-RBA *Minnesota *Minnesota Statewide *March 11, 2011 *MNST1103.11-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: March 11, 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 March 10, 2011.
On March 5th, the BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was still along the Mississippi River in Monticello, Wright County. Milton Blomberg found it just downriver from the Trumpeter Swan Park.
Five LONG-TAILED DUCKS were still at Agate Bay in Two Harbors, Lake County, on the 5th, and Tim Lamey reported three WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS on the 8th at the mouth of the Lester River in Duluth.
A SPRUCE GROUSE was found by Norma Malinowski on the 10th near the Kawishiwi Pines SNA southeast of Ely, St. Louis County. Numerous GRAY PARTRIDGE have been reported in the past week. One covey was in Brown County on the 7th, along US Highway 14 between Sleepy Eye and New Ulm. They've also been reported in Dakota County at the Randolph Industrial Park, which is just north of the town of Randolph along 284th Street off Minnesota State Highway 56.
A VARIED THRUSH was still in Ely on the 5th, along Main Street across from the Pillow Rock historical marker.
A few SANDHILL CRANES were heard flying over the Whitewater Refuge in Winona County on the 3rd. Other spring migrants seen or heard recently include HOODED MERGANSER, NORTHERN HARRIER, MERLIN, RING-BILLED GULL, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, and SONG SPARROW.
The next scheduled update of this tape is March 17th, 2011.