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Hinting at spring: More birds spotted

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This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, Feb. 5, 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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Spring is not here yet in the northwest but we can see it from here! At least we hope so. Weather has alternated between extreme cold and pleasant warmth this week, a hint of the fickleness of spring.

Gretchen Mehmel saw a snowy owl at Cecil's Landing on the Roosevelt Road in Lake of the Woods County on Jan. 30, and reported one seen at a house northwest of Roosevelt in Roseau County the previous day.

Beth Siverhus saw a northern shrike in Roseau County near Roseau on Feb. 5.

Donna and Leon Thoreson near Climax in Polk County have had a light phase great horned owl in their yard for about two weeks. Other species seen there included black-billed magpie, northern shrike, snow buntings,common redpolls, and pine siskins.

Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann were birding in Becker County near Detroit Lakes on Jan. 31 where they saw common redpolls and pine siskins at the home of Dave and Betty Hochhalter.

In Wilkin County, Ron and Herb spotted an immature golden eagle on the west side of MN 9 about 5 miles northeast of Breckenridge on Jan. 31. Other species seen in Wilkin County included common redpolls, and pine siskins near Breckenridge.

In Grant County, Ron and Herb saw a wild turkey on the north side of MN 78 in the northeastern part of the county.

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