*Duluth/North Shore
*January 29, 2009

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: January 29, 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 29th, 2009 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The immature GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at 21 East College Street was relocated on the 29th for the first time in almost two weeks. The male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE is being seen fairly consistently at Canal Park, as recently as the 29th. Dave Benson found a BOREAL OWL on the 29th along Skyline Drive, two houses to the west of Chester Bowl on the south side of the road. The bird was also present on the 27th. Julie Calligure found one on the 27th in her yard on Park Point. Mike Hendrickson had a brief look at one on the 23rd along Greenwood Lane north of Scenic 61 in Duluth Township.

Jan Green had a GREAT GRAY OWL in her yard on the 27th along the Old North Shore Road in Duluth Township. 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. The NORTHERN HAWK OWL on the Airport Road at the Rice Lake Road was relocated on the 29th. Kim Eckert and others relocated the SNOWY OWL on the 29th along Airport Approach Drive, about a half mile northeast of Stebner Road and US Highway 53 near the Duluth International Airport.

Most of the species of interest in the Sax-Zim bog continue to be seen at the usual locations. David Alexander and Joshua and Peter Yokel found a GREAT GRAY OWL on the 25th in Melrude along the Stone Road, a mile east of the Lee Road, and a NORTHERN HAWK OWL along the West Melrude Road (CR 59), three miles east of U.S. Highway 53. Ilana Yokel found a GREAT GRAY OWL along the West Melrude Road about one mile east of Highway 53. The NORTHERN HAWK OWL along CR 7 within 0.5 mile of the Sax Road (CR 28) was still present as of the 29th, as was the one along the McDavitt Road 1.2 miles north of the Sax Road. Both AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER and BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS are still being seen along the McDavitt Road, 3.1 miles north of the Sax Road. BOREAL CHICKADEES and at least three HOARY REDPOLLS are still being seen at the “deer-rib feeding station” along the Admiral Road (CR 788), 3.8 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.

Kim Eckert and others found an adult THAYER'S GULL on the 29th at Knife River in Lake County. A male AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER and a male BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER were seen on the 24th at Lighthouse Point in Two Harbors. Kyle TePoel saw a female SPRUCE GROUSE on the 27th at a feeder in Winton east of Ely, as well as EVENING GROSBEAKS. Linda Sparling found a female SPRUCE GROUSE on the 25th along MN Highway 1, a mile east of mile marker 302. Norma Malinowski relocated the BOHEMIAN WAXWING flock at the south end of Miner’s Lake in Ely on the 28th.

Denny and Barb Martin found a HOARY REDPOLL in Carlton County on the 29th at the I-35 northbound wayside rest north of Barnum. There are several well stocked bird feeders with large flocks of redpolls and siskins.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, February 5th.

The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858. Information about bird sightings may be left following the recorded message.

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