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-RBA *Minnesota *Duluth/North Shore *March 29, 2001 *MNDU0103.29 -Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: March 29, 2001
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 525-5952
Compiler: Kim Eckert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Transcriber: Kim Eckert (email@example.com)
This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, March 29, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
With a return to more winter-like temperatures last weekend and this week, there have been hardly any recent reports of spring migrants in Duluth and vicinity. The only new species reported were a GREAT BLUE HERON spotted in the harbor near 27th Ave W by Frank Nicoletti on March 27 and a PIED-BILLED GREBE seen today by Mike Hendrickson at the same location.
Frank also reports a 2nd PEREGRINE FALCON is now paired with the one which overwintered in the harbor area, and presumably they will attempt to nest on the I-535 or U S Hwy 2 bridge. As expected, Frank's West Skyline Pkwy census of spring migrant raptors has been mostly uneventful this week.
Another possible sign of spring last week and this, however, is the number of NORTHERN CARDINALS seen and heard singing at various locations in Duluth. At least 5 reports have come in, with the 2 males reported by Dave Carman last week on Brainerd St just N of College Ave still present yesterday.
Peder Svingen has been checking the Superior, Wis. landfill recently and again reports that several GLAUCOUS GULL and a few THAYER'S GULL are still present among the Herring Gulls. He also saw a Glaucous near Canal Park in Duluth March 24.
Although this report is now a week old, the count of no fewer than 17 GREAT GRAY OWLS by Nancy Jackson in central St Louis Co on March 22 it is certainly significant. Her route began in Hoyt Lakes, then S on Forest Rd 11, W on Co Rd 16, and N back to Aurora on Co Rds 99 and 100.
Great Grays also continue to be reported this week along St Louis Co Rds 7 and 319 between Sax and Zim, as they have been all winter, along with at least 2 NORTHERN HAWK OWLS. And on March 27 along U S Hwy 53, Karen Sussman saw a N Hawk Owl just N of Cotton and 2 Great Grays between Cotton and Canyon; this hawk owl has been present for some time, but the Great Grays had apparently not been reported previously.
Finally, Terry Wiens today reported a flock of about 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS along West Tischer Rd just E of Jean Duluth Rd.
Unless something unusual is seen in the meantime which needs to be reported immediately, this Report is normally updated once a week on Thursdays, so that the next scheduled update will be on April 5. The phone number for the Duluth Birding Report is (218) 525-5952, and callers can report bird sightings if they wish after the tone at the end of each tape. Messages can also be left without having to wait for the report to end: to do this, after the tape starts playing push 5 on a touch-tone phone, the tape will stop, the tone will sound, and you can then leave your message.
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 of Natural
History,10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455; or send an e-mail to
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