*Minnesota Statewide
*February 17, 2013

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: February 17, 2013
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 Sunday February 17th, 2013.

An adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen by Kim Risen on the 10th at Flood Bay east of Two Harbors in Lake County. This was probably the same individual found on the 3rd at Burlington Bay in Two Harbors by Chris Wood. The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen again on the 16th in Duluth out from Leif Erikson Park around 12th Avenue East. And Bruce and Susan Fall had a brief look at an immature KING EIDER on the 9th along Scenic Highway 61, a quarter of a mile east of Lakewood Road, but it has not been seen since.

A few BOREAL OWLS continue to be found along the North Shore, especially along Scenic Highway 61 between Duluth and Knife River. Recent sightings have been near Alseth Road. And on the 16th, four GREAT GRAY OWLS were reported along the highway between Duluth and Two Harbors.

Most amazing, Steve and Diane Millard counted 59 GREAT GRAY OWLS in Roseau County on the 16th. Most of these were northeast and east of state highway 310, with 34 of these birds along Sprague Creek Road. They also counted nine NORTHERN HAWK OWLS in this same general area.

That immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was still along Shive Road in Winona on the 15th.

A SNOWY OWL was south of Greenwald on the 15th, along Stearns County Road 4.

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was found on the 15th by Milt Blomberg along Stearns County Road 143 at the north end of Fuller Lake. This is about a mile northwest of the town of Clearwater.

And a VARIED THRUSH is still in the Lakeside neighborhood of Duluth where it was first discovered on December 15th. It's being seen just east of the intersection of 47th Avenue and Oakley Street.

The next scheduled update of this tape is Thursday February 21st, 2013.