*April 9, 2015
Greater White-fronted Goose
Great Blue Heron
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 9, 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, April 9,
2015 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 mixed weather week, with a little snow, a few clouds,
and some wonderful sunshine. Migration is picking up, and with the ice
disappearing, the waterfowl are coming in. Small numbers of most of the
ducks are being reported with, of course, more of the traditional early
migrants like mergansers and wood ducks.
Alice Martin in Otter Tail County reported COMMON LOON, AMERICAN WIGEON,
and RING-NECKED DUCK on April 5 near Perham.
From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe observed a GOLDEN EAGLE, RING-BILLED
GULL, FOX SPARROW, and PINE SISKIN on April 5, TURKEY VULTURE on April
6, COMMON LOON, RING-NECKED DUCK, COMMON MERGANSER, and SONG SPARROW on
April 7, and BUFFLEHEAD on April 9.
In Clay County, Matt Mecklenburg reported about 30 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE amid a group of dancing GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS. Other species
seen included SANDHILL CRANE and MERLIN.
Sandy Aubol saw a male SNOWY OWL in Polk County on April 4 near the
intersection of CR 23 with CR 20. In the area of the impoundments in
Polk County she saw RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, TUNDRA SWAN, NORTHERN
PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, WOOD DUCK, RING-NECKED DUCK, NORTHERN
HARRIER, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN KESTREL, BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS, RUSTY
BLACKBIRD, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS.
Shelley Steva found a pair of SANDHILL CRANES looking as if they will
nest along Red Lake CR 1 on April 7.
In Pennington County, I saw two COMMON MERGANSERS, FOX SPARROW,
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on April 3. A MERLIN
took a BOHEMIAN WAXWING in our yard on April 5, and several RING-NECKED
DUCKS appeared on the Red Lake River on April 7.
Sandy Aubol found COMMON MERGANSER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and NORTHERN
PINTAIL in Marshall County near the Agassiz Valley impoundments on April
4. On April 9, Gary Tischer saw a TURKEY VULTURE south of Newfolden,
SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, and a KILLDEER.
In the area around Itasca State Park this week, Connie Cox reported
HOODED MERGANSER, WOOD DUCK, GREAT BLUE HERON, SANDHILL CRANE,
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK , AMERICAN KESTREL, RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER, PURPLE FINCH, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.
Beth Siverhus saw a male SNOWY OWL one mile west of Warroad in Roseau
County on April 6. Other species seen in the county included RUFFED
GROUSE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, DARK-EYED JUNCO, PURPLE FINCH, and RED-WINGED
Thanks to Alice Martin, Beth Siverhus, Connie Cox, Gary Tischer,
Marshall Howe, Matt Mecklenburg, Sandy Aubol and Shelley Steva 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 April 16,