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*November 6, 2008

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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: November 6, 2008
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 6, 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.

Winter birding has begun in the northwest as lists get smaller and it can be argued, the quality gets better! Weather late this week is deteriorating with snow predicted for the weekend. With the time change, we have gained back our weekday evenings, as it is too dark to do anything outside after work. It's time to get the record keeping up to date.

Owls are being seen this time of year. Greg Knutsen at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County saw a SNOWY OWL at Parker Pool along CR 7 on November 6. On a quick trip to the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds after early voting on Tuesday, I found a SNOWY OWL and two COMMON RAVENS at the southwest corner of the ponds. Bob Steffes, a visitor to the area on Monday, saw four GREAT HORNED OWLS along Polk CR 21/ Pennington CR 3 between East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls. Shelley Steva reported a GREAT HORNED OWL in Plummer, Red Lake County, on October 31.

Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported that the CAROLINA WREN that was reported a couple of weeks ago showed up again in their yard in Otter Tail County on November 5. Other species seen there this week included up to 45 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and 100 PINE SISKINS. Jim and Charlene Nelson in Elbow Lake, Otter Tail County, reported a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, PINE SISKIN, and PURPLE FINCH , all at their feeders on November 5.

Mark Otnes saw 20 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS north of the entrance to Buffalo River State Park in Clay County on November 1. Also in the area were 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 12 SNOW BUNTINGS, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

Marshall County sightings on November 2 included SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, and several NORTHERN HARRIERS and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. A flock of 25 AMERICAN CROWS was seen along CR 7. A similar sized flock was seen along that same road in Pennington County.

In Beltrami County on November 2, I saw several BALD EAGLES, NORTHERN HARRIERS, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, as well as one PILEATED WOODPECKER, and several BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES.

Lake of the Woods County sightings within the Beltrami Island State Forest on November 2 included BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GRAY JAY, COMMON RAVEN, and PINE GROSBEAK.

Thanks to Bob Steffes, Greg Knutsen, Jim and Charlene Nelson, Mark Otnes, Shelley Steva, and Dan and Sandy Thimgan 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 13, 2008.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN

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