*Duluth/North Shore
*February 2, 2012

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: February 2, 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 2nd, 2012 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was found on the 2nd by Dave Grosshuesch at the Grand Marais Forest Service office along MN Highway 61 on the west side of town. I also have a second-hand report of a HERMIT THRUSH coming to a feeder in Grand Marais, but I donít have a specific address. At least 500 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at the municipal campground on the 31st.

The NORTHERN HAWK OWL at Gooseberry Falls State Park was relocated on the 30th along MN Highway 61 at the Gooseberry River. An AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER continues to be seen northeast of Isabella along the Sawbill Landing Road, 0.8 mile north of FR 172. Mike Hendrickson saw two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS on the 29th a mile north of here in a burned area near the Trapper's Lake access.

The SNOWY OWL north of Aitkin at CR 1 and CR 22 was relocated on the 29th and again on the 1st. Warren Nelson saw a GREAT GRAY OWL on the 29th on the Pietz's Road, 0.2 mile north of Aitkin CR 18.

Two GREAT GRAY OWLS were seen by Sparky Stensaas on the 31st in the Sax-Zim Bog along the McDavitt Road (CR 233), 2.5 to 3 miles north of the Sax Road (CR 28). EVENING GROSBEAKS and a HOARY REDPOLL are being seen at the Blue Spruce Road feeders, one mile north of CR 133.

ICELAND GULLS, GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, GLAUCOUS GULLS, and THAYER'S GULLS continue to be seen at Canal Park. Several observers saw an impressive total of 18 GLAUCOUS GULLS at Canal Park on the 30th.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, February 9th.

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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