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Friday, July 29, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, July 28, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 28, 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.

This has been a rather typical summer week in the northwest - a few sunny days, a few storms, some sweltering humid days, and some much more pleasant. It seems that most birds are busy bringing up the "kids" as we see family groups everywhere.

Sandy Aubol in western Polk County at East Grand Forks reported a female NORTHERN CARDINAL in her yard on July 24. Other visitors included a family of MERLINS and a  RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD . Heidi Hughes reported a family of six LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES that included 4 juveniles near the intersection of 170th St and 260th Ave along CR 68 on July 22. She also found a SHORT-EARED OWL at the Melo impoundment on July 28. Shelley Steva visited the new impoundment north of the Wetland, Pines, and Prairies Audubon Sanctuary on July 28 where she saw a variety of ducks, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BLACK TERN, and an UPLAND SANDPIPER.

Shelley Steva saw TURKEY VULTURE, SANDHILL CRANE, and COMMON RAVEN in Pennington County on July 28.

On July 24, Shelley Steva and I found 17 TURKEY VULTURES on the ground three miles north of the Pennington- Marshall County line just north of the SEMM WMA in Marshall County. With them was an adult BALD EAGLE.

In Roseau County on July 24, we observed the following species at the Skime WMA just north of Marshall County: BROAD-WINGED HAWK, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, HERMIT THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, CEDAR WAXWING, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and SCARLET TANAGER.

Thanks to Heidi Hughes, Sandy Aubol, and Shelley Steva for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@q.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, August 4, 2011.

 

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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 ajjoppru@q.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, July 26, 2011.

 

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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 ajjoppru@q.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, July 21, 2011.
  

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cold Weather = Warm Sweat Shirts

Middle of July and it is 66 degrees. Not the best beach day…but a great excuse to show off our new East Silent Resort sweat shirts. What are some of your favorite rainy day resort activities?  

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Cold Weather = Warm Sweatshirts

Middle of July and it is 66 degrees. Not the best beach day…but a great excuse to show off our new East Silent Resort sweat shirts. What are some of your favorite rainy day resort activities?

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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 ajjoppru@q.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, July 14, 2011.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Perfect Swimming Day Video

The summer is in full swing here at East Silent Resort. This past week provided some very warm weather…perfect for being in the lake.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, June 30, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 30, 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 here, at least for the moment, bringing with it thunderstorms, and hot temperatures. Birds are very busy feeding the young, and trying to keep them alive, just like their human neighbors. Flowers are everywhere.

Mel and Elaine Bennefeld reported a  BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER at the Ponderosa Golf Club in Clay County on June 28.

In Red Lake County, Anita Vettleson has observed a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in their yard near Oklee this week.

Here is Pennington County, Teresa Audette, saw a BALD EAGLE flying over Digi-key this afternoon. On June 25, a pair of PURPLE FINCHES mated in our yard. I'm still looking for the possible nest. One of our bluebird houses contains 5 baby EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. Tom Ballard saw some BANK SWALLOWS in southern Pennington County on June 30.

Thanks to Anita Vettleson, Mel and Elaine Bennefeld, Tom Ballard, and Teresa Audette for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@q.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, July 7, 2011.

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