*Detroit Lakes
*February 18, 2010

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: February 18, 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, February 18, 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.

We have had a very pleasant week in northwestern Minnesota with reasonable temperatures, calm winds, and sunshine prevailing. Bird sightings are picking up, as their activity picks up with lengthening days.

Joel Claus found an AMERICAN 3-TOED WOODPECKER in Lake of the Woods County on the west side of the Faunce Road 0.8 miles south of the Bankton Trail on the weekend.

Ron Erpelding, Herb Dingmann, and I saw five GRAY PARTRIDGES along CR 118 in far northwestern Roseau County. Two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS were seen - one along MN 310, and one beside the Sprague Creek road. There was a large flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Warroad on Saturday, and the female NORTHERN CARDINAL is still visiting Carol Parker's feeder in Warroad. Also seen in Roseau County were SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, and several LAPLAND LONGSPURS.

In Beltrami County, Katie Haws reported PINE GROSBEAKS at her feeder.

Clearwater County sightings by Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann included three PINE GROSBEAKS at a feeder on the east side of CR 2 about two miles south of Shevlin on February 14.

PINE GROSBEAKS were seen in Grygla, Marshall County on February 13.

A male NORTHERN FLICKER, red-shafted form, was seen by Mel Bennefeld at the Ponderosa Golf Course on February 16.

In Hubbard County on February 14, Ron and Herb found RED CROSSBILLS along CR 4 north of Lake George, and EVENING GROSBEAKS at a feeder on the west side of CR 4 in Lake George. 8 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen along CR 95 just east of CR 3.

PINE GROSBEAKS were seen flying over MN 227 two miles east of Sebeka, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE was observed on the south side of CR 12 one mile east of Nimrod.

Brad and Dee Ehlers saw a MOURNING DOVE along CR 1 in Otter Tail County near Walker and Otter Tail Lakes.

Thanks to Brad and Dee Ehlers, Diana Morkassel, Joel Claus, Katie Haws, Mel Bennefeld, Ron Erpelding, and Herb Dingmann 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, February 25, 2010.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN