Minnesota Birding Report

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 3, 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.

This has been a pleasant week in the northwest, warmer than last week, but only really hot in the last two or three days. We are starting to notice the thinning of the bird  species now as the early migrants are leaving. Days for birding are noticeable shorter now, especially for those whose work is during the main part of the day.

Many observers have seen the SNOWY EGRET  at the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County, and it was still there as of August 29.

In Polk County, Russ Wilbur reported three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and a BALTIMORE ORIOLE  at the East Grand Forks campground on August 31. Emily Hutchins at Mentor observed 8 BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, AMERICAN REDSTART, and young EASTERN PHOEBES, and HOUSE FINCHES  on September 1.

Emily was in Kittson County on August 29 where she saw SHARP-TAILED GROUSE  near Cariboo WMA. Shelley Steva and I found a juvenile COOPER’S HAWK  “parked” on a park bench in the town of Kennedy on August 29. Also in Kittson County, we found AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, SANDHILL CRANES, and a flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS.

Thanks to Emily Hutchins, and Russ Wilbur for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@mncable.net 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, September 10, 2015.