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10/22/18 11:15 am MOU <mou...> [mou-net] MOU Field Trip - Fall Birding in Ramsey County Summary
10/22/18 7:02 am Cathy Gagliardi <patcatgags...> Re: [mou-net] Morrison County Varied Thrush
10/22/18 6:55 am Kimberly Emerson <kimberly.emerson.21...> [mou-net] Morrison County Varied Thrush
10/22/18 5:04 am <birdnird57...> [mou-net] FOS Snow Bunting/Grant County
10/21/18 6:18 pm Kimberly Emerson <kimberly.emerson.21...> [mou-net] Cottonwood Co. Smith's Longspurs & Black Scoters
10/21/18 12:18 pm Gail Wieberdink <wieber64...> [mou-net] Carlos Avery today
10/21/18 12:35 am Steve Weston <sweston2g...> [mou-net] Special MRVAC meeting this Thursday: Jordana Whyte visiting from New Zealand
10/20/18 11:17 am Gregory Munson <naturenutgm...> [mou-net] Armadillo Pic needed
10/19/18 5:31 pm sparky stensaas <sparkystensaas...> Re: [mou-net] Seeking Info on Vole Cycle, Winter Owl Potential
10/19/18 5:07 pm Jason Frank <jmfrank84...> [mou-net] Seeking Info on Vole Cycle, Winter Owl Potential
10/19/18 3:01 pm Josh Wallestad <joshwallestad...> [mou-net] October/November MOU Field Trips
10/19/18 8:24 am Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...> [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Friday, October 19, 2018
10/18/18 5:17 pm Missy Bowen <missybowen...> [mou-net] Who wanted books?
10/18/18 5:17 pm Jason Frank <jmfrank84...> [mou-net] Surf Scoter, Big Stone Lake
10/18/18 10:42 am Bruce Fall <bafall...> [mou-net] Black Scoters (2), Lake Byllesby
10/18/18 10:00 am Tony Lau <tony...> [mou-net] Fwd: Surf and Black Scoters, Wright County
10/18/18 9:33 am Tony Lau <tony...> [mou-net] Surf and Black Scoters, Wright County
10/18/18 5:00 am Charlene Nelson <birdnird57...> [mou-net] FOS American Tree Sparrow/Grant County
10/17/18 8:30 am David Benson <bensodavid...> [mou-net] Smith's Longspur - Lake County
10/15/18 1:09 pm Stephen Greenfield <tapaculo47...> [mou-net] Minnesota Global Birders: birding and biodiversity in Ghana
10/15/18 10:53 am Peter Nichols <petenich76...> Re: [mou-net] Pomarine Jaeger Washington County
10/15/18 6:30 am Uwe Kausch <UKausch...> [mou-net] Pelican / Snow Goose / Eagles & More Along North Shore
10/14/18 5:42 pm Elizabeth Tiller (Beth) <beth87tiller...> [mou-net] Am Redstart, Eagan MN
10/14/18 3:38 pm MOU <mou...> [mou-net] White-winged Scoters - Hubbard County
10/14/18 12:29 pm Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...> [mou-net] Pomarine Jaeger Washington County
10/13/18 8:51 am David Cahlander <david...> [mou-net] AOU Checklist Update (subspecies)
10/13/18 7:57 am Liz Harper <harp0055...> [mou-net] Book donations for annual book sale - MOU Paper Session
10/13/18 7:53 am Erik Collins <sueerik...> [mou-net] Surf Scoters - Isanti County
10/13/18 7:14 am Tim Wahl <tewahl...> [mou-net] bird id help please?
10/13/18 7:02 am Kim R Eckert <eckertkr...> [mou-net] Duluth MBW summary
10/12/18 8:05 pm CRAIG MANDEL <EgretCMan...> [mou-net] Lyon County - Surf Scoter - 10/12/2018
10/12/18 6:45 pm Jason Caddy <j.caddy...> [mou-net] Interesting Hermit Thrush behavior and some yard observations, Minneapolis
10/12/18 1:37 pm Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...> [mou-net] Black Scoters, Ramsey County
10/11/18 6:49 pm Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...> [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, October 11, 2018
10/10/18 2:04 pm Jason Frank <jmfrank84...> [mou-net] Klages WMA Drawdown - Species List 10/10
10/10/18 12:32 pm MOU <mou...> [mou-net] Surf Scoters in Hubbard County
10/10/18 7:44 am Vacek, Curt (DNR) <curt.vacek...> [mou-net] FW: Klages WMA Drawdown - Big Stone County
10/10/18 7:10 am David Benson <bensodavid...> [mou-net] Sabine's Duluth
10/9/18 5:45 pm Jason Frank <jmfrank84...> [mou-net] FOS Juncos, Big Stone/Lac qui Parle
10/7/18 3:29 pm Charlene Nelson <birdnird57...> [mou-net] FOS Harris Sparrow/Grant County
10/7/18 2:30 pm Elizabeth Tiller (Beth) <beth87tiller...> [mou-net] Red-breasted Nuthatch, southern Dakota County
10/7/18 2:25 pm Bill & Nancy Henke <wchenke1...> Re: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co.
10/6/18 6:05 pm Charlene Nelson <birdnird57...> [mou-net] FOS Fox Sparrows/Grant County
10/6/18 4:13 pm <wlpenning...> [mou-net] Lewis updates?
10/6/18 6:43 am brsmith <brsmith...> [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker
10/5/18 7:12 am <birdnird57...> [mou-net] Lewis Woodpecker still present
10/5/18 6:51 am Jeremy Canfield <jeremy.canfield...> Re: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co.
10/5/18 6:29 am Bill & Nancy Henke <wchenke1...> Re: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co
10/5/18 1:10 am Thomas George <tomgee289...> Re: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co
10/5/18 12:56 am Steve Weston <sweston2g...> Re: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co
10/4/18 9:32 pm Thomas George <tomgee289...> Re: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co
10/4/18 6:31 pm Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...> [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, October 4, 2018
10/4/18 2:56 pm MOU <mou...> [mou-net] Lewis’s Woodpecker in Becker County
10/4/18 11:17 am Steve Weston <sweston2g...> [mou-net] Diving ducks
10/4/18 7:20 am MOU <mou...> [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co.
10/3/18 5:15 pm Jim & Charlene Nelson <birdnird57...> [mou-net] FOS White crowned Sparrows/Grant County
10/3/18 4:08 pm Curt Rawn <catdad50...> [mou-net] Fwd: [mou-net] Saturday Big Day activities?
10/3/18 1:49 pm Kim R Eckert <eckertkr...> [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co
10/3/18 12:53 pm Missy Bowen <missybowen...> [mou-net] Saturday Big Day activities?
10/3/18 8:12 am Jim & Charlene Nelson <birdnird57...> [mou-net] FOS Gold crowned Kinglets and Brown Creeper
10/2/18 10:39 pm Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> [mou-net] eBird report: Townsend’s Solitaire (Anoka Co.)
10/2/18 8:04 pm Susan anderson <0000027be96b2ba4-dmarc-request...> Re: [mou-net] eBird report: Least Tern (St. Louis Co.)
10/2/18 7:43 pm ronald huber <huber033...> Re: [mou-net] eBird report: Least Tern (St. Louis Co.)
10/2/18 3:51 pm Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...> Re: [mou-net] eBird report: Least Tern (St. Louis Co.)
10/2/18 1:08 pm Kim R Eckert <eckertkr...> Re: [mou-net] eBird report: Least Tern (St. Louis Co.)
10/2/18 7:48 am Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> [mou-net] eBird report: Least Tern (St. Louis Co.)
10/1/18 9:12 pm Alex <asgreenplanet4077...> [mou-net] Say’s Phoebe in Itasca County
10/1/18 2:12 pm Scott Clark <smclark5354...> [mou-net] Lake County Ruddy Turnstone
9/30/18 5:00 pm Peter Nichols <petenich76...> [mou-net] Field Trip Report: MOU/CNC Hawk Watch and Migratory Bird Count
9/28/18 2:58 pm <mou...> [mou-net] membership
9/27/18 6:25 pm Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...> [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, September 27, 2018
9/26/18 8:36 pm Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> [mou-net] eBird report: Say’s Phoebe (Cook Co.)
9/26/18 8:22 am Jeanne Tanamachi <jtanamachi...> [mou-net] Harlequin Duck, Grand Marais Harbor, Cook County
9/22/18 10:32 pm Steve Weston <sweston2g...> [mou-net] Ben Douglas program at MRVAC this Thursday
9/22/18 6:22 pm Jason Frank <jmfrank84...> [mou-net] Big Stone Co. Merlin, Pileated WP, Barred Owl, & More
9/22/18 10:41 am Kim Eckert <eckertkr...> [mou-net] Eur Tree Sparrow, Whimbrel, probable Arctic Tern - Lake Co
 
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Date: 10/22/18 11:15 am
From: MOU <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] MOU Field Trip - Fall Birding in Ramsey County Summary
(Posted by Becca Engdahl <bemidjibecca...> via moumn.org)

We had an absolutely amazing turn out yesterday with at least 29 birders who
showed up to tag along for the MOUs Fall Birding in Ramsey County field trip! In
only a few short hours and despite a steady wind, we managed to tally 55
species! Highlights of the day included a very cooperative SURF SCOTER found
by Ezra Hosch at Vadnais Lake, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, an AMERICAN PIPIT and
several CANVASBACK at Vadnais, a RED-NECKED GREBE at Snail Lake, and a
NORTHERN PINTAIL along Red Rock Road. Thanks again to everyone who came
out to bird with us in Ramsey county yesterday!

Below we have listed all 54 species seen, with the numbers counted of each
species listed on the left and the number of spots where these birds were found
listed in parenthesis on the right.
202 Canada Goose -- (3)&#8232;4 Wood Duck -- (2)&#8232;1 Gadwall -- (1)&#8232;53 Mallard -- (3)&#8232;1
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) -- (1)&#8232;1 Northern Pintail -- (1)&#8232;10 Green-
winged Teal -- (5)&#8232;7 Canvasback -- (1)&#8232;20 Redhead -- (1)&#8232;874 Ring-necked Duck --
(1)&#8232;30 Lesser Scaup -- (1)&#8232;1 Surf Scoter -- (1)&#8232;6 Common Goldeneye -- (2)&#8232;18
Hooded Merganser -- (1)&#8232;18 Pied-billed Grebe -- (1)&#8232;1 Red-necked Grebe -- (1)&#8232;25
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) -- (1)&#8232;5 Chimney Swift -- (1)&#8232;83 American Coot -- (2)&#8232;
10 Ring-billed Gull -- (2)&#8232;1 Herring Gull -- (1)&#8232;2 Common Loon -- (2)&#8232;2 Double-
crested Cormorant -- (2)&#8232;1 Great Blue Heron -- (1)&#8232;3 Bald Eagle -- (2)&#8232;1 Red-tailed
Hawk -- (1)&#8232;1 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (1)&#8232;2 Downy Woodpecker -- (1)&#8232;1 Hairy
Woodpecker -- (1)&#8232;1 Pileated Woodpecker -- (1)&#8232;1 Northern Shrike -- (1)&#8232;7 Blue
Jay -- (2)&#8232;3 American Crow -- (2)&#8232;1 Barn Swallow -- (1)&#8232;6 Black-capped Chickadee
-- (1)&#8232;2 Red-breasted Nuthatch -- (1)&#8232;1 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (1)&#8232;1 Brown
Creeper -- (1)&#8232;4 Golden-crowned Kinglet -- (2)&#8232;1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- (1)&#8232;1
Eastern Bluebird -- (1)&#8232;3 American Robin -- (1)&#8232;3 European Starling -- (1)&#8232;2
American Pipit -- (2)&#8232;3 Cedar Waxwing -- (1)&#8232;2 House Finch -- (1)&#8232;2 American
Goldfinch -- (1)&#8232;12 Dark-eyed Junco -- (3)&#8232;2 White-throated Sparrow -- (1)&#8232;3 Red-
winged Blackbird -- (1)&#8232;2 Common Grackle -- (1)&#8232;2 Orange-crowned Warbler --
(2)&#8232;5 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- (2)&#8232;3 Northern Cardinal -- (1)&#8232;30 House Sparrow -
- (2)

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Date: 10/22/18 7:02 am
From: Cathy Gagliardi <patcatgags...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Morrison County Varied Thrush
Very cool!! Love that bird
Cathy Gagliardi


> On October 22, 2018 at 8:54 AM Kimberly Emerson <kimberly.emerson.21...> wrote:
>
>
> My dad just had a varied thrush bathing in his water feature. It took off
> with a flock of robins towards some crabapple trees. He is going to try and
> relocate it. People are welcome to look for it. Email me for his cell
> number.
>
> Kimberly Emerson
> Windom, MN
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Date: 10/22/18 6:55 am
From: Kimberly Emerson <kimberly.emerson.21...>
Subject: [mou-net] Morrison County Varied Thrush
My dad just had a varied thrush bathing in his water feature. It took off
with a flock of robins towards some crabapple trees. He is going to try and
relocate it. People are welcome to look for it. Email me for his cell
number.

Kimberly Emerson
Windom, MN

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Date: 10/22/18 5:04 am
From: <birdnird57...>
Subject: [mou-net] FOS Snow Bunting/Grant County
Yesterday at end of our driveway.

Charlene Nelson
Elbow Lake farm

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 10/21/18 6:18 pm
From: Kimberly Emerson <kimberly.emerson.21...>
Subject: [mou-net] Cottonwood Co. Smith's Longspurs & Black Scoters
Yesterday a group of us set out to find SMITH’S LONGSPURS in Cottonwood
County. Cold, windy conditions made for pretty poor birding conditions and
no Smith’s. Today was much warmer and a little less windy. John Hockema and
I were able to kick up 4 Smith's at Rock Ridge Prairie SNA. The SNA is
directly northwest of the petroglyphs.

We made a stop at the Mountain Lake WTP where we found 3 BLACK SCOTERS, a
first county record. Also present were Canada, cackling, snow, and
white-fronted geese.

Kimberly Emerson
Windom, MN

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Date: 10/21/18 12:18 pm
From: Gail Wieberdink <wieber64...>
Subject: [mou-net] Carlos Avery today
We had a very pleasant drive through Carlos Avery this morning, the oak trees are beautiful. We also saw more birds than expected -- the biggest surprise was a Rough-legged Hawk -- seems early. Also seen:


pair of pheasants

Sandhill Cranes

bald eagle

harrier (beautiful male)

Trumpeter swans -- 6

golden-crowned kinglet

ruby-crowned kinglet

blue jays

juncos

Rough-legged hawk


Gail Wieberdink

Ramsey County


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Date: 10/21/18 12:35 am
From: Steve Weston <sweston2g...>
Subject: [mou-net] Special MRVAC meeting this Thursday: Jordana Whyte visiting from New Zealand
*October 25, 2018 – 7:30 pm *

*Jordana Whyte - Trustee, NZ Sea Lion Trust *

*Wildlife on the Edge: Conservation in New Zealand*

New Zealand is home to some of the world's most unique and endangered
wildlife. After relocating several years ago, "Kiwi-sotan" Jordana Whyte
threw herself into conservation in her new hometown of Dunedin, known as
the Wildlife Capital of New Zealand, on the South Island. She will share
some of her conservation experiences and the treasured native species found
on the edge of the world, including the rare Yellow-Eyed Penguin. You don't
want to miss this program, as it will be the only opportunity to hear her
speak on this rare visit from down under.

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*When:* Please join us on Thursday, October 25th from 7:00-7:30 pm to
socialize (with treats). A brief business meeting and the featured speaker
begin at 7:30 pm. The meeting will conclude before 9:00 pm.

*Where:* Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center 3801
American Blvd E, Bloomington. Accessible by Hiawatha Light Rail line, get
off at the American Blvd. stop. Driving, take Hwy 494 to 34th Ave – go
south to American Blvd; turn left, go 2 blocks. Use the staff entrance in
the middle of the building.
*All MRVAC meetings are free and open to the public.*

Steve Weston
On Quigley Lake in Eagan, MN
<sweston2...>

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Date: 10/20/18 11:17 am
From: Gregory Munson <naturenutgm...>
Subject: [mou-net] Armadillo Pic needed
Many of you have helped me over the past few years when I needed a bird pic for my weekly Nature Nut column.

However, this time around I am hoping someone who has maybe done birding in Texas or Florida might have gotten a picture of an Armadillo I could use to go with the picture of a pile of armored plates from one found in a road ditch a few miles North of Rochester. Not able to survive here, it is assumed to be one that hitchhiked a ride somehow.

I will appreciate any nice looking fairly high-resolution picture of an Armadillo anyone would let me use, and, if used I would credit appropriately. Thanks in advance for any that get sent, and if I get one I can use I will contact whoever provided it.

Greg

Greg Munson
Nature Nut Columnist
Rochester Post Bulletin
Rochester, MN
(507) 261-2985




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Date: 10/19/18 5:31 pm
From: sparky stensaas <sparkystensaas...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Seeking Info on Vole Cycle, Winter Owl Potential
I don't know of any population surveys for small rodents in Canada....but the 1854 Treaty Authority does small rodent surveys in northeastern Minnesota in order to predict populations of Fisher and Marten.
But, I think it would be almost impossible to predict owl irruptions without data from north of the border.

http://www.1854treatyauthority.org/surveys/small-mammal-survey.html

Sparky Stensaas
2515 Garthus Road
Wrenshall MN 55797
218.341.3350
<sparkystensaas...>

www.ThePhotoNaturalist.com
www.KollathStensaas.com
www.SaxZim.org

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From: Minnesota Birds <MOU-NET...> on behalf of Jason Frank <jmfrank84...>
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2018 7:06 PM
To: <MOU-NET...>
Subject: [mou-net] Seeking Info on Vole Cycle, Winter Owl Potential

Does anyone know of any information or data pertaining to the present
state of the Arctic vole cycle, and/or any info/predictions of whether
there might be a significant southward movement of northern owl
species (Snowies in particular) this winter?

I know it's incredibly balmy up there now, with a Nino winter ahead of
us, so it seems reasonable to expect they might take their time
getting here. I'm curious because it might be fun to do a western
MN/borderland winter owl field trip.

Thanks,

--
Jason Frank
Ortonville, MN

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Date: 10/19/18 5:07 pm
From: Jason Frank <jmfrank84...>
Subject: [mou-net] Seeking Info on Vole Cycle, Winter Owl Potential
Does anyone know of any information or data pertaining to the present
state of the Arctic vole cycle, and/or any info/predictions of whether
there might be a significant southward movement of northern owl
species (Snowies in particular) this winter?

I know it's incredibly balmy up there now, with a Nino winter ahead of
us, so it seems reasonable to expect they might take their time
getting here. I'm curious because it might be fun to do a western
MN/borderland winter owl field trip.

Thanks,

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Jason Frank
Ortonville, MN

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Date: 10/19/18 3:01 pm
From: Josh Wallestad <joshwallestad...>
Subject: [mou-net] October/November MOU Field Trips
Hello All,

MOU has some fun field trips coming up, including one this weekend! Here
is a quick list. A more detailed account of each trip is found further down
in this email.

October 21: Fall Birding in Ramsey County

November 3: Central Minnesota Sea Duck Search

November 10: Northeast Metro Sea Duck Circuit

November 10: North Shore Sea Duck Trip

November 11: Superior Entry Gull Watch


Best Regards,

Josh Wallestad
MOU Field Trip Coordinator

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October 21: Fall Birding in Ramsey County led by Becca Engdahl and Ezra
Hosch
Participants will be looking for a variety of migrating birds, such as
waterfowl, sparrows, finches, and owls. Some of the locations that will be
covered include Tamarac Nature Center, White Bear Lake, and Vadnais Lake
which has turned up some spectacular finds in recent years including Common
Raven, Pine Grosbeak, Tufted Titmouse, Townsend’s Solitaire, both Crossbill
species, and even a Boreal Owl! Meet at the parking lot for Vadnais-Snail
Lake Regional Park on Sucker Lake Road at 9:00 AM and plan to bird until
2:00 PM or so. Coordinates for the parking lot: 45.051315, -93.094553.
Restrooms are available at the birding locations, but participants should
plan to pack along a lunch.


November 3: Central Minnesota Sea Duck Search led by Aaron Ludwig and Ben
Fritchman
It’s the time of the year to check the larger inland lakes for Scoters and
Long-tailed Ducks. This field trip will tour such lakes in Todd, Pope, and
Douglas Counties. Specifically, this trip will make multiple stops at Lake
Osakis, Lake Reno, and Lake Minnewaska which historically have all been
good for sea duck sightings. Meet in the city of Osakis at the Public
Access at 8:30 AM and plan to spend 4-5 hours afield. Participants may pack
a lunch or plan to eat in Glenwood which will be the last stop of the trip.

November 10: Northeast Metro Sea Duck Circuit led by Ben Douglas and Pete
Nichols
This is yet another opportunity to look for inland sea ducks away from the
big water of Lake Superior! This 4-5 hour trip begins at 9:30 AM and will
make stops at lakes various lakes in Washington, Ramsey, and Anoka
Counties, including White Bear Lake, Centerville Lake, Forest Lake, and Big
Marine Lake. The group will make stops for restroom breaks and lunch but
participants may want to bring snacks/water. The trip is capped at 12
participants. Register by sending an email to <fieldtrips...>

November 10: North Shore Sea Duck Trip led by Clinton Nienhaus
This should be an exciting trip: the 4th Annual Duluth Audubon Society
North Shore Sea Duck Trip! This year, there is a partnership with the
Minnesota Ornithologists Union, hoping to give folks in the greater state
of Minnesota a chance to explore hotspots along the North Shore of Lake
Superior! This day-long trip will be spent looking for sea ducks, in
particular, but the group won't scoff at other late-fall rarities along
coastal St. Louis, Lake, and Cook Counties! There is a shot at all three
Scoters, Goldeneyes, Long-tailed Ducks, and Harlequin Ducks. Past trips
have also turned up goodies like Boreal Chickadee, Red Crossbill, Northern
Mockingbird, Western Meadowlark, and Bohemian Waxwing. This is a great time
of year to see late season migrants like Rough-legged Hawk, Snow Bunting,
even a chance at Townsend's Solitaire and other rarities. Meet at the Canal
Park Lighthouse parking lot for a briefing at 7:15 AM and a departure at
7:30 AM, where the first stop will be right in Canal Park with some early
morning viewing of birds in the canal, hoping to see both winter gulls and
waterfowl. From there, the trip will work up and along the shore, hitting
hotspots like Brighton Beach, Agate and Burlington Bay, Taconite Harbor and
more ending up in Hovland, just north of Grand Marais. Participants should
be prepared for a long day (7:15 AM until 6:30 PM) of driving with
intermittent bathroom breaks. Plan on bringing a lunch, and a stop can be
made for a group dinner. There will be minimal walking for this trip with
lots of car time and some gaps between stops. Plan on lots of learning
opportunities about the north shore and Duluth area while we are driving.
Bring spotting scopes if you have them and plan for brisk weather. RSVP
required: RSVP to Clinton Nienhaus at <xanthomn...> with number of
folks in the party and a willingness to drive a vehicle for carpooling.

November 11: Superior Entry Gull Watch led by Clinton Nienhaus
If you have ever wanted a chance to spend time in the field to learn gulls,
this event might be for you! Join obsessive gull watcher Clinton Nienhuas
on this joint MOU/DAS Superior Entry Gull Watch! This field trip has the
intention to view and learn about gull identification in the field, less
about listing. Gulls can be a difficult group of birds to identify, but
this field experience will work to help attendees better understand the
more common gulls in Minnesota, as well as give pointers on how to spot the
more uncommon species of gull that make their way to the state every fall
and winter. Targets for this trip would include Iceland gull (Thayer's and
Kumlein's), Glaucous Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, and maybe even a shot
at a 7 gull species day with something rare mixed in! Meet at the Superior
Entry Breakwall (very end of Wisconsin Point) at 10:00 AM. The gulling
could last between 2-4 hours, depending on the gulls. Bring cameras,
binoculars, and spotting scopes. If possible, bring one loaf of bread or
more (for the gulls!). Dress according to the weather. This is a
stationary event that will not have any bathroom breaks or lunch stops, so
bring snacks and water as needed. RSVP required: RSVP to Clinton Nienhaus
at <xanthomn...>

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Date: 10/19/18 8:24 am
From: Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...>
Subject: [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Friday, October 19, 2018
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, October 19, 2018
sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also
see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
<https://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/birding-report>
https://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/birding-report

We had a taste of winter this week, but fall has returned to the northwest
with temperatures above 60 yesterday. Migration continues with sparrows
moving through in large numbers, being reported at nearly all feeders this
week. In particular, white-throated sparrows and dark-eyed juncos are
moving in large numbers. Also this week we had a large flight of American
robins with the large white eye arcs move in and now they seen to be mostly
gone .

At the N. Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County, numerous people have reported
BLACK-NECKED STILTS this week. Charlene Nelson also found STILT SANDPIPER,
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW there.

In Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported PINE SISKIN and RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET . Linda Young found EASTERN BLUEBIRD in Fergus Falls.

On October 14th, Becca Engdahl saw a GREEN HERON in Hubbard County. On
Garfield Lake this week she observed WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, BLACK SCOTERS,
and SURF SCOTERS .

Chris Walker reported a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET at Tamarac NWR in Becker
County on October 16.

From Polk County, Sandy Aubol observed a few BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS by the river
in East Grand Forks on October 15. Also seen was AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. Leon
Thoreson who lives near Climax, reported a large assortment of sparrows
including FOX SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at
his feeders. Also seen were RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

Here at the feeders east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County, I had
the usual variety of expected sparrows at this time of year. There were
large numbers of DARK-EYED JUNCOS who fed on the suet block in the cold
weather. On October 13th, a pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS came by, and a
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER came to the suet. That day there were six FOX SPARROWS
here. At the wastewater treatment ponds, I found a good variety of duck
including RUDDY DUCKS, and BUFFLEHEAD and was surprised to see there a
COMMON LOON on October 14th.

In Beltrami County, Laura Erickson reported WESTERN GREBE and EASTERN
PHOEBE at the Mississippi entrance to Lake Bemidji on October 17th.

Beth Siverhus in Roseau County observed the first SNOW BUNTING and BOHEMIAN
WAXWING of the season, and reported all the fall sparrows mentioned above
this week.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at <ajjoppru...> <mailto:<ajjoppru...>
OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber's numbers 218-847-5743 or 218- 847-9202.
Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled
update of this report is Thursday, October 25, 2018




Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN


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Date: 10/18/18 5:17 pm
From: Missy Bowen <missybowen...>
Subject: [mou-net] Who wanted books?
I have a small stack of books to donate. I live in Marine and will be
driving around the metro area a lot in the next week or so before I launch
on my own fall migration. Where can I drop them?

Missy Bowen

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Date: 10/18/18 5:17 pm
From: Jason Frank <jmfrank84...>
Subject: [mou-net] Surf Scoter, Big Stone Lake
There's at least one Surf Scoter in an impressive raft of divers, at
the very southernmost end of Big Stone Lake, in Ortonville. Several
hundred Ruddies and Redheads are there, with a few Canvasbacks and
Greater Scaup. You can spot it from the fishing piers, but the best
viewing (especially after noon) would be from the playground/beach in
Big Stone City, just across the lake on the SoDak side.

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Jason Frank
Ortonville, MN

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Date: 10/18/18 10:42 am
From: Bruce Fall <bafall...>
Subject: [mou-net] Black Scoters (2), Lake Byllesby
From Goodhue Co. boat launch. Initially fairly close to parking area but
then moved northeast into Dakota Co. Female/immature plumage.

Bruce Fall, Minneapolis

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Date: 10/18/18 10:00 am
From: Tony Lau <tony...>
Subject: [mou-net] Fwd: Surf and Black Scoters, Wright County
Apparently all 3 are Surf Scoters, No Black Scoter

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Tony Lau <tony...>
Date: Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 11:32 AM
Subject: Surf and Black Scoters, Wright County
To: <MOU-NET...>


We are looking at 2 Surf Scoters and a Black Scoter on Maple Lake, best
viewed just north of hwy 55 on Donnelly Avenue on the east side of the lake.
Tony Lau
Jeff Grotte

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Date: 10/18/18 9:33 am
From: Tony Lau <tony...>
Subject: [mou-net] Surf and Black Scoters, Wright County
We are looking at 2 Surf Scoters and a Black Scoter on Maple Lake, best
viewed just north of hwy 55 on Donnelly Avenue on the east side of the lake.
Tony Lau
Jeff Grotte

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Date: 10/18/18 5:00 am
From: Charlene Nelson <birdnird57...>
Subject: [mou-net] FOS American Tree Sparrow/Grant County
At North Ottawa Impoundment late yesterday afternoon.

Charlene Nelson
Elbow Lake farm

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Date: 10/17/18 8:30 am
From: David Benson <bensodavid...>
Subject: [mou-net] Smith's Longspur - Lake County
Lars Benson and I found a Smith's Longspur in a flock of about 80 Laplands
near Hwy 61 on the road to Black Beach on the Eastern edge of Silver Bay.

Several pipits and a late Least Sandpiper in the same spot.

Dave Benson
Duluth
Smartbirding.com

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Date: 10/15/18 1:09 pm
From: Stephen Greenfield <tapaculo47...>
Subject: [mou-net] Minnesota Global Birders: birding and biodiversity in Ghana
This month's presentation to the Minnesota "Global Birders" group will be by
Tom Will, biologist with the US Fish & Wildlife Service, on the birds of the
west African nation of Ghana. The focus will be on Upper Guinean Forest, a
biodiversity hotspot, but there are a range of other habitats. He will
discuss a trip taken this April, tips on travelling and birding there and
elsewhere in Africa, as well as observations about conservation and culture.



So we can monitor the number of attendees, please register online with
Eventbrite at the link below, where more information is available (or type
"tinyurl.com/globalbirding14" into your browser).



Monday, October 22, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Ave. S (at Lagoon), Minneapolis



https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-birding-ghana-tickets-49700233737



Stephen Greenfield

Minneapolis

<tapaculo47...>








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Date: 10/15/18 10:53 am
From: Peter Nichols <petenich76...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Pomarine Jaeger Washington County
Update: the Pomarine Jaeger has not been relocated today. It was last seen
around 5 PM yesterday flying off to the north over the St. Croix.

Peter Nichols
Cottage Grove
Washington County

On Sun, Oct 14, 2018 at 2:29 PM Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...> wrote:

> An apparent adult Pomarine Jaeger is being seen at Point Douglas on the
> border of Washington County and Wisconsin. North side of bridge. Found by
> Brad Abendroth.
>
> Bob Dunlap
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Date: 10/15/18 6:30 am
From: Uwe Kausch <UKausch...>
Subject: [mou-net] Pelican / Snow Goose / Eagles & More Along North Shore
I had lots of birds moving through my yard this weekend and on my way to work this morning. Large numbers of Juncos are hitting my corn/suet and peanut butter/corn cakes. I have had a lot of Bluebirds move through this Fall, including 3 more this morning. I put out a deer carcass in my field on Saturday. Yesterday, 3 Bald Eagles were spotted, along with Crows and Ravens. With the weather cold but sunny today, I expect more to come through. Yesterday, I also spotted a Red Tailed Hawk, along with a Kestrel.

This morning on the way to work, I saw a single snow goose amongst a flock of about 20 Canada Geese, heading north on hwy 61 at Homestead Road. Near Larsmont Road, I saw a single, White Pelican fly over the highway.

For whatever reason, it seems as though we have a very good volume of birds coming through this Fall in general.

Uwe Kausch
Duluth Township

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Date: 10/14/18 5:42 pm
From: Elizabeth Tiller (Beth) <beth87tiller...>
Subject: [mou-net] Am Redstart, Eagan MN
American Redstart today, in the snow, looking for bugs outside St. Thomas Becket Catholic Church, Eagan (Hwy 3, Dakota County)

Beth Tiller

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Date: 10/14/18 3:38 pm
From: MOU <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] White-winged Scoters - Hubbard County
(Posted by Becca Engdahl <bemidjibecca...> via moumn.org)

WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS now on Garfield Lake in Hubbard county! Same spot
we found the Black and Surf Scoters over the past few days. Last seen out in the
bay on the north end of the lake, off of Pickerel Road. Three adult males,
actively diving and unfortunately getting farther away. Nonetheless... this marks
a first county record, YAY!! Cant believe weve had the Scoter sweep within a
single week all in the same spot!

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Date: 10/14/18 12:29 pm
From: Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...>
Subject: [mou-net] Pomarine Jaeger Washington County
An apparent adult Pomarine Jaeger is being seen at Point Douglas on the
border of Washington County and Wisconsin. North side of bridge. Found by
Brad Abendroth.

Bob Dunlap

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Date: 10/13/18 8:51 am
From: David Cahlander <david...>
Subject: [mou-net] AOU Checklist Update (subspecies)
The MOU checklist has been updated to the 2018 version of the AOU checklist.

* The Gray Jay is now a Canada Jay
* Some changes are made in the scientific names (see
http://blog.aba.org/2018/06/aos2018.html)
* new subfamilies and sequence have been adopted for the Hawks
* additional sub-species have been added to keep track of the multiple
sub-species seen in Minnesota.

All attempts have been made to make this change with little effect to
users.  If you find a problem, please report it to me.

--
David Cahlander <david...> Burnsville MN 952-894-5910


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Date: 10/13/18 7:57 am
From: Liz Harper <harp0055...>
Subject: [mou-net] Book donations for annual book sale - MOU Paper Session
Hello MOU members and mou-net subscribers,

We are starting to collect bird related books for the annual MOU book sale at the Paper Session. If you would like to donate books for the
sale, you can bring them the morning of the Paper Session. If you are unable to attend the Paper Session, but want
to donate books, please contact me at this email address at least a week prior to the Session to arrange a drop off / pick-up.

All donations help the MOU achieve its goal of supporting bird science and conservation efforts and contribute to the Savaloja Fund, which grants financial support to a myriad of bird related projects in Minnesota.


Thanks all,


Liz_____________________________________________
From: Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...>
Date: Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 9:57 AM
Subject: MOU Paper Session, Saturday December 1 - Mark Your Calendars!
To: <mou-net...>



Mark your calendars for this year's PaperSession on Saturday, Dec. 1! This year we'll be back on the University of Minnesota campus, but this time at the Northstar Ballroom in the student center of the St. Paul campus (2017 Buford Ave.). A parking ramp is just down the street to the east and south of the intersection of Buford and Gortner Ave.


We are in the process of finalizing the schedule of presenters, so expect a completed schedule in the coming weeks. Here are a few presentations we have confirmed:

Genomics of Avian Phylogeny - Dr. Keith Barker, U of M Associate Professor of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior

The Potential for Hemp Seed as an Alternative Birdfood - Carrol Henderson, DNR Nongame Wildlife Program Supervisor and MOU Conservation Committee Chair

Presentations by Holly Menninger (Director of Public Engagement and Science Learning) and Denise Young (Executive Director) on the new Bell Museum and its continued relationship with the MOU

In addition, there will be optional tours of the Raptor Center and new Bell Museum following the end of presentations.


Hope to see you there and stay tuned for more announcements!



Bob Dunlap

MOU President


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Date: 10/13/18 7:53 am
From: Erik Collins <sueerik...>
Subject: [mou-net] Surf Scoters - Isanti County
There are two Surf Scoters on South Stanchfield Lake. I found the best views by parking at Stanchfield Lake Rd/370th Court and walking a bit north to an opening between the trees.

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Date: 10/13/18 7:14 am
From: Tim Wahl <tewahl...>
Subject: [mou-net] bird id help please?
Anyone willing to help me with ids on
photos of 3 (sadly dead) birds for me?

2 downtown mpls building/window collisions
on Sept.18,19 (maybe Swainson's and a
immature/female Nashville??)

1 car victim (not mine) on Oct.11 near
St.Paul campus (maybe green heron...but
looks so small close up)

Let me know if you could take a look and
I'll email pics.

Thanks!

Tim Wahl
<tewahl...>

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Date: 10/13/18 7:02 am
From: Kim R Eckert <eckertkr...>
Subject: [mou-net] Duluth MBW summary
A 3-day Minnesota Birding Weekdays trip, October 10-11-12, based in Duluth surprisingly came up with a total of 96 species despite – or perhaps because of – the challenging weather. Gale-force NE winds off Lake Superior along with steady light rain on Oct 10 made the birding difficult at best, and overnight the winds shifted to 20+ mph from the NW and brought in some snow, “high” temperatures in the 30s, and frigid wind-chills on Oct 11. It wasn’t any warmer yesterday but at least the winds finally moderated.

In addition to the adult Sabine’s Gull huddled on the Park Point ballfields among other gulls and previously reported to mou-net on Oct 10, some of our other highlights were:

- Surf and White-winged scoters on the bayside of Park Point between 40th St and the Recreation Area

- 3 Ruddy Ducks (a rarity in NE Minn) on the bayside just S of the Recreation Area

- 8 shorebird species: Black-bellied and Am Golden-Plovers (especially on the Park Point ballfields yesterday), Sanderling, Dunlin and Pectorals (among the plovers), Wilson’s Snipe, a late Spotted Sandpiper in Knife River, and Greater Yellowlegs

- 9 raptor species, incl a late Broad-winged Hawk, and Merlins almost everywhere we stopped

- Red-bellied Woodpecker (uncommon-rare on the North Shore)

- Late Blue-headed Vireo and Gray-cheeked Thrush in Two Harbors

- Non-stop Am Robins by the 100s migrating down the N Shore on Oct 11-12, along with good numbers of Blue Jays, both kinglets, thrushes, sparrows (12 species total), Rusty Blackbirds, and Yellow-rumped Warblers

- A few Bohemian Waxwings along Skiff Landing Rd in Knife River

- Fly-by Snow Buntings at the McQuade Rd public access on L Superior

- 6 warbler species (all desperate to find insects in the cold): Orange-crowned, Nashville, American Redstart, a late Cape May in Two Harbors, Palm, and Yellow-rumpeds; most impressive yesterday were the dozens of Yellow-rumpeds foraging on the edge of the standing water on the Park Point ballfields

My thanks especially to Judy Johnson who first spotted the Sabine’s Gull and to MBW co-leader Dave Benson.


Kim Eckert, Duluth
http://www.mbwbirds.com





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Date: 10/12/18 8:05 pm
From: CRAIG MANDEL <EgretCMan...>
Subject: [mou-net] Lyon County - Surf Scoter - 10/12/2018
10/12/2018


While leading a trip for the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter our group observed 3 Surf Scoters in Lyon County.


Surf Scoter - 3 Surf Scoters were observed from the public boat access on the West side of Island Lake. The birds were observed at 6:40 pm on the South side of the lake.


Sparrow migration was strong in the county, but no Nelson's or Le Conte's Sparrows were located.


Craig Mandel

Minnetonka, Hennepin County





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Date: 10/12/18 6:45 pm
From: Jason Caddy <j.caddy...>
Subject: [mou-net] Interesting Hermit Thrush behavior and some yard observations, Minneapolis
On 10/10 I observed a Hermit Thrush foraging in my backyard. As I watched it I noticed it was quivering its feet alternately to scare up prey. It would quiver a foot and then pounce. I had never seen this behavior before and it was fun to watch. I did a little research and found that all of the North American catharus thrush species have been observed doing this but not the Wood Thrush. There is even a Youtube video showing amazing Hermit Thrush behavior which shows the exact behavior I observed. It is one of those things that may not be rare but shows that there can always be surprises in our wonderful hobby.

Also of note in my yard I found a Cape May Warbler on 10/9, a Nashville Warbler on 10/10 and heard an Eastern Screech-Owl tonight (10/12). On 10/9 there was a Swainsons Thrush eating the berries from the volunteer Solomons Seal in my yard, which shows how useful native plants can be for migrating birds.

My younger daughter Phoebe found a dead Chipping Sparrow in our front yard today. The bird did not look to have noticeable trauma, and all of the windows in our complex have outside screens, so it must have been killed by a cat or something. It made me feel sad because Chipping Sparrows successfully nested in the pine trees outside our back window last summer. The nesting pair had to contend with the ever-present local squirrels and constantly forage to feed their chicks. The nest was concealed well and the birds fledged. I would hate it if the dead bird made it through all of the obstacles of being raised in an urban environment just to be killed by a cat before it had a chance to migrate south. I guess I will never know the true story of what happened to the dead Chipping Sparrow.

Good Birding,

Jason Caddy

Kingfield, Minneapolis

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Date: 10/12/18 1:37 pm
From: Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...>
Subject: [mou-net] Black Scoters, Ramsey County
Erik Collins and I are looking at 3 Black Scoters on Pigs-Eye Lake in
southern Ramsey County. We’re looking from the point on the southeast side
of the lake accessed from the end of Red Rock Rd. Generally there is a lot
of truck traffic on this road but right now not so much.

Bob Dunlap

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Date: 10/11/18 6:49 pm
From: Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...>
Subject: [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, October 11, 2018
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 11,
2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may
also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
<https://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/birding-report>
https://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/birding-report

Winter is pushing out fall throughout the state. For those in the northwest
that has meant several inches of snow, and howling winds. Feeders are
extremely busy today especially. Migration is rapidly coming to an end with
a large movement of sparrows this week. The expected fall sparrows are being
reported in all areas- white-throated, white crowned, fox, and Harris's
sparrows . Red-breasted nuthatches seem to be everywhere. Red-tailed hawks
could be seen on perches along all the area roads and highways before the
weather got nasty.

A leucistic AMERICAN ROBIN was reported by Beth Siverhus in Warroad, Roseau
County, this week. In addition to the aforementioned sparrows, Beth
reported RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, TENNESSEE WARBLER,
PINE SISKIN, PIED-BILLED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE , and BROWN CREEPER in
Roseau County this week.

Several birders found a SURF SCOTER at Lake Bronson State Park in Kittson
County on October 8th .

On October 9th, a SURF SCOTER was seen at Agassiz NWR by several birders.
MARSH WREN and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were also found.

In our yard in Pennington County east of Thief River Falls, a RUSTY
BLACKBIRD briefly visited our feeder on October 10. Species seen at or near
the feeder on October 11th included EASTERN BLUEBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH,
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, FOX SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH.

From Clay County, Hebe Shipp in Moorhead reported FOX SPARROW,
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, HOUSE
FINCH, DARK-EYED JUNCO , and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH on October 10th.

Near Tamarac NWR in Becker County, many observers saw a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER
as recently as Sunday, October 7th. It may well be still around, but no one
has reported it since then. Other species seen in the area include WILD
TURKEY, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW,
PIED-BILLED GREBE, and DARK-EYED JUNCO. A PILEATED WOODPECKER flew across
our path on our way out of Becker County on Sunday.

Becca Engdahl found a SURF SCOTER in Hubbard County on October 10th, and on
the 11th, a PINE WARBLER at Kabekona Lake.

A small flock of about 20 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were reported by Cathy Clayton
near Dead Lake in Otter Tail County on October 10. Other species seen in
Otter Tail County this week included NORTHERN CARDINAL, EASTERN BLUEBIRD,
and GREAT BLUE HERON.

Charlene Nelson in Grant County found a HARRIS'S SPARROW at Hodgson Lake ,
and at their Elbow Lake farm were FOX SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on
October 6th.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at <ajjoppru...> <mailto:<ajjoppru...>
OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber's numbers 218-847-5743 or 218- 847-9202.
Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled
update of this report is Thursday, October 18, 2018.



Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN


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Date: 10/10/18 2:04 pm
From: Jason Frank <jmfrank84...>
Subject: [mou-net] Klages WMA Drawdown - Species List 10/10
Thanks to Curt for the heads-up.

Arriving around 2:45 this afternoon, there were a pair of Pelicans,
lots of Greater Yellowlegs, a lesser degree of Lessers, quite a few
easy-to-spot Least & Pectoral Sandpipers, Ring-Billed, Franklin's, and
Bonaparte's Gulls, at least 3 Dunlins, 2 Long-Billed Dowitchers,
several specimens of either Baird's or Semipalmated Sandpipers at the
far (southern) end, but too hard to call on account of the horizontal
sleet, fog, and lighting. Duck species were: Green Wing and Blue
Winged Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, and Shoveler.

No Ibises today.

Had an Eagle fly by, with a good 3 feet of intestine dangling from its
talons. That spooked the shorebirds. Then it started to snow.

Will check again tomorrow afternoon, and post if there's a noteworthy update.

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Jason Frank
Ortonville, MN

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Date: 10/10/18 12:32 pm
From: MOU <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Surf Scoters in Hubbard County
(Posted by Becca Engdahl <bemidjibecca...> via moumn.org)

Despite the falling snow, we decided it was time to take a lunch break and check
a few new spots with the hope of scoters here in Hubbard county. Right away, at
the very first spot we chose to visit... BOOM - SURF SCOTERS!! Seen from
Pickerel Road on the north end of Garfield Lake around 1:30pm today. First
Hubbard county record, yay!

~ Becca Engdahl

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Date: 10/10/18 7:44 am
From: Vacek, Curt (DNR) <curt.vacek...>
Subject: [mou-net] FW: Klages WMA Drawdown - Big Stone County
From: Vacek, Curt (DNR) [mailto:<curt.vacek...>]
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 9:43 AM
To: Minnesota Birds <MOU-NET...>
Subject: Klages WMA Drawdown - Big Stone County

We are trying to put the finishing touches on a drawdown on Lake 14 (Klages WMA) in Big Stone County (even the recent rains are challenging us). Lake 14 is 10 miles east of Ortonville on CR 64 (and one mile east of intersection with CR 23). Easy viewing of entire basin right off CR 64.

As of 10/9/2018 the basin was 75% dewatered with several species of shorebirds, dark headed gulls, eagles, pelicans and five ibis. I have not had time to put a scope to any of them, so I can't list them off by species and with these temps, I don't know how much longer they will stick around. They ibis have been there for about a week now.

For what it's worth, this drawdown has been a gradual one that started over a month ago. While I was expecting more shorebird action earlier, numbers and richness were not overly impressive. There are maybe 100 birds now, and surprisingly, that's the most I've noted onsite all fall.

Curt Vacek
Area Wildlife Supervisor

Appleton Area Wildlife Office
14047 20th St NW
Watson, MN 56295
Phone: 320.734.4451 x228
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Date: 10/10/18 7:10 am
From: David Benson <bensodavid...>
Subject: [mou-net] Sabine's Duluth
Judy Johnson spotted an adult Sabine's Gull this morning on the ballfield
at Minnesota Point (part of MBW trip).

Dave Benson
Duluth
Smartbirding.com

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Date: 10/9/18 5:45 pm
From: Jason Frank <jmfrank84...>
Subject: [mou-net] FOS Juncos, Big Stone/Lac qui Parle
The Juncos showed up in Big Stone and Lac qui Parle Counties this
morning. In the past 3 days I've had FOS White-Crowned and Harris's
Sparrows at the feeders. There were big flocks of Ruby and Golden
Crowned Kinglets in the woods this evening.

As of yesterday evening, there were 3 Spotted Sandpipers lingering in
Big Stone NWR, along the river in the NW corner of the refuge, seen
from the bridge at the end of the trail that starts in the parking lot
where hunting is allowed. Also had 3 Wilson's Snipe, a pair of Great
Egrets, an Osprey, and a Kingfisher back there.


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Date: 10/7/18 3:29 pm
From: Charlene Nelson <birdnird57...>
Subject: [mou-net] FOS Harris Sparrow/Grant County
At Hodgson Lake this afternoon.

Charlene Nelson
Elbow Lake farm

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Date: 10/7/18 2:30 pm
From: Elizabeth Tiller (Beth) <beth87tiller...>
Subject: [mou-net] Red-breasted Nuthatch, southern Dakota County
Tally-ho!
Add Red-breasted nuthatch to southern Dakota County, Empire Township (just north of Chub Lake). A welcome guest.



Beth Tiller
south of Farmington, MN
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Date: 10/7/18 2:25 pm
From: Bill & Nancy Henke <wchenke1...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co.
Lewis’s Woodpecker is still there today.
Nancy Henke

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 5, 2018, at 8:41 AM, Jeremy Canfield <jeremy.canfield...> wrote:
>
> Can someone post a picture of this bird? I know what it looks like but
> can't get there due to work, family and distance (Duluth...). I'd love to
> see it and the closest I can come is to see a picture from someone who is
> there.
> Thanks!
> Jeremy
>
>> On Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 9:20 AM MOU <mou...> wrote:
>>
>> (Posted by Daniel Orr <danorr99...> via moumn.org)
>>
>> Lewis's Woodpecker was present this morning at the posted location. It
>> came
>> in about 8:30 and was still present when Ron E and I left at 9:15.
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Date: 10/6/18 6:05 pm
From: Charlene Nelson <birdnird57...>
Subject: [mou-net] FOS Fox Sparrows/Grant County
At feeders.White crowned Sparrows here today, too.

Charlene Nelson
Elbow Lake farm

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Date: 10/6/18 4:13 pm
From: <wlpenning...>
Subject: [mou-net] Lewis updates?
Can anyone tell me if the Lewis’ Woodpecker was seen this afternoon?

Thanks,

Bill

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Date: 10/6/18 6:43 am
From: brsmith <brsmith...>
Subject: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker

Present at 7:50 a.m., perched on a dead branch in a tree along the lake, directly across from the driveway. 
Brian 

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Date: 10/5/18 7:12 am
From: <birdnird57...>
Subject: [mou-net] Lewis Woodpecker still present
Becker County

Charlene Nelson

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Date: 10/5/18 6:51 am
From: Jeremy Canfield <jeremy.canfield...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co.
Can someone post a picture of this bird? I know what it looks like but
can't get there due to work, family and distance (Duluth...). I'd love to
see it and the closest I can come is to see a picture from someone who is
there.
Thanks!
Jeremy

On Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 9:20 AM MOU <mou...> wrote:

> (Posted by Daniel Orr <danorr99...> via moumn.org)
>
> Lewis's Woodpecker was present this morning at the posted location. It
> came
> in about 8:30 and was still present when Ron E and I left at 9:15.
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Date: 10/5/18 6:29 am
From: Bill & Nancy Henke <wchenke1...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co
Thanks,Steve. I forwarded that information to the homeowners.
Nancy Henke

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> On Oct 5, 2018, at 3:10 AM, Thomas George <tomgee289...> wrote:
>
> Thank you Steve for that very insightful explanation.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Oct 5, 2018, at 2:56 AM, Steve Weston <sweston2g...> wrote:
>>
>> Tom,
>>
>> this is, if I am correct, the 6th Lewis WP found in Minnesota, with the first being in 1974. The last two were found in 2013/2014 and 2017. Having just traveled through California, where it is found, I am not at all surprised that a western woodpecker has shown up in Minnesota. The Sierra Nevada mountains and other areas out west where this bird is found have been decimated by drought and an associated infestation of the western pine bark beetle that has weakened vitality of conifers. Hundreds of millions of mature pine trees stand brown, dead, in forests through the west. Many of these trees have burned and are now black and dead. Many blame the severe drought over the last five years on the change in climate out west. It is no surprise that that this woodpecker, which is prone to wander anyway, has been found here.
>>
>> Steve Weston
>> On Quigley Lake in Eagan, MN
>> <sweston2...>
>>
>>
>>> On Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 11:32 PM Thomas George <tomgee289...> wrote:
>>> Kim
>>>
>>> Can you tell me (us) why a Lewis’s Woodpecker would be spotted in our area when it is so out of its range??
>>>
>>> Is it just accidental, or a storm that moved it East, a rarity or something caused by climate change?
>>>
>>> I looked it up on Ibird pro and it really is a beauty, unlike the typical red and black of Minnesota Woodpeckers
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>>> On Oct 3, 2018, at 3:49 PM, Kim R Eckert <eckertkr...> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> It looks like my earlier message did not go through. Here are the details…
>>>>
>>>> Nancy Henke texted me earlier this afternoon that a Lewis’s Woodpecker was seen today at a friend’s feeder near Tamarac NWR in Becker Co. Its ID has been confirmed by photos. The address is 21958 West Height of Land Drive, and Nancy reports that the homeowner said it’s OK to look for the bird with these conditions:
>>>>
>>>> - Park along the road near their driveway, making sure you do not block their driveway or any others. Do not drive into their driveway or park there.
>>>>
>>>> - Birders need to stay along the road and watch for the bird from there; do not walk into the yard. (They have dogs described as “very anxious”.)
>>>>
>>>> If you have any questions, contact Nancy at <wchenke1...> <mailto:<wchenke1...>>.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Kim Eckert, Duluth
>>>>
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Date: 10/5/18 1:10 am
From: Thomas George <tomgee289...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co
Thank you Steve for that very insightful explanation.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 5, 2018, at 2:56 AM, Steve Weston <sweston2g...> wrote:
>
> Tom,
>
> this is, if I am correct, the 6th Lewis WP found in Minnesota, with the first being in 1974. The last two were found in 2013/2014 and 2017. Having just traveled through California, where it is found, I am not at all surprised that a western woodpecker has shown up in Minnesota. The Sierra Nevada mountains and other areas out west where this bird is found have been decimated by drought and an associated infestation of the western pine bark beetle that has weakened vitality of conifers. Hundreds of millions of mature pine trees stand brown, dead, in forests through the west. Many of these trees have burned and are now black and dead. Many blame the severe drought over the last five years on the change in climate out west. It is no surprise that that this woodpecker, which is prone to wander anyway, has been found here.
>
> Steve Weston
> On Quigley Lake in Eagan, MN
> <sweston2...>
>
>
>> On Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 11:32 PM Thomas George <tomgee289...> wrote:
>> Kim
>>
>> Can you tell me (us) why a Lewis’s Woodpecker would be spotted in our area when it is so out of its range??
>>
>> Is it just accidental, or a storm that moved it East, a rarity or something caused by climate change?
>>
>> I looked it up on Ibird pro and it really is a beauty, unlike the typical red and black of Minnesota Woodpeckers
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> > On Oct 3, 2018, at 3:49 PM, Kim R Eckert <eckertkr...> wrote:
>> >
>> > It looks like my earlier message did not go through. Here are the details…
>> >
>> > Nancy Henke texted me earlier this afternoon that a Lewis’s Woodpecker was seen today at a friend’s feeder near Tamarac NWR in Becker Co. Its ID has been confirmed by photos. The address is 21958 West Height of Land Drive, and Nancy reports that the homeowner said it’s OK to look for the bird with these conditions:
>> >
>> > - Park along the road near their driveway, making sure you do not block their driveway or any others. Do not drive into their driveway or park there.
>> >
>> > - Birders need to stay along the road and watch for the bird from there; do not walk into the yard. (They have dogs described as “very anxious”.)
>> >
>> > If you have any questions, contact Nancy at <wchenke1...> <mailto:<wchenke1...>>.
>> >
>> >
>> > Kim Eckert, Duluth
>> >
>> >
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Date: 10/5/18 12:56 am
From: Steve Weston <sweston2g...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co
Tom,

this is, if I am correct, the 6th Lewis WP found in Minnesota, with the
first being in 1974. The last two were found in 2013/2014 and 2017. Having
just traveled through California, where it is found, I am not at all
surprised that a western woodpecker has shown up in Minnesota. The Sierra
Nevada mountains and other areas out west where this bird is found have
been decimated by drought and an associated infestation of the western pine
bark beetle that has weakened vitality of conifers. Hundreds of millions of
mature pine trees stand brown, dead, in forests through the west. Many of
these trees have burned and are now black and dead. Many blame the severe
drought over the last five years on the change in climate out west. It is
no surprise that that this woodpecker, which is prone to wander anyway, has
been found here.

Steve Weston
On Quigley Lake in Eagan, MN
<sweston2...>


On Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 11:32 PM Thomas George <tomgee289...> wrote:

> Kim
>
> Can you tell me (us) why a Lewis’s Woodpecker would be spotted in our area
> when it is so out of its range??
>
> Is it just accidental, or a storm that moved it East, a rarity or
> something caused by climate change?
>
> I looked it up on Ibird pro and it really is a beauty, unlike the typical
> red and black of Minnesota Woodpeckers
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Oct 3, 2018, at 3:49 PM, Kim R Eckert <eckertkr...> wrote:
> >
> > It looks like my earlier message did not go through. Here are the
> details…
> >
> > Nancy Henke texted me earlier this afternoon that a Lewis’s Woodpecker
> was seen today at a friend’s feeder near Tamarac NWR in Becker Co. Its ID
> has been confirmed by photos. The address is 21958 West Height of Land
> Drive, and Nancy reports that the homeowner said it’s OK to look for the
> bird with these conditions:
> >
> > - Park along the road near their driveway, making sure you do not block
> their driveway or any others. Do not drive into their driveway or park
> there.
> >
> > - Birders need to stay along the road and watch for the bird from there;
> do not walk into the yard. (They have dogs described as “very anxious”.)
> >
> > If you have any questions, contact Nancy at <wchenke1...> <mailto:
> <wchenke1...>>.
> >
> >
> > Kim Eckert, Duluth
> >
> >
> >
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Date: 10/4/18 9:32 pm
From: Thomas George <tomgee289...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co
Kim

Can you tell me (us) why a Lewis’s Woodpecker would be spotted in our area when it is so out of its range??

Is it just accidental, or a storm that moved it East, a rarity or something caused by climate change?

I looked it up on Ibird pro and it really is a beauty, unlike the typical red and black of Minnesota Woodpeckers

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 3, 2018, at 3:49 PM, Kim R Eckert <eckertkr...> wrote:
>
> It looks like my earlier message did not go through. Here are the details…
>
> Nancy Henke texted me earlier this afternoon that a Lewis’s Woodpecker was seen today at a friend’s feeder near Tamarac NWR in Becker Co. Its ID has been confirmed by photos. The address is 21958 West Height of Land Drive, and Nancy reports that the homeowner said it’s OK to look for the bird with these conditions:
>
> - Park along the road near their driveway, making sure you do not block their driveway or any others. Do not drive into their driveway or park there.
>
> - Birders need to stay along the road and watch for the bird from there; do not walk into the yard. (They have dogs described as “very anxious”.)
>
> If you have any questions, contact Nancy at <wchenke1...> <mailto:<wchenke1...>>.
>
>
> Kim Eckert, Duluth
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Date: 10/4/18 6:31 pm
From: Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...>
Subject: [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, October 4, 2018
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 4, 2018
sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also
see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
<https://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/birding-report>
https://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/birding-report

Here in the northwest, we are promised the first snow of the fall tonight.
Our yard has been busy with a big influx of dark-eyed juncos and
white-throated sparrows as have many yards in the area. Leaves fell fast in
the miserable drizzle of yesterday, but many still remain, so birds are
still hard to locate . Red-tailed hawks seem to be everywhere, on every
pole.

A LEWIS'S WOODPECKER was reported on the MOU rba by Kim Eckert yesterday.
The homeowner noticed it and it was sent to Kim who verified the identity
and posted it on the list serve. The bird was seen again today, and was
apparently cooperative. The location is near Rochert in Becker County, and
the address is in Kim's post. Do not park in the driveway, as they have very
anxious dogs.

In Grant County, the N. Ottawa Impoundment continues to be a good place to
bird. This week WHITE-FACED IBIS, SNOWY EGRETS, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and
AMERICAN PIPITS could be found there. Of course many other species are also
there, and it might be a good place to look for shorebirds also. Charlene
Nelson reported from their farm near Elbow Lake that by October 3rd, she had
seen WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and BROWN CREEPER in
the yard.

From Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, GREAT BLUE
HERON, BLACK-CROWNED HERON, and BELTED KINGFISHER in the Fergus Falls area
this week. Near the Orwell Dam he found AMERICAN KESTREL and HARRIS SPARROW.
John White observed a GREAT EGRET at Maplewood State Park on October 2.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported about 200 PINE SISKINS on
September 29; on the 30th, he saw ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, PALM WARBLER,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and
DARK-EYED JUNCO. On October 3rd, the first WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and FOX
SPARROWS appeared. An OVENBIRD was seen by Becca Engdahl near Kabekona Lake
on September 28th.

On September 28th, Shelley Steva and I found an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at the
east end of Headquarters Pool at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County.

Here in the yard east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County, we have
many RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS
at the feeders.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and MOURNING WARBLER were seen by Sandy Aubol and Judy
Johnson in Kittson County on September 29.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at <ajjoppru...> <mailto:<ajjoppru...>
OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber's numbers 218-847-5743 or 218- 847-9202.
Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled
update of this report is Thursday, October 11, 2018.




Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN


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Date: 10/4/18 2:56 pm
From: MOU <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Lewis’s Woodpecker in Becker County
(Posted by Becca Engdahl <bemidjibecca...> via moumn.org)

Myself and many other birders viewed the very cooperative Lewiss Woodpecker
in Becker county today from about 8:30am to 3:00pm. The bird was still present
and actively foraging when I left shortly after 3. The homeowners are very
friendly. Good luck to anyone who tries for it!

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Date: 10/4/18 11:17 am
From: Steve Weston <sweston2g...>
Subject: [mou-net] Diving ducks
My wife called me to the window, "What are these diving ducks? There were
about a half dozen Mallards close to shore, but further out were two more
diving. Mallards don't dive with ease and grace of the true divers, but
this pair was diving under for quite awhile, although measured in seconds,
rather than minutes. "Could these be related to the family we had a few
years ago?" A few years a go we had a hen and 9 young, 8 of which seemed to
prefer to feed while diving, which we observed many times as we watched
them grow.

Steve Weston
On Quigley Lake in Eagan, MN
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Date: 10/4/18 7:20 am
From: MOU <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co.
(Posted by Daniel Orr <danorr99...> via moumn.org)

Lewis's Woodpecker was present this morning at the posted location. It came
in about 8:30 and was still present when Ron E and I left at 9:15.

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Date: 10/3/18 5:15 pm
From: Jim & Charlene Nelson <birdnird57...>
Subject: [mou-net] FOS White crowned Sparrows/Grant County
At feeders.

Charlene Nelson
Elbow Lake farm

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Date: 10/3/18 4:08 pm
From: Curt Rawn <catdad50...>
Subject: [mou-net] Fwd: [mou-net] Saturday Big Day activities?
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From: Curt Rawn <catdad50...>
Date: Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 6:07 PM
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Saturday Big Day activities?
To: <missybowen...>


There is a Big Sit at Coldwater Spring. This is lead by Sharon Stiteler.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1987181774677933/

7am to 7pm at 5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South. Mpls Oct 6th.

https://her.is/2P3Wwea <https://her.is/2P3Wwea>

Curt


On Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 2:53 PM Missy Bowen <missybowen...> wrote:

> Are there any Big Day activities planned in the East or North Metro area?
> My friend Chris and I are just north of Stillwater and looking for
> suggestions.
> Missy Bowen
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Date: 10/3/18 1:49 pm
From: Kim R Eckert <eckertkr...>
Subject: [mou-net] Lewis's Woodpecker in Becker Co
It looks like my earlier message did not go through. Here are the details…

Nancy Henke texted me earlier this afternoon that a Lewis’s Woodpecker was seen today at a friend’s feeder near Tamarac NWR in Becker Co. Its ID has been confirmed by photos. The address is 21958 West Height of Land Drive, and Nancy reports that the homeowner said it’s OK to look for the bird with these conditions:

- Park along the road near their driveway, making sure you do not block their driveway or any others. Do not drive into their driveway or park there.

- Birders need to stay along the road and watch for the bird from there; do not walk into the yard. (They have dogs described as “very anxious”.)

If you have any questions, contact Nancy at <wchenke1...> <mailto:<wchenke1...>>.


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Date: 10/3/18 12:53 pm
From: Missy Bowen <missybowen...>
Subject: [mou-net] Saturday Big Day activities?
Are there any Big Day activities planned in the East or North Metro area?
My friend Chris and I are just north of Stillwater and looking for
suggestions.
Missy Bowen

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Date: 10/3/18 8:12 am
From: Jim & Charlene Nelson <birdnird57...>
Subject: [mou-net] FOS Gold crowned Kinglets and Brown Creeper
At Grant County farm. Yard is wild with lil birds;-)
Charlene Nelson

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Date: 10/2/18 10:39 pm
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...>
Subject: [mou-net] eBird report: Townsend’s Solitaire (Anoka Co.)
Read the report below. Also, thank you to everyone who responded! Honestly, I was expecting more requests against reposting eBird reports, but just about everyone was supportive of them. So if these emails are redundant to you, feel free to skip or delete them. Good birding!

Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2018 07:15 by Logan Korte & Megan Koenig
- Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (restricted access), Anoka, Minnesota
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=45.4079715,-93.1914425&ll=45.4079715,-93.1914425
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48899000
- Comments: "First heard in the trees near one of the research fields while working. It was calling frequently with single, brief, high-pitched notes that were compared directly with Audubon recordings. Observed a gray bird flying out of the trees where the calls originated from. "

Alyssa DeRubeis
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Date: 10/2/18 8:04 pm
From: Susan anderson <0000027be96b2ba4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] eBird report: Least Tern (St. Louis Co.)
I agree!! - Susan Anderson
> On Oct 2, 2018, at 3:08 PM, Kim R Eckert <eckertkr...> wrote:
>
> Alyssa,
>
> By all means, your news of rarities forwarded to mou-net from eBird are appreciated, so please keep them coming. There are several active Minnesota birders who report to the MOU database and keep track of sightings there, and they may not know when something of note appears on eBird. And the same applies to group or personal Facebook pages, texting groups, or other forums. There are dozens of these (or 100s, if you include every birder with a Facebook page), all with the potential of significant birding news that most birders might never hear about. It’s simply not possible to become a Facebook friend with every birder out there who might have news of a rarity. It sure would be nice if it were possible to have one central site where notable species are reported – whether it’s eBird, a Facebook page, texting group, this listserv, or whatever forum we could all agree on. It used to be hard enough just to find the rarity that is reported. Now it’s often harder just to find the report of it in the first place.
>
> Kim Eckert, Duluth
>
>
>
>
>
> On Oct 2, 2018, at 9:48 AM, Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> <mailto:<alderubeis...>> wrote:
>
> There’s a Least Tern being seen in the Superior Bay between Minnesota and Wisconsin as of yesterday. Read the report below. As an aside, I’m curious to know if these emails to MOU-net regarding rare eBird reports have any value. It’s my understanding that a lot of folks are already subscribed to receive such notifications from eBird, since no one else really seems to re-post them to this group. I am happy to keep passing them along or I can stop. I assume some folks do not or refuse to subscribe to eBird, but I’m wondering how many. If it’s a small minority, then these emails would mostly be repeats of what most birders already know. I would like to hear your opinion, so please reply PRIVATELY (as in do NOT have mou-net in your recipient field). Thanks for your polite and civil responses.
>
> Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) (1)
> - Reported Oct 01, 2018 15:00 by Clinton Nienhaus
> - Superior Harbor (between Pump House and Chanel Markers), St. Louis, Minnesota
> - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=46.7129582,-92.0364198&ll=46.7129582,-92.0364198
> - Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48877234 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48877234> <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48877234 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48877234>>
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Date: 10/2/18 7:43 pm
From: ronald huber <huber033...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] eBird report: Least Tern (St. Louis Co.)
"...one central site where notable species are reported.." isn't that
what this MOU site is supposed to be?
Something seems to be happening - like a strange undercurrent ?
Ron Huber
(white-haired old knuckle-dragger)
Bloomington, MN


On 10/2/2018 5:44 PM, Jeanie Joppru wrote:
> AMEN!
>
> Jeanie Joppru
> Pennington County, MN
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>
>
>> On Oct 2, 2018, at 3:08 PM, Kim R Eckert <eckertkr...> wrote:
>>
>> Alyssa,
>>
>> By all means, your news of rarities forwarded to mou-net from eBird are appreciated, so please keep them coming. There are several active Minnesota birders who report to the MOU database and keep track of sightings there, and they may not know when something of note appears on eBird. And the same applies to group or personal Facebook pages, texting groups, or other forums. There are dozens of these (or 100s, if you include every birder with a Facebook page), all with the potential of significant birding news that most birders might never hear about. It’s simply not possible to become a Facebook friend with every birder out there who might have news of a rarity. It sure would be nice if it were possible to have one central site where notable species are reported – whether it’s eBird, a Facebook page, texting group, this listserv, or whatever forum we could all agree on. It used to be hard enough just to find the rarity that is reported. Now it’s often harder just to find the report of it in the first place.
>>
>> Kim Eckert, Duluth
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Oct 2, 2018, at 9:48 AM, Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> wrote:
>>
>> There’s a Least Tern being seen in the Superior Bay between Minnesota and Wisconsin as of yesterday. Read the report below. As an aside, I’m curious to know if these emails to MOU-net regarding rare eBird reports have any value. It’s my understanding that a lot of folks are already subscribed to receive such notifications from eBird, since no one else really seems to re-post them to this group. I am happy to keep passing them along or I can stop. I assume some folks do not or refuse to subscribe to eBird, but I’m wondering how many. If it’s a small minority, then these emails would mostly be repeats of what most birders already know. I would like to hear your opinion, so please reply PRIVATELY (as in do NOT have mou-net in your recipient field). Thanks for your polite and civil responses.
>>
>> Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) (1)
>> - Reported Oct 01, 2018 15:00 by Clinton Nienhaus
>> - Superior Harbor (between Pump House and Chanel Markers), St. Louis, Minnesota
>> - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=46.7129582,-92.0364198&ll=46.7129582,-92.0364198
>> - Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48877234 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48877234>
>>
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Date: 10/2/18 3:51 pm
From: Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] eBird report: Least Tern (St. Louis Co.)
AMEN!

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN

Sent from my iPad



> On Oct 2, 2018, at 3:08 PM, Kim R Eckert <eckertkr...> wrote:
>
> Alyssa,
>
> By all means, your news of rarities forwarded to mou-net from eBird are appreciated, so please keep them coming. There are several active Minnesota birders who report to the MOU database and keep track of sightings there, and they may not know when something of note appears on eBird. And the same applies to group or personal Facebook pages, texting groups, or other forums. There are dozens of these (or 100s, if you include every birder with a Facebook page), all with the potential of significant birding news that most birders might never hear about. It’s simply not possible to become a Facebook friend with every birder out there who might have news of a rarity. It sure would be nice if it were possible to have one central site where notable species are reported – whether it’s eBird, a Facebook page, texting group, this listserv, or whatever forum we could all agree on. It used to be hard enough just to find the rarity that is reported. Now it’s often harder just to find the report of it in the first place.
>
> Kim Eckert, Duluth
>
>
>
>
>
> On Oct 2, 2018, at 9:48 AM, Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> wrote:
>
> There’s a Least Tern being seen in the Superior Bay between Minnesota and Wisconsin as of yesterday. Read the report below. As an aside, I’m curious to know if these emails to MOU-net regarding rare eBird reports have any value. It’s my understanding that a lot of folks are already subscribed to receive such notifications from eBird, since no one else really seems to re-post them to this group. I am happy to keep passing them along or I can stop. I assume some folks do not or refuse to subscribe to eBird, but I’m wondering how many. If it’s a small minority, then these emails would mostly be repeats of what most birders already know. I would like to hear your opinion, so please reply PRIVATELY (as in do NOT have mou-net in your recipient field). Thanks for your polite and civil responses.
>
> Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) (1)
> - Reported Oct 01, 2018 15:00 by Clinton Nienhaus
> - Superior Harbor (between Pump House and Chanel Markers), St. Louis, Minnesota
> - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=46.7129582,-92.0364198&ll=46.7129582,-92.0364198
> - Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48877234 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48877234>
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Date: 10/2/18 1:08 pm
From: Kim R Eckert <eckertkr...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] eBird report: Least Tern (St. Louis Co.)
Alyssa,

By all means, your news of rarities forwarded to mou-net from eBird are appreciated, so please keep them coming. There are several active Minnesota birders who report to the MOU database and keep track of sightings there, and they may not know when something of note appears on eBird. And the same applies to group or personal Facebook pages, texting groups, or other forums. There are dozens of these (or 100s, if you include every birder with a Facebook page), all with the potential of significant birding news that most birders might never hear about. It’s simply not possible to become a Facebook friend with every birder out there who might have news of a rarity. It sure would be nice if it were possible to have one central site where notable species are reported – whether it’s eBird, a Facebook page, texting group, this listserv, or whatever forum we could all agree on. It used to be hard enough just to find the rarity that is reported. Now it’s often harder just to find the report of it in the first place.

Kim Eckert, Duluth





On Oct 2, 2018, at 9:48 AM, Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> wrote:

There’s a Least Tern being seen in the Superior Bay between Minnesota and Wisconsin as of yesterday. Read the report below. As an aside, I’m curious to know if these emails to MOU-net regarding rare eBird reports have any value. It’s my understanding that a lot of folks are already subscribed to receive such notifications from eBird, since no one else really seems to re-post them to this group. I am happy to keep passing them along or I can stop. I assume some folks do not or refuse to subscribe to eBird, but I’m wondering how many. If it’s a small minority, then these emails would mostly be repeats of what most birders already know. I would like to hear your opinion, so please reply PRIVATELY (as in do NOT have mou-net in your recipient field). Thanks for your polite and civil responses.

Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 01, 2018 15:00 by Clinton Nienhaus
- Superior Harbor (between Pump House and Chanel Markers), St. Louis, Minnesota
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=46.7129582,-92.0364198&ll=46.7129582,-92.0364198
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48877234 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48877234>


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Date: 10/2/18 7:48 am
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...>
Subject: [mou-net] eBird report: Least Tern (St. Louis Co.)
There’s a Least Tern being seen in the Superior Bay between Minnesota and Wisconsin as of yesterday. Read the report below. As an aside, I’m curious to know if these emails to MOU-net regarding rare eBird reports have any value. It’s my understanding that a lot of folks are already subscribed to receive such notifications from eBird, since no one else really seems to re-post them to this group. I am happy to keep passing them along or I can stop. I assume some folks do not or refuse to subscribe to eBird, but I’m wondering how many. If it’s a small minority, then these emails would mostly be repeats of what most birders already know. I would like to hear your opinion, so please reply PRIVATELY (as in do NOT have mou-net in your recipient field). Thanks for your polite and civil responses.

Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 01, 2018 15:00 by Clinton Nienhaus
- Superior Harbor (between Pump House and Chanel Markers), St. Louis, Minnesota
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=46.7129582,-92.0364198&ll=46.7129582,-92.0364198
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48877234
- Comments: "Adult in non-breeding plumage. Observations of the bird were primarily made through a Vortex Viper (65 mm 15-45x) spotting scope viewed at 20-30 power. Conditions were slightly overcast, with some sun peaking through. Wind was blowing out of the NE steadily at 10-15 mph. Both Kristina and I were able to view the bird as close as 1300 yds, but much of the observation was made further away (about 2000 yds). The bird made a full foraging pass down the point and back toward the ore docks, where it was not seen again during our observation time. Total observation time was roughly 2-3 minutes and bird was in the air the entire time, making multiple dives and banking turns.

Initial impression was a very small tern, seen in direct comparison and flight line with BOGU. COTE was seen during the observation period as well, for contrast of size comparison to BOGU and reference for the LETE in the field. Our bird was much smaller than surrounding BOGU, where the COTE was similar, but smaller in size, than surrounding BOGU. The bird was very pale overall, almost recalling FOTE, however, this bird lacked any prominent tail streamers, and showed a much more squared off tail with slightly extended outer retrices, recalling COTE. The tail was not sharply contrasting with body, mostly gray overall. (unlike COTE with white tail contrasting with dorsal plumage). The bird had an entirely dark bill, and stood out, considering the distance and size of the bird overall. The bird showed a nearly half-hooded look, with a dark bar through the eye connecting to a dark nape (recalling COTE in non-breeding plumage). Top of head was slightly dusky, but not obviously so. Outer primaries were dark and restricted to the outer most primaries. A strong carpal bar and leading edge to wing were not shown, indicating an adult and not juvenile. The bird was observed in foraging flights, with wing beats shorter and sharper than BOGU and COTE observed in similar conditions. Multiple angles were seen, though most frequently, we were able to view the bird dorsally, as it banked and stooped while it was foraging. This bird was also seen in WI waters and this report and documentation will be shared accordingly."

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Date: 10/1/18 9:12 pm
From: Alex <asgreenplanet4077...>
Subject: [mou-net] Say’s Phoebe in Itasca County
Hey all,
Kathleen MacAulay and I found a Say’s Phoebe in a cow pasture in Itasca County this evening. It was in a pasture southwest of Hwy 286, though it was seen on both sides of the hwy. Also present were American Golden-Plovers, Lapland Longspurs, and an Eastern Phoebe.
(47.5955224,-93.7003846)
Photo will be uploaded to MOU once I get to my computer; I already uploaded pictures to Facebook and the eBird checklist here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48873439

Best,
Alex Sundvall
Count Interpreter: Hawk Ridge, Duluth

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Date: 10/1/18 2:12 pm
From: Scott Clark <smclark5354...>
Subject: [mou-net] Lake County Ruddy Turnstone
Found on October 1, 2018 at 3:50 pm. Location: main Two Harbors Light House parking lot, walking along rocky bay shore approximately four hundred feet left of orange buoy number 4.

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Date: 9/30/18 5:00 pm
From: Peter Nichols <petenich76...>
Subject: [mou-net] Field Trip Report: MOU/CNC Hawk Watch and Migratory Bird Count
Yesterday, 107 people attended the 2nd annual MOU/Carpenter Nature Center
Hawk Watch and Migratory Bird Count (located on the St. Croix River in
southern Washington County). The official event time was 9 AM-2 PM, though
we had counters tallying species from 6:15 AM until about 4 PM. A total of
87 species were recorded, including 7 species of waterfowl,12 diurnal
raptor species, 2 owl species, 8 warbler species, and 10 species of
sparrows. Despite the diversity in diurnal raptor species, individual
numbers of most species were low due to unfavorable weather. Here is the
diurnal raptor list:

Turkey Vulture 33
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 11
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3
Cooper's Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 7
American Kestrel 1
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1

There were many other highlights, including a few late or semi-late birds:
Great Crested Flycatcher (1), Least Flycatcher (1), Barn Swallow (2),
Mourning Warbler (1), and Indigo Bunting (1). On the slightly early side,
there were good numbers of Pine Siskins (32) and Purple Finches (13). Other
interesting birds for the area included flyover Northern Pintail (7),
Green-winged Teal (1), Blue-winged Teal (6), Sora (1), Greater Yellowlegs
(1), Franklin's Gull (7), Great Horned Owl (1), Barred Owl (1),
Red-breasted Nuthatch (7), American Pipit (1), Harris's Sparrow (1), and
Rusty Blackbird (3+). The most abundant species were Blue Jay (497),
Yellow-rumped Warbler (136), and Ring-billed Gull (127).

A big thanks to the CNC staff and all the volunteers who helped to make
this event a success again this year!

Peter Nichols
Washington County

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Date: 9/28/18 2:58 pm
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] membership
(Posted by Douglas Winn <dwinn...> via moumn.org)

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Date: 9/27/18 6:25 pm
From: Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...>
Subject: [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, September 27, 2018
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 27,
2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may
also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
<https://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/birding-report>
https://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/birding-report

We have had a big change in the weather in the past week. Now we are getting
cold drizzly days with wind, and the forecast is for frost in the very near
future. Migration continues. Now the late fall sparrows are showing up with
reported of white-crowned sparrows, white-throated sparrows, and Harris's
sparrows arriving at their favorite feeders. Many northern flickers moved
through in the past week, and the last of the warblers stopped briefly. Many
bald eagles are being reported now . Dana Jenkins saw six of them soaring
over her yard a week ago in Newfolden township of Marshall County.

Here in Pennington County, I had an OVENBIRD show up in the yard on
September 21.Several RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and
PURPLE FINCHES were seen that day also. On September 22nd, a BELTED
KINGFISHER was catching fish along the river, and the first WOOD DUCKS I
have seen for a while were feeding on the wild rice along the edge. On the
27th, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen catching bugs on the lawn.

Connie Cox in Clearwater County reported CEDAR WAXWINGS, a single
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on September 27.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County, is still reporting a few late
warblers at her bird bath. Sparrows are the story there this week as she has
observed WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and HARRIS'S
SPARROWS in the yard, and one GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH.

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was reported by Chris Merkord on September 25 at
Buffalo River State Park in Clay County.

Charlene Nelson in Grant County reported a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on
September 20th at their farm near Elbow Lake. Other species she has seen
there this week include WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER , ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and WINTER WREN. On
September 23rd at the N.Ottawa impoundment, Wayne Perala reported PALM
WARBLER, SAVANNAH SPARROW, LE CONTE'S SPARROW, SNOWY EGRETS and PEREGRINE
FALCON. There is a drawdown , so shorebirds are present at this time. Becca
Engdahl reported eleven WHITE-FACED IBIS and a DICKCISSEL there on
September 26.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at <ajjoppru...> <mailto:<ajjoppru...>
OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber's numbers 218-847-5743 or 218- 847-9202.
Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled
update of this report is Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN


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Date: 9/26/18 8:36 pm
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...>
Subject: [mou-net] eBird report: Say’s Phoebe (Cook Co.)
I just saw it on eBird a few hours ago, although the sighting is from two days ago. Per eBird:

Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2018 14:45 by Steve Kolbe
- Lutsen Mountains Chalet, Cook, Minnesota
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=47.6544156,-90.7273235&ll=47.6544156,-90.7273235
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48766227
- Comments: "Foraging around the chalet restrooms and rooftops. Distinctive phoebe habits and shape with black tail and buff-orange belly. Poor iPhone photos and videos."

Alyssa DeRubeis
Fayetteville, AR
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Date: 9/26/18 8:22 am
From: Jeanne Tanamachi <jtanamachi...>
Subject: [mou-net] Harlequin Duck, Grand Marais Harbor, Cook County
The Harlequin Duck first reported on eBird by Diane Meiborg is hanging around the Coast Guard Station area of the harbor. There is also a Surf Scoter in the vicinity. Seen Tuesday evening and again Weds. morning. Jeanne & Steve Tanamachi

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Date: 9/22/18 10:32 pm
From: Steve Weston <sweston2g...>
Subject: [mou-net] Ben Douglas program at MRVAC this Thursday
September 27 – 7:30 pm

Ben Douglas

How to find the rare and unexpected birds

In 2017 Ben Douglas found 243 species in Washington County, including 3
first and second county records. He will share stories that draw upon
previous experience including his 2018 State Park Big Year where he visited
all 73 State Parks and Recreation Areas in just 7 months. Ben will explain
his process for maximizing his county and year list, finding rarities and
show you how you can transform the way you birdwatch. Also, he will share
the equipment he uses to easily document his finds.

*When:* Please join us on Thursday, September 27 from 7:00-7:30 pm to
socialize (with treats). A brief business meeting and the featured speaker
begin at 7:30 pm. The meeting will conclude before 9:00 pm.

*Where: *Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3801
American Blvd E, Bloomington. Accessible by Hiawatha Light Rail line, get
off at the American Blvd. stop. Driving, take Hwy 494 to 34th Ave – go
south to American Blvd; turn left, go 2 blocks. Use the staff entrance in
the middle of the building.
*All MRVAC meetings are free and open to the public.*

Steve Weston
On Quigley Lake in Eagan, MN
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Date: 9/22/18 6:22 pm
From: Jason Frank <jmfrank84...>
Subject: [mou-net] Big Stone Co. Merlin, Pileated WP, Barred Owl, & More
Having recently moved to Ortonville, Minnesota, I'd like to share some
sightings from the past week that may be considered noteworthy as far
as county records are concerned. (I will RQD them shortly).

This evening around sunset we had a great half-hour view of a Merlin
hunting from a leafless branch at the top of a tree between the
southern side of the high school and St John's Catholic Church. Every
few minutes, it would launch off to make a strike (we're guessing it
was after some large dragonflies) before returning to the perch. It
flew off to a different roost once the sun went down. It was an adult
male Taiga specimen.

All week long, a Pileated Woodpecker has been coming to my feeders.
There are at least two of them active in Central Park, in the middle
of town.

I've also had Red-Breasted Nuthatches and a single immature male
Northern Cardinal showing up. As of this evening, Hummingbirds are
still present.

Last Monday night, a Barred Owl was calling in Central Park, which is
also the evening roost site of approximately 50 Turkey Vultures. Other
raptors taking advantage of the thermals this week include:
Broad-Winged Hawks (60+ last Tuesday in 3 separate kettles), Cooper's,
Sharp-Shinned, Red-Tailed, and Swainson's.

The oak savanna at the Bonanza Beach section of Big Stone Lake State
Park (the northern part) is overflowing with acorns, and I counted 6
Red-Headed Woodpeckers there last weekend.

A few days ago, Ron Erpelding had a Snowy Egret in the backwater on
the west side of the Milan Bridge, Hwy 40, in Lac qui Parle County.

--
Jason Frank
Ortonville, MN.
Founder and Vice President,
Luddite Ornithologists League (LOL)

https://turnstonecreations.smugmug.com/

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Date: 9/22/18 10:41 am
From: Kim Eckert <eckertkr...>
Subject: [mou-net] Eur Tree Sparrow, Whimbrel, probable Arctic Tern - Lake Co
Those in town now for Hawk Weekend might want to check Knife River and Two Harbors. This morning Jim Lind and I saw a Whimbrel land on Knife Island which flew off after a few minutes. A short time later an adult tern flew around over the lake for several minutes near the island. It appeared to be an Arctic Tern in all respects but it never came in quite close enough for a positive ID.

We then went to the main cemetery along Hwy 61 in Two Harbors where Jim spotted a Eur Tree Sparrow near the dirt piles in the SE corner of the cemetery. We lost sight of it after a few minutes but it may still be in that area. Also present here were two early Bohemian Waxwings.

Kim Eckert, Duluth


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