Northwest Birding Report- Thursday, September 28, 2019

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, September 27, 2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:


We have had a big change in the weather in the past week. Now we are getting cold drizzly days with wind, and the forecast is for frost in the very near future. Migration continues. Now the late fall sparrows are showing up with reported of white-crowned sparrows, white-throated sparrows, and Harris’s sparrows arriving at their favorite feeders. Many northern flickers moved through in the past week, and the last of the warblers stopped briefly. Many bald eagles are being reported now. Dana Jenkins saw six of them soaring over her yard a week ago in Newfolden Township of Marshall County.


Here in Pennington County, I had an OVENBIRD show up in the yard on September 21.Several RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and PURPLE FINCHES were seen that day also. On September 22nd, a BELTED KINGFISHER was catching fish along the river, and the first WOOD DUCKS I have seen for a while were feeding on the wild rice along the edge. On the 27th, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was seen catching bugs on the lawn.


Connie Cox in Clearwater County reported CEDAR WAXWINGS, a single RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, and a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER on September 27.


Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks, Polk County, is still reporting a few late warblers at her bird bath. Sparrows are the story there this week as she has observed WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and HARRIS’S SPARROWS in the yard, and one GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH.


A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was reported by Chris Merkord on September 25 at Buffalo River State Park in Clay County.


Charlene Nelson in Grant County reported a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on September 20th at their farm near Elbow Lake. Other species she has seen there this week include WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and WINTER WREN. On September 23rd at the N.Ottawa impoundment, Wayne Perala reported PALM WARBLER, SAVANNAH SPARROW, LE CONTE’S SPARROW, SNOWY EGRETS and PEREGRINE FALCON. There is a drawdown, so shorebirds are present at this time. Becca Engdahl reported eleven WHITE-FACED IBIS and a DICKCISSEL there on September 26.


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, October 4, 2018.


Jeanie Joppru

Pennington County, MN