Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*March 18, 2004

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Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: March 18, 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 March 18th.

A very early AMERICAN BITTERN was reported from Carlos Avery Refuge in Anoka County on March 12th. It was seen in the vicinity of Pool Number 1 (fide Carrol Henderson).

Dave Benson found a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD on the 16th at 12th Avenue East and Superior Street in Duluth.

Dave Grosshuesch saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL on the 17th along the Stoney River Forest Road in Lake County, about five miles south of Highway 1.

Warren Nelson reports that four GREAT GRAY OWLS can still be found in Aitkin County. Two are on Pietz's Road 1.8 miles north of County Road 18. Another is on County Road 18, 1.1 miles west of Pietz's Road, and the fourth is 1.3 miles west of Pietz's Road on County Road 18.

The SNOWY OWL was seen again north of the town of Aitkin on Aitkin County Road 1, a mile north of the diversion channel. Nathan Wersal reported a Snowy Owl on the 15th. It was seen on roof in Springfield, Brown County. And Darryl Moen spotted a Snowy Owl on the 14th along Lake of the Woods County 2 about seven miles north of the town of Williams.

A GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE was reported from Jackson County on the 13th. It was found in the traditional area at the junction of state highway 86 and Jackson County 4.

An EASTERN TOWHEE has successfully over-wintered in the yard of Rich Olson along Roselawn Avenue in Falcon Heights, Ramsey County. He first reported the bird on November 22nd and has seen it as recently as March 13th.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen by Craig Mandel on the 16th. He found it in Cottonwood County at Mountain Lake. And birders are also reporting most species of waterfowl, numerous GOLDEN EAGLES, plus GREAT BLUE HERON, SANDHILL CRANE, FRANKLIN'S GULL, AMERICAN ROBIN, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

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The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday, March 25th.

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