Minnesota Birding Report

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 18, 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 currently having  a period of very mild weather, and so far most of the northwest has escaped the freezing rain and drizzle. There has been much activity among the resident bird species, but not much evidence of movement yet. Several flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS  have been reported in the region and numbers seem to be increasing.

Meg and Rick Andrews from Reno, Nevada observed a NORTHERN HAWK OWL  along MN 310 8.5 miles north of Roseau on February 12. This bird has been seen on and off all winter, and is presumed to be a local resident. Mike Thiele reported PILEATED WOODPECKERS , WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, BLUE JAYS, EVENING GROSBEAKS,  and PINE GROSBEAKS  in Warroad this week.

A pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS  has been visiting our suet feeders this week east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County. The three-toed woodpecker reported in Thief River Falls by Donald Stewart last week has not reappeared, so it evidently has moved on.

Shelley Steva saw 15 GRAY PARTRIDGES  one mile north of Oklee in Red Lake County  on February 11.

Thanks to Don Stewart, Mike Thiele, Meg and Rick Andrews, and Shelley Steva for their reports.

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, February 25, 2016.