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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 22, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 22, 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 last of the passerine migration now, and although a killing frost has not hit most of the area, we can expect it any day now. Leaves are turning and much more color has appeared in the last week. Wind is starting to take down some of the leaves already. Many migrating NORTHERN FLICKERS can be seen along the highways and bi-ways.

In Pennington County, the last RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen at our feeder on September 16. On September 18, I saw GRAY CATBIRD, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and a few BARN SWALLOWS. A flock of WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS appeared on September 21.

Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on September 15, along with DARK-EYED JUNCO, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. On September 18, she saw HARRIS’S SPARROW.

In Clay County, Kara Susag had the unusual experience of hearing a WHIP-POOR-WILL calling on September 19.

Wayne Perala heard a COMMON RAVEN calling at Tamarac NWR on September 17.

This week in Dorset in Hubbard County Marshall Howe reported YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on September 15, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on September 16, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and GRAY CATBIRD on September 17, and on September 22, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET.

Jerry McKenna reported DARK-EYED JUNCO in Todd County on September 21.

In Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala saw SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on September 19, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and PALM WARBLER on September 21. He went to Agassiz WPA west of Fergus Falls on September 22, where he reported numbers of NORTHERN FLICKERS ,CEDAR WAXWINGS, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS.

Charlene Nelson reported two SHORT-EARED OWLS near Alexandria in Douglas County on September 17.

In Grant County, Charlene found AMERICAN KESTREL, EASTERN PHOEBE, WOOD THRUSH, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER on September 15.

Thanks to all who reported 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, September 29, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 15, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 15, 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 had our first frost in some parts of the northwest, but it was only a teaser, not a killing frost. Since then it has warmed up, but migration is picking up speed. Most observers are seeing the last of the warblers come through, many NORTHERN FLICKERS, AMERICAN KESTRELS, and flocks of AMERICAN ROBINS. The raptor migration has been increasing with BROAD-WINGED HAWKS coming through now. I have one report from the far northern part of the region saying that the last ruby-throated hummingbird was seen by that observer on September 7. Ours in the yard in Pennington County disappeared sometime this week.

From Grant County, Charlene Nelson reported YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, and LINCOLN’S SPARROW on September 13. On September 14, she reported 12 TRUMPETER SWANS and thousands of waterfowl on Lake Christina. It is thought that most of the waterfowl were AMERICAN COOTS.

In Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and AMERICAN REDSTART on September 13, and on September 14, he observed RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County saw RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on September 12, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, VESPER SPARROW, AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, and two AMERICAN KESTRELS on September 14.

In Polk County, Terry Johnson saw a female INDIGO BUNTING on September 13. Sandy Aubol reported that BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were migrating through on September 14. On September 12, she reported the first of the season DARK-EYED JUNCO, and also MAGNOLIA WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. There were many NORTHERN FLICKERS and AMERICAN ROBINS also. At the Red River SRA she saw BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.

Here in Pennington County, on September 8, I saw TURKEY VULTURE, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and GRAY CATBIRD, on the 11th, I had BROAD-WINGED HAWK, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in the yard.

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, September 22, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 8, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 8, 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.

There is no doubt now that summer is on the way out. Leaves are subtly changing and a few are falling. The early part of the weekend was very windy and warm, then the rain came, and the last two days included thunderstorms and heavy rain for much of Sunday and part of Monday. Flowers are winding down and starting to get that tired look that signals the end of the season. Migration is going full blast. This week we have seen an unusual number of TURKEY VULTURES, hundreds of migrating NORTHERN FLICKERS, and blackbirds. There have been many observations of AMERICAN KESTRELS in family groups all along the power lines in rural areas. Most of the swallows have departed, with stragglers of most species still to be seen.

Despite very difficult conditions, the Minnesota Birding Weekend group led by Kim Eckert found 160 species including 18 species of shorebirds, and 20 species of warblers on the 3 ½ days of the weekend.

The MBW group found a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER in the burn area 7.5 miles northeast of Hayes Lake State Park along the Thompson Forest Road in Roseau County.

In Beltrami County, Nancy Wasik reported eight NORTHERN FLICKERS in her yard on September 2.

In Marshall County, the MBW group found an immature LITTLE BLUE HERON with a group of about 40 GREAT EGRETS at Farmes Pool at Agassiz NWR on September 4. In addition they located 4 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, at the drawn down Headquarters Pool . There were 14 shorebird species seen at Agassiz, most at Farmes Pool. On September 5, they discovered a SNOWY EGRET with the great egrets there. Also there, the group saw numbers of GREEN HERONS, AMERICAN BITTERNS, GREAT BLUE HERONS, and SORAS. 18 of the 20 species of warblers seen on the weekend were found at the Headquarters of Agassiz NWR including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and NORTHERN PARULA.

Of note in Pennington County, the MBW group found 40 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES at the Thief River Falls WTP, and a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen on September 5 near the grain elevators in Thief River Falls. The only BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER of the weekend was seen in Pennington County on September 2. Today, I had a TURKEY VULTURE fly over the yard. Several RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS are still coming to the nectar, and a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and GRAY CATBIRD were seen in the yard today.

In Red Lake County, the MBW group saw a GREATER PRAIRIE CHICKEN, and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen in both counties on the county line with Pennington County on September 2. A PEREGRINE FALCON flew by at the Red Lake Falls WTP.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported YELLOW-THROATED VIREO on September 4, 10 warbler species in one flock came by on September 5 , including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and WILSON’S WARBLER . Other species seen on September 5 included COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and RED-EYED VIREO. On September 6, he observed a migrating SHARP-SHINNED HAWK.

Charlene Nelson in Grant County reported two WINTER WRENS in her yard on September 8.

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 15, 2016

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 1, 2016

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

Fall migration is getting underway, and there is a hint of changing seasons in the air. Many species are being seen in larger flocks, swallows are much decreased in numbers, and a few northern nesters are being seen south of their nesting grounds. That said, migration is still just getting underway for most species. Evidence of migration could be seen on Monday after the weekend storms had passed through, but since then birding has been quite slow. Woods are eerily quiet at this season.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER family was seen at Tamarac NWR in Becker County on August 27 by Charlene Nelson.

Two EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were seen by Barb and Denny Martin on September 1. One was in Shelley in Norman County, the other in Climax in Polk County.

Five of us were birding in Mahnomen County today, September 1. We found a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER in a small wet area in a field along 190th Ave north of CR 2. Other species seen included TRUMPETER SWAN, OSPREY, several TURKEY VULTURES, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, COOPER’S HAWK, AMERICAN KESTREL, MERLIN, SANDHILL CRANE, a cooperative LE C0NTE’S SPARROW, and a mostly molted SCARLET TANAGER. About a dozen warbler species were seen including CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, PINE WARBLER, and WILSON’S WARBLER.

Sandy Aubol reported that there was somewhat of a fallout of birds in East Grand Forks on August 29 after the storm had passed through the night before. In her yard, she saw 9 species of warbler including OVENBIRD, TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. She also reported BLUE-HEADED VIREO , and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER , among others. Craig Mandel and I found an astounding number of FRANKLIN’S GULLS- about 1000- at the Erskine WTP in Polk County this morning.

On August 28, as the storm was going by south of us, Gary Tischer called to report that 50 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were flying over the city of Thief River Falls, Pennington County.

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 8, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 25, 2016

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 25, 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.

Weather in the northwest has seemed very fall-like for the past couple of days, and migration has begun. Reports of migrating warblers are trickling in. Harvest has begun, but some areas are still very wet, and difficult to work. That said, there is very little shorebird habitat to be found.

In Clearwater County, Bob Ekblad found 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, a SANDERLING, three BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS, some SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, and a single FRANKLIN’S GULL at the Clearbrook WTP on August 23.

Shelley Steva reported seeing 17 TURKEY VULTURES in a group very early in the morning of August 23 flying over the city of Thief River Falls. Here at the feeders, a family of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, several BALTIMORE ORIOLES with young, and a family of RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS continue to come daily.

At the Red Lake Falls WTP in Red Lake County, Bob Ekblad found a GREAT EGRET on the back cell on August 23.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks in Polk County reports that migrants are slowly starting to trickle in. On August 19, she had RED-EYED VIREO, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, and AMERICAN REDSTART in her yard. On the East Grand Forks greenway on that day she saw three OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, a GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD PEWEE, LEAST FLYCATCHER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK were in the yard on August 20. On August 21, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and WILSON’S WARBLER were seen . NASHVILLE WARBLER and MOURNING WARBLER were spotted on August 22, and four COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen on the greenway. A BLUE-HEADED VIREO came to her yard on August 24.

In Otter Tail County, Gary and Marion Otnes saw one adult and 5 juvenile SHARP-TAILED GROUSE and a WESTERN KINGBIRD in the prairie of Western Township on August 23.

From Grant County, Charlene Nelson reported COMMON NIGHTHAWK on August 19.

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 3, 2016.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Wednesday, August 10, 2016

This week has seen the countryside blossom with many wild flowers that are enjoying the many showers. Late summer wildflowers like asters, and black-eyed susan cover every pasture and uncultivated field. Combined with a few sunflower fields, the landscape is a riot of color now. Young birds are everywhere.

From Grant County, Charlene Nelson reported a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on August 6. A RED KNOT was found on August 10 with other shorebirds on the north side of the Ottawa Impoundment.

Steve Midthune found shorebirds on the north side of US 10 in a flooded bean field 2.5 miles west of Lake Park on August 6. Present were PECTORAL SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, and KILLDEER. TRUMPETER SWAN and GREEN HERON were also seen there.

Here in Pennington County on August 10, the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER pair showed up at the feeder. On August 4, a group of birders led by Craig Mandel found a variety of ducks including 21 RUDDY DUCKS at the Thief River Falls WTP. Other species seen included PIED-BILLED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, and EARED GREBE, small numbers of 8 common shorebirds, FRANKLIN’S GULLS, BLACK TERNS, a MERLIN, and three YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS.

I joined Craig’s group in a trip to Kittson County where we found COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE , BLACK TERN, and AMERICAN BITTERN at Twin Lakes; WILD TURKEY, TURKEY VULTURE, and CHIMNEY SWIFTS were also seen in the county. A very cooperative BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was found near Larry Wilebski’s place, and a LE CONTE’S SPARROW allowed itself to be seen perched in a weedy field.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was reported by Nathan Martineau at Zippel Bay State Park campground in Lake of the Woods County on August 5.

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 18, 2016

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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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