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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Final Race of the Season

August 29, 2012

We had 118 Racers today from: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska,

North Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

And International Racers from: France, Indonesia and Azerbaijan.

Lizzie Dale - Second Place from Perham

*Katie Zepper - GRAND CHAMPION from Perham

Courney Ternus - Third Place from Perham.

Leah Wuebben - Miss Perham

 


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, August 23, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 23, 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.
 
This has been a very pleasant week in the northwest. Days have been warm, not hot, and not very windy. Bird migration appears to be moving along. Interesting have been the sightings of red crossbills in almost areas in the state.
 
Cleone Stewart reported on a field trip of the Detroit Lake Bird Club to Tamarac and Hamden Slough NWR's  in Becker County on August 16. Among species seen were COMMON LOONTURKEY VULTUREBROAD-WINGED HAWK, nine species of shorebirds, presumably most at Hamden Slough, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVENORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWGOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERBLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERTENNESSEE WARBLERCOMMON YELLOWTHROATAMERICAN REDSTART, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER.
 
Sandy Aubol reported 15 RED CROSSBILLS in the cemetery in Crookston, Polk County on August 18. They were still there on August 19, and other species seen included several RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES,  and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER. On August 19, Shelley Steva and I saw COOPER'S HAWK, and EASTERN BLUEBIRD there, and also a WESTERN KINGBIRD along US 75 a few miles north of Crookston. At East Grand Forks on August 18 were COMMON NIGHTHAWKBLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERWILSON'S WARBLERTENNESSEE WARBLER, and YELLOW WARBLER.  Joanne Johnson reported around 200 SANDHILL CRANES at the impoundment north of the Audubon center on August 19, and at the center there were YELLOW-THROATED VIREOWHITE-THROATED SPARROWAMERICAN REDSTARTMOURNING WARBLER, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. Heidi Hughes reported COMMON NIGHTHAWKS there on August 22. AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS and GREAT EGRETS were still present at the impoundment. The impoundment is now open to driving  on a gravel loop on top of the dike along part of the impoundment.
 
Shelley Steva found 24 RED CROSSBILLS in the cemetery at Red Lake Falls in Red Lake County on August 20. Other species seen included OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERBLUE-HEADED VIREOYELLOW-THROATED VIREORED-EYED VIREORED-BREASTED NUTHATCHCANADA WARBLER, and SCARLET TANAGER.
 
In Pennington County on August 20, Shelley saw a NORTHERN CARDINAL in Thief River Falls. Several RED CROSSBILLS were also seen on the outskirts on the city. Tonight , August 23, 12 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were circling over our yard just east of the city.
 
Marshall County birds seen by Shelley Steva on August 20 included AMERICAN BITTERN , COMMON NIGHTHAWKMARSH WRENRED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and 51 RED CROSSBILLS.
 
In Kittson County on August 23, Boni Fossell reported three families of WILD TURKEYS, each with 6 young, frequenting the back yard of a farm 10 miles northwest of Karlstad. She reported that these turkeys have been local residents for at least 5 year, visiting the yard often.
 
Thanks to Boni Fossell, Cleone Stewart, Heidi Hughes, Joanne Johnson, 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@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 30, 2012.

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Turtle Races

August 22, 2012

We had 155 racers today from: Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota,

Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota,

Ohio, and Wisconsin.

We had International Racers today from: Indonesia.

 

To date the Turtle Races are up 4% on average per race from 2011.

 

Second Place: Olivia Balfanz from New Prague, MN

*Grand Champion: Abby Zepper from Perham

Miss Perham Leah Wuebben

Third Place: Jacob McClay from Perham

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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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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Turtle Races 8-15-12

August 15, 2012

We had 219 racers today from: Arizona, California, Colorado,

Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio,

South Dakota, Texas, Washington DC, Washington State, Wisconsin,

We had International Racers from:

Brussels, Belgium, Milan, Italy and Sumatra, Indonesia.

L to R--Paige Isevry from Pier, SD - 2nd place

Mason Mickelson from Frazee, MN - Grand Champion

Melinda Mathius from Kenosha, WI - 3rd place.

Back row: Mayor Tim Meehl and

newly crowned Miss Perham Leah Wuebben

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Miss Perham 2012 - Leah Wuebben - Miss HOL Lauren Johnson

The new Miss Perham 2012

Leah Wuebben

 

 

The new Miss HOL 2012

Lauren Johnson

Congrats from the PERHAM AREA CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP!

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

8-1-12 Turtle Races

August 1, 2012 Turtle Races

We had 398 Racers today from: Arizona, California, Colorado,

Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska,

North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Race FANS of the WEEK: The Millner Family. The Grandkids

get a week of fun at Camp Grandma and Grandpa. They come

from Cross Lake, Hastings and New Prague, MN.

Pictured: Sydney Bahls from Perham (2nd place),

Nick B. from Fort Meyers, FL (GRAND CHAMPION),

and Kaitly Millner from Hastings, MN (3rd place.)

And of course Paige Meyer our very own Miss Perham for 9 more days!

 

Miss Perham- Miss HOL pageant is Friday August 10th!

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, August 9, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 9, 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.
 
The last few days have had a hint of fall in them, but the sun has been shining, and some rain has fallen, making the lawns green up again. There are lots of young birds at backyard feeders, learning the ropes from the adults.
 
Shelley Steva saw two COMMON RAVENS near Sherack on August 5, a GREAT EGRET in the Grand Marais River near East Grand Forks , and two DICKCISSELS  near the intersection of CR 21 and US 75. On the 6th, Sandy Aubol had a TENNESSEE WARBLER in her yard. On August 8, she saw two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS at the East Grand Forks State Recreation area with three young. 17 CHIMNEY SWIFTS were visible from her yard that day, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW made an appearance there.
 
PILEATED WOODPECKER was observed by Shelley Steva in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on August 9.
 
Two COMMON RAVENS were seen three miles east of Warren in Marshall County on August 6.
 
Beth Siverhus in Warroad, Roseau County,  reported a MERLINGREEN HERON, and COMMON TERNS on August 1. On August 8, BLACK TERNSSPOTTED SANDPIPERSPILEATED WOODPECKEREASTERN WOOD-PEWEEWHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and PINE SISKINS were seen in Roseau County. Gretchen  Mehmel and Jeff Birchem saw a SHORT-EARED OWL near Cecil's Landing on August 6.
 
Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Gretchen Mehmel ,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@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 16, 2012. 

  

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8-8-12 Turtle Races

August 8, 2012 Turtle Races

We had 260 Racers from Arizona, California, Iowa, Kansas,

Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota,

South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

And we had International Racers from London, England.

Pictured: 2nd Place Savannah Thome (Mechanicsville, VA), Tyler Isenberger (Omaha, NE),

Grand Champion Bell Holzhen (Zimmerman, MN) and Paige Meyer (Miss Perham.)

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, August 2, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 2, 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.
 
The hot muggy weather of the past two weeks has considerably dampened the desire to go birding, and the reports are showing it. We have had a few reports this week however, and the weather has improved somewhat, but much of the area is still short of rain, and the heat continues.
 
Jim Graham at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County reported a brood of 9 NORTHERN PINTAILS on the refuge on July 19.
 
I was out on July 28 in Pennington County where I found SEDGE WRENS and LE CONTE'S SPARROWS still singing. Perhaps they are going to re-nest.
 
In Polk County on July 28, the both SEDGE WRENS and LE CONTE'S SPARROWS could be heard, and several pairs of northern harriers were seen.
 
Bob Dunlap reported a PRAIRIE FALCON in Todd Township of Hubbard County on July 27.
 
On July 25, Bob found a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at the Walker wastewater treatment ponds in Cass County.
 
From Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen reported that the OSPREYS  fledged two chicks on August 2. A pair of TRUMPETER SWANS near Dent have 3 cygnets. Other species seen in Otter Tail County included some WILD TURKEYS with young, and SANDHILL CRANES.
 
Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Bob Dunlap, and Jim Graham 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 9, 2012.
 
 
 

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