*Detroit Lakes
*July 2, 2009

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: July 2, 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, July 2, 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.

It has been cool and pleasant since the great storm on the weekend which left the whole area very soggy. It is starting to dry out now, but many fields are still too wet to get into. This hasn't stopped the birds, as babies are appearing everywhere.

Danielle Kvasager , reporting from Rydell NWR in Polk County , mentioned TRUMPETER SWAN, COMMON LOON, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, RED-NECKED GREBE, and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER among the sightings this past week. Shelley Steva saw two pairs of SANDHILL CRANES just north of Erskine at the edge of the Polk WMA, one of which had a colt. She also saw a GREEN HERON near McIntosh on July 27. Sid Stivland observed a COMMON LOON, OSPREY, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW among others at Glacial Ridge NWR on July 28.

Here in Pennington County, Zeann Linder reported that on July 29 she finally confirmed young in the MERLIN nest near her home in Thief River Falls. It is still uncertain how many young there are, but we are watching their progress.

Gary Tischer, reporting from Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on July 1, said that duck broods are starting to appear at the refuge. A pair of TRUMPETER SWANS with 5 cygnets is being seen at Northwest Pool; another pair which have no young were seen at Agassiz Pool. There are 4 active BALD EAGLE nests at Agassiz, and two GREAT HORNED OWL young have been observed in the southwest part of the refuge in recent days.

Shelley Steva in Bemidji, Beltrami County, on June 27, reported nesting HAIRY WOODPECKER and BROWN THRASHER in Bemidji near the campus of Bemidji State University.

Beth Siverhus in Warroad, Roseau County, observed HAIRY WOODPECKER with young, PURPLE MARTIN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, BROWN THRASHER, GRAY CATBIRD, and CEDAR WAXWING this week.

Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Danielle Kvasager, Gary Tischer, Shelley Steva, and Sid Stivland 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 9, 2009.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN