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Subject:Re: Lake County / Duluth Birding
From:Les,Angie & Tucker Lutter
Reply-To:Les,Angie & Tucker Lutter
Date:Tue, 16 Feb 2010 17:23:17 -0600

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.

Tucker Lutter

----- Original Message ----- 
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 
> Virginia.
> Highlights:
> 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!
> Duluth:
> 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
> Mike Hendrickson
> Duluth, Minnesota
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