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27 Aug new raptor booklet ["'Dowd Stukel, Eileen' eileen.dowdstukel AT state.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
27 Aug PENNINGTON CTY.: OUTDOOR CAMPUS WEST/WILDERNESS PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
27 Aug NHBC Meeting - Sept.4th ["'Brunko' ebab AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
26 Aug Carolina Wren ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
26 Aug Ruddy Turnstone ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
25 Aug PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
25 Aug Sandhill Crane - Charles Mix county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
24 Aug Ft Pierre ETC ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
24 Aug Broad-winged Hummingbird, Clark's Nutcracker (Pennington) ["Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
24 Aug Broad-winged Hawk - Douglas county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
23 Aug Northern Waterthrush - Pennington ["Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
23 Aug Shorebirds and others ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
22 Aug September Bird Notes ["douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Minnehaha Co ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
22 Aug Migrants on Farm Island ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Aug Aug 29th, 2014 - new Comment deadline on Northern Long Eared Bat ESA listing ["Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Aug Aug 29th, 2014 new Comment deadline on Northern Long Eared Bat ESA listing ["Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Aug migrants ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
21 Aug Re: [SF-BC] Bird hike at Good Earth SP ["mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
21 Aug Re: Aug.20 west from Sioux Falls to potholes ["linda JhnsnLn AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
21 Aug Re: [SF-BC] Bird hike at Good Earth SP ["linda JhnsnLn AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
21 Aug Bird hike at Good Earth SP ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
20 Aug Enemy Swim Update ["Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" ]
20 Aug Orman dam, Butte county ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
20 Aug Learning ["Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
20 Aug New Kid on the Block ["killdeer54 killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
20 Aug Blue-gray Gnatcatcher ["killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
20 Aug Ft Pierre ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
19 Aug Some nice flocks ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
18 Aug American Dippers in Iron Creek Canyon ["Sandra.Jensen AT sdstate.edu [sd-birds]" ]
17 Aug GRSP--NE(4) ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
17 Aug MEADE CTY.: FT. MEADE R.A. RESERVOIR-BEAR BUTTE LAKE ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
17 Aug SFBC field trip results ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
16 Aug Recent Flocks, Custer Co. ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
15 Aug Cassin's Finch (Pennington Co) ["Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
13 Aug Eastern Wood-Pewee, Custer State Park, Custer County ["'waterfowlerlover AT yahoo.com' waterfowlerlover@yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
14 Aug Ruby-throated Hummingbird ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
13 Aug SFBC field trip - Aug. 16 ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
12 Aug PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
12 Aug Eastern Kingbird ["Larry larrydputnam AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
12 Aug Randall Creek Birds ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
11 Aug A pair of Say's Phoebes in Marshall County ["MARK OTNES markotnes AT cableone.net [sd-birds]" ]
10 Aug Rufous Hummingbird - Meade Co. ["Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
10 Aug Ft Pierre ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
10 Aug Availabe: Old SD Bird Notes (not a bird sighting) ["dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
10 Aug NESDBC August Results ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
7 Aug Charles Mix and Aurora Counties ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
6 Aug weekend birding-Jones, Yankton, Minnehaha, Hand ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
5 Aug Rufous Hummingbirds ["Ingrid Arlton arltonie AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
5 Aug Hummingbirds ["randy podoll rpodoll AT hotmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
5 Aug Local Flocks, and odd meadowlark behavior ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
4 Aug PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
4 Aug September Bird Notes deadline ["douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
3 Aug test (no birds) ["douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
03 Aug Hummingbirds?? ["hdoerges AT rushmore.com [sd-birds]" ]
3 Aug NESDBC Field Trip August ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
2 Aug Addendum - August 7 field trip of Northern Hills Bird Club ["dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
2 Aug Say's Phoebe reports ["Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" ]
1 Aug Announcing-August 7 meeting of Northern Hills Bird Club ["dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" ]
1 Aug E. Day Say's Pheobe ["Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" ]
31 Jul singing wrens and cultured flycatchers ["George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" ]
31 Jul Summer Season Reports ["'Palmer, Jeff' Jeff.Palmer AT dsu.edu [sd-birds]" ]
30 Jul Hummingbirds ["randy podoll rpodoll AT hotmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
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]" ]

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


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

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City

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

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


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

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


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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

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


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


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


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



Kelly

Armour, SD


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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

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


Dick Latuchie
Rapid City

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



Kelly

Armour, SD

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


Dick Latuchie
Rapid City

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


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


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



Kelly

Armour, SD

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

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

Doug



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

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





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


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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Subject: Migrants on Farm Island
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:57:57 -0500
Yesterday a Blackburnian and Tennessee Warbler, and today a Black-and-white
Warbler, along with the more numerous yellows and redstarts. Blackburnian
was seen in the vicinity of the gazebo. 

Doug Backlund
Pierre, SD
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Subject: Aug 29th, 2014 - new Comment deadline on Northern Long Eared Bat ESA listing
From: "Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:00:16 -0600
Nancy Hilding 
President 
Prairie Hills Audubon Society

to SD birds

While a bat is not a bird, it flies about and many SD birders may care about 
it, and threats to birds such 

as wind development are also threats to bats.

Comment deadline on Northern Long Eared bat, proposed listing as Endangered by 
USFWS 

 is extended till friday August 29th, 2014

This is a bat common in the Black Hills of SD. it likes humid caves in winter 
and roosts in trees in the summer. 

The bat is threatened by White nose syndrome, an introduced disease which is 
moving across country from east, it is now 

in Missouri.
 The eastern edge of Wyoming and Montana is far west edge of it's range.


 This listing will be very significant to the Black Hills, as bat is common in 
the Black Hills.. 


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On re-open of comment period:
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/734.html

USFWS proposal to list species Oct 2013

http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba/pdf/FRpropListNLBA2Oct2013.pdf 


central page on the bat:
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba/index.html

range of bat
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba/nlebRangeMaps.html

fact sheet on Bat
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba/nlbaFactSheet.html

on listing proposal process for Bat
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba/nlbaListPropQA.html



Quote from USFWS:

"5. When will the final decision on listing be made? 
A final decision will be made no later than April 2, 2015. 
6. How do I comment on the proposed rule? 
The 60-day comment period begins when the notice is published in the Federal 
Register. You may submit comments by one of the following methods: 

(1) Electronically: Federal Rule-making portal - http://www.regulations.gov - 
In the Keyword box, enter Docket No. FWS–R5–ES–2011–0024, which is the docket 
number for the rulemaking. Then, in the Search panel on the left side of the 
screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Proposed Rules link to 
locate this document. You may submit a comment by clicking on “Send a Comment 
or Submission.” If your comments will fit in the provided comment box, please 
use this feature of http://www.regulations.gov, as it is most compatible with 
our comment review procedures. If you attach your comments as a separate 
document, our preferred file format is Microsoft Word. If you attach multiple 
comments (such as form letters), our preferred format is a spreadsheet in 
Microsoft Excel; or 

(2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments 
Processing, Attn: FWS–R5–ES–2011–0024; Division of Policy and Directives 
Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM; 
Arlington, VA 22203. 

We will accept and consider comments and information we receive or postmarked 
on or before the closing date. We must receive comments submitted 
electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time 
on the closing date. " 


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



Subject: Aug 29th, 2014 new Comment deadline on Northern Long Eared Bat ESA listing
From: "Nancy Hilding nhilshat AT rapidnet.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:43:34 -0600
Nancy Hilding 
President 
Prairie Hills Audubon Society

to SD birds

While a bat is not a bird, it flies about and many SD birders may care about 
it, and threats to birds such 

as wind development are also threats to bats.

Comment deadline on Northern Long Eared bat, proposed listing as Endangered by 
USFWS 

 is extended till friday August 29th, 2014

This is a bat commen in the Black Hills of SD. it likes humid caves in winter 
and roosts in trees in the summer. 

The bat is threatened by White nose syndrome, an introduced disease which is 
moving across country from east, it is now 

in Missouri.
 The eastern edge of Wyoming and Montana is far west edge of it's range.


 This listing will be very significant to the Black Hills, as bat is commen in 
the Black Hills.. 


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

On re-open of comment period:
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/734.html

USFWS proposal to list species Oct 2013

http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba/pdf/FRpropListNLBA2Oct2013.pdf 


central page on the bat:
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba/index.html

range of bat
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba/nlebRangeMaps.html

fact sheet on Bat
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba/nlbaFactSheet.html

on listing proposal process for Bat
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/mammals/nlba/nlbaListPropQA.html



5. When will the final decision on listing be made? 
A final decision will be made no later than April 2, 2015. 
6. How do I comment on the proposed rule? 
The 60-day comment period begins when the notice is published in the Federal 
Register. You may submit comments by one of the following methods: 

(1) Electronically: Federal Rule-making portal - http://www.regulations.gov - 
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Subject: migrants
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:57:10 -0500
I saw few migrating Black & Forster's Terns today.

Also about 50 Turkey Vultures.

Kingbirds and some sparrows (Chipping,Clay-colored) moving through.

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Re: [SF-BC] Bird hike at Good Earth SP
From: "mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:00:36 -0700
Folks, Menard's is having a sale on black oil sunflower seeds.  If you wish to 
donate a 50 pound bag, you can bring it to Good Earth at Blood Run SP Sunday 
morning, even if you are not going to do the bird hike.  We can put it in the 
storage containers at the park.  We are also out of suet blocks, which are 
also on sale at Menards. 

Of course, the more the merrier at the bird hike.  Some new trails are open at 
the park for us to bird. Also a reminder that butterfly season is upon us, and 
with all the wild flowers at GEBR, a new state record might be seen, as one was 
last year. (Bordered Patch). 


Mick


On Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:49 AM, "linda JhnsnLn AT aol.com [SF-BC]" 
 wrote: 

 


  
Thanks Chris,
 
I would love to participate but unfortunately, I am always involved in church 
activities on Sunday mornings. 

 
Linda J. 
 
 
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From: Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [SF-BC] 
 

To: SF Birders ; sd-birds ; 
dakotabirders  

Sent: Thu, Aug 21, 2014 8:54 am
Subject: [SF-BC] Bird hike at Good Earth SP


  
Just a reminder, SDGFP is having another organized bird hike at Good Earth 
State Park this Sunday, August 24 from 9-11 a.m. This event is free and aimed 
at families and people of all birding experience levels (including zero 
experience). Thanks to all the SFBC members who have helped guide these hikes 
so far this summer. Anyone who would like to attend is more than welcome; bring 
your kids or grandkids, and enjoy some time outdoors. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD
Subject: Re: Aug.20 west from Sioux Falls to potholes
From: "linda JhnsnLn AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:57:43 -0400 (EDT)
        Greetings!

 Wednesday Rosemary D. & I meandered west from Sioux Falls to our pothole area 
including Dewey Gevik & Weinsensee. We had 


Blue Grosbeak (adult calling & young), American Avocet, W.Phalarope, Greater & 
Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer, Semipalmated Plover, Wilson’sSnipe; Spotted, 
Pectoral & Stilt Sandpipers; Franklin's & Ring-billed Gulls,Black Tern, 
Pied-billed Grebe, Blue-winged Teal, Mallard, Wood Duck, AW Pelican, DC 
Cormorant, Swainson's Hawk, Red-tailedHawk, Turkey V., many GB Heron, Green 
Heron, Song Sparrow, Yellow &Red-winged Blackbirds, Mourning & Eurasian 
collared-Doves, BeltedKingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, N. Flicker, Eastern & 
Western Kingbirds; Tree, Bank, Barn & Cliff Swallows; Black-capped Chickadee, 
Marsh Wren, A.Robin, Traill’s Flycatcher, Cedar Waxwing, A. Goldfinch. 

It was a lovely day with great birds!
Linda J. 
Sioux Falls

 
 


  
Subject: Re: [SF-BC] Bird hike at Good Earth SP
From: "linda JhnsnLn AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:46:13 -0400 (EDT)
Thanks Chris,
 
I would love to participate but unfortunately, I am always involved in church 
activities on Sunday mornings. 

 
Linda J. 
 
 
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From: Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [SF-BC] 
 

To: SF Birders ; sd-birds ; 
dakotabirders  

Sent: Thu, Aug 21, 2014 8:54 am
Subject: [SF-BC] Bird hike at Good Earth SP


 
  
    
                  
Just a reminder, SDGFP is having another organized bird hike at Good Earth 
State Park this Sunday, August 24 from 9-11 a.m. This event is free and aimed 
at families and people of all birding experience levels (including zero 
experience). Thanks to all the SFBC members who have helped guide these hikes 
so far this summer. Anyone who would like to attend is more than welcome; bring 
your kids or grandkids, and enjoy some time outdoors. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD

    
             

  
Subject: Bird hike at Good Earth SP
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:22:51 -0500
Just a reminder, SDGFP is having another organized bird hike at Good Earth 
State Park this Sunday, August 24 from 9-11 a.m. This event is free and aimed 
at families and people of all birding experience levels (including zero 
experience). Thanks to all the SFBC members who have helped guide these hikes 
so far this summer. Anyone who would like to attend is more than welcome; bring 
your kids or grandkids, and enjoy some time outdoors. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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Subject: Enemy Swim Update
From: "Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:46:09 +0000
I still have at least three Say's Pheobes hanging around, they were in Roberts 
Cty (just barely by a few feet yesterday east of Enemy), then spooked and flew 
back into Day............also saw three probable Prairie Falcons on power poles 
on both sides of Day/ Roberts line, one immature. I didn't fully scope them 
...sort of gestalt ID as I was late to get down the hill to Milbank, I'm sure 
though they weren't Peregrines, though, be an odd place for them. Haven't seen 
them all summer so assume post-breeding pair and kid moving around for fall. 
Not up on the Coteau for a few days so wont have time to ID them properly if 
still hanging around 


Brad McDonald,
Milbank, SD 57252

Subject: Orman dam, Butte county
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:44:49 -0600
Yesterday afternoon I birded at Orman dam and other Butte Co. wetlands. At
first glance, not much was happening at the reservoir besides a lot of
Canada Geese and Great Blue Herons. But with patience and a lot of looking
through the spotting scope, I ended up identifying 12 shorebird species,
including one Black-bellied Plover. Other highlights were at least three
Caspian Terns, a Barn Swallow nest with two large nestlings, and a Horned
Lark feeding a tiny fledgling.

On the way back to Rapid City, there was a flock of ~30 Common Nighthawks
foraging over Sturgis and another flock of ~25 foraging over the baseball
fields in west Rapid City.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: Learning
From: "Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:42:26 -0500
I think I have it.  Thank you for your patience, everyone.


Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S® 5, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
Subject: New Kid on the Block
From: "killdeer54 killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:32:46 -0500
Sorry my first-ever post re: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher did not include my name.  I 
posted it online via yahoo groups & don't know how it all works.  I'll see if 
my name automatically appears here using the email method.  I'm certainly open 
to any tips! 

Cheryl Vellenga
Roberts County

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Subject: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
From: "killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Aug 2014 09:07:44 -0700
I have a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher gleaning in my Burr Oak Trees. I first noticed 
it fluttering around the feeders momentarily, then heading to the front yard 
oaks where I followed with camera & recordings to verify. It's my first 
sighting since the SDOU Spring meeting! 
Subject: Ft Pierre
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:19:08 -0500
 

Gulls - about same many Ring-billed & Franklin's a few California & Herring.

 

Looked at a Least tern Doug found on Discovery Island this am.

 

Morning highlights- Blue Grosbeak & Olive-sided Flycatcher

 

Numbers of AW Pelicans showed up this morning.

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Some nice flocks
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:09:07 -0400 (EDT)
Around 5 pm today I observed a flock of Common Nighthawks foraging
over Spring Creek in Pennington Co. There were about 30 birds,
swirling low over the trees along the creek, east of Hwy. 79 about 3
miles. While I watched, more nighthawks became visible, higher up to
the east. This group of about 60 birds was flying essentially straight
west, which is also up the creek at this point. I drove on for a
better view of the whole valley, and confirmed what I'd just seen: a
group of about 30 nighthawks foraging in place, low over the creek,
another group of 60 flying over them, heading up the creek.

There was also a flock of Lark Sparrows along Lower Spring Creek Road
in Custer Co., near a farmstead. This morning I had the first migrant
Chipping Sparrows in my yard, along with the second fall Yellow
Warbler.

Michael Melius
Folsom
Subject: American Dippers in Iron Creek Canyon
From: "Sandra.Jensen AT sdstate.edu [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Aug 2014 07:18:20 -0700
KC and I are in the hills for a few days. Got a nice long close view of a brood 
of four American Dippers about 1/3 mile up Iron Creek Trail in Spearfish 
Canyon. Near two downed logs across the water. Also a good look at a Rock Wren 
at Coldbrook Overlook in Fall River County. Whitney Preserve was very birdy 
late afternoon. A good day. 
Subject: GRSP--NE(4)
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:36:39 -0400 (EDT)
I found a Grasshopper Sparrow nest with four eggs today, on Buffalo
Gap Nat. Grasslands in NE Custer Co. Looking at the SDOU online
database, this is one of the latest egg records for this species in
SD. Other observations recorded around this date are for nest with
young, feeding young, and such.

In a recent post here I mentioned prairie birds leaving this area
recently. GRSP is an exception. They've been numerous throughout the
breeding season, and are still common in the prairies hereabouts.

Michael Melius
Folsom
Subject: MEADE CTY.: FT. MEADE R.A. RESERVOIR-BEAR BUTTE LAKE
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:16:55 -0600
This morning, August 17, a Common Loon as well as a small flock of Eared
Grebe were observed at Bear Butte Lake.  There were  very few other species
present.  A Sora was heard at the Ft. Meade R.A. Reservoir while a first
summer plumaged California Gull was observed.  There were a number of
Pied-billed Grebe and American Coot present with young, some very recently
hatched, and little else.

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City
Subject: SFBC field trip results
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 08:48:39 -0500
Yesterday seven birders spent half a day in western Minnehaha County. With some 
rain the day before, there wasn't a lot of shorebird habitat, but we did find 
14 shorebird species, almost all at Weisensee on 263rd St. Lots of Franklin's 
and Ring-billed Gulls are moving through, and we saw Purple Martins grouping up 
in several locations. Another highlight was a total of four Blue Grosbeaks, two 
of which were at Dewey Gevik Conservation Area and provided excellent views. 
All told between two cars, we observed 88 species. 


The next Sioux Falls Bird Club outing will be Saturday, September 13 to the 
Freeman Preserve east of Sioux Falls. We visited this private land in the 
spring and found lots of good birds; hopefully the migrants will cooperate once 
again this fall. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD

> 
> Canada Goose
> Wood Duck
> Gadwall
> Mallard
> Blue-winged Teal
> Northern Shoveler
> Northern Pintail
> Ring-necked Pheasant
> Pied-billed Grebe
> Double-crested Cormorant
> American White Pelican
> Great Blue Heron
> Great Egret
> Green Heron
> Cooper’s Hawk
> Swainson’s Hawk
> Red-tailed Hawk
> American Coot
> American Avocet
> Semipalmated Plover
> Killdeer
> Spotted Sandpiper
> Solitary Sandpiper
> Greater Yellowlegs
> Lesser Yellowlegs
> Stilt Sandpiper
> Baird's Sandpiper
> Least Sandpiper
> Pectoral Sandpiper
> Semipalmated Sandpiper
> Wilson’s Phalarope
> Franklin’s Gull
> Ring-billed Gull
> Forster’s Tern
> Rock Pigeon
> Eurasian Collared-Dove
> Mourning Dove
> Chimney Swift
> Belted Kingfisher
> Red-headed Woodpecker
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Downy Woodpecker
> Hairy Woodpecker
> Northern Flicker
> American Kestrel
> Great-crested Flycatcher
> Western Kingbird
> Eastern Kingbird
> Warbling Vireo
> Blue Jay
> American Crow
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow
> Purple Martin
> Tree Swallow
> Bank Swallow
> Barn Swallow
> Cliff Swallow
> Black-capped Chickadee
> White-breasted Nuthatch
> Sedge Wren
> Marsh Wren
> Eastern Bluebird
> American Robin
> Gray Catbird
> European Starling
> Cedar Waxwing
> Northern Waterthrush
> Common Yellowthroat
> Yellow Warbler
> Chipping Sparrow
> Vesper Sparrow
> Lark Sparrow
> Savannah Sparrow
> Song Sparrow
> Swamp Sparrow
> Blue Grosbeak
> Indigo Bunting
> Dickcissel
> Bobolink
> Red-winged Blackbird
> Western Meadowlark
> Yellow-headed Blackbird
> Common Grackle
> Brown-headed Cowbird
> Baltimore Oriole
> House Finch
> American Goldfinch
> 
> House Sparrow
> 
> 
> 



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Subject: Recent Flocks, Custer Co.
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:45:39 -0400 (EDT)
There was a large flock of Bobolinks this morning near my place in NE
Custer Co. Over twenty birds. I don't think I've ever seen that many
at once around here. But then there were more than usual in this
general area through the summer. When the Bobolinks approached I
thought maybe it was the local group of starlings returning--I shoo
them from my yard whenever I can--or maybe some blackbirds. None of
the birds landed very close, so I was glad to hear that distinctive
"bink" call several times to help confirm the ID.

Otherwise, the prairie birds seemed to have moved on from this area,
compared with past years. There were flocks of Lark Buntings moving at
the end of July into early August, but lately I haven't seen any.
This is often the peak time for their flocks at this locale. My
records are similar for Common Nighthawk. We got 4" of rain the first
week of August, about 20" since early May, so the vegetation is as
lush and tall as I've ever seen it. Seed and insect food is abundant,
but there's not a lot of "shortgrass prairie" habitat at this date. I
wonder if some of these birds have moved on looking for some more open
ground--?

Wouldn't you know, a Gray Partridge is just now audible through my
open window, calling from the mowed area of my yard.

Michael Melius
Folsom
Subject: Cassin's Finch (Pennington Co)
From: "Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:31:03 -0600
Among the horde of House Finches that have been draining our feeders, Karen and 
I observed a single female Cassin's earlier this evening. 


Dick Latuchie,
Rapid City

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Subject: Eastern Wood-Pewee, Custer State Park, Custer County
From: "'waterfowlerlover AT yahoo.com' waterfowlerlover@yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:15:56 -0700
Today, 8-13-14, in Custer State Park, an Eastern Wood-Pewee was observed 
singing between 9am and 10am and again this evening between 6 and 7pm. An audio 
recording was made. The bird is in the French Creek Natural Area, the east 
side, accessible from the Wildlife Loop Rd. It was hanging out in the ponderosa 
pines after the second creek crossing (which is dry right now) Other birds in 
the area include Western Wood-Pewee, Western Tanagers, Great-crested 
Flycatchers, Plumbeous Vireos, and Spotted Towhees. Reply privately for more 
info. -Jen Fowler, Hill City, SD 


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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:11:21 +0000
I also had Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at my feeder in Armour {Douglas county}. 
There was a beautiful male at the feeder all afternoon and I think I saw a 
female zip by me while out in the yard. 



Kelly

Armour, SD

Subject: SFBC field trip - Aug. 16
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:46:41 -0500
I've tried to send this out numerous times today, and something appears to keep 
failing. I hope I don't end up bombarding people with the same email over and 
over. 


Anyway, the Sioux Falls Bird Club will have a field trip this Saturday, August 
16 to look for shorebirds west of town. Interested parties can meet at the 
Outdoor Campus at 7:00 a.m. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:26:37 -0600
30 species and 215 individuals were observed yesterday, August 11, at Canyon
Lake Park by 6 surveyors.  Birds of note included: Osprey, Mourning Dove,
Chimney Swift, Eastern Kingbird (family with 3 fledged young), Black-headed
Grosbeak (first time observed this breeding season) and Red Crossbill. A
number of species usually observed on our weekly surveys were absent.

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City
Subject: Eastern Kingbird
From: "Larry larrydputnam AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:25:19 -0600
On Monday mornings, the Canyon Lake Ornithological Group (Cloggers) has been 
enjoying a pair of Eastern Kingbirds at Canyon Lake since they paired up this 
spring. They succesfully raised a family of three youngsters. This Tuesday 
morning, much to our delight, they gathered for family portraits. 


Eastern Kingbird	 11 photos

Larry and Ingrid
Subject: Randall Creek Birds
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:31:27 +0000
I camped at Randall Creek CG below the Ft. Randall Dam in Gregory county with 
family these past few days. Two days ago I saw an Osprey on the sandbar and on 
the Charles Mix side I saw two Olive-sided Flycatchers. The Least Terns are 
still zipping around there too. 


This morning I saw a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and I heard two Yellow-throated 
Vireos in the same vicinity as the ones I saw in May. The campground was very 
bird-y with lots of juvenile birds added to the mix. When out on a drive we saw 
many Eastern Bluebird young. There were quite a few Yellow Warblers and 
American Redstarts, but no other warblers were seen. 


There were six Bald Eagles with three being immature. An American Kestrel was 
near our campsite, around 70 Franklin's Gulls and some Ring-billed Gulls would 
fly upriver in the evenings. 


I will have some photos on my Flickr site tonight or tomorrow. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 


Kelly

Armour, SD

Subject: A pair of Say's Phoebes in Marshall County
From: "MARK OTNES markotnes AT cableone.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:00:32 -0500
On Sunday my wife Deb and I went for a drive and we found 2 Say's Phoebes
in northern Marshall County.  They were just noth of the intersection of
440th Ave and 101 Street in an abandoned farmstead.

Mark Otnes
Fargo ND
Subject: Rufous Hummingbird - Meade Co.
From: "Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:41:04 -0600
Karen and I observed a juvenile male Rufous Hummingbird this evening at Elk 
Creek off Vanocker Canyon Rd. at 536. New county bird for me. I'm guessing 
thanks are in order to Randy P. for putting up some feeders. 


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Subject: Ft Pierre
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:52:21 -0500
 

This week at times over 1500 Franklin's Gulls.  A few Herring & California
Gulls, fair numbers of Ring-billed Gulls.

 

 

 

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Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Availabe: Old SD Bird Notes (not a bird sighting)
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:04:01 -0400 (EDT)
I have a collection of someone else's old SD Bird Notes that I have not yet 
found a new home for. We are moving to Anchorage, Alaska in 2 weeks and I need 
to get rid of these if anyone wants them. They are free, but I'd like someone 
to pay the postage to get them (or have someone come to Rapid City to pick them 
up). I expect postage would not be more than $5. 


Any takers?

Lynn Barber
Rapid City
Subject: NESDBC August Results
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:08:26 -0500
It looked like a no birding day when I awoke yesterday with a good rain coming 
down. Around 7:45 it had let up quite a little so made it over to the Senior 
Center. Not a soul around! I imagined everyone had thought trip canceled but I 
decided to make the journey anyhow after looking at radar and seeing the rain 
leaving the area to the north and east. It never rained very hard again and by 
about Wetonka rain had all but completely stopped. About a couple of miles east 
of Leola was the dry line and no more rain encountered the rest of the day. 
After birding Leola and the old rest stop area just west of town I met up with 
the Nature Conservancy folks at the Samuel Ordway Prairie Preserve. Real nice 
folks! They took me around and while we saw plenty of birds and up close with 
the Bison most of my target birds eluded us. BUOW, SAPH, BAIS, SPPI next time! 
I did manage to find a couple of target birds with the Chestnut-collared 
Longspur and Red-necked Grebe that Dan found on his scouting trip. In fact I 
found 2 RNGR on Ruth Lake. Just the 2, with no juvenile's to be seen. Either a 
non-breeding pair or unsuccessful breeding. Most of the rest of the birds we're 
what you would expect for the time and location. A complete list of the 61 
species seen is as follows: 


1. Canada Goose
2. Gadwall
3. Mallard
4. Blue-winged Teal
5. Northern Shoveler
6. Northern Pintail
7. Ring-necked Pheasant
8. Pied-billed Grebe
9. Red-necked Grebe
10. American White Pelican
11. D.C. Cormorant
12. Great Blue Heron
13. White-faced Ibis
14. Northern Harrier
15. Swainson's Hawk
16. Red-tailed Hawk
17. American Coot
18. Killdeer
19. Willet
20. Lesser Yellowlegs
21. Upland Sandpiper
22. Baird's Sandpiper
23. Wilson's Snipe
24. Wilson's Phalarope
25. Franklin's Gull
26. Ring-billed Gull
27. Black Tern
28. Rock Pigeon
29. Eurasian-collared Dove
30. Mourning Dove
31. Common Nighthawk
32. Downy Woodpecker
33. Northern Flicker
34. Western Kingbird
35. Eastern Kingbird
36. Warbling Vireo
37. American Crow
38. Horned Lark
39. Barn Swallow
40. Black-capped Chickadee
41. Marsh Wren
42. American Robin
43. European Starling
44. Common Yellowthroat
45. Yellow Warbler
46. Chipping Sparrow
47. Clay-colored Sparrow
48. Savannah Sparrow
49. Grasshopper Sparrow
50. Song Sparrow
51. Chestnut-collared Longspur
52. Bobolink
53. Red-winged Blackbird
54. Western Meadowlark
55. Yellow-headed Blackbird
56. Common Grackle
57. Brown-headed Cowbird
58. Orchard Oriole
59. House Finch
60. American Goldfinch
61. House Sparrow

September field outing will be to Blue Cloud Abbey
October field trip, any recommendations?

Gary


Subject: Charles Mix and Aurora Counties
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:12:37 +0000
Yesterday I saw a new Charles Mix county bird for my list. There were two 
Sanderlings at the refuge milling around with the other shorebirds. I also saw 
three Semipalmated Plovers, which I don't see very often. Other shorebirds 
there were: Stilt Sandpipers {45}, Baird's Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, 
Spotted Sandpipers, Wilson's Phalarope, Pectoral Sandpipers, Greater and Lesser 
Yellowlegs. I had a flock of 30+ Bobolinks land in the field near my vehicle 
and that was neat to see. Otherwise it is mostly the same summer birds, which I 
am enjoying before they take off. I did see three American Kestrels in the last 
few days. Randall Creek CG had over 20 Red-headed Woodpeckers with lots of 
juveniles around. 


On this gloomy day, I went to Fish Lake and White Lake. I saw a Hudsonian 
Godwit, some Willets, American Avocets {44 - some at both lakes}, many Great 
Blue Herons {48}, Western Grebes 20+, Long-billed Dowitchers {120}, along with 
many others. It is difficult to get nice photos without some sunshine to bring 
out the color, but I have some to 
share.https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 



Kelly Preheim

Armour, SD

http://birdteach.blogspot.com/

Subject: weekend birding-Jones, Yankton, Minnehaha, Hand
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 09:57:36 -0600
Last Saturday,I  birded my way from Rapid City to Yankton. The story was
cuckoos and burrowing owls. The owl families are grown-up and out of their
burrows and were very active during the day.  I encountered three cuckoos,
which equalled the number I had encountered the rest of the summer. The
first was a very agitated yellow-billed cuckoo on Stamford Road near the
White River - it about took my head off and then sat nearby calling,
scolding and flashing its tail a lot. I didn't see a nest or fledglings.
Another yellow-billed flew by at Carpenter GPA in Lyman county, an area
that was surprisingly birdy in the 92 degree heat. Finally I heard a
Black-billed Cuckoo in southern Tripp county.

Sunday, Roger Dietrich and I checked out the Yankton area. Highlights were
buff-breasted sandpipers at a sod farm south of Gaysville and a Carolina
wren on the west side of town.

Sunday evening I looked for shorebirds in western Minnehaha county. Found a
few rather far away at Fensterman Slough, walking on top of the algae. Best
spot was a small farm pond just west of Humboldt at the intersection of Hwy
38-258 St. Nothing unusual but a nice assortment of species and close to
the road.

Monday morning in dense fog I checked out Collins Slough in Hand county.
Within the 30 yards on either side of 208 St. that were visible in the fog,
I counted at least 80 western grebe broods. With 2 - 4 chicks per brood,
and each of them screaming and performing to get food from the parents, it
was a cacophonous and entertaining experience. Also saw an agile Virginia
rail chasing insects at the marsh's edge. Mudflats on the west end of the
slough had a nice variety of shorebirds, ibis, and egrets.

Nancy Drilling

-----
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Rapid City, SD

*www.rmbo.org *
Subject: Rufous Hummingbirds
From: "Ingrid Arlton arltonie AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 13:33:02 -0700
Last evening as I surveyed the flowers in our yard, I couldn't understand how 
any self-respecting hummingbird could resist the Monarda flower bed with its 
opulent red blooms.   As I gazed out the window this morning, I was greeted by 
a beautiful Rufous Hummingbird who was joined by another on the Monarda.  The 
tree branch in the photos is our little peach tree that didn't survive Storm 
Atlas.  We decided it might make a perfect perch, and the hummingbirds agreed! 



Here are the links to our photos and video from this morning:

Larry Putnam
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105992370 AT N03/sets/72157646197572202/

  
               
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Ingrid Arlton
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78608036 AT N04/sets/72157641294763914/

  
               
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 Ingrid and Larry, SW Rapid City
Subject: Hummingbirds
From: "randy podoll rpodoll AT hotmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:57:43 -0600
Last afternoon/evening I had a Calliope and Rufous in my yard. Also at the 
intersection of Vanocker Canyon Rd and Forest Service 536 along Elk Creek west 
of the little bridge about 100 yards were 2 rufous and a Broad-tailed. Both the 
broad-tailed and one of the rufous landed on the feeder I have there about a 
foot and a half from my face! 

 
Randy Podoll
Sturgis, SD
 		 	   		  
Subject: Local Flocks, and odd meadowlark behavior
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:38:48 -0400 (EDT)
There was a large flock of Common Nighthawks in the Folsom area, NE
Custer County, yesterday afternoon. About 46 birds foraging low over
the hills on the north edge of Spring Creek valley, another ten birds
in the valley below. Counting was complicated by the presence of some
swallows flying above the nighthawks--I couldn't tell which species.

Other flocks I observed yesterday include Gray Partridge (12), Upland
Sandpiper (8), and Lark Bunting, many. The partridges are the first
I've seen since spring. I flushed them when I went to the fenceline
between my land and a neighbor's hay field. Some bird was chirping
incessantly there. It turned out to be a young W. Meadowlark. It
allowed me a very close approach. It was able to fly well, and kept up
the chirping after I left. It is chirping in my yard this morning,
where I just watched an adult try to feed it a large insect, perhaps a
grasshopper. The young bird kept chirping, walking past the adult
which tried over and over to force the insect on it, much as it would
do with a nestling. That young bird's mouth just did not open in
response though. I wonder what's wrong with it. It's as if it's brain
isn't working right.

Michael Melius
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, 4 Aug 2014 11:22:53 -0600
37 species and 267 individuals were observed this morning, August 4, at
Canyon Lake Park, Rapid City,  by 5 surveyors.  The total number of species
was fairly high compared to past weeks and many birds were singing.

Birds of note included several species observed for the first time this
season: Great Blue Heron, FRANKLIN'S GULL (observed last week for first time
ever), COMMON NIGHTHAWK, Chimney Swift, WHITE-THROATED SWIFT, HAIRY
Woodpecker, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird (with a fledged young
near the nest), Red-eyed Vireo, Violet-green Swallow, Common Yellowthroat,
Yellow Warbler and Song Sparrow.

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City
Subject: September Bird Notes deadline
From: "douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:00:32 -0500
Hi SDOU,

The deadline for the September issue of SD Bird Notes is August 15.

Please have any materials in by then.

As of today there are five pages available.

It will be fewer soon, I'm sure.

Thanks.


(For some reason, I do not get posts from SDOU any longer. They seem to go out, 
but I can't tell, since I get other posts on my other five e-mail accounts. So 
if someone could let me know this went out I'd be appreciative.) 


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: test (no birds)
From: "douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:26:08 -0500
This is just a test to see if my posts are going through.

Thanks 

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: Hummingbirds??
From: "hdoerges AT rushmore.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Aug 2014 08:23:23 -0700
Spearfish area...
Jane and I have been out looking for birds a lot lately. There seems to be a 
large amount of flycatchers and swallows in the canyon/bike trail area..along 
with the typical towees, black headed grosbeaks, red eyed vireos, sparrows, 
tanagers, chickadees, downy and hairy woodpeckers, red naped sapsuckers, 
redstarts, nuthatches, waxwings, cat birds, finches, jays, robins, bluebirds, 
kingbirds etc. We have even have evening grosbeaks in our backyard...3 just 
this morning!! One question we have is..where are the humming birds?? We have 
not seen one..and we usually have up to 15 at a time in our back yard. Any 
ideas where they may all be hiding :) ? 

 

Subject: NESDBC Field Trip August
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 07:17:02 -0500
Northeast South Dakota Birding Club will have a field trip outing on Saturday 
August 9th. We will meet at the Aberdeen Senior Center at 8:00. We will be 
birding at the Ordway Prairie and surrounding area in McPherson County. 
Field/grassland birds will be some of our target birds. Dan Streifel scouted 
the area last week and found some interesting birds including a seldom seen 
Red-necked Grebe. Only a couple of reports of them in McPherson Co. 


See you Saturday!

Gary 
Subject: Addendum - August 7 field trip of Northern Hills Bird Club
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:42:24 -0400 (EDT)

We left out a few details on the announcement of the next NHBC field trip 
(August 7). In particular -- the meal will be at 6:00, but people may come at 
5:00 to enjoy the backyard and hopefully a few interesting birds. Ingrid says 
that the hummingbird was back yesterday morning, last evening and this morning. 
It doesn't stay long enough for a photo, but appears to be a Rufous. 


Following is the original email announcement:
 
The August meeting of the Northern Hills Bird Club will be held on Thursday, 
August 7, 2014, at the home of Larry Putnam and Ingrid Arlton in Rapid City. 

 
Directions to Larry and Ingrid’s house (4507 Buckhorn) from Sheridan Lake 
Road in southwest Rapid City: 

 There is a large wooden sign for Springbrook Acres at the entrance to the 
neighborhood 


 
Two blocks east on Springbrook Rd (This is 2.1 miles south of Jackson Boulevard 
on Sheridan Lake Rd) 

 
Turn right heading south on Horsecreek for one block
 
Turn left onto Mountain Meadow for one block
 
Turn right onto Buckhorn for one block
 
Brown House is on west side of Buckhorn

Below is a link to a map on flickr
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105992370 AT N03/sets/72157645645008600/
 

Phone: Larry 605-430-2469, Ingrid 605-391-3369
 
We will supply the fixings for BLTs or a Veggie sandwich (tomatoes are 
ripening) and homemade ice cream (raspberries to pick for topping). 

 
We will have plates, silverware, and other utensils.
 We will provide ice water and coffee.

 Please bring a dish to pass.

The first ten to arrive can take a free range cottontail rabbit home for free!
 

 Larry and Ingrid 
 
  
 
[Posted by Lynn Barber, Rapid City]
 
 
Subject: Say's Phoebe reports
From: "Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 16:36:00 +0000
Today's Enemy Swim lake Say's Phoebes multiplied, continuing bird near my cabin 
and two more about ˝ mile south on county line. They appeared to be acting like 
a breeding pair. I suspect they nested out here. If anyone has interest to come 
out here and search let me know, I may also try to find what else we found this 
morning which my wife and I decided not to post to keep the potential gawking 
traffic down, I'm sure you have all seen one anyways, just not here, and I 
don't want to get the virgin prairie up here closed, my neighbors will crucify 
me, and I need more evidence anyhow, I thought I was imagining things in May, 
now I'm not. 


So that is probably 5 individual Say's out here seen by me, suspecting that a 
colony may be establishing itself? I cant be seeing them all can I? 

I'm going marsh scanning later today and will keep an extra eye out

Brad McDonald,

Subject: Announcing-August 7 meeting of Northern Hills Bird Club
From: "dalybar AT aol.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 20:30:03 -0400 (EDT)
 
The August meeting of the NorthernHills Bird Club will be held on Thursday, 
August 7, 2014, at the home of LarryPutnam and Ingrid Arlton in Rapid City. 

 
Directions to Larry and Ingrid’shouse (4507 Buckhorn) from Sheridan Lake Road 
in southwest Rapid City: 

There is a large wooden sign for Springbrook Acres at the entrance to 
theneighborhood 



Two blocks east on Springbrook Rd(This is 2.1 miles south of Jackson Boulevard 
on Sheridan Lake Rd) 

Turn right heading south onHorsecreek for one block
Turn left onto Mountain Meadow forone block
Turn right onto Buckhorn for oneblock
Brown House is on west side ofBuckhorn

Below is a link to a map on flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105992370 AT N03/sets/72157645645008600/

Phone: Larry 605-430-2469,Ingrid 605-391-3369

We will supply the fixings for BLTs or a Veggie sandwich (tomatoes areripening) 
and homemade ice cream (raspberries to pick for topping). 

We will have plates, silverware, andother utensils.
We will provide ice water and coffee.

Please bring a dish to pass.

The first ten to arrive can take afree range cottontail rabbit home for free!

Larry and Ingrid 
 
[Posted by Lynn Barber, Rapid City]
 
Subject: E. Day Say's Pheobe
From: "Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:17:45 +0000
Although I vowed not to comment about it, Still Say's Pheobe on Enemy Swim, was 
out my cabin window ten minutes ago and I photographed at sitting on my jet-ski 


Really good shorebirds in the ponds south of Clark on 25, just about everything 
seen, even 8 red knots last night, hundreds of Leasts and Semipalm Sandpipers, 
Stilts, a couple of Dowitchers, Pectorals, Sanderlings, a willet, Avocet, I 
think even a couple of Golden Plovers but were so far out, couldn't tell for 
sure versus Black-bellieds.................. 


Brad



Subject: singing wrens and cultured flycatchers
From: "George Prisbe-Przybysz przybysz AT hughes.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:01:41 -0400 (EDT)
my last visit to ward draw , two days ago, found the pacific wren still 
present, but much further up the draw than previously reported. 



this morning i went into keough draw and found two pacific wrens, again. one 
still singing away. 



again, this year, i have cordilleran flycatchers nesting under my studio eave, 
with young being reared and eventually fledged to the sounds of beethoven 
blaring away. several administrations ago, we had a governor who, despite being 
a philistine, had every newborn sent home from the hospital with a cd of 
mozart's genius. so, i suspect these birds will be most intelligent and fair 
well in the world. 



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: Summer Season Reports
From: "'Palmer, Jeff' Jeff.Palmer AT dsu.edu [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:34:40 +0000
Dear SD Birders,

Once again the Summer Season, 01 Jun - 31 Jul, has come and gone, hence, if you 
have not already done so it is now time to enter your sightings for the season 
into the online database located at 


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

On or about 20 August I will download the data for use in the upcoming Summer 
Season Report to be published in the December issue of South Dakota Bird Notes. 


If you cannot recall your Observer ID and/or Password you can just drop me an 
email and I can refresh your memory. Additionally, new observers are always 
welcome - simply go to the above site, click on Observer Entry, and select the 
"click here" link at the bottom of the login box. From there just complete the 
requested information and then ...... be sure to drop me a quick email so that 
I can activate your account for you. 


As always, any and all sightings are most welcome. The more, the better. At a 
minimum I would like for each species to have your 



*         First sighting during the first half (01 Jun - 30 Jun) of the season


*         Last sighting during the first half (01 Jun - 30 Jun) of the season


*         First sighting during the second half (01 Jul - 31 Jul) of the season


*         Last sighting during the second half (01 Jul - 31 Jul) of the season

Thanks and have a great time birding this fall.

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: Hummingbirds
From: "randy podoll rpodoll AT hotmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:52:27 -0600
With a heavy dew this morning I watched 2 immature Rufous hummingbirds take 
leaf baths on my green beans and cabbages, then clean and preen and shake and 
shiver on the fence. Also last evening I saw at least 3 rufous hummers at the 
intersection of the Vanocker Canyon - Wonderland Cave road and Forest Service 
road 536. One was an adult male. 

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




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
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> 
> 
> 
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> SDOU Bird Notes
> Sioux Falls, SD
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> 12-14 June 2015, Spearfish. Bird the Northern Hills and more!
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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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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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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
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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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