Northwest Birding Report – May 24, 2018

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 24, 2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

Representatives of most of the neotropical migrants have been reported this week- nearly all the sparrows, warblers and flycatchers have been reported by someone. It remains for us to hunt down the more uncommon species. They all came in a great rush due to the lateness of the season. Summer is surely here now, with temperatures in the high eighties today in Thief River Falls. For many of us, there was little or no rain, but we are still hoping for a gentle rain to help plants grow.

RED CROSSBILL was reported by Peter Binstock at Itasca State Park in Clearwater County  on May 18.

At Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on May 19 , I identified VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, GREAT HORNED OWL and VEERY along with several species of warbler.

A warbler fallout was experienced in Pennington County on May 19 after a rainy, windy and cold night of the 18th. I saw nineteen species of warbler that day in the county including CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER. Also, I saw SWAINSON’S THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. On the 21st, WARBLING VIREO made an appearance in the yard, and CHIMNEY SWIFTS and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER came in on May 24. Allyson Engelstad reported BOBOLINK on May 20.

Kim Eckert reported that as of May 24, 12 species of shorebirds were seen in a rice paddy along 350th Ave north of 150 St in the far northeastern portion of Red Lake County. They included AMERICAN AVOCET, RUDDY TURNSTONE, STILT SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, MARBLED GODWIT, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, WILSON’S PHALAROPE and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER.

From Polk County, Diane Wales observed NORTHERN CARDINAL, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and GRAY CATBIRD in the north end of East Grand Forks on May 18. Sandy Aubol reported the return of ORCHARD ORIOLE and COMMON NIGHTHAWK  on May 17.

A SCARLET TANAGER was reported by Kathy Bresee in Moorhead in Clay County on May 20. On May 22, she saw BROWN THRASHER, on May 23 CEDAR WAXWING, and on May 24, a GRAY CATBIRD. Matt Mecklenburg saw a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD at Felton Prairie on May 18.

Dave and Betty Hochhalter reported an INDIGO BUNTING in their yard in Detroit Lakes in Becker County on May 17.

Wayne Perala found a WHIMBREL at the N. Ottawa impoundment in Grant County on May 22. HUDSONIAN GODWIT, STILT SANDPIPER and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER were seen there by Richard Gotz on May 21.

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, May 31, 2018.

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN