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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Detroit Lakes
*April 11, 2013
*MNDL1304.11

-Birds mentioned
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Mourning Dove
Great Gray Owl
Long-eared Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Black-backed Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Bohemian Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Snow Bunting
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Common Grackle
Purple Finch
Red Crossbill
Common Redpoll
American Goldfinch
-Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 11, 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, April 11,
2013 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 returned to late winter this week, and all are disappointed in
the delay of returning warm weather. Snow blankets even the northern
parts of the area with even more to our south with the latest winter
storm. Still the migrants stream north and many will suffer with the
cold weather. I continue to get reports of GREAT GRAY OWLS from Roseau
and Lake of the Woods counties, but numbers are, of course, down from
their peak. Waterfowl are scarce in the northern part of the region, but
where some open water has appeared, some of them have returned. Several
folks reported large numbers of COMMON REDPOLLS still hanging around
feeders from Fergus Falls to East Grand Forks. BALD EAGLES are being
reported by most in the area. Shelley Steva reported that there was a
large flight of RED-TAILED HAWKS and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS between Thief
River Falls and Oklee on April 8.

From Lake Carlos SP in Douglas County on April 9, Benjamin Eckhoff
reported SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. On April 10th , it was RED-SHOULDERED HAWK,
NORTHERN HARRIER, and SANDHILL CRANES, and on the 11th, FOX SPARROW and
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW.

On April 10, Steve Aversano observed RED-TAILED HAWK, LONG-EARED OWL,
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, COMMON GRACKLE and COMMON REDPOLL in his yard
in Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County. Gary and Marion Otnes birded in
Otter Tail and Wilkin Counties on April 10th where they found 7
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, GREAT BLUE HERON, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, BELTED
KINGFISHER, and CHIPPING SPARROW.

In Wilkin County, Gary and Marion found 11 EURASIAN COLLARED-D0VES at
Rothsay on April 10.

Connie Cox reported from Itasca SP on April 9 where there were TRUMPETER
SWANS, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, MOURNING DOVE, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER,
AMERICAN ROBIN, PURPLE FINCH, RED CROSSBILLS, COMMON REDPOLLS, and
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH.

Cleone Stewart saw MOURNING DOVES south of Frazee in Becker County on
April 4, many AMERICAN ROBINS on April 8, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS on
April 9. Dave and Betty Hochhalter reported RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in
their yard in Detroit Lakes on the weekend. Steve Midthune saw WESTERN
MEADOWLARK and BREWER'S BLACKBIRD at Hamden Slough NWR on April 10. At
Richwood, he saw PIED-BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN COOT, and HOODED MERGANSER;
SNOW BUNTINGS and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were also seen.

Kathy Bresee in Moorhead in Clay County reported many migrants on April
10 including AMERICAN ROBIN , DARK-EYED JUNCO , PURPLE FINCH, and COMMON
GRACKLE. The VARIED THRUSH that she has reported for most of the winter
still continues to visit her yard.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported on April 5 that there were 800
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and 300 COMMON REDPOLLS visiting the area of her yard
in East Grand Forks. At the time a COMMON GRACKLE, and 11 CEDAR WAXWINGS
were also seen. On April 10, a flock of 25 TUNDRA SWANS were observed
flying over.

In southern Pennington County, Shelley Steva saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE four
miles south of Thief River Falls along US 59 on April 8. Ten SNOW
BUNTINGS and a pair of SANDHILL CRANES were also seen.

Benjamin Eckhoff saw six GREAT GRAY OWLS over a stretch of seven miles
of MN 72 south of Baudette in Lake of the Woods County on April 5. In
Roseau county another was seen northeast of Swift, and 5 SHARP-TAILED
GROUSE were seen just north of Roosevelt on April 6.

Thanks to all 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, April 20, 2013.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN