*Minnesota Statewide
*December 4, 2009

-Birds mentioned
Harlequin Duck
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Slaty-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Gray Owl
Carolina Wren
Townsend's Solitaire

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: December 4, 2009
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 3rd 2009.

A near adult SLATY-BACKED GULL has been in Canal Park in Duluth for the
past few days. Several other rare gull species are also present,

A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was at Liberty Beach on Lake Mille Lacs on
November 28th. This location is at the junction of state highway 47 and
Mille Lacs County Road 28.

In Lake County, a GREAT GRAY OWL was seen on December 2nd along the
Stony River Forest Road, about three miles north of Forest Highway 11.

On November 30th, an IBIS was discovered in Blue Earth County at the
Roberts WPA between Good Thunder and Mapleton and it was still present
on the 1st, making the first December record of any ibis in Minnesota.
From highway 30 go north on county road 18 and in less than a mile you
will reach the WPA on the north side of the road. Take a right onto
county road 166 and go less than a quarter mile. The bird was foraging
here on both sides of the road. Another IBIS was in Clay County on
November 27th just south of the town of Hawley.

A CAROLINA WREN is visiting the feeders of Cal and Delores Paulson near
Mankato in Blue Earth County. Take state highway 22 south from Mankato
to county road 15. Go east to Rose Lane. The Paulson house is located on
the left corner where the road takes a right to a turnaround.

And two TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRES were still at the Ann Lake campground in
Sherburne NWR on the 30th.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday, December 10th 2009.