This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 26, 2012 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.
We are in the midst of another mild week in this really odd winter. Days are getting longer and the warm temperatures are giving people and birds spring fever.
Brad and Dee Ehlers found a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at the outlet of Ottertail Lake on Otter Tail County on January 25. They report that TRUMPETER SWANS are easy to see and photograph in the Ottertail River at the east end of downtown Fergus Falls.
In Polk County, Kelly Larson found two SNOWY OWLS ON January 21. One was along 160th AVe SW a half mile S of CR 45, the other north of US 2 on 260th St SE west of 170th Ave SE. She also saw ten ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, RUFFED GROUSE, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, 86 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, two BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, two NORTHERN SHRIKES and 90 SNOW BUNTINGS in the area. Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks reported that the over-wintering EASTERN TOWHEE, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and two HARRIS’S SPARROWS are still coming to her feeders. A NORTHERN CARDINAL is also coming regularly. Heidi Hughes saw a SHORT-EARED OWL and NORTHERN HARRIER on 190th St NW and CR 68, and twelve ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS along MN 1 between Radium and Thief River Falls. On January 24 , Sandy Aubol saw a flock of 200 CANADA GEESE in East Grand Forks near the Crystal Sugar lagoons.
Shelley Steva saw COMMON RAVENS in Oklee in Red Lake County on January 25.
In Pennington County on January 20, Shelley saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along CR 3 two miles east of the Casino. Two COMMON RAVENS were seen in the city of Thief River Falls.
Thanks to Brad and Dee Ehlers, Heidi Hughes, Kelly Larson, Sandy Aubol , and Shelley Steva for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, February 2, 2012