*April 20, 2017
American White Pelican
American Tree Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 20, 2017
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 20,
2017 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.
Birds are streaming in now, waterfowl have all been reported, the
blackbirds are all here, sparrows are starting to be reported, and once
it warms up, we will start to see the insect eaters. Of those, we have
only really heard of eastern phoebes , the first swallows, and a few
yellow-rumped warblers. Turkey vultures are clearly migrating now as
many have been reported in several locations.
In Grant County on April 15, a WHITE-FACED IBIS and a SNOWY EGRET were
found at the North Ottawa Impoundment. A good variety of shorebirds were
also present including AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER,
HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RUDDY TURNSTONE , and DUNLIN. Charlene Nelson reported
an EASTERN BLUEBIRD at Elbow Lake on April 14.
On April 17 Marion and Gary Otnes in Otter Tail County reported AMERICAN
WHITE PELICAN, TURKEY VULTURE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW,
MARSH WREN, BROWN CREEPER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,
and BREWER'S BLACKBIRD. Wayne Perala counted five OSPREYS on nests near
Star Lake, and on April 19 at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center saw
ROSS’S GOOSE,RUDDY DUCK, and HORNED GREBE. On April 19, he reported TREE
SWALLOW and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. Jill Meyer observed a MARBLED GODWIT
in Otter Tail County near Rothsay. Bradley Lancour saw a GREAT EGRET in
Fergus Falls on April 18.
Becca Engdahl observed a LONG-TAILED DUCK at the Akeley WTP in Hubbard
County on April 17. Marshall Howe reported YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, NORTHERN FLICKER, WOOD DUCK , and an OSPREY on
the nest on April 15. On the 17th , he added RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET,
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. AMERICAN TREE
SPARROW and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD were seen on April 19.
At Hamden Slough NWR in Becker County on April 16, Sandy Aubol found
TRUMPETER SWAN, COOPER'S HAWK, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS. At Tamarac,
she added COMMON LOON, RUFFED GROUSE, OSPREY, BROWN CREEPER,
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET , and FOX SPARROW among
others. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen at Calloway.
Elissa Gallien found a large flock of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS and 61
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS at Felton Prairie in Clay County on April 19.
Other species seen included MARBLED GODWITS, VESPER SPARROW, SAVANNAH
SPARROW, and a lot of WESTERN MEADOWLARKS. HORNED LARKS and GREATER
PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were also seen there.
A BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE was seen by Sandy Aubol north of Gary in Norman
County on April 16.
In Polk County, Sandy saw two GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN leks near Pankratz
Prairie on April 16. Among many other species seen there were MARBLED
GODWITS, WILSON'S SNIPE, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and
BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS. Along CR 45 she saw over 1000 SANDHILL CRANES. At
Cameron Lake near Erskine she found COMMON LOON, and along US 59 south
of there she found a BELTED KINGFISHER. I visited the rice paddies in
eastern Polk County on April 15 where I found hundreds of TUNDRA SWANS
and a variety of ducks.
In Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Zeann Linder reported EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVES in her neighborhood on April 15. A COOPER'S HAWK visited
our yard on April 20. Many waterfowl were seen on April 16 in the
Pennington County part of the rice paddies along the Clearwater River.
Larry Wilebski in northern Kittson County reported GREAT EGRET and
AMERICAN BITTERN on April 15.
Thanks to all who reported 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, April 27,
Pennington County, MN