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Altamira Oriole,©Barry Kent Mackay

28 Jul Buff-breasted Sandpiper [Bob Anderson ]
27 Jul Weekend birding [Ron Martin ]
23 Jul Glossy Ibis in Barnes County [Bob Anderson ]
23 Jul J.Clark Salyer [Sherry Leslie ]
22 Jul Bowman county shorebirds [Chris Hiatt ]
20 Jul J. Clark Salyer [Ron Martin ]
20 Jul Odd warbling vireo [Keith Corliss ]
20 Jul Black-Necked Stilts at J. Clark Salyer [DeVane Webster ]
20 Jul Bob Kloubec [cnorheim ]
18 Jul Henslow's sparrow, Barnes County [Jean Legge ]
17 Jul HENSLOW'S SPARROWS - Barnes [Corey Ellingson ]
16 Jul osprey [Armand Lagasse ]
15 Jul Henslow's sparrow, Least Bittern [Bob Anderson ]
14 Jul Cuckoos [Ron Martin ]
14 Jul Black-necked Stilt [Ann Hoffert ]
12 Jul Re: Henslow's Sparrow in Sargent County [Corey Ellingson ]
12 Jul Black-necked Stilt [Ann Hoffert ]
12 Jul Henslow's Sparrow in Sargent County [Dean Riemer ]
11 Jul Shorebirds, Nelson County [Sandy Aubol ]
10 Jul Golden eagle bowman [Chris Hiatt ]
10 Jul From the air [Jesse Kolar ]
9 Jul Ward County Lazuli Buntings. [Rod Fossen ]
9 Jul Juvenile Baltimore Oriole [Charles J Taft ]
8 Jul Minot to New Town ["Bell, Tyler" ]
7 Jul Weekend birding [Ron Martin ]
6 Jul Red headed woodpeckers [Terry Gwilliams ]
6 Jul Rose breasted grosbeak sentinel butte [Chris Hiatt ]
6 Jul Caspian Tern [Larry Jones ]
6 Jul Black billed cuckoo medora [Chris Hiatt ]
6 Jul Red headed woodpeckers [Bti Mail ]
6 Jul Red-Headed Woodpeckers and Bald Eagles [V N ]
5 Jul OK, Eurasian then [Charles Taft ]
5 Jul European Collared Dove [Charles Taft ]
4 Jul Orchard Orioles in New England, ND [John Fielding ]
3 Jul BBS Routes in n.e. ND [David Lambeth ]
3 Jul Osprey in Golden Valley [Jesse Kolar ]
3 Jul Re: Regarding possible Canyon Wren, Medora [V N ]
2 Jul Am bittern-Adams co. [Chris Hiatt ]
30 Jun Turtle Mt BBS [Ron Martin ]
30 Jun RFI Rhame Prairie and McCown's Longspur [Brian Bielfelt ]
29 Jun Short eared owls Gladstone [Chris Hiatt ]
27 Jun BN Stilt, Peregrine [Corey Ellingson ]
27 Jun Baltimore Oriole [Charles J Taft ]
27 Jun McHugh Slough and Lake Laretta [David Lambeth ]
27 Jun Least Bitterns near Lidgerwood [MARK OTNES ]
26 Jun Black-necked Stilt update [Ann Hoffert ]
26 Jun FW: [eBird Regional Editors] Some changes to eBird Privacy ["Bell, Tyler" ]
25 Jun Say's Phoebe in Traill County again [Nancy Drew ]
25 Jun Re: eBird sightings ["Bell, Tyler" ]
25 Jun Re: Regarding possible Canyon Wren, Medora ["Bell, Tyler" ]
24 Jun Red-neck Phalarope [Maureen O'Mara ]
25 Jun Forman and Walcott Breeding Bird Surveys ["Wiesenborn, Dennis" ]
24 Jun Re: Regarding possible Canyon Wren, Medora [Jesse Kolar ]
24 Jun eBird sightings [Derek Bakken ]
24 Jun Regarding possible Canyon Wren, Medora [Mary Megalli ]
24 Jun Turkey Vultures [Buchanan Law Office ]
24 Jun Edgeley BBS Route ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
24 Jun Re: eBird ["Bell, Tyler" ]
23 Jun Yellow-bellied Sapsucker [Sherry Leslie ]
23 Jun Re: eBird [cnorheim ]
23 Jun Blue Grosbeaks - Morton Co [Corey Ellingson ]
23 Jun Denbigh BBS [Ron Martin ]
23 Jun eBird [Ron Martin ]
23 Jun Fw: eBird Report - McKenzie Slough, Jun 21, 2014 [Clark Talkington ]
23 Jun Fw: eBird Report - Morton, Jun 22, 2014 [Clark Talkington ]
22 Jun RFI- Ferruginous hawk nest in Steele (Kidder County) [Paul Dennehy ]
21 Jun Here and there [Ron Martin ]
20 Jun Snowy Owl [Corey Ellingson ]
19 Jun Lone Sandhill Crane [Meridee Erickson-Stowman ]
17 Jun Prairie Pothole Festival [Corey Ellingson ]
13 Jun Knife River Indian Villages-Connecticut Warbler, Wood Thrush [Eric Ripma ]
11 Jun No Subject [Michael Zerr ]
10 Jun Least Bittern - Kidder [Corey Ellingson ]
9 Jun Re: question about house wrens ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
9 Jun House Wrens [Floramay & Steve ]
9 Jun Re: question about house wrens [Buchanan Law Office ]

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

Good Birding,
Bob Anderson
Valley City

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

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


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

Bob

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

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

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

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

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


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


http://www.stoneylonesomephotos.com/p177451021

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

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

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

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

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

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


Thanks Bob, and Good Birding,

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



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

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



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


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



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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


Good Birding
Dean Riemer

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


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

Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Rod Fossen, Minot



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

A few notes from my travels this weekend.

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

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


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

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


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



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

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


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

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


July 6

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


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


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

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

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

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

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer






















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

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

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

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


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

Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

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


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Subject: Red-Headed Woodpeckers and Bald Eagles
From: V N <ndvagabond AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 00:08:00 -0600
There are two interesting phenomena in and around Theodore Roosevelt National 
Park this summer: 

First, there seem to be larger than normal numbers of red-headed woodpeckers. I 
saw many of them in the park's North Unit this weekend, and park visitors have 
been reporting the same. I also saw a pair at the Elkhorn Ranch Unit. Theodore 
Roosevelt would have enjoyed that. So, if you know someone looking for 
red-headed woodpeckers, I would send them to the North Unit of the park. They 
seem to be everywhere. 

Second, there have been regular sightings of bald eagles in the park this 
summer. Usually we only see balds in the winter -- usually not after April. A 
year or so ago, I was told that they were working their way upstream and would 
probably be breeding in the park before long. We saw a mature bird on the 
annual birdwalk in the South Unit on June 1 and I saw another adult eagle in 
the South Unit today. Other rangers report seeing them along the river this 
summer. I wonder if there is a nest. 

Valerie NaylorMedora, North Dakotandvagabond AT hotmail.com 		 	   		  
Subject: OK, Eurasian then
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 14:15:33 -0500
Friend caught error, corrected, thanks!
Eurasian Collared-Dove




Yours truly
Charles J Taft
129 25th St SW
Minot, ND  58701
701-852-1981


Subject: European Collared Dove
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 13:26:07 -0500
A first ever in our yard in West Minot! They sure are larger than Mourning 
Doves! They fly differently too. 

I even got some pictures.



Yours truly
Charles J Taft
129 25th St SW
Minot, ND  58701
701-852-1981


Subject: Orchard Orioles in New England, ND
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 10:54:19 -0600
American Goldfinches, Orchard Orioles and something that closely resembles 
Purple Finches in our back yard today. What else would be more likely? 


John D.W. Fielding
New England, ND

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Subject: BBS Routes in n.e. ND
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:18:54 -0500
Fortunately for me I finished running my four BBS routes on June 23, just
ahead of the week of very rainy and windy weather. Some highlights and
lowlights:

KEMPTON (All in Grand Forks County. Kempton is a few miles south of
Larimore. The route runs eastward to near Merrifield).
54 species. Calling Sandhill Crane (almost certainly nest in the area but
I'm still trying to get a confirmation), and a calling Red-headed
Woodpecker (a surprise, not expected on any of the four BBS routes). This
route starts with tall cottonwood shelterbelts and includes a run across my
favorite part of the saline grasslands where one can expect meadowlarks
(total of 27) and marbled godwits. A lowlight: at stop 2, a pump at a drain
tile collection point that was so loud I couldn't hear anything other than
a very nearby Common Yellowthroat.

NASH (from near Nash in Walsh County to near Johnstown in Grand Forks
County. This is an east-west route well within the Red River Valley.
Crossings of the Park River and Forest River add a bit of diversity to this
count which otherwise is through intensive cropland. No CRP and no
grazing.). 43 species. The only waterfowl were Canada Goose and Mallard,
the only shorebird was a Killdeer. No Western Meadlowlark, Sora, Sedge
Wren, LeConte's Sparrow or Nelson's Sparrow. The most numerous species are
Cliff Swallow and Red-winged Blackbird.

LAKOTA: (from sw of the town of Lakota eastward to near Petersburg. Highly
agricultural but there are wetlands at most stops). 70 species. Eleven
species of waterfowl, five species of shorebirds. Yellow-headed Blackbirds
were recorded on 44 of the 50 stops. Western Meadowlarks at four stops.

BOWESMONT (All in Pembina County. From townsite of Bowesmont (north of
Drayton) to the Manitoba border west of town of Pembina. Much of the route
is flooded when the Red River is high and so much of this area has been
vacated by people, but is nearly all cropland.) 45 species. Most numerous
species are Cliff Swallow (420, nearly all at one bridge) and Red-winged
Blackbird (129 recorded on 32 stops). There are several stops where the
only species recorded are Red-winged Blackbird, Savannah Sparrow, or Horned
Lark. Two stops are adjacent to CRP and one stop is adjacent to alfalfa
(full of red-wingeds!). No pastures, no grazing animals, no meadowlarks.

All things considered these BBS routes are interesting to do and they are
documenting changes in bird life over time. But the trends in species
numbers and diversity are discouraging. It seems to me that the future for
bird diversity along some of these routes, most notably Nash and Bowesmont,
is going to get worse for several reasons. Drainage (sharply increasing
through field tiling) is eliminating "nuisance wet spots" and making
formerly too wet fields tillable; shelterbelts are being removed and those
remaining are dying anyway (old age, spraying, etc.); elimination of weeds
and grasses along section lines leaves the intended crop as the only plant
species; and perhaps intensive chemical usage is making it difficult for
birds to raise young either through direct poisoning or reducing food
availability.
Subject: Osprey in Golden Valley
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:05:51 -0600
Yesterday evening I took my nephew out fishing at Camels Hump ‚ÄčDam, and we
had an osprey fly over.  I was quite positive on ID, but it flew directly
in line with the sun.  Fortunately, it returned a few minutes later, and
we got to see (and hear) the spectacular trademark of the osprey hover,
tuck its wings, and then smack into the water not even 100 feet off the
shore.  After sitting on the water for a few seconds, it struggled out of
the water and flew right over our heads with a flopping rainbow trout, held
in-line like a torpedo.  The osprey flew over once more about an hour later.

It sure seems like an odd time of year to see an osprey in ND.  Breeding in
the region? Already left an unsuccessful nest? Juvenile non-breeder?

Either way, it made a birder out of my nephew for at least 2 minutes.  Ha
ha.

Jesse Kolar
Dickinson, ND
Subject: Re: Regarding possible Canyon Wren, Medora
From: V N <ndvagabond AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 00:24:18 -0600
Hello All-
Regarding the earlier Canyon Wren reported from Medora, I am almost certain 
that was a Field Sparrow. When I checked for it the same day it was reported, I 
heard several Field Sparrows from that location but no Canyon Wren. I know the 
person who heard it was a reputable birder, but he only heard it once and I 
think it was an error. 

Where is the most recent one being reported?  I am behind on reading my posts.
Valerie NaylorMedora, ND

Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:26:24 +0000
From: belljt AT SI.EDU
Subject: Re: [ND-BIRDS] Regarding possible Canyon Wren, Medora
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU









I remember the first time I heard a Field Sparrow in North Dakota, below the 
dam at Garrison. Didnít sink in as the song was quite different from the ones 
we hear in Maryland. Out 

 of state birders might get confused and jump the gun on the ID? Of course, 
FISP song rises whereas Canyon Wren descends. Hmmm. 

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


 








From: Jesse Kolar 

To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU


Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:34 PM

Subject: Re: [ND-BIRDS] Regarding possible Canyon Wren, Medora


 



There was a Canyon wren reported earlier this year, but when I ran out, I just 
heard a wren-like north dakotan version of a field Sparrows song (seen). 



Could it have been a field sparrow?



Cheers,



Jesse Kolar


Dickinson 


 



On Jun 24, 2014 5:50 PM, "Mary Megalli"  wrote:

Dear colleagues,

 


I will not be able to look again for the "Canyon Wren," as I will travel from 
Richardton on west this Thursday. Someone should check it out: take the 

 auto tour route. Just N of the first road on the left that appears to go near 
the river, there is a tree very near the righthand side of the road and 
immediately behind the tree, a sharply rising small and rocky hill. I stood 
under that tree for 15 minutes, 

 and the "tired-sounding Canyon Wren" sang its little song once a minute or so 
-- two whistles, then 4-5 warbly notes down-scale in half-to-quarter tones. If 
I leave Richardton early, maybe I'll stop in and check that tree, especially if 
I've learned how to 

 use video on my phone, which would give me a sound recording.






 




 		 	   		  
Subject: Am bittern-Adams co.
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:19:09 -0600
Saw an AMERICAN BITTERN yesterday 4 miles south of the hettinger county line on 
22. Was flying over a small marsh on east side of the highway. I also had a 
short eared owl 2 miles south of the stark county line in slope county along 85 
last night. With the crazy amount of yellow sweet clover this year, it seems to 
me the bobolinks love to be in it. 

Good birding ,
Chris Hiatt 
Bowman

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Subject: Turtle Mt BBS
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:07:46 -0500
ND-Birders:

On Saturday I ran the Turtle Mt. BBS. Visibility was very poor with fairly 
heavy fog most of the route. It also rained on the last 8 stops. 73 species 
were recorded, very low for this route. As one might expect, very few birds 
were seen flying by. Unusual for the route was a Lark Sparrow. Eleven Veerys 
were tallied, more than I get most years. Song Sparrows must be working on 
their second nesting. A high count of 109 was unusual. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: RFI Rhame Prairie and McCown's Longspur
From: Brian Bielfelt <speedyperegrine AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:03:07 -0400
Hello All,
 
I am heading out toward Rhame Prairie this week in search of McCown's Longspur. 
Although I got a general idea of the location from ebird and site description, 
I would like a little more information regarding the site and access. From what 
I've read, there is a hill and a prairie dog town somewhere out there. Any 
further details is appreciated. 

 
Thank you,
 
Brian Bielfelt
Wheaton, MN
 		 	   		  
Subject: Short eared owls Gladstone
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:06:19 -0600
I'm glad to be back for the summer. California was getting way too hot. Moving 
bees Thursday night I saw 2 short eared owls south of Gladstone , both about a 
mile apart from each other. Yesterday saw a northern rough winged swallow in 
bowman. 

I'm glad it's so green and lush. Now if the wind will stop blowing and the rain 
will stop my bees will make some honey.... 

Chris Hiatt 
Bowman

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Subject: BN Stilt, Peregrine
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:44:45 -0500
Greetings ND Birders,
 Ron Martin and I just checked on the Black-necked Stilts on the Willow City 
road. We found a pair of adults with 4 chicks. 

BN stilt babies were 3 miles east on Willow City road from Hwy 14 at Upham. On 
the north side of the road. 

Also present was a Peregrine Falcon taking a pass at a roosting Red-tail.
For shorebirds, there was 240 Marbled Godwits, 140 Am Avocets, 40 Willet, 14 
Lesser Yellowlegs, and a Greater. 

Fall is here apparently. (Southbound shorebirds).
Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

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Subject: Baltimore Oriole
From: Charles J Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:20:42 -0500
One colorful male has been coming to our yard in West Minot the last two days. 
Seen earlier in the year, then not for awhile. 


Charles J Taft
852-1981

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Subject: McHugh Slough and Lake Laretta
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:53:38 -0500
Birders,
This prolonged wet period we have had has resulted in flooding of much of
the area between these two places in Nelson County. As a result
water-associated birds have moved in, in big numbers. Also we now know that
there are hundreds of pairs of American White Pelicans nesting on a remote
island -- too remote to know what might be with them. Large numbers of
Franklin's Gulls are nesting in two different cattail areas, and large
numbers of Ring-billed Gulls are present (likely a few California Gulls
also, though not confirmed today).

Today I spent 7 hours birding by driving the available roads, covering
about 15 miles in total. Huge areas cannot be seen from a road and so the
numbers reported below are only a fraction of what must be present. Among
the 62 species tallied:

6 Pied-billed Grebe
4 Red-necked Grebe
772 Eared Grebe (many young)
192 Western Grebe (many young)
1 American Bittern
1 Great Blue Heron
5 Great Egret
5 Black-crowned Night Heron
21 White-faced Ibis (poor looks, no chance to see if there might be a
Glossy)
14 American Avocet
4 Piping Plover (previously found by Deb Hanson. Unusual for Nelson County)
75 Black Tern
32 Forster's Tern
3 Common Tern (note: differentiating between Forster's and Common was
problematical so it is probably best to assume that there were a total of
35 between these two species. It would be interesting to know if Commons
are nesting on the island that has pelicans).
Subject: Least Bitterns near Lidgerwood
From: MARK OTNES <markotnes AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:38:08 -0500
I saw one and heard at least two other Least Bitterns about 1 1/2 miles
northwest of Lidgerwood in Richland County at about 10:30 this morning.
There is a large wetland along 91st Street just west of Highway 18 north of
Lidgerwood.  The bitterns were just west of the Lidgerwood Municipal
Airport.  There is a lot of water and marsh in this area.  A really fun
trip would be to bird this area west to Kraft Slough and then south to
Hecla.

Mark Otnes
Fargo, ND
Subject: Black-necked Stilt update
From: Ann Hoffert <pipestem AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:29:53 -0500
The Black-necked Stilt nest south of Carrington posted by Corey Ellingson 
discovered during the Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival is still there. It 
has survived the recent rains. The parents have built it up with a makeshift 
‚Äúdike‚ÄĚ which is totally surrounded by water. Today we observed the parents 
switch sitting on the nest. In the same area of the marsh on the Pipestem Creek 
are two Avocet nests. 


There was also a Green-winged Teal with several young. Two other Green-winged 
Teal were present along with Widgeons, Shovelers, Blue-Winged Teal, Pintails, 
Mallards, and Gadwalls. 


Ann Hoffert
Pipestem Creek Bed and Birding
7060 Highway 9
Carrington, ND 58421
701-652-2623
pipestem AT daktel.com
Subject: FW: [eBird Regional Editors] Some changes to eBird Privacy
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:46:09 +0000
Apropos the recent discussion about eBird...

Tyler Bell
Edgewater, Maryland
belljt AT si.edu


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Christopher Wood 
To: eBird Regional Editors ; eBird 
TechTalk  

Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 1:06 PM
Subject: [eBird Regional Editors] Some changes to eBird Privacy

Hi everyone,

We've made some changes to eBird's preferences that provide more flexibility 
and allow people to opt out of certain types of output. The next time you sign 
into eBird, you will see a notice of these changes. Many of you were very 
helpful in providing advise and we greatly appreciate your input. 


1) The eBird Preferences page now has an option to opt out of Alerts, Recent 
Visits, and Top100 


2) All eBirders now have the option to use their correct name in their account 
(that will be seen by reviewers), but to have their name displayed as 
"Anonymous eBirder" within eBird output. 


3) All eBirders will now see a popup the next time they hit a new page in eBird 
that informs them of the privacy options and that some of their data are 
appearing in real time. People subscribing for new accounts will also see this. 


4) A revised Privacy Page discusses one's options: 
http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1006833-data-privacy 


5) The Location Explorer now has a one-hour delay built in. So from this point 
on, submitted checklists won't appear instantly and instead will be delayed one 
hour from the time of submission. If you wish for a longer delay, please do 
delay your submission time accordingly and/or opt out of the "Recent Visits". 


Our hope s that these changes will balance the very legitimate concerns that 
you all raised along with the timeliness of eBird that keeps it relevant and 
useful for birders for real-time birding info. 


See: http://ebird.org/ebird/prefs

Please do let us know your thoughts. We do hope to add additional options 
pertaining to privacy (e.g., ability to hide or "blur" a location and a better 
way to deal with sensitive species). However, for now, we hope this addresses 
the most pressing personal privacy concerns. 


Thanks,
Chris, Marshall, Brian and Team eBird

Chris Wood

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Subject: Say's Phoebe in Traill County again
From: Nancy Drew <ncdrew AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:12:09 -0500
They are back.  They are in the same nest.  Right now I believe they are on
eggs.  This year the nest is so high sided that I can't see any heads or
tails sticking out of it.  I just see the birds entering and leaving.  I
have not seen or heard any young.

This is my blog entry from last year with pictures.

http://2knitwits.blogspot.com/search?q=Say%27s+Phoebe

Nancy Drew
SW Traill County, 1 mile west of the Clifford Elevator
Subject: Re: eBird sightings
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:12:22 +0000
As an eBird reviewer in Maryland, part of a team, if a statewide or regional 
review species is submitted, we forward that information on to the MD/DC 
Records Committee. Some observers do this automatically but many eBird users 
are unaware that certain species are uncommon enough to warrant further review. 
This is particularly true of the Great Backyard Bird Count where many specious 
sighting occur with a couple of real gems buried in the chaff (Lark Bunting and 
White-winged Dove come to mind). If there are no accompanying photos or audio, 
we don't make a ruling until the records committee has voted on it which can 
take years. It's easy to find sightings in eBird based on date and species. 
Records committee reviewable species with conclusive documentation are 
validated right away. I suspect that the North Dakota reviewers follow a 
similar protocol. 


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


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Derek Bakken >
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 7:48 PM
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] eBird sightings

Hey all,

Very interesting conversation about eBird. While I think most people, including 
me, find eBird to be a great benefit birders and scientists, it has also 
spawned a couple of small issues regarding state/local bird groups. 


1) Ron Martin's point about people not posting sightings on listservs as often. 


2) Fewer birders submitting sightings directly to state Ornithological 
unions/societies. 



I think there are a couple of possible solutions to both issues.

For the first issue, I think an occasional reminder (much like Ron/Clark did) 
might be all it would take. 


The second one is a little bit harder to fix, but I think many states are 
working with eBird to share their data and find ways to make it easier in the 
future. 


However, the occasional listserv reminder won't help when out of state birders 
find and report rare sightings to eBird. I think it is a safe assumption that 
very few birders from out of state ever submit their sightings to a state 
listserv. 


One way around that is to set up bird alerts in eBird. You can set eBird to 
send you an email once per day alerting you to rare birds reported in any state 
or county, or even set up alerts for specific birds seen in a state or county. 


1) Log in to eBird
2) Click "My eBird"
3) Scroll down and on the right side, click "Manage My Alerts"
4) Then you can pick what alerts you want.

There are also a couple of really nice apps out there for smartphones that use 
eBird information to help people find recent sightings. 


P.S. - I just started helping out as the eBird HotSpot reviewer for North 
Dakota and got everything caught up to current. If anyone has any questions 
about hotspots or thinks some of them need to be renamed/moved/merged, send me 
an email and I'll see what I can do. 


--
Derek Bakken
Spirit Lake, Iowa
iowagreatlakesbirding.blogspot.com
ornitholature.blogspot.com
twitter.com/Ornitholature

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


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

Subject: Re: Regarding possible Canyon Wren, Medora
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:26:24 +0000
I remember the first time I heard a Field Sparrow in North Dakota, below the 
dam at Garrison. Didn't sink in as the song was quite different from the ones 
we hear in Maryland. Out of state birders might get confused and jump the gun 
on the ID? Of course, FISP song rises whereas Canyon Wren descends. Hmmm. 


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


________________________________
From: Jesse Kolar >
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:34 PM
Subject: Re: [ND-BIRDS] Regarding possible Canyon Wren, Medora

There was a Canyon wren reported earlier this year, but when I ran out, I just 
heard a wren-like north dakotan version of a field Sparrows song (seen). 

Could it have been a field sparrow?
Cheers,
Jesse Kolar
Dickinson

On Jun 24, 2014 5:50 PM, "Mary Megalli" 
> wrote: 

Dear colleagues,

I will not be able to look again for the "Canyon Wren," as I will travel from 
Richardton on west this Thursday. Someone should check it out: take the auto 
tour route. Just N of the first road on the left that appears to go near the 
river, there is a tree very near the righthand side of the road and immediately 
behind the tree, a sharply rising small and rocky hill. I stood under that tree 
for 15 minutes, and the "tired-sounding Canyon Wren" sang its little song once 
a minute or so -- two whistles, then 4-5 warbly notes down-scale in 
half-to-quarter tones. If I leave Richardton early, maybe I'll stop in and 
check that tree, especially if I've learned how to use video on my phone, which 
would give me a sound recording. 

Subject: Red-neck Phalarope
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:09:31 -0600
Hello,

I've been a little overwhelmed with house repairs etc to post much.  I have
been going out to my usu. pond site in the Missouri Nat'l grasslands in
McKenzie co. once on the weekends.

Three weeks ago three avocets were seen but they have moved on.
Two weeks ago a pair of Red-neck Phalaropes were doing midair maneuvers
that I assumed were courtship behaviors.  This past Sunday they were still
present, they had just moved over to the overfill pond.  The male was
swimming about making noises at my presence but the female could not be
seen.  I think they might be nesting.

Three Common Mergansers were on the pond as were the two C. Goose pairs
that managed to pull off 8 goslings between them.

More birds than that around but these were the newest sightings.

I also heard a Grasshopper Sparrow and the Bobolinks are still around.

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: Forman and Walcott Breeding Bird Surveys
From: "Wiesenborn, Dennis" <D.Wiesenborn AT NDSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:53:39 +0000
The Forman, ND survey was conducted on Saturday, June 21. The dawn chorus was 
especially thrilling. The very wet conditions seemed to boost numbers and 
variety of wetland species, especially American Bitterns, Black-crowned 
Night-herons, and a number of ducks and shorebirds. But land birds seemed down 
in numbers. Species counted this year that are generally hard to find on this 
survey: Ring-necked Duck, Am. Avocet, Wilson's Phalarope, Rose-breasted 
Grosbeak, Virginia Rail, and Swainson's Hawk. Some species that were observed 
between stops or during a scouting trip on Friday evening, but which were not 
recorded during the survey: Cattle Egret, Nelson's Sparrow, Red-eyed Vireo. 



A few particular Forman BBS highlights:


Say's phoebe, for the second year in a row. But this year's Say's was in 
Richland County, about 10 miles east of the nesting pair found last year in 
Sargent County. 



Bald Eagle: first time for this route, though long overdue.


The Walcott, ND survey was conducted on Sunday, June 22. This route passes 
through extensive areas of bird-sparse cropland, but the wet conditions 
attracted an unusual number of Wilson's snipe and other wetland birds in the 
first third of the route. There were a few species not usually detected on this 
route, like Am. Bittern, Pied-billed Grebe, N. Pintail, Marbled Godwit and 
Great Horned Owl. 



A few particular Walcott BBS highlights:


Male-female pairs of Green-winged Teal at two different stops (new for this 
route). Coincidentally, I also recorded this species at two stops on the 
Glyndon, MN BBS (my first time to find G-w Teal on that route in 10 years). 



A pair of Pine Siskins at the Kindred City Park (one recorded on survey, new 
for this route). 
Subject: Re: Regarding possible Canyon Wren, Medora
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:34:16 -0600
There was a Canyon wren reported earlier this year, but when I ran out, I
just heard a wren-like north dakotan version of a field Sparrows song
(seen).

Could it have been a field sparrow?

Cheers,

Jesse Kolar
Dickinson
On Jun 24, 2014 5:50 PM, "Mary Megalli"  wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
>
> I will not be able to look again for the "Canyon Wren," as I will travel
> from Richardton on west this Thursday. Someone should check it out: take
> the auto tour route. Just N of the first road on the left that appears to
> go near the river, there is a tree very near the righthand side of the road
> and immediately behind the tree, a sharply rising small and rocky hill. I
> stood under that tree for 15 minutes, and the "tired-sounding Canyon Wren"
> sang its little song once a minute or so -- two whistles, then 4-5 warbly
> notes down-scale in half-to-quarter tones. If I leave Richardton early,
> maybe I'll stop in and check that tree, especially if I've learned how to
> use video on my phone, which would give me a sound recording.
>
Subject: eBird sightings
From: Derek Bakken <spottedtowhee AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:48:51 -0500
Hey all,

Very interesting conversation about eBird.  While I think most people,
including me, find eBird to be a great benefit birders and scientists, it
has also spawned a couple of small issues regarding state/local bird groups.

1)  Ron Martin's point about people not posting sightings on listservs as
often.

2)  Fewer birders submitting sightings directly to state Ornithological
unions/societies.


I think there are a couple of possible solutions to both issues.

For the first issue, I think an occasional reminder (much like Ron/Clark
did) might be all it would take.

The second one is a little bit harder to fix, but I think many states are
working with eBird to share their data and find ways to make it easier in
the future.

However, the occasional listserv reminder won't help when out of state
birders find and report rare sightings to eBird.  I think it is a safe
assumption that very few birders from out of state ever submit their
sightings to a state listserv.

One way around that is to set up bird alerts in eBird.  You can set eBird
to send you an email once per day alerting you to rare birds reported in
any state or county, or even set up alerts for specific birds seen in a
state or county.

1) Log in to eBird
2) Click "My eBird"
3) Scroll down and on the right side, click "Manage My Alerts"
4) Then you can pick what alerts you want.

There are also a couple of really nice apps out there for smartphones that
use eBird information to help people find recent sightings.

P.S. - I just started helping out as the eBird HotSpot reviewer for North
Dakota and got everything caught up to current.  If anyone has any
questions about hotspots or thinks some of them need to be
renamed/moved/merged, send me an email and I'll see what I can do.

-- 
Derek Bakken
Spirit Lake, Iowa
iowagreatlakesbirding.blogspot.com
ornitholature.blogspot.com
twitter.com/Ornitholature

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

Also, please report your bird sightings to eBird and/or the IOU/MOU.  The
information gathered is vital to the future of birds.
Subject: Regarding possible Canyon Wren, Medora
From: Mary Megalli <marydmegalli AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:34:01 -0400
Dear colleagues,

I will not be able to look again for the "Canyon Wren," as I will travel
from Richardton on west this Thursday. Someone should check it out: take
the auto tour route. Just N of the first road on the left that appears to
go near the river, there is a tree very near the righthand side of the road
and immediately behind the tree, a sharply rising small and rocky hill. I
stood under that tree for 15 minutes, and the "tired-sounding Canyon Wren"
sang its little song once a minute or so -- two whistles, then 4-5 warbly
notes down-scale in half-to-quarter tones. If I leave Richardton early,
maybe I'll stop in and check that tree, especially if I've learned how to
use video on my phone, which would give me a sound recording.
Subject: Turkey Vultures
From: Buchanan Law Office <bulaw AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:49:14 -0500
 Last evening there were at least 5 Turkey Vultures, some appearing as 
juveniles, perching in large trees at the Solien & DeNault Park in NE 
Jamestown. There also appeared to be 2 nests there. Shortly after watching them 
in the trees, I observed 6 or more soaring around overhead. 


Dan Buchanan
Box 879
Jamestown, ND 58402
Tel. (701) 252-6604
Fax (701) 952-4757
bulaw AT daktel.com
Subject: Edgeley BBS Route
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:17:47 -0500
I recorded for my wife, Amy, on the Edgeley BBS route on Saturday.   The
only unusual bird was a lone male Lark Bunting.  (Amy also recorded a male
Lark Bunting on this route in 2012.)

Chris Zinke found a Green Heron nest in a tree in his front yard southeast
of Jamestown.

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: eBird
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:48:23 +0000
I've said it before and I'll continue to say it, if you're not using eBird, you 
should try it. Data entry is quite easy and there's a wealth of data there even 
if you don't enter your own. If you do use it extensively and catch up on your 
various county and state lists, you can set up alert emails so that when 
something that you need appears, you'll get an email about it either hourly or 
daily. 


One nice feature of eBird is that it allows you to email a copy of your 
checklist to yourself which can then very easily be forwarded to the list. If 
you feel that some or most of the list might not be of general interest, you 
can change it quickly. Be aware that many birds that you may take for granted 
are what summer travellers are in search of so may be of wider interest than 
you might imagine! The Sharp-tailed Grouse on your rock pile or the Sprague's 
Pipit skylarking over your cow pasture might be blasť but could be a lifer for 
someone else. 


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



________________________________
From: Ron Martin >;
To: >;
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] eBird
Sent: Tue, Jun 24, 2014 12:59:55 AM

ND-Birders:

These days many birders use eBird (myself included) for recording bird 
sightings and for helping keep track of various lists. With this rise in eBird 
use there seems to have been a decline in the use of listserves in general for 
reporting interesting and rare bird sightings. People report birds on eBird and 
assume that everyone now has the information. However, you might consider that 
not everyone is or wants to be an eBird user, and many people do not have 
access to their cell phone for messages 24-7. This is plea to all of you out 
there to consider putting a timely note on this listserve if you find a rare 
bird. Or even an update if you go to see a bird previously reported. Even 
crazier, perhaps if you find a rare bird you might consider using the phone 
part of your cell phone to call someone. I find it a little ironic that in the 
age of instant information news of a rare bird seems to travel more slowly than 
it did when all we had was a rotary phone. Note that Clark Talkington put a 
couple of eBird checklists on the listserve today that featured several 
interesting finds. Thanks, Clark. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer



Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:50:27 -0500
We have a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at our home that has been hammering for
days on the metal gutters.  Very noisy and he needs a girl friend badly!
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds x4
Black-headed and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks several pairs
Towhees
Chipping and Clay-colored Sparrows
Yellow and Black and White Warblers
Must be the year for Vireos since we have several pair of Red-eyed and
Yellow-throated.
Great-crested Flycatcher
Eastern and Western  Kingbirds
Tree Swallows
Eastern Bluebirds
House Wrens
and the usual steady residents.
Variety but not great numbers.
Sherry Leslie
Rural Minot/Burlington

There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.  Like
winds and sunset, wild things were taken for granted until progress began
to do away with them.-Aldo Leopold
Subject: Re: eBird
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:30:27 -0500
Thanks Ron for posting this. I'm one of those who don't use eBird, and 
would appreciate more postings to the listserves.

Connie Norheim
Fargo

On 6/23/2014 7:59 PM, Ron Martin wrote:
> ND-Birders:
> These days many birders use eBird (myself included) for recording bird 
> sightings and for helping keep track of various lists. With this rise 
> in eBird use there seems to have been a decline in the use of 
> listserves in general for reporting interesting and rare bird 
> sightings.  People report birds on eBird and assume that everyone now 
> has the information.  However, you might consider that not everyone is 
> or wants to be an eBird user, and many people do not have access to 
> their cell phone for messages 24-7.  This is plea to all of you out 
> there to consider putting a timely note on this listserve if you find 
> a rare bird.  Or even an update if you go to see a bird previously 
> reported.  Even crazier, perhaps if you find a rare bird you might 
> consider using the phone part of your cell phone to call someone.  I 
> find it a little ironic that in the age of instant information news of 
> a rare bird seems to travel more slowly than it did when all we had 
> was a rotary phone.  Note that Clark Talkington put a couple of eBird 
> checklists on the listserve today that featured several interesting 
> finds.  Thanks, Clark.
> Good birding,
> Ron Martin
> Rural Sawyer
Subject: Blue Grosbeaks - Morton Co
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:51:55 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:

I had the privilege of recording for a Breeding Bird Survey for Cathy
Clayton on Saturday morning (6/21).    We had BLUE GROSBEAK at two stops on
the route.   

 

The first was a singing male just north of the feedlot on the west side of
the road, just north of the Solen bridge.    The second sighting was at the
intersection of CR 135, and 24th Ave south of Mandan off of Hwy 6.  A pair
of BLUE GROSBEAK was at this location, as well as a Say's Phoebe.   There is
a farmstead on the north side of the road, off the intersection a ways.

 

I can't remember any other good birds on this route.   Three mornings in a
row of 4am or earlier still have an effect on me.   

 

I helped with the Lostwood NWR bird event on Friday morning (6/20).   Two
Short-eared Owls were along the auto tour, as well as a male LARK BUNTING.
I do not recall ever seeing a Lark Bunting up there.   Unfortunately, no
Baird's Sparrows or Sprague's Pipits were noted, the refuge seems to be a
bit lush during this prolonged wet cycle.

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Denbigh BBS
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:29:44 -0500
ND-Birders:

I ran the Denbigh BBS yesterday in McHenry Co. with Corey E. taking care of the 
recording duties. 88 species were noted, a high number for this route. Like 
last year, the route had water everywhere. Highlights inclued a Short-eared 
Owl, 2 L. Shrikes (very low in recent years), a Black-billed Magpie (also 
difficult in recent years), and 5 Sprague's Pipits. Only 2 Le Conte's Sparrows 
were heard, a low number for this route. No Ferruginous Hawks were recorded. 
Still relatively common a decade ago, this species will soon be gone from the 
county. 


The Harris's Sparrow I reported at my feeder last week is still making a daily 
appearance. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

Subject: eBird
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:59:55 -0500
ND-Birders:

These days many birders use eBird (myself included) for recording bird 
sightings and for helping keep track of various lists. With this rise in eBird 
use there seems to have been a decline in the use of listserves in general for 
reporting interesting and rare bird sightings. People report birds on eBird and 
assume that everyone now has the information. However, you might consider that 
not everyone is or wants to be an eBird user, and many people do not have 
access to their cell phone for messages 24-7. This is plea to all of you out 
there to consider putting a timely note on this listserve if you find a rare 
bird. Or even an update if you go to see a bird previously reported. Even 
crazier, perhaps if you find a rare bird you might consider using the phone 
part of your cell phone to call someone. I find it a little ironic that in the 
age of instant information news of a rare bird seems to travel more slowly than 
it did when all we had was a rotary phone. Note that Clark Talkington put a 
couple of eBird checklists on the listserve today that featured several 
interesting finds. Thanks, Clark. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - McKenzie Slough, Jun 21, 2014
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:43:28 -0500
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To: ctalkington AT bis.midco.net
Subject: eBird Report - McKenzie Slough, Jun 21, 2014

McKenzie Slough, Burleigh, US-ND
Jun 21, 2014 5:24 PM - 8:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
12.0 mile(s)
48 species

Canada Goose  4
Wood Duck  6
Gadwall  42
Mallard  20
Blue-winged Teal  20
Northern Shoveler  10
Northern Pintail  4
Redhead  46
Ruddy Duck  1
Ring-necked Pheasant  2
Western Grebe  3
American White Pelican  44
Great Blue Heron  2
Cattle Egret  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  3
White-faced Ibis  3
Northern Harrier  1
Virginia Rail  2
Sora  4
American Coot  6
Black-necked Stilt  2     Very long red legs, black and white pattern of 
body and head and a needle like bill.  Has nested at McKenzie Slough in the 
past.
American Avocet  4
Killdeer  5
Willet  1
Wilson's Phalarope  5
Ring-billed Gull  3
Black Tern  1
Forster's Tern  1
Mourning Dove  4
Western Kingbird  2
Eastern Kingbird  5
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Cliff Swallow  75
Marsh Wren  42
American Robin  1
European Starling  1
Common Yellowthroat  6
Yellow Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  2
Bobolink  2
Red-winged Blackbird  56
Western Meadowlark  9
Yellow-headed Blackbird  133
Common Grackle  24
Brown-headed Cowbird  23
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  1

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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Morton, Jun 22, 2014
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:42:57 -0500
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To: ctalkington AT bis.midco.net
Subject: eBird Report - Morton, Jun 22, 2014

Morton, Morton, US-ND
Jun 22, 2014 8:51 AM - 4:36 PM
Protocol: Traveling
75.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Birded southeast Morton County from Little Heart Bottoms, Huff 
Hills to north of Solen.  On the way home one species was seen just across 
the county line in Sioux, that being Indigo Bunting.
64 species

Wood Duck  1
Gadwall  2
Mallard  10
Blue-winged Teal  4
Hooded Merganser  10
Ring-necked Pheasant  5
Turkey Vulture  2
Killdeer  9
Upland Sandpiper  34
Wilson's Phalarope  3
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  45
Barn Owl  1     Medium sized owl, pale overall, more white on bottom, with 
buff coloring in places, distinctive pattern on face.  Flew up in front of a 
bare cliff and over a hill.
Burrowing Owl  1     Burrowing Owls have been nesting in this area for as 
long as I can remember.
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
American Kestrel  1
Willow Flycatcher  1
Least Flycatcher  2
Say's Phoebe  1
Western Kingbird  21
Eastern Kingbird  32
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  8
Black-billed Magpie  5
Horned Lark  21
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Purple Martin  6
Tree Swallow  7
Bank Swallow  86
Barn Swallow  12
Cliff Swallow  31
Rock Wren  2
House Wren  11
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  13
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  13
Chestnut-collared Longspur  3
Ovenbird  4
Common Yellowthroat  4
Yellow Warbler  13
Yellow-breasted Chat  5
Spotted Towhee  8
Clay-colored Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  7
Vesper Sparrow  19
Lark Sparrow  33     This is a good area for Lark Sparrows.
Lark Bunting  73
Savannah Sparrow  1
Grasshopper Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  3
Black-headed Grosbeak  4
Indigo Bunting  1
Bobolink  14
Red-winged Blackbird  59
Western Meadowlark  162
Common Grackle  63
Brown-headed Cowbird  64
Orchard Oriole  7
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  6

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Subject: RFI- Ferruginous hawk nest in Steele (Kidder County)
From: Paul Dennehy <dennepj10 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 22:22:45 -0500
Hi there! I was wondering if anyone on the listserv has information about the 
ferruginous hawk nest on 47th street SE near Steele. I'm an out-of-state birder 
who has missed this species every time I've been to the central US, and I'm 
really hoping to see it this time. I was able to locate a large hawk-looking 
nest with some nestlings in it at the west end of a row of poplars just south 
of 47th street between 30th and 31st ave. This is where the eBird reports say 
the ferruginous is supposed to be, but despite hours of waiting today, I never 
saw an adult come near the nest. I'm planning on looking again in the morning, 
but I was hoping to get confirmation or correction as to whether I've even 
found the correct nest. (I saw about 3 other large raptor species in the area 
that the neat might also belong to.) Can anyone help me out? Thanks! 


Paul Dennehy

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Here and there
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2014 21:56:29 -0500
ND-Birders:

On the way home from the Potholes and Prairie Festival last Sunday I saw a 
family group of birds ahead of me on Hwy 52 in Sheridan Co. When I got closer I 
saw that it was a pair of Virginia Rails and 8 tiny, black young. They all made 
it across safely. 


This week I had a Harris's Sparrow at my feeder for three days.  

Today I did some birding in Nelson Co. Along the Sheyenne River I had Com. 
Ravens in two locations, and I found a Red-headed Woodpecker nest. 


Lazuli/Indigo Buntings are always interesting along the Souris River. There is 
a pair of Lazuli Buntings in Oak Park, and a hybrid male. Near Sawyer today 
there was a hybrid male, an Indigo male, and another individual chipping from 
the brush. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:42:47 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I have received a photo of a SNOWY OWL near Beulah, taken 18 June this week! 
There are two other records of June Snowy Owls, one in 1913 near Sentinel 
Butte, and another in the Sheyenne National Grasslands in June of 2008 by Dan 
Svingen, and Mark Gonzalez. 


Check out the photo at the NDBS gallery: 
http://ndbirdingsociety.com/photoGallery.php?galRarity=Y 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Lone Sandhill Crane
From: Meridee Erickson-Stowman <ndhatlady AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:17:57 -0500
My brother phoned me about a tall bird in a field and upon investigation I
confirmed that it was a lone Sandhill Crane.  It was/is located about a
mile and a half south of the Tower City exit on the Barnes county (west)
side of the county line. There is a small ditch that runs to the road and
it was standing near that, several yards into the field. We watched it some
minutes and heard it call. Quite fun!
Peace,
Meridee
From the wild western edge of Cass County, south of Tower City
Subject: Prairie Pothole Festival
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:12:11 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Last weekend the Prairie Pothole Festival based in Carrington was run for 
roughly 75 participants and it was a success. Most of the target birds were 
found, but some with difficulty thus not for everyone unfortunately. 


The only Baird's Sparrow accessible was south of Dawson on I-94, thus requiring 
a long drive. 


LeConte's Sparrows were very hard to come by in that area, but a few people 
lucked out. 


Sprague's Pipit must all be in breeding mode, again very tough to find only 
snagged a couple times. 



Special birds located during the festival not reported to the listserve area as 
follows: 


Least Bittern - one on the west side of Horsehead (which I posted) and another 
southwest of Woodworth. American Bitterns are in good numbers this year, be on 
the lookout for this smaller cousin too. 


Black-necked Stilt - nesting pair found south of Carrington was a surprise and 
enjoyed by most. 


Eastern Meadowlark - (possible) Meadowlark singing an eastern song on Tuttle 
Pasture. 


If anyone is going to chase these birds, I can give more specifics upon 
request. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Knife River Indian Villages-Connecticut Warbler, Wood Thrush
From: Eric Ripma <ericripma AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:54:03 -0500
While conducting breeding bird surveys in Knife River Indian Villages National 
Historic Site last week, I came across a couple of noteworthy birds. On 6/10, 
there was a singing Connecticut Warbler on the north side of the property along 
the Missouri River. On 6/6 there was a Wood Thrush at Sakakawea Park (by the 
tennis court) in Stanton, ND, just south of the Historic Site. Otherwise, there 
were good numbers of almost all of the expected birds. 


Eric Ripma
Indiana
http://blog.nuttybirder.com/
Subject: No Subject
From: Michael Zerr <zerrmick AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:58:38 -0500
Folks, here are some shots, hopefully in chronological order, of the
fine Spring
meeting of the SDOU  at Milbank, SD.

Mick Zerr


SDOU Spring Meeting Milbank SD 2014 
[image: image] 
SDOU Spring Meeting Milbank SD 2014 
View the album on Flickr.
Subject: Least Bittern - Kidder
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:51:19 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:

   Dave Lambeth texted me this evening that he located a calling Least
Bittern at the Horsehead Lake WMA.   This is located along 32nd Ave SE, half
way up the west lake shore.  A farmstead is on the west side of the road,
and a ND Game and Fish sign designates the location on the east side.   Dave
states he walked out on the old roadbed going east, and the bird was calling
south of the lone tree beside the trail.

 

32nd Ave SE is straight north of I-94 Exit 205 (approximately 12 miles
north), or from the north it is 1.5 miles west of Robinson, then 7 miles
south.

 

Thanks Dave,

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Re: question about house wrens
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 13:23:53 -0500
House Wrens are double brooded in much of this region, so there is always
the possibility to have one or more pairs of wrens using nest boxes later
in the breeding season in ND. When I moved to ND in the 90's, it was common
to have an early nesting pair in our yard. We usually have at least two
pairs nesting in our yard (one in front and one in back) during the spring
and summer, but in recent years, they do not initiate nests until late June
or early July.  I am assuming that these later nesting attempts are either
second broods or re-nesting attempts after a nest failure.  We currently
can hear at least one House Wren singing in our neighborhood in Jamestown,
but none are nesting in our yard at this time.   I am not sure why we no
longer get early nesting attempts in our boxes.   The lack of earlier
nesting attempts may be explained, in part, by competition with other
cavity nesters.  We have 6 wren boxes in our yard, and one is currently
occupied by a Black-capped Chickadee pair (5 young)...second chickadee nest
in three years.  Black-capped Chickadees initiate nests before House Wrens
arrive in the spring. This box also is a favorite nest box for House Wrens
(in 2012, House Wrens built their nest on top of the chickadee nest in mid
June, after the chickadee young fledged).

I completed the Buchanan BBS route on Saturday.   Nothing terribly unusual,
except for a few lingering migrants (a female Red-breasted Merganser at one
stop and a flock of Pectoral, Least, and White-rumped sandpipers at
another).

**************************************************************
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
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Subject: House Wrens
From: Floramay & Steve <flstmiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 11:15:23 -0500
I usually have a pair every year and had not heard or seen them until 
June 5 when I happened to see them at the wren house.
Still haven't heard them, but I am sleeping in most mornings.
Floramay Miller,  W. Rosser, Bismarck
Subject: Re: question about house wrens
From: Buchanan Law Office <bulaw AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 10:50:28 -0500
    We have at least 1, maybe 2 nesting pairs of House Wrens at home in 
Jamestown, their having arrived about 3 weeks ago.

Dan Buchanan

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From: "Peder Stenslie" 
Sent: Sunday, June 08, 2014 3:32 PM
To: 
Subject: Re: [ND-BIRDS] question about house wrens

> Strangely, our wren house (in Mandan) is empty too for the first time in 5
> years.  However, at our lake cabin at New Town, the wrens are everywhere.
> I think I have 4 nesting pairs there.
>
> Peder Stenslie
> Mandan, ND
>
>> Our Bismarck backyard wren house is still, sadly, empty, after hosting a
>> nesting pair of house wrens for 5 years in a row.  (In previous years 
>> I've
>> failed to note the arrival dates.) I'm also not hearing as many house
>> wrens
>> singing in my neighborhood as usual (I've heard a few but I think they
>> were
>> just passing through).  So, I'm wondering if nesting pairs in other ND
>> locations have arrived, and would be most grateful to hear from other ND
>> birders on this topic, such as the date they arrived, etc.
>>
>> Thank you for your time,
>>
>> Lillian Crook
>> Highland Acres neighborhood, Bismarck
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