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*Detroit Lakes
*November 2, 2007

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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: November 2, 2007
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru (ajjoppru@wiktel.com)

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 1, 2007 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.

Weather is slowly getting colder, daylight hours are decreasing, and cold winds remind us that winter is almost here. Now is the time to make memories of rare species identified through tears while staring through a scope which is shuddering in the wind. Every week there is threat of snow, and maybe by next week there will be some, somewhere in our area.

A surprising BOREAL CHICKADEE was discovered by Jeff Schultz at his feeder in Ottertail in Otter Tail County on October 31. The bird has also visited the feeder today, November 1.

EVENING GROSBEAKS are starting to appear at feeders in the area. They were reported by Bob Williams who saw them in Roseau County at the feeder at the convenience store along CR 4 near the entrance to Hayes Lake State Park on October 27. At Dixon Lake in Itasca County, Lyle and Sally Lauber reported that many of them had appeared at their feeders by October 30. In Clearwater County, Kelly Larson saw 10 EVENING GROSBEAKS in her yard on October 30 also.

In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus observed one NORTHERN HARRIER, hundreds of SNOW BUNTINGS, and PINE SISKINS north of Roseau on October 28, and on the 29th, she saw 10 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in their yard in Warroad.

Bob Williams spotted 5 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE in Kittson County south of CR 10 southwest of Lake Bronson on October 30. There were also 12 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Pelan that day.

Kelly Larson, in Clearwater County, reported RUFFED GROUSE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, GREAT HORNED OWL, BARRED OWL, many BLUE JAYS, and a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE on October 27, a MERLIN on October 29, and on the 30th, a NORTHERN SHRIKE.

In Itasca County, Lyle and Sally Lauber had a male NORTHERN CARDINAL at their feeder on October 30.

At the rice paddies in the eastern part of Pennington County near CR 51, Bob Williams found a large flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS on October 28. At the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds on October 28 I found a one-legged LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. There were also a number of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS there.

In northeastern Polk County on October 28, Bob Williams observed thousands of TUNDRA SWANS on the rice paddies there.

Jeff and Amy Drake in Otter Tail County reported 3 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS on October 28, 5 PIED-BILLED GREBES, a RUFFED GROUSE, an AMERICAN KESTREL, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH on October 30, and both RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and PILEATED WOODPECKER among the list on October 31.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Bob Williams, Jeff and Amy Drake, Jeff Schultz, Kelly Larson, and Lyle and Sally Lauber for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@wiktel.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. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, November 8, 2007.

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