*Detroit Lakes
*March 4, 2016

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: March 4, 2016
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 Friday, March 4, 2016 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 peeking around the corner now in the northwest. We have had a week of seasonable weather; now as I compile this it is snowing , but there is a promise of temperatures of around 50 degrees in a couple of days. More and more returning HORNED LARKS are being seen, and a few raptors are making an appearance as the snow cover diminishes. Owls are on the nests now.

The Fargo-Moorhead Audubon group made a trip to far northern Minnesota last weekend and they found lots of interesting birds. In Lake of the Woods County, they found two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS on the Roosevelt Forest Road. At Norris Camp there were RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, GRAY JAYS, PINE GROSBEAKS and COMMON REDPOLLS.

In Roseau County, they saw RUFFED GROUSE, BALD EAGLE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, GREAT GRAY OWL, NORTHERN HAWK OWL, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, GRAY JAY, SNOW BUNTINGS, COMMON REDPOLLS, and PINE GROSBEAK along or near MN 310. Several SPRUCE GROUSE were seen on the Sprague Creek Road. GREAT HORNED OWL was seen along CR 28, and another SNOWY OWL on MN11. Near the Thompson Forest Road they found two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK. Other species seen in Roseau County included SHARP-TAILED GROUSE west of Roseau. Beth Siverhus saw over 100 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Warroad last weekend.

Another SNOWY OWL was found by the group near Donaldson in Kittson County along MN 11.

Two TRUMPETER SWANS were reported by Hal Sanders on Lake Bemidji, Beltrami County, on February 24. He also had a pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS in this yard in Bemidji .

A pair of BALD EAGLES are on the nest at Parker Pool at Agassiz NWR, Marshall County, as reported by Leon Thoreson on February 27.

In Polk County, Leon reported 40 CANADA GEESE near Climax, and HORNED LARKS along CR 222 on February 27.

Spring is starting to come to Douglas County this weekend. Benjamin Eckhoff reported NORTHERN CARDINALS, an occasional NORTHERN SHRIKE, and an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW at the feeders at Lake Carlos State Park this week. Waterfowl in the area included TRUMPETER SWANS, and COMMON MERGANSERS. BARRED OWL was reported and GREAT HORNED OWLS are on the nest. In the Alexandria area were COMMON GOLDENEYE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, HORNED LARKS, and EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES.

Thanks to Benjamin Eckhoff, Beth Siverhus, Hal Sanders, Leon Thoreson, and the Fargo-Moorhead Audubon group 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, March 10, 2016.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN