This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, July 12, 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
Due to the very hot, humid weather throughout the state, few folks have sent in reports the last couple of weeks. However, bird life seems to be very busy none-the-less. The yards are teeming with young birds, and birding by ear is becoming difficult because of the many young fledglings trying to find their voices. Shorebirds are already on their way back south, but spots to view them are hard to find. Recent rains have raised water levels throughout the region and we may get some good habitat in the near future.
In Becker County, Suzanne Smith reported a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT on July 7 at Tamarac NWR. I have no knowledge of where the bird was seen, or if anyone else has seen it. Also at Tamarac NWR, David Crow reported HOOEDED MERGANSER , RED-NECKED GREBE, PINE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART and PURPLE FINCH on June 29.
Alex Sundvall observed a SAY’S PHOEBE at Felton Prairie in Clay County on June 24. A NORTHERN CARDINAL was seen in Moorhead on June 28 by Kathy Bresee.
In Polk County, Heidi Hughes reported a HORNED GREBE at the Agassiz Valley Impoundment on June 29. A COOPER’S HAWK was seen by Russ Wilbur on the East Grand Forks bike path on June 27.
Here in Pennington County, I can report two families of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS nesting in our yard. A pair of GRAY CATBIRDS raised their family here, also.
A GREAT HORNED OWL was heard across the river from us on July 8, and several times I have heard crows mobbing it.
Beth Siverhus observed a MERLIN in Warroad, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, SCARLET TANAGER, EASTERN BLUEBIRD and LE CONTE’S SPARROW in Roseau County the week of June 28.
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, July 19, 2018.
Pennington County, MN