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*August 14, 2008

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Hotline: Minnesota, Detroit Lakes
Date: August 14, 2008
Sponsor: Lakes Area Birding Club, Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce
Reports: 1-800-542-3992 (weekdays during business hours)
Compiler: Jeanie Joppru (ajjoppru@wiktel.com)

This is the Northwest Minnesota Birding Report for Thursday,August 14, 2008 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.

This week has brought a great variety of weather condition including heat, rain, storms, and beautiful sunshine. Absent has been long periods of high winds, much to everyone's relief. Some area have received a great deal of rain , particularly in the far southern portion of the northwest area, and near the Red River of the north.

Kim Eckert reported on the species that his Minnesota Birding Weekend group saw in Traverse County. Interesting sightings included an AMERICAN BITTERN at the Mud Lake public access, WESTERN KINGBIRD at Wheaton, LE CONTE'S SPARROW at Miller Prairie East, and a BOBOLINK at Miller Prairie West.

In Otter Tail County , Shawn Conrad and Earl Orf found two juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS in Fergus Falls at Adams Park on August 14. Dan and Sandy Thimgan reported a COMMON LOON chick found by one of his neighbors struggling to cross the road from his natal area to the bigger lake across the road.

Ben Fritchman in Todd County reported PINE SISKINS at his feeders for the last several weeks, and lately some PURPLE FINCHES have also come. These are quite unusual there in the summer.

On August 9, a shorebird survey tallied over 2600 individuals of 18 species at Agassiz NWR in Marshall County. Most were seen at Tamarack Pool in the interior of the refuge, but the easiest to view were approximately 140 birds seen at Parker Pool and South Pool along CR 7. Most common species was LESSER YELLOWLEGS, but included in the total were 5 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 21 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 17 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 1 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 112 WILSON'S SNIPE, and 156 WILSON'S PHALAROPES, and 9 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES. On Tuesday, another observer found a WILLET at Webster Pool. Gregg Knutsen reported that a YELLOW RAIL was seen at Parker Pool last week, and this week a LEAST BITTERN was flushed from Agassiz Pool. A GREEN HERON was seen along Ditch 11.

Thanks to Ben Fritchman, Kim Eckert, Shawn Conrad, and Gregg Knutsen for their reports.

Please report bird sightings to Jeanie Joppru by email, no later than Thursday each week, at ajjoppru@wiktel.com 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 21, 2008.

Jeanie Joppru Pennington County, MN

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