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-RBA *Minnesota *Detroit Lakes *October 12, 2006 *MNDL0610.12-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: October 12, 2006
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, October 13, 2006 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.
Winter is teasing us this week with snow flurries and strong winds. The ground was white in some places within the last week; most of it melted in the daytime, only to be added to at night. As this is written, strong winds are howling outside, and any remaining leaves will soon be blown from the trees. We are hoping for a little more warmer weather, but mother nature may put an end to that wish. The last great flocks of American Robins, and Common Grackles are making their way south, and a few sparrow species still scratch beneath our feeders.
On October 7, I spotted a COMMON LOON and a RED-NECKED GREBE at the lake in Bagley in Clearwater County. Melissa Galland reported a GREAT HORNED OWL in Clearwater County also on the 7th.
Shelley Steva reported a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along MN 1 near Johnson Drive just east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County on October 10. On October 8 in our yard near Thief River Falls there was a FOX SPARROW, several WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, some HARRIS'S SPARROWS, and at least one RUSTY BLACKBIRD in a flock of COMMON GRACKLES.
In Polk County on October 10, Shelley Steva found two COMMON RAVENS about two miles east of Sherack along Polk CR 21 ; she also saw ten LAPLAND LONGSPURS in that county.
Mel and Elaine Bennefeld found some birds at the Ponderosa Golf Club in Clay County on October 10. Species included a RED-TAILED HAWK, 37 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS in one tree, also DOWNY WOODPECKER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and HARRIS'S SPARROW.
Alma Ronningen in Otter Tail County reported BROWN CREEPER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on October 5. Dave Sorgen saw a GREAT EGRET, DOWNY WOODPECKER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at Loon Lake in Otter Tail County on October 9. On the 12th, he saw a forlorn looking HERMIT THRUSH there as the weather was becoming more like winter than fall.
Thanks to Mel and Elaine Bennefeld, Melissa Galland, Alma Ronningen, Dave Sorgen, and Shelley Steva for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at email@example.com 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. When reporting by email please put "NW Bird Report" in the subject line of your message. The next scheduled update of this report is Friday, October 20, 2006.
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