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Sullys Hill National Game Preserve

Devils Lake, North Dakota


Sullys Hill National Game Preserve is located 15 miles southwest of Devils Lake, North Dakota, in the heart of the Fort Totten Sioux Indian Reservation. The preserve covers 1,674 acres of wooded glacial moraine hills and grassland. Its 994 acre big game unit, originally set aside as a national park in 1904, became a preserve for buffalo, elk, and whitetail deer in 1914, and was transferred to the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1931.

The preserve's wooded hills are attractive to birds not normally seen in the open areas of the State. In addition, a wide variety of waterfowl, and shore and marsh birds, may be found around Sweetwater Lake, along the preserve's shore of Devils Lake, and in the marsh of Fort Totten Bay. Peak bird populations are from late April to early June, and from late August to mid-October.

This folder lists 267 birds that may be observed in this general area. Of this number, 49 species marked with an "+" have not yet been recorded on the preserve.


LOONS ___ Common Loon
GREBES ___ Red-necked Grebe ___ Horned Grebe ___ Eared Grebe ___ Western Grebe ___ Pied-billed Grebe
PELICANS, CORMORANTS ___ American White Pelican ___ Double-crested Cormorant
BITTERNS, HERONS, IBISES ___ Great Blue Heron ___ Green Heron ___ Cattle Egret ___ Great Egret ___ Black-crowned Night-Heron ___ Least Bittern+ ___ American Bittern
SWANS, GEESE, DUCKS ___ Tundra Swan (Whistling Swan) ___ Canada Goose ___ Greater White-fronted Goose ___ Snow Goose ___ Mallard ___ American Black Duck ___ Gadwall ___ Northern Pintail ___ Green-winged Teal ___ Blue-winged Teal ___ American Wigeon ___ Northern Shoveler ___ Wood Duck ___ Redhead ___ Ring-necked Duck ___ Canvasback ___ Greater Scaup+ ___ Lesser Scaup ___ Common Goldeneye ___ Bufflehead ___ White-winged Scoter ___ Ruddy Duck ___ Hooded Merganser ___ Common Merganser ___ Red-breasted Merganser
VULTURES, HAWKS, EAGLES, FALCONS ___ Turkey Vulture ___ Northern Goshawk ___ Sharp-shinned Hawk ___ Cooper's Hawk ___ Red-tailed Hawk ___ Red-shouldered Hawk ___ Broad-winged Hawk ___ Swainson's Hawk ___ Rough-legged Hawk ___ Ferruginous Hawk ___ Golden Eagle ___ Bald Eagle ___ Northern Harrier (Marsh Hawk) ___ Osprey ___ Prairie Falcon ___ Peregrine Falcon ___ Merlin ___ American Kestrel
GALLINACEOUS BIRDS ___ Sharp-tailed Grouse ___ Ring-necked Pheasant ___ Gray Partridge
RAILS, CRANES ___ Whooping Crane+ ___ Sandhill Crane ___ Virginia Rail ___ Sora ___ Yellow Rail+ ___ American Coot
SHOREBIRDS, GULLS, TERNS ___ Semipalmated Plover ___ Piping Plover+ ___ Killdeer ___ American Golden Plover (Lesser Gol-Pl.)+ ___ Black-bellied Plover+ ___ Ruddy Turnstone ___ American Woodcock ___ Common Snipe ___ Long-billed Curlew ___ Upland Sandpiper+ ___ Spotted Sandpiper ___ Solitary Sandpiper ___ Willet ___ Greater Yellowlegs ___ Lesser Yellowlegs ___ Pectoral Sandpiper ___ White-rumped Sandpiper ___ Baird's Sandpiper+ ___ Least Sandpiper ___ Dunlin ___ Short-billed Dowitcher+ ___ Long-billed Dowitcher ___ Stilt Sandpiper ___ Semipalmated Sandpiper+ ___ Western Sandpiper ___ Buff-breasted Sandpiper+ ___ Marbled Godwit ___ Hudsonian Godwit ___ Sanderling+ ___ American Avocet ___ Wilson's Phalarope ___ Red-necked Phalarope ___ Glaucus Gull ___ Herring Gull ___ Ring-billed Gull ___ Franklin's Gull ___ Bonaparte's Gull ___ Forster's Tern+ ___ Common Tern ___ Caspian Tern+ ___ Black Tern
DOVES ___ Rock Dove+ ___ Mourning Dove
CUCKOOS ___ Yellow-billed Cuckoo ___ Black-billed Cuckoo
OWL ___ Eastern Screech-Owl ___ Great Horned Owl ___ Snowy Owl ___ Northern Hawk Owl+ ___ Burrowing Owl+ ___ Barred Owl+ ___ Long-eared Owl ___ Short-eared Owl+ ___ Boreal Owl+ ___ Northern Saw-whet Owl+
GOATSUCKERS, SWIFTS, HUMMINGBIRDS ___ Whip-poor-will ___ Common Nighthawk ___ Chimney Swift+ ___ Ruby-throated Hummingbird
KINGFISHERS, WOODPECKERS ___ Belted Kingfisher ___ Northern Flicker (Common Flicker) ___ Red-headed Woodpecker ___ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ___ Hairy Woodpecker ___ Downy Woodpecker
FLYCATCHERS ___ Eastern Kingbird ___ Western Kingbird ___ Great Crested Flycatcher ___ Eastern Phoebe ___ Say's Phoebe+ ___ Yellow-bellied Flycatcher+ ___ Willow Flycatcher+ ___ Least Flycatcher ___ Eastern Wood-Pewee ___ Olive-sided Flycatcher
LARKS, SWALLOWS ___ Horned Lark ___ Tree Swallow ___ Bank Swallow ___ Northern Rough-winged Swallow ___ Barn Swallow ___ Cliff Swallow ___ Purple Martin
JAYS, MAGPIES, CROWS ___ Gray Jay ___ Blue Jay ___ Black-billed Magpie ___ Common Raven ___ American Crow
CHICKADEES, NUTHATCHES, CREEPERS ___ Black-capped Chickadee ___ White-breasted Nuthatch ___ Red-breasted Nuthatch ___ Brown Creeper
WRENS ___ House Wren ___ Winter Wren+ ___ Marsh Wren ___ Sedge Wren+
THRASHERS ___ Gray Catbird ___ Brown Thrasher
KINGLETS, THRUSHES ___ American Robin ___ Hermit Thrush ___ Swainson's Thrush ___ Gray-cheeked Thrush ___ Veery ___ Eastern Bluebird ___ Mountain Bluebird+ ___ Townsend's Solitaire+ ___ Golden-crowned Kinglet+ ___ Ruby-crowned Kinglet
PIPITS ___ American Pipit (Water Pipit) ___ Sprague's Pipit+
WAXWINGS, SHRIKES, STARLINGS ___ Bohemian Waxwing ___ Cedar Waxwing ___ Northern Shrike ___ Loggerhead Shrike ___ European Starling
VIREOS ___ Yellow-throated Vireo ___ Solitary Vireo ___ Red-eyed Vireo ___ Philadelphia Vireo ___ Warbling Vireo
WOOD WARBLERS ___ Black-and-white Warbler ___ Tennessee Warbler ___ Orange-crowned Warbler ___ Nashville Warbler ___ Yellow Warbler ___ Magnolia Warbler ___ Cape May Warbler ___ Black-throated Blue Warbler+ ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler ___ Black-throated Green Warbler ___ Blackburnian Warbler ___ Chestnut-sided Warbler ___ Bay-breasted Warbler ___ Blackpoll Warbler ___ Palm Warbler ___ Ovenbird ___ Northern Waterthrush ___ Connecticut Warbler ___ Mourning Warbler+ ___ Common Yellowthroat ___ Yellow-breasted Chat+ ___ Wilson's Warbler ___ Canada Warbler ___ American Redstart
OLD WORLD SPARROWS ___ House Sparrow
MEADOWLARKS, BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES ___ Bobolink ___ Western Meadowlark ___ Yellow-headed Blackbird ___ Red-winged Blackbird ___ Orchard Oriole+ ___ Northern Oriole ___ Bullock's Oriole ___ Rusty Blackbird ___ Brewer's Blackbird+ ___ Common Grackle ___ Brown-headed Cowbird
TANAGERS, GROSBEAKS, FINCHES, SPARROWS ___ Scarlet Tanager ___ Northern Cardinal ___ Rose-breasted Grosbeak ___ Indigo Bunting ___ Lazuli Bunting+ ___ Dickcissel ___ Evening Grosbeak ___ Purple Finch ___ Pine Grosbeak ___ Hoary Redpoll ___ Common Redpoll ___ Pine Siskin ___ American Goldfinch ___ Red Crossbill ___ White-winged Crossbill+ ___ Rufous-sided Towhee ___ Lark Bunting+ ___ Savannah Sparrow+ ___ Grasshopper Sparrow+ ___ Baird's Sparrow+ ___ Le Conte's Sparrow+ ___ Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow+ ___ Vesper Sparrow ___ Lark Sparrow ___ Dark-eyed Junco ___ American Tree Sparrow ___ Chipping Sparrow ___ Clay-colored Sparrow ___ Field Sparrow+ ___ Harris' Sparrow ___ White-crowned Sparrow ___ White-throated Sparrow ___ Fox Sparrow ___ Lincoln's Sparrow ___ Swamp Sparrow ___ Song Sparrow ___ McCown's Longspur+ ___ Lapland Longspur+ ___ Smith's Longspur+ ___ Chestnut-collared Longspur+ ___ Snow Bunting

The Greater Prairie-Chicken was once found on Sullys Hill Game Preserve, but is now extinct in the area. Accidental species that have been found on the preserve are:
Rufous Hummingbird
Pileated Woodpecker
Vermilion Flycatcher

For further information contact:
                 Manager
                 Sullys Hill National Game Preserve
                 PO Box 908
                 Devils Lake, North Dakota 58301
                 Telephone: 701/662-8611
This resource is based on the following source:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  No date.  Birds of Sullys Hill National 
     Game Preserve.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  No date.  Birds of Sullys Hill National 
     Game Preserve.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Unpaginated.  
     Jamestown, ND: Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govsullys.htm  
     (Version 22MAY98).

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