At 2:15 pm this afternoon, a Clark's Nutcracker was spotted flying over the Hawk Ridge main overlook heading northward, when it was seen by numerous observers. I posted a photo of this bird to MOU recently seen. There were were no additional sightings of this bird today, although Peder Svingen and Mike Hendrickson searched the area of Tischer and Maxwell Avenues without success. Although there are approximately 19 total records of this accidental species for Minnesota, it has only been seen twice previously in Minnesota since 1977: 14-24 October 2004 in Lake County and 13 September 1986 in Mower County. All Minnesota records are in the fall and early winter from 8 September to 24 December.
Karl Bardon
Hawk Ridge counter
Duluth, MN

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