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Slaty-capped Flycatcher,©Dan Lane

24 Oct Ecuador birding ["Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
24 Oct Birds in argentina ["Douglas Chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
24 Oct Yankton-four Surf Scoters ["Roger D rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" ]
23 Oct Cranes and short-eared owl ["Elizabeth Krueger ekrueger AT rushmore.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Oct White winged Scoter update ["pintail AT abe.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
22 Oct Sand Lake NWR Weekly Waterfowl Estimates - 10/22/2014 ["'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" ]
22 Oct Long-eared Owl ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
21 Oct White-winged Scoter ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
20 Oct PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
20 Oct Red-necked Grebe in Douglas county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
20 Oct Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Douglas county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
19 Oct Hitchcock Nature Center & Hawk Watch ["jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
19 Oct NHBC Field Trip 10-25-14 ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
19 Oct Potter County ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
19 Oct White-winged Scoter, Scatterwood Lake ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
18 Oct Ring-necked Pheasants in Rapid City ["Ingrid Arlton arltonie AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
18 Oct Finches arrive ["'Jensen, Kent' kent.jensen AT sdstate.edu [sd-birds]" ]
17 Oct Bald Eagle Nest Building ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
17 Oct Sturgis CBC ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
17 Oct Keyhole Dam NHBC Delayed Report ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
16 Oct PENNINGTON CTY.: MICKELSON TRAIL NEAR MYSTIC- RUFFED GROUSE 10/16/14 ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
16 Oct Yankton - White-winged Scoter ["Roger D rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" ]
15 Oct Wednesday ["mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
15 Oct CBC Dates ["'Palmer, Jeff' Jeff.Palmer AT dsu.edu [sd-birds]" ]
15 Oct Sand Lake NWR Weekly Waterfowl Estimates - 10/15/2014 ["'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" ]
15 Oct Surf Scoter ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
14 Oct Surf Scoters ["Paul Roisen roisenp1950 AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
14 Oct Surf Scoters ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
14 Oct Yankton - Surf Scoters ["Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" ]
13 Oct Saturday's field trip ["mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
13 Oct POTTER COUNTY ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
13 Oct PENNINGTRON CTY.: RAPID CITY - SANDHILL CRANES ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
13 Oct Sandhill cranes moving south/Pennington Co. ["caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
13 Oct PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
13 Oct Oct. Results NESDBC ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
12 Oct Clay County sightings ["Gary and Jan Small garyandjansd AT hotmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
12 Oct Tripp & lyman ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
12 Oct Saturday in Harding & Butte counties ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
11 Oct Re: quiet morning at Orman dam ["Elizabeth Krueger ekrueger AT rushmore.com [sd-birds]" ]
10 Oct No Steller's Jay ["dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
10 Oct quiet morning at Orman dam ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
9 Oct finch ["mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
9 Oct Saturday field trip ["mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
9 Oct Evening Grosbeak ["Kenny Miller littlebend AT q.com [sd-birds]" ]
9 Oct Yankton area ["Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" ]
9 Oct Whitewood Report ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
9 Oct December Bird Notes Deadline ["douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
8 Oct late report of Steller's Jay ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
8 Oct Nashville Warbler, Pennington Co. ["'Gene ' gene AT neopaleo.net [sd-birds]" ]
8 Oct nice start to Black Hills owl banding season ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
7 Oct Bonaparte's Gull ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
7 Oct PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY 9/6/14 ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
7 Oct Marked/banded Pelicans ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
7 Oct Sabines ["Terry Sohl tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" ]
7 Oct SFBC field trip - Oct. 11 ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
7 Oct Sand Lake NWR Weekly Waterfowl Estimates - 10/7/2014 ["'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" ]
7 Oct vermillion slides ["mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
6 Oct SDOU Fall meeting ["mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
6 Oct Fwd: Request from Website (NO SIGHTING) ["douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
6 Oct Little Gull ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
6 Oct Sabine Gulls - no cigar ["Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
6 Oct Sabine's at Wall Lake ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
5 Oct Sabine's Gull ["'Terry Sohl' tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" ]
5 Oct NHBC Field Trip 10-11-2014 ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
5 Oct Clarification ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
5 Oct Big Bend ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
05 Oct Re: Sabine's Gull plus Weisensee & Spirit Mound birds ["jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
5 Oct sabine gull ["Todd Jensen gyrfalcon AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
5 Oct Sabine's Gull ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
5 Oct Corvids moving ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
03 Oct Sandhill Cranes ["Scott Weins sweins AT rushmore.com [sd-birds]" ]
3 Oct Gulls at Big Bend ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
3 Oct Pine Siskin ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
03 Oct Migrating swans ["pintail AT abe.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
3 Oct Winter Wrens ["'Jeff Hansen' hanjd AT cox.net [sd-birds]" ]
3 Oct Re: Migrating raptors, cormorants, pelicans, dragonflies ["Becky Leas rrleas AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]

Subject: Ecuador birding
From: "Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:27:01 -0500
Karen and I are preparing to return home tomorrow night from Quito after a 
great two week trip. Much of first week was spent at Napo Wilderness Lodge (not 
specifically birding, but some great birds nonetheless - Hoatzin, Wire-tailed 
Manakin, 4 different species of Macaw, and Spangled and Plum-throated Cotingas. 
This was a great place to visit, and we would highly recommend this lodge. 


We then went on an Andes Introtour with Tropical Birding, and although the 
accommodations at Tandayapa were nothing to write home about, the birding was, 
as was our guide, Jose Illanes. Among the many great birds we saw were Torrent 
Duck, Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl, Band-winged and Lyre-tailed Nightjars,36 
Hummingbird species, including the amazing Sword-billed, Western Emerald, and 
the Booted Raquet-tail, a bunch of Choco endemics, Tanagers that seemed to have 
battery packs, they were so bright (Glistening Green probably the most extreme 
case), Red and Toucan Barbet, and 5 different Antpittas, all seen at Angel 
Paz’s reserve. Also saw Oscillated Tapaculo, and Reufous-breasted Antthrush. 
And of course the Andean Cock-of the Rock, seen several times, including on the 
lek. This was my first trip to South America, and I saw a total of 375 species, 
of which 301 were lifers. What an amazing place to bird. 


It will be good to be home, though.

Dick Latuchie
Rapid City





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Subject: Birds in argentina
From: "Douglas Chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:50:12 -0500
Just got back from night before riding.

Chaco screech-owl, Rufous Nightjar and Band-tailed Nightjar. Wow!

Earlier: Red-legged Seriema, Rough-legged Tyrannulet, Large-tailed Dove, Red 
Shoveler, Andean Condor, Zimmer's Tapaculo (YIPPEE!), Red-tailed Comet, Rock 
Earthcreeper and over 45 other new lifers. Over 250 species so far. 


Hope all is well back home.

Doug Chapman

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Subject: Yankton-four Surf Scoters
From: "Roger D rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:18:55 -0500
There were four Surf Scoters on the north side of Lake Yankton this morning 
near the outlets for the fish hatchery. 


Roger D

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Subject: Cranes and short-eared owl
From: "Elizabeth Krueger ekrueger AT rushmore.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:29:46 -0600
Late this afternoon at Orman Dam (Butte County) I watched a flock of 
about 150 sandhill cranes come in for a landing. This caused a great 
deal of discussion among the many Canada geese already on the water. 
Cormorants and pelicans are still around. It was a very pretty 
afternoon, calm with an exceptional quality of light that I thought was 
just fall but was probably also the eclipse... forgot all about until I 
got home.

And last Saturday at the BLM near Bear Butte Lake we saw our first 
short-eared owl in quite a while.

...also my first rough-legged hawk of the fall today, near Beulah, Wyoming.

Elizabeth Krueger
Spearfish, SD
Subject: White winged Scoter update
From: "pintail AT abe.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Oct 2014 12:49:16 -0700
Went to Scatterwood to try and find the white-winged scoter...no luck 
there...did find some avocets and long-billed dowitchers (and a probable 
Dunlin) en route and saw a few flocks of Lapland Longspurs. 

 

 Barry Parkin
 Aberdeen
Subject: Sand Lake NWR Weekly Waterfowl Estimates - 10/22/2014
From: "'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:51:48 -0500
*Waterfowl Estimates for Sand Lake NWR - 10/22/2014*

Canada Geese - 2400

Snow Geese - 0

Ducks - 15,000

Swans - 130


There was a small increase in waterfowl numbers on the refuge from last
week.  The biggest change was an increase in mallard numbers, and a drop in
green-winged teal and northern shovelers.

Swan numbers in Brown and McPherson Counties continue to increase.

High temperatures are predicted to remain in the 60's and 70's the rest of
this week, and then drop into the 50's by next week.

The soybean harvest in the area is mostly over, and the corn harvest is
still in the early stages.


*Waterfowl Estimates for Sand Lake NWR - 10/15/2014*

Canada Geese - 2000

Snow Geese - 0

Ducks - 12,000

Swans - 100

There was very little change in waterfowl numbers since last week.
Green-winged teal, northern shovelers, and gadwalls make up most of the
ducks on the refuge.  There are still some blue-winged teal in the area.

High temperatures in the 50's and 60's, and lows in the 30's and 40's are
predicted through the coming week.

The soybean harvest in the area is nearing the end, and the corn harvest is
just getting started.


-- 
Bill Schultze
Wildlife Biologist
Sand Lake NWR/WMD
39650 Sand Lake Dr.
Columbia, SD  57433
605-885-6320X23
Subject: Long-eared Owl
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:38:41 -0600
Last night, at a banding station near Rapid City, I caught a Long-eared Owl
(also caught two Northern Saw-whet Owls).  Although this is the first I
have caught, the banding crew near Medora, ND have caught at least 10 this
month. This is quite astounding because we don't target this species and
our nets are the wrong size to catch them!  For perspective, in the
previous three years of fall owl migration banding, we caught a total of
one Long-eared Owl.  So at least in the western Dakotas, this appears to be
a 'high' year for Long-eared Owl migration. This means that if you start
poking around your favorite dense shelterbelt/woods for this species, you
have a good chance of finding one.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: White-winged Scoter
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:08:43 -0500
When I read Michael Melius post Monday morning of his White-winged Scoter at 
Scatterwood Lake I knew I had to make a run out there for a look. That would be 
a Life bird for me after all so had to make the attempt. Even with things going 
on at the home front. Usually for me it seems a day later and bird is not to be 
seen, usually. So I looked at my guide book to refresh myself with what a 
White-winged Scoter would probably be looking like on his way back thru the 
area. While driving to Scatterwood I was very hopeful but not real optimistic 
of seeing my goal. I have to say he was right where Michael said and again 
close to shore offering real nice views. My surprise was he was still in 
breeding plumage. He was in with many Coots, N.Shovlers, Green-wings and a few 
Ruddy's. So he stuck out real well. THANKS Michael! Also there we're the first 
of season diving ducks I've seen but to far out to ID. Also, just by the curve 
where you head back to the west was a Horned Grebe. A stop at Mina Lake SP on 
the way home turned up a few noisy Fox Sparrows (4 maybe more) scratching in 
leave litter and FOS Purple Finch. Seen eight. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
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, 20 Oct 2014 21:25:53 -0600
4 surveyors participated in the weekly Canyon Lake Park survey this morning,
October 20.  Of the 22 species and 250 individuals observed It was
surprising that there were 9 water bird species since the lake is drained
with approximately 90% or more of the lake water gone.  Work has begun on
replacing the spillway and probably will not be completed until March, 2015.
Birds of note included: Redhead, Bufflehead, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue
Heron, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagle and Killdeer.

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City
Subject: Red-necked Grebe in Douglas county
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:58:01 +0000
When I was at Corsica Lake in Douglas county yesterday, I saw a distant bird on 
the water that looked like it could have been a Red-necked Grebe, but I wasn't 
sure. I took some photos of it and asked for someone else's opinion and it 
looks to be a Red-necked Grebe and probably a juvenile bird. 



Kelly Preheim

Armour, SD

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


"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent, if no birds sang 
except those that sang best." ~ Henry Van Dyke 
Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Douglas county
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:46:00 +0000
It was a busy weekend, but I was able to get out birding for a few hours this 
afternoon at Corsica Lake. While looking through a flock of Yellow-rumped 
Warblers, I was surprised to see a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. I took a lot of 
photos of this fast-moving bird and managed to get one in focus. I have that 
here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 


On the lake there was 1 American White Pelican, 1 Double-crested Cormorant, 3 
Ruddy Ducks and 6 Pied-billed Grebes. Otherwise it was pretty quiet. There were 
areas with many Dark-eyed Juncos and Harris's Sparrows. I also saw a flock of 
Brewer's Blackbirds yesterday. 



Kelly

Armour, SD

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



"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent, if no birds sang 
except those that sang best." ~ Henry Van Dyke 
Subject: Hitchcock Nature Center & Hawk Watch
From: "jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Oct 2014 18:00:12 -0700
Though this is technically an Iowa post, I was asked by my Omaha, NE in-law, a 
hawk counter at Hitchcock Nature Center & Hawk Watch, to encourage visitors 
from South Dakota to this great park and nature center 
(http://iowabirds.org/Places/SiteGuide.aspx?site=12). For those that have not 
visited before, it is located just northeast of Omaha and has a lot to offer 
birders. I spent Saturday birding some of the 17 miles of mixed deciduous and 
grassland/wetland trail and feeding stations, observing migrating hawks, 
eagles, and vultures atop the panoramic decks and watch tower, observing hawk 
banding in the afternoon, and participating in Saw-whet Owl banding at night. 
Other than Northern Saw-whet Owl, highlights included Barred Owl, migrating 
Sharp-shinned Hawks, many Hermit Thrush, Carolina Wrens, and a great variety of 
sparrows. November is the prime month for eagle counting, with Nov. 15 
designated "eagle day" 
(http://www.mycountyparks.com/county/Pottawattamie/Park/Hitchcock-Nature-Center/Events/5314/HawkWatch-Eagle-Migration.aspx). 
I had a great experience and would highly recommend the trip, especially the 
short trip for those in southeast SD. 

 

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

 

 Joe C
 Sioux Falls
  
Subject: NHBC Field Trip 10-25-14
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:53:13 -0600
The Northern Hills Bird Club (NHBC) will conduct a field trip out of Sturgis on 
Saturday October 25, 2014. Interested participants will meet at the Sturgis 
McDonald’s at 7:30 AM and the trip will depart at 8:00 AM. Planned routing will 
be the Sturgis area, Bear Butte Lake, and back roads to Vale where the group 
will have lunch. After lunch the trip may continue for those interested. 
Birders of all levels are welcome and there is no charge for participating. 
Participants are requested to bring their personal radios for communication. 
For further information contact Vic Fondy at 605-269-2553. 


Vic Fondy-NHBC
605-269-2553
Subject: Potter County
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:52:29 -0500
At the HWY 212 bridge on Missouri River were a couple hundred Western
Grebe's with a few Clark's Grebes, numbers down by 2/3 from last week.

 

There were 4 herring Gulls & 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull flying around by the
bridge.

 

Waterfowl & shorebird numbers in Potter County way lower.

 

Did see a Black-billed Magpie on the Dewey County side of the bridge

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: White-winged Scoter, Scatterwood Lake
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:26:34 -0400 (EDT)
This morning I observed a single White-winged Scoter on North
Scatterwood Lake, Edmunds Co. It was swimming fairly close to the east
shore, observable from the county road where it skirts the lake.

Michael Melius
Hermosa SD
Subject: Ring-necked Pheasants in Rapid City
From: "Ingrid Arlton arltonie AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:52:48 -0700
Seeing a Ring-necked Pheasant in Rapid City is rare, and two pair showed up 
under the feeder by our front deck at noon today.  Do you suppose they 
know they're safe in the city on the opening day of hunting? I was able to get 
a photo of one of the handsome males: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78608036 AT N04/sets/72157641294763914/ 


  
               
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Subject: Finches arrive
From: "'Jensen, Kent' kent.jensen AT sdstate.edu [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:29:31 +0000
I was pleased to see several pine siskins, a few house finches, and one purple 
finch at our home feeders today. They appeared to arrive with a small hoard of 
Am Goldfinches! Maybe it will be a finchy winter! 


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Subject: Bald Eagle Nest Building
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:23:47 -0500
This morning I watched a pair of adult Bald Eagles carrying nesting material 
and building a new nest in Gregory County. It was interesting to watch the 
branches being arranged as they were brought to the nest. One eagle flew in 
carrying a branch vertically that appeared to be at least four - five feet long 
and then dropped it just before landing in the nest. I've never seen them start 
nest building this early. 


Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: Sturgis CBC
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:13:47 -0600
The Sturgis Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday December 20, 2014 
with a bad weather alternate date of December 29, 2014. 


Vic Fondy-Sturgis CBC Compiler
Subject: Keyhole Dam NHBC Delayed Report
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:00:01 -0600
The Northern Hills Bird Club (NHBC) conducted a field trip out of Sundance, WY 
on 10/11/2014 to the Keyhole Dam in Northeast Wyoming. The trip was led by Jean 
Adams with nine members participating. The weather was excellent with sunshine, 
light winds, and temperatures around 70 F. Forty-three species were observed. 
The group birded back roads from I-90 to Pine Haven plus several campgrounds 
around Keyhole and the spillway area below the dam. Lunch was at the Anchor 
café in Pine Haven and a group photo was taken after lunch. This report is 
delayed because Jean Adams is having computer connection problems. 


Highlights of the trip included Common Loon, Western Grebe, lots of Canadian 
Geese, 7 species of ducks, Northern Harrier and Red-tailed Hawks, Bald and 
Golden Eagles, Wild (?) Turkeys wandering around Pine Haven, Herring and 
Ring-billed Gulls, Belted Kingfisher, Gray Jay, lots of American 
Robins-Townsend Solitaires-Mountain Bluebirds, and many Western Meadowlarks. 
Vic and Donna Fondy set up feeders at their camper at Wind Creek Campground and 
Pygmy Nuthatches were observed at the feeders along with numerous Black-capped 
Chickadees and White-breasted Nuthatches. 


The next field trip of the NHBC will be Saturday October 25 out of Sturgis, and 
the next meeting will be Thursday November 6 at the Sturgis library. 


Vic Fondy for Jean Adams
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Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: MICKELSON TRAIL NEAR MYSTIC- RUFFED GROUSE 10/16/14
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:36:34 -0600
This morning, October 16, while hiking on the George Mickelson Trail 2 ½
miles south of the Mystic Trailhead I and 2 others observed a Ruffed Grouse
resting on the side of the trail.  We approached it and stood about 15 feet
from the grayish bird and watched it for about 5 minutes.  It finally walked
VERY slowly up the adjacent hillside eating berries as it departed. Also
observed along the trail were 3 Gray Jays and heard was a distant flock of
Sandhill Cranes  (time was 10:15 a.m.) which were not observed.

Jocie Baker, Rapid City
Subject: Yankton - White-winged Scoter
From: "Roger D rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:38:46 -0500
I found a White-winged Scoter male in breeding plummage near the Gavins Point 
swim beach around noon today. The Surf Scoters appear to be gone from the area. 
Other than the WWSC the best bird of the morning was a Hermit Thrush in the 
north end of White Crane CG. 


Roger D

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Subject: Wednesday
From: "mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:55:09 -0700
One of the more perfect Fall days pulled me away to find a few birds. Wall Lake 
had a dozen Cedar Waxwings https://flic.kr/p/ppo6Ph 

plus many Robins, a Kingfisher and hundreds of Ring-billed gulls. Dewey Gevik 
had Song Sparrows, Canada Geese and Cormorants. Fensterman Slough south had a 
hundred or more Ruddy Ducks, Shovelers, PB Grebes, and Ring-billed gulls. 


Mick
SFBC
Subject: CBC Dates
From: "'Palmer, Jeff' Jeff.Palmer AT dsu.edu [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:15:58 +0000
Dear CBC Compilers,

The CBC season is not actually that far down the road - I see that many stores 
already have Christmas "out". If you know the date for your count this year 
please e-mail it to me so that I can update the CBC page on the SDOU web site 
with the appropriate information. Thanks and I love chocolate :) 


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

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

sola fide, sola gratia, sola scriptura
Subject: Sand Lake NWR Weekly Waterfowl Estimates - 10/15/2014
From: "'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:45:34 -0500
*Waterfowl Estimates for Sand Lake NWR - 10/15/2014*

Canada Geese - 2000

Snow Geese - 0

Ducks - 12,000

Swans - 100

There was very little change in waterfowl numbers since last week.
Green-winged
teal, northern shovelers, and gadwalls make up most of the ducks on the
refuge.  There are still some blue-winged teal in the area.

High temperatures in the 50's and 60's, and lows in the 30's and 40's are
predicted through the coming week.

The soybean harvest in the area is nearing the end, and the corn harvest is
just getting started.



*Waterfowl Estimates for Sand Lake NWR - 10/7/2014*

Canada Geese - 2100

Snow Geese - 0

Ducks - 15,000

Swans - 100

Total waterfowl numbers using the refuge continue to be relatively low.
Green-winged teal, northern shovelers, mallards,  and gadwalls still make
up most of the ducks on the refuge.  More diving ducks and fewer
blue-winged teal have been observed in some of the surrounding wetlands
since last week.

Tundra swans began moving into the refuge area over the past weekend.

Temperatures in the refuge area dropped to 25 degrees last Friday night,
but freezing temperatures are not predicted through the coming week.

The soybean harvest in the area is in full swing.



-- 
Bill Schultze
Wildlife Biologist
Sand Lake NWR/WMD
39650 Sand Lake Dr.
Columbia, SD  57433
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Subject: Surf Scoter
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 01:31:37 +0000
Today after school, I scanned the Ft. Randall Dam area in Charles Mix county 
for the Surf Scoter and I could not relocate it. There were five Wood Ducks on 
the lagoon though. At South Shore I saw four American Avocets and there were 
about 40 Ring-billed Gulls scattered about. I saw one distant gull that was 
possibly Herring Gull with one foot missing. I have a photo of that, which I 
will put it on my Flickr site later. 


Other birds of note today were: Eastern Bluebirds, six Bald Eagles, Redheads, 
Ruddy Ducks, American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk - very light morph. The 
highlight for today were the two Golden-crowned Kinglets chasing each other 
around with their crowns flared. Wow! They are so pretty and tiny! 


Over the weekend I saw a couple of really dark Red-tailed Hawks, some Wilson's 
Snipe, several Sharp-shinned Hawks, 50 American Crows {at Corsica Lake}, 
Semipalmated Plovers, Rusty Blackbirds, a Northern Harrier, lots of Dark-eyed 
Juncos, flocks of Cedar Waxwings, Brown Creepers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 
White-crowned, Harris's, Clay-colored, Field, Lincoln, Vesper and Savannah 
Sparrows. I really like hearing the song of the White-crowned Sparrow. 


I possibly saw some LeConte's at the grassland area near the refuge, but they 
were too quick for me to ID before they disappeared into the grasses! 



Kelly

Armour, SD

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



"To be whole and harmonious...know the music of beaches and the woods." ~ 
William O. Douglas 
Subject: Surf Scoters
From: "Paul Roisen roisenp1950 AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:55:22 -0500
The two Surf Scoters at Yankton Lake were still there early PM today.
Sometimes difficult to find as they were very actively feeding and would
seem to disappear for periods of time.  They pretty much stayed in the
middle of the west portion of the lake slightly south of Cottonwood
campground.

I did NOT see ANY ducks in the time I was at Lake Yankton today (for that
matter no geese either).

God Bless,
*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
*Mobile 712-301-2817*
Subject: Surf Scoters
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:30:41 -0500
Observed four Surf Scoters at the Pickstown Lagoon this morning.

Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: Yankton - Surf Scoters
From: "Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 01:23:52 -0400 (EDT)
Two female Surf Scoters on Lake Yankton today. Feeding directly east of the 
Cottonwood Day Use area (the north boat launch area). Approximately 2/3s of the 
way across the lake, South Dakota side of the lake. 


Roger Dietrich 
Yankton, SD 

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Subject: Saturday's field trip
From: "mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:49:02 -0700
Here is a slide show of the Saturday SFBC field trip to areas east of SF, 
including Blue Mound's SP, Bucher Prairie, Devil's Gulch, and Touch the Sky 
Prairie. 50 bird species were seen. Photos include Roger Dietrich and Mick's 
shots. 



http://s169.photobucket.com/user/zerrmick/slideshow/SFBC%20Oct%202014%20Field%20Trip 



Mick Zerr
SFBC
  
             
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Subject: POTTER COUNTY
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:04:19 -0500
 

Fairly birdy in Potter County.  Blackbirds migrating -did see Rusty and
Brewer's

I observed Tundra Swans in 3 places for a total of 12.

Lots of waterfowl- Greater White-fronted Geese new for the fall.

 

Shorebirds- LB Dowitcher, Killdeer, Least Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper,
Pectoral Sandpiper, American Avocets and both Yellowlegs.

 

A Northern Shrike.

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: PENNINGTRON CTY.: RAPID CITY - SANDHILL CRANES
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:33:17 -0600
I heard a flock of Sandhill Cranes while in flight but never saw them. This
was at 2:15 p.m., a short time after Caroline observed them.  Jocie Baker
Subject: Sandhill cranes moving south/Pennington Co.
From: "caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Oct 2014 13:29:41 -0700
Working outside sw Rapid City, 3 flocks of 100+ heading south, flying quite 
high, west side of Skyline 2pm. 

Caroline Stafford
 

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, 13 Oct 2014 12:44:38 -0600
29 species and 323 individuals were observed at Canyon Lake Park, Rapid
City, this morning, October 13, 2014 by 5 surveyors.  12 water bird species
including Blue-winged and Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead and
Pied-billed Grebe were present.  Birds of note included: Great Blue Heron,
Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe,  Dark-eyed Junco and
a flock of 50 Pine Siskins.  

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City
Subject: Oct. Results NESDBC
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:19:19 -0500
Northeast South Dakota Birding Club held our October outing on Saturday the 
11th. Four members and one guest participated. Most of the birding took place 
at Wylie, Richmond and Mina Lakes. A total of 43 species we're seen on a very 
windy day. Species list as follows: 

1. Canada Goose
2. Mallard
3. Blue-winged Teal
4. Northern Shoveler
5. Northern Pintail
6. Ruddy Duck
7. Ring-necked Pheasant
8. Pied-billed Grebe
9. D.C. Cormorant
10. Great Blue Heron
11. Great Egret
12. Sharp-shinned Hawk
13. Red-tailed Hawk
14. Killdeer
15. Franklin's Gull
16. Ring-billed Gull
17. Rock Pigeon
18. E.C. Dove
19. Mourning Dove
20. Belted Kingfisher
21. Downy Woodpecker
22. Northern Flicker
23. Blue Jay
24. Crow
25. Black-capped Chickadee
26. White-breasted Nuthatch
27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
28. Swainson's Thrush
29 Robin
30. E. Starling
31. Cedar Waxwing
32. Orange-crowned Warbler
33. Yellow-rumped Warbler
34. Chipping Sparrow
35. Fox Sparrow
36. White-throated Sparrow
37. Dark-eyed Junco
38. Red-winged Blackbird
39. Western Meadowlark
40. C. Grackle
41. House Finch
42. Purple Finch
43. House Sparrow

Next outing on November 8th to Sand Lake NWR and surrounding area.

Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Clay County sightings
From: "Gary and Jan Small garyandjansd AT hotmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:05:12 -0500
We had a beautiful male Black-throated Blue Warbler at our pond today. Also 
Eastern Phoebe and Hermit Thrush plus lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers. 

Gary and Jan Small
East of Vermillion
 		 	   		  
Subject: Tripp & lyman
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:01:47 -0500
Today I saw 2 Northern Shrikes in Tripp County.

 

Big Bend Dam still had many gulls but all were the common ones

 

Many Horned and Western Grebes below the dam. Also a couple Common Loons.

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Saturday in Harding & Butte counties
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:41:56 -0600
Saturday afternoon, Jett Blakeman of Belle Fourche and I travelled to Slim
Buttes in Harding county for owl banding. Along the way, we saw our first
Rough-legged Hawk of the season, hovering along Hwy 85 in Butte county.
After dark, we (along with Charlie Miller) caught three N. Saw-whet Owls
and a gray-morph Eastern Screech-owl. The saw-whets were vocalizing a lot -
there seemed to be more than three around but who knows.

Nancy Drilling

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Rapid City, SD

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Subject: Re: quiet morning at Orman dam
From: "Elizabeth Krueger ekrueger AT rushmore.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:23:59 -0600
This morning  (Saturday) along the northwestern part of the lake there 
were loads of cormorants, a few pelicans, Canada geese, coots, great 
blue herons, ring-billed gulls, horned larks, meadowlarks, vesper 
sparrows, and six of some kind of sandpiper. I've been trying to figure 
out what they were, but clearly I'm not up on my shorebirds. 
Baird's?.... all I can say for sure was the beak was a bit longer than 
the head and they didn't make any really distinctive sounds.

Yesterday just over the state line in the Wyoming Black Hills, near 
O'Brian Spring, there were hundreds of very loud robins. It sounded like 
spring. I assume they were getting ready for a road trip.

Elizabeth Krueger
Spearfish SD


On 10/10/2014 4:11 PM, Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds] 
wrote:
> Even though the weather was nice and the water was calm, there were 
> relatively few birds at Orman dam (Butte Co.) this morning. Highlight 
> was a group of three Black-bellied Plovers. There were small rafts of 
> Amer. Coot, Redheads, Canvasbacks and Ruddy Ducks. A couple of hundred 
> grebes of various species were scattered across the lake. There was 
> just one loon - a Common Loon. Most notable was what was NOT there - 
> 'puddle' ducks, mergansers, Killdeer, Bald Eagles, sparrows, or Horned 
> Larks.
>
> Nancy Drilling
>
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> Rapid City, SD
>
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>
> 
Subject: No Steller's Jay
From: "dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Oct 2014 16:49:32 -0700
I've been looking for the Steller's Jay (reported a couple of weeks ago at the 
Custer State Park visitor center) for two days and have not seen it. Just 
thought I'd let folks know who might be coming tomorrow to look for it. 

 

 Doug Backlund
 Pierre, SD
Subject: quiet morning at Orman dam
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:11:43 -0600
Even though the weather was nice and the water was calm, there were
relatively few birds at Orman dam (Butte Co.) this morning. Highlight was a
group of three Black-bellied Plovers. There were small rafts of Amer. Coot,
Redheads, Canvasbacks and Ruddy Ducks. A couple of hundred grebes of
various species were scattered across the lake. There was just one loon - a
Common Loon. Most notable was what was NOT there - 'puddle' ducks,
mergansers, Killdeer, Bald Eagles, sparrows, or Horned Larks.

Nancy Drilling

-----
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Rapid City, SD

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Subject: finch
From: "mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 22:26:03 -0700
Folks, it has been nearly two months since I moved to my new house, so I am 
still getting started with the species count for the new place. I hope some day 
to see the 100+ species we saw at the old feeder complex on Crestwood Rd. in 
Sioux Falls. ( but I am sure I won't get another Golden Crowned Sparrow). 
Species count is now up to a whopping 15. Today I was treated to an 
orange-colored House Finch, which is not that common. (click on the name for a 
photo). The stream in my back yard is full of minnows, as it connects Galway 
Lake with a wetland. The lake, a mile west of my place, had a Pelican in it 
yesterday, plus some RB Gulls, a PB Grebe and a few Mallards and C. Geese. 
Perhaps the minnows will bring in a wader or kingfisher. 

This weekend is the Big Sit, and the SFBC is registered for the Blood Run (Good 
Earth) SP feeders. Let me know if you make it out there either Saturday or 
Sunday. I will be there Sunday, as Saturday is a scheduled SFBC field trip to 
Blue Mounds SP just across the border into Minnesota. 

  
             
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Subject: Saturday field trip
From: "mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 20:12:05 -0700
Wednesday some SFBC folks checked out Bucher Prairie just north of Sioux Falls. 
We found 8+ LeConte Sparrows plus a few other sparrow species. The Saturday 
SFBC field trip will probably check the Prairie out before heading straight 
east to Touch the Sky Prairie, and the on to Blue Mounds State Park. We will 
meet at the SF Outdoor Campus at 8 a.m. and leave for Bucher Prairie etc. All 
folks are welcome. 


Mick Zerr
  
             
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Subject: Evening Grosbeak
From: "Kenny Miller littlebend AT q.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 21:01:38 -0400 (EDT)

We had an Evening Grosbeak in our backyard this evening.  It has been more 
than 10 years since I last seen this species in the Pierre area. 




Kenny Miller 

Pierre 
Subject: Yankton area
From: "Roger Dietrich rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 20:29:58 -0400 (EDT)
Yesterday morning David True & I found at least seven Le Conte's Sparrows and a 
lot of other birds at the Edelman WPA north of Yankton along Highway 81. Link 
to images and eBird report below: 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/ yanktonbirds/with/15488013711 


Oct 8, 2014 
US-SD-Menno - 43.1549x-97.3959 - Oct 8, 2014, 7:41 AM 
Traveling 
1.3 miles 
214 Minutes 
Observers: 1 
All birds reported? Yes 
Comments: Edelman WPA 
12 Gadwall 
4 American Wigeon 
5 Mallard 
33 Blue-winged Teal 
1 Northern Shoveler 
9 Northern Pintail 
12 Green-winged Teal 
3 Ring-necked Pheasant 
1 Cooper's Hawk 
1 Red-tailed Hawk 
3 Semipalmated Plover 
60 Killdeer 
1 Greater Yellowlegs 
3 Lesser Yellowlegs 
30 Semipalmated Sandpiper 
25 Least Sandpiper 
4 Baird's Sandpiper 
5 Pectoral Sandpiper 
3 Stilt Sandpiper 
2 Long-billed Dowitcher 
1 Wilson's Snipe 
1 Ring-billed Gull 
9 Barn Swallow 
70 American Robin 
15 European Starling 
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 
3 Savannah Sparrow 
7 Le Conte's Sparrow 
2 Lincoln's Sparrow 
4 Swamp Sparrow 
1 White-crowned Sparrow 
65 Red-winged Blackbird 
1 Rusty Blackbird 
3 Common Grackle 
Roger Dietrich 
Yankton, SD 
Subject: Whitewood Report
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 12:07:24 -0600
We continue to have new arrivals at our feeders 1.5 miles South of Whitewood. A 
Belted Kingfisher perched over the feeding station briefly on 10/6, a 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Brown Creeper were seen on 10/7, and our FOS Harris’ 
Sparrow was at the feeder today. In addition we have daily sightings of 
Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers, and a variety of other regulars. We 
still have 4 or more Spotted Towhees, White-crowned and White-throated 
Sparrows, and Song Sparrows coming daily. On our walk to Whitewood most of the 
Vesper Sparrows and Meadowlarks have gone but a few are left. Four Magpies and 
12 Wild Turkeys were seen on 10/7. 


Vic/Donna Fondy
605-269-2553
Subject: December Bird Notes Deadline
From: "douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 10:09:56 -0500
Hello SDOU,

Don't panic. The deadline is NOT being set early.

I am merely letting everyone know that as I am leaving for Argentina this 
Saturday (Oct. 11) and will not return until November 18, the deadline for 
December Bird Notes is sort of the 15th of November. 


Yes, I'll be back three days later, so I guess the 18th would be okay, just so 
long as I have everything waiting for me and ready to start after the overnight 
flight on my return. 


Thanks to all of you. I really could not do this without you.

Ricky, I hope you have the second part of your article on the 1913 Journal 
(Part I in June 14 Bird Notes). You have NO idea how many people asked me why I 
didn't put Part II in Sep. Bird Notes. 


Doug


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SDOU Bird Notes
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Subject: late report of Steller's Jay
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:41:21 -0500
A person photographed a Steller's Jay on September 19th near the Norbeck
Visitor Center in Custer State Park. 

 

So people birding there please keep a look out and post to the listserve any
sighting.

 

Thank You

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Nashville Warbler, Pennington Co.
From: "'Gene ' gene AT neopaleo.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 12:38:51 -0600
On this morning's Outdoor Campus/Wilderness Park survey I had one Nashville
Warbler. Unfortunately Jocie was able to get only a  brief inconclusive look
at it.  The bird was in Wilderness Park in the line of junipers near the
Park parking lot.
	
Gene K. Hess
Rapid City, SD

	


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Subject: nice start to Black Hills owl banding season
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:14:54 -0600
I finally got the nets set up at the Dumont Trailhead owl banding station
near Lead and tried for migrating Northern Saw-whet Owls last night.
Supposedly these little owls don't move much on bright, moon-lit nights but
fortunately, they don't pay attention to what we humans think they should
do. I caught 10 owls in the first 1 1/2 hours. This matches my previous
highest one-night total which I achieved during a 9-hour banding session
back in 2012.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: Bonaparte's Gull
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 20:38:10 -0500
Observed several Bonaparte's Gulls above Ft Randall Dam late this afternoon, 
but no Little Gull. 


Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY 9/6/14
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 19:19:17 -0600
4 surveyors observed 25 species and 208 individuals at Canyon Lake Park,
Rapid City,  on Monday, October 6 .  9 waterbird species including
Pied-billed Grebe and Blue-winged Teal were present.  Species of note
included: Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Killdeer (last date observed was
4/3/14), a Merlin engaged in an aerial combat with a crow, and a flock of
Pine Siskins.  Work is beginning on draining the lake so that the spillway
work can begin.  Waterfowl will be affected the most as there will be very
little water to provide a wintering habitat.  Reports will continue.

Jocelyn Lee Baker
Subject: Marked/banded Pelicans
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 19:37:49 -0500
I suppose it isn't likely any will head toward SD but just in case:

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From: Chris Cline 
Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 1:14 PM
Subject: [fws-ec-tech] What to do if you see a pelican with a green wing-tag
To: Environmental Contaminants 

Hi all- could you pass along this info to anyone you know who is lucky
enough to be out in the field this time of year (hopefully including you!).
This message specifically references the Great Salt Lake, but it's dispersal
time so it will be interesting to see where these youngsters turn up. 
~Chris

We are getting a bit late in the season for pelicans, but we are still
seeing young of the year pelicans in the wetlands surrounding Great Salt
Lake.  When you see pelicans keep an eye out for green wing tags on these
birds.  This year on Gunnison Island in Great Salt Lake 540 juvenile
American white pelicans were banded and wing tagged on both wings. 

Reporting your sightings to reportband.gov will help us track pelican
movements both locally and regionally.  At the end of last month we had one
of the pelicans banded this year turn up west of Fort Collins, Colorado.   

The tags are green with white writing and have a three character,
alphanumeric code in large type.  Above the code is the word "UTAH" in small
letters.  You may also see red or black wing tags on the right wing only.
These pelicans were banded in Idaho at Minidoka NWR and Blackfoot Reservoir,
respectively.
 
Thanks,
 
John Neill
Avian Biologist

Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
4790 S 7500 W

Hooper, Utah 84315

801-231-2019 (Cell)
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Subject: Sabines
From: "Terry Sohl tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 16:13:31 -0500
The Sabine's gull is still on the beach at Wall Lake.  

Terry

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Subject: SFBC field trip - Oct. 11
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:43:05 -0500
The Sioux Falls Bird Club will have a field trip this coming Saturday, October 
11th to look for migrating grassland birds at Touch the Sky Prairie and Blue 
Mounds State Park near Luverne, MN. Interested parties can meet at the Outdoor 
Campus at 8:00 a.m. to carpool. 


Also, if anyone is interested in checking out Bucher Prairie north of Sioux 
Falls tomorrow night (when this wind will abate a bit), you can meet there at 
5:45. Last week there were quite a few Le Conte's Sparrows out there. The park 
is located at the intersection of 254th St and 478th Ave, which is Timberline 
Ave going north from Rice St within SF city limits. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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Subject: Sand Lake NWR Weekly Waterfowl Estimates - 10/7/2014
From: "'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 11:17:10 -0500
*Waterfowl Estimates for Sand Lake NWR - 10/7/2014*

Canada Geese - 2100

Snow Geese - 0

Ducks - 15,000

Swans - 100

Total waterfowl numbers using the refuge continue to be relatively low.
Green-winged teal, northern shovelers, mallards,  and gadwalls still make
up most of the ducks on the refuge.  More diving ducks and fewer
blue-winged teal have been observed in some of the surrounding wetlands
since last week.

Tundra swans began moving into the refuge area over the past weekend.

Temperatures in the refuge area dropped to 25 degrees last Friday night,
but freezing temperatures are not predicted through the coming week.

The soybean harvest in the area is in full swing.


*Waterfowl Estimates for Sand Lake NWR - 10/1/2014*

Canada Geese - 1700

Snow Geese - 0

Ducks - 16,000

Swans - 0

Total waterfowl numbers currently using the refuge are low.  Northern
shovelers, mallards, green-winged teal and gadwalls make up most of the
ducks on the refuge.

Most of the Canada geese are on Mud Lake.

Water levels in both Mud Lake and Sand Lake are more than a foot below full
pool level.

The soybean harvest is just beginning in the area.

-- 
Bill Schultze
Wildlife Biologist
Sand Lake NWR/WMD
39650 Sand Lake Dr.
Columbia, SD  57433
605-885-6320X23
Subject: vermillion slides
From: "mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:21:33 -0700
Folks, link for Vermillion meeting slides might have been wrong. Here is slide 
show link. Photobucket - Photo and image hosting, free photo galleries, photo 
editing. 

Also, here are some shots and video of the Sabines and BB Plovers in winter 
plumage. https://flic.kr/s/aHsk4kdixf 


Mick
  
             
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and videos, create with the online photo editor, or browse a photo gallery or 
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Subject: SDOU Fall meeting
From: "mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 21:53:05 -0700
Here is a slide show of the 2014 SDOU Fall meeting. Video was on top of Spirit 
Mound. 

  
             
zerrmick's video
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Mick Zerr
Subject: Fwd: Request from Website (NO SIGHTING)
From: "douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 21:53:40 -0500
I don't know if this of any interest to anyone, but I am passing this on.

Doug

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

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



 
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> Subject: [ia-bird] Request from Website (NO SIGHTING)
> Date: October 6, 2014 9:09:43 PM CDT
> To: "IA-BIRD" 
> Reply-To: "Ann Johnson" 
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> Birders of All Skill Levels Needed 
> 
> Our laboratory at Vanderbilt University is looking for birders of all levels
> of experience to participate in a project examining how perception and
> memory for birds differs between beginners and experts of all levels. We
> really do mean all levels of experience, from the true beginner to the
> expert with decades of study and everything in-between.  
> 
> These experiments are online on the web. They measure your ability to
> remember and identify birds and sometimes other animals or objects. Many
> experiments are fairly short. They can be done on any computer, wherever and
> whenever you decide to do them. 
> 
> One of our current experiments is a bird identification test. Go online and
> test your birding skills. 
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> This is the web site for our experiments:
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> Once you register your own login id and password on the site, you will be
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Subject: Little Gull
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 17:10:20 -0500
Observed an adult Little Gull above Ft Randall Dam late this morning. Marietta 
and I looked for it 

this afternoon without any success.

Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: Sabine Gulls - no cigar
From: "Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 08:03:22 -0600
Well, everyone’s talking about the Sabine’s Gulls, so I thought I’d chime in. 
First a big thanks to Dave Swanson and all the organizers of the meeting. Sorry 
I didn’t get the chance to thank all of you, but we headed north from Union 
Grove yesterday. The weekend was a lot of fun, and it was great to know there 
are bright young people who are excited about ornithology. 


Hoping to see some shorebirds, and who knows, maybe the Sabine Gull, we headed 
first to Wiesensee Lake. Even though the gull was not there, we had a good 
time, with lots of shore birds, including a large group of American 
Golden-Plovers, on the north side of the lake. Then we headed for Big Bend, 
where we spent some time searching for the gull, to no avail. The consolation 
prize for me was seeing 3 Bonapartes, which I hadn’t seen this year. Then the 
long drive home, after which I found a phone message Chris Anderson had left me 
from Wall Lake, and saw Ricky Olsen’s post from Big Bend, later in the day. Oh 
well, those are the breaks, I guess. 


Karen and I had a really nice time, got some killer looks at Le Conte’s 
Sparrows, and enjoyed the camaraderie. See you all again. 


Dick Latuchie
Rapid City

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Subject: Sabine's at Wall Lake
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 12:34:58 +0000
I also saw my life bird Sabine's Gull at Wall Lake yesterday! I left Vermillion 
in the early afternoon and went to visit my mom. Then the two of us went to 
check out Wall Lake at about 5:00 PM. There were about six gulls on the beach 
and hundreds of them far out on the water. I was a little unsure on the 
Sabine's until it opened its wings and flew a bit. Then I saw the diagnostic 
markings. It was a really neat bird! It was busy picking food out of the water 
along the shore and it stayed the whole time we watched it from the car. 


The SDOU meeting was very nice! Thank you to Dave Swanson for organizing it and 
to all of the presenters. I learned a lot while I was there. The birding was 
great and I really liked birding at Spirit Mound and Union Grove SP. Spending 
time with other like-minded people was also enjoyable. They are a very nice 
group of people! 


I will have some photos from the SDOU weekend on my Flickr site later on 
tonight. https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 



Kelly

Armour, SD

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



"To be whole and harmonious...know the music of beaches and the woods." ~ 
William O. Douglas 
Subject: Sabine's Gull
From: "'Terry Sohl' tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 22:50:13 -0500
It's a day of Sabine's, so figured I'd better post too!  I saw Chris' post
as we were getting out of a movie (Gone Girl.very good!), and dropped off my
wife and headed to Wall Lake.  It was still there on the beach, as were
Chris and Joe.   It's always handy to have people find birds for you, then
be there to specifically point them out!  

 

Actually given all the other posts about it I wouldn't have posted as well,
but it's the first Sabine's I've seen (or photographed), so was pretty
excited.  He was pretty cooperative, didn't even get spooked when a group of
4 teenagers started throwing a football around a bit on one side of the
beach.  That was a little after 4:00pm.  I then went west to Weisensee to
look for shorebirds (pretty much as Joe described for me too, although there
were a lot of A. Golden Plovers out a ways), came back by the beach at Wall
Lake and the Sabine's was still in the same spot at 6:00 pm.  Some photos: 

 

http://sdakotabirds.com/species_photos/gulls_terns/sabines_gull.htm

 

Terry Sohl

Brandon
Subject: NHBC Field Trip 10-11-2014
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:24:48 -0600
The Northern Hills Bird Club will conduct a field trip out of Sundance, Wyoming 
to Keyhole Dam on Saturday, October 11th. Participants will meet at the Conoco 
station at the west end of Sundance, just off Interstate 90 exit 185 at 7:30 AM 
for an 8:00 AM departure. The trip will last into the afternoon and the group 
will have lunch at a local café in Pine Haven. The trip is open to birders of 
all levels and it is not necessary to be a member of the club to participate in 
the field trip. We would like to give the local café an estimate of how many to 
prepare for, so if you think you might attend, please respond to this posting 
using “reply to sender.” For more information, contact Jean Adams at 
307-283-2467. 


Vic Fondy for Jean Adams
605-269-2553

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Subject: Clarification
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 20:12:04 -0500
 

I meant I saw Nancy & Jocie at Big bend  and right after they left the
Sabine's showed up!  Sorry for leaving part of the sentence out.

 

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Big Bend
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 19:45:25 -0500
Right after just as she (Nancy Drilling) thought a Sabine's Gull was in the
Big Bend Dam tailrace. Many many gulls downstream fishing.

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull plus Weisensee & Spirit Mound birds
From: "jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Oct 2014 16:33:04 -0700
Drove a portion of the potholes route west of Sioux Falls early this afternoon 
from Wall Lake to Weisensee. Notables included a few American Golden Plovers, 
many White-rumped and Stilt Sandpipers, several American Avocets, and four 
Sanderlings at Weisensee. 


 Was also fortunate enough to catch the report in time to return to see and 
photograph the very cooperative juvenile Sabine's Gull spotted by Doug, Mick, 
and others at Wall Lake after I had already moved past. 

 

 Great looks at Le Conte's and numerous other sparrows with the SDOU group at 
Spirit Mound on Saturday morning. 

 

 A great weekend of birds in SE SD despite the colder temps and wind, and nice 
to put some faces to some of the many names in posts and photographs. 


 Some of my photos from this weekend: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/ 

  
 Joe C
 Sioux Falls

Subject: sabine gull
From: "Todd Jensen gyrfalcon AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 15:43:49 -0500
I swung by wall lake just after 3:00pm and the Sabine's Gull that Doug and Mick 
found was still at the beach area of wall Lake just west of Sioux Falls. T 



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Subject: Sabine's Gull
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 13:23:15 -0500
I just came upon Doug Chapman, Mick Zerr, and Cheryl Vellenga at Wall Lake west 
of Sioux Falls, where there is a Sabine's Gull on the beach (south side of 
lake). 


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Subject: Corvids moving
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 13:14:24 -0400 (EDT)
Yesterday morning, Oct. 4, I saw flock of about 40 American Crows
flying down Spring Creek valley in Pennington Co., just below the Hwy
79 bridge.

A bit later, while at the farmers' market in the gap at Rapid City,
two flocks of Blue Jays were seen flying south, 28 and 16 birds. The
first one was rather spectacular, being straight overhead and
underlit by the low sun. Their color pattern/flying motion was quite
dazzling, something I've never noted before, but then I don't remember
seeing a flock of that size migrating before either.

Michael Melius
Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: "Scott Weins sweins AT rushmore.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:29:55 -0600
Yesterday I saw several small flocks of Sandhill Cranes passing over in 
the Wonderland Cave area, Meade County. Always nice to hear them again.

Scott Weins
Spearfish, SD
Subject: Gulls at Big Bend
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:31:19 -0500
Ricky called and asked me to post that he saw a Sabine's Gull and a
Black-legged Kittiwake at Big Bend Dam about an hour ago. I think he said
both were in the tailrace. 

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Subject: Pine Siskin
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 12:57:35 -0500
I stopped at home over my lunch hour today, and saw a Pine Siskin at the bird 
bath, hanging on for dear life in the 30-40 mph winds. I don't see them at my 
house very often for some reason, but this was the earliest I've noticed one by 
five weeks. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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Subject: Migrating swans
From: "pintail AT abe.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Oct 2014 10:56:03 -0700
I saw a flock of about 15 migrating swans and a flock of over a 100 cormorants 
migrating over Aberdeen this morning. 

 

 Barry Parkin
Aberdeen
 

 PS Went to California this past weekend for my B day and picked up 6 life 
birds including a black-cheeked grey warbler and a Huttons Vireo...life is 
good. 
Subject: Winter Wrens
From: "'Jeff Hansen' hanjd AT cox.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:51:11 -0500
I had to share my thrill.  Over the past couple of years I've been clearing
the invasive bush honeysuckle and smooth brome from one of the shelter belts
on the farm.  Also been girdling Siberian elm trees to make room for native
trees.  In the process lots of brush piles have been created.  While
removing brush piles and walking through the shelter belt this past week I
kept seeing wrens.  I just assumed they were house wrens, but noted their
behavior of sticking to brush piles and fallen trees and staying low to the
ground.  Thought they might be winter wrens.  I played their call and after
a few minutes I have a winter wren practically at my feet.  Saw at least
two.  Best looks I've ever had of them.  Could see the light eyebrow and
short tail. They especially seem to like the base of fallen trees.  

 

Also saw first ever redbelly woodpecker at the farm.  Instead of being near
trees he was out in the open finding bugs in fence posts.  Even saw him
pulling on spider webbing from a post.  It was a male.  Hopefully he sticks
around this winter.

 

Yellow rumped warblers were quite abundant.

 

At Adams Nature Area by N. Sioux City I was surprised to see a bunch of
"roosting" herons in some trees.  Some white, some dark.  Lots sparrows.
Wasn't really birding but saw lots of birds.  Tons of flickers.
Sharp-shinned with its prey.  Cool area if you hae the time to walk the 7
mile trail.

 

Jeff Hansen
Subject: Re: Migrating raptors, cormorants, pelicans, dragonflies
From: "Becky Leas rrleas AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 05:25:56 -0600
Wow how wonderful to see - I can't imagine as there is nothing like this around 
Red Rock SW of RC 


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> On Oct 2, 2014, at 9:45 PM, mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> A good day for sky-watching today at my place in NE Custer County, before the 
rain and high winds took over this evening. I saw flocks of cormorants, white 
pelicans, and vultures. Two large falcons flying by low, one right after the 
other. There were several small groups of hawks, most quite high in the sky. 
While I was watching one group, a Ferruginous Hawk attacked the local prairie 
dogs. That may have been its first appearance of the fall. Twenty to thirty 
years ago there would be one to three FEHA here through the winter on a daily 
basis, but in recent years I see only one or two occasionally. 

> 
> While scanning the clouds for birds early this afternoon I was often 
distracted by large dragonflies. They were numerous, all heading south, perhaps 
100 too 200 feet high or more. When I focused on them I could also see what 
appeared to be bumblebees, also southbound. 

> 
> Michael Melius
> Folsom
> 
>