Minnesota Duluth/North Shore RBA

Duluth RBA phone number: 218-834-2858

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*Duluth/North Shore
*May 3, 2007

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: May 3, 2007
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind (jslind@frontiernet.net)

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW was found today by Lars Benson on the west side of Indian Point in West Duluth. Carol Tveekrum had a LARK SPARROW at her home in Schroeder, Cook County on April 30th. Another LARK SPARROW was found by Dave Grosshuesch and others on the 29th near Agate Bay in downtown Two Harbors. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was briefly seen in the same area.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen today about eight miles north of Two Harbors along Lake County Road 2, just north of the East Alger Grade. Jan Green saw a late dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on the 26th off the Homestead Road, 0.25 mile north of MN Highway 61. Jan also saw NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, BANK SWALLOW, and BARN SWALLOWS on the 29th, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS on the 2nd.

Kim Eckert and Barb Akre found two RUDDY DUCKS on the 28th in the backwaters of the St. Louis River in the Fond du Lac neighborhood of west Duluth. They were in a slough along 131st Avenue West and Water Street. Kim also reports a pair of RED CROSSBILLS still present today along Snelling Avenue between College Street and West Kent Road in Duluth. Dave Grosshuesch also reports seeing flocks of RED CROSSBILLS daily on the UMD campus near the Bagley Nature Center and in the Lakeside neighborhood of east Duluth. Dave Benson found a singing WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL at Woodland Avenue and Fairmont Street on the 29th.

Other recent spring arrivals in the area include PINE WARBLER on the 27th, HOUSE WREN on the 28th, VIRGINIA RAIL on the 30th, PALM WARBLER on the 1st, and NASHVILLE WARBLER and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on the 3rd.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, May 10th.

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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