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Friday, February 25, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, February 24, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 24, 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.

Spring is on the way, believe it or not.  Flocks of HORNED LARKS are being reported in all counties of the northwest this week. There are also reports of BALD EAGLES near last year's nest in several places this week. Meanwhile we are back in the freezer for another week, but not quite as cold as previously.

Bob Williams found a flock of 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in the town of Mahnomen on February 18.

In Polk County, Bruce Flaig reported a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL on his property in the southern part of the county on February 18. COMMON REDPOLLS and one HOARY REDPOLL were observed by Bob Williams at a farm south of Erskine along US 59 that day. Shelley Steva reported a BALD EAGLE five miles north of Gully, and Sandy Aubol saw one near a nest on the north side of East Grand Forks this week.

At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Maggie Anderson reported that a BALD EAGLE is back near the nest at Parker Pool, and another was seen at Dahl Pool on February 18. HORNED LARKS have been seen east of Middle River. Bob Williams saw COMMON REDPOLLS, one HOARY REDPOLL,  and a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE at Agassiz NWR headquarters on February 18. BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Middle River, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE was along CR 6.

In Kittson County on February 21  Larry Wilebski found a SNOWY OWL one miles south of Lancaster. Bob Williams visited Larry Wilebski's cabin on February 19 where he found a PINE GROSBEAK, COMMON REDPOLLS, and at least one HOARY REDPOLL. Also in the area were HORNED LARKS, and LAPLAND LONGSPURS.

In Roseau County on February 19, Bob Williams found two NORTHERN HAWK OWS along CR 310 north of Roseau. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were also seen in the county.

Thanks to Bob Williams, Bruce Flaig, Larry Wilebski,Maggie Anderson, Sandy Aubol, and Shelley Steva 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, March 3, 2011.


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