*Duluth/North Shore
*February 9, 2012

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

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 plant. ICELAND GULLS, GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and THAYER’S GULLS continue to be seen here and at Canal Park.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, February 16th.

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.