[mou] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, March 27, 2008
ajjoppru at wiktel.com
Thu Mar 27 20:20:01 CDT 2008
*March 27, 2008
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: March 27, 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 at wiktel.com)
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 27,
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.
Spring seems to have stalled over northwest Minnesota this week.
Temperatures are very cold at night, and only skimming the freezing mark
during the day so melting has slowed. The good news is that little snow
has fallen in that time, and much of that was so wet that it did in fact
help with the thaw. Slow melting has reduced the danger of flooding for
those in the danger zone. Reports of migration continue however, and
there are many reports of hooting owls, drumming woodpeckers, and even a
few dancing grouse this week.
In Hubbard County on March 23, Zeann Linder and I found a RED-SHOULDERED
HAWK along MN 200/ 71 where it goes east-west past Itasca State Park .
Beau Shroyer reported a GREAT BLUE HERON flying over Detroit Lakes in
Becker County on March 26.
Connie Norheim saw thirty SNOW GEESE flying south over US 10 at mile
marker 18 in Clay County on March 21.
In Pennington County, we have a small flock of CANADA GEESE eagerly
awaiting ice-out, a MERLIN is being seen regularly in Thief River Falls,
and an AMERICAN KESTREL was seen on Sunday in the county. Linda Timm now
reports seeing a pair of GREAT HORNED OWLS a couple of miles west of
Thief River Falls on March 25. Gary Tischer heard a swan fly over the
city of Thief River Falls on Easter Sunday.
>From Marshall County, at Agassiz NWR, Greg Knutsen saw the season's
first SANDHILL CRANE along CR 7 within the refuge on March 27. Other
species reported at the refuge included ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and AMERICAN
On March 22, Kelly Larson in Clearwater County reported CANADA GOOSE,
AMERICAN KESTREL, GREAT HORNED OWL calling, and DARK-EYED JUNCO. A small
flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were present in Clearbrook on Easter Sunday.
Doug Johnson saw a GOLDEN EAGLE flying over the Mississippi inlet on
Lake Bemidji on March 23. Other species reported in Beltrami County this
week included TRUMPETER SWAN, COMMON GOLDENEYE, AND COMMON MERGANSER.
Kelly Larson saw a TURKEY VULTURE in the southwestern part of the county
on March 26. On the 27th, she observed three RED-TAILED HAWKS, and one
Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Connie Norheim, Doug Johnson, Gary Tischer,
Kelly Larson, and Linda Timm for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at ajjoppru at 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, April 3,
Pennington County, MN
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