This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 19, 2012 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.
Migration continues in the northwest, but we are eagerly awaiting the bulk of the passerines, and are very jealous of those of you who are able to report most sparrows and some warblers already.
John Ellis in Douglas County saw an AMERICAN BITTERN on April 13, and on Lake Osakis , BONAPARTE’S GULLS and WESTERN GREBES.
Brad and Dee Ehlers in Otter Tail County reported a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on April 13. Alma Ronningen observed a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on April 18 and on the 19th,RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, CHIPPING SPARROW, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, and PURPLE FINCHES.
Rod and Carol Mitchell found two pairs of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in their yard in Detroit Lakes , Becker County, on April 17.
Mel Bennefeld reported confirmation of two active BALD EAGLE nests in Clay County this week.
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks in Polk County this reported the return of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS to the area. Other species she saw this week included EASTERN TOWHEE, HARRIS’S SPARROWS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, FOX SPARROWS, and PURPLE FINCH.
A MARBLED GODWIT was spotted by Gary Tischer along Red Lake County 11 near the turn off to Old Treaty Crossing State wayside.
In Pennington County, Maggie Anderson saw 6 EARED GREBES on the Red Lake River in Thief River Falls on April 18. In the southwestern part of the county I found AMERICAN WOODCOCKS displaying at the Higginbotham WMA west of St. Hilaire on April 14. Other species seen and heard in that area included RUFFED GROUSE, NORTHERN HARRIER, SANDHILL CRANE, and WILSON’S SNIPE. Here at home near Thief River Falls, there was EASTERN PHOEBE, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, SONG SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.
Bill Blackburn reported a WILD TURKEY in Marshall County along MN 1 between Warren and Thief River Falls. Many waterfowl and some shorebirds are using the water control impoundments in Marshall and Polk Counties. Greg Knutsen saw a GREAT EGRET in the western part of Agassiz NWR on April 13. An EASTERN BLUEBIRD was seen at his house one miles east of Middle River on April 17. Lynda Knutsen saw two MARBLED GODWITS along CR 12 two miles southeast of Middle River on April 19.
Beth Siverhus in Roseau County reported EASTERN PHOEBE and FOX SPARROW on April 12.
Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Beth Siverhus, Bill Blackburn, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Gary Tischer, Greg Knutsen, John Ellis, Lynda Knutsen, Maggie Anderson, Mel Bennefeld, Rod and Carol Mitchell, and Sandy Aubol 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, April 26, 2012.