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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 Wednesday, July 15, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Wednesday, July 15, 2015 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 hot and stormy week in the northwest, as elsewhere, so birding reports are few.

At Glacial Ridge in Polk County on July 11, Rolf Paulson reported SANDHILL CRANES and territorial SEDGE WRENS.

Shelley Steva had a female COOPER’S HAWK fly through her yard in Thief River Falls, Pennington County , on July 10.

From Cass County, Dale Yerger reported a singing CONNECTICUT WARBLER along CR 135 on July 12.

Thanks to Dale Yerger, Rolf Paulson, 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, July 30, 2015

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 9, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 9, 2015 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

This has been a very pleasant week in most of the northwest. Baby birds are everywhere, and many species are starting a second nesting.

Beth Siverhus sent in a report of species found on the Rapid River Breeding Bird Survey conducted on June 28. This is somewhat belated, but I thought you might be interested to know that 14 species of warblers were found including CONNECTICUT WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER. Some of the other species reported were WINTER WREN, INDIGO BUNTING, WOOD THRUSH, HERMIT THRUSH, and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET.

In Roseau County, Beth reported an apparently nesting MARBLED GODWIT along CR 5 south of Warroad. In Warroad on July 8 were GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER , PURPLE MARTINS , AMERICAN ROBINS on their third nesting, and GRAY CATBIRDS among others.

From Pennington County, Shelley Steva saw a MERLIN flying over the city of Thief River Falls on July 9.

On July 3, Shelley and I found an AMERICAN AVOCET on the side of the East Grand Forks wastewater treatment ponds in Polk County. Other species seen included some of the EARED GREBES reported by Sandy Aubol last week.

Charlene Nelson in Grant County reported many fledglings of several species including BALTIMORE ORIOLES, BROWN THRASHERS, and GRAY CATBIRDS. HOUSE WRENS there are starting a second nest.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Charlene Nelson, and Shelley Steva for their reports. Please get your sightings in early for the next report as it will be coming out on Wednesday afternoon.

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 Wednesday, July 15, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 2, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 2, 2015 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.

Baby birds and fledglings are everywhere in the northwest, and one hears strange “baby talk” all around. Weather has been pleasant for the last few days, but due to forest fires in northern Saskatchewan, skies have been hazy or overcast much of the time. We have been treated to some beautiful sunrises and sunsets due to that haze.

Charlene Nelson in Grant County, reported an ORCHARD ORIOLE near Elbow Lake on July 1.

From Douglas County this week, Benjamin Eckhoff reported seeing many fledglings being fed by their parents. He also reported a pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS near the new Alexandria High School, an AMERICAN BITTERN at Glacial Lakes SP, and a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD north of Lake Carlos State Park.

Craig Mandel was in Wilkin and Otter Tail Counties last weekend where Wilkin County sightings included GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, EARED GREBE at the Breckenridge WTP, a pair or RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS in Breckenridge at the intersection of Oak St. and Central Ave, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at the same location, NELSON’S SPARROW on CR 15 a fifth of a mile east of CR 30, and LE CONTE’S SPARROW on 190th St 1.5 miles east of CR 15.

Larry Sirvio observed an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER at Maplewood State Park, 0.2 miles west of the entrance station on June 25, and a KRIDER’S RED-TAILED HAWK, also in Otter Tail County. Craig Mandel’s group reported a LEAST BITTERN a quarter mile west of US 59 on the south side of Otter Tail CR 24 and at Maplewood SP- BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, RUFFED GROUSE and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER.

Sandy Aubol reported a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at her feeders in East Grand Forks, Polk County on July 1. She also counted 90 EARED GREBE nests at the East Grand Forks WTP.

In Pennington County, Sandy Aubol observed a LEAST BITTERN on the Red Lake County line just east of Pennington CR 10 on June 28. Other species seen along CR 10, also known as the Pembina Trail, included 5 WILD TURKEYS on the east side of CR 10 north of CR 58, OVENBIRD, VEERY, LE CONTE’S SPARROW on CR 61 just west of CR 10, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and VESPER SPARROW. Here along the river near Thief River Falls, I was surprised to see a COMMON MERGANSER on June 26. A mother WOOD DUCK brought her family of eight delightful babies up on the yard where they may have been born a couple of weeks earlier.

Thanks to Benjamin Eckhoff, Charlene Nelson, Craig Mandel, Larry Sirvio, 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, July 9, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 25, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 25, 2015 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.

Hot weather has arrived and with it, both mosquitos and storms. The din of baby birds is increasing in the yards. All sorts of nesting species have fledged or are feeding young in the nest this week.

Beth Siverhus and Gretchen Mehmel found a male NORTHERN CARDINAL in Lake of the Woods County along CR 2 south of Baudette near the Beltrami Island Forest line this week. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was also there.

In Roseau County during the last two weeks, Beth reported a long list seen and heard on her breeding bird routes. The highlights were WESTERN GREBE on Lake of the Woods, nesting GREEN HERON, TURKEY VULTURE, SORA, MARBLED GODWIT, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, HERMIT THRUSH, BROWN THRASHER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, LE CONTE’S SPARROW, 12 species of warbler including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER, SCARLET TANAGER, INDIGO BUNTING, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

Here in Pennington County, a PURPLE FINCH has been singing loudly in the yard, and on June 22, I heard a BARRED OWL calling along the river. Ron Erpelding reported a LEAST BITTERN in the slough east of CR 10 on the county line with Red Lake County.

In Red Lake County on the other side of the road, another LEAST BITTERN was heard. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen along CR 3 south of Dorothy, and also a juvenile ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Red Lake County.

Sandy Aubol reported that more than 70 EARED GREBES were seen at the East Grand Forks WTP on June 20. All were busy building nests. Also there were a COMMON GOLDENEYE, WILLET , and WILSON’S PHALAROPE.

The MBW group led by Kim Eckert last weekend found a NELSON’S SPARROW on 150th Ave one mile west and 0.2 mile south of Waubun in Mahnomen County. LE CONTE’S SPARROWS were also there. Ian Hunter reported a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH in the Waubun School Forest on June 18. An EASTERN TOWHEE was found by Ron Erpelding near Pine Bend on the weekend, and a juvenile ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Waubun.

Roy Zimmerman in Becker County with the MBW group found a MUTE SWAN at Bisson Lake along CR 14. Ron Erpelding reported a BLACK DUCK at Calloway, and also a LEAST BITTERN in Becker County.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported by Charlene Nelson in Douglas County along MN 27 east of Hoffman on June 22.

Charlene Nelson found an UPLAND SANDPIPER along MN 27 west of Hoffman in Grant County on June 22.

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, July 2, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 18, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 18, 2015 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 up and down weather continues in the northwest. This has been a week of relatively pleasant temperatures and not much rain last weekend , but cold winds some days this week. Baby birds of all kinds are showing up, and all yards are noisy.

In Grand County, Charlene Nelson reported a PINE SISKIN at the feeder in Elbow Lake on June 17.

Benjamin Eckhoff at Lake Carlos State Park in Douglas County reported many birds are fledging including a family of BALD EAGLES. He observed a SCARLET TANAGER in the Upper Campground and a pair of YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS around the visitor center this week.

In Wilkin County, Chris Wood found an eastern RED-TAILED HAWK at Maplewood State Park on June 14.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported a pair of BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES north of Hubbard, and a LEAST BITTERN at Little Sand Lake this week.

Here is Pennington County, I found a MARBLED GODWIT with at least one chick just west of the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds on June 13. A few ducks were on the ponds including several RUDDY DUCKS.

On a breeding bird survey in Marshall County on June 12, I found a MARBLED GODWIT with three chicks, and a BARRED OWL calling northwest of Grygla, apparently in response to the mobbing of several crows. BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were pretty common on the BBS that I did, so caterpillars must be plentiful.

In Kittson County, Gary Tischer saw a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Karlstad nursing home on June 18.

Thanks to those 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 25, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 11, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 11, 2015 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 wet week in parts of the northwest. Heavy rains came down on two different days, and several other days we received smaller showers. Today, however , the weather straightened out and temperatures were pleasant with little wind.

Gretchen Mehmel reported last week that there is a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER nest at Norris Camp in Lake of the Woods County. Also in that county, Wayne Bell found a WILLOW FLYCATCHER along the Butterfield Forest Road.

In Roseau County, Mike Thiele reported a WHIP-POOR-WILL near Warroad on June 4. Beth Siverhus sent a long list of sightings in Roseau County this week . Included are 8 TUNDRA SWANS, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, twelve species of warbler, three WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, BROWN THRASHER, and SCARLET TANAGER. RED CROSSBILLS were found feeding in the charred pines from the Bemis Hill fire earlier this year. Wayne Bell found a PHILADELPHIA VIREO along the River Forest Road on June 7.

In Clearwater County, Marshall Howe found a female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER at Itasca SP as well as 14 species of warbler this week. He is going to search for the woodpecker’s nest as he saw the male last week.

In Marshall County, on June 11, I found a TURKEY VULTURE on the ground along CR 12.

Wayne Bell reported HORNED GREBES at the Thief River Falls WTP in Pennington County on June 8. Beth Mickelson observed a female NORTHERN CARDINAL in her yard next to ours east of Thief River Falls on June 8. On June 10, I heard a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in the yard.

Sandy Aubol reported 8 TURKEY VULTURES over East Grand Forks on June 5. They must have been moving through as Russ Wilbur saw seven on June 6. Sandy also saw COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, and at the East Grand Forks WTP, WESTERN GREBES and EARED GREBES. Scott Meyer reported two LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES near the junction of 300 St NW and 160 Ave NW in the Glacial Ridge area.

In Clay County, Pete Makousky found all the expected species at Felton Prairie, including two CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS which are nesting there. Kim Eckert advises care if you go as the nest is cleverly hidden in the grass and vulnerable to being stepped on. Location is near a large rock pile by the fence along the west side of the road between the second cattle gate and the top of the hill.

Brian Pendleton reported RED CROSSBILLS near the visitor center at Tamarac NWR in Becker County on June 9.

In Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported still some PINE SISKINS and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at Dorset this week.

Charlene Nelson in Battle Lake in Otter Tail County observed several CHIMNEY SWIFTS on June 10.

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 18, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 4, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 4, 2015 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 first real thunderstorm arrived this week, dumping substantial rains in the area. We are quite wet now, and mosquitos are sure to follow. Nesting is well underway for the early nesting species, and goslings are growing fast.

In Grant County, Charlene Nelson , saw a WESTERN KINGBIRD at the corner of 200 St. and 240 Ave. on May 30, and an ORCHARD ORIOLE at Elbow Lake on June 3.

In Hubbard County this week, Marshall Howe reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Dorset, and at Lake Alice Bog on June 1, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, GRAY JAY, SEDGE WREN, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. At Itasca SP, he saw a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and CANADA WARBLER.

Kay Hartness had a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in her yard in Becker County on May 29.

In Clay County, Marshall Howe found GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, UPLAND SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, WILSON’S SNIPE, MARSH WREN, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.

In East Grand Forks , Polk County, on May 31, Russ Wilbur reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, AMERICAN REDSTART, and BOBOLINK. Emily Hutchins observed VEERY and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER near Mentor that day. On May 29, I found three WESTERN GREBES at the Agassiz Valley Impoundments east of Warren.

Sandy Aubol relocated the SNOWY EGRET originally found by Gerald Hoekstra and others at the Agassiz Valley impoundments in Marshall County on June 2.

Here is Pennington County, several COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen on June 4 hawking insects just east of Thief River Falls, and one was found resting in a tree in our yard.

Marshall Howe in the Clearwater portion of Itasca SP this week found BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and PINE WARBLER.

Beth Siverhus in Roseau County this week reported RUFFED GROUSE, SORA, WILSON’S SNIPE, BELTED KINGFISHER, RED-EYED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, LEAST FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN PHOEBE, CLIFF SWALLOWS, BARN SWALLOWS, TREE SWALLOWS, 12 species of warbler, and six species of sparrows. Warblers seen included GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BLACKPOLL, PINE WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, OVENBIRD, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Charlene Nelson, Emily Hutchins, Kay Hartness, Marshall Howe, Russ Wilbur, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, June 11, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 28, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 28, 2015 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 had the first week of summer weather this week in the northwest. It has become increasingly obvious that migration is almost over. New arrivals are way down, and the local nesters are very busy and noisy now.

From Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel reported a COMMON RAVEN nesting at the Norris Camp picnic grounds, a BELTED KINGFISHER nest at the Norris Camp pond, GRAY JAY nestlings at the Norris Camp feeders, HERMIT THRUSHES and WHIP-POOR-WILLS being heard in the area.

In Roseau County, Mike Thiele reported HOUSE WREN on May 18, and a WHIP-POOR-WILL on May 22 in Warroad.

Sandy Aubol found RUDDY TURNSTONES and MARBLED GODWIT on the Marshall County side of the Agassiz Impoundment on May 27. UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported by Gary Tischer in Marshall County on May 24.

In Pennington County, Gary Tischer reported that Beth Iliff had a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD in her yard in Thief River Falls on May 25, and an INDIGO BUNTING showed up on May 28 . I had a RED-EYED VIREO and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in the yard on May 22; a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO , RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and CEDAR WAXWING were here on May 25. Also on May 25, I went to Hickory Township where I found GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS where they have nested for several years. Other species seen there included CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER , BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, VEERY, and OVENBIRD. On May 28, I heard a COMMON NIGHTHAWK go over the yard. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have excavated a new hole and appear to be nesting in our yard this year.

In Polk County, Russ Wilbur reported EASTERN KINGBIRD in East Grand Forks on May 24. At Rydell NWR, he saw COMMON LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, and CEDAR WAXWINGS. On May 22, Maggie Anderson observed BOBOLINKS near East Grand Forks. Sandy Aubol reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in East Grand Forks on May 26. An INDIGO BUNTING was seen there by Sandy Martens on May 26. On May 27, Sandy Aubol found several species if shorebirds at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment on the Polk County side. They included RUDDY TURNSTONES, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, WILLET, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. She also saw AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, FORSTER’S TERN, and BLACK TERN.

Jesse Ellis reported a CLARK’S GREBE on Lake Osakis in Todd and Douglas County this week.

From Otter Tail County, Julian Sellers reported WESTERN KINGBIRD, EASTERN KINGBIRD, and AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Maplewood State Park on May 19.

Charlene Nelson observer MAGNOLIA WARBLER in Elbow Lake, Grant County, on May 22 and INDIGO BUNTING on May 23.

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 4, 2015.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 21, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 21, 2015 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 wave of migrants is coming to the northwest this week. All the warblers are being seen throughout the area, and the vireos and wrens are starting to be reported. Weather this week has been warming slowly and winds have been light.

In Grant County, Charlene Nelson reported INDIGO BUNTING and ORCHARD ORIOLE on May 19. HARRIS’S SPARROW was seen on May 20.

Marion and Gary Otnes in Otter Tail County observed SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, BLACK TERN, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, WOOD THRUSH, and EASTERN KINGBIRD on May 20. Alice Martin saw CAPE MAY WARBLER, and SCARLET TANAGER on May 21.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported LEAST FLYCATCHER, and SCARLET TANAGER on May 15, EASTERN KINGBIRD, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO, INDIGO BUNTING , and GRAY CATBIRD on May 16, RED-EYED VIREO and MOURNING WARBLER on May 17, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and COMMON TERN on May 18, and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO on May 19. An occupied BROAD-WINGED HAWK nest was seen on May 20.

At the Detroit Lake birding festival last weekend, 28 species of warblers were found including a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER spotted by Bob Janssen. Only 12 species of shorebirds were seen due to heavy rain that came through the region covering up the mudflats. A trip to Felton Prairie in Clay county saw all the expected specialties being found including UPLAND SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. At Tamarac NWR on May 16, Heather Hundt found a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and reported it on eBird. Also from eBird was a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD reported by Shawn Goodchild at Tamarac NWR on May 16.

Joanne Johnson in Polk County reported BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on May 15. On that day, Russ Wilbur observed a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at their traditional nest site at the East Grand Forks campground. Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen over East Grand Forks by Sandy Aubol on May 19. Other species that she reported that day included TURKEY VULTURE, OSPREY, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, SEDGE WREN, VEERY, GRAY-CHEEKDED THRUSH, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and several other species of warbler.

In Pennington County this week, I have hundreds of PINE SISKINS at the feeders. Both RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS are being seen at the feeders. Today there was a big increase in SWAINSON’S THRUSHES and PALM WARBLERS.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County reported SHORT-EARED OWL, EASTERN TOWHEE, and WILSON’S WARBLER on May 15, RED-NECKED GREBE, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, ORCHARD ORIOLE and SCARLET TANAGER on May 18, and a SHORT-EARED OWL on May 19.

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 28, 2015

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 14, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 14, 2015 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 cold windy and rainy week this has been! We were dry, and the recent rains have in some measure alleviated that. It has been hard on the birds however, as the temperatures have not been above the low fifties and high forties all week. That said, migration is proceeding, and today with south winds, there was a large migration.

Reported this week in northwestern counties were RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, most of the swallows, SONG SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW,HARRIS’S SPARROW, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, and many PINE SISKINS. Warblers observed this week, mostly yesterday and today , included YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, OVENBIRD, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAYBREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, and WILSON’S WARBLER.

Beth Siverhus reporting from Roseau County mentioned RUFFED GROUSE, AMERICAN BITTERN, GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD. At the Warroad docks were FORSTER’S TERN, COMMON TERN, and FRANKLIN’S GULL.

Peter Grecinger in Goodland , Itasca County had a PAINTED BUNTING visiting his feeders on May 8 and May 9. Let me know and I can put you in contact with him.

Gary Tischer saw a GREAT BLUE HERON in Marshall County on May 12.

Here in Pennington County east of Thief River Falls I had 8 species of warblers in the yard today, May 14. RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, and LEAST FLYCATCHER arrived also today also. Gary Tischer reported that he had a report of 2 pairs of CANADA GEESE with goslings on the Red Lake River this week. An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen by Tony Hoglo a half mile north of the Smiley Bridge southeast of the city.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on May 8 in East Grand Forks. BARN SWALLOW, BANK SWALLOW, CLIFF SWALLOW, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, were seen there on May 8. On the 9th, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, PURPLE MARTIN, and LARK SPARROW were observed. A PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted on May 11 on the East Grand Forks water tower. Many species of warblers are being seen along the Red River in the greenway. Sandy had a SCARLET TANAGER and two ORCHARD ORIOLES in her yard on May 14. Sandy Martens reported a HOUSE WREN and BROWN THRASHER on May 9, and a NORTHERN CARDINAL visiting daily in the point area of East Grand Forks.

Matt Mecklenburg saw a late ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK south of the Magneson WMA in Clay County on May 12.

In Becker County, Linda Schuman at the Rainbow Resort reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and PINE SISKINS this week. On May 11, Dave and Betty Hochhalter saw a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK in Detroit Lakes.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported GREEN HERON, VEERY, and OVENBIRD on May 8, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, EASTERN TOWHEE, and SWAMP SPARROW on May 9, and CASPIAN TERN on May 11.

In Otter Tail County, Kassie Pesch, reported on eBird a CONNECTICUT WARBLER near Perham on May 8. A WESTERN TANAGER also was reported on e-Bird by Meredith Lindsey near Wadena on May 10. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER being seen at the Pickle Factory 8 miles outside of Vergas was reported by Pam Lanz.

From Douglas County, John Ellis reported WARBLING VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and SEDGE WREN on May 9 in addition to several species of sparrows and warblers.

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 21, 2015.

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