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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Detroit Lakes
*March 5, 2009
*MNDL0903.05

-Birds mentioned
Gray Partridge
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Greater Prairie-Chicken
Northern Hawk Owl
Barred Owl
Pileated Woodpecker
Horned Lark
Cedar Waxwing
Snow Bunting
Northern Cardinal
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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: March 5, 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, March 5,
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.

As of this evening, one can smell spring in the northwest, but we are
not kidding ourselves that it is permanently here just yet. Warm
temperatures this week have decreased the snow cover, and a little brown
dirt is peeking out now. HORNED LARKS are being seen everywhere, and
tonight , here in Pennington County, I saw the few that nest along our
road every spring as three of them flew back from the road shoulder into
the field.

Lance Crandall at Lake Bronson State Park in Kittson County reported on
March 3 that there were many flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS being seen in the
county. A PILEATED WOODPECKER was seen at the park feeder.

Ben Wieland in Cass County saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL south of Federal Dam
along CR 73, two miles west of CR 8.

Shelley Steva is regularly seeing a lek of 9 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE one
mile south of CR 3 along CR 23 in Pennington County.

In Red Lake County, Shelley saw three GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS one mile
east of Plummer on March 2. Anita Vettleson saw a covey of GRAY
PARTRIDGE along MN 92 east of US 59 on February 28.

Anita Vettleson saw a covey of GRAY PARTRIDGE along MN 92 north of US 2
on March 1.

From Otter Tail County, Terry Brokke reported a calling NORTHERN
CARDINAL on March 1 in Fergus Falls. On March 4, he observed a BARRED
OWL and 15 CEDAR WAXWINGS.

Thanks to Anita Vettleson, Ben Wieland, Shelley Steva, and Terry Brokke
for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at [log in to unmask] <blocked::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, March 12, 2009.



Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN