*June 28, 2012
Great Gray Owl
Le Conte's Sparrow
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: June 28, 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 28,
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.
Summer weather has finally arrived. We are hoping it sticks around for
awhile. Birds are very busy raising the next generation right now, and
feeders are busy with the activity of young birds learning the ropes.
Jesse Ellis reported LE CONTE'S SPARROWS north of Lake Irene in Douglas
County on June 28. He also found DICKCISSELS in the county.
In Norman County, Randy Frederickson discovered several HENSLOW'S
SPARROWS this week. One of them was at the following location: seven
miles east of Borup on CR 39, then north 2 miles to the intersection of
330th St and 140th Ave, and east 0.3 miles. The bird was on the north
side of the road.
From East Grand Forks , Sandy Aubol reported LE CONTE'S SPARROW, LARK
SPARROW, INDIGO BUNTING, and DICKCISSELS in the East Grand Forks
greenway on June 24.
In Red Lake County on June 25, Ron Erpelding found a WESTERN GREBE on
the Red Lake Falls wastewater treatment ponds, and two DICKCISSELS on
the south side of CR 1 just east of CR 23.
Ashley Hitt at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County heard a LEAST BITTERN on
the refuge on June 27.
Larry Wilebski in Kittson County reported LEAST BITTERN, AMERICAN
WOODCOCKS, LONG-EARED OWL with an owlet, and over twenty WHIP-POOR-WILLS
on June 23. Ron Erpelding was in the county on June 25 and 26 where he
found several SHARP-TAILED GROUSE with broods, several LEAST BITTERNS,
two of which were along the Tombstone Highway( CR 51) east of US 59. A
WHIP-POOR-WILLS was heard on the south side of the Tombstone Highway 3
miles east of US 59.
Bill Blackburn, reporting from Lake of the Woods County on June 26,
observed a GREAT GRAY OWL and BOREAL CHICKADEES on the Pitt Grade, an
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER on the Hogsback trail, and SPRUCE GROUSE in the
Beltrami Island State Forest. On CR 3, he found a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.
Thanks to Ashley Hitt, Bill Blackburn, Jesse Ellis, Larry Wilebski,
Randy Frederickson, Ron Erpelding, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.
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, July 5,
Pennington County, MN