Thursday, August 25, 2011

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 25, 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 quiet week in the northwest. Hints of the autumn to come can be seen if you look hard enough. A few tired leaves are floating down mostly due to dry weather. After a long wet spring, summer has proved to be quite dry in the northwest, and we could use a shot of rain.

From Becker County, Steve Midthune reported a WILSON’S WARBLER at Dunton Locks Park in Detroit Lakes, Becker County on August 22. A few yellowlegs can be seen at Hamden Slough NWR but due to high water, there is not much habitat.

In Polk County , Heidi Hughes saw 5 SWAINSON’S HAWKS, a group which included 3 juveniles, on the road near Warren east of US 75 on August 21. Several LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES were seen on CR 23 just east of Angus, and several SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at dusk along CR 68 north of CR 23. Also in Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported several COMMON NIGHTHAWKS,about 20 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and a YELLOW WARBLER in East Grand Forks on August 21. Shelley Steva had 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS fly over the road near Sherack, and a RED-NECKED GREBE was seen near East Grand Forks in the Grand Marais River – both on August 16.

Thanks to Heidi Hughes, Shelley Steva, and Steve Midthune for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@q.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, September 1, 2011.

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