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International_smWelcome to Northwestern Minnesota where a unique collection of habitats provide homes for a tremendous variety of birds. Pine forests, deciduous woodlands, native tallgrass prairie, aspen parkland, sand dunes (remnants of Glacial Lake Agassiz), calcareous fens, bogs, marshes, large and small lakes and rivers make up the transition zone that offers over 275 species of birds. Most of the sites are on public land or private reserves open to the public. There are not facilities at all sites.

Some of the unique “lifers” you can see here include the Northern Goshawk, Ruffed Grouse, Greater Prairie-Chicken, Yellow Rail, American Woodcock, Snowy Owl, Northern Hawk Owl, Great Gray Owl, Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers, Boreal Chickadee; Bay-breasted, Connecticut and Mourning Warblers; Red and White-winged Crossbills and Pine and Evening Grosbeaks.

This Web site will help you get started. It provides a reference for beginning to advanced birders. The trail is over 200 miles in length with 45 sites to view birds. These sites offer some of the most spectacular birding in the state, along with scenic beauty and friendly communities. Although spring, summer and fall offer an abundance of birds, winter is also an exciting time to see winter specialties.

The International Pine to Prairie Birding Trail is dynamic. Birding trail logo signs are in place at a number of birding locations; however, complete signage is not currently in place. Interpretive signs are in place at featured sites; the future will bring additional signage and informational improvements.

American GoldfinchCurrently, check with Tourism Officials at Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Roseau, Thief River Falls and Warroad for information on bird sightings and assistance with trip planning.

The International Pine to Prairie Birding Trail is a unique partnership between the NW Minnesota communities of Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Roseau, Thief River Falls and Warroad; Manitoba, participating agencies U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Non-game Wildlife Program, Explore Minnesota Tourism; the birding entities of the Minnesota Ornithologist’s Union, Audubon Minnesota, Lakes Area Birding Club and the Agassiz Chapter of the National Audubon Society.

 

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 13, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 13, 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.

True summer weather has been in place this week with the up and down temperatures, and stormy weather. Many people are busy with storm cleanup, and /or the local fairs. Birds , too, are very busy bringing up the young, and now is a good time to confirm nesting when you see the young being fed by their parents.

Shelley Steva observed a MERLIN in downtown Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on July 11 in the courthouse parking lot. Here in the yard east of the city, I found a nest of baby HOUSE WRENS in one of our bird houses yesterday.

The previously reported SAY’S PHOEBE was re-located at Felton Prairie in Clay County by Shawn Goodchild on July 9. The WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE was seen that day as well so I think we can say that it may be nesting at Buffalo River State Park.

In Otter Tail County an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER was seen at Maplewood SP as recently as July 10. Various folks have seen the BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, GREAT EGRETS, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS at Grotto Lake in Fergus Falls this week. Those young birds must be getting close to fledging by now. Aaron Ludwig found a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center on July 9. A NORTHERN CARDINAL was seen in Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls. At Glendalough SP, there was GREEN HERON, ORCHARD ORIOLE, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER among others, and at Maplewood SP, SCARLET TANAGER, and BOBOLINK. Other species seen in Otter Tail County this week included LARK SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, LE CONTE’S SPARROW, and a SWAINSON’S HAWK near Rothsay.

Wayne Perala found another “good” bird at the N. Ottawa Impoundment on July 10- a LEAST BITTERN. Still being seen by various folks are the KING RAILS, COMMON GALLINULE, BLACK-NECKED STILTS, WESTERN KINGBIRD, and a KRIDER’S RED-TAILED HAWK.

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 20, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, July 7, 2017

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

Once again the main stories are dickcissels, and the birds at the North Ottawa Impoundment. Ron Erpelding, Herb Dingmann, and Mark Junghans took a trip through northwest Minnesota this last weekend and found dickcissels in Marshall, Polk , Red Lake, Pennington, Norman and Becker Counties, and there were dickcissels at the North Ottawa Impoundment area also. Ron’s group did not find a dickcissel in Lake of the Woods, Roseau or Mahnomen counties, but that does not mean they were not there. Wilson’s snipe were found in every county visited, and they saw American bitterns in four counties.

Starting with Grant County, at the N. Ottawa Impoundment , the two KING RAILS were seen by many observers as recently as July 6. Other species included BLACK-NECKED STILT reported up to July 3, BONAPARTE’S GULL seen there on July 6, CATTLE EGRET, GREAT EGRET, WILSON’S SNIPE, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD among many others. A COMMON GALLINULE was found on July 2 along the southern boundary of the impoundment. On July 5, Elissa Gallien reported a WESTERN KINGBIRD and 5 GRAY PARTRIDGE there. Brian Bielfelt found two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at the impoundment on July 5. On June 30 Shelley Steva and I found an assortment of shorebirds there including one WILLET.

In Traverse County, Brian Bielfelt found a GREAT EGRET along US 75 north of Wheaton.

Shelley Steva and I visited Grotto Lake in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County on June 30 where we found nesting GREAT EGRETS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS , most with very large chicks. Two TURKEY VULTURES were cruising overhead hoping, I assume, that some chicks would fall out of the nest and die.

Tamarac NWR in Becker County reported a NORTHERN PARULA there on July 4.

At Buffalo River SP in Clay County on June 30, we found the WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE still there.

In Norman County Ron Erpelding’s group found TRUMPETER SWANS, LARK SPARROW, and a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE with her brood.

A RING-NECKED PHEASANT hen with a brood was found on July 1 by Ron’s group in Mahnomen County.

Sandy Aubol reported a SNOW GOOSE at the East Grand Forks WTP in Polk County on July 1. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was found in Fertile on June 30.

At the gravel quarry in Red Lake County, on June 30, a COMMON LOON with a chick was found. Other species seen there were GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, ALDER FLYCATCHER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was observed at the south end of Red Lake Falls.

Ron’s group heard a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in Pennington County on June 30.

In Marshall county on June 30, a SCARLET TANAGER was found at Old Mill SP; a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was seen at the Agassiz impoundment, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was also found in Marshall County.

From Bemidji SP in Beltrami County, Arul Arasu reported BLACK TERN, GOLDEN WINGED WARBLER , and HERMIT THRUSH on July 2.

Noah Kuck observed two CASPIAN TERNS on Pine Lake in Clearwater County on July 3.

In Kittson County on June 29, Ron’s group reported two BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, WILLOW FLYCATCHER , and , on the east edge of US 59 between Halma and Lake Bronson, two GRAY PARTRIDGE. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen in Donaldson.

From Roseau County, Ron reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, and WILLOW FLYCATCHER on June 29.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found in Lake of the Woods County on June 28.

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 13, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 29, 2017

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

The whole area seems to have received rain this week, and crops look good. As the temperatures rise, insects are sure to increase. That is good for the birds, but not so much for the rest of us. So far it has been relatively insect–free or nearly so with all the cold weather. Young of every species are appearing, and the young voices are making birding by ear difficult.

Grant County continues to be the hot spot for unusual species. Two KING RAILS were seen as recently as a couple of days ago, this time on the west end of 250th St. For nearest viewing you will need to approach from the west off 340 Ave as the eastern approach is still flooded. More rain went through yesterday, so a careful approach is recommended. Watch the conditions as you go. Other species seen at the impoundment recently include two BLACK-NECKED STILTS, GREAT EGRETS, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, SNOWY EGRET, CATTLE EGRET, SNOWY PLOVER, and others. I have no knowledge of how many of these species are still to be found there or of their exact locations.

Wayne Perala found a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Glendalough SP in Otter Tail County on June 27.

An OSPREY pair is nesting again in Hubbard County along US 2.

At Tamarac NWR in Becker County, Wayne Perala found GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, and VEERY on June 25. Three pairs of TRUMPETER SWANS , all with cygnets were also seen there.

In Clay County, at Felton Prairie, a SAY’S PHOEBE is being seen near the longspur spot. Also seen there are LARK SPARROW, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, and a reported KRIDER’S RED-TAILED HAWK. Also in Clay County, the WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE was seen as recently as June 27. SPOTTED TOWHEE was also reported there.

In Norman County , a MUTE SWAN was seen by Doug Kieser at the Twin Valley WMA on June 25.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported by Shelley Steva in Polk County on June 28.

Here in Pennington County, both the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and the RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER have visited our feeders within the last week.

On my Breeding Bird Survey this morning I found three DICKCISSELS two in the very western edge of Beltrami County on Dylan Road, and one further northwest in Marshall 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, July 6, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 22, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 22, 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.

After a few days of summer weather, we are back into cooler and wetter conditions. Flowers of all kinds love this kind of weather, and both the woods and the yards are bright with color this week. Dickcissels are apparently irrupting into all counties of Minnesota; Shelley Steva and I found a dickcissel in both Marshall and Polk County on June 18, and I got one on my breeding bird route this morning also in Marshall County.

Kathleen MacAulay reported BONAPARTE’S GULL and CASPIAN TERN at the Roseau WTP, Roseau County , on June 19.

At the gravel quarry in Red Lake County on June 18, Shelley Steva and I found TRUMPETER SWANS, UPLAND SANDPIPERS, MARBLED GODWIT, FRANKLIN’S GULL, BLACK TERN, 2 COMMON LOONS, and a number of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS . Several RING-BILLED GULLS were there, sitting unmoving on one of the stony “islands”; we suspect they are nesting.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported a SNOW GOOSE at the East Grand Forks WTP on June 20. She also noted about 40 pairs of nesting EARED GREBES there. Along with the DICKCISSEL, we heard LE CONTE’S SPARROWS near the Agassiz Impoundment.

A WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE was still at Buffalo River SP in Clay County as of June 20. Patrick Beauzay reported a SPOTTED TOWHEE there on June 18. Noah Kuck observed a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO there on June 16.

At Lake Osakis in Douglas County, John Jonas reported WESTERN GREBES on June 18.

From Otter Tail County, Alice Martin reported a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Paul Miller Park, and a PINE SISKIN was seen in the eastern part of the county. Chicks are being hatched at Grotto Lake in Fergus Falls including GREAT EGRETS and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS.

The big hot spot this week continues to be the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County where two KING RAILS continue to be seen at least as recently as June 19. Other species reported there include two BLACK-NECKED STILTS, GREAT EGRET, GLOSSY IBIS, WHITE-FACED IBIS, DUNLIN, BONAPARTE’S GULL, and on June 20, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. The king rail location is along 250th St at the intersection where the culverts are lined up above ground. Be sure to check on conditions before going as the roads are subject to flooding and can be muddy.

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 29, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 15, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 15, 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.

Summer seems to have arrived in the northwest, along with the severe storms and high winds. Birds are settling down to the business of raising young.

The big news is from the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County this week. Shorebirds and other waders seem to be making a stop there this year due to better conditions than other areas. Within the last two weeks, SNOWY EGRETS, GLOSSY IBIS, CATTLE EGRET, HUDSONIAN GODWITS, LITTLE BLUE HERON, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SNOWY PLOVER, and many other shorebirds were seen there. Many are still there. RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen on June 10. Wayne Perala found a KING RAIL and two BLACK-NECKED STILTS there on June 15.

In Clay County, A WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE was found at Buffalo River SP on June 6. On June 5, a WHIMBREL and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were found at the wetland north of Ulen. At Felton Prairie on June 10, GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, GRAY PARTRIDGE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, LE CONTE’S SPARROW, and CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR were seen.

A MUTE SWAN was seen at Twin Valley WTP in Norman County on June 14 .

Here in Pennington County, Shelley Steva saw two SANDHILL CRANE families with two colts along CR 7 just south of Thief River Falls. MARBLED GODWITS were also seen.

Due to the fact that most of these birds were reported by multiple individuals this week, I have not always mentioned names of the reporters, and have not always included sightings that are more than 10 days old, but all have been noted and appreciated.

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 22, 2017

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Wednesday, May 24, 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.

Finally, it looks as if we are going to get some warmer weather and even a south wind! Migrants are coming, albeit slowly. Depending where you are at a given moment, most migrants have been seen somewhere in the northwest, but we haven’t had the usual big rush of migrants in the northwest. We fear that many will fly right over us as it gets later and later.

A HOUSE WREN was reported this week in Roseau County in the city of Warroad.

Keith Wheeler reported HERMIT THRUSH in Thief River Falls on May 22. Here in our yard, we at last have YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER. BALTIMORE ORIOLES are visiting the feeder but not in the usual numbers.

In southwestern Red Lake County, Bob Ekblad observed two COMMON LOONS, a RUDDY TURNSTONE, and a HUDSONIAN GODWIT at the gravel quarry north of US 2.

The Detroit Lakes Birding Festival was held last weekend and Noah Kuck shared some of his sightings. In Polk County at Glacial Ridge NWR, he saw TRUMPETER SWAN, GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, SORA, UPLAND SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, and LE CONTE’S SPARROW among others. At Rydell NWR, he mentioned COMMON LOON, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, and MARSH WREN.

Steve Midthune at a wetland two miles north of Ulen in Clay County observed a pair of AMERICAN AVOCETS, HUDSONIAN GODWITS, DUNLIN, a RUDDY TURNSTONE, and GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS.

At Hamden Slough in Becker County, Noah Kuck saw COMMON LOON, and WILD TURKEY among others. At Tamarac NWR there were TRUMPETER SWANS, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, SEDGE WREN, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, and PINE WARBLER among many others.

In Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported two FORSTER’S TERNS on May 21, and on May 22, he saw COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, MARSH WREN, HOUSE WREN, SEDGE WREN, EASTERN KINGBIRD, PALM WARBLER, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD. At Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls, Noah Kuck reported GREEN HERON, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, CANADA WARBLER and others. A PURPLE MARTIN was seen at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. Nesting at Grotto Lake in Fergus Falls were DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, GREAT EGRETS with very young chicks, and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS.

In Grant County, Charlene Nelson reported an ORCHARD ORIOLE at her feeder on May 23. On May 24, Wayne Perala found two WHITE-FACED IBIS, twelve DUNLIN, GREAT BLUE HERON, and GREAT EGRET at the North Ottawa Impoundment.

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 15, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 18, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 18, 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.

The calendar says it is spring in the northwest, but the cold north wind says otherwise. Migration is proceeding, but not as fast as we would like, especially away from the Red River Valley. Most of the early species have been seen, and I think everyone has reported the much awaited colorful species such as Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and ruby-throated hummingbirds. Migration has seemed slow in much of the northern areas, or maybe we are being too impatient.

From Grant County, Ann Luloff reported a BLACK-NECKED STILT at the North Ottawa Impoundment on May 12. On May 15, Wayne Perala observed 25 WILSON’S PHALAROPES, 25 MARBLED GODWITS, 20 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, 6 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 50 DUNLINS, 20 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and the aforementioned stilt there. On May 17, Charlene Nelson found 10 BLACK TERNS there.

In Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen reported NORTHERN CARDINAL on May 15, GRAY CATBIRD on May 18, and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, and YELLOW WARBLER on May 19 in Dent. Jann Kline reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and ORCHARD ORIOLE on May 17.

From Becker County, Dave and Betty Hochhalter reported RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ORCHARD ORIOLE, INDIGO BUNTING, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and PURPLE FINCH among others.

Kimberly Onnen in Barnesville, Clay County, reported a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE on May 15. Noah Kuch found GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, and BOBOLINKS at Felton Prairie among other species on May 12.

In Polk County on May 14, Sandy Aubol found GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS, MARBLED GODWITS, SEDGE WRENS, LE CONTE’S SPARROW, and BOBOLINK at Pankratz Prairie; at Glacial Ridge she observed SORA, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, CLIFF SWALLOW, OVENBIRD, YELLOW WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and a GREAT HORNED OWL with owlets; at Rydell NWR she picked up RUFFED GROUSE, VEERY, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER. At the Erskine WTP she found 18 CASPIAN TERNS, FORSTER’S TERNS, and WILSON’S PHALAROPES. At the Brandt-Angus impoundment there were AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, GREAT EGRETS, and AMERICAN BITTERN, and at the East Grand Forks WTP there was SNOW GOOSE, EARED GREBE, and WILSON’S PHALAROPE.

Jonathan Earkes with The Nature Conservancy found EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL , WOOD THRUSH, and EASTERN MEADOWLARK at the Wallace Dayton Conservation area in Kittson County on May 12.

In Lake of the Woods County, Gretchen Mehmel reported a NORTHERN HAWK OWL 1.5 miles north of the Norris Fire Tower on May 10, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE two miles north of that in the Beltrami Island State Forest on May 8. A NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was seen at Norris Camp and WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard.

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 Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 11, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 11, 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.

Flowers are appearing in the northern woods this week, and migrants are flooding in. I will not mention all the sightings but in general warblers are moving north with the southernmost counties reporting most. Most of the sparrows are here in the north with the last of the non-resident ones showing up this week. Generally, the warbler wave has reached Hubbard and Becker Counties and we are starting to see them in Polk and Pennington, with the greatest number in the Red River Valley. Flycatchers are coming too, and vireos are starting to be seen.

In Beltrami County, Katie Haws has reported a WESTERN TANAGER at her home in Hines on May 10. Robin Reeve reported HARRIS’S SPARROW in Bemidji on May 10.

The GLAUCOUS GULL at the Thief River Falls WTP in Pennington County was seen as recently as May 7, but I have no reports since then. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW was in our back yard on May 10, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK arrived on May 11.

In Red Lake County, Becca Engdahl saw the continuing LONG-TAILED DUCK at the Red Lake Falls WTP on May 5. I saw a nice selection of other ducks there also that day.

From Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on May 7, BROWN THRASHER on May 8, and she saw ten species of warblers along the Red River on May 8. On May 10, there was GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, CHIMNEY SWIFT , and SWAINSONS THRUSH.

Patrick Beauzay reported a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in Clay County on May 8.

A SAY’S PHOEBE was seen at Fig Lake Farm in Becker County on May 5.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported that the warblers have arrived in that county. Other species seen this week included BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE on May 9, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, HOUSE WREN, PURPLE MARTIN, and VEERY on May 10. Also on May 10 a CASPIAN TERN was seen. EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE came on May 11.

Alma Ronningen reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD and BALTIMORE ORIOLE in Otter Tail County on May 10. BLACKPOLL and HOUSE WREN were seen on May 11. Wayne Perala observed GREEN HERON, GREAT EGRET, GREAT BLUE HERON, HERMIT THRUSH, and CEDAR WAXWING on May 5 in Fergus Falls. On May 9, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were seen.

Gary and Marion Otnes saw a CASPIAN TERN on Lake Christina in Douglas County on May 6.

Wayne Perala saw AMERICAN AVOCET and WILSON’S PHALAROPE at the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County on May 7.

Thanks to all who sent in sightings this week. They all helped to complete the picture.

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 18, 2017

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 4, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 4, 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.

Migrants are slowly coming back, and there are many reports. I will be unable to report all the species sighted this week, but will try to indicate where the migrants are being seen. Naturally, there are more reports of migrants from the southernmost counties and both warblers, and shorebirds are represented there so we can expect them soon in the north.

From Grant County on May 2, Wayne Perala reported WESTERN GREBE, HORNED GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, and DUNLIN at the North Ottawa Impoundment; on May 3, he found LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, WILLET, SANDERLING, and AMERICAN BITTERN .

In Douglas County, Becca Engdahl found a LONG-TAILED DUCK at the Brandon WTP on May 2.

In Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported UPLAND SANDPIPER on April 27. At Oak Grove Cemetery in Fergus Falls, he saw BROAD-WINGED HAWK, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. On April 29, Gary Otnes reported BONAPARTE’S GULL, MARBLED GODWIT, FORSTER’S TERN, COMMON TERN, CLIFF SWALLOW, PALM WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, BROWN THRASHER, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD among others.

Sue Waddell in Wadena County observed a WESTERN TANAGER in her yard on May 3.

A CASPIAN TERN was found by Becca Engdahl in Hubbard County on April 30.

In Becker County, Steve Midthune reported a SHORT-EARED OWL along CR13 at Hamden Slough north of Audubon on April 29. Matt Pierce observed an AMERICAN REDSTART in the county on April 30.

HARRIS’S SPARROW was seen by Hebe Shipp in Moorhead, Clay County on April 28.

In Polk County, a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen by Shelley Steva, Zeann Linder, and me a half mile west of 240th St. SW along CR21 on April 29. AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were seen by Steve and Terri Scholand on the Red Lake River in Crookston on April 27. A WHITE-FACED IBIS has been reported by several people at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment both on the Marshall and Polk County sides.

At the quarry in Red Lake County, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found a ROSS’S GOOSE, a HERRING GULL, and a COMMON LOON on May 3. At the Red Lake Falls WTP they found a LONG-TAILED DUCK on the near cell. On May 4, Herb saw a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE in the city of Red Lake Falls. At the large cemetery just east of the city, we found MERLIN, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, HERMIT THRUSH, and a TURKEY VULTURE nearby on April 29. Shelley Steva saw a BROAD-WINGED HAWK in Oklee on April 28.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was found at the Tindolph Beach on the Red Lake River in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, on April 29. On May 4, it was finally relocated by Herb Dingmann still in Thief River Falls, apparently going between the beach and the WTP where it was still visible at 3 PM today. Herb also reported a WINTER WREN at Greenwood Trails and a WILLET fly by at the WTP. Other species seen in Pennington County this week include WILD TURKEY ,hundreds of FRANKLIN’S GULLS, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

Matt Jacobson reported that he saw an BALD EAGLE’S with several eaglets near Bemidji in Beltrami County on May 3.

SNOW GOOSE and MARBLED GODWITS were among the species Herb Dingmann reported from the rice paddies in Clearwater County on May 4.

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, May 11, 2017.

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Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

We , in common with the rest of the state, have had a setback for spring migration. The cold and snow of the past two days has grounded many migrants, and we are hoping that the mortality has not been too great. The forecast holds a promise of warmer weather by the weekend.

A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen by Beth Siverhus in Lake of the Woods County between Norris Camp and the campground in the Beltrami Island State Forest this week. Other species seen there included BROAD-WINGED HAWK, TURKEY VULTURE, and RED-TAILED HAWK.

In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported a GREAT GRAY OWL along the Roosevelt-Norris Road south of MN 11 . Also in Roseau County, she reported DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, BELTED KINGFISHER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, both RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN CREEPER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, and PINE SISKIN this week.

Brian Hiller in Beltrami County observed three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on April 24.

In Clearwater County, Joe Lindell saw BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE and AMERICAN WOODCOCK on April 21.

Here in Thief River Falls, I had a flock of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS along the Red Lake River this week, and today a large flock of FRANKLIN’S GULLS with a few RING-BILLED GULLS could be seen at the intersection of the Thief and Red Lake Rivers. WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS have arrived and are increasing in the area.

In Red Lake County, Anita Vettleson reported a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in her yard near Oklee on April 25.

In Polk County, Matthew Spoor reported SHORT-EARED OWL, MARSH WRENS, PALM WARBLER, and LE CONTE’S SPARROW among others at Pankratz Prairie on April 22. A EURASIAN WIGEON was reported by the DNR at Burnham Creek reservoir on April 21. I have not heard if the bird has been seen again. Sandy Aubol reported YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER , and a variety of sparrows in Polk County on April 24. They included WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, SONG SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and SAVANNAH SPARROW.

Becker County sightings by Wayne Perala at Tamarac NWR included COMMON LOON, WOOD DUCK, and BUFFLEHEAD on April 23.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported in Hubbard County by Becca Engdahl on April 25.

A WESTERN TANAGER was found at Battle Lake in Otter Tail County by Matthew Brusch on April 24. Jennifer Ditterich saw a pair of BELTED KINGFISHERS in Otter Tail County on April 24. Wayne Perala found a RUDDY DUCK at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center on April 21, and at the Orwell Dam he saw both GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS, KILLDEER, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK. On April 23, he reported YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and PALM WARBLER.

John Jonas observed HORNED GREBE, WESTERN GREBE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and BELTED KINGFISHER in Douglas County on April 21.

A SANDERLING was reported by Craig Mandel at the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County on April 23.

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 4, 2017

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