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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Detroit Lakes and Becker County Trail Report for February 29th

The Winter Wonderland Trails received 8-13 inches of snow from the February 21 and February 26 events. Some areas received another 2 inches of snow overnight into February 29. Trails are groomed or being groomed, with a base of 2-7 inches. With the exception of a few spots, trails are in very good to excellent condition.
 
Use extreme caution if riding on lakes as periods of warm temps have resulted in thin ice in areas or pressure ridges.
 
Trail maps are available at the Detroit Lakes Chamber office, 700 Summit Avenue, weekdays from 8-5, and after hours in the box outside the front door. Free trail maps may also be picked up at area convenience stores and lodging properties. Or, download city and area snowmobile trail maps.

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Fishing Report for 23 February 2012

This is the Fishing Report for 23 February 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.
 
Just a reminder, this will be the last weekend to catch walleyes, northern pike and largemouth bass. The season closes Sunday night at midnight on February 26.
Fishing for pan fish will continue in the Detroit Lakes area as we still have good ice conditions and the weather is cooperating. We have good snow cover now and that is helping the daytime bite with the reduced light penetration. The pan fish bite has been awesome. Check with local bait shops for update on activity. Best bite has still been active techniques over the subtle bobber bite. Waxies seem to be the preferred bait. Fish are relating to weeds, the greener the better. Some on top, some off edges and some suspended off edges. The whitefish and cisco bite will be getting hot soon.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, February 23, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 23, 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.

Here in the northwest we are having a little taste of winter, though not what we are used to having. We got a few inches of snow earlier this week, but every day the mild temperatures erode a bit of it. More is forecast for  late in the weekend.

From Otter Tail County, Wayne Ronningen reported 30 TRUMPETER SWANS in Pelican Rapids on February 22.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard  County saw 250 TRUMPETER SWANS in a corn field near the town of Hubbard on February 23. Other species seen in the county included COMMON REDPOLLS and two PINE SISKINS. Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found some WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in Hubbard County, and GRAY JAYS on the north side of CR 93 west of MN 64 and also along CR 95 a quarter mile east of CR 4 on February 19.

Heidi Hughes observed a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE in the parking lot at the Agassiz Audubon Center in Polk County near Warren on February 18. Other species seen there that day included COMMON REDPOLL, and HOARY REDPOLL. Shelley Steva saw two small flocks of HORNED LARKS along CR 252 on February 19. The NORTHERN CARDINAL and two HARRIS'S SPARROWS continue to be seen in East Grand Forks at Sandy Aubol's feeder.

In Marshall County , Jim Graham saw 5 PINE GROSBEAKS at the headquarters  area at Agassiz NWR on February 16. Heidi Hughes saw some GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS in a tree near the Agassiz Valley Flood Control Impoundment southeast of Warren on February 21. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen by Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann  along CR 3, a half mile south of CR 20. Also seen in Marshall County was a NORTHERN SHRIKE.

In Kittson County on February 18 and 19, Ron and Herb saw a female NORTHERN CARDINAL at Larry Wilebski's cabin and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Lake Bronson. 13 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen on the north side of CR 8 east of US 59.

BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, COMMON RAVENS , and SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen in Polk, Marshall, and Kittson Counties on the weekend.

Thanks to Heidi Hughes, Jim Graham, Marshall Howe, Herb Dingmann, Ron Erpelding, 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, March 1, 2012

  

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, February 16, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 16, 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.

As the days lengthen, the sun is gaining power and  temperatures have been very mild this week. Spring fever is  common among both people and birds.

Beth Siverhus observed a SPRUCE GROUSE getting grit along MN 72 in Lake of the Woods County . A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen near Williams along MN 11.

In Beltrami County , Beth saw a GREAT GRAY OWL on MN 72 between Waskish and  Keliher on February 12.

Lynda Knutsen reported an  adult  BALD EAGLE at Agassiz Pool at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County this week.  A SNOWY OWL was seen by Gregg Knutsen on CR 6 a half mile west of Middle River. Two AMERICAN ROBINS  were observed at the junction of CR 54 and Moose River Road. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS are still being seen at Agassiz NWR.

Here in Pennington County, there were twelve AMERICAN ROBINS taking shelter along the bank of the Red Lake River on February 11.

Shelley Steva reported 50 SNOW BUNTINGS five miles north of Plummer in Red Lake County, and another 100 two miles north of Oklee on February 10.

Shawn Conrad and I visited the Audubon Sanctuary near Warren on February 11 where we saw BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, a BROWN CREEPER, a  female RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, COMMON REDPOLLS, and one HOARY REDPOLL. A PINE SISKIN has also been seen at the sanctuary. Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks reported that the EASTERN TOWHEE, two HARRIS'S SPARROWS, and a NORTHERN CARDINAL are still coming to her feeders. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was also seen nearby. On February 15, a MERLIN was seen in East Grand Forks. Many ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS can be seen in western Polk, Pennington, and Marshall Counties at this time.

Mark Otnes reported a COMMON RAVEN about two miles west of the intersection of Minnesota highways 10 and 9 in Clay County on February 11.

Beau Shroyer saw a MERLIN in Detroit Lakes, Becker County, on February 15.

In Otter Tail County, Brad and Dee Ehlers reported COMMON REDPOLLS, and a PINE SISKIN at Fergus Falls on February 11. About 30 TRUMPETER SWANS are on the river in Fergus Falls. On February 12,  550 TRUMPETER SWANS could be seen on McGowan Lake at the outlet of Rush Lake on the Ottertail River between Perham and Ottertail. HORNED LARKS have been seen this week near Battle Lake, and a NORTHERN HARRIER was at the intersection of CR 71 and CR 78.

Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Beth Siverhus, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Lynda Knutsen, Mark Otnes, 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, February 23, 2012.

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Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Fishing Report

This is the Fishing Report for 15 February 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.

Good ice conditions and great weather! Travel still remains easy in the Detroit Lakes area as we still have very little snow cover. We just finished up a cold front that slowed the fishing down some. We are back into above average temps now with a positive, stable forecast through the weekend.

The walleye bite has slowed in our area over the past week or two. Some fish are still getting caught, but the slow down is typical for this time of year. The evening bite is still the best with a fairly short window of activity. Perch, sunfish, and crappie action remains good to hot in our area. The most active bites have been on Cotton, Little Detroit, Melissa, Tamarac, Rock, and all of the Cormorant lakes. Small jigs, jigging spoons with wax worms or small minnows have been producing.

Brad Laabs Guide Service

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, February 9, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 9, 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.

This week has reverted to true winter temperatures in the northwest, but next week promises to be warmer. Perhaps the colder weather will bring more species to the feeders.

 A single SNOWY OWL was reported this week - this one seen at Little McDonald Lake near Perham in Otter Tail County by Rick Gjervold on February 6. Gary Otnes found a PRAIRIE FALCON near the Orwell Reservoir  on February 7. Other species seen there included a NORTHERN HARRIER and three HORNED LARKS. At home near Fergus Falls, Gary reported HARRIS'S SPARROWS, a small flock of AMERICAN ROBINS, and a single RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. Brad and Dee Ehlers reported an eagle nest that would be easy to photograph on US 59 near the Lake Lizzie Road. It is a busy road so be sure to pull off completely if you choose to do that.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County  reported an increase in COMMON REDPOLLS, a BROWN CREEPER, and hundreds of AMERICAN CROWS. PINE GROSBEAKS were seen in southern Hubbard County on February 3.

Steve Midthune saw a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE three miles north of Lake Park on CR 9 in Becker County on February 3.

On February 7, Sandy Aubol reported a MERLIN, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 50 COMMON REDPOLLS, and the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, EASTERN TOWHEE, HARRIS'S SPARROWS, and NORTHERN CARDINAL that have been in East Grand Forks, Polk County, all winter. Shelley Steva and Zeann Linder saw two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS along CR 23 on February 4. Heidi Hughes reported that the feeders at the Audubon Sanctuary near Warren are hosting a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, BROWN CREEPER, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and some COMMON REDPOLLS.

In Pennington County, Shelley Steva and Zeann Linder saw a  WILD TURKEY along CR 7 on February 4. Along CR 8 they found BALD EAGLE and some AMERICAN CROWS.

Five GRAY PARTRIDGES were seen by Shelley and Zeann near Viking in Marshall County on February 4. Heidi Hughes saw a GOLDEN EAGLE on February 9 at the Viking turn off MN 1 east of Warren.

In Beltrami County, Katie Haws  reported a NORTHERN CARDINAL at her place in Hines near Blackduck on February 6.

BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were reported in Warroad , Roseau County, by Beth Siverhus on February 9.

Thanks to all the folks who sent in their sightings this week.

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, February 16, 2012 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Old East Silent Resort Photos (1950's - 1970's)

A blast from the past. Were the walleye really THAT much bigger 50 years ago :) ???

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, February 2, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 2, 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.

It truly feels like spring the last few days as we have had mild temperatures and dense fog. It has discouraged folks from going birding, at least the last couple of days as one can barely see the next light pole sometimes. Tomorrow it promised to cool off a little and the sun to come out.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County observed a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK which caught a bird that flew into their windows in Lancaster. A NORTHERN CARDINAL still comes to the feeder at his cabin northwest of Lancaster.

Lynda Knutsen at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County reported  on February 2 that among the usual feeder birds was a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and COMMON REDPOLLS. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a BALD EAGLE have recently been sighted on the refuge, and two groups of SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen north and west of the refuge.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol observed a GREAT HORNED OWL, and a NORTHERN CARDINAL at her home in East Grand Forks. She reported that as of February 1, the EASTERN TOWHEE, two HARRIS'S SPARROWS, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW are still coming to her feeders, along with about 25-30 COMMON REDPOLLS.

From Otter Tail County, Jody Doll  reported that the  SNOWY OWL  is still being seen near Ottertail about 2.8 miles north of Ottertail on CR 78. Roland Jordahl in Pelican Rapids reported SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, NORTHERN CARDINAL, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and COMMON REDPOLLS. At Maplewood State Park he saw BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, and BARRED OWL. Prairie Lake is hosting TRUMPETER SWANS and CANADA GEESE.

Thanks to Jody Doll, Larry Wilebski, Lynda Knutsen, Sandy Aubol, 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, February 9, 2012.


  

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