*Detroit Lakes
*February 28, 2013

-Birds mentioned
Trumpeter Swan
Gray Partridge
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
Gray Jay
Common Raven
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Bohemian Waxwing
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Pine Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: February 28, 2013
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
28, 2012 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or

What a lovely week it has been in the northwest! It has been cold at
night with days warming into the 20's and every morning all is covered
in hoarfrost! We can see the increase in northern birds heading north
now, and soon they will all be on their way. Great gray owls continue to
be seen in some numbers in the northern part of the area , primarily in
and around Roseau. They have increased in numbers in the last week or
so, and spread out some more, so no one particular location has large
numbers. Northern hawk owls also continue to be seen in that area.

Brad and Dee Ehlers reported 150 COMMON REDPOLLS in their yard in Otter
Tail County on February 23, and on the previous day they saw two
RED-TAILED HAWKS east of Fergus Falls. 75 TRUMPETER SWANS can be seen in
downtown Fergus Falls and a pair of BALD EAGLES are on nest along the
Ottertail River east of Fergus Falls. A COMMON RAVEN was seen by Herb
Dingmann in Otter Tail County last weekend. Marion and Gary Otnes
observed six AMERICAN ROBINS and 60 COMMON REDPOLLS at the Orwell
Reservoir near Fergus Falls on February 28.

In Becker County Joel Arndt reported RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN
CARDINAL, PINE GROSBEAK, and HOARY REDPOLL in Detroit Lakes on February
23. BOHEMIAN WAXWING and a HOARY REDPOLL were seen at Rainbow Resort
near Detroit Lakes on February 23.

Kathy Bresee in Moorhead in Clay County reported that the VARIED THRUSH
is still in her neighborhood this week , along with RED-BREASTED

In Mahnomen County at Waubun, Kristy May observed 3 AMERICAN ROBINS near
Waubun High School on February 24. Other species seen in Waubun last

In Polk County, Heidi Hughes observed 6-8 GRAY PARTRIDGE along the
railroad tracks on the east side of US 75 between Euclid and Angus on
February 21. A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL that flushed from the shoulder of
US 2 two miles east of Crookston on February 26 was reported by Emily

Herb Dingmann found a HOARY REDPOLL at Huot in Red Lake County on
February 23.

Another HOARY REDPOLL was seen along Robin Hood Drive in Thief River
Falls in Pennington County. Herb Dingmann also reported seeing BOHEMIAN
WAXWINGS and PINE GROSBEAKS in Thief River Falls that day. Shelley Steva
witnessed two NORTHERN SHRIKES both chasing a single songbird in Thief
River Falls on February 25. A group of several GRAY PARTRIDGES were
found along MN 1 east of Thief River Falls on February 23.

Herb Dingmann found a NORTHERN CARDINAL in Warren, Marshall County on
February 23. Lynda Knutsen at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County reported
that the pair of BALD EAGLES are at the nest site at Parker Pool along
CR 7.

Larry Wilebski sent in two reports of great gray owls in Kittson County
this week. On February 22, he found a GREAT GRAY OWL four miles east on
the Tombstone Highway north of Lancaster. I believe that is labeled CR
51. On February 24 he saw two on CR 4 going east from Lancaster.

Beth Siverhus at Warroad in Roseau County reported several GREAT GRAY
OWLS south and east of Warroad on February 24. A large number of owls
are still north and east of Roseau as of last weekend. Herb Dingmann
lone LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen with a flock of SNOW BUNTINGS in that
same area. Beth Siverhus also mentioned SNOW BUNTINGS,PINE GROSBEAKS,
and one COMMON GRACKLE that has wintered over in the Warroad area.

In Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus reported a GREAT GRAY OWL on
CR 17, and 2 on CR 8 north of Roosevelt.

Thanks to all the folks who sent in their sightings this week.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at [log in to unmask]
<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 7, 2013.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN