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Friday, October 21, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, October 20, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 20, 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.

This week saw the last of quite a few species for this year. Migration has been fast and furious lately, and this was the week of the last sparrows I fear. White-throated sparrows appear to have nearly all gone through, and the Harris Sparrows  are bringing up the rear. Ron Erpelding made a swing through the counties of the northwest last weekend , and he observed  HARRIS'S SPARROWS in eight counties, DARK-EYED JUNCOS and TREE SPARROWS in many places, and FOX SPARROWS in three counties.

An AMERICAN PIPIT , RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and HARRIS'S SPARROWS were seen at Hamden Slough in Becker County on October 13.

At Glyndon WTP in Clay County, Ron Erpelding found CACKLING GOOSE, GREATER SCAUP, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and 10 species of sparrow.

A surprise BARRED OWL was found at Twin Valley Community Park in Norman County on October 14. HARRIS'S SPARROWS were also found there.

Sandy Aubol reported a red-shafted NORTHERN FLICKER at East Grand Forks in Polk County on October 17. Also seen in her yard were 4 PINE SISKINS. A NORTHERN SHRIKE appeared on October 19. Ron Erpelding found a COMMON RAVEN in Polk County on October 14.

In Red Lake County, Ron Erpelding found CACKLING GOOSE, GREATER SCAUP, COMMON RAVEN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, AMERICAN PIPIT, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and  LINCOLN'S SPARROW on October 15.

Pennington County species seen on October 15 included CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and FOX SPARROW. Here in our yard, a RUFFED GROUSE meandered through the yard on October 16.

Ron Erpelding reported CACKLING GOOSE, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, COMMON RAVEN, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and a flock of over 100 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in Clearwater County on October 16.

Larry Wilebski saw and photographed a NORTHERN CARDINAL at his cabin on October 15.

Thanks to Larry Wilebski, Ron Erpelding, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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 27, 2011.

 

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