*Duluth/North Shore
*October 6, 2011

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: October 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 October 6th, 2011 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A juvenile POMARINE JAEGER was found by Kim Eckert and others on the 2nd at the Sky Harbor Airport on Park Point. They also saw an adult male SURF SCOTER on the bay side of Park Point between 13th and 15th Street. On the 1st they saw a BLACK SCOTER fly by the Park Point Recreation Area, and on the 30th they saw a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER. Karl Bardon saw a juvenile PARASITIC JAEGER at the mouth of the Lester River on the 1st.

A record high count on 13,540 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was tallied at Hawk Ridge on the 29th, more than double any previous total documented in Minnesota. Single RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS flew past Hawk Ridge on the 2nd and the 4th, and BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS flew past on the 4th and 5th. The first ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK of the season was seen on the 1st, and SWAINSON'S HAWKS were seen on the 29th and 30th. Migrating TUNDRA SWANS were seen in Duluth and Two Harbors on the 30th.

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

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