*April 14, 2011
American Black Duck
American White Pelican
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 14, 2011
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, April 14,
2011 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.
After a week long teaser, the weather in the northwest is reverting to
late fall, early winter conditions with snow forecast for tomorrow.
Judging from the bird's activities, maybe it won't be so bad as all are
very busy preparing to raise families. Every day more and more species
Connie Cox reported from Clearwater County. On April 6 , she saw WILD
TURKEYS displaying along MN 92. At Itasca SP on April 8, there was
RUFFED GROUSE, and EASTERN PHOEBE. 15 EVENING GROSBEAKS and several
PURPLE FINCHES are visiting her feeder 5 miles north of the park. On
April 11 WOOD DUCKS came back to the park.
Maggie Anderson reported from Agassiz NWR this week. Species mentioned
included GREAT EGRET. DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK,
COOPER'S HAWK, AMERICAN COOT, WILSON'S SNIPE, BELTED KINGFISHER, FOX
SPARROW, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS appeared on
April 11, and FRANKLIN'S GULLS, AMERICAN BITTERN, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT
HERON, and WOOD DUCK on April 12. A MARBLED GODWIT was seen southeast of
the refuge. A good variety of ducks of most of the common species has
returned to the refuge.
On April 7 , Shelley Steva found an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK in the ditch
along Pennington CR 3 near the Polk County line. Here at our place near
Thief River Falls, on April 9, WOOD DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and 100's of
DARK-EYED JUNCOS were seen. On April 9, WILD TURKEYS were seen
displaying along CR 7 and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD was at the same spot.
April 10 brought FOX SPARROW, April 13 a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and
April 14 , HOODED MERGANSER, AMERICAN COOT, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW.
During the course of an owl survey, along the Pennington- Red Lake
County line on April 11, I heard RUFFED GROUSE, SANDHILL CRANES,
KILLDEER, and AMERICAN WOODCOCK in Red Lake County.
Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported TUNDRA SWANS, FOX SPARROW, and
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on April 8. Donna and Leon Thoreson this week saw
350 TUNDRA SWANS, a variety of ducks, AND BELTED KINGFISHER in the
county on April 10. Sandy Aubol found a SHORT-EARED OWL in a tree across
from the East Grand Forks wastewater treatment ponds on April 12. Other
species included HOODED MERGANSER, and AMERICAN KESTREL. Shelley Steva
saw a BREWER'S BLACKBIRD in East Grand Forks on April 7. I heard
AMERICAN WOODCOCKS on the night of April 11 near the intersection of
Pennington, Polk, and Red Lake Counties west of Pennington CR 12.
Gary Otnes found a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE in Mahnomen County on April 9.
Marshall Howe reported all three species on mergansers - HOODED
MERGANSER, COMMON MERGANSER, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at Little Sand
Lake on April 9; on that day a HOARY REDPOLL appeared at his feeder near
Alma Ronningen in Otter Tail County reported EASTERN PHOEBE on April 12,
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and FOX SPARROW on April
13, and still some COMMON REDPOLLS on April 14. Bob Dunlap with a group
of other birders found an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER in southwest Otter Tail
County, and 25 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Deer Creek on April 8. Brad and Dee
Ehlers observed AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, COMMON LOON, PURPLE MARTIN, and
PIED-BILLED GREBE on April 8, GREAT EGRETS, and CHIPPING SPARROW on
April 10. OSPREY returned to the nest site on April 14. Tim Smith
reported AMERICAN KESTREL, and LAPLAND LONGSPUR on April 14.
Large numbers of waterfowl were seen by Bob Dunlap and his group in
southern Wilkin County on April 10. Gary Otnes observed GREATER SCAUP,
TUNDRA SWAN, and CALIFORNIA GULL in the county on that day.
Thanks to all the folks, too numerous to mention, 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 21,
Pennington County, MN