Minnesota Duluth/North Shore RBA

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*Duluth/North Shore
*January 22, 2015

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Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: January 22, 2015
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind (jslind@frontiernet.net)

This is the Duluth Birding Report for January 22nd, 2015 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW found by Jeff Newman at his backyard feeders at 44th Avenue East and Regent Street is still present as of the 19th. It is being seen sporadically in his yard and in the alley above his home, on both sides of 44th Avenue East. Birders are welcome to look for the bird but Jeff asks observers to stand by the corner of his front porch and not in his yard.

The COMMON EIDER in Duluth was seen as recently as the 20th near the Aerial Lift Bridge at Canal Park, as well as at least four overwintering NORTHERN PINTAILS. GLAUCOUS GULLS, THAYER'S GULLS, ICELAND GULL, and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL continue to be seen at Canal Park.

In the Sax-Zim Bog, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS have been seen along McDavitt Road, 3.2 miles north of the Sax Road, and along the Admiral Road, about 3.5 miles north of the Sax Road. BOREAL CHICKADEES are being seen mainly at the Admiral Road suet feeders, 3.8 miles north of the Sax Road. GREAT GRAY OWLS have been seen in these same areas along the Admiral Road and McDavitt Road. EVENING GROSBEAKS are coming to two feeders in Sax-Zim: “Mary Lou's” feeders on CR 444, 1 mile west and 0.5 mile north of the junction of CR 27 and CR 5, and the Morse feeders on the Blue Spruce Road, 1 mile north of CR 133.

Gerald Hoekstra and others saw four SPRUCE GROUSE on the 16th along Lake County Road 2, about a mile north of the Sand River. Jim and Sharon Lind saw four HOARY REDPOLLS on the 20th at the Agate Bay boat launch in Two Harbors.

A flock of up to 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS has been seen in recent weeks northeast of Duluth along the West Knife River Road (CR 231), a half mile to a mile west of the northern end of the Homestead Road (CR 42). This is currently the only consistent location I'm aware of for this species in northeast Minnesota. The flock is usually in buckthorn and willow stands edging fields on the south side of the road. The birds can sometimes be seen from the road, but are often easiest to see from private property. Contact Jim Lind at jslind@frontiernet.net for information about access. A HOARY REDPOLL has been seen consistently in this same area, and a flock of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS was seen on the 20th.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on January 29th.

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