*March 31, 2011
Great Blue Heron
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: March 31, 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,March 31,
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 be on the way, and snow is slowly melting, lakes are
appearing where there were none, and folks are anxiously watching the
weather forecast hoping that no more precipitation falls. So far the
melt has gone well, but as the weather warms that could change. There is
still a lot of snow in the northwest, although flat fields in the open
are rapidly turning brown. Most of the first wave of migrants has
arrived, and now we await the opening up of the rivers and lakes for the
ducks to arrive. All of the common raptors were reported this week in
many counties of the northwest.
A MERLIN was seen in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, as recently
as tonight on my way home from work, and on March 29 a small flock of
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS flew over our yard. On March 30, I heard the first
singing AMERICAN ROBIN in the yard.
Sandy Aubol in Polk County at East Grand Forks reported a lone COMMON
REDPOLL still coming to the feeder on March 26. 25 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS and
a NORTHERN CARDINAL were seen on March 26, MERLIN, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK,
and MOURNING DOVE on March 29, and a PIED-BILLED GREBE on the 30th.
Matt Mecklenburg was birding in Clay County on March 27 where he saw all
the usual raptors including a PEREGRINE FALCON. At the Moorhead
wastewater treatment ponds there was a great variety of waterfowl
including NORTHERN PINTAIL and AMERICAN WIGEON.
As might be expected, Otter Tail County had the most sightings, being
among the most southerly counties of the northwest. Gary Otnes saw an
AMERICAN WOODCOCK along his driveway on March 28. Steve Millard had a
visit from a red phase EASTERN SCREECH OWL to his yard on March 29. Alma
Ronningen reported SANDHILL CRANES on March 27, AMERICAN
KESTREL,MOURNING DOVES and DARK-EYED JUNCO on March 29. Brad and Dee
Ehlers reporting on March 28, observed RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, GREAT
BLUE HERON, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK on March 28.
Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Brian Nelson, Connie Cox,
Gary Otnes, Gary Tischer, Matt Mecklenburg, Sandy Aubol, and Steve
Millard for their reports.
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 7,
Pennington County, MN