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6 Dec Valley City CBC [Terry Gwilliams ]
6 Dec Fwd: Announcement of Shadehill Christmas Brid Count. [N Drilling ]
6 Dec common redpoll & a proper blizzard [Jean Legge ]
5 Dec Christmas Bird Counts [Corey Ellingson ]
5 Dec Vesper Sparrow [Ron Martin ]
2 Dec Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Dec 2, 2016 [Ron Martin ]
30 Nov Jamestown Christmas Bird Count - Wednesday, 14 December ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
24 Nov Black-legged Kittiwake [Corey Ellingson ]
24 Nov Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Nov 24, 2016 [Ron Martin ]
22 Nov Christmas Bird Counts [Corey Ellingson ]
21 Nov Ebird checklists for NDBS weekend [Ron Martin ]
20 Nov ND Birding Society weekend [Ron Martin ]
20 Nov Fwd: Snowy Owl ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
18 Nov Snowy Owl [David Lindee ]
15 Nov Minot area CBCs [Ron Martin ]
12 Nov Saturday birding [Ron Martin ]
11 Nov Pileated Woodpecker [Armand Lagasse ]
10 Nov Bohemian Waxwings ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
10 Nov County Listing [Chris Hiatt ]
10 Nov Re: County Listing [MARK OTNES ]
9 Nov County Listing [Ron Martin ]
7 Nov Rusty Blackbird [Sherry Leslie ]
7 Nov Loons and Snow Geese [Sherry Leslie ]
7 Nov Southwest birding [Corey Ellingson ]
3 Nov Black Scoters at New Town [Scott R a y ]
1 Nov Telescopes [David Lindee ]
31 Oct Fall ND Birding Society meeting [Ron Martin ]
30 Oct Red-throated loon [Ron Martin ]
29 Oct gray catbird [bobneugebauer ]
27 Oct yellow-rumped warbler [bobneugebauer ]
27 Oct Rolla birds [Armand Lagasse ]
26 Oct Almost urban pheasant [Charles Taft ]
25 Oct White-winged Scoter [Scott R a y ]
25 Oct Pileated Woodpecker reports from Stutsman Co. ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
22 Oct Harlequin Duck [Ron Martin ]
20 Oct Back yard feeders [Armand Lagasse ]
17 Oct Van Hook area [Ron Martin ]
15 Oct Pacific Loons [Ron Martin ]
14 Oct Northern Mockingbird in Fargo [MARK OTNES ]
11 Oct Re: Vermilion Flycatcher - update [Corey Ellingson ]
8 Oct Re: Vermilion Flycatcher - Hettinger [Nancy Drilling ]
8 Oct Sparrows and Juncos heading south [Richard Budd ]
7 Oct Vermilion Flycatcher update 10-7-16 [Adrian Azar ]
6 Oct Re: Hettinger Vermilion flycatcher [Scott R a y ]
5 Oct Hettinger Vermilion Flycatcher [Scott R a y ]
4 Oct Vermilion flycatcher [Keith Corliss ]
4 Oct Vermilion flycatcher [Keith Corliss ]
26 Sep Tennessee Warbler and Dark-Eyed Junco [Richard Budd ]
26 Sep First junco [Charles Taft ]
24 Sep Sabine's Gulls [Corey Ellingson ]
24 Sep Van Hook Birds [David Lindee ]
21 Sep Raven [Betsy Batstone-Cunningham ]
21 Sep Sleepy Hollow - Bismarck [Corey Ellingson ]
18 Sep Pembina country [Corey Ellingson ]
18 Sep Black-throated Blue Warbler [Carl ]
16 Sep Western Warbler Bonanza [Scott R a y ]
12 Sep Black-throated Blue immature at Oak Grove, Fargo [Dennis Wiesenborn ]
8 Sep Prairie Falcon - Barnes County [Bob Anderson ]
8 Sep Greater white-fronted goose [Bob Anderson ]
8 Sep MacGillivray's Warbler - Barnes County [Bob Anderson ]
6 Sep EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL(?) [Corey Ellingson ]
5 Sep Poorwill in Bismarck [Corey Ellingson ]
5 Sep Black-throated Blue, Scarlet Tanager [Corey Ellingson ]
4 Sep Northern Mockingbird ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
3 Sep Black-throated Blue Warbler [Larry Larson ]
31 Aug eBird Report - Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, Aug 30, 2016 [Corey Ellingson ]
30 Aug Grand Forks birds [Sandy Aubol ]
29 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, Aug 29, 2016 [Corey Ellingson ]
29 Aug Bullock's Orioles [David Lindee ]
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 ]

Subject: Valley City CBC
From: Terry Gwilliams <terry_gwilliams AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:14:09 -0600
The the Valley City Christmas bird count will be held on Thursday, December
15. We will meet at the Valley City Wetland Management office at 8:00am for
coffee and doughnuts. Please give us a call if you can make it and all are
welcome!

Thank you


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Fwd: Announcement of Shadehill Christmas Brid Count.
From: N Drilling <dril0008 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 07:42:17 -0700
For those near the South Dakota border:


On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 8:22 AM, Dinkins, Meghan F -FS <
meghanfdinkins AT fs.fed.us> wrote:

It is time for the annual Christmas Bird Count at Shadehill, South Dakota!
For 116 years new and seasoned birders have taken part in the Audubon
Society's Christmas Bird Count. These volunteers and enthusiasts are vital
partners in gathering key data on the numbers, seasonal habitat, and habits
of birds in the Americas!



Want to join the fun but aren't sure where to start? It doesn't take much
to participate; weather-appropriate clothing, a pencil or pen, and a pair
of binoculars or a spotting scope will set you up for success!



The Shadehill count will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2016, weather
permitting. All participants should plan to meet at the Shadehill store 11
miles south of Lemmon, SD at 7:30 a.m. (Mountain Time). Bird count lists
and maps of the count area will be handed out prior to the start of the
count. Should the count need to be delayed due to severe weather, the
backup date is Friday, December 20, 2016.



To find out more information please contact the Grand River National
Grasslands at 605-374-3592 <(605)%20374-3592>, or the Dakota Prairie
Grasslands Supervisor's Office at 701-989-7300 <(701)%20989-7300>. You can
also email meghanfdinkins AT fs.fed.us at 760-505-1971 <(760)%20505-1971>. We
look forward to seeing you at the Shadehill Christmas Bird Count!
Subject: common redpoll & a proper blizzard
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:39:40 -0600
Dec 6 2016  Barnes County, rural

Common redpoll at feeders this morning during the first proper blizzard
we've had in a few years.

According to family wisdom, when the snow sticks to the window, stay home!
Valley City had several inches of snow and it is blowing close to 40 mph.

American goldfinches have shown up in large numbers in recent days at my
feeders.

Jean Legge
3212 115th Ave SE
Valley City, ND 58072-9492
Subject: Christmas Bird Counts
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 23:13:15 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders,
  I hope your feeders are crawling with birds during these nasty storms we
are getting!  Bismarck where I am received 24 inches in 3 days last week,
and another 5 inches of snow today!   Three school days postponed in a week
of winter already.  We are paying for the record warm November.

Here is my list of compiled CBCs.   I am still missing NWR of Lostwood, Des
Lacs, J. Clark Salyer, and Icelandic SP if there are those lurking on the
Listserve who know the dates.   Please check out the following link, and let
me know if I need to correct any information.
	
http://ndbirdingsociety.com/customContent.php?seq=28&title=North%20Dakota%20
Christmas%20Bird%20Counts (ND Counts)

I thought I would send you a link to see what the CBC is all about for those
interested.  Find a count near you!     
	http://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count
(Audubon website)

Thanks for your interest.

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Vesper Sparrow
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 18:57:30 -0600
All:

Today while checking out a Boreal Chickadee report in the town of Logan I 
flushed a late Vesper Sparrow from the side of the street. Just down the street 
from the sparrow a Mourning Dove was feeding along the road. I did not locate 
the Boreal Chickadee. 


With the mild weather previous to this week and the sudden change in conditions 
I suspect that there will be a number of strange and unusual birds found at 
feeders and migrant traps in the next few weeks. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Dec 2, 2016
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:26:16 -0600
ND-Birders:

Eight species of gulls at the tailrace today. Also a late Red-necked Grebe on 
L. Audubon. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot



----- Forwarded Message -----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Friday, December 2, 2016 5:20:01 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Dec 2, 2016

Garrison Dam Tailrace, Mercer, North Dakota, US
Dec 2, 2016 10:32 AM - 12:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
16 species

Canada Goose  160
Mallard  1700
Lesser Scaup  1
Common Merganser  12
Bald Eagle  8
Black-legged Kittiwake  1     Continuing first-cycle.
Bonaparte's Gull  1     Adult, late.
Mew Gull  1     Continuing adult. 
Ring-billed Gull  450     Warm fall.
Herring Gull  125
Thayer's Gull  2
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2     Adult and first-cycle.
Glaucous Gull  1     Adult.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  115
Belted Kingfisher  1     Male, regular here in winter. 
European Starling  28

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32822036

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Jamestown Christmas Bird Count - Wednesday, 14 December
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:54:59 -0600
The Jamestown Christmas Bird Count has been scheduled for Wednesday,
December 14th.  This year marks the 47th year of the Jamestown Christmas
Bird Count (the first occurred in the early 1920s).
Lunch will be available to participants. We will meet at Northern Prairie
Wildlife Research Center at 7:45 AM on the day of the Count.  Please let me
know beforehand if you are interested in participating.

Larry

**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Black-legged Kittiwake
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:12:28 -0600
Greetings
 For those interested, Ron Martin found a Black-legged Kittiwake this morning 
in the Garrison Dam Tailrace. I assume it is a first year plumage. 

 From what I can see it has been at least 5 years since one has been observed 
as I have never ebirded one (started in 2012). 


Good Birding, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND 

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Nov 24, 2016
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:06:31 -0600
All:

A first-cycle Black-legged Kittiwake was at the tailrace this a.m. The adult 
Mew Gull that has been present for a couple of weeks was also still in the 
area. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot



----- Forwarded Message -----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Thursday, November 24, 2016 2:51:32 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Nov 24, 2016

Garrison Dam Tailrace, Mercer, North Dakota, US
Nov 24, 2016 8:06 AM - 11:02 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     30 degrees, cloudy, wind light.
15 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  80
American Wigeon  1
Mallard  300
Western Grebe  2
Bald Eagle  16
Black-legged Kittiwake  1     First-cycle. Photo.
Bonaparte's Gull  4     Getting late.
Mew Gull  1     Continuing adult. Photo.
Ring-billed Gull  900
Herring Gull  75
Thayer's Gull  3
Thayer's/Iceland Gull 1 Very light bird with very limited dark marking on 
primaries. Seen only briefly. 

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  22
Black-billed Magpie  1
European Starling  1
House Sparrow  40

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32693124

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Christmas Bird Counts
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:40:28 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
   Once again I will try to compile dates for the upcoming Christmas Bird
Counts.  Since Christmas and New Year's falls on a weekend, I am sure most
of the counts will be run early on.

The Bismarck-Mandan Bird Count will be Saturday Dec 17th.  Meet at Hardees
at 7:45am if you wish to participate, and contact me at this email.

The Medora Christmas Bird Count will be Sunday Dec 18th.   If you are
interested, meet at 8am MST at the Visitors Center.

Happy Thanksgiving, and Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Ebird checklists for NDBS weekend
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:56:31 -0600
All:

If you were at Devils lake this weekend and would like me to share checklists 
please send me a note with your email. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot
Subject: ND Birding Society weekend
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:06:31 -0600
All:

Eleven ND birders scoped the Devils Lake area this weekend and found the 
following birds of interest: 


Long-tailed Duck - 3 this morning along the hwy just south of the Casino.
  
White-faced Ibis - 2 late birds on Saturday along the road to Graham's Island.

Lesser Black-backed Gull - a first-cycle bird both days just south of the 
Casino in the same area as the Long-tailed Ducks. This is the first record for 
Benson Co. and the first record for Devils Lake. 


Also noted both days were hundreds of Com. Goldeneyes, Buffleheads, and 
Bonaparte's Gulls. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot

  
Subject: Fwd: Snowy Owl
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 16:06:03 -0600
Ben Weber reported a Snowy Owl on 18 November, north of Cleveland (Stutsman
County).

Larry

**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Snowy Owl
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:49:05 -0600
A mature Snowy Owl was sitting on a fence post just east of Parshall on
Highway 23.  Just east of Makoti, we saw a small flock (8 -10) of Snow
Buntings.  Must be cold up in Canada.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook
Subject: Minot area CBCs
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:13:30 -0600
ND-Birders:

Following is the information for the Minot area CBCs.

Upper Souris NWR - Friday, Dec. 16. Meet at the refuge HQ at 7:30 am. Bring an 
item for the potluck at noon. 


Garrison Dam - Friday, Dec. 23.  Meet at the Audubon NWR HQ at 7:30 am.  

Minot - Monday, Dec. 26.  Meet at the downtown Broadway McDonalds at 7:30 am.  

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

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot
Subject: Saturday birding
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 20:35:38 -0600
ND-Birders:

This morning I located 2 White-winged Scoters and one Surf Scoter at Goose Lake 
north of Harvey. One of the White-winged Scoters was an adult male, a plumage 
not often seen in ND. Later in the day I found a male Barrow's Goldeneye on N. 
Washington Lake in Eddy Co. Large numbers of Snow Geese were everywhere. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot

  
Subject: Pileated Woodpecker
From: Armand Lagasse <a.lagasse AT SENDIT.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:52:31 -0600
There was a pileated woodpecker in Rolla this afternoon. Though my wife and I 
have observed them many times in the nearby Turtle Mountains, this is the first 
time either of us has seen one within the city of Rolla. 

Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:05:45 -0600
I saw three Bohemian Waxwings in my neighbor's tree in northeast Jamestown
on Saturday, 5 November.  It seemed early for our area, especially
considering that I have not seen a Cedar Waxwing in over six weeks and
considering the warmer-than-average temperatures this fall (it was 70 F in
Jamestown yesterday ).  We still have some late-blooming Purple
Coneflowers, Black-eyed Susans, anemones, lupines, and Shrubby Cinquefoil
in our yard, and oddly one of our raspberry plants set fruit again (a treat
for November).  I also saw a common sulfur (butterfly) yesterday, 9
November.

Larry

**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: County Listing
From: Chris Hiatt <hiattch AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:10:48 +0000
Corey congrats!  21 years and over 10,000 birds is amazing!  I was there for 
a few.  Autumn fall out in Mott, poorwills around Medora and you showing me 
all the good N. Dakota birding spots.  I've birded with the 4 men and one 
woman that have seen 200 in all of California's 58 counties.  I know it is a 
crazy amount of driving, time and strategy you have put in to accomplish this. 
   


 
Subject: Re: County Listing
From: MARK OTNES <markotnes AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:40:03 -0500
Congratulations Corey!

Mark Otnes

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Martin" 
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Sent: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 6:43:25 PM
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] County Listing

ND-Birders:

On Sunday Corey Ellingson recorded a Golden-crowned Kinglet in Beach, ND. 
 This little beauty was the 200th species for Corey in Golden Valley County 
and the end of a journey that makes him the first person in ND to record 200 
species in all 53 counties.  Truly quite a feat of skill and perseverance. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot 
Subject: County Listing
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2016 18:43:25 -0600
ND-Birders:

On Sunday Corey Ellingson recorded a Golden-crowned Kinglet in Beach, ND. 
 This little beauty was the 200th species for Corey in Golden Valley County 
and the end of a journey that makes him the first person in ND to record 200 
species in all 53 counties.  Truly quite a feat of skill and perseverance. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot 
Subject: Rusty Blackbird
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2016 21:38:02 -0600
Added a new bird to my yardlist, Rusty Blackbird.  Here all day enjoying
sunflowers and stayed for pictures.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Loons and Snow Geese
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2016 13:08:36 -0600
Friday there was 1, possibly 2, Pacific Loons at Totten Trails boat ramp, 6
Common Loons and several  Loons too far away, even with scope, to tell what
they were.
2 California Gulls north side of Tailrace.
Today, Monday 11-7 at 12:30PM thousands of Snow Geese flying over very
high. Heading south and south east. Love the sound!
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Southwest birding
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2016 08:52:45 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Ron Martin and I birded the southwest corner this past weekend, with the 
following highlights. 


PACIFIC LOON - Lake Ilo NWR Saturday, found by Scott Ray.

PACIFIC LOON - Patterson Lake, Dickinson Saturday evening, also present for 
Jack Lefor Sunday morning. Common Loons were there for nice side-by-side 
comparisons. 


White-winged Scoter - immature bird at Bowman-Haley Reservoir Sunday morning.

Red-breasted Merganser - Odland Dam north of Beach (8), and Bowman-Haley (7).

Townsend's Solitaire - Beach, Bowman-Haley, and Mott. Might be a good winter 
for them. 


Common Raven - on Hwy 85 near the Stewart Lake NWR turnoff (15 miles north of 
Bowman). 


Bohemian Waxwing - first of fall for me, in Beach.

Raptors were plentiful east of Minot on Friday ~ 36 Red-tails. Not so much in 
the southwest. 


Enjoy the unseasonably warm weather, and watch for rarities!

Good Birding, 

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Black Scoters at New Town
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2016 17:05:37 -0500
Greetings ND Birders,

This afternoon at about 2 p.m. I discovered two female type black scoters
that the New Town sewage lagoons. They were first spending their time in
the northwest cell, but later moved back and forth between that one and the
Southwest cell. Quite easily viewable from fairly close range.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Telescopes
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2016 16:34:45 -0500
Hi birders.  We saw a loon in the Van Hook arm and it was just a bit too far
out for our binoculars to see clearly.  We have an old Nikon scope that's
too heavy and awkward, plus it doesn't really finely focus at distances.
We'd like some suggestions from any of you that are satisfied with a scope
that can mount on the window or tripod, easy to focus, can be used with or
without eyeglasses and costs less than a grand.  We can't afford the
Swarovski's and its ilk.  Would appreciate your suggestions before we lock
into something.  

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook
Subject: Fall ND Birding Society meeting
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 23:05:37 -0500
All:

Just a reminder about the fall ND Birding Society meeting at Devils Lake 
November 19-20. We will meet at 7:30 am Saturday, Nov. 19 at the McDonald's in 
Devils Lake. We will explore the lake for migrating waterfowl. This is peak 
time for goldeneye and Bufflehead migration. Vagrants possible at this time of 
year include Barrow's Goldeneye, Long-tailed Duck, scoters, and perhaps a rare 
gull. Sunday we will do more lake scouting and check a few conifer plantings 
for northern finches. I will make reservations for a group meal on Sat. 
evening. 


See you there,
Ron Martin
Minot


 
Subject: Red-throated loon
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2016 15:17:40 -0500
All:

This morning at 11:00 am I found a Red-throated Loon on L. Audubon at the 
Totten Trail boat ramp off Hwy 83 on the north side of the lake. C. Loon and 
Pacific Loon were also in the area. A distant jeager sp. was also seen. Earlier 
in the day I had an adult Mew Gull on the sandbars a mile south of the tailrace 
below Garrison Dam. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot

  
Subject: gray catbird
From: bobneugebauer <bobneugebauer AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2016 22:45:55 -0400
It was a really active day for birding in our yard today. 15 species were seen 
in under two hours. Highlights were a gray catbird, an American tree sparrow, a 
Eurasian collared-dove, and both a male and female purple finch. A few photos 
should be on my ebird report later on. 


Bob Neugebauer
Rural Bismarck



Subject: yellow-rumped warbler
From: bobneugebauer <bobneugebauer AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 21:51:43 -0400
A yellow-rumped warbler landed on one of my bird baths this morning at 11:37 
AM. I submitted this to ebird but do not see it there. 


Bob Neugebauer
Rural Bismarck


Subject: Rolla birds
From: Armand Lagasse <a.lagasse AT SENDIT.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:29:30 -0500
Birds of note in or near Rolla:
brown creeper
house finch 
purple finch
rough-legged hawk
American tree sparrow
Harris' sparrow
northern shrike (2)
rusty blackbird


Armand Lagasse
Rolla, ND
Subject: Almost urban pheasant
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:26:47 -0500
Earlier today I was in the are of Ramstad Junior High, at the corner of 16th NW 
and 37th NW, when a female pheasant, (Not a chicken) decided to cross the road. 
There is open ground around, so not totally surprised. 


Charles

Charles J Taft
cjtaft AT me.com



Subject: White-winged Scoter
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:37:25 -0500
Greetings, ND-Birders

Late this afternoon Denise and I found an immature White-winged Scoter
north of Stanley.

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

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Pileated Woodpecker reports from Stutsman Co.
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:49:49 -0500
We still get a few scattered reports of Pileated Woodpeckers in the
Jamestown area.  There were two recent reports of Pileated Woodpeckers in
Stutsman County.

Jill Shaffer reported a Pileated Woodpecker south of the Jamestown sewage
lagoons at Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (3 miles southeast of
Jamestown) on Thursday, 20 October.

Dan Buchanan reported a Pileated Woodpecker at Klaus Park in Jamestown on
Friday, 21 October.

Larry

**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Harlequin Duck
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 22:19:53 -0500
ND-Birders:

This morning I photographed a Harlequin Duck on Lake Sakakawea at the Van Hook 
Cabin area east of New Town. The bird was visible from the south end of D 
street. Later attempts by others to relocate the bird were not successful. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot

  
Subject: Back yard feeders
From: Armand Lagasse <Armand.lagasse AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:06:34 -0500
Set up the feeders in my back yard about a week ago. Birds are beginning to 
come in. 

Hairy woodpecker
downy woodpecker
Black-capped chickadee
blue jay
white-breasted nuthatch
red-breasted nuthatch (more than usual, sometimes three or four at a time)

Bonus bird, in the yard but not at the feeders, a golden-crowned kinglet.

Armand Lagasse
Rolla, ND
Subject: Van Hook area
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:18:30 -0500
All:

Yesterday on Lake Sakakawea at the Van Hook cabin area east of New Town I had 
16 Common Loons and 3 Surf Scoters. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot

 
Subject: Pacific Loons
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2016 23:03:50 -0500
All:

This evening there were two Pacific Loons on Lake Audubon, visible from the 
Totten Trail boat ramp parking lot on the north side of the lake. There were 
also 18 Common Loons on the lake and a single Red-necked Grebe. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot
Subject: Northern Mockingbird in Fargo
From: MARK OTNES <markotnes AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:43:57 -0400
Yesterday (10/12) shortly before noon I saw a Northern Mockingbird hanging 
around the east parking lot of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota 
building.  It appears that the bird didn't stick around as I didn't see it 
when I returned from lunch nor later in the afternoon when I took a quick walk 
outside the building. 

  
Mark Otnes 
Fargo ND 

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Subject: Re: Vermilion Flycatcher - update
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:42:56 -0500
Thanks for looking Jan, on behalf of all of us. 
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck ND. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 11, 2016, at 4:16 PM, G & J Sailer 
<00000584998ccf59-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU> wrote: 

> 
> All --
> 
> I went out to check on the vermilion flycatcher south of Hettinger this 
morning and just returned from an afternoon trip. I spent about a half hour 
each time and did not see the flycatcher (or much else). One of us will check 
again tomorrow and post. 

> 
> Weather at Stenberg place this afternoon cloudy, temp 38 degrees, slight NW 
breeze, a very few snowflakes coming down. Forecast tonight is high 20s. Not 
very friendly for flycatchers. 

> 
> Jan Sailer
> Hettinger
Subject: Re: Vermilion Flycatcher - Hettinger
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT BIRDCONSERVANCY.ORG>
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2016 10:05:01 -0600
The flycatcher is at the same spot this morning, 10 am. Thanks to all for
posting about this beautiful bird and thanks to the Sailers for checking in
with the landowner.

Nancy Drilling

On Oct 7, 2016 3:50 PM, "G & J Sailer" <
00000584998ccf59-dmarc-request AT listserv.nodak.edu> wrote:

All --

In the event that any of you are considering driving out here this weekend
to look for this gorgeous little bird, know that my husband and I saw it
about an hour ago.  It seems to favor perches on the corral posts.  Gerry
spoke to the fellow who lives in the house, Mr. Stenberg, whose family owns
the farm.  He also talked to the Zimmermanns, who lease the place.  It's OK
to pull in the driveway, as people have been doing, and drive a bit closer
to the corral.  They have been harvesting the corn in the field just east
of the yard, so you want to give their trucks plenty of room so as to not
slow them down.  There's also a young dog there that doesn't seem too savvy
about vehicles.

Will someone post to SD list, please?

Good birding!

Jan Sailer
Hettinger, ND

701-567-2989
Subject: Sparrows and Juncos heading south
From: Richard Budd <rmbudd AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2016 10:43:49 -0500
Today's 26 degree low must be coaxing the late-stayers on their way. A flock of 
dark-eyed (slate-colored) juncos showed up here just this morning, along with 
some Harris sparrows and at least one white-crowned sparrow. Interesting to see 
the faded attire of the sparrows. Most of the dozen or so northern flickers 
which had been hanging around for a couple weeks have moved on. 


Richard Budd, York, ND
Subject: Vermilion Flycatcher update 10-7-16
From: Adrian Azar <adrian_azar_8 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2016 17:01:57 +0000
The flycatcher is continuing this morning, reported from Jesse Kolar.

Adrian


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Subject: Re: Hettinger Vermilion flycatcher
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:39:00 -0500
And thank you Deb Lancaster who's car full of birders was already on site
when we arrived, and had had a brief glimpse of the bird pointing us in the
right direction.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND

On Oct 5, 2016 11:32 PM, "Deb Lancaster" <
00000344a3dddbe0-dmarc-request AT listserv.nodak.edu> wrote:

> We were amazed to also find the Vermilion flycatcher this afternoon near
> Hettinger. When we first saw it, it was perched midway across on the silver
> chain fence on the south side of the farmstead yard (in front of the
> red-fenced corrals).  It then flew up into the dead tree close to the
> southwest end of the house  and back & forth to the evergreens on either
> side of the dead tree, as Scott Ray also described.  Great views of it!
> The turn off of Hwy 8 is 3rd Ave SE; it's the first farmstead on the right;
> a green house.  Hope others will have a chance to see it!  : )
> Deb Lancaster, Halliday
>
Subject: Hettinger Vermilion Flycatcher
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 19:10:47 -0500
Greetings ND Birders,

This afternoon Denise and I chased and refound the Vermilion Flycatcher
reported yesterday south of Hettinger by an NDSU researcher.

During the hour that we watched it the bird favored the small red fenced
paddocks south of the farmhouse. This area is protected from the heavy west
winds by an 8-foot tall sheet metal fence. The bird could be seen from the
road much of the time.

The locale is 2 miles south of Hettinger on SH8 and then 1 mile east to a
farm house on the south side of the road.

Here are a couple of photos.

https://goo.gl/photos/DVKsT3RUyHRhknQy5
https://goo.gl/photos/TmNQi9b8rCfvePEo6

Good luck to all chasers!

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Vermilion flycatcher
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 16:44:02 -0500
Update.
The bird was seen again this afternoon at 3 mountain time.
It's 2 miles south and 3/4 miles east of Hettinger.
Keith Corliss
Fargo

On Oct 4, 2016 16:08, "Keith Corliss"  wrote:

> Near hettinger. Seen and photographed this morning. More to follow...
> Keith
>
Subject: Vermilion flycatcher
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 16:08:49 -0500
Near hettinger. Seen and photographed this morning. More to follow...
Keith
Subject: Tennessee Warbler and Dark-Eyed Junco
From: Richard Budd <rmbudd AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:27:04 -0500
We had a Tennessee Warbler on its way south try to biff itself on our bay 
window tis evening. Luckily it survived OK, but not before I got a good look at 
it. Thanks to Corey for IDing it for sure for me. Also saw our first dark-eyed 
junco of the autumn out on the sidewalk this evening. Additionally, for about a 
week we have had about 18 northern flickers hanging around our 1/2 mile long 
driveway with its nice mowed sides. 


Rich Budd, York, ND
Subject: First junco
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:14:59 -0500
A Dark-eyed Junco showed up this morning in our yard here in west Minot. First 
one seen this fall. Yesterday and probably a day or two ago, Orange-crowned 
Warblers. Summer seems to be ending around here! 

Charles
Charles J Taft
cjtaft AT me.com



Subject: Sabine's Gulls
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:46:11 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders,
 Ron Martin and I birded the rain today attempting to find Sabine's gulls 
wherever we could. We started at Garrison Dam where there was an adult for 
awhile and the flew south down the river. Only other unexpected species was a 
Bonaparte's Gull. 35 Turkey Vultures were on the rocks and flying about. 

 From there we drove to Lake Ilo near Killdeer where an immature Sabine's was 
on the island near headquarters. Next stop was Patterson Lake in Dickinson 
where an immature Sabine's was flying out in front of the day use area. 

 From there we drove to Mirror Lake in Hettinger. No gulls, but first of season 
Townsend's Solitaires and a Palm warbler were along the lake. 

 Last stop was Bowman-Haley. Among the rain and 25mph southwest winds we 
finally found a Sabine's Gull after an hour and a half on the beach along the 
breakwater in the northwest arm. Surprising here was a Caspian Tern, and also a 
Prairie Falcon. 

Now for the long drive home.  4 Sabine's in four counties.  
Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND 

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Subject: Van Hook Birds
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:15:00 -0500
It was a great day to cruise around and sit on our deck at Van Hook.  It was
too wet to do yard or garden work, so we basically birded all day.  

 

To the east of Van Hook, within a mile:

Western meadowlarks

Song, Lincoln and Savannah sparrows

Mourning doves

Robins

Pigeons and starlings (yuk)

 

In the water:

Western and Clark's grebes

Common loon

Canada geese

 

In our yard and at the American Legion Park:

White-crowned sparrow

White-breasted and Red-breasted nuthatches

Brown creeper

Brown thrasher

Nashville warbler

Blue jays

Gray catbird

House finches

BC Chickadees

Cooper's hawk (with a mourning dove in its claws)

Downy woodpeckers

Ruby-crowned kinglet

Harris's sparrows (juvenile)

Y/S flicker

Warbling vireo

Red-tailed hawk (landed on tree in south yard)

Yellow-rumped warblers

Probable Bell's vireo (didn't note the leg color, but all other attributes
were there.)

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook
Subject: Raven
From: Betsy Batstone-Cunningham <batsham AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:38:34 -0500
A large kettle of Franklin Gulls just flew over the house and a lone Raven that 
was calling was with them. Also a hawk that I couldn’t id. The raven is a new 
yard bird for me! Happy dance. 


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

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Subject: Sleepy Hollow - Bismarck
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:52:29 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Walked Sleepy Hollow Park yesterday afternoon. Got a glimpse of a 
BLACK-THROATED GREEN for a second a couple times before completely vanishing - 
"never to be seen again". My last observation was exactly two years ago - 20 
Sept, which apparently I also observed a Scarlet Tanager then according to 
Ebird. 


Still waiting for the sparrows to show up. This fall has been very slow here, 
but it rained yesterday sunrise for a bit. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Pembina country
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:54:33 -0500
Greetings
I made a trip to the northeast part of the state to try to catch the last of 
the warblers. 

In the city park of St John - 7 species of warbler - most unusual being 
Nashville, nothing rare. 

This morning in the city park of Walhalla, a large flock of 75 birds buzzed the 
oak canopy. I heard a Red-eyed Vireo, but only saw it once. After 2 hrs of 
following flock, found a Blue-headed Vireo. Other species only observed once 
were Yellow, Blackpoll, and Chestnut-sided warbler. Needed some help there. 

Brown Creeper observed several places, and Sharp-shinned (many) and 
Broad-winged Hawks on the move. 

Oh yea, a stock dam south of Walhalla (0.5 south of Hwy 32 x Hwy 5) had a pair 
of Trumpeter Swans. This pair was seen there 3 yrs ago(?) also. 

Good Birding
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck ND

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Subject: Black-throated Blue Warbler
From: Carl <carlcs AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 21:28:02 -0500
I had a Black-throated Blue Warbler at the fountain today, a female or 
juvenile, also a Purple Finch and a Hummingbird, it's late for them I think. 

Carl Stangeland
Jamestown
Subject: Western Warbler Bonanza
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:33:25 -0500
Greetings, ND Birders,

After experiencing continuous drizzle for 18 hours here in Mountrail
County, we hoped for some better than average warbler numbers at the
local golf course, our go-to spot in Stanley for woodland species.
Despite being an imperfect facsimile of a woodland, this place can be
quite good. The migration season out here however has largely been a dud,
including today after the rain.

So it was off to Minot's Oak Park, the default woodland hotspot for
that city, some 54 miles east of Stanley.  We were not disappointed.
As expected, Yellow-rumped Warblers dominated the scene. But we were
also favored with the following warblers.

1  Ovenbird
1  Northern Waterthrush
2  Tennessee Warbler
7  Orange-crowned Warbler
1  American Redstart
1  Yellow Warbler
3  Chestnut-sided Warbler
3  Wilson's Warbler

We also had Yellow-throated and Warbling Vireos.

Complete list... http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31611940


Cheers!

Scott & Denise Ray

Stanley, ND
Subject: Black-throated Blue immature at Oak Grove, Fargo
From: Dennis Wiesenborn <d.wiesenborn AT NDSU.EDU>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:13:12 +0000
Thickets on right side as you enter the first gate but then drive to the next 
gate in direction of pedestrian bridge. Seen well for about a minute. Also 2 
magnolias, blackpoll, and others. 


Dennis


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Subject: Prairie Falcon - Barnes County
From: Bob Anderson <bob.anderson AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 16:58:54 -0500
I was fortunate to get great looks at a Prairie Falcon ½ mile east of the 
USFWS Fish Hatchery near Valley City in Barnes County. I could clearly see a 
larger falcon flying ahead of me so I pulled off on the highway across from a 
house. The falcon which had been out a couple hundred yards fly directly 
towards my vehicle only to catch a thirteen-lined ground squirrel in the lawn 
about 35 yds away. It had prominent dark axillars and underwing coverts that 
were clearly visible as it killed the ground squirrel and carried it away. 

Good Birding,
Bob Anderson
Valley City
Subject: Greater white-fronted goose
From: Bob Anderson <bob.anderson AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:44:44 -0500
A greater white-fronted goose has spent all summer at City Park in Valley City. 
It was still present on 9/6/2016. It does not go out to field feed with the 
Canada geese in the morning or evenings, but rather appears to just feed on the 
grass in the park. It is remarkably tame and you can approach it within 10 
feet. I did briefly chase it to make sure it could fly, and it can fly just 
fine. It is a gorgeous adult with its unique chest barring, so if any 
photographers want a picture of this species up close, here is your 
opportunity. 

Good Birding,
Bob Anderson
Valley City
Subject: MacGillivray's Warbler - Barnes County
From: Bob Anderson <bob.anderson AT VCSU.EDU>
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:07:36 -0500
A MacGillivray’s warbler hit the window of the Science building on the Valley 
City State University campus on September 6th. The bird was still very warm 
when I found it in the morning, and had clearly just died. I used a combination 
of features to reach my identification, and to exclude a fall Mourning warbler. 
I will post photos on the ND Birding Facebook site and on the ND Birding 
Society rarity page. The bird will be added to the VCSU bird collection. 

Here are the criteria I used:
1.	The bird had fairly prominent split eye-arcs
2. The throat color does not appear to have any yellow or buffy yellow, which 
would lean the identification toward the MacGillivray's Warbler 

3. Wing-minus-tail measurement was 10 mm. Unfortunately this falls within the 
range 9-11 mm, which both MacGillivray’s and Mourning can have. 

4. The length of the rectrices extending beyond the undertail coverts was 20 
mm, which strongly supports MacGillivray’s, since Mourning should not be 
beyond 15mm. This measurement basically excludes Mourning and provides the 
strongest evidence. 

Good Birding,
Bob Anderson
Valley City, ND
Subject: EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL(?)
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2016 19:23:28 +0000
Greetings ND-Birders:
I previously reported that I flushed a COMMON POORWILL last night at Sleepy 
Hollow. I had a comment from Alex Sundvall of MN asking if it should rather be 
a WHIP? 

I looked at my photos again (however distant and grainy it may be), trying to 
see if there was a field mark to distinguish the two. I noticed in my photo 
this bird has a long tail, with a white underside. Two things prompt me to 
change my ID. 

One, the tail is indeed quite long, and a Poor-will is short tailed. I don't 
think this much of the tail would show from my photo angle. Secondly, the bird 
twice landed on an oak tree limb. I wonder if the Poor-will would land on a 
tree limb, or are they more likely to be on the ground? Anyone with more 
experience on this? 

When I saw the bird, I didn't think it was big enough for a WHIP, as I did see 
one fifteen years ago at this same location - my only other experience SEEING 
the species. At that time I was impressed by how large the bird was (wing 
span). This time around, the bird was not flushed as close as my original 
sighting. 

The photo I used for Facebook is actually a cell photo of the back of my 
camera. I will upload the original at the following link on the ND Birding 
Society website after work. 

 http://www.ndbirdingsociety.com/photoGallery.php?galRarity=N 
(http://www.ndbirdingsociety.com/photoGallery.php?galRarity=N) 

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Poorwill in Bismarck
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2016 21:44:28 -0500
Greetings,
I birded several locations in Bismarck Mandan with Kevin Downs today with the 
following highlights. 

Magnolia Warbler - Mandan Research  Center and Sleepy Hollow Park. 
Mourning Warbler - Ft Lincoln SP and Sleepy Hollow Park. 
Chestnut-sided Warbler - pair at Mandan Research Center 
POORWILL - flushed in the upper reaches of Sleepy Hollow Park a couple times 
before it sat on a branch for a distant photo op. This is my second sighting 
here. Makes me wonder if there are a few strays along the Missouri River in 
summer. 

Good Birding, 
Corey Ellingson 
Bismarck ND 

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Subject: Black-throated Blue, Scarlet Tanager
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2016 08:59:11 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders,
   I birded the rain yesterday (Sunday) in Kidder and Logan counties.   In
Dawson there were 5 orioles at a feeder at the same time.  Also 3
hummingbirds at the same feeder jockeying for position.  Down the street
another pair of hummingbirds were fighting over a feeder.

At Lake Isabelle was a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker.   At the water
crossing just south of Dawson was a Caspian Tern.

At the Crystal Springs woodlot, there wasn't a big fallout, but a
Philadelphia Vireo and male SCARLET TANAGER were found in a flock.

My last stop was Beaver Lake State Park.   In route south of Dawson was an
adult Red-headed Woodpecker on a pole.  Two different flocks at the park
there hosted a Nashville Warbler, and a male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER.
The blue was visible for about a minute as I tried to get a photo in the
backlit canopy, then it completely disappeared.  Despite being in the area
another hour it was not refound.  Later I observed the only Blue-headed
Vireo of the day.

90% of the birds were still yellows, and vireos, so we are still waiting for
the big push here.  Only 10 species of warbler on the day despite 100
individuals scanned.

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Northern Mockingbird
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2016 16:11:17 -0500
Marsha Sovada reported that a Northern Mockingbird has been hanging out at
her house southeast of Jamestown.  The bird was seen on at least 4 days
last week (starting on 30 August).

Larry

**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Black-throated Blue Warbler
From: Larry Larson <lpl_62 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2016 13:14:52 -0500
Greeting ND Birders,
I had a Black-throated Blue Warbler foraging in the underbrush inside an aspen 
grove on our property this morning. An Ovenbird appeared to be chasing it. 


Good Birding,
Larry Larson
Rural Antler, ND
Subject: eBird Report - Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, Aug 30, 2016
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:29:11 +0000
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Another wave of warblers last night at Sleepy Hollow Park. This flock seemed 
different than the night before - was fun to see a fairly bright Magnolia 
Warbler, and a Chestnut-sided for about the 5th time in the last 9 days. 

Also, plenty of Common Nighthawks flying over Pebble Creek golf course walking 
path later in the evening. In the last week I have seen more than the last few 
years, which is good to see. I was surprised to see two Black-headed Grosbeaks 
flagged by Ebird last night, so apparently later than I have seen them in the 
past. 

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
---- Original Message ----
 From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
 To: crackerjackbirder AT bis.midco.net
 Sent: Wed, Aug 31, 2016, 07:23 AM
 Subject: eBird Report - Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, Aug 30, 2016
Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, Burleigh, North Dakota, US
Aug 30, 2016 5:30 PM - 6:41 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75
19 species

Cooper's Hawk  1
Franklin's Gull  60
Ring-billed Gull  7
Eurasian Collared-Dove  5
Mourning Dove  2
Common Nighthawk  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Least Flycatcher  1
American Crow  2
Barn Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tennessee Warbler  3
American Redstart  2
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  1
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  3
Subject: Grand Forks birds
From: Sandy Aubol <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:47:22 +0000
We had a nice push of warblers today in Grand Forks, I had 12 species late this 
afternoon. 


Grand Forks Memorial Park Cemetery
Aug 29, 2016
4:10 PM
Traveling
0.20 miles
105 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Submitted from eBird Android 1.2.5

15 Franklin's Gull
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Merlin
1 Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
1 Least Flycatcher
2 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
4 Ovenbird
2 Northern Waterthrush
3 Black-and-white Warbler
2 Mourning Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
6 American Redstart
2 Magnolia Warbler
2 Bay-breasted Warbler
2 Yellow Warbler
3 Chestnut-sided Warbler
2 Canada Warbler
3 Wilson's Warbler
X Chipping Sparrow -- 12

Number of Taxa: 22

Sandy Aubol
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, Aug 29, 2016
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:41:35 -0500
I had the good fortune of birding with Dan Casey of Billings MT and Nancy 
Drilling of Rapids City SD this evening as they were in town for meetings. 

This is the first day of a good warbler push here as we fought mosquitos along 
the way. 

Good Birding
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck ND



Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: August 29, 2016 at 9:35:04 PM CDT
> To: crackerjackbirder AT bis.midco.net
> Subject: eBird Report - Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, Aug 29, 2016
> 
> Bismarck--Sleepy Hollow Park, Burleigh, North Dakota, US
> Aug 29, 2016 5:04 PM - 7:01 PM
> Protocol: Transect
> 0.4 mile(s)
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Submitted from eBird Android 1.2.5 > 24 species > Cooper's Hawk 1 > Franklin's Gull 8 > Ring-billed Gull 15 > Eurasian Collared-Dove 4 > Mourning Dove 2 > Common Nighthawk 6 > Downy Woodpecker 2 > Hairy Woodpecker 1 > Northern Flicker 2 > Least Flycatcher 3 > Warbling Vireo 3 > Blue Jay 2 > Black-capped Chickadee 2 > House Wren 1 > American Robin 6 > Ovenbird 1 > Tennessee Warbler 2 > Orange-crowned Warbler 1 > Common Yellowthroat 2 > American Redstart 1 > Magnolia Warbler 1 > Yellow Warbler 4 > Blackpoll Warbler 2 > Common Grackle 3
Subject: Bullock's Orioles
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:45:08 -0500
We've had a classic male Bullock's oriole, as well as a Bullock's/Baltimore
hybrid at our jelly feeders for 4 days now.  He typically eats a few bites
and then takes off, but he's usually back within an hour or two.  If you
want to see the birds, ask for directions at the Van Hook bait shop.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Van Hook (near New Town)
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

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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



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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

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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