Minnesota Duluth/North Shore RBA

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*Duluth/North Shore
*January 11, 2007

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Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: January 11, 2007
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind (jslind@frontiernet.net)

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, January 11th, 2007 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The three GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES at the Fond du Lac Resource Management Division office just west of Cloquet are still being seen daily, as of today. Conny Brunell and Susan Schumacher found a flock of 48 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Cloquet on the 10th, at the junction of MN Highway 33 and CR 7. This species has scarce this winter, and the only other recent sightings I know of are from Ely, Biwabik, and Crosby.

The adult gray morph GYRFALCON was relocated on the 6th in the Duluth Port Terminal near the U.S. Highway 53 Blatnick Bridge. It was also seen by Kim Eckert and others on the 7th in Superior on the Peavey grain elevator. Another group apparently saw the bird over the weekend flying southwest beyond the U.S. Highway 2 Bong Bridge, so the bird may be moving around the harbor quite a bit.

Dave Evans found a SNOWY OWL on the 5th along Garfield Avenue just east of the Goodwill store, and it has been relocated as recently as the 10th. On the 8th, Michael Cary found a NORTHERN HAWK OWL north of Duluth on the east side of the Rice Lake Road (CR 4) about 0.25 mile north of the Martin Road (CR 9).

Jan Green found an adult GLAUCOUS GULL today at Canal Park. Kim Eckert's group found a first-winter GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and an adult THAYER’S GULL at Canal Park on the 6th, and a first-winter ICELAND GULL at the Superior landfill on the 8th. They also relocated the pair of HARLEQUIN DUCKS in the ship canal at Canal Park on the 6th.

Don Kienholz found a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on the 8th near the Bayfront Park warming house in Duluth. He also saw an immature SNOW GOOSE in the harbor.

Laura Erickson saw a male VARIED THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, and two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS on the 8th at a home in Silver Bay. The homeowners also reported a female VARIED THRUSH last week. Contact Laura at bluejay@lauraerickson.com for directions to the home.

Two GREAT GRAY OWLS were again seen over the weekend along the Hedbom Forest Road in northeastern Aitkin County, 2.4 and 6.6 miles west of the eastern gate. Several BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS were also seen 2-3 miles west of the eastern gate.

SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen displaying on the 8th in Aitkin County by Kim Eckert and others. One lek with three males was on the west side of Kestrel Avenue (CR 31), 1.6 mi N of Tamarack, and a lek with nine males was on the east side of CR 16, 0.4 mi south of Tamarack.

Shawn Conrad and others had several good sightings from Itasca and Koochiching counties over the weekend. In Itasca County, they relocated the THREE-TOED WOODPECKER at the corner of CR 227 and Pincherry Road north of Cohasset, and they found a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER along CR 19 about a half mile east of CR 248. South of Marcell along the Alder Road they found BOREAL CHICKADEE and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS just north of Middle Creek. They found a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER along the East McCavity Lake Road. In Koochiching County, they found a THREE-TOED WOODPECKER on the Ben Lynn Road about 0.75 mile west of CR 13 near Big Falls, and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER along CR 13, south of the 90 degree turn in the road. They also had six BOREAL CHICKADEES along CR 13 near the northernmost 90 degree turn in the road.

An AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was relocated at Lighthouse Point in Two Harbors on the 6th, as well as the WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Burlington Bay.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, January 18th.

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