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*November 29, 2007

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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: November 29, 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 29, 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.

There is no doubt about the season as the temperatures have dipped below zero during the last week. The first snow cover has also arrived in the northwest with regions receiving varying amounts ranging from a dusting to perhaps 4 inches. Skies clear between snowfalls, and so far the wind has been tolerable, but as I write this, a wind chill advisory has been issued for tonight. Bird activity has been minimal during the last few days; most birds reported have been at feeders.

One rather unusual sighting was that of an unidentified eider spotted by Ben Wieland on Shingobee Bay on Leech Lake a few miles north of Walker in Cass County on November 28. The bird was seen a few miles north of Walker about 1-2 miles north of the MN 200/Mn 371 intersection. It was not relocated later in the day but may still be around.

A SNOWY OWL was seen in Roseau County on November 26 near the intersection of the main dike road with CR 3. The bird was reported by Stan Wood, manager at the Roseau River WMA, but apparently had been seen in the area since November 8. Also in Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported waxwing species, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE near their house in Warroad.

Mary Lou Marchand in Bemidji, Beltrami County, reported RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, and DOWNY WOODPECKER, at her feeders on November 28. A pair of NORTHERN CARDINALS has been present for two weeks, while PINE SISKINS appeared on November 18. Other species included HOUSE FINCH and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. Kelly Larson saw a lone swan on the ice of Lake Bemidji on November 28.

In Clearwater County, Kelly Larson, near Bagley, reported 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, NORTHERN SHRIKE, a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and a few EVENING GROSBEAKS this week.

From Becker County, Wayne Brininger reported 8 PINE GROSBEAKS at Tamarac NWR headquarters on November 28. Other species seen lately on the refuge include NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON REDPOLLS, and EVENING GROSBEAKS.

Thanks to Ben Wieland, Beth Siverhus, Kelly Larson, Mary Lou Marchand, Stan Wood, and Wayne Brininger 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, December 6, 2007.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN

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