*Minnesota Statewide
*June 14, 2012

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: June 14, 2012
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 Thursday June 14th, 2012.

On June 12th, Ron Lawrenz reported a BARN OWL along the Long Meadow Lake Trail in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington, Hennepin County. This was about a mile and a half down the trail from the visitor's center.

A SPRAGUE'S PIPIT has been seen consistently at the Felton Prairie in Clay County since June 8th. From the junction of state highway 9 and Clay County Road 26, go east for about three miles to 170th Street. Turn north and drive the dirt road to the first fence north of the windmills. Park and walk east along the fence line to a metal pipeline post. Listen here for the bird's skylarking song.

On the 14th, John Schladweiler discovered a male LARK BUNTING in Jackson County. Take I-90 to state highway 264 and go south on 264 toward Round Lake for four and a half miles to 750th Street. Turn east and drive just over four and a half miles to the grassland on the north side of the road. Check here for the next half a mile or so.

Unusual were the two SNOWY OWLS reported on June 12th. One was near Moorhead in Clay County, on 90th Avenue South between 14th and 28th Streets. The other was in Vadnais Heights along Ramsey County Road E at Labor Road.

On June 6th, Shawn Conrad and Bob Dunlap found a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at the gravel pits at the southeast corner of the intersection of Murray County Road 4 and 15th Avenue in the extreme southwest part of the county.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday June 21st, 2012.