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Jeanie Joppru <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 2 Dec 2010 19:51:46 -0700
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*Detroit Lakes
*December 2, 2010

-Birds mentioned
Common Merganser
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Northern Hawk Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
American Robin
American Tree Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Redpoll

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: December 2, 2010
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, December 2,
2010 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 looks as if we will have a white Christmas in the northwest this
year. Perhaps that will encourage all of us to get out , play in the
snow, and go birding. Fewer birds were reported this week, probably due
in part to the snowy weather and bad travelling conditions, and partly
due to this busy season.

On November 30, Nancy Jackson saw 30 COMMON MERGANSERS in Walker, Cass

In Otter Tail County, Nancy saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on November 29 and a
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on November 30. Alma Ronningen had two COMMON
REDPOLLS in her yard on November 30, and on December 2, one AMERICAN
ROBIN and 4 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were still to be seen in her yard.

Connie Norheim observer two mature BALD EAGLES flying over the Moorhead
Center Mall in Clay County on November 26.

Sandy Aubol saw a MERLIN and a NORTHERH SHRIKE in East Grand Forks, Polk
County on November 24.She saw a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK fly through her yard
on November 26. On the 30th, a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD appeared at the
feeder. December 2, a female NORTHERN CARDINAL, and 55 to 60 COMMON
REDPOLLS were observed in the area. Another NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen by
Shelley Steva 5 miles north of Erskine on November 27, while a dark
phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen along US 59 a miles north of Erskine.

Connie Cox in Clearwater County had a female BREWER'S BLACKBIRD at her
feeder near Itasca State Park.

Beth Siverhus reported seeing the NORTHERN HAWK OWL in Beltrami County
along MN 72 at mile marker 48 on November 29. BALD EAGLES and
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were observed in both Beltrami and Lake of the Woods
Counties that day.

In Kittson County on November 25 an injured NORTHERN KESTREL was found
and sent to the raptor center for treatment.

One SHARP-TAILED GROUSE was seen along CR 1 in Lake of the Woods County
on November 29.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Beth Siverhus, Connie Cox, Connie Norheim,
Nancy Jackson, Sandy Aubol, and Shelley Steva 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, December 9,

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN