*April 12, 2018
American Black Duck
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 12, 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 12,
2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You
may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
In spite of the cold temperatures this week, migration continues,
although some species are very late due to no open water. In recent
days, a few spots have opened up but the northland is still very frozen.
There has been a big migration of raptors this week with rough-legged
hawks, red-tailed hawks, and northern harriers being reported in most
areas. Some Canada geese are winging their way north, but no large
flocks are being seen yet in the far northern counties. Hundreds of
common redpolls, and dark-eyed juncos are taking advantage of feeder
fare in the cold weather.
In Beltrami County, Cassie Block reported PINE SISKINS in Bemidji on
April 9. Very large numbers of COMMON REDPOLLS were reported this week
by David Harrington, also in Bemidji.
Here in Pennington County, Gary Tischer saw 3 dark-phase ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS along CR3 between 200th and 210th Ave NW on April 9. At home in
Thief River Falls, he saw about 40 COMMON REDPOLLS at his feeder.
Andy and I found three SNOWY OWLS still in Polk County on April 7. Also
seven BALD EAGLES were seen feeding on a carcass along US 75. Leon
Thoreson on April 11 also reported a SNOWY OWL in Polk County. He had a
COOPER'S HAWK, AMERICAN ROBINS, BLUE JAYS, HORNED LARKS, and 35 COMMON
REDPOLLS in his yard near Climax this week. Gary Tischer found 9
SHARP-TAILED GROUSE dancing on a lek near the intersection of CR 21 and
170th Ave on April 10th.
In Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported a SNOWY EGRET in the Crow Wing
River in Nevis on April 12.
From Todd County, Susan Kroll reported SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK, GREAT BLUE HERON, TURKEY VULTURE, GREAT HORNED OWL, COMMON
REDPOLLS, and PURPLE FINCH in Todd County this week.
In Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala observed RED-TAILED HAWKS,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIER, BALD EAGLE, TRUMPETER SWANS,
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN KESTREL, many WESTERN MEADOWLARKS,
HORNED LARKS, and COMMON REDPOLLS in the Orwell Dam area this week. In
Fergus Falls, he mentioned HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON MERGANSER, AMERICAN
BLACK DUCK, GREAT EGRET, GREAT BLUE HERON, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT,
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, HOUSE FINCH, COMMON REDPOLLS, and DARK-EYED
JUNCOS. A variety of other common duck species were also present.
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 19, 2018.
Pennington County, MN