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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, 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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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 2, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 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.

After a mild week or so, it is again cold in the northwest, although not as severe as before, and the sun was shining brightly today. Folks have begun to report some grouse, and some snowy owls in the area. Woodpeckers are starting to act as if spring is on the way.

In Wilkin County, Kathleen MacAulay saw a GOLDEN EAGLE on January 29.

From Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported twenty CEDAR WAXWINGS in Fergus Falls on January 27. On January 29, Kathleen MacAulay saw an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK there.

Shelley Steva saw an adult male SNOWY OWL in Polk County near Sherack on January 26.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was observed by Richard Hoeg in the Big Bog area of Beltrami County on January 27.

Larry Wilebski found an AMERICAN KESTREL in northern Kittson County on January 28, and a small flock of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS on January 29.

Beth Siverhus found twelve WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in Roseau County near the north border of Beltrami Island state forest this week. A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen at the border of the state forest off CR 5, and thirty BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Warroad this week. She had DARK-EYED JUNCO at her feeder in Warroad and a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE was also seen.

In Lake of the Woods County, Beth found a GREAT GRAY OWL one mile north on the Norris-Roosevelt Road near Norris Camp. Other species seen near the camp included NORTHERN HAWK OWL, SPRUCE GROUSE, GRAY JAYS, PINE GROSBEAKS, PINE SISKINS, and BLUE JAYS.

Thanks to those 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, February 9, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 26, 2017

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

In the northwest, a hold has been placed on the thaw now, but we have lots of ice on the sidewalks and parking lots. Main roads, however , are ice and snow free, and some fields are starting to show some bare spots. A few HORNED LARKS have been reported, though not many yet.

Becca Engdahl took a trip north on the weekend and found some owls in the Roseau area, including GREAT GRAY OWL, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, and NORTHERN HAWK OWL. She also was in the Red Lake WMA and the Big Bog, adding NORTHERN SHRIKE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, PINE GROSBEAK, RED CROSSBILL, and SNOW BUNTING along the way.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County is still reporting dancing SHARP-TAILED GROUSE near Lancaster.

Zeann Linder heard a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE on the weekend, and Gary Tischer reported an AMERICAN ROBIN, both sightings in Thief River Falls, Pennington County.

Gary Tischer also reported an adult BALD EAGLE three miles south of Brooks in Red Lake County this afternoon. On January 20, Craig Mandel, Ron Erpelding, and Mark Junghans found GRAY PARTRIDGE along CR 18 west of Red Lake Falls. Other species seen included NORTHERN SHRIKE, HORNED LARK, COMMON REDPOLLS, and SNOW BUNTINGS in this county; AMERICAN ROBINS, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and DARK-EYED JUNCO were seen in Oklee.

A SNOWY OWL was reported in Polk County near Sherack by Teresa Audette this week.

From Clay County, Kathy Bresee observed a FOX SPARROW in her yard in Moorhead, Clay County, on January 25.

In Becker County, Sandy Brown reported WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE at Boot Lake on January 21.

A NORTHERN PINTAIL was discovered by Wayne Perala among a group of geese along CR 15 west of Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County on January 26.

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, February 2, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 19, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 19, 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 in the midst of a January thaw in the northwest, and we are all hoping that it doesn’t get too crazy and create ice for the rest of the winter. Of course we are under no illusions that winter is over just yet. Bird activity has been slow in this area, but some folks are finding a few.

Wayne Perala in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County reported a RING-NECKED PHEASANT on January 17. The BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, COMMON GOLDENEYES, and HOODED MERGANSERS are still in Fergus Falls as of January 18. Jann Kline reported a MOURNING DOVE in Otter Tail County on January 15.

Shelley Steva reported LAPLAND LONGSPURS and several flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS in western Polk County and in Red Lake County on January 15.

Here in Thief River Falls , Pennington County, I found a flock of about 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on January 13. Today we were only able to locate a small flock. Shelley Steva found both LAPLAND LONGSPURS and SNOW BUNTINGS in Pennington County also on January 13. Ten SNOW BUNTINGS were seen today on Johnson Drive just east of the city OF Thief River Falls.

In Beltrami County, Hal Sanders observed five MALLARDS on 3-Island River in Beltrami Island Park on January 12.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was reported by both Noah Kuck and Chris Bechtold in the Roseau area on January 14.

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, January 26, 2017

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 12, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 12, 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.

As I compile this report, the temperature is dropping like a stone, but the wind that we had all day has diminished. The full moon is gloriously bright, and were it not so cold, it would be a great night to go out and enjoy it. Birds today have been using the feeders very busily.

From Warroad in Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported a female NORTHERN CARDINAL that came to her yard on December 30. On the 5th, she saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE and a DARK-EYED JUNCO. Gregg Knutsen observed a NORTHERN HAWK OWL along MN 310 north of Roseau on January 7.

In Kittson County, Larry Wilebski saw a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL on January 8, and reported that the SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen dancing. Spring must be out there somewhere!

Heidi Hughes found BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on January 6.

On January 7, Shelley Steva and I found 22 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in the town of Brooks in Red Lake County.

Bruce Flaig in southern Polk County was visited by a BARRED OWL and a GREAT HORNED OWL on January 9. Sandy Aubol saw a GOLDEN EAGLE in western Polk County on January 7, and also SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, GREATED PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, and a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE a mile south of CR 69. Shelley Steva and I saw two AMERICAN ROBINS, and a large group of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in the town of Fosston on January 7. A SNOWY OWL was found by Sandy Aubol south of US 2 just west of Fosston that day.

In Hubbard County, Rebecca Engdahl saw a BARRED OWL on January 7, and reported that the LINCOLN’S SPARROW reported earlier is still there.

Waterfowl are still being seen in Fergus Falls in the open water there, and a BELTED KINGFISHER was also reported there this week.

Benjamin Eckhoff at Lake Carlos SP in Douglas County reported that MALLARDS, CANADA GEESE, TRUMPETER SWANS, COMMON GOLDENEYE , and two GADWALLS were seen on January 12 on the Long Prairie River north of Carlos. LESSER SCAUP were seen on the southwest side of Lake Cowdry. In the park, were MOURNING DOVES, BARRED OWL , BROWN CREEPER, NORTHERN SHRIKES and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES.

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, January 19, 2017.

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