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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 23, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 23, 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 pleasant weekend, it has been a cold and very windy week. Due to the strong north winds, migration has slowed, but there have been reports that most of the ducks have been seen in the northwest, and a very few shorebirds are returning. SANDHILL CRANES are back and starting to nest. EASTERN PHOEBES, TREE SWALLOWS, HERMIT THRUSHES, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and PINE SISKINS have been reported throughout. RED-TAILED HAWKS and NORTHERN HARRIERS are everywhere.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was found by Bob Dunlap in Kittson County from the Twin Lakes overlook. I tried for it on April 23 to no avail although it may be still there among the many American coots and several other species of ducks.

In Becker County, John Hockema and Ben Fritchman observed a CINNAMON TEAL on Balsam Lake on April 18.

Scott Dirks around Lake Osakis in Todd and Douglas Counties found a lot of waterfowl around the lake. WESTERN GREBE was also seen there.

In Otter Tail County, Alice Martin reported DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS on April 16, RED-NECKED GREBE on April 17, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on April 22.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County saw YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on April 16, HERMIT THRUSH on April 17, GREATER YELLOWLEGS and NORTHERN CARDINAL on April 18 and many PINE SISKINS on April 21.

Around Itasca State Park, Connie Cox reported COMMON LOON, RUFFED GROUSE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, OSPREY, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, BELTED KINGFISHER, MERLIN, WOODTHRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD this week among others.

Steve Midthune reported that Becker County has some mudflats and shorebirds are starting to come in. He mentioned PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SORA, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS have been seen.

Sandy Aubol reported AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, GREAT EGRET, RUDDY DUCK, and HUDSONIAN GODWIT at the Brandt-Angus impoundment in Polk County on April 18. MARBLED GODWIT was seen at the Agassiz Valley impoundment. Shelley Steva and I visited the rice paddies in the eastern part of the county that day, and found many TUNDRA SWANS, with a few duck species mixed in. We also saw TURKEY VULTURE, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, AMERICAN COOT, and VESPER SPARROWS.

On April 18, Shelley and I found a similar mix of waterfowl in the Pennington County rice paddies, also MARBLED GODWIT, HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, FOX SPARROW, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK in the area. A COOPER’S HAWK visited our bird feeders on April 22.

In Marshall County, Sandy Aubol saw BONAPARTE’S GULLS at that side of the Agassiz Valley impoundment. Beth Siverhus visited Agassiz NWR on April 18 and found a large variety of species including TRUMPETER SWAN, many ducks, KILLDEER, DUNLIN, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, MARBLED GODWIT, FRANKLIN’S GULLS, EASTERN PHOEBE, and HERMIT THRUSH. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and SANDHILL CRANES were also seen in the county.

Beth Siverhus saw a GREAT GRAY OWL in Beltrami County along MN 72.

At the Clearwater County rice paddies, Shelley Steva and I found all of the common ducks except for ruddy ducks on April 18. RED-TAILED HAWKS were also seen.

Species seen in Kittson County in the Twin Lakes area on April 23 included TURKEY VULTURE, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN COOT, MARBLED GODWIT, WILSON’S SNIPE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK.

In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, WILSON’S SNIPE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, NORTHERN HAWK OWL, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, MERLIN, HERMIT THRUSH, and FOX SPARROW among others.

Lake of the Woods County species seen by Beth included NORTHERN GOSHAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RUFFED GROUSE, SPRUCE GROUSE, GRAY JAY, HERMIT THRUSH, and PINE SISKIN. Most of these were seen in the Beltrami Island State Forest.

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 30, 2015

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 16, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 16, 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 has finally arrived in the north, and the flood of migrants is increasing. The first wave of returning species includes most of the ducks, the resident hawks, KILLDEER, MOURNING DOVE, some gulls, NORTHERN FLICKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, TREE SWALLOW, a large variety of sparrows, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, WESTERN MEADOWLARK, COMMON GRACKLE, and PURPLE FINCH.

Gretchen Mehmel reported that a group doing a goshawk survey in the Beltrami Island State Forest on April 11 found a SNOWY OWL at Norris Camp of all places. A GREAT GRAY OWL was also seen on Dick’s Parkway during the survey, and at least one NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported.

In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus observed a flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at Warroad on April 10.

Hillary Stoltman found a male SNOWY OWL 10 miles east of Fourtown in Beltrami County on April 9.

In Marshall County, Cliff Steinhauer reported SANDHILL CRANE and 14 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE on April 9. Gary Tischer reported an EASTERN BLUEBIRD seen by Jerome Sorenson. Gary saw a FRANKLIN’S GULL at Agassiz NWR on April 13, reported a major migration of TUNDRA SWANS on April 14, and found two GREATER YELLOWLEGS near Strandquist on April 15.

Here in Pennington County, a pair of TRUMPETER SWANS came to our part of the Red Lake River on April 10. On April 12, there were DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS and HOODED MERGANSERS, and on April 14, twenty WOOD DUCKS were seen feeding on the lawn.

In southern Polk County, Bruce Flaig reported EASTERN PHOEBE, and COMMON LOON on April 11. I saw a large flock of TUNDRA SWANS along CR 252 , and a MERLIN near the campus of UMC Crookston today, April 16. Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks reported NORTHERN FLICKER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, and a variety of sparrow species along the river on April 13.

Steve Midthune in Becker County saw a GREATER YELLOWLEGS at Bisson Lake at Hamden Slough NWR on April 10.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported TUNDRA SWANS east of Lake George on April 10, OSPREY and a large flock of PINE SISKINS on April 11, NORTHERN FLICKER on April 12, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on April 13, a TREE SWALLOW on April 14, EASTERN PHOEBE, FOX SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH on April 15, and VESPER SPARROW on April 16.

Otter Tail County sightings sent in by Alice Martin included HERRING GULL on April 10, GREEN-WINGED TEAL on April 12, BLUE-WINGED TEAL on April 13, PIED-BILLED GREBE and BELTED KINGFISHER on April 14, and LESSER SCAUP on April 16. Alma Ronningen observed BROWN CREEPER on April 11, OSPREY on April 12, BROWN THRASHER and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on April 16.

John Ellis found a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE at the public landing in Osakis in Douglas County on April 9.

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, April 23, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 9, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 9, 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.

This has been a mixed weather week, with a little snow, a few clouds, and some wonderful sunshine. Migration is picking up, and with the ice disappearing, the waterfowl are coming in. Small numbers of most of the ducks are being reported with, of course, more of the traditional early migrants like mergansers and wood ducks.

Alice Martin in Otter Tail County reported COMMON LOON, AMERICAN WIGEON, and RING-NECKED DUCK on April 5 near Perham.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe observed a GOLDEN EAGLE, RING-BILLED GULL, FOX SPARROW, and PINE SISKIN on April 5, TURKEY VULTURE on April 6, COMMON LOON, RING-NECKED DUCK, COMMON MERGANSER, and SONG SPARROW on April 7, and BUFFLEHEAD on April 9.

In Clay County, Matt Mecklenburg reported about 30 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE amid a group of dancing GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS. Other species seen included SANDHILL CRANE and MERLIN.

Sandy Aubol saw a male SNOWY OWL in Polk County on April 4 near the intersection of CR 23 with CR 20. In the area of the impoundments in Polk County she saw RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, TUNDRA SWAN, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, WOOD DUCK, RING-NECKED DUCK, NORTHERN HARRIER, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN KESTREL, BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS.

Shelley Steva found a pair of SANDHILL CRANES looking as if they will nest along Red Lake CR 1 on April 7.

In Pennington County, I saw two COMMON MERGANSERS, FOX SPARROW, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on April 3. A MERLIN took a BOHEMIAN WAXWING in our yard on April 5, and several RING-NECKED DUCKS appeared on the Red Lake River on April 7.

Sandy Aubol found COMMON MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and NORTHERN PINTAIL in Marshall County near the Agassiz Valley impoundments on April 4. On April 9, Gary Tischer saw a TURKEY VULTURE south of Newfolden, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, and a KILLDEER.

In the area around Itasca State Park this week, Connie Cox reported HOODED MERGANSER, WOOD DUCK, GREAT BLUE HERON, SANDHILL CRANE, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK , AMERICAN KESTREL, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PURPLE FINCH, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.

Beth Siverhus saw a male SNOWY OWL one mile west of Warroad in Roseau County on April 6. Other species seen in the county included RUFFED GROUSE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, DARK-EYED JUNCO, PURPLE FINCH, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.

Thanks to Alice Martin, Beth Siverhus, Connie Cox, Gary Tischer, Marshall Howe, Matt Mecklenburg, 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 April 16, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 2, 2015

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

With warmer weather, many returning migrants have been reported this week. Included are enormous flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS, COMMON GRACKLES, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and a greater variety of waterfowl. Some COMMON REDPOLLS have been reported but the numbers are greatly diminished. That said, the warm weather of April 1st appears to have been a cruel April Fool’s trick, as the 30-40 mph winds today have brought the temperatures down to freezing again.

In Roseau County, Gary Tischer saw a SNOWY OWL 3 miles south of Roseau on MN 89 and a half mile west on CR 114 on March 31.

In Marshall County, Gary found 6 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS on CR 28 west of Strandquist, and some SANDHILL CRANES along US 59 on March 31.

Here in Pennington County, the Red Lake River is mostly ice free, except through the town of Thief River Falls, and with the ice out came some WOOD DUCKS, and HOODED MERGANSERS on April 1. On March 31, I heard SANDHILL CRANES migrating in the night. During the day on March 31, I saw a pair of calling TRUMPETER SWANS in the river; other species returning that day included KILLDEER, COMMON GRACKLES, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and hundreds of AMERICAN ROBINS. On April 2, there were PURPLE FINCHES in the yard, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE scared hundreds of robins out of our yard.

On March 31, Zeann Linder observed a male SNOWY OWL along Polk County road 21 near Sherack, standing out like a beacon on the bare brown fields. In East Grand Forks, Sandy Aubol reported MOURNING DOVE, and COMMON GRACKLE on March 30, COMMON GOLDENEYE, MERLIN , RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on March 31, FOX SPARROW and NORTHERN FLICKER on April 1 , and SONG SPARROW on April 2.

Marshall Howe in Dorset , Hubbard County, reported SANDHILL CRANES on March 26, EASTERN BLUEBIRD on March 27, diminished numbers of PINE SISKINS and COMMON REDPOLLS on March 28. Large numbers of AMERICAN ROBINS, and an AMERICAN WOODCOCK arrived on March 30. GREAT BLUE HERON, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER, FOX SPARROW, and COMMON GRACKLE arrived on April 1.

From Otter Tail County, Alice Martin reported COMMON MERGANSER, HOODED MERGANSER, and WOOD DUCK in the Perham area, and in New York Mills, there were KILLDEER, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, NORTHERN CARDINALS, PINE SISKINS, and HOUSE FINCHES. At Little Pine Lake, she saw BUFFLEHEAD, AMERICAN COOT and NORTHERN SHRIKE all on April 1.

Benjamin Eckhoff in Douglas County reported this week a big increase in waterfowl with a variety of duck species arriving. About 30 CEDAR WAXWINGS were seen. He reported large flocks of AMERICAM ROBINS and AMERICAN CROWS. Among other species seen in the Lake Carlos area were TUNDRA SWANS, SNOW GOOSE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, BALD EAGLES, RED-TAILED HAWKS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, GREAT BLUE HERONS, SANDHILL CRANES, KILLDEER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW.

Thanks to Alice Martin, Benjamin Eckhoff, Gary Tischer, Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol, and Zeann Linder 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 Friday, April 10, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 25, 2015

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

Though the weather has been cold this week, spring arrivals continue to be reported. HORNED LARKS are paired off and preparing to nest, most of the summer breeding raptors have arrived in small numbers. Several large groups of AMERICAN CROWS have been reported this week, and the first reports of large numbers of migrating AMERICAN ROBINS have come in. That said, the cold has dampened the human activity more than that of the birds.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported NORTHERN HARRIER on March 20, RED-TAILED HAWK, COMMON REDPOLL, HOARY REDPOLL, PINE SISKINS, and PURPLE FINCH on March 21, and RED CROSSBILLS, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS on March 22.

John Loegering heard a LONG-EARED OWL calling along the Red Lake River in Crookston, Polk County on March 16, but has not heard it since. Sandy Martens reported a group of over 200 AMERICAN ROBINS at the point in East Grand Forks on March 23.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva found a flock of over 200 AMERICAN CROWS on March 23.

In Pennington County on March 21, I found a large flock of over 300 AMERICAN CROWS near the intersection of CR 27 and CR 3. These birds were still there the next day.

Connie Cox reported from the Itasca SP area on March 25 where she reported increasing numbers of TRUMPETER SWANS and CANADA GEESE, Other species reported included RED-TAILED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN ROBIN, DARK-EYED JUNCO, PINE SISKIN, COMMON REDPOLL, and PURPLE FINCH.

In Beltrami County, east of Lake Bemidji, Christine Herwig reported AMERICAN ROBIN on March 19.

Thanks to Christine Herwig, Connie Cox, John Loegering, Marshall Howe, Sandy Martens, 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, April 2, 2015.

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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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