*May 12, 2016
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Horned Owl
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: May 12, 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, May 12,
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.
This week we have seen a surge in new migrants, right on time for those
who migrate by hours of daylight. In most , if not all counties in the
northwest, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, both kinglets, TREE SWALLOW, CLIFF
SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW,
HARRIS’S SPARROW, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED
GROSBEAK, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE have all been reported this week.
Notably, many folks are reporting large numbers of PINE SISKINS, mostly
absent all winter. AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES seem to be on the increase also,
although many of those have been here all winter, dressed in their
winter drab. BROAD-WINGED HAWKS migrated in this week also, as many have
reported them and a group of us were treated to several kettles of them
at East Grand Forks on Saturday, totaling over 30 individuals. I’m sure
they migrated through our county also, as I caught a blue jay giving a
perfect imitation of their call that day. In some areas of the northwest
a few more species of warbler have also shown up.
From Lake of the Woods County, Beth Siverhus reported SPRUCE GROUSE,
HORNED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, NORTHERN GOSHAWK,
AMERICAN WOODCOCK, WILSON'S SNIPE, and BROWN CREEPER among others. A
BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER and GREAT HORNED OWL were seen at Norris Camp.
At home in Roseau County, Beth included COMMON LOON, AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, RUFFED GROUSE, PURPLE MARTIN, BROWN
THRASHER, WINTER WREN, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER.
Lannie Smith reported a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO at Lake Bronson State Park
on May 11.
In western Itasca County, Beth Siverhus observed COMMON LOON, GREAT BLUE
HERON, BARRED OWL, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and EVENING GROSBEAK among
others this week.
In eastern Marshall County today, I saw PURPLE MARTINS, and several
Here in Pennington County, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER came in on May 7, a
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on May 8, and a COOPER'S HAWK has been visiting the
feeders regularly since late April.
Anita Vettleson reported that the RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS and
BALTIMORE ORIOLES are back in Red Lake County also.
In Polk County, Sandy Aubol saw BROWN THRASHER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW,
HARRIS'S SPARROW, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on May 6. On the 7th, she
reported HOUSE WREN, and on the Red River greenway, a SPOTTED SANDPIPER.
A LARK SPARROW was seen in her yard. On May 8, along the Red Lake River
greenway, she observed RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER,
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and SWAINSON’S THRUSH. On May 9th, she saw a
WESTERN KINGBIRD at the East Grand Forks WTP, and a TENNESSEE WARBLER at
home in East Grand Forks. A GRAY CATBIRD and EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE were
in her yard on May 10. A BLACKPOLL came to her yard on May 11.
Justin Watts found a pair of SAY'S PHOEBES at Felton Prairie in the
gravel pit along 170th St N before the first cattle guard. Other species
seen there included MARBLED GODWIT and UPLAND SANDPIPER. GREATER
PRAIRIE-CHICKENS are booming at Bluestem Prairie.
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH on May 7,
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER , YELLOW WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER on May
9, VEERY and 60 PINE SISKINS on May 10, HOUSE WREN and GOLDEN-WINGED
WARBLER on May 11, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on May 12.
Thanks to all who sent in their 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, May 19,