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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Minnesota Statewide
*March 18, 2011
*MNST1103.18

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: March 18, 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 17th, 2011.

On the 11th, Bill Unzen reported a CLARK'S NUTCRACKER which he had seen briefly in northeastern Lac qui Parle County in a spruce stand on the south side of 330th Street. This is about a quarter of a mile east of state highway 119. Despite several searches over the next few days, no one has seen the bird since.

Bruce Monson reported twenty LONG-TAILED DUCKS were still at Agate Bay in Two Harbors, Lake County on the 17th.

On the 16th, Kim Eckert reported that there was still a GREAT BLACK-BACKED at Canal Park in Duluth.

On the 11th, Brian Smith reported several migrant ROSS'S GEESE at the Sleepy Eye sewage ponds in Brown County, and the spring's first TURKEY VULTURE was seen on the 16th by Bob Dunlap near the Gustavus Adolphus campus in St. Peter, Nicollet County.

Other widely reported spring migrants include TUNDRA SWAN, SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, NORTHERN PINTAIL, AMERICAN WIGEON, RUDDY DUCK, MERLIN, COMMON LOON, GREAT BLUE HERON, AMERICAN COOT, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE.

The next scheduled update of this tape is March 24th, 2011.