This morning, I decided to try for the gulls that had been reported at Canal
Park. Of the "good" gulls, only Thayer's was present...pretty boring in
Duluth overall. On the way down, however, I saw a Great Gray Owl hunting
along Hwy 2, about 3/4 mile before I reached the Itasca/Aitkin line.
Originally intending to return to Grand Rapids after birding Duluth, I just
felt a little 'let down' by the Duluth birding and went to Agate Bay. Of
note there were 4 Long-tailed Ducks hanging around the lighthouse. Near Two
Harbors was a Northern Shrike on CR 9 and a flock of Snow Buntings at the
airport as well.
On the way back, I decided to check Silver Lake in Virginia. Don't
worry....Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Common
Merganser, Canada Goose, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Blue Heron,
and Merlin are all you missed if you didn't make it there today.
Northern Harriers and Rough-legged Hawks were common along Hwy 2 this
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