*October 7, 2012
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: October 7, 2012
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])
This is the Duluth Birding Report for October 7th, 2012 sponsored by the
Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
This report is being updated today to report on a SAY'S PHOEBE and other
sightings over the weekend. The Sayís Phoebe was found by Kim Eckert and
others on the 7th at the McQuade Road public boat access near the
restroom building. It was later discovered that the bird was also
present on the afternoon of the 6th. A probable ROSSíS GOOSE was also
present at the McQuade Road access on the 7th.
As many as three ROSS'S GEESE were present on the 7th at the Two Harbors
golf course. Kim Eckertís group saw a SURF SCOTER at Burlington Bay on
the 7th, but the Harlequin Duck from two days earlier could not be
relocated. Two late CLIFF SWALLOWS seen on the 6th at Agate Bay in Two
Harbors were carefully scrutinized to rule out Cave Swallows, which have
been found in the past in the western Great Lakes in late fall.
Maggie Seely saw a GREAT EGRET flying over the Encampment River on the
7th. Denny and Barb Martin saw an adult THAYER'S GULL at Knife River on
the 7th. Mike Hendrickson and Peder Svingen saw a first-cycle LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL and an adult THAYERíS GULL on the 7th on the Minnesota
side of the Superior Entry. The first GOLDEN EAGLES of the season were
seen at Hawk Ridge on the 7th and a RED-THROATED LOON was seen on the
Repeating from the October 5th report, Dave, Pam and Lars Benson saw two
SURF SCOTERS and a BLACK SCOTER on the 5th at Paradise Beach east of
Grand Marais. They also saw an adult THAYER'S GULL at Taconite Harbor
and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and the first COMMON REDPOLLS of the season
at the Caribou River about 100 yards from the wayside.
Mike Hendrickson saw a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on the 5th at the Park
Point Recreation Area. One was also seen on the 27th at the Hawk Ridge
main overlook. A SHORT-EARED OWL flew by the main overlook on the 4th.
Chris Mansfield saw two FRANKLIN'S GULLS on the 1st at the Park Point
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, October
The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858.
Information about bird sightings may be left following the recorded
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Ornithologists' Union (MOU) as a service to its members. For more
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