*February 10, 2011
Great Horned Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: February 10, 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, February
10, 2011 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or
There is no doubt that this is the winter season this week as
temperatures have dipped into the double digits below zero several
nights, and warmed to barely zero during the days. High humidity in
recent days has produced some beautiful photo ops with trees full of
sparkly frost in the morning sun.
Brad and Dee Ehlers , reporting from Otter Tail County on February 5 ,
observed a BARRED OWL and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH southeast of Otter Tail
, SNOW BUNTINGS around Otter Tail Lake, and a DARK-EYED JUNCO near
Blanche Lake. About 50 TRUMPETER SWANS are wintering east of Otter Tail.
Shelley Steva saw two HORNED LARKS west of the Pembina WMA along CR 21
in Polk County on February 5. 12 GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen three miles
west of Sherack. Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks observed SHARP-SHINNED
HAWK , a GREAT HORNED OWL, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE on February 5. Bruce
Flaig reported a BARRED OWL in the southern part of the county on
In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva saw 2 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE five miles
north of Oklee , and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 120 SNOW BUNTINGS two miles
north of Oklee on February 5.
Shelley Steva also reported a GREAT HORNED OWL on a nest just west of St
Hilaire in Pennington County along CR 3 on February 5. Maggie Anderson
observed a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in Thief River Falls on February 10.
There are several flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS still in the Thief River
Falls area cleaning up the rest of the crabapples and tree seeds.
Hundreds of SNOW BUNTINGS are being seen on these cold and breezy days
in all the open parts of the county.
At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Maggie Anderson reported that
SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, COMMON REDPOLLS, and PINE GROSBEAKS continue to
visit the headquarters feeders this week.
Larry Wilebski saw SHARP-TAILED GROUSE on February 5, and GRAY JAYS the
next day near his place northwest of Lancaster in Kittson County.
Sandy Aubol found 10 RED CROSSBILLS two -three miles west of Greenbush
off CR 11 on February 5. Several NORTHERN HAWK OWLS, and 3 PURPLE
FINCHES were seen north of Roseau on February 5; BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were
seen southeast of Roseau along CR 9.
In Lake of the Woods County, Sandy Aubol found a RUFFED GROUSE east of
Norris Camp,and a NORTHERN HAWK OWL west of Norris Camp on February 5.
At Norris Camp she saw GRAY JAY, PINE GROSBEAK, COMMON REDPOLL, HOARY
REDPOLL, and PINE SISKIN.
Thanks to Brad and Dee Ehlers, Bruce Flaig, Larry Wilebski, Maggie
Anderson, Sandy Aubol, and Shelley Steva 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, February
Pennington County, MN