*February 7, 2013
Great Black-backed Gull
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: February 7, 2013
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])
This is the Duluth Birding Report for February 7th, 2013 sponsored by
the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
An adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen by Chris Wood on 3rd as it flew
southwest past Burlington Bay in Two Harbors, but it could not be
relocated. Karl Bardon saw a flock of 11 LONG-TAILED DUCKS on the 4th at
Agate Bay in Two Harbors. Mike Hendrickson saw two SPRUCE GROUSE on the
6th along Lake County Road 2, two miles north of the Sand River.
BOREAL OWLS continue to be seen along the North Shore, especially along
Scenic Highway 61 between Duluth and Knife River. Exact locations over
the past week are too numerous to mention, but sightings in the past few
days have come from Scenic 61 between Homestead Road and Alseth Road
near Tom's Logging Camp, along East Superior Street a half mile east of
McDonnell Road, and along Scenic 61 just east of the Lakewood Pumping
Station. Recent searches along the shore northeast of Knife River have
generally been less successful, with scattered reports as far north as
A NORTHERN HAWK OWL is still being seen along the Martin Road (CR 9) on
the north side of Duluth, about a quarter mile west of the Jean-Duluth
Road. Another NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen on the 3rd along US Highway 53
in Hermantown. Scattered large flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS have been
reported, especially near Scenic 61 and the Lakewood Road, along Rice
Lake Road near the old Duluth landfill, and at the north end of the
Homestead Road six miles north of MN Highway 61.
Dave Grosshuesch saw a GREAT GRAY OWL on the 6th in Cook County along MN
Highway 61, a mile south of the Cascade River. Another was seen on the
5th along CR 7 about seven miles west of Grand Marais, and one was
photographed at Grand Portage on the 6th. GREAT GRAY OWLS are also being
seen in the Sax-Zim Bog along the McDavitt Road about 3.5 miles north of
the Sax Road.
The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE and three WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS have been seen
this week in Duluth out from Leif Erikson Park around 12th Avenue East.
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, THAYER’S GULLS, GLAUCOUS GULLS, and ICELAND
GULLS are still being seen regularly at Canal Park.
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, February
The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858.
Information about bird sightings may be left following the recorded
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, either write us c/o the Bell Museum, e-mail us
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