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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Duluth/North Shore
*May 7, 2015
*MNDU1505.07

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: May 7, 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 7th, 2015 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

Dick Green and Larry Snyder saw a WHITE-FACED IBIS in the Duluth Harbor on the 3rd near the Sky Harbor Airport. It was later relocated in the cattails near the boat launch north of the ball fields. This is the first record for St. Louis County.

John Richardson found a PIPING PLOVER and four WILLETS on the 5th at Park Point near the Sky Harbor Airport. Jan and Larry Kraemer saw two RED-THROATED LOONS on the 6th, and an EASTERN TOWHEE and two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS on the 7th at the Park Point Recreation Area. Clinton Nienhaus saw an immature RED-THROATED LOON on the 3rd at 14th Street on the bay side of Park Point. He also counted 951 migrating BLUE JAYS on the 3rd at Park Point and 480 on the 2nd.

Jeff Newman saw a GREAT EGRET flying over the Lakeside neighborhood on the 3rd. Jason Mandich saw a flock of 41 WILLETS on the 6th at Carey Lake in Hibbing. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was seen on the 4th west of Two Harbors, but it has not been relocated. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen on the 2nd along Scenic 61 west side of Two Harbors.

A BREWER'S SPARROW was photographed on the 4th near Agate Bay in Two Harbors, in the grassy field south of the dirt road southeast of the train depot. Unfortunately, it was not recognized as a Brewer's Sparrow until the observer (me) looked at the photos on the computer two days later and then sought input from others. The bird could not be relocated in more than five hours of searching on the 7th, and it has probably left the area.

Recent new arrivals in the area include LESSER YELLOWLEGS, VIRGINIA RAIL and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on the 2nd, CASPIAN TERN, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, BROWN THRASHER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, NASHVILLE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on the 3rd, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, LINCOLNíS SPARROW, HARRISíS SPARROW on the 4th, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, SANDERLING, SORA, SEDGE WREN, HOUSE WREN, on the 5th, COMMON TERN, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on the 6th, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, LEAST FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, OVENBIRD, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, CAPE MAY WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE on the 7th.

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/

The next scheduled update of this report will be on May 14th.

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.