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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 ajjoppru@q.com 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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Friday, February 18, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, February 17, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 17, 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.

We have had a teaser of spring conditions this week, but as I compile this report, the snow is blowing again and the temperatures are falling. Within the past week we have seen and heard that the lengthening days have got the resident birds singing their spring songs again. Much of the snow that we had has melted and evaporated this week, but surely some is being replaced and old man winter isn't about to leave so easily.

The Fargo- Moorhead Audubon Society took a trip to the Roseau area on February 16 where they had  good success. Seen were a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, several NORTHERN HAWK OWLS, a SHORT-EARED OWL, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, GRAY JAY, PINE GROSBEAK, COMMON REDPOLL, one HOARY REDPOLL,and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS among others . All were seen in the Roseau bog or in and around the town of Roseau.

Doug Johnson saw a NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Three Island County park in Beltrami County on February 4. On Sunday, February 6, he saw a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE on Pincherry Road a miles south of CR 20 east of Bemidji. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was also seen in the area. About 50 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Bemidji on February  8.

Matt Mecklenburg reported that BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Middle River, Marshall County , by the Fargo-Moorhead group on February 16.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County,  reported on February 16, 3 CEDAR WAXWINGS, and 45 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on the north side of the city that day. Other species seen in the area included 4 AMERICAN ROBINS, COMMON REDPOLLS, one HOARY REDPOLL, and some AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. On February 17, a COMMON GRACKLE came to her yard.

In Otter Tail County on February 13, Jo Fritz observed a GREAT HORNED OWL on the north side of Fergus Falls on N. Vine St between W Birch and W Beech Avenues.

Thanks to Doug Johnson, Jo Fritz, Matt Mecklenburg, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@q.com 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, February 24, 2011.

 

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, February 10, 2011

Remember, the 2011 Birding Festival is quickly approaching. Don’t miss this excellent event.

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 10, 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.

There is no doubt that this is the winter season this week as temperatures have dipped into the double digits below zero several nights, and warmed to barely zero during the days. High humidity in recent days has produced some beautiful photo ops with trees full of sparkly frost in the morning sun.

Brad and Dee Ehlers , reporting from Otter Tail County on February 5 , observed a BARRED OWL and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH southeast of Otter Tail , SNOW BUNTINGS around Otter Tail Lake, and a DARK-EYED JUNCO near Blanche Lake. About 50 TRUMPETER SWANS are wintering east of Otter Tail.

Shelley Steva saw two HORNED LARKS west of the Pembina WMA along CR 21 in Polk County on February 5. 12 GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen three miles west of Sherack. Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks observed  SHARP-SHINNED HAWK , a GREAT HORNED OWL, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE on February 5. Bruce Flaig reported a BARRED OWL in the southern part of the county on February 10.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva saw 2 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE five miles north of Oklee ,  and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 120 SNOW BUNTINGS two miles north of Oklee on February 5.

Shelley Steva also reported a GREAT HORNED OWL on a nest just west of St Hilaire in Pennington County along CR 3 on February 5. Maggie Anderson observed a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in Thief River Falls on February 10. There are several flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS still  in the Thief River Falls area cleaning up the rest of the crabapples and tree seeds. Hundreds of SNOW BUNTINGS are being seen on these cold and breezy days in all the open parts of the county.

At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Maggie Anderson reported that SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, COMMON REDPOLLS, and PINE GROSBEAKS continue to visit the headquarters feeders this week.

Larry Wilebski saw SHARP-TAILED GROUSE on February 5, and GRAY JAYS the next day near his place northwest of Lancaster in Kittson County.

Sandy Aubol found 10 RED CROSSBILLS  two -three miles west of Greenbush off CR 11 on February 5. Several NORTHERN HAWK OWLS, and 3 PURPLE FINCHES were seen north of Roseau on February 5; BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen southeast of Roseau along CR 9.

In Lake of the Woods County, Sandy Aubol found a RUFFED GROUSE east of Norris Camp,and a NORTHERN HAWK OWL west of Norris Camp on February 5. At Norris Camp she saw GRAY JAY, PINE GROSBEAK, COMMON REDPOLL, HOARY REDPOLL, and PINE SISKIN.

Thanks to Brad and Dee Ehlers, 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 ajjoppru@q.com 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, February 17, 2011.

 

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

FW: Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, February 3, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday,February 3, 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 cold week in the  northwest, and the snow is deep. As I compile this report, however, temperatures are moderating, and we are hoping that we won't get any of the "possible" freezing rain that is forecast. The depth of the snow must be making it more difficult for raptors such as owls to find rodents, and nesting season is fast approaching for them, as several reports of owls have been turned in this week. All of them, however , are owls that nest locally in the spring.

I have a credible report of a VARIED THRUSH that has apparently been in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, since the New Year's and maybe before that. There was a report  right after the first of the year, but I was not able to confirm, and on Sunday, we searched for it again, as Carol Naverud reported that it was visiting her feeder regularly. Shelley Steva and I saw a bird briefly last week that could have been the bird, but neither of us has been able to track it down. I believe that the report is valid and will continue to look for it.

Bruce Flaig in southern Polk County reported that he observed a BARRED OWL on February 3, 2011.

Anne Schumann reported a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL in northern Becker County a resort 30 miles east of Waubun on January 27.

In Becker County, Dave and Betty Hochhalter reported a BARRED OWL at their place in Detroit Lakes on January 27. Kelly Blackledge at Tamarac NWR observed a RUSTY BLACKBIRD at the refuge feeders on January 28. Other species seen there include RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BROWN CREEPER, PINE SISKIN, and COMMON REDPOLLS.

Jim and Rita Loftness in Otter Tail County observed a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL along Clitherall Lake  last week. Alma Ronningen in Dent reported 25 -30 SNOW BUNTINGS on February 2, and several COMMON REDPOLLS and two AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES on February 3.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Anne Schumann, Bruce Flaig, Carol Naverud, Dave and Betty Hochhalter, Jim and Rita Loftness, Karen Suldahl, and Kelly Blackledge for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@q.com 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, February 10, 2011.

 

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