*Duluth/North Shore
*April 2, 2009

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: April 2, 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, April 2nd, 2009 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at 21 East College Street in Duluth was seen by Brad Snelling again on March 29th and 30th. Although the bird has been present since December, this was the first sighting in more than a month.

Debbie Waters found a GREAT GRAY OWL on the 27th north of the Duluth International Airport, along the Stebner Road about 0.25 mile south of the Martin Road. Sandy Roggenkamp saw a GREAT GRAY OWL on the 31st along the Three Lakes Road (CR 49), about 0.2 mile east of U.S. Highway 53. Mike Hendrickson found a road-killed Great Gray on the 30th along CR 133 about a mile east of CR 7.

On the 30th Mike also found 15 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE along the Arkola Road (CR 52) near CR 208. He found a female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on the 29th along the McDavitt Road (CR 213), about 3 miles north of the Sax Road (CR 28). In Duluth he found an adult GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL at Canal Park, and at the Superior landfill he saw four GLAUCOUS GULLS and one adult THAYER'S GULL.

Deb Falkowski found two first-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS on the 28th on Silver Lake in Virginia.

Pat Thomas had a very early HERMIT THRUSH in her yard on the 31st along the 6200 block of East Superior Street in Duluth. Other recent new arrivals in the area include WOOD DUCK, NORTHERN SHOVELER, and OSPREY on the 28th, GREATER SCAUP and WILSON'S SNIPE on the 1st, and NORTHERN FLICKER and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on the 2nd.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, April 9th.

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

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 at [log in to unmask], or visit the MOU web site at moumn.org.