Duluth RBA

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*Duluth/North Shore
*May 7, 2002

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Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: May 7, 2002
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 525-5952
Compiler: David R. Benson (drbenson@cpinternet.com)
Transcriber: David R. Benson (drbenson@cpinternet.com)

This is the Duluth Birding Report for May 7th, 2002, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union. I am updating the report early to report on several new sightings.

Karl Bardon found a female KING EIDER this morning in the Duluth harbor at 37th Street off Minnesota Point. He re-found the bird at about 10:30, but a seaplane flushed it, and it flew south out of sight. Karl also found a ROSS' GOOSE at Interstate Island. At the 37th Street location, there was also a female BLACK SCOTER and four WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at Hearding Island.

Earlier in the week, two PIPING PLOVERS were seen at Park Point. Eight WILLETS were seen at Hearding Island on the 4th. Over 1200 BONAPARTE'S GULLS are now in the Duluth area. Janet Riegle found a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at 40th on the 5th. A DUNLIN was also at 40th on the 6th.

New migrants this week include CASPIAN TERN, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, NASHVILLE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, and MAGNOLIA WARBLER. Several observers reported hundreds of WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS in their yards in Duluth over the past few days. Although the ducks in the harbor are obviously still interesting, the numbers have decreased dramatically since Saturday.

The Hawk Ridge Birdathon and St. Louis County Big Day will be held on Saturday, May 18th. We need birders and pledgers! For more information, please call Terry Wiens at 218-525-6158.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, May 16. However, this time of year, it is not unusual to have more frequent updates. The phone number for the Duluth Birding Report is (218) 525-5952, and callers can report bird sightings if they wish after the tone at the end of each tape. Messages can also be left without having to wait for the report to end: to do this, after the tape starts playing push 5, the tape will stop, the tone will sound, and you can then leave your message.

The Duluth Birding Report is sponsored and funded by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) as a service to its members. For more information on the MOU, either write us c/o the Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455; or send an e-mail to mou@biosci.umn.edu; or visit the MOU web site at mou.mn.org.

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