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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Enjoy Family Time Fishing!

We are prepared for your visit.  Fishing continues to be pretty good in Otter Tail County.  On Otter Tail Lake, fish are caught shallow in the morning and evening.  You'll find Walleye in 18 to 24 feet of water during the day.  Crawlers, leeches and redtails are baits of choice this time of the year.
 
Sunfish and bass are still very active in the area lakes.  Crappies are begriming to come back from post spawn in 10 to 15 feet of water.
 
Water temps are varying from 65 to 68 degrees, but warm up this week will increase temps - good for fishermen and us swimmers!
 
By Gary Peterson

June 27, 2011, 08:06 AM

 

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Buy Fishing License Before July 1st

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING FISHING LICENSES:

 

If Minnesota state government shuts down at the end of next week, fishing licenses will not be available for purchase from the DNR beginning July 1. No manual alternate system for issuing licenses will be in place.

  

If you are interested in fishing, purchase your licenses online from the DNR website or from a license vendor in the state before July 1st (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/fishing/index.html?type=fishing). Conservation officers will be deemed necessary for public safety and would be enforcing the laws.

  

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, June 23, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 23, 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.

Finally the sun shines again after a long couple of cold drizzly days. All are rejoicing in the sunlight, and the world can start drying out again. Flowers took a beating, but are coming back now.

A weekend trip to eastern Clearwater County yielded the following sightings in Sinclair Township: OSPREY  nest occupied by two feisty adults who weren't too happy with our presence, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, WILD TURKEYS, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, LONG-EARED OWL heard, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, PINE WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, and INDIGO BUNTING among others.

Sandy Aubol in Polk County had a somewhat unusual visitor to her yard when a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD flew through on June 21.  John Loegering reported a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE in Crookston on June 20 at the corner of Locken Boulevard and Sunset Ave. Mike Christopherson in Crookston also reported a nest and recently fledged nesting BROWN THRASHERS  on June 17.

Milton Blomberg while in Hubbard County found CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, AMERICAN REDSTART, and a singing CONNECTICUT WARBLER near the boat access to Mantrap Lake. Marshall Howe observed a singing TENNESSEE WARBLER in Hubbard County on June 16 as well as some PINE SISKINS.

Thanks to Marshall Howe, Milton Blomberg, Mike Christopherson, John Loegering, 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, June 30, 2011.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, June 16, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 16, 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.

Finally a week that feels like summer in the northwest. Gardens are starting to grow, and perennials are in blossom everywhere. Birds are going about the business of raising families, and the strident sounds of young ones are  beginning to be heard.

Charlene Nelson observed a pair of TRUMPETER SWANS  in Otter Tail County in the area where CR 8 and CR 67 are concurrent. Alma Ronningen reported that all sorts of summer residents are being heard in her yard. Among the species mentioned were SANDHILL CRANES, SORA, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, CEDAR WAXWINGS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. She also reported that the OSPREY eggs have hatched, but no word on how many offspring. On June 9, Betsy Beneke reported that three plegadis IBIS flew over I-94 near mile marker 76 south of Fergus Falls.

In Polk County, Dave Lambeth of Grand Forks, ND reported that a nestling was visible in the nest of a PILEATED WOODPECKER in a tree on the Minnesota side of the Red River. This nest hole can be seen from hole 15 of the Lincoln Park Drive Frisbee golf course across the river. Sandy Aubol reported a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in her yard in East Grand Forks on June 9.

In the course of a BBS, I saw a SHORT-EARED OWL in eastern Pennington County on June 9 .

Four SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen in the Marshall County portion of another BBS on June 11.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Betsy Beneke, Charlene Nelson, 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, June 23, 2011.

 

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, June 2, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 2, 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.

The rainy, windy weather this week appears to have  suppressed the birding activities, and also the birds have been hard to locate in the waving trees. The whole region is wet, and grass is growing very fast. All the early flowers are blooming, and most of the migration appears to be over.

Shawn Conrad found a CONNECTICUT WARBLER singing north of Norris Camp in Lake of the Woods County on May 25.

At the Greenbush wastewater treatment ponds, he found a few DUNLIN, MARBLED GODWIT,  RUDDY TURNSTONE, and WILSON'S PHALAROPES.

In Kittson County on May 26, Shawn found SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, ORCHARD ORIOLE, and LONG-EARED OWL. Shelley Steva and I were fortunate to find a WHIMBREL in a muddy field along US 75 south of St. Vincent. As we were trying to get a photo, the bird flew, and could not be relocated. Other interesting species found in Kittson County on May 29 were a first year  HERRING GULL  and  at the gravel pit south of Lake Bronson a CASPIAN TERN.

At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Shawn Conrad found YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and several species of warbler. Diana Morkassel near Warren reported BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in the crabapple trees on May 31. Other species seen in the county included INDIGO BUNTING and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

On May 26, Shawn Conrad found MARBLED GODWITS and 6 WESTERN GREBES at the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds. On June 1, three  COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flew over our property east of the city.

At East Grand Forks, Polk County on May 26, Shawn found RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and WESTERN KINGBIRD. Sandy Aubol reported COMMON NIGHTHAWK and 25 CEDAR WAXWINGS in East Grand Forks on May 31. Theresa Helgeson saw an INDIGO BUNTING in Lowell Township on May 29.

Marshall Howe reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and many species of warbler in Hubbard County on May 31. Three COMMON MERGANSERS were seen at Little Sand Lake that day.

Thanks to Diana Morkassel, Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol, Shawn Conrad, and Theresa Helgeson 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, June 9, 2011.
  

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