[mou] Awesome birding in Duluth...
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Mon Apr 21 19:19:12 CDT 2008
Thanks to the timely and accurate posting of Mike Cary, I was able to refind
the bohemian waxwings near 21st ave east and superior street in Duluth. The
flock was huge, and tremendous fun to watch. The waxwings foraged on
buckthorn, and mountain ash berries, as well as crabapples on 1st street.
Occasionally they would land on flat roofed houses and bath and drink the left over
water on the roof. At one point, a portion of the flock was sitting in a tree
over my head and as I happily sat and listened to their quivering, several
birds dropped some apple poop on me. How do I know it was apple poop? Well
the stuff I cleaned out of my hair was definately crabapple like:) Next, it
was on to Minnesota Point. Fantastic birding there as well. Saw Fox,
American Tree, Song, and White Throated Sparrows, a winter wren, conservative est.
of 25 northern flickers, 5 yellow bellied sapsuckers, conservative est. of 15
brown creepers, several sharp shinned hawks, 2 kestrels, 1 merlin that killed
a junco right in front of me, 1 sandhill crane fly by,
1 eastern phoebe, and a large flock of approx. 200 juncos. The juncos were
great fun to watch, they gleaned seeds by the roadside and were quite tight
as a flock of juncos goes. With good reason, the raptors moving overhead were
coming in low and more than just the merlin took a swipe at the juncos. I
could go on and on but needless to say this was the kind of day that I live
for as far as birding goes, awesome! I posted three photos in the mou gallery,
check "recent" photos to see a small portion of the bohemian waxwing flock
in flight, one of the many juncos, and a yellowbellied sapsucker that visited
my backyard recently. Good Birding and keep the great posts coming, great
spring vibes from all over the state. Shawn Zierman.
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