The photos viewed this evening have confirmed the ID of the grosbeak
in Duluth as a Black-headed Grosbeak, either an adult female or more
likely a first-winter male. It appeared yesterday afternoon and was
still present at the feeders today, and the homeowners have granted
permission for birders to visit their yard under the following
- The address is 6219 E Superior St in Duluth: take Hwy 61 through
Duluth to 60th Ave East, turn left and go 2 blocks to Superior St,
then turn right to 6219 (which is located on the inland side of
- Please park on Superior St (not in the driveway).
- Because of limited visibility into the backyard (where the feeders
are) and to avoid disturbing the bird, the homeowners have asked that
NO MORE THAN FIVE PERSONS visit at any one time.
- Walk QUIETLY up the driveway, and, before coming to the garage, walk
to the left to the back door and watch the feeders as you stand
quietly by the door. Please DO NOT go any farther into the backyard or
closer to the feeders.
- DO NOT stand and watch by the garage, which is too close to the
feeders and may disturb the bird; note, however, it may be possible to
see the feeders and the bird from the driveway before reaching the
- DO NOT call the homeowners in advance or knock on the door; anyone
is welcome without prior arrangement, again, as long as no more than
5 persons are present at a time.
- Be prepared to wait for an hour or two for the grosbeak to appear;
today it only showed up at about 2-hour intervals.
- The homeowners, Pat and John Thomas, thank you all in advance for
your cooperation! Please feel free to give me a call at 218 349 5953
if you have any questions.
If time permits later this evening or tomorrow, Jim Lind will be
posting the other highlights of today's Duluth CBC. (Among the 60
species recorded were Barrow's Goldeneye, Peregrine Falcon, Great
Black-backed and Iceland gulls, Snowy Owl, and Varied Thrush.)
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