*April 8, 2011
Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: April 8, 2011
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://moumn.org
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel ([log in to unmask])
This is the Minnesota Birding Report for April 7th, 2011.
Two HARLEQUIN DUCKS were found by Bob Myers on April 1st and he saw them
again on the 2nd on Lake Superior at Silver Bay, Lake County. They were
seen from the beach just east of the Northshore Mining plant. Four
LONG-TAILED DUCKS were in Two Harbors, Lake County on the 7th.
On April 6th, a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was reported by Laura Coble at the
Randolph Industrial Park in Dakota County, near the pond behind the
As bodies of water open up and become free of ice across the southern
half of the state, hundreds of ducks, geese, mergansers, loons, and
herons have moved in and many other birds are being reported along the
shores. A few new to the list of spring migrants include OSPREY,
PIED-BILLED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, HORNED GREBE, BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PURPLE MARTIN, TREE
SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, CHIPPING SPARROW,
FIELD SPARROW, and HARRIS'S SPARROW.
The next scheduled update of this tape is April 14th, 2011.