Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 16, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 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 slowly making our way through the fall season. Some of the snow remains, but most has melted. Temperatures are chilly but not cold yet. The mix of birds being seen is changing with more and more rough-legged hawks, pine grosbeaks, and snow buntings being reported.

PINE GROSBEAKS were reported in Douglas County near Miltona by John Ellis. He also saw BLACK SCOTERS on Lake Osakis on November 10.

In Cass County, the HARLEQUIN DUCK has been relocated in Walker, on November 11 behind the Shingobee Sports Bar around the north docks.

Wayne Perala observed many SNOW GEESE and SNOW BUNTINGS near the Orwell Dam in Otter Tail County on November 14. In Fergus Falls he saw HARRIS’S SPARROW, and reported that three BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS remained in the city.

From Clay County, Matt Jacobson saw several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS on November 14. Kathleen MacAulay found a GREAT BLUE HERON in Clay County on November 11. An ICELAND GULL was reported by Heather Hundt on November 13 at the Clay County Gravel Pits.

Sandy Aubol at East Grand Forks in Polk County reported 16 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at the East Grand Forks golf course on November 13. This week she had at the feeder and in her yard HARRIS’S SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, RED CROSSBILLS, PINE SISKINS, COMMON REDPOLLS, a pair of NORTHERN CARDINALS, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. A SNOWY OWL was reported along US 2 between East Grand Forks and Crookston.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported HOODED MERGANSERS, COMMON MERGANSERS, and a RING-BILLED GULL on November 10, PINE GROSBEAKS, COMMON REDPOLL, and BROWN CREEPER on November 11. On November 12, he saw RED CROSSBILLS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and RUFFED GROUSE, and on November 14 he had PINE SISKINS, and COMMON REDPOLLS.

At Preacher’s Grove in Clearwater County this week Marshall Howe saw WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and elsewhere in the county some COMMON MERGANSERS.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was observed by Beth Siverhus along MN 72 in Beltrami County on November 12. PINE GROSBEAKS were reported by Katie Haws near Hines on November 9. A VARIED THRUSH was seen by Doug Johnson at Mary Lou Marchand’s feeder in Bemidji.

Larry Wilebski reported that a SNOWY OWL has returned to Kittson County as of November 15. He also observed COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE GROSBEAKS. A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported by Peggy Fenster in Hallock on November 14.

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, November 24, 2017.

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