This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for November 16, 2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
Winter appears to have arrived, but with a few typical ups and downs. Most of the migration is over in the far northern part of the area. Tundra swans, the last of the geese and other waterfowl, horned larks, Lapland longspurs, dark–eyed juncos are on their way now with numbers of all decreasing. American tree sparrows are being reported from several areas, and feeders are hosting purple finches as well. Bring on the special winter visitors. Not surprisingly, most of the reports came from the southern part of our area this week.
Charlene Nelson reporting from their farm in Grant County reported a pair of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, a female RED-WINGED BLACKBIR, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER on November 10. At the frozen N. Ottawa impoundment, she found a couple of MALLARDS, many RING-NECKED PHEASANTS, several NORTHERN HARRIERS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, HORNED LARKS, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and SNOW BUNTINGS. On November 8th, Wayne Perala found a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER there, but in the intervening days, we can assume that it left for open water.
Wayne Perala found AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and SNOW BUNTINGS in the Fergus Falls area of Otter Tail County on November 15.
Kay Hartness observed a late NORTHERN FLICKER in her yard in Detroit Lakes, Becker County on November 14. SNOW BUNTINGS were reported by Connie Cox in northeast Becker County along CR 37 on November 11.
In Clearwater County, Connie Cox reported CANADA JAY, PINE SISKINS, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, GREAT HORNED OWL, BALD EAGLE, and COMMON RAVEN this week.
Flocks of migrating TUNDRA SWANS were reported on Lake Bemidji, Beltrami County, on November 13.
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County, reported a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW in her yard on November 11. Emily Hutchins near Mentor, observed several flocks of migrating TUNDRA SWANS on November 9. AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen in her yard.
A GREAT HORNED OWL was reported by Tom Ballard in eastern Pennington County 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 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, November 23, 2018
Pennington County, MN