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Updated on Wednesday, April 23 at 11:42 PM EST
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Sage Thrasher,©Dan Lane

23 Apr east of Rapid City [Nancy Drilling ]
23 Apr Re: Aurora County White Lake last Thurs. and Good Fri. [linda ]
23 Apr PENNINGTON CTY.: - BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON ["Jocelyn Baker" ]
22 Apr Clark's Grebe [Jim McLaird ]
22 Apr Yesterday Outing ["Gary & Cindy Olson" ]
21 Apr Aurora County []
21 Apr New arrivals and country birds []
21 Apr PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY ["Jocelyn Baker" ]
21 Apr Avocets at Dewey Gevik []
22 Apr RE: Osprey ["Boldt, Joshua" ]
21 Apr Avocets in Weisensee []
21 Apr Nest Boxes ["Jeff Hansen" ]
21 Apr RE: Osprey ["Boldt, Joshua" ]
21 Apr June Bird Notes Deadline [douglas chapman ]
21 Apr Osprey []
21 Apr BIRDING FIELD TRIP - SPEARFISH - SATURDAY, APRIL 26 []
20 Apr Fw: Sunday bird programs? [mick zerr ]
20 Apr Charles Mix County Birds ["R&M Mabie" ]
20 Apr weekend ["Ricky Olson" ]
20 Apr west of Rapid City today [Nancy Drilling ]
20 Apr yellow-rumped warblers []
20 Apr Bird Song (or equivalent) Phenology at Good Earth at Blood Run State Park in 2013 []
19 Apr Black-necked Stilt [Jim McLaird ]
19 Apr Piping Plover - Hutchinson County []
19 Apr SF Bird Club Trip 4_19_14 [douglas chapman ]
19 Apr Eastern Pennington County [Richard Latuchie ]
19 Apr Whitewood sightings []
19 Apr Pennington (Wall and Quinn) [Lynn Barber ]
19 Apr Franklins and Bonapartes Together []
18 Apr Re: Continuing Peregrines [Chris Anderson ]
18 Apr Continuing Peregrines [Chris Anderson ]
17 Apr Western Grebe Mina Lake Edmunds County []
17 Apr Hudsonian Godwits and Great-tailed Grackle []
17 Apr Owl mobbed by crows in Mitchell []
17 Apr New file uploaded to sd-birds []
17 Apr Mew Gull ["Ricky Olson" ]
17 Apr book [Cheryl Wormstadt ]
16 Apr Osprey ["Gary & Cindy Olson" ]
16 Apr Franklin's Gulls - Pennington [Lynn Barber ]
16 Apr Pennington Co., Canyon Lake Bird Survey []
15 Apr Yankton birds ["Roger Dietrich" ]
15 Apr Spam [mick zerr ]
15 Apr reminder comments due today (4/15) on SD draft sage grouse management plan [Nancy Hilding ]
15 Apr binoculars selection ["Dowd Stukel, Eileen" ]
15 Apr banded peregrine falcon ["Dowd Stukel, Eileen" ]
15 Apr RFI - Birdfinding Advice in Northwestern South Dakota []
14 Apr MOG WALK ["Gary & Cindy Olson" ]
14 Apr test [mick zerr ]
14 Apr Motel in Milbank for SDOU Spring Meeting nearly full [douglas chapman ]
14 Apr frantic feeders [Mary June Gaffrey ]
13 Apr Slim Buttes Saw-whets []
13 Apr California gulls, Osprey Pennington Co. []
14 Apr Gulls Pennington County ["Stafford, Caroline B" ]
13 Apr Common Loon in Pierre [Bill Bossman ]
13 Apr GBBG etc ["Ricky Olson" ]
14 Apr FW: Common Loon - Brookings Co. ["Jensen, Kent" ]
14 Apr Common Loon - Brookings Co. ["Jensen, Kent" ]
13 Apr FOYs [Dick Latuchie ]
13 Apr Re: binoculars [Mary June Gaffrey ]
13 Apr Sparrow fall out? []
13 Apr American Avocets ["R&M Mabie" ]
13 Apr Field Trip Report - Belle Fourche area - April 12 []
12 Apr Sandhill Cranes and other Birding []
12 Apr SFBC field trip - Long-tailed Duck ["Chris Anderson" ]
12 Apr Canyon Lake new for the year []
12 Apr 1st field trip ["Gary & Cindy Olson" ]
12 Apr Whooping Crane ["R&M Mabie" ]
12 Apr binoculars [Mary June Gaffrey ]
12 Apr snowy owl ["Boldt, Joshua" ]
11 Apr Yankton Tree Swallows and Butterflies ["Roger Dietrich" ]
11 Apr News from the North []
11 Apr Banded Peregrine Falcon []
11 Apr Custer Co. birds []
11 Apr Re: Peregrine Falcon []
11 Apr Club Name ["Gary & Cindy Olson" ]
11 Apr Peregrine Falcon [Chris Anderson ]

Subject: east of Rapid City
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:19:32 -0600
After work today (April 23) I birded east of Rapid City and found several
first-of-year species despite the stiff north wind. At Hammerquist Road, a
small flock of Vesper Sparrow (2) and Savannah Sparrows (8), and an
Orange-crowned Warbler. Over a pond along Sage Creek Road - a Northern
Rough-winged Swallow and a Barn Swallow foraged with a group of Tree
Swallows. Several shorebird species at Wall sewage lagoons included FOY
American Avocet, Wilson's Phalarope, Least Sandpiper and Baird's Sandpiper.

Nancy Drilling

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Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Rapid City, SD

*www.rmbo.org *
Subject: Re: Aurora County White Lake last Thurs. and Good Fri.
From: linda <JhnsnLn AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:16:50 -0400 (EDT)
Hi Kelly,


White Lake is a great place to bird. On two days of trips April 17, 18 with 
Rosemary D., then Karol A & Mary G. we saw Avocets, Marbled & Hudsonian 
Godwits, Willet, W. Phalaropes, L. Yellowlegs, Baird's & Pectoral Sandpipers, 
Franklin's Gulls, many Horned, Eared, Pied-billed & Western Grebes,Mallard, 
Pintail, Ruddy Ducks & N. Shovelers galore, Great Egrets, Snow Geese, AW 
Pelican, DC Cormorants, 2 Swainson's Hawks, 2 B. Eagle, many GB Heron, 3 
American Pipits. 



Fine days in spite of Friday's wind.


Linda J.
Sioux Falls 


   



-----Original Message-----
From: Kelly.Preheim 
To: sd-birds 
Sent: Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:25 pm
Subject: [sd-birds] Aurora County


 
  
    
                  

I checked out Fish Lake in Aurora county today and the Cinnamon Teal and 
Black-necked Stilt were still there. Others of note were American Avocets, both 
Marbled and Hudsonian Godwits, many Wilson's Phalaropes, FOY Lincoln Sparrow, 
one Barn Swallow with the Tree Swallows, lots of Eared and Horned Grebes along 
with 48 other species of birds. I am very sure that I heard a Sedge Wren 
singing over and over, but I could not see it. 

 
Then I headed to White Lake which is also in Aurora county and it was very 
windy by then. There were many American White Pelicans and Double-crested 
Cormorants. I also saw 30+ Western Grebes, American Avocets, 4 Great Egrets, 
Willet, Forster's Tern, Bonaparte's Gulls, Franklin's Gulls and many others. I 
could not locate the Whooping Cranes. Fish Lake had more shorebirds, but maybe 
the wind had something to do with that. 

 
Other birds seen today:&n bsp; Red-tail Hawk on its nest, a Great Blue Heron 
rookery with 3 herons on their nests, and on my way home I saw two Eastern 
Phoebes together. There are many sparrows along the roadside, but they are 
difficult to i.d., as they don't stay put long enough. Photos of some of these 
birds will be on tomorrow. Another FOY...8 wood ticks. I guess its time to dig 
out the insect repellent. 

 
Kelly
Armour, SD
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/

 

    
             

  
Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: - BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
From: "Jocelyn Baker" <osprey AT midco.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:08:30 -0600
2 Black-crowned Night-Herons and Yellow-headed Blackbirds were observed in
the New Underwood area, east of Rapid City, today (April 23).  This morning
on our Outdoor Campus West-Wilderness Park survey, a Pygmy Nuthatch was
observed at Wilderness Park (formerly known as City Springs).  

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City
Subject: Clark's Grebe
From: Jim McLaird <jimmclaird AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:37:32 -0700 (PDT)
I made essentially the same trip as described by Kelly, only in the late 
afternoon, and saw essentially the same species. However, at Fish Lake in 
Aurora County, also spotted three White-faced Ibis, and at White Lake in Aurora 
County, a Clark's Grebe amid the many Western Grebes there. The sun was just 
right to give a great view of face and bill. 

Jim McLaird
Mitchell, SD
Subject: Yesterday Outing
From: "Gary & Cindy Olson" <olsonfam AT nvc.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:35:08 -0500
One of my birding routes I take quite often is from Aberdeen to the family farm 
area by Langford then Hickman Dam to Roy Lake then back around to Pierpont 
Lake. I usually see the expected but at times I can get shut out for anything 
new or cool. Yesterday was one of the trips that happen from time to time where 
you get a heapin helping of real cool birds. Foy's yesterday include: 

Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark's Grebe
A.Avocet
Forster's Tern
Snowy Egret  
all out by the farm on 415th Ave. Then on to Hickman Dam where I was treated to 
a Winter Wren FOY. On the way to Roy Lake saw FOY Greater Yellowlegs, 
Brown-headed Cowbird, Loggerhead Shrike and Vesper Sparrow. Then at Roy FOY 
birds: 

 Bonaparte's Gull
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
NOT FOY at Roy but cool sightings
Fox Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Osprey.
Maybe in addition to Winter Wren of coolest birds yesterday for this area 2 
Say's Phoebe just off the Fort Sisseton road west onto 122nd St. One on barbed 
wire another in flight. I will see these in this area from time to time but not 
often, nice to stumble upon them. 

FOY Savannah Sparrows at Langford Cemetery.
At Pierpont Lake a little slow but FOY Tree Swallows, many, also there another 
Osprey. 

Then at Four Corners last evening a pair of Black-crowned Night-Heron again 
FOY. Also yesterday evening for the 1st time this season a Purple Finch at the 
feeders in the backyard. Goldfinch are back in real big numbers in my 
neighborhood. Pretty close to emptying my big thistle feeder each day. 


Nice to get some real treat birds. I'll take yesterday as a big win.

Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Aurora County
From: <Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 20:25:15 -0700
I checked out Fish Lake in Aurora county today and the Cinnamon Teal and 
Black-necked Stilt were still there. Others of note were American Avocets, both 
Marbled and Hudsonian Godwits, many Wilson's Phalaropes, FOY Lincoln Sparrow, 
one Barn Swallow with the Tree Swallows, lots of Eared and Horned Grebes along 
with 48 other species of birds. I am very sure that I heard a Sedge Wren 
singing over and over, but I could not see it. 

  
 Then I headed to White Lake which is also in Aurora county and it was very 
windy by then. There were many American White Pelicans and Double-crested 
Cormorants. I also saw 30+ Western Grebes, American Avocets, 4 Great Egrets, 
Willet, Forster's Tern, Bonaparte's Gulls, Franklin's Gulls and many others. I 
could not locate the Whooping Cranes. Fish Lake had more shorebirds, but maybe 
the wind had something to do with that. 

  
 Other birds seen today: Red-tail Hawk on its nest, a Great Blue Heron rookery 
with 3 herons on their nests, and on my way home I saw two Eastern Phoebes 
together. There are many sparrows along the roadside, but they are difficult to 
i.d., as they don't stay put long enough. Photos of some of these birds will be 
on tomorrow. Another FOY...8 wood ticks. I guess its time to dig out the insect 
repellent. 

  
 Kelly
 Armour, SD
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 

 
 
Subject: New arrivals and country birds
From: <treasurecreek AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:05:23 -0700
We finally have a few migrants arriving at our home South of Whitewood. On 4/20 
White-throated Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, and Yellow-rumped Warbler, and today 
4/21 Spotted Towhee. 


We took the day off and birded Bear Butte Lake, Nisland Slough, a little of the 
Belle Fourche Reservoir, then back roads to Spearfish. Lots of ducks (14 
species but in small numbers), no sparrows, no shorebirds, one Yellow-rumped 
Warbler, one Loggerhead Shrike, lots of Meadowlarks, one Bald Eagle, lots of 
Kestrels, and a total of only 45 species. Reservoirs are full and country looks 
good, but not a lot of birds yet. 


Vic/Donna Fondy
Subject: PENNINGTON CTY.: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY
From: "Jocelyn Baker" <osprey AT midco.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:02:37 -0600
7 surveyors observed 29 species and 213 individuals at Canyon Lake Park this
morning, April 21, 2014.  Among the birds present were the following: (59)
Turkey Vulture, Killdeer, Tree Swallow, Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler, Song
Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird and Common Grackle.

Jocelyn Lee Baker, Rapid City
Subject: Avocets at Dewey Gevik
From: <birdingsd AT yahoo.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 18:08:24 -0700
There was a flock of 30 Avocets as well as a mix of other shorebirds and a 
large flock of pelicans at Dewey Gevik this afternoon. Other shorebirds 
included lesser yellowlegs, bairds, wilson's phalaropes, and killdeer. Also saw 
a single barn swallow flying over. Spring must finally be here. :) 


Bridget Jacobs
Subject: RE: Osprey
From: "Boldt, Joshua" <joshua.boldt AT dsu.edu>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:05:43 +0000
It's two osprey now and they are on the north side of the lake at the Isaac 
Walton property. Looks like they might roost there for the night. They seem 
pretty settled in and it's private property a decent distance from the road. 


-------- Original message --------
From: "Boldt, Joshua"
Date:04/21/2014 3:56 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: [sd-birds] Osprey


There is an Osprey at Lake Herman near Madison today also. Seen various places 
around the lake. 




From: sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
kkc AT vyn.midco.net 

Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 1:36 PM
To: sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [sd-birds] Osprey



Observed one Osprey today, April 21st, four miles south of Vermillion at 12:35 
PM. It was seen from atop the Mulberry Bend Overlook on the Nebraska side of 
the Missouri River. The Osprey was soaring over the bluffs for several minutes. 


Kim Callahan
Vermillion, SD

Subject: Avocets in Weisensee
From: <birdingsd AT yahoo.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 17:58:11 -0700
There was a flock of 30 Avocets as well as a mix of other shorebirds and a 
large flock of pelicans at Weisensee this afternoon. Other shorebirds included 
lesser yellowlegs, bairds, wilson's phalaropes, and killdeer. Also saw a single 
barn swallow flying over. Spring must finally be here. :) 


Bridget Jacobs
Subject: Nest Boxes
From: "Jeff Hansen" <hanjd AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:29:14 -0500
All of the following has been happening at my mom's farm north of Mitchell.

 

My brother has been trapping the starlings that are trying to take over nest
boxes built for woodpeckers and flycatchers and kestrels.  13 starlings have
been eliminated and a few house sparrows too.  He put the starling corpses
in the trees near the screech owl box (which has had an owl in it).  Today
he was checking to see if something took the starlings (they are gone)  and
a screech owl flew out of the box.  So he checked the box and it contains 4
eggs.  I'm very excited about this.

 

He also checked the wood duck box and there was a half eaten robin in it
(presumably from screech owl).

 

While checking a barn owl box, a kestrel hovered and did not leave the area.

 

Woodpeckers have enlarged holes to two nest boxes.

 

Interestingly we are putting wood shavings in the boxes and the starlings
excavate all of them.  

 

Woodpeckers have excavated some houses too.  Saw a downy excavating one.
There are also hairys and flickers.

 

Jeff hansen

 

 
Subject: RE: Osprey
From: "Boldt, Joshua" <joshua.boldt AT dsu.edu>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:56:49 +0000
There is an Osprey at Lake Herman near Madison today also. Seen various places 
around the lake. 




From: sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
kkc AT vyn.midco.net 

Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 1:36 PM
To: sd-birds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [sd-birds] Osprey



Observed one Osprey today, April 21st, four miles south of Vermillion at 12:35 
PM. It was seen from atop the Mulberry Bend Overlook on the Nebraska side of 
the Missouri River. The Osprey was soaring over the bluffs for several minutes. 


Kim Callahan
Vermillion, SD

Subject: June Bird Notes Deadline
From: douglas chapman <dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:07:13 -0500
HI All,

As I prepare for a month in the Brazilian Amazon (radio contact only!), I still 
need to send out a reminder that the June SD Bird Notes deadline is May 15. 


Hopefully, many of your articles will be waiting for me in my e-mail. Remember, 
deadlines do not mean things may not be submitted earlier. LOL 


Doug


Douglas Chapman, Editor
SDOU Bird Notes
Sioux Falls, SD
sfbirdclub AT sio.midco.net
 
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Subject: Osprey
From: <kkc AT vyn.midco.net>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 11:36:29 -0700
Observed one Osprey today, April 21st, four miles south of Vermillion at 12:35 
PM. It was seen from atop the Mulberry Bend Overlook on the Nebraska side of 
the Missouri River. The Osprey was soaring over the bluffs for several minutes. 


 Kim Callahan
 Vermillion, SD
Subject: BIRDING FIELD TRIP - SPEARFISH - SATURDAY, APRIL 26
From: dalybar AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:06:30 -0400 (EDT)
BIRDING FIELD TRIP-SATURDAY, APRIL 26

The Northern Hills Bird Club (NHBC) will conduct a field trip in the Spearfish 
area on Saturday April 26, 2014. Interested participants 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 ¾ to a full day. The group will plan to stop for lunch. Birders 
of all levels are welcome and there is no charge for participating. For further 
information contact George Opitz at 605-642-5325. 

 
Lynn Barber
Rapid City, SD
 
PS. I tried sending this earlier, but received a message that it was not sent. 
So I'm trying again. 
Subject: Fw: Sunday bird programs?
From: mick zerr <zerrmick AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:32:31 -0700 (PDT)

On Friday, April 18, 2014 11:18 AM, "Ryan, Thea"  wrote:
 
 
Greetings from The Outdoor Campus! We’re hoping to add some short half hour, 
family-friendly programs on all kinds of nature topics every Sunday at 2 during 
the summer months. I’m writing to see if you or your group would be 
interested in being the program one or more Sundays? 

 
We’d love to have your group come and do a presentation or a bird hike – 
only a half hour, indoors or out. We’ll have a staff person meet you and 
introduce you, and then you do the program. It’s a drop in event, so we may 
have lots of people or we may only have a couple. What do you think? 
Interested? 

 
P.S. I hope you’ll come back for Outdoor University August 2 again this year! 

 
~~~~~~~~ 
Thea Miller Ryan 
Director, The Outdoor Campus 
South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Division of Wildlife 
4500 S. Oxbow Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57106
(605) 362-2777 voice (605) 362-2704 fax thea.ryan AT state.sd.us
www.outdoorcampus.org 
Twitter: outdoorcampus 
Facebook: The Outdoor Campus 
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work 
worth doing. ~Theodore Roosevelt 
Subject: Charles Mix County Birds
From: "R&M Mabie" <rmmabie AT hcinet.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:15:12 -0500
Observed a Say's Phoebe this afternoon at LANWR. Yesterday afternoon there was 
a Forster's Tern and Rough-winged Swallow below Ft Randall Dam. 


Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: weekend
From: "Ricky Olson" <tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:48:15 -0500
Highlights this weekend

 

Yesterday

 

Tripp County-5 Trumpeter Swans

Lyman County- Short-eared Owl

 

Today shorebirded with Dan Svingen in Hughes, Sully and Hyde County

 

Very few shorebirds and only 6 species 

 

Hughes County-  Rare this county- Long-billed Curlew also a Peregrine falcon

 

We saw 2 Ferriginous Hawks in Hyde County

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: west of Rapid City today
From: Nancy Drilling <nancy.drilling AT rmbo.org>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:12:10 -0600
Did a quick loop this morning from Rapid City to Sheridan Lake, Pactola
Res. and back to Rapid on Hwy 44. Highlight/first-of-year sightings:

Common Loon - 4 at Pactola
Osprey - 1 at Thunderhead Falls; 1 at Sheridan lake - it caught a
nice-sized fish, then fly north/northwest with it.
Red-naped Sapsucker - 1 heard at Pactola
Tree Swallow - 1 near a nestbox on Sheridan Lake Rd, first I've seen since
the flock of 15 at Canyon Lake eight days ago
White-throated Swifts - Thunderhead Falls
Rock Wren - 1 foraging in my back yard a few minutes ago.

Nancy Drilling

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Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Rapid City, SD
Subject: yellow-rumped warblers
From: <mschmidtbauer AT netscape.net>
Date: 20 Apr 2014 10:01:41 -0700
I saw two Myrtle Yellow-rumped warblers and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet this morning 
on our land on Beaver creek near Brandon. Mark Schmidtbauer 
Subject: Bird Song (or equivalent) Phenology at Good Earth at Blood Run State Park in 2013
From: <gilblankespoor AT yahoo.com>
Date: 20 Apr 2014 09:54:54 -0700
Images and text at 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/46805577 AT N03/sets/72157644164625613/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/46805577 AT N03/sets/72157644164625613/ 
Subject: Black-necked Stilt
From: Jim McLaird <jimmclaird AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:41:38 -0700 (PDT)
Saw a Black-necked Stilt at a pond immediately east of Fish Lake in Aurora 
County late this afternoon. 

Jim McLaird
Mitchell, SD
Subject: Piping Plover - Hutchinson County
From: <Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 16:01:03 -0700
Scott Stolz and I birded in Hutchinson county for 5 hours this morning. The 
highlight for the morning were the two banded Piping Plovers that Scott spotted 
in a pond just off of the highway. There are photos on my Flickr site below. We 
saw 74 species this morning and quite a few being FOY for one or both of us. 

  
 Shorebirds: Semipalmated Plover, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Semipalmated 
Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Hudsonian 
Godwits, American Pipits, Wilson's Phalarope, and Wilson's Snipe. We also saw a 
tagged Double-crested Cormorant. 

  
 Sparrows: Spotted Towhee, American Tree Sparrows, Chipping Sparrow, Vesper 
Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, White-crowned 
Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco. I saw a Field Sparrow later in town. 

  
 Other cool birds: House Wren, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Phoebe, 
Loggerhead Shrike, Horned Grebe, Eared Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Tree Swallows, 
Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Kestrels, many Franklin's Gulls and many other 
good ones. 

  
 Kelly
 Armour, SD
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 


Subject: SF Bird Club Trip 4_19_14
From: douglas chapman <dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:02:41 -0500
Hello Birders,

The official April Field Trip of the Sioux Falls Bird Club re-traced the steps 
of our "added" trip last Saturday, April 12. We also welcomed 2 new members and 
re-welcomed a snow bird back from Arizona. We saw 74 species and several 
thousand individual birds. 


Luckily the incredibly strong winds of Friday the 18th (making my scouting on 
Friday VERY difficult--almost a dust storm!) were mitigated this morning and we 
started out from TOC at 8 AM with several passerines on campus, plus a Downy 
Woodpecker. Upon leaving there was a Sharp-shinned Hawk flying low over the 
shrubs. 


On 57th just west of town the Purple Martins were back (not there Friday). 
Other FOS include Wilson's Phalarope (Weisensee, and a few other places), 
Belted Kingfisher (Dewey Gevik), Bonaparte's Gull (South side Fensterman)Barn 
Swallow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet (island at Wall Lake), Swainson's Hawk, and the 
largest flock of Hudsonian Godwits I've ever seen--60 at Weisensee. 


Birds not seen which seem late (would be FOS): Red-headed Woodpecker, Green 
Heron,Yellow-rumped Warbler. 


Thanks to all for making this such a great outing. Good birds and good people. 
What could be better on a Saturday morning? 


Snow Goose--75 (one-half Blue goose) island at South Fensterman.
Ross's Goose--5-6 island South Fensterman
Canada Goose
Wood Duck--6
Gadwall
American Wigeon--14
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail--6
Green-winged Teal (seems late for as many as we saw)
Canvasback--still around is good numbers --ca. 35
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Common Merganser--4-5 South Fensterman
Ruddy Duck--thousands
RN Pheasant--3
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe--12
Eared Grebe
American WHite Pelican
DC Cormorant
GB Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier (male buzzed our vehicles at Dewey Gevik)
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
RT Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Hudsonian Godwit
Baird's Sandpiper
PectoralSandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope
Bonaparte's Gull
Franklin's Gull
RB Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
N Flicker
Blue Jay
A Crow
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
BC Chickadee
WB Nuthatch
RC Kinglet
A Robin
E Starling
Chipping Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
DE Junco
N Cardinal
RW Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
YH Blackbird
C Grackle
BH Cowbird
HOuse Finch
A Goldfinch
H Sparrow.

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Subject: Eastern Pennington County
From: Richard Latuchie <rlatuchie AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:50:26 -0600
 A nice morning of birding from Quinn to Wasta. Highlights included American 
Pipit, Marbled Godwit and Franklins Gulls at Wall Sewage Ponds, a couple of 
Says Phoebe just north of Wall, and Bairds Sandpiper on the pond on 228th St. 
Other FOY were American White Pelican, Greater Yellowlegs, Burrowing Owl, Tree 
Swallow, Western Grebe, Ruddy Duck, and Blue-Winged Teal. No Eskimo Curlew, in 
case anyone was wondering, but we did have a couple of Long-billed in the 
Badlands. 


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Rapid City

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Subject: Whitewood sightings
From: <treasurecreek AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:26:07 -0700
Sightings at our home South of Whitewood (Lawrence County) this week have been 
limited to winter residents with the exception of one Mourning Dove and 2 
Common Mergansers flying up and down Whitewood Creek. The mergansers return 
every spring and nest. The male frequently floats down the creek, bobbing and 
dipping with the current. During our walk to town along Crook City Road on 
Friday 4/18 there was a small migration of raptors including 2 Red-tailed 
Hawks, 1-Northern Harrier, 2 unidentified (too distant) buteos, and 2 Golden 
Eagles all within a five minute period. American Robins and Meadowlarks are 
also along the road. 


Vic/Donna Fondy
Subject: Pennington (Wall and Quinn)
From: Lynn Barber <dalybar AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:31:38 -0600
At Wall sewage ponds this morning - 1 Wilson's Phalarope and 2 Ruddy Ducks plus 
7 Franklin's Gulls, Blue-winged Teal, and the usual shovelers, Gadwalls, 
Redheads, Mallards, Canada Geese. Usual birds at Quinn pond plus first of year 
Horned Grebe in beautiful breeding plumage. 


Lynn Barber
Rapid City

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Subject: Franklins and Bonapartes Together
From: <pintail AT abe.midco.net>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 05:18:24 -0700
On my daily drive back from Watertown last night I came upon a large group of 
black-headed gulls feeding in a wetland right next to the road. There were both 
Franklins and Bonapartes in the group and it was awesome to see the 
characteristics that set them apart side by side. Lots of gulls in the area 
(mostly ringed-bills) with scattered flocks of black-headed gulls. Still plenty 
of diving ducks around too. 


 Barry Parkin
 Aberdeen
Subject: Re: Continuing Peregrines
From: Chris Anderson <canderson1 AT sio.midco.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:58:43 -0500
Sorry, I accidentally sent before finished typing. Anyway, I saw one of these 
falcons dive after some pigeons near my office yesterday, which eventually 
brought the bird almost right past my window. All pigeons somehow avoided 
becoming lunch. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD

> On Apr 18, 2014, at 7:54 AM, Chris Anderson  wrote:
> 
> I've continued to see two Peregrine Falcons in downtown Sioux Falls every day 
this week. I haven't had binocs with most days to check for bands, but it's 
fascinating to watch them fly around. Yesterday, one of them went into a dive 
off the Century Link building (where they frequently perch) after some pigeons 




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Subject: Continuing Peregrines
From: Chris Anderson <canderson1 AT sio.midco.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:54:56 -0500
I've continued to see two Peregrine Falcons in downtown Sioux Falls every day 
this week. I haven't had binocs with most days to check for bands, but it's 
fascinating to watch them fly around. Yesterday, one of them went into a dive 
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Subject: Western Grebe Mina Lake Edmunds County
From: <pintail AT abe.midco.net>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 19:31:35 -0700
There was a lone Western Grebe on Mina Lake in Edmunds County this 
afternoon...Hermit Thrushes were plentiful as were Brown Creepers and Dark-Eyed 
Juncoes wherever I birded. Still at least one Purple Finch at the Mina Lake St 
Rec Area. 


 Barry Parkin
 Aberdeen
Subject: Hudsonian Godwits and Great-tailed Grackle
From: <Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 19:07:17 -0700
Yesterday I noticed three Hudsonian Godwits in a pond just 2 miles north of 
Armour in Douglas county. Photos below at the link. Today on my walk at the 
town lake, a Great-tailed Grackle flew up in a small tree with some Common 
Grackles. I sure wasn't expecting that! Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera 
with me. There were many Common Grackles, Brown-headed Cowbirds and Red-winged 
Blackbirds there today eating something along the shoreline. I also saw a Brown 
Creeper today. Franklin's Gulls have been cruising over town the last two days. 

Kelly
Armour, SD
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Subject: Owl mobbed by crows in Mitchell
From: <timullic AT dwu.edu>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 18:16:56 -0700
One of my students saw this owl being mobbed by crows near the DWU campus on 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Any help with ID would be appreciated: 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sd-birds/photos/albums/2079733627/lightbox/1997913136 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/sd-birds/photos/albums/2079733627/lightbox/1997913136 
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Subject: Mew Gull
From: "Ricky Olson" <tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:00:28 -0500
There was a striking breeding plumaged Mew Gull at the Legion Beach in
Pierre this am.

 

The GBB Gull  was at the Oahe Marina this am.

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: book
From: Cheryl Wormstadt <cmlgworm AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:28:59 -0700 (PDT)
I am wondering if any of you might have information on a book titled "Dakota 
Birds" written by Loren G. and Nora M. Atherton of Madison, SD, published by J. 
Fred Olander Company, Pierre, SD and has a 1925 copyright date. The book 
apparently was written for school aged children and their parents with original 
paintings by Nora A. A friend discovered the book in some boxes belonging to 
either her mother or her grandmother and thought I might be interested in 
having the book. I am not interested in selling this book, but am wondering if 
it does have historical value if there is a place it might be displayed. Any 
info will be appreciated. Thanks, Cheryl, Spearfish,SD 
Subject: Osprey
From: "Gary & Cindy Olson" <olsonfam AT nvc.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:04:34 -0500
Barry Parkin called this morning said an Osprey was at Moccasin Creek. Bundled 
up and went for a little walk along the creek. Osprey found FOY. Also FOY for 
me today a flock of about 75 Franklin's Gulls and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers at 
Mina. Also today at Mina of interest. Eastern Phoebe 5, Brown Creeper 6, 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4, Fox Sparrow 5, Lincoln's 
Sparrow 3, Hermit Thrush 3. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Franklin's Gulls - Pennington
From: Lynn Barber <dalybar AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:12:22 -0600
Three of them at Wall sewage ponds this morning.
Lynn Barber
Rapid City

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Subject: Pennington Co., Canyon Lake Bird Survey
From: dalybar AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:55:04 -0400 (EDT)
Five observers had 20 bird species (86 individuals) atCanyon Lake on Monday, 
April 14. Most of the ducks and geese are gone. A SongSparrow has finally 
returned and Wood Ducks are up to 7. 

Lynn Barber, Rapid City
Subject: Yankton birds
From: "Roger Dietrich" <rogerd AT iw.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:46:04 -0500
Cold day here but a few new FOY birds showed up: American Avocet,
Yellow-headed Blackbirds, & Bonaparte's Gulls. Lots of Franklin's Gulls in
the area also.
 
Complete list below.
 
BirdLog Checklist Summary for: Apr 15, 2014 to 

Number of Checklists: 3
Number of Species: 53

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): US-SD-Yankton - 42.8680x-97.4854 - Apr 15, 2014, 9:14 AM
Date: Apr 15, 2014, 9:14 AM
(2): US-SD-Yankton-43522-43528 Shore Dr
Date: Apr 15, 2014, 10:36 AM
(3): US-SD-Tabor - 42.9520x-97.5957 - Apr 15, 2014, 11:41 AM
Date: Apr 15, 2014, 11:41 AM

69 Canada Goose -- (1),(2),(3)
7 Wood Duck -- (1),(3)
304 Gadwall -- (1),(3)
34 American Wigeon -- (3)
73 Mallard -- (3)
95 Blue-winged Teal -- (2),(3)
71 Northern Shoveler -- (3)
20 Northern Pintail -- (3)
36 Green-winged Teal (American) -- (2),(3)
46 Redhead -- (1),(3)
4 Ring-necked Duck -- (1)
17 Lesser Scaup -- (2),(3)
2 Bufflehead -- (3)
1 Hooded Merganser -- (2)
46 Ruddy Duck -- (1),(3)
2 Ring-necked Pheasant -- (3)
1 Pied-billed Grebe -- (2)
3 Horned Grebe -- (2)
4 Turkey Vulture -- (1),(3)
1 Bald Eagle -- (3)
394 American Coot -- (1),(2),(3)
2 American Avocet -- (3)
7 Killdeer -- (2),(3)
1 Lesser Yellowlegs -- (3)
58 Baird's Sandpiper -- (1),(3)
2 Pectoral Sandpiper -- (3)
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper -- (3)
24 Bonaparte's Gull -- (1)
2355 Franklin's Gull -- (1),(3)
65 Ring-billed Gull -- (1),(3)
1 Herring Gull -- (1)
4 Eurasian Collared-Dove -- (3)
7 Mourning Dove -- (2),(3)
2 Great Horned Owl -- (3)
1 Belted Kingfisher -- (1)
1 Downy Woodpecker -- (2)
1 Hairy Woodpecker -- (3)
2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) -- (1),(3)
2 American Kestrel -- (3)
5 American Crow -- (1),(2)
6 Horned Lark -- (3)
1 Tree Swallow -- (2)
39 American Robin -- (1),(2)
25 European Starling -- (1)
5 Chipping Sparrow -- (2)
4 Song Sparrow -- (1),(3)
2 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) -- (2)
102 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1),(3)
11 Western Meadowlark -- (3)
29 Yellow-headed Blackbird -- (3)
76 Common Grackle -- (2),(3)
30 Brown-headed Cowbird -- (3)
7 House Sparrow -- (2),(3)
                
 
Roger Dietrich
Yankton, SD
Email - rogerd AT iw.net
Images on the internet - http://www.flickr.com/photos/yanktonbirds/
 
Subject: Spam
From: mick zerr <zerrmick AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:10:28 -0700 (PDT)
Folks, some spammer is taking advantage of Yahoo's recent problems. I just got 
an "Account Verification" e-mail supposedly from Yahoo. It had one English 
error and a spelling error. DO NOT OPEN IT. 


Mick
SFBC
Subject: reminder comments due today (4/15) on SD draft sage grouse management plan
From: Nancy Hilding <nhilshat AT rapidnet.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:48:23 -0600
Comments Due April 15th
PUBLIC INPUT REQUESTED ON SD DRAFT SAGE-GROUSE PLAN

SDGFP link to sage grouse notice and proposal
 http://gfp.sd.gov/news/news/march/17.aspx 
The deadline for providing comments has been extended to April 15, 2014.
 To view the draft management plan, please visit: 
http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/small-game/sage-grouse.aspx. 

You can also provide comments by submitting an email to wildinfo AT state.sd.us. 
Please send a request for printed copies of the draft report or written 
comments to:
 

 South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, 523 East Capitol Avenue, 
Pierre SD 57501. 


=============
Nancy Hilding
6300 West Elm, Black Hawk, SD 57718
or
Prairie Hills Audubon Society
P.O. Box 788, Black Hawk, SD 57718
nhilshat AT rapidnet.com
605-787-6779, 605-787-6466
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Subject: binoculars selection
From: "Dowd Stukel, Eileen" <eileen.dowdstukel AT state.sd.us>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:34:49 +0000
Here is a link that may help in selecting binoculars:

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=2674

Eileen Dowd Stukel
SDGFP, Pierre
Subject: banded peregrine falcon
From: "Dowd Stukel, Eileen" <eileen.dowdstukel AT state.sd.us>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:22:07 +0000
I forwarded the question about the banded peregrine to a few experts in the 
region and received several responses. The band is black over red, indicating a 
bird banded in the Midwest (http://midwestperegrine.umn.edu/?vw=home), with a 
number over a letter. Although the number is difficult to read, it appears to 
be 29 over C. If that's the case, this bird was banded in 2012 at the UND Water 
Tower in Grand Forks, ND. 


I will be sending a separate message to the group about color-banded peregrines 
and ospreys from South Dakota, but I wanted to make a suggestion for your 
observations of color-banded birds. Even if you are able to take a photograph, 
please try to get a good visual with binocs or a spotting scope independently 
of your photos. Record as much as possible regarding the band colors and 
combinations (black over red, for example) and your guesses on any numbers or 
letters. Often the images cannot be enlarged without losing clarity, making 
your real-time observation the best record. 


Thanks.
Eileen Dowd Stukel
SDGFP, Pierre

Subject: RFI - Birdfinding Advice in Northwestern South Dakota
From: MResch8702 AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:24:09 -0400 (EDT)
SD Birders -

I'm coming to the Dakotas in mid/late May for a birding trip to work on my 
statelists, and was hoping to get some advice to help me find some of my SD 
targets (target list is at the end of this post including some long shots). 
I'll only have a couple days available in SD, and since I'll be based in 
Bismarck, ND, don't want to drive too far into SD if possible unless the best 
spots are farther away. So far I've been able to find a little information on 
the Grand River National Grasslands and the Shadehill/Llewellyn Recreation 
Areas, but not a lot of specifics at either spot. Plus I wondered if there 
would be good wooded habitat nearby say in the Custer NF. 


Feel free to reply off-list, and many thanks for your help. I'd be glad to 
return the favor and help you find birding targets you may have back here in 
New England. 


Mike Resch
www.statebirding.blogspot.com
Pepperell, MA


SD Target List 
Clark's Grebe
Canvasback
Osprey
Golden Eagle
Prairie Falcon
Gray Partridge
Sharp-tailed Grouse
Sage Grouse
Avocet
Marbled Godwit
Snipe
Migrant Shorebirds
Black-billed Cuckoo
Short-eared Owl
E Screech Owl
Poor-will
Say's Pheobe
Rock Wren
Mountain Bluebird
Sprague's Pipit
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Brewer's Sparrow
Baird's Sparrow
McCown's Longspur
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Subject: MOG WALK
From: "Gary & Cindy Olson" <olsonfam AT nvc.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:13:34 -0500
Walked Moccasin Creek this morning, or as locals call it The Mog! Right Mick? 
Rather active this morning despite the cold temps and cool breeze. All the 
common birds you'd expect of course. Robin carrying nesting material only 
notable in that bunch. FOY birds Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Belted Kingfisher, 
Hermit Thrush and nice little bunch of close to ten each on Lincoln's and Fox 
Sparrows. Notables 5 Pied-billed Grebes all bunched up, Wood Ducks, Cooper 
Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Brown Creeper, Cardinal and many Junco's. Also walked 
Riverside Cemetery most the same spotted there. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: test
From: mick zerr <zerrmick AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:30:07 -0700 (PDT)
folks, this is a test to see if yahoo is behaving.

mick\sfbc
Subject: Motel in Milbank for SDOU Spring Meeting nearly full
From: douglas chapman <dougchapman3 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:24:35 -0500
Hi,

Those wishing to attend the SDOU spring meeting in Milbank should be aware that 
the designated motel , Lantern Inn, has only a suite and 2 double rooms left as 
of today. 


Other motels are available, and for info check the forms on www.sdou.org, or 
your Dec 2013 or March 2014 SD Bird Notes for phone numbers. 


Just a heads up.

Doug

Douglas Chapman, Editor
SDOU SD Bird Notes
Sioux Falls, SD
sfbirdclub AT sio.midco.net
 
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Subject: frantic feeders
From: Mary June Gaffrey <mjgaffrey AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:58:53 -0700 (PDT)
Snow and cold brought the birds to the feeders, in a frantic way. Crossbills, 
pine siskins, gold finch, juncos, chickadees, nuthatch, hairy and downy 
woodpeckers and those delightful crows....and wild turkeys. We have three 
resident white-tailed jack rabbits nibbling under the feeders. Our elevation is 
at 5600 ft. Must admit I do miss my ND lazuli and indigo buntings. I could set 
my clock by their arrival in Dickinson in May. I will just head to the lower 
elevations to find those. 

Happy SPRING!
mj

May each of us strive to see the face of Christ in everyone we meet.

Mary June Gaffrey, M.A., L.P.C. retired
12023 Bearingsmith St.
Deadwood, SD 57732
In the serene contentment of theBlack Hills of SD
605.578.1057
Subject: Slim Buttes Saw-whets
From: cemiller AT sdplains.com
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:29:53 -0600
Most of the fire trails are still too muddy for
a vehicle, but I did hike part way up the north end
doing walkbys on a few more nest boxes. My efforts
were rewarded with three more boxes having owls
present. Also the turkey vultures have returned and
I did find a pair of trumpeter swans on a pond east
of the buttes.

Charlie Miller
Buffalo, S.D.

P.S. Also had a large flock of cranes fly over (FOY)
and I did see a short-eared owl. The first I have seen
in awhile.


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Subject: California gulls, Osprey Pennington Co.
From: <caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us>
Date: 13 Apr 2014 19:56:45 -0700
California gulls have joined flock of Ring-bills on south pond at intersection 
of Catron Blvd and 5th Street. 

Also noticed pair of Osprey on nest platform between 3 Forks and Hill City on 
Friday evening being overflown by pair of Great Blue herons. 

Caroline Stafford
Subject: Gulls Pennington County
From: "Stafford, Caroline B" <caroline.stafford AT k12.sd.us>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:50:09 +0000
California gulls have joined the Ring-bills on the south pond at the 
intersection of 5th and Catron Blvd. 

Also saw 3 osprey on nest platform between 3 Forks and Hill City on Friday 
evening. 


Caroline Stafford
Subject: Common Loon in Pierre
From: Bill Bossman <billbossman50 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:46:10 -0500
I saw my FOY Common Loon in the LaFramboise Island backwater near the
Legion Cabin in Pierre this evening.

Bill Bossman
Pierre
Subject: GBBG etc
From: "Ricky Olson" <tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:37:56 -0500
I saw a Great Black-backed Gull  first time again tonight since last
reporting. It was on the sandbar off Fishermans/Divers point.

 

FOY birds same as others reporting

 

 

Sharing is half the fun of Birding

 

Ricky D. Olson

Ft  Pierre SD

 
Subject: FW: Common Loon - Brookings Co.
From: "Jensen, Kent" <kent.jensen AT sdstate.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:35:29 +0000
A common loon... a common LOON !!!

Dang it, KC... proof your darned messages!

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)
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Subject: [sd-birds] Common Loon - Brookings Co.


This afternoon, I saw a common look on the S side of Hwy 14 just east of Brush 
Lake between Volga and Arlington. 

I also had a FOY yellow-headed blackbird at my home feeders this morning.

K. C. Jensen, Ph.D.
Department of Natural Resource Management
SPB 138D, Box 2140B
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD  57007
(605)688-4781 (office)
(605)690-6104 (cell)
(605)688-4515 (FAX)
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Subject: Common Loon - Brookings Co.
From: "Jensen, Kent" <kent.jensen AT sdstate.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:30:14 +0000
This afternoon, I saw a common look on the S side of Hwy 14 just east of Brush 
Lake between Volga and Arlington. 

I also had a FOY yellow-headed blackbird at my home feeders this morning.

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
Subject: FOYs
From: Dick Latuchie <rlatuchie AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:11:44 -0600
I observed a Ruby-crowned Kinglet this morning on Hammerquist road. On Lower 
Spring Creek Road in both Custer and Pennington counties we saw Long-billed 
Curlews, and a pair of Eastern Phoebes in Pennington county. 


Dick Latuchie

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Subject: Re: binoculars
From: Mary June Gaffrey <mjgaffrey AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:02:31 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks to so many of you for sharing your recommendations on binoculars. I know 
I asked the right experts! Thank you for your help.  

 

May each of us strive to see the face of Christ in everyone we meet.

Mary June Gaffrey, M.A., L.P.C. retired
12023 Bearingsmith St.
Deadwood, SD 57732
In the serene contentment of the Black Hills of SD 
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On Sunday, April 13, 2014 6:30 AM, Katie classic  
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Eagle optics rangers- $400 best pair for that price. 10x40

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On Apr 12, 2014, at 10:51 AM, Mary June Gaffrey  wrote:


  
>Can anyone recommend a high quality brand of binoculars for birdwatching?
>Thanks!
>MJ 
>
>May each of us strive to see the face of Christ in everyone we meet.
>
>Mary June Gaffrey, M.A., L.P.C. retired
>12023 Bearingsmith St.
>Deadwood, SD 57732
>In the serene contentment of the Black Hills of SD 
>605.578.1057
> 
>
Subject: Sparrow fall out?
From: <pintail AT abe.midco.net>
Date: 13 Apr 2014 10:33:57 -0700
Last night while running my dogs on the same rural road that I use every day I 
encountered a few hundred sparrows that werent there the day before...seemed to 
be mostly Savannah with a few Chipping. Also had an FOY Ruby-Crowned Kinglet in 
the yard today. 


 Barry Parkin
 Aberdeen
Subject: American Avocets
From: "R&M Mabie" <rmmabie AT hcinet.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:36:02 -0500
Observed six American Avocets below Ft Randall Dam this morning.

Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: Field Trip Report - Belle Fourche area - April 12
From: dalybar AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:49:02 -0400 (EDT)

The NorthernHills Bird Club had an excellent field trip today, April 12, 2014, 
in the BelleFourche area. The 10 of us on the trip immediately saw our main 
goal bird,Greater Sage-Grouse, spotted by our leader, Nancy Drilling. The 44 
species seen(in more or less taxonomic order) were: 

Canada Goose
Gadwall
AmericanWigeon
Mallard
NorthernShoveler
NorthernPintail
Green-wingedTeal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-neckedDuck
Lesser Scaup
Greater Sage-Grouse
Wild Turkey
Eared Grebe
AmericanWhite-Pelican
TurkeyVulture
Golden Eagle
Red-tailedHawk
AmericanCoot
Killdeer
Long-billedCurlew
Ring-billedGull
CaliforniaGull
Rock Pigeon
EurasianCollared-Dove
MourningDove
NorthernFlicker
AmericanKestrel
PrairieFalcon
Blue Jay
AmericanCrow
Tree Swallow
Horned Lark
MountainBluebird
AmericanRobin
EuropeanStarling
AmericanTree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-wingedBlackbird
WesternMeadowlark
CommonGrackle
AmericanGoldfinch
RedCrossbill
HouseSparrow
 
Lynn Barber
Rapid City

PS. Something funny was happening with the font size in this email, which I 
tried to correct. Sorry if it's still weird. 

Subject: Sandhill Cranes and other Birding
From: <Kelly.Preheim AT k12.sd.us>
Date: 12 Apr 2014 19:15:05 -0700
On Friday morning I saw a several large groups of Sandhill Cranes on the ground 
in Charles Mix county. This was my first time to see a flock on the ground and 
I enjoyed watching them very much. They are awesome birds! I enjoyed 
photographing them too. Later that morning I check the Great Horned Owl nest 
and I was shocked at how big the young were already. They were pretty funny 
looking too. 


Today I birded with my mom in Turner county and saw four FOY birds: Chipping 
Sparrow, Tree Swallow, Great Egret and an Eared Grebe. I also saw quite a few 
Savannah and Vesper Sparrows. There were Baird's Sandpipers at nearly every 
pond with one pond having over 250 individuals. 


The Greater Prairie Chicken was alone running the same track over and over and 
displaying for no one. Poor thing. This is the fourth time I've seen it and 
that is what it does each time. 


Silver Lake north of Freeman was loaded with waterfowl. There were very many 
American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants and there were more 
Franklin's Gulls in the area today too. Also at Silver Lake there were probably 
the most Ruddy Ducks and Buffleheads that I've ever seen in one place. 


On the way home this evening I saw one pond that had a tiny island with three 
huge eggs on them. Does anyone know what they might belong too? Canada Goose? 


Kelly
Armour, SD
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/ 
Subject: SFBC field trip - Long-tailed Duck
From: "Chris Anderson" <canderson1 AT sio.midco.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:22:02 -0500
Today, seven members of the Sioux Falls Bird Club checked out the wetlands
in western Minnehaha County and saw 76 species plus one unidentified Tern.
The find of the day was definitely a Long-tailed Duck at Fensterman Slough
(the south access point, taking 460th Ave about a mile north of SD Hwy 42).
It was seen by the group this morning around 10:30, then again by Todd
Jensen this afternoon around 4:30.

Other highlights included an Osprey at Wall Lake, three Sandhill Cranes in a
field near Grass Lake, and FOY Vesper, Savannah, Chipping, and Field
Sparrows.  At Weisensee, there were over 100 Baird's Sandpipers, along with
some Semipalmated and Pectoral Sandpipers, two Marbled Godwits, a few
Long-billed Dowitchers, and American Pipits.

Thanks to everyone who came out today.  Just a reminder that we will have
our "official" April field trip as scheduled next Saturday, April 19.  It
will most likely cover a similar route as today, hopefully with some more
migrating shorebirds sprinkled in.

Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


Full list:

Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marbled Godwit
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Forster's/Common Tern (bad light)
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin
European Starling
American Pipit
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow





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Subject: Canyon Lake new for the year
From: dalybar AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:42:13 -0400 (EDT)
Nancy Drilling saw 15-20 Tree Swallows this afternoon at Canyon Lake. When I 
went over to look at them I found two Blue-winged Teal with 5 Wood Ducks. Also 
there was still one Cackling Goose among the few remaining Canada Geese. 


Lynn Barber
Rapid City
Subject: 1st field trip
From: "Gary & Cindy Olson" <olsonfam AT nvc.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:34:04 -0500
Northeast South Dakota Birding Club had it's first field trip today. Thirteen 
members and four guests birded Sand Lake NWR and surrounding area. A total of 
55 species we're seen. A MAJOR highlight today and a life bird for many, 
courtesy of Sand Lake staff, 2 Whooping Cranes we're seen. A thrill any day but 
for our 1st field trip, you could not make it any better! Thanks Bill! Also 
just a little ways down the road we're a goup of about 20 Sandhill Cranes. Most 
ducks and geese seen plus the start of a few shorebirds. Also a few FOY birds. 
Full list as follows: 

Pied-billed Grebe
A.White Pelican
Great Egret
Snow Goose 
Ross's Goose
Canada Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Mallard
A.Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
N.Shoveler
N.Pintail
Canvasback
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
Ring-neck Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Harrier
A.Kestrel
D.C. Cormorant
Greater  Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Baird's Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit
Wilsons Snipe
Killdeer
A. Coot
Sandhill Crane
Whooping Crane
R.N. Pheasant
R.B. Gull
Mourning Dove
N. Flicker
Blue Jay
A.Crow
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Robin
A. Tree Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
D.E. Junco
R.W. Blackbird
Y. H. Blackbird
W. Meadowlark
Grackle

A fantastic outing and fun was had by all! Next trip May 10th is scheduled. 
Time and location to be determined. Hopeful of a shorebird excursion. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Whooping Crane
From: "R&M Mabie" <rmmabie AT hcinet.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:58:22 -0500
Observed a Whooping Crane near LANWR this morning.  

Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
Subject: binoculars
From: Mary June Gaffrey <mjgaffrey AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:51:06 -0700 (PDT)
Can anyone recommend a high quality brand of binoculars for birdwatching?
Thanks!
MJ

May each of us strive to see the face of Christ in everyone we meet.

Mary June Gaffrey, M.A., L.P.C. retired
12023 Bearingsmith St.
Deadwood, SD 57732
In the serene contentment of theBlack Hills of SD
605.578.1057
Subject: snowy owl
From: "Boldt, Joshua" <joshua.boldt AT dsu.edu>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 06:42:20 +0000
I was flipping through some Facebook pictures and I saw a snowy owl photo in a 
photograph group I am in, so thinking this was from earlier this year I ask 
when and where. She said it was from today (Friday) in Plankinton, SD. 


Snowy owl in April?

Not sure if you will be able to get to this link but you can try...


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=854235537936532&set=gm.504625692993075&type=1 


Subject: Yankton Tree Swallows and Butterflies
From: "Roger Dietrich" <rogerd AT iw.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:25:10 -0500
FOY Tree Swallows today plus Morning Cloak and Question Mark Butterflies.
Beautiful day in Yankton today.
 
Complete list below:
 
 
BirdLog Checklist Summary for: Apr 11, 2014 to 

Number of Checklists: 2
Number of Species: 39

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): US-SD-Yankton - 42.8713x-97.4823 - Apr 11, 2014, 8:18 AM
Date: Apr 11, 2014, 8:18 AM
(2): US-SD-Yankton-43349 SD-52
Date: Apr 11, 2014, 10:50 AM

21 Canada Goose -- (1),(2)
21 Wood Duck -- (1),(2)
25 Gadwall -- (1)
25 American Wigeon -- (1)
90 Blue-winged Teal -- (1),(2)
93 Northern Shoveler -- (1),(2)
2 Green-winged Teal -- (1)
6 Green-winged Teal (American) -- (2)
1 Ring-necked Duck -- (2)
13 Lesser Scaup -- (1),(2)
2 Bufflehead -- (2)
1 Common Merganser -- (2)
26 Wild Turkey -- (1),(2)
1 Double-crested Cormorant -- (1)
7 American White Pelican -- (1)
1 Bald Eagle -- (1)
484 American Coot -- (1),(2)
5 Killdeer -- (1)
4 Mourning Dove -- (1),(2)
2 Belted Kingfisher -- (2)
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (1),(2)
2 Downy Woodpecker -- (2)
4 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) -- (1)
7 Eastern Phoebe -- (1),(2)
1 Blue Jay -- (2)
4 American Crow -- (2)
13 Tree Swallow -- (1)
4 Black-capped Chickadee -- (1),(2)
3 White-breasted Nuthatch -- (1),(2)
45 American Robin -- (1)
15 European Starling -- (1)
4 Cedar Waxwing -- (1)
2 American Tree Sparrow -- (1)
11 Song Sparrow -- (1),(2)
5 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) -- (1),(2)
12 Northern Cardinal -- (1),(2)
9 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1)
10 Common Grackle -- (1),(2)
1 Brown-headed Cowbird -- (2)


 
Roger Dietrich
Yankton, SD
Email - rogerd AT iw.net
Images on the internet - http://www.flickr.com/photos/yanktonbirds/
 
Subject: News from the North
From: <pintail AT abe.midco.net>
Date: 11 Apr 2014 18:33:18 -0700
Most of the mallards, wigeon common goldeneye common mergansers snow geese 
white-fronted geese and smaller Canada geese have moved on...still good numbers 
of everything else although ruddy ducks wood ducks and blue-winged teal have 
yet to show up in large numbers. Today was the first day I saw more than a pair 
of blue-wings and I saw some large flocks of greenwings that werent around 
yesterday. FOYs recently include Great Egret, Song Sparrow, Short-Eared Owl, 
Red-Breasted Merganser and Yellow-Headed Blackbirds. Went to Miller yesterday 
and observed large numbers of Sandhill Cranes west of Cottonwood Lake and a 
Purlple Martin in Faulkton. Cottonwood Lake and the surrounding wetlands had 
great numbers of ducks including what I would estimate at over 500 Canvasbacks. 


 Barry Parkin
 Aberdeen
Subject: Banded Peregrine Falcon
From: <jdco2pock AT yahoo.com>
Date: 11 Apr 2014 17:47:20 -0700
Upon closer inspection of photos taken today (at 200x) of the Peregrine Falcon 
first spotted by Chris Anderson in downtown Sioux Falls 
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/with/13759853775 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/111697331 AT N02/with/13759853775), I noticed that 
the bird was banded. On the left leg, there is a black band with an unknown 
symbol in white over a red band with a white "C". I have reported as much to 
the USGS through reportband.gov and provided the same photos. From their 
website my interpretation of this band pattern is that the bird was banded in 
captivity (white "C" on red band) in the eastern US (black over red). Hopefully 
they will be able to give more information, but without a band number chances 
are this will be as much as we know. If anyone has any more insight on the 
banding of Peregrine Falcons or the band info as shown in the photos, many 
would be interested to know. 


 

 Joe C
 Sioux Falls
Subject: Custer Co. birds
From: <mmelius AT hcinet.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:09:58 -0400 (EDT)
Flocks of Chestnut-collared Longspurs are flying by this morning. I
sawquite a few on the ground in the Folsom School Section.

There are now 15 Burrowing Owls in my neighborhood, and I counted 4
Long-billed Curlews in the general Folsom area this morning.

Michael Melius
NE Custer Co.
Subject: Re: Peregrine Falcon
From: <jdco2pock AT yahoo.com>
Date: 11 Apr 2014 09:47:16 -0700
One of the Peregrines is sitting on the NE corner of the Century Link building, 
viewable from 224 W 9th Street. 1146 AM Joe C Sioux Falls 
Subject: Club Name
From: "Gary & Cindy Olson" <olsonfam AT nvc.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:05:08 -0500
For those birders across the state who might be interested, we in this part of 
the state have chosen our birding club name. We will be the Northeastern South 
Dakota Birding Club! Our plans are to meet the 2nd Saturday of each month for 
field trips. This Saturday April 12th we will meet at the senior center in 
Aberdeen at 8:30 and have a field trip to Sand Lake meeting at the HQ at 9:30. 
We have also chosen the Western Meadowlark as our club emblem/mascot after a 
tough choice between the Bobolink. Club officers chosen for 2 year terms are 
Gary Olson president, Dan Streifle vice-president and Cecilia Storley 
secretary. 


Gary Olson
Aberdeen
Subject: Peregrine Falcon
From: Chris Anderson <canderson1 AT sio.midco.net>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:00:40 -0500
A minute ago, a Peregrine Falcon just flew in and landed on a light pole in the 
City Hall parking ramp (132 N Dakota Ave) for a few seconds before flying off. 
Actually, before I can even finish this email, it just flew back overhead 
followed by a second Peregrine, both headed south. 


Chris Anderson
Sioux Falls, SD


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