*Duluth/North Shore
*February 26, 2015

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: February 26, 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 26th, 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 last seen at Canal Park on the 19th, but it has also been seen recently in the open water near the bridge leading to Barker's Island in Superior, Wisconsin, as well as at a small pond near the refinery at Stinson Avenue (24th Avenue) and 21st Street. GLAUCOUS GULLS, THAYER’S GULLS, GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, and ICELAND GULLS continue to be seen sporadically at Canal Park in Duluth.

A small flock of 4 LONG-TAILED DUCKS was seen on the 22nd at Burlington Bay in Two Harbors. A recent report of a flock of a few hundred waterfowl at Lutsen in Cook County was most likely LONG-TAILED DUCKS.

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. Two HOARY REDPOLLS are being seen at Mary Lou's feeders, and another is being seen at the Sax Zim Bog welcome center on Owl Avenue.

In Superior, Wisconsin an adult gray-phase GYRFALCON has been seen as recently as the 24th at the Peavey grain elevators along Connor's Point Road off US Highway 53, about a half mile east of the Blatnik Bridge. 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 March 5th.

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