*June 23, 2016
Le Conte's Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: June 23, 2016
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, June 23,
2016 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.
True summer weather seems to have arrived, and with it the frequent
rains, and the flowers. North of Thief River Falls, there are many areas
that are too wet now, but that has helped some species of birds.
Notably, a breeding bird survey that I did in Roseau County starting at
Badger, and going east and south from there, I found LE CONTE'S SPARROWS
singing at 10 of the 50 stops yesterday. SEDGE WRENS were also numerous
in contrast to last year when it was quite dry.
In Beltrami County, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found a DICKCISSEL
along MN 72 just north of Blackduck. BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was also found
in Beltrami County, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER was observed at the Big Bog
north of Waskish.
In Southeastern Clearwater County, Ron and Herb found 2 INDIGO BUNTINGS
on the east side of Clearline Road, which is the Beltrami County line,
south of CR 29. Other species seen in the county included BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOO, and GREEN HERON.
At the very end of my breeding bird route, I heard the unmistakable song
of a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on 170 Ave NW a mile south of the Roseau
County line in Como township of Marshall County.
Sandy Aubol reported that EARED GREBES are again building nests at the
East Grand Forks WTP in Polk County. She saw about 300 EARED GREBES,
along with RED-NECKED GREBES, PIED-BILLED GREBES, and an assortment of
duck species. BOBOLINKS and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were also there.
Five DICKCISSELS were found north of the edge of East Grand Forks, and 5
more were northwest of the WTP. Russ Wilbur found a RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER at the East Grand Forks campground on June 23.
A black-billed cuckoo was found by Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann in
Hubbard County on June 21.
The BAIRD'S SPARROW is still in Douglas County at the original location
1.5 miles west of CR 6 on Ost Road NW as reported by Drew Smith on June
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 [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, June 30,
Pennington County, MN