This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 9, 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.
This week has reverted to true winter temperatures in the northwest, but next week promises to be warmer. Perhaps the colder weather will bring more species to the feeders.
A single SNOWY OWL was reported this week – this one seen at Little McDonald Lake near Perham in Otter Tail County by Rick Gjervold on February 6. Gary Otnes found a PRAIRIE FALCON near the Orwell Reservoir on February 7. Other species seen there included a NORTHERN HARRIER and three HORNED LARKS. At home near Fergus Falls, Gary reported HARRIS’S SPARROWS, a small flock of AMERICAN ROBINS, and a single RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. Brad and Dee Ehlers reported an eagle nest that would be easy to photograph on US 59 near the Lake Lizzie Road. It is a busy road so be sure to pull off completely if you choose to do that.
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported an increase in COMMON REDPOLLS, a BROWN CREEPER, and hundreds of AMERICAN CROWS. PINE GROSBEAKS were seen in southern Hubbard County on February 3.
Steve Midthune saw a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE three miles north of Lake Park on CR 9 in Becker County on February 3.
On February 7, Sandy Aubol reported a MERLIN, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 50 COMMON REDPOLLS, and the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, EASTERN TOWHEE, HARRIS’S SPARROWS, and NORTHERN CARDINAL that have been in East Grand Forks, Polk County, all winter. Shelley Steva and Zeann Linder saw two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS along CR 23 on February 4. Heidi Hughes reported that the feeders at the Audubon Sanctuary near Warren are hosting a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, BROWN CREEPER, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and some COMMON REDPOLLS.
In Pennington County, Shelley Steva and Zeann Linder saw a WILD TURKEY along CR 7 on February 4. Along CR 8 they found BALD EAGLE and some AMERICAN CROWS.
Five GRAY PARTRIDGES were seen by Shelley and Zeann near Viking in Marshall County on February 4. Heidi Hughes saw a GOLDEN EAGLE on February 9 at the Viking turn off MN 1 east of Warren.
In Beltrami County, Katie Haws reported a NORTHERN CARDINAL at her place in Hines near Blackduck on February 6.
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were reported in Warroad , Roseau County, by Beth Siverhus on February 9.
Thanks to all the folks who sent in their sightings this week.
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 16, 2012