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-RBA *Minnesota *Detroit Lakes *October 9, 2008 *MNDL0810.09-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: October 9, 2008
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 Thursday, October 9, 2008 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.
Migration is winding down, as the last summer residents from further north migrate through, and those that stop for the winter here are starting to arrive. We have also a hint of weather to come as the wind gets colder, and sunshine less warm. Leaves are clinging to the trees , but the next windy storm will bring many of them down.
John Braastad at his home along the Red Lake River east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County saw a GREAT GRAY OWL perched across the river from his home on Friday, October 3. Could this be a harbinger of more owls this winter?
At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, John reported a PEREGRINE FALCON at Parker Pool along CR 7 on October 3. On October 6, he saw SNOW BUNTINGS along the auto tour route. All the suitable habitat is hosting GREATER YELLOWLEGS. The refuge is still closed due to the discovery of several dead pelicans with Newcastle disease, but very few have been found, and the refuge is expected to reopen again soon.
In Kittson County, Larry Wilebski reported the first NORTHERN SHRIKE on October 3, and a BARRED OWL on October 5 near Lancaster in the northern part of the county.
Stan Wood at Roseau River WMA in Roseau County reported SNOW BUNTINGS on October 5. Shelley Steva and I made a trip to Hayes Lake State Park on October 4 where we found RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and DARK-EYED JUNCO among others.
From Lake of the Woods County, Martin Kehoe reported SPRUCE GROUSE and BOREAL CHICKADEES near his cabin deep within the Beltrami Island State Forest last week.
Thanks to John Braastad, Larry Wilebski, Martin Kehoe, and Stan Wood 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. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, October 16, 2008.
Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN
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