[mou] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, April 26, 2007
ajjoppru at wiktel.com
Thu Apr 26 22:51:57 EDT 2007
*April 26, 2007
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 26, 2007
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru (ajjoppru at wiktel.com)
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, April 27,
2007 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.
Spring is bursting out all over! Even lawns are greening up in the warm
spring sunshine. Little precipitation has fallen so conditions are
pleasant for birding with good road conditions and dry paths to walk.
The first wave of migrants are flooding in. Soon we will experience the
pause when , for a couple of weeks, few more species will arrive. Folks
in the south are already seeing some warblers and shorebirds which won't
arrive in the northwest for another three weeks or so.
Beth Siverhus reported many species of ducks on Lake of the Woods at
Warroad this week including NORTHERN PINTAIL, CANVASBACK, RING-NECKED
DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED MERGANSER, as well as two
TRUMPETER SWANS, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT.
MERLINS have returned to Warroad.
Pat Rice reported 15 species of ducks on the Clearwater County rice
paddies on April 25. Also seen in that county were SHARP-TAILED GROUSE,
EARED GREBES, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, MARBLED
GODWIT, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, FRANKLIN'S GULLS, a GRAY JAY, TREE SWALLOW,
BARN SWALLOW, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS among
In Beltrami County, Pat reported WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on April 25.
>From Agassiz NWR in Marshall County this week, Gary Tischer reported the
following species: WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on April 19, RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET on April 21, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on April 22, HORNED GREBES
on Agassiz Pool and Dahl Pool on April 23, 6 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS,
and MARBLED GODWITS on April 23, TURKEY VULTURE on April 24, and
PEREGRINE FALCONS on April 25.
In Pennington County on April 21, there were TRUMPETER SWANS, TUNDRA
SWANS, and many species of ducks on the rice paddies along the
Clearwater River in the eastern part of the county. GREATER YELLOWLEGS
and MARBLED GODWIT were also seen. The first WHITE-THROATED SPARROW
appeared on April 25 at our feeder near Thief River Falls, and to my
surprise, also that day the two GRAY JAYS that have been coming
occasionally all winter showed up again in the yard. A large push of
migrating NORTHERN FLICKERS was seen in the area on Sunday.
Both Shelley Steva and Steve Dahl saw a GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN along CR
1 east of Plummer in Red Lake County on April 24. One rice paddie in the
far northeastern part of the county held a good variety of swans, and
ducks. On April 21, The woods behind the Oak Grove cemetery near Red
Lake Falls was alive with YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS.
Nate Emery reported NORTHERN SHRIKE, SAVANNAH SPARROW, and VESPER
SPARROW in Polk County on April 20. On the 23rd he saw AMERICAN WIGEON,
AMERICAN COOT, TREE SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, SWAMP
SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, and
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD at Glacial Ridge NWR. SHARP-TAILED GROUSE, and
GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS are still dancing on the leks there. Marilyn
Erickson reported WOOD DUCK at Erskine, and a BALD EAGLE nesting in the
woods near there. The rice paddies along the Clearwater River in the
eastern part of the county held a few TRUMPETER SWANS, and large numbers
of TUNDRA SWANS, and nearly all the common species of ducks on April 21.
HORNED GREBE was also present. LESSER YELLOWLEGS and MARBLED GODWIT
represented the shorebirds.
In Becker County, Becky Oberlander and Connie Norheim visited Hamden
Slough NWR on April 20 where they found many species of ducks, GREAT
EGRET, GREAT BLUE HERON, FRANKLIN'S GULL, TREE SWALLOW, EASTERN PHOEBE,
and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD among others. At Tamarac NWR on April 23,
they found RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and CHIPPING
SPARROW. Maureen Gibbon observed a GREAT EGRET in eastern Becker County.
In Clay County, Becky Oberlander and Connie Norheim found FOX SPARROW,
LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at the MSUM Science Center
on April 20. On April 24, a SWAMP SPARROW was seen east of Downer, and
at the Sabin wastewater treatment ponds there were HOODED MERGANSER,
PIED-BILLED GREBE, and HORNED GREBE.
Dan and Sandy Thimgan saw 12 HORNED GREBES on Battle Lake in Otter Tail
County on April 23. Other species mentioned included COOPER'S HAWK,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS , FIELD SPARROW, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. On
April 24, they saw CHIMNEY SWIFT, and on the 26th, a VIRGINIA RAIL.
Maureen Gibbon saw HORNED GREBES also on Star Lake, along with
PIED-BILLED GREBE, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT. Cheri Steinmuller
reported WILD TURKEY, GREAT BLUE HERON, BELTED KINGFISHER,
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, and EASTERN BLUEBIRD on
Thanks to Becky Oberlander, Cheri Steinmuller, Connie Norheim, Gary
Tischer, Marilyn Erickson, Maureen Gibbon, Nate Emery, Pat Rice, Steve
Dahl, Shelley Steva, and Dan and Sandy Thimgan for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at ajjoppru at wiktel.com 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. When reporting by email please put "NW Bird Report" in the
subject line of your message. The next scheduled update of this report
is Friday, May 4, 2007.
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