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Tufted Jay,©Sophie Webb

4 Mar Loon [Peter L Gilles via Mnbird ]
27 Feb Snowy owl [James Amundson via Mnbird ]
27 Feb Snowy owl [James Amundson via Mnbird ]
27 Feb Carolina wren Hennepin County--Wayzata [Paul Wicklund via Mnbird ]
25 Feb Northern hawk owl - duluth [Cheryl Burgmwier via Mnbird ]
25 Feb Stan Tekiela speaking at MRVAC meeting on Thursday [Steve Weston via Mnbird ]
23 Feb Migratory Robins [Larry Wade via Mnbird ]
21 Feb Directions [Art Check via Mnbird ]
19 Feb Question continued [Art Check via Mnbird ]
19 Feb Question [Art Check via Mnbird ]
19 Feb Interested in surveying for Marsh Birds or Amphibians this spring? [Kathy Jones via Mnbird ]
14 Feb Valentines day shadow birding. [avocet13--- via Mnbird ]
13 Feb Kids Birding Club - Looking for Binoculars [Amy Simso Dean via Mnbird ]
9 Feb Re: Help id [Lois Fimmano via Mnbird ]
9 Feb Help id [Lois Fimmano via Mnbird ]
8 Feb Warren Nelson [Mike Menzel via Mnbird ]
7 Feb Redpolls, Anoka County [Erika Sitz via Mnbird ]
7 Feb Eastern Screech-owl Ramsey Co. ["Margevicius, Thomas S. via Mnbird" ]
5 Feb Sibley Confusion [dan&erika via Mnbird ]
5 Feb Sibley “Recall" [dan&erika via Mnbird ]
04 Feb Back yard birds in Duluth [Susan M via Mnbird ]
4 Feb Snow Buntings - Afton [Tami Vogel via Mnbird ]
04 Feb Re: Redpolls [Paul Tine and Sherry Phillips via Mnbird ]
4 Feb Re: Redpolls [Stephen Hedman via Mnbird ]
4 Feb Redpolls [MARY ANN MCDOUGAL via Mnbird ]
30 Jan Re: [mou-rba] [mou-net] Steele Co. Snowy Owl [CRAIG MANDEL via Mnbird ]
29 Jan As a SE MN resident, I used to be a member of this organization and paid and took lots of their excellentfield trips. Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is offering an upcoming Snowy Owl opportunity. Public sign-up starts >>Feb. 2<< Or, this gives ideas to plan a trip on your own. :) [Lisa via Mnbird ]
27 Jan IMPORTANT please read ["Schumacher, Paul" ]
26 Jan Re: Mpls. - Plymouth Ave. crow roost [Brian Byrne ]
26 Jan Mpls. - Plymouth Ave. crow roost [Betsy Kerr ]
25 Jan Re: 2 huge Hawks sitting next to each other ["bluebill AT surfbest.net" ]
24 Jan NE Minnesota - 1/22-23/15 [CRAIG MANDEL ]
24 Jan 2 huge Hawks sitting next to each other [Nan Emmer ]
23 Jan Re: duluth directions [Rick Schroeder ]
23 Jan duluth directions [Douglas Stratton ]
21 Jan Eider in Duluth [PATRICIA PAGEL Owner ]
20 Jan Change my email [Rose Shea ]
17 Jan Golden eagle survey today [Laurie Maloney ]
16 Jan Rice County - 1/15/15 [CRAIG MANDEL ]
16 Jan Re: [mou-rba] Rare thrushes in Blue Earth County [CRAIG MANDEL ]
13 Jan squirrels ["bluebill AT surfbest.net" ]
13 Jan trails at Old Cedar Ave Bridge ["Liz Stanley" ]
13 Jan Re: Goldfinches [Brian and Cindy ]
13 Jan Fwd: Goldfinches [Jim Ryan ]
13 Jan Backyard Report Scott County []
13 Jan Re: Goldfinches [Cheri ]
12 Jan Winter bird update southwest Mn - Houston County [Laurie Maloney ]
12 Jan Re: Have all birds become Snowbirds? [GREG ELIZABETH CLOSMORE ]
12 Jan Goldfinches & Juncos []
12 Jan Goldfinch numbers Wayzata, Hennepin county [Paul Wicklund ]
12 Jan Re: Goldfinches [Kevan Bohan ]
12 Jan Re: Goldfinches []
12 Jan Re: Goldfinches [Lois Rem ]
12 Jan Re: Goldfinches [Jim Ryan ]
12 Jan Have all birds become Snowbirds? [Robert Van Siclen ]
12 Jan Re: Goldfinches ["O. William Bruins" ]
12 Jan Re: Goldfinches [Pamela Freeman ]
12 Jan Goldfinches ["Joel H. Dunnette" ]
6 Jan Road trip! [Tami Vogel ]
6 Jan New MNBird server, Please read ["Schumacher, Paul" ]
5 Jan Re: [mou-net] No. Wright CBC on Sat, Jan. 3 - highlights [CRAIG MANDEL ]
3 Jan Snowy Owl in Wright County [Jim Ryan ]
3 Jan Re: [mou-rba] [mou-net] Snowy Owl Update ~ Crow Wing County [CRAIG MANDEL ]
3 Jan Rice County Snowy Owl photo ["dan&erika" ]
3 Jan Re: [mou-rba] [mou-net] Todd County Townsend's Solitaire [CRAIG MANDEL ]
2 Jan white spot sparrow [heather keena ]
2 Jan Re: Snowy owls [Brian Byrne ]
2 Jan Snowy owls [GREG ELIZABETH CLOSMORE ]
1 Jan 2014 Rice Co. Banding Report ["dan&erika" ]
24 Dec Re: Black dog west ["Susan E. Barnes" ]
23 Dec Re: Black dog west [Brian Byrne ]
23 Dec Re: Black dog west [Richard Carlson ]
23 Dec Re: Black dog west ["B. H." ]
23 Dec Black dog west [Richard Carlson ]
23 Dec Mpls airport Snowy Owl [Richard Carlson ]
23 Dec LQP Snowy Owl [John Schladweiler ]

Subject: Loon
From: Peter L Gilles via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:23:47 -0600
 I saw a Loon in the open water around the docks at the Wayzata Depot on Lake 
Street. The yacht people and the City of Wayzata run bubblers there to protect 
the docks from the ice. I also know that there are usually a lot of small perch 
acound the docks so the Loon has open water and a good supply of food. I will 
keep checking to see if it stays. 
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Subject: Snowy owl
From: James Amundson via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:21:13 -0600
Lake crystal at 1300 I saw a snowy owl west of lake crystal about 2 miles. From 
jct 505 ave & 194 st. .2 miles west at that time he was in a field on the south 
side of the road. 


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Subject: Snowy owl
From: James Amundson via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:09:11 -0600
2/27/15. Saw a snowy owl in mankato. The owl crossed hwy 14 about .5 mile east 
of river frontdrive. Right below good counsel school. 


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Subject: Carolina wren Hennepin County--Wayzata
From: Paul Wicklund via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:55:21 -0600
Throughout the winter I have been watching a wooly bear caterpillar on the deck 
on the south side of our house. When it crawled out on a 'warm' day and then 
looked very vulnerable there that evening, I moved it back under some leaves. 
Noticing some motion there now, I saw a Carolina wren feasting on it! It made 
short work of the meal and flew off. A fun surprise! 

Jan Wicklund

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Subject: Northern hawk owl - duluth
From: Cheryl Burgmwier via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:05:36 -0600
Refound at 9am this morning on very top of pines to west of maintenance garage 
on Riley road just west of jean duluth road. 


Cheryl

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Subject: Stan Tekiela speaking at MRVAC meeting on Thursday
From: Steve Weston via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:17:35 -0500
Special Program this Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 pm

Stan Tekiela – Author, naturalist, photographer

Remarkable Woodpeckers
Woodpeckers are a very unique group of birds. We often
take these backyard visitors for granted. In this talk, Stan
will expound the virtues of these remarkable woodpeckers. This talk is
filled with fun facts, and incredible images of all our woodpeckers.

When: Please join us from 7:00 - 7:30 pm to socialize over cookies. A brief
business meeting before the featured speaker begins at 7:30 pm. The meeting
will conclude before 9:00 pm.

Where: Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center 3801
American Blvd E, Bloomington.
Highway I-494 to 34th Avenue East, South to American Blvd; turn left and go
2 blocks. The Visitor Center will be on your right.  Use the staff entrance
in the center of the building (not the east door).

Seating for this exciting program is limited and a near capacity crowd will
be expected.  There is a possibility of
people being turned away.  All of our meetings are free and open to the
public.

Steve Weston
On Quigley Lake in Eagan, MN
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Subject: Migratory Robins
From: Larry Wade via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:42:36 -0600
This evening in the Minnehaha estuary in Minnetonka saw at least 3 flocks of 
50-100 robins coming in with the S wind. 

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Subject: Directions
From: Art Check via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:30:22 -0600
Does anyone have directions to the eider or golden crowned sparrow in Duluth? 
We are visitors from Iowa. 


Thanks,
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Subject: Question continued
From: Art Check via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:06:56 -0600
Thanks for all the replies regarding good northern bird specialties for my trip 
with my son this wknd to Duluth and Sax Zim Bog area 

Does anyone know if the Golden crowned sparrow or the common Eider are still 
being seen in Duluth? 

Bohemians?
Thanks
Art Check
Nevada, IA

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Subject: Question
From: Art Check via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:00:21 -0600
Minnesota Birders
My son and I are planning on a trip to northern Minnesota and Sax Zim Bog this 
wknd 

We're hoping for as many northern specialties as possible
I've heard there were some Snowy Owls seen at airport in Minneapolis--
Anyone know if they're still there?
Also I've been to Sax Zim a few times and am relatively comfortable with my way 
around it, just wondering if anyone has any hints about recent sitings of great 
grays, sharp tailed grouse, evening and pine grosbeaks, bohemians, etc 

Any help is appreciated
Thanks so much!!
Art Check
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Subject: Interested in surveying for Marsh Birds or Amphibians this spring?
From: Kathy Jones via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:13:45 -0500
Posted with permission of MNbirds

Dear MNbird members

Interested in surveying for Marsh Birds or Amphibians this spring?

Each spring, hundreds of active Citizen Scientists in Great Lakes States and in 
Ontario dedicate 8 or more hours to survey marsh birds and/or amphibians in 
Great Lakes coastal and inland marshes. Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program 
volunteers are awarded with a great opportunity to spend time in these unique 
habitats - enjoying nature, improving their skills, and supporting wetland 
conservation. At the same time the important data they collect contributes to 
our understanding of these species, their habitat needs and the health of the 
Great Lakes. 


Interested in participating? Learn more about the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring 
Program  online, and view a map of 
available and assigned routes < http://goo.gl/k4D7x9 >. To register, contact 
Kathy Jones volunteer AT birdscanada.org and let 
her know your location and preferred route or marsh choices (new routes can be 
established in areas with appropriate habitat) 


Kathy Jones
Marsh Monitoring Program Volunteer Coordinator
Bird Studies Canada
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Toll Free 1-888-448-2473 ext. 124
From time to time, BSC may send you information regarding our programs, special 
issues, membership, and other correspondence. If you would prefer not to 
receive this information, please contact us by mail at the address above or 
e-mail rkirton AT bsc-eoc.org. Thank you. 



http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-reporting-sensitive-species 


*** Please participate in the Rusty Blackbird Blitz http://rustyblackbird.org/ 
just report any sightings to www.eBird.org using the 
observation type "Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz" ***** 



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Subject: Valentines day shadow birding.
From: avocet13--- via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:09:31 -0500 (EST)
While sitting at my desk in my home office a large shadow went over my 
desk. As I immediately thought, oh the neighborhood red-tail is coming 
by to harass the squirrels. Much to my delight it was a Rough-legged. 
Only the second one recorded in my Farmington yard over 11 winters.

Thank you,
Blaine Seeliger
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Twisted Food and Drinks
Hastings Mn 55033
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Subject: Kids Birding Club - Looking for Binoculars
From: Amy Simso Dean via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 10:47:03 -0600
Hello,

Do you have a pair of binoculars sitting around that you never use any more?

I am starting a birding club for 4th graders at Burroughs Elementary in S. 
Minneapolis. 


14 Kids Joined! 
(okay, two are mine, but they want to. really.)

I already have 4 pairs of binoculars for the club. 
Shout out to Eagle Optics who sent me 2 pair. The Raptor Center: 1 pair. And my 
mom: 1 pair. 


Does this sound like your binoculars sitting so lonely on a shelf?
Magnification: 6.5 - 8. Lower is better.
Gets small enough between eyepieces for kid-sized faces (around 5.1-5.3cm).
Light enough for kids to comfortably use.

If you are willing to donate, please let me know. Ill pick them up or arrange 
for shipping. 


Thank you and good birding!
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Subject: Re: Help id
From: Lois Fimmano via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 22:51:47 +0000 (UTC)
Sorry, I assumed the birds were migrating and not specific to Peru. 

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From: lmsirvio AT comcast.net 
To: "Lois Fimmano"  
Sent: Monday, February 9, 2015 4:49:10 PM 
Subject: Re: [Mnbird] Help id 

I don’t think you can post Peruvian birds to MNbird. If you want some help 
send the photos to me. 

lmsirvio AT comcast.net 
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Subject: [Mnbird] Help id 
Can someone tell me if this is posting please! 
Thanks! 
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From: "Lois Fimmano"  
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Sent: Saturday, February 7, 2015 5:05:52 PM 
Subject: Help id 
Hi! 
I recently returned from Peru and was able to capture these 2 birds. Help! 
There were others that I have to resort to memory. Ugh! 

Thanks! 
Lois Fimmano 
Columbia Hts. MN 
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interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, 
and all involved in one another" 



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Subject: Help id
From: Lois Fimmano via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 22:44:37 +0000 (UTC)
Can someone tell me if this is posting please! 
Thanks! 

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Subject: Help id 

Hi! 

I recently returned from Peru and was able to capture these 2 birds. Help! 
There were others that I have to resort to memory. Ugh! 

Thanks! 

Lois Fimmano 
Columbia Hts. MN 

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Subject: Warren Nelson
From: Mike Menzel via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 12:02:14 -0600
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Subject: Redpolls, Anoka County
From: Erika Sitz via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 12:49:13 -0600
Just had about a dozen Redpolls in a treetop, none came to thistle or
sunflower chip tubes.  Had a singleton yesterday, nice to see that it
brought friends.

Erika Sitz

Ramsey, north Anoka County
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Subject: Eastern Screech-owl Ramsey Co.
From: "Margevicius, Thomas S. via Mnbird" <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 10:23:54 +0000
At 4 am Sat Feb 7 -- when city traffic noise is at its quietest -- I am hearing 
the purring trill of an Eastern Screech-owl near the Town and Country Club in 
my St. Paul neighborhood, Marshall Ave. in Ramsey Co. 

Fr. Tom Margevičius
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Subject: Sibley Confusion
From: dan&erika via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 14:44:36 -0600
Hi All—

A lot of folks have told me that the Sibley publisher is not replacing
 books.  All I can say is that they did so for me this morning.  They
verified the edition of the book with the ISBN number. Perhaps they were
not expecting such a large reaction?

Sorry if I passed along bad information—but it seemed legit at the time.

dan

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Subject: Sibley “Recall"
From: dan&erika via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 13:34:37 -0600
From the South Dakota listserv--

If you purchased the Second Edition of The Sibley Guide to Birds the
publisher is replacing the book becuase of the printing problems. Call
1-800-793-2665. The lady I spoke with said they thought they would start
sending out the replacements in the next few days.

Read more about this at www.birderslibrary.com

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Subject: Back yard birds in Duluth
From: Susan M via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:32:43 -0600
I was so excited to see a flock of Pine siskins on the feeders this morning 
along with a small flock of juncos gleaning seedheads out of the garden. 


I did have Redpolls last year, but not this year. All in all, this has not been 
a great winter for birds at the feeders, probablyy because of the lack of snow 
cover. 


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Subject: Snow Buntings - Afton
From: Tami Vogel via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:13:09 +0000
A beautiful flock of 40+ Snow Buntings escorted me along 15th St. S. today in 
Afton, flying from freshly covered field to the road back to the fields. Was a 
wonderful way to start the morning. 




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Subject: Re: Redpolls
From: Paul Tine and Sherry Phillips via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2015 12:03:08 -0600
We just started seeing redpolls at our feeder a few weeks ago and 
suddenly have had flocks of pine siskins appear - even a few Evening 
Grosbeaks with the Pine Grosbeaks (and Evenings have been rarer and 
rarer for us).

SPhillips/St. Louis County/Brimson



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> Mary: 
>
> I envy you for your redpolls.  It has been three or four years since 
> I've had any at my feeders here in Duluth.  Just the other day I had a 
> flock of pine siskins come through to my great excitement, since their 
> presence was the first in many years.  I suspect, though without 
> proof, that relatively few people feed birds in Duluth and so it is 
> not all that fertile feeding grounds.
>
> Best,
> Steve
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> On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 9:15 AM, MARY ANN MCDOUGAL via Mnbird 
> > wrote:
>
>     Feb 3 about noon a flock of 20+ Common & Hoary Redpolls flew into
>     our feeding area. They would feed, and then fly all at once to the
>     top of a 60 foot Red Oak repeatedly. About 45 minutes later they
>     all headed South.
>     We are in SW Lino Lakes, Anoka County.
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Subject: Re: Redpolls
From: Stephen Hedman via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 11:07:01 -0600
Mary:

I envy you for your redpolls.  It has been three or four years since I've
had any at my feeders here in Duluth.  Just the other day I had a flock of
pine siskins come through to my great excitement, since their presence was
the first in many years.  I suspect, though without proof, that relatively
few people feed birds in Duluth and so it is not all that fertile feeding
grounds.

Best,
Steve

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> Feb 3 about noon a flock of 20+ Common & Hoary Redpolls flew into our
> feeding area. They would feed, and then fly all at once to the top of a 60
> foot Red Oak repeatedly. About 45 minutes later they all headed South.
> We are in SW Lino Lakes, Anoka County.
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Subject: Redpolls
From: MARY ANN MCDOUGAL via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 09:15:51 -0600
Feb 3 about noon a flock of 20+ Common & Hoary Redpolls flew into our feeding 
area. They would feed, and then fly all at once to the top of a 60 foot Red Oak 
repeatedly. About 45 minutes later they all headed South. 

We are in SW Lino Lakes, Anoka County.
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Subject: Re: [mou-rba] [mou-net] Steele Co. Snowy Owl
From: CRAIG MANDEL via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:43:58 +0000
1/30/15
 
Thank for the reports. Mark Junghans and I were able to relocate one of the 
Snowy Owls at the same location as Bob's sighting. The bird was sitting in 
field at a distance of several hundred yards and hidden by field stubble and 
grass at times. The bird was observed at 1:23 pm. 

 
Craig Mandel
Minnetonka, Hennepin County
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> Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:31:11 -0700
> From: rba AT MOUMN.ORG
> Subject: Re: [mou-rba] [mou-net] Steele Co. Snowy Owl
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> The Snowy Owl reported by Ken Vail is still present at 8:30am only on the 
west side of 84th just south of 50th. 

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> > On Jan 25, 2015, at 4:55 PM, Ken Vail  wrote:
> > 
> > On a hunch I checked a soil conservation district wetland restoration
> > project north of Rice Lake State Park about 3 miles.  About 3:30 PM one
> > male Snowy Owl was roosting in grassland stubble east of NE 84th Ave.one
> > quarter mile south of NE 50th St.
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> > Ken Vail
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Subject: As a SE MN resident, I used to be a member of this organization and paid and took lots of their excellentfield trips. Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is offering an upcoming Snowy Owl opportunity. Public sign-up starts >>Feb. 2<< Or, this gives ideas to plan a trip on your own. :)
From: Lisa via Mnbird <mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 03:50:56 +0000 (UTC)
| 
| It's a new year, and a new beginning for the annual Great Wisconsin 
Birdathon! To kick off the Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2015, the Natural 
Resources Foundation is pleased to give you the first opportunity to reserve a 
spot on one of two special Birdathon trips to view snowy owls. They are 
visiting in record numbers this year, and your chances of seeing one are better 
than ever. Our trip leaders will guide you to areas that have hosted a number 
of snowies this winter and will talk about snowy owl ecology and what makes 
them so special. Your $50 tax-deductible registration fee will go directly to 
the Bird Protection Fund to safeguard Wisconsin's birds. Trips will be limited 
to 15 people, so reserve your spot by calling Diane Packett, Great Wisconsin 
Birdathon coordinator, at 920-219-2587. To guarantee your reservation, please 
send your check payable to the Natural Resources Foundation, PO Box 2317, 
Madison, Wisconsin, 53701-2317. Please write "Snowy Owl Trip" on the memo line 
of your check. | 


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| 
| We'll be opening this opportunity up to the general public starting Monday, 
Feb. 2, so book your spot today!  Horicon MarshSaturday, Feb. 7 at 2 
p.m.Leader: Jeff Bahls 

Meet at 2 p.m. at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, N7725 Hwy 28, 
where we will start off with a quick background about snowy owls. From there we 
will car caravan out to some likely areas and try to observe them. If we spot 
snowy owls before dark, we will look for other owls and raptors, until evening 
light leaves us. Either way, you should become much more familiar with this 
Wetland of International Importance. We can supply binoculars if you don't have 
them. Collins Marsh Saturday Feb. 21, 4 p.m.Leaders: Joel Trick and Charles 
Sontag We'll meet at the parking lot near the south end of Collins Marsh State 
Wildlife Area, about ½ mile east of the junction of County JJ and County W in 
Collins, here. We will scope birds on the ground first and talk about snowy 
owls and why they are here this winter. Birds should be perched on poles for 
their evening hunting about half an hour before sunset, allowing good views and 
photographs. The Great Wisconsin Birdathon is the springtime celebration of 
Wisconsin's birds in which participants count as many birds as possible in a 
day, raising funds for eight priority bird protection projects. | 


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Subject: IMPORTANT please read
From: "Schumacher, Paul" <PSchumacher AT winona.edu>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:02:54 +0000
Many MNBirders got a renewal of membership notice.  

I have already renewed you, so do not worry about it.  

The message is for real, but you don't have to do anything. If you did it 
renewed your subscription, no problem.


Paul  Schumacher

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Subject: Re: Mpls. - Plymouth Ave. crow roost
From: Brian Byrne <brianwisconsin AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:59:59 -0600
On my way home to Mpls from Brooklyn Center I too noticed them flying east 
towards that area. They normally roost in our area of S Mpls but haven't seen 
them for a few days. I wonder why they make the change. 


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> On Jan 26, 2015, at 10:51 PM, Betsy Kerr  wrote:
> 
> On my drive home from work tonight, I was surprised to see a huge flock of 
crows roosting in Minneapolis at the west end of the Plymouth Ave. Bridge. 
Specifically, they were in all of the trees just north of Plymouth Ave. between 
W. River Rd. and 2nd St. N. I've often seen these numbers of crows at other 
roost sites around the city, but I've never seen them here before. I pass this 
way several days a week, but it's true that I was a little later tonight, about 
6 p.m. I'm curious whether anyone else has seen them there before. 

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Subject: Mpls. - Plymouth Ave. crow roost
From: Betsy Kerr <bjkerr AT umn.edu>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:51:39 -0600
On my drive home from work tonight, I was surprised to see a huge flock of
crows roosting in Minneapolis at the west end of the Plymouth Ave. Bridge.
Specifically, they were in all of the trees just north of Plymouth Ave.
between W. River Rd. and 2nd St. N.  I've often seen these numbers of crows
at other roost sites around the city, but I've never seen them here
before.  I pass this way several days a week, but it's true that I was a
little later tonight, about 6 p.m.  I'm curious whether anyone else has
seen them there before.

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Subject: Re: 2 huge Hawks sitting next to each other
From: "bluebill AT surfbest.net" <bluebill@surfbest.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:24:39 -0500
We went by a similar location on Hwy 5 at about 9:30 am. this morning and saw 
two adult bald eagles in a tree. Is it possible that you saw the heads or tails 

and thought they were breast colors?

Don Grussing
Minnetonka



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Subject : RE: [Mnbird] 2 huge Hawks sitting next to each other

 Victoria Mn location on edge of wetland. Huge with white breasts on branch. 
Any help with kind of hawk it could be? 


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Subject: NE Minnesota - 1/22-23/15
From: CRAIG MANDEL <egretcman AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:31:22 +0000


1/22-23/15
 
Spent some time birding in NE Minnesota with Herb Dingmann, Kim Eckert and Paul 
Egeland over the last few days. In addition to the birds previously reported by 
Kim we found these additional species. 

 
Northern Pintail - Four were still being observed at Canal Park in Duluth.
Rough-legged hawk
Herring Gull, Thayer's Gull, Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gulls were observed at 
Canal park on the afternoon of the 23rd. Thanks to all the Duluth birders who 
helped with the IDs of these birds. 

Northern Hawk Owl - 23rd - 1:00 pm - Still present along Jean Duluth Road, 
North of Kelly J's. 

Great Gray Owl - 8:30 - 9:00 am - Admiral Road, just South of the feeding 
station. 

Northern Shrike
Gray Jay
Black-billed Magpie - Just East of Loretta's, along Kelsey Whiteface Road.
Boreal Chickadee - One was observed at the feeding station on Admiral Road, on 
the 22rd. 

Snow Bunting - St. Louis County - CR 7, just North of CR 52.
White-throated Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco - All three 
of these were observed near Jeff Newman's at 44th Avenue East and Regent 
Street, on the 23rd. 

Northern Cardinal - Same location as the Sparrow's.
Pine Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll - Loretta's feeding station, on the 22nd.
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Evening Grosbeak
On Thursday, we visited Mary Lou's, the Sax-Zim Welcome Center, Morse's and 
Loretta's Feeding stations and all were very active. 

 
We were unsuccessful in our search for the Common Eider and Black-backed 
Woodpeckers. 

 
Thanks,
 
Craig Mandel
Minnetonka, Hennepin County
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Subject: 2 huge Hawks sitting next to each other
From: Nan Emmer <nanemmer AT icloud.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:11:26 -0600
Victoria Mn location on edge of wetland. Huge with white breasts on branch. Any 
help with kind of hawk it could be? 


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Subject: Re: duluth directions
From: Rick Schroeder <avsaxman AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:34:45 -0600
Canal Park:      http://www.visitduluth.com/lodging/canal-park.php

Look in the canal around the Aerial Lift Bridge for the birds.

Rick Schroeder 


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Subject: [Mnbird] duluth directions
I was wondering if somebody could give me specific directions where to park and where to see the following at canal park. Thanks. NORTHERN PINTAILS. GLAUCOUS GULLS, THAYER'S GULLS, ICELAND GULL, and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL continue to be seen at Canal Park. -- Doug Stratton Onalaska, La Crosse County_______________________________________________ Mnbird mailing list Mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net http://lists.mnbird.net/mailman/listinfo/mnbird_lists.mnbird.net
Subject: duluth directions
From: Douglas Stratton <stratton.douglas AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:34:31 -0600
I was wondering if somebody could give me specific directions where to park
and where to see the following at canal park.  Thanks.

NORTHERN PINTAILS. GLAUCOUS GULLS, THAYER'S GULLS, ICELAND GULL, and
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL continue to be seen at Canal Park.

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Subject: Eider in Duluth
From: PATRICIA PAGEL Owner <jppagel AT centurylink.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:29:45 -0500 (EST)
The Eider was present in Duluth on Monday but we did not see it at Canal 
Park.  We crossed the lift bridge onto Park Point, turned right on 8th ave. 
(which is a short dead end at the water).  It was there with Mallards, 
Pintails, and Black Ducks.  The Golden-crowned Sparrow was also present at the 
usual location.  A day in the Bog Tues. was a delight.  We missed owls 
(although we had a couple Snowys near the Superior Airport on Monday) but 
otherwise enjoyed as many Redpolls as I've even seen flocking everywhere, 
Evening Grossbeaks at Mary Lou's feeders only, Many Pine Siskins, Pine 
Grossbeaks, a lovely Piliated Woodpecker in a couple places, and lots of 
Chickadees - except no Boreals.  It was our first visit to Loretta's feeder 
station and it is just delightful.  
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelsey-Bird-Feeding-Station/649197695124935    
Check it out.  The new Visitor Center in the bog north of Meadowlands is 
wonderful!!  We hope folks will contribute to these feeding stations because 
the cost of bird seed must be astronomical and we are gaining such benefit from 
them!!!!!!  

Happy Birding to all! 
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Subject: Change my email
From: Rose Shea <rsunity AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:05:30 -0600
I am currently getting bird emails at rsunity AT yahoo.com. My email has been 
hacked many times. I want to change to a new one. Please change my bird 
notifications to rms63JR AT yahoo.com. Thank you, rose shea 

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Subject: Golden eagle survey today
From: Laurie Maloney <lmaloney619 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:01:16 -0600
Today was the annual golden eagle survey in Minnesota, Iowa, and
Wisconsin.  Did anyone else survey today?

My team has an NE Iowa route, 20 miles south of Minnesota border. Last year
was a blizzard and freezing temps, so no golden eagles spotted and very
small counts of other raptors.  Today we has 2 golden eagles, 45 bald
eagles, 14 red-Tailed hawks, 4 rough-legged hawks, and 4 Kestrels, tons of
action. We again  ate lunch at a brew pub in Marquette which was delicious.
Great day!


http://www.nationaleaglecenter.org/golden-eagle-project/information-on-golden-eagles/ 


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Subject: Rice County - 1/15/15
From: CRAIG MANDEL <egretcman AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 03:54:26 +0000
1/15/15
 
Mark and I finished the afternoon in Rice county, where we were able to 
relocate the following species: 

 
Eurasian Collared-Dove - These were observed at the grain storage bins in the 
town of Dennison. The birds were observed on the ground in Goodhue county, by 
the grain storage bins and in flight in Rice county West of the grain storage 
bins. 

 
Snowy Owl - An Immature female Snowy Owl was spotted by Mark, sitting on the 
ground about 100 yards South of 190th St E, about 1/4 mile to the East of Kane 
Ave. 

 
Red-headed Woodpecker - One was observed at the entrance to Nerstrand Big Woods 
State Park. 

 
American Kestrel 
 
Horned Lark
 
Craig Mandel
Minnetonka, Hennepin County
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Subject: Re: [mou-rba] Rare thrushes in Blue Earth County
From: CRAIG MANDEL <egretcman AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 03:19:56 +0000
1/15/15
 
Mark Junghans and I were able to observe the previously reported Varied Thrush 
in Blue Earth county this morning. Thanks to Chad for the original posting and 
the home owners for giving us a chance to see this Varied Thrush. The bird was 
observed at 7:30 am, 8:15 am and again around noon. 

 
We also tried unsuccessfully for the nearby Townsend's Solitaire, but did see a 
Rough-legged Hawk along CR 9, just West of Highway 60. 

 
Craig Mandel
Minnetonka, Hennepin County
EgretCMan AT msn.com 
 
 
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:19:24 -0600
From: Chad.Heins AT BLC.EDU
Subject: [mou-rba] Rare thrushes in Blue Earth County
To: MOU-RBA AT LISTS.UMN.EDU

Hey birders, A male Varied Thrush has come to my attention in Blue Earth 
County. The bird is being seen at a feeding station at 152 Sunset Village north 
of Good Thunder. Visitors are welcome. The feeding station is visible from the 
road, but you could probably talk to the homeowners and get a closer view. They 
indicated to me that the bird is irregular and comes most often in the morning 
and evening. It arrived a couple of days ago with the snow. Additionally, a 
Townsends Solitaire was seen nearby at the Rapidan Dam on CR9 during our 
Christmas Bird Count on December 20th. I have been unable to relocate this bird 
so far, but there are lots of cedars in the river valley and Im sure the bird 
is there somewhere. Happy birding! Chad HeinsMankato 
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Subject: squirrels
From: "bluebill AT surfbest.net" <bluebill@surfbest.net>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:54:10 -0500
I have just an occasional goldfinch at my feeders, but that is normal for here. 
About 9 juncos, a few house finches, the usual woodpeckers, many chickadees and 

cardinals and an elusive brownish bird I have not been able to see well enough 
to identify. It hangs around the front of the house, where the dirt is exposed 
and 

the sun creates a warm micro climate. It has been here sparingly for about a 
week. I think it might be a hermit thrush (I know that is unlikely) but the 
color is 

right on the back, and it hides all the time. I have not seen its breast. It 
does not fly well, and may be sick. I have also seen a sharp shinned hawk a 
couple of 

times, making an interesting miss on a hairy woodpecker and wb nuthatch.

Also, I have only a couple of grey squirrels and a couple of red squirrels. 
Usually there are four times this many. This fall I observed a flying squirrel 
on the 

ground, during mid-day, walking as though it were very sick or drunk. It was 
unafraid, and actually walked toward me when I went near it to see if it would 
eat 

peanuts (It did.) A week later I saw similar behavior in a grey squirrel. In 
fact, at first I thought it was dead because of the way it was spread out in 
the grass.. 

But then it got up, walked like a drunk, actually made some strange looking 
jumps, and circles in the grass, then stumbled behind a shed; I waited awhile, 
then 

walked out expecting to find it dead, but it was gone.

Perhaps some squirrel disease knocking back the numbers? The squirrels that are 
here look fat and healthy. We had a very poor acorn crop this fall. 





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Subject: trails at Old Cedar Ave Bridge
From: "Liz Stanley" <liz AT lizstanley.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:33:09 -0600
There has been some recent discussion about the plan for paved trails
around the Old Cedar Avenue bridge area. Turns out there is a group of
off-road bicycle enthusiasts who have been actively opposing this for a
while. Even though they have different goals, perhaps we share some common
ground. They have a petition and a Facebook page. I found out about this
group through another list and responded, they have been looking to
connect with the birding community so I offered to pass this info along.

From: Stephen Boyd 
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2015 8:28 AM
Cc: savetheriverbottoms AT morcmtb.org
Subject: Looking for some help!

Good morning!

I am a board member with the Minnesota Off Road Cyclists (MORC) which is
the local International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) chapter
covering the Twin Cities Metro.

Last Fall we began an organized campaign to prevent a 20+ year old plan to
put a paved bicycle trail in the Minnesota River Valley between the
Bloomington Ferry Bridge and the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge. It is an
outdated plan that no longer serves the needs most of the people using
this area today.

We are cyclists. We aren't opposed to bike trails, but we are opposed to
spending millions and millions of dollars to put them in a flood plain
that is part of one of the few remaining truly wild and natural areas in
the Twin Cities.

By contacting you I'm hoping to accomplish two things:

1) Get some help spreading the word on this effort.

2) Make a better connection with folks outside the cycling community who
appreciate natural and wild places and might be interested in getting
involved.

Below are the links to our Facebook page and our Change.org petition. We
are getting plenty of traction in the community but unfortunately we are
experiencing "politics as usual" and getting little support from the
Bloomington City Council or the politicians pushing for this trail.


https://www.change.org/p/bloomington-mn-city-council-stop-the-plan-to-put-a-paved-trail-in-the-minnesota-river-valley-between-the-bloomington-ferry-bridge-and-the-old-cedar-avenue-bridge?recruiter=168826904 


 

&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheRiverBottoms?ref=bookmarks

Please let me know if this is something you would be willing to discuss
further.

Thanks much!

Have a great day!

Steve

Steve Boyd
Golden valley, MN
tandsboyd AT gmail.com
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Subject: Re: Goldfinches
From: Brian and Cindy <bcdrill AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:10:24 -0600
Since we cut down our apple tree and put up a feeder station instead, I 
wasn't certain what the birds would do this winter with the change in 
cover and I expected some differences.  I have to agree though that we 
had a large amount of goldfinches in the fall, and only a random one now 
and again during the winter despite my putting out coarse sunflower 
regularly, and a sunflower chip/nijer blend in other feeders.  We also 
only have one pair of cardinals, where there was at least 3 pair of them 
in the neighborhood the past couple years.  I have only one mourning 
dove, but several woodpeckers.

I do have juncos daily, and the pesky house sparrows that I have 
complained about in the past remain in large numbers.  I assume that 
mortality rates increase with the tougher weather, but I have noticed at 
least 5 dead sparrows in the past couple of weeks around the house--if 
they are unwell, they tend to huddle along the foundation seeking 
warmth.  The mortality doesn't seem to include any other birds but 
sparrows, so perhaps there is something spreading in their colony.  
Cindy in North Mankato

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Subject: Fwd: Goldfinches
From: Jim Ryan <muchmoredoc AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 08:17:22 -0600
See message sent to me below. Apparently AMGOs and MODOs are around in some
spots. Perhaps not in their usual places due to the early cold? Local seed
crops? Good questions!

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From: Art Straub 
Date: Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 3:48 AM
Subject: Re: [Mnbird] Goldfinches
To: Jim Ryan 


Jim....... We had close to a hundred men, women and children spend time
either at their feeders or in the hills on December 20th for the Ney CBC:
 94 GF's; almost the same number of mourning doves.  Since then GF's have
really dropped off, but we have 28 - 32 doves coming intermittently to our
ground feeders each day.  That's in* Tyrone Township, LeSueur County*.

On Jan 12, 2015, at 12:54 PM, Jim Ryan wrote:

I did 4 CBCs this year and Goldfinches were hard to come by in the areas I
surveyed (Bloomington, Red Wing, Pine & Wright Counties) We did find more
Siskins up north this year.

I found a good number (12) of Mourning Doves in Wright County. Otherwise,
they seemed less widespread than in previous years.

On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 8:36 AM, Joel H. Dunnette 
wrote:

> We have far fewer goldfinches than we usually have this time of year.
> What are other folks' finding?
>
> --
> Joel Dunnette
>
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Subject: Backyard Report Scott County
From: iceline AT integra.net
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 06:13:25 -0800
The only unusual sighting I've had is a male Red-winged Blackbird that
continues to feast at the safflower feeder. We've had three Pileated
Woodpeckers at one time near the suet feeder. We haven't seen any Purple
finches for a couple of years. The House Finch's have been few in number.
Goldfinches are fewer in number than usual. We have a male/female pair of
Yellow-shafted Flickers we love to see, and do see often.

Other than that.......the usual suspects keep us entertained.

I hate saying this. But we haven't been bothered by squirrels this year.
Just one or two. Man, I shouldn't have written this. The deck will
probably be torn down when I get home.

Happy birding! Stay warm!

Rog




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* Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:18:24 -0600
* From: Kevan Bohan 
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* I've been out everyday so far this year for several hours along Minnehaha
* Creek in sw Mpls and have only seen goldfinches once, in a group of 3+,
* flying quickly away. They are usually the most reliable bird in this
* stretch, along with Cardinals, Chickadees, woodpeckers and House Sparrows;
* all of the aforementioned have been abundant so far this year.
*
*
*
* On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 1:05 PM,  wrote:
*
*> As it happens, we had a gang of 20+ American Goldfinches show up here in
*> Lauderdale (near the State Fair grounds) just a few days ago. We had not
*> seen them since winter set in a couple of months ago. Cardinals, on the
*> other hand, are scarce.
*> Jeanne Tanamachi
*>
*>
*> ------------------------------
*> *From: *"Joel H. Dunnette" 
*> *To: *"net, mnbird AT lists. mnbird." 
*> *Sent: *Monday, January 12, 2015 8:36:03 AM
*> *Subject: *[Mnbird] Goldfinches
*>
*>
*> We have far fewer goldfinches than we usually have this time of year.
*> What are other folks' finding?
*>
*> --
*> Joel Dunnette
*>
*> Byron / Rochester MN
*>
*> 507-269-7064
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* We have had good numbers of goldfinch this winter, often as many as 20-25.
* They have preferred shelled sunflower to Niger and make regular use of the
* heated birdbath.
* Juncos join them on the feeders, but also feed on the millet I spread on
* the ground. Does anyone have an inexpensive source for millet? I've found
* that it keeps the squirrels busy also, but the 5-6 that are regulars
* vacuum it up quickly!
* Jan Wicklund
*
* Sent from my iPad
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* Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:38:02 -0500
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* Subject: [Mnbird] Goldfinches & Juncos
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* After a scarcity of birds at the feeders for a few weeks, suddenly a few
* days ago we had at least 8 goldfinches and the same number of juncos.
*
* Also, we seemed to be the sole support of 25 house sparrows for weeks,
* then
*  they just went away about 2 weeks ago.  The neighborhood Coopers Hawk
* may
* have been responsible for their departure. Now the sparrows are  returning
* a few at a time.
*
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* Our feeders and hanging deer carcass are sustaining all the usual winter
* suspects . More purple finches this year. Even one all blotchey white,
* crimson and black .  Sadly this year our first starlings.
* Sent from my iPhone
*
*> On Jan 12, 2015, at 12:17 PM, "Robert Van Siclen"
*>  wrote:
*>
*> Most years we can barely keep up with the birds eating all of the seeds
*> in our large Droll Yankee feeder, and cannot keep up with the daily
*> emptying of a smaller post feeder, one of those that looks like a little
*> house (or maybe hog feeder).
*>
*> This year, we have seen nary an English Sparrow, much less the usual
*> crowd of Purple Finches, Sparrows of several varieties, Goldfinches, and
*> the daily visit of a Nuthatch or two.  The Juncos are also not cleaning
*> up under the feeders, since no one is scattering seed.
*>
*> Location is New Brighton.  I have noticed that I am also not seeing
*> birds in the Arbor Vitae or spruces on our mile dog walks, which are
*> usually alive with mixed flocks of these winter hardy birds.
*>
*> Feed is Beisswenger's Cherry Mix seed - a good mix that contains some
*> dried cherries and smells great.  The birds loved this before.
*>
*> I think the sudden and very cold November moved our usual crowd further
*> south.
*>
*> Any ideas?
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* Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:02:28 -0600
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* I work at Beaver Creek Valley State Park in Houston county far se corner
* of
* the state, and live just over the border in Iowa.  I feed birds at both
* locations and have very strong numbers of goldfinch ands purple finches,
* constantly replenishing the niger feeders.  The suet is going like
* hotcakes, lots of downy, hairy, and Red-bellied woodpeckers. Of course
* plenty of all the usuals, cardinals, blue jays, titmice, white breasted
* nuthatches  Only one brown creeper this winter (at the suet) and no
* red-breasted nuthatches yet. A month ago saw a snowy owl at the Caledonia
* airport, and into late fall had an active Osprey at the creek hunting
* trout in the Park.  Great horned owls have been vocal and active at the
* park last few weeks.
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Subject: Re: Goldfinches
From: Cheri <cherifoxj AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jan 2015 06:36:12 -0600
We have also noticed a lack of goldfinches. We had a lot early fall and now 
almost none at the feeders. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 12, 2015, at 12:54 PM, Jim Ryan  wrote:
> 
> I did 4 CBCs this year and Goldfinches were hard to come by in the areas I 
surveyed (Bloomington, Red Wing, Pine & Wright Counties) We did find more 
Siskins up north this year. 

> 
> I found a good number (12) of Mourning Doves in Wright County. Otherwise, 
they seemed less widespread than in previous years. 

> 
>> On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 8:36 AM, Joel H. Dunnette  
wrote: 

>> We have far fewer goldfinches than we usually have this time of year.
>> What are other folks' finding?
>> 
>> -- 
>> Joel Dunnette
>> 
>> Byron / Rochester MN
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> 
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judge ourselves by our moments of despondency and depression.- Robert Johnson 

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Subject: Winter bird update southwest Mn - Houston County
From: Laurie Maloney <lmaloney619 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:02:28 -0600
I work at Beaver Creek Valley State Park in Houston county far se corner of
the state, and live just over the border in Iowa.  I feed birds at both
locations and have very strong numbers of goldfinch ands purple finches,
constantly replenishing the niger feeders.  The suet is going like
hotcakes, lots of downy, hairy, and Red-bellied woodpeckers. Of course
plenty of all the usuals, cardinals, blue jays, titmice, white breasted
nuthatches  Only one brown creeper this winter (at the suet) and no
red-breasted nuthatches yet. A month ago saw a snowy owl at the Caledonia
airport, and into late fall had an active Osprey at the creek hunting
trout in the Park.  Great horned owls have been vocal and active at the
park last few weeks.

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Subject: Re: Have all birds become Snowbirds?
From: GREG ELIZABETH CLOSMORE <closmore70 AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:06:38 -0600
Our feeders and hanging deer carcass are sustaining all the usual winter 
suspects . More purple finches this year. Even one all blotchey white, crimson 
and black . Sadly this year our first starlings. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 12, 2015, at 12:17 PM, "Robert Van Siclen"  
wrote: 

> 
> Most years we can barely keep up with the birds eating all of the seeds in 
our large Droll Yankee feeder, and cannot keep up with the daily emptying of a 
smaller post feeder, one of those that looks like a little house (or maybe hog 
feeder). 

> 
> This year, we have seen nary an English Sparrow, much less the usual crowd of 
Purple Finches, Sparrows of several varieties, Goldfinches, and the daily visit 
of a Nuthatch or two. The Juncos are also not cleaning up under the feeders, 
since no one is scattering seed. 

> 
> Location is New Brighton. I have noticed that I am also not seeing birds in 
the Arbor Vitae or spruces on our mile dog walks, which are usually alive with 
mixed flocks of these winter hardy birds. 

> 
> Feed is Beisswenger's Cherry Mix seed - a good mix that contains some dried 
cherries and smells great. The birds loved this before. 

> 
> I think the sudden and very cold November moved our usual crowd further 
south. 

> 
> Any ideas?
> 
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Subject: Goldfinches & Juncos
From: Jimjanchandler AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:38:02 -0500
After a scarcity of birds at the feeders for a few weeks, suddenly a few  
days ago we had at least 8 goldfinches and the same number of juncos.  
 
Also, we seemed to be the sole support of 25 house sparrows for weeks, then 
 they just went away about 2 weeks ago.  The neighborhood Coopers Hawk  may 
have been responsible for their departure. Now the sparrows are  returning 
a few at a time.  
 
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Subject: Goldfinch numbers Wayzata, Hennepin county
From: Paul Wicklund <p.wicklund AT mchsi.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:51:00 -0600
We have had good numbers of goldfinch this winter, often as many as 20-25. They 
have preferred shelled sunflower to Niger and make regular use of the heated 
birdbath. 

Juncos join them on the feeders, but also feed on the millet I spread on the 
ground. Does anyone have an inexpensive source for millet? I've found that it 
keeps the squirrels busy also, but the 5-6 that are regulars vacuum it up 
quickly! 

Jan Wicklund

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Subject: Re: Goldfinches
From: Kevan Bohan <kjbohan AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:18:24 -0600
I've been out everyday so far this year for several hours along Minnehaha
Creek in sw Mpls and have only seen goldfinches once, in a group of 3+,
flying quickly away. They are usually the most reliable bird in this
stretch, along with Cardinals, Chickadees, woodpeckers and House Sparrows;
all of the aforementioned have been abundant so far this year.



On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 1:05 PM,  wrote:

> As it happens, we had a gang of 20+ American Goldfinches show up here in
> Lauderdale (near the State Fair grounds) just a few days ago. We had not
> seen them since winter set in a couple of months ago. Cardinals, on the
> other hand, are scarce.
> Jeanne Tanamachi
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From: *"Joel H. Dunnette" 
> *To: *"net, mnbird AT lists. mnbird." 
> *Sent: *Monday, January 12, 2015 8:36:03 AM
> *Subject: *[Mnbird] Goldfinches
>
>
> We have far fewer goldfinches than we usually have this time of year.
> What are other folks' finding?
>
> --
> Joel Dunnette
>
> Byron / Rochester MN
>
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Subject: Re: Goldfinches
From: jtanamachi AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:05:35 +0000 (UTC)
As it happens, we had a gang of 20+ American Goldfinches show up here in 
Lauderdale (near the State Fair grounds) just a few days ago. We had not seen 
them since winter set in a couple of months ago. Cardinals, on the other hand, 
are scarce. 

Jeanne Tanamachi 


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Subject: [Mnbird] Goldfinches 

We have far fewer goldfinches than we usually have this time of year. 
What are other folks' finding? 

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Byron / Rochester MN 

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Subject: Re: Goldfinches
From: Lois Rem <loisrem AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:59:36 -0600
I have seen 1 goldfinch all winter, once. Here (Arden Hills, NW Ramsey 
County) the chickadees are filling up on thistle.

I often have 4 to six mourning doves on my feeding tray and under my 
pines, where I throw a variety of seed.

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Subject: Re: Goldfinches
From: Jim Ryan <muchmoredoc AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:54:29 -0600
I did 4 CBCs this year and Goldfinches were hard to come by in the areas I
surveyed (Bloomington, Red Wing, Pine & Wright Counties) We did find more
Siskins up north this year.

I found a good number (12) of Mourning Doves in Wright County. Otherwise,
they seemed less widespread than in previous years.

On Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 8:36 AM, Joel H. Dunnette 
wrote:

> We have far fewer goldfinches than we usually have this time of year.
> What are other folks' finding?
>
> --
> Joel Dunnette
>
> Byron / Rochester MN
>
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Subject: Have all birds become Snowbirds?
From: Robert Van Siclen <vansiclenr AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:17:01 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
Most years we can barely keep up with the birds eating all of the seeds in our 
large Droll Yankee feeder, and cannot keep up with the daily emptying of a 
smaller post feeder, one of those that looks like a little house (or maybe hog 
feeder). 


This year, we have seen nary an English Sparrow, much less the usual crowd of 
Purple Finches, Sparrows of several varieties, Goldfinches, and the daily visit 
of a Nuthatch or two. The Juncos are also not cleaning up under the feeders, 
since no one is scattering seed. 


Location is New Brighton. I have noticed that I am also not seeing birds in the 
Arbor Vitae or spruces on our mile dog walks, which are usually alive with 
mixed flocks of these winter hardy birds. 


Feed is Beisswenger's Cherry Mix seed - a good mix that contains some dried 
cherries and smells great. The birds loved this before. 


I think the sudden and very cold November moved our usual crowd further south.

Any ideas?

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Subject: Re: Goldfinches
From: "O. William Bruins" <wmbruins AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:37:34 -0600
Only one AMGO all weekend. However, the Niger is not going to waste as the
juncos are eating it.
Bill
On Jan 12, 2015 8:36 AM, "Joel H. Dunnette"  wrote:

> We have far fewer goldfinches than we usually have this time of year.
> What are other folks' finding?
>
> --
> Joel Dunnette
>
> Byron / Rochester MN
>
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Subject: Re: Goldfinches
From: Pamela Freeman <gleskarider AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 09:30:25 -0600
We have a pretty good number here, northern Anoka county.
I would say the usual number.
What we are missing this year is mourning doves. We have always had them in
past winters. We have a heated bird bath, and they would, when it would go
dry, sleep on it. No doves this year. I live near a creek with marsh,
woods, and thickets. The doves would stay in the thickets.
Anyone else missing doves this year?


- Pamela
Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to
accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

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wrote:

> We have far fewer goldfinches than we usually have this time of year.
> What are other folks' finding?
>
> --
> Joel Dunnette
>
> Byron / Rochester MN
>
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Subject: Goldfinches
From: "Joel H. Dunnette" <jdunnette AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:36:03 -0600
We have far fewer goldfinches than we usually have this time of year.
What are other folks' finding?

-- 
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Byron / Rochester MN

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Subject: Road trip!
From: Tami Vogel <TVogel AT wrcmn.org>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:55:30 +0000
In case anyone's headed to Illinois... Ivory Gull sighted in Quincy:


http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/pets/ct-rare-ivory-gull-sighting-met-20150106-story.html 




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Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 18:43:31 +0000
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Subject: Re: [mou-net] No. Wright CBC on Sat, Jan. 3 - highlights
From: CRAIG MANDEL <egretcman AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 03:39:20 +0000
1/4/2015
 
I relocated the previously reported Snowy Owl along 85th Ave, today at 3:30 pm. 
The bird was sitting on the ground along the East edge of the field. 

 
I also checked for the Long-tailed Duck and found a number of Common 
Goldeneye's, but did not re-find the Long-tailed Duck. 

 
Thanks for the previous posting.
 
Craig Mandel
Minnetonka, Hennepin County
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> Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 11:32:47 -0600
> From: cegelhoff AT GMAIL.COM
> Subject: [mou-net] No. Wright CBC on Sat, Jan. 3 - highlights
> To: MOU-NET AT LISTS.UMN.EDU
> 
> We had a fairly successful CBC in Wright County yesterday -- a total of 37
> species.  With little snow cover and some open water, Trump. Swans were
> seen in farm fields and open marshes.  We saw 11 Bald Eagles, including a
> pair on a nest near Hwy 55.  Common Redpolls were found in Lake Maria State
> Park, along with the resident Barred Owl.
> 
> Misses included Snow Bunting, No. Shrike, Purple Finch and Horned Larks.
> Overall numbers were down except for Starlings (~1000) and Mallards (~750).
> 
> The team of Ruth Hiland, Cory Bedeaux, and Jan Carlson found a Long-tail
> Duck swimming with Common Goldeneyes in the Miss. River in Monticello.  It
> was originally seen near the end of Chestnut Ave west of Hwy 25 but the
> flock moved up and down the river, making the it difficult to re-find.
> 
> Jim Ryan and Joe Conley found a Snowy Owl in Monticello near the
> intersection of Hwy 25 and CR 106 (85th Ave), sitting on irrigation pipes.
> This bird was re-found a few hours later resting in tall grass at the edge
> of the plowed field.
> 
> Thanks to all the participants: Mark & Cindy Crawford, Jerry & Donna Bahls,
> Judy Chucker, Deb Fellows, Jan Bergstrom, Pattie Roggenkamp, and Herb
> Dingman.
> 
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Subject: Snowy Owl in Wright County
From: Jim Ryan <muchmoredoc AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 17:15:15 -0600
About noon during today's Christmas Bird count, Joe Conley and I located an
adult male snowy (the whitest bird I've ever personally seen) on the
irrigation equipment about 1/4 mile East of Hwy 25 and just North of 85th
St. NE (Cty 106).

Safest and easiest viewing was from 85th St. NE.

A scope was required to get a good look at the bird because the irrigation
equipment is about 1/4 mile in from the road.

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Subject: Re: [mou-rba] [mou-net] Snowy Owl Update ~ Crow Wing County
From: CRAIG MANDEL <egretcman AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 14:08:52 +0000
12/31/2014
 
Finally have access to the internet and wanted to update the Snowy Owls 
reported in Crow Wing county. 

 
I was there on the 31st and relocated an immature Female Snowy Owl at 4:05 pm. 
The bird was on the roof of the Goodyear tire company, which is across the 
street from the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds. 

 
Craig Mandel
Minnetonka, Hennepin County
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> Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 12:34:16 -0700
> From: rba AT MOUMN.ORG
> Subject: [mou-rba] [mou-net] Snowy Owl Update ~ Crow Wing County
> To: MOU-RBA AT LISTS.UMN.EDU
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> Ken and I saw the Snowy Owl again at 1 PM today (12/28) in the location
> previously reported by Bob Ekblad, on Madison St. about  mile west of 13th
> St., in front of the CTC Building.  This is just west of the Crow Wing
> County Fairgrounds.  The owl was perched on the top of a powerline pole.
> 
> --Pam Perry, Brainerd
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Subject: Rice County Snowy Owl photo
From: "dan&erika" <danerika AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 07:57:45 -0600
Hi All—

This morning I posted a photo on my blog of one of the two Snowy Owls being
listed in Rice Co. near Nerstrand.   I also shared a link to a classic post
by Kevin McGowan on how to tell the sex of some Snowy Owls.

http://dantallmansbirdblog.blogspot.com

Thanks to Dave Bartkey for alerting us to the owl’s location.

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Subject: Re: [mou-rba] [mou-net] Todd County Townsend's Solitaire
From: CRAIG MANDEL <egretcman AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 13:46:44 +0000
January 2, 2014
 
Ron Erpelding and I were successful in our search for the Townsend's Solitaire 
previously reported in Todd county. This was on January 2nd at 9:00 am. Ron 
spotted the bird about 300 yards West of the location that Scott had found the 
bird on the 1st. There is a small stream at the location we observed the bird, 
which still had some open water. 

 
Craig Mandel
Minnetonka, Hennepin County
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> Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:48:25 -0700
> From: rba AT MOUMN.ORG
> Subject: [mou-rba] [mou-net] Todd County Townsend's Solitaire
> To: MOU-RBA AT LISTS.UMN.EDU
> 
> Connie Jo and I found and photographed a Townsend's Solitaire today on the 
Long Prairie CBC. The Todd County location was on the south side of 170th 
Street about 2/10 of a mile east of 241st Avenue. A small piece of pink 
surveyor's tape was tied to the tip of an overhanging branch near where the 
bird was seen. 

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Subject: white spot sparrow
From: heather keena <birdwing AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:30:26 -0600
Maybe others have noticed this kind of thing but this winter for the 4th year 
Im noticing a returning House Sparrow at our feeders. 

He has about a quarter sized white spot on the right side of his back towards 
the top of his tail. 

Its interesting just because even though I guess I assume that there are a 
group of critters who live nearby and come to our yard..this guy proves it. So 
if there are 30 sparrows at our feeder he is there. Hes here in the spring, 
summer and fall too. Ever since I first saw him, and he threw me for a loop for 
a minute as to what he was..hes just our white spot sparrow. My husband has a 
blonde piece on the back of his dark haired head, just about a 2" spot, a birth 
mark. Anyway, Its easy to think of the sparrows as a crowd especially in the 
winter..so I always like to see our white spot sparrow. 










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Subject: Re: Snowy owls
From: Brian Byrne <brianwisconsin AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:54:24 -0600
At the MSP St Paul airport.  Cargo road.  

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 2, 2015, at 8:46 PM, GREG ELIZABETH CLOSMORE  
wrote: 

> 
> Any snowy owl sightings in the metro?
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jan 2, 2015, at 2:52 PM, "Laura Coble"  
wrote: 

>> 
>> I had an excellent look at the Eurasian Tree Sparrow at about 1 pm today, 
along with several birding friends. It was moving in and out of the full, wide 
tree to the left of the feeders as we the viewed it from the road. Despite the 
cloudy sky, its white collar, black bib and chestnut brown cap stood out 
clearly, and it looked very striking against the green branches. Many thanks to 
Drew and all who have made detailed posts! It was a lifer for me. 

>> 
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>> Cannon Falls
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Subject: Snowy owls
From: GREG ELIZABETH CLOSMORE <closmore70 AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:46:19 -0600
Any snowy owl sightings in the metro?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 2, 2015, at 2:52 PM, "Laura Coble"  
wrote: 

> 
> I had an excellent look at the Eurasian Tree Sparrow at about 1 pm today, 
along with several birding friends. It was moving in and out of the full, wide 
tree to the left of the feeders as we the viewed it from the road. Despite the 
cloudy sky, its white collar, black bib and chestnut brown cap stood out 
clearly, and it looked very striking against the green branches. Many thanks to 
Drew and all who have made detailed posts! It was a lifer for me. 

> 
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Subject: 2014 Rice Co. Banding Report
From: "dan&erika" <danerika AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 08:05:10 -0600
A Good 2015 to You All—

This morning, for those interested, I posted on my blog a summary of birds
banded in Northfield, Rice Co., Minnesota for 2014. This list compares my
totals for the year to average numbers, maxima, and minima for 2008-2013.

http://dantallmansbirdblog.blogspot.com

enjoy—

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Subject: Re: Black dog west
From: "Susan E. Barnes" <sbarnes AT lindquist.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2014 13:35:09 +0000
Black Dog Road is still accessible from Highway 13 and sometimes from 35W 
(there are new lift-gates which are often up). The road is newly paved and the 
views are actually better, since so many trees/underbrush were removed. I was 
there two days ago and was able to drive the whole road (from Highway 13); the 
lake and river were completely open. 


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From: Mnbird [mailto:mnbird-bounces AT lists.mnbird.net] On Behalf Of Richard 
Carlson 

Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 9:10 PM
To: B. H.
Cc: 
Subject: Re: [Mnbird] Black dog west

So how are birds being reported from Black Dog on ebird?

Richard Carlson
Full time birder,biker, Rotarian
Part-time Economist
Tucson, AZ
Lake Tahoe, CA
Kirkland, WA
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On Dec 23, 2014, at 8:59 PM, "B. H."  wrote:

> See this link...
> Unfortunately the road is closed to public access as of May 2014. A trail is 
being built for public use in 2016, though I'm guessing the trail will be on 
the river side which is not the prime birding side of the road.... A 
significant amount of tree and undergrowth destruction was being done the 
string of 2014, pretty disruptive for the birds. Not sure what the are looks 
like now as I've not attempted to go back since the road closed. 

> 
> http://www.startribune.com/local/south/257431151.html
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message----- From: Richard Carlson
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> Subject: [Mnbird] Black dog west
> 
> Black dog west has a "Road Closed" sign half way across the road at I-35 W. 
What's going on? How do I access Black Dog birding areas? 

> 
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Subject: Re: Black dog west
From: Brian Byrne <brianwisconsin AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:23:18 -0600
We were there about three weeks ago. The road was open and we were able to 
drive the entire length. There was a fair amount of traffic. That's how we 
reported birds. 


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> On Dec 23, 2014, at 9:09 PM, Richard Carlson  wrote:
> 
> So how are birds being reported from Black Dog on ebird?
> 
> Richard Carlson
> Full time birder,biker, Rotarian
> Part-time Economist
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> Kirkland, WA
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>> On Dec 23, 2014, at 8:59 PM, "B. H."  wrote:
>> 
>> See this link...
>> Unfortunately the road is closed to public access as of May 2014. A trail is 
being built for public use in 2016, though I'm guessing the trail will be on 
the river side which is not the prime birding side of the road.... A 
significant amount of tree and undergrowth destruction was being done the 
string of 2014, pretty disruptive for the birds. Not sure what the are looks 
like now as I've not attempted to go back since the road closed. 

>> 
>> http://www.startribune.com/local/south/257431151.html
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message----- From: Richard Carlson
>> Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 2:34 PM
>> To: mnbird AT lists.mnbird.net
>> Subject: [Mnbird] Black dog west
>> 
>> Black dog west has a "Road Closed" sign half way across the road at I-35 W. 
What's going on? How do I access Black Dog birding areas? 

>> 
>> Richard Carlson
>> Full time birder,biker, Rotarian
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>> Lake Tahoe, CA
>> Kirkland, WA
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Subject: Re: Black dog west
From: Richard Carlson <rccarl AT pacbell.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 21:09:33 -0600
So how are birds being reported from Black Dog on ebird?

Richard Carlson
Full time birder,biker, Rotarian
Part-time Economist
Tucson, AZ
Lake Tahoe, CA
Kirkland, WA
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On Dec 23, 2014, at 8:59 PM, "B. H."  wrote:

> See this link...
> Unfortunately the road is closed to public access as of May 2014. A trail is 
being built for public use in 2016, though I'm guessing the trail will be on 
the river side which is not the prime birding side of the road.... A 
significant amount of tree and undergrowth destruction was being done the 
string of 2014, pretty disruptive for the birds. Not sure what the are looks 
like now as I've not attempted to go back since the road closed. 

> 
> http://www.startribune.com/local/south/257431151.html
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message----- From: Richard Carlson
> Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 2:34 PM
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> Subject: [Mnbird] Black dog west
> 
> Black dog west has a "Road Closed" sign half way across the road at I-35 W. 
What's going on? How do I access Black Dog birding areas? 

> 
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Subject: Re: Black dog west
From: "B. H." <b.heineke AT mchsi.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 20:59:25 -0600
See this link...
Unfortunately the road is closed to public access as of May 2014.  A trail 
is being built for public use in 2016, though I'm guessing the trail will be 
on the river side which is not the prime birding side of the road....  A 
significant amount of tree and undergrowth destruction was being done the 
string of 2014, pretty disruptive for the birds.  Not sure what the are 
looks like now as I've not attempted to go back since the road closed.

http://www.startribune.com/local/south/257431151.html



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Subject: [Mnbird] Black dog west

Black dog west has a "Road Closed" sign half way across the road at I-35 W. 
What's going on?  How do I access Black Dog birding areas?

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Lake Tahoe, CA
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Subject: Black dog west
From: Richard Carlson <rccarl AT pacbell.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:34:51 -0600
Black dog west has a "Road Closed" sign half way across the road at I-35 W. 
What's going on? How do I access Black Dog birding areas? 


Richard Carlson
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Subject: Mpls airport Snowy Owl
From: Richard Carlson <rccarl AT pacbell.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:56:55 -0600
Adult Snowy Owl sat looking well fed at end of cargo road this morning. Got 
good photos 


Richard Carlson
Still "from" Minnesota, just temporarily absent for 50 years
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Subject: LQP Snowy Owl
From: John Schladweiler <joschlad AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:04:18 -0600
During the Lac qui Parle CBC yesterday, there was no indication of a Snowy
owl at the LQP Valley High School as reported earlier, in spite of a
thorough search.  However one was seen about 3 miles to the SE of the
school at the corner of 280th St and 321st Ave.  Same bird????

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