Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*August 13, 1997

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Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: August 13, 1997
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (612) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel
Transcriber: Anthony Hertzel
Re-transcriber: David Cahlander (dac@skypoint.com)

This is the Minnesota statewide birding report for Thursday August 13th sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

On Monday, August 10th, a total of 41 COMMON LOONS and 102 BONAPARTE'S GULL was counted on Lake Mille Lacs in Crow Wing, Aitkin and Mille Lacs counties. Likely these numbers will build for the next couple of months.

An AMERICAN AVOCET was found in extreme southern Meeker County on August 9. This was in a pond just east of Boone Lake at the junction of Meeker County Roads 12 and 35.

On August 8th Karl Bardon counted 1189 shorebirds of 11 species at the Crystal sugar ponds in Moorhead, Clay County, with PECTORAL SANDPIPERS being the most common. On the 9th Peder Svingen reported an additional eight BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS here. Remember to first obtain permission to bird the ponds from the security guard at the west gate near the parking lot. And on August 10th, Benjamin Thiem birded the Crookston Settling Ponds in Polk County and reported the following shorebirds: SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was also seen.

Two BELL'S VIREO were reported from Prairie Island in Winona, Winona County on August 10th.

Terry Brashear and Tom Nelson checked Rice Creek Regional park in Anoka County on the 13th and found the following warblers: ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, plus AMERICAN REDSTART, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was reported by Bruce Kelley in his Orono, Hennepin County yard on August 9th.

Very early would be the August 7th report of a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, Hennepin County. Very unusual was the report of a Gull-billed Tern from Salt Lake in Lac Qui Parle County on Sunday the 9th. The description was too incomplete to clearly identify the bird, and unfortunately the caller did not leave a phone number. Though there are at least two valid inland records of Gull-billed Tern, this would be a most unexpected and unusual observation. Salt Lake was checked on Monday and no bird resembling a Gull-billed Tern was found.

For information on joining our state wide bird organization write the MOU at 10 Church Street SE, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN, 55455 or e-mail us at MOUMembers@aol.com. The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday August 27th.

Send your rare and unusual Minnesota sightings to our electronic hotline: MnRBA@linux.winona.msus.edu. To learn more, send a message (the message being these two words: info end) to mnrba-request@linux.winona.msus.edu.

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