*December 12, 2008
Great Black-backed Gull
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: December 12, 2008
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])
This is the Duluth Birding Report for Friday, December 12th, 2008
sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
A GREAT GRAY OWL was found by Joshua Yokel on the 10th on the east end
of Young Lake about six miles northeast of Cotton. Mike Hendrickson
relocated a GREAT GRAY OWL along the Nichols Lake Road (CR 232) 2.5
miles east of CR 7. The NORTHERN HAWK OWL along US Highway 53 near a
transfer station two miles south of Cotton was still present on the 9th.
A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was reported on the 5th by Tom Jones in southern
Aitkin County along CR 47, one mile north of Malmo.
A SNOWY OWL was seen on the evening of the 4th along the breakwall at
Canal Park in Duluth. Several gull species continue to be reported from
the Superior landfill and the Superior Entry, including ICELAND GULL,
GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, GLAUCOUS GULLS, and THAYER'S GULLS. Erik
Bruhnke saw three GLAUCOUS GULLS at Canal Park on the 11th, and Mike
Hendrickson saw a third-cycle GREAT-BLACKED GULL here on the 5th.
Shawn Zierman found an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER on the 9th in the
Sax-Zim Bog along the McDavitt Road (CR 213) about 2.2 miles north of
the Sax Road (CR 28). Don Kienholz found a female BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKER on the 11th in Chester Park in east Duluth at the
intersection of 4th Street and 14th Avenue East. Shawn Conrad found two
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS in Itasca County on the 6th along Old Horseshoe
Drive in Grand Rapids. In Carlton County, Eileen Schantz-Hansen saw two
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS about seven miles southeast of Carlton.
A VARIED THRUSH at 1220 East Main Street in Ely has been seen by several
observers and was still present as of the 7th. Probably the same bird
has also been a block away at a feeder at 1252 East Washington Street.
The VARIED THRUSH at 3254 Phillips Road along the Cook end of Lake
Vermilion was still present on the 10th.
The Duluth Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 20,
2008. The Two Harbors Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday,
December 14. Anyone interested in participating in either count should
contact compiler Jim Lind at (218) 834-3199 or by e-mail at
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The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, December
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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