[mou] Duluth RBA 1/11/08
jslind at frontiernet.net
Fri Jan 11 00:49:08 CST 2008
*January 11, 2008
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: January 11, 2008
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind (jslind at frontiernet.net)
This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, January 10th, 2008
sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
Peder Svingen found a first-cycle IVORY GULL at Canal Park in Duluth on
the 7th. The bird was observed on ice floes for about two hours before
flew off. If accepted, this would be the 11th state record and the first
since 1991. At least three first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULLS and a first-cycle
THAYER'S GULL were seen on the 10th in the Duluth harbor at Canal Park.
A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was found on the 5th by Marilyn Robertson in Duluth
at the intersection of Blackman Avenue and McFarlane Road. Nate Popkin
found a SNOWY OWL on the 4th at the Duluth Port Terminal along Helberg
Drive, between Garfield Avenue and Port Terminal Drive.
As many as three GREAT GRAY OWLS have been reported along the Nichols
Lake Road, between 0.25 and 2.0 miles east of CR 7 in the Sax-Zim Bog.
Two GREAT GRAY OWLS were seen on the 10th along the McDavitt Road (CR
213), 2.9 miles north of the Sax Road (CR 28). A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was
seen on the 9th along CR 7, 0.5 mile south of the Stone Lake Road. A
NORTHERN HAWK OWL has also been seen along the Sax Road (CR 28), between
CR 7 and the Admiral Road (CR 788). Kim Eckert found a SHARP-SHINNED
HAWK on the 9th along the McDavitt Road.
AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS and BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS have been
seen at several spots in the Sax-Zim bog, including the McDavitt Road
(CR 213), 2.7 miles north of the Sax Road (CR 28), the Blue Spruce Road
(CR 211) zero to one mile north of CR 133, and the Admiral Road (CR 788)
just north of the Sax Road (CR 28). A feeding station along the Blue
Spruce Road (CR 211) 1.2 miles north of CR 133 has been hosting EVENING
GROSBEAKS, PINE GROSBEAKS, COMMON REDPOLLS, a HOARY REDPOLL, and a
BOREAL CHICKADEE. Cathy and Bob Andrini found a flock of about 150
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at the Lutheran church in Meadowlands on the 4th.
A VARIED THRUSH and BOREAL CHICKADEE are being seen regularly at a
feeder in the eastern part of Duluth, and birders are welcome to look
for it. The only request of the homeowners (Christina and Dave) is that
birders need to call first for directions to the house and to say when
they would be coming: the phone number is 218-728-0808. Mike Hendrickson
found a flock of 75 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on the 5th near the intersection
of East Calvary Road and the Howard Gnesen Road in Duluth. Shawn Conrad
found flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Carlton County on the 7th along the
Soo Line Trail at Moose Lake.
A SPRUCE GROUSE was found on the 5th along Lake County Road 2, 1.3 miles
south of the Sand River. WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen in Two
Harbors on the 5th along 1st Street near 3rd Avenue, and at Stoney Point
on the 7th. A HARRIS'S SPARROW was found on the 5th in Two Harbors at
226 4th Avenue. Dave Grosshuesch saw two BOREAL CHICKADEES on the 7th at
the junction of Forest Highway 11 (CR 15) and CR 2, and three along FR
406 (CR 204), about a half mile south of Forest Highway 11. Norma
Malinowski found an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER and two BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKERS along the Little Lake Road (FR 429) 0.5 mile west of the
Birch Lake Dam.
Dale Yerger found an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER and two BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKERS on the 4th in Aitkin County along MN Highway 200, 0.7 miles
west of mile marker 183 near the Rabey tree farm. An AMERICAN THREE-TOED
WOODPECKER was seen on the 6th along Kestrel Avenue (CR 27), 3.7 miles
south of Lawler. SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were found on the 6th south of
Tamarack along 420th Street, 1.8 mile west of Kestrel Avenue (CR 16).
Three LONG-TAILED DUCKS were still present on the 7th near the mouth of
the Lester River in east Duluth. Two HORNED GREBES were also seen on the
7th along Scenic Highway 61, 0.5 mile west of the Nokomis Restaurant.
Sparky Stensaas found a HOODED MERGANSER on the 8th in the open water
behind the WLSSD plant at 27th Avenue West.
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, January
The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858.
Information about bird sightings may be left following the recorded
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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