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20 Dec Renville, Burke and Mountrail Co Snowy Owls [Scott R a y ]
19 Dec Fwd: Shadehill South Dakota, CBC [Nancy Drilling ]
19 Dec Fwd: Shadehill South Dakota, CBC ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
18 Dec GF-EGF CBC [David Lambeth ]
18 Dec Snowy Owl [Linda Gregg ]
17 Dec Bismarck and Arrowwood NWR, Dec. 17 [Scott Baron ]
17 Dec Snowy Owl SW of Halliday [Deb Lancaster ]
17 Dec Eurasian collared doves [Howard Lien ]
17 Dec Snowy Owl SW of McGregor [John Fielding ]
16 Dec Garrison Dam CBC [Ron Martin ]
16 Dec Ross Prairie Falcon [Scott R a y ]
16 Dec Tree-top Snowy Owl, Mountrail Co. [Diana Dugall ]
15 Dec Brewer's Blackbird [Deb Lancaster ]
15 Dec GF-EGF CBC [David Lambeth ]
15 Dec Fwd: Shadehill CBC postponed until this Thursday [Nancy Drilling ]
15 Dec ADMIN: Yahoo users [ ]
12 Dec Southwest Raptors [Paul Konrad ]
12 Dec Sandhill crane [Keith Corliss ]
12 Dec ADMIN: Yahoo test [ ]
10 Dec Re: Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle [Scott R a y ]
10 Dec Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
9 Dec Re: Snowy Owl [leo Lantz ]
8 Dec Denbigh CBC [Ron Martin ]
8 Dec Snowy Owl [Howard Lien ]
8 Dec Northern Goshawk [David Lindee ]
7 Dec comment on grassland raptors [David Lambeth ]
7 Dec Bismarck - Black-Billed Magpie [River Road ]
6 Dec Re: Southwest ND - GYRFALCON [Scott R a y ]
6 Dec Southwest ND - GYRFALCON [Corey Ellingson ]
6 Dec Garrison Dam, Evening Grosbeak [Ron Martin ]
6 Dec Good Day in Grand Forks [Matthew Spoor ]
6 Dec Common Raven in Fargo [MARK OTNES ]
5 Dec Stanley Snowy Owl [Diana Dugall ]
5 Dec Great blue heron [Jesse Kolar ]
5 Dec Stanley Snowy Owl this morning [Scott R a y ]
4 Dec Late date: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
4 Dec Re: Keene Snowy Owl [Scott R a y ]
4 Dec Re: Keene Snowy Owl ["Bell, Tyler" ]
4 Dec Keene Snowy Owl [Scott R a y ]
4 Dec Ross Snowy Owl [Scott R a y ]
3 Dec Re: Probable Gryfalcon south of Tioga [John Fielding ]
3 Dec Probable Gryfalcon south of Tioga [Scott R a y ]
3 Dec Snowy Owl north of Ready, Williams Co [Scott R a y ]
3 Dec Bald Eagle [Ann Hoffert ]
2 Dec Re: Jamestown Christmas Bird Count - Wednesday, December 17th [Sister Pamela Pranke OPA ]
2 Dec eagle and snowy owl [David Lambeth ]
1 Dec be on the lookout: BRAMBLING [Corey Ellingson ]
1 Dec Jamestown Christmas Bird Count - Wednesday, December 17th ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
1 Dec ADMIN: Banding codes ["Bell, Tyler" ]
30 Nov Belated Slope County report [John Schladweiler ]
30 Nov Re: Friday drive [Scott R a y ]
30 Nov Friday drive [Ron Martin ]
30 Nov Blackbirds [Corey Ellingson ]
30 Nov Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Nov 29, 2014 [Ron Martin ]
27 Nov Fwd: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Nov 27, 2014 [Ron Martin ]
26 Nov Varied Thrush [Carl ]
25 Nov My kind of birding! ["matt j. sorenson" ]
24 Nov Snowy Owls [David Lindee ]
24 Nov Another Ross Snowy Owl [Scott R a y ]
23 Nov Garrison Dam [Ron Martin ]
22 Nov Re: Montrail Snowy Owl ["Bell, Tyler" ]
22 Nov Rough-legged Hawks-Lostwood NWR [Diana Dugall ]
22 Nov Photo of 11/22/14 Mountrail Co Snowy Owl [Scott R a y ]
22 Nov Montrail Snowy Owl [Scott R a y ]
22 Nov SNOWY OWL [Corey Ellingson ]
22 Nov N Saw-whet Owl [Corey Ellingson ]
22 Nov Yard Activity [David Lindee ]
21 Nov Minot [Ron Martin ]
21 Nov Northern Shrike-Stanley [Diana Dugall ]
21 Nov Bohemian Waxwings [Matthew Spoor ]
21 Nov summary of fall owl banding results [Nancy Drilling ]
21 Nov Devils Lake CBC [Charlie Christianson ]
21 Nov Long Lake CBC [Mike Rabenberg ]
20 Nov Bismarck-Mandan CBC [Corey Ellingson ]
20 Nov Yesterday [Matthew Spoor ]
19 Nov CBCs [Ron Martin ]

Subject: Renville, Burke and Mountrail Co Snowy Owls
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:59:02 -0600
Greetings,

After having fun on the Upper Souris CBC on Friday, but getting skunked on
Snowy Owls, I went on a Snowy Owl rampage today to see what was going on.

This afternoon in a 2-hour period while driving close to the Canada/US
border between Sherwood, Northgate and then south through Bowbells to
Stanley, I saw a personal best 6 Snowy Owls.  The owls only appeared after
the sun came out of the fog after 3pm.

Scratchy cell phone voucher photos of some.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20965608
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20965603
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20965600
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20966312


Scott
​ Ray

Stanley, ND
Transplanted from Yakima, WA
Subject: Fwd: Shadehill South Dakota, CBC
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:31:57 -0700
Posted on behalf of Dan Svingen, Shadehill CBC compiler.



 The Shadehill CBC was held Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.  Eleven participants
put in ~15 hours of daylight effort + 2 hours of owling.



In contrast to last year, open water was relatively abundant.  There was a
large hole in the ice covering Shadehill Reservoir.  The Grand River was
open as far downstream as I could see from SD Hwy 73.



44 species were found (our 2nd highest count, compared to 41 last year and
all-time high of 45); ~9085 individual birds were tallied (compared to
~11,400 last year).



We missed the count-week Common Merganser and Bufflehead.



Here are the results:



Cackling goose 200

Canada goose 5033 (local biologists estimate that there are actually ~7000
in area, just not all seen on count day)

Mallard 3125 (local biologists estimate that there are actually ~10,000 in
area, just not all seen on count day)

Common Goldeneye 8

Redhead 1, also seen last year

Hooded Merganser 1 (a female), new to count

Bald Eagle 12

Northern Harrier 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Northern Goshawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 8

Ferruginous Hawk 2, new high

Rough-legged Hawk 9

Golden Eagle 5

Merlin 1

Gray Partridge 1

Ring-n. Pheasant 130

Sharp-tailed Grouse 125

Wild Turkey 11

Am. Coot 8, new high

Rock Pigeon 20

Eastern Screech-owl 3, tying last year’s high count

Great Horned Owl 9

N. Saw-whet Owl 1

Downy Woodpecker 3, tying previous high

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, new to the count, second local record, photo by
Jenny Riesinger

N. Flicker 3

N. Shrike 4

Blue Jay 2, tying previous high

Black-b. Magpie 1

Horned Lark 29

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, new to count, first I have ever seen in local
area, photo by Jenny Riesinger

Townsend's Solitaire 1, compared to 8 last year

Am. Robin 51

Eur. Starling 52, new high

Cedar Waxwing 69

American Tree Sparrow 83

Dark-eyed Junco 1

White-crowned Sparrow 1, new to count (on count day)

Purple Finch 24

Am. Goldfinch 5

House Sparrow 35



Thanks to all participants!



Happy holidays and Good Birding!



Dan.



P.S.  Nancy - please cross-post this to the ND and SD listserves.








*DAN SVINGEN District Ranger/Capitol Coordinator/Tribal Liaison*

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*Ft. Pierre Ranger District, Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands*



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Subject: Fwd: Shadehill South Dakota, CBC
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:26:06 -0700
Posted on behalf of Dan Svingen, Shadehill CBC compiler.



 The Shadehill CBC was held Thursday., Dec. 18, 2014.  Eleven participants
put in ~15 hours of daylight effort + 2 hours of owling.



In contrast to last year, open water was relatively abundant.  There was a
large hole in the ice covering Shadehill Reservoir.  The Grand River was
open as far downstream as I could see from SD Hwy 73.



44 species were found (our 2nd highest count, compared to 41 last year and
all-time high of 45); ~9085 individual birds were tallied (compared to
~11,400 last year).



We missed the count-week Common Merganser and Bufflehead.



Here are the results:



Cackling goose 200

Canada goose 5033 (local biologists estimate that there are actually ~7000
in area, just not all seen on count day)

Mallard 3125 (local biologists estimate that there are actually ~10,000 in
area, just not all seen on count day)

Common Goldeneye 8

Redhead 1, also seen last year

Hooded Merganser 1 (a female), new to count

Bald Eagle 12

Northern Harrier 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Northern Goshawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 8

Ferruginous Hawk 2, new high

Rough-legged Hawk 9

Golden Eagle 5

Merlin 1

Gray Partridge 1

Ring-n. Pheasant 130

Sharp-tailed Grouse 125

Wild Turkey 11

Am. Coot 8, new high

Rock Pigeon 20

Eastern Screech-owl 3, tying last year’s high count

Great Horned Owl 9

N. Saw-whet Owl 1

Downy Woodpecker 3, tying previous high

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, new to the count, second local record, photo by
Jenny Riesinger

N. Flicker 3

N. Shrike 4

Blue Jay 2, tying previous high

Black-b. Magpie 1

Horned Lark 29

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, new to count, first I have ever seen in local
area, photo by Jenny Riesinger

Townsend's Solitaire 1, compared to 8 last year

Am. Robin 51

Eur. Starling 52, new high

Cedar Waxwing 69

American Tree Sparrow 83

Dark-eyed Junco 1

White-crowned Sparrow 1, new to count (on count day)

Purple Finch 24

Am. Goldfinch 5

House Sparrow 35



Thanks to all participants!



Happy holidays and Good Birding!



Dan.









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Subject: GF-EGF CBC
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:42:23 +0000
45 species were seen count day on the GF-EGF CBC. Seven more species were seen 
during count week. 

Note: Thethree numbers shown for each species are the number in Minnesota 
followed bythe number in North Dakota, and then the total for the 
count. Cackling Goose                 1--0--1Canada 
Goose                    900--2--902        Mallard 
                              121--2--123Northern 
Pintail                 1--0--1  (2nd count record)Common 
Goldeneye         CW--3--3Ruddy 
Duck                       1--0--1 (1stcount record)Gray 
Partridge                   
17--21--38                          Ring-necked 
Pheasant      0--2--2Sharp-tailed Grouse          
0--13--13Greater Prairie-Chicken   0--CW--CW        Cooper’s 
Hawk                  CW--CW--CWNorthern 
Goshawk            0--1--1Bald Eagle 
                         
1--0--1                 Rock 
Pigeon                       95--1017--1112Eurasian 
Collared-Dove  0--11--11                            
Mourning Dove                 0--1--1Great Horned 
Owl             0--3--3Barred 
Owl                         0--1--1Snowy 
Owl                         0--CW--CWNorthern Saw-whet 
Owl   0--CW--CWDowny Woodpecker         5--34--39Hairy 
Woodpecker           5--19--24Red-bellied Woodpecker 
0--CW--CWNorthern Flicker                0--1--1  
               Pileated Woodpecker       3--0--3Northern 
Shrike                 1--0--1                 
               Blue 
Jay                              
               
1--10--11                            Black-billed 
Magpie         0--6--6  American Crow                 
64--177--241Common Raven                0--CW--CW        
Black-capped Chickadee 44--221--265      Red-breasted Nuthatch    
2--2--4  White-breasted Nuthatch 10--49--59Golden-crowned Kinglet 
0--7--7American Robin                0--22--22Varied Thrush   
               0--1--1  (5th record)European 
Starling             196--240--436    Cedar 
Waxwing                 0--3--3Lapland 
Longspur             0--19--19Snow 
Bunting                    6--108--114White-throated 
Sparrow  0--8--8  Dark-eyed (Slate-col) Junco   
 73--183--256                           Dark-eyed 
(Oregon) Junco               2--1--3Northern 
Cardinal             0--2--2Common 
Grackle                             
0--4--4Red-winged Blackbird     0--129--129Rusty 
Blackbird                0--CW--CWPurple 
Finch                       0--2--2  House 
Finch                       8--79--87Common 
Redpoll                             
50--93--143Hoary Redpoll                   0--2--2Pine 
Siskin                        9--68--77House 
Sparrow                  41--362--403 


Comments:Count Day was conducted in heavy fog. There was no snowcover which 
allowed all minimum maintenance roads to be traversed, andconsiderable time 
spent walking, especially along the Greenway. The precedingweek had been 
unusually warm, but this warm period was preceded by unseasonablecold in 
November. All fields of corn and sunflower had been harvested, but somefields 
had not been plowed under.  This was the 54th Grand Forks – East Grand Forks 
CBC. Themost unusual species were:Cackling Goose – 3rdrecord in last four 
years, after the recent split from Canada Goose. Northern Pintail -- 2nd CBC 
recordthe other record was in 1999 Ruddy Duck -- 1st CBC record, foundat the 
Crystal Sugar ponds where there is a warm water dischargeNorthern Goshawk -- 
photographedBarred Owl – 3rd recordfor the count  Varied Thrush -- 5threcord 
for the count A Sharp-shinned Hawk was at SandyAubol’s feeder both before and 
after count week. Merlin was missed for thefirst year since 1987. The 87 House 
Finches was the lowest since 1993, whichwas soon after they became established 
in Grand Forks. The decline of HouseSparrows continues. This year’s total of 
403 House Sparrows is the lowest inover 40 years and is far below the high of 
7334 in 1989. Earlier low numbersmay have been due to low number of counters. 
No American Goldfinches werereported, and all redpolls seen were in open 
country and not at feedingstations.  Dave Lambeth 

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:41:35 -0700
Just had a Snowy Owl fly across the street in front of us by 45th St. and
37th Ave. S. in Fargo. Beautiful bird!
Linda Gregg
Horace, ND
Subject: Bismarck and Arrowwood NWR, Dec. 17
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:49:11 -0700
Hello, birders.

I am driving cross country and birding along the way.  Today I found two
birds that may be noteworthy for the state in the winter.  A female
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was at Sibley Nature Park in Bismarck this morning.
At the end of Dogwood Dr. I walked down the path that bears to the left.  I
saw and heard her vocalizing.

A dull colored female MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD perched in trees at Arrowwood NWR
(Stutsman Co.).  This location was on the north side of the road 1/2 mi.
before the Visitor Center.  It is parallel with the hummocky grassy island
at the southern end of Arrowwood Lake.

A Snowy Owl was perched atop a telephone pole 2 or 3 mi. west of the refuge
along 11th St. SE and an adult male Snowy was perched atop a tree just
outside the eastern refuge boundary at a wetland along 14th/15th St. SE.
This is just east of Jim Lake/Mud Lake.

Happy birding,

Scott Baron
Loveland, Colo.
Subject: Snowy Owl SW of Halliday
From: Deb Lancaster <00000344a3dddbe0-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:54:17 -0800
Hi, Yesterday afternoon (12/16) there was a snowy owl on the one mile east - 
west correction stretch of 94th Ave SW, south of the jct. with 16th St SW., 
rural Dunn County, approximately 17 miles SW of Halliday. Deb Lancaster, Rural 
Dunn County, SW of Halliday 

Subject: Eurasian collared doves
From: Howard Lien <hlpromo AT SRT.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:49:06 -0600
Saw four Eurasian Collared Doves at Cando, ND Tuesday.
-Howard Lien, Minot,ND

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Subject: Snowy Owl SW of McGregor
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:33:50 -0600
I spotted a lone Smowy Owl perched atop a power pole just north of 75th on a 
stretch of 108th that is little more than. Section Line two-wheel track just 
now. 


Good Birding,
John D.W. Fielding

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Garrison Dam CBC
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:23:58 -0600
ND-Birders:

The Garrison Dam CBC was held Sunday with 14 observers in 5 parties. 
Forty-seven species were tallied and Western Grebe was seen in the count week. 
As usual Canada Goose was the most numerous species with a count of 40,000. 
Only six waterfowl species were noted and only two raptor species were 
recorded, both very low for this count. Five gulls species were seen, including 
8 Glaucous, 3 Iceland, and one Lesser Black-backed Gull. Two Snowy Owls were 
found. N. Flicker was a big miss, the first time in many years that it was not 
recorded. I will post a complete list at a later date. Thanks to all who 
participated. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


     
Subject: Ross Prairie Falcon
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:56:48 -0600
There was a Prairie Falcon this afternoon at the south of of Ross Road, 9
miles south of Ross. It was perched on the cross member of a high voltage
power pole.



Scott
​ Ray

Stanley, ND
Subject: Tree-top Snowy Owl, Mountrail Co.
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:42:10 -0600
This is the first time I have ever seen a Snowy Owl sitting in a tree. She
(large with heavy dark barring) had a nice horizontal branch at the very
top to hunt from. This bird is located on the south side of Old Highway 2,
where the railroad crosses overhead.

-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: Brewer's Blackbird
From: Deb Lancaster <00000344a3dddbe0-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:04:43 -0800
Hi All, I have had a lone male Brewer's blackbird at my feeders for the past 
week. Had a northern shrike hanging out by the feeders yesterday, and a rough 
legged hawk overhead. An occasional single redpoll has been here, along with a 
couple robins & a few goldfinches over the past 3 weeks, but generally pretty 
quiet. Saw a snowy owl 1.5 m east of my house 12/5. On 11/27 there was a 
killdeer in the swampy spot with open water by my mailbox - long after I had 
seen any regularly here. I was glad to read that the Yahoo address problems are 
apparently resolved : ) Deb Lancaster, SW of Halliday. 

Subject: GF-EGF CBC
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:44:27 +0000
Our count was held yesterday in a daylong dense fog. With some feeder reports 
yet to come in, the number of count-day species was 45. Some of the more 
interesting species:Cackling Goose, Northern Pintail, and Ruddy Duck, all three 
on the MN side at Crystal Sugar ponds; Cooper's Hawk for CW, a female that had 
been banded by Tim Driscoll; Northern Goshawk, photographed by Matt Spoor; a 
Barred Owl along the Red River in the south end of Grand Forks; and a Varied 
Thrush that has been around for several days. The Ruddy Duck was new to the 
count. 


Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Fwd: Shadehill CBC postponed until this Thursday
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:42:49 -0700
(posted on behalf of Dan Svingen, Shadehill CBC compiler)



Due to poor travel conditions, we will not hold the Shadehill CBC tomorrow
(Tuesday).  Instead, we will meet at the Shadehill Store (11 miles south of
Lemmon, SD) at 0730 MT on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.







Dan Svingen.
Subject: ADMIN: Yahoo users
From: James Tyler Bell <00000337af6274c1-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:48:24 +0000
OK, after my test message from this Yahoo account, I went ahead and set all 
Yahoo users account so they can post again. In the unlikely event that 
something catastrophic happens, I'll set Yahoo users back to NoPost but I think 
we're safe. What a nightmare! 

Tyler Bell
ND-Birds Listowner
Subject: Southwest Raptors
From: Paul Konrad <Paul AT WILDLIFEADVENTURES.BIZ>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:34:13 -0600
Excited by Corey and France’s raptor extravaganza in southwest North Dakota 
last weekend, I started birding from Hettinger Thursday morning and enjoyed a 
super day in the field observing and photographing birds of prey, mostly in 2 
hotspots. One impressive site was located about 18 miles north of Hettinger and 
another was the area surrounding Regent, although the drive from Regent to Mott 
produced impressive numbers of perched raptors too. 

 I spent the morning centering along 4 miles of roadway about 18 miles north of 
Hettinger where a variety of raptors were actively hunting and moving in and 
out and around the area, including 6 Golden Eagles, 2 adult Bald Eagles, 1 
first-year Ferruginous Hawk, 7 Rough-legged Hawks, 1 Northern Goshawk, 1 male 
Prairie Falcon, and 1 female Merlin (Richardson’s [Prairie] subspecies). From 
there I drove north to Regent, and observed 1 adult Golden Eagle and more 
Rough-legged Hawks along the way (it’s about 30 miles from Hettinger to 
Regent). 

 For a couple hours during mid-afternoon I covered a 3-mile radius around 
Regent, where I found 3 adult Golden Eagles, 2 adult Bald Eagles, 2 adult 
Ferruginous Hawks (including a memorable rufous-morph), 10 Rough-legged Hawks 
(including 2 black-morphs), and 3 Red-tailed Hawks (including 1 black-morph 
adult). 

 Along Highway 21 from Regent to Mott (about 16 miles), I found 1 first-year 
Golden Eagle, 8 Rough-legged Hawks (including 4 black-morphs), and 6 Red-tailed 
Hawks. Beyond Mott, I only found 1 raptor, a Rough-legged Hawk, indicating 
something of an eastern ‘boundary’ for the “raptor zone.” 


   Totals for the Day:
Golden Eagles  10
Bald Eagles  4
Rough-legged Hawks  35
Ferruginous Hawks  3   
Red-tailed Hawks  9
Northern Goshawk  1
Prairie Falcon  1
Merlin  1
   Total Raptors  64  
(Not bad considering I was concentrating on photographing eagles and hawks 
rather than counting raptors. 


   A Few Notes:  
- I thought it was interesting that I did not see any black-morph Rough-legs 
nor any Red-tails from Hettinger to Regent, but found 6 black-morph Rough-legs 
and 9 Red-tails from Regent to Mott. 

- Considering the diversity of species and the numbers of raptors present at 
this time, this area could be considered one of the great winter birding 
hotspots for raptors in America. And I saw more Ring-necked Pheasants from 
Hettinger to Mott than I’ve ever seen anywhere before! 

- Of course, now the question is: What raptors can be found in other areas of 
the southwest? For instance, the area along Highway 12 from Hettinger to Bowman 
to Marmarth? And from Regent to New England to Amidon? And in the Little 
Missouri Grasslands from Amidon north? And north of Highway 21 from Mott and 
New England to I-94? With few birders in the southwest part of the state, these 
exploratory road trips beg for explorers. 

 Finally, I get excited about seeing 1 Golden Eagle at close range, or getting 
a quality photo of any raptor – imagine how much fun I had yesterday!! Thanks 
for your help Corey! 

 Good Luck Birding in December, Paul Konrad www.WildlifeAdventures.biz 


P.S. I also spent Wednesday traveling and photographing raptors below the 
border and found similar raptor species along Highway 12 from Highway 83 east 
of Mobridge to McIntosh (but few birds east or west of that stretch of 
highway). I will post a report of that survey on the South Dakota Birds site. 

Subject: Sandhill crane
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:19:59 -0600
Was just shown a photo of a sandhill crane along Cass county rd. 17 north
of west Fargo, about a mile south of the Cass co. 20 intersection. Picture
was taken yesterday.
Keith corliss
Fargo
Subject: ADMIN: Yahoo test
From: James Tyler Bell <00000337af6274c1-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:50:54 +0000
It's possible that the NDSU listserv has implemented a fix to the DMARC policy 
change that caused all Yahoo subscribers to be set to NoPost. A recent new 
subscriber using Yahoo was not set to NoPost deliberately to see if any emails 
from that address caused a fatal cascade effect but none appeared to happen. 
I'm testing this using my Yahoo address to see if N=2 still works. If so, I'll 
begin to set Yahoo users back to allow them to post again. Cross your fingers. 

 Tyler Bell
ND-Birds Listowner
Subject: Re: Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:14:27 -0600
The Turkey Vulture is an amazing find considering the very cold
weather the state has had recently.  EBird shows this to be the first
December sighting. Nice find.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND


Scott .-. .- -.--
WC7A

Yakima, WA


On Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM, Igl, Lawrence  wrote:
> On Saturday, 6 December, Amy and I saw an adult Bald Eagle (with a freshly
> captured Eastern Cottontail) and an adult Turkey Vulture, both in West
> Fargo.
>
> Larry
>
> **************************************************************
> Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
> Research Ecologist
> U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
> 8711 37th Street SE
> Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
> Phone:    701-253-5511
> Fax:       701-253-5553
> E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
> Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
> **************************************************************
>
Subject: Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:26:53 -0600
On Saturday, 6 December, Amy and I saw an adult Bald Eagle (with a freshly
captured Eastern Cottontail) and an adult Turkey Vulture, both in West
Fargo.

Larry

**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl
From: leo Lantz <stormylntz AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 05:25:49 -0600
I observed a Snowy Owl yesterday,12/08/14  AT  1545 in a field at the intersection 
of 32Ave and 45th St S, Fargo,ND. 

LeoLantz
Fargo,ND

Sent from my iPad

> On Dec 8, 2014, at 11:17, Howard Lien  wrote:
> 
> One Snowy Owl seen on a power pole 3 miles north of Halliday, ND today. 
> - Howard Lien
> Minot, ND
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: Denbigh CBC
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 19:58:52 -0600
ND-Birders:

I have rescheduled the Denbigh CBC to Jan. 3. Meet at the Cenex in Towner at 
7:45 am. 


Ron Martin
Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Howard Lien <hlpromo AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:17:19 -0600
One Snowy Owl seen on a power pole 3 miles north of Halliday, ND today.  
- Howard Lien
Minot, ND
Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: Northern Goshawk
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:33:36 -0600
The resident immature Northern Goshawk in Van Hook took over an hour to
devour a large rabbit in our yard.  It had to run several steps in order to
lift off - quite comical.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook

 



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Subject: comment on grassland raptors
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 22:11:08 -0600
Hi all,
There seems to be a buzz that it is a very good year for Snowy Owls in some
areas of the country. However so far in the saline grasslands in Grand
Forks County there have been just a few observations all fall and winter.
This is an area where the late Eve Freeberg would on rare occasion tally 50
or more. Yesterday I with three others drove about 60 miles through good
grassland habitat and found only one Snowy Owl and 2 Rough-legged Hawks.
Winds were low and the sky was overcast which should have had any Snowy
Owls present to be perching where they could easily be seen. My guess is
that the vole population is very low and Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks
are quickly moving through and going elsewhere. Just a guess of course --
for what it is worth.

In a harvested sunflower field we did see a large flock of Common Redpolls
and later one definite Hoary foraging in weeds along a drainage ditch.

-- 
Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks
To correspond with me, please use davidlambeth58201 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Bismarck - Black-Billed Magpie
From: River Road <00000323b8f66092-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:29:08 +0000
12-6-14 We had 4 Black-Billed Magpies at our bird feeder for the first time 
this morning.  They were also pecking in the compost pile (fruit and veggie 
peelings).  It looked like they had shiny green at the base of the tail, too, 
as they were flying in the sunlight.  It is exciting to see new birds around 
the yard. 
Subject: Re: Southwest ND - GYRFALCON
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 22:23:26 -0600
That's a nice list. Please send some of those birds north of the Missouri 
River! 


Scott Ray
Stanley, ND




On Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM, Corey Ellingson
 wrote:
> Greetings ND-Birders:
> Today Frances Raskin and I drove roads in southwest ND in hopes of Gyrfalcon. 
I know you are thinking YEA RIGHT! Three reports in the last week we gave it a 
shot. 

>
> Covering mostly Hettinger and Adams county:
>
> Bald Eagle - 8
> COOPER's HAWK - 1
> Golden Eagle -14
> Red-tailed Hawk - 3
> FERRUGINOUS HAWK - 3
> Rough-legged Hawk - 38
>
> Prairie Falcon - 1
>
> And... at 4:30pm coursing over a field of 300 pheasants < 100 yards - 
immature GYRFALCON (Lifer). 

>
> Good Birding,
> Corey Ellingson
> Bismarck, ND
Subject: Southwest ND - GYRFALCON
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:25:12 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Today Frances Raskin and I drove roads in southwest ND in hopes of Gyrfalcon. 
I know you are thinking YEA RIGHT! Three reports in the last week we gave it a 
shot. 


Covering mostly Hettinger and Adams county:

Bald Eagle - 8
COOPER's HAWK - 1
Golden Eagle -14
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
FERRUGINOUS HAWK - 3
Rough-legged Hawk - 38

Prairie Falcon - 1

And... at 4:30pm coursing over a field of 300 pheasants < 100 yards - immature 
GYRFALCON (Lifer). 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Garrison Dam, Evening Grosbeak
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 20:31:58 -0600
ND-Birders:

Rod Fossen and I birded the Garrison Dam area and the Garrison Dam CBC circle 
today. The highlight was an Evening Grosbeak that Rod spotted with a flock of 
Red Crossbills in Lake Sakakawea SP. We also had a N. Goshawk in the park. On 
Lake Sakakawea we had a single Western Grebe. Four gull species at the tailrace 
included Herring, Thayer's, Glaucous, and Ring-billed. Most of the gulls were 
out on the lake at some distance. There was a Com. Raven hanging around the dam 
area. The only raptor seen today was Bald Eagle. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


 
Subject: Good Day in Grand Forks
From: Matthew Spoor <matthew.spoor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 18:38:28 -0600
Saw a late Varied Thrush in the woods at Lincoln Golf Course along the
river North of the walking bridge. Orange breast, neck and eyebrow. Black
collar. Wing bars. While we got good looks, we were unable to get a photo.
Sorry. Life bird for me!

Did a little driving West and Northwest of Grand Forks. Had a *very *slow
start, but turned out pretty good. Got a solid Hoary Redpoll (LIFER!) after
observing a flock of maybe 500. We had  long good look at this little guy
along the ditch. Very light bird with frosty back.

Two life birds, a few owls and hawks made for a pretty good day of birding
for me in Grand Forks County.


Full list form today:

Lincoln Park Area:

Bald Eagle  1
Great Horned Owl  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  4
Black-capped Chickadee  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Varied Thrush  1

Grand Forks County Drive


Rough-legged Hawk 2

Snowy Owl 1

Common Redpoll 500

Hoary Redpoll 1

Rock Pigeon 100

European Starling x

Sharp-tailed Grouse

American Crow 6

Dark-eyed Junco 10

House Sparrow 125




Matthew Spoor
701-610-1203
Grand Forks, ND
Subject: Common Raven in Fargo
From: MARK OTNES <markotnes AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:47:13 -0600
Yesterday morning at about 11:30 I had a Common Raven in Fargo flying north
to south over I94 just west of the 25th Street exit.  For a few seconds it
was being dive-bombed by a much smaller American Crow.

Mark Otnes
Fargo ND
Subject: Stanley Snowy Owl
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:35:19 -0600
I spotted a Snowy Owl just north of Stanley at 8: 50 this morning. Hwy 8
and 64th Ave.-which is an access road to an oil well. It's possible that
this is the same bird that Scott Ray reported seeing two hours later and
about 8 miles north??? The bird I saw had minimum barring, so maybe there
are two owls in the area. Hard to know for certain.



-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: Great blue heron
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:43:39 -0700
I spent quite a bit of time in a Super Cub ​this past week, and had a few
interesting incidental observations...

There was a great blue heron still hanging around the McKenzie County/Dunn
County line along the Little Missouri River, but I don't know how it's
alive since most of the water in western ND has been frozen for over a
month (lagoons?).

I saw one snowy owl in Dunn County about 2 miles southwest of Manning, ND.

There was a likely gray gyrfalcon that was flying up and down wooded draws
just north of the north unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  The
bird never landed, and as it was flying along thick wooded draws, but based
on size, gray color, and flight I believe it was a gyrfalcon.

And finally, on the ground I heard Common Redpolls overhead on several
stops from Amidon to Watford City.

Jesse Kolar
Dickinson, ND
Subject: Stanley Snowy Owl this morning
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 11:32:21 -0600
Greetings,

I made this report using Birdlog, the android eBird observation submission
app. The app makes reporting from the field a real snap. Instead of working
off a hand written list at the end of the day, you can take care of our
immediately. No need for for a cell connection at that time either.

Here are the details of this observation.

2014-12-05 11:11
James Hill, North Dakota 8 and 72nd Ave.
Protocol: Incidental
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
1    Snowy Owl    A moderately barred individual perched on a power pole.


Scott Ray
Stanley
Subject: Late date: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 17:51:07 -0600
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has been visiting Marsha Sovada's feeders and
apple trees since early fall (about 3 miles southeast of Jamestown,
Stutsman Co.).  The sapsucker was seen again today.

Winter records of sapsuckers in ND are uncommon to rare.  During fall
migration, most sapsuckers migrate out of North Dakota by the first of
October. Most of the previous winter records in ND are from the Fargo and
Grand Forks area. For example, there were five winter records between 1962
and 2002 in Fargo, and three winter records between 2005 and 2010 in Grand
Forks.  Four of these eight records occurred on Christmas Bird Counts.


**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Re: Keene Snowy Owl
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 11:24:34 -0600
Be assured I report all this stuff on eBird.

Scott
On Dec 4, 2014 10:50 AM, "Bell, Tyler"  wrote:

>  Scott et al.:
>
> Please keep posting reports of Snowy Owls. This winter is shaping up to be
> almost as good as last winter. Already here in Maryland, we've seen reports
> of Snowy Owls in unusual locations (typically, they show up along the
> Atlantic coast at Assateague Island). I'm sure the folks at Project
> SNOWStorm will be monitoring, especially if they're submitted on eBird!
>
>
>
> Tyler Bell
>
> Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
>
> Edgewater, Maryland 21037
>
> belljt AT si.edu
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* Birding Discussion List for North Dakota [mailto:
> ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] *On Behalf Of *Scott R a y
> *Sent:* Thursday, December 04, 2014 11:45 AM
> *To:* ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
> *Subject:* [ND-BIRDS] Keene Snowy Owl
>
>
>
> All my driving today in Mountrail, Williams and McKenzie Counties today
> has already paid off with snowy owls. Between New Town and Keene, in
> McKenzie Co, there is another one. A nearly pure white bird on a power pole
> just south of Hwy 23. This is near mile marker 32.
>
> I drive for a living, and I recently moved from nights to days so I expect
> to be seeing and reporting plenty more in the coming months, unless people
> tire of the reports.
>
> Scott Ray
> Stanley, ND
>
Subject: Re: Keene Snowy Owl
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 16:50:35 +0000
Scott et al.:
Please keep posting reports of Snowy Owls. This winter is shaping up to be 
almost as good as last winter. Already here in Maryland, we've seen reports of 
Snowy Owls in unusual locations (typically, they show up along the Atlantic 
coast at Assateague Island). I'm sure the folks at Project SNOWStorm will be 
monitoring, especially if they're submitted on eBird! 


Tyler Bell
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Edgewater, Maryland 21037
belljt AT si.edu



From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota 
[mailto:ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] On Behalf Of Scott R a y 

Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2014 11:45 AM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Keene Snowy Owl


All my driving today in Mountrail, Williams and McKenzie Counties today has 
already paid off with snowy owls. Between New Town and Keene, in McKenzie Co, 
there is another one. A nearly pure white bird on a power pole just south of 
Hwy 23. This is near mile marker 32. 


I drive for a living, and I recently moved from nights to days so I expect to 
be seeing and reporting plenty more in the coming months, unless people tire of 
the reports. 


Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Keene Snowy Owl
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:45:12 -0600
All my driving today in Mountrail, Williams and McKenzie Counties today has
already paid off with snowy owls. Between New Town and Keene, in McKenzie
Co, there is another one. A nearly pure white bird on a power pole just
south of Hwy 23. This is near mile marker 32.

I drive for a living, and I recently moved from nights to days so I expect
to be seeing and reporting plenty more in the coming months, unless people
tire of the reports.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Ross Snowy Owl
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:53:23 -0600
At Hwy 2 and 93rd Ave NW, five miles west of Ross, there is currently a
heavily barred Snowy Owl on a power pole.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Re: Probable Gryfalcon south of Tioga
From: John Fielding <jdwf AT OPERAMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 14:02:02 -0700
Thanks Scott.

I am from New England, ND but am working north of Tioga near 76th and
108th and appreciate your update as I am always keeping an eye to the
sky (and fence posts, power lines, telephone poles and the like).





--
John D.W. Fielding NorthernTierGeology AT icloud.com

701-235-5634



On Wed, Dec 3, 2014, at 01:42 PM, Scott R a y wrote:
> Since I was working, I was unable to stop to confirm it, but there was
> a large, light-colored falcon on a power pole on Hwy 2 a mile west of
> 105th west of Tioga just now. I have quite a bit of experience with
> gyrs but can't call this one for certain.


> And there was another Snowy Owl along Hwy 2 just west of Ray.


> Scott Ray


Subject: Probable Gryfalcon south of Tioga
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 14:42:40 -0600
Since I was working, I was unable to stop to confirm it, but there was a
large, light-colored falcon on a power pole on Hwy 2 a mile west of 105th
west of Tioga just now. I have quite a bit of experience with gyrs but
can't call this one for certain.

And there was another Snowy Owl along Hwy 2 just west of Ray.

Scott Ray
Subject: Snowy Owl north of Ready, Williams Co
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 12:04:28 -0600
There was a nearly pure white Snowy Owl one mile north of Ray on CR 17 at
1120 this morning. Perched on a tall power pole.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Bald Eagle
From: Ann Hoffert <pipestem AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 07:59:24 -0600
Yesterday morning I saw a mature Bald Eagle flying about 20 miles West of Fargo 
along I-94. 


Ann Hoffert
Pipestem Creek Bed and Birding
7060 Highway 9
Carrington, ND 58421
701-652-2623
pipestem AT daktel.com
Subject: Re: Jamestown Christmas Bird Count - Wednesday, December 17th
From: Sister Pamela Pranke OPA <sisterpamop AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 16:48:28 -0600
Hi Larry, I would like to participate, but I will need to end by 4:00. I
will alos forward this to others who may be interested, especially Lisa
Lang.

Many Blessings, Pam


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.*





On Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM, Igl, Lawrence  wrote:

> The Jamestown CBC is set for Wednesday, 17 December.  We will meet at
> Northern Prairie at 7:30 AM, but let me know beforehand if you plan to
> participate.
>
> Larry
>
> **************************************************************
> Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
> Research Ecologist
> U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
> 8711 37th Street SE
> Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
> Phone:    701-253-5511
> Fax:       701-253-5553
> E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
> Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
> **************************************************************
>
>
Subject: eagle and snowy owl
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:00:45 -0600
Yesterday we were driving north on I-29 from the border with SD. Well south
of Fargo, an adult Bald Eagle was in the middle of the north-bound lanes
where there was a road-kill. At the Grandin interchange, a Snowy Owl was
perched at the top of a grain bin (five bins in a group) just west of I-29.
This was my first Snowy Owl of the year.

-- 
Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks
To correspond with me, please use davidlambeth58201 AT yahoo.com
Subject: be on the lookout: BRAMBLING
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 15:16:53 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:

NO, I am sorry there is not a current sighting of one!   

BUT, there have been reports across the west (Wyoming, Montana) of this species 
after a powerful storm crashed the Pacific Northwest a few weeks ago. 


I would like to suggest that we be on the lookout for this species this winter 
at feeders as birds may be wandering about. North Dakota has one record, (a 
widespread migrant from the forests of Europe and Asia) in Bismarck in the late 
70s (?) if memory serves me correctly. 


Here is a web profile:
http://www.birdweb.org/birdweb/bird/brambling#

Sigh, it is too early for winter!

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Jamestown Christmas Bird Count - Wednesday, December 17th
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 13:30:58 -0600
The Jamestown CBC is set for Wednesday, 17 December.  We will meet at
Northern Prairie at 7:30 AM, but let me know beforehand if you plan to
participate.

Larry

**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: ADMIN: Banding codes
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 01:48:57 +0000
Although many subscribers know and use banding codes, there are many others who 
are not familiar with them and may not know how to find out what they stand 
for. Please do not use banding codes without first explaining what the code 
means. This is standard in journalism where you must first spell out an acronym 
before using it henceforth. 


Thanks!
Tyler Bell
ND-Birds Listowner
Subject: Belated Slope County report
From: John Schladweiler <weedreed AT NEWULMTEL.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:32:15 -0600
I spent Nov. 19-21 deer hunting in Slope County, all within 10 miles of
Amidon.  Saw well over a thousand pheasants, hundreds of sharp-tailed
grouse and horned larks, about 30 rough-legged hawks, a couple of golden
eagles, two short-eared owls, a northern shrike and a Eurasian collared
dove.  All things considered, it was more birdy than many other years.

John Schladweiler
New Ulm, MN
Subject: Re: Friday drive
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 15:21:41 -0600
Interesting so many raptors. There are apparently no raptors in Mountrail
county. I spent five hours and drove 120 miles in the county on Saturday
and saw not a single raptor. I was looking for SNOW and maybe a GYRF. I did
see several pure flocks of snow buntings but no lappies or horned larks.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
On Nov 30, 2014 11:28 AM, "Ron Martin"  wrote:

> ND-Birders:
>
> Friday I went on drive through sw ND, spending most of my time in
> Hettinger and Adams Counties.  I had 3 Red Crossbills in the town of
> Hettinger.  Also noted the following raptors.
>
> N. Harrier - 1
> Bald Eagle - 2
> Rough-legged Hawk - 47
> Red-tailed Hawk - 1
> Golden Eagle - 8
> Prairie Falcon - 2
> Gyrfalcon - 1, my first in several years.
> Merlin - 1
>
> Good birding,
> Ron Martin
> Rural Sawyer
>
Subject: Friday drive
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:28:34 -0600
ND-Birders:

Friday I went on drive through sw ND, spending most of my time in Hettinger and 
Adams Counties. I had 3 Red Crossbills in the town of Hettinger. Also noted the 
following raptors. 


N. Harrier - 1
Bald Eagle - 2
Rough-legged Hawk - 47
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Golden Eagle - 8
Prairie Falcon - 2
Gyrfalcon - 1, my first in several years.  
Merlin - 1 

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Blackbirds
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:51:45 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I made a late afternoon drive through McKenzie Slough and Long Lake NWR in 
hopes of a Snowy Owl. Nothing was seen anywhere aside from a few Horned Larks 
and flushing pheasants. No Owls, Hawks, Eagles which was a disappointment. 

 However, I did see two rather large flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds for 
"winter". One was about 350 birds a mile south of McKenzie, out in a corn 
field. The other was about 100 birds across Hwy 83 from Long Lake NWR just 
north of Moffit. 

 Lastly, the feed lot on the hilltop above McKenzie slough was very active with 
Starlings and house sparrows. Among them was a fair number of blackbirds. Three 
to four years ago at the same location was 5 species of blackbirds in late 
February. I hope these birds winter again to provide some excitement in a snowy 
landscape. 


Red-winged Blackbird (50)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (1)
Rusty Blackbird (7)
Brewer's Blackbird (5)
Common Grackle (10)

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Nov 29, 2014
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 09:22:49 -0600
ND-Birders:

Yesterday's checklist from Garrison Dam. I had a Canvasback and a Ring-necked 
Duck at the marsh south of the Fish Hatchery for a total of 14 waterfowl 
species. At Lake Sak. SP there were 5 Bohemian Waxwings and 40 Red Crossbills. 
I also had a Com. Raven in the Wolf Creek area. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer





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Subject: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Nov 29, 2014

Garrison Dam Tailrace, Mercer, US-ND
Nov 29, 2014 7:54 AM - 11:32 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 23 species (+2 other taxa) Canada Goose 1000 Cackling/Canada Goose 300 Gadwall 1 American Wigeon 1 Mallard 2300 Northern Pintail 1 Green-winged Teal (American) 1 Redhead 4 Greater Scaup 2 Continuing. Long-tailed Duck 1 Continuing male. Bufflehead 1 Common Goldeneye 225 Common Merganser 25 Bald Eagle 28 Bonaparte's Gull 7 Late. Ring-billed Gull 70 Herring Gull 350 Thayer's Gull 8 Iceland Gull 2 One adult, one 2nd cycle. Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 Continuing 3rd cycle. Glaucous Gull 8 Larus sp. 1 Adult. Something in the Iceland - Thayer's complex. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 48 Black-billed Magpie 1 European Starling 35 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20720740 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Nov 27, 2014
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:31:40 -0600
ND-Birders:

Today's checklist from Denbigh. A good number of Hairy Woodpeckers. There are 
many dead spruce and pine at Denbigh these days. One of the few times in 30 
years that I have not recorded Red-br. Nuthatch. 


Had a N. Goshawk in the yard this morning, and 8 Red-winged Blackbirds came in 
to the feeder today. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer



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Subject: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Nov 27, 2014

Denbigh Experimental Forest, McHenry, US-ND
Nov 27, 2014 9:29 AM - 11:24 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
Comments: P. cloudy to cloudy, -5 degrees, wind E to S, 5-10. 3 inches of snow. 

Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 13 species Downy Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 9 Northern Shrike 1 Blue Jay 9 Black-billed Magpie 8 Common Raven 3 Black-capped Chickadee 5 Brown Creeper 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 15 American Robin 1 Cedar Waxwing 4 Purple Finch 25 Red Crossbill 75 Type 2. View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20697472 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Varied Thrush
From: Carl <carl AT SRPMIC.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:21:54 -0600
My cousin in east central Foster Co. has had a Varied Thrush in their yard the 
last few days, it was still there today. 

Carl Stangeland
Jamestown
e-mail carlcs000 AT hotmail.com
Subject: My kind of birding!
From: "matt j. sorenson" <matt AT SORENSONBROS.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:03:05 -0600
This! :) This is my kind of birding....
https://ideas.lego.com/blogs/1-blog/post/22

I can't wait to get my order in (for the kids, for the kids).

Cheers
--
*matt j. sorenson*
m: 320-424-0309
Subject: Snowy Owls
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:30:03 -0600
On Friday, we saw a heavily-barred Snowy in a field about 1/2 mile east of
Highway 8, just north of Highway 23.  Sunday, about 5 miles west of Highway
83 on Highway 23, guessing a female (not very barred) and today, about 9 AM
a beautiful mature male perched on a pole just outside Van Hook.  This
afternoon at about 4 PM, a lightly barred owl roughly 8 miles south of
Parshall on Highway 37.  We're pretty sure there was another about 2 miles
north on 37, but with a semi bearing down on us from the back, we couldn't
stop to make sure.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook

 



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Subject: Another Ross Snowy Owl
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:08:21 -0800
There is another Snowy Owl in the Ross area.  This bird is darker and
larger than the one reported last week a few miles south of this one 0.
It's perched on a power pole at mile marker 83 on highway 2.

Scott Ray
Stanley,  ND
Subject: Garrison Dam
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:04:30 -0600
ND-Birders:

Six gull species at Garrison Dam today. The turnover from Ring-billed to 
Herring is well under way. 


Bonaparte's Gull - 6, getting late.
Ring-billed Gull - 150
Herring Gull - 350
Thayer's Gull - 3
Iceland Gull - one first cycle.
Glaucous Gull - one adult and one first cycle.

There was a male Long-tailed Duck in the tailrace. On the way home I had a N. 
Goshawk near Sawyer. 


Yesterday while deer hunting at home I had a pair of Red Crossbills fly over.  

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer



  
Subject: Re: Montrail Snowy Owl
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:22:46 +0000
Please report Snowy Owls on eBird. Project SNOWStorm is using eBird data to 
track Snowy Owl movements which may mimic last winter's massive irruption. Some 
lingering birds were along the US/Canada border and some of them have already 
moved south as far as New Jersey and Maryland, on the east coast. 


Tyler Bell
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Rd.
Edgewater, Maryland 21037
443-482-2489
belljt AT si.edu
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Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2014 5:22 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Montrail Snowy Owl

This morning I found (refound?) a Snowy Owl south of Ross.  It was a
nearly pure white bird perched on a power pole on 86th Ave NW between
59th and 60th St NW. This is possibly the same bird reported by Diana
Dugall several days ago about 10 miles south on the same road.


Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Rough-legged Hawks-Lostwood NWR
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:12:28 -0600
This morning I had to make a trip north on Highway 8, from Stanley to
Bowbells. Upon my return trip I came across 14 Rough-legged Hawks along
Lostwood NWR. What I found so unusual about this is that they were
congregated so closely together . One large tree contained three, just
across the road surrounding a small slough, three more were perched, and
another two were on utility poles. All within sight on each other.  The
other 6 were located within one mile of these, some to the north and others
just south.
If I had had more time it would have been interesting to observe them to
watch how they interact with each other. I'm hoping some time in my life I
encounter a pack of Harris Hawks and get to see them hunt together. Now
that would be cool.


-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: Photo of 11/22/14 Mountrail Co Snowy Owl
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:52:30 -0800
Here is a photo of the previously referenced bird.

https://flic.kr/p/pdfKup


Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Montrail Snowy Owl
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:22:33 -0800
This morning I found (refound?) a Snowy Owl south of Ross.  It was a
nearly pure white bird perched on a power pole on 86th Ave NW between
59th and 60th St NW. This is possibly the same bird reported by Diana
Dugall several days ago about 10 miles south on the same road.


Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: SNOWY OWL
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:57:24 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I received word today of sightings of a SNOWY OWL 1.5 miles north of Long Lake 
NWR headquarters, and another along Hwy 36 a couple miles east of Chase Lake 
office near Woodworth. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: N Saw-whet Owl
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:47:33 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I found a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL in the Mandan Union Cemetery mid-day. A flock 
of Chickadees and Golden-crowned Kinglets were going bezerk as I was driving 
thru. 

 In the process of observing the bird, 15 RED CROSSBILLS descended on a 
neighboring tree, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE was lurking about. Ebird list below. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

Mandan Union Cemetery, Morton, US-ND
Nov 22, 2014 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 17 species Canada Goose 2750 Mallard 6 Northern Saw-whet Owl 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Shrike 1 American Crow 3 Black-capped Chickadee 16 Red-breasted Nuthatch 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Brown Creeper 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 6 American Robin 7 European Starling 10 Cedar Waxwing 8 Dark-eyed Junco 2 House Finch 6 Red Crossbill 14
Subject: Yard Activity
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:13:48 -0600
We just watched a Northern Shrike land in a tree in our yard and it was
promptly chased into another tree by a male Hairy Woodpecker.  Undaunted,
the shrike chased a Brown Creeper around until the little guy flew into a
shrub too thick for the shrike.

 

We continue to have unprecedented Blue Jay numbers - rarely fewer than 6 at
a time.  We hang scavenged sunflower heads from various feeders and the Blue
Jays clean them within hours.  I hope some of them get tired of gorging
themselves and move on.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook



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Subject: Minot
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:33:20 -0600
ND-Birders:

I walked the Vardon Golf Club today (formerly the Minot Country Club). I had a 
flock of 20 Red Crossbills (type 2), and 8 Com. Ravens flew by. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

 
Subject: Northern Shrike-Stanley
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:12:27 -0600
I had a Northern Shrike make a short appearance behind my house this
morning. It was harassing and being harassed by three Blue Jays.

-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: Matthew Spoor <matthew.spoor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:29:27 -0600
Saw my first Bohemian Waxwings today at Lincoln Drive Park.

This was a special little treat. I really like Waxwings.  I had desired to,
but had never seen one before earlier this year when a lone Cedar Waxwing
showed up in my yard. It was the first time I had gotten really excited
about seeing a bird. I have to admit, I kind of "freaked out". I have to
give that few minutes a serious amount of credit for sparking my love of
birding.


Matthew Spoor

Grand Forks, ND
Subject: summary of fall owl banding results
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:10:24 -0700
We had another very successful banding season this fall at the Theodore
Roosevelt National Park owl banding station. In 32 nights, we banded 168
Northern Saw-whet Owls, three Eastern Screech-owls, and 17 Long-eared Owls.
We also caught three already-banded owls - two were banded near Medora in
2012 while the third was banded near Edmonton, Alberta in 2012. As a
comparison, in 2013 our numbers were 96 saw-whets, 1 E. Screech-owl, and 0
Long-eareds banded plus 9 recaptures. Another highlight this year - for the
first time, someone else caught a NoDak banded owl - a saw-whet banded at
the park in 2012 was recaptured this fall in southwest Iowa. And the
saw-whet that took five nights to fly from the park to the Black Hills was
a cool recapture too.

Already looking forward to next fall!

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: Devils Lake CBC
From: Charlie Christianson <christic AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:32:33 -0600
The Devils Lake CBC will be held on Sunday December 21st -- weather permitting. 
We will meet at the Cedar Inn on US 2 at 7:30 to organize, and for lunch at 
Kneadful Things. 

Charlie Christianson
Subject: Long Lake CBC
From: Mike Rabenberg <michael_rabenberg AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:55:07 -0600
The Long Lake Christmas Bird Count will begin at Long Lake Refuge's 
headquarters (located 2 miles E. of Moffit, ND) at approx. 8:00am on Wednesday 
12/17/2014. Participants can meet back at the headquarters at noon to share 
their bird sightings and enjoy a free lunch, courtesy of the Refuge. Please 
contact Mike at Long Lake NWR (701-387-4397 x12) if you plan to participate. 


Mike Rabenberg
Wildlife Biologist
Long Lake NWR
Moffit, ND
Subject: Bismarck-Mandan CBC
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:10:07 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I see Ron Martin put out a message on the CBCs in the Minot area. I can tell 
you the Bismarck-Mandan CBC is Saturday Dec 20th. Meet at Hardees a couple 
blocks south of the intersection of Hwy 83 and I-94 at 7:30am. 


Contact me if you are interested in participating.

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Yesterday
From: Matthew Spoor <matthew.spoor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:13:46 -0600
I spent a couple hours driving Northwest of town (Grand Forks) yesterday.
Pretty quiet out there. Saw a small flock of Red-winged Blackbirds (20),
Mourning Doves (2), American Crow (2) and my first Common Raven!

The size is what caught my eye at first. I followed it for about a mile and
was fortunate it meandered right along County 3. I was even treated to
about 20-30 seconds of it flying eye level along with the car! I was
hesitant to call the ID on the Raven at first as the tail was not as
prominently wedge shaped as I had expected.

I have been inching my way through  Ken Kaufman's Field Guide to Advanced
Birding and he writes that the best way to prepare yourself to ID an
uncommon bird is to spend a lot of time observing the common birds so you
know the differences when confronted with them. Fortunately, Crows are very
common and I have had the opportunity to observe many hundreds since
starting birding this Summer.

 So why do I feel confident I ID'ed my first Common Raven?

   - Size! - I was told that I would notice the size of a Raven when I
   finally saw one. They are typically ~7" longer with wingspan roughly 14"
   larger than the American Crow. This was the first thing that caught my eye
   about this bird.
   - Flight - Slower, steadier wing beats with some intermittent gliding. I
   have been paying attention to Crows in flight lately and this guy was
   clearly different.
   - Solitary- Do not see loner crows very often; especially roaming the
   countryside.
   - Larger bill - Got a pretty decent look as it was flying alongside the
   car. The bill seemed larger in proportion to the head than a crow.

About ten minutes later, I observed a couple American Crows and said to
myself, "Yep, that was a Raven alright!"

Speaking of American Crows. I was doing a loop around the holding pond
north of Lincoln Golf Course a couple of weeks ago and was watching a
murder of them totaling about 100 scattered along the dike next to the bike
path. As I watched them take flight and move on, I noticed one with quite a
bit of white on the wings. I did not get the greatest look so I am unable
to say with certainty that it was white feathers versus some sort of wing
tagging. Thought I would share and am anxious to hear if anyone else has
seen a Crow with white out there.


Good birding!

-- 
Matthew Spoor
Grand Forks, ND
701-610-1203
Subject: CBCs
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:45:20 -0600
ND-Birders:

Following are dates for the Minot area CBCs.

Garrison Dam - Dec. 14, meet at the Audubon NWR HQ at 7:30 am.  
Upper Souris NWR - Dec. 19, meet at the HQ at 7:45 am.  
Minot - Dec. 21, meet at the Broadway McDonald's at 7:30 am.  
Denbigh Experimental Forest - Dec. 27, meet at the Towner Cenex at 7:45 am.  

Please let me know if you will be participating in these counts.  

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer