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Friday, February 18, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, February 17, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 17, 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.

We have had a teaser of spring conditions this week, but as I compile this report, the snow is blowing again and the temperatures are falling. Within the past week we have seen and heard that the lengthening days have got the resident birds singing their spring songs again. Much of the snow that we had has melted and evaporated this week, but surely some is being replaced and old man winter isn't about to leave so easily.

The Fargo- Moorhead Audubon Society took a trip to the Roseau area on February 16 where they had  good success. Seen were a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, several NORTHERN HAWK OWLS, a SHORT-EARED OWL, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, GRAY JAY, PINE GROSBEAK, COMMON REDPOLL, one HOARY REDPOLL,and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS among others . All were seen in the Roseau bog or in and around the town of Roseau.

Doug Johnson saw a NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Three Island County park in Beltrami County on February 4. On Sunday, February 6, he saw a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE on Pincherry Road a miles south of CR 20 east of Bemidji. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was also seen in the area. About 50 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Bemidji on February  8.

Matt Mecklenburg reported that BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Middle River, Marshall County , by the Fargo-Moorhead group on February 16.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County,  reported on February 16, 3 CEDAR WAXWINGS, and 45 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on the north side of the city that day. Other species seen in the area included 4 AMERICAN ROBINS, COMMON REDPOLLS, one HOARY REDPOLL, and some AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. On February 17, a COMMON GRACKLE came to her yard.

In Otter Tail County on February 13, Jo Fritz observed a GREAT HORNED OWL on the north side of Fergus Falls on N. Vine St between W Birch and W Beech Avenues.

Thanks to Doug Johnson, Jo Fritz, Matt Mecklenburg, 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 24, 2011.


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