*May 29, 2014
Great Horned Owl
Great Gray Owl
Great Crested Flycatcher
Cape May Warbler
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: May 29, 2014
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 29,
2014 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.
We have gone directly into summer in the northwest. This has brought in
the remainder of the birds, and even sent a few over our heads straight
to the nesting areas. Humans as well as birds and plants are struggling
to cope with the sudden heat. That being said, it was a good week for
birding. All the expected warblers have been reported from somewhere in
the northwest this week.
The MOU birding weekend lead by Kim Eckert had a banner weekend with
sightings of 186 species. Highlights were a SNOWY EGRET at the Agassiz
Impoundment on the Marshall/ Polk County line near Warren on May 26, a
RED KNOT in basic plumage along Roseau CR 3 near 340th St. 7.5 miles
north of Badger on May 25, and a GREAT GRAY OWL on a nest in
northeastern Kittson County on May 24. GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen on May
26 in Warren , Marshall County, and in Polk County at the Crookston
wastewater treatment ponds. A LEAST BITTERN was found at Twin Lakes in
Kittson County on May 25. GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were seen in both
Roseau and Kittson Counties. 25 shorebird species were seen including
HUDSONIAN GODWITS, RUDDY TURNSTONES, RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. Twenty-two warbler species were seen including
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED
WARBLER, and CANADA WARBLER. Best locations were Lake Bronson State Park
and Roseau City Park and Campground.
Doug Kieser discovered a WHIMBREL and several MARBLED GODWITS in a
flooded area on the west side of CR 7 just south of I-94 in Douglas
County on May 26.
From Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported HERRING GULL, and
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER on May 22; RED-EYED VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO,
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER on May 23. A large
number of species arrived on May 24 including COMMON NIGHTHAWK, WARBLING
VIREO, 10 species of warbler including CONNECTICUT WARBLER,and INDIGO
BUNTING. May 25 brought BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER,
and SCARLET TANAGER.
Linda Schumann reported a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at Rainbow Resort in
Becker County on May 24.
A male CINNAMON TEAL was observed by Andy Forbes in a puddle on the east
side of MN 9 just south of Ada in Norman County on May 24. The bird was
flushed by traffic going by , and flew northeast.
On May 22, Sandy Aubol reported GREAT HORNED OWL, SEDGE WREN, INDIGO
BUNTING, and BOBOLINK in East Grand Forks in Polk County. Warbler
migration has been steady in the Red River Valley this week. On May 25,
Sandy had a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in her yard.
Steve Dahl reported two SCARLET TANAGERS that came to feed on a half
grapefruit in his yard near Plummer in Red Lake County on May 26.
Zeann Linder reported two MERLINS in Thief River Falls, Pennington
County this week. WARBLING VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO,
and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER arrived a day or so ago here in the yard.
Beth Siverhus reported ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER,
ALDER FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO, HERMIT THRUSH, CEDAR WAXWING, and
GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER among others on Luxemberger Lake Road in the
Roseau County part of the Beltrami Island State Forest on May 28. Kim
Eckert's group found a good variety of shorebirds in the mudflats along
CR 3 including AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.
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]
<mailto:[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 5, 2014.
Pennington County, MN