-RBA *Minnesota *Duluth/North Shore *January 31, 2017 *MNDU1701.31 -Birds mentioned Harlequin Duck White-winged Scoter Long-tailed Duck Horned Grebe Red-necked Grebe Iceland Gull Glaucous Gull Great Black-backed Gull Gyrfalcon Townsend's Solitaire Varied Thrush Golden-crowned Sparrow Red-winged Blackbird Brewer's Blackbird -Transcript Hotline: Minnesota, Duluth/North Shore Date: January 31, 2017 Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) Reports: (218) 834-2858 Compiler: Jim Lind ([log in to unmask]) This is the Duluth Birding Report for January 31st, 2017 sponsored by the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union. The GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW at 44th Avenue East and Regent Street was reported as recently as the 25th. A BREWER'S BLACKBIRD and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD continue to be seen at the WLSSD site at 27th Avenue West. GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, ICELAND GULLS, THAYER’S GULLS, and GLAUCOUS GULLS are being seen regularly at Canal Park. A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was found on the 22nd in Two Harbors at 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street, and it was still present as of the 29th. John Richardson found a TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE on the 24th at the Silver Bay Marina, far from shore on the island at the end of the rock breakwall. He also found one along MN Highway 61 just west of Grand Marais, about a half mile west of CR 13. A female VARIED THRUSH in Grand Marais continues to be reported at West 10th Avenue and 2nd Street as recently as the 28th. The HARLEQUIN DUCK at East Bay in Grand Marais was reported as recently as the 24th. John Richardson saw 100 LONG-TAILED DUCKS at Good Harbor Bay west of Grand Marais on the 24th. Frank Nicoletti and others saw a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on the 23rd at Taconite Harbor, and the late-lingering RED-NECKED GREBE there was seen on the 24th. A HORNED GREBE was found on the 24th at the mouth of the Stewart River east of Two Harbors. Peder Svingen saw a GYRFALCON on the 22nd along Winter Street in Superior, but it has not been reported since then. The next scheduled update of this report will be on or about Monday, February 6th. 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.