
John Richardson found the dove on Park Point near 31st Street on Wednesday and 
it is still present this morning at 25th Street perched on a utility wire. I'm 
posting this because it has not been reported yet on mounet and it's possible 
some visiting birders 

could be in Duluth this weekend who'd be interested. 

I believe this is only the third St Louis Co record, with the two previous 
collared-doves in Duluth disappearing shortly after being seen. There's also a 
Two Harbors record, maybe two, and the species has been seen several times in 
recent years in Grand Rapids. Otherwise, this species has been essentially 
absent in NE Minn. 


Kim Eckert, Duluth

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Subject: Re: Am Three-toed Woodpecker
From: Juile Grahn <jg.grahn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:28:54 -0500
> On Mar 22, 2017, at 6:49 PM, Juile Grahn  wrote:
> 
> This is in regards to the recent sightings near Cook, MN. I was out with a 
couple other birders today looking for the woodpeckers and we relocated a 
female on the Johnson Rd near Cook, MN. I saw on the “Most Recently Seen” 
that one had been found on the 20th at 3.2 miles vs the 4.3 miles that I 
reported earlier. The bird we saw today was farther down the road again and we 
did not find it till later in the day. We had been out there earlier in the 
morning but had only located a Black-backed at that time. We did check at the 
Plum Creek Rd but did not relocate any Three-toed Woodpeckers there. 


   Julie Grahn
   Cook,MN
> 
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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. 




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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. 



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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.
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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.

 

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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

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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
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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
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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.

 

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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. 



Dedrick Benz

Winona, MN


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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
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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. 



Gail Wieberdink

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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
TOWNSEND´S 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 week´s 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:

MOU-net:
http://www.mail-archive.com/mou-net AT lists.umn.edu/maillist.html
eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/places
Facebook group pages:
Minnesota Ornithologists Union:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/moumn.group/
Minnesota Birding: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mnbirding/
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
information
on the MOU, write us c/o the Bell Museum, e-mail us at mou AT moumn.org,
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