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Barn Owl

7 Mar Golden Valley [Jesse Kolar ]
6 Mar Pine Siskins, Nuthatches, Crossbill [Lisa Kraft ]
4 Mar tracking Snow Goose migration [cnorheim ]
28 Feb nw ND [Ron Martin ]
26 Feb North Dakota Birding Society spring meeting. [Ron Martin ]
26 Feb eastern screech-owl [bobneugebauer ]
26 Feb Re: more Red Crossbills ["Bell, Tyler" ]
25 Feb more Red Crossbills [Jeremy Guinn ]
24 Feb Snowy Owl South Fargo [Frank Jay Pickles ]
24 Feb Re: Bald Eagle [Frank Jay Pickles ]
23 Feb SW North Dakota [Corey Ellingson ]
23 Feb Williams County Gyrfalcon [Scott R a y ]
22 Feb Snowy Owl west of Wishek Sunday [cnorheim ]
20 Feb Winter birding in the northwest - Pine Grosbeak [Scott R a y ]
20 Feb Golden Eagle [Corey Ellingson ]
19 Feb Bald Eagle [mnzippy ]
18 Feb Great Horned Owl: Slope County [John Fielding ]
18 Feb snowy owl [mnzippy ]
18 Feb Snowy [John Fielding ]
17 Feb belated report - Sunday in Bowman/Slope counties [Nancy Drilling ]
17 Feb Slope County Snowy Owl [John Fielding ]
15 Feb Ravens [Scott R a y ]
14 Feb Snowy Owl, Stark County [Nancy Drilling ]
11 Feb Red crossbills [Lisa Kraft ]
10 Feb Newtown (Mountrail) Goshawk [Rod Fossen ]
10 Feb Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 13th-16th [ ]
9 Feb Short-eared Owl [Buchanan Law Office ]
9 Feb Backyard Birds []
9 Feb Bismarck-Mandan happenings [Corey Ellingson ]
9 Feb Sooty Fox Sparrow [ ]
7 Feb Garrison Dam Tailrace/McKenzie Long Lake NWR - Feb 7, 2015 [Corey Ellingson ]
6 Feb Mountrail County today [Scott R a y ]
6 Feb More Bald Eagles in Fargo [Frank Jay Pickles ]
6 Feb More Bald Eagles in Fargo! [Frank Jay Pickles ]
4 Feb Snowy Owl [Sherry Leslie ]
2 Feb Backyard Birds and more []
2 Feb Garrison Dam Tailrace [Sherry Leslie ]
2 Feb yard list in GF [David Lambeth ]
2 Feb Rusty Blackbird photo [Rob Parsons ]
1 Feb Re: Bismarck Fox Sparrow - SOOTY [Rob Parsons ]
1 Feb Bismarck Fox Sparrow - SOOTY [Corey Ellingson ]
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 ]

Subject: Golden Valley
From: Jesse Kolar <jessekolar AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:47:17 -0700
I worked in Golden Valley county today and have noticed more signs of
spring.  Before leaving Dickinson I watched two female red crossbills
collecting nesting material (?) toward some pine trees near the Game and
Fish office.  A lone male sat singing and calling above where one was
depositing her nesting material.

Northwest of Medora I saw:
2 Northern Harriers
1 American Kestrel
1 Bald Eagle
4 Golden Eagles
2 Rough-legged Hawks
And 14 sharp-tailed grouse active on a lek.
Several horned larks paired up and doing courtship displays
One flock of 15+ Black-billed Magpies.
Also saw several crows, Lapland Longspurs, Black-capped Chickadees,
pheasants, and a sheep lot full of starlings.  Still no meadowlarks.

I had been seeing snowy owls quite frequently in the field, but haven't
seen one for the past few weeks, even in areas where they seemed to hang
out.

Sure nice to be trekking around without a jacket again!

Jesse Kolar
Dickinson
Subject: Pine Siskins, Nuthatches, Crossbill
From: Lisa Kraft <goodmorninggirl AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:51:38 -0600
We were at the St. Mary's cemetery in Bismarck today around 12:30 p.m. and saw: 


Pine Siskins
Red Crossbill
Red Breasted Nuthatch

Lisa & Curt Kraft
 		 	   		  
Subject: tracking Snow Goose migration
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:20:24 -0600
I happened to notice in the Forum today that there's a web site we can 
use to track the Snow Goose migration in ND. Maybe this year I can get 
to Tewaukon and the Alice area when the numbers are high.
http://www.gf.nd.gov/hunting/waterfowl/light-geese/migration

Connie Norheim
Fargo
Subject: nw ND
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 22:09:40 -0600
ND-Birders:

I spent some time in nw ND today, mostly in Burke and Mountrail. A few notes on 
the day. 


Great Horned Owl - one occupied nest near Lostwood.
Snowy Owl - 7
Com. Raven - 5
Harris's Sparrow - one at a farmstead in Burke.
Pine Grosbeak - 6 in Kenmare.
Red Crossbill - a pair in Bowbells acting territorial.

Bald Eagles are starting to move up the Souris R. Valley.

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Rural Sawyer
Subject: North Dakota Birding Society spring meeting.
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:52:18 -0600
All:

The North Dakota Birding Society will meet in Fargo May 23-24, 2015. This 
should be prime time for migrant warblers and shorebirds. As usual, we will 
have a Saturday evening dinner and social. More details later. Hope to see you 
all there. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
NDBS
Subject: eastern screech-owl
From: bobneugebauer <bobneugebauer AT ZOHO.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:16:14 -0500
There was an eastern screech-owl calling before daybreak this morning February 
26th in a shelterbelt at the edge of our yard. 

 
Bob Neugebauer
Rural Bismarck

Subject: Re: more Red Crossbills
From: "Bell, Tyler" <belljt AT SI.EDU>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:57:25 +0000
If you can get audio recordings of Red Crossbills, you can email the audio file 
to Cornell and they'll tell you which type they belong to. Red Crossbill is a 
potential nightmare of cryptic species with up to 10 different types/species :O 


For more information, check out this link:

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/recrtype/

Tyler Bell
Edgewater, Maryland 21037
belljt AT si.edu

________________________________
From: Birding Discussion List for North Dakota [ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU] on 
behalf of Jeremy Guinn [jguinn AT UTTC.EDU] 

Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:01 PM
To: ND-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU
Subject: [ND-BIRDS] more Red Crossbills

A group of ten red crossbills at McDowell Dam (east of Bismarck) about noon 
today (2/25). 


Jeremy Guinn
Mandan
Subject: more Red Crossbills
From: Jeremy Guinn <jguinn AT UTTC.EDU>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:01:19 +0000
A group of ten red crossbills at McDowell Dam (east of Bismarck) about noon 
today (2/25). 


Jeremy Guinn
Mandan
Subject: Snowy Owl South Fargo
From: Frank Jay Pickles <everyusernameisused9 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:00:15 -0600
Hi,

New videos of a Snowy Owl in South Fargo.

www.fargobootscoot.com 

Frank Pickles
Fargo, ND
Subject: Re: Bald Eagle
From: Frank Jay Pickles <everyusernameisused9 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:58:40 -0600
I have videos and photos of the pair catching rabbits in south Fargo. Also a 
young one that hasn't changed color yet. I am close to finding their nest and 
will post videos when I do! 


www.fargobootscoot.com 
 
Also videos of snowy owl in south Fargo.
Subject: SW North Dakota
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:59:10 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:

   Ron Martin and I made a loop through southwestern ND Sunday morning.
Temps started around -20 as we passed from Bismarck to Dickinson, but the
sun came out and the wind was low.

 

Our targets included the Snowy Owl reported around Amidon, but we did not
find it.  

 

Continuing south, we drove Hwy 12 over toward Amidon.   Just after passing
Rhame to the west, we noted a RAVEN feeding on a carcass in the field.   In
the next 4 miles, we noted another dozen COMMON RAVEN!   A group of 4, and a
group of 5 were included.   You would think we would observe the species
anywhere else but we did not.  Not to be forgotten was a FERRUGINOUS HAWK
sitting in a field just west of Rhame.

 

A single road-kill had three GOLDEN EAGLES, two BALD EAGLE and three COMMON
RAVEN, it was quite the aerial display.

 

Passing through the town of Hettinger we noted a MERLIN.

 

Traveling north on 3rd street just to the west of Hettinger, we observed a
PRAIRIE FALCON taking passes at a Great Horned Owl, a HOARY REDPOLL, and a
NORTHERN GOSHAWK taking shots at a slower GOLDEN EAGLE directly overhead.

 

We noticed few pheasants for most of the day, despite the open snow cover.
Perhaps they are out there, but in sparse cover which would normally be
filled with 20 inches of snow.

 

Raptor counts included approximately 20 GOLDEN EAGLES, and 34 ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS on the day, somewhat lower than I expected, but they were found in
bunches with a lot of nothing too.

 

 

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND

 

 

 

 
Subject: Williams County Gyrfalcon
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:25:51 -0600
ND-Birders,

Saturday morning there was an adult gray Gyrfalcon along  ND1804 in eastern
Williams County a couple of miles north of Lake Sakakawea.

Two days earlier I noted a large falcon harassing Sharp-tailed Grouse in
the same area. That bird went unidentified.

This link has a couple of photos of Saturday's bird.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22005089

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Pecked out on my phone
Subject: Snowy Owl west of Wishek Sunday
From: cnorheim <cnorheim AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:57:55 -0600
Snowy Owl seen today at 1:45 along Hwy 13 west of Wishek, a bit west of 
36th Ave SE

then a second Snowy Owl was seen along Hwy 13 just west of 44th Ave SE.

2 cars of birders from Fargo were returning home from a weekend in 
Pierre, SD (where we had a great weekend - Lew and I got our lifer 
Iceland Gulls)

Connie Norheim
Fargo
232-4386
Subject: Winter birding in the northwest - Pine Grosbeak
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:33:53 -0600
Hello ND-Birders

With White-winged Crossbills dancing in my head but never materializing, I
spent eight hours inspecting cemeteries and other areas with mature firs
and pines in Mountrail, eastern Williams, Burke and Ward (extreme
northwestern part) Counties today.

A Northern Flicker was a year bird and also sort of a surprise because,
although they apparently winter in ND, this is the first one I've seen out
here since October 4 near Minot.

I am still amazed at the dearth of raptors around here during the winter.
None today, once again.

The best bird of the day was a single and completely unexpected male Pine
Grosbeak in the company of 25 Common and a single Hoary Redpoll that I was
able to pish out of a large mixed block of mature and heavily cone-laden
Doug-firs(?) and hardwoods near a farm house in Burke County just north of
Ward County. The pished winter finches showed themselves for several
minutes, before completely disappearing when a flushed hen pheasant fled
noisily into the lightly falling snow.

Total Number of Species 12
Locations Bowbells, 69th Avenue Northwest : Kandiyohi, 8300-8326 73rd
Avenue Northwest : Lostwood NWR--Upper Lostwood/Rush Lake : Lostwood,
8174-8198 74th Street Northwest : Lucy, 8801-8849 89th Street Northwest :
Near L Sakakawea, Southeast Williams Co : Powers, 74th Street Northwest :
Spencer, 366th Avenue Northwest : Vanville, 8200-8240 80th Avenue Northwest

Rock Pigeon            50
Snowy Owl 3
Northern Flicker 1
Black-billed Magpie 1
Common Raven       2
Horned Lark 35
Snow Bunting 110, in two pure flocks near Lostwood NWR
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Pine Grosbeak 1, male south of Bowbells
Red Crossbill 2
Common Redpoll 25
Hoary Redpoll 1



Scott​ Ray
Stanley, ND
Subject: Golden Eagle
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:22:33 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:

I checked the Mandan Union Cemetery this afternoon.   Extremely quiet.
Having said that I did find the Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned Kinglets
but nothing else with them .

 

As I was leaving I saw two birds fly over that sounded like Red Crossbill,
but I didn't find the flock that was there in December and January.

 

Kist Livestock pond at 3pm had TWO male NORTHERN SHOVELER.   I had observed
one earlier the end of January.

 

When I arrived home, I saw the subject bird - an adult GOLDEN EAGLE pass
over my house.   They are moving now, so spring must be near!

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Bald Eagle
From: mnzippy <mnzippy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 20:00:24 -0600
On the corner of 13th Ave S and 42nd St S, Fargo. A bald eagle was flying 
overhead at noon....Right in the middle of town! Went soaring over an open area 
next to I29. Beautiful! 

Subject: Great Horned Owl: Slope County
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:27:26 -0700
I spotted a Great Horned Owl just two miles into Slope County on Hwy. 21 about 
five miles west of New England, ND at 3:10 this afternoon! 


Good Birding!

John D. W. Fielding
New England, ND

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: snowy owl
From: mnzippy <mnzippy AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:45:36 -0600
A beautiful snowy flying across the street on 42nd and 17th Ave S, Fargo, 
landing on a wooden building. Could not stop to watch, too much traffic....but 
am amazed where I am seeing this beauty!!! 

Subject: Snowy
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:01:57 -0700
I spotted a Smowy Owl for the second morning in a row in Slope County. This 
time 3.8 miles east of Amidon and 1 mile south. It could be the same individual 
that I spotted yesterday as it was only 1 mile west and 5 south from that 
spotting. This sighting also came 15-20 minutes after sunrise. 


Good Birding!

John D.W. Fielding
PO Box 25
New England, ND. 58647

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: belated report - Sunday in Bowman/Slope counties
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:34:35 -0700
I spent Sunday birding around Bowman and Slope counties. Slope was pretty
slow except around Pierce, where pheasant farms attracted in both eagle
species and Rough-legged Hawks. Bowman County also was pretty slow until I
got to Marmath and south to South Dakota. In that section of the county, I
saw many raptors of six species (Rough-legged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk,
Prairie Falcon, American Kestrel, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle). There also
were several Common Ravens, including a pair, around Marmath. Most
intriguing was a flock of 12 smallish dark birds that were flying around
the Big Gumbo area along Camp Crook Road. They acted and flew like
rosy-finches but they disappeared over a ridge and I wasn't able to
relocate them to confirm my suspicion.

Nancy Drilling

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Rapid City, SD

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Subject: Slope County Snowy Owl
From: John Fielding <northerntiergeology AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:21:19 -0700
I just spotted a Snowy Owl at 7:35 a.m. 2.5 miles west of the tall radio tower 
at the jct of US hwys 85 and 21 on the Kent Youngstrand farm access road 
(perched on a fence post). I also spotted a Falcon (sp.?) two miles west of 
that location on this cold clear morning about 50 minutes after sunrise as I 
was running a New England School Bus route. 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Ravens
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 09:38:20 -0600
As an example of how common Common Ravens are becoming in the northwest
quarter of the state, I saw 10 of them at a single roadkill on highway 8
between New Town and Stanley this morning. Most of the communities out here
have a half dozen or so birds on their outskirts along the main roads.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND
Pecked out on my phone
Subject: Snowy Owl, Stark County
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT RMBO.ORG>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:12:22 -0600
This afternoon I flushed a Snowy Owl that was roosting on 31 St west of Hwy
85 in extreme  northwest Stark County, about 5 miles north of Bellfield.
Other than that, I saw a total of 3 other birds during several hours of
driving around Stark and Billings counties - 2 Horned Larks and a
Sharp-tailed Grouse.

Nancy Drilling
Rapid City, SD
Subject: Red crossbills
From: Lisa Kraft <goodmorninggirl AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:21:10 -0600
On Monday afternoon our family spotted two red crossbills at St. Mary's 
Cemetery in Bismarck. There was one female and one male sitting at the top of a 
large pine tree. 


Lisa Kraft
Bismarck, ND
 		 	   		  
Subject: Newtown (Mountrail) Goshawk
From: Rod Fossen <rfossen AT MIN.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:56:35 -0600
I had a Northern Goshawk fly in front of my truck today while I was
delivering just north of Crow Flies High butte and the marina. This area has
been especially "birdy" this winter.



Rod Fossen, Minot



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Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 13th-16th
From: James Tyler Bell <00000337af6274c1-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:36:02 +0000
For those of you using eBird, your checklists will automatically be included in 
the GBBC data. If not, use the GBBC birdcount portal to enter data. Although 
the GBBC originated with the intent of counting birds in you backyard, it has 
expanded over the years to encompass wherever you are or would like to be. 


And take a young birder with you! Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland
    
The Great Backyard Bird Count starts this Friday, February 13th and goes until 
Monday, February 16th. Participation takes as little as fifteen minutes and you 
can count from absolutely anywhere you see birds. All of the info on how to 
participate, find local events, and spread the word about the count is 
available atwww.birdcount.org. Thanks for your support of the program and happy 
birding! Olivia Anton National Audubon Society 


  
Subject: Short-eared Owl
From: Buchanan Law Office <bulaw AT DAKTEL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:59:01 -0600
 A neighbor sent me a picture of the bird, observed recently a short distance 
north of Jamestown on ND Hwy. 20. 

    We have a pair of Eurasian-Collared Doves frequenting the backyard lately.

Dan Buchanan
Box 879
Jamestown, ND 58402
Tel. (701) 252-6604
Fax (701) 952-4757
bulaw AT daktel.com
Subject: Backyard Birds
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 11:47:38 -0600
Hi ND Birders,

Yesterday we had a Golden Eagle fly over the yard and circled the north side of 
the shelterbelt a few times before it continued flying to the NE. This morning 
the White-throated Sparrow showed up again. 


Good Birding!

Sharon Watson
Buxton ND
Subject: Bismarck-Mandan happenings
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 07:22:46 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 Ron Martin came down to Bismarck to tour the area a bit Sunday morning 
(02/08). 


After enjoying the "Sooty" Fox Sparrow a bit in the freezing rain and ice 
pellets, we checked on the male VARIED THRUSH. After not showing up at the 
"magic tree" at 10am, we went to the feeder 1 block south. Doug Emerson (the 
host of the "Sooty" Fox Sparrow) spotted the VARIED THRUSH in a deciduous tree 
across the street. 


While watching for the thrush, an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK passed overhead.

Kist Livestock did not show the northern shoveler from recently, but the male 
WOOD DUCK was observed. 


At McKenzie Slough, the Snowy Owl was on the same pole as yesterday, and all 
but the Rusty Blackbird were observed in the feedlot. Just north of the 
feedlot, a GOLDEN EAGLE flew in to land on a fencepost. 


The male NORTHERN CARDINAL a couple miles east of Bismarck was observed in the 
afternoon, along with a RED CROSSBILL dropping into the water feature. 


Lastly, coming back in to town along Hwy 10, a GREAT HORNED OWL was observed ON 
NEST! This has got to be the earliest I have seen in 20 years. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Sooty Fox Sparrow
From: James Tyler Bell <00000337af6274c1-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 03:19:29 +0000
ND-Birders:

For those of you who use eBird and are lucky enough to have seen the Sooty Fox 
Sparrow, please don't list this as just plain Fox Sparrow! There are very few 
records of this subspecies east of the Cascades much less east of the Rockies! 
When you submit a checklist, go to Add Species then type in Fox Sparrow, it 
should come up with a complete list of subspecies for Fox Sparrow. The second 
choice is for the Sooty subspecies. If you've already created a checklist, I'd 
urge you to modify it. 



Here's a link showing the distribution of the Sooty Fox Sparrow to give you an 
indication of the rarity in ND: 



http://tinyurl.com/sootyfox
Tyler Bell
jtylerbell AT yahoo.com
California, Maryland
Subject: Garrison Dam Tailrace/McKenzie Long Lake NWR - Feb 7, 2015
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2015 23:10:02 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I birded the whole day in a one-two punch. This morning Ron Martin, Scott Ray 
and myself met up at the Garrison Dam tailrace looking for the Glaucous Gull 
reported. It was still present, sitting atop the large structure above the dam. 
Later the gull was feeding on a carcass on the ice beside the open water and 
loafing Canadas. 


New ducks for me for the year were the male Long-tailed Duck, Green-winged Teal 
(which I thought I saw in January, but didn’t find it in the scope to 
confirm), and the female Red-breasted Mergansers. (Complete checklist below by 
Ron Martin). Redhead male also still present. 


A harvested sunflower field a mile northwest of Pick City contained a flock of 
85 Red-winged Blackbirds, and Redpolls which contained several HOARY REDPOLL. 


In the town of Riverdale, RED CROSSBILL was heard as we entered the Knights 
Café for lunch. 



_____________________________________________________________________________________________ 


For the afternoon, Frances Raskin and I birded southeast of Bismarck. The 6 
species of Blackbirds are still present at the feedlot above McKenzie Slough. A 
female MERLIN buzzed them at one point. A SNOWY OWL was just south of the 
feedlot. 


Along old Hwy 10 was a male AMERICAN KESTREL.

South, then east of Menoken on Lincoln Road was an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK 
perched on a pole. 


At Long Lake NWR was a SNOWY OWL on the east side, and a flock of 20 RUSTY 
BLACKBIRDS east of C Dike, right on the Burleigh/Kidder county line. 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND 





-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu] 
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2015 10:56 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Feb 7, 2015

Garrison Dam Tailrace, Mercer, US-ND
Feb 7, 2015 7:48 AM - 10:29 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 12 species Canada Goose 7500 Mallard 120 Green-winged Teal (American) 1 Female, in tailrace. Not previously seen this winter at this location. Redhead 1 Continuing bird, male. Long-tailed Duck 1 Continuing male. Bufflehead 3 Common Goldeneye 50 Common Merganser 80 Red-breasted Merganser 2 Females in the tailrace. One bird present last week. Bald Eagle 6 Glaucous Gull 1 First cycle bird. Photo. Only one previous record of a gull(s) wintering in ND. My first larid record for Feb. in 34 years of birding in ND. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 22 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21720836 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: Mountrail County today
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 16:15:25 -0600
With my original intent being to go to Garrison Dam today, the cold wind
and blowing snow out here changed my mind for me.  Maybe tomorrow I'll head
down there.

Instead, the day was spent looking for White-winged Crossbills and other
winter visitors in Mountrail County.  There are plenty of shelter belts out
here consisting of extensive patches and rows of mature firs and pines so I
visited a few of these areas hoping to spot some of these neat birds.
However, not a single bird of any species could be found around them. So,
while not a total waste of time, the day was pretty uneventful.

Between Powers Lake and Ross there was a mixed flock of Horned Larks,
Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings feeding at the edge of a harvested Flax
field. Later ~50 Common Redpolls were spotted feeding in weeds dominated by
kochia.

You'll find some photos on eBird at these links.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21698570
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21698751

​Scott Ray
Stanley, ND​
Subject: More Bald Eagles in Fargo
From: Frank Jay Pickles <everyusernameisused9 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 09:38:14 -0600
This week a co worker actually witnessed a rabbit head falling out of the sky. 
Dropped by a Bald Eagle. I have pictures and video on www.fargobootscoot.com 


Frank Pickles
Fargo, ND
www.fargobootscoot.com

Sorry about the repost I forgot to add the signature. :)
Subject: More Bald Eagles in Fargo!
From: Frank Jay Pickles <everyusernameisused9 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 09:31:58 -0600




Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:42:25 -0600
Today I had an Immature male Snowy Owl at 16th St and Cty Rd 8 by Audubon.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Backyard Birds and more
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:01:36 -0600




Subject: Garrison Dam Tailrace
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 16:43:48 -0600
Besides the birds reported by Ron,  today,  I had a 2nd winter Glaucous
Gull at the Tailrace.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: yard list in GF
From: David Lambeth <00000342bb6215a8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 22:08:27 +0000
 It has been a while since I have posted about birds in our yard and so the 
e-bird report is below. In addition to these species I think it likely that we 
will see Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker and Great Horned Owl before the day 
is over. 

Home 417 Terrace Drive, Grand Forks, US-ND
Feb 2, 2015 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
10 species

American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1    often seen all winter
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Dark-eyed Junco  7
Northern Cardinal  1    2nd observation in our yard in about the last 3 
months 

House Finch  10
Common Redpoll  1    Second time seen in our yard all winter.
Pine Siskin  2
House Sparrow  8
Dave Lambeth

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Subject: Rusty Blackbird photo
From: Rob Parsons <parsons8 AT MYMTS.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 15:20:58 -0600
Hi all,

There is a great photo of a Rusty Blackbird, taken by North Dakota birder 
Sharon Watson, on the “International Rusty Blackbird Working Group’s” 
Facebook page. For those of you who are on Facebook, here is a link: 

https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz?fref=photo 

It’s currently at the top, but will move down as newer items get added to the 
page. 


Cheers,

Rob Parsons
Winnipeg, MB
CANADA
parsons8 AT mts.net
Subject: Re: Bismarck Fox Sparrow - SOOTY
From: Rob Parsons <parsons8 AT MYMTS.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:56:53 -0600
Hi all,

If you’re a lister, this is definitely a bird worth looking for. There’s a 
distinct possibility of the Fox Sparrow being split into three or four species 
in the future. 


Cheers,

Rob Parsons
Winnipeg, MB
CANADA
parsons8 AT mts.net


Corey Ellingson wrote, in part:

 

Anyways, the FOX SPARROW is actually that of the Pacific Coast SOOTY race. I 
took some photos today. The whole bird is chocolate brown, with a bi-colored 
bill, and dark spotting on the white belly. 


 

There are two previous reports of SOOTY in ND. One at the residence of Sherry 
Leslie in the winter of 94-95, and one migrant report by the late Eve Freeberg 
in September of 2000. 


 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Bismarck Fox Sparrow - SOOTY
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:52:33 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:

   I visited the homeowners house today.   I mentioned yesterday of a report
of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak Friday.  I assumed it was seen at the feeder
setup, but rather it was seen a couple blocks away from the residence in a
boulevard tree.   I am thinking more likely a Redpoll or House Finch male?
It had a white breast with a red upper V, but the whole bird was not seen
well.

 

Anyways, the FOX SPARROW is actually that of the Pacific Coast SOOTY race.
I took some photos today.  The whole bird is chocolate brown, with a
bi-colored bill, and dark spotting on the white belly.

 

There are two previous reports of SOOTY in ND.   One at the residence of
Sherry Leslie in the winter of 94-95, and one migrant report by the late Eve
Freeberg in September of 2000. 

 

Good Birding,

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
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