Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*August 17, 2000

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Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: August 17, 2000
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://biosci.umn.edu/~mou/
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel
Transcriber: Anthony Hertzel (ahertzel@uswest.net)

This is the Minnesota birding report for Thursday August 17th, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

Because of time constraints, information reported to the hotline may be edited or omitted, but all contributions are included in our permanent records.

Bruce Baer found a CAROLINA WREN on the 13th at the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis, Hennepin County. It was heard singing in the driveway of the house across from the entrance to the Bloomington Garden Center.

Jerry Bonkoski reported a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at the Lydia sod farm on August 12th. The Lydia sod farm is on Scott County Road 10 about 1/2 mile west of state highway 13

A CLARK'S GREBE was still present on Section Lake, Lyon County on August 15th.

I have an unconfirmed observation of a female Black-chinned Hummingbird which was reported by Steve Weston on August 12th. The sighting is from Hastings, Dakota County. Female Black-chinned Hummingbirds are notoriously difficult to distinguish from the more common and expected Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and very few birders, no matter how qualified, will even make the attempt. For the adventuresome, directions are: From downtown Hastings go east across the railroad tracks on 2nd St. Where the road ends go south and east to 4th Street and continue east across the river to the dead end. Park just past the turn-in on the north side. The bird was seen in the clearing off the second road to the south.

Warblers are beginning to move southward through the state on their fall migration. Some of the warbler species reported are MAGNOLIA WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER.

COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are also being reported in increased numbers, especially in the Twin Cities area, and shorebirds are moving through as well. GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and BAIRD'S SANDPIPER are a few of the more noteworthy species.

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The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday August 24th.

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