*April 23, 2009
American White Pelican
Great Black-backed Gull
Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: April 23, 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, April 23rd, 2009
sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen briefly in Two Harbors on the 20th at the
ball field along CR 2, two blocks north of Highway 61. Single
SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen on the 17th along Lake County Road 12, 0.8
mile west of CR 2, and along the Stanley Road (CR 9) three miles west of
MN Highway 61. Another SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on the 19th along CR 14,
about five miles west of CR 2 at the railroad crossing.
Frank Nicoletti saw a SHORT-EARED OWL fly in off Lake Superior at
Wisconsin Point on the 22nd. Peder Svingen saw a first-cycle ICELAND
GULL on the 21st on the Wisconsin side of Interstate Island. He also saw
a first-cycle GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, 11 GLAUCOUS GULLS, and four
THAYER'S GULLS at Wisconsin Point. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was found by
Mike Hendrickson on the 22nd near his yard in Smithville in west Duluth.
Flocks of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS and small numbers of SANDHILL CRANES
have been seen almost daily at the West Skyline Hawk Count in Duluth.
Bill Tefft saw a late-lingering flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Ely on the
17th along Sheridan Street near 4th Avenue.
New arrivals this week include AMERICAN COOT, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, LESSER
YELLOWLEGS, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, SAVANNAH SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW, and BREWER'S BLACKBIRD.
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, April
The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858.
Information about bird sightings may be left following the recorded
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Ornithologists' Union (MOU) as a service to its members. For more
information on the MOU, either write us c/o the Bell Museum, e-mail us
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