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Friday, February 8, 2013

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, February 7, 2013

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 7, 2013 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 more normal the last few days as the moderating temperatures came in and some snow fell. Birds have been busy at the feeders.
 
Northern owls are the big news in Roseau County this week. Something of an irruption is occurring there as almost everyone reporting has mentioned GREAT GRAY OWLS and several NORTHERN HAWK OWLS along MN 310 and along other roads north and east of Roseau. Several GREAT GRAY OWLS are also being reported north of the Warroad airport this week. One BOREAL OWL was reported by Beth Siverhus in Roseau County this week, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE was also seen. Craig Mandel reported 5 LAPLAND LONGSPURS along MN 310 about two miles north of US 11.
 
Paul Clay observed 5 GRAY PARTRIDGE in the town of Hallock in Kittson County on February 2.
 
Ron Erpelding, Craig Mandel, Kelly Larson, and Mark Junghans relocated the NORTHERN HAWK OWL along Clearwater CR 30 south of US 2 on February 2. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and NORTHERN CARDINAL were seen at Kelly Larson's feeding station, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen along 340th St a half mile east of CR 30.
 
Brad McDonald saw two NORTHERN SHRIKES at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on February 2,  one a quarter mile east and one an equal distance west of the tower. At the headquarters feeders were RUFFED GROUSE, and PINE GROSBEAKSGREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS and SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen near the southwest corner of the refuge in farm fields. TJ Bass observed about 12 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES at Alvarado, and a flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen. Craig Mandel's group found WILD TURKEY along CR3 south of 240 Ave NW. A NORTHERN CARDINAL was seen in Warren.
 
Shelley Steva found 6 GRAY PARTRIDGE in Pennington County near the intersection of CR 23 and CR 3 on February 3. Gary Tischer reported a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at his home in Thief River Falls on February 1.
 
Shelley reported a BALD EAGLE halfway between Plummer and Oklee in Red Lake County on February 5. Craig Mandel's group found RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and NORTHERN SHRIKE near Huot on February 4. An AMERICAN ROBIN and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in the town of Red Lake Falls.
 
Sandy Aubol found a GOLDEN EAGLE eight miles north of East Grand Forks on MN 220 in Polk County on February 2. Two adult BALD EAGLES were seen a couple of miles east of East Grand Forks on CR 19. A SNOWY OWL was seen by Gary Tischer a half mile east of Sherack on February 3. Another was reported northwest of Angus.
 
Kristy May in Waubun, Mahnomen County reported  BALD EAGLEPILEATED WOODPECKER , female NORTHERN CARDINALCEDAR WAXWING, and BOHEMIAN WAXWING this week. On February 2, Craig Mandel's group found GRAY PARTRIDGE along MN 113, a quarter mile west of 140 Ave.
 
In Norman County, a MERLIN was found in Ada by Craig Mandel's group on February 3.
 
Linda Schumann  saw a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL at Rainbow Resort in Becker County on February 3. Both PINE GROSBEAKS and EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen at the resort feeders. A RUFFED GROUSE was seen north of the resort.
 
Gary Otnes found three EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES near a grain elevator in Wendell just south of Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County on February 4. Several HOARY REDPOLLS are still being seen at his feeder. Brad and Dee Ehlers observed HORNED LARKS, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and a BALD EAGLE at a nest site near Fergus Falls. They also mentioned that now is a good time to photograph TRUMPETER SWANS in the Otter Tail River in downtown Fergus Falls where 50 to 100 can be found.
 
Of note, HOARY REDPOLLS were observed by Craig Mandel, Ron Erpelding, and Mark Junghans in eleven northwest counties last weekend.
 
Thanks to all who sent in 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 14, 2013.

 

 

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