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Friday, January 13, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, January 12, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 12, 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.

The cold has finally found us for a day or two, but the northwest is still relatively snow-free. With the colder weather, more birds are visiting the feeders, and a few late migrants still surprise us.

Mark Otnes observed SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWS, NORTHERN HARRIER, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE,  and several flocks of SNOW  BUNTINGS  were also seen in the county.

Bob Ekblad relocated the SNOWY OWL in Otter Tail County on January 10, on township road 255 just off CR 78. Along CR 78 he found more than 250 TRUMPETER SWANS. Gary and Marion Otnes found a BARRED OWL, a GREAT HORNED OWL, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS south of Fergus Falls.

Heidi Hughes reported a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE at the Audubon Center near Warren on January 8. The bird was near the Omdahl House on the property. A GREAT HORNED OWL was also seen at the sanctuary, and a NORTHERN HARRIER was at the impoundment north of the sanctuary. BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen along 190th St NW. Katie Englemann saw a SNOWY OWL north of Gully on January 5. As of January 12, the EASTERN TOWHEE, 2 HARRIS'S SPARROWS,  and one WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was still visiting her feeders at East Grand Forks. On January 10, a NORTHERN CARDINAL came to her yard. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK visited the yard on January 12. A BALD EAGLE and a flock of 28 CANADA GEESE flew over East Grand Forks on January 6.

Anita Vettleson reported a PILEATED WOODPECKER at her home near Oklee in Red Lake County on January 12.

On January 7, I saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE along Johnson Drive in Pennington County.

On January 8, Shelley Steva and I saw a MERLIN in Warren. Two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES and a COMMON GRACKLE were seen in Argyle. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen north of Stephen, and a SNOWY OWL was along MN 75 north of Warren. Other species seen in Marshall County this week included a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, several BALD EAGLES, a number of ROUGH-LEGED HAWKS and COMMON REDPOLLS. Maggie Anderson reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE on the east side of Agassiz NWR on January 12.

Martin Kehoe saw a GREAT GRAY OWL east of Shooks in Beltrami County and another in Koochiching County  0.3 miles west of the intersection of MN 1 and MN 71.

Shelley Steva and I  in Kittson County on January 8, saw a NORTHERN CARDINAL at Larry Wilebski's cabin, and a SNOWY OWL on the south edge of Northcote. Other species seen in Kittson County that day included ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, PINE GROSBEAK, HOUSE FINCH, and COMMON REDPOLL.

Martin Kehoe reported that the SPRUCE GROUSE have started to come to his grit station in the Red Lake WMA.

Thanks to Anita Vettleson, Bob Ekblad, Gary Otnes, Heidi Hughes, Katie Englemann, Maggie Anderson, Mark Otnes, Martin Kehoe, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at [email protected] 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 19, 2012 

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