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Ninepipe Birds

 A mixed flock of northern shoveler ducks (with bright green heads), a handsome brown and white headed northern pintail male, brown female ducks, and slender black and white black-necked stilts rest along the shore. Photo by Steve Hillebrand, USFWSEstablished among the prairie potholes of the Mission Valley to be “….a refuge and breeding grounds for native birds”, Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge provides excellent breeding and staging habitat for abundant waterfowl and other water birds. We’ll post sightings here from time to time. Let us know what you’ve been seeing.

February 11, 2015

Lunch time – cloudy, mild

Red winged blackbird (still mainly males)

European starling

Black billed magpie

Red tailed hawk

Trumpeter swan (pairs handing around nesting sites or “fighting” for new ones)

Mallards (lots)

Common goldeneye

Canada goose (in large flocks or in pairs near nesting sites)

Ring necked pheasant

Ring billed gull

Pine grosbeak (eating ash seeds at parking area on north end of dike road)

Bald eagles (many standing on the ice)

Common merganser

American widgeon

Northern flicker

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2015
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