This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 2, 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.
It truly feels like spring the last few days as we have had mild temperatures and dense fog. It has discouraged folks from going birding, at least the last couple of days as one can barely see the next light pole sometimes. Tomorrow it promised to cool off a little and the sun to come out.
Larry Wilebski in Kittson County observed a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK which caught a bird that flew into their windows in Lancaster. A NORTHERN CARDINAL still comes to the feeder at his cabin northwest of Lancaster.
Lynda Knutsen at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County reported on February 2 that among the usual feeder birds was a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and COMMON REDPOLLS. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a BALD EAGLE have recently been sighted on the refuge, and two groups of SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen north and west of the refuge.
In Polk County, Sandy Aubol observed a GREAT HORNED OWL, and a NORTHERN CARDINAL at her home in East Grand Forks. She reported that as of February 1, the EASTERN TOWHEE, two HARRIS’S SPARROWS, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW are still coming to her feeders, along with about 25-30 COMMON REDPOLLS.
From Otter Tail County, Jody Doll reported that the SNOWY OWL is still being seen near Ottertail about 2.8 miles north of Ottertail on CR 78. Roland Jordahl in Pelican Rapids reported SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, NORTHERN CARDINAL, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and COMMON REDPOLLS. At Maplewood State Park he saw BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, and BARRED OWL. Prairie Lake is hosting TRUMPETER SWANS and CANADA GEESE.
Thanks to Jody Doll, Larry Wilebski, Lynda Knutsen, Sandy Aubol, and Roland Jordahl 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, February 9, 2012.