-RBA *Minnesota *Detroit Lakes *May 3, 2012 *MNDL1205.03-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: May 3, 2012
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, May 3, 2012 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. A little rain and some warmer humid weather has turned the northwest a vivid green and leaves are coming out all over. You need to be quick if you are to see the warblers before the trees are fully leafed out. Migration has been spotty in the last week, but new species continue to turn up every day. Steve Midthune reported SWAINSON'S THRUSH and OVENBIRD at Tamarac NWR in Becker County on May 2. Heidi Hughes in Polk County found LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the intersection of CR 68 and 23 on April 28. Other species seen in the area included ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SWAINSON'S HAWK, COOPER'S HAWK, MARBLED GODWIT, HERMIT THRUSH, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. Leon and Donna Thoreson saw a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE in Climax on April 29. Other species they saw included WOOD DUCK, GREAT EGRET, BELTED KINGFISHER, and PALM WARBLER. On April 29, Sandy Aubol saw a LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and on April 30, 6 HARRIS'S SPARROWS, 5 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and 12 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS in her East Grand Forks yard. On May 1, there was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and on May 2, a YELLOW WARBLER. On May 3, Leon and Donna Thoreson saw an EASTERN TOWHEE in their yard near Climax. Tonight in our yard in Pennington County, I saw a SWAINSON'S THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County , Gregg Knutsen saw a MARSH WREN on April 23, Maggie Anderson found a VIRGINIA RAIL there on April 23, Lynda Knutsen reported a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at headquarters on April 25, and HARRIS'S SPARROWS arrived on May 1. Casey Skaggs found four AMERICAN AVOCETS on Tamarac Pool on May 2. Cliff Steinhauer found three SHARP-TAILED GROUSE leks in Marshall County on May 2 - two were in Excel township. One of those was a half mile east from 150th Ave on 250th St. There was another in East Valley Township. He also found a GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN lek with 4 birds. He also reported 4 TURKEY VULTURES feasting on carrion in the Thief River. A CANADA GOOSE with 6 goslings was spotted on May 2. Paul Clay saw a TURKEY VULTURE at the south edge of Hallock in Kittson County on April 27. Beth Siverhus in Warroad , Roseau County, reported RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on April 26. On the 29th, she saw CLIFF SWALLOWS and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and on May 2 , EVENING GROSBEAKS near a feeder in Warroad. Other species seen in the area included COMMON GOLDENEYE, RUFFED GROUSE, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, TRE SWALLOW, SWAMP SPARROW and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD. In Lake of the Woods County , Beth saw a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK south of Baudette on April 22. Thanks to all the folks who sent in their sightings this week. 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, May,10 2012.
Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN