Rare bird repeatedly spotted near Richwood

A bird that’s very rarely seen in Minnesota has been hanging out around a home north of Detroit Lakes, and birders are flocking in from all over to see it.

A shot of the brambling at the Shroyer family home this week. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Perala)

A shot of the brambling at the Shroyer family home this week. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Perala)

Brambling sightings are extremely rare in the Midwest. Here, you can see the unique coloring on the finch's back. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Henke)

Brambling sightings are extremely rare in the Midwest. Here, you can see the unique coloring on the finch's back. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Henke)

A front view of the bird, which has been hanging out around a family home near Richwood, Minn., since Jan. 25. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Henke)

A front view of the bird, which has been hanging out around a family home near Richwood, Minn., since Jan. 25. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Henke)

A brambling (of the finch family Fringillidae, formal name Fringilla montifringilla) has been making daily appearances at the Shroyer family home just east of Richwood since Friday, Jan. 25. Beau Shroyer, a Detroit Lakes realtor, birder, and owner of the home, said this is only the 8th brambling ever recorded in Minnesota, and the fourth one to stick around for any longer than a day.

Bramblings are not rare in the world, but they’re uncommon in North America, and hardly ever make it to the Midwest.

“They’re not native to North America,” Shroyer explained. “Its most likely route of getting here was across the Bering Sea into Alaska from Siberia, because its only other avenue would be to cross the Atlantic Ocean, which is of course highly unlikely.”

Shroyer was the first person to spot the bird, which made a brief stop at the feeder outside his dining room window on Jan. 1. Though he only saw it for about 30 seconds that day, and had never seen one before, he knew right away it was something special. 

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