*October 13, 2011
Le Conte's Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: October 13, 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, October 13,
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.
Leaves are pretty much all down in the northwest this week, with the
poplars still hanging on to theirs, while the wind has that familiar
winter howl as it blows through the bare branches of the rest. Migration
of sparrows is in full force now, and the last species are appearing.
Weather is cooling, and by next week, we will have freezing temperatures
at night again.
Ashley Hitt at Agassiz NWR reported 150 to 200 TUNDRA SWANS at Webster
Pool and 150 more on Agassiz Pool on October 12. Increased numbers of
GADWALLS are being seen.
Here in Pennington County, Zeann Linder reported two FOX SPARROWS in her
yard in Thief River Falls on October 12. On October 9, a flock of about
300 COMMON GRACKLES visited our yard, and today, a large flock of
AMERICAN ROBINS were working the crabapple trees here. Shelley Steva
reported a flock of 75 LAPLAND LONGSPURS along CR 8 near the Polk County
line on October 9.
In Polk County, Sandy Aubol saw a TURKEY VULTURE on October 9. On the
8th, she saw a juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, WHITE-THROATED
SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO in East Grand Forks. On
October 10, BROWN CREEPER, HERMIT THRUSH, PALM WARBLER, FOX SPARROW, and
4 PURPLE FINCHES showed up.
From Douglas County on October 9, John Ellis reported 12 sparrow species
including VESPER SPARROW,SAVANNAH SPARROW, LE CONTE'S SPARROW, NELSON'S
SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW,SWAMP
SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO. RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER were also seen.
Thanks to Ashley Hitt, John Ellis, Sandy Aubol, Shelley Steva 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, October 20,
Pennington County, MN