*October 4, 2012
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: October 4, 2012
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 4,
2012 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.
Tonight as the northwest lies under a blanket of snow, we feel the first
bite of the winter winds. The bad weather was welcome as many fires were
burning over the dry land, and threatening, even consuming some homes.
Now we are in the midst of the first winter storm, after temperatures of
80 degrees on Monday. It's never dull in the Midwest. With the changing
temperatures, large numbers of AMERICAN ROBINS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS
appeared on their way south.
Brad and Dee Ehlers in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, reported that on
October 1, 50 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, a WHITE-THOATED SPARROW, and a NORTHERN
CARDINAL pair with 3 of this season's young were in their yard.
From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported two AMERICAN WOODCOCKS on
September 30. By October 4, he was seeing CEDAR WAXWINGS, WHITE-THROATED
SPARROWS, HARRIS'S SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW,
DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and PURPLE FINCHES among others.
Kristy May in Waubun in Norman County reported 6 TURKEY VULTURES and 3
SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS on October 3. DARK-EYED JUNCOS were common.
Sandy Aubol in Polk County observed AMERICAN PIPITS at the East Grand
Forks wastewater treatment ponds on September 30. A RED-TAILED HAWK and
several EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were also seen in the county.
Shelley Steva and I found a BELTED KINGFISHER in Red Lake County on
Here in Pennington County, there are hoards of DARK-EYED JUNCOS since
the weekend. On September 29 , I saw several GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS in
our yard near Thief River Falls. On September 30, we saw a SHARP-TAILED
GROUSE in the county.
Shelley Steva and I saw a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, GREEN HERON, and
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in northeastern Clearwater County on September 30.
An AMERICAN PIPIT was seen along CR 223.
Pat DeWenter in Bemidji, Beltrami County, reported 3 PILEATED
WOODPECKES, 13 FOX SPARROWS, 15 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and 3 DARK-EYED
JUNCOS on October 4.
Thanks to Brad and Dee Ehlers, Kristy May, Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol,
and Pat DeWenter 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 11,
Pennington County, MN