*April 9, 2009
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Northern Hawk Owl
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 9, 2009
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 9,
2009 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 finally seems to have arrived, but don't tell the weather man -
he might revoke it. Warmer , drier conditions have encouraged a slow
melt, and finally at our house, on April 8, the last of the ice went out
of the Red Lake River. I believe that there are still some small areas
where that has not yet happened, but we are on the way. There are many
reports this week, especially of migrating BALD EAGLES, as well as the
other common hawks. AMERICAN ROBINS are moving through the whole
northwest in large numbers now and this week have found their voices, as
the first sound these mornings is the ringing calls of many robins as
they awake to the day.
In Douglas County near Alexandria, Deb Johnson reported AMERICAN TREE
SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and LARK SPARROW on April 3.
Teresa Jaskiewicz reported 75 possible KRIDER'S REDTAILED HAWKS over the
Prairie Wetlands Learning Center near Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County
on April 3. Other species seen included AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN
KESTREL, and CHIPPING SPARROW. Tom Smith reported BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD
and COMMON GRACKLE at the feeder on April 4. Also that day, Brad and Dee
Ehlers saw a flock of 11 GREAT BLUE HERONS fly over the Prairie Wetlands
Learning Center. Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported that as of April 7, the
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES have returned to Perham. Other species they
reported included BLUE-WINGED TEAL, COMMON MERGANSER, COMMON LOON, GREAT
EGRET, COOPER'S HAWK, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and HERRING GULL. Deb Johnson
reported HOODED MERGANSER in Otter Tail County on April 8.
Kelly Larson reported a TURKEY VULTURE in Hubbard County on April 7.
Duane and Marilyn Olson saw a WILD TURKEY near Lake Park in Becker
County on April 7.
Mel and Elaine Bennefeld went birding at the Ponderosa Golf course in
Clay County on April 7 where they saw a SNOW GEESE, WOOD DUCKS, a GOLDEN
EAGLE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS
AMERICAN KESTRELS have made it to Polk County as reported by Charles
Christianson on April 7. Kelly Larson in Polk County on April 8 reported
a NORTHERN SHRIKE at the Gully fen, a GREAT HORNED OWL at the Larix WMA,
several EASTERN MEADOWLARKS singing, and also SANDHILL CRANES, and
SHARP-TAILED GROUSE in several places.
John Braastad reported AMERICAN KESTREL and CHIPPING SPARROW in
Pennington County on March 30. Shelley Steva saw 3 SANDHILL CRANES just
north of the Red Lake County line in Pennington County on April 3. A
MOURNING DOVE showed up at our feeder near Thief River Falls on April 8,
and the ice finally went out of the Red Lake River by our house that
day. Tonight, I saw several HOODED MERGANSERS swimming in the river.
Earlier in the week, I saw a flock of 10 RING-BILLED GULLS flying over
the town. Zeann Linder reported much activity by a pair of MERLINS in
her neighborhood in Thief River Falls this week.
At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on April 2, John Braastad reported
that the BALD EAGLES are on the nest at Parker Pool. Recent arrivals
include many ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, a few BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, and 25
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS seen at Madsen Pool. Greg Knutsen reported only
one new species this week - a single REDHEAD. Dana Jenkins reported 6
BALD EAGLES 13 miles north from the Petro Pumper in Thief River Falls
and 4 miles west on Marshall CR 7. These birds have been hanging around
some old deer carcasses for several days. .
Kelly Larson in Clearwater County reported on April 7 that SANDHILL
CRANES, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, BARRED OWL, and EASTERN BLUEBIRD have
returned to the county. On April 8 she reported TUNDRA SWANS, and
TRUMPETER SWANS on the Clearwater rice paddies along with a gathering of
Beth Siverhus saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL along MN 72 north of Waskish in
Beltrami County on April 3.
On April 6, Larry Wilebski reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK in Kittson
County. Lance Crandall at Lake Bronson State Part reported dancing
SHARP-TAILED GROUSE on April 7. Other species seen at the park included
WILD TURKEY, BALD EAGLE, and MOURNING DOVE.
In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus saw a MERLIN on April 4 near the Roseau
Hospital and also one visited her yard in Warroad. On the 7th, she had a
visit from the first FOX SPARROW this year.
Lake of the Woods County sightings by Beth included a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
near Williams, a RED-TAILED HAWK near Roosevelt, and a TRUMPETER SWAN
flying over the Rainy River in Baudette, all on April 3.
Thanks to all the folks who sent in their sightings 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 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, April 16,
Pennington County, MN