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*Detroit Lakes
*May 6, 2010

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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: May 6, 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, May 6, 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.

Spring is toying with us this week, April is coming in May, and we are wet and shivering in the northwest. Grass is growing fast, and we need a dry day or two to get ahead of the yard work. Every day more species come in, but the big push of migration is still ahead. Most of the resident sparrows are making an appearance, and a few warblers have started to show up; swallows are here and finding it hard to find bugs.

A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD visited the headquarters of Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on May 3. The bird was back the next day also. Two YELLOW RAILS were heard by Jenna Frank during a night survey on May 3, and Maggie Anderson heard two NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS in the eastern part of the refuge that night.

John Ellis reported some sightings from Douglas County on May 3. Among them were BROWN THRASHER, EASTERN TOWHEE, HERMIT THRUSH, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

From Otter Tail County, Alma Ronningen reported BROWN THRASHER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, and ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on May 1. Dan and Sandy Thimgan identified SORA on April 30, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER on May 1, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE on May 4.

Dave and Betty Hochhalter in Detroit Lakes, Becker County, on May 5, reported COMMON LOON, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN CARDINAL, and EASTERN BLUEBIRD among others.

In Becker, Dan and Sandy saw three OSPREY on May 4th.

Barb and Butch Ukura went to Felton Prairie on May 5 where they reported GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, and CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR among many other species.

Shelley Steva found a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE in Twin Valley in Norman County on May 1.

In Polk County at East Grand Forks, Sandy Aubol saw WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW in East Grand Forks on April 30. On May 3, she saw a flock of 65 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS fly over the city. On the 4th, BROAD-WINGED HAWK and PURPLE MARTIN showed up. John Loegering saw a PEREGRINE FALCON at the Crookston wastewater treatment ponds on April 29. Bette Olson found GREAT BLUE HERON, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, TREE SWALLOW, and BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS in Polk County on May 1.

At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County, on May 3, 12 AMERICAN PIPITS were found at Agassiz Pool, a GREEN HERON was seen at Elm Lake WMA, and a WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW made an appearance at the Headquarters feeders. On May 4, Gregg Knutsen saw a PEREGRINE FALCON fly over Mud River Pool, and a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen at headquarters. TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Farmes Pool this week.

Beth Siverhus in Roseau County reported a WESTERN MEADOWLARK along CR 9 south of Hayes Lake State Park on April 30. On May 1, 10 EVENING GROSBEAKS visited her yard in Warroad, and other birds seen in the area this week included CLIFF SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, TREE SWALLOW, PURPLE MARTIN, and BROWN THRASHER.

Thanks to Alma Ronningen, Barb and Butch Ukura, Beth Siverhus, Bette Olson, Dan and Sandy Thimgan, Dave and Betty Hochhalter, Gregg Knutsen, Gary Tischer,John Ellis, John Loegering, Maggie Anderson, Sandy Aubol , and Shelley Steva 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 13, 2010.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN

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