*Detroit Lakes
*December 8, 2011

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: December 8, 2011
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, December 8, 2011 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.

This has been a quiet weather week in the northwest except for the wind , which has been anything but quiet. Despite this, reports of SNOWY OWLS continue to come in. Heidi Hughes as received reports of owl sightings in Polk, Pennington, Marshall, and Roseau Counties this week.

In Kittson County, Larry Wilebski reported two SNOWY OWLS between Lancaster and Humboldt on December 3.

Maggie Anderson, at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, reported a SNOWY OWL continues to be seen along CR 7 between the headquarters and South Pool. At the feeders at headquarters, there are BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and COMMON REDPOLLS, and elsewhere in the refuge a few ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS are being seen.

Shelley Steva saw a SNOWY OWL at Sherack in Polk County along CR 21 on December 3. Sandy Aubol reports that the EASTERN TOWHEE, along with a HARRIS'S SPARROW and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continue to be seen in her yard in East Grand Forks. At Climax, Karen Suldahl saw a PILEATED WOODPECKER on December 2.

Mel Bennefeld reported a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD on the northern edge of Buffalo River State Park in Clay County on November 30.

Joel Arndt in Becker County reported a GREAT HORNED OWL near Floyd Lake on December 3, and on the 5th, he saw a NORTHERN CARDINAL there.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported a PINE SISKIN near Dorset and 40 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS seen by John Weber at Nevis on December 1. On December 4, Marshall saw a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE , DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and PURPLE FINCH at Dorset on December 4. There were CEDAR WAXWINGS and PINE SISKINS at Park Rapids on December 5.

In Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen reported that a RUFFED GROUSE has been visiting her yard, and other species there today included HARRIS'S SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and a COMMON GRACKLE.

Thanks to Heidi Hughes, Joel Arndt, Karen Suldahl, Larry Wilebski, Maggie Anderson, Mel Bennefeld, Sandy Aubol, 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, December 15, 2011.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN