*October 28, 2016
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: October 28, 2016
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 Friday, October 28,
2016 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.
The stragglers are moving through the northwest at this time, but there
are pockets where there are still many of the migrating sparrows such as
white-throated, Harris's, and white-crowned sparrows. Dark-eyed juncos
are still with us, but starting to be reduced in numbers in some
localities. A few SNOW BUNTINGS are showing up, and RED-TAILED HAWKS can
be seen as they perch in their quest for food. A hard freeze has
occurred so most of the vegetation is brown, and leaves are all but a
memory, except in the form of yard work.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported along CR 1 in Lake of the Woods County on
October 23. GRAY JAYS and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES can be found near
SNOW BUNTINGS were reported in Beltrami County near Blackduck by Candice
Cameron on October 26.
Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge staff reported a LONG-TAILED DUCK on
Headquarters Pool on October 24 and 25. I checked for it on October 26
but did not find it. I do not know if anyone has seen it since Tuesday.
While on the way to look for this bird, I found five BALD EAGLES along
Marshall CR 12 about 1.5 miles south of CR 7. Also there were several
COMMON RAVENS, and five or six BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES. Two more BALD
EAGLES were seen inside the refuge boundaries and three SNOW BUNTINGS
flew up as I drove by.
In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported that the variety has greatly
decreased in her yard, but she still has a few WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS,
HARRIS'S SPARROW, and many DARK-EYED JUNCOS. A HERMIT THRUSH was seen
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported BUFFLEHEAD, BLACK-BILLED
MAGPIE, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH on October
21. On October 24, he observed COMMON LOON, RED CROSSBILL, and DARK-EYED
Charlene Nelson reported a WOOD THRUSH at the North Ottawa impoundment
in Grant County on October 22; on the 23rd, she found the first SNOW
BUNTINGS, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS there.
Thanks to all 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 Friday, November 3,
Pennington County, MN