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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 19, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 19, 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 a lovely few days in the northwest. Temperatures have been in the high 60’s and low 70’s but winds have been high so the leaves have almost all come down, except for a few oaks and the poplars. Migration is proceeding. There are many reports of migrant American robins, dark-eyed juncos, and several species of sparrows. Raptors are also being seen and a few rough-legged hawks have been reported this week.

Charlene Nelson was at the N. Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County on October 13 and reported SNOW GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, many BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, WESTERN GREBES, BONAPARTE’S GULL, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and NELSON’S SPARROW. Ron Taube was there on October 16 and found LINCOLN’S SPARROW, and AMERICAN PIPIT. He also said that the ibis is still there.

In Douglas County, Ben Eckhoff observed a BALTIMORE ORIOLE at the Lake Carlos SP feeders on October 16.

In Wilkin County, Matt Mecklenburg saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along CR 52 south of Barnesville on October 16.

In Hubbard County, Becca Engdahl found a HARLEQUIN DUCK at the Walker WTP on October 18. The bird was relocated today by Bob Eckblad. Marshall Howe reported BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE on October 14, and MARSH WREN on October 15. A large movement of DARK-EYED JUNCOS came through the county this week.

Wayne Perala found a leucistic DARK-EYED JUNCO at Tamarac NWR in Becker County on October 17.

In Polk County, Shelley Steva reported a flock of 20 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and two flocks of BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS along CR 21 on October 19. Sandy Aubol reported a NORTHERN SHRIKE at the Agassiz Aububon Center on October 17. Also seen were SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, many SANDHILL CRANES, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS’S SPARROW, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were spotted a few miles south. At the impoundment were AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and a few shorebirds including PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.

A FERRUGINOUS HAWK was observed and photographed by Paula Cater near Plummer in Red Lake County on October 18. Shelley Steva saw a flock of about 200 LAPLAND LONGSPURS in Red Lake County on October 18.

50 WILD TURKEYS were seen by Zeann Linder along Pennington CR 7 on October 17. On October 15, a flock of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS came through the yard here. On October 19, there were two HARRIS’S SPARROWS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and many DARK-EYED JUNCOS. Another large flock of migrating AMERICAN ROBINS descended on the crabapple trees this week. On the way into Thief River Falls today, I saw three BALD EAGLES.

FRANKLIN’S GULLS were seen at Paul Bunyan Park in Bemidji, Beltrami County by Alex Burchard on October 16.

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, October 27, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 5, 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.

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 5, 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.

Fall cleanup is in full swing, and songbird migration is nearly over, as we are now starting to see the last sparrows, and a few of the feeder birds that we see in late fall. Colors are at or near prime and a few windy days forecast for this weekend may bring the show to a close.

On September 30, Charlene Nelson reported GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and BROWN CREEPER , and a HARRIS’S SPARROW showed up on October 3 at Elbow Lake in Grant County. She also reported a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER at the N. Ottawa Impoundment on September 29. Wayne Perala was there that day also and reported NORTHERN HARRIER, two PEREGRINE FALCONS , two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, as well as the GREAT EGRETS and WESTERN GREBES that we have been reporting all summer.

At Maplewood SP in Otter Tail County, Wayne saw FORSTER’S TERNS, FRANKLIN’S GULLS, and four COMMON LOONS on October 3.

From Kabekona Lake in Hubbard County , Becca Engdahl reported several BLACK SCOTERS on the lake on September 28. Marshall Howe observed DARK-EYED JUNCOS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and a BLUE-HEADED VIREO on September 29. On September 30, he recorded a female SCARLET TANAGER, PINE SISKINS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, SWAMP SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH; GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and a PINE WARBLER were seen on October 3.

In Becker County , at Tamarac NWR, Lisa Keitel reported TRUMPETER SWAN, and seventy PIED-BILLED GREBES on September 29. A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was seen along MN 225 near Osage by Adrian Azar on October 3.

Patrick Beauzay observed a late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD in Clay County on October 1.

Several ROSS’S GEESE were seen by Sandy Aubol near East Grand Forks in western Polk County on October 2.

In Beltrami County, Doug Johnson saw a FIELD SPARROW along Sunnyside Road on September 29, and a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER at the Parker’s Lake Road ponds on October 4.

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 12, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, September 29, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, September 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.

Leaves are turning rapidly in the last days, and the first big wind will bring a lot of them down, but for now the world here is beautiful in the early morning light. Migration is proceeding rapidly with the most commonly reported birds everywhere in the last two weeks being ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and large flocks of NORTHERN FLICKERS, BLUE JAYS, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.

In Warroad, Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported a male NORTHERN CARDINAL at her feeder on September 24.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County found a young LONG-EARED OWL on September 25.

Here in Pennington County, in the last few days we have been inundated with WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, NORTHERN FLICKERS, and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, PINE SISKINS, and HARRIS’S SPARROW have also been seen. Yesterday a large flock of DARK-EYED JUNCOS arrived. Shelley Steva reported a large flock of PINE SISKINS at her home in Thief River Falls this week also.

In Oklee, Red Lake County, Shelley also reported RED CROSSBILLS on September 21.

Sandy Aubol reported that a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD still was coming to her feeder on September 27. On September 24, she observed a WINTER WREN in the yard, and continues to have more than 100 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, HARRIS’S SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and PINE SISKINS there.

In Clay County, various observers have reported GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, NORTHERN CARDINAL and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW this week. PHILADELPHIA VIREO, WOOD THRUSH, and MOURNING WARBLER were also reported in Clay County this week. Kara Susag reported RED CROSSBILLS there also.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported a number of migrating warblers, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on September 14. A large number of RING-BILLED GULLS were seen that day also. On the 15th, he reported PINE WARBLER and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, RED-EYED VIREO, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO were observed on the 16th, and a PEREGRINE FALCON on September 19.

I have a secondhand report of a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT in Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County on September 26.

Charlene Nelson reported RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at Elbow Lake in Grant County on September 15. DARK-EYED JUNCOS came on September 25. At the N. Ottawa Impoundment, Wayne Perala reported WHITE-FACED IBIS on September 17.

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, Oct 5, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 14, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 14, 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.

Migration is proceeding rapidly these last few days. Soon we will be into the time when woods are completely quiet, and feeders are full of our winter visitors. Leaves are turning quickly during the last few days in the northwest. The ash trees are glowing with their golden yellow fall garb. The first big wind will bring their leaves down and other colors will take their place.

At the N. Ottawa Impoundment, Wayne Perala found a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER , some PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS on September 13. Charlene Nelson reported RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and LINCOLN’S SPARROW on September 11 near Elbow Lake; AMERICAN REDSTART, NASHVILLE WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, and HOUSE WREN were observed on September 11 .

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported PINE SISKINS this week. On September 9th he saw YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, on 9-11 , COMMON NIGHTHAWK and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. On September 12 he recorded BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and AMERICAN WOODCOCK. A warbler wave came through on September 13 including NASHVILLE WARBLER and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County, reported migrant sparrows in her yard this week including HARRIS’S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW , and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Warblers seen this week included YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. An EASTERN TOWHEE used her bird bath and a RED CROSSBILL flew over the yard yesterday.

In Pennington County, Gary Tischer reported 35 TURKEY VULTURES seen today, September 14, along CR 62 not far from Challenger school. Here in our yard, yesterday I saw a BROWN CREEPER going up one of our trees. Today, I had NASHVILLE WARBLER, many PINE SISKINS, and NORTHERN FLICKER. One or two RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS remain, but the BALTIMORE ORIOLES are gone. Two young GRAY CATBIRDS came this week to grab some of the cranberries that I was hoping to harvest for jelly for the first time this year! The bush is proving to be a good bird feeder, but I don’t expect to get any of the fruit.

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 21, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 7, 2017

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

Fall is in the air, and migration is proceeding, with most of the swallows and many of the warblers now gone. We have had a touch of frost this week in some parts of northwest Minnesota also, along with strong windy conditions typical of the beginning of fall. Late last week many nighthawks could be seen migrating, and red-tailed hawks seemed to be on every pole as the young of the year prepared for migration. The MOU Weekend led by Kim Eckert and Craig Mandel found the species count in the northwest slightly down, but they found 17 species of shorebirds and 15 species of warblers last weekend. Only a couple of shorebird spots were found by the group- the WTP at Greenbush and Roseau in Roseau County, and the east side of Headquarters Pool at Agassiz NWR.

A SPRUCE GROUSE was seen on the Pitt Grade Forest Road 3.6 miles north of the Stoney Corners Forest Road in Lake of the Woods County. Among the warblers seen in the county was GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER.

In Roseau County, three CACKLING GEESE were spotted at Greenbush WTP. While searching for red crossbills which I did not find , I saw 10 to 12 WILD TURKEYS in far southern part of Roseau County on September 1. The MOU group did find RED CROSSBILLS near to downtown Roseau on September3. A dozen GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen along CR 3 east of the Roseau River WMA. Among other species seen in the county were RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, CASPIAN TERN, and LE CONTE’S SPARROW.

Doug Johnson reported a CACKLING GOOSE at Parker’s Lake Road ponds in Beltrami County on September 6.

In Marshall County, the MOU group saw a PEREGRINE FALCON harassing the shorebirds at Agassiz NWR on September 4. A RUDDY TURNSTONE was among the shorebirds seen there. Allyson Engelstad visited the Agassiz Valley Impoundment on September 4 where she reported that there was little water, and the shorebirds that were there were far away. She did see DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, GREAT EGRETS, SANDHILL CRANES, AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS , and RED-TAILED HAWKS. At Agassiz NWR she reported some TRUMPETER SWANS.

In Pennington County, Allyson reported a TURKEY VULTURE, RED-TAILED HAWKS, and SANDHILL CRANES.

The WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE was still at Buffalo River SP in Clay County on September 4 as reported by Rick Gibson.

RED CROSSBILLS were reported at Manston Marsh WMA in Wilkin County on August 31.

In Grant County, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was observed by Charlene Nelson at their Elbow Lake Farm on September 4.

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 14, 2017

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 31, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 31, 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.

Warbler migration is in full swing throughout the state this week, and observers in all counties reported several species . Common nighthawks are migrating through the state right now ; I was birding in Polk, Pennington, Marshall, and Red Lake Counties on the weekend and saw them in all four counties. Red Crossbills continue to be reported, and although we were able to find them in the above four counties on the weekend, they are nowhere near as easy to find in these counties as they are in central Minnesota. Red-tailed hawks are being seen on many power poles these days as the young get ready to move south.

RED CROSSBILLS were found at Manston Marsh WMA in Wilkin County, at Pine Ridge County Park in Grant County, and at Wildwood Cemetery in Traverse County on August 26 by Howard Towle, Paul Budde, and Doug Kieser.

Marshall Howe reported 25 RED CROSSBILLS in Park Rapids in Hubbard County on August 24. He also reported VEERY and EASTERN KINGBIRD on August 24, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, PURPLE FINCH, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH on August 25, at least 100 migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS on August 29, and EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE on August 31.

The WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE was still being seen and heard at Buffalo River SP as of August 27.

In Polk County, a group of us found RED CROSSBILLS at Memorial Cemetery in Crookston on August 26. There were also many CHIPPING SPARROWS, and CEDAR WAXWINGS there.

Bob Jansson was birding in Red Lake County yesterday and today where he found 11 species of warblers at Huot including BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, OVENBIRD and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER; he also found YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and RED-EYED VIREO. We saw RED CROSSBILLS at Oak Grove Cemetery east of Red Lake Falls on August 26, but they were not seen there today. We also observed PINE SISKINS and GRAY CATBIRD.

RED CROSSBILLS were found along 180th St. NE about ¾ mile east of CR 20 in Pennington County on August 27.

In Marshall County, we found RED CROSSBILLS in Middle River, but only two of them.

Nancy Glenn reported a WESTERN TANAGER in Beltrami County near Fox Lake north of Lake Bemidji on August 27.

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 7, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday , August 24, 2017

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

We are still dry in the far northwest, but a few spots got a little rain this week. After that, the temperatures dropped, and now it feels like fall in the mornings. We are hoping it will warm up as we are not ready for the cold. Birds , however, are surely getting the message that it is time to migrate. Notable species seen migrating this week included common nighthawks, Franklin’s gulls, and a large variety of warblers. Swallows are slowly disappearing from the northern part of the area, but are being reported in greater numbers further south in Minnesota. There is an irruption of red crossbills which are being seen in most counties in the central and north central part of the state, but likely partly due to the smaller numbers of birders, there are few reports of them in the far northwest.

Beth Siverhus in Roseau County reported dozens of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS and FRANKLIN’S GULLS catching dragonflies on August 17.

In Red Lake County, Allyson Engelstad reported a late BARN SWALLOW nest with dependent nestlings on August 21.

In East Grand Forks, Polk County , on August 23, Sandy Aubol observed TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN REDSTART, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, and YELLOW WARBLER in her yard. Two RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS also visited, and at least five young COOPER’S HAWKS also watched the feeder within the last two weeks.

RED CROSSBILLS were seen by Ron Erpelding in southwestern Clay County at the Clara Lutheran Cemetery on August 20. A RED-SHAFTED FLICKER was seen by Beau Shroyer a half mile east of MN 32 north of Hitterdahl on August 24. The WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE at Buffalo River SP, and the SAY’S PHOEBE at Felton Prairie were both seen on August 20.

Tamarac NWR in Becker County reported RED CROSSBILLS there on August 17.

From Hubbard County, Marcella Chester observed 25 COMMON LOONS and a MERLIN in the Park Rapids area on August 21. Marshall Howe reported a mixed flock of warblers including eleven species on August 21. Fifty-three COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen there on August 23.

In Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Mark Otnes found some RED CROSSBILLS on August 18.

RED CROSSBILLS were seen by Herb Dingmann in Wilkin County near the intersection of CR 11 and 200th Street on August 22. A FERRUGINOUS HAWK was found on the west side of US 75 south of CR 50. Craig Mandel reported LEAST SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BLACK TERN, and WESTERN KINGBIRD at the Breckenridge WTP on August 18. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at the Brown WPA. A variety of warblers , a FIELD SPARROW, and DICKCISSEL were among the other species seen in Wilkin County that day.

A FOX SPARROW was reported at Lake Carlos SP in Douglas County by Corey Erickson on August 23.

In Grant County, the KING RAIL was seen as recently as August 19 at the N. Ottawa impoundment. Other species seen there on August 22 included AMERICAN BITTERN, 12 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 13 CATTLE EGRETS, a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and a GREAT HORNED OWL. Charlene Nelson observed two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS and a juvenile TURKEY VULTURE near Elbow Lake on August 18. Craig Mandel located RED CROSSBILLS at Wheaton Cemetery in Traverse County, and at Pine Ridge Park in Grant County. He also reported a variety of warblers, and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in Grant County on August 17.

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 31, 2017.

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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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