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Monday, July 11, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Saturday, July 9, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Saturday, July 9, 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 holiday weekend and the hot and changeable weather probably kept most birders close to family and home last weekend, but what is a visiting birder to do, but bird? There was only one report this week, from a visiting birder from New Jersey.

Scott Barnes, of the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory in New Jersey, was birding in Roseau County on the holiday weekend and sent in the following report. LE CONTE'S SPARROW and NELSON'S SHARPTAILED SPARROW were seen in several places in the fallow fields near Roseau and along the south end of MN 310 north of Roseau. On July 2, a SPRUCE GROUSE was seen along MN 310 in the Lost River State Forest, and another was seen along the Thompson Forest Road in the Beltrami Island State Forest on July 4. A SHARP-TAILED GROUSE was seen along CR 118 in the Roseau Lake bed on July 3. At the Roseau wastewater treatment ponds he observed a HORNED GREBE.Two BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS , GRAY JAY, and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were found along MN 310 also on July 3. On Independence Day, he saw a STILT SANDPIPER and 3 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS in a flooded field west of Warroad at the intersection of 370th St and 540th Ave., and a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER  was near the entrance to Hayes Lake State Park. A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was singing along the Thompson Forest Road. On July 5, a singing LARK SPARROW was at the Pelan Pioneer Park. I was also in Roseau County on July 3 where I heard a HERMIT THRUSH at one of the units of the Skime WMA. BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER were also found there.

Thanks to Scott Barnes for his report.

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, July 14, 2011.

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