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Varied Thrush,©David Sibley

25 Nov My kind of birding! ["matt j. sorenson" ]
24 Nov Snowy Owls [David Lindee ]
24 Nov Another Ross Snowy Owl [Scott R a y ]
23 Nov Garrison Dam [Ron Martin ]
22 Nov Re: Montrail Snowy Owl ["Bell, Tyler" ]
22 Nov Rough-legged Hawks-Lostwood NWR [Diana Dugall ]
22 Nov Photo of 11/22/14 Mountrail Co Snowy Owl [Scott R a y ]
22 Nov Montrail Snowy Owl [Scott R a y ]
22 Nov SNOWY OWL [Corey Ellingson ]
22 Nov N Saw-whet Owl [Corey Ellingson ]
22 Nov Yard Activity [David Lindee ]
21 Nov Minot [Ron Martin ]
21 Nov Northern Shrike-Stanley [Diana Dugall ]
21 Nov Bohemian Waxwings [Matthew Spoor ]
21 Nov summary of fall owl banding results [Nancy Drilling ]
21 Nov Devils Lake CBC [Charlie Christianson ]
21 Nov Long Lake CBC [Mike Rabenberg ]
20 Nov Bismarck-Mandan CBC [Corey Ellingson ]
20 Nov Yesterday [Matthew Spoor ]
19 Nov CBCs [Ron Martin ]
19 Nov Mountrail Co.- Snowy Owl [Diana Dugall ]
18 Nov Red crossbill [Larry Jones ]
17 Nov Red -bellied Woodpecker [Buchanan Law Office ]
17 Nov Snowy Owl [Diana Dugall ]
17 Nov Redpolls, fox sp, song sp [Jean Legge ]
16 Nov Garrison Dam [Ron Martin ]
15 Nov Devils Lake, Harlequin Duck [Ron Martin ]
15 Nov Bis-Mandan birding [Corey Ellingson ]
15 Nov Garrison Dam Area [Dean Riemer ]
14 Nov Rusty blackbird [Larry Jones ]
14 Nov Valley City Christmas Bird Cound ["Gwilliams, Terry" ]
14 Nov Birdy day in West Minot [Charles Taft ]
13 Nov ride for Rufous [Cleone Stewart ]
10 Nov Mandan Ag Station [Corey Ellingson ]
8 Nov Scoters [David Lambeth ]
8 Nov Garrison Dam area, Little Gull [Ron Martin ]
7 Nov Blue Jays [David Lindee ]
6 Nov Common redpolls [Larry Jones ]
4 Nov Martha Sargent's Suet Recipe [Nancy Drew ]
4 Nov Ravens [Ron Martin ]
3 Nov Red-bellied Woodpecker [Nancy Drew ]
3 Nov Pine grosbeak [Larry Jones ]
3 Nov Red-bellied Woodpecker ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
3 Nov Northern Shrike [Sister Pamela Pranke OPA ]
2 Nov First of season birds [Ron Martin ]
2 Nov Measure 5 [David Lambeth ]
1 Nov Saturday birding [Ron Martin ]
29 Oct Smith's Longspurs [David Lambeth ]
29 Oct Red-bellied woodpecker [Larry Jones ]
28 Oct Minot Lagoons [Ron Martin ]
28 Oct Snow geese [Larry Jones ]
28 Oct Pine Grosbeaks [David Lindee ]
26 Oct Mountrail Co. 5000+ Sandhill Cranes [Diana Dugall ]
26 Oct McK Co birds [Maureen O'Mara ]
26 Oct Friday-Saturday birding [Ron Martin ]
23 Oct Barnes County Blue Jay [Garret Hecker ]
22 Oct Rough-legged hawk [Larry Jones ]
21 Oct American golden plover [Larry Jones ]
20 Oct Minot Lagoons [Ron Martin ]
19 Oct Mountrail county, N. shrike and Sandhills [Diana Dugall ]
19 Oct northern cardinal [bobneugebauer ]
19 Oct McKenzie Co. "pond" [Maureen O'Mara ]
18 Oct Sleepy Hollow Park [Corey Ellingson ]
18 Oct McHenry Co. [Ron Martin ]
15 Oct update on owl banding at Theodore Roosevelt National Park [Nancy Drilling ]
15 Oct Mt. Bluebirds, SW ND [Garret Hecker ]
15 Oct White-winged Junco [David Lindee ]
14 Oct Greater white-fronted geese, N of New Town [Diana Dugall ]
12 Oct Missouri River- Boat Birding [Diana Dugall ]
12 Oct Common Redpoll and yard list [David Lambeth ]
11 Oct Garrison Dam [Ron Martin ]
11 Oct Prairie Falcon [Scott R a y ]
8 Oct Sandhill crane [Chris Hiatt ]
7 Oct Trip to ND ["Bell, Tyler" ]
6 Oct Saturday in sw ND [Ron Martin ]
5 Oct Male Northern Cardinal [Linda Gregg ]

Subject: My kind of birding!
From: "matt j. sorenson" <matt AT SORENSONBROS.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:03:05 -0600
This! :) This is my kind of birding....
https://ideas.lego.com/blogs/1-blog/post/22

I can't wait to get my order in (for the kids, for the kids).

Cheers
--
*matt j. sorenson*
m: 320-424-0309
Subject: Snowy Owls
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:30:03 -0600
On Friday, we saw a heavily-barred Snowy in a field about 1/2 mile east of
Highway 8, just north of Highway 23.  Sunday, about 5 miles west of Highway
83 on Highway 23, guessing a female (not very barred) and today, about 9 AM
a beautiful mature male perched on a pole just outside Van Hook.  This
afternoon at about 4 PM, a lightly barred owl roughly 8 miles south of
Parshall on Highway 37.  We're pretty sure there was another about 2 miles
north on 37, but with a semi bearing down on us from the back, we couldn't
stop to make sure.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook

 



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Subject: Another Ross Snowy Owl
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:08:21 -0800
There is another Snowy Owl in the Ross area.  This bird is darker and
larger than the one reported last week a few miles south of this one 0.
It's perched on a power pole at mile marker 83 on highway 2.

Scott Ray
Stanley,  ND
Subject: Garrison Dam
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:04:30 -0600
ND-Birders:

Six gull species at Garrison Dam today. The turnover from Ring-billed to 
Herring is well under way. 


Bonaparte's Gull - 6, getting late.
Ring-billed Gull - 150
Herring Gull - 350
Thayer's Gull - 3
Iceland Gull - one first cycle.
Glaucous Gull - one adult and one first cycle.

There was a male Long-tailed Duck in the tailrace. On the way home I had a N. 
Goshawk near Sawyer. 


Yesterday while deer hunting at home I had a pair of Red Crossbills fly over.  

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer



  
Subject: Re: Montrail Snowy Owl
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:22:46 +0000
Please report Snowy Owls on eBird. Project SNOWStorm is using eBird data to 
track Snowy Owl movements which may mimic last winter's massive irruption. Some 
lingering birds were along the US/Canada border and some of them have already 
moved south as far as New Jersey and Maryland, on the east coast. 


Tyler Bell
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
647 Contees Wharf Rd.
Edgewater, Maryland 21037
443-482-2489
belljt AT si.edu
________________________________________
From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota [ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] on 
behalf of Scott R a y [mryakima AT GMAIL.COM] 

Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2014 5:22 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Montrail Snowy Owl

This morning I found (refound?) a Snowy Owl south of Ross.  It was a
nearly pure white bird perched on a power pole on 86th Ave NW between
59th and 60th St NW. This is possibly the same bird reported by Diana
Dugall several days ago about 10 miles south on the same road.


Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Rough-legged Hawks-Lostwood NWR
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:12:28 -0600
This morning I had to make a trip north on Highway 8, from Stanley to
Bowbells. Upon my return trip I came across 14 Rough-legged Hawks along
Lostwood NWR. What I found so unusual about this is that they were
congregated so closely together . One large tree contained three, just
across the road surrounding a small slough, three more were perched, and
another two were on utility poles. All within sight on each other.  The
other 6 were located within one mile of these, some to the north and others
just south.
If I had had more time it would have been interesting to observe them to
watch how they interact with each other. I'm hoping some time in my life I
encounter a pack of Harris Hawks and get to see them hunt together. Now
that would be cool.


-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: Photo of 11/22/14 Mountrail Co Snowy Owl
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:52:30 -0800
Here is a photo of the previously referenced bird.

https://flic.kr/p/pdfKup


Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Montrail Snowy Owl
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:22:33 -0800
This morning I found (refound?) a Snowy Owl south of Ross.  It was a
nearly pure white bird perched on a power pole on 86th Ave NW between
59th and 60th St NW. This is possibly the same bird reported by Diana
Dugall several days ago about 10 miles south on the same road.


Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: SNOWY OWL
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:57:24 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I received word today of sightings of a SNOWY OWL 1.5 miles north of Long Lake 
NWR headquarters, and another along Hwy 36 a couple miles east of Chase Lake 
office near Woodworth. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: N Saw-whet Owl
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:47:33 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I found a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL in the Mandan Union Cemetery mid-day. A flock 
of Chickadees and Golden-crowned Kinglets were going bezerk as I was driving 
thru. 

 In the process of observing the bird, 15 RED CROSSBILLS descended on a 
neighboring tree, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE was lurking about. Ebird list below. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

Mandan Union Cemetery, Morton, US-ND
Nov 22, 2014 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 17 species Canada Goose 2750 Mallard 6 Northern Saw-whet Owl 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Shrike 1 American Crow 3 Black-capped Chickadee 16 Red-breasted Nuthatch 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Brown Creeper 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 6 American Robin 7 European Starling 10 Cedar Waxwing 8 Dark-eyed Junco 2 House Finch 6 Red Crossbill 14
Subject: Yard Activity
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:13:48 -0600
We just watched a Northern Shrike land in a tree in our yard and it was
promptly chased into another tree by a male Hairy Woodpecker.  Undaunted,
the shrike chased a Brown Creeper around until the little guy flew into a
shrub too thick for the shrike.

 

We continue to have unprecedented Blue Jay numbers - rarely fewer than 6 at
a time.  We hang scavenged sunflower heads from various feeders and the Blue
Jays clean them within hours.  I hope some of them get tired of gorging
themselves and move on.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook



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Subject: Minot
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:33:20 -0600
ND-Birders:

I walked the Vardon Golf Club today (formerly the Minot Country Club). I had a 
flock of 20 Red Crossbills (type 2), and 8 Com. Ravens flew by. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

 
Subject: Northern Shrike-Stanley
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:12:27 -0600
I had a Northern Shrike make a short appearance behind my house this
morning. It was harassing and being harassed by three Blue Jays.

-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: Matthew Spoor <matthew.spoor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:29:27 -0600
Saw my first Bohemian Waxwings today at Lincoln Drive Park.

This was a special little treat. I really like Waxwings.  I had desired to,
but had never seen one before earlier this year when a lone Cedar Waxwing
showed up in my yard. It was the first time I had gotten really excited
about seeing a bird. I have to admit, I kind of "freaked out". I have to
give that few minutes a serious amount of credit for sparking my love of
birding.


Matthew Spoor

Grand Forks, ND
Subject: summary of fall owl banding results
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:10:24 -0700
We had another very successful banding season this fall at the Theodore
Roosevelt National Park owl banding station. In 32 nights, we banded 168
Northern Saw-whet Owls, three Eastern Screech-owls, and 17 Long-eared Owls.
We also caught three already-banded owls - two were banded near Medora in
2012 while the third was banded near Edmonton, Alberta in 2012. As a
comparison, in 2013 our numbers were 96 saw-whets, 1 E. Screech-owl, and 0
Long-eareds banded plus 9 recaptures. Another highlight this year - for the
first time, someone else caught a NoDak banded owl - a saw-whet banded at
the park in 2012 was recaptured this fall in southwest Iowa. And the
saw-whet that took five nights to fly from the park to the Black Hills was
a cool recapture too.

Already looking forward to next fall!

Nancy Drilling

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Rapid City, SD

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Subject: Devils Lake CBC
From: Charlie Christianson <christic AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:32:33 -0600
The Devils Lake CBC will be held on Sunday December 21st -- weather permitting. 
We will meet at the Cedar Inn on US 2 at 7:30 to organize, and for lunch at 
Kneadful Things. 

Charlie Christianson
Subject: Long Lake CBC
From: Mike Rabenberg <michael_rabenberg AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:55:07 -0600
The Long Lake Christmas Bird Count will begin at Long Lake Refuge's 
headquarters (located 2 miles E. of Moffit, ND) at approx. 8:00am on Wednesday 
12/17/2014. Participants can meet back at the headquarters at noon to share 
their bird sightings and enjoy a free lunch, courtesy of the Refuge. Please 
contact Mike at Long Lake NWR (701-387-4397 x12) if you plan to participate. 


Mike Rabenberg
Wildlife Biologist
Long Lake NWR
Moffit, ND
Subject: Bismarck-Mandan CBC
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:10:07 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I see Ron Martin put out a message on the CBCs in the Minot area. I can tell 
you the Bismarck-Mandan CBC is Saturday Dec 20th. Meet at Hardees a couple 
blocks south of the intersection of Hwy 83 and I-94 at 7:30am. 


Contact me if you are interested in participating.

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Yesterday
From: Matthew Spoor <matthew.spoor AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:13:46 -0600
I spent a couple hours driving Northwest of town (Grand Forks) yesterday.
Pretty quiet out there. Saw a small flock of Red-winged Blackbirds (20),
Mourning Doves (2), American Crow (2) and my first Common Raven!

The size is what caught my eye at first. I followed it for about a mile and
was fortunate it meandered right along County 3. I was even treated to
about 20-30 seconds of it flying eye level along with the car! I was
hesitant to call the ID on the Raven at first as the tail was not as
prominently wedge shaped as I had expected.

I have been inching my way through  Ken Kaufman's Field Guide to Advanced
Birding and he writes that the best way to prepare yourself to ID an
uncommon bird is to spend a lot of time observing the common birds so you
know the differences when confronted with them. Fortunately, Crows are very
common and I have had the opportunity to observe many hundreds since
starting birding this Summer.

 So why do I feel confident I ID'ed my first Common Raven?

   - Size! - I was told that I would notice the size of a Raven when I
   finally saw one. They are typically ~7" longer with wingspan roughly 14"
   larger than the American Crow. This was the first thing that caught my eye
   about this bird.
   - Flight - Slower, steadier wing beats with some intermittent gliding. I
   have been paying attention to Crows in flight lately and this guy was
   clearly different.
   - Solitary- Do not see loner crows very often; especially roaming the
   countryside.
   - Larger bill - Got a pretty decent look as it was flying alongside the
   car. The bill seemed larger in proportion to the head than a crow.

About ten minutes later, I observed a couple American Crows and said to
myself, "Yep, that was a Raven alright!"

Speaking of American Crows. I was doing a loop around the holding pond
north of Lincoln Golf Course a couple of weeks ago and was watching a
murder of them totaling about 100 scattered along the dike next to the bike
path. As I watched them take flight and move on, I noticed one with quite a
bit of white on the wings. I did not get the greatest look so I am unable
to say with certainty that it was white feathers versus some sort of wing
tagging. Thought I would share and am anxious to hear if anyone else has
seen a Crow with white out there.


Good birding!

-- 
Matthew Spoor
Grand Forks, ND
701-610-1203
Subject: CBCs
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:45:20 -0600
ND-Birders:

Following are dates for the Minot area CBCs.

Garrison Dam - Dec. 14, meet at the Audubon NWR HQ at 7:30 am.  
Upper Souris NWR - Dec. 19, meet at the HQ at 7:45 am.  
Minot - Dec. 21, meet at the Broadway McDonald's at 7:30 am.  
Denbigh Experimental Forest - Dec. 27, meet at the Towner Cenex at 7:45 am.  

Please let me know if you will be participating in these counts.  

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Mountrail Co.- Snowy Owl
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:27:38 -0600
I saw another Snowy Owl today. This one was located along 86th Ave. NW,
between 56th St.NW and 57 St. NW. This owl like the one I saw two days ago
had almost no dark markings.
I'm thankful that the Arctic has sent more than just freezing temperatures,
snow and high winds.


-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: Red crossbill
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:28:46 -0600
We had a red crossbill at our bird bath this morning. Red-bellied woodpecker 
still coming to the feeders. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Wells Co.
Subject: Red -bellied Woodpecker
From: Buchanan Law Office <bulaw AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:10:34 -0600
 I was reliably informed on Saturday 11/15 of the presence of this bird in NE 
Jamestown, not far from Solien & DeNault Park. 


Dan Buchanan
Box 879
Jamestown, ND 58402
Tel. (701) 252-6604
Fax (701) 952-4757
bulaw AT daktel.com
Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:08:07 -0600
Beautiful nearly all white Snowy Owl just seen on 85th Ave. (Powers Lake to
Lignite Road) half mile south of County Rd. 8.



-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: Redpolls, fox sp, song sp
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:04:06 -0600
Barnes County, north of Valley City, rural

Thursday, Nov. 13th a single song sparrow at the feeders stayed for one
day,
3 juncos and the usual chickadees, wb nuthatches, downy and hairy
woodpeckers.

Today, Nov. 17, Monday new arrivals:
1 fox sparrow
5 common redpolls
7 American goldfinches

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072-9492
Subject: Garrison Dam
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:04:21 -0600
ND-Birders:

I noted 8 species of gulls at Garrison Dam this morning, including continuing 
Mew Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Glaucous Gull. The White-winged Scoter 
reported previously from the Totten Trail boat ramp on Lake Audubon was still 
present. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Devils Lake, Harlequin Duck
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:57:50 -0600
ND-Birders:

I birded the Devils Lake area today.  Highlights:

Bufflehead - 550 along the Graham's Island Road.
Long-tailed Duck - one along the Graham's Island Road.
HARLEQUIN DUCK - one young bird at the bridge on Hwy 57 north of the casino.
Bonaparte's Gull - 350 at The Narrows north of the casino.
Snowy Owl - 2 along Hwy 2 east of Penn.    
Pine Grosbeak - 3 in the Devils Lake Cemetery.

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Bis-Mandan birding
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:56:06 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
   It looks like winter has arrived in a big way this week, obviously.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE has been in my yard two Saturdays in a row.

Down on the river there was 4 SNOW GEESE in the thousands of Canadas. No Gulls 
were seen. 


At the Mandan Union Cemetery off I-94 there were 6 RED CROSSBILL in the 
northwest corner section. 


I received a second hand report of a Snowy Owl north of Beulah mid week.

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Garrison Dam Area
From: Dean Riemer <driemer AT KWH.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 05:24:47 +0000
Greetings

 On Wednesday and Thursday afternoon I birded the Garrison Dam Area and had the 
following. 


Wednesday

Mew Gull - 1 Adult in the tail race and at the boat ramp

Thayer's Gull - 1 first cycle in the tail race

Ring-billed Gull in the tail race and at the boat ramp

Herring Gull in the tail race and at the boat ramp

Bonaparte's  Gull in the tail race and at the boat ramp

Thursday

Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 Adult at the boat ramp

Mew Gull - 1 Adult at the boat ramp

Thayer's Gull - 1 first cycle at the boat ramp

Ring-billed Gull in the tail race and at the boat ramp

Herring Gull in the tail race and at the boat ramp

Bonaparte's Gull in the tail race and at the boat ramp

 On Thursday I was able to relocate the White-winged Scoter and also found a 
Red-shafted Northern Flicker at the Totten Trail boat ramp on Lake Audubon. 


Good Birding
Dean Riemer
West Fargo ND
"The Frozen Desert"
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Subject: Rusty blackbird
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:51:33 -0600
Here's a list of birds at our feeder this morning. Finches have been scarce the 
past couple of weeks but a few showed this morning. 

Rusty blackbird-1
Red-wing blackbird-1
Common grackle-1
Goldfinch-12
Pine siskin-5
Purple finch-3 - One being a gorgeous male
House finch-6
White-breasted nuthatch-2
Hairy woodpecker-3
Downy woodpecker-6
Red-bellied woodpecker-1
Blue jays-7

Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Wells Co.
Subject: Valley City Christmas Bird Cound
From: "Gwilliams, Terry" <terry_gwilliams AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:21:15 -0600
The Valley City CBC will be held on the 18th of Dec. We will meet at the
District office at 8am.
If you have any questions please give me a call.

Hope to see there!

-- 
Terry Gwilliams
Range Technician
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Valley City Wetland Management District
11515 River Rd.
Valley City, ND 58072
Fax# 701-845-3482
Office# 701-845-3466
Cell# 701-650-1232
Subject: Birdy day in West Minot
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:16:20 -0600
We had a birdy day for us!
2 Downy Woodpecker
2 Red-breasted Nuthatch
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Purple Finch, female, maybe first time in our yard? Rather than use the bird 
water, it was eating snow! 

5 Dark-eyed Juncos
5 HOSP

All of this in 20 minutes!




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


Subject: ride for Rufous
From: Cleone Stewart <cleone AT VISITDETROITLAKES.COM>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:37:31 -0600
The Rufous Hummingbird in a yard in St. Paul was captured before the really
cold weather arrived. The bird is now waiting for plane/pilot for transport
to Arizona. Any leads you might have would be appreciated. See Jim Williams
blog from the Star Trib:

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/blogs/Wingnut.html 

 

c l e o n e    s t e w a r t

Detroit Lakes, MN

 

 

 
Subject: Mandan Ag Station
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:59:07 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I walked at the Mandan NDSU Extension property yesterday between waves of 
bowhunters. I was treated to a flyby of a young NORTHERN GOSHAWK chased 
simultaneously by MERLIN and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. There was also 5-6 MAGPIE 
feeding at a gut pile. Second highlight was 5 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS in a 
flock. 

 On the downside, for the first time in my 20 years, there is no feeder active 
there. Passerines were nearly non-existent. Also, out in the cedars it appears 
there was very little berry crop, thus no Townsend's Solitaire, Am. Robins and 
Waxwings present. The only birds observed were flyovers. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Scoters
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 21:57:51 -0600
At the Grand Forks lagoons today, my first White-winged Scoter of the year,
and four Black Scoters at one time (maybe five total unless one observed
earlier joined three others). Earlier in the season Surf Scoters were
around. An American Golden-Plover continues to be present.

-- 
Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks
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Subject: Garrison Dam area, Little Gull
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 20:03:50 -0600
ND-Birders:

This afternoon at Garrison Dam I had 8 gull species:

LITTLE GULL - one 2nd cycle bird on the first island down the river. This 
island is best viewed from the southern-most downstream campground. 

Bonaparte's Gull - 29 
Mew Gull - one adult in the tailrace.
Ring-billed Gull - 3200
Herring Gull - 75
Thayer's Gull - 1
Iceland Gull - one adult in the tailrace.
Glaucous Gull - one first cycle bird in the tailrace.  FOS

Still a couple of cormorants and one pelican in the area.

At the Totten Trail boat ramp on Lake Audubon he was a single White-winged 
Scoter. 


Good  birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Blue Jays
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:55:09 -0600
Where have all the Blue Jays come from?  We have upwards of ten at a time on
our Van Hook feeders, but didn't have a one all summer.

 

Yesterday the first Common Redpolls showed up.

 

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Subject: Common redpolls
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:10:07 -0600
Redpolls have arrived in Wells Co. This afternoon we had about 150 redpolls in 
our back lot feeding on maximillan sunflowers and weed seeds. Good to see them 
again. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Subject: Martha Sargent's Suet Recipe
From: Nancy Drew <ncdrew AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 23:00:08 -0600
Here you go Stacy.

Martha Sargent's Suet Recipe- WildBird magazine
Melt in Microwave (about 3 minutes on high) (do not do this in a plastic
container)
1 Cup crunchy peanut butter
1 Cup lard (about 1/2 box) no substitutions
mix together and add to melted mixture
1/3 C. white sugar
1 Cup white unbleached flour
2 Cups quick oats
2 Cups corn meal
my optional additions
1 Cup sunflower chips
1/2 Cup dried mealworms

After mixing together spoon it into plastic freezer containers or anything
that will fit your suet feeders.  (I reuse 3 or 4 store bought suet
containers). Store in fridge and wait until they set before putting them
out.
Subject: Ravens
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 22:22:06 -0600
ND-Birders:

This afternoon as I was finishing up some fall chores around the house a flock 
of 10 Com. Ravens drifted by, heading south. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Red-bellied Woodpecker
From: Nancy Drew <ncdrew AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 21:49:25 -0600
I also have had a male Red-bellied Woodpecker at my suet and sunflower
feeder for the last three days.  Lovely to see one again.

I use Martha Sargent's suet recipe, from Wild Bird Magazine-June 1996, with
the addition  of 1 Cup sunflower chips and 1/2 Cup dried meal-worms.  The
birds love it.  I even had a Robin feeding from it one summer.  It was
funny to watch it at the hanging feeder.

Nancy Drew
SW Traill County, I mile west of the Clifford Elevator
Subject: Pine grosbeak
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 18:01:14 -0600
Filling my son's bird feeders SE of Bowdon when a pine grosbeak was spotted 
with a flock of cedar waxwings feeding in a apple tree. Grosbeak had the russet 
plumage. The red-bellied woodpecker that I reported earlier is still coming in 
to the suet feeders. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Subject: Red-bellied Woodpecker
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 16:16:09 -0600
A male Red-bellied Woodpecker has been visiting our feeders in northeast
Jamestown (Stutsman Co.) since Saturday afternoon (1 November).

Larry

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Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
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Fax:       701-253-5553
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Subject: Northern Shrike
From: Sister Pamela Pranke OPA <sisterpamop AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 03:21:09 -0600
Yesterday a Northern Shrike visited my yard for the first time I am aware
of. It sat in a crab apple tree while quite agitated, sometimes flying to
another tree and back. After about a 1/2 hour it was gone and has not
returned.

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

*The Lord is my strength, my rock and stronghold.*
Subject: First of season birds
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 22:13:29 -0600
ND-Birders:

Today I had my first Bohemian Waxwing of the season at Clark Salyer, and my 
first Com. Redpolls in Bottineau. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Measure 5
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 19:37:48 -0600
I am in my 38th year of birding in North Dakota and I have long been
concerned about the decline of our grassland birds. Loss and degradation of
habitat are major factors in that loss. I'm voting Yes on Measure 5 because
I think it offers the best chance to protect habitat.

Several months ago I upon invitation wrote "Conservation Grassland Birds in
Eastern North Dakota" for the Northern Plains Ethics Journal. Like the
proverbial frog in water that is getting progressively hotter, I think we
may not fully realize what is happening to our birds year after year.
In this article I make the case that we ought to be concerned. The article
can be accessed by downloading Issue 1 of the journal in pdf form. The
grasslands article is the second article in the issue.
http://www.northernplainsethicsjournal.com/NPEJv1n1.pdf

Thanks for your attention!
-- 
Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks
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Subject: Saturday birding
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 22:34:08 -0500
ND-Birders:

This morning I found 7 gull species at Garrison Dam, including an adult Mew 
Gull and an early adult Iceland Gull. Later in the day I located a White-winged 
Scoter along Hwy 36 just east of Arena in Burleigh Co. 

The Spotted Towhee is still coming to my feeder every day.  

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Smith's Longspurs
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:00:11 -0500
J.G. from Duluth and I birded a pasture in Fairfield Township where I have
had success finding Smith's Longspurs in the past. We flushed birds
identified by as Smith's by calls about 4 times and eventually got a close
look at an adult male. I'm sure we got a close look because both of us left
our camera in the car.

This may be a new late date for Smith's in North Dakota.

-- 
Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks
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Subject: Red-bellied woodpecker
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:36:15 -0500
We had a male red-bellied woodpecker at our suet feeder this evening. New yard 
bird. 


Larry Jones 
Rural Bowdon
Subject: Minot Lagoons
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:59:12 -0500
All:
 
There were 3 Surf Scoters at the Minot Lagoons today.  They were on cell 4.

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Snow geese
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:05:02 -0500
Saw our first snow geese today, flock of 300. Also a northern shrike and two 
black-billed magpie. 


Larry Jones 
Rural Bowdon
Wells Co.
Subject: Pine Grosbeaks
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:34:56 -0500
We have 2 russet male Pine Grosbeaks in our yard at Van Hook.  They're
munching on crab apples.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook (near New Town)



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Subject: Mountrail Co. 5000+ Sandhill Cranes
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:24:23 -0500
Hello Birders,
I was back out to Shell Lake NWR today. I counted slightly over 5000
Sandhill Cranes in the area. A flock of about 20 Snow Buntings, 3 flocks
(30-50 birds each) of Lapland Longspurs, and a single Bald Eagle was also
seen.


-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: McK Co birds
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:17:19 -0600
Hello there,

At my "pond" site over by the ND/MT border I was treated to a Northern
Shrike hunting right at the pond.  It didn't catch what it was after but
hung around a bit.  I also thought what I thought was a rufous-washed
female Mountain Bluebird.  Wasn't able to watch for very long but it was
too light and "multi-colored" for a Solitaire.  Scared up a Sharp-tail
Grouse and had a Common Snipe fly over.  A couple of cool, unusual
sightings (for this pond).

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: Friday-Saturday birding
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 08:57:18 -0500
ND-Birders:

On Friday I had a late Great Egret in McHenry Co. near Drake. Yesterday there 
were 2 late Forster's Terns at Lake Tschida, and an adult Mew Gull in the 
tailrace at Garrison Dam. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin,
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Barnes County Blue Jay
From: Garret Hecker <garret.a.hecker AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:09:48 -0500
Driving the River Road between the Fish Hatchery and Baldhill Dam I saw a Blue 
Jay and 2 black-billed magpies. 


Garret Hecker,
Valley City ND
Subject: Rough-legged hawk
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:09:42 -0500
Had five rough-legged hawks hovering over us as we were combining soybeans this 
afternoon. Beautiful birds. Always good to have the binoculars along. Yesterday 
we had a huge flock of Lapland longspurs feeding in a bean field. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Wells Co.
Subject: American golden plover
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:01:05 -0500
Yesterday afternoon we had 390 American golden-plovers foraging in a harvested 
bean field. Also 55 tundra swans on a lake five miles north of Bowdon. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Wells Co.
Subject: Minot Lagoons
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:55:55 -0500
ND-Birders:

There were 2 Surf Scoters at the Minot Lagoons today.  

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Mountrail county, N. shrike and Sandhills
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:58:11 -0500
This morning I took a ride out to Shell Lake NWR. Just east of the lake I
came upon a field loaded with Sandhills cranes. I counted over 700 on the
ground and at least another 200 in the air.
Several miles south of the refuge (71st Ave. NW and 42 St. NW) I found a
Northern Shrike. This was a first winter shrike. It sat on the wire
while turning it's head back and forth looking down at me curiously. In
return I  also wondered about him. From how far north had he flown and was
I the first human he had met?
A few other birds seen today were: 4 N. Harriers, 9 Red-tailed Hawks, 1
Great blue heron, 3 Wilson's snipe, 2 Harris' sparrows, 8 American tree
sparrows, 10 Dark-eyed Juncos, 7 Rusty blackbirds and others.



-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: northern cardinal
From: bobneugebauer <bobneugebauer AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:27:31 -0400
We had a northern cardinal in our yard again this morning. He was here twice in 
a half hour period. I had seen this bird previously on 29 September. You can't 
rely on him to show up. 


Please open this link to see a picture of him:




https://bobneugebauerbirds.shutterfly.com/photosa-e/190


The second best bird in our yard today is a female purple finch who seems to be 
living here. 



Bob Neugebauer
Rural Bismarck



Subject: McKenzie Co. "pond"
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:58:50 -0600
Hello Neighbors,

Over the state border at my usual dog hiking area I was treated to a female
N. Harrier harassing a coyote. While up on a ridge another N. Harrier was
spotted being chased by an accipter (Sharp-shin like appearance).

I  thought I heard a Solitaire but never saw it.  A couple of Black-capped
Chickadees were calling along with Juncos chipping.  The Magpie numbers
have diminished now that the dead cow is mostly eaten and decayed away.

The dogs sniffed out a bushy-tailed woodrat from the base of a dead juniper.

Last week there was an American Bittern at the shoreline.

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: Sleepy Hollow Park
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:50:16 -0500

Greetings ND-Birders: 

I walked Sleepy Hollow Park this morning and recorded 20+ species for the first 
time since Oct 2. 


The Red-bellied Woodpecker seen on Oct 1 was seen seen three times this week 
(including today) after a two week absence. 


Highlight:   WINTER WREN under the boardwalk on the bike path. 

After Sleepy Hollow I visited the landfill for the first time since spring. 
1800 birds including: 

THAYER'S GULL - 2, maybe 3 gray immatures
HERRING GULL - (12)
CALIFORNIA GULL
FRANKLIN'S GULL (2)

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: McHenry Co.
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:29:01 -0500
ND-Birders:

Highlights from McHenry Co. this morning were three late White-faced Ibis at 
Round Lake and 60 Red Crossbills at Denbigh. The crossbills sounded like the 
Type 2 Ponderosa Pine variety. Still a Spotted Towhee at my feeder. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer 
Subject: update on owl banding at Theodore Roosevelt National Park
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:47:48 -0600
For the past two weeks, a steady flow of Northern Saw-whet Owls has filled
the nets at the TRNP banding station near Medora. Now over the past couple
of nights, the action has heated up. This weekend, the crew caught an owl
that was banded last fall near Edmonton, Alberta. This is the first owl we
have caught that we know came from northwest of North Dakota. In addition,
I caught an owl last night in the Black Hills south of Deadwood, SD  that
had been banded this month at the Medora banding station. It took her five
nights to travel the 200 miles between banding stations. She also gained 6
grams!

The North Dakota banding station will remain open at least until the end of
the month while the South Dakota banding stations probably will remain open
until mid-November.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: Mt. Bluebirds, SW ND
From: Garret Hecker <garret.a.hecker AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:35:48 -0500
On Saturday, October 11 I observed 6 Mountain Bluebirds on fence lines 
approximately 20 miles North of South Heart, ND. There are badlands or clay 
hills in the eastern part of Billings County where I made the observations. 
Other sightings included 25 wild turkeys, 8 red-tailed hawks, and 5 black 
capped chickadees. Canada geese were also heard often. 


Good birding,

Garret Hecker
Belfield, ND
Subject: White-winged Junco
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:10:48 -0500
We had a WW Junco in our yard at Van Hook (near New Town.)  It was larger
than the other Dark-eyed juncos in the yard and there was some white
streaking on the tertials as well.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook 



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Subject: Greater white-fronted geese, N of New Town
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:47:28 -0500
Monday afternoon while walking out to my car a flock of geese flew
overhead. I had dismissed them as Canada's until they approached closer and
I heard them. 25 Greater white-fronted geese.  A nice afternoon surprise.
Subject: Missouri River- Boat Birding
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:09:45 -0700
Hi All,
Spent yesterday with my husband drowning worms on the Missouri River. We
launched the boat at Pouch Point, south of NewTown (Mountrail County). From
there we traveled about 12 miles upstream on this gorgeous fall day.  Saw
the following:
1 Prairie falcon
1 Golden eagle
8 Bald eagles
2 Common loons
28 Western grebes
2 Black-billed magpies
Only about a dozen gulls. Couldn't lure in any "goodies" with my stale
popcorn.

I was at J.Clark Salyer NWR for business on Friday. The area near the
headquarters was loaded with waterfowl, including at least +200 Sandhills
cranes. No luck finding a white one. Darn. But, LOTS of birds to sort
through if you have the time.

Diana D.
Dugalld AT gmail.com
Stanley, ND
Subject: Common Redpoll and yard list
From: David Lambeth <brdrdave1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 11:45:07 -0500
A Common Redpoll made a brief appearance in our yard this morning. It is
rather early although there are late September records for North Dakota.
The yard has been busy this morning. Following is a list:


Mourning Dove  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Merlin  2    Flew over house together
Black-capped Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Chipping Sparrow  1
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  5
Harris's Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  15
House Finch  3
Purple Finch  6
Common Redpoll  1    Appeared briefly at fake stream. Size of siskin,
streaked, with reddish color to front of crown.
Pine Siskin  10
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  2


On Friday I first heard the raspy call of a Common Raven and then when I
heard it a second time, I look up from our yard to see if flying over Grand
Forks. It was the 177th species for my 20-year yard list.

-- 
Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks
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Subject: Garrison Dam
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:56:59 -0500
ND-Birders:

There is still a Sabine's Gull hanging around the tailrace at Garrison Dam. 
Corey E. and I also had our first Thayer's Gull of the season. Five Com. Loons 
were visible on L. Audubon from the Totten Trail boat ramp. On the home front, 
I still have 2 Spotted Towhees at my feeder. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

   
Subject: Prairie Falcon
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19:46:46 -0500
This afternoon there was a Prairie Falcon at a remote gravel
pit/quarry in Mountrail County northeast of Stanley.  The location is
about a mile south of the intersection of 74th Ave NW and 73rd St NW.
Dark axillaries clearly noted. The bird looked like a female due to
its large size.  It cavorted with 5 ravens among the tall gravel
"buttes." Both species probably felt at home there.

There was also a single Red-necked Grebe on Clear Water Lake a few
miles south of here.


Scott Ray
509-941-3348

Stanley, ND
Subject: Sandhill crane
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:42:26 -0600
Saw 39 cranes last night about 2 miles north of the South Dakota border south 
of gascoyne. The bummer was they were only a mile or so west of the Adams 
county line where I need them in that county. 

Have a great winter, I leave for California tomorrow taking my bees south and 
to chase red faced warblers , stints and other goodies :) 

Chris Hiatt 
Bowman 

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Subject: Trip to ND
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 17:05:37 +0000
Jane Kostenko and I recently returned from a family visit to ND. Although we 
spent the bulk of our time in the Minot area, we did manage to get down to 
Medora for two days and out to Stanley/Ross for two days. We had tentatively 
planned a morning outing with Ron Martin to look for Smith's Longspur but a 
business obligation on Ron's part and rainy weather on Mother Nature's part put 
the kibosh on that. 


It was interesting how variable the weather was while we were there. When we 
landed on Friday, September 26, it was near 90 already and our car thermometer 
registered 96 at one point during the afternoon. On Sunday morning, 10/5, we 
were dealing with a heavy frost in Stanley with temps in the mid-20s. That's 
North Dakota for you! 


Highlights of our trip were a pair of Townsend's Solitaires on the Burning Coal 
Vein Trail in Teddy Roosevelt NP on 9/28. I had talked with Ron about where we 
might find a TOSO. He said look in cedar and juniper habitat. When you start 
looking for this type of habitat at TRNP, it's almost everywhere! If they 
really prefer cedars and junipers, Teddy Roosevelt is the place to look for 
them. 


A Common Loon was in the Stanley Reservoir on Saturday and Sunday, 10/4, 10/5. 
This shouldn't be unusual in ND but it's the first one we've seen in ND since 
1991! Guess we're never there at the right time of year. 


White-throated Sparrow numbers at the Baker residence in Minot were pretty 
amazing. Often, there were at least 25 birds and often closer to 35. A couple 
of Harris's Sparrows were in the mix and on Saturday and Sunday, 10/4, 10/5, a 
single Dark-eyed Junco. We saw DEJUs elsewhere in our travels but never more 
than one or two birds. WTSPs and DEJUs winter in good numbers in Maryland but 
have yet to arrive. Presumably they're holding up further north until it gets 
really cold. 


And we picked up an eBird lifer, Pectoral Sandpiper, at the Minot Sewage 
Lagoons on 9/26. There are a few birds that we have seen in ND that we can't 
find any record of and we're gradually picking them off our list. PESA was one 
of them. 


We explored a new location, the Minot City Landfill. We didn't have time and 
weren't there during the week when it would probably be the best time for 
maximum trash dumping but we saw thousands of gulls, all Ring-billed and 
Franklin's. I'm guessing in a few weeks, when it starts to get colder, the odds 
of finding a weird gull will increase significantly. Need to thin the crowd of 
RBGUs and FRGUs to make digging through them a little easier. 


Tyler Bell
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Edgewater, Maryland
belljt AT si.edu
Subject: Saturday in sw ND
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 22:38:05 -0500
ND-Birders:

A few highlights from Saturday,

Garrison Dam - one juv. Sabine's Gull and a second cycle Lesser Black-backed 
Gull at the tailrace. 


Lake Tschida - 2 Surf Scoters on the lake and a Winter Wren at the Rim Rock 
Campground. 


Hettinger Co. - 2 Surf Scoters on a wetland se of Dry lake. E. Screech-Owl in 
Mott. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


 
Subject: Male Northern Cardinal
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 08:14:12 -0600
What a treat to have a male Northern Cardinal show up in the backyard this
morning.
Linda Gregg
Horace, North Dakota