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*August 18, 2005

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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: August 18, 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, August 19, 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.

The fall birding season is certainly here as evidenced by the number of reports about species flocking together, and migrants starting to show up again on their way south. The dry weather has also caused a hint of fall color to appear in the trees. Rains this week, very heavy in some places are going to change the landscape for birding, and birders need to be aware that in a few places, roads were washed out by the recent rains.

>From Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen reported that a NORTHERN CARDINAL visited their yard one day, and a family of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, surely the last of the season, are about to fledge.

Mel and Elaine Bennefeld saw a GOLDEN EAGLE at the Ponderosa Golf Club in Clay County on August 15. Many CEDAR WAXWINGS were also there. Bob O'Connor visited Gooseberry Park in Moorhead on August 16, where he found a few warblers: YELLOW WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, and CANADA WARBLER. GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, RED-EYED VIREO, and about fifty CHIPPING SPARROWS were also in evidence.

Kelly Larson found five TRUMPETER SWANS in Hubbard County on August 16. At Skunk Lake, she found several BALD EAGLES, four COMMON LOONS, several GREAT BLUE HERONS, and BLACK TERNS.

In Beltrami County, Kelly reported hundreds of migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS along MN 71 and MN 200 on the 17th. In Bemidji, Pat Rice had an OVENBIRD in the yard on August 15. Pat DeWenter reported a wave of migrating warblers on August 18 including GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, and CANADA WARBLER. She also saw BROWN CREEPER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO. At the nectar were twelve RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS.

Mary Broten reported a TURKEY VULTURE near Shevlin in Clearwater County on August 11.

Polk County sightings by Mary included a BALD EAGLE. Bruce Flaig reported large numbers of WOOD DUCKS about three miles south of the intersection of CR 41 and CR12. Both TENNESSEE WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER have been spotted recently in the county. Nathaniel Emery reported a flock of migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS in Crookston on August 17. Donna and Leon Thoreson had a COOPER'S HAWK and a BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE in the yard in addition to the usual residents.

Here in Pennington County, on August 16, I saw a flock of about ten migrating COMMON NIGHTHAWKS, and on the 18th, I saw a similar flock, so they are definitely on the move. A COOPER'S HAWK flew over our house on the 16th also.

In Marshall County, Mary Broten reported seeing BALTIMORE ORIOLES in the yard. From Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, Gary Tischer reported that GREAT EGRETS are increasing in numbers. Two immature ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS have been seen in the refuge this week, and some COMMON GOLDENEYE have appeared in headquarters pool. A COOPER'S HAWK was seen at Pool 21 recently. A few warblers have migrated into the refuge in the last few days.

Beth Siverhus in Roseau County reported that there have been considerable numbers of SHORT-EARED OWLS seen in the county lately. On one evening there were 17 sighted, and ten were seen along 440th Ave NE on one night. A GREAT GRAY OWL was reported northeast of Roseau near the Canadian border.

Many thanks to those of you who sent in reports this week including Beth Siverhus, Donna and Leon Thoreson, Alma Ronningen, Kelly Larson, Nathaniel Emery, Pat Rice, Mel and Elaine Bennefeld, Bob O'Connor, Mary Broten, Bruce Flaig, Pat DeWenter, and Gary Tischer.

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 26, 2005.

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