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*Detroit Lakes
*December 6, 2007

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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: December 6, 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, December 6, 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.

Snow cover in the north is pretty well complete, but the snow has fallen very nicely with little wind so there are not very many big drifts leaving an even cover. Roads are mostly in good winter driving condition as of this writing.

A late YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen for at least two days from December 1, at the feeders of Tom Smith in Otter Tail County. Tom reported that he seemed a little confused by the snow! Alma Ronningen reported AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and COMMON REDPOLL. Amy Drake at Richville had RUFFED GROUSE, a MOURNING DOVE, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and BOHEMIAN WAXWING.

Two VARIED THRUSHES were reported by Wayne Brininger in Becker County. One was seen at the headquarters feeders at Tamarac NWR on December 3. This bird has not been seen since, but Wayne received another report of a VARIED THRUSH near Big Sugar Bush Lake about 10 miles NW of the refuge on December 4. On the 6th, yet another VARIED THRUSH was reported by Frank Kennedy at McCraney Lake 10 miles east of Waubun.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva saw SNOW BUNTINGS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS in Red Lake County on December 4.

Around dusk on December 4, Shelley Steva saw an immature SHARP-SHINNED HAWK dart across the highway near the Holiday Station in Thief River Falls in Pennington County.

Another late bird was seen by Steve Broten in Marshall County when he saw a (presumably) WESTERN MEADOWLARK four miles south of Old Mill State Park on December 2.

Dave Carman in Bemidji, Beltrami County, reported a late immature SHARP-SHINNED HAWK in northwest Bemidji on November 30. Mary Lou Marchand saw a BROWN CREEPER in her yard on December 6.

Kelly Larson near Bagley in Clearwater County reported a lone WHITE-THROATED SPARROW near her feeders, while BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES and COMMON RAVENS feasted on her deer rib feeder. Other species seen in the yard on December 5 included PINE GROSBEAKS, PINE SISKINS, COMMON REDPOLL, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH.

At his cabin near Lancaster, Kittson County, Larry Wilebski reported 3 WILD TURKEYS, 7 BLUE JAYS, a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and 11 PINE GROSBEAKS on December 2.

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 13, 2007.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN

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