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Friday, January 25, 2013

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- January 24, 2013

This has been a cold week in the  northwest, and feeders have been extremely busy - at least those that are kept filled.
 
Kelly Larson in Clearwater County reported a NORTHERN HAWK OWL three miles west of Shevlin on CR 30 on January 18. Other species seen in the county included RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERNORTHERN CARDINALPINE GROSBEAKS, and HOARY REDPOLL.
 
Steve Patterson observed RED CROSSBILLS at a feeder on the north shore of Lake Bemidji in Beltrami County on January 20.
 
In Pennington County, Shelley Steva saw 12 LAPLAND LONGSPURS on January 22.
 
Shelley reported PINE GROSBEAKS in Oklee in Red Lake County on January 21 , and a BALD EAGLE at the Pennington -Red Lake County line.
 
In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS at her feeder in East Grand Forks on January 21 and a BROWN CREEPER that showed up on January 23. Heidi Hughes reported PINE GROSBEAKS, many COMMON REDPOLLS, and several HOARY REDPOLLS at the Audubon Center feeders on January 20.
 
Kristy May in Waubun in Mahnomen County saw EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVEPILEATED WOODPECKERNORTHERN CARDINAL, and PINE GROSBEAKS this week. Large flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS were also seen.
 
In Norman County south of  Syre, Kristy saw a COMMON RAVEN on January 22.
 
Kathy Bresee in Moorhead , Clay County,  reported that a VARIED THRUSH  has been visiting her yard daily. An AMERICAN ROBIN and  a PINE SISKIN are also among the regular visitors to the feeder.
 
Gary Otnes in Otter Tail County observed RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERPILEATED WOODPECKER NORTHERN FLICKERNORTHERN CARDINALDARK-EYED JUNCO, and HOARY REDPOLLS at feeders this week. A surprise visitor to the feeder was a RING-NECKED PHEASANT.
 
From Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported PINE GROSBEAKS and COMMON REDPOLLS at Lake Carlos State Park on January 23.
 
Thanks to Benjamin Eckhoff, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Gary Otnes, Heidi Hughes, Kathy Bresee, Kelly Larson, Kristy May,  Sandy Aubol, Shelley Steva, and Steve Patterson 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, January 31, 2013.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Over a week packed full of events to celebrate winter. Enjoy the One Lunger 100 Vintage Snowmobile Races, a presentation by Polar Explorer Will Steger at the Historic Holmes Theatre, a Polar Plunge into Detroit Lake, the Freeze Your Buns 5K, spectacular fireworks at the beach, Ice Tee Golf Tourney, theatre performances, curling bonspiels, hockey tourneys and Polaritaville Dance! And don't miss the 2nd annual Poles 'N Holes Fishing Derby on Saturday, February 9. Bring your family and test your ice fishing skills as you try to land the largest fish, with prizes totalling over $30,000!

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Outta Sight! Birding by Ear Workshop

Head to Prairie Wetlands Learning Center and learn how to ID birds by their calls and songs. An indoor instruction program will be provided, followed by an outdoor hike to ID the hardy winter residents. Dress for the weather. Snowshoes, binoculars and field guides are available, or bring your own. Please bring your own field notebook or voice recording device. This event is free and all abilities are welcome; registration required.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Minnesota Fishing Report

Detroit Lakes
Area Ice conditions are excellent, with ice thickness ranging from 18-21 inches on most Detroit Lakes area lakes. Travel has been trouble-free when using an ATV, snowmobile or vehicle. Mild weather this week has kept the bite stable and consistent. An approaching cold front could make the bite more of a challenge, however below-zero temperatures will add up to an inch of ice a day. The evening bite remains the best time to be on the ice. Walleye anglers are having the most success when fishing either the sharp breaks or depths of 18-26 feet of water using jigs/spoons with minnows or minnow heads, and shiners or suckers on the bobber rods or tip-ups. Perch are relating to similar structure, responding best to a slightly downsized presentation. Sunnies can still be found at the shallow weeds. The larger crappies can be found suspended over depths of 25-35 feet, hitting bugs emerging from the basin mud. Northern pike anglers are finding the most action on the outside edges of weeds when using large suckers. Most are coming in on tip-ups. Most area lakes are speckled with fish houses, more than seen in years!

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, January 17, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 17, 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.
 
The cold and a little snow has arrived causing the feeders to be very busy all day. A warm up is promised for tomorrow, followed by more sub-zero temperatures.
 
Gary Otnes in Otter Tail County reported a HOARY REDPOLL among the COMMON REDPOLLS at his feeders on January 12. Brad and Dee Ehlers observed 10 AMERICAN ROBINS in crabapple trees behind the YMCA in Fergus Falls on January 15, and they reported up to 130 COMMON REDPOLLS at their feeders.
 
From Moorhead in Clay County, Kathy Bresee reported a VARIED THRUSH in their yard on January 12.
 
Sandy Aubol in hosting two unusual HOUSE FINCHES in her yard in East Grand Forks, Polk County - one with a white face and one of the orange phase.
 
Shelley Steva saw a BALD EAGLE two miles north of Oklee in Red Lake County on January 10. Two flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS were also in the area.
 
Here at our feeder east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County, a NORTHERN FLICKER was seen as recently as yesterday.
 
In Holt, Marshall County, Beulah Wikstrom saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE take a bird from under her feeder on January 12. Cliff Steinhauer reported SNOW BUNTINGSCOMMON REDPOLLS, and PINE GROSBEAKS in his yard just west of Agassiz NWR on January 17. Last week he saw a MERLIN  and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK in the area.
 
Pat and Ray Roth, and Beth Siverhus both reported that GREAT GRAY OWLS and NORTHERN HAWK OWLS were seen on January 14 along MN 310 north of Roseau in Roseau County. Beth also reported SHARP-TAILED GROUSEBLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and GRAY JAY south of Roseau, and in Warroad , WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and COMMON REDPOLL. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a COMMON GRACKLE continue to come to her feeder in Warroad.
 
Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Beulah Wikstrom, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Cliff Steinhauer, Gary Otnes,Kathy Bresee, Pat and Ray Roth, 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, January 24, 2013.

  


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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Poles 'N Holes Fishing Derby

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Minnesota Fishing Report

Detroit Lakes
Ice conditions in the Detroit Lakes area are excellent, and range from 15-18 inches on most lakes. Travel is easy using ATV, snowmobile or vehicle. Mild weather this week has kept the bite stable and consistent. This Saturday's cold front and weather change could make the bite more challenging. At this time, the evening bite from about 4:00-5:30 p.m. has been best. Walleye are still relating to the sharp breaks and depths of 18-26 feet of water. For the most fish, use jigs and spoons with minnows or minnow heads on one line, and shiners or suckers under a bobber or tip-up on the second line. Perch are relating to similar structure, but prefer a slightly smaller presentation. This week, anglers seem to be chasing crappies and sunnies. Sunfish are still relating to shallow weeds, and the larger crappies have been suspended over deeper water such as depths of 20-35 feet. Northern pike action has been best on the outside edges of the weeds, with large suckers getting the most hits. The majority of fish are taken on tip-ups. All area lakes seem to be attracting a lot of anglers, more anglers than seen in years!

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Winter Trails Report

Fergus Falls/Pelican Rapids/Battle Lake
Maplewood State Park ski trails are in fair condition, with a 1-2 inch base on average. Sections of thin base are appearing. The snowmobile trails are in poor condition, with bare areas along the way. Roughly 5-6 inches of snow covers the ground in the wooded areas. At Glendalough State Park, staff report that the ski trails have been down-graded to poor condition due to warm temperatures depleting the snow cover.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, January 10, 2013

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 10, 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 in the northwest has been mild and quiet for the part week, but tonight we are awaiting the first big winter storm. We are hoping for none of the forecast freezing rain.
 
Among the species seen in Lake of the Woods County by Shelley Steva and I on January 5  was a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.
 
In Roseau County we travelled up Dick's Parkway on January 5, over to Roseau and north on MN 310. Birding was good as we found BALD EAGLENORTHERN GOSHAWKROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and no less than 6 NORTHERN HAWK OWLS and two GREAT GRAY OWLS on MN 310 at dusk. Also seen were SNOW BUNTINGS, and GRAY JAYS.
 
Larry Wilebski reported his first MOURNING DOVE of the year at his cabin northwest of Lancaster in Kittson County on January 10.
 
Shelley Steva and I saw a GREAT HORNED OWL, a BARRED OWLGRAY JAYS, and RED CROSSBILLS on January 5 on the Beltrami County part of Dick's Parkway.
 
In Pennington County on January 6, Shelley Steva saw two flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Thief River Falls totaling about 300 birds. Here at our feeder east of the city, a NORTHERN FLICKER has been coming to the feeder for seeds and suet since January 4.
 
Six LAPLAND LONGSPURS were reported by Shelley Steva on January 4 three miles south of Oklee on MN 92 in Red Lake County.
 
Two BALD EAGLES were seen at a nest site in Polk County just west of Erskine on January 4. Sandy Aubol had a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL visit her home in East Grand Forks on January 5. On the 8th, she reported 6 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK in her neighborhood. Heidi Hughes reported a sighting of a SNOWY OWL in Polk County on January 8 at 340 Ave NW and 170 St. NW.
 
Kristy May in Waubun, Mahnomen County, observed EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVERED-BELLIED WOODPECKERPILEATED WOODPECKERRED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and NORTHERN CARDINAL this week.
 
In Norman County, 3 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen southeast of Twin Valley .
 
Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported on the Battle Lake CBC in Otter Tail County, where 46 species were seen including 1041 TRUMPETER SWANS, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE in Ottertail, PINE GROSBEAK, and RED CROSSBILLS. A VARIED THRUSH was found just west of the Battle Lake nursing home. Brad and Dee Ehlers reported 8 AMERICAN ROBINS and 14 CEDAR WAXWINGS in a crabapple tree east of the Fergus Falls, YMCA on January 8. Gary Otnes reported a first year female SNOWY OWL in southwest Otter Tail County on January 9. Three HORNED LARKS were also seen .
 
In eastern Wilkin County, another SNOWY OWL was seen by Gary and Marion Otnes on January 9.
 
Benjamin Eckhoff reported on the Lake Carlos CBC done at Lake Carlos SP in Douglas County on January 5. Among species seen were 67 TRUMPETER SWANSROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, AMERICAN COOT, 3 AMERICAN ROBINSBELTED KINGFISHER, 2 BROWN CREEPERS, and 4 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS.
 
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, January 17, 2013 .
  

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

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Join 32 Below at Billy's Bar in Vergas

Friday, Jan. 11th from 9 pm – 1 am


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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Outta Sight! Birding by Ear Workshop

January 26, Fergus Falls

Head to Prairie Wetlands Learning Center and learn how to ID birds by their calls and songs. An indoor instruction program will be provided, followed by an outdoor hike to ID the hardy winter residents. Dress for the weather. Snowshoes, binoculars and field guides are available, or bring your own. Please bring your own field notebook or voice recording device. This event is free and all abilities are welcome; registration required.
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Ice Fishing Report

Detroit Lakes
The bite over the holidays and into the New Year has been excellent in the Detroit Lakes area. Crappies, sunfish, perch, walleye and northern pike are all being taken. Ice conditions are great due to cold temperatures and a lack of snow. While there is enough snow for snowmobile travel on the lakes, ATV travel has been difficult. Some anglers are drive vehicles out now that ice thickness ranges from 12- to 16-inches on most area lakes. Walleye have been biting in 16-34 feet of water and relating to sharp the breaks off the weedlines. Suckers and shiners on dead sticks or tip-ups have been working best. Fatheads or rainbows on jigs or jigging spoons have also been productive. Most fish have been tight to the bottom. Perch are relating to similar structure. Crappies seem to have two primary patterns: suspended off sharp breaks or hanging in the deep basin mud areas. Jigs, jigging spoons, small minnows, waxworms and plastics are all working well. Be sure to set your presentation 1- to 2-feet above the fish you are marking. Sunfish are still active in and above the weeds. For the most fish, use waxies, pieces of nightcrawler or plastics on small jigs. Northern pike action is best close to healthy weed growth when using large minnows under bobbers or tip-ups.

Otter Tail Lakes Area
Late last week, ice ranged from 6-12 inches thick on Otter Tail Lake, and anglers were bringing out their fish houses. Four-wheelers remained the best mode of travel. Fish were biting in 20-30 feet of water. All accesses were open. As always, please consult with an area bait shop or resort for the most current conditions, and remember that ice is never completely safe.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Explore Minnesota Winter Trails Report

Otter Tail County
Maplewood State Park ski trails are in good condition, with a 1-2 inch base on average. The snowmobile trails are in poor condition, with bare areas along the way. Roughly 5-6 inches of snow covers the ground in the wooded areas. At Glendalough State Park, staff report that the ski trails are groomed and in mostly good condition despite heavy use. The base measures 2 inches. Conditions on the east side of Annie Battle Trail are considered fair. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., when the lodge and trail center are also open. Weekday rentals are possible--please call ahead to assure that the park is staffed.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, January 3, 2013

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 3, 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.

 
It has been cold during the last week, but the weather has been uneventful , allowing the holiday travelers to go safely and the bird counters to get good counts.
 
From Otter Tail County on December 30, Brad and Dee Ehlers reported about 400 TRUMPETER SWANS at the outlet of Rush Lake, and good numbers of SNOW BUNTINGS and COMMON REDPOLLS in the county.
 
Marshall Howe observed RED CROSSBILLS northeast of Lake George in Hubbard County on December 28 and, on the 29th, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK in Park Rapids.
 
In Mahnomen County, Kristy May reported PILEATED WOODPECKER RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHNORTHERN CARDINAL, a male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and PINE GROSBEAKS in Waubun on January 2.
 
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and a PILEATED WOODPECKER visited her yard on New Year's Day. Several AMERICAN ROBINS were seen in town. On January 3, a BROWN CREEPER appeared in her yard. On a short trip to Grand Forks  on New Year's Day, I saw several small flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS in Polk County.
 
In Pennington County, I saw a BROWN CREEPER inching up one of our trees east of Thief River Falls. 65 WILD TURKEYS were seen scratching up the dirt in a field along CR 7 on New Year's Day.
 
Heidi Hughes saw a SNOWY OWL  north of Kennedy in Marshall County along Us 75 on January 2. Several flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS were also seen.
 
Marshall Howe saw 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Bemidji, Beltrami County on December 28. Beth Siverhus saw a GREAT GRAY OWL near mile marker 43 along US 72 , and another just south of the Beltrami- Lake of the Woods county line  along US 72.
 
In Kittson County , Heidi Hughes saw 6 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE near Halma on January 2.
 
Beth Siverhus reported WHITE-THROATED SPARROWCOMMON GRACKLE, and COMMON REDPOLLS in Warroad , Roseau County on December 31. The Roseau CBC was held on December 29 where 30 species were found. Among them were 114 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, one EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE in the city of Roseau, 5 NORTHERN HAWK OWLS , 5 GREAT GRAY OWLS, 5 NORTHERN SHRIKES, and 20 PINE GROSBEAKS.
 
In Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus found a NORTHERN SHRIKE along MN 72 north of CR 7, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL at mile marker 49 along MN 72, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK  a quarter miles north of mile marker 52 along MN 72, and another NORTHERN SHRIKE a half mile north of the Bog walk on MN 72. The Beltrami Island CBC was held on December 30 where 21 species were found including one GREAT GRAY OWL, 6 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS , 2 AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKERS, 5 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, 45 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS , and 66 RED
CROSSBILLS. The Baudette CBC was held December 31 and found 31 species including two BARRED OWLS, 3 BOREAL CHICKADEES , 8 NORTHERN SHRIKES, 8 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, one HOARY REDPOLL , and 163 EVENING GROSBEAKS
 
Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Heidi Hughes, Kristy May, 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, January 10, 2013.

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