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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report

Weekly update of bird sightings in the region

 

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 7, 2019 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

 Winter has descended on the northwest this week, and it doesn’t look as if fall will return. The winter residents are settling in, and migration is all but over. In the northwest we are seeing many bald eagles and these sightings will only increase during the hunting season. Dark-eyed juncos are still present, but in reduced numbers, and most of the white-throated sparrows have left.

 Garrett MacDonald spotted a WINTER WREN at Lake Bemidji State Park in Beltrami County on October 26th.

 Two families of TRUMPETER SWANS were seen along Marshall CR 12 south of CR 7 on November 3rd.

 Here in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, several EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES are visiting the feeders of Zeann Linder this week.

 Up to 15 BALD EAGLES were seen by Sara Nelson along US 59 in southern Polk County last weekend.

 From Clay County, Tim Lamey reported several GREATER YELLOWLEGS in a flooded field east of Bluestem Prairie SNA on October 26th. A SNOW GOOSE was spotted on October 28th at Flora Lake near Hitterdahl. Also on October 28th, he saw a GOLDEN EAGLE near the Clay County landfill, a NORTHERN SHRIKE southeast of Hitterdahl, and one at Bluestem Prairie SNA. Several large flocks of up to 500 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were also seen in Clay County on October 28th.

 Charlene Nelson reported TUNDRA SWANS flying over her Elbow Lake farm in Grant County on October 29th.

 Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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, November 21, 2019.

 Jeanie Joppru

Pennington County, MN