Minnesota Statewide RBA

Statewide RBA phone number: 763-780-8890 or 1-800-657-3700

Previous reports: October 23 30 , November 6 13 20 26 , December 4 11 18 25 .
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*Minnesota Statewide
*January 1, 2004

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: January 1, 2004
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://biosci.umn.edu/~mou/
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel
Transcriber: Anthony Hertzel (ahertzel@sihope.com)

This is the Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday January 1st.

Matthew Bribitzer-Stull reported a gray GYRFALCON from the Duluth Harbor on the 28th. The bird was perched low on some rocks in the Port Terminal area and then flew to the top of grain elevators across the harbor in Superior, WI.

On January 1st, a GREAT GRAY OWL was seen by Warren Nelson on the south side of Aitkin County Road 18 about 1/10th of a mile west of Pietz's Road.

A HARLEQUIN DUCK was sighted at French River in St. Louis County on the 31st, actively feeding offshore below the parking area, and the Harlequin Duck previously reported from Two Harbors, Lake County, was seen again on the 1st.

On December 28th, a TUFTED TITMOUSE was reported by Jim May from the Fort Ripley area of Morrison County. The bird has been coming to his feeder daily since then. Jim lives three miles south of the Crow Wing County line, 1/2 mile off highway 371, and you can call him for additional information.

On the 26th, a very late FRANKLIN'S GULL was seen on the Mississippi River in South St. Paul, Ramsey County.

A CAROLINA WREN was seen on the 26th in western Ramsey County near the Anoka County border. It was seen in the backyard at a suet feeder on the 100 block of Stinson Blvd, New Brighton. And an EASTERN TOWHEE is being seen at Elaine Cole's feeding station also in the New Brighton area of Ramsey County.

NORTHERN SHRIKES are still being reported in good numbers this fall. While most reports are from the northern parts of the state, several birds have been sighted much farther south.

This state-wide birding report is brought to you and financially supported by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU). The MOU is Minnesota's oldest and largest bird club.

The report is composed from observations generously submitted by MOU members and other birders throughout the state. You can support this weekly update by submitting your bird reports to Anthony Hertzel at axhertzel@sihope.com or by calling the hotline directly at 763-780-8890 and leaving a detailed message.

MOU members receive this report directly on MOU-net, the club's free e-mail listservice, which is available to anyone interested. For information contact David Cahlander at .

MOU members receive the organization's quarterly journal "The Loon" and the bimonthly magazine, "Minnesota Birding". For membership information, send an e-mail message to our membership secretary at moumembers@yahoo.com.

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

The MOU is pleased to offer this service. Thank you, and good birding.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday, January 8th.

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