-RBA *Minnesota *Duluth/North Shore *December 20, 1998 *MNDU9812.20 -Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: December 20, 1998
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 525- 5952
Compiled and written by: Kim Eckert (email@example.com)
Transcriber: Barb Adams, MNBird Volunteer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Re-transcriber: David Cahlander (email@example.com)
This is the Duluth Birding Report for Sunday, December 20, sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
With the sudden arrival of colder than normal temperatures yesterday, high winds for much of the day, and some blowing snow in the morning, conditions for the December 19 Duluth Christmas Bird Count were not the best. However, we still managed to come up with a better than average total of 58 species, tallied last night, mostly due to several late, lingering water birds staying later than normal in the Duluth Harbor area due to the recent warm temperatures. And there is still a possibility of one or two other species still being reported belatedly.
As I read through the list of species seen yesterday, take note of what is missing from this list and please leave a message after the tone at the end of this tape if you are aware of anything else that was seen in Duluth on the 19th.
4 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS (which is only the second record for this count) 119 CANADA GEESE 1 GREEN-WINGED TEAL (also a second Duluth CBC record) 43 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS (a record high for this count) 1807 MALLARDS (also a record high number for the Duluth count) 1 GADWALL (another second Duluth CBC record) 1 AMERICAN WIGEON (a first Duluth CBC record) 1 LESSER SCAUP (a third record for this count) 145 COMMON GOLDENEYES 36 COMMON MERGANSERS 4 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS 25 BALD EAGLES (a record high) 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS 8 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS 4 GOLDEN EAGLES (only a third record for this count) 2 AMERICAN KESTRELS 3 MERLINS 46 RUFFED GROUSE 13 RING-BILLED GULLS 419 HERRING GULLS 1 THAYER'S GULL 2 GLAUCOUS GULL 1652 ROCK DOVES 21 MOURNING DOVES 1 small, unidentified owl (seen at the corner of 27th Ave. east and Superior Street) 79 DOWNY WOODPECKERS 25 HAIRY WOODPECKERS 2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS (which were both seen in the pine plantation behind Hawk Ridge) 4 PILEATED WOODPECKERS 15 BLUE JAYS (which is a very low number; the only time we had less than this was way back in 1965) 298 AMERICAN CROWS 73 COMMON RAVENS 1849 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES 169 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 76 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH 1 BROWN CREEPER 14 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS (a record high) 5 AMERICAN ROBINS 1 BROWN THRASHER (still lingering at a feeder on west Wabasha Street) 1348 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS 64 CEDAR WAXWINGS 5 NORTHERN SHRIKES 964 EUROPEAN STARLING 3 NORTHERN CARDINALS 9 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS 132 DARK-EYED JUNCOS (a record high) 6 SNOW BUNTINGS only 1 PINE GROSBEAK, which is certainly a record low 32 PURPLE FINCH 51 HOUSE FINCH 68 RED CROSSBILLS 32 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS only 11 COMMON REDPOLLS 87 PINE SISKINS 44 AMERICAN GOLDFINCH 1 EVENING GROSBEAK (another record low number) 156 HOUSE SPARROWS
Note that no one reported such species as Bufflehead, Great horned Snowy or Barred Owls, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Varied Thrush, or Common Grackle even though all of these are recorded on the majority of Duluth counts. It was also disappointing to have missed TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE (of which several have been seen in the past couple weeks) and that the only species of sparrow lingering at feeders was WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. And especially that an amazingly late ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, which showed up in my yard on Friday, could not be relocated on Saturday.
The next scheduled updates of this tape on Thursday, December 24 and Thursday, December 31 - - both of which will be done by Dave Benson. If you'd like further birding information or have birds to report in the next couple weeks, you can contact Dave at 728-5812 or call Mike Hendrickson at 626-2268.
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