*Detroit Lakes
*July 23, 2009

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: July 23, 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 24, 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 seems that we are in the summer doldrums for the last two weeks, even as the birds are frantically feeding young. Few reports have come in, but this report will update the conditions. No big rain events have occurred except in isolated areas so conditions are as expected for summer birding. Insects have proliferated over the last two weeks, so birders should come prepared with repellents.

Linda Felker was in Becker County on July 13 where she observed a WILD TURKEY with young. At Tamarac NWR she found a BROWN CREEPER, and SCARLET TANAGER.

At Felton Prairie on July 14, Linda saw a COMMON LOON at the lake there, and of course the CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS.

On July 21, Anita Vettleson reported a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at her home near Oklee in Red Lake County.

Here in Pennington County, a family of YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS is visiting my grape jelly feeders. They seem to be using the mountain ash tree a bit less since I fill the jelly every day. I hope it will save the tree. The yard is full of baby EASTERN WOOD-PEWEES, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, and HOUSE FINCHES.

At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, returning shorebirds are starting to show up, and there is good habitat along CR 7 at Parker Pool where tonight I saw several species. Time did not permit me to identify them all due to an approaching thunderstorm.

In Kittson County, Larry Wilebski saw 19 BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES about a mile from his cabin on July 23.

Thanks to Anita Vettleson, Linda Felker, and Larry Wilebski 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 31, 2009.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN