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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, 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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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 13, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 13, 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.

Many things have changed this week. We are getting the first really cold spell now , and open water is disappearing quickly. Also the last cold front came in with a whoosh, and the cold wind persuaded many birds to keep moving. As a result, most of the waterfowl have gone, except those on large deep lakes that still have some open water. Yesterday, on a trip to Fargo we saw hundreds of CANADA GEESE in the fields south of Crookston, and today on our return, there were none. SNOWY OWLS are being reported, and today I looked for two of them reported below but found neither. They are definitely still on the move.

A total of 4 SNOWY OWLS were reported in the northwest this week. Yesterday, November 12, an adult male was spotted by Shelley Steva 5 miles east of Brooks along MN 92 in Red Lake County. Kathy Jones reported one seen about 7 miles southwest of Thief River Falls in Pennington County around November 7. Neither of those two could be found today. Beau Shroyer saw one in front of the high school in Bemidji, Beltrami County, on the south side of US 2 bypass on November 11. Kathy Jones also observed a SNOWY OWL a few miles east of Roseau, Roseau County, on November 8.

Benjamin Eckhoff reported species are changing in Lake Carlos State Park, Douglas County, this week, as most of the waterfowl have gone from the smaller bodies of water, and numbers are down even on the larger lakes. That said a large influx of migrating diving ducks was seen this week ahead of the front, including HOODED MERGANSERS, BUFFLEHEAD, REDHEADS, CANVASBACKS, RUDDY DUCKS , and scaup. At the feeders were BROWN CREEPER and PURPLE FINCH. RED-TAILED HAWKS, and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS are still migrating through.

Marshall Howe in Dorset in Hubbard County saw a TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE visit briefly on November 10. Other species seen this week in the county included ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 200 HOODED MERGANSERS on Lake Emma, SNOW BUNTINGS, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS. 5 TUNDRA SWANS were seen on Lake Alice bog.

From Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and one WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in her yard in East Grand Forks on November 8; on November 10 a RUSTY BLACKBIRD arrived and was joined by two others on November 11. Kim Greendahl reported BALD EAGLE and WILD TURKEY in Polk County on November 11.

Dave Harbott observed ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES near Hazel in Pennington County on November 8, and a female NORTHERN CARDINAL at his father’s place in St Hilaire. Also there was a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. Today, I saw over 50 WILD TURKEYS southwest of Thief River Falls near CR 7.

Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Benjamin Eckhoff, Dave Harbott, Kathy Jones, Kim Greendahl, Marshall Howe, 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, November 20, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 6, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 6, 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.

The cold weather is definitely approaching. Snow was received as far north as US 2 this week, but the northwestern part of the state escaped the first batch. More is forecast for next week. Migration of raptors is in full swing with lots of red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, and rough-legged hawks being reported.

Many SANDHILL CRANES continue to be seen in Marshall County south of CR 7 and west of CR 12 as recently as November 2. There are many ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and NORTHERN HARRIERS soaring over the grasslands.

Peggy Seed in Pennington County reported a male NORTHERN CARDINAL that visited her feeder on the southeast side of Thief River Falls on October 31.On November 4, six PINE SISKINS appeared at our feeder. PURPLE FINCHES continue to be seen in small numbers.

Hal Sanders reported that the northern ducks are starting to arrive in Polk County as of November 3 including CANVASBACKS, REDHEADS, and MALLARDS. Other migrants in the county include TUNDRA SWANS, BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. Emily Hutchins observed a NORTHERN SHRIKE along CR 45 east of MN 32 on November 3. SNOW BUNTINGS have also arrived. Sandy Aubol reported many finches in East Grand Forks on November 5 including HOUSE FINCH, PURPLE FINCH, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, PINE SISKINS, and 25 COMMON REDPOLLS.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County saw HOODED MERGANSERS, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and RUFFED GROUSE near Dorset on October 31. COMMON MERGANSERS were seen in Park Rapids that day. On November 1, he observed ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, PURPLE FINCH and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH; three COMMON LOONS were seen on Lake George on November 2. At Itasca SP on November 2 were 2 GRAY JAYS, PINE SISKINS , and 12 CEDAR WAXWINGS. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen in Dorset on November 4, and on November 5, an AMERICAN ROBIN was still working on the crabapples in Dorset.

Ken and Pam Perry saw BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Walker in Cass County on November 4.

Thanks to Emily Hutchins, Hal Sanders, Ken and Pam Perry, Marshall Howe, Peggy Seed and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, November 13, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 30, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 30, 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.

As I compile this report, the wind is howling and the temperature dropping as the sky has cleared. It promises to bring the first really hard frost to most of the area. Migration of songbirds  is slowing, but the raptor migration is in full swing.

From Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported on the birds at Lake Carlos State Park this week. At the feeders,  some of the species were several woodpecker species including RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and PILEATED WOODPECKERS, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and PURPLE FINCH. On the lakes and wetlands , he mentioned  WOOD DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON LOONS,  BALD EAGLES, RED-TAILED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, AMERICAN COOTS, and PIED-BILLED GREBES, and on the trails, RUFFED GROUSE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, COMMON RAVENS, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS.

In Hubbard County Marshall Howe reported BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES , 2 COMMON LOONS, and a BONAPARTE’S GULL on October 24; a NORTHERN SHRIKE , 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD   were seen on October 25; 10 PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES  were observed on October 29.

Sandy Aubol in Polk County observed SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and MERLIN frequenting her yard and no doubt limiting the number of other species. She has had a late ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, HARRIS’S SPARROWS, and PINE SISKINS  there from time to time this week. Today, I saw several NORTHERN HARRIERS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and a small flock of SANDHILL CRANES  between East Grand Forks and the Pennington County line.

In Marshall County, Shelley Steva and I  saw a most unexpected NORTHERN CARDINAL  along a wooded road through Thief Lake WMA on October 25. The bird was catching butterflies and other insects on the side of the dirt road. Also, at Thief Lake and on the way there, we saw a flock of TUNDRA SWANS, BALD EAGLES, NORTHERN HARRIERS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS,  SANDHILL CRANES, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. A flock of several hundred SANDHILL CRANES was seen on October 24 along CR 7, but they had moved by the next day, although a lesser number were seen along the western boundary of Agassiz NWR.

In Beltrami County, Shelley and I found a small flock of SNOW BUNTINGS in the far western part of the county.

Thanks to Benjamin Eckhoff, Marshall Howe and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, November 6, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 23, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 23, 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 been having splendid, warm, sunny weather in the northwest, and many species are using the nice conditions to move south. I no longer have hordes of white-throated sparrows and dark-eyed juncos in the yard now. Leaves have nearly all blown down in the windy conditions lately, so the next time we have a big wind, it will howl as in winter.

Cliff Steinhauer observed a large flock of SANDHILL CRANES feeding in a field three miles east of Holt along Marshall CR 7 today.

A flock of SNOW BUNTINGS was seen by Gary Tischer today along Pennington CR 28 in the far northern part of the county, and 12 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen along MN 1 east of the Goodridge corner. Here in our yard in Pennington County, I heard a COMMON RAVEN fly over, and one WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW appeared at the feeder.

Sandy Aubol reported that 20 PINE SISKINS and one COMMON REDPOLL showed up at her East Grand Forks feeder in Polk County on October 20. On October 18, Shelley Steva saw 75 SANDHILL CRANES along CR 21, but on a quick trip to the Glacial Ridge area this afternoon I didn’t see any. On October 22, Shelley saw 4 flocks of LAPLAND LONGSPURS along US 75, and another flock along CR 252. Also along that road there was a flock of SHARP-TAILED GROUSE and one HORNED LARK. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen along CR 21. On October 21, Matt Mecklenburg saw a mixed flock of LAPLAND LONGSPURS and SNOW BUNTINGS south of Malmberg Prairie near the beet piles and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed a Glacial Ridge. I saw an AMERICAN PIPIT, one AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and 3 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE in the Glacial Ridge area this afternoon.

Matt Mecklenburg reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE and a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE in Clay County on October 21. Two BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES were seen by Steve Midthune along CR 12 in Becker County on October 23.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on October 17, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES on October 18, PURPLE FINCH and DARK-EYED JUNCOS on October 19, and a PINE SISKIN on October 20. On October 22, there were RUSTY BLACKBIRD, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and still some COMMON LOONS.

Charlene Nelson reported 8 BALD EAGLES, 22 TRUMPETER SWANS, and about 10000 AMERICAN COOTS on Lake Christina in Grant County across from Seven Sisters on Highway 78 on October 17.

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, October 30, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 16, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 16, 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.

The last week or so has been pleasant fall weather. Colors are past peak and many leaves are now on the ground. Yard cleanup is in full swing! Feeders are hosting the last sparrows, and the yearlong residents now.

Jesse Ellis reported a RED CROSSBILL at Lake Irene in Douglas County on October 10.

In Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on October 15. COMMON LOONS and one BONAPARTE’S GULL were also seen .

From Polk County, Emily Hutchins reported a single SNOW BUNTING at the Nature Conservancy Office along MN 32 in Polk County on October 10. Shelley Steva and I found a WESTERN GREBE on Oak Lake near Erskine today, October 16, and a possible late SABINE’S GULL flew over the Erskine lagoons while we were there. We were unable to relocate the bird for further study as it apparently kept on going. Among the ducks seen at both locations were MALLARDS, REDHEADS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, LESSER SCAUP, and BUFFLEHEAD. Several PIED-BILLED GREBES were seen, and a conservative estimate of 5000 AMERICAN COOTS were seen along the east shore of Cameron Lake at Erskine.

Thanks to Emily Hutchins, Jesse Ellis, and Marshall Howe 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, October 23, 2014

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