*Duluth/North Shore
*February 9, 2012

-Birds mentioned
Northern Pintail
White-winged Scoter
Barrow's Goldeneye
Iceland Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Long-eared Owl
Bohemian Waxwing
Pine Grosbeak
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Pine Siskin

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: February 9, 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 9th, 2012 sponsored by
the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A first-winter male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was found by Chris Wood and
others on the 6th at Paradise Beach northeast of Grand Marais in Cook
County. They also saw a flock of 450 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at the Grand
Marais municipal campground, and several others along the Croftville
Road. Numbers of winter finches are building across northeastern
Minnesota with many reports of large flocks of COMMON REDPOLLS, PINE
SISKINS, and PINE GROSBEAKS, and scattered reports of HOARY REDPOLLS in
Duluth, the Sax-Zim Bog, Grand Rapids, Isabella, Ely, Two Harbors, and
Illgen City.

The NORTHERN HAWK OWL at Gooseberry Falls State Park continues to be
seen along MN Highway 61 at the Gooseberry River and along the trails
near the visitors' center. The SNOWY OWL north of Aitkin at CR 1 and CR
22 was relocated on the 5th by Warren Nelson. Jan Green saw a LONG-EARED
OWL on the 2nd east of Duluth along the MN Highway 61 expressway at 78th
Avenue East.

Jay Hammernick saw two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS in Duluth on the 2nd at the
Lakewalk at 21st Avenue East and they were relocated on the 4th. Chris
Wood's group saw a pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS on the 3rd flying over
Interstate Island in the Duluth Harbor. Karl Bardon and Jan and Larry
Kraemer counted a record-high 34 GLAUCOUS GULLS on the 5th at the WLSSD
continue to be seen here and at Canal Park.

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

The telephone number of the Duluth Rare Bird Alert is 218-834-2858.
Information about bird sightings may be left following the recorded

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.