Minnesota Birding Report

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 3, 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.

Some parts of the northwest have received  several inches of snow this week, but the far northwest hardly received any . The result is that , when the sun shines, the temperatures have been really pleasant. Most afternoons it has reached the low thirties in Thief River Falls. The feeders have been quiet.

A BARRED OWL  came to the feeder of Charlene Nelson in Grant County on December 1.

From Otter Tail County, Teresa Jaskiewicz reported 2 BALD EAGLES, BELTED KINGFISHER , AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and PINE SISKINS  on November 29.

The VARIED THRUSH  at Kabekona Lake in Hubbard County was reported to e-Bird  by several observers as recently as November 30.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported NORTHERN SHRIKE  and GREAT HORNED OWL  along the Red Lake River in East Grand Forks on November 28. On the 29th, she found RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN FLICKER, and three BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS along the Red River there, and a COOPER’S HAWK  in her yard. A RED CROSSBILL  was heard on November 30.

A late ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen by Jan Anderson  at her feeder in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on November 27. On November 29, Shelley Steva and I saw 12 WILD TURKEYS and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK  in western Pennington County. Today, December 3, I spotted a COMMON RAVEN  floating lazily over MN 1 just east of Thief River Falls.

Fifty LAPLAND LONGSPURS  were seen by Shelley Steva and I on November 27 along Marshall County Road 7 near the intersection with CR 12.

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 10, 2015