*November 10, 2011
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: November 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, November
10, 2011 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or
Slowly but surely, winter is approaching. Nights now usually feature
frost, and mornings we are greeted with windshields to scrape before
driving.Most migrants have departed with the last of the waterfowl still
hanging around, but most of the sparrows have left.
Maggie Anderson at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County reported several
NORTHERN SHRIKES and a few SNOW BUNTINGS on the refuge on November 4. By
November 5, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were increasing on the refuge, and a few
HARRIS'S SPARROWS were still visiting the refuge feeders. Waterfowl such
as HOODED MERGANSERS, GREATER SCAUP and LESSER SCAUP remained on
Headquarters Pool. On November 6, Zeann Linder saw several late SANDHILL
CRANES near Alvarado in western Marshall County, and a flock of SNOW
BUNTINGS was also seen in the area.
Sandy Aubol reported that the EASTERN TOWHEE that she reported last week
has returned several times as recently as November 7 in her yard in East
Grand Forks, Polk County. Also on the 7th, 7 HARRIS'S SPARROWS were
still hanging around and a few PINE SISKINS had appeared.
Brad and Dee Ehlers in Otter Tail County, on November 9 ,reported
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and up to 50 TRUMPETER SWANS in the county. The best
viewing was along CR 108 four miles south of Perham. Thousands of
AMERICAN COOTS could be seen near Dalton.Three SNOW BUNTINGS were seen
along CR 1. Teresa Jaskiewicz reported SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, DARK-EYED
JUNCOS, and 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in Elizabeth on November 6.
Thanks to Brad and Dee Ehlers, Maggie Anderson, Sandy Aubol, Teresa
Jaskiewicz, and Zeann Linder 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, November
Pennington County, MN