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Friday, June 3, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, June 2, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 2, 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.

The rainy, windy weather this week appears to have  suppressed the birding activities, and also the birds have been hard to locate in the waving trees. The whole region is wet, and grass is growing very fast. All the early flowers are blooming, and most of the migration appears to be over.

Shawn Conrad found a CONNECTICUT WARBLER singing north of Norris Camp in Lake of the Woods County on May 25.

At the Greenbush wastewater treatment ponds, he found a few DUNLIN, MARBLED GODWIT,  RUDDY TURNSTONE, and WILSON'S PHALAROPES.

In Kittson County on May 26, Shawn found SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, ORCHARD ORIOLE, and LONG-EARED OWL. Shelley Steva and I were fortunate to find a WHIMBREL in a muddy field along US 75 south of St. Vincent. As we were trying to get a photo, the bird flew, and could not be relocated. Other interesting species found in Kittson County on May 29 were a first year  HERRING GULL  and  at the gravel pit south of Lake Bronson a CASPIAN TERN.

At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Shawn Conrad found YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and several species of warbler. Diana Morkassel near Warren reported BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in the crabapple trees on May 31. Other species seen in the county included INDIGO BUNTING and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

On May 26, Shawn Conrad found MARBLED GODWITS and 6 WESTERN GREBES at the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds. On June 1, three  COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flew over our property east of the city.

At East Grand Forks, Polk County on May 26, Shawn found RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and WESTERN KINGBIRD. Sandy Aubol reported COMMON NIGHTHAWK and 25 CEDAR WAXWINGS in East Grand Forks on May 31. Theresa Helgeson saw an INDIGO BUNTING in Lowell Township on May 29.

Marshall Howe reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and many species of warbler in Hubbard County on May 31. Three COMMON MERGANSERS were seen at Little Sand Lake that day.

Thanks to Diana Morkassel, Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol, Shawn Conrad, and Theresa Helgeson 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, June 9, 2011.

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