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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Detroit Lakes
*January 9, 2014
*MNDL1401.09

-Birds mentioned
Gray Partridge
Ruffed Grouse
Spruce Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Wild Turkey
Cooper's Hawk
Great Horned Owl
Snowy Owl
Barred Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Shrike
Gray Jay
Common Raven
Snow Bunting
Pine Siskin
-Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: January 9, 2014
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 9,
2014 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.

What a cold week it has been with temperatures dipping far below zero,
and on some days at least, stiff winds. Most birders have clearly been
staying indoors , keeping warm. I'm sure the birds were wishing they
could do that too. SNOW BUNTINGS have been mentioned in many reports as
these small birds seem to enjoy such conditions. SNOWY OWLS are being
reported throughout the area, but with such a vast area, it is a matter
of luck to actually see one, unless you can spare the time to drive many
miles in the good habitat to search them out. Some areas seem to have
had more sightings, notably those in open areas with lines of power
poles for perches. Heidi Hughes has been reporting on MOUnet the ones
that have been reported to her, so I will only mention those that came
to me. Western Polk and Marshall Counties seem to have had the most
sightings to date. Sandy Aubol reported one on CR 20 one mile south of
CR 19 in Polk County on January 8. It seems that many of the sightings
in Polk County are from this area.

Rebecca Komppa reported a SNOWY OWL on the Cass Line Road on the Wadena
side of the road on January 2. Matt Mecklenburg reported one in Clay
County on December 31 a half mile east of the intersection of 150th St.
N and 120th Ave N. One was seen on the Agassiz NWR CBC on January 2 but
I don't have a location for that one.

Gary and Marion Otnes in Otter Tail County on January 6 reported three
species of owls in or near their yard - BARRED OWL, NORTHERN SAW-WHET
OWL , and GREAT HORNED OWL. Sounds like material for an owl war to me.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported RUFFED GROUSE near Dorset,
and COOPER'S HAWK in Park Rapids, along with lots of SNOW BUNTINGS.

In Marshall County on January 2, a CBC was held at Agassiz NWR where in
subzero temperatures, several folks tallied 24 species including GREAT
HORNED OWL, the aforementioned SNOWY OWL, 6 GRAY PARTRIDGE, RUFFED
GROUSE, 143 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, 17 WILD TURKEYS, NORTHERN SHRIKE,
COMMON RAVEN and many SNOW BUNTINGS.

From Kittson County this week Larry Wilebski reported that a RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER is still in the area.

Martin Kehoe, reporting from deep within the Beltrami Island forest in
Lake of the Woods County, saw GRAY JAYS, PINE SISKINS, SPRUCE GROUSE,
and one mile south of Gustafson Camp SNA - four 3-TOED WOODPECKERS.

Thanks to those 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, January 16, 2014.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN