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Friday, July 15, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, July 14, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 14, 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.

After a few days of hot humid weather, now we are temporarily back to cool conditions reminiscent of fall. Flowers are very colorful in the northwest, and birds everywhere are feeding young.

Mel and Elaine Bennefeld were birding in Clay County this week. On July 11, they saw a BOBOLINK near the Science Center and the Ponderosa Golf Course. A GOLDEN EAGLE was spotted on July 13, and also a pair of SANDHILL CRANES north of the golf course between MN 10 and the railroad tracks. Nancy Jackson visited Felton Prairie on July 11 where she found a SPOTTED SANDPIPER with half-grown young, 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS, and ORCHARD ORIOLES. On the weekend, Doug Johnson found UPLAND SANDPIPER on Bluestem Prairie .A KRIDER'S RED-TAILED HAWK, UPLAND SANDPIPERS,  WESTERN KINGBIRD,and  GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were seen at a new Nature Conservancy area about 3 miles north of Buffalo River SP. GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were seen on 190th St north of US 10.

Here in the yard in Pennington County near Thief River Falls, on July 9, there were at least two begging juvenile PURPLE FINCHES being fed by an adult. On the 11th, an adult BALD EAGLE caught something on the Red Lake River by our yard. July 14 saw a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER feeding young at our feeder.

Larry Wilebski sent a photo of a young MERLIN seen near Lancaster in Kittson County this week.

Thanks to Doug Johnson, Larry Wilebski, Mel and Elaine Bennefeld, and Nancy Jackson 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, July 21, 2011.

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