International Migratory Bird Day

Saturday May 12th was the International Migratory Bird Day. In 1993, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center created IMBD, and it has been celebrated during the second weekend in May since. Environment for the Americas has been coordinating the event since 2007 to celebrate and bring awareness to the spectacular phenomenon of bird migration, as well as bird conservation!

Traditionally, the Bismarck-Mandan Bird Club has chosen a county and created a list of species observed in that county during the 24 hours. This year, we were lucky to have two groups get out, covering both Morton and Burleigh counties. Morton county observers reported 132 species and Burleigh county observed reported 143. Combined, a total of 166 birds were observed! It was a great day for birding, with some exciting finds, including a snowy owl, common loons, and a greater black-backed gull.

Below are a few photos taken by Catrina Terry, Elisha Mueller and Dale Heinert, as well as the comparison of bird lists for both counties! Enjoy… and happy birding!


Burleigh County Morton County
1 American Avocet  
2 American Bittern
3 American Coot American Coot
4 American Crow American Crow
5 American Golden Plover
6 American Goldfinch American Goldfinch
7 American Kestrel American Kestrel
8 American Redstart
9 American Robin American Robin
10 American Tree Sparrow
11 American White Pelican American White Pelican
12 American Wigeon American Wigeon
13 Bald Eagle Bald Eagle
14 Baltimore Oriole Baltimore Oriole
15 Bank Swallow Bank Swallow
16 Barn Swallow Barn Swallow
17 Belted Kingfisher Belted Kingfisher
18 Black and White Warbler
19 Black Tern Black Tern
20 Black-bellied Plover
21 Black-Billed Magpie Black-billed Magpie
22 Black-capped Chickadee Black-capped Chickadee
23 Black-Crowned Night-Heron
24 Black-headed Grosbeak Black-headed Grosbeak
25 Blackpoll Warbler Blackpoll Warbler
26 Blue Jay Blue Jay
27 Blue-winged Teal Blue-winged Teal
28 Bobolink Bobolink
29 Brewer’s Blackbird Brewer’s Blackbird
30 Broad-winged Hawk Broad-winged Hawk
31 Brown Thrasher Brown Thrasher
32 Brown-headed Cowbird Brown-headed Cowbird
33 Bufflehead
34 Burrowing Owl
35 California Gull
36 Canada Goose Canada Goose
37 Canvasback Canvasback
38 Cattle Egret
39 Cedar Waxwing Cedar Waxwing
40 Chestnut-collared Longspur Chestnut-collared Longspur
41 Chimney Swift Chimney Swift
42 Chipping Sparrow Chipping Sparrow
43 Clark’s Grebe
44 Clay-colored Sparrow Clay-colored Sparrow
45 Cliff Swallow Cliff Swallow
46 Common Grackle Common Grackle
47 Common Loon
48 Common Merganser
49 Common Raven
50 Common Tern
51 Common Yellowthroat Common Yellowthroat
52 Cooper’s Hawk
53 Double-crested Cormorant Double-crested Cormorant
54 Downy Woodpecker Downy Woodpecker
55 Dunlin Dunlin
56 Eared Grebe Eared Grebe
57 Eastern Bluebird Eastern Bluebird
58 Eastern Kingbird Eastern Kingbird
59 Eastern Phoebe
60 Eurasian Collared-Dove Eurasian Collard Dove
61 European Starling European Starling
62 Ferruginous hawk
63 Field Sparrow
64 Forster’s Tern
65 Franklin’s Gull
66 Gadwall Gadwall
67 Golden Eagle
68 Grasshopper Sparrow
69 Gray Catbird
70 Gray-cheeked Thrush
71 Gray Partridge
72 Great Black-backed Gull
73 Great Blue Heron Great Blue Heron
74 Great Horned Owl Great Horned Owl
75 Green-winged Teal Green-winged Teal
76 Hairy Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker
77 Harris’s Sparrow Harris’s Sparrow
78 Hermit Thrush
79 Herring Gull
80 Hooded Merganser Hooded Merganser
81 Horned Lark Horned Lark
82 House Finch House Finch
83 House Sparrow House Sparrow
84 House Wren
85 Killdeer Killdeer
86 Lark Sparrow
87 Least Flycatcher Least Flycatcher
88 Least Sandpiper
89 Lesser Scaup Lesser Scaup
90 Lesser Yellowlegs Lesser Yellow Legs
91 Lincoln’s Sparrow Lincoln’s Sparrow
92 Loggerhead Shrike
93 Long-billed Dowitcher Long-billed Dowitcher
94 Mallard Mallard
95 Marbled Godwit Marbled Godwit
96 Marsh Wren
97 Mourning Dove Mourning Dove
98 Northern Flicker Northern Flicker
99 Northern Harrier Northern Harrier
100 Northern Pintail Northern Pintail
101 Northern Rough-winged Swallow Northern Rough-winged Swallow
102 Northern Shoveler Northern Shoveler
103 Northern Waterthrush
104 Orange-crowned Warbler Orange-crowned Warbler
105 Palm Warbler Palm Warbler
106 Pectoral Sandpiper
107 Peregrine Falcon
108 Pied-billed Grebe Pied-billed Grebe
109 Pine Siskin Pine Siskin
110 Piping Plover
111 Purple Martin Purple Martin
112 Red Crossbill Red Crossbill
113 Red-breasted Nuthatch Red-breasted Nuthatch
114 Redhead Redhead
115 Red-necked Grebe
116 Red-necked Phalarope
117 Red-headed Woodpecker
118 Red-tailed Hawk Red-tailed Hawk
119 Red-winged Blackbird Red-winged Blackbird
120 Ring-billed Gull Ring-billed Gull
121 Ring-necked Duck Ring-necked Duck
122 Ring-necked Pheasant Ring-necked Pheasant
123 Rock Pigeon Rock Pigeon
124 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
125 Rough-Legged Hawk
126 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
127 Ruddy Duck Ruddy Duck
128 Savannah Sparrow Savannah Sparrow
129 Say’s Phoebe Say’s Phoebe
130 Semipalmated Sandpiper Semipalmated Sandpiper
131 Sharp-tailed Grouse
132 Short-billed Dowitcher
133 Snow Goose
134 Snowy Owl
135 Solitary Sandpiper
136 Song Sparrow Song Sparrow
137 Sora Sora
138 Spotted Sandpiper Spotted Sandpiper
139 Spotted Towhee Spotted Towhee
140 Spotted x Eastern Towhee (hybrid)
141 Stilt Sandpiper Stilt Sandpiper
142 Swainson’s Hawk Swainson’s Hawk
143 Swainson’s Thrush Swainson’s Thrush
144 Tree Swallow Tree Swallow
145 Turkey Vulture Turkey Vulture
146 Upland Sandpiper Upland Sandpiper
147 Vesper Sparrow Vesper Sparrow
148 Virginia Rail
149 Warbling Vireo
150 Western Grebe Western Grebe
151 Western Kingbird Western Kingbird
152 Western Meadowlark Western Meadowlark
153 White-breasted Nuthatch White-breasted Nuthatch
154 White-crowned Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow
155 White-faced Ibis
156 White-rumped Sandpiper
157 White-throated Sparrow White-throated Sparrow
158 Wild Turkey Wild Turkey
159 Willet Willet
160 Wilson’s Phalarope Wilson’s Phalarope
161 Wilson’s Snipe Wilson’s Snipe
162 Wilson’s Warbler
163 Wood Duck Wood Duck
164 Yellow Warbler Yellow Warbler
165 Yellow-headed Blackbird Yellow-headed Blackbird
166 Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler

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