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Anthony Hertzel <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 7 Jan 2011 09:03:44 -0700
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*Minnesota Statewide
*January 7, 2011

-Birds mentioned
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Townsend's Solitaire
Varied Thrush
Harris's Sparrow

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: January 7, 2011
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel ([log in to unmask]) 

This is the Minnesota Birding Report for January 6th, 2011.

On January 5th, Bill Unzen reported an adult gray-morph GYRFALCON near
the junction of Lac qui Parle County Roads 66 and 69.

On January 4th, a SNOWY OWL found by Dan and Barbara Williams on the
west side of Lake of the Woods County Road 3 between county roads 35 and

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was still in the Sax-Zim Bog on the 5th along
McDavitt Road two miles north of Sax Road.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen on the 4th in the Sax-Zim Bog along St. Louis
County Road 7, a quarter of a mile north of county road 133. Another was
seen on the 6th along the Hedbom Logging Road in Aitkin County, two and
a half miles west of the east gate. And a GREAT GRAY OWL was in Lake
County on the 1st along state highway 1 about three miles south of the
Spruce Road.

Numerous gulls are still in the Duluth harbor, including THAYER'S GULL,

Matt Mecklenburg found a female AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER in Lake
County on the 1st along the old Tomahawk Road about five miles east of
state highway 1.

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE is still being seen at the north end of Lake
Vadnais feeding in the cedars on the west side of Sucker Lake Road about
a third of a mile south of Ramsey County Road F.

A VARIED THRUSH is being seen in Aitkin County, and birders interested
in seeing the bird should contact the landowner, Dolores, at
218-549-3158 for permission and directions.

And a HARRIS'S SPARROW is overwintering at Koni Frank's feeder in
Dassel, Meeker County, along 708th Avenue.

The next scheduled update of this tape is January 13th, 2011.