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Friday, May 20, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, May 19, 2011`


The Festival of Birds in Detroit Lakes, MN has begun. Despite a few rain showers, it promises to be an excellent weekend of birding!

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 19, 2011 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.

Migration has slowed in the last few days as the first big wave of passerines has moved through, and we await another strong push of migrants soon. Everything as greened up with the warmer temperatures, and flowers are everywhere. There are several reports of the first goslings making their appearance.

In Douglas County, Alex Watson reported a NORTHERN PARULA at Lake Carlos State Park on May 15.

Roland Jordahl in Otter Tail County reported YELLOW WARBLER, INDIGO BUNTING, and BOBOLINK on May 15. On the 18th, he saw HOUSE WREN, and on May 19, an ORCHARD ORIOLE visited his yard.

Mike and Mary Davis saw a WESTERN TANAGER on East Shore Drive in Detroit Lakes , Becker County on May 14, but it has not been seen in recent days, so it is presumed to have departed. Other species seen there included SCARLET TANAGER, INDIGO BUNTING, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and ORCHARD ORIOLE. Beau Shroyer reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and  NORTHERN CARDINAL on May 16.

Mel Bennefeld observed RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD and  RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Ponderosa Golf Club in Clay County on May 18. Rick Holbrook reported nesting AMERICAN KESTRELS a mile north of Downer.

David Thorstad observed two GREAT GRAY OWLS  four miles south of Lengby in  northeastern Mahnomen County on May 5. Other species seen there included two SANDHILL CRANES, and some SCARLET TANAGERS.

Shelley Steva saw an UPLAND SANDPIPER along US 59 in Red Lake County on May 18.

A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was observed in Thief River Falls , Pennington County , by Shelley on May 14. Our yard was visited on May 19 by a COOPER'S HAWK causing a sudden hush in the bird chatter for a few minutes.

Birds continue to stream into Agassiz NWR in Marshall County. Sightings reported this week by manager Maggie Anderson included RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at Farmes Pool , and at headquarters,  RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, CHIPPING SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BLACKPOLL, NORTHERN PARULA, OVENBIRD, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER. Other species seen in the vicinity included COMMON LOON, WESTERN KINGBIRD, EASTERN KINGBIRD, and BOBOLINK. RUDDY DUCKS have returned and some shorebirds are being seen in the northwest part of the refuge including DUNLINS and some peeps.

Shelley Steva and I made a trip to Kittson County on May 15 where sightings included YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, 10 species of warblers, LARK SPARROW, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

Thanks to Alex Watson, Beau Shroyer, David Thorstad, Maggie Anderson, Mel Bennefeld,  Mike and Mary Davis, Rick Holbrook, Roland Jordahl, and Shelley Steva 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, May 26, 2011.


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