*Minnesota Statewide
*December 8, 2011

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: December 8, 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 December 8th, 2011.

A SUMMER TANAGER is still being seen at the Carpenter Nature Center in Hastings, Washington County. It was most recently reported on December 2nd.

Steve Carlson found a LONG-TAILED DUCK on the east side of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis on December 7th. This is a different bird than the one reported there on November 21st. Steve also reported a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET near the shelter at the Bass Ponds in Bloomington, Hennepin County on December 6th. Another Long-tailed Duck was seen on the 4th on Lake Waconia in Carver County. Look from the pullout on the north side of the lake along North Shore Road, just east of intersection with Brekke Blvd.

On the 7th, Bill Litkey found a GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL at Lake Pepin in Wabasha County. It was near Roschen Park at the east end of Lake City. Conny Brunell reported a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on the west side of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis on the 7th. And Doug Kieser and Paul Budde found one on the 3rd, on the west side of Pulaski Lake in Wright County.

On December 3rd, Steve Millard reported a PRAIRIE FALCON in Western Township of Otter Tail County. He also saw a SNOWY OWL there on the same day. Linda Sparling found a SNOWY OWL in Stillwater in Washington County on the 4th. It was along 100th Street, three-quarters of a mile West of Neal Avenue near North Twin Lake. On the same day, Frank Gosiak found a Snowy Owl in Morrison County along state highway 27 about five miles east of Lastrup. Heidi Hughes reported numerous Snowy Owls on the 4th from northwestern Minnesota. Birds were seen near the towns of Warren, Thief River Falls, Sherack, Badger, Roseau, Warroad, Radium, Pequot Lakes, Karlstad, Euclid, and Crookston. One was in Duluth on the 4th, and another was near Aitkin in Aitkin County on the 2nd.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol has had an EASTERN TOWHEE feeding in her yard in East Grand Forks since November 1st, and a HARRIS'S SPARROW has also recently showed up.

The next scheduled update of this tape is December 15th, 2011.