Hi Jim-I'm excited to report a new backyard bird for me....a Vesper's
Sparrow.  I've had two since yesterday afternoon.  I've have many
opportunities to study them and I even finally saw the chesnut lesser
coverts on one.  I hadn't seen this bird mentioned yet for spring returnees
so that's why I'm sending you this observation.  Hope you're having a good
spring.  Cindy Edwardson

On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 9:38 PM, Jim Lind <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> -RBA
> *Minnesota
> *Duluth/North Shore
> *April 23, 2009
> *MNDU0904.23
>
>
> -Birds mentioned
>
>    - American White Pelican
>    - Broad-winged Hawk
>    - American Coot
>    - Sandhill Crane
>    - Lesser Yellowlegs
>    - Thayer's Gull
>    - Iceland Gull
>    - Glaucous Gull
>    - Great Black-backed Gull
>    - Short-eared Owl
>    - Red-bellied Woodpecker
>    - Loggerhead Shrike
>    - Bohemian Waxwing
>    - Yellow-rumped Warbler
>    - Savannah Sparrow
>    - White-crowned Sparrow
>    - Brewer's Blackbird
>
> -Transcript
>
> *Hotline:* Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
> *Date:* April 23, 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 23rd, 2009 sponsored
> by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
>
> A *LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE* was seen briefly in Two Harbors on the 20th at the
> ball field along CR 2, two blocks north of Highway 61. Single *SHORT-EARED
> OWLS* were seen on the 17th along Lake County Road 12, 0.8 mile west of CR
> 2, and along the Stanley Road (CR 9) three miles west of MN Highway 61.
> Another *SHORT-EARED OWL* was seen on the 19th along CR 14, about five
> miles west of CR 2 at the railroad crossing.
>
> Frank Nicoletti saw a *SHORT-EARED OWL* fly in off Lake Superior at
> Wisconsin Point on the 22nd. Peder Svingen saw a first-cycle *ICELAND GULL
> * on the 21st on the Wisconsin side of Interstate Island. He also saw a
> first-cycle *GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL,* 11 *GLAUCOUS GULLS,* and four *THAYER'S
> GULLS* at Wisconsin Point. A *RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER* was found by Mike
> Hendrickson on the 22nd near his yard in Smithville in west Duluth. Flocks
> of *AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS* and small numbers of *SANDHILL CRANES* have
> been seen almost daily at the West Skyline Hawk Count in Duluth.
>
> Bill Tefft saw a late-lingering flock of *BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS* in Ely on the
> 17th along Sheridan Street near 4th Avenue.
>
> New arrivals this week include *AMERICAN COOT, BROAD-WINGED* *HAWK, LESSER
> YELLOWLEGS,* *YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, SAVANNAH* *SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED
> SPARROW,* and *BREWER'S BLACKBIRD.*
>
> The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, April 30th.
>
> 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.
>
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