This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 20, 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.
Winter is here! It has been cold everywhere in the state this week, but warming temperatures are coming. The almost complete snow cover will mute that improvement.
From Warroad in Roseau County, Beth Siverhus passed on a report of a SNOWY OWL seen by Bill Boyd along CR 2 east of CR 5 south of Warroad this week. From her yard in Warroad, she reported a COMMON GRACKLE and one RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD among the more common species usually seen at this time of year.
At her deer stand in northwestern Itasca County, Beth saw BALD EAGLE, GRAY JAY, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, COMMON RAVEN, COMMON REDPOLLS, PINE GROSBEAKS, and EVENING GROSBEAKS.
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks , Polk County, reported PILEATED WOODPECKER, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and MERLIN, and still one RUSTY BLACKBIRD. In Crookston, she observed a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at the cemetery. Bobbie Shields saw a BALD EAGLE near Erskine. On the point at East Grand Forks, Sandy Martens saw NORTHERN CARDINAL, one AMERICAN ROBIN, PINE SISKINS, and 2 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. An immature BALD EAGLE was seen north of the city of East Grand Forks. Emily Hutchins saw a GOLDEN EAGLE flying over US 2 about 1.5 miles west of MN 32 on November 20.
A SNOWY OWL was seen by Bobbie Shields about 10 miles north of Mahnomen in Mahnomen County on November 15.
Kay Hartness in Becker County reported HARRIS’S SPARROWS in Detroit Lakes on November 13; on the 14th there were numbers of TRUMPETER SWANS and TUNDRA SWANS on the lake near the Holiday Inn. Other species in Detroit Lakes included NORTHERN CARDINAL, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and PURPLE FINCH.
Marshall Howe in Dorset in Hubbard County observed COMMON REDPOLLS, and PURPLE FINCHES on November 14, and 50 SNOW BUNTINGS, and one AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on November 15. At the Lake Alice Bog he saw NORTHERN GOSHAWK, RUFFED GROUSE, PINE SISKINS, COMMON REDPOLLS, and PURPLE FINCH. On November 18, he spotted a NORTHERN SHRIKE.
Gary Otnes in Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County reported some late species including MOURNING DOVE, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, two NORTHERN FLICKERS, and a NORTHERN CARDINAL this week. Some of these hardy species may try to spend the winter there.
Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Bobbie Shields, Emily Hutchins, Gary Otnes, Kay Hartness, Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol, and Sandy Martens 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, November 27, 2014.