*July 19, 2012
American White Pelican
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: July 19, 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, July 19,
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.
It has been a very hot week here in the northwest, though I hear not as
hot as in the southern part of the state. Birds have been very active,
especially at the bird bath.
On July 18, Gary and Marion Otnes found a RUFF in Otter Tail County in
the Mistinka backwaters. Directions are south on CR 1 from Fergus Falls
to the intersection with 170th Ave where there were flooded fields
ahead. Several species of shorebirds were there including one RUFF with
a dark brown ruff. I do not know if the bird or the flooded fields are
still there, although this was only yesterday.
Mark Otnes discovered BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS at Dunton Locks County Park
in Becker County on July 13. The birds were in the tram area and around
the picnic shelter.
In Clay County, Dennis Weisenborn found BLUE GROSBEAKS northeast of
Glyndon near the intersection of 70th Ave N and 180th St . The birds
were found two weeks ago, but were still there singing on July 14th.
Other species in the area included EASTERN BLUEBIRD, LARK SPARROW,
ORCHARD ORIOLE, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.
Sandy Aubol reported DICKCISSELS at the East Grand Forks wastewater
treatment ponds in Polk County on July 13. EARED GREBES and BLACK TERNS
were also there.
A single DICKCISSEL was singing from a round bale in an alfalfa field
near the intersection of CR 7 and MN 32 in Pennington County on July 14.
Heidi Hughes found ten DICKCISSELS at the Agassiz Valley impoundment in
Marshall and Polk County on July 14. More than 100 AMERICAN WHITE
PELICANS were also there, and SHORT-EARED OWLS are being seen on the
Thanks to Dennis Weisenborn, Gary and Marion Otnes, Mark Otnes, 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 26,
Pennington County, MN