*April 8, 2010
Great Blue Heron
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 8, 2010
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 8,
2010 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.
Spring is surely here, and the first wave of migration is in full swing
with most of the early migrants already here and setting up territories.
Little rain has left the area in pretty good shape as far as roads go,
but warmer weather will surely bring showers and the normal muddy
conditions. Mornings are loud with birdsong - robins, juncos, and the
drumming of woodpeckers.
From Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen reported OSPREY and NORTHERN
FLICKER on April 2, SONG SPARROW on April 3, and EASTERN PHOEBE and
LINCOLN'S SPARROW on April 6. Dan and Sandy Thimgan added COOPER'S HAWK
and WESTERN MEADOWLARK on April 2, PIED-BILLED GREBE on April 3, VESPER
SPARROW on April 4, and COMMON LOON on April 7.
Cleone Stewart reported that COMMON LOON is back in Becker County.
Sandy Aubol reported a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in East Grand Forks, Polk
County on April 6. Dave Lambeth found the nest of a pair of WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILLS on the campus of Northland Community and Technical College in
East Grand Forks on April 6. Shelley Steva reported about 300 TUNDRA
SWANS in the western part of Polk County on April 3. WHITE-THROATED
SPARROW was also reported by Karen Suldahl in Climax on April 7. At
Glacial Ridge NWR on April 6, Nate Emery observed COMMON LOON, SANDHILL
CRANE, GREAT BLUE HERON,FRANKLIN'S GULL, EASTERN PHOEBE, and WESTERN
MEADOWLARK among others.
The MERLINS are back in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, and
Shelley Steva saw a PIED-BILLED GREBE on the Red Lake River at Thief
River Falls. Here at our place east of the city, there have been WOOD
DUCKS since April 1, a FOX SPARROW showed up on April 4, and on April 5,
I saw a TURKEY VULTURE soaring over the city. On April 6, a
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK flew through the yard.
In Marshall County, at Agassiz NWR, most of the duck species are present
in small numbers. Maggie Anderson reported that AMERICAN WOODCOCKS are
performing their courtship flights as of April 1. The TRUMPETER SWANS
are back at Middle CCC Pool. Other species mentioned on the refuge
include PIED-BILLED GREBE, WILSON'S SNIPE, and MOURNING DOVE. A
red-shafted form of the NORTHERN FLICKER was seen on April 6. RED-NECKED
GREBE was seen on April 6. Gary Tischer reported a GOLDEN-CROWNED
KINGLET at headquarters on April 8.
Kelly Larson, in Clearwater County on April 3 , reported that the
Clearwater rice paddies held most species of ducks, geese and swans.
Other species observed on the weekend included PIED-BILLED GREBE, GREAT
BLUE HERON, TURKEY VULTURE, KILLDEER, MARBLED GODWIT, WILSON'S SNIPE,
NORTHERN FLICKER, and both EASTERN MEADOWLARK and WESTERN MEADOWLARK.
Katie Haws reported that the ice went out of Lake Bemidji on April 4 and
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS are back on territory in Beltrami County.
Larry Wilebski reported COMMON MERGANSER near Lancaster in Kittson
County on April 4.
Beth Siverhus in Roseau observed that the MERLINS are back at the Roseau
Hospital in Roseau County, and also at the Warroad Liquor Store. Other
species seen this week included GREATER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, WOOD DUCK,
NORTHERN HARRIER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, RING-BILLED GULL. A FOX SPARROW was
seen on April 2. Last week a tagged SNOWY OWL was seen by Tallie
Habstritt north of Roseau this week.
Thanks to all who sent in sightings this week.
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 15,
Pennington County, MN
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