Minnesota Birding Report

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, October 3, 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.

As I compile this report, we are having snow flurries in northwest Minnesota and the winds are howling. Not much bird activity can be seen outside the window this morning, but migration has been active this week.

From Otter Tail County , Alma Ronningen reported a pair of SANDHILL CRANES and some CEDAR WAXWINGS on September 26, a BELTED KINGFISHER on September 28, and BROWN CREEPER and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on October 2.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County mentioned WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and BONAPARTE’S GULL on September 25; one ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAK on September 26, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on September 27, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and PURPLE FINCH on September 28. Also on September 28, an late EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was seen. On September 30, he reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and a FOX SPARROW showed up on October 2.

Hal Sanders reported a flock of45 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS migrating through Polk County in the wind on September 27. On October 2, Sandy Aubol found a BROWN CREEPER , 9 sparrow species and 6 warbler species including a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER in and around East Grand Forks. There were 12 TURKEY VULTURES seen soaring over the East Grand Forks campground that day.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Hal Sanders, Marshall Howe, and Sandy Aubol 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, October 9, 2014