Northwest Birding Report – June 7, 2018

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 7, 2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

It seems to be truly summer now throughout the state. Migration is over, and birds are settling down to raise the year’s young. Numbers at the feeders are reduced, but birdsong is everywhere. Probably due to the holiday weekend, reports are down this week.

A possible sighting of four whooping cranes was reported on Sunday, June 3, one mile north of Shooks along MN 1 in northern Beltrami County. I have not heard if anyone went to check them out, or indeed if they have been seen again. The lack of reports would certainly indicate that the birds in question are gone.

On June 1, Bob Eckblad reported that one AMERICAN AVOCET was still at the rice paddies in eastern Red Lake County.

In Polk County, Sandy Aubol observed a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at a cemetery just outside of Fisher along CR 15 on June 3. Other species found there included LARK SPARROW, ORCHARD ORIOLE, EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER. A singing NELSON’S SPARROW was found northwest of the Parnell Impoundment located one mile north of AR 17. On June 4th the CINNAMON TEAL was still at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment north of the former Audubon Center. A DICKCISSEL  was seen southeast of the Brandt-Angus Impoundment.

In Clay County, Chris Merkord reported a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH at the MSUM Science Center at the Buffalo River site. MARBLED GODWITS were found by Wayne Perala at Felton Prairie on June 5.

At the North Ottawa Impoundment, on June 3 there were WESTERN GREBES, AMERICAN AVOCET, AMERICAN WHTIE PELICAN, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS, some shorebirds and a variety of ducks.

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 14, 2018.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN