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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 Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Wednesday, May 24, 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.

Finally, it looks as if we are going to get some warmer weather and even a south wind! Migrants are coming, albeit slowly. Depending where you are at a given moment, most migrants have been seen somewhere in the northwest, but we haven’t had the usual big rush of migrants in the northwest. We fear that many will fly right over us as it gets later and later.

A HOUSE WREN was reported this week in Roseau County in the city of Warroad.

Keith Wheeler reported HERMIT THRUSH in Thief River Falls on May 22. Here in our yard, we at last have YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER. BALTIMORE ORIOLES are visiting the feeder but not in the usual numbers.

In southwestern Red Lake County, Bob Ekblad observed two COMMON LOONS, a RUDDY TURNSTONE, and a HUDSONIAN GODWIT at the gravel quarry north of US 2.

The Detroit Lakes Birding Festival was held last weekend and Noah Kuck shared some of his sightings. In Polk County at Glacial Ridge NWR, he saw TRUMPETER SWAN, GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, SORA, UPLAND SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, and LE CONTE’S SPARROW among others. At Rydell NWR, he mentioned COMMON LOON, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, and MARSH WREN.

Steve Midthune at a wetland two miles north of Ulen in Clay County observed a pair of AMERICAN AVOCETS, HUDSONIAN GODWITS, DUNLIN, a RUDDY TURNSTONE, and GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS.

At Hamden Slough in Becker County, Noah Kuck saw COMMON LOON, and WILD TURKEY among others. At Tamarac NWR there were TRUMPETER SWANS, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, SEDGE WREN, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, and PINE WARBLER among many others.

In Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported two FORSTER’S TERNS on May 21, and on May 22, he saw COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, MARSH WREN, HOUSE WREN, SEDGE WREN, EASTERN KINGBIRD, PALM WARBLER, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD. At Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls, Noah Kuck reported GREEN HERON, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, CANADA WARBLER and others. A PURPLE MARTIN was seen at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. Nesting at Grotto Lake in Fergus Falls were DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, GREAT EGRETS with very young chicks, and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS.

In Grant County, Charlene Nelson reported an ORCHARD ORIOLE at her feeder on May 23. On May 24, Wayne Perala found two WHITE-FACED IBIS, twelve DUNLIN, GREAT BLUE HERON, and GREAT EGRET at the North Ottawa Impoundment.

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, June 15, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 18, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 18, 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.

The calendar says it is spring in the northwest, but the cold north wind says otherwise. Migration is proceeding, but not as fast as we would like, especially away from the Red River Valley. Most of the early species have been seen, and I think everyone has reported the much awaited colorful species such as Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and ruby-throated hummingbirds. Migration has seemed slow in much of the northern areas, or maybe we are being too impatient.

From Grant County, Ann Luloff reported a BLACK-NECKED STILT at the North Ottawa Impoundment on May 12. On May 15, Wayne Perala observed 25 WILSON’S PHALAROPES, 25 MARBLED GODWITS, 20 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, 6 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 50 DUNLINS, 20 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and the aforementioned stilt there. On May 17, Charlene Nelson found 10 BLACK TERNS there.

In Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen reported NORTHERN CARDINAL on May 15, GRAY CATBIRD on May 18, and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, and YELLOW WARBLER on May 19 in Dent. Jann Kline reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and ORCHARD ORIOLE on May 17.

From Becker County, Dave and Betty Hochhalter reported RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ORCHARD ORIOLE, INDIGO BUNTING, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and PURPLE FINCH among others.

Kimberly Onnen in Barnesville, Clay County, reported a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE on May 15. Noah Kuch found GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, and BOBOLINKS at Felton Prairie among other species on May 12.

In Polk County on May 14, Sandy Aubol found GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, MARBLED GODWITS, SEDGE WRENS, LE CONTE’S SPARROW, and BOBOLINK at Pankratz Prairie; at Glacial Ridge she observed SORA, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, CLIFF SWALLOW, OVENBIRD, YELLOW WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and a GREAT HORNED OWL with owlets; at Rydell NWR she picked up RUFFED GROUSE, VEERY, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER. At the Erskine WTP she found 18 CASPIAN TERNS, FORSTER’S TERNS, and WILSON’S PHALAROPES. At the Brandt-Angus impoundment there were AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, GREAT EGRETS, and AMERICAN BITTERN, and at the East Grand Forks WTP there was SNOW GOOSE, EARED GREBE, and WILSON’S PHALAROPE.

Jonathan Earkes with The Nature Conservancy found EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL , WOOD THRUSH, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK at the Wallace Dayton Conservation area in Kittson County on May 12.

In Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel reported a NORTHERN HAWK OWL 1.5 miles north of the Norris Fire Tower on May 10, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE two miles north of that in the Beltrami Island State Forest on May 8. A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen at Norris Camp and WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard.

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 Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 11, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 11, 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.

Flowers are appearing in the northern woods this week, and migrants are flooding in. I will not mention all the sightings but in general warblers are moving north with the southernmost counties reporting most. Most of the sparrows are here in the north with the last of the non-resident ones showing up this week. Generally, the warbler wave has reached Hubbard and Becker Counties and we are starting to see them in Polk and Pennington, with the greatest number in the Red River Valley. Flycatchers are coming too, and vireos are starting to be seen.

In Beltrami County, Katie Haws has reported a WESTERN TANAGER at her home in Hines on May 10. Robin Reeve reported HARRIS’S SPARROW in Bemidji on May 10.

The GLAUCOUS GULL at the Thief River Falls WTP in Pennington County was seen as recently as May 7, but I have no reports since then. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was in our back yard on May 10, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK arrived on May 11.

In Red Lake County, Becca Engdahl saw the continuing LONG-TAILED DUCK at the Red Lake Falls WTP on May 5. I saw a nice selection of other ducks there also that day.

From Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on May 7, BROWN THRASHER on May 8, and she saw ten species of warblers along the Red River on May 8. On May 10, there was GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, CHIMNEY SWIFT , and SWAINSONS THRUSH.

Patrick Beauzay reported a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in Clay County on May 8.

A SAY’S PHOEBE was seen at Fig Lake Farm in Becker County on May 5.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported that the warblers have arrived in that county. Other species seen this week included BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE on May 9, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, HOUSE WREN, PURPLE MARTIN, and VEERY on May 10. Also on May 10 a CASPIAN TERN was seen. EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE came on May 11.

Alma Ronningen reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD and BALTIMORE ORIOLE in Otter Tail County on May 10. BLACKPOLL and HOUSE WREN were seen on May 11. Wayne Perala observed GREEN HERON, GREAT EGRET, GREAT BLUE HERON, HERMIT THRUSH, and CEDAR WAXWING on May 5 in Fergus Falls. On May 9, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were seen.

Gary and Marion Otnes saw a CASPIAN TERN on Lake Christina in Douglas County on May 6.

Wayne Perala saw AMERICAN AVOCET and WILSON’S PHALAROPE at the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County on May 7.

Thanks to all who sent in sightings this week. They all helped to complete the picture.

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, May 18, 2017

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 4, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 4, 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.

Migrants are slowly coming back, and there are many reports. I will be unable to report all the species sighted this week, but will try to indicate where the migrants are being seen. Naturally, there are more reports of migrants from the southernmost counties and both warblers, and shorebirds are represented there so we can expect them soon in the north.

From Grant County on May 2, Wayne Perala reported WESTERN GREBE, HORNED GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, and DUNLIN at the North Ottawa Impoundment; on May 3, he found LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, WILLET, SANDERLING, and AMERICAN BITTERN .

In Douglas County, Becca Engdahl found a LONG-TAILED DUCK at the Brandon WTP on May 2.

In Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported UPLAND SANDPIPER on April 27. At Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls, he saw BROAD-WINGED HAWK, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. On April 29, Gary Otnes reported BONAPARTE’S GULL, MARBLED GODWIT, FORSTER’S TERN, COMMON TERN, CLIFF SWALLOW, PALM WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BROWN THRASHER, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD among others.

Sue Waddell in Wadena County observed a WESTERN TANAGER in her yard on May 3.

A CASPIAN TERN was found by Becca Engdahl in Hubbard County on April 30.

In Becker County, Steve Midthune reported a SHORT-EARED OWL along CR13 at Hamden Slough north of Audubon on April 29. Matt Pierce observed an AMERICAN REDSTART in the county on April 30.

HARRIS’S SPARROW was seen by Hebe Shipp in Moorhead, Clay County on April 28.

In Polk County, a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen by Shelley Steva, Zeann Linder, and me a half mile west of 240th St. SW along CR21 on April 29. AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen by Steve and Terri Scholand on the Red Lake River in Crookston on April 27. A WHITE-FACED IBIS has been reported by several people at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment both on the Marshall and Polk County sides.

At the quarry in Red Lake County, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found a ROSS’S GOOSE, a HERRING GULL, and a COMMON LOON on May 3. At the Red Lake Falls WTP they found a LONG-TAILED DUCK on the near cell. On May 4, Herb saw a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE in the city of Red Lake Falls. At the large cemetery just east of the city, we found MERLIN, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, HERMIT THRUSH, and a TURKEY VULTURE nearby on April 29. Shelley Steva saw a BROAD-WINGED HAWK in Oklee on April 28.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was found at the Tindolph Beach on the Red Lake River in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on April 29. On May 4, it was finally relocated by Herb Dingmann still in Thief River Falls, apparently going between the beach and the WTP where it was still visible at 3 PM today. Herb also reported a WINTER WREN at Greenwood Trails and a WILLET fly by at the WTP. Other species seen in Pennington County this week include WILD TURKEY ,hundreds of FRANKLIN’S GULLS, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

Matt Jacobson reported that he saw an BALD EAGLE’S with several eaglets near Bemidji in Beltrami County on May 3.

SNOW GOOSE and MARBLED GODWITS were among the species Herb Dingmann reported from the rice paddies in Clearwater County on May 4.

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, May 11, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 27, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 27, 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 , in common with the rest of the state, have had a setback for spring migration. The cold and snow of the past two days has grounded many migrants, and we are hoping that the mortality has not been too great. The forecast holds a promise of warmer weather by the weekend.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen by Beth Siverhus in Lake of the Woods County between Norris Camp and the campground in the Beltrami Island State Forest this week. Other species seen there included BROAD-WINGED HAWK, TURKEY VULTURE, and RED-TAILED HAWK.

In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported a GREAT GRAY OWL along the Roosevelt-Norris Road south of MN 11 . Also in Roseau County, she reported DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, BELTED KINGFISHER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, both RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and PINE SISKIN this week.

Brian Hiller in Beltrami County observed three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on April 24.

In Clearwater County, Joe Lindell saw BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE and AMERICAN WOODCOCK on April 21.

Here in Thief River Falls, I had a flock of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS along the Red Lake River this week, and today a large flock of FRANKLIN’S GULLS with a few RING-BILLED GULLS could be seen at the intersection of the Thief and Red Lake Rivers. WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS have arrived and are increasing in the area.

In Red Lake County, Anita Vettleson reported a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in her yard near Oklee on April 25.

In Polk County, Matthew Spoor reported SHORT-EARED OWL, MARSH WRENS, PALM WARBLER, and LE CONTE’S SPARROW among others at Pankratz Prairie on April 22. A EURASIAN WIGEON was reported by the DNR at Burnham Creek reservoir on April 21. I have not heard if the bird has been seen again. Sandy Aubol reported YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER , and a variety of sparrows in Polk County on April 24. They included WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and SAVANNAH SPARROW.

Becker County sightings by Wayne Perala at Tamarac NWR included COMMON LOON, WOOD DUCK, and BUFFLEHEAD on April 23.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported in Hubbard County by Becca Engdahl on April 25.

A WESTERN TANAGER was found at Battle Lake in Otter Tail County by Matthew Brusch on April 24. Jennifer Ditterich saw a pair of BELTED KINGFISHERS in Otter Tail County on April 24. Wayne Perala found a RUDDY DUCK at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center on April 21, and at the Orwell Dam he saw both GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, KILLDEER, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK. On April 23, he reported YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and PALM WARBLER.

John Jonas observed HORNED GREBE, WESTERN GREBE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and BELTED KINGFISHER in Douglas County on April 21.

A SANDERLING was reported by Craig Mandel at the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County on April 23.

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, May 4, 2017

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 20, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 20, 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.

Birds are streaming in now, waterfowl have all been reported, the blackbirds are all here, sparrows are starting to be reported, and once it warms up, we will start to see the insect eaters. Of those, we have only really heard of eastern phoebes , the first swallows, and a few yellow-rumped warblers. Turkey vultures are clearly migrating now as many have been reported in several locations.

In Grant County on April 15, a WHITE-FACED IBIS and a SNOWY EGRET were found at the North Ottawa Impoundment. A good variety of shorebirds were also present including AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RUDDY TURNSTONE , and DUNLIN. Charlene Nelson reported an EASTERN BLUEBIRD at Elbow Lake on April 14.

On April 17 Marion and Gary Otnes in Otter Tail County reported AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, TURKEY VULTURE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, MARSH WREN, BROWN CREEPER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and BREWER’S BLACKBIRD. Wayne Perala counted five OSPREYS on nests near Star Lake, and on April 19 at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center saw ROSS’S GOOSE,RUDDY DUCK, and HORNED GREBE. On April 19, he reported TREE SWALLOW and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. Jill Meyer observed a MARBLED GODWIT in Otter Tail County near Rothsay. Bradley Lancour saw a GREAT EGRET in Fergus Falls on April 18.

Becca Engdahl observed a LONG-TAILED DUCK at the Akeley WTP in Hubbard County on April 17. Marshall Howe reported YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, NORTHERN FLICKER, WOOD DUCK , and an OSPREY on the nest on April 15. On the 17th , he added RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD were seen on April 19.

At Hamden Slough NWR in Becker County on April 16, Sandy Aubol found TRUMPETER SWAN, COOPER’S HAWK, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS. At Tamarac, she added COMMON LOON, RUFFED GROUSE, OSPREY, BROWN CREEPER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET , and FOX SPARROW among others. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen at Calloway.

Elissa Gallien found a large flock of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS and 61 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS at Felton Prairie in Clay County on April 19. Other species seen included MARBLED GODWITS, VESPER SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, and a lot of WESTERN MEADOWLARKS. HORNED LARKS and GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were also seen there.

A BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE was seen by Sandy Aubol north of Gary in Norman County on April 16.

In Polk County, Sandy saw two GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN leks near Pankratz Prairie on April 16. Among many other species seen there were MARBLED GODWITS, WILSON’S SNIPE, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS. Along CR 45 she saw over 1000 SANDHILL CRANES. At Cameron Lake near Erskine she found COMMON LOON, and along US 59 south of there she found a BELTED KINGFISHER. I visited the rice paddies in eastern Polk County on April 15 where I found hundreds of TUNDRA SWANS and a variety of ducks.

In Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Zeann Linder reported EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in her neighborhood on April 15. A COOPER’S HAWK visited our yard on April 20. Many waterfowl were seen on April 16 in the Pennington County part of the rice paddies along the Clearwater River.

Larry Wilebski in northern Kittson County reported GREAT EGRET and AMERICAN BITTERN on April 15.

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, April 27, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 13, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 13, 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 pleasant weather week in the northwest, and migrants have increased in numbers. Every day brings a couple of new species, but so far not a great number of them this week- just more of the same ones reported last week. Purple finches, red-winged blackbirds, and western meadowlarks have increased this week.

From Grant County, Charlene Nelson observed GREAT EGRET on Worm Lake and EASTERN PHOEBE at Elbow Lake; on the 8th she saw BELTED KINGFISHER, and at Barrett ,NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW .

Wayne Perala reported NORTHERN HARRIER in Otter Tail County on April 8, and on April 11 a SANDERLING at the Orwell Dam. Two MARBLED GODWITS were seen on April 12 in Otter Tail County. Gary and Marion Otnes observed a COMMON LOON on their lake near Fergus Falls on April 8.

Becca Engdahl reported that a LONG-TAILED DUCK was still at the Akeley WTP in Hubbard County on April 12, and several GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at the Park Rapids WTP. A HORNED GREBE was found at Kabekona Lake. Also on the 12th, she reported that a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE ,originally found by Ron Erpelding and Mark Junghans is still there.

In Clay county, Shawn Goodchild found a BONAPARTE’S GULL at Anderson Lake on April 9.

Bruce Flaig reported a COMMON LOON in the southwest part of Polk County on April 8. Leon Thoreson reported 7 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, one SNOW BUNTING, and many HORNED LARKS east of Climax on April 8. At Rydell NWR on April 11, Ed Olson found AMERICAN KESTREL, LESSER SCAUP, and HOODED MERGANSER.

Here along the Red Lake River, in Pennington County, we had COMMON MERGANSER, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, FOX SPARROW, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK on April 8. GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET showed up on April 9, two COMMON GOLDENEYES were on the river on April 11, and on April 12 an EASTERN PHOEBE was singing in the yard. That night I heard an EASTERN SCREECH OWL calling nearby.

In Beltrami County, Doug Johnson reported a probable ROSS’S GOOSE on April 13. TREE SWALLOW was seen over Lake Bemidji on April 13 by Brian Hiller.

Per Larry Wilebski, the SANDHILL CRANES are dancing in Kittson County as of April 8.

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, April 20, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 30, 2017

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

Spring seems to have really come to the northwest as temperatures are getting into the high 50’s each day, and happily the winds have stayed light for the last few days. Snow has almost all disappeared and rivers are mostly opening up. Birds are streaming in with the skies full of waterfowl, now including tundra swans and several species of ducks. Tundra swans have reached all counties in western Minnesota. The rice paddies in eastern Clearwater County on Sunday held hundreds of tundra swans and Canada geese with a few ducks mixed in. We expect to see the duck migration numbers to swell in the next few days. Dark-eyed juncos have increased greatly in numbers this week. American kestrels, and red-tailed hawks are also back.

In Clearwater County on March 26, Shelley Steva and I found both TRUMPETER SWANS and TUNDRA SWANS and hundreds of CANADA GEESE on the rice paddies. Several AMERICAN KESTRELS were also observed.

Gary Tischer , driving through Marshall County on March 25, heard SANDHILL CRANES there, and on the 29th , he saw a dark ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK 5 miles north of Newfolden. A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen in Marshall County on March 27, and a pair of BUFFLEHEADS were observed on the river in Newfolden on March 29. A flock of TUNDRA SWANS stopped to feed and rest a few miles north of MN 1 along CR 12 on March 30.

Gary Tischer saw a GREAT BLUE HERON in Pennington County on March 26. Here along the Red Lake River east of Thief River Falls, I saw the first HOODED MERGANSER on March 28, and the first WOOD DUCKS on March 29. Today, March 30, I saw a flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and heard a KILLDEER.

A HERRING GULL was seen by Gary Tischer 8 miles south of St Hilaire in Red Lake County on March 26.

SANDHILL CRANES were seen by Shelley Steva and I in eastern Polk County on March 26. On March 28, Sandy Aubol reported GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SNOW GOOSE , TUNDRA SWAN, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, RING-BILLED GULLS, and several species of ducks in western Polk County on March 28. On March 25, she saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE and a MERLIN in Polk County.

Becca Engdahl reported FOX SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and COMMON GRACKLE on March 29 in Hubbard County. A HOARY REDPOLL was found among the COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE SISKINS. On March 30, she saw BELTED KINGFISHER, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and the overwintering LINCOLN’S SPARROW. Marshall Howe reported a large influx of DARK-EYED JUNCOS in Hubbard County that day, and also noted TUNDRA SWANS flying north. Connie Cox observed SANDHILL CRANES, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and EASTERN BLUEBIRD around Itasca State Park this week.

Wayne Perala reported that the Grotto Lake Rookery in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, was very busy with DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, GREAT EGRETS, and some RING-BILLED GULLS on March 27. A BARRED OWL was seen in Fergus Falls on March 25.

At the North Ottawa Impoundment, Wayne found many species of ducks, 100 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 30 SNOW GEESE, and even a few SHARP-TAILED GROUSE on March 27.

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 6, 2017.

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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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