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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, August 17, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 17, 2017 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 is starting to look and feel like fall here in the northwest. Grain is being harvested, and the drought we are experiencing has made the flowering plants look tired and ready to be done. Some rain was received this week, but it was very spotty. Here in eastern Thief River Falls, our rain gauge showed less than a quarter inch. Our lawns are turning brown, and even the potted plants are showing the drought. Whole families of young birds are coming to the feeders, and we are starting to see subtle signs of the fall migration starting. There seems to be an irruption of red crossbills in the southern part of the state, but I have yet to receive a report of any in the far northwest.

In Grant County, a small flock of RED CROSSBILLS are being seen at Pine Ridge Park. WHITE-FACED IBIS are being seen at the N. Ottawa impoundment, and the KING RAIL was seen quite recently. In fact a juvenile king rail was also reported, so it is likely that they nested there. Alex Sundvall was there on August 13 and reported many species of ducks, WESTERN GREBES, EARED GREBES, GREAT BLUE HERONS, GREAT EGRET, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, AMERICAN BITTERN, WHITE-FACED IBIS, SORA , and 13 species of shorebirds. It continues to be a hot spot.

Charlene Nelson reported a pair of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS at Alexandria in Douglas County on August 14.

Steve Midthune reported RED CROSSBILLS at Tamarac NWR on August 15. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was reported by Shawn Goodchild and Heather Hundt also at Tamarac NWR on August 15.

The WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE continues to be reported from Buffalo River SP in Clay County as recently as August 13.

On August 14 along the Red Lake and Red Rivers, Sandy Aubol found four OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, 3 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, 15 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, CEDAR WAXWINGS, and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.

At Huot at the Old Treaty Crossing in Red Lake County on August 12 , three of us found TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, YELLOW WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. Other species seen included TURKEY VULTURE, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and many EASTERN KINGBIRDS.

Here in Pennington County, in our yard we have 15-20 PINE SISKINS eating at our feeders. Before late last month, these are the most we have seen here in over a year .

From Marshall County, Sandy Aubol found two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment in Marshall County on August 12. In addition we found SANDHILL CRANE, nine species of shorebirds, two CASPIAN TERNS, many DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, and AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS there.

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, August 24, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 3, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 3, 2017 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 heat has finally diminished in the northwest and elsewhere in Minnesota. Yards in the far northwest still need more rain, but the damp day yesterday did help.

Alma Ronningen in Grant County reported that two young OSPREY from the nearby nest in the Elbow Lake area have started to fly. CHIMNEY SWIFTS have nested in the Maplewood Lutheran Church chimney again this year. Species seen in her yard in Dent included RED-EYED VIREO, EASTERN PHOEBE, HOUSE WREN, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, and YELLOW WARBLER. At the N. Ottawa impoundment, the BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen as recently as August 2. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was spotted on August 2 also. On July 30, a good selection of shorebirds could be found there, and WESTERN GREBES, EARED GREBES, RUDDY DUCKS, BLACK TERNS, and WESTERN KINGBIRD were seen there. Four GREAT HORNED OWLS were found on July 30 along the roads in the area.

From Todd County, Alex Sundvall reported a CLARK’S GREBE on Lake Osakis on July 28.

A SNOW GOOSE is still present at the East Grand Forks WTP as reported by Sandy Aubol on August 1.

In Pennington County, Shelley Steva reported two COMMON RAVENS and a COOPER’S HAWK in the city of Thief River Falls on August 2. Here at our feeder east of the city, we now have PINE SISKINS and HOUSE FINCHES.

Shelley and I went to western Polk County on the afternoon of July 30 where we found 4 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS at the Warren WTP as reported earlier by Sandy Aubol. At that location and the Agassiz impoundment, we found a total of 12 species of shorebirds that day. There could have been others that we did not identify at the impoundment which was very busy.

In Roseau County on July 28, I had the unusual experience of listening to the singing of both a HERMIT THRUSH and an INDIGO BUNTING simultaneously. The location was at the interface with the recently logged off area burned year before last, and the standing live pine trees. It was an interesting example of how habitat influences which birds are there.

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, August 10, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 27, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 27, 2017 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 heat has arrived, and while , the birds seem to be carrying on as usual, the people are not. There hasn’t been much incentive to get out away from the air conditioning. At the feeders, we are seeing a lot of juveniles just learning how to get a free meal. The real bright spot has been the flowers, both domesticated and wild, which are quite lovely this year. With the dry weather, there have also been few mosquitos, so get out there and look for some birds. We are starting to see a very few warblers that might be wandering south already.

In Marshall County, Sandy Aubol found a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at the Warren Wastewater Treatment Ponds on July 22.

In Clay County, Noah Kuck observed a LEAST BITTERN, several VIRGINIA RAILS, and a PEREGRINE FALCON at the marsh behind the Hornbacher’s store in Moorhead. A KRIDER’S RED-TAILED HAWK was seen by Alex Sundvall at Felton Prairie on July 24, and he also re-located the WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Buffalo River State Park .

Niki and Greg Johnson had a GOLDEN EAGLE visit their yard at Becida in Hubbard County on July 20.

In Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported BROAD-WINGED HAWK, INDIGO BUNTING, SCARLET TANAGER, RED-EYED VIREO, EASTERN PHOEBE, CEDAR WAXWING, and two SANDHILL CRANES on July 22.

In Grant County, the KING RAIL was seen as recently as July 21, but I have no reports since then. Also at the N. Ottawa Impoundment, Wayne Perala observed two WESTERN KINGBIRDS, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPER, more than fifty GREAT EGRETS, ten GREAT BLUE HERONS, 30 WESTERN GREBES, and SORA on July 25. Dick Bierman saw BLACK-NECKED STILT there on July 26. Charlene Nelson reported WILD TURKEYS at Elbow Lake, and last week, she had an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in her yard.

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, August 3, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 20, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 20, 2017 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

We are enjoying the warm weather in the northwest, but in the far northern part of the area, we could use a shot of rain. Lawns and gardens are getting dry. Adult birds are very busy trying to find enough to keep the babies alive, and feeders are hosting quite a few young birds just learning the ropes. Wildflowers are fully in blossom , and the prairies are lovely right now.

At the N. Ottawa impoundment in northern Grant County, the KING RAILS and BLACK-NECKED STILTS were still being seen as of last weekend. Many other waterfowl, and waders can be found there, and there is also a variety of shorebirds there.

Ben Eckhoff reported a KRIDER’S RED-TAILED HAWK east of Glendalough SP in Otter Tail County on July 19.

In Clay County, Bob Williams relocated two SAY’S PHOEBES at Felton Prairie on July 15.

Here in the yard in Pennington County near Thief River Falls, I was surprised to hear a TENNESSEE WARBLER on July 14. On July 16, four or five PINE SISKINS came to the feeder. They left right away, and haven’t been back. Was it something I said?

Gavin Anderson observed a SWAINSON’S HAWK just east of Holt, Marshall County, on July 16.

Gavin also visited the Roseau WTP in Roseau County on July 16 where he found a wide variety of duck species including WOOD DUCK, CANVASBACK, REDHEADS, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and HOODED MERGANSERS. Other species seen included MARBLED GODWIT, KILLDEER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, FRANKLIN’S GULL, BLACK TERN, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS and many others.

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 27, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 13, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 13, 2017 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

True summer weather has been in place this week with the up and down temperatures, and stormy weather. Many people are busy with storm cleanup, and /or the local fairs. Birds , too, are very busy bringing up the young, and now is a good time to confirm nesting when you see the young being fed by their parents.

Shelley Steva observed a MERLIN in downtown Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on July 11 in the courthouse parking lot. Here in the yard east of the city, I found a nest of baby HOUSE WRENS in one of our bird houses yesterday.

The previously reported SAY’S PHOEBE was re-located at Felton Prairie in Clay County by Shawn Goodchild on July 9. The WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE was seen that day as well so I think we can say that it may be nesting at Buffalo River State Park.

In Otter Tail County an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was seen at Maplewood SP as recently as July 10. Various folks have seen the BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, GREAT EGRETS, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS at Grotto Lake in Fergus Falls this week. Those young birds must be getting close to fledging by now. Aaron Ludwig found a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center on July 9. A NORTHERN CARDINAL was seen in Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls. At Glendalough SP, there was GREEN HERON, ORCHARD ORIOLE, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER among others, and at Maplewood SP, SCARLET TANAGER, and BOBOLINK. Other species seen in Otter Tail County this week included LARK SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, LE CONTE’S SPARROW, and a SWAINSON’S HAWK near Rothsay.

Wayne Perala found another “good” bird at the N. Ottawa Impoundment on July 10- a LEAST BITTERN. Still being seen by various folks are the KING RAILS, COMMON GALLINULE, BLACK-NECKED STILTS, WESTERN KINGBIRD, and a KRIDER’S RED-TAILED HAWK.

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 20, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, July 7, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, July 7, 2017 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.

Once again the main stories are dickcissels, and the birds at the North Ottawa Impoundment. Ron Erpelding, Herb Dingmann, and Mark Junghans took a trip through northwest Minnesota this last weekend and found dickcissels in Marshall, Polk , Red Lake, Pennington, Norman and Becker Counties, and there were dickcissels at the North Ottawa Impoundment area also. Ron’s group did not find a dickcissel in Lake of the Woods, Roseau or Mahnomen counties, but that does not mean they were not there. Wilson’s snipe were found in every county visited, and they saw American bitterns in four counties.

Starting with Grant County, at the N. Ottawa Impoundment , the two KING RAILS were seen by many observers as recently as July 6. Other species included BLACK-NECKED STILT reported up to July 3, BONAPARTE’S GULL seen there on July 6, CATTLE EGRET, GREAT EGRET, WILSON’S SNIPE, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD among many others. A COMMON GALLINULE was found on July 2 along the southern boundary of the impoundment. On July 5, Elissa Gallien reported a WESTERN KINGBIRD and 5 GRAY PARTRIDGE there. Brian Bielfelt found two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at the impoundment on July 5. On June 30 Shelley Steva and I found an assortment of shorebirds there including one WILLET.

In Traverse County, Brian Bielfelt found a GREAT EGRET along US 75 north of Wheaton.

Shelley Steva and I visited Grotto Lake in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County on June 30 where we found nesting GREAT EGRETS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS , most with very large chicks. Two TURKEY VULTURES were cruising overhead hoping, I assume, that some chicks would fall out of the nest and die.

Tamarac NWR in Becker County reported a NORTHERN PARULA there on July 4.

At Buffalo River SP in Clay County on June 30, we found the WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE still there.

In Norman County Ron Erpelding’s group found TRUMPETER SWANS, LARK SPARROW, and a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE with her brood.

A RING-NECKED PHEASANT hen with a brood was found on July 1 by Ron’s group in Mahnomen County.

Sandy Aubol reported a SNOW GOOSE at the East Grand Forks WTP in Polk County on July 1. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was found in Fertile on June 30.

At the gravel quarry in Red Lake County, on June 30, a COMMON LOON with a chick was found. Other species seen there were GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, ALDER FLYCATCHER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was observed at the south end of Red Lake Falls.

Ron’s group heard a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in Pennington County on June 30.

In Marshall county on June 30, a SCARLET TANAGER was found at Old Mill SP; a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was seen at the Agassiz impoundment, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was also found in Marshall County.

From Bemidji SP in Beltrami County, Arul Arasu reported BLACK TERN, GOLDEN WINGED WARBLER , and HERMIT THRUSH on July 2.

Noah Kuck observed two CASPIAN TERNS on Pine Lake in Clearwater County on July 3.

In Kittson County on June 29, Ron’s group reported two BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, WILLOW FLYCATCHER , and , on the east edge of US 59 between Halma and Lake Bronson, two GRAY PARTRIDGE. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen in Donaldson.

From Roseau County, Ron reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, and WILLOW FLYCATCHER on June 29.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found in Lake of the Woods County on June 28.

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 13, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 29, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 29, 2017 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 whole area seems to have received rain this week, and crops look good. As the temperatures rise, insects are sure to increase. That is good for the birds, but not so much for the rest of us. So far it has been relatively insect–free or nearly so with all the cold weather. Young of every species are appearing, and the young voices are making birding by ear difficult.

Grant County continues to be the hot spot for unusual species. Two KING RAILS were seen as recently as a couple of days ago, this time on the west end of 250th St. For nearest viewing you will need to approach from the west off 340 Ave as the eastern approach is still flooded. More rain went through yesterday, so a careful approach is recommended. Watch the conditions as you go. Other species seen at the impoundment recently include two BLACK-NECKED STILTS, GREAT EGRETS, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, SNOWY EGRET, CATTLE EGRET, SNOWY PLOVER, and others. I have no knowledge of how many of these species are still to be found there or of their exact locations.

Wayne Perala found a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Glendalough SP in Otter Tail County on June 27.

An OSPREY pair is nesting again in Hubbard County along US 2.

At Tamarac NWR in Becker County, Wayne Perala found GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, and VEERY on June 25. Three pairs of TRUMPETER SWANS , all with cygnets were also seen there.

In Clay County, at Felton Prairie, a SAY’S PHOEBE is being seen near the longspur spot. Also seen there are LARK SPARROW, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and a reported KRIDER’S RED-TAILED HAWK. Also in Clay County, the WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE was seen as recently as June 27. SPOTTED TOWHEE was also reported there.

In Norman County , a MUTE SWAN was seen by Doug Kieser at the Twin Valley WMA on June 25.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported by Shelley Steva in Polk County on June 28.

Here in Pennington County, both the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and the RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER have visited our feeders within the last week.

On my Breeding Bird Survey this morning I found three DICKCISSELS two in the very western edge of Beltrami County on Dylan Road, and one further northwest in Marshall 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, July 6, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 22, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 22, 2017 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.

After a few days of summer weather, we are back into cooler and wetter conditions. Flowers of all kinds love this kind of weather, and both the woods and the yards are bright with color this week. Dickcissels are apparently irrupting into all counties of Minnesota; Shelley Steva and I found a dickcissel in both Marshall and Polk County on June 18, and I got one on my breeding bird route this morning also in Marshall County.

Kathleen MacAulay reported BONAPARTE’S GULL and CASPIAN TERN at the Roseau WTP, Roseau County , on June 19.

At the gravel quarry in Red Lake County on June 18, Shelley Steva and I found TRUMPETER SWANS, UPLAND SANDPIPERS, MARBLED GODWIT, FRANKLIN’S GULL, BLACK TERN, 2 COMMON LOONS, and a number of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS . Several RING-BILLED GULLS were there, sitting unmoving on one of the stony “islands”; we suspect they are nesting.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported a SNOW GOOSE at the East Grand Forks WTP on June 20. She also noted about 40 pairs of nesting EARED GREBES there. Along with the DICKCISSEL, we heard LE CONTE’S SPARROWS near the Agassiz Impoundment.

A WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE was still at Buffalo River SP in Clay County as of June 20. Patrick Beauzay reported a SPOTTED TOWHEE there on June 18. Noah Kuck observed a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO there on June 16.

At Lake Osakis in Douglas County, John Jonas reported WESTERN GREBES on June 18.

From Otter Tail County, Alice Martin reported a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Paul Miller Park, and a PINE SISKIN was seen in the eastern part of the county. Chicks are being hatched at Grotto Lake in Fergus Falls including GREAT EGRETS and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS.

The big hot spot this week continues to be the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County where two KING RAILS continue to be seen at least as recently as June 19. Other species reported there include two BLACK-NECKED STILTS, GREAT EGRET, GLOSSY IBIS, WHITE-FACED IBIS, DUNLIN, BONAPARTE’S GULL, and on June 20, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. The king rail location is along 250th St at the intersection where the culverts are lined up above ground. Be sure to check on conditions before going as the roads are subject to flooding and can be muddy.

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 29, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 15, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 15, 2017 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, along with the severe storms and high winds. Birds are settling down to the business of raising young.

The big news is from the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County this week. Shorebirds and other waders seem to be making a stop there this year due to better conditions than other areas. Within the last two weeks, SNOWY EGRETS, GLOSSY IBIS, CATTLE EGRET, HUDSONIAN GODWITS, LITTLE BLUE HERON, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SNOWY PLOVER, and many other shorebirds were seen there. Many are still there. RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen on June 10. Wayne Perala found a KING RAIL and two BLACK-NECKED STILTS there on June 15.

In Clay County, A WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE was found at Buffalo River SP on June 6. On June 5, a WHIMBREL and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were found at the wetland north of Ulen. At Felton Prairie on June 10, GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, GRAY PARTRIDGE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, LE CONTE’S SPARROW, and CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR were seen.

A MUTE SWAN was seen at Twin Valley WTP in Norman County on June 14 .

Here in Pennington County, Shelley Steva saw two SANDHILL CRANE families with two colts along CR 7 just south of Thief River Falls. MARBLED GODWITS were also seen.

Due to the fact that most of these birds were reported by multiple individuals this week, I have not always mentioned names of the reporters, and have not always included sightings that are more than 10 days old, but all have been 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, June 22, 2017

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Wednesday, May 24, 2017 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 looks as if we are going to get some warmer weather and even a south wind! Migrants are coming, albeit slowly. Depending where you are at a given moment, most migrants have been seen somewhere in the northwest, but we haven’t had the usual big rush of migrants in the northwest. We fear that many will fly right over us as it gets later and later.

A HOUSE WREN was reported this week in Roseau County in the city of Warroad.

Keith Wheeler reported HERMIT THRUSH in Thief River Falls on May 22. Here in our yard, we at last have YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER. BALTIMORE ORIOLES are visiting the feeder but not in the usual numbers.

In southwestern Red Lake County, Bob Ekblad observed two COMMON LOONS, a RUDDY TURNSTONE, and a HUDSONIAN GODWIT at the gravel quarry north of US 2.

The Detroit Lakes Birding Festival was held last weekend and Noah Kuck shared some of his sightings. In Polk County at Glacial Ridge NWR, he saw TRUMPETER SWAN, GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, SORA, UPLAND SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, and LE CONTE’S SPARROW among others. At Rydell NWR, he mentioned COMMON LOON, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, and MARSH WREN.

Steve Midthune at a wetland two miles north of Ulen in Clay County observed a pair of AMERICAN AVOCETS, HUDSONIAN GODWITS, DUNLIN, a RUDDY TURNSTONE, and GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS.

At Hamden Slough in Becker County, Noah Kuck saw COMMON LOON, and WILD TURKEY among others. At Tamarac NWR there were TRUMPETER SWANS, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, SEDGE WREN, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, and PINE WARBLER among many others.

In Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported two FORSTER’S TERNS on May 21, and on May 22, he saw COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, MARSH WREN, HOUSE WREN, SEDGE WREN, EASTERN KINGBIRD, PALM WARBLER, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD. At Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls, Noah Kuck reported GREEN HERON, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, CANADA WARBLER and others. A PURPLE MARTIN was seen at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. Nesting at Grotto Lake in Fergus Falls were DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, GREAT EGRETS with very young chicks, and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS.

In Grant County, Charlene Nelson reported an ORCHARD ORIOLE at her feeder on May 23. On May 24, Wayne Perala found two WHITE-FACED IBIS, twelve DUNLIN, GREAT BLUE HERON, and GREAT EGRET at the North Ottawa Impoundment.

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 15, 2017.

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