*September 29, 2011
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: September 29, 2011
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, September
29, 2011 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce.
You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or
What a lovely week of fall weather this has been, but the cold wind
reminded us not to get too comfortable. Although the forecast is for
cooler weather, it isn't to be very cold with little or no more frost in
the next few days. Trees are coloring up, and I hear that those areas
with more colorful species are starting to look very beautiful.
Pat DeWenter saw 4 BALD EAGLES, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO in
Beltrami County on September 24.
In Marshall County on September 23, Cliff Steinhauer reported a
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD still coming to his feeder. Maggie Anderson
reported that there are 31000 dabbling ducks at Agassiz NWR including
MALLARDS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and AMERICAN WIGEON. About 150 TUNDRA SWANS
are on Agassiz Pool which has recently been reflooded. About 1000
shorebirds including peeps and yellowlegs are presently on the refuge,
along with numerous immature BALD EAGLES.
On September 25, there were two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and several
PURPLE FINCHES in our yard near Thief River Falls. On September 25 and
26, the yard was full on migrating YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS feeding
furiously in the warm sunshine.
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County, reported YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW on September 24. On September 26, she saw DARK-EYED JUNCO,
NASHVILLE WARBLER; several COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen flying overhead.
Clay County sightings by Nancy Jackson included YELLOW-BELLIED
SAPSUCKER, RED-EYED VIREO, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER, DARK-EYED JUNCO, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on September 25. At
Felton Prairie she saw a SWAINSON'S HAWK and WESTERN MEADOWLARK.
Steve Midthune reported an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in the grove behind
the old headquarters at Hamden Slough NWR on September 25. Also at the
refuge were WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, WHTIE-THROATED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S
SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and SAVANNAH SPARROW.
I have a secondhand report of a group of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS seen on
September 26 in Becker County.
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County had the unfortunate experience of
finding a WOOD THRUSH killed on his window on September 27. Species seen
alive included YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and DARK-EYED JUNCO.
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, October 6,
Pennington County, MN