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Thick-billed Vireo,©Barry Kent Mackay

22 Apr White Crowned Sparrow [Linda Gregg ]
22 Apr White-throated sparrow [Larry Jones ]
22 Apr Red-shouldered Hawk ["O'Connor, Robert" ]
21 Apr Monday birds Barnes County nw of Valley city [Jean Legge ]
21 Apr common loon and more [thomas naas ]
21 Apr Sunday birding loop [Charles Taft ]
20 Apr Sunday birds [Sherry Leslie ]
20 Apr Sioux Co. [Ron Martin ]
20 Apr 1st yellow rump warbler , mandan experiment station ["Rogers, Daniel" ]
20 Apr Purple Martins [Brandon Meyer ]
20 Apr Fox Sparrow [Charles Taft ]
19 Apr Grand Forks County [tsatrans123 ]
19 Apr Minot Lagoons and McHenry Co. [Ron Martin ]
19 Apr Re: Mortan co. 4/16.14 [Paul Roisen ]
20 Apr Re: Mortan co. 4/16.14 ["Rogers, Daniel" ]
19 Apr Spring arrivals [Larry Jones ]
19 Apr Purple Martin Scout - FOY [Sharon Watson ]
19 Apr Re: Mortan co. 4/16.14 ["Rogers, Daniel" ]
19 Apr Tom O'Leary Arboretum [Corey Ellingson ]
19 Apr North of Minot FOY [David Lindee ]
19 Apr Mortan co. 4/16.14 ["Rogers, Daniel" ]
18 Apr Birding Old Hwy 10 [Corey Ellingson ]
18 Apr Oak Park, Minot [Ron Martin ]
18 Apr Yellow-rumped Warblers [David Lindee ]
18 Apr ADMIN: Yahoo and other e-mail addresses being dropped from lists ["Bell, Tyler" ]
17 Apr Yellow Rumped Warblers [Brandon Meyer ]
17 Apr American white pelicans [Anthony Veroline ]
17 Apr Winter Wren, Night Herons [Corey Ellingson ]
16 Apr Brown creeper [Jean Legge ]
15 Apr Short-eared owls [Jesse Kolar ]
15 Apr Rusy Blackbird [Brandon Meyer ]
13 Apr Weekend birding [Ron Martin ]
15 Apr OK [Jean Legge ]
15 Apr Southwest birding [Corey Ellingson ]
14 Apr Kinglets [Larry Jones ]
14 Apr American golden-plover [Larry Jones ]
14 Apr Yahoo mail problem [bobneugebauer ]
14 Apr ADMIN: ND-Birds list problems, continued ["Bell, Tyler" ]
14 Apr ADMIN: ND-Birds list problems ["Bell, Tyler" ]
14 Apr Sunday yard birds [Sherry ]
13 Apr new arrivals in McK Co [Maureen OMara ]
13 Apr FOY Fox Sparrow [cnorheim ]
13 Apr FOS [Armand Lagasse ]
12 Apr Re: New arrivals in Grand Forks County today [Paul Roisen ]
12 Apr New arrivals in Grand Forks County today [tsatrans123 ]
13 Apr ADMIN: Yahoo email brings down listserves globally ["Bell, Tyler" ]
12 Apr ADMIN: deleted email accounts [James Tyler Bell ]
12 Apr Cass county MOBL [Keith Corliss ]
12 Apr Lake Bertha [MARK OTNES ]
12 Apr birds in the yard [Floramay & Steve ]
11 Apr White-fronteds and a note on eagles and ravens [David Lambeth ]
11 Apr FOY birds [Sherry ]
11 Apr Re: ADMIN: Heartbleed security issues and bouncing emails ["matt j. sorenson" ]
11 Apr ADMIN: Heartbleed security issues and bouncing emails [James Tyler Bell ]
10 Apr Sandhills Cranes [John Fielding ]
10 Apr FOY birds [Ron Martin ]
10 Apr Where do Bobolinks winter [Cleone Stewart ]
10 Apr Valley City Area [Brandon Meyer ]
10 Apr April 9 Birding - Alice, ND [Randy Toppen ]
9 Apr 7 sp Gulls, Snowys [Corey Ellingson ]
9 Apr Killdeer [John Fielding ]
8 Apr Tuesday birding Embden/Alice area [cnorheim ]
8 Apr Red-shouldered hawk in North Fargo-Moorhead ["Wiesenborn, Dennis" ]
6 Apr Rusty Blackbird Blitz [David Lambeth ]
6 Apr Garrison Dam, FOY birds [Ron Martin ]
5 Apr Snowy Owl [Ted Nordhagen ]
5 Apr Paucity of birds out west [Maureen OMara ]
5 Apr first robin et al [Pat Bradley ]
3 Apr Bismarck Landfill [Corey Ellingson ]
3 Apr Eagles still at Long Lake NWR [Mike Rabenberg ]
3 Apr Great Blue Heron [Jeremy Guinn ]
3 Apr Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker [thomas naas ]
2 Apr Eastern bluebirds [Larry Jones ]
2 Apr Photo needed: buff-breasted sandpiper ["Svingen, Dan -FS" ]
2 Apr Snowy Owl [Ron Martin ]
2 Apr Spring Birding []

Subject: White Crowned Sparrow
From: Linda Gregg <lgregg AT FAR.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:11:18 -0600
We had a White Crowned Sparrow in the backyard yesterday. The Junco numbers
have really dropped since yesterday, also.
Subject: White-throated sparrow
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:06:15 -0500
Had a white-throated sparrow by the feeders this morning and yellow-rumped 
warblers yesterday. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk
From: "O'Connor, Robert" <Robert.Oconnor AT NDSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:12:20 +0000
Hi,


On Sunday at about 11 AM and Monday at about 4 PM, there was a beautifully 
plumaged and very loud Red-shouldered Hawk ranging along the Red River corridor 
in south Fargo-Moorhead. Easiest access to the area on the Fargo side is by way 
of the bicycle path beyond the last house to the immediate north of Lindenwood 
Park. On the Moorhead side, any of the now city-owned lots at the riverside 
between Alm Park and Gooseberry Park would be worth a try, and I would have no 
problem with birders using my yard (1625 3rd St. S., Moorhead) to make their 
search. 



I tried to get this out to the fargo-moorhead listserv, but yahoo has decided 
that I'm no longer myself. 



Bob O'Connor (?)
Subject: Monday birds Barnes County nw of Valley city
From: Jean Legge <jlegge AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:56:33 -0500
Drove a bit and yArd   birds
Vesper sparrow
Song sparrow
Chipping sparrow
Lapland longspur s thousands in flocks flying in CRP and plowed fields with 
some chestnut-collared longspur s mixed in. 

Ducks:
Pintail 15
Ring-necked 25
Canvasback 60
Scaup 150
Mallards 200
Coots 125
Western grebe 1
Redheads 70
Gadwall 2
Bufflehead 5
Hooded merganser 2
Blue-winged teal 30
cedar waxwings
Eagle on nest
Tree swallows perched on nest boxes
Great blue heron 1
Greater yellowlegs 2
Northern harrier 1
Only a few juncos left
Horned larks
Northern shoveler 50


Subject: common loon and more
From: thomas naas <thomas.naas07 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:37:02 -0500
Encountered a Common Loon in breeding plumage in a pond adjacent to 1806
south of Mandan on 4/17/14. also that evening, two Yellowlegs sp., I am
leaning towards lesser. 4/20/14 - a Swainsons hawk along 83 in north
Bismarck.

Also, along hwy 10 east of Bismarck heading out towards the landfill
turnoff, a great horned owl nest was observed with two chicks inside. The
chicks were quite large, with one being obviously larger than the other. I
last observed them around 4/10/14 or so and have note made it back again
yet.

-- 

*Tom Naas*
Subject: Sunday birding loop
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:56:07 -0500
After seeing a FB picture of some crocus, we decided to take a loop up to Upper 
Souris NWR from the west side of Minot. 


Yes, crocus blooming on the auto route, at the first pull off!

Highlight birds:
5 swans  visible but just, at the observation platform on the auto route
Between Upper Souris and the loop home, west of the airbase:
25+ Gray fronted geese, first time for us to identify them. 
Great Blue Heron, 2,
Hudsonian Godwits, 35
Killdeer, 3
various and sundry ducks, not counted

quite windy, but, still good day.




Yours truly
Charles J Taft
129 25th St SW
Minot, ND  58701
701-852-1981


Subject: Sunday birds
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:26:05 -0500
Yard birds:

Juncos      40
Goldfinch   53
Creeper         1
Flicker             1
Blue Jays, Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatchs, Downy and Hairys, Mourning
Doves,
American Tree Sparrow, Eastern Bluebirds, and of course Turkeys.
Wood Duck pair and Mallard pair
Red-tail  Hawks  3  (came back last week)

Fly overs:

5 flocks of Cranes
Swainson Hawks    6
3 large flocks of Geese
Crows    flock of about 50

Sherry Leslie
10 miles NW of Minot
725-4389

 Thanks to Tyler for helping me to get back on listserve by going thru
g-mail.
Subject: Sioux Co.
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:46:45 -0500
ND-Birders:

Highlights from Sioux County today included 2 Great Egrets in Fort Yates, 2 
Com. Loons and a Red-br. Merganser at Froelich Dam, and 3 Burrowing Owls. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer


Subject: 1st yellow rump warbler , mandan experiment station
From: "Rogers, Daniel" <daniel.rogers AT BISMARCKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:55:16 +0000
Yellow-rumped warbler, mandan experiment station

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone
Subject: Purple Martins
From: Brandon Meyer <brandon.meyer2491 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:09:48 -0500
The first Purple Martins of the year have arrived in our backyard in Oakes. 

Brandon Meyer
Oakes, ND
brandon.meyer AT gmail.com
Subject: Fox Sparrow
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:45:39 -0500
Yesterday, a brief visitor to our West Minot backyard was a male Fox Sparrow. 
He was of the Red or Taiga sub-species, really beautiful. Wish he had stayed 
around! 





Yours truly
Charles J Taft
129 25th St SW
Minot, ND  58701
701-852-1981


Subject: Grand Forks County
From: tsatrans123 <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:11:55 -0500
I walked along the English coulee this morning in Grand Forks. New arrivals 
included Eastern Phoebe, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Swamp 
Sparrow, and Belted Kingfisher. 


Sandy Aubol

East Grand Forks, MN
Subject: Minot Lagoons and McHenry Co.
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:08:47 -0500
ND-Birders:

The Souris Valley Bird Club birded the Minot Lagoons this morning. There was a 
major movement of birds into the area overnight. FOY birds included Marbled 
Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit, Pied-billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, and Peregrine Falcon. 
In the afternoon in McHenry Co. I had my first Wilson's Snipe. At the Eaton 
Irrigation District near Towner there was a nice flock of about 5000 Gr. 
White-fronted Geese and about 3000 Snow Geese. I also noted 2 Ferruginous Hawk 
nests and a Com. Raven nest. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Re: Mortan co. 4/16.14
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:08:23 -0500
Smith's Longspurs are being seen in Iowa so they are on the way.

-- 
*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
Subject: Re: Mortan co. 4/16.14
From: "Rogers, Daniel" <daniel.rogers AT BISMARCKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 01:58:10 +0000
Lappland Longspur sw of mandan

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Rogers, Daniel"
Date:04/19/2014 11:20 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Mortan co. 4/16.14

New for year

Golden eagle, Wilsons snipe, solitary Sandpiper, common Merganser, eight 
burrowing owls, 2 nesting bald eagles, 30 blue winged teal, 1 white rumped 
Sandpiper, 20 ring necked duck, 1 yellow headed blackbird, eared grebe, Western 
grebe. chestnut colored Longspur 

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone
Subject: Spring arrivals
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:47:10 -0500
New arrivals this morning were a brown creeper, vesper sparrow, song sparrows 
that were singing, couple of great blue herons and snipe were calling. 

Most of the ice in the sloughs was gone this morning and replaced by about 
every species of ducks. Saw 6 swainson's hawks this morning with one being a 
dark phase. Good time of the year. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Subject: Purple Martin Scout - FOY
From: Sharon Watson <alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:25:19 -0500
An adult male Purple Martin scout made an appearance around 3:30 pm this 
afternoon. 


Good Birding!

Sharon Watson
Buxton ND


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: Re: Mortan co. 4/16.14
From: "Rogers, Daniel" <daniel.rogers AT BISMARCKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:10:09 +0000
New birds of the day:  Vespers sparrow, least Sandpiper

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Rogers, Daniel"
Date:04/19/2014 11:20 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Mortan co. 4/16.14

New for year

Golden eagle, Wilsons snipe, solitary Sandpiper, common Merganser, eight 
burrowing owls, 2 nesting bald eagles, 30 blue winged teal, 1 white rumped 
Sandpiper, 20 ring necked duck, 1 yellow headed blackbird, eared grebe, Western 
grebe. chestnut colored Longspur 

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone
Subject: Tom O'Leary Arboretum
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:02:02 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:

    Mother and I walked for an hour this morning and had several surprises
among 25 species, before I run off to a family Easter.   

 

Oh yea, a pair of CHUKAR were running the street in front of my house when I
left.

 

The following were the highlights (first of year in caps):

 

Bald Eagle (adult)

BROAD-WINGED HAWK

Brown Creeper - 2

Hermit Thrush

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER

VESPER SPARROW - wow

Purple Finch - female

 

Happy Easter!

 

Good Birding,

 

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: North of Minot FOY
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:48:24 -0500
We saw an Osprey and a Great Egret at Baker Bridge.  At the Upper Souris WR
we saw Eared, Horned and Pied-billed Grebes,  Ruddy ducks, and Franklin's
Gull amongst the usual birds.  Along Hwy 83 north of town we had an Upland
Sandpiper.  Cloudy and really windy - going east I got 34 MPG in my F-150!

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

Minot



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Subject: Mortan co. 4/16.14
From: "Rogers, Daniel" <daniel.rogers AT BISMARCKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:19:55 +0000
New for year

Golden eagle, Wilsons snipe, solitary Sandpiper, common Merganser, eight 
burrowing owls, 2 nesting bald eagles, 30 blue winged teal, 1 white rumped 
Sandpiper, 20 ring necked duck, 1 yellow headed blackbird, eared grebe, Western 
grebe. chestnut colored Longspur 

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone
Subject: Birding Old Hwy 10
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:49:42 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:

   This evening from 5:00 to 7:30pm I drove a 5 mile stretch of "old Highway
10" from (and including) the town of Menoken west and basically did point
counts at each water crossing.  I estimated nearly 6500 birds of 54 species.
Here is a paste from excel, hopefully it shows up readable.   It was fun to
bird in 30mph winds - not.   

 

In Bismarck I saw my first woodland birds of the year today, with a single
Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Tom O'Leary, and a single Brown Creeper at Sleepy
Hollow.   Also, a Chukar was observed on Hoover Ave for the first time since
late March.

 

Birds of interest were my FOY Eared Grebe, Great Egret (been there since
Tuesday), and Wilson's Snipe.

 

Canada Goose   39

Wood Duck         8

Green-winged Teal         204

Mallard 85

Nothern Pintail 38

Blue-winged Teal             112

Northern Shoveler          69

Gadwall                460

American Wigeon            62

Canvasback        354

Redhead              295

Ring-necked Duck            210

Greater Scaup   5

Lesser Scaup      2088

Common Goldeneye      26

Bufflehead         64

Hooded Merganser        7

Common Merganser      13

Ruddy Duck        44

Turkey Vulture  1

Northern Harrier              1

Swainson's Hawk             1

Red-tailed Hawk               2

Pied-billed Grebe            16

Horned Grebe   10

Eared Grebe      1

Western Grebe                3

Am. White Pelican           40

Double-crested Cormorant         48

Great Blue Heron             1

Great Egret         1

Ring-necked Pheasant   5

American Coot  665

Sandhill Crane   17

Killdeer 3

Greater Yellowlegs          5

Baird's Sandpiper             2

Wilson's Snipe   1

Franklin's Gull    356

Ring-billed Gull  385

California Gull    67

Herring Gull        25

Eurasian Collared-Dove 4

Mourning Dove                28

Northern Flicker               3

Tree Swallow     7

American Crow 40

American Robin                29

Cedar Waxwing                17

European Starling            27

Red-winged Blackbird    202

Western Meadowlark    6

Common Grackle             217

House Sparrow 11

---------------------------------- Total --------              6430

 

This info will be entered in Ebird later.

 

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Oak Park, Minot
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:33:44 -0500
ND-Birders:

Four FOS Yellow-rumped Warblers were in Oak Park this am. A couple of Am. Crows 
were nest building. A spring rarity for Minot, a Rusty Blackbird was also seen 
in Oak Park. 


A pair of Red-br. Mergansers were on the Souris River below the outlet 
structure at Lake Darling Dam. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Yellow-rumped Warblers
From: David Lindee <daveandellin AT REAGAN.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:59:32 -0500
Van Hook yard birds included the FOY Y-R (Myrtle) Warbler, Fox Sparrow, and
Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  We had a Cooper's Hawk land in a tree just outside
the house, conspicuously holding a Downy Woodpecker in its claws.  Down at
the lake we saw pelicans and a Great Blue Heron.

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

 



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Subject: ADMIN: Yahoo and other e-mail addresses being dropped from lists
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:14:30 +0000
I received this email from the NDSU helpdesk about the Yahoo problem. It 
doesn't look like it's going to resolve itself though I can vouch for the fact 
that Yahoo is getting slammed by many users. If you want to read emails from 
the list, and you have a Yahoo account, you're fine. All Yahoo users, myself 
included, have been set to NoPost which means that you can't post to the list. 
EVER. The usual alternative, Review, will not work because if the post is 
validated, it starts the cascade effect each and every time. 


Short answer, if you are a Yahoo user and you want to post to the list, you'll 
have to subscribe with a different email provider. If you would like me to 
change your email from Yahoo, send me an email and I can do it quite easily 
especially since there aren't that many Yahoo users. Sadly, this affects the 
whole group. 


Tyler Bell
ND-Birds Listowner


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: NDUS Help Desk 
To: "all-request AT listserv.nodak.edu" 
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 10:44 AM
Subject: Yahoo and other e-mail addresses being dropped from lists

List Owner,

Last week, Yahoo significantly tightened up its SPAM filtering. As a result, if 
someone with an  AT yahoo.com account is a subscriber on an email distribution 
system like Listserv, messages sent via the distribution system will be 
rejected by Yahoo.com. 


In addition, if someone with an  AT yahoo.com account sends a message to a 
distribution system like Listserv, it will cause bounces and auto-deletions of 
subscribers using other popular email services, such as hotmail.com, 
outlook.com, comcast.net and gmail.com. Yahoo.com subscribers can still receive 
messages from the mailing lists but cannot actively participate in an email 
list discussion. 


This is a Yahoo issue and is outside of our control. However, we wanted to make 
sure you were aware of it. 


If you are a list owner, you will receive a notification each time a  AT yahoo.com 
account or other popular e-mail service account is deleted from a list you own. 

Unless Yahoo.com changes their SPAM filtering, the best options for a yahoo.com 
subscriber to participate in an email list discussion is for the subscriber to 
use a different e-mail address. 


To review the subscribers on lists that you own, send the following message to 
Listserv. NOTE: The subject line is blank. 


    To:  Listserv AT listserv.nodak.edu
    Body:  REVIEW  NOHEADER

You may want to contact yahoo.com subscribers individually, let them know of 
this issue, and see if they want to use a different address. 


If you have any other questions, or concerns about the NDUS Listserv email 
distribution service, please send an e-mail message to 
support AT listserv.nodak.edu. 


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NDUS (ND University System) Help Desk
ndus.helpdesk AT ndus.edu

http://help.nodak.edu/ndus 

866-457-6387

Subject: Yellow Rumped Warblers
From: Brandon Meyer <brandon.meyer2491 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:52:29 -0500
Took a quick trip out to Faust Park today in the Valley City area and came 
across several Yellow Rumped Warblers and Golden Crowned Kinglets. 


Brandon Meyer
Valley City, ND
Subject: American white pelicans
From: Anthony Veroline <averoline AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:00:47 -0600
After a morning of counting grouse dancing grounds up by Fairfield, I
checked Patterson Lake for any new migrants after good reports from this
past weekend.

I didn't see avocets, but 2 *American white pelicans *were bobbing away on
the eastern end of the lake near the NDGF office.

Anthony Veroline
Upland Game Technician, NDGF
Dickinson, ND
(609) 724-6600
Subject: Winter Wren, Night Herons
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:33:27 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I took an opportunity to see Eurasian Tree Sparrow in Crookston, MN yesterday. 
On the way home I stopped at a shelterbelt in Steele county west of Mayville 
Portland and observed fun birds such as: 



Brown Creeper
WINTER WREN
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
Fox Sparrow
Rusty Blackbird

A couple miles west of there I found two occupied Great Horned Owl nests a half 
a mile apart. I didnt know they were tolerant of each other at all. 


En route home, at sundown I observed four BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS drop into 
the lake bisected by I-94 just west of Driscoll. 


It is still cold, snow drifts and water frozen out there, but the birds are 
slowly coming. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Brown creeper
From: Jean Legge <jlegge AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:22:55 -0500
Valley City, Barnes County, ND
April 16, 2014
Brown creeper just showed up.
It joins hundreds of juncos and 2 Fox sparrows that arrived recently.

Jean Legge
Subject: Short-eared owls
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:47:21 -0600
I saw my first Short-eared owls today: 2 just north of the Hwy 85/Hwy21
intersection (Slope County), another 3 miles east of Beach on Hwy 10
(Golden Valley County).

I also saw (Slope County):
Say's Phoebe 1
Ferruginous Hawk 1
Golden Eagle 3
Sandhill Cranes 65
​Jesse Kolar
Dickinson, ND​
Subject: Rusy Blackbird
From: Brandon Meyer <brandon.meyer2491 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:23:30 -0500
I was able to spot my first Rusty Blackbird of the year among a mixture of 
Red-winged blackbirds and yellow headed blackbirds. It was at the Columbia 
Grain elevator just west of Valley City. 


Brandon Meyer
Valley City, ND
brandon.meyer2491 AT gmail.com
Subject: Weekend birding
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:59:41 -0500
ND-Birders:

Corey E. and I birded for a day and one-half this weekend in sw ND. We spent 
most of our time in Billings, Golden Valley, Hettinger, and Adams Counties. 
Unusual for the area, there was a lot of water standing in fields and seasonal 
wetlands. Ducks were abundant. Following are a few species totals and FOY 
birds. 


Tundra Swan - 2 in Hettinger Co.
Gr. Scaup - Found at 2 locations.  
Horned Grebe - A few at various locations.
Red-br. Merganser - 1 in Hettinger Co.
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 4
Cooper's Hawk - 1
N. Harrier - 40
Golden Eagle - 3
Bald Eagle - 4; nest in Hettinger Co.  
Rough-legged Hawk - 5
Swainson's Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 4 Harlan's plus several other dark-morphs.
Sandhill Crane - 2000
L. Yellowlegs
Gr. Yellowlegs
Am. Avocet - 2
Long-billed Curlew - 1 in Billings Co.
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Am. Kestrel - 35
Merlin - 1
Say's Phoebe - 2
Tree Swallow - 2 locations.
Chestnut-collared Longspur - several locations
Song Sparrow
Yellow-h. Blackbird

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: OK
From: Jean Legge <jlegge AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:59:55 -0500
Jean Legge
Valley City, ND
Subject: Southwest birding
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:26:41 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Ron Martin and I birded in the southwest part of the state last weekend. 
Spring species are finally picking up but the snow and strong north winds didnt 
help any. There is alot of field water in the southwest this spring with a wet 
fall and a foot of snow the beginning of April. At Lake Tschida the water is 
going down the hole and gushing out of the spillway. 


The following is a list of birds of interest, or not mentioned yet by others:

Horned Grebe2 - pair in Golden Valley and Hettinger counties
Tundra Swan - pair in Hettinger county, we were sure they would be Trumpeter 
that far west that early in season, but to no avail. 

Ross's Goose - 4 at Odland Dam north of Beach. Only migrant geese seen 
anywhere. 

Greater Scaup - two locations in Hettinger county, unusual out west.
Red-breasted Merganser - single male at a slough in Hettinger county, only

Swainson's Hawk - along Hwy 49 south of Lake Tschida
American Kestral - total for the day Saturday roughly 30, mostly Golden Valley 
county 

Only one Golden Eagle, and no Ferruginous Hawks, should we be concerned?

Greater Yellowlegs - several places
Lesser Yellowlegs - Patterson Lake in Dickinson
American Avocet - one on ice at Patterson Lake, one in Billings county
Long-billed Curlew - one in Billings county

Say's Phoebe - Patterson Lake flyby, North Lemmon Lake
Tree Swallow - (20) at Patterson Lake, and near Golva

Chestnut-collared Longspur - several places, including a flock of 30.
Yellow-headed Blackbird - two places in Hettinger county

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Kinglets
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:56:48 -0500
Forgot to post yesterdays  birds: Ruby-crowned kinglets and hermit thrush.

Larry Jones
Rural bowdon
Subject: American golden-plover
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:50:20 -0500
Wayne Easley and myself were coming from Harvey this afternoon, spotted two 
golden-plover and many killdeer feeding in the ditch ten miles south of Harvey. 
Was a good supply of earth worms. Picked Wayne up last Tuesday at the airport 
and saw 6 snowy owls on the way home. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon
Subject: Yahoo mail problem
From: bobneugebauer <bobneugebauer AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:05:39 -0400
This has been cleared through Tyler.

I was one of the people who were inconvenienced by the recent and still ongoing 
Yahoo mail fiasco. After repeated unsuccessful attempts to get Yahoo to fix 
this problem I decided to have the listserv emails go to my Zoho mail account. 
Now everything works fine and it is nice to once again receive the postings. 



After several years of having both Yahoo mail and Zoho mail, I find that Zoho 
is by far the superior provider. I have had next to no problems with it over 
the years and am encouraging some of you frustrated Yahoo mail people to 
consider another email provider. There are no doubt other superior email 
providers in the marketplace. 



Bob Neugebauer
rural Bismarck
Subject: ADMIN: ND-Birds list problems, continued
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:29:20 +0000
It's been suggested that I at least give Yahoo users, and basically any 
listserv subscriber, a venue to complain to Yahoo about this ridiculous 
problem. I don't know for sure but postmaster AT yahoo.com should work. Tell them 
how this is affecting you, how it's affecting listservs globally and that they 
need to fix their code to allow emails from Yahoo to not cause ripple effects 
whenever a user posts to a list. NDSU has dozens of lists besides ND-Birds and 
this has got to be causing their list admins nightmares! I'm wishing that I had 
started using Gmail when it first was introduced as I'm affected too. 


Tyler Bell
ND-Birds Listowner


________________________________________
From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota [ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] On 
Behalf Of Bell, Tyler [belljt AT SI.EDU] 

Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 11:53 AM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] ADMIN: ND-Birds list problems

Problems with e-mail addresses from Yahoo are continuing today. Yahoo's policy 
change last week is also causing problems that affect e-mail addresses from 
other domains, such as Comcast, ATT, Hotmail, and MSN. You can read a technical 
explanation of why this occurs at: 



https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v1/url?u=http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247512/Yahoo_email_anti_spoofing_policy_breaks_mailing_lists?pageNumber%3D1&k=diZKtJPqj4jWksRIF4bjkw%3D%3D%0A&r=qeOJg2AVqr1dQdd8EvLB5w%3D%3D%0A&m=5CyDqNGF0HWODYQQ4SNaJtss4u8pXL%2Fb%2FSNsDiqmNmE%3D%0A&s=6db425e83432896ad7a1cc561ed04f33d4a20ce081ecaa1462d6b3d933c1ca55 


Because the problem occurs _every time_ a message from a Yahoo.com address is 
posted to the list, my mail administrators have instructed me to set all 
subscriptions with Yahoo.com to NOPOST. I have just done so. I apologize for 
the inconvenience this will cause you. I realize it is NOT your fault. 


Other providers have "honored" Yahoo's policy although they have not set the 
same restrictive policy; they should stop seeing rejections once we remove the 
Yahoo posts. These include Comcast, ATT, MSN, and Hotmail. 


If you have a Yahoo address, I encourage you to contact Yahoo.com support and 
tell them "I have been inconvenienced because I am unable to participate in 
Listserv mailing lists because of Yahoo's DMARC policy." I also suggest that 
you may want to get a different e-mail provider for your listserv subscriptions 
(and maybe for all your e-mail). While I cannot and do not recommend any 
particular provider, I can inform you that two large providers which have had 
no problems are Google (Gmail.com) and Apple (iCloud.com, me.com, mac.com). 
There have also been no problems with any .org, .gov, or .edu address as far as 
I know right now. 


To repeat, I have set all Yahoo subscriptions for ND-Birds to "NoPost" - if you 
are a Yahoo user, you will be able to read messages but not post to ND-Birds. 


Tyler Bell
ND-Birds Listowner
Subject: ADMIN: ND-Birds list problems
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:53:46 +0000
Problems with e-mail addresses from Yahoo are continuing today. Yahoo’s 
policy change last week is also causing problems that affect e-mail addresses 
from other domains, such as Comcast, ATT, Hotmail, and MSN. You can read a 
technical explanation of why this occurs at: 



http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247512/Yahoo_email_anti_spoofing_policy_breaks_mailing_lists?pageNumber=1 


Because the problem occurs _every time_ a message from a Yahoo.com address is 
posted to the list, my mail administrators have instructed me to set all 
subscriptions with Yahoo.com to NOPOST. I have just done so. I apologize for 
the inconvenience this will cause you. I realize it is NOT your fault. 


Other providers have “honored” Yahoo’s policy although they have not set 
the same restrictive policy; they should stop seeing rejections once we remove 
the Yahoo posts. These include Comcast, ATT, MSN, and Hotmail. 


If you have a Yahoo address, I encourage you to contact Yahoo.com support and 
tell them “I have been inconvenienced because I am unable to participate in 
Listserv mailing lists because of Yahoo's DMARC policy.” I also suggest that 
you may want to get a different e-mail provider for your listserv subscriptions 
(and maybe for all your e-mail). While I cannot and do not recommend any 
particular provider, I can inform you that two large providers which have had 
no problems are Google (Gmail.com) and Apple (iCloud.com, me.com, mac.com). 
There have also been no problems with any .org, .gov, or .edu address as far as 
I know right now. 


To repeat, I have set all Yahoo subscriptions for ND-Birds to “NoPost” — 
if you are a Yahoo user, you will be able to read messages but not post to 
ND-Birds. 


Tyler Bell
ND-Birds Listowner

Subject: Sunday yard birds
From: Sherry <bird_nd AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:05:43 -0700
58 Cedar Waxwings
20 Junco
22 Goldfinch
3 Red-tail Hawks
6 Ring-billed Gulls
Regulars of Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy and Hairy's, Blue-jays, 
American Tree Sparrows, House Finch, (had 3 Purple Finch earlier this week), 
Mourning Doves. 

Pair of Mallards in creek and many flocks of Geese and Sandhill Cranes flying 
over. 

Sherry Leslie
Rural Minot/Burlington
Subject: new arrivals in McK Co
From: Maureen OMara <mo1_omara AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:49:29 -0700
Hello,

Went out to my usual spot just across the Montana/ND border. In addition to 
Pasque flowers blooming on the hillsides there were some new bird arrivals. 


Killdeers have come back! Yay!

On the pond:
Pied-billed Grebe
Canada Goose
Mallard
A. Widgeon
N. Shoveler
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
C. Merganser
Red-tailed Hawks
A. Kestrel
A. Crow
And even more exciting news the Mountain Bluebird pair have resumed their place 
on their overlook hill. 


Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: FOY Fox Sparrow
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:20:59 -0500
Had a single Fox Sparrow at my north Fargo feeder this afternoon, first 
for the year.

Connie Norheim
Fargo
Subject: FOS
From: Armand Lagasse <a.lagasse AT SENDIT.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:12:12 -0500
A few first of season birds in and around Rolla the last couple of days:
tundra swan
greater white-fronted goose
brown creeper
northern flicker

Armand Lagasse
Rolla,  ND
Subject: Re: New arrivals in Grand Forks County today
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:29:36 -0700
Testing to see if Yahoo is still creating an issue.

God Bless,


Paul O. Roisen
Sioux City, IA 
712-301-2817
On Saturday, April 12, 2014 10:12 PM, tsatrans123  
wrote: 

 
After last night's rain and the appearance of several Fox Sparrows in my East 
Grand Forks yard this morning, I walked the cemetery and the English Coulee in 
Grand Forks. New arrivals for me included Fox Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, American 
Woodcock, Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Northern Flicker. 

>
>
>Sandy Aubol
>East Grand Forks, MN
>
>
Subject: New arrivals in Grand Forks County today
From: tsatrans123 <tsatrans123 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:02:36 -0500
After last night's rain and the appearance of several Fox Sparrows in my East 
Grand Forks yard this morning, I walked the cemetery and the English Coulee in 
Grand Forks. New arrivals for me included Fox Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, American 
Woodcock, Ruby- and Golden-crowned Kinglets, and Northern Flicker.  


Sandy Aubol
East Grand Forks, MN
Subject: ADMIN: Yahoo email brings down listserves globally
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:05:48 +0000
If you use Yahoo email and like to send and receive messages to/from ND-Birds, 
you might consider switching until this blows over, if ever. Please read the 
article below explaining the problems facing ND-Birds and any other listserv 
list that you may belong to. I'm going to have to use my work email address for 
a while, which I really prefer not to use for personal emails. I've already 
been unsubscribed from ND-Birds, DE-Birds and JerseyBirds, lists that I created 
and run! 



http://thehackernews.com/2014/04/yahoos-new-dmarc-policy-destroys-every.html?m=1 


Tyler Bell
ND-Birds Listowner
Subject: ADMIN: deleted email accounts
From: James Tyler Bell <jtylerbell AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:09:56 -0700
This has started to affect ND-Birds subscribers who use MSN, Hotmail, Yahoo and 
Comcast. Below is an explanation from Laurie Larson, one of my co-listowners on 
the JerseyBirds list. We can only hope that they can fix this problem 
otherwise, the listserver will continue to see bouncing email messages, count 
the bounces, and when you hit the limit, you are automatically unsubscribed. 
There is absolutely nothing that can be done on the NDSU side as it is the 
ISP's problem. Let them know you're not happy about it! 




Tyler Bell
ND-Birds Listowner



----- Forwarded Message -----
From: L Larson 
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 9:59 AM
Subject: Re: Your removal from the JERSEYBI list
 


Thanks for the information. Unfortunately we are only too aware of that. Yahoo 
[the "sending domain"] changed its DMARC policy and Comcast decided to respect 
it. Because this policy is incompatible with Listserv, and in fact incompatible 
with forwarding any mail at all, you and all other Comcast and Yahoo users have 
been deleted from Jerseybirds, based on an algorithm that simply counts the 
number of "bounced" messages. I am adding people back but they will inevitably 
be deleted again. If you expect to continue to use Listserv mailing lists, you 
probably will want to get an account with Gmail, which knows how to configure 
email properly. I decided to wait a few days to see whether Yahoo reconfigures 
its DMARC policy, before announcing this to the entire list, but be warned. 


best regards, 
Laurie Larson


On Apr 12, 2014, at 8:05 AM, wrote:

> The reason the messages are being rejected is
> 
> DM000001 :: Mail to Comcast is rejected and is returned with an error message 
containing the code DM000001. What does this mean? 

> 
> This message has been rejected by the Comcast mail servers due to the sending 
domain's published DMARC policy. The sending domain has published a DMARC 
reject policy and this message has not passed either DKIM or SPF authentication 
for the domain. For more information on DMARC, visit http://dmarc.org. 

> 
> -----Original Message----- From: Princeton University LISTSERV Server (15.0)
> Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 12:31 AM
> Subject: Your removal from the JERSEYBI list
> 
> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:31:52
> 
> You have been automatically removed from the JERSEYBI list (JerseyBirds)
> as a result of repeated delivery error reports from your mail system.
> This decision was based on the list's automatic error monitoring policy,
> and has not been reviewed or otherwise confirmed by a person. If you
> receive this message, then it means that something is wrong. While you
> are obviously able to receive mail, your mail system has been regularly
> reporting that your account did not exist, or that you were otherwise
> permanently unable to receive mail. Here is some information that may
> assist you or your local help desk in determining the cause of the
> problem:
> 
> 
> - The first error was reported on 2014-04-05.
> 
> - Since then, a total of 10 delivery errors have been received.
> 
> - The last reported error was: 5.2.0 550 5.2.0 oRE81n00H4eyWnU0XRE8zM
> Message rejected due to DMARC. Please see
> http://postmaster.comcast.net/smtp-error-codes.php#DM000001
> 
> PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS MESSAGE. While you can re-subscribe to the
> list, it is important for you to report this problem to your mail
> administrator so that it can be solved. This problem is not specific to
> the JERSEYBI list, and may also affect your private mail. This means that
> YOU MAY HAVE LOST SOME PRIVATE MAIL AS WELL. Anyone trying to write to
> you during the same time frame might have received the same errors for
> the same reason. The JERSEYBI list is only one of the many people who may
> have tried to write to you while your mail system was malfunctioning.
> 
> DO NOT LET TECHNICAL PEOPLE CONVINCE YOU THAT THIS IS NORMAL. It is never
> normal for a mail system to claim that a valid, working account does not
> exist, just as it would not be normal for the post office to return some
> of your mail with "addressee unknown" when the address was written
> correctly. It is true that some mail systems are less reliable than
> others, and your technical people may be doing the best they can with the
> tools they have. But, ultimately, the level of service that you are
> receiving is the result of a business decision, and not something due to
> a universal technical limitation that one can only accept. Reliable mail
> systems do exist, and it is ultimately up to you to decide whether this
> level of service is acceptable or not. 
Subject: Cass county MOBL
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:19:06 -0500
Nice male mountain bluebird found this morning in a pasture north of Embden.
K. Corliss
West Fargo
Subject: Lake Bertha
From: MARK OTNES <markotnes AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:20:30 -0500
Took a very brief run out to Lake Bertha in Cass County yesterday (4/11).
There were very large numbers of geese, especially Snow Geese and Greater
White-fronted Geese.  Some noteworthy sightings were 2 Red-breasted
Mergansers, 1 Tree Swallow, and 1 Greater Yellowlegs.

Mark Otnes
Fargo ND
701-241-4194
markotnes AT cableone.net
Subject: birds in the yard
From: Floramay & Steve <flstmiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:26:05 -0500
In town, Bismarck.  I had 75-100 cedar waxwings hanging around my back 
and front yard most of the day.  The were making good use of my water in 
the bath and ponds.  The usual annual birds are coming back to find 
their places. I saw a male American Tree Sparrow this evening.
Floramay
Subject: White-fronteds and a note on eagles and ravens
From: David Lambeth <davidlambeth58201 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:36:06 -0700
I was out west of Grand Forks this morning when quite a few geese flew over, 
coming from the southeast. There were some Snow Geese, butmost of them were 
White-fronteds. 


Around year 2000, the first eagle nest in the valley that I/we knew about 
wasin a tree at river's edge, directly west of the EGF nest that they 
builtthe next year and have been using ever since. Now there are at least six 
nests built by eagles in an area that is north of US 2, west of I-29, east of 
the AFB, and south of CR 33 (the Manvel road). Three are active nests, one has 
a pair hanging around and maybe will nest, one is occupied by a Great Horned 
Owl, and the remaining one had a horned owl earlier in the spring but now 
appears to be abandoned. That is a lot of eagle nests in a relatively small 
area, and a lot of change in the status of eagles in a hort time. 


Earlier I posted about two nests that I thought had been built by apair of 
ravens.The first nest to be built was abandoned and theythen builttheir 2nd 
nest on a powerline crossbeam that they had used for the last 2 or 3 years. A 
raven has been on that nest for several days. Now a pair of Red-tailed Hawks 
appear to have claimed the nest that was abandoned, sort of in the spiritof 
"if they are not going to use it, we will!". 


Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: FOY birds
From: Sherry <bird_nd AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:07:16 -0700
Six Turkey Vultures Minot. 
Yard birds: 12 Juncos (I was told they are going to "lump" all Juncos 
together??), 15 goldfinch, 2 American Tree Sparrows plus the regulars. 

Sherry Leslie
Rural Minot/Burlington
Subject: Re: ADMIN: Heartbleed security issues and bouncing emails
From: "matt j. sorenson" <matt AT SORENSONBROS.NET>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:51:27 -0500
I would implore updating your passwords... ideally to a randomly generated
complex password. Then resubscribe. :)

Lastpass is an *excellent* password management tool: https://lastpass.com/

--
*matt j. sorenson*


On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 8:38 AM, James Tyler Bell wrote:

> Many of you may have heard about the Heartbleed bug and internet
> vulnerability. Apparently MSN, Hotmail and Yahoo all at the same time put
> up new barriers and all hell is breaking loose on listserves across the
> country. My inbox filled up overnight with error messages from all ND-Birds
> subscribers using those email accounts. Add to that that I run DE-Birds and
> JerseyBirds, it's a nightmare!
>
> Apparently emails are still going through but many subscribers are being
> dropped automatically by the listserver if there are too many bounces. Be
> patient. The first thing to do is resubscribe. Hopefully it's a one time
> problem.
>
> Enjoy spring. It's long overdue in North Dakota! BTW, here in MD,
> Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Yellow-throated Warblers and Louisiana
> Waterthrushes have returned heralding the first wave of migrants.
>
> Tyler Bell
> jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
> California, Maryland
>
Subject: ADMIN: Heartbleed security issues and bouncing emails
From: James Tyler Bell <jtylerbell AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:38:59 -0700
Many of you may have heard about the Heartbleed bug and internet vulnerability. 
Apparently MSN, Hotmail and Yahoo all at the same time put up new barriers and 
all hell is breaking loose on listserves across the country. My inbox filled up 
overnight with error messages from all ND-Birds subscribers using those email 
accounts. Add to that that I run DE-Birds and JerseyBirds, it's a nightmare! 


Apparently emails are still going through but many subscribers are being 
dropped automatically by the listserver if there are too many bounces. Be 
patient. The first thing to do is resubscribe. Hopefully it's a one time 
problem. 



Enjoy spring. It's long overdue in North Dakota! BTW, here in MD, Blue-gray 
Gnatcatchers, Yellow-throated Warblers and Louisiana Waterthrushes have 
returned heralding the first wave of migrants. 



Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland
Subject: Sandhills Cranes
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:52:13 -0600
Spotted a circling flock of between 120-140 Sandhill Cranes in NW Divide 
County, North Dakota about two hours before sunset approximately 1/2 mile SE of 
Westby, MT 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: FOY birds
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:47:43 -0500
ND-Birders:

This evening I had a Turkey Vulture in Minot. There were many Red-tailed Hawks 
moving today in the Minot area. This evening at 11:00 pm there was a N. 
Saw-whet Owl calling at my residence near Sawyer. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Where do Bobolinks winter
From: Cleone Stewart <cleone AT VISITDETROITLAKES.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:03:54 -0500
Western Meadowlarks have returned to Becker County, MN. Where do Bobolinks
return from? Hear about Bobolink 0961-10071 from Dr. Rosalind Renfrew during
her keynote presentation at the Detroit Lakes, MN Festival of Birds May
15-18. Renfrew banded the bird in Bolivia and 3  years later it was found
12 miles from her home in Vermont. The bird had flown at least 35,000 miles
in those 3  years! What are the challenges for the Bobolink on its
wintering grounds? Other presenters: Joel Greenberg on observing 100 years
since the last Passenger Pigeon, Sue Leaf on the Father of MN ornithology
and Carrol Henderson on Wildlife Photography. Free Saturday workshop on
Shorebird I.D., wine tasting socials, exhibitors and plenty of fieldtrips
for birds of the prairies (including blind dates with Greater Prairie
Chickens), forests and shorebirds. Online program and registration:
http://www.visitdetroitlakes.com/events/festival-of-birds 

 

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

Detroit Lakes, MN

 

 

 
Subject: Valley City Area
From: Brandon Meyer <brandon.meyer2491 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:25:53 -0500
I went birding around the Valley City area yesterday with Joe Orr, here are 
some of the notable species that we came across. 


Coopers Hawk
Green-Winged Teal
Redhead
Northern Pintail 
Canbasback
Northern Shoveler
Lapland Longspur
Gadwall
Hooded Merganser
Common Goldeneye
American White Pelican (2)
Eastern Blue Bird
Golden Eagle
Great Egret (flew over my apartment garages late)
pied billed Grebe
Subject: April 9 Birding - Alice, ND
From: Randy Toppen <randy.j.toppen AT SENDIT.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:27:34 -0500
Took Connies route from her outing on Tuesday (Buffalo/Alice exit and
south). 33 species, most waterfowl (no teal yet)

Species of note (FOY)
7 American White Pelicans
1 Bairds Sandpiper
Wigeons
Wood Ducks
Goldeneyes
Buffleheads
American Tree Sparrow
3 Mourning Doves
3 Coots
Ring Necked Ducks
Greater and Lesser Scaup


--Randy Toppen, Science Department
Valley City High School
460 North Central  Avenue
Valley City, ND 58072
701-845-0483
Randy.J.Toppen AT Sendit.NoDak.Edu
http://www.valley-city.k12.nd.us/jrsrhigh/jrsrstaff/jrsrstffpgs/rt.html

Subject: 7 sp Gulls, Snowys
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 22:26:50 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:

    I ventured through Long Lake NWR with another bird club member this
evening.   Lots of gulls that stole the show (3 Black-backs), but also some
other highlights below.

 

Bismarck Landfill:

About 750 birds including an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

 

Long Lake NWR - C Dike:

                Red-breasted Merganser - 1m, 2f

                Am. White Pelican - 3

Herring Gull - 150

Thayer's Gull - first cycle gray

Glaucous Gull - first cycle white

Lesser Black-Backed Gull - 2nd cycle bird.

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Sanderling

 

Long Lake NWR - B Dike (between headquarters)

Herring Gull - 25

Lesser Black-backed Gull - adult

 

Also present:

                Northern Harrier - 9 in one section to southeast of stone
house

                Sandhill Crane - 12

                Double-crested Cormorant  - 3

                Snowy Owl - THREE

 

Bald Eagles appear to have moved on.   Single digits tonight observed for
them.

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

 
Subject: Killdeer
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:10:54 -0600
Just spotted my 1st Killdeer of year just south of Stark Co. line on Hettinger 
Co. along hwy 22 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Tuesday birding Embden/Alice area
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 17:43:32 -0500
I spent this beautiful afternoon birding in the Embden/Alice area. 
Although the deep water is still frozen, many of the smaller ponds and 
marshes had open water. The most productive ponds were along 38th St SE, 
west of 139th Ave SE (the first gravel road that goes west after leaving 
I-94 at the Alice exit).

10 Tundra Swans
about 20nGreater-white fronted geese
1 Snow goose
2 American Wigeon
Mallard
2 Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
1 Ring necked pheasant
1 Great Blue Heron
2 Northern Harrier
American Coot
Killdeer
1 Greater Yellowlegs
Ring-billed Gull
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird

Connie Norheim
Fargo
232-4386
Subject: Red-shouldered hawk in North Fargo-Moorhead
From: "Wiesenborn, Dennis" <D.Wiesenborn AT NDSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:11:29 +0000
A red-shouldered hawk was observed along the Red River in the area of Oak Grove 
Park & neighborhood and Mickelson Park (Fargo), and Pioneer Park (Moorhead) at 
around 7:30 a.m. today. It called several times and was flying from perch to 
perch as if actively hunting. Although red-shouldered hawks are uncommon for 
the FM area, this was the third sighting in the last four years in this area, 
always in early April. They occasionally stay for a day or so before moving on. 


For those not familiar with this species: Red-tailed and Cooper's hawks are far 
more common in the area. The red-shouldered hawk has the heavy, short-tailed 
build of a red-tailed, but a boldly banded tail and orange-colored breast a bit 
like an adult Cooper's. 
Subject: Rusty Blackbird Blitz
From: David Lambeth <davidlambeth58201 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 18:29:15 -0700
Hi everyone,
This is to remind everyone that an extra effort is being made to census Rusty 
Blackbirds this year. We are now moving into the prime time for them to appear. 
Earlier I sent out an e-mail with information on how to report (e-bird is one 
way, or send me an e-mail and I will forward to the Blitz Coordinator). I'm 
pasting in below the text of the earlier message announcing the blitz. 


Dave Lambeth
Grand Forks, North Dakota

HiEveryone,
Now as we approach mid-March, the purpose of this e-mail is to invite you to 
participate in the Rusty Blackbird Blitz. Ifyou are at all interested, please 
read on. 


The Blitz is a nationwide effort to learn more about Rusty Blackbirds, a 
species that is in sharp decline.You can participate by makinga special 
effort to find them during migration. Or you can go about your birding 
activities as usual and simply payattention to blackbirds and report what you 
find. 


There is an excellent website at http://rustyblackbird.org/ The website is 
easy to navigate and there you canlearn aboutRusty Blackbird habitats,how to 
differentiate Rustys from other blackbirds, and how to report your findings. 


For those of you who report to ebird, there is an easy and convenientway to 
report your Rusty Blackbird findings. On the opening screen, in the Observation 
Type section, click on Other, then go to the dropdown menu and choose Rusty 
Blackbird Blitz. Whether or not you are an e-birder, you may find a 
downloadable data sheet to be useful. Go to 


http://rustyblackbird.org/wp-content/uploads/Rusty-Blackbird-Blitz-2014-datasheet.pdf 


Here in North Dakota, we should start looking for Rustys as soon any migrant 
blackbirds appear, which should be soon after mid-March. Migration may continue 
into May. The challenge for us is to differentiate between Rustys and the other 
blackbirds, especially Brewer's. A quick check that I do immediately is to look 
at the eyes of females. Brewer's females have dark eyes, Rusty females have 
light eyes, like the males. For more information consult the website and/or 
your favorite field guide. 

Where to look: pay special attention to areas that are flooded with meltwater, 
such as ditches, edges of sloughs and ponds, and flooded woodlands. 

As the North Dakota Coordinator for the Blitz, I'll be happy to try to answer 
any questions anyone has. When reporting your Rusty Blackbird findings, please 
consider including a post to nd-birds or your local e-group. 
Subject: Garrison Dam, FOY birds
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:17:56 -0500
ND-Birders:

Corey Ellingson and I had a couple of Snowy Owls in Ward Co. today. Near Dodge 
we had a pair of Wood Ducks. At the intake structure above the tailrace at 
Garrison Dam there was a nice collection of 18 species of waterfowl, including 
firsts of Western Grebe, Canvasback, Greater Scaup, Red-br. Merganser, and Am. 
Coot. The Long-tailed Duck was still present. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Ted Nordhagen <soraart AT NEMONT.NET>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 22:38:55 -0500
Folks,

While driving to Minot today, I observed a Snowy Owl approx. 1 mile east of 
Flaxton along Hwy 52. 


Ted Nordhagen
Westby MT
Subject: Paucity of birds out west
From: Maureen OMara <mo1_omara AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 13:30:31 -0700
Not much out in the grasslands in western ND near Sidney (McKenzie Co.). On my 
way in to my favorite hiking spot Western Meadowlarks were singing and a 
Red-tailed Hawk flew up. The pond edges are starting to thaw with enough of a 
"puddle" at the south end to allow for several C. Geese, N. Shoveler Pairs, 
Common Goldeneye and Mallards to swim around. While hiking up on a ridge a 
flock of Cedar Waxwings flew over and the cawing of A. Crows were heard. I had 
to intervene between my dogs and a porcupine down in a draw. Hiked back into a 
small valley but no grassland birds were seen or heard. Hundreds of water bugs 
swimming around in both the thawed edges and under the ice. Spotted a Leopard 
frog dart away under the clear edge ice. I usually see Sharp-tails on my drive 
in but haven't in the past couple of weeks. 


So, the tally:

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Canada Goose 3
Common Goldeneye 3 males
Shoveler pair 2
Mallard pair 2
A. Crow only heard 2?
Cedar Waxwings ~ 100
W. Meadowlark  numerous
N. Leopard Frog 1
Porcupine 1

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: first robin et al
From: Pat Bradley <pjcroth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 11:26:24 -0500
just saw my first robin of the season; the eurasian collared doves returned to 
d.l. last week and it looks like they are looking a suitable home this morning; 


 
Patricia J. Bradley, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Lake Region Human Service Center
200 Hwy. 2 SW
Devils Lake, ND 58301
701-665-2200 X2258
pjbradley AT nd.gov
 		 	   		  
Subject: Bismarck Landfill
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:16:03 -0500
Greetings ND-Birders:

 

I checked the landfill for an hour hoping for a glaucous or something
different in the snow, but no luck.

 

About 1000 birds, including an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull (which I have
seen all three visits this year).   No Franklin's today.

 

I have not seen the Chukar pair since the first sighting, but I am sure they
are in the area.   I will post when I do see them.

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Eagles still at Long Lake NWR
From: Mike Rabenberg <michael_rabenberg AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:32:50 -0500
There are still a lot of bald eagles on Long Lake NWR. Saw 30+ on the ice near 
C-Dike this morning, and dozens more in the area. fos grackle this morning. 
Some flocks of lapland longspurs using sunflower fields. Saw a lone shorebird 
on the ice north of C-dike. Assumed it was probably the Baird's sandpiper a 
couple of folks reported last week. I stopped to take a look, and was surprised 
to see a sanderling in non-breeding plumage (seems pretty darned early). If you 
find open water, you will find a lot of waterfowl. 


Mike Rabenberg
Wildlife Biologist
Long Lake NWR Complex
Subject: Great Blue Heron
From: Jeremy Guinn <jguinn AT UTTC.EDU>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:00:04 +0000
1st Great Blue Heron. Yesterday afternoon, Mandan, east of Raging Rivers Water 
Park. 


Jeremy Guinn
Mandan

From: thomas naas [mailto:thomas.naas07 AT GMAIL.COM]
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2014 8:29 AM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker

FOY Mourning Dove 3/31 near the river by captain freddys in Mandan
FOY Yellow Shafted Northern Flicker 1/1 in south Bismarck
Seems there are many more Hairy woodpeckers around right now than I have 
noticed in the recent past. Not sure if that holds true or if it's related to a 
variance in birding effort. Neat to watch none the less. 


--
Tom Naas
Bismarck
Subject: Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker
From: thomas naas <thomas.naas07 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 08:28:42 -0500
FOY Mourning Dove 3/31 near the river by captain freddys in Mandan
FOY Yellow Shafted Northern Flicker 1/1 in south Bismarck

Seems there are many more Hairy woodpeckers around right now than I have
noticed in the recent past. Not sure if that holds true or if it's related
to a variance in birding effort. Neat to watch none the less.

-- 

*Tom Naas*

*Bismarck*
Subject: Eastern bluebirds
From: Larry Jones <jljones AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:59:54 -0500
Had eight eastern bluebirds at our farmstead yesterday afternoon. They were 
checking out the nest boxes. Also a Swainson's hawk this afternoon. 


Larry Jones
Rural Bowdon 
Wells Co.
Subject: Photo needed: buff-breasted sandpiper
From: "Svingen, Dan -FS" <dsvingen AT FS.FED.US>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:32:12 +0000
Good evening. I will be speaking to the Iowa and Nebraska Ornithological 
Societies in mid-May. If you have a digital photo of a buff-breasted sandpiper 
that I could use in the presentation, please email it to me. All photographers 
are credited in the talk. 


Thanks!

Good birding!

Dan.

DAN SVINGEN
District Ranger/Capitol City Coordinator/Tribal Liason
Fort Pierre Ranger District
Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands
USDA Forest Service
(605) 224-5517
(605) 280-1042 - cell
dsvingen AT fs.fed.us





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Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 18:03:06 -0500
ND-Birders:

I had a Snowy Owl this afternoon on a pole along Hwy 83 just north of the 
Garrison turnoff. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer

Subject: Spring Birding
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 11:50:44 -0500
Hi All,

Monday morning before the weather really turned nasty I found 2 killdeer (FOY) 
that looked miserable. Yesterday I had 16 bird species in my yard. Last night 
shortly after 7 pm I saw a Bald Eagle flying SE from the house carrying a 
branch. This is something I have never seen before and found to be very strange 
in my area. After a few texts from Corey this morning he said it’s possible 
there might be a nest in the area. One mile south of the Buxton exit on I29 I 
have kept a close eye on a nest in a tree line (east side) thinking maybe I 
would see nesting Great Horned Owls this winter. About a week ago I saw a bird 
sitting on that shallow nest while driving on the interstate. Well I just came 
back from watching 2 Bald Eagles bringing nesting material to that tree. 
Totally surprised as I thought the Eagles always nested close to lakes and 
rivers. I would say that’s a pretty cool find for the day!!! 


Good Birding
Sharon Watson
Buxton ND