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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: June 16, 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 17, 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.

Finally, it seems like summer, and for the moment the rain has stopped. The result of warm temperatures and lots of rain has resulted in many mosquitoes, so come prepared when birding in the northwest.

In Wilkin County, Julian Sellers and the St. Paul Audubon Society group found a LITTLE BLUE HERON along CR 30 about 200 yards east of I- 94 on June 10. This location is about five miles north of the town of Rothsay.

As of June 14, the BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK is still being seen at the home of Steve and Mary Broten in Marshall County south of Newfolden. 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.

>From Lake of the Woods County, Jenny Moorman reported that biologist Bill Berg spotted some PIPING PLOVERS nesting on the Pine Island Sanctuary in Lake of the Woods. This is exciting news. Other species reported by Jenny included SPRUCE GROUSE, MARBLED GODWIT near Graceton, and TURKEY VULTURE.

Julian Sellers and other members of the St. Paul Audubon Society were in Roseau County last weekend where they found BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, HERMIT THRUSH, and RED CROSSBILLS along the Thompson Forest Road in the Beltrami Island State Forest.

In Beltrami County they found singing NORTHERN PARULAS, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS at the Big Bog SRA.

At Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge In Marshall County, Gary Tischer reported on June 9th that the TRUMPETER SWANS now have two cygnets in Pool 8. Other species reported from there included LEAST BITTERN, BALD EAGLE with young at Parker Pool, a YELLOW RAIL heard near the parking lot at the Maakstad trail, VIRGINIA RAIL, a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO along CR 7, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and PURPLE FINCH.

Here in Pennington County, I saw a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER feeding a young woodpecker near our bird feeder, so I assume that it nested nearby , if not on the property.

Shelley Steva reported three or four YELLOW RAILS , two SORAS, and LE CONTE'S SPARROWS at Malmberg Prairie SNA in Polk County on June 11. Nathaniel Emery reported YELLOW RAIL, nesting WILSON'S PHALAROPES, LE CONTE'S SPARROWS, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS, and DICKCISSELS at Glacial Ridge NWR. Julian Sellers and his group found GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS and UPLAND SANDPIPERS at the Tympanuchus Prairie. I was at the Gully Fen SNA on Sunday, June 12 where I saw four TURKEY VULTURES riding a thermal, and found VEERY, NASHVILLE WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW singing on territory.

Connie Norheim, birding in Becker County, found RUFFED GROUSE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER along CR 29 near the visitor center, and PINE WARBLERS at the picnic area at Tamarac NWR on June 9.

Julian Sellers found a YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO at Glendalough State Park in Otter Tail County on the weekend.

Thanks to Gary Tischer, Mary Broten, Shelley Steva, Connie Norheim, Nathaniel Emery, Jenny Moorman, and Julian Sellers 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 24, 2005.

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