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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 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, January 4, 2012.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, December 22, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday,December 22, 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.

Still there is no snow in the northwest, and we are seeing evidence that it will change the species lists for the Christmas Bird Counts in the area. Some commonly seen species are fewer and there will be some surprise laggards from the summer populations. It should be an exciting year for the CBC.

The Bemidji CBC in Beltrami County was held on December 17 and 34 species were seen. Highlights included a VARIED THRUSH at a private residence on the east side of Lake Plantagenet. Other species seen included SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, BROWN CREEPER, NORTHERN CARDINAL , HOARY REDPOLL, and EVENING GROSBEAK.

Shelley Steva reported that as of December 19 two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS  continued to be seen near Plummer in Red Lake County.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported on December 21  that the EASTERN TOWHEE and two HARRIS'S SPARROWS continue to come daily to her feeders in East Grand Forks. Emily Hutchins was in Polk County from December 9- December 12 where she found a SNOWY OWL on December 12 along MN 9 south of US 2. Other species she mentioned were SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, RUFFED GROUSE , BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and more than 12 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in and around the Chicog WMA.

Mel Bennefeld found a COMMON RAVEN on the Pondorosa Golf Course in Clay County on December 20.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe observed a NORTHERN SHRIKE east of Lake George along MN 71 on December 21. On the 20th, he saw ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE,  COMMON REDPOLL, and one HOARY REDPOLL in Hubbard County.

Brad and Dee Ehlers reported on December 17 that 8000 CANADA GEESE are using the Orwell Reservoir in Otter Tail County southwest of Fergus Falls.

Thanks to Brad and Dee Ehlers, Emily Hutchins, Kelly Larson, Marshall Howe, Mel Bennefeld, 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@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 Wednesday December 28, 2011.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, December 15, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 15, 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.

Here in the northwestern part of the state, we await the first measurable snowfall that will stay. Folks with perennials and folks with snow "toys" are eagerly awaiting that time. So far we have only seen flurries once in a while.

Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann made another swing through the northern counties last weekend and  reported a SHORT-EARED OWL flying from Otter Tail into Grant County along Otter Tail CR 26 on December 9.

In Wilkin County on December 9. they reported NORTHERN HARRIER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and GREAT HORNED OWL .

Marshall Howe  found 350 SNOW BUNTINGS in central Hubbard County between Dorset and Nevis on December 12. Among them were 30 LAPLAND LONGSPURS. On December 14 , he saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE on MN 71 at Lake Alice west of Lake George.

Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann observed  a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and COMMON REDPOLLS at Tamarac NWR in Becker County on December 8, and reported that the VARIED THRUSH seen earlier is still there.

In Clay County they saw a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at the feeders of Bob O'Connor in Moorhead on December 9. PINE SISKINS and COMMON REDPOLLS were at the Moorhead State Science Center near Buffalo River SP.

Their Norman County sightings included RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER  and BROWN CREEPER at the Hendrum county park.

Mahnomen County sightings this week were RING-NECKED PHEASANT, GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN and NORTHERN SHRIKE.

In Polk County, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found two SNOWY OWLS , both along 290th St NW west of MN 32 and south of US 2. Sandy Aubol reports tonight that the EASTERN TOWHEE, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW are still coming to her feeders. A GREAT HORNED OWL also visited her neighborhood in East Grand Forks. Herb and Ron also found LAPLAND LONGSPURS and SNOW BUNTINGS in the area where the snowy owls were seen. Heidi Hughes found a GOLDEN EAGLE at 190St NW between CR 68 and MN 1 on December 10. Eight ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were also seen along 190th St NW.

An AMERICAN KESTREL , RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and BREWER'S BLACKBIRD were seen in Red Lake County on December 9.

Here in Pennington County, I saw a mature BALD EAGLE soaring  over the fields east of Thief River Falls one morning this week.

Thanks to Heidi Hughes, Herb Dingmann , Ron Erpelding,  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, December 22, 2011 

 

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, December 8, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 8, 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 has been a quiet weather week in the northwest except for the wind , which has been anything but quiet. Despite this, reports of SNOWY OWLS continue to come in. Heidi Hughes as received reports of  owl sightings in Polk, Pennington, Marshall, and Roseau Counties this week. 

In Kittson County, Larry Wilebski reported two SNOWY OWLS between Lancaster and Humboldt on December 3.

Maggie Anderson, at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, reported a SNOWY OWL continues to be seen along CR 7 between the headquarters and South Pool. At the feeders at headquarters, there are BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and COMMON REDPOLLS, and elsewhere in the refuge a few ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS are being seen.

Shelley Steva saw a SNOWY OWL at Sherack in Polk County along CR 21 on December 3. Sandy Aubol reports that the EASTERN TOWHEE, along with a HARRIS'S SPARROW and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continue to be seen in her yard in East Grand Forks. At Climax, Karen Suldahl saw a PILEATED WOODPECKER on December 2.

Mel Bennefeld reported a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD on the northern edge of Buffalo River State Park in Clay County on November 30.

Joel Arndt in Becker County reported a GREAT HORNED OWL near Floyd Lake on December 3, and on the 5th, he saw a NORTHERN CARDINAL there.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported a PINE SISKIN near Dorset and 40 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS seen by John Weber at Nevis on December 1.  On December 4, Marshall saw a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE ,  DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and PURPLE FINCH at Dorset on December 4. There were CEDAR WAXWINGS and PINE SISKINS at Park Rapids on December 5.

In Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen reported that a RUFFED GROUSE has been visiting her yard, and other species there today included HARRIS'S SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and a COMMON GRACKLE.

Thanks to Heidi Hughes, Joel Arndt, Karen Suldahl, Larry Wilebski, Maggie Anderson, Mel Bennefeld, 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@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, December 15, 2011.
  

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, December 1, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 1, 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 are having an unusually mild beginning to the winter with little or no snow in the northwest this year, and all are waiting to see when that will change. It is causing some migrants to linger and we hope they won't get caught by the inevitable quick cool down that will surely come. Many snowy owls are being reported , and the news is not good about the ones that are being found dead as many are severely emaciated. It takes the bloom off the joy of the sightings that folks are getting.

 A SNOWY OWL was sighted by Teresa Jaskiewicz in Otter Tail County on CR40 near I-29 on November 28. Another was reported by Alma Ronningen on Thanksgiving Day near Dalton on the east side of CR 35. She also saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE and COMMON REDPOLLS at her home in Elizabeth. On November 30, she observed a flock of 18 WILD TURKEYS near Dent. Brad and Dee Ehlers reported that 110 TRUMPETER SWANS are easily visible as they forage in a cornfield a mile north of Amor.

Ron Erpelding  found the female VARIED THRUSH  at the Tamarac NWR feeders on November 25. Other species seen in Becker County included SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and three EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in the town of Calloway. Steve Midthune reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE north of Lake Park on December 1.

EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were also seen in Clay County near the Glyndon elevators, and nine were observed in Twin Valley in Norman County on the west side of MN 32 between Cleveland Avenue and Hanson Avenue on November 25.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen in Mahnomen and Polk Counties last weekend.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County,  reported that the EASTERN TOWHEE, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW are still around her yard on December 1. Ron Erpelding observed ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, a NORTHERN SHRIKE at Glacial Ridge, COMMON RAVEN, and PURPLE FINCH in Polk County on November 26.

In Red Lake County, Ron found 13 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, MERLIN, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, COMMON RAVEN, and COMMON REDPOLLS.

A SNOWY OWL was found in Pennington County on November 26 on CR 10 one mile south of MN 1. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, COMMON RAVEN, and SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were also seen in the county.

Heidi Hughes received calls about 4-6 SNOWY OWLS in Northwest Minnesota  from Red Lake County to Kittson County within the last two weeks. Ron Erpelding found two at Agassiz NWR near the headquarters along CR 7 on November 26. He found a single LAPLAND LONGSPUR in a flock of SNOW BUNTINGS. Gary Tischer reported an immature BALD EAGLE on the east boundary of the refuge on November 29. He also saw SHARP-TAILED GROUSE in Marshall County.

Katie Haws reported two dead SNOWY OWLS, one in Beltrami County , and one in Roseau County. Both were severely emaciated.

From Kittson County, Larry Wilebski reported a BARRED OWL and a NORTHERN CARDINAL at his place northwest of Lancaster.

Cliff Steinhauer saw a GREAT GRAY OWL on the Pitt grade six miles south of Pitt on November 24.

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, December 8,2011.

 

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