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Red-headed Rock-fowl,©Tony Disley

29 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - McKenzie Slough, Aug 29, 2015 [Ron Martin ]
25 Aug WHAT’S THAT BIRD? ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
24 Aug Fall Warblers [Corey Ellingson ]
24 Aug Fall warblers at Trefoil Park (North Fargo) [Dennis Wiesenborn ]
20 Aug Northern Waterthrush [Linda Gregg ]
20 Aug Bismarck Warblers [Corey Ellingson ]
19 Aug non-birding question [Maureen O'Mara ]
18 Aug Fwd: eBird -- Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park -- Aug 18, 2015 [Corey Ellingson ]
13 Aug Oak Park, Minot [Ron Martin ]
12 Aug Minot area [Ron Martin ]
12 Aug No Subject [Nick Roehl ]
12 Aug Yellow Rail update [David Lambeth ]
11 Aug Northern Waterthrush, Beach [Nancy Drilling ]
6 Aug Rough-legged Hawk [Maureen O'Mara ]
4 Aug On Yellow Rails [David Lambeth ]
2 Aug Re: RFI: Baird's Sparrow - thank you! [Repo ]
1 Aug Buff-br. Sandpiper [Ron Martin ]
29 Jul bluebird [Jean Legge ]
29 Jul Re: Western Bluebird [ ]
29 Jul Western Bluebird [Jean Legge ]
26 Jul Northern mockingbird [Jesse Kolar ]
26 Jul Help for visitors [Carolyn Johansson ]
25 Jul Prairie Falcon and ravens [David Lambeth ]
20 Jul Ward County Sparrows [Rod Fossen ]
19 Jul No Subject [Nick Roehl ]
17 Jul SW birding [Jesse Kolar ]
15 Jul Minot Lagoons [Ron Martin ]
15 Jul trip to Slope and Bowman [David Lambeth ]
14 Jul Unsubscribe [Harley Winfrey ]
12 Jul T. Mts. and J. Clark Salyer [Ron Martin ]
10 Jul 2 bald eagles - bowman [Chris Hiatt ]
8 Jul Burleigh, Sheridan & Kidder counties [Clark Talkington ]
7 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Jul 6, 2015 [Ron Martin ]
6 Jul Southwest Birding [Corey Ellingson ]
6 Jul Re: RFI: Baird's Sparrow [David Lambeth ]
6 Jul Re: RFI: Baird's Sparrow ["Bell, Tyler" ]
4 Jul RFI: Baird's Sparrow [Bird Cruiser ]
30 Jun Cardinal [Barbara Deraas ]
24 Jun Red breasted nut hatch [Betsy Batstone-Cunningham ]
22 Jun J Clark visit [Charles Taft ]
21 Jun Weekend BBS routes and other sightings [Ron Martin ]
21 Jun Audubon field trip Friday and Saturday [cnorheim ]
20 Jun Buff-breasted Sandpipers [Carolyn Johansson ]
18 Jun Re: TRICOLORED HERON, LEAST BITTERN [Steve Hawkins ]
17 Jun long-distance migrant [Nancy Drilling ]
17 Jun Golden Valley Co-American White Pelicans [Chris Hiatt ]
17 Jun TRICOLORED HERON, LEAST BITTERN [Corey Ellingson ]
17 Jun This morning [Deborah Hanson ]
14 Jun White-rumped sandpipers - billings county [Chris Hiatt ]
14 Jun Great crested flycatcher [Linda Gregg ]
11 Jun nesting news from Golden Valley county [Nancy Drilling ]
10 Jun Eastern meadowlark [Jesse Kolar ]
9 Jun White Pelicans [Liz Conmy ]
7 Jun Ward County Osprey [Rod Fossen ]
6 Jun Red-necked grebes [Jesse Kolar ]
6 Jun Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Jun 6, 2015, Wood Thrush [Ron Martin ]
5 Jun Re: Mirror Pool and Alice [Corey Ellingson ]
5 Jun Re: Mirror Pool and Alice [Carolyn Johansson ]
5 Jun Mirror Pool and Alice [MARK OTNES ]
5 Jun Nelson county [Deborah Hanson ]
2 Jun Blue Grosbeak & Bell's Vireo [Clark Talkington ]
1 Jun SW ND [Jack Lefor ]
31 May Upper Souris Wildlife Refuge (Ward/Renville counties) [Rod Fossen ]
31 May Indigo Bunting [Sherry Leslie ]
1 Jun help for a visitor [Carolyn Johansson ]
30 May Yard Birds [David Lindee ]
29 May Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, May 29, 2015 [Ron Martin ]
28 May GLOSSY, GREAT-TAILs! [Corey Ellingson ]
28 May Sedge Wren and Bell's Vireo at Fort Lincoln State Park [MARK OTNES ]
26 May Ruddy Turnstones /Tolley [Diana Dugall ]
26 May Ruddy Turnstones [Diana Dugall ]
26 May New E-mail ["Rogers, Daniel" ]
26 May RUddy turnstones at Devils Lake [Charlie Christianson ]
26 May Western McKenzie Co birds [Maureen OMara ]
24 May Fwd: WETA 41st St [Ron Martin ]
24 May Tricolored Heron, Dewald Slough [Nancy Drilling ]

Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - McKenzie Slough, Aug 29, 2015
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:35:17 -0500
ND-Birders:

Corey E., Dan Casey and I birded McKenzie Slough this morning. There were over 
5000 shorebirds present and good numbers of herons and egrets. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer



----- Forwarded Message -----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Saturday, August 29, 2015 4:31:56 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - McKenzie Slough, Aug 29, 2015

McKenzie Slough, Burleigh, North Dakota, US
Aug 29, 2015 9:15 AM - 12:07 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: 79 degrees, calm, smokey haze. 
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.0 Build 15 61 species Canada Goose 3 Wood Duck 1 Gadwall 1 American Wigeon 25 Mallard 200 Blue-winged Teal 100 Northern Shoveler 50 Northern Pintail 200 Ruddy Duck 10 Pied-billed Grebe 15 Double-crested Cormorant 15 American White Pelican 250 Great Blue Heron 55 Great Egret 24 Snowy Egret 2 Cattle Egret 280 Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 White-faced Ibis 110 Northern Harrier 3 Bald Eagle 1 Red-tailed Hawk 2 Virginia Rail 4 Sora 21 American Coot 80 Black-necked Stilt 1 Male American Avocet 335 Black-bellied Plover 2 Semipalmated Plover 8 Killdeer 5 Greater Yellowlegs 50 Lesser Yellowlegs 35 Marbled Godwit 60 Stilt Sandpiper 1500 Sanderling 2 Baird's Sandpiper 250 Least Sandpiper 550 Buff-breasted Sandpiper 1 Pectoral Sandpiper 250 Semipalmated Sandpiper 75 Short-billed Dowitcher (hendersoni) 4 Long-billed Dowitcher 2200 Wilson's Snipe 1 Wilson's Phalarope 3 Franklin's Gull 7000 Ring-billed Gull 300 California Gull 2 Forster's Tern 15 Mourning Dove 8 Northern Flicker 1 Eastern Kingbird 12 Bank Swallow 5 Barn Swallow 80 Marsh Wren 5 American Robin 8 Common Yellowthroat 1 Yellow Warbler 2 Bobolink 3 Red-winged Blackbird 500 Yellow-headed Blackbird 200 American Goldfinch 2 House Sparrow 5 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24801958 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: WHAT’S THAT BIRD?
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 09:00:50 -0500
This web resource was mentioned in the recent Ornithological Newsletter.  I
have not visited the site, but it might be of interest to some of you.

Larry

____________________

WHAT’S THAT BIRD? Snap a Photo. Now Computers Can ID the Bird – In a
breakthrough for computer vision and for bird watching, researchers and
bird enthusiasts have enabled computers to achieve a task that stumps most
humans—identifying hundreds of bird species pictured in photos.  Called
Merlin Bird Photo ID, the identifier is capable of recognizing 400 of the
mostly commonly encountered birds in the United States and Canada.  The
bird photo identifier, developed by the Visipedia research project in
collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is available for free at
http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/photo-id   “It gets the bird right in the
top three results about 90% of the time, and it’s designed to keep
improving the more people use it,” said Jessie Barry at the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology. “That’s truly amazing, considering that the computer vision
community started working on the challenge of bird identification only a
few years ago.”  To see if Merlin can identify the bird in your photo, you
upload an image and tell Merlin where and when you took it. To orient
Merlin, you draw a box around the bird and click on its bill, eye, and
tail.  Merlin also asks you to describe the color, size, and behavior of
the bird you saw.  Merlin does the rest.  Merlin’s success relies on
collaboration between computers and humans. The computer learns to
recognize each species from tens of thousands of images identified and
labeled by bird enthusiasts. It also taps in to more than 70 million
sightings recorded by birders in the eBird.org database, narrowing its
search to the species found at the location and time of year when the photo
was taken.


**************************************************************
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: Fall Warblers
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 13:15:24 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Warblers trickle through Bismarck basically on time. Friday night I observed a 
Canada in Sleepy Hollow (less than annual for Bismarck). Saturday in the high 
wind and dodging rain I checked Sleepy Hollow Park and observed Olive-sided 
Flycatcher. 


Sunday in the wind I birded Center in the morning and observed a YELLOW-BELLIED 
FLYCATCHER near the footbridge on the south edge of town. 


At the Lagoons in Stanton I observed a WILLOW FLYCATCHER (probably will be the 
last for 2015 for me) and a family group of LAZULI BUNTINGS. 


On the North Country Trail of the Knife River Indian Village I walked for 3 
hours, and the only warblers I observed were nesters with the exception of 2 
MOURNING WARBLER that popped up simultaneously from a fallen tree. Again lots 
of flycatchers including EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE, OLIVE-SIDED and a YELLOW-BELLIED 
FLYCATCHER. 


After supper last night (Sunday), I observed a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER in Sleepy 
Hollow Park, another that is less than annual here. I believe I have 11 species 
of warbler for the first week of migration. Things should pick up for another 
week or two. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Fall warblers at Trefoil Park (North Fargo)
From: Dennis Wiesenborn <d.wiesenborn AT NDSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 02:10:45 +0000
Fall warbler migration finally picked up today, with a cold front and rain in 
the night. But I was not finding very much until 11 a.m. at which time I 
reached the stretch of Trefoil downstream from the dam. From that point, there 
were both very good numbers and variety of warblers. 13 warbler species were 
tallied at Trefoil Park. These were generally all of the most-expected species, 
with my favorite being a Blackburnian. Common species were Yellow, Canada, 
Wilson's, N. Waterthrush, Am. Redstart, Mourning, and B&W. There were also one 
or two each of Chestnut-sided, Nashville, Ovenbird, Magnolia, Tennessee. Also 
found: least, yellow-bellied and great-crested flycatchers; eastern wood-pewee; 
rose-breasted grosbeak; and red-eyed, warbling and Philadelphia vireos. 


It is always a treat to get a good warbler wave in Fall, and Canadas were 
especially well represented and easy to see well. It is also heartening to see 
an abundance of vegetative cover along the Red River; last year was good, too, 
but in many recent years the low cover was drowned out by summer floods. 



Dennis Wiesenborn
Subject: Northern Waterthrush
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 11:23:17 -0500
Sitting on the deck by the river, I was able to watch a Northern
Waterthrush preen himself for quite awhile this morning. Beautiful bird!
Linda Gregg
Horace, ND
Subject: Bismarck Warblers
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 10:30:56 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I walked two parks yesterday. At the Tom O'Leary Arboretum with my mother we 
observed 20 flycatchers which I called all Least, but entertained thoughts of 
Yellow-bellied or Alder a couple times. I hate em! 


Also observed were a flock of 50 maybe swirling Chimney Swifts over the golf 
course. Along the trial were Mourning Warblers two places, the only warbler 
species. 


I moved on to Sleepy Hollow Park and found two small flocks of warblers. 
Included were Blackburnian (2), Chestnut-sided (3), and Magnolia along with a 
Philadelphia Vireo. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: non-birding question
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:11:00 -0600
Hello ND neighbors,

Our summer intern is leaving Sidney, MT on Friday afternoon with her
destination being Ames, IA.  She is wondering about a place to camp Friday
night somewhere between Fargo and Ames.  Does anyone have any
recommendations?

Thanks,
Mo O'Mara
Subject: Fwd: eBird -- Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park -- Aug 18, 2015
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 19:17:29 -0500
Greetings ND Birders:
 First push of warblers for Bismarck including Blackburnian at Sleepy Hollow. 
MDU annual picnic, so had a couple 8 yr olds in tow banging sticks on trees in 
the upper half. :-) 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck ND

> Subject: eBird -- Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park -- Aug 18, 2015
> 
> tcellingson
> Aug 18, 2015
> Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park
> Traveling
> 0.4 miles
> 105 Minutes
> Observers: 1
> 
> 2 Cooper's Hawk
> 2 Swainson's Hawk
> 1 Red-tailed Hawk
> 12 Franklin's Gull
> 20 Ring-billed Gull
> 5 Eurasian Collared-Dove
> 4 Mourning Dove
> 1 Downy Woodpecker
> 3 Least Flycatcher
> 1 Warbling Vireo
> 1 American Crow
> 3 Black-capped Chickadee
> 2 European Starling
> 3 Yellow Warbler
> 2 Blackburnian Warbler
> 3 Black-and-white Warbler
> 4 American Redstart
> 3 Wilson's Warbler
> 2 House Sparrow
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Oak Park, Minot
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 20:08:47 -0500
ND-Birders:

Had my first Wilson's Warbler of the fall in Oak Park today. There were still 9 
Buff-br. Sandpipers at the Minot Lagoons today. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Minot area
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:21:31 -0500
ND-Birders:

Noted my first migrant warblers other than Yellows in Oak Park today, a 
Black-and-White and a Tennessee. At the Minot Lagoons there were 25 Buff-br. 
Sandpipers on the dike between cells one and two. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

 
Subject: No Subject
From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 13:53:58 -0500
I first heard and then saw a Great Crested Flycatcher along the Red River
in Wahpeton.



-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: Yellow Rail update
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:41:27 +0000
Last night between 10 and 11:30 pm Cec and I listened for Yellow Rails at 
about 6 locations where they were calling 8 days before. At only one of the 
locations were they calling, but there were at least 3 or 4 that could be 
heard. The location is on a well-maintained road north of Mekinock and I will 
provide exact details as to the location for anyone who want try to hear 
them. However it is hard to imagine that they will call much longer so don't 
delay. Whereas there seemed to be singing sedge wrens and Le Conte's sparrows 
at every roadside stop adjacent to wet grassland 8 days ago, last night none of 
either species was heard. 

Had a female Cooper's Hawk bathing in our fake stream this morning. Dave 
Lambeth Grand Forks, North Dakota 
Subject: Northern Waterthrush, Beach
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 21:35:50 -0600
Today I came across a Northern Waterthrush during my early morning walk
around town. This is the first migrant I've seen this fall. Many of the
local birds disappeared over the weekend, including House Wrens, Song and
Chipping sparrows, swallows, kingbirds and a Sora family that lived near
the golf course. Still remaining are Western Wood-pewees, Yellow Warblers,
doves, robins, and blackbirds.

Nancy Drilling

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Beach. ND for the summet
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2015 12:22:53 -0600
Greetings Neighbors,

This past week while driving ND16 in McKenzie Co. I was seeing what I
thought were Rough-legged Hawks.  Yesterday I was able to stop and look at
a bird sitting on a pole close to the road.  Indeed, it was an immature
RLHawk!  It even flew up for us to show the white rump patch and dark
under-wing wrist patches.  I haven't made it back there to look for any
adults with the thought that maybe this year they nested this far south!!

This bird was spotted near mm112, about a mile before the McKenzie/Golden
Valley Co. line.

One other extremely tardy report - on June 26th a Red-headed Woodpecker was
spotted, in McKenzie Co.on FS 814 in the Poker Jim Oil Field area.

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: On Yellow Rails
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2015 19:30:56 +0000
First I will cut to the chase and say that for anyone who would like to hear 
the clicking of yellow rails, there is presently a good opportunity to do so 
by going to the intersection of 70th Ave N and N 69th Street, which is about 
1.5 miles north of the Grand Forks lagoons. Technically this is within the 
zoning authority of the city of Grand Forks and so the city street numbering 
system is used. The best way to get there is to take I-29 exit 145 (the last 
exit north side of Grand Forks), go about 1/2 mile north- nw and then turn 
west on 70th Ave N. Go 1.5 miles west to the intersection. Stop, get out of the 
car and listen especially in the southwest direction. Presently the rails begin 
calling a few minutes before sunset. During their active calling season, they 
seem to click all night long (they are every bit as persistent in their 
clicking as Red-eyed Vireos are at singing during the daytime). If you go, be 
prepared to combat mosquitos. These rails cannot easily be reached because of a 
deep ditch and even under the best circumstances this is a very difficult bird 
to see. No one can say how much longer they will be calling, in part because 
we don't know what stage of their nesting cycle they may be in. 

It has been known for some time that Yellow Rails can be heard in the saline 
grasslands west of Grand Forks that is a 2-5 mile wide strip of grassland that 
runs about 30 miles from ND Hwy 15 to the Grand Forks County - Walsh County 
border. Last night Todd Alfes and I spent about 4 hours listening at a number 
of spots along roads bordering or within the grasslands. Our count was 21 
yellow rails at about 10 different spots. At a few spots we couldn't decide if 
we were hearing just 2 or 3 even more and so we went with a conservative 
estimate. We also tallied other night-time singers: 40-50 each sedge wrens and 
Le Conte's sparrows, a few Sora, but only one Nelson's Sparrow. 

There have been past years when yellow rails have been heard calling well 
into August. This year a period of rainy weather in late June to mid-July 
flooded the grassland depressions and I think that may have triggered their 
breeding season. One can only wonder how widespread yellow rails may be in 
North Dakota, but I think the best time to be checking possible locations may 
be mid-July thru mid-August in some years, a time when birders are not 
particularly inspired to visit grasslands at night. When checking potential 
areas, hearing sedge wrens, Le Conte's and/or Nelson's Sparrows, all very 
active nighttime singers, is an indication that you are in suitable 
habitat for yellow rails. Dave Lambeth 

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Re: RFI: Baird's Sparrow - thank you!
From: Repo <repobirding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:14:39 -0500
Thanks to Jesse, Scott, Mark, Bob, Anthony, Corey, and Clark and anybody 
I forgot.
I had accumulated about a dozen places to look, with the Talkington Dam 
looking best.  Since I was heading west from MN, I thought it would be 
bad luck to pass up promising spots, so I spent the night at Steele and 
got to the TNC Davis Ranch early on 7/14 where I found a Baird's very 
close to the gate with the corral and pond just beyond.  I heard 2 or 3 
and also saw Chestnut-collared Longspurs (2nd time ever), Franklin's 
Gull, Marbled Godwit, Willet, Black Tern.  I didn't get Sprague's Pipit 
but I didn't look/listen enough to say they weren't there (wish I had now).
   I then went to NE of Dickinson to 101st Av SW x 35th St SW 
(46.904904, -102.580841) where Sprague's had recently been reported - no 
luck  that evening or the next morning, but I did hear another Baird's 
there.
  My apologies for not visiting all of your recommendations that you 
were kind enough to spend time telling me about, but I had miles to go 
(SLC for Flam. Owl and the Ruby Mtns, NV for the snowcock, both heard 
only and then back home, looking for sage grouse (no) and McCown's (yes 
at Laramie)).
  So thanks again and if you want to come to WI in a May for Kentucky 
and Cerulean and Yellow-throated Warblers and others, I can direct you.
Jim Jones
Madison WI
Subject: Buff-br. Sandpiper
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:47:04 -0500
ND-Birders:

There was a single Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the power line causeway on cell 3 
this morning. Also, unusual for the Lagoons was an E. Phoebe. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

  
Subject: bluebird
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:29:45 -0500
Mercer county, ND today

Well, after extensive review of the photos, it is decided that it is not a 
Western bluebird but an Eastern bluebird. 

We got a photo of the female and it is definitely marked like an Eastern 
bluebird with a long side rusty marking, though looking very faded. 


Jean Legge
Subject: Re: Western Bluebird
From: James Tyler Bell <00000337af6274c1-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:47:43 +0000
Looking at eBird data, there aren't any reports of Western Bluebird anywhere 
near North Dakota. This would likely be a state first record though Corey 
and/or Ron would be able to clarify that. This is awesome! Do you have a link 
you might provide for photos? 


 Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland




----- Original Message -----
From: Jean Legge 
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Cc: 
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 9:58 AM
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Western Bluebird

Mercer County
Wed., July 29, 2015

Western bluebirds, male and female, found nesting in a purple martin birdhouse 
at my sister-in-law’s house close to Golden Valley, west of Beulah and Zap. 
Photos by my grandson, Hunter Gwilliams, show the blue belly patch while the 
bird is in flight. 


Black-headed grosbeaks are here at the bird feeders too.

Jean Legge
Subject: Western Bluebird
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:58:34 -0500
Mercer County
Wed., July 29, 2015

Western bluebirds, male and female, found nesting in a purple martin birdhouse 
at my sister-in-law’s house close to Golden Valley, west of Beulah and Zap. 
Photos by my grandson, Hunter Gwilliams, show the blue belly patch while the 
bird is in flight. 


Black-headed grosbeaks are here at the bird feeders too.

Jean Legge
Subject: Northern mockingbird
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 23:31:22 -0600
Just a quick note... There was a Northern Mockingbird at Indian Creek dam
in Hettinger County tonight. Seen twice feeding around the picnic shelters
at the furthest SW public access point, and flew into tree rows to the west
both times. Also, a lone sedge wren  was heard singing along the south
shore.

Saturday night there was a White-faced Ibis at Talkington Dam, but attempts
to relocate it this morning were unsuccessful.

Jesse Kolar
Dickinson, ND
Subject: Help for visitors
From: Carolyn Johansson <carolynmj AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:38:46 +0000
Hi all, 
My husband and I will be traveling through North Dakota on August 9th and 10th. 
We would especially like to 

find: Buff-breasted Sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpipers, Red-necked Phalarope, 
Short-eared Owl, Sprague's 

Pipit, and McCown's Longspur. 
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

Thanks, 

Carolyn Johansson 
Old Hickory, TN 
Subject: Prairie Falcon and ravens
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:52:31 +0000
Thanks to Sandy Roethler's keen eye three of us (including Todd Alfes)  had a 
great 10 min look at a juvenile prairie falcon perched on the ground just north 
of the Grand Forks lagoons. On our return to Grand Forks watched three Common 
Ravens for some time. Those were the highlights of a morning outing that 
spotted 50+ species. 

Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Ward County Sparrows
From: Rod Fossen <rfossen AT MIN.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:10:29 -0500
County Road 10A, just south of Burlington, had both a Nelson's and a Field
sparrow singing on Sunday.



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From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 14:42:42 -0500
Drove around the Sheyenne National Grasslands this morning seeing all the
usual suspects. The highlight was finding 3 Red-headed Woodpeckers.

-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: SW birding
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:44:59 -0600
Yesterday I headed southwest with Adrian Azar to explore some of the area
where I used to study pronghorn and to look for some of the SW species.
Blue-gray gnatcatcher, McCown's Longspur, and ​Brewer's Sparrows were all
in the previously reported locations in the Big Gumbo and Rhame Prairie.
Baird's were heard at stops along the drive from Golva to Bowman, and at
several stops south of the Big Gumbo area.  Also notable were 15+ Lark
Buntings seen in a few miles on the Big Game Management Road, and a
Red-headed woodpecker in the town of Marmarth.

On Wednesday, I took two visitors from New York to look for Baird's
Sparrow.  We started looking in a pasture off of Frank's Creek Road (north
of I-94 between highway 85 and Theodore Roosevelt National Park-south
unit), and found multiple still singing.  We saw a lone short-eared owl,
burrowing owls, gray partridge, loggerhead shrikes (20+), chestnut-collared
longspurs, and other shortgrass prairie species.  At the mud flats south of
Talkington Dam we saw 3 long-billed curlew, and a lone red-necked
phalarope.  North of the Talkington Dam area we heard a Sedge wren, which
is rare for western counties.  Last week there was a Nelson's
Sparrow singing in nearby area, but we checked that spot and it has since
been hayed.

Enjoy the summer!

Jesse Kolar
Dickinson
Subject: Minot Lagoons
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:58:22 -0500
ND-Birders:

Today at noon there was an Osprey at the Minot Lagoons,the first I have ever 
seen in the summer season at this location. 


God birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: trip to Slope and Bowman
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 20:24:12 +0000
 Sunday (July 12)  I drove out to the Cedar Ridge area in Bowman County 
where Blue-gray gnatcatchers have been reported starting last summer (Jack 
Lefor, Ron Martin) and seen most recently by Corey Ellingson, Chris Hiatt, and 
Scott Ray. Despite the heat and wind at about 5-6 pm, I located a gnatcatcher 
calling almost continuously. It was perhaps a couple of hundred yards west of 
where Corey, Chris and Scott saw one the weekend of July 4. Sibley describes 
subtle differences in eastern and western forms of the gnatcatcher and he also 
describes them as using distinctly different habitats. I have a set of photos 
that might help in verifying that the male I photographed is the western form, 
and certainly it was in the arid type of habitat preferred by the western 
population. I didn't make any audio recordings. It seems to me that speculation 
by others that gnatcatchers are nesting in the Cedar Ridge area is 
well-warranted. The Cedar Ridge habitat is probably large enough to support 
several pair. 

I birded all day Monday and then birded my way home yesterday (Tuesday). On 
Monday it got quite hot and very windy and that along with those dusty scoria 
roads caused me to be a visual birder only, driving around in my 
air-conditioned vehicle with the windows rolled up. Some highlights: a pair of 
Say's phoebes nesting at Burning Coal Vein. A very vocal chat was there as 
well, perhaps a descendant of the one that sang all night long when I camped 
there many years ago. A short distance before reaching the campground there is 
a small wetland that had a Solitary Sandpiper. Just west of Marmarth I took the 
road going north and found a family group of five Long-billed Curlews about 1.5 
miles north of US 12. I think it was one adult with four nearly full-grown 
young. 

Tuesday in the early morning I took the National Grasslands Access Road west 
from near mile marker 54 on US 85. About four miles west there is a large 
prairie dog town to the north in which I saw two Burrowing Owls and a juvenile 
Ferruginous Hawk. Two Bairds Sparrow were singing just west of the first road 
going south off the NGA road. The four miles of access road that I traveled was 
as birdy as I have ever experienced with flocks of meadowlarks, mourning doves, 
horned larks, and lark buntings flying off the road (On Monday I had seen only 
one male lark bunting and one female in a different spot). A Sharp-tailed 
Grouse brood of half-grown young were along the road. It impressed me with how 
birdy an area can be when there is a mix of habitat. Two Upland Sandpipers were 
quite concerned about my presence. Also seen were two Long-tailed Weasels right 
along the roadside and two mule deer bucks in velvet. 

The highlight of driving through McKenzie Slough was seeing a pair of Virginia 
Rails crossing the road with 7 black, downy chicks in tow. 

At Long Lake NWR a shallow wetland west of US 85 had 295 American Avocets, 40 
Marbled Godwits, and at least 30 Pectoral Sandpipers. 

In Eddy County I checked a lake/wetland along County Road 1 near 82nd Ave NE 
where at the time of the Prairie and Pothole Birding Festival there was a large 
Western Grebe colony easily observed from CR 1. I didn't find  any grebes 
there, but on the same lake over a mile to the south I counted 250 Western 
Grebes with at least 40 young. A large rookery on the lake contained at least 
75 cormorant and 10 great blue heron nests. A number of Great Egrets are also 
nesting there, but in well-foliaged trees that obscure the nest. 

Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Subject: T. Mts. and J. Clark Salyer
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:36:51 -0500
ND-Birders:

At Mystical Horizons on the west edge of the Turtle Mts. I had an Eastern 
Towhee and a hybrid towhee. The hybrid towhee was singing both Eastern and 
Spotted songs and gave call notes of both species. 


Diana Dugall joined me at J. Clark Salyer for some shorebirding. We checked the 
Hwy 14 crossing north of HQ and the Willow City Road. Among the 16 species seen 
the highlights were a single Black-necked Stilt, 1600 Lesser Yellowlegs, 450 
Stilt Sandpipers, and 2350 Pectoral Sandpipers. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

  
Subject: 2 bald eagles - bowman
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:50:34 -0600
In between bee yards this morning about 6 miles southeast of town I saw 2 adult 
b Eagles. There was a very small lake nearby maybe 100 yards wide by 1/4 mile 
long. Was only my second time seeing one in the county during summertime in the 
last 30 years. Also seeing my sharp - tailed grouse lately. 

Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Burleigh, Sheridan & Kidder counties
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2015 21:18:54 -0500
7/8 (Burleigh, Sheridan & Kidder)

This mourning I started my day at the Davis Ranch north of Wing about 15 miles. 
Highlights there were 4 BAIRD'S SPARROW & 1 SPRAGUE'S PIPIT, also 15 
CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPURS. I then checked out Salt Lake and found 2,500 
CALIFORNIA GULLS and 1,000 Double-crested Cormorants on islands in the lake. 
Also on the lake were 8 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES. From there I checked out the 
Sheridan County Ponds on the border of Burleigh County to find 4 RED-NECKED 
GREBES. I then drove to Horsehead Lake and my highlight was a LEAST BITTERN 
flying across the road in front of me to land on reeds next to the road which 
made it possible to get some good photos. I finished the day at McKenzie Slough 
where 13 shorebird species were spotted. 


Clark Talkington
Mandan
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Jul 6, 2015
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2015 21:31:48 -0500
ND-Birders:

Still lots of activity at Denbigh yesterday.  If you go there to bird be 
advised that if you leave the road the area is a sea of poison ivy, ticks and 
mosquitoes. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer



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Subject: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Jul 6, 2015

Denbigh Experimental Forest, McHenry, North Dakota, US
Jul 6, 2015 7:42 AM - 10:49 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     55 degrees, cloudy, N 0-9 mph. 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 43 species Wood Duck  1     Downy duckling, no adult duck in the area. Wild Turkey  2 Cooper's Hawk  1 Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern)  1 Killdeer  1 Lesser Yellowlegs  1     Flying over. Franklin's Gull  8 Ring-billed Gull  1 Mourning Dove  10 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  21 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  4 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2 Eastern Wood-Pewee  16 Least Flycatcher  80 Great Crested Flycatcher  2 Eastern Kingbird  1 Yellow-throated Vireo  6 Warbling Vireo (Eastern)  24 Red-eyed Vireo  28 American Crow  8 Common Raven  1 Tree Swallow  1 Barn Swallow  2 Black-capped Chickadee  28 Red-breasted Nuthatch  2 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  7 House Wren  35 Veery  14 American Robin  24 Gray Catbird  7 Cedar Waxwing  30 Ovenbird  9 Northern Waterthrush  4 Orange-crowned Warbler  3 Common Yellowthroat  17 Yellow Warbler  12 Chipping Sparrow  30     Feeding a cowbird. Clay-colored Sparrow  15 Song Sparrow  18 Red-winged Blackbird  1 Brown-headed Cowbird  24     Fed by a CHSP. Purple Finch  1     Silent bird. No nesting records for this area. American Goldfinch  32 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24168263 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Southwest Birding
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:21:05 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I joined several other people for a tour of the southwest specialties species 
over the July 4th weekend. Highlights below: 


Thursday night (with Chris Hiatt and Jesse Kolar)
 Common Poorwill - Twin Buttes on Golden Valley/Billings county line northeast 
of Camel Hump Dam, and within the TRNP south unit (recorded all 4 stops within 
"badlands"). 


Friday (with Chris Hiatt and Scott Ray)
    Sage Grouse - hen with 7 chicks about 4 miles south of Cedar Ridge.

    Solitary Sandpiper - ditch water southwest of Marmarth

    Burrowing Owl - on dog town 4 miles south of Marmarth along Camp Crook Rd

 Eastern Bluebird - in Marmarth, I still have never recorded a Bluebird species 
for myself in Bowman county (one mile away). 


 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - territorial bird in Cedar Ridge. We presume these are 
nesting here as two family groups were found by Jack Lefor last year, and again 
this spring. 


 Brewer's Sparrow - many in the sage south of Cedar Ridge along Camp Crook Rd 


 McCown's Longspur - northwest edge of usual knob in the center of Rhame 
Prairie. 


Saturday (with Chris Hiatt and Scott Ray)
 Short-eared Owl - flushed presumably off a nest to harrass a pair of Golden 
Eagles that had landed nearby. My only sighting of SEOW this year. 


    Black-billed Cuckoo - a mile southwest of the west edge of Medora.

 Baird's Sparrow - one at Talkington Dam just north of Fryburg exit. I did send 
the easily accessible location to the person posting the RFI recently. 


 Bullock's Oriole - male flew by and landed, on the west edge of Medora, south 
of the tracks. 


Saturday evening (Scott Ray)

 Eastern Pheobe - on the fence at the north edge of Pioneer Park, rare for 
Missouri River Valley. 


 Least Tern and Piping Plover - at the reliable spot of MacLean Bottoms boat 
ramp. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Re: RFI: Baird's Sparrow
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:46:22 +0000
To add to what Tyler wrote: Perhaps only in western ND (maybe the more 
southwestern the better) can one hope to drive around and locate a Baird's 
by hearing it sing. East of highway 281, no possibility. Between US 281 and ND 
3, very local. With lots of scouting for the Prairie Potholes and Prairies 
Birding Festival by myself and others a very few spots in Kidder County were 
productive and these have been identified in postings to e-bird. One public 
area to search in Bowman County is Stewart Lake NWR located a few miles north 
of Bowman and west of US 85. 

Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks, North Dakota
      From: "Bell, Tyler" 
 To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU 
 Sent: Monday, July 6, 2015 7:37 AM
 Subject: Re: [ND-BIRDS] RFI: Baird's Sparrow
   
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held a rally in Spearfish, SD a couple of weeks ago. Prior to the event, 
several ABA staff went out scouting. Because of rain, they went further north 
into Bowman County, ND finding Baird’s Sparrows in most habitats, even some 
atypical. During the rally, though, the most productive location was about 1.5 
miles east of Rt. 85 on JB Road, a few miles south of Buffalo, SD. Drive along 
the road until there are a few minor buttes on the north side of the road but 
before the crest of the hill. There were Baird’s Sparrows feeding young on 
the south side of the road and Brewer’s Sparrows on the north side of the 
road in sage near the base of the small buttes. Perhaps Jeff and Liz Gordon 
posted their ND Baird’s location on eBird? There was also a Ferruginous Hawk 
perched on the top of one of the buttes.   Tyler Bell Smithsonian 
Environmental Research Center Edgewater, Maryland 21037 belljt AT si.edu     


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

Sent: Saturday, July 04, 2015 11:04 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] RFI: Baird's Sparrow    Hello,
Any recommendations for seeing Baird's Sparrow?

I'll be crossing the state on 7/15 and am willing to go anywhere for this 
lifer. 


I've been reading nd-birds and have looked at eBird, but have found that 
nothing beats asking the direct question.  You can reply to the list or email 
me directly at repobirding AT gmail.com 


Thanks,
Jim Jones
Madison, WI    

  
Subject: Re: RFI: Baird's Sparrow
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:37:57 +0000
ABA held a rally in Spearfish, SD a couple of weeks ago. Prior to the event, 
several ABA staff went out scouting. Because of rain, they went further north 
into Bowman County, ND finding Baird’s Sparrows in most habitats, even some 
atypical. During the rally, though, the most productive location was about 1.5 
miles east of Rt. 85 on JB Road, a few miles south of Buffalo, SD. Drive along 
the road until there are a few minor buttes on the north side of the road but 
before the crest of the hill. There were Baird’s Sparrows feeding young on 
the south side of the road and Brewer’s Sparrows on the north side of the 
road in sage near the base of the small buttes. Perhaps Jeff and Liz Gordon 
posted their ND Baird’s location on eBird? There was also a Ferruginous Hawk 
perched on the top of one of the buttes. 


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


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

Sent: Saturday, July 04, 2015 11:04 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] RFI: Baird's Sparrow

Hello,
Any recommendations for seeing Baird's Sparrow?

I'll be crossing the state on 7/15 and am willing to go anywhere for this 
lifer. 


I've been reading nd-birds and have looked at eBird, but have found that 
nothing beats asking the direct question. You can reply to the list or email me 
directly at repobirding AT gmail.com 


Thanks,
Jim Jones
Madison, WI

Subject: RFI: Baird's Sparrow
From: Bird Cruiser <repobirding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Jul 2015 22:04:13 -0500
Hello,
Any recommendations for seeing Baird's Sparrow?

I'll be crossing the state on 7/15 and am willing to go anywhere for this
lifer.

I've been reading nd-birds and have looked at eBird, but have found that
nothing beats asking the direct question.  You can reply to the list or
email me directly at repobirding AT gmail.com

Thanks,
Jim Jones
Madison, WI
Subject: Cardinal
From: Barbara Deraas <januarywatercolor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:33:31 -0500
Goodmorning,
I am new to this list and have subscribed for one purpose actually. I live in 
south Fargo and would like to share the fact the we have a cardinal in and 
around our yard. I have done a small amount of research and it appears this may 
be unusual for our area, therefore, sharing this info seemed appropriate. 


Enjoy your day.

Barbara
Subject: Red breasted nut hatch
From: Betsy Batstone-Cunningham <batsham AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:09:49 -0500
Hi,

Just watched a young red breasted nut hatch being feed by one of it parents in 
my back yard. 


Betsy Batstone-Cunningham
Elmwood Dr & the Greenway
Grand Forks ND
Subject: J Clark visit
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:20:42 -0500
We took a jaunt to J Clark Salyer by way of the 57th Ave Wetland, Denbigh 
Forest, J Clark and home. 

For us, it was a very good trip, 60 species seen and ID’d, the usual 
suspects. So, no list here. 

Highlights, however, were fun.
Along the dike road at J Clark 
 Avocet with 3 chicks, Green-winged Teal, White-faced Ibis, and other usual 
suspects 

On autoroute
 new concrete creek crossings! Nice! One of them was running some water, with 5 
Black-crowned Night Herons supervising 

Along the area where Mountain Bluebirds, that East-West Road 
 within 1/4 mile, Mountain Bluebirds-pair, Eastern Bluebirds, and LeConte’s 
Sparrow, singing! 


Watching approaching storm front, well, not always fun to watch.

But great day of birding for the three of us, our son along for the day.
Charles J Taft
Minot, ND
	
Subject: Weekend BBS routes and other sightings
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 22:19:01 -0500
ND-Birders:

On Saturday Scott Ray recorded for me on the Sheyenne Lake BBS in Sheridan Co. 
Fog was a problem on the first half of the route, but otherwise the route went 
well. The bird of the day seemed to be Sedge Wren. No Le Conte's Sparrows were 
recorded; unusual for this route. 


After the survey we had a Bonaparte's Gull in McHenry Co., a rare bird in 
summer. A flock of 160 Marbled Godwits was observed a few miles north of Steele 
on our way to Dewald Slough in search of the previously reported Tricolored 
Heron. We were able to see this bird flying across the lake. Driving south we 
had a few Dickcissels. At Beaver Bay we observed the previously reported Bell's 
Vireo and Blue Grosbeak. A highlight was a 4 foot Bull Snake on the road near 
Linton. 


On the road in to Long Lake NWR from Hwy 83 we stopped to scope a flock of 
godwits and noticed a very large gull that appears to be a second cycle Great 
Black-backed Gull. Scott got a number of photos. There are only a few records 
of this species for ND. In the same field there was a hybrid duck, possibly a 
Blue-winged Teal X Green-winged Teal. Scott got some distant photos of this 
bird. 


This morning Corey E. recorded for my Horsehead Lake route. 87 species were 
noted with the highlight being a Least Bittern, my first for the route. The 
non-avian highlight of the day was a family of Badgers on the side of the road 
on the north end of Horsehead Lake. There was mighty hissing and growling when 
we pulled the truck up beside them to get a closer look. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

   
Subject: Audubon field trip Friday and Saturday
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:22:00 -0500
A carload from Fargo went to the Jamestown sewage ponds Friday morning, 
lots of Earred Grebes on nests throughout the pond and an assortment of 
ducks and lots of Franklin Gulls.

checked out Long Lake NWR and McKenzie Slough in the afternoon: Wilson's 
phalarope, Wilson's snipe, American Avocet, Great Egret, Black-crowned 
Night-Heron, White-faced Ibis, pelicans, Chestnut collared Longspur near 
Long Lake, Sedge Wren, Marsh Wren, Bobolink.

Saturday we headed south to Maclean Bottoms boat ramp, turned a bit too 
soon and ended up on a road that went by a nice wooded area that was 
very productive with early morning singing birds before we realized it 
led to a private residence: Field Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, Warbling 
Vireo, American Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole. When we did get to the boat 
ramp a couple Least Terns were flying around and we quickly found 
several Piping Plovers running around on the sandbars in the river.

Headed south to the Beaver Bay recreation area and walked the road along 
the river east of the campgrounds and found Willow Flycatcher, at least 
2 singing Bell's Vireo by the pit toilet as previously reported, Gray 
Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Brown Thrasher, Yellow Warbler, Grasshopper 
Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Spotted Sandpiper.

Drove south about 7 miles and pulled off the road near a ravine and 
heard but never saw the Blue Grosbeak.

On the way back to Fargo we stopped at the slough south of Dawson and 
checked for the Tricolored Heron and Black necked Stilt, no luck. Ron 
Martin and Scott were there too - guess the heron had been seen flying 
earlier. Did see the White-faced Ibis, Cattle Egret, a Sora (yes, 
actually saw it!), a Willet, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck.

Also had a beautiful Ferruginous Hawk fly low overhead but can't 
remember now where that was.

Connie Norheim
Fargo
Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpipers
From: Carolyn Johansson <carolynmj AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:50:33 +0000
In early August 2012 there were 2 separate sightings of Buff-breasted 
Sandpipers (I saved them to my North Dakota 

folder because it's a bird I'd really like to add.) I was off the List serve 
until recently because we were not planning 

any trips. We will be driving through North Dakota on our way to Canada the 
second week of August. I don't know if 

those sightings were a rare occurrence, but if anyone has any information I 
would really appreciate it. 


Thank you, 

Carolyn Johansson 
Old Hickory, TN 
Subject: Re: TRICOLORED HERON, LEAST BITTERN
From: Steve Hawkins <stevanhawkins AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 03:01:39 -0700
Corey:

Talking with folks who prefer eBird to listservs, Yahoo-groups, etc, I get
the impression that posting there avoids reaction from others.  My retort
is that eBird-only robs others the opportunity to see the given rare bird
and/or learn about auseful birding location..  When I head north ND-Birds
gets me information about what Jesse Kolar is seeing in western ND, what
the Lindees are seeing at Van Hook, etc.  Theoretically that information
could be dug ougt from eBird.  However, that would4 require knowing where
Jesse and Dave and Ellin have birded.  That is true for all state
listerves, Yahoo-groups, etc.  If people are going to post information on
eBird, they should set their eBird account so that their eBird information
gets forwaded to the appropriate listserve, Yahoo-group, etc.  That way the
information gets into eBird's database and also informs the general birding
public about given birding hot spots.  That is what I think at 5:00 a.m.

Onward!

Steve

Stevan Hawkins
San Antonio, Tx

Greetings ND-Birders:
    Once again, the Carrington Bird Festival last weekend was a success,
however I have seen no one post birds from it.   Apparently you all have to
sign up for Ebird to see what is going on anymore.

Participants were able to get good looks at most of our sought after North
Dakota species.

Multiple locations had Nelson's Sparrow and LeConte's Sparrow, as well as
CC Longspurs and the likes.

The famed Tuttle pasture was able to provide looks of Baird's Sparrows,
which I guess had multiple birds.

Another school section pasture near Kunkel Lake provided both Baird's
Sparrow and Sprague's Pipits.

Two other species that should have been mentioned on the Listserve by now:

The TRICOLORED HERON found in late May by Nancy Drilling, was relocated 12
June by Chris Wood and his WINGS tour.   Sunday evening, myself along with
Adrian Azar, and Jesse Kolar observed the bird flush multiple times from
the peninsula of cattails out in the egret colony at DeWald Slough.   The
bird was carrying nest material.  We only observed one bird at a time, so
it is unknown whether there is a pure pair or not.  This colony is accessed
by turning west on 41st St off of Hwy 3 next to Lake Isabel.  Drive the
dirt road one mile west, then one mile south.  Park at this corner and look
out east to see the flushing Cattle Egrets and Black-crowned Night Herons,
and maybe the TRICOLORED.

I should mention there was a report of BLACK-NECKED STILT also on 07 June
from the "southwest corner".  This area is reached by taking the first road
traversing west, south of Lake Isabel.  The water on your right (north)
when reaching the T is were the bird was observed.  I did not see the bird
Sunday night, but the habitat is good, and could hide a stilt.

Lastly, found during scouting by Dave Lambeth, and observed on the tours
was a LEAST BITTERN at Horsehead Lake WMA.   The bird was observed again by
myself Sunday afternoon.  It sounded like there were multiple birds
calling.   Horsehead WMA is half way down the west shore of Horsehead Lake,
Kidder county.  After parking at the ND Game&Fish sign, walk the roadbed
dike east just past the lone tree.   Birds were calling from the north
side.  This species was here last year also.

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: long-distance migrant
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:19:53 -0600
On May 9th this year, I saw a Semipalmated Sandpiper with a colored leg
flag at the Rocky Butte Road mudflat north of Golva in Golden Valley
county. I just received word that that bird was first captured and the flag
attached on January 4th, 2014 in the Paracas National Reserve in southern
Peru. A very special guest to North Dakota indeed! A couple of years ago, I
saw a flagged SESA in eastern South Dakota that also had been captured in
that same project.

Nancy Drilling

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Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Beach, ND for the summer

*www.rmbo.org *
Subject: Golden Valley Co-American White Pelicans
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:06:03 +0000
Last night as I waited for my truck of bees to come into Sentinel Butte, I 
walked down to Camel's Hump lake at sunset and watched 5 AMERICAN WHITE 
PELICANS come in.  There was also a common nighthawk working the lake.  A 
lone RUDDY DUCK was there, along with a crow.   I've been seeing marbled 
godwits every day in 6 different SW counties.  Seems like a good year for 
them.   Also a great horned owl was about 4 miles north of senitenel butte 
from the freeway.  

Chris HiattBowman

Subject: TRICOLORED HERON, LEAST BITTERN
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:17:58 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Once again, the Carrington Bird Festival last weekend was a success, however I 
have seen no one post birds from it. Apparently you all have to sign up for 
Ebird to see what is going on anymore. 


Participants were able to get good looks at most of our sought after North 
Dakota species. 


Multiple locations had Nelson's Sparrow and LeConte's Sparrow, as well as CC 
Longspurs and the likes. 


The famed Tuttle pasture was able to provide looks of Baird's Sparrows, which I 
guess had multiple birds. 


Another school section pasture near Kunkel Lake provided both Baird's Sparrow 
and Sprague's Pipits. 


Two other species that should have been mentioned on the Listserve by now:

The TRICOLORED HERON found in late May by Nancy Drilling, was relocated 12 June 
by Chris Wood and his WINGS tour. Sunday evening, myself along with Adrian 
Azar, and Jesse Kolar observed the bird flush multiple times from the peninsula 
of cattails out in the egret colony at DeWald Slough. The bird was carrying 
nest material. We only observed one bird at a time, so it is unknown whether 
there is a pure pair or not. This colony is accessed by turning west on 41st St 
off of Hwy 3 next to Lake Isabel. Drive the dirt road one mile west, then one 
mile south. Park at this corner and look out east to see the flushing Cattle 
Egrets and Black-crowned Night Herons, and maybe the TRICOLORED. 


I should mention there was a report of BLACK-NECKED STILT also on 07 June from 
the "southwest corner". This area is reached by taking the first road 
traversing west, south of Lake Isabel. The water on your right (north) when 
reaching the T is were the bird was observed. I did not see the bird Sunday 
night, but the habitat is good, and could hide a stilt. 


Lastly, found during scouting by Dave Lambeth, and observed on the tours was a 
LEAST BITTERN at Horsehead Lake WMA. The bird was observed again by myself 
Sunday afternoon. It sounded like there were multiple birds calling. Horsehead 
WMA is half way down the west shore of Horsehead Lake, Kidder county. After 
parking at the ND Game&Fish sign, walk the roadbed dike east just past the lone 
tree. Birds were calling from the north side. This species was here last year 
also. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: This morning
From: Deborah Hanson <dhanson100 AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:51:16 -0500
I have been watching a pair of Piping Plovers nest for last few weeks. There 
has been a lot of burning and plowing up of the area. Lots of draining. I had 
contacted USFish for help a number of times but that has gone nowhere. 

This morning I located the 2 PIPLs on and next to the nest. An hour later the 
farmer came through and plowed up the area. The 16 Avocet nests and the Piping 
plover nest is now gone. 

All I can get from USFish is 'bummer'. 

Deb


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Subject: White-rumped sandpipers - billings county
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 19:09:13 -0600
Hello ND birders. Got back from dry and too hot california this week. Glad to 
see it so green and rain this week. Before church today refound the white - 
rumped sandpipers Ron Martin reported to ebird a few days ago from talkington 
marsh nw of belfield. I've been seeing marbled godwits in quite a few places 
around bowman and the marsh off 34 th nw of dickinson. Also have seen 3 short 
eared owls at night or dusk south of bowman and a couple just into South 
Dakota. Had a great spring birding which including a trip to the dry tortugas 
in Florida. 

Good birding , 
Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

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Subject: Great crested flycatcher
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:00:14 -0500
We heard a great crested flycatcher in the woods behind our house, last
night. What a cool song and not heard here very often.
Linda Gregg
Horace, ND
Subject: nesting news from Golden Valley county
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:24:49 -0600
In the yard in Beach, the Mourning Doves and American Robins are on second
nests, Yellow Warbler, Common Grackles, Downy Woodpecker, and Chipping
Sparrow are feeding young, Least Flycatcher and Western Kingbird are
sitting on eggs, and Orchard Oriole and Willow Flycatcher are building
nests. We are rooting for the Western Wood-pewee that has been calling in
the neighborhood for a few days to nest here, but probably not going to
happen.

Out on the grasslands, I saw my first Chestnut-colored Longspur fledgling
this morning; most of the rest of the Longspur nests have nestlings. Most
Savannah Sparrow and Western Meadowlark nests also have nestlings, while
Marbled Godwit, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Blue-winged Teal, and Baird's Sparrows
are incubating eggs. Grasshopper Sparrows are lagging behind and seem to
still be nest-building/laying eggs.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: Eastern meadowlark
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 06:59:11 -0600
I got rained out for a BBS this morning, but drove the route to listen
anyway. Sedge wren, Baird's sparrow and EASTERN MEADOWLARK all within 2
miles just NE of Dickinson. EAME is 1 mile west of the Fisher gravel pits
on 32nd St SW. Singing from several posts just west of a small white house.

Birding is always better with a little rain.
Subject: White Pelicans
From: Liz Conmy <lizconmy AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2015 22:04:42 -0500
A beautiful pair of White Pelicans flew over our farm today--their flight 
together was like a choreographed dance--they were in perfect sync. My son also 
saw them yesterday behind the dam on the Little Pembina River. 


I believe we have a pair of Swainsons Hawks in our little valley also but need 
to spot them again to be sure. 


Our farm is on the Mt. Carmel Dam north of Langdon in Cavalier County. The 
number of different birds here this spring is amazing! 

Subject: Ward County Osprey
From: Rod Fossen <rfossen AT MIN.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2015 18:16:21 -0500
There was an Osprey flying over the river below Lake Darling dam today.

 

Rod Fossen, Minot



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Subject: Red-necked grebes
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 20:25:08 -0600
Today while birding with the Turtle Mountain Birding Festival, we saw a
pair of red-necked grebes with CHICKS at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge.
They were in the southeast pools near the furthest rock island to the
north. Also 4 common terns flying around the pond and a Nelson's Sparrow at
the railroad crossing.

Jesse Kolar
Dickinson ND
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Jun 6, 2015, Wood Thrush
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 13:37:04 -0500
ND-Birders:

An interesting mix of birds in Oak Park this morning. Two inches of rain 
overnight. When I entered the Girl Scout camp a Veery and a Wood Thrush were 
having a singing contest. I believe the result was a draw. Wood Thrush is a 
vagrant in Ward Co. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


  
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Subject: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Jun 6, 2015

Minot - Oak Park, Ward, North Dakota, US
Jun 6, 2015 9:50 AM - 11:18 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: 59 degrees, cloudy, showers, E10. Two inches of rain overnight. 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 38 species Canada Goose 150 Wood Duck 1 Mallard 3 Hooded Merganser 5 Cooper's Hawk 1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1 Mourning Dove 2 Belted Kingfisher 1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 5 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 FOS in Oak Park. Alder Flycatcher 2 Willow Flycatcher 1 Very rare in Oak Park. The first I have had there singing. Least Flycatcher 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 2 Eastern Kingbird 1 Yellow-throated Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 20 American Crow 1 Black-capped Chickadee 5 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2 House Wren 1 Veery 1 Rare in Oak Park. Wood Thrush 1 Singing, rusty head and nape, light brown back and tail, white breast and belly with dark spotting to vent. American Robin 20 European Starling 1 Cedar Waxwing 8 Tennessee Warbler 1 Connecticut Warbler 1 Singing, late migrant. Yellow Warbler 20 Chipping Sparrow 4 Song Sparrow 4 Lazuli Bunting 2 Male and female. Indigo Bunting 1 First year male. Common Grackle (Bronzed) 25 Brown-headed Cowbird 4 Baltimore Oriole 1 American Goldfinch 10 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23799328 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Re: Mirror Pool and Alice
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2015 15:38:37 -0500
Unfortunately White-rumped Sandpipers do not appear in ND in fall, they take a 
different route. Hopefully you enjoy your visit here! 

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

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> On Jun 5, 2015, at 3:24 PM, Carolyn Johansson  wrote:
> 
> How long do you think the White-rumped Sandpipers will be in the Alice Area? 
My husband and I will be passing 

> through Fargo August 8 or 9 and we'd really like to add them to our list.
> 
> Carolyn Johansson
> Old Hickory, TN
> 
> 
> From: "MARK OTNES" 
> To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
> Sent: Friday, June 5, 2015 2:55:35 PM
> Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Mirror Pool and Alice
> 
> I took a quick swing down to the Mirror Pool area of Ransom county and then 
up to the Alice area today. Mirror Pool had the usual Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo 
Buntings, Eastern Wood Pewees, and Black-billed Cuckoo, but what was totally 
unexpected was the croaking call of a Common Raven. It gave 3 or 4 croaks but I 
was unable to see it, nor did I hear it call again. 

> 
> Just south of Alice along one of the large sloughs there were over 30 
White-rumped Sandpipers. 

> 
> At Lake Bertha I had an unexpected Horned Grebe. The grebe was just north of 
the dike path with the old observation blind. 

> 
> Mark Otnes
> Fargo, ND
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Mirror Pool and Alice
From: Carolyn Johansson <carolynmj AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2015 20:24:53 +0000
How long do you think the White-rumped Sandpipers will be in the Alice Area? My 
husband and I will be passing 

through Fargo August 8 or 9 and we'd really like to add them to our list. 

Carolyn Johansson 
Old Hickory, TN 


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Sent: Friday, June 5, 2015 2:55:35 PM 
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Mirror Pool and Alice 

I took a quick swing down to the Mirror Pool area of Ransom county and then up 
to the Alice area today. Mirror Pool had the usual Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo 
Buntings, Eastern Wood Pewees, and Black-billed Cuckoo, but what was totally 
unexpected was the croaking call of a Common Raven. It gave 3 or 4 croaks but I 
was unable to see it, nor did I hear it call again. 


Just south of Alice along one of the large sloughs there were over 30 
White-rumped Sandpipers. 


At Lake Bertha I had an unexpected Horned Grebe. The grebe was just north of 
the dike path with the old observation blind. 


Mark Otnes 
Fargo, ND 


Subject: Mirror Pool and Alice
From: MARK OTNES <markotnes AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2015 14:55:35 -0500
I took a quick swing down to the Mirror Pool area of Ransom county and then
up to the Alice area today.  Mirror Pool had the usual Scarlet Tanagers,
Indigo Buntings, Eastern Wood Pewees, and Black-billed Cuckoo, but what was
totally unexpected was the croaking call of a Common Raven.  It gave 3 or 4
croaks but I was unable to see it, nor did I hear it call again.

Just south of Alice along one of the large sloughs there were over 30
White-rumped Sandpipers.

At Lake Bertha I had an unexpected Horned Grebe.  The grebe was just north
of the dike path with the old observation blind.

Mark Otnes
Fargo, ND
Subject: Nelson county
From: Deborah Hanson <dhanson100 AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2015 10:07:52 -0500
A number of trips to Nelson county have been enjoyable so far this 
spring/summer. 

At the beginning of May I was concerned about the aggressive draining and 
burning in addition to the dry winter which had resulted in substantially lower 
water levels. I found that one of my reliable WGrebe nesting areas had been 
abandoned. WGrebe numbers started to drop and I assumed that they were 
migrating out of the area. However, today I found a number of WGrebe pairs with 
riding chicks. Nesting can reduce visible numbers :). I am always surprised by 
how early the chicks can show up. 

Also in the last few weeks there has been increased rainfall (about 6.5 inches 
I think) so that despite draining, the water levels have increased somewhat. 

I frequently find 20+ WFIbis, 15+ BCNHerons. I've watched Bitterns singing - 
their throats ballooning out. 

A dozen or so Red-necked Phalaropes came through a week or so ago - nice to 
see. 

I've found and am watching the Piping Plover nest pair again. 
Now if I can find and get that photo of the Least Bittern that seems elusive 
... 


Deb
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Subject: Blue Grosbeak & Bell's Vireo
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2015 08:14:54 -0500
05/30
 While birding in Emmons County at Beaver Bay Recreation Area I found 5 BELL'S 
VIREO at five different locations and 7 miles south of Beaver Bay SP there were 
2 BLUE GROSBEAK. 


Clark Talkington
Mandan
Subject: SW ND
From: Jack Lefor <jpl AT NDSUPERNET.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 21:03:40 -0600
Birded south of Marmarth in the Big Gumbo area. Interesting birds found were 
several singing Brewer’s Sparrows on the Johnson Ranch near the South Dakota 
border, and in the pine area, one Western Wood Peewee, and four Blue-gray 
Gnatcatchers. Two of the Gnatcatcherrs were acting like a mated pair. 


Good birding,

Jack Lefor
Dickinson
Subject: Upper Souris Wildlife Refuge (Ward/Renville counties)
From: Rod Fossen <rfossen AT MIN.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 May 2015 22:59:16 -0500
Today I took my dog on an outing to the Lake Darling dam area.  I couldn't
do quality bird watching with a 100 lab on a leash but I did the best I
could.



Highlights were 20+ Sedge Wrens along the trails below the dam and a female
RT Hummingbird in trees nearby.  Above the dam at a boat landing on the west
side there was a Common Nighthawk feeding and calling at 1:00 p.m.  I've
never seen one active that time of day before but it was somewhat overcast
so maybe that explains it.



Rod Fossen, Minot







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Subject: Indigo Bunting
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 May 2015 21:38:47 -0500
Last evening we had an Indigo Bunting and Lazuli Bunting under one of our
trees eating suet crumbs.  They were here again today.
Rose-breasted(6) and Black-headed Grosbeaks(3)
Swainson's Thrush   1
Towhee                     1
House Finch              3
Pine Siskin                 6
F & M Mallard  2-3 times a day they eat sunflowers under feeders.
and all the usual residents
Sherry Leslie
Rural Burlington/Minot
Subject: help for a visitor
From: Carolyn Johansson <carolynmj AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:36:20 +0000
Hi, 
My husband and I will be traveling through North Dakota the first week of 
August on our way to Canada and would 

like to do some birding along the way. A couple of years ago I was following 
the List-serve and saw a couple of posts 

about Buff-breasted Sandpipers in early August. That would be a new bird for us 
and I would appreciate some suggestions for where I might look. Other target 
birds would be: White-rumped Sandpiper, Ferruginous Hawk, 

Long-billed Curlew, and Sprague's Pipit. 
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 
Thank you, 
Carolyn Johansson 
Old Hickory, TN 
Subject: Yard Birds
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 May 2015 08:14:16 -0500
Got up this morning to the sight of a Northern mockingbird, Baltimore oriole
and Gray catbird fighting at one of the jelly feeders.  Yesterday we had an
Indigo bunting, female Am. redstart, Lazuli bunting, E. Wood peewee,
Ruby-crowned kinglet and  Yellow-bellied, Nashville, Orange-crowned,
Yellow-rump and Magnolia warblers. Brown thrashers and Swainson thrushes are
probably nesting nearby.  Lots of Baltimore and Orchard orioles.  Now if I
could just get rid of the grackles.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook



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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, May 29, 2015
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 May 2015 21:03:18 -0500
ND-Birders:

A good late season list from Oak Park this morning. 

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


 
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Minot - Oak Park, Ward, North Dakota, US
May 29, 2015 7:54 AM - 10:34 AM
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Comments: Cloudy, N 16, 45 degrees. 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 44 species Canada Goose 150 Wood Duck 8 Mallard 6 Hooded Merganser 7 Cooper's Hawk 1 Franklin's Gull 1 Mourning Dove 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 3 NY Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2 Alder Flycatcher 25 Least Flycatcher 12 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Yellow-throated Vireo 2 Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 8 Philadelphia Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 25 American Crow 2 Black-capped Chickadee 8 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2 House Wren 1 Swainson's Thrush 2 American Robin 7 Gray Catbird 3 European Starling 3 NY Cedar Waxwing 60 Ovenbird 1 Tennessee Warbler 10 Connecticut Warbler 1 Mourning Warbler 3 American Redstart 1 Magnolia Warbler 2 Blackburnian Warbler 1 Yellow Warbler 25 Blackpoll Warbler 1 Canada Warbler 1 Chipping Sparrow 4 Song Sparrow 4 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Common Grackle (Bronzed) 4 Brown-headed Cowbird 4 American Goldfinch 4 House Sparrow 3 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23692077 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: GLOSSY, GREAT-TAILs!
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2015 22:38:51 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:

  This evening I went through McKenzie Slough to look for Clark Talkington's
reports of GLOSSY IBIS.   I was traveling south on the west road up to the
feedlot and found not one but two different GLOSSY IBIS out in the standing
water, either side of the road in the corn stubble.  This would be roughly
one-half mile north of the feedlot itself.

 

Also, there is a large wading bird colony now at McKenzie Slough.
Black-crowned Night Herons, Cattle Egrets and Ibis were in the air
constantly, 10 at a time.   I observed the birds by parking on top of the
hill on the west side, and looking down east approximately a quarter mile
north of the farmstead on the hilltop.

 

While scanning the wading birds, I noticed a very large blackbird among the
perched up Yellow-headed Blackbirds.   A GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE spent some
time in the area of the wading bird colony.  After watching the bird for a
half hour, trying for digi-scoped photos the bird flew to the north and I
lost it.   Later I was parked approximately 100 yards north of the farmstead
looking east on the marsh, and located 4 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES perched up in
the first bank of cattails in the marsh (not counting the ones on the west
shore).   Since these birds migrate in late March, early April, I assume
these birds have been here for awhile.  No females though, unless they are
already on a nest.

 

According to my notes, this is the second report for Burleigh county (Clark
Talkington Sept 2010 at LLNWR), and the 6th overall report for North Dakota.
They have been very close in South Dakota for 15 years at Sand Lake NWR, and
the Hecla rookery south of Oakes ND.

 

Marsh birds were numerous and vocal tonight with several Virginia Rails,
Marsh Wrens and an Am. Bittern calling.

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND 
Subject: Sedge Wren and Bell's Vireo at Fort Lincoln State Park
From: MARK OTNES <markotnes AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2015 17:47:58 -0500
Over Memorial Weekend, Deb and I always go someplace. Anyway we went to
Medora and also stayed in exotic Bismarck.  On Sunday morning we went to
Abraham Lincoln State Park and there was a Sedge Wren calling from the
grass next to the picnic shelter and the base of the hill where the fort
is.  I'm also positive that I had a Bell's Vireo calling from a thicket
near the top of the hill where the fort is.  It called for about 10
minutes, but I was never able to get a visual on it.

Mark Otnes
Fargo ND
Subject: Ruddy Turnstones /Tolley
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 13:14:27 -0500
On Monday, at least 5 Ruddy Turnstones were located in a flock of 200+ 
Black-bellied Plovers in a large slough west of Tolley in Renville County. 


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Subject: Ruddy Turnstones
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 13:08:32 -0500
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Subject: New E-mail
From: "Rogers, Daniel" <daniel.rogers AT BISMARCKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 18:01:57 +0000
I am retiring from Bismarck State College. My new email address is 
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Subject: RUddy turnstones at Devils Lake
From: Charlie Christianson <christic AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 06:39:16 -0500
I haven't seen anyone post this: Devils Lake was at the height of ruddy 
turnstone migration this weekend. The shoreline from town to the casino was 
lines with scores or hundreds, and I even saw a few outliers in nearby 
potholes. 

Charlie Christianson
Subject: Western McKenzie Co birds
From: Maureen OMara <000004282bc4f749-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 01:59:03 +0000
Hello,
Was able to go hiking over in my usual grassland spot today.  Nothing as 
exciting as the lifer, a Spraque's Pipit, that I added north of Sather Lake on 
Friday thanks to Larry Igl and his grad student Brian, but some good sightings 
none the less. 

The two Eared Grebes from two weeks ago were joined by a third (2 males, 1 
female). The Canada Geese only have one gosling.  Not sure how many they 
started with.  Six AW Pelicans were still about as were a pair of Mallards.  
Killdeer and Spotted Sandpipers have settled in.  Rough-winged Swallows were 
still present and I thought I caught a glimpse of a white forehead as a swallow 
headed right at me at eye level leading me to believe at least one Cliff 
Swallow was in the area.  Did not see the Barn Swallow from two weeks ago. 

Other birds seen and heard (in order of memory):Clay-Colored SparrowField 
SparrowSpotted TowheeBrown ThrasherBrown-headed CowbirdRW BlackbirdBrewer's 
BlackbirdW. MeadowlarkVesper SparrowMountain BluebirdRed-tailed Hawk (adult and 
juvenile) Both of these birds had no belly band, a very light tail on top and 
bottom, and both had a large light patches on the back and wings.Turkey Vulture 


Heard:  Yellow Warbler

On the banks of the dam:Great Blue HeronBlack-crowned Night Heron
Additional sightings driving to or from the site:BobolinkAmerican Bittern (male 
displaying to a female along the bank of Bennie Pier Creek!)Prairie 
FalconSharp-tail Grouse  

It's wonderful to see how lush everything is.  The last two rain events have 
turned everything from brown to green and have brought on flowering forbs. 


W. Meadowlarks came in with top numbers for the day followed closely by the 
American dog tick. 

Mo O'MaraSidney, MT
Subject: Fwd: WETA 41st St
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 19:48:33 -0500
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Subject: Fwd: WETA 41st St

ND-Birders:

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


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

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

Nancy Drilling

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Rapid City, SD