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Friday, October 22, 2010

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, October 21, 2010

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday,October 21, 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 fall season moves along, and the pleasant weather deceives us into thinking it will continue for awhile, but the forecast is for an end to it and for an onset of more seasonable conditions. The birds appear to know it, as the species mix has changed. There are fewer kinglets in the yards than last week, and a few snow bunting sightings have been reported already.

Brad and Dee Ehlers in Otter Tail County reported RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 70 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and 5 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS on October 18.

Marshall Howe saw four SNOW BUNTINGS just north of Dorset in Hubbard County on October 20. Other species seen in the county included AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO.

Bob O'Connor reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE in south Moorhead, Clay County on October 17.

At Erskine in Polk County, Shelley Steva saw two AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS at the wastewater treatment ponds on October 17.

Here in Pennington County, I saw a GREAT EGRET beside the Red Lake River near Thief River Falls on October 17. Two SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen feeding in the top of a small tree along Johnson Drive near our house one day this week. At the Thief River Falls WTP on October 17 were several SNOW GEESE, three WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, both GREATER SCAUP and LESSER SCAUP, RUDDY DUCKS, and an assortment of other ducks and geese.

Lucas Abrahamson saw a TURKEY VULTURE over Holt in Marshall County this week.

From Kittson County, Larry Wilebski reported a covey of 27 GRAY PARTRIDGE and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK at his cabin northwest of Lancaster on October 19.

Thanks to Bob O'Connor, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Larry Wilebski, Lucas Abrahamson, Marshall Howe, and Shelley Steva 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, October 28, 2010.
 

 

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, October 14, 2010

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 14, 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 wonderful week it has been for mid-October, but the year moves along, and from the species reported, one can see that we are fast approaching "winter" birding. Herb Dingmann was birding in Northwest Minnesota last weekend, and reported a few SNOW GEESE in Lake of the Woods, Roseau, Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, and Red Lake Counties, and CACKLING GEESE  in most of the same locations. BALD EAGLES, COMMON RAVENS, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES feeding on road kill were reported by many people in several locations. Top number of those species was seen by Shelley Steva in Red Lake County, where she saw a group of 9 BALD EAGLES and 20 COMMON RAVENS feeding on a dead deer just south of the Pennington County line. FOX SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROWS, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were reported from several counties throughout the area.

On October 9,Herb Dingmann reported TUNDRA SWANS, HORNED GREBE,  WESTERN GREBE and BONAPARTE'S GULL on Lake of the Woods at Zippel Bay State Park. Also at the park was a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER at the entrance to the park.

At the Badger WTP in Roseau County on October 9, Herb Dingmann found a ROSS'S GOOSE and AMERICAN PIPIT. At the Roseau WTP he saw a BONAPARTE'S GULL.

At Lake Bronson State Park in Kittson County, Herb found a PALM WARBLER on October 10.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen by Herb Dingmann at the Clearbrook WTP on October 10. Other species seen in Clearwater County included NORTHERN SHRIKE, HERMIT THRUSH, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and  WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

Herb Dingmann discovered a HORNED GREBE, and an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at the Warren WTP on October 9, and a HERMIT THRUSH at Old Mill State Park, all in Marshall County.

Chris Merkord found many species of waterfowl at the East Grand Forks wastewater treatment ponds on October 10 including 4 SNOW GEESE  and 2 BUFFLEHEADS. Sandy Aubol  reported HARRIS'S SPARROW in the yard in East Grand Forks on that day.

TRUMPETER SWANS  were seen in Red Lake County near Huot, and an immature WINTER WREN and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW were seen in the woods near the Old Treaty Crossing park.

In Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported several small groups of GRAY JAYS between Lake Alice and Lake George on October 12. On the 12th , he also reported AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS in that county.

Wilkin County sightings by Jack Jonas at Rothsay WMA on October 12 included 75 SANDHILL CRANES, a GREAT HORNED OWL, and an EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

Thanks to Brad Hopkins, Chris Merkord, Herb Dingmann, Jack Jonas, Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol, and Shelley Steva 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, October 21, 2010.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

LP Smart Siding Goes On New Otter Tail Country Lake Homes

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Autumn Pontoon Ride on East Silent Lake

Last Pontoon Ride of 2010 on East Silent Lake...

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

FW: Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, October 7, 2010

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 7, 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.

We are having a warm week throughout Minnesota, making winter preparations much more fun than usual. Warm breezes blow the leaves around, and migrating birds call as they pass overhead. Most of the leaves are down in the northwest now, gone with one day of strong winds.  The last migrants are coming through now, and soon we will be left with only the species that spend the winter with us.

Teresa Jaskiewicz in Elizabeth in Otter Tail County  reported on October 5 that a BALTIMORE ORIOLE was still in the yard eating suet. Other species seen there included RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, SWAMP SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. Brad and Dee Ehlers reported DARK-EYED JUNCO and 20 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS in Maplewood State Park on September 29.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County on September 30 saw HERMIT THRUSH, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, FOX SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. On October 1, he observed RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.

In Pennington County, there are many migrating AMERICAN ROBINS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County has a pair of GRAY JAYS at his cabin northwest of Lancaster this week.

Thanks to Brad and Dee Ehlers, Larry Wilebski, Marshall Howe, and Teresa Jaskiewicz 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, October 14, 2010 

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Large Northern Caught Off Dock-Silent Lakes Resort

Is there anything better than catching big fish? Well, maybe catching big fish without even trying! Ed Rockwell of Omaha, NE caught this large Northern right off the dock while casually waiting for his grill to warm up. This was one of many fantastic fish that Ed and Connie caught during their vacation at East Silent Resort last week.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Lake Homes - Almost Ready for Siding

 

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, September 30, 2010`

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 30, 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.

We are closing in on the last of the migration, and leaves are falling fast with the winds of the past few sunny days. Most obvious migrants this week are the sparrows, and many robins are coming through.

On September 19, Beth Siverhus reported flocks of LAPLAND LONGSPURS along the road to the Northwest Angle of Lake of the Woods.  GRAY JAYS were also seen there.

In Warroad , Roseau County, Beth  observed AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS on September 28.

Here in Pennington County, on September 26, I saw two late COMMON NIGHTHAWKS bug catching in the early evening while on my way home from work. On September 28, DARK-EYED JUNCOS,  and many AMERICAN ROBINS arrived in the yard. WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, HARRIS'S SPARROWS, and PURPLE FINCHES joined them on September 29. The finches have been here off and on for awhile.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County, on September 25, saw RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, FOX SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and  WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW in her yard. Donna and Leon Thoreson reported OVENBIRD near Climax on September 23.

Brad and Dee Ehlers in Otter Tail County saw some SANDHILL CRANES, 35 MOURNING DOVES, an immature RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD,and an EASTERN TOWHEE on September 24, and on September 27 , a loose flock of 43 BLUE JAYS heading south.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Donna and Leon Thoreson, 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, October 7, 2010 

 
 

 

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