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Every day brings more birds

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday, May 15, 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.

As weather warms up, the pent up migration is breaking loose, and every day brings new species to the northwest. Leaves are still not big enough on the trees to obscure vision and it appears that the spring birding will be fast and furious for the next couple of weeks. There are reports of all sorts of species from all over the area.

Pat DeWenter in Bemidji, Beltrami County, saw an eared grebe and Cape May warbler on May 9, and rose-breasted grosbeak and Baltimore oriole on May 13. Pat Rice reported the first ruby-throated hummingbird on May 12. Doug Johnson reported Forster's tern, Tennessee warbler, mourning warbler, Wilson's warbler, and Harris's sparrow this week.

Surprise visitor to our feeder near Thief River Falls in Pennington County tonight was a red-breasted nuthatch. Several pine siskins were also there, while 3 ruby-throated hummingbirds fought over access to the nectar.

Shelley Steva found a pine siskin in Red Lake County on May 9, while Al Walker saw a red-bellied woodpecker in Red Lake Falls on May 12. At the Red Lake Falls WTP on May 11, I found 39 very excited buffleheads, 6 ruddy ducks, and about 200 Franklin's gulls, and at least one bobolink. At Huot Old Treaty Crossing, there were two brown creepers, and two eastern towhees that day.

Connie Norheim was birding at Felton Prairie on May 9 where she found upland sandpiper, sedge wren, eastern bluebird, gray-cheeked thrush, and brown thrasher. Near Hitterdahl, she saw red-necked grebe, and sora. Mel and Elaine Bennefeld saw a ruby-throated hummingbird on May 13 at the Pondorosa Golf Club.

In Detroit Lakes, Becker County, Beau Shroyer has a red-headed woodpecker visiting his home. On May 13 there was a good fallout of warblers in Detroit Lakes as he was able to tally 13 species in two hours. Other species seen included Caspian tern, empidonax flycatchers, and on May 14, an indigo bunting.

In Otter Tail County, Brad and Dee Ehlers reported sighting a Cooper's hawk, and gray catbird on May 10. Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported black-crowned night-heron, solitary sandpiper, Hudsonian godwit, least sandpiper, pectoral sandpiper, stilt sandpiper, long-billed dowitcher, and Wilson's phalarope on May 10. On the 15th, they added green heron, Virginia rail, black-billed cuckoo, great crested flycatcher, and common yellowthroat. Amy Drake added Wilson's warbler and American redstart on May 13.

Sheri Johnson reported a ruby-throated hummingbird in Walker in Cass County on May 11.

In addition, there were many reports of all the common ducks, all the grebes, American white pelican, all the swallows, brown creeper, eastern bluebird, Swainson's thrush, orange-crowned warbler, yellow warbler, Cape May warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, pine warbler, palm warbler, black-and-white warbler, oven bird, northern waterthrush, American tree sparrow, chipping sparrow, clay-colored sparrow, vesper sparrow, savannah sparrow, fox sparrow, white-throated sparrow, white-crowned sparrow, rose-breasted grosbeak, yellow-headed blackbird, Baltimore oriole, and American goldfinch throughout the northwest.

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 call 847-9202.

Include the county where the sighting took place.