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Jeanie Joppru <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:30:40 -0600
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*Detroit Lakes
*March 28, 2013

-Birds mentioned
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Common Merganser
Gray Partridge
Ring-necked Pheasant
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Golden Eagle
Sandhill Crane
Mourning Dove
Snowy Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Boreal Owl
Northern Shrike
Black-billed Magpie
Horned Lark
Bohemian Waxwing
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Pine Grosbeak
Common Redpoll

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: March 28, 2013
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 28,
2013 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.

With the coming of warmer weather, the migrants are starting to return
to the northwest this week. The snow is starting to erode and a few
patches of brown are coming into view.

Brad and Dee Ehlers reported COMMON MERGANSERS in the Ottertail River in
Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County on March 23. On the 24th, they observed
BALD EAGLES feeding young on the west end of Brown Lake along CR 1;
MERLINS and MOURNING DOVES were seen south of Fergus Falls on March 28.

Joel Arndt saw a SNOWY OWL and a NORTHERN CARDINAL in Becker County on
March 26. CANADA GOOSE, BALD EAGLE and SNOW GOOSE were spotted by Kristy
May along US 59 on March 27.

A BOREAL OWL was seen by Rick Gjervold south of Felton Prairie in Clay
County on March 23. Brad and Dee Ehlers reported a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE
at the intersection of I-94 and CR 10 east of Moorhead on March 23.

Kristy May found RING-NECKED PHEASANTS east of Flom on CR 113 in Norman
County on March 24. On the 28th she saw a NORTHERN HARRIER on the same

A PINE GROSBEAK was seen in Waubun, Mahnomen County, on March 25, and on
the 28th Kristy May found six SANDHILL CRANES southwest of Mahnomen.

From Polk County, Heidi Hughes reported a GOLDEN EAGLE working on a deer
carcass at the edge of the Audubon Center prairie on March 24. There
were many HORNED LARKS and 7 GRAY PARTRIDGE also in the area. Donna and
Leon Thoreson reported 150 SNOW BUNTINGS and 75 COMMON REDPOLLS still
feeding in their yard near Climax on March 23. Also there were three
GRAY PARTRIDGE. Sandy Aubol reported two MERLINS in East Grand Forks,
along with NORTHERN SHRIKE , and 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on March 26. Cory
and Angie Floden observed two SNOW BUNTINGS and one LAPLAND LONGSPUR in
their yard near Euclid on March 28.

Here in Pennington County, Maggie Anderson saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE in
eastern Thief River Falls on March 22, and I saw one tonight, March 28
along Barzen Ave, on the west side of the city.

From Marshall County, at Agassiz NWR, Jim Graham saw a BOREAL OWL in a
tree at headquarters on March 24. On March 22, a GREAT GRAY OWL was seen
by Gregg Knutsen along CR 7 four miles west of headquarters, and a
CANADA GOOSE was reported by Dave Myhrer at Parker Pool on March 27.
Several BALD EAGLES were seen in the county this week including the pair
at Parker Pool, one two miles east of Middle River, and one seen by
Jennifer Audette near Viking.

Beth Siverhus reported a NORTHERN HAWK OWL a few miles south of the Lake
of the Woods border in Beltrami County along MN 72 on March 23.

In Roseau County there is a secondhand report of a BOREAL OWL hanging
around bird feeders in Roseau this week. GREAT GRAY OWL sightings are
greatly decreased this week as only two have been reported in Roseau
County this week by Beth Siverhus. A NORTHERN HAWK OWL has been hanging
around the area of the Hay Creek Bridge east of the intersection of MN
11 and CR 9 near Salol. The first CANADA GOOSE was seen on March 28.

In Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus reported four NORTHERN HAWK
OWLS this week , most along MN 72. A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen along MN 72
eight miles south of Baudette on March 23.

Thanks to all who sent in reports this week.

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, April 4, 2013.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN