*Detroit Lakes
*September 24, 2009

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: September 24, 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, September 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.

This has been a great week of summer, even though the calendar says it's fall, but it sure hasn't made for very lively birding. We are starting to see large numbers of NORTHERN FLICKERS and AMERICAN ROBINS moving through the area. Waterfowl are gathering in large numbers on area sloughs, lakes, and fields. One sad note was reported by Ted Dick from Baudette area in Lake of the Woods County. On Monday night September 23, there was fog in the area, and next day about 300 birds of 40 species were picked up dead by the Loran tower. They included mostly warblers, sparrows, vireos, and 110 Swainson's thrushes.

Most of the reports this week come from Otter Tail County. Alma Ronningen reported EASTERN PHOEBE, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on September 21, BELTED KINGFISHER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH on September 23. A few TRUMPETER SWANS were also seen. Brad and Dee Ehlers still had a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD in their yard on September 21. 47 SANDHILL CRANES were seen on September 20 near Vining. On September 22, the Ehlers reported many CANADA GEESE in the area and a large flock of AMERICAN ROBINS moving through Perham. On September 23 they saw NORTHERN FLICKER, juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, and many RING-BILLED GULLS in Fergus Falls.

Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks , Polk County observed a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in her yard on September 21.

Here in Pennington County, we have been noticing large numbers of NORTHERN FLICKERS in the area.

At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, the waterfowl are gathering, and last weekend there were large flocks of both ducks and CANADA GEESE at the refuge.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Ted Dick, and Sandy Aubol for their reports. Remember that this report is only as good as you make it. Please continue to send in your 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, October 1, 2009.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN