*October 11, 2012
Great Blue Heron
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: October 11, 2012
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 11,
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.
The weather has settled down into more typical fall weather, but still
remains on the cool side. We are hoping for a slight warm up to finish
the fall work around the yards. The last of the sparrows and some
finches are coming through now, and most other songbirds have departed.
Brad and Dee Ehlers in Otter Tail County reported 50 DARK-EYED JUNCOS,
three FOX SPARROWS, one HARRIS'S SPARROW, and four WHITE-THROATED
SPARROWS in their yard on October 5. A RED-TAILED HAWK made a pass over
the yard also. On October 10 , they reported a flock of 200 AMERICAN
ROBINS on the north side of Otter Tail Lake, and a GREAT BLUE HERON
along CR 1 a mile east of Fergus Falls.
From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET,
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, FOX SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and many
DARK-EYED JUNCOS in the yard. On October 11, a flock of 200 BREWER'S
BLACKBIRDS was seen in Dorset, and the first PINE SISKIN was also seen.
Dave and Betty Hochhalter in Detroit Lakes, Becker County, reported
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and
PURPLE FINCH on October 7. Thousands of AMERICAN COOTS were seen on
Detroit Lake along with five WOOD DUCKS.
Lynda Knutsen reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK seen at Agassiz refuge
headquarters on October 9. She also mentioned that the numbers of TUNDRA
SWANS at the refuge are increasing while there are still many SANDHILL
CRANES and numerous ducks and geese there. Heidi Hughes at the Audubon
Center observed a possible CASPIAN TERN at the impoundments north of the
center on October 3. Kelly Gillund , also in Marshall County, saw three
BALD EAGLES in her yard on October 9 - two immatures and one
Thanks to Brad and Dee Ehlers, Dave and Betty Hochhalter, Heidi Hughes,
Kelly Gillund, Lynda Knutsen, and Marshall Howe 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 18, 2012.
Pennington County, MN