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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, November 13, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 13, 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.

Many things have changed this week. We are getting the first really cold spell now , and open water is disappearing quickly. Also the last cold front came in with a whoosh, and the cold wind persuaded many birds to keep moving. As a result, most of the waterfowl have gone, except those on large deep lakes that still have some open water. Yesterday, on a trip to Fargo we saw hundreds of CANADA GEESE in the fields south of Crookston, and today on our return, there were none. SNOWY OWLS are being reported, and today I looked for two of them reported below but found neither. They are definitely still on the move.

A total of 4 SNOWY OWLS were reported in the northwest this week. Yesterday, November 12, an adult male was spotted by Shelley Steva 5 miles east of Brooks along MN 92 in Red Lake County. Kathy Jones reported one seen about 7 miles southwest of Thief River Falls in Pennington County around November 7. Neither of those two could be found today. Beau Shroyer saw one in front of the high school in Bemidji, Beltrami County, on the south side of US 2 bypass on November 11. Kathy Jones also observed a SNOWY OWL a few miles east of Roseau, Roseau County, on November 8.

Benjamin Eckhoff reported species are changing in Lake Carlos State Park, Douglas County, this week, as most of the waterfowl have gone from the smaller bodies of water, and numbers are down even on the larger lakes. That said a large influx of migrating diving ducks was seen this week ahead of the front, including HOODED MERGANSERS, BUFFLEHEAD, REDHEADS, CANVASBACKS, RUDDY DUCKS , and scaup. At the feeders were BROWN CREEPER and PURPLE FINCH. RED-TAILED HAWKS, and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS are still migrating through.

Marshall Howe in Dorset in Hubbard County saw a TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE visit briefly on November 10. Other species seen this week in the county included ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 200 HOODED MERGANSERS on Lake Emma, SNOW BUNTINGS, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS. 5 TUNDRA SWANS were seen on Lake Alice bog.

From Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and one WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in her yard in East Grand Forks on November 8; on November 10 a RUSTY BLACKBIRD arrived and was joined by two others on November 11. Kim Greendahl reported BALD EAGLE and WILD TURKEY in Polk County on November 11.

Dave Harbott observed ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES near Hazel in Pennington County on November 8, and a female NORTHERN CARDINAL at his father’s place in St Hilaire. Also there was a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. Today, I saw over 50 WILD TURKEYS southwest of Thief River Falls near CR 7.

Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Benjamin Eckhoff, Dave Harbott, Kathy Jones, Kim Greendahl, Marshall Howe, 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, November 20, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 6, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 6, 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 cold weather is definitely approaching. Snow was received as far north as US 2 this week, but the northwestern part of the state escaped the first batch. More is forecast for next week. Migration of raptors is in full swing with lots of red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, and rough-legged hawks being reported.

Many SANDHILL CRANES continue to be seen in Marshall County south of CR 7 and west of CR 12 as recently as November 2. There are many ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and NORTHERN HARRIERS soaring over the grasslands.

Peggy Seed in Pennington County reported a male NORTHERN CARDINAL that visited her feeder on the southeast side of Thief River Falls on October 31.On November 4, six PINE SISKINS appeared at our feeder. PURPLE FINCHES continue to be seen in small numbers.

Hal Sanders reported that the northern ducks are starting to arrive in Polk County as of November 3 including CANVASBACKS, REDHEADS, and MALLARDS. Other migrants in the county include TUNDRA SWANS, BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. Emily Hutchins observed a NORTHERN SHRIKE along CR 45 east of MN 32 on November 3. SNOW BUNTINGS have also arrived. Sandy Aubol reported many finches in East Grand Forks on November 5 including HOUSE FINCH, PURPLE FINCH, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, PINE SISKINS, and 25 COMMON REDPOLLS.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County saw HOODED MERGANSERS, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and RUFFED GROUSE near Dorset on October 31. COMMON MERGANSERS were seen in Park Rapids that day. On November 1, he observed ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, PURPLE FINCH and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH; three COMMON LOONS were seen on Lake George on November 2. At Itasca SP on November 2 were 2 GRAY JAYS, PINE SISKINS , and 12 CEDAR WAXWINGS. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen in Dorset on November 4, and on November 5, an AMERICAN ROBIN was still working on the crabapples in Dorset.

Ken and Pam Perry saw BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Walker in Cass County on November 4.

Thanks to Emily Hutchins, Hal Sanders, Ken and Pam Perry, Marshall Howe, Peggy Seed 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, November 13, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 30, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 30, 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.

As I compile this report, the wind is howling and the temperature dropping as the sky has cleared. It promises to bring the first really hard frost to most of the area. Migration of songbirds  is slowing, but the raptor migration is in full swing.

From Douglas County, Benjamin Eckhoff reported on the birds at Lake Carlos State Park this week. At the feeders,  some of the species were several woodpecker species including RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and PILEATED WOODPECKERS, a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and PURPLE FINCH. On the lakes and wetlands , he mentioned  WOOD DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON LOONS,  BALD EAGLES, RED-TAILED HAWKS, NORTHERN HARRIERS, AMERICAN COOTS, and PIED-BILLED GREBES, and on the trails, RUFFED GROUSE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, COMMON RAVENS, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS.

In Hubbard County Marshall Howe reported BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES , 2 COMMON LOONS, and a BONAPARTE’S GULL on October 24; a NORTHERN SHRIKE , 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD   were seen on October 25; 10 PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES  were observed on October 29.

Sandy Aubol in Polk County observed SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and MERLIN frequenting her yard and no doubt limiting the number of other species. She has had a late ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, HARRIS’S SPARROWS, and PINE SISKINS  there from time to time this week. Today, I saw several NORTHERN HARRIERS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and a small flock of SANDHILL CRANES  between East Grand Forks and the Pennington County line.

In Marshall County, Shelley Steva and I  saw a most unexpected NORTHERN CARDINAL  along a wooded road through Thief Lake WMA on October 25. The bird was catching butterflies and other insects on the side of the dirt road. Also, at Thief Lake and on the way there, we saw a flock of TUNDRA SWANS, BALD EAGLES, NORTHERN HARRIERS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS,  SANDHILL CRANES, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. A flock of several hundred SANDHILL CRANES was seen on October 24 along CR 7, but they had moved by the next day, although a lesser number were seen along the western boundary of Agassiz NWR.

In Beltrami County, Shelley and I found a small flock of SNOW BUNTINGS in the far western part of the county.

Thanks to Benjamin Eckhoff, Marshall Howe 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, November 6, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 23, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 23, 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 been having splendid, warm, sunny weather in the northwest, and many species are using the nice conditions to move south. I no longer have hordes of white-throated sparrows and dark-eyed juncos in the yard now. Leaves have nearly all blown down in the windy conditions lately, so the next time we have a big wind, it will howl as in winter.

Cliff Steinhauer observed a large flock of SANDHILL CRANES feeding in a field three miles east of Holt along Marshall CR 7 today.

A flock of SNOW BUNTINGS was seen by Gary Tischer today along Pennington CR 28 in the far northern part of the county, and 12 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were seen along MN 1 east of the Goodridge corner. Here in our yard in Pennington County, I heard a COMMON RAVEN fly over, and one WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW appeared at the feeder.

Sandy Aubol reported that 20 PINE SISKINS and one COMMON REDPOLL showed up at her East Grand Forks feeder in Polk County on October 20. On October 18, Shelley Steva saw 75 SANDHILL CRANES along CR 21, but on a quick trip to the Glacial Ridge area this afternoon I didn’t see any. On October 22, Shelley saw 4 flocks of LAPLAND LONGSPURS along US 75, and another flock along CR 252. Also along that road there was a flock of SHARP-TAILED GROUSE and one HORNED LARK. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen along CR 21. On October 21, Matt Mecklenburg saw a mixed flock of LAPLAND LONGSPURS and SNOW BUNTINGS south of Malmberg Prairie near the beet piles and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed a Glacial Ridge. I saw an AMERICAN PIPIT, one AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and 3 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE in the Glacial Ridge area this afternoon.

Matt Mecklenburg reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE and a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE in Clay County on October 21. Two BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES were seen by Steve Midthune along CR 12 in Becker County on October 23.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on October 17, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES on October 18, PURPLE FINCH and DARK-EYED JUNCOS on October 19, and a PINE SISKIN on October 20. On October 22, there were RUSTY BLACKBIRD, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and still some COMMON LOONS.

Charlene Nelson reported 8 BALD EAGLES, 22 TRUMPETER SWANS, and about 10000 AMERICAN COOTS on Lake Christina in Grant County across from Seven Sisters on Highway 78 on October 17.

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, October 30, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 16, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 16, 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 last week or so has been pleasant fall weather. Colors are past peak and many leaves are now on the ground. Yard cleanup is in full swing! Feeders are hosting the last sparrows, and the yearlong residents now.

Jesse Ellis reported a RED CROSSBILL at Lake Irene in Douglas County on October 10.

In Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on October 15. COMMON LOONS and one BONAPARTE’S GULL were also seen .

From Polk County, Emily Hutchins reported a single SNOW BUNTING at the Nature Conservancy Office along MN 32 in Polk County on October 10. Shelley Steva and I found a WESTERN GREBE on Oak Lake near Erskine today, October 16, and a possible late SABINE’S GULL flew over the Erskine lagoons while we were there. We were unable to relocate the bird for further study as it apparently kept on going. Among the ducks seen at both locations were MALLARDS, REDHEADS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, LESSER SCAUP, and BUFFLEHEAD. Several PIED-BILLED GREBES were seen, and a conservative estimate of 5000 AMERICAN COOTS were seen along the east shore of Cameron Lake at Erskine.

Thanks to Emily Hutchins, Jesse Ellis, and Marshall Howe 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 23, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, October 10, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, October 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.

This week we are finally getting a little of that coveted fall weather that is free of storms, but we would prefer it to be a bit warmer. Migration is winding down, and bird feeders are hosting mostly white-throated sparrows and yellow-rumped warblers.

Kurt Ellwanger reported a flock of several hundred SANDHILL CRANES south of Old Mill State Park in Marshall County on October 9.

Here at our feeder east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County, we had a GOLDEN–CROWNED KINGLET on October 4; on October 8, I recorded RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. All of the above are still here and a BROWN CREEPER came on October 9.

Sandy Aubol found a NORTHERN SHRIKE along the East Grand Forks greenway in Polk County on October 9, and several TUNDRA SWANS flew over the city. Kurt Ellwanger reported two large flocks of SANDHILL CRANES along Polk CR 21 east if US 75 on October 9. Each flock contained several hundred birds.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported FOX SPARROW on October 2, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE on October 4, an Oregon type DARK-EYED JUNCO on October 8 , and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT and RUSTY BLACKBIRD on October 8.

Thanks to Kurt Ellwanger, Marshall Howe , 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, October 16, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 25, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 25, 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 last of the big groups of passerines are moving through now, and the bulk of them this week have been YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, NORTHERN FLICKERS , RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. Leaves are turning and starting to fall, and it has been reported that the colors are a little under peak now. That will change rapidly when the cooler temperatures arrive during the next week or so.

A GREAT EGRET was reported by Paul Clay along the river near Hallock, Kittson County, on September 22.

Last weekend, a large group of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS were seen in our yard east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County. HERMIT THRUSH, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, WOOD DUCK and a few warblers were seen on September 21. Today I spotted a BALD EAGLE soaring over the town, and in the yard there were numerous YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, NORTHERN FLICKERS, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. A family of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS came to the bird bath.

From Polk County, Emily Hutchins reported DARK-EYED JUNCOS and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS on September 25. Russ Wilber saw 4 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and two TURKEY VULTURES soaring over the campground in East Grand Forks on September 22, and a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE on September 23. Sandy Aubol reported a large flight of migrating FRANKLIN’S GULLS over East Grand Forks on September 20. That day she observed in her yard 32 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and the numbers grew to over 70 by September 21. She also saw 3 HARRIS’S SPARROWS, two WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. On September 22 there were LINCOLN’S SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and PINE SISKINS, and she saw a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER on September 24.

Alma Ronningen echoed the reports above on September 25 as she reported numbers of migrating YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and NORTHERN FLICKERS in Dent, Ottertail County.

Charlene Nelson reported RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS in Grant County on September 23.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Charlene Nelson, Emily Hutchins, Paul Clay, and Russ Wilber 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 2, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 18, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 18, 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 can see the end of migration now. Many of the songbirds have departed. I no longer see orioles or hummingbirds although the feeder still hangs there. Some of the late fall migrants have arrived with more to come soon.

In Douglas County on September 13, Beau Shroyer reported WILSON’S PHALAROPES at Osakis in Douglas County.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported a GREAT EGRET at his neighbor’s place on September 12. On the 11th at his place near Dorset, he had RED-EYED VIREO and TENNESSEE WARBLER. On the 12th, there were BLUE-HEADED VIREO, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and 8 species of warblers, on the 13th he reported LEAST FLYCATCHER and EASTERN PHOEBE. Six COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen on September 16.

In Polk County , Sandy Aubol reported six species of warblers, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, and one PINE SISKIN on September 11. On the 13th ,WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW arrived, and next day there were SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER and LINC OLN’S SPARROW appeared on September 16th and HARRIS’S SPARROW on September 18.

Here in the backyard in Pennington County I had BROWN CREEPER and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on September 14, and WARBLING VIREO and EASTERN BLUEBIRD on September 17.

Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Marshall Howe, 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 25, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 11, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 11, 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.

A large portion of the passerine migration has moved through the northwest already, and much of the rest must surely be thinking about going as we anticipate the first possible frost tonight. Most of the warblers are gone already along with the swallows, and a lot of the flycatchers.

From Warroad in Roseau County on September 10, Beth Siverhus reported TURKEY VULTURE, BALD EAGLE, NORTHERN HARRIER, COOPER’S HAWK, FRANKLIN’S GULLS, BONAPARTE’S GULLS, RING-BILLED GULLS, a few RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS, one BALTIMORE ORIOLE, BROWN THRASHER, CEDAR WAXWING, MERLIN, AMERICAN KESTREL, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and BELTED KINGFISHER.

Here is Pennington County , we still have a few RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER coming to the feeder.

On September 7, Shelley Steva and I found a few shorebirds at the Crookston WTP in Polk County, including KILLDEER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, and WILSON’S SNIPE. There were a few BARN SWALLOWS there also.

At Mahnomen City Park on September 7, we found a COMMON NIGHTHAWK, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO. At the Waubun WTP, there was an AMERICAN BITTERN , a GREEN HERON, and one EASTERN KINGBIRD. Elsewhere in Mahnomen County we found an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE.

Dennis Weisenborn reported a CONNECTICUT WARBLER and a NORTHERN PARULA in his yard along the Red River in Moorhead , Clay County, on September 11.

From Elbow Lake in Grant County, Charlene Nelson reported a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO on August 30, and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK on September 6.

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 18, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 4, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 4, 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 week there are definite signs of approaching fall with cool nights and so far warm days. Migration is picking up and the warblers are moving south now. COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are also being reported, and where there is habitat, also shorebirds.

Charlene Nelson reported a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in her yard at Elbow Lake in Grant County as recently as September 4.

On August 30, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, BONAPARTE’S GULLS, and 47 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS at the Walker WTP in Cass County on August 30. In Wadena County they found a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER at the sod farm on 190th Ave. Other species seen in Wadena County included BARRED OWL, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was found at the Verndale WTP. They relocated the 5 COMMON GALLINULES in Todd County that were previously reported by Ben Fritchman. Other species seen in Todd County included NORTHERN PARULA, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and at the Eagle Bend WTP- STILT SANDPIPER and CASPIAN TERN.

From Hubbard County, Ron and Herb reported STILT SANDPIPER at Nevis. Craig Mandel and Barb and Denny Martin were in Hubbard County on August 28, where they observed WILD TURKEY, and OSPREY. At Ferris County Park, they reported PHILADELPHIA VIREO, BROWN THRASHER, 13 warbler species, EASTERN TOWHEE, and PURPLE FINCH.

In Norman County Craig Mandel and Barb and Denny Martin reported HORNED GREBE at Ada, RED-NECKED GREBE at Roy Lake, GREAT EGRET at Agassiz Olsen WMA, and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, 5 species of vireos, and 12 species of warblers, most of these at the Twin Valley City Park.

Craig, Barb, and Denny also birded in Mahnomen County where they found GREEN HERON, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, a few shorebirds, 5 vireos, and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen in the town of Mahnomen.

Sandy Aubol reported from East Grand Forks in western Polk County. Species were reported from her yard and also from the Red River Greenway. During the course of the week she saw GREEN HERON, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, 5 vireo species, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, and 12 species of warbler.

Here in Pennington County, Shelley Steva reported a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT in her yard in Thief River Falls on August 30. On September 1, she saw BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER along the new Greenwood Trails bike path, and the next day added MAGNOLIA WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and BLUE-HEADED VIREO. Our yard continues to host both RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS, RUBY-THROATED HUMMING BIRDS, and BALTIMORE ORIOLES. Warblers continue to trickle in also.

The MOU weekend in northwest Minnesota lead by Kim Eckert found 20 species of warblers, most in Beltrami County between Diamond Point Park and the Gould St. lake access, and in Lake of the Woods County at Arneson’s Resort and Springsteel Island.

In Roseau county the MOU weekend found RED-NECKED PHALAROPES at the Warroad WTP among the 11 species of shorebirds there. 8 SHORT-EARED OWLS were found along 440th Ave 5 miles east and 2-3 miles north of Roseau. There was a WESTERN KINGBIRD near the junction of MN 313 and Springsteel Island Road.

Two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were found just west of the junction of Lake of the Woods County roads 17 and 9 a mile south of Arneson’s Resort. 12 species of shorebirds were found here including BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, STILT SANDPIPERS, and BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS. There were warblers at Springsteel Island and Arneson’s. PINE SISKINS were seen there also.

Thanks to Charlene Nelson, Craig Mandel, Kim Eckert, Ron Erpelding, 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 11, 2014

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