Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*November 4, 1999

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: November 4, 1999
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://biosci.umn.edu/~mou/
Reports: (612) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel
Transcriber: Anthony Hertzel (ahertzel@uswest.net)
Re-transcriber: David Cahlander (dac@skypoint.com)

This is the Minnesota birding report for Thursday November 4th sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A pair of MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS was seen near the town of Holland in Pipestone County on November 3rd, but no specific location was given.

John Walner has had a VARIED THRUSH visiting his feeder since November 3rd. John lives about five miles west of the town of Forest Lake in Anoka County.

On November 3rd wan adult BLACKPOLL WARBLER was observed near St. Olaf College in Northfield, Rice County. This is the latest date on record for this species in Minesota.

TRUMPETER SWANS have been reported from several larger lakes in the southern half of the state, including Blackhawk Lake in the town of Egan, Dakota County. A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen just west of Watson In Chippewa County on November 4th, and two SURF SCOTERS were on French Lake in Rice County on October 28th and they were still present on November 3rd. They were seen in the southeast corner of the lake just off from the public access.

At Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge in Big Stone and Lac Qui Parle Counties, there were still three species of shorebirds on November 3rd: KILLDEER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and COMMON SNIPE. GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS were reported from Jackson County on October 30th.

An immature GLAUCOUS GULL was found on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis on the evening of October 29th. This is the first October record of this species in the southern half of the state. And a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was present there on November 2nd. And the two BLACK-HEADED GULLS are still being seen at the north end of Spirit Lake along Jackson County Road 2, about eight miles south and five miles west of the town of Jackson.

Leslie Kottke has up to three TUFTED TITMOUSE visiting her feeders in Rochester, Olmsted County. As many as 33 additional species have been seen in her yard since October 31st, including YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, FOX SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH.

A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was still in Victoria, Carver County on October 31st.

NORTHERN SHRIKES have been observed in numerous counties across the state as far west as Big Stone and as far south as Winona. They have also been reported from the counties of Hennepin, Ramsey, St. Louis, Aitkin, Becker, and Chippewa.

COMMON REDPOLLS reached the Minneapolis-St. Paul area on October 31st.

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The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday November 11th.

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