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*November 15, 2007

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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: November 15, 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 15, 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.

We are flirting with snow these days, but so far no measurable amount has fallen. Owls are starting to be seen in the area, so be on the lookout. Most winter finches have showed up in one location or another also.

An injured BOREAL OWL was turned in to Ryan Sansness at Lake Carlos State Park in Douglas County this week. There is no word on how the owl is doing, but this is a very unusual record.

From Kittson County, Larry Wilebski has reported two SNOWY OWLS on November 10, one was at his cabin northwest of Lancaster, and on the 11th, another was found a mile west and a mile north of Orleans in northwest Kittson County. Ben Fritchman , Dedrick Benz, and John Hockema found a SURF SCOTER from the lookout at the Twin Lakes WMA. Other species observed by Larry Wilebski on his property included GRAY PARTRIDGE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, SNOW BUNTINGS, PINE GROSBEAKS, and PINE SISKINS.

Doug Johnson spotted a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and a SURF SCOTER among the COMMON GOLDENEYES on Lake Bemidji on November 10. On November 12, a BLACK SCOTER was seen off shore near Babe the Blue Ox in downtown Bemidji. Other waterfowl present this week included scaup, BUFFLEHEAD, and COMMON MERGANSER.


Lyle and Sally Lauber at Dixon Lake in western Itasca County had lots of winter species at their feeders including all of the species seen by Kelly Larson in Clearwater County.

Maggie Anderson reported a SNOWY OWL seen just north of the Thief Bay Bridge within Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in Marshall County on November 14. She also reported that there were BALD EAGLES, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, some GADWALLS, and more than the usual number of NORTHERN SHRIKES at the refuge this week. On November 15, another SNOWY OWL was seen at the north end of Parker Pool.

Donna and Leon Thoreson observed two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in Climax, Polk County on November 9. At their farm nearby, they saw BALD EAGLE, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH among other species. On November 14 a SWAINSON'S THRUSH appeared at their feeders a mile north of CR 45, west of Eldred on CR 222.

On November 11, Ben Fritchman , and several others, saw a WOOD THRUSH near the intersection of S. Elm Street and South River Road off 9th Ave S., Moorhead, Clay County. On November 13, Dean Reimer found a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE a block north of the wood thrush location.

John Ellis reported a SMITH'S LONGSPUR in Wilkin County on November 10 along 200St between 280th and 300th Ave. Other species seen included ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and SNOW BUNTINGS.

At Lake Carlos State Park in Douglas County, Ryan Sansness reported that the park feeders are hosting PILEATED WOODPECKERS and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES among other species.

Thanks to Ben Fritchman, Donna and Leon Thoreson, Doug Johnson, John Ellis, Kelly Larson, Larry Wilebski, Lyle and Sally Lauber, Maggie Anderson, Patrick Beauzay, and Ryan Sansness 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 22, 2007.

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