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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hello from Nacho and Molly!

We are only one week away from the glorious return of Nacho and Molly. In the winter, your favorite East Silent Resort mascots vacation to the heated stalls of a Perham, MN horse stable. They’ll return shortly after Easter and promise to be endless entertainment for our guests again. Still haven’t met Nacho or Molly??? We still have some mid-summer availability. Call now to start a timeless family tradition at East Silent Resort.

 

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 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.

Spring is coming the the northwest. As I compile this report, the ice is slowing sliding out of the Red Lake River by our house east of Thief River Falls, although I know that some ice still remains as the river passes through town. Birds are starting to come back - I saw two small flocks of geese, and a merlin on my way to work, and the resident horned larks have arrived in our neighboring fields. I have reports of CANADA GEESE, and HORNED LARKS from most counties.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County  reported on the species that he and Ron Erpelding saw in northwest of Lancaster on March 12: WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in Lancaster, GRAY PARTRIDGE, WILD TURKEYS, MERLIN, and NORTHERN SHRIKE among others.

Connie Cox reported a pair of TRUMPETER SWANS and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in Clearwater County this week.

From Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Gary Tischer reported that the pools are about 50 % ice free already, and the first waterfowl are starting to come in. This week there were a few CANADA GEESE. 5 MALLARDS and several COMMON GOLDENEYE arrived on March 16. On March 13, there were 15 CEDAR WAXWINGS  at headquarters, and the BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES are making a nest there also. On March 18 a NORTHERN HARRIER was seen, and a BUFFLEHEAD showed up at Agassiz Pool. Along MN 89 at Mud River there were 2 SNOW GEESE, and a TUNDRA SWAN on March 16. Ten NORTHERN PINTAILS were observed on private land north of the refuge on March 18.

Pam Murphy in Pennington County  southwest of Thief River Falls reported a pair of SANDHILL CRANES, several MOURNING DOVES, and a flock of 80-100 WILD TURKEYS that are resident nearby. Some of these turkeys were also reported by Bruce Olson who lives west of Thief River Falls. Zeann Linder observed a MERLIN calling near her house in the city.

Anita Vettleson reported that she saw four WILD TURKEYS near Plummer in Red Lake County this week. Ron Erpelding and I saw a GOLDEN EAGLE just inside Red Lake County in the northwest corner of the county on March 13.

Chris Merkord found WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS on the East Grand Forks campus of Northland Community and Technical College in Polk County on March 13. Sandy Aubol reported 2 COMMON REDPOLLS in East Grand Forks on March 16.

Kelly Larson, while birding in Polk County at Glacial Ridge, saw TRUMPETER SWANS, CANADA GEESE, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, GRAY PARTRIDGE , NORTHERN HARRIER, and many HORNED LARKS on March 17. Best of all, she found an adult SNOWY OWL on the snow clumps along the edge of the road a quarter mile southeast of the gravel company office. Ron Erpelding and I found two GOLDEN EAGLES in the county on March 14- one at Glacial Ridge in the gravel pit, and one southeast of Sherack near the border with Red Lake County.

Mel Bennefeld reported two flocks of CANADA GEESE and  a female NORTHERN HARRIER at the Pondorosa Golf Club in Clay County on March 17.

In Otter Tail County, Dan and Sandy Thimgan saw AMERICAN KESTREL on March 16, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS on March 17, and COMMON GRACKLE and AMERICAN ROBINS on March 18.

Thanks to Anita Vettleson, Bruce Olson, Chris Merkord, Connie Cox, Dan and Sandy Thimgan, Gary Tischer, Kelly Larson, Larry Wilebski, Mel Bennefeld, Pam Murphy, Ron Erpelding, Sandy Aubol, and Zeann Linder for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@q.com 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, March 25, 2010

 

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Rain...and more rain.

Hello Friends…

 

It has been an interesting March around in this part of the country. Most mornings I drive by big Lake Detroit on my way into work. This winter, I enjoyed watching the flood of ice houses cover the “frozen” lake…where only days earlier there was open water. So, when driving into town on March 1st, I was a little sad to see them gone. I remember thinking… “It’s too bad the ice houses need to be off the ice already.” Now…less than 2 weeks later…I understand. It has been quite warm the past couple weeks. The warm weather, coupled with regular rain showers, have resulted in a slushy mess. I imagine it would be nearly impossible to get houses off at this point. In front of the beach at East Silent Resort, there is actually a pond on top of the ice. We also have many ponds of water throughout the property…most notably, about 1-2 feet of water down by the fire pit. I’ll try to get some photos of the water over the weekend to share. We eagerly look forward to summer…and the arrival of our many guests. See you all soon.

 

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 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.

Spring seems to be coming in gently, but that might change at any moment. Temperatures in the northwest have been downright balmy for this time of year with highs in the high thirties, low forties and lows just tickling the freezing mark. Snow is melting fast and brown spots are starting to get larger in the fields. There are reports of some birds returning and the resident ones are starting to sing their spring songs.

Brad and Dee Ehlers reported RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center south of Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County on March 8. Several AMERICAN ROBINS and many HORNED LARKS were seen in the county this week.

Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found RED CROSSBILLS on the weekend in Hubbard County two miles south of the Beltrami County border.

Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported an adult BALD EAGLE on the nest in East Grand Forks on March 11.

Maggie Anderson at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County observed a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE carrying nesting material on March 11.

In Beltrami County, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found 3 NORTHERN HAWK OWLS on the north side of Shoreline Drive which runs along the north side of Upper Red Lake last weekend, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE was also seen there. Two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS were seen on the west side of MN 72 a quarter mile north of mile marker 43 while a BOREAL CHICKADEE and a BROWN CREEPER were seen on the east side of MN 72 near mile marker 42.

 From Kittson County, Larry Wilebski reported another NORTHERN HAWK OWL  two miles east of his cabin northwest of Lancaster on March 6, and he mentioned that the NORTHERN HAWK OWL was still at St Vincent adjacent to the Red River.

Gretchen Mehmel reported that several GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen roosting in a barn north of Wannaska in Roseau County this week. Gene Knutson in Roosevelt has a VARIED THRUSH in his yard this week.

In Lake of the Woods County Gretchen Mehmel reported that 14 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen south of Cecil's Landing on the Roosevelt Road on March 7 ; and on March 11  two males and a female SPRUCE GROUSE were seen about two miles east of Norris Camp along the Roosevelt Road. A NORTHERN HAWK OWL is still working the shear area east of East Hiwood Road. Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found 8-10 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, a PINE GROSBEAK, and a male NORTHERN CARDINAL in Baudette on the weekend, and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on the Faunce Forest Road.

Thanks to Brad and Dee Ehlers, Gretchen Mehmel, Larry Wilebski, Maggie Anderson, Ron Erpelding, Herb Dingmann, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@q.com 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, March 18, 2010

 

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Spring Is Here? Birds Are Here!

Well…Spring might still be a few weeks away. But, there have been plenty of birds hanging around the resort in recent weeks. I was sitting in the Lodge yesterday and enjoyed watching a group of Blue Jays and a HUGE Red-Headed Woodpecker. Do you enjoy birding? East Silent Resort is the perfect spot for your next birding getaway. Outside your cabin door, you have 50 acres of prime forest, wetlands, and open prairie to explore. Enjoy spectacular birding without getting in your car. Or…we are only minutes from Maplewood State Park and the Pine to Prairie Birding Trail. Visit us in May for the Festival of Birds in Detroit Lakes, MN. In an effort to update or guests on bird sightings in the area…we’ll include the area’s bird report on our blog.

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 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.

Mother nature is teasing us this week with calm , sunny days and cold nights. There have been several foggy mornings with trees laden with frost creating photographic opportunities. Birds are starting to come back with a few spring migrants already present, and more of the first wave expected soon.

Gretchen Mehmel reported from the Beltrami Island State Forest in Lake of the Woods County this week. On the weekend, a SPRUCE GROUSE was seen north of Faunce, RUFFED GROUSE east of Norris Camp, and a NORTHERN HAWK OWL on the Roosevelt Road north of the Faunce-Butterfield road. At Norris Camp there were PILEATED WOODPECKER, GRAY JAY, and PINE GROSBEAKS.

In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported 6 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE east of CR 9, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL near the Canadian border north of Roseau, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and 70 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Warroad last weekend.

Larry Wilebski reported WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in Lancaster, Kittson County, on March 3. There were HORNED LARKS along roads in the county this week.

In Clearwater County north of Itasca SP, Connie Cox reported a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, AMERICAN ROBIN and 15-20 PINE GROSBEAKS on February 26. Marshall Howe found 7-8 RED CROSSBILLS at Itasca SP on February 24. Other species seen included two dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and COMMON REDPOLLS.

Diana Morkassel saw AMERICAN ROBINS in Marshall County on February 26, and PILEATED WOODPECKER on February 27.

Shelley Steva saw HORNED LARKS in Red Lake County on February 28.

Bruce Flaig in southern Polk County reported RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS on February 28. Shelley Steva found HORNED LARKS on CR 6 that day.Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks reported a BALD EAGLE and one HOUSE FINCH on March 3.

Herb Dingmann found WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and two NORTHERN CARDINALS in Detroit Lakes , Becker County on February 27.

In Otter Tail County, Wayne Runningen reported that numbers of TRUMPETER SWANS have wintered along the Otter Tail River. 73 were at the Prairie Lake inlet north of Pelican Rapids On February 28, and 50 were at Riverview Sanctuary in Fergus Falls.

Rick Gjervold, reporting from Wilkin County on March 1, found one BALD EAGLE, 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS, two AMERICAN ROBINS, and several flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS in the county that day.

Brad and Dee Ehlers saw an AMERICAN KESTREL on a power line near Alexandria on March 1.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Bruce Flaig, Connie Cox, Diana Morkassel, Gretchen Mehmel, Herb Dingmann, Larry Wilebski, Marshall Howe, Rick Gjervold, Sandy Aubol, Shelley Steva, and Wayne Runningen for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@q.com 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, March 11, 2010.

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