*April 23, 2009
Greater White-fronted Goose
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 23, 2009
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, April 23,
2009 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 has finally arrived in the northwest.The migrants are passing
through in large numbers. All of the first wave species have been
represented in the past week. Species reported from all areas include
all the common ducks, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS,
PIED-BILLED GREBES, all the resident raptors, AMERICAN COOT, BELTED
KINGFISHER, EASTERN PHOEBE, BROWN CREEPER, both kinglets, EASTERN
BLUEBIRD,SONG SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, WESTERN MEADOWLARK, and
The best sighting this week was a CINNAMON TEAL found by Nate Emery
across from the Nature Conservancy office along MN 32 at Glacial Ridge
late on April 17. Unfortunately, several people looked for it the next
day to no avail.
On April 20, Brad and Dee Ehlers in Otter Tail County reported an OSPREY
nesting northeast of Fergus Falls along CR1. Dan and Sandy Thimgan
reported that the colonial nesters in Fergus Falls are back at Lake
Alice and Grotto Lake. At Lake Alice there are DOUBLE-CRESTED
CORMORANTS, and GREAT EGRETS, while at Grotto Lake there were
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, and some more GREAT EGRETS. Other species
seen at the lakes were CACKLING GOOSE, COMMON LOON, and a SPOTTED
Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found BONAPARTE'S GULLS at the Park
Rapids WWTP in Hubbard County on April 17, along with a small assortment
of early shorebirds.
Scott Kahan reported that GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS can be seen from
blinds at Hamden Slough NWR in Becker County . To reserve a blind call
the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management Office at 218-847-4431. A PRAIRIE
FALCON was seen on the refuge on April 15.
Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found COMMON GOLDENEYE , HORNED GREBE,
RED-NECKED GREBE among others at the Ada WWTP in Norman County on April
19. Shelley Steva and I observed a flock of about 2000 LAPLAND LONGSPURS
along Norman CR3 on April 18. In Mahnomen County, Ron and Herb found a
BONAPARTE'S GULL at the Mahnomen WWTP on April 19.
Kelly Larson found GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, FRANKLIN'S
GULLS, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS in Polk County at Glacial Ridge on
April 18. Both SHARP-TAILED GROUSE and GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were
seen there, and blinds can also be reserved there to view the birds
dancing on the leks. At least 5000 SANDHILL CRANES were feeding at the
refuge and very visible from US 2, but numbers are decreasing rapidly. A
GREAT EGRET and a COMMON LOON were seen at the refuge gravel pit pond.
Nate Emery reported an AMERICAN BITTERN and BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS at
Glacial Ridge also.
Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found a GREAT EGRET near Huot in Red
Lake County on April 18. An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was seen along the Red
Lake / Pennington County line a quarter mile west of CR 3. At the Red
Lake Falls WWTP, Shelley Steva and I found COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON
MERGANSER, and two beautiful FRANKLIN'S GULLS on April 18.
A large flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS were in Thief River Falls, Pennington
County, on the weekend cleaning up the last of the crabapples. Shelley
Steva reported the first TREE SWALLOW on April 17, while Ron and Herb
found an AMERICAN WOODCOCK a mile west of the intersection of CR 12 and
the Red Lake County line. They saw a HERMIT THRUSH and a YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER at St Hilaire Park on April 19. A pair of MERLINS is nesting in
Thief River Falls again this year.
Gary Tischer at Agassiz NWR reported RED-BREASTED MERGANSER at the Ditch
11 control structure on April 17, BLACK DUCK and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
on April 21. Other species seen included DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT,
MARBLED GODWIT along CR 12, WILSON'S SNIPE, and large numbers of
Kelly Larson reported a TREE SWALLOW and EASTERN BLUEBIRDS in Clearwater
County on April 18. The first WHITE-THROATED SPARROW appeared in her
yard on April 21. Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann reported that the
Clearwater rice paddies are hosting a large variety of waterfowl
including TUNDRA SWANS, 14 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, HORNED GREBES
and also a PEREGRINE FALCON.
In Beltrami County, Ron and Herb observed an AMERICAN WOODCOCK three
miles north of Shooks on April 17.
Larry Wilebski reported a GREAT EGRET two miles north of Lancaster in
Kittson County on April 19.
Beth Siverhus in Roseau County observed an EASTERN PHOEBE in Warroad on
April 22. On April 23, she saw COOPER'S HAWK, BROWN CREEPER, and
From Lake of the Woods County on April 22, Ted Dick reported a good
movement of raptors over CR 19 south of Baudette on April 21. Species
seen included NORTHERN HARRIER, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. TRUMPETER SWANS,
SHARP-TAILED GROUSE on a lek, 425 SANDHILL CRANES,A SHORT-EARED OWL, and
WILSON'S SNIPE were among the many other species seen in Lake of the
Woods County that morning.
Thanks to all those who sent in sightings this week.
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, April 30,
Pennington County, MN