This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 17, 2013 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.
Cold weather appears to be on the way. Migration continues in the northwest as the raptors stream south, and some waterfowl also heading that way. Leaves have nearly all blown off the trees in the strong fall winds that we have been having lately.
Here in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Zeann Linder reported today that at least one MERLIN is still in town. At our feeder just east of Thief River Falls, there are many PURPLE FINCHES this week.
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks , Polk County, had four PINE SISKINS at her feeder on October 11. On the 16th, she observed large flocks of COMMON GRACKLES and the first of the season NORTHERN SHRIKE. Among the migrants were three DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, two BALD EAGLES, two RED-TAILED HAWKS, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK , and a MERLIN.
Visiting birder, Reynold Larsen, saw many TUNDRA SWANS and two SANDHILL CRANES at Hamden Slough NWR in Clay County on October 12.
Benjamin Eckhoff reporting from Lake Carlos SP in Douglas County this week reported large rafts of AMERICAN COOTS, a PEREGRINE FALCON, BROWN CREEPER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, and PURPLE FINCH.
Thanks to Benjamin Eckhoff, Reynold Larsen, Sandy Aubol, and Zeann Linder 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 Thursday, October 24, 2013.