*Duluth/North Shore
*December 23, 2010

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: December 23, 2010
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for December 23rd, 2010 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

An adult SLATY-BACKED GULL was found on the 19th by Karl Bardon and Peder Svingen. It was first seen flying over the Superior landfill and later seen at Canal Park in Duluth. The only report since the 19th that I am aware of was by Robin LaFortune on the 22nd at Canal Park. Jan and Larry Kraemer saw a late HOODED MERGANSER on the 23rd at Canal Park.

Fifty-five species were seen on the Duluth CBC on the 18th, including a HARLEQUIN DUCK at the mouth of the French River, nine THAYER'S GULLS, four ICELAND GULLS, two GLAUCOUS GULLS, and three GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Canal Park, two SNOWY OWLS in the Duluth Harbor, a late BELTED KINGFISHER at Hartley Nature Center, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in the East Hillside, and the first ever HORNED LARK for the count. Numbers of winter finches were the lowest in 29 years.

Thirty-eight species were found on the Two Harbors CBC on the 19th, including a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE at 15th Avenue and 8th Street and a late BROWN THRASHER in Two Harbors. On the Sax-Zim CBC on the 20th a NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen on the McDavitt Road (CR 233) two miles north of the Sax Road (CR 28) and another was seen near the Sax Road and the Admiral Road (CR 788). Two GREAT GRAY OWLS were seen outside of the count circle on the McDavitt Road about four miles north of the Sax Road. Seven BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS found, as well as the first AMERICAN KESTREL for the count.

David Alexander reports that two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS are being seen on the Stone Lake Road (CR 319) about a mile east of CR 7, and one is along US Highway 2, 6.3 miles northwest of Floodwood. David also saw two GREAT GRAY OWLS in Aitkin County along the Hedbom Forest Road (which is plowed), 2.9 and 5.4 miles west of the Floodwood end of the road.

Nate Popkin photographed a late WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on the 18th at his feeders near Grand Lake.

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

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