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Broad-winged Hawk,©Julie Zickefoose

22 Aug Re: Eastern Phoebe [Corey Ellingson ]
22 Aug RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD [Corey Ellingson ]
19 Aug New yard bird [Charles J Taftk ]
16 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 16, 2016 [Ron Martin ]
16 Aug Hummingbird [Carl ]
16 Aug Fall warblers [Corey Ellingson ]
14 Aug Fall warblers [Charlie Christianson ]
14 Aug Fargo Sewage Lagoons Sunday morning [Connie Norheim ]
14 Aug Hummingbird [Howard Lien ]
9 Aug Re: Missing email address for a Keith Corliss [Keith Corliss ]
9 Aug Missing email address for a Keith Corliss [Steve Hawkins ]
8 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Flaxton, Aug 6, 2016 [Corey Ellingson ]
5 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Minot Sewage Lagoons, Aug 5, 2016 [Ron Martin ]
2 Aug Weekend in western ND [Jesse Kolar ]
31 Jul NE McKenzie County Bald Eagles [Steve Hawkins ]
28 Jul burrowing owls [Nancy Drilling ]
22 Jul Short Eared Owls, Kelly's Slough ["Fr. Paul Kammen" ]
19 Jul Ebird counties [Scott R a y ]
9 Jul Sheyenne Grasslands [Scott R a y ]
8 Jul Dickissel , Bowman [Chris Hiatt ]
4 Jul merlin and other prairie sightings [Nancy Drilling ]
4 Jul Fwd: [MOB-Montana] NE Montana - Northern Mockingbird [Steve Hawkins ]
2 Jul Rhame Prairie [Scott R a y ]
30 Jun Mountrail Eurasian Tree Sparrow [Scott R a y ]
30 Jun Upland Sandpiper youngster [Maureen O'Mara ]
27 Jun nightjars, Slope Co. [Nancy Drilling ]
23 Jun Fw: eBird Report - Maclean Bottoms, Jun 23, 2016 [Clark Talkington ]
22 Jun Birding help needed [Charles Taft ]
21 Jun Request for birding information/advice [Alec Anderson ]
21 Jun Red-bellied woodpeckers extending range in ND [Charlie Christianson ]
20 Jun Long billed curlew -slope co [Chris Hiatt ]
20 Jun Nesting Trumpeter Swans [David Lambeth ]
19 Jun Brewers sparrow, bowman co. [Chris Hiatt ]
19 Jun Blackburnian Warbler [Ron Martin ]
19 Jun BBS and Denbigh Exp. Forest. [Ron Martin ]
18 Jun Bird Brains not so simple! [Charles Taft ]
18 Jun Dickcissel, Grand Forks County [Sandy Aubol ]
16 Jun cuckoo [Jean Legge ]
13 Jun Osprey [Armand Lagasse ]
11 Jun Tolley's Slough Piping Plovers [Scott R a y ]
7 Jun Eurasian sparrow [Chris Hiatt ]
7 Jun John Challey [cnorheim ]
6 Jun Harris's Sparrow [David Lambeth ]
4 Jun Mountrail Eurasian Tree Sparrow update [Scott R a y ]
4 Jun Fwd: Birds Sheyenne River Scenic Byway, scarlet tanager [Jean Legge ]
30 May Douglas area [Charles J Taftk ]
29 May Newly fledged birds ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
28 May Black-necked Stilts [Corey Ellingson ]
28 May TRNP North Unit [David Lindee ]
26 May Lark Buntings, etc. ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
23 May Re: ND-BIRDS Digest - 22 May 2016 to 23 May 2016 (#2016-81) ["Shaffer, Jill" ]
23 May Trefoil Park Fargo Monday [cnorheim ]
22 May Lark Bunting, etc. ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
21 May Black-throated Blue Warbler, Grand Forks [Sandy Aubol ]
20 May Western tanager [Corey Ellingson ]
19 May Trefoil Park Fargo Thursday Golden Winged Warblers [cnorheim ]
18 May Possible breeding Long-billed Curlew in McKenzie Co [Scott R a y ]
18 May Trefoil Park Fargo & Pioneer Park Moorhead Wednesday [cnorheim ]
17 May Trefoil addendum Tuesday [cnorheim ]
17 May Scarlet Tanager Trefoil Park, Fargo Tuesday morning [cnorheim ]
17 May American Redstart, Bobolink [Jean Legge ]
16 May Kellys Slough, Grand Forks [Sandy Aubol ]
16 May Eurasian Tree Sparrow update - May 16 [Scott R a y ]
16 May Cass LETE [Keith Corliss ]
16 May Orchard Oriole [Jean Legge ]
16 May blue grey gnatcatcher Trefoil Park Fargo [cnorheim ]
15 May Mountrail Co Eurasian Tree Sparrow - May 15 update [Scott R a y ]
15 May Trefoil Park Sunday morning [cnorheim ]
15 May Black-and-white Warbler et. al. [Richard Budd ]
15 May House wren [Jean Legge ]
15 May Pelicans ["Lydia B. K." ]
14 May Mountrail Co Eurasian Tree Sparrow update [Scott R a y ]
14 May Grosbeak [Sherry Leslie ]
14 May Hummingbird [Sherry Leslie ]
14 May Montrail Co Eurasian Tree Sparrow update [Scott R a y ]
13 May Patterson Lake, Dickinson [Nancy Drilling ]

Subject: Re: Eastern Phoebe
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:00:52 +0000
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I forgot to mention maybe the most significant species of Crosby CC - Eastern 
Phoebe. I believe Scott Ray has seen one here before. It is quite rare this far 
west. 

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
On Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 08:00 AM, Corey Ellingson  wrote: Greetings ND-Birders,
This past Saturday Ron Martin, Diana Dugall and I made a trip to the northwest 
corner. We observed 11 species of warblers trickling in with a Nashville in 
Flaxton, a Mourning at Northgate Dam, and Canada at the Crosby country club. 

Also significant from the Crosby CC was Olive-sided Flycatcher, and 
Philadelphia Vireo. 

Flaxton still has lots of shorebirds (but nothing interesting), a Prairie 
Falcon buzzed by, and one of the Am. Black Ducks from two weeks ago 
(presumably) still present. As we filled in our Ebird checklist, a 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird investigated a tall strand of alfalfa right in front 
of the vehicle. 

On the way home we passed through McGregor. Ron and I both needing hummingbird 
for Williams county, we noticed a feeder in front of a house. A hummingbird 
showed up in short order, but it was a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD! Ron took photos, but 
they are still on the camera. The bird was said to not be present yesterday. 

At Sleepy Hollow yesterday morning, I observed two Chestnut-sided, a Mourning, 
and Wilson's warbler. That is pretty typical for Bismarck to have 3-6 species 
of warbler each night, with a season total of 16. I also saw a FOS (first of 
season) Swainson's Thrush, seems a touch early. 

Good Birding,Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:00:36 +0000
Greetings ND-Birders,
This past Saturday Ron Martin, Diana Dugall and I made a trip to the northwest 
corner. We observed 11 species of warblers trickling in with a Nashville in 
Flaxton, a Mourning at Northgate Dam, and Canada at the Crosby country club. 

Also significant from the Crosby CC was Olive-sided Flycatcher, and 
Philadelphia Vireo. 

Flaxton still has lots of shorebirds (but nothing interesting), a Prairie 
Falcon buzzed by, and one of the Am. Black Ducks from two weeks ago 
(presumably) still present. As we filled in our Ebird checklist, a 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird investigated a tall strand of alfalfa right in front 
of the vehicle. 

On the way home we passed through McGregor. Ron and I both needing hummingbird 
for Williams county, we noticed a feeder in front of a house. A hummingbird 
showed up in short order, but it was a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD! Ron took photos, but 
they are still on the camera. The bird was said to not be present yesterday. 

At Sleepy Hollow yesterday morning, I observed two Chestnut-sided, a Mourning, 
and Wilson's warbler. That is pretty typical for Bismarck to have 3-6 species 
of warbler each night, with a season total of 16. I also saw a FOS (first of 
season) Swainson's Thrush, seems a touch early. 

Good Birding,Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: New yard bird
From: Charles J Taftk <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:36:17 -0500
A Veery visited our bird bath just now. 
W side of Minot

Charles J Taft

Sent from my iPad
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 16, 2016
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 22:18:43 -0500
ND-Birders:

Today was the first day in Oak Park this fall with more than 2 migrant warbler 
species. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot



----- Forwarded Message -----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10:14:13 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Minot - Oak Park, Aug 16, 2016

Minot - Oak Park, Ward, North Dakota, US
Aug 16, 2016 9:54 AM - 10:43 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: 73 degrees, clear, NW 5. 
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75 20 species Canada Goose 3 Mourning Dove 2 Chimney Swift 24 Downy Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1 Least Flycatcher 2 Red-eyed Vireo 6 Blue Jay 2 American Crow 2 Black-capped Chickadee 15 White-breasted Nuthatch 5 American Robin 3 Blackburnian Warbler 1 Yellow Warbler 12 Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 Canada Warbler 1 Early migrant. Wilson's Warbler 3 Song Sparrow 1 American Goldfinch 3 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31117826 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Hummingbird
From: Carl <carlcs AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:55:30 -0500
I got the first Hummingbird today since last spring, glad to see them back.
Carl Stangeland
Jamestown
Subject: Fall warblers
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:38:05 -0500
Greetings ND Birders:
 I had my first fall migrant warbler this evening in Sleepy Hollow, a 
Chestnut-sided Warbler. Birding is tough in the heat and mosquitos however! 

Good Birding 
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Fall warblers
From: Charlie Christianson <christic AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 16:10:08 -0500
Saturday morning at our place south of Devils Lake I saw a Wilson's warbler and 
a northern waterthrush -- we have not had these on this part of our property 
since the water level dropped, so I assume it is a migrant also. 

Charlie Christianson
Subject: Fargo Sewage Lagoons Sunday morning
From: Connie Norheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:00:42 +0000
Shirley and I checked out the Harwood sewage lagoons first, the 2 ponds 
on the north are totally dry, with just puddles of rain water, no birds.

We headed next for the Fargo Sewage Lagoons and checked from both the 
north and south gates. The ponds along the north gate had a large flock 
of Franklin's Gulls, an adult and an immature Bald Eagle, some Ruddy 
Ducks, Mallards. The ponds along the south gate had Earred Grebes and 
many pair of Western Grebes with their young, about 15  American White 
Pelicans, lots of brown ducks that all looked alike, a female Northern 
Harrier flew over the nearby fields. Surprisingly, there was NO wind out 
there.

Connie Norheim, Fargo

Subject: Hummingbird
From: Howard Lien <hlpromo AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 12:42:27 -0500
Had a female R.T. Humming Bird in our back yard Sat. evening. Feeding at our 
Trumpet Vive. 

-Howard Lien 
Minot,ND
hlpromo AT srt.com
Subject: Re: Missing email address for a Keith Corliss
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 12:28:53 -0500
Just sent it to ya
KC

On Aug 9, 2016 12:27 PM, "Steve Hawkins"  wrote:

> I can't find Keith Corliss 's email address in this tablet 's address
> book.  This is what happens when a person goes back & forth to and from
> notebook to tablet.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Steve
>
> Stevan Hawkins
> San Antonio Tx
>
Subject: Missing email address for a Keith Corliss
From: Steve Hawkins <stevanhawkins AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 10:27:33 -0700
I can't find Keith Corliss 's email address in this tablet 's address
book.  This is what happens when a person goes back & forth to and from
notebook to tablet.

Thanks!

Steve

Stevan Hawkins
San Antonio Tx
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Flaxton, Aug 6, 2016
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 12:57:19 +0000
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Ron Martin and I birded the northwest corner Saturday, and found 24 species of 
shorebirds. The best spot right now is the town of Flaxton with a large mile 
long mudflat stretching from both sides of Hwy 52, to the northwest. The Ebird 
checklist is below. 

Highlights for the weekend:
Am. Golden Plover - a wetland about 5 miles east of Crosby.
Black-bellied Plover - a wetland about 3 miles straight north of Noonan.
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Flaxton, and a flock of 10 that dropped in to the 
shore (same locale as BBPL), then flew back out to cut field. 

Short-billed Dowitcher - two south of Bowbells, one north of Noonan.
American Black Duck - two and a probable hybrid at Flaxton.
Great Egret - flyover Hwy 5 between Crosby and Fortuna.
Clark's Grebe - on the lake just south of Crosby, and Kenmare to Bowbell 
crossing of Hwy 52 of Upper Des Lacs Lake. 

Chimney Swift - over Flaxton.
Prairie Falcon - one north of Noonan on a pole, couldn't believe there wasn't a 
falcon at Flaxton with ~ 6000 birds. 

Sedge Wren - one north of Noonan.
Nelson's Sparrow - 3 miles south of Bowbells at a wetland.
Oh yea, we picked up Ted Nordhagen in Westby MT, and slipped 30 miles west to 
see a pair of summering Northern Mockingbirds (no nest that we know of) at 
Redstone. 

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
---- Original Message ----
 From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
 To: crackerjackbirder AT bis.midco.net
 Sent: Mon, Aug 8, 2016, 07:39 AM
 Subject: eBird Report - Flaxton, Aug 6, 2016
Flaxton, Burke, North Dakota, US
Aug 6, 2016 5:42 PM - 8:37 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.5 Build 73
58 species

Canada Goose  75
Wood Duck  1
Gadwall  50
American Wigeon  40     Brood
American Black Duck  2     Photos
Mallard  1200
Blue-winged Teal  1200
Northern Shoveler  75
Northern Pintail  175
Green-winged Teal (American)  400
Eared Grebe  100
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
White-faced Ibis  4
American Coot  400
American Avocet  12
Semipalmated Plover  120     Large area of habitat.
Killdeer  100
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Willet (Western)  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  250
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Stilt Sandpiper  300
Sanderling  4
Baird's Sandpiper  250
Least Sandpiper  75
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  1
Pectoral Sandpiper  900
Semipalmated Sandpiper  200
Long-billed Dowitcher  300
Wilson's Phalarope  400
Franklin's Gull  6
Ring-billed Gull  25
Black Tern  110
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  10
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  11
Chimney Swift  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Western Kingbird  1
Eastern Kingbird  4
Common Raven  2
Horned Lark  1
Tree Swallow  10
Bank Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  30
Cliff Swallow  25
American Robin  2
Cedar Waxwing  4
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Yellow-headed Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  12
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Sparrow  30

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31000728 
(http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31000728) 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org 
(http://ebird.org)) 
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Minot Sewage Lagoons, Aug 5, 2016
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2016 19:39:39 -0500
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Friday, August 5, 2016 7:33:02 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Minot Sewage Lagoons, Aug 5, 2016

Minot Sewage Lagoons, Ward, North Dakota, US
Aug 5, 2016 10:13 AM - 1:17 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: 81 degrees, p. cloudy, N 7. 
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.5 Build 73 63 species Greater White-fronted Goose 1 With Canada Geese. Canada Goose 170 Wood Duck 4 Gadwall 150 Broods. Mallard 275 Brood Blue-winged Teal 350 Northern Shoveler 125 Northern Pintail 75 Green-winged Teal (American) 2 Canvasback 25 Redhead 90 Lesser Scaup 2 Hooded Merganser 6 Ruddy Duck 525 Pied-billed Grebe 5 Eared Grebe 600 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Turkey Vulture 1 Osprey 1 Carrying sticks to the crossbar of a high line tower. Swainson's Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 3 Sora 7 American Coot 500 American Avocet 6 Black-bellied Plover 2 Killdeer 105 Spotted Sandpiper 14 Willet (Western) 9 Lesser Yellowlegs 5 Sanderling 9 Baird's Sandpiper 10 Wilson's Phalarope 450 Red-necked Phalarope 375 Franklin's Gull 700 Ring-billed Gull 15 Black Tern 95 Mourning Dove 28 Downy Woodpecker 4 Peregrine Falcon 1 Least Flycatcher 1 Eastern Kingbird 9 American Crow 4 Tree Swallow 4 Bank Swallow 7 Barn Swallow 20 Cliff Swallow 6 Black-capped Chickadee 3 House Wren 3 Marsh Wren 8 American Robin 10 Gray Catbird 1 Cedar Waxwing 3 Common Yellowthroat 4 Yellow Warbler 4 Song Sparrow 23 Bobolink 1 Red-winged Blackbird 11 Yellow-headed Blackbird 6 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Orchard Oriole 3 Baltimore Oriole 2 American Goldfinch 6 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30981776 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Weekend in western ND
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2016 17:09:19 -0600
I was home for the weekend and had the opportunity to get out in Golden
Valley, McKenzie and Billings Counties.

Most out of place birds were 4-5 territorial SEDGE WRENS singing in a
marshy creek in southern McKenzie County along the Scairt Woman Road, the
road that leads to the Ice Caves.

I stopped to listen for Baird's Sparrow at Talkington Dam, but it was the
wrong time of day by the time I arrived, and no sparrows were singing.
However, there was a Sprague's Pipit circling overhead.  I saw a
Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle from the north side of the dam.  Talkington
Dam itself is very dry, and there is MUCH exposed muddy shoreline.  Due to
heat waves, I could not make out any shorebirds other than a handful of
Bairds Sandpipers, Willets, and ducks on the closest shoreline.  Once again
there were Burrowing Owls at the prairie dog town just north of the dam,
and also on the private land 3.5 miles north.

I saw over 20 Loggerhead Shrikes in Billings and McKenzie, mostly in 5
family groups, but a few individuals too.

In Golden Valley, large flocks of birds are gathering to feed on thistle,
sunflowers, and other forbs growing along roadsides in most of western ND
including: Lark Buntings, Vesper Sparrows, American Goldfinches, Mourning
Doves, and some Lark Sparrows. ~1 mile south of the intersection of
Wannagan Creek Rd./Knutson Creek intersection I found 3 Sprague's Pipits
displaying, and flushed another while walking across a pasture.

Grasshopper Sparrows and Field Sparrows were still singing in many
locations, but the other sparrows were pretty quiet this time of  year.

Recent rains have made the badlands quite verdant, and it's well worth a
road trip to spend time out there this time of year.

Cheers,
Jesse Kolar
Subject: NE McKenzie County Bald Eagles
From: Steve Hawkins <stevanhawkins AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2016 10:54:29 -0700
ND-Birders:

A few weeks ago my hosts at what some know as Sand Creek ranch told me of
"their" Bald Eagles once again nesting.   Being on a scoring project and
consequently spending eight hours/day in front of a computer, I neglected
to post that observation while it was fresh in my mind.  On July 30 her
reply to my texted RFI about the Eagles was that a recent storm had
resulted in the breakage of the tree branch the nest was in.

Sand Creek Bay is about a mile east of Tobacco Garden Bay.  The Tobacco
Garden Recreation Area is accessed by taking ND 1806 from ND 23.  To look
for the eagles by land a person can take CR 2 east from the end of 1806.
The first road towards the Missouri River takes a person to a boat
landing.  The second road towards the Missouri takes a person to the USFS
Birnt Hills trail.  The site celebrates one of Lewis and Clark's men
accidentally shooting one of the bosses in the bottocks.  If a person looks
towards the east they look towards the Sand Creek drainage.   Going west
from the outhouse takes a person to a nice of trails that are good for
passerines, butterflies, and plants.  If you do that trail, do carry at
least a 16 oz bottle of water.  So far as I know the pupils in the area are
Sprague's Pipits.

If a person turns left, east from the start of the Birnt Hills road that
will take them down into the Sand Creek drainage and private property.  Do
not trespass onto that property.  A few years ago I had the mixed pleasure
of wondering just how abandoned that other, older, Bald Eagle nest was.
This was in after a fun morning taking photos of assorted riparian
passerines, flowers, grasses, etc. It was almost like being teleported to a
different planet when I went from Great-tailed Grackles, White-winged
Doves, Golden-fronted and Ladder-backed Woodpeckets to White-breasted
Nuthatches, Hsiry and Downy Woodpeckers, Mountsin Blubirds, Black-billed
Magpies, Sharp-tailed Grouse, and Bald Eagles behind the houseThe
concentrated good birding on my cousin's ranch always makes me eager to
return.  Also, both my cousin and his wife are fine people.

So, do not be suprised if you see Bald Eagles near the Tobacco Garden
Recreation Area.

Good birding!

Steve

Stevan Hawkins
San Antonio Tx
Subject: burrowing owls
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT BIRDCONSERVANCY.ORG>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:51:31 -0600
Tuesday night/Wednesday morning I had Burrowing Owls in two different spots
in the southwest. In Bowman County, driving north from South Dakota on Hwy
85, an owl sat on the road (after dark) in the opposite lane. Hopefully it
will stay off the highway or it won't last long. Then about 3 AM, a group
of 3 owls were on a gravel road about 9 miles east of Golva in Golden
Valley.

I also had 2 Common Poorwills on the road in Golden Valley County about 12
miles east of Golva.

Nancy Drilling

----
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Beach, ND and Larslan, MT for the summer



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Subject: Short Eared Owls, Kelly's Slough
From: "Fr. Paul Kammen" <paul.kammen AT STJOSEPHCOMMUNITY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:41:06 -0500
Hi everyone,

I'm an avid bird photographer as a hobbyist, Catholic priest for my full time 
job, so on my day off I chase birds with my camera. So I figured why not drive 
5 hours from the Twin Cities to go photograph shorebird and waterfowl. 
According to the Kelly's Slough page, late July is apparently a good time to do 
that. A birding friend loves Kelly's Slough, and I'd love to visit it. 


I'd also love to see a short eared owl, a bird I missed on a recent trip to 
Wyoming as I had my camera set up wrong. I see on ebird, and on this list, that 
they are apparently near saline grasslands near Grand Forks - but I have no 
idea what that means. 


So just hoping someone can point me in the right direction. I'll have a good 5 
hours to spend at Kelly's and hope to get some nice photos of the shorebirds, 
and wondering if the 2 mile loop is the best bet to spend my time, or if there 
is any other spot near there I should visit to look for a possible short eared 
owl; I imagine closer to sunset for that would be best. Also for those who live 
near there, is now a good time for the shorebirds as every year can differ. 


Thank you so much for any help. Feel free to email me too. 
Fr. Paul
Subject: Ebird counties
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:40:20 -0500
Greetings ND Birders,

I just now happened to look at North Dakota's ranking of counties on Ebird.
As of yesterday, Grand Forks Co had hit exactly 6000 submitted lists.
That's nearly double Cass Co, the next closest at 3526. And nearly 6000
more lists than Griggs Co which sits at 36 lists. Lol

Cheers,

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Sheyenne Grasslands
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2016 23:46:09 -0500
Greetings ND Birders,

I posted several photos on the North Dakota birding Facebook page but
here's the same info for non Facebookers.

We enjoyed a perfect and very productive day of birding on Saturday in the
Sheyenne Grasslands after hearing recent reports of Yellow-billed Cuckoos
there. The weather was calm, cool, clear, dry and free of biting insects
and ticks, a sometimes rare combination in this state.

A couple of stops along the Sheyenne River including Mirror Pool provided
some excellent species including both Yellow-billed and Black-billed
Cuckoos, Scarlet Tanager and several Indigo Buntings. I encourage any
serious ND birder to take the opportunity to visit this area some time. The
nearly one mile of level forest trail at Mirror Pool is suitable for young
families. It's a mini birding paradise in the northern Great Plains!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30623619

Scott and Denise Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Dickissel , Bowman
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 18:36:31 -0600
Had a dickissel below my house along a shelter belt on 3rd Ave ne on the edge 
of Bowman last night. Never seen one so close to town. Course there are hay 
fields close. 

Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: merlin and other prairie sightings
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT BIRDCONSERVANCY.ORG>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 16:37:32 -0600
This morning on our prairie study area in southwest Golden Valley county,
a Merlin zipped by, hunting low over the grass. I had a Merlin out there a
year ago too, and about this time of year.

Because of the drought, the grassland songbirds are wrapping up their
breeding season about two weeks early. In some of the grasslands, there are
no bugs to be had. So the birds are congregating in unmowed hayfields and
ditches, where the vegetation is thicker and there are more bugs. There
still are nests, but many are failing during the nestling stage. Many of
the nestlings are small for their ages. We are thinking that the parents
can't find enough food for them. We have seen parents fly up to 1/4 mile to
find food for the nestlings.

Nancy Drilling

----
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Beach, ND and Larslan, MT for the summer



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Subject: Fwd: [MOB-Montana] NE Montana - Northern Mockingbird
From: Steve Hawkins <stevanhawkins AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 07:02:40 -0700
ND-Birders:

Some of you may be interested in the Northern Mockingbird in NE Montana.
Redstone MT is 59 miles west of Fortuna ND.

Happy July 4!

Steve

Stevan Hawkins
San Antonio Tx
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Date: Jul 3, 2016 1:07 PM
Subject: [MOB-Montana] NE Montana - Northern Mockingbird
To: "MOB-Montana AT yahoogroups.com" 
Cc:


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> Hi MOBsters,
> Yesterday, we finally had both the weather and time to do my last BBS
> route up near Redstone after being rained out of our attempt on Friday. It
> was cool and misty at the start, but the day produced most of the usual
> suspects. Highlights in general for me were Sedge Wren, Orchard Oriole,
> Spotted Towhees, Nelson's Sparrows, Ferruginous Hawk, and American Kestrel.
> The best bird of the day, however, was a Northern Mockingbird found in an
> old farmstead just northeast of Redstone. My fuzzy 3:00 am mind could not
> for the life of me wrap my head around a funny looking, plain gray
> "thrasher" until he momentarily flapped wings to change position on his
> branch and showed those bright white wing patches, which started the mental
> bell ringing. I had good binocular looks for several minutes as he just
> kind of flitted about at the top of a Russian olive, though I did not have
> the right equipment with me to attempt a photo at that range. He never made
> a sound, and after an extra couple minutes of watching just to verify field
> marks, he disappeared into the shrubbery and I had to continue on with my
> route. More rain today, but maybe tomorrow I'll attempt to get back up
> there to see if I can find him again.
>
> This has been the best year for birding since I've been up here in the
> north country!
>
> Diane Borgreen
> Medicine Lake
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Subject: Rhame Prairie
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 21:02:26 -0500
ND Birders,

After reporting about a recent trip to Rhame Prairie to see McCown's
Longspur and other specialities, several people have asked me about
access, etc.  Rhame Prairie is in Bowman County, a few miles south of
the small town of Rhame.  The following link, if opened in your smart
phone's browser, will have a "directions" link that should then open
your phone's map software and provide a map and driving instructions
to the exact location.
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspots?hs=L158899&yr=all&m=

The land containing Rhame Prairie is leased for grazing by a nearby
rancher.  As a courtesy, birders are asked stop in at the house at the
tract's northwest corner to let the rancher know what you are doing.
Alternatively, you can call ahead, at 701-279-5744 (Don Hestekin).

When you arrive, you will see a track going east through a barbed wire
gate and out onto the tract.  Access is by walking only. If you follow
this track it will go down hill across a prairie dog town and then up
a hill. I have found that the McCown's are most easily found on the
small bench on the northwest part of the main hill.

Good luck!




Scott Ray

Stanley, ND
Subject: Mountrail Eurasian Tree Sparrow
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:19:43 -0500
Greetings,

After a several week absence, a Eurasian Tree Sparrow was once again
seen at our feeder this afternoon.  It was first seen about 4:45pm,
then several times over the next hour.  This may be a different
individual from the one first found here in May.  We wonder if it may
be in some sort of moult stage or a juvenile. The black facial dot is
not as well defined as on the first bird.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30475121

Our address is
427 4th St SE
Stanley, ND


Scott Ray

Stanley, ND
Subject: Upland Sandpiper youngster
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 20:26:31 -0600
The best thing I've seen this field season - a fledgling Upland Sandpiper.
I stopped to show a co-worker an adult spotted along the 2 track I was
driving.  He noticed a little one out his window.  I was able to see it as
it moved away from the truck into cover.  How exciting!  It was spotted
over in the Little MIssouri National Grasslands close to Sidney

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT.,
Subject: nightjars, Slope Co.
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT BIRDCONSERVANCY.ORG>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:21:57 -0600
Last night, both Common Poorwills and Common Nighthawks were calling just
west/northwest of Marmath. I also flushed a Poorwill from the gravel road
several miles to the north.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Maclean Bottoms, Jun 23, 2016
From: Clark Talkington <ctalkington AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:53:01 -0500
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Subject: eBird Report - Maclean Bottoms, Jun 23, 2016

Maclean Bottoms, Burleigh, North Dakota, US
Jun 23, 2016 6:15 AM - 9:52 AM
Protocol: Traveling
12.0 mile(s)
51 species

Canada Goose  2
Wood Duck  6
Gadwall  7
Mallard  1
Ring-necked Pheasant  28
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Northern Harrier  1
Swainson's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  2
Piping Plover  2
Killdeer  8
Wilson's Snipe  1
Least Tern  2
Mourning Dove  31
Great Horned Owl  2
Chimney Swift  3
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1
Willow Flycatcher  4
Least Flycatcher  14
Warbling Vireo  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  2
Bank Swallow  12
Barn Swallow  2
House Wren  35
Sedge Wren  21
Marsh Wren  24
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  3
Brown Thrasher  5
Common Yellowthroat  51     Excellent habitat, have been getting this many 
and more for the last several years.
Yellow Warbler  21
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Clay-colored Sparrow  15
Field Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  43
Spotted Towhee  1
Bobolink  9
Red-winged Blackbird  54
Western Meadowlark  4
Yellow-headed Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  21
Orchard Oriole  9
Baltimore Oriole  3
American Goldfinch  29

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30364008

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Subject: Birding help needed
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:51:03 -0500
Hi, 
especially in the Watford City area.

We met two folks at the NDBS gathering in Wahpeton. They are spending the 
summer in Medora, I think. I gave them a copy of the Birding ND “book” by 
Ron and Dan. So, yesterday, I got this email from them. 


Thank you for your help and the loan of your Birding North Dakota booklet. We 
have been enjoying birding in North Dakota. 


We met a young lady from New Zealand who is contracted to work as a 
Veterinarian in Watford City for 2 years. She has become fascinated with birds 
and wants to learn more about them. I have invited her to meet us in the North 
Unit and go birding, but at the end of the summer we will be heading south and 
it would be nice for her to have someone to learn from. Do you know someone in 
the Watford City area who might be willing to be a mentor to her? 



Is there someone who can help with this???
Charles

Charles J Taft
cjtaft AT me.com
Subject: Request for birding information/advice
From: Alec Anderson <aalec0521 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:20:46 -0500
Hello North Dakota birders,

I am a birder from Wisconsin who is interested in driving over to North
Dakota this weekend to pick up a few bird species still needed for my list.
I was hoping some local birders on this listserv would be so kind to help
point me in the right direction when it comes to finding my target species.
I am hoping it is still early enough in the summer to find most of the
birds I am searching for. I was thinking of concentrating on the Carrington
area/Prairie Potholes but any other suggestions are greatly appreciated. I
will put a short list of target birds below. Feel free to backchannel me or
contact me through the listserv. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Baird's Sparrow(probably most important), Le Conte's Sparrow, Nelson's
Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Dickcissel, Western
Kingbird, Swainson's Hawk, Ferruginous Hawk, Upland Sandpiper, Say's
Phoebe, Gray Partridge, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Clark's Grebe, Western Grebe,
Eared Grebe

Alec Anderson
Prairie du Sac, WI
Subject: Red-bellied woodpeckers extending range in ND
From: Charlie Christianson <christic AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:27:52 -0500
For several years we have seen red-bellied woodpeckers one at a time on our
property south of Devils Lake next to Sully's Hill.  This spring we had both
a male and a female, and last Sunday we saw them fussing over a juvenile.
It didn't seem to know what to do, was holding on to the tree for dear life
while the male continued to bring it food; after 30 minutes it was pecking
on the tree - very cute.  

Charlie Christianson
Subject: Long billed curlew -slope co
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:22:39 -0600
Had two curlews 8 miles north of Rhame today. 
Also saw a red headed woodpecker at an abandoned homestead 2 miles east of 
Amidon and 3 miles north. 

Chris  Hiatt 
Bowman 

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Subject: Nesting Trumpeter Swans
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 22:47:16 +0000
 Two young were seen today with a pair of Trumpeter Swans in Grand Forks 
County. It was reported earlier that there were three young. This is the 
second nesting record for the county (the first in 2007) and may be the 3rd for 
the state. 

Dave Lambeth Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Brewers sparrow, bowman co.
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2016 20:56:19 -0600
I had a singing Brewers sparrow yesterday south of Marmath west of the lonesome 
dove oil station. Also a golden eagle was near the sage grouse Lek a couple of 
miles from 

The montana state line. We are really starting to dry up here in the sw corner. 
I did finally have 2 short eared owls in slope county last night off nd 21 
between Amidon and New England. 

Good birding , 
Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

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Subject: Blackburnian Warbler
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2016 20:45:56 -0500
ND-Birders:

I had a singing male Blackburnian Warbler at Denbigh Exp. Forest this morning. 
The bird was in good nesting habitat, a mature spruce grove. The previous late 
date for spring was June 9. We'll see if it sticks around. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot
Subject: BBS and Denbigh Exp. Forest.
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2016 18:28:30 -0500
ND-Birders:

I ran the Denbigh BBS on Wed. this week and the Turtle Mt. BBS yesterday. 82 
species on each of them. Nothing out of the ordinary on the Denbigh survey. I 
only tallied one Sprague's Pipit and no Baird's Sparrows. Perhaps a return to 
drier times might bring a few back to that area. 


I had 5 Com. Loons on the Turtle Mt. survey, and my first ever White-faced Ibis 
for that count. 


Today at Denbigh Exp. Forest I had a singing male Blackburnian Warbler. The 
previous late date for spring is June 9. This bird was in mature spruce, so it 
could stay around for awhile. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot
Subject: Bird Brains not so simple!
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2016 19:12:28 -0500
An interesting article on some of the new discoveries about the brains of our 
bird friends: 


http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/06/bird-brains-are-densewith-neurons/ 
 


Enjoy!
Charles

Charles J Taft
cjtaft AT me.com


Subject: Dickcissel, Grand Forks County
From: Sandy Aubol <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2016 09:38:27 -0500
There was a Dickcissel singing on the high wires this morning approximately 1.2 
miles west of CR5 on 15th Ave NE (that's the extension of 32nd Ave S). 

Sandy Aubol
Subject: cuckoo
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:54:23 -0500
June 16, 2016  Barnes County, rural 2.5 miles northwest of Valley City

Black-billed cuckoo calling on the north side of the house this morning for
the past half hour.  Cool.

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072-9492
Subject: Osprey
From: Armand Lagasse <Armand.lagasse AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:14:56 -0500
An osprey flew over Lake Upsilon (Turtle Mountains) late yesterday afternoon 
and again this morning (June 13, 2016). 


Armand Lagasse
Rolla, ND
Subject: Tolley's Slough Piping Plovers
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20:47:37 -0500
Cross-posted from the North Dakota Birders Facebook page on Friday.

A quick stop at Tolley's Slough Friday afternoon produced the usual wetland
breeders.  This locale has recently been hosting at least one breeding pair
of Piping Plovers, but this afternoon Denise Ray and I counted 8 adults and
4 downy chicks in a small area.  For those not familiar with this locale,
Tolley's Slough is situated between Kenmare and Mohall and lies on the west
side of the community of Tolley. Access for this stop is from the west
side.  The birds are nesting on a partially submerged roadway, so walking
on this stretch is discouraged for obvious reasons.  The birds are easily
viewed from a distance of less than a hundred yards without disturbing
them.

The coordinates are, 48.734632, -101.867006

Scott & Denise Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Eurasian sparrow
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2016 12:40:12 -0600
I spent Sunday afternoon up in stanley at scott and Denise rays house. Denise 
had the sparrow come to the feeder 6 times from noon till 320 and I got there 
at 4 and it wasn't seen since. Despite Adrian from Williston and Tyler Bell and 
Jane from Maryland all looking. Scott said the bird was seen Monday just a few 
times for a few seconds so it doesn't have any kind of schedule looks like. 

I've been seeing decent numbers of marbles godwits and Willets still around 
bowman the past week. It's getting dry though now. 

Good birding , 
Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

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Subject: John Challey
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2016 10:37:40 -0500
Very sad to see that John Challey died this week. I hadn't realized he 
had ALS. He was a big Audubon supporter over the years.

Connie Norheim
Subject: Harris's Sparrow
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016 20:27:01 +0000
 A Harris's Sparrow came to our water bath at 1 pm today. I know there are 
June records although this might be a first for me. 

Chickadees nesting in a box above our stairway landing are busy feeding their 
nestlings little green worms. I hope they like them. They are growing fast! 

Dave Lambeth Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Mountrail Eurasian Tree Sparrow update
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 18:26:54 -0500
After a two week hiatus, the sparrow was seen again at our feeder in
Stanley this evening. We returned home at 5 this afternoon from a
profitable day of birding in the Turtle Mountains.

We spotted the sparrow a few minutes later, and it has been coming and
going since. It feeds for a couple of minutes, then leaves for a few. We
have only ever seen it feed on the ground beneath the platform feeder where
we now regularly sprinkle a little millet for it.

We will continue to make updates.

Scott Ray
Subject: Fwd: Birds Sheyenne River Scenic Byway, scarlet tanager
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 15:34:51 -0500
June 4, Barnes County

Birding with grandsons Hunter Gwilliams, Michael Heim
We began at 9 am, birdied south of Valley City, past Kathryn Dam and took the 
scenic backway to Little Yellowstone. 

We saw 46 species by noon.

The list is below, prepared by my grandson. The scarlet tanager was seen by the 
SE entrance to the park, by the first set of picnic tables. 


Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072

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 Subject: Birds
 From: Hunter Gwilliams 
 Sent: Saturday, June 4, 2016, 12:51 PM
 To: Jean Legge 
 CC: 

Birds

Turkey vultures 8

Wild turkey1

Brown headed cowbirds4

Clay colored sparrow6

American robins7

Red tailed hawk 2

Killdeer3

Partridge 1

Song sparrow5

Eastern kingbird9

Least flycatcher 2

Cliff swallow

Tree swallow

Brown thrasher1

Western meadowlark 4

Yellow warbler2

Mourning dove5

Grasshopper sparrow4  

Bobolink5

Common yellowthroat 2

House wren1

Great crested flycatcher 4

Red eyed vireo2

Red winged blackbird3 

American goldfinch1

Eastern pheobe 1

Cedar waxwing1

Blue jay1

Double crested corneront1

Vesper sparrow1

Belted kingfisher1

Field sparrow1

American kestrel 1

American redstart3

Wilsons warbler1

Rose breasted grosebeak

WB nuthatch 1

Chipping sparrow1

Baltimore Orioles 2

Scarlet tanager 3

Ovenbird 2

RT hummingbird1

Common grackle4

Pigeon2

Crow 2

Says pheobe2


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Subject: Douglas area
From: Charles J Taftk <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 19:28:05 -0500
We made a search for NWR's in the Douglas area. Hiddenwood and Lake Susie were 
the goals. We did find both. A couple of miles east of Douglas a large puddle 
had over 40 Western Grebe. Some were doing courtship routines, no spectacular 
dances however. Our son did wonder why this pond was so "agrebeable" to them! 
(Sorry about that ;-)) 


Hiddenwood has a camping area, a sod house!, and other facilities. No special 
birds there. 


Lake Susie needs a bit of looking to find. Highlight was 24 Ruddy Ducks. 

This is our first two of a goal to visit ALL NWR's in ND. 

Charles and Sue Taft
Minot

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Subject: Newly fledged birds
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2016 15:33:21 -0500
Four recently fledged Pine Siskin fledglings with limited flight
capabilities were seen at our feeders and in our backyard in northeast
Jamestown on 20 May.

A pair of Black-capped Chickadees fledged 2 young from a nest box in our
yard in northeast Jamestown yesterday (28 May).  A pair of chickadees
(possibly the same pair) had attempted a clutch of four eggs in early
April, but that nest was abandoned and buried beneath the current nest.

A pair of House Finches fledged two young (2 eggs did not hatch) from a
nest platform under our porch in northeast Jamestown today (29 May).  A
pair of House Finches (possibly the same pair) had built a nest in late
March in the same nest platform, but it was taken over and buried by a pair
of House Sparrows.  The House Sparrow nest blew down during a wind storm,
and the House Finches returned and renested.

**************************************************************
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
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Subject: Black-necked Stilts
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:12:55 -0600
Greetings,
There is a PAIR of Black-necked Stilts on west side of lagoons, on the north 
edge of Watford City. From the intersection of Hwy 85 and Hwy 23, go north a 
mile, then turn east and go to the gate. Birds were in the southwest corner of 
wetland. 

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson 
Bismarck, ND

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Subject: TRNP North Unit
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 20:58:42 -0500
We went to the north unit of TR National Park hoping to see a Red-headed
woodpecker, Lazuli bunting and Yellow-breasted chat.  We found them and in
addition, found 30+ species, the highlights were:

 

- Indigo bunting

- Say's phoebe

- Common nighthawk

- American Kestrel

- Yellow warblers

- Spotted towhees

- Common yellowthroats

- Eastern kingbirds

- Cedar waxwings

- Prairie falcon

- Warbling vireos

- Bobolinks

- Northern harrier

- Brown Thrashers

- Mountain bluebirds

- Gray catbirds

- Red-tailed hawk

- American redstarts

 

We also heard a lot of vocalizations that we couldn't identify, including
one that sounded like gurgling water!  I guess if we want to get to the next
level we need to study songs and calls!  Regardless, it was a glorious day
and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook
Subject: Lark Buntings, etc.
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 17:53:13 -0500
There have been several reports of scattered male Lark Buntings in Stutsman
County during the past week, including near Woodworth and Cottonwood Lake
Study Area.  This afternoon, Brian Chepulis, Emily Stewart and I saw a male
Lark Bunting on a fence northeast of Chase Lake.  This could be a good year
to see this irruptive species in the eastern part of the state.

Today, we also heard and saw Swamp Sparrows in several cattail marshes in
western Stutsman County, including south of Chicago Lake.   There were a
few secretive Le Conte's Sparrows in the wet meadow area south of Chicago
Lake, but no males were singing, at least not while we were present. We
also saw our first female Bobolinks of the season, southwest of Woodworth.


**************************************************************
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
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Subject: Re: ND-BIRDS Digest - 22 May 2016 to 23 May 2016 (#2016-81)
From: "Shaffer, Jill" <jshaffer AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 13:31:35 -0500
Did you see the Black Ducks today?  I have a doctor's appt. this afternoon
and won't be coming in, but may look for it this afternoon.

On Mon, May 23, 2016 at 2:00 AM, ND-BIRDS automatic digest system <
LISTSERV AT listserv.nodak.edu> wrote:

> There is 1 message totaling 70 lines in this issue.
>
> Topics of the day:
>
>   1. Lark Bunting, etc.
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date:    Sun, 22 May 2016 16:22:00 -0500
> From:    "Igl, Lawrence" 
> Subject: Lark Bunting, etc.
>
> Matt Solensky reported a male Lark Bunting in western Stutsman County on 20
> May.  Observations of Lark Buntings in this part of the state have been
> rare since the large Lark Bunting irruption in 1992 and 1993.
>
> I saw (and heard) a Great Crested Flycatcher and Red-eyed Vireo in
> Jamestown on 21 May.  I also saw a pair of American Black Ducks (drake and
> hen) on the southeast corner of Jamestown Sewage Lagoon (east cell) this
> afternoon (22 May).  A pair of black ducks was reported by several
> observers earlier in the spring on the sewage lagoon, but I am not sure if
> this is the same pair.  My wife, Amy, saw a fledgling Eurasian
> Collared-Dove in Jamestown this morning.
>
> Warbler, vireo, and thrush migration has been rather pitiful in the
> Jamestown area this spring!
>
> 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
> **************************************************************
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of ND-BIRDS Digest - 22 May 2016 to 23 May 2016 (#2016-81)
> **************************************************************
>



-- 
Jill Shaffer
Ecologist
US Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th St. SE
Jamestown, ND  58401
jshaffer AT usgs.gov
701-253-5547
Subject: Trefoil Park Fargo Monday
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 13:25:29 -0500
Shirley and I met up with Dean and Keith and later Dennis at Trefoil 
Park this morning.

new birds:

roosting Common Nighthawk

Cedar Waxwing

Eastern Wood-pewee

Great Crested Flycatcher (had heard before but hadn't seen)

Vireos:

Red eyed

Yellow throated

Warbling

Philadelphia

still being thought about and considered: Plumbeous (in the center 
section of the triangle portion)

15 warblers:

Blackburnian

Bay breasted

chestnut sided

Canada

Magnolia

Mourning

Blackpoll

Northern Waterthrush

Ovenbird

Black and white

Yellow

Wilson's

Tennessee

American Redstart

Common Yellowthroat

Connie Norheim, Fargo
Subject: Lark Bunting, etc.
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 16:22:00 -0500
Matt Solensky reported a male Lark Bunting in western Stutsman County on 20
May.  Observations of Lark Buntings in this part of the state have been
rare since the large Lark Bunting irruption in 1992 and 1993.

I saw (and heard) a Great Crested Flycatcher and Red-eyed Vireo in
Jamestown on 21 May.  I also saw a pair of American Black Ducks (drake and
hen) on the southeast corner of Jamestown Sewage Lagoon (east cell) this
afternoon (22 May).  A pair of black ducks was reported by several
observers earlier in the spring on the sewage lagoon, but I am not sure if
this is the same pair.  My wife, Amy, saw a fledgling Eurasian
Collared-Dove in Jamestown this morning.

Warbler, vireo, and thrush migration has been rather pitiful in the
Jamestown area this spring!

Larry

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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
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Subject: Black-throated Blue Warbler, Grand Forks
From: Sandy Aubol <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 12:04:37 -0500
A Black-throated Blue Warbler was found this morning at Sertoma Park in Grand 
Forks by Terry and Joanne Johnson.  It was spending much of its time just 
south of 11th Ave along the éast trail, along the coulee edge (not far from 
the wood duck box)  and also along the wooden fence line.  It stopped and 
sang occasionally and foraged mostly mid to low level.  It occasionally 
skipped over to the west trail and then would return to the east.   

Sandy AubolEGF, MN
Subject: Western tanager
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 11:46:58 -0500
Greetings,
There is a male WESTERN TANAGER in Wahpeton found by Kevin Downs and myself.  
From Chahinkapa Park, drive north along the river, past the zoo and golf course 
to the Archery Range which is signed and gated. Walk past the gate a half mile 
where there will be a 90 degree turn the parking lot. The bird was seen at 
11:15 am at this corner. Also yellow-bellied flycatchers, Cape May and 
Blackburnian among 14 species. 

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck ND

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Trefoil Park Fargo Thursday Golden Winged Warblers
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 11:45:32 -0500
Most interesting birds this morning at Trefoil were about 3 Golden 
Winged Warblers. We had 1 visible along the path by the river in the NE 
corner, and then another 2 very active birds in the triangle area above 
the bike path. Song wasn't typical though, more like one of the variations.

Heard my first Great Crested Flycatcher and Warbling Vireo today.

Overall warbler numbers were down, maybe if we get some rain it'll bring 
in a new batch of birds.

Connie Norheim

Fargo
Subject: Possible breeding Long-billed Curlew in McKenzie Co
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 22:33:49 -0500
Greetings ND Birders,

Driving and working outdoors in the oil field all day and everyday gives me
the opportunity to do more than my share of birding, albeit much of it
whilst holding a steering wheel.

I have been spending the last several days in northwestern McKenzie County
in a narrow zone comprising the Yellowstone River breaks, a  zone dominated
by deep ravines separated by small grassy uplands or ridges within a few
miles of the river.  Because this topography is dominated by narrow,
steep-sided gullies, row crop agriculture is not feasable.

I have observed that in North Dakota, in this zone along both the
Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers, agricultural styles seem to have defaulted
to cattle ranching operations presumably because nothing else is profitable
there.

In 2015, I discovered breeding Long-billed Curlews along the Missouri River
breaks in southwestern Mountrail County in the topography I just described.
That area is well-grazed pastureland with few grass blades taller than an
inch or two. I believe this species selects such vegetation regimes so
their tiny young can easily move about. Other birds with precocial young
are known to have this preference.

This topography may have changed little since Europeans arrived. The
original Great Plains, heavily grazed by bison, are now monoculture
farmland which leaves only these cattle-grazed breaks as a remnant from the
past.

Yesterday, while in such habit north of Cartwright and east of Trenton I
spotted an adult Long-billed Curlew glide in and land. The same thing
happened this morning. Although no young or nest were found, I suspect they
are or will be breeding there.

There were also Lark Buntings in the area, another short grass prairie
species.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Trefoil Park Fargo & Pioneer Park Moorhead Wednesday
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 12:51:13 -0500
Wanda, Dennis, Tory and I birded Trefoil this morning, about 7:30 -9:15. 
Less bird activity than yesterday, more Magnolia's than yesterday, saw 
and heard Philadelphia Vireo which was new for me for the year. New 
warbler for me for the spring was a heard only Northern Parula along the 
bike path in the Triangle area.

Wanda and I moved over to Pioneer Park in Moorhead and heard a 
Black-throated Green Warbler in the trees along the bank west of the 
cabin, and had some very low close looks at Canada Warbler.

Connie Norheim
Subject: Trefoil addendum Tuesday
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 13:26:06 -0500
how could I have forgotten that glorious Blackburnian Warbler? That 
makes 15 warblers for the morning

Connie Norheim
Subject: Scarlet Tanager Trefoil Park, Fargo Tuesday morning
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 13:19:08 -0500
This morning at Trefoil from 7:30 - 9:30:

14 warblers:

Canada
Wilson's
Bay breasted
Chestnut sided
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Palm
American Redstart
Nashville
Tennessee
Black and White
Blackpoll
Yellow rumped
Yellow

Last half hour we walked along the river towards 12th Ave parking lot 
and Shirley spotted a cooperative Scarlet Tanager that posed for us just 
above eye level.

Lots of birds around and singing.

Connie Norheim
Subject: American Redstart, Bobolink
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 07:36:07 -0500
May 17, Barnes County

Bobolink singing, FOS
American Redstart, brilliant mature male in the morning Sun, catching insects 
and singing. 


Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072
Subject: Kellys Slough, Grand Forks
From: Sandy Aubol <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 23:19:32 -0500
This evening at Kelly's Slough (Grand Forks County)...Black-bellied Plover, 
Ruddy Turnstone, Least Sandpiper, Hudsonian Godwit, Marbled Godwit, Willet, 
Short-billed Dowitcher, Lesser yellowlegs, American Avocet, Dunlin, and 
hundreds (probably more like thousands) more shorebirds that I couldn't make 
out looking into the low sun, plus the distance. 

Sandy AubolEast Grand Forks
Subject: Eurasian Tree Sparrow update - May 16
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 22:10:02 -0500
We did not see the bird today.

Scott
Subject: Cass LETE
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 16:00:20 -0500
Least terns are not that numerous anywhere. Go very far east of the
Missouri River in North Dakota and, well, good luck. It was quite a
surprise when one was spotted today at the Fargo lagoons among a crowd of
about 50 Forster's and a couple of commons.
Keith Corliss
Fargo
Subject: Orchard Oriole
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 14:32:12 -0500
Barnes County, May 17

Orchard Oriole, one male, FOS
Baltimore Orioles, 2 singing today. 
All are interested in the caragana blooms. 

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072
Subject: blue grey gnatcatcher Trefoil Park Fargo
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 10:18:36 -0500
Shirley and I moved over to Trefoil Park this morning about 8:30 after 
checking out Oak Grove.

Along the path along the river in the NE corner of Trefoil I heard and 
then saw a Blue grey Gnatcatcher on one of the branches hanging over the 
river.

Along  the bike path going back to the parking lot by the 12th Ave 
bridge we found a nice little flock of warblers that included:

Bay breasted

Chestnut-sided

Canada

Palm

Yellow

Yellow-rumped

Black and white

Blackpoll

Tennessee

heard but never saw the Baltimore Oriole

Connie Norheim
Subject: Mountrail Co Eurasian Tree Sparrow - May 15 update
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 21:40:54 -0500
The feeder received less attention today but the sparrow was seen a couple
of times for short durations. It doesn't seem to have a predictable
visitation pattern and must be spending time at other feeders.

Success might require several hours of diligence.

Good luck to all.

Scott Ray
Subject: Trefoil Park Sunday morning
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 10:36:40 -0500
Keith, Shirley and I birded Trefoil Park in Fargo from 7:30 - 9:30 this 
morning. We found the best numbers and variety of warblers walking the 
path along the river in the NE corner. Sunny, no wind, no bugs, and lots 
of birds to look through, what more could you ask for? Any 15 warbler 
morning is a good one.

non Least Flycatcher, ?Alder
watched a Gray-cheeked thrush sing

Hooded Merganser pair on the river

Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Black and white
Tennessee
Orange crowned
Nashville
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Magnolia
Yellow Warbler
Blackpoll
Palm
Yellow-rumped
Wilson's
Bay breasted (Keith only, before he joined us)

Connie Norheim
Subject: Black-and-white Warbler et. al.
From: Richard Budd <rmbudd AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 08:57:47 -0500
Black-and-white warbler yesterday in our woods, along with Least Flycatcher. 
Male Baltimore Orioles at our feeder. No females seen yet. Tree swallows are 
building their nest (as usual) in our bluebird house. 


Rich Budd
York, ND
Subject: House wren
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 08:17:57 -0500
Barnes County, May 14

House wrens are back in the yard.

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072
Subject: Pelicans
From: "Lydia B. K." <lydia.berrykoppang AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2016 08:00:44 -0500
Yesterday I birded the Fargo lagoons. There were 37 American White Pelicans
present in the NE treatment pond, with about 3 times as many cormorants.
Many gulls and terns present also along with hundreds of cliff swallows.

Lydia BK
Subject: Mountrail Co Eurasian Tree Sparrow update
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 20:34:46 -0500
Morning observations were described in an earlier post.

We weren't watching the feeder all day, but this afternoon we saw the
sparrow at 1:30 for only a few minutes and did not see it again today.

The out-of-state owner of our rental may be doing some work on the interior
if this house in the coming days. If he does it could make finding the
sparrow more challenging.

Good luck.

Scott
427 4th St SE, Stanley, ND
Subject: Grosbeak
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 16:06:32 -0500
FOS Black-headed Grosbeak showed up at feeders.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Hummingbird
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 12:34:55 -0500
FOS Ruby - throated Hummer at feeders.
Subject: Montrail Co Eurasian Tree Sparrow update
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 09:02:34 -0500
During continuous feeder watching from 7:00 to 9:00 this morning, the bird
was observed at 7:30 and 8:30. Both times it was here for less than five
minutes.

Scott Ray
Stanley
Subject: Patterson Lake, Dickinson
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT BIRDCONSERVANCY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2016 22:58:31 -0600
Highlights today at Patterson Lake were a Common Loon and Caspian Tern.
There also were large numbers of grebes and swallows.

This evening at Odland dam north of Beach, the Great Egret still was around
and I heard a first-of-year Marsh Wren.

Nancy Drilling

Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Beach, ND for the summet