Northwest Birding Report for November 8th, 2018.

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 8, 2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

Winter appears to have arrived, and quite peacefully too. The northwest has a dusting of snow which came down quietly, with little wind, and now the temperatures are going down fast. A lot of birds have moved on, and we are seeing fewer of those that are left in the far northwest. Snowy owls are starting to be reported in states around us and even in southern Minnesota so be on the lookout in the northwest. Something seems to be going on with Canada jays too, as I know of at least two that have been seen regionally– one in North Dakota, and one in Otter Tail County. Flowering crabapples are heavy with fruit in all the towns of the northwest, so be looking for Bohemian waxwings and other fruit lovers there.

At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Herb Dingmann found both PINE SISKINS, and COMMON REDPOLLS.

Herb also found COMMON REDPOLLS in Thief River Falls, Pennington County at the Greenwood Trails area, and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at Oakland Park.

In Clearwater County, Herb found three WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at Pine Lake On November 2nd.

Near Plummer, Red Lake County, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen on November 2 by Herb Dingmann.

Allyson Engelstad found a GREEN HERON still at Rydell NWR in Polk County on November 3. Sandy Aubol reported BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at East Grand Forks on November 2nd.

In Clay County, Tim Lamey reported DINLIN and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS at Hitterdahl on November 6.

Several observers reported WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS on Lake Osakis in Todd County and Douglas County on November 6. Other species seen there included COMMON LOON, SNOW GOOSE, and WESTERN GREBE. PINE SISKINS and MERLINS were also observed in Todd County that day.

Alma Ronningen in Dent in Otter Tail County reported RUSTY BLACKBIRD on November 4th. On the 6th, she still had AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, FOX SPARROW, MOURNING DOVE, HOUSE FINCH, and PURPLE FINCH in her yard. A CANADA JAY was found southwest of Battle Lake on November 6th

At the N. Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County, Alex Sundvall reported two AMERICAN AVOCETS on November 5th.

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. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Jeanie Joppru

Pennington County, MN