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Friday, December 21, 2012

Fwd: Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, December 20, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 20, 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.
Weather has been stable here in the northwest for the past week. We are expecting that to change any day  now, but hope it won't be over Christmas. Birds are busy at the feeders and the CBC counters are finding lots of species.
In Otter Tail County , Alma Ronningen had a late YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at her feeder in Dent  on December 20. AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen in the yard.
Ben Wieland reported a CAROLINA WREN at Ten Mile Lake  on the Walker CBC on December 16. A VARIED THRUSH was seen by Thomas Malone outside the circle on the south side of CR 84 on the east side of Island Lake.
In Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Park Rapids on December 14. PINE GROSBEAKS were seen in Dorset on December 17, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKNORTHERN SHRIKE, and 2 RED CROSSBILLS were seen on December 18. On the 20th, Marshall Howe had a flock of 100 COMMON REDPOLLS and two HOARY REDPOLLS in his yard near Dorset.
Linda Schumann reported a flock of EVENING GROSBEAKS at Rainbow resort in Becker County on December 17.
Mark Otnes saw a probable GYRFALCON just north of Downer in Clay County on December 14. Keith Corliss reported that the Fargo-Moorhead CBC found 12 species of waterfowl including GREEN-WINGED TEAL, REDHEADWOOD DUCKAMERICAN BLACK DUCKRING-NECKED DUCKRUDDY DUCK and NORTHERN PINTAIL. Other species seen on the Clay County side of the river included NORTHERN GOSHAWKHORNED LARKBOHEMIAN WAXWINGHARRIS'S SPARROWWHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL.
In Polk County, Emily Hutchins reported 79 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, 3 BALD EAGLES, 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE in Crookston, and 175 COMMON REDPOLLS on the Crookston CBC on December 15. On December 17, she found 20 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS a mile west of Mentor, and 20 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS along CR 45 east of MN 32. Sandy Aubol reported two HOARY REDPOLLS in East Grand Forks on December 18. A large flock of SNOW BUNTINGS was seen along CR 20 on December 19.
On December 15, 233 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen on the southwest side of Warren in Marshall County by  Heidi Hughes. and a SNOWY OWL was found 8 miles west of the Audubon Center on the 19th. Lynda Knutsen saw an AMERICAN ROBIN in Middle River on December 16. Reporting on the 20th from Agassiz NWR, Lynda reported that a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIERED-BREASTED NUTHATCH,  PINE GROSBEAKS , and COMMON REDPOLLS continue to be seen at refuge headquarters. Unusual is a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD hanging around headquarters the last few days.
Thanks to all who sent in sightings this week . Please remember to send in the highlights of the northwest CBC's when results are known.
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, December 27, 2012.

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