*April 28, 2011
American White Pelican
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 28, 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, April 28,
2011 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 really felt like spring in the northwest this week, but not warm
enough yet for most of the cold weary residents. Birds however seem to
have caught spring fever, and courtship is going strong. Even some nest
building is getting going. Maggie Anderson at Agassiz National Wildlife
Refuge reported that the refuge has been ice free since April 24. Let's
hope it stays that way for awhile.
Larry Wilebski reported that a pair of LONG-EARED OWLS are nesting two
miles north of Lancaster in Kittson County.
Maggie Anderson at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, Maggie Anderson
reported a late SNOW BUNTING on April 20 at the refuge. On April 22,
there was a FOX SPARROW at the headquarters feeders; a WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW appeared on April 26, and EARED GREBE on April 27. A TRUMPETER
SWAN pair is at Mud River Pool, and SHORT-EARED OWLS are being seen
along CR 7.
Shelley Steva and I took a drive in Pennington County on April 24 during
which we saw several a TURKEY VULTURE, several MARBLED GODWITS and a
COMMON RAVEN carrying nesting material in the eastern part of the
Several BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were seen in Red Lake County on April 24.
Bruce Flaig heard RUFFED GROUSE drumming in southern Polk County on
April 22. Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks saw several PINE SISKINS at
her feeder on April 26. Shelley Steva and I found an AMERICAN AVOCET at
the rice paddies in eastern Polk County on April 24. Also seen there was
a wide variety of duck of most of the common species,many TUNDRA SWANS
and a few TRUMPETER SWANS.
In Clay County, Mel and Elaine Bennefeld reported TREE SWALLOWS at the
Ponderosa Golf Club on April 26.
On April 22, Beau Shroyer reported that BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were still to
be seen in Detroit Lakes, Becker County. Steve Midthune reported a
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in Lake Park on April 23. Other species seen in
Becker County this week included HORNED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE,
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, SWAMP SPARROW, VESPER
SPARROW, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported CHIPPING SPARROW in Menahga on
April 24, and 15 RED CROSSBILLS in Park Rapids on April 27. A late
COMMON REDPOLL was seen on April 24.
Dan and Sandy Thimgan in Otter Tail County reported 8 HORNED GREBE,
BROWN THRASHER, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD on April 26. 75 migrating
SANDHILL CRANES were observed by Richard and Gloria Nord near Vergas on
Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Bruce Flaig, Dan and Sandy Thimgan, Diana
Morkassel, Larry Wilebski, Maggie Anderson, Marshall Howe, Mel and
Elaine Bennefeld, Richard and Gloria Nord, Sandy Aubol, and Steve
Midthune 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, May 5,
Pennington County, MN