Northwest Birding Report – June 27, 2019

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 27, 2019 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

We are in full summer now, and young birds are appearing everywhere. Wildflowers are blooming and everything is a brilliant green. There is much bird activity in our yards as parents attempt to feed nestlings  and defend them from predators. Several folks have seen Common Loons with new chicks this week .

In Kittson County, Larry Wilebski observed a family of LONG-EARED OWLS along his trails in western part of the county. They were quite large and soon will be off on their own and hard to find.

Here in Pennington County, I found a singing LE CONTE’S SPARROW on the north end of Johnson Drive north of MN 1 east of Thief River Falls on June 26.

In Red Lake County, I heard a singing PURPLE FINCH in Oak Grove Cemetery east of Red Lake Falls on June 22nd.

From Hamden Slough in Becker County, Lee Kensinger reported CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, BOBOLINK and SEDGE WREN on June 26.

Young BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, GREAT EGRETS and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS  are being seen at Grotto Lake in Fergus Falls this week.

Jackie Packer reported a BROWN THRASHER in Wilkin County on June 21st.

A BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK was found at the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County on June 25th. The bird was hard to find but finally located with a group of about 250 MALLARDS and assorted other ducks including an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK. This was in Cell A4, but the birds subsequently moved to another cell. Be advised to beware of road conditions as not all roads can be driven due to rainy conditions. Do not try it if there is any doubt as you will get stuck. Shorebirds were found in Cell A. Other species seen included SNOWY EGRET, AMERICAN AVOCET and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON.

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, July 4, 2019.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN