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*Detroit Lakes
*July 14, 2000

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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: July 14, 2000
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Betsy Beneke (
Transcriber: Betsy Beneke (
Re-transcriber: David Cahlander (

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, July 14th sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Lakes Area Birding Club. You may also hear this report by calling 1-800-433-1888 or (218) 847-5743.

Everyone is encouraged to share interesting sightings from Northwestern Minnesota. Please report them by Thursday noon to: Betsy Beneke (218) 847-2641 1-800-542-3992

On July 6th, Tom Smith reported a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was at the west edge of the Fergus Falls Airport in Otter Tail Co.

On July 9th, Shelley Steva reported that MERLINS with young had been found in an elm tree by the front door of the Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, Pennington Co. She also found a GREAT GRAY OWL just east of Norris Camp in Beltrami Co. and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK about 26 miles south of Norris Camp along Beltrami CR 26 as it leads to Fourtown.

At the Thief Lake WMA, in Marshall Co., DOWITCHERS, YELLOWLEGS, five species of grebes including HORNED GREBES with young, were found by Katie Haws. She also reports BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES were in the Red Lake WMA this past week.

On the 12th, Sally Hausken and Becky Hunter found a LARK SPARROW at the Dunton Locks Co. Park just south of Detroit Lakes in Becker Co.

Sightings by Peder Svingen from last weekend include: MERLIN at the intersection of CR. 2 & 3 at Badger in Roseau Co.; NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW just west of Badger; CATTLE EGRETS and LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES at the Felton Prairie in Clay Co. and a shorebird spot on the east side of Becker CR 13 about two miles south of its intersection with CR 12. Peder also reported hearing both YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS along his BBS Routes in northwestern MN.

At the Tamarac NWR in Becker Co. TRUMPETER SWANS with cygnets were observed this week, as well as a number of COMMON LOONS with chicks and EVENING GROSBEAKS were at the visitor center feeders. Some "non-bird" sightings included timber wolf, black bear and 14 species of butterflies.

Thank you to everyone who providing sightings this week. The next scheduled update of this report is Friday, July 21st .

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