This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 7, 2017 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.
Fall is in the air, and migration is proceeding, with most of the swallows and many of the warblers now gone. We have had a touch of frost this week in some parts of northwest Minnesota also, along with strong windy conditions typical of the beginning of fall. Late last week many nighthawks could be seen migrating, and red-tailed hawks seemed to be on every pole as the young of the year prepared for migration. The MOU Weekend led by Kim Eckert and Craig Mandel found the species count in the northwest slightly down, but they found 17 species of shorebirds and 15 species of warblers last weekend. Only a couple of shorebird spots were found by the group- the WTP at Greenbush and Roseau in Roseau County, and the east side of Headquarters Pool at Agassiz NWR.
A SPRUCE GROUSE was seen on the Pitt Grade Forest Road 3.6 miles north of the Stoney Corners Forest Road in Lake of the Woods County. Among the warblers seen in the county was GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER.
In Roseau County, three CACKLING GEESE were spotted at Greenbush WTP. While searching for red crossbills which I did not find , I saw 10 to 12 WILD TURKEYS in far southern part of Roseau County on September 1. The MOU group did find RED CROSSBILLS near to downtown Roseau on September3. A dozen GRAY PARTRIDGE were seen along CR 3 east of the Roseau River WMA. Among other species seen in the county were RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, CASPIAN TERN, and LE CONTE’S SPARROW.
Doug Johnson reported a CACKLING GOOSE at Parker’s Lake Road ponds in Beltrami County on September 6.
In Marshall County, the MOU group saw a PEREGRINE FALCON harassing the shorebirds at Agassiz NWR on September 4. A RUDDY TURNSTONE was among the shorebirds seen there. Allyson Engelstad visited the Agassiz Valley Impoundment on September 4 where she reported that there was little water, and the shorebirds that were there were far away. She did see DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, GREAT EGRETS, SANDHILL CRANES, AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS , and RED-TAILED HAWKS. At Agassiz NWR she reported some TRUMPETER SWANS.
In Pennington County, Allyson reported a TURKEY VULTURE, RED-TAILED HAWKS, and SANDHILL CRANES.
The WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE was still at Buffalo River SP in Clay County on September 4 as reported by Rick Gibson.
RED CROSSBILLS were reported at Manston Marsh WMA in Wilkin County on August 31.
In Grant County, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was observed by Charlene Nelson at their Elbow Lake Farm on September 4.
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 Thursday, September 14, 2017