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-RBA *Minnesota *Detroit Lakes *October 23, 2008 *MNDL0810.23-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: October 23, 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 23, 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.
The leaves mostly came tumbling down this week with the exception of many of the poplar and cottonwoods which require a hard frost to end the season. Migration is progressing and waterfowl are starting to move. Numbers of birds from the north are increasing, and all are getting more difficult to approach as they are afraid of getting shot. Sparrow migration is in full swing and soon we will see only the winter residents.
On October 19, Bob Dunlap and Ben Fritchman found two ibis at the SE corner of the junction of Wilkin CR 26 and MN 9.
Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported a surprise visitor to their feeders in Battle Lake, Otter Tail County, on October 22 when a CAROLINA WREN showed up. The bird continues to visit the Thimgan yard as of Thursday, October 23.
In Alexandria, Douglas County on October 21, Deb Johnson observed migrant AMERICAN ROBINS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, FIELD SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, COMMON GRACKLES, PURPLE FINCH, RED CROSSBILLS, and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was also seen.
Dave Hochhalter in Becker County reported COMMON LOON, AMERICAN COOT, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, and FOX SPARROW among other species in their yard this week.
Matt Mecklenburg in Clay County on October 19 saw four BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES a half mile south of the intersection of 57th Ave N and 280th St. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen east of the intersection of 80th St and 80th Ave N. Many other migrants were also seen including one TRUMPETER SWAN.
Bruce Olson reported seeing BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES about 3 miles west of Thief River Falls in Pennington County this week.
John Braastad reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE seen at Farmes Pool at Agassiz NWR, Marshall County on October 17. On October 19 I saw two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, one of which was a beautiful dark phase bird at Agassiz NWR. A large assortment of geese and ducks including many NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and GADWALLS, several BUFFLEHEADS, and at least two HOODED MERGANSERS were seen on Headquarters Pool.
Larry Wilebski in Kittson County reported BALD EAGLE, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, BLUE JAY, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH at his cabin north of Lancaster on October 19.
Gretchen Mehmel in Lake of the Woods County reported seeing SPRUCE GROUSE, RUFFED GROUSE, and AMERICAN WOODCOCKS in the Beltrami Island State Forest this week. 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen on October 18 south of Cecil's Landing on the Roosevelt Road. Thanks to Bob Dunlap, Ben Fritchman, Bruce Olson, Dave Hochhalter, Deb Johnson, Dan and Sandy Thimgan, Gretchen Mehmel, John Braastad, Larry Wilebski, and Matt Mecklenburg 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 30, 2008.
Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN
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