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Updated on Wednesday, November 19 at 11:02 PM EST
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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]" ]
5 Nov Sandhill Cranes - Douglas and Charles Mix ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
4 Nov Custer Co. birds ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
3 Nov November NESDBC Outing ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
3 Nov owl banding milestone ["Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" ]
2 Nov S Bunting, Magpie's ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
02 Nov Snow buntings (?) in Butte County ["Elizabeth Krueger ekrueger AT rushmore.com [sd-birds]" ]
3 Nov Gray Catbird ["Ingrid Arlton arltonie AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
2 Nov Bohemian Waxwing and Rusty Blackbirds ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
1 Nov Short-eared Owl, Custer Co. ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]
1 Nov Snow Buntings Brown Co. ["'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" ]
1 Nov Snow Buntings - Charles Mix ["'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" ]
1 Nov Broad-winged Hawk and ducks ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
31 Oct Northern Hills Bird Club - Field Trip on Nov. 8th ["'Brunko' ebab AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
30 Oct NHBC Meeting on Nov. 6th, 2014 ["'Brunko' ebab AT midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
29 Oct Farm Island today ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
29 Oct Whitewood Report ["treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" ]
28 Oct Re: Birds in argentina ["Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" ]
28 Oct Purple ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" ]
28 Oct Late Black-headed Grosbeak ["'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" ]
28 Oct N. Shrike, Pennington ["mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" ]

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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Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Rapid City, SD

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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
Sent from my iPad


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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 Lincoln’s sparrow but it has not 
been seen this week. We do have daily visits from a Cassin’s 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 when a 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 found only 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 
McDonald’s 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.

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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

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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
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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 100’s 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
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> 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:

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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
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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

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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 Café. 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 100’s 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: 




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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.

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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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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. 


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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

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


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except those that sang best." ~ Henry Van Dyke 
Subject: Sandhill Cranes - Douglas and Charles Mix
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2014 02:40:39 +0000
I was stuck inside all day and people were telling me that they heard the 
cranes and I also had a meeting after school, so I had about 1.5 hours to go 
birding before it got dark. I went to the Lake Andes NWR and sat at the north 
dike to look over all of the waterfowl for about 45 minutes. There was a great 
variety of ducks, many Canada Geese, a few Greater White-fronted Geese and 
about a dozen Snow Geese. The lake has really shrunk due to it being so dry, so 
the birds are quite distant. 


Then I heard a sound and I kept checking for a vehicle that may be approaching. 
The sound got louder and louder. Then I saw them - the Sandhill Cranes! There 
were SO many Sandhill Cranes coming in from the north. It was the most cranes 
that I've ever seen! Three huge flocks came swirling through. When they were 
closer I recognized their call right away as it is unforgettable. It was an 
amazing experience! I was also fascintated by the river of blackbirds that was 
with them. These birds were too small or distant to identify. I have some 
photos and a video of the Sandhill Cranes on my Flickr site: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 


On my way home I saw Ring-necked Pheasants flying up to roost in a tree. The 
final count was 11. They really didn't look too comfortable. 


There are many hunters around and deer season opens soon, so remember to 
bring/wear something orange when you go out birding. 



Kelly

Armour, SD

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



"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent, if no birds sang 
except those that sang best." ~ Henry Van Dyke 
Subject: Custer Co. birds
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2014 20:10:39 -0500 (EST)
I've been seeing good numbers of Northern Harriers this fall in my
area of NE Custer Co., peaking today at 11 birds. That includes four
at dawn in the Folsom area, then seven this afternoon on the road to
and from Hermosa where I voted.

At sunset I birded a place I call "School Section West", which is six
miles west of Folsom. It has nice prairie and wetlands. I chased up a
couple ST Grouse, then found four Hooded Mergansers on a large pond,
identified only because the white crescent on the head stood out in
the deep dusk. But those weren't the last birds--a Short-eared Owl
came by and flew right around me for a couple minutes as I crossed the
prairie. That's one thing about Short-eared owling--for all the
trouble you can go to in searching for them, they sometimes make it
easy by coming right up to you to check you out.

Michael Melius
Folsom
Subject: November NESDBC Outing
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:29:08 -0600
Northeast South Dakota Birding Club will conduct our November outing this 
Saturday November 8th to Sand Lake NWR. Plan on meeting at the Aberdeen Senior 
Center at 8:30. Anyone who wishes to meet us at the HQ should plan so for about 
9:45 approximately. We will bird our way from Aberdeen and will meet with 
refuge staff by around 10:00 who will guide us on the south tour route. I 
expect to be completed by around noon. Other plans can be made then for anyone 
who wants to continue birding. Next club outing will be on December 14th and 
will be the Audubon CBC for those interested in participating on that. Please 
let me know if you have intentions for birding with us on for the CBC. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: owl banding milestone
From: "Nancy Drilling nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 08:23:03 -0700
Last night at Custer State Park I banded the 100th Northern Saw-whet Owl of
the fall season in South Dakota, with 4-6 nights of banding remaining. I
have never caught more than 80 owls in one season so we are having a good
season!  I also have caught four already-banded saw-whets - two banded this
summer as nestlings, one banded this fall in North Dakota, and one banded
as a nesting female this summer in East Short Pines, recaptured this past
weekend about 0.6 miles from her nest.

Nancy Drilling

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Subject: S Bunting, Magpie's
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 18:52:28 -0600
 

I also saw Snow Buntings today, Lyman County.

 

  A hard bird in this area - I saw 2 Black-billed Magpies in Lyman County
and 1 in Hughes County.

 

Raptors  are present in numbers in small areas with many raptorless
stretches.

 

Big Bend Dam- Ring-billed, Bonaparte's, Herring and 1 Thayer's Gull.

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Snow buntings (?) in Butte County
From: "Elizabeth Krueger ekrueger AT rushmore.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 02 Nov 2014 17:26:43 -0700
We heard what certainly sounded like snow buntings at Orman Dam in Butte 
County on Saturday. We never did get a look at them, though. Seems like 
they're right on schedule, since the meadowlarks vanished in the last week.

Elizabeth Krueger
Spearfish SD
Subject: Gray Catbird
From: "Ingrid Arlton arltonie AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:04:51 +0000 (UTC)
Yesterday our backyard was busy with birds at the birdbaths and the pond.  We 
were surprised when a Gray Catbird showed up in the spruce by the pond before 
he hopped down to the pond.  Photo on flickr:  
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Subject: Bohemian Waxwing and Rusty Blackbirds
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2014 10:09:52 -0600
I had one Bohemian Waxwing in with a small flock of Cedar Waxwings, in the
trees by the dump station at Farm Island RA. They flew towards the East
Pierre Garden Center. There were 5-6 Rusty Blackbirds further to the east,
closer to the old boat ramp. 

Doug Backlund
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Subject: Short-eared Owl, Custer Co.
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 21:40:11 -0400 (EDT)
The first Short-eared Owl since spring was observed tonight in the
Spring Creek valley west of Folsom. I hope there'll be more through
the winter,as the prairie vegetation is dense and small rodents are
becoming more numerous. The place where this owl was first seen was
over a large expanse, several hundred acres, of tall western
wheatgrass.

I watched the owl w/ binocs a long time, hoping for more. By then the
light was so poor I could hardly see the ground, but the bird was
visible high against the bright line of sky in the west. I've often
spotted Short-eared Owls sheerly against that strip of light, as was
the case tonight, a naked-eye sighting as the owl lifted above the
dark skyline for a second, no more, and not far away. Short-ears are
diurnal but more surely crepuscular, so late afternoon to after
sunset is a great time to be out looking for them. I try to do it
every evening around here, from now into springtime.

Michael Melius
Folsom
Subject: Snow Buntings Brown Co.
From: "'Gary & Cindy Olson' olsonfam AT nvc.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 16:08:17 -0500
Like Kelly I also went out this windy morning, mostly to Sand Lake NWR. I saw 
about 10 Snow Buntings along the bridge area on highway SD10. That is usually a 
reliable spot for them around here for me if anyone is looking particularly for 
them in Brown County. Lapland Longspur's in the fields, also Horned Larks. 
Greater White-fronted Geese, Cackling and Canada Geese, Tundra Swans, Mallard, 
N.Shoveler, N.Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ruddy and Canvasback. Lesser 
Yellowlegs, Pied-billed and Western Grebes,Red-winged Blackbirds many and a 
dozen or so yellow-headed Blackbirds. Perhaps my favorite today was a Northern 
Harrier. I've had trouble finding these around here this year, so real nice to 
see one hovering over prey in the ditch. Also a Great-horned Owl at the day use 
area at Sand Lake, reliable spot for them. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Snow Buntings - Charles Mix
From: "'Preheim, Kelly' Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 17:42:51 +0000
It was very windy and dusty while birding this morning at the Lake Andes NWR in 
Charles Mix county. The first thing I spotted was a birder, which is unusual 
out here. It was nice to see Roger out birding too. 


I found Lapland Longspurs and Horned Larks on the shore and when I left, he 
found Snow Buntings and a Greater or Lesser Yellowlegs. Of course I went back 
and saw them too. First there was one flock of Snow Buntings working the 
shoreline and then later another flock flew in. Otherwise there wasn't much for 
waterfowl and I expected there to be more than last week. I did see Canada 
Geese, Ruddy Ducks, Northern Pintails, Mallards, American Coots, and six 
American White Pelicans. As I birded my way home, I saw several flocks of 
Lapland Longspurs flitting over the fields. 


There weren't many bird species identified due to the wind, but it was fun 
watching the Northern Harriers-3, Red-tailed Hawks-3, Ring-billed Gulls and 
Franklin's Gulls fly in the wind. They looked like they were having fun! 


I will see if any of my photos turned out and I'll post them in a bit. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 



Kelly

Armour, SD

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Abbey 



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except those that sang best." ~ Henry Van Dyke 
Subject: Broad-winged Hawk and ducks
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Nov 2014 12:18:59 -0500
A very late date for this species, I saw a juvenile broad-winged hawk this
morning at Foggy Bottom. I could not get any photos. Also, some pine siskins
in that area. There was a big raft of ducks above Oahe Dam on the west side,
but I could not pick out any scoters, mostly redheads, wigeon, gadwall,
ruddy ducks, some buffleheads, canvasbacks, shovelers, mallards,
green-winged teal, hooded merganser, and horned grebes. 

Doug Backlund
Pierre, SD
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Subject: Northern Hills Bird Club - Field Trip on Nov. 8th
From: "'Brunko' ebab AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:44:21 -0600

The Northern Hills Bird Club will conduct a field trip out of Spearfish on Sat. 
Nov. 8th. We will meet at the Spearfish McDonald's at 7:30 am and the trip will 
depart at 8:00 am. The trip is planned for the Spearfish, Crow Peak and 
Redwater area and will last a half a day. Those that want to will stay for 
lunch at a nearby restaurant. Participants are asked to bring their personal 
radios to stay in communication with the group. For further information contact 
George Opitz at 605-642-5325 


Ardys Brunko, VP- NHBC
For George Opitz
Subject: NHBC Meeting on Nov. 6th, 2014
From: "'Brunko' ebab AT midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:26:35 -0600

There will be a meeting of the Northern Hills Bird Club on Nov. 6th at 7:00 
p.m. at the Sturgis Library. A program entitled "Actions of Birds," will be 
presented by Ernie Miller. Non-members are welcome and refreshments will be 
served. 


Ardys Brunko, V.P. NHBC
Ph# 605-791-2832
Subject: Farm Island today
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:31:02 -0500
Had my first Purple Finch of the fall on Farm Island this afternoon, a
female.  On the trail to the old Girl Scout cabin, I flushed two Great Blue
Herons. One landed in a tree a few hundred yards ahead of me but out of
sight. I got closer and as the heron came back into view, there was a
juvenile Northern Goshawk sitting about 5-6 ft. away from it, apparently
checking the heron out. I got the impression they were both seeing life
birds. The heron flushed again when it saw me and the gos took a couple of
half-hearted passes at it and then flew off in the opposite direction. 

Doug Backlund
Pierre, SD
www.wildphotosphotography.com



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Subject: Whitewood Report
From: "treasurecreek AT gmail.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:48:07 -0600
Most of our summer birds have moved on at our feeders South of Whitewood but we 
are getting a few new winter birds. Yesterday we had a FOS first year Northern 
Shrike which took us a bit to recognize as it was really brown. If you haven’t 
seen one lately, I would suggest you refresh your memory as they are different 
from a mature Northern Shrike. Today we have a Harris’ Sparrow back feeding, 
four American Goldfinches are daily visitors, and we still have the usual 
feeder birds, lots of Juncos included White-winged, plus a White-throated 
Sparrow that has been here about a month. Other sightings include Townsend’s 
Solitaire 10/22 and 10/27, Purple Finch 10/19 and two male Cassin’s Finch on 
10/27. We have had a few flocks of Sandhill Cranes passing overhead as well. 


On our walks to Whitewood all of the Mountain Bluebirds, Western Meadowlarks, 
and Vesper Sparrows have disappeared. 


Vic/Donna Fondy
605-269-2553
Subject: Re: Birds in argentina
From: "Cheryl Vellenga killdeer54 AT yahoo.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:06:53 -0700
Doug,

So glad you are having a great time and seeing so many wonderful, exotic birds! 
I finally got time tonight to look up all of the birds you listed in your post. 
I thought I could name a favorite but they are all so amazing - each one a 
treasure. What a wonderful experience you must be having. Can't wait to hear 
more! 


Cheryl Vellenga
Sisseton



On Friday, October 24, 2014 7:53 PM, "Douglas Chapman dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com 
[sd-birds]"  wrote: 

 


  
Just got back from night before riding.

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

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


Hope all is well back home.

Doug Chapman

Sent from my iPad
 
Subject: Purple
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:36:46 -0500
 

I had 3 Purple Finches  (2 M , 1 F) at my feeders today.

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: Late Black-headed Grosbeak
From: "'Doug Backlund' dougback AT wildphotosphotography.com [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:29:02 -0500
Here it is almost November, so I was quite surprised to see a female
Black-headed Grosbeak on Laframboise Island about an hour ago. I checked
Birds of South Dakota and the online database, this appears to be the latest
fall record ever, by one day. Otherwise, birding has been pretty slow around
here. I have been checking the owl hotspots in the Pierre area for
Long-eared Owls and Northern Saw-whet Owls but have seen few signs of
either, other than a couple of possible roosts that could have been used by
owls passing through. 

Doug Backlund
Pierre, SD
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Subject: N. Shrike, Pennington
From: "mmelius AT hcinet.net [sd-birds]" <sd-birds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:53:17 -0400 (EDT)
I encountered a Northern Shrike along the Cheyenne River yesterday. It
was on the Pennington Co. side of the river, in the small area of the
county that is actually south of Custer Co. The bird was quite vocal,
and I wonder if that was because there were several vocal meadowlarks
right around it.

Also observed were several flocks of Sandhill Cranes, a young Bald
Eagle and two adult Golden eagles, several migrating Red-tailed Hawks.

I've been seeing quite a few A. Tree Sparrows in the general area in
the past week.

Michael Melius
Folsom