Friday, May 27, 2011
Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, May 26, 2011
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 26, 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.
Summer is hanging back here in the northwest - even some frost in spots was seen this morning. Breezes are cold, even though the sun is now shining. We hope for warmer weather soon. Migration seems stalled with all the NW and NE winds.
I went to the Beltrami Island State Forest in Lake of the Woods County today, May 26, where I was able to find 15 species of warblers including one CONNECTICUT WARBLER, 3 of 4 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, and several BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS.
Larry Wilebski had a report with photos verified of a LAZULI BUNTING in Lancaster, Kittson County, this week. It may have left, but Larry is still looking for it.
13 species of warblers were seen in southeast Pennington County on May 24 including at least two GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS. 75 DUNLIN were found on a small sandbar in one of the rice paddies in the southern part of the county. At home in Thief River Falls, an INDIGO BUNTING came to our feeders on May 25.
Ron Fischer in East Grand Forks, Polk County, reported that there are two eaglets in the BALD EAGLE nest there. On May 24, I found a singing CONNECTICUT WARBLER south of Gully along a gravel road that winds through the gully for which the town was undoubtedly named.
Another CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found by Connie Norheim at the Pioneer Park in Moorhead, Clay County on May 22. Mel and Elaine Bennefeld reported that the BALD EAGLE nest near Downer has two eaglets.
Mark Otnes found a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Dunton Locks County Park in Becker County on May 22. Dave and Betty Hochhalter had SCARLET TANAGER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK in their Becker County yard this week. Katie Haws reported that Hamden Slough NWR is attracting some shorebirds this week including 100 DUNLIN, 6 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, 10 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and two WILSON'S PHALAROPES. Steve Midthune reported a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE two miles north of Lake Park. MARBLED GODWIT and SEDGE WREN were seen at Hamden Slough NWR.
Marshall Howe reported COMMON NIGHTHAWK, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, RED-EYED VIREO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, CANADA WARBLER, and SWAMP SPARROW in Hubbard County this week.
From Douglas County, John Ellis reported both RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and WILSON'S PHALAROPES at the Osakis wastewater treatment ponds this week. On May 21, he observed 18 species of warblers in Douglas County, including one CERULEAN WARBLER. Other species seen included YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and COMMON RAVEN.
Thanks to Dave and Betty Hochhalter, Connie Norheim, John Ellis, Katie Haws, Larry Wilebski, Mark Otnes, Marshall Howe, Mel and Elaine Bennefeld, Ron Fischer, and Steve Midthune for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at email@example.com 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 2, 2011.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, May 12, 2011
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 12, 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 is going full out now, and every day brings more species back to the area. Weather has not warmed up very much, but the grass has turned green overnight one night last week and trees are budding. So many species have arrived in the area that I will be forced to list separately only the most interesting. All the sparrows that migrate through or nest here have returned now, most swallows are here in small numbers, a few shorebirds are starting to show up, and now the warblers are coming in. RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS , ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and BALTIMORE ORIOLES have returned to most of the area. Unusual numbers of PINE SISKINS have appeared at northern feeders this week.
In Kittson County on May 8, Larry Wilebski reported LEAST BITTERN, BONAPARTE'S GULL, LONG-EARED OWL on a nest, and an EASTERN TOWHEE.
At Itasca SP Connie Cox reported that a WHIP-POOR-WILL returned on May 7, and a GRAY CATBIRD was seen on May 11.
Birds are returning in force to Agassiz NWR in Marshall County this week. Maggie Anderson reported that the first goslings were seen this week. On May 11 a WESTERN TANAGER was seen at the headquarters feeders. AMERICAN BITTERN , LEAST BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, and YELLOW RAIL have all been observed there this week. COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen on May 7. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and NORTHERN PARULA were observed on May 11.
In Pennington County, Shelley Steva observed five TURKEY VULTURES soaring over Thief River Falls on May 8. Keith Wheeler reported HARRIS'S SPARROWS at his home on May 8.
Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, LARK SPARROW , PALM WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD on May 7. Ron Fischer observer two eaglets in the BALD EAGLE nest near East Grand Forks on May 11. On May 12, Mike Christopherson observed a CAPE MAY WARBLER in Crookston.
Clay County sightings by Mel and Elaine Bennefeld included WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and HARRIS'S SPARROWS at the Ponderosa Golf Club on May 10.
Becker County sightings by Beau Shroyer included a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and BROWN THRASHER on May 6, and on May 12 he saw 11 species of warblers including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at Dunton Locks County Park. Dave and Betty Hochhalter had an INDIGO BUNTING at their feeder on May 10. Steve Midthune , reporting from Tamarac NWR on May 11 included 12 species of warblers including ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER.
Janet McMillen found a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD along the Heartland Trail in Hubbard County on the east side of Park Rapids between CR 1 and CR 4 near the golf course on May 6. Marshall Howe reported a CASPIAN TERN and SWAINSON'S THRUSH in Park Rapids on May 8. On May 10 he saw YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, and VEERY in Hubbard County. A NORTHERN CARDINAL was seen by Charlene Nelson at Perham on May 10. A BROWN THRASHER was seen by Roland Jordahl on May 12 in Pelican Rapids. Alma Ronningen reported INDIGO BUNTING on May 11, and GRAY CATBIRD on May 12..
Brad and Dee Ehlers reported that 23 BLUE JAYS dropped down in his yard in Otter Tail County on May 9. Craig Menze found a SNOWY EGRET on the west side of I-94 just north of the Douglas County line on May 8. Gary and Marion Otnes observed COMMON TERN, FORSTER'S TERN, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, FIELD SPARROW, and an ORCHARD ORIOLE in Otter Tail County on May 9.
The list of warblers reported this week includes GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
Thanks to all who sent in their sightings this week. Space did not allow inclusion of all sightings individually, but all were noted and recorded.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at email@example.com 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 19, 2011.
Friday, May 6, 2011
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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, May 5, 2011
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This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 5, 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.
We hope that the weather is finally straightening out as temperatures warm into the high 50's and low 60's here in the northwest. Birds don't seem to mind although the few bug eaters that have returned must be hungry or adapting with new foods. The landscape is turning green with the few spring showers and the late snow that we have had. Most of the sparrow species have been reported at least in small numbers, and now we eagerly await the warblers.
Not surprisingly , Otter Tail County has had the most reports of migrants appearing. Tom Smith reported a VESPER SPARROW on April 28. Alma Ronningen reported CHIPPING SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on April 30 at Dent. On May 2, Alma saw a BROWN THRASHER. WILSON'S SNIPE have been heard winnowing. Brad and Dee Ehlers reported a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK in Ottertail. Among species reported by Dan and Sandy Thimgan were GREEN HERON, BARN SWALLOW, and FIELD SPARROW on May 2, and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, and FORSTER'S TERN on May 3 in Fergus Falls.
Marshall Howe, reporting from Dorset in Hubbard County reported WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on April 30. Several late AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were also seen in Hubbard County that day.
Beau Shroyer in Becker County observed HERMIT THRUSH, VESPER SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, NORTHERN CARDINAL, WESTERN MEADOWLARK, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD on May 1. Steve Midthune on May 5 reported GREEN HERON, PINE WARBLER, OVENBIRD, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in Becker County.
A pair of TRUMPETER SWANS were reported by Mel Bennefeld in the swampy area of Buffalo River State Park in Clay County on May 4.
Ron Fischer observed an eaglet in the nest of the BALD EAGLES at East Grand Forks in Polk County on May 3. Bruce Flaig observed a YELLOW -RUMPED WARBLER in the southern part of the county on May 1. Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks observed a MERLIN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on April 30. On May 4, an INDIGO BUNTING appeared in her yard. In the eastern part of the county, Shelley Steva found 20 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 2 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER at a small pond near the golf club in Fosston on May 3.
Linda Johnson saw a BROWN CREEPER in Thief River Falls on April 30. Tonight, May 5, I saw two TURKEY VULTURES soaring over the city of Thief River Falls in the late afternoon.
At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Maggie Anderson reported a PEREGRINE FALCON at Agassiz Pool on May 1. At headquarters on May 1 were SWAINSON'S THRUSH, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were seen there on May 2.
Gretchen Mehmel in the Beltrami Island State Forest in Lake of the Woods County reported RUFFED GROUSE, AMERICAN BITTERN, WINTER WREN, SWAMP SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on May 3.
Thanks to all the folks who sent in their sightings this week.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 12, 2011.
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