Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*July 14, 2001

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: July 14, 2001
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, July 12th, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

Betsy Beneke birded the Sax-Zim bog area on July 10th and found both adult and juvenile NORTHERN HAWK OWLS. The adult was seen hunting along the west side of St. Louis County road 7 about one-half mile north of its junction with county road 28. The young bird was seen about a quarter of a mile south of here. B.J. Langdon reported GREAT GRAY OWLS from the bog on July 5th. They were found along county road 319 one mile east of county road 7, and also on county road 788 four miles south of county road 27.

On July 5th Fred Lesher reported three EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES at the small city park in Caledonia, Houston County. The birds spent some time in the American Elm tree found nearest the community building south of the power station. They were also seen picking at grit in the parking lot west of the fire station. At least one bird was on a nest at the north end of the transformer superstructure.

On July 9th, Bob Janssen and Dennis Martin found three Eurasian Collared-Doves in the city of Renville in Renville County. The best places to look appear to be from U.S. Highway 212 south and also west of the park on 2nd Street SW in the southwest portion of the city.

Peter Getman has been hearing a CAROLINA WREN near his home Minneapolis. The bird has been frequenting the 2800 block of 11th Avenue south since July 6th.

Several pools at Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in Marshall County have been drained, resulting in some excellent shorebird habitat. The best location is currently Lansing Parker Pool along county road 7 west of the headquarters building. Shorebirds seen here recently include SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, KILLDEER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, COMMON SNIPE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and WILSON'S PHALAROPE.

On July 7th, Peder Svingen and Philip Chu birded Roseau County and found as many as eight YELLOW RAILS in the old Roseau Lake bed along county road 123. They also found LEAST BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, at least SHARP-TAILED SPARROW. To reach this area, turn north on county road 123 three miles west of Roseau and go four miles to a bridge over the Roseau River. Cross the bridge and the road continues north an additional four miles before it makes a 90 degree turn to the west. The birds were all on the west side of the road in this general area.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday July 19th.

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