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*April 29, 2010

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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: April 29, 2010
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru (ajjoppru@q.com)

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, April 29, 2010 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.

This last week has been a real taste of spring, but we must not assume that the cool weather is over. As I compile this report , we are getting the first real spring rain so everything is turning green as if painted.

Connie Cox reported from Itasca State Park on April 26 that she saw a pair of SCARLET TANAGERS along Main Park Drive.

I went to Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on April 25 where I saw many GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and RED-NECKED GREBES. I found the water levels lower than usual for this early in the year, but there was a good representation of ducks, a few AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS. Also present in small numbers were MARBLED GODWITS, WILSON'S SNIPE, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS.

In Polk County, Bruce Flaig reported PIED-BILLED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBES, and , in his yard, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH on April 26. Donna and Leon Thoreson reported BROWN THRASHER on April 25, and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET on April 26. The sparrows arrived on April 29 including CHIPPING SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW,and HARRIS'S SPARROW.

Dennis Weisenborn observed SEDGE WREN, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and SONG SPARROW in Moorhead, Clay County, on April 29.

Patrick Beauzay saw a PINE WARBLER at Long Lake near Park Rapids in Hubbard County on April 24. Other species seen there included EASTERN PHOEBE, TREE SWALLOW, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, HERMIT THRUSH, SONG SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and CHIPPING SPARROW. Barb and Dennis Martin saw a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER on 191st Ave a half mile north of CR 95 on April 24.

Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported that two SURF SCOTERS had been reported on Jewett Lake in Otter Tail County on April 26, but no one was able to relocate them so it is assumed that they have left. On April 23, the Thimgan's reported PURPLE MARTIN, SWAMP SPARROW, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD; on April 26, they saw LESSER SCAUP and CANVASBACK, while on April 28, there were RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and FIELD SPARROW. RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on April 28 in Otter Tail County. Alma Ronningen reported YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on April 27, and on the 28th, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW.

Brad and Dee Ehlers mentioned that there are hundreds of GREAT EGRETS and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS building nests at Grotto Lake across from the Dairy Queen in Fergus Falls.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Brad and Dee Ehlers, Connie Cox, Dan and Sandy Thimgan, Barb and Dennis Martin, Dennis Weisenborn, Leon and Donna Thoreson, and Patrick Beauzay for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@q.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. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, May 6, 2010.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN

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