*March 17, 2011
Great Horned Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: March 17, 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, March 17,
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.
Spring finally seems to be on the way, judging by the warm temperatures,
and the variety of bird species being reported. The birds are slowly
returning. By now, there are HORNED LARKS everywhere, and even a few
geese have been seen in the northwest, scouts looking for open water.
BALD EAGLES are at the nests throughout most of the area, as are the
GREAT HORNED OWLS.
Larry Wilebski reported on March 13 that there is another VARIED THRUSH
in the Lancaster area. It is being seen at a property outside of the
town, and if anyone is interested in seeing the bird , please contact
Larry for directions. His email address is [log in to unmask]
Diana Morkassel, near Warren in Marshall County , on March 10 saw 2 BALD
EAGLES , some HORNED LARKS. BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen near the Good
Samaritan Center in Warren. A possible NORTHERN CARDINAL was heard east
of Warren on March 17. Maggie Anderson reported that a pair of CANADA
GEESE returned to headquarters pool at Agassiz NWR on March 15. Cory and
Angie Floden saw a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL at a farm southeast of Warren
on March 16.
Shelley Steva observed a NORTHERN HARRIER in southern Pennington County
3 miles east of the Seven Clans Casino.
In Red Lake County, Shelley reported an AMERICAN KESTREL in Plummer on
Sandy Aubol saw MERLIN and heard it calling in East Grand Forks in Polk
County on March 17. She also saw a male NORTHERN CARDINAL and some
AMERICAN ROBINS there on March 17. Bruce Flaig saw a pair of TRUMPETER
SWANS in the southern part of the county on March 16. John Loegering
reported a MERLIN has returned to Crookston.
Marshall Howe saw an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK in Dorset, Hubbard County on
March 12. Other species seen in Hubbard County this week included BALD
EAGLE, BROWN CREEPER; a GRAY JAY was seen at the Lake Alice Bog in
central Hubbard County.
For those in Otter Tail County, spring seems to be progressing quickly.
Brad and Dee Ehlers reported 50 TRUMPETER SWANS, and a variety of ducks
including NORTHERN PINTAIL, RING-NECKED DUCK, GADWALL, COMMON MERGANSER,
and HOODED MERGANSER. AMERICAN COOT ,and AMERICAN KESTREL were seen, as
well as BALD EAGLES on the nest. Teresa Jaskiewicz at the Prairie
Wetlands Learning Center reported AMERICAN KESTREL, HORNED LARK,
NORTHERN SHRIKE, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. Alma Ronningen on March 17
reported WILD TURKEY, AMERICAN ROBIN, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and still
some COMMON REDPOLLS near Dent.
Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Bruce Flaig, Cory and
Angie Floden , Diana Morkassel, John Loegering, Larry Wilebski, Maggie
Anderson, Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol, Shelley Steva, and Teresa
Jaskiewicz 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, March 24,
Pennington County, MN