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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 17, 2014

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

In spite of the recent cold snap, spring is coming to the northwest and the birds are streaming north. The number of AMERICAN ROBINS coming through is astounding, a tribute to the weather delays no doubt, making the migration bunch up. Accipiters seem to be coming in substantial numbers as well. Some waterfowl is following the return of melt water.

Probably the best sighting this week came from Crookston in Polk County where Vanessa Lane reported a EURASIAN TREE SPARROW at the University of Minnesota campus. It was foraging with DARK-EYED JUNCOS and a FOX SPARROW. She advises that the bird is viewable without entering the buildings, however, please email her (vlane@crk.umn.edu) if you intend to visit so she can give you additional instructions.

From Alexandria in Douglas County, Deb Johnson reported 80 to 110 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, four NORTHERN FLICKERS, a LARK SPARROW, and a FOX SPARROW in her yard on April 16.

Marshall Howe reporting from Hubbard County saw EASTERN PHOEBE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on April 14 and a BELTED KINGFISHER on April 16.

Patrick Beauzay had a couple of very nice sightings from Clay County on April 17- a SNOWY OWL was seen near the Crystal Sugar ponds in Moorhead at the intersection of CR 18 and US 75 and a first cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted at the Clay County landfill in a gravel pit pond.

Terry Johnson in East Grand Forks in Polk County saw a BROWN CREEPER on April 11. Bruce Flaig saw a FOX SPARROW on April 9 and EASTERN BLUEBIRDS on April 10 in the area of Maple Bay in the southern part of the county. Sandy Aubol reported 2 FOX SPARROWS, a SONG SPARROW, and a NORTHERN FLICKER in East Grand Forks on April 12 .

Here in Thief River Falls in Pennington County, today, there were 4 HOODED MERGANSERS and two WOOD DUCKS in the Red Lake River near our house just east of the city. A COOPER’S HAWK was seen carrying a prey item in the town on April 16. A COMMON RAVEN flew through our yard late this afternoon.

Thanks to Bruce Flaig, Deb Johnson, Marshall Howe, Patrick Beauzay, Sandy Aubol, Terry Johnson, and Vanessa Lane 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, April 24, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 10, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 10, 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.

Spring has finally arrived and we are hoping that there won’t be a relapse! Birds are streaming north in large numbers especially raptors such as bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, rough-legged hawks, and American kestrels. Ducks are also following the water that is opening up and the melt water in the flooded fields. Songbirds mentioned by nearly all reporters included American robins, eastern bluebirds, dark-eyed juncos, western meadowlarks, common grackles, and brightening American goldfinches.

Barb and Denny Martin reported that the LEWIS’S WOODPECKER is still visiting the feeders in Roosevelt on the Roseau – Lake of the Woods county line as of April 9.

In Roseau County, Barb and Denny saw a PRAIRIE FALCON flying over the intersection of MN 11 and 190th St a mile south of Greenbush on April 10.

Gary Tischer observed 20 swans four miles west of Karlstad in Kittson County on April 6.

Connie Cox, reporting from southern Clearwater County, mentioned EASTERN MEADOWLARK on April 5, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on April 6, MOURNING DOVE on April 7, and TURKEY VULTURE on April 10 in addition to most of the species listed at the top of this report.

Christine Herwig saw a TURKEY VULTURE east of Lake Bemidji in Beltrami County on April 7. On the 10th she saw a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK , and EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and on Lake Bemidji, there were COMMON GOLDENEYES.

In Pennington County, Shelley Steva saw SANDHILL CRANES on April 4. Gary Tischer reported COMMON GRACKLE in Thief River Falls on April 9. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK flew through our yard east of Thief River Falls tonight April 10.

Shelley Steva reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK in Oklee in Red Lake County on April 6 and a GREAT BLUE HERON on April 8 north of Oklee. Gary Tischer saw a MOURNING DOVE south of Plummer on April 6.

On April 8, Sandy Aubol found CANADA GEESE, a few GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and MALLARDS in a flooded field north of East Grand Forks in Polk County. Species visiting her yard included AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and COOPER’S HAWK on April 8. Along the Grand Marais River , she found HOODED MERGANSERS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, and COMMON GOLDENEYES on April 9. Many RING-BILLED GULLS came north this week. Other ducks included NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and LESSER SCAUP. She also reported AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, NORTHERN FLICKER, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD in the county on April 10. Joanne Johnson saw MOURNING DOVE and KILLDEER near Fisher on April 7. Barb and Denny Martin reported about 2000 swans at the Polk County rice paddies along the Clearwater River on April 10.

Dennis Weisenborn saw a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK flying over the Red River at Moorhead in Clay County on April 8. Matt Mecklenburg reported an adult GOLDEN EAGLE near the entrance to Buffalo River SP on April 6. Barb and Denny Martin saw 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS harassing 24 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS at Hamden Slough on April 8.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported 5 HOODED MERGANSERS and PURPLE FINCH on April 4; and FOX SPARROW on April 8. He saw a TURKEY VULTURE on April 10 in Park Rapids.

Marion Otnes in Otter Tail County on April 8 reported TUNDRA SWAN, GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, SHORT-EARED OWL, GREAT EGRET, RING-BILLED GULL, eleven species of ducks, KILLDEER, EASTERN PHOEBE, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD among others.

From Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported BROWN CREEPER on April 8, TURKEY VULTURE , 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS , COOPER’S HAWK, BARRED OWL, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, EASTERN PHOEBE, and BROWN CREEPER among others this week.

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, April 17, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 3, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 3, 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 an interesting week. We have been teased by a beautiful weekend followed by a blizzard that dumped anywhere from a foot to 20 inches of snow on the northwest. The strong southeast winds seem to have spurred some species to continue north. Probably all the CANADA GEESE, BALD EAGLES, NORTHERN HARRIERS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, AMERICAN KESTRELS, and WESTERN MEADOWLARKS are a bit sorry that they didn’t hunker down where it was browner and warmer.

From Douglas County, Florinus Kooyman reported all of the above species including 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in the county and a BARRED OWL hooting in daytime at Lake Carlos State Park on March 29 before the storm.

Marshall Howe observed AMERICAN ROBINS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in Hubbard County on March 30. On April 2, he saw PIED-BILLED GREBE and COMMON MERGANSERS in Park Rapids, and a WOOD DUCK in Dorset.

Steve Midthune reported WESTERN MEADOWLARKS north of Audubon in Becker County on March 29. Kelly Blackledge reported that AMERICAN WOODCOCKS returned to Tamarac NWR on April 2.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County had a COOPER’S HAWK in her yard on march 29. Several SNOWY OWLS were seen by Heidi Hughes near the Audubon Center on March 30. Emily Hutchins reported a MERLIN south of Crookston on April 1. Other species seen that day included AMERICAN ROBINS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and HORNED LARKS in addition to the raptors listed at the top of this report. More than 30 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS were spotted along US 2 near Glacial Ridge. Leon Thoreson reported 20 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 8 SNOW BUNTINGS, 12 HORNED LARKS, and a MOURNING DOVE feeding in his yard near Climax after the storm.

In Marshall County, Matt Mecklenburg found 10 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS near the intersection of 380th and 300 Ave on March 30.

Matt also reported that the LEWIS’S WOODPECKER was still at the previously reported location in Roosevelt in Roseau County on March 30. He found a GREAT GRAY OWL along MN 11 just west of Roosevelt that day.

In Lake of the Woods County, Matt reported RED CROSSBILLS 1.5 miles west of Norris Camp on March 30. Several GRAY JAYS were also seen.

Thanks to Emily Hutchins, Florinus Kooyman, Heidi Hughes, Kelly Blackledge, Leon Thoreson, Marshall Howe, Matt Mecklenburg, Sandy Aubol, and Steve Midthune 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, April 10, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 27, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 27, 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.

Reluctantly, spring is slowly coming – we hope. Temperatures are still low, but the powerful March sun is making its presence known as the snow banks are shrinking ever so slightly. More and more species of birds are being reported , especially in the southern part of the region.

Zeann Linder was in Marshall County on March 22 and saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along MN 1 east of Warren.

Tonight in Pennington County a few miles west of the city, Zeann heard the unmistakable sound of a SANDHILL CRANE, the first reported here this season.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks , Polk County, reported on March 21, that she saw a flock of at least 25 CEDAR WAXWINGS with one BOHEMIAN WAXWING among them in the area of her yard. MERLINS are being seen regularly in East Grand Forks.

A GREAT EGRET, the first reported this year was seen in Detroit Lakes in Becker County by Beau Shroyer on March 27.

Gary and Marion Otnes reported a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD under their feeder in Otter Tail County on March 22. Last week Roland Jordahl in Pelican Rapids reported BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN KESTREL, GREAT HORNED OWL, and AMERICAN ROBIN. Alma Ronningen in Dent reported on March 23, AMERICAN ROBIN, 8 CEDAR WAXWINGS,and 45 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. One RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in the last few days. Nearby, she saw NORTHERN HARRIER , and several BALD EAGLES.

In and around Lake Carlos SP in Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff this week reported BALD EAGLE at the dam at the park on March 24. On March 26, he saw NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL, RED-TAILED HAWK, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK. On the 27th, at the park were DARK-EYED JUNCO and PURPLE FINCH.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Benjamin Eckhoff, Beau Shroyer, Gary and Marion Otnes, Roland Jordahl, Sandy Aubol, 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, April 3, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 20, 2014

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

Spring is coming at a leisurely pace this week. However the birds seem to know it, as there have been more sightings of returning species this week. Notably , the number of HORNED LARKS has increased, and now we are seeing them in pairs along the roads. Hawks are starting to arrive also.

Benjamin Eckhoff reported HORNED LARKS and NORTHERN HARRIER in Todd County on March 14.

In Douglas County he saw 3 BALD EAGLES and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on March 15, and on the 17th there were a NORTHERN HARRIER and some AMERICAN ROBINS; March 20 he observed a NORTHERN CARDINAL.

Steve Midthune reported five ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in Becker County hunting over Hamden Slough on March 15.

From Polk County Emily Hutchins last week reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE along CR 45 east of MN 32, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK near US 2 west of MN 32, many HORNED LARKS, and some SHARP-TAILED GROUSE. She also had a secondhand report of booming GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS in that area.

Shelley Steva reported a COMMON RAVEN carrying a large stick in Pennington County on March 6. Gary Tischer reported seeing 6 CANADA GEESE north of Goodridge on March 16.

Shelley and I travelled up US 75 on March 15 where we were delighted to watch a GOLDEN EAGLE make a kill five miles south of Donaldson in northern Marshall County. There was also a BALD EAGLE a mile or so away.

A SNOWY OWL was spotted three miles north of Northcote along US 75 that day, along with many HORNED LARKS and even a few SNOW BUNTINGS.

Thanks to Benjamin Eckhoff, Emily Hutchins, Gary Tischer, Shelley Steva, and Steve Midthune 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, March 27, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 13, 2014

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

Spring is surely coming. HORNED LARKS, SNOW BUNTINGS, BALD EAGLES, and even a couple of swans have been reported this week in the northwest. Somewhat strange is the fact that SNOWY OWLS continue to be reported here in the northwest and also in far southern Minnesota, leading one to suspect that they may not nest this year.

Bob Janssen paid a visit to the northwest this week where he found a live GREAT GRAY OWL in Kittson County along CR 4 east of Lancaster , as well as one that had been shot. He also reported a RING-NECKED PHEASANT along CR 4 west of Lancaster. Many HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in Kittson county along with one migrant AMERICAN ROBIN. At Larry Wilebski’s feeder he saw a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and 6 WILD TURKEYS.

Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found SHARP-TAILED GROUSE dancing north of Clearbrook in Clearwater County on March 9.

In Beltrami County Ron and Herb reported a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at the home of Mike and Katie Haws at Blackduck Lake.

Bob Janssen found a SNOWY OWL in Marshall County along CR 4 on March 11.

In Pennington County, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found WILD TURKEYS in three separate locations on March 9. Zeann Linder reported that as of yesterday, the MERLINS are back in Thief River Falls.

Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found a SNOWY OWL in Red Lake County on the west side of 210 Ave SE where there is no sign at the intersection a half mile south of MN 92. This bird was relocated later in the day about two-three miles west of that location along a better county road. SHARP-TAILED GROUSE and WILD TURKEYS were seen near the intersection of 170 St and 340 Ave SE. Bob Janssen observed PURPLE FINCH and one COMMON GRACKLE at a feeder in Dorothy.

The first NORTHERN HARRIER was reported on March 13 by Gary Tischer north of McIntosh in Polk County. A BALD EAGLE was at the East Grand Forks nest site on March 8. Sandy Aubol reported that she has seen SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and 25 CEDAR WAXWINGS in East Grand Forks this week. Terry Johnson observed MERLINS in the area on March 9. Bob Janssen found a SNOWY OWL two miles east of Sherack along CR 21 on March 10.

Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found 9 WILD TURKEYS along MN 32 north of the Gary rest area in Norman County, and the SNOWY OWL reported last week was seen on March 8 on the west side of 230 St five power poles south of CR 39.

Matt Mecklenburg saw a SNOWY OWL in Clay County on March 7 along 190 Ave a mile west of CR 11. Presumably this is the same bird also see by Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann 0.2 miles east of 50 St N and 190th Ave.

Kelly Blackledge reported that a TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was seen through the week of March 3 to March 9 near the visitor center at Tamarac NWR in Becker County.

Thanks to Bob Janssen, Gary Tischer, Kelly Blackledge, Matt Mecklenburg, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann, Sandy Aubol , Terry Johnson, 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, March 20, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 6, 2014

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

It begins to look as if winter is finally loosening its grip on Minnesota as today we have had above freezing temperatures for awhile. As the sun set, snow was again falling, but we can hope that the very cold temperatures are at an end for this year. We are finding evidence that the birds believe that as more HORNED LARKS, larger flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS, and a few LAPLAND LONGSPURS have been reported this week.

Notably, folks are out looking for snowy owls and finding them. In the interest of those that are still looking for them, I will list those that have been reported to me for the last two weeks. Barb and Denny Martin were in the area on the last weekend of February and found several SNOWY OWLS. Two were at Hamden Slough NWR in Becker County along CR 13. In Clay County on March 4, a SNOWY OWL was found by Bob Ekblad a half miles east of 170 St on 190 Ave two miles south of the Norman County line. In Norman County one was found along CR 14 about three miles from the one in Clay County. Barb and Denny Martin on February 27, found a SNOWY OWL at CR 39 and 210 St a miles east of US 75. They found one in Mahnomen County at the intersection of 160 Ave and 130 St about two miles east of Bejou on February 27. Another was found in Mahnomen County by Bob Ekblad two miles west of Waubun on March 4.

From Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported sightings at Lake Carlos SP. They included BALD EAGLE, BARRED OWL, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and PURPLE FINCH. Elsewhere in Douglas county this week were CANADA GEESE, TRUMPETER SWANS, WOOD DUCK, MALLARD, HORNED LARKS, and many SNOW BUNTINGS.

In Norman County on February 27, Barb and Denny Martin reported several GRAY PARTRIDGE including 28 along 140 Ave north of the Neil WMA and 4 along CR 179.

A GREAT HORNED OWL was heard by Barb and Denny behind the casino in Mahnomen County on February 27.

In Pennington County, they reported LAPLAND LONGSPURS along MN 1 near Goodridge on February 28. Some more were seen northeast of Karlstad in Kittson County on that day.

Hal and Ronda Sanders reported seeing 4 TRUMPETER SWANS for the last several weeks in Beltrami County at Tree Island County Park.

A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen by Barb and Denny Martin in Roseau County at 390 St and 530 Ave about 5 miles west of Cr 313 two miles south of the Canadian border. They also reported that the LEWIS’S WOODPECKER was seen at Roosevelt in Roseau County on both February 28 and March 1.

Gretchen Mehmel saw a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER at Norris Camp in Lake of the Woods County on March 4.

Thanks to Barb and Denny Martin, Benjamin Eckhoff, Bob Ekblad, Gretchen Mehmel, Hal and Ronda Sanders 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, March 13, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 20, 2014

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

This has been a cold snowy week in the northwest, but there are signs that the cold is easing, bringing in the chance for more snow. We are running out of places to store it, and the deer are raiding the bird feeders pretty heavily. Some spring migrants are starting to show up, probably wishing they had not.

On a small road trip with a couple of friends on February 15, we visited Norris Camp in Lake of the Woods County where we found GRAY JAYS, BLUE JAYS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and two PINE GROSBEAKS.

The best sighting on February 15 was a GREAT GRAY OWL which was spotted alongside Roseau CR 4 a quarter mile east of CR 9. Other species seen in Roseau County included many SNOW BUNTINGS.

From Clearwater County, Connie Cox reported TRUMPETER SWANS at Itasca State Park on February 14.

Marshall County sightings on February 15 included AMERICAN CROWS, COMMON RAVENS, and several flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS.

Shelley Steva reported that AMERICAN CROWS are returning to the area as she saw several in Thief River Falls in Pennington County on February 17. On the 15th, a small flock of LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen along MN 1 east of Goodridge.

Emily Hutchinson reported seeing flocks of up to 100 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE along US 2 near MN 32 on February 14 in Polk County. Sandy Aubol on that day reported GREAT HORNED OWL, AMERICAN ROBIN, 30 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, a NORTHERN CARDINAL and 26 AMERICAN GOLDFINCH in East Grand Forks.

From Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported on February 19 on sightings at Lake Carlos State Park. Included were CANADA GOOSE, MALLARD, TRUMPETER SWANS, three BALD EAGLES, PILEATED WOODPECKER, PURPLE FINCH and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. Elsewhere in the county were WOOD DUCKS, COOPER’S HAWK, AMERICAN ROBIN, and HORNED LARKS.

Thanks to Benjamin Eckhoff, Connie Cox, Emily Hutchinson, 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, February 27, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 13, 2014

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

This has been a very quiet period in the northwest with very few reports and not many birds at feeders either. Weather has been very cold, warmed up enough today to lay down a couple of inches of fresh snow, then cleared and got windy again. Tonight the wind has died and it is relatively pleasant.

Shelley Steva saw two BALD EAGLES and one AMERICAN ROBIN in Norman County on February 5 along US 75.

In Pennington County on February 12, Shelley reported a BALD EAGLE feeding on something in the snow along CR 3 .

Heidi Hughes found a male SNOWY OWL at the Agassiz Valley Project in southern Marshall County about 9 miles east of Warren on February 9.

In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus picked up an injured GREAT GRAY OWL and saw two more healthy ones south of the intersection of CR 9 and CR 4 on February 7. The injured owl was sent to the raptor center for rehabilitation.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Heidi Hughes, 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, February 21, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, February 6, 2014

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

During this very cold period , there have been few who have been out looking , but a few reports have come in. One observation is that many SNOW BUNTINSG seem to be showing up, and even a few HORNED LARKS in the past few days.

Martin Kehoe sent in a report of a few birds seen by a friend of his during the week following January 20 in Baudette, Lake of the Woods County, including NORTHERN CARDINAL, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, DARK-EYED JUNCO, COMMON GRACKLE, and a few PINE GROSBEAKS.

Two NORTHERN SHRIKE were seen by Shelley Steva and I in Marshall County on February 1. Many SNOW BUNTINGS were seen along the roads that day.

In Pennington County on January 26, a NORTHERN SHRIKE flew through our yard during the blizzard that day. On February 1, Shelley Steva and I found a flock of 15 COMMON RAVENS in Pennington County feeding on a carcass. Several small flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS and two HORNED LARKS were also seen.

Shelley Steva reported two GRAY PARTRIDGE north of Oklee in Red Lake County on January 24.

From Becker County, Steve Midthune reported on February 4 that two SNOWY OWLS were still at Hamden Slough NWR along CR 13 and another was two miles north on CR 159. More than 100 SNOW BUNTINGS and 35 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were also seen there. Dave Hochhalter reported RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PINE SISKINS, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES at his place in Detroit Lakes on February 4.

Jody Doll in Ottertail County saw a SNOWY OWL in her backyard near the intersection of MN 78 and 355 St about three miles north of the town of Ottertail on February 4. Other species seen included TRUMPETER SWAN, one COMMON GOLDENEYE, a BALD EAGLE, and 50 SNOW BUNTINGS.

In Douglas County at Lake Carlos State Park reported on February 5 of the birds seen in and around the park this week including one SNOWY OWL at the intersection of MN 29 and Buckskin Road. Other species seen included RUFFED GROUSE, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, BARRED OWL,BALD EAGLE, up to 80 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, a BROWN CREEPER, one AMERICAN ROBIN, and SNOW BUNTINGS.

Thanks to Benjamin Eckhoff, Dave Hochhalter, Jody Doll, Martin Kehoe, Sandy Aubol, Shelley Steva, and Steve Midthune 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 13, 2014.

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