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1 Sep western birds [Corey Ellingson ]
30 Aug Re: Grand Forks [Sandy Aubol ]
30 Aug Grand Forks [tsatrans123 ]
30 Aug Night migrants [Keith Corliss ]
27 Aug Warbler [Carl Stangeland ]
27 Aug Late Purple Martin Fledgling []
26 Aug Yard birds today [Linda Gregg ]
26 Aug Warblers [Carl Stangeland ]
22 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Upper Souris NWR, Grano Crossing, Aug 22, 2014 [Ron Martin ]
22 Aug Re: red-cheeked cordon bleu [Jane Kostenko ]
22 Aug red-cheeked cordon bleu [Bob Anderson ]
21 Aug Cuckoo and spotted sandpiper -Dunn [Chris Hiatt ]
21 Aug Oak Park arrivals [Ron Martin ]
21 Aug Re: eBird Hotspots ["Bell, Tyler" ]
20 Aug Blackburnian [Corey Ellingson ]
19 Aug Fwd: [mou-net] bird incineration by giant solar mirror field CA [Ron Martin ]
19 Aug Red Knot [David Lambeth ]
18 Aug OaK Park, Minot [Ron Martin ]
18 Aug Ron and Sherry on KXnet ["Bell, Tyler" ]
18 Aug Grand Forks - warblers [tsatrans123 ]
17 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 17, 2014 [Ron Martin ]
16 Aug eBird Hotspots [Derek Bakken ]
15 Aug American redstart [Jean Legge ]
15 Aug Green Heron nest fledged ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
15 Aug Fwd: [Manitobabirds] Mississippi Kite update [Sharon Watson ]
15 Aug Re: Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 14, 2014 [Corey Ellingson ]
15 Aug Re: Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 14, 2014 ["Bell, Tyler" ]
14 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 14, 2014 [Ron Martin ]
14 Aug Caspian Tern [Carl Stangeland ]
10 Aug SW ND birding [Ron Martin ]
9 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Des Lacs NWR, Aug 9, 2014 [Ron Martin ]
9 Aug Western wetlands [Nancy Drilling ]
8 Aug ND Birding Society Fall Meeting [Ron Martin ]
8 Aug Fwd: Migrants [Ron Martin ]
8 Aug official state list? [bill ]
7 Aug Cattle Egrets [David Lindee ]
3 Aug Fw: eBird Report - Minot Sewage Lagoons, Aug 3, 2014 [Ron Martin ]
3 Aug No Subject ["kirby.adams" ]
2 Aug Glossy Ibis [John Fielding ]
1 Aug BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO-Dunn county [Chris Hiatt ]
1 Aug 14 Glossy Ibis in Divide County [John Fielding ]
31 Jul Barnes County [Bob Anderson ]
31 Jul Sandhill Cranes with a young one [David Lambeth ]
31 Jul Fwd: [Manitobabirds] Mississippi Kite Nest [Sharon Watson ]
30 Jul Re: Manitoba - Mississippi Kites! ["Bell, Tyler" ]
30 Jul Manitoba - Mississippi Kites! [Corey Ellingson ]
28 Jul Buff-breasted Sandpiper [Bob Anderson ]
27 Jul Weekend birding [Ron Martin ]
23 Jul Glossy Ibis in Barnes County [Bob Anderson ]
23 Jul J.Clark Salyer [Sherry Leslie ]
22 Jul Bowman county shorebirds [Chris Hiatt ]
20 Jul J. Clark Salyer [Ron Martin ]
20 Jul Odd warbling vireo [Keith Corliss ]
20 Jul Black-Necked Stilts at J. Clark Salyer [DeVane Webster ]
20 Jul Bob Kloubec [cnorheim ]
18 Jul Henslow's sparrow, Barnes County [Jean Legge ]
17 Jul HENSLOW'S SPARROWS - Barnes [Corey Ellingson ]
16 Jul osprey [Armand Lagasse ]
15 Jul Henslow's sparrow, Least Bittern [Bob Anderson ]
14 Jul Cuckoos [Ron Martin ]
14 Jul Black-necked Stilt [Ann Hoffert ]
12 Jul Re: Henslow's Sparrow in Sargent County [Corey Ellingson ]
12 Jul Black-necked Stilt [Ann Hoffert ]
12 Jul Henslow's Sparrow in Sargent County [Dean Riemer ]
11 Jul Shorebirds, Nelson County [Sandy Aubol ]
10 Jul Golden eagle bowman [Chris Hiatt ]
10 Jul From the air [Jesse Kolar ]
9 Jul Ward County Lazuli Buntings. [Rod Fossen ]
9 Jul Juvenile Baltimore Oriole [Charles J Taft ]
8 Jul Minot to New Town ["Bell, Tyler" ]
7 Jul Weekend birding [Ron Martin ]
6 Jul Red headed woodpeckers [Terry Gwilliams ]
6 Jul Rose breasted grosbeak sentinel butte [Chris Hiatt ]
6 Jul Caspian Tern [Larry Jones ]
6 Jul Black billed cuckoo medora [Chris Hiatt ]
6 Jul Red headed woodpeckers [Bti Mail ]

Subject: western birds
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:52:09 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:

    I birded with Jack Lefor of Dickinson some today (09/01).   Quite slow
birding, but the real surprises were BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER north of
Belfield, and a group of three fem/imm PURPLE FINCH in Buffalo Gap
Campground.

 

Also a Golden Eagle passed overhead near Painted Canyon.

 

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson

Bismarck, ND

 

 
Subject: Re: Grand Forks
From: Sandy Aubol <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:46:36 -0500
I see I forgot to fix a couple of my counts, like vireos, they were everywhere. 
Species are correct though. 


Sandy Aubol    
East Grand Forks, MN

From: tsatrans123 
Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2014 7:44 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU 
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Grand Forks

I birded along the English Coulee in Grand Forks today. 60 species 

  15    Canada Goose       
    X    Wood Duck       
    6    Mallard       
    2    Blue-winged Teal       
    1    Green Heron       
    1    Cooper's Hawk       
    1    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)       
    4    Mourning Dove       
    5    Chimney Swift       
    1    Belted Kingfisher       
    1    Downy Woodpecker       
    1    Hairy Woodpecker       
    1    Peregrine Falcon       
    2    Olive-sided Flycatcher       
    1    Yellow-bellied Flycatcher       
    2    Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)       
    3    Least Flycatcher       
    1    Eastern Phoebe       
    1    Great Crested Flycatcher       
    1    Yellow-throated Vireo       
    1    Blue-headed Vireo       
    1    Warbling Vireo       
    1    Philadelphia Vireo       
    1    Red-eyed Vireo       
    2    American Crow       
    3    Purple Martin       
    X    Barn Swallow       
    2    Cliff Swallow       
    1    Black-capped Chickadee       
    1    Red-breasted Nuthatch       
    1    House Wren       
    1    Swainson's Thrush       
    10    American Robin       
    12    Gray Catbird       
    2    Brown Thrasher       
    75    Cedar Waxwing       
    1    Ovenbird       
    3    Northern Waterthrush       
    1    Black-and-white Warbler       
    5    Tennessee Warbler       
    1    Nashville Warbler       
    1    Mourning Warbler       
    2    Common Yellowthroat       
    4    American Redstart       
    2    Magnolia Warbler       
    1    Bay-breasted Warbler       
    2    Yellow Warbler       
    5    Chestnut-sided Warbler       
    1    Blackpoll Warbler       
    1    Wilson's Warbler       
    5    Chipping Sparrow       
    3    Clay-colored Sparrow       
    4    Song Sparrow       
    1    Northern Cardinal       
    4    Rose-breasted Grosbeak       
    1    Baltimore Oriole       
    8    House Finch       
    5    Purple Finch       
    12    American Goldfinch       
    11    House Sparrow       

Sandy Aubol
East Grand Forks
Subject: Grand Forks
From: tsatrans123 <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:44:30 -0500
I birded along the English Coulee in Grand Forks today. 60 species

  15    Canada Goose       
    X    Wood Duck       
    6    Mallard       
    2    Blue-winged Teal       
    1    Green Heron       
    1    Cooper's Hawk       
    1    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)       
    4    Mourning Dove       
    5    Chimney Swift       
    1    Belted Kingfisher       
    1    Downy Woodpecker       
    1    Hairy Woodpecker       
    1    Peregrine Falcon       
    2    Olive-sided Flycatcher       
    1    Yellow-bellied Flycatcher       
    2    Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)       
    3    Least Flycatcher       
    1    Eastern Phoebe       
    1    Great Crested Flycatcher       
    1    Yellow-throated Vireo       
    1    Blue-headed Vireo       
    1    Warbling Vireo       
    1    Philadelphia Vireo       
    1    Red-eyed Vireo       
    2    American Crow       
    3    Purple Martin       
    X    Barn Swallow       
    2    Cliff Swallow       
    1    Black-capped Chickadee       
    1    Red-breasted Nuthatch       
    1    House Wren       
    1    Swainson's Thrush       
    10    American Robin       
    12    Gray Catbird       
    2    Brown Thrasher       
    75    Cedar Waxwing       
    1    Ovenbird       
    3    Northern Waterthrush       
    1    Black-and-white Warbler       
    5    Tennessee Warbler       
    1    Nashville Warbler       
    1    Mourning Warbler       
    2    Common Yellowthroat       
    4    American Redstart       
    2    Magnolia Warbler       
    1    Bay-breasted Warbler       
    2    Yellow Warbler       
    5    Chestnut-sided Warbler       
    1    Blackpoll Warbler       
    1    Wilson's Warbler       
    5    Chipping Sparrow       
    3    Clay-colored Sparrow       
    4    Song Sparrow       
    1    Northern Cardinal       
    4    Rose-breasted Grosbeak       
    1    Baltimore Oriole       
    8    House Finch       
    5    Purple Finch       
    12    American Goldfinch       
    11    House Sparrow       

Sandy Aubol
East Grand Forks
Subject: Night migrants
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:58:00 -0500
Up early and at airport. Multitudes of flight calls from passerines
overhead. Might be a good day to bird.
Keith C.
Fargo
Subject: Warbler
From: Carl Stangeland <carlcs AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:00:09 -0500
I had a Blackburnian Warbler in the yard today, also saw Redstart,Northern 
Waterthrush,Wilson Warbler and Yellow-throated Vireo down by the river. 

Carl Stangeland
Jamestown
carlcs AT daktel.com
Subject: Late Purple Martin Fledgling
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:05:54 -0500
Hi All,

Yesterday evening I had 50+ Purple Martins and a few stayed in the houses 
overnight. My last Purple Martin nestling fledged this morning and tonight the 
houses were empty. A 2nd brood of Barn Swallows should fledge in another week. 
Orchard Orioles departed early this season but I still have many juvenile 
Baltimore Orioles and adult males. I have had Rose-breasted Grosbeaks coming to 
my platform feeder for over 3 weeks which is unusual for me but fun to have. 
This summer I had a couple of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the yard all 
summer. It seems like the male Hummingbirds start migrating the end of July/1st 
part of August and females the end of August long with the juveniles. Saturday 
I saw a Great Blue Heron (FOY) in Traill Co. 

 
Unreal to think that fall is just around the corner.

Good Birding,
Sharon Watson
Buxton ND
Subject: Yard birds today
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:56:27 -0600
We had several Red Breasted Nuthatches, Black and White Warblers, Yellow
Warblers and Redstarts in the back yard woods this afternoon. It was nice
to see the RB Nuthatches, as we haven't seen them here for quite some time.
Linda Gregg
Horace, North Dakota
Subject: Warblers
From: Carl Stangeland <carlcs AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:51:44 -0500
I had the first migrant Warblers in the yard today, Wilson and Canada Warblers, 
hope to see more tomorrow. 
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Upper Souris NWR, Grano Crossing, Aug 22, 2014
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:03:04 -0500
ND-Birders:

A nice fallout of birds at Grano today.

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer



----- Forwarded Message -----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 8:51:18 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Upper Souris NWR, Grano Crossing, Aug 22, 2014

Upper Souris NWR, Grano Crossing, Renville, US-ND
Aug 22, 2014 12:59 PM - 3:12 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 56 species American Wigeon 2 Mallard 13 Blue-winged Teal 40 Northern Shoveler 200 Northern Pintail 6 Hooded Merganser 5 Ruddy Duck 3 Pied-billed Grebe 6 Eared Grebe 20 Double-crested Cormorant 3 American White Pelican 50 Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) 4 American Coot 200 Killdeer 4 Lesser Yellowlegs 4 Franklin's Gull 400 Ring-billed Gull 25 Forster's Tern 2 Mourning Dove 4 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 3 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 5 Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1 Alder Flycatcher 3 Least Flycatcher 50 Western Kingbird 4 Eastern Kingbird 52 Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 20 Red-eyed Vireo 6 Bank Swallow 40 Barn Swallow 7 Cliff Swallow 20 House Wren 3 American Robin 6 Gray Catbird 2 Cedar Waxwing 250 Ovenbird 1 Northern Waterthrush 2 Black-and-white Warbler 5 Tennessee Warbler 3 Mourning Warbler 1 American Redstart 1 Magnolia Warbler 1 Regular at this time. Blackburnian Warbler 2 Yellow Warbler 50 Canada Warbler 1 Wilson's Warbler 3 Chipping Sparrow 1 Clay-colored Sparrow 6 Song Sparrow 3 Brown-headed Cowbird 3 Baltimore Oriole 20 Purple Finch 2 American Goldfinch 12 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19542346 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Re: red-cheeked cordon bleu
From: Jane Kostenko <jkostenko AT SOMD.LIB.MD.US>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:58:28 -0400
Wow! I bet that got your heart racing for a few seconds! What a gorgeous bird! 
Jane 


Jane Kostenko
jkostenko AT somd.lib.md.us
California, MD

________________________________________
From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota [ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] On 
Behalf Of Bob Anderson [bob.anderson AT VCSU.EDU] 

Sent: Friday, August 22, 2014 4:44 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] red-cheeked cordon bleu

I currently have a red-cheeked cordon bleu hanging out in my yard with the 
house and chipping sparrows. Assuming it escaped from somewhere, but it 
certainly is an interesting addition to my yard list. 

Good Birding,
Bob Anderson
145 12th St. NE
Valley City
Subject: red-cheeked cordon bleu
From: Bob Anderson <bob.anderson AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:44:49 -0500
I currently have a red-cheeked cordon bleu hanging out in my yard with the 
house and chipping sparrows. Assuming it escaped from somewhere, but it 
certainly is an interesting addition to my yard list. 

Good Birding,
Bob Anderson
145 12th St. NE
Valley City
Subject: Cuckoo and spotted sandpiper -Dunn
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:44:12 -0600
I had a spotted sandpiper along a tributary of the knife river southeast of 
manning yesterday. I was on a quad a farmer lent me to go pick up a hive the 
flood pulled downstream over last weekend when they got 12 inches of rain in 24 
hours. I actually saw a lot of birds along this stream on the quad. I swung by 
the spot I had the black billed cuckoo 3 weeks ago and it was still there, 
almost exactly in the same spot. On a side note, last week in my hometown in 
Washington I got to bike 6 miles and bird with Dorian Anderson the guy from 
Boston doing a big year on a bike. My friend and I helped him find sagebrush 
sparrow # 515 for him. He has rode over 10,000 miles already. 

Good birding, 
Chris Hiatt 
Bowman

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Subject: Oak Park arrivals
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:28:12 -0500
ND-Birders:

New fall arrivals in Oak Park yesterday were Canada and Mourning Warbler. Today 
I had Magnolia Warbler and Blue-headed Vireo. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Re: eBird Hotspots
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:46:01 +0000
I'd like to suggest that eBird users who may have created personal locations 
for places that are surely hotspots, please merge your location to the hotspot. 
That way all of the data is at one location instead of showing up as a shotgun 
blast of personal pins around the hotspot pin. I'm an eBird reviewer in 
Maryland and North Dakota (mostly just lurk in ND since Corey and Ron took 
over) but in MD, we do an occasional consolidation and it's really quite easy 
to merge locations. Here's how: 


Go into "My eBird" then "Manage My Locations". Type in a location in the search 
bar, ie Oak Park, select it and it will take you to the map. If the location 
name on the map shows an inverted red teardrop with a flame in it, that's an 
eBird Hotspot. If not, click on the merge button and it will bring up nearby 
hotspots. Select the hotspot and make sure that the checkbox "Delete after 
merging" is checked. All of your checklists will merge onto the eBird Hotspot. 
None of the data will be lost but it will be consolidated with other data for 
that location. 


To my knowledge, there isn't a really easy way to hunt around for hotspots near 
personal locations but another way is to click on "Submit Observations" then 
"Find it on a Map". Type in the county and/or state then start zooming and 
dragging. Blue pins will be personal locations. 


If you feel like one of your personal locations merits hotspot status, you can 
suggest it when in "Manage My Locations", as below, or whenever you submit a 
checklist! 


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

________________________________________
From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota [ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] on 
behalf of Derek Bakken [spottedtowhee AT GMAIL.COM] 

Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2014 1:35 AM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] eBird Hotspots
This might be slightly off topic, but I know there are many people on this 
listserv who use eBird to report their sightings and even some who just use it 
to help them find birds. 


In either case, everyone benefits when it is easier to both submit and find 
sightings. 


I've recently started volunteering as a reviewer for all hotspots suggested by 
eBird users in North Dakota/Iowa/Minnesota and just got caught up a few weeks 
ago. 


If anyone who uses eBird would like to share their favorite birding spots so 
other people can report their sightings to that location or use that 
information to find birds they may need, the steps to suggest a hotspot are 
very easy. 


1) In eBird, click the "My ebird" tab
2) Click the "Manage My Locations" link on the right
3) Select the locations and then in the pull down menu, pick "Suggest as 
Hotspots" 


Don't worry about too much about whether the location you are suggesting is 
good enough or if you are unsure of the location name. If it is a spot that 
you regularly find birds (even if they are just common North Dakota birds), 
just go ahead and suggest it and I'll follow up with you if more information is 
needed. 


If you have any questions about eBird, I'm happy to assist.


-- 
Derek Bakken
spottedtowhee AT gmail.com 


Please contribute your sightings to our list; it is only as good as members 
make it! 


Also, please report your bird sightings to eBird and/or the IOU/MOU. The 
information gathered is vital to the future of birds. 

Subject: Blackburnian
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:55:55 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Last evening I had my first fall migrant in a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER in Sleepy 
Hollow Park. I saw the bird twice for one second, before it disappeared up the 
hill. The flock of 5 birds were never relocated (meaning the other companions 
were not identified). It was roughly 7:30pm when it was observed. 


Only other sign of neotropic migrants in the park were a couple pairs of 
Redstarts. 


Mosquitoes were bad, and it was muggy.

En route home, I observed one of our famous resident Chukars.

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Fwd: [mou-net] bird incineration by giant solar mirror field CA
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:50:17 -0500
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Gordon Andersson" 
To: MOU-NET AT LISTS.UMN.EDU
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 4:15:14 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: [mou-net] bird incineration by giant solar mirror field CA

MOU'ers

 

There was a recent Tribune article about this problem.  It is linked here.
The July 2014 issue of the American Bird Conservancy "Bird Calls" newsletter
has a more extensive article.  (see Page 11 below).   The Ivanpah Solar
facility is sited on 3,200 acres of desert and uses 300,000 car-sized
mirrors to reflect heat onto boilers on 450 foot towers.  (This is not
photovoltaic solar energy.)  Electricity generation, sufficient for 140,000
homes, began in February of this year.  

 

The USFWS has issued a report on the bats, insects, and birds burned flying
thru the superheated layer of air.   FWS staff estimated one bird killed
every two minutes.  "Bird species [most] affected by solar flux include both
insectivores [such as swallows, swifts, and flycatchers] and raptors that
prey on insect-eating birds."   The annual bird kill is forecasted to be up
to 10's of 1000's of birds, unless preventive measures are identified and
implemented.    There are plans for another mirror field near Joshua Tree
NP. 

 

http://www.startribune.com/nation/271624061.html

 

http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/birdcalls_pdf/bc14jul.pdf

 

gordon andersson

st paul


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Subject: Red Knot
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:23:43 -0500
A Red Knot in juvenile plumage was at the Grand Forks lagoons this morning.
It had been several years since I saw one in North Dakota.

-- 
Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks
To correspond with me, please use davidlambeth58201 AT yahoo.com
Subject: OaK Park, Minot
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:30:06 -0500
ND-Birders:

Among a few migrants in Oak Park today were two Chestnut-sided Warblers.

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Ron and Sherry on KXnet
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:57:11 +0000
My sister-in-law found an article on KXnet about Ron Martin and Sherry Leslie 
visiting the Minot landfill looking for "seagulls". Neither of them ever use 
that incorrect term though the reporter keeps harking back to it! I think North 
Dakota is about as far away from any sea as you can get in North America ;) 


Having never been there, I'm curious about access. Do you just drive up and ask 
to go birding in there? Can you park somewhere and scope the trash heap? Looks 
like there are a couple of ponds on the north and one on the south side. Do the 
gulls go there after foraging to clean/preen? 


http://www.kxnet.com/story/26294109/bird-watchers-observe-seagulls


Here's a map link with an aerial view:

http://tinyurl.com/minot-landfill


Tyler Bell
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Edgewater, Maryland
belljt AT si.edu
Subject: Grand Forks - warblers
From: tsatrans123 <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:18:53 -0500
Warbler activity is picking up in Grand Forks. Riverside Park this morning-

Chestnut-sided
Blackburnian
Nashville
Tennessee
Wilson's
Yellow
American Redstart
Black-and-White

Also Olive-sided flycatcher (first noted last Thursday)

Sandy Aubol
East Grand Forks MN

-------- Original message --------
From: Ron Martin
Date:08/17/2014 4:22 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 17, 2014
ND-Birders: Migration is picking up in Oak Park. Good birding, Ron Martin Rural Sawyer ----- Forwarded Message ----- From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu To: jrmartin AT srt.com Sent: Sunday, August 17, 2014 4:14:41 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central Subject: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 17, 2014 Minot - Oak Park, Ward, US-ND Aug 17, 2014 9:02 AM - 11:32 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) Comments:
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 42 species Canada Goose 70 Wood Duck 24 Mallard 6 Hooded Merganser 3 Cooper's Hawk 3 Franklin's Gull 3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20 Mourning Dove 5 Chimney Swift 14 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 6 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 4 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Alder Flycatcher 1 Least Flycatcher 7 Eastern Phoebe 2 Yellow-throated Vireo 3 Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2 Red-eyed Vireo 15 Blue Jay 4 American Crow 3 Cliff Swallow 15 Black-capped Chickadee 30 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 8 House Wren 1 American Robin 2 Gray Catbird 1 Ovenbird 1 Northern Waterthrush 1 Black-and-white Warbler 6 Tennessee Warbler 3 American Redstart 1 Blackburnian Warbler 2 First of season. Yellow Warbler 16 Wilson's Warbler 2 Song Sparrow 8 Baltimore Oriole 1 American Goldfinch 6 House Sparrow 6 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19494915 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 17, 2014
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:22:14 -0500
ND-Birders:

Migration is picking up in Oak Park.

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer




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Subject: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 17, 2014

Minot - Oak Park, Ward, US-ND
Aug 17, 2014 9:02 AM - 11:32 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 42 species Canada Goose 70 Wood Duck 24 Mallard 6 Hooded Merganser 3 Cooper's Hawk 3 Franklin's Gull 3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20 Mourning Dove 5 Chimney Swift 14 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 6 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 4 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Alder Flycatcher 1 Least Flycatcher 7 Eastern Phoebe 2 Yellow-throated Vireo 3 Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2 Red-eyed Vireo 15 Blue Jay 4 American Crow 3 Cliff Swallow 15 Black-capped Chickadee 30 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 8 House Wren 1 American Robin 2 Gray Catbird 1 Ovenbird 1 Northern Waterthrush 1 Black-and-white Warbler 6 Tennessee Warbler 3 American Redstart 1 Blackburnian Warbler 2 First of season. Yellow Warbler 16 Wilson's Warbler 2 Song Sparrow 8 Baltimore Oriole 1 American Goldfinch 6 House Sparrow 6 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19494915 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: eBird Hotspots
From: Derek Bakken <spottedtowhee AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:35:12 -0500
This might be slightly off topic, but I know there are many people on this
listserv who use eBird to report their sightings and even some who just use
it to help them find birds.

In either case, everyone benefits when it is easier to both submit and find
sightings.

I've recently started volunteering as a reviewer for all hotspots suggested
by eBird users in North Dakota/Iowa/Minnesota and just got caught up a few
weeks ago.

If anyone who uses eBird would like to share their favorite birding spots
so other people can report their sightings to that location or use that
information to find birds they may need, the steps to suggest a hotspot are
very easy.

1) In eBird, click the "My ebird" tab
2) Click the "Manage My Locations" link on the right
3) Select the locations and then in the pull down menu, pick "Suggest as
Hotspots"

Don't worry about too much about whether the location you are suggesting is
good enough or if you are unsure of the location name.  If it is a spot
that you regularly find birds (even if they are just common North Dakota
birds), just go ahead and suggest it and I'll follow up with you if more
information is needed.

If you have any questions about eBird, I'm happy to assist.


-- 
Derek Bakken
spottedtowhee AT gmail.com


Please contribute your sightings to our list; it is only as good as members
make it!

Also, please report your bird sightings to eBird and/or the IOU/MOU.  The
information gathered is vital to the future of birds.
Subject: American redstart
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:15:00 -0500
Barnes County, ND August 15
2 American redstarts were racing around the yard and bird bath today. Last week 
5 yellow warblers were in the yard simultaneously. There have been two 
ruby-throated hummingbirds in the yard this summer and now there are four, with 
daily aerial skirmishes. 

The yard has had many monarch butterflies this summer and recently many are 
nectaring at the Liatrus wildflowers. I have found two caterpillars eating on 
the milkweed. 


Jean Legge, Valley City, ND 58072
Subject: Green Heron nest fledged
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:11:35 -0500
Last week, four Green Heron chicks fledged from a nest in Chris Zinke's
yard, southeast of Jamestown.  The heron's stick nest was about 18 feet
above ground in a Green Ash tree.  The nest was about 200 yards away from
the James River, which was the nearest water body with water. The chicks
began branching about 3-4 weeks ago, and by the end of last week, the
adults had enticed them toward the river.

**************************************************************
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: [Manitobabirds] Mississippi Kite update
From: Sharon Watson <alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:44:02 -0500
For those of you that are interested.

Sharon Watson
Buxton ND

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Manitobabirds] Mississippi Kite update
From: "christian artuso chartuso AT hotmail.com [Manitobabirds]" 
 

To: Manitobabirds AT yahoogroups.com
CC: 

  

Many people have asked me for an update on Winnipeg’s now famous Mississippi 
Kites. As I mentioned on the interview I did on breakfast television 
(http://www.btwinnipeg.ca/videos/3725151058001/) this looks to be the first 
nest in Canada (I checked as thoroughly as I could and found no other breeding 
records despite the fact that there are two records in Saskatchewan and 
approximately 67, in Ontario. As was posted earlier, a nest with one downy 
young was located by several people (two different groups who found the nest 
independently from two different vantage points). 


 

On 8th August, I estimated the chick to be approximately 24 or 25 days old, and 
it was observed flapping its wings and standing on the rim of the nest. Both 
adults were moulting by that point and one has lost both p1 and p2 (in the 
backlighting I couldn’t tell whether male or female). Unfortunately, shortly 
before 5 pm that day, both adults landed on the nest simultaneously resulting 
in the chick falling from the rim all the way to the ground. Luckily Amanda 
Guercio and Kayla Putty, who are currently banding at Delta, witnessed the 
chick fall and rescued it from immediate danger (chicks are extremely 
vulnerable on the ground) and called me. Jake Gillis and I arrived within 10 
minutes and, after a rapid assessment of the chick (remarkably good shape 
despite the fall), we used a long stick to place the chick as high on the nest 
tree as possible. After telephone consultation between Jim Duncan, Tracy 
Maconachie and myself, Tracy and I went to the site in the late evening where 
we were joined by Amanda, Kayla, Pierre Richard, Bob Hodgson, Michael Lloyd and 
Donna Martin. We assessed the situation and formulated a plan for the following 
morning. Bob would supply ladders and tools and Pierre found a contact in Dan 
Spiers, a Nature Manitoba member who operates a business called “Affordable 
Tree and Stump Removal” (www.affordabletree.ca). It was 10 pm when I called 
Dan and I soon learned that I was calling him on the eve of his son’s 
birthday. Not only did he forgive my intrusion, he even agreed to arrive on the 
scene at 6 am the following morning with his bucket truck, proving once again 
the exceptional generosity of Nature Manitoba volunteers! 


 

At 6 am the following morning, Tracy and I checked the chick rapidly and were 
very happy with its condition. Pierre and Bob precut and pre-mounted screws 
into a wooden crate I had found in my garage and Dan quickly mounted it in the 
nest tree below the nest before the chick was raised to him. Dan took a video 
of this which he will put on his web site in due course. We were in and out in 
45 minutes and the parents were seen and heard nearby – all indications were 
good! We then vacated the area because at that point in time the most important 
thing was that the parents find the young and we were worried that excess human 
activity around the nest could have delayed or prevented that. 


 

Over the next few days careful monitoring occurred from as far away as possible 
(extreme care necessary not to be visible near the nest). The wonderfully 
generous home owners proved to be a huge asset in this aspect (and in all other 
aspects!) as they gave us permission to do what we needed and they observed the 
kite family from their home as best they could. Fortunately pedestrian traffic 
in the area was minimal. Nonetheless, in the days that followed, there was no 
evidence that the adults were feeding the chick and their presence in the 
neighbourhood became increasingly sporadic. The chick was alert, active and 
vocal. On the evening of the 11th August, the chick lay down in the crate and 
stayed more or less in the corner, causing concerns of malnourishment.  On the 
following day, with no sign of either adult near the nest and the chick still 
lying in the corner of the crate, we enlisted the help, on very short notice, 
of Dennis Swayze to bring and climb an extension ladder and lower the chick to 
me waiting below. Tracy and I both concluded that the chick was in poor shape 
(keel felt sharp) and Tracy brought the chick to the zoo head vet, Dr Chris 
Enright, for examination. 


 

The chick was found to be in surprisingly good shape, thin but not emaciated 
and with a reasonably good hydration level given the circumstances. The zoo 
veterinary clinic succeeded in getting the chick to feed and it continued to 
feed and improve on the following day. The adults do not appear to be in the 
area of the nest any more. Some of the sightings in other parts of the city 
seem to suggest they had begun dispersing as early as last Saturday. 


 

We are currently researching and reviewing options for the chick’s 
rehabilitation and ultimate release. Obviously this is complicated by the fact 
that Mississippi Kite is a highly migratory species that winters in South 
America and that hawk watches well south of us have already recorded good 
numbers on passage. There are some aspects of kite biology though that can work 
in our favour. We will do everything we possibly can to give this chick a 
chance to return to the wild. I don’t yet know what the final strategy will 
be as a few more days of consultation and research are required.    


 

This may seem a sad end for the first nest in Canada but at least the chick has 
survived and will be released into the wild with a fighting chance. It is 
important to remember that Mississippi Kites have very low nesting success 
overall (rural nests average 0.6 fledglings per nest and urban/suburban nests 
average 1.1 or 1.2 depending on population). I suspect these birds were first 
time parents. In short, this outcome is perhaps not particularly unusual for 
this species under these circumstances. Despite this turn of events, it is 
still possible that Mississippi Kites return to Manitoba next year as they have 
done elsewhere. We can only hope… 



A huge thank you to all who donated their time so generously!

 

Christian Artuso (Winnipeg)


		 	 		 

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Subject: Re: Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 14, 2014
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:39:35 -0500
May be a function of this spring being hot and dry end of May so the  
birds were able to get north and complete nesting successfully, as  
opposed to the last couple years when warbler migration lingered into  
June?

My peak this spring for warblers was May 11th (Mothers Day) with 13  
species, normally it is around the 23rd of the month, and quite a few  
more species.

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

Quoting "Bell, Tyler" :

> Maryland birders have been turning up some very early migrants  
> including Swainson's Thrush, Tennessee Warbler and Mourning Warbler.  
> Seems like migration is getting a jump start this year!
>
> Tyler Bell
> Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
> Edgewater, Maryland
> belljt AT si.edu
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota  
> [mailto:ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] On Behalf Of Ron Martin
> Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:28 PM
> To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
> Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 14, 2014
>
> ND-Birders:
>
> Five warbler species in Oak Park today, including a very early  
> Orange-crowned.  This evening there was a N. Waterthrush in my yard.
>
> Good birding,
> Ron Martin
> Rural Sawyer
>
>
Subject: Re: Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 14, 2014
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:21:26 +0000
Maryland birders have been turning up some very early migrants including 
Swainson's Thrush, Tennessee Warbler and Mourning Warbler. Seems like migration 
is getting a jump start this year! 


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

-----Original Message-----
From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota 
[mailto:ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] On Behalf Of Ron Martin 

Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:28 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 14, 2014

ND-Birders:

Five warbler species in Oak Park today, including a very early Orange-crowned. 
This evening there was a N. Waterthrush in my yard. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 14, 2014
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:27:51 -0500
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 9:15:58 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 14, 2014
ND-Birders:

Five warbler species in Oak Park today, including a very early Orange-crowned. 
This evening there was a N. Waterthrush in my yard. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer



Minot - Oak Park, Ward, US-ND
Aug 14, 2014 11:59 AM - 1:06 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Clear, SE 15, 85 degrees. 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 25 species Canada Goose 25 Wood Duck 10 Mallard 8 Cooper's Hawk 1 Chimney Swift 2 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1 Least Flycatcher 1 Yellow-throated Vireo 1 Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 1 Red-eyed Vireo 6 American Crow 2 Black-capped Chickadee 24 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 5 American Robin 3 Black-and-white Warbler 2 Orange-crowned Warbler 1 American Redstart 2 Yellow Warbler 18 Wilson's Warbler 2 First migrants . Song Sparrow 1 American Goldfinch 6 House Sparrow 2 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19468095 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Caspian Tern
From: Carl Stangeland <carlcs AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:05:11 -0500
Yesterday , north of Jamestown, there were a couple Caspian Terns with a bunch 
of Gulls, next to a big slough, also by the farm in central Foster Co.there was 
a lone Glossy Ibis in a small slough, also a Wilson's Snipe and a Sora there. 

Carl Stangeland
Jamestown
carlcs AT daktel.com
Subject: SW ND birding
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:38:48 -0500
ND-Birders:

I birded most of the day in Hettinger and Grant Counties, with one stop in 
Adams Co. A few highlights: 


Cinnamon Teal - One at Dry Lake in Hettinger.
Golden Eagle - One in Adams.
Black-billed Magpie - A flock of 41 in Grant. 
Sedge Wren - Found at 4 locations.  Usually very rare in the SW.
Harris's Sparrow - One on the road near a farmstead in Adams.
Blue Grosbeak - An agitated pair s. of Elgin in Grant.

I have had a migrant Alder Flycatcher in my yard the last 2 days. At least 5 
hummingbirds coming to my feeders. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Des Lacs NWR, Aug 9, 2014
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 17:18:38 -0500
ND-Birders:

Lots of birds at Des Lacs NWR this am. Highlights Piping Plover, Buff-br. 
Sandpiper, and an amazing 79 Hudsonian Godwits. 21 species of shorebirds. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


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Subject: eBird Report - Des Lacs NWR, Aug 9, 2014

Des Lacs NWR, Ward, US-ND
Aug 9, 2014 6:51 AM - 10:59 AM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments: 62-71 degrees, cloudy, wind SE light. Covered refuge from south end 
to HQ. 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 80 species Canada Goose 110 Wood Duck 3 Gadwall 100 American Wigeon 20 Mallard 900 Blue-winged Teal 900 Northern Shoveler 1000 Northern Pintail 450 Green-winged Teal 5 Canvasback 40 Redhead 150 Ring-necked Duck 3 Lesser Scaup 80 Hooded Merganser 5 Ruddy Duck 50 Common Loon 1 Pied-billed Grebe 40 Red-necked Grebe 6 Eared Grebe 500 Western Grebe 200 Double-crested Cormorant 140 American White Pelican 250 American Bittern 1 Great Blue Heron 4 Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Cooper's Hawk 1 Swainson's Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) 3 American Coot 100 American Avocet 42 Semipalmated Plover 67 Piping Plover 1 Killdeer 170 Spotted Sandpiper 8 Solitary Sandpiper 7 Greater Yellowlegs 12 Willet (Western) 22 Lesser Yellowlegs 120 Upland Sandpiper 5 Hudsonian Godwit 79 Very large number for fall. Marbled Godwit 35 Stilt Sandpiper 19 Baird's Sandpiper 220 Least Sandpiper 16 Buff-breasted Sandpiper 1 Pectoral Sandpiper 240 Semipalmated Sandpiper 110 Long-billed Dowitcher 2 Wilson's Snipe 1 Wilson's Phalarope 21 Franklin's Gull 1000 Ring-billed Gull 275 Black Tern 400 Forster's Tern 9 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8 Eurasian Collared-Dove 4 Mourning Dove 9 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1 Eastern Kingbird 1 American Crow 28 Horned Lark 1 Purple Martin 3 Bank Swallow 4 Barn Swallow 14 Cliff Swallow 19 Black-capped Chickadee 1 Sedge Wren 1 Marsh Wren 1 American Robin 1 Cedar Waxwing 21 Common Yellowthroat 8 Yellow Warbler 16 Clay-colored Sparrow 14 Song Sparrow 12 Bobolink 3 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Yellow-headed Blackbird 35 Common Grackle (Bronzed) 4 American Goldfinch 11 House Sparrow 20 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19379003 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Western wetlands
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 06:25:50 -0600
Recently I visited some of the western wetlands while passing through.
Thursday evening at Bowman-Haley Dam, the highlight was a group of 5
Short-eared Owls foraging together on the west side. There were mudflats on
the north end with plenty of shorebirds but I was too far away to identify
anything smaller than a Marbled Godwit, of which there were many. Friday
morning, Williston marsh was full of birds, my favorite being the
Red-necked Grebe. Otherwise almost no shorebirds anywhere, even though
there were good looking sites in Williams & Divide counties.

Nancy Drilling
Subject: ND Birding Society Fall Meeting
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 21:19:07 -0500
ND-Birders:

The ND Birding Society will meet Sept. 27-28 in Devils Lake. We will once again 
take to the pontoons and cruise Devils Lake in search of Sabine's Gull, Little 
Gull, and other fall migrants. All past trips have recorded Sabine's Gull( kiss 
of death). We will meet at 7:30 am on Saturday at the Spirit Lake Marina. I 
have 2 boats reserved for Saturday that can handle 8 persons each. I also have 
2 boats reserved for Sunday in case we have high winds on Saturday. If the 
Saturday weather is good and some folks also want to go out on Sunday we could 
go 2 consecutive days. There is a lot of lake to cover. The cost will be $30 
per person per trip. We have the boats from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. We will need at 
least 5 people committed for each boat to cover the costs. Please contact me if 
you plan to go on one of the trips. After the trips we will bird the lake shore 
and/or Sully's Hill NGP. We will have a meeting and meal Sat. evening at a 
place to be named later. 


Ron Martin
NDBS
Subject: Fwd: Migrants
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 20:56:03 -0500
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: jrmartin AT srt.com
To: "ND-Birds" 
Sent: Friday, August 8, 2014 8:53:02 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: Migrants

ND-Birders:

The first migrants (excluding Yellow Warblers)have made an appearance the last 
2 days in Oak Park in Minot. Yesterday I had an Am. Redstart and a 
Yelow-bellied Flycatcher. Today there was a Warbling Vireo. Three young 
Cooper's Hawks are terrorizing the neighborhood. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: official state list?
From: bill <bill AT VULTURES.CC>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 02:24:11 -0500
Hi all...

I was able to find the NDBRC Review List revised 21 May 2010. Is this 
the most recent? I have looked in vain trying to find the most recent ND 
official state checklist. Would be very grateful if someone would post 
the url. A million thanks!

peace
-bill
Subject: Cattle Egrets
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:06:23 -0500
There were a dozen Cattle Egrets milling about a small herd of cattle 2
miles east of Makoti on Highway 23 yesterday.

 

Good birding,

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook



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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Minot Sewage Lagoons, Aug 3, 2014
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 19:04:41 -0500
----- Original Message ----- 
From: 
To: 
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2014 6:00 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Minot Sewage Lagoons, Aug 3, 2014


> Minot Sewage Lagoons, Ward, US-ND
> Aug 3, 2014 2:33 PM - 4:33 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 5.0 mile(s)
> Comments:     70 degrees, wind light, m. cloudy, a few showers.  
/>Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 > 53 species (+1 other taxa) > > Canada Goose 400 > Wood Duck 3 Brood > Gadwall 60 > Mallard 550 > American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1 Dark bird showing some green > on head. > Blue-winged Teal 500 > Northern Shoveler 325 > Northern Pintail 160 > Canvasback 10 > Redhead 150 > Lesser Scaup 9 > Bufflehead 4 > Hooded Merganser 1 > Ruddy Duck 550 > Pied-billed Grebe 2 > Eared Grebe 900 Broods > American Coot 20 > American Avocet 27 > Killdeer 75 > Spotted Sandpiper 27 > Willet (Western) 8 > Lesser Yellowlegs 4 > Ruddy Turnstone 1 > Sanderling 1 > Baird's Sandpiper 26 > Least Sandpiper 8 > Pectoral Sandpiper 14 > Semipalmated Sandpiper 11 > Wilson's Phalarope 1650 > Red-necked Phalarope 500 > Bonaparte's Gull 1 > Franklin's Gull 1600 > Ring-billed Gull 40 > California Gull 1 > Caspian Tern 1 > Black Tern 120 > Mourning Dove 21 > Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1 > Peregrine Falcon 1 > Eastern Kingbird 4 > Bank Swallow 4 > Barn Swallow 2 > Black-capped Chickadee 1 > Marsh Wren 6 > American Robin 2 > Common Yellowthroat 5 > Yellow Warbler 2 > Nelson's Sparrow 1 > Song Sparrow 9 > Red-winged Blackbird 34 > Yellow-headed Blackbird 4 > Common Grackle (Bronzed) 7 > Brown-headed Cowbird 2 > American Goldfinch 7 > > View this checklist online at > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19320217 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) >
Subject: No Subject
From: "kirby.adams" <kirby.adams AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 05:02:41 +0000
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Subject: Glossy Ibis
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:05:21 -0600
I went for a walk (now) and got some very good looks at 10 birds I great light 
and am 99% sure that they are Glossy and not White-faces Ibises. They are quite 
curious an circled me about 4-12 times, individually and not even in pairs. 
Also saw the pair of Black-crowned Night Herons again. They were here last year 
also. 


Good Birding!

John DW Fielding south of Fortuna, ND in western Divide County

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO-Dunn county
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:15:13 -0600
I saw this cuckoo south east of manning , 3 miles east and one mile north of 22 
on 16 th ave. It was on the barbed wire fence on the way to my Beeyard and was 
there an hour later on the way back. Also a mile farther east of there was 8 
partridges. 

Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

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Subject: 14 Glossy Ibis in Divide County
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 21:08:51 -0500
There are what appear to be 7 or 8 pairs of Glossy Ibis in a large wetlands 
complex in western Divide County. There is absolutely no hint of the light 
coloration of the White-faced Ibis pink around the base of the bill region. 
Also observed an American Bittern and two Black-crowned Night Herons among many 
Coots and Ruddy Ducks. And a hawk with a blue-gray head and a cream bib with 
black and white mottled chest. Any ideas? 


Good Birding, 
John DW Fielding
PO Box 25
New England, ND 58647

PO Box 85 
Fortuna, ND 58844

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Subject: Barnes County
From: Bob Anderson <bob.anderson AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:53:10 -0500
My daughter and I visited our shorebird property again today. Birds of note 
included the following: 

Black ducks (2)
Hudsonian godwits (2)
White-faced ibis (211- not a typo) 


View the complete checklist and location online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19289144 


Good Birding,
Bob and Autumn Anderson
Valley City
Subject: Sandhill Cranes with a young one
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:04:56 -0500
Further evidence that Sandhill Cranes breed along the western beaches of
former glacial Lake Agassiz is a report by Laci Prucinski, the naturalist
at Turtle River State Park, of seeing three just east of Larimore on
Tuesday, the 29th. This morning I located the three and one is a large
juvenile that is capable of flying at least short distances. About two
weeks ago, I watched a pair about 5 miles south and one mile west of
Emerado for 20 minutes and didn't see one with this pair. The latter
location is in an area where I find summer Sandhills with some regularity.

-- 
Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks
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Subject: Fwd: [Manitobabirds] Mississippi Kite Nest
From: Sharon Watson <alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:44:39 -0500
Update on the Kites

Sharon Watson
Buxton ND

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Subject: [Manitobabirds] Mississippi Kite Nest
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The nest for the pair of kites has been located and it contains at least 1 
downy youngster. 


 

The nest location will not be disclosed for the same reasons that we don’t 
disclose other hawk and owl nests sites. It is really important to respect the 
privacy of the immediate neighbourhood and even more importantly we need to 
ensure that the birds are not unduly stressed so that they have the best 
opportunity to successfully raise and fledge their chicks! 


 

This Manitoba first is very exciting!

 

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Subject: Re: Manitoba - Mississippi Kites!
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:28:48 +0000
This reminds me of the Mississippi Kites that have nested in New Hampshire the 
last several years. A quantum geographic leap northward for the species as 
would be their nesting in Winterpeg! 


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


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Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:24 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Manitoba - Mississippi Kites!

Greetings ND-Birders:
 BE ON THE LOOKOUT! For those that don't follow neighboring Listserves, the 
word is out of a pair of Mississippi Kites in Winnipeg! First noticed 10 days 
ago, there is a pair present in the city now and the hunt is on for a nest. 


Here is a link to the messages:
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MB

North Dakota has no records for Mississippi Kites. Keep an eye skyward and 
maybe this will be the year! (meanwhile I should move to Fargo or Grand Forks 
to offer a better chance to observe one) 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Manitoba - Mississippi Kites!
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:24:10 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 BE ON THE LOOKOUT! For those that don't follow neighboring Listserves, the 
word is out of a pair of Mississippi Kites in Winnipeg! First noticed 10 days 
ago, there is a pair present in the city now and the hunt is on for a nest. 


Here is a link to the messages:
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/MB

North Dakota has no records for Mississippi Kites. Keep an eye skyward and 
maybe this will be the year! (meanwhile I should move to Fargo or Grand Forks 
to offer a better chance to observe one) 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper
From: Bob Anderson <bob.anderson AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:34:55 -0500
I located 4 buff-breasted sandpipers among the many shorebirds at my wetland NW 
of Litchville. There were also 84 white-faced ibis present, which was 
unexpected, since my previous high count here had been 9. I did not find the 
glossy ibis today, but I also did not spend a lot of time thoroughly checking 
every ibis. I have attached the checklist below. 

Good Birding,
Bob Anderson
Valley City

 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19245980
Subject: Weekend birding
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:21:23 -0500
ND-Birders:

Yesterday evening Corey E. and I had 3 Blue Grosbeaks in a wooded draw north of 
Solen in Morton Co. Today I had a Black-billed Cuckoo in Solen and 2 Blue 
Grosbeaks west of Cannonball in Sioux Co. This afternoon I had a single 
White-faced Ibis north of Ft. Yates. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Glossy Ibis in Barnes County
From: Bob Anderson <bob.anderson AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:59:29 -0500
Today I had a glossy ibis in Barnes County. I have attached the link to my 
checklist with a photo of the bird. A map of the location can be found using 
the link as well. I own the wetland and birders are welcome to walk on the 
property. Good Birding, 

Bob

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19199413 

Subject: J.Clark Salyer
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:19:07 -0500
Tuesday birded along the Willow City road east of Upham, as reported by
Ron, and what a great place to see the Ibis and ducks.  Black-necked
Stilts, Greater and Lesser Yellow legs, Willets, Black Terns are just a few
of the other species present.

Sherry Leslie
Rural Minot/Burlington
Subject: Bowman county shorebirds
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:27:28 -0700
There is a real good shorebird pond 1 mile west of the Bowman/Adams county line 
on US 12 and a half mile south along the railroad tracks. Saw a willet, stilt 
sandpiper, solitary sandpiper, misl. peeps and an avocet today. I'm averaging 
one short eared owl every other day. Saw one south of Rhame today and the 
other south of Gascoyne.  

Good Birding
Chris Hiatt
Bowman
Subject: J. Clark Salyer
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:19:49 -0500
ND-Birders:

I spent a few hours along the Willow City road east of Upham this morning. 
Among the thousands of ducks I had a single Am. Black Duck. I estimated about 
200 White-faced Ibis and saw 3 Glossy Ibis. In McHenry Co. north of Granville I 
had a Sprague's Pipit and several Nelson's and Le Conte's Sparrows. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Odd warbling vireo
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:16:05 -0500
A small group of us from the Fargo area birded Kidder and Stutsman
yesterday. While stopped to eat lunch in the Medina city park an odd bird
song was heard. It was tracked down and determined to be a warbling vireo
but with no trace of an "eastern" warbling vireo in its voice. Have some
experience with "western" warbling vireos, I believe this bird sang the
song of one. Check out the eastern edge of the park if anyone is interested
in hearing this bird.
Keith Corliss
Fargo
Subject: Black-Necked Stilts at J. Clark Salyer
From: DeVane Webster <dwebster AT BEU.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:09:22 -0500
Last Sunday morning I took a drive to Clark Salyer looking for the stilts. I 
found two adult Black-necked stilts along with 3 chicks north of Upham on the 
west side of the road, just south of the bridge across the Souris River. 
Attahced are links to a few photos and a video. 


http://www.stoneylonesomephotos.com/p177451021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0tpZ4LEAcs&feature=youtu.be
Subject: Bob Kloubec
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:14:26 -0500
Was saddened to see in the paper this morning that Bob Kloubec died. He 
was a good man, I enjoyed birding with him.

Connie
Subject: Henslow's sparrow, Barnes County
From: Jean Legge <jlegge AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:44:26 -0500
Thursday, north of Valley City. ND
Bob Anderson called saying he had found some Henslow's sparrows calling in a 
pasture several miles north of Valley City, just south of The Crossing on the 
north Valley road which is also 118th avenue SE. With Bob and I was Hunter 
Gwilliams, grandson, who had the earlier postings for the long-earred owl and 
the odd juncos in his yard. 

Bob easily relocated the singing sparrow, and his territorial behavior seemed 
to indicate he was nesting in the vicinity. We got good long looks and over 
time the bird got closer so some good photos were taken. I have posted two 
photos n the ND Birding Society website. 

I have previously seen Henslow's sparrows twice, once north of my house in 
spring migration calling from the CRP and once in the Sheyenne Grasslands about 
15 years ago. 

There is also a chestnut-collared longspur in that pasture too.
J. Legge, Barnes County, ND
Subject: HENSLOW'S SPARROWS - Barnes
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:32:48 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I just got a call from Bob Anderson, and he has located two Henslow's Sparrows 
in Barnes county. Along the east side of Lake Ashtabula, runs Hwy 21 north of 
Valley City. A mile and a half south of the crossing of Lake Ashtabula is where 
the birds are. More specifically, half way between 19th St SE, and the entrance 
road to an abandoned farmstead running east, south of 19th St SE. The birds 
were on the east side of the road, fairly close, and alitte south of halfway 
between according to the Ebird map. 

 Near the next driveway on the west side, south of the Henslow's was Nelson's 
Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, and a flyby Green Heron. A couple Chestnut-collared 
Longspurs are still in the area as well, the last stronghold in the east. 


Thanks Bob, and Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: osprey
From: Armand Lagasse <a.lagasse AT SENDIT.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:50:52 -0500
We had both an osprey and a bald eagle at Lake Upsilon (Turtle Mountains) this 
morning. 



Armand Lagasse
Rolla,  ND
Subject: Henslow's sparrow, Least Bittern
From: Bob Anderson <bob.anderson AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:25:15 -0500
The Henslow's sparrow previously reported In Sargent County by Corey E. and Ron 
M. was relocated at the same location today. 

I also was able to observe a Least bittern at the previously reported location 
by Lidgerwood. Links to complete checklists are below. 



 View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19107151 


View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19107662 



Good Birding,
Bob Anderson
Valley City, ND
Subject: Cuckoos
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:34:35 -0500
ND-Birders:

Yesterday I had a Black-billed Cuckoo and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo calling from 
the same area in the Sheyenne Grasslands. The location was along the road into 
Mirror Pool in Ramsom County about a mile north of the riparian forest area. On 
Saturday there was one cuckoo of each species calling at the boat ramp on the 
east side of Lake Tewaukan. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Black-necked Stilt
From: Ann Hoffert <pipestem AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:51:10 -0500
Last evening there were 3 tiny Black-necked Stilt babies close to the nest at 
the area on the Pipestem Creek south of Carrington. We watched as they all got 
back into the nest and the parent sat on it. On Saturday evening we noticed 
just one chick. They can easily be seen from the road. 


Ann Hoffert
Pipestem Creek Bed and Birding
7060 Highway 9
Carrington, ND 58421
701-652-2623
pipestem AT daktel.com
Subject: Re: Henslow's Sparrow in Sargent County
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:18:47 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:

First of all, thank you Dean for posting the location.  It was a shock to
find this bird this morning, although not completely unexpected that far
southeast.   

For a more complete recap, the following are the highlights of the 24 hour
blitz (evening of July 11 - morning of July 12) by Ron Martin and myself.
The original plan was to search for Least Bitterns where Mark Otnes reported
them last weekend near Lidgerwood.

Evening of July 11th, en route to Lidgerwood:
Say's Phoebe - 4 miles south of Hwy 46 along 58th St SE, a mile east of Hwy
18 near township of Barrie.
Indigo Bunting, Great-crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo - same as
above.

July 12th (started birding at 3:30am)

All quiet at 91st St SE at 4:00am.

Hankinson unit of Sheyenne Nat'l Grasslands (5:30am thru sunrise):
Scarlet Tanager - singing
Indigo Bunting singing next to a corn field, which Ron Martin says happens
to him at home in Minot in July.
Of course other eastern birds such as Yellow-throated Vireo, Veery, Y B
Sapsucker.

Lidgerwood return (7:00am):
Least Bittern - did not observe last night, but saw three birds this morning
along 91st St SE.  One on south side, one crossing 91st St to the north, and
a third on the southwest shore of that lake on south side of 91st St SE.
American Bittern - flying southeast over 91st St SE
Green Heron - fly by north at Least Bittern spot.  Corey's first in a few
years.
Caspian Tern - flying north over 91st St SE with food in its bill, nesting
somewhere(??)
Bald Eagle - barely makes the news in summer anymore, seen from 91st.
Another an hour later 5 miles northwest. 

South of Geneseo along CR 14 (8:00am):
Dickcissel - 3 or 4 about 4 miles south of Hwy 11.
Nelson's Sparrow - 3-4 as described above, in area 3-4 miles south of Hwy 11
LeConte's Sparrow - 3.2 miles south of Hwy 11, west side.
HENSLOW'S SPARROW - 3.25 miles south of Hwy 11, west side, about 100 yards
out near dark green alpha clump.  Was still singing from the same clump at
11:00am on our return trip.

Tewauken NWR:
Osprey - flying over east shore of Lake Tewaukon, quite rare in summer, but
second report this month!
Black-billed Cuckoo - heard from Lake Tewauken east shore boat ramp

En route home, I observed more Caspian Terns:
Two birds in a gull roost 2.8 miles east of Hwy 1, north side of Hwy 27
(Ransom Co)
One bird flying right beside I-94 at the Crystal Springs Rest Area
(Kidder/Stutsman Co line).


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Black-necked Stilt
From: Ann Hoffert <pipestem AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:45:46 -0500
The Black-necked Stilt nest near Carrington found during the Potholes and 
Prairie Birding Festival on June 14th is still there. As of last evening, this 
makes 28 days of incubation. The parent is easily visible sitting on the nest. 
I will check again this evening. 


If anyone wants directions, I will be happy to provide them.

Ann Hoffert
Pipestem Creek Bed and Birding
7060 Highway 9
Carrington, ND 58421
701-652-2623
pipestem AT daktel.com
Subject: Henslow's Sparrow in Sargent County
From: Dean Riemer <driemer AT KWH.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:35:18 +0000
Greetings

 This morning Ron Martin and Corey Ellingson found a Henslow's Sparrow near the 
town of Geneseo in Sargent County. The location of the Henslow's Sparrow is as 
follows. From the intersection of Highway 11 and CR 14 in the town of Geneseo 
go 3 1/4 miles south on CR 14 from here the sparrow was about 75 yards to the 
west. Also in the area are Nelson's and LeConte's Sparrows. 


Good Birding
Dean Riemer

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Subject: Shorebirds, Nelson County
From: Sandy Aubol <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:24:09 -0500
Yesterday afternoon in Nelson County, we came across a pond east of Stump Lake 
that contained a few shorebirds, including Am Avocet, about half a dozen 
Dowitcher (presumably Short-billed), 15-20 Stilt Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, 
and at least 3 different peep species. Also seen in a field were 2 adult 
Willets with 4 young ones running up and down the rows. 


Sandy Aubol
East Grand Forks, MN
Subject: Golden eagle bowman
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:47:16 -0600
I saw a golden eagle 6 miles east of bowman and 1 mile south of us 12 today. I 
think this about the tenth consecutive year they have been seen in that area. I 
also notice upland sandpiper numbers are down as I drive the back roads. 

Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

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Subject: From the air
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:11:52 -0600
While conducting aerial surveys Sun-Wed this week in McKenzie County I
observed a few interesting birds from the air or during pit stops:

-Only saw 1 Ferruginous Hawk, NE of Demicks Lake.

-5 bald eagles: 1) One along the Little Missouri River in the North Unit of
Theodore Roosevelt National Park. 2) Four (one mature) in a single tree at
Phelps Bay, 4.5 miles NE of Charlson, ND.

-At least 4 Sprague's Pipits, still displaying, in a pasture along Redwing
Road (Co Rd. 38), 2 miles past the end of the blacktop.

-2 Great Egrets, not confirmed.  We saw 2 large white birds wading in a
marshy bay on Lake Sakakawea ​~3 miles east of Tobacco Gardens.  I can't
confirm that they weren't pelicans, but from the 300' they looked like
Great Egrets.  Also, the bay was very overgrown, and did not seem to have
enough water for typical pelican habitat.

-1) Long-billed Curlew on a plateau between Magpie and Beicegel Creek Roads.

And finally, I stopped along Beicegel creek road where I found a
Black-billed Cuckoo nest last year.  No Cuckoo, and the curlew that was
there last year wasn't there either.  I did see 2 territorial Dickcissels
on my walk out.

If anyone needs an excuse to get out west, the clover is absolutely
incredible this year.  Even many of the "bald" buttes have clover growing
on them, and in the grasslands there are patches where plants are >6' tall.

Jesse Kolar
Dickinson
Subject: Ward County Lazuli Buntings.
From: Rod Fossen <rfossen AT MIN.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:45:34 -0500
I saw two Lazuli Buntings at the Bison Plant today.  The first since the
flood, the dead loops are all full of water.

 

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Subject: Juvenile Baltimore Oriole
From: Charles J Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 15:52:36 -0500
Just spotted one in our yard here in West Minot! First time for one of those. 
Got photos too. 


Charles J Taft
129 25th St SW
Minot
852-1981


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Subject: Minot to New Town
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 23:36:12 +0000
Jane Kostenko and I just returned from a family visit to Minot, Stanley, Ross 
and New Town plus a jaunt down to Bismarck. Not much time for birding but it 
seemed like a slack time of year anyway. 


Our first day was during the deluge on Saturday. We weren't prepared for that! 
Fortunately the weather improved as the week went on so we were able to get 
down to Oak Park a few times. Seems like Least Flycatchers used to be quite 
common there but we never heard one ever. Eastern Wood-Pewee and Great Crested 
Flycatchers were there each day, though. One day we noticed two women peering 
up into a tree and when we went over to look, there was a Cooper's Hawk sitting 
on a nest. Two days ago, we could see two polt sized white downy chicks 
standing up begging for food when the presumed male came back with a meal. 


Barb and Sandy Meiers took us on the inaugural cruise of their new pontoon 
boat. We launched near New Town and sailed under the bridge pulling into a bay 
downstream of the bridge on the north shore. A Caspian Tern flew very nearby us 
on the boat. Another, or possibly the same bird, was flying around at the boat 
ramp when we returned. Also at the ramp were two Forster's Terns and a Western 
Grebe. 


At Keith Meiers farm was a juvenile Mountain Bluebird and a pair of Say's 
Phoebes carrying food. We never found the nest. A pair of Purple Martins 
perched briefly on one of their quonset huts. All three were new birds for 
their yard list. 


American White Pelicans put on a show between Minot and Ross. I'm not sure that 
either Jane or I had ever seen any along Rt. 2 before in over 20 years but they 
were in virtually every large slough. We found a few Black-crowned Night-herons 
in a slough near the Mountrail/Ward county line, an area where we've observed 
them in the past. 


The Minot sewage lagoons were a bust on our one visit there. Perhaps it was the 
wind but it was almost empty. Best birds there were a bunch of Eared Grebes but 
those were found all over Mountrail County later on. 


Several years ago, ND's second record of Broad-tailed Hummingbird showed up at 
the Meiers farm in Ross. Jane found a hummingbird visiting some honeysuckle and 
we were crossing our fingers that lightning would strike twice. Alas, the 
hummer was a Ruby-throated. Still, not a bird we commonly see in ND but a 
disappointment. 


Finally, the big blue water tower on 16th Ave SW (where 8th St. would intersect 
if it did) has been hosting a nice concentration of Turkey Vultures. We scanned 
them daily looking for a Black Vulture but again, nada. Good place to look 
though as we never see double digit TUVUs in ND. 


So, we're back in Maryland. It was 100 today. Ugh.

Tyler Bell
Edgewater, Maryland 21037
belljt AT si.edu
Subject: Weekend birding
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 23:13:02 -0500
ND-Birders:

A few notes from my travels this weekend.

July 4 - Nancy Drilling and I birded McHenry and Pierce Counties.

Rush Lake, Pierce Co.
A large colony with nesting Cattle Egrets, Black-cr. Night-Herons, White-faced 
Ibis and Franklin's Gulls. 


Round Lake, Pierce Co.
Snow Goose - 8
Bufflehead - 410, a flock of molting birds.
Merlin - A pair in a small cemetery near Barton.

We also had an Am. Black Duck in a large flock of ducks in a field in Pierce 
Co. 


J. Clark Salyer NWR
Black-necked Stilt - 4
At the nesting colony we had Cattle Egrets, White-faced Ibis, Black-cr. 
Night-Herons, and Franklin's Gulls. There was also one Glossy Ibis. 



July 5 - Birded with Chris Hiatt during the day and Jack Lefor in the evening.

Stark Co.
Sedge Wren - one, quite rare in the sw.  
Nelson's Sparrow - heard one nw of Dickinson previously reported by Jesse 
Kolar. 


Billings Co.
3 Baird's Sparrows north of Talkington Dam and 6 around the dam area.
Medora:
One Black-b. Cuckoo and one W. Wood-Pewee.

Golden Valley Co.
Rose-br. Grosbeak - 1 at Camel Hump, very unusual that far west in summer.


July 6

Hettinger Co.
Nelson's Sparrow - 3 heard, very unusual in summer west of the Missouri R. I 
have never seen so much water in the southwestern counties. 


Grant Co.
Am. Bittern - Noted at 4 locations.
Cinnamon Teal - a pair on a wetland nw of Pretty Rock NWR.


Other observations:
I saw Dickcissels in Stark, Adams, Hettinger and Grant Counties.
I had Baird's Sparrow at 2 locations in Billings, one in Adams, one in 
Hettinger, and one in Grant. 

I noted fall migrating Solitary Sandpipers at two locations.  
Lark Bunting numbers are very low in the sw this year. In two days I had only 
about 200 birds. 

Only 3 Am. Kestrels seen in 3 days. This bird is in trouble over much of the 
state. 

I had 4 Loggerhead Shrikes, another bird in serious decline.   
I did not hear any Sprague's Pipits during the 3 days.  

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer






















Subject: Red headed woodpeckers
From: Terry Gwilliams <terry_gwilliams AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:30:26 -0500
The evening of July 4th my family and I were going to a friends house
and spotted 2 red headed woodpeckers about 1.5 miles south of I-94
along the Peak Rd in Barnes Co. My son spotted one a couple weeks
earlier in the same spot.

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Subject: Rose breasted grosbeak sentinel butte
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:57:20 -0600
I forgot to mention that Ron and I stopped at camels hump in golden valley 
county to look for Jesse kolar's ospreys yesterday. Course it had moved on ( 
Jesse we want a reimbursement for gas money): but on the lake Ron heard a black 
headed grosbeak , and when I finally saw it , it was mostly black and white on 
the back so I went around the side and saw pink on the breast right as Ron said 
it doesn't quite sound right. Ron thought this could be a first breeding record 
for the county. There was also a kingfisher on the lake. 

This morning over the pasture next to white lake east of Amidon saw a short 
eared owl. Also 2 common nighthawks last night flying over my place by the twin 
buttes in bowman. 

Good birding 
Chris Hiatt
Bowman
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Subject: Caspian Tern
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 18:50:56 -0500
Jan and myself took a drive south of Carrington to check on the black-necked 
stilts. They are still sitting on the nest but should be hatching soon. Then 
over to Chase Lake. Many great egrets, snowy egrets and black-crowned 
night-herons seen and of course many pelicans. On the west side of Lake 
Williams along Hwy. 36 (Kidder Co.) was a Caspian tern fishing along the road. 
Great looks of the bird and a first for Jan. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Subject: Black billed cuckoo medora
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 12:17:16 -0600
Had time yesterday to go birding with Ron Martin. West of Fairfield, billings 
county WILLOW FLYCATCHER & BAIRDS SPARROW. Also crazy numbers of grasshopper 
sparrow. Just outside of Medora on river road had 2 RED HEADED WOODPECKERS and 
then Ron played his cuckoo tape which brought a delayed response from a BLACK 
BILLED CUCKOO which came in close. Lifer for me. We birded beach and Odlin lake 
north of town with not much luck. WESTERN GREBE at the lake. Any time birding 
with a lifer is good and listening to the World Cup on the way home. 

Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

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Subject: Red headed woodpeckers
From: Bti Mail <bobkat AT BTINET.NET>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:22:45 -0500
In regard to Valerie Naylor's comment regarding Red Headed Woodpeckers, I've 
noticed the same thing along the Heart River this year. There has always been 
some there, but they seem to be everywhere this spring. Thinking about it, I 
wonder if the Downey and Hairy numbers might be down a bit, though I've only 
made anecdotal observations while herding cattle and rambling around in the 
area. 


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