-RBA *Minnesota *Detroit Lakes *May 26, 2016 *MNDL1605.26-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: May 26, 2016
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 26, 2016 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.
With the warmer weather and strong south winds, migration has proceeded quickly this week. Now we are in the last phase of it, with all the waterfowl here, raptor migration complete, flycatchers and vireos mostly arrived this week, most of the early thrushes have gone through, all the common warblers are coming through now, sparrows are here and all the blackbirds. Many shorebird species can be seen in the northwest now wherever there is suitable habitat, and that is somewhat scarce this year.
In Kittson County, Paul Budde and four others found a CATTLE EGRET and 4 WILLETS at the Hallock WTP on May 21.
In Clearwater County, Alex Sundvall observed a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER at Itasca State Park on May 21. Paul Budde's group found 9 species of shorebirds at the rice paddies north of Clearwater along the Clearwater River on May 21.
At Itasca State Park, Connie Cox reported COMMON LOON, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 13 species of warblers including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER. Other species on the list included SCARLET TANAGER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and many others.
Nancy Wasik observed EASTERN TOWHEE among other species in her yard in western Beltrami County this week.
In Marshall County this week at the Agassiz Valley impoundment, Sandy Aubol found 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, 15 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, RUDDY TURNSTONE, and DUNLIN on May 21. At Old Mill SP on May 24, she found RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and VEERY.
Paul Budde's group found 3 WHIMBRELS and a SWAINSONíS HAWK at the quarry in Pleasant Valley Township in the far southwestern part of Red Lake County on May 23. 16 species of shorebirds were seen at the rice paddies at 350th Ave and 150th St in the far northeastern part of the county. They included 5 WHIMBRELS, 3 RUDDY TURNSTONES, and 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS. I was there today, and found no shorebirds after the rain yesterday which undoubtedly raised the water levels and moved the birds out. I did find 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES at the quarry location in the southwest. Paulís group found 10 AMERICAN AVOCETS and one RED-NECKED PHALAROPE at the Oklee WTP. 210 WILSONíS PHALAROPES, 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and 3 WILLETS were seen at the Red Lake Falls WTP by Paulís group. Once again, I found none of them there today.
Russ Wilbur reported a BOBOLINK on the East Grand Forks side of the Red River greenway in Polk County on May 20. Sandy Aubol reported a ROSS'S GOOSE at the Angus/Oslo impoundment on May 21. At the Brandt/Angus impoundment she saw AMERICAN AVOCET, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, STILT SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, WILSONíS PHALAROPE, and BLACK TERN. On May 24, COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were migrating over East Grand Forks.
Steve Midthune reported that the Detroit Lake Festival found 155 species this year in the first two days, including 19 species of warblers.
In Clay County, on May 20, Craig Mandel found a SAY'S PHOEBE at Felton Prairie on the west side of 170th St just north of the small wooded area on the north side of the lake.
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported CASPIAN TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, and SCARLET TANAGER on May 20, TENNESSEE WARBLER on May 21, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and EASTERN KINGBIRD on May 22, COMMON NIGHTHAWK on May 23, and CANADA WARBLER on May 24.
In Wilkin County, Ben Fritchman found a WHITE-FACED IBIS, and a RED KNOT at the Brown WPA on May 20. Other species found there were STILT SANDPIPER, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. The WPA is located along CR 19 about a half mile south of CR 20.
Thanks to all 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, June 2, 2016.
Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN