*September 9, 2010
American Black Duck
Le Conte's Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: September 9, 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, September
9, 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.
fall is definitely here now, migration is picking up, weather is even
more changeable and cooler, and flower beds and gardens are starting to
look "tired". Gardeners are checking the forecast daily, looking for
frost warnings, as they try to maximize the harvest.
The best sighting this week was confirmed as a YELLOW-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON by Kim Eckert's MOU weekend group. The bird was first seen
and reported last week as a black-crowned night-heron at the Warroad
campground on September 1.
Alma Ronningen in Otter Tail County reported that she had a
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK at the feeder on September 7, a BALTIMORE ORIOLE
on September 8, and still three RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS on September
9. SANDHILL CRANES were seen on September 8.
In Polk County, Sandy Aubol observed two PEREGRINE FALCONS at the East
Grand Forks north end water tower on September 5. On the 2nd, she saw a
BLUE-HEADED VIREO in her yard.
At the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds in Pennington
County, the MOU group found an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK and an AMERICAN
A drive into western Marshall County by Sandy Aubol on September 6
yielded sightings of 89 SANDHILL CRANES, three AMERICAN KESTRELS, a BALD
EAGLE, 5 TURKEY VULTURES, and 16 RED-TAILED HAWKS. She also reported
several NORTHERN FLICKERS and two RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS. The MOU
group found shorebirds at Webster Pool in the interior of Agassiz NWR,
and at the new impoundment north of the Wetlands , Pines, and Prairies
Audubon Sanctuary near Warren. Other species seen in Marshall County
included two SWAINSON'S HAWKS, GRAY PARTRIDGE, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, and
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen along MN 72 near the Beltrami- Lake of the
Woods County line.
In Kittson County, three SHORT-EARED OWLS were found. The MOU group also
saw a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER at Lake Bronson State Park. On September 4,
a SWAINSON'S HAWK, and four LE CONTE'S SPARROWS were among the many
Three ROSS'S GEESE were seen at the Greenbush wastewater treatment ponds
in Roseau County on September 3. Also on that day, the MOU group found
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS along the Thompson Forest Road.
Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Sandy Aubol, and Kim Eckert 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, September
Pennington County, MN
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