*March 14, 2013
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: March 14, 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 14,
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.
It has been a pleasant week in the northwest, cool at night and warmed
by the sun most days to near freezing. It's little cooler than normal,
and some roads are having problems with snow blowing over and icing up
the surface. Owls are still being seen in the area, but those and other
northern species are starting to go north again.
Larry and Maggie Anderson saw LAPLAND LONGSPURS near Gully in Polk
County on March 10.
In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL four miles
north of Oklee on March 13. On the 9th, she reported several flocks of
SNOW BUNTINGS, two groups of SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, WILD TURKEYS near
Oklee, COMMON RAVEN, and a single GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN near the
Pennington County line. Three flocks of HORNED LARKS were also seen in
In Pennington County, Shelley found a NORTHERN HAWK OWL in a tree near
the Heritage Center in downtown Thief River Falls on March 13. South of
the city she found several flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS and three groups of
SHARP-TAILED GROUSE that day . Larry and Maggie Anderson reported
AMERICAN CROW, REDBELLIED WOODPECKER, and several AMERICAN ROBINS in the
city of Thief River Falls.
Gregg Knutsen at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County reported that the BALD
EAGLES are still at the nest site on Parker Pool. In Middle River he
observed a MERLIN, and 10 GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen a mile east of Middle
River on March 13.
On March 14, Jeff Siverhus reported that Mike Vettleson saw two adult
SNOWY OWLS between Donaldson and Robbin in Kittson County on MN 11.
In Roseau County, Jeff Siverhus saw nine GREAT GRAY OWLS northwest of
Warroad on March 9; the same day, Kris Guggisberg found many in the
fields west of MN 310. By March 11, there were still owls, but fewer
were seen. SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were observed on a frontage road along MN
11 in Roseau County.
Gretchen Mehmel saw two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS along MN 72 about 5 miles
apart north of the Beltrami County line on March 8. These two are
probably two of those previously reported on the highway.
Thanks to Gregg and Lynda Knutsen, Gretchen Mehmel, Jeff Siverhus, Larry
and Maggie Anderson, Mike Vettleson , and Shelley Steva for their
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, March 21, 2013.
Pennington County, MN