Minnesota Birding Report

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 8, 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.

There have been few reports in the past two weeks, but the weather is feeling more like fall than mid-summer. Night time temperatures have hovered around the 45 degree mark all week. We hope that this does not signal an early frost and that the weather warms up before that happens. Daylight hours are decreasing rapidly now.

On July 27, Mark Otnes reported singing LE CONTE’S SPARROWS and NELSON’S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS along 230 Ave north of 210 St in Wilkin County.

Shelley Steva heard a FIELD SPARROW on August 4 at Glendalough State Park in Otter Tail County on August 4.

Kim Greendahl saw an immature BALD EAGLE flying over Maple Lake in Polk County on July 30. On August 1, Sandy Aubol had an adult PURPLE FINCH at her feeder in East Grand Forks. On August 4, Sandy found GREEN HERON, BELTED KINGFISHER, and SPOTTED SANDPIPER along the Red Lake River greenway.

Thanks to Mark Otnes, Kim Greendahl, 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@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 15, 2013.