This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 4, 2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
Here in the northwest, we are promised the first snow of the fall tonight. Our yard has been busy with a big influx of dark-eyed juncos and white-throated sparrows as have many yards in the area. Leaves fell fast in the miserable drizzle of yesterday, but many still remain, so birds are still hard to locate. Red-tailed hawks seem to be everywhere, on every pole.
A LEWIS’S WOODPECKER was reported on the MOU rba by Kim Eckert yesterday. The homeowner noticed it and it was sent to Kim who verified the identity and posted it on the list serve. The bird was seen again today, and was apparently cooperative. The location is near Rochert in Becker County, and the address is in Kim’s post. Do not park in the driveway, as they have very anxious dogs.
In Grant County, the N. Ottawa Impoundment continues to be a good place to bird. This week WHITE-FACED IBIS, SNOWY EGRETS, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and AMERICAN PIPITS could be found there. Of course many other species are also there, and it might be a good place to look for shorebirds also. Charlene Nelson reported from their farm near Elbow Lake that by October 3rd, she had seen WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and BROWN CREEPER in the yard.
From Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, GREAT BLUE HERON, BLACK-CROWNED HERON, and BELTED KINGFISHER in the Fergus Falls area this week. Near the Orwell Dam he found AMERICAN KESTREL and HARRIS SPARROW. John White observed a GREAT EGRET at Maplewood State Park on October 2.
From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported about 200 PINE SISKINS on September 29; on the 30th, he saw ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and DARK-EYED JUNCO. On October 3rd, the first WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and FOX SPARROWS appeared. An OVENBIRD was seen by Becca Engdahl near Kabekona Lake on September 28th.
On September 28th, Shelley Steva and I found an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at the east end of Headquarters Pool at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County.
Here in the yard east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County, we have many RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS at the feeders.
A PHILADELPHIA VIREO and MOURNING WARBLER were seen by Sandy Aubol and Judy Johnson in Kittson County on September 29.
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, October 11, 2018.
Pennington County, MN