This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 2, 2020 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website: https://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/birding-report
The first big wave of migration is underway, but may get stalled for a day or two and the northwest is due to get several inches of late spring snow tonight. Feeders have been extremely busy today, which makes me nervous as the birds always seem to know what’s ahead. We have had a lot of migration this week- dark-eyed juncos seem to be everywhere, horned larks are paired up already, common grackles have arrived in the area, as well as American kestrels and a few hawks. The greatest number of arriving species of course are reported from the southern part of the area, but the north is represented, also. The big goose migration is winding down at the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County and in Otter Tail County.
Charlene Nelson in Elbow Lake in Grant County reported lots of returning species. On March 30th, she reported AMERICAN WOODCOCK, on the 31st, FOX SPARROW and COMMON GRACKLE. AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN CREEPER and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET were seen on April 1st, and there were COMMON GOLDENEYE and RING-BILLED GULL at Hodgson Lake, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR at Elbow Lake on April 2nd. Chad Tolsma reported YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at the North Ottawa Impoundment on April 1st. Wayne Perala reports that most of the ducks have arrived at the Impoundment, and also in Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County.
A LONG-TAILED DUCK was found along Hwy 29 N in Douglas County on April 1st.
Jason Swelstad observed a CHIPPING SPARROW in Douglas County on March 29th.
In Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported some new arrivals in the Fergus Falls area including TURKEY VULTURE, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, RING-BILLED GULL, MOURNING DOVE, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, MERLIN, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, LAPLAND LONGSPUR and COMMON GRACKLE. Chad Tolsma observed a NORTHERN SHRIKE on March 29, and a HERMIT THRUSH on April 2nd. Beth Rudh observed GREAT EGRET, BUFFLEHEAD and FOX SPARROW in that county on April 2nd.
Here in Pennington County, on March 31st, there was KILLDEER; on April 1st, I had RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD and large flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS and DARK-EYED JUNCOS. On April 2nd, we had a pair of WOOD DUCKS on the mostly frozen river, one AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and four FOX SPARROWS.
From Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported NORTHERN SHRIKE, NORTHERN HAWK OWL, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RED CROSSBILL, PINE SISKIN and PURPLE FINCH.
In Lake of the Woods County, Beth saw AMERICAN ROBIN, AMERICAN KESTREL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, KILLDEER and TURKEY VULTURE.
In western Itasca County, Beth reported DARK-EYED JUNCOS and PINE SISKINS.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at email@example.com. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday April 9, 2020.