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Jim Lind <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 17 Sep 2009 20:36:33 -0600
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*Duluth/North Shore
*September 17, 2009

-Birds mentioned
Cackling Goose
Harlequin Duck
Red-throated Loon
Red-necked Phalarope
Sabine's Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Parasitic Jaeger
Short-eared Owl
Black-backed Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Pipit
Pine Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
White-crowned Sparrow
Lapland Longspur

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: September 17, 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, September 17th, 2009
sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

At least 24 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were seen by Mike Hendrickson and
others on the 12th on Lake Superior offshore from Park Point. A SABINE'S
PHALAROPES were reported from Wisconsin Point on the 16th. At least two
of the jaegers were seen again on the 17th, as well as a LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL. Kim Eckert and others saw a total of 25 warbler
species on the 12th at Park Point, including three CONNECTICUT WARBLERS
and a PINE WARBLER in the woods beyond the Sky Harbor Airport.

Peder Svingen reported a flock of 14 CACKLING GEESE, the first of the
season, on the 14th at the 40th Avenue West Erie Pier area. Karl Bardon
reported the first AMERICAN PIPIT of the season at Hawk Ridge on the
12th, as well as an impressive total of 3,475 BLUE JAYS.

The female HARLEQUIN DUCK in Grand Marais was relocated by several
observers during the past week as recently as the 15th. Cameron Rutt saw
a SHORT-EARED OWL flying over Hovland on the 15th, as well as the first
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW of the season. LAPLAND LONGSPURS were reported by
several observers this week, with the earliest reports on the 14th near
Ely and Silver Bay. A male BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER was seen on the 12th
at the west end of Stoney Point Drive.

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

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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