*April 19, 2019
American White Pelican
Northern Hawk Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 19, 2019
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, April 18,
2019 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You
may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
After the snow storm of last week, the weather in the north has really
turned around, and it seems that we are to get spring after all. Most of
the winter's snow has melted and a little green can be seen in a few
places. Birds are streaming back. All the usual raptors are here, and
there are a lot of rough-legged hawks on their way north. With the
rivers opening up, waterfowl are increasing in numbers with almost all
the common ducks being reported in the southern part of the area. Most
species of blackbirds are here. Dark-eyed juncos are still monopolizing
the feeders, but there is good representation of purple finch, common
redpoll especially in the northern part of the area, and pine siskins.
The first sparrows are starting to come in.
From Grant County, Wayne Perala reported many waterfowl in the N. Ottawa
Impoundment area including most of the common ducks and waders.
In Douglas County, Jason Swelstad reported a FIELD SPARROW on April 14.
Jason also saw a FIELD SPARROW in Otter Tail County that day. Becca
Engdahl observed a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE there on April 18. Various people
have reported that the waterfowl have arrived in Fergus Falls this week,
and the nesters at the Grotto have returned. GREAT EGRETS,
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS are all there.
Other species seen this week in the Fergus Falls area include COMMON
LOON, OSPREY , KILLDEER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, EASTERN PHOEBE,
NORTHERN CARDINAL, HERMIT THRUSH, WINTER WREN, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER ,
and FOX SPARROW. RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was seen on April 13th.
On April 13, a VARIED THRUSH was seen along CR 37 near Detroit Lakes in
Becker County. Stacy Salvevold reported two NORTHERN FLICKERS (
RED-SHAFTED subspecies) in Becker County and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was
seen at Tamarac NWR on April 18. Mary Sundby saw a TURKEY VULTURE in
Detroit Lakes this week, and Cleone Stewart reported that the OSPREY
have returned to the power poles along US10 east of Detroit Lakes.
A PRAIRIE FALCON was seen by Emily Hutchins at the Thorson Prairie WMA
in Polk County on April 18. Also seen were a variety of ducks and
SANDHILL CRANES by the 100's. WESTERN MEADOWLARKS, SONG SPARROWS, and
TRUMPETER SWANS were also in the county.
A group of 15 TURKEY VULTURES were seen in the trees by Tammy Swick
along Greenwood St. in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on April
18. On April 12th, a flock of 40 -50 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS came to the yard
looking for the crabapples that the starlings have already eaten. After
the snowstorm, last weekend the river opened up and the CANADA GEESE,
WOOD DUCKS, HOODED MERGANSERS and a pair of COMMON MERGANSERS showed up
the next day. A huge flock of AMERICAN ROBINS came to town last weekend
also. FOX SPARROW and BELTED KINGFISHER arrived on April 15.
Heidi Hughes reported an EASTERN MEADOWLARK at the Agassiz Valley
Impoundment in Marshall County on April 18th. Beth Siverhus saw a GREAT
EGRET flying over Agassiz NWR on April 14th.
In Beltrami County, Beth saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL along MN 72 between
Waskish and Keliher on April 14th. Becca Engdahl reported a NORTHERN
SHRIKE in Beltrami County on April 16th.
In Roseau County , this week, Beth Siverhus reported that all the usual
raptors appeared to be everywhere in the county. With a lot of ice still
around, the waterfowl have not really arrived in the far northern part
of the county, but other species sighted included SANDHILL CRANE, BALD
EAGLE, KILLDEER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, PURPLE FINCH, DARK-EYED JUNCO,
COMMON REDPOLL, HOARY REDPOLL, PINE SISKIN, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK. She
saw a GOLDEN EAGLE south of Warroad this week. AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS
arrived on April 18th.
WOOD DUCK was seen in Lake of the Woods County 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 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 25, 2019.
Pennington County, MN