Minnesota Statewide RBA

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*Minnesota Statewide
*September 9, 1999

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: September 9, 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 September 9th sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

On the 7th a possible POMARINE JAEGER was seen in Duluth along the Lake Superior shore at the Fitger's Building. What was probably the same bird was seen on the 8th from the 12th Street access of Park Point and in the early evening it was back at the Fitger's Building. For additional information on this and other observations in the Duluth area, call the Duluth Birding Report at 218-525-5952.

On the 6th Brad Johnson reported a family group of COMMON MOORHENS at pool number 10 in Carlos Avery Refuge in Anoka County. This species has nested infrequently at the refuge in years past.

Fourteen species of shorebirds were seen at the New Germany area along Carver County Road 30 on September 5th. Among them were a few AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, a single SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and several STILT SANDPIPERS. Eight RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were seen the same day at Boone Lake on the Meeker - Renville County line.

Lake Winnibigoshish was surveyed on the 6th for COMMON LOONS and BONAPARTE'S GULLS which gather here each fall. A total of 193 loons was counted with the largest single group being a flock of 29 found at the public access off Richard's Townsite. And the total of 1,128 Bonaparte's Gulls is comparable to previous counts at this time of year.

A CAROLINA WREN was still at Leslie Kottke's feeder Rochester, Olmsted County on September 8th. Please call before visiting.

Fall migrants continue to trickle through, though current numbers appear to be somewhat lower than expected. Chet Meyers found a HERMIT THRUSH at Ceder Lake Park in Hennepin County on the 4th, and Bob Janssen found a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER in Washington County at O'Brien State Park on the 9th. MOURNING WARBLERS and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS have also been reported from a few locations south of their breeding range.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday September 16th.

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