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-RBA *Minnesota *Minnesota Statewide *August 18, 2011 *MNST1108.18-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: August 18, 2011
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 August 18th, 2011.
COMMON GALLINULES are being reported from two different locations at Sherburne NWR in Sherburne County. One reliable spot has been Big Bluestem Pool along the Auto Tour Route where a family of nine has been seen since mid summer. A second family of gallinules was recently discovered on School House Pool, along the wildlife drive. This is across from Nelson Pool.
On the 12th, Chad Heins found a BLUE GROSBEAK at the Kasota Prairie on Le Sueur County. From the town of Kasota, drive south on County Road 21 and take the first road that goes east after you pass the sign for the Kasota Prairie. The bird was singing on the north side of the road at the west end of the quarry area.
On the 16th, a WESTERN TANAGER was reported from Long Beach, Pope County, but I have no specific information or directions.
Interesting was the NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL reported by Tom Bloom in Apple Valley, Dakota County, on the 12th. Because this bird had not been noticed during the summer months, I would assume it is an early migrant.
EVENING GROSBEAKS are still being reported at backyard feeding stations in Duluth. And a few fall migrant reports have been trickling in, with recent sightings of SANDHILL CRANE, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER.
The next scheduled update of this tape is August 25, 2011.
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