*November 8, 2018
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: November 8, 2018
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 218-847-5743 or 218-847-9202
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru ([log in to unmask])
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 8,
2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You
may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
Winter appears to have arrived, and quite peacefully too. The northwest
has a dusting of snow which came down quietly, with little wind, and now
the temperatures are going down fast. A lot of birds have moved on, and
we are seeing fewer of those that are left in the far northwest. Snowy
owls are starting to be reported in states around us, and even in
southern Minnesota so be on the lookout in the northwest. Something
seems to be going on with Canada jays too, as I know of at least two
that have been seen regionally– one in North Dakota, and one in Otter
Tail County. Flowering crabapples are heavy with fruit in all the towns
of the northwest, so be looking for Bohemian waxwings and other fruit
At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Herb Dingmann found both PINE
SISKINS, and COMMON REDPOLLS.
Herb also found COMMON REDPOLLS in Thief River Falls, Pennington County
at the Greenwood Trails area, and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at Oakland Park.
In Clearwater County, Herb found three WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at Pine Lake
On November 2nd.
Near Plummer, Red Lake County, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen on
November 2 by Herb Dingmann.
Allyson Engelstad found a GREEN HERON still at Rydell NWR in Polk County
on November 3. Sandy Aubol reported BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at East Grand
Forks on November 2nd.
In Clay County, Tim Lamey reported DINLIN and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS at
Hitterdahl on November 6.
Several observers reported WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS on Lake Osakis in Todd
County and Douglas County on November 6. Other species seen there
included COMMON LOON, SNOW GOOSE, and WESTERN GREBE. PINE SISKINS and
MERLINS were also observed in Todd County that day.
Alma Ronningen in Dent in Otter Tail County reported RUSTY BLACKBIRD on
November 4th. On the 6th, she still had AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS,
DARK-EYED JUNCOS, FOX SPARROW, MOURNING DOVE, HOUSE FINCH, and PURPLE
FINCH in her yard. A CANADA JAY was found southwest of Battle Lake on
November 6th .
At the N. Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County, Alex Sundvall reported two
AMERICAN AVOCETS on November 5th .
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, November 15, 2018.
Pennington County, MN