This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 1,
2016 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.
It has been a dark , gray , foggy week in the northwest. We are craving some
sunshine up here. Feeder birds are busy , and there are hundreds of Canada
geese flying back and forth still. Most of the rest of the waterfowl have
left the area.
Benjamin Eckhoff at Lake Carlos State Park in Douglas County reported that
the park feeders are currently hosting a wide variety of species, including
PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, BROWN
CREEPER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, and PURPLE FINCH. BALD EAGLES, RED-TAILED HAWKS,
and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS are being seen, and a few waterfowl can still be
found including MALLARDS, CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN COOTS, and RING-BILLED
In Hubbard County, Becca Engdahl reported RED CROSSBILLS on November 27.
Connie Cox, in southern Clearwater County reported BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE,
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PURPLE FINCH, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. At Itasca SP
she reported TRUMPETER SWANS, BALD EAGLE, and PILEATED WOODPECKER.
Here in Pennington County, Keith Wheeler reported a large flock of
blackbirds, mostly RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, but probably including other
blackbirds also, that visited his yard this past weekend. This week, a
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER has visited the feeder every day, and hundreds of
CANADA GEESE have been seen flying around every day.
In Marshall County today, I saw a male NORTHERN HARRIER, a dark phase
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and a BALD EAGLE- all along US 59.
In Kittson County, Brent Pearson reported two SNOWY OWLS a few miles
straight west of Lancaster for the past week or so. On November 27, Larry
Wilebski observed a RUFFED GROUSE displaying. The warm weather seems to
have confused the grouse. Today, I did not find the snowy owls, but did see
several BALD EAGLES, a few ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, COMMON RAVENS, and a
BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE in Kittson County.
Thanks to all who reported sightings this week.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at ajjop...@mncable.net <mailto:ajjop...@mncable.net>
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, December 8, 2016.
Pennington County, MN
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