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Friday, November 30, 2012

Fwd: Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, November 29, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 30, 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.

 
Winter is slowly creeping towards us, with cool nights and sometimes cold , windy days. The invasion of northern finches continues with grosbeaks and crossbills continuing to be reported from many locations.
 
From Clearwater County, Kelly Larson reported BROWN CREEPERAMERICAN TREE SPARROWDARK-EYED JUNCONORTHERN CARDINALPINE GROSBEAK and EVENING GROSBEAK south of Bagley on November 24.
 
Shelley Steva had a NORTHERN  SHRIKE in her yard in Thief River Falls, Pennington County on November 23.
 
From southern Polk County, Bruce Flaig reported PINE GROSBEAK at his feeder on November 28. In East Grand Forks, Sandy Aubol reported SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHESCEDAR WAXWINGS, two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWSCOMMON GRACKLE, and PINE GROSBEAK on November 24. Heidi Hughes at the Audubon Center today reported  WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL and EVENING GROSBEAK in addition to the above.
 
Kristy May in Waubun, Mahnomen County, observed RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, COMMON REDPOLL, and PINE GROSBEAK this week.
 
Steve Midthune in Becker County reported BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at Lake Park on November 27, and PINE GROSBEAKS there on November 29.
 
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County saw  several flocks of COMMON REDPOLLS between Dorset and Park Rapids, and a flock of DARK-EYED JUNCOS just west of Dorset on November 25. Other species seem in the area that day included COMMON GOLDENEYESRED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and PINE GROSBEAKS. On the 25th, there was a NORTHERN CARDINAL , and on the 28th, a large flock of 150 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Park Rapids. On November 28, he also saw two light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in the area.
 
Amy Drake in Otter Tail County, reported PINE GROSBEAKS near Richville on November 25. Roland Jordahl observed PILEATED WOODPECKERNORTHERN CARDINAL, and 50 COMMON REDPOLLS on November 29 in Pelican Rapids. Dan and Sandy Thimgan  observed NORTHERN FLICKERCEDAR WAXWINGSBOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and COMMON GRACKLE at their feeders in central Otter Tail County this week.
 
Thanks to Amy Drake, Bruce Flaig, Dan and Sandy Thimgan, Heidi Hughes, Kelly Larson, Kristy May, Marshall Howe, Roland Jordahl, Sandy Aubol, Shelley Steva , and Steve Midthune 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, December 6, 2012.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, November 22, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 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.
 
Birding has been good this week in northwest Minnesota. In particular Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann made a swing through the area on the weekend and reported PINE GROSBEAKS in 11 of the 12 counties they birded in. These birds are appearing everywhere seemingly and can be found in almost every town that has crabapple trees or  trees with seeds. The only county that Ron and Herb did not find the grosbeaks was Norman, surprisingly. I assume they just weren't at the right place at the right time.
 
Marshall Howe reported NORTHERN SHRIKE and EVENING GROSBEAK in Hubbard County on November 16. SNOW BUNTINGS were in Dorset on November 18, and 25 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen at Park Rapids. Other species seen in Hubbard County this week included RUFFED GROUSE, and PINE GROSBEAKS near Dorset.
 
In Becker County, Steve Midthune reported RED CROSSBILLS on November 19 on the Blackbird Auto Tour at Tamarac NWR. On November 19 also, Beau Shroyer saw 40 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Detroit Lakes. Steve Midthune saw SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on the north end of Hamden Slough NWR along CR 13 about 2.3 miles south of CR 14.  Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann reported CACKLING GEESE and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS on Boyer Lake west of Detroit Lakes on November 22. A COMMON LOON was seen on Tuleby Lake on November 16. EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES, NORTHERN SHRIKES, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and CEDAR WAXWINGS were seen in Detroit Lakes this week.
 
Clay County sightings by Ron and Herb included TUNDRA SWANS, and in Ulen, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE.
 
Norman County sightings included EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, a juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and CEDAR WAXWINGS in Twin Valley.
 
In Mahnomen County there was an AMERICAN ROBIN, RED CROSSBILLS along MN 113 east of Waubun, and an EVENING GROSBEAK in Waubun.
 
Sandy Aubol reported 4 PINE GROSBEAKS, two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and two GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS in East Grand Forks, Polk County on November 16. RED CROSSBILLS were reported by East Grand Forks birders at 5th Ave north in East Grand Forks on November 18.  Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found NORTHERN SHRIKE in Polk County also on November 16.
 
Red Lake County sightings on the weekend included CACKLING GOOSE, GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN in the eastern edge of the county, and both BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and CEDAR WAXWINGS in Red Lake Falls.
 
Maggie Anderson reported PINE GROSBEAKS at her feeders in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on November 16 along with COMMON REDPOLLS. Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann reported RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and COMMON REDPOLLS in St. Hilaire on November 17.
 
I have a secondhand report of two SNOWY OWLS found on November 21, northwest of Argyle in Marshall County. At Agassiz NWR, sightings included ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, AMERICAN ROBIN, PINE GROSBEAK, and HOARY REDPOLL on November 17. RED CROSSBILLS and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen at the Silver Creek cemetery along CR 12.
 
Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann saw a RUFFED GROUSE at Larry Wilebski's cabin, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK along CR 4 east of Lancaster, AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, and NORTHERN SHRIKE, all in Kittson County. BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were found in Lancaster, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD 16 miles east of Lancaster. One PINE SISKIN was seen in the county.
 
Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Maggie Anderson, Marshall Howe, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann, Sandy Aubol, and Steve Midthune 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, November 29, 2012 
 

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, November 15, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 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.

 
With the coming of the colder weather this week, birding seems to have picked up. We had a touch of snow early in the week, but nearly all has melted now, and with a warmer weekend ahead, the rest will probably go. This week thousands of CANADA GEESE have been heading south over the northwest.
 
 Beth Siverhus saw ten PINE GROSBEAKS and some BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Warroad , Roseau County, on November 9.
 
From Kittson County, Larry Wilebski reported a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, and at the feeders there were PINE GROSBEAKSEVENING GROSBEAKS and several WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS on November 14.
 
Skyler Vold found a SNOWY OWL in the Bemidji Industrial Park on November 8. A BLACK SCOTER was seen on the east side of Lake Bemidji.
 
In Marshal County, Heidi Hughes observed a SNOWY OWL at the intersection of 190 St. and 310 Ave. NW just south of Warren on November 9. She also saw a GOLDEN EAGLE south of MN 1 near 290th Ave NW. Lynda Knutsen at Agassiz NWR reported  RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHPINE GROSBEAKEVENING GROSBEAK, and COMMON REDPOLLS at the headquarters feeders this week. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen by Gregg Knutsen four miles east of Headquarters. Becky Carlson found a HOARY REDPOLL among the others at the headquarters feeders on November 13.
 
Shelley Steva saw a mixed flock of SNOW BUNTINGS and HORNED LARKS in Pennington County on November 12. On November 13,Shelley found an AMERICAN KESTREL at the intersection of CR3 and US 59 and a NORTHERN SHRIKE at the intersection of CR3 and CR 24 . A NORTHERN SHRIKE appeared at our feeder east of Thief River Falls on November 13.
 
In Red Lake County , Shelley found PINE GROSBEAKS in Oklee on November 14, and on November 15, a NORTHERN SHRIKE a mile east of Plummer.
 
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks , Polk County had RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, SONG SPARROW WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and PINE GROSBEAKS at her feeders on November 14. A GREAT HORNED OWL flew through the yard on November 15. Mike Christopherson in Crookston found 2 RED CROSSBILLS near the cemetery on November 9. Heidi Hughes reported BLACK-BILLED MAGPIESBOHEMIAN WAXWINGSPINE SISKINSCOMMON REDPOLLS, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD at the Audubon Center on November 13. Leon Thoreson reported RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHAMERICAN TREE SPARROWSPINE SISKINSRED CROSSBILLS, and COMMON REDPOLLS at his place near Climax.
 
Kristy May in Waubun, Mahnomen County, had PINE GROSBEAKS at her feeders on November 15.
 
Marshal Howe in Hubbard County this week reported 40 Bohemian waxwings in Park Rapids on November 11. Other species seen in that area included BUFFLEHEAD,AMERICAN GOLDENEYEHOODED MERGANSERAMERICAN COOTCOMMON LOONRING-BILLED GULL, and BONAPARTE'S GULL. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was also seen, and on November 14, a PINE GROSBEAK.
 
Brad and Dee Ehlers in Otter Tail County saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE near Wee Town, 35 COMMON REDPOLLS south of Ottertail, and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS six miles north of Morris along Pomme de Terre Lake.
 
Thanks to all the folks who send 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, Thursday, November 22, 2012.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, November 8, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 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.
 
Snow is on the way, and the cold winds are blowing in the northwest. Most of the migration is over and now we are starting to see the typical winter residents.
 
Teresa Jaskiewicz reported 5 male RED CROSSBILLS, a FOX SPARROWHARRIS'S SPARROWAMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS in her yard  near Elizabeth in Otter Tail County on November 6. Other species seen in the county included NORTHERN SHRIKE and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. Brad and Dee Ehlers found a BARRED OWL on the south edge of Otter Tail County. They reported a large movement of TUNDRA SWANS, and saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and several BALD EAGLES.
 
In Wadena County north of Staples, Malcolm Gold saw 15 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on November 4.
 
 Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported 30 COMMON REDPOLLS and both RED CROSSBILLS and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS on November 4. TUNDRA SWANS were migrating through the county on November 7 and a single SNOW GOOSE was seen among them. On November 8, he saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE near Dorset.
 
In Crookston in Polk County, Sandy Aubol saw two PINE GROSBEAKS , and a FOX SPARROW at the large cemetery on November 8. There were 40 SNOW BUNTINGS along CR 17 about 2.5 miles west of US 75.
 
I found 4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS at the Oak Grove Cemetery near Red Lake Falls in Red Lake County on November 4. Other species seen and heard included COMMON RAVEN,  and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE.
 
In Pennington County , Shelley Steva reported a HERMIT THRUSH two miles east of the Seven Clans Casino on November 3. Also on November 3, I noted  many geese including CANADA GOOSE and CACKLING GOOSE on the river in Thief River Falls. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was seen in our yard. On November 7 there were BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS there. At the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds on November 4, there were GREATER SCAUPLESSER SCAUPCOMMON GOLDENEYE, and around the perimeter a small flock of COMMON REDPOLLS.
 
At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Gary Tischer saw a SHORT-EARED OWL south of the Maakstad Trail on November 6. He also saw some SANDHILL CRANES and along US 59, a BALD EAGLE. Two RUFFED GROUSE were seen on the Maakstad Trail. Six EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at headquarters on November 5 by Becky Carlson and Lynda Knutsen.  A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen by Gregg Knutsen on November 5. Other species seen at the refuge on the weekend included PINE GROSBEAK and COMMON REDPOLLS.
 
In Beltrami County, Skyler Vold found 13 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS on the southeastern side of Lake Bemidji on November7. Other species seen on the lake included 12 HORNED GREBES and 3 RED-NECKED GREBES.
 
Gretchen Mehmel in Lake of the Woods  County, reported  GRAY JAYSRED-BREASTED NUTHATCHEVENING GROSBEAKS,  and PINE GROSBEAKS at the Norris Camp feeders this week. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, two GREAT GRAY OWLS , and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK were seen east of the Faunce Tower.
 
Thanks to all 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, November 15, 2012.
 

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, November 1, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 1, 2011 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.

 
We are definitely into late fall birding, but some interesting birds were reported this week. Be on the lookout for vagrants due to the hurricane on the east coast. You never know what may have been blown off course.
 
 At the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds on October 28, we found a few swans which we did not identify as to species, and a large number of CANADA GEESE. Also there were a few ducks including NORTHERN SHOVELER and GREATER SCAUP.
 
Sandy Aubol had a visit from a EVENING GROSBEAK male in her East Grand Forks yard in Polk County on November 1. Yesterday, October 31 she had the first BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS there. Other species seen in the area included SHARP-SHINNED HAWKNORTHERN SHRIKEWHITE-THROATED SPARROWHARRIS'S SPARROW, a flock of COMMON REDPOLLS, and some PINE SISKINS. Leon Thoreson on his farm near Climax reported a PILEATED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWSHARRIS'S SPARROWS, many DARK-EYED JUNCOS, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and some PINE SISKINS on October 28.
 
From southern Mahnomen County, Kristy May in Waubun saw 8 EVENING GROSBEAKS , mostly male,  at her bird bath on November 1. Other species seen there included AMERICAN ROBINCHIPPING SPARROWCOMMON REDPOLLS , and HOUSE FINCH.
 
Steve Midthune reported ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and NORTHERN SHRIKE at Hamden Slough NWR in Becker County on November 1. At Tamarac NWR, there were many migrating GREEN-WINGED TEAL and some COMMON REDPOLLS. Dave and Betty Hochhalter observed RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERRED-BREASTED NUTHATCHNORTHERN CARDINAL,  and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in Detroit Lakes this week.
 
From Hubbard County , Marshall Howe reported a flock of 250 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and  a NORTHERN SHRIKE near Dorset on October 29. He found a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a late NORTHERN FLICKER in southern Hubbard County on October 30. At Dorset  there were 15 PINE SISKINS at the feeder , along with AMERICAN TREE SPARROWWHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS.
 
Marshall Howe also saw a single SNOW BUNTING in western Cass County on October 30.
 
Ryan Sansness found 70-100 SANDHILL CRANES on October 30 south of the intersection of MN 210 and I- 29 in Otter Tail County.
 
Thanks to Dave and Betty Hochhalter, Kristy May, Leon Thoreson, Marshall Howe, Ryan Sansness, Sandy Aubol, and Steve Midthune 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, November 8, 2011.
 

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