*Duluth/North Shore
*January 14, 2011

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: January 14, 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 14th, 2010 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

At least four GREAT GRAY OWLS were seen on the 13th in the Sax-Zim Bog. Sparky Stensaas and others saw one along CR 7, 1.4 miles north of CR 133, two were along the McDavitt Road (CR 233), 3.8 miles north of the Sax Road (CR 28), and one was seen about 0.25 mile north of the end of the Little Whiteface Road, which is 0.4 mile north of CR 133 and CR 47. Kim Eckert and others saw an AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER on the 8th along the McDavitt Road, 2.6 miles north of the Sax Road. A NORTHERN HAWK OWL has been seen by several observers along the McDavitt Road, 1-3 miles north of the Sax Road.

Kim's group saw two SPRUCE GROUSE on the 9th in Lake County along MN Highway 1 about 0.2 mile south of the Spruce Road, and a NORTHERN HAWK OWL 0.5 mile south of the Spruce Road. Cheryl Beyer saw a GREAT GRAY OWL on the 10th along MN Highway 1 at the Kawishiwi River. The VARIED THRUSH in Ely along Main Street at Pillow Rock was still present on the 9th. Bill Tefft has been seeing WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS on a regular basis in Ely along Pattison Street around 5th Avenue.

Dave Johnson found a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE in downtown Duluth on the 10th in front of the courthouse at 1st Street and 5th Ave West. A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen on the 7th in Duluth two doors west of Chester Bowl on Skyline Parkway. Michael Furtman saw a NORTHERN FLICKER on the 10th off Snively Road in the Woodland neighborhood of Duluth. THAYER’S GULLS, ICELAND GULLS, GLAUCOUS GULLS, and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS continue to be reported from Canal Park as recently as the 13th.

Shawn Conrad found a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER in Grand Rapids on the 12th at the DNR headquarters. Deb Falkowski saw a flock of about 300 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on the 12th at the Mesabi Community College campus in Virginia. Warren Nelson had a flock of 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on the 12th in his yard in Aitkin. 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 20th.

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.