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*Minnesota Statewide
*November 2, 2006

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: November 2, 2006
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://moumn.org
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel (axhertzel@sihope.com)

This is the Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday November 2nd 2006.

As many as eight thousand TUNDRA SWANS have been reported from along the Mississippi River in Houston County. One good location from which to view the swans is from the pull-off at mile marker 11 of state highway 26 south of the town of Brownsville. Many of the birds are close enough to shore that birders need not get out of their cars. Indeed, doing so would probably unnecessarily disturb the swans.

A LITTLE GULL was reported at the Garrison harbor in Crow Wing County on the 29th, and another continues to be seen at the Ironton sewage lagoons in the same county.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL has been at the Purgatory Creek wetlands off Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie, Hennepin County for about a week.

Interesting was the October 29th report of a female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER along the trail that leads south from the visitor's center at Afton State Park in Washington County. Take the trail south for about a third of a mile go east into the woods. Look for the stand of red pines.

A trip up the north shore of Lake Superior on October 28th produced several interesting reports. A third-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull was at Canal Park in Duluth. Seven AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS were counted at the following places: One on Alseth Road at Stoney Point, three at Lighthouse Point in Two Harbors, two at Good Harbor Bay just south of Grand Marais, one in the Grand Marais campground, one along state highway 61 at mile marker 121, and one at Paradise Beach about fourteen miles up the shore from Grand Marais. Twenty-eight Black-backed Woodpeckers were also seen at these and other locations. Seven TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRES were reported at the following locations: one at Alseth Road, two on the west side of Stoney Point, one at 4th Avenue and 2nd Street in Two Harbors, one at Good Harbor Bay, two along the Croftville Road just northeast of Grand Marais, and three at the small town of Colville.

Another Townsend's Solitaire was found on the 29th near the Bluestem Scientific and Natural Area southeast of the town of Glyndon in Clay County. The bird was at a farm on 17th Avenue about half a mile west of county road 23.

GRAY JAYS have been moving into the Upper Midwest in higher than usual numbers. In Minnesota, reports have come in from as far west as Kittson County and as far south as Otter Tail County -- two birds were seen in Fergus Falls on the 23rd. I also have reports of PINE GROSBEAK, HOARY REDPOLL, RED CROSSBILL, and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday, November 9th 2006.

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