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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, July 28, 2016

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

More typical summer weather has arrived this week- hot temperatures, and scattered thunderstorms throughout the area. Many places are over wet, but the Thief River Falls area has received timely, but not excessive rainfall. Wild flowers are blooming everywhere.

In Thief River Falls, Shelley Steva and I saw a MERLIN on July 17. On July 24, I went for a brief drive and found one adult GRAY PARTRIDGE with two three-quarter grown young at the corner of 200th St NE and 190th AVE NE just a few miles east of Thief River Falls. Other species seen on that drive included two families of AMERICAN KESTRELS, one of HORNED LARKS, many WESTERN MEADOWLARKS, and several RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS feeding young. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER pair has brought their three or four young of the year to our feeder to teach them how to get an easy meal.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva and I saw a juvenile PEREGRINE FALCON, on July 17. We also found a COOPER’S HAWK, and several other species of raptors. At the quarry, we saw the RING-BILLED GULLS with two young found originally by Barb and Denny Martin. They still weren’t flying, but could swim well.

In Polk County, Rolf Paulson visited Rydell NWR On July 21, where he saw five RUFFED GROUSE along the bike trail.

Rolf Paulson found CASPIAN TERNS at the Walker WTP in Cass County on July 22.

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 4, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 14, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 14, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

We are in a summer pattern now in the northwest. Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms have been a common occurrence over the last few days. Some areas both north and south of Thief River Falls have had very heavy rain, and the whole area is wet since it has rained at least a little everywhere in the area every day. If you plan to bird in the north, please be careful on the minimum maintenance roads as some are quite muddy and /or slippery.

A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was reported by Wayne Perala at Agassiz Waterfowl Management Area in Otter Tail County on July 8.

The SPOTTED TOWHEE reported earlier at Buffalo River State Park in Clay County was re-located in the same area where it was found by Barb and Denny Martin on July 10. It was seen on the south side of the river on the main trail leading from the main parking lot to the science center as you exit the woods into the second clearing.

Ron Erpelding observed an INDIGO BUNTING near the entrance to the Agassiz Environmental Learning Center west of Fertile in Polk County on July 8.

In Red Lake County on July 8, Ron and I saw a CASPIAN TERN, FORSTER’S TERN, BLACK TERN, and NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS at the old gravel quarry in the far southern part of the county west of Highway 32. RING-BILLED GULLS were also seen, and Barb and Denny Martin spotted several three-quarters grown young still unable to fly on July 12. GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found on July 9 in the same general area. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen perched on a dead tree in Pennington County at the bridge along 140th St SW( the Pennington County Line) on July 8 and the bird then flew over the road into Red Lake County. On July 9, Ron observed UPLAND SANDPIPER north of the intersection of 220St SE and CR 114. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen two miles west of the Polk County line on the east central edge of the County. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen west of Huot near the intersection of 210 St SW and 170 Ave SW.

Other species seen by Ron and I in Pennington County included WILD TURKEY, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO on the west side of CR 27 near the southern end of the county, and 4-5 INDIGO BUNTINGS, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS east of CR 27 on the Clearwater County line. Ron also reported ORCHARD ORIOLE along the Pembina Trail.

Marshall County sightings by Ron Erpelding included at least 7 DICKCISSELS found east of Old Mill State Park near the intersection of CR 28 and CR 115 in a weedy field of sweet clover. I saw them today, and also in another similar field along CR 38 about 3 miles south of CR 28. Today, I found a TURKEY VULTURE flying over CR 28.

Ron Erpelding found an UPLAND SANDPIPER in Clearwater County near the Polk County border and an ORCHARD ORIOLE north of CR 60.

In Roseau County, Barb and Denny Martin found 5 BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS in the burn area 7.6 miles northeast of Hayes Lake State Park along the Thompson Forest Road. Ron Erpelding reported ORCHARD ORIOLE near Pelan along CR 11 on July 10. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was found on 160th AVE a half mile north of MN 11. INDIGO BUNTING was near the entrance to Norland cemetery northwest of Warroad near the intersection of CR 13 and 370th St NW.

In Lake of the Woods County, Barb and Denny Martin saw a SPRUCE GROUSE a few hundred yards east of Norris Camp on the Faunce-Butterfield Road. The bird was on the road at the first curve with two three-quarter grown young.

Thanks to Barb and Denny Martin and Ron Erpelding for their reports 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, July 21, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 7, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 7, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

We are starting to see the end of the nesting season for many species now. Young birds are being brought to the feeders for training in the art of getting free dinners. BALTIMORE ORIOLES , ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and COMMON GRACKLES have both brought their young of the year to our feeder. I suspect that is also true of the RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS .

Here in Pennington County, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has returned to the feeders after an absence of several weeks. On July 6, I heard a BARRED OWL calling in the night. CEDAR WAXWINGS have also returned to the yard.

Sandy Aubol saw two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS on the Polk County Side of the Red River greenway on July 6. In the campground she saw RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, INDIGO BUNTING, and EASTERN BLUEBIRDS. Dave Lambeth reported six TURKEY VULTURES circling over the greenway on July 1, and also a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER.

In Clay County, Patrick Beauzay found two BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS at Buffalo River SP on July 1. From the parking area by the swimming/picnic area, proceed south along the trail, cross the bridge and bear left up the slope along the trail. They were active in some bur oaks near the first clearing on the north side of the trail.

From Otter Tail County, Bill and Nancy Henke found a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER along CR 78 between CR 126 and CR 38 on July 2.

John Ellis reported about 40 LEAST SANDPIPERS and some SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS at the Osakis WTP in Douglas County on July 3.

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, July 14, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, July 1, 2016

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

Those who like cooler weather should be happy this week, as the temperatures were in the forties last night. Winds have been brisk also. The state flower is in decline now , but a few can still be found, particularly in shaded areas. Few reports have come in this week so this report is a day late. Yards have been busy this week with young birds everywhere.

The Minnesota Birding Weekend led by Kim Eckert found 124 species under sometimes trying conditions in Norman , and Polk Counties last weekend. In Norman County, highlights were a TUNDRA SWAN , GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, WILD TURKEY, an EARED GREBE at the Ada WTP, a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the Gary cemetery, and several DICKCISSELS. A great find was a LEAST BITTERN at the Agassiz-Olson WMA.

In Polk County, they found an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at the Erskine WTP, GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, WILD TURKEY, MARBLED GODWIT, and, a BARRED OWL at the Fertile nature center. A WESTERN GREBE was found at Oak Lake near Erskine, and a HENSLOW’S SPARROW was seen along CR 44 about 3 miles south of CR 45. Other species found in Polk County included a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE in Fertile, EASTERN TOWHEE, LARK SPARROW, DICKCISSELS, and a NORTHERN CARDINAL.

In Pennington County, I observed two RED-TAILED HAWKS perched this afternoon along Johnson Drive. In the yard there was a fly over COMMON RAVEN, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER returned after an absence of several 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, July 7, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 23, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 23, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

True summer weather seems to have arrived, and with it the frequent rains, and the flowers. North of Thief River Falls, there are many areas that are too wet now, but that has helped some species of birds. Notably, a breeding bird survey that I did in Roseau County starting at Badger, and going east and south from there, I found LE CONTE’S SPARROWS singing at 10 of the 50 stops yesterday. SEDGE WRENS were also numerous in contrast to last year when it was quite dry.

In Beltrami County, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found a DICKCISSEL along MN 72 just north of Blackduck. BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was also found in Beltrami County, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER was observed at the Big Bog north of Waskish.

In Southeastern Clearwater County, Ron and Herb found 2 INDIGO BUNTINGS on the east side of Clearline Road, which is the Beltrami County line, south of CR 29. Other species seen in the county included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and GREEN HERON.

At the very end of my breeding bird route, I heard the unmistakable song of a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on 170 Ave NW a mile south of the Roseau County line in Como township of Marshall County.

Sandy Aubol reported that EARED GREBES are again building nests at the East Grand Forks WTP in Polk County. She saw about 300 EARED GREBES, along with RED-NECKED GREBES, PIED-BILLED GREBES, and an assortment of duck species. BOBOLINKS and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were also there. Five DICKCISSELS were found north of the edge of East Grand Forks, and 5 more were northwest of the WTP. Russ Wilbur found a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the East Grand Forks campground on June 23.

A black-billed cuckoo was found by Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann in Hubbard County on June 21.

The BAIRD’S SPARROW is still in Douglas County at the original location 1.5 miles west of CR 6 on Ost Road NW as reported by Drew Smith on June 19.

Thanks to all who sent in sightings this week.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 16, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 16, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

We seem to be in an unsettled summer pattern now, with few days without either wind or storms. Many young birds can be seen everywhere, and some are already on the second nesting. This is the time to see showy lady’s slippers, the state flower.

In Douglas County, Daren Carlson found a BAIRD’S SPARROW about 1.5 miles west of CR 6 on Ost Road NW on June 13. The bird was seen as recently as June 15, but I have no further updates.

Four DICKCISSELS were seen by Sandy Aubol in Wilkin County on June 14. They were along CR 172 just west of MN 9.

Gary Otnes in Otter Tail County reported a SCARLET TANAGER that showed up in his yard in the Fergus Falls area on June 12.

Tamarac NWR in Becker County reported a NORTHERN PARULA on June 11.

Chuck Bush found a male LARK BUNTING at Glacial Ridge NWR in Polk County on June 11. Sandy Aubol has tried twice to locate it without success so it may have moved on. Sandy Aubol reported 30 EARED GREBES, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, BLACK TERNS, and RUDDY DUCK at the East Grand Forks WTP on June 11.

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, June 23, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 9, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 9, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

The weather has definitely transitioned into summer now, with rain and high temperatures. Flowers are blooming everywhere, both in gardens and in the wild. Birds are all going about the business of raising the young of the year. Young waterfowl are starting to be seen.

In Lake of the Woods County, Shelley Steva and I observed and photographed a pair of BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKERS who are nesting at Norris Camp. By the sound of it, the young are getting pretty big and will soon be out of the nest. Two other nests have been found along the Thompson Forest Road in the burned over area left after the big fire last summer.

Katie Haws sent in a sighting of a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD by Mike Zicus on Jackpine Road in Bemidji, Beltrami County on June 2. Nancy Wasik saw a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE along US 2 near Shevlin on June 2.

Connie Cox at Itasca State Park sent in the week’s list which included eleven species of warblers, VEERY, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW , among others. Most of those warblers will be nesting there.

In Pennington County on June 2, Emily Hutchins and Ross Hier observed a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK along CR 10, known as the Pembina Trail, where it crosses the Pembina WMA . On June 5, a COMMON NIGHTHAWK was seen hawking insects over our yard east of Thief River Falls.

Mark Otnes reported that a SPOTTED TOWHEE is again being seen at Buffalo River State Park in Clay County. It was seen on the south side of the river on the main trail leading from the main parking lot to the science center as you exit the woods into the second clearing.

Jess Searcy found a PINE WARBLER and a HERMIT THRUSH at Five Lakes Resort in Otter Tail County on June 3.

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 , June 16, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 2, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 2, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

The summer resident species have arrived in the northwest, and all are busy attracting mates, building nests and settling down to raise the year’s young. Surprisingly, the weather has also changed to summer conditions, complete with thunderstorms and rain which varies greatly from place to place. All is green now, and flowers are blooming everywhere.

In Polk County on May 30, Joanne Johnson reported BOBOLINKS, and LARK SPARROW in the meadow on the East Grand Forks side of the south bike bridge across the Red River.

Here in our yard near Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on May 26, I saw a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK. On May 29, a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in the shrubbery, and on the 30th, a BROWN THRASHER greeted the day with his melodious song.

Connie Cox sent in a long list of species seen this week at Itasca State Park including the following warblers: GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, and OVENBIRD.

Mike Thiele in Warroad , Roseau County, reported HOUSE WREN, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, and EASTERN BLUEBIRD on May 30. ALDER FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and BLUE-HEADED VIREO were seen by Zeann Linder and me in the Roseau County area of the Beltrami Island State Forest. Gretchen Mehmel reported three GREAT GRAY OWLS this week. One has been seen 1-2 miles north of Faunce, and one was recently discovered south of Norris Camp along the airfield. A third was spotted along the Roosevelt Road about 2.5 miles north of the Faunce-Butterfield Road on May 30. Two BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER nests have been found along the Thompson Forest Road in the fire-killed area.

Other species seen in the Beltrami Island State Forest included BROWN CREEPER, SEDGE WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, VEERY, many warblers, and SCARLET TANAGER on May 30.

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 9, 2016..

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 26, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 26, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

With the warmer weather and strong south winds, migration has proceeded quickly this week. Now we are in the last phase of it, with all the waterfowl here, raptor migration complete, flycatchers and vireos mostly arrived this week, most of the early thrushes have gone through, all the common warblers are coming through now, sparrows are here and all the blackbirds. Many shorebird species can be seen in the northwest now wherever there is suitable habitat, and that is somewhat scarce this year.

In Kittson County, Paul Budde and four others found a CATTLE EGRET and 4 WILLETS at the Hallock WTP on May 21.

In Clearwater County, Alex Sundvall observed a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER at Itasca State Park on May 21. Paul Budde’s group found 9 species of shorebirds at the rice paddies north of Clearwater along the Clearwater River on May 21.

At Itasca State Park, Connie Cox reported COMMON LOON, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 13 species of warblers including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER. Other species on the list included SCARLET TANAGER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and many others.

Nancy Wasik observed EASTERN TOWHEE among other species in her yard in western Beltrami County this week.

In Marshall County this week at the Agassiz Valley impoundment, Sandy Aubol found 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, 15 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and DUNLIN on May 21. At Old Mill SP on May 24, she found RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and VEERY.

Paul Budde’s group found 3 WHIMBRELS and a SWAINSON’S HAWK at the quarry in Pleasant Valley Township in the far southwestern part of Red Lake County on May 23. 16 species of shorebirds were seen at the rice paddies at 350th Ave and 150th St in the far northeastern part of the county. They included 5 WHIMBRELS, 3 RUDDY TURNSTONES, and 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS. I was there today, and found no shorebirds after the rain yesterday which undoubtedly raised the water levels and moved the birds out. I did find 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES at the quarry location in the southwest. Paul’s group found 10 AMERICAN AVOCETS and one RED-NECKED PHALAROPE at the Oklee WTP. 210 WILSON’S PHALAROPES, 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and 3 WILLETS were seen at the Red Lake Falls WTP by Paul’s group. Once again, I found none of them there today.

Russ Wilbur reported a BOBOLINK on the East Grand Forks side of the Red River greenway in Polk County on May 20. Sandy Aubol reported a ROSS’S GOOSE at the Angus/Oslo impoundment on May 21. At the Brandt/Angus impoundment she saw AMERICAN AVOCET, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, STILT SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, WILSON’S PHALAROPE, and BLACK TERN. On May 24, COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were migrating over East Grand Forks.

Steve Midthune reported that the Detroit Lake Festival found 155 species this year in the first two days, including 19 species of warblers.

In Clay County, on May 20, Craig Mandel found a SAY’S PHOEBE at Felton Prairie on the west side of 170th St just north of the small wooded area on the north side of the lake.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported CASPIAN TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, and SCARLET TANAGER on May 20, TENNESSEE WARBLER on May 21, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and EASTERN KINGBIRD on May 22, COMMON NIGHTHAWK on May 23, and CANADA WARBLER on May 24.

In Wilkin County, Ben Fritchman found a WHITE-FACED IBIS, and a RED KNOT at the Brown WPA on May 20. Other species found there were STILT SANDPIPER, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. The WPA is located along CR 19 about a half mile south of CR 20.

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, June 2, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 19, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 19, 2016 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

Migration is picking up in the northwest now with the coming of warmer weather, and some unfortunate migrants chose to arrive the day it was only 22 degrees last Friday morning with a strong cold wind. Most
counties are reporting all the swallows, an increasing number of warblers, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and where there is a little habitat, a smattering of shorebirds. There seems to have been an influx of BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS this week as several observers reported them and I had several in my yard one day .

At the Osakis WTP in Douglas County, Andy Nyhus found a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on May 16.

A SUMMER TANAGER was reported by Kim Fisette at Reames Lake in Otter Tail County. Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported WARBLING VIREO, BANK SWALLOW, and YELLOW WARBLER on May 15; YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, BARN SWALLOW, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on May 16, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER , RED-EYED VIREO, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT on May 17, GREEN HERON and SORA on May 18, and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK on May 18.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County observed SWAINSON’S THRUSH, EASTERN TOWHEE, AMERICAN REDSTART, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT on May 15, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on May 16, GREEN HERON, RED-EYED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BLACKPOLL WARBLER, and CAPE MAY WARBLER on May 17, and MOURNING WARBLER on May 18.

Dave and Betty Hochhalter in Detroit Lakes, Becker County reported HOUSE WREN, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SCARLET TANAGER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE on May 15.
Paul Budde observed both TUNDRA SWANS and TRUMPETER SWANS at the rice paddies along the Clearwater River in both Red Lake and Polk Counties. In Polk County, he found a ROSS’S GOOSE at the Brandt-Angus impoundment, and also HUDSONIAN GODWIT, DUNLIN, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. Russ Wilber found an EASTERN BLUEBIRD in East Grand Forks on May 18.

In Red Lake County, Shelley Steva saw HOODED MERGANSER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, HOUSE WREN, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on May 13. On May 15, Howard Towle found a WILLET at the rice paddy at 150 St and 350th Ave. GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were found in Gentilly township. A SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was seen in a flooded quarry in Gentilly township. WILSON’S PHALAROPES were observed at the Red Lake Falls WTP.

Shelley Steva observed a MERLIN and LESSER YELLOWLEGS in Pennington County on May 13. This week at my home, a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD arrived on May 14, a pair of INDIGO BUNTINGS briefly visited on May 15, five SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were seen in the Red Lake River on May 17, and on May 18, I found HOUSE WREN, LEAST FLYCATCHER, and YELLOW WARBLER in the yard.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found by Paul Budde at Headquarters Pool at Agassiz NWR on May 14.

From Bemidji in Beltrami County, Nancy Wasik reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH this week among others.

From Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on May 13. Paul Budde found 30 WILSON’S PHALAROPES at the Badger WTP on May 16.

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, May 26, 2016.

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