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Sat, 24 Sep 2011 21:25:17 -0500
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At 5:30 PM this afternoon (Saturday, 24 September) I spotted four juvenile
Sabine's Gulls from the Beach House on Park Point, Duluth. Shortly
thereafter all four birds were refound by Barb and Denny Martin from the
22nd Street public access on Park Point. The flock of four was last seen
flying towards Wisconsin Point.

A juvenile Pacific Loon seen from the 12th Street public access on Park
Point this afternoon was refound late in the afternoon off 22nd Street. This
was probably the same juvenile found late yesterday by Karl Bardon at the
Superior Entry. Interestingly, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
"Jaegerfest" field trip to Wisconsin Point found an adult Pacific Loon this
morning that ranged between parking lot #1 and parking lot #12 (parking
areas on Wisconsin Point are sequentially numbered and clearly marked).

Doug Kieser, Scott Meyer, Barb and Denny Martin and others reported 2
juvenile Parasitic Jaegers on the Minnesota side of the Superior Entry this
afternoon. Yesterday (23 September), I saw and photographed 2 juvenile
Parasitics from the Beach House on Park Point. I also saw *4 juvenile
jaegers* flocking together near Sky Harbor Airport on Park Point the
previous day (22 September). The WSO group has been seeing several juvenile
Parasitics and at least one adult light-morph Parasitic from parking lot #1
on Wisconsin Point on a regular basis this entire week.

A juvenile Great Black-backed Gull was observed on both sides of the
Minnesota-Wisconsin state line today; this individual was first found by
Karl Bardon on the Minnesota side of the Superior Entry on the 23rd. Recent
observations of Bonaparte's, Thayer's, Lesser Black-backed, and Great
Black-backed gulls in the Duluth-Superior area, in addition to the
aforementioned Sabine's Gulls and 2 different Franklin's Gulls (one of these
at Park Point), makes a total of 8 species of gull this week to herald the
onset of gull-watching season.

Other birds of interest seen only at Wisconsin Point include a White-winged
Scoter and a male Surf Scoter between parking lot #1 and Gull Bluff on the
24th, the first Harris's Sparrows of the season on the 23rd, and a total of
21 species of warbler for the WSO weekend field trip.

Peder H. Svingen
Duluth, MN