*April 26, 2018
Greater White-fronted Goose
American White Pelican
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 26, 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 26,
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 come to the northwest, and migration is really
heating up. Numbers of early migrants are increasing daily, although the
species count does not seem to be increasing with the same speed. All of
the expected ducks have been reported , and moving north as the ice
disappears; the raptors are here in force; and some gulls are showing
up. Very few shorebirds have been reported. The blackbird crowd has
arrived, and there are innumerable dark-eyed juncos in all the yards
which are ringing with the frenzied singing of hundreds of juncos and
purple finches. To date , few sparrows have reached the northwest, but
in the last two days, many folks are reporting unusual numbers of fox
sparrows this spring. We should see more sparrows in the next few days.
In Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel reported that there were
RED CROSSBILLS at Norris Camp on April 24.
A first county record AMERICAN AVOCET was reported by Doug Johnson and
Becca Engdahl on April 23 at the Mississippi River entrance to Lake
Bemidji in Beltrami County. A FORSTER'S TERN was also seen there.
Connie Cox , reporting from Itasca SP in Clearwater County, listed many
ducks, TUNDRA SWAN, all the usual raptors, SANDHILL CRANE, TREE SWALLOW,
EASTERN PHOEBE, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER, and many other species arriving this week.
Agassiz NWR in Marshall County reported a WHITE-FACED IBIS at
Headquarters Pool on April 26.
From Pennington County, Gary Tischer saw an AMERICAN COOT in Thief River
Falls on April 22. Eight TURKEY VULTURES were seen flying over the city
on Monday, April 23. In the river, I have seen PIED-BILLED GREBES, WOOD
DUCKS, COMMON GOLDENEYE, BUFFLEHEAD, and HOODED MERGANSER. Here in the
yard I had a visit from both a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on April 22, and a
COOPER'S HAWK on April 23. Also recorded this week were one
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and a flock of TUNDRA SWANS.
Leon Thoreson reported what may be the last SNOWY OWL in Polk County
this spring on April 20. A BROWN THRASHER was seen in his yard near
Climax. Sandy Aubol reported all the expected ducks this week, and lots
of TINDRA SWANS in the fields. On April 20, she observed a
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT flyover, and a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK visited her
yard. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen on April 22. At the Brandt- Angus
impoundment she saw MARBLED GODWIT, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD, and TREE SWALLOWS. On April 23, she found 42 RED-NECKED
GREBES, 4 HORNED GREBES, and a WESTERN GREBE in the Grand Marais Creek
east of East Grand Forks; RING-BILLED GULLS, FRANKLIN'S GULL, and
BONAPARTE’S GULL were seen at the East Grand Forks WTP.
A HORNED GREBE was seen in Detroit Lakes in Becker County, and a
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET at Dunton Locks. Gary Tischer found many FOX
SPARROWS just south of Tamarack NWR, and also reported a BELTED
KINGFISHER and COMMON LOON in the county on April 25. An ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER was observed by Shawn Goodchild at Fig Lake Farm on April 20.
From Hubbard County, Connie Cox reported a COMMON LOON in the Fishhook
River at Park Rapids . Marshall Howe mentioned TUNDRA SWAN, GREATER
YELLOWLEGS , YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, FOX SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER, and PURPLE FINCH on April 22. By April 24 there were large
numbers of FOX SPARROWS, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and they were joined by
SONG SPARROW, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET.
In Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen observed TURKEY VULTURE, OSPREY,
and TREE SWALLOWS on April 22. Also this week NORTHERN FLICKER and
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER flew in. Gary Otnes found a FRANKLIN'S GULL at the
Mistinka River, and an EASTERN PHOEBE arrived in his yard.
In Grant County, the North Ottawa Impoundment has not disappointed this
spring. A long list of ducks and shorebirds were reported there this
week. Of interest was a GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE first reported there on
April 21. Other interesting species included were SNOWY EGRET, AMERICAN
AVOCET, EARED GREBE, HORNED GREBE, a fly over of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE, TREE SWALLOWS, AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, and YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRDS. Both MARBLED GODWITS, and HUDSONIAN GODWITS were seen there.
The species there are changing daily, so one never knows what will be
seen on any given day. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was found in the town of
Wendell on April 26.
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, May 3, 2018.