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Thu, 14 Jun 2012 20:55:47 -0600
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*Minnesota Statewide
*June 14, 2012

-Birds mentioned
Barn Owl
Snowy Owl
Northern Mockingbird
Sprague's Pipit
Lark Bunting

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: June 14, 2012
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel ([log in to unmask]) 

This is the Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday June 14th, 2012.

On June 12th, Ron Lawrenz reported a BARN OWL along the Long Meadow Lake
Trail in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington,
Hennepin County. This was about a mile and a half down the trail from
the visitor's center.

A SPRAGUE'S PIPIT has been seen consistently at the Felton Prairie in
Clay County since June 8th. From the junction of state highway 9 and
Clay County Road 26, go east for about three miles to 170th Street. Turn
north and drive the dirt road to the first fence north of the windmills.
Park and walk east along the fence line to a metal pipeline post. Listen
here for the bird's skylarking song.

On the 14th, John Schladweiler discovered a male LARK BUNTING in Jackson
County. Take I-90 to state highway 264 and go south on 264 toward Round
Lake for four and a half miles to 750th Street. Turn east and drive just
over four and a half miles to the grassland on the north side of the
road. Check here for the next half a mile or so.

Unusual were the two SNOWY OWLS reported on June 12th. One was near
Moorhead in Clay County, on 90th Avenue South between 14th and 28th
Streets. The other was in Vadnais Heights along Ramsey County Road E at
Labor Road.

On June 6th, Shawn Conrad and Bob Dunlap found a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at
the gravel pits at the southeast corner of the intersection of Murray
County Road 4 and 15th Avenue in the extreme southwest part of the

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday June 21st, 2012.