-RBA
*Minnesota
*Minnesota Statewide
*December 17, 2010
*MNST1012.17

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: December 17, 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 December 16th, 2010.

On the 14th, I had a report of a possible ACORN WOODPECKER in Eden Prairie, Hennepin County, but despite extensive searches, the bird has not been seen since. Nevertheless, directions are to take Flying Cloud Drive west from its junction with Pioneer Trail for three miles. Turn north on Dell Road and drive three-quarters of a mile to where Dell Road splits off to the east from Stable Path. Staying on Dell Road, drive 300 yards farther to Geisler Road. Turn right on Geisler Road and drive another 300 yards to the left turn at Laforet Drive. Turning onto Laforet Drive, after 500 feet, look for the short turn off to the right. Park and walk the paths in these woods to the east and southeast.

On December 8th, Beth Siverhus saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL in Roseau County along state highway 11 just east of Salol. Seven more were found by David Alexander over the weekend along state highway 72 between Kelliher in Beltrami County and Baudette in Lake of the Woods County. A SNOWY OWL was banded on Wheeler's Point Road on the west side of Baudette about a quarter of a mile north of state highway 11.

On the 15th, Scott Loss found an ICELAND GULL the Mississippi River in South St. Paul south of the I-494 bridge.

The next scheduled update of this tape is December 23rd, 2010.