*Duluth/North Shore
*October 20, 2016

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore
Date: October 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 October 20th, 2016 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.

A RED PHALAROPE was found by Julie Grahn on the 19th at the Cook Wastewater Treatment Plant in northern St. Louis County and it was still present on the 20th. Please do not drive beyond the gate and watch for an open manhole that is just beyond the gate area.

Gary Leeper found a juvenile BRANT on the 18th, at Agate Bay in Two Harbors and it was still present on the 20th. It has been seen at several locations in town, including the lawn near the Edna G. tugboat, the public access boat launch on Agate Bay, and the municipal golf course, especially the north-south fairway near the clubhouse.

Marsha Moreen found a CATTLE EGRET on the 20th in Two Harbors at MN Highway 61 and 4th Street, near the Holiday gas station on the east side of town. Bob Williams and Bob Janssen saw a SHORT-EARED OWL on the 20th at the Castle Danger sewage lagoons. Three BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on the east side of Lighthouse Point on the dirt trail south of the water pumping building. Two SPRUCE GROUSE were seen on the 15th along Lake County Road 2, one mile south of MN Highway 1.

An immature RED-THROATED LOON continues to be seen at Agate Bay in Two Harbors, often very close to the ore docks. An adult RED-THROATED LOON was seen by Peder Svingen and Jim Lind on the 19th at the mouth of the Stewart River. Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and two LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen on the 18th at Burlington Bay in Two Harbors. Alex Lamoreaux saw a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Agate Bay on the 15th. Kim Eckert and others saw a BLACK SCOTER in Knife River on the 16th.

Kim's group saw three WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS on the lake side of the Park Point Recreation Area. Mike Hendrickson saw two BLACK SCOTERS on the 20th on Allouez Bay at Wisconsin Point, as well as THAYER’S GULL’S, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a hybrid Glaucous Gull x Herring Gull (“Nelson's Gull”) on the Minnesota side of the Superior Entry.

Jeff Newman reports that the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was again seen on the 17th at his house at 44th Avenue East and Regent Street in east Duluth. A late RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen at Hawk Ridge on the 20th and small numbers of Harlan's and Krider’s RED-TAILED HAWKS have also been reported from the Ridge in recent days.

Shawn Conrad saw four WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS on the 18th at Round Lake in Itasca County and two SURF SCOTERS on the 19th on Coon Lake in Scenic State Park near the Chase Point Campground.

The next scheduled update of this report will be on or about Thursday, October 27th.

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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