*February 2, 2012
Great Horned Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: February 2, 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, February 2,
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.
It truly feels like spring the last few days as we have had mild
temperatures and dense fog. It has discouraged folks from going birding,
at least the last couple of days as one can barely see the next light
pole sometimes. Tomorrow it promised to cool off a little and the sun to
Larry Wilebski in Kittson County observed a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK which
caught a bird that flew into their windows in Lancaster. A NORTHERN
CARDINAL still comes to the feeder at his cabin northwest of Lancaster.
Lynda Knutsen at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County reported on February 2
that among the usual feeder birds was a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and COMMON
REDPOLLS. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a BALD EAGLE have recently been
sighted on the refuge, and two groups of SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen
north and west of the refuge.
In Polk County, Sandy Aubol observed a GREAT HORNED OWL, and a NORTHERN
CARDINAL at her home in East Grand Forks. She reported that as of
February 1, the EASTERN TOWHEE, two HARRIS'S SPARROWS, and a
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW are still coming to her feeders, along with about
25-30 COMMON REDPOLLS.
From Otter Tail County, Jody Doll reported that the SNOWY OWL is still
being seen near Ottertail about 2.8 miles north of Ottertail on CR 78.
Roland Jordahl in Pelican Rapids reported SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, NORTHERN
CARDINAL, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and COMMON REDPOLLS. At Maplewood State Park
he saw BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, and BARRED OWL. Prairie Lake is
hosting TRUMPETER SWANS and CANADA GEESE.
Thanks to Jody Doll, Larry Wilebski, Lynda Knutsen, Sandy Aubol, and
Roland Jordahl 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, February 9,
Pennington County, MN