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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Detroit Lakes
*February 1, 2019
*MNDL1902.01

-Birds mentioned
Ring-necked Duck
Barrow's Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Ring-necked Pheasant
Ruffed Grouse
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Townsend's Solitaire
American Robin
Bohemian Waxwing
Brambling
Pine Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Common Redpoll
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Snow Bunting
White-throated Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
-Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: February 1, 2019
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 218-847-5743 or 218-847-9202
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru ([log in to unmask])

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, February 1,
2019 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You
may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
https://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/birding-report

It has been brutally cold in the past week, but today we are seeing
signs of the weakening of the polar vortex, at least for a while. The
cold has brought birds in to the feeders. Common redpolls are starting
to be reported at feeders and pine siskins are now crowding the feeders.
Other species are also coming to feeders, particularly those birds that
are lost or out of range. I have one casualty of the cold to report-
unfortunately the varied thrush that was reported by Kevin Heck in Otter
Tail County died from the cold this week.

Beth Siverhus reported from Warroad that she still sees a COMMON GRACKLE
and a RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD under her feeders. Other species that she has
seen this week included PINE GROSBEAKS, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, PURPLE FINCH,
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, PINE SISKIN, and COMMON REDPOLL. Bruce Olson
reported seeing SHARP-TAILED GROUSE in Roseau County this week.

From Bemidji in Beltrami County, a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was reported by
Becca Engdahl on January 24. Other species being seen at the Lake Irving
water access are RING-NECKED DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, and PIED-BILLED
GREBE. Susan Wachtler reported both COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE SISKINS.

Here in Pennington County Billie Garry reported WILD TURKEYS southwest
of Thief River Falls.

On the way to Detroit Lakes, I found a flock of SNOW BUNTINGS in
Mahnomen County along US 59.

In Becker County, a RING-NECKED PHEASANT was seen along US 59. At Beau
Schroyer's residence, we were treated to several WILD TURKEYS, two
RUFFED GROUSE, many PINE GROSBEAKS, PINE SISKINS, COMMON REDPOLLS, and
an AMERICAN ROBIN ,but no brambling yesterday. The good news is that the
BRAMBLING was seen again early this morning so it is still coming to the
feeder. Yesterday a northern shrike was hunting the yard several times,
so that may have deterred the brambling from coming in.

Becca Engdahl reported a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Kabekona Lake,
Hubbard County, on January 28.

The varied thrush previously reported by Kevin Heck in Otter Tail County
was found dead one morning this week, apparently of the cold. Various
people have reported waterfowl in Otter Tail County as there is open
water in Fergus Falls. A BARROW'S GOLDENEYE and HOODED MERGANSER are
among the species being seen there. An AMERICAN ROBIN was reported by
Mary LeComte on January 30.

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, February 8, 2019



Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN