*Detroit Lakes
*June 3, 2010

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: June 3, 2010
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, June 3, 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.

It has been a very pleasant week in the northwest, though cool, but on Thursday, rain came again. Bird migration appears to be over, but a few stragglers are still coming through.

A few notable species were seen this week in the northwest. Brad Bolduan found a male LARK BUNTING along CR 7 a mile east of Agassiz NWR headquarters on Friday, May 28. The bird was also there on May 29, but a short search for it on May 31 was unsuccessful.

Dave and Betty Hochhalter in Detroit Lakes, Becker County, had an ORCHARD ORIOLE at their feeder this week.

In Norman County on May 27, Pat DeWenter found a SHORT-EARED OWL hunting a little south of Fertile.

Adele Rosencrans reported a nesting BALD EAGLE about a half mile west of MN 220 near the East Grand Forks WTP this weekend.

Anita Vettleson had a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER visit her yard in Red Lake County on June 2.

Linda Felker saw a SHORT-EARED OWL on the west side of US 58 just south of Newfolden in Marshall County on May 27.

On May 29, Pat DeWenter relocated the BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER along the Bohall Trail in Itasca State Park in Clearwater County. Other species seen in the county that day included EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, MOURNING WARBLER, OVENBIRDS, and an EVENING GROSBEAK a the feeders at Bert's Cabins.

The MOU Minnesota Birding Weekend in Cass County found a family group of RED CROSSBILLS in the southeast corner of the county. Directions are S off MN 210 on CR 36 a half mile W of the Crow Wing County line. When CR 36 curves west turn left, and go 0.25 mile to the open pine stand on the east side of the road. 151 species were seen by the group on the weekend including YELLOW RAILS at Swamp Lake, and NELSON'S SPARROWS at Swamp Lake and also several at the Boy River Marsh. A few folks actually saw both species. Other notable species in the list were BARRED OWL, WHIP-POOR-WILL at Deep Portage, and three CONNECTICUT WARBLERS along CR 135 3.5 miles west of CR 65.

Linda Felker found a late WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW in Beltrami County on May 24.

In Kittson County Linda saw 15 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, MARBLED GODWIT, and WILSON'S SNIPE all north of Karlstad on CR 7 about 1.2 miles east of CR 14. At Lake Bronson SP she saw OSPREY, LARK SPARROW, EASTERN TOWHEE, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, and SCARLET TANAGER. Probable WILLOW FLYCATCHERS were heard singing in the northern part of the county. County Road 51 goes north from CR 4, then turns left to head west. These birds were heard along a dead end road( 275th St) going north from CR 51 where it turns west.

In Roseau County, Beth Siverhus saw 24 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS in Warroad on May 26. Other birds seen this week included LEAST FLYCATCHER, RED-EYED VIREO, VEERY, CEDAR WAXWING, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and WESTERN MEADOWLARK. Linda Felker found several WESTERN KINGBIRDS at Springsteel Island.

Martin Kehoe reported TRUMPETER SWAN, SPRUCE GROUSE, BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER in Lake of the Woods County this week. On May 30, he saw a LONG-EARED OWL along MN 72, and on May 31 , a MERLIN at the Peace Park in Baudette.

Thanks to Adele Rosencrans, Anita Vettleson, Beth Siverhus, Brad Bolduan, Dave and Betty Hochhalter, Kim Eckert, Linda Felker, Martin Kehoe, and Pat DeWenter 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, June 10, 2010.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN