Northwest Birding Report – Friday, May 22, 2020

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, May 22, 2020 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

Summer seems to have really come to the northwest, perhaps completely by-passing spring! Warbler migration seems to have been largely nonexistent so far. Weather has turned warm, even hot, and the resident species are very active in preparation for nesting. The colorful species like rose-breasted grosbeaks, Baltimore orioles, ruby-throated hummingbirds and American goldfinch are decorating the feeders of the northwest. It appears that something has caused the tanager migrations to be miss-directed as both western tanagers and summer tanagers are showing up all over the state, and the northwest has not been missed.

SUMMER TANAGER was reported by Harriet Worker at her feeder in Viking in Marshall County on May 21st. Another was seen in rural Crookston, Polk County, on May 15th and reported by John Loegering. Yet another was reported at the home of Kurt and Deb Anderson outside of Detroit Lakes, Becker County, on May 11th. There was one at Noonan’s Park in Alexandria, Douglas County on May 12th.

A WESTERN TANAGER was reported by Ida Fetterer in Friberg Township, of Otter Tail County, on May 9th.

VEERY has been observed by Sharron Lee in Lake of the Woods County on May 17th.

Here in Pennington County migration has been slow, and very few species of warblers have migrated through, and even the resident ones are not back in numbers yet. All the resident sparrows are here, and BALTIMORE ORIOLES, BROWN THRASHERS, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, EASTERN PHOEBE and  LEAST FLYCATCHERS have returned. On May 17th, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER showed up at the feeders, and YELLOW WARBLER  was heard on May 20th.

A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was observed by Cory Floden twelve miles east of East Grand Forks, Polk County, on May 18th. Kathy Hertel reported that the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS have returned to the campground at East Grand Forks as of May 18th.

Patrick Beauzay found a CALIFORNIA GULL just south of the Clay County landfill in Clay County on May 10th.

From Becker County, Deb Muzzy reported a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD and WILSON’S SNIPE at Tamarac NWR on May 20th.

From Wilkin County, Jill Blaufuss reported an INDIGO BUNTING at Breckenridge on May 17th.

Alma Ronningen observed a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Dent in Otter Tail County on May 14th.

Charlene Nelson reported that the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County on May 15th was quiet with most species being in small numbers. Most of the duck species were seen and there was a nice selection of shorebirds in small numbers. Among them were AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RUDDY TURNSTONE and WILLET.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s numbers 218-847-5743 or 218- 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Friday, May 29, 2020.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN