*September 10, 2009
Great Horned Owl
Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: September 10, 2009
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://moumn.org
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel ([log in to unmask])
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September
10, 2009 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or
Our week of summer this year arrived this week on the heels of a night
of storms and rain. Weather since has been warm, almost hot, and windy,
but surely welcome after the cold wet summer we have had. The mosquitoes
love it, so bring the repellent if you come this way. Migration is
proceeding, but it has been difficult to find waves as the winds have
been largely southerly.
Lake of the Woods County sightings by Kim Eckert's Minnesota Birding
Weekend included BONAPARTE'S GULL and COMMON TERN. Ted Dick made a loop
through the Beltrami Island State Forest and observed RUFFED GROUSE,
SPRUCE GROUSE, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, COMMON NIGHTHAWK,
and BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER among others on September 7.
In Roseau County, Kim's group had great looks at SHARP-TAILED GROUSE,
found an AMERICAN AVOCET at the Roseau Wastewater treatment ponds, and
145 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES at the Warroad wastewater treatment ponds.
Some other species observed by the group in Roseau County included EARED
GREBE at Badger Wastewater treatment ponds, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER,
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER,
BROWN CREEPER, and several species of warbler.
In Kittson County , a WILSON'S PHALAROPE was seen at the Karlstad
Wastewater treatment ponds.
The MOU Minnesota Birding Weekend group found RED-NECKED GREBE, GREEN
HERON, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER,
and PHILADELPHIA VIREO among many other species in Clearwater County on
At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, the MOU group found a SNOWY EGRET
among a group of GREAT EGRETS at Parker Pool along CR 7. Other sightings
included VIRGINIA RAIL, GREAT HORNED OWL, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER,
YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and several species of
Bob Ekblad discovered two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS in eastern Polk
County on September 7. The birds were in a remnant muddy patch in a
field near the northeastern corner of Red Lake County, about a half mile
from both Pennington and Red Lake Counties. The location was along a
diagonal road, the southern end of which was the intersection of 370th
Ave SE and 170th St. NE. Don't be deceived if the numbering in the atlas
is 100 off, and some of them are incorrect. The roads are correct even
if the numbers are wrong. After the rain came through, it is doubtful if
they are still there. Bruce Flaig reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD,
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE still in his yard in
southern Polk County on Monday.
The Minnesota Birding Weekend saw 152 species in all including 18
species of shorebirds and 16 species of warblers over four days in five
Thanks to Bob Ekblad, Bruce Flaig, Kim Eckert, and Ted Dick for their
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, September
Pennington County, MN