Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 2, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 2, 2017 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

After a mild week or so, it is again cold in the northwest, although not as severe as before, and the sun was shining brightly today. Folks have begun to report some grouse, and some snowy owls in the area. Woodpeckers are starting to act as if spring is on the way.

In Wilkin County, Kathleen MacAulay saw a GOLDEN EAGLE on January 29.

From Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported twenty CEDAR WAXWINGS in Fergus Falls on January 27. On January 29, Kathleen MacAulay saw an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK there.

Shelley Steva saw an adult male SNOWY OWL in Polk County near Sherack on January 26.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was observed by Richard Hoeg in the Big Bog area of Beltrami County on January 27.

Larry Wilebski found an AMERICAN KESTREL in northern Kittson County on January 28, and a small flock of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS on January 29.

Beth Siverhus found twelve WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in Roseau County near the north border of Beltrami Island state forest this week. A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen at the border of the state forest off CR 5, and thirty BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were seen in Warroad this week. She had DARK-EYED JUNCO at her feeder in Warroad and a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE was also seen.

In Lake of the Woods County, Beth found a GREAT GRAY OWL one mile north on the Norris-Roosevelt Road near Norris Camp. Other species seen near the camp included NORTHERN HAWK OWL, SPRUCE GROUSE, GRAY JAYS, PINE GROSBEAKS, PINE SISKINS, and BLUE JAYS.

Thanks to those who reported sightings this week.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, February 9, 2017.