*February 19, 2015
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: February 19, 2015
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, February
19, 2015 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or
Another cold week has passed, but the landscape looks cleaner thanks to
the fresh snow of a few days ago. As of Thursday evening, road
conditions in the north are in good winter driving condition. A little
snow is promised for tomorrow. As far as birds go, very few returning
migrants have been seen, but the snow buntings have mostly changed into
their summer black-and- white plumage.
Gretchen Mehmel reported a HOARY REDPOLL at the Norris Camp feeders in
Lake of the Woods County on February 15. Charlie Tucker observed a
NORTHERN GOSHAWK and a GREAT GRAY OWL near his place on the Roosevelt
Joanne Johnson made a trip to Roseau County on February 15 where she
reported 10 GRAY PARTRIDGE and COMMON RAVENS along MN 310 north of
Roseau, a NORTHERN HAWK OWL , two female PINE GROSBEAKS, and a SNOWY OWL
along the Sprague Creek Road, and two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS along MN 11
just east of Salol. Beth Siverhus observed WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, and
a RUFFED GROUSE in the Beltrami Island State Forest on February 16. She
also reported a NORTHERN GOSHAWK that appeared in Cindy Barcht's yard
southwest of Warroad.
In Beltrami County, but still in the Beltrami Island State Forest,
Gretchen Mehmel reported that a NORTHERN HAWK OWL has been following
their dozer at the shear site southeast of Gates Corner.
At Itasca State Park, Hal and Ronda Sanders observed a RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER on February 17.
In Marshall County on February 15, Joanne Johnson saw SHARP-TAILED
GROUSE, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, COMMON RAVENS , and SNOW BUNTINGS.
In Pennington County, Joanne reported 35 SNOW BUNTINGS seen on her trip
through the county on February 15. Dave Harbott reported a NORTHERN
SHRIKE in St Hilaire last weekend in addition to PILEATED WOODPECKER,
SNOW BUNTINGS , and other expected species. At a feeder in Viking on
February 14, Shelley Steva saw 5 DARK-EYED JUNCOS and a male NORTHERN
CARDINAL. On February 13, I was able to locate two EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVES along Mussey Ave in Thief River Falls. A RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER was seen at a feeder along CR 17 just north of the Red Lake
County line on February 19.
The northern hawk owl reported first on January 20 near Plummer was
found dead and turned in to UM Crookston on February 2. We do not know
what happened to it, but the bird was emaciated.
On February 15, Joanne Johnson saw a SNOWY OWL along CR 21 in Polk
County. Possible that was one of the five SNOWY OWLS seen by Tim
Driscoll in the general area of Sherack on February 18. Sandy Aubol
reported a MERLIN in East Grand Forks on February 16. On the 14th, she
reported 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and 30 DARK-EYED JUNCOS in her yard,
and on the 15th, 2 CEDAR WAXWINGS. Along US 2 at East Grand Forks on
February 16, Dave Lambeth saw a SNOWY OWL, and near the American Crystal
Sugar plant, an AMERICAN KESTREL. Today, February 19, I found a SNOWY
OWL along CR 44 a half mile north of CR 45. There was also a large flock
of SNOW BUNTINGS along CR 45.
From Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported PILEATED WOODPECKER,
BARRED OWL, BROWN CREEPER, and WILD TURKEY at Lake Carlos State Park
this week. At Long Prairie Dam he saw TRUMPETER SWANS, CANADA GOOSE,
COMMON GOLDENEYE, and COMMON MERGANSER; north of the intersection of CR
5 and CR3 he found three HORNED LARKS , a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, BALD EAGLE,
and a NORTHERN HARRIER. A NORTHERN SHRIKE and RING-NECKED PHEASANT were
seen in Alexandria.
Thanks to all who sent in reports 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, February