*April 2, 2015
Great Blue Heron
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 2, 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 2,
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.
With warmer weather, many returning migrants have been reported this
week. Included are enormous flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS and DARK-EYED
JUNCOS, COMMON GRACKLES, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and a greater
variety of waterfowl. Some COMMON REDPOLLS have been reported but the
numbers are greatly diminished. That said, the warm weather of April 1st
appears to have been a cruel April Fool's trick, as the 30-40 mph winds
today have brought the temperatures down to freezing again.
In Roseau County, Gary Tischer saw a SNOWY OWL 3 miles south of Roseau
on MN 89 and a half mile west on CR 114 on March 31.
In Marshall County, Gary found 6 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS on CR 28 west of
Strandquist, and some SANDHILL CRANES along US 59 on March 31.
Here in Pennington County, the Red Lake River is mostly ice free, except
through the town of Thief River Falls, and with the ice out came some
WOOD DUCKS, and HOODED MERGANSERS on April 1. On March 31, I heard
SANDHILL CRANES migrating in the night. During the day on March 31, I
saw a pair of calling TRUMPETER SWANS in the river; other species
returning that day included KILLDEER, COMMON GRACKLES, RED-WINGED
BLACKBIRDS, and hundreds of AMERICAN ROBINS. On April 2, there were
PURPLE FINCHES in the yard, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE scared hundreds of
robins out of our yard.
On March 31, Zeann Linder observed a male SNOWY OWL along Polk County
road 21 near Sherack, standing out like a beacon on the bare brown
fields. In East Grand Forks, Sandy Aubol reported MOURNING DOVE, and
COMMON GRACKLE on March 30, COMMON GOLDENEYE, MERLIN , RED-BELLIED
WOODPECKER, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on March 31, FOX SPARROW and
NORTHERN FLICKER on April 1 , and SONG SPARROW on April 2.
Marshall Howe in Dorset , Hubbard County, reported SANDHILL CRANES on
March 26, EASTERN BLUEBIRD on March 27, diminished numbers of PINE
SISKINS and COMMON REDPOLLS on March 28. Large numbers of AMERICAN
ROBINS, and an AMERICAN WOODCOCK arrived on March 30. GREAT BLUE HERON,
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER, FOX SPARROW, and COMMON GRACKLE
arrived on April 1.
From Otter Tail County, Alice Martin reported COMMON MERGANSER, HOODED
MERGANSER, and WOOD DUCK in the Perham area, and in New York Mills,
there were KILLDEER, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, NORTHERN CARDINALS, PINE SISKINS,
and HOUSE FINCHES. At Little Pine Lake, she saw BUFFLEHEAD, AMERICAN
COOT and NORTHERN SHRIKE all on April 1.
Benjamin Eckhoff in Douglas County reported this week a big increase in
waterfowl with a variety of duck species arriving. About 30 CEDAR
WAXWINGS were seen. He reported large flocks of AMERICAM ROBINS and
AMERICAN CROWS. Among other species seen in the Lake Carlos area were
TUNDRA SWANS, SNOW GOOSE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, BALD EAGLES,
RED-TAILED HAWKS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, GREAT BLUE HERONS, SANDHILL
CRANES, KILLDEER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, NORTHERN
SHRIKE, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW.
Thanks to Alice Martin, Benjamin Eckhoff, Gary Tischer, Marshall Howe,
Sandy Aubol, and Zeann Linder for their reports.
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 Friday, April 10,