-RBA *Minnesota *Minnesota Statewide *October 31, 2012 *MNST1210.31 -Birds mentioned Harlequin Duck White-winged Scoter Long-tailed Duck Sandhill Crane Thayer's Gull Cassin's Kingbird Clark's Nutcracker Carolina Wren Townsend's Solitaire Northern Mockingbird Bohemian Waxwing Pine Grosbeak Common Redpoll Evening Grosbeak -Transcript Hotline: Minnesota Statewide Date: October 31, 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 Wednesday October 31st, 2012. On October 30th, Tammy Holmer found a CLARK'S NUTCRACKER along Ramsey County Road I at its intersection with St. Albans Street in northeastern Shoreview, and the bird has been at this location all day today. Look for it in the grassy area between County Road I and the bike path to the north. On the 27th, a first state record CASSIN'S KINGBIRD was identified in Grand Marais, Cook County and it was still being seen today. It was originally found in the mountain ash tree behind the East Bay Hotel, but more recently it's been frequenting the area around the court house building. And check near the corner of 3rd Avenue West and 2nd Street where a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD has also been seen. On the 29th, Drew Smith found a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE in a mountain ash tree next to the Trading Post in downtown Grand Marais. In Sherburne County, two TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRES were at the Ann Lake campground parking lot on the 30th. And on the 26th, Barb Kull reported a partially albinistic SANDHILL CRANE in a wetland on Sherburne County Road 1, north of county road 4. Two HARLEQUIN DUCKS, five WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and about a dozen LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen by Anthony Hertzel and Peder Svingen at Paradise Beach in Cook County on the 27th. A CAROLINA WREN was reported on the 24th by Janice Bergstrom along the 17000 block of 40th Street NW in South Haven, Wright County. Other birds reported recently include THAYER'S GULL, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, COMMON REDPOLL, PINE GROSBEAK, and EVENING GROSBEAK. The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday November 8th, 2012.