[mou] Black Scoter in Duluth

Kim R Eckert eckertkr at gmail.com
Wed Apr 2 18:00:38 CDT 2008

There was a female-plumaged Black Scoter this afternoon, 2 April, in  
the open water behind the WLSSD sewage treatment plant in Duluth. It  
was visible from outside the gate at the end of 27th Ave West. Also  
present here were several Greater Scaup with 1 Lesser Scaup among them.

Other migrants seen today in Duluth (which, along with the scaup, may  
be this area's first spring sightings) were: 8 distant swans,  
presumably Tundras, at Mud Lake (the backwater area of the St Louis R  
visible from the Hwy 39/Oliver bridge); Pied-billed Grebe and  
Bufflehead at the Hwy 23 bridge in Fond du Lac; Turkey Vulture at  
Morgan Park; and Com Grackle at Park Point. Also a few Am Robins,  
which have been seen in Duluth earlier this week.

There was still very little open water in or near the St Louis River  
between Morgan Park and Fond du Lac. The largest area was at the Hwy  
23 bridge, with just small open spots at Perch L and Mud L.

Kim Eckert 

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