Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, July 7, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Friday, July 7, 2017 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also hear this report by calling (218)847-5743 or 1-800-433-1888.

Once again the main stories are dickcissels, and the birds at the North Ottawa Impoundment. Ron Erpelding, Herb Dingmann, and Mark Junghans took a trip through northwest Minnesota this last weekend and found dickcissels in Marshall, Polk , Red Lake, Pennington, Norman and Becker Counties, and there were dickcissels at the North Ottawa Impoundment area also. Ron’s group did not find a dickcissel in Lake of the Woods, Roseau or Mahnomen counties, but that does not mean they were not there. Wilson’s snipe were found in every county visited, and they saw American bitterns in four counties.

Starting with Grant County, at the N. Ottawa Impoundment , the two KING RAILS were seen by many observers as recently as July 6. Other species included BLACK-NECKED STILT reported up to July 3, BONAPARTE’S GULL seen there on July 6, CATTLE EGRET, GREAT EGRET, WILSON’S SNIPE, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD among many others. A COMMON GALLINULE was found on July 2 along the southern boundary of the impoundment. On July 5, Elissa Gallien reported a WESTERN KINGBIRD and 5 GRAY PARTRIDGE there. Brian Bielfelt found two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at the impoundment on July 5. On June 30 Shelley Steva and I found an assortment of shorebirds there including one WILLET.

In Traverse County, Brian Bielfelt found a GREAT EGRET along US 75 north of Wheaton.

Shelley Steva and I visited Grotto Lake in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County on June 30 where we found nesting GREAT EGRETS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS , most with very large chicks. Two TURKEY VULTURES were cruising overhead hoping, I assume, that some chicks would fall out of the nest and die.

Tamarac NWR in Becker County reported a NORTHERN PARULA there on July 4.

At Buffalo River SP in Clay County on June 30, we found the WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE still there.

In Norman County Ron Erpelding’s group found TRUMPETER SWANS, LARK SPARROW, and a SHARP-TAILED GROUSE with her brood.

A RING-NECKED PHEASANT hen with a brood was found on July 1 by Ron’s group in Mahnomen County.

Sandy Aubol reported a SNOW GOOSE at the East Grand Forks WTP in Polk County on July 1. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was found in Fertile on June 30.

At the gravel quarry in Red Lake County, on June 30, a COMMON LOON with a chick was found. Other species seen there were GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, ALDER FLYCATCHER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was observed at the south end of Red Lake Falls.

Ron’s group heard a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO in Pennington County on June 30.

In Marshall county on June 30, a SCARLET TANAGER was found at Old Mill SP; a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was seen at the Agassiz impoundment, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was also found in Marshall County.

From Bemidji SP in Beltrami County, Arul Arasu reported BLACK TERN, GOLDEN WINGED WARBLER , and HERMIT THRUSH on July 2.

Noah Kuck observed two CASPIAN TERNS on Pine Lake in Clearwater County on July 3.

In Kittson County on June 29, Ron’s group reported two BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, WILLOW FLYCATCHER , and , on the east edge of US 59 between Halma and Lake Bronson, two GRAY PARTRIDGE. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen in Donaldson.


A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found in Lake of the Woods County on June 28.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at OR call the Detroit Lakes Chamber’s toll free number: 1-800-542-3992. Detroit Lakes area birders please call 847-9202. Please include the county where the sighting took place. The next scheduled update of this report is Thursday, July 13, 2017.