Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 3, 2017

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, August 3, 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.

The heat has finally diminished in the northwest and elsewhere in Minnesota. Yards in the far northwest still need more rain, but the damp day yesterday did help.

Alma Ronningen in Grant County reported that two young OSPREY from the nearby nest in the Elbow Lake area have started to fly. CHIMNEY SWIFTS have nested in the Maplewood Lutheran Church chimney again this year. Species seen in her yard in Dent included RED-EYED VIREO, EASTERN PHOEBE, HOUSE WREN, GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, and YELLOW WARBLER. At the N. Ottawa impoundment, the BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen as recently as August 2. A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was spotted on August 2 also. On July 30, a good selection of shorebirds could be found there, and WESTERN GREBES, EARED GREBES, RUDDY DUCKS, BLACK TERNS, and WESTERN KINGBIRD were seen there. Four GREAT HORNED OWLS were found on July 30 along the roads in the area.

From Todd County, Alex Sundvall reported a CLARK’S GREBE on Lake Osakis on July 28.

A SNOW GOOSE is still present at the East Grand Forks WTP as reported by Sandy Aubol on August 1.

In Pennington County, Shelley Steva reported two COMMON RAVENS and a COOPER’S HAWK in the city of Thief River Falls on August 2. Here at our feeder east of the city, we now have PINE SISKINS and HOUSE FINCHES.

Shelley and I went to western Polk County on the afternoon of July 30 where we found 4 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS at the Warren WTP as reported earlier by Sandy Aubol. At that location and the Agassiz impoundment, we found a total of 12 species of shorebirds that day. There could have been others that we did not identify at the impoundment which was very busy.

In Roseau County on July 28, I had the unusual experience of listening to the singing of both a HERMIT THRUSH and an INDIGO BUNTING simultaneously. The location was at the interface with the recently logged off area burned year before last, and the standing live pine trees. It was an interesting example of how habitat influences which birds are there.

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, August 10, 2017.