Finally the warmth and south winds have arrived. Our only fear is that the strong south winds today may have carried the migrants right over us. Many warblers are starting to arrive, most of the sparrows are here, and some of the other bug eaters are slowly arriving. It really feels and smells like spring now.
Beth Siverhus in Roseau County reported GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE on May 6, BARN SWALLOWS, HARRIS'S SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on May 8 , and SEDGE WREN, YELLOW WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and SWAMP SPARROW on May 9. She observed merlin activity in both Roseau and Warroad.
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen in Lake Bronson in Kittson County by Fred Wilebski on May 9.
Kelly Larson in Clearwater County on May 5 observed RUFFED GROUSE drumming, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, WILSON'S SNIPE, HERMIT THRUSH, OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER , and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. Connie Cox reported BALTIMORE ORIOLE on May 6, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on May 8 .
Greg Knutsen at Agassiz NWR on May 3 reported a WILLET at Headquarters Pool , and a pair of AMERICAN AVOCETS, MARBLED GODWITS, BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS on Tamarac Pool which is in drawdown and offers great shorebird habitat. Note that a key is necessary to get to this pool. Other species seen at the refuge included FORSTER'S TERNS, BOBOLINKS, and a few warbler species. Bill Blackburn found UPLAND SANDPIPER, BOBOLINK, and more than 8 SHORT-EARED OWLS at the Agassiz impoundment north of the Audubon Sanctuary on May 8. Shelley Steva found MARBLED GODWITS, HUDSONIAN GODWITS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, many ducks, and AMERICAN PIPIT there on May 9. Cliff Steinhauer reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD at his place west of the Agassiz NWR on May 10.
In Pennington County at the Goose Lake IBA, Bill Blackburn found AMERICAN BITTERN, SORA, VIRGINIA RAIL, and MARSH WREN on May 8. Here in our yard on May 9 , I saw a PALM WARBLER, and on May 10 there was a HOUSE WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER.
Sandy Aubol observed a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK in East Grand Forks, Polk County, on May 10. On the weekend of May 5, Kim Eckert's MBW found 15 species of shorebirds at Glacial Ridge in a wetland on the south side of US 2. Russ Wilbur saw nesting TRUMPETER SWANS at Rydell NWR on May 9. On May 8, Bill Blackburn found PEREGRINE FALCON and WILSON'S PHALAROPE at the Euclid impoundment. New warblers at the Aububon Center on May 9 included CAPE MAY WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER , and AMERICAN REDSTART.
In Norman County, Joel Claus saw a single SHARP-TAILED GROUSE dancing with 16 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS on a lek on CR 28 0.2 miles east of the intersection of CR 28 and CR 33 on May 7.
Dave and Betty Hochhalter reported RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE in Detroit Lakes on May 4. Elsewhere in the county were WILD TURKEY, SANDHILL CRANE, and others. On May 6 they added TURKEY VULTURE,and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and on May 9, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK.
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported OVENBIRD on May 3. Connie Cox at Itasca SP on May 8, observed at Lake Ozawinid WESTERN GREBE and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. In and around Itasca SP, she observed BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and OVENBIRD on May 5.
Brad and Dee Ehlers reported a BARRED OWL a mile south of Ottertail, and a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and a SCARLET TANAGER in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County on May 8.
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 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 17, 2011.