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Friday, August 26, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, August 25, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 25, 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 has been a quiet week in the northwest. Hints of the autumn to come can be seen if you look hard enough. A few tired leaves are floating down mostly due to dry weather. After a long wet spring, summer has proved to be quite dry in the northwest, and we could use a shot of rain.

From Becker County, Steve Midthune reported a WILSON'S WARBLER  at Dunton Locks Park in Detroit Lakes, Becker County on August 22. A few yellowlegs can be seen at Hamden Slough NWR but due to high water, there is not much habitat.

In Polk County , Heidi Hughes saw 5 SWAINSON'S HAWKS, a group which included 3 juveniles, on the road near Warren east of US 75 on August 21. Several LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES  were seen on CR 23 just east of Angus, and several SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at dusk along CR 68 north of CR 23. Also in Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported several COMMON NIGHTHAWKS,about  20 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and a YELLOW WARBLER in East Grand Forks on August 21. Shelley Steva had 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS fly over the road near Sherack, and a RED-NECKED GREBE was seen near East Grand Forks in the Grand Marais River - both on August 16.

Thanks to Heidi Hughes, Shelley Steva, and Steve Midthune 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, September 1, 2011.
 

 

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, August 18, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 18, 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 seasons march on, and this week is seeing the last of the swallows as they are already heading south. The chatter of young birds of most species is quieting as they mature into tough little flying machines ready to head to warmer climates for the winter. Fall flowers are  in full bloom, and those in flower beds are getting tired already. Gardens are starting to bury us in produce and keep us busy trying not to waste any of the treasures.

Gary Otnes reported several bird sightings from Otter Tail and Wilkin Counties on August 12. Seen were many FRANKLIN'S GULLS, a LITTLE BLUE HERON, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, both yellowlegs, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, and UPLAND SANDPIPER. On August 14, he saw 2 GREEN HERONS and 3 ORCHARD ORIOLES  at the Orwell Reservoir in Otter Tail County.

From Polk County , Sandy Aubol reported RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, CHIMNEY SWIFTS, TENNESSEE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, and WILSON'S WARBLER in their yard on August 14. Shelley Steva and I visited Rydell NWR on August 14 where we saw several TRUMPETER SWANS, RED-NECKED GREBES, and a pair of COMMON LOONS.

Maggie Anderson at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on August 16 reported that a large group of SANDHILL CRANES can be seen at the refuge, and some yellowlegs have moved in. She also reported that Cliff Steinhauer who lives near the refuge reported a TURKEY VULTURE.

Thanks to Gary Otnes, Maggie Anderson, and Sandy Aubol 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 25, 2011.
  

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, August 11, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 11, 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 has been a pleasant week in the northwest. Everything is starting to get that fall appearance, but rain has been frequent enough that all is very green still. Those  who don't like yard work are awaiting that summer dormancy. Gardens in the midwest are finally starting to produce, birds are feeding second or third families, and some are on the way south already.

From the Wetland, Pines, and Prairies Audubon Sanctuary, Heidi Hughes reported species seen at the Agassiz Valley Retention Area north of the sanctuary. This area is partly in Polk and partly in Marshall County. Species seen on August 7 included PIED-BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, BALD EAGLE, SORA, YELLOWLEGS SP, WILSON'S SNIPE, two SHORT-EARED OWLS,EASTERN KINGBIRD, and WESTERN KINGBIRD. LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES are reliable along the west side of Polk CR 68 near the curve at 170th St.

Here in Pennington County east of Thief River Falls, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER brought two begging juveniles to the feeders on August 10.

Sandy Aubol reported the first RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH since spring at her feeders in East Grand Forks, Polk County , on August 10.

Thanks to Heidi Hughes, and Sandy Aubol 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 18, 2011.
  

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