*December 23, 2011
Great Black-backed Gull
American Three-toed Woodpecker
Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: December 23, 2011
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])
This is the Duluth Birding Report for December 23rd, 2011 sponsored by
the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
A GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was found by Karl Bardon on the 22nd at Canal
Park and was relocated on the 23rd. The BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was
relocated briefly by Karl during the Duluth Christmas Bird Count on the
17th at Canal Park. ICELAND GULLS, GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, GLAUCOUS
GULLS, and THAYER'S GULLS continue to be seen in relatively high numbers
at Canal Park. The male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, two COMMON GOLDENEYE X
HOODED MERGANSER hybrids, and a late LESSER SCAUP were still present at
Canal Park on the 21st. SNOWY OWLS continue to be reported from Duluth’s
Port Terminal area.
A total of 63 species were seen on the Duluth Christmas Bird Count on
the 17th. In addition to the previously mentioned birds, a VARIED THRUSH
was found by Pat Thomas at her feeders at 6219 East Superior Street, and
the bird has been seen daily though at least the 22nd. Birders are
welcome to look for the bird, but are asked to stay between the driveway
and the back door and not venture beyond the back of the house while
looking for the bird. A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was also found on the 17th
at the 2300 block of 5th Street East. Another TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was
found on the 18th on the 4200 block of McCulloch Street in the Lakeside
neighborhood. A BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE was seen along the Riley Road (CR
280) off Jean-Duluth Road (CR 37) on count day, and a NORTHERN FLICKER
was seen along West Skyline Drive at 6th Avenue West. In the Woodland
neighborhood, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were seen along Wabasha Street and
along Mygatt Street, and two HOARY REDPOLLS were seen along Allendale
Avenue near Fryberger Arena.
Highlights from the Two Harbors Christmas Bird Count on the 18th
included an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER at the Flood Bay wayside
rest, a late YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and a HORNED GREBE at the mouth of
the Stewart River, and a late CHIPPING SPARROW along 16th Street on the
west side of Two Harbors.
Mike Hendrickson and Andrew Nyhus saw a SPRUCE GROUSE on the 21st along
Lake County Road 2, 1.5 miles south of MN Highway 1. A SNOWY OWL was
seen on the 19th during the Sax-Zim Christmas Bird Count along CR 19,
about a mile north of CR 133.
The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, December
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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