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-RBA *Minnesota *Detroit Lakes *July 7, 2005 *MNDL0507.07 -Birds mentioned
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: July 7, 2005
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, July 8, 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.
There have been a couple of days reprieve from the constant rain this week, the sun has returned, and baby birds are everywhere. Of note, far northwestern Minnesota received up to a foot of rain last weekend, so some roads in northwestern Kittson County are under water or otherwise in poor condition. Some places reported 15 inches of the wet stuff. Birders should be aware to be careful and avoid roads that are questionable. Maps of the area can be inaccurate when it comes to township roads.
Jesse Ellis reported nesting CLARK'S GREBES on Lake Osakis on July 5. To find them take Douglas CR 3 out of Osakis for one mile, then turn right on CR 10 for two miles. The birds were just north of the boat landing.
Teresa Jaskiewicz reported many species in her yard in Elizabeth in Otter Tail County this week. They included RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, GRAY CATBIRD, YELLOW WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and nesting ORCHARD ORIOLES.
Chad Parent from North Dakota was birding in Becker County on July 1, and he observed a pair of nesting TRUMPETER SWANS in that county. They were five miles south of White Earth along Becker County road 34 across from a church camp.
Doug Johnson found a VIRGINIA RAIL south of Hawley in Clay County on July 5, and on the 6th, he observed a GRAY PARTRIDGE and a WESTERN KINGBIRD near the Clay County dump south of Buffalo River State Park. As of July 2nd, at least one of the SAY'S PHOEBES and a ROCK WREN were still at the gravel pits at Felton Prairie.
The HENSLOW'S SPARROW was relocated on July 1 in Polk County. The bird was one half mile east of MN 32 along CR 45, and was found singing south of the aspen grove on the south side of the county road.
Three GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKENS were seen north of Red Lake Falls in Red Lake County on July 2. A TURKEY VULTURE was seen hovering over a county road along CR 1.
>From Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in Marshall County, Gary Tischer reported that a SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on July 5th along CR 12 near its intersection with CR 7. On July 6, a GREEN HERON was found on a nest at the refuge. Gary also reports that there seem to be greater numbers of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS at the refuge this year.
Thanks to Jesse Ellis, Chad Parent, Doug Johnson, Gary Tischer, and Teresa Jaskiewicz for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at email@example.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, July 8, 2005.