I was just about to write about my weekend sightings when Kim posted his so I
will just add.
It was a very good weekend for migrants in Duluth and on the North Shore.
-Great sparrow numbers with many White-crowned and Harris's seen on the North
Shore as well as Lincoln's, many American Tree Sparrows and, FINALLY, some FOY
Fox Sparrows for me in Cloquet.
- Still the normal Yellow-rumped Warblers but also a Palm, Nashville, and a few
Orange-crowned Warblers around.
- A single American Pipet, single Horned Lark, and a single Dunlin at the
picnic area along the shore at Gooseberry Falls. Interesting that Kim's group
had a single Dunlin at Park Point.
- I had White-winged Scoters at three locations: three at the beach house on
Park Point, four at a location just southwest of Stoney Point, and a single at
Stony Point. All of these birds were flying and easy to identify.
- I saw the Red-necked Loon at Agate Bay as well as three Common Loons.
- Two sets of Red-necked Grebe at Two Harbors and Stoney Point.
- The pair of Black-bellied Plover and a medium-sized flocks of Lapland
Longspurs at the ball fields on Park Point.
- Northern Cardinal at Knife River. This is the furthest north I have seen this
species in Minnesota.
- Merlin, Rusty Blackbirds, and Winter Wren were also seen at various locations.
There was a notable lack of raptors while out both days but Lake Superior
seemed to be relatively active and one would probably do well to scan it
thoroughly in the following days.
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