This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 2, 2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website: https://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/birding-report
The last two weeks have been hot ones in the northwest as well as in the rest of the state. That said, the yard birds have been very busy feeding all the young mouths in their care. Feeders have been very popular also, and there have been hordes of young birds brought to the table. Many have been very difficult to identify, in the absence of bird song and adult plumage.
Gradually this will improve, but in the meantime, enjoy the show as they try to learn to be adults. Some sightings of species that we associate with spring migration are now being reported as the fall migration has already begun for some species.
Wayne Perala has reported on the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County on July 26th. That day he found and photographed a LEAST BITTERN, a bird which we all would like to see, let along photograph. Also there was AMERICAN BITTERN, EARED GREBES and WESTERN GREBES with young on their backs, UPLAND SANDPIPER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, ORCHARD ORIOLE, GREAT EGRET and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON.
In Otter Tail County, Wayne found a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in Fergus Falls.
Also in Fergus Falls, there were BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. This would be a good time to go there to see the young birds at the rookery there.
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported by Mark Otnes at the Buffalo River SP in Clay County on July 28.
The Agassiz Valley Impoundment on the Marshall / Polk County line was hosting BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, AMERICAN BITTERN, SORA and WILSON’S SNIPE on July 26.
Here in Pennington County, we are seeing many young RED-TAILED HAWKS perched on the power poles in late afternoon and early mornings. In the yard this week we have many juvenile BALTIMORE ORIOLES, and a family of young RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS coming to the feeders, and the bird baths were very popular with the AMERICAN ROBINS, HOUSE FINCHES and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES. On August 1st, three TURKEY VULTURES floated over the yard. We also have PURPLE FINCHES which have been in the yard all summer.
If you enjoy this report, please send your sightings of interesting birds to me weekly. Perhaps you have noticed that some weeks there is no report. That is due to lack of sightings sent in. I will not promise to include every one of them, but I will try to include all of the ones that I think someone else would like to know about. There are not so very many birders here in the northwest, so we need to share what we see as others plan their birding trips based on what is reported throughout the state.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at email@example.com OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s numbers 218-847-5743 or 218- 847-9202. Please include the date and county where the sighting took place. The next regularly scheduled update of this report is Thursday, August 9, 2018.
Pennington County, MN