Minnesota Duluth/North Shore RBA

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*Duluth/North Shore
*February 8, 2007

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Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: February 8, 2007
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind (jslind@frontiernet.net)

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, February 8th, 2007 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

There have been very few reports over the past week, probably due to the bitter cold snap over the weekend. The north shore of Lake Superior is now ice covered from Duluth to near the French River, and the harbor is frozen around Canal Park, so it is not known if the Harlequin Ducks or other species of interest are still in the area.

The three GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES at the Fond du Lac Resource Management Division office just west of Cloquet were reported as recently as February 5th.

Repeating from last week's report, Dave Carman reports that the gray morph GYRFALCON is being seen regularly in Superior around the grain elevators west of the I-535 Blatnick Bridge, and near the Peavy elevators. 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 reported by several observers early last week. Lars Benson found a flock of about 25 SNOW BUNTINGS at the Hawk Owl location on January 26th.

Don Kienholz relocated the YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER early last week near the warming shack at Bayfront Park in Duluth. Mike Hendrickson continues to see a flock of more than 20 COMMON GRACKLES along Grand Avenue near the zoo in west Duluth.

Conny Brunell and Susan Schumacher found a male SPRUCE GROUSE on January 26th along Lake County Road 2, one mile north of the Sand River. Jan Green relocated the AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER on the 28th at Lighthouse Point in Two Harbors. The WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Burlington Bay was also seen on the 28th. Mike Hendrickson relocated the male and female VARIED THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on the 29th at a home in Silver Bay. Contact Jim Lind at jslind@frontiernet.net for directions to the home.

A pair of GREAT GRAY OWLS was found on the 29th along Aitkin County Road 18, just west of the Hebron Cemetery. The Great Gray Owls along the Hedbom Forest Road in northeastern Aitkin County have apparently become difficult to find, but may still be present. BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS continue to be reported along the Hedbom Road 2-3 miles west of the eastern gate. SHARP-TAILED GROUSE continue to be found along Kestrel Avenue (CR 16), 0.4 mile south of Tamarack.

Mike Hendrickson found a flock of more than 500 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on the 29th along the West Knife River Road (CR 231), west of the Homestead Road (CR 42). Shawn Conrad reported flocks in Itasca County in Grand Rapids near the police station and in the town of Bovey.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, February 15th.

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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