Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*December 9, 2004

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: December 9, 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, December 9th.

An adult GLAUCOUS GULL was on Lakw Calhoun in Minneapolis on the 4th. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were roosting on the lake on December 3rd. On the 7th, a Glaucous Gull and a THAYER'S GULL were on the far west end of Black Dog Lake in Dakota County. A female LONG-TAILED DUCK was visible from the observation platform at the west end of Black Dog Lake on the 6th, and another was at Fisher Lake in Scott County on the 5th..

On December 6th, a MUTE SWAN was seen on Lake George in southwestern Rochester, Olmsted County. The following day, two TRUMPETER SWANS were reported from Lake Como in St. Paul.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was in a mixed flock of geese on Sleepy Eye Lake in Brown County on the 5th.

Two SURF SCOTERS were at the south end of Lake Pepin on the Mississippi River on the 8th.

Quite unusual was the GREAT GRAY OWL reported December 8th near the St. Paul campus of the University in Ramsey County. It was in the backyard at 1506 Hythe Street. Check the alley between Hythe and Raymond, and just north of Hendon.

Eleven SPRUCE GROUSE were two miles north of the Sand River on Lake County Road 2 on the 5th.

On December 6th, a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, a quarter of a mile east of the intersection of Becker County Road 143 and the main refuge road.

And finally, COMMON REDPOLLS are finally beginning to show up in some of the southern counties. Several people have reported small flocks in recent days.

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.

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The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday December 16th.

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