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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, March 19, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 19, 2015 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.

Although we are cooler today than earlier in the week, spring seems to be finally on the way. The skies are full of hopeful geese looking for open water, and the fields are full of horned larks, and migrating Lapland longspurs. The first singing robins are shouting from the crabapple trees, and woodpeckers have started courting. Raptors are visible soaring in the skies again, and the first kestrels have been reported.

In Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel this week observed a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER near Norris Camp.

Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann saw one NORTHERN HAWK OWL , one SNOWY OWL, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, a flock of LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and a large flock of SNOW BUNTINGS in northern Roseau County on March 13. At least 10 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were also seen in the area and in several counties to the south as well.

In central and northeastern Marshall County, Ron and Herb found BALD EAGLES, NORTHERN HARRIERS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and an AMERICAN KESTREL on March 13.

Here in Pennington County, several observers have seen the two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in Thief River Falls this week. Zeann Linder reported hearing a MERLIN in the city on March 15.

Twelve BALD EAGLES were seen by Anita Vettleson within a mile two miles southeast of Oklee in Red Lake County on March 12. Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found a NORTHERN CARDINAL in Red Lake Falls on March 14.

Joanne Johnson saw two SNOWY OWLS in the Sherack area of Polk County on March 15. Sandy Aubol reported two more- one on CR 20 and one on CR 23. At the Agassiz Valley Impoundment she noted CANADA GEESE, some GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, MALLARDS, and NORTHERN PINTAIL. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen on a power pole along CR 23 east of Angus. Other species seen in Polk County included NORTHERN HARRIER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK , AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and HORNED LARK. Bruce Flaig reported a flock of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and about 12 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in southern Polk County.

Kelly Larson in Clearwater County this week reported a calling NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, drumming RUFFED GROUSE, and a strong movement of waterfowl to the rice paddies along the Clearwater River . Other species seen included ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, BALD EAGLES, one AMERICAN KESTREL, a NORTHERN HARRIER, a SHORT-EARED OWL and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD. Connie Cox at Itasca State Park reported TRUMPETER SWANS and CANADA GEESE gathering on whatever open water they could find.

This week in Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported HOOEDED MERGANSER, GRAY JAY, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and PINE SISKINS at the Lake Alice Bog. Near Dorset he saw a few COMMON REDPOLLS, a HOARY REDPOLL, a few DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and a NORTHERN CARDINAL. Near Park Rapids he saw an AMERICAN KESTREL.

From Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported large flocks of geese, and a spreading out of other waterfowl as lakes and rivers begin to thaw. Species reported included CANADA GEESE, TRUMPETER SWANS, COMMON MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, many BALD EAGLES, and COMMON REDPOLLS.

Thanks to Anita Vettleson, Benjamin Eckhoff, Bruce Flaig, Connie Cox, Gretchen Mehmel, Joanne Johnson, Kelly Larson, Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol, Zeann Linder, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann 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 26, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 12, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 12, 2015 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 is coming fast to the northwest. HORNED LARKS are everywhere, and some raptors are appearing. As the ponds lose their icy cover, waterfowl are starting to appear.

From Otter Tail County, Alice Martin reported a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE on March 6, and a MOURNING DOVE on March 8 in her yard.

In Hubbard County, Joel Groebner reported a TRUMPETER SWAN on the ice at La Salle State Recreation Area on March 5. Connie Cox at Itasca SP reported a flock of about 20 SNOW BUNTINGS at the park entrance and PINE SISKINS and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at the feeders. 15 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen at the Hubbard-Beltrami line.

Steve Midthune in Becker County reported that waterfowl are starting to appear on some open ponds including CANADA GEESE, TRUMPETER SWANS, MALLARDS, GADWALL, and NORTHERN PINTAIL. A NORTHERN HARRIER and 14 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were seen at Hamden Slough NWR.

Mark Otnes reported a pair of COMMON RAVENS nesting under the bridge near Buffalo River State Park in Clay County.

A BARRED OWL was heard by Ann Flowers on the East Grand Forks side of the Red River in Polk County on March 7. Sandy Aubol reported the first AMERICAN TREE SPARROW in her yard in East Grand Forks on March 9. Bruce Flaig reported TRUMPETER SWANS, and a few RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in southern Polk County this week. Emily Hutchins observed a SNOWY OWL along CR 11 1.5 miles east of Gentilly on March 11. CANADA GEESE, TRUMPETER SWANS and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK have been seen in the county , and BALD EAGLES are on the nests.

Shelley Steva saw a flock of 25 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE fly over the road near the intersection of Pennington CR 7 and US 59 on March 6. Brad Kosel reported seeing the EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in Thief River Falls near the river in the area of the 3rd St. bridge on US 59.

Tim Driscoll and some of his students saw two GREAT GRAY OWLS in Beltrami County on March 7. One was 0.4 miles north of mile marker 91 on MN 1 where it runs together with MN 89, and one was along MN 1 two miles east of Redby.

Tim Driscoll reported seeing at least 12 NORTHERN HAWK OWLS north of Roseau in Roseau County on March 6. A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen about 0.5 miles north of mile marker 8 on MN 310. Shelley Steva and I found a male SNOWY OWL along MN 310 on March 7, and another near the intersection of 440 Ave. and 340th St. Beth Siverhus reported some GRAY PARTRIDGE coming to a feeder near the golf course in Roseau. On March 4, a SNOWY OWL was seen along MN 11 near the Hay Creek Bridge. On March 7, a flock of 75 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen on the bike trail in Warroad.

Gretchen Mehmel reported a NORTHERN GOSHAWK that was photographed on a kill near Norris Camp. At the camp were RED CROSSBILLS, COMMON REDPOLLS, HOARY REDPOLL, and GRAY JAYS. Charlie Tucker saw some SPRUCE GROUSE near the camp this week.

Thanks to all who sent in 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 19, 2015

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 5, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 5, 2015 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 hoping that the forecast for warmer weather comes true. It has been a very cold week in the northwest. The sun shines, but on the white snow, has little effect, and the wind blows constantly. Some birds that are day length oriented will find it hard going if they return now.

In Roseau County on the weekend, Shelley Steva and I found BALD EAGLES, five NORTHERN HAWK OWLS, a PILEATED WOODPECKER, SNOW BUNTINGS, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE.

Beth Siverhus reported a GREAT GRAY OWL in Beltrami County on the west side of MN 72 at mile marker 27 on February 27. On March 1, she saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL near the Big Bog Recreation Area. A BALD EAGLE was also seen in Beltrami County.

In western Itasca County , Beth reported RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, COMMON REDPOLLS, PINE SISKINS, and an occasional EVENING GROSBEAK at the feeder.

In Pennington County, Sara Nelson reported a PILEATED WOODPECKER in her yard in Thief River Falls on March 4. Shelley Steva saw the first SHARP-TAILED GROUSE lek of the season with 10 birds present on Pennington CR 23 on February 26. Seems as if they would need to dance to keep warm this year!

Shelley Steva observed two HORNED LARKS near Brooks in Red Lake County on February 26.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in the Polk WMA in Polk County on February 26.

Kelly Blackledge reported a BLACK-BILLED MAPGIE in Two Inlets State Forest in Hubbard County on March 1. Also from Hubbard County Marshall Howe observed COMMON REDPOLLS, one HOARY REDPOLL, and a few PINE SISKINS on March 5.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Kelly Blackledge, Marshall Howe, Sara Nelson, 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, March 12, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 26, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 26, 2015 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 migration has started , even though we cannot see much of it. More reports of horned larks, snow buntings, and Lapland longspurs are coming in , as well as bald eagles near nest sites.

From Lake Carlos SP in Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported two PILEATED WOODPECKERS, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, two COMMON REDPOLLS, and a BROWN CREEPER around the feeders at the park. Other species in and around the park included BARRED OWL and, on the river, a few species of waterfowl. In the Alexandria area, he observed ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, HORNED LARK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, and DARK-EYED JUNCO.

Alice Martin in Otter Tail County reported RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, DOWNY WOODPECKER, NORTHERN CARDINAL , and COMMON REDPOLLS at her feeder in New York Mills on February 22.

In Hubbard County, Steve Dahl observed a GOLDEN EAGLE near Akeley on February 21.

Shelley Steva saw a SNOWY OWL near Sherack in Polk County on February 21 right where one or more have been seen most of the winter. Also in Polk County she saw 6 separate flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS, and a HORNED LARK in a flock of SNOW BUNTINGS near Tabor. Emily Hutchins reported HAIRY WOODPECKER, COMMON REDPOLL, and a HOARY REDPOLL at her feeder near Mentor on February 23. Near the intersection of US 1 and MN 32, she saw more than 100 SNOW BUNTINGS, 2 HORNED LARKS and 50 LAPLAND LONGSPURS. Sandy Aubol reported seeing the AMERICAN KESTREL reported last week along US 2 near East Grand Forks on February 24. She also observed a NORTHERN SHRIJKE in her yard in East Grand Forks.

Barb and Denny Martin saw a GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN in southern Marshall County along CR 12 just north of CR 2 on February 26.

The two Eurasian collared-doves reported last week were re-located this afternoon by Barb and Denny Martin along Mussey St. in Thief River Falls, Pennington County.

Barb and Denny Martin reported seeing up to 10 separate NORTHERN HAWK OWLS north of Roseau in two days. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was chased away by one on the Sprague Creek road. A flock of RED CROSSBILLS was seen along MN 310 near the snowmobile trail. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was also seen.

In Lake of the Woods County, Barb and Denny saw a HOARY REDPOLL at the Norris Camp feeder, and PINE GROSBEAKS at Norris Camp and on the Rapid River Road.

Thanks to Alice Martin, Barb and Denny Martin, Benjamin Eckhoff, Emily Hutchins, Sandy Aubol, Shelley Steva, and Steve Dahl 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 5, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 19, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 19, 2015 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.

Another cold week has passed, but the landscape looks cleaner thanks to the fresh snow of a few days ago. As of Thursday evening, road conditions in the north are in good winter driving condition. A little snow is promised for tomorrow. As far as birds go, very few returning migrants have been seen, but the snow buntings has mostly changed into their summer black-and- white plumage.

Gretchen Mehmel reported a HOARY REDPOLL at the Norris Camp feeders in Lake of the Woods County on February 15. Charlie Tucker observed a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and a GREAT GRAY OWL near his place on the Roosevelt Road.

Joanne Johnson made a trip to Roseau County on February 15 where she reported 10 GRAY PARTRIDGE and COMMON RAVENS along MN 310 north of Roseau, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL , two female PINE GROSBEAKS, and a SNOWY OWL along the Sprague Creek Road, and two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS along MN 11 just east of Salol. Beth Siverhus observed WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and a RUFFED GROUSE in the Beltrami Island State Forest on February 16. She also reported a NORTHERN GOSHAWK that appeared in Cindy Barcht’s yard southwest of Warroad.

In Beltrami County, but still in the Beltrami Island State Forest, Gretchen Mehmel reported that a NORTHERN HAWK OWL has been following their dozer at the shear site southeast of Gates Corner.

At Itasca State Park, Hal and Ronda Sanders observed a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on February 17.

In Marshall County on February 15, Joanne Johnson saw SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, COMMON RAVENS , and SNOW BUNTINGS.

In Pennington County, Joanne reported 35 SNOW BUNTINGS seen on her trip through the county on February 15. Dave Harbott reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE in St Hilaire last weekend in addition to PILEATED WOODPECKER, SNOW BUNTINGS , and other expected species. At a feeder in Viking on February 14, Shelley Steva saw 5 DARK-EYED JUNCOS and a male NORTHERN CARDINAL. On February 13, I was able to locate two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES along Mussey Ave in Thief River Falls. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen at a feeder along CR 17 just north of the Red Lake County line on February 19.

The northern hawk owl reported first on January 20 near Plummer was found dead and turned in to UM Crookston on February 2. We do not know what happened to it, but the bird was emaciated.

On February 15, Joanne Johnson saw a SNOWY OWL along CR 21 in Polk County. Possible that was one of the five SNOWY OWLS seen by Tim Driscoll in the general area of Sherack on February 18. Sandy Aubol reported a MERLIN in East Grand Forks on February 16. On the 14th, she reported 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and 30 DARK-EYED JUNCOS in her yard, and on the 15th, 2 CEDAR WAXWINGS. Along US 2 at East Grand Forks on February 16, Dave Lambeth saw a SNOWY OWL, and near the American Crystal Sugar plant, an AMERICAN KESTREL. Today, February 19, I found a SNOWY OWL along CR 44 a half mile north of CR 45. There was also a large flock of SNOW BUNTINGS along CR 45.

From Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported PILEATED WOODPECKER, BARRED OWL, BROWN CREEPER, and WILD TURKEY at Lake Carlos State Park this week. At Long Prairie Dam he saw TRUMPETER SWANS, CANADA GOOSE, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and COMMON MERGANSER; north of the intersection of CR 5 and CR3 he found three HORNED LARKS , a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, BALD EAGLE, and a NORTHERN HARRIER. A NORTHERN SHRIKE and RING-NECKED PHEASANT were seen in Alexandria.

Thanks to all who sent in reports 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, February 26, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 12, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 12, 2015 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 week in the northwest and shows no sign of getting spring-like any time soon.

A SHORT-EARED OWL has been seen on February 9 in Otter Tail County at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center near Fergus Falls. Teresa Jaskiewicz also reported COMMON REDPOLLS and a MOURNING DOVE at her feeder .

Dave and Betty Hochhalter in Detroit Lakes , Becker County, this week reported WILD TURKEYS, a pair of NORTHERN CARDINALS, PURPLE FINCH, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and PILEATED WOODPECKER in their yard.

From Clay County, Maria Fosado reported that a co-worker saw a SNOWY OWL two miles east and two miles south of Sabin near the intersection of CR 10 and CR 17 on February 5.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County, reported a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and one COMMON REDPOLL at her feeder on February 6, and a RED-TAILED HAWK in East Grand Forks on February 7. Cliff Steinhauer saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and three BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES along CR 68 on February 1. A SNOWY OWL was seen by Joanne Johnson along US 2 about a mile east of MN 75 going south on February 9. Presumably this is the same one that was previously seen at several nearby locations in and around Crookston. Emily Hutchins reported 75 COMMON REDPOLLS near Mentor.

Here near Thief River Falls in Pennington County, I saw a group of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in our yard on February 5. Two RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS visited on February 11. The EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE reported last week in Thief River Falls was heard again this week, but so far I haven’t re-located it.

In Marshall County, Cliff Steinhauer reported COMMON REDPOLLS at his place just west of Agassiz NWR on February 6. A group of waxwings of unidentified species was also there.

Thanks to Cliff Steinhauer, Dave and Betty Hochhalter, Emily Hutchins, Joanne Johnson, Maria Fosado, Sandy Aubol, and Teresa Jaskiewicz 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 19, 2015

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 5, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 5, 2015 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 cold this week in the northwest, but seasonable. No snow has fallen in the last week, but some is forecast for this weekend. Snowy owls continue to be seen in many parts of the state.

Joel Groebner saw a SNOWY OWL on the ice of Lake Itasca near Schoolcraft Island in Clearwater County on January 28.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was reported by Zeann Linder in the city of Thief River Falls in Pennington County on January 30. About 30 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS visited the crabapple trees in our neighbor’s yard this morning. At the same time a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was heard calling. Shelley Steva observed a NORTHERN HAWK OWL near the 7-Clans Casino on February 2.

In Polk County, Jennifer Audette saw four SNOWY OWLS in the Sherack area near CR 21 on February 2. Emily Hutchins saw a female SNOWY OWL a mile east of Marcoux Corner along US 2 on January 31.

From Otter Tail County, Gary Otnes reported a small flock of HORNED LARKS near Fergus Falls on February 4.

Thanks to Emily Hutchins, Gary Otnes, Jennifer Audette, Joel Groebner, 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 12, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 29, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 29, 2015 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.

Another mild week has passed, and now we are into the cold again tonight. No snow has fallen in the northwest this week and in all but the sheltered locations, what we had has melted. Sightings are still coming in of snowy owls ,even from the southern parts of the state , so we will have them with us awhile longer as they move north.

From Lake Carlos State Park in Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported 8-12 COMMON GOLDENEYE, a BARRED OWL, and a BALD EAGLE this week.

In Glendalough State Park in Otter Tail County, he observed TRUMPETER SWANS, CANADA GOOSE, MALLARDS, and a BALD EAGLE.

Steve Midthune saw a MERLIN in Lake Park in Becker County on January 26.

Several SNOWY OWLS were seen in Polk County this week. One was seen about 5 miles north of CR 21 on 390th St, and three more were observed in the vicinity of Sherack on January 24. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen in the town of Crookston on January 24, and COMMON RAVENS were also seen in Polk County.

Anita Vettleson saw a SNOWY OWL along Red Lake CR 1 about 7 miles east of US 59 on January 24.

In Pennington County, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER is coming to our feeder east of Thief River Falls occasionally. Several WILD TURKEYS and a BALD EAGLE were seen in western Pennington County on January 24.

The NORTHERN HAWK OWL reported earlier in Marshall County was seen on January 24 along 350th St a few poles west of CR 12, about where it was first spotted on December 18.

On January 20, Benjamin Eckhoff reported COMMON RAVENS and more than 500 AMERICAN CROWS along the railroad tracks that run beside MN 11 in Lake of the Woods County between Williams and Baudette .

Thanks to Anita Vettleson, Benjamin Eckhoff, 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, February 5, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 22, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 22, 2015 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 moderated this week in the northwest, but many days have been marred by strong winds, which are howling again tonight. Snow still carpets the area, but bare patches are appearing on open fields and the wind tonight is bringing in possible freezing rain and/or snow. That will make for slippery travel this weekend.

Alice Martin reported a SNOWY OWL at the intersection of Otter Tail County roads 76 and 19 on January 18. Other species seen in the county included ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, TRUMPETER SWANS near Perham. A BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE was seen at the intersection of county roads 75 and 76.

In Detroit Lakes in Becker County, Denny and Barb Martin saw BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on January 19, one of the very few sightings of that species reported in the area this winter. The female VARIED THRUSH is still coming to the feeders of Kay Hartness in Detroit Lakes.

Barb and Denny found 40 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS and a flock of BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES at Bluestem Prairie on Clay County on January 21.

Near Shelley in Norman County, two BALD EAGLES were seen by Shelley Steva on January 14.

Shelley Steva saw a SNOWY OWL on January 14 at the intersection of US 75 and US 2 on the north side of Crookston in Polk County. Sandy Aubol observed a GOLDEN EAGLE along CR 21 near Sherack on January 18, and four SNOWY OWLS were seen in the Sherack area that day. Sandy saw six CEDAR WAXWINGS in East Grand Forks on the 18th also. Many SNOW BUNTINGS and a sprinkling of LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen in the Sherack area this week. Emily Hutchins reported a GREAT HORNED OWL near Mentor on January 19. Several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen in Polk County on January 16 between Grand Forks and the Pennington County line.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL is being seen along Red Lake County Road 1 on either side of the intersection with US 59 since January 20.

Barb and Denny Martin found a SNOWY OWL along Pennington CR 23 a mile and a half south of CR 3 on January 20. I was unable to relocate that bird today or yesterday. Barb and Denny found a GOLDEN EAGLE in far southeastern Pennington County where they also saw numerous SHARP-TAILED GROUSE and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. I observed a flock of WILD TURKEYS in the western part of the county on January 16.

The NORTHERN HAWK OWL first found on the Agassiz CBC was seen again by numerous people on January 18 at the intersection of Marshall CR 12 and 350th St NE where it was first found. On January 16, I found a NORTHERN SHRIKE in the vicinity, and a flock of SHARP-TAILED GROUSE. COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in several places in Marshall County this weekend.

From Beltrami County, Christine Herwig reported a flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at the DNR office at the north end of Lake Bemidji on January 21.

A group of us went to Roseau County on January 18 where we found up to eight NORTHERN HAWK OWLS north of Roseau. Other species seen in the area included COMMON RAVEN, GRAY JAY, NORTHERN SHRIKE, and SNOW BUNTINGS.

Thanks to Alice Martin, Barb and Denny Martin, Christine Herwig, Emily Hutchins, Sandy Aubol, 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, January 29, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 15, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 15, 2015 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.

After a windy cold snap, temperatures are moderating in the northwest this week. No thawing has occurred in the far northern part of the area, but there have been reports of above freezing temperatures in Moorhead. A little snow has fallen in the northern counties , keeping all nice and white.

Lynda Knutsen reported that the NORTHERN HAWK OWL found on the Agassiz CBC on December 18 was sighted again in the same location a mile north of the intersection of Marshall County Roads 12 and 46 on Friday, January 9. I have failed on two occasions to spot it again, but it is surely in the same general area still. Today, January 15, I found a cooperative NORTHERN SHRIKE along CR 12 south of CR 7. Other species seen in the county today included SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, COMMON REDPOLLS and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES at nearly every farmstead.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva saw a GREAT HORNED OWL one mile east of Brooks on MN 92, and a SNOWY OWL two miles east of Brooks along MN 92. Ten SNOW BUNTINGS were seen along US 59 north of Plummer.

Benjamin Eckhoff reported that the Alexandria CBC on January 3 turned up 29 species including several waterfowl species at the dam at Lake Carlos SP, NORTHERN SHRIKES, four PILEATED WOODPECKERS, BROWN CREEPERS, and a GREAT HORNED OWL. Later in the week, sightings included BALD EAGLE, RED-TAILED HAWK, and RUFFED GROUSE.

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, January 22, 2015.

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