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-RBA
*Minnesota
*Detroit Lakes
*May 7, 2009
*MNDL0905.07

-Birds mentioned
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Western Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Cattle Egret
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Yellow Rail
Virginia Rail
Sora
Solitary Sandpiper
Willet
Marbled Godwit
Sanderling
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Phalarope
Bonaparte's Gull
Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern
Great Horned Owl
Great Gray Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Tree Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
House Wren
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Clay-colored Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: May 7, 2009
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, May 7, 2009
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 week the migrants flooded in even as the hawk migration draws to a
close. Shorebird migration is well underway, nearly all the resident
sparrows are here, and the bug eaters are starting to arrive. Now if the
weather would warm up a little more, there would be bugs too. Right now
it is great for the humans, but the early birds may be finding it hard
going as it is too cool most of the time for many bugs to be about.
Recent weather was much warmer, but we are regressing as I write, and
next week promises to be cooler.

In Otter Tail County, Teresa Jaskiewicz at the Prairie Wetlands Learning
Center reported that nearly all the summer residents are back. Eight
species of shorebirds were mentioned in her report, and other species
included CATTLE EGRET, SORA, VIRGINIA RAIL, FORSTER'S TERN, YELLOW
WARBLER, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD. Brad and Dee
Ehlers reported ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on May 5, and HARRIS'S SPARROW on
May 6. Alma Ronningen observed a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and LINCOLN'S
SPARROW on May 1, a BROWN THRASHER on May 4, and HOUSE WREN and EASTERN
TOWHEE on May 6. BALTIMORE ORIOLE arrived on May 7.

In Becker County, Beau Shroyer reported a SANDERLING on Little Detroit
Lake on May 2, and CASPIAN TERN on May 5. On May 1 , he observed 200
HORNED GREBES, 400 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS,
BONAPARTE'S GULL, and FORSTER'S TERNS at Detroit Lakes. Betty and Dave
Hochhalter reported YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and
INDIGO BUNTING on April 30, and on May 6, a BALTIMORE ORIOLE. Mary Davis
saw a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD at her feeder on May 3. Rod Anton
reported WOOD DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and TREE SWALLOW among
others.

Mel and Elaine Bennefeld saw a CANADA GOOSE with 6 young at Buffalo
River State Park in Clay County on May 5.

Bruce Flaig in Polk County saw ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on May 5, and
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on May 7. Nate Emery
found a YELLOW RAIL and YELLOW WARBLER at Glacial Ridge on May 6. Near
Crookston, Rick Waldrop found WILLET, BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, both
yellowlegs, SANDERLING, LEAST SANDPIPERS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER,
WILSON'S PHALAROPES, and LARK SPARROW. Mike Christopherson reported a
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in Crookston on May 7.

Here in Pennington County, on May 7, there were LINCOLN'S SPARROW,
HARRIS'S SPARROW, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in the yard, and a COOPER'S
HAWK is making regular visits to the feeders.

Beth Siverhus was at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on May 4 where she
saw BROAD-WINGED HAWK and GREAT HORNED OWL. Most of the resident
waterfowl are back, and warblers are starting to arrive.

Katie Haws reported GREATER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER,
and COMMON MERGANSER at Blackduck Lake in Beltrami County on May 1.

Larry Wilebski in Kittson County saw a BROWN CREEPER on May 5, and a
possible ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on May 6. Also on the 6th, he observed
AMERICAN BITTERN,both yellowlegs, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, and WILSON'S
PHALAROPES.

Beth Siverhus in Roseau County reported two pairs of RED-BREASTED
MERGANSERS, LESSER SCAUP, about 25 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, and CLIFF SWALLOWS
on April 30. On May 4, she added WESTERN GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE,
MARBLED GODWIT, CEDAR WAXWING, and many others.

Susan Olin saw a BROAD-WINGED HAWK between Faunce and Norris Camp in
Lake of the Woods County on May 1. A GREAT GRAY OWL was seen along the
Faunce Road. Gretchen Mehmel reported AMERICAN BITTERN, NORTHERN
HARRIER, and SORA on May 6.

Thanks to all the folks who sent in reports 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, May 14,
2009.


Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN