[Mnbird] Bl-billed Magpies central MN ?

Hoeger-Lerdal phdl at mchsi.com
Fri Dec 12 13:35:43 CST 2014

Last evening I heard a "third-hand" report that someone in rural southern Meeker Cty. had Black-billed Magpies (4?) in their yard
the last week of Nov. this year. 
A follow-up visit to the yard did not relocate these birds.

A quick check of the MOU Database reveals that there have been a few "official" records of Black-billed Magpies in southern MN since 1949,
although none were reported to MOU from Meeker Cty. 

Most of those reports came from Christmas Bird Counts!

Hennepin Cty. 3 reports, most recently 1974
Sherburne 3, most recent 2011
Stearns  2, most recent 2011
Lyon  2, most recent 1974
Lac qui Parle  2, most recent 1991
Steele  1, 1972

Could this be another lucky CBC year?

Pete Hoeger, Hutch

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