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Friday, November 19, 2010

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, November 18, 2010

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 18, 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.

Winter is definitely approaching as tonight we are experiencing snow flurries.  Wind has been cold today, and that will encourage birds to get moving to warmer climes. Most species reported are birds that stay with us for the winter, but there are still some migration going on. It is the time to look for rarities.

Dan and Sandy Thimgan in Battle Lake, Otter Tail County, witnessed a chase involving a sharp-shinned hawk and a pileated woodpecker on November 15. Brad and Dee Ehlers saw a barred owl a mile south of Ottertail on November 14. Several  snow buntings were seen 6 miles south of Perham on November 13. On November 16,  22 trumpeter swans including one pair with 5 cygnets were seen in Otter Tail County. Alma Ronningen  reported eleven American tree sparrows, a great horned owl, and several pine siskins on November 16.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe saw close to 90 tundra swans on November 15. Many pine siskins have returned to their feeders. A light phase rough-legged hawk was seen near Dorset on November 13.

Beau Shroyer in Becker County on November 13, saw 2 American black ducks on Lime Lake northwest of Lake Park.

In Polk County , Sandy Aubol saw a white-throated sparrow. On November 17 a common redpoll came to their feeder. Donna and Leon Thoreson  have had 4 American crows, and 3 bald eagles feeding on a road killed deer at their home. Many pine siskins are among the species visiting their feeders.

In Clearwater County, Connie Cox reported  8 evening grosbeaks, some purple finches and a gray jay. On November 17, several black-billed magpies were seen along CR 2 and MN 200.

At Itasca State Park, Connie Cox reported 8 trumpeter swans. A juvenile northern cardinal was seen at the visitor center feeders on November 17.

In Beltrami County, Katie Haws reported northern harrier and common grackle on November 14.

In Warroad, Roseau County, Beth saw pine grosbeaks last week.

Perhaps the best sighting of the week was the scarlet tanager which showed up at Larry Wilebski's cabin in Kittson County on November 15. We hope the bird is winging its way south by now.

In Beltrami and Lake of the Woods Counties on November 15, Beth Siverhus saw 14 rough-legged hawks; the northern hawk owl was still  at his usual place along MN 72 at mile marker 49.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Beau Shroyer, Beth Siverhus, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Connie Cox, Dan and Sandy Thimgan, Katie Haws, Larry Wilebski, Leon Thoreson, Marshall Howe, and Sandy Aubol for their reports. 

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN 

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