*Minnesota Statewide
*January 13, 2011

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: January 13, 2011
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 January 13th, 2011.

On January 9th, Kim Eckert reported two SPRUCE GROUSE along state highway 1 just southeast of the Spruce Road in Lake County. This is near mile marker 297.

A SNOWY OWL has apparently been in Rice County since before Christmas. It's being seen west of the intersection of state highway 19 and Dakota County Road 59. Another was reported on January 8th in Freeborn County, along Highway 46 near the town of Hayward.

On the 12th, GREAT GRAY OWLS were seen in the Sax-Zim Bog area of St. Louis County, one was along county road 7 a mile and a half north of county road 133, and two were along McDavitt Road about four north of Sax Road.

.A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was still in the Bog on the 5th along McDavitt Road two miles north of Sax Road.

An AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was found on the 8th in the Sax-Zim Bog along McDavitt Road, two and a half miles north of Sax Road.

On January 10th, Dave Johnson found a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE in Duluth. It was feeding on crabapples in front of the St Louis County Courthouse at 1st Street and 5th Ave West.

And finally, overwintering HERMIT THRUSHES were reported from St. Paul, Ramsey County on the 5th and from Granite Falls, Yellow Medicine County on the 10th. The St. Paul bird was found by Dave Zumeta as it was feeding on berries on the east side of the Affinity Plus Credit Union building on Sherburne Avenue. By January 10th, the bird had moved about a block to the northwest quadrant of the state capital building near the parking lot.

The next scheduled update of this tape is January 20th, 2011.