*Detroit Lakes
*April 21, 2011

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 21, 2011
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, April 22, 2011 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.

Migration is picking up and temperatures also are getting warmer. Tonight we are getting a little rain, with emphasis on the little. Even better weather is forecast for the weekend.

Brad and Dee Ehlers reported that there are many GREAT EGRETS and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS at the rookery in Fergus Falls, and the best place to photograph them is across from the Dairy Queen. The first YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen in Fergus Falls on April 18. Tom and Sheryl Smith observed TREE SWALLOW, CHIPPING SPARROW, and FOX SPARROW on April 18.

In Becker County , Dave and Betty Hochhalter reported NORTHERN FLICKER, EASTERN BLUEBIED, and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER in Detroit Lakes on April 16. In Hubbard County, a TURKEY VULTURE was seen by Dave and Betty on April 16. Beau Shroyer was at Lake Sallie on April 16, where he reported large numbers of ducks of several species. Among the species seen in Otter Tail County were RED-NECKED GREBE, HORNED GREBE, PIED-BILLED GREBE, OSPREY, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, EASTERN PHOEBE, and GOLDEN- CROWNED KINGLET. Steve Midthune observed RING-NECKED DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, and FIELD SPARROW on April 20. A GREAT EGRET flew up from the banks of the Red Lake River here in Pennington County tonight as I ate supper. On April 20 a COMMON LOON was seen in the river at the junction of the Red Lake and Thief Rivers. Maggie Anderson reported from Agassiz NWR , Marshall County, that 2 COMMON LOONS were seen on Headquarters Pool on March 15. On April 18, RED-NECKED GREBES were seen, and on April 19, PIED-BILLED GREBE and a few GREATER YELLOWLEGS were seen. Present in small numbers now are nearly every species of ducks that are commonly seen on the refuge. On April 17 I saw 7 HOODED MERGANSERS and a BELTED KINGFISHER at the CR 7 bridge on the west end of the refuge, and several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen along the county road. Katie Haws reported a good variety of ducks, and many TUNDRA SWANS at the rice paddies in Clearwater County on April 18. SANDHILL CRANES, SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, and TURKEY VULTURES were also seen. Larry Wilebski reported a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on April 17, a mile west and a miles north of Lancaster on April 17. Wes Bailey in Lake of the Woods County on April 18, reported RED CROSSBILL, EVENING GROSBEAK. A lone SNOW BUNTING was seen along the Faunce -Butterfield Road about six miles east of Norris Camp . Thanks to Beau Shroyer, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Dave and Betty Hochhalter, Katie Haws, Larry Wilebski, Maggie Anderson, Steve Midthune, Tom and Sheryl Smith, and Wes Bailey 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,April 29, 2011.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN