Northwest Birding Report – Thursday, September 20, 2018

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 20, 2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

There is no doubt that fall is here now in the northwest. The wind blows the rain against the windows, and temperatures were in the low fifties all day. Birds are busy at the feeders, but humans are hunkered down inside. This week has seen much migration and now we are starting to see birds that we will see all winter, or at least until Christmas. There are reports or white-throated sparrows and red-breasted nuthatches from several counties as far south as Grant.

One sighting of particular note is a WOOD STORK seen by Todd Sorenson a mile east of Hallock on September 13. Unfortunately, the bird flew away and he was unable to re-locate it. That points up something we need to be doing at this time of year- looking for species that may be off course, or wandering beyond their usual areas.

At the North Ottawa impoundment in Grant County this week, a variety of shorebirds were reported including three AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS on September 16. Jerry Pruett found SNOWY EGRETS and WHITE-FACED IBIS there on September 19. Charlene Nelson near Elbow Lake reported RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH on September 12, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET ON September 19.

A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was observed in Douglas County near Evansville on September 18 by Terry Carr.

From Polk County, Sandy Aubol reported on September 19 that the WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, HARRIS’S SPARROW and FOX SPARROW were in her East Grand Forks yard by September 19. Some of those have been there for a week now. On September 17, she reported RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER which were new additions for this fall.

Here in Pennington County, we have had substantial numbers of RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, NORTHERN FLICKERS and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS in the yard this week. On September 18, I saw PALM WARBLER and BELTED KINGFISHER. On the 20th, we were treated to a flock of about 25 BLUE JAYS under the feeders, also WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and PURPLE FINCH.

In Hallock , Kittson County, Todd Sorenson reported several EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES this fall.

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, September 27, 2018

Jeanie Joppru
Pennington County, MN