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Friday, November 26, 2010

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, November 25, 2010

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 25, 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.

What a difference a week makes! The northland is blindingly white now, and temperatures are hovering in the single digits. The snow has come nicely, with little of the great wind that was forecast, and it lies deep on everything. Feeders have been busy in the past few days, and a few late migrants have found themselves in unfamiliar circumstances.

Sightings of the unusual category include the SUMMER TANAGER  found by Ron Erpelding in Greenbush, Roseau County on November 19. It was not relocated after that day. On November 22, Larry Wilebski reported a VARIED THRUSH in fruit trees in Lancaster, Kittson County. Location is north of the railroad tracks- best place is north of Bergstrom's gas station- anywhere there are crabapple trees with fruit on them. This afternoon, November 25, I observed a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER feeding at one of our bird feeders east of Thief River Falls, Pennington County.

Ron Erpelding made as swing through the northwest last weekend, and many of the  sightings this week  are his. He found BALD EAGLES,  NORTHERN HARRIERS,  and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in most of the counties in the northwest.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE,  5 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 3 AMERICAN ROBINS were seen in Roseau County on November 20.

CEDAR WAXWINGS were found in Gonvick, Clearwater County, on November 18. A large flock of TUNDRA SWANS were on the rice paddies northeast of Gonvick.

On November 20 , in Kittson County a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was relocated in Karlstad. Other species seen in the county included BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  and 4 AMERICAN ROBINS in Karlstad, and 5 SNOW BUNTINGS, 5 PINE GROSBEAKS,  COMMON REDPOLLS, and 3 PURPLE FINCHES at Lake Bronson State Park.

Maggie Anderson at Agassiz NWR reported that on November 13, a family of TRUMPETER SWANS  with 2 cygnets was seen on Tamarac Pool. Many ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and a SHORT-EARED OWL were also seen. An immature SNOWY OWL was seen on November 18 at Farmes Pool. Other species seen  at the refuge in the past week included TUNDRA SWANS, HOODED MERGANSER, BALD EAGLE, SNOW BUNTINGS, and PINE SISKINS. Ron Erpelding found BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at Middle River on November 19.

In Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Ron Erpelding found a few BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on November 20. A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen in a sliver of open water at the wastewater treatment ponds.

In Red Lake County,  species seen on November 20 included   NORTHERN SHRIKE, a GREAT HORNED OWL,  6 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS east of MN 32 on a dead end road, and 3 CEDAR WAXWINGS in the town of Red Lake Falls.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County, had a NORTHERN SHRIKE in their yard on November 23. Karen Suldahl saw CEDAR WAXWINGS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS in Climax on November 24. Donna and Leon Thoreson reported BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, AMERICAN CROWS, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES all feeding on a deer carcass at their home. 100 SNOW BUNTINGS and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW are visiting their feeders.

NORTHERN SHRIKE, and LAPLAND LONGSPURS were observed in Mahnomen County on November 20.

In Becker County, Beau Shroyer found 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on the shore of Big Detroit Lake across from Sunrise Lane on November 22. There were COMMON GOLDENEYES on the lake.

A NORTHERN CARDINAL was seen at the visitor center at Itasca SP on November 21. 30 COMMON MERGANSERS were seen on Lake George. A flock of COMMON REDPOLLS was seen in Hubbard County by Marshall Howe.

Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Donna and Leon Thoreson, Karen Suldahl, Larry Wilebski, Maggie Anderson, Marshall Howe, Ron Erpelding, 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, December 2, 2010. 

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