|Saturday, October 29, 2022
Starting at 7:30 am, meeting in Canal Park Lighthouse Parking Lot ending in Grand Marais and trip should return to Duluth by 6:30-7:30 pm.
This should be an exciting trip: the 7th Annual Duluth Audubon Society North Shore Sea Duck Trip! This day trip will be looking for sea ducks, but won’t scoff at other late-fall rarities along coastal St. Louis, Lake, and Cook Counties! There is a shot at all three Scoters, Goldeneyes, Long-tailed Ducks, and Harlequin Ducks. Past trips have also turned up goodies like Boreal Chickadee, Red Crossbill, Northern Mockingbird, Western Meadowlark, and Bohemian Waxwing. This is a great time of year to see late season migrants like Rough-legged Hawk, Snow Bunting, even a chance at Townsend’s Solitaire and other rarities. The trip will start in Canal Park with some early morning viewing of birds in the canal, hoping to see both winter gulls and waterfowl. From there, the trip will work up and along the shore, hitting hotspots like Brighton Beach, Agate and Burlington Bay, Taconite Harbor and more ending up in Hovland, just north of Grand Marais.
Participants should be prepared for a long day of driving, with intermittent bathroom breaks. Plan on bringing lunch, snacks, and any water that you might need for the day. Minimal walking for this trip should be expected with lots of car time and some gaps between stops. Plan on lots of learning opportunities about the north shore and Duluth area while we are driving. Bring spotting scopes if you have them, and plan for brisk weather!