-RBA
*Minnesota
*Duluth/North Shore
*December 18, 2008
*MNDU0812.18

-Birds mentioned
Long-tailed Duck
Peregrine Falcon
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Black-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
-Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: December 18, 2008
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, December 18th, 2008
sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

GREAT GRAY OWLS continue to be reported from northern Minnesota,
especially in the Sax-Zim Bog. Sparky Stensaas relocated one on the 18th
on the Nichols Lake Road, 1.5 miles east of CR 7, and Ben Yokel saw one
on West Melrude Road (CR 59), 1.5 miles east of US Highway 53. Ben also
had a report of a GREAT GRAY OWL along the East Melrude Road, about two
miles north of the Comstock Lake Road (CR 52). Sparky found a NORTHERN
HAWK OWL on the 18th at the Sax Road (CR 28) and CR 7. He also found at
least two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS along the McDavitt Road (CR 213) 3.5
miles south of the Zim Road (CR 27). Dave Alexander and Frank Nicoletti
found single NORTHERN HAWK OWLS along US Highway 71 in Koochiching
County just south of Big Falls and just north of Little Fork.

Gary Kuyava found a NORTHERN HAWK OWL on the 13th at the passenger
entrance to the Duluth International Airport at the north end of Haines
Road. Dave Alexander and Frank Nicoletti saw what may have been the same
individual on the 16th along the road into the landfill off Rice Lake
Road (CR 4) in north Duluth. Mike Heib reported a SNOWY OWL on the 18th
along the St. Louis River at 40th Avenue West. Peder Svingen saw one on
the 17th at the Port Terminal near the cement plant. Peder also saw two
PEREGRINE FALCONS on the 18th on the Blatnik Bridge.

Kim Eckert found a LONG-TAILED DUCK on the 18th at the mouth of the
Lester River in east Duluth. Peder Svingen saw a first-cycle GREAT
BLACK-BACKED GULL, an adult GLAUCOUS GULL, and an adult THAYER'S GULL at
Canal Park on the 16th. A NORTHERN FLICKER was reported earlier this
week at a feeder along Stuart Circle near the UMD campus.

Sherry Miner saw a CAROLINA WREN on the 12th at her home on Wabana Lake
in Itasca County. Ken Zimmer photographed an EASTERN BLUEBIRD on the
18th on Audrey Lane at McKinney Lake in Itasca County.

The Duluth Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 20,
2008. The rescheduled Two Harbors Christmas Bird Count will be held the
next day on Sunday, December 21. Anyone interested in participating in
either count should contact compiler Jim Lind at (218) 834-3199 or by
e-mail at [log in to unmask]

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Monday, December
22nd.

The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858.
Information about bird sightings may be left following the recorded
message.

The Duluth Birding Report is sponsored and funded by the Minnesota
Ornithologists' Union (MOU) as a service to its members. For more
information on the MOU, either write us c/o the Bell Museum, e-mail us
at [log in to unmask], or visit the MOU web site at moumn.org.

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*Duluth/North Shore
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-Birds mentioned
<UL>
<LI>Long-tailed Duck
<LI>Peregrine Falcon
<LI>Thayer's Gull
<LI>Glaucous Gull
<LI>Great Black-backed Gull
<LI>Snowy Owl
<LI>Northern Hawk Owl
<LI>Great Gray Owl
<LI>Black-backed Woodpecker
<LI>Northern Flicker
<LI>Carolina Wren
<LI>Eastern Bluebird
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<strong>Hotline:</strong> Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore<br>
<strong>Date:</strong> December 18, 2008<br>
<strong>Sponsor:</strong> Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)<br>
<strong>Reports:</strong> (218) 834-2858<br>
<strong>Compiler:</strong> Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])<br>
<P>
This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, December 18th, 2008 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
<P>
<B style="color: #0057ad">GREAT GRAY OWLS</B> continue to be reported from northern Minnesota, especially in the Sax-Zim Bog. Sparky Stensaas relocated one on the 18th on the Nichols Lake Road, 1.5 miles east of CR 7, and Ben Yokel saw one on West Melrude Road (CR 59), 1.5 miles east of US Highway 53. Ben also had a report of a <B style="color: #0057ad">GREAT GRAY OWL</B> along the East Melrude Road, about two miles north of the Comstock Lake Road (CR 52). Sparky found a <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWL</B> on the 18th at the Sax Road (CR 28) and CR 7. He also found at least two <B style="color: #0057ad">BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS</B> along the McDavitt Road (CR 213) 3.5 miles south of the Zim Road (CR 27). Dave Alexander and Frank Nicoletti found single <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWLS</B> along US Highway 71 in Koochiching County just south of Big Falls and just north of Little Fork.
<P>
Gary Kuyava found a <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWL</B> on the 13th at the passenger entrance to the Duluth International Airport at the north end of Haines Road. Dave Alexander and Frank Nicoletti saw what may have been the same individual on the 16th along the road into the landfill off Rice Lake Road (CR 4) in north Duluth. Mike Heib reported a <B style="color: #0057ad">SNOWY OWL</B> on the 18th along the St. Louis River at 40th Avenue West. Peder Svingen saw one on the 17th at the Port Terminal near the cement plant. Peder also saw two <B style="color: #0057ad">PEREGRINE FALCONS</B> on the 18th on the Blatnik Bridge.
<P>
Kim Eckert found a <B style="color: #0057ad">LONG-TAILED DUCK</B> on the 18th at the mouth of the Lester River in east Duluth. Peder Svingen saw a first-cycle <B style="color: #0057ad">GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL,</B> an adult <B style="color: #0057ad">GLAUCOUS GULL,</B> and an adult <B style="color: #0057ad">THAYER'S GULL</B> at Canal Park on the 16th. A <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN FLICKER</B> was reported earlier this week at a feeder along Stuart Circle near the <B style="color: #0057ad">UMD</B> campus.
<P>
Sherry Miner saw a <B style="color: #0057ad">CAROLINA WREN</B> on the 12th at her home on Wabana Lake in Itasca County. Ken Zimmer photographed an <B style="color: #0057ad">EASTERN BLUEBIRD</B> on the 18th on Audrey Lane at McKinney Lake in Itasca County.
<P>
The Duluth Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2008. The rescheduled Two Harbors Christmas Bird Count will be held the next day on Sunday, December 21. Anyone interested in participating in either count should contact compiler Jim Lind at (218) 834-3199 or by e-mail at [log in to unmask]
<P>
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Monday, December 22nd.
<P>
The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858. Information about bird sightings may be left following the recorded message.
<P>
The Duluth Birding Report is sponsored and funded by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) as a service to its members. For more information on the MOU, either write us c/o the Bell Museum, e-mail us at [log in to unmask], or visit the MOU web site at moumn.org.

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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Minnesota Statewide
*December 19, 2008
*MNST0812.19

-Birds mentioned
Harlequin Duck
Barrow's Goldeneye
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Carolina Wren
Townsend's Solitaire
Varied Thrush
-Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: December 19, 2008
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, December 18th 2008.

On December 18th, a BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was found the Mississippi River
at the Red Wing wastewater treatment facility in Goodhue County. This is
about a quarter of a mile upriver from the power plant. A HARLEQUIN DUCK
has been near here since the 12th at the Point Douglas area of
Washington County under the railroad bridge.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was found on the 18th at the junction of St. Louis
County Roads 28 and 7. In Koochiching County, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL was
along U.S. Highway 71 just south of Big Falls and another was just north
of Little Fork. And a NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen on the 13th at the
entrance to the Duluth International Airport at the north end of Haines
Road. Five NORTHERN HAWK OWLS were along state highway 72 between Lake
of the Woods County Road 77 and the Beltrami County town of Waskish.
Another was on Shoreline Drive north of Upper Red Lake, and one was
along Beltrami County Road 40 northeast of Waskish. In Lake of the Woods
County, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL can be seen two miles north of the
Faunce-Butterfield Road along the Roosevelt Road. In Roseau County, four
NORTHERN HAWK OWLS were north of the town of Roseau. Three of these were
along state highway 310 and one on the Sprague Creek Road. A GREAT GRAY
OWL was also seen along highway 310. Another GREAT GRAY OWL is in the
Sax-Zim Bog area of St. Louis County along Nichols Lake Road, a mile and
a half east mile of St. Louis County Road 7. A GREAT GRAY OWL can be
seen on West Melrude Road, a mile and a half east of U.S. Highway 53. A
GREAT GRAY OWL is along the East Melrude Road, about two miles north of
St. Louis County Road 52. In Beltrami County, a GREAT GRAY OWL was near
Hines on the 11th, between Blackduck and Tenstrike. On the 13th, one was
along Itasca County Road 10, just south of County Road 445.

A SNOWY OWL has been at the Minneapolis / St. Paul airport since the
13th, across from the glycol facility on Cargo Road.

In Itasca County, Sherry Miner had a CAROLINA WREN visit her home on
Wabana Lake on the 12th.

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE is still at the Ann Lake campground of Sherburne
NWR in Sherburne County. It was most recently reported on the 17th. A
VARIED THRUSH is still in Ely, St. Louis County, along the 1200 block of
Main Street.

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*Minnesota Statewide
*December 19, 2008
*MNST0812.19

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-Birds mentioned
<UL>
<LI>Harlequin Duck
<LI>Barrow's Goldeneye
<LI>Snowy Owl
<LI>Northern Hawk Owl
<LI>Great Gray Owl
<LI>Carolina Wren
<LI>Townsend's Solitaire
<LI>Varied Thrush
</UL>
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<P>
<strong>Hotline:</strong> Minnesota Statewide<br>
<strong>Date:</strong> December 19, 2008<br>
<strong>Sponsor:</strong> Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://moumn.org<br>
<strong>Reports:</strong> (763) 780-8890<br>
<strong>Compiler:</strong> Anthony Hertzel ([log in to unmask])<br>
<P>
This is the Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 18th 2008.
<P>
On December 18th, a <B style="color: #ad1a07">BARROW'S GOLDENEYE</B> was found the Mississippi River at the Red Wing wastewater treatment facility in Goodhue County. This is about a quarter of a mile upriver from the power plant. A <B style="color: #0057ad">HARLEQUIN DUCK</B> has been near here since the 12th at the Point Douglas area of Washington County under the railroad bridge.
<P>
A <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWL</B> was found on the 18th at the junction of St. Louis County Roads 28 and 7. In Koochiching County, a <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWL</B> was along U.S. Highway 71 just south of Big Falls and another was just north of Little Fork. And a <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWL</B> was seen on the 13th at the entrance to the Duluth International Airport at the north end of Haines Road. Five <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWLS</B> were along state highway 72 between Lake of the Woods County Road 77 and the Beltrami County town of Waskish. Another was on Shoreline Drive north of Upper Red Lake, and one was along Beltrami County Road 40 northeast of Waskish. In Lake of the Woods County, a <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWL</B> can be seen two miles north of the Faunce-Butterfield Road along the Roosevelt Road. In Roseau County, four <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWLS</B> were north of the town of Roseau. Three of these were along state highway 310 and one on the Sprague Creek Road. A <B style="color: #0057ad">GREAT GRAY OWL</B> was also seen along highway 310. Another <B style="color: #0057ad">GREAT GRAY OWL</B> is in the Sax-Zim Bog area of St. Louis County along Nichols Lake Road, a mile and a half east mile of St. Louis County Road 7. A <B style="color: #0057ad">GREAT GRAY OWL</B> can be seen on West Melrude Road, a mile and a half east of U.S. Highway 53. A <B style="color: #0057ad">GREAT GRAY OWL</B> is along the East Melrude Road, about two miles north of St. Louis County Road 52. In Beltrami County, a <B style="color: #0057ad">GREAT GRAY OWL</B> was near Hines on the 11th, between Blackduck and Tenstrike. On the 13th, one was along Itasca County Road 10, just south of County Road 445.
<P>
A <B style="color: #0057ad">SNOWY OWL</B> has been at the Minneapolis / St. Paul airport since the 13th, across from the glycol facility on Cargo Road.
<P>
In Itasca County, Sherry Miner had a <B style="color: #0057ad">CAROLINA WREN</B> visit her home on Wabana Lake on the 12th.
<P>
A <B style="color: #0057ad">TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE</B> is still at the Ann Lake campground of Sherburne NWR in Sherburne County. It was most recently reported on the 17th. A <B style="color: #0057ad">VARIED THRUSH</B> is still in Ely, St. Louis County, along the 1200 block of Main Street.
<P>
The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday, December 25th 2008.

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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Detroit Lakes
*December 19, 2008
*MNDL0812.19

-Birds mentioned
Ring-necked Pheasant
Ruffed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Rough-legged Hawk
Great Horned Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
Gray Jay
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Dark-eyed Junco
Snow Bunting
Purple Finch
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: December 19, 2008
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru ([log in to unmask])

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December
18, 2008 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or
1-800-433-1888.

There is no doubt, Mother nature has finished teasing us and has brought
winter for real now. Cold temperatures in the northwest have followed
the blizzard of last weekend, feeders are more active, and birder's are
contenting themselves with preparing for the holiday season rather than
venturing out in the cold.

Kenneth Garrahan at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center at Fergus Falls
in Otter Tail County reported that lots of COMMON REDPOLLS are visiting
the feeders there this week.

From Clearwater County, Kelly Larson reported 250 SNOW BUNTINGS on the
south side of CR 26 between MN 92 and 201st Ave on December 14. At the
farm south of Bagley there were many finches including PURPLE FINCH,
COMMON REDPOLL, PINE SISKINS, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. Other species seen
included RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, and DARK-EYED JUNCO.

Katie Haws in Beltrami County observed a GREAT GRAY OWL near Hines
between Blackduck and Tenstrike on December 11. Frank Nicolletti and
Dave Alexander were owling along MN 72 in Beltrami and Lake of the Woods
Counties this week between December 16 and December 18. Seven NORTHERN
HAWK OWLS were found in this area. Five of them were along MN 72 between
Lake of the Woods CR 77 and Waskish in Beltrami County. One was on
Shoreline Drive north of Upper Red Lake, and one was along Beltrami CR
40 northeast of Waskish. RING-NECKED PHEASANTS were seen along Beltrami
CR 40.

A GREAT HORNED OWL was seen by Frank and Dave near Baudette in Lake of
the Woods County. Gretchen Mehmel reported that a NORTHERN HAWK OWL is
being consistently seen two miles north of the Faunce-Butterfield Road
along the Roosevelt Road.

In Roseau County, Frank Nicolletti and Dave Alexander found four
NORTHERN HAWK OWLS north of Roseau - three were along MN 310, one on the
Sprague Creek Road. A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen along MN 310, and lots of
Black-backed Woodpecker signs were seen in the bog. Other species seen
in Roseau County included SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RUFFED GROUSE,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, PILEATED WOODPECKER, GRAY JAYS, NORTHERN SHRIKES,
and SNOW BUNTINGS. Beth Siverhus had an AMERICAN ROBIN in their yard in
Warroad on December 13.

Larry Wilebski also reported an AMERICAN ROBIN in Lancaster, Kittson
County , on December 14. Lance Crandall at Lake Bronson State Park
reported that the park feeders are hosting a variety of species
including BLUE JAYS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, and WHITE-BREASTED
NUTHATCHES.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Dave Alexander, Frank Nicoletti, Gretchen
Mehmel, Katie Haws, Kelly Larson, Kenneth Garrahan, Lance Crandall, and
Larry Wilebski for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at [log in to unmask] OR call the Detroit Lakes
Chamber's toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders
please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took
place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, December
25, 2008.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN

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*Detroit Lakes
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-Birds mentioned
<UL>
<LI>Ring-necked Pheasant
<LI>Ruffed Grouse
<LI>Sharp-tailed Grouse
<LI>Rough-legged Hawk
<LI>Great Horned Owl
<LI>Northern Hawk Owl
<LI>Great Gray Owl
<LI>Red-bellied Woodpecker
<LI>Pileated Woodpecker
<LI>Northern Shrike
<LI>Gray Jay
<LI>Blue Jay
<LI>Black-capped Chickadee
<LI>White-breasted Nuthatch
<LI>American Robin
<LI>Dark-eyed Junco
<LI>Snow Bunting
<LI>Purple Finch
<LI>Common Redpoll
<LI>Pine Siskin
<LI>American Goldfinch
</UL>
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<strong>Hotline:</strong> Minnesota, Detroit Lakes<br>
<strong>Date:</strong> December 19, 2008<br>
<strong>Sponsor:</strong> Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce<br>
<strong>Reports:</strong> 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)<br>
<strong>Compiler:</strong> Jeanie Joppru ([log in to unmask])<br>
<P>
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 18, 2008 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.
<P>
There is no doubt, Mother nature has finished teasing us and has brought winter for real now. Cold temperatures in the northwest have followed the blizzard of last weekend, feeders are more active, and birder's are contenting themselves with preparing for the holiday season rather than venturing out in the cold.
<P>
Kenneth Garrahan at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center at Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County reported that lots of <B style="color: #0057ad">COMMON REDPOLLS</B> are visiting the feeders there this week.
<P>
From Clearwater County, Kelly Larson reported 250 <B style="color: #0057ad">SNOW BUNTINGS</B> on the south side of CR 26 between MN 92 and 201st Ave on December 14. At the farm south of Bagley there were many finches including <B style="color: #0057ad">PURPLE FINCH, COMMON</B> <B style="color: #0057ad">REDPOLL, PINE SISKINS,</B> and <B style="color: #0057ad">AMERICAN GOLDFINCH.</B> Other species seen included <B style="color: #0057ad">RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN</B> <B style="color: #0057ad">SHRIKE,</B> and <B style="color: #0057ad">DARK-EYED JUNCO.</B>
<P>
Katie Haws in Beltrami County observed a <B style="color: #0057ad">GREAT GRAY OWL</B> near Hines between Blackduck and Tenstrike on December 11. Frank Nicolletti and Dave Alexander were owling along MN 72 in Beltrami and Lake of the Woods Counties this week between December 16 and December 18. Seven <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWLS</B> were found in this area. Five of them were along MN 72 between Lake of the Woods CR 77 and Waskish in Beltrami County. One was on Shoreline Drive north of Upper Red Lake, and one was along Beltrami CR 40 northeast of Waskish. <B style="color: #0057ad">RING-NECKED PHEASANTS</B> were seen along Beltrami CR 40.
<P>
A <B style="color: #0057ad">GREAT HORNED OWL</B> was seen by Frank and Dave near Baudette in Lake of the Woods County. Gretchen Mehmel reported that a <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWL</B> is being consistently seen two miles north of the Faunce-Butterfield Road along the Roosevelt Road.
<P>
In Roseau County, Frank Nicolletti and Dave Alexander found four <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWLS</B> north of Roseau - three were along MN 310, one on the Sprague Creek Road. A <B style="color: #0057ad">GREAT GRAY OWL</B> was seen along MN 310, and lots of <B style="color: #0057ad">Black-backed Woodpecker</B> signs were seen in the bog. Other species seen in Roseau County included <B style="color: #0057ad">SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RUFFED</B> <B style="color: #0057ad">GROUSE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS,</B> <B style="color: #0057ad">PILEATED WOODPECKER, GRAY</B> <B style="color: #0057ad">JAYS, NORTHERN SHRIKES,</B> and <B style="color: #0057ad">SNOW BUNTINGS.</B> Beth Siverhus had an <B style="color: #0057ad">AMERICAN ROBIN</B> in their yard in Warroad on December 13.
<P>
Larry Wilebski also reported an <B style="color: #0057ad">AMERICAN ROBIN</B> in Lancaster, Kittson County , on December 14. Lance Crandall at Lake Bronson State Park reported that the park feeders are hosting a variety of species including <B style="color: #0057ad">BLUE JAYS, BLACK-CAPPED</B> <B style="color: #0057ad">CHICKADEES,</B> and <B style="color: #0057ad">WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES.</B>
<P>
Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Dave Alexander, Frank Nicoletti, Gretchen Mehmel, Katie Haws, Kelly Larson, Kenneth Garrahan, Lance Crandall, and Larry Wilebski for their reports.
<P>
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at [log in to unmask] OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber's toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, December 25, 2008.
<P>
Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN

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An immature Golden-crowned Sparrow was reported today at the Brad  
Snelling feeder at 21 East College Street in Duluth. Brad first saw it  
on December 14, and it was still present late this afternoon.  
Directions to this location will be posted later this evening (the  
house is a bit difficult to find), and Brad took some excellent  
photos, one of which will be posted later on the MOU website's  
Recently Seen page.  Kim Eckert

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As posted earlier today, an immature Golden-crowned Sparrow showed up  
at Brad Snelling's feeders at 21 East College Street in Duluth on 14  
December, and it was still present today, the 20th. Brad said it was  
perfectly OK for birders to come and look for the sparrow, so here are  
the directions:

 From I-35, take the 21st Ave East exit, follow 21st up the hill until  
it ends and merges with Woodland Ave, turn right on Woodland and go to  
the 2nd stoplight at Clover St, turn right on Clover and go 1 block to  
8th Street, turn right on 8th and go 1 block to E College St, turn  
left and go 1/2 block to Brad's house (a beige stucco house on left  
side of street).

The feeders are on the left side of the house and are visible from the  
street; you can also walk up the alley which passes right next to the  
feeders. Please be careful where you park, since the street is narrow  
with lots of snow making the street narrower still. Because of this,  
park well away from driveways and the alley so residents don't have  
any difficulties getting into and out of their driveways.

Other birds of note seen today on the Duluth CBC include: female- 
plumaged Harlequin Duck at the French River, 11 Long-tailed Ducks at  
Brighton Beach, Thayer's and Glaucous gulls in the Duluth harbor, 3  
Snowy Owls also in the harbor area, Black-backed Woodpecker on Norwood  
St, Boreal Chickadee on the 2700 block of Greysolon Rd, and Varied  
Thrush on Eileen Ave.

Kim Eckert

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Date:         Sat, 20 Dec 2008 22:21:28 -0700
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A Golden-crowned Sparrow was observed on today's Duluth CBC and a Pine
Warbler on the Rochester CBC. Previous observations of these species on the
CBC are listed below.

 

Golden-crowned Sparrow - 2nd observation of this species on the CBC. The
first was in 1989 also in Duluth.

 

Pine Warbler - 3rd observation of this species on the CBC. The first was in
Austin in 1985, the second in Duluth in 2006.

 

 

Carl Greiner 

 

M.O.U CBC Coordinator

1616 Hill St. S.W.

Chatfield, MN. 55923

507-271-8286

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Date:         Sun, 21 Dec 2008 11:36:21 -0700
Reply-To:     Jim Mattsson <[log in to unmask]>
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For those of us considering driving to Duluth between snow storms any reports, positive or negative, of Duluth's GCSP status today (Sunday, 21st) would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks,

Jim Mattsson
Eagan

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Date:         Sun, 21 Dec 2008 21:07:35 -0700
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I heard second-hand that the homeowner saw the bird at 8:00 this
morning and then not for the rest of the day. The bird was not present
at dusk.

Dave Benson
Duluth

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Date:         Mon, 22 Dec 2008 16:16:32 -0700
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A Northern Hawk Owl was seen by one of my CBC contributor's feeder, near =
Hwy
61 and Birch Drive, just west of Grand Marais.  Glad we got it as a =
count
week bird!

Jeremy



Jeremy Ridlbauer
Sundew Technical Services
47=B0 44' 59"   -90=B0 20' 17"
PO Box 1057
117 4th Ave W
Grand Marais, MN  55604 USA
Cell:  218-370-0733
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Date:         Mon, 22 Dec 2008 17:09:25 -0700
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As Dave Benson posted yesterday, the Golden-crowned Sparrow at Brad  
Snelling's feeder in Duluth has not been reported since early Sunday  
morning. I just heard from Brad who said he had been watching for it  
again today with no luck. Unfortunately, then, it has to be assumed  
for now that the bird is no longer present, but Brad promised to post  
it on mou-net if it should reappear.

Again, the sparrow first appeared after the snowstorm of December 14,  
and Brad was unsure that it was a Golden-crowned. He tried to report  
it via e-mail to 2 birders he knew for confirmation of its ID, but  
there was no response. (I'm guessing in one case he had the wrong e- 
mail address, and the other birder has been away from home.) So, the  
first anyone else heard of it was late morning of December 20, when he  
called me to report his still-unidentified sparrow was still at his  
feeder. He was aware that the Duluth CBC was on the 20th, and, since  
he suspected it might be a Golden-crowned, he wanted to make sure we  
knew about it so it could be included on the CBC. I then gave him my e- 
mail address so he could send a photo and get a positive ID, and I  
called a few Duluth birders to let them know of this unidentified  
sparrow. Its identity was not confirmed until after I got home after  
3:00 pm and saw Brad's photo, which has since been posted on the MOU  
website's Recently Seen page (http://moumn.org/cgi-bin/recent.pl).

I'm adding this information in case birders were wondering why there  
was a delay in reporting this sighting.  Kim Eckert

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Date:         Mon, 22 Dec 2008 23:20:48 -0700
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Jill Wood reported a Snowy Owl on 12/11 along the Hwy 55 near the golf =
course (CR-85).  I do not know of anyone refinding it.

On Saturday we did a snowy Bloomington CBC.  Best birds included: Black =
Duck with about 300 Mallards in a very small pond at Coldwater Spring =
(Ft. Snelling), 2 Red-breasted Nuthatches (at feeder by Acacia =
Cemetery), Cooper's Hawk, and 190 Cedar Waxwings (at 3 locations =
including 130 at hotel NE of I-494 and Pilot Knob.  Flock is there =
consistanly).

Today (Monday):
I was watching a Blue Jay flying over frozen Quiggley Lake, when I =
realized something was amiss.  It was moving too fast with much slower =
wing beats than a Blue Jay.  It could only be a Shrike.

Driving for close to an hour on Hwy 212 between Norwood/Young America =
and Eden Prairie, I was struck by how devoid of bird the landscape =
appeared.  The only birds were a few pigeons, a couple of flying Turkeys =
(always cool), a crow, and one Red-tailed Hawk.

Steve Weston on Quiggley Lake in Eagan, MN
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The St. Croix River at Point Douglas Park (MN, along US Hwy 10) was almost =
completely frozen when I visited early Monday afternoon.=A0 Likewise, there=
 were only a few small areas of open water underneath the railroad bridge.=
=A0 However, all the birds previously reported from this area were still pr=
esent in the wide open water viewable from the marina in Prescott, WI (view=
ed along Front St. a couple hundred yards south of the railroad tracks).
=A0
Harlequin Duck (male)=A0- in with a group of Goldeneyes on the far (west) s=
ide of the open water.=A0 Difficult to view given the thick steam rising ov=
er the water.=A0 The bird was likely in Minnesota waters.
=A0
The below gulls were all viewed close in to the WI shoreline, but=A0all fle=
w=A0over into MN airspace when a Bald Eagle approached:
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Great Black-backed Gull (1) - 1st cycle=20
Lesser Black-backed Gull (1) -1st cycle=20
Glaucous Gull (1) - 1st cycle=20
Thayer's Gull (at least 2) - Adult
Herring - several
=A0
Not found by me, an Iceland Gull was also seen in this area by other birder=
s.
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Scott Loss
St. Paul
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Date:         Tue, 23 Dec 2008 08:40:57 -0700
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Hello=2C=20
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I would like to provide some more detail on the golden-crowned sparrow whic=
h came to my backyard this past week in Duluth.=20
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I first saw a sparrow (probably THE sparrow=2C but I am not certain) in a s=
nowstorm on Sunday=2C December 14. I only had a brief and obstructed view o=
f the bird at the time: I was able to make out its bi-colored beak and clea=
r breast=2C and thought that it could be an overwintering am. tree sparrow.=
 I was not at home during daylight hours during the week so I did not see t=
he bird again until mid-morning on Saturday=2C December 20. It was=2C at th=
is time=2C that I finally had a good look at the bird and realized that it =
might be something out of the ordinary. I photographed the sparrow that mor=
ning=2C and sent an image to two individuals who post to this list=2C askin=
g if I might indeed have a golden-crowned sparrow. Shortly afterwards=2C I =
called Kim Eckert for his advice.  As you might have read in his earlier po=
st=2C Kim contacted several members of your group=2C the sighting was confi=
rmed later in the day by two of them=2C and Kim was kind enough to post the=
 details to this list that evening.
=20
The bird spent much of Saturday eating safflower from a feeder on our back =
porch although it occasionally spent time on the ground below a feeder (sun=
flower) in the middle of the yard. I saw the bird again briefly on Sunday m=
orning (Dec. 21) between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. when it made several attempts t=
o eat from the porch feeder.  Unfortunately=2C winds were very strong durin=
g the morning=2C and the bird appeared to be swept away any time that it tr=
ied to take seed from the tray of the feeder.
=20
I am continuing to keep an eye out=2C and will be sure to post again if the=
 bird returns. I enjoyed meeting several of you over the weekend=2C and am =
sorry that so few had the opportunity of seeing this great bird.
=20
Best wishes=2C
Brad Snelling
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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Duluth/North Shore
*December 23, 2008
*MNDU0812.23

-Birds mentioned
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Red-necked Grebe
Cooper's Hawk
Peregrine Falcon
Thayer's Gull
Glaucous Gull
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Boreal Chickadee
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Evening Grosbeak
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Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: December 23, 2008
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A total of 57 species was found by about 50 participants on the Duluth
Christmas Bird Count on the 20th. A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was seen on
count day at 21 East College Street, although it has not been seen since
early on the 21st. Other species of interest included a female-plumaged
HARLEQUIN DUCK at the mouth of the French River, 11 LONG-TAILED DUCKS at
Brighton Beach, COOPER'S HAWK, two PEREGRINE FALCONS, THAYER’S GULL,
GLAUCOUS GULL, and three SNOWY OWLS in the Duluth harbor, a BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKER along Norwood Street, a BOREAL CHICKADEE on the 2700 block of
Greysolon Road, and a VARIED THRUSH at Charlotte Street and Eileen
Avenue near the UMD campus. Record-high numbers of AMERICAN ROBINS,
CEDAR WAXWINGS, and COMMON REDPOLLS were also seen on count day.

The Two Harbors CBC on the 21st turned up 39 species including two
RED-NECKED GREBES near Knife River and THAYER'S GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL
at Two Harbors. Howard Weinberg has had an AMERICAN THREE-TOED
WOODPECKER and BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS in recent weeks at his home 487
Valley Road (CR 11), about three miles west of Two Harbors.

Participants on the Sax-Zim CBC found a record-high 35 species on the
22nd. Four GREAT GRAY OWLS were seen at one time along the Sax Road (CR
28), 0.2 mile east of Stickney Road (CR 207). One was seen along the
Nichols Lake Road (CR 232), 1.6 miles east of CR 7, and another was
along the McDavitt Road (CR 213), 4.2 miles north of the Sax Road. Three
NORTHERN HAWK OWLS were seen along the Sax Road between CR 7 and the
Stickney Road, and another was seen along the McDavitt Road about 3
miles north of the Sax Road.

Nine SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were found at CR 7 and Sax Road, and another
was seen at Correction Line Road and CR 29. An AMERICAN THREE-TOED
WOODPECKER, a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and a BOREAL CHICKADEE were seen
along the McDavitt Road, 3.5 miles south of the Zim Road. Two BOREAL
CHICKADEES and a HOARY REDPOLLS were seen at the “deer-rib feeding
station” along the Admiral Road (CR 788) north of the Sax Road. Two
other HOARY REDPOLLS were seen with flocks of COMMON REDPOLLS along
McDavitt Road and along the Poplar Road away from feeders. EVENING
GROSBEAKS were seen at the Morse feeding station along the Blue Spruce
Road (CR 211), one mile north of CR 133, at the Abramson's feeding
station on the Little White Face River Road north of CR 133, and at the
intersection of the Dart Road and North Dart Road.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, January
1st.

The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858.
Information about bird sightings may be left following the recorded
message.

The Duluth Birding Report is sponsored and funded by the Minnesota
Ornithologists' Union (MOU) as a service to its members. For more
information on the MOU, either write us c/o the Bell Museum, e-mail us
at [log in to unmask], or visit the MOU web site at moumn.org.

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*Duluth/North Shore
*December 23, 2008
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-Birds mentioned
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<LI>Harlequin Duck
<LI>Long-tailed Duck
<LI>Sharp-tailed Grouse
<LI>Red-necked Grebe
<LI>Cooper's Hawk
<LI>Peregrine Falcon
<LI>Thayer's Gull
<LI>Glaucous Gull
<LI>Snowy Owl
<LI>Northern Hawk Owl
<LI>Great Gray Owl
<LI>American Three-toed Woodpecker
<LI>Black-backed Woodpecker
<LI>Boreal Chickadee
<LI>American Robin
<LI>Varied Thrush
<LI>Cedar Waxwing
<LI>Golden-crowned Sparrow
<LI>Common Redpoll
<LI>Hoary Redpoll
<LI>Evening Grosbeak
</UL>
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<strong>Hotline:</strong> Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore<br>
<strong>Date:</strong> December 23, 2008<br>
<strong>Sponsor:</strong> Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)<br>
<strong>Reports:</strong> (218) 834-2858<br>
<strong>Compiler:</strong> Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])<br>
<P>
This is the Duluth Birding Report for Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
<P>
A total of 57 species was found by about 50 participants on the Duluth Christmas Bird Count on the 20th. A <B style="color: #ad1a07">GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW</B> was seen on count day at 21 East College Street, although it has not been seen since early on the 21st. Other species of interest included a female-plumaged <B style="color: #0057ad">HARLEQUIN DUCK</B> at the mouth of the French River, 11 <B style="color: #0057ad">LONG-TAILED DUCKS</B> at Brighton Beach, <B style="color: #0057ad">COOPER'S HAWK,</B> two <B style="color: #0057ad">PEREGRINE FALCONS,</B> THAYER’S <B style="color: #0057ad">GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL,</B> and three <B style="color: #0057ad">SNOWY OWLS</B> in the Duluth harbor, a <B style="color: #0057ad">BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER</B> along Norwood Street, a <B style="color: #0057ad">BOREAL CHICKADEE</B> on the 2700 block of Greysolon Road, and a <B style="color: #0057ad">VARIED THRUSH</B> at Charlotte Street and Eileen Avenue near the <B style="color: #0057ad">UMD</B> campus. Record-high numbers of <B style="color: #0057ad">AMERICAN ROBINS, CEDAR</B> <B style="color: #0057ad">WAXWINGS,</B> and <B style="color: #0057ad">COMMON REDPOLLS</B> were also seen on count day.
<P>
The Two Harbors CBC on the 21st turned up 39 species including two <B style="color: #0057ad">RED-NECKED GREBES</B> near Knife River and <B style="color: #0057ad">THAYER'S GULL</B> and <B style="color: #0057ad">GLAUCOUS GULL</B> at Two Harbors. Howard Weinberg has had an <B style="color: #0057ad">AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER</B> and <B style="color: #0057ad">BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS</B> in recent weeks at his home 487 Valley Road (CR 11), about three miles west of Two Harbors.
<P>
Participants on the Sax-Zim CBC found a record-high 35 species on the 22nd. Four <B style="color: #0057ad">GREAT GRAY OWLS</B> were seen at one time along the Sax Road (CR 28), 0.2 mile east of Stickney Road (CR 207). One was seen along the Nichols Lake Road (CR 232), 1.6 miles east of CR 7, and another was along the McDavitt Road (CR 213), 4.2 miles north of the Sax Road. Three <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWLS</B> were seen along the Sax Road between CR 7 and the Stickney Road, and another was seen along the McDavitt Road about 3 miles north of the Sax Road.

Nine <B style="color: #0057ad">SHARP-TAILED GROUSE</B> were found at CR 7 and Sax Road, and another was seen at Correction Line Road and CR 29. An <B style="color: #0057ad">AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER,</B> a <B style="color: #0057ad">BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER</B> and a <B style="color: #0057ad">BOREAL CHICKADEE</B> were seen along the McDavitt Road, 3.5 miles south of the Zim Road. Two <B style="color: #0057ad">BOREAL CHICKADEES</B> and a <B style="color: #0057ad">HOARY REDPOLLS</B> were seen at the “deer-rib feeding station” along the Admiral Road (CR 788) north of the Sax Road. Two other <B style="color: #0057ad">HOARY REDPOLLS</B> were seen with flocks of <B style="color: #0057ad">COMMON REDPOLLS</B> along McDavitt Road and along the Poplar Road away from feeders. <B style="color: #0057ad">EVENING GROSBEAKS</B> were seen at the Morse feeding station along the Blue Spruce Road (CR 211), one mile north of CR 133, at the Abramson's feeding station on the Little White Face River Road north of CR 133, and at the intersection of the Dart Road and North Dart Road.
<P>
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, January 1st.
<P>
The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858. Information about bird sightings may be left following the recorded message.
<P>
The Duluth Birding Report is sponsored and funded by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) as a service to its members. For more information on the MOU, either write us c/o the Bell Museum, e-mail us at [log in to unmask], or visit the MOU web site at moumn.org.

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Spotted the Snowy Owl at 3:40 today. On top of the first light post on =
the right, after the first tunnel. Picture available on request.....


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Date:         Tue, 23 Dec 2008 21:36:02 -0700
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Yesterday (Monday), I learned of a Long-eared Owl in Lauderdale.  It was =
on private property with no public access.  Marcie O'Connor got a couple =
of good photos, and posted them on her blog at =
http://aprairiehaven.com/uploads/img494ff14ea6335.jpg and =
http://aprairiehaven.com/uploads/img494ff1396ce78.jpg.

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Date:         Wed, 24 Dec 2008 08:50:50 -0700
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Townsend's Solitaire still present (now two months) at Ann Lake/Sand Dunes, 
one mile east of Sherburne CR 5.  Area otherwise quiet (fly over redpolls).

Blessed Christmas to all!

Al Schirmacher
Princeton, MN
Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties
(John 3:30) 

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The Eurasian Collared-Doves (2 -3), which have been present on private
property for the last three months, have moved to a more conventional
venue -- grain elevators.  Currently, including today, they have been
splitting their time feeding on spilled grain at the two Vermillion
Township grain elevators.  One is on the south side of 190th Street
between Fischer Avenue and Goodwin Avenue; second is on the northeast
corner of Goodwin Avenue and 190th Street.  You can access 190th off
Highway 52 -- head east three miles.

Mark

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Found at about 1:00 p.m. near the Hartley Nature Center. It perched from se=
veral trees near the visitors' center before flying in the direction of the=
 reservoir. There was also a small flock of White-winged crossbills which c=
ould be seen/heard near the parking area by the center.
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Brad Snelling
Duluth
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Date:         Fri, 26 Dec 2008 07:03:50 -0700
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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Detroit Lakes
*December 26, 2008
*MNDL0812.26

-Birds mentioned
Trumpeter Swan
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Short-eared Owl
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Robin
Snow Bunting
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin
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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: December 26, 2008
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru ([log in to unmask])

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, December 26,
2008 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You
may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

Christmas has come and gone, but what a wonderful white Christmas it was
in the northwest! Snow lay deep and fluffy everywhere, bringing birds to
the feeders.

Beth Siverhus reported a NORTHERN HAWK OWL seen on a power pole in Salol
in Roseau County on December 23.

Pat Rice reported a GREAT GRAY OWL found by Dale Yerger during a CBC in
Beltrami County, but outside the count circle! The bird was seen along
CR 118.

From Marshall County last week, Arlyne Johnson reported 15 SHARP-TAILE
GROUSE, and 200 SNOW BUNTINGS along CR 6, and PINE SISKINS at the
feeder. Gary Tischer at Agassiz NWR observed SHORT-EARED OWLS in all
areas of the refuge on December 17. At the refuge feeder there were
COMMON REDPOLLS, and numbers of SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen along CR 7
west of the Airport Road.

Shelley Steva saw 150 SNOW BUNTINGS two miles south of Brooks on
December 21, and 50 south of Oklee on December 19.

Brad and Dee Ehlers, reporting from Otter Tail County mentioned that it
is easy to see wintering TRUMPETER SWANS in downtown Fergus Falls. One
of the best viewing spots can be reached by going east on Lincoln Ave
across the tracks from Pamida, take a right at the first stop sign, next
right to the river and follow left. Birds at their feeder included
NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN ROBIN, and three PILEATED WOODPECKERS on
December 22.

Thanks to Arlyne Johnson, Beth Siverhus, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Gary
Tischer, Pat Rice, and Shelley Steva for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at [log in to unmask] OR call the Detroit Lakes
Chamber's toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders
please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took
place. The next scheduled update of this report is Sunday,January 4,
2009.


Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN



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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Detroit Lakes
*December 26, 2008
*MNDL0812.26

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-Birds mentioned
<UL>
<LI>Trumpeter Swan
<LI>Sharp-tailed Grouse
<LI>Northern Hawk Owl
<LI>Great Gray Owl
<LI>Short-eared Owl
<LI>Northern Flicker
<LI>Pileated Woodpecker
<LI>American Robin
<LI>Snow Bunting
<LI>Common Redpoll
<LI>Pine Siskin
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<strong>Hotline:</strong> Minnesota, Detroit Lakes<br>
<strong>Date:</strong> December 26, 2008<br>
<strong>Sponsor:</strong> Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce<br>
<strong>Reports:</strong> 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)<br>
<strong>Compiler:</strong> Jeanie Joppru ([log in to unmask])<br>
<P>
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, December 26, 2008 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.
<P>
Christmas has come and gone, but what a wonderful white Christmas it was in the northwest! Snow lay deep and fluffy everywhere, bringing birds to the feeders.
<P>
Beth Siverhus reported a <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN HAWK OWL</B> seen on a power pole in Salol in Roseau County on December 23.
<P>
Pat Rice reported a <B style="color: #0057ad">GREAT GRAY OWL</B> found by Dale Yerger during a CBC in Beltrami County, but outside the count circle! The bird was seen along CR 118.
<P>
From Marshall County last week, Arlyne Johnson reported 15 <B style="color: #0057ad">SHARP-TAILE GROUSE,</B> and 200 <B style="color: #0057ad">SNOW BUNTINGS</B> along CR 6, and <B style="color: #0057ad">PINE SISKINS</B> at the feeder. Gary Tischer at Agassiz NWR observed <B style="color: #0057ad">SHORT-EARED OWLS</B> in all areas of the refuge on December 17. At the refuge feeder there were <B style="color: #0057ad">COMMON REDPOLLS,</B> and numbers of <B style="color: #0057ad">SHARP-TAILED GROUSE</B> were seen along CR 7 west of the Airport Road.
<P>
Shelley Steva saw 150 <B style="color: #0057ad">SNOW BUNTINGS</B> two miles south of Brooks on December 21, and 50 south of Oklee on December 19.
<P>
Brad and Dee Ehlers, reporting from Otter Tail County mentioned that it is easy to see wintering <B style="color: #0057ad">TRUMPETER SWANS</B> in downtown Fergus Falls. One of the best viewing spots can be reached by going east on Lincoln Ave across the tracks from Pamida, take a right at the first stop sign, next right to the river and follow left. Birds at their feeder included <B style="color: #0057ad">NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN</B> <B style="color: #0057ad">ROBIN,</B> and three <B style="color: #0057ad">PILEATED WOODPECKERS</B> on December 22.
<P>
Thanks to Arlyne Johnson, Beth Siverhus, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Gary Tischer, Pat Rice, and Shelley Steva for their reports.
<P>
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at [log in to unmask] OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber's toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Sunday,January 4, 2009.
<P>
<P>
Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN

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Date:         Fri, 26 Dec 2008 11:57:36 -0700
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Subject:      [mou-net] Barrow's Goldeneye, Duluth
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Mike Hendrickson just called to report a male Barrow's Goldeneye near  
21st Ave East, Duluth. The bird was in a small patch of open water  
with a flock of Common Goldeneyes. To reach this area, take the 21st  
Ave East exit off I-35 and turn right at the stop sign. Follow the  
road as it curves around to another stop sign and turn right again.  
The goldeneyes were described as being just west of the Beacon Point  
condominiums. Based on plumage characteristics, Mike thought that this  
was the same adult male first found at Park Point in early November.
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Duluth, MN

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Date:         Sat, 27 Dec 2008 06:05:00 -0700
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Subject:      [mou-net] Northern Hawk Owl, Stickney Rd, Sax.
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Several folks saw a Northern Hawk Owl this afternoon, 12/26, in Sax- 
Zim.  It was last seen .22 miles south of the intersection of Stickney  
and Sax Rd (CR28).  After arriving at Sax  on CR 7, drive west 2.8  
miles on Sax Rd (CR 28) to Stickney Rd, then south .22 miles.  It was  
in the very top of the large spruce tree behind the Blue house with  
the very elaborate no trespassing sign on the garage.

Mike, this marker's for you!

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David Bergum				<[log in to unmask]>
1282 Wander Rd
POBox 696
Ely, MN  55731			612-723-7135 cell





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Date:         Sat, 27 Dec 2008 09:37:02 -0700
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Birders should be aware that the resident at this location has had  
serious verbal confrontations in the past with those who have been  
birding near his house along Stickney Rd (which is a public county  
road). Therefore, birders looking for this N Hawk Owl should only do  
so with discretion and from a distance. My advice is to first look for  
the other hawk owls which have been in the Sax-Zim Bog before trying  
for this one.  Kim Eckert


On Dec 27, 2008, at 7:04 AM, David Bergum wrote:

> Several folks saw a Northern Hawk Owl this afternoon, 12/26, in Sax- 
> Zim.  It was last seen .22 miles south of the intersection of  
> Stickney and Sax Rd (CR28).  After arriving at Sax  on CR 7, drive  
> west 2.8 miles on Sax Rd (CR 28) to Stickney Rd, then south .22  
> miles.  It was in the very top of the large spruce tree behind the  
> Blue house with the very elaborate no trespassing sign on the garage.
>
> Mike, this marker's for you!
>
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> David Bergum				<[log in to unmask]>
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> POBox 696
> Ely, MN  55731			612-723-7135 cell
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Date:         Sun, 28 Dec 2008 19:09:22 -0700
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Subject:      [mou-net] Varied Thrush, Wabasha Co. - Golden Eagle, Goodhue Co.
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Hi everyone!
  Gene Bauer and I took part in the Red Wing CBC today and found a Varied T=
hrush this morning=2C around 11 o'clock along Wabasha C.R. 5. (Not to be co=
nfused with Goodhue C.R. 5=2C of which we'll get to in a minute...). To get=
 there=2C take CR 63 south out of Lake City and look for CR 5 to the right.=
 Take this road until the pavement turns to gravel=2C the bird was 1/10th o=
f a mile past this point. (We also had Eastern Bluebirds on this road but a=
 couple miles further east). After meeting in Frontenac at noon=2C several =
birders went looking for the thrush with no success from what I heard. I ho=
pe further attempts turn it up somewhere!
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  In the afternoon=2C this time on Goodhue C.R. 5=2C which is also west (bu=
t further north than the other CR 5...are you confused yet?) of Lake City=
=2C Gene and I found a Golden Eagle. This was where CR 5 and 343rd Ave. int=
ersects. We observed the bird hunting=2C and later being harassed by a Red-=
tailed Hawk around 2:30 pm. I believe this bird was between a juvenile and =
a second year bird. There wasn't much white coloration under the wings as a=
 typical juvenile has=2C but there was more white in the tail above the ter=
minal band than a 2nd year bird has=2C according to Sibley. The golden colo=
r in the nape of the neck was very striking in the sunshine!
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  I look forward to seeing the final numbers from the count! It sounds like=
 lots of good stuff was found today!
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Good birding!
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Dave Bartkey
Faribault=2C MN
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Date:         Sun, 28 Dec 2008 19:39:00 -0700
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Subject:      [mou-net] Townsend's Solitaire  Lake Rebecca PR
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Hi,

I found a Townsend's Solitaire today while out hiking at Lake Rebecca =
Park Reserve near Delano.  This was the same area that I found a =
Solitaire twice last year.  The location is directly east of Rattail =
Lake, south of the hiking trail and west of 92.  Follow the deer =
trail/foot path that leads south off the hiking trail. Check this link =
for a map:
http://www.threeriversparkdistrict.org/parks/maps/Lake_Rebecca_summer.pdf=
   There is a lot of evergreens there and a couple of crab apple trees, =
fairly close to the east side of the lake.  Red-breasted nuthatches, =
pine siskins and purple finches were also seen in the area.  I also saw =
a Northern shrike along the east side of Lake Rebecca Road.

At home, we still have a fair amount of pine siskins at the feeders and =
a Northern Flicker visiting regularly.

Robin LaFortune

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Date:         Tue, 30 Dec 2008 11:59:24 -0700
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Subject:      [mou-net] Snowy Owl, Black-billed magpie in Pine County CBC
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Date:         Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:23:22 -0700
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Subject:      [mou-net] Harlequin duck
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I just posted a few of the pictures that I took yesterday of the harl=

=0A=0AI just posted a few of the pictures that I took yesterday of the harl=
equin duck that has been hanging out at Prescott, WI. The bird was hanging =
out near the railroad bridge on the Minnesota side of the river, so I=A0was=
 not able to=A0get as close as I would have liked but the light was not bad=
 and there was no steam coming off of the water so they came out better the=
n most of the others that I got last year.=0A=0AThanks,=0AJeff Fischer=0Aht=
tp://ecobirder.blogspot.com/=0A=0A=0A      

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Date:         Tue, 30 Dec 2008 13:38:50 -0700
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Subject:      Re: [mou-net] Snowy Owl, Black-billed magpie in Pine County CBC
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What a fun count this was.

Also missing was the Waxwings.
We found various High Bush Cranberrys still with 100% of fruit.

This circle contiunes to be a unique place that much is hard to get =
into. Both north and south birds and never a duck.

Good birders needed for next year....

Rich Peet

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Mark
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Subject: [mou-net] Snowy Owl, Black-billed magpie in Pine County CBC


Here are the counts for the CBC for Pine County held Dec 29th, 2008.
Highlights are:
*	Snowy Owl at a private residence east of Duquette
*	Black-billed Magpie seen for count week at private residence east of =
Kerrick
*	More Common Redpolls than we have ever seen!
*	No Pine Grosbeaks
*	Boreal Chickadee, White-winged Crossbills and Gray Jay along Net Lake =
Road east of Nickerson
*	New count bird  American Robin!

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Date:         Tue, 30 Dec 2008 16:04:41 -0700
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Subject:      [mou-net] Varied Thrush in Duluth..
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At approx. 02:00 this afternoon, while dropping off a relative in the  
Lincoln Park district of Duluth, I observed a male varied thrush.   Initially, my 
eye was drawn to the bird as it landed in the upper branches of a  nearby maple 
tree.  At first I presumed it to be a robin, but on closer  inspection was 
thrilled to discover that it was a varied thrush.  The bird  only stayed in the 
tree for a few seconds before it flew off into a large  conifer tree where I 
lost track of it.  I began to drive around the block  to see if I could discover 
a food source as there were few if any bird feeding  stations around.  There 
were two crabapple trees in the front yard of a  house (2215 West 4th Street), 
and in the apple tree with the larger apples was  the varied thrush.  He was 
not terribly fond of having his picture taken,  but I managed to get an id 
image that I posted in the Showcase section of  MOU.  I don't believe that anyone 
has reported this thrush as of yet.   There was also a female robin and some 
starlings feeding on the same tree.   On more than one occasion, I observed 
the thrush fly under the front stairs of  the house with an apple in it's mouth, 
apparently utilizing the stairs as  shelter.  The home owner exhibited 
awareness of the thrush and said that he  had already taken a picture of "that cool 
looking bird."  (He was  very nice given my unannounced interest in his front 
yard).  This is  only the second varied thrush that I have observed, but this 
one provided the  best looks by far.  What a GORGEOUS bird!
Happy Birding.
Shawn Zierman.
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Date:         Tue, 30 Dec 2008 19:27:00 -0700
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Subject:      [mou-net] yellow-billed loon in SD
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A Yellow-billed Loon is being seen just below the Fort Randall dam in South Dakota.

Jim Williams
Wayzata

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Date:         Wed, 31 Dec 2008 03:43:07 -0700
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Subject:      [mou-net] Sax-Zim: Likely new northern hawk owl
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My companion and I saw a northern hawk owl near sunset yesterday at the int=
ersection of Hwy. 7 and St. Louis Cty. Rd 310. That's well north of what's =
typically considered the Sax-Zim Bog, and we hadn't seen any previous repor=
ts of NHOs in the general vicinity.

Steve Foss
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otography
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