-RBA *Minnesota *Minnesota Statewide *November 4, 2011 *MNST1111.04-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: November 4, 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 November 3rd, 2011.
On October 29th, a probable TROPICAL KINGBIRD was photographed by Mike Hendrickson along Lenroot Street in west Duluth, but the bird left the area almost as soon as it was found and has not been seen since.
The following day, Bob Dunlap and Ben Fritchman found a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER in west Duluth, along Waseca Industrial Road about half a mile east then south of Central Avenue. This bird was still present on the 31st.
And in Grand Marais, Cook County, Jim Lind found a probable SCOTT'S ORIOLE on the 30th, along 2nd Avenue between 1st and 3rd Streets. The oriole was seen only briefly later in the day and has not been reported since. Also in the Grand Marais area were several reports of SURF SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, and LONG-TAILED DUCK.
I also have a belated report of a GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH seen in Babbitt, St. Louis County on October 27th, but I do not yet have a specific location.
On the 30th, Ned Winters reported as many as 200 TUNDRA SWANS congregating on the Mississippi River at Brownsville, Houston County. And in Sherburne County, Betsy Beneke reports that on November 3rd, a survey of SANDHILL CRANES on the Sherburne NWR produced a total of 6190 birds, with most of them being seen on the north side of county road 3 and along county road 70. The next scheduled update of this tape is November 10th, 2011.