Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*October 20, 2005

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: October 20, 2005
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://biosci.umn.edu/~mou/
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel
Transcriber: Anthony Hertzel (axhertzel@sihope.com)

This is the Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 20th.

Several interesting birds turned up over the past week, but only a few stayed around for more than a few minutes. On October 14th, a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was reported at the 500 block of 12th Street North in Virginia, St. Louis County. It was not seen after the initial sighting.

A COMMON GROUND-DOVE was seen briefly in downtown Two Harbors, Lake County, on the 16th, but could not be relocated. Jim Lind found it at at the far west end of 1st Avenue near an abandoned brick building at a blocked gate to the railroad yards.

A ROCK WREN was at the Taconite Harbor boat launch in Cook County on the 17th. Deb and Steve Falkowski found it at the base of the boulder breakwall on the west side of the boat launch and Jim Lind relocated it here on the 18th.

The first-fall Plegadis ibis that Peder Svingen found last week in Big Stone County was seen by Phil Chu on the 15th. This is in Ortonville Township on the north side of county road 64 about one and three-quarter miles west of county road 67.

And on the 17th, a hunter reported to DNR officials that he had shot a BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK near Donnelly in Stevens County.

The CAROLINA WREN is still being seen at Leslie Kottke's feeder in St. Paul, Ramsey County, and Warren Woessner reports that the bird at Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield Hennepin County was also still present.

On the 15th, Bill Stauffer and Warren Nelson found a LONG-TAILED DUCK on Aitkin County Road 18. The bird was in a small pond on the north side of the road about three-quarters of a mile west of the junction with County Road 5.

NORTHERN SHRIKES, HORNED LARKS, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and SNOW BUNTINGS have also been moving through the state. A BLACK- BACKED WOODPECKER was spotted at Hawk Ridge in Duluth on the 20th.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday, October 27th.

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