This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 26, 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.
In the northwest, a hold has been placed on the thaw now, but we have lots of ice on the sidewalks and parking lots. Main roads, however , are ice and snow free, and some fields are starting to show some bare spots. A few HORNED LARKS have been reported, though not many yet.
Becca Engdahl took a trip north on the weekend and found some owls in the Roseau area, including GREAT GRAY OWL, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, and NORTHERN HAWK OWL. She also was in the Red Lake WMA and the Big Bog, adding NORTHERN SHRIKE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, PINE GROSBEAK, RED CROSSBILL, and SNOW BUNTING along the way.
Larry Wilebski in Kittson County is still reporting dancing SHARP-TAILED GROUSE near Lancaster.
Zeann Linder heard a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE on the weekend, and Gary Tischer reported an AMERICAN ROBIN, both sightings in Thief River Falls, Pennington County.
Gary Tischer also reported an adult BALD EAGLE three miles south of Brooks in Red Lake County this afternoon. On January 20, Craig Mandel, Ron Erpelding, and Mark Junghans found GRAY PARTRIDGE along CR 18 west of Red Lake Falls. Other species seen included NORTHERN SHRIKE, HORNED LARK, COMMON REDPOLLS, and SNOW BUNTINGS in this county; AMERICAN ROBINS, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, and DARK-EYED JUNCO were seen in Oklee.
A SNOWY OWL was reported in Polk County near Sherack by Teresa Audette this week.
From Clay County, Kathy Bresee observed a FOX SPARROW in her yard in Moorhead, Clay County, on January 25.
In Becker County, Sandy Brown reported WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE at Boot Lake on January 21.
A NORTHERN PINTAIL was discovered by Wayne Perala among a group of geese along CR 15 west of Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County on January 26.
Thanks to all who sent in sightings this week.
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 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 2, 2017.