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Friday, January 6, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, January 5, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 5, 2012  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.

Snow finally came to the northwest at New Year's , but today when the temperature was over 40 degrees, much of it disappeared. Birding has been slow this week, probably since there is plenty of food available that is not buried in the snow, so birds don't have to look for other sources of food.

The Beltrami Island CBC was held on December 29 and birds were hard to come by, but several interesting species were seen including two GREAT GRAY OWLS. One was along the Bankton Forest Road, the other deep within the Beltrami Island Forest some distance from the roads.  Other species seen included SPRUCE GROUSE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, several GRAY JAYS, BOREAL CHICKADEES, and PINE GROSBEAKS. Dave Alexander reported a GREAT GRAY OWL along Shoreline drive north of Upper Red Lake.

On December 31, the Roseau CBC  found BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, 25 COMMON RAVENS, NORTHERN SHRIKE, PINE GROSBEAKS, and COMMON REDPOLLS among others.

Larry Wilebski reported PILEATED WOODPECKERS, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, a NORTHERN CARDINAL and 75-100 COMMON REDPOLLS in Kittson County on January 2.

In Beltrami County on December 29, Marshall Howe saw a GREAT GRAY OWL  along MN 72 eleven miles south of  Waskish in Beltrami County.

Cliff Steinhauer reported seeing several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and  GREAT HORNED OWL in Marshall County near Agassiz NWR on December 28.

Heidi Hughes in Polk County reported a NORTHERN HARRIER  at the Agassiz Valley impoundment near the Audubon Sanctuary on December 29. A BROWN CREEPER was seen at the feeders there. Several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were observed in the area, and a SNOWY OWL was seen along CR 21 near Sherack. Sandy Aubol reported that on January 1, the EASTERN TOWHEE, several DARK-EYED JUNCOS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and two HARRIS'S SPARROWS came to her feeder on January 1. Leon Thoreson reported a male NORTHERN CARDINAL in the cemetery at Crookston on January 4. In their yard near Climax,  they had MOURNING DOVE, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and PINE SISKIN. Only one SNOW BUNTING  came to the feeder on New Year's Day.

Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported that a SNOWY OWL   continues to be seen near Ottertail in Otter Tail county on January 5. To get to the site from the town of Ottertail , go north from Ottertail on CR 78 for 1.5 miles. The bird was seen on the power poles near the intersection with CR 54.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen,  Cliff Steinhauer, Dave Alexander, Heidi Hughes, Larry Wilebski, Leon Thoreson, 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, January 12, 2012.

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