Minnesota Duluth/North Shore RBA

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*Duluth/North Shore
*June 14, 2007

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Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: June 14, 2007
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind (jslind@frontiernet.net)

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, June 14th, 2007 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found by Scott Barnes in the Sax-Zim bog on the 11th. It was north of Meadowlands in the fields along CR 29, about a mile north of CR 133. Scott also saw a pair of SANDHILL CRANES in the same area, as well as a flock of 20 RED CROSSBILLS about a mile south of the northern end of the McDavitt Road (CR 213).

Peder Svingen found an adult FRANKLIN'S GULL on the 12th at Hearding Island off Park Point in Duluth. He also found seven shorebird species between Park Point and 40th Avenue West, including WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. On the 11th he found two AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS at Interstate Island, a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at the Park Point recreational area, and a late migrant SWAINSON’S THRUSH at Southworth Marsh. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen in Hartley Park on the 11th, just south of Fairmont Street.

Kim Eckert and others saw three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS fly over the Grand Marais harbor over the weekend. The group also found easily accessible BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS along the Moose Viewing Trail, about 100 yards from the trailhead. This trail is on the west side of the Gunflint Trail (CR 12), about a mile north of the North Brule River. They also found PHILADELPHIA VIREO near the parking lot at Crosby-Manitou State Park northeast of Finland. Mike Steffes reported six BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS on the 14th at Oberg Mountain and nine at Moose Mountain in Cook County.

Warren Nelson and others found several species of note in Aitkin County over the weekend of the 9th. They found two YELLOW RAILS and a NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW at the McGregor Marsh along MN Highway 65, midway between MN Highway 210 and the ditch that cuts through the marsh. They had SHARP-TAILED GROUSE at the junction of CR 18 and CR 5, and two CONNECTICUT WARBLERS along the Pietz's Road about 200 yards north of CR 18. They found several CAPE MAY WARBLERS at the Rabey tree farm between Hill City and Jacobson, near milepost 186 of MN Highway 200. Six UPLAND SANDPIPERS were also present at the Aitkin airport.

A WHOOPER SWAN was reported from the Superior harbor on the 10th behind the McDonald's restaurant on the east end of town. It has not been relocated since and it is not known if it is a released or escaped bird.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, June 21st. 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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