Running the Gauntlet … Hudson Bay Bound

The weather is ugly! The route to Hudson Bay through Duluth is even worse!

Yup, the rains have come over the past few days, and the ┬árecreation fields at the end of Park Point have been turned into mud flats. The shore birds on their way up to Hudson’s Bay and points north love the food opportunities on these new mud flats to reload, rest and feed. There is one big problem for the shorebirds and all the song birds migration through the Duluth area … Merlins!

Park Point Playing Fields
Marbled Godwit and Dunlins

Back on the Home Front … Amity Creek
Eastern Towhee, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, American Tree Sparrow, White-Throated Sparrow and Blue Jays

At one point this afternoon, I had 40+ Blue Jays in the yard!

One of Many Merlins Tracking the Migration … Songbirds Beware!

Heron Horning in on Wood Ducks!

Great Blue Herons are much bigger than Wood Ducks! This would seem like an obvious statement, but these beautiful ducks found themselves pushed out of house and home shortly after sunrise this morning! However, what is a smaller bird supposed to do when a Great Blue Heron decides to take over you nesting box as a platform?! The answer to the question is … wait!

Ma & Pa Wood Ducks checking out the interloper!

The Exit!

Awaiting the Heron’s departure

The Great Blue Heron on the hunt

Western Waterfront Trail Warblers!

Spring has arrived to the Northland, and a string of warm weather has trees budding and bugs starting to hatch. The birds are aware of this fact, and today the Western Waterfront Trail was finally a good place to hike! Flocks of Yellow-Rumped Warblers and Yellow Warblers made their presence known … in addition to many other birds. On warm days for the next 7+ days it should be fun to watch the warblers migrate through the region. I personally like parking at the end of 63rd Avenue West, and hiking the trail in both directions. The more traditional approach for the Duluth Audubon Walks is to park near the Munger Inn and walk Indian Point Campground.

Featured in order:

  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-Rumped Warbler (female)
  • American Goldfinch
  • Brown Trasher