This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 18, 2015 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 up and down weather continues in the northwest. This has been a week of relatively pleasant temperatures and not much rain last weekend , but cold winds some days this week. Baby birds of all kinds are showing up, and all yards are noisy.
In Grand County, Charlene Nelson reported a PINE SISKIN at the feeder in Elbow Lake on June 17.
Benjamin Eckhoff at Lake Carlos State Park in Douglas County reported many birds are fledging including a family of BALD EAGLES. He observed a SCARLET TANAGER in the Upper Campground and a pair of YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS around the visitor center this week.
In Wilkin County, Chris Wood found an eastern RED-TAILED HAWK at Maplewood State Park on June 14.
Marshall Howe in Hubbard County reported a pair of BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES north of Hubbard, and a LEAST BITTERN at Little Sand Lake this week.
Here is Pennington County, I found a MARBLED GODWIT with at least one chick just west of the Thief River Falls wastewater treatment ponds on June 13. A few ducks were on the ponds including several RUDDY DUCKS.
On a breeding bird survey in Marshall County on June 12, I found a MARBLED GODWIT with three chicks, and a BARRED OWL calling northwest of Grygla, apparently in response to the mobbing of several crows. BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were pretty common on the BBS that I did, so caterpillars must be plentiful.
In Kittson County, Gary Tischer saw a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Karlstad nursing home on June 18.
Thanks to those who sent in sightings this week.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at [email protected] 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, June 25, 2015.