[mou] Duluth RBA 1/31/08

Jim Lind jslind at frontiernet.net
Thu Jan 31 20:57:14 CST 2008

*Duluth/North Shore
*January 31, 2008

-Birds mentioned
Hooded Merganser
Spruce Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull
Slaty-backed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Boreal Chickadee
Brown Creeper
Bohemian Waxwing
Pine Grosbeak
Red Crossbill
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Evening Grosbeak

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: January 31, 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 31st, 2008
sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The SLATY-BACKED GULL that has been seen off and on at the Superior
landfill since December was photographed by Josh Christian on the 26th.
Peder Svingen watched what may have been the same bird on the 27th from
a long distance near the WLSSD treatment plant in the Duluth harbor.
Also present was a HOODED MERGANSER, 11 GLAUCOUS GULLS, a second-cycle
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a first-cycle THAYER'S GULL. Kim Eckert
found a third-cycle ICELAND GULL and another THAYER’S GULL near WLSSD on
the same day, and he saw the Great Black-backed Gull later in the
afternoon at Canal Park.

Peder also found two SNOWY OWLS on the 27th along Airport Road in
Duluth. One was near the federal prison and the other was near the
Natural Resources Research Institute. The NORTHERN HAWK OWL was
relocated on the 26th along Airport Road. At least one group of birders
was stopped by security personnel in the area over the weekend. Dave
Gilbertson found a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK in his yard on the 30th along Plum
Avenue in Lakewood Township.

Several species of interest continue to be seen in the Sax-Zim Bog area.
The NORTHERN HAWK OWL along CR 7, 0.5 mile south of the Stone Lake Road
was found by several observers as recently as the 26th. An AMERICAN
THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was found along the Blue Spruce Road (CR 211), 0.4
mile north of CR 133, and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was 0.1 mile north
of CR 133. Sparky Stensaas saw an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER on the
26th along the McDavitt Road (CR 213), 3.1 miles north of the Sax Road
(CR 28), and another along the Lake Nichols Road, 1.1 mile west of US
Highway 53. A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was also seen 1.1 miles west of
Highway 53.

Three BOREAL CHICKADEES were seen on the 26th along the McDavitt Road,
3.1 miles north of the Sax Road, and another was seen along the Arkola
Road (CR 52), 0.5 mile east of Owl Avenue (CR 203). A BROWN CREEPER was
seen on the 25th along the Admiral Road (CR 788), 0.1 mile north of the
Zim Road (CR 27). A flock of 46 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was relocated on the
26th along CR 29, 0.4 mile south of CR 133, just west of Meadowlands. A
feeding station along the Blue Spruce Road (CR 211) one mile north of CR
REDPOLLS, and at least three HOARY REDPOLLS.

A SPRUCE GROUSE was seen on the 27th by Kim Eckert and Linda Sparling
along Lake County Road 2, 0.1 mile north of the Greenwood Lake public
access. Sparky Stensaas found three SHARP-TAILED GROUSE in Aitkin County
on the 27th along MN Highway 210 at milepost 185.5, just west of the
Carlton County line. Sparky also found two flocks of RED CROSSBILLS in
Carlton County at the University of Minnesota Cloquet Forestry Center
along CR 5.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was found by Barb McGregor and Sue Bergman on the
27th along Aitkin County Road 8, just west of MN Highway 65 south of
McGregor. Warren Nelson relocated the SNOWY OWL northeast of Aitkin
along Highway 169/210 near 370th Lane. Warren also found 12 SHARP-TAILED
GROUSE on CR 18 about 1.2 miles east of US Highway 169. He found a
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER along MN Highway 200 east of Jacobson about 100
yards west of milepost 198, and another at milepost 199. BOREAL
CHICKADEES were also seen along Highway 200 at the Rabey tree farm,
about 200 hundred yards west of milepost 186.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, February

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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