Minnesota Duluth/North Shore RBA

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*Duluth/North Shore
*January 25, 2007

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Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: January 25, 2007
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind (jslind@frontiernet.net)

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, January 25th, 2007 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The three GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES at the Fond du Lac Resource Management Division office just west of Cloquet were reported as recently as the 22nd and are probably still present.

Mike Hendrickson relocated the gray morph GYRFALCON on the 21st on top of the third grain elevator west of the I-535 Blatnick Bridge in Superior. The SNOWY OWL in the Duluth Port Terminal along Garfield Avenue and the NORTHERN HAWK OWL on the Rice Lake Road (CR 4) about a quarter mile north of the Martin Road (CR 9) were both seen earlier this week.

In Canal Park, the WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, female HOODED MERGANSER, and HARLEQUIN DUCK pair were all relocated earlier this week and last weekend. Kim Eckert and others relocated the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE on the 24th at the Park Point recreational area, near the house just south of the bus turnaround. THAYER’S GULL, a first-winter ICELAND GULL, and GLAUCOUS GULLS are still being reported from the Superior dump. Denny and Barb Martin relocated the AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER on the 21st at Lighthouse Point in Two Harbors. John Ellis relocated ten HORNED GREBES on the 21st that are overwintering between Flood Bay and the Stewart River. The WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Burlington Bay was also seen over the weekend. The VARIED THRUSH and GRAY CATBIRD in Silver Bay were relocated over the weekend at a home in Silver Bay. Contact Jim Lind at jslind@frontiernet.net for directions to the home.

Mike Hendrickson found a male HOARY REDPOLL in Lake County at the Outward Bound school off the Spruce Road, about 2.5 miles east of MN Highway 1. Kim Eckert found a male HOARY REDPOLL northeast of Floodwood along St. Louis County Road 29, 3.5 miles east of MN Highway 73.

Two AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER were seen over the weekend along the Blue Spruce Road (CR 211), 0.4 mile north of CR 133 in the Sax-Zim bog. Mike Hendrickson found two more AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS on the 20th along the Blue Spruce Road, a mile north of CR 133, as well as RED CROSSBILLS and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS. John Ellis found an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER on the 20th at the intersection of Owl Avenue (CR 202) and the Overton Road (CR 980). BOREAL CHICKADEES continue to be reported from the Blue Spruce Road and along Owl Avenue (CR 202), 0.5 mile south of the Arkola Road (CR 52). EVENING GROSBEAKS are being seen along the Nichols Lake Road (CR 232) just west of US Highway 53.

At least four GREAT GRAY OWLS were found by Kim Eckert and others on the 21st along the Hedbom Forest Road in northeastern Aitkin County, 2-5 miles west of the eastern gate. BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS continue to be reported 2-3 miles west of the eastern gate. John Ellis found a GREAT GRAY OWL on the 21st along Aitkin County Road 18, 0.2 mile east of the Hebron Cemetery. SHARP-TAILED GROUSE continue to be found along Kestrel Avenue (CR 16), 0.4 mile south of Tamarack. Kim Eckert also reports a few visiting a feeder 2.6 miles north of Tamarack along CR 16.

Reports of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS have increased in the area during the past few weeks. Flocks have been reported north of Duluth along the Strand Road, and along the West Knife River Road (CR 231), west of the Homestead Road (CR 42), as well as along 8th Avenue North in Biwabik, near the hospital in Virginia, and in Hoyt Lakes.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, February 1st.

The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858. Information about bird sightings may be left following the recorded message.

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