This winter is a real roller-coaster. We are alternating between brief periods of extremely cold temperatures with high winds and relatively balmy , nearly calm conditions. So far it has been about equal times for each. Snow has been coming in the north just often enough to keep everything nice and white. Bird activity is active at the feeders.
Otter Tail County, understandably, in the southern part of our area has reported the most species this week. A VARIED THRUSH has showed up in Fergus Falls area. A NORTHERN FLICKER and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER were both reported in that county this week. The Pelican Rapids CBC , reported by Matt Mecklenburg, found 36 species on January 5th. Included were 69 TRUMPETER SWANS, 125 WILD TURKEYS, 10 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 3 NORTHERN SHRIKES, a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE , four COMMON RAVENS, 59 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 5 NORTHERN CARDINALS, and 43 AMERICAN ROBINS. Ben Douglas observed a CACKLING GOOSE in Fergus Falls on January 5th, while Jason Swelstad reported a RUSTY BLACKBIRD there.
In Becker County, Matt Sorum reported TRUMPETER SWANS near Detroit Lakes on January 8th.
A SNOWY OWL was observed by Matt Sorum near Moorhead, Clay County, on January 10th.
Sandy Aubol continues to host a CHIPPING SPARROW and a FOX SPARROW in her East Grand Forks backyard in Polk County.
Gary Tischer had a visit from a HOARY REDPOLL in his Thief River Falls yard in Pennington County on January 10th. Accompanying it were about 100 PINE SISKINS. A PILEATED WOODPECKER was also seen.
Cliff Steinhauer in Marshall County, just west of Agassiz NWR , reported PILEATED WOODPECKER, 6 COMMON REDPOLLS, and 5 PINE GROSBEAKS this week among other common species.
In Bemidji, Beltrami County, Suzanne Fellows reported RING-NECKED DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and BREWER'S BLACKBIRD this week.
At Norris Camp in Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel reported a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER in the camp backyard on January 5th.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at <ajjoppru...> <mailto:<ajjoppru...> 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, January 17, 2019.