*October 27, 2011
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: October 27, 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 27,
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.
It has been a mild week in the northwest, but weather will surely get
colder soon. The birds seem to know ahead of us, and this week there are
many reports of snow buntings and a few redpolls, two species that
surely do foretell winter.
In Red Lake County, Anita Vettleson saw a WILD TURKEY at Plummer on
October 26. I found two late FOX SPARROWS and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW near
the Red Lake Falls wastewater treatment ponds on October 22. At the
ponds was a lone SNOW GOOSE among all the GREATER CANADA GEESE.
From western Polk County, Heidi Hughes reported that the first
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at the Agassiz Valley
impoundment on October 27. Other species seen near the Audubon Center
included SHARP-TAILED GROUSE and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE along CR 68. Sandy
Aubol in East Grand Forks reported 14 HARRIS'S SPARROWS, two
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and a CHIPPING SPARROW on October 25. On the
27th, she saw a flock of 50 COMMON REDPOLLS in her neighborhood.
Beau Shroyer in Becker County reported 100 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, and a
flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS on October 27.
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County saw two SNOW BUNTINGS and some PURPLE
FINCHES on October 21. He reported COMMON REDPOLLS and one EVENING
GROSBEAK on October 24. Other species seen included a RUFFED GROUSE, a
MERLIN, HARRIS'S SPARROW, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.
40-50 COMMON REDPOLLS and some RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were in Park Rapids on
Alma Ronningen in Otter Tail County had a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at the
bird bath on October 25. On the 26th, she saw HOUSE FINCH, PURPLE FINCH,
and two PINE SISKINS at her home in Dent.
Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Anita Vettleson, Beau Shroyer, Heidi Hughes,
Marshall Howe, and Sandy Aubol 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 3,
Pennington County, MN