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17 Apr Owl mobbed by crows in Mitchell []
17 Apr New file uploaded to sd-birds []
17 Apr Mew Gull ["Ricky Olson" ]
17 Apr book [Cheryl Wormstadt ]
16 Apr Osprey ["Gary & Cindy Olson" ]
16 Apr Franklin's Gulls - Pennington [Lynn Barber ]
16 Apr Pennington Co., Canyon Lake Bird Survey []
15 Apr Yankton birds ["Roger Dietrich" ]
15 Apr Spam [mick zerr ]
15 Apr reminder comments due today (4/15) on SD draft sage grouse management plan [Nancy Hilding ]
15 Apr binoculars selection ["Dowd Stukel, Eileen" ]
15 Apr banded peregrine falcon ["Dowd Stukel, Eileen" ]
15 Apr RFI - Birdfinding Advice in Northwestern South Dakota []
14 Apr MOG WALK ["Gary & Cindy Olson" ]
14 Apr test [mick zerr ]
14 Apr Motel in Milbank for SDOU Spring Meeting nearly full [douglas chapman ]
14 Apr frantic feeders [Mary June Gaffrey ]
13 Apr Slim Buttes Saw-whets []
13 Apr California gulls, Osprey Pennington Co. []
14 Apr Gulls Pennington County ["Stafford, Caroline B" ]
13 Apr Common Loon in Pierre [Bill Bossman ]
13 Apr GBBG etc ["Ricky Olson" ]
14 Apr FW: Common Loon - Brookings Co. ["Jensen, Kent" ]
14 Apr Common Loon - Brookings Co. ["Jensen, Kent" ]
13 Apr FOYs [Dick Latuchie ]
13 Apr Re: binoculars [Mary June Gaffrey ]
13 Apr Sparrow fall out? []
13 Apr American Avocets ["R&M Mabie" ]
13 Apr Field Trip Report - Belle Fourche area - April 12 []
12 Apr Sandhill Cranes and other Birding []
12 Apr SFBC field trip - Long-tailed Duck ["Chris Anderson" ]
12 Apr Canyon Lake new for the year []
12 Apr 1st field trip ["Gary & Cindy Olson" ]
12 Apr Whooping Crane ["R&M Mabie" ]
12 Apr binoculars [Mary June Gaffrey ]
12 Apr snowy owl ["Boldt, Joshua" ]
11 Apr Yankton Tree Swallows and Butterflies ["Roger Dietrich" ]
11 Apr News from the North []
11 Apr Banded Peregrine Falcon []
11 Apr Custer Co. birds []
11 Apr Re: Peregrine Falcon []
11 Apr Club Name ["Gary & Cindy Olson" ]
11 Apr Peregrine Falcon [Chris Anderson ]
11 Apr Field Trip ["Gary & Cindy Olson" ]
10 Apr Crane flyover []
10 Apr tuvu and nswo [George Prisbe-Przybysz ]
9 Apr Woodcocks, Barred Owl, Spotted Towhees ["Chris Anderson" ]
09 Apr Common Loons []
09 Apr Big Sioux Rec. []
9 Apr Osprey at Cliff Ave. ["brdfsd AT sio.midco.net" ]
9 Apr Lincoln's Sparrow (Pennington) [Richard Latuchie ]
8 Apr Trumpeter Swans [Bill Bossman ]
8 Apr FOY Turkey Vulture ["Boldt, Joshua" ]
8 Apr Indigo Bunting ["R&M Mabie" ]
7 Apr PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["Jocelyn Baker" ]
7 Apr birdy weekend ["Boldt, Joshua" ]
7 Apr FOY [mick zerr ]
07 Apr Clear Lake, Minnehaha County []
7 Apr Turkey Vultures return to Rapid City [Richard Latuchie ]
7 Apr 4th Annual SD Birding Festival at Ft Randall ["R&M Mabie" ]
7 Apr Curlews, tree sparrows []
6 Apr PENNINGTON CTY.: SANDHILL CRANES plus a few more species ["Jocelyn Baker" ]
6 Apr Burrowing Owl ["R&M Mabie" ]
06 Apr Tundra Swans and Shorebirds []
6 Apr great black-backed gull [Jim McLaird ]
6 Apr Re: Great Black-backed Gull [douglas chapman ]
6 Apr Great Black-backed Gull [Chris Anderson ]
6 Apr Bird fishing with bait or lure ["michel.reglade" ]
5 Apr Yankton - several FOY birds ["Roger Dietrich" ]
05 Apr NE SD birds []
5 Apr Burrowing Owl, Grant County [Jim Williams ]
5 Apr Fw: [dakotabirders] Bird fishing with bait or lure [mick zerr ]
5 Apr more osprey in the Hills ["Maggie Engler" ]
5 Apr extra SFBC field trip ["Chris Anderson" ]
5 Apr Minnehaha/McCook County ["Chris Anderson" ]
5 Apr GBBG ["Ricky Olson" ]

Subject: Owl mobbed by crows in Mitchell
From: <timullic AT dwu.edu>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 18:16:56 -0700
One of my students saw this owl being mobbed by crows near the DWU campus on 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Any help with ID would be appreciated: 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sd-birds/photos/albums/2079733627/lightbox/1997913136 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sd-birds/photos/albums/2079733627/lightbox/1997913136 
Subject: New file uploaded to sd-birds
From: sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com
Date: 17 Apr 2014 18:14:36 -0700
Hello,

This email message is a notification to let you know that
a file has been uploaded to the Files area of the sd-birds
group.

  File        : /Owl mobbed by crows
  Uploaded by : bioprofsd 
  Description : Mitchell, SD

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To learn more about file sharing for your group, please visit:

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Subject: Mew Gull
From: "Ricky Olson" <tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:00:28 -0500
There was a striking breeding plumaged Mew Gull at the Legion Beach in
Pierre this am.

 

The GBB Gull  was at the Oahe Marina this am.

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: book
From: Cheryl Wormstadt <cmlgworm AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:28:59 -0700 (PDT)
I am wondering if any of you might have information on a book titled "Dakota 
Birds" written by Loren G. and Nora M. Atherton of Madison, SD, published by J. 
Fred Olander Company, Pierre, SD† and has a 1925 copyright date.† The book 
apparently was written for school aged children and their parents with original 
paintings by Nora A.† A friend discovered the book in some boxes belonging to 
either her mother or her grandmother and thought I might be interested in 
having the book.† I am not interested in selling this book, but am wondering if 
it does have historical value if there is a place it might be displayed.† Any 
info will be appreciated.† Thanks, Cheryl, Spearfish,SD 
Subject: Osprey
From: "Gary & Cindy Olson" <olsonfam AT nvc.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:04:34 -0500
Barry Parkin called this morning said an Osprey was at Moccasin Creek. Bundled 
up and went for a little walk along the creek. Osprey found FOY. Also FOY for 
me today a flock of about 75 Franklin's Gulls and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers at 
Mina. Also today at Mina of interest. Eastern Phoebe 5, Brown Creeper 6, 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4, Fox Sparrow 5, Lincoln's 
Sparrow 3, Hermit Thrush 3. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Franklin's Gulls - Pennington
From: Lynn Barber <dalybar AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:12:22 -0600
Three of them at Wall sewage ponds this morning.
Lynn Barber
Rapid City

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Subject: Pennington Co., Canyon Lake Bird Survey
From: dalybar AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:55:04 -0400 (EDT)
Five observers had 20 bird species (86 individuals) atCanyon Lake on Monday, 
April 14. Most of the ducks and geese are gone. A SongSparrow has finally 
returned and Wood Ducks are up to 7. 

Lynn Barber, Rapid City
Subject: Yankton birds
From: "Roger Dietrich" <rogerd AT iw.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:46:04 -0500
Cold day here but a few new FOY birds showed up: American Avocet,
Yellow-headed Blackbirds, & Bonaparte's Gulls. Lots of Franklin's Gulls in
the area also.
 
Complete list below.
 
BirdLog Checklist Summary for: Apr 15, 2014 to 

Number of Checklists: 3
Number of Species: 53

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): US-SD-Yankton - 42.8680x-97.4854 - Apr 15, 2014, 9:14 AM
Date: Apr 15, 2014, 9:14 AM
(2): US-SD-Yankton-43522-43528 Shore Dr
Date: Apr 15, 2014, 10:36 AM
(3): US-SD-Tabor - 42.9520x-97.5957 - Apr 15, 2014, 11:41 AM
Date: Apr 15, 2014, 11:41 AM

69 Canada Goose -- (1),(2),(3)
7 Wood Duck -- (1),(3)
304 Gadwall -- (1),(3)
34 American Wigeon -- (3)
73 Mallard -- (3)
95 Blue-winged Teal -- (2),(3)
71 Northern Shoveler -- (3)
20 Northern Pintail -- (3)
36 Green-winged Teal (American) -- (2),(3)
46 Redhead -- (1),(3)
4 Ring-necked Duck -- (1)
17 Lesser Scaup -- (2),(3)
2 Bufflehead -- (3)
1 Hooded Merganser -- (2)
46 Ruddy Duck -- (1),(3)
2 Ring-necked Pheasant -- (3)
1 Pied-billed Grebe -- (2)
3 Horned Grebe -- (2)
4 Turkey Vulture -- (1),(3)
1 Bald Eagle -- (3)
394 American Coot -- (1),(2),(3)
2 American Avocet -- (3)
7 Killdeer -- (2),(3)
1 Lesser Yellowlegs -- (3)
58 Baird's Sandpiper -- (1),(3)
2 Pectoral Sandpiper -- (3)
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper -- (3)
24 Bonaparte's Gull -- (1)
2355 Franklin's Gull -- (1),(3)
65 Ring-billed Gull -- (1),(3)
1 Herring Gull -- (1)
4 Eurasian Collared-Dove -- (3)
7 Mourning Dove -- (2),(3)
2 Great Horned Owl -- (3)
1 Belted Kingfisher -- (1)
1 Downy Woodpecker -- (2)
1 Hairy Woodpecker -- (3)
2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) -- (1),(3)
2 American Kestrel -- (3)
5 American Crow -- (1),(2)
6 Horned Lark -- (3)
1 Tree Swallow -- (2)
39 American Robin -- (1),(2)
25 European Starling -- (1)
5 Chipping Sparrow -- (2)
4 Song Sparrow -- (1),(3)
2 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) -- (2)
102 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1),(3)
11 Western Meadowlark -- (3)
29 Yellow-headed Blackbird -- (3)
76 Common Grackle -- (2),(3)
30 Brown-headed Cowbird -- (3)
7 House Sparrow -- (2),(3)
                
 
Roger Dietrich
Yankton, SD
Email - rogerd AT iw.net
Images on the internet - http://www.flickr.com/photos/yanktonbirds/
 
Subject: Spam
From: mick zerr <zerrmick AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:10:28 -0700 (PDT)
Folks, some spammer is taking advantage of Yahoo's recent problems. I just got 
an "Account Verification" e-mail supposedly from Yahoo. †It had one English 
error and a spelling error. †DO NOT OPEN IT. 


Mick
SFBC
Subject: reminder comments due today (4/15) on SD draft sage grouse management plan
From: Nancy Hilding <nhilshat AT rapidnet.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:48:23 -0600
Comments Due April 15th
PUBLIC INPUT REQUESTED ON SD DRAFT SAGE-GROUSE PLAN

SDGFP link to sage grouse notice and proposal
 http://gfp.sd.gov/news/news/march/17.aspx 
The deadline for providing comments has been extended to April 15, 2014.
 To view the draft management plan, please visit: 
http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/small-game/sage-grouse.aspx. 

You can also provide comments by submitting an email to wildinfo AT state.sd.us. 
Please send a request for printed copies of the draft report or written 
comments to:‚Ä® 

 South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, 523 East Capitol Avenue, 
Pierre SD 57501. 


=============
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: binoculars selection
From: "Dowd Stukel, Eileen" <eileen.dowdstukel AT state.sd.us>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:34:49 +0000
Here is a link that may help in selecting binoculars:

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=2674

Eileen Dowd Stukel
SDGFP, Pierre
Subject: banded peregrine falcon
From: "Dowd Stukel, Eileen" <eileen.dowdstukel AT state.sd.us>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:22:07 +0000
I forwarded the question about the banded peregrine to a few experts in the 
region and received several responses. The band is black over red, indicating a 
bird banded in the Midwest (http://midwestperegrine.umn.edu/?vw=home), with a 
number over a letter. Although the number is difficult to read, it appears to 
be 29 over C. If that's the case, this bird was banded in 2012 at the UND Water 
Tower in Grand Forks, ND. 


I will be sending a separate message to the group about color-banded peregrines 
and ospreys from South Dakota, but I wanted to make a suggestion for your 
observations of color-banded birds. Even if you are able to take a photograph, 
please try to get a good visual with binocs or a spotting scope independently 
of your photos. Record as much as possible regarding the band colors and 
combinations (black over red, for example) and your guesses on any numbers or 
letters. Often the images cannot be enlarged without losing clarity, making 
your real-time observation the best record. 


Thanks.
Eileen Dowd Stukel
SDGFP, Pierre

Subject: RFI - Birdfinding Advice in Northwestern South Dakota
From: MResch8702 AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:24:09 -0400 (EDT)
SD Birders -

I'm coming to the Dakotas in mid/late May for a birding trip to work on my 
statelists, and was hoping to get some advice to help me find some of my SD 
targets (target list is at the end of this post including some long shots). 
I'll only have a couple days available in SD, and since I'll be based in 
Bismarck, ND, don't want to drive too far into SD if possible unless the best 
spots are farther away. So far I've been able to find a little information on 
the Grand River National Grasslands and the Shadehill/Llewellyn Recreation 
Areas, but not a lot of specifics at either spot. Plus I wondered if there 
would be good wooded habitat nearby say in the Custer NF. 


Feel free to reply off-list, and many thanks for your help. I'd be glad to 
return the favor and help you find birding targets you may have back here in 
New England. 


Mike Resch
www.statebirding.blogspot.com
Pepperell, MA


SD Target List 
Clark's Grebe
Canvasback
Osprey
Golden Eagle
Prairie Falcon
Gray Partridge
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sage Grouse
Avocet
Marbled Godwit
Snipe
Migrant Shorebirds
Black-billed Cuckoo
Short-eared Owl
E Screech Owl
Poor-will
Say's Pheobe
Rock Wren
Mountain Bluebird
Sprague's Pipit
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Brewer's Sparrow
Baird's Sparrow
McCown's Longspur
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Subject: MOG WALK
From: "Gary & Cindy Olson" <olsonfam AT nvc.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:13:34 -0500
Walked Moccasin Creek this morning, or as locals call it The Mog! Right Mick? 
Rather active this morning despite the cold temps and cool breeze. All the 
common birds you'd expect of course. Robin carrying nesting material only 
notable in that bunch. FOY birds Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Belted Kingfisher, 
Hermit Thrush and nice little bunch of close to ten each on Lincoln's and Fox 
Sparrows. Notables 5 Pied-billed Grebes all bunched up, Wood Ducks, Cooper 
Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Brown Creeper, Cardinal and many Junco's. Also walked 
Riverside Cemetery most the same spotted there. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: test
From: mick zerr <zerrmick AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:30:07 -0700 (PDT)
folks, this is †a test to see if yahoo is behaving.

mick\sfbc
Subject: Motel in Milbank for SDOU Spring Meeting nearly full
From: douglas chapman <dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:24:35 -0500
Hi,

Those wishing to attend the SDOU spring meeting in Milbank should be aware that 
the designated motel , Lantern Inn, has only a suite and 2 double rooms left as 
of today. 


Other motels are available, and for info check the forms on www.sdou.org, or 
your Dec 2013 or March 2014 SD Bird Notes for phone numbers. 


Just a heads up.

Doug

Douglas Chapman, Editor
SDOU SD Bird Notes
Sioux Falls, SD
sfbirdclub AT sio.midco.net
 
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Subject: frantic feeders
From: Mary June Gaffrey <mjgaffrey AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:58:53 -0700 (PDT)
Snow and cold brought the birds to the feeders, in a frantic way. Crossbills, 
pine siskins, gold finch, juncos, chickadees, nuthatch, hairy and downy 
woodpeckers and those delightful crows....and wild turkeys. We have three 
resident white-tailed jack rabbits nibbling under the feeders. Our elevation is 
at 5600 ft. Must admit I do miss my ND lazuli and indigo buntings. I could set 
my clock by their arrival in Dickinson in May. I will just head to the lower 
elevations to find those. 

Happy SPRING!
mj

May each of us strive to see the face of Christ in everyone we meet.

Mary June Gaffrey, M.A., L.P.C. retired
12023 Bearingsmith St.
Deadwood, SD 57732
In the serene contentment of the†Black Hills of SD†
605.578.1057
Subject: Slim Buttes Saw-whets
From: cemiller AT sdplains.com
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:29:53 -0600
Most of the fire trails are still too muddy for
a vehicle, but I did hike part way up the north end
doing walkbys on a few more nest boxes. My efforts
were rewarded with three more boxes having owls
present. Also the turkey vultures have returned and
I did find a pair of trumpeter swans on a pond east
of the buttes.

Charlie Miller
Buffalo, S.D.

P.S. Also had a large flock of cranes fly over (FOY)
and I did see a short-eared owl. The first I have seen
in awhile.


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Subject: California gulls, Osprey Pennington Co.
From: <caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us>
Date: 13 Apr 2014 19:56:45 -0700
California gulls have joined flock of Ring-bills on south pond at intersection 
of Catron Blvd and 5th Street. 

Also noticed pair of Osprey on nest platform between 3 Forks and Hill City on 
Friday evening being overflown by pair of Great Blue herons. 

Caroline Stafford
Subject: Gulls Pennington County
From: "Stafford, Caroline B" <caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:50:09 +0000
California gulls have joined the Ring-bills on the south pond at the 
intersection of 5th and Catron Blvd. 

Also saw 3 osprey on nest platform between 3 Forks and Hill City on Friday 
evening. 


Caroline Stafford
Subject: Common Loon in Pierre
From: Bill Bossman <billbossman50 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:46:10 -0500
I saw my FOY Common Loon in the LaFramboise Island backwater near the
Legion Cabin in Pierre this evening.

Bill Bossman
Pierre
Subject: GBBG etc
From: "Ricky Olson" <tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:37:56 -0500
I saw a Great Black-backed Gull  first time again tonight since last
reporting. It was on the sandbar off Fishermans/Divers point.

 

FOY birds same as others reporting

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: FW: Common Loon - Brookings Co.
From: "Jensen, Kent" <kent.jensen AT sdstate.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:35:29 +0000
A common loon... a common LOON !!!

Dang it, KC... proof your darned messages!

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)
wfs.sdstate.edu/wfsdept/faculty/kcjensen.htm
100% of the shots you don't take don't go in - Wayne Gretzky

From: sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Jensen, Kent 

Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 7:30 PM
To: sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [sd-birds] Common Loon - Brookings Co.


This afternoon, I saw a common look on the S side of Hwy 14 just east of Brush 
Lake between Volga and Arlington. 

I also had a FOY yellow-headed blackbird at my home feeders this morning.

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)
wfs.sdstate.edu/wfsdept/faculty/kcjensen.htm
100% of the shots you don't take don't go in - Wayne Gretzky




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Subject: Common Loon - Brookings Co.
From: "Jensen, Kent" <kent.jensen AT sdstate.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:30:14 +0000
This afternoon, I saw a common look on the S side of Hwy 14 just east of Brush 
Lake between Volga and Arlington. 

I also had a FOY yellow-headed blackbird at my home feeders this morning.

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)
wfs.sdstate.edu/wfsdept/faculty/kcjensen.htm
100% of the shots you don't take don't go in - Wayne Gretzky
Subject: FOYs
From: Dick Latuchie <rlatuchie AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:11:44 -0600
I observed a Ruby-crowned Kinglet this morning on Hammerquist road. On Lower 
Spring Creek Road in both Custer and Pennington counties we saw Long-billed 
Curlews, and a pair of Eastern Phoebes in Pennington county. 


Dick Latuchie

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Subject: Re: binoculars
From: Mary June Gaffrey <mjgaffrey AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:02:31 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks to so many of you for sharing your recommendations on binoculars. I know 
I asked the right experts! Thank you for your help.  

 

May each of us strive to see the face of Christ in everyone we meet.

Mary June Gaffrey, M.A., L.P.C. retired
12023 Bearingsmith St.
Deadwood, SD 57732
In the serene contentment of the Black Hills of SD 
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On Sunday, April 13, 2014 6:30 AM, Katie classic  
wrote: 

 
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>Can anyone recommend a high quality brand of binoculars for birdwatching?
>Thanks!
>MJ 
>
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Subject: Sparrow fall out?
From: <pintail AT abe.midco.net>
Date: 13 Apr 2014 10:33:57 -0700
Last night while running my dogs on the same rural road that I use every day I 
encountered a few hundred sparrows that werent there the day before...seemed to 
be mostly Savannah with a few Chipping. Also had an FOY Ruby-Crowned Kinglet in 
the yard today. 


 Barry Parkin
 Aberdeen
Subject: American Avocets
From: "R&M Mabie" <rmmabie AT hcinet.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:36:02 -0500
Observed six American Avocets below Ft Randall Dam this morning.

Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: Field Trip Report - Belle Fourche area - April 12
From: dalybar AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:49:02 -0400 (EDT)

The NorthernHills Bird Club had an excellent field trip today, April 12, 2014, 
in the BelleFourche area. The 10 of us on the trip immediately saw our main 
goal bird,Greater Sage-Grouse, spotted by our leader, Nancy Drilling. The 44 
species seen(in more or less taxonomic order) were: 

Canada Goose
Gadwall
AmericanWigeon
Mallard
NorthernShoveler
NorthernPintail
Green-wingedTeal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-neckedDuck
Lesser Scaup
Greater Sage-Grouse
Wild Turkey
Eared Grebe
AmericanWhite-Pelican
TurkeyVulture
Golden Eagle
Red-tailedHawk
AmericanCoot
Killdeer
Long-billedCurlew
Ring-billedGull
CaliforniaGull
Rock Pigeon
EurasianCollared-Dove
MourningDove
NorthernFlicker
AmericanKestrel
PrairieFalcon
Blue Jay
AmericanCrow
Tree Swallow
Horned Lark
MountainBluebird
AmericanRobin
EuropeanStarling
AmericanTree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-wingedBlackbird
WesternMeadowlark
CommonGrackle
AmericanGoldfinch
RedCrossbill
HouseSparrow
 
Lynn Barber
Rapid City

PS. Something funny was happening with the font size in this email, which I 
tried to correct. Sorry if it's still weird. 

Subject: Sandhill Cranes and other Birding
From: <Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 19:15:05 -0700
On Friday morning I saw a several large groups of Sandhill Cranes on the ground 
in Charles Mix county. This was my first time to see a flock on the ground and 
I enjoyed watching them very much. They are awesome birds! I enjoyed 
photographing them too. Later that morning I check the Great Horned Owl nest 
and I was shocked at how big the young were already. They were pretty funny 
looking too. 


Today I birded with my mom in Turner county and saw four FOY birds: Chipping 
Sparrow, Tree Swallow, Great Egret and an Eared Grebe. I also saw quite a few 
Savannah and Vesper Sparrows. There were Baird's Sandpipers at nearly every 
pond with one pond having over 250 individuals. 


The Greater Prairie Chicken was alone running the same track over and over and 
displaying for no one. Poor thing. This is the fourth time I've seen it and 
that is what it does each time. 


Silver Lake north of Freeman was loaded with waterfowl. There were very many 
American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants and there were more 
Franklin's Gulls in the area today too. Also at Silver Lake there were probably 
the most Ruddy Ducks and Buffleheads that I've ever seen in one place. 


On the way home this evening I saw one pond that had a tiny island with three 
huge eggs on them. Does anyone know what they might belong too? Canada Goose? 


Kelly
Armour, SD
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Subject: SFBC field trip - Long-tailed Duck
From: "Chris Anderson" <canderson1 AT sio.midco.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:22:02 -0500
Today, seven members of the Sioux Falls Bird Club checked out the wetlands
in western Minnehaha County and saw 76 species plus one unidentified Tern.
The find of the day was definitely a Long-tailed Duck at Fensterman Slough
(the south access point, taking 460th Ave about a mile north of SD Hwy 42).
It was seen by the group this morning around 10:30, then again by Todd
Jensen this afternoon around 4:30.

Other highlights included an Osprey at Wall Lake, three Sandhill Cranes in a
field near Grass Lake, and FOY Vesper, Savannah, Chipping, and Field
Sparrows.  At Weisensee, there were over 100 Baird's Sandpipers, along with
some Semipalmated and Pectoral Sandpipers, two Marbled Godwits, a few
Long-billed Dowitchers, and American Pipits.

Thanks to everyone who came out today.  Just a reminder that we will have
our "official" April field trip as scheduled next Saturday, April 19.  It
will most likely cover a similar route as today, hopefully with some more
migrating shorebirds sprinkled in.

Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


Full list:

Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marbled Godwit
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Forster's/Common Tern (bad light)
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin
European Starling
American Pipit
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow





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Subject: Canyon Lake new for the year
From: dalybar AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:42:13 -0400 (EDT)
Nancy Drilling saw 15-20 Tree Swallows this afternoon at Canyon Lake. When I 
went over to look at them I found two Blue-winged Teal with 5 Wood Ducks. Also 
there was still one Cackling Goose among the few remaining Canada Geese. 


Lynn Barber
Rapid City
Subject: 1st field trip
From: "Gary & Cindy Olson" <olsonfam AT nvc.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:34:04 -0500
Northeast South Dakota Birding Club had it's first field trip today. Thirteen 
members and four guests birded Sand Lake NWR and surrounding area. A total of 
55 species we're seen. A MAJOR highlight today and a life bird for many, 
courtesy of Sand Lake staff, 2 Whooping Cranes we're seen. A thrill any day but 
for our 1st field trip, you could not make it any better! Thanks Bill! Also 
just a little ways down the road we're a goup of about 20 Sandhill Cranes. Most 
ducks and geese seen plus the start of a few shorebirds. Also a few FOY birds. 
Full list as follows: 

Pied-billed Grebe
A.White Pelican
Great Egret
Snow Goose 
Ross's Goose
Canada Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Mallard
A.Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
N.Shoveler
N.Pintail
Canvasback
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
Ring-neck Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Harrier
A.Kestrel
D.C. Cormorant
Greater  Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Baird's Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit
Wilsons Snipe
Killdeer
A. Coot
Sandhill Crane
Whooping Crane
R.N. Pheasant
R.B. Gull
Mourning Dove
N. Flicker
Blue Jay
A.Crow
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Robin
A. Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
D.E. Junco
R.W. Blackbird
Y. H. Blackbird
W. Meadowlark
Grackle

A fantastic outing and fun was had by all! Next trip May 10th is scheduled. 
Time and location to be determined. Hopeful of a shorebird excursion. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Whooping Crane
From: "R&M Mabie" <rmmabie AT hcinet.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:58:22 -0500
Observed a Whooping Crane near LANWR this morning.  

Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: binoculars
From: Mary June Gaffrey <mjgaffrey AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:51:06 -0700 (PDT)
Can anyone recommend a high quality brand of binoculars for birdwatching?
Thanks!
MJ†

May each of us strive to see the face of Christ in everyone we meet.

Mary June Gaffrey, M.A., L.P.C. retired
12023 Bearingsmith St.
Deadwood, SD 57732
In the serene contentment of the†Black Hills of SD†
605.578.1057
Subject: snowy owl
From: "Boldt, Joshua" <joshua.boldt AT dsu.edu>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:42:20 +0000
I was flipping through some Facebook pictures and I saw a snowy owl photo in a 
photograph group I am in, so thinking this was from earlier this year I ask 
when and where. She said it was from today (Friday) in Plankinton, SD. 


Snowy owl in April?

Not sure if you will be able to get to this link but you can try...


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=854235537936532&set=gm.504625692993075&type=1 


Subject: Yankton Tree Swallows and Butterflies
From: "Roger Dietrich" <rogerd AT iw.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:25:10 -0500
FOY Tree Swallows today plus Morning Cloak and Question Mark Butterflies.
Beautiful day in Yankton today.
 
Complete list below:
 
 
BirdLog Checklist Summary for: Apr 11, 2014 to 

Number of Checklists: 2
Number of Species: 39

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): US-SD-Yankton - 42.8713x-97.4823 - Apr 11, 2014, 8:18 AM
Date: Apr 11, 2014, 8:18 AM
(2): US-SD-Yankton-43349 SD-52
Date: Apr 11, 2014, 10:50 AM

21 Canada Goose -- (1),(2)
21 Wood Duck -- (1),(2)
25 Gadwall -- (1)
25 American Wigeon -- (1)
90 Blue-winged Teal -- (1),(2)
93 Northern Shoveler -- (1),(2)
2 Green-winged Teal -- (1)
6 Green-winged Teal (American) -- (2)
1 Ring-necked Duck -- (2)
13 Lesser Scaup -- (1),(2)
2 Bufflehead -- (2)
1 Common Merganser -- (2)
26 Wild Turkey -- (1),(2)
1 Double-crested Cormorant -- (1)
7 American White Pelican -- (1)
1 Bald Eagle -- (1)
484 American Coot -- (1),(2)
5 Killdeer -- (1)
4 Mourning Dove -- (1),(2)
2 Belted Kingfisher -- (2)
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (1),(2)
2 Downy Woodpecker -- (2)
4 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) -- (1)
7 Eastern Phoebe -- (1),(2)
1 Blue Jay -- (2)
4 American Crow -- (2)
13 Tree Swallow -- (1)
4 Black-capped Chickadee -- (1),(2)
3 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (1),(2)
45 American Robin -- (1)
15 European Starling -- (1)
4 Cedar Waxwing -- (1)
2 American Tree Sparrow -- (1)
11 Song Sparrow -- (1),(2)
5 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) -- (1),(2)
12 Northern Cardinal -- (1),(2)
9 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1)
10 Common Grackle -- (1),(2)
1 Brown-headed Cowbird -- (2)


 
Roger Dietrich
Yankton, SD
Email - rogerd AT iw.net
Images on the internet - http://www.flickr.com/photos/yanktonbirds/
 
Subject: News from the North
From: <pintail AT abe.midco.net>
Date: 11 Apr 2014 18:33:18 -0700
Most of the mallards, wigeon common goldeneye common mergansers snow geese 
white-fronted geese and smaller Canada geese have moved on...still good numbers 
of everything else although ruddy ducks wood ducks and blue-winged teal have 
yet to show up in large numbers. Today was the first day I saw more than a pair 
of blue-wings and I saw some large flocks of greenwings that werent around 
yesterday. FOYs recently include Great Egret, Song Sparrow, Short-Eared Owl, 
Red-Breasted Merganser and Yellow-Headed Blackbirds. Went to Miller yesterday 
and observed large numbers of Sandhill Cranes west of Cottonwood Lake and a 
Purlple Martin in Faulkton. Cottonwood Lake and the surrounding wetlands had 
great numbers of ducks including what I would estimate at over 500 Canvasbacks. 


 Barry Parkin
 Aberdeen
Subject: Banded Peregrine Falcon
From: <jdco2pock AT yahoo.com>
Date: 11 Apr 2014 17:47:20 -0700
Upon closer inspection of photos taken today (at 200x) of the Peregrine Falcon 
first spotted by Chris Anderson in downtown Sioux Falls 
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/with/13759853775 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/with/13759853775), I noticed that 
the bird was banded. On the left leg, there is a black band with an unknown 
symbol in white over a red band with a white "C". I have reported as much to 
the USGS through reportband.gov and provided the same photos. From their 
website my interpretation of this band pattern is that the bird was banded in 
captivity (white "C" on red band) in the eastern US (black over red). Hopefully 
they will be able to give more information, but without a band number chances 
are this will be as much as we know. If anyone has any more insight on the 
banding of Peregrine Falcons or the band info as shown in the photos, many 
would be interested to know. 


 

 Joe C
 Sioux Falls
Subject: Custer Co. birds
From: <mmelius AT hcinet.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:09:58 -0400 (EDT)
Flocks of Chestnut-collared Longspurs are flying by this morning. I
saw†quite a few on the ground in the Folsom School Section.

There are now 15 Burrowing Owls in my neighborhood, and I counted 4
Long-billed Curlews in the general Folsom area this morning.

Michael Melius
NE Custer Co.
Subject: Re: Peregrine Falcon
From: <jdco2pock AT yahoo.com>
Date: 11 Apr 2014 09:47:16 -0700
One of the Peregrines is sitting on the NE corner of the Century Link building, 
viewable from 224 W 9th Street. 1146 AM Joe C Sioux Falls 
Subject: Club Name
From: "Gary & Cindy Olson" <olsonfam AT nvc.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:05:08 -0500
For those birders across the state who might be interested, we in this part of 
the state have chosen our birding club name. We will be the Northeastern South 
Dakota Birding Club! Our plans are to meet the 2nd Saturday of each month for 
field trips. This Saturday April 12th we will meet at the senior center in 
Aberdeen at 8:30 and have a field trip to Sand Lake meeting at the HQ at 9:30. 
We have also chosen the Western Meadowlark as our club emblem/mascot after a 
tough choice between the Bobolink. Club officers chosen for 2 year terms are 
Gary Olson president, Dan Streifle vice-president and Cecilia Storley 
secretary. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Peregrine Falcon
From: Chris Anderson <canderson1 AT sio.midco.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:00:40 -0500
A minute ago, a Peregrine Falcon just flew in and landed on a light pole in the 
City Hall parking ramp (132 N Dakota Ave) for a few seconds before flying off. 
Actually, before I can even finish this email, it just flew back overhead 
followed by a second Peregrine, both headed south. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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Subject: Field Trip
From: "Gary & Cindy Olson" <olsonfam AT nvc.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:07:15 -0500
The as of yet today unnamed birding club of Aberdeen or Northeast South Dakota 
will have its first field trip on Saturday the 12th. We will meet at the senior 
center at 8:30 AM in Aberdeen and also at the Sand Lake HQ at 9:30. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Crane flyover
From: <petermhill AT yahoo.com>
Date: 10 Apr 2014 15:55:27 -0700
Witnessed a flyover of easily 800 Sandhill Cranes over Oglala late this 
afternoon. They were coming in long skeins and tight groups, several hundred 
feet in the air, heading south to north. Circled over making their rattling 
calls for about 15-20 minutes before moving on. Scanned in vain for a WC but no 
luck. Still, they were very high up, and mostly in poor position relative to 
the sun. 


Does anyone know why they take their leisurely time, circling over and over 
instead of flying direct like most migrating birds? I'm sure it has to do with 
riding the thermals, but it sure seems like an inefficient way to get from 
point A to point B! :) Magnificent birds, though...modern-day dinosaurs. 


Peter Hill
Pine Ridge
Shannon Co.
Subject: tuvu and nswo
From: George Prisbe-Przybysz <przybysz AT hughes.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:28:16 -0400 (EDT)
most species arrive late to the higher elevations of the hills - just yesterday 
song sparrows and red-winged blackbirds were back to hanna. so, it was not 
until last evening that i saw my first turkey vultures of the year - a kettle 
of at least 64 drifting over spearfish. on the way home, after dark, i found 
two northern saw-whet owls in the canyon. 




george prisbe 
lawrence county 
5700' 


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Subject: Woodcocks, Barred Owl, Spotted Towhees
From: "Chris Anderson" <canderson1 AT sio.midco.net>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 23:02:14 -0500
Tonight about 8:20 p.m. there were at least two American Woodcocks doing
flight displays at the horse camp at Newton Hills State Park.  Others have
observed higher numbers earlier this spring, so the display period might be
winding down.

Prior to the darkness setting in, there was also at least one Fox Sparrow
and two Spotted Towhees along the creek.  At 9 p.m. after the Woodcock
settled down, a Barred Owl called several times from the south, in the
direction of the upper part of the park.  We did not locate it nor hear it
again when we parked up top.

Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD





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Subject: Common Loons
From: <Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us>
Date: 09 Apr 2014 19:19:43 -0700
I birded after school at the Ft. Randall Dam. It was a beautiful day! There 
were 9 Common Loons below the dam with 6 in one group. They were fun to watch. 
I also saw a long string of Turkey Vultures fly over with over 50 them in the 
group. Two Long-tailed Ducks were still hangin' loose below the dam and there 
were Eastern Bluebirds around. Otherwise it was unusually quiet in the 
waterfowl and "smaller" birds department. I will get photos of the COLO on 
sometime tomorrow. 


Kelly
Armour, SD
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Subject: Big Sioux Rec.
From: <jdco2pock AT yahoo.com>
Date: 09 Apr 2014 13:02:29 -0700
Took advantage of the beautiful weather and hiked the woodland (valley of the 
giants) trail at Big Sioux Rec. in Brandon, SD this morning. 24 species seen, 
including Lincoln's Sparrows in the tall grass on the river, FOY Yellow-bellied 
Sapsucker, and FOY Eastern Phoebe. Several Wood Ducks were on the river, and 
pelicans and Common Mergansers flew over. Some very bold Golden-crowned 
Kinglets were seen in the cedar tree line on the upper part of the trail, 
coming within a few feet of me. Both of the Bald Eagle pair were on their nest 
just off the highway nearby (viewable from the historic marker signs) and we're 
feeding at least one eaglet. 


 Joe C
 Sioux Falls
Subject: Osprey at Cliff Ave.
From: "brdfsd AT sio.midco.net" <brdfsd@sio.midco.net>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 10:45:26 -0500
Yesterday late afternoon, while walking on the bike trail, Bill and I saw an 
Osprey just upstream from the Cliff Ave. bridge over the Big Sioux River. As we 
approached, it lifted off from either the river bank or a low bush, circled 
around a couple of times and flew east. 

Rosemary Draeger
Sioux Falls

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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow (Pennington)
From: Richard Latuchie <rlatuchie AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:09:25 -0600
I observed a very early Lincolnís Sparrow this morning in my back yard.

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Subject: Trumpeter Swans
From: Bill Bossman <billbossman50 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 11:21:17 -0500
I saw two Trumpeter Swans this morning on a roadside lake that straddles
the Mellette County/Todd County line along Highway 83 south of the town of
White River.

Bill Bossman
Pierre
Subject: FOY Turkey Vulture
From: "Boldt, Joshua" <joshua.boldt AT dsu.edu>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:14:58 +0000
FOY  Turkey Vulture in Madison today
Subject: Indigo Bunting
From: "R&M Mabie" <rmmabie AT hcinet.net>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 10:27:57 -0500
There was an early Indigo Bunting in Gregory County this morning.  

Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY
From: "Jocelyn Baker" <osprey AT midco.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:51:14 -0600
7 surveyors observed 22 species and 121 individuals at Canyon Lake Park this
morning, April 7.  Very few water birds were present (9 species) with low
individual numbers.  Of note was  Northern Shoveler. Turkey Vulture, Osprey
and Red-winged Blackbird.

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City
Subject: birdy weekend
From: "Boldt, Joshua" <joshua.boldt AT dsu.edu>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:34:09 +0000
First of years for Sunday we saw Belted Kingfisher and White Pelicans at Lake 
Madison, Franklin's Gulls at Lake Herman, and one lonely DC Cormorant and Great 
Egret at Lake Vermillion. 


Sunday we also saw a beautiful Northern Shrike eating a vole at Madison Wetland 
Management District (next to Lake Madison). 

Saw 9 RT Hawks flying around together over a large controlled grass burn at the 
Madison Airport. I think they were just enjoying riding the heat waves, but 
maybe they were checking out the critters that were escaping the fire? 

Saw Twelve American Kestrels between Sioux Falls and Madison. Watched one dive 
down into the ditch but didn't see if he caught anything. 

On Long Lake by the Hillside Restaurant there were Hooded, Common, and 
Red-breasted Mergansers. I finally got to check the RB off of my life list. 

Only saw one Bald Eagle Saturday and one Sunday after a peak of seeing 31 in 
one hour last Saturday (03/29) in the greater Lake Madison area. Both this 
weekend were immature and mostly just going after fish popsicles in the ice 
with the gulls. 


At Lake Herman there is a pair of Snow Geese that aren't leaving because one is 
injured. Will the mate just stay around as long as the other is injured? 


Today (Monday) seeing a lot of Juncos at DSU. Maybe they are finally heading 
out? A pair of House Finches has started coming by pretty regularly the last 
few weeks, but all my winter visitors - like Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, Brown 
Creepers, and Flickers - seem to have disappeared (Cooper's Hawk got one of the 
Flickers a while back). Not much sign of Blue Jays, Nutcrackers, and Chickadees 
either. Going back to the question a while back about what bird really 
indicates spring, I would say to me the lack of the birds I watched all winter 
feels more like spring in some ways. (just to prove me wrong, before I finished 
this email a Downy, Flicker, and WB Nuthatch all showed up) 


A week ago I also saw a Bald Eagle attack another Bald Eagle in midair. The 
second one approached the pond that the first one had been staking out by 
himself for several days. They made really piercing cries at each other and the 
defender of the pond got a big beak full of feathers before the other one gave 
up and moved on. That was on the big pond five miles south of Chester where you 
turn to go to the I-29 exit. 


Are Greater Scaup pretty rare for East River? I always feel like I should be 
paying more attention to big groups of Lesser Scaup to be sure I am not missing 
a random one. 


Joshua D. Boldt
IT Services, DSU

P.S. here are some picture from the last few weeks if you are interested 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/boldtcave/ 
Subject: FOY
From: mick zerr <zerrmick AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:04:53 -0700 (PDT)
A first of the year at the feeders today was not a desired species. A male 
cowbird. I would much rather have had the Greater Black-backed Gull that evaded 
us a few times the last few days. 


Mick
SFBC
Subject: Clear Lake, Minnehaha County
From: <jdco2pock AT yahoo.com>
Date: 07 Apr 2014 13:33:07 -0700
Understanding that the ice didn't have much time, I made a final attempt early 
this afternoon to spot the GBBG that has been seen at Clear Lake in Minnehaha 
County the past couple of days. No such luck. Ice is only present on the south 
side of the lake, and the gull was being seen on ice to the north. Surely the 
ice will be gone tomorrow. Present on the lake of note, in addition to the 
incredible variety of ducks, were at least 300 American White Pelicans, 50 
cormorants, and pairs of each FOY Common Loon, Horned Grebe, and Belted 
Kingfisher. 


 https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/ 


 

 Joe C
 Sioux Falls

Subject: Turkey Vultures return to Rapid City
From: Richard Latuchie <rlatuchie AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:58:27 -0600
I was away over the last 5 days, so they may have been here earlier, but I 
observed about a dozen Turkey Vultures this morning at about 7 am from my 
driveway in Rapid City. 


Dick Latuchie
Rapid City

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Subject: 4th Annual SD Birding Festival at Ft Randall
From: "R&M Mabie" <rmmabie AT hcinet.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 12:55:18 -0500
Just a reminder that pre-registration for the SD Birding Festival at Ft Randall 
is due by next Monday, April 14. Please register by then if you want to attend 
the banquet, get a sack lunch or order a festival T -shirt. Festival dates are 
May 2-4, 2014. 


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Subject: Curlews, tree sparrows
From: <mmelius AT hcinet.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:02:40 -0400 (EDT)
Long-billed Curlews returned to Spring Creek valley yesterday, or at
least two of them were observed flying around, probably here to nest.

Heard two Burrowing Owls calling at sunset.

I don't remember a spring when A. Tree Sparrows sang so much as they
have around my place the past two weeks or so.

Michael Melius
NE Custer Co.
Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: SANDHILL CRANES plus a few more species
From: "Jocelyn Baker" <osprey AT midco.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 20:35:31 -0600
This morning, April 6, I drove 40-50 miles east of Rapid City and birded in
the area surrounding Wall. At 9:40 a.m. the first of many flocks of SANDHILL
CRANES began appearing from the south, milling around overhead for a while
and then continuing on their flight to the north.  At 10:00 the second flock
of 200 birds appeared and then the third at 10:05 (60 birds).  From then
until 10:30 a continuous stream of cranes - perhaps several thousand - flew
from as far to the south as I could see to the north.  It was a wondrous
experience- both sight and sound!

   Also among other species observed was a Merlin, Burrowing Owl, Say's
Phoebe and a Northern Shrike.

Jocelyn Lee Baker,  Rapid city
Subject: Burrowing Owl
From: "R&M Mabie" <rmmabie AT hcinet.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:15:23 -0500
There was a Burrowing Owl northwest of LANWR this afternoon.

Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: Tundra Swans and Shorebirds
From: <Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us>
Date: 06 Apr 2014 16:50:10 -0700
Several "First of Years" on this beautiful day. The highlight for me were the 
six Tundra Swans in Douglas county. They were so interesting to watch and very 
beautiful! There were many shorebirds at that pond including: FOY Marbled 
Godwit, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Baird's Sandpipers, and Pectoral 
Sandpipers. 


Corsica Lake had a lot of waterfowl and a Savannah Sparrow singing its heart 
out. Torrey Lake in Brule county had many American White Pelicans, 
Double-crested Cormorants, Snow Geese and American Coots and a nice variety of 
ducks. It also had FOY Horned Grebe {6 of them} and there was still a 
Rough-legged Hawk around along with many Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers 
and American Kestrels in the area. Western Meadowlarks are thick along the 
countryside. The ponds and lakes all along the way were full of waterfowl! 
Sandhill Cranes seemed to cruise over much of the day. Photos from the day 
below at the link. 


Kelly
Armour, SD
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 
Subject: great black-backed gull
From: Jim McLaird <jimmclaird AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:56:04 -0700 (PDT)
At 2:54 pm. the great black-backed gull was back where it was seen this 
morning. †Jim McLaird, Mitchell, SD. 
Subject: Re: Great Black-backed Gull
From: douglas chapman <dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 13:24:13 -0500
Just returned from Clear Lake. No sign of the Great Black-backed Gull. Met 
CHris Anderson and Joe Coppock out looking too. 


They said Todd saw it sly "off to the north" earlier. So we looked at any large 
water spots north and west of Clear Lake. 


No sign of it. But sis see FOY:

Great Egret
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-headed Woodpecker
and several Rusty Blackbirds.

Hope for another black-backed some time.

I know there's a reliable one in Pierre, but...

Having seen tens of 1000s back east, I can't in the least justify a trip to 
Pierre and back for just a state bird. 


No one would let me SAY the word "green."

Doug


Douglas Chapman, Editor
SDOU Bird Notes
Sioux Falls, SD
sfbirdclub AT sio.midco.net
 
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On Apr 6, 2014, at 9:24 AM, Chris Anderson wrote:

> Got a call from Todd Jensen about 20 minutes ago, who said the Great 
Black-backed Gull was still at Clear Lake in Minnehaha County. He was on the 
east side of the lake, which is 250th Street that dead-ends into the lake. 

> 
> Chris Anderson
> Sioux Falls
> 
Subject: Great Black-backed Gull
From: Chris Anderson <canderson1 AT sio.midco.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 09:24:14 -0500
Got a call from Todd Jensen about 20 minutes ago, who said the Great 
Black-backed Gull was still at Clear Lake in Minnehaha County. He was on the 
east side of the lake, which is 250th Street that dead-ends into the lake. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls


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Subject: Bird fishing with bait or lure
From: "michel.reglade" <michel.reglade AT voila.fr>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:21:48 +0200 (CEST)
Hi,

The bait fishing behavior is considered as rare.
For an example, see this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntOmfO_sHjQ

I'm a french ornithologist and I'm trying to collect available observations of 
this behavior in birds. 

In particular, I'm looking for observations of bait fishing Green Herons.

My purpose is to better estimate the frequency of this behavior.

If you have personnaly observed or know somebody who have observed such a 
behavior, could you get in touch with me in private? 


Thank you by advance for your help.
Best regards,

Michel Antoine Réglade
(Toulouse, France).
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Subject: Yankton - several FOY birds
From: "Roger Dietrich" <rogerd AT iw.net>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 23:41:31 -0500
Most everything is opened up here and lots of birds moving through. List of
birds listed below:
 
BirdLog Checklist Summary for: Apr 5, 2014 to Apr 5, 2014

Number of Checklists: 2
Number of Species: 35

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): US-SD-Yankton - 42.8623x-97.4806 - Apr 5, 2014, 8:28 AM
Date: Apr 5, 2014, 8:16 AM
(2): US-SD-Yankton - 42.8571x-97.4842 - Apr 5, 2014, 9:43 AM
Date: Apr 5, 2014, 9:43 AM

1 Greater White-fronted Goose -- (1)
12 Canada Goose -- (1),(2)
2 Gadwall -- (1)
4 American Wigeon -- (1)
6 Blue-winged Teal -- (2)  FOY
20 Northern Shoveler -- (1)
1 Northern Pintail -- (1)
42 Green-winged Teal (American) -- (1),(2)
5 Redhead -- (2)
32 Lesser Scaup -- (2)
20 Bufflehead -- (1),(2)
5 Common Goldeneye -- (2)
15 Ruddy Duck -- (2)
5 Pied-billed Grebe -- (1),(2) -- FOY
1 Double-crested Cormorant -- (1)
1 Turkey Vulture -- (2) -- FOY
2 Bald Eagle -- (1)
278 American Coot -- (1),(2)
5 Killdeer -- (1)
6 Ring-billed Gull -- (1)
2 Eurasian Collared-Dove -- (1)
4 Mourning Dove -- (1)
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (1)
1 Downy Woodpecker -- (1)
1 Eastern Phoebe -- (2) -- FOY
2 American Crow -- (2)
4 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (1)
75 American Robin -- (1),(2)
65 European Starling -- (1),(2)
1 Fox Sparrow (Red) -- (1)
10 Song Sparrow -- (1)
42 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) -- (1),(2)
5 Northern Cardinal -- (1),(2)
17 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1),(2)
5 Common Grackle -- (1),(2)

This trip summary was created using the BirdLog app for iPhone and iPad.
See BirdLog
  for more information.
 
 
Roger Dietrich
Yankton, SD
Email - rogerd AT iw.net
Images on the internet - http://www.flickr.com/photos/yanktonbirds/
 
Subject: NE SD birds
From: <pintail AT abe.midco.net>
Date: 05 Apr 2014 20:01:52 -0700
New birds today included bufflehead, American White Pelican (standing on an 
island in the middle of a frozen slough...hope they packed a lunch), 
Double-crested Cormorant and Killdeer (for the second time). Very little open 
water yet. Ducks and geese (and coots) packed into what little there is. Heard 
a report of lots of Sandhill Cranes west of Tulare. 


 Barry Parkin
 Aberdeen, SD
Subject: Burrowing Owl, Grant County
From: Jim Williams <woodduck38 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 22:00:31 -0500
A Burrowing Owl was seen at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Grant County, about 
three tenths of a mile north of the Deuel County line. Photos of the owl and 
the burrow that it was seen next to will be available when I get home Sunday 
evening. Photos are in the camera until I get to my computer. 


Jim Williams
Wayzata, Minnesota
birding blog at www.startribune.com/lifestyle/homegarden/blogs/Wingnut.html



> On Apr 5, 2014, at 9:11 PM, "Maggie Engler"  wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> Hi everyone, another individual reported to me that she had seen two osprey 
at Major Lake in Hill City today. One was successful at fishing while the 
observer and grandchildren watched. 

>  
> Even if it snows again, my soul rests assured that spring will come for good 
in the very near future. 

>  
> Maggie Engler
> Rapid City
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Fw: [dakotabirders] Bird fishing with bait or lure
From: mick zerr <zerrmick AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:51:31 -0700 (PDT)

On Saturday, April 5, 2014 4:30 PM, michel.reglade  
wrote: 

 
  
Hi,

The bait fishing behavior is considered as rare.
For an example, see this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntOmfO_sHjQ

I'm a french ornithologist and I'm trying to collect available observations of 
this behavior in birds. 

In particular, I'm looking for observations of bait fishing Green Herons.

My purpose is to better estimate the frequency of this behavior.

If you have personnaly observed or know somebody who have observed such a 
behavior, could you get in touch with me in private? 


Thank you by advance for your help.
Best regards,

Michel Antoine Réglade
(Toulouse, France).



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Subject: more osprey in the Hills
From: "Maggie Engler" <birdwoman AT q.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 20:11:43 -0600
Hi everyone, another individual reported to me that she had seen two osprey
at Major Lake in Hill City today. One was successful at fishing while the
observer and grandchildren watched.

 

Even if it snows again, my soul rests assured that spring will come for good
in the very near future.

 

Maggie Engler

Rapid City
Subject: extra SFBC field trip
From: "Chris Anderson" <canderson1 AT sio.midco.net>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 20:41:16 -0500
The Sioux Falls Bird Club will hold a field trip a week from today, April
12, to look for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds.  Interested participants
can meet at the Outdoor Campus at 8:00 a.m.   This trip does not appear on
the schedule online, but since our original calendar unwittingly has a trip
scheduled for the 19th (Easter weekend), this will be an opportunity to get
together and go birding for those who have other Easter plans.  We will
still hold our trip on the 19th as well for anyone who would like to
attend.the more trips the merrier!

 

Chris Anderson

SFBC
Subject: Minnehaha/McCook County
From: "Chris Anderson" <canderson1 AT sio.midco.net>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 20:31:13 -0500
Checked out the potholes west of Sioux Falls this afternoon with Doug
Chapman and Mick Zerr.  Much of the water is open now, though Wall Lake,
Grass Lake, and a few others still had ice.  Started off the day with 26
Sandhill Cranes flying over the landfill, where there were also several
thousand RB Gulls.  Saw lots of waterfowl throughout the day, and occasional
shorebirds, and other first-of-season birds.  Tried to find the Great
Black-backed Gull at Clear Lake from three different sides with no luck.

 

We did see a Lesser Black-backed Gull at Lake Vermillion, observed from Fox
Rd on the west side of the Lake.  Other birds of note included Pied-billed
Grebe, Baird's and Semi-palmated Sandpipers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs,
several spots with Rusty Blackbirds, and a lone Yellow-headed Blackbird at
Grass Lake.

 

Chris Anderson

Sioux Falls, SD
Subject: GBBG
From: "Ricky Olson" <tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 16:51:56 -0500
Jeff Palmer wanted me to post there is a Great Black-backed Gull at Clear
lake in Minnehaha County

 

He also saw a lesser Black-backed Gul at lake Herman in Lake County.

 

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD