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Least Sandpiper,©David Sibley

24 May Fwd: WETA 41st St [Ron Martin ]
24 May Tricolored Heron, Dewald Slough [Nancy Drilling ]
23 May cardinal [clint & joyce ]
23 May Fargo Parks [Dean Riemer ]
22 May Forest River [Dean Riemer ]
21 May Bismarck area [Clark Talkington ]
21 May Red River [Nick Roehl ]
20 May Re: Red Crossbill and NY Times article on birds and predators [Lisa Kraft ]
20 May Red-headed woodpecker [Larry Jones ]
20 May Western tanager in Barnes County [Jean Legge ]
19 May Chimney swifts [Floramay & Steve ]
19 May New yard bird [Floramay & Steve ]
19 May Northern Parula - Beach [Nancy Drilling ]
19 May Red Crossbill and NY Times article on birds and predators [Charles Taft ]
19 May Trefoil Park in AM [cnorheim ]
19 May Trefoil Park, Fargo ["Lydia B. K." ]
19 May Warbler fallout at Crystal Springs [MARK OTNES ]
19 May New species for 2015 in Slope County [John Fielding ]
19 May American Redstart Pair in Bismarck -5/18/2015 ["McPhillips, Kelly" ]
19 May Re: Whimbrel Fascination ["McPhillips, Kelly" ]
19 May Hummer [Jean Legge ]
19 May Minnewaukan area birds []
19 May Ruby-throated hummingbird [Larry Jones ]
19 May Whimbrel Fascination [Timothy Barksdale ]
18 May FOS birds [Ron Martin ]
18 May Bismarck Mandan [Corey Ellingson ]
18 May Whimbrel [Larry Jones ]
19 May Capitol Warblers ["Rogers, Daniel" ]
18 May Red Crossbill [Charles J Taft ]
18 May Ruby Throated Hummingbird [Linda Gregg ]
18 May Morning walk [Nick Roehl ]
18 May Yard [Deborah Hanson ]
17 May Re: Sleepy Hollow Park, Bismarck [Corey Ellingson ]
17 May Sleepy Hollow Park, Bismarck [Corey Ellingson ]
17 May Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, May 17, 2015 [Ron Martin ]
17 May Brewster's Warbler at Trefoil Park [Dennis Wiesenborn ]
17 May Red Knots [Ron Martin ]
17 May West Fargo - Fargo Parks [Dean Riemer ]
16 May BOBOLINK, BLACK. TERN, STILT SANDPIPER ["Rogers, Daniel" ]
16 May Black-headed Grosbeak [Sherry Leslie ]
16 May Sleepy Hollow - Bay-breasteds [Corey Ellingson ]
16 May Bismarck/Mandan area [Clark Talkington ]
16 May Wood Thrush [Bob Anderson ]
15 May Birding today [Deborah Hanson ]
15 May Few birds from this afternoon [Nick Roehl ]
15 May central Dakota warblers [Corey Ellingson ]
15 May North Fargo warbler report [Dennis Wiesenborn ]
15 May Wilson's Warbler in Fargo [Crystal Gilson ]
15 May Lifer [Nick Roehl ]
15 May Patterson Lake [Jesse Kolar ]
15 May bobolink [Jeremy Guinn ]
15 May BBCuckoo [Jean Legge ]
14 May Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, May 14, 2015 [Ron Martin ]
14 May Blackburnian Warbler [Sherry Leslie ]
14 May FW: eBird Report - Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, May 14, 2015 [Corey Ellingson ]
15 May May 14 observations [David Lambeth ]
14 May So, you go birding in MN and? [Charles Taft ]
14 May Orchard Orioles [Nick Roehl ]
14 May Bird abundance [Jean Legge ]
14 May Backyard Birds & Purple Martins []
14 May Typo, auto correct correction [John Fielding ]
14 May Slope County observations [John Fielding ]
14 May Forest River [Dean Riemer ]
13 May Minot area [Ron Martin ]
13 May Fall out this mourning in Kenmare [Diana Dugall ]
13 May Golden-winged Warbler at Forest River [Dean Riemer ]
12 May Backyard Notables [Buchanan Law Office ]
12 May Mourning Dove fledgling ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
12 May Wahpeton Area [Nick Roehl ]
12 May Slope County observations [John Fielding ]
11 May Citizens Science Project – Mourning Warbler Song Mapper [Jay Pitocchelli ]
11 May Update from today [Nick Roehl ]
11 May No Subject [Nick Roehl ]
10 May American Golden Plovers and other highlights [Diana Dugall ]
10 May Bismarck/Mandan area [Clark Talkington ]
10 May Golden Valley Co. [Nancy Drilling ]

Subject: Fwd: WETA 41st St
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 19:48:33 -0500
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: jrmartin AT srt.com
To: "ND-Birds" 
Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2015 7:45:37 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: Fwd: WETA 41st St

ND-Birders:

On the way home from the Fargo ND Birding Society meeting Diana Dugall, Scott 
Ray, and I decided to try and find the Tri-colored Heron reported by Nancy 
Drilling at Dewald Slough. Just before we reached the slough we had a Western 
Tanager near Lake Isabel. The bird was at the junction of Hwy 3 and 41st St. on 
the west side of Lake Isabel. Scott got a few photos. We dipped on the heron. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

 
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Diana Dugall" 
To: "Ron Martin" 
Sent: Sunday, May 24, 2015 5:19:34 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: WETA 41st St





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Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Tricolored Heron, Dewald Slough
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 06:11:55 -0600
This morning this bird flew down into the northwest marsh in Dewald Slough,
Kidder Co. It flew into an area with a concentration of egrets (all 3
species). There also are Black-crowned Night-herons, Forster's and Black
terns, and Eared and displaying Western grebes there.

Nancy Drilling

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Rapid City, SD
Subject: cardinal
From: clint & joyce <candjm AT POLARCOMM.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 09:53:28 -0500
We had a male northern cardinal at our birdbath and eating sunflowers seeds 
earlier this AM in our yard. The Baltimore Orioles have thinned out only 2 
males and 1 females seen eating grape jelly and oranges now. At on time we had 
at least 25 feeding. A house wren appeared yesterday (22 May). A Scarlet 
Tanager spent several days with us but no sighting recently. Rose breasted are 
here also. 


Clint and Joyce Esckilsen
Nekoma, (Cavalier county)  ND
949-2120
Subject: Fargo Parks
From: Dean Riemer <driemer AT KWH.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 01:59:22 +0000
Greetings

 Today I birded Oak Grove, Trefoil, and Mickelson parks. I was able to find 20 
warbler species today. Hope they stay for the NDBS outing tomorrow. 


Good Birding
Dean Riemer
West Fargo ND
"The Black Desert"

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Subject: Forest River
From: Dean Riemer <driemer AT KWH.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 02:56:17 +0000
Greetings

 Tuesday after work I birded Forest River and tallied 22 warbler species in 
good numbers. I was unable to relocate the Golden-winged Warbler found by Keith 
Corliss earlier in the morning. 

This afternoon I birded Forest River and was only able to find 13 warbler 
species with the number of birds significantly reduced from Tuesdays totals. 
Highlights were all of them; their all beautiful, some just brighter than 
others. 


Good Birding
Dean Riemer
West Fargo ND
"The Black Desert"

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Subject: Bismarck area
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 15:28:27 -0500
5/20
 Yesterday was the third day in a row that a CAPE MAY WARBLER spent complete 
day eating grape jelly and bread crumbs in my yard. After filling feeders I 
started out for Beaver Bay Recreation Area in Emmons County. I found my target 
birds of BELL'S VIERO, LAZULI BUNTING and INDIGO BUNTING, plus a PHILADELPHIA 
VIREO and 2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS. 


5/19 
 On this day Dan Rogers teamed up with me and we started out to bird Kidder 
County. After checking Dawson we were entering the Lake Isabel picnic area when 
we met Mark Otness. He gave us a great tip about all the warblers at the 
Crystal Springs Exit and taking the frontage road on the north side of the 
interstate to the west shore of Crystal Sparing Lake. This spot is out of the 
Bismarck area but was to good to pass up. As Mark has already reported he found 
20 species as we did also. The only difference was he found Black-throated 
Green and we didn't, and we found Mourning Warbler and he didn't. 

After spending most of the mourning at Crystal Springs Lake we then went back 
to Kidder County. We had little luck until the end of the day when we reached 
Horsehead Lake area. On the north end of Horsehead Lake going west about 3 - 4 
miles we found LeCONTE'S SPARROW and NELSON'S SPARROW. At Horsehead Lake 2 
RUDDY TURNSTONE and 8 AMERICAN BITTERN. 


5/18
 On this day I birded the Bismarck Capitol Grounds with Dan Rogers. He reported 
this but for me the best birds were a CANADA WARBLER he found. The Canada has 
only been reported 6 years in the Bismarck/Mandan area. The other bird of note 
was a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO which I heard singing. This is only the third year 
this species has been reported. What makes this even more interesting is that 
Corey Ellingson found a Yellow-throated at Sleepy Hollow and another at the 
Mandan Experiment Station on this same day. He also found a Canada Warbler at 
Sleepy Hollow on this same day. 


Clark Talkington
Mandan
Subject: Red River
From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 11:09:03 -0500
I did some birding around the Red River(Wahpeton area) this morning coming
across many warblers. Here are a few that I found. I am sure I will forget
a few like usual.

Mourning Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Palm Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Brown Thrasher
Gray Catbird
Black Tern
Black-bellied Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Horned Grebe
Chimney Swift
Cedar Waxwing
Red-breasted Nuthatch

-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: Re: Red Crossbill and NY Times article on birds and predators
From: Lisa Kraft <goodmorninggirl AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 22:52:58 -0500
Hardwater68 AT hotmail.com


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-------- Original message --------
From: Charles Taft
Date:05/19/2015 8:33 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Red Crossbill and NY Times article on birds and predators
Hi, We have seen the Red Crossbill a couple of times today again, using the sunflower chips from a feeder. And this: speak Chickadee? Seems many other species as least understand it. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/science/decoding-the-cacophony-of-birds-warning-calls.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage®ion=CColumn&module=MostEmailed&version=Full&src=me&WT.nav=MostEmailed Charles J Taft 129 25th St SW Minot, ND 58701 701-852-1981 cjtaft AT me.tom
Subject: Red-headed woodpecker
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 18:06:54 -0500
Had a red-headed woodpecker today, 2 miles NW of our farmstead. Rare in this 
area. Heavy rains created perfect habitat for shorebirds on some of our land 10 
miles north of here. Many shallow ponds. 

Least sandpiper  50
Baird's sandpiper  200
White-rumped sandpiper  50
Semipalmated sandpiper  10
Stilt sandpiper  40
Semipalmated plover  6
Black-bellied plover  3

Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Subject: Western tanager in Barnes County
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 17:47:49 -0500
May 20
This afternoon I have been trying to get a good look at this largish yellow and 
black bird. I just got photos of his body, wings and face. Orangish face but 
not totally orange. Wings have bars, yellow body, black wings. 

He is coming to the suet feeder by the driveway.

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072
Subject: Chimney swifts
From: Floramay & Steve <flstmiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 23:47:30 -0500
For those interested, the resident chimney swifts returned to my 
neighborhood last week.
Floramay
Bismarck
Subject: New yard bird
From: Floramay & Steve <flstmiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 23:41:45 -0500
I was excited to see a Connecticut Warbler at our little 
waterfall/creek.  First one I have seen for many years.
Floramay
Bismarck
Subject: Northern Parula - Beach
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 22:29:51 -0600
This evening I found a male Northern Parula in a flooded willow stand 3-4
miles southwest of Beach. Before this bird, we have been finding more
ordinary migrants in the area - Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned,
Blackpoll, Tennessee warblers, Ovenbird, Amer. Redstsrt, all the usual
sparrow species, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Swainson's Thrushes, Least
Flycatchers, Lazuli Buntings.

Out in the grasslands in southwest Golden Valley county, Baird's and
Grasshopper sparrow males are singing on territory but we  haven't seen
signs of females yet. Same with Sprague's Pipits and Bobolinks.

Nancy Drilling
Beach, ND for the summer

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Rapid City, SD
Subject: Red Crossbill and NY Times article on birds and predators
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 20:32:48 -0500
Hi,
We have seen the Red Crossbill a couple of times today again, using the 
sunflower chips from a feeder. 


And this:

speak Chickadee? Seems many other species as least understand it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/science/decoding-the-cacophony-of-birds-warning-calls.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage®ion=CColumn&module=MostEmailed&version=Full&src=me&WT.nav=MostEmailed 



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



Subject: Trefoil Park in AM
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 19:41:26 -0500
I birded Trefoil Park for 2 hours this morning. Like Lydia, lots of bird 
activity. I didn't find her N waterthrush, Mourning, Nashville, Canada, 
Cape May, Eastern Bluebird or Wood Thrush.

Found the rest, as well as Grey-cheeked Thrush, Rose breasted Grosbeak, 
Veery, 2 Cooper's Hawk, Ovenbird, Tennessee, male and female American 
Redstarts, Palm, and Orange-crowned.

Such a fun day!

Connie Norheim
Subject: Trefoil Park, Fargo
From: "Lydia B. K." <lydia.berrykoppang AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 17:52:18 -0500
I birded Trefoil Park for 2 hours this afternoon, Had a little bit of
everything!

Warblers:
Common yellowthroat
N waterthrush
Wilson's
Black and white
Blackpoll
Chestnut-sided
Bay-breasted
Mourning
Nashville
Magnolia
Canada
Yellow
Female Cape May
Yellow-rump

Also present:
WOOD THRUSH
Swainson's thrush
White-throated sparrow
Ruby-throated hummingbird (hunting flying insects!)
Blue-headed vireo
Baltimore oriole
EASTERN BLUEBIRD (female, on yellow flag-pole in middle of open area of
park)
Gray catbird
American goldfinch
Subject: Warbler fallout at Crystal Springs
From: MARK OTNES <markotnes AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 17:33:28 -0500
I started birding Kidder County this morning at the old Crystal Springs
rest stop along the old highway.  I got 20 species of warblers in the grove:
Tennessee Warbler - 3
Orange-crowned Warbler - 5+
Nashville Warbler - 1
Yellow Warbler - 20+
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 1
Magnolia Warbler - 3
Cape May Warbler - 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 20+
Black-throated Green Warbler - 1
Blackburnian Warbler - 1
Palm Warbler - 2
Bay-breasted Warbler - 1
Blackpoll Warbler - 2
Black-and-white Warbler - 4
American Redstart - 15
Ovenbird - 2
Northern Waterthrush - 5
Common Yellowthroat - 2
Wilson's Warbler - 4
Canada Warbler - 1

It was a pretty spectacular fall out.  There were also Rose-breasted
Grosbeak - 2, Black-headed Grosbeak, both orioles, and Blue-headed Vireo
present.

On the road to Horsehead Lake got Red-headed Woodpecker and Olive-sided
Flycatcher.

I added up my county list for the day and ended up with 136 species.  I
think a serious big day in the county would have gotten at least 150
species.

Mark Otnes
Fargo ND
Subject: New species for 2015 in Slope County
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 16:21:49 -0600
I've spotted my first 
American Avocets
American Bittern
Black Turns
Baltimore Orioles
House Wren
Catbird
White Pelicans
Chipping Sparrows
Clay Colored Sparrows
Song Sparrows 

over the past few days. 

There is also a tan colored goose with orange feet and bill with white on its 
face hanging out in the Cannonball River. At least I think it is a domestic 
species. 


Good birding,
John DW Fielding
New England, ND

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Subject: American Redstart Pair in Bismarck -5/18/2015
From: "McPhillips, Kelly" <kmcphillips AT USBR.GOV>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 09:39:49 -0500
Yesterday I watched a pair of of American Redstart "bugging" amongst the
hedge outside my office in Bismarck.

-- 

*Mr. Kelly B. McPhillips*

*Envr. Spcl.*

*Bureau of Reclamation*

*Dakotas Area Office*

*PO Box 1017*

*Bismarck ND 58502*

*701-221-1287*

*kmcphillips AT usbr.gov *


*"Ideas have consequences." - Dr. David Noebel*
Subject: Re: Whimbrel Fascination
From: "McPhillips, Kelly" <kmcphillips AT USBR.GOV>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 09:36:54 -0500
Yesterday, 05/18/2015, I watched a pair of American Redstart "bugging"
among the hedge outside the office in Bismarck.

On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 5:39 AM, Timothy Barksdale <
timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com> wrote:

> NoDak Birders,
>
> As a young man, who was simultaneously perplexed and inspired by Whimbrels
> and Upland Sandpipers as an 8 year old, I love to figure out some of the
> nuances of shorebird migration.
>
> For instance, this year in particular there are numerous sightings of
> Whimbrels in Kansas at in the central wetland complex famous to all-
> Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivera NWR. For many years, the word is that
> Whimbrels follow the coast lines and migrate a very long route around the
> continent instead up simply passing straight north through the Great
> Plains. It is timing the arrival on the breeding grounds? Is it getting the
> females proper nutrition so when the arrive on the tundra they are ready to
> breed? and finally why is there such a huge gap in the breeding range of
> whimbrels Do these only represent different migratory populations or were
> huge numbers of them eliminated in the late 1880s -early 1900’s- creating
> the gap?
>
> Another member of the same genus- Eskimo Curlew - however- migrated
> straight north. As a midwestern kinda person, I’ve always wondered why one
> did one thing and one the other. Were food resources so entirely different?
> Or were some populations - during the market hunting era when Eskimo Curlew
> was brought to the brink of extinction - dramatically reduced? Because
> small numbers -tiny perhaps- persisted over the decades in the midwest,
> What differences were driving these birds inland and why were they so
> inconsistent?
>
> Now it seems more birders, better birders and better birder reporting is
> at least bringing data to the screen. Larry Jones- thank you for reporting
> your sighting.
>
> DNA can now tell us amazing things about relationships and isotopes reveal
> clues about wintering, but migration is still a deep mystery - also being
> unlocked.
>
> Great Horned Owls are punctuating this message with deep bass notes just
> outside the window.
>
> Best from the West,
>
> Tim
>
>
> Timothy Barksdale
> Birdman Productions LLC
> P.O. Box 1124
> 65 Mountain View Dr.
> Choteau, MT 59422
>
>
> At Birdman Productions, we make films about birds, and tell stories that
> change people's lives.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>


-- 

*Mr. Kelly B. McPhillips*

*Envr. Spcl.*

*Bureau of Reclamation*

*Dakotas Area Office*

*PO Box 1017*

*Bismarck ND 58502*

*701-221-1287*

*kmcphillips AT usbr.gov *


*"Ideas have consequences." - Dr. David Noebel*
Subject: Hummer
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 08:52:20 -0500
Barnes County
First male ruby-throated hummingbird showed up this morning, temp 39 at the 
time. Brr. 

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072
Subject: Minnewaukan area birds
From: rita AT GONDTC.COM
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 08:46:41 -0500
Magnolia warbler
Eastern kingbirds
Western kingbirds
American Redstart
Swainsons thrush
Baltimore orioles
American goldfinch
Chipping sparrow
Ruby throated humminbird


Rita Staloch
PO Box 287
Minnewaukan ND 58351
701-473-5757
Subject: Ruby-throated hummingbird
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 07:20:14 -0500
RT hummer was at the feeder this morning before sunrise. Feeder was mostly 
frozen but after some thawing,he was back. 

Beautiful male.

Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Subject: Whimbrel Fascination
From: Timothy Barksdale <timothy.barksdale AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 04:39:31 -0600
NoDak Birders,

As a young man, who was simultaneously perplexed and inspired by Whimbrels and 
Upland Sandpipers as an 8 year old, I love to figure out some of the nuances of 
shorebird migration. 


For instance, this year in particular there are numerous sightings of Whimbrels 
in Kansas at in the central wetland complex famous to all- Cheyenne Bottoms and 
Quivera NWR. For many years, the word is that Whimbrels follow the coast lines 
and migrate a very long route around the continent instead up simply passing 
straight north through the Great Plains. It is timing the arrival on the 
breeding grounds? Is it getting the females proper nutrition so when the arrive 
on the tundra they are ready to breed? and finally why is there such a huge gap 
in the breeding range of whimbrels Do these only represent different migratory 
populations or were huge numbers of them eliminated in the late 1880s -early 
1900’s- creating the gap? 


Another member of the same genus- Eskimo Curlew - however- migrated straight 
north. As a midwestern kinda person, I’ve always wondered why one did one 
thing and one the other. Were food resources so entirely different? Or were 
some populations - during the market hunting era when Eskimo Curlew was brought 
to the brink of extinction - dramatically reduced? Because small numbers -tiny 
perhaps- persisted over the decades in the midwest, What differences were 
driving these birds inland and why were they so inconsistent? 


Now it seems more birders, better birders and better birder reporting is at 
least bringing data to the screen. Larry Jones- thank you for reporting your 
sighting. 


DNA can now tell us amazing things about relationships and isotopes reveal 
clues about wintering, but migration is still a deep mystery - also being 
unlocked. 


Great Horned Owls are punctuating this message with deep bass notes just 
outside the window. 


Best from the West,

Tim


Timothy Barksdale
Birdman Productions LLC
P.O. Box 1124
65 Mountain View Dr.
Choteau, MT 59422


At Birdman Productions, we make films about birds, and tell stories that change 
people's lives. 








Subject: FOS birds
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 23:02:38 -0500
ND-Birders:

I had a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Oak Park this morning and this evening I 
flushed a Com. Nighthawk up from the road near Sawyer. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Bismarck Mandan
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 22:56:42 -0500
Greeting ND-Birds:
 With snow last night I knew good birds would be had. Since a meeting at work 
was postponed I took the opportunity to take a half day off looking for 
warblers. 

 Sleepy Hollow Park had 15 species of warbler but nothin special or new. The 
birds started on the ground but worked their way up as it warmed. However all 5 
vireo species were observed including Yellow-throated, rare for Bismarck area. 

 Moved over to Mandan Research Center for the evening and added two 
Black-throated Green and 3 Cape May Warbler. A Hummingbird flew by, as well as 
Orchard Oriole, and two Black-crowned Heron flew over. 

 A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER there was my first county bird in Morton in 5 
years. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Whimbrel
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 22:28:08 -0500
Good day of birding. First drove around our trees and had a osprey sitting on a 
bluebird box, sat there most of the morning. 

Warblers thinned out from the past couple of days but still some nice species. 
Rb grosbeaks and orioles were in a feeding frenzy after cleaning and filling 
the feeders. Went for a drive north later in the day and spotted a Whimbrel 
sitting with 5 Hudsonian godwits. 2 miles east of this location were 104 
American golden plovers. Jan spotted a small flock of golden plovers 1 mile 
east of our farm. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Subject: Capitol Warblers
From: "Rogers, Daniel" <daniel.rogers AT BISMARCKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 03:16:49 +0000
12 Warbler on the Capitol grounds this chilly evening...including Morning and a 
Canada...Clark T. also had a Wilson's. Dan Rogers 989 4413 



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Subject: Red Crossbill
From: Charles J Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 19:22:25 -0500
New yardbird here in West Minot! 
C J Taft


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Subject: Ruby Throated Hummingbird
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 19:13:12 -0500
A Ruby Throated Hummingbird just showed up a few minutes ago. He approached
a hanging plant outside my living room window. I have not seen one since
the first arrival on May 10.
Linda Gregg
Horace, ND
Subject: Morning walk
From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 17:28:00 -0500
I went out shooting photos this morning in the wind, rain, sleet, and snow.
I noticed a high number of Chestnut-sided Warblers moved in over night.
Others:
Magnolia
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow
Yellow-rumped
American Redstart
Tennessee
Wilson's




-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: Yard
From: Deborah Hanson <dhanson100 AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 11:39:49 -0500
I have a strange group of birds in my yard this morning. The regulars (Frantic 
Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, RWBlackbirds, Goldfinch, Harris sparrows, 
White-crowned and White-throated sparrows, BThrashers) but also have Siskins, a 
Wood Thrush, and a RBNuthatch - not regulars to my yard. 

Waiting to see what else might come by. 

Deb
GFCounty

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Subject: Re: Sleepy Hollow Park, Bismarck
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 21:47:16 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
Sorry. This accidentally sent via iPhone. 

> After entertaining up to thirty people over the weekend I finally got to bird 
at 7pm this evening. That is when the all day rain here switched to snow. 


I observed 16 species of warblers including bay-breasted and cape may warbler 
in an hour of sleet. I assumed birds were stuck there the last three days but 
the species are changing each day. Exciting for birding but the weather is very 
hard on them. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck,ND
Subject: Sleepy Hollow Park, Bismarck
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 21:42:19 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 After entertaining up to thirty people over the weekend I finally got to bird 
at 7pm this evening. That is when the all day rain here switched to Snow. 

   

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, May 17, 2015
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 16:43:31 -0500
ND-Birders:

Very cold and windy in Oak Park this morning. 19 species of warblers, including 
early Canada and Connecticut. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer



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Subject: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, May 17, 2015

Minot - Oak Park, Ward, US-ND
May 17, 2015 9:58 AM - 11:57 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: 38 degrees, light rain, N 35-45. 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 51 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose 150 Wood Duck 5 Mallard 5 Hooded Merganser 3 Cooper's Hawk 1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2 Least Flycatcher 12 Blue-headed Vireo 2 Philadelphia Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 1 Blue Jay 1 American Crow 2 swallow sp. 1 Black-capped Chickadee 12 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 Gray-cheeked Thrush 3 Swainson's Thrush 35 American Robin 10 Gray Catbird 12 European Starling 4 Ovenbird 14 Northern Waterthrush 11 Black-and-white Warbler 10 Tennessee Warbler 25 Orange-crowned Warbler 4 Nashville Warbler 2 Connecticut Warbler 1 Green back, yellowish belly, gray hood, white eye ring, walking on branch. Mourning Warbler 2 Common Yellowthroat 2 American Redstart 13 Magnolia Warbler 9 Bay-breasted Warbler 1 Yellow Warbler 80 Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 Blackpoll Warbler 18 Palm Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 20 Canada Warbler 1 Wilson's Warbler 3 Chipping Sparrow 10 Song Sparrow 2 Lincoln's Sparrow 2 White-throated Sparrow 8 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Common Grackle (Bronzed) 5 Brown-headed Cowbird 5 Baltimore Oriole 4 Pine Siskin 1 American Goldfinch 6 House Sparrow 3 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23491429 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Brewster's Warbler at Trefoil Park
From: Dennis Wiesenborn <d.wiesenborn AT NDSU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 21:02:33 +0000
A Brewster's Warbler (Golden-winged x Blue-winged Warbler) was observed very 
clearly for about half a minute (about 2:30 p.m.) in the northwest corner of 
Trefoil Park today. Unfortunately, subsequent efforts to relocate the bird by 
Dean, Ron, Shirley and I were not successful. 



The distinctive features of this bird were: wing color and patch very much like 
a Golden-winged, but the underparts including the throat were all white without 
markings. The face featured a thin black eyeline bordered above by a broad 
yellow eyebrow (did not appear to be a fully yellow cap, although the yellow 
may have crossed the forehead). In particular, it appears to match 
illustrations and photos of a "male F2 backcross." This individual was about 
mid-story in the part of the woods that face east across the large mowed space, 
close to the intersection of the bike bath and road. 



The past couple of days continue to be very good for warblers in North Fargo 
(20 spp yesterday, 21.5 today): 


Golden-winged warbler (singing yesterday and today along 1st St. N)

N. Parula (singing yesterday along 1st St. N)

Black-throated Green Warbler (singing yesterday and today along 1st St./Oak St. 
N) 


Mourning Warbler (yesterday and today at Trefoil Park)

Canada  Warbler (today, Trefoil Park)

Blackburnian Warbler (today, Trefoil Park)

Bay-breasted Warbler (1 yesterday, 3 today)

Chestnut-sided Warbler (1 yesterday, 3 today)


Also of interest: 2 Eastern Towhees yesterday, hooded mergansers on the Red.


Dennis W
Subject: Red Knots
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 00:01:54 -0500
ND-Birders:

I had 4 Red Knots on a wetland south of Lake Tschida this morning. Very unusual 
west of the Missouri River. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: West Fargo - Fargo Parks
From: Dean Riemer <driemer AT KWH.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 04:42:10 +0000
Greetings

 Today I birded some West Fargo and Fargo Parks. I was able to find 17 warbler 
species that included a FOY Canada Warbler. 


Good Birding
Dean Riemer
West Fargo ND
"The Black Desert"

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Subject: BOBOLINK, BLACK. TERN, STILT SANDPIPER
From: "Rogers, Daniel" <daniel.rogers AT BISMARCKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 22:45:56 +0000
FOY for me today.


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Subject: Black-headed Grosbeak
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 14:13:43 -0500
Yesterday my FOS Black-headed Grosbeak arrived.
So far the yard nesters of Rose-breasted and Black-headed Grosbeaks and
Towhee are here.  Orioles are also here but they have not nested in our
yard.
Other yard nesters are the Clay-colored and Chipping Sparrows, Goldfinch,
Nuthatches and Hairy and Downy's.
Sherry Leslie
Rural Burlington/Minot
725-4389
Subject: Sleepy Hollow - Bay-breasteds
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 13:15:07 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 This morning there was both a male and female BAY-BREASTED WARBLER among 11 
species and 60 individuals at Sleepy Hollow Park. They were between shelter and 
stage area. 

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Bismarck/Mandan area
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 13:03:06 -0500
Some more late FOY arrivals and on peak:

5/15
   (1) - Red-eyed Vireo - Huff Hills, MORTON
   (8)- Sedge Wren - MacLean Bottoms, BURLEIGH
   (1) - Yellow-breasted Chat - Huff Hills
   (1) - Lark Bunting - southeast MORTON
   (10) - Eastern Bluebird - MacLean Bottoms & Menoken Grove

5/13
   (1) - Ovenbird (1) - Menoken Grove, BURLEIGH
   (1) - American Redstart (2) - Menoken Grove
   (1) - Common Yellowthroat - Menoken Grove 

5/12
   (1) - Red-necked Phalarope - McKenzie Slough, BURLEIGH

Clark Talkington
Mandan
Subject: Wood Thrush
From: Bob Anderson <bob.anderson AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 11:12:32 -0500
Hi,
I was happy to see my second wood thrush of the spring in the yard this 
morning. The previous wood thrush was from 2 weeks ago, and was not the same 
individual based on comparing photos. My ebird list from this morning is below. 

Yesterday, I did have a Northern Parula at Clausen Springs. The pine siskins 
just keep increasing in number each day. I had 23 today. 

Good Birding,
Bob

Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Least Flycatcher  4
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Swainson's Thrush  3
Wood Thrush  1     reddish back, bold chest spots
American Robin  8
Brown Thrasher  1
Ovenbird  1
Tennessee Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Clay-colored Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Common Grackle  12
Baltimore Oriole  3
House Finch  1
Pine Siskin  23
House Sparrow  7
Subject: Birding today
From: Deborah Hanson <dhanson100 AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 23:06:04 -0500
Spent some time in Nelson Cty today. Most roads that I normally drive were 
difficult at best (more rain expected) so instead I found a nice shelterbelt 
near the road and sat and watched for whatever would fly by. 

I got to see
Blue-headed Vireo  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
Black-and-white Warbler  
Tennessee Warbler  
Cape May Warbler  
Blackburnian Warbler  
Yellow Warbler  
Blackpoll Warbler  
Palm Warbler  
Yellow-rumped Warbler  
Canada Warbler 

One other bird I have been waiting to see showed as well -- Black-bellied 
Plovers in full evening dress. 😊 


Deb

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Subject: Few birds from this afternoon
From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 22:37:25 -0500
I got back out for a short bit before fishing the rest of the night.

Blue-headed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Ovenbird
Tennessee Warbler
Wilson's Warbler


-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: central Dakota warblers
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 22:28:07 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:

    With the unsettled weather recently I took a day off of work to go
searching for the colorful gems in nearby counties.   I started a Beaver
Lake State Park southeast of Napolean.  I observed 15 species of warblers,
including a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER.   Also observed were Philadelphia Vireo,
Nashville and Chestnut-sided Warbler.

 

From there I drove to Linton and birded Seeman Park just east of town.
There I observed 13 species of warbler including a NORTHERN PARULA, and CAPE
MAY WARBLER.   Also interesting there was a pair of Eastern Phoebe which are
unusual in our part of the state.

 

I have posted 6 photos to my Flickr page for those who want to look.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ndwarblerman/

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson

Bismarck, ND
Subject: North Fargo warbler report
From: Dennis Wiesenborn <d.wiesenborn AT NDSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 19:31:13 +0000
It was a very overcast morning-and often foggy and misty-but the songbird 
chorus was very good to excellent along the North Fargo river corridor. 
Highlights of the morning were: 


4 Blackburnian warblers (m & f at Oak Grove and another m & f at 4th St/14th 
Ave N) 

1 Black-throated green warbler (singing male, 2nd St/14th Ave N)
1 Golden-winged warbler (singing male, 1st St/11th Ave N)
1 Northern parula (singing male, NW corner of Trefoil Park)
1 Bay-breasted Warbler (singing male, SE corner of Trefoil Park by the free 
bridge) 


A Cape May warbler was very likely singing from a tall spruce at Oak St./11th 
Ave N, but never showed itself (90% certainty still doesn't count, right?) 


An additional 14 species of warblers were present, many in very good numbers 
(Tennessee, palm, yellow-rumped, blackpoll, magnolia). 


Watched for but not found today:  chestnut-sided warbler.

Dennis Wiesenborn
Subject: Wilson's Warbler in Fargo
From: Crystal Gilson <crysg AT FTML.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 11:38:43 -0700
Spent lunch watching a Wilson's warbler in my backyard (Fargo, next to
Osgood golf course practice holes). 
A lifer for me

-- 
  Crystal Gilson
Fargo
  crysg AT ftml.net

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Subject: Lifer
From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 11:48:09 -0500
I had a good morning along the Red River around Wahpeton. Like others have
mentioned there are many warblers around. I even saw a couple that I
couldn't ID. I also ended up with a "Lifer" Scarlet Tanager.

Birds today:

Scarlet Tanager(Lifer)
Eastern Bluebird
Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Baltimore Oriole
White-crowned Sparrow
Harris Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
Hermit Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Least Flycatcher
Gray Catbird
Blue Jay
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron



-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: Patterson Lake
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 09:04:37 -0600
We had rain showers all night Wednesday in Dickinson, and it was very
evident in bird numbers around town yesterday.  I walked much of the north
shore of the recreation area and saw over 70 species for the first time
this spring.

Highlights were:
Common Loon - 1
Forester's, Black and Caspian Tern
Osprey - 1
Red-necked Phalarope - 110+
Sora - 2
Gray Catbird f.o.y.
Marsh Wren - singing
Blackpoll Warbler - 2
Wilson's Warbler - 1
Ovenbird - 1
Harris' Sparrow - 12 (several singing, but never

In the past week there have also been Lazuli Bunting, Palm Warbler and
a black-faced male Ruddy Duck

Complete lists below (and counts on anything >200 could have been >1,000,
especially red-winged blackbird, ring-billed gull, cliff swallows and eared
grebe):
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23446080
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23448386

Jesse Kolar
Dickinson
Subject: bobolink
From: Jeremy Guinn <jguinn AT UTTC.EDU>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 14:47:23 +0000
First Bobolinks - one yesterday morning and two this morning - west side of 
Bismarck Airport 


Jeremy Guinn
Mandan
Subject: BBCuckoo
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 09:07:40 -0500
May 15, Barnes County
A black-billed cuckoo landed on my sidewalk after hitting the window, then flew 
off. Got a picture. 

Cape May warblers are at the oranges this morning.


Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, May 14, 2015
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 23:13:45 -0500
ND-Birders:

Oak Park in Minot was even better today. 16 species of warblers, including a 
Golden-winged. FOS Ruby-th. Hummingbird in the yard today. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


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Subject: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, May 14, 2015

Minot - Oak Park, Ward, US-ND
May 14, 2015 12:27 PM - 2:11 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 57 species Canada Goose 100 Wood Duck 10 Mallard 10 Blue-winged Teal 3 Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Cooper's Hawk 1 On nest. Spotted Sandpiper 1 Franklin's Gull 8 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3 Mourning Dove 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 3 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 3 Least Flycatcher 25 Eastern Phoebe 1 Blue-headed Vireo 4 Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2 Philadelphia Vireo 1 Blue Jay 1 American Crow 3 Black-capped Chickadee 14 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 3 House Wren 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 20 Gray-cheeked Thrush 4 Swainson's Thrush 12 American Robin 20 Gray Catbird 1 Ovenbird 3 Northern Waterthrush 25 Golden-winged Warbler 1 Male. Only my third record in Oak Park in 35 years. Black-and-white Warbler 8 Tennessee Warbler 30 Orange-crowned Warbler 7 Nashville Warbler 4 Common Yellowthroat 4 American Redstart 3 Magnolia Warbler 3 Blackburnian Warbler 1 Early for the Minot area. Yellow Warbler 25 Blackpoll Warbler 10 Palm Warbler 8 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 100 Wilson's Warbler 1 Early for the MInot area. Chipping Sparrow 7 Clay-colored Sparrow 4 Song Sparrow 4 Lincoln's Sparrow 4 White-throated Sparrow 25 Harris's Sparrow 5 White-crowned Sparrow 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3 Red-winged Blackbird 1 Brown-headed Cowbird 4 Baltimore Oriole 5 American Goldfinch 9 House Sparrow 4 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23441032 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Blackburnian Warbler
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 22:34:41 -0500
Had my FOS Blackburnian Warbler and Oven Bird in Oak Park.

Yard birds for today were:
Harris Sparrow's
White-throated Sparrows
White-crowned Sparrows
Chipping and Clay-colored Sparrows
Blue Jays
Downy
Gold Finch
White-breasted Nuthatches
Chickadees
Robins
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
Pine Siskins
Orioles
Sherry Leslie
Rural Burlington/Minot
725-4389
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, May 14, 2015
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 22:32:56 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 The warbler waves have finally hit Bismarck. Last night I was out and found 8 
species in 3 parks, 6 hours birding. This was rather disappointing after 
hearing stellar reports from Minot and Fargo. Only highlight yesterday was a 
VEERY in Sleepy Hollow Park. 


 Today the rain ceased mid afternoon, and I worked Sleepy Hollow Park for 3 
hours - joined for a bit by Cathy Clayton, and Doug Emerson. Eleven species of 
warblers, nothing stellar but new ones for me were Nashville, Am. Redstart and 
Magnolia (a lot of color!). 


(ebird report below)

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND


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To: crackerjackbirder AT bis.midco.net
Subject: eBird Report - Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, May 14, 2015

Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, Burleigh, US-ND May 14, 2015 3:19 PM - 6:32 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 40 species Ring-necked Pheasant 3 Double-crested Cormorant 17 Turkey Vulture 1 Cooper's Hawk 2 Swainson's Hawk 1 Eurasian Collared-Dove 3 Mourning Dove 8 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 2 Least Flycatcher 10 Blue-headed Vireo 1 Warbling Vireo 2 Black-capped Chickadee 2 House Wren 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8 Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 Swainson's Thrush 7 American Robin 10 Gray Catbird 1 Brown Thrasher 4 Ovenbird 3 Northern Waterthrush 1 Black-and-white Warbler 3 Tennessee Warbler 8 Orange-crowned Warbler 15 Nashville Warbler 1 American Redstart 1 Magnolia Warbler 3 Yellow Warbler 10 Blackpoll Warbler 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler 35 Chipping Sparrow 30 Clay-colored Sparrow 50 Lincoln's Sparrow 1 White-throated Sparrow 5 Common Grackle 6 Brown-headed Cowbird 5 House Finch 3 American Goldfinch 7 House Sparrow 8
Subject: May 14 observations
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 01:19:23 +0000
 Hi all,Locally, several observers are commenting on the large numbers of 
siskins now appearing at feeders. Numbers of Baltimore Orioles and 
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are increasing, and the first Orchard Orioles have 
arrived (although not yet seen by me). 

Today in intermittent light rain, Todd Alfes and I walked along the English 
Coulee in the Sertoma Park and recorded 60 species that included 14 warblers 
and 3 vireos. The list is as follows: 

English Coulee--17th Ave to DeMers Ave, Grand Forks, US-ND
May 14, 2015 12:58 PM - 5:24 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:    15 mph wind, light rain, and overcast sky.
60 species

Canada Goose  6
Wood Duck  8
Mallard  5
Cooper's Hawk  1
Sora  2
American Coot  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Least Flycatcher  4
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  6
Purple Martin  1
Barn Swallow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  1
House Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Gray-cheeked Thrush  2
Swainson's Thrush  15
American Robin  14
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  4
Cedar Waxwing  23
Ovenbird  7
Northern Waterthrush  6
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Tennessee Warbler  2
Orange-crowned Warbler  8
Nashville Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  6
Magnolia Warbler  4
Yellow Warbler  9
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Palm Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  20
Wilson's Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  5
Clay-colored Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  3
Lincoln's Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  50
Harris's Sparrow  2
White-crowned Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  8
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  65
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Baltimore Oriole  6
House Finch  2
Pine Siskin  1
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  1
Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: So, you go birding in MN and?
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 18:23:01 -0500
run into rainy weather for three days, give it up, arrive home in West Minot 
around 5:00 and find 15 Harris Sparrows, 6 White-Crowned Sparrows, 2 American 
Goldfinch, 2 House Finch, and 1 Mourning Dove in your back yard and under your 
feeders. Go figure! 




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



Subject: Orchard Orioles
From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 14:42:26 -0500
FOS Orchard Orioles today.

-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: Bird abundance
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 12:16:28 -0500
Barnes County, May 14
Arriving yesterday, many Baltimore Orioles. Today 8 males and one female eating 
oranges and grape jelly. I set up four feeding stations to reduce fights. 

Rose-breasted grosbeaks - 8 males, 2 females. Enjoying the trays of small black 
sunflowers. 

Pine siskin numbers have gone from 4 to over 20.
Gray catbirds arrived this morning, sharing the jelly and oranges.
Ovenbird arrived May 11 and even hopped around in the two inches of snow on 
Tuesday. 

There continues the whistling songs of White-throated, white-crowned and Harris 
sparrows. 



Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072
Subject: Backyard Birds & Purple Martins
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 11:04:54 -0500




Subject: Typo, auto correct correction
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 08:18:12 -0600
Lark Sparrow and not alarm Sparrow!!

John

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Subject: Slope County observations
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 07:54:49 -0600
Early this morning I observed the first American Goldfinches and yesterday the 
first alarm Sparrows of the year. 


Good birding, 
John DW Fielding
New England, ND

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Subject: Forest River
From: Dean Riemer <driemer AT KWH.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 03:18:36 +0000
Hi All

 Late this afternoon I birded the Forest River area and picked up a few new 
species. The highlight was a male Bay-breasted Warbler. I was unable to 
relocate the Golden-winged Warbler that I found yesterday. 


Good Birding
Dean Riemer
West Fargo ND
"The Black Desert"

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Subject: Minot area
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 21:09:19 -0500
ND-Birders:

Finally some migrants in the Minot area.  It had been quite sparse in the 
passerine department until today.  I found 15 species of warblers and several 
FOS species. Highlight was a male Cape May Warbler. Also tallied 51 Swainson's 
Thrushes and sparrow numbers were very good. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Fall out this mourning in Kenmare
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 11:07:08 -0500
My backyard and side alley was full of sparrows this mourning. 100+ Chipping 
Sparrows, 50 White-crowned, 25 Harris and a few Clay-coloreds mixed in. I took 
a 10 minute drive around town and found the whole town had been invaded. I 
heard my first Yellow Warblers of spring, also saw many Swainson Thrushes, 
Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Orange-crowned Warblers. Probably many more species 
could be found if I had the time. 

Ron Martin had 12 Warbler species at Oak Park in Minot this mourning. Good 
birding to you all. 


Diana Dugall
Kenmare

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Subject: Golden-winged Warbler at Forest River
From: Dean Riemer <driemer AT KWH.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 03:31:00 +0000
Greetings

 Today after work I found a male Golden-winged Warbler. It was located from the 
locked gate go east on the paved road till it turns to your right (south), it 
was on the east side of the road as you are facing south, just east of the 
Fargo Park Board's camper/trailer high in the canopy. 


Good Birding
Dean Riemer
West Fargo ND
"The Black Desert"

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Subject: Backyard Notables
From: Buchanan Law Office <bulaw AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 14:26:41 -0500
 Today a male Baltimore Oriole showed up. Last Saturday a female Summer Tanager 
was present. I believe the tanager may have been of the red morph variety 
because of distinctive red coloring along or under the tail. 


Dan Buchanan
Box 879
Jamestown, ND 58402
Tel. (701) 252-6604
Fax (701) 952-4757
bulaw AT daktel.com
Subject: Mourning Dove fledgling
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 13:35:32 -0500
We had a pair of Mourning Doves with a single dependent fledgling at our
feeders in ne Jamestown between 10 and 12 May. This is likely one of the
earliest nesting records for this species in ND.  The species has a 30-35
day nesting cycle, which would place nest initiation for this nesting in
early April or even late March.  In his 1975 book, Breeding Birds of North
Dakota, Robert Stewart listed the extreme egg dates for the species as 16
April to 6 September.  There is a 1994 record of a Mourning Dove nest with
eggs on 10-14 April, also from Stutsman County.

Theoretically, hatching-year mourning doves can reproduce later in that
same year if they fledge early enough in the breeding season.
Hatching-year mourning doves reach puberty at about 80 days in males and 90
days in females.

Larry

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Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
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Subject: Wahpeton Area
From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 13:13:27 -0500
Birds from this morning:

Wilson's Warbler - 3
Nashville Warbler - 2
American Redstart - 3
Black-and-White Warbler - 2
Yellow Warbler - 5
Common Yellowthroat - 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 40+
Northern Waterthrush - 12
Spotted Sandpiper - 6
Least Flycatcher - 11
Swainsons's Thrush - 9
Green Heron - 3
Bank Swallow - 9
House Wren - 2





-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: Slope County observations
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 08:57:09 -0600
I spotted my first three Lark Bunting males of the year along with White 
Crowned Sparrow, Great Horned Owls and many different Small to medium sized 
sandpiper species. 


Good birding!

John DW Fielding
New England, ND

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Subject: Citizens Science Project – Mourning Warbler Song Mapper
From: Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 19:15:02 -0500
Citizens Science Project – Mourning Warbler Song Mapper

I am posting an opportunity to participate in a Citizens Science Project that 
involves recording migrating Mourning Warbler songs. I am trying to determine 
the nature of migratory pathways taken by different populations of Mourning 
Warbler males during their spring migration using the signatures of their 
songs. The pattern of geographic variation in song on the breeding range is 
well known. However, we do not know how members of these different song 
populations migrate towards their respective breeding areas. I plan on 
collecting your recordings and plotting them on a map of North America to 
determine where birds with different song types (regiolects) separate from each 
other during spring migration. 


All you need is a Smartphone and a singing Mourning Warbler. You can send the 
recordings to my e-mail address (jpitocch AT anselm.edu). The web page link below 
describes the project and how to make recordings on your Smartphone in more 
detail. 



http://www.anselm.edu/homepage/jpitocch/ornithology/MOWAmapper/MOWASongmapper.html 


I would really appreciate your help and contributions to this Citizens Science 
Project. 


Dr. Jay Pitocchelli 
Biology Department 
Saint Anselm College
Manchester, NH 03102
Subject: Update from today
From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 17:49:20 -0500
I ended up going back out because rainy, cool, and windy days are warbler
days I have learned. They stay from mid-tree to ground on these days. I
ended up seeing a few more birds then I had in the morning.

Black-and-White Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Northern Rough-winged Swallow

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Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: No Subject
From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 15:09:58 -0500
Birds today observed in Wahpeton Area.

Pine Siskin
Swainson's Thrush
Tennessee Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Baltimore Oriole
Green Heron
Palm Warbler
Rub-crowned Kinglet
Yellow Warbler
American Goldfinch
Yellow-rumped Warbler

-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: American Golden Plovers and other highlights
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 23:40:40 -0500
I birder north and east of Kenmare this afternoon. I found lots of shorebirds 
along Highway 5 between 54th Ave and 56th Ave. 28 American Golden Plovers were 
in a plowed field on 56th Ave. a half mile south of the highway. Sitting nearly 
motionless they looking like clumps of dirt until I focused my bins on them. My 
first thought was - where's the raptor? I saw none. I think they were just 
enjoying an afternoon siesta. Absolutely stunning birds, probably my favorite 
shorebird. 

Other shorebirds in the area include a flock of 100 Pectoral Sandpipers, 35 
Long-billed Dowitchers, 11 Semipalmated Plovers, Least Sandpipers, White-rumped 
Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Stilt Sandpipers, Wilson Snipe, Wilsons 
Phalaropes, American Avocets, and Willet. 

Feeling satisfied after studying shorebirds for nearly two hours I headed home 
finding a few bonuses along the way. Bonus birds- Palm Warbler, Sora, 4 Upland 
Sandpipers, a pair of Wilsons Phalaropes mating (Yep! The male is defiantly the 
pale one.) and two Great horned Owls. The Owls had been sitting side by side on 
the ground. One flew, the remaining one had a fluffy belly, and short nubby ear 
tufts. He crouched down as if it was trying to hide. I suspect he had fledged 
very recently. 

Back in Kenmare I had to make one last stop down at the Wildlife Refuge. The 
sights and sounds as darkness fell were incredible. Western Grebe pairs walking 
on water, Pelicans working together to catch their dinner, American Bitterns 
pumping away, Snipes winnowing while circling overhead, Pied-billed Grebes 
calling, Black-crowned Night Heron Squawking, hundreds of ducks, and a few 
thousand Franklins Gulls. Wow! 


Diana Dugall
Kenmare




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Subject: Bismarck/Mandan area
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 21:15:06 -0500
5/9
   (3) - Buff-breasted Sandpiper - north of Brien in Morton County
            (This is only the 6th year reported for this species in this area)
   (1) - Spotted Towhee - Huff Hills
   (1) - Rose-breasted Grosbeak - my yard
     Dan Rogers from Mandan joined on this birding trip.

5/8
 (2) - Virginia Rail - McKenzie Slough, Burleigh County & Lake Etta East Pond, 
Kidder County 

   (2) - Common Raven - Long Lake Creek area, Burleigh County
   (1) - Northern Warterthrush - my yard  
   (1) - Yellow Warbler - Moffit, Burleigh County
   (15) - Bobolink - Lake Etta East Pond
   (1) - Orchard Oriole - Moffit

Clark Talkington
Mandan

Subject: Golden Valley Co.
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 09:45:03 -0600
Found a nice variety of shorebirds in various ponds south of Beach
yesterday. Most were Semipalmated Sandpipers (SESA) and Wilson's
Phalaropes. A pond on Rocky Butte Rd had a nice flock of Stilt Sandpipers,
both Dowitcher species, and a SESA with a yellow flag. The north-of-Golva
pond that entertained birders all spring is almost dried up and is
Semipalmated Plover nirvana.

In Beach, a flock of Red Crossbills is feeding on cones of planted spruces
and a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches are going in and out of a cavity as
if nesting. Also some migrants - Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped warblers,
Swanson's Thrush, Clay-colored and White-crowned sparrows.

Also last evening at Talkington dam (Billings Co.) there was a tiny Horned
Lark fledgling sitting in the road and an American Bittern calling from the
marsh.

Nancy Drilling
Beach, ND for the summer

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Rapid City, SD