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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, May 26, 2016

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

With the warmer weather and strong south winds, migration has proceeded quickly this week. Now we are in the last phase of it, with all the waterfowl here, raptor migration complete, flycatchers and vireos mostly arrived this week, most of the early thrushes have gone through, all the common warblers are coming through now, sparrows are here and all the blackbirds. Many shorebird species can be seen in the northwest now wherever there is suitable habitat, and that is somewhat scarce this year.

In Kittson County, Paul Budde and four others found a CATTLE EGRET and 4 WILLETS at the Hallock WTP on May 21.

In Clearwater County, Alex Sundvall observed a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER at Itasca State Park on May 21. Paul Budde’s group found 9 species of shorebirds at the rice paddies north of Clearwater along the Clearwater River on May 21.

At Itasca State Park, Connie Cox reported COMMON LOON, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 13 species of warblers including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER. Other species on the list included SCARLET TANAGER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and many others.

Nancy Wasik observed EASTERN TOWHEE among other species in her yard in western Beltrami County this week.

In Marshall County this week at the Agassiz Valley impoundment, Sandy Aubol found 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, 15 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and DUNLIN on May 21. At Old Mill SP on May 24, she found RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and VEERY.

Paul Budde’s group found 3 WHIMBRELS and a SWAINSON’S HAWK at the quarry in Pleasant Valley Township in the far southwestern part of Red Lake County on May 23. 16 species of shorebirds were seen at the rice paddies at 350th Ave and 150th St in the far northeastern part of the county. They included 5 WHIMBRELS, 3 RUDDY TURNSTONES, and 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS. I was there today, and found no shorebirds after the rain yesterday which undoubtedly raised the water levels and moved the birds out. I did find 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES at the quarry location in the southwest. Paul’s group found 10 AMERICAN AVOCETS and one RED-NECKED PHALAROPE at the Oklee WTP. 210 WILSON’S PHALAROPES, 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and 3 WILLETS were seen at the Red Lake Falls WTP by Paul’s group. Once again, I found none of them there today.

Russ Wilbur reported a BOBOLINK on the East Grand Forks side of the Red River greenway in Polk County on May 20. Sandy Aubol reported a ROSS’S GOOSE at the Angus/Oslo impoundment on May 21. At the Brandt/Angus impoundment she saw AMERICAN AVOCET, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, STILT SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, and BLACK TERN. On May 24, COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were migrating over East Grand Forks.

Steve Midthune reported that the Detroit Lake Festival found 155 species this year in the first two days, including 19 species of warblers.

In Clay County, on May 20, Craig Mandel found a SAY’S PHOEBE at Felton Prairie on the west side of 170th St just north of the small wooded area on the north side of the lake.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported CASPIAN TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, and SCARLET TANAGER on May 20, TENNESSEE WARBLER on May 21, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and EASTERN KINGBIRD on May 22, COMMON NIGHTHAWK on May 23, and CANADA WARBLER on May 24.

In Wilkin County, Ben Fritchman found a WHITE-FACED IBIS, and a RED KNOT at the Brown WPA on May 20. Other species found there were STILT SANDPIPER, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. The WPA is located along CR 19 about a half mile south of CR 20.

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, June 2, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 19, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 19, 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.

Migration is picking up in the northwest now with the coming of warmer weather, and some unfortunate migrants chose to arrive the day it was only 22 degrees last Friday morning with a strong cold wind. Most
counties are reporting all the swallows, an increasing number of warblers, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and where there is a little habitat, a smattering of shorebirds. There seems to have been an influx of BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS this week as several observers reported them and I had several in my yard one day .

At the Osakis WTP in Douglas County, Andy Nyhus found a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on May 16.

A SUMMER TANAGER was reported by Kim Fisette at Reames Lake in Otter Tail County. Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported WARBLING VIREO, BANK SWALLOW, and YELLOW WARBLER on May 15; YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, BARN SWALLOW, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on May 16, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER , RED-EYED VIREO, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT on May 17, GREEN HERON and SORA on May 18, and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK on May 18.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County observed SWAINSON’S THRUSH, EASTERN TOWHEE, AMERICAN REDSTART, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT on May 15, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on May 16, GREEN HERON, RED-EYED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, and CAPE MAY WARBLER on May 17, and MOURNING WARBLER on May 18.

Dave and Betty Hochhalter in Detroit Lakes, Becker County reported HOUSE WREN, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SCARLET TANAGER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE on May 15.
Paul Budde observed both TUNDRA SWANS and TRUMPETER SWANS at the rice paddies along the Clearwater River in both Red Lake and Polk Counties. In Polk County, he found a ROSS’S GOOSE at the Brandt-Angus impoundment, and also HUDSONIAN GODWIT, DUNLIN, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. Russ Wilber found an EASTERN BLUEBIRD in East Grand Forks on May 18.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva saw HOODED MERGANSER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, HOUSE WREN, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on May 13. On May 15, Howard Towle found a WILLET at the rice paddy at 150 St and 350th Ave. GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were found in Gentilly township. A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was seen in a flooded quarry in Gentilly township. WILSON’S PHALAROPES were observed at the Red Lake Falls WTP.

Shelley Steva observed a MERLIN and LESSER YELLOWLEGS in Pennington County on May 13. This week at my home, a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD arrived on May 14, a pair of INDIGO BUNTINGS briefly visited on May 15, five SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were seen in the Red Lake River on May 17, and on May 18, I found HOUSE WREN, LEAST FLYCATCHER, and YELLOW WARBLER in the yard.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found by Paul Budde at Headquarters Pool at Agassiz NWR on May 14.

From Bemidji in Beltrami County, Nancy Wasik reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH this week among others.

From Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on May 13. Paul Budde found 30 WILSON’S PHALAROPES at the Badger WTP on May 16.

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, May 26, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 12, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 12, 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 week we have seen a surge in new migrants, right on time for those who migrate by hours of daylight. In most , if not all counties in the northwest, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, both kinglets, TREE SWALLOW, CLIFF SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, HARRIS’S SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE have all been reported this week. Notably, many folks are reporting large numbers of PINE SISKINS, mostly absent all winter. AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES seem to be on the increase also, although many of those have been here all winter, dressed in their winter drab. BROAD-WINGED HAWKS migrated in this week also, as many have reported them and a group of us were treated to several kettles of them at East Grand Forks on Saturday, totaling over 30 individuals. I’m sure they migrated through our county also, as I caught a blue jay giving a perfect imitation of their call that day. In some areas of the northwest a few more species of warbler have also shown up.

From Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus reported SPRUCE GROUSE, HORNED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, WILSON’S SNIPE, and BROWN CREEPER among others. A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and GREAT HORNED OWL were seen at Norris Camp.

At home in Roseau County, Beth included COMMON LOON, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, RUFFED GROUSE, PURPLE MARTIN, BROWN THRASHER, WINTER WREN, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER.

Lannie Smith reported a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO at Lake Bronson State Park on May 11.

In western Itasca County, Beth Siverhus observed COMMON LOON, GREAT BLUE HERON, BARRED OWL, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and EVENING GROSBEAK among others this week.

In eastern Marshall County today, I saw PURPLE MARTINS, and several YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS.

Here in Pennington County, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER came in on May 7, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on May 8, and a COOPER’S HAWK has been visiting the feeders regularly since late April.

Anita Vettleson reported that the RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS and BALTIMORE ORIOLES are back in Red Lake County also.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol saw BROWN THRASHER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, HARRIS’S SPARROW, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on May 6. On the 7th, she reported HOUSE WREN, and on the Red River greenway, a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. A LARK SPARROW was seen in her yard. On May 8, along the Red Lake River greenway, she observed RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and SWAINSON’S THRUSH. On May 9th, she saw a WESTERN KINGBIRD at the East Grand Forks WTP, and a TENNESSEE WARBLER at home in East Grand Forks. A GRAY CATBIRD and EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE were in her yard on May 10. A BLACKPOLL came to her yard on May 11.

Justin Watts found a pair of SAY’S PHOEBES at Felton Prairie in the gravel pit along 170th St N before the first cattle guard. Other species seen there included MARBLED GODWIT and UPLAND SANDPIPER. GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS are booming at Bluestem Prairie.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH on May 7, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER , YELLOW WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER on May 9, VEERY and 60 PINE SISKINS on May 10, HOUSE WREN and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on May 11, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on May 12.

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, May 19, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 6, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 6, 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 the first real spring week in the northwest, and the birds are responding. With today’s southwest winds, more migrants can be expected tomorrow. Woodland flowers are starting to appear and leaves are popping out.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was reported by Judith Clayton in Alexandria, Douglas County on April 30.

A DICKCISSEL was seen by Linda Slagter at Manston WMA in Wilkin County on May 3.

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was observed by Jason Swelstad in Otter Tail County on April 28.

From Becker County, Steve Midthune reported that the warblers are starting to appear at Tamarac NWR. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER have all been seen at Tamarac NWR. GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS are dancing at Hamden Slough. Sandy Aubol also saw a PINE WARBLER at Tamarac NWR on May 3.

In Clay County, Tony Lao reported an UPLAND SANDPIPER at Bluestem Prairie on April 30. On April 29, Sandy Aubol and I found a NORTHERN PARULA and two WINTER WRENS at Buffalo River SP. Sandy also found a pair of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES at Felton Prairie on May 3.

In Polk County, John Richardson found SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER at the Crookston WTP on April 30. Sandy Aubol reported LINCOLN’S SPARROW in her yard at East Grand Forks on May 2. LE CONTE’S SPARROW was seen on May 3 at Pancratz Prairie, and an UPLAND SANDPIPER at Timpanuchus Prairie. Bruce Flaig reported the first BALTIMORE ORIOLE in the southern part of the county on May 5. A SEDGE WREN was found by Sandy Aubol on the Red Lake River Greenway on May 6.

Here in the yard in Pennington County, today, May 6, I saw a pair of COMMON RAVENS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, PALM WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.

Nancy Wasik in Beltrami County reported RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, CHIPPING SPARROW, YELLOW WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and PINE SISKIN this week.

Thanks to those 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, May 13, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 28, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 28, 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.

It has been a cold, drizzly week in the far northwestern part on Minnesota, and even wetter further south. Finally, it seems to have turned, and tonight the sun is shining brightly in Pennington County. Since most of the winds have been from the north or northwest, not much has happened with migration this week. The wind has dropped a bit tonight, so maybe tomorrow the influx of new species will resume. So far in most of the northwest, all the common ducks have been reported; both swans, bald eagles, northern harriers, red-tailed hawks, double-crested cormorants, most of the grebe species, all the usual woodpeckers, merlins, dark-eyed junco, song sparrows, white-throated sparrows, brown-headed cowbirds, and purple finch are being seen in most counties.

Beth Siverhus reported COMMON LOON, BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, OSPREY, TURKEY VULTURE, and SANDHILL CRANE from Lake of the Woods County this week.

In Roseau County, she had a long list of species. Highlights included SHORT-EARED OWL, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RUFFED GROUSE, WILSON’S SNIPE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, HORNED GREBES, RED-NECKED GREBES, PIED-BILLED GREBES, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN CREEPER, HERMIT THRUSH, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, HARRIS’S SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and PINE SISKIN.

In Beltrami County, Beth reported a GREAT GRAY OWL north of Kelliher at mile marker 27 on April 24. Other species seen in the county included both TRUMPETER SWANS and TUNDRA SWANS at the Kelliher rice paddies. Nancy Wasik in Eckles township west of Bemidji reported NORTHERN FLICKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, CHIPPING SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE SISKIN, and PURPLE FINCH among others.

Here in Pennington County, migration has been slow this week, but tonight I had a COOPER’S HAWK in the yard, and a COMMON LOON in the Red Lake River.

In Polk County, Leon Thoreson observed a SNOWY OWL six miles east of Climax on April 24. Other species he mentioned included 100 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and two SNOW BUNTINGS. Sandy Aubol reported WESTERN GREBES, HORNED GREBES, and BONAPARTE’S GULLS at the East Grand Forks WTP on April 27. On April 23, she found an AMERICAN AVOCET at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment. While in a prairie- chicken blind at Glacial Ridge, Sandy Aubol, David Harrington and I saw and heard GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, WILSON’S SNIPES, MARBLED GODWITS, and a WESTERN MEADOWLARK on April 23.

Alice Martin in Otter Tail County reported BUFFLEHEAD, FRANKLIN’S GULL, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE SISKIN, PURPLE FINCH, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH today.

Thanks to Alice Martin, Beth Siverhus, Leon Thoreson, Nancy Wasik, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, May 5, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 14, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 14, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

The weather has finally straightened out, and birds are flocking in. This week most counties are reporting a lot of waterfowl species; turkey vultures have arrived, rough-legged hawks have reached Roseau County, dark-eyed juncos are in the northwest in large numbers as are purple finches. Fox sparrows are being reported in several counties. Large flocks of tundra swans are arriving this week.

In Roseau County, Ron Erpelding and I found at least 12 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in the Roseau area on April 10. We drove through the burn area northeast of Bemis Hill where we found at least two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS still there, even though most of the burned trees were now almost fully debarked by the birds and winds.

In Marshall County on the weekend , Ron found COMMON MERGANSER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, TURKEY VULTURE, and a single SNOW BUNTING.

In Pennington County, Ron and I found a RING-NECKED PHEASANT in northwestern Thief River Falls on April 10. Here at home this week, I had TUNDRA SWANS, COOPER’S HAWK, GREAT BLUE HERON, FOX SPARROW, many DARK-EYED JUNCOS and PURPLE FINCHES, and an EASTERN PHOEBE showed up on April 14. At least one of our WOOD DUCK boxes is occupied by a hen who has already laid several eggs.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks , Polk County, had a EURASIAN TREE SPARROW visit her yard on April 8, last reported on April 13. She also reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on April 9, and by April 14 had YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER CEDAR WAXWING, SONG SPARROW, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, a few YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and many DARK-EYED JUNCOS and PURPLE FINCHES. Leon Thoreson near Climax reported MOURNING DOVE, and BROWN CREEPER, among others. He also saw a late SNOWY OWL along the railroad tracks on US 75 two miles east of Eldred on April 10. Ron Erpelding reported several species of waterfowl from the impoundments in the Red River valley including TUNDRA SWAN, COMMON MERGANSER, and GREATER SCAUP. He also observed HERMIT THRUSH, FOX SPARROW, and a few SNOW BUNTINGS.

In Mahnomen County, Ron Erpelding found TUNDRA SWAN, TURKEY VULTURE, and FOX SPARROW.

15 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were observed by Ron at Ada wastewater treatment ponds in Norman County. He also saw TUNDRA SWAN, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, GREATER SCAUP, a GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK there.

Dave and Betty Hochhalter reported a COMMON LOON , TRUMPETER SWAN, and MALLARDS on Little Detroit Lake in Becker County on April 13. In his yard, he saw WILD TURKEY, NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. I have a secondhand report that Donna Dustin working for Tamarac NWR has banded the first hatch of AMERICAN WOODCOCKS on April 13.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and EASTERN PHOEBE on April 10.

Alma Ronningen in Dent, Otter Tail County reported that the OSPREYS have returned to nest on a pole in her yard. Also seen this week were EASTERN PHOEBE, and PURPLE FINCH. Alice Martin reported NORTHERN FLICKER, FOX SPARROW, a partial albino AMERICAN ROBIN, and one COMMON REDPOLL.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Alice Martin, Dave and Betty Hochhalter, Donna Dustin, Leon Thoreson, Marshall Howe, Ron Erpelding, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is April 21, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 7, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 7, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

The birds seem to think spring is coming, but the weather doesn’t match. We are getting cold, windy days and even colder nights in the northwest. Some places are even getting snow in inches. In Thief River Falls, the snow has gone every day, replaced by more most nights. Hundreds of AMERICAN ROBINS and COMMON GRACKLES have arrived this week, and large numbers of DARK-EYED JUNCOS are still here. Very few sparrows are here yet, but some have been seen in sheltered areas.

From Otter Tail County this week, Alice Martin reported HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON MERGANSER, TRUMPETER SWAN, WILD TURKEY, NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-TAILED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, MOURNING DOVE, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, PURPLE FINCH, and COMMON REDPOLL.

Joel Groebner reported that the first COMMON LOON was seen on Mary Lake at Itasca State Park on April 2.

From Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported that the impoundments still hold a few COMMON MERGANSERS. In East Grand Forks, she reported BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on April 5; on the 6th, she saw PURPLE FINCH and HERMIT THRUSH along the Red Lake River Greenway. Other species seen in the area included BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, BROWN CREEPER, FOX SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and COMMON REDPOLL.

In Pennington County , we have a HOODED MERGANSER pair apparently nesting in our neighbor’s duck box, and several WOOD DUCKS are being seen on the Red Lake River.

Beth Siverhus observed a TURKEEY VULTURE in western Itasca County this week.

In Roseau County, she reported HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, BALD EAGLE, RUFFED GROUSE, BROWN CREEPER, and PURPLE FINCH.

Lake of the Woods sightings by Beth Siverhus included TRUMPETER SWAN, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, many ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS on CR 3, and NORTHERN HARRIER.

Thanks to Alice Martin, Beth Siverhus, Joel Groebner, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, April 14, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 31, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 31, 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 fine spring week in the northwest, but we are getting the inevitable cool down tonight. Hopefully, it won’t last long. Many species are back already, and the mix has changed greatly. Now the common redpolls are mostly gone, replaced by dark-eyed juncos, and the blackbirds and grackles are coming in more and more every day. Killdeer are heard commonly now, and horned larks are paired off and starting to sing.

In Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus this week saw several BALD EAGLES, one GOLDEN EAGLE, and three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS.

Two SNOWY OWLS were reported by Jake Boyd on the shore of Lake of the Woods this week, straight north of Roosevelt. I am not sure which county they were in. In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported BALD EAGLE, MERLIN, RING-BILLED GULL, KILLDEER , DARK-EYED JUNCOS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and PURPLE FINCH. COMMON REDPOLLS are still in Roseau County in large numbers.

Here in Pennington County, I can report that most of the COMMON REDPOLLS have moved on. WOOD DUCKS and HOODED MERGANSERS are being seen along the rivers. Larger numbers of AMERICAN ROBINS have arrived, and are beginning to sing in the mornings. Some RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have arrived this week. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER pair is nesting in a tree beside our deck.

Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER, FOX SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO along the Red River in East Grand Forks on March 29.

TURKEY VULTURE and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD were reported in Becker County by Heather Hundt on March 25.

On March 24, Benjamin Eckhoff also saw a TURKEY VULTURE in Douglas County.

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 7, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 24, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 24, 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 typical spring week in the northwest with cold nights, and above freezing days. It has felt cold, but the sun has increasing power and makes the sheltered spots feel warm. We are forecast to have a hiccup in the mild weather now, but it is not supposed to last long. More and more migrants are being seen in the northwest with a few waterfowl trickling in. Swans, NORTHERN HARRIERS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, and AMERICAN KESTRELS are increasing. BALD EAGLES are nesting and are seen frequently. A few KILLDEER have been seen, HORNED LARKS are back, AMERICAN ROBINS are coming in slowly, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS, PURPLE FINCHES, and HOUSE FINCHES are here.

A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was reported on March 18 by Ron Berget in Douglas County. Benjamin Eckhoff reported on the Clifford Lakes and Osakis WTP this week, and found hundreds of ducks of 13 species, twelve GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and many AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS. In the Alexandria area he observed large flocks of HERRING GULLS arriving in the area on March 21. There were more than 150 COMMON MERGANSERS on Malmedal Lake along with many other species of ducks. Other species included GREAT BLUE HERON, RED-TAILED HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL, SANDHILL CRANES, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, AMERICAN ROBINS, DARK-EYED JUNCO, FOX SPARROW, COMMON GRACKLE, RED-WIN GED BLACKBIRD, and PURPLE FINCH. GREAT HORNED OWLS are on the nests, and he saw the first TURKEY VULTURE this week. The first RUDDY DUCK was also seen.

Betsy Beneke was in Wilkin County on March 22 where she observed a large flock of TUNDRA SWANS and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE near the intersection of MN 55 and MN9.

From the Itasca SP area, Connie Cox reported RUFFED GROUSE, NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER.

In Hubbard County , Rebecca Engdahl reported a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on March 18. Marshall Howe observed COMMON GOLDENEYE, and 200 COMMON REDPOLLS on March 18, SANDHILL CRANE, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, RED CROSSBILLS, and PINE SISKIN on March 21. A GOLDEN EAGLE and NORTHERN HARRIER were seen on March 23, and a MERLIN showed up on March 24.

In Polk County, Leon Thoreson saw a SNOWY OWL two miles north of Climax between the railroad and US 75 on March 24. Sandy Aubol reported that the BALD EAGLES are working on the nest at the East Grand Forks WTP. She also saw several flocks of TUNDRA SWANS and CANADA GEESE fly over the city this week.

Here in Pennington County this week, WOOD DUCKS, MALLARDS, COMMON MERGANSERS, and HOODED MERGANSERS have arrived in small numbers. In the yard I have had DARK-EYED JUNCOS, BROWN CREEPER, and PURPLE FINCH. A pair of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS are working on a nest in a tree alongside our deck.

Beth Siverhus saw both COMMON REDPOLLS, and HOARY REDPOLLS at Dixon Lake in western Itasca County last weekend. TRUMPETER SWANS and 25 EVENING GROSBEAKS were also seen there.

From Beltrami County, Christine Herwig reported AMERICAN ROBIN, DARK-EYED JUNCO, COMMON REDPOLLS, and COMMON GRACKLE on March 18.

Beth Siverhus in Roseau County, saw MERLIN , CANADA GOOSE, and 10 AMERICAN ROBINS in Warroad on March 21. Two hundred SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in a field south of Warroad. Twelve BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in her yard in Warroad, and RUFFED GROUSE were observed in the Beltrami Island State Forest.

In Lake of the Woods County , Beth saw 5 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 2 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, and some TRUMPETER SWANS on March 20.

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, March 31, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 17, 2016

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

With a week of warmer weather, much has changed this week in the northwest. From nearly all counties south of Marshall have come reports of a variety of waterfowl including GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, CANADA GEESE, SNOW GEESE, many reports of BALD EAGLES on or near nests, SANDHILL CRANES, KILLDEER, HORNED LARKS, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, and LAPLAND LONGSPURS . Last night the most northern parts of the area had several inches of snow, so unpaved roads may be a bit muddy and wet. Large bodies of still water are still ice covered, but shallower water and small streams are starting to open up.

In Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel saw a BOREAL CHICKADEE a half mile east of Norris Camp on March 15.

Beth Siverhus in Warroad, Roseau County, reported BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and PINE GROSBEAKS on March 10.

From Itasca State Park, Connie Cox reported the first TUNDRA SWANS, along with RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS and PURPLE FINCHES on March 11.

In Marshall County, Jennifer Audette observed two SNOW GEESE near Angus on March 13. I suspect that there are many more in the county now.

In Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Zeann Linder reported hearing the MERLIN on March 12. I found an AMERICAN KESTREL, and several WILD TURKEYS along CR 7 on March 10, and on March 12, there were COMMON MERGANSER below the dam, and KILLDEER and EASTERN BLUEBIRD in the yard. A huge flock of COMMON REDPOLLS appeared in the yard today after the one inch of snow that we had last night.

Sandy Aubol observed about 36 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and several thousand SNOW GEESE migrating over East Grand Forks in Polk County on March 11. On March 12, she saw eleven BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in her neighborhood and a BELTED KINGFISHER along the Red River. She reported that the impoundments between Crookston and Warren have a little open water where a variety of waterfowl can be seen, but the access is still difficult due to road conditions. Along CR 23, she found a mixed flock of LAPLAND LONGSPURS, SNOW BUNTINGS, and HORNED LARKS. SANDHILL CRANES and NORTHERN HARRIER were also seen.

In Becker County, Heather Hundt observed a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK on March 11. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen by Steve Midthune north of Lake Park On March 12, Sandy Aubol found a RUSTY BLACKBIRD at Hamden Slough.

Marshall Howe reported the first TURKEY VULTURE in Hubbard County on March 16.

On March 16, Charlene Nelson reported an early HOUSE WREN in Perham, Otter Tail County. On March 14, Alma Ronningen saw a COMMON GRACKLE, and on the 16, a BELTED KINGFISHER.

Benjamin Eckhoff reported an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN on Little Rachel Lake in Douglas County on March 12.

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, March 24, 2016

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