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Jim Lind <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 22 Jan 2009 20:24:46 -0700
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*Duluth/North Shore
*January 22, 2009

-Birds mentioned
Barrow's Goldeneye
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Boreal Owl
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Boreal Chickadee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Hoary Redpoll
Evening Grosbeak

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: January 22, 2009
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The immature GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW found by Brad Snelling at 21 East
College Street in December was seen at the same location on the 17th. It
has not been seen since, but may be visiting other feeders in the
neighborhood. The male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was relocated by several
observers during the past week at Canal Park, as recently as the 19th. A
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was seen on the 17th along the East Flynn Road (CR
282), 0.1 mile east of the McQuade Road (CR 33).

Many BOREAL OWLS were found in the Duluth area during the past week. Don
Kienholz had one in his yard on the 20th in Rice Lake Township. Jeff
Frey found one on the 19th in the alley behind Custom Photo Lab at 27th
Avenue West and Superior Street. Frank and Kathi Berdan found one on the
19th in their yard in Duluth Township. Steve Van Kekerix photographed
one on the 19th along the MN Highway 61 expressway near 78th Avenue
East. One was photographed on the 15th along Scenic Highway 61 south of
the Ryan Road (CR 50) at the Spruce Court Road, and another was seen on
the 15th in Duluth's Hunter’s Park neighborhood at 2127 Sussex Avenue.
As far as I am aware none of these birds have been relocated after their
initial discovery.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was found on the 21st in southern Lake County along the
Stanley Road (CR 9), a mile east of the St. Louis County line. Warren
Lind found a GREAT GRAY OWL on the 16th along the Two Harbors Road (CR
266), a half mile east of the App Road (CR 271). Sparky Stensaas found a
SNOWY OWL on the 17th along Airport Approach Drive, about a half mile
northeast of Stebner Road and US Highway 53. This is a high security
area and birders should use caution when looking for this bird. Nathan
and Al Schirmacher saw a SNOWY OWL from Park Point sitting on the ice
near Wisconsin Point.

The NORTHERN HAWK OWL at Jean-Duluth Road (CR 37) and the Beyer Road (CR
259) was seen throughout the past week by several observers. Dave
Alexander and Frank Nicoletti found a NORTHERN HAWK OWL along US Highway
53 north of Virginia, 0.2 mile south of CR 652. They found another in
Koochiching County along US Highway 71, 3.3 miles south of CR 77.

Most of the species of interest in the Sax-Zim bog continue to be seen
at the usual locations. Sparky Stensaas saw two GREAT GRAY OWLS on the
17th along the McDavitt Road (CR 233), 2.5 and 3.5 miles north of the
Sax Road (CR 28). Sparky also saw a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE fly across the
Sax Road near CR 7, and a NORTHERN HAWK OWL on Owl Avenue (CR 203) a
mile south of the Arkola Road (CR 52). Several observers have reported
the NORTHERN HAWK OWL along CR 7 within 0.5 mile of the Sax Road. Both
being seen along the McDavitt Road, 3.5 miles north of the Sax Road.
BOREAL CHICKADEES and a HOARY REDPOLL are still being seen at the
“deer-rib feeding station” along the Admiral Road (CR 788) 4 miles north
of the Sax Road. EVENING GROSBEAKS are being seen at the feeders along
the Blue Spruce Road (CR 211) a mile north of CR 133.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, January

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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