*October 28, 2011
Great Gray Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: October 28, 2011
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])
This is the Duluth Birding Report for October 28th, 2011 sponsored by
the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
A COUCH'S/TROPICAL KINGBIRD was found on the 28th by Mike Hendrickson
along Lenroot Street in west Duluth. The bird was seen again briefly at
Sunnyside and Cato Street, but has not been seen since. I have a
second-hand report of a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER found on the 28th by
Bob Dunlap and Ben Fritchman along Waseca Industrial Boulevard near
Grassy Point in west Duluth.
A GRAY-CROWNED ROSY FINCH was found by Steve Falkowski on the 27th
around beach areas of private cabins on the southwest side of Bear
Island Lake near Babbitt in northern St. Louis County. It was last seen
flying with Snow Buntings towards Ely.
A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen on the 24th in Two Harbors at the end east of
the Fairgrounds Road, one mile north of MN Highway 61. A SNOWY OWL was
seen on the 28th on the Duluth side of the Bong Bridge. A LONG-EARED OWL
was found by Tanya Beyer on the 24th in downtown Duluth along the
Lakewalk at the Michigan Street plaza. Sandy Roggenkamp also heard one
on the 22nd near Canyon, and several were banded at Hawk Ridge over the
Erik Brunke saw a RED-THROATED LOON and three THAYER'S GULLS on the 23rd
at the end of Minnesota Point. Jan and Larry Kraemer saw a SURF SCOTER
on the 25th and the 27th on the St. Louis River on the east side of the
Indian Point campground. A BLACK SCOTER flew past Hawk Ridge on the
23rd, and Kim Eckert saw one on the 27th in the Duluth Harbor between
Interstate Island and the WLSSD plant.
Allison Clarke reported a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on the 24th along
Ridgewood Road in east Duluth. Gary Kuyava also reported one last
weekend in his upper Woodland neighborhood in Duluth. Good numbers of
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and COMMON REDPOLLS
have been seen migrating down the North Shore during the past week. Nine
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and more than 2,200 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen
at Hawk Ridge on the 26th.
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, November
The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858.
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