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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, October 23, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 23, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to all who sent in their sightings this week.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 16, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 16, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

The last week or so has been pleasant fall weather. Colors are past peak and many leaves are now on the ground. Yard cleanup is in full swing! Feeders are hosting the last sparrows, and the yearlong residents now.

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

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

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

Thanks to Emily Hutchins, Jesse Ellis, and Marshall Howe for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, October 10, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, October 10, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Kurt Ellwanger, Marshall Howe , and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 25, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 25, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Charlene Nelson, Emily Hutchins, Paul Clay, and Russ Wilber for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday , October 2, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 18, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 18, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

We can see the end of migration now. Many of the songbirds have departed. I no longer see orioles or hummingbirds although the feeder still hangs there. Some of the late fall migrants have arrived with more to come soon.

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Marshall Howe, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, September 25, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 11, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 11, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, September 18, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 4, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 4, 2014 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Charlene Nelson, Craig Mandel, Kim Eckert, Ron Erpelding, Sandy Aubol, and Shelley Steva for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 28, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 28, 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 is definitely underway this week. There have been many reports of migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, increased numbers of BALTIMORE ORIOLES, and of migrating warblers. Most of the warbler reports have come from the Red River Valley along the river.
On a day trip to Roseau County, I found GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and a few BLACK TERNS at the Roseau WTP. One COMMON NIGHTHAWK was hawking insects with the terns there. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, CEDAR WAXWINGS and one BOHEMIAN WAXWING were seen in the Roseau Bog along MN 310. Warblers seen in the county included TENNESSEE WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN REDSTART, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and CANADA WARBLER.
Cliff Steinhauer reported a pair of RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD with two young, BARN SWALLOWS, and a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE with only one young at his place near the west boundary of Agassiz NWR on August 23.
Shelley Steva reported a TENNESSEE WARBLER in one of her flower pots in Thief River Falls in Pennington County on August 16. This week I had BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, WILSON’S WARBLER, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS in the yard. Many BALTIMORE ORIOLES are cleaning out the jelly feeders, and the RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are busy at the nectar. On August 24, I witnessed the interaction of a BALD EAGLE and an OSPREY over the river. A pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have brought several young to introduce them the suet feeder. Yesterday a COMMON RAVEN was heard from the yard, and a GRAY CATBIRD was in the yard again.
Sandy Aubol reported the migration in her yard in East Grand Forks, Polk County this week. Included in her list of sightings were COOPER’S HAWK, COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS, CHIMNEY SWIFT, CEDAR WAXWING, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, BROWN THRASHER, GRAY CATBIRD, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, and BALTIMORE ORIOLES. Warblers included MOURNING WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, and YELLOW WARBLER. Emily Hutchins also reported from Polk County that COMMON NIGHTHAWKS are moving through. Also mentioned were SPOTTED SANDPIPER, HOODED MERGANSER, and four RED-TAILED HAWKS.
Marshall Howe reported over 100 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS moving through Hubbard County on August 21. On August 27, he reported BLUE-HEADED VIREO, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 25 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, and PINE WARBLER. On the 28th, he saw PHILADELPHIA VIREO, ALDER FLYCATCHER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and TENNESSEE WARBLER.
Charlene Nelson reported 15- 20 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS in Perham in Otter Tail County on August 27, and 5 were seen in Douglas County over Lake Carlos. She saw a raft of 30 COMMON LOONS on Lake Carlos on August 27.
Thanks to Charlene Nelson , Cliff Steinhauer, Emily Hutchins, Marshall Howe, Sandy Aubol, and Shelley Steva for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 21, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 21, 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 has begun in the northwest, as the landscape starts to turn to brown and gold more slowly than usual due to the timely rains.
Charlene Nelson reported that AMERICAN AVOCETS were still present at the North Ottawa Impoundment as recently as August 15. Other shorebirds present there included MARBLED GODWIT, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and WILSON’S PHALAROPE as well as BLACK TERNS. Tony Lau reported 8 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and 400 FRANKLIN’S GULLS there on August 8.
Wadena County birds reported by Herb Dingmann and Craig Mandel included MERLIN, and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS at Yaeger Lake WMA.
In Hubbard County Marshall Howe reported migration starting. On August 12 he saw a TENNESSEE WARBLER, and by the 14th he saw PINE WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, and SCARLET TANAGER. August 16 brought an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and the 20th were WILSON’S WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, and about 100 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS .
Herb Dingmann found RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and a TENNESSEE WARBLER at the Ada WTP in Norman County on August 13. In Mahnomen County, he found those two species at the Waubun WTP.
Recent Polk County sightings by Sandy Aubol included RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS feeding young, MERLIN, RED-TAILED HAWK, and INDIGO BUNTING at East Grand Forks on August 3. There were shorebirds at the Parnell impoundment on August 9 including SPOTTED SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, both yellowlegs, LEAST SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and WILSON’S SNIPE. Sandy reported BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT in East Grand Forks on August 16. On the 17th, she reported BROAD-WINGED HAWK, PEREGRINE FALCON, 5 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER among others.
Herb Dingmann and Craig Mandel found EARED GREBE, OSPREY, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES at the Red Lake Falls WTP in Red Lake County on August 14. Other species seen in the county included PURPLE MARTIN, 7 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, and WILSON’S WARBLER.
In Pennington County they found BROAD-WINGED HAWK, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and a similar list of warblers.
Shelley Steva and Zeann Linder saw AMERICAN BITTERN, and two SHORT-EARED OWLS near Agassiz NWR on August 17.
In Beltrami County, Christine Herwig reported two BONAPARTE’S GULLS on the north end of Lake Bemidji on August 12.
In Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel observed a NORTHERN HAWK OWL in a remote area 6 miles west of the Faunce Rangeline road in the Red Lake WMA on August 20.
Thanks to all those who sent in their sightings in the last two weeks.
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 28, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for July 31, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for July 31, 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 enjoying summer in the northwest this week, and young birds are doing silly things as they learn to live their lives. Not a lot is happening here as far as sightings go, but there are a few things to report.
Two immature SABINE’S GULLS were found by Marion and Gary Otnes in a slough south of Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County on July 27.
Here, east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County, the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to come to our feeders. This week the entertainment has been as many as a dozen BALTIMORE ORIOLES, most of them juveniles, who are rapidly consuming the grape jelly. Tonight they scrapped over a bunch of grapes that I put out.
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks reported a PEREGRINE FALCON that flew over her house on July 29. On July 25, Russ Wilber saw two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS on a dead tree on the west side of the bike path that runs by the campground in East Grand Forks. Sandy Aubol also reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS with young near the Point bridge on July 27. Other species seen there included an immature BALD EAGLE, BALTIMORE ORIOLES and several species of sparrow.
Steve Midthune reported on July 25 that Bisson Lake in Becker County is hosting several species of shorebirds in migration including LESSER YELLOWLEGS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS, BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, WILSON’S SNIPE, and WILSON’S PHALAROPES.
Thanks to Marion and Gary Otnes, Russ Wilber, Sandy Aubol, 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 August 7, 2014.

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