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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, 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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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 24, 2014

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 24, 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 has been a very quiet period here in the northwest during the past two weeks. Perhaps it is the coming of summer weather finally , summer vacations, or maybe the weather events of the past week. Whatever the reason, there are few reports, but many young birds to watch none the less. From 2 -5 inches of rain a few days ago has brought out the bugs, and the flycatchers are very busy.
Emily Hutchins reported a HUDSONIAN GODWIT seen by Rich Peet on the east side of Marcoux Corner in Polk County on July 12. That is the intersection of MN 32 and US 2.
On July 23 , a COOPER’S HAWK was chased out of our yard in Pennington County by the two resident EASTERN KINGBIRDS. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER continue to make sporadic visits to the suet feeder. Many AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, HOUSE FINCHES, and lately young BALTIMORE ORIOLES are also coming regularly. From time to time, the GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS have a spat in the yard. I had no idea that the family would be so noisy until conditions this year caused them to stick around the yard during the nesting season.
On July 19 , I spotted several TURKEY VULTURES in Marshall County, and also in both Roseau and Kittson Counties.
Judy Meredith was birding in Roseau County this week and at the Roseau Wastewater Treatment Ponds on July 20, she found 10-12 WILSON’S PHALAROPES, a LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, KILLDEER, and a HOODED MERGANSER with young. In wetlands in the area were 4 MARBLED GODWITS, 12 SANDHILL CRANES and some BOBOLINKS. I was at the Roseau River WMA and elsewhere in the county on July 19, and found 2 COMMON LOONS, a RED-NECKED GREBE, and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT with a catch at the WMA, and there and other places, I found SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, one STILT SANDPIPER, WILSON’S SNIPE, BLACK TERNS, MARSH WRENS, LE CONTE’S SPARROW, many CEDAR WAXWINGS, and a singing WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.
In Kittson County just south of Lake Bronson along US 59 I found a pair of SANDHILL CRANES with one colt on the east side along the railroad tracks.
Thanks to Emily Hutchins, and Judy Meredith for their reports. Please keep those reports coming in as what may not be important to you may be just what someone else wants to see.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, July 31, 2014.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 10, 2014

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

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 26, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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