*Duluth/North Shore
*February 23, 2012

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: February 23, 2012
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for February 23rd, 2012 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

The adult male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was relocated on the 17th between 13th Avenue East at Leif Erikson Park and 42nd Avenue East in Duluth. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was also seen on the 18th at Leif Erikson Park. ICELAND GULLS, GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, GLAUCOUS GULLS, and THAYER’S GULLS continue to be seen at Canal Park. A SNOWY OWL continues to been seen along Garfield Avenue in the Duluth Port Terminal.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found by Dudley Edmondson on the 21st at the Lakewalk parking lot off 26th Avenue East. A HARRIS'S SPARROW was found by Kim Eckert on the 17th on the 1900 block of West Kent Road near the UMD campus. An immature WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was seen on the 19th in Two Harbors a block south of the Dairy Queen at 6th Avenue and 6th Street.

The VARIED THRUSH and HOARY REDPOLL were found again on the 17th at Pat Thomas's feeders at 6219 East Superior Street. Birders are welcome to look for the bird, but are asked to stay between the driveway and the back door and not venture beyond the back of the house while looking for the bird. A HOARY REDPOLL was found on the 22nd by Tanya Beyer at the Park Point Recreation Area.

The NORTHERN HAWK OWL near Gooseberry Falls State Park continues to be seen along MN Highway 61, 1.2 miles to the north of the Gooseberry River. An AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER continues to be seen on the east side of the Sawbill Landing Road near Isabella, 0.2 miles north of FR 172 on the east side of road. SPRUCE GROUSE were reported on the 18th along Lake County Road 2, 1 mile north of the Sand River.

A flock of 23 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen in the Sax-Zim Bog on the 18th along the Poplar Road, 0.25 mile south of the Arkola Road (CR 52), and seven were seen flying over CR 7 about 0.50 miles north of the Arkola Road. Multiple BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were reported along the McDavitt Road (CR 233) on the 18th, and HOARY REDPOLLS and EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at the Blue Spruce Road feeders, one mile north of CR 133.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, March 1st.

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.