*December 9, 2010
Northern Hawk Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: December 9, 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 9,
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.
We are settling into the winter routine here in the northwest, going to
work almost in the dark, and coming home in the dark, and the species
seen are few in number, but very welcome indeed. The winter world would
be quiet indeed without the busy chatter of chickadees and nuthatches.
They can almost make one believe that the cold doesn't matter.
Katie Haws saw two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS along MN 72 in Lake of the Woods
County on December 8. One was in the usual vicinity between mile markers
49 and 50, the other about 10 miles south of Baudette.
Beth Siverhus reported BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Warroad on December 3.
Unusual was the VARIED THRUSH seen and reported by Larry Wilebski in
Lancaster as recently as December 4. This bird has been in Lancaster for
about two weeks that we know of. On December 5, Larry saw a SHORT-EARED
OWL, and a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD continues to hang around.
On November 27, Katie Haws observed a VARIED THRUSH in her yard in
Beltrami County. Other birds reported by Katie in Beltrami County
included a NORTHERN SHRIKE and two BALD EAGLES near Waskish.
From Marshall County, Diana Morkassel reported 35 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, an
AMERICAN ROBIN, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER at their home east of Warren
on December 4.
Dave Lambeth reported a female COOPER'S HAWK and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in
East Grand Forks, Polk County, on December 4.Sandy Aubol saw 35 CEDAR
WAXWINGS, some COMMON REDPOLLS, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE there on December
In Detroit Lakes, Becker County, Beau Shroyer saw a MOURNING DOVE on
Dan and Sandy Thimgan in Otter Tail County saw BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at
Battle Lake on December 7. A late RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD and a MOURNING
DOVE were also seen.
Marshall Howe reported 150 SNOW BUNTINGS and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK in far
western Cass County on December 5.
In Douglas County John Ellis observed 20 CEDAR WAXWINGS and 30 BOHEMIAN
WAXWINGS near the intersection of CR 22 and West Lake Cowdry Road on
December 5.Also seen were 3 AMERICAN COOTS, 4 NORTHERN SHRIKES and some
Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Beth Siverhus, Dan and Sandy Thimgan, Dave
Lambeth, Diana Morkassel, John Ellis, Katie Haws, Larry Wilebski,
Marshall Howe, and Sandy Aubol 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