Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*October 5, 2000

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: October 5, 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 October 5th, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A SURF SCOTER was in the Grand Marais Harbor, Cook County on October 1st, and a THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was reported from the Gunflint Trail, also in Cook County. Directions to the woodpecker from Grand Marais are to take Cook County Road 12 (the Gunflint Trail) north for about 30 miles. Look for a pull-off on the right for the "Laurentian Divide" and drive north another 15.8 miles. There will be a dirt road branching off to the left, and the woodpecker found was down this road.

At Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Big Stone County on September 30th, as many as 17 different species of shorebird were identified, and these include SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, and SANDERLING. In addition, a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was sighted on Main St. in the town of Odessa while it perched on the electric wires about a hundred feet west of the grain elevators, and recent reports suggest there may be as many as three Collared-Doves in the area.

There were about 75 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS along Becker County road 13 in Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge on October 3rd.

A CAROLINA WREN is being heard near the University of Minnesota East Bank campus. The location is just east of the junction of Emerald St. and East River Parkway, which is about one mile southeast of the Franklin Ave. Bridge on the Hennepin/Ramsey county line. The wren was singing from the yard of the large white house just east of the corner of this intersection. Please note that it was not the home owner that called in this report.

On October 4th a SNOWY EGRET was at an unnamed Wildlife Management Area in section 1 of Amiret Township of Lyon County. The refuge can be found at the intersection of Lyon County Road 11 and 220th street. This is one mile north of Lyon County Road 20.

On September 28th, a male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER was near Hidden Beach at Cedar Lake park in Minneapolis. Other reports have been of SEDGE WREN, HOUSE WREN, PALM WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and HARRIS'S SPARROW.

In cooperation with the Minnesota Office of Tourism, highlights of this hotline can be heard at a toll free number which is available to callers outside the Twin Cities area. That number is 1-800-657-3700.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday October 12th.

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