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-RBA *Minnesota *Duluth/North Shore *May 20, 2010 *MNDU1005.20-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: May 20, 2010
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind (email@example.com)
This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, May 20th, 2010 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
A BLACK VULTURE was found by Jan and John Green on the 15th at the west end of Stoney Point Drive. They relocated it on the morning of the 16th, but it hasn't been seen since. This is the 5th record for Minnesota.
A PIPING PLOVER was seen by Shawn Zierman on the 16th on Park Point near the Sky Harbor Airport. Laura Erickson and Tom Erickson saw a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD on the 18th along the runway at the airport. Jan and Larry Kraemer saw an AMERICAN AVOCET and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE on the 20th at the 40th Avenue West Erie Pier Area. Jan and Larry also saw a LARK SPARROW on the 19th near the Duluth International Airport at Cirrus Design. Mike Hendrickson has been hearing PINE WARBLERS and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS along Skyline Drive east of the Hawk Ridge main overlook.
Peder Svingen saw three RED-THROATED LOONS on the 18th at the Park Point Recreation Area and a GLAUCOUS GULL at the Superior Entry. He saw a FRANKLIN'S GULL on the 17th at the Superior Entry and two first-cycle THAYER’S GULLS at Wisconsin Point, and a SURF SCOTER on the St. Louis River at Morgan Park. He saw a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER in Allouez Bay in Superior on the 19th, and three WHIMBRELS earlier in the week at Hearding Island and at 36th Street on Park Point.
Seven WHIMBRELS and 21 LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen by Rick Schoeder and others on the 16th at Lighthouse Point in Two Harbors. Steve Dahl saw 7 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS on the 17th at Knife River and Jan Green saw a WILLET at Stoney Point on the 14th. Nancy Jackson reported a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on the 20th in Aurora.
Sparky Stensaas saw a GREAT GRAY OWL in the Sax-Zim Bog on the 16th along CR 7, 2 miles north of the Sax Road (CR 28), as well as a NORTHERN HAWK OWL 2-3 miles north of the Sax Road.
The NORTHERN HAWK OWL along US Highway 169 just north of Aitkin County Road 18 is still being reported regularly. Warren Nelson heard two WHIP-POOR-WILLS on the 16th along CR 10, 3.3 miles north of Palisade.
Recent new arrivals in the area include BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, SANDERLING, DUNLIN, RUDDY TURNSTONE, CHIMNEY SWIFT, EASTERN KINGBIRD, RED-EYED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, GRAY CATBIRD, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, SCARLET TANAGER, and INDIGO BUNTING.
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, May 27th.
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