*October 19, 2017
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: October 19, 2017
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, October 19,
2017 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.
We are enjoying a lovely few days in the northwest. Temperatures have
been in the high 60's and low 70ís but winds have been high so the
leaves have almost all come down, except for a few oaks and the poplars.
Migration is proceeding. There are many reports of migrant American
robins, dark-eyed juncos, and several species of sparrows. Raptors are
also being seen and a few rough-legged hawks have been reported this
Charlene Nelson was at the N. Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County on
October 13 and reported SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, many BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERONS, WESTERN GREBES, BONAPARTE'S GULL, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER,
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and NELSONíS SPARROW. Ron Taube was there on
October 16 and found LINCOLNíS SPARROW, and AMERICAN PIPIT. He also said
that the ibis is still there.
In Douglas County, Ben Eckhoff observed a BALTIMORE ORIOLE at the Lake
Carlos SP feeders on October 16.
In Wilkin County, Matt Mecklenburg saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along CR 52
south of Barnesville on October 16.
In Hubbard County, Becca Engdahl found a HARLEQUIN DUCK at the Walker
WTP on October 18. The bird was relocated today by Bob Eckblad. Marshall
Howe reported BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE on October 14, and MARSH WREN on
October 15. A large movement of DARK-EYED JUNCOS came through the county
Wayne Perala found a leucistic DARK-EYED JUNCO at Tamarac NWR in Becker
County on October 17.
In Polk County, Shelley Steva reported a flock of 20 LAPLAND LONGSPURS
and two flocks of BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS along CR 21 on October 19. Sandy
Aubol reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE at the Agassiz Aububon Center on
October 17. Also seen were SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, many SANDHILL CRANES,
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRISíS SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN
CREEPER, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were spotted a few
miles south. At the impoundment were AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and a few
shorebirds including PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.
A FERRUGINOUS HAWK was observed and photographed by Paula Cater near
Plummer in Red Lake County on October 18. Shelley Steva saw a flock of
about 200 LAPLAND LONGSPURS in Red Lake County on October 18.
50 WILD TURKEYS were seen by Zeann Linder along Pennington CR 7 on
October 17. On October 15, a flock of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS came
through the yard here. On October 19, there were two HARRIS'S SPARROWS,
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and many DARK-EYED JUNCOS. Another large flock
of migrating AMERICAN ROBINS descended on the crabapple trees this week.
On the way into Thief River Falls today, I saw three BALD EAGLES.
FRANKLIN'S GULLS were seen at Paul Bunyan Park in Bemidji, Beltrami
County by Alex Burchard on October 16.
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 Friday, October 27,
Pennington County, MN