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Jim Lind <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:26:17 -0700
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*Duluth/North Shore
*November 25, 2014

-Birds mentioned
Common Eider
Long-tailed Duck
Spruce Grouse
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Snowy Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red Crossbill

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: November 25, 2014
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for November 25th, 2014 sponsored by
the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was found by Jeff Newman at his backyard
feeders at 44th Avenue East and Regent Street and the bird was still
being seen as recently as the 25th. It is being seen sporadically in his
yard and in the alley above his home, on both sides of 44th Avenue East.
It is often in the company of Dark-eyed Juncos. Birders are welcome to
look for the bird but Jeff asks observers to stand by the corner of his
front porch and not in his yard. Dudley Edmundson reported a RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER nearby on the 15th, at 43rd Avenue East and Cooke Street.

One of the COMMON EIDERS in Duluth continues to be seen as recently as
the 25th, mainly between the Beacon Point condominiums near 23rd Avenue
East and Leif Erickson Park near 14th Avenue East. The Common Eider at
Silver Bay in Lake County was last seen on November 15th. Three
LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen on the 20th at 23rd Avenue East. Several
gull species were seen on the 22nd at Canal Park in Duluth, including a
first cycle ICELAND GULL, five adult and three first cycle THAYER'S
GULLS, and a second cycle GLAUCOUS GULL.

Clinton Nienhaus and JG Bennett found 24 SPRUCE GROUSE on the 22nd at
four locations along Lake County Road 2 and MN Highway 1. Many were seen
along CR 2 between the Sand River and MN 1, and others were seen at mile
marker 316 on MN 1. Tod Eggenberger also saw a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER
and at least four dozen RED CROSSBILLS on the 23rd along the Spruce Road
east of MN 1 at the intersection of the Endless Waters Road.

Sue and Steve Van Kekerix saw a SNOWY OWL in Two Harbors on the 23rd
near the Super One store. An injured SNOWY OWL was also picked up by
Kurt Mead in Finland on the 20th.

A reminder that the Duluth Christmas Bird Count will be held on
Saturday, December 20th. Anyone interested in participating can contact
co-compiler JG Bennett at [log in to unmask]

The Two Harbors Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, December
14th. Anyone interested in participating in this count can contact
compiler Jim Lind at [log in to unmask]

The next scheduled update of this report will be on December 4th.

Information about bird sightings may be sent to the Duluth Rare Bird
Alert at [log in to unmask]

The Duluth Birding Report is sponsored and funded by the Minnesota
Ornithologists' Union (MOU) as a service to its members. For more
information on the MOU, write us c/o the Bell Museum, e-mail us at
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