*Duluth/North Shore
*January 6, 2011

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: January 6, 2011
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for January 6th, 2010 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen on the 4th in the Sax-Zim Bog along CR 7, 0.1 to 0.6 mile north of CR 133, but it was not relocated on the 6th. Yann Kolbeinsson saw one on the 6th in Aitkin County along the Hedbom Road, 2.5 miles west of the east gate. Bill Tefft and others saw a GREAT GRAY OWL in Lake County on the 1st along MN Highway 1 about 3 miles south of the Spruce Road.

Chris Edwardson saw a NORTHERN FLICKER at his feeders along East Arrowhead Road near Woodland Avenue in Duluth. Gordy Martinson saw a flock of about 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on the 4th along the Maxwell Road between Oak Street and Medin Road in Lakewood Township. Jan Kraemer saw a flock of about 20 on the 3rd along Cedar Avenue in Duluth Heights. THAYER'S GULLS, ICELAND GULLS, GLAUCOUS GULLS, and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS continue to be reported from Canal Park as recently as the 6th.

Kate Kelnberger found a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER in Cook County on the 5th along the Clearwater Road between the Golden Eagle Lodge Road and the Needham Road. Matt Mecklenburg saw a female AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER in Lake County on the 1st along the old Tomahawk Road (FR 387) about five miles east of MN Highway 1.

Eighteen species were found on the Isabella CBC on the 1st, including three BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and nine BOREAL CHICKADEES. COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE GROSBEAKS were the only winter finches seen in good numbers. The northern 1.5 mile of the Stony River Forest Road is plowed, but the remainder of the road is currently not drivable due to deep snow.

Twenty-seven species were seen on the Aurora CBC on the 29th, including 11 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE on the west side of Biwabik and about 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Biwabik and Hoyt Lakes.

A VARIED THRUSH is being seen daily in Aitkin County, and birders interested in seeing the bird should contact the landowner, Dolores, at 218-549-3158 for permission and directions. She can also be contacted by email at [log in to unmask]

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, January 13th.

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.