This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 6, 2018.

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 6, 2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

A little snow blankets the ground here in the far northwest, and today, the sun shines brightly under clear blue skies. Temperatures are cold however, but the wind is light. Feeders are very busy as the chickadees and nuthatches fuel up to stay warm. People, however, not so active these days outdoors, are busy with holiday preparations and parties so few reports have come in.

Wayne Perala reported some owls in Otter Tail County this week- one or two SNOWY OWLS, near the Orwell dam, SHORT-EARED OWL, and GREAT HORNED OWL in Fergus Falls. Also in Fergus Falls, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON and COMMON MERGANSER.

In Hubbard County, Debbie Center photographed a SORA near her home in Nevis on December 1.

At Tamarac NWR in Becker County, Pat Doeden saw a BARRED OWL on November 23.

From Crookston, Bryn Hertz reported RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, HOUSE FINCHES, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER  in Crookston on December 3rd. Sandy Aubol has a CHIPPING SPARROW, and a FOX SPARROW  still visiting her yard in East Grand Forks.

In Kittson County, Todd Sorenson reported EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in the town of Hallock, and several GRAY PARTRIDGES near his home north of Hallock on December 4.

From Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, an AMERICAN ROBIN, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and a COMMON GRACKLE this week.

In Lake of the Woods County, Beth found two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. Twelve BALD EAGLES were seen feeding on something in a field west of Pitt. A SHARP-TAILED GROUSE was also seen 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 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 Thursday, December 13, 2018  

Jeanie Joppru

Pennington County, MN