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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 27, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 27, 2017 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 , in common with the rest of the state, have had a setback for spring migration. The cold and snow of the past two days has grounded many migrants, and we are hoping that the mortality has not been too great. The forecast holds a promise of warmer weather by the weekend.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen by Beth Siverhus in Lake of the Woods County between Norris Camp and the campground in the Beltrami Island State Forest this week. Other species seen there included BROAD-WINGED HAWK, TURKEY VULTURE, and RED-TAILED HAWK.

In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported a GREAT GRAY OWL along the Roosevelt-Norris Road south of MN 11 . Also in Roseau County, she reported DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, BELTED KINGFISHER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, both RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and PINE SISKIN this week.

Brian Hiller in Beltrami County observed three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on April 24.

In Clearwater County, Joe Lindell saw BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE and AMERICAN WOODCOCK on April 21.

Here in Thief River Falls, I had a flock of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS along the Red Lake River this week, and today a large flock of FRANKLIN’S GULLS with a few RING-BILLED GULLS could be seen at the intersection of the Thief and Red Lake Rivers. WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS have arrived and are increasing in the area.

In Red Lake County, Anita Vettleson reported a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in her yard near Oklee on April 25.

In Polk County, Matthew Spoor reported SHORT-EARED OWL, MARSH WRENS, PALM WARBLER, and LE CONTE’S SPARROW among others at Pankratz Prairie on April 22. A EURASIAN WIGEON was reported by the DNR at Burnham Creek reservoir on April 21. I have not heard if the bird has been seen again. Sandy Aubol reported YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER , and a variety of sparrows in Polk County on April 24. They included WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and SAVANNAH SPARROW.

Becker County sightings by Wayne Perala at Tamarac NWR included COMMON LOON, WOOD DUCK, and BUFFLEHEAD on April 23.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported in Hubbard County by Becca Engdahl on April 25.

A WESTERN TANAGER was found at Battle Lake in Otter Tail County by Matthew Brusch on April 24. Jennifer Ditterich saw a pair of BELTED KINGFISHERS in Otter Tail County on April 24. Wayne Perala found a RUDDY DUCK at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center on April 21, and at the Orwell Dam he saw both GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, KILLDEER, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK. On April 23, he reported YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and PALM WARBLER.

John Jonas observed HORNED GREBE, WESTERN GREBE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and BELTED KINGFISHER in Douglas County on April 21.

A SANDERLING was reported by Craig Mandel at the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County on April 23.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, May 4, 2017

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 20, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 20, 2017 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.

Birds are streaming in now, waterfowl have all been reported, the blackbirds are all here, sparrows are starting to be reported, and once it warms up, we will start to see the insect eaters. Of those, we have only really heard of eastern phoebes , the first swallows, and a few yellow-rumped warblers. Turkey vultures are clearly migrating now as many have been reported in several locations.

In Grant County on April 15, a WHITE-FACED IBIS and a SNOWY EGRET were found at the North Ottawa Impoundment. A good variety of shorebirds were also present including AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RUDDY TURNSTONE , and DUNLIN. Charlene Nelson reported an EASTERN BLUEBIRD at Elbow Lake on April 14.

On April 17 Marion and Gary Otnes in Otter Tail County reported AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, TURKEY VULTURE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, MARSH WREN, BROWN CREEPER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and BREWER’S BLACKBIRD. Wayne Perala counted five OSPREYS on nests near Star Lake, and on April 19 at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center saw ROSS’S GOOSE,RUDDY DUCK, and HORNED GREBE. On April 19, he reported TREE SWALLOW and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. Jill Meyer observed a MARBLED GODWIT in Otter Tail County near Rothsay. Bradley Lancour saw a GREAT EGRET in Fergus Falls on April 18.

Becca Engdahl observed a LONG-TAILED DUCK at the Akeley WTP in Hubbard County on April 17. Marshall Howe reported YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, NORTHERN FLICKER, WOOD DUCK , and an OSPREY on the nest on April 15. On the 17th , he added RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD were seen on April 19.

At Hamden Slough NWR in Becker County on April 16, Sandy Aubol found TRUMPETER SWAN, COOPER’S HAWK, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS. At Tamarac, she added COMMON LOON, RUFFED GROUSE, OSPREY, BROWN CREEPER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET , and FOX SPARROW among others. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen at Calloway.

Elissa Gallien found a large flock of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS and 61 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS at Felton Prairie in Clay County on April 19. Other species seen included MARBLED GODWITS, VESPER SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, and a lot of WESTERN MEADOWLARKS. HORNED LARKS and GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were also seen there.

A BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE was seen by Sandy Aubol north of Gary in Norman County on April 16.

In Polk County, Sandy saw two GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN leks near Pankratz Prairie on April 16. Among many other species seen there were MARBLED GODWITS, WILSON’S SNIPE, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS. Along CR 45 she saw over 1000 SANDHILL CRANES. At Cameron Lake near Erskine she found COMMON LOON, and along US 59 south of there she found a BELTED KINGFISHER. I visited the rice paddies in eastern Polk County on April 15 where I found hundreds of TUNDRA SWANS and a variety of ducks.

In Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Zeann Linder reported EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in her neighborhood on April 15. A COOPER’S HAWK visited our yard on April 20. Many waterfowl were seen on April 16 in the Pennington County part of the rice paddies along the Clearwater River.

Larry Wilebski in northern Kittson County reported GREAT EGRET and AMERICAN BITTERN on April 15.

Thanks to all who reported 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 27, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 13, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 13, 2017 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 pleasant weather week in the northwest, and migrants have increased in numbers. Every day brings a couple of new species, but so far not a great number of them this week- just more of the same ones reported last week. Purple finches, red-winged blackbirds, and western meadowlarks have increased this week.

From Grant County, Charlene Nelson observed GREAT EGRET on Worm Lake and EASTERN PHOEBE at Elbow Lake; on the 8th she saw BELTED KINGFISHER, and at Barrett ,NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW .

Wayne Perala reported NORTHERN HARRIER in Otter Tail County on April 8, and on April 11 a SANDERLING at the Orwell Dam. Two MARBLED GODWITS were seen on April 12 in Otter Tail County. Gary and Marion Otnes observed a COMMON LOON on their lake near Fergus Falls on April 8.

Becca Engdahl reported that a LONG-TAILED DUCK was still at the Akeley WTP in Hubbard County on April 12, and several GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at the Park Rapids WTP. A HORNED GREBE was found at Kabekona Lake. Also on the 12th, she reported that a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE ,originally found by Ron Erpelding and Mark Junghans is still there.

In Clay county, Shawn Goodchild found a BONAPARTE’S GULL at Anderson Lake on April 9.

Bruce Flaig reported a COMMON LOON in the southwest part of Polk County on April 8. Leon Thoreson reported 7 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, one SNOW BUNTING, and many HORNED LARKS east of Climax on April 8. At Rydell NWR on April 11, Ed Olson found AMERICAN KESTREL, LESSER SCAUP, and HOODED MERGANSER.

Here along the Red Lake River, in Pennington County, we had COMMON MERGANSER, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, FOX SPARROW, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK on April 8. GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET showed up on April 9, two COMMON GOLDENEYES were on the river on April 11, and on April 12 an EASTERN PHOEBE was singing in the yard. That night I heard an EASTERN SCREECH OWL calling nearby.

In Beltrami County, Doug Johnson reported a probable ROSS’S GOOSE on April 13. TREE SWALLOW was seen over Lake Bemidji on April 13 by Brian Hiller.

Per Larry Wilebski, the SANDHILL CRANES are dancing in Kittson County as of April 8.

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 20, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 30, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 30, 2017 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

Spring seems to have really come to the northwest as temperatures are getting into the high 50’s each day, and happily the winds have stayed light for the last few days. Snow has almost all disappeared and rivers are mostly opening up. Birds are streaming in with the skies full of waterfowl, now including tundra swans and several species of ducks. Tundra swans have reached all counties in western Minnesota. The rice paddies in eastern Clearwater County on Sunday held hundreds of tundra swans and Canada geese with a few ducks mixed in. We expect to see the duck migration numbers to swell in the next few days. Dark-eyed juncos have increased greatly in numbers this week. American kestrels, and red-tailed hawks are also back.

In Clearwater County on March 26, Shelley Steva and I found both TRUMPETER SWANS and TUNDRA SWANS and hundreds of CANADA GEESE on the rice paddies. Several AMERICAN KESTRELS were also observed.

Gary Tischer , driving through Marshall County on March 25, heard SANDHILL CRANES there, and on the 29th , he saw a dark ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 5 miles north of Newfolden. A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen in Marshall County on March 27, and a pair of BUFFLEHEADS were observed on the river in Newfolden on March 29. A flock of TUNDRA SWANS stopped to feed and rest a few miles north of MN 1 along CR 12 on March 30.

Gary Tischer saw a GREAT BLUE HERON in Pennington County on March 26. Here along the Red Lake River east of Thief River Falls, I saw the first HOODED MERGANSER on March 28, and the first WOOD DUCKS on March 29. Today, March 30, I saw a flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and heard a KILLDEER.

A HERRING GULL was seen by Gary Tischer 8 miles south of St Hilaire in Red Lake County on March 26.

SANDHILL CRANES were seen by Shelley Steva and I in eastern Polk County on March 26. On March 28, Sandy Aubol reported GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SNOW GOOSE , TUNDRA SWAN, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, RING-BILLED GULLS, and several species of ducks in western Polk County on March 28. On March 25, she saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE and a MERLIN in Polk County.

Becca Engdahl reported FOX SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE on March 29 in Hubbard County. A HOARY REDPOLL was found among the COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE SISKINS. On March 30, she saw BELTED KINGFISHER, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and the overwintering LINCOLN’S SPARROW. Marshall Howe reported a large influx of DARK-EYED JUNCOS in Hubbard County that day, and also noted TUNDRA SWANS flying north. Connie Cox observed SANDHILL CRANES, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and EASTERN BLUEBIRD around Itasca State Park this week.

Wayne Perala reported that the Grotto Lake Rookery in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, was very busy with DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, GREAT EGRETS, and some RING-BILLED GULLS on March 27. A BARRED OWL was seen in Fergus Falls on March 25.

At the North Ottawa Impoundment, Wayne found many species of ducks, 100 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 30 SNOW GEESE, and even a few SHARP-TAILED GROUSE on March 27.

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 6, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 23, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 23, 2017 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 cold week, and migration was stalled for a while, but has picked up within the last two days. The skies are filled with migrating geese of all sorts, and some ducks are being seen in areas that got warm enough to melt some of the ice. Horned larks are paired off and thinking about nesting, and more dark-eyed juncos are being seen daily.

An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was reported in Grant County on March 19 by Wayne Perala. At the North Ottawa Impoundment , he observed both GREATER SCAUP and LESSER SCAUP, RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, HORNED LARK, GREAT BLUE HERON, and one SNOW BUNTING. Two SNOWY OWLS were seen in two nearby fields also. On March 22, he reported MERLIN and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE. A FOX SPARROW was observed by Kathleen MacAulay on March 19 in Grant County.

In Hubbard County, Becca Engdahl reported that the overwintering FOX SPARROW is still visiting her yard. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen by Jon Parker on March 19. Connie Cox , reporting from near Itasca SP this week observed a RED-TAILED HAWK, and a meadowlark species.

Steve Midthune reported 14 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS on a lek at Hamden Slough NWR. The lek is at the corner of CR 13 and CR 106. SANDHILL CRANES and WESTERN MEADOWLARKS are also there.

In Clay County, Kathy Bresee reported that a FOX SPARROW has overwintered in her yard in Moorhead.

On March 18, Bruce Flaig heard a SANDHILL CRANE, and saw two RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in southern Polk County. Sandy Aubol reported TUNDRA SWANS, BALD EAGLES, NORTHERN HARRIER, HORNED LARK, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in Polk County this week.

From Marshall County, Lucas Abrahamson reported several BALD EAGLES, and a pair of TRUMPETER SWANS near his place between Holt and Agassiz NWR this week.

In Bemidji, Beltrami County, Doug Johnson found two LONG-TAILED DUCKS on the Mississippi between Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving. This is in the city of Bemidji, and can be reached from the west on US 2 by turning right immediately after the first bridge east of Babe the blue ox and following that road down behind the water treatment plant. They were still there at 3PM today. Also there were COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED MERGANSERS, GREATER SCAUP, a lone PIED-BILLED GREBE, and the always present CANADA GEESE.

Larry Wilebski reported that a few SANDHILL CRANES have reached his place near Lancaster in Kittson County.

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 30, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Wednesday, March 15, 2017 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 the very cold weather this last week, bird activity has been sparse. This being also true of people, there have been few reports in the northwest. One can say, however, that BALD EAGLES have been reported from all areas. They are being seen in groups , suggesting that there is definitely migration going on. CANADA GEESE have been filtering in and the flocks are getting larger. Other waterfowl have been stopped at a few sites that have open water. That will change this weekend, as many spots were thawed previously, and have re-frozen in the past week. HORNED LARKS are paired up and getting ready to nest. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, and AMERICAN KESTRELS are beginning to be reported.

Cliff Steinhauer reported the first WESTERN MEADOWLARK of the season in Marshall County on March 13. On the 15th, he saw 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in his yard near the western entrance to Agassiz NWR.

Here in Pennington County, I found 31 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in our yard looking for crabapples when I got home from work yesterday. The PILEATED WOODPECKERS had cleaned off the few that were left in recent days.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva reported 2 BALD EAGLES and 200 CANADA GEESE on March 8.

Shelley saw 20 SNOW BUNTINGS, 10 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and an AMERICAN KESTREL in Polk County on March 8.

Two NORTHERN HARRIERS were seen in Clay County on March 8.

In Becker County, Shawn Goodchild reported 40 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE flying over Cormorant Lake on March 6. On the 10th, he found RUSTY BLACKBIRD there. Heather Hundt saw a KILLDEER in the county on March 10.

In Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala found a GREAT HORNED OWL on March 14. Hundreds of CANADA GEESE were found at the power plant in Fergus Falls on March 10, along with a number of COMMON GOLDENEYE, and a BUFFLEHEAD. Jason Swelstad saw a KILLDEER in the county on March 6.

Ben Eckhoff reported KILLDEER in Douglas County on March 5, EASTERN BLUEBIRD on March 6, and GADWALL on March 7.

From the North Ottawa impoundment in Grant County, Wayne Perala reported 6 TRUMPETER SWANS, 6 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, a ROSS’S GOOSE, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and 6 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS on March 5.

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 23, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 2, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 2, 2017 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.

There has been a break in the thaw, we are back to winter temporarily in the northwest, but there is a promise of a return to the mild temperatures for the weekend. Birds that migrate on day length are coming back, and waterfowl are following the open water. Many CANADA GEESE and lots of other early returning ducks are being reported from Otter Tail County. There are even a few Canada goose scouts being seen in Pennington County this week.

Wayne Perala reported from Fergus Falls , Otter Tail County that HOODED MERGANSERS, COMMON MERGANSERS, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and many hundreds of CANADA GEESE have arrived in the area this week. HORNED LARKS and CEDAR WAXWINGS are also being seen.

From East Grand Forks in Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported a single COMMON REDPOLL at her feeder on March 1. Very few have been seen in this area this winter.

Beth Siverhus reported two WILD TURKEYS, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, PURPLE FINCH, EVENING GROSBEAKS, and PINE SISKINS in western Itasca County on the weekend near Dixon Lake.

In Beltrami County, Beth found one NORTHERN HAWK OWL , a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along Shoreline drive, and a pair of BALD EAGLES in Waskish on February 26. Becca Engdahl found a BARRED OWL near Bemidji on March 1.

In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported about 100 PINE SISKINS coming to the feeder in Warroad, along with 10 COMMON REDPOLLS and a PURPLE FINCH. A FEMALE CARDINAL is visiting her yard sporadically. A RUFFED GROUSE was also seen in the county.

A GYRFALCON was observed along MN 11 in Lake of the Woods County on February 23, but searches by several other birders have not been able to relocate the bird, so it is assumed to have moved on. A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen by Beth Siverhus along the Roosevelt Road a few miles north of the Faunce-Butterfield Road in the Beltrami Island State Forest. An AMERICAN KESTREL was seen near Pitt 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 9, 2017

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 23, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 23, 2017 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 all the warm weather and melting, birds have been on the move, and the first wave of early spring waterfowl are starting to come in. A few stragglers are appearing in the north, but larger flocks of CANADA GEESE, TRUMPETER SWANS, and other waterfowl are being reported in the southern part of the area. Also HORNED LARKS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS are increasing in numbers. Northern owls are still being reported, and SNOWY OWLS seem to be increasing here in the north, suggesting that they are now on the move north to their breeding areas. The first flocks of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS are being observed in the southern part of our area.

BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were reported in Roseau and Roosevelt in Roseau County by Doug Kieser and others on February 20. Tim Driscoll was in Roseau County on February 18 where he found several NORTHERN HAWK OWLS and two GREAT GRAY OWLS in locations where they have been previously reported. He also found an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK on the Sprague Creek Road north of Roseau. Other species seen included NORTHERN SHRIKE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GRAY JAY, and SHARP-TAILED GROUSE.

A MERLIN was found by the Doug Kieser group along MN 11 in Kittson County at CR 5. Matt Mecklenburg found four adult male SNOWY OWLS not far from Donaldson on February 20. Kurt Ellwanger reported that the BALD EAGLE nest along CR 11 east of Karlstad is now occupied.

In Beltrami County, the Doug Kieser group found a pair of NORTHERN HAWK OWLS north of Upper Red Lake, and PINE SISKINS, PURPLE FINCH, and COMMON REDPOLLS in Kelliher on February 20.

In Pennington County, Doug Kieser found a pair of GREAT HORNED OWLS about two miles west of St Hilaire on February 20.

Emily Hutchins reported several small flocks of CANADA GEESE and increasing numbers of TRUMPETER SWANS in southern Polk County on February 21. A GOLDEN EAGLE was found along MN 32 a little north of Fertile on February 22 by Doug Kieser’s group. Terry Johnson saw a MERLIN near East Grand Forks on February 19, and reported SNOW BUNTINGS, HORNED LARKS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS in the area. SNOWY OWLS are still being reported from western Polk County.

From Clay County, Kara Susag reported that the RUSTY BLACKBIRD reported earlier has returned to her yard in Moorhead.

Many ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were still at Hamden Slough in Becker County on February 21. Matt Mecklenburg reported two SNOWY OWLS along CR 14 in Becker County on February 23.

In Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen reported an influx of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, adding to the few that have overwintered. Doug Kieser’s group found GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in the southwestern part of the county on February 21. GREATER SCAUP, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, NORTHERN HARRIER, and BALD EAGLES were observed by Wayne Perala in the Fergus Falls area this week. An EASTERN BLUEBIRD was found at the Orwell reservoir on February 21.

In Grant County, a great variety of waterfowl was reported by Doug Kieser at the North Ottawa impoundment including CANADA GEESE, CACKLING GEESE, four ROSS’S GEESE, 10 SNOW GEESE, 250 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and a large variety of ducks.

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 2, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 16, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 16, 2017 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 getting subtle signs of spring in the northwest this week , with warming temperatures. Many bald eagles are being reported, due probably to the fact that they are beginning the nesting now and are more obvious than they were last month. Undoubtedly , more are returning also if they migrated. Horned larks are getting more numerous also.

Beau Shroyer reported several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS along CR 13 at Hamden Slough in Becker County on February 13.

Two SNOWY OWLS and several HORNED LARKS were reported by Leon Thoreson along Polk CR 41 east of Climax on February 11. Sandy Aubol found two GOLDEN EAGLES on CR 66 about 1.5 miles north of CR 21 on February 15. A BALD EAGLE was seen by Gary Tischer near the intersection of US2 and MN 32 on February 16.

Ten SNOW BUNTINGS and several HORNED LARKS were observed by Shelley Steva in Red Lake County on February 14.

Two GREAT HORNED OWLS were spotted by Sandy Aubol along MN 1 in Pennington County east of Thief River Falls on February 11. On CR 3 west if St Hilaire she found BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE and SHARP-TAILED GROUSE. Shelley Steva saw HORNED LARKS, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE , and PILEATED WOODPECKER in the county on February 13.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen by Gary Tischer two miles south of Strandquist along US 59 in Marshall County on February 14. Sandy Aubol reported a NORTHERN HAWK OWL along MN 89 north of CR 6 on February 11. Other species seen included SNOW BUNTINGS, 18 PINE GROSBEAKS, 35 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, COMMON REDPOLLS, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE and SHARP-TAILED GROUSE.

In Beltrami County, Beth Siverhus reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE north of Kelliher, and four adult BALD EAGLES. Herb Dingmann , Ron Erpelding, and Mark Junghans found a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE lek along CR 709 south of Fourtown on February 15.

Larry Wilebski reported more than 75 COMMON REDPOLLS at his place in Lancaster, and sixty plus at the cabin on February 16. A BALD EAGLE was seen by Gary Tischer at the intersection of MN 175 and US 59 on February 14.

In Roseau County, Sandy Aubol reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE , SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES along CR 4 on February 11. Beth Siverhus observed BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and RUFFED GROUSE in the county on February 10. A female NORTHERN CARDINAL is coming regularly to her feeder in Warroad.

Two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS were seen by Beth Siverhus along MN 72 south of Baudette on February 10.

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 February 23, 2017

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 9, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 9, 2017 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 few mild thawing days, we are temporarily back in the cold in the northwest, but the forecast is for a rapid rise in temperature starting tonight. Conditions on the roads are pretty good with some patchy ice. Be careful of trying minimum maintenance roads, as there has been much drifting in the past days, and what looks great at the intersection may rapidly deteriorate a half mile later.

A female NORTHERN CARDINAL visited the feeder of Beth Siverhus in Warroad, Roseau County, on February 8. Gary and Phyllis Lund also in Roseau County, observed a covey of SHARP-TAILED GROUSE eating buds in one of their trees. Several NORTHERN HAWK OWLS have been observed in the Roseau area during the past week. If you find one, listen quietly, and you may hear one singing as they are getting ready to nest at this time. Shelley Steva and I found three RUFFED GROUSE eating buds in a tree along MN 310 on February 4. Olaf Danielson saw four coveys of GRAY PARTRIDGE in Roseau County on February 3.

In Kittson County, Larry Wilebski had 75 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in his yard in Lancaster on February 4.

John Hess reported a SNOWY OWL west of Warren in Marshall County on February 6. Shelley Steva and I saw a BALD EAGLE, some SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, and SNOW BUNTINGS in the county on February 4.

Up to ten SNOWY OWLS have been seen in the past week in western Polk County. Most of them have been adult males. Shelley Steva and I found eleven GRAY PARTRIDGE southwest of Sherack on February 4. Several SNOW BUNTINGS were also seen. Sandy Aubol reported the first HORNED LARKS along CR 19 on February 3. A GREAT HORNED OWL was spotted by Sandy on her neighbor’s fence on February 3.

In Clay County, Kathy Bresee reported that the FOX SPARROW reported earlier was still in her yard in Moorhead on February 3.Other species seen there included RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH , one AMERICAN ROBIN and two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES.

Becca Engdahl observed a few COMMON REDPOLLS in Hubbard County on February 8, and reported that a LINCOLN’S SPARROW has been there all winter.

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, February 16, 2017.

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