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Friday, July 22, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday July 21, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 21, 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.

It appears to have been a quiet week for birding probably due to the heat which dampened all activity. As I compile this report , temperatures have returned to more normal values, for how long no one knows.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County found a downy young NORTHERN HARRIER on July 19.

Heidi Hughes was birding around the flood control impoundment which straddles the Marshall - Polk County line north of the Wetlands, Pines , and Prairies Audubon Sanctuary on July 17. There she found baby ducklings of several species including   MALLARDS and CANVASBACKS. About 30 juvenile AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, SANDHILL CRANES, KILLDEER, SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, WILSON'S SNIPE, SAVANNAH SPARROWS, WESTERN MEADOWLARKS, and BOBOLINKS were seen around the area. Also present was a BALD EAGLE and two SWAINSON'S HAWKS.Elsewhere in Polk County, on July 19, Shelley Steva found both EASTERN KINGBIRDS and WESTERN KINGBIRDS along Polk CR 252.

Shelley Steva reported that a TURKEY VULTURE could be seen circling over Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on July 19.

Thanks to Heidi Hughes, Larry Wilebski, 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, July 26, 2011.


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