*Duluth/North Shore
*January 1, 2010

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: January 1, 2010
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for Friday, January 1st, 2010 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK at Pat Thomas's house at 6219 East Superior Street continues to be seen daily, as recently as the 31st. Birders are welcome to look for the bird, but are asked to limit the number of visitors to five at a time and to stay between the driveway and the back door while looking for the bird.

Peder Svingen saw a second-cycle ICELAND GULL and two GLAUCOUS GULLS on the 29th at Canal Park in Duluth, and an adult ICELAND GULL, eight GLAUCOUS GULLS, and two GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS at 27th Avenue West. At the Superior landfill he saw a first-cycle ICELAND GULL, two first-cycle THAYER'S GULLS and several GLAUCOUS GULLS. Peder saw a very late COMMON LOON on the 28th at Leif Erickson Park. Mike Hendrickson saw a SNOWY OWL on the 28th in the Superior harbor out from Barkerís Island.

Three LONG-TAILED DUCKS were relocated on the 28th at Burlington Bay in Two Harbors, and a late-lingering female GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen at Agate Bay. Mike Hendrickson found an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on the 28th at a feeder along Stony Point Drive. Bob Russell found a first-cycle GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL on the 30th in the Grand Marais harbor.

Mike Hendrickson saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL on the 28th along Lake County Road 15 (FH 11) a mile west of the Beaver Creek Road. Molly Thompson saw a GREAT GRAY OWL on the 27th on the Fox Farm Road (CR 266). Sandy Roggenkamp saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL on the 30th along the Three Lakes Road (CR 49) about 1.5 miles east of US Highway 53.

A GREAT GRAY OWL and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER were seen by Mike Hendrickson on the 28th in the Sax-Zim bog along the McDavitt Road (CR 233), 3-4 miles north of the Sax Road (CR 28). John Quinn saw a GREAT GRAY OWL on the 30th on the Lavell Road (CR 230) at the Sailor Road.

Two GREAT GRAY OWLS continue to be seen by several observers in Aitkin County as recently as the 29th along CR 18 near the Pietz's Road (320th Place). NORTHERN HAWK OWLS have also been seen along CR 18 between the Pietzís Road and CR 5. A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was found by Mike Hendrickson on the 29th along MN Highway 210 about a mile west of McGregor, and he saw another along MN Highway 200 at 250th Avenue east of Hill City. Mike also saw ten SHARP-TAILED GROUSE at Kestrel Avenue and MN Highway 210.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, January 7th.

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.