This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for July 31, 2014 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.
We are enjoying summer in the northwest this week, and young birds are doing silly things as they learn to live their lives. Not a lot is happening here as far as sightings go, but there are a few things to report.
Two immature SABINE’S GULLS were found by Marion and Gary Otnes in a slough south of Fergus Falls in Otter Tail County on July 27.
Here, east of Thief River Falls in Pennington County, the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue to come to our feeders. This week the entertainment has been as many as a dozen BALTIMORE ORIOLES, most of them juveniles, who are rapidly consuming the grape jelly. Tonight they scrapped over a bunch of grapes that I put out.
Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks reported a PEREGRINE FALCON that flew over her house on July 29. On July 25, Russ Wilber saw two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS on a dead tree on the west side of the bike path that runs by the campground in East Grand Forks. Sandy Aubol also reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS with young near the Point bridge on July 27. Other species seen there included an immature BALD EAGLE, BALTIMORE ORIOLES and several species of sparrow.
Steve Midthune reported on July 25 that Bisson Lake in Becker County is hosting several species of shorebirds in migration including LESSER YELLOWLEGS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, LEAST SANDPIPERS, BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, WILSON’S SNIPE, and WILSON’S PHALAROPES.
Thanks to Marion and Gary Otnes, Russ Wilber, Sandy Aubol, and Steve Midthune for their reports.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 August 7, 2014.