*Duluth/North Shore
*February 26, 2009

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: February 26, 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, February 26th, 2009 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at 21 East College Street in Duluth was relocated by Brad Snelling on the 26th. It had not been seen since January 29th, and Brad reports that it seems to appear at his feeders primarily when it is snowing. Everett Reynolds found a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL on the 21st near 42nd Avenue East and Superior Street in Duluth. An injured GREAT GRAY OWL was picked up on the 19th along the Lavaque Road (CR 48), a mile north of the Martin Road (CR 9). Julie O'Connor saw an early AMERICAN KESTREL on the 24th along U.S. Highway 2, about 0.5 mile west of Proctor.

Dave Grosshuesch saw two GREAT GRAY OWLS and two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS on the 25th along CR 110 south of Aurora. One Great Gray was just north of Bird Lake and the other was about 0.75 mile south of the road to the Skibo Lookout. The Hawk Owls were about 2 and 3 miles north of the Skibo Lookout.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was relocated by several observers during the past week along MN Highway 61 at the Knife River crossing. Peder Svingen found a first-year ICELAND GULL and two GLAUCOUS GULLS on the 20th at Kendall's fish house along Scenic Highway 61 in Knife River. He also saw a fourth-cycle GREAT-BLACKED GULL at the mouth of the Talmadge River east of the McQuade Road safe harbor. On the 23rd he saw a flock of 57 LONG-TAILED DUCKS along Scenic Highway 61 west of the Homestead Road (CR 42) near the Nokomis Restaurant.

Bill Stahley found a BOREAL OWL on the 26th in his yard near Grand Marais. Jason Caddy found a BOREAL OWL on the 22nd along 1st Street in Two Harbors. Jason also reported an extremely early COMMON LOON on Lake Superior in front of the lighthouse.

Peter Neubeck relocated the NORTHERN HAWK OWL in Carlton County on the 14th along MN Highway 73 near mile marker 27, just north of Cromwell. The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, March 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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