Duluth RBA

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*Duluth/North Shore
*October 24, 2002

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: October 24, 2002
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 525-5952
Compiler: David R. Benson (drbenson@cpinternet.com)
Transcriber: David R. Benson (drbenson@cpinternet.com)

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, October 24, 2002, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

On the 22nd, Peder Svingen and Tony Hertzel found a YELLOW RAIL in Grand Marais near a small, fenced pond behind the East Bay Hotel. They also located a female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and a SMITH'S LONGSPUR in the municipal campground, a DUNLIN at Artist's Point, and a juvenile THAYER'S GULL in the Grand Marais harbor.

Kim Eckert reported a female MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD from near 40th Ave East and London Road on the 20th. His field trip last weekend also turned up 6 CAPE MAY WARBLERS and a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE in Two Harbors at South and 3rd.

On the 19th, John Ellis saw a BLACK SCOTER, 12 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 2 SURF SCOTERS, and 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS at Good Harbor Bay west of Grand Marais, plus a HARLEQUIN DUCK in the Grand Marais harbor.

This fall is turning into a big year for BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS along the North Shore. In addition to the bird in Grand Marais, Mike Hendrickson has observed three birds flying past 58th Ave East and Superior St. this week, two on the 22nd and another today. Jan and John Green found at least three Black-backeds in the Pine Plantation at Hawk Ridge, two males late last week and a female on the 20th.

Tom Warwa found an immature ROSS' GOOSE at the Two Harbors airport on the 20th. SHORT-EARED OWLS were reported from the Park Point Recreation Area and the Port Terminal in Duluth on the 20th. Don Kienholz reported a large flock of SNOW GEESE from the corner of Arnold and Calvary Roads near Duluth.

Kate Kallenberger reported two SNOWY OWLS from the Gunflint Trail, one on the Lima Mountain Road, and another on the Clearwater Road. Jan Green reported a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE from Hwy 25 in Wawina on the 23rd.

Updated information about raptor counts at Hawk Ridge can be found at www.hawkridge.org.

The next scheduled update of this report will be Thursday, October 31st.

The phone number for the Duluth Birding Report is (218) 728-5030, and callers can report bird sightings if they wish after the tone at the end of each tape.

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 mou@cbs.umn.edu; or visit the MOU web site at mou.mn.org.

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