*Duluth/North Shore
*September 7, 2012

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: September 7, 2012
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for September 6th, 2012 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen by Mike Hendrickson on 3rd in the Smithville neighborhood of West Duluth. It was flying overhead heading to the west. Karl Bardon also saw a MISSISSIPPI KITE on August 27th at Hawk Ridge, as well as a SWAINSON'S HAWK. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was banded on the 29th at Hawk Ridge.

Karl and others at Hawk Ridge have been documenting a huge influx of RED CROSSBILLS, with a record-high peak count of 1,252 on the 24th. Single RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen on the 3rd and the 5th and the first SANDHILL CRANES of the season were seen on the 4th. A FRANKLIN'S GULL was seen flying west over Hawk Ridge on the 1st.

Mike Steffes saw a flock of more than 20 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS fly over Castle Danger on the 27th. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen on the 30th at Agate Bay in Two Harbors.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on Thursday, September 13th.

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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