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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 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, November 3, 2011.
  

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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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Friday, October 14, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, October 13, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 13, 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.

Leaves are pretty much all down in the northwest this week, with the poplars still hanging on to theirs, while the wind has that familiar winter howl as it blows through the bare branches of the rest. Migration of sparrows is in full force now, and the last species are appearing. Weather is cooling, and by next week, we will have freezing temperatures at night again.

Ashley Hitt at Agassiz NWR reported 150 to 200 TUNDRA SWANS at Webster Pool and 150 more on Agassiz Pool on October 12. Increased numbers of GADWALLS are being seen.

Here in Pennington County, Zeann Linder reported two FOX SPARROWS in her yard in Thief River Falls on October 12. On October 9, a flock of about 300 COMMON GRACKLES visited our yard, and today, a large flock of AMERICAN ROBINS were working the crabapple trees here. Shelley Steva reported a flock of 75 LAPLAND LONGSPURS along CR 8 near the Polk County line on October 9.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol saw a TURKEY VULTURE on October 9. On the 8th, she saw a juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO in East Grand Forks. On October 10, BROWN CREEPER, HERMIT THRUSH, PALM WARBLER, FOX SPARROW, and 4 PURPLE FINCHES showed up.

From Douglas County on October 9, John Ellis reported  12 sparrow species including VESPER SPARROW,SAVANNAH SPARROW, LE CONTE'S SPARROW,  NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW,SWAMP SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO. RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER were also seen.

Thanks to Ashley Hitt, John Ellis,  Sandy Aubol, Shelley Steva and Zeann Linder 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 20, 2011.

 
  

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, October 6, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 6, 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.

Another wonderful week of lovely fall weather has come and gone, and now we are looking at cooling temperatures in the near future. If we are lucky we will have another week of temperatures in the 60's. Leaves in the northwest are falling fast in the strong winds of the past two days. Migrating robins are everywhere, joined by juncos and  sparrows scratching in the leaves.

On September 30, Roland Jordahl visited Maplewood State Park in Otter Tail County where he saw WILD TURKEY, GREEN HERON, EASTERN PHOEBE, and HARRIS'S SPARROW among others.

I have a secondhand report of many WILSON'S SNIPES at Glacial Ridge NWR in Polk County on September 30. Heidi Hughes reported on October 2 that over 1000 SANDHILL CRANES were in the cornfields near the Agassiz Valley flood control impoundment north of the Audubon Center of the Red River Valley, formerly known as the Wetlands, Pines, and Prairies Audubon Sanctuary.

Bob Ekblad found 5 SURF SCOTERS at the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds on October 4. Here in the yard on October 5, were a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK with a catch, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and PURPLE FINCHES among others.

On September 29, Cliff Steinhauer saw 5-7 TURKEY VULTURES about a half mile east of Holt on CR 7 in Marshall County. This is near to where he found a nest site with young last year. Maggie Anderson reported WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO at the headquarters feeders at Agassiz NWR on October 3.

Thanks to Bob Ekblad, Cliff Steinhauer, Heidi Hughes, Maggie Anderson, and Roland Jordahl 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 13, 2011.

 

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