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International_smWelcome to Northwestern Minnesota where a unique collection of habitats provide homes for a tremendous variety of birds. Pine forests, deciduous woodlands, native tallgrass prairie, aspen parkland, sand dunes (remnants of Glacial Lake Agassiz), calcareous fens, bogs, marshes, large and small lakes and rivers make up the transition zone that offers over 275 species of birds. Most of the sites are on public land or private reserves open to the public. There are not facilities at all sites.

Some of the unique “lifers” you can see here include the Northern Goshawk, Ruffed Grouse, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Yellow Rail, American Woodcock, Snowy Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Great Gray Owl, Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers, Boreal Chickadee; Bay-breasted, Connecticut and Mourning Warblers; Red and White-winged Crossbills and Pine and Evening Grosbeaks.

This Web site will help you get started. It provides a reference for beginning to advanced birders. The trail is over 200 miles in length with 45 sites to view birds. These sites offer some of the most spectacular birding in the state, along with scenic beauty and friendly communities. Although spring, summer and fall offer an abundance of birds, winter is also an exciting time to see winter specialties.

The International Pine to Prairie Birding Trail is dynamic. Birding trail logo signs are in place at a number of birding locations; however, complete signage is not currently in place. Interpretive signs are in place at featured sites; the future will bring additional signage and informational improvements.

American GoldfinchCurrently, check with Tourism Officials at Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Roseau, Thief River Falls and Warroad for information on bird sightings and assistance with trip planning.

The International Pine to Prairie Birding Trail is a unique partnership between the NW Minnesota communities of Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Roseau, Thief River Falls and Warroad; Manitoba, participating agencies U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Non-game Wildlife Program, Explore Minnesota Tourism; the birding entities of the Minnesota Ornithologist’s Union, Audubon Minnesota, Lakes Area Birding Club and the Agassiz Chapter of the National Audubon Society.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for July 31, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for July 31, 2014 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.
We are enjoying summer in the northwest this week, and young birds are doing silly things as they learn to live their lives. Not a lot is happening here as far as sightings go, but there are a few things to report.
Two immature SABINE’S GULLS were found by Marion and Gary Otnes in a slough south of Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County on July 27.
Here, east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County, the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to come to our feeders. This week the entertainment has been as many as a dozen BALTIMORE ORIOLES, most of them juveniles, who are rapidly consuming the grape jelly. Tonight they scrapped over a bunch of grapes that I put out.
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks reported a PEREGRINE FALCON that flew over her house on July 29. On July 25, Russ Wilber saw two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS on a dead tree on the west side of the bike path that runs by the campground in East Grand Forks. Sandy Aubol also reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS with young near the Point bridge on July 27. Other species seen there included an immature BALD EAGLE, BALTIMORE ORIOLES and several species of sparrow.
Steve Midthune reported on July 25 that Bisson Lake in Becker County is hosting several species of shorebirds in migration including LESSER YELLOWLEGS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS, BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, WILSON’S SNIPE, and WILSON’S PHALAROPES.
Thanks to Marion and Gary Otnes, Russ Wilber, Sandy Aubol, 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 August 7, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 24, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 24, 2014 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 quiet period here in the northwest during the past two weeks. Perhaps it is the coming of summer weather finally , summer vacations, or maybe the weather events of the past week. Whatever the reason, there are few reports, but many young birds to watch none the less. From 2 -5 inches of rain a few days ago has brought out the bugs, and the flycatchers are very busy.
Emily Hutchins reported a HUDSONIAN GODWIT seen by Rich Peet on the east side of Marcoux Corner in Polk County on July 12. That is the intersection of MN 32 and US 2.
On July 23 , a COOPER’S HAWK was chased out of our yard in Pennington County by the two resident EASTERN KINGBIRDS. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER continue to make sporadic visits to the suet feeder. Many AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, HOUSE FINCHES, and lately young BALTIMORE ORIOLES are also coming regularly. From time to time, the GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS have a spat in the yard. I had no idea that the family would be so noisy until conditions this year caused them to stick around the yard during the nesting season.
On July 19 , I spotted several TURKEY VULTURES in Marshall County, and also in both Roseau and Kittson Counties.
Judy Meredith was birding in Roseau County this week and at the Roseau Wastewater Treatment Ponds on July 20, she found 10-12 WILSON’S PHALAROPES, a LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, KILLDEER, and a HOODED MERGANSER with young. In wetlands in the area were 4 MARBLED GODWITS, 12 SANDHILL CRANES and some BOBOLINKS. I was at the Roseau River WMA and elsewhere in the county on July 19, and found 2 COMMON LOONS, a RED-NECKED GREBE, and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT with a catch at the WMA, and there and other places, I found SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, one STILT SANDPIPER, WILSON’S SNIPE, BLACK TERNS, MARSH WRENS, LE CONTE’S SPARROW, many CEDAR WAXWINGS, and a singing WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.
In Kittson County just south of Lake Bronson along US 59 I found a pair of SANDHILL CRANES with one colt on the east side along the railroad tracks.
Thanks to Emily Hutchins, and Judy Meredith for their reports. Please keep those reports coming in as what may not be important to you may be just what someone else wants to see.
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, July 31, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 10, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 10, 2014 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.
Summer seems to have arrived in the northwest after a bumpy ride. With the heat and the advancing calendar, most of the sightings are of baby birds this week, and the heat seems to have kept some folks inside this week.
In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported a COMMON NIGHTHAWK over the city of East Grand Forks on June 25. That would suggest that there might be at least one pair nesting in the vicinity. She also found a family of WESTERN GREBES with young at the Agassiz Valley Impoundments on the Polk County side. On July 3, Vicki Stolz in Fisher reported BALTIMORE ORIOLES and ORCHARD ORIOLES back at the feeders by July 3. Sandy Aubol had a PINE SISKIN at the feeder in East Grand Forks on July 4, the first time in a long while that she has seen one. A NELSON’S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW was heard singing on the east side of 260th Ave a half mile north of CR 23 on July 5.
Sandy Aubol found two WESTERN GREBES at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment on the Marshall County side on June 25. Cliff Steinhauer reported a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD nesting under the eaves of his house near the western side of Agassiz NWR on July 8.
Here in Pennington County, the ORCHARD ORIOLE that has been visiting our feeder east of Thief River Falls returned for a day after an absence of about a week but has not been back since. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has been coming to the feeder almost every day, and seems to have succeeded in chasing away the RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER that was coming regularly also. The latter has not been seen for about a week now.
I made a trip to the Beltrami Island State Forest in Lake of the Woods county on July 4, where I found the flycatchers were very active. I found EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, LEAST FLYCATCHERS, and GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS very common there. Other species seen there included HERMIT THRUSH, many CEDAR WAXWINGS, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Warblers heard singing included OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER.
Thanks to Cliff Steinhauer, Sandy Aubol, and Vicki Stolz 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, July 17, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 26, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 26, 2014 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 very wet this week in most of the northwest, so be aware that roads may not be passable or marginal at best. Flycatchers are the most active in our yard this week as the insects have been thriving on the humidity.

Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO in their yard in Otter Tail County on June 20.

In Clay County at Felton Prairie on June 21, Josh Wallestad found 10 GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, 2 or 3 CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS, a WESTERN KINGBIRD, GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, and MARBLED GODWITS. Along CR 108, he saw a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE.

Emily Hutchins observed a HENSLOW’S SPARROW singing on their land near Mentor in Polk County on June 23.

A first summer male ORCHARD ORIOLE visited our feeder east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County, today, June 26.

Pat DeWenter visited Itasca State Park in Clearwater County on June 23 where she observed BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, CEDAR WAXWING, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH among many others.

Thanks to Dan and Sandy Thimgan, Emily Hutchins, Josh Wallestad, and Pat DeWenter 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, July 3, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 20, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 20, 2014 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.

What a soggy week it has been in the northwest! All the low spots are brimming with water, and now the level ground is becoming lakes. Birds are getting about the business of raising young, but must be having problems keeping them warm and dry.

Pat DeWenter reported COMMON GOLDENEYE, RED-NECKED GREBE, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE at Blackduck Lake in Beltrami County on June 17. At the Big Bog north of Waskish she found many nesting species including OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, GRAY JAY, nine species of warbler including BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, and PALM WARBLER, and also WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.

Here in Pennington County, both a pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, and a pair of RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS are visiting our feeders daily, often in late afternoon. Several days in the past week, a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in the yard.

Near Erskine in Polk County, Zeann Linder found a pair of TRUMPETER SWANS with four cygnets attempting to cross busy US 59 on June 14. She stayed around until they were safely across. Sandy Aubol visited Tympanuchus WMA on June 17 where she found SORA, SANDHILL CRANES with young, WILSON’S SNIPE, HENSLOW’S SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, LE CONTE’S SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD among others.

At Big Bluestem SNA in Clay County, Marshall Howe found SORA, WILSON’S SNIPE, MARBLED GODWIT, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, LARK SPARROW, BOBOLINK, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD. Later in the Felton area, he saw WESTERN KINGBIRD, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.

Marshall Howe reported a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE in Park Rapids in Hubbard County on June 13. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was heard singing on June 19.

Thanks to Marshall Howe, Pat DeWenter, Sandy Aubol, and Zeann Linder 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, June 27, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 12, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 12, 2014 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 entire state has had a stretch of wet weather and rainfall amounts vary greatly. Secondary roads are a mess, and birders are warned to be careful which ones to take. Birds are settling down quickly to the business at hand of raising the year’s young.

Craig Mandel and Alyssa DeRubeis reported a CATTLE EGRET flyover along I-94 just southeast of the Alexandria exit on June 6 in Douglas County. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen in the town of Kensington along Tower Street.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported BANK SWALLOW and AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN on June 3, and MARSH WREN on June 4.

Craig Mandel and Alyssa DeRubeis found several interesting species in the Felton Prairie area of Clay County on June 6. Two GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen along 170th St N about a quarter mile north of CR 26, and two GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were found along that street about a quarter mile north of the cattle guard. UPLAND SANDPIPER was also found in the same general area north of the cattle guard. Just past the cattle guard, a WHIMBREL and three pairs of MARBLED GODWITS were seen . CHESTNUT- COLLARED LONGSPURS were also seen from about a half mile to a mile and a half north of the cattle guard. At Buffalo River State Park, they relocated the SPOTTED TOWHEE and the EASTERN TOWHEE that were reported by Mark Otnes last week. Directions are to go to the main swimming beach and picnic area, go west to the bridge, continue to the east for 0.3 miles. The birds were in the aspens and brush where the Prairie View and River View trails split.

Here just east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County, on June 9 a flock of from 20-25 CEDAR WAXWINGS arrived in the yard hawking for insects in the yard and over the river. On June 11, after several day’s absence, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER reappeared at the feeder looking for sunflower seeds . On June 7, while conducting the Erie BBS, I heard a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW singing at the intersection of CR 28 and CR 9 in far northeastern Pennington County.

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, June 19, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 5, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 5, 2014 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.

We are in the summer rainy season in the northwest this week. With rain almost every day, the area is pretty soggy. Needless to say it is taking it’s toll on the secondary roads, so be careful where you go when birding. Birds seem happy with the many insects that are appearing , including ticks and mosquitoes. Major migration is over with only the stragglers being seen except on the nesting grounds.

Gretchen Mehmel and Beth Siverhus were birding in Lake of the Woods County on May 30 where they found the following warblers, most of which may nest there: CONNECTICUT WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, NASHVILLE WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, OVENBIRD, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. They also observed RUFFED GROUSE, SPRUCE GROUSE, GRAY JAY, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, WINTER WREN, BROWN CREEPER, and SCARLET TANAGER.

In Roseau County on June 1, Beth and Jeff Siverhus saw two CASPIAN TERNS on Lake of the Woods, along with COMMON TERNS, RING-BILLED GULLS, and HERRING GULLS. Also in Roseau County, they found BOBOLINKS and LE CONTE’S SPARROWS. Shelley Steva and I found two GREAT EGRETS and a TURKEY VULTURE at the Norland impoundment that day, and in a flooded field in the western part of the county a few shorebirds. Included were LESSER YELLOWLEGS, MARBLES GODWIT, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, WILSON’S SNIPE and WILSON’S PHALAROPE. We found that the many flooded acres still had too much water for much shorebird habitat, and with the severe thunderstorm that came through tonight, it would appear that Roseau County got some additional rain.

At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County , Beth Siverhus found GREAT HORNED OWL, AMERICAN BITTERN, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO among others on May 31.

Here in Pennington County, I have been hearing BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS across the river from us in the brush remaining from the severe storm last year. Shelley Steva reported a late YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and a late NASHVILLE WARBLER on June 4 in Thief River Falls.

Sandy Aubol reported SWAINSON’S THRUSH and MOURNING WARBLER in her yard in East Grand Forks in Polk County on June 2. Emily Hutchins reported WESTERN KINGBIRD at Mentor WMA and an ALDER FLYCATCHER also in Polk County.

Mark Otnes found a SPOTTED TOWHEE at Buffalo River SP on June 2. Directions are to go to the main swimming beach and picnic area, go west to the bridge, continue to the east for 0.3 miles. The bird was in the aspens and brush where the Prairie View and River View trails split. Also seen there on May 31 was a COMMON RAVEN.

Emily Hutchins did some birding in Maplewood SP in Otter Tail County on June 3 where she found BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, VEERY, SCARLET TANAGER, and FIELD SPARROW. Warblers included CONNECTICUT, more than twenty GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, CERULEAN WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and YELLOW WARBLER.

Thanks to Beth and Jeff Siverhus, Emily Hutchins, Mark Otnes, 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, June 12, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 29, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 29, 2014 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.

We have gone directly into summer in the northwest. This has brought in the remainder of the birds, and even sent a few over our heads straight to the nesting areas. Humans as well as birds and plants are struggling to cope with the sudden heat. That being said, it was a good week for birding. All the expected warblers have been reported from somewhere in the northwest this week.

The MOU birding weekend lead by Kim Eckert had a banner weekend with sightings of 186 species. Highlights were a SNOWY EGRET at the Agassiz Impoundment on the Marshall/ Polk County line near Warren on May 26, a RED KNOT in basic plumage along Roseau CR 3 near 340th St. 7.5 miles north of Badger on May 25, and a GREAT GRAY OWL on a nest in northeastern Kittson County on May 24. GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen on May 26 in Warren , Marshall County, and in Polk County at the Crookston wastewater treatment ponds. A LEAST BITTERN was found at Twin Lakes in Kittson County on May 25. GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were seen in both Roseau and Kittson Counties. 25 shorebird species were seen including HUDSONIAN GODWITS, RUDDY TURNSTONES, RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. Twenty-two warbler species were seen including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and CANADA WARBLER. Best locations were Lake Bronson State Park and Roseau City Park and Campground.

Doug Kieser discovered a WHIMBREL and several MARBLED GODWITS in a flooded area on the west side of CR 7 just south of I-94 in Douglas County on May 26.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported HERRING GULL, and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER on May 22; RED-EYED VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER on May 23. A large number of species arrived on May 24 including COMMON NIGHTHAWK, WARBLING VIREO, 10 species of warbler including CONNECTICUT WARBLER,and INDIGO BUNTING. May 25 brought BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and SCARLET TANAGER.

Linda Schumann reported a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at Rainbow Resort in Becker County on May 24.

A male CINNAMON TEAL was observed by Andy Forbes in a puddle on the east side of MN 9 just south of Ada in Norman County on May 24. The bird was flushed by traffic going by , and flew northeast.

On May 22, Sandy Aubol reported GREAT HORNED OWL, SEDGE WREN, INDIGO BUNTING, and BOBOLINK in East Grand Forks in Polk County. Warbler migration has been steady in the Red River Valley this week. On May 25, Sandy had a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in her yard.

Steve Dahl reported two SCARLET TANAGERS that came to feed on a half grapefruit in his yard near Plummer in Red Lake County on May 26.

Zeann Linder reported two MERLINS in Thief River Falls, Pennington County this week. WARBLING VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER arrived a day or so ago here in the yard.

Beth Siverhus reported ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO, HERMIT THRUSH, CEDAR WAXWING, and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER among others on Luxemberger Lake Road in the Roseau County part of the Beltrami Island State Forest on May 28. Kim Eckert’s group found a good variety of shorebirds in the mudflats along CR 3 including AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.

Thanks to all who sent in their 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, June 5, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 22, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 22, 2014 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.

Finally it seems that summer is here With the warmer weather, the leaves are finally starting to come out, and the migration is picking up. It does seem that most of the warblers seem to be moving along the Red River and also through the forested areas, leaving the majority of the northwestern prairie areas relatively free of migrant warblers. A quick trip to Agassiz NWR this afternoon revealed nearly all the migrants to be those that nest there. Our yard here in Pennington County was the same.

Six RED KNOTS were found by Mark Otnes in a large flock of shorebirds at the North Ottawa impoundment just north of Charlesville on May 22. Other shorebirds seen there included BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, DUNLIN, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER, WILLET, MARBLED GODWIT, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER.

Warblers reported this week included OVEN BIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER,MOURNING WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN REDSTART, CAPE MAY WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and WILSON’S WARBLER.

Beth Siverhus was in Lake of the Woods County on May 17 where she found BROAD-WINGED HAWK, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, WINTER WREN, SWAMP SPARROW, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER among others.

On May 16 in Roseau County, Beth saw LE CONTE’S SPARROW. On the 17th she visited the area of the Norland impoundment. Along 440 Ave about a half mile north of MN 11, she observed some shorebirds including a large flock of WILSON’S PHALAROPES, some SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, MARBLED GODWITS, and LESSER YELLOWLEGS. SANDHILL CRANES were also in the area of the impoundment as well as SORA, PIED-BILLED GREBES, RED-NECKED GREBES, FRANKLIN’S GULLS ,and many duck species. Warroad birds included TREE SWALLOWS, CLIFF SWALLOWS, PURPLE MARTINS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, HARRIS’S SPARROWS, CHIPPING SPARROWS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS and others.

Connie Cox at Itasca State Park in Clearwater County, sent in a long list including OSPREY,SOLITARY SANDPIPER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, five swallows, WINTER WREN, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, VARIED THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, 12 warbler species, INDIGO BUNTING, and PURPLE FINCH. A BARRED OWL, RUFFED GROUSE, and BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER were heard there this week.

Here in Pennington County, my excitement for the week was a WESTERN TANAGER that stayed for about an hour on May 16. The jelly feeders are attracting lots of BALTIMORE ORIOLES, one YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and one BAY-BREASTED WARBLER. Shelley Steva saw a MARBLED GODWIT along CR 23 on May 19.

Shelley Steva reported an UPLAND SANDPIPER in Red Lake County north of Oklee on May 20.

Joanne Johnson reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, OVENBIRD, PALM WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in Polk County on May 16. ORCHARD ORIOLES were observed by Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks on May 19. On May 20, she saw a wave of warblers including MOURNING WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, and BLACKPOLL WARBLER. WINTER WREN and HOUSE WREN were also seen on May 20. On May 21, she had INDIGO BUNTING and CHIMNEY SWIFT, and on the 22nd, a NORTHERN PARULA was seen . Most of these species were seen either in her yard in East Grand Forks or along the Red River Greenway.

From Becker County, Linda Schumann reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at Rainbow Resort on May 16. The Detroit Lakes Festival of Birds tour to Hamden Slough reported GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, SORA, SANDHILL CRANES, and BOBOLINKS among their sightings on May 16. Dave and Betty Hochhalter in Detroit Lakes reported many species this week including INDIGO BUNTING, and SCARLET TANAGER.

Marshall Howe reporting from Hubbard County this week mentioned CASPIAN TERN, EASTERN KINGBIRD, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, GRAY CATBIRD, INDIGO BUNTING, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and CAPE MAY WARBLER on May 17, GREEN HERON, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, and 12 species of warbler on May 18, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH on May 19, and PHILADLEPHIA VIREO on May 21.

From Otter Tail County, Gary and Marion Otnes reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, KENTUCKY WARBLER, and ORCHARD ORIOLE on May 20. The KENTUCKY WARBLER was only seen once. Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported NASHVILLE WARBLER and ORCHARD ORIOLE on May 19, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT on May 20, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on May 21. May 22 brought RED-SHOULDERED HAWK , GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER , YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, and AMERICAN REDSTART.

Benjamin Eckhoff in Douglas County reported GREEN HERON, WESTERN GREBE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, ORCHARD ORIOLE, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK this week.

Thanks to all who sent in reports 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, May 29, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 15, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 15, 2014 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, and warbler migration has begun in the area. With the cool weather, warblers should be easier to see this year. Almost everyone has also reported BALTIMORE ORIOLES, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS in the last few days.

From Dent in Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen reported she saw the first RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD today. Other species seen in her vicinity this week included TRUMPETER SWAN, OSPREY, VEERY, HARRIS’S SPARROW, SCARLET TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

Marshall Howe had a belated secondhand report of two possible WORM-EATING WARBLERS on Hubbard County 13, about 5 miles south of Nevis sighted on May 10. This would be a very exciting sighting is someone can verify it.

Linda Schumann at the Rainbow Resort in Becker County reported that RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD and BALTIMORE ORIOLES have arrived in the county. The first of the warblers are there also including CAPE MAY WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.

Matt Mecklenburg reported COMMON RAVEN, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, and WESTERN KINGBIRD in Clay County this week.

On May 10, Sandy Aubol observed COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and PALM WARBLER in East Grand Forks in Polk County. On the 14th, she saw EASTERN TOWHEE, HARRIS’S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, CAPE MAY WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and ORCHARD ORIOLE. Steve and Terri Scholand , southeast of East Grand Forks, reported EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and 20 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS near their place on May 14. Shelley Steva and I found a WESTERN KINGBIRD on the UMC campus at Crookston on May 10. Also seen there were OVENBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and PALM WARBLER.

At our feeders east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County on May 15 were a couple of BALTIMORE ORIOLES, and a SWAINSON’S THRUSH was prowling in the flowerbed.

Steve and Teri Scholand saw a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINBIRD in Alvarado in Marshall County on May 11. Shelley Steva and I saw a GREAT HORNED OWL pair with two large owlets in the headquarters yard on May 10. Also seen there were eight species of warblers, VEERY, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, HERMIT THRUSH,LINCOLN’S SPARROW , and on Headquarters pool , a WESTERN GREBE, EARED GREBE, and PIED-BILLED GREBE.

Beth Siverhus reported BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and BROWN THRASHER in Warroad in Roseau County since May 12.

Beth also reported that Ben Huener saw two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS on Lake of the Woods off Springsteel Island on May 9.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Beth Siverhus, Linda Schumann, Marshall Howe, Matt Mecklenburg, Sandy Aubol, Steve and Terri Scholand, 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, May 22, 2014.

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