*March 12, 2015
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: March 12, 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, March 12,
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.
Spring is coming fast to the northwest. HORNED LARKS are everywhere, and
some raptors are appearing. As the ponds lose their icy cover, waterfowl
are starting to appear.
From Otter Tail County, Alice Martin reported a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE
on March 6, and a MOURNING DOVE on March 8 in her yard.
In Hubbard County, Joel Groebner reported a TRUMPETER SWAN on the ice at
La Salle State Recreation Area on March 5. Connie Cox at Itasca SP
reported a flock of about 20 SNOW BUNTINGS at the park entrance and PINE
SISKINS and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at the feeders. 15 RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRDS were seen at the Hubbard-Beltrami line.
Steve Midthune in Becker County reported that waterfowl are starting to
appear on some open ponds including CANADA GEESE, TRUMPETER SWANS,
MALLARDS, GADWALL, and NORTHERN PINTAIL. A NORTHERN HARRIER and 14
GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were seen at Hamden Slough NWR.
Mark Otnes reported a pair of COMMON RAVENS nesting under the bridge
near Buffalo River State Park in Clay County.
A BARRED OWL was heard by Ann Flowers on the East Grand Forks side of
the Red River in Polk County on March 7. Sandy Aubol reported the first
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW in her yard in East Grand Forks on March 9. Bruce
Flaig reported TRUMPETER SWANS, and a few RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS in
southern Polk County this week. Emily Hutchins observed a SNOWY OWL
along CR 11 1.5 miles east of Gentilly on March 11. CANADA GEESE,
TRUMPETER SWANS and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK have been seen in the county ,
and BALD EAGLES are on the nests.
Shelley Steva saw a flock of 25 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE fly over the road
near the intersection of Pennington CR 7 and US 59 on March 6. Brad
Kosel reported seeing the EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in Thief River Falls
near the river in the area of the 3rd St. bridge on US 59.
Tim Driscoll and some of his students saw two GREAT GRAY OWLS in
Beltrami County on March 7. One was 0.4 miles north of mile marker 91 on
MN 1 where it runs together with MN 89, and one was along MN 1 two miles
east of Redby.
Tim Driscoll reported seeing at least 12 NORTHERN HAWK OWLS north of
Roseau in Roseau County on March 6. A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen about 0.5
miles north of mile marker 8 on MN 310. Shelley Steva and I found a male
SNOWY OWL along MN 310 on March 7, and another near the intersection of
440 Ave. and 340th St. Beth Siverhus reported some GRAY PARTRIDGE coming
to a feeder near the golf course in Roseau. On March 4, a SNOWY OWL was
seen along MN 11 near the Hay Creek Bridge. On March 7, a flock of 75
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was seen on the bike trail in Warroad.
Gretchen Mehmel reported a NORTHERN GOSHAWK that was photographed on a
kill near Norris Camp. At the camp were RED CROSSBILLS, COMMON REDPOLLS,
HOARY REDPOLL, and GRAY JAYS. Charlie Tucker saw some SPRUCE GROUSE near
the camp this week.
Thanks to all who sent in 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, March 19,
Pennington County, MN