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Two-Banded Courser,©Tony Disley

31 Jan Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Jan 31, 2015 [Ron Martin ]
31 Jan Bismarck happenings [Corey Ellingson ]
31 Jan Winter birds from the northwest [Scott R a y ]
31 Jan snowy owl [Cindy Belohlavek ]
30 Jan Re: pigeon-sized raptor [Scott R a y ]
30 Jan pigeon-sized raptor ["matt j. sorenson" ]
29 Jan snowy [Kevin Kloosterman ]
29 Jan Test [Ted Nordhagen ]
28 Jan Gyr sighting [Kevin Hice ]
27 Jan McIntosh Snowys [Paul Konrad ]
26 Jan Bald Eagles in Fargo! [Frank Jay Pickles ]
20 Jan Garrison dam [Kevin Kloosterman ]
19 Jan McKenzie Slough - Long Lake NWR [Corey Ellingson ]
19 Jan Garrison Dam [Corey Ellingson ]
18 Jan Golden eagle [Larry Jones ]
18 Jan Gyr sighting [Kevin Hice ]
14 Jan Gyrfalcon in Mountrail Co. [Diana Dugall ]
14 Jan Pine Siskin [Linda Gregg ]
12 Jan snowy owl and ravens [David Lambeth ]
11 Jan Recent Bird Sightings - Killdeer, Snowy, Mallards [Deb Lancaster ]
11 Jan winter residents [bobneugebauer ]
10 Jan Garrison Dam Tailrace today [Scott R a y ]
10 Jan WHITE WINGED CROSSBILL [Corey Ellingson ]
10 Jan WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL [Corey Ellingson ]
8 Jan Snow Buntings [Deb Lancaster ]
8 Jan Bald Eagle, Rough Legged Hawk, No. Shrike [Deb Lancaster ]
7 Jan Snowy Owl, Northern Shrike [Deb Lancaster ]
6 Jan 2015 Backyard Winter Bird List []
5 Jan FOY Yard Birds [Buchanan Law Office ]
3 Jan Minot CBC [Ron Martin ]
3 Jan Upper Souris NWR CBC [Ron Martin ]
1 Jan First bird of 2015 [Sherry Leslie ]
1 Jan First bird of 2014 [Rod Fossen ]
1 Jan 2015 FOY Backyad Bird []
31 Dec Denbigh CBC [Ron Martin ]
31 Dec December Wilson's Snipe [Scott R a y ]
30 Dec birding between Mott and Regent [Kevin Kloosterman ]
29 Dec birding south of bellfield [Kevin Hice ]
28 Dec Garrison Dam [Ron Martin ]
27 Dec Raptors between New England and Elgin [John Fielding ]
27 Dec Pronghorn location correction [Scott R a y ]
27 Dec Winter birds in western Ward and McLean Cos today [Scott R a y ]
27 Dec Southern Snowys [Paul Konrad ]
27 Dec Additional details of Friday's Snowy Owl observation report [Scott R a y ]
27 Dec Re: Snowy Owl survey today [ ]
26 Dec Re: Snowy Owl survey today [Scott R a y ]
26 Dec Re: Snowy Owl survey today [ ]
26 Dec Snowy Owl survey today [Scott R a y ]
26 Dec Devils Lake CBC [Charlie Christianson ]
23 Dec Bismarck-Mandan CBC [Corey Ellingson ]
23 Dec Killdeer & Rough Legged Hawks [Deb Lancaster ]
23 Dec Results: Jamestown Christmas Bird Count ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
23 Dec Theodore Roosevelt National Park/Medora CBC [V N ]
23 Dec Bald eagle [Jean Legge ]
22 Dec Eurasian collared-dove [Buchanan Law Office ]
22 Dec Long LaKe CBC Results [Mike Rabenberg ]
21 Dec Re: Fargo-Moorhead's count: [Keith Corliss ]
21 Dec Re: Fargo-Moorhead's count: [Keith Corliss ]
21 Dec Fargo-Moorhead's count: [Keith Corliss ]
20 Dec Renville, Burke and Mountrail Co Snowy Owls [Scott R a y ]
19 Dec Fwd: Shadehill South Dakota, CBC [Nancy Drilling ]
19 Dec Fwd: Shadehill South Dakota, CBC ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
18 Dec GF-EGF CBC [David Lambeth ]
18 Dec Snowy Owl [Linda Gregg ]
17 Dec Bismarck and Arrowwood NWR, Dec. 17 [Scott Baron ]
17 Dec Snowy Owl SW of Halliday [Deb Lancaster ]
17 Dec Eurasian collared doves [Howard Lien ]
17 Dec Snowy Owl SW of McGregor [John Fielding ]
16 Dec Garrison Dam CBC [Ron Martin ]
16 Dec Ross Prairie Falcon [Scott R a y ]
16 Dec Tree-top Snowy Owl, Mountrail Co. [Diana Dugall ]
15 Dec Brewer's Blackbird [Deb Lancaster ]
15 Dec GF-EGF CBC [David Lambeth ]
15 Dec Fwd: Shadehill CBC postponed until this Thursday [Nancy Drilling ]
15 Dec ADMIN: Yahoo users [ ]
12 Dec Southwest Raptors [Paul Konrad ]

Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Jan 31, 2015
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:12:55 -0600
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2015 2:28:16 PM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Jan 31, 2015

Garrison Dam Tailrace, Mercer, US-ND
Jan 31, 2015 10:16 AM - 11:22 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments: 8 degrees, cloudy, NE 15. 
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 9 species Canada Goose 6000 Mallard 300 Long-tailed Duck 1 Continuing male. Bufflehead 3 Common Goldeneye 75 Common Merganser 120 Red-breasted Merganser 1 Female. Bald Eagle 16 Black-billed Magpie 1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21612974 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Bismarck happenings
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 11:30:20 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:

 

This morning I was able to view the VARIED THRUSH in the same crabapple tree
as it was seen on our CBC, right at 10am.

 

A quick check of the Kist Livestock pond revealed a male NORTHERN SHOVELER
shortly thereafter.

 

Lastly, there is a gentleman in Bismarck that had three White-throated
Sparrows and a Fox Sparrow on our CBC that continue.   He just texted this
morning with an observation of a male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK!   I guess the
30-40 degrees (52 here on Wednesday!) for two weeks has confused a few
birds!

 

I have heard from a couple people now that there aren't enough reports on
the Listserve anymore partly due to the use of EBIRD.   I just returned from
a week in Florida and they are experiencing the same thing.   One or two
posts a day and we know there are hundreds of birders there in the winter.
and a Space Coast Birding Festival going on this last weekend.   

 

Hopefully we can see more reports for the newer birders to enjoy, I know I
will make more of an effort myself.  It is simple to email yourself an EBIRD
checklist also, and forward it to the listserve too.

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Winter birds from the northwest
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:31:43 -0600
Hi ND Birders,

I spent a few hours birding in Williams and Mountrail Cos on Friday.  Here
are a few of my sightings with grainy voucher photos.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21606047
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21601521
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21604866

From last week.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21369716



​Scott Ray

Stanley, ND
Subject: snowy owl
From: Cindy Belohlavek <mnzippy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 08:46:48 -0600
30th Ave and Umber Ct in Fargo.  She was chasing a crow and perching on top
of a new building.  She (or he) is big!!   I've been watching her in this
neighborhood for 3 years...she comes back every year.   I had not seen her
for a couple of months, so I was excited to see her this morning!!!!
Subject: Re: pigeon-sized raptor
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:01:29 -0600
Yes, in the winter that behavior sounds like a Merlin. In my experience,
kestrels will rarely pursue birds at any time. But I have seen kestrels
preying on fledgling House Finches during the breeding season.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Pecked out on my phone
On Jan 30, 2015 1:54 PM, "matt j. sorenson"  wrote:

> So um, identification isn't my strength :) tho that doesn't keep me from
> pausing to enjoy watching and observing...
>
> Yesterday afternoon I observed a neat encounter - a small pigeon-sized
> raptor pursing sparrows on the street and beneath parked cars. Took place
> on 3rd St N at about 7th Ave N in Fargo (block to the east of Sanford
> downtown).
>
> A merlin or kestrel? After reviewing some photos, I think it was a merlin.
> I'll see if it's around, and perhaps accurately id it the next few days.
>
> --
> ​matt​
>
>
Subject: pigeon-sized raptor
From: "matt j. sorenson" <matt AT SORENSONBROS.NET>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:54:39 -0600
So um, identification isn't my strength :) tho that doesn't keep me from
pausing to enjoy watching and observing...

Yesterday afternoon I observed a neat encounter - a small pigeon-sized
raptor pursing sparrows on the street and beneath parked cars. Took place
on 3rd St N at about 7th Ave N in Fargo (block to the east of Sanford
downtown).

A merlin or kestrel? After reviewing some photos, I think it was a merlin.
I'll see if it's around, and perhaps accurately id it the next few days.

--
​matt​
Subject: snowy
From: Kevin Kloosterman <wolverinephone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:47:42 -0600
1-29 Snowy owl, immature spotted in  Hebron 3 miles south of -I94 on CO RD
90, just sitting on a fence post. Lifer for the wife!

Kevin Kloosterman
Glen Ullin, ND
Subject: Test
From: Ted Nordhagen <soraart AT NEMONT.NET>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:22:08 -0600
I've not been receiving postings into my e-mail account, this is a test.

Thanks,
Ted
Subject: Gyr sighting
From: Kevin Hice <000003702c1ab812-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:33:49 +0000
 Sunday or Monday morning of the 26 sighted a gyr chasing Huns. almost on the 
highway right at the intersection of 22 and 30 on the Indian reservation Right 
near the sign tribal buffalo project around 9:00. I think it was a adult. 
Subject: McIntosh Snowys
From: Paul Konrad <Paul AT WILDLIFEADVENTURES.BIZ>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:48:05 -0600
In south-central North Dakota, southern McIntosh County has become a Snowy Owl 
hotspot during the past 8 days. After seeing no Snowys through mid-January, 
today I observed 8 McIntosh Snowys (3 males, 1 female, and 4 first-year Snowys) 
along Highway 11 and Highway 3, with the center of Snowy activity surrounding 
the county seat of Ashley, just a few miles north of South Dakota. Yesterday I 
found 4 first-year Snowys in the same area. And the previous Monday I found 7 
Snowys along the same highways (2 females, 5 first-year Snowys). With the 
exception of 1 young owl that I have seen during each recent trip to the area, 
the owls seem to be on the move with different birds present day to day. 

    Enjoy the season,  Paul Konrad
Subject: Bald Eagles in Fargo!
From: Frank Jay Pickles <everyusernameisused9 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:20:58 -0600
I have been spotting a pair of Bald Eagle's in Fargo and have photos and video 
on my blog. They have been catching jack rabbits at certain spots that I have 
identified. I also have video of an all brown young Bald Eagle before changing 
color or possibly a Golden Eagle. If you have a Tumblr.com account you can 
follow me and ask questions or reply on this listserv. I have named them Ole 
and Lena! 


www.fargobootscoot.com
Subject: Garrison dam
From: Kevin Kloosterman <wolverinephone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:51:09 -0600
The wife and I went to the dam on Sunday. Besides the hundreds of mallards
and geese, we got common mergs, goldeneye and northern pintails. No
long-tail duck(that's what we went for) but 2 glaucous gulls and what I
said was a ring billed. After reading Corey's gull explanation, it may have
been a herring...also 7 bald eagles and 2 golden eagles.
Finally some pine siskins on our feeders in Glen Ullin.
Subject: McKenzie Slough - Long Lake NWR
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:38:35 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Given the beautiful day, I finally caved at 3pm (Sun Jan 18) to drive my usual 
route east through McKenzie Slough and Long Lake NWR. The following were the 
highlights: 


Blackbirds at the feedlot on the hilltop above McKenzie Slough, in order of 
abundance. 

Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Common Grackle
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird(2)
Rusty Blackbird(1)
(yup!  they are all there!)

Also,
Northern Shrike
Snowy Owl - 3 

Long Lake NWR:
2 Snowy Owl 
Rusty Blackbird (3) in russian olive on Kidder county line east of C Dike. 
Thinking spring? 


What may have been the two best birds were unconfirmed:
Traveling east on I-94, a perched raptor on a pole may have been a Prairie 
Falcon in the area of McDowell Dam. 

At sundown a silouette of a perched raptor may have been a Northern Goshawk. 
When I backed up no bird was there, and nothing was seen exiting the small 
grove. 


All 5 Snowy Owl were found scanning and were perched a half mile or more away. 
None of them were roadside or seen without visual assistance. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Garrison Dam
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:26:05 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:

I visited Garrison Dam at noonish on Saturday (17 Jan) and observed the 
following species of note: 


Redhead (continuing male)
Bufflehead (3)
Long-tailed Duck (NO) - there was a flock of goldeneye a mile downriver from 
the boat ramp, I am sure it is there somewhere. Sometimes nice weather isnt 
good for finding birds. 


GLAUCOUS GULL - 2 (1st or 2nd yr white birds)
HERRING GULL - 1 (sub-adult)   
Ok, this was a subadult bird.... my gut told me it was a Ring-billed Gull, it 
seemed small but flying around all by its self. I find it humorous that I am 
comfortable picking out Thayer's or even Mew Gull from a thousand birds flying, 
but ask me what a single bird is by itself, I didnt know! Herring would be much 
more likely in January. Gray back, black primaries, and no mirrors. 


Two ladies from Colorado drove up specifically to see and photograph a SNOWY 
OWL. After canvasing the area west Saturday afternoon in 30+ mph winds, one was 
located at sundown 6 miles north of Golden Valley. 


A gentleman from the Beulah area has reported to me (to add to Ebird) 26 
sightings between Hwy 200 and Hwy 1806 since mid November. The bird we found 
was one of two reported by him Thursday. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Golden eagle
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:03:04 -0600
Had a golden eagle perched in a pine tree south of our farmstead this morning. 
Also a nice flock of redpolls (175) and 1 hoary have been at our feeders 
lately. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Subject: Gyr sighting
From: Kevin Hice <000003702c1ab812-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:29:45 +0000
   East on 73 saw a Gyr chasing pigeons very dark bird east of Johnson 
corner  Maybe half way between 23 and 22 Across from  arrow gas plant. First 
Gyr I have seen this year. 
Subject: Gyrfalcon in Mountrail Co.
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:22:56 -0600
Hi All,
 I got a text about 10:30 this morning from Scott Ray about a Gyrfalcon.
Immediately, I ran out the door. I headed to Ross, went south on 90th Ave.
and found the gray morph falcon right where he said it was- just south of
58th.

I was able to watch it on the ground for a few minutes before it flew
across the road to the east. It was flying about 15-20 feet above the
ground when it took a quick dive scaring up a flock of about ten Gray
Partridges. It chased, regained some altitude, then dove again and chased
some more. What a show. It was like watching Nat.Geo. live. After the
chase, it flew behind the tree-line that saved the lives of the partridges
and perched on a rock pile. For about five minutes it rested and kept
watch, then flew off to the south.

Thanks to Scott for the tip. I've seen two juveniles but this was my first
adult.




-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: Pine Siskin
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:04:45 -0600
We had a lone Pine Siskin on our thistle feeder today. This is the first
one we've noticed in our yard this winter season.
Linda Gregg
Horace, North Dakota
Subject: snowy owl and ravens
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:54:31 +0000
Today during the noon hour, I was traveling between Fargo and Grand Forks on 
I-29 (returning home after being gone for 20 days). A Snowy Owl (very snowy!!) 
was perched on a highway sign just north of Grandin, and two Common Ravens were 
feeding on a deer carcass just a quarter mile south of 62nd Ave on the south 
side of Grand Forks.  Dave Lambeth 

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Recent Bird Sightings - Killdeer, Snowy, Mallards
From: Deb Lancaster <00000344a3dddbe0-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:14:42 -0800
Hi,

On January 9th and 10th, I relocated the lone killdeer that I had seen off and 
on since at least Thanksgiving in an area of swampy open water on the southwest 
side of my driveway. There is apparently a spring flowing through the area at a 
rate that's enough to keep the water open, in spite of the very cold temps 
we've had lately. On the 9th I also saw 12 ducks fly up from the same area, but 
was inside the house and couldn't tell for sure what they were from that 
distance. On the 10th, I saw 3 mallards on the other side of the road where the 
water comes out of a culvert and is still open for a few feet of flow. Today, 
the 11th, 26 mallard ducks were in the seep area on my side of the road. I 
didn't see or hear the killdeer today. Did see a young snowy owl today 
northwest of here, at the jct of 7th St SW & 94th Ave SW. It was perched on a 
pole close to where I had seen a young snowy last weekend, altho I think the 
streaking on this bird was not as 

 dark as the one observed last week. 

Deb Lancaster, 9291 13th St SW, rural Dunn County SW of Halliday, ND
Subject: winter residents
From: bobneugebauer <bobneugebauer AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 21:36:31 -0500
We have been seeing several welcome residents in our yard this winter. There 
seems to be two female purple finches in the area as well as one male. One 
Harris's sparrow sometimes forages on the ground with the juncos and 
goldfinches. A northern cardinal has been visiting our feeders as well as those 
of a neighbor since at least September. On occasion, I have been noting a brown 
creeper. He seems to be headquartering around a large Siberian elm tree in our 
front yard. Here is a link to a picture of him from today (Jan. 11th): 

 
https://bobneugebauerbirds.shutterfly.com/photosa-e/198
 
A good way to keep him around seems to be by smearing suet on his favorite tree 
trunk. 

 
Bob Neugebauer
Rural Bismarck


Subject: Garrison Dam Tailrace today
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 19:36:46 -0600
This morning I decided to make the two hour drive from Stanley to the
Garrison Dam tailrace, a place I had never visited.  I was looking forward
to seeing some open water. This must be the only place in the entire state
with open water right now. The two best species were Long-tailed Duck and
Glaucous gull.

Garrison Dam Tailrace access, Mercer, US-ND
Jan 10, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
10 species

Canada Goose  3000
Mallard  1
Long-tailed Duck  1     Male
Bufflehead  7
Common Goldeneye  50
Common Merganser  45
Bald Eagle  11
Glaucous Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Black-billed Magpie  1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21287418

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: WHITE WINGED CROSSBILL
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:48:20 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 On Nov 22nd, Clark Talkington heard a White-winged Crossbill while walking 
through the location with Peggy Fenster and myself. It was the day the Northern 
Saw-whet Owl was found. Despite searching for another hour, it was not heard 
again (or seen at all). 

 I wandered the Mandan Union Cemetery this morning for an hour to get Red 
Crossbill for my year list. Among 25 Red Crossbills, there is a single male 
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL. Beware, there is a male red crossbill with faint white 
feather edgings on the wings also. 


Ebird checklist below.

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND  

-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu] 
Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2015 10:42 AM
To: crackerjackbirder AT bis.midco.net
Subject: eBird Report - Mandan Union Cemetery, Jan 10, 2015

Mandan Union Cemetery, Morton, US-ND
Jan 10, 2015 9:02 AM - 10:07 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 12 species Canada Goose 1 Mallard 75 Downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Black-capped Chickadee 12 Red-breasted Nuthatch 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 4 House Finch 5 Red Crossbill 25 White-winged Crossbill 1 Male Pine Siskin 20 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21276213 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 10:51:03 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 On Nov 22nd, Clark Talkington heard a White-winged Crossbill while walking 
through the location with Peggy Fenster and myself. It was the day I found a 
roosting Northern Saw-whet Owl there. Despite searching for another hour, it 
was not heard again (or seen at all). 

 I wandered the Mandan Union Cemetery this morning for an hour to get Red 
Crossbill for my year list. Among 25 Red Crossbills, there is a single male 
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL. Beware, there is a male red crossbill with faint white 
feather edgings on the wings also. 


Ebird checklist below.

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND  

-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu] 
Sent: Saturday, January 10, 2015 10:42 AM
To: crackerjackbirder AT bis.midco.net
Subject: eBird Report - Mandan Union Cemetery, Jan 10, 2015

Mandan Union Cemetery, Morton, US-ND
Jan 10, 2015 9:02 AM - 10:07 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 12 species Canada Goose 1 Mallard 75 Downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Black-capped Chickadee 12 Red-breasted Nuthatch 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 4 House Finch 5 Red Crossbill 25 White-winged Crossbill 1 Male Pine Siskin 20 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21276213 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Snow Buntings
From: Deb Lancaster <00000344a3dddbe0-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:46:49 -0800
Hi, Meant to also include, in my last post, that I saw approximately a dozen 
snow buntings late yesterday afternoon near the jct. of 101st Ave. SW and 14th 
St SW, south of Dunn Center. Deb Lancaster, SW of Halliday, ND 

Subject: Bald Eagle, Rough Legged Hawk, No. Shrike
From: Deb Lancaster <00000344a3dddbe0-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:33:15 -0800
Hi,

While driving yesterday, a full adult bald eagle went over Hwy 200 just east of 
Dunn Center. Later in the afternoon, in the "breaks" on Hwy 22 south of 
Manning, a rough legged hawk went over. 


The Northern shrike was again perched near the top of a cottonwood tree in my 
yard yesterday. 

 
Deb Lancaster, SW of Halliday  
Subject: Snowy Owl, Northern Shrike
From: Deb Lancaster <00000344a3dddbe0-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:55:38 -0800
Hi, On Sun. Jan, 4th there was a young snowy owl at the jct. of 7th St SW & 
94th Ave SW, south of Hwy 200, SW of Halliday. About half an hour later another 
- or the same - young snowy was near the jct. of 14th St SW and 94th Ave SW. I 
lost sight of the first bird when it flew over the ridge to the west of where I 
was parked. It's possible, I guess, that the second sighting could have been 
the same bird further south as the plumage appeared the same, but also possible 
it was a second young owl. On Jan.6th I had a Northern shrike watching the 
house sparrows at my feeders. I have consistently had 5 to 10 pheasants, an 
occasional robin or two, one rusty blackbird, downy and hairy woodpeckers and 
an overabundance of house sparrows at my feeders but only one or two redpolls 
and a few goldfinches earlier in Dec. . Deb Lancaster, SW of Halliday, ND 

Subject: 2015 Backyard Winter Bird List
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:08:06 -0600
Hi ND Birders,

On January 1st I reported FOY birds from my backyard. One bird I did not report 
because I was unsure of ID. Since I have briefly seen the bird but not long 
enough for a good look. Today I saw it again the it is a White-throated Sparrow 
but does not have adult plumage so must be 1st winter plumage. Yesterday a 
couple more FOYs I added to my winter list are the Pine Siskin and an American 
Tree Sparrow. I have never had either the Tree Sparrow or a White-throated 
Sparrow this time of the year. 



My 2015 Backyard Winter Bird List

January 1, 2015
House Finch
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Dark-eyed Junco (1 Oregon with Slate-colored)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
White-throated Sparrow

January 5, 2015
Pine Siskin
American Tre Sparrow

Good Birding!

Sharon Watson
Buxton ND
www.ndbackyardbirding.net




 
Subject: FOY Yard Birds
From: Buchanan Law Office <bulaw AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 13:39:05 -0600
    During lunch time at home in NE Jamestown, we saw:

    Red-bellied Woodpecker--female
    Northern Flicker
    Eurasian Collared-dove
    Black-capped Chickadee

    Hope this is a sign of a good birding year to come

Dan Buchanan
Box 879
Jamestown, ND 58402
Tel. (701) 252-6604
Fax (701) 952-4757
bulaw AT daktel.com
Subject: Minot CBC
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 14:26:58 -0600
ND-Birders:

The Minot CBC was held Dec. 21 with 9 field observers and 17 feeder watchers. 
40 species were recorded, about average for the count. Com. Raven was noted 
during the count week. 


Canada Goose - 5
Mallard - 1
Ring-necked Pheasant - 36
Sharp-tailed Grouse - 12
Wild Turkey - 70
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Bald Eagle - 1
Rock Pigeon- 628
Eur. Collared-Dove - 1
Mourning Dove - 2
E. Screech-Owl - 4
Great Horned Owl - 7
Snowy Owl - 1
N. Saw-whet Owl - 1, third record.
Downy Woodpecker - 50
Hairy Woodpecker - 36
N. Flicker - 1
Merlin - 4
N. Shrike - 2
Blue Jay - 154, double the previous high. 
Black-billed Magpie - 6
Am. Crow - 18, low.
Black-capped Chickadee - 364
Red-br. Nuthatch - 33
White-br. Nuthatch - 71
Brown Creeper - 2
Golden-cr. Kinglet - 18
Am. Robin - 6
Eur. Starling - 648
Cedar Waxwing - 121
Snow Bunting - 3
Dark-eyed Junco - 160
Red-winged Blackbird - 100, new high count.
Purple Finch - 59
House Finch - 88
Red Crossbill - 17, Type 2.
Com. Redpoll - 28
Hoary Redpoll - 1
Am. Goldfinch - 392
House Sparrow - 910


Thanks to all of the participants.

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Upper Souris NWR CBC
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2015 14:02:59 -0600
ND-Birders:

Seven observers participated in the Upper Souris CBC on Dec. 19. The final 
tally was 30 species plus Com. Grackle in the count week. The Blue Jay total of 
57 was twice the previous high, and Am. Crow was observed for only the third 
time. Four Golden-cr. Kinglets were only the second record for the count. We 
had a single Harris's Sparrow. The only raptor seen was Bald Eagle. No Horned 
Larks, Lapland Longspurs, or Snow Buntings were recorded. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


 
Subject: First bird of 2015
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:41:19 -0600
My first bird of 2015 was a Downy Woodpecker enjoying peanut butter suet.
We have over 50 Goldfinch coming to the feeders, not counting all the birds
in the trees, 6-7 Blue Jays, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Creeper, 5
White-breasted Nuthatches, 7 Juncos, 10-15 Chickadees, 2 Hairy's, 4
Downy's, 8 Purple Finch, 45 Turkey's, and a Magpie that hangs around the
feeders.  So at home we are getting some variety to enjoy during our long
ND winter.
Healthy New Year to everyone.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: First bird of 2014
From: Rod Fossen <rfossen AT MIN.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:20:53 -0600
Happy New Years to everyone!



My first bird of 2015 was a Red-breasted Nuthatch who was taking peanuts
from my recently refilled feeder.  It was returning so rapidly that I assume
that it was caching them.



They are one of my all time favorite birds, so much personality.



In past years my first bird was always House Sparrow but last spring I
removed our overgrown juniper bushes; they were getting too tall for the
house and were a roost for many House Sparrows.  Since then I've saved a
mint on sunflower seeds.  Today I noticed that they are now hanging out in
my neighbor's cedar, SORRY NEIGHBOR.



Rod Fossen, Minot







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Subject: 2015 FOY Backyad Bird
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 15:12:05 -0600
Hi Birders

My FOY bird for 2015 was a House Finch. Other birds at the feeders today were 
the Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, White-breasted 
Nuthatch, Dark-eyed Junco, American Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay 
and House Sparrow. 


Wishing everyone a good year of birding for 2015!!!

Sharon Watson
Buxton ND

www.ndbackyardbirding.net
Subject: Denbigh CBC
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:45:33 -0600
ND-Birders:

Looking at the weather forecast I have decided to move the Denbigh CBC from 
Saturday to Sunday, Jan. 4. As before we will meet at the Cenex on Hwy 2 in 
Towner at 7:45 am. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: December Wilson's Snipe
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 11:45:59 -0600
I kid you not. According to eBird (which doesn't know everything (yet)), I
just made the first December sighting for North Dakota this morning.  Where
Hwy 2 crosses White Earth valley in Mountrail County, I have recently
noticed a small amount of steam rising from what must be a slightly warm
spring or creek. This morning as I passed there, a snipe flew across the
highway right in front of my vehicle. I am assuming it was not a woodcock
or some rare Asian snipe.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: birding between Mott and Regent
From: Kevin Kloosterman <wolverinephone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 20:34:46 -0600
Following John Fielding's report, we went from Elgin to Regent on hwy 21.
We saw 9 rough legged hawks, 4 golden eagles, and 1 immature ferruginous
hawk.  Around Sheep creek dam was 2 more rough legged and a belted
kingfisher. Then we went to the heart river below the dam and got aprox. 40
mallards, 1 kingfisher and an adult bald eagle.  Good birding for being so
cold.
picture is of the ferruginous hawk
Subject: birding south of bellfield
From: Kevin Hice <000003702c1ab812-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 16:30:05 +0000
As I have to go to Bellfield tomorrow anyone want to go can pick up in bismarck 
about 9.00. Thought I would try and photograph some birds south of 94 . I will 
be leaving Washburn about 8.00 am  call kevin at 937 545 6683. 
Subject: Garrison Dam
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 20:57:24 -0600
ND-Birders:

After a month of absence the Long-tailed Duck was back in the tailrace today. 
 Still 5 gull species, including one adult Iceland and 7 Glaucous. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer



 
Subject: Raptors between New England and Elgin
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 23:27:37 -0700
On a family fishing trip to Sheep Creek doth of Elgin today:  

4 Golden Eagles
2  Bald Eagles
19 Rough Legged Hawks
1 Merlin
0 Owls

Below the dam, in the small valley of Sheep Creek, I heard a chatter call 
similar to that of a Belted Kingfisher, over the babbling of the stream. I 
hiked down but had no binoculars at the time and could not spot the bird. Any 
ideas what that may have been?? It definitely was not a squirrel:-) 


Good birding!

John D.W. Fielding
PO Box 25
New England, ND 58647
NorthernTierGeology AT icloud.com



Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Pronghorn location correction
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:09:27 -0600
Prior email incorrectly placed the 12 pronghorns on 35th Ave NW. It should
have read, 64th Ave NW.


Scott
​ Ray

Stanley
Subject: Winter birds in western Ward and McLean Cos today
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 19:05:33 -0600
​Hi Paul and ND-Birders,

Thanks for the SD SNOW (Snowy Owl) update, Paul.  Do your best to get the
sightings into eBird. I'm interested in seeing your photos too.

With Gyrfalcon being my target, and Snowies my excuse, I ventured out again
today. This time the focus was western Ward and McLean Counties, an area
replete with​ potholes and discontinuous section line roads.

After driving way too many miles over the last two days, it is clear that
the easiest species to find away from urban areas in the northwest is Snowy
Owl. Seven more were seen today. With a data set approaching 30 individuals
over the last month, I am able to say that they appear to favor elevated
perches areas within sight of ponds with cattails or harvested sunflower
fields. They seem to avoid​ plowed and​ grain​ stubble​ fields ​as 
well as 

other large expanses of monoculture. They have been easiest to find in the
afternoon which has also been ​the time of day that the sun has broken
through recently, so I'm not sure if it's the time of day or the emerging
sun that brings them to elevated perches.

With the patchy snow cover we have, they would be basically invisible
anywhere but on elevated perches such as power poles or fence posts. Power
poles appears to be preferred to posts.  Since they breed in treeless and
"postless" ​arctic barrens, they probably prefer standing on the ground,
meaning any search for them here is detecting only the tip of the iceberg,
so to speak.

It would be nice to see more reports from east of Minot. Here is the
​current ​eBird map ​for Nov-Dec 2014 North Dakota sightings​ through
today​.
http://tinyurl.com/psm6k9o

Other notable species included o​ne​ distant​ large falcon seen flying a
few miles east of New Town along Hwy 23, but I could not ID it with
certainty.  It was seemed too small for a Gyrfalcon, so the most likely
possibility is a Prairie Falcon, but it was not counted.  ​And a tree in a
harvested sunflower field produced ​65 Redpolls​ in Amundsville Township,
McLean County.​

The following link shows the route followed today.
https://flic.kr/p/pC19tg

And finally, I was a bit surprised to find a band of 12 Pronghorns in
Mountrail County just north of the McLean County line along 35th Ave NW.
This is North of the Missouri River and outside both their primary and
secondary range as defined by ND Game & Fish


Number of Species 13
Number of Individuals 443

Ring-necked Pheasant 3
Rock Pigeon 205
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Snowy Owl 7
falcon sp. 1
Northern Shrike 1
Common Raven 5
Horned Lark 2
European Starling 50
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Common Grackle 2
Common Redpoll 65
House Sparrow 100


Scott Ray

Stanley
Subject: Southern Snowys
From: Paul Konrad <Paul AT WILDLIFEADVENTURES.BIZ>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:24:55 -0600
Thanks to Scott for your exciting observations of Snowy Owls recently (and 
thanks to all who have reported Snowys). I thought I should point out that the 
great northwest is not the only Snowy Owl stronghold for ND birders to explore 
- there have been good numbers of Snowys south of our border too (although 
I’ve been reserved about sharing these SD sightings on this site, I think ND 
birders will be interested to know what’s up 6 to 20 miles south of the 
Dakota border.) 


 On December 17, I observed 5 Snowy Owls along SD Highway 10, located both east 
and west of Eureka. Four of these Snowys (1 male and 3 first-year birds) were 
located between 6 and 12 miles east of Eureka, and 1 female Snowy Owl was about 
20 miles west of Eureka (east of Highway 83). 


 After reading reports of Snowy Owls northwest of Aberdeen on December 17 and 
18, I surveyed the area on Friday December 19 and found 7 Snowy Owls (1 male 
and 6 first-year birds). I also drove along Highway 10 from Eureka to Frederick 
(Highway 281), hoping the Arctic owls were scattered throughout the region - 
they were not - but I found 1 more male Snowy Owl east of Eureka (not the same 
male as on the 17th). 


 Snowy Owls are among my favorite birds, so you can imagine how much fun it was 
to find and observe each of these impressive birds! I managed to take some nice 
photos of some of the Snowys, and I will email a couple images to anyone who 
sends me a request. Hopefully, more pockets of Snowys will be located as we 
search the North Dakota byways – Happy Holidays! 


Paul Konrad
Subject: Additional details of Friday's Snowy Owl observation report
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 04:06:10 -0600
Thinking it might be of interest to some of you, here is a map showing the
GPS track taken on my winter bird search reported here on Friday.  Nine
Snowy Owls were seen. It's possible that up to two of the birds seen along
Old Hwy 2 near Stanley were previously reported by Diana Dugall.


​https://flic.kr/p/qy8dqK​


​Scott Ray
in Stanley
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl survey today
From: James Tyler Bell <00000337af6274c1-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 01:43:11 +0000
Exactly!


Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland


________________________________
From: Scott R a y 
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU 
Sent: Friday, December 26, 2014 8:17 PM
Subject: Re: [ND-BIRDS] Snowy Owl survey today

James,

Thanks. You may be referring to this article.
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/recrtype/


I think Type II prefer pines but may utilize firs where pines are not 
available. The birds seen today were in a stand of pure firs (not IDd by me) 
and were silent. 


​Scott Ray


On Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM, James Tyler Bell  wrote:


A note about Red Crossbills. Cornell will take sound files and convert them to 
sonograms then tell you which type they are. Research has shown there are 
probably ten different types (cryptic species). I think Ron Martin usually 
calls the local RECRs type 2s but I could be remembering wrong. I'll see if I 
can find the eBird article about it! 

Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland 


>From:"Scott R a y" >Date:Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM
>Subject:[ND-BIRDS] Snowy Owl survey today
>
>
>Well not really. But a winter birding drive concentrating on the area between 
Stanley, Lostwood NWR and Berthold (Mountrail, Burke, Ward Cos) this afternoon 
produced 9 Snowy Owls in less than four hours. This was an area I had not 
previously birded, so these were not previously reported owls. Six of them were 
on Old Hwy 2 between Berthold and Stanley where a single Rough-legged hawk was 
also seen. Nine were perched on power poles and one on a fence post. 

>
>
>The only other birds noted were 10 Red Crossbills quietly feeding in tall firs 
in a shelterbelt and a single northern Shrike. 

>
>Scott​ Ray
>​Stanley, ND
>
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl survey today
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 19:17:03 -0600
James,

Thanks. You may be referring to this article.
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/recrtype/

I think Type II prefer pines but may utilize firs where pines are not
available. The birds seen today were in a stand of pure firs (not IDd by
me) and were silent.


​Scott Ray



On Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM, James Tyler Bell 
wrote:

> A note about Red Crossbills. Cornell will take sound files and convert
> them to sonograms then tell you which type they are. Research has shown
> there are probably ten different types (cryptic species). I think Ron
> Martin usually calls the local RECRs type 2s but I could be remembering
> wrong. I'll see if I can find the eBird article about it!
>
> Tyler Bell
> jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
> California, Maryland
>   From:"Scott R a y" 
> Date:Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM
> Subject:[ND-BIRDS] Snowy Owl survey today
>
> Well not really.  But a winter birding drive concentrating on the area
> between Stanley, Lostwood NWR and Berthold (Mountrail, Burke, Ward Cos)
> this afternoon produced 9 Snowy Owls in less than four hours.  This was an
> area I had not previously birded, so these were not previously reported
> owls. Six of them were on Old Hwy 2 between Berthold and Stanley where a
> single Rough-legged hawk was also seen. Nine were perched on power poles
> and one on a fence post.
>
> The only other birds noted were 10 Red Crossbills quietly feeding in tall
> firs in a shelterbelt and a single northern Shrike.
>
> Scott
> ​ Ray
>
> ​Stanley, ND
>
>
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl survey today
From: James Tyler Bell <00000337af6274c1-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:05:51 -0800
A note about Red Crossbills. Cornell will take sound files and convert them to 
sonograms then tell you which type they are. Research has shown there are 
probably ten different types (cryptic species). I think Ron Martin usually 
calls the local RECRs type 2s but I could be remembering wrong. I'll see if I 
can find the eBird article about it! 


Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland 
Subject: Snowy Owl survey today
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:38:44 -0600
Well not really.  But a winter birding drive concentrating on the area
between Stanley, Lostwood NWR and Berthold (Mountrail, Burke, Ward Cos)
this afternoon produced 9 Snowy Owls in less than four hours.  This was an
area I had not previously birded, so these were not previously reported
owls. Six of them were on Old Hwy 2 between Berthold and Stanley where a
single Rough-legged hawk was also seen. Nine were perched on power poles
and one on a fence post.

The only other birds noted were 10 Red Crossbills quietly feeding in tall
firs in a shelterbelt and a single northern Shrike.

Scott
​ Ray

​Stanley, ND
Subject: Devils Lake CBC
From: Charlie Christianson <christic AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:43:01 -0600
The Devils Lake CBC was held on Sunday December 21. We sent ten people into the 
field -- all from the Devils Lake area, a new high for local participation -- 
in three groups, and heard from one feeder watcher. The weather was good but 
all found the birding slow. We tallied 971 birds in 16 species, one of the 
lower totals for this count. The only new species: red crossbill in Devils Lake 
cemetery. 

Charlie Christianson
Subject: Bismarck-Mandan CBC
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 18:54:27 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Clark Talkington is enjoying Christmas with his kids in Colorado, so I will do 
the honors of posting results. Although I am doing this from memory - I don't 
have the numbers. A group of 17 field observers in 6 parties, and 4 feeder 
watchers came up with 54 species on count day. This ties 2nd High (2011 - 54+4 
also) for this count. The morning was very foggy, but it burned off and the 
afternoon proved to be very nice with temps in the 30s, sunshine and light 
winds. Snow cover was partial, but < 4 inches. 


Highlights noted below:

Greater White-fronted Goose (2) – New High, 2nd time on the count
Snow Goose (24) – New High, 5th time
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose (15,000+) 
Wood Duck (1) – 5th time, 2nd year in a row
Mallard
Northern Pintail (1) – 7th time
Common Goldeneye
Chukar – 7th year
Ring-necked Pheasant
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Wild Turkey
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Northern Goshawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove (300+) – triples previous high, recorded 10 years in a 
row now. 

Mourning Dove
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Snowy Owl (2) – 7th time. After missing 31 years since 1989, this is twice in 
4 years. 

Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Yellow-shafted Flicker
American Kestrel (5) – ties High
Merlin
Prairie Falcon
Northern Shrike
Blue Jay
Black-billed Magpie (67 years in a row - every count, almost missed a couple 
years back, now recovered) 

American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet (13) - 2nd High
American Robin
Varied Thrush (male – 5th time)
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
American Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow – 3rd time
White-throated Sparrow – only the 7th time
Harris's Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Purple Finch
House Finch
Red Crossbill – (80)
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Count week birds – Red-bellied Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Bohemian Waxwing, 
Northern Cardinal 


Misses - Common Merganser, Gray Partridge, Horned Lark (recorded 60 times), 
Townsend's Solitaire, Redpolls. 


Juniper berrys at the Mandan Ag Research Center was very poor - no Purple 
Finches, Robins, T. Solitaire, or Waxwings. 


Thanks to all that participated on a good count! I expected low numbers after 
Garrison Dam didn't break 50 species. However each group came up with worthy 
contributions and the count was a success. 


Good Birding, 
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Killdeer & Rough Legged Hawks
From: Deb Lancaster <00000344a3dddbe0-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:16:39 -0800
Hi, There was a killdeer Sun. and yesterday in the same swampy spot by our 
mailbox as where we saw one just after Thanksgiving ...and I thought THAT was 
late! One rough legged hawk sitting in our cottonwoods Sun. and my daughter saw 
5 between Dunn Center and our house on Sat. morning. - Deb Lancaster, SW of 
Halliday, ND. 

Subject: Results: Jamestown Christmas Bird Count
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:08:59 -0600
Below are the results of the Jamestown Christmas Bird Count.  Highlights
include:  A Black-billed Magpie north of Pipestem Reservoir was the first
record of this species on the Jamestown CBC since 1976.  Snowy Owls were
recorded on the Jamestown CBC for the first time since 2004.  The Wood Duck
on the Jamestown Reservoir was the 6th record of this species on the
Jamestown CBC.  Five Red-bellied Woodpeckers was a high count for the
Jamestown CBC.  Forty-nine Eurasian Collared-Doves was the second highest
count for this non-native species since the species was first recorded on
the Jamestown CBC in 2004. One hundred sixty-nine Mallards was the second
highest count on the Jamestown CBC, and 137 Canada Geese was the second
highest count for Canada Goose.  A flock of 22 American Robins was reported
at McElroy Park during Count Week but not on Count Day.


Date:  Wed., 17 December 2014

Temperature: 1 to 18o F

Wind Speed (Morning): 0-3 mph

Wind Speed (Afternoon): 0-3 mph

Wind Direction (Morning): North-Northwest

Wind Direction (Afternoon): South-Southeast in afternoon

Cloud Cover (Morning):  Clear

Cloud Cover (Afternoon):  Clear

Precipitation (Morning): None

Precipitation (Afternoon): None

Snow depth: 0-3 inches in open / drifts up to 24 inches

Water Conditions (Moving Water): Partially open

Water Conditions (Still Water):  Partially open



Mallard 169

Wood Duck 1

Canada Goose 137

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Merlin 1

American Kestrel 1

Gray Partridge 8

Sharp-tailed Grouse 8

Ring-necked Pheasant 56

Wild Turkey 7

Rock Pigeon 200

Eurasian Collared-Dove 49

Mourning Dove 4

Snowy Owl 2

Great Horned Owl 6

Downy Woodpecker 38

Hairy Woodpecker 22

Northern Flicker (red 0; yellow 3; unknown 3) 6

Red-bellied Woodpecker    5

Blue Jay 42

American Crow 175

Black-billed Magpie 1

Black-capped Chickadee 151

White-breasted Nuthatch  36

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

American Robin cw

Cedar Waxwing 36

Northern Shrike 6

European Starling 77

American Tree Sparrow 1

Lapland Longspur 228

Snow Bunting 671

Dark-eyed Junco 5

Rusty Blackbird 10

House Finch 28

Purple Finch 2

Common Redpoll 166

American Goldfinch 6

House Sparrow 830



Number of individuals (Count Day): 3187

Number of species/forms (Count Day): 38

Number of additional species (Count Week): 1

Number of observers: 24

Number of groups:  8

Number of feeder watchers: 0



Total party miles: 501.9

Party miles (on foot): 8.5

Party miles (by car): 491.4

Party miles (by horse): 2.5



Total party hours: 53.5

Party hours (on foot): 7.00

Party hours (by car): 45.0

Party hours (by horse): 1.50

Feeder watcher hours: 0.00



**************************************************************
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: Theodore Roosevelt National Park/Medora CBC
From: V N <ndvagabond AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:06:45 -0700
Merry Christmas, Birders!
For those of you that haven't heard, the Theodore Roosevelt National 
Park/Medora Christmas Bird Count will be held Saturday, December 27. Meet at 
the park visitor center in Medora at 8 am Mountain Standard Time. 

A link to an article with more specifics is here:


http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2014/12/christmas-bird-count-coming-theodore-roosevelt-national-park26068 


Valerie NaylorMedora, North Dakotandvagabond AT hotmail.com

 		 	   		  
Subject: Bald eagle
From: Jean Legge <jmlegge198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:10:48 -0600
Mature bald eagle hunting, flying low over trees.
Common redpolls at the feeder.

Valley City ND
Barnes County
Subject: Eurasian collared-dove
From: Buchanan Law Office <bulaw AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:04:36 -0600
    This bird was observed today at home in NE Jamestown.

Dan Buchanan
Box 879
Jamestown, ND 58402
Tel. (701) 252-6604
Fax (701) 952-4757
bulaw AT daktel.com
Subject: Long LaKe CBC Results
From: Mike Rabenberg <michael_rabenberg AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:09:42 -0600
The 24th Long Lake CBC was held on Wed. December 17th. 21 individuals found a 
total of 32 species on count day and 2 additional species were seen during 
count week. Total number of birds was only 1373, primarily due to the near 
absence of "field birds". Unusual misses were snow buntings, lapland longspurs, 
Am. goldfinches, and pine siskins. Very few common redpolls (26) and horned 
larks(8) were found. One new species was added - White-throated sparrow. We 
recorded new high counts for Eurasian collared-dove (23) and northern flicker 
(3). Other notable finds were Townsend's solitaire (3rd occurrence), western 
meadowlark (4th occurrence) and yellow-headed blackbird (4th occurrence). 


Gray Partridge 
Ring-necked Pheasant 
Sharp-tailed Grouse 
Wild Turkey 
Bald Eagle - cw
Northern Harrier 
Sharp-shinned Hawk - cw 
Rough-legged Hawk
Rock Pigeon 
Eurasian Collared-Dove 
Great Horned Owl 
Snowy Owl 
Downy Woodpecker 
Hairy Woodpecker 
Northern Flicker 
Northern Shrike 
Blue Jay 
American Crow 
Horned Lark 
Black-capped Chickadee 
White-breasted Nuthatch 
Townsend's Solitaire 
American Robin 
European Starling 
Cedar Waxwing
American Tree Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow 
Dark-eyed Junco 
Red-winged Blackbird 
Western Meadowlark 
Yellow-headed Blackbird 
Rusty Blackbird
Common Redpoll
House Sparrow 


Mike Rabenberg
Wildlife Biologist
Long Lake NWR Complex
Subject: Re: Fargo-Moorhead's count:
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:04:36 -0600
yes

On Sun, Dec 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM, Keith Corliss  wrote:

> Oops, What did Pat and Jan see on the way home?: Barred Owl!
>
> On Sun, Dec 21, 2014 at 4:56 PM, Keith Corliss  wrote:
>
>> All,
>>
>> Yesterday's count turned up a grand total of *56* species during a
>> no-snow, mild day more reminiscent of a Portland, OR CBC. 10 waterfowl
>> species and five owl species certainly helped us.
>>
>> A big thank you to all who took part. See you again Saturday, December
>> 19, 2015!
>>
>> List:
>> Canada goose
>> Cackling goose
>> Green-winged teal
>> Mallard
>> Common goldeneye
>> Snow goose
>> Wood duck
>> Northern pintail
>> Lesser scaup
>> Bald eagle
>> Sharp-shinned hawk
>> Red-tailed hawk
>> Rough-legged hawk
>> American kestrel
>> Merlin
>> Gray partridge
>> Wild turkey
>> Rock pigeon
>> Eurasian collared-dove
>> Mourning dove
>> Eastern screech owl
>> Great horned owl
>> Barred owl
>> Northern saw-whet owl
>> Snowy owl
>> Red-bellied woodpecker
>> Downy woodpecker
>> Hairy woodpecker
>> Pileated woodpecker
>> Northern flicker
>> Blue jay
>> American crow
>> Black-capped chickadee
>> White-breasted nuthatch
>> Brown creeper
>> American robin
>> Cedar waxwing
>> Northern shrike
>> European starling
>> Northern cardinal
>> American tree sparrow
>> fox sparrow
>> song sparrow
>> White-throated sparrow
>> Dark-eyed junco
>> Lapland longspur
>> Snow bunting
>> Red-winged blackbird
>> Purple finch
>> House finch
>> Common redpoll
>> Pine siskin
>> American goldfinch
>> House sparrow
>>
>> Sandhill crane (continuing rarity first noted on Dec 10, likely not
>> capable of flight)
>>
>> Conspicuous misses include: horned lark, red-breasted nuthatch,
>> golden-crowned kinglet, bohemian waxwing (count week), common grackle, and
>> white-winged crossbills.
>>
>> Participants at last night's pizza party left with 55 in their heads. A
>> propitious flyby in front of Pat Beauzay on the drive home produced our
>> 56th and final species for the night (He and Jan were able to stop and
>> locate it perched in a spruce tree).
>>
>> There are still a couple of feeder watchers yet to report so there
>> remains a glimmer of hope for yet more species but that's it for now.
>>
>> Keith Corliss
>> FM count compiler
>>
>>
>>
>
Subject: Re: Fargo-Moorhead's count:
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:04:18 -0600
Oops, What did Pat and Jan see on the way home?: Barred Owl!

On Sun, Dec 21, 2014 at 4:56 PM, Keith Corliss  wrote:

> All,
>
> Yesterday's count turned up a grand total of *56* species during a
> no-snow, mild day more reminiscent of a Portland, OR CBC. 10 waterfowl
> species and five owl species certainly helped us.
>
> A big thank you to all who took part. See you again Saturday, December 19,
> 2015!
>
> List:
> Canada goose
> Cackling goose
> Green-winged teal
> Mallard
> Common goldeneye
> Snow goose
> Wood duck
> Northern pintail
> Lesser scaup
> Bald eagle
> Sharp-shinned hawk
> Red-tailed hawk
> Rough-legged hawk
> American kestrel
> Merlin
> Gray partridge
> Wild turkey
> Rock pigeon
> Eurasian collared-dove
> Mourning dove
> Eastern screech owl
> Great horned owl
> Barred owl
> Northern saw-whet owl
> Snowy owl
> Red-bellied woodpecker
> Downy woodpecker
> Hairy woodpecker
> Pileated woodpecker
> Northern flicker
> Blue jay
> American crow
> Black-capped chickadee
> White-breasted nuthatch
> Brown creeper
> American robin
> Cedar waxwing
> Northern shrike
> European starling
> Northern cardinal
> American tree sparrow
> fox sparrow
> song sparrow
> White-throated sparrow
> Dark-eyed junco
> Lapland longspur
> Snow bunting
> Red-winged blackbird
> Purple finch
> House finch
> Common redpoll
> Pine siskin
> American goldfinch
> House sparrow
>
> Sandhill crane (continuing rarity first noted on Dec 10, likely not
> capable of flight)
>
> Conspicuous misses include: horned lark, red-breasted nuthatch,
> golden-crowned kinglet, bohemian waxwing (count week), common grackle, and
> white-winged crossbills.
>
> Participants at last night's pizza party left with 55 in their heads. A
> propitious flyby in front of Pat Beauzay on the drive home produced our
> 56th and final species for the night (He and Jan were able to stop and
> locate it perched in a spruce tree).
>
> There are still a couple of feeder watchers yet to report so there remains
> a glimmer of hope for yet more species but that's it for now.
>
> Keith Corliss
> FM count compiler
>
>
>
Subject: Fargo-Moorhead's count:
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:13 -0600
All,

Yesterday's count turned up a grand total of *56* species during a no-snow,
mild day more reminiscent of a Portland, OR CBC. 10 waterfowl species and
five owl species certainly helped us.

A big thank you to all who took part. See you again Saturday, December 19,
2015!

List:
Canada goose
Cackling goose
Green-winged teal
Mallard
Common goldeneye
Snow goose
Wood duck
Northern pintail
Lesser scaup
Bald eagle
Sharp-shinned hawk
Red-tailed hawk
Rough-legged hawk
American kestrel
Merlin
Gray partridge
Wild turkey
Rock pigeon
Eurasian collared-dove
Mourning dove
Eastern screech owl
Great horned owl
Barred owl
Northern saw-whet owl
Snowy owl
Red-bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Hairy woodpecker
Pileated woodpecker
Northern flicker
Blue jay
American crow
Black-capped chickadee
White-breasted nuthatch
Brown creeper
American robin
Cedar waxwing
Northern shrike
European starling
Northern cardinal
American tree sparrow
fox sparrow
song sparrow
White-throated sparrow
Dark-eyed junco
Lapland longspur
Snow bunting
Red-winged blackbird
Purple finch
House finch
Common redpoll
Pine siskin
American goldfinch
House sparrow

Sandhill crane (continuing rarity first noted on Dec 10, likely not capable
of flight)

Conspicuous misses include: horned lark, red-breasted nuthatch,
golden-crowned kinglet, bohemian waxwing (count week), common grackle, and
white-winged crossbills.

Participants at last night's pizza party left with 55 in their heads. A
propitious flyby in front of Pat Beauzay on the drive home produced our
56th and final species for the night (He and Jan were able to stop and
locate it perched in a spruce tree).

There are still a couple of feeder watchers yet to report so there remains
a glimmer of hope for yet more species but that's it for now.

Keith Corliss
FM count compiler
Subject: Renville, Burke and Mountrail Co Snowy Owls
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:59:02 -0600
Greetings,

After having fun on the Upper Souris CBC on Friday, but getting skunked on
Snowy Owls, I went on a Snowy Owl rampage today to see what was going on.

This afternoon in a 2-hour period while driving close to the Canada/US
border between Sherwood, Northgate and then south through Bowbells to
Stanley, I saw a personal best 6 Snowy Owls.  The owls only appeared after
the sun came out of the fog after 3pm.

Scratchy cell phone voucher photos of some.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20965608
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20965603
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20965600
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20966312


Scott
​ Ray

Stanley, ND
Transplanted from Yakima, WA
Subject: Fwd: Shadehill South Dakota, CBC
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:31:57 -0700
Posted on behalf of Dan Svingen, Shadehill CBC compiler.



 The Shadehill CBC was held Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.  Eleven participants
put in ~15 hours of daylight effort + 2 hours of owling.



In contrast to last year, open water was relatively abundant.  There was a
large hole in the ice covering Shadehill Reservoir.  The Grand River was
open as far downstream as I could see from SD Hwy 73.



44 species were found (our 2nd highest count, compared to 41 last year and
all-time high of 45); ~9085 individual birds were tallied (compared to
~11,400 last year).



We missed the count-week Common Merganser and Bufflehead.



Here are the results:



Cackling goose 200

Canada goose 5033 (local biologists estimate that there are actually ~7000
in area, just not all seen on count day)

Mallard 3125 (local biologists estimate that there are actually ~10,000 in
area, just not all seen on count day)

Common Goldeneye 8

Redhead 1, also seen last year

Hooded Merganser 1 (a female), new to count

Bald Eagle 12

Northern Harrier 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Northern Goshawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 8

Ferruginous Hawk 2, new high

Rough-legged Hawk 9

Golden Eagle 5

Merlin 1

Gray Partridge 1

Ring-n. Pheasant 130

Sharp-tailed Grouse 125

Wild Turkey 11

Am. Coot 8, new high

Rock Pigeon 20

Eastern Screech-owl 3, tying last year’s high count

Great Horned Owl 9

N. Saw-whet Owl 1

Downy Woodpecker 3, tying previous high

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, new to the count, second local record, photo by
Jenny Riesinger

N. Flicker 3

N. Shrike 4

Blue Jay 2, tying previous high

Black-b. Magpie 1

Horned Lark 29

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, new to count, first I have ever seen in local
area, photo by Jenny Riesinger

Townsend's Solitaire 1, compared to 8 last year

Am. Robin 51

Eur. Starling 52, new high

Cedar Waxwing 69

American Tree Sparrow 83

Dark-eyed Junco 1

White-crowned Sparrow 1, new to count (on count day)

Purple Finch 24

Am. Goldfinch 5

House Sparrow 35



Thanks to all participants!



Happy holidays and Good Birding!



Dan.



P.S.  Nancy - please cross-post this to the ND and SD listserves.








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Subject: Fwd: Shadehill South Dakota, CBC
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:26:06 -0700
Posted on behalf of Dan Svingen, Shadehill CBC compiler.



 The Shadehill CBC was held Thursday., Dec. 18, 2014.  Eleven participants
put in ~15 hours of daylight effort + 2 hours of owling.



In contrast to last year, open water was relatively abundant.  There was a
large hole in the ice covering Shadehill Reservoir.  The Grand River was
open as far downstream as I could see from SD Hwy 73.



44 species were found (our 2nd highest count, compared to 41 last year and
all-time high of 45); ~9085 individual birds were tallied (compared to
~11,400 last year).



We missed the count-week Common Merganser and Bufflehead.



Here are the results:



Cackling goose 200

Canada goose 5033 (local biologists estimate that there are actually ~7000
in area, just not all seen on count day)

Mallard 3125 (local biologists estimate that there are actually ~10,000 in
area, just not all seen on count day)

Common Goldeneye 8

Redhead 1, also seen last year

Hooded Merganser 1 (a female), new to count

Bald Eagle 12

Northern Harrier 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Northern Goshawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 8

Ferruginous Hawk 2, new high

Rough-legged Hawk 9

Golden Eagle 5

Merlin 1

Gray Partridge 1

Ring-n. Pheasant 130

Sharp-tailed Grouse 125

Wild Turkey 11

Am. Coot 8, new high

Rock Pigeon 20

Eastern Screech-owl 3, tying last year’s high count

Great Horned Owl 9

N. Saw-whet Owl 1

Downy Woodpecker 3, tying previous high

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, new to the count, second local record, photo by
Jenny Riesinger

N. Flicker 3

N. Shrike 4

Blue Jay 2, tying previous high

Black-b. Magpie 1

Horned Lark 29

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, new to count, first I have ever seen in local
area, photo by Jenny Riesinger

Townsend's Solitaire 1, compared to 8 last year

Am. Robin 51

Eur. Starling 52, new high

Cedar Waxwing 69

American Tree Sparrow 83

Dark-eyed Junco 1

White-crowned Sparrow 1, new to count (on count day)

Purple Finch 24

Am. Goldfinch 5

House Sparrow 35



Thanks to all participants!



Happy holidays and Good Birding!



Dan.









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Subject: GF-EGF CBC
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:42:23 +0000
45 species were seen count day on the GF-EGF CBC. Seven more species were seen 
during count week. 

Note: Thethree numbers shown for each species are the number in Minnesota 
followed bythe number in North Dakota, and then the total for the 
count. Cackling Goose                 1--0--1Canada 
Goose                    900--2--902        Mallard 
                              121--2--123Northern 
Pintail                 1--0--1  (2nd count record)Common 
Goldeneye         CW--3--3Ruddy 
Duck                       1--0--1 (1stcount record)Gray 
Partridge                   
17--21--38                          Ring-necked 
Pheasant      0--2--2Sharp-tailed Grouse          
0--13--13Greater Prairie-Chicken   0--CW--CW        Cooper’s 
Hawk                  CW--CW--CWNorthern 
Goshawk            0--1--1Bald Eagle 
                         
1--0--1                 Rock 
Pigeon                       95--1017--1112Eurasian 
Collared-Dove  0--11--11                            
Mourning Dove                 0--1--1Great Horned 
Owl             0--3--3Barred 
Owl                         0--1--1Snowy 
Owl                         0--CW--CWNorthern Saw-whet 
Owl   0--CW--CWDowny Woodpecker         5--34--39Hairy 
Woodpecker           5--19--24Red-bellied Woodpecker 
0--CW--CWNorthern Flicker                0--1--1  
               Pileated Woodpecker       3--0--3Northern 
Shrike                 1--0--1                 
               Blue 
Jay                              
               
1--10--11                            Black-billed 
Magpie         0--6--6  American Crow                 
64--177--241Common Raven                0--CW--CW        
Black-capped Chickadee 44--221--265      Red-breasted Nuthatch    
2--2--4  White-breasted Nuthatch 10--49--59Golden-crowned Kinglet 
0--7--7American Robin                0--22--22Varied Thrush   
               0--1--1  (5th record)European 
Starling             196--240--436    Cedar 
Waxwing                 0--3--3Lapland 
Longspur             0--19--19Snow 
Bunting                    6--108--114White-throated 
Sparrow  0--8--8  Dark-eyed (Slate-col) Junco   
 73--183--256                           Dark-eyed 
(Oregon) Junco               2--1--3Northern 
Cardinal             0--2--2Common 
Grackle                             
0--4--4Red-winged Blackbird     0--129--129Rusty 
Blackbird                0--CW--CWPurple 
Finch                       0--2--2  House 
Finch                       8--79--87Common 
Redpoll                             
50--93--143Hoary Redpoll                   0--2--2Pine 
Siskin                        9--68--77House 
Sparrow                  41--362--403 


Comments:Count Day was conducted in heavy fog. There was no snowcover which 
allowed all minimum maintenance roads to be traversed, andconsiderable time 
spent walking, especially along the Greenway. The precedingweek had been 
unusually warm, but this warm period was preceded by unseasonablecold in 
November. All fields of corn and sunflower had been harvested, but somefields 
had not been plowed under.  This was the 54th Grand Forks – East Grand Forks 
CBC. Themost unusual species were:Cackling Goose – 3rdrecord in last four 
years, after the recent split from Canada Goose. Northern Pintail -- 2nd CBC 
recordthe other record was in 1999 Ruddy Duck -- 1st CBC record, foundat the 
Crystal Sugar ponds where there is a warm water dischargeNorthern Goshawk -- 
photographedBarred Owl – 3rd recordfor the count  Varied Thrush -- 5threcord 
for the count A Sharp-shinned Hawk was at SandyAubol’s feeder both before and 
after count week. Merlin was missed for thefirst year since 1987. The 87 House 
Finches was the lowest since 1993, whichwas soon after they became established 
in Grand Forks. The decline of HouseSparrows continues. This year’s total of 
403 House Sparrows is the lowest inover 40 years and is far below the high of 
7334 in 1989. Earlier low numbersmay have been due to low number of counters. 
No American Goldfinches werereported, and all redpolls seen were in open 
country and not at feedingstations.  Dave Lambeth 

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:41:35 -0700
Just had a Snowy Owl fly across the street in front of us by 45th St. and
37th Ave. S. in Fargo. Beautiful bird!
Linda Gregg
Horace, ND
Subject: Bismarck and Arrowwood NWR, Dec. 17
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:49:11 -0700
Hello, birders.

I am driving cross country and birding along the way.  Today I found two
birds that may be noteworthy for the state in the winter.  A female
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER was at Sibley Nature Park in Bismarck this morning.
At the end of Dogwood Dr. I walked down the path that bears to the left.  I
saw and heard her vocalizing.

A dull colored female MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD perched in trees at Arrowwood NWR
(Stutsman Co.).  This location was on the north side of the road 1/2 mi.
before the Visitor Center.  It is parallel with the hummocky grassy island
at the southern end of Arrowwood Lake.

A Snowy Owl was perched atop a telephone pole 2 or 3 mi. west of the refuge
along 11th St. SE and an adult male Snowy was perched atop a tree just
outside the eastern refuge boundary at a wetland along 14th/15th St. SE.
This is just east of Jim Lake/Mud Lake.

Happy birding,

Scott Baron
Loveland, Colo.
Subject: Snowy Owl SW of Halliday
From: Deb Lancaster <00000344a3dddbe0-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:54:17 -0800
Hi, Yesterday afternoon (12/16) there was a snowy owl on the one mile east - 
west correction stretch of 94th Ave SW, south of the jct. with 16th St SW., 
rural Dunn County, approximately 17 miles SW of Halliday. Deb Lancaster, Rural 
Dunn County, SW of Halliday 

Subject: Eurasian collared doves
From: Howard Lien <hlpromo AT SRT.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:49:06 -0600
Saw four Eurasian Collared Doves at Cando, ND Tuesday.
-Howard Lien, Minot,ND

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Subject: Snowy Owl SW of McGregor
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:33:50 -0600
I spotted a lone Smowy Owl perched atop a power pole just north of 75th on a 
stretch of 108th that is little more than. Section Line two-wheel track just 
now. 


Good Birding,
John D.W. Fielding

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Garrison Dam CBC
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:23:58 -0600
ND-Birders:

The Garrison Dam CBC was held Sunday with 14 observers in 5 parties. 
Forty-seven species were tallied and Western Grebe was seen in the count week. 
As usual Canada Goose was the most numerous species with a count of 40,000. 
Only six waterfowl species were noted and only two raptor species were 
recorded, both very low for this count. Five gulls species were seen, including 
8 Glaucous, 3 Iceland, and one Lesser Black-backed Gull. Two Snowy Owls were 
found. N. Flicker was a big miss, the first time in many years that it was not 
recorded. I will post a complete list at a later date. Thanks to all who 
participated. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


     
Subject: Ross Prairie Falcon
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:56:48 -0600
There was a Prairie Falcon this afternoon at the south of of Ross Road, 9
miles south of Ross. It was perched on the cross member of a high voltage
power pole.



Scott
​ Ray

Stanley, ND
Subject: Tree-top Snowy Owl, Mountrail Co.
From: Diana Dugall <dugalld AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:42:10 -0600
This is the first time I have ever seen a Snowy Owl sitting in a tree. She
(large with heavy dark barring) had a nice horizontal branch at the very
top to hunt from. This bird is located on the south side of Old Highway 2,
where the railroad crosses overhead.

-- 
Diana Dugall
Stanley, ND
Subject: Brewer's Blackbird
From: Deb Lancaster <00000344a3dddbe0-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:04:43 -0800
Hi All, I have had a lone male Brewer's blackbird at my feeders for the past 
week. Had a northern shrike hanging out by the feeders yesterday, and a rough 
legged hawk overhead. An occasional single redpoll has been here, along with a 
couple robins & a few goldfinches over the past 3 weeks, but generally pretty 
quiet. Saw a snowy owl 1.5 m east of my house 12/5. On 11/27 there was a 
killdeer in the swampy spot with open water by my mailbox - long after I had 
seen any regularly here. I was glad to read that the Yahoo address problems are 
apparently resolved : ) Deb Lancaster, SW of Halliday. 

Subject: GF-EGF CBC
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:44:27 +0000
Our count was held yesterday in a daylong dense fog. With some feeder reports 
yet to come in, the number of count-day species was 45. Some of the more 
interesting species:Cackling Goose, Northern Pintail, and Ruddy Duck, all three 
on the MN side at Crystal Sugar ponds; Cooper's Hawk for CW, a female that had 
been banded by Tim Driscoll; Northern Goshawk, photographed by Matt Spoor; a 
Barred Owl along the Red River in the south end of Grand Forks; and a Varied 
Thrush that has been around for several days. The Ruddy Duck was new to the 
count. 


Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Fwd: Shadehill CBC postponed until this Thursday
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:42:49 -0700
(posted on behalf of Dan Svingen, Shadehill CBC compiler)



Due to poor travel conditions, we will not hold the Shadehill CBC tomorrow
(Tuesday).  Instead, we will meet at the Shadehill Store (11 miles south of
Lemmon, SD) at 0730 MT on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.







Dan Svingen.
Subject: ADMIN: Yahoo users
From: James Tyler Bell <00000337af6274c1-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:48:24 +0000
OK, after my test message from this Yahoo account, I went ahead and set all 
Yahoo users account so they can post again. In the unlikely event that 
something catastrophic happens, I'll set Yahoo users back to NoPost but I think 
we're safe. What a nightmare! 

Tyler Bell
ND-Birds Listowner
Subject: Southwest Raptors
From: Paul Konrad <Paul AT WILDLIFEADVENTURES.BIZ>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:34:13 -0600
Excited by Corey and France’s raptor extravaganza in southwest North Dakota 
last weekend, I started birding from Hettinger Thursday morning and enjoyed a 
super day in the field observing and photographing birds of prey, mostly in 2 
hotspots. One impressive site was located about 18 miles north of Hettinger and 
another was the area surrounding Regent, although the drive from Regent to Mott 
produced impressive numbers of perched raptors too. 

 I spent the morning centering along 4 miles of roadway about 18 miles north of 
Hettinger where a variety of raptors were actively hunting and moving in and 
out and around the area, including 6 Golden Eagles, 2 adult Bald Eagles, 1 
first-year Ferruginous Hawk, 7 Rough-legged Hawks, 1 Northern Goshawk, 1 male 
Prairie Falcon, and 1 female Merlin (Richardson’s [Prairie] subspecies). From 
there I drove north to Regent, and observed 1 adult Golden Eagle and more 
Rough-legged Hawks along the way (it’s about 30 miles from Hettinger to 
Regent). 

 For a couple hours during mid-afternoon I covered a 3-mile radius around 
Regent, where I found 3 adult Golden Eagles, 2 adult Bald Eagles, 2 adult 
Ferruginous Hawks (including a memorable rufous-morph), 10 Rough-legged Hawks 
(including 2 black-morphs), and 3 Red-tailed Hawks (including 1 black-morph 
adult). 

 Along Highway 21 from Regent to Mott (about 16 miles), I found 1 first-year 
Golden Eagle, 8 Rough-legged Hawks (including 4 black-morphs), and 6 Red-tailed 
Hawks. Beyond Mott, I only found 1 raptor, a Rough-legged Hawk, indicating 
something of an eastern ‘boundary’ for the “raptor zone.” 


   Totals for the Day:
Golden Eagles  10
Bald Eagles  4
Rough-legged Hawks  35
Ferruginous Hawks  3   
Red-tailed Hawks  9
Northern Goshawk  1
Prairie Falcon  1
Merlin  1
   Total Raptors  64  
(Not bad considering I was concentrating on photographing eagles and hawks 
rather than counting raptors. 


   A Few Notes:  
- I thought it was interesting that I did not see any black-morph Rough-legs 
nor any Red-tails from Hettinger to Regent, but found 6 black-morph Rough-legs 
and 9 Red-tails from Regent to Mott. 

- Considering the diversity of species and the numbers of raptors present at 
this time, this area could be considered one of the great winter birding 
hotspots for raptors in America. And I saw more Ring-necked Pheasants from 
Hettinger to Mott than I’ve ever seen anywhere before! 

- Of course, now the question is: What raptors can be found in other areas of 
the southwest? For instance, the area along Highway 12 from Hettinger to Bowman 
to Marmarth? And from Regent to New England to Amidon? And in the Little 
Missouri Grasslands from Amidon north? And north of Highway 21 from Mott and 
New England to I-94? With few birders in the southwest part of the state, these 
exploratory road trips beg for explorers. 

 Finally, I get excited about seeing 1 Golden Eagle at close range, or getting 
a quality photo of any raptor – imagine how much fun I had yesterday!! Thanks 
for your help Corey! 

 Good Luck Birding in December, Paul Konrad www.WildlifeAdventures.biz 


P.S. I also spent Wednesday traveling and photographing raptors below the 
border and found similar raptor species along Highway 12 from Highway 83 east 
of Mobridge to McIntosh (but few birds east or west of that stretch of 
highway). I will post a report of that survey on the South Dakota Birds site.