This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 25, 2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
This has been a typical fall week in the northwest, albeit a bit cooler than normal. We had some clouds, some rain, one or two nice sunny brisk days, and now we are enjoying a constant warm drizzle. Birds have really stoked up this week, and many have left. We are also getting a few reports of snow buntings, and the dark-eyed junco and sparrow crowd is much smaller in the far northwest. The forecast is for one more week of this sort of weather, then it will really cool down.
In Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus has seen two large flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS, and five ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS.
In Roseau County, Beth was briefly visited by a female NORTHERN CARDINAL. She also reported all the usual sparrows, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS, PURPLE FINCHES, the first BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and PINE SISKINS. Tom Amiot at Springsteel Island saw a VIRGINIA RAIL there this week. Other species seen in Roseau County this week included COMMON GOLDENEYE, AMERICAN COOT, and PIED-BILLED GREBE.
On October 21, Zeann Linder and I found 12 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in the town of Ogema IN Becker County. At and near Tamarac NWR, we saw TRUMPETER SWANS, and a juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. In speaking to the homeowner, I learned that the Lewis’s woodpecker has not been seen since the snow came about two weeks ago.
Wayne Perala reporting on the N. Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County observed GREEN HERON, GREAT BLUE HERON, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, many RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, DUNLIN, TRUMPETER SWANS, and a variety of ducks on October 21. Julie Johnson observed SNOW GEESE and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE there also. At the Elbow Lake farm, Charlene Nelson saw the first SNOW BUNTINGS on October 21.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at email@example.com 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, November 1, 2018
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