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Friday, October 14, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, October 13, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 13, 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.

Leaves are pretty much all down in the northwest this week, with the poplars still hanging on to theirs, while the wind has that familiar winter howl as it blows through the bare branches of the rest. Migration of sparrows is in full force now, and the last species are appearing. Weather is cooling, and by next week, we will have freezing temperatures at night again.

Ashley Hitt at Agassiz NWR reported 150 to 200 TUNDRA SWANS at Webster Pool and 150 more on Agassiz Pool on October 12. Increased numbers of GADWALLS are being seen.

Here in Pennington County, Zeann Linder reported two FOX SPARROWS in her yard in Thief River Falls on October 12. On October 9, a flock of about 300 COMMON GRACKLES visited our yard, and today, a large flock of AMERICAN ROBINS were working the crabapple trees here. Shelley Steva reported a flock of 75 LAPLAND LONGSPURS along CR 8 near the Polk County line on October 9.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol saw a TURKEY VULTURE on October 9. On the 8th, she saw a juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO in East Grand Forks. On October 10, BROWN CREEPER, HERMIT THRUSH, PALM WARBLER, FOX SPARROW, and 4 PURPLE FINCHES showed up.

From Douglas County on October 9, John Ellis reported  12 sparrow species including VESPER SPARROW,SAVANNAH SPARROW, LE CONTE'S SPARROW,  NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW,SWAMP SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO. RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER were also seen.

Thanks to Ashley Hitt, John Ellis,  Sandy Aubol, Shelley Steva and Zeann Linder 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, October 20, 2011.

 
  

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