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Friday, November 12, 2010

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, November 11, 2010

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 11, 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.

The cold is starting to creep ever closer as we hear of snow in the western Dakotas today. The bleak landscape needs the warm white blanket now before the  big chill arrives. There is talk of some flurries in the forecast - can the first real snow be far behind?

In Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL at the usual place along MN 72 south of Baudette near mile marker 49 on November 4.

Beth reported BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Warroad, Roseau County, on November 9.

In Kittson County, Bob Ekblad found a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and also a flock of COMMON REDPOLLS in Karlstad on November 4.

Bob Ekblad found a SUMMER TANAGER in Gonvick in Clearwater County on November 6.

From Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge on November 10, Maggie Anderson reported several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and SNOW BUNTINGS, and at the office feeders, one EVENING GROSBEAK and a flock of PINE SISKINS. Gary Tischer reported 40 SANDHILL CRANES migrating on November 6. None have been seen since. BALD EAGLES and NORTHERN HARRIERS are still very common at the refuge. On November 10, there were 400 scaup on Parker Pool along with about 10 HOODED MERGANSERS.

Shelley Steva and I found six TUNDRA SWANS at the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds on November 7, along with an assortment of diving ducks. No scoters were seen that day.

In Polk County, Bruce Flaig reported two  EVENING GROSBEAKS at his feeders on November 10, while Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks reported many PINE SISKINS and a PURPLE FINCH at hers. Shelley Steva and I did some birding in Polk County on November 7. We found many geese at Oak Lake near Erskine including some CACKLING GEESE. Other species seen there included a late AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, GREATER SCAUP, LESSER SCAUP, and HOODED MERGANSER. At the Erskine WTP there was a SNOW GOOSE, and some TRUMPETER SWANS, while on the lake in Erskine were some BONAPARTE'S GULLS. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Glacial Ridge.

Marshall Howe reported a dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK in Hubbard County on November 6. Other species seen in the county included RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, SNOW BUNTINGS near Dorset, and PINE SISKINS.

Alex Watson in Otter Tail County found WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS at Glendalough State Park on November 9.

Thanks to Alex Watson, Beth Siverhus, Bob Ekblad, Bruce Flaig, Gary Tischer, Maggie Anderson, Marshall Howe, and Sandy Aubol 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 18, 2010.


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