*Duluth/North Shore
*May 20, 2016

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: May 20, 2016
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU)
Reports: (218) 834-2858
Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask])

This is the Duluth Birding Report for May 20th, 2016 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A LITTLE BLUE HERON was found by Laura Erickson on the 15th at 72nd Avenue West and Milford Street near Indian Point in west Duluth. It was seen again on the 16th but has not been reported since then. This is the first St. Louis County record in more than 30 years.

Two LITTLE GULLS displaying courtship behavior were found by Peder Svingen on the 18th on Park Point at 12th Street. Clinton Nienhaus saw a WESTERN GREBE in the Duluth Harbor between the Park Point Recreation Area and Barker's Island in Wisconsin. Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS continued to be seen at the Park Point Recreation Area as recently as the 17th.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen during the past week in the Duluth Heights neighborhood and in Gnesen Township north of Duluth. Becca Mulenberg saw a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER on the 14th to the 16th at her feeders on West Paige Street in Duluth.

Cyndi Elias saw two BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS on the 14th at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. Jean Brislance saw two on Oberg Mountain in Cook County on the 18th and John Toren saw one at Carlton Peak on the same day.

Small numbers of LONG-TAILED DUCKS have been found during the past week at Brighton Beach in Duluth, Agate Bay and Burlington Bay in Two Harbors, Gooseberry Falls State Park, and at Iona's Beach SNA east of the park. A SURF SCOTER was found on the 18th at Burlington Bay in Two Harbors. Recent new arrivals in the area include INDIGO BUNTING on the 13th, WILSON'S WARBLER on the 14th, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER on the 15th, WARBLING VIREO, MOURNING WARBLER and BOBOLINK on the 16th, WILSONíS PHALAROPE and CANADA WARBLER on the 17th, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH on the 19th,

The next scheduled update of this report will be on or about Thursday, May 26th.

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/

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