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Friday, September 28, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, September 27, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 27, 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 of songbirds is on its last stages as the sparrows have arrived. Next we will see the migration of the waterfowl before finally the show ends. Fall color is nearing peak in the northwest, and the yellows and oranges are glorious right now.
 
From Bemidji in Beltrami County, Pat DeWenter reported WOOD DUCKS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETSWAINSON'S THRUSHYELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERPALM WARBLERWHITE-THROATED SPARROWFOX SPARROWHARRIS'S SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO on September 27.
 
At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Gregg Knutsen observed 20 SNOW GEESE on the west side of the refuge and some TUNDRA SWANS at Headquarters Pool on September 27. Jim Graham saw two CANADA WARBLERS around headquarters today also.
 
Shelley Steva reported that a male NORTHERN CARDINAL was seen in Thief River Falls on September 27, and she has also seen a COOPER'S HAWK recently here. At our feeder east of the town, the WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and several FOX SPARROWS appeared around September 24.
 
In Red Lake County, Shelley saw a PALM WARBLER in Oklee on September 21.
 
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County, reported migrants sparrows in her yard on September 20. By September 24 the numbers had grown to 30 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 9 HARRIS'S SPARROWS, and 2 FOX SPARROWSTwo WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS that were there earlier had already gone. Warblers this week in her area included ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERCOMMON YELLOWTHROAT,  NASHVILLE WARBLERYELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERPALM WARBLER, and BLACKPOLL.
 
Dave Hochhalter reported NORTHERN FLICKERS in Detroit Lakes in Becker County on September 21. At Tamarac NWR, Kelly Blackledge reported DARK-EYED JUNCO and HARRIS'S SPARROW. Many TRUMPETER SWANS on Flat Lake can be seen from the historical marker  on Bruce Boulevard in the refuge. Steve Midthune reported GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET,  RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETGRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, LINCOLN 'S SPARROW and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW north of Lake Park on September 26.
 
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHRUBY-CROWNED KINGLETDARK-EYED JUNCOWHITE-THROATED SPARROWHARRIS'S SPARROW, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW on September 26.
 
Brad and Dee Ehlers in Otter Tail County reported their last sighting of RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on September 22.
 
Thanks to Brad and Dee Ehlers, Dave Hochhalter, Kelly Blackledge,Gregg Knutsen, Jim Graham, Lynda Knutsen, Marshall Howe, Pat DeWenter , Sandy Aubol, 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@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, October 4, 2012.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, September 20, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 20, 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.
 
Fall has surely arrived now, and the reports coming in include some warblers and the beginning of the sparrow migration. Colors are appearing on the ash and poplar trees, and the first oak leaves are blowing down in the recent winds.
 
Teresa Jaskiewicz at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center on September 18 reported TURKEY VULTURESHARP-SHINNED HAWKBLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONSGREAT EGRETSSOLITARY SANDPIPERSSPOTTED SANDPIPER, and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. At her home in Elizabeth, she observed AMERICAN WOODCOCKGRAY CATBIRD, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERTENNESSEE WARBLER, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW among others.
 
On September 9, Marshal Howe observed a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD in Dorset in Hubbard County. On September 19, he reported many WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was still hanging around.
 
Mark Otnes observed a COMMON RAVEN in Clay County on September 14, circling over the pine grove at the entrance to Buffalo River SP. Other species seen in the area included WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROWDARK-EYED JUNCO, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERMAGNOLIA WARBLERNASHVILLE WARBLERPALM WARBLER, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.
 
Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported the season's first HARRIS SPARROW on September 15. On the 16th, she saw GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSERUBY-CROWNED KINGLET,SWAINSON'S THRUSHLINCOLN'S SPARROWWHITE-THROATED SPARROWPALM WARBLER, and WILSON'S WARBLER at her home in East Grand Forks. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen sitting on the local water tower. On September 17, a FOX SPARROW made an appearance.
 
Thanks to Mark Otnes, Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol, and Teresa Jaskiewicz 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, September 27, 2012

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, September 13, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 13, 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.
 
Fall seems to have truly arrived with reports of possible frost in the northern part of the state, and color is appearing in the forests. For a time migration seemed to have slowed, or the birds were blown right over the northwest. After the winds of the past few days have died down, it looks as if migration is now happening.
 
This morning I surprised a small flock of 15-20  NORTHERN FLICKERS along our road as I went to work in Thief River Falls, Pennington County.
 
Shelley Steva found 15 SANDHILL CRANES along Red Lake County road 1 five miles east of Plummer on September 7. On September 12, she watched a MERLIN chasing a flock of 10 CEDAR WAXWINGS in Oklee.
 
From East Grand Forks , Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on September 7, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on September 9, and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on September 12.
 
Thanks to Shelley Steva 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, September 20, 2012.
 

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, September 6, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 6, 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.
 
Fall weather has descended on the northwest this week -dare we hope for a short reprieve next week? Seriously, the cool weather was welcomed by most, but we would have liked some rain too. Migration is moving along quickly, and color is starting to appear on the trees.
 
Charlene Nelson reported 2 immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS in Elbow Lake, Grant County on September 2. Also seen there were several LEAST FLYCATCHERS and in Perham, a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE.
 
From Dorset in Hubbard County, Marshall Howe observed 5 PINE WARBLERS, and a DARK-EYED JUNCO, and heard RED CROSSBILLS on August 31. On September 1, he reported NORTHERN WATERTHRUSHBLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER. A BROWN CREEPER was seen on September 3, and on the 5th, a BLACK-BILLEE CUCKOO, and several RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES.
 
Beau Shroyer saw a SNOWY EGRET flying over the Otter Tail River north of Frazee in the company of a GREAT EGRET on September 1.
 
In Norman County, Shelley Steva and I saw a TURKEY VULTURE on September 3, and at Gary Pines, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen.
 
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks in Polk County on September 4, saw a RED-HEADED WOODPECKERWILSON'S WARBLERYELLOW WARBLERTENNESEEE WARBLER, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER.
 
Milt Blomberg and Roy Zimmerman found RED CROSSBILLS in a spruce tree across from the C-Store in Red Lake Falls in Red Lake County on September 2. Along with Ron Erpelding, they found 11 species of shorebirds at the Red Lake Falls WTP including LESSER YELLOWLEGSSTILT SANDPIPERDUNLINSANDERLING, SEMIPALMATED PLOVERKILLDEER, WILSON'S SNIPE,  SOLITARY SANDPIPERSEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERPECTORAL SANDPIPER, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Shelley Steva and I saw an OSPREY and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES in Red Lake County on September 3.
 
Shelley Steva reported that the female  NORTHERN CARDINAL  was seen again in her neighborhood in Thief River Falls, Pennington County on the weekend. Ron Erpelding found a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and HORNED GREBES at the Thief River Falls WTP on September 2. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen by Shelley Steva on September 6 in the city of Thief River Falls.
 
In Roseau County on September 1, Shelley Steva found 10 RED CROSSBILLS at DNR headquarters in Wannaska; two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and one SWAINSON'S THRUSH were seen at Hayes Lake SP.
 
Kim Eckert reporting on the MBW trip in northwestern Minnesota on the weekend reported a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at Springsteel Island north of Warroad, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in Warroad city park, and a cooperative NELSON'S SPARROW three miles west  and three miles north of Roseau. At least 6 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen by the group hunting near the corner of 340th St and 440th Ave by the group.
 
Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Charlene Nelson, Kim Eckert, Marshall Howe, Ron Erpelding, Milt Blomberg, Roy Zimmerman, 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, September 13, 2012 

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, August 30, 2012

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 30, 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 rather hot week in the northwest, but the acorns have started falling and some yellow leaves are appearing, so fall must be on the way. Due to the heat, not many migrants are being seen. The heat has also dried up the potholes, so there are fewer places to view shorebirds or waterfowl.
 
Pat DeWenter drove the Pitt Grade on the east side of the Beltrami Island State Forest in Lake of the Woods County on August 30, where she observed OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERGOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERPALM WARBLER, and three WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS .
 
In Kittson County, Larry Wilebski reported a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH on August 25.
 
 From Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Lynda Knutsen reported GREAT EGRETS on August 30.
 
Sandy Aubol saw a PHILADELPHIA VIREO in East Grand Forks, Polk County on August 26. On the 27th, she observed RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and NASHVILLE WARBLER. RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETWILSON'S WARBLERBLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER were seen there on August 29.
 
Cleone Stewart saw a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE at her home in Becker County close to the Otter Tail County line on August 26.
 
Marshall Howe at Dorset in Hubbard County on August 29 saw BLUE-HEADED VIREORED-EYED VIREOEASTERN WOOD-PEWEEOLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERSWAINSON'S THRUSH, and 50 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS .  RED CROSSBILLS were heard on August 19.
 
In Wadena County on August 23 on a canoe trip, he found 36 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and four singing YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS along a stretch of the Shell and Crow Wing rivers.
 
John Ellis found an UPLAND SANDPIPER on August 24 in northern Douglas County.
 
Thanks to Cleone Stewart, John Ellis, Larry Wilebski, Lynda Knutsen, Marshall Howe, Pat DeWenter, 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, September 6, 2012


 

 

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