*April 30, 2015
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 30, 2015
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 30,
2015 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.
Finally, the weather seems to have turned, and warmer conditions are
here. We in the northwest remain dry , however, but a little rain is
forecast for tonight. Migration is increasing and many first of the year
species have been reported this week. Accordingly, I will only report
the highlights, but keep on sending in your reports as all are noted.
Two EURASIAN WIGEONS were reported this week. One in Kittson Count was
seen at Twin Lakes by several folks this week as recently as today, and
one was seen by Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann at Agassiz NWR in
Marshall County on April 30. The latter bird was at Mud River Pool
behind the locked gates. A key can be obtained from the office if you
can return it the same day before the staff leaves. Due to activities in
the refuge, the time when the office closes varies.
A ROCK WREN was observed at the Lake Bronson dam in Kittson County on
April 25 and reported to eBird by Chantel Sledge. Several of us have
looked for the bird to no avail and believe it has moved on.
Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found what is believed to be a CLARK'S
GREBE hanging out with two WESTERN GREBES at the Karlstad Wastewater
Treatment ponds in Kittson County on April 30.
An OSPREY was seen at Lake Bronson State Park on April 29. Today, I
found a HORNED GREBE at the Karlstad WTP, and heard MARBLED GODWITS in
This week in Pennington County, I saw a BROWN CREEPER in the yard on
April 25, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and NORTHERN FLICKER appeared on April 26,
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD on April 27. A COMMON
LOON was seen in the Red Lake River. On April 30, a BROWN THRASHER is
coming to our feeder.
Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported HORNED GREBE and RED-NECKED GREBE on
April 24, and AMERICAN WOODCOCK, WINTER WREN and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
in East Grand Forks on April 25. At the Agassiz Valley impoundment on
April 26, she observed WILLET, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. A BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen on April 27 in East
From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported WHITE-THROATED SPARROW ,
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, and PURPLE MARTIN on April 25, PINE WARBLER on
April 26, and CHIPPING SPARROW on April 27.
Alice Martin in Otter Tail County saw BONAPARTE'S GULL, GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on April
Thanks to Alice Martin, Marshall Howe, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann,
and Sandy Aubol 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 7,