Minnesota Statewide/Twin Cities

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*November 7, 1996

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide/Twin Cities
Date: November 7, 1996
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (612) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel
Transcriber: Anthony Hertzel (tony@mill2.MillComm.COM)
Re-transcriber: David Cahlander (dac@skypoint.com)

This is the Minnesota birding report for Thursday November 7th sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

Terry Brashear found a very late EARED GREBE on Lake Calhoun on November 6th. Though not the latest date on record, it is certainly very nearly so, as most Eared Grebes have left the state by early October.

248 TUNDRA SWANS were on Fisher Lake in Scott County on November 7th, and Forest Strnad reports that two TRUMPETER SWANS can be found at Mazaska Lake in Rice County. This is about five miles northwest of the town of Faribault.

On November 2nd, a Minnesota Birding Weekend trip lead by Kim Eckert discovered a female KING EIDER on Lake Superior in Cook County. The bird was found just off the Ray Bergland wayside rest at the eighty-six and a half mile marker of highway 61. Tom Lewanski found a EURASIAN WIGEON at Lake Rebecca in Hastings, Dakota County on the 6th. Lake Rebecca is near lock and dam number 2. Carol Schumacher found a BLACK SCOTER at the south end of Lake Pepin in Wabasha County. John Schladweiler has reported that the acting manager of the Lac Qui Parle Wildlife Management Area in the western part of the state has seen between 300,000 and 500,000 MALLARDS on the refuge. And on November 3rd, while doing what may have been the state's first November Big Day, Tony Hertzel and Peder Svingen found a first county record OLDSQUAW on Lake Winnibegoshish in Cass County.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Grand Marais Harbor in Cook County on November 3rd. A second SNOWY OWL was found about fourteen miles up the Lake Superior shore from Grand Marais at a location known as Paradise Beach. And Betsy Beneke reports that a SNOWY OWL was found at the southwest corner of the Tamarac NWR in Becker County on November 6th.

NORTHERN SHRIKES were seen in Cass County on the 3rd, and in Hubbard County on the 6th.

Randy Frederickson found a large flock of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in the northeastern corner of Itasca State Park in Hubbard County on November 5th. 18 RED CROSSBILLS were seen by Roger Schroeder at Memorial Hill Cemetery in Lake Benton in Lincoln County on the 3rd.

Other birds reported to me include COMMON LOONS on Lake Harriet in Hennepin County, NORTHERN SHOVELERS on Lake Calhoun in Hennepin County, a BROWN THRASHER is being seen in a yard in Edina in Hennepin County, an EASTERN TOWHEE is visiting a feeder in Bloomington, Hennepin County, and a HARRIS' SPARROW was seen in a yard in Buffalo, Wright County.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday November 14th. If you have birds to report, please leave your name and phone number plus a brief but specific message which includes the name of the county where your sighting took place.

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