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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, April 26, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 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.
 
The record temperatures have disappeared, but migration goes on, and we are still above normal. Most of the sparrows have arrived, and now we are starting to see some of the other passerines. Flowers are also starting to be seen, including the first dandelions.
 
Shelley Steva and I found a COMMON RAVEN'S nest in Black River Township , Pennington County, with two three-quarters grown young on April 21. Other species seen there included  SANDHILL CRANE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and in our yard in Thief River Falls, there were several WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Gary Tischer saw a BROWN CREEPER in his yard , also in Thief River Falls.
 
Bruce Flaig in southern Polk County reported several SWAINSON'S THRUSHES in his yard on April 20. Sandy Aubol reported HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,  FOX SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, and SWAMP SPARROW in the Greenway at East Grand Forks that day. Scott Berge  with a group from Grand Forks saw WOOD DUCKS, GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS,  NORTHERN HARRIERS, SHORT-EARED OWL, and AMERICAN KESTRELS in the area of Glacial Ridge NWR on April 20. Russ Wilbur saw TREE SWALLOWS in East Grand Forks on April 24. On April 26, Gary Tischer saw 20 SANDHILL CRANES near the intersection of MN 32 and US 2 on April 26.
 
Rick Holbrook reported a SANDHILL CRANE in southern Clay County south of 90th Ave on April 24. Other species seen in the area included GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, BALD EAGLE, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.
 
Brad and Dee Ehlers in Otter Tail County on April 24 saw WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and reported an OSPREY on a nest at Weetown on CR 1. They saw 180 GREAT EGRETS and 20 D0UBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS on Grotto Lake in Fergus Falls across from the Dairy Queen. A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen on the river in Fergus Falls.
 
 In southwestern Cass County, Marshall Howe reported a WHIMBREL just south of the short stretch of MN 64 that jogs east-west between Hubbard and Cass Counties on April 23.
 
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, May 4, 2012.
 
 

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report - Thursday, April 19, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 19, 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.
 
Migration continues in the northwest, but we are eagerly awaiting the bulk of the passerines, and are very jealous of those of you who are able to report most sparrows and some warblers already.
 
John Ellis in Douglas County saw an AMERICAN BITTERN on April 13, and on Lake Osakis , BONAPARTE'S GULLS and WESTERN GREBES.
Brad and Dee Ehlers in Otter Tail County reported a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on April 13. Alma Ronningen observed a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on April 18 and on the 19th,RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, CHIPPING SPARROW, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, and PURPLE FINCHES.
 
Rod and Carol Mitchell found two pairs of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in their yard in Detroit Lakes , Becker County, on April 17.
 
Mel Bennefeld reported confirmation of two active BALD EAGLE nests in Clay County this week.
 
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks in Polk County this reported the return of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS to the area. Other species she saw this week included EASTERN TOWHEE, HARRIS'S SPARROWS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, FOX SPARROWS, and PURPLE FINCH.
 
A MARBLED GODWIT was spotted by Gary Tischer along Red Lake County 11 near the turn off to Old Treaty Crossing State wayside.
 
In Pennington County, Maggie Anderson saw 6 EARED GREBES on the Red Lake River in Thief River Falls on April 18. In the southwestern part of the county I found AMERICAN WOODCOCKS displaying at the Higginbotham WMA west of St. Hilaire on April 14. Other species seen and heard in that area included RUFFED GROUSE, NORTHERN HARRIER, SANDHILL CRANE, and WILSON'S SNIPE. Here at home near Thief River Falls, there was EASTERN PHOEBE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, SONG SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.
 
Bill Blackburn reported a WILD TURKEY in Marshall County along MN 1 between Warren and Thief River Falls. Many waterfowl and some shorebirds are using the water control impoundments in Marshall and Polk Counties. Greg Knutsen saw a GREAT EGRET in the western part of Agassiz NWR on April 13. An EASTERN BLUEBIRD was seen at his house one miles east of Middle River on April 17. Lynda Knutsen saw two MARBLED GODWITS along CR 12 two miles southeast of Middle River on April 19.
 
Beth Siverhus in Roseau County reported EASTERN PHOEBE and FOX SPARROW on April 12.
 
Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Beth Siverhus, Bill Blackburn, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Gary Tischer, Greg Knutsen, John Ellis, Lynda Knutsen, Maggie Anderson, Mel Bennefeld, Rod and Carol Mitchell, 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, April 26, 2012.
 
 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fishing Opener Update

Many guests have inquired about the early fishing opener update. In the event the opener is changed...we'll be ready. However, it appears unlikely at this point. Here a recent message from Joel Carlson with the Congress of Minnesota Resorts:
 

An early Minnesota fishing opener appears much less likely, following a hearing at the Capitol Monday morning, April 16.

The House already has voted to move the opener to May 5, a week ahead of the May 12 date mandated by state law.

The mild winter, followed by early and record ice-outs at many lakes, had prompted the state's key game fish, walleye, to spawn early, raising a belief that an earlier opener wouldn't harm the state's prized fishery.

However, the recent cold spell - accentuated by a dumping of snow throughout much of the state - has thrown cold water on the fish's plans, as well as those of lawmakers.

At an informational hearing Monday morning, several senators from both parties, including the Republican chairman of the environment committee, said they would not support changing the official opener, which affects walleye, northern pike, lake trout and bass.

"I was very open to this three weeks ago," said Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria, referring to when lawmakers from both parties floated the idea in advance of the House approving the change from the floor with no hearings. "Now that I've seen the weather and heard from (biologists) and constituents, certainly I'll be strongly against it on the Senate floor, should it even come to a vote."

Previously in the hearing, Dirk Peterson, chief of fisheries for the Department of Natural Resources, said that while the early spring had set spawning in motion at a record pace, activity hassince dropped off significantly. Now, he said, the spawning activities of many game fish, including walleye, appear to be on pace with a normal year.

When spawning, many fish, especially walleye, are extremely vulnerable to being caught at the crucial time when they're trying to reproduce. One of the reasons the Minnesota opening date is scheduled when it is is to allow the fish time to spawn successfully and recharge the fishery.

Wisconsin's opener is May 5, but that date would have been the earliest in Minnesota since the late 1940s.

The notion of an early opener was not without detractors from the start.

Many resort owners and fishing guides opposed the opener for a variety of reasons, including getting resorts ready and accommodating late booking changes by clients.
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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, April 5, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 5, 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.

It has been a delightful week here in the northwest, but there are suggestions that this may end this weekend as a cold snap is predicted. We are all hoping that snow will not be involved. Migration has picked up again as the days get longer these latest migrants may not want to be so cold.

Brad and Dee Ehlers reported that the GREAT EGRETS have returned to their rookery across from the Dairy Queen in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County.

 A HERMIT THRUSH was found by Ron Erpelding in Wadena County east of Menahga on April 4.

Hubbard County sightings by Marshall Howe included TURKEY VULTURE on March 31, EASTERN PHOEBE and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET on April 1, HERMIT THRUSH on April 2, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW and FOX SPARROW on April 3. An adult GOLDEN EAGLE was seen about 2 miles southeast of Dorset on April 5, and COMMON GOLDENEYE are nesting in his nest box.

From Becker County, Steve Midthune reported on March 30 that a few shorebirds are appearing at Bisson Lake at Hamden Slough NWR - a dozen PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and one SPOTTED SANDPIPER  were  seen there.

Brad and Dee Ehlers saw about 200 TUNDRA SWANS in a wetland in Clay County near the intersection of I-94 and CR 10 on March 29.

Ron Erpelding found a NORTHERN CARDINAL in Norman County near the town of Faith, and a HERMIT THRUSH was seen at Twin Valley City park.

In Norman County, Ron spotted a NORTHERN CARDINAL in the town of Mahnomen on his way to the wastewater treatment ponds. Kristy May reported  the first PURPLE MARTIN and some WILSON'S SNIPES in Mahnomen County on April 5.

Heidi Hughes saw a GOLDEN EAGLE in Polk County on April 1 at the corner of 190th St NW and CR 68. Other species seen included NORTHERN HARRIER, RED-TAILED HAWK, and  10 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. Ron Erpelding found a HERMIT THRUSH in western Polk County along MN 220 near Climax on April 4.

Linda Johnson in Thief River Falls reported a FOX SPARROW on April 4.

In Marshall County, Heidi Hughes found more than two dozen  SHORT-EARED OWLS along 190th St NW by the impoundment and east of there on April 3. WILSON'S SNIPE and AMERICAN WOODCOCK are also back. At Agassiz NWR Linda Johnson found NORTHERN SHOVELER, RED-NECKED GREBE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and COOPER'S HAWK among many other species on April 4.

From Roseau County on April 3, Beth Siverhus reported SONG SPARROW in Warroad, and she heard LONG-EARED OWL and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL on an owl survey  that begins at the Hiwood Trail Forest Road.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Heidi Hughes, Kristy May, Linda Johnson, Marshall Howe, Ron Erpelding, and Steve Midthune 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, April 12, 2012

  

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, March 29, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, March 29, 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.

How different from last week the weather has been, but still above normal temperatures,  although very chilly. Migration seems to have stalled somewhat, but waterfowl continue to come north.

Beth Siverhus in Roseau County reported that the RING-BILLED GULLS returned this week , along with many ducks. MERLINS are being seen in both Warroad and Roseau.

 In Clearwater County, Connie Cox observed NORTHERN FLICKER on March 29.

Lynda Knutsen at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County reported that Jim Graham saw 75 CANVASBACKS on Headquarters Pool on March 28, and WOOD DUCKS are being seen in the interior of the refuge. Increasing numbers of  RED-TAILED HAWKS, AMERICAN KESTRELS, and some NORTHERN FLICKERS are being seen. Lisa Newton in Grygla reported WESTERN MEADOWLARKS, and HOUSE FINCH.

Here in Pennington County, several pairs of WOOD DUCKS and HOODED MERGANSERS are in the Red Lake River by our house daily. Lynda Knutsen saw a GREAT BLUE HERON south of Thief River Falls along US 59 on March 23.

Heidi Hughes reported hundreds of TUNDRA SWANS south of Warren, and 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS along 190th St NW and 300th Ave NW on March 23. EASTERN PHOEBE was observed by Bruce Flaig in southern Polk County on March 27. Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks,  saw AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, FOX SPARROWS, and COOPER'S HAWK on March 26. The EASTERN TOWHEE that spent the winter in her neighborhood reappeared on March 24.

Dave and Betty Hochhalter in Becker County observed KILLDEER, MOURNING DOVE, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, SONG SPARROW,  and PURPLE FINCH in and around Detroit Lakes this week. Beau Shroyer saw AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and 50-100 LAPLAND LONGSPURS in the industrial park north on CR 21 in Detroit Lakes.

Hubbard County sightings by Marshall Howe included  COMMON LOON on March 25, BARRED OWL on March 28, and FOX SPARROWS and PINE SISKINS on March 29. Connie Cox at Itasca State Park reported that there are SANDHILL CRANES at the park. CEDAR WAXWINGS were observed in Park Rapids on March 26.

Thanks to all who sent in sightings this week.

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, April 5, 2012.

 

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