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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, February 11, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 11, 2016 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 temperatures are making themselves felt this week in the northwest, but that doesn’t seem to have deterred the birds from getting excited about the coming of spring. Later this weekend we hope to be back in the twenties and thirties above zero and it should be more fun to go birding.

This week Alma Ronningen in Dent in Otter Tail County reported that she has been feeding up to 32 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in her yard most of the winter. Also present on February 11 were 3 MOURNING DOVES, a dozen AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, several COMMON REDPOLLS, PURPLE FINCHES, and a DARK-EYED JUNCO that has been there all winter.

From Polk County, Donna and Leon Thoreson saw the following species on February 5 in Oakdale cemetery in Crookston: PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BLUE JAY, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, and PINE SISKINS. An AMERICAN KESTREL was observed by Sandy Aubol along Gateway Drive in East Grand Forks on February 5. Tim Driscoll and also Zeann Linder reported a SNOWY OWL about a mile east of Sherack on February 6. This owl , or another, has been reported several times this winter in this location. Bruce Flaig had two RED CROSSBILLS visiting his feeder in southern Polk County on February 9.

This afternoon I saw PINE GROSBEAKS on a neighbor’s evergreen trees east of Thief River Falls, Pennington County.

Tim Driscoll found a NORTHERN HAWK OWL near mile marker 9 along MN 310 north of Roseau on February 6.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Donna and Leon Thoreson, Bruce Flaig, Sandy Aubol, Tim Driscoll, 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, February 18, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 4, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 4, 2016 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 weather continues to be somewhat settled in the northwest, although a few snow flurries have occurred in the past week. Days are getting longer and some species are beginning the courtship process.

Over the weekend in Lake of the Woods County Josh Wallestad observed a NORTHERN HAWK OWL on the Roosevelt Forest Road in the Beltrami Island State Forest about 1.5 miles north of the Norris fire tower. He also saw a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE along MN 72 eight miles south of Baudette. Beth Siverhus also reported a flock of SNOW BUNTINGS south of Baudette this week.

In Roseau County, Josh Wallestad found BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES in several locations including along the Sprague Creek Road, and also south of Roseau. A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen along MN 310, along with a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and PILEATED WOODPECKER. Beth Siverhus reported a BALD EAGLE between Warroad and Roseau, and 70 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS along the Warroad bike trail.

Ron Erpelding and friends observed BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Blackduck in Beltrami County on January 27. They also found a NORTHERN CARDINAL in Bemidji, and 27 RED CROSSBILLS off CR 25 on Staghorn Lane SE.

In northwestern Itasca County, Beth Siverhus reported BROWN CREEPER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, PINE GROSBEAK, EVENING GROSBEAK, and COMMON REDPOLLS last weekend.

Spring must not be far away, as Cliff Steinhauer in Marshall County continues to report an AMERICAN ROBIN at his feeder, and 30 PINE GROSBEAKS feeding in his apple tree. Yesterday, I found a BALD EAGLE, and an enormous WILD TURKEY being harassed by four BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES along CR 2. About 150 COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in a CRP field in south central Marshall county on February 3.

In Pennington County , Shelley Steva saw three AMERICAN ROBINS in Thief River Falls this week. A MOURNING DOVE showed up at our feeder on January 31.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva saw 30 AMERICAN CROWS in a flock north of Oklee.

On January 27 in Hubbard County , Ron Erpelding saw the TUNDRA SWAN reported earlier by Jerry Pruett.

In Wadena County last weekend, Ron and his friends found 75 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE.

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 11, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, January 29, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, January 29, 2016 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.

Recent warm weather , and yesterday’s cold rain left an icy surface on many of the roads and all of the parking lots. This wasn’t a long term freezing rain, but long enough for surfaces to become unpredictable. Most paved roads are bare and dry now, but corners , gravel roads, and city streets and parking lots have icy patches. Birds today seem to be busy at the feeders.

Jerry Pruett was in Hubbard County earlier this week where he found a TUNDRA SWAN with about 40 TRUMPETER SWANS in Deane Park north of Park Rapids. RED CROSSBILLS were seen in Itasca State Park.

In Clearwater County, Jerry saw PINE GROSBEAKS in Bagley, and along CR 92 in Clearwater County , he found a flock of twenty WILD TURKEYS.

From Climax area in Polk County, Leon Thoreson reported that there were a NORTHERN SHRIKE, 25 COMMON REDPOLLS, an AMERICAN ROBIN, six AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, three BLUE JAYS, and about 30 SNOW BUNTINGS at his feeders and around the farmyard this week. Zeann Linder twice saw a SNOWY OWL just east of Sherack along CR 21 on January 26.

Mike Thiele reported 30 EUROPEAN STARLINGS in Warroad, Roseau County, on January 25.

Thanks to Leon Thoreson, Mike Thiele, Jerry Pruett, 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, February 4, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 21, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 21, 2016 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.

Weather in the northwest has been stable this week with no severe highs or lows, storms or high winds. Perhaps because of this, few reports have been sent in.

From Warroad in Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported an AMERICAN ROBIN on the bike path in Warroad this week, and several flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS feeding in the fruit trees.

Here in Pennington County, Tammy Swick again reported a male SNOWY OWL southeast of the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds on January 18. She wasn’t sure if it is the same on she reported a week earlier, but thought it seemed to be a whiter individual. On January 16, three PINE GROSBEAKS appeared at our feeder east of Thief River Falls. On the 17th, a BROWN CREEPER and several COMMON REDPOLLS were seen in the yard.

Zeann Linder reported a SNOWY OWL along Polk County Road 21 a mile or so east of Sherack on January 16.

Patrick Beauzay saw a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, Clay County, on January 17.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Patrick Beauzay, Tammy Swick, 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, January 29, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 14, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 14, 2016 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 world is white around the northwest tonight, and the real cold is to arrive later. Birds have been busy at the feeders in preparation for the long night. There are several reports of snowy owls this week as it appears that some are starting to make their way back north.

A THREE-TOED WOODPECKER was spotted by Cindi McDougall on January 9 on a logging road east of the Pitt Grade Forest Road in Lake of the Woods County. Also in that county, Mike Thiele reported a PILEATED WOODPECKER at a yard in Warroad.

From Marshall County on the west side of Agassiz NWR, an AMERICAN ROBIN was still to be found in the yard of Cliff Steinhauer on January 14.

Tammy Swick reported a SNOWY OWL a few miles southwest of Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on January 12.

Several SNOWY OWLS were found in Polk County this week. Dan Linder found one adult male along a gravel road southeast of Alvarado on January 6. Two more were seen by Donna and Leon Thoreson five miles northeast of Climax on January 9. Both appeared to be adult males. Another was seen on January 12 north of Eldred. In Donna and Leon’s yard near Climax were an AMERICAN ROBIN, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, HARRIS’S SPARROW, COMMON REDPOLLS, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. A BALD EAGLE and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE were seen feeding on roadkill nearby. In East Grand Forks, Sandy Martens reported DARK-EYED JUNCOS, PINE SISKINS, COMMON REDPOLLS, HOUSE FINCHES, and others at her feeders on January 9.

Kathy Bresee in Moorhead, Clay County, reported EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES, NORTHERN CARDINAL, PINE SISKINS , and COMMON REDPOLLS among others coming to her yard on January 5.

Thanks to Cindi McDougall, Cliff Steinhauer, Dan Linder, Kathy Bresee, Donna and Leon Thoreson, Mike Thiele, Sandy Martens, and Tammy Swick 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 21, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 7, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 7, 2016 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.

Apparently the mild weather is about to end in the northwest, but so far no reports of impending storms. Feeders are busy with the usual winter inhabitants, and the last of the CBC’s have been run.

From Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported on birds seen on the Alexandria and Kensington CBC’s. Seen in and around the Lake Carlos SP were SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, BARRED OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, BROWN CREEPER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and COMMON REDPOLL among others. Some waterfowl is still being seen in the area including one WOOD DUCK, 150 TRUMPETER SWANS, scaup, REDHEAD, COMMON MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and AMERICAN COOT. Several BALD EAGLES were seen, and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. Nearly all the surrounding towns have flocks of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES.

Charlene Nelson reported a HOARY REDPOLL in Perham in Otter Tail County on January 2.

In Becker County, Dave and Betty Hochhalter observed PILEATED WOODPECKER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and NORTHERN CARDINAL in their yard at Detroit Lakes.

Sandy Aubol reported an AMERICAN KESTREL in East Grand Forks in Polk County on December 27. On December 29, Joanne Johnson observed a SNOWY OWL along US 2 near Crookston. Also in Crookston, Sandy Aubol observed RED CROSSBILLS and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at the Oakdale cemetery in Crookston on January 6. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and PINE SISKINS were also seen.

A large flock of about 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS showed up in our yard east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County this afternoon .

Beth Siverhus saw a BARRED OWL along MN 72 in Beltrami County on December 24. A VARIED THRUSH was seen at a feeder near Bemidji on January 4.

On December 27 Mike Thiele saw two GREAT GRAY OWLS southeast of Warroad in Roseau County. The Roseau CBC was held on January 2 where one NORTHERN HAWK OWL was found along MN 310, a GREAT GRAY OWL was on the Sprague Creek road, and a SNOWY OWL was seen along CR 120 three miles south of Roseau . Other species counted included SPRUCE GROUSE along the Sprague Creek Road, PINE GROSBEAK, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in town, NORTHERN SHRIKE , SNOW BUNTINGS, and COMMON REDPOLLS.

The Beltrami Island CBC in Lake of the Woods County tallied 18 species on December 31 including NORTHERN GOSHAWK, GRAY JAY, COMMON RAVENS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and RED CROSSBILLS. Six BOREAL CHICKADEES, and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER were seen just after count week in the Gustafson Camp area. The Baudette CBC was on January 1st where 28 species were found. They included one CANADA GOOSE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, SPRUCE GROUSE, MOURNING DOVE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on the Pitt grade, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, SNOW BUNTINGS, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, PINE GROSBEAKS, EVENING GROSBEAKS, and COMMON REDPOLLS were among the species seen. On December 27, Beth Siverhus saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE five miles south of Baudette along MN 72, and a NORTHERN HAWK OWL six miles south of Baudette along MN 72. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen on CR 107.

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 14, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Saturday, December 26, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Saturday, December 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.

We finally have a little snow in the northwest, and cooling temperatures, but still pleasant. Roads , however, are a mixed bag. Some well-travelled ones are bare and dry, but most , especially the secondary roads are very icy or covered by packed snow. Birds are busy at the feeders and there are reports of several species that normally would be far south by now.

From Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel reported that a NORTHERN HAWK OWL was found on the Roosevelt Road two miles north of the Norris fire tower this week, and a GREAT GRAY OWL was seen 3 miles north of the Faunce tower. At the feeders at Norris Camp were GRAY JAYS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, COMMON REDPOLLS, and PINE GROSBEAKS.

Beth Siverhus had a young COOPER’S HAWK visiting her yard in Warroad on December 23. Several flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Roseau County this week.

Doug Johnson reported on the Bemidji CBC held on December 19 where two RING-NECKED DUCKS, 19 BALD EAGLES, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK , and an AMERICAN KESTREL were among the species seen.

The Agassiz CBC in Marshall County was held on December 18. Some of the species seen were one GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, 18 GRAY PARTRIDGES, 146 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE,38 WILD TURKEYS, at least 300 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and about 100 PINE GROSBEAKS in Middle River, two PILEATED WOODPECKERS, and three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. Also in Marshall County, Cliff Steinhauer reported AMERICAN ROBIN, and DARK-EYED JUNCO on December 19, about 300 SNOW BUNTINGS on December 22, and PINE GROSBEAKS and COMMON REDPOLLS on December 24.

Zeann Linder saw about 75 to 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on December 20. COMMON REDPOLLS showed up at our feeders on Christmas Day.

From Polk County, Terry Johnson reported a SNOWY OWL a mile east of Sherack on December 20. SNOW BUNTINGS and COMMON REDPOLLS were also seen in the county. Sandy Aubol reported three RED CROSSBILLS in East Grand Forks as recently as December 24. Among species seen in Minnesota on the Grand Forks- East Grand Forks CBC were a REDHEAD at the Crystal Sugar ponds, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and a GRAY CATBIRD.

Patrick Beauzay reported an AMERICAN COOT at the Moorhead WTP on December 19. Species seen on the Minnesota side of the Fargo-Moorhead CBC on December 19 included NORTHERN PINTAIL, COOPER’S HAWK, BARRED OWL, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

In Becker County, Kay Hartness observed a BROWN THRASHER in her yard on December 23.

The Bemidji CBC was held on December 19 and included 3 WILD TURKEYS just west of MN 71 on the southern edge of the circle, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, a VARIED THRUSH on Peninsula Drive on Stump Lake, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, RED CROSSBILLS, PINE GROSBEAKS, COMMON REDPOLLS and a HOARY Redpoll. Most of the above were seen in the Hubbard County part of the circle.

The Itasca CBC was held on December 20 where 10 BALD EAGLES, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, WILD TURKEY, BARRED OWL, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, GRAY JAY, both RED CROSSBILLS and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, PINE GROSBEAKS, and COMMON REDPOLLS were reported.

Douglas County sightings reported by Benjamin Eckhoff included CANVASBACKS, REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, COMMON MERGANSER and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. The lake was obviously open at that point, but may be iced over by now.

Thanks to all who sent in their sightings this week, especially those counted on the CBC’s.

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 will be Sunday, January 3, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 17, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 17, 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.

The snow has arrived and the cold temperatures are due tonight. We are fully white in the northwest, but road conditions are reasonably good , with some snow covered patches and some slippery places. Bird activity has been somewhat slow this week, but should pick up now. We are definitely in the winter birding mode however- gone are the fifty species days. Maybe the CBC’s being done now will produce those numbers.

Charlene Nelson reported four COMMON REDPOLLS at Elbow Lake in Grant County on December 12.

A REDHEAD was seen by Thomas Ries in Douglas County on the north side of Lake Cowdry on December 15. The lake was still open at that time.

Alma Ronningen in Otter Tail County reported MOURNING DOVE, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PURPLE FINCH and COMMON REDPOLL among others at her feeder on December 17.

In Hubbard County, Rebecca Engdahl saw a GREAT BLUE HERON at Kabekona Lake on December 12.

A male RED CROSSBILL came to the feeder of Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks in Polk County on December 13, but has not been seen now for two days. On December 16, she reported 24 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in East Grand Forks. Emily Hutchins , reporting from Rydell NWR, observed several COMMON REDPOLLS and one late HARRIS’S SPARROW at the refuge on December 16.

From Itasca State Park area, Connie Cox observer 12 EVENING GROSBEAKS four miles south of the park; two RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were found a half mile south of the park and also 5.5 miles north of the park. An immature BALD EAGLE was seen along MN 71 adjacent to the park.

Thanks to those who sent in their sightings this week. Please send in any special species that are seen on any CBC’s that you participate in.

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 24, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 10, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 10, 2015 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

Another mild week has gone by in the northwest, and now there are signs that the warmth may be nearly over. Some areas received a dusting of snow today, and more is forecast for the coming days.

Mike Thiele at Warroad reported COMMON MERGANSERS on Lake of the Woods, in Lake of the Woods County, on December 7.

Three BALD EAGLES were seen by Gary Tischer along US 59 on December 7, a half mile south of Karlstad in Kittson County .

Doug Johnson in Beltrami County reported a CANVASBACK and two REDHEADS on Lake Bemidji in Bemidji on December 7.

Six WILD TURKEYS were seen by Gary Tischer in Marshall County a few miles north of the Pennington County line along US 59 on December 7.

In Pennington County, Gary saw a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE and an AMERICAN ROBIN in his yard in Thief River Falls on December 7.

Sandy Aubol reported on December 6 that there were thousands of geese at the American Crystal Sugar plant in East Grand Forks, Polk County.

Thanks to Doug Johnson, Gary Tischer, Mike Thiele, 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, December 17, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 3, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 3, 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.

Some parts of the northwest have received several inches of snow this week, but the far northwest hardly received any . The result is that , when the sun shines, the temperatures have been really pleasant. Most afternoons it has reached the low thirties in Thief River Falls. The feeders have been quiet.

A BARRED OWL came to the feeder of Charlene Nelson in Grant County on December 1.

From Otter Tail County, Teresa Jaskiewicz reported 2 BALD EAGLES, BELTED KINGFISHER , AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and PINE SISKINS on November 29.

The VARIED THRUSH at Kabekona Lake in Hubbard County was reported to e-Bird by several observers as recently as November 30.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported NORTHERN SHRIKE and GREAT HORNED OWL along the Red Lake River in East Grand Forks on November 28. On the 29th, she found RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, and three BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS along the Red River there, and a COOPER’S HAWK in her yard. A RED CROSSBILL was heard on November 30.

A late ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen by Jan Anderson at her feeder in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on November 27. On November 29, Shelley Steva and I saw 12 WILD TURKEYS and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK in western Pennington County. Today, December 3, I spotted a COMMON RAVEN floating lazily over MN 1 just east of Thief River Falls.

Fifty LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen by Shelley Steva and I on November 27 along Marshall County Road 7 near the intersection with CR 12.

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 10, 2015

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