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-RBA *Minnesota *Minnesota Statewide *October 19, 2006 *MNST0610.19-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: October 19, 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 19th 2006.
A POMARINE JAEGER has been seen at the southern end of Eagle Lake just east of Mankato in Blue Earth County since the 15th.
An adult LITTLE GULL was found near the Richard's Townsite boat launch on Lake Winnibigoshish, Itasca County, on the 15th. Another Little Gull was at the Ironton sewage ponds in Crow Wing County on the 18th, and a SABINE'S GULL was seen there on the 17th.
On the 14th, Dan Floren found both a BLACK SCOTER and a SURF SCOTER on the east side of Lake Ripley in Litchfield, Meeker County.
A lengthy survey of Mille Lacs Lake on October 18th produced a record total of 2,729 COMMON LOONS, the majority of which were along the north and west shores, including a flock of 1,061 near Wealthwood. A RED-THROATED LOON and a late Hudsonian Godwit were also seen along the north shore, an adult PACIFIC LOON was photographed on St. Albans Bay, and a late COMMON TERN was in the bay near Isle.
A MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD has been at Bayfront Park in Duluth since the 17th, and another was along the state highway 61 just west of Two Harbors in Lake County on the 18th, foraging at the crest of the hill just west of where the highway 61 becomes two lanes.
On the 16th, Mike Hendrickson discovered a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE on the western edge of Gitchie Gammi Park in east Duluth.
A SPOTTED TOWHEE was in St. Louis County on the 14th. He was at the feeders at Audrey Evers home in Hoyt Lakes.
At the Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Aitkin County, Warren Nelson, Jo Blanich, and Steve Blanich reported at least 150,000 RING-NECKED DUCKS. Many birders are reporting large groups of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, and I also have reports of TUNDRA SWAN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, EVENING GROSBEAK, and RED CROSSBILL.
Finally, John Nelson of Buford, Blue Earth County still has a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD coming to his feeder. There is no reason to take feeders down at this time of year, and those with feeders still up may want to increase the proportion of sugar in the water for the remainder of the season.
The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday, October 26th 2006.
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