Home

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.

 

2014 EMT Logo Color

 

Read Users' Comments (0)

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 25, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 25, 2015 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.

Hot weather has arrived and with it, both mosquitos and storms. The din of baby birds is increasing in the yards. All sorts of nesting species have fledged or are feeding young in the nest this week.

Beth Siverhus and Gretchen Mehmel found a male NORTHERN CARDINAL in Lake of the Woods County along CR 2 south of Baudette near the Beltrami Island Forest line this week. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was also there.

In Roseau County during the last two weeks, Beth reported a long list seen and heard on her breeding bird routes. The highlights were WESTERN GREBE on Lake of the Woods, nesting GREEN HERON, TURKEY VULTURE, SORA, MARBLED GODWIT, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, HERMIT THRUSH, BROWN THRASHER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, LE CONTE’S SPARROW, 12 species of warbler including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER, SCARLET TANAGER, INDIGO BUNTING, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

Here in Pennington County, a PURPLE FINCH has been singing loudly in the yard, and on June 22, I heard a BARRED OWL calling along the river. Ron Erpelding reported a LEAST BITTERN in the slough east of CR 10 on the county line with Red Lake County.

In Red Lake County on the other side of the road, another LEAST BITTERN was heard. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen along CR 3 south of Dorothy, and also a juvenile ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Red Lake County.

Sandy Aubol reported that more than 70 EARED GREBES were seen at the East Grand Forks WTP on June 20. All were busy building nests. Also there were a COMMON GOLDENEYE, WILLET , and WILSON’S PHALAROPE.

The MBW group led by Kim Eckert last weekend found a NELSON’S SPARROW on 150th Ave one mile west and 0.2 mile south of Waubun in Mahnomen County. LE CONTE’S SPARROWS were also there. Ian Hunter reported a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH in the Waubun School Forest on June 18. An EASTERN TOWHEE was found by Ron Erpelding near Pine Bend on the weekend, and a juvenile ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen in Waubun.

Roy Zimmerman in Becker County with the MBW group found a MUTE SWAN at Bisson Lake along CR 14. Ron Erpelding reported a BLACK DUCK at Calloway, and also a LEAST BITTERN in Becker County.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported by Charlene Nelson in Douglas County along MN 27 east of Hoffman on June 22.

Charlene Nelson found an UPLAND SANDPIPER along MN 27 west of Hoffman in Grant County on June 22.

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 2, 2015.

Read Users' Comments (0)

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 18, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 18, 2015 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 up and down weather continues in the northwest. This has been a week of relatively pleasant temperatures and not much rain last weekend , but cold winds some days this week. Baby birds of all kinds are showing up, and all yards are noisy.

In Grand County, Charlene Nelson reported a PINE SISKIN at the feeder in Elbow Lake on June 17.

Benjamin Eckhoff at Lake Carlos State Park in Douglas County reported many birds are fledging including a family of BALD EAGLES. He observed a SCARLET TANAGER in the Upper Campground and a pair of YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS around the visitor center this week.

In Wilkin County, Chris Wood found an eastern RED-TAILED HAWK at Maplewood State Park on June 14.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported a pair of BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES north of Hubbard, and a LEAST BITTERN at Little Sand Lake this week.

Here is Pennington County, I found a MARBLED GODWIT with at least one chick just west of the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds on June 13. A few ducks were on the ponds including several RUDDY DUCKS.

On a breeding bird survey in Marshall County on June 12, I found a MARBLED GODWIT with three chicks, and a BARRED OWL calling northwest of Grygla, apparently in response to the mobbing of several crows. BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were pretty common on the BBS that I did, so caterpillars must be plentiful.

In Kittson County, Gary Tischer saw a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Karlstad nursing home on June 18.

Thanks to those 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 25, 2015.

Read Users' Comments (0)

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 11, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 11, 2015 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

This has been a wet week in parts of the northwest. Heavy rains came down on two different days, and several other days we received smaller showers. Today, however , the weather straightened out and temperatures were pleasant with little wind.

Gretchen Mehmel reported last week that there is a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER nest at Norris Camp in Lake of the Woods County. Also in that county, Wayne Bell found a WILLOW FLYCATCHER along the Butterfield Forest Road.

In Roseau County, Mike Thiele reported a WHIP-POOR-WILL near Warroad on June 4. Beth Siverhus sent a long list of sightings in Roseau County this week . Included are 8 TUNDRA SWANS, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, twelve species of warbler, three WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, BROWN THRASHER, and SCARLET TANAGER. RED CROSSBILLS were found feeding in the charred pines from the Bemis Hill fire earlier this year. Wayne Bell found a PHILADELPHIA VIREO along the River Forest Road on June 7.

In Clearwater County, Marshall Howe found a female BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER at Itasca SP as well as 14 species of warbler this week. He is going to search for the woodpecker’s nest as he saw the male last week.

In Marshall County, on June 11, I found a TURKEY VULTURE on the ground along CR 12.

Wayne Bell reported HORNED GREBES at the Thief River Falls WTP in Pennington County on June 8. Beth Mickelson observed a female NORTHERN CARDINAL in her yard next to ours east of Thief River Falls on June 8. On June 10, I heard a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in the yard.

Sandy Aubol reported 8 TURKEY VULTURES over East Grand Forks on June 5. They must have been moving through as Russ Wilbur saw seven on June 6. Sandy also saw COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, and at the East Grand Forks WTP, WESTERN GREBES and EARED GREBES. Scott Meyer reported two LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES near the junction of 300 St NW and 160 Ave NW in the Glacial Ridge area.

In Clay County, Pete Makousky found all the expected species at Felton Prairie, including two CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS which are nesting there. Kim Eckert advises care if you go as the nest is cleverly hidden in the grass and vulnerable to being stepped on. Location is near a large rock pile by the fence along the west side of the road between the second cattle gate and the top of the hill.

Brian Pendleton reported RED CROSSBILLS near the visitor center at Tamarac NWR in Becker County on June 9.

In Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported still some PINE SISKINS and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at Dorset this week.

Charlene Nelson in Battle Lake in Otter Tail County observed several CHIMNEY SWIFTS on June 10.

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 18, 2015.

Read Users' Comments (0)

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 4, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 4, 2015 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 first real thunderstorm arrived this week, dumping substantial rains in the area. We are quite wet now, and mosquitos are sure to follow. Nesting is well underway for the early nesting species, and goslings are growing fast.

In Grant County, Charlene Nelson , saw a WESTERN KINGBIRD at the corner of 200 St. and 240 Ave. on May 30, and an ORCHARD ORIOLE at Elbow Lake on June 3.

In Hubbard County this week, Marshall Howe reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Dorset, and at Lake Alice Bog on June 1, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, GRAY JAY, SEDGE WREN, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. At Itasca SP, he saw a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and CANADA WARBLER.

Kay Hartness had a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in her yard in Becker County on May 29.

In Clay County, Marshall Howe found GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, UPLAND SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, WILSON’S SNIPE, MARSH WREN, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.

In East Grand Forks , Polk County, on May 31, Russ Wilbur reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, AMERICAN REDSTART, and BOBOLINK. Emily Hutchins observed VEERY and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER near Mentor that day. On May 29, I found three WESTERN GREBES at the Agassiz Valley Impoundments east of Warren.

Sandy Aubol relocated the SNOWY EGRET originally found by Gerald Hoekstra and others at the Agassiz Valley impoundments in Marshall County on June 2.

Here is Pennington County, several COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen on June 4 hawking insects just east of Thief River Falls, and one was found resting in a tree in our yard.

Marshall Howe in the Clearwater portion of Itasca SP this week found BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and PINE WARBLER.

Beth Siverhus in Roseau County this week reported RUFFED GROUSE, SORA, WILSON’S SNIPE, BELTED KINGFISHER, RED-EYED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, LEAST FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN PHOEBE, CLIFF SWALLOWS, BARN SWALLOWS, TREE SWALLOWS, 12 species of warbler, and six species of sparrows. Warblers seen included GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BLACKPOLL, PINE WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, OVENBIRD, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Charlene Nelson, Emily Hutchins, Kay Hartness, Marshall Howe, Russ Wilbur, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, June 11, 2015.

Read Users' Comments (0)

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 28, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 28, 2015 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 have had the first week of summer weather this week in the northwest. It has become increasingly obvious that migration is almost over. New arrivals are way down, and the local nesters are very busy and noisy now.

From Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel reported a COMMON RAVEN nesting at the Norris Camp picnic grounds, a BELTED KINGFISHER nest at the Norris Camp pond, GRAY JAY nestlings at the Norris Camp feeders, HERMIT THRUSHES and WHIP-POOR-WILLS being heard in the area.

In Roseau County, Mike Thiele reported HOUSE WREN on May 18, and a WHIP-POOR-WILL on May 22 in Warroad.

Sandy Aubol found RUDDY TURNSTONES and MARBLED GODWIT on the Marshall County side of the Agassiz Impoundment on May 27. UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported by Gary Tischer in Marshall County on May 24.

In Pennington County, Gary Tischer reported that Beth Iliff had a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD in her yard in Thief River Falls on May 25, and an INDIGO BUNTING showed up on May 28 . I had a RED-EYED VIREO and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in the yard on May 22; a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO , RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and CEDAR WAXWING were here on May 25. Also on May 25, I went to Hickory Township where I found GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS where they have nested for several years. Other species seen there included CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER , BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, VEERY, and OVENBIRD. On May 28, I heard a COMMON NIGHTHAWK go over the yard. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have excavated a new hole and appear to be nesting in our yard this year.

In Polk County, Russ Wilbur reported EASTERN KINGBIRD in East Grand Forks on May 24. At Rydell NWR, he saw COMMON LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, and CEDAR WAXWINGS. On May 22, Maggie Anderson observed BOBOLINKS near East Grand Forks. Sandy Aubol reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in East Grand Forks on May 26. An INDIGO BUNTING was seen there by Sandy Martens on May 26. On May 27, Sandy Aubol found several species if shorebirds at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment on the Polk County side. They included RUDDY TURNSTONES, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, WILLET, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. She also saw AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, FORSTER’S TERN, and BLACK TERN.

Jesse Ellis reported a CLARK’S GREBE on Lake Osakis in Todd and Douglas County this week.

From Otter Tail County, Julian Sellers reported WESTERN KINGBIRD, EASTERN KINGBIRD, and AMERICAN WOODCOCK at Maplewood State Park on May 19.

Charlene Nelson observer MAGNOLIA WARBLER in Elbow Lake, Grant County, on May 22 and INDIGO BUNTING on May 23.

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 4, 2015.

Read Users' Comments (0)

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 21, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 21, 2015 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 last wave of migrants is coming to the northwest this week. All the warblers are being seen throughout the area, and the vireos and wrens are starting to be reported. Weather this week has been warming slowly and winds have been light.

In Grant County, Charlene Nelson reported INDIGO BUNTING and ORCHARD ORIOLE on May 19. HARRIS’S SPARROW was seen on May 20.

Marion and Gary Otnes in Otter Tail County observed SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, BLACK TERN, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, WOOD THRUSH, and EASTERN KINGBIRD on May 20. Alice Martin saw CAPE MAY WARBLER, and SCARLET TANAGER on May 21.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported LEAST FLYCATCHER, and SCARLET TANAGER on May 15, EASTERN KINGBIRD, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO, INDIGO BUNTING , and GRAY CATBIRD on May 16, RED-EYED VIREO and MOURNING WARBLER on May 17, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and COMMON TERN on May 18, and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO on May 19. An occupied BROAD-WINGED HAWK nest was seen on May 20.

At the Detroit Lake birding festival last weekend, 28 species of warblers were found including a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER spotted by Bob Janssen. Only 12 species of shorebirds were seen due to heavy rain that came through the region covering up the mudflats. A trip to Felton Prairie in Clay county saw all the expected specialties being found including UPLAND SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. At Tamarac NWR on May 16, Heather Hundt found a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and reported it on eBird. Also from eBird was a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD reported by Shawn Goodchild at Tamarac NWR on May 16.

Joanne Johnson in Polk County reported BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on May 15. On that day, Russ Wilbur observed a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at their traditional nest site at the East Grand Forks campground. Two COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen over East Grand Forks by Sandy Aubol on May 19. Other species that she reported that day included TURKEY VULTURE, OSPREY, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, SEDGE WREN, VEERY, GRAY-CHEEKDED THRUSH, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and several other species of warbler.

In Pennington County this week, I have hundreds of PINE SISKINS at the feeders. Both RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS are being seen at the feeders. Today there was a big increase in SWAINSON’S THRUSHES and PALM WARBLERS.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County reported SHORT-EARED OWL, EASTERN TOWHEE, and WILSON’S WARBLER on May 15, RED-NECKED GREBE, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, ORCHARD ORIOLE and SCARLET TANAGER on May 18, and a SHORT-EARED OWL on May 19.

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 28, 2015

Read Users' Comments (0)

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 14, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 14, 2015 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

What a cold windy and rainy week this has been! We were dry, and the recent rains have in some measure alleviated that. It has been hard on the birds however, as the temperatures have not been above the low fifties and high forties all week. That said, migration is proceeding, and today with south winds, there was a large migration.

Reported this week in northwestern counties were RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, most of the swallows, SONG SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW,HARRIS’S SPARROW, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, and many PINE SISKINS. Warblers observed this week, mostly yesterday and today , included YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, OVENBIRD, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAYBREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, and WILSON’S WARBLER.

Beth Siverhus reporting from Roseau County mentioned RUFFED GROUSE, AMERICAN BITTERN, GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD. At the Warroad docks were FORSTER’S TERN, COMMON TERN, and FRANKLIN’S GULL.

Peter Grecinger in Goodland , Itasca County had a PAINTED BUNTING visiting his feeders on May 8 and May 9. Let me know and I can put you in contact with him.

Gary Tischer saw a GREAT BLUE HERON in Marshall County on May 12.

Here in Pennington County east of Thief River Falls I had 8 species of warblers in the yard today, May 14. RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, and LEAST FLYCATCHER arrived also today also. Gary Tischer reported that he had a report of 2 pairs of CANADA GEESE with goslings on the Red Lake River this week. An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen by Tony Hoglo a half mile north of the Smiley Bridge southeast of the city.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on May 8 in East Grand Forks. BARN SWALLOW, BANK SWALLOW, CLIFF SWALLOW, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, were seen there on May 8. On the 9th, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, PURPLE MARTIN, and LARK SPARROW were observed. A PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted on May 11 on the East Grand Forks water tower. Many species of warblers are being seen along the Red River in the greenway. Sandy had a SCARLET TANAGER and two ORCHARD ORIOLES in her yard on May 14. Sandy Martens reported a HOUSE WREN and BROWN THRASHER on May 9, and a NORTHERN CARDINAL visiting daily in the point area of East Grand Forks.

Matt Mecklenburg saw a late ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK south of the Magneson WMA in Clay County on May 12.

In Becker County, Linda Schuman at the Rainbow Resort reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and PINE SISKINS this week. On May 11, Dave and Betty Hochhalter saw a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK in Detroit Lakes.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported GREEN HERON, VEERY, and OVENBIRD on May 8, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, EASTERN TOWHEE, and SWAMP SPARROW on May 9, and CASPIAN TERN on May 11.

In Otter Tail County, Kassie Pesch, reported on eBird a CONNECTICUT WARBLER near Perham on May 8. A WESTERN TANAGER also was reported on e-Bird by Meredith Lindsey near Wadena on May 10. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER being seen at the Pickle Factory 8 miles outside of Vergas was reported by Pam Lanz.

From Douglas County, John Ellis reported WARBLING VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and SEDGE WREN on May 9 in addition to several species of sparrows and warblers.

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 21, 2015.

Read Users' Comments (0)

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 7, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 7, 2015 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 warm weather we had earlier this week has brought in more migrants. Most counties reported OSPREY, PURPLE MARTIN, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and most of the sparrows. As far north as Polk County, warblers seen in one or more northwest counties included PINE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, YELLOW WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER.

Steve Midthune reported a WHITE-WINGED DOVE in his yard in Detroit Lakes at 15368 Sunset Hill Drive on May 1.

In Clay County, Jesse Ellis reported that a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen and photographed by Kara Susag, who was unable to relocate the bird which was last seen flying north.

At Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds, Sandy Aubol found an AMERICAN AVOCET on May 1.

From Otter Tail County, Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported PURPLE MARTIN, and FIELD SPARROW on May 1, BALTIMORE ORIOLE on May 3, GRAY CATBIRD and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on May 4, FORSTER’S TERN on May 5, and AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on May 6. Alma Ronningen added HOUSE WREN on May 5, and AMERICAN REDSTART and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on May 7.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County observed BROAD-WINGED HAWK, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and BARRED OWL on May 1, BARN SWALLOW, BROWN THRASHER, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK on May 3, LINCOLN’S SPARROW on May 4, and HOUSE WREN and HARRIS’S SPARROW on May 7 among others.

From Becker County, Sandy Aubol reported many species of warblers already at Tamarac NWR on May 3. Other species seen included FORSTER’S TERN, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, HARRIS’S SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. Steve Midthune reported there were shorebirds at Hamden Slough NWR on May 4, and he also observed several GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE.

Patrick Beauzay reported an EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL in Clay County on May 4.

In Polk County, Gary Tischer reported on May 7 that there are still 400 -500 TUNDRA SWANS still at the rice paddies along the Clearwater River in the eastern part of the county. Sandy Aubol found an UPLAND SANDPIPER along US 2 at the western edge of Glacial Ridge NWR on May 3. She also spotted an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in the East Grand Forks greenway on May 4. She saw a BLUE-HEADED VIREO in the yard on May 5, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, HARRIS’S SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on May 7. Bruce Flaig had BALTIMORE ORIOLE and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK in the southern part of the county on May 5.

In addition to the AMERICAN AVOCET, Sandy Aubol found EARED GREBE, HORNED GREBE, and WILSON’S PHALAROPE at the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds in Pennington County on May 1. Jeff Lannoye reported PURPLE MARTIN in Thief River Falls on May 4. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW showed up at our feeders on May 3, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on May 6. A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and BALTIMORE ORIOLE arrived today, May 7.

From Itasca State Park, Connie Cox reported SWAINSON’S THRUSH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, VESPER SPARROW , and many other migrants this week.

Jim Strommer in Bemidji, Beltrami County, saw two HARRIS’S SPARROWS at the RV Park there on May 4.

Beth Siverhus in Roseau County reported BUFFLEHEAD , FRANKLIN’S GULL, BELTED KINGFISHER, PURPLE MARTIN, BROWN THRASHER, BROWN CREEPER, and PINE SISKINS, and many other migrants this week. An EVENING GROSBEAK visited her feeders in Warroad on May 3. Kris Guggisberg saw a GREAT GRAY OWL northeast of Roseau this week. On May 4, a CACKLING GOOSE was present at the Warroad city park. BALTIMORE ORIOLE arrived on May 5.

In Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel reported that a NORTHERN HAWK OWL had been seen just north of McDonagh’s Corner on the East Moose River Road on April 30.

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 14, 2015.

Read Users' Comments (0)

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 30, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 30, 2015 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.

Finally, the weather seems to have turned, and warmer conditions are here. We in the northwest remain dry , however, but a little rain is forecast for tonight. Migration is increasing and many first of the year species have been reported this week. Accordingly, I will only report the highlights, but keep on sending in your reports as all are noted.

Two EURASIAN WIGEONS were reported this week. One in Kittson Count was seen at Twin Lakes by several folks this week as recently as today, and one was seen by Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on April 30. The latter bird was at Mud River Pool behind the locked gates. A key can be obtained from the office if you can return it the same day before the staff leaves. Due to activities in the refuge, the time when the office closes varies.

A ROCK WREN was observed at the Lake Bronson dam in Kittson County on April 25 and reported to eBird by Chantel Sledge. Several of us have looked for the bird to no avail and believe it has moved on.

Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found what is believed to be a CLARK’S GREBE hanging out with two WESTERN GREBES at the Karlstad Wastewater Treatment ponds in Kittson County on April 30.

An OSPREY was seen at Lake Bronson State Park on April 29. Today, I found a HORNED GREBE at the Karlstad WTP, and heard MARBLED GODWITS in Kittson County.

This week in Pennington County, I saw a BROWN CREEPER in the yard on April 25, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and NORTHERN FLICKER appeared on April 26, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD on April 27. A COMMON LOON was seen in the Red Lake River. On April 30, a BROWN THRASHER is coming to our feeder.

Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported HORNED GREBE and RED-NECKED GREBE on April 24, and AMERICAN WOODCOCK, WINTER WREN and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in East Grand Forks on April 25. At the Agassiz Valley impoundment on April 26, she observed WILLET, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen on April 27 in East Grand Forks.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported WHITE-THROATED SPARROW , AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and PURPLE MARTIN on April 25, PINE WARBLER on April 26, and CHIPPING SPARROW on April 27.

Alice Martin in Otter Tail County saw BONAPARTE’S GULL, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on April 24.

Thanks to Alice Martin, Marshall Howe, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Read Users' Comments (0)

Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 23, 2015

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 23, 2015 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.

After a pleasant weekend, it has been a cold and very windy week. Due to the strong north winds, migration has slowed, but there have been reports that most of the ducks have been seen in the northwest, and a very few shorebirds are returning. SANDHILL CRANES are back and starting to nest. EASTERN PHOEBES, TREE SWALLOWS, HERMIT THRUSHES, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and PINE SISKINS have been reported throughout. RED-TAILED HAWKS and NORTHERN HARRIERS are everywhere.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was found by Bob Dunlap in Kittson County from the Twin Lakes overlook. I tried for it on April 23 to no avail although it may be still there among the many American coots and several other species of ducks.

In Becker County, John Hockema and Ben Fritchman observed a CINNAMON TEAL on Balsam Lake on April 18.

Scott Dirks around Lake Osakis in Todd and Douglas Counties found a lot of waterfowl around the lake. WESTERN GREBE was also seen there.

In Otter Tail County, Alice Martin reported DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS on April 16, RED-NECKED GREBE on April 17, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on April 22.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County saw YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on April 16, HERMIT THRUSH on April 17, GREATER YELLOWLEGS and NORTHERN CARDINAL on April 18 and many PINE SISKINS on April 21.

Around Itasca State Park, Connie Cox reported COMMON LOON, RUFFED GROUSE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, OSPREY, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, BELTED KINGFISHER, MERLIN, WOODTHRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD this week among others.

Steve Midthune reported that Becker County has some mudflats and shorebirds are starting to come in. He mentioned PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SORA, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS have been seen.

Sandy Aubol reported AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, GREAT EGRET, RUDDY DUCK, and HUDSONIAN GODWIT at the Brandt-Angus impoundment in Polk County on April 18. MARBLED GODWIT was seen at the Agassiz Valley impoundment. Shelley Steva and I visited the rice paddies in the eastern part of the county that day, and found many TUNDRA SWANS, with a few duck species mixed in. We also saw TURKEY VULTURE, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, AMERICAN COOT, and VESPER SPARROWS.

On April 18, Shelley and I found a similar mix of waterfowl in the Pennington County rice paddies, also MARBLED GODWIT, HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, FOX SPARROW, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK in the area. A COOPER’S HAWK visited our bird feeders on April 22.

In Marshall County, Sandy Aubol saw BONAPARTE’S GULLS at that side of the Agassiz Valley impoundment. Beth Siverhus visited Agassiz NWR on April 18 and found a large variety of species including TRUMPETER SWAN, many ducks, KILLDEER, DUNLIN, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, MARBLED GODWIT, FRANKLIN’S GULLS, EASTERN PHOEBE, and HERMIT THRUSH. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and SANDHILL CRANES were also seen in the county.

Beth Siverhus saw a GREAT GRAY OWL in Beltrami County along MN 72.

At the Clearwater County rice paddies, Shelley Steva and I found all of the common ducks except for ruddy ducks on April 18. RED-TAILED HAWKS were also seen.

Species seen in Kittson County in the Twin Lakes area on April 23 included TURKEY VULTURE, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN COOT, MARBLED GODWIT, WILSON’S SNIPE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK.

In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, WILSON’S SNIPE, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, NORTHERN HAWK OWL, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, MERLIN, HERMIT THRUSH, and FOX SPARROW among others.

Lake of the Woods County species seen by Beth included NORTHERN GOSHAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, RUFFED GROUSE, SPRUCE GROUSE, GRAY JAY, HERMIT THRUSH, and PINE SISKIN. Most of these were seen in the Beltrami Island State Forest.

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, April 30, 2015

Read Users' Comments (0)