Duluth RBA

Previous reports: September 24 , October 1 8 15 22 29 , November 5 10 19 .
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*Duluth/North Shore
*November 19, 1998

-Birds mentioned

Hotline: Minnesota Duluth/North Shore
Date: November 19, 1998
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 525-5952
Compiler: Kim Eckert (kreckert@cp.duluth.mn.us)
Transcriber: Beverly Raway (braway@css.edu)
Re-transcriber: David Cahlander (dac@skypoint.com)

This is the Duluth Birding report for Thursday, November 19, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

Since last week's tape, about the only birding news of interest in Duluth and vicinity has involved various GULLS, a couple of PACIFIC LOONS and two late lingering migrants.

First of all, that PACIFIC LOON which was first seen in Two Harbors in Lake County on October 31 was still present a week ago, although it apparently was not relocated this week. Then another PACIFIC LOON was reported on November 14 at Canal Park near downtown Duluth.

Most of the gulls of note have been at Wisconsin Point in Superior, but on the 16th both a first-winter ICELAND GULL and a first-winter GLAUCOUS were seen at the Grand Marais harbor in Cook County. Meanwhile, at Wisconsin Point on November 14 and/or the 18 a first-winter GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, a first-winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, as many as three ICELAND GULLS, plus several THAYER'S GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL were all identified. These gulls were either at the Superior Entry breakwaters at the northern tip of Wisconsin Point or the south tip of Park Point, at the Superior Landfill at the south end of Wisconsin Point, or on the Allouez Bay side of Wisconsin Point. To reach these three areas, take Highway 2 and 53 south all the way through Superior to the south edge of town, and turn left or east at the sign which reads Wisconsin Point, Lake Superior and Mocassin Mike Road.

Unfortunately, that's about all that's been reported since last week, except for a very late SORA which was just reported today in Itasca County north of Grand Rapids and a late lingering BROWN THRASHER which is coming to Gary Kuyava's feeder in Duluth.

Unless something unusual is seen in the meantime which needs to be reported on immediately the next scheduled update of this tape will be on Thursday, November 26, and as always if you have birds to report you may leave a message after the tone.

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