U.S. Department of Agriculture: Forest Service -- National Agroforestry Center


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Published in THE PRAIRIE NATURALIST 37(4): December 2005 Published by the North Dakota Natural Science Society.


Since 1979, North Dakota's bird records committee has collected, evaluated, and archived documentations of rare bird occurrences in the state. In 2002 and 2003 this committee resolved 202 rare bird records. On the basis of this review, seven species were added to the North Dakota state bird list: common crane (Grus grus) , lesser black-backed gull (Larus juscus), acorn woodpecker (Melanerpes jormicivorus), plumbeous vireo (Vireo plumbeus), Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus), prairie warbler (Dendroica discolor), and Cassin's finch (Carpodacus cassinii). Evidence was accepted that established Northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus), common poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii), and Henslow's sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) as breeding species. In addition, the committee accepted documentation regarding the state's first Selasphorus sp. hummingbird and "Brewster's" warbler (Vermivora pinus x V. chrysoptera). Based on the records reviewed, we recommend changes in the recognized status of 37 avian species.