This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, January 3, 2019 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
Here in the northwest we have had a shot of really cold weather this week, but temperatures rebounded nicely today with a high above freezing. Feeders have been very busy in the last few days with the cold windy weather. Snow cover is at least a foot in most yards, perhaps a bit less in the open fields. This winter there seem to be an absence of common redpolls in most places, and rough-legged hawks are somewhat uncommon. Likely due to the snow cover, the latter may have moved further south this year. Varied thrushes seem to be popping up in all sorts of places this winter, at least two new counties during the last two weeks.
The Beltrami Island CBC in Lake of the Woods County was held on December 30th. Among the species seen this year were SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RUFFED GROUSE, CANADA JAYS, PINE GROSBEAKS, COMMON REDPOLLS, and PINE SISKINS. There seemed to be more redpolls there than we are seeing at feeders this year.
In Roseau County, the Roseau CBC tallied 27 species including 70 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, COMMON RAVEN, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, COMMON REDPOLLS, SNOW BUNTINGS, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and RED CROSSBILLS. Beth Siverhus reported 3 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, a COMMON GRACKLE, and an AMERICAN ROBIN in Warroad on January 1st. In the Beltrami Island state forest, she saw BALD EAGLE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and RUFFED GROUSE.
Beth Siverhus reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE in Beltrami County on January 1st, north of Red Lake. On December 28, Joe Hommes reported a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in Bemidji.
In Polk County, Sandy Aubol continues to report both CHIPPING SPARROW and FOX SPARROW in her yard in East Grand Forks. Leon Thoreson observed 15 GRAY PARTRIDGE east of Climax on December 30th. At Crookston Oakdale Cemetery, he saw PINE SISKINS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, PURPLE FINCH, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. He also reported a SANDHILL CRANE near Eldred on December 28.
The Bluestem Prairie CBC on December 22nd recorded 37 species including WILD TURKEY, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES, NORTHERN SHRIKE, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, COMMON RAVEN, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, CEDAR WAXWINGS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, 219 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, PURPLE FINCH, 47 PINE SISKINS, and 13 COMMON REDPOLLS.
The Tamarac CBC in Becker County on December 19th, counted 34 species including 36 RED CROSSBILLS. Nancy Henke reported a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW visiting her feeder on January 3rd.
Wayne Perala found a VARIED THRUSH in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, on December 25. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on January 1st. Jason Swelstad reported AMERICAN ROBIN and EASTERN BLUEBIRD in Fergus Falls on December 25th.
The Alexandria CBC in Douglas County found 41 species including COMMON MERGANSER, HOODED MERGANSER, WOOD DUCK, AMERICAN KESTREL, NORTHERN FLICKER, VARIED THRUSH, and AMERICAN ROBIN on December 29. Linda Simmons saw a BROWN CREEPER in Alexandria on January 3rd.
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 Thursday, January 10, 2019.
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