This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 21, 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.
Summer has come and with it many young birds and their noisy chatter. Parent birds are hurrying around frantically trying to keep all the little mouths fed. The landscape is looking greener in the northwest due to several timely rains. Fortunately, we have not been the recipients of the deluges received elsewhere.
In Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus found a DICKCISSEL south of Williams on June 16.
On June 16,Kyle TePoel found five EASTERN TOWHEES, and a singing CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Lake Bronson SP in Kittson County on June 16. Last week he observed two GRAY PARTRIDGES near Hallock, 4 UPLAND SANDPIPERS between Lake Bronson and Beaches WMA, an AMERICAN BITTERN northwest of Karlstad, and LE CONTE’S SPARROWS widely throughout the county.
At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Gregg Knutsen reported a brood of SHARP-TAILED GROUSE about 10 days old on June 1, and on June 15, there were 12 RING-NECKED DUCKS on Headquarters Pool.
At our place east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County, a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER has been feeding a juvenile at our feeder since June 20.
Holly and Myron Peterson saw two NORTHERN HARRIERS, and 12 BOBOLINKS at Malmberg Prairie SNA, 2 miles west and 3 miles north of Eldred in Polk County on June 20. Sandy Aubol saw the DICKCISSEL reported at the East Grand Forks greenway still present on June 16.
While conducting surveys in Norman County, Randy Frederickson found a SHORT-EARED OWL seven miles east of Borup on June 21. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen about a half mile north on a dead end road off CR 1 about 4 miles west of MN 32. A few days ago, a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen at the intersection of MN 75 and MN 200 in Halstad.
Marshall Howe saw a DICKCISSEL in Akeley Township in Hubbard County about a mile west of the Cass County line on June 15. On June 16, he found a singing CONNECTICUT WARBLER in Lake Alice Township along CR 3.
Barb and Dennis Martin relocated the ACADIAN FLYCATCHER at Maplewood SP in Otter Tail County that had been found on June 11 by a VENT tour. It was still there on June 20 on the right side of the road about a quarter miles beyond the contact station. On June 19, Gary and Marion Otnes reported a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL and an INDIGO BUNTING at their place in Fergus Falls, and nesting MARBLED GODWITS and UPLAND SANDPIPERS in Western Township. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was also seen in that township.
Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Barb and Dennis Martin, Gary and Marion Otnes, Gregg Knutsen, Holly and Myron Peterson, Kyle DePoel, Marshall Howe, Randy Frederickson, 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, June 28, 2012.