This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Saturday, September 14, 2019 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
It sure feels like fall now in the northwest. We are promised a little warm weather yet this week, but the signs are there that it may be short-lived. Birds are migrating quickly now, and every day we see more and more of the species that nest further north, and the young raptors can be seen on many power poles in the late afternoon. There are many pine siskins at feeders at this time, the first time this year that we have seen many of these. Birding has been somewhat slow due to the wet windy weather of late, but we are starting to see warblers coming through. It appears that some have overflown the northwest as birders to our south are reporting them in waves. Ruby throated hummingbirds are still around in most or all of the counties of the northwest.
From Beltrami County, Douglas Johnson reported LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Nymore boat landing in Bemidji on September 13th.
Joanne Johnson reported some warblers on September 8th including AMERICAN REDSTART, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT in East Grand Forks, Polk County.
A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen by Linda Young at Tamarac NWR in Becker County on September 13th.
From Otter Tail County, Susan Anderson observed a family of TRUMPETER SWANS at Maplewood SP on September 11th. A SORA was seen by chad Solsma in Fergus Falls on September 8th. A COMMON MERGANSER was seen at Clitherall Lake on September 13th by Dick Berman. Alma Ronningen reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD on September 12th and SCARLET TANAGER on September 11th at her home in Dent. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET were also seen in the county on September 8th.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at the Walker WTP in Cass County on September 7th by Don Hoppe.
At the N. Ottawa Impoundment in Grant County, Wayne Perala reported two SANDERLINGS on September 10th. Charlene Nelson’s list for September 11th in southern Grant County included seven woodpecker species: HAIRY WOODPECKER, DOWNY WOODPECKER , RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and NORTHERN FLICKER, all but the black-backed and three-toed woodpeckers. Six warbler species were seen that day including TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, and AMERICAN REDSTART. WINTER WRE, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD continue to be seen. On September 7th she reported RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET.
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, September 26, 2019
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