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*Minnesota Statewide
*November 11, 2004

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Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: November 11, 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, November 11th.

The northern owl invasion occurring in northern Minnesota is shaping up to be fairly substantial, and we are currently tracking more than 40 NORTHERN HAWK OWLS and more than 45 GREAT GRAY OWLS. It is impracticable and probably irresponsible to try to list them all here, so I will report only on those that are both easy to find and likely will be in the same general area for a while.

A Northern Hawk-Owl was found on the 6th just before mile marker 76 on state highway 61 on the lake side of the highway. This appears to be in Lake County. On the 11th, there was a Northern Hawk Owl along Interstate 35 north of Barnum in Carlton County. The bird was near the freeway, just south of mile marker 223, on the east side of the road. Also on the 11th, a Northern Hawk Owl was seen at the edge of small spruce bog at mile marker 43 of U.S. Highway 53 in St. Louis County and another was at mile marker 33 on the east side of the same highway.

On the 9th, a Great Gray Owl was along St. Louis County Road 202 in the Sax-Zim Bog area, half a mile south of county road 52. Another was on U.S. Highway 61, a quarter of a mile east of the Homestead Road in St. Louis County. And a Great Gray Owl was along the West Knife River Road about a mile west of St. Louis County Road 41.

On November 10th, a BLACK SCOTER was out from the 34th Street access to Lake Superior on Park Point in Duluth. Four LONG-TAILED DUCKS, a SURF SCOTER, and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were all at Good Harbor Bay in Cook County on the 6th.

On November 9th, an adult THAYER'S GULL was reported along U.S. Highway 61 south of Lake City, Wabasha County. The gull was seen south of Lake Pepin. On the 11th, the LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, CALIFORNIA GULL, and two Thayer's Gulls were all present at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.

Maurita Geerts reported a SCARLET TANAGER in her yard in the Aitkin area of Aitkin County on the 8th.

On the 9th, a group of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS was in the Sax-Zim Bog area along St. Louis County Road 202, half a mile south of county road 52. Many people are also reporting BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, RED CROSSBILLS, PINE SISKINS, COMMON REDPOLLS, and PINE GROSBEAKS throughout northeastern Minnesota.

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