*Duluth/North Shore
*November 25, 2014

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: November 25, 2014
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for November 25th, 2014 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was found by Jeff Newman at his backyard feeders at 44th Avenue East and Regent Street and the bird was still being seen as recently as the 25th. It is being seen sporadically in his yard and in the alley above his home, on both sides of 44th Avenue East. It is often in the company of Dark-eyed Juncos. Birders are welcome to look for the bird but Jeff asks observers to stand by the corner of his front porch and not in his yard. Dudley Edmundson reported a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER nearby on the 15th, at 43rd Avenue East and Cooke Street.

One of the COMMON EIDERS in Duluth continues to be seen as recently as the 25th, mainly between the Beacon Point condominiums near 23rd Avenue East and Leif Erickson Park near 14th Avenue East. The Common Eider at Silver Bay in Lake County was last seen on November 15th. Three LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen on the 20th at 23rd Avenue East. Several gull species were seen on the 22nd at Canal Park in Duluth, including a first cycle ICELAND GULL, five adult and three first cycle THAYER'S GULLS, and a second cycle GLAUCOUS GULL.

Clinton Nienhaus and JG Bennett found 24 SPRUCE GROUSE on the 22nd at four locations along Lake County Road 2 and MN Highway 1. Many were seen along CR 2 between the Sand River and MN 1, and others were seen at mile marker 316 on MN 1. Tod Eggenberger also saw a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and at least four dozen RED CROSSBILLS on the 23rd along the Spruce Road east of MN 1 at the intersection of the Endless Waters Road.

Sue and Steve Van Kekerix saw a SNOWY OWL in Two Harbors on the 23rd near the Super One store. An injured SNOWY OWL was also picked up by Kurt Mead in Finland on the 20th.

A reminder that the Duluth Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 20th. Anyone interested in participating can contact co-compiler JG Bennett at [log in to unmask]

The Two Harbors Christmas Bird Count will be held on Sunday, December 14th. Anyone interested in participating in this count can contact compiler Jim Lind at [log in to unmask]

The next scheduled update of this report will be on December 4th.

Information about bird sightings may be sent to the Duluth Rare Bird Alert at [log in to unmask]

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, write us c/o the Bell Museum, e-mail us at [log in to unmask], or visit the MOU web site at moumn.org.