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Fall colors, temps sign of migration

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This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, Oct. 2, 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.

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Fall colors are at or near their peak in northwest Minnesota, and the first hard frost and big wind will bring the leaves tumbling down. We have had lovely fall weather in the northwest for the past week, and migration is bringing the last passerines down. Waterfowl are collecting on all the wetlands.

From Kittson County, Larry Wilebski reported the sighting of a short-eared owl in northern Kittson County on Sept. 28.

In Bemidji, Beltrami County, Pat DeWenter, reported that a northern goshawk crashed into their window on Oct. 1, and wheeled away to recover elsewhere.

At the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds on Sept. 27, I found a collection of geese including Canada geese, cackling geese, and even a few snow geese. Also present were 8 tundra swans, and at least one horned grebe. Several species of ducks, and both Franklin's gulls and ring-billed gulls were also there. A single black-bellied plover was seen on the grass surrounding the southernmost cell.

Steve Dahl reported two bald eagles about 3.5 miles east of Plummer in Red Lake County on Sept. 27.

The spotted towhee seen at Bob O'Connor's place in Moorhead was last seen on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Amy Drake in Otter Tail County observed three northern flickers in their yard on Sept. 2. Dark-eyed juncos have also arrived in Otter Tail County. On Sept. 29, Alma Ronningen had a yellow-bellied sapsucker at the feeder and an ovenbird in the yard also. On Oct. 1, she observed a northern harrier, and a belted kingfisher.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@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.

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