*April 24, 2014
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: April 24, 2014
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 Thursday April 24th, 2014.
On April 22nd, a CALIFORNIA GULL was reported by Bill Litkey at Hidden
Springs Park in Centerville, Anoka County. The park is on the
southeastern side of Centerville Lake.
In Polk County, the EURASIAN TREE SPARROW reported by Vanessa Lane on
the University of Minnesota campus at Crookston was still present on the
19th. It is being seen at a campus feeding station, and for details,
please email Vanesa ([log in to unmask]).
In Sherburne County, Andrew Nyhus found a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on Keller
Lake on the 19th.
Craig Mandel found two SNOWY EGRETS in Lac qui Parle county on the 19th.
One was at Sweetwater WMA along county road 12, and the other was just
south of 12 along county road 7. A third was reported by Matt Pierce on
the same day at the Bass Ponds area of Bloomington, Hennepin County.
Josh Wallestad found an AMERICAN AVOCET at the Atwater sewage ponds in
Kandiyohi County. On April 23rd, it was on the west shore of the
Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen by Bryan Newman at Carlos Avery WMA in
Anoka County on the 21st. They were found near Pools 2 and 4.
A WESTERN TANAGER was at Vicky Thomas's home in Goodhue County on the
20th. Another was photographed on the same day by David Carlson in Crow
Wing County, but neither bird stayed around more than a couple of hours.
A sampling of recent migrants includes WESTERN GREBE, VIRGINIA RAIL,
SORA, DUNLIN, LEAST SANDPIPER, BONAPARTE'S GULL, COMMON TERN, BARN
SWALLOW, MARSH WREN, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, SAVANNAH
SPARROW, GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.
The next scheduled update is Thursday May 1st, 2014.