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29 Jul PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY RESULTS, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
28 Jul Re: Rufous hummingbird continues -Pennington ["'Stafford, Caroline B' caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
27 Jul Yellow-throated Vireos ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
27 Jul Birds seen - NHBC field trip on July 26 (Meade Co.) ["dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
27 Jul Fwd: [SF-BC] Shorebirds at Weisensee ["douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
27 Jul Rufous hummingbird continues -Pennington ["Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
26 Jul Shorebirds at Weisensee ["douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
25 Jul Hummingbird - Pennington ["Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
24 Jul Sevey's Lake - Meade ["Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
23 Jul well-travelled shorebird, Perkins county ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
22 Jul Various Bird Notes ["'Jeff Hansen' hanjd AT cox.net [sd-birds]" ]
22 Jul Barn Owl Update - Charles Mix county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
21 Jul Pacific Wren & others ["'Jensen, Kent' kent.jensen AT sdstate.edu [sd-birds]" ]
20 Jul Black Hills ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
19 Jul Announcing: BIRDING FIELD TRIP in the Piedmont area - SATURDAY, JULY 26 ["dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
16 Jul wwcr ["George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" ]
16 Jul Lazuli in Grant County...yes, really a Lazuli in eastern Grant County,no less ["Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" ]
15 Jul need help identifying call ["petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
14 Jul PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
14 Jul mallie03 ["john gilman bartgilman AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
13 Jul Birder's map of US ["Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
13 Jul ruhu ["George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" ]
12 Jul Report - July 12, 2014, Northern Hills Bird Club field trip ["dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
12 Jul Henslow's Sparrow ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
11 Jul Wood Thrush ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
11 Jul Black-billed Cuckoo - Charles Mix ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
11 Jul pigs and grosbeaks ["George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" ]
11 Jul Congressional Bill - Lead Ammo ["tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" ]
11 Jul Blue-gray Gnatcatchers - Sioux Falls ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
9 Jul Barn Owls - Charles Mix ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
9 Jul wrens and more ["George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" ]
8 Jul National Audubon Together Green Grant application link ["Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" ]
8 Jul Perkins county Baird's Sparrow, Sprague's Pipit ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
08 Jul Purple Martins ["Susan Wismer swismer AT brittonsd.com [sd-birds]" ]
7 Jul July 10 NHBC meeting - details ["dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
7 Jul PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
7 Jul NESDBC Outing ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
06 Jul Custer State Park & Badlands ["jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
6 Jul Baird's Sparrow - Butte County ["Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
5 Jul SFBC field trip - July 12 ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
5 Jul Ft Pierre ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
4 Jul Announcement - Sturgis area field trip - July 12 ["dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
3 Jul Sage Thrasher Pennington Co. ["dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
3 Jul American Avocets - Douglas county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
3 Jul Fwd: Sage Thrasher - Pennington ["Lynn Barber dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
01 Jul Coming to Custer State Park (greater area) ["rivermaster83 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
1 Jul A Passion for Birds ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
30 Jun PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
28 Jun Common Loon - Meade County ["Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
28 Jun Change of date for NHBC July meeting to July 10th ["dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
28 Jun Badlands and Black Hills Last Week ["pjkenny98 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
27 Jun Minnehaha/Lincoln counties post flood ["douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
27 Jun Henslow's Sparrows in Roberts County ["MARK OTNES markotnes AT cableone.net [sd-birds]" ]
26 Jun A. Bittern, Custer Co. ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
26 Jun Orchard Oriole nest weathers storm ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
25 Jun Blue Grosbeak ["jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
26 Jun Charles Mix Birds ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
25 Jun Eastern Meadowlark ["petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
25 Jun tardy report - Short-eared Owl in Butte county ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
24 Jun Common Loon ["Dlskadsen dlskadsen AT venturecomm.net [sd-birds]" ]
23 Jun Announcing Sundance, WY field trip, June 28 ["dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
23 Jun Short-eared owls - almost SD! ["'Maggie Engler' birdwoman AT q.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Jun Northern Cardinal -Pennington ["Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
21 Jun Crossbill Replies ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
20 Jun Fwd: [mou-net] Wood Stork, Faribault, Co update, update ["Jim Williams woodduck38 AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
20 Jun Wood Stork in Minnesota ["Jim woodduck38 AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
20 Jun broad-tailed hummer ["George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" ]
20 Jun Re: Crossbill Invasion? ["'Stafford, Caroline B' caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
18 Jun 2014 WRMC Final ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
18 Jun randy's meadowlark ["George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" ]
17 Jun Fwd: [NPCN] Northern Grasslands Conservation Strategy Meeting, July 2nd Montana ["Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" ]
16 Jun Re: shorebirds ["'Stafford, Caroline B' caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
16 Jun Re: Crossbill Invasion? ["'Stafford, Caroline B' caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
16 Jun Pygmy Nuthatch nest, N. Mockingbird, etc. - Custer county ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
16 Jun weekend Bird Tour results, Meade county ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
15 Jun shorebirds ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]

Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY RESULTS, RAPID CITY
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:40:11 -0600
30 species and 297 individuals were observed yesterday, July 28, on the
weekly  Canyon Lake Park survey by 4 surveyors.  Birds of note included a
new survey species FRANKLIN'S GULL  as well as Spotted Sandpiper, Chimney
Swift, Hairy Woodpecker, Cordilleran Flycatcher. Violet-green Swallow, Cedar
Waxwing and Yellow Warbler.

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City
Subject: Re: Rufous hummingbird continues -Pennington
From: "'Stafford, Caroline B' caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:22:58 +0000
I have had hummingbird past 2 days in flowers on deck and at feeder. Not male, 
can't tell species yet, observed from 2nd story window, straight down, only 
could see back and top of head, green, little brown observable. 


Caroline Stafford
Subject: Yellow-throated Vireos
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:32:04 +0000
I had a short time to bird in Yankton county this morning. There were 2-3 
singing Yellow-throated Vireos in the Gavin's Point Dam area in Yankton county 
today. They were really pretty! I also saw several Spotted Towhees, 
Great-crested Flycatchers, Eastern Wood-Pewees along with the usual summer 
crowd. 


Yesterday in the rain, we saw a nice variety of shorebirds at the LANWR in 
Charles Mix county and a couple of Least Terns cruising above the tailrace at 
the Ft. Randall Dam. The Barn Owl young are doing great! 



Kelly Preheim

Armour, SD
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Subject: Birds seen - NHBC field trip on July 26 (Meade Co.)
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:13:46 -0400 (EDT)
 I tried to post this earlier but received a message that it did not go to 
SD-birds, so I'm trying again: 






The birding on the Northern Hills Bird Club field trip on July 26 went to 
Piedmont, Deerview Road, Elk Creek Road, Sevey Lake and Vieth's Lake, all in 
Meade County. There were 10 participants including 2 guests. Thanks to Kathy 
McClellan and Chris Carbone for keeping their feeders full and welcoming us to 
their yard. Following is the list of the 62 species seen on the field trip: 

 
Canada Goose
Gadwall
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Killdeer
Upland Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit
Baird's Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope
Wilson's Snipe
California Gull
Rock Pigeon
 Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Western Wood-Pewee
Eastern Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Mountain Bluebird
American Robin
Eur. Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Orchard Oriole
House Finch
Red Crossbill
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
 
Lynn Barber
Rapid City, SD


Subject: Fwd: [SF-BC] Shorebirds at Weisensee
From: "douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:43:43 -0500
> 
> Hi Birders,
> 
> After all the surrounding states reporting so many migrating shorebirds, I 
decided yesterday that I'd go looking in Western Minnehaha County (our normal 
Potholes Route). 

> 
> This morning, still with the rain on the way, I decided that since any 
shorebird that couldn't stand rain is most likely extinct, I'd look for them 
anyway. 

> 
> Heading out, there were very few birds--singing Dickcissels were the 
exception, plus a few singing yellowthroats and Song Sparrows. 

> 
> Grackles and RW Blackbirds are starting to flock--so autumn is approaching.
> 
> Not one waterfowl, wader or grebe seen until WEISENSEE. And only 2-3 
Killdeer. 

> 
> However, Weisensee south of the road is now a large mud flat--and smells 
bad--so there were 1000s of shorebirds. 

> 
> Even in the bad light (rain) I found 13 species--and there were probably 
more. 

> 
> One bird could have been something special, but again, the light was not even 
good for photos. 

> 
> It could have been a stint of some kind. But no call.
> 
> There were a few ducks--Ruddy, Mallard and BW Teal. One Pied-billed Grebe on 
the north side. 

> 
> No geese. The first time in months (years?) that I did not see (or hear) one 
Canada Goose. 

> 
> So--at least I got my July shorebirds!
> 
> 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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> 
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> 
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Subject: Rufous hummingbird continues -Pennington
From: "Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:40:03 -0600
We have been getting regular visits over the last 3 days from a Female adult 
Rufous Hummingbird. I'll post a few poor shots on my Flickr site later today. 


Dick Latuchie
Rapid City

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Subject: Shorebirds at Weisensee
From: "douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:55:12 -0500
Hi SDOU,

After all the surrounding states reporting so many migrating shorebirds, I 
decided yesterday that I'd go looking in Western Minnehaha County (our normal 
Potholes Route). 


This morning, still with the rain on the way, I decided that since any 
shorebird that couldn't stand rain is most likely extinct, I'd look for them 
anyway. 


Heading out, there were very few birds--singing Dickcissels were the exception, 
plus a few singing yellowthroats and Song Sparrows. 


Grackles and RW Blackbirds are starting to flock--so autumn is approaching.

Not one waterfowl, wader or grebe seen until WEISENSEE. And only 2-3 Killdeer.

However, Weisensee south of the road is now a large mud flat--and smells 
bad--so there were 1000s of shorebirds. 


Even in the bad light (rain) I found 13 species--and there were probably more.

One bird could have been something special, but again, the light was not even 
good for photos. 


It could have been a stint of some kind. But no call.

There were a few ducks--Ruddy, Mallard and BW Teal. One Pied-billed Grebe on 
the north side. 


No geese. The first time in months (years?) that I did not see (or hear) one 
Canada Goose. 


So--at least I got my July shorebirds!

Doug




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Sioux Falls, SD
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Subject: Hummingbird - Pennington
From: "Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:46:32 -0600
Just saw first Hummingbird of the season in our yard. Not sure, but likely a 
female Rufous. 


Dick Latuchie
Rapid City

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Subject: Sevey's Lake - Meade
From: "Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:30:47 -0600
Tried to do a little scouting this morning for the NHBC Outing this Saturday. 
Waterfowl on Sevey’s were relatively few, but lots of young Mallards, 
Shovelers, Coots, and Gadwalls. Lots of vegetation on the lake means that you 
need patience to find shorebirds, but there were some Greater Yellowlegs, 
Baird’s Sandpipers, Phalaropes, Killdeer, and Avocets around. Single Solitary 
and Spotted Sandpipers. Also a couple of Wilson’s Snipe, which I don’t find 
there very often. The continuing Common Loon was seen at Veith’s Dam. 


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Subject: well-travelled shorebird, Perkins county
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:45:08 -0600
Last Sunday I visited a good shorebird spot in western Perkins county -
southwest of Prairie City along 131 St. about a mile east of Sorum Road.
Among the ~400 birds of 15 shorebird species was a Semipalmated Sandpiper
with a yellow flag. Turns out that the bird was first captured in March
2013 on the coast of central Peru.

Nancy Drilling
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Subject: Various Bird Notes
From: "'Jeff Hansen' hanjd AT cox.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:50:20 -0500
Was in SD last week and thought I would share some sightings and
information.

 

Didn't really bird but did find a nice flock of about 40 bobolinks in the
pasture.  The farm is NOT a desert of corn and soybeans so there are places
for grassland birds to nest.

 

Nest boxes on the farm fledged one bluebird family and 4 tree swallow
families and at least 7 house wren families.  Sadly the last box of tree
swallows only fledged one baby.  The other four died in the nest and were
fully feathered.  I just don't get why they would have died.  Any ideas?
The corpses had son signs of injury (like from a house sparrow).  

 

Two pairs of rose breasted grosbeaks along with young come to the feeders.
Neat sight to see at close range.  They sure are bulky birds with huge
beaks.

 

Nest box trapping of starlings and house sparrows continues.  An amazing 103
starlings have been trapped this year.  Surprisingly even the juveniles
enter the nest boxes this time of year.  Since starlings are double brooded,
removing 50 breeding females could actually be preventing an additional 500
starlings from entering the local population.  Good news for the
woodpeckers.  

 

About 40 breeding house sparrows have been caught.  Interestingly most of
those occurred once the starlings had been trapped out.  If house sparrows
are triple brooded, that is about 300 sparrow offspring that weren't
produced.

 

I never thought bluebirds and tree swallows would ever nest in the farm yard
because of all of the house sparrows but it happened.  

 

House wrens were the real competitors, filling about every nest box they
could.  They also destroyed the first clutch of tree swallow eggs.

 

No woodpeckers nested in nest boxes, although a pair of downies excavated
one box but then were driven away by starlings.

 

Lastly, thought I'd share that one of SD's very own, Kelly Preheim, has 144
bird photos on the BirdsEye app.  She is ranked #10 out of all contributors
by number of photos used in the app for N America.  Congrats to Kelly.

See ranking at
http://www.birdsinthehand.com/photos/photographers.html?app_variant=NAmerica

 

Jeff Hansen

Mitchell area
Subject: Barn Owl Update - Charles Mix county
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:41:29 +0000
Ron and I went to check on the Barn Owls at the same place in Charles Mix 
county where they had been seen twelve days ago. The adult Barn Owl flew out of 
the house right away and when we got upstairs to the spot where they were 
located, we could see that all seven were still alive and their beautiful brown 
and golden feathers were starting to show. There still is a big size difference 
among them. I have photos and video on my Flickr site: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 




At the Lake Andes NWR Trail today we saw two Yellow-billed Cuckoos and one was 
calling. There were many Spotted Sandpipers along the lake shore. It was a very 
hot and humid morning, but it was still good birding! 




I have been seeing some shorebirds north of Armour in Douglas county. 
Shorebirds seen in the last few days were: a Willet, Wilson's Snipe, Baird's 
Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs, Upland 
Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, 
Solitary Sandpiper and 60+ Killdeer. There were over 50 Yellow-headed 
Blackbirds near that same pond in the field and there are lots of Mourning 
Doves and Dickcissels everywhere! It is very, very dry in our area and many of 
the ponds are either dried up or soon will be. 




Bad news on one of the Bald Eagle nests that I monitor. When I went to check on 
it, it was gone. Apparently it collapsed and I'm not surprised as it was in a 
dead tree and it was the largest nest I've ever seen. There were two adult Bald 
Eagles nearby, but not any eaglets that I could find. 



On a brighter note, the countryside is filled with fledglings on fence lines 
waiting for food. 




Kelly Preheim

Armour, SD

Subject: Pacific Wren & others
From: "'Jensen, Kent' kent.jensen AT sdstate.edu [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:40:49 +0000
Thanks to George Prisbe! He directed us up Ward Draw, and we (Sandy and I) were 
able to see (briefly) the Pacific Wren and hear it sing repeatedly last Friday 
(18th). Certainly a determined little guy that likes to stay hidden high in the 
spruces and arboreal lichen! We also saw Townsend’s Solitaire (near the start 
of the trail), many, many brown creepers, red crossbill, red-naped sapsucker, 
northern flicker, ovenbird, Audubon’s warbler, American robin, Swainson’s 
thrush, black-capped, chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, American goldfinch, 
song sparrow, white-winged junco, pine siskin, mallard, great-blue heron, 
red-tailed hawk, turkey vulture, western wood-pewee (near start of trail), 
black-headed grosbeak on the jaunt. We also were able to enjoy the maurading 
hordes of red crossbills and a nice look at 2 Cassin’s finches at George’s 
feeders! 


Thanks George!

K. C. Jensen, Ph.D.
Department of Natural Resource Management
SPB 138D, Box 2140B
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD  57007
(605)688-4781 (office)
(605)690-6104 (cell)
(605)688-4515 (FAX)
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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 
George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds] 

Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2014 2:25 PM
To: sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [sd-birds] ruhu


just minutes ago.  our first rufous hummingbird of the year - a gorgeous male.

yesterday, i got a good look at the wren in ward draw. it appears to be a 
pacific. 


george prisbe
hanna, lawrence county
5700'

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Subject: Black Hills
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:24:16 -0500
 

Did  a run to the Black Hills to look for hummingbirds.

 

Friday-Sun -Hell Canyon, Custer County- 

Several male and a couple female Broad-tailed Humming birds,

I observed 2 male and a few female Rufous Hummingbirds

I have a couple I have to ID through picture but probably just odd
Broad-tailed or Rufous.

 

Other highlights- Clarks Nutcrackers  at Hell Canyon and Lesser Goldfinch at
Whitney preserve and Cascade Springs in Fall River County.

 

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Announcing: BIRDING FIELD TRIP in the Piedmont area - SATURDAY, JULY 26
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:38:13 -0400 (EDT)
TheNorthern Hills Bird Club (NHBC) will conduct a field trip in Piedmont and 
therural area east of Piedmont in Meade County on Saturday July 26, 
2014.Interested participants will meet at the Piedmont Park (across from the 
postoffice on the corner of Main & 2nd Streets) at 7:30 AM and thetrip will 
depart at 8:00 AM. The trip is planned for half of the day. Birdersof all 
levels are welcome and there is no charge for participating. For 
furtherinformation contact Lynn Barber, 682-365-6531. 


Thisarea to be covered by the field trip produced 59 species on the morning of 
July19 when surveyed by Jocie Baker and Lynn Barber. Highlights included: 
CommonLoon, Cooper's Hawk, American Avocet, Marbled Godwit, Wilson’s Snipe, 
Wilson’s Phalarope, Black-billedMagpie, Cedar Waxwing, Western Tanager, and 
Dickcissel. Hopefully most of thesebirds will be seen on the July 26th field 
trip. 

--
Lynn Barber
Rapid City
Subject: wwcr
From: "George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:56:18 -0400 (EDT)
this morning, in with the hordes of marauding flying pigs, was a male 
white-winged crossbill - keeping sordid company, i guess. 



no hummers for past two days. 


george prisbe 
hanna, lawrence county 
5700' 





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


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"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: Lazuli in Grant County...yes, really a Lazuli in eastern Grant County,no less
From: "Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:43:41 +0000
You know you guys are going to think I'm a nut, but what I report is actually 
seen, it really is, or I wouldn't say anything 

After have been avoiding birding in North America for a few weeks, although I 
saw 93 species in Europe on a tourist holiday, (I know every holiday is a 
birding holiday) on Sunday I took up the mantle again, loaded my car with 
camera, scopes, field guides and off I went to Manitowoc WI to see Little 
Gulls, it was quite successful (saw 9) and I would encourage you to go 
but.....that is Wisconsin not South Dakota 


The wife talks me into a hottub this beautiful morning in Milbank, no wind, 
high sky, what a glorious morning. 


Sitting there soaking and then I hear something in my half grown cotton wood, 
the largest tree in my yard, not thirty feet away. I live 1.5 miles NE of the 
insurance building, just north of the Whetstone north fork. My wife asks what 
is that, a click with a song. Immediately I think bunting but that doesn't 
sound like any Indigo, I've ever heard, I run songs through my head and for a 
moment I'm confused thinking what on earth sounds like that in Grant County 
South Dakota. Then it pops out, orange chest white belly and then sings one 
more round and flies away over my house and all of a sudden my west river birds 
pop into my head, 

"Crap. That Is a Lazuli Bunting." When I played the song after going inside 
even she the non-birder could tell 


I have no doubt what I was looking at, even with bare eyes (and most everything 
else) it was plainly obvious, but what that male Lazuli was doing here I have 
no clue unless pushed east by the wind? 


And to be totally honest, I have never seen one in SD before, just Wyoming/ 
Montana/ Arizona.....with the luck I've had this year, the Pribolofs in 
September...Narba better get their emails ready......I'm on a roll! 


Brad

Brad McDonald,
Milbank, SD 57252
888 733 4428(o)
605 432 5669(f)

Subject: need help identifying call
From: "petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jul 2014 07:57:42 -0700
Good morning SD birds,

I heard a bird calling out on the prairie near our new house this morning that 
I don't think I have ever heard before. It was a very high two-note call with 
the latter note about a major second higher than the first. It was a very clear 
call, but not piercing - had the timbre and very high pitch of the calls that 
Horned Larks make. I believe there were actually two birds calling to each 
other, although one may have been moving around. I was too busy with my baby 
who had been up half the night with a fever to investigate. My guess is some 
kind of sparrow, although I am familiar with most of the sparrow songs/calls 
around here, so I am truly stumped. Any suggestions would be greatly 
appreciated! 


Peter Hill
Pine Ridge
Shannon Co.
 

Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK, RAPID CITY
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:42:45 -0600
This morning, with temps between 54 and 63 degrees F., 6 surveyors observed
32 species and 338 individuals at Canyon Lake Park.  5 waterfowl species
were present.  Birds of note included: Osprey, Chimney Swift, MERLIN,
Eastern Kingbird, Chipping Sparrow and Red Crossbill.   

Jocelyn Lee Baker

Rapid City
Subject: mallie03
From: "john gilman bartgilman AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:38:54 -0700
http://bettips.ts9.ru/draimbsdf77.php









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From: john gilman 7/14/2014 8:38:50 AM
Subject: Birder's map of US
From: "Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:08:18 -0600
http://www.birdersconundrum.blogspot.com.  Don't miss this!

Dick Latuchie
Rapid City

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Subject: ruhu
From: "George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:24:49 -0400 (EDT)
just minutes ago. our first rufous hummingbird of the year - a gorgeous male. 


yesterday, i got a good look at the wren in ward draw. it appears to be a 
pacific. 



george prisbe 
hanna, lawrence county 
5700' 



"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: Report - July 12, 2014, Northern Hills Bird Club field trip
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:27:01 -0400 (EDT)

NHBC field trip, July 12, 2014
15 participants, of which 3 were out-of-area guests. We drove from fromSturgis 
to Vanocker Canyon, Galena Rd. and forest road #536, from 8:00 AM tonoon and 
had 42 species. 

 
Birds seen:
 
Wild Turkey
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
American Three-toed Woodpecker (seen well by 2 participants)
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood-Pewee
Least Flycatcher
Cordilleran Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Plumbeous Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Townsend’s Solitaire
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Cedar Waxwing
Ovenbird
MacGillivray’s Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Yellow Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Red Crossbill
House Finch
American Goldfinch
-- -- -- -- 
Lynn Barber
Rapid City, SD
Subject: Henslow's Sparrow
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:18:04 -0500
Dan Svingen found a singing Henslow's Sparrow on the Ft Pierre Grasslands
this am.

 

It was along FS Trail 265 in Jones County.

I was able to see it with Dan about 12:00.

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Wood Thrush
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:56:44 -0500
While sitting on our front porch the past two evenings, we were very surprised 
to hear the flute-like notes of a Wood Thrush singing across the street. We 
rarely see or hear them in this area. 



Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: Black-billed Cuckoo - Charles Mix
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:03:32 +0000
I headed to the refuge and thought I'd check out one spot that I hadn't been to 
in a long time. I got out of the Blazer and look across the road in a dead 
branch on the ground and there was a Black-billed Cuckoo! This bird was more 
interested in me than I in him and that is saying something! It flew over my 
head and seemed to be posing for me in different areas. I actually had to leave 
him! That is unusual! 


It was a very bird-y morning with Blue Grosbeaks, Indigo Buntings, Red-eyed 
Vireos, Bell's Vireos, Warbling Vireos, Upland Sandpipers, Northern Cardinals, 
Bobolinks, Vesper, Savannah, and Song Sparrows, Common Yellowthroat, Horned 
Larks, Eastern and Western Kingbirds, lots of Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, 
American White Pelicans, etc. Many young birds have fledged and were being fed 
today. 




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


Kelly

Armour, SD
Subject: pigs and grosbeaks
From: "George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:24:55 -0400 (EDT)
you know that expression "when pigs fly?" well, i have news. they can! they are 
called crossbills and siskins. like others have reported, we have been 
inundated with red crossbills. fortunately, they are frequently summoned by 
some inaudible siren call, when they lift in unison and a loud chorus of 
frenzied rattled chip calls, gathering at nearby tree tops - where they appear 
to be celebrating their attempt to eat me out of house and home. 



last evening, during a recess from the crossbill gluttony, three evening 
grosbeaks took advantage of the vacant feeders. this is my first sighting of 
this species, at hanna, this year. fortunately, the black-headed grosbeaks and 
cassin's finches are not intimidated by the crossbill numbers. 



heard the winter wren in ward draw again this morning. the last two occasions 
have not yielded visual observation. i admit to not being good with calls and 
after spending time listening to winter and pacific wren calls, i am not 
certain of the species of this particular bird - even though i did see what i 
previously reported as a pacific wren, earlier this season. 



i marked the location with purple survey tape, on the creek side of the trail, 
about 75 yards above "fairy rock." this site is beyond the landslide area and 
approximately one half mile from the draw entrance of 209 1A. 



george prisbe 
hanna, lawrence county 
5700' 









this morning i was greeted by the wistful calling of a western wood-peewee. 
this species is not abundant at this elevation of the northern hills, though 
"old timers" tell me that they were once more common. 



"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: Congressional Bill - Lead Ammo
From: "tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:08:47 -0500
http://kjzz.org/content/37003/bill-would-ban-lead-ammo-regulation-advances-through-us-senate 


Congress is about to pass a bill that BANS the ability to regulate  
lead ammunition.  Or lead fishing equipment like weights.  Never mind  
that ingest of lead has resulted in dangerous lead levels for nearly  
every wild condor out there.  Never mind that other species, bird and  
otherwise, also are at risk from lead exposure.  Never mind that there  
are potential alternatives.

Congress has decided campaign contributions and political pressure  
from the NRA trumps, well, everything.


Terry Sohl
Brandon


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Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatchers - Sioux Falls
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:00:06 +0000
We were in Sioux Falls today for appointments and we had 15 minutes to kill, so 
we stopped at the top of Sherman Park. Of course I had to go birding and right 
away I thought I heard the Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and then when I pished, 3 of 
them came flying out of a tree. They were about 4 feet away from me at eye 
level. They were beautiful! Unfortunately my camera was in the car. When will I 
learn. 




Kelly

Armour, SD

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Subject: Barn Owls - Charles Mix
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:21:17 +0000
This afternoon one of my six-year old students contacted me and wanted to show 
me something. I met his family at an old farm place in Charles Mix county. We 
crept up the stairs of this old, dilapidated house that once belonged to his 
great grandparents. When we got into the bedroom, Allen's mother quietly 
stepped ahead to peek in the closet. The adult Barn Owl flew out at her talons 
first! It went across the room and then back into the closet again where it 
quietly slipped out a hole to the outdoors. When we looked in the corner of the 
closet there were seven young owls looking at us. They were of varying sizes 
and their behavior was really interesting. They would sway back and forth and 
their hissing was much louder than what I would have expected from such small 
birds. It was quite interesting! We kept our visit short as to not upset the 
family. This was my first really good look at Barn Owls. I'd seen one peek its 
head out of the bluffs while kayaking at Springfield a couple of years ago. It 
was a very cool experience! 


Photos at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/sets/72157645189571670/



Kelly

Armour, SD
Subject: wrens and more
From: "George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:09:10 -0400 (EDT)
winter wrens (presumably pacific) are now present in both ward and keough draws 
in the immediate area of hanna, lawrence county. yesterday, for the first time 
ever, i heard a wren energetically singing in keough gulch (a rough two track 
about a half mile south of the junction of hanna road and long draw). the 
habitat in this draw is identical to that of ward draw (which is now 
permanently gated) where winter/pacific wrens have been found for years. 



also found in keough draw was a black-backed woodpecker. these birds, along 
with the american three-toed, seem to be following the spread of pine beetles 
in the area and are much more easily found in recently affected stands of pine 
- a sickly yellow-green color - as opposed to red trees or those which have 
already dropped needles. 



macgillivray warbler, gray jay, red-naped sapsucker, black-headed grosbeak, 
dusky and cordilleran flycatcher numbers are strong. cassin's finch and western 
tanager sightings are both up from previous years. broad-tailed hummer 
appearances have been low and erratic, with the best location being near yates 
pond at cheyenne crossing. osprey continue to fish the area - where they are 
coming from, or possibly nesting, i have yet to determine. 



this message is in revenge for all the postings of sexy warblers and shorebirds 
that you east river birders fill this list-serve with - causing me to suffer 
pangs of envy. 



so, for at least for awhile, eat your hearts out, as i bask in the cool, 
non-humid, mosquito free northern hills! 





george prisbe 
hanna, lawrence county 
5700' 



"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: National Audubon Together Green Grant application link
From: "Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 12:12:41 -0600
Nancy Hilding
President
Prairie Hills Audubon Society

To SD Birds

I forward this e-mail from National Audubon Society about their together Green 
Grant program. 

Mid Career conservationists (in any state) can apply for a $10,000 grant via 
the fellowship grant program. 

One topic to have a project for is about >> Protect habitat and species in 
targeted landscapes, 

so if anyone is working for protection of birds (or other species), and need 
$10,000 you might check it out. 

I think August 15th is the deadline.

====================




View this message on the web

Dear Nancy,

Did you see yesterday’s message with our call for Toyota TogetherGreen (TTG) 
fellowship and grant applications? If not, I wanted to give you a second 
chance, because this could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you or 
someone in your network. 


As a former TTG Fellow, I can speak to the high-caliber, transformative 
experience this program offers (read more about my fellowship, below). The 
FELLOWSHIP provides primo leadership development tools, an ongoing support 
network, and $10,000 in funding to individuals wishing to take their 
conservation leadership to the next level. The GRANTS program awards between 
$5K and $80K to boost your conservation project, combining it with stellar 
training and mentoring to help ensure your success. You will meet and network 
with other conservation leaders from around the country, be infused with new 
ideas and inspiration, and gain the tools and confidence you need to put your 
passion into action. 


I strongly encourage YOU, Nancy, to apply today to become a FELLOW or GRANTEE. 
Please feel free to circulate this opportunity widely, as it is open to those 
both inside and outside the Audubon family. If you have any questions, or are 
still wondering whether this is the opportunity for you, please join one of the 
following webinars and/or contact the program coordinators directly. 


Prospective Grant Applicants:

Info session: July 22, 2:00 pm EDT - Register 
Contact: John Rowden (jrowden AT audubon.org)

Prospective Fellowship Applicants:

Info session: July 24, 2:00 pm EDT - Register 
Contact: Luisa Arnedo (larnedo AT audubon.org)

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Most Sincerely,

Rebecca Richter 
2011 Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow 
Program Associate, Audubon Chapter Services

*** ****** ***

 	
 	Rebecca Richter
About my TTG experience:

In 2011, after years of hearing from Chapters about their challenges with 
recruiting young leaders, I used my Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship to work 
closely with my local Chapter to tackle this issue. Through a series of 
outreach strategies and engaging events, we learned a great deal, had tons of 
fun, and recruited new participants, members, volunteers, and a couple of new 
millennial leaders! Now, I am applying those lessons learned to help all 
Chapters in the Audubon network through providing training and other resources. 
I couldn’t have done it without the Toyota TogetherGreen team! 






Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship Program

Applications for the 2014 Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship Program are now open. 
The deadline to submit an online application is August 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM PDT. 
For more information please go to the How to Apply page. 


Since 2008, Toyota and Audubon, through TogetherGreen, have funded innovative 
community-based conservation projects, trained environmental leaders, and 
engaged volunteers in opportunities that benefit their local environment. 
Toyota TogetherGreen-supports projects tackling environmental issues as diverse 
as the populations they serve. Diversity and strategic partnerships are core 
tenets of Toyota TogetherGreen’s funding guidelines. We seek to fund projects 
that engage those communities traditionally underrepresented in the 
conservation movement, and those that build partnerships that lead to 
measurable results. When communities work together, as Toyota and Audubon 
demonstrate, we can exponentially magnify our impact. 


The Toyota TogetherGreen Fellowship Program invests in promising and proven 
leaders who are committed to empowering others and to creating positive 
environmental change in their communities and organizations. Each Toyota 
TogetherGreen Fellow will receive professional development opportunities, a 
$10,000 grant to help support an innovative community-based conservation 
project, and an opportunity to network with a cadre of committed leaders. 


Fellows are selected every year from within the Audubon network and from other 
organizations outside of Audubon to participate in this 12-month-long program. 


All Fellows are required to conduct a community-based conservation project to 
achieve measurable outcomes in one or more of the following Toyota 
TogetherGreen conservation goals: 


Habitat: Protect habitat and species in targeted landscapes
Water: Protect water resources by improving water quality and water supply for 
all living things 

Energy: Reduce the threat of greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy use 
and/or improving energy efficiency. 

To achieve these goals, community-based conservation projects should also 
engage new and diverse audiences in conservation action. 


Toyota TogetherGreen Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, but 
share a commitment to learning and leading—using their knowledge, skills, and 
motivation to engage others in conservation action and achieve results. 


*In interest of diversifying the environmental movement, which is a goal of the 
Toyota TogetherGreen program, ethnic minorities and members of other 
underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply. 


You can download all information about the Fellowship Program in the Fellows 
Application Guidelines. This covers everything you will find on the website and 
more. 







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





Subject: Perkins county Baird's Sparrow, Sprague's Pipit
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 10:31:03 -0600
Monday morning I searched the normal breeding areas of Baird's Sparrow and
Sprague's Pipit in northern and western Perkins County. There are usually
reliable spots throughout Grand River National Grassland but this year the
place is choked in yellow clover and I didn't find anything except a lot of
Lark Buntings and Dickcissels. I found one Baird's Sparrow outside the
Grassland in a relatively clover-free native pasture on Cedar Butte Road
and one Sprague's Pipit at a fairly reliable spot on Divide Road.

Nancy Drilling

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Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Rapid City, SD

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Subject: Purple Martins
From: "Susan Wismer swismer AT brittonsd.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 10:56:57 -0500
I thought I was lucky to have sub adult martins stop by and stay at my 
new purple martin house at the end of May.  I didn't know if they'd nest 
or not--do they consistently?  I only saw three birds, and assumed 
that's all there were. But, either the other half of the pairs were 
already nesting, or more showed up, because when I checked the boxes 
last week,  to my surprise I found a nest with an egg and a new 
hatching!  Then last night I checked and two more nests had three eggs 
each, and the hatchling was much bigger, with just a little fuzz on 
him.  I've pulled out a big house sparrow nest from one of the boxes 
each time.  The martin nests are made of cattail reeds and/or corn 
husks--nothing smaller.

-- 
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Subject: July 10 NHBC meeting - details
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 21:50:10 -0400 (EDT)

 The July meeting of the Northern Hills Bird Club will be held at Gene & 
Sally's house, 273 

Westberry Court N, Rapid City. From Nemo Road turn onto Westberry Trail Rd.At
 the top of the hill turn left and continue straight to the end of the
street. The house is on the left side of the circle, in a stand of pines.If
 you would like to look at our birds, you are welcome to come any time
after 5 PM. Gene & Sally will provide chicken salad, other salads, cold drinks, 

dishes and utensils. Members/guests attending are requested to bring a side
dish, if possible. It would be nice to know how many will be attending.
Send us an e-mail if you know you can make it, or just show up if it is a
last minute decision (gene AT neopaleo.net).   Either way is fine.   

Sent by Lynn Barber
Rapid City 

Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 18:45:54 -0600
34 species and 357 individuals were observed this morning, July 7, at Canyon
Lake Park by 6 observers.  4 waterfowl species were present.  Birds of note
included Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Spotted Sandpiper, Hairy Woodpecker,
Cordilleran Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing and a
young Brown-headed Cowbird.

Jocelyn Lee Baker

Rapid City
Subject: NESDBC Outing
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:18:51 -0500
Northeast South Dakota Birding Club will conduct a field trip on Saturday July 
12th to Waubay NWR and to Pickerel Lake SP with a possible stop at Pierpont 
Lake. For those wanting to meet us at the Waubay Refuge HQ we will try to 
arrive by 8:30 AM. Everyone else meet at the Aberdeen Senior Center at 7:00 and 
we will leave right about that time. We should get nesting songbirds and 
hopefully a surprise or two. 


Heads up for next couple of outings will be:
August 9th to Ordway Prairie and surrounding area looking for grassland birds.
September 13 to Blue Cloud Abbey for grassland birds and fall migrating 
songbirds. 


Gary Olson
Subject: Custer State Park & Badlands
From: "jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Jul 2014 19:39:27 -0700
Spent the holiday weekend in Custer State Park and the surrounding area and 
returned home through the Badlands this afternoon. Highlights included... 

 

 Lover's Leap Trail, State Game Lodge, CSP: Mountain Bluebird, Red-breasted 
Nuthatch, Western Tanager, Violet-green Swallow, Black-headed Grosbeak 

 

 Wildlife Loop - Mountain Bluebird, Western Tanager, Brewer's Blackbird
 

 Blue Bell Lodge - Townsend's Solitaire (cabin area, incidental)
 

 Hell Canyon Trail - White-throated Swift, Western Wood-Pewee, Plumbeous Vireo 
(on nest, feeding young), MacGillivray's Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak 

 

 Badger Hole - Cordilleran Flycatcher (with a pair feeding young in a nest 
under Badger Clark's cabin awning), Red-naped Sapsucker 

 

 Badlands - Prairie Falcon (a pair inverting and stooping from the cliff tops 
near the center of the park, visible from the main road), Loggerhead Shrike 
(atop a tree just inside the East entrance) 

 

 Pictures of a handful of these birds: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/with/14258536213 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/with/14258536213 

 

 Joe C
 Sioux Falls
Subject: Baird's Sparrow - Butte County
From: "Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 16:13:00 -0600
I saw two Baird’s Sparrows this morning on MDU Rd. Got decent scope views, able 
to distinguish from the more common Grasshopper’s. Too far away to hear the 
song, though. Lots of Chestnut-collared Longspurs there and on JB Rd., in 
Harding County. Also on JB Road - a couple of Bank Swallows near the turnoff 
from the Highway. 


Dick Latuchie
Rapid City

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Subject: SFBC field trip - July 12
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:58:46 -0700
The Sioux Falls Bird Club will have a field trip next Saturday, July 12. Those 
interested will meet at the Outdoor Campus at 7:00 a.m. The scheduled 
destination is Good Earth at Blood Run State Park southeast of Sioux Falls, 
which should be good for woodland nesting species right now. The mosquitos and 
gnats have been making their presence known, so bringing bug repellent of some 
kind would be a good idea. 


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Subject: Ft Pierre
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:23:27 -0500
Not much new here.

 

Still have my possible nesting Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

 

Had 2 Black-billed Cuckoo's this week- on in my yard- one on BBS route.

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Announcement - Sturgis area field trip - July 12
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 17:19:07 -0400 (EDT)
BIRDING FIELDTRIP-SATURDAY, JULY 12
 
TheNorthern Hills Bird Club (NHBC) will conduct a field trip in the Sturgis 
area,including the Vanocker Canyon/Galena area west of Sturgis on Saturday July 
12,2014. Interested participants will meet at the Sturgis McDonald’s at 7:30 
AMand the trip will depart at 8:00 AM. The trip is planned for half of the 
day.Birders of all levels are welcome and there is no charge for participating. 
Forfurther information contact Lynn Barber, 682-365-6531. 

Lynn Barber
Rapid City, SD
Subject: Sage Thrasher Pennington Co.
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 13:25:47 -0400 (EDT)
I took a break from client work to drive east of Rapid City this morning (July 
3). On 

Antelope Creek Road is a Sage Thrasher about 9.4 miles from the Old Folsom end 
and just after the last bend that heads south when driving up to 44. The bird 
was on the road hunting bugs but was scared off by a passing vehicle. I'm going 

to wait a bit to see if it returns. I got blurry photos thru the front window.
Lynn Barber
Rapid City



Subject: American Avocets - Douglas county
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 16:40:00 +0000
I saw an amazing sight this morning! A year ago I had dubbed this one farm pond 
in Douglas county, "Avocet Pond". It lived up to its name because this morning 
I counted 97 American Avocets! There were also other shorebirds: Wilson's 
Phalaropes-30, Stilt Sandpipers-23, Willets-2, Marbled Godwit-1, Greater 
Yellowlegs-2, Lesser Yellowlegs-1, and Killdeer 45+. 




I also watched two Eastern Bluebirds bringing food to their young in a tree 
cavity. I have never seen nesting EABL in my county, so that was neat to see. 




I have some photos I will post on my Flickr site later on today. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 




Kelly

Armour, SD

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Subject: Fwd: Sage Thrasher - Pennington
From: "Lynn Barber dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:58:40 -0600

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Lynn Barber 
> Date: July 3, 2014 at 8:37:47 AM MDT
> To: sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Sage Thrasher - Pennington
> 
> I took a break from client work to drive east of Rapid City this morning. On 
Antelope Creek Road is a Sage Thrasher about 9.4 miles from tje Old Folsom end 
and just after the last bend that heads south when driving up to 44. The bird 
was on the road hunting bugs but was scared off by a passing vehicle. I'm going 
to wait a bit to see if it returns. I got blurry photos thru the front window. 

> Lynn Barber
> Rapid City
> 
> Sent from my iPad
Subject: Coming to Custer State Park (greater area)
From: "rivermaster83 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Jul 2014 17:19:58 -0700
I am coming to CSP for vacation for the last weeks of July. During my stay I 
would like to scratch off as many "lifers" as possible. Highest on the list are 
the owls that are indigenous to your area, in particular the Burrowing Owl and 
Short-Eared Owl. In addition, I'd like to see as many of your common species as 
well (Buntings, Grosbeaks, Tanagers, Larks, etc). Due to my relatively short 
stay I would like as detailed places as possible to greatly increase my chances 
of finding these birds. Example: I see a Short-eared owl on Rte 27 by the red 
barn everyday. I know birds are birds and there are no guarantees but I will 
take what ever advice is offered. 

 

 Thanks,
 Dan
Subject: A Passion for Birds
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 14:32:19 +0000
This short film about birding is really good! It is called "A Passion for 
Birds" and it is 14 minutes long. It talks about how people feel about birding 
and I could relate to a lot of what they were saying and I think you will enjoy 
it too. 


http://vimeo.com/50144708



Kelly

Armour, SD

Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:42:04 -0600
30 species and 349 individuals were observed this morning, June 30, on the
weekly survey at Canyon Lake Park, Rapid City, by 6 surveyors.  4 waterfowl
species were present as well as 5 swallow species.  Birds of note included:
Chimney Swift, Eastern Kingbird (pair), WESTERN MEADOWLARK (rare park
species) and a Brown-headed Cowbird.

Jocelyn Lee Baker

Rapid City
Subject: Common Loon - Meade County
From: "Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:23:48 -0600
I was showing a fellow from NY around this morning, and we saw (and heard) a 
likely juvenile Common Loon at Veith's Dam on Elk Creek Rd. I hadn't previously 
seen one there or at Sevey's. 


Dick Latuchie
Rapid City



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Subject: Change of date for NHBC July meeting to July 10th
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:40:33 -0400 (EDT)
For those who may be interested in attending the July meeting of the Northern 
Hills Bird Club, please note that because of the 4th of July holiday, the July 
meeting will be on JULY 10, NOT on July 3. Information on the location in Rapid 
City (at Gene Hess's home) will be posted closer to that date. 


Lynn Barber
President, Northern Hills Bird Club
Rapid City, SD
Subject: Badlands and Black Hills Last Week
From: "pjkenny98 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jun 2014 06:22:22 -0700
We were in the Badlands and Hills last week. In the Badlands, saw several 
Burrowing Owls.. Also was very happy to see a Black billed Magpie. Was the 
first we'd seen there for several years. Saw a Lark Sparrow and Rock Wren. 

 The Highlights of the Black Hills were a pair of Black Headed Grosbeaks near 
Roughlock Falls plus a Sapsucker(thinking a Red Naped) 

 In the southern Hills, higlights were three Magpies, a Lazuli Bunting along 
French Creek, several Spotted Towhees, many Bluebirds both Eastern and 
Mountain. 

 Also saw many Lark Buntings, Western Meadowlarks, Upland Sandpipers throughout 
the trip along with Eared and Pied Billed Grebes, Avocets, Blue Herons and 2 
Bald Eagles. 

 Was a great trip.....but skunked on a Western Tanager Belted Kingfisher and 
American Dipper. 
Subject: Minnehaha/Lincoln counties post flood
From: "douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:03:13 -0500
Hi All,

\Mick Zerr and I went out south and east of Sioux Falls yesterday to see what 
the flood had brought. 


A week ago, right after the flood (I have wild pictures), I went out solo and 
found so much flooded that I had to return, most roads were blocked--even I-29 
(at MM 59/60--the Great-tailed Grackle marsh east of the interstate was over 
the highway). 


There were few birds a week ago--I did see a pair of Upland Sandpipers at the 
Worthing turnoff--displaying and the male was perched atop a telephone pole. 
Re-nesting seemed to be already underway! 


No other marsh birds--and very few others were found--one Blue Grosbeak was the 
best BotD. 


Yesterday we heard C Yellowthroats Dickcissel and others, and Red-winged 
Blackbirds were displaying like it was April! 


Few ducks anywhere, but it seems recovery is happening.

Doug




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Subject: Henslow's Sparrows in Roberts County
From: "MARK OTNES markotnes AT cableone.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:29:25 -0500
At about 9:00 this morning I found 2 Henslow's Sparrows north of Sica
Hollow in Roberts County.  The location is on the east side of 450th Avenue
just a little over 1/2 mile north of the intersection of 450th Ave and
109th St.  They were in a weedy and grassy area just north of a small
plowed patch of land.  I saw and heard one bird fairly close to the road
and heard another calling just a little further to the east.  The close
calling bird was loud enough that I heard it while driving slowly along the
road.

I didn't get much at Sica Hollow as many of the resident birds weren't
calling.  I did get 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos and a couple of Scarlet
Tanagers.  Mosquitoes aren't bad if you stay on the tar road, but watch out
if you get into the woods.

Mark Otnes
Fargo, ND
Subject: A. Bittern, Custer Co.
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:28:56 -0400 (EDT)
I've been hearing an American Bittern this evening, at a neighbor's
stock pond just south of my place, along Lower Spring Creek Road. I'll
have to check my records, but I'm pretty sure this is the first record
I have for this species in Custer Co, and at the same pond, since the
1990's.

Michael Melius
Subject: Orchard Oriole nest weathers storm
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:24:48 -0400 (EDT)
An Orchard Oriole pair is nesting in a cottonwood tree in my yard in
NE Custer Co. The female has been on the nest for over a week--her
tail is visible from below. Last evening we had quite a windstorm,
with strong winds for about 15 minutes. (It's actually only the
second or third violent storm here this year, among the many rain
showers we've had.) The wind was from the SW, and the nest is rather
far out on a branch on the south side of the tree, about 15 feet off
the ground. I was worried about it, as the branch was getting whipped
around pretty good. But apparently the nest survived the storm quite
well, as it appears intact this morning, with the female's tail
visible as usual.

Michael Melius
Folsom
Subject: Blue Grosbeak
From: "jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jun 2014 19:35:14 -0700
There was a Blue Grosbeak singing just before sundown this evening on S 
Riverview Ave (just off Highway 11, the first turn east of Perry Nature Area). 
I first spotted it less than a quarter of a mile off Highway 11 atop the red 
cattle gate on the east side of the road, from which it flew to a solitary 
group of small trees/bushes on the west side of the road. It remained for some 
time singing from these tree tops and remained still as I drove away. Didn't 
have the camera along, of course... 

 

 

 Joe C
 Sioux Falls
 

 

 

Subject: Charles Mix Birds
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:19:49 +0000
I was asked what I've been seeing in my area. I only had a few hours to go 
birding this morning, so I didn't see as many species as I expected to. I was 
really hoping to see the Western Grebes and their young, but no luck yet. Here 
is a summary of what was in the Lake Andes NW Refuge. Birding in the early 
morning hours is wonderful! 


Summary
        Jun 24  Jun 25  Jun 26  Jun 27  Jun 28  Jun 29  Jun 30
Number of Species       --      57      --      --      --      --      --
Number of Individuals   --      698     --      --      --      --      --
Number of Checklists    --      7       --      --      --      --      --


Highest Count for a Species   (sample size)
Species Name    Jun 24  Jun 25  Jun 26  Jun 27  Jun 28  Jun 29  Jun 30
Wood Duck       --      8
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Mallard --      19
(5)     --      --      --      --      --
Ring-necked Pheasant    --      2
(3)     --      --      --      --      --
Double-crested Cormorant        --      3
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
American White Pelican  --      28
(4)     --      --      --      --      --
Great Blue Heron        --      7
(2)     --      --      --      --      --
Green Heron     --      4
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Northern Harrier        --      1
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Red-tailed Hawk --      1
(2)     --      --      --      --      --
Killdeer        --      11
(5)     --      --      --      --      --
Spotted Sandpiper       --      1
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Upland Sandpiper        --      5
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Ring-billed Gull        --      1
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Rock Pigeon     --      3
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Mourning Dove   --      25
(6)     --      --      --      --      --
Chimney Swift   --      3
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Red-headed Woodpecker   --      1
(2)     --      --      --      --      --
Downy Woodpecker        --      1
(2)     --      --      --      --      --
Northern Flicker        --      1
(2)     --      --      --      --      --
Willow Flycatcher       --      5
(3)     --      --      --      --      --
Western Kingbird        --      3
(3)     --      --      --      --      --
Eastern Kingbird        --      4
(5)     --      --      --      --      --
Bell's Vireo    --      1
(2)     --      --      --      --      --
Warbling Vireo  --      3
(4)     --      --      --      --      --
Red-eyed Vireo  --      2
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Blue Jay        --      2
(2)     --      --      --      --      --
Horned Lark     --      2
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Tree Swallow    --      2
(2)     --      --      --      --      --
Barn Swallow    --      19
(3)     --      --      --      --      --
House Wren      --      8
(5)     --      --      --      --      --
Sedge Wren      --      1
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
American Robin  --      7
(4)     --      --      --      --      --
Gray Catbird    --      4
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Brown Thrasher  --      1
(3)     --      --      --      --      --
European Starling       --      1
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Common Yellowthroat     --      4
(5)     --      --      --      --      --
American Redstart       --      1
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Yellow Warbler  --      6
(5)     --      --      --      --      --
Chipping Sparrow        --      1
(3)     --      --      --      --      --
Field Sparrow   --      2
(4)     --      --      --      --      --
Lark Sparrow    --      3
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Song Sparrow    --      4
(6)     --      --      --      --      --
Northern Cardinal       --      1
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  --      1
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Blue Grosbeak   --      1
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Indigo Bunting  --      1
(3)     --      --      --      --      --
Dickcissel      --      16
(5)     --      --      --      --      --
Bobolink        --      4
(3)     --      --      --      --      --
Red-winged Blackbird    --      50
(5)     --      --      --      --      --
Western Meadowlark      --      8
(2)     --      --      --      --      --
Yellow-headed Blackbird --      1
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
Common Grackle  --      20
(4)     --      --      --      --      --
Brown-headed Cowbird    --      15
(4)     --      --      --      --      --
Orchard Oriole  --      2
(4)     --      --      --      --      --
Baltimore Oriole        --      2
(4)     --      --      --      --      --
House Finch     --      1
(1)     --      --      --      --      --
American Goldfinch      --      8
(3)




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Subject: Eastern Meadowlark
From: "petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jun 2014 10:57:57 -0700
Recently returned from 3 weeks away in North Dakota. Now that I'm back here at 
work, I have noticed that that we have one of the "other" meadowlarks around. 
It sings all through the morning, every day, outside of my window - "Spring of 
the year". I still prefer the song of its western cousin, but it's a nice 
change of pace, since its a song I rarely hear in these parts. 


Peter Hill
Oglala
Shannon Co.
 

Subject: tardy report - Short-eared Owl in Butte county
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:36:47 -0600
Yesterday (Tuesday) morning I saw a Short-eared Owl flying over the far
west end of Albion Road, Butte county. This is the first one I've seen this
year. Also in the same 1.5 mi stretch of that road (last 1.5 mi before
entering Montana) were lots of Chestnut-collared Longspurs and Grasshopper
Sparrows, and a Ferruginous Hawk. The rest of the road, as well as almost
all of southern Butte county, is choked in blooming yellow clover and so I
didn't observe any grassland or sage-obligate species. I found a
clover-free area along Kiplinger Road where Brewer's Sparrows were singing.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: Common Loon
From: "Dlskadsen dlskadsen AT venturecomm.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:15:12 -0600
Observed one adult Common loon on Enemy Swim Lake, Day County, 
yesterday (6/23).  Did not observe any young however.

Dennis Skadsen


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Subject: Announcing Sundance, WY field trip, June 28
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:19:46 -0400 (EDT)

The Northern Hills Bird Club will have a field trip out of Sundance, Wyoming on 
Saturday, June 28. Meet at the West end Conoco station (I-90 Exit 185) at 7:30 
AM and the trip will depart at 8 AM. The trip will last into the afternoon, so 
bring a lunch. We will plan to have a picnic at Cooke Lake. Birders of all 
levels are welcome and there is no charge for participating. For further 
information contact Jean Adams at 307-283-2467. 

 
Lynn Barber, President
Northern Hills Bird Club
Rapid City
Subject: Short-eared owls - almost SD!
From: "'Maggie Engler' birdwoman AT q.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:47:49 -0600
On Sunday evening, June 22, John Halverson reported to me that he observed
three adult short-eared owls and two young 2.5 miles north of the SD/ ND
state line on Hwy 85. It was about 7:30pm. He saw two adults hunting near
the road, and watched them fly behind a rise with prey. There were two
youngsters, sitting on the ground. The adults fed them. Half a mile later he
saw a third adult.  

 

Maggie Engler

Rapid City
Subject: Northern Cardinal -Pennington
From: "Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 13:13:29 -0600
We had a male Cardinal in our yard just now, as well as a Brown Thrasher, two 
birds that we don't get here often. 


Dick Latuchie
Rapid City

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Subject: Crossbill Replies
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:12:20 -0600
Thanks to all of you who answered concerning a Red Crossbill irruption. Replies 
from Beulah and Gillette WY, South of Deadwood, Silver City, Blackhawk, and 
several in Rapid City all reported increased or large numbers of Red 
Crossbills. We still have lots here at our home 1.5 miles South of Whitewood. 


Vic/Donna Fondy
605-269-2553
Subject: Fwd: [mou-net] Wood Stork, Faribault, Co update, update
From: "Jim Williams woodduck38 AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 22:08:34 -0500

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



Begin forwarded message:

> From: Don Kienholz 
> Date: June 20, 2014 at 8:19:33 PM CDT
> To: MOU-NET AT LISTS.UMN.EDU
> Subject: [mou-net] Wood Stork, Faribault, Co update,  update
> Reply-To: Don Kienholz 
> 
> since there has been no updates since early afternoon here is an update.
> 
> The previously reported Wood Stork was seen by many up until 7:30 today when 
we left. The bird was still walking around the trees in the farm grove. Wayne 
Feder said it was ok to give the location, and no need to call him anymore. Go 
north on 169 approximately 1mile north of Interstate 90. Go left on cty rd 6 a 
short way to cty rd 8 then West 3.5 miles. Turn left/south on cty rd 5 and turn 
right at the driveway just before crossing over interstate 90. Park in the 
farmyard and look in the farm grove tree area west or north of buildings. 

> 
> DK
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Subject: Wood Stork in Minnesota
From: "Jim woodduck38 AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:25:53 -0500
A Wood Stork is being seen in Faribault County, Minnesota, near I-90. The bird 
was last reported west of CR5 and south of 

CR8 in a privately owned flooded field.

An observer, Wayne Feder, is in contact with the land owner. Feder asks that 
birders call him for directions or to make arrangements to view from the farm: 
507.351.6033. 


First posted to MOU-net by Chad Heins
Mankato, MN

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Subject: broad-tailed hummer
From: "George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:09:20 -0400 (EDT)
breaking news: just minutes ago, we had our first of season broad-tailed 
hummingbird. hopefully, this will be a better year for hummers, as last year 
individual numbers were much lower than normal with only three species observed 
- broad-tailed, rufous, and calliope. so here is to raising a glass of nectar 
for a better season! 



george prisbe 
hanna, lawrence county 
5700' 


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been more specific." Jane Wagner 


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Subject: Re: Crossbill Invasion?
From: "'Stafford, Caroline B' caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:17:26 +0000
Still have a pack of red crossbills coming in to feeder with sunflower seeds, 
and to birdbath. (sw Rapid City) 

Caroline Stafford
Subject: 2014 WRMC Final
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:37:56 -0600
This is the final and summary report of the West River Migration Count (WRMC) 
which was conducted May 9-12, 2014. 


The purpose of the WRMC is to survey bird populations and migration patterns in 
Western South Dakota counties from the North Dakota border to Nebraska. The 
count was started in 2002 as an outgrowth of the North American Migration 
Count. County coordinators recruit volunteer field and feeder observers to 
census the bird population by county for four days around the second weekend in 
May. This time period also overlaps with International Migratory Bird Day 
(IMRD) that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of 
birds to the United States from their wintering grounds in Latin America, 
Mexico, and the Caribbean. Observers participating in the WRMC provide data on 
the migrating species passing thru Western SD. Some of the county coordinators 
also post county totals on e-bird and SD-birds. 


The West River Migration Count (WRMC) for 2014 included Butte, Custer, Fall 
River, Harding Lawrence, Meade, and Pennington counties. A total of 52 
observers logged 341 hours with 28.5 hours at feeders, 220 hours driving, 92 
hours walking, and .5 hours owling. Total miles were 2967 with 2900 miles 
driving and 67 miles walking. The total bird count was 24,121 and 183 species 
were observed. New species for the 2014 count included Fox Sparrow, Cassin’s 
Kingbird, White-winged Dove, Blue-headed Vireo, Prairie Warbler, and 
Yellow-throated Vireo. 


Adverse weather including snow in Spearfish canyon and higher elevations, below 
freezing temperatures, wind, a harsh winter and a late Spring all contributed 
to different results in 2014. In spite of record observer hours (341) and a 
good total bird count (24, 121), the average birds per observer hour 
(24,121/341) was only 70.8, well below the 13 year average of 108. Species 
generally seen but absent this year included Eastern Screech Owl, Dusky 
Flycatcher, Brown Creeper, Canyon Wren, Blackpoll Warbler, and Yellow-breasted 
Chat. Below average numbers were recorded for many species. 


My thanks to county coordinators Addison Ball-Meade, Jocie Baker-Pennington, 
Nancy Drilling-Custer, Charlie Miller-Harding, and Richard Peterson-Fall River. 
I was the coordinator for Butte and Lawrence. Thanks also to all of the 
participants. 


Vic Fondy-WRMC Coordinator
605-269-2553
Subject: randy's meadowlark
From: "George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:54:08 -0400 (EDT)
hiked the first couple legs of the centennial trail, yesterday. emerged onto 
prairie at alkali creek (blm land near sturgis, meade county) and was promptly 
greeted by a singing (actually two) eastern meadowlark. listened awhile and got 
good looks. the birds were directly across from the horse camp (one very near 
the road, the other a couple hundred yards away) - just as randy podoll 
reported. 



thanks, randy. 


george prisbe 
hanna, lawrence county 
5700' 






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Subject: Fwd: [NPCN] Northern Grasslands Conservation Strategy Meeting, July 2nd Montana
From: "Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:24:56 -0600
Nancy Hilding
President
Prairie Hills Audubon Society

Here is a meeting for for entities about grassland birds in Montana ,  July 2nd

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Dawn Montanye 
> Subject: [NPCN] Northern Grasslands Conservation Strategy Meeting
> Date: June 11, 2014 11:04:03 AM MDT
> To: "npcn AT bigskynet.org" 
> 
> 
> 
> Please see information below on upcoming meeting to create a landscape-scale 
conservation strategy to conserve grassland birds and their habitats in the 
U.S. northern grasslands. 

> 
> I was contacted by Clint Riley with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as he 
noted common goals between the meeting and NPCN. Please feel free to pass onto 
others who might be interested. 

> 
> Best,
> Dawn
> 
> Dawn Montanye
> Coordinator
> NPCN
> 
> 
> From: Casey Stemler 
> Date: Fri, May 9, 2014 at 11:22 AM
> Subject: PLEASE HOLD THE DATE: Northern Grasslands Conservation Strategy 
Meeting, July 1-2, 2014 

> To: 
> 
> 
> On behalf of the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture, the Prairie Pothole 
Joint Venture, and the host state Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, you are 
invited to a Northern Grasslands Conservation Strategy Meeting to be held July 
1 and 2, 2014, in Billings, MT. This meeting is intended to build upon other 
recent partnerships and conservation efforts, and to coalesce into a 
landscape-scale conservation strategy to conserve grassland birds and their 
habitats in the U.S. northern grasslands. In addition to sharing information, 
please come prepared to actively participate in steps to develop a conservation 
strategy. 

> 
> What: An initial partnership meeting to develop a landscape-scale 
conservation strategy to conserve grassland birds and their habitats in the 
U.S. northern grasslands, and to identify species, geographic extent, 
information needs, tools, and metrics required for success 

> 
> When: July 1 and morning of July 2, 2014
> 
> Where:            Bureau of Land Management
> 
> Montana/Dakotas State Office
> 
> 5001 Southgate Drive
> 
> Billings, MT
> 
> Who: Federal, State, private, non-profit, and Tribal organizations or 
entities with an interest in developing and supporting this landscape-scale 
conservation effort 

> 
> RSVP: Neal Niemuth, neal_niemuth AT fws.gov, 701-355-8542 or Sean Fields, 
sean_fields AT fws.gov, 406-727-7400 x. 218 

> 
> Please see the attached DRAFT agenda for more information. Feel free to 
contact Neal, Sean, or any of us listed below for more information. 

> 
>  
> Rick Warhurst
> 
> Management Board Chair
> 
> Northern Great Plains Joint Venture
> 
>  
> Casey Stemler
> 
> Joint Venture Coordinator
> 
> Prairie Pothole Joint Venture
> 
>  
> Jeff Hagener
> 
> Director
> 
> Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
> 
> _______________________________________________
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> NPCN AT bigskynet.org
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Nancy Hilding
President
Prairie Hills Audubon Society
P.O. Box 788
Black Hawk, SD 57718
phas.wsd AT rapidnet.com
www.phas-wsd
605-787-6779
605-787-6466
Skype phone -787-1248, nancy.hilding





Subject: Re: shorebirds
From: "'Stafford, Caroline B' caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:45:14 +0000
Finally found Sevey's Lake (Meade Co.), no lingering shorebirds but lots of 
ducks (gadwall, bw teal, mallards), pied billed grebe, many coots. RW and YH 
blackbirds, upland sandpipers, E. and W. kingbirds, bobolinks, nighthawks and 
Ruddy ducks. Never seen Ruddys in breeding colors before...sky blue should be 
duck bill blue, wow. 

Thanks, Dick Latuchie for directions...it was just beautiful out on the prairie 
this morning. 

Caroline Stafford
Subject: Re: Crossbill Invasion?
From: "'Stafford, Caroline B' caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 22:39:34 +0000
Yes, have had about a dozen on feeder last couple of days.
Caroline Stafford
Subject: Pygmy Nuthatch nest, N. Mockingbird, etc. - Custer county
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:28:34 -0600
I spent Sunday in southwest Custer county and found some good birds. A
Cassin's Finch was carrying food near the intersection of Pleasant Valley
Rd - Pilger Mt. Rd.   A Northern Mockingbird was foraging northwest of this
along Pleasant Valley Rd, west of the road. The highlight for me (and a new
county bird) was finding Pygmy Nuthatches at a nest on Pass Creek Rd, just
west of the Richardson's Cutoff intersection. Even though it was mid-day,
both parents were very busy carrying  an impressive variety of insects into
the broken-off pine tree cavity, including dragonflies, spiders, other
long-winged insects, and many smaller unidentified insects. If a person had
a decent camera, this would make for some great photos. Also found a
Warbling Vireo sitting on a nest in Roby Canyon. No Cassin's Kingbirds
anywhere.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: weekend Bird Tour results, Meade county
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:19:05 -0600
This year's Grasslands Coalition Bird Tour was at the Cammack Ranch near
Union Center in Meade county. The story of the weekend was rain, so we
didn't get as much birding done as we would have liked. The highlights for
most was seeing a Golden Eagle chick in a nest, and close-up views of the
birds that Dr. KC Jensen caught in his nets.  Another highlight was getting
to visit the 'pine area' in central Meade county - an isolated Ponderosa
Pine area out in the prairie, which has no public access and thus few
people get to visit.

A special thanks to our hosts, Gary and Amy Cammack, as well as speakers
Chuck Pyle and Cheryl Mandich, bander KC Jensen, and others who explained
birds, plants, soils, and wildlife-friendly ranching to the group.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: shorebirds
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 19:50:02 -0500
 

I had some late Shorebird  migrants in Potter County today;

 

Pectoral Sandpiper-3

Semi-palmated Sandpiper-2

Baird's Sandpiper-4

White-rumped Sandpiper-7

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD