*May 17, 2018
Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: May 17, 2018
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru (ajjop...@mncable.net)
This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 17,
2018 sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce. You
may also see this report on the Chamber of Commerce website:
Migration is proceeding here in the northwest, but best reports come
from along the rivers and lakes. It is extremely dry here, although we
are getting a little rain today. Strong winds , mostly from the north
and west have also hampered migration. It had warmed up, but tonight it
is in the fifties with a strong wind. All the sparrows seem to have made
an appearance, the resident raptors are all here, but warbler migration
is slow, except along the Red River. The big warbler wave seems to have
reached Becker County as Sandy Aubol mentioned having a 15 warbler day
late this week at Tamarac NWR. We are looking for them here in
Pennington County any day now , if they don't fly right over us. Summer
tanagers seem to be popping up everywhere as they were reported in Otter
Tail, Hubbard , Becker, and Polk Counties in the northwest, and in
several more southerly counties as well this week.
In Grant County at the N. Ottawa impoundment, Wayne Perala observed a
pair of AMERICAN AVOCETS mating on May 12. We are hoping for nesting.
>From Otter Tail County, Jason Swelstad reported a SUMMER TANAGER in
Fergus Falls on May 11. Gary and Marion Otnes , reporting on May 14,
listed YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, RED-EYED VIREO, EASTERN
KINGBIRD, ORCHARD ORIOLE, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, TENNESSEE WARBLER,
WILSON'S PHALAROPES, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES in the Fergus Falls area.
In Hubbard County north of Park Rapids on May 13, Marshall Howe reported
a male SUMMER TANAGER in the process of molting with the front half of
the bird red, while the rear half was still yellow.
An anonymous birder reported on e-Bird another SUMMER TANAGER , this
time in Becker County on May 10. Steve Midthune found BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVERS east of Tamarack NWR, and WHITE-FACED IBIS at Bisson Lake in
Hamden Slough NWR on May 17. Dave and Betty Hochhalter reported their
first RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD in Detroit Lakes on May 10.
The BALD EAGLES that nest north of East Grand Forks in Polk County now
have chicks in the nest. Sandy Aubol in East Grand Forks has a male
SUMMER TANAGER, an EASTERN TOWHEE, and a SPOTTED TOWHEE all visiting her
yard. All were there as of last weekend. Many migrating sparrows
including WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, HARRIS'S
SPARROW, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW are coming to her feeder, and a few
warbler species including YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and BLACK-AND-WHITE
WARBLER were there also.
In Red Lake County, Anita Vettleson observed and photographed a very
late SNOWY OWL perched on a pole near Oklee on May 12.
This week in Pennington County, I have seen several TURKEY VULTURES . On
May 11, a BROWN THRASHER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, PALM WARBLER, HOUSE
WREN, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT arrived. BOBOLINK,
LARK SPARROW, and RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD came to the yard on May 13,
and YELLOW WARBLER was seen on May 14.
Beth Siverhus was at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County on May 10 where she
found WILSON'S PHALAROPES, MARBLED GODWITS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, and two
Becca Engdahl reported a female PAINTED BUNTING in Bemidji at Susan
Wachtler's feeders on May 13. Do not visit unless you contact the
Beth Siverhus reported a CASPIAN TERN in Warroad, Roseau County on May
17. Other species seen in Roseau County this week included NORTHERN
WATERTHRUSH, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and YELLOW
WARBLER. A CATTLE EGRET and a BONAPARTE'S GULL were seen in Roseau on
May 10th. Mike Thiele reported RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD in Warroad on
Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than
Thursday each week, at ajjop...@mncable.net 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, May 24, 2018.
Pennington County, MN