This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 18, 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.
The seasons march on, and this week is seeing the last of the swallows as they are already heading south. The chatter of young birds of most species is quieting as they mature into tough little flying machines ready to head to warmer climates for the winter. Fall flowers are in full bloom, and those in flower beds are getting tired already. Gardens are starting to bury us in produce and keep us busy trying not to waste any of the treasures.
Gary Otnes reported several bird sightings from Otter Tail and Wilkin Counties on August 12. Seen were many FRANKLIN’S GULLS, a LITTLE BLUE HERON, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, both yellowlegs, LEAST SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, and UPLAND SANDPIPER. On August 14, he saw 2 GREEN HERONS and 3 ORCHARD ORIOLES at the Orwell Reservoir in Otter Tail County.
From Polk County , Sandy Aubol reported RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, CHIMNEY SWIFTS, TENNESSEE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, and WILSON’S WARBLER in their yard on August 14. Shelley Steva and I visited Rydell NWR on August 14 where we saw several TRUMPETER SWANS, RED-NECKED GREBES, and a pair of COMMON LOONS.
Maggie Anderson at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on August 16 reported that a large group of SANDHILL CRANES can be seen at the refuge, and some yellowlegs have moved in. She also reported that Cliff Steinhauer who lives near the refuge reported a TURKEY VULTURE.
Thanks to Gary Otnes, Maggie Anderson, 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 25, 2011.