*October 20, 2011
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: October 20, 2011
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 20,
2011 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.
This week saw the last of quite a few species for this year. Migration
has been fast and furious lately, and this was the week of the last
sparrows I fear. White-throated sparrows appear to have nearly all gone
through, and the Harris Sparrows are bringing up the rear. Ron Erpelding
made a swing through the counties of the northwest last weekend , and he
observed HARRIS'S SPARROWS in eight counties, DARK-EYED JUNCOS and TREE
SPARROWS in many places, and FOX SPARROWS in three counties.
An AMERICAN PIPIT , RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and HARRIS'S SPARROWS were seen at
Hamden Slough in Becker County on October 13.
At Glyndon WTP in Clay County, Ron Erpelding found CACKLING GOOSE,
GREATER SCAUP, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and 10 species of sparrow.
A surprise BARRED OWL was found at Twin Valley Community Park in Norman
County on October 14. HARRIS'S SPARROWS were also found there.
Sandy Aubol reported a red-shafted NORTHERN FLICKER at East Grand Forks
in Polk County on October 17. Also seen in her yard were 4 PINE SISKINS.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE appeared on October 19. Ron Erpelding found a COMMON
RAVEN in Polk County on October 14.
In Red Lake County, Ron Erpelding found CACKLING GOOSE, GREATER SCAUP,
COMMON RAVEN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT
THRUSH, AMERICAN PIPIT, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW on
Pennington County species seen on October 15 included CACKLING GOOSE,
TUNDRA SWAN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and
FOX SPARROW. Here in our yard, a RUFFED GROUSE meandered through the
yard on October 16.
Ron Erpelding reported CACKLING GOOSE, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, COMMON
RAVEN, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and a flock of over 100 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in
Clearwater County on October 16.
Larry Wilebski saw and photographed a NORTHERN CARDINAL at his cabin on
Thanks to Larry Wilebski, Ron Erpelding, and Sandy Aubol for their
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, October 27,
Pennington County, MN