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International_smWelcome to Northwestern Minnesota where a unique collection of habitats provide homes for a tremendous variety of birds. Pine forests, deciduous woodlands, native tallgrass prairie, aspen parkland, sand dunes (remnants of Glacial Lake Agassiz), calcareous fens, bogs, marshes, large and small lakes and rivers make up the transition zone that offers over 275 species of birds. Most of the sites are on public land or private reserves open to the public. There are not facilities at all sites.

Some of the unique “lifers” you can see here include the Northern Goshawk, Ruffed Grouse, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Yellow Rail, American Woodcock, Snowy Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Great Gray Owl, Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers, Boreal Chickadee; Bay-breasted, Connecticut and Mourning Warblers; Red and White-winged Crossbills and Pine and Evening Grosbeaks.

This Web site will help you get started. It provides a reference for beginning to advanced birders. The trail is over 200 miles in length with 45 sites to view birds. These sites offer some of the most spectacular birding in the state, along with scenic beauty and friendly communities. Although spring, summer and fall offer an abundance of birds, winter is also an exciting time to see winter specialties.

The International Pine to Prairie Birding Trail is dynamic. Birding trail logo signs are in place at a number of birding locations; however, complete signage is not currently in place. Interpretive signs are in place at featured sites; the future will bring additional signage and informational improvements.

American GoldfinchCurrently, check with Tourism Officials at Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Roseau, Thief River Falls and Warroad for information on bird sightings and assistance with trip planning.

The International Pine to Prairie Birding Trail is a unique partnership between the NW Minnesota communities of Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Roseau, Thief River Falls and Warroad; Manitoba, participating agencies U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Non-game Wildlife Program, Explore Minnesota Tourism; the birding entities of the Minnesota Ornithologist’s Union, Audubon Minnesota, Lakes Area Birding Club and the Agassiz Chapter of the National Audubon Society.

 

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 28, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 28, 2016 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.

It has been a cold, drizzly week in the far northwestern part on Minnesota, and even wetter further south. Finally, it seems to have turned, and tonight the sun is shining brightly in Pennington County. Since most of the winds have been from the north or northwest, not much has happened with migration this week. The wind has dropped a bit tonight, so maybe tomorrow the influx of new species will resume. So far in most of the northwest, all the common ducks have been reported; both swans, bald eagles, northern harriers, red-tailed hawks, double-crested cormorants, most of the grebe species, all the usual woodpeckers, merlins, dark-eyed junco, song sparrows, white-throated sparrows, brown-headed cowbirds, and purple finch are being seen in most counties.

Beth Siverhus reported COMMON LOON, BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, OSPREY, TURKEY VULTURE, and SANDHILL CRANE from Lake of the Woods County this week.

In Roseau County, she had a long list of species. Highlights included SHORT-EARED OWL, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RUFFED GROUSE, WILSON’S SNIPE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, HORNED GREBES, RED-NECKED GREBES, PIED-BILLED GREBES, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN CREEPER, HERMIT THRUSH, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, HARRIS’S SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and PINE SISKIN.

In Beltrami County, Beth reported a GREAT GRAY OWL north of Kelliher at mile marker 27 on April 24. Other species seen in the county included both TRUMPETER SWANS and TUNDRA SWANS at the Kelliher rice paddies. Nancy Wasik in Eckles township west of Bemidji reported NORTHERN FLICKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, CHIPPING SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE SISKIN, and PURPLE FINCH among others.

Here in Pennington County, migration has been slow this week, but tonight I had a COOPER’S HAWK in the yard, and a COMMON LOON in the Red Lake River.

In Polk County, Leon Thoreson observed a SNOWY OWL six miles east of Climax on April 24. Other species he mentioned included 100 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and two SNOW BUNTINGS. Sandy Aubol reported WESTERN GREBES, HORNED GREBES, and BONAPARTE’S GULLS at the East Grand Forks WTP on April 27. On April 23, she found an AMERICAN AVOCET at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment. While in a prairie- chicken blind at Glacial Ridge, Sandy Aubol, David Harrington and I saw and heard GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, WILSON’S SNIPES, MARBLED GODWITS, and a WESTERN MEADOWLARK on April 23.

Alice Martin in Otter Tail County reported BUFFLEHEAD, FRANKLIN’S GULL, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE SISKIN, PURPLE FINCH, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH today.

Thanks to Alice Martin, Beth Siverhus, Leon Thoreson, Nancy Wasik, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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, May 5, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 14, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 14, 2016 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.

The weather has finally straightened out, and birds are flocking in. This week most counties are reporting a lot of waterfowl species; turkey vultures have arrived, rough-legged hawks have reached Roseau County, dark-eyed juncos are in the northwest in large numbers as are purple finches. Fox sparrows are being reported in several counties. Large flocks of tundra swans are arriving this week.

In Roseau County, Ron Erpelding and I found at least 12 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in the Roseau area on April 10. We drove through the burn area northeast of Bemis Hill where we found at least two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS still there, even though most of the burned trees were now almost fully debarked by the birds and winds.

In Marshall County on the weekend , Ron found COMMON MERGANSER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, TURKEY VULTURE, and a single SNOW BUNTING.

In Pennington County, Ron and I found a RING-NECKED PHEASANT in northwestern Thief River Falls on April 10. Here at home this week, I had TUNDRA SWANS, COOPER’S HAWK, GREAT BLUE HERON, FOX SPARROW, many DARK-EYED JUNCOS and PURPLE FINCHES, and an EASTERN PHOEBE showed up on April 14. At least one of our WOOD DUCK boxes is occupied by a hen who has already laid several eggs.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks , Polk County, had a EURASIAN TREE SPARROW visit her yard on April 8, last reported on April 13. She also reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on April 9, and by April 14 had YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER CEDAR WAXWING, SONG SPARROW, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, a few YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and many DARK-EYED JUNCOS and PURPLE FINCHES. Leon Thoreson near Climax reported MOURNING DOVE, and BROWN CREEPER, among others. He also saw a late SNOWY OWL along the railroad tracks on US 75 two miles east of Eldred on April 10. Ron Erpelding reported several species of waterfowl from the impoundments in the Red River valley including TUNDRA SWAN, COMMON MERGANSER, and GREATER SCAUP. He also observed HERMIT THRUSH, FOX SPARROW, and a few SNOW BUNTINGS.

In Mahnomen County, Ron Erpelding found TUNDRA SWAN, TURKEY VULTURE, and FOX SPARROW.

15 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were observed by Ron at Ada wastewater treatment ponds in Norman County. He also saw TUNDRA SWAN, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, GREATER SCAUP, a GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK there.

Dave and Betty Hochhalter reported a COMMON LOON , TRUMPETER SWAN, and MALLARDS on Little Detroit Lake in Becker County on April 13. In his yard, he saw WILD TURKEY, NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. I have a secondhand report that Donna Dustin working for Tamarac NWR has banded the first hatch of AMERICAN WOODCOCKS on April 13.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and EASTERN PHOEBE on April 10.

Alma Ronningen in Dent, Otter Tail County reported that the OSPREYS have returned to nest on a pole in her yard. Also seen this week were EASTERN PHOEBE, and PURPLE FINCH. Alice Martin reported NORTHERN FLICKER, FOX SPARROW, a partial albino AMERICAN ROBIN, and one COMMON REDPOLL.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Alice Martin, Dave and Betty Hochhalter, Donna Dustin, Leon Thoreson, Marshall Howe, Ron Erpelding, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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 April 21, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 7, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 7, 2016 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.

The birds seem to think spring is coming, but the weather doesn’t match. We are getting cold, windy days and even colder nights in the northwest. Some places are even getting snow in inches. In Thief River Falls, the snow has gone every day, replaced by more most nights. Hundreds of AMERICAN ROBINS and COMMON GRACKLES have arrived this week, and large numbers of DARK-EYED JUNCOS are still here. Very few sparrows are here yet, but some have been seen in sheltered areas.

From Otter Tail County this week, Alice Martin reported HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON MERGANSER, TRUMPETER SWAN, WILD TURKEY, NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-TAILED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, MOURNING DOVE, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, PURPLE FINCH, and COMMON REDPOLL.

Joel Groebner reported that the first COMMON LOON was seen on Mary Lake at Itasca State Park on April 2.

From Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported that the impoundments still hold a few COMMON MERGANSERS. In East Grand Forks, she reported BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on April 5; on the 6th, she saw PURPLE FINCH and HERMIT THRUSH along the Red Lake River Greenway. Other species seen in the area included BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, BROWN CREEPER, FOX SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and COMMON REDPOLL.

In Pennington County , we have a HOODED MERGANSER pair apparently nesting in our neighbor’s duck box, and several WOOD DUCKS are being seen on the Red Lake River.

Beth Siverhus observed a TURKEEY VULTURE in western Itasca County this week.

In Roseau County, she reported HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, BALD EAGLE, RUFFED GROUSE, BROWN CREEPER, and PURPLE FINCH.

Lake of the Woods sightings by Beth Siverhus included TRUMPETER SWAN, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, many ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS on CR 3, and NORTHERN HARRIER.

Thanks to Alice Martin, Beth Siverhus, Joel Groebner, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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 14, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 31, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 31, 2016 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 has been a fine spring week in the northwest, but we are getting the inevitable cool down tonight. Hopefully, it won’t last long. Many species are back already, and the mix has changed greatly. Now the common redpolls are mostly gone, replaced by dark-eyed juncos, and the blackbirds and grackles are coming in more and more every day. Killdeer are heard commonly now, and horned larks are paired off and starting to sing.

In Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus this week saw several BALD EAGLES, one GOLDEN EAGLE, and three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS.

Two SNOWY OWLS were reported by Jake Boyd on the shore of Lake of the Woods this week, straight north of Roosevelt. I am not sure which county they were in. In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported BALD EAGLE, MERLIN, RING-BILLED GULL, KILLDEER , DARK-EYED JUNCOS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and PURPLE FINCH. COMMON REDPOLLS are still in Roseau County in large numbers.

Here in Pennington County, I can report that most of the COMMON REDPOLLS have moved on. WOOD DUCKS and HOODED MERGANSERS are being seen along the rivers. Larger numbers of AMERICAN ROBINS have arrived, and are beginning to sing in the mornings. Some RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have arrived this week. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER pair is nesting in a tree beside our deck.

Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER, FOX SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO along the Red River in East Grand Forks on March 29.

TURKEY VULTURE and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD were reported in Becker County by Heather Hundt on March 25.

On March 24, Benjamin Eckhoff also saw a TURKEY VULTURE in Douglas County.

Thanks to all who sent in their sightings this week.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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 7, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 24, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 24, 2016 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 has been a typical spring week in the northwest with cold nights, and above freezing days. It has felt cold, but the sun has increasing power and makes the sheltered spots feel warm. We are forecast to have a hiccup in the mild weather now, but it is not supposed to last long. More and more migrants are being seen in the northwest with a few waterfowl trickling in. Swans, NORTHERN HARRIERS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, and AMERICAN KESTRELS are increasing. BALD EAGLES are nesting and are seen frequently. A few KILLDEER have been seen, HORNED LARKS are back, AMERICAN ROBINS are coming in slowly, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS, PURPLE FINCHES, and HOUSE FINCHES are here.

A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was reported on March 18 by Ron Berget in Douglas County. Benjamin Eckhoff reported on the Clifford Lakes and Osakis WTP this week, and found hundreds of ducks of 13 species, twelve GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and many AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS. In the Alexandria area he observed large flocks of HERRING GULLS arriving in the area on March 21. There were more than 150 COMMON MERGANSERS on Malmedal Lake along with many other species of ducks. Other species included GREAT BLUE HERON, RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL, SANDHILL CRANES, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, AMERICAN ROBINS, DARK-EYED JUNCO, FOX SPARROW, COMMON GRACKLE, RED-WIN GED BLACKBIRD, and PURPLE FINCH. GREAT HORNED OWLS are on the nests, and he saw the first TURKEY VULTURE this week. The first RUDDY DUCK was also seen.

Betsy Beneke was in Wilkin County on March 22 where she observed a large flock of TUNDRA SWANS and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE near the intersection of MN 55 and MN9.

From the Itasca SP area, Connie Cox reported RUFFED GROUSE, NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER.

In Hubbard County , Rebecca Engdahl reported a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on March 18. Marshall Howe observed COMMON GOLDENEYE, and 200 COMMON REDPOLLS on March 18, SANDHILL CRANE, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, RED CROSSBILLS, and PINE SISKIN on March 21. A GOLDEN EAGLE and NORTHERN HARRIER were seen on March 23, and a MERLIN showed up on March 24.

In Polk County, Leon Thoreson saw a SNOWY OWL two miles north of Climax between the railroad and US 75 on March 24. Sandy Aubol reported that the BALD EAGLES are working on the nest at the East Grand Forks WTP. She also saw several flocks of TUNDRA SWANS and CANADA GEESE fly over the city this week.

Here in Pennington County this week, WOOD DUCKS, MALLARDS, COMMON MERGANSERS, and HOODED MERGANSERS have arrived in small numbers. In the yard I have had DARK-EYED JUNCOS, BROWN CREEPER, and PURPLE FINCH. A pair of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS are working on a nest in a tree alongside our deck.

Beth Siverhus saw both COMMON REDPOLLS, and HOARY REDPOLLS at Dixon Lake in western Itasca County last weekend. TRUMPETER SWANS and 25 EVENING GROSBEAKS were also seen there.

From Beltrami County, Christine Herwig reported AMERICAN ROBIN, DARK-EYED JUNCO, COMMON REDPOLLS, and COMMON GRACKLE on March 18.

Beth Siverhus in Roseau County, saw MERLIN , CANADA GOOSE, and 10 AMERICAN ROBINS in Warroad on March 21. Two hundred SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in a field south of Warroad. Twelve BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in her yard in Warroad, and RUFFED GROUSE were observed in the Beltrami Island State Forest.

In Lake of the Woods County , Beth saw 5 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 2 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, and some TRUMPETER SWANS on March 20.

Thanks to all who sent in their sightings this week.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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, March 31, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 17, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 17, 2016 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.

With a week of warmer weather, much has changed this week in the northwest. From nearly all counties south of Marshall have come reports of a variety of waterfowl including GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, CANADA GEESE, SNOW GEESE, many reports of BALD EAGLES on or near nests, SANDHILL CRANES, KILLDEER, HORNED LARKS, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, and LAPLAND LONGSPURS . Last night the most northern parts of the area had several inches of snow, so unpaved roads may be a bit muddy and wet. Large bodies of still water are still ice covered, but shallower water and small streams are starting to open up.

In Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel saw a BOREAL CHICKADEE a half mile east of Norris Camp on March 15.

Beth Siverhus in Warroad, Roseau County, reported BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and PINE GROSBEAKS on March 10.

From Itasca State Park, Connie Cox reported the first TUNDRA SWANS, along with RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and PURPLE FINCHES on March 11.

In Marshall County, Jennifer Audette observed two SNOW GEESE near Angus on March 13. I suspect that there are many more in the county now.

In Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Zeann Linder reported hearing the MERLIN on March 12. I found an AMERICAN KESTREL, and several WILD TURKEYS along CR 7 on March 10, and on March 12, there were COMMON MERGANSER below the dam, and KILLDEER and EASTERN BLUEBIRD in the yard. A huge flock of COMMON REDPOLLS appeared in the yard today after the one inch of snow that we had last night.

Sandy Aubol observed about 36 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and several thousand SNOW GEESE migrating over East Grand Forks in Polk County on March 11. On March 12, she saw eleven BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in her neighborhood and a BELTED KINGFISHER along the Red River. She reported that the impoundments between Crookston and Warren have a little open water where a variety of waterfowl can be seen, but the access is still difficult due to road conditions. Along CR 23, she found a mixed flock of LAPLAND LONGSPURS, SNOW BUNTINGS, and HORNED LARKS. SANDHILL CRANES and NORTHERN HARRIER were also seen.

In Becker County, Heather Hundt observed a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK on March 11. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen by Steve Midthune north of Lake Park On March 12, Sandy Aubol found a RUSTY BLACKBIRD at Hamden Slough.

Marshall Howe reported the first TURKEY VULTURE in Hubbard County on March 16.

On March 16, Charlene Nelson reported an early HOUSE WREN in Perham, Otter Tail County. On March 14, Alma Ronningen saw a COMMON GRACKLE, and on the 16, a BELTED KINGFISHER.

Benjamin Eckhoff reported an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN on Little Rachel Lake in Douglas County on March 12.

Thanks to all who sent in their sightings this week.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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, March 24, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 10, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 10, 2016 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 be on the way, with all its ups and downs. Snow is mostly gone except for the far northern part of Minnesota, for the time being at least. Migration is getting started, and numbers of early migrants are increasing.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported that it had been pretty quiet around Dorset, but there were COMMON REDPOLLS and a few RED CROSSBILLS seen this week.

Connie Cox from Itasca State Park reported TRUMPETER SWANS, CANADA GOOSE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, PILEATED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN ROBIN, PINE GROSBEAKS, and COMMON REDPOLLS.

In Becker County, Steve Midthune reported several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at Hamden Slough, and they were joined by a NORTHERN HARRIER on March 7. TRUMPETER SWANS and CANADA GEESE have also been seen there recently.

Many of the reports have come from Polk County. Sandy Martens reported that a pair of BALD EAGLES were at the site of the nest near the East Grand Forks WTP on March 5. On March 6, a SNOW GOOSE was observed by Sandy Aubol on the East Grand Forks greenway. Six TRUMPETER SWANS were seen by Bruce Flaig over Maple Lake in the southern part of the county on March 8. He also reported a great reduction in numbers of COMMON REDPOLLS this week. Shelley Steva saw two SNOWY OWLS along US 75 near its intersection with CR 219 a couple of miles south of Crookston on March 10. LAPLAND LONGSPURS and HORNED LARKS were also seen. Also in Polk County, I saw two TRUMPETER SWANS along CR 252 today. BALD EAGLES were seen in several locations along US 75 in both Norman and Polk Counties.

An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen along CR 7 in Pennington County this morning. A small flock of WILD TURKEYS were also seen along that road.

Thanks to Bruce Flaig, Connie Cox, Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol, Sandy Martens, Shelley Steva, and Steve Midthune for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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, March 17, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, March 4, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, March 4, 2016 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 be peeking around the corner now in the northwest. We have had a week of seasonable weather; now as I compile this it is snowing , but there is a promise of temperatures of around 50 degrees in a couple of days. More and more returning HORNED LARKS are being seen, and a few raptors are making an appearance as the snow cover diminishes. Owls are on the nests now.

The Fargo-Moorhead Audubon group made a trip to far northern Minnesota last weekend and they found lots of interesting birds. In Lake of the Woods County, they found two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS on the Roosevelt Forest Road. At Norris Camp there were RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, GRAY JAYS, PINE GROSBEAKS and COMMON REDPOLLS.

In Roseau County, they saw RUFFED GROUSE, BALD EAGLE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, GREAT GRAY OWL, NORTHERN HAWK OWL, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, GRAY JAY, SNOW BUNTINGS, COMMON REDPOLLS, and PINE GROSBEAK along or near MN 310. Several SPRUCE GROUSE were seen on the Sprague Creek Road. GREAT HORNED OWL was seen along CR 28, and another SNOWY OWL on MN11. Near the Thompson Forest Road they found two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK. Other species seen in Roseau County included SHARP-TAILED GROUSE west of Roseau. Beth Siverhus saw over 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Warroad last weekend.

Another SNOWY OWL was found by the group near Donaldson in Kittson County along MN 11.

Two TRUMPETER SWANS were reported by Hal Sanders on Lake Bemidji, Beltrami County, on February 24. He also had a pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS in this yard in Bemidji .

A pair of BALD EAGLES are on the nest at Parker Pool at Agassiz NWR, Marshall County, as reported by Leon Thoreson on February 27.

In Polk County, Leon reported 40 CANADA GEESE near Climax, and HORNED LARKS along CR 222 on February 27.

Spring is starting to come to Douglas County this weekend. Benjamin Eckhoff reported NORTHERN CARDINALS, an occasional NORTHERN SHRIKE, and an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW at the feeders at Lake Carlos State Park this week. Waterfowl in the area included TRUMPETER SWANS, and COMMON MERGANSERS. BARRED OWL was reported and GREAT HORNED OWLS are on the nest. In the Alexandria area were COMMON GOLDENEYE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, HORNED LARKS, and EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES.

Thanks to Benjamin Eckhoff, Beth Siverhus, Hal Sanders, Leon Thoreson, and the Fargo-Moorhead Audubon group for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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, March 10, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 25, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 25, 2016 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.

Temperatures have been slightly above normal this week , but birding away from the feeders has been pretty slow. All the usual suspects are being seen in the area, but few newcomers are reported this week. Do the birds know something we don’t? On a trip to Fargo, hundreds of CANADA GEESE were seen near the Moorhead wastewater treatment ponds and in the fields nearby, so obviously the warmer weather south of there has encouraged some to start north.

John Ellis found a few waterfowl in Douglas County near where the Long Prairie River leaves Lake Carlos on February 20. They included TRUMPETER SWAN, CANADA GOOSE, COMMON MERGANSER, and PIED-BILLED GREB E. Also seen were BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, and HORNED LARKS.

In Hubbard County, Connie Cox observed several TRUMPETER SWANS at La Salle State Recreation Area which is about eight miles north of Itasca State Park on February 25. Also seen were a PIED-BILLED GREBE and some COMMON REDPOLLS.

Beau Shroyer found 150 to 200 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on Willow Street near Lake Ave in Detroit Lakes, Becker County on February 20.

Here in Pennington County, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER came to our feeder near Thief River Falls, and a flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in the yard on February 20. On the 21st, a flock of 10 – 15 AMERICAN ROBINS were seen in Thief River Falls.

Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Connie Cox and John Ellis for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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, March 3, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 18, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 18, 2016 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.

We are currently having a period of very mild weather, and so far most of the northwest has escaped the freezing rain and drizzle. There has been much activity among the resident bird species, but not much evidence of movement yet. Several flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS have been reported in the region and numbers seem to be increasing.

Meg and Rick Andrews from Reno, Nevada observed a NORTHERN HAWK OWL along MN 310 8.5 miles north of Roseau on February 12. This bird has been seen on and off all winter, and is presumed to be a local resident. Mike Thiele reported PILEATED WOODPECKERS , WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, BLUE JAYS, EVENING GROSBEAKS, and PINE GROSBEAKS in Warroad this week.

A pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS has been visiting our suet feeders this week east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County. The three-toed woodpecker reported in Thief River Falls by Donald Stewart last week has not reappeared, so it evidently has moved on.

Shelley Steva saw 15 GRAY PARTRIDGES one mile north of Oklee in Red Lake County on February 11.

Thanks to Don Stewart, Mike Thiele, Meg and Rick Andrews, and Shelley Steva for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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 25, 2016.

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