Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 5, 2017 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, October 5, 2017 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

Fall cleanup is in full swing, and songbird migration is nearly over, as we are now starting to see the last sparrows, and a few of the feeder birds that we see in late fall. Colors are at or near prime and a few windy days forecast for this weekend may bring the show to a close.

On September 30, Charlene Nelson reported GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and BROWN CREEPER , and a HARRIS’S SPARROW showed up on October 3 at Elbow Lake in Grant County. She also reported a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER at the N. Ottawa Impoundment on September 29. Wayne Perala was there that day also and reported NORTHERN HARRIER, two PEREGRINE FALCONS , two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, as well as the GREAT EGRETS and WESTERN GREBES that we have been reporting all summer.

At Maplewood SP in Otter Tail County, Wayne saw FORSTER’S TERNS, FRANKLIN’S GULLS, and four COMMON LOONS on October 3.

From Kabekona Lake in Hubbard County , Becca Engdahl reported several BLACK SCOTERS on the lake on September 28. Marshall Howe observed DARK-EYED JUNCOS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and a BLUE-HEADED VIREO on September 29. On September 30, he recorded a female SCARLET TANAGER, PINE SISKINS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, SWAMP SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH; GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and a PINE WARBLER were seen on October 3.

In Becker County , at Tamarac NWR, Lisa Keitel reported TRUMPETER SWAN, and seventy PIED-BILLED GREBES on September 29. A TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE was seen along MN 225 near Osage by Adrian Azar on October 3.

Patrick Beauzay observed a late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD in Clay County on October 1.

Several ROSS’S GEESE were seen by Sandy Aubol near East Grand Forks in western Polk County on October 2.

In Beltrami County, Doug Johnson saw a FIELD SPARROW along Sunnyside Road on September 29, and a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER at the Parker’s Lake Road ponds on October 4.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, October 12, 2017.

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