*November 20, 2014
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: November 20, 2014
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, November
20, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or
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
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
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
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, November