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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Reports received October 7

Steve writes:

On October 4th at about 1:00 p.m. about 100 Robins landed on the lawn around our house on the Woodland/Pleasant View hillside of Duluth.  The photo below only captures a few of them.   We have had various birds hitting the house, but only getting stunned.

However, I did find one Yellow-rumped Warbler and a Dark-eyed Junco that actually died over the weekend.
That adds
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Dark-eyed Junco

Audrey Evers, an excellent birder, writes:

On Saturday, the 4th. Oct. On the way to Duluth we observed thousands of mostly White-Th. Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos on Hwy 4. There were some warblers also. Most of them were feeding on the sides of the roads and I don't think we hit any.  As we were doing errends in Duluth we also noticed many warblers moving from the lake up the hill, even weaving in and out of traffic. Because the traffic was moving slowly there were probably fewer killed in the city. 
We attended a play at UMD and exited through a door in the Civil engineering building about 9:30pm. There were birds lying dead on the sidwalk just through the exit. I counted at least 8 Magnolia warblers, a couple of Yellow-rumped warblers and one Tennesee which was stunned, but showed no blood and wings intact, so I hope he survived. The doorway had tall windows above the exit and was brightly lighted from within. I cringed as soon as I saw the dead birds, knowing that the same catastrophy was undoubtedly occurring  at many other windows on the campus. We have written a letter to the Chancellor at UMD to inform the University of our concern. 
I did go to the website mentioned in Sam Cook's column, "birdsavers.com", but it is a company that manufactures screening devices. I have had success on my home windows with the decals of hawks which you need to affix to the outside of the window. I have also had success with simply taping strips of "engineering ribbon" to the outsides of the window. This is very inexpensive and can be taken down once all the migrants have passed through. I am really pleased that the bird-loving community is working on the Viking stadium window problem, but as last weekend's devastation should illustrate, we have problems closer to home also. 
Thank you for your efforts to help solve the problem. Sorry this is so lengthy.
This adds:
8 Magnolia Warblers (I double checked with Audrey, who knows her birds, so this is likely to be accurate)
 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers
1 Tennessee



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