*December 26, 2015
Northern Hawk Owl
Great Gray Owl
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: December 26, 2015
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 Saturday, December
26, 2015 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or
We finally have a little snow in the northwest, and cooling
temperatures, but still pleasant. Roads , however, are a mixed bag. Some
well-travelled ones are bare and dry, but most , especially the
secondary roads are very icy or covered by packed snow. Birds are busy
at the feeders and there are reports of several species that normally
would be far south by now.
From Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel reported that a NORTHERN
HAWK OWL was found on the Roosevelt Road two miles north of the Norris
fire tower this week, and a GREAT GRAY OWL was seen 3 miles north of the
Faunce tower. At the feeders at Norris Camp were GRAY JAYS, RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCHES, COMMON REDPOLLS, and PINE GROSBEAKS.
Beth Siverhus had a young COOPER'S HAWK visiting her yard in Warroad on
December 23. Several flocks of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Roseau
County this week.
Doug Johnson reported on the Beltrami CBC held on December 19 where two
RING-NECKED DUCKS, 19 BALD EAGLES, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK , and an AMERICAN
KESTREL were among the species seen.
The Agassiz CBC in Marshall County was held on December 18. Some of the
species seen were one GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, 18 GRAY PARTRIDGES, 146
SHARP-TAILED GROUSE,38 WILD TURKEYS, at least 300 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and
about 100 PINE GROSBEAKS in Middle River, two PILEATED WOODPECKERS, and
three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. Also in Marshall County, Cliff Steinhauer
reported AMERICAN ROBIN, and DARK-EYED JUNCO on December 19, about 300
SNOW BUNTINGS on December 22, and PINE GROSBEAKS and COMMON REDPOLLS on
Zeann Linder saw about 75 to 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Thief River Falls,
Pennington County, on December 20. COMMON REDPOLLS showed up at our
feeders on Christmas Day.
From Polk County, Terry Johnson reported a SNOWY OWL a mile east of
Sherack on December 20. SNOW BUNTINGS and COMMON REDPOLLS were also seen
in the county. Sandy Aubol reported three RED CROSSBILLS in East Grand
Forks as recently as December 24. Among species seen in Minnesota on the
Grand Forks- East Grand Forks CBC were a REDHEAD at the Crystal Sugar
ponds, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and a GRAY CATBIRD.
Patrick Beauzay reported an AMERICAN COOT at the Moorhead WTP on
December 19. Species seen on the Minnesota side of the Fargo-Moorhead
CBC on December 19 included NORTHERN PINTAIL, COOPER'S HAWK, BARRED OWL,
and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.
In Becker County, Kay Hartness observed a BROWN THRASHER in her yard on
The Bemidji CBC was held on December 19 and included 3 WILD TURKEYS just
west of MN 71 on the southern edge of the circle, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, a
VARIED THRUSH on Peninsula Drive on Stump Lake, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS,
LAPLAND LONGSPURS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, RED CROSSBILLS, PINE
GROSBEAKS, COMMON REDPOLLS and a HOARY Redpoll. Most of the above were
seen in the Hubbard County part of the circle.
The Itasca CBC was held on December 20 where 10 BALD EAGLES,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, WILD TURKEY, BARRED OWL, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, GRAY
JAY, both RED CROSSBILLS and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, PINE GROSBEAKS,
and COMMON REDPOLLS were reported.
Douglas County sightings reported by Benjamin Eckhoff included
CANVASBACKS, REDHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER, COMMON MERGANSER and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. The lake was
obviously open at that point, but may be iced over by now.
Thanks to all who sent in their sightings this week, especially those
counted on the CBC's.
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 will be Sunday, January
Pennington County, MN