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Subject:[mou-rba] MRVAC - NE Minnesota Birding - 2/14, 15, 16, 2010 - Field trip report
From:CRAIG MANDEL <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rare Bird Alert <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 17 Feb 2010 23:31:50 -0600

February 14, 15, 16, 2010

While leading a trip to NE Minnesota our group observed the following species:

Leif Erickson Park
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser

Canal Park
Greater Black-backed Gull - 4:00 pm - A 1st winter bird was observed sitting on the ice and in flight close to the canal entrance.

Sax Zim Bog
Sharp-tailed Grouse - CR 28 & Cranberry Lane- 12 Sharp-tailed Grouse were observed flying South across CR 28 and landing South West of the intersection of CR 28 and Cranberry Lane.

Northern Hawk Owl - 5 birds were observed at the following locations:
1. 8:00 am - The East side of CR 7, . 5 miles South of Sax Road.
2. 11:55 am - The East side of Admiral Road, 1/10 of a mile North of Cranberry Lane.
3. 12 20 pm - The North side of CR 28, 1/4 mile East of Cranberry Lane.
4. 5:45 pm - South side of Stone Lake Road, 1/2 mile East of CR 7.
5. 6:10 pm - Highway 53, South of Cotton - Exact location not recorded.

Northern Shrike
Gray Jay
Blue Jay
Black-billed Magpie - CR 28 & Cranberry Lane & CR 29, 1/4 mile South of Correction Line Road.
American Crow - Flock of 100 plus flying NE over CR 7 Monday morning
Common Raven - 50+ in one flock at Admiral Road 5:30 pm, on Monday.
Boreal Chickadee - Admiral Avenue - 2.7 Miles South of CR 27.  This was at the feeding station, which had been set up again that afternoon.  Two boreal Chickadee's were observed eating the peanut butter at the site, from 5:10 to 5:20 pm.  

Snow Bunting - Sax Road and CR 7.  Snow Buntings were observed at this intersection throughout the day.

Pine Grosbeak
Purple Finch
White-winged Crossbill - Fly over of a small flock on McDavitt Road.
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin

Lake County
Boreal Chickadee - CR 11, 2.3 miles East of CR 2.
Cedar Waxwing - Two Harbors
American Robin - Three flocks of 10+ American Robins, were observed along CR 61, on Tuesday. 

St. Louis County
Northern Goshawk - Stoney Point - Tuesday afternoon.

Craig Mandel<>
Minnetonka, Hennepin County

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