[mou] Duluth RBA 10/11/07

Jim Lind jslind at frontiernet.net
Thu Oct 11 22:21:20 EDT 2007

*Duluth/North Shore
*October 11, 2007

-Birds mentioned
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Barrow's Goldeneye
Ruddy Duck
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
American White Pelican
Golden Eagle
Sandhill Crane
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Sabine's Gull
Arctic Tern
Black-backed Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
Boreal Chickadee
Townsend's Solitaire

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

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

A male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE in eclipse plumage was found by Kim Eckert on
the 6th in the Duluth Harbor, near the Park Point rowing club at 38th
Street. It was relocated on the 7th, but has not been reported since. At
least nine SURF SCOTERS and one BLACK SCOTER were seen nearby on the
6th, as well as a RUDDY DUCK on the 7th.

Kim Eckert also found an ARCTIC TERN on the 6th at the Park Point
recreation area, and a juvenile PACIFIC LOON on the 7th at the 12th
Street access. The loon was relocated on the 8th at the bath house at
the recreation area. At least three different RED-THROATED LOONS and a
juvenile SABINE'S GULL were seen over the weekend, between the 12th
Street access and the bath house. Peder Svingen saw a first-cycle LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL on the 5th out from the bath house, as well as a flyby
HARLEQUIN DUCK and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. Peder also found an adult
THAYER’S GULL on the 5th at Interstate Island. Mike Hendrickson saw a
NORTHERN SHRIKE on the 11th at the recreation area.

Jason Caddy and others saw a WHIMBREL on the 6th at the end of Minnesota
Point near the Superior Entry. The adult LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULL was
relocated on the 7th by Denny and Barb Martin at the Superior Entry. The
falcon previously identified as a Gyrfalcon was relocated on the 5th at
the Park Point recreational area, and again at the Superior Entry on the
7th. The identification is still uncertain but it may be an escaped
hybrid falconry bird, since the bird shows characteristics of a few
different species.

and Kim Eckert on the 10th along Scenic Highway 61, a block east of
Emily’s Restaurant in Knife River. They also found a NELSON’S
SHARP-TAILED SPARROW and another LE CONTE’S SPARROW along Scenic 61 at
the McQuade Road public access, near the resort on the west side of the
parking lot. They had a flyby BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER at Stoney Point,
and three flocks of SANDHILL CRANES totaling 29 individuals. A total of
53 Sandhill Cranes was tallied at Hawk Ridge on the same day, and 86
were seen on the 9th. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on the 10th at Hawk Ridge,

John Ellis found a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on the 5th at Good Harbor Bay
southwest of Grand Marais, and a BLACK SCOTER near Five Mile Rock,
northeast of Grand Marais. He also saw a SANDHILL CRANE migrating over
Paradise Beach.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, October
18th. The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is
218-834-2858. Information about bird sightings may be left following the
recorded message.

The Duluth Birding Report is sponsored and funded by the Minnesota
Ornithologists' Union (MOU) as a service to its members. For more
information on the MOU, either write us c/o the Bell Museum, e-mail us
at mou at moumn.org, or visit the MOU web site at moumn.org.
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