This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 7, 2019 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
For the second week we have been having very cold, windy weather, culminating with blizzard conditions today. Bird activity at the feeders has been busy with the usual residents, but few reports have come in. We are very white here in the northwest as we have had some new snow almost every day for the past week.
In Otter Tail County, all the same waterfowl reported last week are, of course, still there including the BARROW’S GOLDENEYE. Wayne Perala reported today that he found a flock of SNOW BUNTINGS and a few LAPLAND LONGSPURS in the area of the Orwell Dam near Fergus Falls. On February 2nd, Kevin Manley found a BELTED KINGFISHER in the Fergus Falls area.
In Hubbard County, Becca Engdahl reported that the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW is still present along Kabekona Lake as of February 7th.
The Becker County brambling has not been seen since February 1.
Sandy Aubol is still reporting a FOX SPARROW in her yard in East Grand Forks, Polk County as of February 7th.
From Marshall County, Cliff Steinhauer reported fourteen PINE GROSBEAKS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER in his yard just west of Agassiz NWR on February 1st.
A pair of VARIED THRUSHES has been visiting the yard of Bill Richardson at Saum in Northern Beltrami County for the last month.
Beth Siverhus in Warroad, Roseau County, had a female NORTHERN CARDINAL at her feeder on February 7, along with the usual PINE GROSBEAKS, PURPLE FINCHES, COMMON REDPOLLS, and PINE SISKINS.
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, February 14, 2019.
Pennington County, MN