*June 14, 2012
Greater White-fronted Goose
Le Conte's Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: June 14, 2012
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 14,
2012 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 are deep into the nesting season now, and weather is more summerlike.
A little rain , and in some places a lot, has fallen in the last week,
so things are looking greener. With lots of folks out surveying and
atlasing, interesting birds are being reported. Dickcissels are
apparently having a good year in the area, in keeping with the drier
start to the nesting season.
In Becker County Beau Shroyer found a DICKCISSEL in the Detroit Lakes
north industrial park on June 11 and subsequently a second one was found
there. Beau also found a LARK SPARROW on the south side of Big Detroit
Lake in the Timber Creek development on June 12. Ron Erpelding found
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, and
PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Hamden Slough NWR near the headquarters on June
A VENT tour group found a skylarking SPRAGUE'SPIPIT at Felton Prairie in
Clay County on June 8. The bird was seen as recently as June 12.
Directions are to park at the first fence north of the windmills, then
walk east along the fenceline to the metal pipeline post. Joel Schmidt
also reported several CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS about a half mile
north of the Sprague's pipit. Frank Gosiak observed MARBLED GODWIT,
UPLAND SANDPIPER, DICKCISSELS, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and LE CONTE'S
SPARROW there on June 10.
Ron Erpelding observed two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and several
DICKCISSELS in Norman County. A RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was seen
southeast of Ada.
In Mahnomen County, Ron found two DICKCISSELS just before CR 10 turns
east about a mile west of Mahnomen.
In Polk County, Russ Wilbur found a DICKCISSEL at the East Grand Forks
Here in Pennington County east of Thief River Falls, an AMERICAN
REDSTART appears to be singing on territory in our yard near the Red
Lynda Knutsen reported from Agassiz NWR on June 7 that a brood of
AMERICAN GOLDENEYES was seen at Kelly Pool.
Marshall Howe saw a DICKCISSEL in southeast Clearwater County on CR 29
just east of CR 2 two miles from the Beltrami County line. BLACK-BILLED
MAGPIES, LE CONTE'S SPARROW, and BOBOLINK were also seen in the county.
Ron Erpelding reported WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER at
the Bagley wastewater treatment ponds on June 12.
Gary Huschle and I in the course of a BBA survey in western Beltrami
County, found a COMMON LOON with two young, TURKEY VULTURE, BROADWINGED
HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE with a colt, BARRED OWL, WINTER WREN, HERMIT
THRUSH, several GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULA, MOURNING
WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, a nesting SWAMP SPARROW and an INDIGO BUNTING.
Larry Wilebski called on June 13 to report a DICKCISSEL in Kittson
County on the Tombstone Highway about two miles from its west end on the
south side of the road. On the weekend a visiting birder saw the
following species in the vicinity of Larry's cabin northwest of
Lancaster: GRAY PARTRIDGE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO,
LONG-EARED OWL, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL,WHIP-POOR-WILL, WILLOW FLYCATCHER,
EASTERN TOWHEE, and LE CONTE'S SPARROW.
Thanks to all the folks 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 21,
Pennington County, MN