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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, 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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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 8, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 8, 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.

No doubt about it! Winter is definitely here. Snow covers the ground and the wind is howling outside while temperatures plummet.

A male VARIED THRUSH visited the feeders of Kay Hartness in Detroit Lakes, Becker County on January 5.

Karen Suldahl reported two RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in the town of Climax, Polk County, on January 7.

From Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported a HOARY REDPOLL and a NORTHERN SHRIKE in her yard in Warroad on January 4. The Roseau CBC went pretty well after a late start as the following species were tallied: two SNOWY OWLS and three HORNED LARKS were spotted northeast of the Roseau WTP; three NORTHERN HAWK OWLS were seen along MN 310, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE were also seen north of mile marker 7. In the open country were found 27 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE and about 1000 SNOW BUNTINGS.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Karen Suldahl, Kay Hartness, and Martin Kehoe 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 15, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Sunday, January 4, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Sunday, January 4, 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 brown Christmas, the white has certainly come to the northland now. Up to 10 inches of the white stuff on us was dumped on us during the past 24 hours . The temperatures are plummeting as well, so there is no doubt about which season it is.

Three Christmas bird counts were held in the northern counties of Roseau and Lake of the Woods this weekend. Twenty-three species were counted on the Beltrami-Island count on January 1, including RUFFED GROUSE, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, two GREAT GRAY OWLS, 2 BARRED OWLS, GRAY JAYS, 15 BOREAL CHICKADEES, RED-BREASTED NUTNATCH, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, COMMON REDPOLLS, HOARY REDPOLL, RED CROSSBILL, and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL. There are no farms or feeders in that count circle. 31 species were tallied on the Baudette count including SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, many COMMON RAVENS and AMERICAN CROWS, NORTHERN SHRIKE , and both grosbeaks, but no house sparrows. Very few raptors were noted. I have not heard how the Roseau CBC went today, as I came home due to the high winds, and heavy snow already fallen.

In Roseau county, Beth Siverhus reported a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in her yard in Warroad on December 29.

Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were reported in Marshall County – a dark phase one on December 28 seen by Beth Siverhus, and one seen by Gary Tischer along US 59 three miles south of Newfolden on December 31. Several flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS were seen along MN 32 this morning.

Sandy Aubol observed a GOLDEN EAGLE near the intersection of Polk county roads 23 and 20 on December 28. She also saw 5 SNOWY OWLS in Polk County that day.

Blaine Hansel saw a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE northeast of Ashby near Lake Christina on December 28.

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 8, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, December 26, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, December 26, 2014 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 really damp, gray week in the northwest, and we have only seen daylight through the fog and mist a few times. Today, December 26, a glimpse of the sun was seen by a few as colder weather settles in.

Steve Midthune reported a male VARIED THRUSH along Merry Meadow Lane in Detroit Lakes, Becker County, on December 21.

The Fargo-Moorhead CBC counted a few waterfowl at the Moorhead WTP including CACKLING GOOSE, SNOW GOOSE, WOOD DUCK, GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and LESSER SCAUP on December 23. Also in Clay County that day, Tim Lamey observed a SNOWY OWL one mile south of Georgetown on the west side of US 75 .

Terry and Joanne Johnson in East Grand Forks, Polk County, reported that by December 24, their feeders were busy with DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and HOUSE FINCHES. A SNOWY OWL was reported on December 26 along US 2 a half mile from the US 75 junction. Today , December 26, I saw a pure white adult male and a heavily barred immature SNOWY OWL along Polk CR 21 within the two miles stretch east of Sherack. The two were about a mile apart.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along Marshall CR 12 just north of the intersection with CR 46 on December 24.

Thanks to Keith Corliss, Steve Midthune, Terry and Joanne Johnson, and Tim Lamey 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 Sunday, January 4, 2015 .

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 18, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 18, 2014 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 have gone back into the cold this week, but it hasn’t hampered the birding – in fact it seems to have improved.

Olaf Danielson, a visitor from South Dakota, went to northern Roseau County on December 17, and sent in the following list of species seen along the Sprague Creek road north of Roseau: 7 SPRUCE GROUSE, BALD EAGLE, GOLDEN EAGLE, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, three NORTHERN HAWK OWLS, NORTHERN SHRIKE, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, COMMON REDPOLLS, and four WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS.

In Marshall County, Olaf reported 40 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS east of Agassiz NWR on CR 7. The Agassiz CBC was held today, December 18, and the preliminary tally includes SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RUFFED GROUSE, WILD TURKEY, BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, two SNOWY OWLS, many COMMON RAVENS, NORTHERN SHRIKE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN ROBIN, and COMMON REDPOLLS. I personally saw 30 BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, 25 of which were in a single group. A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen in late afternoon at the intersection of CR 12 and 350th St. NE .

On December 14, Randy Horien saw a SNOWY OWL along MN 1 in Pennington County about 5 miles east of Thief River Falls.

Sandy Martens in East Grand Forks , Polk County reported 30 PINE SISKINS and many DARK-EYED JUNCOS at the feeders on December 13th. Sandy Aubol found a COOPER’S HAWK along the Red River in East Grand Forks on December 12th, and on the 13th reported a GREAT HORNED OWL hooting near her house. On the 18th, she reported that many birds had returned to the feeders after it turned cold , including the resident SHARP-SHINNED HAWK! The Grand Forks/East Grand Forks CBC on December 14 found 45 species in all. Species of interest on the Minnesota side of the river included CACKLING GOOSE, NORTHERN PINTAIL, RUDDY DUCK, GRAY PARTRIDGE, a few SNOW BUNTINGS, COMMON REDPOLLS, and PINE SISKINS.

Judy Clayton in Alexandria, Douglas County observed two common ravens in her yard in Alexandria on December 14th.

Thanks to Judy Clayton, Olaf Danielson, Randy Horien, Dave Lambeth, Sandy Aubol, and Sandy Martens 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, December 26, 2014 .

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 11, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 11, 2014 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 mild week in the northwest and some areas have some slippery roads, but warming temperatures may have all but solved that problem.

Barb and Denny Martin found a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE in Todd County on December 5. Location was along 280th St a half mile east of CR 11.

Kay Hartness reported on December 9 that the VARIED THRUSH was still visiting her yard along the Pelican River in Detroit Lakes, Becker County.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK that has taken up perching in her yard in East Grand Forks, leading to a noted absence of many other birds. Shelley Steva saw an adult male SNOWY OWL near Sherack on December 10, and two bald eagles near East Grand Forks.

Gretchen Mehmel reported the sighting of a NORTHERN HAWK OWL just west of Dick’s Parkway and the Blue Kettle Trail on December 8. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK has been spotted twice this week about a half mile west of the Faunce Tower on the Faunce-Butterfield Road. Both sightings in the Beltrami Island State Forest.

Thanks to Barb and Denny Martin, Gretchen Mehmel, Kay Hartness, 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, December 18, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 4, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 4, 2014 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.

Most of the reports this week have been of SNOWY OWLS. In Clearwater County, Zeann Linder observed a SNOWY OWL along US 2 between Bagley and Bemidji on November 30. Sandy Aubol has seen 2 SNOWY OWLS in western Marshall County and 5 in western Polk County this week. I do not have more precise locations for those. Emily Hutchins reported a SNOWY OWL in Polk County along US 2 just east of MN 32 on November 30. Steve Midthune had a secondhand report of a SNOWY OWL seen along US 59 south of Calloway on November 29.

In Beltrami County on November 28., Shelley Steva and I found a flock of 30 COMMON RAVENS; 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen along MN 1 in Beltrami County, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES were seen in both Beltrami and Pennington Counties.

From Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported on birds seen at Lake Carlos State Park. They included 38 CANADA GEESE, 23 TRUMPETER SWANS, 4 MALLARDS, 5 COMMON GOLDENEYE, BALD EAGLE, BARRED OWL, COMMON RAVEN, and BROWN CREEPER. SNOW BUNTINGS were seen near Alexandria.

Thanks to Emily Hutchins, Benjamin Eckhoff, Sandy Aubol, Steve Midthune, 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 Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 26, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 26, 2014 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.

Migration appears to be nearly over, and now is the season to spot those late or lost migrants. Snow covers the ground over much of the area, and for the rest, ice is closing in on the lakes and rivers.

Marshall Howe sent in a report from Dorset in Hubbard County where he saw about 300 COMMON REDPOLLS, one AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, and a BROWN CREEPER on November 26.

From Hamden Slough in Becker County, Steve Midthune reported small flocks of LAPLAND LONGSPURS, COMMON REDPOLLS, and SNOW BUNTINGS on November 21. Thirty-five GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were seen and a few late RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were still around on November 21. Kay Hartness reported two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at her feeders in Detroit lakes on November 25.

At the East Grand Forks WTP in Polk County on November 21, Matthew Spoor reported a RING-BILLED GULL, 100 AMERICAN CROWS, about 200 MALLARDS, one CANADA GOOSE, and four BALD EAGLES. Doubtless, most have left by now as the cold settled in and the water disappeared under the ice. Sandy Aubol observer a late CHIPPING SPARROW at her feeder in East Grand Forks on November 22.

Tom Ballard heard two GREAT HORNED OWLS hooting and answering each other a few miles southeast of Thief River Falls, Pennington County, last weekend. Today, November 26, I saw a BALD EAGLE soaring over the city of Thief River Falls.

Thanks to Kay Hartness, Marshall Howe, Matthew Spoor, Sandy Aubol, Steve Midthune, and Tom Ballard 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, December 4, 2014

I omitted the sighting of a VARIED THRUSH by Kay Hartness in Detroit Lakes, Becker County on 11-25.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 20, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 20, 2014 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.

Winter is here! It has been cold everywhere in the state this week, but warming temperatures are coming. The almost complete snow cover will mute that improvement.

From Warroad in Roseau County, Beth Siverhus passed on a report of a SNOWY OWL seen by Bill Boyd along CR 2 east of CR 5 south of Warroad this week. From her yard in Warroad, she reported a COMMON GRACKLE and one RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD among the more common species usually seen at this time of year.

At her deer stand in northwestern Itasca County, Beth saw BALD EAGLE, GRAY JAY, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, COMMON RAVEN, COMMON REDPOLLS, PINE GROSBEAKS, and EVENING GROSBEAKS.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks , Polk County, reported PILEATED WOODPECKER, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and MERLIN, and still one RUSTY BLACKBIRD. In Crookston, she observed a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at the cemetery. Bobbie Shields saw a BALD EAGLE near Erskine. On the point at East Grand Forks, Sandy Martens saw NORTHERN CARDINAL, one AMERICAN ROBIN, PINE SISKINS, and 2 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. An immature BALD EAGLE was seen north of the city of East Grand Forks. Emily Hutchins saw a GOLDEN EAGLE flying over US 2 about 1.5 miles west of MN 32 on November 20.

A SNOWY OWL was seen by Bobbie Shields about 10 miles north of Mahnomen in Mahnomen County on November 15.

Kay Hartness in Becker County reported HARRIS’S SPARROWS in Detroit Lakes on November 13; on the 14th there were numbers of TRUMPETER SWANS and TUNDRA SWANS on the lake near the Holiday Inn. Other species in Detroit Lakes included NORTHERN CARDINAL, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and PURPLE FINCH.

Marshall Howe in Dorset in Hubbard County observed COMMON REDPOLLS, and PURPLE FINCHES on November 14, and 50 SNOW BUNTINGS, and one AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on November 15. At the Lake Alice Bog he saw NORTHERN GOSHAWK, RUFFED GROUSE, PINE SISKINS, COMMON REDPOLLS, and PURPLE FINCH. On November 18, he spotted a NORTHERN SHRIKE.

Gary Otnes in Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County reported some late species including MOURNING DOVE, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, two NORTHERN FLICKERS, and a NORTHERN CARDINAL this week. Some of these hardy species may try to spend the winter there.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Bobbie Shields, Emily Hutchins, Gary Otnes, Kay Hartness, Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol, and Sandy Martens 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, November 27, 2014.

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