Another cormorant

Carole Lent writes that she was tracking those two double-crested cormorants out on the harbor. But you know what the problem is when you find a good spot …

Sure enough, a third cormorant got into the act. Carole said she got her camera ready when a boat came near. She expected to see some reaction from the cormorants. But …

Not ruffled in the least, Carole reports.
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Meanwhile, the National Park Service reports it has reopened four houseboat sites in Voyageurs National Park. The sites, on Rainy Lake and Kabetogama Lake, had been closed since May to protect bald eagle nesting pairs.
Biologists found 72 bald eagle nests within the park boundary this breeding season, the National Park Service reported in a news release.
This was the 40th consecutive year nests were surveyed from the air. Land and water areas around active bald eagle nests have been closed each year since 1992.

Your bird news and photos gratefully received at: jlundy@duluthnews.com.

Harbor view

Carole Lent offered this handsome picture, taken on Wednesday, of a couple enjoying the view from the Duluth-Superior harbor:

Carole wanted to know what these are. My guess is double-crested cormorants, but I’m open to correction.
Your bird pictures and stories welcome at: jlundy@duluthnews.com.

From hummingbirds to hawks

I’ve really appreciated all of the comments about hummingbirds, or the lack of them, this summer. In case you missed it, here’s Sam Cook’s story in today’s Duluth News Tribune about this subject:
How to segue from hummingbirds to hawks? Let’s try this: If you’ve been looking at hummingbirds for a while, a broad-winged hawk, or even a sharp-shinned hawk, sure will seem big.
Speaking of hawks, peak fall migration of the hawks is a mere two months away. I noticed that registration has opened for this year’s Hawk Weekend Festival at the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in eastern Duluth. This year’s festival is Sept. 14-16. You can learn all about it here:
I also noticed that Glenwood Street, a major access to Hawk Ridge, is now open in both directions after being closed for a couple of weeks by flood damage. And the city of Duluth has announced that all of the Hawk Ridge trails are open again, although there may be some “drainage issues” on the Amity Creek Trail.

Your bird news and photos eagerly accepted at: jlundy@duluthnews.com.

The mystery of the missing hummingbirds

Sandra, who lives near Pike Lake, wonders what has happened to the hummingbirds.
She has been feeding hummers for 20 years and normally has at least 10 feeders out — and gets so many hummers that she could refill those feeders daily.
Not so this summer.
“This year I have noticed I hardly have any,” Sandra writes. “I was wondering if the storms and flooding we had over two weeks ago could have destroyed their nests? Would the birds then leave the area and go someplace else?”
So I submit the question to you, dear readers: Have you noticed a change in hummingbird activity recently? And if the numbers are down, why do you think that would be?

Please direct your thoughts on hummingbirds, as well as any bird news or photos, to: jlundy@duluthnews.com.