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Marsh Wren,©Barry Kent Mackay

29 Oct Smith's Longspurs [David Lambeth ]
29 Oct Red-bellied woodpecker [Larry Jones ]
28 Oct Minot Lagoons [Ron Martin ]
28 Oct Snow geese [Larry Jones ]
28 Oct Pine Grosbeaks [David Lindee ]
26 Oct Mountrail Co. 5000+ Sandhill Cranes [Diana Dugall ]
26 Oct McK Co birds [Maureen O'Mara ]
26 Oct Friday-Saturday birding [Ron Martin ]
23 Oct Barnes County Blue Jay [Garret Hecker ]
22 Oct Rough-legged hawk [Larry Jones ]
21 Oct American golden plover [Larry Jones ]
20 Oct Minot Lagoons [Ron Martin ]
19 Oct Mountrail county, N. shrike and Sandhills [Diana Dugall ]
19 Oct northern cardinal [bobneugebauer ]
19 Oct McKenzie Co. "pond" [Maureen O'Mara ]
18 Oct Sleepy Hollow Park [Corey Ellingson ]
18 Oct McHenry Co. [Ron Martin ]
15 Oct update on owl banding at Theodore Roosevelt National Park [Nancy Drilling ]
15 Oct Mt. Bluebirds, SW ND [Garret Hecker ]
15 Oct White-winged Junco [David Lindee ]
14 Oct Greater white-fronted geese, N of New Town [Diana Dugall ]
12 Oct Missouri River- Boat Birding [Diana Dugall ]
12 Oct Common Redpoll and yard list [David Lambeth ]
11 Oct Garrison Dam [Ron Martin ]
11 Oct Prairie Falcon [Scott R a y ]
8 Oct Sandhill crane [Chris Hiatt ]
7 Oct Trip to ND ["Bell, Tyler" ]
6 Oct Saturday in sw ND [Ron Martin ]
5 Oct Male Northern Cardinal [Linda Gregg ]
5 Oct New yard birds [Frances Raskin ]
4 Oct Re: New Yardbird ["Bell, Tyler" ]
4 Oct New Yardbird [Sharon Watson ]
2 Oct ND Birding Society report [Ron Martin ]
2 Oct Arrowwood NWR BigSit! October 12. ["Scherr, Paulette" ]
2 Oct Owl-banding at Theodore Roosevelt Nat. Park [Nancy Drilling ]
2 Oct Few Days of Birds [Matthew Spoor ]
2 Oct Hundreds of Swainson's Hawks [John Fielding ]
1 Oct Varied Thrush [Jesse Kolar ]
1 Oct Cattle egret- bowman county [Chris Hiatt ]
1 Oct Sleepy Hollow Park [Corey Ellingson ]
30 Sep Ebird report: Sleepy Hollow Park, Bismarck [Corey Ellingson ]
30 Sep Denbigh Forest birding, owls [Nancy Drilling ]
30 Sep ND Birding Society field trip thanks [Nancy Drilling ]
30 Sep Eastern Towhee ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
29 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Sep 29, 2014 [Ron Martin ]
29 Sep northern cardinal [bobneugebauer ]
29 Sep Lunch Count [Matthew Spoor ]
28 Sep Birding Society Devil's Lake outing [Chris Hiatt ]
28 Sep Juncos, JCS birds [Sherry Leslie ]
28 Sep Juncos and Chipping Sparrows [Linda Gregg ]
26 Sep Sapsuckers - Adams County [Corey Ellingson ]
25 Sep Harris Sparrows [Sherry Leslie ]
25 Sep Whitest Eurasian Collared Dove [Linda Gregg ]
25 Sep Juv. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ["Bell, Tyler" ]
25 Sep Juv. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ["McPhillips, Elizabeth" ]
25 Sep YB Sapsucker [David Lindee ]
22 Sep NDBS Devils Lake meeting [Ron Martin ]
21 Sep Burke County Cattle Egret [Scott R a y ]
21 Sep Townsend's Solitaire [Larry Jones ]
20 Sep Garrison Dam [Ron Martin ]
20 Sep Scarlet Tanager, BT Green Warbler [Corey Ellingson ]
19 Sep eBird -- Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park -- Sep 19, 2014 [Corey Ellingson ]
19 Sep Re: Ross's Goose [Rob Parsons ]
19 Sep Ross's Goose [David Lambeth ]
19 Sep Oak Park, Minot [Ron Martin ]
18 Sep Black billed magpie- Golden Valley County [Chris Hiatt ]
18 Sep Migration [Larry Jones ]
17 Sep Introduction [S c o t t ]
17 Sep Broad-winged Hawk [David Lambeth ]
17 Sep White Throated Sparrows [Linda Gregg ]
16 Sep junco today, Barnes County [Jean Legge ]
16 Sep Re: Guiding Questions [Neil Shook ]
16 Sep Re: Guiding Questions [Jesse Kolar ]
16 Sep Guiding Questions ["Shook, Neil" ]
16 Sep White Winged Dove [Linda Gregg ]
15 Sep White-throats [Sherry Leslie ]

Subject: Smith's Longspurs
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:00:11 -0500
J.G. from Duluth and I birded a pasture in Fairfield Township where I have
had success finding Smith's Longspurs in the past. We flushed birds
identified by as Smith's by calls about 4 times and eventually got a close
look at an adult male. I'm sure we got a close look because both of us left
our camera in the car.

This may be a new late date for Smith's in North Dakota.

-- 
Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks
To correspond with me, please use davidlambeth58201 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Red-bellied woodpecker
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:36:15 -0500
We had a male red-bellied woodpecker at our suet feeder this evening. New yard 
bird. 


Larry Jones 
Rural Bowdon
Subject: Minot Lagoons
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:59:12 -0500
All:
 
There were 3 Surf Scoters at the Minot Lagoons today.  They were on cell 4.

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Snow geese
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:05:02 -0500
Saw our first snow geese today, flock of 300. Also a northern shrike and two 
black-billed magpie. 


Larry Jones 
Rural Bowdon
Wells Co.
Subject: Pine Grosbeaks
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:34:56 -0500
We have 2 russet male Pine Grosbeaks in our yard at Van Hook.  They're
munching on crab apples.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook (near New Town)



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Subject: Mountrail Co. 5000+ Sandhill Cranes
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:24:23 -0500
Hello Birders,
I was back out to Shell Lake NWR today. I counted slightly over 5000
Sandhill Cranes in the area. A flock of about 20 Snow Buntings, 3 flocks
(30-50 birds each) of Lapland Longspurs, and a single Bald Eagle was also
seen.


-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: McK Co birds
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:17:19 -0600
Hello there,

At my "pond" site over by the ND/MT border I was treated to a Northern
Shrike hunting right at the pond.  It didn't catch what it was after but
hung around a bit.  I also thought what I thought was a rufous-washed
female Mountain Bluebird.  Wasn't able to watch for very long but it was
too light and "multi-colored" for a Solitaire.  Scared up a Sharp-tail
Grouse and had a Common Snipe fly over.  A couple of cool, unusual
sightings (for this pond).

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: Friday-Saturday birding
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:57:18 -0500
ND-Birders:

On Friday I had a late Great Egret in McHenry Co. near Drake. Yesterday there 
were 2 late Forster's Terns at Lake Tschida, and an adult Mew Gull in the 
tailrace at Garrison Dam. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin,
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Barnes County Blue Jay
From: Garret Hecker <garret.a.hecker AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:09:48 -0500
Driving the River Road between the Fish Hatchery and Baldhill Dam I saw a Blue 
Jay and 2 black-billed magpies. 


Garret Hecker,
Valley City ND
Subject: Rough-legged hawk
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:09:42 -0500
Had five rough-legged hawks hovering over us as we were combining soybeans this 
afternoon. Beautiful birds. Always good to have the binoculars along. Yesterday 
we had a huge flock of Lapland longspurs feeding in a bean field. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Wells Co.
Subject: American golden plover
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:01:05 -0500
Yesterday afternoon we had 390 American golden-plovers foraging in a harvested 
bean field. Also 55 tundra swans on a lake five miles north of Bowdon. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Wells Co.
Subject: Minot Lagoons
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:55:55 -0500
ND-Birders:

There were 2 Surf Scoters at the Minot Lagoons today.  

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Mountrail county, N. shrike and Sandhills
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:58:11 -0500
This morning I took a ride out to Shell Lake NWR. Just east of the lake I
came upon a field loaded with Sandhills cranes. I counted over 700 on the
ground and at least another 200 in the air.
Several miles south of the refuge (71st Ave. NW and 42 St. NW) I found a
Northern Shrike. This was a first winter shrike. It sat on the wire
while turning it's head back and forth looking down at me curiously. In
return I  also wondered about him. From how far north had he flown and was
I the first human he had met?
A few other birds seen today were: 4 N. Harriers, 9 Red-tailed Hawks, 1
Great blue heron, 3 Wilson's snipe, 2 Harris' sparrows, 8 American tree
sparrows, 10 Dark-eyed Juncos, 7 Rusty blackbirds and others.



-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: northern cardinal
From: bobneugebauer <bobneugebauer AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:27:31 -0400
We had a northern cardinal in our yard again this morning. He was here twice in 
a half hour period. I had seen this bird previously on 29 September. You can't 
rely on him to show up. 


Please open this link to see a picture of him:




https://bobneugebauerbirds.shutterfly.com/photosa-e/190


The second best bird in our yard today is a female purple finch who seems to be 
living here. 



Bob Neugebauer
Rural Bismarck



Subject: McKenzie Co. "pond"
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:58:50 -0600
Hello Neighbors,

Over the state border at my usual dog hiking area I was treated to a female
N. Harrier harassing a coyote. While up on a ridge another N. Harrier was
spotted being chased by an accipter (Sharp-shin like appearance).

I  thought I heard a Solitaire but never saw it.  A couple of Black-capped
Chickadees were calling along with Juncos chipping.  The Magpie numbers
have diminished now that the dead cow is mostly eaten and decayed away.

The dogs sniffed out a bushy-tailed woodrat from the base of a dead juniper.

Last week there was an American Bittern at the shoreline.

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: Sleepy Hollow Park
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:50:16 -0500

Greetings ND-Birders: 

I walked Sleepy Hollow Park this morning and recorded 20+ species for the first 
time since Oct 2. 


The Red-bellied Woodpecker seen on Oct 1 was seen seen three times this week 
(including today) after a two week absence. 


Highlight:   WINTER WREN under the boardwalk on the bike path. 

After Sleepy Hollow I visited the landfill for the first time since spring. 
1800 birds including: 

THAYER'S GULL - 2, maybe 3 gray immatures
HERRING GULL - (12)
CALIFORNIA GULL
FRANKLIN'S GULL (2)

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: McHenry Co.
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:29:01 -0500
ND-Birders:

Highlights from McHenry Co. this morning were three late White-faced Ibis at 
Round Lake and 60 Red Crossbills at Denbigh. The crossbills sounded like the 
Type 2 Ponderosa Pine variety. Still a Spotted Towhee at my feeder. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer 
Subject: update on owl banding at Theodore Roosevelt National Park
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:47:48 -0600
For the past two weeks, a steady flow of Northern Saw-whet Owls has filled
the nets at the TRNP banding station near Medora. Now over the past couple
of nights, the action has heated up. This weekend, the crew caught an owl
that was banded last fall near Edmonton, Alberta. This is the first owl we
have caught that we know came from northwest of North Dakota. In addition,
I caught an owl last night in the Black Hills south of Deadwood, SD  that
had been banded this month at the Medora banding station. It took her five
nights to travel the 200 miles between banding stations. She also gained 6
grams!

The North Dakota banding station will remain open at least until the end of
the month while the South Dakota banding stations probably will remain open
until mid-November.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: Mt. Bluebirds, SW ND
From: Garret Hecker <garret.a.hecker AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:35:48 -0500
On Saturday, October 11 I observed 6 Mountain Bluebirds on fence lines 
approximately 20 miles North of South Heart, ND. There are badlands or clay 
hills in the eastern part of Billings County where I made the observations. 
Other sightings included 25 wild turkeys, 8 red-tailed hawks, and 5 black 
capped chickadees. Canada geese were also heard often. 


Good birding,

Garret Hecker
Belfield, ND
Subject: White-winged Junco
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:10:48 -0500
We had a WW Junco in our yard at Van Hook (near New Town.)  It was larger
than the other Dark-eyed juncos in the yard and there was some white
streaking on the tertials as well.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook 



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Subject: Greater white-fronted geese, N of New Town
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:47:28 -0500
Monday afternoon while walking out to my car a flock of geese flew
overhead. I had dismissed them as Canada's until they approached closer and
I heard them. 25 Greater white-fronted geese.  A nice afternoon surprise.
Subject: Missouri River- Boat Birding
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:09:45 -0700
Hi All,
Spent yesterday with my husband drowning worms on the Missouri River. We
launched the boat at Pouch Point, south of NewTown (Mountrail County). From
there we traveled about 12 miles upstream on this gorgeous fall day.  Saw
the following:
1 Prairie falcon
1 Golden eagle
8 Bald eagles
2 Common loons
28 Western grebes
2 Black-billed magpies
Only about a dozen gulls. Couldn't lure in any "goodies" with my stale
popcorn.

I was at J.Clark Salyer NWR for business on Friday. The area near the
headquarters was loaded with waterfowl, including at least +200 Sandhills
cranes. No luck finding a white one. Darn. But, LOTS of birds to sort
through if you have the time.

Diana D.
Dugalld AT gmail.com
Stanley, ND
Subject: Common Redpoll and yard list
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:45:07 -0500
A Common Redpoll made a brief appearance in our yard this morning. It is
rather early although there are late September records for North Dakota.
The yard has been busy this morning. Following is a list:


Mourning Dove  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Merlin  2    Flew over house together
Black-capped Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Chipping Sparrow  1
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  5
Harris's Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  15
House Finch  3
Purple Finch  6
Common Redpoll  1    Appeared briefly at fake stream. Size of siskin,
streaked, with reddish color to front of crown.
Pine Siskin  10
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  2


On Friday I first heard the raspy call of a Common Raven and then when I
heard it a second time, I look up from our yard to see if flying over Grand
Forks. It was the 177th species for my 20-year yard list.

-- 
Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks
To correspond with me, please use davidlambeth58201 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Garrison Dam
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:56:59 -0500
ND-Birders:

There is still a Sabine's Gull hanging around the tailrace at Garrison Dam. 
Corey E. and I also had our first Thayer's Gull of the season. Five Com. Loons 
were visible on L. Audubon from the Totten Trail boat ramp. On the home front, 
I still have 2 Spotted Towhees at my feeder. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

   
Subject: Prairie Falcon
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:46:46 -0500
This afternoon there was a Prairie Falcon at a remote gravel
pit/quarry in Mountrail County northeast of Stanley.  The location is
about a mile south of the intersection of 74th Ave NW and 73rd St NW.
Dark axillaries clearly noted. The bird looked like a female due to
its large size.  It cavorted with 5 ravens among the tall gravel
"buttes." Both species probably felt at home there.

There was also a single Red-necked Grebe on Clear Water Lake a few
miles south of here.


Scott Ray
509-941-3348

Stanley, ND
Subject: Sandhill crane
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:42:26 -0600
Saw 39 cranes last night about 2 miles north of the South Dakota border south 
of gascoyne. The bummer was they were only a mile or so west of the Adams 
county line where I need them in that county. 

Have a great winter, I leave for California tomorrow taking my bees south and 
to chase red faced warblers , stints and other goodies :) 

Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

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Subject: Trip to ND
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:05:37 +0000
Jane Kostenko and I recently returned from a family visit to ND. Although we 
spent the bulk of our time in the Minot area, we did manage to get down to 
Medora for two days and out to Stanley/Ross for two days. We had tentatively 
planned a morning outing with Ron Martin to look for Smith's Longspur but a 
business obligation on Ron's part and rainy weather on Mother Nature's part put 
the kibosh on that. 


It was interesting how variable the weather was while we were there. When we 
landed on Friday, September 26, it was near 90 already and our car thermometer 
registered 96 at one point during the afternoon. On Sunday morning, 10/5, we 
were dealing with a heavy frost in Stanley with temps in the mid-20s. That's 
North Dakota for you! 


Highlights of our trip were a pair of Townsend's Solitaires on the Burning Coal 
Vein Trail in Teddy Roosevelt NP on 9/28. I had talked with Ron about where we 
might find a TOSO. He said look in cedar and juniper habitat. When you start 
looking for this type of habitat at TRNP, it's almost everywhere! If they 
really prefer cedars and junipers, Teddy Roosevelt is the place to look for 
them. 


A Common Loon was in the Stanley Reservoir on Saturday and Sunday, 10/4, 10/5. 
This shouldn't be unusual in ND but it's the first one we've seen in ND since 
1991! Guess we're never there at the right time of year. 


White-throated Sparrow numbers at the Baker residence in Minot were pretty 
amazing. Often, there were at least 25 birds and often closer to 35. A couple 
of Harris's Sparrows were in the mix and on Saturday and Sunday, 10/4, 10/5, a 
single Dark-eyed Junco. We saw DEJUs elsewhere in our travels but never more 
than one or two birds. WTSPs and DEJUs winter in good numbers in Maryland but 
have yet to arrive. Presumably they're holding up further north until it gets 
really cold. 


And we picked up an eBird lifer, Pectoral Sandpiper, at the Minot Sewage 
Lagoons on 9/26. There are a few birds that we have seen in ND that we can't 
find any record of and we're gradually picking them off our list. PESA was one 
of them. 


We explored a new location, the Minot City Landfill. We didn't have time and 
weren't there during the week when it would probably be the best time for 
maximum trash dumping but we saw thousands of gulls, all Ring-billed and 
Franklin's. I'm guessing in a few weeks, when it starts to get colder, the odds 
of finding a weird gull will increase significantly. Need to thin the crowd of 
RBGUs and FRGUs to make digging through them a little easier. 


Tyler Bell
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Edgewater, Maryland
belljt AT si.edu
Subject: Saturday in sw ND
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 22:38:05 -0500
ND-Birders:

A few highlights from Saturday,

Garrison Dam - one juv. Sabine's Gull and a second cycle Lesser Black-backed 
Gull at the tailrace. 


Lake Tschida - 2 Surf Scoters on the lake and a Winter Wren at the Rim Rock 
Campground. 


Hettinger Co. - 2 Surf Scoters on a wetland se of Dry lake. E. Screech-Owl in 
Mott. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


 
Subject: Male Northern Cardinal
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 08:14:12 -0600
What a treat to have a male Northern Cardinal show up in the backyard this
morning.
Linda Gregg
Horace, North Dakota
Subject: New yard birds
From: Frances Raskin <frances.raskin AT ME.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 01:20:59 -0500
I don't usually post here but thought this was worth sharing. The cold weather 
brought in two new yard birds - a pair of Great Horned Owls. I believe they 
were on the roof of my apartment building when they first started calling back 
and forth around midnight. Then one of them moved farther away. I can still 
hear them calling as I type from inside my apartment. I got some halfway decent 
recordings on my iPhone. 


Frances Raskin
Bismarck 
Subject: Re: New Yardbird
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 20:52:37 +0000
Please report birds like this to eBird.org Red-bellied Woodpeckers are really 
starting to increase in frequency in North Dakota and it would be great to 
document these pioneers. Other species are in the forefront of expansion in ND, 
too. Northern Cardinal is one, Carolina Wren is another. Common Raven is a 
southward expansive species which is exploding throughout their range. In 
Maryland, they used to be confined solely to the narrow band along the 
Appalachians but now they've expanded all the way to the Chesapeake Bay having 
found that man made structures such as bridge abutments and high line power 
supports are good nest platforms. 




Tyler Bell
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Edgewater, Maryland
belljt AT si.edu


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From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota [ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] on 
behalf of Sharon Watson [alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET] 

Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2014 3:48 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] New Yardbird

Always exciting when one gets a new yard bird so I thought I would share the 
news. Just had a gorgeous male Red-bellied Woodpecker checking out the peanut 
feeder. 


Good Birding!
Sharon Watson
Buxton ND


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Subject: New Yardbird
From: Sharon Watson <alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 14:48:54 -0500
Always exciting when one gets a new yard bird so I thought I would share the 
news. Just had a gorgeous male Red-bellied Woodpecker checking out the peanut 
feeder. 


Good Birding!
Sharon Watson
Buxton ND


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: ND Birding Society report
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 22:13:56 -0500
ND-Birders:

Last weekend the NDBS met at Devils Lake for our fall outing. Eighteen people 
attended the meeting. Saturday was clear and warm, with the high in the low 
80s. Sunday morning it was 50 degrees and windy from the NW. On Saturday we 
split into two groups in the morning and birded our way around the lake. In the 
afternoon we went up to the Lake Alice area. On Sunday morning the group birded 
Sully's Hill NGP. 106 species were observed by the group. Highlights were: 


Osprey - nice views for the group at Sully's Hill.
Red-sh. Hawk - A bird calling and seen briefly at Sully's Hill. The second 
record for Sully's Hill. 

15 species of shorebirds, including 3 Hudsonian Godwits and 1000 Long-billed 
Dowitchers. 

Sabine's Gull - a flyover at the Devils Lake Lagoons.
Barn Swallow - a nice flock of 3000 near Church's Ferry.  
Late Am. Redstart and Nashville Warbler at Sully's Hill.

Good birding,
Ron Martin
NDBS
Subject: Arrowwood NWR BigSit! October 12.
From: "Scherr, Paulette" <paulette_scherr AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:50:15 -0500
If you are looking for something different in birding then Arrowwood
National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) has an event for you.  Arrowwood NWR will
host the Big Sit! at the Warbler Woodland Wildlife Viewing Area.  This
FREE, fun event will be held October 12th from about 7:30 AM to dark.  Come
join us for an hour or two or spend the day.  The object is to tally as
many bird species as can be seen or heard within a 17-foot diameter circle.
The more eyes and ears, the larger the bird list.



This is a great birding opportunity whether you are a birder wannabee,
amateur or expert birder.  Or maybe you just want to get out of the house
for a few hours on Sunday and explore your National Wildlife Refuge.



We will have 2 fires crackling, one for warmth, if needed, and one to keep
the water boiling and coals hot for cooking.  We also have a tent for
protection if the forecast is blustery and wet.  Right now the weather
forecast is looking promising.



We will have extra binoculars, spotting scopes and bird books.  If you
think you might stay several hours bring a comfortable chair, a snack and
meat to grill.



If you want to learn more about the Big Sit!  check out the website at:
http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/connect/bigsit/index.php



The Warbler Woodland Wildlife Viewing Area is located on the east side of
Arrowwood Lake, north of 11th Street SE.  From Highway 281, turn east on to
11th St. SE and go about 6.5 miles.  From Highway 20, turn west onto
Highway 9 and a second west onto 11th St SE and go about 4.5 miles.  Watch
for the signs!



If you have questions give me a call at the office number below or my cell
at 701-269-1689.  Hope to see you all on Sunday the 12th!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Paulette Scherr
Wildlife Biologist
Arrowwood NWR
7780 10th St. SE
Pingree, ND 58476
701-285-3341 Ext 104
701-269-1689 - cell
Subject: Owl-banding at Theodore Roosevelt Nat. Park
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:27:49 -0600
The weather finally cooperated and we were able to open our nets for the
first time this year at the south unit of TRNP near Medora. We had an
excellent opening night. The very first owl was a red phase Eastern
Screech-owl, which I've never seen before. This color morph is very
uncommon in the western Dakotas. The rest of the evening, we caught 7 N.
Saw-whet Owls, all young-of-the-year. This is double the number we had
opening night last year so hopefully this portends a great banding season.

We welcome the public to come and visit the owl banding station. The crew
will be there starting at dusk most nights during October, weather
permitting. We need to know when visitors are coming, so if you are
interested, email Keith (kebagnall AT gmail.com).

Nancy Drilling
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Subject: Few Days of Birds
From: Matthew Spoor <matthew.spoor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:27:46 -0500
I have been going the Grand Forks Memorial Cemetery over lunch for the past
few days. While the diversity of species has been declining, I have had
some personal firsts that were exciting each day.

Highlights for me:

Monday

   - Northern Waterthrush - Strong white eyebrow over eye. Chest and under
   tail clearly yellow tinge. Tail bobbing behavior clearly demonstrated.
   While I have seen one before on the first bird walk this Fall when David
   Lambeth identified it, this is the first solo identification and apparently
   a late sighting. I am as confident as I can be that this is the bird I saw.
   - Sedge Wren - My first Sedge and only second Wren of the year. I just
   love these little guys. They are so darn cute.

Tuesday

   - Fox Sparrow - my first.
   - Hermit Thrush - My first. Clearly had red tail, white eye ring and
   demonstrated tail bobbing behavior

Wednesday

   - Brown Creeper! - Believe it or not, my first.

Thursday

   - This morning I saw, what I believe to be an immature
   White-Crowned-Sparrow at the feeder
   - Was an inch or two bigger than the Chipping Sparrows it budged out of
      the way on the feeder. Had a large, pointed, orange/yellow beak.
      - On my way to work, I saw two European Starlings perched on a light
   p[ole on South Washington. I have not reported a starling since I began
   birding in July.
   - I actually pulled into the Rite -Spot parking lot to get some glass on
      them because I was not sure what was up there, just looked different.


*eBird Details*:

Grand Forks, 1903 South Washington Street, Grand Forks, US-ND
Oct 2, 2014 8:29 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
3 species

Franklin's Gull  10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  10
European Starling  2


Rolling Hills Circle, Grand Forks, US-ND
Oct 2, 2014 7:47 AM - 7:57 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
7 species

Mourning Dove  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Chipping Sparrow  5
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  2

Grand Forks Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Forks, US-ND
Oct 1, 2014 1:26 PM - 2:26 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
10 species

Eastern Phoebe  1
American Crow  1
Brown Creeper  1
Sedge Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  10
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  50
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  1


Grand Forks Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Forks, US-ND
Sep 30, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
13 species

Canada Goose  40
Mourning Dove  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  30
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  3
-- 

Grand Forks Memorial Park Cemetery, Grand Forks, US-ND
Sep 29, 2014 11:55 AM - 12:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
11 species

Canada Goose  40
Cooper's Hawk  1     Blue band
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Sedge Wren  1
Northern Waterthrush  1     Strong white eyebrow over eye. Chest and under
tail clearly yellow tinge. Tail bobbing behavior clearly demonstrated
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
White-throated Sparrow  20
American Goldfinch  1

Matthew Spoor
701-610-1203
Subject: Hundreds of Swainson's Hawks
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 08:50:53 -0600
Yesterday afternoon, while running my wife's school bus route into NE Slope 
county and NW Hettinger County I first came across 100-120 crows gathering in a 
stubble field then just in to Slope Co. I observed approximately 150 Swainson's 
Hawks circling in a tight and high column with many hawks swooping in over the 
hills, mainly from the north at low altitudes. Finally about five miles further 
west I came across another large gathering of Swainson's Hawks on both sides of 
the road gathering in two stubble fields as well. There were probably at least 
200 there, and they seemed to be swooping in from the north as well. I had 
never witnessed gatherings like this before. It was an amazing sight! I assume 
that they are gathering for their long migration to South America. Over the 
past couple of weeks I have also observed several small groups of Sandhill 
Cranes in southern Saskatchewan, between Plentywood, MT and Regina, SK. and in 
Divide County along highway 5. 



Good Birding, 
John D.W. Fielding
P. O. Box 25
New England, ND 58647
701-235-5634

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Varied Thrush
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 22:01:57 -0600
Met with a few researchers this afternoon at Sather Dam in McKenzie County,
and on my way home I stopped at a study site and happened to observe a
Varied Thrush on my hike in.  I was approximately 6 miles south and 1.75
miles west of the intersection of Hwy 68 and Hwy 16.​

Other birds observed at that location are listed below.

Jesse Kolar
Dickinson

Southwest McKenzie, McKenzie, US-ND
Oct 1, 2014 3:54 PM - 5:02 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
22 species

Turkey Vulture  3
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Mourning Dove  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Black-billed Magpie  2
American Crow  2
Horned Lark  5
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Varied Thrush  1

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AsyzvJl-O6o/VCzFhsWsr0I/AAAAAAAADFc/VP00wB17_XI/s1600/IMG_4827.jpg 

Orange-crowned Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Spotted Towhee  4
Clay-colored Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  1     Photo:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sMJ-ymIzFrY/VCzGCP7ZobI/AAAAAAAADFk/_oozcLw58EY/s1600/IMG_4823.jpg 

Vesper Sparrow  10
Grasshopper Sparrow  2     Photo:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cutTPhyy_14/VCzIFtSJ-AI/AAAAAAAADFw/Sx0uX3X4UDE/s1600/IMG_4832.jpg 

Lincoln's Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Western Meadowlark  6
American Goldfinch  2
Subject: Cattle egret- bowman county
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 21:34:33 -0600
Saw a lone cattle egret today at buffalo springs ( halfway between bowman and 
Scranton on us 12). Also a yellow bellied sapsucker at a private residence near 
there. North of Scranton near rainy butte had 250 crows too. I'm seeing a few 
swainsons hawks coming through along with a couple of dark morph red tailed 
hawks. 

Good birding, 
Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Sleepy Hollow Park
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 22:32:21 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Sleepy Hollow Park again today was crawling with birds. I am guessing the 
birds didn’t leave last night, but I did add a few species this evening I 
didn’t see last night for a total of 33. The male Eastern Towhee was still 
present, and the big surprise of the night was a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER! Other 
fun stuff included a Hermit Thrushes, Brown Creepers, and Fox Sparrow again. 
Also THREE Tennessee Warblers. A Turkey Vulture and dark morph Red-tailed Hawk 
passed over. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Ebird report: Sleepy Hollow Park, Bismarck
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:30:44 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 A good evening of birding at Sleepy Hollow Park here in Bismarck. The 
highlight was a male Eastern Towhee at the northeast entrance to the ravine. I 
also observed a late Swainson's Thrush and Blackpoll Warbler, and the first 
Hermit Thrush, Brown Creeper, Palm Warbler and Fox Sparrow of fall here. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

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Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:25 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, Sep 30, 2014

Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, Burleigh, US-ND Sep 30, 2014 4:14 PM - 7:07 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 mile(s)
Comments: 50s and windy from east. One 5 minute rain. Eastern towhee unusual 
for Bismarck but turning out to be almost annual 


23 species

Mourning Dove  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  8
Blue Jay  3
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
House Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  20
Swainson's Thrush  1
Hermit Thrush  3
American Robin  50
Orange-crowned Warbler  12
Blackpoll Warbler  1     
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  60
Eastern Towhee  1
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  40
Harris's Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Common Grackle  18

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19994320 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Denbigh Forest birding, owls
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:21:49 -0600
Sunday night I tried to catch owls in Denbigh Forest, McHenry Co. I caught
one N. Saw-whet Owl, a hatch-year male. I caught him right after dark which
means he had been roosting nearby.

I also hiked around the forest on Monday. Large flocks of juncos with a few
Yellow-rumped Warblers and White-throated Sparrows mixed in. A
Sharp-shinned Hawk chasing them around. Among the resident birds, a
Pileated Woodpecker was a highlight for me.

Nancy Drilling
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Rapid City, SD
Subject: ND Birding Society field trip thanks
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:21:34 -0600
I would like to second Chris Hiatt's view about last weekend's Devil's Lake
field trip. Nice birds, pretty good weather, and great birding company.
Many thanks to Ron Martin for organizing.

Nancy Drilling
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Rapid City, SD
Subject: Eastern Towhee
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:54:57 -0500
Mike Schwartz reported that an Eastern Towhee visited his feeder in
Jamestown for about 20-30 minutes on 28 September.

**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Sep 29, 2014
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:22:14 -0500
ND-Birders:

Good birding in Oak Park in Minot today.

Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer



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Sent: Monday, September 29, 2014 8:13:58 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Sep 29, 2014

Minot - Oak Park, Ward, US-ND
Sep 29, 2014 12:02 PM - 1:03 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: 47 degrees, cloudy, E 13. 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 28 species Canada Goose 60 Wood Duck 32 Mallard 2 Hooded Merganser 1 Pied-billed Grebe 2 Broad-winged Hawk 3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2 Belted Kingfisher 1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 4 Blue-headed Vireo 1 Getting late. Blue Jay 4 American Crow 4 Black-capped Chickadee 16 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 7 Brown Creeper 1 Winter Wren 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15 American Robin 4 Tennessee Warbler 2 Getting late. Orange-crowned Warbler 35 Nashville Warbler 4 Palm Warbler 9 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 50 White-throated Sparrow 60 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1 Pine Siskin 1 American Goldfinch 1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19981401 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: northern cardinal
From: bobneugebauer <bobneugebauer AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:18:23 -0400
We had a northern cardinal in our yard late this afternoon, Sept. 29th.

Bob Neugebauer
Rural Bismarck


Subject: Lunch Count
From: Matthew Spoor <matthew.spoor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:53:14 -0500
Took an hour over lunch today at the cemetery in Grand Forks and had a
couple nice surprises: Sedge Wren and Northern Waterthrush.

List:
  40    Canada Goose
    1    Cooper's Hawk    Blue band
    9    Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
    1    White-breasted Nuthatch
    1    Sedge Wren
    1    Northern Waterthrush    Strong white eyebrow over eye. Chest and
under tail clearly yellow tinge. Tail bobbing behavior clearly demonstrated

    1    Orange-crowned Warbler
    1    Nashville Warbler
    1    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    20    White-throated Sparrow
    2    American Goldfinch


-- 
Matthew Spoor
Grand Forks
Subject: Birding Society Devil's Lake outing
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:34:28 -0700
Somebody will post later probably....but wanted to say thank you for a fun 
trip. There wasn't any rarities per se, but the company was great birding at 
Sully's Hill today and dinner last night. Was also nice to meet Nancy Drilling 
(the owl banding guru) from South Dakota. There was hundreds of white throated 
sparrows this morning at Sully's which stood out to me and seeing some decent 
hawk migration. On my way back this afternoon, I stopped in Rugby and had 
HARRIS'S SPARROW and BROWN CREEPER. Also 2 BROWN CREEPERS at Denbigh Forest. 
There wasn't much else going on at the forest as it was raining almost the 
whole 2 hours I was there. 

At the Minot lagoons I had 18TUNDRA SWANS, SORA, BONAPARTES GULL and more 
HARRIS'S SPARROWS. 

Thanks again for the fun trip,
Chris Hiatt
Bowman
Subject: Juncos, JCS birds
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:23:39 -0500
Yesterday in the Turtle Mts. many Juncos and White-throat Sparrows.

JC Saylor many hundreds  of shore birds, mostly Greater Yellow-legs,
Willets, Tundra Swans, 8 Great Blue Herons,  4-5 Ibis quite dark with no
white on face either juvenile White's or non-breeding Glossy?  Too windy
for a steady scope.  Thousands of Coots and other ducks, geese, etc.

Since my own postings do not show up on my listserv(?) and I can not
remember if I posted b/4,  I may be repeating myself, but earlier last week
we had 4-5 juvenile Harris Sparrows and White-throats in the yard, Friday
 Cedar-wax Wing's feeding young (6).
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Rural Minot/Burlington
Subject: Juncos and Chipping Sparrows
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 09:13:52 -0600
Uh oh, we have a flock of both Slate Juncos and Chipping Sparrows in the
yard this morning.
Linda Gregg
Horace, North Dakota
Subject: Sapsuckers - Adams County
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:35:32 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
   A note from Jan in Hettinger, who has a Yahoo account.  

From: G & J Sailer [mailto:jngsailer AT yahoo.com] 
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:51 PM
To: Corey Ellingson
Subject: Sapsuckers - Adams County

ND Birders --

We also have enjoyed yellow-bellied sapsuckers in Hettinger of late. We've had 
three in our yard over the past 10 days. They're pretty unusual here; the ones 
I've seen have all been in September, the last in 2009. 


Good birding!

Jan Sailer
Hettinger
Subject: Harris Sparrows
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:47:36 -0500
Last night we had 4 juvenile Harris Sparrows in the backyard in an eating
frenzy.
Cedar Waxwing babies newly fledged and mom feeding them while they are
perched.
Sherry
725-4389
Ward Cty
Subject: Whitest Eurasian Collared Dove
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:11:34 -0600
We just had the whitest ECD in the yard, that I've ever seen. Very pretty
bird. It did have the black eyes, so no albino bird there.
We've also had a larger than usual number of Flickers in the yard over the
last several days..
Linda Gregg
Horace, ND
Subject: Juv. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:15:20 +0000
I’m guessing they also leave lights on. Toronto and Baltimore, and surely 
other large cities, have a Lights Out! campaign 
(http://www.lightsoutbaltimore.org/) or FLAP (fatal light awareness program 
http://www.flap.org/ ) that’s been going on for years trying to get 
businesses in tall glass buildings to turn off lights at night. Never 
understood why you would leave lights burning when nobody is there but it’s 
been slowly gaining ground. 


Tyler Bell
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Edgewater, Maryland
belljt AT si.edu

From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota 
[mailto:ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] On Behalf Of McPhillips, Elizabeth 

Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:00 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Juv. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Found another downtown Bismarck bird kill.  I found a Juvenile Yellow-bellied 
sapsucker underneath the windows at the US Bank building. Downtown Bismarck is 
not kind to spring and fall migrants - too many large windows.   


Nell McPhillips
Natural Resource Specialist
Bureau of Reclamation
P.O. Box 1017
Bismarck, ND  58502
Tele: (701) 221-1275
email: emcphillips AT usbr.gov

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created 
them"  Albert Einstein 
Subject: Juv. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
From: "McPhillips, Elizabeth" <emcphillips AT USBR.GOV>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:59:31 -0500
Found another downtown Bismarck bird kill.  I found a Juvenile
Yellow-bellied sapsucker underneath the windows at the US Bank building.
Downtown Bismarck is not kind to spring and fall migrants - too many large
windows.


*Nell McPhillips*

*Natural Resource Specialist*

*Bureau of Reclamation*

*P.O. Box 1017*

*Bismarck, ND  58502*

*Tele: (701) 221-1275*

*email:** emcphillips AT usbr.gov *


 *"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we
created them"  Albert Einstein*
Subject: YB Sapsucker
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:38:38 -0500
Had the first Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in our yard at Van Hook (near New
Town) in more than 5 years.  

 

We still have a few Warbling and Philadelphia Vireos hanging around with YR
Warblers.  Not many migrants coming through our neck of the woods.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

New Town

 



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Subject: NDBS Devils Lake meeting
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:09:28 -0500
ND-Birders:

For some incomprehensible reason the Spirit Lake Marina folks have pulled all 
of their pontoons out of the water and put them into winter storage. 
Consequently, we have no boats for the meeting this weekend. We will still meet 
at 7:30 am at the marina and leave some vehicles, then caravan around the lake 
and bird from the shore. An evening meal and meeting is planned at The Ranch 
Steakhouse. Sunday morning we will bird Sully's Hill and other wooded areas. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
NDBS  
Subject: Burke County Cattle Egret
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:27:08 -0500
I spent Saturday afternoon birding in Burke County. The best bird was a
lone cattle egret standing in the roadside ditch trying to avoid the high
winds.

There was also a single Snow Goose in a loafing flock of Canada's east of
Lignite.

The Sandhill Crane numbers are increasing in these parts, with several
flocks being seen today. One flock had over 80 birds.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Townsend's Solitaire
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:50:52 -0500
A number of Dark-eyed junco's were in our yard this morning along with a 
Harris's sparrow. Blue jays have arrived and the Townsend's solitaire was 
perched in a dead snag in the tree belt. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Wells Co.
Subject: Garrison Dam
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:56:55 -0500
ND-Birders:

There was an imm. Sabine's Gull in the tailrace this morning at Garrison Dam. 
Lots of Franklin's in the area. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Scarlet Tanager, BT Green Warbler
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:54:04 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
   Did not refind the Black-throated Blue this morning.  A turnover of birds
has occurred as 5 species of sparrows were recorded, some first of fall for
me.   However, did find a SCARLET TANAGER and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER
to spice the walk.

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

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Sent: Saturday, September 20, 2014 1:49 PM
Subject: eBird -- Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park -- Sep 20, 2014

Sep 20, 2014
Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park

Comments: Calm morning but big wind at 11:15am.

85 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Broad-winged Hawk
10 Larus sp.
1 Eurasian Collared-Dove
3 Mourning Dove
1 Downy Woodpecker
5 Northern Flicker
1 Least Flycatcher
4 Blue Jay
3 Black-capped Chickadee
5 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Swainson's Thrush
8 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
6 Cedar Waxwing
1 Tennessee Warbler
14 Orange-crowned Warbler
25 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
4 Wilson's Warbler
6 Chipping Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
2 Lincoln's Sparrow
3 White-throated Sparrow
6 Dark-eyed Junco
1 Scarlet Tanager -- Green waxwing sized bird with black wings
7 Common Grackle
1 Pine Siskin
Subject: eBird -- Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park -- Sep 19, 2014
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:37:35 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
  I saw the most warblers all fall here (isn't saying much) and was able to
pull out a male BLACK-THROATED BLUE Warbler here also.   Nine species of
warblers, and a semi-rare Eastern Phoebe for Bismarck.

The list is found below.

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

-----Original Message-----
Subject: eBird -- Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park -- Sep 19, 2014

Sep 19, 2014
Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park

Comments: Comments... Windy from west, rain last night. Cloud over and
prefrontal birding.
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Broad-winged Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
6 Franklin's Gull
35 Ring-billed Gull
1 Eurasian Collared-Dove
15 Mourning Dove
4 Northern Flicker
3 Least Flycatcher
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Red-eyed Vireo
3 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Swainson's Thrush
12 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher
11 Cedar Waxwing
1 Tennessee Warbler
4 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler -- Male
16 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 American Redstart
5 Wilson's Warbler
Subject: Re: Ross's Goose
From: Rob Parsons <parsons8 AT MYMTS.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:35:38 -0500
Hi Dave,

For what it’s worth, geese in general usually do migrate in family groups. 
It’s not uncommon to see groups of Ross’s Geese at Oak Hammock Marsh here 
in fall, consisting of two adults and a number of young of the year. I’ve 
certainly always assumed they were family groups. I am quite confident that’s 
indeed what you saw. 


Unlike your sighting, I usually see them with Snow Geese. Young Ross’s Geese 
are much whiter than Snow Geese of the same age so if you ever note any 
young-of-the-year that look whiter than normal in a Snow Goose flock, take a 
close look at them. 


Cheers,

Rob Parsons
Winnipeg, MB
CANADA
parsons8 AT mts.net

From: David Lambeth 
Sent: Friday, September 19, 2014 8:10 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU 
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Ross's Goose

Today in the Kellys Slough area there was a flock of six Ross's Geese within a 
much larger flock of Canada Goose. I don't know whether Ross's migrate in 
family groups but if so, this may have been one. 


-- 

Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks
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Subject: Ross's Goose
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:10:10 -0500
Today in the Kellys Slough area there was a flock of six Ross's Geese
within a much larger flock of Canada Goose. I don't know whether Ross's
migrate in family groups but if so, this may have been one.

-- 
Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks
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Subject: Oak Park, Minot
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:13:59 -0500
ND-Birders:

There was a male Black-throated Blue Warbler in Oak Park today. Also three 
Bay-breasted Warblers. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


 
Subject: Black billed magpie- Golden Valley County
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:37:42 -0600
Saw 2 magpies today south of Golva about 3 miles north of VVV crossing of the 
little Missouri River. I also drove the same route from 85 west of Amidon up to 
beach through Golva a week ago. Counted 45 kestrels, prairie falcon, light 
morph red tailed hawks, many swainsons , and 23 sharp tailed grouse. Also 
Sunday I swung by Haley dam looking for a Sabines with no luck, there was good 
numbers of gulls though. A few franklins mixed in. Also had a pergrine Falcon. 

Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

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Subject: Migration
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:49:30 -0500
Here's a few birds we say yesterday.
Brown creeper
Warblers- Orange-crowned, Tennessee, Yellow-rumped, Wilson's, Yellow, Black & 
White 

Nice flock of Pine Siskins 50-75  
RT hummingbird
Cedar waxwings  100
White-throated sparrows, Lincoln's sparrow
Counted 18 Black-crowned night-herons along a construction zone by Chaseley 
(hwy. 200) They were fishing off the yellow wave breakers floating in the 
water. Most were youngsters. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Wells Co.
Subject: Introduction
From: S c o t t <0000021b5bd99529-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:46:54 -0700
I just thought I would introduce myself to the list since I'm a recent 
transplant from Yakima, WA to Stanley. I am really enjoying growing my ND 
county lists, an endeavor that had slowed significantly in WA during my 40+ 
years there. 


On this topic, I noted a Great Egret in a pond northeast of the intersection of 
the 83 bypass and 30th Ave NW north of Minot yesterday. It looks like this may 
be a desirable species for the Minot area, according to eBird. 


Cheers, and hope to meet some of you in the field.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Broad-winged Hawk
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:55:48 -0500
There was an impressive movement of Broad-winged Hawks while I was birding
the Red River in Grand Forks this morning. I counted 190. Seventy were in
one kettle, and there were at least two dark morphs.

-- 
Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks
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Subject: White Throated Sparrows
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:37:40 -0600
We had our FOS White Throat this morning.
Linda Gregg
Horace, North Dakota
Subject: junco today, Barnes County
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:27:53 -0500
Slate-colored junco under the feeder this evening.
Last hummer I saw on Friday morning was stiff and could barely move, it
fell off the feeder it was clinging to so I set it in the sun, hoping it
would get warm enough to fly.
Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072-9492
Subject: Re: Guiding Questions
From: Neil Shook <neil_shook AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:58:49 -0500
Thanks Jesse. I have misled you. We are not thinking of a pay-for-access
program. We are just curious what others are doing and/or have come across.

I also agree that more compensation for habitat type programs are the best
bang for the buck.

Many thanks
N

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On Sep 16, 2014, at 5:36 PM, Jesse Kolar  wrote:

Neil,

In SW ND, bird watching is not very popular, and I have never had to pay to
access land.  One bad side effect of this program could be that private
landowners who'd never thought of receiving compensation for land access
from birdwatchers, would suddenly come to expect fees for access.  I have
never had a landowner charge for land access in SW ND, most people are just
fascinated that I think they may have unique birds, and if I'm walking in,
they only ask that I don't spook the cattle.

I hope that if there is ever a compensation program it is solely habitat
based, and removed from the issue of access in order to put land access on
a case-by-case basis between the landowner and birder.  ​I like my
chances as individual gaining permission better than I like the chances of
the government gaining blanket access permission.

Also, concerning access, I think the PLOTS program does for hunting much of
what you're seeking to do for birding.  If access is the goal (over
habitat), I wonder if there is any way you could run the money through the
state to bolster the PLOTS program.

Keep up the great work!  I'm glad someone is putting more serious thought
into the recreational value of birds.

Jesse

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 2:55 PM, Shook, Neil  wrote:

> ND Birders
>
> We, the staff at Chase Lake along with the Chase Lake Foundation, are
> throwing around some ideas on how to promote birds and birding in ND. We
> are looking at involving landowners who have good birding sites into some
> sort of program.  I understand that some of you do guide birders in certain
> areas and/or around the state so I'd like to get some information from you
> if I may.
>
> Do you guide birders on private lands?
>
> If so, do you compensate the landowner in anyway?
>
> Have landowners expressed any ideas, concerns, thoughts to you regarding
> birders on their lands?
>
> I appreciate any thoughts you may have.
>
> Many thanks,
>
> Neil
>
> --
> *Neil Shook*
> Refuge Manager
> Chase Lake NWR/WMD/PP
> 5924 19th ST SE
> Woodworth, ND 58496
> 701.752.4218x1
> *"Be the person that your dog thinks you are!"*
> *"Unless someone like you cares a whole lot,*
> *nothing is going to get better. It's not!"-The Lorax*
>
Subject: Re: Guiding Questions
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:36:35 -0600
Neil,

In SW ND, bird watching is not very popular, and I have never had to pay to
access land.  One bad side effect of this program could be that private
landowners who'd never thought of receiving compensation for land access
from birdwatchers, would suddenly come to expect fees for access.  I have
never had a landowner charge for land access in SW ND, most people are just
fascinated that I think they may have unique birds, and if I'm walking in,
they only ask that I don't spook the cattle.

I hope that if there is ever a compensation program it is solely habitat
based, and removed from the issue of access in order to put land access on
a case-by-case basis between the landowner and birder.  ​I like my
chances as individual gaining permission better than I like the chances of
the government gaining blanket access permission.

Also, concerning access, I think the PLOTS program does for hunting much of
what you're seeking to do for birding.  If access is the goal (over
habitat), I wonder if there is any way you could run the money through the
state to bolster the PLOTS program.

Keep up the great work!  I'm glad someone is putting more serious thought
into the recreational value of birds.

Jesse

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 2:55 PM, Shook, Neil  wrote:

> ND Birders
>
> We, the staff at Chase Lake along with the Chase Lake Foundation, are
> throwing around some ideas on how to promote birds and birding in ND. We
> are looking at involving landowners who have good birding sites into some
> sort of program.  I understand that some of you do guide birders in certain
> areas and/or around the state so I'd like to get some information from you
> if I may.
>
> Do you guide birders on private lands?
>
> If so, do you compensate the landowner in anyway?
>
> Have landowners expressed any ideas, concerns, thoughts to you regarding
> birders on their lands?
>
> I appreciate any thoughts you may have.
>
> Many thanks,
>
> Neil
>
> --
> *Neil Shook*
> Refuge Manager
> Chase Lake NWR/WMD/PP
> 5924 19th ST SE
> Woodworth, ND 58496
> 701.752.4218x1
> *"Be the person that your dog thinks you are!"*
> *"Unless someone like you cares a whole lot,*
> *nothing is going to get better. It's not!"-The Lorax*
>
Subject: Guiding Questions
From: "Shook, Neil" <neil_shook AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:55:10 -0500
ND Birders

We, the staff at Chase Lake along with the Chase Lake Foundation, are
throwing around some ideas on how to promote birds and birding in ND. We
are looking at involving landowners who have good birding sites into some
sort of program.  I understand that some of you do guide birders in certain
areas and/or around the state so I'd like to get some information from you
if I may.

Do you guide birders on private lands?

If so, do you compensate the landowner in anyway?

Have landowners expressed any ideas, concerns, thoughts to you regarding
birders on their lands?

I appreciate any thoughts you may have.

Many thanks,

Neil

-- 
*Neil Shook*
Refuge Manager
Chase Lake NWR/WMD/PP
5924 19th ST SE
Woodworth, ND 58496
701.752.4218x1
*"Be the person that your dog thinks you are!"*
*"Unless someone like you cares a whole lot,*
*nothing is going to get better. It's not!"-The Lorax*
Subject: White Winged Dove
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:23:25 -0600
The White Winged Dove is still here this morning, eating seeds from a
platform feeder. Anyone is welcome to stop out and take a look.
Linda Gregg
114 Apple Lane
Horace, North Dakota
Subject: White-throats
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:03:25 -0500
Yesterday had 4 White-throat Sparrows in the yard.  The Towhee young are
getting ready to leave and all the birds are eating peanuts and peanut suet
like crazy.  Maybe they know something of whats coming up that we don't???
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Ward Cty