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15 Sep migration in far-west counties ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
14 Sep Hammerquist Rd. - Pennington ["Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
14 Sep RB Nuthatches, Vireos, Warblers ["'Terry Sohl' tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" ]
14 Sep Cassin's Kingbirds ["petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
14 Sep birded great bear rec park ["Todd Jensen gyrfalcon AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
13 Sep NESDBC Sept Results ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
13 Sep NHBC field trip report ["'Gene ' gene AT neopaleo.net [sd-birds]" ]
13 Sep Re: SFBC field trip results - Lesser Black-backed Gull ["jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
14 Sep Douglas county - Blue-headed Vireos ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
13 Sep SFBC field trip results - Lesser Black-backed Gull ["'Chris Anderson' canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
13 Sep McCrory Garden fallout ["'Jensen, Kent' kent.jensen AT sdstate.edu [sd-birds]" ]
12 Sep Well, THAT'S embarrassing ["Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
12 Sep Re: Weisensee & SF Landfill 9/12 ["Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
12 Sep Weisensee & SF Landfill 9/12 ["douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
13 Sep Migrants- Douglas county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
12 Sep cornell grants for bird feeders & binoculars for teachers ["Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" ]
12 Sep Re: Sabine's Gulls ["Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" ]
12 Sep Resend: Black-backed Woodpecker ["Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
12 Sep Black-backed Woodpecker ["Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
12 Sep Sabine's Gulls ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
11 Sep Sand Lake Blue Goose Days ["Nathan Roberts roberts.n AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
11 Sep SFBC field trip - Sept. 13 ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
11 Sep Storm fall-out ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
11 Sep Re: DIURNAL BIRDS OF PREY ["'Dowd Stukel, Eileen' eileen.dowdstukel AT state.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
10 Sep odd goldfinch behavior ["Scott Weins sweins AT rushmore.com [sd-birds]" ]
10 Sep DIURNAL BIRDS OF PREY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
10 Sep FW: Harris's Sparrow ["'Palmer, Jeff' Jeff.Palmer AT dsu.edu [sd-birds]" ]
9 Sep Harris's Sparrow ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
8 Sep PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
8 Sep eastern Pennington county this morning ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
8 Sep Pine Siskin Today ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
8 Sep Northern Hills Bird Club field trip ["'Gene ' gene AT neopaleo.net [sd-birds]" ]
8 Sep Bird Notes ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
8 Sep Sept. NESDBC Outing ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
7 Sep PENNINGTON CTY.: E. OF RAPID CITY, MISC. BIRDS ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
7 Sep Ft pierre , Big Bend ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
7 Sep Say's philosophizing tonight ["Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" ]
5 Sep Bird hike & field trip ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
04 Sep Nashville Warbler ["Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
4 Sep Yankton Little Gull ["Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" ]
4 Sep Orioles in N.E. Aberdeen ["'Bill Fuhrman' bfuhrman AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
4 Sep Osprey - Douglas county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
3 Sep World Shorebirds Day, 6 September ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
03 Sep Yantkon - Little Gull ["rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" ]
3 Sep PENNINGTON CTY.: OUTDOOR CAMPUS WEST-WILDERNESS PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
3 Sep Fall SDOU Meeting Pre-registration Payment ["'Swanson, David' David.Swanson AT usd.edu [sd-birds]" ]
2 Sep SDOU Fall Meeting Information ["'Swanson, David' David.Swanson AT usd.edu [sd-birds]" ]
1 Sep Lake Hiddenwood ["Kenny Miller littlebend AT q.com [sd-birds]" ]
1 Sep Little Gull and Caspian Terns - Gavin's Pt. Dam Area ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
1 Sep Ruddy Turnstone at Weisensee ["'brdfsd AT sio.midco.net' brdfsd@sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
1 Sep FW: [NEBirds] Little Gull near Yankton ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
1 Sep PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
1 Sep FT PIERRE ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
31 Aug Richmond Lake warblers ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
31 Aug Northern Oriales ["'Bill Fuhrman' bfuhrman AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
31 Aug Warblers - Douglas county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
31 Aug Re: Sat. 8 30 Weisensee & Thompson ["linda JhnsnLn AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
31 Aug Correction ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
31 Aug Saturday Birding ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
31 Aug Piping Plover - Lk Yankton ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
31 Aug Red-necked Phalarope and possible Carolina Wren juvenile - Yankton area ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
30 Aug MEADE/LAWRENCE CTY.: COMMON LOON, LEWIS'S WOODPECKER ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
27 Aug new raptor booklet ["'Dowd Stukel, Eileen' eileen.dowdstukel AT state.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
27 Aug PENNINGTON CTY.: OUTDOOR CAMPUS WEST/WILDERNESS PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
27 Aug NHBC Meeting - Sept.4th ["'Brunko' ebab AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
26 Aug Carolina Wren ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
26 Aug Ruddy Turnstone ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
25 Aug PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
25 Aug Sandhill Crane - Charles Mix county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
24 Aug Ft Pierre ETC ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
24 Aug Broad-winged Hummingbird, Clark's Nutcracker (Pennington) ["Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
24 Aug Broad-winged Hawk - Douglas county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
23 Aug Northern Waterthrush - Pennington ["Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
23 Aug Shorebirds and others ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
22 Aug September Bird Notes ["douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Minnehaha Co ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]

Subject: migration in far-west counties
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:09:10 -0600
Here in theextreme western part of the state, large flocks of meadowlarks
and sparrows (Vesper, Savannah, Clay-colored, Chipping, Lark) continue to
pour through the area. Sunday I had first-of-season Lincoln's and
White-crowned sparrows at McNenny Fish Hatchery, Lawrence county. Also at
McNenny were a couple of flocks of warblers (all Orange-crowned except one
American Redstart) and Red-eyed/Warbling Vireos and one Olive-sided
Flycatcher. The hatchery has several outdoor runs with small trout and
several species are taking advantage of the food source - Osprey, Great
Blue Heron, and several Belted Kingfishers. For shorebirds, Killdeer
numbers are finally diminishing; the other species present in small numbers
include Baird's Sandpiper (Cox's Lake GPA, Lawrence), Least Sandpiper
(Cox's Lake, Sevey Lake-Meade Co.), Yellowleg species (Sevey Lake) and
Wilson's Phalarope (Sevey Lake).  Raptors still are passing through, with
Red-tailed Hawks, Merlins, American Kestrels, and Sharp-shinned Hawks being
most notable.

Nancy Drilling

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Rapid City, SD

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Subject: Hammerquist Rd. - Pennington
From: "Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:19:16 -0600
I spent a couple of hours along Hammerquist Rd. this morning. Things were 
fairly quiet, but definate signs of migration. Large groups of sparrows, mostly 
Vesper and Clay Colored, but I did have one Savannah, and one Lark Bunting. A 
single Swainson's Thrush and single Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers. 
One young Red-headed Woodpecker and a Horned Owl also contributed to a 
pleasant, if chilly morning. 


I am also including a link to a website that I have started to work on, 
basically a portal to eBird content, but also additional content from a variety 
of sources. I have started with counties in my area - Pennington, Meade, 
Custer, Lawrencee, and Butte. See what you think and let me know if you have 
suggestions. Clearly a work in progress. Thanks. 


Dick Latuchie
Rapid City, SD

visit my website, Birding in South Dakota
http://sdebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Birding+in+South+Dakota
Subject: RB Nuthatches, Vireos, Warblers
From: "'Terry Sohl' tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:35:32 -0500
Haven't been birding much since, oh.May.  But I remedied that with a lot of
birding this weekend.  I went up to the Lake Thompson area yesterday
morning.  If you like Franklin's Gulls you were in the right place, as there
many, many thousands around the lake.  Shorebirds were what I was after but
they were few and far between.  Waterfowl and Franklin's Gulls, some
Pelicans, and a lot of Egrets and Herons hanging around.  Also one
White-faced Ibis.  After that I went down to Weisensee and did find a lone
Buff-breasted Sandpiper among the other shorebirds.

 

This morning I went down to Newton Hills.  It was very birdy, particularly
early.  There's one really big cedar tree that I swear I have half my Newton
Hills photos from.  You go in the main entrance, turn right the first
chance, and right before exit from the forest road comes in, there's a huge
cedar on the left that's always chock full of berries, and usually, birds.
This morning was just awesome.all kinds of songbirds moving in and out of
that cedar.  Vireos were the most common (Warbling, Red-eyed, and
Blue-headed), with all three of them feeding on berries.  There were
warblers too, with Nashville the most common, but also Orange-crowned, a
Wilson's, and a Yellow-rumped.  Also Eastern Towhees, Catbirds, Robins,
Cedar Waxwings, House Wrens, Chipping Sparrows, Clay-colored Sparrows,
Black-capped Chickadees, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, and Nuthatches,
including a couple of pretty early Red-breasted Nuthatches and quite a few
RC Kinglets.

A nice weekend after a time away from it.some photos:

 

http://sdakotabirds.com/species_photos/red_eyed_vireo_7.htm

 

http://sdakotabirds.com/species_photos/red_breasted_nuthatch_10.htm

 

http://sdakotabirds.com/species_photos/vireos/blue_headed_vireo_7.htm

 

http://sdakotabirds.com/species_photos/warbling_vireo_13.htm

 

http://sdakotabirds.com/species_photos/buff_breasted_sandpiper_14.htm

 

http://sdakotabirds.com/species_photos/ruby_crowned_kinglet_17.htm

 

http://sdakotabirds.com/species_photos/nashvile_warbler_4.htm

 

http://sdakotabirds.com/species_photos/stilt_sandpiper_11.htm

 

Terry Sohl

Brandon

 

 

 
Subject: Cassin's Kingbirds
From: "petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Sep 2014 11:20:11 -0700
Observed 2 Cassin's Kingbirds in mixed prairie/pine hills country about 10 
miles north & east of Pine Ridge. I believe this species has been documented to 
breed up there in past years. We actually have (at least) one family of 
Cassin's nesting on our property, but we moved across the border and a few 
miles into Nebraska this summer, so I can't count that for SD! 

 

 Also saw a couple of Eastern Bluebirds, which are uncommon out here, in that 
same area. 

 

 Looking forward to the forecast return of seasonal late-summer weather next 
week!! 

 

 Peter Hill
 Pine Ridge / rural Whiteclay
 Shannon Co / Sheridan Co, NE
Subject: birded great bear rec park
From: "Todd Jensen gyrfalcon AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:09:26 -0500
Birded great bear rec park this morning. There were several flocks of migrating 
warbles and vireos best warbler and vireo day of the fall migration to date for 
me. Had over a hundred Nashville warblers. also observed were yellow, 
orange-crowned, tennessee,wilson's, northern waterthrush, chestnut-sided, 
american redstart, bay-breasted and cape may. Vireos observed included 
blue-headed , red-eyed, warbling and philadelphia X4. There were rose=breasted 
grosbeaks, eastern wood pewee, great crested flycatchers and scarlet tanagers 
present. Good birding. todd 



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Subject: NESDBC Sept Results
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:50:04 -0500
Northeast South Dakota Birding Club had an outing today to Blue Cloud Abbey in 
Grant County. With 12 members and 2 guests attending. On the way home we birded 
around the Waubay area, Pierpont Lake and around the Groton ponds. From my 
count a total of 65 species we're seen on a windy day with a cool morning temp. 
So not bad at all. We all want to THANK Tracy for hosting and leading the 
outing! Also for the delicious lunch and also for arranging the tour of the 
Abbey! Everyone had a great time! Members if I've missed a species or two, let 
me know and I can get that into the list for secretary Cecilia. Missed a few we 
thought we should of found but that's the way it goes. Sometimes you don't 
always see the common bird even when you know it's right around the corner. 
List is as follows: 


1. Canada Goose
2. Wood Duck
3. Gadwall
4. Mallard
5. Blue-winged Teal
6. Northern Shoveler
7. Northern Pintail
8. Green-winged Teal
9. Wild Turkey
10. Pied-billed Grebe
11. Eared Grebe
12. Western Grebe
13. American White Pelican
14. D.C. Cormorant
15. Great Blue Heron
16. Great Egret
17. Green Heron
18. Black-crowned Night-heron
19. White-faced Ibis
20. Turkey Vulture
21. Red-tailed Hawk
22. American Coot
23. Semipalmated Plover
24. Killdeer
25. Spotted Sandpiper
26. Greater Yellowlegs
27. Lesser Yellowlegs
28. Stilt Sandpiper
29. Sanderling
30. Pectoral Sandpiper
31. Dowitcher Species
32. Franklin's Gull
33. Ring-billed Gull
34. Black Tern
35. Rock Pigeon
36. Mourning Dove
37. Great Horned Owl
38. Belted Kingfisher
39. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
40. Downy Woodpecker
41. Hairy Woodpecker
42. Northern Flicker
43. American Kestrel
44. Eastern Wood-pe-wee
45. Blue Jay
46. Tree Swallow
47. Bank Swallow
48. Barn Swallow
49. Black-capped Chickadee
50. White-breasted Nuthatch
51. American Robin
52. Ovenbird
53. Black & White Warbler
54. Tennessee Warbler
55. Magnolia Warbler
56. Yellow Warbler
57. American Tree Sparrow  (very early)
58. Song Sparrow
59. Red-winged Blackbird
60. Western Meadowlark
61. Common Grackle
62. Brown-head Cowbird
63. House Finch
64. American Goldfinch
65. House Sparrow

Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: NHBC field trip report
From: "'Gene ' gene AT neopaleo.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:48:16 -0600
	On 13 September I lead 10 members and 1 non-member on a trip to
Hannah campground, Long Draw and the Roughlock Falls area. A total of 22
species was recorded on a beautiful morning. Highlights were Gray Jay,
Red-napped Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, White-crowned Sparrow, White-winged
Junco, Red Crossbill. The Dippers put on a show. An adult was visible for
5-10 minutes preening and foraging in the open fairly close to a bridge just
downstream from Roughlock Falls. It was briefly joined by a young bird.
Neither bird was banded.
	
Gene K. Hess
Rapid City, SD

	


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Subject: Re: SFBC field trip results - Lesser Black-backed Gull
From: "jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Sep 2014 19:14:44 -0700
A link to a distant photo of the Lesser Black-backed Gull, showing the 
described location, and a few other photos from today: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/ 

 

 Joe C
 Sioiux Falls
Subject: Douglas county - Blue-headed Vireos
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:20:20 +0000
I only birded for a couple of hours this morning around Douglas county. I found 
a pocket of good birds feeding on the sunny side of the shelter belt on this 
cold morning. My favorite was the Blue-headed Vireo x 2. There were also quite 
a few Warbling Vireos, a Red-eyed Vireo, Nashville Warblers, Tennessee 
Warblers, and a Swainson's Thrush. Later I found a Merlin and there were ponds 
with Mallards, Blue-winged Teal, Stilt Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpiper, both 
Yellowlegs. Corsica Lake had a Bald Eagle and a couple of Red-tailed Hawks in 
the area. 



Kelly

Armour, SD
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Subject: SFBC field trip results - Lesser Black-backed Gull
From: "'Chris Anderson' canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:04:00 -0500
This morning, 16 birders explored the Freeman Preserve east of Sioux Falls.
It was a bit chilly to start, but we ended up finding pockets of good birds
throughout the property.  Highlights included lots of vireos (Blue-headed,
Warbling, Red-eyed), a handful of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a kettle of half a
dozen Broad-winged Hawks, and pretty good warbler diversity (especially for
this particular fall) with Black-and-white, Tennessee, Northern Parula,
Orange-crowned, Nashville, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow, and Wilson's.

Afterward, several carloads went to Weisensee on 263rd St west of Sioux
Falls.  In my opinion, this wetland between 453rd and 455th Aves has had its
birdiest year since I got started birding seven years ago.  Despite failing
to turn up a Buff-breasted Sandpiper that was seen earlier in the day, we
did manage to locate a Black-bellied Plover on the far north shoreline.
Still lots of Avocets, Stilt Sandpipers, and Yellowlegs out there as well.

On our way back to Sioux Falls, we stopped at some other potholes, and found
an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at Fensterman Slough (visible from the
south access point, 460th Ave, north from Hwy 42), sitting on the island
with a bunch of Franklin's and Ring-billed Gulls.

A good day of birding!  Thanks to everyone to who came out.  Our next club
events will be a business meeting at the Outdoor Campus on October 2 and a
field trip on October 11.

Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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Subject: McCrory Garden fallout
From: "'Jensen, Kent' kent.jensen AT sdstate.edu [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:31:37 +0000
The front that came through on Thursday evening brought some nice birds with 
it! During our banding activities on Friday morning at McCrory Gardens in 
Brookings we captured a nice variety of warblers and vireos. Our most numerous 
species was blue-headed vireo. W captured 10, and many were moving through the 
trees and shrubs. It was a really nice banding day! 


Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Black-capped Chickadee
Gray Catbird
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Northern Waterthrush
Ovenbird
Wilson's Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Magnolia Warbler

K. C. Jensen, Ph.D.
Department of Natural Resource Management
SPB 138D, Box 2140B
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD  57007
(605)688-4781 (office)
(605)690-6104 (cell)
(605)688-4515 (FAX)
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Subject: Well, THAT'S embarrassing
From: "Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:59:47 -0700
Sorry, Hope you all enjoyed reading my reply to Doug's post. Obviously, it 
wasn't meant to be a reply all. 


Just for the record, Brad sent me a very nice email citing the nearest 
occurrences of Black-backed Woodpeckers and explaining the many ways in which 
the various species can be confused as well as overlaps in markings. It was 
very informative and he was merely stating that from his personal experiences, 
studies and local occurrences, I would more likely have seen a Three-toed 
Woodpecker. 


Cheryl Vellenga
Sisseton
Subject: Re: Weisensee & SF Landfill 9/12
From: "Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:11:48 -0700
Dear Doug,

It's nice to see you had some time to get out with the birds! Your find of such 
a large flock of Stilt Sandpipers is very exciting. I can't imagine seeing the 
Avocets and Phalaropes in such large numbers! How awesome! 


I've been spending a lot of time birding during the past week and had quite a 
day on Sept 9 observing many shorebirds at a couple of local mudflats with 
shallow water in fields. I've been working several hours over a few days trying 
to ID the birds from the photos I took and am making some progress but would 
like feedback on my conclusions and help where I can't make a conclusion. There 
was a large variety of shorebirds that day. 


I know I had a Semipalmated Plover plus several Killdeer, a few Pectoral 
Sandpipers and 2 Lesser Yellowlegs. There were some other plovers too, I 
believe probably Piping. There were many Least Sandpipers and I think also some 
Western and Semipalmated. I was quite surprised to see what I believe to be a 
pair of Short-billed Dowitchers and possibly a Sanderling or two. I've spent 
hours doing the work and trying to learn but don't want to report until I know 
what's what. Please tell me also how a person does any kind of a count when so 
many peeps have their bottoms up toward you and the bottoms all look the same? 
I took many photos of the same scenes knowing that the birds would be moving 
constantly and maybe I could see what individuals are there in different shots 
but what a lot of work. I know there has to be an accepted method of counting 
for the time when my ID skills are better. If I upload some photos to my flickr 
page "Need ID" album, would 

 you be willing to look and see if I'm on the right track?

I do hope I'll get to see you at the Fall Meeting. I have motel reservations 
but haven't sent money to Rosemary yet. A few people were kind enough to send 
nice emails after the article appeared and I received an invitation from Gary 
Olson to join the NESD Bird Club which I gladly accepted. We are having an 
outing at Blue Cloud Abbey in the morning so I need to get some rest! 


The Black-backed Woodpecker caused quite a stir. I do hope I can get some 
photos. I spent the entire day trying to get a shot of it and did see it twice 
again but it is extremely skiddish and stays still about as long as a warbler. 
While I was looking for it I found that we still have Red-eyed Vireos on the 
property and I saw Pileateds twice this afternoon about 4 hours apart (perhaps 
the same bird). One almost hit my shoulder when flying by. They do nest here - 
have had them for years but it's unusual to see them while the leaves are on 
the trees. Our canopy is so thick that it's hard to see them flying through. If 
I do get photos of the new bird and it somehow turns out to be a Three-toed (as 
Brad McDonald seems to think) I'll have to eat crow but I saw the bird's back 
clearly and full-on while it was on the utility pole about 20 feet away and the 
back was solid glossy black with a sort of blue tint to it from the glossiness. 
I feel confident 

 but would certainly like the proof of a photo.

No warblers on the property that I can find yet and today we were down to one 
RTHU. 


Take Care,
Cheryl



On Friday, September 12, 2014 9:28 PM, "douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com 
[sd-birds]"  wrote: 

 


Hi All,

I went out to Wesisensee to try my luck.

Did not see any S gulls other than 2 injured Franklin's. Also, the only plovers 
seen were 4-6 Killdeer (2 young ones--pretty late for this much juvenile 
plumage). 


There were a few peep, mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers and a few Pectorals. 

A small group of 8-10 W. Phalarope swam in circles,

about a dozen Am. Avocet feeding

maybe 15 yellowlegs

but, the prize was a very large flock of Stilt Sandpipers--about 500+.

At the Sioux Falls Landfill, there several 1000 gulls, mostly RB and 
FRanklin's; but there were 2 Herring Gulls and a Mew gull (small yellow bill 
and round dove-like head). 


Doug


Douglas Chapman, Editor
SDOU Bird Notes
Sioux Falls, SD
sfbirdclub AT sio.midco.net

Come to the SDOU 66th Spring Meeting
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Subject: Weisensee & SF Landfill 9/12
From: "douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:26:57 -0500
Hi All,

I went out to Wesisensee to try my luck.

Did not see any S gulls other than 2 injured Franklin's. Also, the only plovers 
seen were 4-6 Killdeer (2 young ones--pretty late for this much juvenile 
plumage). 


There were a few peep, mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers and a few Pectorals. 

A small group of 8-10 W. Phalarope swam in circles,

about a dozen Am. Avocet feeding

maybe 15 yellowlegs

but, the prize was a very large flock of Stilt Sandpipers--about 500+.

At the Sioux Falls Landfill, there several 1000 gulls, mostly RB and 
FRanklin's; but there were 2 Herring Gulls and a Mew gull (small yellow bill 
and round dove-like head). 


Doug


Douglas Chapman, Editor
SDOU Bird Notes
Sioux Falls, SD
sfbirdclub AT sio.midco.net

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12-14 June 2015, Spearfish. Bird the Northern Hills and more!





 
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Subject: Migrants- Douglas county
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:23:49 +0000
I just went a few blocks from home after school to see if anything new had 
shown up at Lake Alcazar in Douglas county. There was a big flock of Cedar 
Waxwings there as well as by the school earlier today and this was the first 
time I'd ever seen an Olive-sided Flycatcher at the lake. I watched him eat a 
huge dragonfly and I got a couple of photos. Quite a few Chimney Swifts were 
zipping around over the lake. 


Then I noticed some warblers flitting around in the trees: two or three 
Chestnut-sided Warblers {really pretty}, some Tennessee Warblers, and Yellow 
Warblers. There were also some Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Warbling Vireos in the 
mix. Kudos to those who can get photos of warblers because it is really 
difficult. They are busier than kindergartners! 


On Wednesday at school while the K-4 kids were lined up to go in from recess. A 
child gasped and pointed up. We all looked up to see a Turkey Vulture flying 
low over us. It looked huge at that close range and all of the kids were really 
excited that they saw it! Of course they all got a quick lesson on Turkey 
Vultures before I'd let them in. 



Kelly

Armour, SD

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"Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit..." ~ Edward 
Abbey 



"To be whole and harmonious...know the music of beaches and the woods." ~ 
William O. Douglas 
Subject: cornell grants for bird feeders & binoculars for teachers
From: "Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:17:00 -0600
Nancy Hilding 
Prairie Hills Audubon Society.

To SD Birds,

Please share this info with interested teachers:


From: 	Lig27 AT cornell.edu
	Subject: 	[Prairie Hills Audubon Society of Western S.D.]
	Date: 	September 5, 2014 11:08:38 AM MDT
	To: 	phas.wsd-rapidnet.com 

Lindsay Glasner sent a message using the contact form at
http://www.audubon.org/chapters/prairie-hills-audubon-society-western-sd.

BirdSleuth K-12 Education program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is now
in partnership with Pennington Wild Bird Feed. We’re aiming to distribute
window bird feeders to 10,000 teachers across the nation and are offering
25 teachers schoolyard habitat improvement grants. We also have binoculars
to give away thanks to a donation from Celestron. I hope you can share this
news with teachers you work with, and would also like to offer you feeders
to give out at your teacher workshops this fall/winter through our
Ambassador program.

First, if you are planning to lead any bird/nature focused workshops this
fall/winter or would like to plan one, we’d be happy to send you bird
feeders to give out to the teachers.  We ask that you introduce them to our
Feathered Friends resources (free download) and give them some background
on bird feeding. We can provide logistical support and a customizable
PowerPoint presentation to help you organize and support your workshop.
For information, please visit our website.

Second, we are giving away Habitat Hero grants ($10,000 in monetary prizes,
plus other resources!) and classroom sets of binoculars (thanks to a
generous donation from Celestron). Please pass the word to teachers you
know (Facebook, email, Twitter, etc.).  We’d like to get the word out far
and wide to teachers who can use money and materials to support their
bird-friendly schoolyards and citizen-science monitoring.

Thanks in advance for spreading the news and if you have any questions
please do not hesitate to ask me. I hope we can work together!

Best,

Lindsay Glasner
K-12 BirdSleuth Program Assistant
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
Ithaca, NY 14850
607.342.5356
Lig27 AT cornell.edu
www.birdsleuth.org





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Nancy Hilding
6300 West Elm, Black Hawk, SD 57718
or
Prairie Hills Audubon Society
P.O. Box 788, Black Hawk, SD 57718
nhilshat AT rapidnet.com
605-787-6779, 605-787-6466
www.phas-wsd
Skype phone -787-1248, nancy.hilding





Subject: Re: Sabine's Gulls
From: "Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:33:59 +0000
Just out at marsh here 453-5th and on 263rd. 2 pipping plovers. North of rosd. 
No Sabine's gull. Some franklins around and all except two were flying and 
could have been something imbedded in that lot and didn't get a thorough look 
at them. Plover was nice to see. Never seen on in sd before. 


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Subject: Resend: Black-backed Woodpecker
From: "Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:30:11 -0700



On Friday, September 12, 2014 11:28 AM, Cheryl Vellenga  
wrote: 

 


I have a Black-backed Woodpecker on my property. First observed on 5 Sept 2014, 
front side only, but mistaken for a juv. YB Sapsucker though today I realize it 
was much larger and there was no coloring on the belly or flanks except for the 
gray barring. This morning, it landed on the feeder tree momentarily & I saw 
the belly side first realizing it was the same bird as on the 5th - same 
markings as before but now I realize it's the size of a Hairy and the front 
side has no color at all except for the gray barring on the flanks. It flew up 
onto the utility pole showing me its completely solid black back with only the 
faint barring on the primaries and a white line down the cheek. From the online 
& book photos, I'm taking it for a female; no yellow cap and minimal markings 
on the wings. I have no photos yet but not for lack of trying. 


Cheryl Vellenga
Sisseton
Subject: Black-backed Woodpecker
From: "Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:28:51 -0700
I have a Black-backed Woodpecker on my property. First observed on 5 Sept 2014, 
front side only, but mistaken for a juv. YB Sapsucker though today I realize it 
was much larger and there was no coloring on the belly or flanks except for the 
gray barring. This morning, it landed on the feeder tree momentarily & I saw 
the belly side first realizing it was the same bird as on the 5th - same 
markings as before but now I realize it's the size of a Hairy and the front 
side has no color at all except for the gray barring on the flanks. It flew up 
onto the utility pole showing me its completely solid black back with only the 
faint barring on the primaries and a white line down the cheek. From the online 
& book photos, I'm taking it for a female; no yellow cap and minimal markings 
on the wings. I have no photos yet but not for lack of trying. 
Subject: Sabine's Gulls
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:14:53 -0500
Spurred by an eBird alert last night of a Piping Plover at Weisensee Slough 
west of Sioux Falls, I made a quick trip out there this morning before work. I 
didn't find the Plover, but did find two gulls that were very unfamiliar to me. 
After looking at my Sibley's, I quickly concluded that they were Sabine's 
Gulls, one with the full black head of breeding plumage, and another with a 
partial hood of nonbreeding. They were mostly hanging out near some Avocets on 
the south side of the road, and were still there when I left at 7:25 a.m. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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Subject: Sand Lake Blue Goose Days
From: "Nathan Roberts roberts.n AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:03:50 -0500
All

I heard about this on the radio. Activities include bird banding etc.

http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Blue%20GooseDay%20Flyer%202014.pdf


Nathan Roberts
Subject: SFBC field trip - Sept. 13
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:52:47 -0500
Just a reminder that the Sioux Falls Bird Club is heading to the Freeman 
Preserve this coming Saturday, September 13. Interested parties can meet at 
Arrowhead Park east of Sioux Falls at 7:00 a.m. to carpool. Looks like the 
weather will be a bit cool to start the day (sunny and upper 30s, eventual high 
around 60), so please dress accordingly. 


Chris Anderson
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Subject: Storm fall-out
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:53:57 -0400 (EDT)
While many sites in and near the Black Hills are getting the first
snow of the summer, at my place in NE Custer County I've just had a
cold rain. It's brought in quite a few sparrows and other birds to my
yard, which is plenty weedy. The highlight is a Dickcissel. It started
chirping when it saw me just now. That got a couple House Wrens going,
and the next thing a Lincoln's Sparrow jumped up and sang! There
are as many as five House Wrens in my yard. (At what point does
"several" become "numerous"?)

I hope to be in Rapid City on Friday to do some hawk-watching. There
may be some good numbers moving after this precip moves out.

Michael Melius
Folsom
Subject: Re: DIURNAL BIRDS OF PREY
From: "'Dowd Stukel, Eileen' eileen.dowdstukel AT state.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:14:57 +0000
Please encourage people to request this new guide by going to the following 
website, under Free Bird Booklets: 
http://gfp.sd.gov/wildlife/critters/birds/default.aspx 


We want interested folks to have this guide.

Thanks.
Eileen Dowd Stukel, SDGFP
Pierre, SD
Subject: odd goldfinch behavior
From: "Scott Weins sweins AT rushmore.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:22:53 -0600
I glanced out the window after work and noticed a female Lesser 
Goldfinch in our feeders and nearby two American Goldfinches eagerly 
watching the lesser while chirping and wing flapping.  After several 
minutes of feeding, the Lesser Goldfinch flew to the American 
Goldfinches and began feeding them!  This intermittent feeding has been 
going on for the past few hours.  I feel quite certain of my ID and was 
able to get some decent photos of the birds and feeding.  Has anyone 
else observed behavior like this in the bird world?

There was also an Orange-crowned Warbler and I believe a Swainsons 
Thrush passing through the yard this evening.

Scott Weins
Spearfish, SD
Subject: DIURNAL BIRDS OF PREY
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:57:56 -0600
I received my copy of SOUTH DAKOTA'S DIURNAL BIRDS OF PREY written by Eileen
Dowd Stuckel with an amazing cover photograph by Terry Sohl and great photos
by Doug Backlund with nearly each account, published by SDGF&P. Order a
copy.  It is a wonderful resource of vultures, falcons, hawks, accipiters,
eagles and owls that can be found in South Dakota and it is free.  Thank
you, Eileen and SDGF&P.    Jocie Baker, Rapid City
Subject: FW: Harris's Sparrow
From: "'Palmer, Jeff' Jeff.Palmer AT dsu.edu [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:47:02 +0000
If you are interested in the spatial and temporal distribution of birds in 
South Dakota, I really encourage you to check out (and even use) the SDOU 
online database at 


http://homepages.dsu.edu/palmerj/sdousbor/

Click on Public Entry, select Harris's Sparrow, and hit Select. Congratulations 
Ron - this is one of the earliest fall records of Harris's Sparrow in the 
state. 


Jeffrey S. Palmer
College of Arts & Sciences
Dakota State University
Madison, SD 57042

(605) 256-5190
jeff.palmer AT dsu.edu
http://www.homepages.dsu.edu/palmer/

sola fide, sola gratia, sola scriptura

From: sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds] 

Sent: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 7:15 PM
To: sd-birds
Subject: [sd-birds] Harris's Sparrow


A Harris's Sparrow was in my backyard this morning.

Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: Harris's Sparrow
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:15:13 -0500
A Harris's Sparrow was in my backyard this morning.

Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK, RAPID CITY
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:36:56 -0600
23 species and 159 individuals were observed this morning, September 8, at
Canyon Lake Park by 5 surveyors.  7 waterfowl species including Blue-winged
and Green-winged Teal were present.  Of the 16 remaining species none
appeared to be migrants and none were unexpected or unusual.  

Jocelyn Baker Rapid City
Subject: eastern Pennington county this morning
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:02:02 -0600
Driving on Hwy 44 through the Badlands early this morning I saw a Prairie
Falcon, five Red-tailed Hawks, a Golden Eagle, and two American Kestrels.
Although all of these species breed in the area, they may be an indication
that migrant raptors are on the move.

Also stopped off on Hammerquist Rd, east of Rapid City. There were many
migrating mixed-species sparrow flocks, which had Lark, Vesper,
Clay-colored, Savannah, and Chipping sparrows. Also a small flock of
uncooperative birds in the shrubs - at least one Tennesse Warbler, two
Common Yellowthroats, a Swainson's Thrush and a Least Flycatcher.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: Pine Siskin Today
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 16:12:57 -0500
Just had 8 early Pine Siskin in the yard using the fountain. Demolishing my 
previous fall record for them of 9-30-08. A very pleasant surprise. Better hang 
my thistle feeder back up. Also in the backyard the past week. Red-eyed Vireo. 
I don't get these in my yard very often. Also Ruby-throated Hummingbird and a 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Only a few warblers this fall so far. A Chestnut-sided in 
the yard on 9-1 along with a Wilson's which was a first in the yard. Other 
warblers seen but in small numbers: Ovenbird, Black & White, Nashville, 
Redstart, Magnolia, Canada and Bay-breasted at four. Others only 1 to 3, plus a 
couple more Wilson's out and about. Plus Yellow & Common Yellowthroat. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Northern Hills Bird Club field trip
From: "'Gene ' gene AT neopaleo.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:37:29 -0600
NHBC Field Trip - Saturday, September 13th.

The Northern Hills Bird Club will be conducting a field trip in the Hanna
Creek area on Saturday, 13th. Participants will meet at Cheyenne Crossing at
7:30 AM for an 8:00 departure. This will be a half day trip concluding
around noon. There is no charge to participate and the field trip is open to
all. For more information please contact Gene Hess at gene AT neopaleo.net or
605-791-0630.

Thank you,
Gene K. Hess
Rapid City, SD



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Subject: Bird Notes
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 11:09:08 -0400 (EDT)
Just got the latest issue of South Dakota Bird Notes. Another fine
edition, it's great to see how comprehensive the Seasonal Reports
have become.

One thing I noticed--a couple articles have no place named. The ones
on Blue Cloud Abbey and the Hermit Warbler. At least none that I can
find through one reading. Those should at least say in which county
the observations take place. (We shouldn't assume "everyone knows"
where BC Abbey is, for instance.) Also, didn't SDBN articles formerly
have the address of the author at the end?

Michael Melius
Hermosa
Subject: Sept. NESDBC Outing
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 07:20:55 -0500
Northeast South Dakota Birding Club will conduct our September field trip 
outing on Saturday the 13th. to the Blue Cloud Abbey. We will meet at the 
Aberdeen Senior Center at 8:00 for the local folks who wish to participate. Out 
of town members who wish to meet us there we are hopeful of around a 9:15 
arrival time. Adjust your schedule to meet us then. Tracy has volunteered to 
lead our outing. Also, she has graciously volunteered to feed the group lunch. 
She asks that if you have a lawn chair too bring that would be great! Also she 
has made arrangements with the group who now owns the abbey to give those 
interested a tour right after lunch. Any questions ask? Hope to see you 
Saturday! 


Gary
Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: E. OF RAPID CITY, MISC. BIRDS
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:55:46 -0600
This morning (September 7) flocks of sparrows, mostly Vesper but also
Savannah, Chipping and various other species unidentified,  were migrating
south.  A Solitary Sandpiper was observed in a small water area on Dawkins
Rd., and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo on Hammerquist Road. 

Jocie Baker, Rapid City
Subject: Ft pierre , Big Bend
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 15:19:55 -0500
Very slow today saw I warbler, a Mourning in my yard.

 

Warbler migration has been dismal this fall so far!

 

Went to Big Bend Dam today.

 

Many Ring-billed & Franklins Gulls, 1 Forster's Tern

 

Best birds - 1 Osprey and 1 Ruddy Turnstone

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Say's philosophizing tonight
From: "Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 02:24:16 +0000
It was a slow week birding, although I was lucky to add to life list birds 
administratively, my Clapper rail from Tijuana Slough NWR was split off to the 
Ridgeway Rail (eastern still Clappers) and the Egyptian Goose is now a ABA 
approved exotic so having seen one in April this year I'm adding it. 

Life is slow for shorebirds around Milbank, only one place has many shorebirds 
of the usual haunts due to high water 

I did track down a Long-eared owl in extreme N. eastern Deuel County early last 
week the first daylight LEOwl I've seen since 1983. 

The same evening I flushed a short-eared owl in a tree next the Milbank 4H 
buildings 


Around Enemy Swim Lake this evening we were blessed with the largest lake bug 
hatch I have seen this year. The skies were filled with life. I can still hear 
the buzz. I still have at least 2 Say's Phoebes around, they were feeding from 
a perch that is how many bugs were around. The Western Kingbirds have 
disappeared apparently for the year and I saw one leftover Eastern Kingbird. 
Three melodious Marsh Wrens poked around the cattails and let me see them well. 
They are one of my favorite sounds of the marsh. I truly enjoyed my summer with 
my own little colony of Say's Phoebes and will always remember their occupation 
of my neighborhood this year. Maybe I'll see them next year, probably not but 
just thinking that the summer is over and now experiencing just a little 
melancholy 


Brad McDonald,
Milbank
Subject: Bird hike & field trip
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 12:10:15 -0500
Two bird-related notes from the Sioux Falls area. First, GF&P is holding 
another bird hike at Good Earth State Park this coming Sunday (Sept. 7) from 
9-11 a.m. 


Second, the Sioux Falls Bird Club is having a field trip next Saturday, Sept. 
13 to the Freeman Preserve. As we did back in May, we will meet at Arrowhead 
Park off Hwy 42 at 7:00 a.m. (not the Outdoor Campus). There will be a fair bit 
of walking on the Freemans' extensive trails, so plan accordingly. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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Subject: Nashville Warbler
From: "Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:02:15 -0500
Last evening, I found a good mud flat with at least 5 species of shorebirds. 
Nearby sloughs held many ducks inc. a Wood Duck pair and a rail - probably a 
young Sora.  It was nearly dark & my pics aren't much help for my fledgling 
shorebird ID skills, especially at this time of year so this afternoon I was 
loading up to return for some daylight viewing when a Nashville Warbler stopped 
by the feeder area for just a few quick photos.  Nice!  18 species in the 
yard today inc. BAOR, RTHU, EWPE, RBGB, GRCA & a possible Olive-sided 
Flycatcher.  Will try the mud flats again tomorrow! 


Cheryl Vellenga
Sisseton
Subject: Yankton Little Gull
From: "Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 18:38:07 -0400 (EDT)
I observed the Little Gull this morning with Gary & Jan Small. The bird was 
first on the sand bar in the middle of Lake Yankton then it flew to the river 
and we saw it about one mile downstream from Gavins Point Dam. Still many 
shorebirds around the lake including the Black-bellied Plover. 


Roger Dietrich 
Yankton, SD 
Subject: Orioles in N.E. Aberdeen
From: "'Bill Fuhrman' bfuhrman AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 13:56:22 -0500
Sorry - I meant "Oriole".  Spelled it incorrectly previously.
Bill Fuhrman, Hub City of the Dakotas
Subject: Osprey - Douglas county
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 01:09:17 +0000
After school today I observed an Osprey flying over Armour in Douglas county 
and when I went out to the lake in town there were two more Osprey and a 
Red-tailed Hawk. 


Corsica Lake was very quiet except for a Cooper's Hawk and a few other little 
birds including only one Yellow Warbler that I could find. On the way back I 
saw two American Kestrels together on the high line wire. 



Kelly

Armour, SD

Subject: World Shorebirds Day, 6 September
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 16:29:56 -0600
I am reposting this from the Montana birds listserve. Sounds like an
interesting global project.  -Nancy Drilling



Dear Birdwatchers,

You might have heard about the World Shorebirds Day to be held on 6
September, 2014 for the first time. One of the key programs of this special
day is the Global Shorebird Counting, which is a public awareness
initiative. I ask all Montana birders to take part in the counting in any
areas where shorebirds occur. Don't worry, if there are no huge number of
shorebirds in your area. We don't ask money to help. We just ask to go out
birding, what every birdwatcher love to do anyway.

Please consider supporting this initiative and register your location on
our website. By registering a location you can be a part of a draw to win a
fantastic bird book package worth about £150.

Registration of the location and more details about the Global Shorebird
Counting Program can be found here: http://goo.gl/jNW1VG
http://goo.gl/jNW1VG

The map with more than 340 already registered locations can be viewed here:
http://goo.gl/ICpB7X http://goo.gl/ICpB7X

Thanks for your time and please help us to reach our goal of having a
thousand locations registered by 6th of September 2014.


Best wishes, Szimi
_
Gyorgy Szimuly
Coordinator of the Global Events of the World Shorebirds Day
Milton Keynes, UK

http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/
http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/
Subject: Yantkon - Little Gull
From: "rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Sep 2014 14:33:34 -0700
Doug Chapman called me today to say that he & Mick found the Little Gull today 
but not many shorebirds. The Black-bellied Plover was still there but not they 
did not see the Red-necked Phalarope. 

 

 I am going out tonight to look around myself.
 

 Roger Dietrich
 Yankton, SD
 rogerd AT iw.net
Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: OUTDOOR CAMPUS WEST-WILDERNESS PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 13:52:16 -0600
4 surveyors observed 31 species and 138 individuals at the Outdoor Campus
West/Wilderness Park in Rapid City this morning, September 3.  A number of
migrants were present, including Swainson's Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler,
Wilson's Warbler, Clay-colored Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow  and Western
Tanager.  Also present were: Belted Kingfisher, Western Wood-Pewee, House
Wren, Townsend's Solitaire, Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing and Common
Grackle.

Jocelyn Baker, Rapid City  
Subject: Fall SDOU Meeting Pre-registration Payment
From: "'Swanson, David' David.Swanson AT usd.edu [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:45:01 -0500
Hi everyone,

A slight revision to the information about the fall SDOU meeting that I sent 
out yesterday ... Please send pre-registration payment (payable to SDOU) to 
Rosemary Draeger (SDOU Treasurer) instead of to me, since only Rosemary may 
cash SDOU checks. Her address is: 


Rosemary Draeger

SDOU Treasurer

2520 E. Whisper Trail

Sioux Falls, SD  57108

You may also register at the door during the meeting in Vermillion (Oct 3-5, 
2014). 


Thanks,

Dave

David Swanson
Department of Biology
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD 57069
Subject: SDOU Fall Meeting Information
From: "'Swanson, David' David.Swanson AT usd.edu [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:49:06 -0500
Hi all,

The fall SDOU meeting this year will occur Oct. 3-5, 2014, on the USD campus in 
Vermillion (see the information below). I hope that you can all attend, as it 
should be an interesting and exciting meeting, and I hope that the Le Conte’s 
Sparrows are migrating at Spirit Mound. Please let me know if you are planning 
on attending. I can be contacted at 
david.swanson AT usd.edu, or at 605-677-6175. 


Please also let me know if you have questions.

Best regards,

David


SDOU Fall Meeting 2014, October 3-5, Vermillion, SD
Schedule of Events

Friday, 3 October (all events in Room 101, Churchill-Haines, USD Campus)
 7:00-9:00 pm                    Registration
  7:00-8:00 pm                    Social Hour
 8:00-9:00 pm Evening Program: Jeffrey Palmer – Birding Nome, Alaska 


Saturday, 4 October
7:00-10:00 am Early Bird Field Trip (meet at the Churchill-Haines parking lot – 
west of the building) 

  10:00 am-12:00 pm        Registration
  10:00 am-12:00 pm        Morning Paper Session (Churchill-Haines Room 101)
  12:00-1:30 pm                  Lunch (on your own)
  1:30-3:30 pm                    Afternoon Paper Session
 3:30-4:30 pm General Membership Meeting (Churchill-Haines Room 101) 

 4:30-5:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting (Churchill-Haines Room 101) 

 6:30-8:30 pm Banquet/Program (Muenster University Center, Room 216) 

Program: Terry Sohl – Modeling bird species distributions under the influence 
of land-use and climate change 

Sunday, 5 October
 7:00 am-12:00 pm Field Trip – (meet at the Churchill-Haines parking lot) 

Meeting Costs
Registration = $10.00
Banquet = $12.00
For pre-registration, please send payment (checks payable to SDOU) to …
David Swanson
Department of Biology
University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

Even if you don’t pre-pay registration, please contact David Swanson to let him 
know you are planning on attending and whether or not you will be attending the 
banquet, so that we can get accurate head counts prior to the meeting. Thank 
You! 


Lodging in Vermillion, SD
Typically, we steer out-of-town visitors toward the Holiday Inn Express, Best 
Western, or Prairie Inn. Excellent budget rates (at our more quirky, 
mom-and-pop-type lodging venues) might make some of the other lodging options 
more appealing. For a slightly more upscale lodging option, there are a handful 
of Bed and Breakfast rooms available at our lovely Buffalo Run Winery. 

Best Western
701 West Cherry Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone:  (605) 624-8333
Web site: 
http://bestwesternsouthdakota.com/hotels/best-western-vermillion-inn 

Holiday Inn Express
1200 North Dakota Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone:  (605) 624-7600 or 1-800-HOLIDAY
Web site:  http://www.hiexpress.com/vermillionsd
Prairie Inn Motel
912 N Dakota St, Vermillion, SDý
Phone: 605) 624-2824ý
Web site: http://www.prairieinnusd.com/
Buffalo Run Bed & Breakfast
1500 W Main St, Vermillion, SDý
Phone: (605) 624-4500ý
Web site: http://www.buffalorunwinery.com/
Westside Inn
1313 W Cherry St, Vermillion, SDý
Phone: (605) 624-2601ý
Web site: http://www.thewestsideinn.com/

Camping
Camping is available at either Lions Park (in town) or Clay County Park (about 
3 miles west of town along the Missouri River) 



David Swanson
Department of Biology
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD 57069
Subject: Lake Hiddenwood
From: "Kenny Miller littlebend AT q.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:17:18 -0400 (EDT)
Camped and birdied Lake Hiddenwood this weekend. Migrants were very slow but 
did finally manage to eke out double digit warblers. Best being blackburnian, 
chestnut-sided, mourning, and magnolia. Only other migrants were olive-sided 
flycatcher, Lincoln's sparrow, and swainson's thrush. 


Kenny Miller
Pierre
Subject: Little Gull and Caspian Terns - Gavin's Pt. Dam Area
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:36:50 +0000
The Gavin's Point Dam and Lake Yankton were hopping today! I saw two life 
birds: one Little Gull and six Caspian Terns. They were beautiful birds! 


I birded with Roger Dietrich and Dave Swanson. We were following a tip on a 
Little Gull by David True. 


Other birds of note were: Black-bellied Plover, four Piping Plovers, 10 
Semipalmated Plovers, a Red-necked Phalarope, many Black Terns and Forster's 
Terns, one Common Tern and before I left I saw an Osprey. Roger had seen two 
Osprey yesterday. As the water continues to diminish, who knows what else will 
show up. 


Photos will be on my Flickr site later: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 




Kelly Preheim

Armour, SD

Subject: Ruddy Turnstone at Weisensee
From: "'brdfsd AT sio.midco.net' brdfsd@sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:31:46 -0500
> Subject: Ruddy Turnstone at Weisensee
> Date: September 1, 2014 at 6:30:17 PM CDT
> To: sd-birds listserve , Sioux Falls Bird Club 
 

> 
> This afternoon Bill and I saw one Ruddy Turnstone in the southeast corner of 
the slough on the north side of road. Still lots of shorebirds, semi-palmated 
plovers, avocets, and lots of peeps. 

Rosemary Draeger
Sioux Falls
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Subject: FW: [NEBirds] Little Gull near Yankton
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:53:12 -0500
 

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2014 5:20 PM
To: nebirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Little Gull near Yankton

 

  

Looking at a little gull found yesterday by David True at Lewis and Clark
State Recreation Area below the dam on the Nebraska side. More details later
but wanted to get the word out. Please excuse brevity and terseness as I am
posting from my phone. thanks Michael Willison Lincoln


Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:18:31 -0600
29 species and 200 individuals were observed this morning, September 1, at
Canyon Lake Park by 5 surveyors.  6 waterfowl species were present,
including American Wigeon and Blue-winged Teal.  2 calling Caspian Terns
flew over the lake for a 2nd survey sighting (previously observed in April,
2011).  A lone Western Kingbird, also observed on 3 other August surveys in
2012 and 2013, was present.  Other notable species included: Osprey, a
soaring Cooper's Hawk, and a rarely seen Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City
Subject: FT PIERRE
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 06:55:52 -0500
Gulls the same- some days a couple thousand Franklin's.

 

I looked for migrant warblers the last 2 days - pretty slow:

 

American Redstart- 7

Yellow-8

Ovenbird-1

Tennessee-1 

Common Yellowthroat-2

Black & White-2

 

Bell's Vireo's singing  often.

 

Observed 1 Swainson's Thrush and 1 Veery.

 

 

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Richmond Lake warblers
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:24:17 -0600
This evening while passing through, I did some birding at Richmond Lake Rec
Area near Aberdeen. Just found 2 small bird flocks but they were good ones
- 9 warbler species (Canada, Magnolia, Blackpoll Black & White, Wilson's,
Yellow, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Ovenbird), Blue-headed and Red-eyed
vireos, Swainson's Thrush, plus an assortment of local species.

Nancy Drilling
Rapid City
Subject: Northern Oriales
From: "'Bill Fuhrman' bfuhrman AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:36:51 -0500
To all you lucky Birders - we finally have been visited by migrating Mr. & Mrs. 
Northern Oriale. What a treat to gaze upon this pair munching (slurping) 
satisfactorily on grape jam - especially during the Labor Day Holiday. Area 
bees seem to be competing with them for it. We have nectar & various 
wildflowers available for Hummingirds, but still have not seen one this year. 
In the past they have liked our many Giant Purple Hyssop bushes. Question: when 
will our hopes probably expire to see a few? 


Bill Fuhrman, N. E. Aberdeen, S. D.
Subject: Warblers - Douglas county
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:47:50 +0000
I found warblers right in town at Lake Alcazar in Douglas county. There were 
two Yellow Warblers, one Wilson's Warbler and an American Redstart. The other 
day I thought that I saw a Swainson's Thrush in my yard and then yesterday it 
was found dead on the deck. It really was very pretty up close, more so than I 
expected. 



Kelly

Armour, SD

Subject: Re: Sat. 8 30 Weisensee & Thompson
From: "linda JhnsnLn AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:38:27 -0400 (EDT)
Hi everyone,
 
Sat. Aug. 30, Rosemary D & I birded potholes west of SF to Weisensee then north 
to Lake Thompson. Lots of shorebirds! 

Most were the expected--except for 2 3rd yr. Great Black-backed Gulls on the 
north shore/beach of Thompson. 

No wrens, sparrows (that we could catch to id), warblers, phalaropes, 
turnstones. 


The rest of our sightings were the expected: 

C. Goose
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Ringnecked Pheasant
Pied-billed Grebe
A. White Pelican
DC Cormorant
Gt. Bl. Heron
Great Egret (50 +--they were everywhere in good #s) 
Snowy Egret. 
Green Heron
TV
Red-tailed Hawk
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer

American Avocet
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Black Tern
Forster's Tern

Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
N. Flicker
Eastern kingbird
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow 
Cedar Waxwing
Common Grackle
Yellow-headed Blackbird
A. Goldfinch

Linda J.
Sioux Falls 
 
 



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Subject: Correction
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:08:48 -0500
I need to make a correction to my previous post. That was John & Mary Jo 
Roberts. NOT Robertson. SORRY! 

Rock solid proof my fingers can go faster then my brain!

Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Saturday Birding
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:44:49 -0500
Birded Saturday with Alyssa & Nate along with John & Mary Jo Robertson from the 
Twin Cities area. We birded Moccasin Creek and Riverside Cemetery in Aberdeen. 
A few warblers we're seen: Yellow, Redstart, Nashville, Black & White, Magnolia 
and Wilson's. Also an Olive-sided Flycatcher at both locations. A few other fun 
species for all we're: Green and Black-crowned Night-Heron, Belted Kingfisher, 
Marsh Wren, Red-eyed Vireo and Baltimore Oriole. Plus the usual. Later Cindy 
and I had dinner out at Richmond Lake and a drive after we saw Redheaded 
Woodpecker, Spotted Sandpiper, American Kestrel, Dickcissel and one lone 
Eastern Kingbird. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Piping Plover - Lk Yankton
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:33:36 +0000
I forgot that there also were two Piping Plovers at Lake Yankton. When I 
quickly scanned the photos, I saw that the distant photos, do show that one or 
both have banded legs. 



Kelly Preheim

Armour, SD

Subject: Red-necked Phalarope and possible Carolina Wren juvenile - Yankton area
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:01:14 +0000
Today I traveled to Union County State Park to bird with five other birders. We 
hiked nearly seven miles seeking warblers, but there were few and it was pretty 
quiet as far as birds go. Warblers seen were Black-and-White Warbler-1, 
Ovenbird-2, and Nashville Warbler-1 or 2. We did see some other great birds 
though: Scarlet Tanagers, Yellow-throated Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 
Eastern Wood-Pewees, Eastern Screech Owls, Olive-sided Flycatchers, 
Great-crested Flycatchers and others. It was a great day of birding with 
friends! 


On my way home I stopped through Yankton and found a nest site of a wren that 
is quite possibly a Carolina Wren. The young seems to have a faint, white 
supercillium. I have photos for you to help me decide. 


Then I checked out Lake Yankton and I was so surprised to see that they are 
draining the water and there is 15' wide muddy shoreline around the perimeter 
and we know who likes that! There were a lot of shorebirds on the west side of 
the lake in what seems like a ditch between the lake and the road, which is 
north of the Cottonwood CG. I saw one Red-necked Phalarope, 5+ Green Herons, 
Belted Kingfisher-1, Sanderlings-10+, Semipalmated Sandpipers-70, Least 
Sandpipers-25, Stilt Sandpiper-1, Spotted Sandpiper-1 and others. I contacted 
Roger and he came over to check it out. He said that these birds were on the 
Nebraska side of the lake. I have many photos of shorebirds, the phalarope and 
the possible Carolina Wren, but I got home late and will have to upload photos 
tomorrow. 


I will put the photos on my Flickr site: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 




Kelly

Armour, SD

Subject: MEADE/LAWRENCE CTY.: COMMON LOON, LEWIS'S WOODPECKER
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:58:10 -0600
While birding in Meade County near Sturgis this morning, I observed numerous
sparrows migrating.  Among them were Savannah, Vesper (large numbers), Lark,
Chipping and Clay-colored.  A single Common Loon in basic plumage and
probably a different individual from the one observed at the lake on August
17 was present.  A single Say's Phoebe was observed in a pasture south of
the lake.  A young-looking Lewis's Woodpecker was perched in a tree on Eden
Road (near #12376) southeast of the lake (in Lawrence Cty.).

Jocelyn L. Baker, Rapid City
Subject: new raptor booklet
From: "'Dowd Stukel, Eileen' eileen.dowdstukel AT state.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:52:50 +0000
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks just produced a new booklet called "South 
Dakota's Diurnal Birds of Prey." Single copies of this free, color guide to 21 
raptor species can be requested by emailing 
Sandy.Hoerner AT state.sd.us. The publication 
features many images taken by South Dakota birder and photographer Doug 
Backlund. The guide was funded by SDGFP Wildlife Division. 


Eileen Dowd Stukel
Pierre, SD
Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: OUTDOOR CAMPUS WEST/WILDERNESS PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:54:07 -0600
31 species and 176 individuals were observed by 4 surveyors this morning,
August 27, at the Outdoor Campus West and adjacent Wilderness Park in Rapid
City.  Red-headed Woodpecker, a species not observed  previously, was
present as well as several species not observed in several months. Those
included: Least Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Townsend's
Solitaire, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Western Tanager.  

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City

 
Subject: NHBC Meeting - Sept.4th
From: "'Brunko' ebab AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:00:53 -0600

There will be a meeting of the Northern Hills Bird Club on Sept. 4th at 7:00 
p.m. at the Sturgis Library. A program entitled "Spring Birding in the South 
with Stories and Pictures," will be presented by Linda Rothermel. Non-members 
are welcome and refreshments will be served. 


Ardys Brunko
V. Pres. NHBC
PH# 605-791-2832
Subject: Carolina Wren
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:15:12 -0500
Observed a Carolina Wren below Pickstown this afternoon,

Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: Ruddy Turnstone
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:47:45 -0500
Tonight there was a juvenile Ruddy Turnstone on the east side of Weisensee, 
close enough for me to get a few photos. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:04:55 -0600
5 surveyors observed 24 species and 403 individuals at Canyon Lake Park this
morning, August 25.  The swallows were flocking with 100 Violet-green and 62
Barn Swallows present. The only species not usually observed on the weekly
surveys was an Orange-crowned Warbler last observed on May 5th.

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City
Subject: Sandhill Crane - Charles Mix county
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:05:05 +0000
I was very surprised to see a Sandhill Crane hanging out with the Canada Geese 
today at the Lake Andes NWR in Charles Mix county. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 


I also saw more Eastern Kingbirds {81} and Western Kingbirds {25} than I've 
ever seen in an afternoon. I would guess that there were even more than that. 
High line wires and sometimes bushes were full of them. I saw that some were 
eating dragonflies and there are thousands of dragonflies migrating through as 
well, so there is that connection. 


There were many Franklin's Gulls, American Avocets and distant shorebirds. 
There are large numbers of American White Pelicans at the lake too. Huge 
numbers of swallows are in the area too. 


I didn't see any warblers beside a Yellow Warbler. I'm impatiently waiting for 
them. :) 



Kelly

Armour, SD


Subject: Ft Pierre ETC
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:28:52 -0500
Yesterday in my yard I had a small flock of warblers; 3-Yellow, 2- American
Redstart and 1- Black & White

 

Today birded Sully & Potter Counties. In Potter a few warblers: 3-Yellow, I
Wilson's and 1 Chestnut- sided

 

Still several species of shorebirds around.  Many Avocet's & Killdeer
migrating!

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Broad-winged Hummingbird, Clark's Nutcracker (Pennington)
From: "Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:43:17 -0600
Visited some friends in Silver City this morning. Got excellent looks at a Male 
Broad-winged Hummingbird, and male and female Rufous. Also several Clark’s 
Nutcrackers high in the pines. Others included Pine Siskin, Red Crossbill, 
(White-winged) Dark-eyed Junco, and a group of four Osprey. Never birded here 
before, won’t be the last time. 


Dick Latuchie
Rapid City

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Subject: Broad-winged Hawk - Douglas county
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:10:43 +0000
I saw my "First of Season" Broad-winged Hawk in the same place that I saw him 
last spring at the lake in Armour. He was in the trees and when I walked up, he 
flew to a different perch and I got a good look at him. I was a neat looking 
bird. The little birds were not impressed and were making loud, chipping 
sounds. 



Kelly

Armour, SD

Subject: Northern Waterthrush - Pennington
From: "Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:01:51 -0600
I had good views of a Northern Waterthrush at Jackson Park this morning. Only 
other warbler was a Yellow. Fairly quiet. 


Dick Latuchie
Rapid City

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Subject: Shorebirds and others
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:43:20 +0000
A few days ago I saw a Northern Waterthrush at the lake in Armour, SD {in 
Douglas county} along with several Yellow Warblers. I still have four different 
Baltimore Orioles coming to the jelly feeder in my yard and a male 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird has been in the yard too. 


Today after school I checked out the north unit of Lake Andes NWR. It was a 
very hot and muggy day. That along with the biting flies cut my time short. 
There were many shorebirds lining the north and the western shorelines, but 
most were too far to identify. I did count 40+ American Avocets and I saw 
Pectoral Sandpipers, Stilt, Baird's, Semipalmated and Spotted Sandpipers along 
with Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. There were many Franklin's Gulls, some 
Ring-billed Gulls and Black Terns. There were over 125 American White Pelicans 
too. 


There were many Western and Eastern Kingbirds along the fence lines. The trees 
seemed somewhat quiet, but there were Bell's Vireo, Blue Grosbeak, Common 
Yellowthroat, Brown Thrasher and Yellow Warbler along with others. Raptors seen 
were: Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawks x3, Swainson's Hawk and Bald Eagles x2. 
Photos may be seen on my Flickr site. 



Kelly

Armour, SD

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/

Subject: September Bird Notes
From: "douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:04:25 -0500
The September 2014 Issue of SD Bird Notes is at the printer.

Doug



Douglas Chapman, Editor
SDOU Bird Notes
Sioux Falls, SD
sfbirdclub AT sio.midco.net

Come to the SDOU 66th Spring Meeting
12-14 June 2015, Spearfish. Bird the Northern Hills and more!





 
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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Minnehaha Co
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:54:21 -0500
Still lots of shorebirds tonight at Weisensee on 263rd St in western Minnehaha 
County. There is an extensive drying mudflat on the east edge, and tonight 
there was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper foraging. Lots of Pectoral, Stilt, and 
Semipalmated and Yellowlegs too, 24 Avocets, and well over a thousand 
Franklin's Gulls settling in for the night. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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