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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: July 28, 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 29, 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 has been relief from the heat this week, and both birds and humans are more active. Many young birds are learning songs so the songs you hear are not always easy to recognize, and they are interspersed with the begging calls of young birds still in the nest. Apparently, there is much second nesting this year as numerous species are defending nest sites at this time. Prairies are wonderful places to visit as the wildflowers are nearing peak color now.

In Otter Tail County, Jeff Schultz found a pair of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES in the town of Ottertail on July 24. This is a small town, so you should have no problem in finding them. Look especially in the vicinity of Lake Boulevard.

Cliff Steinhauer heard from a friend in Swift, Roseau County, that a TURKEY VULTURE nest with two chicks has been found in the old depot . Also in Roseau County, Melanie Torkelson reported that seven TRUMPETER SWANS are being seen in the northwest corner of Pool 2 at the Roseau River WMA.

Cliff Steinhauer reported that RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have been around all summer at the Harold Halvorson residence in southern Marshall County along 150 St. NE.

In Beltrami County, Pat DeWenter counted 125 BONAPARTE'S GULLS on Lake Bemidji on July 27. She also reported that a family of five PILEATED WOODPECKERS is coming to their feeders, where they are teaching the young how to find "fast food".

Nathaniel Emery reporting from Polk County saw a GREEN HERON in Crookston flying over the Highland Baseball fields on July 26. At the Crookston wastewater treatment ponds a WILLET was observed. On July 27, seven species of shorebirds were seen including KILLDEER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and WILSON'S PHALAROPE. More than 30 DICKCISSELS were counted at Glacial Ridge NWR on July 26, and several MARBLED GODWITS were seen there also. A NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW continues to sing on the property.

Thanks to Nathaniel Emery, Jeff Schultz, Cliff Steinhauer, Melanie Torkelson, 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, August 5, 2005.

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