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Friday, January 28, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, January 27, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 27, 2011 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.

After a week of very cold weather, temperatures have moderated for the last couple of day. Cold nights have produced  a wonderland of frosted trees, and this morning, a dense fog blanketed the area. We expect more of the same tomorrow before the temperatures dip again this weekend.

From Otter Tail County, Brad and Dee Ehlers reported a  NORTHERN FLICKER on January 25. Alma Ronningen observed COMMON RAVENS near Dent, and at her feeder a WILD TURKEY  has been cleaning up the leavings.  A few COMMON REDPOLLS also showed up.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks , Polk County,  saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK fly over the  Greenway on the east side of the river on January 23.

Shelley Steva and I found several flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS scattered throughout Thief River Falls in Pennington County on January 23. These birds have been seen throughout the winter this year. One AMERICAN ROBIN was also found.

Maggie Anderson reported from Agassiz NWR in Marshall County that SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, PINE GROSBEAKS, and PINE SISKINS are being seen in and around the headquarters feeders.

In Kittson County, Larry Wilebski reported two SHORT-EARED OWLS northwest of Lancaster on January 22. At the cabin, he saw GRAY JAYS, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, PINE GROSBEAKS, COMMON REDPOLLS, HOARY REDPOLLS, and SNOW BUNTINGS.

Gretchen Mehmel, reporting from Norris Camp  in Lake of the Woods County, observed both COMMON REDPOLLS and HOARY REDPOLLS at the camp feeders.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Gretchen Mehmel, Larry Wilebski, Maggie Anderson, 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, February 3, 2011.


Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN 

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