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Friday, April 15, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, April 14, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 14, 2011 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

 

After a week long teaser, the weather in the northwest is reverting to late fall, early winter conditions with snow forecast for tomorrow. Judging from the bird's activities, maybe it won't be so bad as all are very busy preparing to raise families. Every day more and more  species are returning.

 

Connie Cox reported from Clearwater County. On April 6 , she saw WILD TURKEYS displaying along MN 92. At Itasca SP on April 8, there was RUFFED GROUSE, and EASTERN PHOEBE. 15 EVENING GROSBEAKS and several PURPLE FINCHES are  visiting her feeder 5 miles north of the park.  On April 11 WOOD DUCKS came back to the park.

 

Maggie Anderson reported from Agassiz NWR this week. Species mentioned included GREAT EGRET. DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, COOPER'S HAWK, AMERICAN COOT, WILSON'S SNIPE, BELTED KINGFISHER, FOX SPARROW, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS appeared on April 11, and FRANKLIN'S GULLS, AMERICAN BITTERN, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, and WOOD DUCK on April 12. A MARBLED GODWIT  was seen southeast of the refuge. A good variety of ducks of most of the common species has returned to the refuge.

 

On April 7 , Shelley Steva found an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK in the ditch along Pennington CR 3 near the Polk County line. Here at our place near Thief River Falls, on April 9, WOOD DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and 100's of DARK-EYED JUNCOS  were seen.  On April 9, WILD TURKEYS were seen displaying along CR 7 and an EASTERN BLUEBIRD was  at the same spot. April 10 brought FOX SPARROW, April 13 a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and April 14 , HOODED MERGANSER, AMERICAN COOT, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW.

 

During the course of an owl survey, along the  Pennington- Red Lake County line on April 11, I heard RUFFED GROUSE, SANDHILL CRANES, KILLDEER, and AMERICAN WOODCOCK in Red Lake County.

 

Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported TUNDRA SWANS, FOX SPARROW, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on April 8. Donna and Leon Thoreson  this week saw 350 TUNDRA SWANS, a variety of ducks, and BELTED KINGFISHER in the county on April 10. Sandy Aubol found a SHORT-EARED OWL in a tree across from the East Grand Forks wastewater treatment ponds on April 12. Other species included HOODED MERGANSER, and AMERICAN KESTREL. Shelley Steva saw a BREWER'S BLACKBIRD in East Grand Forks on April 7. I heard AMERICAN WOODCOCKS  on the night of April 11 near the intersection of Pennington, Polk, and Red Lake Counties west of Pennington CR 12.

 

Gary Otnes found a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE in Mahnomen County on April 9.

 

Marshall Howe reported all three species on mergansers - HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON MERGANSER, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at Little Sand Lake on April 9; on that day a HOARY REDPOLL appeared at his feeder near Dorset.

 

Alma Ronningen in Otter Tail County reported EASTERN PHOEBE on April 12, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and FOX SPARROW on April 13, and still some COMMON REDPOLLS   on April 14. Bob Dunlap with a group of other birders found an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER in southwest Otter Tail County, and 25 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Deer Creek on April 8. Brad and Dee Ehlers observed AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, COMMON LOON, PURPLE MARTIN, and PIED-BILLED GREBE on April 8, GREAT EGRETS, and CHIPPING SPARROW on April 10. OSPREY returned to the nest site on April 14. Tim Smith reported  AMERICAN KESTREL, and LAPLAND LONGSPUR on April 14.

 

Large numbers of waterfowl were seen by Bob Dunlap and his group in southern Wilkin County on April 10. Gary Otnes observed GREATER SCAUP, TUNDRA SWAN, and CALIFORNIA GULL in the county on that day.

 

Thanks to all the folks, too numerous to mention, who sent in their sightings this week.

 

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@q.com OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber's toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, April 21, 2011.

 

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