*February 9, 2012
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: February 9, 2012
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 9,
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.
This week has reverted to true winter temperatures in the northwest, but
next week promises to be warmer. Perhaps the colder weather will bring
more species to the feeders.
A single SNOWY OWL was reported this week - this one seen at Little
McDonald Lake near Perham in Otter Tail County by Rick Gjervold on
February 6. Gary Otnes found a PRAIRIE FALCON near the Orwell Reservoir
on February 7. Other species seen there included a NORTHERN HARRIER and
three HORNED LARKS. At home near Fergus Falls, Gary reported HARRIS'S
SPARROWS, a small flock of AMERICAN ROBINS, and a single RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRD. Brad and Dee Ehlers reported an eagle nest that would be easy
to photograph on US 59 near the Lake Lizzie Road. It is a busy road so
be sure to pull off completely if you choose to do that.
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported an increase in COMMON REDPOLLS,
a BROWN CREEPER, and hundreds of AMERICAN CROWS. PINE GROSBEAKS were
seen in southern Hubbard County on February 3.
Steve Midthune saw a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE three miles north of Lake Park
on CR 9 in Becker County on February 3.
On February 7, Sandy Aubol reported a MERLIN, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 50
COMMON REDPOLLS, and the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, EASTERN TOWHEE,
HARRIS'S SPARROWS, and NORTHERN CARDINAL that have been in East Grand
Forks, Polk County, all winter. Shelley Steva and Zeann Linder saw two
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS along CR 23 on February 4. Heidi Hughes reported that
the feeders at the Audubon Sanctuary near Warren are hosting a
BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, BROWN CREEPER, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and some
In Pennington County, Shelley Steva and Zeann Linder saw a WILD TURKEY
along CR 7 on February 4. Along CR 8 they found BALD EAGLE and some
Five GRAY PARTRIDGES were seen by Shelley and Zeann near Viking in
Marshall County on February 4. Heidi Hughes saw a GOLDEN EAGLE on
February 9 at the Viking turn off MN 1 east of Warren.
In Beltrami County, Katie Haws reported a NORTHERN CARDINAL at her place
in Hines near Blackduck on February 6.
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were reported in Warroad , Roseau County, by Beth
Siverhus on February 9.
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 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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