*July 29, 2010
Northern Hawk Owl
Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: July 29, 2010
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://moumn.org
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel ([log in to unmask])
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 29,
2010 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.
This has been a typical summer week in the northwest , with hot
temperatures punctuated by showers and thunderstorms. Flowers are
everywhere, and baby birds are noisy like all youngsters finding their
voices. A few migrants are already starting to show up also.
Beth Siverhus reported a NORTHERN HAWK OWL along MN 72 in Lake of the
Woods County near Baudette on July 15.
Doug Johnson, reporting from Bemidji, Beltrami County mentioned that
BONAPARTE'S GULLS have returned to Lake Bemidji near the country club
dock. Several pairs of MERLINS are nesting along the north shore of Lake
Bemidji, and a family of BARRED OWLS are being seen in the campground
and along the Bass Creek Trail.
In Polk County, Bruce Flaig saw more than 20 BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES along
CR 41 between CR 12 and MN 32 on July 24. Sandy Aubol reported that a
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH has returned to her yard in East Grand Forks.
In Mahnomen County on the weekend, Ron Erpelding and Herb Dingmann found
one GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, a pair of GRAY PARTRIDGE on 250 St, and
some shorebirds at a flooded cornfield. Other species seen there
included OSPREY, MERLIN, ALDER FLYCATCHER, NASHVILLE WARBLER,
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.
In Norman County, Ron and Herb found SCARLET TANAGER, BREWER'S
BLACKBIRD, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.
Clay County sightings by Ron and Herb included SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER,
STILT SANDPIPER, and BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS at the Moorhead WTP, and an
immature FRANKLIN'S GULL at the Ulen wastewater treatment ponds.
Nancy Jackson reported 9 BLACK TERNS along CR 13 in Hubbard County near
the town of Hubbard, one of which was carrying food.
In Otter Tail County, Nancy Jackson observed 9 SANDHILL CRANES, SPOTTED
SANDPIPER, and WILSON'S SNIPE near Deer Creek this week. James and Rita
Loftness observed that a pair of OSPREY are building a nest on a pole
about a mile south of Battle Lake.
Nancy Jackson saw 2 juvenile BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and about 20 PURPLE
MARTINS near Betsy Ross Resort on Lake Ida in Douglas County this week.
Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Bruce Flaig, Doug Johnson, James and Rita
Loftness, Nancy Jackson, Ron Erpelding, Herb Dingmann, 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, August 5,
Pennington County, MN