*Detroit Lakes
*February 26, 2009

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: February 26, 2009
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 26, 2009 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 small snowfall here in the northwest, we are back in the freezer with the mercury dipping to January levels below zero tonight. Bright sunshine in recent days has shown some warmth, so we are looking forward to the promised warmup this weekend.

Rick Gjervold was birding in Wilkin County on February 18 where he saw 75 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS south and west of Rothsay. 6 GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen along the highway north of Lawndale, and several groups of HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS were also seen.

Nate Emery saw a couple of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in the Glacial Ridge area of Polk County on February 22. Also present in the area were a few HORNED LARKS, SNOW BUNTINGS, and COMMON REDPOLLS.

In Kittson County, Larry Wilebski saw a small covey of GRAY PARTRIDGE near Lancaster on February 25. Lance Crandall reported sighting of 8 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, some CEDAR WAXWINGS, and 50-75 COMMON REDPOLLS at Lake Bronson State Park this week.

Thanks to Lance Crandall, Larry Wilebski, Nate Emery, and Rick Gjervold 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, March 5, 2009.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN