Northwest Birding Report – June 4, 2020

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 4, 2020 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

Summer nesting season has surely arrived and the flood of migrants has slowed and is nearly over in the northwest. It appears that many of the warblers have overflown our area in the rush for the nesting areas as we have not seen the numbers and species that we usually do. Most of the ones we have seen nest in or not far from our area. During the last two weeks, the flycatcher crowd has appeared with the warmer weather along with the bugs. Due to the many reports of the usual expected migrants, I will mention only the more interesting or unusual species this week.

At the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County, there were reports of HUDSONIAN GODWITS, CATTLE EGRETS and WHITE-FACED IBIS this week. Douglas Kieser saw a WHIMBREL there on May 24th. Charlene Nelson reported an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in Battle Lake on May 22nd.

A PACIFIC LOON was reported by Jason Swelstad at Seven Sisters Prairie in Douglas County on May 31st. A COMMON LOON was observed at Alexandria on June 1st.

GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was observed by Chris McDonald at Maplewood SP in Otter Tail County on May 30th. Wayne Perala reported a SUMMER TANAGER at Inspiration Peak on May 26th, and CASPIAN TERN in Fergus Falls on May 31st . A COMMON MERGANSER was reported at Fergus Falls on June 3rd.

From Wilkin County, Aaron Ludwig reported a WHIMBREL and a WHITE-FACED IBIS at Wolverton on May 23rd.

Marshall Howe in Hubbard County found WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in the Lake Alice Bog on May 31st. PURPLE MARTINS appeared on May 27th.

A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was observed by Kristie Yliniemi in Becker County on May 31st. Pat Doeden observed a RUDDY DUCK in the county on May 27th.

Tim Lamey found a SAY’S PHOEBE at Felton Prairie in Clay County on June 4th.

In Polk County, Russ Wilbur spotted a BOBOLINK near the Red River on June 2nd. Craig Mandel led a group to the northwest from May 28th – May 29th, and they spotted a displaying SHARP-TAILED GROUSE along US 59 north of 400th St. SE.

Notably there were only 8 species of warblers found by Craig’s group in Pennington and Red Lake Counties on those two days.

The group also visited Kittson County on May 29th, where they found EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE in Hallock, RED-NECKED PHALAROPES at both Lake Bronson and Hallock WTP’s, and a BONAPARTE’S GULL at the Karlstad WTP.

Beth Siverhus sent in a list of species found in Roseau County this week. They included only seven species of warblers, SCARLET TANAGER, GRAY CATBIRD, BROWN THRASHER, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER and many others.

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 11, 2020.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN