-RBA *Minnesota *Minnesota Statewide *March 19, 2010 *MNST1003.19-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: March 19, 2010
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, March 18th, 2010.
As is the previous few weeks no unusual species have been called in. Spring migrants, however, continue to be reported daily.
Flocks of both TUNDRA SWAN and TRUMPETER SWAN have been moving northward across the southern half of Minnesota.
Good numbers of both CANADA GEESE and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE have been reported as well along with a few SNOW GEESE, CACKLING GEESE and ROSS'S GEESE. GREAT BLUE HERONS are already on nests at a few southeastern rookeries.
A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was reported on the 18th from Fillmore County, two days earlier than its median arrival date. Very early was the BROAD-WINGED HAWK seen at the Lowry Nature Center in Carver County on the 14th.
Other arrivals have been DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, TURKEY VULTURE, KILLDEER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, NORTHERN HARRIER, BELTED KINGFISHER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, SONG SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE.
The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday, March 25th, 2010.