*Minnesota Statewide
*September 22, 2011

-Birds mentioned -Transcript

Hotline: Minnesota Statewide
Date: September 22, 2011
Sponsor: Minnesota Ornithologists' Union (MOU) http://moumn.org
Reports: (763) 780-8890
Compiler: Anthony Hertzel ([log in to unmask])

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 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.

This week has seen the first general frost, and a few frosty mornings after that, but now it promises to warm up for a few days. We can still seen the signs that warm weather is nearly over, as leaves are really starting to show some yellows, and in a few cases in the northwest some red. Migrants are streaming through as we see and hear many chips and chirps in our yards.

Dave Hochhalter saw a GREEN HERON at Dunton Locks in Becker County this week.

Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported three RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS at the feeder on September 17, and had the last sighting on September 20. New this week at East Grand Forks were RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and PINE SISKIN. A PEREGRINE FALCON was spotted on the East Grand Forks water tower on September 21. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and many COMMON GRACKLES were also seen this week.

Here in Pennington County, a TURKEY VULTURE was circling over the Red Lake River in Thief River Falls on September 19.

Cliff Steinhauer reported a TURKEY VULTURE in Marshall County near Agassiz NWR this week. Maggie Anderson at Agassiz NWR reported that seven TRUMPETER SWAN cygnets have been seen on Thief Bay Pool lately so they must have had a good year.

Kelly Larson in Clearwater County near Bagley saw the first DARK-EYED JUNCO and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS of the fall season on September 18.

Thanks to Cliff Steinhauer, Dave Hochhalter, Kelly Larson, Maggie Anderson, and Sandy Aubol 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, September 29, 2011.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN