This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 4, 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 first real thunderstorm arrived this week, dumping substantial rains in the area. We are quite wet now, and mosquitos are sure to follow. Nesting is well underway for the early nesting species, and goslings are growing fast.
In Grant County, Charlene Nelson , saw a WESTERN KINGBIRD at the corner of 200 St. and 240 Ave. on May 30, and an ORCHARD ORIOLE at Elbow Lake on June 3.
In Hubbard County this week, Marshall Howe reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Dorset, and at Lake Alice Bog on June 1, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, GRAY JAY, SEDGE WREN, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER. At Itasca SP, he saw a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and CANADA WARBLER.
Kay Hartness had a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in her yard in Becker County on May 29.
In Clay County, Marshall Howe found GREATER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN, UPLAND SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, WILSON’S SNIPE, MARSH WREN, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.
In East Grand Forks , Polk County, on May 31, Russ Wilbur reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, AMERICAN REDSTART, and BOBOLINK. Emily Hutchins observed VEERY and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER near Mentor that day. On May 29, I found three WESTERN GREBES at the Agassiz Valley Impoundments east of Warren.
Sandy Aubol relocated the SNOWY EGRET originally found by Gerald Hoekstra and others at the Agassiz Valley impoundments in Marshall County on June 2.
Here is Pennington County, several COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were seen on June 4 hawking insects just east of Thief River Falls, and one was found resting in a tree in our yard.
Marshall Howe in the Clearwater portion of Itasca SP this week found BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and PINE WARBLER.
Beth Siverhus in Roseau County this week reported RUFFED GROUSE, SORA, WILSON’S SNIPE, BELTED KINGFISHER, RED-EYED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, LEAST FLYCATCHER, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN PHOEBE, CLIFF SWALLOWS, BARN SWALLOWS, TREE SWALLOWS, 12 species of warbler, and six species of sparrows. Warblers seen included GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, BLACKPOLL, PINE WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, OVENBIRD, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER.
Thanks to Beth Siverhus, Charlene Nelson, Emily Hutchins, Kay Hartness, Marshall Howe, Russ Wilbur, 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, June 11, 2015.