This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 6, 2019

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, June 6, 2019 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:

There have been no Northwest Minnesota Birding Reports for the last month due to the illness of my husband, but as he recovers, I will start by summarizing the sightings of the last ten days or so. Many of these birds, of course, will now be further north, but you can see when and where they came through. Summer has come all of a sudden to northwest Minnesota, and this week it has been in the high eighties and low nineties. Birds are going about the business of raising their young.

Of interest on May 25, Noah Kuck found a WHIMBREL at the rice paddies near Baudette in Lake of the Woods County.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were reported in Roseau County in late May, one of them at Malung south of Roseau.

ORCHARD ORIOLES were reported by Doug Johnson and Betty Lynne in Bemidji in Beltrami County on May 27.

Here in the yard in Pennington County near Thief River Falls, two GRAY CATBIRDS and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK were seen; a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER came in on June 1; on the 2nd, there were EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE and WARBLING VIREO; and a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was heard in the yard on June 6th. The first baby WOOD DUCKS were seen on the river on June 7th.

From Polk County, Heidi Hughes reported a DARK-EYED JUNCO at the Audubon Center feeders on June 2nd. WESTERN TANAGER was also reported there in May 27th.

SAY’S PHOEBE was found at the MSUM Science Center in Clay County on May 28, and has been reported there as recently as June 6 near the abandoned clubhouse. Please do not enter the clubhouse as it is slated for demolition later this summer.

This week Marshall Howe reported ORCHARD ORIOLE in Hubbard County. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was found by Becca Engdahl at Magical Swamp on West Gulch FR on May 27th. An EASTERN SCREECH OWL was heard in Paul Bunyan State Forest at Mantrap Lake on May 26th.

Charlene Nelson reporting from Grant County, saw a BOBOLINK on June1st, and a BLUE-HEADED VIREO on June 3rd.

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 Friday, June 14, 2019.


Jeanie Joppru

Pennington County, MN