*September 23, 2016
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: September 23, 2016
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])
This is the Duluth Birding Report for September 23rd, 2016 sponsored by
the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
As many as 12 SABINE'S GULLS have been reported from Wisconsin Point and
the Minnesota side of the Superior Entry over the past week. Daryl
Tessen, Robbye Johnson and others saw 12 at Lot 1 at the base of
Wisconsin Point on the 20th. Mike Hendrickson saw four juveniles in
Minnesota waters on the 21st, and these same birds were seen from Lot 1
on Wisconsin Point on the same day. At least one SABINE’S GULL was still
being seen at Lot 1 on the 23rd.
Several other species of interest have been reported at Wisconsin Point,
some of which have or could potentially wander into Minnesota waters. As
many as six PARASITIC JAEGERS of various ages have been seen, as well as
an adult and a first-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, up to nine
FRANKLIN'S GULLS, three BLACK TERNS, two AMERICAN AVOCETS, a
RED-THROATED LOON, two SURF SCOTERS and two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS.
Eight SWAINSON'S HAWKS have been seen at Hawk Ridge since the 17th,
bringing the seasons total to 13. More than 24,000 warblers of 16
species were seen on the 19th, and a GREAT EGRET was seen on the 17th.
Bob Myers saw a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER on the 20th and 21st at the
Black Beach picnic area in Silver Bay. A DICKCISSEL was seen on the 20th
in Two Harbors at a ground feeder at South Avenue and Waterfront Drive.
Chris Wood and Jesse Barry's also had a flyover DICKCISSEL on the 17th
at Gull Bluff near Wisconsin Point.
The next scheduled update of this report will be on or about Thursday,
This report is compiled from MOU-net postings, local eBird checklists,
various Facebook group pages (some of which may require joining), and
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