*February 14, 2013
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: February 14, 2013
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
14, 2013 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or
This has been an interesting week in the northwest, including a
snowstorm, some cold weather, and some mild weather. Both birds and
birders have been busy. Of interest, it appears that a mini-irruption of
northern owls occurred last week in Roseau County. Reports since Sunday
show diminished numbers, but of course Sunday was stormy so that may
have been weather related.
Brad and Dee Ehlers in Otter Tail County reported 14 RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRDS near Amor, and a male COMMON MERGANSER at the inlet to
Ottertail Lake on February 11. Seven RED CROSSBILLS were seen near the
diversion dam north of Fergus Falls.
In Mahnomen County, Kristy May reported lots of feeder birds and also
both CEDAR WAXWINGS and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS this week. A RING-NECKED
PHEASANT was seen north of Waubun on US 59 on February 13, and a flock
of SNOW BUNTINGS was along MN 113 west of Waubun on February 9.
A SNOWY OWL was seen by Sandy Aubol a half miles east of Sherack along
CR 21 in Polk County on February 9. She reported on February 12, that
two adult BALD EAGLES were at the East Grand Forks nest site. Twelve
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in East Grand Forks.
A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on February
13 by Sean Lofgren near Parker Pool on the south side of CR 7. Lynda
Knutsen reported that two SHARP-TAILED GROUSE have been visiting the
headquarters feeders along with the usual winter feeder birds and
several PINE GROSBEAKS. Just west of the refuge , Cliff Steinhauer
reported 22 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, 25 SNOW
BUNTINGS, twenty COMMON REDPOLLS, and 4 EVENING GROSBEAKS at his feeders
Beth Siverhus reported three NORTHERN HAWK OWLS in Beltrami County on
February 9, along MN 72 at mile markers 42, 49 and 50. A BARRED OWL was
observed a few miles north of Kelliher.
In Kittson County, Larry Wilebski reported SNOWY OWLS between Orleans
and Humboldt on February 11. A GRAY PARTRIDGE was also in the area.
Roseau County seemed to be at the center of a small irruption of GREAT
GRAY OWLS late last week with as many as 20 being reported, most from a
small area north of Roseau. Since Sunday, it appears that the numbers
have greatly dropped off or the owls have dispersed widely. Sandy Aubol
saw a RED-TAILED HAWK north of Roseau along MN 310 on February 9. Gregg
Knutsen found several GREAT GRAY OWLS northeast of Warroad on February
In Lake of the Woods County, on February 9, Beth Siverhus found a GREAT
GRAY OWL just east of Blueberry Hill campground along MN 11. 4 NORTHERN
HAWK OWLS were seen along MN 72 and one was at Pitt along MN 11. On the
10th, Jeff Birchem saw two GREAT GRAY OWLS on CR 8 three miles south of
Long Point. Two large flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS were seen on February 9
east of Williams along CR 11.
Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Cliff Steinhauer, Gregg
and Lynda Knutsen, Kristy May, Larry Wilebski, Leon Thoreson, 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]
<mailto:[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 21, 2013.
Pennington County, MN