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Northern Oriole,©David Sibley

4 May FOY Harris Sparrow et al [Richard Budd ]
4 May Kite [Corey Ellingson ]
2 May N. Dakota Birding Society meeting [Ron Martin ]
1 May FOS birds, for me. [Sherry Leslie ]
1 May brown thrasher, warbling vireo [Jean Legge ]
30 Apr White-faced Ibis [Brenda Olson ]
29 Apr Oak Park [Sherry Leslie ]
29 Apr vesper, clay-colored sparrows [Jean Legge ]
29 Apr Trefoil birds Friday [cnorheim ]
28 Apr Purple Finch [Sherry Leslie ]
27 Apr Yellow bellied sapsucker [Howard Lien ]
27 Apr Forster's tern [Jean Legge ]
27 Apr Trefoil Park Fargo Wednesday [cnorheim ]
27 Apr FOY []
27 Apr Osprey [Sherry Leslie ]
25 Apr This weekends McK Co birds [Maureen OMara ]
23 Apr Fargo Sewage lagoons [Connie Norheim ]
19 Apr Grand Forks County [Sandy Aubol ]
19 Apr Northern mockingbird [Keith Corliss ]
19 Apr Palm Warbler north Fargo Tuesday [cnorheim ]
19 Apr Grand Forks County, Turtle River State Park [Sandy Aubol ]
18 Apr Hermit Thrush [Buchanan Law Office ]
18 Apr Re: New birds April 16 [Charlie Christianson ]
17 Apr New birds April 16 [Charlie Christianson ]
17 Apr Newcomers at "my" McKenzie Co. pond [Maureen O'Mara ]
17 Apr Fox sparrow [Larry Jones ]
17 Apr White throated Sparrow [Nancy Drew ]
16 Apr Grand Forks County [Sandy Aubol ]
16 Apr NORTHERN PARULA - bad weather birding [Corey Ellingson ]
16 Apr no ruff this afternoon (the 16th) [bobneugebauer ]
15 Apr Ruff - No [Corey Ellingson ]
15 Apr RUFF HAS RETURNED! 2pm [Corey Ellingson ]
15 Apr RUFF - no sign [Corey Ellingson ]
15 Apr Common loon [Brandon Meyer ]
15 Apr tree swallows Thursday [Jean Legge ]
14 Apr Ruff [Corey Ellingson ]
14 Apr RUFF!!! [Corey Ellingson ]
14 Apr FOY Belted Kingfisher [Randy Toppen ]
13 Apr My 1st of spring [Sherry Leslie ]
13 Apr grosbeak just became a Purple Finch! [cnorheim ]
13 Apr rose breasted grosbeak North Fargo Wednesday [cnorheim ]
9 Apr warbler - April 9 [bobneugebauer ]
8 Apr fox sparrow [Armand Lagasse ]
3 Apr McKenzie Co birds [Maureen O'Mara ]
2 Apr FOS Great Blue Heron [David Lindee ]
2 Apr snowy and short-eared owls [Armand Lagasse ]
1 Apr Golden-Plover [David Lambeth ]
31 Mar Albino robin - North Fargo [Wanda Peterson ]
31 Mar FOY Mourning Dove [Randy Toppen ]
30 Mar Harris' sparrow north Fargo Wednesday [cnorheim ]
29 Mar Sage Grouse [David Lindee ]
29 Mar peeps [bobneugebauer ]
28 Mar Cass county Monday [cnorheim ]
28 Mar McKenzie Co. birding [Maureen O'Mara ]
27 Mar Eastern Blue Birds [Hunter Gwilliams ]
26 Mar Black-backed Woodpecker [Ron Martin ]
22 Mar Tuesday, Barnes County goose-athon [Jean Legge ]
21 Mar Boreal Chickadee [Ron Martin ]
20 Mar weekend in the Bad Lands [Jim Fuglie ]
20 Mar western McKenzie Co. [Maureen O'Mara ]
20 Mar Boreal Chickadee [Richard Budd ]
20 Mar eagles near Marion, ND ["Joy, Mark" ]
20 Mar Blue-winged Teal [Ron Martin ]
18 Mar First Common Grackle! [Charles Taft ]
18 Mar Of Juncos and Purple Finches, et al. [Richard Budd ]
17 Mar NDBS meeting dates and information [Ron Martin ]
17 Mar Fox Sparrow [Ron Martin ]
17 Mar Lew Dailey [cnorheim ]
14 Mar Killdeer [David Lindee ]
12 Mar Benson County [Richard Budd ]
12 Mar Rolla - Turtle Mountain area [Armand Lagasse ]
11 Mar Garrison Dam [Sherry Leslie ]
12 Mar W. Meadowlark, Ducks [Deb Lancaster ]
11 Mar Benson County Bird Report [Richard Budd ]
10 Mar American tree sparrow [Armand Lagasse ]
9 Mar Minot to Bismarck [Charles J Taftk ]

Subject: FOY Harris Sparrow et al
From: Richard Budd <rmbudd AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 19:54:01 -0500
FOY Harris Sparrow, one, only one!

Saw two different Yellow-rumped Warblers. No other warblers seen so far. Last 
weekend I did see some Ruby-crowned Kinglets. 


White-throated Sparrows are seriously moving on; no more 2 dozen at a time. 
When I think of them, I think of old-time wildlife writer Gordon MacQuarrie's 
short story in "Last Stories of the Old Duck Hunters." The story is called 
"When the white-throats sing." If you have never read MacQuarrie's humorous 
fishing and hunting stories, you are the poorer for it. I just wait each spring 
for the white-throats to sing, and this spring was a good one. 



Rich Budd,
York, ND

P.S. Three ticks last Sunday, so be forewarned as you ramble trough the brush.
Subject: Kite
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 07:25:08 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Just a heads up, yesterday morning I received a photo from the Hazen area. The 
photo is distant, but when you zoom in, it appears to me to be a Kite species, 
possibly a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE (for which I believe there is one historical 
record). The bird was observed from a house window very early in the morning, a 
photo taken, but the bird disappeared within 15 minutes and hasn't been seen 
again. 

    Keep your eyes peeled, another season of rarities is upon us!  :)

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: N. Dakota Birding Society meeting
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 22:01:32 -0500
All:

We will meet at the Baymont Inn on Sat. morning, May 21, at 6:00 am for a day 
of birding in and around Wahpeton. There will also be field trips on Sunday. 
For those who arrive Friday evening we will meet at the Baymont In at 7:00 pm 
for some birding in the Wahpeton parks. Saturday evening we will get together 
for a meal in Wahpeton at a place yet to be determined. 


See you there,
Ron Martin

   
Subject: FOS birds, for me.
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 22:11:30 -0500
JC Salyer Refuge:

39 White-faced Ibis
5    Red-tail Hawks
American Wigeon
2 pair of Mountain Blue Birds
2 pair of Eastern BB (not FOS for me)
Eastern Phoebe


Later at home:

 White-winged Crossbill  in our sunflower feeder.
1 White-crowned Sparrow
 20 White-throat Sparrow

Sherry Leslie
Rural Minot/Burlington
Subject: brown thrasher, warbling vireo
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 08:55:23 -0500
Barnes County, May 1, 2016

Nice spring morning-
brown thrasher songs and
warbling vireo

Wonderful.

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072-9492
Subject: White-faced Ibis
From: Brenda Olson <Brenda443 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:31:38 -0500
Went to J Clark Salyer this morning. We saw several white-faced ibis. That was 
a new one for me. 


Brenda Olson
Minot
Subject: Oak Park
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:14:30 -0500
25 species in Oak Park this AM
1 new one Pied-billed Grebe
2 Cooper's Hawks still present by their nest


Lagoon's regulars plus:
1 Merlin
3 Willet's
1 Snow Goose
Tundra Swans
Horned, Eared and Western Grebes

Sherry Leslie
Rural Burlington/Minot
Subject: vesper, clay-colored sparrows
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:41:44 -0500
Barnes County, April 29, 2016

FOS
Clay-colored sparrow buzzing this morning.
Vesper sparrow singing this morning.

Just to be safe, I put out grape jelly and hummingbird feeders (remember 1
part sugar to 4 parts water= 4 cups water to 1 cup sugar, then heat till
dissolved well, let cool then put out.)
I'll pick up oranges soon too for the orioles.

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072-9492
Subject: Trefoil birds Friday
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:48:29 -0500
Shirley and I walked Trefoil Park in Fargo this morning and picked up 
some new birds for the year:
Blackpoll warbler (1)
Yellow bellied Sapsucker
Turkey Vulture (2)
Broad Wing hawk (2)

also several Orange crowned warblers and lots of Yellow rumped warblers
and the Northern Cardinal was singing for us

Connie Norheim
Fargo
Subject: Purple Finch
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:30:37 -0500
This AM we had over 10 female Purple Finch in the feeders.  Hopefully they
will stay around.  Numerous White-throats, Goldfinch, Robins and all the
regulars.  Cooper's Hawk still chasing birds thru the yard and the
Red-tails are nesting.
Beautiful music!!
Sherry Leslie
Rural Burlington/Minot
Subject: Yellow bellied sapsucker
From: Howard Lien <hlpromo AT SRT.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:21:40 -0500
A male yellow bellied sapsucker saw in Stanley, ND Tuesday. Saw a Brown Creeper 
in Minot today. 

-Howard Lien
Minot

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: Forster's tern
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:13:27 -0500
Barnes County, Hobart Lake along I94 west of Valley City
4-27,2016

Forster's tern, fishing
Many American white pelicans on Hobart Lake north of the Hwy ! exit west of
Valley City.
Redhead ducks- a large flotilla on north Hobart Lake
Brown creeper in my yard, nw of Valley City

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072-9492
Subject: Trefoil Park Fargo Wednesday
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:42:13 -0500
Shirley and I walked around Trefoil for an hour this morning, picked up 
3 new birds for the year for me:
2 Tree Swallows
Orange crowned Warblers
Belted Kingfisher

Connie Norheim
Subject: FOY
From: rita AT GONDTC.COM
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:15:56 -0500
North Bismarck this week:

Savannah Sparrow
Bairds Sparrow
Says Phoebe
Northern Shrike

Rita Staloch
PO Box 287
Minnewaukan ND 58351
701-473-5757
Subject: Osprey
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:51:43 -0500
Tailrace Wed. AM
4 Osprey
1 Turkey Vulture
6 Bald Eagles ( 2 adults and 4 juveniles 1st-2nd year(?)
Before you head down toward the viewing of the Trailrace on the west side,
drive out on the circle drive that goes south and scope the top of the
trees to the SE and you will see the 2 adult Bald Eagles perched and  an
Eagle's nest below.
Only ducks I observed were a pair of Pintails and Mallards.  Many
Cormorants and White Pelicans.  Ring-bills and Franklin Gulls.

At home 4 Purple Finch females and a couple males,  Eastern Bluebirds pairs
and Tree Swallows.
Sherry Leslie
Rural Burlington/Minot
Subject: This weekends McK Co birds
From: Maureen OMara <000004282bc4f749-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:52:55 +0000
Hello,
Did a little birding yesterday and in between hail and downpours this 
morning.  Birds seen at the pond: 


Saturday:A. White Pelican
WilletBlue and Green-winged TealRing-necked DuckGadwallMallardN. ShovelerRudy 
DuckAmerican WigeonRedheadBuffleheadEarred and Pied-bill GrebeKilldeerA. Avocet 

Added today (4/24)Bonaparte's GullSemi-palmated Plover
Only the Shovelers and gulls were in numbers greater than 10.

Subject: Fargo Sewage lagoons
From: Connie Norheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:38:40 -0500
nice assortment at the Fargo Sewage Lagoons this morning, I checked from 
both the north and the south gates:

American Wigeon
Mallard
Blue winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Pied Billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
double crested cormorant
american Coot
Ring billed Gull


Connie Norheim
Fargo
Subject: Grand Forks County
From: Sandy Aubol <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:44:41 -0500
At Turtle River State Park today (Grand Forks County), FOY Osprey (pictured) 
and Broad-winged Hawk. 


Sandy Aubol
East Grand Forks, MN
Subject: Northern mockingbird
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 11:41:29 -0500
Seen and heard in North Fargo this morning. Hanging around tennis court
behind 901 33 ave. North apartment building.

Keith Corliss
Fargo
Subject: Palm Warbler north Fargo Tuesday
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:47:04 -0500
Just saw a Palm Warbler in my backyard in north Fargo

Connie Norheim
Subject: Grand Forks County, Turtle River State Park
From: Sandy Aubol <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 06:45:43 -0500
I went out 
this evening to Turtle River State Park in hopes of re-finding the 
Red-shouldered Hawk I saw on Saturday. 

From what I understand, at least 4 people saw it today, over on the Eco Trail, 
east of the Chalet, same place I had it. I had no luck finding it again myself, 

but I had 53 species out there without really even trying! I mostly just walked 

the Eco Trail and stood up on the high prairie for a long time watching. As I 
was leaving, there was a Common Loon out on the main pond by the entrance. 

 
A few new arrivals for me were: Common Loon, Great Egret, Swamp 
Sparrow.
 
Some of the other birds seen: Almost all the ducks one would expect, Great 
Blue Heron, YR Warbler, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Bluebird, DC Cormorant, N 
Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, Wilson’s Snipe, Belted Kingfisher, 

American Kestrel, Tree Swallow, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Chipping, 
Song, White-throated and Fox Sparrows, Red-winged, Rusty, and Brewer’s 
Blackbirds.
Sandy AubolEast Grand Forks,  MN
Subject: Hermit Thrush
From: Buchanan Law Office <bulaw AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:59:50 -0500
    A Hermit Thrush appeared at home in a tree near the patio this morning. 

Dan Buchanan
Box 879
Jamestown, ND 58402
Tel. (701) 252-6604
Fax (701) 952-4757
bulaw AT daktel.com
Subject: Re: New birds April 16
From: Charlie Christianson <christic AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2016 03:30:58 -0500
 Also Swainson's hawks in two places.
Charlie Christianson

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

Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2016 8:53 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] New birds April 16

Mary and I went from Grand Forks over to our place south of Devils Lake on 
Saturday. We had 58 species, 17 first of year for us. Notable FOY birds in the 
potholes east of Devils Lake were a flock of 20 white pelicans, while we were 
looking at them a swamp sparrow in front of us, great blue heron, great egret, 
Am. avocet, Franklin's gull. 

We had 14 ducks -- no ruddy duck yet -- and there were still several dozen 
swans. 

FOY birds unusual for our backyard in Grand Forks were kingfisher, purple finch 
and brown creeper. 

Charlie Christianson
Grand Forks
Subject: New birds April 16
From: Charlie Christianson <christic AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2016 20:53:10 -0500
Mary and I went from Grand Forks over to our place south of Devils Lake on 
Saturday. We had 58 species, 17 first of year for us. Notable FOY birds in the 
potholes east of Devils Lake were a flock of 20 white pelicans, while we were 
looking at them a swamp sparrow in front of us, great blue heron, great egret, 
Am. avocet, Franklin's gull. 

We had 14 ducks -- no ruddy duck yet -- and there were still several dozen 
swans. 

FOY birds unusual for our backyard in Grand Forks were kingfisher, purple finch 
and brown creeper. 

Charlie Christianson
Grand Forks
Subject: Newcomers at "my" McKenzie Co. pond
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2016 19:38:23 -0600
Well, nothing as exciting as a Ruff or Parula, but nice to see their return
nonetheless!

At the pond by my usual walking spot I added a Gadwall pair last week.
There was also a Mountain Bluebird that was molting from a juvenile to an
adult.  I had a difficult time at first figuring out what it was.  It
finally groomed a little and I saw those bright blue feathers.

This week there was a American White Pelican and Spotted sandpiper on the
pond.  An adult Red-tail was hanging about at the start of my walk and a
Golden Eagle was riding the wind at the end.  Driving out I spotted a
Northern Rough-legged hawk flying around.  A Say's Phoebe was spotted along
the hike.

Carex was in full bloom last week as was biscuitroot and phlox.  Pasque
flower is starting to fade.

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MTs
Subject: Fox sparrow
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:44:43 -0500
Here's some of the birds we saw around our farmstead this morning.
Fox sparrows  
Junco -  good number
Ruby-crowned kinglet  
White-throated sparrow
Song sparrows - many
Eastern phoebe - has been around for a few days
10 hawks sitting on the south side of the tree grove - 6 Swainson's - 4 
redtails 


Larry Jones 
Rural Bowdon
Subject: White throated Sparrow
From: Nancy Drew <ncdrew AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:01:22 -0500
I still have a few Junco's.   Yesterday I saw my FOY White-throated
Sparrow.  Saw one again this morning.

Nancy Drew
SW Traill County, 1 mile west of Clifford
Subject: Grand Forks County
From: Sandy Aubol <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 21:09:01 -0500
At Kelly's Slough NWR (Grand Forks County) today, there were a couple of 
American Avocets and a couple of Hudsonian Godwits mixed in with Marbled 
Godwits.  

At Turtle River State Park, I had a flyby Red-shouldered Hawk (pending 
approval) , also FOY (first-of-the-year) Red-necked Grebes, Great Blue Heron 
and Tree Swallows.  

At the Air Base Lagoons, my FOY Ruddy Ducks.
Sandy AubolEast Grand Forks
Subject: NORTHERN PARULA - bad weather birding
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:10:39 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
   I made two passes (10:30am and 6:30pm) for the RUFF and did not see it,
as others reported also.   This morning there was a flock of American
Pipits. Always nice to see some Hudsonians up close.

   I made a gamble and tried to do some county birding by driving down to
Zeeland (McIntosh county) hoping for a fallout of the "April Suite" of birds
which I am lacking there.   Didn't see any of those, but did have my first
of season Lincoln's Sparrow and NORTHERN PARULA.  I was shocked to see this
bird in a flock of Yellow-rumps and RC Kinglets.

   Let me put this into perspective....  The RUFF last week was the 10th
state report (most in the GF area).  There is only ONE other Parula report
in ND for April, that being 26 April by Ron Martin years ago.   This is a
full 10 days early.   Yes, I know, I should have gotten a photo, but
conditions were terrible (cold, wind, rain, dark) and the flock was on the
move.  I saw it fairly well for maybe 5 minutes, then it disappeared and I
didn't get another look.  For me it is fun to bird the dates, because some
sightings become even more significant.

LONG LAKE NWR on the way home yielded a male RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, Horned
Grebes, a GREAT EGRET and the regular assortments.  A Snow Goose came by,
with 5 Ross's Goose in tow, easily showing the size difference.

Keep those spring migration reports coming!

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: no ruff this afternoon (the 16th)
From: bobneugebauer <bobneugebauer AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 17:49:08 -0400
This afternoon we were at the slough along Apple Creek Road less than two miles 
west of Menoken. There was no ruff there BUT did have a pretty good consolation 
prize. In the group of fifteen godwits there were six Hudsonians. They stayed 
close to the road the whole time and did not even get scared away by passing 
trains. We did not observe any other birders there the whole time. It was nice 
to visit with several other people who stopped there yesterday evening. 


Bob Neugebauer
Rural Bismarck 


Subject: Ruff - No
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:59:18 -0500
Greetings,
Despite 8 vehicles at the location for 4 hrs, the bird was not seen after 4pm. 

Weather sounds crappy tomorrow, don't know if that is good or bad for your 
chances. I would like to know where else the bird spends time. 

Good birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck ND

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: RUFF HAS RETURNED! 2pm
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:30:02 -0500
Greetings,
 Sorry to fill your email box, but the RUFF HAS RETURNED! Same location as 
yesterday - 1 mile west of the town of Menoken along Apple Creek Rd (south of 
exit 170 on I-94). 


Be SURE you pull completely off the road, probably south side of road. We had 
angry motorists stop and yell, and the county sheriff stop by as a few were not 
careful to get off the road. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck ND
Subject: RUFF - no sign
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:39:05 -0500
Greetings,
 I am told that Lugene Gerber (one of the finders) has passed through the area 
this morning, and has not seen the RUFF where it was yesterday. I will post if 
there is any change to the news. Sorry. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND



Greetings ND Birders:
 I am told someone saw the bird fly southeast and leave the area after 7pm. I 
will post if I hear a positive update in the morning. 

 If anyone searches tomorrow, be SURE you pull completely off the road, 
probably south side of road. We had angry motorists stop and yell, and the 
county sheriff stop by as a few were not careful to get off the road. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck ND
Subject: Common loon
From: Brandon Meyer <Brandon.meyer2491 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:52:52 -0500
I know it's a day late but this is the first chance I got, yesterday there was 
a common loon off highway 19 west of Devils Lake just before old highway 281. 
It was on the north side of the road. 



Brandon Meyer
Devils Lake, ND 
Brandon.meyer2491 AT gmail.com
Subject: tree swallows Thursday
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:29:48 -0500
NW of Valley City, Barnes County, ND Thursday April 14, 2016

Tree swallows buzzing the yard, with plenty to eat with all the flies
buzzing around. I had just cleared out all the bird houses, ready for new
occupants.

Earlier on Tuesday, April 13,
sandhill cranes, 3 groups totaling 45 catching a lift and spiraling upward
from the hill here.

Bald eagles are nesting again, seen since March 3rd.

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072-9492
Subject: Ruff
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:10:59 -0500
Greetings ND Birders:
 I am told someone saw the bird fly southeast and leave the area after 7pm. I 
will post if I hear a positive update in the morning. 

 If anyone searches tomorrow, be SURE you pull completely off the road, 
probably south side of road. We had angry motorists stop and yell, and the 
county sheriff stop by as a few were not careful to get off the road. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck ND

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: RUFF!!!
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:17:49 -0500
Greetings,
 Lugene Gerber and Peggy Fenster have just located and photographed a male RUFF 
1 mile west of the town of Menoken, Burleigh county. Take the paved road just 
north of the railroad tracks, southwest side of the lake, west one mile and the 
bird should be here. It is called 7th Day Adventist. 


Gotta go!!

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
(701) 400-5891
Subject: FOY Belted Kingfisher
From: Randy Toppen <Randy.Toppen AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:14:43 +0000
Last night, a belted kingfisher rattling its way up the Sheyenne River 3 miles 
south of Valley City. My first for 2016. 


Juncos seem to have pulled out since yesterday morning. Hundreds in the yard 
the last few days and nothing this morning. 



--Randy Toppen, Science Department
Valley City High School
460 North Central  Avenue
Valley City, ND 58072
701-845-0483
Randy.Toppen AT K12.nd.us
http://www.valley-city.k12.nd.us/jrsrhigh/jrsrstaff/jrsrstffpgs/rt.html
Twitter:  AT VCHS_Biology
Subject: My 1st of spring
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 21:40:29 -0500
Finally got out to take a quick road trip and found a few new spring birds.
Sunday had my first Common Snipe, Buffleheads, Cormorants, several Great
Blue Herons, Pied-billed Grebe.
Today, in our yard, 1st Chipping Sparrow.
Sherry Leslie
Rural Burlington/Minot
Subject: grosbeak just became a Purple Finch!
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:08:46 -0500
I thought the beak was more like a grosbeak, but now that I take another 
look what I have is a female Purple Finch. Thanks Sandy.

Connie Norheim
Fargo
Subject: rose breasted grosbeak North Fargo Wednesday
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:34:44 -0500
I just had a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak eating under my feeder in my 
north Fargo yard, isn't that kind of early for her?

This morning Shirley and I walked around Trefoil and saw pretty much 
what Dennis reported earlier:
Golden Crowned kinglets
Ruby crowned kinglets
Hermit Thrush
Wood Ducks
Pied billed grebes
green winged teal
Bald Eagle
Yellow rumped warbler
Pine Siskins

Connie Norheim
Fargo
Subject: warbler - April 9
From: bobneugebauer <bobneugebauer AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2016 10:26:12 -0400
We just had a yellow-rumped warbler in a tree in our front yard.

Bob Neugebauer
Rural Bismarck


Subject: fox sparrow
From: Armand Lagasse <armand.lagasse AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 17:20:39 -0500
First fox sparrow of the season made an appearance in the back yard today.  
Brown creepers have been regular visitors for the past week or so.
At the feeders: a few redpolls are still around, juncos are numerous, house 
finch and purple finch numbers increasing. 


Armand Lagasse
Rolla,  ND
Subject: McKenzie Co birds
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2016 21:35:01 -0600
Greetings,

On the way to my usual spot I saw ~ 50 Sandhill Cranes circling up in the
wind until they took off directly into it.  This was on the Montana side of
the border.  When walking on the ND side I had an individual call out while
flying over.

I also had an adult Bald Eagle fly over while I was scoping out the
waterfowl on the pond.

A Red-Tail Hawk was flying about the area.

Killdeer were present at the pond as were:
Green-winged Teal
N. Pintail
C. Goose
Mallard
All in small numbers

A pair of Mountain Bluebirds were hanging about on top of the ridge.

The lek was quiet but I didn't get there until 10:30.

On my way out I had great views of a Ferruginous Hawk flying low over a
field.

Bloody wind...

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: FOS Great Blue Heron
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 19:34:37 -0500
We drove from Van Hook to Audubon Wildlife Refuge hoping to see Longspurs or
Franklins Gull (didn't), nothing at the tailrace except Ring-billed Gulls,
nothing new at Lake Sakakawea State Park or Makoti Lake.  We retired to our
deck in Van Hook (72) with toddies poured and had a Great Blue Heron fly
over!  Life is good.

 

Dave and Ellin

Van Hook
Subject: snowy and short-eared owls
From: Armand Lagasse <armand.lagasse AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 12:14:15 -0500
Saw a snowy owl (adult male) and a short-eared owl today near Rolla.
Sloughs and potholes are opening up so starting to see some new waterfowl:
gadwall
ring-necked duck
common goldeneye
hooded merganser
northern pintail
American wigeon
green-winged teal

Armand Lagasse
Rolla, ND
Subject: Golden-Plover
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 02:37:35 +0000
 Birders,A very early American Golden-Plover was present at the Grand Forks 
lagoons today. Photos were attached to my e-bird report, 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28664659 

Dave Lambeth Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Albino robin - North Fargo
From: Wanda Peterson <000000afdd0a7ba3-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:50:44 -0400
Hello Birders,
I saw the albino robin today, that has been coming to this area of North Fargo 
for at least the last 3 summers. It was on the corner of Par st N and 
Longfellow Rd. In the past it usually hung out on Fairway Road. It was 

eating the crabtree berries with the other robins.

Wanda Peterson
Fargo
Subject: FOY Mourning Dove
From: Randy Toppen <Randy.Toppen AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:45:41 +0000
Heard my FOY mourning dove this morning 3 miles south of Valley City.


--Randy Toppen, Science Department
Valley City High School
460 North Central  Avenue
Valley City, ND 58072
701-845-0483
Randy.Toppen AT K12.nd.us
http://www.valley-city.k12.nd.us/jrsrhigh/jrsrstaff/jrsrstffpgs/rt.html
Twitter:  AT VCHS_Biology
Subject: Harris' sparrow north Fargo Wednesday
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:09:10 -0500
I had my first of the year Harris' sparrow today at my feeder in north Fargo

Connie Norheim
Fargo
Subject: Sage Grouse
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:50:50 -0500
Thanks to help from Scott Ray, we found a lek with 5 male Sage Grouse and at
least a dozen females.  The lek was probably 200 yards off the road on BLM
land in Bowman County, off Camp Crook Road.  We would be happy to provide
details and GPS coordinates to anyone who is interested.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook
Subject: peeps
From: bobneugebauer <bobneugebauer AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:08:34 -0400
birds of note this morning, March 29th:

- three semipalmated sandpipers at slough on Apple Creek Road less than two 
miles west of Menoken 



- one female rusty blackbird at same location


Bob Neugebauer
Rural Bismarck


Subject: Cass county Monday
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:56:16 -0500
Carol Artz and I birded the Embden/Alice area of Cass County this 
morning and got 35 species, and Carol got her lifer Ross' Goose. Just 
what I needed.

6 Trumpeter Swans
lots of Tundra Swans
11 waterfowl:
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser

2 singing Western Meadowlarks

1 American Tree Sparrow

Connie Norheim
Fargo
Subject: McKenzie Co. birding
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:43:22 -0600
Hello from way over west,

I went to my usual place with the dogs and found something unusual - a
Sharp-tail Grouse lek where there wasn't one before!  As I was driving in I
saw these whiteish things running around and thought prairie dogs had moved
into a well-grazed field.  As I got closer I could see several male grouse
strutting around at 9:30 a.m.  Stopped and pulled out the binos for a nice
show.  I was able to see (and hear) 7 males strutting and a couple of
somewhat disinterested females hanging about.  First lek I've seen so this
was quite a treat. Occasionally,  I've seen females hanging about in this
area near the roadside, but now that the cows grazed it down it makes a
good place to show off if you're a male.

A Red-tail Hawk flew up a little further down the road.  Looked small
enough to be male.  Made me wonder if the pair that had at least one
offspring last year were returning.

A few W. Meadowlarks were calling out territories.

6 Mountain Bluebirds were spotted on a ridge line
2 Magpies down near the pond
6 C, Geese and one Mallard pair were on the pond

The pond birds were accompanied by a muskrat.  Last year there was a family
of five.

No turtle noses in the water, but dead turtles along the part of the shore
I walked along.  I found 2 shells last weekend and an additional 5
yesterday.  All pretty fresh - scales still on and some with dried flesh
still in tact.  One shell was gnawed on making me think muskrats get
minerals from the shells while keeping their teeth trimmed (similar to mice
gnawing on antlers?). Wonder what's killed them?

Pond is low and the soil is pretty dry.  It's going to be a tough summer if
we don't start getting some rain.

Pasque flowers are in full bloom.  They'll go quick if it doesn't cool off
and/or precipitate.

Insects have been active for a couple of weeks.  Quite a few Cabbage
butterflies flitting around.

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: Eastern Blue Birds
From: Hunter Gwilliams <huntergwilliams11 AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:16:55 -0500
This morning we had 2 eastern blue birds, american robins, european starlings, 
red winged blackbirds, horned larks, black capped chickadees, white breasted 
nuthatches, hairy and downy woodpeckers, western medowlarks, house sparrows, 
common grackels, and a bunch of snow geese flying over with some white fronted 
geese and some swans. 3 miles South east of valley city ND. 


Happy Easter!

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Black-backed Woodpecker
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2016 23:24:27 -0500
ND-Birders:

I saw the Black-backed Woodpecker at Denbigh today. It had been almost 3 months 
since the last sighting. The bird was foraging in the trees just east of the 
buildings. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Tuesday, Barnes County goose-athon
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 12:35:15 -0500
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
NW of Valley City, rural area

Snow geese and all varieties (didn't check out all forms, but there were
many)
 - thousands and thousands. Some resting in harvested corn fields, some
flying then merging with those at ground level. It was a fantastic
spectacle this morning.

Ducks-flocks of varieties mixing along the margins of the clouds of geese.
Individual ducks identified on wetlands:
mallard- huge flotillas
blue-winged teal
Pintail- one pair
gadwalls

deeper water ducks-
canvasbacks-approximately 25 male and females
goldeneye- 2  pair
bufflehead- 1 male

Other incidental birds-
bald eagle- one mature pair on nest, and one immature flying close to the
geese in a field,
western meadowlark - one
red-winged blackbirds abundant
European starlings on railroad track
rock pigeons
Eurasian collared dove
gulls - not identified to type
killdeer

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072-9492
Subject: Boreal Chickadee
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2016 22:44:23 -0500
ND-Birders:
 
At 6:35 this evening Corey E. and I saw the Boreal Chickadee that has been 
coming to a feeder in Leeds. We were able to get some photos for documentation. 
The feeders are visible from the street on the north side. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

 
Subject: weekend in the Bad Lands
From: Jim Fuglie <jimfuglie920 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2016 23:05:35 -0500
A good weekend in the Bad Lands:

Meadowlarks-3
Mallards-2
Magpies-14
Mountain Bluebirds-5
Cedar Waxwings-25
Crows-7
American Kestrel-1
Red-tailed Hawks-3
Northern Harriers-5
Golden Eagles-2
Canada Geese-4
Robins-32
Turkeys-15

Jim Fuglie
920 Arthur Drive
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 220-3492
jimfuglie920 AT gmail.com
http://theprairieblog.areavoices.com
Subject: western McKenzie Co.
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2016 20:29:33 -0600
Hello Neighbors,

Was able to herald the equinox with a hike in my usual place over near the
border of ND and MT.  The Mountain Bluebirds are back.  Mostly females but
I did catch site or one male.  C. Geese were on the pond in small numbers
accompanied by a couple of Mallard pairs.  Had one each of A. Crow and
Magpie.  No raptors.  I could swear I saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes land in
a field just across the border in MT.  Couldn't verify as they landed on
private land and there were no access roads.

Pasque flowers are in various developmental stages from open to bud.

Beautiful day for the first day of spring!

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: Boreal Chickadee
From: Richard Budd <rmbudd AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2016 21:04:43 -0500
My friend Edith told me "her" Boreal Chickadee that she had thought had left 
Leeds was indeed still there. I sat outside her house this evening for a couple 
hours to try my luck seeing it. 


I saw :
House Sparrows
Purple Finches
Downy Woodpecker
Pine Siskins
Eurasian-Collared Dove
Black-capped Chickadee
Grackles
Robin
Dark-eyed Junco
White-breasted Nuthatches.
and...drum roll, please, one Boreal Chickadee, my first ever, no mistaking the 
brown head. 


Sorry, no picture. The bird only came maybe twice and only briefly, as 
chickadees do. I was watching through the spotting scope. It never came back 
when I had the camera ready. Edith told me to try about 6:30 p.m.; the time was 
7:05 p.m. Edith says the bird comes in the morning some, maybe 8:30 to 9:30 
a.m. Edith lives at the SW corner of 2nd Street and 2nd Avenue, on the main 
drag north through Leeds, if you want to try your luck. Bird feeders are on the 
west side of her house. You can park on the street and watch like I did. So for 
you who lamented my not mentioning the bird before, here you go. 


Rich Budd
York, ND

If you want to 
Subject: eagles near Marion, ND
From: "Joy, Mark" <joy AT UJ.EDU>
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2016 19:34:07 -0500
Late this morning I was driving south of Marion on the county road that runs 
straight out of town. Just a short way out of town, I saw an eagle on the 
ground, eating off of what appeared to be a deer carcass. A mile or two south 
of there, two eagles were sitting in trees west of the road, watching the ducks 
on a slough. Then a mile or two south of that, I saw another eagle sitting in a 
tree east of the road. I don't think I've even seen that many concentrated 
anywhere outside of a wildlife refuge. 


Many ducks on sloughs, and snow and Canada geese in abundance.

Mark S. Joy, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of History and Political Science
University of Jamestown
Jamestown, North Dakota
Subject: Blue-winged Teal
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2016 07:24:49 -0500
ND-Birders:

Yesterday I had a male Blue-winged Teal near Coleharbor. This is about 3 weeks 
early for McLean Co. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: First Common Grackle!
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 04:25:48 -0500
Yup, first one of those in the yard yesterday afternoon. Along with the 
snowflakes, about 20 Pine Siskins, several Robins, a couple of Common Redpolls, 
and our resident 2 or 3 Black-capped Chickadees. 


129 25th St SW
Minot, ND 58701

Charles J Taft
cjtaft AT me.com
Subject: Of Juncos and Purple Finches, et al.
From: Richard Budd <rmbudd AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:33:47 -0500
Juncos arrives a couple days ago. Two female and one male purple finches around 
our feeder today. Man, the male was beautiful. Our common redpolls are still 
here but fewer. My friend in Leeds reports that the boreal chickadee that had 
been around her Leeds feeder this winter has apparently moved on. 


Rich Budd
York, ND
Subject: NDBS meeting dates and information
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:34:33 -0500
ND-Birders:

I hope you will be joining us at the spring ND Birding Society meeting in 
Wahpeton May 20-22, 2016. This should be prime time for shorebird and warbler 
migration in se ND. There is a block of rooms reserved at the Baymont Inn in 
Wahpeton for May 20 and 21. The phone number is 701-642-5000. The rooms are 
available until April 21. There are many other hotels in the area if you wish 
to stay at some other facility, and there are also camping spots available in 
Wahpeton. 


The fall meeting of the ND Birding Society will be in Devils Lake November 
19-20, 2016. This should be near the time the lake is about to freeze over. We 
will look for arriving winter passerines and scan the lake for Long-tailed 
Duck, late scoters, and other rare waterfowl. 


Farther down the road, the spring 2017 meeting will be held at the scenic 
Logging Camp Ranch in sw ND. The dates are June 9-11, 2017. Our previous 
meeting there many years ago was a big success, and you will not want to miss 
this event. We will look for all of the sw ND specialties, including 
Long-billed Curlew, Greater Sage-Grouse, McCown's Longspur, Blue-gray 
Gnatcatcher, Com. Poorwill, Bullock's Oriole, and Violet-green Swallow. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Pres., NDBS
Subject: Fox Sparrow
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:11:44 -0500
ND-Birders:

This evening I had an early Fox Sparrow at my feeder kicking up the new snow.

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Lew Dailey
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:34:16 -0500
Lew accompanied us on many of our trips as what he called a "birdwatcher 
watcher" so many of you had met him over the years. Last week Lew's son 
Ed was here and going to shingle our house for us. Lew went up on the 
roof to remove the satellite dish in preparation for the shingling and 
fell off the roof and landed on his face on the concrete sidewalk by our 
front step, which resulted a  severe brain bleed. He had surgery and was 
in ICU on a ventilator after surgery. His condition worsened each day 
and by Friday afternoon the EEG showed his brain was having continuous 
seizures. The doctors had a conference with the family on Saturday 
morning. The prognosis was not the quality of life he indicated in his 
Living Will so we turned off the ventilator and he died with his family 
around him.

The memorial service will be at Hanson Runsvold on Mar 25th, visitation 
from 9-10, service at 10. You see the photo and obituary that will 
appear in The Forum on Sunday at www.hansonrunsvold.com

Connie Norheim
Subject: Killdeer
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:52:24 -0500
A pair of Killdeer were at the slough just east of Van Hook.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook
Subject: Benson County
From: Richard Budd <rmbudd AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2016 13:24:26 -0600
Lots of flocks of snows over my place at York. NE of Maddock along Rt 19 a 
flock of snows on the ground close to 1 K in number right now. Addendum from 
yesterday, one magpie sighted as well by Mud Lake near Harlow. 

Subject: Rolla - Turtle Mountain area
From: Armand Lagasse <armand.lagasse AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2016 11:14:13 -0600
Took a drive this morning from Rolla to Lake Upsilon (in Turtle Mts.). Several 
FOS species. 

dark-eyed junco - 3 at feeders in Rolla
red-winged blackbird - 17 
bald eagle - about a dozen near Lake Upsilon
eastern bluebird - 1 
western meadowlark - 1 
lapland longspurs - one flock of about 200
snow goose - several hundred
mallard - 1


Armand Lagasse
Rolla, ND
Subject: Garrison Dam
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:36:05 -0600
Today, I saw my first flock of American Tree Sparrows, 1 Junco, 1 Bald
Eagle and 1 Robin in bushes as we turned onto gravel road going down by
Dam. Pretty windy so not too many birds visible.
At the Audubon Refuge several thousand Snows and Canada Geese.
At home still lots of Redpolls and Pine Siskins.  Nothing new.
For years I have been looking for a Brant here in ND.  Last week I was in
Maui with my daughter and I finally got one, but not in ND!
Sherry Leslie
Rural Burlington
Subject: W. Meadowlark, Ducks
From: Deb Lancaster <00000344a3dddbe0-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2016 03:21:58 +0000
First Western meadowlarks (2) of the year today, 3/11, about a half mile east 
of our place. 


On 3/9, there were hundreds of Canada geese, 100+ both pintails & mallards; 6 
green winged teal, about a dozen common golden eyes, 4 gadwall & 40+ red heads 
in the slough that begins two miles east of us. Many more too far away to ID; 
no scope. : ( The ice has disappeared quickly over the past week, although a 
large area is still frozen. 


Deb Lancaster, SW of Halliday, ND
Subject: Benson County Bird Report
From: Richard Budd <rmbudd AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 16:02:58 -0600
Lots of Canada geese now, not just threes and fours of a few days ago. 400 snow 
geese flew over our York area farmstead yesterday in one flock. 

Today, saw first ducks of the season, 25 or so mallards in one flock, other 
small flocks flying. At least one pintail, and I think some scaup. Saw one owl 
today, color and build of great horned but only a fleeting view. One killdeer 
along Mudd Lake, west of Harlow. One stocky bird flying, shape of meadowlark, 
but not sure. One hawk, also first of the season for me, but not able to 
identify it. 

Subject: American tree sparrow
From: Armand Lagasse <armand.lagasse AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:47:44 -0600
FOS American tree sparrow near Rolla today.
Two snowy owls within 3 miles of Rolla.
A great horned owl on nest near Hansboro.
The only waterfowl observed are Canada geese. Still no snows or ducks of any 
kind. 


Armand Lagasse
Rolla, ND
Subject: Minot to Bismarck
From: Charles J Taftk <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2016 13:09:47 -0600
Lots of geese, ducks, flying, feeding, etc. A pair of Kestrels on 1804 2 miles 
S of junction with 83. At least one Red-winged Blackbird and one Meadowlark. 


Charles J Taft

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