[mou] Barrow's Goldeneye, Harlequin Duck, etc.

alyssa tiger150 at comcast.net
Wed Jan 2 16:56:55 CST 2008

Bob Dunlap and I did some birding today (1/2/08.) We started out at the MLS Airport on the desperate hunt for a Snowy Owl. We didn't find one.

Then we drove to Point Douglas, where we spent the majority of the afternoon. The Barrow's Goldeneye was there when we arrived, amidst the Common's. After getting marvelous looks and comparisons, we found the Harlequin Duck, a loner that was close to the docks, but soon drifted out towards the rest of the activity. The Barrow's Goldeneye was spotted briefly again in the same vicinity. A few other waterfowl of note includes 2 Am. Coots, 2 displaying Redheads, 8 Trumpeter Swans, a Ring-necked Duck, and a side-by-side comparison between a Greater and Lesser Scaup (both males.)

Next we saw the Tufted Titmouse in Hastings. It was at the feeders upon our arrival. (S/he even called a few times for us!) A Northern Shrike along 180th St.

Hoping to find the Snowy's, we drove back to the MLS Airport at 3:45pm, and we tried Cargo Road and surrounding roads 3 times! But, naturally, (with both bad lucks combined), no Snowy Owl. We noted that there was a R-T Hawk perched in the same spot, so we concluded either the R-T Hawk kept the owl away, or the owl dressed up in a R-T Hawk costume. Oh well.

Good birding to all~

Alyssa DeRubeis
tiger150 at comcast.net 
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