Northwest Birding Report – April 6, 2018

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, April 6, 2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

Our spring has had a relapse this week as we are having record cold temperatures, along with snow and wind. A quick trip to the twin cities yesterday revealed that we in the north are closer to bare ground than the south central part of the state, but none the less we are feeling the cold.

Migration, one started, continues, albeit at a slower pace. Horned larks are paired up, and raptors are streaming in with Bald Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, and American Kestrels being reported almost everywhere.

Otter Tail County seems to have some of all of the expected March and early April migrants back. Tami Worner reported that an OSPREY was seen on March 31 in Henning. Teresa Jaskiewicz observed SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, AMERICAN KESTREL, NORTHERN HARRIER, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, AMERICAN COOTS, FOX SPARROW, COMMON GRACKLE and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW around Elizabeth this week.

Hal Sanders saw a KILLDEER along Becker CR 29 on March 31, the first that has been reported to me this spring. On April 5, I saw a NORTHERN HARRIER, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, a RED-TAILED HAWK and TRUMPETER SWANS in the county.

A late SNOWY OWL was seen in Mahnomen County on April 5. Also in the county TRUMPETER SWANS, and a RING-NECKED PHEASANT were seen on April 5.

In eastern Polk County, Connie Cox reported ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIER and RED-TAILED HAWKS this week. Between McIntosh and Mentor she saw 7 TURKEY VULTURES.

I found a GOLDEN EAGLE in Red Lake County feeding with about 12-15 BALD EAGLES on some carrion in a field on March 31. All of the raptors mentioned above were also found in Red Lake County that day.

Connie Cox reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK, SNOW BUNTINGS, COMMON REDPOLLS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS in Clearwater County around Itasca State Park this week.

In Beltrami County, Nancy Wasik mentioned a large number of COMMON REDPOLLS in the area this week. Best news of all, Doug Johnson reported the first YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in Beltrami County on March 3o.

Beth Siverhus in Roseau County observed SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, NORTHERN SHRIKE and RED CROSSBILLS in the area this week. A SNOWY OWL was also observed by Shirlee Boyd close to the Canadian border. AMERICAN ROBINS, and 2 MERLINS were also reported. Many BALD EAGLES  are very visible in the area as the snow melt reveals the carcasses of many deer that were killed by cars in the winter.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s numbers 218-847-5743 or 218- 847-9202.
Please include the county where the sighting took place and if possible the date when the bird was seen. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN