This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 28, 2011 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 rather typical summer week in the northwest – a few sunny days, a few storms, some sweltering humid days, and some much more pleasant. It seems that most birds are busy bringing up the “kids” as we see family groups everywhere.
Sandy Aubol in western Polk County at East Grand Forks reported a female NORTHERN CARDINAL in her yard on July 24. Other visitors included a family of MERLINS and a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD . Heidi Hughes reported a family of six LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES that included 4 juveniles near the intersection of 170th St and 260th Ave along CR 68 on July 22. She also found a SHORT-EARED OWL at the Melo impoundment on July 28. Shelley Steva visited the new impoundment north of the Wetland, Pines, and Prairies Audubon Sanctuary on July 28 where she saw a variety of ducks, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BLACK TERN, and an UPLAND SANDPIPER.
Shelley Steva saw TURKEY VULTURE, SANDHILL CRANE, and COMMON RAVEN in Pennington County on July 28.
On July 24, Shelley Steva and I found 17 TURKEY VULTURES on the ground three miles north of the Pennington- Marshall County line just north of the SEMM WMA in Marshall County. With them was an adult BALD EAGLE.
In Roseau County on July 24, we observed the following species at the Skime WMA just north of Marshall County: BROAD-WINGED HAWK, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, HERMIT THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, CEDAR WAXWING, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and SCARLET TANAGER.
Thanks to Heidi Hughes, Sandy Aubol, and Shelley Steva for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at email@example.com 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, 2011.