NORTHWEST MINNESOTA MBW SUMMARY

(incl. Lake of the Woods pre-MBW)

September 4 - 5 - 6 - 7, 2015



It was an interesting MBW, to say the least! While that striking Little Gull at the Warroad sewage ponds was certainly the  highlight, there were other significant sightings as well. The concentration of at least six Black-backed Woodpeckers in that small section of the Thompson Forest Road burn was both impressive and intriguing – you have to wonder how many more Black-backeds (and American Three-toeds?) were out there in the other parts of the burn we didn’t cover. And probably just as significant were all those Wilson’s Snipes (at least 60 of them) at the Greenbush sewage ponds – possibly an all-time Minnesota record?


Other highlights included the Swainson’s Hawk flying over Hwy 313 north of Warroad, and the nice looks by both groups at Le Conte’s Sparrows in different places. In all, we came up with 158 species over the four days, which is about average for this MBW. Our shorebird total was 16 species, also about average on this weekend, with just about all of them limited to the rocky shorelines of the Baudette, Warroad, Roseau, and Greenbush sewage ponds. Our list of 20 warbler species apparently ties the record for this MBW, although there were no real concentrations or waves to be found, and several of the warblers were represented by just 1 or 2 individuals or only seen by a few MBWers.


As always, I thank everyone for coming and being a part of our 30th season of MBWs. And for enduring the constant threat of rain (which we mostly avoided), and the dearth of restaurants in Roseau (TripAdvisor.com may now have to rank Dairy Queen as #1!). Of course, we all thank Craig for taking over for me on Friday’s pre-MBW and for co-leading during the rest of the MBW in Roseau County. But note that he was handsomely compensated for his efforts – as a consequence of that reduced $30 fee for all of this season’s MBWs, Craig received no less than $3.17 an hour + expenses! (Maybe being permanently fired wouldn’t be so bad….)

 

BIRD LIST


L = Lake of the Woods Co, mostly Sept 4 (incl 3 on Mon afternoon)

R = Roseau County, Sept 5 - 6 - 7


Canada Goose        LR

Trumpeter Swan        R

Wood Duck        LR

Gadwall        R

American Wigeon        R

Mallard        LR

Blue-winged Teal        LR

Northern Shoveler        LR

Green-winged Teal        LR

Canvasback        LR

Redhead        LR

Ring-necked Duck        LR

Lesser Scaup        R

Bufflehead        LR

Common Goldeneye        LR

Hooded Merganser        LR

Ruddy Duck        LR

Common Loon        LR

Pied-billed Grebe        LR

Horned Grebe        LR

Red-necked Grebe        R

Double-crested Cormorant        LR

American White Pelican        LR

American Bittern        R

Great Blue Heron        R

Green Heron        K (Kittson County-only)

Black-crowned Night-Heron        R

Turkey Vulture        LR

Osprey        L

Bald Eagle        LR

Northern Harrier        R

Sharp-shinned Hawk        R

Cooper's Hawk        R

Broad-winged Hawk        LR

Swainson's Hawk        R (late; relatively rare here) 

Red-tailed Hawk        LR

Virginia Rail        R

Sora        LR

American Coot        LR

Sandhill Crane        LR

Black-bellied Plover        R

Killdeer        LR

Spotted Sandpiper        LR

Solitary Sandpiper        R

Greater Yellowlegs        LR

Lesser Yellowlegs        LR

Stilt Sandpiper        LR

Sanderling        R

Baird's Sandpiper        LR

Least Sandpiper        LR

Pectoral Sandpiper        LR

Semipalmated Sandpiper        L

Short-billed Dowitcher        LR

Long-billed Dowitcher        LR

Wilson's Snipe        LR (at least 60 at Greenbush sewage ponds!)

Red-necked Phalarope        L

Bonaparte's Gull        LR

LITTLE GULL        R (nice spotting, Denny!)

Franklin's Gull        LR

Ring-billed Gull        LR

Herring Gull        LR

Caspian Tern        LR

Common Tern        LR

Rock Pigeon        LR

Mourning Dove        LR

Great Horned Owl        R

Barred Owl        R

Common Nighthawk        LR

Chimney Swift        R

Ruby-throated Hummingbird        LR

Belted Kingfisher        LR

Red-headed Woodpecker        LR

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker        LR

Downy Woodpecker        LR

Hairy Woodpecker        LR

Black-backed Woodpecker        R (at least 6 in the burn!)

Northern Flicker        LR

Pileated Woodpecker        LR

American Kestrel        LR

Merlin        LR

Olive-sided Flycatcher        R

Eastern Wood-Pewee        LR

Least Flycatcher        LR

Eastern Phoebe        LR

Western Kingbird        R (brief view, spotted by Linda)

Eastern Kingbird        LR

Yellow-throated Vireo        R

Blue-headed Vireo        LR

Warbling Vireo        R

Philadelphia Vireo        LR

Red-eyed Vireo        LR

Gray Jay        R

Blue Jay        LR

Black-billed Magpie        LR

American Crow        LR

Common Raven        LR

Purple Martin        R

Tree Swallow        R

Bank Swallow        R

Cliff Swallow        R

Barn Swallow        LR

Black-capped Chickadee        LR

Red-breasted Nuthatch        LR

White-breasted Nuthatch        LR

House Wren        LR

Sedge Wren        R

Marsh Wren        R

Golden-crowned Kinglet        LR

Ruby-crowned Kinglet        LR

Eastern Bluebird        LR

Swainson's Thrush        R

American Robin        LR

Gray Catbird        LR

European Starling        LR

Cedar Waxwing        LR

Ovenbird        L

Golden-winged Warbler        L

Black-and-white Warbler        LR

Tennessee Warbler        LR

Nashville Warbler        LR

Connecticut Warbler        L (only seen by a few)

Mourning Warbler        R (ditto)

Common Yellowthroat        LR

American Redstart        LR

Northern Parula        L

Magnolia Warbler        LR

Blackburnian Warbler        LR

Yellow Warbler        LR

Chestnut-sided Warbler        LR

Blackpoll Warbler        LR

Palm Warbler        R

Pine Warbler        LR

Yellow-rumped Warbler        LR

Black-throated Green Warbler        R

Wilson's Warbler        R

Chipping Sparrow        LR

Clay-colored Sparrow        LR

Vesper Sparrow        R

Savannah Sparrow        LR

Le Conte's Sparrow        R (seen by both groups at separate locations)

Song Sparrow        LR

Lincoln's Sparrow        R

Swamp Sparrow        R

White-throated Sparrow        LR

Dark-eyed Junco        R

Scarlet Tanager        R

Rose-breasted Grosbeak        LR

Indigo Bunting        L

Bobolink        R (late migrant; only seen by a few)

Red-winged Blackbird        R

Western Meadowlark        R

Brewer's Blackbird        LR

Common Grackle        LR

Baltimore Oriole        R

Purple Finch        R

Pine Siskin        L

American Goldfinch        LR

House Sparrow        LR





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(Gerry Hoekstra photo)



BIRD LIST (153 species total; 100 on pre-MBW, including 14 not on the main MBW)  


B = Beltrami County (mostly Friday on pre-MBW)

R = Roseau County (mostly Saturday, Sunday morning, and Sunday evening)

L = Lake of the Woods County (mostly Sunday afternoon)


Canada Goose        BRL

Trumpeter Swan        BR

Wood Duck        BRL

Gadwall        RL

American Wigeon        RL

Mallard        BRL

Blue-winged Teal        BRL

Northern Shoveler        BRL

Northern Pintail        R

Green-winged Teal        RL

Canvasback        R

Redhead        R

Ring-necked Duck        BR

Bufflehead        R

Common Goldeneye        BRL

Hooded Merganser        BR

Common Merganser        B (pre-MBW only)

Sharp-tailed Grouse        R

Common Loon        BRL

Pied-billed Grebe        RL

Horned Grebe        BR

Red-necked Grebe        R

Double-crested Cormorant        BRL

American White Pelican        RL

American Bittern        R

Great Blue Heron        RL

Green Heron        BR

Turkey Vulture        BRL

Osprey        BR

Bald Eagle        BRL

Northern Harrier        RL

Sharp-shinned Hawk        B (pre-MBW only)

Broad-winged Hawk        BRL

Red-tailed Hawk        BRL

Virginia Rail        BR

Sora        R

American Coot        R

Sandhill Crane        RL

Black-bellied Plover        RL

Semipalmated Plover        RL

Killdeer        BRL

Spotted Sandpiper        BR

Solitary Sandpiper        BR

Greater Yellowlegs        RL

Lesser Yellowlegs        BRL

Stilt Sandpiper        RL

Baird's Sandpiper        RL

Least Sandpiper        BRL

Buff-breasted Sandpiper        L

Pectoral Sandpiper        RL

Semipalmated Sandpiper        RL

Wilson's Snipe        BRL

Red-necked Phalarope        R

Bonaparte's Gull        BR

Franklin's Gull        RL

Ring-billed Gull        BRL

Herring Gull        BRL

Caspian Tern        B (pre-MBW only)

Black Tern        R

Common Tern        BRL

Forster's Tern        R

Rock Pigeon        BR

Mourning Dove        BRL

Short-eared Owl        R

Common Nighthawk        BRL

Chimney Swift        B (pre-MBW only)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird        BRL

Belted Kingfisher        BRL

Red-headed Woodpecker        R

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker        BR

Downy Woodpecker        BR

Hairy Woodpecker        RL

Northern Flicker        BRL

Pileated Woodpecker        B (pre-MBW only)

American Kestrel        BRL

Merlin        BRL

Olive-sided Flycatcher        BRL

Eastern Wood-Pewee        BR

Alder Flycatcher        BR

Least Flycatcher        BRL

Eastern Phoebe        BRL

Great Crested Flycatcher        B (pre-MBW only)

Western Kingbird        R

Eastern Kingbird        BRL

Yellow-throated Vireo        BR

Blue-headed Vireo        B (pre-MBW only)

Warbling Vireo        BRL

Philadelphia Vireo        BL

Red-eyed Vireo        BRL

Gray Jay        L (seen by Gerry et al)

Blue Jay        BRL

Black-billed Magpie        BRL

American Crow        BRL

Common Raven        BRL

Purple Martin        RL

Tree Swallow        BL

Bank Swallow        R

Cliff Swallow        BRL

Barn Swallow        BRL

Black-capped Chickadee        BRL

Red-breasted Nuthatch        BRL

White-breasted Nuthatch        BRL

Brown Creeper        R

House Wren        BR

Marsh Wren        R

Eastern Bluebird        BRL

Veery        RL

Swainson's Thrush        BR

Hermit Thrush        L (seen by Gerry et al)

American Robin        BRL

Gray Catbird        BRL

European Starling        BR

Cedar Waxwing        BRL

Northern Waterthrush        BR

Golden-winged Warbler        B (pre-MBW only)

Black-and-white Warbler        BRL

Tennessee Warbler        BRL

Nashville Warbler        BRL

Common Yellowthroat        BRL

American Redstart        BRL

Cape May Warbler        RL

Northern Parula        BR

Magnolia Warbler        BR        

Bay-breasted Warbler        RL

Blackburnian Warbler        BR

Yellow Warbler        BRL

Chestnut-sided Warbler        BR

Blackpoll Warbler        BRL

Palm Warbler        BR

Yellow-rumped Warbler        BRL

Black-throated Green Warbler        B (pre-MBW only)

Canada Warbler        B (pre-MBW only)

Wilson's Warbler        BRL

Chipping Sparrow        BRL

Clay-colored Sparrow        R

Savannah Sparrow        R

Song Sparrow        BRL

Swamp Sparrow        RL

White-throated Sparrow        BRL

Dark-eyed Junco        R

Scarlet Tanager        B (pre-MBW only)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak        BRL

Bobolink        R 

Red-winged Blackbird        BRL

Western Meadowlark        R

Common Grackle        RL

Brown-headed Cowbird        L

Baltimore Oriole        B (pre-MBW only)

House Finch        B (pre-MBW only)

Purple Finch        B (pre-MBW only)

Pine Siskin        RL

American Goldfinch        BRL

House Sparrow        R








Also see the 2015 and 2014 MBWs summaries

following the summary of the 2016 MBWeekend


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NORTHWESTERN MINNESOTA MBW SUMMARY

– including Pennington & Red Lake Co’s pre-MBW – 

September 2 - 3 - 4 - 5, 2016


Summary by Kim Eckert….Making MBWs Great Again (“What the hell do you have to lose?") 


First, consider that it took awhile to get the car-pooling figured out – and it kept changing daily into Monday morning. Then the weather chose not to cooperate: too warm and too windy on both Friday and Saturday, then most of Sunday afternoon plagued by rain. And take into account the relative lack shorebird mudflats and good warbler fallouts, with the only decent showings of these at Agassiz NWR on Sunday and Monday mornings. You might guess, then, that this annual Labor Day MBW in NW Minnesota would turn out to be somewhat disappointing. Hardly!


Although access to some of the best parts at Agassiz has now become unavailable to MBWs in recent years (for reasons that make little if any sense), it turned out that our most productive birding was in the public areas of the refuge. Of course, our best highlight was finding that juvenile Little Blue Heron on Sunday at Farmes Pool, which was joined by a Snowy Egret the next morning! Even in southern Minnesota these two are rare, especially the Little Blue, and to come up with both together at the same spot this far north was quite a feat. Farmes Pool was also one of our best shorebird areas, as 16 of this MBW's 18 species were either here or at the Headquarters Pool, with the latter site providing us with 3 Hudsonian Godwits –  only a rare to casual fall migrant in the state.


Agassiz also proved to be our best place for finding warblers, especially around the visitors center (closed on weekends, of course, when there would be the most visitors), as 18 of our weekend’s 20 species were seen at the refuge. Noteworthy at Agassiz as well were both American Golden- and Black-bellied plovers and both dowitchers at Headquarters Pool, plus a nice look at a Peregrine hunting around Farmes Pool. Elsewhere our best finds were probably the lone Greater Prairie-Chicken we chanced upon in Red Lake Co, along the Buff-breasted Sandpiper crossing the Pennington-Red Lake county line a short time later. On Friday, there was also a brief fly-by Peregrine at the Red Lake Falls sewage ponds, and later that day a nice flock of 40 or so Red-necked Phalaropes was at the Thief River Falls sewage ponds. Despite the rain on Sunday afternoon, we finally turned up a wet Black-backed Woodpecker in the burn along the Thompson Forest Road, and part of the group ended the MBW at noon on Monday with an unexpected collared-dove by the grain elevator in Thief River Falls.


In all during these 3 1/2 days, we came up with an even 160 species, a total which is about average for this trip. Our best-ever count on this weekend was 171 species in 2008, while some of our totals in other years have been in the 140s. Friday’s pre-MBW had 113 species, including 12 not seen on the main NW Minn MBW (when we had 148).


As usual, we owe special thanks to Craig for his always-invaluable assistance with this MBW – although his discovery of the Viking sewage ponds came after I thought I had been to all of Minnesota’s 370 sewage ponds two days earlier (i.e., Redby). And then Doug made things worse by mentioning the existence of the Franklin sewage ponds, so that I’m now one short of seeing them all. (No Junior Tour Leader Merit Badge for either of them!) Even though no one earned the coveted JTLMB, I did award Ron a JCLMB on Friday (Junior County Lister Merit Badge) by recently recording his 200th species in Cook Co, so that he has now seen 200 in all 87 counties – though I suspect his special key chain with the key to the Redby sewage ponds may have now lost its luster.


BIRD LIST = 160 species (113 on Sept 2 pre-MBW; 148 on Sept 3-4-5 NW Minn MBW)


P = Pennington Co (Sept 2-3-4-5)

R = Red Lake Co (Sept 2)

K = Kittson Co (Sept 3)

M = Marshall Co (Sept 3-4-5)

pre = seen on Pennington-Red Lake pre-MBW (Sept 2)


Canada Goose      PRKM; pre

Trumpeter Swan      KM

Wood Duck      PRKM; pre

Gadwall      PKM; pre

American Wigeon      M

American Black Duck      R; pre-only

Mallard      PRKM; pre

Blue-winged Teal      PRKM; pre

Northern Shoveler      PRM; pre

Northern Pintail      P; pre-only

Green-winged Teal      PRM; pre

Canvasback      PK; pre

Redhead      PK; pre

Ring-necked Duck      PKM; pre

Lesser Scaup      M

Bufflehead      PKM; pre

Common Goldeneye      RKM; pre

Hooded Merganser      PRKM; pre

Ruddy Duck      PM; pre

Greater Prairie-Chicken      R; pre-only

Wild Turkey      P; pre

Common Loon      R; pre-only

Pied-billed Grebe      PKM; pre

Horned Grebe      PM; pre

Red-necked Grebe      M

Eared Grebe      PM; pre

Western Grebe      M

Double-crested Cormorant      RKM; pre

American White Pelican      M

American Bittern      M

Great Blue Heron      PRKM; pre

Great Egret      PRKM; pre

Snowy Egret      M

Little Blue Heron      M

Green Heron      M; pre (Polk Co)

Turkey Vulture      PRKM; pre

Osprey      RK; pre

Bald Eagle      PRM; pre

Northern Harrier      RKM; pre

Sharp-shinned Hawk      RKM; pre

Cooper's Hawk      PM; pre

Broad-winged Hawk      M

Red-tailed Hawk      PRKM; pre

Virginia Rail      M

Sora      M

American Coot      PKM; pre

Sandhill Crane      PRKM; pre

Black-bellied Plover      M

American Golden-Plover      M

Semipalmated Plover      KM

Killdeer      PRKM; pre

Spotted Sandpiper      PRKM; pre

Solitary Sandpiper      M

Greater Yellowlegs      RKM; pre

Lesser Yellowlegs      PRKM; pre

Hudsonian Godwit      M

Stilt Sandpiper      PM; pre

Baird's Sandpiper      M

Least Sandpiper      PRKM; pre

Buff-breasted Sandpiper      PR; pre-only

Pectoral Sandpiper      M

Short-billed Dowitcher      M

Long-billed Dowitcher      M

Wilson's Snipe      PRM; pre

Red-necked Phalarope      PM; pre

Bonaparte's Gull      M

Franklin's Gull      PR; pre

Ring-billed Gull      RM; pre

Caspian Tern      M

Black Tern      P; pre

Common Tern      M

Rock Pigeon      PRKM; pre

Eurasian Collared-Dove      P

Mourning Dove      PRKM; pre

Common Nighthawk      M

Chimney Swift      R; pre-only

Ruby-throated Hummingbird      PRKM; pre

Belted Kingfisher      KM

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker      PRKM; pre

Downy Woodpecker      PKM; pre

Hairy Woodpecker      PKM; pre

Black-backed Woodpecker      Roseau Co

Northern Flicker      PRKM; pre

Pileated Woodpecker      PRM; pre

American Kestrel      PRKM; pre

Merlin      PRM; pre

Peregrine Falcon      RM; pre

Eastern Wood-Pewee      PRKM; pre

Alder Flycatcher      R; pre-only

Least Flycatcher      PM; pre

Eastern Phoebe      PRKM; pre

Eastern Kingbird      RKM; pre

Yellow-throated Vireo      PRM; pre

Blue-headed Vireo      R; pre-only

Warbling Vireo      PRM; pre

Philadelphia Vireo      R; pre-only

Red-eyed Vireo      PRKM; pre

Blue Jay      PRKM; pre

Black-billed Magpie      PRKM; pre

American Crow      PRKM; pre

Common Raven      RKM; pre

Horned Lark      P; pre-only

Purple Martin      M

Tree Swallow      PRM; pre

Bank Swallow      PRK; pre

Cliff Swallow      KM

Barn Swallow      PRKM; pre

Black-capped Chickadee      PRKM; pre

Red-breasted Nuthatch      PRKM; pre

White-breasted Nuthatch      PRKM; pre

House Wren      PM; pre

Sedge Wren      M

Marsh Wren      M

Ruby-crowned Kinglet      RM; pre

Eastern Bluebird      PRKM; pre

Veery      M

Swainson's Thrush      M

American Robin      PRKM; pre

Gray Catbird      PKM; pre

European Starling      PRKM; pre

Cedar Waxwing      PRKM; pre

Ovenbird      M

Northern Waterthrush      PM; pre

Golden-winged Warbler      RKM; pre

Black-and-white Warbler      PRKM; pre

Tennessee Warbler      PRKM; pre

Nashville Warbler      PRKM; pre

Common Yellowthroat      PRKM; pre

American Redstart      PRKM; pre

Cape May Warbler      M

Northern Parula      M

Magnolia Warbler      PKM; pre

Bay-breasted Warbler      RM; pre

Blackburnian Warbler      P; pre-only

Yellow Warbler      PRM; pre

Chestnut-sided Warbler      PRKM; pre

Blackpoll Warbler      RM; pre

Palm Warbler      M

Yellow-rumped Warbler      M

Canada Warbler      R; pre-only

Wilson's Warbler      PRKM; pre

Chipping Sparrow      PRKM; pre

Clay-colored Sparrow      KM

Vesper Sparrow      K

Savannah Sparrow      PRKM; pre

Song Sparrow      PM; pre

Swamp Sparrow      M

White-throated Sparrow      M

Rose-breasted Grosbeak      PKM; pre

Bobolink      PM; pre

Red-winged Blackbird      PRKM; pre

Western Meadowlark      RM; pre

Yellow-headed Blackbird      PR; pre

Brewer's Blackbird      RM; pre

Common Grackle      KM

Baltimore Oriole      M

Purple Finch      M

Pine Siskin      M

American Goldfinch      PRKM; pre

House Sparrow     PRK; pre




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Lily-livered lollygagging listers successfully add Blue Ox (Bovinis azureus babeii) 

to their Beltrami County mammal lists on Friday

.


NORTHWESTERN MINN MBW & BELTRAMI CO PRE-MBW

August 29-30-31-Sept 1, 2014


The goal of the annual Labor Day MBWeekend in NW Minnesota (this was our 12th) has always been to see 20 species of both shorebirds and warblers. It turns out I don't think we ever managed to accomplish this, but this time around we at least came up with an even 20 warbler species, and this ties our highest total (which we managed twice before). Although the rains on Friday and Sunday did slow us down somewhat, it's worth keeping in mind that such weather served to ground some of the warblers and made it possible for us to find as many as we did. Our best sites were along the shore of Lake Bemidji on Friday morning (14 species; 3 more later in the day gave us 17 for the pre-MBW) and at Springsteel Island (where I believe we saw all 17 of the warblers found during the main Sat-Sun-Mon MBW).


As for shorebirds, we came up with 15 species which is about average – only twice before have we found 20+ species, including the amazing tally of 25 species in 2008. But our total this year was still pretty respectable considering there were only two shorebird sites of any note this year: the Warroad sewage ponds (11 species on Sunday morning, including Red-necked Phalaropes) and that flooded field just S of Arnesen (12 species on Sunday afternoon, highlighted of course by those 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers). It was also nice to get such good looks at Black-bellied Plovers, Stilt and Baird's sandpipers, and several others.


For many MBWers, though, I suspect that the foremost highlight had nothing to do with warblers or shorebirds and was the show put on by at least 6 (maybe 8 or more?) Short-eared Owls as they hunted at dusk all around us along 440th Ave in Roseau Co. Curiously, this has proven to be a consistent spot for Short-eareds for several years on this MBW – I don't think we've ever missed it here whenever we looked on previous Labor Day weekends.


Other highlights for many probably included the Sharp-tailed Grouse spotted at four sites, all those American Bitterns (at least 8 of them) on Saturday in Roseau Co, the hundreds of Franklin's Gulls flying over the Super 8 parking lot on Sunday morning, the Western Kingbirds unexpectedly lingering at Springsteel Island, and the surprising Pine Siskins we turned up at the same place and at Arnesen – a year bird for many of us after their virtual absence for the past 12 months.


(Thanks especially to Jonas and Johanna who came all the way from Germany and added a special international touch to the weekend. And, as Jonas and Johanna would say, as you go birding this fall don't forget to watch out for Ausländers the next time Sie dieses Höllenloch verlassen and Sie einen U-Turn machen, or once again it will be keine rückerstattungs for you and Sie sind gefeuert for Herr Mandel. Das klingt gut! )