Seasonal Report Archive for The Loon - Towhees, Sparrows
This is the 1930 to present seasonal report archive for
The Loon, journal of the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
The last 2 years are available to MOU members.
Whistling-Ducks, Geese, Swans, Ducks
New World Quail
Partridge, Pheasants, Grouse, Turkeys
Pigeons, Doves
Rails, Gallinules, Coots
Stilts, Avocets
Gulls, Terns
Bitterns, Herons, Egrets, Night-Herons
New World Vultures
Kites, Accipiters, Hawks, Eagles
Barn Owls
Screech-Owls, Owls
Caracaras, Falcons
Jays, Nutcrackers, Magpies, Crows
Martins, Swallows
Chickadees, Titmice
Old World Flycatchers
Thrashers, Mockingbirds
Old World Sparrows
Snow Buntings and Longspurs
Towhees, Sparrows
Tanagers, Cardinals, Grosbeaks
Blackbirds, Orioles

Species: Towhees, Sparrows
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Eastern Towhee
[Spotted Towhee X Eastern Towhee]
[Pipilo towhee]
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Brewer's Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Baird's Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
Le Conte's Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Clay-colored Sparrow(Spizella pallida)
1930SummerSeveral nests oŁ this rather tedious nueician were located, Donald Fischer found one on May 23rd a~ Crosby, containing four eggsn Alden Risser located a nest at St, Paul on July 24th which held three eggs. Nests were found on intermediate dates by Marisu Morse and Alden Carpenter at Robbinsdale and by the writer at Minneapolis and Marius Morse saw young out of the nest on June Sth,
1931SummerOne nest contained four eggs on May 29th; another bad four eggs on June 7th (Ralph Woolseyand Leander Fischer). '· ·
1932SummerThroe nests were found on June 5th, two with 3 eggs by Breckenridge, and one with 2 young by Eisele. A nest still contained young birds on July 13 (Breckenridge) •
1933Summer Twenty-five nests reported. A nest found by Morse noar Robbinsdale on May 27th held 3 eggs. The latest nest was located by Risser, ·,:. who found it near Sturgeon Lclte on June 29th, on l-thieh date it contained 4 eggs.
1934Summer F..iemcnz reported both tho cn.rlj_cst and la.tvst nests of this sparrow. The first held 4 fresh eggs when he found it on June 1st nen.r Grn.nd Lake. On July 5th he found 2 nests, with 2 eggs and 1 Brown-headed Cowbird egg. These were soon nen.r Pierz.
1935Summer Morse is first, but only by a single day. -On Juno 11th, in the St. Croix Forest he found a clutch of 4 oggs in a clump of grass. Tho following day, June 12th, Swanson f ound 3 egt;s nnd o. Brown-headed Cowbird egg in an Anoka County nest, and Upson saw a large young being fed out of the nest.
1936Summer Arnold Erickson found a nest of three eggs in Pine County on June 11th. On June 15th be found another nest in Pine County which held four eggs. A nest of two young and one egg found June 13th in Pine County by Erickson is the latest record....
1937SummerOn May 30 E. D. Swedenborg found a nest of 3 eggs. A. B. Erickson found a nest of three eggs on June 17 in the St. Croix National Park.
1938SummerOn May 30 Swedenborg found a nest of one egg ar Minneapolis.
1940SummerThree nests with rggs were fou.nd by the T. S. Roberts Club on June 5, at St. Cloud.
1943Summer5 nests, Ju-ne 12-Augwst 21, Rams8y County. Bros. Lewis and Pius.
1944Summer5. May 23, four eggs, St. Paul, Hofstead. July 7, July 15, July 18, each with eggs, Brother Hubert, St. Paul. August 4, four eggs, Duluth, Mrs. Olin.
1945SummerNest, 3 eggs, Ramsey Co., July 8, Brother Hubert; nest with eggs, Ramsey Co., May 30, Russell Hofstead; young, Wright Co., June 28, Don and Eldeen Jacobs.
1946Summer1 egg, May 30; 3 eggs, July 27, Ramsey Co., Bro. Hubert. LINCOLN SPARROW. 2 young, June 30, Cook Co., Lupient.
1947Summer3 young, July 31; 4 eggs, Aug. 2, St. Paul, Bro. Pius.
1962SpringApril 24 Hennepin Co., Bob Janssen; May 8 Washington Co., Dean Honetschlager; May 12 Lac qui Parle Co., Avifauna! Club; May 12 Goodhue Co., A. C. Rosenwinkel· May 14 Duluth, Janet C. Green. '
1963SpringApril 27, Dawson, Lac Oui Parle Co., Avifauna! Club; May 7, Cass Co., (early) the Mathisens; May 8, Ramsey Co., A. C. Rosenwinkel.
1963SummerSt. Louis Co., Hibbing, June 15, 2 nestlings, Mrs. Oscar McCracken.
1963Falllatest, Oct. 5, Frontenac, Goodhue Co., R. B. Janssen.
1964Spring5-3 Anoka Co, LJ; 5-2 Stearns Co, RPR, EAH; 4-28 Wright Co, EC; 4-22, 4-25 Dakota Co, ACR; 4-25 Lake Traverse, RBJ.
1964Fall9-22 Two Harbors, 10, RK; 9-28 Cass Co, JAM; 10-12 Duluth, PBH; 10-16 Stearns Co, RPR; 10-26 FargoMoorhead, EGA.
1965Springearliest 4-27 St. Louis Co, VFB, and 4-30 Minneapolis, FL.
1965Fall9-5 Becker Co, MIG; 9-24 Little Marais, JCG; 9-28 Polk Co, GSM; only reports.
1966Springearliest 4-23 Hastings, MIG, ACR; 4-24 Northfield, OAR; 5-4 Rochester, JPF. 
1966Summer7-23 Duluth, ad feeding y, PBH; also from Lake, Sherburne, Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey, Washington, Crow Wing, Stevens, Beltrami, St. Louis, Cook, Mahnomen Co's.
1966FallLatest 9-21 Mt. Iron, RLH; 9-26 Cook Co., JCG; 10-20 Fargo, MGA.
1967Springearly 5-3 Hennepin Co., PE and Lake Co., VF; 5-4 Dakota Co., DB and Washington Co., BL; 5-5 Dakota Co., MRL.
1967Fall latest 10-2 FargoMoorhead, EGA; 10-15 Anoka Co., PE; 10-19 Ramsey Co., RJC.
1968Spring early 4-29 Pope Co., JAH; 5-2 Hennepin Co., VL and Fargo-Moorhead, fide EGA; 5-3 Pope Co., WH; 5-4 Stearns Co., KE.
1968Summer nested in Mille Lacs, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Pope, Beltrami, Benton Co's; also reported from St. Louis, Lake, Crow Wing, Clay, Norman, Pine, Sherburne, Carlton, Hennepin, Washington, Anoka, Mahnomen, Roseau, Wright Co's.
1968Fall9-16 Duluth FN/ MAS; 9-29 St. Louis JCG; 9-22 Carver MHM.
1969Spring5-3 Dakota Co., RBJ, and Washington Co., DS; 5-4 Duluth, JCG, and Mille Lacs Co., MI; 5-17 (5) Washington Co., DS.
1969Summernested in St. Louis Co. (6 nests found in young white spruce plantations); widely reported this summer from Washington, Hennepin, Mille Lacs, Crow Wing, Beltrami, Clay, Polk, Sherburne, Ramsey, Anoka, Stearns, Marshall, and Red Lake Co's.
1969Fall8-31 Mille Lacs 6 MI; 9-15 Hennepin WKE; 10-8 Duluth KS; 10-9 St. Louis JCG.
1970Springearliest in north 4-25 Crow Wing JB; 4-26 Duluth JG; 5-5 Lake RK; early south 5-3 Lyon KE, PE; 5-4 Lincoln HK.
1970Summernested in Mille Lacs; reported from. Lyon {PE), Wright, Stearns, Crow W1ng, Hennep1n,. Marshall, Meeker, Washington, Anoka, St. Lou1s, and Cook Co. (6-17 Grand Marais, JCG ).
1970Falllate north 9-23 Morrison LR; 10-4 Mille Lacs Ml; late south 10-4 Wright BH; 10-20 Olmsted DB.
1971Springearly south 4-30 Murray AD; 5-1 Lyon PE; Washington WL; early north 5-5 Duluth JH; 5-7 Lake RK and Duluth JG. Fl,eld Sparrow: early 4-4 Lyon KE, PE; 4-4 Wabasha WDM; 4-4 Hennepin ES.
1971Summernested in St. Louis; also reported from 18 other counties.
1971Falllate south 9-11 Carver; 9-20 Olmsted; 10-1 Hennepin; late north 9-26 Crow Wing; 10-6 Grant.
1972Summernested in(Mille Lacs); seen in 19 other counties.
1973Summer Reported from 24 counties.
1973Fall Seen in six counties.
1974Spring Early south 4-20 Dakota RC; 4-26 Mower DS; 4-27 Renville RBJ; early north 4-28 Clay KZ; 5-1 Clay LCF; 5-3 St. Louis JG.
1974Summer Nested in Polk; also reported from 25 other counties.
1974Fall 9-28 Rock KE; 10-6 Duluth JG; 10/4 Cottonwood LF; 10-19 Big Stone, Swift RBJ, PE.
1975Spring Early south 4-13 Rock KE; 4-19 Dakota BDC; 4-21 Hennepin JC, DY; early north 3-13 St. Louis (3) GJN details?; earliest date on record by 1 month, no March records; 5-3 St. Louis JCG and Otter Tail GLO; 5-4 Clay SC, LCF and Beltrami AJM.
1975Summer Nested in Cass, Mille Lacs and Hennepin; also reported from 14 other counties south to Pipestone (KE) and Olmsted (JF); fewer reports than usual.
1975Falllate north 10-1 Clay LCF, Cook L. Confer; 10-11 Duluth JG; late south 10-9 Hennepin OJ; 10-12 Pipestone KE; 10-16 Dakota JD.
1976Spring Early south 4-28 Murray AD; 5-5 Lyon HK; several reports on 5-6; early north 5-8 St. Louis JCG and Marshall SV; 5-9 Otter Tail GW; 5-10 Otter Tail NJ.
1976Summernested in Olmsted (JF); also reported from 20 other counties.
1976Fall Late north 9-20 Duluth, 1 0-23 Aitkin, Mrs. N. Jackson; late south 9-25 Lyon and Anoka, 9-30 Cottonwood, 10-2 Washington.
1977Spring Early south 4-29 Hennepin HCP; 4-30 Murray KE and Washington DGW; 5-1 Washington DMB; early north 4-29 Clay LCF; 5-1 Otter Tail GO; 5-3 Otter Tail GEW.
1977Summer Reported from 22 counties south to Pipestone (6-3, KE) and Olmsted (JF).
1978Summer Late north 9-17 St. Louis DGW; late south 10-8 Hennepin OJ.
1978Fall Late north 9-17 St. Louis DGW; late south 10-8 Hennepin OJ.
1979SpringEarly south 4-22 Lac qui Parle JD, Lyon DGW; early north 5-3 Clay LCF, Otter Tail SM.
1979Summer Breeding reported from Stearns, Sherburne; also seen throughout the state. Field Spaaow Breeding reported from Sherburne, Anoka, Goodhue; also seen in 14 other counties in the South plus Morrison (Royalton), Otter Tail (Maplewood SP, Fergus Falls), Becker (Tamarack NWR).
1980Spring Early south 5-3 Isanti RJ, Olmsted JD, 5-4 Big Stone SC, GP, Goodhue JD; early north 5-1 Otter Tail GMO, 5-2 Otter Tail SM.
1980Summer Breeding reported from Beltrami, Sherburne, Dakota; also seen throughout the state, scarcer south of the Minnesota River.
1980Fall Late north 9-27 Pennington KSS, Wilkin GW, 10-7 St. Louis KE; late south 9-27 Freeborn RJ, 10-9 Cottonwood LF.
1981Spring Early south 4-25 Lac qui Parle FL, KE, RH, HK, 4-26 Anoka KL, 4-30 Houston JPI AM; early north 4-28 Otter Tail SM, GW, 4-29 Beltrami JP, Crow Wing JB, TS, 4-30 Marshall FDS.
1981Summer Breeding data from Wadena, Stearns, Sherburne. Seen throughout the northern and central regions plus Pipestone, Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Rice, Goodhue, Olmsted, Winona.
1981Fall Late north 9-29 Cook KMH, 10-15 St. Louis KL; one report south 10-5 Ramsey BL.
1982Spring Early south 4-27 Lyon HK, 5-1 Rice KJ, 5-2 Washington TBB; early north 4-24 Cass and Itasca AB, 4-30 Otter Tail SDM, 5-4 Clay LCF, Pennington KSS.
1982Summer Breeding data from Clay, Douglas, Pope, Stearns, Sherburne.
1982Fall Late north 9/18 St. Louis DB, 9/20 St. Louis OJ, 10/13 Grant RJ; late south 9/30 Hennepin DB, 10/16 Washington BL, 10/31 Chippewa AB.
1983Spring Early south 4/26 Sherburne EHISS, 4/29 Anoka SC, Murray AD, 4/30 Mower RJ, Olmsted JEB, Washington BL; early north 4/29 Clay LCF, Lake SWIMS, 5/1 Clay TT, Otter Tail SDM, 5/7 St. Louis AE.
1983Summer Breeding data from Kittson, Mahnomen, Morrison, Stearns, Sherburne. Seen in 26 other counties throughout the state except the Southeast.
1983Fall Late north 10/8 Kanabec RJ, 10/13 Cook KMH, 10/22 Mille Lacs DB; late south 9/24 Olmsted BE, 10/4 Hennepin ES, 10/6 Hennepin SC.
1984Spring Early south 4/25 Dakota JD, 4/28 Anoka SC, Murray AD, 4/29 Hennepin ES; early north 4/29 Otter Tail SDM, St. Louis OJ, 4/30 Otter Tail GMO, 5/4 Cass JC.
1984Summernested in Steams and Sherburne; also seen in 33 other counties including Olmsted.
1984Fall Late north I0/24 Lake SW/MS, I0/26 Cook KMH, 11/7 to December St. Louis fide KE (see page I04 ); late south I0/2 Cottonwood LCF, 10/13 Lyon HK, Washington BL, I0/27 Sherburne RJ.
1984Winter One at J. Newman's feeder in Duluth until 1-18 for the state's first winter record. (The Loon 57: I 04). 12/15-1/20 St. Louis (first winter record)
1985Spring Early south 4/21 Lac qui Parle FE, 4/26 Washington TBB, 4/27 Brown TTu, Swift AB, DB, OJ; early north 4/22 Otter Tail SDM, 4/29 St. Louis KE, 4/30 Mahnomen MHa, Otter Tail NJ.
1985Summer Nested in Polk, Stearns, Sherburne, Chippewa (RGJ). Also seen in 29 other counties south to Lyon, Redwood, Rice, Olmsted.
1985Fall Late north 9/28 Douglas RJ, 10/1 Cook KMH, 10/5 Clay LCF; late south 9/1 Anoka SC, 9/13 Hennepin OJ.
1986Spring Early south 4/2 Pipestone JP, 4/7 Houston EMF, 4/24 Anoka SC, ES; early north 4/13 Wilkin GAM, 4/28 St. Louis fide KE, 4/29 Otter Tail SDM.
1986Summer Nested in Benton (NH), Sherburne. Also seen in 40 other counties in all regions except the south central.
1986Fall Late north 9/15 Duluth TM, 9/217 Wadena AB, 10/19 Cook KMH; late south 9/20 Chippewa RGJ, 9/27 Dodge RJ and Hennepin OJ.
1987Spring Early south 4/25 Kandiyohi TM, Lac qui Parle AB, DB, OJ, Pope DR, 4/26 Washington TBB, 4/27 Chippewa RGJ; early north 5/2 Beltrami TK, Crow Wing WN, 5/4 St. Louis KE, 5/5 St. Louis AE, 5/17 Clay LCF and Clearwater AB.
1987Summer Nested in Morrison, Dakota; probable nesting in Red Lake. Also seen in 39 other counties throughout the state except the tier of counties along the Iowa border.
1987Fall Late north 9/13 Clay LCF, 9/14 Cook KMH, 10/23 St. Louis fide KE; late south 9/21 Cottonwood BF, 9/27 Stevens EL.
1988Spring Early south 4/7 Lyon HK, 4/30 Hennepin TT, Lac qui Parle AB, DB and Traverse RJ, 5/1 Brown JS and Lac qui Parle FE, KR; early north 4/30 Clay LCF, 5/5 Todd PH and St. Louis AE. Winter 1988
1988Summer Fewer reports than in previous two years. Nested in Morrison; probable nesting in Crow Wing. Seen in 32 other counties as far south as Big Stone, Meeker, Dakota; plus Steele.
1988Fall Late north 9/5 St. Louis DZ, 9/21 Wilkin SDM, 10/1 Beltrami AB; late south 10/1 Goodhue AP, 10/3 Traverse AB, 10/8 Hennepin OJ.
1989Spring Early south 4/21 Faribault KWB, 4/23 LeSueur EK, 4/25 Brown JS; early north 4/24 Clay LCF, 5/3 Marshall SKS, 5/4 Cook LF.
1989Summer Nested in Wilkin KB, Todd PH; probable nesting in Crow Wing. Seen in 33 other counties as far south as Jackson, Watonwan, Blue Earth, Olmsted.
1989Fall Late north 9/24 Cook WP, 9/27 Clay PS, 10/1 Aitkin WN; late south 10/3 Hennepin AB, Winona CS, 10/4 Hennepin SC, 10/8 Anoka GP
1990Spring Early south 4/23 Mower RRK, 4/26 Brown JSp, 4/27 Hennepin SC; early north 4/24 St. Louis KE, 5/25 Otter Tail SDM 4/29 Clay LCF.
1990Summer Nested in Marshall KSS, Aitkin WN, Brown JS; probable nesting in Crow Wing. Seen in 28 other counties statewide, although absent in southernmost tier of counties.
1990Fall Late north 9/22 Lake DPV, 9/23 Wilkin MO, 9/30 Clay LCF; late south 10/9 Hennepin DC, 10/10 Houston EMF, 10/13 Hennepin sc.
1991Spring Early south 4/17 Murray NO, 4/23 Hennepin SC, 5/4 Rice RG; early north 4/28 Clay LCF, Otter Tail SDM, 5/4 Wadena RJ.
1991Summer Nested in Beltrami, Washington WL; probable nesting in Crow Wing, Kandiyohi. Seen in 31 other counties as far south as Pipestone, Murray, Rice, Goodhue.
1991Fall Late north 10/20 Cook KE, 10/26 Lake KE; late south 9/23 Hennepin SC, 10/10 Ramsey KB.
1992Spring Early south 4/24 Olmsted AP, 4/26 Cottonwood ED; early north 4/28 Becker BBe, 4/29 Clay LCF.
1992Summer Nested in Kittson, Marshall, Pennington MCBS; probable nesting in Crow Wing. Reported in 32 other counties as far south as Murray, Mower.
1992Fall Late north 9/15 Lake DPV, 9/16 Clay LCF; late south 10/8 Rice TB, 10/10 Hennepin OJ.
1993Spring Early south 4/24 Hennepin SC, 4/27 Hennepin OJ, 4/28 Big Stone PS. Early north 4/27 Pennington KSS, 4/29 Aitkin WN and Otter Tail SDM, 5/1 Clay LCF.
1993Summer Fewest reports in over ten years. Nested in Stevens BBo; probable nesting in Crow Wing. Seen in 24 other counties as far south as Yellow Medicine, Cottonwood, Rice.
1993Fall Late north 9/30 Cook KMH, 11/2 St. Louis PB. Late south 10/4 Washington AB, Winona JPo, 10/19 Olmsted JB.
1994Spring Early south 4/21 Yellow Medicine HK, 4/24 Chippewa AB and Hennepin SC; early north 4/23 Kanabec CM, 4/25 Becker BBe.
1994Summer Probable breeding in Cass, Crow Wing, Winona; seen in 27 additional counties as far south as Lyon, Brown, Olmsted.
1994Fall Late north 10/22 Cook TBe, 11/8 (latest date on record) Lake KE. Late south 10/16 Hennepin SWe, 10/23 Hennepin DB.
1995Spring Early south 4/28 Lyon RJ and Olmsted CK, 4/29 Lac qui Parle DBS and Murray ND; early north 4/26 Aitkin WN, 5/2 Kanabec CM and Otter Tail SDM.
1995Summer Nested in seven counties including Lac qui Parle RJ, Grant SWa, SDM; probable nesting in four. Observed in 25 other counties in all regions except the south-east.
1995Fall Late north 9/30 Polk SKS, 10/1 Todd JSK, 10/22 Cook KE. Late south 9/11 Winona CS, 10/15 Hennepin PBu, DBM.
1996Spring Early south 4/28 Yellow Medicine WM, 4/29 Winona CS, 5/1 Hennepin SC. Early north 5/4 Douglas SWa, 5/5 Wadena PBi, 5/8 Otter Tail SDM, Polk SKS and Wilkin SDM.
1996Summer Nested in Kandiyohi RJF, Rice JLa, JL; probable nesting in Cass, Crow Wing. Seen in 32 additional counties as far south as Cottonwood, Steele, Winona.
1996Fall Late north 9/15 Itasca DJo, 9/22 Kanabec CM, 9/28 Aitkin WN. Late south 9/29 Hennepin TT, 10/4 Murray RgS, 10/23 (ties second latest south date) Big Stone LE.
1997Spring Early south 4/15 Stearns MJ/DT, 4/27 Cottonwood ED, 4/29 Fillmore NO. Early north 5/7 Cass GS and Kanabec CM, 5/8 Aitkin WN. Peak number 5/20 Lyon (24 in one yard) RgS.
1997Summer Seen in 38 counties as far south as Steele, Dodge, Olmsted; plus 6/7 Rock. Probable nesting in Crow Wing, Ramsey, Washington, Rice.
1997Fall Late north 10/23 Cook/Lake CMa, 10/26 Cook KE, 11/18 (latest fall date anywhere in the state) Becker BBe. Late south 10/7 Houston FL and Rice TBo, 10/10 Cottonwood RJ, 11/9 (latest date south) Lyon RgS.
1998Spring Early south 4/21 Hennepin SC, 4/25 Jackson TT, 4/28 Stearns MJ/DT and Washington RJ. Early north 4/24 Clay RK, 4/29 Otter Tail SDM, 5/7 Kanabec CM.
1998Summer Reported in 40 counties including Jackson and Fillmore. New nesting records in McLeod RbS, Fillmore (farthest south nesting record for the state) CH, JHo.
1998Fall Late north 10/8 St. Louis FN, 10/15 Cook KMH. Late south 10/1 Stearns MJ/DT, 10/2 Dakota DBS, 10/6 Houston FL.
1999Spring Arrived about four days later than usual south and north. Early south 4/25 Hennepin SC and Dakota SWe, then no reports until 5/2. Early north 5/1 Clay RO, then many reports on 5/2 and 5/3.
1999Summer Seen in 35 counties as far south as Watonwan, Blue Earth, Waseca; plus 6/13,30 Rock DN, MF.
1999Fall Late north 9/25 Pennington JJ, 9/28 Aitkin CB and St. Louis LW. Late south 10/5 Meeker DF, 10/7 Dakota DBS, 10/10 Lyon RgS.
2000Spring Reported from 21 south and 20 north counties in all regions except southeast. Early south (recent median 4/22) 4/20 Lac qui Parle FE, 4/24 Jackson PS. Early north 4/22 (second earliest) Becker MWy, 4/30 Otter Tail SDM, then daily arrivals through 5/5.
2000Summer Record high number of reports; observed in 45 counties as far south as Rock, Jackson, Blue Earth, Goodhue.
2000Fall Only October report north: 10/15 Norman CMN (same as recent median departure). Numerous south reports through 10/8, then record late on 11/16 in Hennepin CRM (but also see winter report!).
2000Winter One observed 12/6 Hennepin (Mound Springs) †SLC. Another from fall season (11/16) lingered to 1/9 Hennepin (Richfield) †CBr, †RBJ, †CRM. Second and third winter records. 12/16 Dakota (first winter record), 1/8, 2/7 Hennepin (first winter record)
2001Spring Reported from 34 south and 23 north counties. One from winter last seen 3/1 Hennepin RBJ, CRM. Early south 4/16 Washington TEB, 4/26–30 in 11 counties. Arrived north on time; first seen 4/28 Clay RHO, 4/30 in three counties.
2001Summer Seen in 38 counties in all regions, including 6/18 Freeborn RBJ.
2001Fall Highest count 9/18 Polk (21 in East Grand Forks area) EEF. Late north 10/2 Red Lake DRu, 10/8 Lake CRM. Late south 10/7 Freeborn AEB, 10/10 Hennepin SLC.
2002Spring Reported from 31 south and 24 counties. Early south 4/21 Dakota TAT and Fillmore NBO, 4/26–28 in seven counties. Early north 4/24 Otter Tail SPM, DKM, 4/25 Kanabec CAM. High count 5/15 around Mille Lacs L. (23) KJB.
2002Summer Seen in 44 counties as far south as Pipestone, Blue Earth, Steele; plus 7/23 Fillmore RBJ. New nesting records in Lincoln RJS, Lyon RJS.
2002Fall Late north 9/27 Pine JMP and St. Louis CRM, 10/20 St. Louis JWL (median 10/15). Late south 10/3 Dakota SWe, then several reports in Hennepin until 10/15 OLJ (median 10/10).
2003Spring Observed in 26 south and 18 counties. Early south (median 4/21) 4/26 Murray NED and Stearns DRu, 4/27–30 in five counties. Early north (median 4/27) 4/24 Kanabec CAM, 4/25 Otter Tail EJE. Second highest count on record 5/14 Traverse (58) KJB.
2003Summer Found in 44 counties as far south as a line through Rock, Murray, Brown, Waseca, Dakota.
2003Fall Reported from 14 north and 11 south counties in all regions. Late north 10/4 Lake JWL and Wilkin CRM, 10/25 Cook JWL. Late south 10/11 Cottonwood BRB, 10/20 Dakota SWe. Late dates north and south were ten days later than recent medians.
2004Spring Observed in 34 south and 24 counties. Early south 4/17, 4/19 Chippewa BJU, JEB, 4/22 Anoka REH. Early north 4/28 Kanabec CAM, 5/1 Traverse PHS.
2004Summer Most records ever: reported from 53 counties in all regions of state.
2004Fall Reported from all regions. Three October reports north: 10/12 Polk EEF, 10/16 Lake JWL, 10/19 Otter Tail JEB. South reports through 10/5, then 10/12 Cottonwood BRB, 10/14 Rice TFB. Highest fall count 8/16 Pine (31) JMP.
2005Spring Reported from 26 south and 26 north counties. Early south 4/6 (recent median 4/21) Stearns DCT, then no reports until 5/4. Early north 5/3 (median 4/27) Beltrami BJU, followed by numerous reports after 5/5. Highest reported count 5/14 Pine (32) JMP.
2005Summer Topped 2004's record number of reports by one: seen in 54 counties throughout state.
2005Fall Reported from 22 north and 17 south counties. Second-highest fall count 8/10 Kanabec (21) JMP. Late north 10/14 Pine JMP, 10/16 Cook MTA. Late south 10/14 Lac qui Parle BJU.
2006Spring Reported from 38 south and 27 north counties. Early south 4/14 Lac qui Parle BJU, then many reports starting 4/22 (recent median 4/21). Early north 4/22 Otter Tail DTT, SMT, 4/27 Mille Lacs ASc, 4/30 Clay PBB (median 4/27). Seasonal high count 5/3 Yellow Medicine (18) SLF.
2006Summer Observed in 77 counties statewide.
2006Fall Reported from 16 north and 17 south counties. Late north 10/3 Pennington JMJ, 10/9 Lake JWL (median 10/16). Late south 10/17 Hennepin JLO, 10/19 Lac qui Parle BJU (median 10/13). Most reports ceased after end of September.
2006Winter1 Only the second winter record in the state; present for about three weeks through 2/12 Olmsted (Rochester) ph. RuJ, JWH. The previous record was a bird overwintering in Duluth 1984–85. 1/1-2/12 Olmsted (first winter record)
2007Spring2641 Early south 4/20 Lac qui Parle BJU, 4/21 Meeker DMF and Hennepin HCT (median 4/21). Early north 4/27 Clay RHO and Otter Tail DTT, 4/28 Clay PBB, 4/29 Lake JWL (median 4/27).
2007Summer3140 Reported throughout the state.
2007Fall2023 Late north 9/28 St. Louis DWR, 10/6 Otter Tail NAJ, 10/24 St. Louis BCM (median 10/16). Late south 10/11 Brown JEB, 10/12 Lac qui Parle BJU, 10/26 Stearns STW (median 10/14). Bulk of reports ceased after the first week in October.
2008Spring2939 Early south (median 4/21) 4/23 Lac qui Parle BJU, 4/27 Hennepin HCT, Meeker DMF, 4/29 Dakota CMB. Early north (median 4/27) 4/24 Mille Lacs ASc, NSc, 4/30 Becker FKB, Clay RHO, 5/3 Douglas JPE.
2008Summer2135 Found in all regions of state.
2008Fall2020 Late north 9/27 St. Louis HHD, LS, 9/28 Lake LS, 9/29 St. Louis PHS (median 10/16). Late south 10/3 Brown BTS, Hennepin JCy, 10/4 Hennepin DWK, 10/14 Swift DMF (median 10/14). The bulk of reports for this species ceased after the end of September.
2009Spring2942 Early south (median 4/21) 4/18 Dakota SWe, 4/23 Fillmore CWG, 4/24 Rice DAB, TFB, 4/25 Blue Earth ChH, Stearns PCC. Early north (median 4/27) 4/29 Clay RHO, 4/30 Otter Tail DST, 5/1 Mille Lacs ASc, 5/5 Todd MSK. Season high counts 5/9 Carver (19) JCy, 5/9 Clay (17) RHO.
2009Summer3137 Reported from all regions of state. First county breeding records from Chisago AXH, Norman ADS, Hubbard MAW, Otter Tail CBr.
2009Fall1017 Late north 10/8 St. Louis PHS, 10/11 Pennington JMJ, 10/19 St. Louis ASc (median 10/16). Late south 10/8 Pope RBJ, 10/11 Yellow Medicine JCC, 10/16 Renville JoS, Yellow Medicine LS, 10/17 Jackson JEB (median 10/14).
2010Spring3044 Early south (median 4/21) 4/22 Lac qui Parle BJU, 4/23 Big Stone BJU, 4/24 Lac qui Parle DDo, 4/25 Yellow Medicine BJU, 4/27 Dakota CMB. Early north (median 4/27) 4/25 Wadena PJB, 4/27 Otter Tail DST, 4/29 Clay DPW, 4/30 Mille Lacs ASc.
2010Summer3145 Observed throughout state. First county breeding record from Rice fide BBA.
2010Fall1924 Abundant reports statewide until mid-October. Season high count 8/22 St. Louis (14) CRu. Late north 10/8 Itasca EEO, 10/31 Cook LS, 11/1 Cook DBM (median 10/16). Late south 10/16 Lac qui Parle WCM, 10/17 Hennepin BeW, 10/18 Lac qui Parle BJU (median 10/14).
2011Spring3449 Early south (median 4/21) 4/12 Winona NBO, 4/23 Big Stone, Lac qui Parle BJU, 4/29 Hennepin SMy, SLC, Washington KCr. Early north (median 4/27) 4/30 Otter Tail ARo, 5/1 Lake JWL, Wadena PJB, 5/4 Douglas ARW, Kittson TrB, Mille Lacs ASc, St. Louis JLK. Noteable high counts 5/4 Goodhue (30) GMi, 5/5 Hennepin (15) DDo, 5/17 Blue Earth (15) DCu.
2011Summer3345Found throughout state. First county breeding record from Carlton JLK, Pine BAS, QYo. High counts 6/26 (15+ at Grey Cloud Dunes S.N.A.) TAT, 6/2 Washington (14, Carlos Avery W.M.A.) SBM.
2011Fall2032 High counts 8/14 Washington (15, Grey Cloud Dunes S.N.A.) ACr, 8/30 Carver (10, Carver P.R.) JCy. Late north 10/9 Beltrami DPJ, 10/22 St. Louis KRo, 10/25 Kittson TrB (median 10/16). Late south 10/10 Ramsey (Benson Prairie) BNW, 10/14 Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine BJU, 10/15 Hennepin SLC, Rock BJU (median 10/14).
2012Spring3447 Early south (median 4/21) 4/15 McLeod (2) DAs, 4/18 Goodhue GJM, 4/21 Olmsted SHk, 4/22 Brown DWK, SBM, Dakota ADS. Early north (median 4/27) 4/20 Clay DaP, 4/25 Mille Lacs ASc, 4/29 Morrison FGo, MJB, Pennington JMJ. High counts 5/10 Hennepin (24, Elm Creek Park area) TLo, 5/5 Carver (20, Carver Park) JCy.
2012Summer3449 Reported from all counties except Mower, Olmsted, Sibley, Waseca. High counts 6/11, 6/17 Polk (20, Tympanuchus W.M.A.) ErH. First county breeding records for Clearwater MaH, Crow Wing fide BBA, Itasca fide BBA, Wright PRH. 7/5 Martin (first summer record)
2012Fall2131 High count 8/2 St. Louis (19, Sax-Zim Bog) EBr. Late north 9/24 Cook DMB, Polk SAu, 9/28 Itasca SC, Lake HHD, RAE, 9/29 Pine EMH (median 10/16). Late south 10/9 Carver JCy, 10/10 Anoka ThM, Rice TFB, 10/17, 10/20 Hennepin TAT (median 10/14).
2013Spring3251 Early south (median 4/21) 4/7 Lyon GWe, 4/16 McLeod DAs, 4/20 Murray GWe, 4/26 Goodhue JWH, Rice DAB. Early north (median 4/27) 4/28 Marshall CCr, Todd DTM, 4/29 Polk SAu, 5/1 Clay RHO, Grant PEB. High count 5/15 Carver (50, Carver P.R.) JCy.
2013Summer3449 Found in every county except Faribault, Houston, Martin, Watonwan. High count 7/16 Lincoln (39, Northern Tallgrass Praire N.W.R., Gislason Lake) CoN. First county breeding records from Jackson AXH, Red Lake DKb.
2013Fall2430 High counts 10/9 Olmsted (7) SHk, 8/1 Lac qui Parle (6) CRM, PCa, 8/21 St. Louis (6) JLK, 9/18 Marshall (6) JPn. Late north 10/15 Lake RDC, 10/20 St. Louis PHS, m.ob., 10/23 Mille Lacs MLH (median 10/16). Late south 10/13 Sibley JCC, 10/17 Faribault DBM, 10/18 Lac qui Parle JSP, 10/19 Hennepin ThM (median 10/14).
2014Summer7/28 Martin (second summer record)
 Breeds throughout.


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Column N  Number of counties where the bird was seen in the North.
Column S  Number of counties where the bird was seen in the South.