This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 5, 2015 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 first taste of snow arrived this afternoon in northwest Minnesota, along with some rain. The very dry conditions of October are gone for now. Temperatures on the ground are still warm so this will melt , probably tomorrow.
Marshall Howe saw an EVENING GROSBEAK in Dorset in Hubbard County on November 3, and Sandy Aubol had one at her feeders in East Grand Forks , Polk County, on November 4. Can we dare to expect more this winter?
Here in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, I still had one HARRIS’S SPARROW feeding with several DARK-EYED JUNCOS on November 4.
Cliff Steinhauer reported hundreds of SANDHILL CRANES feeding in harvested corn fields near the intersection of Marshall County roads 12 and 7 on November 1. Several male NORTHERN HARRIERS were also seen in the area.
In Beltrami County on October 29 and 30th, Craig Mandel reported that he with several others found ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, MERLIN, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, HORNED LARK, and SNOW BUNTINGS along North Shore Drive . Along Waskish Road NE, they saw a flock of COMMON REDPOLLS that included one HOARY REDPOLL.
In Baudette in Lake of the Woods County, Craig’s group found a GLAUCOUS GULL in the town of Baudette at the Border Crossing Wayside rest stop on the east side of MN 72. Along CR 1, they found PINE GROSBEAK, and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and at Lake of the Woods Memorial Forest along CR 1, there were GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and a COMMON REDPOLL. Mike Thiele saw 25 BALD EAGLES along the river between Baudette and International Falls.
Thanks to Cliff Steinhauer, Craig Mandel, Marshall Howe, Mike Thiel, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at [email protected] 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 Wednesday, November 11, 2015