Minnesota Duluth/North Shore RBA

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*Duluth/North Shore
*February 22, 2007

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Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: February 22, 2007
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind (jslind@frontiernet.net)

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, February 22nd, 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 were still being seen this past weekend.

Several observers relocated the WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, and LONG-TAILED DUCK in the shipping canal at Canal Park over the weekend. Mike Hendrickson saw an adult ICELAND GULL at the Superior landfill on the 19th. The SNOWY OWL in the Duluth Port Terminal along Garfield Avenue was relocated on the 19th and the NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen on the 20th along the Rice Lake Road (CR 4) about a quarter mile north of the Martin Road (CR 9).

Linda Sparling found ten SPRUCE GROUSE on the 18th along Lake County Road 2, 2.4 miles north of the Sand River. Joel Claus found four additional SPRUCE GROUSE on the 18th along MN Highway 1, 0.25 mile south of the Tomahawk Road (CR 377). Joel also found a male AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER along Highway 1, 0.4 mile west of mile marker 313.

AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS and BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were seen over the weekend along the Hedbom Forest Road in northeastern Aitkin County. Anne Geraghty found a female BLACK BACKED WOODPECKER on the 19th in the Sax-Zim bog along the McDavitt Road (CR 213). Linda Sparling found a male HOARY REDPOLL and two BOREAL CHICKADEES on the 19th along the Arkola Road (CR 52), about 0.2 mile east of Owl Avenue (CR 203).

A GREAT GRAY OWL was relocated on the 17th along the Hedbom Forest Road. Nathan and Al Schirmacher relocated eight SHARP-TAILED GROUSE in Aitkin County on the 19th, 0.5 mile south of Tamarack.

The VARIED THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW are still being seen at a home in Silver Bay. Contact Jim Lind at jslind@frontiernet.net for directions to the home. A flock of ten LONG-TAILED DUCKS was seen on the 17th behind the AmericInn motel in Silver Bay. An adult THAYER'S GULL was seen in Knife River on the 20th, near Kendallís Fish House.

Molly Thompson found a flock of 30 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS north of Duluth on the 17th at the junction of the North Tischer Road (CR 40) and Normanna Road (CR 38). Linda Sparling found another flock of 30 on the 19th along the Lismore Road (CR 43), 0.25 mile east of the Lakewood Road (CR 12). A flock of at least 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS continues to be seen along the West Knife River Road (CR 231), about a half mile west of the Homestead Road. Shawn Zeirman reported flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, PINE GROSBEAKS, and COMMON REDPOLLS earlier this week in west Duluth near the Munger Inn, across from the zoo on Grand Avenue. Additional waxwing flocks were seen in Two Harbors and Larsmont over the weekend.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, March 1st.

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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