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3/14/19 8:48 am Richard Latuchie <rlatuchie...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...> [sd-birds] Mountain Bluebird (Pennington Co. )
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3/8/19 5:28 pm douglas chapman <dougchapman3...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...> [sd-birds] 70th SDOU Spring Meeting
3/8/19 5:27 am Ricky Olson <olsonr088...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...> [sd-birds] Ft pierre
3/7/19 4:22 pm <osprey...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...> [sd-birds] PENNINGTON CTY: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY
3/6/19 5:13 pm 'Terry Sohl' <tlsohl...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...> [sd-birds] Barred Owl
3/4/19 6:34 pm N Drilling <dril0008...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...> [sd-birds] NHBC March meeting cancelled
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3/3/19 10:52 am N Drilling <dril0008...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...> [sd-birds] belated report: Short-eared Owl; longspur/lark migration
3/2/19 6:51 pm Michael O'Hara <oharamasonry...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...> [sd-birds] Harris sparrow
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2/24/19 6:43 pm N Drilling <dril0008...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...> [sd-birds] NHBC field trip results
2/24/19 1:48 pm Elizabeth Krueger <ekrueger...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...> [sd-birds] Short-eared owls
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Date: 3/22/19 12:55 pm
From: 'R&M Mabie' <rmmabie...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Eastern Phoebe
Heard an Eastern Phoebe singing in the Spillway Lakeside Use Area below Pickstown yesterday afternoon. Also heard a Northern Bobwhite calling in this area this week.

Ron Mabie
Pickstown,SD
 

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Date: 3/22/19 8:50 am
From: 'Terry Sohl' <tlsohl...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Eagle convention
Right after dawn this morning there were 29 Bald Eagles visible, just by
looking from the bridge crossing Splitrock Creek, directly east of Corson
half a mile. A bunch in a few trees, and many more standing on the ice along
the river.



The pattern over the last few days seems to be them dispersing to feed
during the day, then coming back to roost in groups in spots like this. But
there are literally dozens of Bald Eagles up and down Splitrock Creek right
now. Talked with a farmer who owns the land around that bridge, and when he
went down there, there are dead Asian carp everywhere, which is why the
eagles are there.



Terry Sohl
Brandon


 

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Date: 3/21/19 5:41 pm
From: Rosemary Draeger <brdfsd...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Spring Meeting hotel reservations
We gave you the wrong number to reserve a hotel room at $92 at the Brandon Quality Inn.
So sorry, no idea what happened!
The correct phone number is:
605-582-5777.
See you there!
Rosemary
Sioux Falls

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Date: 3/21/19 1:14 pm
From: Dick Latuchie <rlatuchie...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Re: Spring meeting reminder
I don’t know if anyone else is having this problem, but this hotel is the most incompetent bunch of idiots I have ever encountered making a reservation. I’m now on the third call, more than a half hour spent. The number you listed in your email won’t work to get the group rate, and getting anyone who knows anything about group rates seems to be impossible. I’m currently on hold (again), and its been suggested that I call back in an hour or two because “you know it can get busy with people checking in an out”. Wow, what an education. Think I’ll try another hotel. Sorry for the rant, but sometimes you just have to share.

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Date: 3/21/19 12:53 pm
From: douglas chapman <dougchapman3...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Spring bird tour
Hi Birders,

Per Mick’s request for Spring Birds (in addition to all of us “Spring Chickens", that is), I spent the morning and early afternoon looking in western Minnehaha County.

There were few numbers except:

10,000s of thousands (maybe 100-150 thousand) E Starlings at the Sioux Falls Dump.

700-800 Greater White-fronted Geese

1000 Canada Geese

3-4 Cackling Geese

And about 1500 to 2000 gulls at the dump. Most were ring-billed.

There were a few Franklins, incl. a couple very pink ones,

a Herring Gull and

one Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Others seen:
2 Green-winged Teal
4-5 Ring-necked Ducks
2 Wilson’s Snipe
30-35 Lapland Longspur in field
30 Mallard
American Robin —2 flocks of 15-20 each.

Wall Lake is still completely frozen, including snow still piled on the beach. There is a very small are at the boat dock open, but no birds there.

Doug Chapman
Sioux Falls

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Date: 3/21/19 6:39 am
From: <carlee.miller...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] The Robins Have Arrived!
Heard Robins singing this morning for the first time this year! Right on time - and such a wonderful sound to hear!



I heard at least 3, so not a cacophony yet, but I'm sure they will be here in force in no time!


Carlee
Aberdeen



 

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Date: 3/20/19 10:48 pm
From: Michael Zerr <zerrmick...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Spring meeting reminder
Folks, a reminder that the 15 rooms ($92) will be saved for SDOU at the
Quality Inn in Brandon only till April 17.( For the Spring meeting). Call
1-800-916-1392

Since the meeting is the same time as graduations, likely all other rooms
at the motel will be booked. The other motel in Brandon is the Holiday Inn
Express.
Call 1-800-916-1392.
The closest Sioux Falls motel is the Super 8 on E. 10th St. Phone
<https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&rls=ig&biw=1524&bih=729&q=super+8+sioux+falls+phone&ludocid=9641706928024661251&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiBmNjwwpLhAhUC7oMKHY3VBOoQ6BMwEnoECBkQAg>:
(605) 338-8881
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I doubt if the new Glo Motel will be finished by meeting time, if so, it
would be the closest motel.

Mick
SDOU Spring Meeting Committee

 

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Date: 3/20/19 5:52 pm
From: 'Terry Sohl' <tlsohl...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] This n' that
On the way home from work today, coming down highway 11 between Garretson
and Brandon, I counted 25 Bald Eagles. All but 1 in flight, all circling
around the flooded Splitrock Creek. I assume there are dead fish or
something along the creek.



Yesterday morning thousands of geese streaming overhead. Today, none that I
saw.


Heard my first killdeer of the spring yesterday. Interestingly enough, it
was while talking to my neighbor across the street, who wanted to show me a
picture of a Great Horned Owl he took in his back yard (backing into Big
Sioux Rec Area). Except it wasn't a Great Horned Owl, it was a Long-eared
Owl.



Terry Sohl
Brandon


 

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Date: 3/20/19 1:05 pm
From: 'Jensen, Kent' <kent.jensen...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] RE: It Might Be Fun
One of my students brought this to my attention yesterday! Maye a new lab exercise?? ☺

From: <sd-birds...> [mailto:<sd-birds...>] On Behalf Of 'Palmer, Jeff' <Jeff.Palmer...> [sd-birds]
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 2:59 PM
To: SD Birds (<sd-birds...>) <sd-birds...>
Subject: [sd-birds] It Might Be Fun


Just in case you have not already heard – it might be fun 😊

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birding-meets-gaming-unconventional-new-board-game-180971685/?utm_source=smithsoniantopic&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190317-Weekender&spMailingID=39157904&spUserID=NzQwNDU3MzgwODYS1&spJobID=1481384777&spReportId=MTQ4MTM4NDc3NwS2


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

(605) 256-5190
<jeff.palmer...><mailto:<jeff.palmer...>
http://www.homepages.dsu.edu/palmerj/<http://www.homepages.dsu.edu/palmerj>

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Date: 3/20/19 12:59 pm
From: 'Palmer, Jeff' <Jeff.Palmer...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] It Might Be Fun
Just in case you have not already heard – it might be fun 😊

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birding-meets-gaming-unconventional-new-board-game-180971685/?utm_source=smithsoniantopic&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20190317-Weekender&spMailingID=39157904&spUserID=NzQwNDU3MzgwODYS1&spJobID=1481384777&spReportId=MTQ4MTM4NDc3NwS2


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

(605) 256-5190
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http://www.homepages.dsu.edu/palmerj/<http://www.homepages.dsu.edu/palmerj>

sola fide, sola gratia, sola scriptura

 

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Date: 3/20/19 8:50 am
From: 'Preheim, Kelly' <Kelly.Preheim...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [sd-birds] spring day tabulation
Yes! Sandhill Cranes in my backyard would be acceptable! I'll keep an eye out!


Also, I am pretty sure I heard a Chipping Sparrow on my walk to school today.


On a side note...in case any of your are headed this way, Ron Mabie told me yesterday that the south dike, near the headquarters of the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, is completely flooded. That is too bad.


Kelly Preheim

Armour, SD

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." ~ Rachel Carson
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From: <sd-birds...> <sd-birds...> on behalf of Michael Zerr <zerrmick...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:29:45 PM
To: sd-birds listserve
Subject: [sd-birds] spring day tabulation



Folks, those of you who indicated you want to do a Spring Smart Day report, post them on the SDOU list-serv, or email them to me<mailto:<zerrmick...>, and I will tabulate them; (migrants on Wednesday and Thursday). Don't forget to put them on the SDOU seasonal reporting and/or eBird, if you do those reporting sites. This is NOT an official SDOU program (yet). It is just informative, fun, and perhaps comparison for areas or for the first day of spring in the future. . PLEASE put the county you saw the migrant(s) in, and the species and number (i.e. Clay, Green-winged Teal 50, Sandhill Cranes 170).

On another topic Also, I heard some of the Sandhill Cranes were bypassing their usual hangout along the Platte River, due to the flooding, Perhaps they will wind up in SD. Keep you eyes open, as they have to feed somewhere for their migration. Maybe Lake Andes Refuge and Kelly's backyard will be the spot!

Mick



 

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Date: 3/20/19 8:24 am
From: <susanp...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Bluebirds
I saw my first bluebirds of the year in Pleasant Valley in Custer two days ago. I have now checked all my boxes to make sure they are ready for the year. I usually get 2-3 successful pairings at my house.

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Date: 3/19/19 9:30 pm
From: Michael Zerr <zerrmick...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] spring day tabulation
Folks, those of you who indicated you want to do a Spring Smart Day report,
post them on the SDOU list-serv, or email them to me <zerrmick...>,
and I will tabulate them; (migrants on Wednesday and Thursday). Don't
forget to put them on the SDOU seasonal reporting and/or eBird, if you do
those reporting sites. This is NOT an official SDOU program (yet). It is
just informative, fun, and perhaps comparison for areas or for the first
day of spring in the future. . PLEASE put the *county* you saw the
migrant(s) in, and the *species and number* (i.e. Clay, Green-winged Teal
50, Sandhill Cranes 170).

On another topic Also, I heard some of the Sandhill Cranes were bypassing
their usual hangout along the Platte River, due to the flooding, Perhaps
they will wind up in SD. Keep you eyes open, as they have to feed
somewhere for their migration. Maybe Lake Andes Refuge and Kelly's backyard
will be the spot!

Mick

 

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Date: 3/19/19 5:14 pm
From: <nun2brite2002...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Meadowlarks and Harriers
Birded Brown, Edmunds and McPherson counties today. Saw a total of 4 raptors in over 200 miles: one rough-legged, two redtails and a bald eagle. I saw meadowlarks throughout the area in small numbers. Also saw two male Northern Harriers. Small flocks of large Canada geese were headed north this morning. There were Horned Larks everywhere but saw only one Snow Bunting and one very nice breeding plumage Lapland Longspur. There were some Robins around Aberdeen. Not sure if they were migrants but I saw them in places I hadnt been seeing them. Also saw the usual scattered pheasants and sharp-tailed grouse. Not counting the feeders at Richmond, thats about it for birds away from town. Snowpack is still deep here. Hoping for a nice gradual melt.


Barry Parkin
Aberdeen
 

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Date: 3/19/19 4:00 pm
From: Ricky Olson <olsonr088...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Ft Pierre
More California Gulls & Ring-billed arriving. A single Franklin's Gull
today. Still Herring, Iceland & Glaucous Gulls present. Curiously after a
swad of Lesser Black-backed Gulls last fall/early winter. I haven't seen
one for two months.

 

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Date: 3/19/19 2:21 pm
From: <osprey...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] PENNINGTON CTY: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY RESULTS, RAPID CITY
On Monday, March 18, 26 species and 390 individuals were observed at Canyon
Lake Park in Rapid City by 5 observers. 10 water bird species were present
including American Wigeon, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Common
Goldeneye and Common Merganser. Birds of note included: adult Bald Eagle,
Belted Kingfisher, Downy and Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Red-breasted
Nuthatch and Brown Creeper. An American Crow was observed carrying nesting
material.

Jocelyn Baker, Rapid City


 

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Date: 3/19/19 12:06 pm
From: Michael Zerr <zerrmick...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] scholarship
Folks, if you have not seen this, it is a nice article
<http://www.northern.edu/news/nsu-college-arts-and-sciences-durnin-receives-scholarship-south-dakota-ornithologists’-union?fbclid=IwAR0RxboHAy3gxcKiKHMUGh0H7c8KSuk2X5FbDsDo7HWVDpE3AEdZPahHUXY>
on the recipient of the Baylor scholarship.


Mick Zerr



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Date: 3/18/19 9:53 pm
From: Michael Zerr <zerrmick...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] spring
Something to think about: The real (not meteorological) spring starts
Wednesday afternoon. Might I suggest we make this day (and perhaps also
Thursday, as it is the first full day of spring), a special SDOU day to
observe and REPORT migrants. Folks could just look in their yard, or go on
a drive. We could do it every year. Maybe come up with a catchy name. Such
as: SDOU SMART Day (Spring Migration And Reporting Tally), etc...
Those two days folks would not only observe, but *report* what they see to
the SDOU seasonal report base or eBird, and on the list-serv so they could
be tallied.
It would be nice if we got a report (even if it is one species) from each
county.
The annual event could be reported yearly in a *Bird Notes edition.*
Counties without observers could be selected by folks from adjacent
counties to do. There are about 530 folks on the SDOU list-serv. Most
SDOU members are on it, plus interested others. There are about 660 on
the SDOU Facebook ; granted even though many of these are duplicate folks,
we could engage a lot of folks in an SDOU adventure.

Mick Zerr

 

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Date: 3/18/19 9:40 pm
From: Michael Zerr <zerrmick...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] bluebirds
*From:* bob paulson <bhillsbob...>
*Sent:* Monday, March 18, 2019 11:38 AM
*To:* Sd-birds Listserve <sd-birds...>
*Subject:* First bluebirds



Saw a pair of mountain bluebirds this morning southwest of Rapid City, west
of the intersection of Sheridan Lake Road and Tanager Drive.

Normally male bluebirds arrive the first few days of March to establish
territories and wait for the females. I clean out/replace my bluebird
houses at Valentine’s Day in anticipation.

The latest I've had males arrive over the past 33 years has been March
9th. Thought I heard one the day before the blizzard last week, but
couldn't get eyes on it.

The females apparently aren't waiting for the males this year….

Bob Paulson

Pennington County

 

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Date: 3/18/19 12:53 pm
From: 'Maggie Engler' <birdwoman...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] mountain bluebirds from Bob Paulson
Saw a pair of mountain bluebirds southwest of Rapid City, west of the
intersection of Sheridan Lake Road and Tanager Drive.

Normally male bluebirds arrive the first few days of March to establish
territories and wait for the females. The latest I've had males arrive over
the past 33 years has been March 9th. Thought I heard one the day before
the blizzard last week, but couldn't get eyes on it.

Females apparently aren't waiting for the males this year.

Bob Paulson

Pennington County




 

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Date: 3/18/19 12:04 pm
From: 'Ricky Olson' <tatanka40...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Bad River Road
Today I had a lovely drive along Bad River Road. It's always a nice drive
because its prairie, woodlands along the river and buttes- no farmland until
you get about 35 miles west. Not many birds , but a nice day. The
highlights were Black-billed Magpies building nest in 2 locations. The
species has made a little comeback along the river. Western meadowlarks and
a few raptor species.





Sharing is half the fun of Birding



Ricky D. Olson

Ft Pierre SD




 

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Date: 3/18/19 11:31 am
From: 'R&M Mabie' <rmmabie...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] American Woodcock
Heard an American Woodcock penting in the Spillway Lakeside Use Area below Pickstown this morning.

Ron Mabie
Pickstown, SD
 

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Date: 3/17/19 2:56 pm
From: N Drilling <dril0008...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Badlands today
Today I went to Badlands Nat. Park to see what was around. Most of the
internal roads were still closed from the storm. Best bird of the day was a
female Long-eared Owl that flushed as I slogged along the Cliff Shelf
Trail. I have tried to see/hear an owl, any kind of owl, at Cliff Shelf so
many times that I've lost count. Other notable sightings included a Merlin
chasing Am. Robins in Wall, a handful of Western Meadowlarks (first of
year), and lots and lots of Horned Larks. I saw just three Mountain
Bluebirds and almost no raptors.

Nancy Drilling
Rapid City

 

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Date: 3/17/19 12:08 pm
From: <mschmidtbauer...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Rusty Blackbirds
Birders,
It is a very nice afternoon in Split Rock township, two miles southeast of Brandon, especially after days of flooding. The receding Beaver Creek has left big ice chunks all strewn about the lowlands where birds are darting in and out and on top of the broken stranded ice. A little flock of about 10 Rusty Blackbirds has found some cracked corn that I have put out for the wildlife. A very welcomed sight!

Mark Schmidtbauer
Brandon




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Date: 3/16/19 6:30 pm
From: douglas chapman <dougchapman3...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] After Flooding trip
3 days after the flooding, many gravel roads are still extremely ‘IFFY” to travel in the country, but Mick Zerr and I wanted to find out what the situation was out there. Many are still closed and many others have water crossing them requiring a major fording across the mud. Still others have huge sections eroded away.


We saw 28 species—low species count, still... higher than we expected. But we saw huge numbers of a couple species.

Snow Goose 15,000 FOS
Greater White-fronted Goose 3500 FOS
Cackling Goose 200-300
Canada Goose 200-3000
Mallard 100
Common Merganser 5
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Rock Pigeon 4
Eurasian Collared Dove 6
Bald Eagle 1 adult hunting
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Merlin 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 3
Horned Lark 5
BC Chickadee 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
E Starling 100
House Sparrow 6
House Finch 2
Lapland Longspur 65
American Tree Sparrow 4
DE Junco 10
Red-winged Blackbird 750
Common Grackle 2
N Cardinal 1


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Date: 3/16/19 9:34 am
From: 'Preheim, Kelly' <Kelly.Preheim...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Fort Randall Dam
I checked out the Fort Randall Dam yesterday and there were quite a few ducks with nearly every species represented, so waterfowl migration is beginning. The dam is holding back water due to the flooding downstream and it looks so different below the dam with all of the sandbars, ice chunks and dead trees. The gulls and dabbling ducks are busy picking food out of the sandbars. There were over 150 American Crows feeding in there too. Gulls seen: Franklin's Gulls, Herring Gulls and Ring-billed Gulls. It is still ice-covered above the dam, but getting full. It was great to get out and see some birds again with 42 species on my eBird list. I also saw a Little Brown Bat flying around and I have some photos of that too. I just added some photos from the day on my Flickr site, if you are interested.

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


<https://www.flickr.com/photos/rookiebirder/33519310338/>
[https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7840/33519310338_399c809691_b.jpg]


Kelly Preheim

Armour, SD

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Date: 3/14/19 8:48 am
From: Richard Latuchie <rlatuchie...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Mountain Bluebird (Pennington Co. )
As expected, there was a lot of activity at our feeders and birdbath this morning, after yesterday’s storm. Had a FOY Male Mountain Bluebird, a handful of Cedar Waxwings, and the usual (for this winter) good-sized group of Siskins, Goldfinch, etc.

Dick Latuchie
Rapid City

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Date: 3/13/19 10:24 am
From: N Drilling <dril0008...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Mountain Bluebird
Tuesday I saw my first-of-year Mountain Bluebird, on Moon Meadows Rd in
Rapid City. This is by far the latest that I've seen a FOY bluebird - they
always have been back by the first week of March and often in mid-February.
This sighting was of a single female; usually my FOY is a flock of males.
Hope she makes it through the next couple of days!

Nancy Drilling
Rapid City

 

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Date: 3/13/19 7:40 am
From: margy pearson <margypearson1...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [sd-birds] New file uploaded to sd-birds
Doug I am unable to open your file, Please resend.

Margy Pearson

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Date: 3/11/19 9:40 pm
From: linda <JhnsnLn...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [sd-birds] SDOU Spring Meeting Posters
Thanks Doug!!
Linda


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Subject: [sd-birds] SDOU Spring Meeting Posters

  Please find three posters for the three field trip that are coming up in less than 70 days!

These are fort the 70th Anniversary SDOU Spring Meeting in Brandon/Sioux Falls.

They are on the Yahoo SDOU group files.

I tried to upload them directly, but the SDOU group still does not allow attachments I guess.

Please ask for as many of these posters as you may need to put up around your areas where interested parties may see them.

Let’s get the whole state excited for our 70th!

Thanks, and good birding.

Doug Chapman

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Date: 3/11/19 7:25 pm
From: douglas chapman <dougchapman3...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] SDOU Spring Meeting Posters
Please find three posters for the three field trip that are coming up in less than 70 days!

These are fort the 70th Anniversary SDOU Spring Meeting in Brandon/Sioux Falls.

They are on the Yahoo SDOU group files.

I tried to upload them directly, but the SDOU group still does not allow attachments I guess.

Please ask for as many of these posters as you may need to put up around your areas where interested parties may see them.

Let’s get the whole state excited for our 70th!

Thanks, and good birding.

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Date: 3/10/19 8:37 pm
From: <cemiller...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Saw-whet Owls
Had multiple owls calling in the North Slim Buttes this evening. There
too much
snow to get up on any of the fire trails so this was just along highway
20 near
Reva Gap. I'll have to go back next week when the moon is closer to full
with
the snow shoes or x-country skis and go up the north divide road a ways
for
another listen.

Charlie Miller
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Date: 3/8/19 5:28 pm
From: douglas chapman <dougchapman3...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] 70th SDOU Spring Meeting

SDOU Winter
>
> Greetings: from Sioux Falls in yet another snowstorm,…
>
> ...But there is good news!
>
> The SDOU 70th Anniversary Spring Meeting will be here in only 70 more days.
>
> May 17-19, 2019
>
> The registration and other information will be available on sdou.org very soon. In the meantime here’s a teaser.


> We (the Sioux Falls Bird Club) have put together three posters for the three major planned field trips.
>
> Please request as many as you may need. Post them at venues where like-minded bird aficionados gather.
>
> Thanks to Terry Sohl.
>
> Doug Chapman
> Sioux Falls
>
>
>
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Date: 3/8/19 5:27 am
From: Ricky Olson <olsonr088...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Ft pierre
Some migration starting. A few breeding plumage California Gulls have
arrived. After see very few flickers all winter I am seeing yellow-shafted
Northern flickers every day. Time of year not weather keying in to birds to
migrate.

 

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Date: 3/7/19 4:22 pm
From: <osprey...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] PENNINGTON CTY: CANYON LAKE PARK SURVEY, RAPID CITY
25 species and 1059 individuals were observed by 5 surveyors on March 6 at
Canyon Lake Park, Rapid City. 12 water bird species including Redhead,
Ring-necked Duck, LESSER SCAUP, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye and

Common Merganser were present. Other species of note included Great Blue
Heron, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher and Townsend's Solitaire.

Jocelyn Baker, Rapid City


 

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Date: 3/6/19 5:13 pm
From: 'Terry Sohl' <tlsohl...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Barred Owl
There was a Barred Owl tonight sitting in a tree right along the main bridge
(Maple/park street) at the Big Sioux Recreation area about 6:15 tonight.



Terry Sohl
Brandon


 

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Date: 3/4/19 6:34 pm
From: N Drilling <dril0008...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] NHBC March meeting cancelled
The March meeting of the Northern Hills Bird Club, scheduled for this
Thursday, is cancelled. The next club activity is the Nebraska field trip
to see crane migration on March 15-17. Contact Gene Hess (<gene...>)
if you are interested in going on this trip

Nancy Drilling
Rapid City

 

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Date: 3/4/19 9:29 am
From: Gene Hess <gene...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] NHBC NE crane trip
Hi,
Here is a reminder for the NHBC March crane trip.
The Northern Hills Bird Club will conduct a field trip to
North Platte, NE on March 15-17 (snow dates March 29-31) to view the
Sandhill Crane migration along the North Platte River. Interested
participants will meet at Motel 6 (308-534-6200) in North Platte at 5:00 PM
(Central Time) Friday to plan the next day's activities and will travel out
to view the evening arrival of the Cranes. The plans for Saturday will be to
travel out before sunrise to view the morning departure of cranes followed
by birding in the local area. An optional (Saturday afternoon and Sunday)
part of the trip will be a visit to the Rowe Sanctuary near Kearney, NE to
view more cranes and, possibly,
concentrations of eagles. Also possible is some chicken watching. This part
of the trip is somewhat flexible. For those going on to Kearney we will
overnight
there. In Kearney Sally & I stay at the Motel6 (308-338-0705).
Please let me know if you plan to participate so I can keep you
up to date on plans.

Thanks,

Gene

 

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Date: 3/3/19 10:52 am
From: N Drilling <dril0008...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] belated report: Short-eared Owl; longspur/lark migration
Friday evening, just before 6pm local time, I saw a Short-eared Owl on
Ricard Rd, about 1 mile north of Elk Creek Rd (north of Rapid City, in
southern Meade Co.).

Earlier in the day, I came across a flock of 400-ish Lapland Longspurs in a
flock just north of Wall. The flock was almost entirely made up of males,
with their bright brick-red collars and yellowish eye-stripes, and the
throat on many were molting into black. Birding the back roads between Wall
and Rapid City I found many flocks of Horned Larks, ranging in size from 10
- 250 birds. This is by far the most I've seen since December, making me
think that they are starting to migrate north.

Nancy Drilling
Rapid City

 

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Date: 3/2/19 6:51 pm
From: Michael O'Hara <oharamasonry...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Harris sparrow
With two feet of snow on the ground we had a Harris sparrow feeding with the tree sparrows on cracked corn. By far the earliest we have seen a Harris. 13 robins hanging around eating the crabapples. Long time before they will see any worms.
Mike O'HaraRenner, SD
 

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Date: 2/27/19 9:34 pm
From: Michael Zerr <zerrmick...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] meeting
*The Sioux Falls Bird Club is hosting the 70th Anniversary meeting of the
SDOU on May 17-19. at Brandon/Sioux Falls. Everyone is welcome. You do not
need to be a member to attend. For our major speaker, on Saturday, we are
having a world famous wildlife illustrator, Douglas Pratt, who has created
and illustrated numerous field guides, including many illustrations for the
National Geographic Field Guides for Birds of NA. His topic will be "Making
of a Field Guide". The events include many field trips and a banquet to be
held at the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum. SDOU members who attend will receive
a special anniversary mug, others can purchase the mug at the meeting. An
anniversary shoulder patch will be available for $2. Friday's meeting will
be at the Good Earth State Park visitors' center, with a program by the
excellent staff. Registration cost is $22, Banquet is $20. For more
information or to register on line, go to the SDOU website at. www.sdou.org
<http://www.sdou.org/>.*

Banquet meal will be smorgasbord, so folks who are vegetarians can take
non- meat selections. Folks who register and are SDOU members get a free
mug, others will pay $10.



Mick Zerr

Spring meeting committee

 

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Date: 2/27/19 1:04 pm
From: 'Palmer, Jeff' <Jeff.Palmer...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Winter Season Reports
Dear Birders,

The Spring Season is now (almost) here and that means it is time, if you have not already done so, for your Winter Season sightings to be entered into the SDOU online database which is located at

https://research.dsu.edu/sdousbor/

If you cannot recall your Observer ID and/or Password you can click on "Forgot Password" on the Login screen. Additionally, new observers are always welcome - simply go to the above site, click on Login / Register and select the "Register here:" link.

Any and all sightings are welcome. I plan to download the sightings for the Winter Season Report in South Dakota Bird Notes on 11 March so please have your sightings entered into the database prior to that date. Thanks and may the birds start flying!

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

(605) 256-5190
<jeff.palmer...><mailto:<jeff.palmer...>
http://www.homepages.dsu.edu/palmerj/<http://www.homepages.dsu.edu/palmerj>

sola fide, sola gratia, sola scriptura


 

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Date: 2/25/19 9:14 am
From: 'Gary & Cindy Olson' <olsonfam...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Common Redpoll
While I mostly like the South Dakota winters, bundling up and going for an out and about. I have not for various reasons gotten out much this month to bird. Okay moving snow every other day may have something to do with that. Bird wise I do have on most days my regulars coming to the feeders. Downy, Red & White-breasted Nuthatch's, Goldfinch. House Finch & Sparrow, Chickadee usually everyday. With Hairy, Junco, Purple Finch every few days and a few Robins on a couple of days. This morning had 16 Common Redpoll's at the thistle feeder and a little later in the front yard working on a Paper Birch tree. Perhaps the snow is piling up enough to finally bring them into town. FOY and first I've seen them this winter. Was a nice sight to have!

Gary Olson
Aberdeen
 

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Date: 2/24/19 6:43 pm
From: N Drilling <dril0008...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] NHBC field trip results
Saturday morning six participants birded the area between Belle Fourche and
Aladdin, WY on a beautiful sunny day. Eagles were the story of the day - we
had 6 Golden Eagles and at least 10 Bald Eagles on the roughly 40 mile
loop. We also had a Lewis's Woodpecker at a feeder north of Aladdin in
Wyoming. The full list is below.

The next NHBC activity will be the monthly meeting on March 7th, program
TBA. The meeting will be at a different venue - the Meade Co. Extension
Office/Public Health building in Sturgis.

Field trip list:
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
Golden Eagle
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
Lewis's Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Black-billed Magpie
American Crow
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
European Starling
House Finch
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
House Sparrow

Nancy Drilling
Rapid City

 

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Date: 2/24/19 1:48 pm
From: Elizabeth Krueger <ekrueger...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Short-eared owls
Yesterday at Orman Dam there were at least nine short-eared owls
perching in & flying around over a shelterbelt. Must be a lot of mice.

Other than that, just a magpie, a tree sparrow, and a jackrabbit.

At McNenny GPA today, I saw a bald eagle and a golden eagle, another
magpie, and geese and mallards that are hanging around the creek since
so many other water bodies are now frozen.

Elizabeth Krueger
Spearfish


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Date: 2/22/19 4:04 pm
From: 'Ricky Olson' <tatanka40...> [sd-birds] <sd-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [sd-birds] Ft Pierre
Not much different here. Still 80 plus gull's around. Mainly Herring, 3 or
more Glaucous, a couple Ring-billed, a few Iceland/Thayer's and a
California. Several Red-breasted Mergansers in the Oahe tailrace, also
Greater Scaup, Bufflehead and Redhead in the tailrace area.





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Ricky D. Olson

Ft Pierre SD




 

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