This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 20, 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 heat has broken in the northwest this week, but many folks are cleaning up after the cold front went through with some violent weather. Some bird species are continuing to gather, others are already arriving from the north, and some are still feeding young.
From Grant County, Charlene Nelson reported many BALTIMORE ORIOLES at the feeders this week, and a few returning migrant warblers are returning. She reported NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER on August 19.
In Alexandria in Douglas County, Charlene saw a COMMON NIGHTHAWK fly over the city on August 15.
Sandy Aubol in Polk County reported WILSON’S WARBLER and TENNESSEE WARBLER in East Grand Forks on August 16. At the East Grand Forks WTP, she reported many EARED GREBES with young of all sizes and several RED-NECKED PHALAROPES. On August 17, she observed CANADA WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, WARBLING VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE in East Grand Forks. On August 20 she saw BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER. Emily Hutchins and Christine Herwig found a variety of ducks including BUFFLEHEAD, FRANKLIN’S GULLS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, KILLDEER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and CEDAR WAXWING among others at the Erskine WTP on August 16.
At the Thief River Falls WTP in Pennington County, Emily Hutchins and Christine Herwig found EARED GREBES, and BLACK TERNS among other species.
Thanks to Charlene Nelson, Emily Hutchins and Christine Herwig, and Sandy Aubol for their reports.
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, August 27, 2015.