Border Birder Hotline Update

Bob Knudsen jknuds at soonet.ca
Sat Feb 16 19:36:46 EST 2002


After several days and nights of cold weather the St. Mary’s River has
finally begun to freeze over like a normal winter. Numbers of gulls have
been declining during the past week with several Herring Gulls and 3
Glaucous Gulls remaining at the bottom of the rapids as of February 13.
Look for 2 Bufflehead and 1 immature male Greater Scaup in the tailrace.
On February 3rd, a Pacific Loon made a brief appearance on the St.
Mary’s River in front of Bondar Place, flew across to the Michigan side
and returned back to the tailrace. The following day only 1 Common Loon
could be found on the river between the library and the hospitals.

On February 11th, after a five day absence, the Bewick’s Wren returned
to the feeder at 405 King St. in the town of Massey. Pine Grosbeaks are
still regular visitors, however a Fox Sparrow has now joined the flocks
of birds. On February 9th, a male Eastern Bluebird was observed at a
feeder in Michipicoten Harbour near Wawa.

On February 16, 2002, at the Sault Locks, the immature male Greater
Scaup and 2 female Buffleheads were seen above the train bridge in the
headrace. On the ice edge across from the Holiday Inn, a first winter
Lesser Black-backed Gull was identified beside two first winter Herring
Gulls. Downstream on the Michigan side, 3 first winter Glaucous Gulls, 1
adult Glaucous Gull, 1 first winter Great Black-backed Gull and 30
Herring Gulls gathered on the ice edge. At the Pine St. Marina, a female
Red-breasted Merganser could be seen with dozens of Common Goldeneye and
several Common Merganser.

>From Whitefish Point at the feeder, finches are increasing in numbers
with 23 Pine Grosbeaks, 50 Common Redpolls, 1 occasional Hoary Redpoll,
1 Pine Siskin and 1 American Goldfinch. 3 immature Great Black-backed
Gulls, 1 first winter Iceland Gull and 3 Glaucous Gulls still remain at
the Whitefish Harbour. On the 10th, 9 Horned Larks, 3 Rough-legged Hawks
and a Snowy Owl were seen on 10 Mile Rd. about 4/5 of a mile west of
Dafter. On February 4th, 2 Northern Shrikes, 4 Rough-legged Hawks, 20
Horned Larks, and Snow Buntings were reported at a feeder on M-48 and
Centerline Rd.

Bob Knudsen
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
[705] 256-2790

Bob Knudsen <jknuds at soonet.ca>



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