*Duluth/North Shore
*December 17, 2009

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: December 17, 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, December 17th, 2009 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The third-cycle SLATY-BACKED GULL was relocated on the 13th at Canal Park in Duluth. Several observers saw three GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, three ICELAND GULLS, at least three GLAUCOUS GULLS, a THAYER'S GULL and a late-lingering RING-BILLED GULL on the 16th at Canal Park. A SNOWY OWL was seen earlier in the week at the Port Terminal, but I donít have the exact location or date.

A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen on the 16th on Lake Superior at the mouth of the French River east of Duluth. In Lake County, four HORNED GREBES were seen on the 17th out from the mouth of the Stewart River and three more were seen at Burlington Bay in Two Harbors. Three LONG-TAILED DUCKS were also seen at Burlington Bay on the 17th.

Two GREAT GRAY OWLS were seen by several observers in Aitkin County on the 12th along CR 18 between 0.25 and 0.6 mile west of the Pietz's Road (320th Place). Another GREAT GRAY OWL was seen on the 12th along the Hedbom Road 3.5 miles east of CR 36. Cindy Risen reported EVENING GROSBEAKS at her feeders in Tamarack on the 12th, as well as 15 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE and a GREAT GRAY OWL north of Tamarack.

Bill Tefft reported a NORTHERN HAWK OWL on the 12th along the Stony River Forest Road, 1 mile north of the Whyte Road.

Flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS continue to be reported from throughout the area including McGregor, Cromwell, Two Harbors, and Bovey.

The Duluth Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2009. The Two Harbors Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, December 20. Anyone interested in participating in either count should contact compiler Jim Lind at (218) 834-3199 or by e-mail at [log in to unmask]

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, December 24th.

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.