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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 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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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 5, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 5, 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.

Here in the northwest, almost everyone has been plowed out by now, but few are venturing far outside in the severe cold. We are covered in a heavy blanket of snow, and bird feeders are busy. With all the Christmas Bird Counts, the last two weeks have been very busy, but I will try to summarize what little I know has been seen.

Milton Blomberg reported a female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE at the Riverside Waterfowl Sanctuary in Fergus Falls on December 24. Also there are COMMON GOLDENEYE, an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK and numerous other waterfowl. On Christmas weekend, Teresa Jaskiewicz reported SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, AMERICAN ROBIN, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, COMMON GRACKLE, HOUSE FINCH, and PURPLE FINCH, in addition to several species of woodpeckers at her home in Elizabeth.

The LINCOLN’S SPARROW at Kabekona Lake in Hubbard County was still there on December 31.

The Detroit Lakes CBC in Becker County reported 40 species including RING-NECKED PHEASANT, 32 WILD TURKEYS, 10 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES, 2 BARRED OWLS, 41 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, and 12 NORTHERN CARDINALS among their finds.

Shawn Conrad found a TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE in the town of Fosston in Polk County on January 1.The bird was across the street from the 3-way intersection of 6th St NE and N Brandt Ave. Two or more SNOWY OWLS are being reported in or near Sherack . Dan Linder saw a SNOWY OWL near Tabor last weekend.

Jason Cater observed a SNOWY OWL along US 59 near Brooks in Red Lake County on December 27. Shawn Conrad found 8 GRAY PARTRIDGE along CR 112 about 1.5 miles southwest of Red Lake Falls on January 1. Other species seen in the county included SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, WILD TURKEY , AMERICAN KESTREL southeast of Plummer, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS about four miles north of Oklee, and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in the town of Red Lake Falls. A SNOWY OWL was seen on a minimum maintenance part of 180 Ave SE about a half mile south of CR 26.

In Marshall County, Cliff Steinhauer reported 20 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in his yard just west of the entrance to Agassiz NWR on December 26.

Hal Sanders reported RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN 3-TOED WOODPECKER, and DOWNY WOODPECKER in Bemidji, Beltrami County on December 22.

In Roseau County, the Roseau CBC found close to 30 species on December 31. Included were SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, 11 GRAY PARTRIDGE, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, SHORT-EARED OWL, 3 NORTHERN HAWK OWLS, 2 GREAT GRAY OWLS, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, GRAY JAY, PINE GROSBEAKS, PURPLE FINCH, and COMMON REDPOLLS. The NORTHERN HAWK OWLS, and GREAT GRAY OWLS were along or near MN 310 north of Roseau, and the SHORT-EARED OWL was in the southeast part of the circle. SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in small numbers.

Gretchen Mehmel, in Lake of the Woods County, observed a GREAT GRAY OWL along the Roosevelt Road 4 miles south of White’s Corner on January 4. Just over 20 species were found on the Beltrami Island CBC held on December 29, including a GREAT GRAY OWL on the Rapid River Road. Other species seen included BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, SPRUCE GROUSE, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, and six PINE SISKINS. We found where the COMMON REDPOLLS are this winter as a good number were seen in the forest. The Baudette CBC was held on December 30 and recorded a record or near record number of species. They included 2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS, 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES, one NORTHERN HAWK OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, RUFFED GROUSE, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, PINE GROSBEAKS, EVENING GROSBEAKS, and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS.

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 12, 2017

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 22, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 22, 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.

This has been a week of mixed weather- first extreme cold on Sunday which got to 27 degrees below zero, then plus 30 on Tuesday only two days later. Birds are being seen and counted however, and most counts went well this week in spite of the weather.

Beth Siverhus found a NORTHERN HAWK OWL in Lake of the Woods County along MN 72 at mile marker 53 on December 22.

Larry Wilebski reported that a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER is still at his cabin in northern Kittson County despite the cold.

In Beltrami County, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen on December 21 along MN 72 just north of Kelliher between mile marker 26 and 27.

The Agassiz CBC in Marshall County, was held on December 17 and 22 species were found including 81 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, 90 WILD TURKEYS, several BALD EAGLES, one ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 2 AMERICAN ROBINS, 28 COMMON RAVENS, 30 BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, more than 800 SNOW BUNTINGS, 55 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and 36 COMMON REDPOLLS. Also in Marshall County, a SNOWY OWL was reported by Gary Johnston one mile west of US 75 near Angus. Today, three BALD EAGLES were seen near the Warren airport.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva saw an AMERICAN ROBIN in Oklee on December 20.

Emily Hutchins reported that on the Glacial Ridge CBC in Polk County on December 15, she saw SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, MOURNING DOVE, MERLIN, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and SNOW BUNTINGS. Sandy Aubol saw an AMERICAN KESTREL on December 16. On the 12th , she had COMMON REDPOLLS in her yard in East Grand Forks, and on the 14th there was a PINE SISKIN. Leon Thoreson reported on the Crookston CBC on December 17,where 139 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were seen; other species seen included BALD EAGLE, a SHORT-EARED OWL, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and SNOW BUNTINGS. 12 GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen near Gentilly, and in the city of Crookston were 6 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 9 AMERICAN ROBINS, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS, PINE SISKINS, and PURPLE FINCHES. The Grand Forks CBC was held on December 18 and found 46 species in total including 19 AMERICAN ROBINS on the Minnesota side.

The Fargo-Moorhead CBC, on December 18, found AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and NORTHERN PINTAIL at the Moorhead WTP. Other species seen on the Minnesota side of the river included BARRED OWL ,HARRIS’S SPARROW, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK.

In Hubbard County, Rebecca Engdahl reported that the LINCOLN’S SPARROW was still being seen on December 19.

Finally , from Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK in Fergus Falls on December 20.

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 Monday, January 2, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 15, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 15, 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 cold is settling into the northwest, and today there were places that didn’t get above zero all day. That said, there was little wind so it was tolerable. Bird feeder activity is picking up with the colder weather. There is very little open water now , except where there are power plants or other reasons that it is not frozen.

From the southwestern part of Otter Tail County comes a report of a SNOWY OWL seen on December 13 by Mike Oehler. Wayne Perala observer a PURPLE FINCH on December 10 and an EASTERN TOWHEE on December 11 in Fergus Falls.

A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was still being seen at Kabekona Lake in Hubbard County as recently as December 10. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was observed there that day also- no doubt it has left in search of open water by now.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found by Hebe Shipp in Moorhead, Clay County, on December 10. Patrick Beauzay saw a SONG SPARROW in Moorhead on December 12. Shelley Steva saw 10 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE and a NORTHERN HARRIER two miles north of Kragnes on December 13.

In Norman County , Shelley found two flocks of LAPLAND LONGSPURS along US 75 on December 13.

There were SNOW BUNTINGS along US 75 in Polk County also on December 13 and Shelley saw 100 SNOW BUNTINGS along MN 32 as well. Sandy Aubol reported a RED-TAILED HAWK near the Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks on December 10 . At home in East Grand Forks, she reported 15 COMMON REDPOLLS and one COMMON GRACKLE on December 10. The redpolls were not there on December 12, but a single PINE SISKIN had appeared.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva found two mixed flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS totaling about 200 two miles north of Oklee on December 8. There were still SNOW BUNTINGS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS in the county on December 13.

In Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Shelley reported a BALD EAGLE and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on December 10.

Thanks to all who reported sightings this week. Be sure to report anything unusual found on the area Christmas Bird Counts.

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 22, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 8, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 8, 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.

We are entering the ice box as we speak in northwestern Minnesota with a good blanket of snow. Roads are getting back to normal gradually, and folks are getting shoveled out. Here in our yard, bird activity has been sparse, except for the nuthatches , woodpeckers, and chickadees.

Gretchen Mehmel reported a VARIED THRUSH in Roseau County at the home of Bob and Gerry Wennerstrand west of Warroad along MN 11 on December 7. Hopefully it will survive the storm and cold. Also in Roseau County, Beth Siverhus observed a large flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at her home in Warroad, and she reported that more than 100 CANADA GEESE were still in the Warroad area a few days ago.

A NORTHERN HARRIER was spotted in Kittson County on December 3 by Sandy Aubol.

From Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported on December 5 that the East Grand Forks WTP still had some open water. At that time there were a lot of waterfowl still there including TUNDRA SWANS, CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, NORTHERN SHOVELER, RING-NECKED DUCKS, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and two RING-BILLED GULLS. Doubtless that situation will change quickly, if not already, with the coming of the very cold weather.

TUNDRA SWANS were reported on December 4 in Clay County by Denise Ray.

Shar Legenhausen in Rochert, western Becker County had a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET in their yard on December 7. Donna Dustin reported TUNDRA SWANS in the Detroit Lakes area on December 7.

In Hubbard County, Rebecca Engdahl had LINCOLN’S SPARROWS at Kabekona Lake on December 6. Marshall Howe reported RUFFED GROUSE , BARRED OWL, RED CROSSBILLS, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, and PURPLE FINCH in his yard near Dorset on December 6. At that time some waterfowl were still in the county including GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN SHOVELERS, HOODED MERGANSERS, and scaup at Little Shingobee Lake.

Wayne Perala reported CANVASBACK on December 6, and GADWALL on December 8 on the river in Otter Tail County near Fergus Falls. If anyone is looking for waterfowl in the winter in the northwest, the place to look is the power plant in Fergus Falls where there is a small area of open water all winter.

TUNDRA SWANS were also reported on December 3 in Douglas County.

Thanks to all who reported sightings this week. If you find something unusual on a Christmas bird count, please remember to report your sighting.

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 15, 2016.

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