*Duluth/North Shore
*February 17, 2012

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: February 17, 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 17th, 2012 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

I have a second-hand report of a MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD seen on the 16th at Tofte in Cook County, across the highway from the grocery store. Mike Hendrickson and others saw more than 600 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on the 14th in Grand Marais at 3rd Avenue West and 1st Street.

The NORTHERN HAWK OWL near Gooseberry Falls State Park continues to be seen along MN Highway 61, although it has moved 1.2 miles to the north of the Gooseberry River. A HOARY REDPOLL is being seen at the visitors' center feeders and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER has been seen between the visitors center and Highway 61. An AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER and BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER continue to be seen on the east side of the Sawbill Landing Road, 0.2 miles north of FR 172 on the east side of road. Mike Hendrickson saw three SPRUCE GROUSE on the 15th along MN Highway 1 north of CR 2, in the construction zone between mile markers 304 and 305.

The VARIED THRUSH in Duluth was found again on the 16th 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. 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.

Multiple BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS are being reported along the McDavitt Road (CR 233) in the Sax-Zim Bog. HOARY REDPOLLS and EVENING GROSBEAKS are being seen at the Blue Spruce Road feeders, one mile north of CR 133, and 20 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were reported by Mike Hendrickson on the 13th along the Poplar Road, 0.5 mile south of the Arkola Road (CR 52).

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, February 23rd.

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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