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Friday, July 30, 2010

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, July 29, 2010

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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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