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26 Nov Neotropic Cormorant ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
26 Nov Dec 14 Bird Notes to Printer ["douglas chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
25 Nov Yankton lake area ["Roger D rogerd AT iw.net [sd-birds]" ]
25 Nov NHBC Meeting on Dec. 4th, 2014 ["'Brunko' ebab AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
25 Nov Aberdeen CBC ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
25 Nov Fw: [SF-BC] Christmas bird counts ["mick zerr zerrmick AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
23 Nov Common Raven and Gray-crowned Rosy Finches ["cemiller AT sdplains.com [sd-birds]" ]
23 Nov DC cormorant at Canyon Lake Park, Rapid City ["'Maggie Engler' birdwoman AT q.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE - DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov NHBC 11-22-14 Field Trip Report ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov Long-tailed Duck ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov Re: Varied Thrush near Sioux Falls ["jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov Varied Thrush near Sioux Falls ["'Chris Anderson' canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov Red Crossbills, Common Redpoll, Gray Partridge, Purple Finch - Sioux Falls area ["jdco2pock AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov Snowy owl and black-billed magpie ["pintail AT abe.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
22 Nov Raven ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
21 Nov Grouse & partridge ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
21 Nov NPR Monday - Birds, climate, land-use ["tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" ]
21 Nov Cassie's Finches continued - Pennington County ["Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
21 Nov Sparrows ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
19 Nov Red-necked Grebe, Pennington county ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
19 Nov Fwd: Grackle, Lake County ["Joshua Boldt joshua.boldt AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
19 Nov PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
19 Nov Sand Lake NWR Weekly Waterfowl Estimates - 11/19/2014 - Final Report ["'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" ]
19 Nov Ravens ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
18 Nov transport for owl found ["Shari Kosel jskosel AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
18 Nov Whitewood Report ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
18 Nov Long-tailed Duck ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
18 Nov emergency transport needed for owl ["Shari Kosel jskosel AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
18 Nov LOY Meadowlark, Custer Co. ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
18 Nov RE: Fwd: BirdsEye for Android released today ["'Jensen, Kent' kent.jensen AT sdstate.edu [sd-birds]" ]
18 Nov Pierre area ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
18 Nov Fwd: BirdsEye for Android released today ["'dan&erika' danerika AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
18 Nov Rusty ["Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" ]
18 Nov Common Redpoll ["Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
18 Nov Fox Sparrows -Aurora cty. ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
17 Nov RCKI, Rapid City ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
16 Nov NHBC Field Trip 11-22-14 ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
16 Nov Ft Pierre ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
15 Nov Canyon Lake, Rapid City ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
15 Nov Northern Mockingbird today ["Ingrid Arlton arltonie AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
14 Nov Cassin's Finch - Pennington county ["Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
13 Nov Possible Ross' Goose ["petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
13 Nov Re: Snow Geese - Douglas county ["Becky Leas rrleas AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
13 Nov Snow Geese - Douglas county ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
13 Nov Pine siskins ["'Terry Sohl' tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" ]
13 Nov Another pine grosbeak ["Barbara Hartinger hartinger AT itctel.com [sd-birds]" ]
12 Nov Oglala Dam waterfowl ["petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
12 Nov Sand Lake NWR Weekly Waterfowl Estimates - 11/12/2014 ["'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" ]
12 Nov LANWR CBC Date ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
12 Nov US Highway 212 Report ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
11 Nov Pine Grosbeak ["Barbara Hartinger hartinger AT itctel.com [sd-birds]" ]
11 Nov Fw: Learning About Birding South Dakota Birding Festival ["'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
11 Nov Pine Warbler ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
11 Nov Clay County Pine Grosbeak ["Gary and Jan Small garyandjansd AT hotmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
11 Nov Fort Pierre ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
10 Nov snowstorm visitor ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
10 Nov PENNINGTION CTY.: PACTOLA AREA, Clark's Nutcracker, etc. ["'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
9 Nov NHBC web site ["'Gene ' gene AT neopaleo.net [sd-birds]" ]
9 Nov Rapid City CBC date ["'Gene ' gene AT neopaleo.net [sd-birds]" ]
9 Nov Whooping Cranes ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
9 Nov NESDBC Nov. Results ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
8 Nov NHBC Spearfish Field Trip Report ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
8 Nov SFBC field trip results ["'Chris Anderson' canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
8 Nov Saw-whet Owl ["Kenny Miller littlebend AT q.com [sd-birds]" ]
8 Nov Bohemian Waxwing and the Farm Island feeders ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
6 Nov correction for the Badlands CBC ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
6 Nov Badlands Christmas Bird Count ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
6 Nov Cottonwood Slough ["Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
05 Nov Paper - Climate and Land-use Impacts on Bird Species ["tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" ]
5 Nov Farm Island birds ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
5 Nov Sand Lake NWR Weekly Waterfowl Estimates - 11/5/2014 ["'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" ]
05 Nov Pine Ridge Christmas Count ["petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
5 Nov SFBC field trip - November 8 ["Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
4 Nov more rosy-finches - Pennington county ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
5 Nov Sandhill Cranes - last year ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]

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


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

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


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


Hopefully, it won't cause too much disruption.

Doug


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

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





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


Roger D

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


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


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


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

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

   

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

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

Charlie Miller
Buffalo, S.D.


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

 

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

 

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

 

Maggie Engler

Black Hills Raptor Center

Rapid City

 

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Kelly

Armour, SD

http://birdteach.blogspot.com/


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


 

 Joe C
 Sioux Falls
  

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

Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD





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

 

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

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

 

 

 Joe C
 
 Sioux Falls
 

Subject: Snowy owl and black-billed magpie
From: "pintail AT abe.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Nov 2014 08:35:55 -0800
While deer hunting in eastern McPherson county this morning I saw a 
black-billed magpie and a snowy owl. The owl was just west of 364th ave a mile 
north of 105th street. Barry Parkin. Aberdeen 


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Subject: Raven
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:27:22 -0600
 

Dan Svingen reported seeing a Common Raven along Hwy 83 a few miles south of
Ft Pierre yesterday.

 

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Grouse & partridge
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:10:05 -0500 (EST)
I've seen a few Sharp-tailed Grouse recently in the lower Spring Creek
area of Custer & Pennington Cos. Probably about 18 birds at four
locations, including ten in a shelterbelt on Nov. 11.I've had a
single bird in my yard the past few days. It appears fat and healthy.
Their numbers have been down for over a year, esp. in the wake of the
October, 2013 blizzard.

There's been a flock of 12 or more Gray Partridge around my place all
fall, still present since the cold and snow settled in. They too look
fat. There were 13 birds in the flock in early October, and 15 in mid
September.

Michael Melius
NE Custer Co.
Subject: NPR Monday - Birds, climate, land-use
From: "tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:48:24 -0600
If you're interested...Karl Gehrke from SD NPR called and is going to  
do a 15-minute piece on the bird/climate/land-use study I did. Right  
now it looks to be at around 12:20 on Monday.  Specifically he said he  
wanted to ask me about the following:

"I?m interested in talking about how you conducted the survey and what  
will cause the change in the range of certain bird species. What bird  
species
will see the biggest changes in their ranges? Why will some birds lose  
their range and others gain? We can discuss in particular what changes  
we?ll
see in the plains region."

For those that know me and know how "eloquent" I am speaking directly  
with people, it may be worth tuning in just for sheer entertainment  
value.

;-)

Terry Sohl
Brandon


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Subject: Cassie's Finches continued - Pennington County
From: "Richard Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:14:08 -0700
The last few days there has been very little activity at our feeders, at least 
during the limited daylight hours that I’m home. But this morning, we had a 
brief visit for 2 females and a single male Cassin’s Finch. I’ve been 
seeing them on and off since I last posted about them. 


Dick Latuchie
Rapid City

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Subject: Sparrows
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:06:02 -0600
Despite a visit from both a Sharp-shinned and Red-tailed Hawk, I had lots of 
sparrow activity at my house this morning. There were six Harris's, which have 
been pretty constant this week (down from a high count of 13 last Sunday). In 
addition to plenty of Juncos, today there was a Fox Sparrow and a 
White-throated Sparrow as well. The American Tree Sparrows have been 
mysteriously absent at my house so far this early winter. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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Subject: Red-necked Grebe, Pennington county
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:33:46 -0700
Late this afternoon, while birding at some Black Hills lakes, I came across
a Red-necked Grebe at Deerfield Lake. This is a rare bird West River and
especially rare in the Hills and this late in the year. It was actively
foraging on the west end of the lake, seen from the Whitetail Loop road. It
is transitioning to basic (winter) plumage from breeding plumage and is
rather strange looking. There also was a Pied-billed Grebe, a Western Grebe
and a flock of Common Mergansers at Deerfield Lake and some Common
Goldeneyes at Sheridan Lake. Bald Eagles were the most abundant species
seen everywhere. Despite the prolonged cold snap, just a small portion of
the shallows were frozen at these lakes.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: Fwd: Grackle, Lake County
From: "Joshua Boldt joshua.boldt AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:59:26 -0600
I only ever see Grackles in the spring on my farm. So a lone Common Grackle 
today is kind of a surprise for me. 


(pictures on the Yahoo group for this list 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sd-birds/photos/albums/1412433904 ) 


Joshua Boldt
Reynold's Slough, Lake County







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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: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:24:59 -0700
4 surveyors (Ingrid Arlton, Jocelyn Baker, Gene Hess and Larry Putnam) were
surprised to find 12 waterbird species at Canyon Lake Park this morning,
November 19, 2014.  A small diversion dam had broken during the storms which
occurred in the past week so that there was more water in the lake bed than
in the past few weeks.  Even though the storms had brought very COLD
temperatures, all  waters were open.  Waterbirds included: Canvasback
(pair), Ring-necked Duck (pair), Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded
Merganser and Pied-billed Grebe. A Western Grebe which had been released by
a rehabber after being treated for a minor injury was also present.  A Great
Blue Heron, a pair of Bald Eagles (one calling to the other),  a Belted
Kingfisher and 50 Cedar Waxwings were also observed.  A total of 25 species
and 412 individuals were counted.  

Jocelyn Baker, Rapid City
Subject: Sand Lake NWR Weekly Waterfowl Estimates - 11/19/2014 - Final Report
From: "'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:37:30 -0600
*Waterfowl Estimates for Sand Lake NWR - 11/19/2014*

Waterfowl numbers have dwindled at Sand Lake since last week.  There are
only several hundred Canada geese and several thousand mallards remaining
in the area.  The only open water left on the refuge are two small areas
near the water control structures and a small area in the river channel
north of Weismantel Grade,

This will be the final report for the fall migration, and the last report
that I will be sending out, as I will be retiring on January 3.  I hope
these reports have been useful.  Take care.



*Waterfowl Estimates for Sand Lake NWR - 11/12/2014*

Canada Geese - 1600

Snow Geese - 6000

Ducks - 8500

Swans - 25


Waterfowl numbers peaked on the refuge over the past weekend, but numbers
quickly dropped with the winter storm that passed through the area on
Sunday night and Monday.  Sand Lake received about 4 inches of snow from
this storm.  Both Mud Lake and Sand Lake were mostly frozen over on
Tuesday.  Today there are only several small open water areas on Sand Lake.

Temperatures are predicted to drop to 11 degrees below zero tomorrow night
and highs are only predicted to be in the teens for the next several days.

-- 
Bill Schultze
Wildlife Biologist
Sand Lake NWR/WMD
39650 Sand Lake Dr.
Columbia, SD  57433
605-885-6320X23
Subject: Ravens
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:36:08 -0600
Just to give people a heads up that its Common Raven time.

 

I had a report of a Raven along the Missouri River about 2 miles down from
Oahe Dam in Stanley County yesterday.

 

Also head of a sighting a couple weeks ago along Hwy 85 near the
Butte/Harding County line.

 

Good Looking

 

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: transport for owl found
From: "Shari Kosel jskosel AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:08:54 -0700
Thanks to all that responded.  Transport has been filled.

Shari Kosel
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Subject: Whitewood Report
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:34:13 -0700
The cold weather brought in a few new birds to our feeders 1.5 miles South of 
Whitewood. For most of last week, we had a Lincolns sparrow but it has not 
been seen this week. We do have daily visits from a Cassins Finch and Harris 
Sparrow and on yesterday had three Pine Siskins. On Sunday 11/16 a single 
Sharp-tailed Grouse flew over the town of Whitewood as we returned home. We 
have a strong showing daily of our usual winter feeder birds. 


Vic/Donna Fondy
605-269-2553
Subject: Long-tailed Duck
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:08:53 -0600
Observed a female Long-tailed Duck in the Ft Randall Tailrace this afternoon. 
Also noted were Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded and Common Merganser, 
Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe and DC Cormorant. Few gulls - Ring-billed, 
Herring and Bonaparte's; Franklin's Gull on Sunday. There were thousands of 
distant Snow Geese on the lakes. Two adult Bald Eagles have been constantly 
hanging around the nest that was built last month in Gregory County. 


Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: emergency transport needed for owl
From: "Shari Kosel jskosel AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:18:15 -0700
Black Hills Raptor Center
Transport needed for a great horned owl. The bird was handed off to 
Conservation Officer Bill Eastman in Belle Fourche by a concerned member of the 
public. X-rays show it has a broken radius and ulna in its left wing, and the 
break is healing rapidly. Unfortunately, the bones are not aligned correctly 
and without surgery this bird has no chance of flying again. We need to get the 
bird to the raptor rehabilitation center in Pierre. Anyone going that way? If 
yes, please call or text John at 605-381-9707. 


Shari Kosel
Sent from my iPad
Subject: LOY Meadowlark, Custer Co.
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:37:44 -0500 (EST)
There's been a sole W. Meadowlark around my place through the cold
snap the past week, "last of the year" I presume. (I also saw one in
Pennington Co. on Nov. 14. along Lower Spring Creek Road.) The last I
saw of my local meadowlark was today whena N. Harrier pounced on it.
It was about 2 pm, the harrier came from the east, gliding very slowly
about 20 feet high. Suddenly it twisted and dropped, just missing the
meadowlark which was on the bare dirt of a prairie dog mound. Both
birds got up and the harrier promptly seized the meadowlark, then flew
off into tall grass and clover at the end of my garden. Later I went
to the spot and foundonly feathers.

Whatever reproductive advantage that bird may have had in staying
north is gone, in favor of all those birds that went south to warmer
weather with safety in numbers.

Michael Melius
Folsom
Subject: RE: Fwd: BirdsEye for Android released today
From: "'Jensen, Kent' kent.jensen AT sdstate.edu [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:36:28 +0000
Just another plug (and like Dan, I have no financial interest here) – I have 
used BirdsEye on my iPhone for 3 years now, and have found it extremely helpful 
in locating birds when Sandy and I travel. I provides the list of birds you 
“need” for your sighting list – and also provides exact locations from 
where the birds have been reported by others on eBird. Extremely easy to use. 


K. C. Jensen, Ph.D.
Department of Natural Resource Management
SPB 138D, Box 2140B
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD  57007
(605)688-4781 (office)
(605)690-6104 (cell)
(605)688-4515 (FAX)
wfs.sdstate.edu/wfsdept/faculty/kcjensen.htm
100% of the shots you don't take don't go in - Wayne Gretzky

From: sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
'dan&erika' danerika AT gmail.com [sd-birds] 

Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 1:22 PM
To: SD Birds
Subject: [sd-birds] Fwd: BirdsEye for Android released today



Hi All:

The bird-finding app, BirdsEye, long inhabiting the Apple platform, is 
available for Android phones and tablets as of today. I am just letting you 
know, I get absolutely no financial benefit from sales; I did Beta test it for 
the developers. 


On your phone or tablet, go to this address at the Google Store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.birdseyebirding.birdseye

This is basically a very slick app for finding birds you need for your various 
lists, but a few caveats are in order: 


1. The app works in conjunction with eBird, so it really helps to have an eBird 
account. The app alerts you to birds in your vicinity that you lack, but which 
have been reported on eBird. 


2. The app is “free.” BUT, in order to search for ALL the birds in your 
area (instead of the most common 50), you must invest in a monthly membership. 
This membership is cheap enough, only a couple of dollars—but the word 
“free” is a tad misleading. 


I recommend checking the app out. I am going to buy a membership for North 
American birds (other continents costs extra). This app is almost like a bird 
Geiger counter for birders. 


dan



--
Dan or Erika Tallman
Northfield, Minnesota
danerika AT gmail.com

http://dantallmansbirdblog.blogspot.com

".... the best shod travel with wet feet...Beware of all enterprises that 
require new clothes ....”—H. D. Thoreau 




--
Dan or Erika Tallman
Northfield, Minnesota
danerika AT gmail.com

http://dantallmansbirdblog.blogspot.com

".... the best shod travel with wet feet...Beware of all enterprises that 
require new clothes ....”—H. D. Thoreau 


Subject: Pierre area
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:27:00 -0600
Some sightings from this morning: There are still a few Yellow-rumped
Warblers in the shelterbelt by the polo field at Farm Island. There was a
female Purple Finch at the Farm Island feeder, along with all the usual
birds. I saw a female Red-breasted Merganser on the river by Griffin Park
along with a Western Grebe, and some Common Goldeneyes, Hooded Mergansers
and Common Mergansers, a few Redheads, mostly Mallards and Canada and
Cackling Geese in that area and Discovery Island. There was a small white
goose on Discovery Island, probably a Ross's Goose, but it never lifted its
head for a positive ID. 
 
Doug Backlund
Pierre, SD
www.wildphotosphotography.com  
 
Subject: Fwd: BirdsEye for Android released today
From: "'dan&erika' danerika AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:21:50 -0600
Hi All:

The bird-finding app, BirdsEye, long inhabiting the Apple platform, is
available for Android phones and tablets as of today. I am just letting you
know, I get absolutely no financial benefit from sales; I did Beta test it
for the developers.

On your phone or tablet, go to this address at the Google Store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.birdseyebirding.birdseye

This is basically a very slick app for finding birds you need for your
various lists, but a few caveats are in order:

1. The app works in conjunction with eBird, so it really helps to have an
eBird account. The app alerts you to birds in your vicinity that you lack,
but which have been reported on eBird.

2. The app is “free.”  BUT, in order to search for ALL the birds in your
area (instead of the most common 50), you must invest in a monthly
membership. This membership is cheap enough, only a couple of dollars—but
the word “free” is a tad misleading.

I recommend checking the app out.  I am going to buy a membership for North
American birds (other continents costs extra). This app is almost like a
bird Geiger counter for birders.

dan



-- 
Dan or Erika Tallman
Northfield, Minnesota
danerika AT gmail.com

http://dantallmansbirdblog.blogspot.com

".... the best shod travel with wet feet...Beware of all enterprises that
require new clothes ....”—H. D. Thoreau



-- 
Dan or Erika Tallman
Northfield, Minnesota
danerika AT gmail.com

http://dantallmansbirdblog.blogspot.com

".... the best shod travel with wet feet...Beware of all enterprises that
require new clothes ....”—H. D. Thoreau
Subject: Rusty
From: "Brad McDonald brad AT erstaff.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:55:03 +0000
Just got back from the bog (Sax-Zim) north of Duluth with good photos of 
Hoarys, Common redpolls, purple finches, pine grosbeaks, and an unphotographed 
Great Gray owl, and looking out at my feeder and I got a rusty blackbird it is 
sort of looking cold and lost, three Redwinged BB have since showed up and now 
they all are perched in my cottonwood looking like they missed the memo to get 
the heck out of here. A new yard record in any event! 


Brad
Milbank

Subject: Common Redpoll
From: "Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:17:01 +0000 (UTC)
A single Common Redpoll joined the party under the feeders at 8:47 this 
morning. 

 Cheryl Vellenga
Sisseton, SD
Subject: Fox Sparrows -Aurora cty.
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:34:08 +0000
Tim Larson asked me to post this for him. He has a pair of Fox Sparrows at his 
feeder and he has photos too. He lives north of Plankinton on the Wilmarth Rd. 
in Aurora county. 



Kelly

Armour, SD
Subject: RCKI, Rapid City
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:02:19 -0500 (EST)
I found a single Ruby-crowned Kinglet along Rapid Creek today, on the
golf course just upstream from 10th St.

Michael Melius
Hermosa
Subject: NHBC Field Trip 11-22-14
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:15:00 -0700
The Northern Hills Bird Club (NHBC) will conduct a field trip out of Sturgis on 
Saturday November 22, 2014. Interested participants will meet at the Sturgis 
McDonalds at 7:30 AM and the trip will depart at 8:00 AM. The routing will be 
decided on Saturday morning and will be based on prevailing weather, road 
conditions, plus local bird reports or sightings. If conditions are favorable, 
we will probably look North of Nisland or Newell for raptors and arriving 
winter birds. Bring a lunch with you. Please advise me by phone or email if you 
plan to attend or even think you might attend so that I will know who to 
contact if changes are necessary. 


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: Ft Pierre
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:36:29 -0600
Today there were 5 Gull species near the tailrace. Herring, Ring-billed,
Bonaparte's , Lesser Black-backed (winter adult) & Thayer's ( 1 adult and at
least1 juvenile).

 

Also saw a few Snow Buntings on the face of Oahe Dam.

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Canyon Lake, Rapid City
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:36:19 -0700
This afternoon, as the temperatures soared into the double digits above
zero, Jocie Baker and I checked out Canyon Lake in Rapid City to see what
the storm brought in. The little bit of water that was present was packed
with waterfowl - mostly Canada Geese and Mallards. There were a few other
species, notably first-of-season Common Goldeneyes, Bufflehead, American
Wigeon, Gadwall, Ring-necked Duck, American Coot and a single Common
Merganser. Other 'singles' were a Pied-billed Grebe, a Great Blue Heron, a
Belted Kingfisher, and a Killdeer. Besides the House Sparrow trolls that
live under the bridge, the only songbirds were one American Crow and two
Townsend's Solitaires.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: Northern Mockingbird today
From: "Ingrid Arlton arltonie AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 03:25:45 +0000 (UTC)
Larry and I were surprised by the appearance of a Northern Mockingbird at our 
backyard pond in SW Rapid this morning.  My photo is clear enough to get a 
positive ID, but not quality enough to post.  

The Ring-necked Pheasants were back today, first time since the opening day of 
hunting season.  We've had dozens of birds, including Dark-eyed Juncos, House 
finches, American Goldfinches, Rock Doves, EC Doves, E Starlings, Pine Siskens, 
House Sparrows, Wild Turkeys, Northern Flickers (4 at a time!), American 
Robins, Cedar Waxwings, American Crows, White and Red-breasted Nuthatches, 
Black-capped Chickadees, Blue Jays, Downy Woodpecker. 

Ingrid and LarrySW Rapid City.
Subject: Cassin's Finch - Pennington county
From: "Dick Latuchie rlatuchie AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:35:38 -0700
I had a pair of Cassin's Finches this morning in our backyard. Good numbers of 
American Goldfinches as well. 


Dick Latuchie 
Rapid City

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Subject: Possible Ross' Goose
From: "petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Nov 2014 16:24:26 -0800
I went back to Oglala Dam this morning to see what was about. It was pretty 
much the same waterfowl as yesterday - a dozen duck species (with the addition 
of several Common Mergansers). 

 

 At one point, a flock of 100+ Canada Geese flew by that included a 
considerably smaller white goose. I think it may have been a Ross', but I did 
not get a great look at it as they flew away, not to return to that part of the 
lake. I would like to see it more closely, particularly the bill, to be sure. 

 

 I went back this afternoon to check, but all of the geese were way down at an 
inaccessible part of the lake. I'll swing by again tomorrow morning. 

 

 I was also surprised this morning to see a Belted Kingfisher. This is 
certainly the first time I have seen one with temperatures well below zero! 

 

 Peter Hill
 Pine Ridge
 Oglala Lakota Co.
Subject: Re: Snow Geese - Douglas county
From: "Becky Leas rrleas AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:10:22 -0700
That is so sweet ! Thanks for helping our little ones to love and cherish the 
winged ones - all of them!:-) 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 13, 2014, at 12:59 PM, 'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us 
[sd-birds]  wrote: 

> 
> Many flocks of hundreds of Snow Geese have passed over the school today. We 
went out to look and listen a few times. The kids were so excited the first 
time, that they applauded for them after they passed by! 

> 
> Kelly Preheim
> 
> 
> Armour, SD
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/
> 
> 
> "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: Snow Geese - Douglas county
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:59:31 +0000
Many flocks of hundreds of Snow Geese have passed over the school today. We 
went out to look and listen a few times. The kids were so excited the first 
time, that they applauded for them after they passed by! 



Kelly Preheim

Armour, SD

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


"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: Pine siskins
From: "'Terry Sohl' tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:41:07 -0600
First pine siskins of the year in the yard now, 3 coming to the thistle
feeders with a dozen+ goldfinches.  Other than that, not much exciting,
unless you count sheer numbers of House Sparrows (60+) exciting.

 

Terry Sohl

Brandon
Subject: Another pine grosbeak
From: "Barbara Hartinger hartinger AT itctel.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:17:45 -0600
A male pine grosbeak in our yard this morning, feeding on viburnum  
berries. Quite an impressive bird. Haven't seen the female again.

Barb Hartinger
44.23N/96.65W
Brookings County



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Subject: Oglala Dam waterfowl
From: "petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Nov 2014 18:23:50 -0800
Popped over to Oglala Dam just before sunset to see if anything was around. 
Turns out there was a lot...If I'd known that I would spend 15 minutes standing 
alongside the lake, I would have bundled up more. Holy cow was it cold!! 

 There were several large flocks of waterfowl, including some species that were 
probably wondering why they hadn't flown south yet (I was wondering the same 
thing). Birds included: 

 Western Grebe
 Pied-billed Grebe
 Redhead
 Ring-necked Duck
 Lesser Scaup
 Common Goldeneye
 Hooded Merganser
 Ruddy Duck
 Also, a Bald Eagle patrolling the lake, and a flock of Am. Tree Sparrows, just 
in time for the weather that they really revel in. 

 One funny sight was the dozen or so Am. Coots that were sitting right on the 
spillway ramp, eating I-don't-know-what. I kept waiting for one of them to lose 
its footing and slip down, but those lobed feet must be pretty grippy. 

 Stay warm everybody.
 Peter Hill
 Pine Ridge
 Oglala Lakota County
Subject: Sand Lake NWR Weekly Waterfowl Estimates - 11/12/2014
From: "'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:25:02 -0600
*Waterfowl Estimates for Sand Lake NWR - 11/12/2014*

Canada Geese - 1600

Snow Geese - 6000

Ducks - 8500

Swans - 25


Waterfowl numbers peaked on the refuge over the past weekend, but numbers
quickly dropped with the winter storm that passed through the area on
Sunday night and Monday.  Sand Lake received about 4 inches of snow from
this storm.  Both Mud Lake and Sand Lake were mostly frozen over on
Tuesday.  Today there are only several small open water areas on Sand Lake.

Temperatures are predicted to drop to 11 degrees below zero tomorrow night
and highs are only predicted to be in the teens for the next several days.



*Waterfowl Estimates for Sand Lake NWR - 11/5/2014*

Canada Geese - 4800

Snow Geese - 27,000

Ducks - 93,000

Swans - 340


There was a major movement of waterfowl into the area on Monday night.
Mallards make up most of the new ducks on the refuge, but there were also
increases in gadwall, lesser scaup, and redheads. More flocks of mallards
have been seen feeding in some of the harvested fields yesterday and
today.  The first buffleheads of the season were observed on Tuesday.

The snow geese using the refuge are currently 1 to 2 miles south of highway
10, along the east edge of Sand Lake, and have been feeding to the
northwest.  There have been good-sized flocks of snow geese reported in the
Groton area, and ten to fifteen thousand using Putney Slough.

High temperatures are predicted to be in the 40's and 50's through Sunday,
then dropping to the 20's on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

The corn harvest is at least 75% completed in the refuge area.

-- 
Bill Schultze
Wildlife Biologist
Sand Lake NWR/WMD
39650 Sand Lake Dr.
Columbia, SD  57433
605-885-6320X23
Subject: LANWR CBC Date
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:57:12 -0600
The Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge Christmas Bird Count will be on Friday 
December 19. Meet at the Refuge Headquarters for an 8:00 am start. For more 
information contact Mick Hanan at mick_hanan AT fws.gov 


Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: US Highway 212 Report
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:21:22 -0700
We drove on US Highway 212 to the Gettysburg, SD area Sunday and returned 
Tuesday afternoon. On the trip Eastbound we counted raptors. From Whitewood to 
the Missouri river bridge we counted 28 Red-tailed Hawks, 27 Rough-legged 
Hawks, 1 Golden Eagle, and 2 Northern Harriers. Monday we drove into Gettysburg 
and there were 100s of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs foraging in the 
gravel along the highway. The area also had numerous large flocks of Canadian 
Geese and Snow Geese. 


Vic/Donna Fondy
605-269-2553
Subject: Pine Grosbeak
From: "Barbara Hartinger hartinger AT itctel.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:38:44 -0600
Our yard as well. A russet female. First Pine Grosbeak I've ever  
observed. Beautiful bird.

Barb Hartinger
44.23N/96.65W
Brookings County



Quoting "Gary and Jan Small garyandjansd AT hotmail.com [sd-birds]"  
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> We added a new SD and yard bird today.  A female Pine Grosbeak was  
> feeding in our crab apple tree.  Photos on the sd-birds photo site at
> https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sd-birds/photos/photostream
> Gary and Jan Small
> Vermillion
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Subject: Fw: Learning About Birding South Dakota Birding Festival
From: "'R&M Mabie' rmmabie AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:35:28 -0600
Southeast SD Tourism brought Jody Halstead to last May's Birding Festival. 
Below is a link to her story.

http://familyrambling.com/south-dakota-birding-festival/usa/midwest/


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Subject: Pine Warbler
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:56:21 -0600
This bird really had me puzzled for awhile, but I can only come to the
conclusion that it is a 1st fall female Pine Warbler. If anyone can come to
another conclusion, let me know. It was in the shelterbelt by the polo field
at Farm Island. Go past the entry booth, take the right turn at the fork
(toward the island) and then take the first right on a dirt road that leads
to the shelterbelt. 

Photos at the link:

http://www.wildphotosphotography.com/NB/Pine%20Warbler.htm


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Subject: Clay County Pine Grosbeak
From: "Gary and Jan Small garyandjansd AT hotmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:24:20 -0600
We added a new SD and yard bird today. A female Pine Grosbeak was feeding in 
our crab apple tree. Photos on the sd-birds photo site at 

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sd-birds/photos/photostream
Gary and Jan Small
Vermillion

 		 	   		  
Subject: Fort Pierre
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:08:42 -0600
The weather brought in the Canada & Cackling Geese. I also saw a lone Ross
Goose today.

 

Gulls today about 600 Ring-billed, 12 Herring and 7 Bonaparte's.

 

One Horned Grebe was on the Ft Pierre lagoons.

 

 

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: snowstorm visitor
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:12:17 -0700
This morning during the height of the snow, a Sharp-shinned Hawk came into
one of the pine trees in my yard and sat for 35 minutes. Its head got
snow-covered, but the rest of it stayed mostly snow-free. Needless to say,
the juncos, chickadees and nuthatches were nowhere to be seen while the
hawk was around.

Nancy Drilling
Rapid City

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Subject: PENNINGTION CTY.: PACTOLA AREA, Clark's Nutcracker, etc.
From: "'Jocelyn Baker' osprey AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:56:58 -0700
Yesterday, November 9,  (3) Clark's Nutcracker, Gray Jay and a Bald Eagle
were observed in the Pactola Reservoir/Jenny Gulch area, west of Rapid City.

Jocelyn Baker, Rapid city
Subject: NHBC web site
From: "'Gene ' gene AT neopaleo.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 14:21:47 -0700
	If you have not visited the NHBC web site, please check it out. With
the Ball's leaving us Addison has transferred the site to me. This resulted
in the necessity of having to rebuild the site. Your comments & suggestions
are welcome.
	Thanks, Gene

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Subject: Rapid City CBC date
From: "'Gene ' gene AT neopaleo.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 14:17:17 -0700
	The Rapid City CBC will be held on Dec 21. The bad weather date is
Dec 28.

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Subject: Whooping Cranes
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 18:23:56 +0000
This morning I saw a pair of adult Whooping Cranes in Charles Mix county. I was 
fortunate to watch them for quite awhile before they flew off to a cornfield. 
One was banded and had a transmitter and the other was not. I have photos and 
video that I will upload to my Flickr site this afternoon. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 

This is the first time that I've found them on my own and the other WHCR I've 
seen were quite distant, so was an awesome experience! 



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: NESDBC Nov. Results
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 08:14:21 -0600
Northeast South Dakota held an outing Saturday November 8th to Sand Lake NWR 
and surrounding area. Seven members participated. A total of 38 species we're 
reported. 


Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Gadwall
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Western Grebe
DC Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Greater Yellowlegs
Bald Eagle
Rough-legged Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
EC Dove
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Northern Shrike
Blue Jay
BC Chickadee
WB Nuthatch
Starling
Tree Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Grackle
House Sparrow

Next club activity will be the Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Sunday December 
14th. January meeting will be Jan. 10th 2015 more information closer to date. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: NHBC Spearfish Field Trip Report
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 19:22:39 -0700
The Northern Hills Bird Club (NHBC) conducted a field trip out of Spearfish on 
a sunny and warm Saturday November 8, 2014. Twelve members birded Spearfish 
Park and fish hatchery, Cox Lake area, McNenny Fish Hatchery, back roads to 
Aladdin, and back roads to Belle Fourche. Twenty-nine species were observed. 
Most of the group stopped for lunch at the Aladdin Caf. Highlights of the trip 
included two FOS Common Redpolls at a ranch NE of Aladdin, 1 Goshawk over 
Spearfish Park, 14 Red-tailed Hawks, a flock of Cedar Waxwings at Cox Lake 
shelterbelt plus 100s of American Robins, both Bald and Golden Eagle, and five 
flocks of Sandhill Cranes over McNenny fish hatchery. Trip leaders were George 
Opitz and Vic Fondy. 


The complete list of species follows: Canada Goose, Mallard, Red-tailed Hawk, 
Northern Goshawk, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Wild Turkey, Sharp-tailed Grouse, 
Sandhill Crane, Eurasian Collared Dove, Rock Pigeon, Belted Kingfisher, Downy 
Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Horned Lark, Blue Jay, Black-billed Magpie, 
American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, 
Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, House Sparrow, Common Redpoll, American 
Goldfinch, House Finch, Dark-eyed Junco, and American Tree Sparrow. 


The next field trip for the NHBC will be Saturday November 22, 2014 out of 
Sturgis and the next meeting is December 4, 2014 at the Sturgis Library. 


Vic Fondy-NHBC
605-269-2553
Subject: SFBC field trip results
From: "'Chris Anderson' canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 19:21:47 -0600
Today nine birders got together and checked out the wetlands west of Sioux
Falls.  Despite some pretty cold winds, it was a nice morning and we saw
good diversity of waterfowl.  Overall we totaled at least 53 species,
including several spots with Rusty Blackbirds and a few lingering Cormorants
and Pelicans.  There were a couple Bonaparte's Gulls at the south side of
Fensterman (460th Ave north of Hwy 42).  Full species list is below.

Our next club outing will be the Sioux Falls Christmas Bird Count on
Saturday, December 20.  All are welcome to participate; more information
will be forthcoming next month if you are interested.

Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls

Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Killdeer
Bonaparte's Gull
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow





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Subject: Saw-whet Owl
From: "Kenny Miller littlebend AT q.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 19:35:16 -0500 (EST)

After being shut out all of last season I found my first Saw-whet of the year 
at Little Bend today.  Wasn't sitting very good for pictures so this is the 
best I could get: 




https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ASDAmb_WL3UvwA2MHesXdNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 





Also seen a Magpie on Little Bend.  They were formally very common and bred 
there but this is the first one I've seen there for several years.  On the way 
back to Pierre I had a Red-necked Grebe at Spring Creek. 




Kenny Miller 

Pierre
Subject: Bohemian Waxwing and the Farm Island feeders
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 11:35:28 -0600
There was a Bohemian Waxwing with a flock of robins and Cedar Waxwings at
the Farm Island parking lot, by the hiking trail. The feeders have been up a
couple of days now, same place as the last couple of years, by the gate, but
so far aren't seeing much use. 

Doug Backlund
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Subject: correction for the Badlands CBC
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 15:35:51 -0700
The Badlands CBC will be MONDAY Dec. 15th, not Tuesday the 15th.

Nancy

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Subject: Badlands Christmas Bird Count
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 15:05:34 -0700
The Badlands National Park CBC will be held Tuesday, December 15th. Contact
me if you are interested and/or meet at the park Visitors Center parking
lot at 7:30 AM.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: Cottonwood Slough
From: "Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:49:38 -0800
Just before sunset on Tues. Nov 4, I ended up at Cottonwood Slough WPA where 
110th St passes through it in Roberts Co. I could not attempt a count, but 
there were thousands of birds. The slough goes for miles, but within close view 
were over 600 Canada Geese afloat with more arriving steadily, hundreds of 
Ring-necked, Redhead, Mallard, Bufflehead, Teal, Gadwall and Am. Wigeon were in 
the closest expanse of water. Hundreds of gulls soared high overhead and a view 
through the scope showed large white birds moving very actively in the water 
(prob. Snow Geese?) along with hundreds of other waterfowl, close to a mile to 
the north of my location. 


The shallow slough popular to shorebirds where I had been seeing the Wilson's 
Snipe (113th St, 3/4 mi W of Hwy 127) held only ducks at the deep end for 
several days, but as I was counting ducks yesterday, I heard a Greater 
Yellowlegs coming in. A view of it through the bins revealed a snipe, so out 
came the scope, yielding a count of 9 Wilson's Snipe. Must be some pretty good 
mud. 


 
Cheryl Vellenga
Sisseton, SD
Subject: Paper - Climate and Land-use Impacts on Bird Species
From: "tlsohl AT alliancecom.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:32:07 -0600
I gave a presentation at the SDOU banquet last month, talking about  
work I've done at USGS looking at the relative impacts of climate and  
land-use change on bird species distributions. I modeled 50 bird  
species in the conterminous United States, trying to tease out climate  
and land-use impacts both for the present day, and for the future  
(2075).  The journal paper I wrote about it hadn't been published at  
the time of the talk, but folks wanted to see it when it came out.  It  
came out today...link here:

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0112251

There's also a corresponding USGS website I did that has species  
distribution maps for the 50 species I modeled, for the present time,  
and then how the ranges for those species would change into the future  
based on 1) climate change 2) land-use change, or 3) both.  The  
companion website with the maps (and all project data) can be found  
here:

http://landcover-modeling.cr.usgs.gov/sdm.php

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Subject: Farm Island birds
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 14:11:13 -0600
A flock of 18 Bonaparte's Gulls was on Hipple Lake this morning, they have
been scarce around here this fall. Larger numbers of Ring-billed Gulls and a
few Herring Gulls were harassing a flock of cormorants. There was a mixed
flock of robins, waxwings (I did not see any Bohemian Waxwings), sparrows
(including Harris's, American Tree, and White-throated), Red-winged
Blackbird and Rusty Blackbird, a few Yellow-rumped Warblers, and juncos in
the shelterbelt by the main entrance. I found a Merlin that was extremely
cooperative for photos, letting me get very close. I put some here if anyone
wants to take a look:

http://www.wildphotosphotography.com/NB/Merlin.htm

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Pierre, SD
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Subject: Sand Lake NWR Weekly Waterfowl Estimates - 11/5/2014
From: "'Schultze, William' William_Schultze AT fws.gov [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 13:59:03 -0600
*Waterfowl Estimates for Sand Lake NWR - 11/5/2014*

Canada Geese - 4800

Snow Geese - 27,000

Ducks - 93,000

Swans - 340


There was a major movement of waterfowl into the area on Monday night.
Mallards make up most of the new ducks on the refuge, but there were also
increases in gadwall, lesser scaup, and redheads. More flocks of mallards
have been seen feeding in some of the harvested fields yesterday and
today.  The first buffleheads of the season were observed on Tuesday.

The snow geese using the refuge are currently 1 to 2 miles south of highway
10, along the east edge of Sand Lake, and have been feeding to the
northwest.  There have been good-sized flocks of snow geese reported in the
Groton area, and ten to fifteen thousand using Putney Slough.

High temperatures are predicted to be in the 40's and 50's through Sunday,
then dropping to the 20's on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

The corn harvest is at least 75% completed in the refuge area.



*Waterfowl Estimates for Sand Lake NWR - 10/28/2014*

Canada Geese - 3500

Snow Geese - 50

Ducks - 22,000

Swans - 130


There was a movement of waterfowl into the area over the past weekend.  The
first white-fronted geese were seen on the 24th, and the first snow geese
arrived on the 25th.  There are currently about 1000 white-fronts on the
refuge, and small, scattered flocks of snow geese in the area.

Mallard and pintail numbers increased, and small flocks of canvasback,
lesser scaup, and ruddy ducks moved into the refuge pools.

There are still good numbers of swans in Brown and McPherson Counties.

High temperatures are predicted to be in the 40's and 50's in the coming
week, with lows dropping below freezing on several nights.

The corn harvest is picking up, but still less than 50% completed in the
refuge area.  .


-- 
Bill Schultze
Wildlife Biologist
Sand Lake NWR/WMD
39650 Sand Lake Dr.
Columbia, SD  57433
605-885-6320X23
Subject: Pine Ridge Christmas Count
From: "petermhill AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Nov 2014 09:57:02 -0800
Ok, trying to be an early bird this year...
 

 The 4th annual Pine Ridge CDC will be held Sunday, December 14. Weather 
postponement date is the 21st. 

 

 Last year we ended up doing the count on one of the most bitter days of a 
brutal winter! This year I'm pushing the date up (only 5 1/2 weeks away!) and 
hoping for nicer weather. 

 

 As always, all are invited! Email me for more info.
 

 Peter Hill
 Pine Ridge
 
 Shannon Oglala Lakota County
Subject: SFBC field trip - November 8
From: "Chris Anderson canderson1 AT sio.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 04:02:06 -0600
The Sioux Falls Bird Club will conduct a field trip this coming Saturday, 
November 8 to look for migrating waterfowl, and/or possibly to check some spots 
for owls if there is interest. We will meet at the Outdoor Campus at 8:00 a.m. 
to carpool. 


Also, I'll throw out an early note that the Sioux Falls Christmas Bird Count 
will be held on Saturday, December 20. This will be followed by the Canton CBC 
a week later on December 27. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls


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Subject: more rosy-finches - Pennington county
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 23:52:44 -0700
This afternoon I came across a flock of 70 Gray-crowned Rosy-finches at the
junction of Taylor Ranch Rd - Sheridan Lake Rd (just east of Sheridan Lake)
in the Hills. They were flushed by a car and flew about 1/4 mi down Taylor
Ranch Rd where they settled in to feed on seeds on the ground. There were
two 'Hepburn' subspecies individuals in the flock.

I had less luck at owl banding this evening in Custer State Park - we were
blanked for the first time this season. Guess owl migration is winding
down.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes - last year
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 03:29:51 +0000
Lorene had just contacted me to tell me to mark this migration date on my 
calendar and I remembered that last year I saw this too. I just checked my 2013 
journal and last year on this exact same date, November 4th, I had seen the 
huge flocks of Sandhill Cranes migrating through at the same location. That is 
very interesting! 



Kelly

Armour, SD

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except those that sang best." ~ Henry Van Dyke