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Friday, August 17, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, August 16, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 16, 2012 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.
 
Southbound migration appears to be well underway, early though it seems. The latest cool nights have us wondering if fall weather will set in early as spring did. We hope that the cold weather won't also come early. Already a few trees are showing a  bit of yellow, and we are getting reports of bird species that we haven't really seen all summer.
 
From Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Lynda Knutsen reported that on August 13, a pair of TRUMPETER SWANS with five cygnets were seen at Dahl Pool in the interior of the refuge.
 
Here at our house east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County , on August 11, a BROWN CREEPER was seen creeping up a tree trunk, and a RED-EYED VIREO was singing loudly in the yard. On August 15 a group of about fifteen DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen flying over the city. One or two RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS continue to visit our feeder, and  the young BALTIMORE ORIOLES and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS are cleaning me out of grape jelly several times a week.
 
In East Grand Forks, Polk County, Russ Wilbur observed three juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS in the greenway on August 10. At Rydell NWR  he saw a pair of TRUMPETER SWANS, three RED-NECKED GREBES, and a GREAT BLUE HERON. Sandy Aubol reported RED-EYED VIREONASHVILLE WARBLERWILSON'S WARBLERBLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERYELLOW WARBLERWHITE-THROATED SPARROWBALTIMORE ORIOLE, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK in her yard on August 13. A RED-TAILED HAWK was perched on a neighbor's roof. More warblers were seen on August 15 including CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERBLACKBURNIAN WARBLERTENNESSEE WARBLER, and AMERICAN REDSTART.
 
Marshall Howe in Dorset ,in Hubbard County on August 14, observed RED-EYED VIREO,and  YELLOW-THROATED VIREO. The following warblers were also seen: COMMON YELLOWTHROATCHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERAMERICAN REDSTARTMAGNOLIA WARBLERBLACKBURNIAN WARBLERORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and TENNESSEE WARBLER.
 
Thanks to Lynda Knutsen, Marshall Howe, Russ Wilbur, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.
 
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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 23, 2012.
 
 

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