*December 16, 2010
Great Horned Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: December 16, 2010
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru ([log in to unmask])
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December
16, 2010 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or
Weather in the far northwest has been quiet this week, and relatively
wind free, so the cold temperatures have not been a huge problem.
Further south , however, it has been more active, as those of you in the
Twin Cities can attest! Bird sightings have not included a lot of
species, but for most, they are birds we all hope to see in the winter.
Dan and Sandy Thimgan report that the EASTERN TOWHEE is still coming to
the feeders of Jeff Schultz near the town of Ottertail. For information
on how to view this bird email [log in to unmask] . Dan also
reported more than 100 TRUMPETER SWANS along CR 108 east of Ottertail on
December 13 ; 2 EVENING GROSBEAKS and a flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were
also in the area.
Marshall Howe saw 10 RED CROSSBILLS in Hubbard County near Little Sand
Lake on December 11.
In Becker County , Ron Morton saw a flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in
Detroit Lakes on December 9. A flock of over 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was
also seen in Detroit Lakes by Beau Shroyer on December 16 Joel Arndt
reported a GREAT HORNED OWL near Floyd Lake on December 12, while an
AMERICAN ROBIN was seen by Beau Shroyer in Detroit Lakes on December 13.
Emily Hutchins , reporting on Polk County sightings on the weekend of
December 9 to December 12, observed GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, BALD EAGLE,
HORNED LARKS, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, many SNOW BUNTINGS, and heard COMMON
REDPOLLS , all along CR 102 between Crookston and Fertile near the
In Pennington County, Shelley Steva reported 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in
Thief River Falls on December 12, and an AMERICAN ROBIN on December 14.
Larry Wilebski in Kittson County found a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK feeding on a
deer carcass on December 11 , and 75 to 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were in
the town of Lancaster that day.
Beth Siverhus saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL in Roseau County along MN 11 east
of Salol on December 8 and 6 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen along MN 11
six miles west of Warroad. A NORTHERN SHRIKE visited the feeders of
Carol Parker in Warroad on December 6.
Last, but definitely not least, Dave Alexander reported that NORTHERN
HAWK OWLS are quite numerous this year. Last weekend, the banding team
found 7 of them from Kelliher to Baudette along MN 72, one along Lake of
the Woods CR 1, one along MN 11, and 4 in the Roseau Bog area. This
includes owls in Beltrami, Lake of the Woods, and Roseau Counties. One
SNOWY OWL was banded on the west side of Baudette about a quarter mile
north of MN11 on the Wheeler's Point Road. Interestingly, no GREAT GRAY
OWLS were seen.
Take note that the northern CBC's in Roseau, Beltrami Island State
Forest, and Baudette will be held on January 1-2-3 this year, and all
are welcome to come. Please let me know if you are interested and I can
supply dates and times of meeting places.
Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Beth Siverhus, Dan and Sandy Thimgan, Dave
Alexander, Emily Hutchins, Joel Arndt, Larry Wilebski, Marshall Howe,
Ron Morton, and Shelley Steva for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at [log in to unmask] 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, December
Pennington County, MN