Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, November 24, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, November 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.

Mild weather has returned to the northwest this week, and most of our snow is now gone. Today, we are getting rain, so who knows what the roads will be like early on any of the forthcoming days. Bird activity has been quiet except for the many common redpolls, dark-eyed juncos and winter residents here in the north west.

In Beltrami County, the NORTHERN HAWK OWL along MN 72 and the VARIED THRUSH at Mary Lou Marchand’s feeder in Bemidji reported last week were observed by Liz Harper on November 18.

Sandy Aubol continues to report a RED CROSSBILL in her yard in Polk County as of November 21. A FOX SPARROW has also been there recently. A SNOWY OWL in southern Polk County was reported by Leon Thoreson on November 19. He also saw three Lapland longspurs and one snow bunting near Climax. A rusty blackbird was reported by Bruce Flaig in his yard in southern Polk County on November 18.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported a few COMMON REDPOLLS, and up to 8 PINE GROSBEAKS 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, December 7, 2017

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