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Friday, October 28, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, October 27, 2011

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

It has been a mild week in the northwest, but weather will surely get colder soon. The birds seem to know ahead of us, and this week there are many reports of snow buntings and a few redpolls, two species that surely do foretell winter.

In Red Lake County, Anita Vettleson saw a WILD TURKEY at Plummer on October 26.  I found two late FOX SPARROWS and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW near the Red Lake Falls  wastewater treatment ponds on October 22. At the ponds was a lone SNOW GOOSE among all the GREATER CANADA GEESE.

From western Polk County, Heidi Hughes reported that the first ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at the Agassiz Valley impoundment on October 27. Other species seen near the Audubon Center included SHARP-TAILED GROUSE and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE along CR 68. Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks reported 14 HARRIS'S SPARROWS, two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and a CHIPPING SPARROW on October 25. On the 27th, she saw a flock of 50 COMMON REDPOLLS in her neighborhood.

Beau Shroyer in Becker County reported 100 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, and a flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS on October 27.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County saw two SNOW BUNTINGS and some PURPLE FINCHES  on October 21.  He reported COMMON REDPOLLS and one EVENING GROSBEAK on October 24. Other species seen included a RUFFED GROUSE,  a MERLIN, HARRIS'S SPARROW, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. 40-50 COMMON REDPOLLS and some RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were in Park Rapids on October 27.

Alma Ronningen in Otter Tail County had a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at the bird bath on October 25. On the 26th, she saw HOUSE FINCH, PURPLE FINCH, and two PINE SISKINS at her home in Dent.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Anita Vettleson, Beau Shroyer, Heidi Hughes, Marshall Howe, 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, November 3, 2011.

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