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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Wednesday , December 28, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Wednesday, December 28, 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 report will be a day early so that this reporter can participate in the Christmas Bird County in the Beltrami Island State Forest. It appears to be a rather quiet week both with the weather and the birds.

From Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported a large flock of over 2000 CANADA GEESE that flew over the city of East Grand Forks on December 23.  An EASTERN TOWHEE, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and two HARRIS'S SPARROWS were still coming to her feeder that day. A juvenile SNOWY OWL was found on the east edge of East Grand Forks across from the American Crystal Sugar plant, and a BALD EAGLE could be seen just north of the Crystal Sugar lagoons. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen about 15 miles east of the city of East Grand Forks. The Grand Forks-East Grand Forks CBC found a MERLIN, 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, 10 AMERICAN ROBINS, and several CEDAR WAXWINGS on the Minnesota side of the Red River.

Here is Pennington County, a NORTHERN FLICKER visited our feeder east of Thief River Falls early on Christmas morning. Linda Johnson reported a BROWN CREEPER in her yard in Thief River Falls on December 26.

Thanks to Dave Lambeth, Linda Johnson, 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, January 4, 2012.

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