*October 6, 2016
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: October 6, 2016
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, October 6,
2016 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.
We have been reminded this week that the warm weather is nearly over,
and tonight they are even forecasting a few snowflakes. Migration is
going strongly, with large numbers of northern flickers, eastern
bluebirds, yellow-rumped warblers and other late migrant warblers flying
through. Sparrow migration is in full force, and we are seeing more
white-throated sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, and Harris's sparrows
as the days go on.
In Kittson County on October 2, Shelley Steva and I saw RED-TAILED HAWK,
a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and a large flocks of
COMMON GRACKLES and RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS near Halma.
Here in Pennington County, on October 1, I had a family of EASTERN
BLUEBIRDS visit our bird bath. While they were taking a vigorous bath,
they were joined by a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. Other species seen in the
yard that day included WOOD DUCK, BROWN CREEPER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH,
many RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, PALM WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and
PURPLE FINCH. Shelley Steva reported several WESTERN MEADOWLARKS
migrating through northeastern Pennington County on October 5. All week
I have been hearing RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in the yard.
Sandy Aubol in western Polk County had a good representation of the
sparrow migration this week including HARRIS'S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, SONG
SPARROW, and CHIPPING SPARROW. Also seen were COOPER’S HAWK, MERLIN,
NASHVILLE WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, and
In Dorset, Hubbard County, Marshall Howe reported a RED-NECKED GREBE on
From Todd County, John Kroll observed 13 AMERICAN PIPITS in a field
about two miles northeast of Long Prairie. Directions are to take CR 5
north out of Long Prairie to 250th St, turn right and go about 1.5 miles
to a plowed field on the north side.
In Otter Tail County, Wayne Perala reported RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET on
September 30. On October 4, he saw BALD EAGLE, MERLIN, NASHVILLE
WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, DARK-EYED JUNCO and
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Maplewood State Park. Jody Doll reported an
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in Fergus Falls on October 4.
Grant County sightings by Charlene Nelson included GOLDEN-CROWNED
KINGLET, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO on September 30, and
BROWN CREEPER on October 1.
Thanks to all who reported sightings this week.
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 13,
Pennington County, MN