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Jeanie Joppru <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 3 Dec 2009 19:45:17 -0700
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*Detroit Lakes
*December 3, 2009

-Birds mentioned
Common Goldeneye
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Common Loon
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Northern Shrike
Common Redpoll

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: December 3, 2009
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 3,
2009 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 pleasant weather this past week has not made birding very fruitful
in the northwest, but all that may be about to change as winter weather
and snow have moved in. Feeders are expected to be much busier now that
snow has arrived. A light blanket of the white stuff covers the lawns
and fields, and the roads are slick with patchy ice.

In Becker County, Beau Shroyer saw two COMMON LOONS and about 200 COMMON
GOLDENEYE on Lake Detroit on November 30.

I have a report from Dave Schaum of Osage that he saw an IBIS species in
a pond 4 miles south of Hawley in Clay County on November 27. Bob
O'Connor checked it out today, but due to the arrival of the cold
weather, the bird was no longer there.

Sandy Aubol in western Polk County reported a GREAT HORNED OWL on
November 27. A NORTHERN SHRIKE visited her yard in East Grand Forks. On
November 29, in the yard she saw a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and a MOURNING
DOVE. An immature BALD EAGLE flew over on November 30 and two COMMON
REDPOLLS appeared on December 1 with the snow.

Beth Siverhus saw 50 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE in a harvested grain field in
Roseau County on November 27. Location was west of MN 89 about 2 miles
south of Wannaska.

Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Beth Siverhus, Dave Schaum, and Beth Siverhus
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
10, 2009.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN