-RBA *Minnesota *Minnesota Statewide *May 6, 2010 *MNST1005.06-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: May 6, 2010
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://moumn.org
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Compiler: Anthony Hertzel ([log in to unmask])
This is the Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 6th, 2010.
On April 30th, Andrew Beerman reported that two male EURASIAN TREE SPARROWS were seen briefly near Oslo in Olmsted County. Though the birds have not returned, directions from town are to go south on state highway 30 for seven miles to the farm on right side of the road at fire call 29611.
On May 2nd, Phil Chu found a LAUGHING GULL in Stearns County, but the bird has apparently left the area and has not been seen since. The gull had been on the northwest side of Lake Koronis near Paynesville and was seen from Stearns County Road 181 about half a mile north of its intersection with Crest Ridge Road.
Andrew Nyhus photographed a WHITE-EYED VIREO on the 2nd in Winona County. It was in the city of Winona along Prairie Island Road at its junction with the McNally Landing access road. This is about two miles northwest of Riverview Drive. Another WHITE-EYED VIREO was found by Nels Thompson on the 5th in Steele County, a mile and a half east of the town of Hope, but I have nothing more specific.
At Big Stone NWR in Lac qui Parle County, Al Schirmacher reported two WHITE-FACED IBIS on May 1st near the corner of 390th and 155th, a mile or so south of the headquarters building. On the same day, Bob Dunlap found two more ibis at a WMA one mile north of the town of Nicollet, Nicollet County, on the east side of highway 111.
On May 3rd, Nancy Jackson reported a PIPING PLOVER at Twin Lakes in northern St. Louis County. Peder Svingen found two in Duluth on the 2nd, just south of the Sky Harbor Airport on Park Point, and an AMERICAN AVOCET at nearby Interstate Island.
Cindy Krienke found a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD on the 2nd about two miles west of Elysian on Le Sueur County Road 11 near fire call 1972. Another was found by Linda Whyte at the substation in the town of Empire, Dakota County, also on the 2nd.
As many as 327 WILLETS were found by Conny Brunell at Lake Byllesby, Dakota County, on April 30th along with a dozen AMERICAN AVOCETS, a few HUDSONIAN GODWITS, and a WHITE-FACED IBIS. Other migrants reported in the past week were SWAINSON'S HAWK, COMMON MOORHEN, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, COMMON TERN, LEAST FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, CLIFF SWALLOW, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.
The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday, May 13th, 2010.