[mou] Duluth RBA 1/24/08

Jim Lind jslind at frontiernet.net
Thu Jan 24 20:07:24 CST 2008

*Duluth/North Shore
*January 24, 2008

-Birds mentioned
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Townsend's Solitaire
Varied Thrush
Bohemian Waxwing
Harris's Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Pine Grosbeak
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Evening Grosbeak

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: January 24, 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 24th, 2008
sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

WOODPECKERS were reported during the past week. In the Sax-Zim Bog, at
least three AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS were seen over the weekend
along the Blue Spruce Road (CR 211), 0.4 mile north of CR 133. Mike
WOODPECKER along the McDavitt Road (CR 213), 2.7 miles north of the Sax
Road (CR 28). Kim Eckert saw two more AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS
this week along the Admiral Road (CR 788), 0.1 mile and 0.3 mile north
of the Zim Road (CR 27), as well as a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER along CR
133, 0.5 mile west of the Blue Spruce Road (CR 211). In Aitkin County,
Kim found an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER along Kestrel Avenue, 1.3
miles north of the town of Tamarack.

A feeding station along the Blue Spruce Road (CR 211) one mile north of
REDPOLLS, and at least three HOARY REDPOLLS. Sparky Stensaas found
another HOARY REDPOLL on the 19th at a feeder at 8271 Stone Lake Road.
Sparky also saw a flock of 120 SNOW BUNTINGS along CR 7 at the Sax Road
(CR 28). Kim Eckert found a LAPLAND LONGSPUR with a small flock of SNOW
BUNTINGS in Aitkin County along Kestrel Avenue, 0.5 mile south of
Tamarack. The HARRIS'S SPARROW in Two Harbors continues to be seen at
226 4th Avenue.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was found on the 20th along Airport Road in Duluth,
between the Cirrus building and the Natural Resources Research
Institute. This may be the same bird seen earlier this month along Rice
Lake Road and at MacFarlane and Blackman Avenue. A SNOWY OWL is also
being seen regularly along Airport Road, but birders are reminded to use
extreme discretion in this high security area. The NORTHERN HAWK OWL
along CR 7 in the Sax-Zim Bog was seen earlier this week between 0.5 and
1.0 mile south of the Stone Lake Road. I am not aware of any Great Gray
Owl reports since the 14th.

Shawn Zierman found a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE on the 20th in Hermantown at
the corner of Haines Road and the Hermantown Road, and it was relocated
the next day. I have not heard any recent reports of the one seen along
London Road at 10th Avenue East. The VARIED THRUSH at a feeder in east
Duluth was seen earlier this week, and those interested in looking for
the bird should call the homeowners (Christina and Dave) at

Gordy Martinson has been seeing a flock of more than 100 BOHEMIAN
WAXWINGS in Lakewood Township near Maxwell Avenue and Oak Street. The
flock at Meadowlands in the Sax-Zim Bog was seen on the 19th along CR
29, 0.4 mile south of CR 133. Another flock has been seen off and on for
the past few weeks along the West Knife River Road (CR 231) west of the
Homestead Road (CR 42).

Four MERLINS were reported from the area recently. Kim Eckert found one
along the West Knife River Road, a mile west of the Homestead Road. In
Duluth, Cindy Edwardson saw one along East Arrowhead Road, just east of
Woodland Avenue, and Sparky Stensaas saw one on the 20th at Jefferson
Street and 18th Avenue East. Sharon Lind saw one on the 24th in Two
Harbors at 4th Street and 12th Avenue.

Kim Eckert found an adult ICELAND GULL, an adult THAYER'S GULL and a
second-year THAYER’S GULL at the Superior Landfill earlier this week.

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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