In Otter Tail County, Marion Otnes reported Tree Swallows not trumpeter
swans. The swans have been there all winter. Tree Swallows are new. Sorry
for the mistake.
*April 19, 2018
* Trumpeter Swan
* Eurasian Wigeon
* Hooded Merganser
* Wild Turkey
* Mourning Dove
* Sandhill Crane
* American Avocet
* Greater Yellowlegs
* Ring-billed Gull
* Herring Gull
* Common Loon
* Turkey Vulture
* Bald Eagle
* Northern Harrier
* Sharp-shinned Hawk
* Cooper's Hawk
* Red-tailed Hawk
* Rough-legged Hawk
* Snowy Owl
* American Kestrel
* Northern Shrike
* Brown Creeper
* Golden-crowned Kinglet
* American Robin
* Bohemian Waxwing
* Purple Finch
* Common Redpoll
* Hoary Redpoll
* Yellow-rumped Warbler
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 19, 2018
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 19, 2018
sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also
see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
Spring has finally arrived in northwest Minnesota, robins are singing, and
people are smiling. We continue to get reports of large numbers of common
redpolls, and there are two reports of HOARY REDPOLLS, one in Polk County,
and one in Becker County this week. Raptors are streaming in. Many
rough-legged hawks can be seen coursing over the grasslands; a few
red-tailed hawks, and American kestrels were reported in several locations.
Migrating songbirds are still uncommon, but a few are starting to trickle
in. With the warm temperatures forecast, we can expect to see more in the
coming days. American robins are here in good numbers and can be heard
singing every morning .
The North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County has started to attract
migrants. Wayne Perala reported an AMERICAN AVOCET, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS,
and RING-BILLED GULL there on April 19. A variety of ducks were also there.
He also observed a COMMON LOON and one SNOWY OWL on the way to the
impoundment, likely in Otter Tail County, although he did not say.
In Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County on April 15, Wayne found a EURASIAN
WIGEON on the Otter Tail River. Marion Otnes reported RING-BILLED GULL, two
HERRING GULLS, and 3 TRUMPETER SWANS on April 13.
In Polk County, Leon Thoreson observed MOURNING DOVE, AMERICAN ROBIN, BROWN
CREEPER , and 50 COMMON REDPOLLS in his yard on April 14, COOPER'S HAWK and
two WILD TURKEYS on April 17, and BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, AMERICAN
KESTREL, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and KILLDEER on April 18. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS
are now in large numbers in the grasslands of western Polk County.
On April 17, I saw 8 TURKEY VULTURES soaring over the Red Lake River in
Pennington County. A female NORTHERN HARRIER and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were
seen in Pennington County northeast of Thief River Falls on April 18. I
found HOODED MERGANSERS in the river south of the dam this afternoon, and a
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET was seen and heard in Greenwood trails natural area.
A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK visited our bird feeder this morning.
In Marshall County, on April 18, I saw 7 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS between the
Marshall County line and the east edge of Agassiz NWR. Other species seen
included two NORTHERN HARRIERS, two BALD EAGLES, and a RED-TAILED HAWK. Four
TRUMPETER SWANS were found in the fields just south of the refuge, and four
more were seen on the east side of headquarters pool.
Connie Cox reported a KILLDEER in Itasca State Park this week. On April 17 a
NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near the visitor center. A YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
was observed on April 18.
From Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 30
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, AMERICAN ROBIN, and PURPLE FINCH this week. Mike Thiele
observed SANDHILL CRANES and TRUMPETER SWANS by the Warroad Airport this
In Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus saw two pairs of SANDHILL CRANES
south of Baudette. Other species seen in the county included ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK, TURKEY VULTURE, NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL, and BALD EAGLE.
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 numbers 218-847-5743 or 218- 847-9202. Please include the county
where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is
Thursday, April 26, 2018.