This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 19, 2020

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 19, 2020 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

Spring is on the way in the northwest, according to the birds. Horned larks are everywhere in the open country; some folks are seeing American robins which may be some that overwintered, but which are now singing.

In Otter Tail County, Brittany Kakac reported a CHIPPING SPARROW on March 16th.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was spotted by Becca Engdahl on March 13 in Hubbard County along MN 64 north of CR 109.

In Clay County, I saw a large group of WILD TURKEYS in a yard in north Moorhead on March 17th. Patrick Beauzay reported RUSTY BLACKBIRD and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD in the county on March 15th.

A MOURNING DOVE was seen by Gina Kemper in Mahnomen County on March 17th.

Diane Wales reported a flock of AMERICAN ROBINS in the north end of East Grand Forks on March 18th.

In Pennington County, I saw 25 WILD TURKEYS along CR 3 on March 17th, and on March 18th, AMERICAN ROBINS could be heard in our neighborhood east of Thief River Falls. Many EUROPEAN STARLINGS are showing up in flocks this week in the area- maybe migrants.

Beth Siverhus saw WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in Beltrami County near the Bog walk last weekend.

From Roseau County, Dawn Stromquist reported NORTHERN GOSHAWK on March 13th. Beth Siverhus observed a NORTHERN HAWK OWL between Roseau and Warroad last week. SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were also seen.

In Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel reported RED CROSSBILLS at Norris Camp on March 12th; also seen there were PINE SISKINS, GRAY JAYS, and BLUE JAYS. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen east of the Norris Fire Tower on March 16th.

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, March 26, 2020

Jeanie Joppru

Pennington County, MN