*Duluth/North Shore
*October 22, 2009

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: October 22, 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, October 22nd, 2009 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was found by Terry Wiens on the 18th at the top of Ely’s Peak in west Duluth. Peder Svingen saw a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL on the 22nd at Canal Park. On the 21st Karl Bardon saw a RED-THROATED LOON at Canal Park. Mike Hendrickson saw a SURF SCOTER and a LONG-TAILED DUCK on the 20th on the bay side of Park Point at 37th Street.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen on the 17th along the Whyte Road (FR 104) in northern Lake County. I also have a second-hand report of a Hawk Owl at Hawk Ridge on the 22nd, but I have no additional details.

A migrating RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen by Cameron Rutt on the 17th in Cook County along the Sawbill Trail (CR 2). Denny and Barb Martin found two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and a BLACK SCOTER on the 18th at Paradise Beach in Cook County, and a SURF SCOTER and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER in Grand Marais. They also reported a gray-phase adult GYRFALCON flying west at Hovland. On the 20th they found a female LONG-TAILED DUCK at the Castle Danger sewage ponds.

Jason Caddy found a female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on the 17th in Carlton County on the west side of MN Highway 33 just south of the Cloquet hockey arena. He also saw a male BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on the 18th at Lighthouse Point in Two Harbors.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, October 29th.

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.