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-RBA *Minnesota *Duluth/North Shore *February 3, 2005 *MNDU0502.03 -Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: February 3, 2005
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 728-5030
Compiler: David R. Benson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Transcriber: David R. Benson (email@example.com)
This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, February 3, 2005, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
The unprecedented owl irruption continues across northern Minnesota. The highest concentrations of GREAT GRAY OWLS during the past week were seen in northern Aitkin Cty, where one group saw 187 birds in a day and another saw 114 birds in 4.5 hours on the 29th. On the 30th, a group from North Dakota saw 72 Great Grays in one hour. One of the many roads with a high concentration of owls was Cty Rd 5 south of Hwy 210.
NORTHERN HAWK OWLS also continue to be common in northeastern Minnesota. On the 30th, Bob Tolles saw a bird along Interstate 35 north of the jct. with Hwy 210 that was visible from the casino parking lot.
A SNOWY OWL was again seen at the Duluth International Airport last weekend. Birders who tried to bird along Stebner Rd were turned away by law enforcement, so it is advised that you try to see the bird from the observation area inside the terminal. So far as I know, no one has looked for the Snowy Owls in Proctor at the railroad yards in recent weeks.
Barb Adams found a dead BOREAL OWL along Garden St in Duluth. A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen in Two Harbors near the lighthouse on the 30th.
A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was seen again this week in the Lakeside neighborhood of Duluth at 40th Ave East and Cooke St. The HARLEQUIN DUCKS are still around the breakwater at Agate Bay in Two Harbors, and the GADWALL was seen again this week with the Mallards and Black Ducks at the corner of the lake in Canal Park.
A THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was seen again on the 28th, and at least two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were seen later in the week on the footpath that leads west off McDavitt Rd, 2.6 miles north of the Sax Rd. A flock of about 75 SNOW BUNTINGS was along St. Louis Cty Rd 7 just south of the Sax Rd on the 28th.
Dean Riemer of North Dakota reported a GLAUCOUS GULL at Two Harbors on the 29th.
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, February 10.
The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-728-5030. Information about bird sightings may be left following the recorded message.
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