*March 18, 2010
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: March 18, 2010
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, March 18,
2010 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.
Spring is coming the the northwest. As I compile this report, the ice is
slowing sliding out of the Red Lake River by our house east of Thief
River Falls, although I know that some ice still remains as the river
passes through town. Birds are starting to come back - I saw two small
flocks of geese, and a merlin on my way to work, and the resident horned
larks have arrived in our neighboring fields. I have reports of CANADA
GEESE, and HORNED LARKS from most counties.
Larry Wilebski in Kittson County reported on the species that he and Ron
Erpelding saw in northwest of Lancaster on March 12: WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILLS in Lancaster, GRAY PARTRIDGE, WILD TURKEYS, MERLIN, and
NORTHERN SHRIKE among others.
Connie Cox reported a pair of TRUMPETER SWANS and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER
in Clearwater County this week.
From Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Gary Tischer reported that the
pools are about 50 % ice free already, and the first waterfowl are
starting to come in. This week there were a few CANADA GEESE. 5 MALLARDS
and several COMMON GOLDENEYE arrived on March 16. On March 13, there
were 15 CEDAR WAXWINGS at headquarters, and the BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES are
making a nest there also. On March 18 a NORTHERN HARRIER was seen, and a
BUFFLEHEAD showed up at Agassiz Pool. Along MN 89 at Mud River there
were 2 SNOW GEESE, and a TUNDRA SWAN on March 16. Ten NORTHERN PINTAILS
were observed on private land north of the refuge on March 18.
Pam Murphy in Pennington County southwest of Thief River Falls reported
a pair of SANDHILL CRANES, several MOURNING DOVES, and a flock of 80-100
WILD TURKEYS that are resident nearby. Some of these turkeys were also
reported by Bruce Olson who lives west of Thief River Falls. Zeann
Linder observed a MERLIN calling near her house in the city.
Anita Vettleson reported that she saw four WILD TURKEYS near Plummer in
Red Lake County this week. Ron Erpelding and I saw a GOLDEN EAGLE just
inside Red Lake County in the northwest corner of the county on March
Chris Merkord found WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS on the East Grand Forks
campus of Northland Community and Technical College in Polk County on
March 13. Sandy Aubol reported 2 COMMON REDPOLLS in East Grand Forks on
Kelly Larson, while birding in Polk County at Glacial Ridge, saw
TRUMPETER SWANS, CANADA GEESE, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, GREATER
PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, GRAY PARTRIDGE , NORTHERN HARRIER, and many HORNED
LARKS on March 17. Best of all, she found an adult SNOWY OWL on the snow
clumps along the edge of the road a quarter mile southeast of the gravel
company office. Ron Erpelding and I found two GOLDEN EAGLES in the
county on March 14- one at Glacial Ridge in the gravel pit, and one
southeast of Sherack near the border with Red Lake County.
Mel Bennefeld reported two flocks of CANADA GEESE and a female NORTHERN
HARRIER at the Pondorosa Golf Club in Clay County on March 17.
In Otter Tail County, Dan and Sandy Thimgan saw AMERICAN KESTREL on
March 16, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS on March 17, and COMMON GRACKLE and
AMERICAN ROBINS on March 18.
Thanks to Anita Vettleson, Bruce Olson, Chris Merkord, Connie Cox, Dan
and Sandy Thimgan, Gary Tischer, Kelly Larson, Larry Wilebski, Mel
Bennefeld, Pam Murphy, Ron Erpelding, Sandy Aubol, and Zeann Linder for
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 Thursday, March 25,
Pennington County, MN