*November 16, 2017
Great Blue Heron
Northern Hawk Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: November 16, 2017
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, November
16, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or
We are slowly making our way through the fall season. Some of the snow
remains, but most has melted. Temperatures are chilly but not cold yet.
The mix of birds being seen is changing with more and more rough-legged
hawks, pine grosbeaks, and snow buntings being reported.
PINE GROSBEAKS were reported in Douglas County near Miltona by John
Ellis. He also saw BLACK SCOTERS on Lake Osakis on November 10.
In Cass County, the HARLEQUIN DUCK has been relocated in Walker, on
November 11 behind the Shingobee Sports Bar around the north docks.
Wayne Perala observed many SNOW GEESE and SNOW BUNTINGS near the Orwell
Dam in Otter Tail County on November 14. In Fergus Falls he saw HARRIS'S
SPARROW, and reported that three BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS remained in
From Clay County, Matt Jacobson saw several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS on
November 14. Kathleen MacAulay found a GREAT BLUE HERON in Clay County
on November 11. An ICELAND GULL was reported by Heather Hundt on
November 13 at the Clay County Gravel Pits.
Sandy Aubol at East Grand Forks in Polk County reported 16 BOHEMIAN
WAXWINGS at the East Grand Forks golf course on November 13. This week
she had at the feeder and in her yard HARRIS'S SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED
SPARROW, RED CROSSBILLS, PINE SISKINS, COMMON REDPOLLS, a pair of
NORTHERN CARDINALS, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. A SNOWY
OWL was reported along US 2 between East Grand Forks and Crookston.
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported HOODED MERGANSERS, COMMON
MERGANSERS, and a RING-BILLED GULL on November 10, PINE GROSBEAKS,
COMMON REDPOLL, and BROWN CREEPER on November 11. On November 12, he saw
RED CROSSBILLS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and RUFFED
GROUSE, and on November 14 he had PINE SISKINS, and COMMON REDPOLLS.
At Preacher's Grove in Clearwater County this week Marshall Howe saw
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and elsewhere in the
county some COMMON MERGANSERS.
A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was observed by Beth Siverhus along MN 72 in
Beltrami County on November 12. PINE GROSBEAKS were reported by Katie
Haws near Hines on November 9. A VARIED THRUSH was seen by Doug Johnson
at Mary Lou Marchand's feeder in Bemidji.
Larry Wilebski reported that a SNOWY OWL has returned to Kittson County
as of November 15. He also observed COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE GROSBEAKS.
A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported by Peggy Fenster in Hallock on
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, November 24,
Pennington County, MN