Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 19, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 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 enjoying a lovely few days in the northwest. Temperatures have been in the high 60’s and low 70’s but winds have been high so the leaves have almost all come down, except for a few oaks and the poplars. Migration is proceeding. There are many reports of migrant American robins, dark-eyed juncos, and several species of sparrows. Raptors are also being seen and a few rough-legged hawks have been reported this week.

Charlene Nelson was at the N. Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County on October 13 and reported SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, many BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, WESTERN GREBES, BONAPARTE’S GULL, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and NELSON’S SPARROW. Ron Taube was there on October 16 and found LINCOLN’S SPARROW, and AMERICAN PIPIT. He also said that the ibis is still there.

In Douglas County, Ben Eckhoff observed a BALTIMORE ORIOLE at the Lake Carlos SP feeders on October 16.

In Wilkin County, Matt Mecklenburg saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along CR 52 south of Barnesville on October 16.

In Hubbard County, Becca Engdahl found a HARLEQUIN DUCK at the Walker WTP on October 18. The bird was relocated today by Bob Eckblad. Marshall Howe reported BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE on October 14, and MARSH WREN on October 15. A large movement of DARK-EYED JUNCOS came through the county this week.

Wayne Perala found a leucistic DARK-EYED JUNCO at Tamarac NWR in Becker County on October 17.

In Polk County, Shelley Steva reported a flock of 20 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and two flocks of BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS along CR 21 on October 19. Sandy Aubol reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE at the Agassiz Aububon Center on October 17. Also seen were SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, many SANDHILL CRANES, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS’S SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were spotted a few miles south. At the impoundment were AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and a few shorebirds including PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.

A FERRUGINOUS HAWK was observed and photographed by Paula Cater near Plummer in Red Lake County on October 18. Shelley Steva saw a flock of about 200 LAPLAND LONGSPURS in Red Lake County on October 18.

50 WILD TURKEYS were seen by Zeann Linder along Pennington CR 7 on October 17. On October 15, a flock of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS came through the yard here. On October 19, there were two HARRIS’S SPARROWS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and many DARK-EYED JUNCOS. Another large flock of migrating AMERICAN ROBINS descended on the crabapple trees this week. On the way into Thief River Falls today, I saw three BALD EAGLES.

FRANKLIN’S GULLS were seen at Paul Bunyan Park in Bemidji, Beltrami County by Alex Burchard on October 16.

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 Friday, October 27, 2017.

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