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Friday, July 30, 2010

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fall is a great time to sneak away for a short stay at East Silent Resort. Enjoy the brilliant fall colors as well as excellent fishing and birding. Call today to reserve your vacation rental! (800) 242-6904.

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 29, 2010 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.

This has been a typical summer week in the northwest , with hot temperatures punctuated by showers and thunderstorms. Flowers are everywhere, and baby birds are noisy like all youngsters finding their voices. A few migrants are already starting to show up also.

Beth Siverhus reported a NORTHERN HAWK OWL along MN 72 in Lake of the Woods County near Baudette on July 15.

Doug Johnson, reporting from Bemidji, Beltrami County mentioned that BONAPARTE'S GULLS have returned to Lake Bemidji near the country club dock. Several pairs of MERLINS are nesting along the north shore of Lake Bemidji, and a family of BARRED OWLS are being seen in the campground and along the Bass Creek Trail.

In Polk County, Bruce Flaig saw more than 20 BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES along CR 41 between CR 12 and MN 32 on July 24. Sandy Aubol reported that a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH has returned to her yard in East Grand Forks.

In Mahnomen County on the weekend, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found one GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, a pair of GRAY PARTRIDGE on 250 St,  and some shorebirds at a flooded cornfield. Other species seen there included OSPREY, MERLIN, ALDER FLYCATCHER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.


Clay County sightings by Ron and Herb included SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, and BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS at the Moorhead WTP, and an immature FRANKLIN'S GULL at the Ulen wastewater treatment ponds.

Nancy Jackson reported 9 BLACK TERNS along CR 13 in Hubbard County near the town of Hubbard, one of which was carrying food.

In Otter Tail County, Nancy Jackson observed 9 SANDHILL CRANES, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and WILSON'S SNIPE near Deer Creek this week. James and Rita Loftness observed that a pair of OSPREY  are building a nest on a pole about a mile south of Battle Lake.

Nancy Jackson saw 2 juvenile BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and about 20 PURPLE MARTINS near Betsy Ross Resort on Lake Ida in Douglas County this week.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Bruce Flaig, Doug Johnson, James and Rita Loftness, Nancy Jackson, Ron Erpelding, Herb Dingmann, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at [email protected] 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, August 5, 2010.


Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN 

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Employer of the Year

We are proud to announce that East Silent Resort was recently named the East Otter Tail County ‘Relay for Life’ Employer of the Year. The award is presented annually to an Otter Tail County employer who demonstrates compassion in dealing with employees who are undergoing treatment in their cancer journey. We were honored to attend the Relay for Life Banquet at Lakeside Golf Course in Perham, MN. A special thanks to Jim Stenger, Relay for Life Chairperson, who nominated East Silent Resort for this award!  



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Friday, July 16, 2010

Cool Airplane

We see lots of boats on East Silent Lake. This week, however, our guests were surprised to see (and hear) a large float plane pulling into the East Silent Resort beach. The plane had the American and Canadian flags painted on its sides. Four East Silent Resort guests were lucky enough to receive an aerial tour of Otter Tail Country. If you or your family would like an aerial tour on your next East Silent Resort vacation…give us a call at 800-242-6904!

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Lake Home Walls

These photos are a couple weeks old. As you can see, the builders are making great progress with the new Lake Homes. We are already taking reservations for 2011 and much of next summer is already filling up! Call now to reserve a week for your family in these NEW Lake Homes!!! Learn more about occupancy and pricing on our Lake Home webpage!  

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report - Thursday, July 8, 2010

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 8, 2010 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.

The holiday weekend and the hot weather have combined to reduce the sightings this week, as many people were spending quality time with non-birding family members, and on at least two days, it was too hot and sticky to be good birding. Weather has cooled now that we are all back to work, and conditions for birding are quite wonderful.

Beth Siverhus reported that a NORTHERN HAWK OWL and two fledglings were seen on the Young's Bay Road in Lake of the Woods County on June 29.

In Roseau County on June 27, Beth found a SCARLET TANAGER and a VESPER SPARROW along the Wobble Grade Road on June 27.

At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on July 5, Beth Siverhus observed a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO on the east boundary road south of CR 7. Other species seen included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and BROWN THRASHER. Maggie Anderson reported that a pair of TRUMPETER SWANS with 5 cygnets are being seen on Tamarac Pool in the interior of the refuge.

Here in Pennington County, I found a family group of SHORT-EARED OWLS on July 5, including 5 fledglings still being fed by two adults. They were located about 7 miles east of Thief River Falls, and two miles south of MN 1. Both VIRGINIA RAILS and SORAS were heard nearby.

Shelley Steva saw WESTERN KINGBIRDS in Polk County near Angus on June 28. Brandon Bowey reported that a pair of TRUMPETER SWANS with two cygnets were seen at Rydell NWR. throughout June. On June 27, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, and CEDAR WAXWINGS were also seen.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Brandon Bowey, Maggie Anderson, and Shelley Steva for their reports.

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