Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, September 29, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, September 29, 2017 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

Leaves are turning rapidly in the last days, and the first big wind will bring a lot of them down, but for now the world here is beautiful in the early morning light. Migration is proceeding rapidly with the most commonly reported birds everywhere in the last two weeks being ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and large flocks of NORTHERN FLICKERS, BLUE JAYS, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.

In Warroad, Roseau County, Beth Siverhus reported a male NORTHERN CARDINAL at her feeder on September 24.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County found a young LONG-EARED OWL on September 25.

Here in Pennington County, in the last few days we have been inundated with WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, NORTHERN FLICKERS, and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, PINE SISKINS, and HARRIS’S SPARROW have also been seen. Yesterday a large flock of DARK-EYED JUNCOS arrived. Shelley Steva reported a large flock of PINE SISKINS at her home in Thief River Falls this week also.

In Oklee, Red Lake County, Shelley also reported RED CROSSBILLS on September 21.

Sandy Aubol reported that a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD still was coming to her feeder on September 27. On September 24, she observed a WINTER WREN in the yard, and continues to have more than 100 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, HARRIS’S SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, and PINE SISKINS there.

In Clay County, various observers have reported GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, NORTHERN CARDINAL and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW this week. PHILADELPHIA VIREO, WOOD THRUSH, and MOURNING WARBLER were also reported in Clay County this week. Kara Susag reported RED CROSSBILLS there also.

From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported a number of migrating warblers, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on September 14. A large number of RING-BILLED GULLS were seen that day also. On the 15th, he reported PINE WARBLER and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, RED-EYED VIREO, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO were observed on the 16th, and a PEREGRINE FALCON on September 19.

I have a secondhand report of a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT in Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County on September 26.

Charlene Nelson reported RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER at Elbow Lake in Grant County on September 15. DARK-EYED JUNCOS came on September 25. At the N. Ottawa Impoundment, Wayne Perala reported WHITE-FACED IBIS on September 17.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, Oct 5, 2017.

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