Minnesota Duluth/North Shore RBA

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*Duluth/North Shore
*January 18, 2007

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Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: January 18, 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 18th, 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.

The SNOWY OWL in the Duluth Port Terminal was seen as recently as the 16th along Garfield Avenue near the Goodwill store. The NORTHERN HAWK OWL was relocated today along the Rice Lake Road (CR 4) about a quarter mile north of the Martin Road (CR 9). A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen last week near the junction of the Rice Lake Dam Road and the McComber Road (CR 849), which is about 3.5 miles north of the Martin Road.

Kim Eckert and others found a NORTHERN PINTAIL, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, and female HOODED MERGANSER on the 17th at Canal Park in Duluth. They also saw the female HARLEQUIN DUCK at the corner of the lake, just north of Canal Park. The male Harlequin Duck was last reported on the 14th. Shawn Conrad relocated the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE on the 14th at the Park Point recreational area.

Gulls have relatively scarce at Canal Park recently, but Kim Eckert reports that at least 1,000 HERRING GULLS are present at the Superior landfill, along with at least one adult THAYER'S GULL, a first-winter ICELAND GULL, and a few GLAUCOUS GULLS. He also found a small flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on the 14th in Superior along U.S. Highway 2 at 43rd Avenue.

Brandon Best reported a male SPRUCE GROUSE on the 15th along Lake County Road 2, about 100 yards north of the Sand River. He also found BOREAL CHICKADEES and HOARY REDPOLL 4.4 miles south of the Sand River. In Two Harbors on the 17th he relocated the AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER at Lighthouse Point, and in Grand Marais he found a flock of 20 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS near the Mocha Moose coffee shop, 15 RED CROSSBILLS in the campground, and a first-winter THAYER'S GULL on the east side of the harbor. The WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Burlington Bay in Two Harbors was relocated today.

The VARIED THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in Silver Bay were relocated as recently as the 15th at a home in Silver Bay. Contact Laura Erickson at bluejay@lauraerickson.com for directions to the home. Cathy Leece found a VARIED THRUSH in Keewatin, St. Louis County on the 14th, though the bird has apparently been around for a couple of weeks. The location is on the west end of 3rd Avenue near the Mesabi trailhead. Steve Foss reports a pair of NORTHERN CARDINALS along West Chandler Street in Ely, which have been present since last fall.

Erik Collins found an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER in the Sax-Zim bog on the 14th along the McDavitt Road (CR 213), about 2.3 miles north of the Sax Road (CR 28). He found another Three-toed Woodpecker along the Blue Spruce Road (CR 211), 0.4 mile north of CR 133. Mike Hendrickson and others found BOREAL CHICKADEES along Owl Avenue (CR 202), about a mile south of the Arkola Road (CR 52).

GREAT GRAY OWLS are still being seen along the Hedbom Forest Road in northeastern Aitkin County, usually at about 2.4 and 6.6 miles west of the eastern gate. BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and as many as 6 AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS have also been reported 2-3 miles west of the eastern gate. Brandon Best relocated a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER today along CR 3, 5 miles west of CR 1.

SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were again seen over the weekend in Aitkin County along Kestrel Avenue (CR 16), 0.4 mi south of Tamarack. Kim Eckert also found some on the 15th, 6.5 miles south of Tamarack along CR 16.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, January 25th.

The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858. Information about bird sightings may be left following the recorded message.

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