Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 30, 2017

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

We have had a really mild week throughout the state , and all the snow we previously received is gone. Weather forecasters are promising colder weather next week, but there is so far no mention of much snow. Birding has been somewhat uneventful this week except for the snowy owls being reported from the Red River Valley.

In Cass County, Dale Yerger reported a SURF SCOTER on Gull Lake, and two LONG-TAILED DUCKS off the Shingobee Landing Bar in Walker on November 29. He reports that PINE GROSBEAKS and COMMON REDPOLLS are increasing in numbers in the area.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County had a similar report of PINE GROSBEAKS and COMMON REDPOLLS.

A CAROLINA WREN is still being reported a the Fig Lake Farm in Becker County as of November 26.

A SNOWY OWL was reported by Matt Mecklenburg southeast of Glyndon in Clay County on November 27.

In Polk County, four or five SNOWY OWLS were reported this week. Emily Hutchins reported HOARY REDPOLLS, COMMON REDPOLLS, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at her feeder near Mentor on November 27. I also have a secondhand report of an EVENING GROSBEAK at Maple Lake. Shelley Steva and I found 20 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in Polk County on November 25, most of which were in or near Glacial Ridge NWR. We also saw about 500 SNOW BUNTINGS near the beet piles along CR 20 south of Sherack. A MERLIN was seen in our travels through the county.

In Red Lake County, two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS , and one NORTHERN HARRIER were seen on November 25. Shelley Steva reported a GREAT HORNED OWL east of Plummer and four GRAY PARTRIDGES just east of that on November 29.

Shelley saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE near the 7 Clans Casino in Pennington County, and a GREAT HORNED OWL just south of Thief River Falls on November 30.

A SNOWY OWL was observed west of Warren in Marshall County on November 26. This owl or another was subsequently found injured by the side of the road. On November 30, another one was seen by Karen Gavere in the same general area.

In Lake of the Woods County, Allan Meadows reported a NORTHERN HAWK OWL along MN 72 on November 29.

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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