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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, November 16, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 16, 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 slowly making our way through the fall season. Some of the snow remains, but most has melted. Temperatures are chilly but not cold yet. The mix of birds being seen is changing with more and more rough-legged hawks, pine grosbeaks, and snow buntings being reported.

PINE GROSBEAKS were reported in Douglas County near Miltona by John Ellis. He also saw BLACK SCOTERS on Lake Osakis on November 10.

In Cass County, the HARLEQUIN DUCK has been relocated in Walker, on November 11 behind the Shingobee Sports Bar around the north docks.

Wayne Perala observed many SNOW GEESE and SNOW BUNTINGS near the Orwell Dam in Otter Tail County on November 14. In Fergus Falls he saw HARRIS’S SPARROW, and reported that three BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS remained in the city.

From Clay County, Matt Jacobson saw several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS on November 14. Kathleen MacAulay found a GREAT BLUE HERON in Clay County on November 11. An ICELAND GULL was reported by Heather Hundt on November 13 at the Clay County Gravel Pits.

Sandy Aubol at East Grand Forks in Polk County reported 16 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS at the East Grand Forks golf course on November 13. This week she had at the feeder and in her yard HARRIS’S SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, RED CROSSBILLS, PINE SISKINS, COMMON REDPOLLS, a pair of NORTHERN CARDINALS, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. A SNOWY OWL was reported along US 2 between East Grand Forks and Crookston.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported HOODED MERGANSERS, COMMON MERGANSERS, and a RING-BILLED GULL on November 10, PINE GROSBEAKS, COMMON REDPOLL, and BROWN CREEPER on November 11. On November 12, he saw RED CROSSBILLS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and RUFFED GROUSE, and on November 14 he had PINE SISKINS, and COMMON REDPOLLS.

At Preacher’s Grove in Clearwater County this week Marshall Howe saw WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE, and elsewhere in the county some COMMON MERGANSERS.

A NORTHERN HAWK OWL was observed by Beth Siverhus along MN 72 in Beltrami County on November 12. PINE GROSBEAKS were reported by Katie Haws near Hines on November 9. A VARIED THRUSH was seen by Doug Johnson at Mary Lou Marchand’s feeder in Bemidji.

Larry Wilebski reported that a SNOWY OWL has returned to Kittson County as of November 15. He also observed COMMON REDPOLLS and PINE GROSBEAKS. A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported by Peggy Fenster in Hallock on November 14.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Friday, November 24, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 9, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 9, 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.

For the past few days, we have been having winter weather, with the morning temperature here this morning at or near zero in Thief River Falls. Snow carpets the ground, and bird activity has increased at the feeders. Species variety has , however, decreased. Most feeders are hosting the typical winter residents and late fall visitors.

In Kittson County, Larry Wilebski reported that a BALTIMORE ORIOLE is still at his feeders. A Leucistic DARK-EYED JUNCO is in the flock of birds he is feeding.

Becca Engdahl reported an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN at Knutson Dam in Beltrami County on November 8.

Two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were reported by Heidi Hughes along Centennial Drive in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on November 5.

Beau Schroyer observe six PINE GROSBEAKS at his place north of Detroit Lakes in Becker County on November 9.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported about 200 SNOW BUNTINGS in Dorset, some LAPLAND LONGSPURS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE on November 2. A flock of migrating TUNDRA SWANS was seen on November 4, while two COMMON LOONS remained on the lake on November 8.

Various observers reported SURF SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, BLACK SCOTERS, and a LONG-TAILED DUCK on Lake Osakis in Todd County this week. NASHVILLE WARBLER was also reported.

Gary and Marion Otnes, reporting from Otter Tail County saw NORTHERN SHRIKE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK, CEDAR WAXWINGS, an AMERICAN KESTREL , RING-NECKED PHEASANT, TRUMPETER SWANS and five RED CROSSBILLS in the Fergus Falls area. On a lake near the Buse township hall they found BLACK SCOTER and two HORNED GREBES. Charlene Nelson reported a flock of 200 SANDHILL CRANES in Otter Tail County.

At Deep Portage Learning Center in Cass County, Dale Yerger observed BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS on November 6.

Ben Eckhoff continues to report a late BALTIMORE ORIOLE at the visitor center at Lake Carlos SP in Douglas County as recently as November 8.

A RED CROSSBILL visited the home of Charlene Nelson near Elbow Lake in Grant County on November 5. Other species seen there included RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, HARRIS’S SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and PINE SISKIN. Wayne Perala reported that the ibis have left the N. Ottawa Impoundment as of November 8, but a GREAT HORNED OWL, some COMMON REDPOLLS, and a few yellowlegs were seen 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, November 16, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 2, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, November 2, 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.

Winter appears to be here. The ground is white, at least in the grassy areas, and we have experienced our first slippery roads of the season today. Bird species being commonly reported include Lapland longspurs, and dark-eyed juncos. A few reports of snow buntings have come in this week. There appears to have been a large movement of rough-legged hawks this week. The wind of the past week seems to have blown a few birds off course this week also.

A BLUE GROSBEAK is visiting the feeder of Katie Haws near Hines, Beltrami County, for the last few days. Also there, is a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

From Lake Carlos SP in Douglas County, Ben Eckhoff reported that the BALTIMORE ORIOLE reported last week was still at the visitor center on October 30. Aaron Ludwig found two juvenile SURF SCOTERS on Lake Osakis on November 2.

At Glendalough SP in Otter Tail County, Mark Otnes observed three WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS on October 28.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported SWAMP SPARROW, and AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on October 29, RED CROSSBILLS and BROWN CREEPER on October 31, and FOX SPARROW on November 1. About 150 SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in Menahga on November 2.

In Clay and Norman Counties, Matt Mecklenburg saw fifty ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS on November 1.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County, reported SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and NORTHERN SHRIKE on November 2. Other species in her yard included a pair of NORTHERN CARDINALS, HARRIS’S SPARROWS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, FOX SPARROW, PINE SISKINS, and COMMON REDPOLLS.

Shelley Steva saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK in Red Lake County on October 27, and today she observed two flocks of LAPLAND LONGSPURS.

In Pennington County, Allyson Engelstad saw a RUSTY BLACKBIRD this week .

Becca Engdahl found a SURF SCOTER on Lake Irvine in Bemidji, Beltrami County, on October 30.

Roseau County birds observed this week by Beth Siverhus in Warroad included PINE GROSBEAKS, BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS, COMMON REDPOLLS, HOARY REDPOLL, PINE SISKINS, and SNOW BUNTINGS. A male NORTHERN CARDINAL is visiting the feeder of Tim Bjerk along the Warroad River.

Gretchen Mehmel in Lake of the Woods County reported PINE GROSBEAKS at Norris Camp on October 30. Other species seen in the county included ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK near Faunce, and RED CROSSBILLS.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, November 9, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, October 27, 2017

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

Winter appears to be here now after coming in with a blast of cold and snow yesterday. Ground is white here near Thief River Falls, but it may, we hope, still melt in the next few days. Feeders have been very busy through this, as dark-eyed juncos, black-capped chickadees, nuthatches, white-throated sparrows and Harris’s sparrows attempt to find enough food to get through the cold windy period.

Now is the time to look for unusual visitors blown off course by the weather. On October 23, a WHITE-TAILED KITE was reported by Agassiz National Wildlife refuge but there is no word if it is still around. Allyson Engelstad found SANDHILL CRANES, HOODED MERGANSERS, BALD EAGLE, TRUMPETER SWANS, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD there on October 20.

Here in Pennington County on October 21, we had AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and HARRIS’S SPARROW in the yard.

Dave Lambeth reported EARED GREBE at the East Grand Forks WTP in Polk County on October 24. On the 23rd Sandy Aubol reported a COMMON REDPOLL in her yard.

From Becker County, Heather Hundt and Shawn Goodchild reported a CAROLINA WREN at Fig Lake Farm on October 26.

At Walker, Cass County, Becca Engdahl reported that the HARLEQUIN DUCK reported earlier is still at the Walker WTP as of October 26. Also seen there on October 19 were BUFFLEHEADS, a MERLIN, and a late OSPREY.

In Hubbard County, Marshall Howe saw several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and a MERLIN in Menahga on October 26. On the 24th, he reported AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS.

Ben Eckhoff reporting from Lake Carlos SP in Douglas County on October 24, observed a late BALTIMORE ORIOLE still at the visitor center.

In Grant County, Wayne Perala reported that the WHITE-FACED IBIS and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were still at the N. Ottawa impoundment on October 24. Charlene Nelson observed FOX SPARROW and COMMON REDPOLL at her feeders near Elbow Lake on October 24.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, November 2, 2017.

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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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