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*July 21, 2005

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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: July 21, 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, July 22, 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.

It was a very hot early in the week, but has cooled off to more seasonal summer temperatures due to several heavy storms which dumped a lot of rain on the area. For those looking for shorebirds, there is little or any good habitat in the northern part of the region, and few shorebirds are being seen here. Many of the traditional wetlands are too wet, and the flooded fields are drying up or have little to offer in the way of food for the birds.

>From Otter Tail County this week, Dave Sorgen reported a TENNESSEE WARBLER in the yard on July 15th. Either this is one that nested somewhat south of its traditional range or is a returning bird.

Mark Otnes saw a WILLET fly over near the headquarters of Hamden Slough NWR in Becker County on July 15. Sally Hausken is seeing GRAY CATBIRDS and AMERICAN REDSTARTS in her yard eating juneberries.

In Polk County, Dave Lambeth reported that he counted over 150 nests of EARED GREBES at the East Grand Forks wastewater treatment ponds on July 19. Also at that location was a swan of undetermined species. Nearby, a pair of BALD EAGLES are raising young. In Crookston, Mike Christopherson reports that the MERLINS that were battling over a crow nest in his yard in the spring have returned to the yard.

Pat Rice observed eight BONAPARTE'S GULLS in Bemidji, Beltrami County, on July 16. Pat DeWenter visited the Big Bog area with some friends on July 17 where they observed eleven species of warblers including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BLACK-AND- WHITE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and MOURNING WARBLER. Other species seen in Beltrami County were AMERICAN WOODCOCK, VEERY, LE CONTE'S SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and EVENING GROSBEAK.

Thanks to Dave Sorgen, Dave Lambeth, Pat Rice, Mark Otnes, Mike Christopherson, Sally Hausken, and Pat DeWenter 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, July 29, 2005.

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