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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 Thursday, June 23, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 23, 2016 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.

True summer weather seems to have arrived, and with it the frequent rains, and the flowers. North of Thief River Falls, there are many areas that are too wet now, but that has helped some species of birds. Notably, a breeding bird survey that I did in Roseau County starting at Badger, and going east and south from there, I found LE CONTE’S SPARROWS singing at 10 of the 50 stops yesterday. SEDGE WRENS were also numerous in contrast to last year when it was quite dry.

In Beltrami County, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found a DICKCISSEL along MN 72 just north of Blackduck. BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was also found in Beltrami County, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER was observed at the Big Bog north of Waskish.

In Southeastern Clearwater County, Ron and Herb found 2 INDIGO BUNTINGS on the east side of Clearline Road, which is the Beltrami County line, south of CR 29. Other species seen in the county included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and GREEN HERON.

At the very end of my breeding bird route, I heard the unmistakable song of a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on 170 Ave NW a mile south of the Roseau County line in Como township of Marshall County.

Sandy Aubol reported that EARED GREBES are again building nests at the East Grand Forks WTP in Polk County. She saw about 300 EARED GREBES, along with RED-NECKED GREBES, PIED-BILLED GREBES, and an assortment of duck species. BOBOLINKS and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were also there. Five DICKCISSELS were found north of the edge of East Grand Forks, and 5 more were northwest of the WTP. Russ Wilbur found a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the East Grand Forks campground on June 23.

A black-billed cuckoo was found by Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann in Hubbard County on June 21.

The BAIRD’S SPARROW is still in Douglas County at the original location 1.5 miles west of CR 6 on Ost Road NW as reported by Drew Smith on June 19.

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, June 30, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 16, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 16, 2016 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 seem to be in an unsettled summer pattern now, with few days without either wind or storms. Many young birds can be seen everywhere, and some are already on the second nesting. This is the time to see showy lady’s slippers, the state flower.

In Douglas County, Daren Carlson found a BAIRD’S SPARROW about 1.5 miles west of CR 6 on Ost Road NW on June 13. The bird was seen as recently as June 15, but I have no further updates.

Four DICKCISSELS were seen by Sandy Aubol in Wilkin County on June 14. They were along CR 172 just west of MN 9.

Gary Otnes in Otter Tail County reported a SCARLET TANAGER that showed up in his yard in the Fergus Falls area on June 12.

Tamarac NWR in Becker County reported a NORTHERN PARULA on June 11.

Chuck Bush found a male LARK BUNTING at Glacial Ridge NWR in Polk County on June 11. Sandy Aubol has tried twice to locate it without success so it may have moved on. Sandy Aubol reported 30 EARED GREBES, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, BLACK TERNS, and RUDDY DUCK at the East Grand Forks WTP on June 11.

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 23, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 9, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 9, 2016 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 weather has definitely transitioned into summer now, with rain and high temperatures. Flowers are blooming everywhere, both in gardens and in the wild. Birds are all going about the business of raising the young of the year. Young waterfowl are starting to be seen.

In Lake of the Woods County, Shelley Steva and I observed and photographed a pair of BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS who are nesting at Norris Camp. By the sound of it, the young are getting pretty big and will soon be out of the nest. Two other nests have been found along the Thompson Forest Road in the burned over area left after the big fire last summer.

Katie Haws sent in a sighting of a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD by Mike Zicus on Jackpine Road in Bemidji, Beltrami County on June 2. Nancy Wasik saw a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE along US 2 near Shevlin on June 2.

Connie Cox at Itasca State Park sent in the week’s list which included eleven species of warblers, VEERY, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW , among others. Most of those warblers will be nesting there.

In Pennington County on June 2, Emily Hutchins and Ross Hier observed a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK along CR 10, known as the Pembina Trail, where it crosses the Pembina WMA . On June 5, a COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen hawking insects over our yard east of Thief River Falls.

Mark Otnes reported that a SPOTTED TOWHEE is again being seen at Buffalo River State Park in Clay County. It was seen on the south side of the river on the main trail leading from the main parking lot to the science center as you exit the woods into the second clearing.

Jess Searcy found a PINE WARBLER and a HERMIT THRUSH at Five Lakes Resort in Otter Tail County on June 3.

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 16, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 2, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 2, 2016 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 summer resident species have arrived in the northwest, and all are busy attracting mates, building nests and settling down to raise the year’s young. Surprisingly, the weather has also changed to summer conditions, complete with thunderstorms and rain which varies greatly from place to place. All is green now, and flowers are blooming everywhere.

In Polk County on May 30, Joanne Johnson reported BOBOLINKS, and LARK SPARROW in the meadow on the East Grand Forks side of the south bike bridge across the Red River.

Here in our yard near Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on May 26, I saw a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK. On May 29, a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in the shrubbery, and on the 30th, a BROWN THRASHER greeted the day with his melodious song.

Connie Cox sent in a long list of species seen this week at Itasca State Park including the following warblers: GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, and OVENBIRD.

Mike Thiele in Warroad , Roseau County, reported HOUSE WREN, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, and EASTERN BLUEBIRD on May 30. ALDER FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and BLUE-HEADED VIREO were seen by Zeann Linder and me in the Roseau County area of the Beltrami Island State Forest. Gretchen Mehmel reported three GREAT GRAY OWLS this week. One has been seen 1-2 miles north of Faunce, and one was recently discovered south of Norris Camp along the airfield. A third was spotted along the Roosevelt Road about 2.5 miles north of the Faunce-Butterfield Road on May 30. Two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER nests have been found along the Thompson Forest Road in the fire-killed area.

Other species seen in the Beltrami Island State Forest included BROWN CREEPER, SEDGE WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, VEERY, many warblers, and SCARLET TANAGER on May 30.

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 9, 2016..

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 26, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 26, 2016 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.

With the warmer weather and strong south winds, migration has proceeded quickly this week. Now we are in the last phase of it, with all the waterfowl here, raptor migration complete, flycatchers and vireos mostly arrived this week, most of the early thrushes have gone through, all the common warblers are coming through now, sparrows are here and all the blackbirds. Many shorebird species can be seen in the northwest now wherever there is suitable habitat, and that is somewhat scarce this year.

In Kittson County, Paul Budde and four others found a CATTLE EGRET and 4 WILLETS at the Hallock WTP on May 21.

In Clearwater County, Alex Sundvall observed a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER at Itasca State Park on May 21. Paul Budde’s group found 9 species of shorebirds at the rice paddies north of Clearwater along the Clearwater River on May 21.

At Itasca State Park, Connie Cox reported COMMON LOON, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 13 species of warblers including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER. Other species on the list included SCARLET TANAGER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and many others.

Nancy Wasik observed EASTERN TOWHEE among other species in her yard in western Beltrami County this week.

In Marshall County this week at the Agassiz Valley impoundment, Sandy Aubol found 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, 15 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and DUNLIN on May 21. At Old Mill SP on May 24, she found RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and VEERY.

Paul Budde’s group found 3 WHIMBRELS and a SWAINSON’S HAWK at the quarry in Pleasant Valley Township in the far southwestern part of Red Lake County on May 23. 16 species of shorebirds were seen at the rice paddies at 350th Ave and 150th St in the far northeastern part of the county. They included 5 WHIMBRELS, 3 RUDDY TURNSTONES, and 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS. I was there today, and found no shorebirds after the rain yesterday which undoubtedly raised the water levels and moved the birds out. I did find 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES at the quarry location in the southwest. Paul’s group found 10 AMERICAN AVOCETS and one RED-NECKED PHALAROPE at the Oklee WTP. 210 WILSON’S PHALAROPES, 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and 3 WILLETS were seen at the Red Lake Falls WTP by Paul’s group. Once again, I found none of them there today.

Russ Wilbur reported a BOBOLINK on the East Grand Forks side of the Red River greenway in Polk County on May 20. Sandy Aubol reported a ROSS’S GOOSE at the Angus/Oslo impoundment on May 21. At the Brandt/Angus impoundment she saw AMERICAN AVOCET, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, STILT SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, and BLACK TERN. On May 24, COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were migrating over East Grand Forks.

Steve Midthune reported that the Detroit Lake Festival found 155 species this year in the first two days, including 19 species of warblers.

In Clay County, on May 20, Craig Mandel found a SAY’S PHOEBE at Felton Prairie on the west side of 170th St just north of the small wooded area on the north side of the lake.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported CASPIAN TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, and SCARLET TANAGER on May 20, TENNESSEE WARBLER on May 21, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and EASTERN KINGBIRD on May 22, COMMON NIGHTHAWK on May 23, and CANADA WARBLER on May 24.

In Wilkin County, Ben Fritchman found a WHITE-FACED IBIS, and a RED KNOT at the Brown WPA on May 20. Other species found there were STILT SANDPIPER, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. The WPA is located along CR 19 about a half mile south of CR 20.

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 2, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 19, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 19, 2016 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 is picking up in the northwest now with the coming of warmer weather, and some unfortunate migrants chose to arrive the day it was only 22 degrees last Friday morning with a strong cold wind. Most
counties are reporting all the swallows, an increasing number of warblers, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and where there is a little habitat, a smattering of shorebirds. There seems to have been an influx of BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS this week as several observers reported them and I had several in my yard one day .

At the Osakis WTP in Douglas County, Andy Nyhus found a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on May 16.

A SUMMER TANAGER was reported by Kim Fisette at Reames Lake in Otter Tail County. Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported WARBLING VIREO, BANK SWALLOW, and YELLOW WARBLER on May 15; YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, BARN SWALLOW, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on May 16, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER , RED-EYED VIREO, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT on May 17, GREEN HERON and SORA on May 18, and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK on May 18.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County observed SWAINSON’S THRUSH, EASTERN TOWHEE, AMERICAN REDSTART, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT on May 15, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on May 16, GREEN HERON, RED-EYED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, and CAPE MAY WARBLER on May 17, and MOURNING WARBLER on May 18.

Dave and Betty Hochhalter in Detroit Lakes, Becker County reported HOUSE WREN, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SCARLET TANAGER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE on May 15.
Paul Budde observed both TUNDRA SWANS and TRUMPETER SWANS at the rice paddies along the Clearwater River in both Red Lake and Polk Counties. In Polk County, he found a ROSS’S GOOSE at the Brandt-Angus impoundment, and also HUDSONIAN GODWIT, DUNLIN, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. Russ Wilber found an EASTERN BLUEBIRD in East Grand Forks on May 18.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva saw HOODED MERGANSER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, HOUSE WREN, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on May 13. On May 15, Howard Towle found a WILLET at the rice paddy at 150 St and 350th Ave. GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were found in Gentilly township. A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was seen in a flooded quarry in Gentilly township. WILSON’S PHALAROPES were observed at the Red Lake Falls WTP.

Shelley Steva observed a MERLIN and LESSER YELLOWLEGS in Pennington County on May 13. This week at my home, a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD arrived on May 14, a pair of INDIGO BUNTINGS briefly visited on May 15, five SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were seen in the Red Lake River on May 17, and on May 18, I found HOUSE WREN, LEAST FLYCATCHER, and YELLOW WARBLER in the yard.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found by Paul Budde at Headquarters Pool at Agassiz NWR on May 14.

From Bemidji in Beltrami County, Nancy Wasik reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH this week among others.

From Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on May 13. Paul Budde found 30 WILSON’S PHALAROPES at the Badger WTP on May 16.

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, May 26, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 12, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 12, 2016 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 week we have seen a surge in new migrants, right on time for those who migrate by hours of daylight. In most , if not all counties in the northwest, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, both kinglets, TREE SWALLOW, CLIFF SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, HARRIS’S SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE have all been reported this week. Notably, many folks are reporting large numbers of PINE SISKINS, mostly absent all winter. AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES seem to be on the increase also, although many of those have been here all winter, dressed in their winter drab. BROAD-WINGED HAWKS migrated in this week also, as many have reported them and a group of us were treated to several kettles of them at East Grand Forks on Saturday, totaling over 30 individuals. I’m sure they migrated through our county also, as I caught a blue jay giving a perfect imitation of their call that day. In some areas of the northwest a few more species of warbler have also shown up.

From Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus reported SPRUCE GROUSE, HORNED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, WILSON’S SNIPE, and BROWN CREEPER among others. A BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and GREAT HORNED OWL were seen at Norris Camp.

At home in Roseau County, Beth included COMMON LOON, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, RUFFED GROUSE, PURPLE MARTIN, BROWN THRASHER, WINTER WREN, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER.

Lannie Smith reported a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO at Lake Bronson State Park on May 11.

In western Itasca County, Beth Siverhus observed COMMON LOON, GREAT BLUE HERON, BARRED OWL, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and EVENING GROSBEAK among others this week.

In eastern Marshall County today, I saw PURPLE MARTINS, and several YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS.

Here in Pennington County, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER came in on May 7, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on May 8, and a COOPER’S HAWK has been visiting the feeders regularly since late April.

Anita Vettleson reported that the RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS and BALTIMORE ORIOLES are back in Red Lake County also.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol saw BROWN THRASHER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, HARRIS’S SPARROW, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on May 6. On the 7th, she reported HOUSE WREN, and on the Red River greenway, a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. A LARK SPARROW was seen in her yard. On May 8, along the Red Lake River greenway, she observed RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and SWAINSON’S THRUSH. On May 9th, she saw a WESTERN KINGBIRD at the East Grand Forks WTP, and a TENNESSEE WARBLER at home in East Grand Forks. A GRAY CATBIRD and EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE were in her yard on May 10. A BLACKPOLL came to her yard on May 11.

Justin Watts found a pair of SAY’S PHOEBES at Felton Prairie in the gravel pit along 170th St N before the first cattle guard. Other species seen there included MARBLED GODWIT and UPLAND SANDPIPER. GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS are booming at Bluestem Prairie.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH on May 7, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER , YELLOW WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER on May 9, VEERY and 60 PINE SISKINS on May 10, HOUSE WREN and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on May 11, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on May 12.

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, May 19, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 6, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 6, 2016 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 the first real spring week in the northwest, and the birds are responding. With today’s southwest winds, more migrants can be expected tomorrow. Woodland flowers are starting to appear and leaves are popping out.

A CHIPPING SPARROW was reported by Judith Clayton in Alexandria, Douglas County on April 30.

A DICKCISSEL was seen by Linda Slagter at Manston WMA in Wilkin County on May 3.

NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was observed by Jason Swelstad in Otter Tail County on April 28.

From Becker County, Steve Midthune reported that the warblers are starting to appear at Tamarac NWR. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER have all been seen at Tamarac NWR. GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS are dancing at Hamden Slough. Sandy Aubol also saw a PINE WARBLER at Tamarac NWR on May 3.

In Clay County, Tony Lao reported an UPLAND SANDPIPER at Bluestem Prairie on April 30. On April 29, Sandy Aubol and I found a NORTHERN PARULA and two WINTER WRENS at Buffalo River SP. Sandy also found a pair of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES at Felton Prairie on May 3.

In Polk County, John Richardson found SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER at the Crookston WTP on April 30. Sandy Aubol reported LINCOLN’S SPARROW in her yard at East Grand Forks on May 2. LE CONTE’S SPARROW was seen on May 3 at Pancratz Prairie, and an UPLAND SANDPIPER at Timpanuchus Prairie. Bruce Flaig reported the first BALTIMORE ORIOLE in the southern part of the county on May 5. A SEDGE WREN was found by Sandy Aubol on the Red Lake River Greenway on May 6.

Here in the yard in Pennington County, today, May 6, I saw a pair of COMMON RAVENS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, PALM WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.

Nancy Wasik in Beltrami County reported RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, CHIPPING SPARROW, YELLOW WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and PINE SISKIN this week.

Thanks to those 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, May 13, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 28, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 28, 2016 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 cold, drizzly week in the far northwestern part on Minnesota, and even wetter further south. Finally, it seems to have turned, and tonight the sun is shining brightly in Pennington County. Since most of the winds have been from the north or northwest, not much has happened with migration this week. The wind has dropped a bit tonight, so maybe tomorrow the influx of new species will resume. So far in most of the northwest, all the common ducks have been reported; both swans, bald eagles, northern harriers, red-tailed hawks, double-crested cormorants, most of the grebe species, all the usual woodpeckers, merlins, dark-eyed junco, song sparrows, white-throated sparrows, brown-headed cowbirds, and purple finch are being seen in most counties.

Beth Siverhus reported COMMON LOON, BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, OSPREY, TURKEY VULTURE, and SANDHILL CRANE from Lake of the Woods County this week.

In Roseau County, she had a long list of species. Highlights included SHORT-EARED OWL, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RUFFED GROUSE, WILSON’S SNIPE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, HORNED GREBES, RED-NECKED GREBES, PIED-BILLED GREBES, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN CREEPER, HERMIT THRUSH, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, HARRIS’S SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and PINE SISKIN.

In Beltrami County, Beth reported a GREAT GRAY OWL north of Kelliher at mile marker 27 on April 24. Other species seen in the county included both TRUMPETER SWANS and TUNDRA SWANS at the Kelliher rice paddies. Nancy Wasik in Eckles township west of Bemidji reported NORTHERN FLICKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, CHIPPING SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE SISKIN, and PURPLE FINCH among others.

Here in Pennington County, migration has been slow this week, but tonight I had a COOPER’S HAWK in the yard, and a COMMON LOON in the Red Lake River.

In Polk County, Leon Thoreson observed a SNOWY OWL six miles east of Climax on April 24. Other species he mentioned included 100 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and two SNOW BUNTINGS. Sandy Aubol reported WESTERN GREBES, HORNED GREBES, and BONAPARTE’S GULLS at the East Grand Forks WTP on April 27. On April 23, she found an AMERICAN AVOCET at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment. While in a prairie- chicken blind at Glacial Ridge, Sandy Aubol, David Harrington and I saw and heard GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, WILSON’S SNIPES, MARBLED GODWITS, and a WESTERN MEADOWLARK on April 23.

Alice Martin in Otter Tail County reported BUFFLEHEAD, FRANKLIN’S GULL, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE SISKIN, PURPLE FINCH, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH today.

Thanks to Alice Martin, Beth Siverhus, Leon Thoreson, Nancy Wasik, 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, May 5, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 14, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 14, 2016 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 weather has finally straightened out, and birds are flocking in. This week most counties are reporting a lot of waterfowl species; turkey vultures have arrived, rough-legged hawks have reached Roseau County, dark-eyed juncos are in the northwest in large numbers as are purple finches. Fox sparrows are being reported in several counties. Large flocks of tundra swans are arriving this week.

In Roseau County, Ron Erpelding and I found at least 12 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in the Roseau area on April 10. We drove through the burn area northeast of Bemis Hill where we found at least two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS still there, even though most of the burned trees were now almost fully debarked by the birds and winds.

In Marshall County on the weekend , Ron found COMMON MERGANSER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, TURKEY VULTURE, and a single SNOW BUNTING.

In Pennington County, Ron and I found a RING-NECKED PHEASANT in northwestern Thief River Falls on April 10. Here at home this week, I had TUNDRA SWANS, COOPER’S HAWK, GREAT BLUE HERON, FOX SPARROW, many DARK-EYED JUNCOS and PURPLE FINCHES, and an EASTERN PHOEBE showed up on April 14. At least one of our WOOD DUCK boxes is occupied by a hen who has already laid several eggs.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks , Polk County, had a EURASIAN TREE SPARROW visit her yard on April 8, last reported on April 13. She also reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on April 9, and by April 14 had YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER CEDAR WAXWING, SONG SPARROW, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, a few YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and many DARK-EYED JUNCOS and PURPLE FINCHES. Leon Thoreson near Climax reported MOURNING DOVE, and BROWN CREEPER, among others. He also saw a late SNOWY OWL along the railroad tracks on US 75 two miles east of Eldred on April 10. Ron Erpelding reported several species of waterfowl from the impoundments in the Red River valley including TUNDRA SWAN, COMMON MERGANSER, and GREATER SCAUP. He also observed HERMIT THRUSH, FOX SPARROW, and a few SNOW BUNTINGS.

In Mahnomen County, Ron Erpelding found TUNDRA SWAN, TURKEY VULTURE, and FOX SPARROW.

15 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were observed by Ron at Ada wastewater treatment ponds in Norman County. He also saw TUNDRA SWAN, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, GREATER SCAUP, a GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK there.

Dave and Betty Hochhalter reported a COMMON LOON , TRUMPETER SWAN, and MALLARDS on Little Detroit Lake in Becker County on April 13. In his yard, he saw WILD TURKEY, NORTHERN FLICKER, AMERICAN KESTREL, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD. I have a secondhand report that Donna Dustin working for Tamarac NWR has banded the first hatch of AMERICAN WOODCOCKS on April 13.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and EASTERN PHOEBE on April 10.

Alma Ronningen in Dent, Otter Tail County reported that the OSPREYS have returned to nest on a pole in her yard. Also seen this week were EASTERN PHOEBE, and PURPLE FINCH. Alice Martin reported NORTHERN FLICKER, FOX SPARROW, a partial albino AMERICAN ROBIN, and one COMMON REDPOLL.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Alice Martin, Dave and Betty Hochhalter, Donna Dustin, Leon Thoreson, Marshall Howe, Ron Erpelding, 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 April 21, 2016.

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