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Thu, 1 Oct 2009 22:06:43 -0600
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*Duluth/North Shore
*October 1, 2009

-Birds mentioned
Cackling Goose
Northern Pintail
Pacific Loon
Western Grebe
Swainson's Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Piping Plover
Parasitic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Boreal Chickadee
Townsend's Solitaire
Northern Mockingbird
Vesper Sparrow
Smith's Longspur

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: October 1, 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, October 1st, 2009
sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

Two SMITH'S LONGSPURS were found by Jan Green on the 1st at the cemetery
along Old North Shore Road (CR 290) about a half mile east of the
Homestead Road (CR 42) in Duluth Township. Kim Eckert saw a VESPER
SPARROW on the 29th in the same area along the Old North Shore Road.

Kim and others saw a PACIFIC LOON and a WESTERN GREBE on the 26th at the
Park Point Recreational Area. Linda Sparling found a NORTHERN
MOCKINGBIRD on the 27th at Bayfront Park. Cameron Rutt found a PIPING
PLOVER on the 24th on Park Point near the Sky Harbor Airport. Peder
Svingen saw 13 CACKLING GEESE on the 1st on the ball fields at the Park
Point Recreational Area. Several observers continue to report multiple

In Cook County, Cameron Rutt found a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE on the 27th
along the Superior Hiking Trail at Carlton Peak. He saw another
TOWNSENDíS SOLITAIRE on the 29th flying over the Gunflint Trail (CR 12)
near Grand Marais, and he had a flyover DICKCISSEL on the 30th at
Hovland. Anna Peterson saw a BOREAL CHICKADEE and 149 migrating SANDHILL
CRANES on the 29th from Pincusion Mountain in Grand Marias. Jan Green
saw a NORTHERN PINTAIL in Grand Marias on the 30th.

Single SWAINSON'S HAWKS were seen at Hawk Ridge on the 28th and the
29th. SANDHILL CRANES have been seen almost daily, including a count of
154 on the 29th.

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

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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