Minnesota Birding Report

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 25, 2013 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 relatively stormy week in the northwest with several lively thunderstorms that dropped some heavy rain in some places, and hail in others. Young birds are everywhere while adults are trying to teach them how to survive.

Shelley Steva saw a SHORT-EARED OWL near Viking in Marshall County on July 19.

In Polk County on July 23, Russ Wilbur found a COOPER’S HAWK nest with three young on the East Grand Forks Greenway along the Red River. Pat Wilbur spotted a GREEN HERON on the east side of the Red River just south of the pedestrian bridge on July 24. On July 23, Sandy Aubol reported two GREAT HORNED OWLS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and CEDAR WAXWINGS there.

Shelley Steva heard LARK SPARROW and INDIGO BUNTING at Frenchman’s Bluff in Norman County on July 18.

In Becker County on July 21, Steve Midthune reported that there were shorebirds at south pond at Hamden Slough NWR including LEAST SANDPIPER, BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, DOWITCHER species, WILSON’S PHALAROPES, and WILSON’S SNIPE.

Thanks to Pat and Russ Wilbur, Shelley Steva, Sandy Aubol, and Steve Midthune 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, August 1, 2013.