*February 25, 2010
Great Horned Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: February 25, 2010
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru (email@example.com)
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February
25, 2010 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or
With lengthening days and warming sun, there seems to be more activity
in the yards and feeders this week. Weather has been very pleasant this
week, except for a brief return to very cold temperatures which promise
to warm up again in coming days. With wind at a minimum, and frequent
small snowfalls, the snow is pristine white, making it much more easy to
see the members of the grouse family on the snowy fields.
Rick Gjervold found 7 SHORT-EARED OWLS in the Lawndale are of Wilkin
County on February 16, but by the 18th, he saw only one. There was a
flock of 15 GRAY PARTRIDGE on the shoulder of CR 19 southwest of Rothsay
on February 18. Two flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS were also seen.
Cleone Stewart saw a BALD EAGLE near Frazee in Otter Tail County on
Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported two possible GOLDEN EAGLES east of
East Grand Forks on February 20, a SNOWY OWL on a telephone pole along
CR 55 a mile east of the CR 13 intersection, and 9 GRAY PARTRIDGES along
CR 13. Karen Suldahl saw a PILEATED WOODPECKER in Climax on February 23.
On February 24, she saw some COMMON REDPOLLS and one AMERICAN ROBIN in
the cemetery at East Grand Forks.
Shelley Steva saw twelve SHARP-TAILED GROUSE in Red Lake County on
February 19, feeding on crabapples three miles north of Oklee.
A GREAT HORNED OWL was reported in Thief River Falls, Pennington County,
by Shelley Steva on February 19.
Doug Johnson reported from Beltrami County on February 15. He observed
120 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and over 50 PINE GROSBEAKS in
Blackduck. There were COMMON REDPOLLS in southern Beltrami County at
Three Island County Park near the Turtle River. He sent a belated report
of 20 EVENING GROSBEAKS near Gilstad Lake the second week of February,
the most that anyone has reported this season in the northwest. A
MOURNING DOVE south of Blackduck and an AMERICAN ROBIN were also seen.
Larry Wilebski found a NORTHERN HAWK OWL at St Vincent in far northern
Kittson County on February 19. The bird was still there on Sunday,
February 21. A second NORTHERN HAWK OWL was found on Sunday at the
intersection of CR 34 and MN 175 between Hallock and the Red River.
Larry Wilebski also reported GRAY PARTRIDGE at Humboldt, and
BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES at his cabin northwest of Lancaster.
Carol Parker had a pair of PINE GROSBEAKS at her house in Warroad,
Roseau County on February 15. She also reported a large flock of
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER in Warroad last week.
On February 18, Gretchen Mehmel in Lake of the Woods County reported a
NORTHERN HAWK OWL following the bulldozers at a shear site northeast of
the east end of East Hiwood Road which goes east from Dick's Parkway.
Thanks to Carol Parker, Cleone Stewart, Doug Johnson, Gretchen Mehmel,
Karen Suldahl, Larry Wilebski, Rick Gjervold, Sandy Aubol, and Shelley
Steva for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 4,
Pennington County, MN
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