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Saw the male Barrow's at 3:30 at the Monticello swan park.  It flew in from 
down river and landed relatively close to the swan pack on the right and 
then slowly dove and drifted down stream.  Probably the closest we have had 
the opportunity to view one.  With a 50 power scope the bird filled the lens 
and it was pretty good sized with the bins.  Too bad the camera was at home. 
The bird looks exactly like a adult Barrow's with no signs of being a 
hybrid.

As we saw many Common Goldeneyes feeding this way at several access points 
on the river, we would suspect that this bird will continue to be seen like 
this for a few days.  The water level on the river is coming up and ice on 
the edges is disappearing as the flow increases.  After a while the birds 
will find a different feeding area and if it isn't at a accessible point we 
will have a hard time finding it.  At this point it just takes some patience 
to wait for it to fly in.  We waited 40 minutes and then left to check some 
other places.  When we came back we only had to wait for 15 minutes.

Dennis and Barbara Martin
Shorewood, MN
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From: "Pastor Al Schirmacher" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 11:54 AM
Subject: [mou-net] Barrow's Goldeneye


> Just received a call:  male Barrow's Goldeneye is being seen in 
> Montissippi Park in Monticello (where the swans congregate).
>
> The reporter stated that it's being seen to the right of the overlook, and 
> that it took nearly an hour to locate.
>
> (Hope to see it tomorrow!)
>
> Al Schirmacher
> Princeton, MN
> Mille Lacs & Sherburne Counties
>
> Understand this bird has been shared along the "grapevine", unsure why it 
> hasn't been shared electronically previously.
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