This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, January 17, 2020

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, January 17, 2020 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

This has been a quiet week in the northwest and it has been very cold. Tonight we are forecast to get a blizzard and more snow. Feeders have been busy today, as the tiny chickadees stoke up for another cold night.

I have a report of two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS along MN 72 north of Kelliher this week, not certain of the county or counties they were seen in.

The Roseau CBC was held on January 4th, and tallied 29 species including AMERICAN KESTREL, SPRUCE GROUSE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, one GREAT GRAY OWL, three NORTHERN SHRIKES, all the corvids, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, WESTERN MEADOWLARK, PINE SISKINS, and SNOW BUNTINGS. On January 12th, Jeff Siverhus saw a GREAT GRAY OWL near Salol, and Beth Siverhus reported BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS  in Warroad on January 17th.

Nancy Wasik observed a PILEATED WOODPECKER in Eckles Township of Beltrami County this week.

On January 11, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK flew through our yard east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County.

Becca Engdahl observed a pair of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in Polk County on January 9th. On the 11th, I found an adult male SNOWY OWL south of Angus, and another was seen on January 16th between Crookston and Eldred.

Mark Otnes reported a CACKLING GOOSE and a LESSER SCAUP at the Moorhead WTP in Clay County on January 11th. A WOOD DUCK was seen there by Patrick Beauzay on January 12th.

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 Friday, January 24, 2020.

 Jeanie Joppru

Pennington County, MN