Minnesota Birding Report

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 27, 2014 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.

Reluctantly, spring is slowly coming – we hope. Temperatures are still low, but the powerful March sun is making its presence known as the snow banks are shrinking ever so slightly. More and more species of birds are being reported , especially in the southern part of the region.

Zeann Linder was in Marshall County on March 22 and saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along MN 1 east of Warren.

Tonight in Pennington County a few miles west of the city, Zeann heard the unmistakable sound of a SANDHILL CRANE, the first reported here this season.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks , Polk County, reported on March 21, that she saw a flock of at least 25 CEDAR WAXWINGS with one BOHEMIAN WAXWING among them in the area of her yard. MERLINS are being seen regularly in East Grand Forks.

A GREAT EGRET, the first reported this year was seen in Detroit Lakes in Becker County by Beau Shroyer on March 27.

Gary and Marion Otnes reported a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD under their feeder in Otter Tail County on March 22. Last week Roland Jordahl in Pelican Rapids reported BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN KESTREL, GREAT HORNED OWL, and AMERICAN ROBIN. Alma Ronningen in Dent reported on March 23, AMERICAN ROBIN, 8 CEDAR WAXWINGS,and 45 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS. One RUSTY BLACKBIRD was seen in the last few days. Nearby, she saw NORTHERN HARRIER , and several BALD EAGLES.

In and around Lake Carlos SP in Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff this week reported BALD EAGLE at the dam at the park on March 24. On March 26, he saw NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL, RED-TAILED HAWK, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK. On the 27th, at the park were DARK-EYED JUNCO and PURPLE FINCH.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Benjamin Eckhoff, Beau Shroyer, Gary and Marion Otnes, Roland Jordahl, Sandy Aubol, and Zeann Linder 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, April 3, 2014.