This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 6, 2020

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 6, 2020 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

Weather in the northwest continues to be moderate, and the few above freezing days have done little to melt the snow that we have. Roads are in good winter driving conditions, even the gravel roads, but always be aware that what the road looks like at the end may not be true a half mile down the road. Feeders are busy with the usual winter species.

A SNOWY OWL was found and photographed by Wayne Perala in Grant County on February 2nd.

David Wittrock found a SNOWY OWL in Wilkin County on February 1st.

Various people have reported on the waterfowl over-wintering in Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County. Among the waterfowl mentioned are CANADA GOOSE, COMMON GOLDENEYE, MALLARD, TRUMPETER SWAN, HOODED MERGANSER, and COMMON MERGANSER. Chad Tolsma saw CEDAR WAXWINGS in Fergus Falls on February 4th.

A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was found by Wayne Perala at Tamarac NWR on January 28th, and Chad Tolsma saw a BARRED OWL there also that day.

From Clay County, Rose Swift reported an AMERICAN KESTREL  on January 31st. Steve Dahl saw a SNOWY OWL  a couple of miles north of US 10 along MN 9 on January 26th. A WILD TURKEY was seen by Wayne Hurley on the Concordia campus in Moorhead on February 5th.

Beth Siverhus saw a NORTHERN HAWK OWL along MN 72 in Beltrami County on February 2nd. Mary Lou Marchand reported a NORTHERN FLICKER at her feeder in Bemidji on January 26th.

Larry Wilebski reported 100 PINE SISKINS in Kittson County on February 2nd, and also an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW that appears to be going to over-winter there.

In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus saw 5 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and 10 PINE SISKINS in the Beltrami State Forest near Clear River on January 31st.  A NORTHERN SHRIKE was hunting at her feeder in Warroad on February 3rd.Sandy Aubol found a TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE at the Spruce Cemetery along CR 28 on January 25th.

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, February 20, 2020

 Jeanie Joppru

Pennington County, MN