This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Sunday, December 8, 2019 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
The mild weather is apparently over for the time being, as we now have a forecast for below zero temperatures for early this week. Birding is quiet, and birds are settling in to their winter territories, and feeders are busy with the usual winter residents.
On November 30th, Gretchen Mehmel reported 3-TOED WOODPECKER, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, and SPRUCE GROUSE from deep within the Beltrami Island State Forest in Lake of the Woods County, and on December 7th, she observed a flock of RED CROSSBILLS at Norris Camp. Beth Siverhus saw a NORTHERN SHRIKE at mile marker 69 on MN 72 south of Baudette.
Beth Siverhus reported 30 PINE SISKINS, one AMERICAN ROBIN, one NORTHERN GOSHAWK, three RUFFED GROUSE, and one SHARP-TAILED GROUSE along trails in the Warroad area of Roseau County on December 7th.
A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was seen by Alex Sundvall north of Shooks in Beltrami County on December 18th. On December 2nd, Beth saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at mile marker 26 of MN 72 in Beltrami County. There were two NORTHERN HAWK OWLS in Beltrami County along MN 72 also.
Many observers saw the TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE reported earlier at Deep Portage Learning Center. The bird was reported at least as recently as December 7th, having stayed for at least two weeks.
On December 6th, I saw a large flock of WILD TURKEYS numbering at least 250 birds along Pennington CR 7 southwest of Thief River Falls in Pennington County.
A late SAVANNAH SPARROW was observed by Patrick Beauzay on December 1st in Clay County. On November 24th, a WINTER WREN was seen by Tim Lamey at the Viking ship park in Moorhead.
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, December 20, 2019.
Pennington County, MN