*January 15, 2009
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
American Three-toed Woodpecker
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: January 15, 2009
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])
This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, January 15th, 2009
sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
A male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was found on the 10th by Kim Eckert on Lake
Superior at 21st Avenue East, presumably the same individual seen in
late December. Kim’s group also found a HOARY REDPOLL on the 10th and
11th near 38th Street on Park Point in Duluth. Mike Hendrickson
relocated the female HOARY REDPOLL on the 15th at his feeders in
Smithville in west Duluth. Carol Tveekrem found a HOARY REDPOLL on the
15th at her feeders in Schroeder, Cook County.
A FOX SPARROW has been present for the past month at the Duluth DNR
office at 4805 Rice Lake Road (CR 4). Two AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS are
also occasionally seen at the feeder, which is visible from the parking
lot. Gordy Martinson had a flock of eight BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at his home
at Oak and Maxwell Street in north Duluth. Mike Hendrickson saw a first
cycle ICELAND GULL, two adult and a first cycle THAYER'S GULL, and
several GLAUCOUS GULLS on the 10th at the Superior landfill.
Mike found a BOREAL OWL on the 11th along the Old North Shore Road (CR
290) near the Alseth Road. A dead one was found in downtown Two Harbors
on the 10th at 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street, and another was found on the
13th in Duluth near the UMD campus. The NORTHERN HAWK OWL near the
Duluth International Airport was relocated on the 12th at Rice Lake Road
(CR 4), 0.5 mile south of Airport Road. Mike Hendrickson relocated the
NORTHERN HAWK OWL at Jean-Duluth Road (CR 37) and the Beyer Road (CR
259) on the 11th. He also found a GREAT GRAY OWL on the 10th along MN
Highway 61, 0.5 mile north of the Ryan Road (CR 50). A NORTHERN HAWK OWL
was found on the 14th along the West Knife River Road (CR 231), 0.5 mile
west of the Homestead Road (CR 42).
Most of the species of interest in the Sax-Zim bog continue to be seen
at the usual locations. Bill Tefft saw two GREAT GRAY OWLS on the 11th
along the Nichols Lake Road (CR 232) about two miles east of CR 7. Jeff
Fischer saw a GREAT GRAY OWL on the 10th along CR 7, 1.6 miles north of
the Sax Road (CR 28). Several observers reported the NORTHERN HAWK OWL
on the weekend of the 10th along CR 7 within 0.5 mile of the Sax Road.
Both AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER and BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were
seen over the weekendalong the McDavitt Road, 3.5 miles north of the Sax
Road. BOREAL CHICKADEES are still being seen at the “deer-rib feeding
station” along the Admiral Road (CR 788) 4 miles north of the Sax Road.
Andrew Longtin found a flock of more than 50 SNOW BUNTINGS along CR 133
at CR 199 near Meadowlands.
Bill Tefft and Norma Malinowski found flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS
recently along Miner's Drive and at the east end of Sheridan Street in
Ely. A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was found on the 9th near the Ely golf
course along Lookout Ridge Road. An AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was
found on the 8th and relocated on the 10th along the walking trail at
Lighthouse Point in Two Harbors. Shawn Conrad found a BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKER on the 9th in Itasca County along CR 456, 0.6 miles north of
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, January
The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858.
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