Has anyone been up to the Stony River Road in the past few days? We are
going to be up there birding and I want to know if it is passable.
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From: "Michael Hendrickson" <mlhendrickson@YAHOO.COM>
Sent: Sunday, January 17, 2010 7:41 PM
Subject: [mou-net] Lake County / Duluth Birding
> Guided a group of birders from Nebraska today and day 2 with Ted from
> Spruce Grouse: Female on the Whyte Rd about mile east of Stoney River Rd
> and a male about a mile and half east of the Stoney River Rd. We saw
> another female Spruce Grouse on the Stoney River Rd about a 1/4 mile north
> of the Whyte Rd.
> ** I saw 3 lifer mammals on the Stoney River Rd!! We were waiting in my
> Yukon on the Stoney River Road for the Nebraska birders to meet us after
> they were done viewing the male Spruce Grouse on the Whyte Rd. When all
> of a sudden I noticed some shapes walking about a 1/4 mile from us. I put
> my binoculars on the shapes and originally told my passengers they were
> Timber Wolves but as the shapes got closer to us I noticed they were not
> Timber Wolves but LYNXES!!! One of the Lynxes sat on the road and faced
> us and the other ( smaller ) Lynx was moving along the side of the road.
> We wonder if they spotted the female Spruce Grouse on the road since the
> grouse was holding very still. Then the grouse errupted and flew into the
> woods and the two Lynxes walked into the woods on the east side of the
> road. Then the third jumped into the road and followed the other two
> Lynxes. We knew one was smaller than the other one but the third that
> jumped out in the road
> after the other two left, we could not determine if it was smaller or not
> since we had no size comparision. Then as we sat in my Yukon giving high
> fives a Snow Shoe Hare ran across the road as if the cats scared it as
> they were walking into the woods. I always wanted to view these mammals
> and my wish came true today! Even though they were pretty far from us for
> photos it was a really cool sighting for all of us!
> Two Harbors:
> Bohemian Waxwings along the road that leads to the Light House and South
> Avenue. There at least 10 Bohemian Waxwings among a good size flock of
> Cedar Waxwings. Jim Lind told me these waxwings were in this area last
> week. Thanks Jim!
> Canal Park Gulls: 5 species
> 1. Great Black-backed Gulls ( 3 = 2nd cycles 1= first cycle and 1=adult )
> 2. Glaucous Gull ( 3 first cycles and 1 2nd cycle )
> 3. Thayer's Gull ( 1 adult )
> 4. Iceland Gull ( 1 first cycle )
> * We had a unid large owl fly across the Stoney River Rd north of the
> Whyte Rd.
> * Whyte Rd & Stoney River Rd continues to be a great spot for Spruce
> Grouse. I got excellent photos of a female Spruce Grouse to go along with
> my male Spruce Grouse I took yesterday. With the warm weather we saw
> very little as far as finches in northern Lake County.
> Good Birding
> Mike Hendrickson
> Duluth, Minnesota
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