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1/19/18 11:12 am Scott Clark <smclark5354...> [mou-net] Partial Albino Red Tail
1/19/18 11:02 am <mou...> [mou-net] On the Continued Absence of Yard Birds...
1/18/18 5:48 pm Bernice Hall <savannahl665...> [mou-net] Tufted duck
1/18/18 12:16 pm Kim Eckert <eckertkr...> [mou-net] Tufted Duck update
1/17/18 9:09 pm Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> [mou-net] Barrow’s Goldeneye (Otter Tail Co.)
1/17/18 5:56 pm Randy Frederickson <fredericksonr...> [mou-net] TUDU Seen today
1/16/18 8:10 pm Randy Frederickson <fredericksonr...> [mou-net] Tufted Duck Query
1/15/18 7:38 pm Ken Larson Mary Lou Frank <prairiemarshfarm...> [mou-net] Salt Lake Birding Weekend
1/15/18 10:04 am Josh Wallestad <joshwallestad...> [mou-net] TUDU--No
1/15/18 7:01 am sparky stensaas <sparkystensaas...> [mou-net] Sax-Zim Winter Bird Festival: Still Space Available to Register
1/14/18 5:35 pm Steve Wilson <clevergrayjay...> [mou-net] Spruce Grouse in Lake County
1/14/18 9:30 am <mou...> [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound!
1/14/18 9:26 am <mou...> [mou-net] Tufted D visible @ 11:25
1/14/18 9:15 am <mou...> [mou-net] Tufted Duck
1/14/18 7:03 am <mou...> [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound!!
1/14/18 6:56 am Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...> [mou-net] Tufted Duck refound Sunday morning Jan. 14
1/13/18 2:38 pm Rick Gibson <rjoegibson...> [mou-net] No Tufted Duck today
1/13/18 12:49 pm Gavin Anderson <ande3776...> [mou-net] 2017 Paper Session
1/13/18 12:35 pm josep002 <josep002...> Re: [mou-net] Requesting Comments on Arboretum Papers Session
1/13/18 12:19 pm Jeffrey Saffle <Jeffrey.Saffle...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck at Colvill Park 4 pm 1/12/2018
1/13/18 9:23 am linda whyte <0000004e7b0e779a-dmarc-request...> Re: [mou-net] Requesting Comments on Arboretum Papers Session
1/13/18 8:41 am CindyThury Smith <membership...> [mou-net] Requesting Comments on Arboretum Papers Session
1/12/18 2:33 pm <mou...> [mou-net] Tufted Duck at Colvill Park 4 pm 1/12/2018
1/12/18 1:24 pm Molly Miller Johnson <johnson-miller...> [mou-net] Rough-legged Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Inver Grove Hts Dakota Co
1/12/18 11:36 am <mou...> [mou-net] Tufted Duck Sighting Colvill Park/Red Wing Water Park Friday, 1/12/2018 1:30 pm
1/12/18 10:10 am Alex Sundvall <asgreenplanet4077...> [mou-net] 100 Species Record Broken
1/12/18 9:57 am Randy Frederickson <fredericksonr...> [mou-net] TUDU Tufted Duck
1/12/18 8:39 am Kathy Brown <kabrown1...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound
1/11/18 6:05 pm Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...> [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, January 11, 2018
1/10/18 8:51 pm Molly Miller Johnson <johnson-miller...> [mou-net] Rough-legged Hawk, Inver Grove Hts
1/10/18 8:02 pm linda whyte <0000004e7b0e779a-dmarc-request...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound
1/10/18 1:06 pm Alex <asgreenplanet4077...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound
1/10/18 12:51 pm Alex Sundvall <asgreenplanet4077...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound
1/10/18 10:12 am Greg Vassilopoulos <gregv12...> [mou-net] Eastern Screech Owl
1/10/18 9:37 am Alex <asgreenplanet4077...> [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound
1/10/18 6:08 am Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> [mou-net] No more private land access for Tufted Duck viewing
1/9/18 3:02 pm Peter Marchetto <pmarchet...> [mou-net] Redpolls
1/9/18 12:27 pm Williams, Bob <BXWilliams...> [mou-net] Tufted Duck not being seen
1/9/18 9:45 am <mou...> [mou-net] Tufted Duck—- Tuesday
1/9/18 9:26 am Kim Eckert <eckertkr...> [mou-net] Fwd: [mou-net] Tufted Duck update (Jan 9)
1/9/18 9:14 am Williams, Bob <BXWilliams...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck update (Jan 9)
1/9/18 7:00 am Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> [mou-net] Tufted Duck update (Jan 9)
1/8/18 6:27 pm Tami Vogel <tvogel...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
1/8/18 5:59 pm Jason Frank <jmfrank84...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
1/8/18 3:39 pm linda whyte <0000004e7b0e779a-dmarc-request...> [mou-net] Carolina Wren, Ft. Snelling
1/8/18 3:37 pm Nels F. Thompson <nelsthom...> [mou-net] SNOWY OWL, Dodge County
1/8/18 2:31 pm Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
1/8/18 1:27 pm pbudde <pbudde...> [mou-net] Wabasha to Twin Cities help?
1/8/18 12:55 pm Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
1/8/18 12:06 pm Susan anderson <susan331...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
1/8/18 10:04 am Liz Harper <harp0055...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
1/8/18 7:08 am Liz Harper <harp0055...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
1/8/18 6:12 am Liz Harper <harp0055...> Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
1/7/18 9:45 pm Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
1/7/18 1:57 pm <mou...> [mou-net] Yes, Virginia....
1/7/18 12:09 pm Uwe Kausch <uwe...> [mou-net] Great Gray Owl
1/7/18 11:36 am Terence Brashear <tpbrashear...> Re: [mou-net] hoary redpolls
1/7/18 9:27 am Steve Wilson <clevergrayjay...> [mou-net] Savaloja Grant Proposals Deadline Approaching
1/7/18 9:14 am Gregg Severson <rainerd...> Re: [mou-net] hoary redpolls
1/6/18 1:02 pm Michael Welch <mjewelch...> [mou-net] hoary redpolls
1/6/18 10:40 am Steven Houdek <schoudek...> [mou-net] Snowy Owl- Dodge County
1/6/18 7:55 am David Benson <bensodavid...> [mou-net] Long-tailed Ducks, Cook County
1/6/18 7:12 am Kyle TePoel <kctepo00...> [mou-net] White-Throated Sparrow, Redpolls, Minneapolis
1/5/18 3:10 pm Bruce Stahly <bws0813...> [mou-net] Boreal Owl, Grand Marais, UPDATE
1/5/18 10:45 am Michelle Terrell <mterrell...> Re: [mou-net] Probable Northern Hawk Owl
1/5/18 9:49 am Nathan Schirmacher <natester166...> Re: [mou-net] Probable Northern Hawk Owl
1/5/18 9:01 am Al Schirmacher <alschirmacher...> [mou-net] Probable Northern Hawk Owl
1/5/18 8:04 am Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...> [mou-net] 2018 Year of the Bird
1/5/18 4:16 am Gerald Hoekstra <hoekstra...> [mou-net] Jan/Feb 2018 MOU newsletter now available
1/4/18 6:26 pm Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...> [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, January 4, 2018
1/4/18 1:38 pm <mou...> [mou-net] Hoary redpoll still present downtown Minneapolis
1/3/18 2:53 pm <mou...> [mou-net] Mute swans
1/3/18 6:28 am sparky stensaas <sparkystensaas...> [mou-net] SAX-ZIM BOG Field trips/Events & Boreal Bird Update ...Gala, Big Half Year, BRRRRdathon, Clinton trips, etc
1/2/18 11:58 am Bruce Stahly <bws0813...> [mou-net] Boreal Owl, Grand Marais
1/1/18 6:45 pm <mou...> [mou-net] Sandhills Crane—- Dakota County
1/1/18 1:36 pm Steven Houdek <schoudek...> [mou-net] Short-eared Owl- Mower County
1/1/18 12:55 pm <mou...> [mou-net] Airport Snowy Owl
1/1/18 11:10 am Jim Robey <jprobeyrx...> [mou-net] Snowy Owl Olmsted Co.
12/31/17 4:41 am Matthew Etterson <metterso...> [mou-net] Harlequin Ducks, Two Harbors
12/30/17 9:15 pm Keith Carlson <keithecarls...> [mou-net] Trumpeter Swans, Northern Shrike and Winter Ducks
12/29/17 6:55 pm <mou...> [mou-net] Great Gray Owl, Town of Duluth
12/27/17 11:06 am John Cyrus <cyrus150...> [mou-net] 2017 Carver County summary(very long)
12/25/17 3:45 pm Steven Kirkhorn <stevenkirkhorn...> [mou-net] Northern shrike
12/25/17 12:57 pm Gregory Jahner III <jahner23...> Re: [mou-net] Bohemian Waxwing - Washington County
12/25/17 7:57 am Alex <asgreenplanet4077...> Re: [mou-net] Harlequin Duck (Washington Co.)
12/25/17 6:05 am Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> [mou-net] Harlequin Duck (Washington Co.)
12/23/17 9:33 am Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> [mou-net] Belated possible Fieldfare report (Becker Co.), Mute Swans (Scott Co.)
12/22/17 8:38 am Sid Stivland <norlastiv...> [mou-net] Redpolls
12/22/17 7:24 am Mike Majeski <mmajeski...> [mou-net] Albert Lea CBC rescheduled to January 1st
12/21/17 6:07 pm Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...> [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, December 21, 2017
12/20/17 11:28 am Doug Kieser <chewy2b...> [mou-net] Carlton County Carolina Wren still present 12/20
12/20/17 11:03 am Mark Palas <markpalas...> [mou-net] Carolina Wren- Fort Snelling
12/20/17 10:30 am Bob Holtz <BobHoltz33...> [mou-net] Year of the Bird
12/20/17 8:30 am Steve Midthune <smidthune...> [mou-net] Becker Co. Snowys
12/20/17 6:26 am sparky stensaas <sparkystensaas...> [mou-net] Sax-Zim Bog CBC Results (and other bird notes)
 
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Date: 1/19/18 11:12 am
From: Scott Clark <smclark5354...>
Subject: [mou-net] Partial Albino Red Tail
Second hand report ( with photos) of a partial albino red tail as illustrated in Sibley's. Location - SE quadrant of US 52 and 80 St E Inver Grove. Seen at 11:45 a.m. today January 19th Scott Clark on behalf of Patrick Peters.
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Date: 1/19/18 11:02 am
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] On the Continued Absence of Yard Birds...
(Posted by Jason Frank <jmfrank84...> via moumn.org)

Is anyone else in rural southern, central, or western counties still noticing a conspicuous
absence of yard birds?

I've seen no improvement since the issue was raised last fall.

This has got to be the most eerily silent fall/winter season I've ever known.

I've got suet that's gone untouched since October. Nothing is coming for seed. No Juncos,
Finches, Chickadees, Downies, Hairies, Doves, or overwintering Robins. Berry bushes, and
even wild grape vines, still bear a surprising amount of fruit.

On the CBCs, we'd scour parks and WMAs, places that should've been brimming with Jays
and Chickadees, we'd get 2 or 3 at one site, if that.

I suspected the lack of snowcover was keeping the Buntings and Longspurs out in the fields,
away from the roadsides. Even after we got some snow, I could hardly find any. Even House
Sparrows are missing. In town, and out in the country.

At work in Canby, people are constantly bringing this up to me. I have my suspicions, but
I'd really be interested to know how wide-spread this absence is, or if its more of a local
concern.


Jason Frank
Lac qui Parle
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Date: 1/18/18 5:48 pm
From: Bernice Hall <savannahl665...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted duck
Viewed the Tufted duck at Colvill Park, Redwing,between 3 & 4 pm today. Hanging out with one scaup among Common Mergansers.
Earl-Bernice Hall
Hutchinson,Mn
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Date: 1/18/18 12:16 pm
From: Kim Eckert <eckertkr...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted Duck update
Just heard from Paul Egeland that the Tufted Duck is still present this afternoon at Colville Park.

Kim Eckert, Duluth
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Date: 1/17/18 9:09 pm
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...>
Subject: [mou-net] Barrow’s Goldeneye (Otter Tail Co.)
I saw this on eBird: Wayne Perala photographed a female Barrow’s Goldeneye at Orwell WMA (near the recreational area) earlier today. It sounds like it’s difficult to pull off on the highway’s shoulder, so be careful if you try for it!

Good birding,

Alyssa DeRubeis

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Date: 1/17/18 5:56 pm
From: Randy Frederickson <fredericksonr...>
Subject: [mou-net] TUDU Seen today
Sorry for the late post, but a friend of mine WAS able to relocate the
Tufted Duck in Red Wing today. (He is not an MOU member but asked me
to post on his behalf). He saw the bird near Colvill Park around noon.
The good news is the bird is still in the area....but patience and
luck seem to be prerequisites.

Randy Frederickson

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Date: 1/16/18 8:10 pm
From: Randy Frederickson <fredericksonr...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Query
Sometime in the next few days I am going to take another run for the
TUDU. It would be helpful if I knew where it was seen right away last
Sunday morning (north in the lagoon?), (SE on the river?), and if
folks are seeing it moving from point A to point B. Are there any
patterns of movement? There are quite a few of us this bird has
eluded to date. The more info we have, the better the odds of
connecting next time. Thanks in advance; all advice appreciated.

I can forward to others or post to members if sufficient responses are received.


Randy Frederickson
Willmar

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Date: 1/15/18 7:38 pm
From: Ken Larson Mary Lou Frank <prairiemarshfarm...>
Subject: [mou-net] Salt Lake Birding Weekend
On April 28th the 43nd annual Salt Lake Birding Weekend will take place in the western Minnesota counties of Lac qui Parle, Yellow Medicine and Big Stone. This event is free and open to all who are interested, no pre-registration is needed. This is great family event and appropriate for birders at all levels of experience. Meet on Saturday, April 28 at 7 AM at the Marietta American Legion to join guided car caravans for tours of the best birding areas.
We will be seeing the end of the waterfowl migration and the start of the shorebird migration. Every year unexpected and interesting birds can show up such as Say's Phoebe, White-faced Ibis, Prairie Falcon, American Avocet or Snowy Egret.
Information about lodging or camping is available on the MOU website at http://moumn.org/saltlake/ or contact Ken Larson at mailto:<prairiemarshfarm...> or 612-210-8486.
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Date: 1/15/18 10:04 am
From: Josh Wallestad <joshwallestad...>
Subject: [mou-net] TUDU--No
From 9:00 to 11:00 this morning, Brad Nelson, Garrett Wee, and I searched
the waters around Colvill Park, including where the TUDU was seen yesterday
afternoon and we were not successful.

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Date: 1/15/18 7:01 am
From: sparky stensaas <sparkystensaas...>
Subject: [mou-net] Sax-Zim Winter Bird Festival: Still Space Available to Register
Sax-Zim Bog Winter Bird Festival

February 16-18, 2018, Meadowlands, Minnesota

Still time to Register!


The Town of Meadowlands, Minnesota in cooperation with Friends of Sax-Zim Bog will be putting on the 11th annual Sax-Zim Bog Winter Bird Festival on Presiden'ts Day Weekend February 16-18, 2018.


Saturday Keynote speaker will be Laura Erickson of "For the Birds" radio fame, and author, naturalist, and speaker extraordinaire.

Field trips to Sax-Zim, Duluth, North Shore, speakers, vendor fair, good food, awesome birds, and more. Many Great Gray Owls around this year, so if you've always dreamed of seeing this "Phantom of the North" now is your chance!

Info & Registration Here:
http://www.saxzimbirdingfestival.com
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Sax Zim Bog Birding Festival Meadowlands, Minnesota<http://www.saxzimbirdingfestival.com/>
February 16, 17, 18, 2018. A warm welcome to all of our birding friends from the members of the Toivola-Meadowlands Development Board, Friends of the Sax-Zim Bog, the ...
www.saxzimbirdingfestival.com



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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Date: 1/14/18 5:35 pm
From: Steve Wilson <clevergrayjay...>
Subject: [mou-net] Spruce Grouse in Lake County
Not sure if word is getting out about numerous spruce grouse being seen on Hwy 1 south of the Kawisihiwi River. All reports I have are second-hand, so I don't have complete details, but here's what I have. Seven were seen on Hwy 1 on or about Jan 10 between the Kawishiwi River and FR1902, and two more were seen further south from there. Two were seen "in the same vicinity" on Jan. 9. The most striking report was of about 50 birds during a drive by someone traveling up Hwy 1. Regardless of whether the estimate is off, this person saw quite a few birds because I saw video taken by him of groups of 10, 7 and 3 birds.

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Date: 1/14/18 9:30 am
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound!
(Posted by Becca Engdahl <bemidjibecca...> via moumn.org)

Tufted Duck refound again!! Just down the path past the water park. The bird is currently
about 100 feet offshore - great looks!
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Date: 1/14/18 9:26 am
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted D visible @ 11:25
(Posted by Linda Sparling <hagsela...> via moumn.org)

It's now behind the watwr park area and close.
Linda Sparling
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Date: 1/14/18 9:15 am
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted Duck
(Posted by Becca Engdahl <bemidjibecca...> via moumn.org)

Tufted Duck just picked up and flew out of the little lagoon and headed south! Seen by
many others, but hoping to refund again! Many are looking now.
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Date: 1/14/18 7:03 am
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound!!
(Posted by Becca Engdahl <bemidjibecca...> via moumn.org)

I just refound the Tufted Duck at Colvil Park in the little lagoon.
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Date: 1/14/18 6:56 am
From: Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted Duck refound Sunday morning Jan. 14
Becca Engdahl is currently looking at the Tufted Duck at Colvill Park in
Red Wing.

Bob Dunlap

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Date: 1/13/18 2:38 pm
From: Rick Gibson <rjoegibson...>
Subject: [mou-net] No Tufted Duck today
Quite a group of folks out at Colville Park this afternoon in Redwing with
no luck spotting tbe Tufted Duck. The water is open with lots of Common
Mergs, Eagles and Goldeneyes but no Tufted Duck.

As of this afternoon, there is no open water visible from Frontenac State
Park. I did not check the Wacouta neighborhood.

Updates from tomorrow (Sunday), pro or con, will be helpful.

Good luck!

-rick g, mpls

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Date: 1/13/18 12:49 pm
From: Gavin Anderson <ande3776...>
Subject: [mou-net] 2017 Paper Session
For those interested in providing feedback to the MOU regarding the 2017 Paper Sessions, you can send an email directly to the email address provided (<membership...>).  This option will keep your comments private and therefore will not be distributed to everyone subscribed to mou-net listserv.  Thanks! 

Gavin Anderson 
St. Louis Park 

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Date: 1/13/18 12:35 pm
From: josep002 <josep002...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Requesting Comments on Arboretum Papers Session
My husband and I were disappointed at the less emphasis on science. We
have always found these sessions education and entertaining, but this
session, not so much. The drive was long. A closer venue to the Cities
would be appreciated.
Thanks.
Marilyn Regelmann

On Jan 13, 2018 10:41 AM, "CindyThury Smith" <membership...> wrote:

> The MOU is seeking your feedback on the 2017 Papers Session held at the MN
> Landscape Arboretum.
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> venue. Any other comments on the Papers Session would be welcomed also.
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> Please send your comments to <membership...> or to the address below.
> Thank you.
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Date: 1/13/18 12:19 pm
From: Jeffrey Saffle <Jeffrey.Saffle...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck at Colvill Park 4 pm 1/12/2018
Any news today (Saturday). I was hoping to go down there tomorrow if it's still being seen.
J Saffle, Lake Elmo

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 12, 2018, at 4:33 PM, "<mou...>" <mou...> wrote:
>
> (Posted by Renner S. Anderson <renner.anderson...> via moumn.org)
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> Tufted Duck seen 4 pm, Friday 1/12/2018 at edge of ice close to shore standing at
> 44.56588 -92.49798 just north of Red Wing Waterworks at Colville Park.
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Date: 1/13/18 9:23 am
From: linda whyte <0000004e7b0e779a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Requesting Comments on Arboretum Papers Session
Very nice venue--double screens and reliable audio-visual make up for lack
of stair-step seating. Might accommodate more people if tables were
concentrated at edges? Perhaps a longer drive for some folks, but shorter
for others.
Love the research oriented updates, with tentative findings and projected
extensions. Some reports, though, seemed too much like PR for a particular
"center", and could have been shortened by sticking only to how Grant funds
were used; most such places have websites that give the broader program and
place descriptions anyway.
Thanks to all who planned and worked!
Linda Whyte

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The MOU is seeking your feedback on the 2017 Papers Session held at the MN
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Date: 1/12/18 2:33 pm
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted Duck at Colvill Park 4 pm 1/12/2018
(Posted by Renner S. Anderson <renner.anderson...> via moumn.org)

Tufted Duck seen 4 pm, Friday 1/12/2018 at edge of ice close to shore standing at
44.56588 -92.49798 just north of Red Wing Waterworks at Colville Park.
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Date: 1/12/18 1:24 pm
From: Molly Miller Johnson <johnson-miller...>
Subject: [mou-net] Rough-legged Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Inver Grove Hts Dakota Co
The Rough-legged Hawk was at the same spot as before today around 2:00: SE quadrant of MN-55 and Barnes Avenue in Inver Grove Hts (where US-52 and MN-55 split).


There was also a Red-shouldered Hawk on the north side of 100th St East, IGH. It flew and perched on a power pole straight west, before continuing on its way.


Molly Miller

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Date: 1/12/18 11:36 am
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Sighting Colvill Park/Red Wing Water Park Friday, 1/12/2018 1:30 pm
(Posted by Renner S. Anderson <renner.anderson...> via moumn.org)

Kevin Smith just called me to say that he is looking at the Tufted Duck swimming in
open water in the main channel of the Mississippi River just downstream from the Red
Wing Water Park at Colvill Park in Redwing. The GPS coordinates of Kevin's position
are 44.565852, -92.498060. He is standing on the path that runs along the river at
the most downstream end of the path just northeast of the swimming pool. The sore
at that position is rip rap allowing a good view of the river. Renner Anderson
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Date: 1/12/18 10:10 am
From: Alex Sundvall <asgreenplanet4077...>
Subject: [mou-net] 100 Species Record Broken
On January 7, 2018, at precisely 3:53 pm CST Liz Harper and I saw our 100th
species for the year, Northern Saw-whet Owl. This breaks the previous
record set by Jeff Stephenson by 3 days.
A lot of work and preparation went into breaking this record, including two
failed attempts (by both of us separately) last year, with myself only
getting to 80 species, and Liz getting to 92. This year, however, we
decided to join forces to increase our chances of beating the record. Yes,
every single bird was seen or heard by both of us, and we were birding
essentially nonstop from the 1st through the 7th. I will copy our list to
the end of this email (including date and location for each species, as
specific as possible), but here are a few highlights:
All 10 regularly occurring species of owls
23 species of waterfowl
8 species of sparrows

Notable misses include zero species of Falcon and zero species of
Blackbirds. We didn't spend any time in the SW part of the state where it
seems the majority of the Blackbirds are overwintering, and yes, even the
Downtown Peregrine Falcons evaded us after hours of searching the streets
of both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Happy birding to everyone in this new year! We already have one probable
first state record in the books; I'm excited to see what the rest of the
year might bring.

Best,
Alex Sundvall

Here is the full list. It might be a tad challenging to follow, but it goes
"Number on the list, Species name, The Location it was seen, and the date
it was seen." All comments and notes on each species were made on their
respective checklists and will be submitted to the MOU database.

1,Cackling Goose,Shakopee Mill Pond/Memorial Park,3-Jan-18
2,Canada Goose,Lake Byllesby Regional Park,3-Jan-18
3,Mute Swan,"Blue Lake sewage lagoons, Scott Co.",3-Jan-18
4,Trumpeter Swan,"Blue Lake sewage lagoons, Scott Co.",3-Jan-18
5,Tundra Swan,Reads Landing,5-Jan-18
6,Wood Duck,Shakopee Mill Pond/Memorial Park,3-Jan-18
7,Blue-winged Teal,Waterfowl Pond (Isanti County),4-Jan-18
8,Northern Shoveler,"Blue Lake sewage lagoons, Scott Co.",3-Jan-18
9,Gadwall,"Blue Lake sewage lagoons, Scott Co.",3-Jan-18
10,American Wigeon,Bay Point Park,6-Jan-18
11,Mallard,Lake Rebecca Park,3-Jan-18
12,American Black Duck,Rum River Dam,4-Jan-18
13,Northern Pintail,Rum River Dam,4-Jan-18
14,Canvasback,Colvill Park,6-Jan-18
15,Redhead,Colvill Park,6-Jan-18
16,Ring-necked Duck,"Blue Lake sewage lagoons, Scott Co.",3-Jan-18
17,Greater Scaup,"Blue Lake sewage lagoons, Scott Co.",3-Jan-18
18,Lesser Scaup,"Blue Lake sewage lagoons, Scott Co.",3-Jan-18
19,Bufflehead,"Blue Lake sewage lagoons, Scott Co.",3-Jan-18
20,Common Goldeneye,Two Harbors--Agate Bay,2-Jan-18
21,Hooded Merganser,"Blue Lake sewage lagoons, Scott Co.",3-Jan-18
22,Common Merganser,Two Harbors--Agate Bay,2-Jan-18
23,Red-breasted Merganser,Lake Pepin--East,5-Jan-18
24,Ring-necked Pheasant,Steele,5-Jan-18
25,Ruffed Grouse,Snowshoe Trails (St. Louis County),1-Jan-18
26,Sharp-tailed Grouse,Sax-Zim Bog,2-Jan-18
27,Wild Turkey,Sax-Zim Bog,2-Jan-18
28,Northern Harrier,Scott NOHA,6-Jan-18
29,Sharp-shinned Hawk,Saint Paul,4-Jan-18
30,Cooper's Hawk,Saint Paul,4-Jan-18
31,Bald Eagle,Sax-Zim Bog,2-Jan-18
32,Red-shouldered Hawk,RSHA (Wabasha County),5-Jan-18
33,Red-tailed Hawk,Inga Woodpeckers,3-Jan-18
34,Rough-legged Hawk,Random Roughie (Dakota County),3-Jan-18
35,American Coot,"Blue Lake sewage lagoons, Scott Co.",3-Jan-18
36,Herring Gull,Two Harbors--Agate Bay,2-Jan-18
37,Iceland Gull,Two Harbors--Agate Bay,2-Jan-18
38,Glaucous Gull,Two Harbors--Agate Bay,2-Jan-18
39,Rock Pigeon,Grey Cloud Cedars,3-Jan-18
40,Eurasian Collared-Dove,ATSP (Dakota County),3-Jan-18
41,Mourning Dove,Sax-Zim Bog,1-Jan-18
42,Eastern Screech-Owl,Minneapolis,4-Jan-18
43,Great Horned Owl,Snowshoe Trails,1-Jan-18
44,Snowy Owl,Scott Snowy Owl,3-Jan-18
45,Northern Hawk Owl,Sax-Zim Bog,1-Jan-18
46,Barred Owl,Fillmore,5-Jan-18
47,Great Gray Owl,Sax-Zim Bog,1-Jan-18
48,Long-eared Owl,Washington,7-Jan-18
49,Short-eared Owl,Steele,5-Jan-18
50,Boreal Owl,Ramsey,6-Jan-18
51,Northern Saw-whet Owl,Washington,7-Jan-18
52,Belted Kingfisher,Chatfield BEKI,5-Jan-18
53,Red-headed Woodpecker,Fish Lake Nature Trails,4-Jan-18
54,Red-bellied Woodpecker,Random RBWO,3-Jan-18
55,Downy Woodpecker,Snowshoe Trails,1-Jan-18
56,Hairy Woodpecker,Snowshoe Trails,1-Jan-18
57,American Three-toed Woodpecker,Sax-Zim Bog,1-Jan-18
58,Northern Flicker,Grey Cloud Cedars,3-Jan-18
59,Pileated Woodpecker,Snowshoe Trails,1-Jan-18
60,Northern Shrike,Steele,5-Jan-18
61,Gray Jay,Sax-Zim Bog,2-Jan-18
62,Blue Jay,Snowshoe Trails,1-Jan-18
63,American Crow,Snowshoe Trails,1-Jan-18
64,Common Raven,Snowshoe Trails,1-Jan-18
65,Horned Lark,Rock Dell HOLA,5-Jan-18
66,Black-capped Chickadee,Snowshoe Trails,1-Jan-18
67,Boreal Chickadee,Sax-Zim Bog,2-Jan-18
68,Tufted Titmouse,Smith Feeders,6-Jan-18
69,Red-breasted Nuthatch,Snowshoe Trails,1-Jan-18
70,White-breasted Nuthatch,Lake Byllesby Regional Park,3-Jan-18
71,Brown Creeper,Inga Woodpeckers (Dakota County),3-Jan-18
72,Carolina Wren,Thomas C Savage Visitor Center,4-Jan-18
73,Eastern Bluebird,Ninemile Creek,6-Jan-18
74,Townsend's Solitaire,Lake Byllesby Regional Park,3-Jan-18
75,Hermit Thrush,Lake Byllesby Regional Park,3-Jan-18
76,American Robin,Grey Cloud Cedars,3-Jan-18
77,Brown Thrasher,Whitewater SP,5-Jan-18
78,European Starling,Sax-Zim Bog,1-Jan-18
79,Bohemian Waxwing,Eagan BOWA,6-Jan-18
80,Cedar Waxwing,Lake Byllesby Regional Park,3-Jan-18
81,Snow Bunting,Snubbed,5-Jan-18
82,Yellow-rumped Warbler,Lake Byllesby Regional Park,3-Jan-18
83,American Tree Sparrow,ATSP,3-Jan-18
84,Chipping Sparrow,Ninemile Creek,6-Jan-18
85,Fox Sparrow,Lake Byllesby Regional Park,3-Jan-18
86,Dark-eyed Junco,Lake Byllesby Regional Park,3-Jan-18
87,White-throated Sparrow,Wood Lake Nature Center,3-Jan-18
88,Song Sparrow,Wood Lake Nature Center,3-Jan-18
89,Spotted Towhee,Ramsey Spotted Towhee,7-Jan-18
90,Eastern Towhee,Whitewater WMA (Winona Co.),5-Jan-18
91,Northern Cardinal,Lake Byllesby Regional Park,3-Jan-18
92,Evening Grosbeak,Sax-Zim Bog,1-Jan-18
93,Pine Grosbeak,Sax-Zim Bog,2-Jan-18
94,House Finch,Lake Byllesby Regional Park,3-Jan-18
95,Purple Finch,Lake Byllesby Regional Park,3-Jan-18
96,Common Redpoll,Sax-Zim Bog,1-Jan-18
97,Hoary Redpoll,Sax-Zim Bog,2-Jan-18
98,Pine Siskin,Sax-Zim Bog,1-Jan-18
99,American Goldfinch,Lake Byllesby Regional Park,3-Jan-18
100,House Sparrow,Sax-Zim Bog,2-Jan-18

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Date: 1/12/18 9:57 am
From: Randy Frederickson <fredericksonr...>
Subject: [mou-net] TUDU Tufted Duck
ANY info today appreciated, including if it was searched for and NOT
found. thanks

Randy Frederickson

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Date: 1/12/18 8:39 am
From: Kathy Brown <kabrown1...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound
If anyone sees the Tufted Duck today, could you please let everyone know? I'll try to see it tomorrow if it's still around. Thanks!
Kathy

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From: Minnesota Birds [mailto:<MOU-NET...>] On Behalf Of Alex
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 3:06 PM
To: <MOU-NET...>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound

Here is the latest pin from eBird Checklist with the Tufted Duck on it.

44.541924,-92.388397

Again, if you put those coordinates into Google Maps, it will take you to the pin.

Best of luck,
Alex

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 10, 2018, at 2:51 PM, Alex Sundvall <asgreenplanet4077...> wrote:
>
> Ben Douglas has done some more sleuthing and has found this:
> "I'm betting this is the hike-in location on Hill Ave. 44.534389,-92.392925 if you use Google Street view you can see state park signage and a two-lane track into the disjunct state parkland that would be southeast of the noted viewing coordinates"
> The original finders today have said this: "We walked the trail (of the coordinates posted above) until we could either go left or right along a cornfield and went left until the cornfield ended and we were at the river."
>
> For those who don't know, you can put those coordinates into the google maps search field and that will get you to the location.
>
> Hope someone can refind it and the location and provide more detailed information on how to view the bird.
>
>> On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 11:37 AM, Alex <asgreenplanet4077...> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> The Tufted Duck was refound this morning from a viewing place in Frontenac State Park at these coordinates.
>> 44.5417 -92.38217
>> It was still present at 11:25 and actively feeding. No information as to what ducks it was feeding with was given, but I would assume it is the same flock as it has been with for the past few days: hundreds of Goldeneye and Mergansers, and associating with 2 female Greater Scaup, 1 male Greater Scaup, and 1 male Lesser Scaup. Also present yesterday was 1 female Bufflehead.
>>
>> Best of luck trying to view this bird. Unless a collector comes forward and says he’s missing a Tufted Duck, this bird behaviorally and physically is perfect for a wild bird and would represent a first state record for both Minnesota and Wisconsin, where it has been seen in days prior.
>>
>> Happy Birding,
>> Alex Sundvall
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 1/11/18 6:05 pm
From: Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...>
Subject: [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, January 11, 2018
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 11,
2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may
also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

This week with a couple of milder days, a few birds were reported, but there
was little variety. Most folks reported common feeder birds and other
overwintering species. Several snowy owls were also observed.

GRAY PARTRIDGE were observed in northern Kittson County by Larry Wilebski
on January 11.

From Marshall County, Cliff Steinhauer reported COMMON REDPOLLS, and PINE
GROSBEAKS in his yard near the south side of Agassiz National Wildlife
Refuge on January 11.

In Thief River Falls , Pennington County, Shelley Steva and I found 25 CEDAR
WAXWINGS feeding on crabapples in the area of Dewey Ave on January 7. An
AMERICAN KESTREL was seen at the Hazel elevator that day also.

Sandy Aubol in Polk County found two GOLDEN EAGLES along US 75 near Angus
on January 7. At the Crookston cemetery, she observed RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, PINE SISKINS, COMMON
REDPOLLS, and a MERLIN. At home in East Grand Forks, she reported NORTHERN
CARDINAL, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and HARRIS'S SPARROW. Elsewhere in the county
she found GRAY PARTRIDGE. I found a SNOWY OWL in Polk County on January
3. Leon Thoreson reported another SNOWY OWL on January 5, and a NORTHERN
SHRIKE on January 6. Agassiz Audubon reported a HOARY REDPOLL among the
COMMON REDPOLLS on January 11.

Wayne Perala reported some species on January 11 at and near the Orwell Dam
in Otter Tail County. They included NORTHERN SHRIKE , a SHORT-EARED OWL
which was later found killed by a car, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, LAPLAND
LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, and EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE.

Five SNOWY OWLS were found in Wilkin County by Nick Roehl on January 7.

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 toll free number: 1-800-542-3992.
Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county
where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is
Thursday, January 18, 2018.




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Date: 1/10/18 8:51 pm
From: Molly Miller Johnson <johnson-miller...>
Subject: [mou-net] Rough-legged Hawk, Inver Grove Hts
Today there was a Rough-legged Hawk (probable female) at the intersection of US52, MN55 and the Barnes Avenue overpass in Inver Grove Hts, Dakota Co.

It perched mostly in the tops of small trees in the SE quadrant of Barnes Ave and MN55.

A dark morph Red-tailed Hawk was seen briefly in the same area (SW quadrant, near the small holding pond) a couple weeks ago.

This is also within the pale Red-tailed Hawk's territory.

Molly Miller
Inver Grove Hts

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Date: 1/10/18 8:02 pm
From: linda whyte <0000004e7b0e779a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound
Alex, thanks for posting, and thanks to Ben for sleuthing alternative
access. Though it's doubtful my schedule---and the weather--will get me
there anytime soon, maybe the bird will stick around awhile. I'm sure
others appreciate it as well.
Linda Whyte

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018, 3:06 PM Alex <asgreenplanet4077...> wrote:

> Here is the latest pin from eBird Checklist with the Tufted Duck on it.
>
> 44.541924,-92.388397
>
> Again, if you put those coordinates into Google Maps, it will take you to
> the pin.
>
> Best of luck,
> Alex
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jan 10, 2018, at 2:51 PM, Alex Sundvall <asgreenplanet4077...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Ben Douglas has done some more sleuthing and has found this:
> > "I'm betting this is the hike-in location on Hill Ave.
> 44.534389,-92.392925 if you use Google Street view you can see state park
> signage and a two-lane track into the disjunct state parkland that would be
> southeast of the noted viewing coordinates"
> > The original finders today have said this: "We walked the trail (of the
> coordinates posted above) until we could either go left or right along a
> cornfield and went left until the cornfield ended and we were at the river."
> >
> > For those who don't know, you can put those coordinates into the google
> maps search field and that will get you to the location.
> >
> > Hope someone can refind it and the location and provide more detailed
> information on how to view the bird.
> >
> >> On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 11:37 AM, Alex <asgreenplanet4077...>
> wrote:
> >> Hello all,
> >> The Tufted Duck was refound this morning from a viewing place in
> Frontenac State Park at these coordinates.
> >> 44.5417 -92.38217
> >> It was still present at 11:25 and actively feeding. No information as
> to what ducks it was feeding with was given, but I would assume it is the
> same flock as it has been with for the past few days: hundreds of Goldeneye
> and Mergansers, and associating with 2 female Greater Scaup, 1 male Greater
> Scaup, and 1 male Lesser Scaup. Also present yesterday was 1 female
> Bufflehead.
> >>
> >> Best of luck trying to view this bird. Unless a collector comes forward
> and says he’s missing a Tufted Duck, this bird behaviorally and physically
> is perfect for a wild bird and would represent a first state record for
> both Minnesota and Wisconsin, where it has been seen in days prior.
> >>
> >> Happy Birding,
> >> Alex Sundvall
> >>
> >> Sent from my iPhone
> >
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Date: 1/10/18 1:06 pm
From: Alex <asgreenplanet4077...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound
Here is the latest pin from eBird Checklist with the Tufted Duck on it.

44.541924,-92.388397

Again, if you put those coordinates into Google Maps, it will take you to the pin.

Best of luck,
Alex

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 10, 2018, at 2:51 PM, Alex Sundvall <asgreenplanet4077...> wrote:
>
> Ben Douglas has done some more sleuthing and has found this:
> "I'm betting this is the hike-in location on Hill Ave. 44.534389,-92.392925 if you use Google Street view you can see state park signage and a two-lane track into the disjunct state parkland that would be southeast of the noted viewing coordinates"
> The original finders today have said this: "We walked the trail (of the coordinates posted above) until we could either go left or right along a cornfield and went left until the cornfield ended and we were at the river."
>
> For those who don't know, you can put those coordinates into the google maps search field and that will get you to the location.
>
> Hope someone can refind it and the location and provide more detailed information on how to view the bird.
>
>> On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 11:37 AM, Alex <asgreenplanet4077...> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> The Tufted Duck was refound this morning from a viewing place in Frontenac State Park at these coordinates.
>> 44.5417 -92.38217
>> It was still present at 11:25 and actively feeding. No information as to what ducks it was feeding with was given, but I would assume it is the same flock as it has been with for the past few days: hundreds of Goldeneye and Mergansers, and associating with 2 female Greater Scaup, 1 male Greater Scaup, and 1 male Lesser Scaup. Also present yesterday was 1 female Bufflehead.
>>
>> Best of luck trying to view this bird. Unless a collector comes forward and says he’s missing a Tufted Duck, this bird behaviorally and physically is perfect for a wild bird and would represent a first state record for both Minnesota and Wisconsin, where it has been seen in days prior.
>>
>> Happy Birding,
>> Alex Sundvall
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>

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Date: 1/10/18 12:51 pm
From: Alex Sundvall <asgreenplanet4077...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound
Ben Douglas has done some more sleuthing and has found this:
"I'm betting this is the hike-in location on Hill Ave. 44.534389,-92.392925 if
you use Google Street view you can see state park signage and a two-lane
track into the disjunct state parkland that would be southeast of the noted
viewing coordinates"
The original finders today have said this: "We walked the trail (of the
coordinates posted above) until we could either go left or right along a
cornfield and went left until the cornfield ended and we were at the river."

For those who don't know, you can put those coordinates into the google
maps search field and that will get you to the location.

Hope someone can refind it and the location and provide more detailed
information on how to view the bird.

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 11:37 AM, Alex <asgreenplanet4077...> wrote:

> Hello all,
> The Tufted Duck was refound this morning from a viewing place in Frontenac
> State Park at these coordinates.
> 44.5417 -92.38217
> It was still present at 11:25 and actively feeding. No information as to
> what ducks it was feeding with was given, but I would assume it is the same
> flock as it has been with for the past few days: hundreds of Goldeneye and
> Mergansers, and associating with 2 female Greater Scaup, 1 male Greater
> Scaup, and 1 male Lesser Scaup. Also present yesterday was 1 female
> Bufflehead.
>
> Best of luck trying to view this bird. Unless a collector comes forward
> and says he’s missing a Tufted Duck, this bird behaviorally and physically
> is perfect for a wild bird and would represent a first state record for
> both Minnesota and Wisconsin, where it has been seen in days prior.
>
> Happy Birding,
> Alex Sundvall
>
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Date: 1/10/18 10:12 am
From: Greg Vassilopoulos <gregv12...>
Subject: [mou-net] Eastern Screech Owl
Can anyone please provide detailed directions to the location of Screech Owl being reported in U of M campus?

Greg Vassilopoulos
Burnsville

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Date: 1/10/18 9:37 am
From: Alex <asgreenplanet4077...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted Duck Refound
Hello all,
The Tufted Duck was refound this morning from a viewing place in Frontenac State Park at these coordinates.
44.5417 -92.38217
It was still present at 11:25 and actively feeding. No information as to what ducks it was feeding with was given, but I would assume it is the same flock as it has been with for the past few days: hundreds of Goldeneye and Mergansers, and associating with 2 female Greater Scaup, 1 male Greater Scaup, and 1 male Lesser Scaup. Also present yesterday was 1 female Bufflehead.

Best of luck trying to view this bird. Unless a collector comes forward and says he’s missing a Tufted Duck, this bird behaviorally and physically is perfect for a wild bird and would represent a first state record for both Minnesota and Wisconsin, where it has been seen in days prior.

Happy Birding,
Alex Sundvall

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Date: 1/10/18 6:08 am
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...>
Subject: [mou-net] No more private land access for Tufted Duck viewing
Per John Hixon on the Minnesota Birding Facebook Page: “The homeowners at 27850 are no longer allowing permission to access the river from their property as of 7:50 Wednesday morning.” Yesterday they were not pleased with all the traffic... I’m not sure that they were anticipating so many birders.

Hopefully the Tufted Duck will be viewable from other areas.

Alyssa DeRubeis

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Date: 1/9/18 3:02 pm
From: Peter Marchetto <pmarchet...>
Subject: [mou-net] Redpolls
My wife and I just saw our first two redpolls ever, pecking around under our feeder in Roseville.

-Pete

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Date: 1/9/18 12:27 pm
From: Williams, Bob <BXWilliams...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted Duck not being seen
According to Doug Kieser, the Tufted Duck has not been seen for the last 3 hours.
Bob Williams

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Date: 1/9/18 9:45 am
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted Duck—- Tuesday
(Posted by Andrew D. Smith <drewbec...> via moumn.org)

The TUDU has been observed by many this morning at the Wacouta location. The views are
distant, and the bird was diving frequently, giving satisfactory looks only. Not as amazing as
some of the closer photos taken. A scope is absolutely essential. And despite the overall
warmer temps, standing around and patiently looking for the bird it was still somewhat cold.
Just wanted to post an update as I hadnt seen one yet today.
Best of luck to all chasers.

Drew Smith
Eagan Dakota County
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Date: 1/9/18 9:26 am
From: Kim Eckert <eckertkr...>
Subject: [mou-net] Fwd: [mou-net] Tufted Duck update (Jan 9)
Adding to what Bob Williams posted: Easy to park along street. No need to park in driveway of pagoda like house Bob Dunlap mentioned yesterday which is three stories white and red and easy to see on 316 Ave Way. Alternate viewing spot to try might be at 31985 Lakeview Ave. Light better at midday or afternoon. Good luck and don't wait until Thursday when the weather gets snowy and colder.

Kim Eckert, Duluth


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> From: "Williams, Bob" <BXWilliams...>
> Date: January 9, 2018 at 11:14:17 AM CST
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> Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck update (Jan 9)
> Reply-To: "Williams, Bob" <BXWilliams...>
>
> Bird still present at 11 but patience and a good scope are required.
> Bob Williams
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Jan 9, 2018, at 9:00 AM, Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> wrote:
>>
>> The Tufted Duck was seen earlier this morning around 8am, at the private residence in Red Wing that Bob Dunlap described yesterday. I’m not sure if it’s still being seen or what, so please post your updates on here. Thanks!
>>
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Date: 1/9/18 9:14 am
From: Williams, Bob <BXWilliams...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck update (Jan 9)
Bird still present at 11 but patience and a good scope are required.
Bob Williams

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> On Jan 9, 2018, at 9:00 AM, Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> wrote:
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> The Tufted Duck was seen earlier this morning around 8am, at the private residence in Red Wing that Bob Dunlap described yesterday. I’m not sure if it’s still being seen or what, so please post your updates on here. Thanks!
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Date: 1/9/18 7:00 am
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted Duck update (Jan 9)
The Tufted Duck was seen earlier this morning around 8am, at the private residence in Red Wing that Bob Dunlap described yesterday. I’m not sure if it’s still being seen or what, so please post your updates on here. Thanks!

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Date: 1/8/18 6:27 pm
From: Tami Vogel <tvogel...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
Here are the USFWS regs that outline the different approved ways of marking "domestic" waterfowl and the associated record-keeping.

http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-9.pdf

My experience, through WRC, is many, many people dump their waterfowl after raising the birds and they don't follow the regs on marking the birds. Most people are completely unaware of the requirements because the feed stores/brokers don't tell them.

Something as unique as this probably isn't in that category, but thought I'd at least share the info and the link.



- Tami in Afton

On Jan 8, 2018 7:59 PM, Jason Frank <jmfrank84...> wrote:
As a birder who's also been raising ducks on and off since the late
90's, I can add my two cents to this saga. The Tufted Duck would be a
specialty item, likely acquired via auction. Also, anyone who owns
such a specimen would likely clip its wings. One isn't going to
purchase a Tufted Duck without recognizing its significance.

MN poultry enthusiasts generally order their chicks from these
hatcheries: Hoover (IA), Murray's, (IA), Welp (IA), Stromberg (MN).
None of these suppliers are currently offering Tufted Ducks. I, for
one, would never clip a claw from a bird to prove it's mine. I'd
imagine pretty much every hobbyist would feel the same way. If anyone
is keeping a Tufted Duck, they're keeping it as a pet. Farmers hurt
their animals. Pet-owners do not.

I'd lay 95% odds its a wild Tufted Duck.

Jason Frank
Lac qui Parle

On 1/7/18, Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> wrote:
> For those who arent on eBird or Facebook, John Zakelj photographed a Tufted
> Duck today (Jan 7) at Colvill Park in Goodhue Co.
>
> So far its origin (i.e. wild or captive) has not been determined. If it is
> from a farmand yes, there are farms in Minnesota that have Tufted Ducksit
> is required by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that there is some marking
> on it that identifies it as not wild. Some websites I found mentioned rear
> toe clipping as a requirement but I couldnt find an official/government
> website with that stated specifically.
>
> Anyway, hopefully someone more knowledgeable on captive waterfowl than me
> can contribute. All I did was a quick Google search. And FYIthe two other
> Tufted Duck records for the state (1976 and 2000) were unaccepted, probably
> due to questionable origin. For those trying for it, take photos, especially
> if it is standing with its feet visible.
>
> Good birding!
>
> Alyssa DeRubeis
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Date: 1/8/18 5:59 pm
From: Jason Frank <jmfrank84...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
As a birder who's also been raising ducks on and off since the late
90's, I can add my two cents to this saga. The Tufted Duck would be a
specialty item, likely acquired via auction. Also, anyone who owns
such a specimen would likely clip its wings. One isn't going to
purchase a Tufted Duck without recognizing its significance.

MN poultry enthusiasts generally order their chicks from these
hatcheries: Hoover (IA), Murray's, (IA), Welp (IA), Stromberg (MN).
None of these suppliers are currently offering Tufted Ducks. I, for
one, would never clip a claw from a bird to prove it's mine. I'd
imagine pretty much every hobbyist would feel the same way. If anyone
is keeping a Tufted Duck, they're keeping it as a pet. Farmers hurt
their animals. Pet-owners do not.

I'd lay 95% odds its a wild Tufted Duck.

Jason Frank
Lac qui Parle

On 1/7/18, Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> wrote:
> For those who aren’t on eBird or Facebook, John Zakelj photographed a Tufted
> Duck today (Jan 7) at Colvill Park in Goodhue Co.
>
> So far its origin (i.e. wild or captive) has not been determined. If it is
> from a farm—and yes, there are farms in Minnesota that have Tufted Ducks—it
> is required by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that there is some marking
> on it that identifies it as not wild. Some websites I found mentioned rear
> toe clipping as a requirement but I couldn’t find an official/government
> website with that stated specifically.
>
> Anyway, hopefully someone more knowledgeable on captive waterfowl than me
> can contribute. All I did was a quick Google search. And FYI—the two other
> Tufted Duck records for the state (1976 and 2000) were unaccepted, probably
> due to questionable origin. For those trying for it, take photos, especially
> if it is standing with its feet visible.
>
> Good birding!
>
> Alyssa DeRubeis
>
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Date: 1/8/18 3:39 pm
From: linda whyte <0000004e7b0e779a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [mou-net] Carolina Wren, Ft. Snelling
A cursory check of the hillside behind the visitors center revealed no
Wren, but the ensuing walk around the main lake brought some success.
South of the center, not too far past the huge ice-flow over the dirt road,
the Wren was vocalizing vigorously from the lakeshore near water's edge. It
was ground-feeding at first, judging by the flung snow and tossed leaves,
but it quickly disappeared into the thick cattails. It continued to
vocalize for about a half hour, but never reappeared for a look. Perhaps
the warm temperatures made more food available in the foliage.
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Date: 1/8/18 3:37 pm
From: Nels F. Thompson <nelsthom...>
Subject: [mou-net] SNOWY OWL, Dodge County
One nice male SNOWY OWL north of 690 St, between 120th and 130th St.
It was in an unplowed corn stubble field.
Seen about 4:00 PM.
The light was perfect, near sundown.

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Date: 1/8/18 2:31 pm
From: Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
Here are some better directions to the location I posted previously:

From Hwy. 61 turn north onto Wacouta Rd./301st. St. Stay right and the road
will come to a T at Lakeview Ave.; take a right and follow the road all the
way east to where it turns downhill and curves to the left along 316th Ave
Way (Google Maps calls this area Greene Point). Today we received
permission to park in the driveway of the Pagoda-style house but to walk
back to the shore on the right side of the green house with fire number
27850. If people check out this area tomorrow it would be a good idea to
ask permission again.

Also note that this afternoon the bird was associating with one male and
two female Lesser Scaup among many Common Goldeneyes and Common Mergansers;
this morning the bird was seen in association with a Redhead and a
Canvasback (neither of which was seen this afternoon).

Bob Dunlap


On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 2:54 PM Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...> wrote:

> Bird has been refound by John and Chris Hockema at 2:45 PM at the east end
> of Wacouta Rd. This is private property but permission was granted to view
> from the shore. This is about five miles down shore of Colvill Park.
>
> Bob Dunlap
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 2:06 PM Susan anderson <susan331...> wrote:
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>> Thank you for posting!
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
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>> > On Jan 8, 2018, at 12:05 PM, Liz Harper <harp0055...> wrote:
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Date: 1/8/18 1:27 pm
From: pbudde <pbudde...>
Subject: [mou-net] Wabasha to Twin Cities help?
Sorry to do this, but I'm stuck in Wabasha,  headed back to the Twin Cities. (Car broke.) Ate any other birders down here, headed northwest later today? 


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Date: 1/8/18 12:55 pm
From: Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
Bird has been refound by John and Chris Hockema at 2:45 PM at the east end
of Wacouta Rd. This is private property but permission was granted to view
from the shore. This is about five miles down shore of Colvill Park.

Bob Dunlap


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> Thank you for posting!
>
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Date: 1/8/18 12:06 pm
From: Susan anderson <susan331...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
Thank you for posting!

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 8, 2018, at 12:05 PM, Liz Harper <harp0055...> wrote:
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> Dedrick Benz, Alex Sundvall and I searched the open water down to Reads Landing and did not refind the Tufted Duck.
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Date: 1/8/18 10:04 am
From: Liz Harper <harp0055...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
Dedrick Benz, Alex Sundvall and I searched the open water down to Reads Landing and did not refind the Tufted Duck.

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Date: 1/8/18 7:08 am
From: Liz Harper <harp0055...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
Bird flew about 845. Bird had all halluces and no bands. We have open wing shots and will review. Tail was fresh.

Liz

On January 7, 2018 11:45:26 PM CST, Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> wrote:
>For those who aren’t on eBird or Facebook, John Zakelj photographed a
>Tufted Duck today (Jan 7) at Colvill Park in Goodhue Co.
>
>So far its origin (i.e. wild or captive) has not been determined. If it
>is from a farm—and yes, there are farms in Minnesota that have Tufted
>Ducks—it is required by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that there is
>some marking on it that identifies it as not wild. Some websites I
>found mentioned rear toe clipping as a requirement but I couldn’t find
>an official/government website with that stated specifically.
>
>Anyway, hopefully someone more knowledgeable on captive waterfowl than
>me can contribute. All I did was a quick Google search. And FYI—the two
>other Tufted Duck records for the state (1976 and 2000) were
>unaccepted, probably due to questionable origin. For those trying for
>it, take photos, especially if it is standing with its feet visible.
>
>Good birding!
>
>Alyssa DeRubeis
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Date: 1/8/18 6:12 am
From: Liz Harper <harp0055...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
Bird is still present this morning. Liz

On January 7, 2018 11:45:26 PM CST, Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> wrote:
>For those who aren’t on eBird or Facebook, John Zakelj photographed a
>Tufted Duck today (Jan 7) at Colvill Park in Goodhue Co.
>
>So far its origin (i.e. wild or captive) has not been determined. If it
>is from a farm—and yes, there are farms in Minnesota that have Tufted
>Ducks—it is required by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that there is
>some marking on it that identifies it as not wild. Some websites I
>found mentioned rear toe clipping as a requirement but I couldn’t find
>an official/government website with that stated specifically.
>
>Anyway, hopefully someone more knowledgeable on captive waterfowl than
>me can contribute. All I did was a quick Google search. And FYI—the two
>other Tufted Duck records for the state (1976 and 2000) were
>unaccepted, probably due to questionable origin. For those trying for
>it, take photos, especially if it is standing with its feet visible.
>
>Good birding!
>
>Alyssa DeRubeis
>
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Date: 1/7/18 9:45 pm
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...>
Subject: [mou-net] Tufted Duck (Goodhue Co.)
For those who aren’t on eBird or Facebook, John Zakelj photographed a Tufted Duck today (Jan 7) at Colvill Park in Goodhue Co.

So far its origin (i.e. wild or captive) has not been determined. If it is from a farm—and yes, there are farms in Minnesota that have Tufted Ducks—it is required by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that there is some marking on it that identifies it as not wild. Some websites I found mentioned rear toe clipping as a requirement but I couldn’t find an official/government website with that stated specifically.

Anyway, hopefully someone more knowledgeable on captive waterfowl than me can contribute. All I did was a quick Google search. And FYI—the two other Tufted Duck records for the state (1976 and 2000) were unaccepted, probably due to questionable origin. For those trying for it, take photos, especially if it is standing with its feet visible.

Good birding!

Alyssa DeRubeis

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Date: 1/7/18 1:57 pm
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Yes, Virginia....
(Posted by Chet A. Meyers <chetmeyers...> via moumn.org)

Yes, Virginia, there are (or were) a few hoary redpolls
at Cancer Survivor Park. The one I saw was pretty classic
with white breast and all-white undertail coverts, and I
trust the sightings of Paul Budde and Doug Kieser.
Chet Meyers, Hennepin County
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Date: 1/7/18 12:09 pm
From: Uwe Kausch <uwe...>
Subject: [mou-net] Great Gray Owl
I have a GGO hunting in my field.

Uwe Kausch
Duluth Township


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Date: 1/7/18 11:36 am
From: Terence Brashear <tpbrashear...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] hoary redpolls
Has anyone captured any pictures of the Hoary Redpolls? This is a great
opportunity for people to see the difference, and learn how to separate the
two.

Regards,

Terry Brashear
MOU-NET Moderator
<birdnird...>

On Sunday, January 7, 2018, Gregg Severson <rainerd...> wrote:

> The redpolls in downtown Minneapolis are definitely mostly Commons, with a
> very small number of Hoaries mixed in.
>
>
> On Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 3:02 PM Michael Welch <mjewelch...> wrote:
>
> > I refound the redpolls in downtown Mpls (Cancer Survivor Park at 3rd and
> > Washington) yesterday in the morning, and again today when I went by.
> > Probably 30 birds each time, and I'm not convinced they aren't commons
> with
> > perhaps some hoary in the mix. But I'm not familiar enough with these
> birds
> > to make confident field IDs. Others (Chet Meyer, I think) seemed
> confident
> > that they were hoarys.
> >
> > ---Michael Welch
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Date: 1/7/18 9:27 am
From: Steve Wilson <clevergrayjay...>
Subject: [mou-net] Savaloja Grant Proposals Deadline Approaching
There is still time to submit a proposal for a Savaloja grant for 2018, but don't delay as the deadline for submissions is January 31. Details are available at http://moumn.org/grants.html.

Steve Wilson
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Date: 1/7/18 9:14 am
From: Gregg Severson <rainerd...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] hoary redpolls
The redpolls in downtown Minneapolis are definitely mostly Commons, with a
very small number of Hoaries mixed in.


On Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 3:02 PM Michael Welch <mjewelch...> wrote:

> I refound the redpolls in downtown Mpls (Cancer Survivor Park at 3rd and
> Washington) yesterday in the morning, and again today when I went by.
> Probably 30 birds each time, and I'm not convinced they aren't commons with
> perhaps some hoary in the mix. But I'm not familiar enough with these birds
> to make confident field IDs. Others (Chet Meyer, I think) seemed confident
> that they were hoarys.
>
> ---Michael Welch
>
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Date: 1/6/18 1:02 pm
From: Michael Welch <mjewelch...>
Subject: [mou-net] hoary redpolls
I refound the redpolls in downtown Mpls (Cancer Survivor Park at 3rd and
Washington) yesterday in the morning, and again today when I went by.
Probably 30 birds each time, and I'm not convinced they aren't commons with
perhaps some hoary in the mix. But I'm not familiar enough with these birds
to make confident field IDs. Others (Chet Meyer, I think) seemed confident
that they were hoarys.

---Michael Welch

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Date: 1/6/18 10:40 am
From: Steven Houdek <schoudek...>
Subject: [mou-net] Snowy Owl- Dodge County
At intersection of 700 St and 150 Ave; NE corner in plowed field with about 200+ Snow Buntings.

Steve H.
Onalaska, WI

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Date: 1/6/18 7:55 am
From: David Benson <bensodavid...>
Subject: [mou-net] Long-tailed Ducks, Cook County
Just now a very large raft of Long-tailed Ducks (est 500 birds) East of
Cascade River wayside.

Dave Benson
Duluth

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Date: 1/6/18 7:12 am
From: Kyle TePoel <kctepo00...>
Subject: [mou-net] White-Throated Sparrow, Redpolls, Minneapolis
Went to the Cancer Survivors Park to look for the Hoary Redpoll reported
earlier in the week. Stayed as long as I could, which wasn't long due to
the -7 temp and no sun (around 8 am). Nonetheless, found two flocks of
bird, both very approachable. The first was mostly House Sparrows, but
with 3 White-Throateds mixed in (1 adult, 2 juv.). The other flock was all
redpolls--about 25 or so. I didn't know there were Commons here too, so
the task was not as simple as I'd hoped for, but I attempted to sort
through them to find an obvious Hoary. I didn't see any that were
definitively Hoary to me, but there were 2 or 3 that were definitely
contenders. I snapped as many pics as I could before my fingers completely
went numb, and I'll have to figure out if I got one later once I sort
through the photos.

Kyle Te Poel
Stillwater Township

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Date: 1/5/18 3:10 pm
From: Bruce Stahly <bws0813...>
Subject: [mou-net] Boreal Owl, Grand Marais, UPDATE
The Boreal Owl which I first reported on Tuesday, January 2, continues to
visit the vicinity of my bird feeder and woodshed. It appears at dusk,
usually, and often remains for several hours, clearly in hunting mode. It
has also appeared several times during the day, when it seems to be dozing.
I did see it catch a rodent which my dogs had flushed from the woodshed.

Bruce Stahly
Grand Marais, Cook County

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Date: 1/5/18 10:45 am
From: Michelle Terrell <mterrell...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Probable Northern Hawk Owl
It is on the shoulder now. ID looks good for deceased Northern Hawk Owl.

Michelle Terrell
Franconia Twp, Chisago

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 5, 2018, at 11:48 AM, Nathan Schirmacher <natester166...> wrote:
>
> All,
>
> Thanks to my dad for being able to post! Just got done with my appointment and was able to drive back to the site on the highway. I could not refind the owl. But I want to give everyone that would possibly look for it a warning that there was a owl size carcass in the middle of the highway (was not there when I drove by the first time) where it was seen when I got back to this site. I tried to get id on the carcass but was mostly flattened already and was not able to get at it as it was to busy of a highway. Hopefully the carcass was not the owl and I will keep my eye out in the area as I am there a few times a week. I was able to get the coordinates and they are below.
>
>
> 45.3281329, -92.9270256
>
> Nate Schirmacher
> Brooklyn Park
> Hennepin County
>
>
> Sent via the BlackBerry Hub for Android<http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blackberry.hub>
> From: <alschirmacher...>
> Sent: January 5, 2018 11:01 AM
> To: <MOU-NET...>
> Reply-to: <alschirmacher...>
> Subject: [mou-net] Probable Northern Hawk Owl
>
>
> My son, Nate Schirmacher, is out making sales calls for AT&T. He does not have access to MOU on the road.
>
> However, he is reporting a probable Northern Hawk Owl between Forest Lake & Chisago, on Highway 8, 1/2 mile north of Green Lake Trail. The bird appeared in a farm lot on the right hand side as one traveled north.
>
> I’m out hiking here in Kansas, hope I caught all the details correctly. He could not stop & search.
>
> Al Schirmacher
> Muscotah KS
> Formerly Princeton, MN
>
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Date: 1/5/18 9:49 am
From: Nathan Schirmacher <natester166...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Probable Northern Hawk Owl
All,

Thanks to my dad for being able to post! Just got done with my appointment and was able to drive back to the site on the highway. I could not refind the owl. But I want to give everyone that would possibly look for it a warning that there was a owl size carcass in the middle of the highway (was not there when I drove by the first time) where it was seen when I got back to this site. I tried to get id on the carcass but was mostly flattened already and was not able to get at it as it was to busy of a highway. Hopefully the carcass was not the owl and I will keep my eye out in the area as I am there a few times a week. I was able to get the coordinates and they are below.


45.3281329, -92.9270256

Nate Schirmacher
Brooklyn Park
Hennepin County


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Subject: [mou-net] Probable Northern Hawk Owl


My son, Nate Schirmacher, is out making sales calls for AT&T. He does not have access to MOU on the road.

However, he is reporting a probable Northern Hawk Owl between Forest Lake & Chisago, on Highway 8, 1/2 mile north of Green Lake Trail. The bird appeared in a farm lot on the right hand side as one traveled north.

I’m out hiking here in Kansas, hope I caught all the details correctly. He could not stop & search.

Al Schirmacher
Muscotah KS
Formerly Princeton, MN

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Date: 1/5/18 9:01 am
From: Al Schirmacher <alschirmacher...>
Subject: [mou-net] Probable Northern Hawk Owl
My son, Nate Schirmacher, is out making sales calls for AT&T. He does not have access to MOU on the road.

However, he is reporting a probable Northern Hawk Owl between Forest Lake & Chisago, on Highway 8, 1/2 mile north of Green Lake Trail. The bird appeared in a farm lot on the right hand side as one traveled north.

I’m out hiking here in Kansas, hope I caught all the details correctly. He could not stop & search.

Al Schirmacher
Muscotah KS
Formerly Princeton, MN

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Date: 1/5/18 8:04 am
From: Bob Dunlap <bob.dunlap321...>
Subject: [mou-net] 2018 Year of the Bird
Hello MOU members and MOU-net subscribers,

The Minnesota Ornithologists' Union joins over 100 other organizations in
celebrating 2018 Year of the Bird, which marks the 100-year anniversary of
the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This is one of the most
important pieces of legislation ever passed granting protection to our
birds. 2018 Year of the Bird aims to educate the public on the wonder,
science, and conservation of birds and provides actions we can all take to
help them in a changing world.

If you're on Facebook, be sure to LIKE the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union
page @MNornithU to stay up-to-date with the 2018 Year of the Bird campaign
and related items. Much of that content will be posted to this listserve as
well in case you aren't on Facebook.

For more information, check out National Geographic's kickoff page:

http://press.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/05/national-geographic-announces-2018-year-of-the-bird-campaign-a-year-long-effort-dedicated-to-celebrating-and-protecting-birds/

Thanks and good birding in 2018!

Bob Dunlap
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Date: 1/5/18 4:16 am
From: Gerald Hoekstra <hoekstra...>
Subject: [mou-net] Jan/Feb 2018 MOU newsletter now available
The January/February 2018 issue of *Minnesota Birding* can be downloaded at:

http://moumn.org/newsletter/issues/2018-01.pdf

We’re working on a system that will send this notice to all MOU members,
regardless of whether they are signed up for this listserv or not. In the
meantime, if you know members who do not subscribe to MOU-NET, please
forward this information.

Gerry Hoekstra
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Date: 1/4/18 6:26 pm
From: Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...>
Subject: [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, January 4, 2018
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 4, 2018
sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also
hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

We are still in the freezer here in northern Minnesota. Feeders have been
busy , but it is very quiet outside of the towns. Most feeders are hosting
many black-capped chickadees, a few white-breasted nuthatches, and common
redpolls, along with the common woodpeckers.

Wayne Perala reported three SNOWY OWLS in Grant and Otter Tail Counties on
January 3. In Grant County he saw SNOW BUNTINGS, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, HORNED
LARKS, and COMMON REDPOLLS.

In Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, on December 28, he saw GREAT BLUE HERON,
BELTED KINGFISHER, COMMON MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED MERGANSER,
TRUMPETER SWANS , and NORTHERN CARDINAL. He reported ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and
COMMON REDPOLL on January 3.

A VARIED THRUSH was seen by Patrick Beauzay in Hawley township of Clay
County on December 24.

Two SNOWY OWLS were reported in Polk County, one on December 26, and one on
January 3.

Shelley Steva saw a SNOWY OWL in Red Lake County on December 22, and 200
SNOW BUNTINGS near Oklee.

Beth Siverhus reported a BALD EAGLE and a PILEATED WOODPECKER in Warroad ,
Roseau County , on January 4.

The Roseau CBC was held on December 30. Twenty-one species were found under
very cold conditions. They included 7 GRAY PARTRIDGE, 1 SPRUCE GROUSE, 44
SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 2 NORTHERN HAWK OWLS, two GREAT
GRAY OWLS in count week, 96 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, 12 PINE GROSBEAKS, and 13
PURPLE FINCH.

On December 31, the Beltrami Island CBC tallied 15 species including one
NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 8 RED CROSSBILLS, 1 BARRED OWL, 4 BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKERS, and found a GREAT GRAY OWL just outside the circle. The
Baudette CBC was held the next day and 27 species were found including 1
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 1 MOURNING DOVE, 1 HOARY REDPOLL, 24 BOHEMIAN
WAXWINGS, 10 BALD EAGLES, 8 GRAY JAYS, 31 EVENING GROSBEAKS, and 54 PINE
GROSBEAKS. Both of these circles are in Lake of the Woods County.

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 toll free number: 1-800-542-3992.
Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county
where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is
Thursday, January 11, 2018.



Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN


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Date: 1/4/18 1:38 pm
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Hoary redpoll still present downtown Minneapolis
(Posted by Chet A. Meyers <chetmeyers...> via moumn.org)

Bird still present 3:00 p.m. January 4th at Cancer Survivor
Park, Washington and 3rd Sts. Thanks to Doug and others
for the report. How the hell anyone found these birds in the
middle of Mpls. proper is beyond me, but THANKS.
Lots of birch trees with catkins but very few birds. Look for
small flock of 6-8 birds. Excellent views.
Chet Meyers, Hennepin County
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Date: 1/3/18 2:53 pm
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Mute swans
(Posted by Chet A. Meyers <chetmeyers...> via moumn.org)

Ah, the voice of experience. Just be sure you have
really good directions BEFORE you visit the Wilkie Unit.
We almost missed them, but for a couple of wonderful
birding guys.
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Date: 1/3/18 6:28 am
From: sparky stensaas <sparkystensaas...>
Subject: [mou-net] SAX-ZIM BOG Field trips/Events & Boreal Bird Update ...Gala, Big Half Year, BRRRRdathon, Clinton trips, etc
Hi All,
Sax-Zim Bog birding report and upcoming events/field trips below:

UPCOMING FRIENDS OF SAX-ZIM BOG EVENTS & FIELD TRIPS

BIG HALF YEAR FOR THE BOG
Set your own birding goals (for anywhere in the World!not just Sax-Zim)
Details below or at http://saxzim.org/big-half-year-for-the-bog/

BRRRRdathon this Friday and/or Saturday
Not too late to join worlds coldest Birdathon!
Details below or at http://saxzim.org/signature-events/

BOREAL WINGS GALA Sunday January 21
At Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley
Details below or at http://saxzim.org/signature-events/

CLINTONS FIELD TRIPS
Free to members!
Details below or at http://saxzim.org/events/

SAX-ZIM BOG BIRD REPORT
Great Gray OwlsThey continue to be seen early and later in the afternoon along McDavitt and Admiral Roads, but others have been spotted along Owl Avenue south of the Welcome Center, Nichols Lake Road, and CR133 east of CR7. But REMEMBER, Great Grays are much more visible on calm, cloudy, snowy, warm days (temps in 20s) than on bitter cold, sunny, windy days. Set your expectations accordingly.

Northern Hawk OwlsAt least two continue to be seen along McDavitt and Admiral Roads.

Black-backed WoodpeckersThey are herebut you have to find them! Best bets are to listen quietly for a bird flaking bark in a Black Spruce bogand then go in and find it!

American Three-toed WoodpeckerSeveral sightings this late fall/winter. You probably have to bushwack to find one though. Try McDavitt Road bogs and Nichols Lake Road bogs (east of the lake about a mile from US53). Look for larger spruce and tamarack with flaked bark.

Common RedpollsAll over

Hoary RedpollsSeveral females at Welcome Center feeders

Pine GrosbeaksIf you want to see males at eye-level, check Lorettas feeders. Also regular at Blue Spruce feeders and Mary Lous feeders in small numbers.

Evening GrosbeaksMary Lous in the morning is the place to be. She even has a photo blind thanks to Friends of Sax-Zim Bogs Hoeg Family Good Neighbor Fund. Remember, the grosbeaks depart by early afternoon.

Rough-legged Hawks, Snowy Owl, Snow Buntingrare this winter in Sax-Zim

Sharp-tailed GrouseCheck the feeders along CR29/229 just a ways south of intersection with Correction Line Road. Up to 8 grouse at the feeders in early morning.

Boreal ChickadeeNot regular at Admiral Road feeders this year (or last year). But they are around. Pishhh and squeak loudly at any stretch of dense Black Spruce bog. They hang with Black-caps in winter.



BRRRRdathon
Friday and/or Saturday, January 5-6
http://saxzim.org/signature-events/
REMEMBER, PLAYING FIELD IS ALL of Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin

Link to Map of Area you are allowed to bird during the BRRRRdathon

A birdathon in northern Minnesota in January? Youve got to be kidding! The BRRRRdathon may be the worlds coldest birdathon but it can also be the most exhilarating with the possibility of many boreal specialties in the North Woods. Imagine tallying the likes of Great Gray Owl, Boreal Chickadee, Black-backed Woodpecker, Pine Grosbeak, Bohemian Waxwing, Hoary Redpoll, Gyrfalcon and Northern Hawk Owl in a two-day birding spree! And raising money for Friends of Sax-Zim Bog in the process. Win-win-win!

**NEW FOR 2018! POINTS SYSTEM
Beginning with the 2018 BRRRRdathon, well have a points system in place. Basically, the rarer the species, or the harder the species is to find and see, the more points it will be worth. See the linked PDF for the points for each species.

Link to New Species Points System

But the two-day event requires some serious strategizing to maximize your species list. And the playing field is largeall of northeastern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Most species tallied in the two-days wins.

We also have a One-day BRRRRdathon category, and for the hardy (or just plain foolhardy)[1-day participation can be either Friday or Saturday] a Wintergreen event where all birding must be done via non-motorized travel modes (dogsled? snowshoe? bicycle?).

All participants are invited to an awards and compilation dinner on Saturday evening where great food and surprising prizes are awarded. Winning teams get the honor of having their name memorialized on Gary the Great Gray Owl, a solid granite sculpture by Minnesota artist Keith Raivo.

**COMPILATION DINNER/POTLUCK WILL BE AT DULUTH FOLK SCHOOL IN 2018. 1917 West Superior Street, Duluth. Begins after darkAbout 5pm.

$25 per person per event. This entry fee includes a one-year Friends of Sax-Zim Bog membership (including free field trips for one year!)

http://saxzim.org/signature-events/


Snowshoe Hike
Sunday January 7
9:00- 12:00pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

Snowshoes are a great way to continue being active during the winter season and are a great way to explore hard to get to locations in the Bog. Join us for a leisurely hike through the woods to learn a little bit about boreal forests and animal sign you could find along the trail during the winter. Bring your own snowshoes, or borrow a pair from the Welcome Center (Limited availability)!

Please RSVP to Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus via email at <naturalist...>

Winter Tree ID
Sunday January 7
1:00- 3:00 pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

Tree Identification can be important in understanding forest type and age, but can all trees be identified in the winter without their leaves? You bet! Join us for a short hike through the trees, learning a little about forest ecology and winter tree identification.



Campfire Program
Friday, January 12
2:00- 4:00pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

People hold a special relationship to fire, whether it happens to be a reminder of a northern cabin or of Christmas time. Fire has been an important fixture to humanity but why? Come investigate the reasons fire is important to people, both personally and ecologically. Come early to learn about a new method to build your own fire!



Winter Finches Field Trip
Saturday, January 13
9:00- 2:00 pm Meet at the Welcome Center

Many visitors to the Sax-Zim Bog in the winter season come to find the elusive Great Gray Owl. Others, come for the more readily seen, bright, and vocal finches. Join us on a this field trip looking for some of the bright winter visitors, such as Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Common Redpoll, and Crossbills. We will also introduce the natural history of these boreal wanderers.

Please RSVP to Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus via email at <naturalist...>



Tracking and Animal Sign
Saturday, January 13
12:00- 3:00pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

Often, when traversing the Sax-Zim Bog, tracks are encountered. But how do you know if you are looking at dog vs wolf tracks? What is the difference between a hole made by a Downy Woodpecker and a Black-backed Woodpecker? We will investigate the activity by critters in the Sax-Zim Bog through an investigation of the area around the Welcome Center.



Northern Owls Evening Program
Saturday, January 13
4:00- 5:00pm Meeting at the Welcome Center with Owl trip following until 9:00 pm.

Most often, visitors to the Sax-Zim Bog are looking for owls, but do you really know hoo owls are? Come and learn a little about some of the owls that can sometimes be found in the Sax-Zim Bog and the surrounding area. Following a short talk, we will caravan looking for some owls at dusk! Please RSVP, as space at the program will be limited to 25! RSVP to <naturalist...>



Bog Ecology Snowshoe Hike
Sunday, January 14
10:00- 12:00 pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

A bog is very particular ecosystem, with water systems being important to many of the species that inhabit a bog. However, during the winter, much of that liquid water is locked up! Join us for a program investigating a bog through the seasons: determining summer characteristics and observing winter characteristics of a bog. Plan on a short snowshoe hike around the Welcome Center.

Animal Adaptations
Sunday, January 14
2:00-3:30 pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

Winter in northern Minnesota can be tough even for the most prepared outdoorsman. But how can critters survive with no coats, snow pants, or boots? Come find out how our winter resident birds and mammals and insects survive the frigid north!



Tracking and Animal Sign
Saturday, January 20
9:00- 12:00pm Meeting at the Welcome Center

Often, when traversing the Sax-Zim Bog, tracks are encountered. But how do you know if you are looking at dog vs wolf tracks? What is the difference between a hole made by a Downy Woodpecker and a Black-backed Woodpecker? We will investigate the activity by critters in the Sax-Zim Bog through an investigation of the area around the Welcome Center.

http://saxzim.org/events/


BOREAL WINGS GALA
Sunday, January 21
2:00-4:30pm Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley, MN
http://saxzim.org/signature-events/

All bog buddies, please put Sunday January 21 on your calendar. That is the date of our 2018 Boreal Wings Gala at Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley, Minnesota.

Once again, well have a silent auction with tons of fun bird-related items, bird-themed appetizers, Sax-Zim Bog merchandise, great conversation, an update from Executive Director Sparky, and even a World Premiere of another Clintons Critters video.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Al Batt of Hartland, Minnesota is a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist. Al writes humor and nature columns for many newspapers and does regular radio shows about nature. He writes a number of popular cartoon strips that are syndicated nationally and is author of the book, A Life Gone to the Birds. He is a columnist for Bird Watchers Digest and writes for a number of magazines and books. He is a trustee of the American Bald Eagle Foundation in Haines, Alaska. Al hosted TV shows for many years and speaks at various festivals, conferences and conventions all over the world. He has received the Ed Franey Conservation Media Award from the Izaak Walton League, the Thomas Sadler Roberts Award from the Minnesota Ornithologists Union for lifetime contributions to birding and was recognized by Bluebirds Across Nebraska for outstanding contributions to wildlife conservation. Al speaks to anyone who will listen. His mother thinks he is special.

TICKETS ON SALE on our website. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS $35 per person (Kids 17 $ under FREE)

(May also pay $40 at the door as well)

Schedule:

Come early to hike/snowshoe/ski the nature centers many trails!

Also check out the new building and interactive exhibits.

2pmAppetizers, mingle, silent auction

2:30pmSparky updates everyone on Friends of Sax-Zim Bog projects & enjoy a World Premiere of a new Clintons Critters video

3:00-3:45 pmHumorist and Birder Al Batt takes the stage. His stories will have you rolling in the aisles (if we have aisles).

3:45-4:00 pmSilent Auction wraps up

4-4:30 pmMingling, AppetizersIncludes soup/bread dinner, silent auction, and a 1-year membership including free programs.

Email <info...> for more infoor Call Sparky at 218.341.3350 with questions.

DO YOU HAVE BIRD OR NATURE RELATED ITEMS TO DONATE FOR THE SILENT AUCTION? Email <info...> for more infoor Call Sparky at 218.341.3350

Many nature-related items to be included in the Silent Auction

This is a Fundraiser for 501c3 non-profit Friends of Sax-Zim Bog to continue to purchase land in the Sax-Zim Bog and preserve it for future generations of birds and birders

http://saxzim.org/signature-events/


BIG HALF YEAR FOR THE BOG
CREATE YOUR OWN BIRDING GOALS FOR JANUARY-JUNE 2018

YOU CAN DESIGN YOUR OWN BIG HALF YEAR! Pick a birding goal...any goal! It can be species you see just in your backyardor in a local parkor in your countyor entire state (ANY STATE! Not just Minnesota). Be creative! Because it is not the birder with the biggest number that winsAll prizes will be given away as a drawing in early July 2018

WHEN: The birding period will be from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018.

HOW: Just email Sparky with your birding goal. He will create a web page and link for you to share with your friends, family and donors.

COST: Free to Enter...But this is a fundraiser, so we ask each participant to raise at least $50 (collected after the June 30, 2018). You can get friends and family to sponsor you on a per-species basis, or lump sum. Or you can just donate $50 or more yourself.

RULES: No rules! You can do your birding ANYWHERE in the World! But it must be related to BIRDS in some way.

COMPILATION: We will have a picnic in the Duluth or Sax-Zim area in July where we will share stories and award prizes. Date TBD.

FAQ
Q: Do I have to do my Big Half Year in Sax-Zim Bog?
A: NO! You can do your bird-related Big Half Year anywhere in the world!

Q: I don't like asking folks for pledges...Can I just donate $50 or more to participate?
A: Yes! Absolutely. This is a fundraiser for the Mission of Friends of Sax-Zim Bog to Support, Promote and Protect the Bog.

Q: How do I update folks on my progress?
A: Just email Sparky a paragraph or two on 1) The goal of your Big Half Year and 2) Your history with Sax-Zim Bog and why you think it is worth supporting FOSZB, and Sparky will create a web page for you on the www.saxzim.org site. He will then email you a link to share with your friends and family.

Q: Prizes? Is this a contest?
A: No, this is not a contest since nobody will likely have the same Big Half Year goal. But we will give out fun prizes at the compilation picnic in July. Last Big Half Year we gave away a nice pair of binoculars! (Drawing of the top ten fundraisers)

How about...

birds seen in your backyard?
birds seen in Minnesota?
birds photographed in Sax-Zim?
birds photographed in North America, Columbia, Brazil, Paraguay or Zimbabwe?
birds seen only at sewage ponds?
birds seen on Tuesdays?
birds seen in the Boreal Forest?
birds seen in the city limits of Minneapolis?
birds seen while driving?
birds seen out your window?
birds species heard singing?
GET CREATIVE!

We will have a compilation picnic in July to share stories, eat good food and give away prizes.
How do we turn this into a fundraiser? You can solicit pledges per species, or lump sums, or just make a donation yourself! The more you raise, the more chances you'll have to win our fabulous prizes (TBD). All participants must pledge or raise over $50.
Each participant will be given a page on our website to update folks on their progress in their personal Big Half Year for the Bog. Share stories, photos, videos!...and garner pledges.

EMAIL SPARKY YOUR BIG HALF YEAR GOAL AND GET STARTED! <sparky...>

Email Sparky a paragraph or two on 1) The goal of your Big Half Year and 2) Your history with Sax-Zim Bog and why you think it is worth supporting FOSZB, and Sparky will create a web page for you on the www.saxzim.org site. He will then email you a link to share with your friends and family. <sparky...>

http://saxzim.org/big-half-year-for-the-bog/



Sparky Stensaas
2515 Garthus Road
Wrenshall MN 55797
218.341.3350
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www.ThePhotoNaturalist.com
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Date: 1/2/18 11:58 am
From: Bruce Stahly <bws0813...>
Subject: [mou-net] Boreal Owl, Grand Marais
A couple of outraged bluejays alerted me to the presence of a Boreal Owl
hidden in a fir tree, near my bird feeder.

(Four miles west of Grand Marais, Cook County).

Bruce Stahly

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Date: 1/1/18 6:45 pm
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Sandhills Crane—- Dakota County
(Posted by Andrew D. Smith <drewbec...> via moumn.org)

Observed a lone Sandhills Crane this afternoon in flight near Acacia Park Cemetery,
Mendoza Heights. This represents the first Winter season report for the county.

Drew Smith
Eagan, Dakota County
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Date: 1/1/18 1:36 pm
From: Steven Houdek <schoudek...>
Subject: [mou-net] Short-eared Owl- Mower County
One bird along Mower Co Rd 2, northwest of Dexter. Hunting along the roadside and nearby grassy slough, last seen flying to the north.

Steve

Onalaska, WI


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Date: 1/1/18 12:55 pm
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Airport Snowy Owl
(Posted by Chet A. Meyers <chetmeyers...> via moumn.org)

One snowy owl seen at end of Cargo Road plane-viewing area,
alongside runway where it was seen last week. About midway
between four runways. Second hand report of another snowy
on top of one of the Fed Ex buildings. Nice way to start the
New Year.
Chet Meyers, Hennepin County
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Date: 1/1/18 11:10 am
From: Jim Robey <jprobeyrx...>
Subject: [mou-net] Snowy Owl Olmsted Co.
At 12:45 today (1-1-2018) a snowy owl was in the median of Highway 52 just after passing under the airport bridge going South.

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Date: 12/31/17 4:41 am
From: Matthew Etterson <metterso...>
Subject: [mou-net] Harlequin Ducks, Two Harbors
Yesterday (Saturday 12/30) around 1:00 pm, Julie and I found two Harlequin
Ducks in Two Harbors foraging just on the lake side of the breakwater.

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Date: 12/30/17 9:15 pm
From: Keith Carlson <keithecarls...>
Subject: [mou-net] Trumpeter Swans, Northern Shrike and Winter Ducks
I am a week late posting about the swans but Xmas weekend, there were
around 50 raucous Trumpeter Swans in the pool where the channel enters
Sucker Lake just south of Hwy. 96 in Vadnais Heights.

On Friday, I spotted a Northern Shrike in a tree just north of South Owasso
Blvd. in Ladyslipper Park in Roseville, same place I saw one a few years ago
.

Saturday, I spotted several Common Goldeneyes in the few sections of open
water in the Mississippi River in Minneapolis between Plymouth Avenue and
the Stone Arch Bridge plus a mallard and pair of Canadian geese and number
of crows on the ice around one of the pools.

Keith Carlson
Roseville, MN

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Date: 12/29/17 6:55 pm
From: <mou...>
Subject: [mou-net] Great Gray Owl, Town of Duluth
(Posted by Janet C. Green <jgreen...> via moumn.org)

Late this afternoon, Dec. 29th at dusk 4:30 pm, I spotted a Great Gray Owl
hunting in a yard on the Homestead Rd. a few tenths of a mile north of the
Korkki Rd. intersection. It was perched on a barn behind a fringe of trees
and we watched it as it pounced on something and then flew low over the
small barnyard. The day before, Dec. 28th, a friend reported a Snowy Owl
somewhere near the Clover Valley Rd. and the Homestead Rd. area.

Jan Green
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Date: 12/27/17 11:06 am
From: John Cyrus <cyrus150...>
Subject: [mou-net] 2017 Carver County summary(very long)
As 2017 comes to an end, and I look back upon another year of birding in Carver County, this year has convinced of two things. The first being that my typical birding habits and walking routes yield relatively predictable species variety and numbers. Of course there will be unexpected outliers, but as the years go by I find I am less and less suprised by what I see. The second thing that I have been convinced of is not the happiest news. I strongly suspect that over the past 10 years there has been a decline in the number of breeding birds in the area. I have no proof of this except through my own experience, and I do wish I was as thorough 5-10 years ago in my observations as I have been the past several years instead of relying more on memory.
Since I already sent out a spring 2017 summary back in June I have copied it for anybody that may not have read it before or would like to again. The summary for the rest of the year is below that.

With another spring gone by here in Carver County, this year proved that a warm spring does not necessarily equal early migration. While the much warmer than normal February weather led to several personal earliest arrival dates for me (Tundra Swan, Greater White-fronted Goose, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, Red-winged Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird, and Common Grackle) with almost all arriving in February, a 2 week cold snap lasting into mid-March returned the pace of migration back to normal. Warmth lasting through much of April had me once again thinking birds would arrive early this year, but a strong cold front that moved through the area during the overnight hours of April 25-26 put an end to those expectations. Though even before those dates here, weather to the south of Minnesota in the southern central Midwest was not conducive to early migration. On April 26 there were many arriving birds that morning including personal earliest arriving Least Flycatcher and Ovenbird. But following the passage of that cold front, weather was not cooperative for a mass arrival of birds until May 9. From April 27 to May 8 there were expected arrivals, but birds were arriving in more of a trickle rather than a large wave. Beginning May 9 and lasting through May 27 species diversity was great. Bird numbers ranged generally from average to good. For the most part though, I don't consider numbers of most species this spring to be exceptional. There were a few outliers though that turned up in outstanding numbers including Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Magnolia Warbler, Palm Warbler, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Vireo and Thrush numbers were average. Once again excluding White-throated Sparrow, I found migrant sparrow numbers to be generally poor even Fox. Apparently my preferred walking routes are not preferred by the sparrow. But I didn't spend any time behind the Rapids Lake visitor center during daylight hours and spent no time at the nature center at Carver Park, and that is where I used to have more luck with migrant sparrow species. I expected migration to drop off significantly after May 27 and did not spend any time out after that, but there were very likely some migrants that I missed through the end of May and possibly into early June. I hit my hiking wall by May 27 after about 110 miles of walking and just under 82 hours in the field during the month of May(94 miles excluding miles walked doubling back as I try to minimize that now). While there have been springs with better migrant totals in the past, I will gladly take the spring of 2017 over the two prior springs of 2015/16. Also of note this year was that despite the warm winter there were no overwintering Yellow-rumped Warbler or Golden-crowned Kinglet, but the Cedar seed crop last fall seemed much poorer than the previous year. Also, habitat managers at both Rapids Lake and Carver Park seem to have a dislike for Cedar trees, and a significant number of the trees were removed last year at Carver Park and this January at Rapids Lake as part of habitat restoration. While I understand the reasons for their removal in terms of the habitat that the managers want to create, it does remove a good amount of winter food crop for birds as well as cover and potential nesting habitat for certain species. In the long term it doesn't make a big difference, though I do question the frequency of burns that are prescribed. All in all it was a solid and enjoyable spring. The only unusual bird that I saw was a vagrant Common Raven at Carver Park in mid-April.

Spring warbler species seen each day followed by cumulative migrant warbler count with my 2008-2016 average spring count in parenthesis

April 16
3
April 19
4
April 21
3
April 22
2
April 23
3
April 26
6
April 28
3
April 29
5
May 3
3
May 4
5
May 6
6
May 7
7
May 8
8
May 9
18
May 10
16
May 11
18
May 12
16
May 13
20
May 14
23
May 16
16
May 17
20
May 19
19
May 20
7
May 21
20
May 22
18
May 23
9
May 24
21
May 27
14


Ovenbird 33 (30)
Northern Waterthrush 49 (28)
Golden-winged Warbler 16 (11)
Blue-winged Warbler 64 (48)
Golden-winged x Blue-winged Warbler 2
Black-and-white Warbler 39 (39)
Prothonotary Warbler 13 (8)
Tennessee Warbler 216 (194)
Orange-crowned Warbler 24 (12)
Nashville Warbler 88 (67)
Connecticut Warbler 7 (2)
Mourning Warbler 22 (6)
Common Yellowthroat 170
American Redstart 210
Cape May Warbler 3 (5)
Northern Parula 13 (9)
Magnolia Warbler 74 (31)
Bay-breasted Warbler 5 (5)
Blackburnian Warbler 15 (19)
Yellow Warbler 293
Chestnut-sided Warbler 30 (25)
Blackpoll Warbler 35 (48)
Palm Warbler 170 (67)
Pine Warbler 2 (2)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1389 (427)
Black-throated Green Warbler 11 (12)
Canada Warbler 16 (10)
Wilson's Warbler 39 (30)

Warbler totals by location

Rapids Lake MVNWR 2078 of 27 species
Carver Park Reserve 839 of 25 species
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 106 of 21 species
Northern Chaska city trail 16 of 8 species


Other species cumulative counts

Olive-sided Flycatcher 2
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2
Alder Flycatcher 15
Willow Flycatcher 13
Least Flycatcher 94
Blue-headed Vireo 9
Philadelphia Vireo 7
Winter Wren 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 59
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 323
Veery 3
Gray-cheeked Thrush 13
Swainson's Thrush 33
Hermit Thrush 30
Wood Thrush 8
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Harris's Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 7

Looking back to this past summer, I struggle to come up with much notable. Like in the spring when I was able to consistently find good species variety, I was able to find a good variety of breeding species in the area when I was out this summer(though I don't spend nearly as much time out as I do during the spring or fall seasons). But I was not particularly impressed by the numbers of the breeding species that were around. It was a good summer for Dickcissel(cumulative count of 39 for the year), so that was nice. Little shorebird habitat during June and July meant few shorebirds, but there were a few of the most common species before more habitat developed into August. I guess the most unusual birds of the summer were my earliest fall arriving Tennessee and Black-and-white Warbler together on July 20 in rural Carver County southwest of Mayer.

Onto my favorite time of the year for birding and the fall season. Shorebird habitat developed just early enough in August so that I could spend some time seeing shorebirds before all my time went to looking for passerines. 10 years ago I had no idea how lucky I was to have such reliable habitat for shorebirds nearby, and the past 6 years or so the weather has generally cooperated for at least a portion of shorebird migration during each year. Per usual the most numerous shorebirds were Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, and Lesser Yellowlegs. For the year I saw 17 shorebird species which isn't great, but I'll gladly take it for the limited amount of time I spend shorebirding.

I was not particularly impressed with the first portion of fall passerine migration through the first week of September. I strongly suspect that weather was too favorable for migration in August and early September. There were many nights with strong winds from the north during those months. Even late July had some nights with favorable winds from the north. I suspect that some birds may have overflown the area. This fall season I can not compare warbler totals to past falls. I spent half of September in Tennessee, birding there as much as I could. I specifically planned the trip so that the best of warbler migration was over in Minnesota when I left(after the 1st week of September). I was back in Minnesota by late September when the late warbler(Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned) migration was beginning, so I don't think I missed many of those. I actually found bird numbers more impressive once I was back from Tennessee in late September through all of October. Like in the spring, Kinglet and Yellow-rumped Warbler numbers were good this fall. Migrant sparrow numbers were respectable, but I just don't seem to come across many White-crowned or Harris's Sparrow along my walking routes even in the fall. Though fall numbers are always better than the spring. There have been 2 years in the past that were apparently outbreak years for those species in the fall here, but I can't figure out why unless it was just random chance. This fall was easily my best fall for seeing Winter Wren. I also saw more Meadowlark in October than I normally see, particularly Western. For much of October I was wondering where all the blackbird were. The high number of blackbirds in early November explained their lower number in October. In line with the many winter finch reported across Minnesota this fall, this was my best fall for winter finch species.

Fall warbler species seen each day(through early October only) followed by cumulative migrant warbler count(entire season) with my 2008-2017 average fall count in parenthesis

August 18
7
August 19
12
August 20
11
August 21
8
August 22
13
August 23
15
August 24
9
August 25
7
August 26
7
August 27
14
August 28
14
August 29
13
August 30
10
August 31
9
September 1
8
September 2
10
September 3
16
September 4
13
September 5
9
September 6
15
September 8
7
September 26
11
September 27
6
September 28
8
September 29
7
September 30
7
October 3
5
October 4
4
October 5
4
October 6
3
October 7
4
October 8
5

Ovenbird 31 (35)
Northern Waterthrush 49 (34)
Golden-winged Warbler 24 (19)
Blue-winged Warbler 26 (10)
Black-and-white Warbler 49 (58)
Prothonotary Warbler 1 (3)
Tennessee Warbler 86 (159)
Orange-crowned Warbler 96 (72)
Nashville Warbler 102 (168)
Connecticut Warbler 1 (1)
Mourning Warbler 11 (11)
Common Yellowthroat 281
American Redstart 265
Cape May Warbler 2 (1)
Northern Parula 2 (6)
Magnolia Warbler 36 (42)
Bay-breasted Warbler 4 (10)
Blackburnian Warbler 18 (21)
Yellow Warbler 48
Chestnut-sided Warbler 90 (76)
Blackpoll Warbler 1 (5)
Palm Warbler 21 (23)
Pine Warbler 1 (2)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 579 (342)
Black-throated Green Warbler 1 (9)
Canada Warbler 39 (31)
Wilson's Warbler 20 (39)

Other species cumulative fall counts

Olive-sided Flycatcher 10
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 4
Alder Flycatcher 5
Willow Flycatcher 5
Least Flycatcher 61
Blue-headed Vireo 9
Philadelphia Vireo 7
Red-breasted Nuthatch 8
Winter Wren 31
Golden-crowned Kinglet 155
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 265
Veery 1
Swainson's Thrush 17
Hermit Thrush 22
Fox Sparrow 91
White-crowned Sparrow 21
Harris's Sparrow 6
White-throated Sparrow 675
Lincoln's Sparrow 47
Eastern Towhee 7
Bobolink 20
Western Meadowlark 8
Eastern Meadowlark 4
Purple Finch 134 (including 1 winter report)
Common Redpoll 88 (including 1 winter report)
Red Crossbill 3
Pine Siskin 125

Warbler and notable totals seen in Tennessee(primarily Cumberland County) September 10-25 for those interested

Magnolia Warbler 49
Tennessee Warbler 43
Chestnut-sided Warbler 36
Hooded Warbler 33
Black-throated Green Warbler 20
Pine Warbler 17
Black-and-white Warbler 14
Bay-breasted Warbler 12
Blackburnian Warbler 12
American Redstart 12
Ovenbird 7
Cape May Warbler 5
Blue-winged Warbler 3
Northern Parula 3
Yellow-throated Warbler 3
Canada Warbler 3
Worm-eating Warbler 2
Golden-winged Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 2
Prairie Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 1

Acadian Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 5
Blue-headed Vireo 34
Philadelphia Vireo 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
Winter Wren 1
Veery 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush 3
Swainson's Thrush 33
Wood Thrush 8
Summer Tanager 4
Scarlet Tanager 12
Blue Grosbeak 1

I would be remiss not to mention a few species that I failed to see. I did not see Black or Forster's Tern. I could have if I specifically went to areas they were reported, but I am stubborn and keep hoping a few may show up along my typical routes. For the 2nd year in a row, they did not. It was also another year that I did not see a Cerulean Warbler. If they are still breeding in Carver County, there are not many. In the end I saw 216 species in Carver County in 2017 which has become a very normal total. Combined with birds I saw in Tennessee I saw 230 for the year.


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Date: 12/25/17 3:45 pm
From: Steven Kirkhorn <stevenkirkhorn...>
Subject: [mou-net] Northern shrike
One northern shrike seen on Aitkin CR 18 Aitkin county this AM. No owls on Aitkin CR 1, 18 or 5.
Flock of 75+ turkeys feeding in harvested corn field just off MN 47 Saturday and today 1 mile N of Malmo.
Steve Kirkhorn
Hennepin County

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Date: 12/25/17 12:57 pm
From: Gregory Jahner III <jahner23...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Bohemian Waxwing - Washington County
Fyi - this morning Ben Douglas re-found the BOWA in the same cedar tree grove. The coordinates in my previous email can be used as a starting point but they do move around, so again I recommend driving around the entire grove.

Greg Jahner
Saint Paul Park




> On Dec 16, 2017, at 3:57 PM, Gregory Jahner III <jahner23...> wrote:
>
> This morning I found a Bohemian Waxwing at these coordinates on the Cottage Grove/Saint Paul Park border (Lat 44.8096 Long -92.9811). Note: I had previously reported this bird as Grey Cloud Island however that's not the case. As an additional reference point this location is about a mile away from Hazen Moores Park (where the Kittawake was found by Karl Isley)
>
> There is a fenced in tree grove on private property at these coordinates but parking on the shoulder is fine, and the bird was viewable from the side of the road in the right of way. It was mixed in with a large flock of roughy 75 cedar waxwings and was mostly hanging out at the top of some deciduous trees along the farm fence line. Bring a scope as it was very backlit today. If its not at the coordinates listed there are roads that surround the tree grove so just travel those until you find the flock.
>
> I have been birding this location for a number of years now and this area generally has cedar waxwings present year round likely due to the high concentration of cedar trees and lack of people traffic on the land, I mention that for anyone looking to chase it, I'm highly encouraged that the Bohemian could stick around due to the great habitat.
>
> According to MOU records this is only the second record in Washington County in the past 15 years with just under 40 records all time, presuming I'm interpreting and retrieved the data accurately.
>
> Also while there, Ben Douglas had arrived to view the waxwing, and within minutes found a Townsend's solitaire at the same coordinates above! Amazing!
>
> Feel free to email if you are going to chase it and want more specifics. (<Jahner23...>)
>
> Greg Jahner
> Saint Paul Park

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Date: 12/25/17 7:57 am
From: Alex <asgreenplanet4077...>
Subject: Re: [mou-net] Harlequin Duck (Washington Co.)
A note that the area was searched extensively yesterday, and no one was able to refind her. However, the long staying Long-tailed Duck was found on the Dakota County side of Point Douglas for any county listers that still need one for Dakota.

Good Birding and Happy Christmas Bird Counts!

Alex Sundvall

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> On Dec 25, 2017, at 8:05 AM, Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...> wrote:
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> On December 23, Ise Varghese observed a female Harlequin Duck at Point Douglas in Washington County. This information is available on eBird and the Minnesota Birding Facebook page.
>
> I apologize for not posting this earlier. I think I was getting all of Minnesota’s current sightings mixed up and realized that this one has not been shared on the listserv yet. While many of you are subscribed to eBird and/or various Facebook pages, I know that not everyone is.
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> Good birding!
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> Alyssa DeRubeis
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Date: 12/25/17 6:05 am
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...>
Subject: [mou-net] Harlequin Duck (Washington Co.)
On December 23, Ise Varghese observed a female Harlequin Duck at Point Douglas in Washington County. This information is available on eBird and the Minnesota Birding Facebook page.

I apologize for not posting this earlier. I think I was getting all of Minnesota’s current sightings mixed up and realized that this one has not been shared on the listserv yet. While many of you are subscribed to eBird and/or various Facebook pages, I know that not everyone is.

Good birding!

Alyssa DeRubeis

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Date: 12/23/17 9:33 am
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <alderubeis...>
Subject: [mou-net] Belated possible Fieldfare report (Becker Co.), Mute Swans (Scott Co.)
This was posted in several Facebook pages so this will be repeat info for some. Alas, no accompanying description or photos, but a reminder for all of us to be aware. Shared with permission: “Snippet from Rob Russell on MN Birding: "Had a belated private landowner report of two folks that watched two Fieldfares feeding on berries on Nov 10 in the NE most township of Becker County. They had their field guide with them and said they were positive they weren't Varied Thrush and watched them for 10 minutes."

There are also three Mute Swans spotted originally by Ron Cordes at Blue Lake Sewage Lagoons in Scott Co. One or two other birders have seen them within the past few days. To stay more up to date on these things, check out the Facebook pages (Minnesota Birding, Minnesota Rare Bird Alert, and Minnesota County Listers and Big Year Birders) as well as eBird.org.

Thanks and good birding!

Alyssa DeRubeis
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Date: 12/22/17 8:38 am
From: Sid Stivland <norlastiv...>
Subject: [mou-net] Redpolls
Today at the Stivland ranch and luxurious bird spa in scenic Plymouth,
Minnesota; several Common Redpolls at the feeder. Pileated Woodpecker
calling, Great Horned Owls calling after dusk.

Sid Stivland
Plymouth, MN

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Date: 12/22/17 7:24 am
From: Mike Majeski <mmajeski...>
Subject: [mou-net] Albert Lea CBC rescheduled to January 1st
Unfortunately we needed to reschedule the Albert Lea CBC to January 1. The meeting time/place is the same as before- 7:30 a.m. at the Caribou Coffee stand inside the Albert Lea Hy-Vee on the east side of Bridge Street.
If you would like to join this count, please contact me back channel.
Thanks!

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Date: 12/21/17 6:07 pm
From: Jeanie Joppru <ajjoppru...>
Subject: [mou-net] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, December 21, 2017
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 21,
2017 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may
also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

After a fresh blanket of snow, we are set to experience our first below zero
night tonight. Feeders have been busy, but the winter silence has set in
elsewhere. We continue to get reports of snowy owls this week. I have heard
of several in Kittson County two of which I found myself this afternoon,
three in Polk County, two in Becker County, and one in Otter Tail County. I
am sure that these are the proverbial tip of the iceberg.

Beth Siverhus in Roseau County reported 6-8 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, 2-3 RUFFED
GROUSE, 10-15 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED CROSSBILLS, and
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK this week.

In addition to the SNOWY OWLS I saw in Kittson County, I also found several
flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS, a COMMON RAVEN, and a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE there.
Larry Wilebski reported a flock of 100 COMMON REDPOLLS, and several SNOWY
OWLS.

In Polk County, the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks CBC recorded a record
number of species, including a BARRED OWL on the Minnesota side. Sandy
Aubol reported 2 HOARY REDPOLLS, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and PINE GROSBEAK. Diane
Wales observed DARK-EYED JUNCO, HOUSE FINCH, and COMMON REDPOLL on December
19. Leon Thoreson reported three SNOWY OWLS on December 16.

The Fargo/Moorhead CBC also found a record number of 69 species including
on the Moorhead side in Clay County: GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SNOW
GOOSE, HOODED MERGANSER, AMERICAN COOT, AMERICAN KESTREL, and WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILL. The Bluestem Prairie CBC got 49 species including HERMIT THRUSH,
VARIED THRUSH, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, LONG-EARED OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, BELTED
KINGFISHER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, NORTHERN CARDINAL, RUSTY BLACKBIRD,
MEADOWLARK, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, RED CROSSBILL, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and
HOARY REDPOLL. The VARIED THRUSH was in Hawley Township.

Steve Midthune reported 2 SNOWY OWLS in Becker County on December 19.

In Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala observed many ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and
COMMON REDPOLLS in the Fergus Falls area. Other species seen on December 19
in the county included HORNED LARKS, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, TOWNSEND'S
SOLITAIRE, and one SNOWY OWL.

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 toll free number: 1-800-542-3992.
Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county
where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is
Thursday, December 28, 2017.



Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN


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Date: 12/20/17 11:28 am
From: Doug Kieser <chewy2b...>
Subject: [mou-net] Carlton County Carolina Wren still present 12/20
Howard Towle and I relocated the Moose Lake Carolina Wren today at 5th and
Cedar, not far from where it had been originally found by John and Chris
Hockema. It was associating with a flock of Chickadees and Nuthatches,
even foraging well up in the trees with them.

Doug Kieser
Minneapolis

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Date: 12/20/17 11:03 am
From: Mark Palas <markpalas...>
Subject: [mou-net] Carolina Wren- Fort Snelling
The Carolina Wren, was perched and singing behind the visitors center
Today at noon. This is the center down in the valley, not at the gate.

Mark Palas

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Date: 12/20/17 10:30 am
From: Bob Holtz <BobHoltz33...>
Subject: [mou-net] Year of the Bird
Many birding organizations have banded together and are calling 2018 The
Year of the Bird. Information can be found in the 2017 Winter edition of
Audubon magazine. If you do not receive the Audubon magazine, go to
www.birdyourworld.org for details. The list of participating organizations
does not include MOU. Our MOU board may want to consider becoming a
participant.



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Date: 12/20/17 8:30 am
From: Steve Midthune <smidthune...>
Subject: [mou-net] Becker Co. Snowys
Two Snowy Owls were seen yesterday around noon a few miles north of Bisson
Lake. I was able to see one late yesterday afternoon at the corner of 340th
St and 190th Ave.

Steve Midthune

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Date: 12/20/17 6:26 am
From: sparky stensaas <sparkystensaas...>
Subject: [mou-net] Sax-Zim Bog CBC Results (and other bird notes)
SAX-ZIM CBC
Monday December 18, 2017
Mild temps and a near-record number of participants enabled us to tally 37 specieswhich TIES OUR ALL-TIME SPECIES COUNT!

This was my 33rd year conducting the Christmas Bird Count in the Sax-Zim Bog. The center of the 15-mile diameter circle is at the junction of CR7 and CR52/Arkola.

Highlights included 5 Great Gray Owls, 2 N Hawk Owl, 4 Wild Turkeys (a first for this count), 8 Boreal Chickadees (all in bog NONE at the feeders on Admiral!), 2 Mourning Doves (only 3rd time on the count), SEVEN Black-backed Woodpeckers! (McDavitt, Admiral, Nichols Lake Rd), 18 Sharp-tailed Grouse (including 11 at feeders on CR29/229), 2 Northern Goshawk (flying over Owl Avenue), 2 Hoary Redpolls (at Welcome Center), and a Three-toed Woodpecker (1/4 mile bushwhack into a bog 1.1 miles west of US53 on south side of Nichols Lake Road).

MISSES included Evening Grosbeak (Mary Lous feeders are not in the count circle :(), White-winged Crossbill (no conesall in New England and eastern Canada),
Also, Frank and Kim found a Snowy Owl along CR29/229 but alas, it was 3/4 mile outside the count circle.

Big thanks to Sandy Roggenkamp, Bill Tefft, Martha, Susan Meisner, Sarah Beaster, Lori Williams, Clinton Nienhaus, Jessica Dexter, Dave Benson, Kim Eckert, Tony Hertzel, Pam Benson, Frank Nicoletti, Kristina Dexter, Tom & Carol Ann Bloom, compiler Sparky Stensaas, and Lars Benson.

Tentative Totals of All species:
13 Bald Eagle
10 Rough-legged Hawk
2 Northern Goshawk
8 Ruffed Grouse
18 Sharp-tailed Grouse
4 Wild Turkey
5 Great Gray Owl
2 Northern Hawk Owl
8 Downy Woodpecker
14 Hairy Woodpecker
7 Pileated Woodpecker
7 Black-backed Woodpecker
1 Three-toed Woodpecker
102 Rock Pigeon
2 Mourning Dove
66 European Starling
11 Northern Shrike
58 American Crow
98 Common Raven
22 Gray Jay
22 Blue Jay
9 Black-billed Magpie
405 Black-capped Chickadee
8 Boreal Chickadee
24 Red-breasted Nuthatch
8 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Brown Creeper
6 Snow Bunting
60 House Sparrow
52 Pine Grosbeak
350 Common Redpoll
2 Hoary Redpoll
2 Purple Finch
8 Pine Siskin
2 American Goldfinch
12 Red Crossbill
(Snowy Owl just outside the count circle)

**NOTES ON OTHER BOG BIRDS
At least 13 Great Gray Owls are being seen throughout the BogWe assume these are all locals, resident birds that just pop out from the bogs in early morning and late afternoon to feed.
Check all the usual roads.And roads marked for GGOW on the birding map found at www.saxzim.org

Mary Lous feeders are still hosting a large flock of Evening Grosbeaks every morning. Clinton Nienhaus found a Lincolns Sparrow there a few weeks ago.

Lorettas feeders may be the best place to see Pine Grosbeaks right now. Many males at eye level!

Welcome Center feeders has many redpolls including 2 Hoaries. Gray Jays are also coming to the suet. Check out the "Human Feeder" inside!

Admiral Road feeders are stocked but no Boreal Chickadees there...yet! You'll have to pishhh your hear out along bog stretches to find them.

Stone Lake Road is also out of the count circle, and Rough-legged Hawks and Northern Shrikes are often seen along this road.

Please go to www.saxzim.org<http://www.saxzim.org> for upcoming events and field trips.
Buy tickets for the January 21 Boreal Wings Gala at Springbrook Nature Center on our website shop
Friends of Sax-Zim Bog<http://www.saxzim.org/>
Protecting the SAX-ZIM BOG for future generations of birds & birders.
www.saxzim.org







Sparky Stensaas
2515 Garthus Road
Wrenshall MN 55797
218.341.3350
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