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-RBA *Minnesota *Minnesota Statewide *October 12, 2006 *MNST0610.12-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: October 12, 2006
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://moumn.org
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Compiler: Anthony Hertzel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday October 12th 2006.
The BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen by Denny Martin on the Minnesota side of the border with Iowa at Spirit Lake in southern Jackson County on the 8th.
Two PACIFIC LOONS have been reported on Mille Lacs Lake. One was seen from Lake Mille Lacs County Road 35, about three quarters of a mile from U.S. 169 in front of the Hillcrest House on the southwestern side of the lake. The other was described as being "in the first bay on county road 35".
At Lafayette Park in Duluth three RED-THROATED LOONS, one PACIFIC LOON, two JAEGERS, and a LITTLE GULL were all reported by various observers on the 7th.
Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS can be found in the evenings in a large group of roosting gulls at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.
Ron Selbitzka found a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on the 4th behind the lighthouse in Two Harbors, Lake County. Denny Martin found another on the 7th at Stony Point in St. Louis County and refound a previously reported SMITH'S LONGSPUR just west of the maintenance building at the Castle Danger sewage ponds in Lake County.
On the 7th, a female AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was seen on the south shore of Twin Lakes in St. Louis County.
A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was near Wahkon Bay along Mille Lacs County Road 142 on the 11th. County Road 142 is also known as 75th Avenue and runs north of state highway 27 west of the town of Wahkon. The bird was about three blocks from the end of this road. Another solitaire was at Silver Lake, in Virginia, St. Louis County across from the Mesabi Range Community College campus on the 6th.
On October 6th, Bob Williams found five GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES at Mud Lake in Watonwan County. Mud Lake is about two miles south of Butterfield.
Other migrants reported over the past week include ROSS'S GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SURF SCOTER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH.
The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday, October 19th 2006.
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