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Friday, November 5, 2010

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, November 4, 2010

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 4, 2010 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

Moderately pleasant weather still prevails over the northwest, but can it last much longer? The birds are telling us that fall is nearing its end. Reports of snow buntings , and pine siskins are starting to come in. Can winter be far behind?

Brad and Dee Ehlers reported 11 SNOW BUNTINGS four miles south of Ottertail on October 28, and on October 29 a flight of around 300 AMERICAN ROBINS flew over their place.

Meanwhile in Hubbard County on October 29, Marshall Howe saw the first PINE SISKINS of the season, and on November 2, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK near Lake George. On November 3, there was a NORTHERN SHRIKE near Dorset.

Jay Richards at Maplelag Resort in Becker County reported a BARRED OWL near the resort on October 28.

Sandy Aubol found SNOW BUNTINGS in Polk County on October 31 - 40 near Angus, and more than 500 along CR 20 near Sherack. At home in East Grand Forks, she saw WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, HARRIS'S SPARROWS,  and a few PINE SISKINS. On November 3, there were CEDAR WAXWINGS and COMMON REDPOLLS, and a flock of 110 SNOW GEESE flew over East Grand Forks.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva observed  a late MOURNING DOVE along CR 1 on October 22.

Zeann Linder saw a MERLIN in Thief River Falls, Pennington County on October 29. On October 30, 5 BLACK SCOTERS and one WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were at the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds, while here at our feeder there were two AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS . On October 31, Sandy Aubol observed 2 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, 4 BALD EAGLES, and two BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES along CR 3.

Gretchen Mehmel at Norris Camp in Lake of the Woods County reported that a few EVENING GROSBEAKS have been coming to the feeders along with some GRAY JAYS.

Thanks to Brad and Dee Ehlers, Gretchen Mehmel, Jay Richards, Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol, Shelley Steva, and Zeann Linder for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at [email protected] OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber's toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, November 11, 2010.

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