This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 17, 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.
Birds continue to pour north at a quick pace now that the wind has gone to the south and southwest. New this week are many of the insect eaters such as flycatcher, vireos, and some new warblers. Trees are almost fully leafed out, and warbler watching is difficult, and will be even more so if we get rain.
Brad and Dee Ehlers in Otter Tail County reported AMERICAN REDSTART, ORCHARD ORIOLE, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on May 10. On May 14, Alma Ronningen saw a SANDHILL CRANE pair with 2 colts. Also seen that day were BLACKPOLL and YELLOW WARBLER. On May 15, she had two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, GREAT CRESTER FLYCATHER, RED-EYED VIREO, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, VEERY,GRAY CATBIRD, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and PINE SISKIN. INDIGO BUNTING was seen on May 16 . Roland Jordahl was at Maplewood SP on May 17 where he saw COMMON LOON, BARRED OWL, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. In Pelican Rapids a COOPER’S HAWK visited his yard.
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported CASPIAN TERN and LEAST FLYCATCHER in Dorset on May 11. A warbler wave came through on May 16 when he saw GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, WILSON’S WARBLER, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, EASTERN KINGBIRD, LEAST FLYCATCHER, and PINE SISKIN were also seen. MOURNING WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER were seen May 13. Bob Ekblad reported a WESTERN KINGBIRD south of Park Rapids along the road that skirts the airport on May 17. .
Steve Midthune reported that SOLITARY SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER , BLACK TERN, and BLACKPOLL were seen at Hamden Slough NWR in Becker County on May 13.
At Hawley in Clay County, Bob O’Connor saw a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE on May 12.
Joanne Johnson at the Audubon Center in Polk County on May 12 saw a long list of species including VEERY, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, EASTERN TOWHEE, BROWN THRASHER , WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, HARRIS’S SPARROW, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. Gary Tischer observed 400 -500 CLIFF SWALLOWS flying under a bridge on US 2, 10 miles east of Crookston on May 16.
From the impoundment in Marshall County, just north of the Audubon center , Bill Blackburn reported GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, WESTERN GREBE, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, WILLET and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE on May 13. Beth Siverhus reported many species from Agassiz NWR that day including RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, AMERICAN BITTERN, SORA, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, SEDGE WREN, MARSH WREN, and GRAY CATBIRD. Several species of shorebirds were also seen. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen at headquarters this week, and Jim Graham saw an EVENING GROSBEAK on May 11. FIELD SPARROW and PINE SISKIN were seen by Gregg Knutsen. The first RUDDY DUCK and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER were seen by Gregg Knutsen on May 10 at headquarters pool.
The COMMON RAVEN nest that we found in Pennington County at the Higginbotham WMA west of St Hilaire has been found to have 4 very large young ravens in it.
Pat DeWenter saw RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, HERMIT THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, OVENBIRD, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER in Bemidji, Beltrami County on May 11. On the 16th she reported EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, RED-EYED VIREO, SWAINSON’S THRUSH, and six species of warblers.
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, May 24, 2012.