*Duluth/North Shore
*March 12, 2015

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: March 12, 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 12th, 2015 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was seen on the 12th in Duluth Township along the West Knife River Road (CR 231), 0.7 mile west of the northern end of the Homestead Road (CR 42). A first-cycle ICELAND GULL and a first-cycle THAYERíS GULL were seen on the 10th on Knife Island in Knife River.

The COMMON EIDER present in the Duluth/Superior area since November was relocated by Peder Svingen on the 8th at the Barker's Island bridge in Superior, after not being reported from the area for the previous three weeks. Three NORTHERN PINTAILS and more than 470 MALLARDS were also present on the 8th.

Also in Superior, an adult gray-phase GYRFALCON has been seen as recently as the 8th 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 Connorís Point Road and not trespass on private property in the area. Joshua Christian saw a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, five adult GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, TWO ICELAND GULLS, three THAYERíS GULLS, and 10 GLAUCOUS GULLS on the 7th at the Superior Landfill.

With the warm weather during the past week there have been several early arrivals in the area. Jan Green heard a SAW-WHET OWL singing on the 6th along the Old North Shore Road in Duluth Township, and she saw a TURKEY VULTURE on the 10th along Highway 61 at the Sucker River. Sparky Stensaas saw two TRUMPETER SWANS on the 9th just south of Floodwood. Peder Svingen reported the first RING-BILLED GULLS of the season on the 10th at Interstate Island in the Duluth Harbor. Nate Popkin saw two CANADA GEESE on the 10th at the Cloquet River on the Munger Shaw Road (CR 15) north of Duluth. Abbie Valine reported the first NORTHERN HARRIER of the season on the 10th in Carlton County.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on March 19th.

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