*March 31, 2016
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: March 31, 2016
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru ([log in to unmask])
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 31,
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.
This has been a fine spring week in the northwest, but we are getting
the inevitable cool down tonight. Hopefully, it won't last long. Many
species are back already, and the mix has changed greatly. Now the
common redpolls are mostly gone, replaced by dark-eyed juncos, and the
blackbirds and grackles are coming in more and more every day. Killdeer
are heard commonly now, and horned larks are paired off and starting to
In Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus this week saw several BALD
EAGLES, one GOLDEN EAGLE, and three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS.
Two SNOWY OWLS were reported by Jake Boyd on the shore of Lake of the
Woods this week, straight north of Roosevelt. I am not sure which county
they were in. In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported BALD EAGLE,
MERLIN, RING-BILLED GULL, KILLDEER , DARK-EYED JUNCOS, RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRD, and PURPLE FINCH. COMMON REDPOLLS are still in Roseau County
in large numbers.
Here in Pennington County, I can report that most of the COMMON REDPOLLS
have moved on. WOOD DUCKS and HOODED MERGANSERS are being seen along the
rivers. Larger numbers of AMERICAN ROBINS have arrived, and are
beginning to sing in the mornings. Some RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS have
arrived this week. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER pair is nesting in a tree
beside our deck.
Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED
KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER, FOX SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO
along the Red River in East Grand Forks on March 29.
TURKEY VULTURE and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD were reported in Becker County
by Heather Hundt on March 25.
On March 24, Benjamin Eckhoff also saw a TURKEY VULTURE in Douglas
Thanks to all who sent in their sightings this week.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at [log in to unmask] 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 7,