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

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

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.