*Duluth/North Shore
*March 5, 2015

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: March 5, 2015
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for March 5th, 2015 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A total of 259 LONG-TAILED DUCKS was counted on Lake Superior on the 1st between Tofte and Lutsen in Cook County. One flock of 122 was at the Tofte Town Park, a flock of 73 was at Good Harbor Bay, 47 were at the Cascade River Wayside Rest, and 17 were seen on the east edge of Grand Marais.

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. 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.

The first migrant HORNED LARKS were reported by Sparky Stensaas on the 2nd in Carlton County.

The Golden-crowned Sparrow found by Jeff Newman at his backyard feeders at 44th Avenue East and Regent Street has not been reported since February 15th, but it may still be present. It was 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 Harbor has not been seen since February 20th, nor have the various gull species at Canal Park.

In Superior, Wisconsin an adult gray-phase GYRFALCON has been seen as recently as the 4th 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 12th.

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