Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*October 27, 2005

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: October 27, 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 27th.

On October 25th, Michelle McDowell reported the brief observation of a SAY'S PHOEBE out the office window at the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Aitkin County. The Refuge Visitor Center is five miles south of McGregor on state highway 65.

On October 22nd, a SABINE'S GULL was reported from the Grand Marais harbor in Cook County near the trading post and the east side parking lot. I have no other information on this bird, and what information I have is secondhand.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen on the 27th in St. Louis County. Steve Foss found it two miles west of Ely along U.S. Highway 169. Two more Hawk Owls were seen by Frank and Susan Gilliland on October 24th about five miles north of Waskish in northern Beltrami County. This was at mile 42 of state highway 72.

Dee Kuder observed a GREAT GRAY OWL on October 12th in northern St. Louis County, along state highway 73 near its junction with county road 22.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen by Denny Martin at the Red Rock Prairie in Cottonwood County on the 26th, as was a mixed flock of SMITH'S LONGSPURS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS.

A pair of BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS was found in the pine plantation behind Hawk Ridge in Duluth on the 24th.

On the 23rd a TUFTED TITMOUSE was in Nininger Township of Dakota County. It was seen by Alex Lewinski at his bird bath. Some other birds reported this past week include NORTHERN SHRIKE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, PINE GROSBEAK, RED CROSSBILL, PURPLE FINCH, and EVENING GROSBEAK.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday, November 3rd.

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