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Updated on Tuesday, March 28 at 09:16 PM EST
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Scarlet Tanager,©Barry Kent Mackay

28 Mar Spring Birds [Richard Budd ]
28 Mar Snow Geese [David Lindee ]
27 Mar Monday birding [Sherry Leslie ]
27 Mar McK Co [Maureen O'Mara ]
27 Mar Sandhill cranes [Lillian Crook ]
27 Mar Medora report [Lillian Crook ]
27 Mar Avian Biologist Position - Westwood Surveying and Engineering [Stacy Adolf-Whipp ]
26 Mar Bohemian Waxwings [Charles J Taftk ]
26 Mar McKenzie Co [Maureen O'Mara ]
22 Mar Bluebirds [Sherry Leslie ]
22 Mar Some recent arrivals in the Jamestown area ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
25 Mar Gulls [Charles J Taftk ]
22 Mar Spring waterfowl migration, eagles, etc. [Mike Rabenberg ]
22 Mar Correction... ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
25 Mar Bald Eagle [Sister Pamela Pranke OPA ]
23 Mar Birding Job Opportunity near Max [Dan Ackerman ]
22 Mar Bismarck Gulls [Corey Ellingson ]
25 Mar Spiritwood Lake [Sister Pamela Pranke OPA ]
25 Mar Prairie Chickens [Scott R a y ]
7 Mar Fwd: Potential job opportunity for North Dakota Birders to post on ND Listserv if possible [Ron Martin ]
7 Mar Snowstorm Robin [Charles Taft ]
11 Mar Black Pheasant [Sherry Leslie ]
11 Mar Re: Redpolls [Sherry Leslie ]
11 Mar Re: Redpolls [Rob Parsons ]
11 Mar Redpolls [Sherry Leslie ]
27 Feb Sage-grouse [Scott R a y ]
26 Feb Mountain Bluebirds [Ron Martin ]
26 Feb Williston [Corey Ellingson ]
24 Feb Saw whet Owl [Sherry Leslie ]
24 Feb Am. Kestrel [David Lindee ]
23 Feb Osprey [Betsy Batstone-Cunningham ]
23 Feb Rolla and area [Armand Lagasse ]
21 Feb Saw Whet Owl [Sherry Leslie ]
21 Feb VATH [Keith Corliss ]
21 Feb Feb 19 Birding-Valley City [Randy Toppen ]
21 Feb Raptors [Corey Ellingson ]
20 Feb Got Geese? Yup! [Charles Taft ]
20 Feb American Tree Sparrows, Horned Larks ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
20 Feb Canada goose [Armand Lagasse ]
19 Feb Canada Geese in Benson County [Richard Budd ]
19 Feb Golden eyes [Terry Gwilliams ]
18 Feb Snow Geese in Ransom County [MARK OTNES ]
17 Feb "Spring" arrival of geese and Mallards in Jamestown area ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
17 Feb Red-bellied Woodpecker [Corey Ellingson ]
16 Feb Some recent bird reports ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
12 Feb Weekend birding [Ron Martin ]
12 Feb Great Horned Owl [Brenda Olson ]
12 Feb Re: Swans in Fergus Falls [Keith Corliss ]
12 Feb Swans in Fergus Falls ["Joy, Mark" ]
10 Feb Nice note on irruptions and citizen science here [Charles Taft ]
7 Feb NDBS spring meeting [Ron Martin ]
6 Feb Fwd: Great Horned Owl ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
5 Feb Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Feb 4, 2017 [Ron Martin ]
5 Feb North Dakota Birding Society [Ron Martin ]
30 Jan Pine Siskin, Redpolls [Sherry Leslie ]
25 Jan Northern Flcker [Jim Fuglie ]
23 Jan Redpoll [Sherry Leslie ]
21 Jan American Robins, Red-bellied ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
18 Jan American Robins and Northern Flicker ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
17 Jan Together for Birds Petition [Steve Holmer ]
12 Jan Snowy owls [Pat Bradley ]
12 Jan Re: Interesting note about Snowy Owls ["Johnson, Douglas" ]
11 Jan Interesting note about Snowy Owls [Charles Taft ]
10 Jan Bismarck birding [Corey Ellingson ]
9 Jan Turtle River SP Gray Jay - NO Sat and Sun [Scott R a y ]
8 Jan Woodworth Snowy Owl [Matt Solensky ]
8 Jan Golden eagle [Randy Toppen ]
6 Jan Turkey vulture [Betsy Batstone-Cunningham ]
4 Jan Gray jay [Keith Corliss ]
3 Jan Northern Goshawk adult ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
2 Jan Re: [grandcitiesbirdclub] ravens [Scott R a y ]
1 Jan Denbigh CBC [Ron Martin ]
1 Jan 1st Birds of 2017 []
31 Dec magpie ["Joy, Mark" ]
29 Dec Minot and Denbigh CBCs [Ron Martin ]
25 Dec Pileated woodpecker [Randy Toppen ]

Subject: Spring Birds
From: Richard Budd <rmbudd AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:04:43 -0500
It is so fun to see all the rapid changes from all the recent post. Here in 
Benson County things have moved rapidly. 

Canadas have been joined by thousands of Snows. Today going to Devils Lake and 
back we were surprised to see the many many pairs of Canadas looking for 
nesting sites. Then too there were dozens and dozens of ducks flying, too far 
to identify but they are back big-time. Sunday I saw my first hawk and my first 
seagull. Today I saw several red-wing blackbirds along the roadsides. And one 
Robin the other day ar our farmstead. The dark-eyed junco have been here in 
force for about a week. Lots of fun to see spring somewhere else besides the 
calendar. Happy birding. 

Subject: Snow Geese
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:53:02 -0500
Just north of Carrington, shortly after noon, a flock of mostly mixed Snow
geese were resting in a farm field.  The flock was at LEAST 2 1/2 football
fields in length and 1 1/2 in width.  I've never been able to estimate flock
sizes, but having been in many a huge football stadium, this flock had to
have been well over a 100,000 birds.  Two very clumsy hunters were stalking
the birds and when the hunters were spotted, the birds lifted up as one.
The cacophony from wings and cries obliterated the noise of semis passing
next to us.  It was, by far, the largest flock we've ever seen!  Love the
migration - and as best we can tell, not one goose was hit, because the
hunters turned around and walked out.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook

 
Subject: Monday birding
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:57:19 -0500
Drove a route to Greene Crossing and home on 83.  Cut trip short due to
thick fog up north.  Birds observed:
Rednecks, Northern Pintails, Mallards, Buffleheads, Scaup, Common
Goldeneyes, Common and Hooded Mergansers.  A 2nd year Bald Eagle was
sitting on the ice not too far from the ducks.
Red-tailed Hawks (13) and Northern Harrier male (1).
Several Ring-billed Gulls, Mourning Dove, Meadowlarks, Horned Larks, Crows
and Robins.
Many Canada and Snow Geese and about 1 mile north of the Air Base there
were thousands of Snows and Canada's on both sides of 83.  It was beautiful
to see and deafening.
Last night at home the Northern Saw-whet Owl was calling.  He has been here
since the middle of April.  Eastern Bluebirds, Redpolls, Purple Finch and
drumming Woodpeckers.

Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: McK Co
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:37:10 -0600
Hello,

Went back to yesterday's site for a quick hike.  A pair of Hooded
Mergansers joined the C.Geese. There was a male Common Merg on the pond -
either a new one or the one from last week.

Scared up an Adult Red-tail Hawk and Prairie Falcon.

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: Sandhill cranes
From: Lillian Crook <lilliancrook AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:24:48 -0500
Flock of ca 150 sandhill cranes over Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Lillian Crook
Subject: Medora report
From: Lillian Crook <lilliancrook AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:34:23 -0500
This morning Medora is filled with house Finch and meadowlark song.
Red-wing blackbirds, flickers, and many Canada Geese also observed. One
mountain bluebird spotted yesterday at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Lillian Crook
Subject: Avian Biologist Position - Westwood Surveying and Engineering
From: Stacy Adolf-Whipp <sadolf AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:16:18 +0000
Forwarding for a friend of mine.



Job Title: Avian Biologist



Westwood has an opening for an avian biologist for a proposed wind project in 
Ward County, North Dakota beginning in early April 2017 and continuing through 
April 2018. The work will be intermittent with approximately 20-28 hours per 
week, with no work scheduled the following week. During the beginning of the 
survey season from late April through May the work is expected to exceed 40 
hours per week. There is a possibility for further work beyond this term. 




Primary duties will include conducting grassland breeding bird surveys, eagle 
point count surveys, and aerial and ground-based raptor nest surveys. 
Applicants should have demonstrable experience conducting bird surveys and must 
be proficient at identifying birds by both site and sound. B.S. or M.S. degree 
in biology preferred. Candidates with prior experience conducting avian surveys 
for wind energy projects will be given preference. The applicant must be able 
to work independently and interact with project managers, technicians, and 
landowners. Use of personal vehicle will be required and mileage reimbursement 
will be paid for personal vehicle use. 




Pay rate from $20-25 per hour depending on experience.



Please address questions to:



Brad Norling
SENIOR BIOLOGIST/PROJECT MANAGER
bradley.norling AT westwoodps.com

Direct     (952) 697-5767
Main       (952) 937-5150
Cell        (952) 334-5783

Westwood Multi-Disciplined Surveying & Engineering
7699 Anagram Drive | Eden Prairie, MN 55344

________________________________

westwoodps.com
(888) 937-5150

Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: Charles J Taftk <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:57:27 -0500
A flock of these are cleaning up the crab apples in our front yard. Maybe 29 or 
more, hard to tell as they keep flying around. Earlier today we chased two 
turkeys out if the yard. My gardening spouse is not pleased to see them. 

Charles J Taft
West Minot

Sent from my iPad
Subject: McKenzie Co
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:59:55 -0600
They're back!!!!  Pasque Flowers are in full bloom!  As this is a birding
site - the Meadowlarks are also back in the western part of the state.

Male Mountain Bluebirds have joined the females.

Scared up 4 Sharp-tails.

A couple of crows and a few more Mallards and C.Geese.

Otherwise, still pretty quite.

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: Bluebirds
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:45:39 -0500
First Eastern Bluebirds of the season checking out the houses on our road.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Some recent arrivals in the Jamestown area
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:29:29 -0500
Ross's Gull:  Several Ross's Geese observed by Larry Igl on west and east
cell of Jamestown Sewage Lagoon (with large flock of Snow Geese) (21 March
2017).

Hooded Merganser: Observed by Jill Shaffer on James River southeast of
Jamestown (10 March 2017).  Several reports since that date.

Green-winged Teal:  Observed by Matt Solensky on James River at Northern
Prairie Wildlife Research Center (21 March 2017).

Blue-winged Teal: Four observed by Tom Buhl below Jamestown Dam (19 March
2017).

Gadwall:  A pair observed by Jill Shaffer and Terry Shaffer on James River
southeast of Jamestown (10 March 2017).  Ten observed by Tom Buhl below
Jamestown Dam (19 March 2017).

Northern Pintail: Observed by Matt Solensky at Cottonwood Lake Study Area
(20 March 2017)

Lesser Scaup:  Observed by Matt Solensky on James River at Northern Prairie
Wildlife Research Center (21 March 2017).

Redhead:  Lone drake Redhead observed by Matt Solensky on James River at
McElroy Park in Jamestown (19 March 2017).

Franklin's Gull:  Lone Franklin's Gull observed by Marsha Sovada southeast
of Jamestown (19 March 2017)...one of our earliest records for this species
(the earliest was on 12 March 2015 and this year's date tied with 19 March
1976)

Northern Flicker:  Observed by Chris Zinke at Northern Prairie Wildlife
Research Center (19 March 2017).

Mourning Dove: Lone Mourning Dove observed by Marsha Sovada southeast of
Jamestown (19 March 2017).

Eastern Bluebird:  Pair observed by Dave Brandt north of Jamestown (19
March 2017).

Larry

PS.  On, on a sadder note, Chan Robbins passed away on Monday at the age of
98.  Chan is best known for being the senior author of the Golden field
guide for birds of North America. Chan also is well known as the researcher
who conceived the North American Breeding Bird Survey to monitor the status
and trends of avian populations. Doug Johnson first introduced me to Chan
at an American Ornithologists's Union conference in Missoula, Montana, in
the mid-1990s.  I birded with Chan several mornings on the University of
Montana campus during that week, and I remember thinking at that time that
I hope my hearing and powers of observation were as sharp as Chan's when I
am in my mid-70s. He will be greatly missed.

http://blog.aba.org/2017/03/chandler-seymour-robbins-1918-2017.html


https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2017/3/21/Renowned-FWS-Ornithologist-Chandler-Robbins-Dies 



http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/laurel/ph-ll-chandler-robbins-0519-20160526-story.html 



**************************************************************
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: Gulls
From: Charles J Taftk <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:07:00 -0500
Two Gulls (sp), were looking for supper at Denny's around 6:30 this evening. 
FOS. 

Charles J Taft,
Minot, 

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Spring waterfowl migration, eagles, etc.
From: Mike Rabenberg <michael_rabenberg AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:25:06 -0500
Wow - what a difference a week makes. Last week we were only seeing Canada 
geese and a few goldeneyes. Since Monday, we have had hundreds of thousands of 
snow geese and white-fronted geese resting on the refuge and feeding in 
surrounding fields. There is a major push of ducks as well. Primarily mallards 
and pintails, but have seen most of the duck species typical for this area. Saw 
my first ring-necked ducks yesterday and first Am. Coot today. Traveling with 
all the waterfowl are large numbers of bald eagles taking advantage of weak 
birds and winter-killed fish. This morning I saw a low flying snow goose that 
had a ball of ice on its tail. A few seconds later an immature bald eagle flew 
by in hot pursuit. After about 1/4 mile and numerous avoidance maneuvers by the 
goose, the eagle snagged the goose with the talons on one foot before landing 
and standing atop the goose. That was fun to witness! 


Mike Rabenberg
Wildlife Biologist
Long Lake NWR
Subject: Correction...
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:03:47 -0500
In my earlier email, I meant to indicate Ross's Goose rather than Ross's
Gull.  I apologize for any potential heart attacks related to this error : )



**************************************************************
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: Bald Eagle
From: Sister Pamela Pranke OPA <sisterpamop AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:36:07 -0500
Mature Bald Eagle on east side of Spiritwood Lake today.

Sister Pamela Pranke OP
http://simplicityavowed.blogspot.com/
Spiritwood Lake
540 E Lake County Rd
Jamestown ND 58401
701-320-2779

*I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he
it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.~John
15:5*
Subject: Birding Job Opportunity near Max
From: Dan Ackerman <dackman81 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:39:38 -0500
Seeking an experienced avian expert that can identify North Dakota birds by 
sight and sound. The successful candidate would conduct eagle and general avian 
surveys from April through October near Max. Work would be part time flexible, 
20-60 hours per month depending on candidate availability. Pay is up to $30/hr, 
plus meal and mileage expenses paid. If interested, please contact Luke Toso 
(701-751-6129, ltoso AT wenck.com). 

Subject: Bismarck Gulls
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:11:57 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
    I went down to the river this evening, and was surprised to see a large
mass of gulls at my favorite viewing site at the Southport Pier, just south
of Expressway.  I guess I haven't checked the river in over a week.

I estimated 2,000 gulls on the sandbars that included an adult LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL, and a Franklin's Gull.   A couple eagles were keeping
them moving.   Also there was a small flock of divers that included a male
GREATER SCAUP.  It was nice to see the side by side comparison.   

Lesser Black-backed Gull is regular here (singles) in Bismarck
mid-March/April and October probably because the Missouri is a migration
corridor. I admittedly don't look too hard for them, avoiding the landfill
due to a chance of flat tires, and look for other birds as the season wears
on.  (By the way, the Landfill hours are 8am to 4pm making mid-week visits
tough.  April 2nd closing time changes to 6pm).  But, where are they
headed...? They are still rare elsewhere in the state, and in Montana, and
north of us.   In fall an appearance at the Garrison Dam most years.   Fargo
birders and Grand Forks birders find them occasionally, more than 15 years
ago.  Last fall, the NDBS found the first record for Devils Lake in an 1st
year bird.  

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND 
Subject: Spiritwood Lake
From: Sister Pamela Pranke OPA <sisterpamop AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:38:04 -0500
Greetings,
Yesterday FOY were 4 scaup, 1 ringneck, I red-wing blackbird, 1 Robin. Last
week Saturday I saw 1 yellow-headed blackbird, which is the earliest I have
ever seen one here. This is the first year we have had juncos throughout
the winter.
Happy birding, Pam Pranke
540 E Lake County Road
Spiritwood Lake
Subject: Prairie Chickens
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:00:13 -0500
Hi Everyone,

Saturday morning Denise and I made the long trek east to the Prairie
Chicken WMA - South Unit near Grand Forks to look for Greater Prairie
Chickens. This would be my third visit in three years and Denise's first.

We arrived at 7:30am.  Fortunately, the air was fairly calm and the temp
hovered around 29 degrees.

We were pleasantly surprised to easily find at least four males booming and
cooing on the only lek I know about in this area. Even more exciting was
that we could hear other birds booming in the stillness, presumably on lek,
in several compass directions along a mile stretch on both sides of 25th St
NE south of its intersection with 28th Ave NE (CR 33).

Good luck to anyone attempting to observe this large grouse. Stay on the
roads to avoid disturbing their activities. And don't be confused by the
many Sharp-tailed Grouse that are also displaying on leks in the immediate
area.

The beginner might view a few YouTube videos about Greater Prairie Chickens
to familiarize themselves with what to listen for.


Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Fwd: Potential job opportunity for North Dakota Birders to post on ND Listserv if possible
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 20:51:07 -0600
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Diane Thomas" 
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:27:57 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: Potential job opportunity for North Dakota Birders to post on ND 
Listserv if possible 





Hi Ron, 

I apologize in advance for emailing you out of the blue. I work for an 
environmental consulting firm in Laramie, WY, and have a potential job 
opportunity for a qualified birder/biologist in the Williston area. I cannot 
find out who the listserv moderator is, and I noticed that you had the most 
posts in the last 30 days or so. Is there a way you might post the following 
information and direct any inquiries offline to my personal email address/phone 
number? Thanks in advance, and if you are not able to do this, no worries. I am 
a member of the CO, WY, and NE listservs, but not of the ND one. I am providing 
my personal email address in the text in order to avoid posting a work email 
address on a public site. If you are not able/comfortable doing this, I 
understand. Thanks!!! 




Potential part-time job opportunity in the Williston, ND area. Work would be 
field-based and would be conducted between August 15-November 15, 2017, and 
March 1 and May 15, 2018. Observant biologist/intermediate to advanced birder 
with good references may contact D. Thomas  AT  dtandelsie AT yahoo.com offline for 
further details. Reply ASAP. Preference would be given to qualified candidates 
nearest to Williston. 








Diane Thomas 

Senior Project Manager/Wildlife Biologist 
	
	


	
	

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605 Skyline Drive, Laramie, WY 82070 

T: 307.742.3843 | F: 307.745.8317 | C: 307.399.9910 



LinkedIn | Twitter | Blog | www.trcsolutions.com 


Subject: Snowstorm Robin
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 10:44:27 -0600
One just showed up in our West Minot yard. 
Charles 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Black Pheasant
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:49:23 -0600
Two Black Pheasants in our neighbors creek bed late this afternoon.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Re: Redpolls
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:43:42 -0600
Thanks for the info.  I have been reading about the possible split  but
have no idea when it will actually happen??
Sherry

On Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 10:14 PM, Rob Parsons  wrote:

> Well, Tyler, it almost sounds like everyone is resigned to it happening,
> so you may only be premature.  There are often articles in Birding
> speculating on the "what if" and the one you saw sounds like it could be
> one such.  Mind you, take heart, splitters, there were similar thoughts
> about lumping the three Rosy-Finches about 4 years ago and that failed to
> pass.
>
> Cheers,
>
>
> Rob Parsons
> Winnipeg, MB
> CANADA
> parsons8 AT mts.net
>
> -----Original Message----- From: James Tyler Bell
> Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:57 PM
> To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
> Subject: Re: [ND-BIRDS] Redpolls
>
>
> Oops, looks like I might have jumped the gun on the redpoll lump. Sorry. A
> little digging showed that it is a proposal by the AOU checklist committee
> but hasn't passed yet. Would have sworn I read about losing a species in
> "Birding" magazine. But, I did find a link to David Sibley's scoring of
> redpolls showing the clinal variation.
>
>
> A Character Index for Redpoll identification - Sibley Guides
>
> http://www.sibleyguides.com/2008/01/a-character-index-for-re
> dpoll-identification/
> Tyler Bell
> jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
> California, Maryland
>
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: James Tyler Bell 
> To: "ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU" 
> Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2017 5:35 PM
> Subject: Re: [ND-BIRDS] Redpolls
>
>
>
> Keep in mind that the AOU lumped the redpolls recently. If you look at
> David Sibley's blog, you'll see they are more of a cline from Hoary to
> Common with a wide variety of intergrade plumages. It's rare for them to
> lump species these days with the advent of inexpensive DNA analysis!
>
>
> Tyler Bell
> California, MD
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
>
> On Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 3:31 PM, Sherry Leslie
>
>>  wrote:
>> The birds have been very active at our feeders and today in just a couple
>> minutes I counted over 8 Redpolls.  One, and a possible second one, Hoary
>> Redpoll.
>> 65-70 Goldfinch  25 House Finch  8+ Purple Finch and the regulars.  Makes
>> for interesting watching.
>> Sherry Leslie
>> 725-4389
>>
>
Subject: Re: Redpolls
From: Rob Parsons <parsons8 AT MYMTS.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 22:14:41 -0600
Well, Tyler, it almost sounds like everyone is resigned to it happening, so 
you may only be premature.  There are often articles in Birding speculating 
on the "what if" and the one you saw sounds like it could be one such.  Mind 
you, take heart, splitters, there were similar thoughts about lumping the 
three Rosy-Finches about 4 years ago and that failed to pass.

Cheers,


Rob Parsons
Winnipeg, MB
CANADA
parsons8 AT mts.net

-----Original Message----- 
From: James Tyler Bell
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:57 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: Re: [ND-BIRDS] Redpolls

Oops, looks like I might have jumped the gun on the redpoll lump. Sorry. A 
little digging showed that it is a proposal by the AOU checklist committee 
but hasn't passed yet. Would have sworn I read about losing a species in 
"Birding" magazine. But, I did find a link to David Sibley's scoring of 
redpolls showing the clinal variation.


A Character Index for Redpoll identification - Sibley Guides


http://www.sibleyguides.com/2008/01/a-character-index-for-redpoll-identification/ 

Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland



________________________________
From: James Tyler Bell 
To: "ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU" 
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2017 5:35 PM
Subject: Re: [ND-BIRDS] Redpolls



Keep in mind that the AOU lumped the redpolls recently. If you look at David 
Sibley's blog, you'll see they are more of a cline from Hoary to Common with 
a wide variety of intergrade plumages. It's rare for them to lump species 
these days with the advent of inexpensive DNA analysis!


Tyler Bell
California, MD

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

On Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 3:31 PM, Sherry Leslie
> wrote:
>The birds have been very active at our feeders and today in just a couple 
>minutes I counted over 8 Redpolls.  One, and a possible second one, Hoary 
>Redpoll.
>65-70 Goldfinch  25 House Finch  8+ Purple Finch and the regulars.  Makes 
>for interesting watching.
>Sherry Leslie
>725-4389 
Subject: Redpolls
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 14:30:24 -0600
The birds have been very active at our feeders and today in just a couple
minutes I counted over 8 Redpolls.  One, and a possible second one, Hoary
Redpoll.
65-70 Goldfinch  25 House Finch  8+ Purple Finch and the regulars.  Makes
for interesting watching.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Sage-grouse
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:35:18 -0600
Pardon to the ND Birding Facebookers who've had read this account already.

Saturday morning Denise and I were treated to a little early season
activity at one of the Greater Sage-grouse leks in Bowman County. This lek
is situated about 500 feet east of the border with Montana.  Three birds
were found, including two males and one female. Although they were
beginning to gather at the lek, their displays were lackluster. By late
March the males will be ramped up to full vigor.  There could be as many as
twenty or more in the area displaying and sharing genetic material. There
were many horned larks as well as at least three Lapland Longspur in the
area.

We birded most of rest of day in Bowman County, picking up more than 15
Golden Eagles, 10 Rough-legged Hawks and a couple of Prairie Falcons. We
had expected to find small numbers of early southern migrants, but found
none other than a single Cackling Goose in a flock of 800 Canada Geese
standing on the iced over Bowman lagoons.

As would be expected, Bowman-Haley Reservoir was still frozen solid.
However the outflow creek was Ice free in stretches and was hosting a few
Mallards and Canada Geese.

Happy birding.


Scott & Denise Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Mountain Bluebirds
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:33:58 -0600
ND-Birders:

I had a flock of 9 Mountain Bluebirds in northern Golden Valley County this 
morning. There are only a few other February records for this species. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot
Subject: Williston
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:41:12 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:

I spent my Saturday driving to Williston to see the VARIED THRUSH that Keith
Corliss located last week.  The bird was still present at Spring Lake Park
along with a flock of American Tree Sparrows which seem to be on the move.

From there, we (Ron Martin, Diana Dugall) and Adrian Azar and his sister
Sarah drove over the to the Epping area.   Friday evening I received an
email asking how unusual a white gyrfalcon may be.   Three different
occasions a white hawk was seen south of Epping.

Well, canvassing the area with two vehicles we located a white Snowy Owl
just north of Epping, and a darker one south of Tioga.  Adrian Azar had
located a juvenile GYRFALCON south of Ray.  Twenty minutes later the three
of us relocated the bird at the intersection of CR 8 and CR19 (60th St and
109th Ave), three miles north of Adrian. 

After we enjoyed those birds, the last bird of the day was an adult NORTHERN
GOSHAWK on a power pole southeast of Tioga, which took flight.  The
remainder of the day was traversing through the wintery mix springs are good
for, but drove out of it at the radar base south of Minot.   When I arrived
in Bismarck, my car was coated with slushy ice and the wheels had no room to
turn.   FUN STUFF!

Oh yea, four Moose in the Williston area, and a red fox, and a few Hwy 2
common ravens thrown in for good measure.

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Saw whet Owl
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:05:08 -0700
Saw whet Owl still calling AM and PM and  "resident"  Sharp-shinned Hawk
still present. Five Redpolls and 1-2 Pine Siskin still at feeders.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Am. Kestrel
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:05:39 -0600
First kestrel of the season at Van Hook today.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook

 
Subject: Osprey
From: Betsy Batstone-Cunningham <batsham AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:25:13 -0600
I was doing my breakfast dishes this morning when I noticed a large bird in one 
of the trees along the river.  I got my scope on it and had the hardest time 
trying to figure out what it was.  Even tried to take a picture with my cell 
phone and scope.  That did not work! 


I texted Dave with a description of what I had seen and he suggested that it 
could be an osprey, but it was very early for one. 


This is what I saw:  A bird about the size of a hawk, with a white head that 
had a dark eye stripe and chest with some brown streaks on the upper part.  
 The back was a brown black color.  The light was bad this morning, of 
course.  I saw the bird about 8:15 am and  by 8:30, it had left the tree.  I 
did not see which way it flew.  


The Red is out of its banks and the water is flowing fairly well.

This afternoon when I got home from work, I did notice an adult bald eagle 
along the river also. 


Betsy Batstone-Cunningham
Elmwood Dr and the Greenway
Grand Forks ND


Sent from Mail for Windows 10
Subject: Rolla and area
From: Armand Lagasse <00000a0b99d965b5-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:22:50 -0600
Some notables in and near Rolla today:

pine siskin, purple finch, American goldfinch - coming to the feeders regularly

horned lark - becoming quite numerous 
snowy owl - adult male
rough-legged hawk 

Armand Lagasse
Rolla,  ND
Subject: Saw Whet Owl
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:36:42 -0600
The past two nights we have had a Saw Whet Owl calling in our backyard very
close to the house.

Still have a few Redpolls and lately have seen only one Pine Siskin along
with all the numerous regulars.

Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: VATH
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:17:43 -0600
A first-year male varied thrush has been located in williston's spring lake
park, near the dog park in a cluster of Russian olive trees.

Keith Corliss
Fargo
Subject: Feb 19 Birding-Valley City
From: Randy Toppen <Randy.Toppen AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:45:54 +0000
An outing on Sunday produced some new sightings for 2017:

4 Purple finches (2 males and 2 females)
Numerous American Tree Sparrows

Both at the National Fish Hatchery north of Valley City along with many 
goldfinches. 


Also, bald eagles, horned larks, numerous Canada Geese. I heard my first Canada 
Goose near our home along the river south of Valley City Thursday evening, 
February 16. 




--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: Raptors
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:18:55 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I took a drive to McKenzie Slough and Long Lake NWR last evening with the 
following highlights. 


McKenzie Slough:
 A pair of Northern Harrier's at the south end of the main road. Almost no 
Canada Goose yet, 3 pairs. 


Long Lake NWR:
 South of the old stone house, another Harrier and 12 Rough-legged Hawks. It 
was at sundown, I was really hoping a Short-eared Owl would appear, but the 
Great Horned Owl over the railroad tracks to the east was the only consolation. 

 There was a flock of American Tree Sparrows at the fishing bridge, my first of 
spring. Also, open water under C Dike, and B Dike bridges, but no waterfowl. 
(two dozen Canada Goose doesn't count.) 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Got Geese? Yup!
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:24:23 -0600
Saw flock of about 30 Canada geese heading NW over Minot around 11 AM.
Charles
Charles J Taft
cjtaft AT me.com
129 25th St SW
Minot, ND. 58701
701-852-1981



Subject: American Tree Sparrows, Horned Larks
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:12:34 -0600
Jill Shaffer reported two Horned Larks southeast of Jamestown on 17
February.

Marsha Sovada reported a large flock of American Tree Sparrows in her yard
southeast of Jamestown on 20 February.

**************************************************************
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: Canada goose
From: Armand Lagasse <a.lagasse AT SENDIT.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:54:39 -0600
A flock of about 20 Canada geese flew over Rolla yesterday (Sunday, 
February19). 



Armand Lagasse
Rolla, ND
Subject: Canada Geese in Benson County
From: Richard Budd <rmbudd AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:55:52 -0600
My wife and I saw 20 Canada Geese flying just south of York, ND today. In 21 
years of living in northern Benson County, we do no remember sighting geese 
this early in the year here. 


Richard Budd
York, ND
Subject: Golden eyes
From: Terry Gwilliams <terry_gwilliams AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:50:19 -0600
Just saw 4 golden eyes 3 miles SE of Valley City in Barnes Co. They are in
standing water in a field along the road.

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Snow Geese in Ransom County
From: MARK OTNES <markotnes AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:32:55 -0500
I saw a flock of about 25 Snow Geese a couple of miles west of McLeod in 
Ransom County at about 2:00 PM.  I also has a flock of Canada Geese of about 
the same size in the same area. 

  
Mark Otnes 
Fargo ND 
  
  

-- 
Subject: "Spring" arrival of geese and Mallards in Jamestown area
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:17:34 -0600
The above-normal temperatures during the past week have brought some
spring-like conditions to the area.  Below are some recent reports of geese
and Mallards in the Jamestown area...

Chris Zinke reported 30 Canada Geese flying over Northern Prairie Wildlife
Research Center on 16 February.

Tom Buhl reported Canada Geese (about 25) and Mallards (about 12) flying
near the Jamestown Sewage Lagoons on 16 February

I saw 6 Canada Geese land on the ice on the east cell of the Jamestown
Sewage Lagoon on 17 February.

Robert Woodward reported a flock of Snow Geese flying over Northern Prairie
on 17 February.  This is nearly two-weeks earlier than our earliest record
(2 March 2000) for Snow Geese in Stutsman County (going back to 1965).



**************************************************************
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: Red-bellied Woodpecker
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:28:50 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 More for local interest, but I got a second hand reported yesterday of a male 
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at Cross Ranch State Park, coming into the suet feeder 
there. The gal says it has been around about three weeks, and has a photo. 


 I did not see the bird between 4:15 and 6:15pm, but it was 50 degrees out! I 
stood around with my sweatshirt and was thoroughly enjoying the sunshine. Along 
the blacktop entrance road coming from the west, just south of the park, there 
was a GOLDEN EAGLE perched on the intersecting metal power poles. 


At this rate, the gulls and waterfowl will return in just a couple weeks!

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Some recent bird reports
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:57:16 -0600
Matt Solensky reported a male Pileated Woodpecker at Northern Prairie
Wildlife Research Center this afternoon.

Amy Igl reported a Pileated Woodpecker flying in northeast Jamestown on 12
February.

I saw a large flock of American Crows (about 100) at Northern Prairie
Wildlife Research Center on 15 February.

Jill Shaffer and Terry Shaffer reported that three Common Mergansers and
several Mallards have been seen on the James River for the past three weeks
(se of Jamestown).

Jane Austin and Christine Williams saw a Snowy Owl while driving on I-94,
about 63 miles east of Jamestown (just east of mile marker 194) on north
side of interstate on 8 February.


**************************************************************
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: Weekend birding
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:27:22 -0600
ND-Birders:

On my way home from Bismarck on Friday I stopped at Garrison Dam. There was a 
Great Horned Owl on a nest in the tailrace area. This is about 3 weeks earlier 
than usual in this area. Today at Denbigh Exp. Forest both White-winged and Red 
Crossbills were singing along the power line near the south end of the forest. 
There were at least 13 White-winged Crossbills in the area. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot
Subject: Great Horned Owl
From: Brenda Olson <brenda443 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 20:58:01 +0000
I heard crows in the trees today. I had to go see if the Great Horned Owl is 
back. Sure enough it is. 


Brenda Olson
Minot

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Swans in Fergus Falls
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:51:05 -0600
In fact they do. The warm water discharge from the power plant in town
makes for acres of open water that holds hundreds of waterfowl of differing
species, including many trumpeter swans.
Keith Corliss
Fargo

On Feb 12, 2017 6:52 AM, "Joy, Mark"  wrote:

> This is not a ND sighting, but Saturday (2/11) I saw six or eight swans
> fly over in downtown Fergus Falls, MN.  Do some winter around there
> somewhere?  Seems pretty early for migrants.
>
>
>
> Mark S. Joy, Ph.D.
>
> Chair, Department of History and Political Science
>
> University of Jamestown
>
> Jamestown, North Dakota
>
>
>
Subject: Swans in Fergus Falls
From: "Joy, Mark" <joy AT UJ.EDU>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 12:52:49 +0000
This is not a ND sighting, but Saturday (2/11) I saw six or eight swans fly 
over in downtown Fergus Falls, MN. Do some winter around there somewhere? Seems 
pretty early for migrants. 


Mark S. Joy, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of History and Political Science
University of Jamestown
Jamestown, North Dakota
Subject: Nice note on irruptions and citizen science here
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:05:13 -0600
Birders,
Article worth reading and sharing, I think.

http://theconversation.com/when-birds-go-roaming-the-mystery-of-avian-irruptions-71262 
 


Good birding,

Charles J Taft
cjtaft AT me.com
129 25th St SW
Minot, ND. 58701
701-852-1981



Subject: NDBS spring meeting
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2017 20:44:53 -0600
All:

As I indicated last fall, the NDBS spring meeting will be held this year June 
9-11 at the Logging Camp Ranch nw of Amidon. Located in the picturesque 
Ponderosa Pine area of North Dakota, the ranch will be our home base for 
exploring the unique birds of sw North Dakota. Some of the nesting species we 
have had in the past while birding at the ranch cabins include Golden Eagle, N. 
Saw-whet Owl, Com. Nighthawk, Com. Poorwill, Say's Phoebe, Mountain Bluebird, 
Am. Redstart, Ovenbird, Audubon's Warbler, Yellow-br. Chat, Spotted Towhee, 
Field Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, and Red Crossbill. 


The main lodge and adjacent cabins will accommodate 38-40 people, and 
reservations will be on a first come, first serve basis. If the cabins fill up 
you will have the following options. You can camp at the cabin area, you can 
bring a motor home, or you can reserve a motel room in Bowman, Medora, or 
Belfield. These are rustic accommodations with most rooms set up with several 
sets of bunk beds and community bathrooms. Several small cabins will 
accommodate up to four people. I will do my best to assign the rooms in the 
most efficient way possible. Generally, most will be set up as women's rooms or 
men's rooms. They do have some bedding available, but if possible bring you own 
bedding, towels, and pillow. The rooms are reserved for the nights of June 9 
and 10. 


The ranch will provide an evening meal on Friday and Saturday nights. One night 
will be a steak dinner, the other night will be grilled hamburgers. Included 
will be side dishes and dessert. Cost for the 2 meals will be $40. They can 
make accommodations for special diets. You will need to bring food for 
breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday. The field trips may be able to 
stop for food for lunch on some of the trips, but the places we will be going 
are generally in the outback. The main cabin has a large kitchen with a couple 
of refrigerators. 


The following costs assume we will have at least 30 people. Prices include tips 
and taxes. 

Lodging - $35 per person per night.
Camping - $10 per night per site. Gives you access to the lodge.
Motor home - $10 per night. Includes access to the lodge.  
Meals for 2 nights - $40

Tentative schedule:

Friday, June 9 - convene in the late afternoon at the Logging Camp Ranch. 
Evening meal. Birding around the ranch. Make final plans for the field trips on 
Saturday. Late evening listen for Com. Poorwills and owls. 


Saturday - Field trips will leave at 5:00 a.m. We will try to keep the size of 
each group to 10 people. We will caravan in as few cars as possible. Trips will 
return in late afternoon, so plan on a long day. Evening meal at the ranch. 
Finalize trips for Sunday. Listen for night birds from the cabin deck. 


Sunday - Field trips will leave at 5:00 a.m.  We will return by 3:00 p.m. 

Target birds for the field trips. If you do trips on Sat. and Sunday you will 
have a chance to see most of the target birds. Targets include: 

Ferruginous Hawk
Golden Eagle
Prairie Falcon
Sage Grouse - will be difficult.
Long-billed Curlew
Burrowing Owl
N. Saw-whet Owl - should be in the cabin area.
Com. Poorwill
Red-headed Woodpecker
W. Wood-Pewee
Say's Phoebe
Loggerhead Shrike
Violet-green Swallow
Rock Wren
Mountain Bluebird
Sprague's Pipit
Audubon's Warbler
Yellow-br. Chat
Spotted Towhee
Brewer's Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Baird's Sparrow 
McCown's Longspur
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Bullock's Oriole
Red Crossbill

To make a reservation send me an email. Hope to see you there. If you would 
like to volunteer to be a field trip leader let me know. If not, I will 
probably volunteer a few of you. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
NDBS
jrmartin AT srt.com


































 
Subject: Fwd: Great Horned Owl
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2017 16:10:10 -0600
Dan Buchanan reported a Great Horned Owl in his backyard in northeast
Jamestown yesterday afternoon.  See below.

Also of possible interest, and a little belated, one of our tulip bulbs
sprouted and poked through the wood chips about 2 inches on the west side
of our house in Jamestown during the warm weather a couple of weeks ago
(first seen on 21 January)...Early sprouting of bulbs is one of the
advantages (and disadvantages) of having a house with yellow
siding...typically, our bulbs emerge in late February or early March...this
was very early.

Larry

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dan Buchanan 
Date: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 3:03 PM
Subject: Great Horned Owl
To: Lawrence Igl 


Larry,
    Please note and post on ND-BIRDS if you wish that we had a great horned
owl in the backyard shelterbelt at home yesterday for some time in the
afternoon. Three crows were also close by, but maybe keeping their distance.

Dan
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Feb 4, 2017
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 10:07:37 -0600
All:

There is still a nice variety of waterfowl at the tailrace these days. So if 
you need a break from the February birding doldrums, take a trip. Remember to 
scan all of the Common Goldeneye for a Barrow's. No sightings this winter, but 
you never know. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Sunday, February 5, 2017 10:02:00 AM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Feb 4, 2017

Garrison Dam Tailrace, Mercer, North Dakota, US
Feb 4, 2017 2:55 PM - 3:51 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     13 degrees, m. cloudy, N 25. 
14 species

Canada Goose  250
Mallard  160
Northern Pintail  1     Female.
Redhead  1     Continuing male.
Ring-necked Duck  1     Continuing male.
Greater Scaup  1     Continuing female. 
Bufflehead  3
Common Goldeneye  180
Hooded Merganser  1     Female.
Common Merganser  185     Good number for winter. 
Red-breasted Merganser  7     All females, good number for winter.
Bald Eagle  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  70
European Starling  10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34156167

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: North Dakota Birding Society
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 09:52:46 -0600
All:

The ND Birding Society is in need of funds to maintain the website, pay for 
Records Committee copying costs, and costs associated with arranging our 
bi-annual meetings. If you can spare a few dollars to help out with these costs 
please send your contribution to: 


North Dakota Birding Society
2708 Academy Road
Minot, ND 58703

Thanks,
Ron Martin
Pres. NDBS
Subject: Pine Siskin, Redpolls
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:59:44 -0600
Besides over 90 Goldfinch, House and Purple Finch's, Blue Jays, Downy,
Hairy's, Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, 1 Pine Siskin and 4
Redpolls.  Good morning of yard birding.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Northern Flcker
From: Jim Fuglie <jimfuglie920 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:21:07 -0600
There was a Northern Flicker at our feeder in Highland Acres in Bismarck
this morning. What the hell is he still doing here?


Jim Fuglie
920 Arthur Drive
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 220-3492
jimfuglie920 AT gmail.com
http://theprairieblog.areavoices.com
Subject: Redpoll
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:21:29 -0600
We have dozens of Purple Finch, House Finch, Goldfinch, and other regulars,
but still one lonely Common Redpoll, here since  b/4 CBC.
Sherry
725-4389
Subject: American Robins, Red-bellied
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:13:44 -0600
The flock of American Robins at Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
is growing.  Today, I counted 102 American Robins feeding on the ground
along the shoulder of the road at Northern Prairie.  Many more were seen
flying in the trees, and there have been many recent reports of robins
throughout Jamestown.  I also saw two Red-bellied Woodpeckers at Northern
Prairie this afternoon.

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: American Robins and Northern Flicker
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:09:49 -0600
This morning, I saw several American Robins flitting about in the trees at
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.  Mike Schwartz also reported a
small flock of robins and a Northern Flicker at Northern Prairie this
afternoon.  A few minutes ago, Robert Woodward reported a flock of about 20
robins at the Jamestown sewage lagoons.  All of these are probably part of
the same flock of robins; we did not have any reports of robins in this
area during the Jamestown CBC.  Spring must be on its way!

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: Together for Birds Petition
From: Steve Holmer <sholmer AT ABCBIRDS.ORG>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:36:51 +0000

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"TOGETHER FOR BIRDS" PETITION



Dear [Administration and Congress],



We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, represent a broad 
cross-section of the bird conservation community. We aim to build a dialogue 
with the new Administration and Congress to promote the conservation of birds 
and their habitats, which are of fundamental value to the American people. 


More than 60 million Americans care deeply about birds, and bird-related 
recreation contributes more than $36 billion to our economy. Birds also act as 
the "canary in the coal mine" for our environment and provide valuable benefits 
to society, from pollination to pest control. But birds are in trouble, with 
many declining in population or facing extinction. 


We endorse the following priorities to ensure that birds and their habitats 
continue to be effectively conserved for the benefit of all Americans. We ask 
that you please support: 


1. THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: Protect the Act that has helped recover our 
national bird, the Bald Eagle, and other species in trouble. 


2. THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT: Safeguard the only law that exists to protect 
most American birds, and support the federal Duck Stamp, one of the nation's 
most successful conservation programs. 


3. FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BIRDS: Maintain and grow essential sources of federal 
support for migratory bird conservation. 


4. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Ensure that the EPA can continue its 
vital work to protect people and birds from dangerous pesticides and other 
toxins. 


5. LAND MANAGEMENT FOR BIRDS AND PEOPLE: Ensure that public lands remain 
public, are properly managed for wildlife, and that recreational access is 
maintained. 


We also acknowledge that many other national and state initiatives are of 
critical importance to birds, and that citizens and private enterprise can play 
vital roles in these conservation efforts. 


Let's work together for birds!








Steve Holmer
Vice President of Policy
American Bird Conservancy &
Director, Bird Conservation Alliance
202-888-7490
sholmer AT abcbirds.org

www.abcbirds.org, 
https://abcbirds.org/get-involved/bird-conservation-alliance/, ABC on 
Facebook, 
ABC Videos 




Subject: Snowy owls
From: Pat Bradley <pjcroth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:04:04 +0000
Spotted two gorgeous mature males along 66/286 between D. L and Rolla. 
Yesterday. 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Interesting note about Snowy Owls
From: "Johnson, Douglas" <douglas_h_johnson AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:56:03 -0600
Great story.  What struck me, however, was that the two owl banders, who
expended enormous effort and time gathering the data used in the article,
were not included as coauthors.  Perhaps they were offered the opportunity
but declined.

Doug Johnson

On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 10:55 AM, Charles Taft  wrote:

> I’m sure many of you have already seen this one, but, worth a look.
>
> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/snowy-owls-arent-starving-two-
> canadian-farmers-help-bust-a-pervasive-myth/?utm_source=
> Cornell%20Lab%20eNews&utm_campaign=bfd8715c81-Living_
> Bird_Winter_2017_TOC_web_titles&utm_medium=email&utm_
> term=0_47588b5758-bfd8715c81-303064841
>
>
> Charles Taft
> cjtaft AT me.com
> 129 25th St SW
> Minot, ND. 58701
> 701-852-1981
>



-- 
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Douglas H. Johnson
Research Statistician, Emeritus
USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
2003 Upper Buford Circle, Suite 135.
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-624-4716
Fax: 612-625-5299
Email: Douglas_H_Johnson AT usgs.gov
*****************************************

Most of the time I am a truthful person, but when you are dealing with
bureaucracy, careful lying is sometimes essential.

George E. P. Box
Subject: Interesting note about Snowy Owls
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:55:52 -0600
I’m sure many of you have already seen this one, but, worth a look.


https://www.allaboutbirds.org/snowy-owls-arent-starving-two-canadian-farmers-help-bust-a-pervasive-myth/?utm_source=Cornell%20Lab%20eNews&utm_campaign=bfd8715c81-Living_Bird_Winter_2017_TOC_web_titles&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-bfd8715c81-303064841 
 



Charles Taft
cjtaft AT me.com
129 25th St SW
Minot, ND. 58701
701-852-1981
Subject: Bismarck birding
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:29:16 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I am tired of moving snow.... for the last 5 weeks it has been Monday snowed 
in so do the driveway at least. Tuesday check the roof vents, Wednesday move 
the ridge from the plows and in front of my cluster mailbox. Next week repeat. 
I was snowed in 4 days after the Christmas storm, and my lattice patio where an 
October Rufous Hummingbird showed up in the honeysuckle collapsed in the weight 
of the snow..... oh well, been a few years since we had a "normal" winter. 


I digressed.... I was out Saturday around Bismarck, and was surprised at the 
number of raptors here given the snow is so deep. The birding activity was 
uplifting.... here is the list. 


Sharp-shinned Hawk staking out my yard.

American Kestrel on the west edge of Apple Valley community along Hwy 10, east 
of Bismarck. 


Red-tailed Hawk - dark morph along old Hwy 10 east.

Rough-legged Hawk - both light and dark morph within 5 miles east.

Merlin - McKenzie Slough feedlot

I checked out McKenzie Slough...... VERY desolate! Vegetation is filled with 
snow, and there are no blackbirds at the feedlot this winter that I could see. 
Starlings, Rock Doves, and House Sparrows. However, there was one Merlin in the 
shelterbelt next to the house. Also looked like one of the farmhouses burned to 
the ground, just a chimney standing. Hope it was intentional....? 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Turtle River SP Gray Jay - NO Sat and Sun
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:43:21 -0600
We spent several hours on Saturday and Sunday watching the feeder at
the visitor center. All the usual suspects were present but alas, no
Gray Jay.


Scott Ray

Stanley, ND
Subject: Woodworth Snowy Owl
From: Matt Solensky <falcocolumbarius AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 04:49:36 +0000
I finally saw my first snowy owl of the year about 8 miles west of Woodworth 
today. If anyone sees one please post your observation here as I am interested 
in tracking them for Project SNOWstorm. Thanks! 


Matt Solensky
Jamestown
Subject: Golden eagle
From: Randy Toppen <Randy.Toppen AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 03:48:43 +0000
Trip to western ND today: Elgin, Mott, Regent, Dickinson, Richardton, and 
Hebron. Several FOY's including rough legged hawk, magpie, sharptail, horned 
lark, rock dove, Canada geese, and a Golden Eagle posing at 20 yards. It was 
eyeballing a massive number of pheasants and deer in the vicinity, probably 
focusing on the road kill. Ditto for rough legged hawk. Would not leave its 
road killed pheasant even as I backed up and watched it at 5 yards! Amazing! 


Randy Toppen, Biology
Valley City High School
Subject: Turkey vulture
From: Betsy Batstone-Cunningham <batsham AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:16:18 -0600
Hi,

About 2:45 this afternoon as I came down Olson Dr, a lone turkey vulture flew 
right over my car. At first I thought it was a hawk, but then saw the gray and 
black of its belly. It was heading west over the trees. 


Betsy Batstone-Cunningham
Elmwood Dr & the Greenway
Grand Forks ND


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Subject: Gray jay
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:29:53 -0600
I'm not sure if the gray Jay being seen for several days at the feeder at
Turtle River State park West of Grand Forks has been reported on ndbirds or
not...Consider this an erasure of that ambiguity.

Keith Corliss
Fargo
Subject: Northern Goshawk adult
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:58:27 -0600
A belated report:  On Thursday, 22 December, an adult Northern Goshawk flew
over my car and landed in a tree belt about 0.5 miles east of the Jamestown
Airport.  This was noteworthy given that I rarely see adult goshawks in
North Dakota.


**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Re: [grandcitiesbirdclub] ravens
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 14:08:13 -0600
David,

In Washington State, where I'm from, crows are seen playing on updrafts
created by steep roofs and tall buildings.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND

On Jan 2, 2017 12:26 PM, "David Lambeth davidlambeth58201 AT yahoo.com
[grandcitiesbirdclub]"  wrote:

>
>
> Hi all,
> We had five Common Ravens on our CBC on Dec 18. This is not a surprise to
> me because in addition to the nesting site west of GF, there have been for
> the last year sightings and hearings north of Grand Forks along the Red
> River, near feedlots, and the new landfill. Plus there have been a couple
> of reliable reports within the city. I suspect that they are here to stay
> as a species, reclaiming an area they occupied before European settlement.
> While I was scouting the web for more information, I came across a report
> in the Winnipeg paper of exceptional numbers in the city of Winnipeg last
> year. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Hundreds-of-ravens-turn-
> Health-Sciences-Centre-into-a-scene-right-out-of-Hitchcock-
> flick-367882071.html    Perhaps we should not hope for an influx like
> that! One reason I was scouting for information is that last Saturday about
> a half-dozen birds (crows or ravens) were playing in the updrafts created
> by a south wind hitting The Ralph. This is well-known raven behavior, but I
> don't know if crows do it. I was in a hurry and did not definitely identify
> these birds as crows or ravens. I have come across a youtube video of
> supposed crows playing in updrafts, but when I viewed it, the calls being
> given were clearly by ravens. Some of you spend more time in the campus
> area than I do and I wanted to post this alert about watching and listening
> for ravens. It is a somewhat tricky but doable identification depending on
> the circumstances.
>
> Dave
>
>
>
> Dave Lambeth Grand Forks, North Dakota
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Subject: Denbigh CBC
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:21:53 -0600
All:

Because of the winter storm warning we will have to postpone the Denbigh CBC 
scheduled for tomorrow. We will reschedule the count to Thurs., Jan. 5. 


Thanks,
Ron M.
Subject: 1st Birds of 2017
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:06:08 -0600




Subject: magpie
From: "Joy, Mark" <joy AT UJ.EDU>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:56:58 +0000
This isn't any remarkable sighting, but just one of those "cool" things that 
happen to a birder once in a while. I read in one of the reports about a 
Christmas count recently of some magpie sightings; I believe it was on the 
Jamestown count. This morning I went for a little drive and was thinking I 
hadn't seen any magpies for quite a while and might need to make a trip a 
little further west to see some-one of my favorite birds. A few minutes later, 
I saw one flying near the bridge over the Red River Valley Railroad on the 281 
by-pass west of Jamestown! First one I have seen in the Jamestown area for 
probably 15 years. 


Mark S. Joy, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of History and Political Science
University of Jamestown
Jamestown, North Dakota
Subject: Minot and Denbigh CBCs
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:54:51 -0600
All:

A last reminder about the Minot and Denbigh CBCs this weekend.  

Minot - This Saturday, Dec. 31. Meet at the downtown Broadway McDonalds at 7:30 
am. 


Denbigh - Monday, Jan. 2.  Meet at the Towner Cenex on Hwy 2 at 7:30 am. 

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot
Subject: Pileated woodpecker
From: Randy Toppen <Randy.Toppen AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2016 18:44:00 +0000
Pileated Woodpecker at feeder! First of eight tee season! 

Randy Toppen, Biology
Valley City High School