This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 11, 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.
It has been a pleasant week in the northwest. Everything is starting to get that fall appearance, but rain has been frequent enough that all is very green still. Those who don’t like yard work are awaiting that summer dormancy. Gardens in the midwest are finally starting to produce, birds are feeding second or third families, and some are on the way south already.
From the Wetland, Pines, and Prairies Audubon Sanctuary, Heidi Hughes reported species seen at the Agassiz Valley Retention Area north of the sanctuary. This area is partly in Polk and partly in Marshall County. Species seen on August 7 included PIED-BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, BALD EAGLE, SORA, YELLOWLEGS SP, WILSON’S SNIPE, two SHORT-EARED OWLS,EASTERN KINGBIRD, and WESTERN KINGBIRD. LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES are reliable along the west side of Polk CR 68 near the curve at 170th St.
Here in Pennington County east of Thief River Falls, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER brought two begging juveniles to the feeders on August 10.
Sandy Aubol reported the first RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH since spring at her feeders in East Grand Forks, Polk County , on August 10.
Thanks to Heidi Hughes, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 18, 2011.