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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March 2012 East Silent Lake Photos

What winter? An unbelievably mild winter has resulted in an early spring. Ice is out on East Silent Lake and many of the docks were in by 3/25. We are ready for summer!

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, March 22, 2012

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

Spring proceeds in the northwest, and now it begins to look as if the coldest and snowiest of weather may be over for this winter. That does not mean that the weather gods may not yet play a trick on us, but it sure looks good for the next week or so.

The first big wave of migrants is in with reported sightings of TUNDRA SWANS, CANADA GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, many duck species, GREAT BLUE HERON, BALD EAGLES, RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, SANDHILL CRANES, KILLDEER, MOURNING DOVES, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, AMERICAN ROBINS, SONG SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO,  RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, COMMON GRACKLES, and PURPLE FINCH from many observers throughout the area.

In Wilkin County, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann reported GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and AMERICAN WOODCOCK among the many species they found there on March 20.

 Alma Ronningen reported SANDHILL CRANES in Otter Tail County on March 16. TUNDRA SWANS, RED-TAILED HAWK, KILLDEER,  SONG SPARROW were among the species reported by Teresa Jaskiewicz this week.

HOODED MERGANSERS were seen by Marshall Howe in Hubbard County on March 15, and on March 18, he saw KILLDEER,  COMMON MERGANSER, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and RING-BILLED GULL. Connie Cox at Itasca State Park  reported  TUNDRA SWAN, WILD TURKEY, RED-TAILED HAWK, GREAT BLUE HERON, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, WOOD DUCK, WINTER WREN, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW , and EVENING GROSBEAK in Hubbard County on March 21.

Steve Midthune reported three LESSER YELLOWLEGS at Bisson Lake in Becker County on March 20, along with COMMON MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD,and SANDHILL CRANES; on March 21, he added WILSON'S SNIPE, and EASTERN PHOEBE.  Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann  found GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SNOW GOOSE, BROWN CREEPER, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD in the county on March 20.

Rick Gjervold reported SNOW GOOSE, and GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN among the species he found in southern Clay County on March 17.

Pastor Kristy reported three EASTERN BLUEBIRDS in Norman County on March 22.

Heidi Hughes in Polk County heard a LONG-EARED OWL hooting at the Aububon Center on March 22. She also reported GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SANDHILL CRANE, and FOX SPARROW  in Polk County on  March 22. Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks observed PURPLE FINCH and HOUSE FINCH.

Shelley Steva saw an EASTERN BLUEBIRD in Thief River Falls , Pennington County , on March 18. Here along the Red Lake River, COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED MERGANSERSand WOOD DUCKS have been seen this week.

Lynda Knutsen at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County reported RED-BREASTED MERGANSER on Headquarters Pool, RED-TAILED HAWK, and NORTHERN FLICKER on the refuge this week. At the Eckvoll camping area at the east edge of the refuge a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen on March 21. I found two FOX SPARROWS in headquarters woods on Sunday.

Katie Haws reported that the rice paddies in eastern Clearwater County are filling up , and many hundreds of waterfowl were already there on March 16.

In Beltrami County on March 16, Katie reported AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, COMMON MERGANSER, and AMERICAN COOT.

In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus observed RUFFED GROUSE, and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and on March 19, MERLIN, KILLDEER, and PURPLE FINCH.

Lake of the Woods County sightings by Jeff Birchem included RUFFED GROUSE, and TRUMPETER SWANS in the Beltrami Island State Forest on March 19.

Thanks to all the folks who sent in their sightings this week. Sorry I could not get all of them into the report.

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 29, 2012

  

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, March 15, 2012

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

Spring weather has come to the northwest, even for those of us in the most northerly part. Temperatures have hovered around the high 50's all week, and tonight when I came home I was treated to a loud chorus of robins, geese, and blackbirds in the yard.

Most of the reports have included AMERICAN KESTREL, NORTHERN HARRIER, several species of ducks,  KILLDEER, AMERICAN ROBIN, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE present in some numbers in all of the northwest counties.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County reported that a  NORTHERN CARDINAL has been at his cabin since September, and on March 14, he saw a NORTHERN GOSHAWK near the cabin.

On March 10, Heidi Hughes saw a GOLDEN EAGLE along MN 1 eight miles east of Warren in Marshall County.Other species seen that day included 18 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, two NORTHERN HARRIERS, 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and a BALD EAGLE. Today, Heidi reported that the Agassiz Valley Impoundment is filling up and with the water have come many species of waterfowl including 100  CACKLING GEESE, and  many species of ducks. This impoundment is immediately north of the Sanctuary and is partly in both Polk and Marshall Counties. Lynda Knutsen at Agassiz NWR reported the same species mix but also three TRUMPETER SWANS, MERLIN, a RING-BILLED GULL at South Pool, and a WESTERN MEADOWLARK south of the refuge. At headquarters there was KILLDEER, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO. Lisa Newton reported an AMERICAN KESTREL near Viking on March 12.

In Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on March 14 Zeann Linder reported a MERLIN calling near her home. A love triangle of three RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS greeted me in the yard when I returned home  from work on March 14.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva reported two leks of SHARP-TAILED GROUSE along CR 1 between US 59 and CR 5 on March 9, and 20 SNOW BUNTINGS along CR 1.

Heidi Hughes reported a GREAT HORNED OWL at the Audubon Center near Warren on March 10. An AMERICAN KESTREL appeared there on March 11. She also had a report from her neighbor of more than 40 BALD EAGLES two miles east of the Audubon Center on March 14. Sandy Aubol reported 3 BALD EAGLES circling over East Grand Forks on March 14. A MERLIN and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK were also in the area.Bruce Flaig reported that TRUMPETER SWANS are back in southern Polk County.

Kathy Bresee in Moorhead , Clay County,  reported AMERICAN ROBIN on March 11.

Beau Shroyer  observed  EASTERN BLUEBIRD, AMERICAN ROBIN, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE in Detroit Lakes, Becker County, on March 12. A NORTHERN CARDINAL is still visiting his yard. COMMON MERGANSERS were seen on the lake. Marshall Howe saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE at Snellman on March 8.

In Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported RED-TAILED HAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS at Dorset on March 11, and COMMON GOLDENEYE at Park Rapids on March 15. A PINE SISKIN  was seen at Dorset on March 15.

Otter Tail County sightings by Gary and Marion Otnes on March 11 included MOURNING DOVE, RED-TAILED HAWK, and meadowlark sp. On March 14,they added KILLDEER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, SONG SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, and COMMON GRACKLE. Alma Ronningen at Dent reported that a HARRIS'S SPARROW over-wintered there. Other species seen on March 15 included AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO.

Thanks to all who sent in sightings this week. Keep up the good work.

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 22, 2012.

 

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Monday, March 12, 2012

2012 Water Carnival

When it comes to celebrating summer, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota offers unlimited opportunities. For example, the Northwest Water Carnival lasts a delicious week or more in the heart of summer - July 13-22, 2012. This will be the 77th annual!
  • Do you love to build sand castles or ships? There's a competition for you. 
  • Tough enough to eat chili in July? Then the Carnival's chili cookoff is calling you. 
  • Water fights, kids' games, geocaching, music and food and more food - the Northwest Carnival has it all for you.
And to top it off, get to Sunday's parade early. This tradition attracts thousands of people stretched out for a mile. The 2012 Parade of the Northwest is Sunday, July 22.

For more information about Water Carnival fun, select the Water Carnival button below to go to their website.

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, March 8, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 8, 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 the birds seem to be just waiting for the first real warmth, and that is promised for next week. Those of us  " up north" are envious of those wonderful early reports of migrants from the southern part of the state.

Rick Gjervold was near Rothsay in Wilkin County on March 1 where he saw several RING-NECKED PHEASANTS, two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, HORNED LARKS, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported  8 DARK-EYED JUNCOS on March 2, and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK in Dorset on March 5.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks , Polk County, is still reporting an EASTERN TOWHEE, two HARRIS'S SPARROWS, and a NORTHERN CARDINAL. Other species seen there this week included MERLIN, and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK.

Zeann Linder and Shelley Steva saw two AMERICAN ROBINS in Thief River Falls, Pennington County on March 3.

Thanks to Marshall Howe, Rick Gjervold, 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, March 15, 2012

  

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, March 1, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 1, 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 far as birds go, it has been a quiet week, and as for the storm, only the southern part of this area got that.  Not many birds were reported this week, but the HORNED LARKS are becoming more obvious. Now is the time to look for the grouse species as , with a little snow cover, they are much more obvious when they come out in the mild weather.

Shelley Steva and I went on a short road trip north on February 25. We saw NORTHERN SHRIKES in Lake of the Woods, Roseau , and Beltrami Counties for a total of about 8 in all. A very pale NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along Dick's Parkway between Hiwood Road and the northern edge of the County.

Beth Siverhus had a visit from a pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS in Warroad, Roseau County, on February 25. She also reported NORTHERN SHRIKE and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. Shelley Steva and I found five adult BALD EAGLES in a field on the southeast corner of the intersection of MN 11 and CR 9. Other species seen in the county included GRAY JAY and COMMON RAVEN.

In Marshall County, Cliff Steinhauer reported a large flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at his place near the west entrance to Agassiz NWR on February 25. On the 24th, he had 15 PINE GROSBEAKS in his fruit trees. A flock of 75 COMMON REDPOLLS has been visiting his yard also. Lynda Knutsen at Agassiz NWR reported a pair of BALD EAGLES  at the Parker Pool nest and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS still in the area this week.

In Beltrami County, Shelley Steva and I saw both RUFFED GROUSE and SHARP-TAILED GROUSE. Several NORTHERN SHRIKES and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were also seen.

Shelley and I saw several HORNED LARKS, and COMMON RAVEN, AMERICAN CROW, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES in eastern Pennington County on February 25.

On February 25, Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County, reported SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and PILEATED WOODPECKER. On March 1, she reported that the EASTERN TOWHEE, two HARRIS'S SPARROWS, and the NORTHERN CARDINAL made it through the winter to the spring season. COMMON REDPOLLS and one HOARY REDPOLL have also been seen in the area.

Marshall Howe found ten HORNED LARKS in Dorset, Hubbard County on February 28.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Cliff Steinhauer, Lynda Knutsen, 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, March 8, 2012 

 

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

East Silent Resort Polaroids (1980's and 1990's)

Visiting your favorite Minnesota fishing resort each year - a true Minnesota family tradition. Here is another great batch of old East Silent Resort fishing photos. There are primarily from the 80's and 90's. As you can see, things change over a 20-30 year span. However, the fishing on East Silent Lake remains outstanding. Enjoy!


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