*Detroit Lakes
*January 14, 2010

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: January 14, 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, January 14, 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.

After the cold of New Year's weekend, temperatures have increased until they are flirting with the freezing point. The complete snow cover has so far kept the melting to a minimum, but even warmer temperatures are forecast for the weekend so that may change. For road conditions, we hope that thawing and freezing does not occur to make the roads icy and dangerous.

Two out of place birds have been reported this week. On New Year's Day, an EASTERN TOWHEE was found in Lancaster in Kittson County. Larry Wilebski reported tonight that this bird has not been seen for a couple of days, but the length of its stay may mean that it is still around. Farther south, on January 4 and 5, a WESTERN MEADOWLARK was seen in Red Lake County along some gravel roads a few miles south of Red Lake Falls.

Marcy Bisson reported two dozen AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS in her yard since January 6 , five miles northwest of Vergas on CR 17.

In Polk County on January 8, Karen Suldahl reported RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at the feeder, and a flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS in the fruit trees.

Shelley Steva reported 25 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and a flock of SNOW BUNTINGS north of Oklee in Red Lake County this week.

The Thief River Falls Times reported this week a flock of about a dozen AMERICAN ROBINS in the town of Thief River Falls in Pennington County.

Maggie Anderson at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County reported two AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES at the headquarters feeders on January 11, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE on January 14.

Shelley Steva saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE in Clearwater County near Gonvick on the weekend.

Beth Siverhus spotted a RUFFED GROUSE near mile marker 46 on MN 72 on January 9, and PINE GROSBEAKS along MN 11 north of Waskish. An adult BALD EAGLE was seen in Waskish.

In Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL on the west side of MN 72 between mile markers 52 and 53 on January 9.

On January 11, Beth reported a PILEATED WOODPECKER and a COMMON GRACKLE in their yard in Warroad , Roseau County.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Karen Suldahl, Larry Wilebski, Maggie Anderson, Michelle, Marcy Bisson, 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, January 21,2010.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN