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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, July 10, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 10, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.
Summer seems to have arrived in the northwest after a bumpy ride. With the heat and the advancing calendar, most of the sightings are of baby birds this week, and the heat seems to have kept some folks inside this week.
In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported a COMMON NIGHTHAWK over the city of East Grand Forks on June 25. That would suggest that there might be at least one pair nesting in the vicinity. She also found a family of WESTERN GREBES with young at the Agassiz Valley Impoundments on the Polk County side. On July 3, Vicki Stolz in Fisher reported BALTIMORE ORIOLES and ORCHARD ORIOLES back at the feeders by July 3. Sandy Aubol had a PINE SISKIN at the feeder in East Grand Forks on July 4, the first time in a long while that she has seen one. A NELSON’S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW was heard singing on the east side of 260th Ave a half mile north of CR 23 on July 5.
Sandy Aubol found two WESTERN GREBES at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment on the Marshall County side on June 25. Cliff Steinhauer reported a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD nesting under the eaves of his house near the western side of Agassiz NWR on July 8.
Here in Pennington County, the ORCHARD ORIOLE that has been visiting our feeder east of Thief River Falls returned for a day after an absence of about a week but has not been back since. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has been coming to the feeder almost every day, and seems to have succeeded in chasing away the RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER that was coming regularly also. The latter has not been seen for about a week now.
I made a trip to the Beltrami Island State Forest in Lake of the Woods county on July 4, where I found the flycatchers were very active. I found EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, LEAST FLYCATCHERS, and GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS very common there. Other species seen there included HERMIT THRUSH, many CEDAR WAXWINGS, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. Warblers heard singing included OVENBIRD, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER.
Thanks to Cliff Steinhauer, Sandy Aubol, and Vicki Stolz for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 26, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 26, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

It has been very wet this week in most of the northwest, so be aware that roads may not be passable or marginal at best. Flycatchers are the most active in our yard this week as the insects have been thriving on the humidity.

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Dan and Sandy Thimgan, Emily Hutchins, Josh Wallestad, and Pat DeWenter for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, July 3, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 20, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 20, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Marshall Howe, Pat DeWenter, Sandy Aubol, and Zeann Linder for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, June 27, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 12, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 12, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

The entire state has had a stretch of wet weather and rainfall amounts vary greatly. Secondary roads are a mess, and birders are warned to be careful which ones to take. Birds are settling down quickly to the business at hand of raising the year’s young.

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

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

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

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

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, June 19, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 5, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 5, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Beth and Jeff Siverhus, Emily Hutchins, Mark Otnes, Sandy Aubol, and Shelley Steva for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, June 12, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 29, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 29, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to all who sent in their sightings this week.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, June 5, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 22, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 22, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to all who sent in reports this week.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, May 29, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 15, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 15, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

Migration continues, and warbler migration has begun in the area. With the cool weather, warblers should be easier to see this year. Almost everyone has also reported BALTIMORE ORIOLES, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS in the last few days.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Beth Siverhus, Linda Schumann, Marshall Howe, Matt Mecklenburg, Sandy Aubol, Steve and Terri Scholand, and Steve Midthune for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, May 22, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, May 9, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, May 9, 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.

Birds have streamed north this week in spite of the inclement weather. Not many really rare sightings this week, but all the expected migrators are showing up all over the area. There are way too many to report all of everyone’s sightings, so please understand if you don’t see all or any of yours in this report. All of the expected ducks,most of the hawks, gulls, woodpeckers, sparrows, and blackbirds are here or moving through. We are starting to see the first warblers and flycatchers also, and are hoping for some warmer weather to bring out the bugs. Warblers reported in northwest Minnesota within the last few days included OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN REDSTART, CAPE MAY WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER with the southern counties reporting the most species. They are coming!

This week Vanessa Lane reported a SAY’S PHOEBE at the UMC Crookston campus in Polk County on May 7. The bird is most easily seen near the horse manure piles on the north end of the campus. No one was able to relocate the white ibis reported by Denny and Barb Martin at the Norland impoundment in Roseau County late last week.

Beth Siverhus reported finding a banded 32 year old BALD EAGLE in Roseau County. The bird was injured and had to be euthanized. An emaciated SNOWY OWL was also found and transported to the raptor center where it’s prognosis is poor. This bird was banded this past winter in Laurel, Maryland. Beth also reported a variety of species in her yard including RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW. On the waterfront in Warroad were OSPREY, many ducks, and COMMON LOON. Among the other species seen in Roseau County this week were MARBLED GODWITS. At the Norland Impoundment Sandy Aubol and I found almost all the ducks, RED-NECKED GREBE, and TREE SWALLOWS. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen along MN 11 on the way home.

Kittson County birds seen by Gary Tischer this week included GREAT BLUE HERON and 25 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS.

Maggie Anderson reported the EARED GREBES, HORNED GREBES, and RED-NECKED GREBES have come back to Headquarters Pool and Parker Pool at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County as of May 5, and on May 7, a WESTERN GREBE was on Headquarters Pool, and SORA was heard.

Maggie saw both TREE SWALLOWS and BARN SWALLOWS in Thief River Falls in Pennington County on May 7. Gary Tischer reported that swans were still migrating through the county on May 2. Here near the feeder east of the city, we had a BROWN CREEPER on May 4, a LINCOLN’S SPARROW , and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on May 6.

In Crookston in Polk County, Vanessa Lane reported TURKEY VULTURE, OSPREY, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, and CHIMNEY SWIFT among others on May 6. Sandy Aubol reported SWAINSON’S THRUSH at the Oakdale cemetery in Crookston on May 5, and a WILLET at the Grand Marais River near East Grand Forks. Two BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were at the Parnell impoundment along CR 17 east of US 75. Emily Hutchins reported GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, LE CONTE’S SPARROW and others at Glacial Ridge NWR on May 6.

Sandy Aubol saw a BALTIMORE ORIOLE in Clay County near Moorhead on May 6.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and eight species of sparrow was observed by Steve Midthune at Hamden Slough NWR in Becker County on May 8. Linda Schumann at Rainbow resort reported HARRIS’S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT among many others on May 7. On May 6, Steve Midthune reported 75 yellowlegs, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, and two WILSON’S PHALAROPES in the drawdown at three pools east of Hamden Slough NWR along the east side of CR 104 just past Hesby Lake.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported BROAD-WINGED HAWK on May 4, HERMIT THRUSH on May 5, two GOLDEN EAGLES on May 6, LEAST FLYCATCHER, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and several species of warblers on May 7, and on May 8 , a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD showed up.

Dan and Sandy Thimgan in Otter Tail County got HOUSE WREN and BALTIMORE ORIOLE on May 6, FIELD SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on May 7, and GREEN HERON, GRAY CATBIRD, and OVENBIRD on May 8. Teresa Jaskiewicz reported a long list of warblers and sparrows including CAPE MAY WARBLER and LINCOLN’S SPARROW on May 5, and at the Prairie Wetlands Learning center a SORA on May 6.

Benjamin Eckhoff in Douglas County at Lake Carlos State Park had a long list of migrants including BLUE-HEADED VIREO, LEAST FLYCATCHER, and EASTERN PHOEBE, and many warblers and sparrows.

Thanks to all, too numerous to mention individually , who sent in sightings this week. Keep those sightings coming. They are all noted and appreciated.

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 15, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 30, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 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.

We have had a relapse here in the northwest as the temperatures have cooled with high winds. During most of the past week, it has been cool , very windy, and wet. About two inches of rain has accumulated over the past few days, at least in the northern part of the region. Migration seems to have stalled also. That being said, several very good birds have been reported.

Barb and Denny Martin reported an adult WHITE IBIS northeast of Roseau at the Norland Impoundment. Directions are to take 440 Ave north from MN 11 to 340th St. Then go east one mile where the road dead ends at the impoundment gate. This is a very large impoundment , about 3 miles square, with dikes around it. This is a second state record.

An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was also spotted by Barb and Denny Martin in Polk County just south of Erskine along US 59.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was spotted by Sandy Aubol and Judy Johnson at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on April 26. The bird was hanging around with some teal on South Pool. It flew back to the north to Headquarters Pool, but returned some time later as I was able to find it in the original location . I do not know if the bird is still there. This is only the third record for the refuge for that bird.

The LEWIS’S WOODPECKER is still being seen in Roosevelt as Barb and Denny saw it today in both Roseau and Lake of the Woods counties. Also reported in Roseau County at the Norland impoundment were VIRGINIA RAIL and SHORT-EARED OWL.

Benjamin Eckhoff at Lake Carlos SP this week reported most ducks, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, FRANKLIN’S GULLS, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, COOPER’S HAWK, BELTED KINGFISHER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and several species of locally nesting sparrows.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported TREE SWALLOWS, PURPLE MARTINS, and MERLIN on April 25, CHIPPING SPARROW and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on April 30, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD on May 1.

Linda Schumann at the Rainbow Resort near Detroit Lakes sent in a report on April 30. They have seen COMMON MERGANSERS, HOODED MERGANSERS, TRUMPETER SWANS, and COMMON LOONS. Around the feeders and yard have been MOURNING DOVE, NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, PURPLE MARTIN, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and PURPLE FINCH among others. Shelley Steva and I found a pair of TRUMPETER SWANS in northeastern Becker County on April 26. A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE has been at Tamarac NWR all winter and is being seen 0.2 miles east of headquarters in a burn area.

YELLOW RAIL and SHORT-EARED OWL were observed at the Twin Valley WMA in Norman County by Barb and Denny Martin on May 1.

In Polk County, Shelley Steva saw 18 dancing GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS along CR 46 on April 26. Sandy Aubol reported DARK-EYED JUNCO, CHIPPING SPARROW, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on April 28, and an OSPREY on April 29 in East Grand Forks.

Here in Pennington County east of Thief River Falls, on April 25, I saw DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS , and GREAT BLUE HERON on the Red Lake River, and a COOPER’S HAWK had dinner near our bird feeder. Wyatt Nelson remarked on the large number of FRANKLIN’S GULLS feeding on the ground in Pennington County on April 30.

While at Agassiz NWR IN Marshall County watching for the Eurasian wigeon, I saw BLUE-WINGED TEAL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, GADWALL, MALLARD, BUFFLEHEAD, and PIED-BILLED GREBE.

Thanks to Barb and Denny Martin, Benjamin Eckhoff, Linda Schumann , Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol, Shelley Steva, and Wyatt Nelson 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 7, 2014.

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