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-RBA *Minnesota *Detroit Lakes *July 2, 2015 *MNDL1507.02-Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: July 2, 2015
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru (email@example.com)
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 2, 2015 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.
Baby birds and fledglings are everywhere in the northwest, and one hears strange “baby talk” all around. Weather has been pleasant for the last few days, but due to forest fires in northern Saskatchewan, skies have been hazy or overcast much of the time. We have been treated to some beautiful sunrises and sunsets due to that haze.
Charlene Nelson in Grant County, reported an ORCHARD ORIOLE near Elbow Lake on July 1.
From Douglas County this week, Benjamin Eckhoff reported seeing many fledglings being fed by their parents. He also reported a pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS near the new Alexandria High School, an AMERICAN BITTERN at Glacial Lakes SP, and a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD north of Lake Carlos State Park.
Craig Mandel was in Wilkin and Otter Tail Counties last weekend where Wilkin County sightings included GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, EARED GREBE at the Breckenridge WTP, a pair or RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS in Breckenridge at the intersection of Oak St. and Central Ave, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at the same location, NELSON'S SPARROW on CR 15 a fifth of a mile east of CR 30, and LE CONTE’S SPARROW on 190th St 1.5 miles east of CR 15.
Larry Sirvio observed an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER at Maplewood State Park, 0.2 miles west of the entrance station on June 25, and a KRIDER'S RED-TAILED HAWK, also in Otter Tail County. Craig Mandel’s group reported a LEAST BITTERN a quarter mile west of US 59 on the south side of Otter Tail CR 24 and at Maplewood SP- BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, RUFFED GROUSE and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER.
Sandy Aubol reported a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at her feeders in East Grand Forks, Polk County on July 1. She also counted 90 EARED GREBE nests at the East Grand Forks WTP.
In Pennington County, Sandy Aubol observed a LEAST BITTERN on the Red Lake County line just east of Pennington CR 10 on June 28. Other species seen along CR 10, also known as the Pembina Trail, included 5 WILD TURKEYS on the east side of CR 10 north of CR 58, OVENBIRD, VEERY, LE CONTE'S SPARROW on CR 61 just west of CR 10, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and VESPER SPARROW. Here along the river near Thief River Falls, I was surprised to see a COMMON MERGANSER on June 26. A mother WOOD DUCK brought her family of eight delightful babies up on the yard where they may have been born a couple of weeks earlier.
Thanks to Benjamin Eckhoff, Charlene Nelson, Craig Mandel, Larry Sirvio, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, July 9, 2015.
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