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Updated on Thursday, December 18 at 07:43 PM EST
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Keel-billed Toucan,©Jan Wilczur

18 Dec Snowy Owls and Pine Grosbeaks ["pintail AT abe.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
18 Dec Yankton CBC - 74 species + 3 for Count Week ["Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" ]
17 Dec Mobridge Raptors ["'Paul Konrad' paul AT wildlifeadventures.biz [sd-birds]" ]
17 Dec 4 Snowy Owls ["'Paul Konrad' paul AT wildlifeadventures.biz [sd-birds]" ]
17 Dec Snowy Owl, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Faulk Co. ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
17 Dec Snowy Owl 1,2 & 3 ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
16 Dec Last Call - Fall Season Sightings ["'Palmer, Jeff' Jeff.Palmer AT dsu.edu [sd-birds]" ]
16 Dec Sturgis sightings ["randy podoll rpodoll AT hotmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
16 Dec Aberdeen CBC Late Additions ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
16 Dec Yankton CBC preliminary report ["Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" ]
16 Dec Carolina Wren ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
15 Dec Shadehill CBC postponed until this Thursday (not on Tuesday) ["Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" ]
15 Dec Pine Ridge CBC results ["petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
15 Dec Aberdeen CBC Results ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
15 Dec Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches ["petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
15 Dec Faulk Co. birds ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
15 Dec Fwd: Shadehill CBC postponed until this Thursday ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
14 Dec PIERRE ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
13 Dec Pine Grosbeaks ["Kenny Miller littlebend AT q.com [sd-birds]" ]
13 Dec Sturgis CBC 12-20-14 ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
13 Dec FALL RIVER COUNTY: LONG-TAILED DUCK, ANGOSTURA RESERVOIR ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
13 Dec LE Owls ["Terry Sohl tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" ]
12 Dec ANNOUNCING THE 115th CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT ["Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" ]
12 Dec Trumpeter Swan ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
11 Dec PENNINGTON CTY.: OUTDOOR CAMPUS WEST/WILDERNESS PARK, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
11 Dec Pine Ridge CBC clarification ["petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
10 Dec rosy finches ["George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" ]
10 Dec Short-eared Owl, Gray Partridge jugs ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
9 Dec Sand Lake Christmas Bird Count Date ["'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" ]
8 Dec Snowy Owl East of Yankton ["Roger D rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" ]
07 Dec Pine Ridge Xmas Count ["petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
7 Dec Snowy Owl & Yellow-Headed Blackbird... ["Brian Kringen bkringen AT abe.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
07 Dec Yankton area birding, Glaucous Gull ["jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
7 Dec Owls - Lake Alvin ["'Terry Sohl' tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" ]
6 Dec Northern Saw-whet Owl Charles Mix county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
6 Dec Saw-whet ["Terry Sohl tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" ]
6 Dec trapping house sparrows ["'Jeff Hansen' hanjd AT cox.net [sd-birds]" ]
5 Dec Northern Saw-whet Owl ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
5 Dec Snowy Owl ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
5 Dec Whitewood Report ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
4 Dec Sparrow update ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
4 Dec New Accounts ["'Palmer, Jeff' Jeff.Palmer AT dsu.edu [sd-birds]" ]
03 Dec Birding Family Circus ["jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
3 Dec Pierre Review ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
3 Dec PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
3 Dec Fall Season Reports ["'Palmer, Jeff' Jeff.Palmer AT dsu.edu [sd-birds]" ]
2 Dec Badlands Christmas Bird Count rescheduled for Monday Dec. 29th. ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
2 Dec Northern Saw-whet Owl ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
2 Dec Iceland Gull-Discovery Island, Pierre ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
1 Dec Chapman's surgery went well! ["'brdfsd AT sio.midco.net' brdfsd@sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
1 Dec Yellow-billed Loon images ["Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" ]
1 Dec Winter White-throat--Rare Bird Report? ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
30 Nov Redpolls ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
30 Nov Yellow-billed Loon - Bon Homme county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
29 Nov Saw-whet Owls ["Kenny Miller littlebend AT q.com [sd-birds]" ]
29 Nov Late Sparrows, Custer Co. ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
29 Nov Ft Pierre ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
29 Nov YB Loon ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
29 Nov Re: Yellow-billed Loon images ["Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
28 Nov Yellow-billed Loon images ["Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" ]
28 Nov Possible Yellow-billed Loon, Bon Homme Co. ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
28 Nov Rusty ["'Jeff' hanjd AT cox.net [sd-birds]" ]
26 Nov Neotropic Cormorant ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
26 Nov Dec 14 Bird Notes to Printer ["douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
25 Nov Yankton lake area ["Roger D rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" ]
25 Nov NHBC Meeting on Dec. 4th, 2014 ["'Brunko' ebab AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
25 Nov Aberdeen CBC ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
25 Nov Fw: [SF-BC] Christmas bird counts ["mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
23 Nov Common Raven and Gray-crowned Rosy Finches ["cemiller AT sdplains.com [sd-birds]" ]
23 Nov DC cormorant at Canyon Lake Park, Rapid City ["'Maggie Engler' birdwoman AT q.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE - DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov NHBC 11-22-14 Field Trip Report ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov Long-tailed Duck ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov Re: Varied Thrush near Sioux Falls ["jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov Varied Thrush near Sioux Falls ["'Chris Anderson' canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov Red Crossbills, Common Redpoll, Gray Partridge, Purple Finch - Sioux Falls area ["jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]

Subject: Snowy Owls and Pine Grosbeaks
From: "pintail AT abe.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Dec 2014 16:14:50 -0800
 Birded Richmond Lake (Forest Drive) this afternoon and then tried to get to 
Mina before it got too late. Saw 3 snowy owls north and west of Richmond Lake 
in Brown County included an all white male near the intersection of 124th st 
and 376th ave. Saw another snowy a couple miles north of Mina Lake SP. Then saw 
at least 5 Pine Grosbeaks (life bird in SD) just east of the campground and 
there was probably a couple more that went lower in the trees than I could see. 
before I got stopped. Then after checking the feeders I headed for the area 
that Gary Olson had seen his all white Snowy. Didn't see it but I saw 4 more 
snowys on Edmunds Co 23 (Wetonka Rd) from 132nd to 120th. A northern goshawk, 
American kestrel, prairie falcon, a bald eagle, a few great-horned owls, 5 
red-tailed hawks and a dark phase rough-legged hawk thrown in for good measure. 
A good day birding!! 

 Barry Parkin
 Aberdeen
Subject: Yankton CBC - 74 species + 3 for Count Week
From: "Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:24:34 -0500 (EST)

2014 Yankton CBC report 



The 2014 Yankton Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on Sunday, December 14, 
2014. Twenty-eight participants counted a total of 74 species. This was not a 
record number of species observed (82 in 2012 & 78 in 2013) but was very good 
considering the overcast day with poor light and mist or light rain most of the 
day. 





Highlights of the day included Hermit Thrush, Carolina Wren, Northern Goshawk, 
Glaucous Gull, Black-billed Magpie, Fox Sparrow, Ruddy Duck, and Ross’s 
Goose. Hermit Thrush and Ross’s Goose for the only the second time, Ruddy 
Duck and Fox Sparrow for the third time, Carolina Wren for the fourth time, and 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker for the fifth time. Record high count for certain 
species was set with 95 Lesser Scaup, 8 Bufflehead, 12 Great Horned Owls, 9 
Eastern Screech Owls, 38 Hairy Woodpeckers, and 31 Golden-crowned Kinglets. 





Species that have been observed most years lately but were not found this year 
include Pine Siskin, Wilson’s Snipe, Great Blue Heron, and Yellow-rumped 
Warbler. 


List of species: Canada Goose, 693; Cackling Goose, 35; Greater White-fronted 
Goose, 2; Ross's Goose, 6; Snow Goose, 6,925; Wood duck, 25; Mallard, 3,526; 
Gadwall, 21; American Wigeon, 1; Northern Shoveler, 4; Green-winged Teal, 5; 
Ring-necked Duck, 1; Lesser Scaup, 95; Common Goldeneye, 79; Bufflehead, 8; 
Hooded Merganser, 2; Common Merganser, 19; Ruddy Duck, 1; Northern Harrier, 2; 
Sharp-shinned Hawk, 3; Cooper's Hawk, 6; Northern Goshawk, 1; Red-tailed Hawk, 
52; Rough-legged Hawk, 13; Bald Eagle (adult), 32; Bald Eagle (immature), 7; 
Merlin, 2; American Kestrel, 3; Ring-necked Pheasant, 10; Wild Turkey, 206; 
American Coot, 59; Ring-billed Gull, 1; Herring Gull, 3; Glaucous Gull, 1; 
Eurasian-collared Dove, 218; Rock Pigeon, 570; Great Horned Owl, 12; Eastern 
Screech Owl, 9; Belted Kingfisher, 3; Red-bellied Woodpecker, 26; 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 2; Downy Woodpecker, 61; Hairy Woodpecker, 38; 
Northern Flicker, 48; Northern Shrike, 2; Blue Jay, 41; Black-billed Magpie, 4; 
American Crow, 256; Horned Lark, 27; Black-capped Chickadee, 89; Red-breasted 
Nuthatch, 5; White-breasted Nuthatch, 51; Brown Creeper, 19; Carolina Wren, 2; 
Golden-crowned Kinglet, 31; Eastern Bluebird, 19; Hermit Thrush, 1; American 
Robin, 1,074; European Starling, 694; Cedar Waxwing, 267; Northern Cardinal, 
39; American Tree Sparrow, 170; Harris's Sparrow, 6; Fox Sparrow, 2; Song 
Sparrow, 1; Swamp Sparrow, 1; Dark-Eyed Junco (Slate-colored), 256, Dark-Eyed 
Junco (Oregon), 1; Lapland Longspur, 3; Snow Bunting, 1; Western Meadowlark, 
42; Red-winged Blackbird, 216; Purple Finch, 40; House Finch, 81; American 
Goldfinch, 94; House Sparrow, 275 




Additional birds observed for Count Week are Double-crested Cormorant, 
Canvasback, and Redhead. 




Roger Dietrich 
Subject: Mobridge Raptors
From: "'Paul Konrad' paul AT wildlifeadventures.biz [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:35:42 -0600
   I wanted to share a great raptor hotspot in the Mobridge area, primarily
along Highway12 extending as far as 25 miles west of Mobridge. Today, from
Mobridge to McLaughlin, I observed 21 Rough-legged Hawks, 5 Red-tailed
Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 3 Bald Eagles, 1 Golden Eagle,
and 2 Prairie Falcons for a total of 34 raptors.

 

   Last Wednesday I drove a longer section of Highway 12, from Highway 83
east of Mobridge to Lemmon, and found similar species and numbers of
raptors, including 1 Prairie Falcon, 4 Golden Eagles, 1 Bald Eagle, 19
Rough-legged Hawks (including 2 black-morphs), 3 Ferruginous Hawks, and 3
Red-tailed Hawks. I encountered most of these raptors from Highway 83 to the
town of McIntosh; between McIntosh and Lemmon only 2 Golden Eagles and 2
Rough-legs were observed. And for the record, I didn't see any raptors
during my 30 mile drive east of Highway 83.

   These spectacular raptors provided memorable afternoons afield and I
wanted to share my sightings with the hope that others will enjoy this and
other concentrations of birds of prey this winter!

 

Paul Konrad

Kulm, ND

 
Subject: 4 Snowy Owls
From: "'Paul Konrad' paul AT wildlifeadventures.biz [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:32:24 -0600
   I observed 4 Snowy Owls today along Highway 10, located both east and
west of Eureka (between Highway 3 and Highway 83). I found 3 Snowys (1 male
and 2 first-year birds) between 6 and 9 miles east of Eureka, and 1 female
Snowy Owl about 20 miles west of Eureka (east of Highway 83). Snowy Owls are
among my favorite birds, so you can imagine how much fun it was to find
these impressive birds! Considering the paucity of sightings reported
before, it would seem that Monday's strong north wind must have contributed
to the numbers of Snowy Owls being reported today.

 

Paul Konrad

Kulm, ND

 
Subject: Snowy Owl, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Faulk Co.
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:40:46 -0500 (EST)
I found a Snowy Owl today east of Miranda.Yesterday, a Red-bellied
Woodpecker at Lake Faulkton, in with several Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers
at the spillway woods.

Michael Melius
Subject: Snowy Owl 1,2 & 3
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:40:38 -0600
Sun shinning. Backyard feeders active. Get out and see what I can find. Filled 
feeders at Mina Lake SP. All the usual feeder birds present. Contemplated which 
route to take to Richmond, the less traveled Township roads or the County roads 
I take the majority of the time. Almost, but went with tried and true to see 
how it worked today. Worked GREAT! About 2 miles out I found my first Snowy Owl 
of the season. One of or maybe the whitest one I have ever seen, not a 
noticeable spot of color on him. Also cooperative. I was able to drive right 
along side him and got all the looks I wanted. He was still perched when I 
drove away. That is Edmunds County. Back around just west of Richmond found 
Snowy #2. I'm assuming a female. Not particularly heavy barred and colored but 
bird looked rather large. Snowy #3 was north of Richmond Lake about 5 miles. 
Richmond feeders also had the usual. Spoke with one of the residents there. 
Said he had a Black-billed Magpie at the feeders in his back yard just 2 days 
ago. Will need to try and add one more species to my year list. Got a few days. 
Also today of note, A. Kestrel, a few hyper Red-tails and a couple of content 
Rough-legged Hawks. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Last Call - Fall Season Sightings
From: "'Palmer, Jeff' Jeff.Palmer AT dsu.edu [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:32:00 +0000
This is the last call for Fall Season sightings - I will download the report 
from the SDOU online database on Saturday, 20 December. If you want your 
reports included in the Fall Season Report for South Dakota Bird Notes, please 
make sure they are entered before then. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year :) 


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
Subject: Sturgis sightings
From: "randy podoll rpodoll AT hotmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:28:57 -0700
With the return of colder weather, the birds have returned to the feeders also. 
Today many juncos including Slate, White-winged, one Oregon and one Pink-sided. 
Also 4 Cassin's finches(2 male and 2 female). I had seen a single male Cassin's 
a couple times before today. 2 days ago there was a male Mt. bluebird in the 
yard also checking out the feeders. 
Subject: Aberdeen CBC Late Additions
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:25:44 -0600
Shortly after I posted Aberdeen CBC results yesterday I received results from a 
feeder watch from Sunday. While it isn't changing our species total, it has 
changed a few individual species totals and total birds counted. Here is the 
additional information. 


We had 9 members participate with a new individual count of 1758 birds.
N. Cardinal 1  Count total=2
W-Breasted Nuthatch 1 Count total=14
Blue Jay 1 Count total=14
Eurasian-Collared Dove 1 Count total=101
House Finch 3 Count total-13
House Sparrow 30 Count total=327
Black-Capped Chickadee 1 Count total=29
Rock Pigeon 1 Count total=217

This will be our final 2014 CBC day count.

Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Yankton CBC preliminary report
From: "Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:27:06 -0500 (EST)

2014 Yankton CBC Preliminary report 



The 2014 Yankton Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on Sunday, December 14, 
2014. Twenty-six participants counted a total of 74 species plus 2 for Count 
Week. Very good numbers considering the overcast day with poor light and mist 
or light rain most of the day. 





Highlights of the day included Hermit Thrush, Carolina Wren, Northern Goshawk, 
Fox Sparrow, and Glaucous Gull. 





Species that have been observed most years lately but were not found this year 
include Pine Siskin, Wilson’s Snipe, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. 





Roger Dietrich 

Yankton, SD
Subject: Carolina Wren
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:07:57 +0000
I really enjoyed the Christmas Bird Count in Yankton. We had very nice weather 
for most of it. My group was fortunate to see a pair of Carolina Wrens. They 
were beautiful and they were singing too. We also saw a Glaucous Gull in the 
marina. It was with some Ring-billed Gulls and I didn't realize how huge they 
were. 

I have a few photos on my Flickr site: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 

Roger will tell you more about the Christmas Bird Count later, I'm sure.


Kelly Preheim

Armour, SD

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



"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent, if no birds sang 
except those that sang best." ~ Henry Van Dyke 
Subject: Shadehill CBC postponed until this Thursday (not on Tuesday)
From: "Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:28:25 -0700

Nancy Hilding to others,

I forward this message on Shadehill count to SD Birds

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Svingen, Dan -FS" 
> Subject: Shadehill CBC postponed until this Thursday
> Date: December 15, 2014 at 8:51:36 AM MST
> To: "Nancy Hilding (n.hilding AT icloud.com)" , 
"nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org" , "Geaumont, Benjamin 
(Benjamin.Geaumont AT ndsu.edu)" , "G & J Sailer 
(jngsailer AT yahoo.com)" , "Dinkins, Meghan F -FS" 
, "Drayton, Paul R -FS" , 
"Hodgson, David A -FS" , "Thompson, Zachary J -FS" 
, "Darnell, Jane D -FS"  

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

>  
> I hope to see you there (sounds like we will miss Ben this year due to 
reschedule bummer)! 

>  
>  
> Dan.
>  
> P.S. Nancy  please cross-post this to SD list-serve (I have already done so 
for ND list-serve). 

>  
> P.P. S. Gerry  please let other Hettinger-ers know. 
>  
>  
> 	
> DAN SVINGEN 
> District Ranger/Capitol Coordinator/Tribal Liaison
> Forest Service
> Ft. Pierre Ranger District, Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands
> p: 605-224-5517 
> c: 605-280-1042 
> dsvingen AT fs.fed.us
> 1020 N. Deadwood St. 
> Ft. Pierre, SD 57532
> www.fs.fed.us 
> 
> Caring for the land and serving people
> 
>  
>  
> 
> 
> 
> 
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Nancy Hilding
6300 West Elm, Black Hawk, SD 57718
or
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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: Pine Ridge CBC results
From: "petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Dec 2014 15:21:13 -0800
The 4th annual Pine Ridge Christmas Bird Count was pretty much 
straight-down-the-middle average. The biggest downside was the weather which, 
while not awful, was definitely gloomier than predicted. Thick clouds and a 
stiff wind throughout the day kept most of the birds hunkered down, and gave us 
long bird-free stretches of the day. Everything is a trade-off, though: While I 
wish the glorious weather earlier in the week had stuck around for another day 
or two, I’m glad the snowstorm we got today held off until last night! 

 

 This year’s species total was 27, plus three additional species seen count 
week. Any year we reach or break 30 is a good one, and I will count this year 
toward that end. 743 individuals is also right on our average. There were three 
observers; myself, Nancy Drilling, and Jonalyn Yancey (thanks again to you 
both!). Between the three of us, we covered much pretty much every accessible, 
bird-able area within the count circle. 

 

 Despite more open water than we have ever had for the count due to the recent 
high temps, waterfowl was completely absent the day of the count, although 3 
American Coots were a nice find. It was a decent day for raptors, although no 
Accipiters or owls showed up to be counted. Pinyon Jay, seen by both parties of 
observers in two separate locations, was a first for the count. 

 

 This year also featured essentially zero snow cover, but that didn’t make 
the passerines any easier to find than in our snowier years. Glaring misses of 
the day included Horned Lark, House Wren, Townsend’s Solitaire, and Cedar 
Waxwing. The best bird other than the Pinyon Jay was Common Redpoll, also seen 
by all observers. The official count list is as follows: 

 

 Bald Eagle
 Northern Harrier
 Red-tailed Hawk
 Golden Eagle
 Prairie Falcon
 Ring-necked Pheasant
 Sharp-tailed Grouse
 Wild Turkey
 American Coot
 Rock Pigeon
 Eurasian Collared Dove
 Downy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
 Northern Shrike
 Pinyon Jay
 Black-billed Magpie
 American Crow
 Black-capped Chickadee
 White-breasted Nuthatch
 American Robin
 European Starling
 American Tree Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 House Finch
 Common Redpoll
 American Goldfinch
 House Sparrow
  
 Count week only:
 Canada Goose
 Common Merganser
 
 Rough-legged Hawk
 

Subject: Aberdeen CBC Results
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:15:56 -0600
Aberdeen held its CBC on Sunday the 14th. We had 8 participants with 40 species 
seen and 1719 individuals counted. Most significant find this year was a lone 
Blue-winged Teal. Other highlights are a flock of 85 Common Redpoll, American 
Coot, a lone Snow Goose. After a nice find of E.C. Doves in 2012 we saw 0 in 
2013 but had a nice bounce back again this year. Since Aberdeen has restarted 
the CBC here in 2012 we have had a male, female pair of Wood Ducks at the ponds 
in Wylie Park. They made their appearance again this year. A few species of 
note we either had not recorded yet since 2012 or a few we missed last year 
are, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeney, Mourning Dove, Hairy Woodpecker, 
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Tree Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, with Purple Finch 
numbers being the highest we have recorded. With little too no Cedar berries in 
the area this year after trees being completely blue last year, our American 
Robin total took a tumble down to 17 A full list as follows: 


1. Snow Goose 1
2. Canada Goose 43
3. Wood Duck 2
4. Mallard 20
5. Blue-winged Teal 1
6. Lesser Scaup 1
7. Common Goldeneye 1
8. Ring-necked Pheasant 134
9. Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
10. Cooper's Hawk 1
11. Northern Goshawk 1
12. Red-tailed Hawk 4
13. Rough-legged Hawk 3
14. American Coot 1
15. Rock Pigeon 216
16. Eurasian-collared Dove 100
17. Mourning Dove 4
18. Great-horned Owl 4
19. Downy Woodpecker 12
20. Hairy Woodpecker 3
21. Northern Flicker 1
22. American Kestrel 3
23. Northern Shrike 3
24. Blue Jay 13
25. American Crow 6
26. Black-capped Chickadee 28
27. White-breasted Nuthatch 13
28. Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
29. Townsend's Solitaire 1
30. American Robin 17
31. E. Starling 543
32. Cedar Waxwing 80
33. Tree Sparrow 1
34. Dark-eyed Junco 28
35. Northern Cardinal 1
36. House Finch 10
37. Purple Finch 24
38. Common Redpoll 85
39. American Goldfinch 8
40. House Sparrow 297

At this point the only additional species seen during count week is a 
Red-breasted Nuthatch and a Merlin. Hopefully the wind dies down tomorrow and I 
will get back out and try to add a few species we missed yesterday. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
From: "petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Dec 2014 08:50:53 -0800
For anyone in SW SD who wants to see GCRFs, there is a sizable, resident 
population this winter at Toadstool Geological Park, about 10 miles south of 
the SD border, north of Crawford, NE. 

 

 I visited the park two weeks ago and again last weekend. The first time, I 
couldn't identify the distant flocks of sparrow/finch-type birds that would 
occasionally fly by. It was just a quick day trip with my daughter and I 
(stupidly) didn't take my binoculars. What the heck these birds were frustrated 
me for the interim, and for some reason, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch never crossed 
my mind. 

 

 Then, last weekend, we went for a family trip in the nice weather (with bins 
this time), and I finally got excellent, close views of this lovely and 
strangely unwary bird. It was a lifer for me - the first one of those I've had 
for a long time! 

 

 Interestingly enough, in the couple of hours we spent at Toadstool, GCRF was 
literally the only species of bird I saw or heard the entire time. Many of the 
finches were flocking around a cliffside area, roosting in holes in the rock, 
and in nests that I assume were Cliff Swallow nests? If it had been the 
summertime, I would have thought I was observing a small nesting colony. 

 

 Anyway, cool bird!
 

 Peter Hill
 Pine Ridge, SD / Rural Whiteclay, NE
 Oglala Lakota Co. / Sheridan Co, NE
Subject: Faulk Co. birds
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:46:44 -0500 (EST)
I found a Northern Goshawk at Lake Faulkton yesterday, a juvenile. I
think I heard it the night before. I was walking the frozen lakeshore
listening for owls' when I heard a strange call, two or three high
shrieks. I heard it several times from 3 locations. I've since
listened to goshawk and owl calls online, there are recordings of
goshawks that are much closer to what I heard than any owl. It seems
odd that it would fly at night, but a bright yard light at the golf
course there lit up the area fairly well, with the sky quite glowing
as fog moved in.

Other Faulk Co. birds in recent days include Red-tailed and
Rough-legged Hawks, A. Kestrel, pheasants, GH Owls,two
DownyWoodpeckers,Blue Jays, Cedar Waxwings, Common Redpolls, but
not much else.

Michael Melius
Subject: Fwd: Shadehill CBC postponed until this Thursday
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:58:28 -0700
Posted on behalf of Dan Svingen, the Shadehill CBC compiler.
Nancy




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







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Subject: PIERRE
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Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:31:16 -0600
 

The 3rd cycle Iceland Gull was on Legion Beach today.

 

  At least 70 Ring-billed Gulls and 9 herring Gulls around.

 

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

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Subject: Pine Grosbeaks
From: "Kenny Miller littlebend AT q.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:23:49 -0500 (EST)
There were three pine grosbeaks, one male and two females, at the archery range 
this afternoon. 


It is proving to be a better year for saw-whets this year in the Pierre area. 
Yesterday afternoon I found four owls, two at Fisherman's Point, one at Billy 
Goat, and one at the archery range. 


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Subject: Sturgis CBC 12-20-14
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Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:52:36 -0700
The 27th Sturgis Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held Saturday December 20, 
2014. Participants will meet at McDonalds in Sturgis at 7:30 AM for sign-up and 
territories. Bring your personal radios. Count week for the Sturgis CBC runs 
from December 17-23. Birds seen in the count circle during this period but not 
seen on count day are count week sightings. A compilation potluck will be held 
at the home of Vic/Donna Fondy at 12067 Crook City Rd, Whitewood, SD following 
the count. Soup, chili, tea, and punch will be provided. If possible, please 
bring a side dish, dessert, or snacks. Come over any time after 4 PM. Let me 
know if you need directions to our home. If you have not already indicated you 
will be participating, please notify me by e-mail or phone so that I can let 
you know if weather becomes a problem and we have to use our alternate date. 
Birders of all levels are welcome. 


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Subject: FALL RIVER COUNTY: LONG-TAILED DUCK, ANGOSTURA RESERVOIR
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Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:04:01 -0700
A Long-tailed Duck in winter adult plumage was observed this morning (around
11:15), December 13, at the southeast end of Angostura Reservoir near Hot
Springs.  It was with a flock of Common Goldeneyes.  I observed it with my
spotting scope for about 5 minutes when it suddenly flew with the other
waterfowl towards the boat ramp and trailer park.  I looked for it again in
that area but did not locate it.  For more details about location, etc.
please call (605/388-0949) or e-mail me.

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City
Subject: LE Owls
From: "Terry Sohl tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:03:36 -0600
Went back to north shore of lake Alvin and found at least 2 long-eared Owls. 
Maybe 3, but third might be a repeat. No sawwhets. 


Going to try around Newton Hills and lake Lakota. 

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Subject: ANNOUNCING THE 115th CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
From: "Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:32:16 -0700

Nancy Hilding, President,
Prairie Hills Audubon Society
P.O. Box 788, Black Hawk, SD 57718
605-787-6779, 605-787-6466
nhilshat AT rapidnet.com

This e-mail summarizes Christmas Bird Counts that are centered around 
western SD, but also includes  reference to those in Eastern SD and 
surrounding states near our  borders.
If I have left any out, please let me know.  Scroll down for specific 
Count info.

  115th Christmas Bird Count - Announcements


ANNOUNCING THE 115th CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT SEASON AND LOCAL COUNTS

       The National Audubon Society's (NAS) longest-running wintertime 
tradition, the annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC), will take place 
throughout the Americas from Sunday, December 14, 2014 to Monday, 
January 5, 2015.
       There will be at least 12 Christmas Bird Counts in West River 
SD and Black Hills of Wyoming, 10 of which are official counts that 
contribute data to the National Audubon Society's  (NAS) database.

What Are Christmas Bird Counts (CBC)?
      
         Each Christmas season tens of thousands of volunteers will 
count and record each individual bird and bird species they encounter 
during one calendar day, within a 15-mile diameter circle.  The 
results are compiled into the longest running database in 
ornithology, representing over a century of unbroken data on trends 
of early-winter bird populations across the Americas. The censuses 
provide valuable data about the number of bird species and numbers of 
each species occurring within set geographic areas on an early winter 
day.
  	Last year's count  (114th Count) again shattered records. For 
the fifth count  season in a row there were more counts and more 
observers included than ever before. In terms of the number of counts 
included, at 2408 circles completed, the 114th season bested the 
113th by 39, including 1863 in the United States, 438 in Canada, and 
107 in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Pacific Islands. This number 
was bolstered by 56 new counts (20 in Canada, 30 in the United 
States, and 6 elsewhere). The 114th Count  set a new record level of 
total number of observers, with 71,659 (60,969 in field plus 10,690 
at feeders) just besting last season's short-standing record
	This fall, the National Audubon Society released a 
ground-breaking study looking at the future of bird conservation-and 
of the status of nature in the century to come. Audubon's Birds and 
Climate Change Report; 314 Species on the Brink is the first study 
incorporating Christmas Bird Count data to present predictive, 
quantitative analyses of how bird species are likely to fare over the 
next century in the face of climate change. In a nutshell, of 588 
species of North American birds sampled by the CBC or the Breeding 
Bird Survey, 314 are considered to be "climate threatened" or 
"climate endangered", meaning that they will likely need to move 
elsewhere or adapt to a less suitable climate. Many familiar species 
including a host of "state birds" are included on this list. This 
study is uniquely comprehensive, and is only the initial presentation 
of a series of analyses of similar vein. While of significant concern 
for many species, the results are also a call to action for both 
future bird conservation plans (including planning for Important Bird 
Areas) and strategies to ameliorate climate change catalysts on 
local, national, and international levels. And each and every 
Christmas Bird Count observer on all counts over the past 114 years 
has played an important role in helping define the future course of 
action to address the concerns of global climate change on the 
environment we share with birds and other wildlife.
	Note to Potential First-timers: Christmas Bird Counts are 
open to birders of all skill levels. While there is a specific 
methodology to the CBC and you need to count birds within an existing 
Christmas Bird Count circle, everyone can participate!  If you are a 
beginning birder, on most counts you will be able to join a group 
that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher.  Feeder watchers 
and backyard watchers are needed too.

What to bring?
       Participants should bring lunch, drinking water, warm clothing 
and footwear.  Binoculars, field guides and spotting scopes are 
suggested, for those who have them.  The five-dollar fee has been 
dropped to encourage more participation and the annual published 
report, (American Birds) previously available in paper will be made 
digital. 
http://birds.audubon.org/american-birds-annual-summary-christmas-bird-count

For more information on each count:

        Below we list the actual counts in Western SD and Black Hills 
of Wyoming.  We give you some more details on some counts and the 
compilers name and contact into.  Please contact him/her for more 
information about the count.
        We have also included a list of counts in eastern SD and NE 
Wyoming. We include a few of the counts in North Dakota, Iowa and 
Nebraska, which are near SD.

INTERNET REFERENCES

Nationwide NAS Press Releases:
http://www.audubon.org/newsroom/press-rooms/christmas-bird-count-press-room

Summary of Last year's CBC:
http://birds.audubon.org/summary-114th-christmas-bird-count-2013-2014

24 minute video on CBC

http://birds.audubon.org/videos/audubons-christmas-bird-count-tallying-birds-americas-over-century 


Nationwide CBC Data (all states)
http://birds.audubon.org/get-involved-christmas-bird-count
http://birds.audubon.org/get-involved-christmas-bird-count-find-count-near-you
https://netapp.audubon.org/cbcregistration/

Audubon's Climate Change Report:
http://climate.audubon.org

South Dakota:
http://www.homepages.dsu.edu/palmerj/SDOU/

Nebraska:
http://www.noubirds.org/Activities/CBC.aspx

Wyoming:
http://rockies.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count-2

ACTUAL CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS (CBCs)
115th CBC Season, December 14th, 2014 - January 5th, 2015

WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA AND BLACK HILLS OF WYOMING COUNTS

BISON, SD, -- Date - To Be Determined (TBD)
  Contact, Pat or Meghan Dinkins, 605-244-5632, trapperpat AT sdplains.com

PINE RIDGE RESERVATION, SD, -- Sunday, 14th of December 2014
Meet briefly prior to count at 7 am at Big Bat's gas station (Conoco) 
in downtown Pine Ridge Contact: Peter Hill, (605) 595-3715, 
petermhill AT yahoo.com, Saturday night overnight hosting may be 
available.

WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, SD  - Sunday, 14th of December 2014,
Meet at Park Visitor Center 7:30 am, ending time is app. 4:15 pm for 
Pot Luck Supper and sharing of the day's findings. Barbara Muenchau 
(745-1150), Barbara_Muenchau AT nps.gov, or  Dan Roddy,  (605) 
745-1157,      dan_roddy AT nps.gov, 

SHADEHILL, SD - Tuesday, the 16th of December 2014
Meet at store in Shadehill along SD 73 (i.e. the Summerville Store) 
at 7:30 am. Dan Svingen, 605-280-1042, (605) 224-5517, 
dsvingen AT fs.fed.us

HOT SPRINGS, SD - Saturday, 20th of December 2014
Meet at the Bueno Dia Mexican restaurant at 7:30 am, Count off at Hot 
Springs Pizza Hut at 5:00 pm
Duane Weber - (605) 673-2032, duane_weber AT nps.gov

PIERRE, SD  - Saturday, 20th of December 2014
CBC organizational meeting is Thurs. the 18th  at 7:30 PM in the 
Media Center at First United Methodist Church, please bring treat to 
share., Sat eve meet at Perkins restaurant, Fort Pierre between 5:30 
and 6:30 PM to turn in results, Ruben D. Mares_(605) 224-5517 
rmares AT fs.fed.us_

STURGIS, SD - - Saturday, 20th of December 2014
Severe weather alternate is - Dec 30th,  Birders meet at McDonalds in 
Sturgis, at 7:30 AM. A compilation potluck is at the home of 
Vic/Donna Fondy, 12067 Crook City Rd, Whitewood, SD after count. Vic 
Fondy - (605) 269-2553, vicdonna AT live.com

RAPID CITY, SD  - Sunday, 21st of December, 2014
Bad weather alternate is 28th of December, Count off meet is at 
QDoba's Mexican in Baken Park at 5 pm, Gene Hess:  gene AT neopaleo.net, 
leave a message at 605-791-0630.

PIEDMONT, SD - Monday, 22nd of December 2014,
(Bad weather alternate is Tuesday 30th of December), Gene Hess 
gene AT neopaleo.net, leave a message at 605-791-0630.

SUNDANCE, WY - Sunday, 28th of December 2014
We will meet at the Rapid Stop Conoco Service Station, 7:30 AM at the 
West end of Sundance. Contact Jennifer Adams at  (307) 290-0457, or 
at 307-283-2467, e-mail at ravenssong AT rangeweb.net, 
jgwindsong AT rangeweb.net

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, SD - Monday, 29th of December 2014
Meet at Park Headquarters at 7:30 am, for route assignments, Nancy 
Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org, 605-791-0459

SPEARFISH, SD - Sunday, 4th of January 2015.
Meet at McDonalds at 7:30 AM for field assignments, Daniel Bjerke, 
605-381-0493, dbjerke AT cretexwest.com


EAST RIVER, SOUTH DAKOTA CBC DATES

Christmas bird counts are also planned in East River SD. These 
locations will have counts:


Aberdeen (Dec. 14th, 2014), Contact: Gary Olson, olsonfam AT nvc.net, 
(605) 225-5241 or (605) 715-5242

Yankton, (Dec. 14th, 2014), Contact: Roger Dietrich, (605) 665-7240, 
(605) 660-6247, rogerd AT iw.net

Huron, (Dec. 17th, 2014), Contact: Brent Jamison, (605) 352-5894 Ext. 
114. Brent_Jamison AT fws.gov

Waubay N.W.R., (Dec. 17th, 2014 ) - Contact: Laura Hubers (605) 
947-4521 Ext. 116,  Laura_Hubers AT fws.gov

Madison,  (Dec. 18th, 2014), Contact: Jeffrey S. Palmer (605) 
256-5190, jeff.palmer AT dsu.edu

Sand Lake N.W.R., (Dec. 18th, 2014), Contact: Bill Schultze (605) 
885-6320 Ext. 23, William_Schultze AT fws.gov
,
Lake Andes, (Dec. 19th, 2014) - Contact: Mick Hanan, (605) 487-7603 
Ext. 107, mick_hanan AT fws.gov

Sioux Falls, (Dec. 20th, 2014), Contact: Todd Jensen, gyrfalcon AT midco.net,

Brookings, (Dec. 27th), Contact: Nelda Holden, (605) 692-8278, 
neldaholden AT hotmail.com,

Canton, (Dec. 27th, 2014), Contact: Todd Jensen,  gyrfalcon AT midco.net,

Mitchell, (Dec. 27th, 2014) - Contact: Jeff Hansen, hanjd AT cox.net, 
(785) 806-6917



SOME CBC DATES NEAR SD BUT IN OTHER NEARBY STATES:

Christmas bird counts that are near enough that SD folks may be interested in:

  NORTH EAST WYOMING CBC DATES

Christmas bird counts are also planned NE Wyoming.  These locations 
will have counts:

Buffalo, WY, (Dec. 14th, 2014), Contact:  Deane Bjerke, 
dbjerke AT bresnan.net, 307-684-2798, 702-468-0029

Gillette, WY, (Dec. 14th, 2014), Contact: Dustin Downey, 
504-453-4124, ddowney AT audubon.org,

Kane, WY, (Dec. 20th, 2014), Contact: Neil or Jennifer Miller, 
307-568-9346. njmiller AT tctwest.net

Sheridan, WY, (Dec. 14th, 2014), Contact: Julie Rieder, 702-468-0029, 
julie.rieder AT gmail.com
Casper, WY, (Dec. 20th, 2014), Contact: Chris Michelson, 
307-234-8726, michelsonce AT aol.com,
Story-Bighorn, WY, (Dec. 23rd, 2014) Contact: Jean Daly at 
307-674-9728, djdaly AT fiberpipe.net

Guernsey/Ft. Laramie, WY, (Dec. 27th, 2014) Contact: Jane Dorn, 
307-640-4002. linglebird AT yahoo.com

Sundance, WY, (Dec. 28th 2014), Contact: Jen or Jean at 307-283-2467, 
ravenssong AT rangeweb.net


NEBRASKA

Scottsbluff, NE,  (Dec. 20th, 2014), Alice Kenitz, 308-436-2959, 
akenitz AT prairieweb.com

Ponca State Park,  (Dec. 14th, 2014), NE, Bill Huser (402) 494-1657, 
billfhuser AT gmail.com, BHuser AT suebeehoney.com,

Crawford, NE, (Dec. 27th, 2014) Bruce or Donna Walgren, 307-234-7455, 
Piranga AT bresnan.net

Harrison, NE (Dec. 28), Bruce or Donna Walgren, 307-234-7455, 
Piranga AT bresnan.net


IOWA

Sioux City, IA, (Dec. 20th, 2014) Jerry Probst, (712) 258-1296, 
probsthoney AT aol.com, probstsuebee AT aol.com,

NORTH DAKOTA

Theodore Roosevelt N.P. (South Unit) Medora, ND, (Dec 27th), Visitor 
Center/Administration, 701-623-4466

Theodore Roosevelt N.P., ND,  (North Unit),  (TBD Date -To Be 
Determined), Visitor Center/Administration, 701-623-4466




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HILDING CONTACT INFO
SNAIL MAIL - Nancy Hilding, 6300 West Elm, Black Hawk, SD 57718 and/or
Nancy Hilding, President, Prairie Hills Audubon Society, P.O. Box 
788, Black Hawk, SD 57718
PHONES -  Please leave time sensitive voice messages on land lines.
605-787-6779 phone (land line) , 605-787-6466  phone  (land line) w/ 
call waiting, fax, please call before faxing, 605-430-9230, Cell  - 
my cell phone is lost & seldom charged, 605-787-1248 skype phone, 
Skype name nancy.hilding,
E-MAIL ADDRESSES - nhilshat AT rapidnet.com (preferred e-mail address), 
nhilding AT rapidnet.com, phas.wsd AT rapidnet.com
Subject: Trumpeter Swan
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:55:13 -0600
Observed a Trumpeter Swan below the Ft Randall Dam Tailrace this morning. There 
also was a large concentration of well over 100 Bald Eagles in the area. 


Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: OUTDOOR CAMPUS WEST/WILDERNESS PARK, RAPID CITY
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:25:16 -0700
25 species and 271 individuals were observed this morning, December 11, with
spring-like temperatures and perfect birding conditions at the Outdoor
Campus West-Wilderness Park, Rapid City (an area of 64 acres).  The water in
two ponds was open, resulting in 8 water bird species including Wood Duck,
Northern Shoveler and Redhead.  A Red-tailed Hawk was heard and a number of
American Robins and Cedar Waxwings were actively feeding on berries.  A lone
Wild Turkey was present as well as a vocal Belted Kingfisher and a
Townsend's Solitaire.

Ingrid Arlton, Jocelyn Baker, Gene Hess and Larry Putnam, surveyors.
Subject: Pine Ridge CBC clarification
From: "petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Dec 2014 10:13:08 -0800
Good morning,
 

 A couple of people pointed out to me that I didn't put a specific time for the 
morning meeting at Big Bat's. It will be at 7am on Sunday morning. I will have 
maps of the count circle to give out, and will have marked all of the turnoffs 
from the 2 main highways within the circle that are birdable (i.e. public 
access & decently maintained). 

 

 Again, for more info, people can contact me via email (petermhill AT yahoo.com) 
or phone: 605-441-9346 or 605-595-3715. I will have those 2 cells with me on 
Sunday (on vibrate, of course!), and so any participants who miss the 7am 
meeting for whatever reason will still be able to contact me. 

 

 Sunday's forecast is still looking good - a marked improvement on last year's 
count day!! Count Week starts today, and our dams and creeks continue to thaw 
in this unusually mild weather. 

 

 Peter Hill
 Pine Ridge CBC Compiler
 Oglala Lakota County
Subject: rosy finches
From: "George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:47:51 -0500 (EST)
today, while hiking bear butte in meade county, i encountered a flock of 45-60 
gray-crowned rosy finches. 



george prisbe 
hanna, south dakota 





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"All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now, I realize that I should have 
been more specific." Jane Wagner 


"Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry." 
Georges Braque 


"Reality is poetry, if read in a clear voice." Kenny Putnam 

"I can handle reality in small doses, but as a lifestyle, I find it too 
confining." Jane Wagner 


"Strange as it may seem, my life is based on a true story." Ashleigh Brilliant 
Subject: Short-eared Owl, Gray Partridge jugs
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:14:49 -0500 (EST)
A Short-eared Owl flew over my place in NE Custer Co. this evening.
It's the first I've seen since Nov. 4. This was at 4:55 pm MST. I
invite readers to go out at that time someday soon to see the light
conditions in effect then. There's not much light. It was perfectly
clear here, and the bird was first seen flying against the last light
of day on the southwest horizon.

Also, I recently found some Gray Partridge jugs on my land. Jugs are
what Bent's Life Histories call their roosting sites. There are four
small round to oval areas of compressed vegetation, lined with a whole
lot of droppings. The site is about 300 yards north of my house, with
plenty of tall grass and clover around, yet they picked a spot that
was nearly devoid of grass but thick with creeping jenny, a
ground-covering weed. It's quite open to the sky, that is. I heard
them in the vicinity of the jugs last night while doing my daily
Short-eared Owl vigil. I checked at dawn today but found no fresh
scat. The local flock of partridge is down to 11 birds. There were 12
as recently as Nov. 24.

Michael Melius
Folsom
Subject: Sand Lake Christmas Bird Count Date
From: "'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:38:56 -0600
The Sand Lake Christmas Bird Count has been set for Thursday, December 18.
Please contact me if you plan to attend.

-- 
Bill Schultze
Wildlife Biologist
Sand Lake NWR/WMD
39650 Sand Lake Dr.
Columbia, SD  57433
605-885-6320X23
Subject: Snowy Owl East of Yankton
From: "Roger D rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 18:00:31 -0600
I just got a report pf a Snowy Owl between Volin & Gayville. A friend saw it 
there this afternoon near a large rock pile. 


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Subject: Pine Ridge Xmas Count
From: "petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Dec 2014 21:07:48 -0800
The fourth annual Pine Ridge Christmas Bird Count will take place this coming 
Sunday, Dec. 14. I am excited to see what this year brings, since the week 
leading up to the count will feature unseasonably warm temperatures. We have 
never done the count before without significant snow cover or with any decent 
amount of open water. Should be interesting! Sunday appears to be the first day 
back at a more normal temp. range for the season, but after last year's 
brutally cold count day (-10 with -30 wind chill at one point), we'll take it! 

 

 As of now, I'm planning to run the count like usual: meeting at Big Bat's in 
downtown Pine Ridge to kick off the count and divvy up areas, checking back in 
at lunch time to compare notes before the afternoon shift, and this year I 
would like to have a dinner to end the day, for people who want to stick 
around. 

 

 Everyone is welcome to come help count! Because we're somewhat off the beaten 
path, and not as well-established as many of the other local counts, I very 
much appreciate everyone who is willing and able to take the time to come and 
help count. And it is a nice count circle encompassing a lot of beautiful 
country! 

 

 So for those people interested, and/or wanting more info, you can call me at 
(605) 595-3715, (605) 441-9346, or email me at petermhill AT yahoo.com. Looking 
forward to a glorious week ahead as we count down to another CBC season. 

 

 Peter Hill
 Pine Ridge CBC Compiler
 Oglala Lakota County, SD
Subject: Snowy Owl & Yellow-Headed Blackbird...
From: "Brian Kringen bkringen AT abe.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 21:53:07 -0600
...Those are two birds a person doesn't usually expect to report on in the same 
post! But I saw both today (Dec. ) 7! Had to make a trip from Aberdeen to 
Pierre today and saw a lone Yellow-Headed Blackbird just outside Onida. Then, 
on the way back, I observed a Snowy Owl at MP 228, a few miles west of Bowdle. 
Kind of a fun combination to see this time of year! 


Brian Kringen
Aberdeen

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Subject: Yankton area birding, Glaucous Gull
From: "jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Dec 2014 17:30:48 -0800
Birded down to the Yankton area today including Lake Yankton, Gavin's Pt Dam, 
and the rec area/campground. Bald Eagles, Common Goldeneyes, and Common 
Mergansers were the trend, with great views of the continuing Glaucous Gull 
from the first pull-off on the SD side atop the dam. Its proximity to a 
juvenile Bald Eagle on the ice gave a great impression of its size. 


 Other highlights included Snow Geese and a lone Greater White-fronted Goose 
near the marina, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and 
Golden Crowned Kinglet in the rec area. 

 

 A Northern Shrike and two Northern Harriers were observed along the highway 
just north of Freeman. 


 A few Glaucous Gull photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/ 


 

 Joe C
 Sioux Falls

Subject: Owls - Lake Alvin
From: "'Terry Sohl' tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:46:43 -0600
Actual PHOTOS of owls? Pfft.  Sightings of the owl(s) themselves?  Pfft. But
a heck of a lot of evidence.  Since I struck out searching Fisherman Point
and Billy Goat Jump by Pierre yesterday, with Kenny and Ricky then finding a
Saw-whet in each location, today I thought I'd give it a shot close to home.
I know a number of years ago I'd searched around Lake Alvin in Lincoln
County, and never found much.  But there's a lot a cedar habitat pretty
similar to where they find them by Pierre, so thought I'd try today.

 

Discouraging at first, because first I searched east of the highway, below
the dam.  Didn't find much.  I was about to leave, but thought I'd try the
cedars on the north shore of Lake Alvin.  Right away I started to find quite
a few roost trees, with whitewash, and some with pellets underneath.  There
were a number of such trees, but alas, like yesterday, I didn't find an owl
itself.  

 

If nothing else I now have somewhere close to home to keep checking.  Check
out this page for the evidence:

 

http://sdakotabirds.com/owl_evidence/owl_evidence.htm

 

Kenny/Ricky/Doug.is the size of the pellets here about right?  Have a
picture of a little skull too within one, to show what they're eating.  The
whitewash picture on the top is pretty typical of several trees I found.
Hopefully I can get out again next weekend and check this spot (map on the
page above too).

 

Terry Sohl}
Brandon
Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owl Charles Mix county
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 23:18:13 +0000
I heard Ron's Northern Saw-whet Owl this morning at about 7:10 AM. Towards the 
end of its call a couple of Eastern Screech-Owls and a Great Horned Owl chime 
in from across the road calling loudly. The Norhtern Saw-whet Owl was in the 
Spillway Rec. Area in the wooded area near the spillway. I played a call and 
when it did not answer I went to the boat ramp area and played the call. Then I 
heard it calling from the first place and went back and listened to for awhile 
it trying to locate it. At about 8:30 AM Roger and Ron pulled up. We 
bush-whacked through cedars for about two hours and did not find the saw-whet. 
When Mary got there at 10:30, the four of us looked again for another hour. No 
luck in finding it though, but it was still neat to hear it. Let's just say 
that I am not a fan of the cedar tree after today. :) 


We did not relocate the Snowy Owl either. I did see two Long-tailed Ducks, 
Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, Bald Eagles, Double-crested Cormorants, 
Mallards, Canada Geese, Snow Geese, American Crows, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 
Downy Woodpeckers, several Black-capped Chickadees, American Goldfinches, 
Dark-eyed Juncos, Ring-billed Gulls, and Bonaparte's Gulls. 


I also was so happy to see one of my students and his family at the dam looking 
for birds! Kudos to his parents! 



Kelly Preheim

Armour, SD

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


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except those that sang best." ~ Henry Van Dyke 
Subject: Saw-whet
From: "Terry Sohl tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 10:48:19 -0600
If you go looking for saw-whets at Fisherman point right now you'll find one. 
That's because I just spent an hour and a half trekking through the cedars, 
finding 3 trees with a lot of whitewash but no owl. It keeps my streak alive of 
never finding one, except about 10 years ago when Kenny and Doug basically held 
my hand and walked me to one. 


If it were easy I guess it wouldn't be as fun...

Terry Sohl 

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Subject: trapping house sparrows
From: "'Jeff Hansen' hanjd AT cox.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:29:54 -0600
FYI. I spent 6 days at my mom's near Mitchell and trapped 103 house sparrows
using two elevator traps, two Biddle traps and a WCS multi catch.

 

I put together the following on sparrow control
http://www.kansasnativeplants.com/yard_birds_housesparrow.php

 

Jeff

 
Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owl
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 20:22:55 -0600
I was below Pickstown, in the Spillway Lakeside Use Area, this evening and 
heard two Saw-whet Owls. 


Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: Snowy Owl
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:55:33 -0600
Observed an adult Snowy Owl at the North Point Recreation Area today.  

Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: Whitewood Report
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 12:29:09 -0700
The regular feeder birds remain strong (50+ birds at times) at our home 1.5 
miles South of Whitewood and we have had a few new arrivals since our last 
report. On 11/19 we had Tree Sparrows, 11-22 a Great Horned Owl was calling in 
the early morning, on 11-24 we had a pair of Purple Finches show up and they 
are still here, on 11-25 we had seven Evening Grosbeaks (first since Dec 2013) 
that stayed for three days but havent been seen since, on 11-29 we had a 
single Common Redpoll, and today on our walk to town we found a dead Northern 
Bobwhite on Crook City Road at the edge of Whitewood. We also have intermittent 
sightings of a pair of Golden Eagles over Crook Mountain to the South. 


Vic/Donna Fondy
605-269-2553
Subject: Sparrow update
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 20:19:16 -0500 (EST)
There was a first-ever winter Harris' Sparrow at my place in NE Custer
Co. today. Also THREE White-crowned Sparrows.

It is extraordinary for these two species to be here this time of
year. We've had nice weather lately, after a week-long sub-freezing
cold snap in mid November. There is plenty of cover around, grass and
forbs were productive of seeds this year while my garden area was
fairly weedy. Another factor, it must be added, is that I've actually
been putting bird seed out lately, which I don't often do in winter as
I don't usually have many feeder birds around. But this year several
A. Tree Sparrows were foraging outside my kitchen window during the
cold snap, when the ground was all but covered with snow except for
windblown areas like near the house. I put out some seeds for them and
have continued to do so, so who knows what will show up tomorrow?

A N. Shrike was hunting about the place a couple times today, also.

Michael Melius
Folsom
Subject: New Accounts
From: "'Palmer, Jeff' Jeff.Palmer AT dsu.edu [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:50:39 +0000
Just a reminder that if you request an account on the SDOU online database that 
you are asked to then e-mail me to activate your account - thanks :) 


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
Subject: Birding Family Circus
From: "jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Dec 2014 21:12:32 -0800
I don't recall if this has been shared before or not, but if you have not seen 
it, it's certainly worth a few laughs: Birding Family Circus 
http://birdingfamilycircus.tumblr.com 

 
 
 http://birdingfamilycircus.tumblr.com 
 
 Birding Family Circus http://birdingfamilycircus.tumblr.com It's Family 
Circus, but about birding. 

 
 
 
 View on birdingfamilycircus.tu... http://birdingfamilycircus.tumblr.com 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 Happy Holidays, and I hope you're all drinking shade grown coffee ;).
 

 

 Joe 
Subject: Pierre Review
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 17:10:19 -0600
The Northern Saw-whet Owl at the Fisherman's Point shelterbelt was present
again this morning, but on a different roost. I looked around at Billy Goat
Jump and found a few good looking roosts but no owls. There was a late
Killdeer on the sandbar off Fisherman's Point. As far as I know, no one has
seen the Iceland Gull today. 
 
Doug Backlund
PIerre, SD
www.wildphotosphotography.com
 
Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK, RAPID CITY
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 15:45:40 -0700
With accessibility at Canyon Lake Park becoming more and more difficult each
week due to spillway re-building and now lake bed dredging, 4 surveyors
observed 18 species and 2016 individuals at the park this morning, December
3.  Over 1800 Canada Geese were present in the lake bed which is mostly dry
but does have one large area at the south end where water is currently
present.  7 other water bird species with greatly reduced individual numbers
were observed.  Birds of note included Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher and FOS
Brown Creeper.  Weekly surveys will continue while construction continues
(possibly until Fall, 2015) but reports to the List Serve will not be made
unless species of note are observed.  Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City
Subject: Fall Season Reports
From: "'Palmer, Jeff' Jeff.Palmer AT dsu.edu [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 20:07:03 +0000
Dear Birders:

Fall Season Bird Observation Reports are now due. Your
observations may be entered using the Online Seasonal Bird Observation
Report System found at

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

If you have misplaced your ID or PW simply drop me an email and I can
refresh your memory. If you are a "new" Observer you can request an
account by clicking on the Observer Login and following the directions
provided.

As always, you may enter as many (or few) sightings as you desire. I
would really appreciate having the following (at a minimum)

* 1st and Last sighting between August 1 and September 30
* 1st and Last sighting between October 1 and November 30

Thanks!

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
Subject: Badlands Christmas Bird Count rescheduled for Monday Dec. 29th.
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 21:09:04 -0700
Let me know if you would like to participate.

Nancy Drilling

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*www.rmbo.org *
Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owl
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 15:43:04 -0600
I've been looking in the shelterbelt at Fisherman Point for the saw-whet
Kenny found a few days ago. Some light snow the day after he found it has
made it difficult to find roosts. Today conditions were good and I found
three well marked roosts and one owl, I assume the same one Kenny found. It
was located a short distance northeast of the deer hunting blind. It was in
a tight spot, no room for manuevering the big lens in there, so I set up the
100mm macro and took some shots. I put a couple of them at the link:

http://wildphotosphotography.com/NB/NSWO.htm
 
Doug Backlund
PIerre, SD
www.wildphotosphotography.com
 
Subject: Iceland Gull-Discovery Island, Pierre
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 13:03:54 -0600
Ricky found this gull on his way to work, he didn't have time to post. I put
some photos at the link:
 
http://wildphotosphotography.com/NB/ICGU2014.htm
 
Doug Backlund
PIerre, SD
www.wildphotosphotography.com
 
Subject: Chapman's surgery went well!
From: "'brdfsd AT sio.midco.net' brdfsd@sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 21:02:36 -0600
Doug had a couple of repairs to his right shoulder today and is now home from 
surgery and in recovery mode. It went well, thank goodness! His sister Beth 
will be with him for a week. He still hopes to complete Bird Notes mailing prep 
work later this week (per his Nov 26 note to the listserve.) 

Anyone who has gone home after same day surgery knows pretty well how Doug is 
feeling right now----a little rough. So feel free to send him a joke or great 
bird picture! 

Rosemary Draeger
Sioux Falls

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Subject: Yellow-billed Loon images
From: "Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:06:50 -0500 (EST)
If anyone is interested I posted more images of the Yellow-billed Loon on my 
Flickr site at the link below, also images fo an Eared Grebe that was also on 
Lake Henry at the same time as the Loon. The Grebe still had some of the 
breeding plumage which seems pretty late for this time of year. 


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


Roger Dietrich 
Yankton, SD 
Subject: Winter White-throat--Rare Bird Report?
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 12:36:21 -0500 (EST)
The White-crowned Sparrow is back in my yard this morning. Since this
is nowa winter record, I'm wondering if I'll need to submit a Rare
Bird Report? I do have a couple decent photos. I've now had this
migrant sparrow in my yard in every season, photos with snow on the
ground and with ripe honeysuckle berries.

There's also been a small flock of Common Redpolls in the area today.

Michael Melius
NE Custer Co.
Subject: Redpolls
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:22:36 -0600
Had two Common Redpolls in with a flock of siskins and goldfinches.
Location: small shelterbelt between the Mni Wiconi Water Treatment Plant and
the FIsheries Center, north of Fort Pierre. There are several flocks of
birds working the sunflower field here and by the Scotty Phillips Cemetery,
probably more redpolls out there, if one can get close enough to these
flocks. A Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Northern Shrike were all seen
working the area too. 
 
Doug Backlund
PIerre, SD
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Subject: Yellow-billed Loon - Bon Homme county
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 02:59:06 +0000
The Yellow-billed Loon in Bon Homme county was a wonderful life bird! It was 
very cooperative today and it stayed in one of the few areas of open water. It 
even napped for a moment. We were only there for a short time, so I didn't get 
very good photos as I wasn't close enough, but Roger's are outstanding! I did 
take a distant video. You can see these on my Flickr site below. On my birding 
blog I have a link to a really excellent You Tube/Cornell Lab of Ornithology 
video about YBLOs. 


Yesterday in Charles Mix county I birded with Ron and Nancy in the morning. We 
saw three Long-tailed Ducks {one male and two female} at the Ft. Randall Dam 
hanging out with the Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead and Common Mergansers. There 
were a lot of Bonaparte's Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls and a few young Herring 
Gulls. There was still a very large flock of Snow Geese above the dam. We also 
saw a Merlin, an American White Pelican and a Red-bellied Woodpecker along with 
some other good birds. I finally did see two Rough-legged Hawks this weekend. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/
http://birdteach.blogspot.com/


Kelly Preheim

Armour, SD

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


"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent, if no birds sang 
except those that sang best." ~ Henry Van Dyke 
Subject: Saw-whet Owls
From: "Kenny Miller littlebend AT q.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 21:32:07 -0500 (EST)
Perhaps it will be a better year for saw-whets in the Pierre area. Today I 
found two saw-whets; one at Fisherman's Point and one at Billy Goat. Hopefully 
one or both of these guys will turn out to be reliable. 


Also had four late great blue herons still hanging around near Foggy Bottom.

Kenny Miller
Pierre


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Subject: Late Sparrows, Custer Co.
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:38:20 -0500 (EST)
There were three Harris' Sparrows in my yard yesterday, and one
White-crowned Sparrow today. Both times with A. Tree Sparrows.
Harris's are uncommon here in migration, and I'm pretty sure this is
my first November record for Custer Co. White-crowned's are common in
migration but this is certainly my latest record--they haven't been
around much since mid October.

Michael Melius
Folsom
Subject: Ft Pierre
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:54:54 -0600
Oahe dam to town

 

Gulls - 100-200 Ring-billed, 40 Herring, 2 - Thayer's,  40 Bonaparte's and 1
adult Lesser Black-backed.

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: YB Loon
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:51:53 -0600
 

Kelly Preheim wanted me to post that the loon is still there. 

 

Take 293 St south side of Scotland, loon is near the boat ramp.

 

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Re: Yellow-billed Loon images
From: "Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 05:46:21 -0600
Unquestionable YBLO .


Tim


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Birdman Productions LLC
P.O. Box 1124
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Subject: Yellow-billed Loon images
From: "Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:01:27 -0500 (EST)
Nancy Drilling found this Loon this afternoon at Lake Henry, just southeast of 
Scotland, SD 


Images at https://www.flickr.com/photos/yanktonbirds/with/15875603166 

Roger Dietrich 
Subject: Possible Yellow-billed Loon, Bon Homme Co.
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:09:17 -0700
Mystery loon this afternoon at Lake Henry just southeast of Scotland, which
appears to be a juvenile Yellow-billed Loon. Roger Dietrich kindly dropped
the Christmas lights to come out to photograph it. It was shy and
uncooperative, but some of his photos may help with identification. It can
be seen from either the north or south side.

Nancy Drilling
Subject: Rusty
From: "'Jeff' hanjd AT cox.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:20:37 GMT




Subject: Neotropic Cormorant
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:43:15 -0600
Observed a Neotropic Cormorant in the Ft Randall Tailrace this morning. Also, 
the lone male and female Long-tailed Ducks are still present. 


Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: Dec 14 Bird Notes to Printer
From: "douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:01:32 -0600
Hi,

I sent the December issue of SD Bird Notes to the printer yesterday. I am hopes 
of their mail dept. sending m,e the approvals and postage info, so I can send 
the check for mailing to Aberdeen. 


With the holiday, it may not come till next week, which means, with my surgery 
on MOnday, that I may not be able to complete same until mid-week. 


Hopefully, it won't cause too much disruption.

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: Yankton lake area
From: "Roger D rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:39:29 -0600
This morning: Black Scoter on Lake Yankton, Long-tailed Duck on Lewis & Clark 
Lake, & an injured Turkey Vilture in the west end of Lewis & Clark campground. 


Roger D

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Subject: NHBC Meeting on Dec. 4th, 2014
From: "'Brunko' ebab AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:14:40 -0700
There will be a meeting of the Northern Hills Bird Club on Dec. 4th at 7:00pm 
at the Sturgis Library. A program entitled, "Backyard Birds of Quinta 
Mazatlan," will be presented by Vic Fondy. Non-members are welcome and 
refreshments will be served. 


In the case of inclement weather the meeting will be cancelled, and that 
announcement will be posted on this website by 4:00 p.m. the day of the 
meeting. For further information call the number below. 


Ardys Brunko, V.P. NHBC
Ph#605-791-2832
Subject: Aberdeen CBC
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:40:57 -0600
Aberdeen will conduct its CBC on December 14th. We'll meet at the north side 
McDonalds by 7:45 organize and try to be out by 8:00. If you plan to 
participate please let me know. Thank You! 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Fw: [SF-BC] Christmas bird counts
From: "mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 04:25:52 +0000 (UTC)

 On Monday, November 24, 2014 10:09 PM, "Todd Jensen gyrfalcon AT midco.net 
[SF-BC]"  wrote: 

   

   The Sioux Falls CBC will be Saturday December 20, 2014 meeting at the 
Outdoor campus at 7:30am. The Canton CBC is Saturday December 27, 2014 meeting 
at the service station where one turns south on US Hwy 18 to go to Newton Hills 
SP at 7:30am. Let me know if, you are planning on participating on either CBC, 
Thanks,. Todd 

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Subject: Common Raven and Gray-crowned Rosy Finches
From: "cemiller AT sdplains.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:52:16 -0700
Saw a raven yesterday along the South Cave Hills Rd. the
second one this fall. The first was just over a month ago
along highway 85 just into Butte County.
Also today there was a flock of around 60 gray-crowned
rosy finches feeding along the J.B. road on the west
edge of the Slim Buttes.

Charlie Miller
Buffalo, S.D.


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Subject: DC cormorant at Canyon Lake Park, Rapid City
From: "'Maggie Engler' birdwoman AT q.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:53:44 -0700
This morning I observed the dc cormorant first reported by Jocie Baker
yesterday. The bird was on the interior pond that is below the spillway.
Walk to the dam area, and where you see the construction activity take the
(very icy) stairway down the hill to the center of the park. The bird was
with widgeons, Canada geese, and a pair of redheads on the pond. 

 

There has been some concern expressed that the bird is injured. While I saw
no sign of distress, I only watched for about 10 minutes. The bird swam
normally, but I did not see it feeding. If you notice atypical behavior,
please feel free to contact me.

 

While at the lake, I also observed buffleheads, a western grebe (perhaps the
same one released there by the Black Hills Raptor Center), mallards, and a
bald eagle.

 

Maggie Engler

Black Hills Raptor Center

Rapid City

 

 
Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE - DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:34:54 -0700
Among birds observed at Canyon Lake Park this afternoon, a Double-crested
Cormorant was standing on a retaining wall next to a pond in the southeast
corner. It was preening and flapping its wings.  The Western Grebe released
by John Halverson after being found in a field by Sioux San Hospital is
still at the lake.  

Jocelyn Baker, Rapid City
Subject: NHBC 11-22-14 Field Trip Report
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:15:06 -0700
Six members of the Northern Hills Bird Club (NHBC) participated in the field 
trip of 11-22-14 out of Sturgis. The group birded from Sturgis to Vale to 
Newell by back roads and then North to Newell Lake and back roads to the Belle 
Fourche Reservoir. Twenty-nine species were observed on a partly cloudy day 
with temperatures reaching 52 F and light winds. Highlights included Northern 
Harrier, Rough-legged, Ferruginous, and Red-tailed Hawks, Bald and Golden 
Eagle, several sightings of Sharp-tailed Grouse feeding in trees, Gray 
Partridge at BF Reservoir, Snow Buntings South of Newell, and Horned Lark and 
Lapland Longspurs at Newell Lake. 


The complete list of sightings is: Canada Goose, one flock of unidentified 
flying ducks, Northern Harrier-1, Rough-legged Hawk-7, Ferruginous Hawk-1, 
Red-tailed Hawk-4 including a close view of a Harlans sub-specie, 3 
unidentified buteos, Bald Eagle-1, Golden Eagle-1, Wild Turkey, Sharp-tailed 
Grouse, Ring-necked Pheasant, Gray Partridge, Eurasian Collared Dove, Rock 
Pigeon, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Horned Lark, Blue Jay, American 
Crow, American Robin, European Starling (the most numerous bird), House 
Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird (one flock), Western Meadowlark-3, Snow Bunting, 
House Finch, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (at Vale in with a 
flock of House Sparrows), and Lapland Longspur. 


This was the final field trip of 2014 as December is devoted to Christmas Bird 
Counts. The next event for the NHBC will be the regular meeting on Dec. 4, 2014 
at the Sturgis library. 


Vic Fondy-NHBC
605-269-2553
Subject: Long-tailed Duck
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:52:26 +0000
I birded through the Lake Andes NWR in Charles Mix county this morning and it 
was fairly quiet there. I saw a Ross's Goose, lots of Snow Geese, some Canada 
Geese, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Tree Sparrows, a Golden-crowned Kinglet and 
some of the other usuals. There was no shortage of American Robins. 


There were 85+ Bald Eagles below the Ft. Randall Dam. I saw an American 
Kestrel, a single Long-tailed Duck and a distant swan that was too far to 
identify. There were also Ring-billed Gulls and Bonaparte's Gulls. I saw Common 
Mergansers, Common Goldeneye, Pied-billed Grebes, Double-crested Cormorants, 
Mallards and there were huge flocks of Canada Geese and Snow Geese sitting out 
on the water. 


On the way home I saw a male and a female Northern Harrier about two miles 
apart and one was on a fence post. They are interesting looking birds. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 


At home I have many House Sparrows, a White-breasted Nuthatch, Hairy and Downy 
Woodpeckers, an American Tree Sparrow, Eurasian Collared-Doves and Dark-eyed 
Juncos. Earlier in the week at the lake, a few blocks from home, there was a 
Merlin hanging around. 



Kelly

Armour, SD

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Subject: Re: Varied Thrush near Sioux Falls
From: "jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Nov 2014 12:55:31 -0800
Record photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/ 


 

 Joe C
 Sioux Falls
  

Subject: Varied Thrush near Sioux Falls
From: "'Chris Anderson' canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:34:31 -0600
A few days ago, a coworker of Mary Braley's reported a Varied Thrush at his
home outside of Sioux Falls, on 271st St just east of Louise Ave.  Earlier
today, that report was confirmed and photos obtained of the male bird who
was still around.  The property owner was very friendly and amenable to
having any interested birders visit, and welcomed us to come back tomorrow.
In an effort not to inundate their home with birder traffic (especially
since there is no on-street parking on 271st), anyone who might be
interested in checking it out can meet at the Outdoor Campus tomorrow
(Sunday Nov. 23) at 11:00 a.m. to carpool out there.

Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD





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Subject: Red Crossbills, Common Redpoll, Gray Partridge, Purple Finch - Sioux Falls area
From: "jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Nov 2014 12:22:05 -0800
There was a flock of at least 30 Red Crossbills among the spruce trees on the 
eastern half of Mt Pleasant cemetery in Sioux Falls this morning, and one 
Common Redpoll was also heard and later observed. 

 

 A female Purple Finch is visiting the feeders at Blood Run.
 

 Five Gray Partridge were observed on the hillside at the corner of E 60th St 
North and N Sycamore Ave early this afternoon. 

 

 

 Joe C
 
 Sioux Falls