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24 Apr Burleigh & Kidder Birding [Clark Talkington ]
24 Apr FOS White Throated Sparrows [Linda Gregg ]
24 Apr Beach to Belfield [Jesse Kolar ]
24 Apr Walk along Red River [David Lambeth ]
24 Apr Sargent County [Nick Roehl ]
24 Apr More bird arrivals [Jean Legge ]
24 Apr Bismarck area [Clark Talkington ]
24 Apr Brown thrasher [Jean Legge ]
24 Apr No Subject [Nick Roehl ]
23 Apr Sleepy Hollow Park, Bismarck [Corey Ellingson ]
23 Apr N. Cardinal [Ron Martin ]
23 Apr Re: Renville County Flycatcher - The Sequel [ ]
23 Apr Re: Renville County Flycatcher - The Sequel [ ]
22 Apr Renville County Flycatcher - The Sequel [Rod Fossen ]
22 Apr Renville County flycatcher. [Rod Fossen ]
22 Apr Happy Earth Day & Backyard Birding []
21 Apr N. Cardinal [Ron Martin ]
21 Apr FOY birds & etc. [Clark Talkington ]
21 Apr Arrowwood Refuge [Garret Hecker ]
21 Apr Tree swallows and Franklins gulls [thomas naas ]
20 Apr McKenzie Co. birds [Maureen O'Mara ]
20 Apr Chahinkapa Park [Nick Roehl ]
20 Apr More FOY birds [Clark Talkington ]
20 Apr Kidder county [Corey Ellingson ]
19 Apr Smith's Longspur [Ron Martin ]
19 Apr dark morph broad-winged hawk Jamestown ["Solensky, Matthew" ]
19 Apr green morph Pine Siskin ["Shaffer, Jill" ]
18 Apr FOS [Ron Martin ]
18 Apr unknown bird [gail/allan ]
17 Apr One last surprise [Diana Dugall ]
17 Apr Trefoil Park Fargo, Friday [cnorheim ]
17 Apr Hermit Thrush [Corey Ellingson ]
17 Apr FOS in McHenry Co. [Ron Martin ]
17 Apr No Subject ["Wahpguy29 ." ]
17 Apr Slope County Sightings [John Fielding ]
16 Apr birds and a few bugs [Jean Legge ]
16 Apr Bring slope County update [John Fielding ]
16 Apr Mooreton pond ["Wahpguy29 ." ]
16 Apr Season firsts in Slope County [John Fielding ]
16 Apr No Subject ["Wahpguy29 ." ]
16 Apr Chip, Vesper arrivals [Jean Legge ]
16 Apr New FOY sightings [Clark Talkington ]
15 Apr belated Tuesday report [Nancy Drilling ]
14 Apr Audubon's yellow-rumped warbler in Valley City [Bob Anderson ]
13 Apr Southwest today [Nancy Drilling ]
13 Apr Minnewaukan area []
13 Apr Great Blue Herons [John Fielding ]
12 Apr Barnes County-Kinglets [Garret Hecker ]
12 Apr New FOY birds [Clark Talkington ]
11 Apr Common Loon [Sister Pamela Pranke OPA ]
11 Apr Spiritwood Lake [Sister Pamela Pranke OPA ]
10 Apr Fwd: eBird Report - Martin Residence, Apr 10, 2015 [Ron Martin ]
10 Apr Whooping Cranes [Sherry Leslie ]
9 Apr Short-eared Owl [thomas naas ]
8 Apr hooded merganser [Armand Lagasse ]
8 Apr No Subject [Corey Ellingson ]
8 Apr No Subject [Robert O'Connor ]
8 Apr West Fargo Lagoons, Harwood Lagoons, Fargo Lagoons Wednesday [cnorheim ]
8 Apr Re: Possible Tufted Duck [Scott R a y ]
8 Apr Re: Possible Tufted Duck ["Bell, Tyler" ]
7 Apr Possible Tufted Duck [Corey Ellingson ]
7 Apr wood ducks ["Joy, Mark" ]
7 Apr Possible Tufted Duck [Ron Martin ]
7 Apr Possible Tufted Duck [Ron Martin ]
6 Apr Van Hook [David Lindee ]
5 Apr Breeding Merlins in Minot [Rod Fossen ]
5 Apr Yard birds 4-5 [Sherry Leslie ]
5 Apr Upper Souris and home [Sherry Leslie ]
5 Apr Sunday drive [Charles Taft ]
5 Apr No Subject ["Wahpguy29 ." ]
5 Apr No Subject ["Rogers, Daniel" ]
5 Apr ne ND [Ron Martin ]
4 Apr New FOY Birds [Corey Ellingson ]
4 Apr New FOY Birds [Clark Talkington ]
4 Apr Pelicans and Cranes [David Lindee ]
4 Apr Chase Lake and Dawson areas [MARK OTNES ]

Subject: Burleigh & Kidder Birding
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:09:12 -0500
04/24
 Today I birded all day in Burleigh and Kidder Counties and found that a good 
number of species had moved into the area. 

The following is a list of FOY for me and other interesting sightings. I had 18 
species of shorebirds for the day, with many of them new for the year. 


   Great Egret (9) - Horsehead Lake, KIDDER
   Cattle Egret (2) - 2 miles north of Clear Lake, BURLEIGH
   Black-crowned Night Heron (2) - Clear Lake
 White-faced Ibis - (29 Horsehead Lake) (25 7th Day Adventist WPA) & (4 
McKenzie Slough) 

   Ferruginous Hawk - (5, with 4 on nests) (KIDDER - 4) (BURLEIGH - 1)
   Semipalmated Plover - (6) Horsehead Lake
   Black-necked Stilt (2) - Clear Lake
   Willet (7) - BURLEIGH & KIDDER
   Sanderling (9) - Horsehead Lake
   Wilson's Phalarope (2) - Horsehead Lake
 Little Gull (2 adults, 1 first winter) - Horsehead Lake close to south end 
going in from the west on the winter ice fishing road. 

   Sprague's Pipit (1) - heard in pasture next Menoken Grove, BURLEIGH
   Northern Cardinal (1) - Bismarck, Highland Acres, BURLEIGH
   Brown-headed Cowbird (6) - McKenzie Slough

Clark Talkington
Mandan
Subject: FOS White Throated Sparrows
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:02:09 -0500
The White Throated Sparrows arrived in our backyard this afternoon. Good to
see them again.
Linda Gregg
Horace, ND
Subject: Beach to Belfield
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:22:05 -0600
Returning from Montana today I stopped at a couple places along the
interstate and found many birds that weren't around a week ago:

*Camel's Hump Dam:*
Osprey -1
HYBRID BLUE x GREEN-WINGED TEAL -1 with a flock of Blue-winged Teal.  Body
was blue-winged teal, but head was golden colored with dark band resembling
the green-winged pattern.  Flushed when a truck pulled up, and the
wing pattern was similar to blue-winged teal.
Eared grebes - 6
Tree Swallow
Yellow-rumped Warblers - 6
Belted Kinfisher - 4 The entire time I was there, they were fighting very
aggressively over a large bank swallow cavity.​

*Talkington Dam:*
Willet - 2
Marbled Godwit - 4
Lesser Yellowlegs - 4
Greater Yellowlegs - 1
Greater Scaup - 1 (head and body obviously larger/rounder than nearby
lesser scaup, sides were clean white)
Golden Eagle - 1

*Mud flat ~1 mile south of Talkington Dam:*
Baird's Sandpipers - 9
Lesser Yellowlegs - 2
Wilson's Phalarope - 2
American Pipit - 2
Marbled Godwit - 2
Immature, dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk - 1

Out west, the dry spring might be a good one to find high densities of
waterbirds congregated at the few available waterholes.  Many of the places
where I saw ducks or shorebirds last spring are dried up and grown over
with sedges.  Just be sure to close the windows before the next tanker
truck rolls by! Ha ha ha.

Jesse Kolar
Dickinson, ND
Subject: Walk along Red River
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:20:16 +0000
 When was the last year that one could walk along the Red River in late April 
without getting one's shoes caked with mud? Of course in many years the lowland 
would be flooded. My e-bird report is pasted in below. The number of 
Pied-billed Grebes was particularly surprising. 

Grand Forks Greenway Belmont Coulee to Sorlie Bridge, Grand Forks, US-ND
Apr 24, 2015 8:19 AM - 12:29 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Because this spring has been so dry, I had the rare opportunity 
to stay close to the river along the entire route. In some years, the 
bottomland would be flooded at this time of year and even when not flooded, it 
would be too muddy if there had been much rain or snowmelt. The river is quite 
low for this time of year. 

42 species

Canada Goose  8
Wood Duck  25
Mallard  20
Blue-winged Teal  30
Ring-necked Duck  3
Lesser Scaup  1
Bufflehead  8
Pied-billed Grebe  20
Killdeer  3
Wilson's Snipe  3
Ring-billed Gull  11
Herring Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  15
Mourning Dove  5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  7
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  11
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  5
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  13
Black-capped Chickadee  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Brown Creeper  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  9
Hermit Thrush  17
American Robin  28
European Starling  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  40
American Tree Sparrow  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Vesper Sparrow  3
Fox Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  38
Swamp Sparrow  5
White-throated Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Red-winged Blackbird  2
House Finch  2
Purple Finch  1
Pine Siskin  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23033498 

Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Sargent County
From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:53:23 -0500
I was out shooting photos in Sargent County this morning. These are the
birds I found. I originally included photos of a Savannah Sparrow and
Horned Grebe. Apparently the email won't send with photos attached.

Yellow-headed Blackbird - 20+
Red-winged Blackbird - 20+
Common Grackle - 20+
Cowbird - 8
American Robin - 20+
Savannah Sparrow - 20+
Blue Jay - 9
Western Meadowlark - 10
Northern Flicker - 11

Green-winged Teal - 4
Blue-winged Teal - 20+
Mallard - 20+
Northern Shoveler - 12
American Wigeon - 4
Northern Pintail - 14
Ruddy Duck - 20+
Lesser Scaup - 12
Ring-necked Duck - 20+
Pied-billed Grebe - 6
Horned Grebe - 1
Western Grebe - 20+
Common Merganser - 6
Redhead Duck - 20+
Canvasback - 10
Double-crested Cormorant - 9

Marbled Godwit - 10
Lesser Yellowlegs - 20+
Greater Yellowlegs - 20+
American Avocet - 2
Solitary Sandpiper - 6
Subject: More bird arrivals
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:17:56 -0500
Barnes County April 24
More birds rode the wave of the rain and oncoming warmer weather.
I got 0.38 inches of rain here and other birds besides the brown thrasher.
White-throated sparrow
Lincoln sparrow
Swainson's thrush
Ruby-crowned kinglet


Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072
Subject: Bismarck area
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:04:36 -0500
4/21
   Loggerhead Shrike (1) - southeast MORTON

4/22
   Ross's Goose (1) - Clear Lake, BURLEIGH
   American Bittern (1) - Clear Lake
   Sprague's Pipit (1) - found by Dan Rogers in MORTON

4/23
   Red-breasted Merganser (2) - Lake Etta, KIDDER
   Hudsonian Godwit (1) - pond east of Lake Etta
   Caspian Tern (1) - pond east of Lake Etta

Clark Talkington
Mandan
Subject: Brown thrasher
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:12:56 -0500
Barnes County, April 24
Brown thrasher in my yard this morning. FOY

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072
Subject: No Subject
From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:31:25 -0500
Fairly slow week for birds around Wahpeton.

Chipping Sparrow (FOY)
Lincoln's Sparrow (FOY)
Song Sparrows
Eastern Phoebes
Cedar Waxwings
American Kestrals
Ruby-crowned Kinglets
Lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers
Highlight today was an Osprey catching trout on Mooreton Lake.



-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: Sleepy Hollow Park, Bismarck
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:57:06 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:

    My mother and I walked Tom O'Leary Arboretum this afternoon.   Very slow
as it has been all week.   Highlight was a pair of Wood Ducks to enjoy, and
a crow harassing my (FOY) BROAD-WINGED HAWK.

 

After supper I was curious about "my park", so I went to Sleepy Hollow Park.
A flock of Yellow-rumps were present as well as RC Kinglets.   First time
this spring there was any kind of numbers of birds there.   

 

At one point I looked up to catch a kettle of hawks.   In 20 minutes three
kettles went by - 16 Swainson's Hawks, 3 Red-tails and 4 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS,
and throw in a Kestrel.   The local pair of Cooper's Hawks were also chasing
a BROAD-WINGED HAWK also.  Wish I would have had a photo of a Cooper's
soaring next to the Broad-wing.    

 

Add in two HERMIT THRUSH (been here daily for a week) and my (FOY) Lincoln's
Sparrow.

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: N. Cardinal
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:41:00 -0500
ND-Birders:

The N. Cardinal was still present today in my yard. Otherwise, migration has 
been very slow this week in the Minot area. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Re: Renville County Flycatcher - The Sequel
From: James Tyler Bell <00000337af6274c1-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:21:04 +0000
Duh, I forgot one of the most common empids in ND: Least Flycatcher. I added 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher to the list as well. Here's an updated version of the 
graphic: 


http://tinyurl.com/empids-MN-ND-SD
 

eBird is free. And, the more data that goes into it, the better it becomes. 
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/


Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland


________________________________
From: James Tyler Bell <00000337af6274c1-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU 
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2015 8:53 AM
Subject: Re: [ND-BIRDS] Renville County Flycatcher - The Sequel


Y'all are probably sick of me preaching the gospel of eBird but it's a goldmine 
of information. Check out the graphic showing various flycatcher arrivals for 
ND, SD and MN (lumped) and you'll see that empids are pretty much non-existent 
in the northern tier until almost June. Eastern Phoebe, OTOH, is expeceted by 
April. 



http://tinyurl.com/wifl-alfl-eaph-MN-ND-SD

Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland


________________________________



From: Rod Fossen 
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU 
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:39 PM
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Renville County Flycatcher - The Sequel




After a timely reply by a concerned bird watcher (C.O.) I
reviewed flycatcher songs and concurred that it was an Eastern Phoebe that was
not singing the third part of its song.  Alas this is not the first time I’ve
been burned by flycatchers.

In my defense there was no water around and the habitat
looked good for Willow.

Rod Fossen, Minot
Subject: Re: Renville County Flycatcher - The Sequel
From: James Tyler Bell <00000337af6274c1-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:53:31 +0000
Y'all are probably sick of me preaching the gospel of eBird but it's a goldmine 
of information. Check out the graphic showing various flycatcher arrivals for 
ND, SD and MN (lumped) and you'll see that empids are pretty much non-existent 
in the northern tier until almost June. Eastern Phoebe, OTOH, is expeceted by 
April. 



http://tinyurl.com/wifl-alfl-eaph-MN-ND-SD

Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland


________________________________
From: Rod Fossen 
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU 
Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:39 PM
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Renville County Flycatcher - The Sequel




After a timely reply by a concerned bird watcher (C.O.) I
reviewed flycatcher songs and concurred that it was an Eastern Phoebe that was
not singing the third part of its song.  Alas this is not the first time I’ve
been burned by flycatchers.
 
In my defense there was no water around and the habitat
looked good for Willow.
 
Rod Fossen, Minot
Subject: Renville County Flycatcher - The Sequel
From: Rod Fossen <rfossen AT MIN.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:39:04 -0500
After a timely reply by a concerned bird watcher (C.O.) I reviewed
flycatcher songs and concurred that it was an Eastern Phoebe that was not
singing the third part of its song.  Alas this is not the first time I've
been burned by flycatchers.

 

In my defense there was no water around and the habitat looked good for
Willow.

 

Rod Fossen, Minot



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Subject: Renville County flycatcher.
From: Rod Fossen <rfossen AT MIN.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:18:41 -0500
Today I found a definite Willow Flycatcher at Sherwood.  It was there both
morning and afternoon.  This seems to me to be early for this species and
also in the extreme northern part of its range?

 

Rod Fossen, Minot



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Subject: Happy Earth Day & Backyard Birding
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:17:28 -0500




Subject: N. Cardinal
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 22:35:45 -0500
ND-Birders:

My wife called me at work this a.m. to tell me there was a N. Cardinal in the 
yard. I escaped work and was able to see the bird. Later in the day Scott Ray 
also saw the bird and heard it singing. This was our first in 29 years at this 
location. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


 
Subject: FOY birds & etc.
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:26:28 -0500
04/21
   Sharp-tailed Grouse (5) - southeast MORTON & northeast SIOUX
   Rough-legged Hawk (2) - "same"
   Golden Eagle (1) - northeast SIOUX
   Rock Wren (1) - southeast MORTON
   Clay-colored Sparrow (5) - southeast MORTON
   Savannah Sparrow (1) - southeast MORTON

Left off list for 04/18
   American Pipit (4) - McKenzie Slough

Clark Talkington
Mandan
Subject: Arrowwood Refuge
From: Garret Hecker <garret.a.hecker AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:43:33 -0500
Myself and a few others birded around the Arrowwood Refuge today. Some new 
migrants for our group included a lone White-faced Ibis, 3 Bonaparte's Gulls, 2 
Lincoln's Sparrows, 4 Least Sandpipers, and 7 Ruddy Ducks. Other birds seen 
were: 


Sharp-tailed grouse
Bufflehead 
Mallard 
C. Geese 
6 Bald eagle
3 eared grebes
Double-crested Cormorants 
Lesser Scaup
Horned larks
Greater yellowlegs 3
2 hooded mergansers 
Wilson's snipe 
Green-winged Teal
Yellow-headed Blackbird


Good Birding,

Garret  Hecker
Valley City, ND
Subject: Tree swallows and Franklins gulls
From: thomas naas <thomas.naas07 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:11:26 -0500
Working over the weekend in Williston, I notice about 1000 Tree swallows
and 300 Franklin's gulls along the Missouri river and adjacent wetlands on
USACE land just south of the river near the Lewis and Clark bridge. The
influx was observed shortly following a change in weather on Saturday,
April 18 when the winds became strong out of the North.

-- 

*Tom Naas*
Subject: McKenzie Co. birds
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:53:05 -0600
Hello,

The list is small but great for me (means I got out there hiking!)!

At the pond/dam over in the grasslands near the border with Sidney, MT:

three weeks ago: C. geese, Killdeer, a Mallard pair and Meadowlarks, RT
Hawk, female Harrier.

Two weeks ago: C. Geese, Killdeer, Mallard pair, Green-winged Teal,
Meadowlarks, no raptors, unidentified sparrow that I couldn't relocate,
male Mountain Bluebird, Gray Partridge.

This past Saturday: replace the GW Teal with Ring-necked Duck, no sparrows,
Mourning Dove, a female Mountain BB has joined the male, 2 A. Crows,
Swainson's Hawk, a pair of Harriers, and 5 female Sharp-tailed Grouse.  And
an unidentified Swallowtail butterfly.

Pasque flowers on all but north slopes are done, biscuitroot is in full
bloom, phlox is coming on as are Easter daisiey and plains orophaca.  Carex
is in pollen.

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: Chahinkapa Park
From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:37:33 -0500
I stop through Chahinkapa Park in Wahpeton most morning. I was hoping to
catch a new influx of warblers. This is what I saw.

"Myrtle" Yellow-rumped Warbler - 30+
Rusty Blackbird - 6
Hermit Thrush - 8
Yellow Shafted Northern Flicker - 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 12
Pileated Woodpecker - 2
White-breasted Nuthatch - 4
Black-capped Chickadee - 6
Eastern Phoebe - 2
Song Sparrow - 1
Then the usual mallards, wood ducks, hooded mergs, Canada geese,
Pied-billed Grebe, Mourning dove, and Robins.


-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: More FOY birds
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:40:01 -0500
04/19
   Solitary Sandpiper (1) - 7th Day Adventist WPA, BURLEIGH
   Lesser Black-backed Gull (1) - 7th Day Adventist WPA
   Bank Swallow (2) - Bryon/Mohler WPA, BURLEIGH
   Cliff Swallow (1) - Bryon/Mohler WPA

04/18
   Dunlin ((3) - 7th Day Adventist WPA
   Marsh Wren (1) - McKenzie Slough, BURLEIGH

04/17
   Bonaparte's Gull (83) - Alkaline Lake, KIDDER
   Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1) - Dawson WMA, KIDDER 

Clark Talkington
Mandan
Subject: Kidder county
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 07:25:48 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:

Saturday I stayed around Bismarck.  

At the Tom O'Leary Arboretum three RED CROSSBILL (2m,1f) were observed, along 
with a flyover GREAT BLUE HERON, and WILSON's SNIPE - both of which were new 
for me at the location. 


Sleepy Hollow yielded my first YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER of spring, along with a 
continuing HERMIT THRUSH and (FOY) SWAMP SPARROW. 


Sunday I birded Kidder county in hopes of a fallout. The town of Dawson was 
birdy, but Napolean to the south not so much. 


Dawson had a late PURPLE FINCH, Y-B SAPSUCKER, a pair of SAY's PHOEBEs and my 
(FOY) CHIPPING SPARROW. 


DeWald Slough was quiet in the cold and wind, but saw (FOY) BONAPARTE's GULL 
and FORSTER's TERN. 


Dawson Management area had HERMIT THRUSH, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and 
SAPSUCKERS as well as pea sized hail covering the ground in 3 minutes. 


McKenna Lake just outside Napolean had a male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, sleeping 
and hiding from the wind. 


Ron Martin texted of a MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD at DeWald Slough which I saw late in 
the day, which was new for Kidder county. 


92 species on the day.

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND


Subject: Smith's Longspur
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:57:18 -0500
ND-Birders:

Around noon today I had 3 Smith's Longspurs along Hwy 200 east of Carrington. 
Yesterday I had my FOS Spotted Towhee at the home feeder. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: dark morph broad-winged hawk Jamestown
From: "Solensky, Matthew" <msolensky AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:10:38 -0500
Around noon on Sunday 4/19 I was cleaning out wood duck boxes north of
Washington elementary when I saw what I thought was a crow perched near the
river. However, when it flew I could clearly see bold bands in it's tail,
as it flew low overhead, I could see other markings on it's wings
indicating that it was a dark morph BWHA. I also saw two other light morph
BWHA's a little further north near the Jamestown Reservoir dam a little
earlier that same morning. Based on their behavior (hunting), the time of
day, and the presence of breeding frogs in the area, It's possible the
hawks may stick around a couple more days.
Matt

-- 
Matthew J. Solensky
Wildlife Biologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5503
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:   msolensky AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
Subject: green morph Pine Siskin
From: "Shaffer, Jill" <jshaffer AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:47:13 -0500
Dan Buchanan reported a green morph Pine Siskin at his backyard feeder in
Jamestown yesterday, Sat. April 18.

-- 
Jill Shaffer
Ecologist
US Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th St. SE
Jamestown, ND  58401
jshaffer AT usgs.gov
701-253-5547
Subject: FOS
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:13:41 -0500
ND-Birders:

FOS in McHenry Co. today:

Am. Bittern
Red-necked Grebe
Swainson's Hawk
Savannah Sparrow

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: unknown bird
From: gail/allan <agweisenburger AT MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:31:51 -0500
This morning, 4/18 , I saw a small unusual bird at my thistle feeder. In 
searching through my bird books and on the internet, an European Finch is what 
it resembled. Could this be possible in this area? Any other thoughts? Gail 
Weisenburger New Rockford, ND. 
Subject: One last surprise
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:33:42 -0500
New birds are arriving daily. 😊 But today I was surprised by a late Snowy 
Owl. I saw it along Highway 50 near Lostwood NWR, at 8:45 AM and again at 6:05 
PM. It's been about three weeks or longer since I've seen one up here. 

 Could this be the same bird I saw this winter at this location? Is it old, 
sick or malnourished? 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Trefoil Park Fargo, Friday
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:13:35 -0500
Lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets singing at Trefoil Park today in Fargo, 
and managed to pick out one Golden-crowned Kinglet and one female 
Yellow-rumped warbler.

Connie Norheim
Subject: Hermit Thrush
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:50:04 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:

 

This afternoon I had my (FOS) Hermit Thrush at Sleepy Hollow.  It was the
only migrant.

 

From there I went to the St. Mary's Cemetery over the hill.   I found two
different pair of RED CROSSBILL in the spruces, and PINE SISKIN with nesting
material.

 

What really surprised me was 7 species of butterfly, including Painted Lady
and Tiger Swallowtails.   Can't say I have ever had more butterflies
species, than bird species on a walk!

 

I hate April, it is the big tease of things to come - birds that should be
here (or reported by others), but not quite.

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: FOS in McHenry Co.
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:25:46 -0500
ND-Birders:

New for me in McHenry Co. today:

Pied-billed Grebe - 3 at the Eaton Irrigation District near Towner.
Cattle Egret - 1 at Eaton.  A bit early this far north.
Am. Avocet - 3 at Eaton.
Marbled Godwit - 12 at Eaton.
Yellow-b. Sapsucker - 1 at Denbigh.
Chestnut-collared Longspur - 4 on 57th St. near Granville.

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: No Subject
From: "Wahpguy29 ." <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:41:45 -0500
I was out in Richland and Sargent counties this morning.

Eared Grebe - 1
Western Grebe - 6
Wilson's Snipe - 6
American Avocet - 2
Lesser Yellowlegs - 8
Bonaparte's Gull - 15
Tree Swallow - 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Bald Eagle(adult) - 4
"Myrtle" Yellow-rumored Warbler - 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 12
Common Loon - 1
Green-winged Teal - 30+
Blue-winged Teal - 100+
Lesser Scaup - 30+
Ring-necked Duck - 100+
Canvasback - 20
Redhead Duck - 50+
Belted Kingfisher - 2
Bufflehead - 20+
Northern Shoveler - 100+
Lapland Longspur - 500+






-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: Slope County Sightings
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:56:49 -0600
Two days in a row I am seeing what appears to be several pairs of Long -billed 
Curlews and I spotted a lone Swan sp. last evening as well. Both north of 
Amidon. 


Good Birding,
John D.W. Fielding
New England, ND


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Subject: birds and a few bugs
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:49:30 -0500
Barnes County, April 16
Today along with copious amounts of ducks, I saw the first dragonfly of the
year this morning, and just now saw the first mourning cloak butterfly of
the year.

Due to few small wetlands with any water in them, many ducks are
concentrated in the remaining ones that have some water in them.  I saw
huge numbers of redheads, coots, gadwalls, blue-winged teals. northern
shovelers, mallards, ring-necked ducks, and lesser numbers of pintails, one
pied-bill grebe, one widgeon, one greater yellowlegs, a few buffleheads.
The ring-necked ducks were magnificent in the morning sunshine. Many
western grebes appear to be getting ready to nest in the wetland along the
road just north of the Hwy 1 Oakes exit just west of Valley City.

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072-9492
Subject: Bring slope County update
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:05:05 -0600
So far today my first of seasons I have spotted two gadwall's and a pair of 
Wilson Snipes and slope county. 


Good birding,
John DW Fielding

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Mooreton pond
From: "Wahpguy29 ." <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:18:55 -0500
Birds observer on Mooreton pond this morning.

American Avocet
Common Loon
Ruddy Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Bufflehead Duck
Greater Canada Geese
Lesser Canada Geese
Belted Kingfisher
Double-crested Cormorant
Song Sparrow


-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: Season firsts in Slope County
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:42:27 -0600
I spotted my first Northern Shovelers, Marble Godwit, and Swainson's Hawk 
yesterday. I have also seen all three again today. 


Good Birding!
John D.W. Fielding
New England, ND

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: No Subject
From: "Wahpguy29 ." <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:38:40 -0500
Richland county along the Red River.

Pileated Woodpecker - 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 4
Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler - 6
Possible Ovenbird
Subject: Chip, Vesper arrivals
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:58:12 -0500
April 16 2015 from my yard  two miles northwest of Valley City, Barnes County.

FOY Vesper sparrows
Chipping sparrows

On Apr. 13 the tree swallows arrived.
The yellow-bellied sapsuckers are here again.
The nesting bald eagles are in the nest about a mile to the west.
A pair of gray partridges survived the owl predation but their numbers in this 
area are very low. 




Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072
Subject: New FOY sightings
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:55:57 -0500
April 15
   American Avocet (18) - McKenzie Slough, BURLEIGH
   Marbled Godwit (6) - 7th Day Adventist WPA & McKenzie Slough, BURLEIGH
   Least Sandpiper (1) - 7th Day Adventist WA
   Semipalmated Sandpiper (40) - McKenzie Slough
   Eastern Phoebe (1) - Menoken Grove area
 Gryfalcon (1 dark phase) - again, this time northwest side of McKenzie Slough 

   Lincoln's Sparrow (1) - Mandan, my yard

April 13
   Pectoral Sandpiper (1) - 7th Day Adventist WPA
   White-throated Sparrow (1) - Mandan, my yard

Clark Talkington
Mandan
Subject: belated Tuesday report
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:01:21 -0600
Tuesday morning I was in Grant County, primarily along 58th St. and around
Lake Tschida. Highlights were a Merlin intently watching Sharp-tailed
Grouse display on a lek, a pair of Tundra Swans, several Great Horned Owl
nests, and a Gyrfalcon near the lake.

Nancy Drilling
Rapid City, SD
Subject: Audubon's yellow-rumped warbler in Valley City
From: Bob Anderson <bob.anderson AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:00:50 -0500
My Ornithology class walked along the Sheyenne River by Valley City State 
University this afternoon for an hour. We had great looks at one male Audubon's 
yellow-rumped warbler right off the VCSU walk bridge on the south side of the 
river. We also had 2 Myrtle yellow-rumped warblers. 

Good Birding,
Bob Anderson
Valley City
Subject: Southwest today
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:11:05 -0600
Today I drove the route Bowman-Marmath-Beach-Dickinson. Highlights were a
Say's Phoebe near Marmath, several Chestnut-collared Longspurs and a
flyover Franklin's Gull in southwest Golden Valley Co., Lesser Yellowlegs
and American Pipits in a flooded field north of Golva, and a Short-eared
Owl in Stark Co.  Great Blue Herons were working on their nests in the two
Stark Co. colonies I checked.

Nancy Drilling
Rapid City. SD
Subject: Minnewaukan area
From: rita AT GONDTC.COM
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:45:04 -0500
Weekend birds in the Minnewaukan area:

Ring necked ducks
Green winged teal
Blue winged teal
Coots
Common goldeneye
Bufflehead
Hooded mergansers
Great blue heron
Double breasted cormorants
Red heads
Mallards
Unidentified sandpipers
Cranes flying overhead-type unidentified
Killdeer

Rita Staloch
PO Box 287
Minnewaukan ND 58351
701-473-5757
Subject: Great Blue Herons
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:23:29 -0600
I observed GBHerons in the Cannonball R. In both Slope and Hettinger Counties 
this morning. 


Good Birding!
John D. W. Fielding
New England, ND

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Barnes County-Kinglets
From: Garret Hecker <garret.a.hecker AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:46:36 -0500
Jason Nelson, Chris Sharpe, and myself ventured around Barnes County this 
afternoon for a few hours. We were able to find both Ruby and Golden Crowned 
Kinglets as well as Tree Swallows for new birds this spring. A list of species 
at the locations is listed below. Species that were numerous I did not Talley 
up. 


Valley City
Turkey Vultures-13
Rock Pigeons 
C. Grackles
American Robin
Mourning Dove

Faust Park
Swainson's Hawk-1
Northern Harrier-1
Tree Swallow 15 
Wood Duck-6
Robins-numerous
Mallard-2
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (FOY)-2
Dark-eyed Junco-10
Downy Woodpecker-1 

Baldhill Dam
Tree Swallow-10
Canada Goose-15
Ruby Crowned Kinglet (FOY)- 8
Golden Crowned Kinglet-2
Turkey Vultre-17
Greater Yellow Legs-1
Ring-billed gull-15
A. Crow-7
Red-winged Blackbird-numerous
Valley City Waterfowl Production Area
Northern Pintail-2
Redhead- numerous
Ringnecked Duck- numerous
Red-winged Blackbird~1000
Blue Winged Teal-30
Buffle Head-30
Lesser Scaup- numerous
American Coot- 2
Northern Shoveler-45
Mallard- numerous
Canvasback-30
Canada Goose-numerous
Hooded Merganser-14
Common Merganser-2
Pied Billed Grebe-2
Ring-necked Pheasant-1
Snow Goose~600
Gadwall-2
Killdeer-2 
Jason also spotted some Yellow-headed Blackbirds that flew over which I missed 
out on. 

We also saw 2 smaller shorebirds that possibly could have been Wilson’s 
Phalaropes, but we could not get a positive I.D. on them at the WPA before they 
disappeared behind the cattails. 

Driving between locations we found 6 American Kestrels and Horned Larks were 
common. 

Subject: New FOY birds
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 21:42:08 -0500
April 12
 Red-breasted Merganser (7) Long Lake NWR, 3m & 1f at "C" Dike & 3 at "B" Dike. 

 Gryfalcon (1 gray morph) - 1 mile southwest of McKenzie Slough, on March 28 I 
saw a dark morph in the same area. 

  Hudsonian Godwit (8) - 7th Day Adventist WPA, Burleigh County.
  Thayer's Gull (1 adult) - Long Lake NWR, "C" Dike.  
  Vesper Sparrow (1) - near Long Lake NWR.

April 11
  Common Loon (1) - Hecker's Lake, Sheridan County.
  White-faced Ibis (1) - McKenzie Slough.
  Snowy Owl (1) - near Clear Lake, Burleigh County.
  Say's Phoebe (1) - McKenzie Slough.

April 10
  Western Grebe (1) - Dewald Slough, Kidder County.  
  Burrowing Owl (1) - southwest Morton County.

April 9
  Chimney Swift (1) - Mandan, Main Street.

April 7
  Pied-billed Grebe (1) - Clear Lake
  Great Egret (1) - below I-94 Bridge between Mandan & Bismarck on Mandan side.
  Mourning Dove (2) - Burleigh County

April 6
  Swainson's Hawk (1) - southwest Burleigh County.

Clark Talkington
Mandan
  
Subject: Common Loon
From: Sister Pamela Pranke OPA <sisterpamop AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 19:40:35 -0500
A single Common Loon is feeding on the east side of Spiritwood Lake.

Happy Birding,

Sr. Pam Pranke
701-320-2779
540 E Lake City Rd.
Spiritwood Lake
Jamestown ND
Subject: Spiritwood Lake
From: Sister Pamela Pranke OPA <sisterpamop AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:45:55 -0500
Thursday, April 9, 2 Great-blue Herons were on the east side of Spiritwood
Lake. Friday, April 10, there was a Kingfisher and a pair of Redhead ducks.

Sister Pamela Pranke OP
http://simplicityavowed.blogspot.com/
Spiritwood Lake
540 E Lake County Rd
Jamestown ND 58401
701-320-2779

*I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he
it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.~John
15:5*
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Martin Residence, Apr 10, 2015
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:49:07 -0500
My report from a couple of hours of sky watching this afternoon at the house.

Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer



----- Forwarded Message -----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Friday, April 10, 2015 4:46:40 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Martin Residence, Apr 10, 2015

Martin Residence, Ward, US-ND
Apr 10, 2015 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Clear, W 10, 52-57 degrees.
11 species

Turkey Vulture  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  10
Rough-legged Hawk  1     Dark morph.
Sandhill Crane  1335
Killdeer  9
Ring-billed Gull  2
American Crow  13
Lapland Longspur  570
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Common Grackle (Bronzed)  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22787633 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Whooping Cranes
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:45:40 -0500
At 1:30 this afternoon 2 Whooping Cranes were seen in a flock of 7 Sandhill
Cranes flying NW.  Despite them being rather low I was unable to see if
they were banded.  So far about 6 flocks of Sandhill Cranes have flown over
all in a NW direction.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Short-eared Owl
From: thomas naas <thomas.naas07 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 12:51:36 -0500
Yesterday evening I came across a Short-eared Owl slowing flying around
near a gravel road, just southwest of St. Anthony, ND.

-- 

*Tom Naas*
*Bismarck, ND*
Subject: hooded merganser
From: Armand Lagasse <a.lagasse AT SENDIT.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 20:08:25 -0500
There is very little open water up here in Rolette County, so not much in the 
way of waterfowl. However, this afternoon, about 2 miles east of Rolette there 
was a lone male hooded merganser in an open pool along Highway 66. 


A few other birds of note in the area:
red-winged blackbirds and common grackles becoming common
mourning dove
American kestrel
killdeer
western meadowlark
a few mallards


Armand Lagasse
Rolla, ND
Subject: No Subject
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 19:05:34 -0500
Greetings,
Last I heard the bird was sought but not found late afternoon.
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 8, 2015, at 6:51 PM, Robert O'Connor  wrote:
> 
> ​Hi,
> 
> Were there any sightings of the possible Tufted Duck today (Wednesday)?
> 
> Bob O'Connor
> robert.oconnor AT ndsu.edu
Subject: No Subject
From: Robert O'Connor <robert.oconnor AT NDSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 23:51:53 +0000
?Hi,


Were there any sightings of the possible Tufted Duck today (Wednesday)?


Bob O'Connor

robert.oconnor AT ndsu.edu
Subject: West Fargo Lagoons, Harwood Lagoons, Fargo Lagoons Wednesday
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:34:04 -0500
I took a couple hours this morning and checked out the water areas near 
Fargo:

pond by the pumping station north of 12th Ave N in Fargo:
Herring Gulls
mallards
male and female pair of Hooded Mergansers
Ring-billed Gulls
1 Killdeer
45 Northern Shovelers
Canada Goose

pumping lift SA40 by West Fargo lagoon
Western Meadowlark
Red-wing Blackbirds
Common Grackles

West Fargo lagoons (NW pond along North/South road)
Canvasbacks
Redheads
Lesser Scaup
Ring neck Ducks
Common Goldeneye

West Fargo airport
6 Wood Ducks

Harwood Slough
2 Pied-bill Grebes

Fargo Lagoon (NE cell)
250 Tundra Swans
8 Common Mergansers
Lesser Scaup
Canvasbacks
Redheads
Common Goldeneye
Mallards

Connie Norheim
Fargo
232-4386
Subject: Re: Possible Tufted Duck
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 06:07:09 -0500
Although I have not yet personally seen this bird, by others descriptions I
understood it to have a notch without a clear tuft.

Scott Ray
Powers Lake, ND
Pecked out on my phone
On Apr 8, 2015 5:21 AM, "Bell, Tyler"  wrote:

> I'm not sure I'd qualify that bird with "possible". When Jane Kostenko and
> I were in Scotland a couple of years ago, Tufted Ducks were common in the
> local park pond. If we had seen this bird, it wouldn't have raised any
> questions. Tuft length is a bit variable. If someone can get a good closeup
> photo of the bill tip, that might dispel any doubt. Can't remember what the
> nail is supposed to look like but there are many bird ID groups on Facebook
> where you can get a quick answer.
>
> Tyler Bell
> Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
> 647 Contees Wharf Rd.
> Edgewater, Maryland 21037
> belljt AT si.edu
> ________________________________________
> From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota [
> ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] on behalf of Corey Ellingson [
> crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2015 11:15 PM
> To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
> Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Possible Tufted Duck
>
> Greetings ND-Birders:
>     I agree with Ron in that this bird may be a Tufted Duck x Scaup
> hybrid.   I have posted my photos (although poor) to my Flicker page (which
> I only use for photos to attached to Ebird checklists).
>
> The photos can be found here.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/ndwarblerman/
>
> Unfortunately the bird was sleeping when I finally got to taking photos
> with my cell through a scope (my camera does not line up at all).  In the
> process of taking these photos, the clouds cleared to the east, and then I
> was looking into the full evening sun in the west, giving terrible photo
> lighting.  I never saw the bird again after it cleared off, and gave up.
>  The three other directions of this cell were inaccessible from the road,
> and I did not have a tripod with.
>
> I included on my Flicker page a photo of a REAL TUFTED DUCK I took in
> central California on my trip the beginning of March.   I also included a
> text photo sent by Dean Riemer this evening of a hybrid Tufted Duck x Scaup
> from Sibley's which pretty much matches this bird.
>
> Interesting find Ron, thank you.
>
> Good Birding,
> Corey Ellingson
> Bismarck, ND
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota [mailto:
> ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] On Behalf Of Ron Martin
> Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2015 8:52 PM
> To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
> Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Possible Tufted Duck
>
> ND-Birders:
>
> Corey Ellingson was able to refind this bird this evening.  He says he may
> have gotten some poor photos. The bird looks very much like a Tufted Duck
> except for the short tuft.  After studying internet photos I think it is
> possible the bird is a hybrid, possibly Tufted Duck X Greater Scaup.
> However, the back is very dark.  We may never know conclusively.
>
> Good birding,
> Ron Martin
> Rural Sawyer
Subject: Re: Possible Tufted Duck
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 10:11:49 +0000
I'm not sure I'd qualify that bird with "possible". When Jane Kostenko and I 
were in Scotland a couple of years ago, Tufted Ducks were common in the local 
park pond. If we had seen this bird, it wouldn't have raised any questions. 
Tuft length is a bit variable. If someone can get a good closeup photo of the 
bill tip, that might dispel any doubt. Can't remember what the nail is supposed 
to look like but there are many bird ID groups on Facebook where you can get a 
quick answer. 


Tyler Bell
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Rd.
Edgewater, Maryland 21037
belljt AT si.edu
________________________________________
From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota [ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] on 
behalf of Corey Ellingson [crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET] 

Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2015 11:15 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Possible Tufted Duck

Greetings ND-Birders:
 I agree with Ron in that this bird may be a Tufted Duck x Scaup hybrid. I have 
posted my photos (although poor) to my Flicker page (which I only use for 
photos to attached to Ebird checklists). 


The photos can be found here.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ndwarblerman/

Unfortunately the bird was sleeping when I finally got to taking photos with my 
cell through a scope (my camera does not line up at all). In the process of 
taking these photos, the clouds cleared to the east, and then I was looking 
into the full evening sun in the west, giving terrible photo lighting. I never 
saw the bird again after it cleared off, and gave up. The three other 
directions of this cell were inaccessible from the road, and I did not have a 
tripod with. 


I included on my Flicker page a photo of a REAL TUFTED DUCK I took in central 
California on my trip the beginning of March. I also included a text photo sent 
by Dean Riemer this evening of a hybrid Tufted Duck x Scaup from Sibley's which 
pretty much matches this bird. 


Interesting find Ron, thank you.

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND





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

Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2015 8:52 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Possible Tufted Duck

ND-Birders:

Corey Ellingson was able to refind this bird this evening. He says he may have 
gotten some poor photos. The bird looks very much like a Tufted Duck except for 
the short tuft. After studying internet photos I think it is possible the bird 
is a hybrid, possibly Tufted Duck X Greater Scaup. However, the back is very 
dark. We may never know conclusively. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Possible Tufted Duck
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2015 22:15:17 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I agree with Ron in that this bird may be a Tufted Duck x Scaup hybrid. I have 
posted my photos (although poor) to my Flicker page (which I only use for 
photos to attached to Ebird checklists). 


The photos can be found here.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ndwarblerman/

Unfortunately the bird was sleeping when I finally got to taking photos with my 
cell through a scope (my camera does not line up at all). In the process of 
taking these photos, the clouds cleared to the east, and then I was looking 
into the full evening sun in the west, giving terrible photo lighting. I never 
saw the bird again after it cleared off, and gave up. The three other 
directions of this cell were inaccessible from the road, and I did not have a 
tripod with. 


I included on my Flicker page a photo of a REAL TUFTED DUCK I took in central 
California on my trip the beginning of March. I also included a text photo sent 
by Dean Riemer this evening of a hybrid Tufted Duck x Scaup from Sibley's which 
pretty much matches this bird. 


Interesting find Ron, thank you.

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND





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

Sent: Tuesday, April 07, 2015 8:52 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Possible Tufted Duck

ND-Birders:

Corey Ellingson was able to refind this bird this evening. He says he may have 
gotten some poor photos. The bird looks very much like a Tufted Duck except for 
the short tuft. After studying internet photos I think it is possible the bird 
is a hybrid, possibly Tufted Duck X Greater Scaup. However, the back is very 
dark. We may never know conclusively. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

  
Subject: wood ducks
From: "Joy, Mark" <joy AT UJ.EDU>
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2015 21:57:19 -0500
Walking to work on the University of Jamestown campus today, I saw two pairs of 
wood ducks briefly land in some trees. I may have seen one or two in the past 
twenty years on rare occasions, but this is only time I've seen four at once. 


Mark S. Joy, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of History and Political Science
University of Jamestown
Jamestown, North Dakota
Subject: Possible Tufted Duck
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2015 20:52:19 -0500
ND-Birders:

Corey Ellingson was able to refind this bird this evening. He says he may have 
gotten some poor photos. The bird looks very much like a Tufted Duck except for 
the short tuft. After studying internet photos I think it is possible the bird 
is a hybrid, possibly Tufted Duck X Greater Scaup. However, the back is very 
dark. We may never know conclusively. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

  
Subject: Possible Tufted Duck
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2015 13:36:11 -0500
ND-Birders:

At noon today I had a bird I believe is a male Tufted Duck. The bird was on 
cell 5 of the Minot Lagoons. Cell 5 is the last large cell on the se side. The 
cell is split by a power line and the bird was on the pool on the north side. 
It was hanging with 2 Greater Scaup. There are many birds on the cell. Plumage 
characters all fit this species, but the tuft is only about one-half inch. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Van Hook
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2015 20:00:43 -0500
A Sharp-shinned hawk landed on the handrail of our deck just outside the
picture window before chasing juncos (they must be slower than other small
birds 'cause that's all they've chased in our sightings.  Sherry Leslie
commented a few years back that maybe they prefer "dark meat!)  Shortly
after it flew off, a Turkey vulture soared over and around Van Hook, perched
outside our house for a few minutes and then flew off.  

 

Earlier in the day we had a flock of 38 Semi-palmated plovers near the
shore.  Sandhill cranes have been flying over most of the day, but no white
cranes with them - darn!

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook

 



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Subject: Breeding Merlins in Minot
From: Rod Fossen <rfossen AT MIN.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 22:15:12 -0500
I observed two Merlin's exhibiting mating type behavior across the street
from my house in NW Minot today.  

 

Rod Fossen, Minot



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Subject: Yard birds 4-5
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 21:05:20 -0500
This AM watched the feeder birds for about an hour and had quite a few
Junco-68.
 Goldfinch 72
Tree Sparrows 2
Purple Finch 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
WB Nuthatch 2
Blue Jays-4
Robin-1
Chickadees-3
Downy-1
Hairy-2
Turkeys-7
Eastern Blue Birds have returned
There were many more birds in the trees but counted only those at the
feeders.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Upper Souris and home
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 20:57:43 -0500
Yesterday (4-4), my son and I drove to US and Grano.
Noted birds:
Canada Geese
Sandhill Cranes  3 different flocks
Shovelers
Mallards
Hooded Mergansers
Gadwalls
Ring-necked
Ruddy
Buffleheads
Pintails
Canvasbacks
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Killdeer
Belted Kingfisher (landing 2)
Ring-billed Gull
Red-tailed Hawks
Ravens
Horned Lark
Chickadee
Robin
Junco

2 female Moose (73rd St NW and 43rd Ave NW)

Take the bypass west into Burlington (10/17) and there are numerous large
sloughs with many ducks present.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Sunday drive
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 19:43:54 -0500
Hi,
we took a drive from Minot to Burlington, through Foxholm, then to Upper Souris 
NWR. The auto route was closed! A Great Blue Heron below the dam was about all 
of interest there. An unidentified raptor at the fishing hole downstream was 
all that was there. We headed East from the HQ. About two miles, there were 8 
Sharp-tailed Grouse in the field. Another 200 yards was a puddle 100 yards off 
the road to the South. Ducks and geese quite numerous. But, a flock of 3000+ 
Lapland Longspurs were flying around is clouds and swirls. We have never seen 
anything like it. Some of them landed 40 feet from the car, there were a couple 
of Horned Larks mixed in. We then headed another mile or so East, then South. 
Three miles South there were 75 Sandhill Cranes, no Whoopers, however. We then 
worked our way South and East back towards Minot, catching 100th Ave NW back 
toward Burlington and home. There were various size flocks of Lapland Longspurs 
scattered along the way. Also, in a swampy area with willow, three moose, 
mother and two juveniles were seen. For a day in which the snow flakes were 
often present, it was still worth the trip! 



Charles J Taft
129 25th St SW
Minot, ND  58701
701-852-1981
cjtaft AT me.tom



Subject: No Subject
From: "Wahpguy29 ." <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 17:30:38 -0500
I went out shooting photos this morning in Sargent County. This is a list
from what I encountered.

Greater Yellowlegs - 6
Ring-billed Gull - 50+
Common Goldeneye - 8
Bufflehead - 10
Canvasback - 50+
Lesser Scaup - 50+
Hooded Merganser - 10
Green-winged Teal - 12
Blue-winged Teal - 4
Common Merganser - 12
Wigeon - 6
Gadwall - 18
Redhead - 30+
Snow Goose - 2,000+
Bald Eagle - 16 (mostly 1-4 yr old)
Red-tailed Hawk - 12
Northern Harrier - 8
American Kestrel - 4
Turkey Vulture - 1
Belted Kingfisher - 4
Wild Turkey - 7
Sharp-tailed Grouse - 1

I am sure I forgot to mention some.

Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: No Subject
From: "Rogers, Daniel" <daniel.rogers AT BISMARCKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 15:38:31 +0000
BLUE WINGED TEAL AT Holly Birch's cattle pond Sw Mandan Fri..basic ducks 
complete. 



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Subject: ne ND
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 09:01:29 -0500
ND-Birders:

Scott Ray and I made a swing through ne ND yesterday. In Grand Forks Co. we saw 
Greater Prairie Chickens at several locations and relocated the previously 
reported shorebirds at Kelly's Slough. A Red-bellied Woodpecker was coming to 
the feeder at Icelandic State Park. In Cavalier Co. we had a mixed flock of 
2600 Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings. Two juv. Red Crossbills were noted in 
a small flock of crossbills in Cando. Five Turkey Vultures were coming in to 
roost at Denbigh late in the day. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: New FOY Birds
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 22:53:37 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 The only thing I can add to the new birds is 3 Horned Grebes at Long Lake NWR. 

At Bismarck Landfill this morning was THREE Lesser Black-backed Gull, and two 
Thayer's Gull (adult and immature). 

I added 14 new birds for the year today, birds reported by Clark like 
Chestnut-collared Longspurs which I observed north of Long Lake NWR. 

Heard of two Whooping Cranes last week near Long Lake. 
Long Lake is completely open now so the 200 Herring Gulls and 60+ Bald Eagles 
from last weekend have moved on. 

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND 
Subject: New FOY Birds
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:50:59 -0500
MARCH 2:
  Double-crested Cormorant (2) - McKenzie Slough

MARCH 3:
  7th Day Adventist WPA
    Blue-winged Teal (2)
    Greater Scaup (2)
    Wilson's Snipe (1)
    Thayer's Gull (1)
  McKenzie Slough
    Tundra Swan (2)
    American White Pelican (5)
    Yellow-headed Blackbird (5)
    Brewer's Blackbird (8)
    Brown-headed Cowbird (2)
      (Last three blackbirds wintered at farm adjacent to McKenzie Slough)
    
MARCH 4:
  Southeast MORTON
    Gray Partridge (2)
    Chestnut-collared Longspur (2)
    Song Sparrow (2)
  7th Day Adventist WPA
    Long-billed Dowitcher (1)
    Belted Kingfisher (1)
Subject: Pelicans and Cranes
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 18:52:04 -0500
Several large flocks of cranes flew high over Van Hook today - no white
ones.  Four pelicans also flew over the water, but didn't land.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook



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Subject: Chase Lake and Dawson areas
From: MARK OTNES <markotnes AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 16:22:36 -0500
I spent most of Friday birding the Chase Lake and Dawson areas of Stutsman
and Kidder Counties.  I ended up with 65 species of birds.

In the Chase Lake area Sharp-tailed Grouse were abundant including one
sitting on a power line near an abandoned farm.  Also got a couple of
shrikes (I assume northern) and Ferruginous Hawks in the area.

A Townsend's Solitaire flew across Highway 3 on the west side of Lake
Isabel.  I came out of the cedars on the west side of the road.

I got all of the regular ducks except Wood Duck and Red-breasted Merganser.

For gulls I got Ring-billed, California, Herring, and Franklin's.

Not much for migrating geese.

On the east side of South Lake in extreme southeast Kidder County I got 9
Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, and 8 Pectoral Sandpipers.  I was
expecting Baird's Sandpipers but I didn't get any of them.

Mark Otnes
Fargo ND