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Gelvin-Innvaer, Lisa A (DNR)
Sun, 18 Sep 2011 14:31:33 -0600
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A reminder---

To report whooping crane sightings online to the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership:

which includes the following guidance:
"When you are lucky enough to see whooping cranes, please do not approach them closely, even in a vehicle, to avoid habituating the birds to human presence. Habituation is one of the greatest dangers that whooping cranes face because it puts them at greater risk from vehicle collisions, predation, and illegal shooting"


Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer
Regional Nongame Wildlife Specialist
MNDNR- Southern Region

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Subject: MOU-NET Digest - 15 Sep 2011 to 16 Sep 2011 (#2011-37)

There are 8 messages totalling 612 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. Martin's Meadows - Anoka County
  2. Radio frequency
  3. [mou-rba] MOU RBA 16 September 2011
  4. Nighthawk Window Strike
  5. Pelican deaths at hands of farmer
  6. Parasitic Jaegers & 13,000+ raptors
  7. Photo Website Update
  8. Whooping cranes

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Date:    Fri, 16 Sep 2011 04:17:42 -0700
From:    Frank Berdan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Martin's Meadows - Anoka County

Would this trail be accessible for a mobility-limited birder?

Pete,=0A=0AWould this trail be accessible for a mobility-limited birder?=0A=
=0AFrank=0A=0A=0A________________________________=0AFrom: MOU-NET automatic=
 digest system <[log in to unmask]>=0ATo: [log in to unmask]:=
 Friday, September 16, 2011 12:07 AM=0ASubject: MOU-NET Digest - 14 Sep 201=
1 to 15 Sep 2011 (#2011-36)=0A=0AThere are 12 messages totalling 581 lines =
in this issue.=0A=0ATopics of the day:=0A=0A=A0 1. Anoka County - Martin's =
Meadows=0A=A0 2. Whooping Crane Ethics=0A=A0 3. Migrants over Lac La Croix =
(St. Louis Cty - Goshawk, L Longspurs, Snow=0A=A0 =A0  Geese, etc)=0A=A0 4.=
 Purgatory Creek - Hennepin County=0A=A0 5. Use of Radios (3)=0A=A0 6. [mou=
-rba] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, September 15, 2011=0A=
=A0 7. Movie, etc.=0A=A0 8. killer baby honeyguides and early bird or late =
dinosaur feathers in amber=0A=A0 9. [mou-rba] Duluth RBA 9/15/11=0A10. [mnb=
ird] Whooping Crane Ethics=0A=0A----=0AJoin or Leave mou-net: http://lists.=
----------------=0A=0ADate:=A0 =A0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:23:48 -0500=0AFrom:=
=A0 =A0 "Peter J. Makousky" <[log in to unmask]>=0ASubject: Anoka County -=
 Martin's Meadows=0A=0AHello - it may not be new to some, but I discovered =
a new trail in Anoka=0ACounty.=0A=0AIt's in Andover and it is called Martin=
's Meadows.=0A=0AWhile on the trail I ran into the gentleman who sold the p=
roperty to the=0Acity of Andover.=0A=0AHis name is Jeff Luedtke and his gra=
ndfather Martin bought the land years=0Aand years ago.=0A=0ANoted 30 specie=
s while on a short walk.=0A=0ASpotted Sandpiper, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shoul=
dered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk,=0AAccipiter (sp), Ruby-throated Hummingbird,=
 Wild Turkey, =0A=0AMourning Dove, Northern Flicker, Downy, Cedar Waxwing, =
Eastern Phoebe, House=0AWren, American Crow, Blue Jay, American Robin, Gray=
 Catbird,=0A=0APhiladelphia Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Nashville Warbler, Commo=
n Yellowthroat,=0AOvenbird (missed photo opportunity), Black-capped Chickad=
ee, Northern=0ACardinal, =0A=0AEastern Towhee (juvenile), Rose-breasted Gro=
sbeak, American Goldfinch,=0AWhite-throated Sparrows (a ton of these), Linc=
oln's Sparrow, Fox Sparrow.=0A=0AIn the field along 173rd I noted some East=
ern Bluebirds and also Sandhill=0ACrane.=0A=0ATrail is accessed by taking 7=
th avenue north of Anoka and turning right on=0A173rd and then the first ri=
ght which is Navajo.=0A=0ANavajo dead ends to a cul de sac and the trail st=
arts there. Not for the=0Afaint of heart as it first starts with a steep dr=
op which requires walking=0Asideways or use of a walking stick. You will ge=
t a workout going back up.=0ATrail is rough with a lot of small trees that =
were cut. Trail weaves and=0Adead ends in many places.=0A=0AWhen you get to=
 the first "t" in the trail and take it to the right you will=0Aeventually =
come to Jeff Luedtke's property which is not clearly marked.=0A=0AI think t=
he trail property ends under the power lines. =0A=0A=0A=0APete=0A=0AAnoka, =
MN=0A=0A=0A----=0AJoin or Leave mou-net:
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-0500=0AFrom:=A0 =A0 dan&erika <[log in to unmask]>=0ASubject: Whooping Cra=
ne Ethics=0A=0AI am glad so many of you were able to see the Northfield Who=
oping Cranes.=0AToday, however, I photographed a man taking photos from far=
 into the field=0Anext to the cranes. I also photographed his license plate=
s (they are=0AMinnesota plates).=A0 What part of Please do not trespass int=
o the field or=0Awetland do you suppose he does not understand?=A0 At best =
his behavior is=0Aselfish.=A0 At worst it is downright unethical!=A0 Would =
it be legal for me to=0Apost my photograph of him on my blog?=A0 I am not i=
nclined to ever post notice=0Aof rare birds in the future, which really goe=
s against my joy of sharing=0Awith others!=0A=0Adan=0A=0A-- =0ADan or Erika=
 Tallman=0ANorthfield, Minnesota=0A
[log in to unmask]".... the best shod travel with wet feet"=
=0A"Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes ...."--Thoreau=0A=0A=
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-------------------=0A=0ADate:=A0 =A0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:31:14 -0500=0AFro=
m:=A0 =A0 Shawn Conrad <[log in to unmask]>=0ASubject: Migrants over La=
c La Croix (St. Louis Cty - Goshawk, L Longspurs, Snow Geese, etc)=0A=0AA c=
oworker and I camped on Snow Bay on Lac La Croix on Tuesday and Wednesday=
=0Anights, returning via Crane Lake this morning.=A0 Those strong north win=
ds=0Ahave started pushing in more migrants.=A0 I didn't have much of a chan=
ce to=0Abird, and didn't get to sort through the warblers much (though I co=
uld tell=0Athat Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers were abundant), but I had s=
ome good=0Asightings anyway.=0A=0A- On Tuesday afternoon, a Northern Goshaw=
k flew over our campsite and I=0Awatched it disappear into Canada.=0A- Last=
 night, along with several flocks of Canada Geese, a small flock of=0ASnow =
Geese passed over our site on Snow Bay.=0A- This morning that same campsite=
 received a visit from a couple of early=0ALapland Longspurs and I saw a fe=
w out on Loon Lake flying through the fog.=0A- White-throated Sparrows are =
really on the move and the flock at the access=0Aof Crane Lake included Whi=
te-crowned Sparrows.=0A- Blue-headed Vireos were singing as they joined the=
 flocks of migrant=0Awarblers.=0A=0A-- =0AShawn Conrad=0Awww.itascacnfbirdi= or Leave mou-net:
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16 -0500=0AFrom:=A0 =A0 Ben Harste <[log in to unmask]>=0ASubject: Pur=
gatory Creek - Hennepin County=0A=0AI have been visiting Purgatory Creek a =
couple times a week for the last=0Amonth or so now and activity has definit=
ely picked up in the last week or=0Atwo as the water levels continue to dro=
p.=A0 The birding on the lake=0Adefinitely seems better in the evening appr=
oaching dusk as more birds fly=0Ain.=0A=0AThere are many ducks that come on=
to the lake including many Mallards,=0ABlue-winged Teals, Green-winged Teal=
s, and last Friday we saw a single=0ARedhead on the lake with the other duc=
ks as well.=A0 There are also many=0ARing-billed Gulls and I have also seen=
 a couple of Caspian Terns on the=0Amud-bar in the middle area of the lake.=
=0A=0AShorebird activity has been present on the edges of the lake and on t=
he=0Amud-bar in the center of the lake.=A0 Last Friday we saw two Greater=
=0AYellowlegs, Killdeer, small peeps on the island and also what I believe =
was=0Aa Semipalmated Plover as it was a bird about the size of the other sm=
all=0Asandpipers but with a dark black stripe across its chest.=0A=0ATonigh=
t there 3 American Golden-Plovers near the lake shore closest to the=0Apath=
 that goes between the two ponds.=0A=0AI would say the best viewing areas i=
n the evening are from the bridge and=0Athe path between the two lakes, and=
 also from the boardwalk/blind on the=0Aother side of the lake.=A0 The vari=
ety isn't always great but it seems like=0Athere is something to watch most=
 evenings I have been there.=0A=0A=0ABen Harste=0A=0A----=0AJoin or Leave m=
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=0ADate:=A0 =A0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 20:05:31 -0500=0AFrom:=A0 =A0 Alex Watson =
<[log in to unmask]>=0ASubject: Use of Radios=0A=0AGreetings,=0A=0AIs ther=
e a MOU advocated radio frequency that birders are encouraged to use=0Awhil=
e out and about?=0A=0AI have heard Channel 6 sub channel 6 is good to use b=
ut don't know the=0Aorigin of that information.=0A=0A=0AAlex=0A=0A----=0AJo=
in or Leave mou-net:
----------=0A=0ADate:=A0 =A0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:13:57 -0600=0AFrom:=A0 =A0=
 Jeanie Joppru <[log in to unmask]>=0ASubject: [mou-rba] Northwest Minnesota Bir=
ding Report- Thursday, September 15, 2011=0A=0A-RBA=0A*Minnesota=0A*Detroit=
 Lakes=0A*September 15, 2011=0A*MNDL1109.15=0A=0A-Birds mentioned=0ABald Ea=
gle=0ARuby-throated Hummingbird=0ARed-headed Woodpecker=0ARed-bellied Woodp=
ecker=0ANorthern Flicker=0AYellow-throated Vireo=0AEastern Towhee=0AWhite-t=
hroated Sparrow=0ANorthern Cardinal=0ABaltimore Oriole=0A-Transcript=0A=0AH=
otline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes=0ADate: September 15, 2011=0ASponsor: Lake=
s Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce=0AReports: =
1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)=0ACompiler: Jeanie Joppru (=
[log in to unmask])=0A=0AThis is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thu=
rsday, September=0A15, 2011 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber=
 of Commerce.=0AYou may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or=
=0A1-800-433-1888.=0A=0AWe got a rude awakening this week when a cold front=
 blew through ,=0Adropping temperatures below freezing for three nights. It=
 wasn't far=0Abelow freezing , but lots of gardens saw the growing season c=
ome to a=0Ascreeching halt. Migration should pick up after this, once the c=
urrent=0Asouthwest wind switches around.=0A=0ALarry Wilebski had a couple o=
f interesting avian visitors this week in=0AKittson County. On September 9,=
 an EASTERN TOWHEE and an immature=0ANORTHERN CARDINAL showed up at his cab=
in northwest of Lancaster.=0A=0AHere in our yard in Pennington County on Se=
and two male=0ABALTIMORE ORIOLES came to the feeder. On September 11, a juv=
enile=0ARED-HEADED WOODPECKER was spotted on a telephone pole across the ro=
ad.=0AToday, September 15, a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD is still coming to t=
he=0Anectar.=0A=0AIn Polk County Sandy Aubol reported three WHITE-THROATED =
SPARROWS, 8-10=0ANORTHERN FLICKERS, and two BALD EAGLES in the East Grand F=
orks area on=0ASeptember 12.=0A=0AThanks to Larry Wilebski and Sandy Aubol =
for their reports.=0A=0APlease report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by em=
ail, no later than=0AThursday each week, at [log in to unmask] OR call the Detr=
oit Lakes=0AChamber's toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area =
birders=0Aplease call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sightin=
g took=0Aplace. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, Septe=
mber=0A22, 2011.=0A=0A=0A=0AJeanie Joppru=0APennington County, MN=0A=0A=0A=
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----------------------=0A=0ADate:=A0 =A0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:06:41 -0500=0A=
From:=A0 =A0 M z <[log in to unmask]>=0ASubject: Movie, etc.=0A=0AFolks, th=
e latest issue of Audubon Magazine has an interesting article on=0Athe firs=
t non-documentary birding movie "The Big Year", starring Steve=0AMartin, Ja=
ck Black and Owen Wilson. It is based on the book "Big Year", by=0AMark Obm=
ascik. The movie comes out next month.=0A=0AAlso, those of you who keep tra=
ck of exact bird locations, for BB Atlas,=0ACBC or other records, can doubl=
e check your coordinates easily, or convert=0Ato from DMS to Decimal,=A0 a =
great site is=0A=0A Z=
err=0ASioux Falls Bird Club=0A=0A----=0AJoin or Leave mou-net: http://lists=
ves/mou-net.html=0A=0A------------------------------=0A=0ADate:=A0 =A0 Thu,=
 15 Sep 2011 20:28:42 -0600=0AFrom:=A0 =A0 G Andersson <[log in to unmask]
>=0ASubject: killer baby honeyguides and early bird or late dinosaur feathe=
rs in amber=0A=0AThis brief article does not i.d. the honeyguide species.=
=A0 You can enlarge=0Athe image in both articles.=0A=0A=0A=0Ahttp://www.sci=
e Cretaceous amber from Canada=0A=0A=0A=0A
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=A0 =A0 Rick Hoyme <[log in to unmask]>=0ASubject: Re: Use of Radios=0A=0AT=
he channel 6 sub-channel 6 was selected by Kim Eckert for the Minnesota=0AB=
irding Weekends. As a result the birders that go on his trips have their=0A=
radios set that way and others have followed. I think it was pretty much a=
=0Arandom selection.=0A=0A=0ARick [log in to unmask] Pro=
file Hoyme=0A=0A-----Origina=
l Message-----=0AFrom: Minnesota Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Be=
half Of Alex=0AWatson=0ASent: Thursday, September 15, 2011 8:06 PM=0ATo: MO=
[log in to unmask]: [mou-net] Use of Radios=0A=0AGreetings,=0A=
=0AIs there a MOU advocated radio frequency that birders are encouraged to =
use=0Awhile out and about?=0A=0AI have heard Channel 6 sub channel 6 is goo=
d to use but don't know the=0Aorigin of that information.=0A=0A=0AAlex=0A=
=0A----=0AJoin or Leave mou-net:
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-----------=0A=0ADate:=A0 =A0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 21:22:05 -0600=0AFrom:=A0 =
=A0 Jim Lind <[log in to unmask]>=0ASubject: [mou-rba] Duluth RBA 9/15/11=0A=0A-=
RBA=0A*Minnesota=0A*Duluth/North Shore=0A*September 15, 2011=0A*MNDU1109.15=
=0A=0A-Birds mentioned=0ACackling Goose=0AAmerican White Pelican=0ABroad-wi=
nged Hawk=0ASwainson's Hawk=0ABuff-breasted Sandpiper=0ALesser Black-backed=
 Gull=0AParasitic Jaeger=0ALapland Longspur=0ARusty Blackbird=0A-Transcript=
=0A=0AHotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore=0ADate: September 15, 2011=0AS=
ponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)=0AReports: (218) 834-2858=0AC=
ompiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])=0A=0AThis is the Duluth Birding =
Report for September 15th, 2011 sponsored by=0Athe Minnesota Ornithologists=
' Union.=0A=0ATwo BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were found by Kim Eckert and oth=
ers on the=0A10th at the Park Point Recreation Area. Jan and Larry Kraemer =
saw nine=0AAMERICAN WHITE PELICANS on the 13th at Sky Harbor Airport. An=0A=
unidentified JAEGER was seen on the 9th at 43rd Street on Park Point.=0AAdu=
lt and juvenile PARASITIC JAEGERS have been reported by several=0Aobservers=
 during the past week at the base of Wisconsin Point. Peder=0ASvingen saw a=
n adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Wisconsin Point on the=0A15th.=0A=0ATwo=
 SWAINSON'S HAWKS were seen on the 14th at Hawk Ridge, along with=0Amore th=
an 3,200 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS. The first CACKLING GOOSE of the fall=0Aseason =
was reported at Hawk Ridge on the 10th. The first RUSTY=0ABLACKBIRDS of the=
 season were seen on the 14th and the first LAPLAND=0ALONGSPURS were report=
ed on the 15th at Duluth and Two Harbors.=0A=0AThe next scheduled update of=
 this report will be on Thursday, September=0A22nd.=0A=0AThe telephone numb=
er of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858.=0AInformation about bird =
sightings may be left following the recorded=0Amessage.=0A=0AThe Duluth Bir=
ding Report is sponsored and funded by the Minnesota=0AOrnithologists' Unio=
n (MOU) as a service to its members. For more=0Ainformation on the MOU, eit=
her write us c/o the Bell Museum, e-mail us=0Aat [log in to unmask], or visit th=
e MOU web site at or Leave mou-net: http://list=
ives/mou-net.html=0A=0A------------------------------=0A=0ADate:=A0 =A0 Thu=
, 15 Sep 2011 22:27:29 -0500=0AFrom:=A0 =A0 Chris West <swallowtailedkite@G=
MAIL.COM>=0ASubject: Re: Use of Radios=0A=0AHere in WI, the WSO uses Channe=
l 11, sub-channel/code 22. (11/22)=0AI've seen other birding clubs in other=
 states use that channel as well.=0A=0A=0A--Chris=0A=0AOn Thu, Sep 15, 2011=
 at 10:20 PM, Rick Hoyme <[log in to unmask]> wrote:=0A=0A> The channel 6 s=
ub-channel 6 was selected by Kim Eckert for the Minnesota=0A> Birding Weeke=
nds. As a result the birders that go on his trips have their=0A> radios set=
 that way and others have followed. I think it was pretty much a=0A> random=
 selection.=0A>=0A>=0A> Rick Hoyme=0A> [log in to unmask]> LinkedIn Prof=
ile>=0A> Rick Hoyme=0A>=0A> -----Or=
iginal Message-----=0A> From: Minnesota Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]
] On Behalf Of Alex=0A> Watson=0A> Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2011 8:06 =
PM=0A> To: [log in to unmask]> Subject: [mou-net] Use of Radios=0A>=
=0A> Greetings,=0A>=0A> Is there a MOU advocated radio frequency that birde=
rs are encouraged to use=0A> while out and about?=0A>=0A> I have heard Chan=
nel 6 sub channel 6 is good to use but don't know the=0A> origin of that in=
formation.=0A>=0A>=0A> Alex=0A>=0A> ----=0A> Join or Leave mou-net: http://=> Archives: http://lists.umn.ed=
u/archives/mou-net.html=0A>=0A> ----=0A> Join or Leave mou-net: http://list=> Archives:
chives/mou-net.html=0A>=0A=0A=0A=0A-- =0AHappy Birding! --Chris W, Madison,=
 WI=0AInterpretive Naturalist=0AMississippi Explorer Cruises=0A=0Ahttp://mi=
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0=0AFrom:=A0 =A0 linda whyte <[log in to unmask]>=0ASubject: Re: [mnbird] =
Whooping Crane Ethics=0A=0ADan,=0AAssuming he had no permission from the la=
nd-owner to be there, and he=0Awas too close to the birds to be summoned aw=
ay by your calling out,=0Awould you consider leaving a note on his car, to =
inform him of the=0Aethics involved, or to request that he call you to disc=
uss the birds?=0AWhen I went to view them, the only other people who showed=
 up, stayed=0Aby their car at the roadside, but I thought that's what I wou=
ld do if=0Athey ventured into the field before I could say anything. Maybe =
it=0Awould even help to print up the list of guidelines that came out in=0A=
the e-mails after last spring's Whooper events down there, and just=0Astick=
 a copy of it under the person's windshield. While I'm not naieve=0Aenough =
to believe it would change everyone's behavior, it might=0Ainfluence at lea=
st a few.=0ALinda Whyte=0A=0A=0AOn Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 3:06 PM, dan&erika =
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:=0A> I am glad so many of you were able to see t=
he Northfield Whooping Cranes.=0A> =3DA0Today, however, I photographed a ma=
n taking photos from far into the f=3D=0Aield=0A> next to the cranes. I als=
o photographed his license plates (they are=0A> Minnesota plates). =3DA0Wha=
t part of Please do not trespass into the field =3D=0Aor=0A> wetland do you=
 suppose he does not understand? =3DA0At best his behavior is=0A> selfish. =
=3DA0At worst it is downright unethical! =3DA0Would it be legal for =3D=0Am=
e to=0A> post my photograph of him on my blog? =3DA0I am not inclined to ev=
er post n=3D=0Aotice=0A> of rare birds in the future, which really goes aga=
inst my joy of sharing=0A> with others!=0A> dan=0A>=0A> --=0A> Dan or Erika=
 Tallman=0A> Northfield, Minnesota=0A>
orum=0A>> http://picasaweb.googl=> [log in to unmask]>=0A> ".... the best shod travel wi=
th wet feet"=0A> "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes ...."-=
-Thoreau=0A>=0A> _______________________________________________=0A> mnbird=
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Date:    Fri, 16 Sep 2011 06:53:17 -0500
From:    Maureen Lundgren <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Radio frequency

In AZ we use 11/21 also.

Reenie Liundgren

Sent from my iPod

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Date:    Fri, 16 Sep 2011 07:07:04 -0600
From:    Anthony Hertzel <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [mou-rba] MOU RBA 16 September 2011

*Minnesota Statewide
*September 16, 2011

-Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Parasitic Jaeger
Lapland Longspur
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Summer Tanager
Rusty Blackbird

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: September 16, 2011
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel ([log in to unmask])

This is the Minnesota Birding Report for September 15th, 2011.

In Duluth, a couple of jaegers - including a PARASITIC JAEGER - have
been seen periodically over Lake Superior from 43rd street south to the
end of Park Point.

On the 8th, a SUMMER TANAGER was reported from Douglas County, but I
have no other details.

The fall raptor migration at Hawk Ridge in Duluth has picked up
considerably, with about three thousand BROAD-WINGED HAWKS counted on
the 14th followed by almost thirteen thousand on the 15th. They've also
counted over eight thousand SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS there this fall.

Several new species of fall migrants have arrived in the state since the
last update of this report, including CACKLING GOOSE, SNOW GOOSE,

The next scheduled update of this tape is September 22nd, 2011.

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Date:    Fri, 16 Sep 2011 09:20:19 -0400
From:    [log in to unmask]
Subject: Nighthawk Window Strike

Birders:  Like all of us I hate it when a bird collides with one of our win=
dows or any window anywhere.  I have decals up on the most likely ones they=
 strike here.  Imagine my surprise when a Nighthawk just struck our kitchen=
 window.  Luckily it wasn't a "loud strike".  I grabbed my gloves to see if=
 I could help the injured bird but happily it flew off in to the trees so h=
opefully its okay.  Our experience here is that most window strikes are war=
blers and thrushes.  Never thought a Nighthawk would hit our window. =20

Thanks,  Robert Jessen,  Austin,  Mower County

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Date:    Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:59:01 -0500
From:    Jim Ryan <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Pelican deaths at hands of farmer

A very sad story indeed.


Jim Ryan
Saint Paul's Westside
One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and
Nature shall not be broken. -* Leo Tolstoy*

A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty. - *Lucius Annaeus

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Date:    Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:32:26 -0500
From:    Erik Bruhnke <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Parasitic Jaegers & 13,000+ raptors

I visited Wisconsin Point (Superior, WI) this morning, and had the following
Blue-winged Teal 2
Bald Eagle 1
Sanderling 5
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 1000
Herring Gull 3
Parasitic Jaeger 2

The Parasitic Jaegers double-teamed a lone Ring-billed Gull, making
impressive swoops and passes at the gull! One of the Parasitic Jaegers is an
adult (light), the other one is a juvenile... most likely the same birds as
seen before. Below are pictures from this morning.

Adult Parasitic Jaeger (light morph):

Juvenile Parasitic Jaeger:

Yesterday's flight at Hawk Ridge (September 15th) was incredible. We had a
total of 13,276 raptors for the day, of which 12,790 were Broad-winged
Below are some shots over the past few days up at the ridge. Enjoy!

Northern Harrier (immature), in-the-hand:

Gray Ghost (adult male Northern Harrier), in-the-hand:

Northern Goshawk, in-the-hand:

Adult Broad-winged Hawk, in-the-hand:

Peregrine Falcon, in-the-hand, and looking over shoulder:


Broad-winged Hawk Kettle (from Sept 15th):

Cooper's Hawk:

All three accipiters at one time!!

Don't forget, this weekend is Hawk Weekend at Hawk Ridge! There are many
programs and events going on this weekend, to spread the fun and awareness
about raptor migration. Hope to see you there :-)

Good birding,
Erik Bruhnke
Duluth, MN

*NATURALLY AVIAN* - Bird photography and birding tours
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Date:    Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:44:18 -0500
From:    Linda Krueger <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Photo Website Update

We updated our photo website, after not having done
so for some time.  The number of new bird photos we've added is too long a
list to post in this email but here are some of the highlights for us:

Wurdermann's Heron

Great Blue Heron, White Morph

American Bittern

Purple Gallinule

Common Myna

Florida Scrub Jay

Monk Parakeet

Marsh Wren

Scarlet Tanager (first time in our yard!)

Blue Grosbeak

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (we finally got enough equipment, five flashes, to
do the job right!)

Bank Swallow


Again, those are just the highlights - we have posted 63 different birds
under our "New Photos" link!

Please feel free to let us know if we have made any errors.  Feedback is
always welcome.


Linda and Kevin Krueger

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Date:    Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:19:19 -0700
From:    jeff fischer <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Whooping cranes

=A0=0AAfter two failed attempts earlier this week I was finally able to loc=
ate the pair of whooping cranes near Northfield this afternoon. I first fou=
nd them near the road in a field on the west side of Baldwin just south of =
90th around 11 am. They were with the pair of sandhills as reported earlier=
. They made their way away from me towards the west until they were very di=
fficult to see. A couple other birders showed up and I pointed them out so =
that they could get their life bird.They stayed on the far side of the fiel=
d often obstructed by the small hills and trees until about 3pm. At that po=
int they flew off to the wetland area that people had seen them at earlier =
in the week. They curled up at the back end of the wetlands and stayed that=
 way until I let at around 4:30pm. =0A=A0=0AUnfortunately there were a lot =
more clouds then the weather man predicted so the lighting was not good but=
 I did get some shots from my car when they were not too far away in the fi=
eld. I have posted them on the blog or you can see them here.=0A=A0=0Ahttp:=
_5974.jpg=0A=A0=0AThanks,=0AJeff Fischer=0AEcobirder

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