*Duluth/North Shore
*February 20, 2015

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: February 20, 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 20th, 2015 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

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 9th. 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 19th at Canal Park, but it has also been seen as recently as the 15th 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.

The male HARLEQUIN DUCK at Agate Bay in Two Harbors was relocated as recently as the 14th near the ore docks, but most of the area is now iced in. A flock of 45 LONG-TAILED DUCKS was seen in a small patch of open water near Iona's Beach SNA, three miles northeast of Gooseberry Falls State Park.

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.

In Superior, Wisconsin an adult gray-phase GYRFALCON has been seen as recently as the 20th at the Peavey grain elevators along Connor's Point Road off US Highway 53, about a half mile east of the Blatnik Bridge. It was reported as recently as the 10th. Birders are reminded to remain on Connor’s Point Road and not trespass on private property in the area.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on February 26th.

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