*April 7, 2011
Greater White-fronted Goose
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 7, 2011
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 7,
2011 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 seems to have finally arrived. The first wave of migrants is here
in force. Species reported in most counties this week, and probably
present in all counties of the northwest include CANADA GOOSE, BALD
EAGLE, NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-TAILED HAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, AMERICAN
KESTREL, MERLIN, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN ROBIN, DARK-EYED JUNCO,
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, COMMON GRACKLE, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK.
Gary Otnes in Otter Tail County reported several thousand waterfowl in
Western Township on the first few days of April including SNOW GOOSE,
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, TUNDRA SWANS, and COMMON MERGANSERS. More
birds were found at Orwell Reservoir . Two ROSS'S GEESE and 3 GREAT
EGRETS were also seen there. Elsewhere in Otter Tail County on April 4
were PIED-BILLED GREBE, FOX SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH. Brad and Dee
Ehlers reported EASTERN PHOEBE on April 3, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, and
HERMIT THRUSH on April 4. Alma Ronningen observed TURKEY VULTURE and
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN on April 7.
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported CANVASBACK on April 1. On April
7, he saw SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, MERLIN,
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in the county.
Beau Shroyer reported a flock of about 300 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on April 7
in trees along Washington Ave in Detroit Lake, Becker County. Steve
Midthune saw a HARRIS'S SPARROW along CR 9 and a HOODED MERGANSER at
Hamden Slough NWR. Gary Otnes saw a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Dunton Locks
County Park on April 2. Dave and Betty Hochhalter reported AMERICAN
ROBIN on March 31.
Kathy Bresee in Moorhead , Clay County, reported 100's of AMERICAN
ROBINS, NORTHERN CARDINAL , BROWN CREEPER, and DARK-EYED JUNCO on April
3. Mel and Elaine Bennefeld found an EASTERN BLUEBIRD at the Pondorosa
Golf Club on April 5.
Shelley Steva observed a GREAT BLUE HERON near Erskine in Polk County on
April 1. A NORTHERN FLICKER was reported by Donna and Leon Thoreson at
Climax on April 4. Mike Christopherson in Crookston reported MERLIN,
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and FOX SPARROW on April 5. Sandy Aubol saw a
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on April 4, and a kettle of 52 hawks ,mostly
RED-TAILED HAWKS on April 6. A TURKEY VULTURE was also seen over East
In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva saw a MERLIN and a COMMON GRACKLE in
Oklee on April 4, and a WESTERN MEADOWLARK near Plummer on April 6.
In Pennington County, I heard SANDHILL CRANE and KILLDEER on April 5.
Maggie Anderson reported from Agassiz NWR in Marshall County this week.
Many of the same species mentioned in other counties arrived there also.
In addition she reported NORTHERN PINTAIL , LESSER SCAUP, COMMON
MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD, EASTERN PHOEBE, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.
Wes Bailey reported a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER off the Thompson Forest
Road in Roseau County near the Bemis Hill Campground on April 5. Other
species seen in Roseau County included GREAT BLUE HERON, SANDHILL CRANE,
and RED CROSSBILL.
In Lake of the Woods County, Wes saw SPRUCE GROUSE in the Beltrami
Island State Forest, SANDHILL CRANE, KILLDEER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, GREAT
HORNED OWL, BARRED OWL, and PURPLE FINCH this week.
Thanks to all the folks, too numerous to mention who sent in their
sightings this week. Keep up the good work.
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 15,
Pennington County, MN