*February 4, 2010
Great Horned Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: February 4, 2010
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 4,
2010 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 an average winter weather week in the northwest, and today
it seems to be warming up a bit with temperatures reaching the late
teens above zero. Birds and birders have been active, and one can hear
the spring songs of black-capped chickadees every morning.
Timothy Barksdale, a visiting birder, reported a NORTHERN HAWK OWL in
Norman County , first observed during the week of January 20. Shelley
Steva and I located it in the original location on Sunday, January 31.
The location is about two tenths of a mile south of the intersection of
Norman CR 24 and Cr 27, two miles south of MN 200. The bird was hunting
from a large tree at the second farmstead south of the corner. Timothy
also reported seeing two SHORT-EARED OWLS hunting there also, but they
were not in evidence on Sunday.
Beth Siverhus in Roseau County reported an AMERICAN ROBIN and 24 PINE
SISKINS on January 29, while on January 31 there were WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILLS in her yard. Jeff Siverhus found a GREAT GRAY OWL along CR 9,
four miles south of Hayes Lake.
In Lake of the Woods County on February 1, Beth Siverhus saw a NORTHERN
HAWK OWL one mile north of the Beltrami County line on MN 72.
Beth's sightings in Beltrami County included two BALD EAGLES and a
NORTHERN SHRIKE, all along MN 72.
I found a covey of 9 GRAY PARTRIDGES in Pennington County along MN 1
about 3 miles east of the Goodridge corner on January 30.
Shelley Steva reported that about 8 GRAY PARTRIDGES can be reliably seen
near the intersection of Red Lake County 1 and CR 5 most mornings.
Polk County sightings reported by Sandy Aubol included a GREAT HORNED
OWL on February 3, and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and an AMERICAN ROBIN on
February 4. On January 31, Shelley Steva and I saw a flock of
SHARP-TAILED GROUSE in Polk County along MN 32.
Barb and Dennis Martin found two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS in Hubbard
County on January 30. One was 0.5 miles south of CR 44 on 191st Ave, and
one was about 200 yards east of 185th Ave on CR95. EVENING GROSBEAKS
were seen at the Lake George feeders, and a GRAY JAY, and RED CROSSBILLS
were on 191st Ave.
Brad and Dee Ehlers reported two NORTHERN FLICKERS and two PILEATED
WOODPECKERS at their feeders in Otter Tail County this week.
From Douglas County, John Ellis reported BROWN CREEPER, 3 NORTHERN
SHRIKES, SNOW BUNTINGS, six RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and ten WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILLS on January 30. The crossbills were seen at a cemetery just
west of Alexandria, while the blackbirds were feeding in a corn food
plot near his cabin.
Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Barb and Dennis Martin,
John Ellis, Sandy Aubol, Shelley Steva , and Timothy Barksdale for their
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at email@example.com 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
Pennington County, MN
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