[rba] Duluth RBA 5/29/08

Jim Lind jslind at frontiernet.net
Thu May 29 16:02:02 CDT 2008

*Duluth/North Shore
*May 29, 2008

-Birds mentioned
Greater White-fronted Goose
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Yellow Rail
Red Knot
Great Gray Owl
Black-backed Woodpecker
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Lark Sparrow
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Orchard Oriole

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: May 29, 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, May 28th, 2008 sponsored
by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The BRANT found at Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth on the 19th has not
been seen since the 27th, despite several observers searching for it.
Two RED KNOTS were reported by Shawn Zierman on the 29th on the bay side
of Park Point, between the recreational area soccer fields and the Sky
Harbor Airport. Sparky Stensaas had a RED KNOT at the 40th Avenue West
Erie Pier area on the 24th. Connie Brunell and Susan Schumacher found an
adult PACIFIC LOON on the 27th on Lake Superior out from the bath house
at the recreational area. They also reported two WHIMBRELS on the soccer

Kim Eckert saw at least eight RED-THROATED LOONS on the 27th between the
Lafayette Square access and the recreational area. Doug Kieser and
others saw two unidentified JAEGERS on the 24th over Lake Superior at
the Sky Harbor Airport. Jan and Larry Kraemer saw a male BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKER on the 28th behind the wooden play ship at the recreational

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was still present at 40th Avenue West on
the 28th, as well as two WILLETS. Chris Benson saw a DICKCISSEL along
the eastern side of the impoundment on the 25th.

Sparky Stensaas found a GREAT GRAY OWL in the Sax Zim Bog on the 27th
along the Arkola Road (CR52), 0.4 miles east of Owl Avenue (CR 203). On
the 23rd he saw two GREAT GRAY OWLS along the Stickney Road (CR 207) 1.2
and 1.3 miles north of the Arkola Road, and both birds were relocated on
the 24th. He also saw three BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS on the 23rd, with
two along the McDavitt Road (CR 213), 2.7 miles north of the Sax Road
(CR 28) and one along the Admiral Road (CR 788), 3.9 miles north of the
Sax Road. He reported a lek of eight SHARP-TAILED GROUSE at CR 208 and
the Arkola Road.

Early on the morning of the 28th, Connie Brunell and Susan Schumacher
heard 27 YELLOW RAILS along MN Highway 65 at the McGregor Marsh in
Aitkin County. The birds where heard on both sides of the road between
0.3 and 1.3 miles south of MN Highway 210. They also heard eight
NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS, mostly along the west side of Highway
65. Warren Nelson and Bill Stauffer found a GREAT GRAY OWL on the
weekend of the 24th along CR 18, 4.8 miles east of US Highway 169, or
0.3 mile east of the Hebron Cemetery. Connie and Susan saw what may have
been the same bird on the 28th, 2.7 miles east of Highway 169.

Cold and drizzly weather on the 26th appeared to trigger a “fallout” of
passerines in Duluth and along the North Shore. Ben Yokel and others saw
25 species of warblers at Park Point, including two CONNECTICUT WARBLERS
and four BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS. Jim Lind saw 22 warbler species
at Lighthouse Point in Two Harbors, including a BLACK-THROATED BLUE
WARBLER. Carol Tveekrem had a male ORCHARD ORIOLE at her feeders on the
26th in Schroeder, Cook County.

Dedrick Benz and others found a LARK SPARROW at the Castle Danger sewage
ponds on the 27th, as well as a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER. They found
a NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW on the 25th at the Knife River marina.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, June 5th.

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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