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Birds seen in SE South Dakota Saturday a.m.

Posted by: Jim Williams under Bird sightings Updated: March 15, 2014 - 3:52 PM

Here is a list of bird species seen Saturday morning at Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge west of Sioux Falls, S.D. The temperature was in the 40s, heading for an afternoon high of 52. (Monday the temp is to be 70.) Soon, large flocks of Sandhill Cranes will be moving north through eastern SD.

Canada Goose - 1,000+
Cackling Goose-32
Snow Goose-2,000
Greater White-fronted Goose-80
Canvasback-3
Redhead-33
Lesser Scaup-50
Hooded Merganser-6
Common Merganser-180
Ruddy Duck-4
Bufflehead-11
Common Goldeneye-30
Mallard-316
Northern Pintail-20
Blue-winged Teal-20
Gadwall-5
Bald Eagle-11 with 2 ON
Northern Harrier-2
Merlin-1
Red-tailed Hawk-3
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Ring-necked Pheasant
American Crow-21
Western Meadowlark-5
Horned Lark
American Tree Sparrow
American Robin
European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird-many huge flocks
Eastern Bluebird-3
Song Sparrow-1
Downy Woodpecker-1
Killdeer-3

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