Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 5, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 5, 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.

Here in the northwest, almost everyone has been plowed out by now, but few are venturing far outside in the severe cold. We are covered in a heavy blanket of snow, and bird feeders are busy. With all the Christmas Bird Counts, the last two weeks have been very busy, but I will try to summarize what little I know has been seen.

Milton Blomberg reported a female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE at the Riverside Waterfowl Sanctuary in Fergus Falls on December 24. Also there are COMMON GOLDENEYE, an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK and numerous other waterfowl. On Christmas weekend, Teresa Jaskiewicz reported SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, AMERICAN ROBIN, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, COMMON GRACKLE, HOUSE FINCH, and PURPLE FINCH, in addition to several species of woodpeckers at her home in Elizabeth.

The LINCOLN’S SPARROW at Kabekona Lake in Hubbard County was still there on December 31.

The Detroit Lakes CBC in Becker County reported 40 species including RING-NECKED PHEASANT, 32 WILD TURKEYS, 10 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES, 2 BARRED OWLS, 41 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, and 12 NORTHERN CARDINALS among their finds.

Shawn Conrad found a TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE in the town of Fosston in Polk County on January 1.The bird was across the street from the 3-way intersection of 6th St NE and N Brandt Ave. Two or more SNOWY OWLS are being reported in or near Sherack . Dan Linder saw a SNOWY OWL near Tabor last weekend.

Jason Cater observed a SNOWY OWL along US 59 near Brooks in Red Lake County on December 27. Shawn Conrad found 8 GRAY PARTRIDGE along CR 112 about 1.5 miles southwest of Red Lake Falls on January 1. Other species seen in the county included SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, WILD TURKEY , AMERICAN KESTREL southeast of Plummer, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS about four miles north of Oklee, and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in the town of Red Lake Falls. A SNOWY OWL was seen on a minimum maintenance part of 180 Ave SE about a half mile south of CR 26.

In Marshall County, Cliff Steinhauer reported 20 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in his yard just west of the entrance to Agassiz NWR on December 26.

Hal Sanders reported RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN 3-TOED WOODPECKER, and DOWNY WOODPECKER in Bemidji, Beltrami County on December 22.

In Roseau County, the Roseau CBC found close to 30 species on December 31. Included were SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, 11 GRAY PARTRIDGE, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, SHORT-EARED OWL, 3 NORTHERN HAWK OWLS, 2 GREAT GRAY OWLS, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, GRAY JAY, PINE GROSBEAKS, PURPLE FINCH, and COMMON REDPOLLS. The NORTHERN HAWK OWLS, and GREAT GRAY OWLS were along or near MN 310 north of Roseau, and the SHORT-EARED OWL was in the southeast part of the circle. SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in small numbers.

Gretchen Mehmel, in Lake of the Woods County, observed a GREAT GRAY OWL along the Roosevelt Road 4 miles south of White’s Corner on January 4. Just over 20 species were found on the Beltrami Island CBC held on December 29, including a GREAT GRAY OWL on the Rapid River Road. Other species seen included BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, SPRUCE GROUSE, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, and six PINE SISKINS. We found where the COMMON REDPOLLS are this winter as a good number were seen in the forest. The Baudette CBC was held on December 30 and recorded a record or near record number of species. They included 2 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS, 2 BOREAL CHICKADEES, one NORTHERN HAWK OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, RUFFED GROUSE, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, PINE GROSBEAKS, EVENING GROSBEAKS, and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS.

Thanks to all who reported 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, January 12, 2017

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 22, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 22, 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 week of mixed weather- first extreme cold on Sunday which got to 27 degrees below zero, then plus 30 on Tuesday only two days later. Birds are being seen and counted however, and most counts went well this week in spite of the weather.

Beth Siverhus found a NORTHERN HAWK OWL in Lake of the Woods County along MN 72 at mile marker 53 on December 22.

Larry Wilebski reported that a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER is still at his cabin in northern Kittson County despite the cold.

In Beltrami County, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen on December 21 along MN 72 just north of Kelliher between mile marker 26 and 27.

The Agassiz CBC in Marshall County, was held on December 17 and 22 species were found including 81 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, 90 WILD TURKEYS, several BALD EAGLES, one ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 2 AMERICAN ROBINS, 28 COMMON RAVENS, 30 BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, more than 800 SNOW BUNTINGS, 55 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and 36 COMMON REDPOLLS. Also in Marshall County, a SNOWY OWL was reported by Gary Johnston one mile west of US 75 near Angus. Today, three BALD EAGLES were seen near the Warren airport.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva saw an AMERICAN ROBIN in Oklee on December 20.

Emily Hutchins reported that on the Glacial Ridge CBC in Polk County on December 15, she saw SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, MOURNING DOVE, MERLIN, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and SNOW BUNTINGS. Sandy Aubol saw an AMERICAN KESTREL on December 16. On the 12th , she had COMMON REDPOLLS in her yard in East Grand Forks, and on the 14th there was a PINE SISKIN. Leon Thoreson reported on the Crookston CBC on December 17,where 139 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were seen; other species seen included BALD EAGLE, a SHORT-EARED OWL, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and SNOW BUNTINGS. 12 GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen near Gentilly, and in the city of Crookston were 6 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, 9 AMERICAN ROBINS, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS, PINE SISKINS, and PURPLE FINCHES. The Grand Forks CBC was held on December 18 and found 46 species in total including 19 AMERICAN ROBINS on the Minnesota side.

The Fargo-Moorhead CBC, on December 18, found AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and NORTHERN PINTAIL at the Moorhead WTP. Other species seen on the Minnesota side of the river included BARRED OWL ,HARRIS’S SPARROW, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK.

In Hubbard County, Rebecca Engdahl reported that the LINCOLN’S SPARROW was still being seen on December 19.

Finally , from Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK in Fergus Falls on December 20.

Thanks to all who reported 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 Monday, January 2, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 15, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 15, 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 cold is settling into the northwest, and today there were places that didn’t get above zero all day. That said, there was little wind so it was tolerable. Bird feeder activity is picking up with the colder weather. There is very little open water now , except where there are power plants or other reasons that it is not frozen.

From the southwestern part of Otter Tail County comes a report of a SNOWY OWL seen on December 13 by Mike Oehler. Wayne Perala observer a PURPLE FINCH on December 10 and an EASTERN TOWHEE on December 11 in Fergus Falls.

A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was still being seen at Kabekona Lake in Hubbard County as recently as December 10. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was observed there that day also- no doubt it has left in search of open water by now.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found by Hebe Shipp in Moorhead, Clay County, on December 10. Patrick Beauzay saw a SONG SPARROW in Moorhead on December 12. Shelley Steva saw 10 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE and a NORTHERN HARRIER two miles north of Kragnes on December 13.

In Norman County , Shelley found two flocks of LAPLAND LONGSPURS along US 75 on December 13.

There were SNOW BUNTINGS along US 75 in Polk County also on December 13 and Shelley saw 100 SNOW BUNTINGS along MN 32 as well. Sandy Aubol reported a RED-TAILED HAWK near the Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks on December 10 . At home in East Grand Forks, she reported 15 COMMON REDPOLLS and one COMMON GRACKLE on December 10. The redpolls were not there on December 12, but a single PINE SISKIN had appeared.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva found two mixed flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS totaling about 200 two miles north of Oklee on December 8. There were still SNOW BUNTINGS and LAPLAND LONGSPURS in the county on December 13.

In Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Shelley reported a BALD EAGLE and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on December 10.

Thanks to all who reported sightings this week. Be sure to report anything unusual found on the area Christmas Bird Counts.

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 22, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 8, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 8, 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.

We are entering the ice box as we speak in northwestern Minnesota with a good blanket of snow. Roads are getting back to normal gradually, and folks are getting shoveled out. Here in our yard, bird activity has been sparse, except for the nuthatches , woodpeckers, and chickadees.

Gretchen Mehmel reported a VARIED THRUSH in Roseau County at the home of Bob and Gerry Wennerstrand west of Warroad along MN 11 on December 7. Hopefully it will survive the storm and cold. Also in Roseau County, Beth Siverhus observed a large flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at her home in Warroad, and she reported that more than 100 CANADA GEESE were still in the Warroad area a few days ago.

A NORTHERN HARRIER was spotted in Kittson County on December 3 by Sandy Aubol.

From Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported on December 5 that the East Grand Forks WTP still had some open water. At that time there were a lot of waterfowl still there including TUNDRA SWANS, CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, NORTHERN SHOVELER, RING-NECKED DUCKS, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and two RING-BILLED GULLS. Doubtless that situation will change quickly, if not already, with the coming of the very cold weather.

TUNDRA SWANS were reported on December 4 in Clay County by Denise Ray.

Shar Legenhausen in Rochert, western Becker County had a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET in their yard on December 7. Donna Dustin reported TUNDRA SWANS in the Detroit Lakes area on December 7.

In Hubbard County, Rebecca Engdahl had LINCOLN’S SPARROWS at Kabekona Lake on December 6. Marshall Howe reported RUFFED GROUSE , BARRED OWL, RED CROSSBILLS, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, and PURPLE FINCH in his yard near Dorset on December 6. At that time some waterfowl were still in the county including GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN SHOVELERS, HOODED MERGANSERS, and scaup at Little Shingobee Lake.

Wayne Perala reported CANVASBACK on December 6, and GADWALL on December 8 on the river in Otter Tail County near Fergus Falls. If anyone is looking for waterfowl in the winter in the northwest, the place to look is the power plant in Fergus Falls where there is a small area of open water all winter.

TUNDRA SWANS were also reported on December 3 in Douglas County.

Thanks to all who reported sightings this week. If you find something unusual on a Christmas bird count, please remember to report your sighting.

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 15, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 1, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 1, 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 dark , gray , foggy week in the northwest. We are craving some sunshine up here. Feeder birds are busy , and there are hundreds of Canada geese flying back and forth still. Most of the rest of the waterfowl have left the area.

Benjamin Eckhoff at Lake Carlos State Park in Douglas County reported that the park feeders are currently hosting a wide variety of species, including PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, BROWN CREEPER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, and PURPLE FINCH. BALD EAGLES, RED-TAILED HAWKS, and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS are being seen, and a few waterfowl can still be found including MALLARDS, CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN COOTS, and RING-BILLED GULLS.

In Hubbard County, Becca Engdahl reported RED CROSSBILLS on November 27.

Connie Cox, in southern Clearwater County reported BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PURPLE FINCH, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. At Itasca SP she reported TRUMPETER SWANS, BALD EAGLE, and PILEATED WOODPECKER.

Here in Pennington County, Keith Wheeler reported a large flock of blackbirds, mostly RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, but probably including other blackbirds also, that visited his yard this past weekend. This week, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER has visited the feeder every day, and hundreds of CANADA GEESE have been seen flying around every day.

In Marshall County today, I saw a male NORTHERN HARRIER, a dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and a BALD EAGLE- all along US 59.

In Kittson County, Brent Pearson reported two SNOWY OWLS a few miles straight west of Lancaster for the past week or so. On November 27, Larry Wilebski observed a RUFFED GROUSE displaying. The warm weather seems to have confused the grouse. Today, I did not find the snowy owls, but did see several BALD EAGLES, a few ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, COMMON RAVENS, and a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE in Kittson County.

Thanks to all who reported 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, December 8, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, November 25, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, November 25, 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.

After the snow that arrived on Tuesday, the weather in the northwest has been mild and foggy, and most of the snow has melted. Not much bird activity has been reported.

A large number of CANADA GEESE of mixed subspecies is still hanging around Thief River Falls as we still have open water in the rivers and the lagoons. From our yard we have seen several BALD EAGLES this week, and today we are having a visit from the RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. Otherwise it is still pretty quiet.

A SANDHILL CRANE was reported in Hubbard County on November 19 by Rebecca Engdahl. Marshall Howe observed more than 20 RED CROSSBILLS in Dorset this week. He also saw BONAPARTE’S GULL, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS.

From Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen reported BALD EAGLE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, BROWN CREEPER, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD as well as the more common feeder species. Kathleen MacAulay found three LONG-TAILED DUCKS on Otter Tail Lake on November 24. A BELTED KINGFISHER was reported by Wayne Perala on November 18, and on the 22nd he saw WOOD DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON MERGANSER, and COMMON GOLDENEYE in Fergus Falls.

Thanks to all who reported 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, December 1, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 17, 2016

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

The winter weather is on the doorstep now, with blizzard warnings in the southern part of the area and cold winds here in the north. The counties to the far northwest are not forecast to get much , if any , snow, but the cold will come anyway. We can expect new avian arrivals after this passes and feeders should be very active then.

This week in Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported RED CROSSBILLS all week, and two NORTHERN SHRIKES, one on November 13, another on November 16. He saw 35 SNOW BUNTINGS on November 17, and 50 BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS on November 13. There are still some COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED MERGANSERS, and BUFFLEHEAD in Hubbard County, and a few AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and PURPLE FINCHES can be found.

Connie Cox reported that she had seen a SNOWY OWL in a field along the Mississippi River near Itasca SP on November 8.

In Becker County , Marshall Howe saw a dark ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on November 13.

Beth Wright reported a SNOWY OWL in Polk County on November 12, along CR 20 north of Sherack. Two COMMON REDPOLLS found the yard of Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks on November 15.

In Pennington County, I saw a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on November 17 in a yard along Oakland Park Road in Thief River Falls .

In Lake of the Woods County, Jane Croeker saw COMMON REDPOLLS on November 13.

Larry Wilebski observer a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and several BALD EAGLES on November 13, one mile south of the Canadian border in Kittson County.

Thanks to all who sent in 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 Friday, November 25, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 10, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 10, 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.

What a wonderful weather week it has been in the northwest. It will still continue for a few more days but we expect the cold weather will arrive soon. Bird feeders are somewhat slow these days, but will pick up when the weather turns and the food supply gets covered with snow. No forecast yet of when that will be.

On November 9, Larry Wilebski observed a CATTLE EGRET one mile south of the Canadian border in Kittson County.

In Beltrami County, 20 miles east of Bemidji, Craig Mullenbach reported TRUMPETER SWANS, and PINE GROSBEAK on November 6, and SNOW GOOSE, GREAT HORNED OWL , and GRAY JAY on November 7.

A MERLIN was seen by Shelley Steva on November 3, ten miles east of the 7 Clans Casino along CR 3 in Pennington County. A small flock of TUNDRA SWANS flew over Digi-Key on November 7. While visiting a friend on Oakland Park Road on November 10, I saw a BALD EAGLE fly by, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER came to their feeder. PURPLE FINCHES have returned to our feeder after a few days absence.

At Erskine in Polk County on November 4, Shelley Steva and I found a large number of BUFFLEHEADS and BONAPARTE’S GULLS and a family group of TRUMPETER SWANS. At Rydell NWR we saw about twenty-five RING-NECKED DUCKS.

At Dorset in Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported RED CROSSBILLS and RUSTY BLACKBIRD on November 4, and NORTHERN SHRIKE on November 6. A flock of about 75 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE flew over on November 7, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE and CEDAR WAXWING were also seen. On the 10th two COMMON LOONS were observed.

Wayne Perala in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, reported BROWN CREEPER and NORTHERN SHRIKE on November 9.

Kathleen MacAulay saw a GREAT EGRET on Lake Christina in Douglas County on November 7.

At the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County, Wayne Perala found SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, NORTHERN HARRIER, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and DUNLIN on November 8. Charlene Nelson reported a mixed flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and EUROPEAN STARLINGS at their farm on November 10.

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, November 17, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 3, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 3, 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 mild week in the northwest, and it appears that the migration has somewhat stalled. Many of the migrants have continued on their way, and not many new ones have appeared, so birding has been slow this week .

Charlene Nelson in Grant County reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and a female NORTHERN CARDINAL in her yard this week. At the North Ottawa Impoundment, she saw several small flocks of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, three BALD EAGLES, and lots of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS on October 29. Wayne Perala also saw BLUE-WINGED TEAL and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER there on November 2.

In Otter Tail County, Charlene Nelson observed 80 TRUMPETER SWANS on Lake Christina and many AMERICAN COOTS. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Blanche Lake.

Hubbard County sightings by Marshall Howe included NORTHERN SHRIKE in Dorset on October 28, a late juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on October 29, RED CROSSBILLS on November 1, COMMON LOON on November 2, and PURPLE FINCH on November 3. Becca Engdahl observed 100 PINE SISKINS near Walker on November 1.

In Polk County on October 29, Sandy Aubol saw the first of the season ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK near Sherack. At the Agassiz Valley Impoundment , where the water is nearly gone, she reported that the AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS are still there.

Here in Pennington County, today, November 3, I found four SHARP-TAILED GROUSE along 160th St. NE seven miles east of Thief River Falls.

On the Marshall County side of the Agassiz Valley Impoundment on October 29, Sandy Aubol found that the RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS are still there. Sandy and I saw 8 BALD EAGLES, several COMMON RAVENS, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES along Marshall CR 12 on October 29. Also seen were a few SNOW BUNTINGS, and at Thief Lake WMA, a RUFFED GROUSE.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County observed 14 BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES and 6 BLUE JAYS near his cabin north of Lancaster on October 30.

Thanks to all who sent in 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, November 10, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, October 28, 2016

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

The stragglers are moving through the northwest at this time, but there are pockets where there are still many of the migrating sparrows such as white-throated, Harris’s, and white-crowned sparrows. Dark-eyed juncos are still with us, but starting to be reduced in numbers in some localities. A few SNOW BUNTINGS are showing up, and RED-TAILED HAWKS can be seen as they perch in their quest for food. A hard freeze has occurred so most of the vegetation is brown, and leaves are all but a memory, except in the form of yard work.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported along CR 1 in Lake of the Woods County on October 23. GRAY JAYS and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES can be found near Baudette.

SNOW BUNTINGS were reported in Beltrami County near Blackduck by Candice Cameron on October 26.

Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge staff reported a LONG-TAILED DUCK on Headquarters Pool on October 24 and 25. I checked for it on October 26 but did not find it. I do not know if anyone has seen it since Tuesday. While on the way to look for this bird, I found five BALD EAGLES along Marshall CR 12 about 1.5 miles south of CR 7. Also there were several COMMON RAVENS, and five or six BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES. Two more BALD EAGLES were seen inside the refuge boundaries and three SNOW BUNTINGS flew up as I drove by.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported that the variety has greatly decreased in her yard, but she still has a few WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, HARRIS’S SPARROW, and many DARK-EYED JUNCOS. A HERMIT THRUSH was seen there today.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported BUFFLEHEAD, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH on October 21. On October 24, he observed COMMON LOON, RED CROSSBILL, and DARK-EYED JUNCO.

Charlene Nelson reported a WOOD THRUSH at the North Ottawa impoundment in Grant County on October 22; on the 23rd, she found the first SNOW BUNTINGS, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS there.

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 Friday, November 3, 2016

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