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*April 11, 2001

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Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: April 11, 2001
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 525-5952
Compiler: Kim Eckert (kreckert@cp.duluth.mn.us)
Transcriber: Kim Eckert (kreckert@cp.duluth.mn.us)

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Wednesday, April 11, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

Despite the continuation of cool temperatures and rainy weather, a lot of spring migrants have shown up in Duluth recently. Since last week's Birding Report, the new migrants reported have included: COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, NORTHERN SHOVELER, AMERICAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, CANVASBACK, OSPREY, NORTHERN FLICKER, BROWN CREEPER, SONG SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

In addition to these, several reports of swans have come in, with apparently both TUNDRA SWANS and TRUMPETER SWANS being seen. Two AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, a relatively rare species here, were seen today by Frank Nicoletti from the W Skyline Pkwy hawk lookout, and yesterday at the same location he observed another rarity, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK among the 1,471 raptors counted. This count was the highest one-day total so far this season, even though it was limited to the 4-hour period between 2:00 and 6:00 pm.

The April 10 totals were: 865 Red-tailed Hawks, 414 Turkey Vultures, 94 Bald Eagles, 67 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 9 Rough-legged Hawks, 6 Ospreys, 6 Cooper's Hawks, 3 Golden Eagles, 1 Northern Harrier and 1 Northern Goshawk, in addition to the Red-shouldered Hawk.

BOREAL OWLS were heard again calling on territory along Lake Co Rd 2 last weekend: Jim and Sharon Lind heard 5 individuals in about a 15-mi stretch between 20 and 35 mi N of Two Harbors. Boreal Owls were also heard by Frank Nicoletti on the night of April 10 in Koochiching Co.

Warren Nelson of Aitkin reports that SHARP-TAILED GROUSE are actively displaying on leks at 2 Aitkin Co locations, one on Co Rd 1 N of Aitkin and the other on Twp Rd 380 S of Palisade. For more information on these you can call Warren at 218-927-2458. Last weekend he also had a GREAT GRAY OWL along Co Rd 18 just E of Pietz's Rd, and there was a flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Aitkin. Bohemians were also seen April 9 in Duluth at the West Skyline hawk lookout.

Finally, it is not too early to start thinking about the annual Hawk Ridge Birdathon and St Louis Co Big Day which will take place on Saturday, May 19. For more information about joining one of the birding groups who will be out in the field that day, call Terry Wiens at 525-6158. Terry can also take your pledges based on the number of species seen that day, with all the proceeds for the benefit of Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve.

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 19. 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 ; or visit the MOU web site at .

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