*May 20, 2010
Great Horned Owl
Great Gray Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Great Crested Flycatcher
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: May 20, 2010
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru ([log in to unmask])
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 20,
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.
Summer arrived in a rush this week, but the birds know that the days are
not yet long enough to be high breeding season yet. Migrants are coming
in, but at rates that leave birders impatient. This week, usually the
prime week in the northwest, should see increased migration. Warblers
are starting to arrive, sparrows are mostly here and on breeding
territories, and some shorebirds are starting to trickle in.
John Ellis in Douglas County reported BROAD-WINGED HAWK, GREAT CRESTED
FLYCATCHER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO,
SEDGE WREN, MARSH WREN, CATBIRD, VEERY, and a variety of warblers
including CAPE MAY WARBLER, and WILSON'S WARBLER on the weekend.
Gary Otnes observed 2 SNOWY EGRETS in Otter Tail County on May 14 - one
was just west of Dalton, the other in extreme southwest part of the
county. Also seen was a CAPE MAY WARBLER and a WHIP-POOR-WILL. Alma
Ronningen reported BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT on May
17, CATBIRD and TENNESSEE WARBLER on May 19, and GREAT CRESTED
FLYCATCHER on May 20.
A field trip to Hamden Slough on May 17 yielded sightings of GREATER
PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, AMERICAN BITTERN, MARBLED GODWIT, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE,
WILSON'S PHALAROPE,and some young GREAT HORNED OWLS.
Shelley Steva reported YELLOW WARBLERS and NORTHERN ORIOLES in Brooks in
Red Lake County on May 14.
In Pennington County, Shelley saw two SHORT-EARED OWLS near the
intersection of CR 22 and CR 3 on May 14. On May 18 she spotted a
HUDSONIAN GODWIT 5 miles south of Thief River Falls, and BOBOLINKS have
also returned to the county. Here at our feeder, a RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRD showed up a couple of days ago, and the usual summer
resident warblers have arrived. Three more SHORT-EARED OWLS were found
May 20 hunting and interacting in the area west of CR10 and south of MN
1 near Carpenter's Corner.
Diana Morkassel reported that the BARN SWALLOWS returned to Marshall
County near Warren on May 13. Maggie Anderson reported from Agassiz NWR
that the first SANDHILL CRANE chick was seen there this week. Other
species reported this week included GREEN HERON, LEAST BITTERN, BLACK
TERN, FORSTER'S TERN, SEDGE WREN, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, PALM
WARBLER, and CAPE MAY WARBLER. A visitor reported CLARK'S GREBE, and
HORNED GREBE on May 18. On that evening several YELLOW RAILS and
LECONTE'S SPARROWS were heard.
Kelly Larson in Clearwater County reported HERMIT THRUSH, GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER,CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER,
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER,AMERICAN REDSTART, OVENBIRD, and CONNECTICUT
WARBLER on May 16. Connie Cox, near Itasca SP reported that BALTIMORE
ORIOLES returned on May 14, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS on May 16.
In Beltrami County, Pat DeWenter observed two TRUMPETER SWANS, CHIPPING
SPARROWS, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS on May 13. On the 16th, she saw 6 woodpecker
species at her home including a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. Additional
warbler species included NASHVILLE WARBLERS, AMERICAN REDSTART,
BLACKPOLL and OVENBIRD.
Gretchen Mehmel in Lake of the Woods County reported on May 17 that
there is a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER hanging around Norris Camp. Other
species she mentioned included a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL heard by Jeff
Birchem, a GREAT GRAY OWL south of Cecil's landing, WHIP-POOR-WILLS,
WINTER WRENS, HERMIT THRUSH, PINE WARBLER, and CAPE MAY WARBLER.
Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Connie Cox, Diana Morkassel, Gary Otnes, Gary
Tischer, Gretchen Mehmel, John Ellis, Kelly Larson, Maggie Anderson,
Pamela Murphy, Pat DeWenter, and Shelley Steva for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at [log in to unmask] 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 27,
Pennington County, MN