This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 9, 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
It has been hot again this week in the northwest, and folks around here have been very busy with harvesting, both in the garden and on the farm. Little rain has fallen in the far northwest, but some stormy weather occurred in the southern part of the area. Many young birds are being seen in the yards and at feeders, and the first wave of migrants are already being reported.
A VARIED THRUSH was seen at the home of Shirlee Boyd east of Warroad in Roseau County, and reported by Beth Siverhus on July 29. It has been hanging around, but I have no word of it since last Thursday. On August 5th, Shelley
Steva and I found an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER north of Roseau. At the Roseau River WMA we saw a TRUMPETER SWAN pair with 4 cygnets and three COMMON LOONS.
Agassiz Audubon reported the presence of young SORAS and VIRGINIA RAILS on August 8 at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment which straddles the line between Polk and Marshall Counties. I was there on August 4 when I saw large numbers of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, a few GREAT EGRETS, several BLACK TERNS and a GREAT BLUE HERON .
Here in Pennington County, there have been many young CHIPPING SPARROWS, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, PURPLE FINCHES and HOUSE FINCHES, not to mention the hordes of young AMERICAN ROBINS. It seems to have been a good year for these species. CEDAR WAXWINGS are always present in the yard lately, and on August 8th a young RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER visited the feeder.
Sandy Aubol in western Polk County reported several migrating warblers including CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER and YELLOW WARBLER. She also has a few WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS this week in East Grand Forks. OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen along the river.
From Becker County on August 3rd, Betty Erickson observed COMMON LOONS with two young, GREAT BLUE HERON, OSPREY, BALD EAGLE, BELTED KINGFISHER, PILEATED WOODPECKER and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Warblers seen included GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHTE WARBLER and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.
At the North Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County, Charlene Nelson found a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER on August 8. Last week she saw ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER at their farm near Elbow Lake. On August 5th, she saw a PHILADELPHIA VIREO there. Jim Hovey observed a PRAIRIE FALCON and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD at the North Ottawa Impoundment on August 5th.
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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, August 16, 2018.
Pennington County, MN