*October 17, 2013
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: October 17, 2013
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, October 17,
2013 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.
Cold weather appears to be on the way. Migration continues in the
northwest as the raptors stream south, and some waterfowl also heading
that way. Leaves have nearly all blown off the trees in the strong fall
winds that we have been having lately.
Here in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Zeann Linder reported
today that at least one MERLIN is still in town. At our feeder just east
of Thief River Falls, there are many PURPLE FINCHES this week.
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks , Polk County, had four PINE SISKINS at
her feeder on October 11. On the 16th, she observed large flocks of
COMMON GRACKLES and the first of the season NORTHERN SHRIKE. Among the
migrants were three DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, two BALD EAGLES, two
RED-TAILED HAWKS, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK , and a MERLIN.
Visiting birder, Reynold Larsen, saw many TUNDRA SWANS and two SANDHILL
CRANES at Hamden Slough NWR in Clay County on October 12.
Benjamin Eckhoff reporting from Lake Carlos SP in Douglas County this
week reported large rafts of AMERICAN COOTS, a PEREGRINE FALCON, BROWN
CREEPER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCOS,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, and PURPLE FINCH.
Thanks to Benjamin Eckhoff, Reynold Larsen, Sandy Aubol, and Zeann
Linder for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at [log in to unmask]
<mailto:[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, October 24, 2013.
Pennington County, MN