*February 9, 2017
Great Horned Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: February 9, 2017
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 9,
2017 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.
After a few mild thawing days, we are temporarily back in the cold in
the northwest, but the forecast is for a rapid rise in temperature
starting tonight. Conditions on the roads are pretty good with some
patchy ice. Be careful of trying minimum maintenance roads, as there has
been much drifting in the past days, and what looks great at the
intersection may rapidly deteriorate a half mile later.
A female NORTHERN CARDINAL visited the feeder of Beth Siverhus in
Warroad, Roseau County, on February 8. Gary and Phyllis Lund also in
Roseau County, observed a covey of SHARP-TAILED GROUSE eating buds in
one of their trees. Several NORTHERN HAWK OWLS have been observed in the
Roseau area during the past week. If you find one, listen quietly, and
you may hear one singing as they are getting ready to nest at this time.
Shelley Steva and I found three RUFFED GROUSE eating buds in a tree
along MN 310 on February 4. Olaf Danielson saw four coveys of GRAY
PARTRIDGE in Roseau County on February 3.
In Kittson County, Larry Wilebski had 75 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in his yard
in Lancaster on February 4.
John Hess reported a SNOWY OWL west of Warren in Marshall County on
February 6. Shelley Steva and I saw a BALD EAGLE, some SHARP-TAILED
GROUSE, and SNOW BUNTINGS in the county on February 4.
Up to ten SNOWY OWLS have been seen in the past week in western Polk
County. Most of them have been adult males. Shelley Steva and I found
eleven GRAY PARTRIDGE southwest of Sherack on February 4. Several SNOW
BUNTINGS were also seen. Sandy Aubol reported the first HORNED LARKS
along CR 19 on February 3. A GREAT HORNED OWL was spotted by Sandy on
her neighbor's fence on February 3.
In Clay County, Kathy Bresee reported that the FOX SPARROW reported
earlier was still in her yard in Moorhead on February 3.Other species
seen there included RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH , one AMERICAN ROBIN and two
Becca Engdahl observed a few COMMON REDPOLLS in Hubbard County on
February 8, and reported that a LINCOLN'S SPARROW has been there all
Thanks to all who sent in their sightings this week.
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
Pennington County, MN