Green's Top 10 North Shore birding spots
Jan Green's Top 10 North Shore birding spots
Duluth birder Jan Green shares some of her favorite birding spots between Duluth and the Canadian border. Descriptions are from Audubon Minnesota's "The North Shore Birding Trail."
1. St. Louis River, Fond du Lac and Gary New Duluth -- Includes Grassy Point, Western Waterfront Trail and Boy Scout Landing. Flocks of migrating waterfowl (now), swans and pelicans.
2. Minnesota Point, Superior Bay -- Excellent for migrants during spring and fall migrations. Look for songbirds grounded on foggy days. Also good for ducks, gulls, terns and shorebirds, occasional snowy owls, pipits, longspurs and snow buntings.
3. Stoney Point, between Duluth and Two Harbors -- Loons, grebes, long-tailed ducks, scoters and many land birds.
4. Lighthouse Point and the Two Harbors harbor (Burlington Bay and Agate Bay) -- Loons, red-necked grebes, Harlequin ducks, long-tailed ducks and scoters.
5. Gooseberry Falls State Park -- Plenty of options, with 225 species recorded here, including 107 potential breeding species. Flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers and sparrows during fall migration. Mergansers and diving ducks on the lake.
6. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park -- Check mouth of the Split Rock River during April for common loons, horned grebes and red-necked grebes. Inland, during summer, it's warblers, winter wrens, ruffed grouse and hermit thrush.
7. Tettegouche State Park, near Beaver Bay -- Best known for its large population of breeding black-throated blue warblers. See them along trails to Mic Mac and Tettegouche lakes.
8. Beaver Bay sewage ponds -- Shorebirds and other water birds; search grasslands for horned larks, American pipits, Lapland longspurs, snow buntings and rusty blackbirds.
9. Grand Marais harbor -- Good spot for rare or unusual species, plus regulars such as long-tailed ducks, Harlequin ducks, three kinds of scoters, Pacific and red-throated loons, as well as more common migrating ducks, loons, grebes and cormorants.
10. Paradise Beach (milepost 123 on Minnesota Highway 61) -- Scoters, long-tailed ducks, Harlequin ducks, occasional whimbrels during migration (May, October, November).