This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 29, 2018 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
Migration is proceeding even as we experience some back-sliding in the temperature department. Horned larks seem to be mostly paired off or in small flocks, hawks are on the move, and a few Western Meadowlarks have appeared in the northwest. Where there is open water many duck species are being seen, mostly south of Becker County. Lots of birds were on the move on Sunday, March 25 as far north as Mahnomen County including swans, Canada Geese, Rough-legged Hawks and Red-tailed Hawks.
Migration has reached the Canadian border as Mike Thiele has reported CANADA GEESE, BALD EAGLES, and COMMON REDPOLLS near the border in Roseau County.
An AMERICAN THREE-TOED WOODPECKER has been reported visiting the yard of Dean Carlson about 5 miles north of Hayes Lake in Roseau County.
In Pennington County, this morning I saw about a dozen WILD TURKEYS along CR 7 west of Thief River Falls. Other birds seen along that road included a WESTERN MEADOWLARK and about 15 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE. Two DARK-EYED JUNCOS have appeared in our yard also.
Shelley Steva saw a WESTERN MEADOWLARK in Plummer in Red Lake County on March 27.
Many folks have reported that the BALD EAGLES are on the nest north of East Grand Forks in Polk County this week.
Donna Dustin observed an AMERICAN WOODCOCK in Becker County on March 23.
From Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported a female BARROW’S GOLEDENEYE in Fergus Falls on March 25. Other species seen there included NORTHERN SHOVELER, HOODED MERGANSER, GADWALL, LESSER SCAUP, REDHEAD, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, AMERICAN COOT, RING-BILLED GULL and GREAT BLUE HERON. At the Orwell Dam, he saw AMERICAN KESTREL, NORTHERN HARRIER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.
At or near the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County, Wayne Perala reported SHARP-TAILED GROUSE on March 25.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, April 5, 2018.
Pennington County, MN