Northwest Birding Report – June 14, 2018

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 14, 2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

After last week’s rain, all is green in the northwest, and crops seem to be jumping out of the ground. The crop of baby birds also increases daily.

Adult birds are starting to look harassed and are bustling about feeding their young. Flowers of all kinds are blooming . Now is the time to be looking if you are interested in wildflowers. The showy lady’s slippers should be soon blooming in the roadsides of northern Minnesota.

The North Ottawa impoundment in Grant County does not disappoint. This week Charlene Nelson found that the AMERICAN AVOCETS there now have a chick.

A FERRUGINOUS HAWK was reported by Vern Bothwell on June 13 at Buffalo River State Park in Clay County.

Keith Watson found an EASTERN MEADOWLARK at Glacial Ridge NWR in Polk County  on June 12.

From Pennington County, Allyson Engelstad saw 5 TURKEY VULTURES in one tree on June 12. On the 13th,  she saw and photographed a BROWN THRASHER. A SCARLET TANAGER was heard from our yard on June 12.

The CINNAMON TEAL reported earlier is still being seen along the western edge of the Agassiz Impoundment in both Marshall and Polk Counties near the county line. Also there are BLACK TERNS. On the Polk County side on June 8, we saw BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON,  AMERICAN BITTERN and a WILLOW FLYCATCHER.

Two NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS were seen in the northwest this week. Becca Engdahl observed one in Beltrami County near Grygla on June 9, and on June 10th, one was spotted in Karlstad, Kittson County, by Jonathan Eerkes.

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 Thursday , June 21, 2018.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN