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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, December 8, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 8, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

We are entering the ice box as we speak in northwestern Minnesota with a good blanket of snow. Roads are getting back to normal gradually, and folks are getting shoveled out. Here in our yard, bird activity has been sparse, except for the nuthatches , woodpeckers, and chickadees.

Gretchen Mehmel reported a VARIED THRUSH in Roseau County at the home of Bob and Gerry Wennerstrand west of Warroad along MN 11 on December 7. Hopefully it will survive the storm and cold. Also in Roseau County, Beth Siverhus observed a large flock of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at her home in Warroad, and she reported that more than 100 CANADA GEESE were still in the Warroad area a few days ago.

A NORTHERN HARRIER was spotted in Kittson County on December 3 by Sandy Aubol.

From Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported on December 5 that the East Grand Forks WTP still had some open water. At that time there were a lot of waterfowl still there including TUNDRA SWANS, CANADA GEESE, MALLARDS, NORTHERN SHOVELER, RING-NECKED DUCKS, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and two RING-BILLED GULLS. Doubtless that situation will change quickly, if not already, with the coming of the very cold weather.

TUNDRA SWANS were reported on December 4 in Clay County by Denise Ray.

Shar Legenhausen in Rochert, western Becker County had a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET in their yard on December 7. Donna Dustin reported TUNDRA SWANS in the Detroit Lakes area on December 7.

In Hubbard County, Rebecca Engdahl had LINCOLN’S SPARROWS at Kabekona Lake on December 6. Marshall Howe reported RUFFED GROUSE , BARRED OWL, RED CROSSBILLS, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, and PURPLE FINCH in his yard near Dorset on December 6. At that time some waterfowl were still in the county including GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN SHOVELERS, HOODED MERGANSERS, and scaup at Little Shingobee Lake.

Wayne Perala reported CANVASBACK on December 6, and GADWALL on December 8 on the river in Otter Tail County near Fergus Falls. If anyone is looking for waterfowl in the winter in the northwest, the place to look is the power plant in Fergus Falls where there is a small area of open water all winter.

TUNDRA SWANS were also reported on December 3 in Douglas County.

Thanks to all who reported sightings this week. If you find something unusual on a Christmas bird count, please remember to report your sighting.

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, December 15, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 1, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, December 1, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

It has been a dark , gray , foggy week in the northwest. We are craving some sunshine up here. Feeder birds are busy , and there are hundreds of Canada geese flying back and forth still. Most of the rest of the waterfowl have left the area.

Benjamin Eckhoff at Lake Carlos State Park in Douglas County reported that the park feeders are currently hosting a wide variety of species, including PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, BROWN CREEPER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, and PURPLE FINCH. BALD EAGLES, RED-TAILED HAWKS, and SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS are being seen, and a few waterfowl can still be found including MALLARDS, CANADA GEESE, AMERICAN COOTS, and RING-BILLED GULLS.

In Hubbard County, Becca Engdahl reported RED CROSSBILLS on November 27.

Connie Cox, in southern Clearwater County reported BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PURPLE FINCH, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH. At Itasca SP she reported TRUMPETER SWANS, BALD EAGLE, and PILEATED WOODPECKER.

Here in Pennington County, Keith Wheeler reported a large flock of blackbirds, mostly RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, but probably including other blackbirds also, that visited his yard this past weekend. This week, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER has visited the feeder every day, and hundreds of CANADA GEESE have been seen flying around every day.

In Marshall County today, I saw a male NORTHERN HARRIER, a dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and a BALD EAGLE- all along US 59.

In Kittson County, Brent Pearson reported two SNOWY OWLS a few miles straight west of Lancaster for the past week or so. On November 27, Larry Wilebski observed a RUFFED GROUSE displaying. The warm weather seems to have confused the grouse. Today, I did not find the snowy owls, but did see several BALD EAGLES, a few ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, COMMON RAVENS, and a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE in Kittson County.

Thanks to all who reported 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, December 8, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, November 25, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, November 25, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

After the snow that arrived on Tuesday, the weather in the northwest has been mild and foggy, and most of the snow has melted. Not much bird activity has been reported.

A large number of CANADA GEESE of mixed subspecies is still hanging around Thief River Falls as we still have open water in the rivers and the lagoons. From our yard we have seen several BALD EAGLES this week, and today we are having a visit from the RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER. Otherwise it is still pretty quiet.

A SANDHILL CRANE was reported in Hubbard County on November 19 by Rebecca Engdahl. Marshall Howe observed more than 20 RED CROSSBILLS in Dorset this week. He also saw BONAPARTE’S GULL, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS.

From Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen reported BALD EAGLE, PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, BROWN CREEPER, and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD as well as the more common feeder species. Kathleen MacAulay found three LONG-TAILED DUCKS on Otter Tail Lake on November 24. A BELTED KINGFISHER was reported by Wayne Perala on November 18, and on the 22nd he saw WOOD DUCK, HOODED MERGANSER, COMMON MERGANSER, and COMMON GOLDENEYE in Fergus Falls.

Thanks to all who reported 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, December 1, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 17, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 17, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

The winter weather is on the doorstep now, with blizzard warnings in the southern part of the area and cold winds here in the north. The counties to the far northwest are not forecast to get much , if any , snow, but the cold will come anyway. We can expect new avian arrivals after this passes and feeders should be very active then.

This week in Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported RED CROSSBILLS all week, and two NORTHERN SHRIKES, one on November 13, another on November 16. He saw 35 SNOW BUNTINGS on November 17, and 50 BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS on November 13. There are still some COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED MERGANSERS, and BUFFLEHEAD in Hubbard County, and a few AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and PURPLE FINCHES can be found.

Connie Cox reported that she had seen a SNOWY OWL in a field along the Mississippi River near Itasca SP on November 8.

In Becker County , Marshall Howe saw a dark ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on November 13.

Beth Wright reported a SNOWY OWL in Polk County on November 12, along CR 20 north of Sherack. Two COMMON REDPOLLS found the yard of Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks on November 15.

In Pennington County, I saw a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on November 17 in a yard along Oakland Park Road in Thief River Falls .

In Lake of the Woods County, Jane Croeker saw COMMON REDPOLLS on November 13.

Larry Wilebski observer a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and several BALD EAGLES on November 13, one mile south of the Canadian border in Kittson County.

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 Friday, November 25, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 10, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 10, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

What a wonderful weather week it has been in the northwest. It will still continue for a few more days but we expect the cold weather will arrive soon. Bird feeders are somewhat slow these days, but will pick up when the weather turns and the food supply gets covered with snow. No forecast yet of when that will be.

On November 9, Larry Wilebski observed a CATTLE EGRET one mile south of the Canadian border in Kittson County.

In Beltrami County, 20 miles east of Bemidji, Craig Mullenbach reported TRUMPETER SWANS, and PINE GROSBEAK on November 6, and SNOW GOOSE, GREAT HORNED OWL , and GRAY JAY on November 7.

A MERLIN was seen by Shelley Steva on November 3, ten miles east of the 7 Clans Casino along CR 3 in Pennington County. A small flock of TUNDRA SWANS flew over Digi-Key on November 7. While visiting a friend on Oakland Park Road on November 10, I saw a BALD EAGLE fly by, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER came to their feeder. PURPLE FINCHES have returned to our feeder after a few days absence.

At Erskine in Polk County on November 4, Shelley Steva and I found a large number of BUFFLEHEADS and BONAPARTE’S GULLS and a family group of TRUMPETER SWANS. At Rydell NWR we saw about twenty-five RING-NECKED DUCKS.

At Dorset in Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported RED CROSSBILLS and RUSTY BLACKBIRD on November 4, and NORTHERN SHRIKE on November 6. A flock of about 75 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE flew over on November 7, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE and CEDAR WAXWING were also seen. On the 10th two COMMON LOONS were observed.

Wayne Perala in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, reported BROWN CREEPER and NORTHERN SHRIKE on November 9.

Kathleen MacAulay saw a GREAT EGRET on Lake Christina in Douglas County on November 7.

At the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County, Wayne Perala found SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, NORTHERN HARRIER, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and DUNLIN on November 8. Charlene Nelson reported a mixed flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and EUROPEAN STARLINGS at their farm on November 10.

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, November 17, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 3, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 3, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

It has been a mild week in the northwest, and it appears that the migration has somewhat stalled. Many of the migrants have continued on their way, and not many new ones have appeared, so birding has been slow this week .

Charlene Nelson in Grant County reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and a female NORTHERN CARDINAL in her yard this week. At the North Ottawa Impoundment, she saw several small flocks of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, three BALD EAGLES, and lots of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS on October 29. Wayne Perala also saw BLUE-WINGED TEAL and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER there on November 2.

In Otter Tail County, Charlene Nelson observed 80 TRUMPETER SWANS on Lake Christina and many AMERICAN COOTS. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen near Blanche Lake.

Hubbard County sightings by Marshall Howe included NORTHERN SHRIKE in Dorset on October 28, a late juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on October 29, RED CROSSBILLS on November 1, COMMON LOON on November 2, and PURPLE FINCH on November 3. Becca Engdahl observed 100 PINE SISKINS near Walker on November 1.

In Polk County on October 29, Sandy Aubol saw the first of the season ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK near Sherack. At the Agassiz Valley Impoundment , where the water is nearly gone, she reported that the AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS are still there.

Here in Pennington County, today, November 3, I found four SHARP-TAILED GROUSE along 160th St. NE seven miles east of Thief River Falls.

On the Marshall County side of the Agassiz Valley Impoundment on October 29, Sandy Aubol found that the RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS are still there. Sandy and I saw 8 BALD EAGLES, several COMMON RAVENS, and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES along Marshall CR 12 on October 29. Also seen were a few SNOW BUNTINGS, and at Thief Lake WMA, a RUFFED GROUSE.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County observed 14 BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES and 6 BLUE JAYS near his cabin north of Lancaster on October 30.

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, November 10, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, October 28, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, October 28, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

The stragglers are moving through the northwest at this time, but there are pockets where there are still many of the migrating sparrows such as white-throated, Harris’s, and white-crowned sparrows. Dark-eyed juncos are still with us, but starting to be reduced in numbers in some localities. A few SNOW BUNTINGS are showing up, and RED-TAILED HAWKS can be seen as they perch in their quest for food. A hard freeze has occurred so most of the vegetation is brown, and leaves are all but a memory, except in the form of yard work.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported along CR 1 in Lake of the Woods County on October 23. GRAY JAYS and BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES can be found near Baudette.

SNOW BUNTINGS were reported in Beltrami County near Blackduck by Candice Cameron on October 26.

Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge staff reported a LONG-TAILED DUCK on Headquarters Pool on October 24 and 25. I checked for it on October 26 but did not find it. I do not know if anyone has seen it since Tuesday. While on the way to look for this bird, I found five BALD EAGLES along Marshall CR 12 about 1.5 miles south of CR 7. Also there were several COMMON RAVENS, and five or six BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES. Two more BALD EAGLES were seen inside the refuge boundaries and three SNOW BUNTINGS flew up as I drove by.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported that the variety has greatly decreased in her yard, but she still has a few WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, HARRIS’S SPARROW, and many DARK-EYED JUNCOS. A HERMIT THRUSH was seen there today.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported BUFFLEHEAD, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH on October 21. On October 24, he observed COMMON LOON, RED CROSSBILL, and DARK-EYED JUNCO.

Charlene Nelson reported a WOOD THRUSH at the North Ottawa impoundment in Grant County on October 22; on the 23rd, she found the first SNOW BUNTINGS, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS there.

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 Friday, November 3, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 20, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 20, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

We are slowly descending into cold weather in the northwest, but many places have yet to get a truly cold night. Here is Thief River Falls, we have had a killing frost, but at this house near the river, it has not dropped below 30 degrees yet. The backyard is full of dark-eyed juncos today. We had a big influx of American robins one day this week, but they have cleaned up the apples and left.

Charlene Nelson in Grant County reported a WHITE-FACED IBIS at the North Ottawa impoundment on October 17. Wayne Perala was there also and saw BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, GREAT EGRET, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and many species of sparrows.

From Otter Tail County, Alice Martin reported AMERICAN ROBIN, CEDAR WAXWING, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW , and DARK-EYED JUNCO on October 14.

At the Agassiz Valley Impoundment on October 17, on the Polk County side, Sandy Aubol found AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER, LAPLAND LONGDPURS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. West of the impoundment feeding on a not yet harvested sunflower field were several hundred SANDHILL CRANES.

In the Marshall County side of the Agassiz Valley Impoundment, Sandy Aubol found a HARLAN’S RED-TAILED HAWK on October 17. In the impoundment were about 40 plovers, most of them AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, but including 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. I was there on October 19, and did not find the HARLAN’S RED-TAILED HAWK. The plovers were still there however, and there were hundreds of blackbirds feeding on a not yet harvested sunflower field, including RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and COMMON GRACKLES, with a few EUROPEAN STARLINGS thrown in. There was good shorebird habitat and a mix of several species of shorebirds. Viewing is best in the afternoon.

Here in Pennington County, on October 19, I found BROWN CREEPER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO, and along MN 1 west of Thief River Falls, I saw two BALD EAGLES, and two BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES working on something in a field.

A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was observed in Bemidji, Beltrami County, by Robin Reeve on October 19.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County reported on October 14 that he saw WILSON’S SNIPE, GREAT BLUE HERON, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and NORTHERN SHRIKE north of Lancaster, a few miles south of the Canadian border.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, October 27, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 6, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 6, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

We have been reminded this week that the warm weather is nearly over, and tonight they are even forecasting a few snowflakes. Migration is going strongly, with large numbers of northern flickers, eastern bluebirds, yellow-rumped warblers and other late migrant warblers flying through. Sparrow migration is in full force, and we are seeing more white-throated sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, and Harris’s sparrows as the days go on.

In Kittson County on October 2, Shelley Steva and I saw RED-TAILED HAWK, a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and a large flocks of COMMON GRACKLES and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS near Halma.

Here in Pennington County, on October 1, I had a family of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS visit our bird bath. While they were taking a vigorous bath, they were joined by a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. Other species seen in the yard that day included WOOD DUCK, BROWN CREEPER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, many RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and PURPLE FINCH. Shelley Steva reported several WESTERN MEADOWLARKS migrating through northeastern Pennington County on October 5. All week I have been hearing RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in the yard.

Sandy Aubol in western Polk County had a good representation of the sparrow migration this week including HARRIS’S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, SONG SPARROW, and CHIPPING SPARROW. Also seen were COOPER’S HAWK, MERLIN, NASHVILLE WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET.

In Dorset, Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported a RED-NECKED GREBE on September 22.

From Todd County, John Kroll observed 13 AMERICAN PIPITS in a field about two miles northeast of Long Prairie. Directions are to take CR 5 north out of Long Prairie to 250th St, turn right and go about 1.5 miles to a plowed field on the north side.

In Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET on September 30. On October 4, he saw BALD EAGLE, MERLIN, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, DARK-EYED JUNCO and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Maplewood State Park. Jody Doll reported an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in Fergus Falls on October 4.

Grant County sightings by Charlene Nelson included GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO on September 30, and BROWN CREEPER on October 1.

Thanks to all who reported sightings this week.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, October 13, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 22, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 22, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

We are starting to see the last of the passerine migration now, and although a killing frost has not hit most of the area, we can expect it any day now. Leaves are turning and much more color has appeared in the last week. Wind is starting to take down some of the leaves already. Many migrating NORTHERN FLICKERS can be seen along the highways and bi-ways.

In Pennington County, the last RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen at our feeder on September 16. On September 18, I saw GRAY CATBIRD, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and a few BARN SWALLOWS. A flock of WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS appeared on September 21.

Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on September 15, along with DARK-EYED JUNCO, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. On September 18, she saw HARRIS’S SPARROW.

In Clay County, Kara Susag had the unusual experience of hearing a WHIP-POOR-WILL calling on September 19.

Wayne Perala heard a COMMON RAVEN calling at Tamarac NWR on September 17.

This week in Dorset in Hubbard County Marshall Howe reported YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on September 15, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on September 16, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and GRAY CATBIRD on September 17, and on September 22, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET.

Jerry McKenna reported DARK-EYED JUNCO in Todd County on September 21.

In Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala saw SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on September 19, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and PALM WARBLER on September 21. He went to Agassiz WPA west of Fergus Falls on September 22, where he reported numbers of NORTHERN FLICKERS ,CEDAR WAXWINGS, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS.

Charlene Nelson reported two SHORT-EARED OWLS near Alexandria in Douglas County on September 17.

In Grant County, Charlene found AMERICAN KESTREL, EASTERN PHOEBE, WOOD THRUSH, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER on September 15.

Thanks to all who reported 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, September 29, 2016

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