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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, March 26, 2020 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. 

 From the southern part of the area comes the news that spring has sprung! Grant and Otter Tail Counties are teeming with the first wave of migrants- waterfowl, swans, and all the geese as well as some migrant passerines. Here in the northern part of the area, we are seeing lots of horned larks, and the Canada goose scouts, a few robins and other early migrants. With the warmer temperatures forecast for the weekend, we will surely see some of those now being seen further south. Open water will bring the waterfowl, but most lakes and rivers in the north are a week or two away from that now.

 This week in Pennington County, I have had DARK-EYED JUNCOS and AMERICAN ROBINS in the yard, and have seen COMMON RAVENS and the first AMERICAN KESTRELS elsewhere.

 There were AMERICAN KESTRELS in Red Lake County also yesterday, March 25.

 Many observers reported a female MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD at Dunton Locks County Park south of Detroit Lakes, Becker County, from March 21st to at least March 26th.

 Wayne Perala reported that many migrants were appearing in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County on March 24th. Almost all the early migrants were mentioned. Teresa Jaskiewicz reported from the Prairie Learning Center and from her home at Elizabeth that she was seeing CANADA GEESE, TRUMPETER SWANS, TUNDRA SWANS, SANDHILL CRANES,  BALD EAGLES, RED-TAILED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, NORTHERN FLICKERS, BARRED OWL, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS.

 Thousands of SNOW GEESE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, some ROSS’S GEESE, and TUNDRA SWANS have made it to the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County this week. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, including at least one KRIDER’S RED-TAILED HAWK, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and many other species have been spotted there.

 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, April 2, 2020.

 Jeanie Joppru

Pennington County, MN