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21 Feb Feb 19 Birding-Valley City [Randy Toppen ]
21 Feb Raptors [Corey Ellingson ]
20 Feb Got Geese? Yup! [Charles Taft ]
20 Feb American Tree Sparrows, Horned Larks ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
20 Feb Canada goose [Armand Lagasse ]
19 Feb Canada Geese in Benson County [Richard Budd ]
19 Feb Golden eyes [Terry Gwilliams ]
18 Feb Snow Geese in Ransom County [MARK OTNES ]
17 Feb "Spring" arrival of geese and Mallards in Jamestown area ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
17 Feb Red-bellied Woodpecker [Corey Ellingson ]
16 Feb Some recent bird reports ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
12 Feb Weekend birding [Ron Martin ]
12 Feb Great Horned Owl [Brenda Olson ]
12 Feb Re: Swans in Fergus Falls [Keith Corliss ]
12 Feb Swans in Fergus Falls ["Joy, Mark" ]
10 Feb Nice note on irruptions and citizen science here [Charles Taft ]
7 Feb NDBS spring meeting [Ron Martin ]
6 Feb Fwd: Great Horned Owl ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
5 Feb Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Feb 4, 2017 [Ron Martin ]
5 Feb North Dakota Birding Society [Ron Martin ]
30 Jan Pine Siskin, Redpolls [Sherry Leslie ]
25 Jan Northern Flcker [Jim Fuglie ]
23 Jan Redpoll [Sherry Leslie ]
21 Jan American Robins, Red-bellied ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
18 Jan American Robins and Northern Flicker ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
17 Jan Together for Birds Petition [Steve Holmer ]
12 Jan Snowy owls [Pat Bradley ]
12 Jan Re: Interesting note about Snowy Owls ["Johnson, Douglas" ]
11 Jan Interesting note about Snowy Owls [Charles Taft ]
10 Jan Bismarck birding [Corey Ellingson ]
9 Jan Turtle River SP Gray Jay - NO Sat and Sun [Scott R a y ]
8 Jan Woodworth Snowy Owl [Matt Solensky ]
8 Jan Golden eagle [Randy Toppen ]
6 Jan Turkey vulture [Betsy Batstone-Cunningham ]
4 Jan Gray jay [Keith Corliss ]
3 Jan Northern Goshawk adult ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
2 Jan Re: [grandcitiesbirdclub] ravens [Scott R a y ]
1 Jan Denbigh CBC [Ron Martin ]
1 Jan 1st Birds of 2017 []
31 Dec magpie ["Joy, Mark" ]
29 Dec Minot and Denbigh CBCs [Ron Martin ]
25 Dec Pileated woodpecker [Randy Toppen ]
24 Dec Red bellied woodpecker [Randy Toppen ]
23 Dec red-headed woodpecker? [Keith Corliss ]
23 Dec Minot CBC [Ron Martin ]
22 Dec Long Lake CBC Results [Mike Rabenberg ]
21 Dec Bismarck-Mandan CBC Results [Corey Ellingson ]
19 Dec Fw(3): kirby.adams@gmail.com ["kirby.adams" ]
18 Dec Ferruginous hawk [Maureen O'Mara ]
18 Dec 2016 Fargo-Moorhead CBC, Saturday totals [Keith Corliss ]
16 Dec Results of the Jamestown CBC ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
14 Dec White-throated Sparrow!? [Charles Taft ]
13 Dec Garrison Dam CBC [Ron Martin ]
13 Dec purple finches [Betsy Batstone-Cunningham ]
9 Dec Short Eared Owl [Randy Toppen ]
10 Dec Short-eared owl [Hunter Gwilliams ]
8 Dec Robin and Pine Siskins [Sherry Leslie ]
6 Dec Valley City CBC [Terry Gwilliams ]
6 Dec Fwd: Announcement of Shadehill Christmas Brid Count. [N Drilling ]
6 Dec common redpoll & a proper blizzard [Jean Legge ]
5 Dec Christmas Bird Counts [Corey Ellingson ]
5 Dec Vesper Sparrow [Ron Martin ]
2 Dec Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Dec 2, 2016 [Ron Martin ]
30 Nov Jamestown Christmas Bird Count - Wednesday, 14 December ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
24 Nov Black-legged Kittiwake [Corey Ellingson ]
24 Nov Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Nov 24, 2016 [Ron Martin ]
22 Nov Christmas Bird Counts [Corey Ellingson ]
21 Nov Ebird checklists for NDBS weekend [Ron Martin ]
20 Nov ND Birding Society weekend [Ron Martin ]
20 Nov Fwd: Snowy Owl ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
18 Nov Snowy Owl [David Lindee ]
15 Nov Minot area CBCs [Ron Martin ]
12 Nov Saturday birding [Ron Martin ]
11 Nov Pileated Woodpecker [Armand Lagasse ]
10 Nov Bohemian Waxwings ["Igl, Lawrence" ]
10 Nov County Listing [Chris Hiatt ]

Subject: Feb 19 Birding-Valley City
From: Randy Toppen <Randy.Toppen AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:45:54 +0000
An outing on Sunday produced some new sightings for 2017:

4 Purple finches (2 males and 2 females)
Numerous American Tree Sparrows

Both at the National Fish Hatchery north of Valley City along with many 
goldfinches. 


Also, bald eagles, horned larks, numerous Canada Geese. I heard my first Canada 
Goose near our home along the river south of Valley City Thursday evening, 
February 16. 




--Randy Toppen, Science Department
Valley City High School
460 North Central  Avenue
Valley City, ND 58072
701-845-0483
Randy.Toppen AT K12.nd.us
http://www.valley-city.k12.nd.us/jrsrhigh/jrsrstaff/jrsrstffpgs/rt.html
Twitter:  AT VCHS_Biology
Subject: Raptors
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:18:55 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I took a drive to McKenzie Slough and Long Lake NWR last evening with the 
following highlights. 


McKenzie Slough:
 A pair of Northern Harrier's at the south end of the main road. Almost no 
Canada Goose yet, 3 pairs. 


Long Lake NWR:
 South of the old stone house, another Harrier and 12 Rough-legged Hawks. It 
was at sundown, I was really hoping a Short-eared Owl would appear, but the 
Great Horned Owl over the railroad tracks to the east was the only consolation. 

 There was a flock of American Tree Sparrows at the fishing bridge, my first of 
spring. Also, open water under C Dike, and B Dike bridges, but no waterfowl. 
(two dozen Canada Goose doesn't count.) 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Got Geese? Yup!
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:24:23 -0600
Saw flock of about 30 Canada geese heading NW over Minot around 11 AM.
Charles
Charles J Taft
cjtaft AT me.com
129 25th St SW
Minot, ND. 58701
701-852-1981



Subject: American Tree Sparrows, Horned Larks
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:12:34 -0600
Jill Shaffer reported two Horned Larks southeast of Jamestown on 17
February.

Marsha Sovada reported a large flock of American Tree Sparrows in her yard
southeast of Jamestown on 20 February.

**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Canada goose
From: Armand Lagasse <a.lagasse AT SENDIT.NODAK.EDU>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:54:39 -0600
A flock of about 20 Canada geese flew over Rolla yesterday (Sunday, 
February19). 



Armand Lagasse
Rolla, ND
Subject: Canada Geese in Benson County
From: Richard Budd <rmbudd AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:55:52 -0600
My wife and I saw 20 Canada Geese flying just south of York, ND today. In 21 
years of living in northern Benson County, we do no remember sighting geese 
this early in the year here. 


Richard Budd
York, ND
Subject: Golden eyes
From: Terry Gwilliams <terry_gwilliams AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:50:19 -0600
Just saw 4 golden eyes 3 miles SE of Valley City in Barnes Co. They are in
standing water in a field along the road.

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Snow Geese in Ransom County
From: MARK OTNES <markotnes AT CABLEONE.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 09:32:55 -0500
I saw a flock of about 25 Snow Geese a couple of miles west of McLeod in 
Ransom County at about 2:00 PM.  I also has a flock of Canada Geese of about 
the same size in the same area. 

  
Mark Otnes 
Fargo ND 
  
  

-- 
Subject: "Spring" arrival of geese and Mallards in Jamestown area
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:17:34 -0600
The above-normal temperatures during the past week have brought some
spring-like conditions to the area.  Below are some recent reports of geese
and Mallards in the Jamestown area...

Chris Zinke reported 30 Canada Geese flying over Northern Prairie Wildlife
Research Center on 16 February.

Tom Buhl reported Canada Geese (about 25) and Mallards (about 12) flying
near the Jamestown Sewage Lagoons on 16 February

I saw 6 Canada Geese land on the ice on the east cell of the Jamestown
Sewage Lagoon on 17 February.

Robert Woodward reported a flock of Snow Geese flying over Northern Prairie
on 17 February.  This is nearly two-weeks earlier than our earliest record
(2 March 2000) for Snow Geese in Stutsman County (going back to 1965).



**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Red-bellied Woodpecker
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:28:50 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 More for local interest, but I got a second hand reported yesterday of a male 
RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER at Cross Ranch State Park, coming into the suet feeder 
there. The gal says it has been around about three weeks, and has a photo. 


 I did not see the bird between 4:15 and 6:15pm, but it was 50 degrees out! I 
stood around with my sweatshirt and was thoroughly enjoying the sunshine. Along 
the blacktop entrance road coming from the west, just south of the park, there 
was a GOLDEN EAGLE perched on the intersecting metal power poles. 


At this rate, the gulls and waterfowl will return in just a couple weeks!

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Some recent bird reports
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:57:16 -0600
Matt Solensky reported a male Pileated Woodpecker at Northern Prairie
Wildlife Research Center this afternoon.

Amy Igl reported a Pileated Woodpecker flying in northeast Jamestown on 12
February.

I saw a large flock of American Crows (about 100) at Northern Prairie
Wildlife Research Center on 15 February.

Jill Shaffer and Terry Shaffer reported that three Common Mergansers and
several Mallards have been seen on the James River for the past three weeks
(se of Jamestown).

Jane Austin and Christine Williams saw a Snowy Owl while driving on I-94,
about 63 miles east of Jamestown (just east of mile marker 194) on north
side of interstate on 8 February.


**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Weekend birding
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:27:22 -0600
ND-Birders:

On my way home from Bismarck on Friday I stopped at Garrison Dam. There was a 
Great Horned Owl on a nest in the tailrace area. This is about 3 weeks earlier 
than usual in this area. Today at Denbigh Exp. Forest both White-winged and Red 
Crossbills were singing along the power line near the south end of the forest. 
There were at least 13 White-winged Crossbills in the area. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot
Subject: Great Horned Owl
From: Brenda Olson <brenda443 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 20:58:01 +0000
I heard crows in the trees today. I had to go see if the Great Horned Owl is 
back. Sure enough it is. 


Brenda Olson
Minot

Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Swans in Fergus Falls
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:51:05 -0600
In fact they do. The warm water discharge from the power plant in town
makes for acres of open water that holds hundreds of waterfowl of differing
species, including many trumpeter swans.
Keith Corliss
Fargo

On Feb 12, 2017 6:52 AM, "Joy, Mark"  wrote:

> This is not a ND sighting, but Saturday (2/11) I saw six or eight swans
> fly over in downtown Fergus Falls, MN.  Do some winter around there
> somewhere?  Seems pretty early for migrants.
>
>
>
> Mark S. Joy, Ph.D.
>
> Chair, Department of History and Political Science
>
> University of Jamestown
>
> Jamestown, North Dakota
>
>
>
Subject: Swans in Fergus Falls
From: "Joy, Mark" <joy AT UJ.EDU>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 12:52:49 +0000
This is not a ND sighting, but Saturday (2/11) I saw six or eight swans fly 
over in downtown Fergus Falls, MN. Do some winter around there somewhere? Seems 
pretty early for migrants. 


Mark S. Joy, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of History and Political Science
University of Jamestown
Jamestown, North Dakota
Subject: Nice note on irruptions and citizen science here
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:05:13 -0600
Birders,
Article worth reading and sharing, I think.

http://theconversation.com/when-birds-go-roaming-the-mystery-of-avian-irruptions-71262 
 


Good birding,

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



Subject: NDBS spring meeting
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2017 20:44:53 -0600
All:

As I indicated last fall, the NDBS spring meeting will be held this year June 
9-11 at the Logging Camp Ranch nw of Amidon. Located in the picturesque 
Ponderosa Pine area of North Dakota, the ranch will be our home base for 
exploring the unique birds of sw North Dakota. Some of the nesting species we 
have had in the past while birding at the ranch cabins include Golden Eagle, N. 
Saw-whet Owl, Com. Nighthawk, Com. Poorwill, Say's Phoebe, Mountain Bluebird, 
Am. Redstart, Ovenbird, Audubon's Warbler, Yellow-br. Chat, Spotted Towhee, 
Field Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting, and Red Crossbill. 


The main lodge and adjacent cabins will accommodate 38-40 people, and 
reservations will be on a first come, first serve basis. If the cabins fill up 
you will have the following options. You can camp at the cabin area, you can 
bring a motor home, or you can reserve a motel room in Bowman, Medora, or 
Belfield. These are rustic accommodations with most rooms set up with several 
sets of bunk beds and community bathrooms. Several small cabins will 
accommodate up to four people. I will do my best to assign the rooms in the 
most efficient way possible. Generally, most will be set up as women's rooms or 
men's rooms. They do have some bedding available, but if possible bring you own 
bedding, towels, and pillow. The rooms are reserved for the nights of June 9 
and 10. 


The ranch will provide an evening meal on Friday and Saturday nights. One night 
will be a steak dinner, the other night will be grilled hamburgers. Included 
will be side dishes and dessert. Cost for the 2 meals will be $40. They can 
make accommodations for special diets. You will need to bring food for 
breakfast and lunch for Saturday and Sunday. The field trips may be able to 
stop for food for lunch on some of the trips, but the places we will be going 
are generally in the outback. The main cabin has a large kitchen with a couple 
of refrigerators. 


The following costs assume we will have at least 30 people. Prices include tips 
and taxes. 

Lodging - $35 per person per night.
Camping - $10 per night per site. Gives you access to the lodge.
Motor home - $10 per night. Includes access to the lodge.  
Meals for 2 nights - $40

Tentative schedule:

Friday, June 9 - convene in the late afternoon at the Logging Camp Ranch. 
Evening meal. Birding around the ranch. Make final plans for the field trips on 
Saturday. Late evening listen for Com. Poorwills and owls. 


Saturday - Field trips will leave at 5:00 a.m. We will try to keep the size of 
each group to 10 people. We will caravan in as few cars as possible. Trips will 
return in late afternoon, so plan on a long day. Evening meal at the ranch. 
Finalize trips for Sunday. Listen for night birds from the cabin deck. 


Sunday - Field trips will leave at 5:00 a.m.  We will return by 3:00 p.m. 

Target birds for the field trips. If you do trips on Sat. and Sunday you will 
have a chance to see most of the target birds. Targets include: 

Ferruginous Hawk
Golden Eagle
Prairie Falcon
Sage Grouse - will be difficult.
Long-billed Curlew
Burrowing Owl
N. Saw-whet Owl - should be in the cabin area.
Com. Poorwill
Red-headed Woodpecker
W. Wood-Pewee
Say's Phoebe
Loggerhead Shrike
Violet-green Swallow
Rock Wren
Mountain Bluebird
Sprague's Pipit
Audubon's Warbler
Yellow-br. Chat
Spotted Towhee
Brewer's Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Baird's Sparrow 
McCown's Longspur
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Bullock's Oriole
Red Crossbill

To make a reservation send me an email. Hope to see you there. If you would 
like to volunteer to be a field trip leader let me know. If not, I will 
probably volunteer a few of you. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
NDBS
jrmartin AT srt.com


































 
Subject: Fwd: Great Horned Owl
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2017 16:10:10 -0600
Dan Buchanan reported a Great Horned Owl in his backyard in northeast
Jamestown yesterday afternoon.  See below.

Also of possible interest, and a little belated, one of our tulip bulbs
sprouted and poked through the wood chips about 2 inches on the west side
of our house in Jamestown during the warm weather a couple of weeks ago
(first seen on 21 January)...Early sprouting of bulbs is one of the
advantages (and disadvantages) of having a house with yellow
siding...typically, our bulbs emerge in late February or early March...this
was very early.

Larry

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dan Buchanan 
Date: Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 3:03 PM
Subject: Great Horned Owl
To: Lawrence Igl 


Larry,
    Please note and post on ND-BIRDS if you wish that we had a great horned
owl in the backyard shelterbelt at home yesterday for some time in the
afternoon. Three crows were also close by, but maybe keeping their distance.

Dan
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Feb 4, 2017
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 10:07:37 -0600
All:

There is still a nice variety of waterfowl at the tailrace these days. So if 
you need a break from the February birding doldrums, take a trip. Remember to 
scan all of the Common Goldeneye for a Barrow's. No sightings this winter, but 
you never know. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: jrmartin AT srt.com
Sent: Sunday, February 5, 2017 10:02:00 AM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: eBird Report - Garrison Dam Tailrace, Feb 4, 2017

Garrison Dam Tailrace, Mercer, North Dakota, US
Feb 4, 2017 2:55 PM - 3:51 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     13 degrees, m. cloudy, N 25. 
14 species

Canada Goose  250
Mallard  160
Northern Pintail  1     Female.
Redhead  1     Continuing male.
Ring-necked Duck  1     Continuing male.
Greater Scaup  1     Continuing female. 
Bufflehead  3
Common Goldeneye  180
Hooded Merganser  1     Female.
Common Merganser  185     Good number for winter. 
Red-breasted Merganser  7     All females, good number for winter.
Bald Eagle  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  70
European Starling  10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34156167

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Subject: North Dakota Birding Society
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2017 09:52:46 -0600
All:

The ND Birding Society is in need of funds to maintain the website, pay for 
Records Committee copying costs, and costs associated with arranging our 
bi-annual meetings. If you can spare a few dollars to help out with these costs 
please send your contribution to: 


North Dakota Birding Society
2708 Academy Road
Minot, ND 58703

Thanks,
Ron Martin
Pres. NDBS
Subject: Pine Siskin, Redpolls
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:59:44 -0600
Besides over 90 Goldfinch, House and Purple Finch's, Blue Jays, Downy,
Hairy's, Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, 1 Pine Siskin and 4
Redpolls.  Good morning of yard birding.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Northern Flcker
From: Jim Fuglie <jimfuglie920 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:21:07 -0600
There was a Northern Flicker at our feeder in Highland Acres in Bismarck
this morning. What the hell is he still doing here?


Jim Fuglie
920 Arthur Drive
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 220-3492
jimfuglie920 AT gmail.com
http://theprairieblog.areavoices.com
Subject: Redpoll
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:21:29 -0600
We have dozens of Purple Finch, House Finch, Goldfinch, and other regulars,
but still one lonely Common Redpoll, here since  b/4 CBC.
Sherry
725-4389
Subject: American Robins, Red-bellied
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:13:44 -0600
The flock of American Robins at Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
is growing.  Today, I counted 102 American Robins feeding on the ground
along the shoulder of the road at Northern Prairie.  Many more were seen
flying in the trees, and there have been many recent reports of robins
throughout Jamestown.  I also saw two Red-bellied Woodpeckers at Northern
Prairie this afternoon.

Larry


**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: American Robins and Northern Flicker
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:09:49 -0600
This morning, I saw several American Robins flitting about in the trees at
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center.  Mike Schwartz also reported a
small flock of robins and a Northern Flicker at Northern Prairie this
afternoon.  A few minutes ago, Robert Woodward reported a flock of about 20
robins at the Jamestown sewage lagoons.  All of these are probably part of
the same flock of robins; we did not have any reports of robins in this
area during the Jamestown CBC.  Spring must be on its way!

Larry


**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Together for Birds Petition
From: Steve Holmer <sholmer AT ABCBIRDS.ORG>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:36:51 +0000

Together for Birds Petition 
 


Bird conservation is a core American value, whether inspired by the powerful 
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That's why we need everyone who cares about birds to join together and sign 
this 
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"TOGETHER FOR BIRDS" PETITION



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support for migratory bird conservation. 


4. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Ensure that the EPA can continue its 
vital work to protect people and birds from dangerous pesticides and other 
toxins. 


5. LAND MANAGEMENT FOR BIRDS AND PEOPLE: Ensure that public lands remain 
public, are properly managed for wildlife, and that recreational access is 
maintained. 


We also acknowledge that many other national and state initiatives are of 
critical importance to birds, and that citizens and private enterprise can play 
vital roles in these conservation efforts. 


Let's work together for birds!








Steve Holmer
Vice President of Policy
American Bird Conservancy &
Director, Bird Conservation Alliance
202-888-7490
sholmer AT abcbirds.org

www.abcbirds.org, 
https://abcbirds.org/get-involved/bird-conservation-alliance/, ABC on 
Facebook, 
ABC Videos 




Subject: Snowy owls
From: Pat Bradley <pjcroth AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:04:04 +0000
Spotted two gorgeous mature males along 66/286 between D. L and Rolla. 
Yesterday. 


Sent from my iPhone
Subject: Re: Interesting note about Snowy Owls
From: "Johnson, Douglas" <douglas_h_johnson AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:56:03 -0600
Great story.  What struck me, however, was that the two owl banders, who
expended enormous effort and time gathering the data used in the article,
were not included as coauthors.  Perhaps they were offered the opportunity
but declined.

Doug Johnson

On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 10:55 AM, Charles Taft  wrote:

> I’m sure many of you have already seen this one, but, worth a look.
>
> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/snowy-owls-arent-starving-two-
> canadian-farmers-help-bust-a-pervasive-myth/?utm_source=
> Cornell%20Lab%20eNews&utm_campaign=bfd8715c81-Living_
> Bird_Winter_2017_TOC_web_titles&utm_medium=email&utm_
> term=0_47588b5758-bfd8715c81-303064841
>
>
> Charles Taft
> cjtaft AT me.com
> 129 25th St SW
> Minot, ND. 58701
> 701-852-1981
>



-- 
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Research Statistician, Emeritus
USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
2003 Upper Buford Circle, Suite 135.
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-624-4716
Fax: 612-625-5299
Email: Douglas_H_Johnson AT usgs.gov
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bureaucracy, careful lying is sometimes essential.

George E. P. Box
Subject: Interesting note about Snowy Owls
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:55:52 -0600
I’m sure many of you have already seen this one, but, worth a look.


https://www.allaboutbirds.org/snowy-owls-arent-starving-two-canadian-farmers-help-bust-a-pervasive-myth/?utm_source=Cornell%20Lab%20eNews&utm_campaign=bfd8715c81-Living_Bird_Winter_2017_TOC_web_titles&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-bfd8715c81-303064841 
 



Charles Taft
cjtaft AT me.com
129 25th St SW
Minot, ND. 58701
701-852-1981
Subject: Bismarck birding
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:29:16 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders:
 I am tired of moving snow.... for the last 5 weeks it has been Monday snowed 
in so do the driveway at least. Tuesday check the roof vents, Wednesday move 
the ridge from the plows and in front of my cluster mailbox. Next week repeat. 
I was snowed in 4 days after the Christmas storm, and my lattice patio where an 
October Rufous Hummingbird showed up in the honeysuckle collapsed in the weight 
of the snow..... oh well, been a few years since we had a "normal" winter. 


I digressed.... I was out Saturday around Bismarck, and was surprised at the 
number of raptors here given the snow is so deep. The birding activity was 
uplifting.... here is the list. 


Sharp-shinned Hawk staking out my yard.

American Kestrel on the west edge of Apple Valley community along Hwy 10, east 
of Bismarck. 


Red-tailed Hawk - dark morph along old Hwy 10 east.

Rough-legged Hawk - both light and dark morph within 5 miles east.

Merlin - McKenzie Slough feedlot

I checked out McKenzie Slough...... VERY desolate! Vegetation is filled with 
snow, and there are no blackbirds at the feedlot this winter that I could see. 
Starlings, Rock Doves, and House Sparrows. However, there was one Merlin in the 
shelterbelt next to the house. Also looked like one of the farmhouses burned to 
the ground, just a chimney standing. Hope it was intentional....? 


Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Turtle River SP Gray Jay - NO Sat and Sun
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:43:21 -0600
We spent several hours on Saturday and Sunday watching the feeder at
the visitor center. All the usual suspects were present but alas, no
Gray Jay.


Scott Ray

Stanley, ND
Subject: Woodworth Snowy Owl
From: Matt Solensky <falcocolumbarius AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 04:49:36 +0000
I finally saw my first snowy owl of the year about 8 miles west of Woodworth 
today. If anyone sees one please post your observation here as I am interested 
in tracking them for Project SNOWstorm. Thanks! 


Matt Solensky
Jamestown
Subject: Golden eagle
From: Randy Toppen <Randy.Toppen AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 03:48:43 +0000
Trip to western ND today: Elgin, Mott, Regent, Dickinson, Richardton, and 
Hebron. Several FOY's including rough legged hawk, magpie, sharptail, horned 
lark, rock dove, Canada geese, and a Golden Eagle posing at 20 yards. It was 
eyeballing a massive number of pheasants and deer in the vicinity, probably 
focusing on the road kill. Ditto for rough legged hawk. Would not leave its 
road killed pheasant even as I backed up and watched it at 5 yards! Amazing! 


Randy Toppen, Biology
Valley City High School
Subject: Turkey vulture
From: Betsy Batstone-Cunningham <batsham AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:16:18 -0600
Hi,

About 2:45 this afternoon as I came down Olson Dr, a lone turkey vulture flew 
right over my car. At first I thought it was a hawk, but then saw the gray and 
black of its belly. It was heading west over the trees. 


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


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Subject: Gray jay
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:29:53 -0600
I'm not sure if the gray Jay being seen for several days at the feeder at
Turtle River State park West of Grand Forks has been reported on ndbirds or
not...Consider this an erasure of that ambiguity.

Keith Corliss
Fargo
Subject: Northern Goshawk adult
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2017 15:58:27 -0600
A belated report:  On Thursday, 22 December, an adult Northern Goshawk flew
over my car and landed in a tree belt about 0.5 miles east of the Jamestown
Airport.  This was noteworthy given that I rarely see adult goshawks in
North Dakota.


**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: Re: [grandcitiesbirdclub] ravens
From: Scott R a y <mryakima AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 14:08:13 -0600
David,

In Washington State, where I'm from, crows are seen playing on updrafts
created by steep roofs and tall buildings.

Scott Ray
Stanley, ND

On Jan 2, 2017 12:26 PM, "David Lambeth davidlambeth58201 AT yahoo.com
[grandcitiesbirdclub]"  wrote:

>
>
> Hi all,
> We had five Common Ravens on our CBC on Dec 18. This is not a surprise to
> me because in addition to the nesting site west of GF, there have been for
> the last year sightings and hearings north of Grand Forks along the Red
> River, near feedlots, and the new landfill. Plus there have been a couple
> of reliable reports within the city. I suspect that they are here to stay
> as a species, reclaiming an area they occupied before European settlement.
> While I was scouting the web for more information, I came across a report
> in the Winnipeg paper of exceptional numbers in the city of Winnipeg last
> year. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Hundreds-of-ravens-turn-
> Health-Sciences-Centre-into-a-scene-right-out-of-Hitchcock-
> flick-367882071.html    Perhaps we should not hope for an influx like
> that! One reason I was scouting for information is that last Saturday about
> a half-dozen birds (crows or ravens) were playing in the updrafts created
> by a south wind hitting The Ralph. This is well-known raven behavior, but I
> don't know if crows do it. I was in a hurry and did not definitely identify
> these birds as crows or ravens. I have come across a youtube video of
> supposed crows playing in updrafts, but when I viewed it, the calls being
> given were clearly by ravens. Some of you spend more time in the campus
> area than I do and I wanted to post this alert about watching and listening
> for ravens. It is a somewhat tricky but doable identification depending on
> the circumstances.
>
> Dave
>
>
>
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Subject: Denbigh CBC
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:21:53 -0600
All:

Because of the winter storm warning we will have to postpone the Denbigh CBC 
scheduled for tomorrow. We will reschedule the count to Thurs., Jan. 5. 


Thanks,
Ron M.
Subject: 1st Birds of 2017
From: alanwat AT INFIONLINE.NET
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:06:08 -0600




Subject: magpie
From: "Joy, Mark" <joy AT UJ.EDU>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:56:58 +0000
This isn't any remarkable sighting, but just one of those "cool" things that 
happen to a birder once in a while. I read in one of the reports about a 
Christmas count recently of some magpie sightings; I believe it was on the 
Jamestown count. This morning I went for a little drive and was thinking I 
hadn't seen any magpies for quite a while and might need to make a trip a 
little further west to see some-one of my favorite birds. A few minutes later, 
I saw one flying near the bridge over the Red River Valley Railroad on the 281 
by-pass west of Jamestown! First one I have seen in the Jamestown area for 
probably 15 years. 


Mark S. Joy, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of History and Political Science
University of Jamestown
Jamestown, North Dakota
Subject: Minot and Denbigh CBCs
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 18:54:51 -0600
All:

A last reminder about the Minot and Denbigh CBCs this weekend.  

Minot - This Saturday, Dec. 31. Meet at the downtown Broadway McDonalds at 7:30 
am. 


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

Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot
Subject: Pileated woodpecker
From: Randy Toppen <Randy.Toppen AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2016 18:44:00 +0000
Pileated Woodpecker at feeder! First of eight tee season! 

Randy Toppen, Biology
Valley City High School
Subject: Red bellied woodpecker
From: Randy Toppen <Randy.Toppen AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 19:08:50 +0000
After a two year absence, a red bellied woodpecker appeared on the feeder this 
morning. 


Randy Toppen, Biology
Valley City High School
Subject: red-headed woodpecker?
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 20:52:45 -0600
Have an acquaintance in rural southwest Cass County who believes he's got a
juvenile red-headed woodpecker coming to his feeders. No photos but I plan
on checking it out tomorrow.

Keith Corliss
Fargo
Subject: Minot CBC
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:14:14 -0600
All:

With the blizzard forecast on Sunday and Monday I have decided to move the 
Minot CBC to Saturday, Dec. 31. Meet at the usual place at 7:30 AM. That would 
be the Broadway McDonald's near downtown. 


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot
Subject: Long Lake CBC Results
From: Mike Rabenberg <michael_rabenberg AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:23:23 -0600
The Long Lake Christmas Bird Count was held on December 14th. 17 hardy souls 
found a total of 1554 birds and 30 species on count day. There were 3 
additional species observed during count week (Cooper's hawk, snowy owl, and 
short-eared owl). We did not find any new species this year, but we did tie or 
set new record highs for bald eagle (8), Eurasian collared dove (33), 
black-billed magpie (6) and western meadowlark (2). Also, the number of 
rough-legged hawks (6) was only 1 short of the high count. Some of the more 
unusual species seen this year were Cooper's hawk (2nd occurrence), American 
kestrel (4th occurrence), mourning dove (4th occurrence) and western meadowlark 
(5th occurrence). 


Mike Rabenberg
Wildlife Biologist
Long Lake NWR
Subject: Bismarck-Mandan CBC Results
From: Corey Ellingson <crackerjackbirder AT BIS.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:08:29 -0600
Greetings ND-Birders
	Nine brave souls in 4 parties ventured out on Saturday Dec 17th in
sub zero temps and deep snow to find some of our feathered friends.  Our
total was 42 species, + 5 count week birds.   This is the same total as we
achieved last year (42 species + 4 cw).   The only species observed being
somewhat unusual was Cooper's Hawk for count week, and a Golden Eagle which
we also had last year.  Misses include Gray Partridge, and Northern Shrike.

      The river was mostly frozen, with a couple very foggy open patches
(primarily Heskett Station, and Kist Livestock).  The daytime high was -4,
and low being -28 at midnight.  Wind was 5-10mph from the northwest, with
mostly clear skies.  We have received 31 inches of snow in 3 weeks, and have
15-20 inches on the level with drifts in the open shelterbelts over 5 feet.

Thanks to all who participated, especially our visitors from Stanley. 

The List:
Canada Goose		-	5688
Cackling Goose		-	cw
Mallard			-	476
Common Goldeneye		-	7
Ring-necked Pheasant	-	759
Sharp-tailed Grouse	-	1
Wild Turkey			-	57
Bald Eagle			-	13
Sharp-shinned Hawk	-	2
Cooper's Hawk		-	cw
Northern Goshawk		-	1
Red-tailed Hawk		-	5
Rough-legged Hawk		-	4
Golden Eagle		-	1
American Kestrel		-	1
Merlin			-	1
Rock Dove			-	202
Eurasian Collared Dove	-	180
Mourning Dove		-	1
Eastern Screech-Owl	-	1
Great Horned Owl		-	3
Red-bellied Woodpecker	-	1
Downy Woodpecker		-	23
Hairy Woodpecker		-	20
Yellow-shafted Flicker	-	5
Northern Shrike		-	cw
Blue Jay			-	22
Black-billed Magpie	-	8
American Crow		-	31
Horned Lark			-	54
Black-capped Chickadee	-	75
Red-breasted Nuthatch	-	25
White-breasted Nuthatch	-	17
Townsend's Solitaire	-	1
American Robin		-	33
European Starling		-	876
Cedar Waxwing		-	31
White-throated Sparrow	-	cw
Dark-eyed Junco (slate)	-	43
    		(Oregon)	-	1
Lapland Longspur 		-	50
Red-winged Blackbird	-	1
Common Grackle		-	cw
Purple Finch		-	2
House Finch			-	204
Pine Siskin			-	13
American Goldfinch	-	84
House Sparrow		-	688
			Total	-	9661

Participants + 5 feeder watchers:
	Kevin Downs
	Corey Ellingson
	Dale Heinert
	Scott Ray
	Denise Ray
	Dan Rogers
	Emily Schwartz
	Andra Stomberg
	Clark Talkington

Good Birding,
Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND
Subject: Fw(3): kirby.adams@gmail.com
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Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 18:09:11 +0000
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Subject: Ferruginous hawk
From: Maureen O'Mara <montanamobirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 21:37:33 -0700
Greetings neighbors,

Well, the temps, while not quite in the teens, were still a little warmer
than the past two weeks.  And with the winds a little calmer I felt it
would be safe to get the dogs out for a hike late this morning. While
driving in to our usual spot in the Missouri National Grasslands a
Ferruginous Hawk was spooked from it's perch on a small roadside hill.
What a view as it flew up and over my pick up.

Mo O'Mara
Sidney, MT
Subject: 2016 Fargo-Moorhead CBC, Saturday totals
From: Keith Corliss <kcor708 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 19:30:21 -0600
12 Feeder watchers
31 Field birders

59 species on the day.

Keith C.
Fargo
Subject: Results of the Jamestown CBC
From: "Igl, Lawrence" <ligl AT USGS.GOV>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 16:14:37 -0600
Below are the results of the Jamestown CBC on Wednesday, 14 December.
Highlights include a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, an American Coot, and a
very tame Common Raven, all of which were first records on the Jamestown
CBC.  The Rose-breasted Grosbeak may be the latest winter record for this
species in North Dakota; the homeowner indicated today that the grosbeak
has been seen several times over the past couple of months.  The American
Wigeon was the first record of this species since 2005; there are three
previous records of this species on the Jamestown CBC.  The Northern
Pintail was the first record for this species since 2011; there are four
previous records of this species on the Jamestown CBC.  Seven Bald Eagles
represents the second highest count for this species on the Jamestown CBC
(the highest count was in 2015 with 12 Bald Eagles).  The Long-eared Owl
represents the sixth record of this species on the Jamestown CBC (the last
record was in 2006).  Seven hundred ninety Snow Buntings is the highest
count for this species since 1982; there were many small flocks scattered
throughout the countryside. Three hundred eighty-six American Goldfinches
represent the highest count for this species on the Jamestown CBC (the
previous high count was 338 goldfinches in 1982).


Date: Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Mallard: 7
Northern Pintail: 1
American Wigeon: 1
Canada Goose: 8
Cackling Goose: 1
Bald Eagle: 7 adults
Merlin: 1
Prairie Falcon 1
Red-tailed Hawk: 2
Rough-legged Hawk: 3
Unknown Buteo: 1
Cooper’s Hawk: cw
Gray Partridge 8
Sharp-tailed Grouse: 37
Ring-necked Pheasant: 71
Wild Turkey: cw
Great Blue Heron: cw
American Coot: 1
Rock Pigeon: 298
Eurasian Collared-Dove: 14
Great Horned Owl: 1
Long-eared Owl: 1
Downy Woodpecker: 47
Hairy Woodpecker: 17
Red-bellied Woodpecker: 1
Northern Flicker (YS): cw
Horned Lark: 157
Blue Jay: 65
American Crow: 74
Common Raven: 1
Black-capped Chickadee: 98
White-breasted Nuthatch: 22
Red-breasted Nuthatch: 7
American Robin: 16
Cedar Waxwing: 10
Northern Shrike: 4
European Starling: 10
American Tree Sparrow: 13
Lapland Longspur: 31
Snow Bunting: 790
Dark-eyed Junco: 48
Red-winged Blackbird: 28
Common Grackle: 10
House Finch: 134
Purple Finch: 18
Common Redpoll: 10
American Goldfinch: 386
Unknown Finch: 10
Rose-breasted Grosbeak: 1
House Sparrow: 892

Number of individual birds (Count Day): 3364
Number of species/forms (Count Day): 46
Number of additional species (Count Week): 4
Number of observers: 22
Number of feeder watchers: 0

Total party miles: 625.0
Party miles (on foot): 7.5
Party miles (by car): 617.5

Total party hours: 56.75
Party hours (on foot): 5.00
Party hours (by car): 51.75
Feeder watcher hours: 0.00

Temperature:  -4 to 2 F

Wind Speed
Morning: 9-22 mph, gusts up to 35 mph
Afternoon: 20-25 mph, gusts up to 35 mph

Wind Direction: West-Northwest in morning and in afternoon

Cloud Cover
Morning: Clear
Afternoon: Clear

Precipitation
Morning: None
Afternoon: None

Snow depth: 1 inch in open / drifts up to 8 feet


Water Conditions
Moving Water: Mostly frozen
Still Water: Frozen

Species observed during the week of the Count but not on the day of the
Count:  Great Blue Heron, Cooper’s Hawk, Northern Flicker, and Wild Turkey.

Participants: Jane Austin, Alec Boyd, Dan Buchanan, Tom Buhl, Ben Carlson,
Travis Carter, JoLeisa Cramer, Jacob Eldridge, Shay Erickson, Lynn Hill,
Larry Igl (compiler), John Lokemoen, Owen McKenna, Emily McLean, Kyle
McLean, Jacob Meier, Tammy Otto, Megan Ring, Cali Roth, Matt Solensky,
Dustin Toy, Megan Zopfi.

**************************************************************
Lawrence D. Igl, PhD
Research Ecologist
U.S.G.S. Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
8711 37th Street SE
Jamestown, North Dakota 58401-7317
Phone:    701-253-5511
Fax:       701-253-5553
E-mail:    ligl AT usgs.gov
Internet:     www.npwrc.usgs.gov
**************************************************************
Subject: White-throated Sparrow!?
From: Charles Taft <cjtaft AT ME.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:28:20 -0600
Feeding on the ground below hanging feeders. We saw this bird about a week and 
ago. But hoping it hangs around or survives (!) until the CBC! 


Also, we have seen a Red-breasted Nuthatch using a Chickadee bird nest box. Is 
this unusual or do more birds use them in cold weather?? 


Charles Taft
cjtaft AT me.com
129 25th St SW
Minot, ND. 58701
701-852-1981
Subject: Garrison Dam CBC
From: Ron Martin <jrmartin AT SRT.COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 22:58:05 -0600
All:

The Garrison Dam CBC will be held Sunday, Dec. 18, instead of the previously 
announced Dec. 23. Meet at the Audubon NWR HQ at 7:30 am. The ice is moving in 
quickly on Lake Sakakawea. 


Ron Martin
Minot
Subject: purple finches
From: Betsy Batstone-Cunningham <batsham AT GRA.MIDCO.NET>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:18:42 -0600
Hi,

I had four female purple finches at the feeders this morning! Getting ready for 
CBC!! 


Betsy Batstone-Cunningham
Elmwood Dr and the Greenway
Grand Forks Nd 

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Subject: Short Eared Owl
From: Randy Toppen <Randy.Toppen AT K12.ND.US>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2016 14:15:02 +0000
On Thursday 12/8, saw 1 short eared owl 3 miles SE of Valley City hunting over 
CRP at around 4:30 PM. Also my first flock of snow-buntings of the season. 



--Randy Toppen, Science Department
Valley City High School
460 North Central  Avenue
Valley City, ND 58072
701-845-0483
Randy.Toppen AT K12.nd.us
http://www.valley-city.k12.nd.us/jrsrhigh/jrsrstaff/jrsrstffpgs/rt.html
Twitter:  AT VCHS_Biology
Subject: Short-eared owl
From: Hunter Gwilliams <huntergwilliams11 AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:10:22 -0600
The was a short-eared owl about 3 miles SE of Valley city this morning.
Subject: Robin and Pine Siskins
From: Sherry Leslie <birdinnd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:32:58 -0600
Had a very cold Robin here all day Tues. and our first Pine Siskin's of the
winter arrived. 3 Blue Jays, 65 Goldfinch, 30 House finch, Purple Finch's,
and the usual Hairy and Downy's, White-breasted Nuthatch's, and Chickadees.
Sherry Leslie
725-4389
Subject: Valley City CBC
From: Terry Gwilliams <terry_gwilliams AT FWS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:14:09 -0600
The the Valley City Christmas bird count will be held on Thursday, December
15. We will meet at the Valley City Wetland Management office at 8:00am for
coffee and doughnuts. Please give us a call if you can make it and all are
welcome!

Thank you


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


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

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



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



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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for your interest.

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

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


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


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

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


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot



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

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

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

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

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

Larry

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

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


Good Birding, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Corey Ellingson
Bismarck, ND 

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

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


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Thanksgiving, and Good Birding,

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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot

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

Larry

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

 

Dave and Ellin Lindee

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

Following is the information for the Minot area CBCs.

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


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

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

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

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

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


Good birding,
Ron Martin
Minot

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

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

Larry

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