Northwest Birding Report – Friday, March 8, 2019

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, March 8, 2019 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

There hasn’t been a lot of movement northward of birds within the area this week due to the very cold weather and storms that we have been having. Most reported birds are staying near known feeders where they can get the most food quickly. There are reports of all the common finches throughout the area, but I am seeing reports of a few horned larks now. I am sure that many are being missed as humans are sticking pretty close to home also. It is no surprise that the southern part of the area has the most bird reports.

From Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported this morning that there are still lots of finches in the area including PINE SISKINS, COMMON REDPOLLS, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, and PURPLE FINCHES. A NORTHERN PINTAIL has been seen at the river crossing under MN 29, a SNOWY OWL was reported southeast of Carlos, and a WOOD DUCK continues at Goose Park in Alexandria. BALD EAGLES and many RING-NECKED PHEASANTS are being reported.

Alma Ronningen in Dent, Otter Tail County, has been feeding several AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS all winter. She also has a DARK-EYED JUNCO, AMERICAN GOLDINCHES, COMMON REDPOLLS, and PINE SISKINS. WILD TURKEYS, SNOW BUNTINGS and a few HORNED LARKS can be seen along the roads. Waterfowl is still being reported from Fergus Falls where there is open water year round.

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues at Kabekona Lake in Hubbard County as reported by Becca Engdahl.

A RUSTY BLACKBIRD was reported by Patrick Beauzay on March 7 in Clay County.

The FOX SPARROW at East Grand Forks in Polk County has overwintered in Sandy Aubol’s yard. Leon Thoreson in southwestern Polk County reports two BALD EAGLES flying over Crookson, and is feeding many SNOW BUNTINGS, PINE SISKINS, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES and COMMON REDPOLLS in his yard near Climax.

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, March 14, 2019.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN