This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, February 15, 1018 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 very cold week in the northwest, with temperatures hovering at or below zero and winds approaching 40 mph on most days. Wednesday was the exception when it was melting for a few hours. This week, snowy owls have been reported in
Polk, Red Lake, Norman, and Pennington Counties. I am sure that there are others that have not been reported. It appears that they are on the move again, this time northward to the breeding area in the tundra. Snow buntings are starting to get their summer plumage, and many are being seen in small groups throughout the area.
From Douglas County, Thomas Ries observed a HOODED MERGANSER on the north side of Lake Cowdry on February 8.
A HOARY REDPOLL was observed by Becca Engdahl at Kabekona Lake in Hubbard County on February 14.
Dave and Betty Hochhalter had three PINE GROSBEAKS in their yard in Detroit Lake, Becker County, on February 12.
A RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD was seen by Dean Reimer in Moorhead, Clay County, on February 12.
In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported that a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW has been visiting her feeders in East Grand Forks.
In Pennington County, Shelley Steva saw three WILD TURKEYS on February 12. A flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS visited our neighborhood on February 14 looking for the last of the crabapples.
Two NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS were reported in Marshall County this week. Josh Tharaldson saw one in Moylan Township on February 9, and Warren Worker photographed one under his deck in Viking on February 12.
On February 8, Gary and Phillis Lund observed a large group of SHARP-TAILED GROUSE eating buds in the trees in the Roseau area.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at email@example.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, February 22, 2018
Pennington County, MN