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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: June 9, 2005
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru (

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, June 10, 2005 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.

Weather continues to be more rain than sun, more cloudy than clear, in the northwest, but folks have found some "windows" of good conditions in which to look for birds. Everything is green and lush, and there is even some standing water in the fields, so watch for shorebirds as you drive.

The BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was still being seen as of Wednesday, June 8, at the home of Mary and Steve Broten in Marshall County. Directions are to go nearly 12 miles north on US 59 from the intersection of MN 1 and US 59N in Thief River Falls, then 1/8 mile west on 280th St NW, then south down their driveway. Please call before you visit. Their home number is 218-874-2080.

The ROCK WREN and the SAY'S PHOEBES are still being seen at Felton Prairie. From Felton, go south on MN 9, then east to the end of pavement on CR 108, left to the gravel pit entrance. Look for the phoebes around the north and east rim of the pit. The wren is still hanging out near rock pile #6002.

Pat Rice reported that some COMMON LOON chicks had hatched in Beltrami County by May 30. On the 6th, she observed BLACK TERNS in the county. A TURKEY VULTURE was seen there on June 1.

Matt Mecklenburg reported another NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD sighting about two miles from the one sighted recently at Bluestem Prairie in Clay County. This one was at a private residence at 15544 60th Ave. S and was seen from the county road on June 1.

On a quick drive through eastern Mahnomen County on May 30 I could not relocate the cinnamon teal that had been found there, but instead I saw 6 COMMON LOONS on small lakes there.

Shelley Steva reported a family of COMMON RAVENS and three CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS in Marshall County near Newfolden on June 8.

Russell Reisz reported from Kittson County that it is very wet in eastern Kittson County at this time. He found a GREAT GRAY OWL at the Skull Lake WMA, and had seen others in the Twin Lakes area over the past two weeks. He found a whip-poor-will nest at the Skull Lake WMA also, and reported five CATTLE EGRETS in Caribou township.

>From the Roseau River WMA in Roseau County on June 7, Melanie Torkelson reported WESTERN GREBES on Pool 2, and three TRUMPETER SWANS in the wildlife area.

Flycatchers have arrived in Lake of the Woods County- six species were observed there on June 1- OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, ALDER FLYCATCHER, LEAST FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, and EASTERN KINGBIRD. Seventeen species of warblers were also seen there that day. Gretchen Mehmel reported on June 8 that there are TRUMPETER SWAN cygnets at Brown's Lake in the Red Lake WMA. Jenny Moorman reported MARBLED GODWIT, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER in the county this week, as well as a mated pair of GREAT GRAY OWLS along MN 72 by Loran C Tower, CONNECTICUT WARBLERS in the Beltrami Island State Forest, and a GREAT HORNED OWL along the Bankton Trail.

Jenny Moorman also reported a NORTHERN HAWK OWL three miles east of Clementson along MN 11 in Koochiching County.

Thanks to Mary Broten, Shelley Steva, Gretchen Mehmel, Melanie Torkelson, Pat Rice, and Matt Mecklenburg for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at 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, June 17, 2005.

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