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Black-headed Grosbeak,©David Sibley

10 Feb Denbigh Exp Forest [Larry Larson ]
10 Feb Re: eBird Rarity Hotspots ["Bell, Tyler" ]
9 Feb eBird Rarity Hotspots [Derek Bakken ]
6 Feb Some new birds in the area ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
5 Feb Garrison Dam [Ron Martin ]
31 Jan Cardinal north Fargo [Wanda Peterson ]
30 Jan Snowy owl in Fargo [Jeanie&Andy ]
29 Jan Garrison Dam [Ron Martin ]
24 Jan Garrison Dam Gulls [Ron Martin ]
17 Jan Lots of Siskins [Charles Taft ]
15 Jan Western meadowlark [Larry Jones ]
15 Jan photogs [Keith Corliss ]
7 Jan Pine Grosbeaks and Townsend's Solitaires [Larry Larson ]
7 Jan Kiskadee Update - sad news ["Jensen, Kent" ]
6 Jan Summary of Jamestown Christmas Bird Count ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
4 Jan NDBS Spring meeting [Ron Martin ]
3 Jan BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER [Corey Ellingson ]
3 Jan Re: Kestrel [Terry Johnson ]
3 Jan Kestrel [David Lindee ]
1 Jan Garrison Dam area, Barrow's Goldeneye [Ron Martin ]
31 Dec redpolls abound [Jean Legge ]
30 Dec Feeder Birds [Nick Roehl ]
29 Dec Denbigh CBC [Ron Martin ]
26 Dec Bismarck-Mandan CBC 2015 Results [Corey Ellingson ]
24 Dec Snow Buntings [Richard Budd ]
24 Dec Gyrfalcon near New Town [Scott R a y ]
24 Dec Backyard Birding []
23 Dec Fieldfare in MT [Maureen O'Mara ]
23 Dec Devils Lake CBC [Charlie Christianson ]
22 Dec Upper Souris and Garrison Dam CBCs [Ron Martin ]
23 Dec Dave Griffiths [G & J Sailer ]
22 Dec Fwd: [sd-birds] More Kiskadee in the news! [Steve Hawkins ]
22 Dec Redpolls [Richard Budd ]
21 Dec Another addition to the interesting bird list, GF-EGF CBC [David Lambeth ]
21 Dec Preliminary Report for GF-EGF CBC [David Lambeth ]
20 Dec Fargo-Moorhead CBC [Keith Corliss ]
17 Dec Gary Nielsen's death [Robert O'Connor ]
16 Dec Re: Scarlet Tanager Fargo [Jim Fuglie ]
16 Dec Scarlet Tanager Fargo [cnorheim ]
16 Dec Scarlet Tanager Dec 16 Fargo [cnorheim ]
16 Dec Re: [fmbirders] Scarlet Tanager seen Dec 16 Fargo [2 Attachments] [cnorheim ]
16 Dec Re: Gary Nielsen [David Lambeth ]
16 Dec Valley City CBC ["Gwilliams, Terry" ]
16 Dec Gary Nielsen [cnorheim ]
15 Dec Long Lake CBC Postponed [Mike Rabenberg ]
13 Dec Garrison Dam CBC [Ron Martin ]
11 Dec Black-backed Woodpecker [Ron Martin ]
9 Dec Black-backed Woodpecker [Corey Ellingson ]
8 Dec Great Kiskadee in South Dakota [Stevan Hawkins ]
8 Dec Black-backed Woodpecker [Corey Ellingson ]
7 Dec N. Saw-whet Owl [Ron Martin ]
5 Dec Fwd: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Dec 5, 2015, Black-backed Woodpecker [Ron Martin ]
5 Dec Fwd: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Dec 5, 2015, Black-backed Woodpecker [Ron Martin ]
5 Dec Denbigh Black-backed Woodpecker [Scott R a y ]
5 Dec BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER [Corey Ellingson ]
2 Dec Eagles [Sister Pamela Pranke OPA ]
1 Dec CBCs [Ron Martin ]
30 Nov southwestern ND birding [Corey Ellingson ]
30 Nov Valley City CBC ["Gwilliams, Terry" ]
29 Nov Barrow's Goldeneye [Ron Martin ]
29 Nov Devils Lake CBC [Charlie Christianson ]
29 Nov Re: [grandcitiesbirdclub] Cooper's Hawk [Sandy Aubol ]
29 Nov Re: [grandcitiesbirdclub] Cooper's Hawk [Scott R a y ]
28 Nov Rough- legged hawk [Hunter Gwilliams ]
28 Nov Rough-legged hawk [Hunter Gwilliams ]
26 Nov Fwd: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Nov 26, 2015 [Ron Martin ]
25 Nov Jamestown Christmas Bird Count ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
24 Nov Long Lake CBC [Mike Rabenberg ]
23 Nov Christmas Bird Counts [Corey Ellingson ]
23 Nov Fw: Another New Yard Bird []
23 Nov Another New Yard Bird []
23 Nov Pine Siskins [Randy Toppen ]
22 Nov Snow Bunting [Hunter Gwilliams ]
22 Nov November 22 birds [bobneugebauer ]
22 Nov New Yard Bird []
20 Nov Pine Siskins [Sherry Leslie ]

Subject: Denbigh Exp Forest
From: Larry Larson <lpl_62 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:30:05 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:

I birded Denbigh Forest yesterday(2/9).
The Black-backed Woodpecker was not found.

A Northern Goshawk was seen perched near the buildings.

Pine Grosbeaks, Red Crossbills, Townsend's Solitaires and Purple Finches 
continue. 


Good Birding,

Larry Larson

Rural Antler


Subject: Re: eBird Rarity Hotspots
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:46:44 +0000
Derek, et al.:

This is excellent news! In Maryland, where Jane Kostenko and I live, there are 
a lot more birders than in ND and often rarities are found at places that are 
not at an eBird Hotspot. There are two Hotspot Reviewers but they are not often 
able to create a new hotspot fast enough for people who report the rarity 
real-time from the field using the free eBird App (available for iOS and 
Android). When that happens, the regular eBird reviewers have extra work to ask 
submitters to merge their personal location with the Hotspot. If you look at 
rarities, shortly after detection, that are not at a pre-packaged hotspot, 
you’ll see a shotgun splatter of locations. This makes interpreting the data 
difficult for people who want to chase the bird and figure out if there is some 
pattern of appearance (Does the bird wait for an hour or two after sunrise to 
begin foraging? Does it visit with a certain frequency, like rare hummingbirds 
often do?) By consolidating the data to one hotspot location, it’s very easy 
to see all of the submissions at once. 


Over the years, North Dakota birders have begun using eBird more and more. I 
know that the top birders have become fairly religious with it and this is 
helping flesh out data in counties that have very little visitation. With the 
Great Backyard Bird Count coming in a couple of days, this will give people an 
opportunity to submit data in a format similar to eBird. If you are already an 
eBird user, please continue to submit your sightings using the eBird portal and 
not through the GBBC portal. All eBird data is used toward the GBBC but the 
GBBC data does not go into eBird. 


As Derek has offered, if you have any questions about eBird in North Dakota, 
feel free to email me. Although I live in Maryland, I’m one of the eBird 
reviewers for ND. Corey Ellingson and Ron Martin are the other ND reviewers, 
FYI. 


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


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

Sent: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 9:05 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] eBird Rarity Hotspots

Hello all,

I saw an interesting post on the ebird facebook page today and it got me 
thinking about rarities in the three states that I cover as a hotspot reviewer. 


I often see new hotspots related to the sighting being created when a rarity 
shows up, but there are also many people who just pick the closest hotspot. 
even if it is not really appropriate. 


Therefore, I'm going to try and make sure that I quickly log on to eBird and 
make a hotspot for the rare sighting. 


This hotspot will be named something like:
·         stakeout Ivory Gull, Duluth, Canal Park (2016)
This accomplishes two things:

1) It helps to make more people select the correct location for the sighting 
instead of just picking a nearby hotspot (although in the case of the Ivory 
Gull. the closest hotspot would've been Canal Park, but that is just an 
example) 


2) It helps to alert people who use eBird to the rarity and the actual location 
it is being seen, so they can find it. 


Shortly after a rare sighing, I will try and remember to post to each of these 
three listservs to help alert people to change their sighting to this hotspot 
if they might have posted their sighting to a different hotspot. 



Thanks,

Derek Bakken
eBird Hotspot Reviewer for MN, IA, and ND


P.S. - If you have any questions about eBird. please feel free to email me and 
I'll help you out as much as I can. 


Subject: eBird Rarity Hotspots
From: Derek Bakken <spottedtowhee AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:04:27 -0600
Hello all,

I saw an interesting post on the ebird facebook page today and it got me
thinking about rarities in the three states that I cover as a hotspot
reviewer.

I often see new hotspots related to the sighting being created when a
rarity shows up, but there are also many people who just pick the closest
hotspot. even if it is not really appropriate.

Therefore, I'm going to try and make sure that I quickly log on to eBird
and make a hotspot for the rare sighting.

This hotspot will be named something like:

   - stakeout Ivory Gull, Duluth, Canal Park (2016)

This accomplishes two things:

1) It helps to make more people select the correct location for the
sighting instead of just picking a nearby hotspot (although in the case of
the Ivory Gull. the closest hotspot would've been Canal Park, but that is
just an example)

2) It helps to alert people who use eBird to the rarity and the actual
location it is being seen, so they can find it.

Shortly after a rare sighing, I will try and remember to post to each of
these three listservs to help alert people to change their sighting to this
hotspot if they might have posted their sighting to a different hotspot.


Thanks,

Derek Bakken
eBird Hotspot Reviewer for MN, IA, and ND


P.S. - If you have any questions about eBird. please feel free to email me
and I'll help you out as much as I can.
Subject: Some new birds in the area
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:46:42 -0600
Marsha Sovada saw 2 American Robins and a flock of Cedar Waxwings in her
yard this morning (Neither were present earlier this winter).

This afternoon, I saw an American Kestrel hunting (hovering) over a ditch,
3 miles east of Jamestown.

It's raining in the Jamestown area this afternoon (It's not often that one
gets to report that it is raining in ND in early February).

Larry

**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Garrison Dam
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 21:55:50 -0600
ND-Birders:

Larry Larson and I visited Garrison Dam this morning. The two Iceland Gulls 
were seen on the river from the boat landing, and the Barrow's Goldeneye was 
found on the river scoping from the first downstream campground. Two Snow Geese 
were with Canadas in the open water around the intake building on the lake. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Cardinal north Fargo
From: Wanda Peterson <000000afdd0a7ba3-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:51:02 -0500
Hello Birders,
I had a colorful back yard for a bit this morning. There was a male cardinal 
(also seen on 1/3/16), 4 or 5 blue jays, a Norther Flicker, 2 white breasted 
nuthatches and house sparrows. 

The male cardinal was heard singing later with another cardinal heard in the 
distance closer to the Red 

River. Area around Edgewood golf course, north of 35th Ave. N to Elm st or so. 


Wanda Peterson
35th Ave. N and Par St
Fargo ND
Subject: Snowy owl in Fargo
From: Jeanie&Andy <ajjoppru AT MNCABLE.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:57:31 -0600
Yesterday, on the way back from a doctor's appointment in Fargo, I saw a snowy 
owl flying from the airport across CR 20. The bird was a dark one, either an 
immature female or a very " dirty" bird. With all the melting, the latter could 
be possible. I was driving so didn't get a long look at it, only enough to see 
the chunky profile and large head. 

Jeanie

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Garrison Dam
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:02:07 -0600
ND-Birders:

The Iceland and Glaucous Gulls were present at the boat landing today, as was 
the Barrow's Goldeneye. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

 
Subject: Garrison Dam Gulls
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:54:38 -0600
ND-Birders:

When Lake Sakakawea freezes over the gulls usually leave Garrison Dam for the 
winter. The lake was frozen this morning and likely has been for a week or so 
since the below zero weather. Last year a Glaucous Gull wintered, only the 
second time that this has happened. A check today turned up a Herring Gull, two 
Glaucous Gulls, and two first-cycle Iceland Gulls. The Iceland Gulls are 
apparently new arrivals, as no first-cycle birds were seen this fall and 
winter. 


Also noted were 4 Red-br. Mergansers and the continuing Hooded Merganser. The 
240 Com. Mergansers present is a very high number for winter. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

  
Subject: Lots of Siskins
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 11:27:28 -0600
I counted at least 75 Pine Siskins, 1 Common Redpoll, 4 Black-capped Chickadees 
and 1 Downy Woodpecker at our feeders a bit ago. The Siskins have all departed 
again. This has been the routine for the last several days now. The pattern was 
changed a couple of weeks ago when a Sharp-shinned Hawk was hanging around the 
neighborhood for a week or so. He did get a couple of birds at our feeders. 

Charles
West Minot
Charles J Taft
cjtaft AT me.com
Subject: Western meadowlark
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 17:02:00 -0600
Drove around our area this morning and saw a golden eagle north of Bowdon. Also 
some large flocks of snow buntings and a number of grey partridge. Yesterday a 
cold looking meadowlark along the edge of the roadside . 


Larry Jones 
Rural Bowdon
Subject: photogs
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:28:19 -0600
Congratulations to fellow birders Jack Lefor (Dickinson) and Sharon Watson
(Buxton) for your first place finishes in the ND Outdoors photography
contest. Jack for "plant and insect," Sharon for "non-game." Just saw your
efforts in the most recent issue of the magazine. I'm proud!
Keith Corliss
Fargo
Subject: Pine Grosbeaks and Townsend's Solitaires
From: Larry Larson <lpl_62 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2016 20:28:29 -0600
Greetings ND Birders:

The Pine Grosbeaks found by Ron Martin in Bottineau on 12-13-15 were still 
present one block south of Forestry Park yesterday. 


Two Townsend's Solitaires were seen at Dakota College in Bottineau 3 days ago 
perching on spruce trees. One was noted today. 


Good Birding,

Larry Larson

Rural Antler
Subject: Kiskadee Update - sad news
From: "Jensen, Kent" <Kent.Jensen AT SDSTATE.EDU>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2016 15:28:41 +0000
I have sad news - the Great Kiskadee was found dead yesterday afternoon in the 
Yunginger yard. I talked with Scott Yunginger last evening after I had received 
a short email from Kim that asked me to please give them a call. Scott found 
the bird laying near their barn, close to where it went to drink from the 
heated horse water. Both Scott and Kim are heart-broken that the bird had died 
"on their watch"; I assured them that they had done everything possible to 
provide for the Kiskadee. After all, this was a tropical bird trying to survive 
in a South Dakota winter. 


Both the Yungingers and the Josts have been very gracious hosts in allowing 
many people access to their properties to view this bird. The bird and the 
excitement certainly made this winter seem shorter - for me at least! 


Thanks to all - KC

K. C. Jensen, Ph.D.
Department of Natural Resource Management
SPB 138D, Box 2140B
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD  57007
(605)688-4781 (office)
(605)690-6104 (cell)
(605)688-4515 (FAX)
wfs.sdstate.edu/wfsdept/faculty/kcjensen.htm
100% of the shots you don't take don't go in - Wayne Gretzky
Subject: Summary of Jamestown Christmas Bird Count
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 15:51:04 -0600
Jamestown Christmas Bird Count Summary

Date:  Friday, 18 December 2015

Species: Total
Mallard:  92
Wood Duck:  2
Canada Goose:  140
Tundra Swan:   1
Bald Eagle:   12 (7 adults, 5 juveniles)
Merlin:   2
American Kestrel:   cw
Sharp-tailed Grouse:   25
Ring-necked Pheasant:   32
Wild Turkey:   7
Rock Pigeon:   193
Eurasian Collared-Dove:   53
Mourning Dove:   6
Great Horned Owl:   4
Downy Woodpecker:   39
Hairy Woodpecker:   14
Northern Flicker:   5 (red 0; yellow 4; unknown 1)
Red-bellied Woodpecker:   2
Horned Lark:   37
Blue Jay:   74
American Crow:   136
Black-capped Chickadee:   110
White-breasted Nuthatch:   21
Red-breasted Nuthatch:   2
American Robin:   1
Cedar Waxwing:   13
Northern Shrike:   8
European Starling:   41
American Tree Sparrow:   2
Lapland Longspur:   105
Snow Bunting:   1
Dark-eyed Junco:   13
Red-winged Blackbird:   8
Brewer’s Blackbird:   2
Common Grackle:   2
Western Meadowlark:   1
House Finch:   11
Purple Finch:   6
Common Redpoll:   242
Hoary Redpoll:   9
Pine Siskin:   14
American Goldfinch:   35
House Sparrow:   1283

Number of individuals (Count Day):  2810
Number of species/forms (Count Day):  42
Number of additional species (Count Week):  1

Number of observers:  22
Number of observer groups:  8
Number of feeder watchers:  0

Total party miles:  561.25
Party miles (on foot):  6.75
Party miles (by car):  554.5

Total party hours:  54.0
Party hours (on foot):  8.5
Party hours (by car):  45.5
Feeder watcher hours:  0.00

Temperature:  7 to 12 F

Wind Speed
Morning:  7-21 mph
Afternoon:  7-21 mph

Wind Direction:  North-Northwest in morning and in afternoon

Cloud Cover
Morning:  Clear to Partly Cloudy
Afternoon:  Clear to Partly Cloudy

Precipitation
Morning:  None (heavy snow squall before the Count began)
Afternoon:  None

Snow depth:  4 inches in open / drifts up to 36 inches


Water Conditions
Moving Water:  Partially open
Still Water:  Partially open

Species observed during the week of the Count but not on the day of the
Count:  American Kestrel.

Highlights:  The Tundra Swan was the first record of this species on the
Jamestown CBC.  Twelve Bald Eagles represents a high count for this
species, shattering the previous high count of two in 2005 and 2010.   Nine
Hoary Redpolls represent the fifth record of this species on the Jamestown
CBC and shattered the previous high record of one for this species.  The
two Wood Ducks (male and female) represent the 7th record of this species
on the Jamestown CBC since 1922, and the Western Meadowlark represents the
8th record of this species on the Jamestown CBC.  Ninety-two Mallards was
the third highest count for this species on the Jamestown CBC, and 140
Canada Geese was the second highest count for this species.  Fifty-three
Eurasian Collared-Doves is the second highest count for this exotic species
since the species was first recorded on the Jamestown CBC in 2005.  Eleven
House Finches is the lowest count for this species since the species was
first recorded on the Jamestown CBC in 1994 (the high count for the House
Finch was 608 in 2005).

Participants: Audrey Albrecht, Jane Austin, Elizabeth Beilke, Tom Buhl,
Charlie Dahl, Jacob Eldridge, Lynn Hill, Audrey Huff, Larry Igl (compiler),
Brandon Kaiser, Kyle McLean, Jacob Meier, Tammy Otto, Aaron Pearse, Khem
Phuyal, Megan Ring, Cali Roth, Jill Shaffer, Terry Shaffer, Matt Solensky,
Marsha Sovada, Hillary Wagner.


**************************************************************
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: NDBS Spring meeting
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2016 21:26:13 -0600
All:

The spring meeting of the ND Birding Society will be in Wahpeton May 21 and 22, 
2016. I will have more details later, including a block of rooms at a local 
hotel. Mark your calendars. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
NDBS
Subject: BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2016 23:26:37 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:

   Yesterday (Jan 02), Ron Martin re-found the continuing BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKER at Denbigh Forest, and it was still present for me (and several
others) this afternoon during the Denbigh CBC.  Other great birds in the
immediate area to the south of the power-line were PILEATED WOODPECKER, PINE
GROSBEAKs, flyover RED CROSSBILLs, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, PURPLE FINCHs, and
TOWNSEND's SOLITAIREs.  It is a great place to bird in the winter time.

 

To recap the location, take the turn off of Hwy 2 and drive south a mile,
where the gravel will then curve to the east.  Follow the road east to the
next bend to the south, but continue east on the two track trail.  In
approximately 100 yards from gravel, there is a set of 10 or so spruce trees
on the left side of the road that stand alone in the wide power-line cut,
nearly under the power-lines.  The bird has been present here for nearly a
month now (although originally found on the east side of the power-line cut
in dead spruces).   Hairy Woodpeckers will chase it off, but the bird has
been returning.

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Re: Kestrel
From: Terry Johnson <tjbass AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2016 16:30:31 -0600
We also seen one in Grand Forks yesterday.

TJ

 

From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota
[mailto:ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] On Behalf Of David Lindee
Sent: Sunday, January 3, 2016 1:06 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Kestrel

 

Spotted an American Kestrel at the Van Hook cemetery east of New Town.
Earliest ever for us in the area.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook

 
Subject: Kestrel
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2016 13:06:23 -0600
Spotted an American Kestrel at the Van Hook cemetery east of New Town.
Earliest ever for us in the area.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook

 
Subject: Garrison Dam area, Barrow's Goldeneye
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:41:46 -0600
ND-Birders:

Corey E. and I birded the Garrison Dam area today. Unusual waterfowl in the 
tailrace area included a N. Pintail, a Canvasback, one Gr. Scaup, Hooded 
Merganser, Bufflehead, Am. Coot, and a Barrow's Goldeneye. The Barrow's showed 
a faint, mottled crescent on the face. 

  
Four gull sp. were noted, including 3 first-cycle Glaucous. At the marsh south 
of the hatchery there was a B. Kingfisher. 


A sunflower field in the Wolf Creek area produced a flock of 13 M. Doves, 2 
Harris's Sparrows, and a Song Sparrow. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer




   
Subject: redpolls abound
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 07:01:57 -0600
Dec 31, 2015, Barnes County

My feeder has been full of common redpolls for about two months now. Two hoary 
redpolls are there too. 

I have noticed this flock in my weed-overgrown garden feeding on seed heads of 
pigweed I didn’t get eradicated in the fall. The birds land on the top and 
eat the seeds. Our yard also has about 3 acres of ‘habitat’- unmowed areas 
of tall grasses and weeds allowed to grow where they can forage around for the 
tall seed heads of the wild plants. 

To enhance bird habitat, we can celebrate unmowed yards!  
Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE	
Valley City, ND 58072



Subject: Feeder Birds
From: Nick Roehl <nkroehl97 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2015 17:34:08 -0600
I was happy to see a Common Redpoll at the feeder today.



-- 
Nick Roehl
Wahpeton, ND
Subject: Denbigh CBC
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2015 22:10:33 -0600
All:

The Denbigh CBC is rescheduled to Sunday, Jan. 3. Meet at the Cenex in Towner 
at 7:45 am. See you there. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Subject: Bismarck-Mandan CBC 2015 Results
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 21:59:06 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:

 

Clark Talkington was able to finally compile the Bismarck-Mandan CBC this
weekend after looking for numbers from a couple parties.

 

For whatever reason Bismarck-Mandan had a very low count with just 42
species, despite our usual 6 competent parties and 13 observers in the
field.  This is our lowest total since 1998. 

 

Five species were added to count week.  Sunday morning an AMERICAN COOT was
spotted on the river, as well as a SNOW GOOSE (4th time, all since 2009).
The AM. COOT is a first for the Bismarck-Mandan count, bringing the all-time
species total to 110 species.   The CHUKAR family seen all fall made an
appearance on count day which included 8 individuals.

 

Also, a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD (5th time on count) decided to show up the end
of count week, and has been present since fighting off any other bird
species at the feeder setup.  Unfortunately the homeowners are leaving for a
couple months, so it may have to go elsewhere.

 

Other fairly unusual species were Golden Eagle, and White-winged Crossbill.

 

THE SPECIES.

 

      Snow Goose                                CW

1.  Cackling Goose                            5

2   Canada Goose                             13,467

3.   Mallard                                          800

4.   C. Goldeneye                              10

5.   Chukar                                           8

6.   Ring-necked Pheasant            646

7.   Sharp-tailed Grouse                 30

8.   Wild Turkey                                 117

9.   Bald Eagle                                     9

10. Sharp-shinned Hawk               1

11. Red-tailed Hawk                        1

12. Golden Eagle                              1

CW American Coot                          CW

13. Rock Pigeon                                549

14. Eurasian Collared-Dove          296

15. Mourning Dove                         3

16. Eastern Screech Owl                3

17. Great Horned Owl                    7

18. Red-bellied Woodpecker      1

19. Downy Woodpecker               19

20. Hairy Woodpecker                   24

21. Yellow-shafted Flicker            10

      Merlin                                             CW

22. Northern Shrike                        1

23. Blue Jay                                         56

24. Black-billed Magpie                  21

25. American Crow                          79

26. Horned Lark                                34

27. Black-capped Chickadee        138

28. Red-breasted Nuthatch         2

29. White-breasted Nuthatch     25

30. Brown Creeper                          1

31. Townsend's Solitaire               3

32. American Robin                         14

CW Northern Mockingbird           CW

33. European Starling                     221

34. Cedar Waxwing                         260

35. Dark-eyed Junco                       83

                Oregon Junco    10

       Northern Cardinal                    CW

36. Common Grackle                      1

37. House Finch                                37

38. White-winged Crossbill          1

39. Common Redpoll                      42

40. Pine Siskin                                    322

41. American Goldfinch                 120

42. House Sparrow                          1,134

 

       Total individuals                         18,574  (5th high)

 

Thanks to all those participating!

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

 
Subject: Snow Buntings
From: Richard Budd <rmbudd AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2015 21:06:01 -0700
I saw the first flock of snow buntings of the season around here today. Merry 
Christmas to all and to all a good night! 

Rich BuddYork, ND 		 	   		  
Subject: Gyrfalcon near New Town
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2015 21:08:58 -0600
Greetings, and Merry Christmas to all.

There was an adult gray Gyrfalcon along Hwy 23 about two miles east of
New Town this afternoon.  This bird had a silver/gray mantle and black
speckled white breast. It was perched on a tall power pole just north
of the highway and north of Van Hook Arm, the large bay along the
north side of Lake Sakakawea.


Scott Ray

Stanley, ND
Subject: Backyard Birding
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:21:43 -0600




Subject: Fieldfare in MT
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:57:41 -0700
For those who don't track Montana birds and like to know about rarities,
there is a Fieldfare hanging out in western Montana (west of MIssoula).
KInd of a long drive to see it but it's been there since the 19th.

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: Devils Lake CBC
From: Charlie Christianson <christic AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2015 10:24:32 -0600
The Devils Lake CBC was held on Saturday December 19th. With only four people 
in the field and three feeder watchers we nonetheless identified 1463 birds of 
27 species. New to the count were Canada goose, bald eagle and rusty blackbird. 


Charlie Christianson
Subject: Upper Souris and Garrison Dam CBCs
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:32:49 -0600
ND-Birders:

The Upper Souris CBC was held on Dec. 18. An unusual amount of open water 
contributed 11 species of waterfowl and a very good count of 43 species. 


The Garrison Dam count was on Dec. 21. Preliminary results show 62 species. 
More details later. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Dave Griffiths
From: G & J Sailer <00000584998ccf59-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:27:20 +0000
 All --
Dave Griffiths of Hettinger, referred to locally as "the bird man", died 
suddenly of a cardiac arrest on Dec. 13.  Lots of you knew him and knew of his 
expertise.  He moved here from Colorado in 1986 with his wife Carolyn to 
work as a federal meat inspector.  After he retired he did some summer 
contract work doing field studies for the Forest Service.  He stimulated a 
lot of local interest in birding during several years when he helped junior 
high school science students with their spring birding project. 

There will be no funeral, but there was a visitation period at the funeral 
chapel this afternoon.  Carolyn will remain here for the present.  If you 
knew Dave, you knew Carolyn also, because they were always together.  If you 
would like to send her a card, her mailing address is PO Box 86 here in 
Hettinger, zip 58639. 

Jan SailerHettinger
Subject: Fwd: [sd-birds] More Kiskadee in the news!
From: Steve Hawkins <stevanhawkins AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:34:24 -0800
ND-Birders:

Enjoy!

Steve

Stevan Hawkins
San Antonio Tx
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Subject: [sd-birds] More Kiskadee in the news!
To: "SDOU Bird Listserv" 
Cc:



I just got off the phone with a birder from Kansas who made a detour to
Volga from her Christmas trip - and she was successful in finding the
Kiskadee.   She's off to find some snow buntings now.

Yesterday, I was interviewed my Charles Michael Ray from SD Public Radio;
and he put together the following story on our vagrant Kiskadee.


http://listen.sdpb.org/post/lost-tropical-bird-eats-cat-food-survive-sd-winter#stream/0 


Happy Holidays to all - KC

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Subject: Redpolls
From: Richard Budd <rmbudd AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 07:54:31 -0700
Redpolls arrived this morning. Last year we had none. Always nice to see them. 

Rich BuddYork, ND 		 	   		  
Subject: Another addition to the interesting bird list, GF-EGF CBC
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:06:26 +0000
 Hi all,I knew I was tired when I put together my preliminary report last 
night and I was trying to be extra careful and not make a mistake. But I forgot 
to mention Redhead (as in Redhead, the duck!) which was seen by myself and 
Bruce Kiefenheim in the sugar beet ponds in East Grand Forks. Bruce works for 
Crystal Sugar and he not only facilitated access to the plant, but was also my 
birding companion for the day. Some of the sugar beet plant area has a heavy 
growth of weeds and it was there that we saw at least 13 American Tree 
Sparrows, a rare species in our area in winter. The Redhead was a drake seen 
at less than 100 feet, and is a first for the GF-EGF count. The catbird 
reported earlier was also in Minnesota and was photographed by Terry Johnson. 
Some of us also spent about an hour and a half "owling" and once again we were 
unable to get a screech owl to respond to recordings, but did get a 
response from a sawwhet owl, which first "whined" followed by flying in our 
direction and then past us. The "whines" closely matched the "calls" that are 
on the Sibley app. 

It may be mid-January before I get a final report together. In the meantime I 
am expecting some additional reports. 

Dave Lambeth Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Preliminary Report for GF-EGF CBC
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2015 02:49:11 +0000
 The total of 57 species for count day was the 2nd highest ever for this 
count, topping the 55 in 2004 but less than the 62 in 2012. 

With several feeder reports and a couple of field participant reports not yet 
received, the total may increase. Six species were recorded in the first 3 days 
of count week, but not seen Count Day. 

Of special interest in no particular order: 2nd record for Gray Catbird, the 
1st was in 1973; 3rd record for Brown Thrasher; 4th record for Townsend's 
Solitaire; 2nd record for Green-winged Teal; 3rd record for Brown-headed 
Cowbird; 5th record for Varied Thrush; and 2nd record for Ruddy Duck (seen on 
the 18th, but not Count Day). This was the 55th GF-EGF CBC. 

Good Birding everyone!
Dave Lambeth Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Fargo-Moorhead CBC
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2015 12:54:02 -0600
Preliminary numbers put the species total for the FM count at 60, with a
tiny handful of feeder watchers yet to report.
(The scarlet tanager was 8 hours too early, NOT seen yesterday, last
reported at 4 pm Friday and believed to have perished as it appeared
disheveled and lethargic)
Keith Corliss
FM count compiler
Subject: Gary Nielsen's death
From: Robert O'Connor <robert.oconnor AT NDSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 02:09:15 +0000
I, too, was deeply saddened to hear of Gary Nielsen's death. When he sent a 
message out recently that he was giving his bird books away, I thought there 
must be something wrong. I couldn't imagine him doing that unless there was a 
serious problem. His love of birding always had him involved in trips and 
special projects. In addition to his breeding bird survey of Cass County and 
his bird banding activities, he was a leader in North Dakota state birding. 
Those who are members of the North Dakota Birding Society may not know that 
Gary was the primary organizer of the meeting that brought the society into 
existence and served as the group's first president. 


I became acquainted with Gary soon after I arrived in Fargo from San Marcos, 
Texas, in 1985, and, like Dennis Wiesenborn, on at least one occasion, I was 
the only other participant in a Fargo/Moorhead Audubon field trip. I had 
suggested a Texas trip to the chapter, and Gary was the only one able to find 
the time the trip required. We started at the Austin, Texas, Airport and spent 
ten days covering as much of the state as we could, seeing a good many of the 
state's special birds along the way. I vividly remember Gary finding us two 
Harlequin Quail as we drove a road in the Davis Mountains, the first I'd ever 
seen. We also saw our first Ivory Gull together on a chase to Minneapolis/St. 
Paul but were less successful finding an ultra-rare Redwing in Grand Marais. 
Rumor had it that that bird had been eaten the day before by a Northern Shrike. 


Beyond sharing great birding experiences with Gary, I also owe him a great deal 
for his friendship during the period before and after my first wife's death. I 
hope his family now is blessed with such sympathetic friends. 
Subject: Re: Scarlet Tanager Fargo
From: Jim Fuglie <jimfuglie920 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:38:16 -0600
Speaking of red birds, we had a cardinal at or feeder in Highland Acres in
Bismarck this morning.

Jim Fuglie
920 Arthur Drive
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 220-3492
jimfuglie920 AT gmail.com
http://theprairieblog.areavoices.com

On Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 4:40 PM, cnorheim  wrote:

> I got to see the Scarlet Tanager about 3:25 this afternoon. It comes in
> from the south, that yellow flash shows up well against the new white snow.
> It sat on the bird bath and took several drinks, then sat in the low shrub
> beside the brick wall, then went and sat in the arborvitae at the SE corner
> of the house, then flew back south in the same direction it came from. The
> wing is quite dark, I'd say it's a male.
>
> It returned about half an hour later, close to 4 pm, followed the same
> route as before.
>
> Connie Norheim
>
Subject: Scarlet Tanager Fargo
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:40:37 -0600
I got to see the Scarlet Tanager about 3:25 this afternoon. It comes in 
from the south, that yellow flash shows up well against the new white 
snow. It sat on the bird bath and took several drinks, then sat in the 
low shrub beside the brick wall, then went and sat in the arborvitae at 
the SE corner of the house, then flew back south in the same direction 
it came from. The wing is quite dark, I'd say it's a male.

It returned about half an hour later, close to 4 pm, followed the same 
route as before.

Connie Norheim
Subject: Scarlet Tanager Dec 16 Fargo
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:55:37 -0600
Scarlet Tanager  showed up today at her heated bird bath in Shirley's 
front yard at 1369 Elm Circle in Fargo (when you're driving north on Elm 
street, it's just before the road that goes into Trefoil Park). If you'd 
like to see a photo let me know and I'll send it to you. Nice that it 
showed up for "count week", hope it stays till Saturday.

Connie Norheim
Fargo
Subject: Re: [fmbirders] Scarlet Tanager seen Dec 16 Fargo [2 Attachments]
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 13:52:31 -0600
chemo brain acting up - it's the heated bird bath, not the heated feeder!
Connie

On 12/16/2015 1:48 PM, Connie Norheim cnorheim AT msn.com [fmbirders] wrote:
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> Shirley sent me this photo today of a Scarlet Tanager that showed up 
> at her heated feeder in her front yard at 1369 Elm Circle in Fargo 
> (when you're driving north on Elm street, it's just before the road 
> that goes into Trefoil Park).  The feeder is on top of the brick 
> divider. Hope it hangs around for the CBC on Saturday, although it 
> does count for count week.
> Connie Norheim
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> To: 	Connie Norheim 
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> Hi Connie,
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> Can you identify this bird? I saw it under spruce about 2 weeks ago, 
fleetingly. This morning it came for water. 

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Subject: Re: Gary Nielsen
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 18:01:15 +0000
 I am really sorry that Gary has died, and to learn that it was from ALS. For 
many years he was a very active birder in the Fargo area. I remember that he 
seemed to have a knack for finding Kentucky Warblers, a most secretive species. 
I just checked North Dakota Bird Notes. He has two of the first 3 state 
records! 

Dave Lambeth Grand Forks, North Dakota
      From: cnorheim 
 To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU 
 Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 8:41 AM
 Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Gary Nielsen
   
What a shock to see Gary's obituary in The Forum this morning. I hadn't 
known he was dealing with ALS.

He'd been such an active member of the birding community, I remember he 
was especially interested in maintaining nesting records.

Connie Norheim
Fargo


 
Subject: Valley City CBC
From: "Gwilliams, Terry" <terry_gwilliams AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:10:11 -0600
All,

Due to the weather not cooperating tomorrow, I am rescheduling the Valley
City CBC for Tuesday December 22. Once again we will meet at the Valley
City Wetland Management District / Fish Hatchery Office at 8:00 am If you
have any question or would like to attend please contact me.

Thanks

-- 
Terry Gwilliams
Range Technician
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Valley City Wetland Management District
11515 River Rd.
Valley City, ND 58072
Fax# 701-845-3482
Office# 701-845-3466
Cell# 701-650-1232
Subject: Gary Nielsen
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:41:30 -0600
What a shock to see Gary's obituary in The Forum this morning. I hadn't 
known he was dealing with ALS.

He'd been such an active member of the birding community, I remember he 
was especially interested in maintaining nesting records.

Connie Norheim
Fargo
Subject: Long Lake CBC Postponed
From: Mike Rabenberg <michael_rabenberg AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:14:12 -0600
With the snow and high winds forecast for tonight and tomorrow, I have decided 
to postpone the Long Lake Christmas Bird Count until Thursday (one day later). 
Let's plan to meet at Refuge headquarters at 8AM on Thursday Dec. 17th. It 
looks like it will be a cool and breezy day, but no snow and much better 
visibility. Sorry for the short notice. 


Mike Rabenberg
Wildlife Biologist
Long Lake NWR
Subject: Garrison Dam CBC
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 20:32:38 -0600
All:

We will have to move the Garrison Dam CBC to next Monday, the 21st. There is 
heavy fog in the area and drizzle in Bismarck. The fog is expected to remain 
into tomorrow. 


Thanks,
Ron Martin
Subject: Black-backed Woodpecker
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:29:49 -0600
ND-Birders:

The Black-backed Woodpecker at Denbigh Exp. Forest was seen today at 11:30 am 
in it's favorite dead spruce near the power line. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

 
Subject: Black-backed Woodpecker
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2015 13:37:49 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 The Black-backed WP is being observed now (1:15pm), in the set of 6 or so 
spruces - just west of the power-line cut. Take gravel road south, then it 
turns east, then back south. At the turn to the south, continue east on two 
track, across the rocky section, and park. The small group of spruces should be 
right there on the left (north). 

 It has favored these trees every day since the original sighting. Hairy 
Woodpeckers will scare it away for periods however. Black-backs feed by scaling 
away bark, and one tree is pretty heavily scaled which makes me wonder how long 
it has been here. Remarkable when you think about it as regular populations are 
many miles away, and this bird just drifts across the landscape from 
shelterbelt to shelterbelt. The large section east of the power-line cut is 
full of dead spruces also. 

 The CBC here is scheduled for New Years Day, hope it sticks around! Other 
great birds here include Pine Grosbeak, Red Crossbills, Townsend's Solitaires, 
Pileated Woodpecker, Purple Finch and GC Kinglets. Bohemian Waxwing and WW 
Crossbill have been spotted in the last couple weeks and even a Northern 
Cardinal (female), but it is shy... I am looking forward to the CBC!! Can get a 
great start to the 2016 bird list! 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Great Kiskadee in South Dakota
From: Stevan Hawkins <shawkins4 AT SATX.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2015 13:49:08 -0600
ND-Birders:

 

A Great Kiskadee has been present 10 miles south of Volga, SD, since
November 15
http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2015/11/18/tropical-bird-found-near-vo
lga/76002882/  As Kent Jensen   
Kent.Jensen AT SDSTATE.EDU saw the bird this morning, he can tell you give you
details on just where to go to see this South Texas specialty that is a good
thousand miles north of its range.

 

Good luck!

 

Steve

Stevan Hawkins

San Antonio TX

 
Subject: Black-backed Woodpecker
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2015 07:19:39 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 For those of you still watching for reports of the latest greatest find, the 
BBWO was reported to Ebird by someone, and also observed by two others 
yesterday. It was observed in the same spot as Sunday afternoon, just west of 
the powerline along the two track trail (which narrows it down to just a few 
trees once you get there). 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: N. Saw-whet Owl
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2015 21:57:10 -0600
ND-Birders:

When I arrived home from work this evening a N. Saw-whet Owl gave a few barking 
notes. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Dec 5, 2015, Black-backed Woodpecker
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2015 23:16:42 -0600
All:

Here is the full report from Denbigh today.

Good birding,
Ron Martin, Rural Sawyer



  
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From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
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Sent: Saturday, December 5, 2015 11:11:50 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Dec 5, 2015

Denbigh Experimental Forest, McHenry, North Dakota, US
Dec 5, 2015 8:43 AM - 1:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30 22 species Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1 Downy Woodpecker 4 Hairy Woodpecker 9 High number for Denbigh. Lots of dead conifers and lots of scaling seen. Black-backed Woodpecker 1 Male. First record for ND in 31 years. Last record at same location. Size of Hairy Woodpecker, black back, yellow crown, white breast and belly, white outer tail, black horizontal barring on sides, barred primaries. Large dark bill, black mustache on white lower cheek. Seen at distances of 30-60 feet. Did not call. Spent all of it's time scaling bark off of dead Black Hills Spruce. Each time it disappeared it seemed to be chased off by a Hairy Woodpecker. Seen at 8:54 am, 11:33 am, and 12:17 pm. Total of 38 minutes of observation. Observed later by 16 other observers. Photos obtained. 34 degrees, partly cloudy, W 13, at first observation. Sun at back of observer. Pileated Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 4 Black-billed Magpie 8 Common Raven 3 Black-capped Chickadee 30 Red-breasted Nuthatch 13 Number not unusual at this location. White-breasted Nuthatch 19 High number for Denbigh. Golden-crowned Kinglet 8 Townsend's Solitaire 5 Very good number for Denbigh. Bohemian Waxwing 1 Cedar Waxwing 1 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 6 Northern Cardinal 1 Female, same area as last week. Pine Grosbeak 19 Purple Finch 18 Red Crossbill 30 Mostly small-billed Type 3 by call and observation. There were one or two Type 2 in the flock by call. Common Redpoll 8 American Goldfinch 5 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26135872 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Dec 5, 2015, Black-backed Woodpecker
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2015 22:18:22 -0600
All:

Here is the full checklist from today at Denbigh. I think there is a good 
chance the Black-backed Woodpecker will hang around. Lots of dead spruce in the 
area. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Saturday, December 5, 2015 10:01:41 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Dec 5, 2015

Denbigh Experimental Forest, McHenry, North Dakota, US
Dec 5, 2015 8:43 AM - 1:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30 22 species Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1 Downy Woodpecker 4 Hairy Woodpecker 9 High number for Denbigh. Lots of dead conifers and lots of scaling seen. Black-backed Woodpecker 1 Male. First record for ND in 31 years. Last record at same location. Size of Hairy Woodpecker, black back, yellow crown, white breast and belly, white outer tail, black horizontal barring on sides, barred primaries. Large dark bill, black mustache on white lower cheek. Seen at distances of 30-60 feet. Did not call. Spent all of it's time scaling bark off of dead Black Hills Spruce. Each time it disappeared it seemed to be chased off by a Hairy Woodpecker. Seen at 8:54 am, 11:33 am, and 12:17 pm. Total of 38 minutes of observation. Observed later by 16 other observers. Photos obtained. 34 degrees, partly cloudy, W 13, at first observation. Sun at back of observer. Pileated Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 4 Black-billed Magpie 8 Common Raven 3 Black-capped Chickadee 30 Red-breasted Nuthatch 13 Number not unusual at this location. White-breasted Nuthatch 19 High number for Denbigh. Golden-crowned Kinglet 8 Townsend's Solitaire 5 Very good number for Denbigh. Bohemian Waxwing 1 Cedar Waxwing 1 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 6 Northern Cardinal 1 Female, same area as last week. Pine Grosbeak 19 Purple Finch 18 Red Crossbill 30 Mostly small-billed Type 3 by call and observation. There were one or two Type 2 in the flock by call. Common Redpoll 8 American Goldfinch 5 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26135872 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Denbigh Black-backed Woodpecker
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2015 19:04:54 -0600
Here are the coordinates for the very tree favored by the Black-backed
Woodpecker found by Ron Martin at Denbigh Experimental Forest Saturday
morning.

The bird moved around a bit in response to harassment by at least one Hairy
Woodpecker, but seemed to return to noisily peel bark off this dead spruce
(?).

Copy and paste the following coordinates into your phone's map app.

48.287065, -100.640893

Thank you, Ron Martin, for sharing this rare find with everyone.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Pecked out on my phone
509-941-3348
Subject: BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2015 09:15:30 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:

    Ron Martin just called me.   He has located a BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER at
Denbigh forest.    The last report for North Dakota was in 1984 at the same
location.   To find the sighting, turn off of Hwy 2 at the sign for Denbigh
Forest and go south on the gravel..  The road will turn to the east and then
south.   Where the road turns back south, continue on the two track trail
east.  The bird was in the triple row of spruces paralleling the two track a
ways to the east, I didn't catch how far.    His cell is 701-720-1001, but
reception is somewhat weak.   

 

I will be there around noon, my cell is 701-400-5891.

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND 
Subject: Eagles
From: Sister Pamela Pranke OPA <sisterpamop AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2015 15:45:57 -0600
A Golden and a Bald Eagle sitting in the same Cottonwood tree on the east
side of Spiritwood Lake.

Sr. Pam Pranke OP
SPIRITWOOD LAKE
701-320-2779
Subject: CBCs
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2015 22:48:34 -0600
ND-Birders:

Following are dates for the CBCs in the Minot area.

Garrison Dam - Dec. 14, meet at the Audubon NWR HQ at 7:45 a.m.
Upper Souris NWR - Dec. 18, meet at the HQ at 7:45 a.m.
Minot - Dec. 27, meet at the Broadway McDonald's at 7:45 a.m.
Denbigh - Jan. 1, meet at the Towner Cenex at 7:45 a.m.

See you there,
Ron Martin
Sawyer
Subject: southwestern ND birding
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:06:08 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:

I birded western ND this past weekend with the following highlights.

I observed the reported female NORTHERN CARDINAL in Medora for my #200th in 
that county. For those keeping track, I have one county left under 200. So, of 
course I am going to bird that county (Golden Valley) the rest of the day. 


In Beach there was 6 RED CROSSBILLs at a feeder on the southwestern edge of 
town. Driving the country-side down to Golva, east then back north to Sentinel 
Butte I observed 4 GOLDEN EAGLE, a BALD EAGLE, 3 PRAIRIE FALCON, but no hawks. 
A single flock of 70 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE was a surprise. I was hoping for the 
reported (to me) SNOWY OWL south of Sentinel Butte. 


Sunday in the Mandan Union Cemetery I observed a WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL female. 
The bird landed at the tip of a juniper, chasing off a small flock of Cedar 
Waxwings, before flying off again. It was in the southeast most quadrant of the 
complex. 


Finally, a bizarre experience I had. While driving through Richardton early 
morning Saturday, I came upon a house with feeders so slowed down to look. A 
lady came to the picture window waving me over frantically. A gentleman came 
out of the garage and told me to park in the driveway... I had no idea what was 
going on. 


I explained to the lady I was just passing by to look at the birds at the 
feeder. Turns out, she just finished an estate sale, and thought I was there to 
look at the car. Her husband was the birder, and passed last summer. Take 
everything! Here is 100# of black-oil seed, some thistle, corn cobs, two hopper 
feeders in the back, two feeders in the front... I am moving in 2 weeks - take 
it! 


Can't say that has happened to me before!..... 

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Valley City CBC
From: "Gwilliams, Terry" <terry_gwilliams AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:13:34 -0600
The Valley City CBC will be held on Dec. 17th

We will meet at the Valley City WMD office at 8am

Hope to see you there!

-- 
Terry Gwilliams
Range Technician
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Valley City Wetland Management District
11515 River Rd.
Valley City, ND 58072
Fax# 701-845-3482
Office# 701-845-3466
Cell# 701-650-1232
Subject: Barrow's Goldeneye
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 22:09:40 -0600
ND-Birders:

Diana Dugall and I had a first year male Barrow's Goldeneye late this afternoon 
at Devils Lake. The bird was along the road to Graham's Island State Park in 
the open water where the road curves before going up the slight hill to the 
park entrance. The location is on eBird. There was a Long-tailed Duck in the 
same area. A Glaucous Gull was along the same road about 2 miles to the north. 
We had another Long-tailed Duck along Hwy 57 just east of the entrance to 
Sully's Hill. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


 
Subject: Devils Lake CBC
From: Charlie Christianson <christic AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:49:10 -0600
We will hold the Devils Lake CBC on Saturday December 19th.  
We will meet to organize at the Cedar Inn on US 2 at 7:30, or call Charlie at 
218-779-3506. 

Feeder watchers are welcome too.

Charlie Christianson
Subject: Re: [grandcitiesbirdclub] Cooper's Hawk
From: Sandy Aubol <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:39:23 -0600
Not sure how or why that went to the ND list serve, since this was in my MN 
yard, but considering the Coop in the tree, the bird kept going and going and 
going! 

Sandy 
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From: Scott R a y
Date: 11/29/2015 5:32 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: Sandy Aubol , nd-birds AT listserv.nodak.edu, Me Scott R
Subject: Re: [grandcitiesbirdclub] Cooper's Hawk
Did the mystery bird leave or land in a pear tree? Scott Ray Stanley, ND Pecked out on my phone On Nov 29, 2015 5:15 PM, "Sandy Aubol tsatrans123 AT hotmail.com [grandcitiesbirdclub]" wrote: > > > Late this afternoon I had a female Cooper's Hawk in the yard. She had a > blue band. Attached is a cell phone photo through my scope, so it's not > very great. > > While I was watching her, waiting for her to lift or turn and give me a > band number, a very strange bird flew over. It's sound was nothing I've > ever heard before, and have already forgotten it, and it flew very > differently and erratically. I have absolutely no clue what it could have > been, but nothing familiar to me, and I don't say that too often anymore. > It was so quick and unexpected, I wish it would've landed for a look!! > That is going to haunt me for awhile! > > Sandy Aubol > EGF > __._,_.___ > ------------------------------ > Posted by: Sandy Aubol > ------------------------------ > Reply via web post > > • Reply to sender > • Reply to > group > • Start > a New Topic > > • Messages in this topic > > (7) > Visit Your Group > > > > [image: Yahoo! Groups] > > • Privacy • > Unsubscribe > • Terms > of Use > > . > > __,_._,___ >
Subject: Re: [grandcitiesbirdclub] Cooper's Hawk
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:32:27 -0600
Did the mystery bird leave or land in a pear tree?

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Pecked out on my phone
On Nov 29, 2015 5:15 PM, "Sandy Aubol tsatrans123 AT hotmail.com
[grandcitiesbirdclub]"  wrote:

>
>
> Late this afternoon I had a female Cooper's Hawk in the yard.  She had a
> blue band.  Attached is a cell phone photo through my scope,  so it's not
> very great.
>
> While I was watching her, waiting for her to lift or turn and give me a
> band number,  a very strange bird flew over.  It's sound was nothing I've
> ever heard before, and have already forgotten it,  and it flew very
> differently and erratically.  I have absolutely no clue what it could have
> been,  but nothing familiar to me,  and I don't say that too often anymore.
> It was so quick and unexpected,  I wish it would've landed for a look!!
> That is going to haunt me for awhile!
>
> Sandy Aubol
> EGF
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Subject: Rough- legged hawk
From: Hunter Gwilliams <huntergwilliams11 AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:53:21 -0600
On Nov. 28 I saw 3 bald eagles along the sheyenne river road in barns county 
north of Valley City. And about 15 redpolls 3 miles south east of Valley City 
ND 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Rough-legged hawk
From: Hunter Gwilliams <huntergwilliams11 AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:13:07 -0600
Rough- legged hawk and 3 bald eagles along river road about 15 redpolls. 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Nov 26, 2015
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Nov 2015 15:10:27 -0600
All:

A nice assortment of residents and winter birds at Denbigh this morning. The 
female Cardinal was a surprise. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer




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From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Thursday, November 26, 2015 3:07:25 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Denbigh Experimental Forest, Nov 26, 2015

Denbigh Experimental Forest, McHenry, North Dakota, US
Nov 26, 2015 9:01 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments: 12 degrees, cloudy to p. cloudy, wind light. 
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30 19 species Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 9 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 3 Black-billed Magpie 3 Black-capped Chickadee 21 Red-breasted Nuthatch 5 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 12 Golden-crowned Kinglet 8 Townsend's Solitaire 2 Bohemian Waxwing 4 Cedar Waxwing 24 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 2 Northern Cardinal 1 Female. First record for Denbigh. Pine Grosbeak 8 Purple Finch 70 Number not unusual at this location. Red Crossbill 23 Small-billed. Call probably Type 3. White-winged Crossbill 1 Common Redpoll 10 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26004302 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Jamestown Christmas Bird Count
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:03:39 -0600
The Jamestown Christmas Bird Count has been scheduled for Friday, December
18th.  This year marks the 46th year of the Jamestown Christmas Bird Count (the
first occurred in the early 1920s).
Lunch will be available to participants. We will meet at Northern Prairie
Wildlife Research Center at 7:45 AM on the day of the count.  Please let me
know beforehand if you are interested in participating.

Thanks,

Larry

**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Long Lake CBC
From: Mike Rabenberg <michael_rabenberg AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:30:29 -0600
The Long Lake Christmas Bird Count will be Wednesday, December 16th. 
Participants will meet at Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge headquarters at 
8AM. We will re-convene at noon for a chili lunch provided by the refuge and 
review our bird observations. Please send me an email or call Erika at 
701-387-4397 x10 if you plan to attend. Thanks!! 


Mike Rabenberg
Wildlife Biologist
Long Lake NWR Complex
Subject: Christmas Bird Counts
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:08:51 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:

 

Shadehill Reservoir SD - Thursday Dec 17th.

                Meet at the Summerville Store 11 miles south of Lemmon on
Hwy 73 at 7:30am.  

                        Contact Meghan Dinkins  AT  760-505-1971. 

 

Bismarck-Mandan - Saturday Dec 19th.

                Meet at Hardees north  AT  7:45am.

                Contact Corey Ellingson  AT  400-5891.

 

Medora - Sunday Dec 20th.

Contact Laura  AT    (701) 623 4730
ext 1427

Female Cardinal has appeared in Medora, and present for a week.

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

 
Subject: Fw: Another New Yard Bird
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:07:00 -0600




Subject: Another New Yard Bird
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:00:46 -0600




Subject: Pine Siskins
From: Randy Toppen <Randy.Toppen AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:33:01 +0000
Adding to everyone's pine siskin reports, we had 25-30 show up at the thistle 
feeder Saturday morning in Valley City. FOS 


Other late fall feeder regulars: Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, WB Nuthatches, 
Chickadees (8-10 individuals), house sparrows. We have not seen the Red Bellied 
Woodpecker pair that were regulars last winter. 


Hoping for a purple finch or two this year!


--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: Snow Bunting
From: Hunter Gwilliams <huntergwilliams11 AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2015 16:04:18 -0600
Today I saw 50+ snow buntings and a shrike
south east of Valley City
Yesterday I saw 1 mourning dove and 20 eurasion collared doves north east 
hobart lake. 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: November 22 birds
From: bobneugebauer <bobneugebauer AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2015 15:16:29 -0500
I noted a common redpoll in our flock of pine siskins yesterday. Today I 
estimated 50 pine siskins. That is usually our most prevalent winter bird. 
Other birds of note: female purple finch a few days ago and two Eurasian 
collared-doves yesterday. 16 species observed in yard the past week. 


Bob Neugebauer
Rural Bismarck


Subject: New Yard Bird
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2015 11:42:01 -0600




Subject: Pine Siskins
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2015 21:03:47 -0600
Today we had a flock of Pine Siskin's invade our feeders.
Sherry Leslie
Rural Burlington/Minot
725-4389