[mou] Northwest Minnesota Birding Report- Thursday, May 22, 2008
ajjoppru at wiktel.com
Thu May 22 23:11:12 CDT 2008
*May 22, 2008
Cape May Warbler
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: May 22, 2008
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 Thursday, May 23
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 reluctantly arriving in the northwest this year, causing
migration to be late and stressful for the migrants, as it has been too
cold most days for insects to be available for food. Rain , also, has
been hard to come by, so dry conditions prevail , leaving little habitat
for migrating shorebirds. However, pressure to reproduce is driving
birds to come north anyway, albeit more slowly than usual.
One unusual sighting was reported this week. Kelly Larson found a SNOWY
OWL on May 17 at Bluestem Prairie SNA between two and three miles east
of CR 23 on 17th Ave S.
In Otter Tail County,Brad and Dee Ehlers reported a NORTHERN CARDINAL,
an INDIGO BUNTING, a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and an AMERICAN GOLDFINCH
at the feeder together on May 17. On May 18, Nancy Jackson found 40
BLACK TERNS at the Henning WTP.
Sarah Knutie , reported species seen at Itasca State Park on May 17
included NORTHERN PARULA, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER,
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and PINE SISKIN. On May
20 she reported BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and INDIGO BUNTING. In Hubbard
County on May 20, she saw BLAC K-AND-WHITE WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER,
and HARRIS'S SPARROW. A BOBOLINK was seen near Guthrie.
Linda Schumann, at the northern edge of Tamarac NWR in Becker County on
May 19, reported INDIGO BUNTING, PURPLE FINCH, and EVENING GROSBEAK.
Connie Norheim found RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS near Oak Mound School on
10th St NW in Moorhead , Clay County, where they have been found in the
past. Nancy Jackson reported MARBLED GODWIT, UPLAND SANDPIPER,
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR, and
ORCHARD ORIOLE at Felton Prairie on May 18.
Russ Wilber was birding in Polk County on May 18 where he reported
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, and YELLOW WARBLER in East Grand Forks. Nathaniel
Emery reported finding 4 SHORT-EARED OWL nests in a small area near CR
46 south of CR 45 and north of MN 102 this week.
Here in Pennington County, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW turned up at the bird
feeder on May 15. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER came on May 17, and BOBOLINKS
were seen that day also.
At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on May 18, several LESSER YELLOWLEGS,
SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, MARBLED GODWITS, DUNLIN, and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS
were seen. Also found was one WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and one BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER. Few warblers were seen, but the group from the Detroit Lakes
Festival of Birds had great looks at RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and CAPE MAY
WARBLERS at headquarters. On May 22, Peder Svingen found that warblers
had arrived tallying 21 species in a couple of hours. Also seen was one
FERRUGINOUS HAWK along the county road that runs along the west boundary
north of CR 7.
In Clearwater County, Sarah Knutie observed a BALTIMORE ORIOLE and PINE
SISKIN on May 17.
Beltrami County sightings by Pat DeWenter on May 18 included WINTER
WREN, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, TENNESSEE WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,
BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN
WATERTHRUSH and INDIGO BUNTING. Also on the 18th, Pat Rice reported two
CASPIAN TERNS, four species of thrush - VEERY, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH,
SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and AMERICAN ROBIN, and twelve warbler species. She
also saw three BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO. These
sightings were at Three Island County Park and Beltrami County Park.
There was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at the Rice home. On May 16, on
Wildwood Road, she saw BROWN THRASHER, and EASTERN TOWHEE and five
species of shorebirds. Pat DeWenter on May 20 reported LEAST FLYCATCHER,
and 11 species of warbler among others.
Larry Wilebski in Kittson County reported WILLET, UPLAND SANDPIPER,
SHORT-EARED OWL, and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH on May 17.
Thanks to Brad and Dee Ehlers, Connie Norheim, Kelly Larson, Larry
Wilebski, Linda Schumann, Nancy Jackson, Nathaniel Emery, Pat DeWenter,
Pat Rice, Russell Wilber, and Sarah Knutie 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. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, May 30,
Pennington County, MN
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