*April 19, 2018
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 19, 2018
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 19,
2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You
may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
Spring has finally arrived in northwest Minnesota, robins are singing,
and people are smiling. We continue to get reports of large numbers of
common redpolls, and there are two reports of HOARY REDPOLLS, one in
Polk County, and one in Becker County this week. Raptors are streaming
in. Many rough-legged hawks can be seen coursing over the grasslands; a
few red-tailed hawks, and American kestrels were reported in several
locations. Migrating songbirds are still uncommon, but a few are
starting to trickle in. With the warm temperatures forecast, we can
expect to see more in the coming days. American robins are here in good
numbers and can be heard singing every morning .
The North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County has started to attract
migrants. Wayne Perala reported an AMERICAN AVOCET, a GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, and RING-BILLED GULL there on April 19. A variety of ducks
were also there. He also observed a COMMON LOON and one SNOWY OWL on the
way to the impoundment, likely in Otter Tail County, although he did not
In Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County on April 15, Wayne found a EURASIAN
WIGEON on the Otter Tail River. Marion Otnes reported RING-BILLED GULL,
two HERRING GULLS, and 3 TRUMPETER SWANS on April 13.
In Polk County, Leon Thoreson observed MOURNING DOVE, AMERICAN ROBIN,
BROWN CREEPER , and 50 COMMON REDPOLLS in his yard on April 14, COOPER'S
HAWK and two WILD TURKEYS on April 17, and BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK, AMERICAN KESTREL, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and KILLDEER on April 18.
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS are now in large numbers in the grasslands of western
On April 17, I saw 8 TURKEY VULTURES soaring over the Red Lake River in
Pennington County. A female NORTHERN HARRIER and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
were seen in Pennington County northeast of Thief River Falls on April
18. I found HOODED MERGANSERS in the river south of the dam this
afternoon, and a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET was seen and heard in Greenwood
trails natural area. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK visited our bird feeder this
In Marshall County, on April 18, I saw 7 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS between the
Marshall County line and the east edge of Agassiz NWR. Other species
seen included two NORTHERN HARRIERS, two BALD EAGLES, and a RED-TAILED
HAWK. Four TRUMPETER SWANS were found in the fields just south of the
refuge, and four more were seen on the east side of headquarters pool.
Connie Cox reported a KILLDEER in Itasca State Park this week. On April
17 a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near the visitor center. A YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER was observed on April 18.
From Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK, 30 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, AMERICAN ROBIN, and PURPLE FINCH this week.
Mike Thiele observed SANDHILL CRANES and TRUMPETER SWANS by the Warroad
Airport this week.
In Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus saw two pairs of SANDHILL
CRANES south of Baudette. Other species seen in the county included
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, TURKEY VULTURE, NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL,
and BALD EAGLE.
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 numbers 218-847-5743 or 218- 847-9202. Please include the
county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this
report is Thursday, April 26, 2018.