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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Duluth/North Shore
*May 27, 2010
*MNDU1005.27

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: May 27, 2010
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind (jslind@frontiernet.net)

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, May 27th, 2010 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

RED-THROATED LOONS have been seen at Park Point throughout the past week, with an impressive peak of 102 counted on the 27th by Peder Svingen between 12th Street and the Sky Harbor Airport. Karl Bardon found a PACIFIC LOON on the 26th at the Lafayette Square access, as well as a probable WESTERN GREBE and 63 RED-THROATED LOONS. Several observers reported an excellent fallout of 25 warbler species on the 25th at Park Point, including a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER found by Karl Bardon south of the Sky Harbor Airport, several CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, and a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER. Chris Mansfield saw a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO the same day at Southworth Marsh on Park Point.

Jan and Larry Kraemer saw 60 WHIMBRELS near the Sky Harbor Airport on the 27th. Shawn Conrad found a WESTERN KINGBIRD on the 25th at the Park Point recreation area ball fields. Harold Nordin found a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Park Point on the 22nd, and it was relocated on the 24th. Julie Calligure saw three EVENING GROSBEAKS on the 24th at 16th Street on Park Point. Peder Svingen saw a THAYER'S GULL at the Superior Entry on the 26th and 27th and a record-late ICELAND GULL on the 26th. Sandra van den Bosse and others found a GREAT EGRET on the 25th at Indian Point in West Duluth and the bird was still present on the 27th.

LONG-TAILED DUCKS were found by several observers at Stony Point on the 22nd. Steve and Ann Schon saw a male SPRUCE GROUSE and a female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER in northern St. Louis County on the 23rd along the Astrid Lake hiking trail, about 0.5 mile south of the Echo Trail (CR 166).

Nancy Jackson reported WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS on the 26th at the south end of the McDavitt Road (CR 233) in the Sax-Zim Bog. Mike Hendrickson saw several SHARP-TAILED GROUSE on the 22nd at the intersection of the Arkola Road (CR 52) and the Stickney Road (CR 207), and along CR 29.

Kim Eckert found a GREAT GRAY OWL on the 23rd in Aitkin County along MN Highway 200 near mile marker 199, about a mile west of US Highway 2.

Recent new arrivals in the area include BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, ALDER FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and WILSONíS WARBLER.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, June 3rd.

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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