*Minnesota Statewide
*March 14, 2015

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: March 14, 2015
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 Saturday March 14th, 2015.

There has been very little to talk about as of late, and most all reports have been of northbound migrants.

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was seen on the 12th in east Duluth along the West Knife River Road, three-quarters of a mile west of the northern end of Homestead Road. Two more were at Sherburne NWR along the Ann Lake Campground Road at the Sand Dunes State Forest, and Jay Hamernick reported a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER here last week. Go south from Orrock on county road 5 for one mile, and then turn east on the Ann Lake Campground Road. There is a small parking area on the south side of the road with a yellow gate at the head of the trail. Solitaires are often seen on the south side of the road adjacent to this trail.

On the 14th, Tom Tustison found an early LE CONTE'S SPARROW at Resurrection Cemetery in Dakota County. A Townsend's Solitaire is also being seen in the area. Other northbound migrants reported recently include TRUMPETER SWAN, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, WOOD DUCK, TURKEY VULTURE, KILLDEER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, SONG SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE.

The next scheduled update is Thursday March 19th, 2015.