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*Minnesota
*Duluth/North Shore
*February 6, 2015
*MNDU1502.06

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: February 6, 2015
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for February 6th, 2015 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was found on the 1st by Al Loken at Agate Bay in Two Harbors, and it was relocated as recently as the 4th near the ore docks. Jan and Larry Kraemer saw a RED-NECKED GREBE and five LONG-TAILED DUCKS at Agate Bay on the 3rd, and an adult THAYER'S GULL was seen there on the 2nd.

An AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was found by Sparky Stensaas on the 3rd along the Three Lake Road north of Island Lake, and it was relocated on the 4th. It was seen west of CR 4, 0.2 mile east of fire number 5144. Al Loken saw three SPRUCE GROUSE on the 1st in Lake County. One was on CR 2, 0.3 mile north of the Sand River, another 1.9 mile north of the Sand River, and a third at mile marker 325.5 on MN Highway 1.

The GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW found by Jeff Newman at his backyard feeders at 44th Avenue East and Regent Street is still present as of the 4th. It is being seen sporadically in his yard and in the alley above his home, on both sides of 44th Avenue East. 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.

The COMMON EIDER in the Duluth/Superior was seen as recently as the 6th at Canal Park, but it has also been seen in recent weeks in the open water near the bridge leading to Barker's Island in Superior, Wisconsin. GLAUCOUS GULLS, THAYER’S GULLS, GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, and ICELAND GULLS continue to be seen at Canal Park in Duluth.

Tavis Westbrook saw a flock of 150 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on the 6th along the Rice Lake Road at the Snowflake ski area. Norma Malinowski also reported a flock in Ely on the 6th, but I don't have an exact location. David Brislance saw a flock of 40 in Grand Marais on the 5th.

In the Sax-Zim Bog, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS have been seen along McDavitt Road, 3.2 miles north of the Sax Road, and along the Admiral Road, about 3.5 miles north of the Sax Road. BOREAL CHICKADEES are being seen mainly at the Admiral Road suet feeders, 3.8 miles north of the Sax Road. GREAT GRAY OWLS have been seen in these same areas along the Admiral Road and McDavitt Road. EVENING GROSBEAKS are coming to two feeders in Sax-Zim: “Mary Lou's” feeders on CR 444, 1 mile west and 0.5 mile north of the junction of CR 27 and CR 5, and the Morse feeders on the Blue Spruce Road, 1 mile north of CR 133.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on February 12th.

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