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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Duluth/North Shore
*May 21, 2015
*MNDU1505.21

-Birds mentioned
Long-tailed Duck
Red-throated Loon
Virginia Rail
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Willet
Whimbrel
Marbled Godwit
Stilt Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Thayer's Gull
Iceland Gull
Black-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Red-headed Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Purple Martin
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Wood Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Lark Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
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Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: May 21, 2015
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for May 21st, 2015 sponsored by the
Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A PAINTED BUNTING was found on the 18th and was still present on the
19th at 7863 Thunderbird Trail East in Eveleth at the home of Connie
Sabetti. She would welcome anyone who would like to visit. You can email
Connie at [log in to unmask] or call 218-744-2325.

Cold, wet weather caused a large prolonged fallout of warblers and other
landbirds between the 16th and the 19th at Duluth and along the North
Shore. At least 25 species of warbler including multiple BLACK-THROATED
BLUE WARBLERS and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were reported from Park Point
by several groups of birders. Laura Erickson briefly saw a BLUE-WINGED
WARBLER in her Lakeside yard on the morning of the 18th. On the 18th Bob
Myers saw multiple BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS along the lakeshore at
Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Kim Eckert saw one at Lakewood Pumping
Station, and Annette Riley saw one at Brighton Beach. Two BLACK-THROATED
BLUE WARBLERS were seen on the 19th at Iona's Beach SNA east of
Gooseberry State Park, and John Kelsey saw one at Hartley Park in
Duluth. SCARLET TANAGERS were surprisingly widespread and abundant, with
one report of 10 seen in 15 minutes along the Duluth Lakewalk.

Jesse Ellis and others found a LARK SPARROW on the 16th at Lafayette
Square at 31st Street on Park Point. Two RED-THROATED LOONS were seen
out from Lafayette Square on the 16th and Mike Hendrickson saw one on
the 20th out from the Sky Harbor Airport. Larry and Jan Kraemer reported
a WHIMBREL and MARBLED GODWIT on the 19th and 21st near the Sky Harbor
Airport and JG Bennett saw a PIPING PLOVER here on the 18th. A
late-lingering ICELAND GULL continues to be seen as recently as the 16th
at the Superior Entry, and Peder Svingen saw a THAYER'S GULL there on
the 20th.

A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was seen on the 19th in the Smithville
neighborhood of Duluth, but I don't have any other details.

Two LONG-TAILED DUCKS were still present at Lighthouse Point in Two
Harbors as of the 20th. Four WILLETS were seen there on the 17th. A
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen on the 19th and 20th along Scenic Highway
61 two miles west of Two Harbors.

Recent new arrivals in the area include GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and
BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER on the 14th, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, STILT
SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, RED-EYED VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED
VIREO, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, PURPLE MARTIN, GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER on the 15th, VIRGINIA RAIL, CHIMNEY SWIFT,
PHILADELPHIA VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, BANK SWALLOW, WOOD THRUSH, and
SCARLET TANAGER on the 16th, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, and INDIGO BUNTING on the 17th, and
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO on the 18th.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on May 28th.

This report is compiled from MOU-net postings, local eBird checklists,
various Facebook group pages (some of which may require joining), and
personal contacts. Please follow the links below for the most up-to-date
information:

MOU-net: http:[log in to unmask]
eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/places
Facebook group pages:
Minnesota Ornithologists Union:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/moumn.group/
Minnesota Birding: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mnbirding/
Minnesota Rare Bird Alert:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1570731239835376/
Northeast Minnesota Birding:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/177159692431348/
Sax-Zim Bog: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saxzimbog/
Duluth Phenology: https://www.facebook.com/groups/duluthphenology/

Information about bird sightings may be sent to the Duluth Rare Bird
Alert at [log in to unmask]

The Duluth Birding Report is sponsored and funded by the Minnesota
Ornithologists' Union (MOU) as a service to its members. For more
information on the MOU, write us c/o the Bell Museum, e-mail us at
[log in to unmask], or visit the MOU web site at moumn.org.