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31 Jan Adult Golden eagle near Lincoln! ["larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
30 Jan Bellevue Yard Birds ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
30 Jan Pine Siskin ["'Kathleen Crawford' katcr AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
30 Jan Re: Cardinals ["'Jim Ochsner' jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
30 Jan Cardinals ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
29 Jan Re: The gulls are back--late January birding! ["catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
29 Jan The gulls are back--late January birding! ["larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
29 Jan January Birds ["'Neal Ratzlaff' nratzlaff AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
28 Jan Jan. Birds ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
26 Jan Re: Carter Lake- Douglas Co.- 1/26 ["Brian Peterson gordilly AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
27 Jan Carter Lake- Douglas Co.- 1/26 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
26 Jan Sutherland Pelicans and Rowe Redpoll ["Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" ]
25 Jan Franklin Co ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Jan Carter Lake ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Jan Cunningham Lake 1/24 and Carter Lake 1/25 ["lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Jan Crawford CBC ["'Bruce Walgren' Piranga AT bresnan.net [NEBirds]" ]
24 Jan FFBC field trip: Barrow's Goldeneye and Purple Finch ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
25 Jan East Campus crabapple frenzy and Rowe cowbird ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Jan Field Trip ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
24 Jan Re: Cedar Waxwings ["Ed Brogie ebrogie AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Jan Cedar Waxwings ["john.manning AT nucor.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Jan Fw: eBird Report - Scottsbluff Sewer Lagoons, Jan 23, 2015 ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
24 Jan Sutherland Pelicans and other Lincoln and Keith County birds ["Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Jan Hayworth Pk ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
23 Jan thousands of Snow Geese ["Susan Quinn susan-quinn44 AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" ]
22 Jan My first Barred Owl ["aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
22 Jan Rowe Sanctuary COMMON REDPOLLS ["'Pierson, Andrew' apierson AT audubon.org [NEBirds]" ]
21 Jan Walnut creek ["Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Jan Common Redpoll ["Susan Quinn susan-quinn44 AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" ]
20 Jan Indian Cave SP ["Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Jan Hamilton County 1/19/15 ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Jan Fw: eBird Report - Schramm State Recreation Area, Jan 19, 2015 ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
20 Jan Black Rosy-finch at Scottsbluff Nat. Mon. ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Jan Not so Common Redpolls ["flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Jan Brown Thrasher ["crate.steven AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Jan Re: ONCE AGAIN!!! NOU 2014 List Report - Need your numbers! ["Edward Allen Sprallen AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Jan Re: 10 Long-eared Owls Cunningham Lake ["'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Jan Re: 10 Long-eared Owls Cunningham Lake ["'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Jan 10 Long-eared Owls Cunningham Lake ["lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Jan Carter Lake ["Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Jan Jefferson County, 18 Jan 2015 ["Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" ]
18 Jan RE: Spotting scope ["'Cheryl Samusevich' crsam AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Jan Re: 5-7 Long-eared Owls Omaha ["'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Jan 5-7 Long-eared Owls Omaha ["'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Jan Re: Spotting scope ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Jan Fw: eBird Report - 69361, Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County, NE, US, Jan 17, 2015 ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
18 Jan Re: Spotting scope ["'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Jan RE: Spotting scope ["'Greg Stoiber' gregst7 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
17 Jan Gifford point eagles ["coybin AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Jan Sarpy County ["Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Jan Re: Spotting scope ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
17 Jan Re: Spotting scope ["Ed Brogie ebrogie AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Jan Spotting scope ["Garrett Day gday3600 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jan Fw: ONCE AGAIN!!! NOU 2014 List Report - Need your numbers! ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jan Re: ONCE AGAIN!!! NOU 2014 List Report - Need your numbers! ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jan Jack Sinn birds ["Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jan Re: RFI open water at Ogallala? Gavin's Point? ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jan RE: RFI open water at Ogallala? Gavin's Point? ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
15 Jan RFI open water at Ogallala? Gavin's Point? ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jan RE: ogallala ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jan ogallala ["'mstev4 AT aol.com' mstev4@aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jan Re: Re: Wachiska Audubon field trip w/ Don Poggensee & Iowa owls Sun. 1/11 ["John Carlini flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jan Re: Re: Wachiska Audubon field trip w/ Don Poggensee & Iowa owls Sun. 1/11 ["patsyj pjlam44 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jan Re: Re: Wachiska Audubon field trip w/ Don Poggensee & Iowa owls Sun. 1/11 ["John Carlini flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jan Re: Wachiska Audubon field trip w/ Don Poggensee & Iowa owls Sun. 1/11 ["Ken Shuster shusterken AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Jan Re: Wachiska Audubon field trip w/ Don Poggensee & Iowa owls Sun. 1/11 ["berrysheepfarm AT att.net [NEBirds]" ]
15 Jan Barred Owl, Sarpy County ["Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Jan So-so Birding Today ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Jan ONCE AGAIN!!! NOU 2014 List Report - Need your numbers! ["Mark Brogie mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" ]
14 Jan Re: Baltimore oriole still in Seward ["'Marty Mathieson' catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
14 Jan Baltimore oriole still in Seward ["'Gubanyi,Joe' Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu [NEBirds]" ]
12 Jan Kilgore Road Post ["'Marty Mathieson' catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
12 Jan A day of birding!! ["'Marty Mathieson' catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
11 Jan Fw: eBird Report - Schilling WMA, Jan 11, 2015 ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
11 Jan Re: Tundra Swans- Carter Lake- 1/01 ["kensztraky AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
11 Jan Juvenile Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker? ["bkgr10 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]

Subject: Adult Golden eagle near Lincoln!
From: "larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 09:23:51 -0500
Hi! 
    I birded Holmes Lake, Pioneers Park, Pawnee Lake  and Branched Oak Lake 
on Friday, January 30, 2015.   A few highlights  and observations follow:  
    Holmes Lake was about 60% frozen over.  There  was not much present.
    Pioneers Park had a few of the usual birds at Chet  Ager Nature Center, 
but no rarities; however, the brick yard pond certainly had  fewer 
waterfowl with a male Hooded merganser being the best  bird.
    As I headed west on Van Dorn, just north of the  prairie area and west 
of the golf course, I saw this large dark raptor rapidly  soar northward 
over the acreages on the north side of Van Dorn.  I thought  that it was 
another large, dark Buteo, debating whether to stop or  not.  I stopped at the 
turnoff on SW 47th.  I was very  surprised to see that it was an adult Golden 
eagle.  There was no  white patterns on the bird.  A golden nape was evident 
in the filtered  sunlight.  The pale wing bars were also seen on the dark 
wings when viewed  from the top.  The undertail region was buffy and the 
darker forewing region was darker than the trailing primaries and secondaries. 

I was able  to observe the bird for about 1 to 2 minutes before it moved 
farther  north.  I tried to pursue it by taking SW 47th north through the 
acreages,  but lost it in the process.
    Not much was seen en route to Pawnee Lake.  I  was surprised to see 
that about 70% of the lake was ice-free.  It was 100%  frozen over on January 
23.  There were no gulls present.  A few  Bald eagles were seen as well as 2 
Canvasbacks, 3 Northern pintails, 170 Common  mergansers, 80 Mallards and 9 
Canada geese.  The best birds were  encountered while driving around the 
northeast campground.  There  I found a Yellow-rumped warbler and a 
Red-breasted nuthatch  (FOY).
    I did not know what to expect at Branched Oak  Lake.  In contrast to 
Pawnee Lake, BOL was 90% frozen over, with holes  scattered about at a few 
more sites than the 3 holes that were found on January  28.  There were about 
90 Bald eagles scattered around the lake.   Perhaps the best time to see them 
in roosting concentrations would be early  morning when the sun comes up or 
evening after sunset as about 21 were seen in a  roosting site on the west 
side near NW 140th & Branched Oak Road.   There were large numbers (100s) of 
gulls, both Ring-billed and Herring all  around the lake.  [Not a single 
gull was seen at the more open Pawnee  Lake.]  I checked as many gulls on the 
ice as I could with the scope, but  distance and lighting prevented me from 
spending too much time trying to find  other gull species.  Also present 
were a couple of 100 Common mergansers,  23 Common goldeneyes and Mallards and 
Canada geese.  Perhaps the best birds  were the two Northern shrikes that I 
encountered.  They  were number 2 and 3 for the year.  My first one was at 
Jack Sinn earlier in  the month.  An adult was seen on the north perimeter 
road and a brownish  juvenile was see along NW 140th between Oak Grove and 
Branched Oak roads.
    Good birding!
    Larry Einemann
    Lincoln, Nebraska
 
In a message dated 1/30/2015 4:16:29 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 

We also had a Pine Siskin at our feeder today, and 3 Robins at the  
birdbath. The big surprise was a Gray Catbird at the birdbath this  afternoon.


Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue,  NE
lpdlfrd AT cox.net



Subject: Bellevue Yard Birds
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:16:25 -0600
We also had a Pine Siskin at our feeder today, and 3 Robins at the birdbath. 
The big surprise was a Gray Catbird at the birdbath this afternoon. 

  

Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE
lpdlfrd AT cox.net





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Subject: Pine Siskin
From: "'Kathleen Crawford' katcr AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:25:32 -0600
We had our first of this winter pine siskin at the feeders this
afternoon---mixed in with many gold finch.

Kathleen 

Bellevue, Sarpy Cnty
Subject: Re: Cardinals
From: "'Jim Ochsner' jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:51:48 -0700
Likewise here.  I think our numbers are growing.
Also noticed a couple of E.C.Doves being frisky last week and observed same 
gathering nesting material today. Oh my. 

Jim
Ogallala
Subject: Cardinals
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:30:29 -0600
The N. Cardinals were singing up a storm today.   Spring can’t be far behind.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
Subject: Re: The gulls are back--late January birding!
From: "catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jan 2015 14:42:24 -0800
Hello Everybody.....Yesterday My husband stopped at the stop sign facing the 
10-D link to I-80. A shrub was beside him which rapidly filled up with 
Red-Winged Blackbirds! He though maybe 50 of them? Marty Mathieson, Eastern 
Buffalo county, Nebraska 
Subject: The gulls are back--late January birding!
From: "larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:31:47 -0500
Hi!
    Finally I have a bit of time to update sightings  over the past 2 days. 
 
    On January 27, 2015, I started out at Pioneers  Park.  On the brick 
yard ponds, besides small numbers of Mallards and  Canada geese, I found 2 
Cackling geese, 2 Common goldeneyes, 1 Canvasback, 1 Lesser scaup, 1 Redhead, 1 

Gadwall, 1 Common merganser.  The best finds  were the 2 Fox sparrows and 2 
Pine siskins  that I found around Chet Ager Nature Center, both FOY.  The 
siskins were  among a large group of 30+ American goldfinches that were 
mostly in cedar trees  where they all were hard to observe.  
    Later on I drove to Conestoga Lake SRA, en route at  a private sewage 
lagoon I found at least 43 Cackling geese, and 2  Greater white-fronted 
geese.  Conestoga was 100% frozen  over; however, I found one lone Ring-billed 
gull flying around the lake.  
    I then ventured into Seward County, stopping at  Twin Lakes.  I was 
surprised to find some open water--perhaps 15% open at the larger eastern twin 

lake.  A guy target practicing on the east side  scared off the ducks; 
however, I was delighted to see a Ring-billed gull with an  adult California 
gull (FOY), then a bit later the former two  were replaced with two Herring 
gulls.  I then drove to the 168th entrance;  however, the waterfowl and a few 
gulls were hard to see because of distance  and sunlight reflecting off the 
ice.  En route to the west entrance, I  found 2 Horned larks, the first for 
this year for me.  The  smaller west lake was about 1/4th open, but there was 
nothing on it.  I  birded in the pines along the south side of the road at 
the west 182  & Holdrege entrance.  After my initial half mile hike, I  
spent an additional 75 minutes trying to retrace my initial course. I did this 

three times looking for my lost notebook.  It had fallen out of my  coat 
pocket.  It was a warm, nearly windless afternoon.  I was soaked  in 
perspiration by the time I left, having found my notebook after nearly 
completing 3 

repeat circuits of the likely path that I took on my  first almost birdless 
walk into the woods.
    By this time I was behind schedule.  It was  already 3:50 p.m.  I also 
wanted to check out Branched Oak Lake that  afternoon.  Between 196 and 182 
on Adams, I was delighted to see a  Prairie falcon (FOY).  Then farther 
north along 182 between McKelvie and Bluff, I briefly saw 8 Rusty blackbirds at 

 a small pond.
    I arrived at Branched Oak Lake about 4:45.  I  did Lieber's Point 
first. The lake was 99% frozen over, with small holes at the entrances of both 

marina bays and a small hole situated about half way  between Lieber's Point 
and the west marina bay.  Light was already waning  by this time but at 
least 150 to 200 gulls were assembling on the ice.   Large numbers of them 
appeared to be Herring gulls.  By the time I got to  the west marina bay, the 
sun had almost set and I was not able to identify  waterfowl present:  Common 
mergansers and Common goldeneyes.
    On January 28, 2015, I made a quick return trip to  Branched Oak Lake.  
I just did the east and north side of the lake along  the shore.  It was a 
wonderful morning visit.  It was in the mid 50s,  clear and no wind.  As I 
passed over the top of the dam, heading north, I  encountered at least 11 
meadowlarks and a Snow bunting.   In addition to the Mallards, Canada geese, 
Ring-billed and Herring gulls that I  encountered on the north side of the 
lake were at least 44 Bald eagles, 100  Common mergansers, 5 Cackling geese, 3 
Gadwall, 4 Common goldeneyes, 16  Northern pintails (FOY), 1 Franklin's gull 
(FOY) and 80 Snow geese flying over.  Is it  spring yet?
    Good birding!
    Larry Einemann
    Lincoln, Nebraska
 
 
In a message dated 1/28/2015 8:42:18 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
 
I spent some time this morning at Carter Lake (Douglas COunty) with  Justin 
Rink looking for new species showing up at the lake.  Nothing new  showed 
up.   l then stopped at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Douglas  County).  There I saw: 
 
- 2 A. Crows
- 4 N. Cardinal
- 1 Red-tailed Hawk
- 5 BC Chickadee
- 14 WB Nuthatches
- 3 RB Woodpecker
- 2 DW Woodpeckers
- 1 Carolina Wren
- 8 House Sparrows
- 6 Starlings
- 8 DE Junco
- 15 Canada Geese (fly-over)
- 4 Blue Jays
- 2 A. Goldfinch
- 4  PINE SISKINS  (FOY  and best birds of the day)
 
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
 




Subject: January Birds
From: "'Neal Ratzlaff' nratzlaff AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:40:23 -0600
Spent a bit of time on this nice January day to bird the southwest corner of
Standing Bear Recreation Area that lies west of 144th and north of Fort St.

The following birds were identified (or not in the case of the owl)

 

Wild Turkey - 8

Blue Jay - 1

Mourning Dove - 7

White-breasted Nuthatch - 3

Red-tailed Hawk - 1

American Robin - 2

American Goldfinch - 3

Downy Woodpecker - 3

Dark-eyed Junco - 10

Northern Cardinal - 1

Northern Flicker - 1

House Sparrow - 2

"Large" Owl flushed from pines - not able to ID

 

Neal Ratzlaff
Subject: Jan. Birds
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:42:21 -0600
I spent some time this morning at Carter Lake (Douglas COunty) with Justin Rink 
looking for new species showing up at the lake. Nothing new showed up. l then 
stopped at Forest Lawn Cemetery (Douglas County). There I saw: 


- 2 A. Crows
- 4 N. Cardinal
- 1 Red-tailed Hawk
- 5 BC Chickadee
- 14 WB Nuthatches
- 3 RB Woodpecker
- 2 DW Woodpeckers
- 1 Carolina Wren
- 8 House Sparrows
- 6 Starlings
- 8 DE Junco
- 15 Canada Geese (fly-over)
- 4 Blue Jays
- 2 A. Goldfinch
- 4  PINE SISKINS  (FOY  and best birds of the day)

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
Subject: Re: Carter Lake- Douglas Co.- 1/26
From: "Brian Peterson gordilly AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:00:52 -0600
I was out at Carter Lake twice today - briefly this morning, and for a
longer period this afternoon (1:30-3:30). While I was able to locate the
previously sighted Canvasback, Gadwall, and 2 Lesser Scaup, I was unable to
locate the Northern Pintail or Ruddy Duck that had also been reported
recently. This morning I did not take time to search for the Tundra Swans,
as most of the swans were sleeping on the ice and my available time was
limited.

Upon my return this afternoon, there were only a few swans near the boat
ramp. I then noticed that most of the flock was located further west on the
lake. After due time spent on the nearby waterfowl, I relocated to the
parking lot nearest to the NW corner of the lake, and was rewarded with the
sight of 20 swans that were foraging near the shoreline. Even better was
the fact that they were not alarmed by my presence, allowing me to set up
with my camera at a range of 40-50 yards. Another 30 or so swans were
sleeping out on the ice. I snapped photos for about 45 minutes or so, and
wasn't even thinking about species until a swan with yellow lores appeared
in my viewfinder. It was swimming closely with another swan that appeared
to be its mate. I was unable to locate any other Tundra Swans among the
active birds.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gordilly/15754580134/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gordilly/15757022963/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gordilly/16351043816/in/photostream/

My other interesting observation this afternoon was of a male Hooded
Merganser that was struggling with a mouthful of food. I was surprised to
see a long straight green item in its bill, thinking it was joining the
coots in partaking in some succulent aquatic vegetation. After a short
struggle, as it flipped the item around and started to swallow, all became
clear as I was able to identify the object as the back legs of a nice juicy
frog.


Brian Peterson
Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
gordilly AT gmail.com




On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 6:59 PM, Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
[NEBirds]  wrote:

>
>
>    This evening around 4pm I drove out to Carter Lake to see what had
> recently arrived.  Not much in the way of TRUMPETER SWANS.  Only four (4)
> birds of this species were observed with one individual remaining resting
> on the ice the entire time.  However, 5:45 saw the arrival of two SWANS.
> Much to my surprise these turned out to be the two TUNDRA SWANS (adult and
> dusky-headed/necked subadult).  I monitored them as they crossed the
> ever-growing expanse of open water before finding a suitable place to rest
> on the ice.  There was also a single hen GREEN-WINGED TEAL that was not at
> all visible until the large numbers of Canada Geese had departed.
>
>   Speaking of TUNDRA SWANS, if people are indeed finding an additional
> three TUNDRAS it would be interesting to know the plumage/age of these
> particular swans that always seem to elude me.
>
>   Here are a few key points for finding these birds.  TUNDRAS are smaller
> backed than the TRUMPETERS.  There is usually white between the bill and
> eye.  This and the less sloped bill gives these birds a more "gooselike
> appearance."  In a way, this bare eye also makes them appear "friendlier"
> and perhaps less "elegant" (but maybe I'm being too anthropomorphic here).
> In comparison, the neck is quite a bit thinner than that of the massive
> TRUMPETER necks.
>
>   I also observed what I believe to be the aforementioned leucistic Canada
> Goose.  However looking at the structure and bill shape of this bird, I am
> not 100% convinced.
>
> Anyway, I'm rambling....e-bird....
>
> Carter Lake, Douglas, US-NE
> Jan 26, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:05 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:    Fair.  54-56F.
> 17 species
>
> Greater White-fronted Goose  2
> Snow Goose  5
> Cackling Goose  2
> Canada Goose  3000
> Trumpeter Swan  4
> Tundra Swan  2    Two birds (adult and subadult) have been frequenting
> this open pool since early January.  Arrival time 5:45pm CDT.
> Gadwall  7
> Mallard  300
> Northern Shoveler  8
> Green-winged Teal  1
> Redhead  25
> Ring-necked Duck  27    Mostly drakes in this open pool area
> Lesser Scaup  2
> Common Goldeneye  65
> Hooded Merganser  5
> Common Merganser  20    Several of these birds congregating on open pool
> European Starling  2
>
> Good birding.
>
> Justin Rink
> Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
> spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
>
>
>  
>
Subject: Carter Lake- Douglas Co.- 1/26
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:59:57 +0000 (UTC)
    This evening around 4pm I drove out to Carter Lake to see what had 
recently arrived.  Not much in the way of TRUMPETER SWANS.  Only four (4) 
birds of this species were observed with one individual remaining resting on 
the ice the entire time.  However, 5:45 saw the arrival of two SWANS.  Much 
to my surprise these turned out to be the two TUNDRA SWANS (adult and 
dusky-headed/necked subadult).  I monitored them as they crossed the 
ever-growing expanse of open water before finding a suitable place to rest on 
the ice.  There was also a single hen GREEN-WINGED TEAL that was not at all 
visible until the large numbers of Canada Geese had departed.  

  Speaking of TUNDRA SWANS, if people are indeed finding an additional three 
TUNDRAS it would be interesting to know the plumage/age of these particular 
swans that always seem to elude me. 

  Here are a few key points for finding these birds.  TUNDRAS are smaller 
backed than the TRUMPETERS.  There is usually white between the bill and 
eye.  This and the less sloped bill gives these birds a more "gooselike 
appearance."  In a way, this bare eye also makes them appear "friendlier" and 
perhaps less "elegant" (but maybe I'm being too anthropomorphic here).  In 
comparison, the neck is quite a bit thinner than that of the massive TRUMPETER 
necks. 

  I also observed what I believe to be the aforementioned leucistic Canada 
Goose.  However looking at the structure and bill shape of this bird, I am not 
100% convinced. 

Anyway, I'm rambling....e-bird....
Carter Lake, Douglas, US-NE
Jan 26, 2015 4:00 PM - 6:05 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:    Fair.  54-56F.
17 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  2
Snow Goose  5
Cackling Goose  2
Canada Goose  3000
Trumpeter Swan  4
Tundra Swan  2    Two birds (adult and subadult) have been frequenting this 
open pool since early January.  Arrival time 5:45pm CDT. 

Gadwall  7
Mallard  300
Northern Shoveler  8
Green-winged Teal  1
Redhead  25
Ring-necked Duck  27    Mostly drakes in this open pool area
Lesser Scaup  2
Common Goldeneye  65
Hooded Merganser  5
Common Merganser  20    Several of these birds congregating on open pool
European Starling  2
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Sutherland Pelicans and Rowe Redpoll
From: "Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 03:52:04 +0000
On Saturday (24 Jan 2015) Gary Lingle and I drove out to Sutherland Reservoir 
and easily found the Brown Pelican sitting with White Pelicans on some 
structure in the cooling pond. We did not see the bird even raise its head in 
the strong breeze even when we saw the other pelicans moving about. About half 
of Sutherland Reservoir was ice free and viewing of waterfowl difficult, 
although we did find a lone Red-breasted Merganser cruising nearer the north 
shore than most birds. Gary and I also checked out Lake Maloney and found it 
nearly completely ice covered with a few mallards and Canada geese, and bald 
eagles looking at a small flock of common merganser. 



This morning (25 Jan 2015) I was able to find a single Common Redpoll at the 
Rowe Sanctuary. It was feeding on the ground under the feeder with dozens of 
goldfinches. The wind was so strong that birds were having a hard time hanging 
onto the feeders. 



Thomas Labedz, Lincoln

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Subject: Franklin Co
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:52:52 -0800




Subject: Carter Lake
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:14:54 -0600
I spent about two hours early this morning scoping waterfowl. The water appears 
to be fairly open south of the boat launch and docks parking area. I found 
great unobstructed vantage points and was able to scope things out quite 
thoroughly. 

 
No luck with the Barrow's Goldeneye as reported yesterday. Although several 
Common Goldeneye did show varying amounts of yellow/orange tips to the bill. I 
counted 56 Common Goldeneyes which kept mostly away from the other ducks, 
dabblers and geese, in the mid open water. 

 
Similar success with the 5 Tundra Swans reported yesterday. I'm not sure if 
I've seen whether others were finding adult or immature Tundras? I found 46 
Trumpeter Swans, 6 or 7 of which were sub-adults, and 1 sub-adult Tundra. 

 
Michael Willison
Lincoln
 


 
  		 	   		  
Subject: Cunningham Lake 1/24 and Carter Lake 1/25
From: "lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jan 2015 14:51:41 -0800
Yesterday (1/24), my dad, brother, and I birded the campground area on the 
eastern side of Cunningham Lake. We checked several pine groves to look for 
owls, and we spent 2 and a half hours walking pine trees in that area. We found 
1 Long-eared Owl and 2 Barred Owls. The Long-eared Owl was our ELEVENTH 
Long-eared Owl at Cunningham Lake in the past 6 days. This owl was in a 
different area from those we found the ten in on 1/18. 

 

 Today (1/25), we birded Carter Lake from about 2:20 PM to 3:30 PM, looking for 
the female Barrow's Goldeneye. While we were unable to find it, there were 
several resting female Goldeneyes that never raised their heads during our 
visit. Also present were 2 Tundra Swans, that flew in 30-40 minutes into our 
visit. One of which was dusky-headed and it had yellow lores. I was able to get 
accurate counts of the waterfowl present. 

 

 (Domestic) Graylag Goose 3
 Snow Goose 3
 Cackling Goose 5
 Canada Goose 500
 Cackling/Canada Goose 1-an intermediate-sized leucistic bird
 Trumpeter Swan 26
 Tundra Swan 2
 Gadwall 2
 Mallard 400
 Northern Shoveler 15
 Northern Pintail 3
 Canvasback 1
 Redhead 10
 Ring-necked Duck 35
 Lesser Scaup 3
 Common Goldeneye 12
 Hooded Merganser 10
 Common Merganser 15
 American Coot 20
 

 Also in our yard, we have had at least 2 male "Cassiar's" Dark-eyed Juncos for 
most of the winter. 

 Yesterday was the 5 month "anniversary" for the Red-breasted Nuthatch that has 
been visiting our feeders since 8/24/14. 

 

 
Sam Manning
 Omaha, Douglas County, NE
Subject: Crawford CBC
From: "'Bruce Walgren' Piranga AT bresnan.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:34:11 -0700
Due to poor weather and road conditions, Donna and I were unable to get to
Crawford for this season's CBC.  However, Michael Willison from Lincoln was
making the trip to western Nebraska for some winter birding and agreed to
conduct the count on his own.   The temperature range from 7 degrees to 24
degrees with about 6 inches of snow on the ground.  The weather was clear
and sunny.  Total individuals was below average with a total of 30 species
seen.  New for the count were the Golden-crowned Kinglets!  Many , many
thanks to Michael for doing this!

 

Below is the tally of Michael's count:

 

 


Mallard

4


Bald Eagle, Adults

1


Northern Harrier

1


Red-tailed Hawk

3


Rough-legged Hawk

6


American Kestrel

1


Ring-necked Pheasant

19


Sharp-tailed Grouse

8


Wild Turkey

55


Rock Pigeon

35


Eurasian Collared-Dove

85


Downy Woodpecker

3


Hairy Woodpecker

3


Northern (Red-shafted) Flicker

2


Horned Lark

340


Blue Jay

2


American Crow

14


Black-capped Chickadee

9


White-breasted Nuthatch

2


Golden-crowned Kinglet

2


American Robin

20


Northern Shrike

1


European Starling

80


American Tree Sparrow

65


Song Sparrow

3


Dark-eyed Junco - Form?

25


Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco

3


Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco

25


Dark-eyed (Pink-sided) Junco

2


Dark-eyed (White-winged) Junco

8


Western Meadowlark

3


House Finch

2


American Goldfinch

6


House Sparrow

40


Total Individuals

878


Total Species

30

 

Bruce and Donna Walgren

Casper, WY
Subject: FFBC field trip: Barrow's Goldeneye and Purple Finch
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:08:04 -0600
Hi NEBirders, 

 

Today the Fontenelle Forest Bird Club had its monthly field trip where we
ventured south into Cass Co. and then north to Carter Lk, Douglas Co.  The
total at the end of the day was 41 spp.  We began the morning at Schilling
SWMA, Cass Co., where we saw:

 

Canada Gs [XX]; Cackling Goose [4];  Com. Merg. [3]; Bald Eagle [5 - 1 ad.,
1 sub-ad. 3 sp.]; Red-t'd Hk [X]; No. Harrier [4]; Amer. Kestrel [1]; Mourn.
Dove [1]; Red-bellied & Downy W.P.'s; No. Flicker [4 yell-shafted, 1
red-shafted]; Crows; Blue Jay; WB'd Nuthatch; Ea. Bluebird [9]; No.
Cardinal; Amer. Tree Sp. [100]; DE'd Junco [2]; and Meadowlark spp. [1], and
city birds.

 

Our next stop was Louisville SRA, Cass Co., where we added the following
birds: Snow Gs X Ross' Gs [1]; Belted Kingfisher [1]; Euras. Collared Dove
[2];  BC' Chickadee [3]; Tufted Titms. [2]; PURPLE FINCH [1m]; Hs. Finch
[12]; Amer. Goldfinch [15].

 

After lunch the group split up and five of the thirteen participants
continued up to Carter Lk, Douglas Co., where the following were seen:
Trumpeter Swan [40!!]; Tundra Swan [5]; more Canada [1000's] & Cackling [X]
Gs; Mallard [X]; No. Shovler [6]; Gadwall [2]; Canvsbk [1]; Redhead [12];
RN'd Duck [16]; Com. Goldeneye [45]; BARROW'S  GOLDENEYE {BaGo}[1f]**;
Hooded Merg. [10]; Com. Merg [60]; Ruddy Duck [2]; and Amer. Coot [100+]. 

 

**re. the BaGo: The bill of this bird was LARGELY (over half) yellow and the
back side of its head was more irregular in appearance than of the f.
CoGo's, although there was only one good look at the head.  It was present
in the ever-increasing-in-size hole in the ice seen from the Levi Cater Park
boat ramp and next (better) viewing point west.  It turned out to be a
rather UNcooperative bird.  It was only seen well twice in a viewing period
of over an hour (from ca. 3:00 - 4:15 PM).  It was mixed in with a large
number of geese and swans, and other waterfowl. It dove frequently while
being viewed, actually spending more time under water than in view above
(though some of that may have due to being blocked the large number of
larger geese and swans while up).

 

Elliott Bedows,

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.

 

 
Subject: East Campus crabapple frenzy and Rowe cowbird
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:17:13 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi everyone. East Campus is ridiculously birdy these days, seemingly because 
of an abundance of tiny crabapples, mostly in the trees around the Nebraska 
East Union building. Nothing unusual seen in a couple hours of birding there 
this afternoon, but with the swarms of ROBINS and smaller numbers of many other 
common species, I'm thinking there could easily be a rare bird around 
somewhere... 

This evening, while looking at photos from an (unsuccessful) redpoll chase at 
Rowe Sanctuary on Thursday, I found a previously-unnoticed male BROWN-HEADED 
COWBIRD in one of my blackbird photos. This was along the road just east of the 
entrance to the sanctuary. Not sure if cowbird is actually as rare here in 
midwinter as the range maps make it look. 

Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Field Trip
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:29:59 -0600
The Audubon Society of Omaha observed at several feeder stations, a cemetery 
and Schilling WMA as part of our January 24th field trip. Birds seen were: 

- Pintail
- Canada Geese
- Red-tailed Hawks
- Bald Eagles
- Turkeys
- Downy Woodpecker
- Hairy Woodpecker
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- N. Flicker
- BC Chickadee
- WB Nuthatch
- T. Titmouse
- Cedar Waxwing
- E. Starling
- A. Crow
- E. Bluebird
- A. Robin
- A. Tree Sparrow
- Harris’s Sparrow
- DE Junco
- House Finch
- PURPLE FINCH – best bird on the trip
- A. Goldfinch
- House Sparrow

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE 
Subject: Re: Cedar Waxwings
From: "Ed Brogie ebrogie AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:01:16 -0600
Very nice.  They are a joy to see and hear.

On Saturday, January 24, 2015, john.manning AT nucor.com [NEBirds] <
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> When I went out to fill feeders 30-40 cedar waxwings were perched in
> Hackberry tree beside our house
>
>
> John Manning, Norfolk.
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Subject: Cedar Waxwings
From: "john.manning AT nucor.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jan 2015 07:47:50 -0800
When I went out to fill feeders 30-40 cedar waxwings were perched in Hackberry 
tree beside our house 

 

 John Manning, Norfolk.
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Scottsbluff Sewer Lagoons, Jan 23, 2015
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:20:14 -0700
This morning I stopped in at the Scottsbluff Sewer Lagoons before work, 
nothing unusual except for the large number of coots. Below is my ebird 
report

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE





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Subject: eBird Report - Scottsbluff Sewer Lagoons, Jan 23, 2015


> Scottsbluff Sewer Lagoons, Scotts Bluff, US-NE
> Jan 23, 2015 7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 16 species
>
> Cackling Goose  53
> Canada Goose  2200
> Gadwall  16
> American Wigeon  45
> Mallard  1800
> Northern Shoveler  10
> Northern Pintail  1
> Canvasback  1
> Redhead  25
> Ring-necked Duck  29
> Lesser Scaup  7
> Common Goldeneye  31
> Bald Eagle  1
> American Coot  144
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  7
> European Starling  9
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21503992
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 



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Subject: Sutherland Pelicans and other Lincoln and Keith County birds
From: "Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:25:24 +0000 (UTC)
Mike and I decided the nice weather warranted a trip to find the Brown Pelican 
at Sutherland Reservoir.  It did not disappoint.   The eBird checklist below 
 will contain a couple of photos, to include one with the much larger American 
White Pelicans.  We stayed long enough for the Brown Pelican to take off from 
the jetty, and fly over to the spillway, where it did seem to catch a fish, 
although not via the diving from on high method I'd seen in South Texas, more a 
modified small sort of plunge.  He looked quite healthy.  We arrived about 
10, but waiting a bit for the temps to get above freezing improved the viewing 
considerably, as you will see from the photos.   

Other nice sightings from the past couple of days were a Black-billed Magpie 
near Keystone Dam, the Glaucous Gull reported by others on Lake Ogallala, as 
well as a Lesser Black-backed Gull.   The weather conditions were great and 
with the ice on Ogallala, the birds were more concentrated in the area around 
the spillway, making viewing an improvement over other winter trips! 
 McConaghy was all iced over.   

Today we drove up Cottonwood Canyon and found at least one Mountain Bluebird, 
who sat on a wire along with some Eastern Bluebirds, not too far south from 
Cottonwood Canyon SWMA.  Thanks TJ for the heads up on the bluebird!   
 Later today we stopped at Rowe Sanctuary, but didn't find the Redpolls seen 
earlier in the week.   

At least 2000 Crows occupied a field north of I-80 near Gothenburg, seen both 
yesterday and today.  Two smaller flights of Snow Geese were seen at Rowe. 
 It was nice seeing Horned Larks on the stubble fields on the back road we 
took between Welfleet and Mayfield, as well as hearing the Pine Siskin with a 
flock of American Goldfinches.   



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Subject: Hayworth Pk
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:05:13 -0600
Hi all, 

 

Took an afternoon walk along the hike-bike trail south of Hayworth Pk.,
Bellevue where I ran into a very large mixed flock near the confluence of
the Papio Crk and the Missouri River that contained at least:

 

12's of Goldfinches and Amer. Tree Sparrows; 2 Wht-crown'd Sparrows; 4
Harris' Sparrows, 7 No. Cardinals; and ca. 6 DE'd Juncos.  Also seen on the
walk were 2 Bald Eagles and Red-tailed Hks and 2 Meadowlark spp..  The Base
Lk remains completely frozen as so the nearby ponds.

 

Yesterday afternoon I visited Lk Manawa where a very large pool of open
water was forming in the center of the Lk.  It only contained Com. Goldeneye
[20], Com. Mergs. [100] and Mallards & Canada's, but at least some open
water was beginning to appear.

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.
Subject: thousands of Snow Geese
From: "Susan Quinn susan-quinn44 AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 2:08:08 +0000
Hello All,
Larry Falk and I experienced a wonderful, beautiful sight today when we visited 
Indian Cave State Park, Thousands of Snow Geese, both white-morph and 
blue-morph, were viewed flying south down the Missouri River (perhaps to Squaw 
Creek NWR in northwest Missouri). The flocks were so thick it was impossible to 
see through them. The flocks were several miles long. Seven thousand is 
probably an underestimate. We were in the Saint DeRoin part of ICSP when we 
observed this. 


Susan Quinn
Nebraska City
Otoe County


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Subject: My first Barred Owl
From: "aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jan 2015 17:48:56 -0800
Was at lake Manawa last 3 days and each day I counted 9 Bald Eagles. 4 adults 
and 5 juveniles. 

 I was driving towards the shelter /marina on the South side of lake and saw a 
Barred Owl on a nesting box right off the road as I turned in the drive. I had 
never seen one before (or any for that matter) so I was thrilled! 

    Thanks for letting me share. 
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Subject: Rowe Sanctuary COMMON REDPOLLS
From: "'Pierson, Andrew' apierson AT audubon.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:44:03 +0000
This morning at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary, two COMMON 
REDPOLLS (1 male, 1 female) were at the bird feeders. The Redpolls have been 
reliable visitors to the feeders since they were first observed on Jan. 8th. 


Also at the feeders this week: Sharp-shinned Hawk, Eurasian Collared-Dove, 
Downey Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, White-breasted 
Nuthatch, European Starling, American Tree Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, 
White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged 
Blackbird, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch (100-150), House Sparrow. 


Elsewhere on the Sanctuary 1/17/15 was a single GREATER YELLOWLEGS observed 
standing on the ice above a wetland. The Rowe Sanctuary BIG YEAR count stands 
at 31 species. Thank you to those who have stopped by to watch the feeders and 
walk the trails. 


Andrew Pierson, Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary S. of Gibbon, NE

Subject: Walnut creek
From: "Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:25:51 -0600
Cindy and I went out to Walnut Creek to look for Long-eared and/or Northern 
Saw-whet Owls. No luck. Checked the plum thicket and a number of pine trees 
without flushing anything. 


The lake held a couple of hundred Canada Geese and a dozen Mallards. One RT 
hawk flew over. 


Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: Common Redpoll
From: "Susan Quinn susan-quinn44 AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:45:34 +0000
Hello All,
A single male Common Redpoll was at our feeders this afternoon. He's gone now. 
I'll keep looking in case he comes back. 


Susan Quinn
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Subject: Indian Cave SP
From: "Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:16:25 +0000 (UTC)
Returning from a short jaunt to Kansas, Mike and I spent a good half day at 
Indian Cave SP yesterday.  Not a huge variety of birds, but I swear every year 
there's more and more Red-headed Woodpeckers.  It's fun to see the Tufted 
Titmice too, who were especially enjoying the burned area around the scenic 
overlook on the oneway road.  Finally found a couple of sparrow species in the 
tangles at the end of the road past the cave, White-throated and Song. Drew a 
snarl from a slowly feeding possum down in that general area too, after he/she 
finally spotted me  A dozen or so Common Mergansers obligingly flew from the 
Missouri side of the river over towards Nebraska, as did a Common Goldeneye. 
 A few Bald eagles, young and adult circled overhead. Never did hear or see a 
Pileated.  Saw some Kestrels on Hwy 67 near Shubert, and Cedar Waxwing's in 
Brownsville to round out our First of Year finds.  Did see a small flock of 
Snow Geese in Sabetha, KS a few miles south of the border.   

Ruthie StearnsLincoln, NE  
Subject: Hamilton County 1/19/15
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:37:41 -0800




Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Schramm State Recreation Area, Jan 19, 2015
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:45:48 -0600
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: eBird Report - Schramm State Recreation Area, Jan 19, 2015

Schramm State Recreation Area, Sarpy, US-NE
Jan 19, 2015 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
18 species

Cackling Goose  12
Canada Goose  85
Mallard  6
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Barred Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  4
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  24
European Starling  11
Cedar Waxwing  14
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2     Fairly common here in the winter time - being 
seen at other locations in eastern Nebraska
Dark-eyed Junco  13
Northern Cardinal  4

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21422015

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 



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Subject: Black Rosy-finch at Scottsbluff Nat. Mon.
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 04:04:47 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi everyone. Today I visited the top of Scotts Bluff, at Scottsbluff National 
Monument, where Michael Willison had told me rosy-finches could show up in the 
late afternoon. After waiting around all afternoon, a flock of about 10-15 
rosies landed on the cliffs on the north side of the summit, at around 4pm. In 
with the GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES was one female BLACK ROSY-FINCH, perhaps 
slightly smaller, constantly being bullied by the others, with no warm tones 
whatsoever in the plumage and very little rosy/pink coloration either. The 
Gray-crowned Rosies included two subspecies, a "brown-cheeked" subspecies and a 
"gray-cheeked" one, in about equal numbers. The gray-cheeked individuals looked 
a little bigger than both the brown-cheeked ones and the Black Rosy-finch. 
Here's some photos of the Black: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157648060857843/ 

This was definitely one of the highlights of my first year here in Nebraska!

Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Not so Common Redpolls
From: "flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jan 2015 19:37:12 -0800
Hello birders,
 

 Went by Jack Sinn WMA yesterday 1/18 to look for Rough-legged Hawks and 
Short-eared Owls and struck out on both. About 3/4 of a mile east of Hwy. 77 an 
undulating flock of little guys flew in to the ditch to feed on seeds and we 
scrutinized what was assumed would be Tree Sparrows or Goldfinches just in case 
a Redpoll got mixed in. To our delight they were all Common Redpolls! There was 
probably around 30 but we were only able to confirm 19 because they were on the 
go. What a great surprise. 

 

 -Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln
Subject: Brown Thrasher
From: "crate.steven AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jan 2015 13:14:21 -0800
Hello all, 
  
 I was at Two Rivers State Park at lunch on Wed and came across a Brown 
Thrasher. I do not remember ever seeing one this late. 

  
 I did get a poor picture and will try to attach.  Thanks,
  
 Steven 
Subject: Re: ONCE AGAIN!!! NOU 2014 List Report - Need your numbers!
From: "Edward Allen Sprallen AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:33:58 -0500
Mark,

See below my report for 2014. I hope this is not too late.

Edward Allen, Lincoln, Lancaster Co.
 
 
     









NEBRASKA ORNITHOLOGISTS' UNION COUNTY & LIFE-LIST TOTALS
** Do not count new species seen after Dec. 31, 2014


LIST A:  Report below only those counties with 125 or more species.
  1._______Adams     	32._______Frontier    	63._______Nance
  2._______Antelope   	33._______Furnas    	64._______Nemaha
  3._______Arthur   	34._______Gage       	65._______Nuckolls
  4._______Banner      	35._______Garden    	66._______Otoe
  5._______Blaine      	36._______Garfield    	67._______Pawnee
  6._______Boone   	37._______Gosper      	68._______Perkins
  7._______Box Butte  	38._______Grant      	69._______Phelps
  8._______Boyd      	39._______Greeley   	70._______Pierce  
  9._______Brown    	40._______Hall          	71._______Platte
10._______Buffalo     	41._______Hamilton  	72._______Polk
11._______Burt          	42._______Harlan    	73._______Red Willow
12._______Butler     	43._______Hayes     	74._______Richardson
13._______Cass       	44._______Hitchcock    	75._______Rock
14._______Cedar        	45._______Holt         	76._______Saline
15._______Chase      	46._______Hooker       	77._______Sarpy
16._______Cherry        	47._______Howard       	78._______Saunders
17._______Cheyenne 	48._______Jefferson   	79._______ Scotts Bluff
18._______Clay           	49._______Johnson     	80._______Seward
19._______Colfax      	50._______Kearney      	81._______Sheridan  
20._______Cuming      	51._______ Keith         	82._______Sherman
21._______Custer        	52._______Keya Paha  	83._______Sioux
22._______Dakota        	53._______Kimball      	84._______Stanton
23._______Dawes        	54._______Knox          	85._______Thayer
24._______Dawson      	55. 214___Lancaster   	86._______Thomas
25._______Deuel         	56._______Lincoln     	87._______Thurston
26._______Dixon           57._______Logan       	88._______Valley
27._______Dodge         	58._______Loup       	89._______Washington
28._______Douglas      	59._______McPherson   90._______Wayne
29._______Dundy        	60._______Madison      	91._______Webster
30._______Fillmore       	61._______Merrick      	92._______Wheeler
31._______Franklin        62._______Morrill         93._______York


LIST B: Total Nebraska County Number:___1283_______(500 minimum). Add totals of 
all species for EVERY 

(including those below 125) county visited. For example if you have seen 100 
species of Nebraska 

 birds in every Nebraska county; your total county number would be: 100 X 93 = 
9,300. 



LIST C: Nebraska Life List Total :___266_____(250 minimum). Total of all 
species EVER seen in Nebraska. 



LIST D: 2014 total: ___188_______ (100 minimum). Total of all species seen in 
Nebraska in 2014. 



LIST E: (ALL 93 LIST)! Number of species observed in ALL of the 93 Nebraska 
counties: _______. 

 Example: If you have an American Robin & European Starling in every county; 
this # would be 2. 



SEND  or E-MAIL TO:
Mark A. Brogie mbrogie AT esu1.org [ ] CHECK THIS BOX IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE 
A HARD COPY OF 

508 Seeley, Box 316 THE 2014 NOU COUNTY AND LIFE-LIST TOTALS REPORT. 

Creighton, NE  68729



      
        
          


          
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Subject: Re: 10 Long-eared Owls Cunningham Lake
From: "'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:02:52 -0600
Probably the same way the word "got" changed to "hot"! Darn auto 
predict/correct spelling software! 


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone

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To: "NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com" 
Subject: [NEBirds] 10 Long-eared Owls Cunningham Lake
Date: Sun, Jan 18, 2015 6:50 PM

I have no idea how my spelling of "Saw-whet" hot the letter "c" in place of the 
"w-whet". 


Robert

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Subject: [NEBirds] 10 Long-eared Owls Cunningham Lake
Date: Sun, Jan 18, 2015 6:22 PM









We spent about 6 and a half hours scouring through the Pine and Cedar trees 
around Lake Cunningham today (boy are we tired). We found Long-eared Owls at 
three different locations. The first group we found contained 7 owls. That 
location, many of you are familiar with, is located on the east side of the 
lake. It is just to the north of the entrance at the end of Rainwood Road as 
you approach the lake from the east on Rainwood Rd. If you are not familiar 
with the area, there is a grove of Pine Trees about 50 yards wide and 
stretching for 150 to 200 yards. We found the first owl about 5 minutes after 
starting our search (our primary goal was to look for Sachet Owls - which we 
did not find today). That owl flushed from the ground about 20 yards into the 
Pine trees as we entered the trees from the south. Most of the owls were close 
to the ground and we had the best view of the owls while kneeling down, except 
for the 2 or 3 that flushed ahead of us and flew right at us- that was pretty 
neat! The owls were not too interested in having their photograph taken. We 
only got a few photos of one of the owls. (This was around 10:30 am. The 
lighting in the trees was not the best for taking pictures.) 

The other 6 owls in that group were found about half way through the grove as 
you travel from south to north through the grove. There is a slight curve in 
the terrain and the trees narrow to a point of about 20 yards wide. Right as we 
past this narrowing of trees 5 of the Long-eared Owls flushed from the same 
tree, then they were every where. As we proceeded slowly, all 7 of the owls 
gradually flew past us back to the southern end of the grove. Two or three of 
the owls few within a few yards of me. We did not pursue that group of owls 
further. We continued following the tree line for another quarter of a mile or 
so, well past the circle drive at the end of the "Park Road". There we found a 
single, 8th Long-eared Owl in group of mixed trees) 

From there we drove around the lake to the area almost directly across the lake 
from the area we found the 7 Long-eared Owls in. About a quarter mile north of 
Rainwood Road on the west side of the lake is short road and parking area 
called Woodney Circle. We parked there and made the long hike down to a grove 
of mixed Pine and deciduous trees close to the west shore of the lake. We 
walked that strip of trees from the north to the south. About 40 yards into 
that strip of trees, two Long-eared Owls flushed from a tree in front of my son 
Joseph. After about 50 more yards, I entered the strip of trees from the lake 
side of the trees and another Long-eared Owl flushed from a tree about 5 feet 
in front of me and flew back to the north. If I had looked up as I entered the 
trees I might of seen it roosting. (I assumed that owl was one of the two owls 
Joe flushed. About 40 yards to the south that location I think flushed the 2nd 
owl Joe saw, but I just had a brief glimpse of it flying to the south through 
the dense trees.) 

We searched another area at the lake, but did not find any other owls. We then 
headed to Standing Bear Lake to try searching for owls there but decided 
against it after we got there. As we headed back east along Fort Street, we 
stopped and searched an area of Pine trees along the east edge of Tranquility 
Park. That park is located just to the west of 120th and Fort Street. No luck 
there. 

I posted a single picture of one of the Long-eared Owls we saw on the east side 
of the lake. 

The area was kind of muddy and some of the walking was difficult. If you go to 
try and see the owls on the east side of the lake, proceed slowly through the 
trees and pause and kneel down and look carefully before proceeding. These owls 
were all seen pretty close to the ground. 

If anyone would like a help trying to find the owls tomorrow morning, we would 
be willing to help out. We saw the big group of owls right around 10:30 am. 
Email me tonight at LutherHaige AT yahoo.com. I will check my email before I go to 
bed tonight. 

Robert Manning
Central Omaha




















Subject: Re: 10 Long-eared Owls Cunningham Lake
From: "'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:50:51 -0600
I have no idea how my spelling of "Saw-whet" hot the letter "c" in place of the 
"w-whet". 


Robert

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To: 
Subject: [NEBirds] 10 Long-eared Owls Cunningham Lake
Date: Sun, Jan 18, 2015 6:22 PM

We spent about 6 and a half hours scouring through the Pine and Cedar trees 
around Lake Cunningham today (boy are we tired). We found Long-eared Owls at 
three different locations. The first group we found contained 7 owls. That 
location, many of you are familiar with, is located on the east side of the 
lake. It is just to the north of the entrance at the end of Rainwood Road as 
you approach the lake from the east on Rainwood Rd. If you are not familiar 
with the area, there is a grove of Pine Trees about 50 yards wide and 
stretching for 150 to 200 yards. We found the first owl about 5 minutes after 
starting our search (our primary goal was to look for Sachet Owls - which we 
did not find today). That owl flushed from the ground about 20 yards into the 
Pine trees as we entered the trees from the south. Most of the owls were close 
to the ground and we had the best view of the owls while kneeling down, except 
for the 2 or 3 that flushed ahead of us and flew right at us- that was pretty 
neat! The owls were not too interested in having their photograph taken. We 
only got a few photos of one of the owls. (This was around 10:30 am. The 
lighting in the trees was not the best for taking pictures.) 

The other 6 owls in that group were found about half way through the grove as 
you travel from south to north through the grove. There is a slight curve in 
the terrain and the trees narrow to a point of about 20 yards wide. Right as we 
past this narrowing of trees 5 of the Long-eared Owls flushed from the same 
tree, then they were every where. As we proceeded slowly, all 7 of the owls 
gradually flew past us back to the southern end of the grove. Two or three of 
the owls few within a few yards of me. We did not pursue that group of owls 
further. We continued following the tree line for another quarter of a mile or 
so, well past the circle drive at the end of the "Park Road". There we found a 
single, 8th Long-eared Owl in group of mixed trees) 

From there we drove around the lake to the area almost directly across the lake 
from the area we found the 7 Long-eared Owls in. About a quarter mile north of 
Rainwood Road on the west side of the lake is short road and parking area 
called Woodney Circle. We parked there and made the long hike down to a grove 
of mixed Pine and deciduous trees close to the west shore of the lake. We 
walked that strip of trees from the north to the south. About 40 yards into 
that strip of trees, two Long-eared Owls flushed from a tree in front of my son 
Joseph. After about 50 more yards, I entered the strip of trees from the lake 
side of the trees and another Long-eared Owl flushed from a tree about 5 feet 
in front of me and flew back to the north. If I had looked up as I entered the 
trees I might of seen it roosting. (I assumed that owl was one of the two owls 
Joe flushed. About 40 yards to the south that location I think flushed the 2nd 
owl Joe saw, but I just had a brief glimpse of it flying to the south through 
the dense trees.) 

We searched another area at the lake, but did not find any other owls. We then 
headed to Standing Bear Lake to try searching for owls there but decided 
against it after we got there. As we headed back east along Fort Street, we 
stopped and searched an area of Pine trees along the east edge of Tranquility 
Park. That park is located just to the west of 120th and Fort Street. No luck 
there. 

I posted a single picture of one of the Long-eared Owls we saw on the east side 
of the lake. 

The area was kind of muddy and some of the walking was difficult. If you go to 
try and see the owls on the east side of the lake, proceed slowly through the 
trees and pause and kneel down and look carefully before proceeding. These owls 
were all seen pretty close to the ground. 

If anyone would like a help trying to find the owls tomorrow morning, we would 
be willing to help out. We saw the big group of owls right around 10:30 am. 
Email me tonight at LutherHaige AT yahoo.com. I will check my email before I go to 
bed tonight. 

Robert Manning
Central Omaha





Subject: 10 Long-eared Owls Cunningham Lake
From: "lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Jan 2015 16:22:28 -0800
We spent about 6 and a half hours scouring through the Pine and Cedar trees 
around Lake Cunningham today (boy are we tired). We found Long-eared Owls at 
three different locations. The first group we found contained 7 owls. That 
location, many of you are familiar with, is located on the east side of the 
lake. It is just to the north of the entrance at the end of Rainwood Road as 
you approach the lake from the east on Rainwood Rd. If you are not familiar 
with the area, there is a grove of Pine Trees about 50 yards wide and 
stretching for 150 to 200 yards. We found the first owl about 5 minutes after 
starting our search (our primary goal was to look for Sachet Owls - which we 
did not find today). That owl flushed from the ground about 20 yards into the 
Pine trees as we entered the trees from the south. Most of the owls were close 
to the ground and we had the best view of the owls while kneeling down, except 
for the 2 or 3 that flushed ahead of us and flew right at us- that was pretty 
neat! The owls were not too interested in having their photograph taken. We 
only got a few photos of one of the owls. (This was around 10:30 am. The 
lighting in the trees was not the best for taking pictures.) 

 

 The other 6 owls in that group were found about half way through the grove as 
you travel from south to north through the grove. There is a slight curve in 
the terrain and the trees narrow to a point of about 20 yards wide. Right as we 
past this narrowing of trees 5 of the Long-eared Owls flushed from the same 
tree, then they were every where. As we proceeded slowly, all 7 of the owls 
gradually flew past us back to the southern end of the grove. Two or three of 
the owls few within a few yards of me. We did not pursue that group of owls 
further. We continued following the tree line for another quarter of a mile or 
so, well past the circle drive at the end of the "Park Road". There we found a 
single, 8th Long-eared Owl in group of mixed trees) 

 

 From there we drove around the lake to the area almost directly across the 
lake from the area we found the 7 Long-eared Owls in. About a quarter mile 
north of Rainwood Road on the west side of the lake is short road and parking 
area called Woodney Circle. We parked there and made the long hike down to a 
grove of mixed Pine and deciduous trees close to the west shore of the lake. We 
walked that strip of trees from the north to the south. About 40 yards into 
that strip of trees, two Long-eared Owls flushed from a tree in front of my son 
Joseph. After about 50 more yards, I entered the strip of trees from the lake 
side of the trees and another Long-eared Owl flushed from a tree about 5 feet 
in front of me and flew back to the north. If I had looked up as I entered the 
trees I might of seen it roosting. (I assumed that owl was one of the two owls 
Joe flushed. About 40 yards to the south that location I think flushed the 2nd 
owl Joe saw, but I just had a brief glimpse of it flying to the south through 
the dense trees.) 

 

 We searched another area at the lake, but did not find any other owls. We then 
headed to Standing Bear Lake to try searching for owls there but decided 
against it after we got there. As we headed back east along Fort Street, we 
stopped and searched an area of Pine trees along the east edge of Tranquility 
Park. That park is located just to the west of 120th and Fort Street. No luck 
there. 

 

 I posted a single picture of one of the Long-eared Owls we saw on the east 
side of the lake. 

 

 The area was kind of muddy and some of the walking was difficult. If you go to 
try and see the owls on the east side of the lake, proceed slowly through the 
trees and pause and kneel down and look carefully before proceeding. These owls 
were all seen pretty close to the ground. 

 

 If anyone would like a help trying to find the owls tomorrow morning, we would 
be willing to help out. We saw the big group of owls right around 10:30 am. 
Email me tonight at LutherHaige AT yahoo.com. I will check my email before I go to 
bed tonight. 

 

 Robert Manning

 Central Omaha
Subject: Carter Lake
From: "Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:46:57 -0600
Checked out Carter Lake this afternoon. Saw at least 60 swans. I'm the first to 
admit that I have a hard time separating Tundra from Trumpeter, but saw at 
least 5 that I felt were Tundras. Were probably more. One had the diagnostic 
yellow spot on the bill, which was nice to see. 


Other birds seen: (numbers are approx. I didn't do a complete head count)

Canada Geese.  1,000
Cackling Geese. 2
Mallards 200
Common Merganser. 5
Common Goldeneye. 10
Northern Shoveler. 3
Ring-necked Duck 8
Redhead. 3
Canvasback 1
Amer. Coot 40

Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: Jefferson County, 18 Jan 2015
From: "Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:13:31 +0000
Taking full advantage of the unseasonable weather Dan Leger and I made a quick 
trip to Jefferson County in search of birds. 



Starting at Flathead WMA just south of Fairbury we were lucky enough to have a 
Pileated Woodpecker make fly-by such that we had a 4-5 second look at it. We 
tallied four other woodpeckers there as well; Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, and 
Flicker. Another woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, was seen on the edge of 
Crete, Saline Co., on our way to Fairbury. Other notables at Flathead included 
excellent looks at Golden-crowned Kinglets, Carolina Wren, hundreds of Am. Tree 
Sparrows, and several Harris's and White-crowned Sparrows. Bald Eagles were in 
the area along the river. About 35 species total. 



Next stop was Rock Station SRA and Rock Glen WMA near Endicott, Jefferson 
County. Seemingly not as much here but we were entertained by a calling Barred 
Owl and multiple sightings of Yellow-rumped Warblers. Only one spot, along the 
old railroad line, had multiple species present and kept us busy, but nothing 
out of the ordinary or unexpected. Well, unless you want to count a large 
opossum waddling down the trail ahead of us. 



Along Hwy 136 just southwest of Beatrice, Gage Co. we found a pond with 
hundreds of Canada Geese and some open water that harbored 3 or 4 Common 
Goldeneye and one Snow Goose. 



Thomas Labedz, Lincoln

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Subject: RE: Spotting scope
From: "'Cheryl Samusevich' crsam AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:52:15 -0600
Which Swarovski model did you purchased Robin? Thanks for the information on 
the angled eyepiece as I am thinking of investing in one and wasn’t sure 
which eyepiece was best for birding. 


 

Cheryl Samusevich 

Lincoln

 

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Sent: Sunday, January 18, 2015 10:54 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Spotting scope

 

  


Nebraska birders,

Lanny and I had a Bushnell scope for years.  I believe
it was called a Trophy.  It was fairly inexpensive and
we loved it.   We had a zoom eyepiece, a tripod and a
window mount.  We could find birds on low power and then
zoom-in.  The highest power was usually blurry however.

We were able to upgrade to a Swarovski a few years ago.  Our
Swarovski has an angled eyepiece which I like very much.  It
is more comfortable to look through and it makes the scope
more versatile.  When using a window mount, you can pivot
the scope and look through from the side.  If you want to
look over the top of something you can put the scope on a
tripod, pivot the scope and look up through it from below.
You can also sit on something, adjust the tripod to its lowest
position and look through the scope from above.  

We have also purchased from Eagle Optics and were happy with
the service.

Robin Harding
northern Kearney County


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To: "'Greg Stoiber' gregst7 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" 
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Spotting scope
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:10:36 -0700

  

I do agree that Bushnell Space master is a good scope in your price range. We 
have them at work and they stand up to rugged conditions because they are 
armored--something so many are not. They are easy to use, and Bushnell has been 
great about annual cleaning and adjustments. We send them in every year with a 
$10 check for return postage and they clean, adjust, and return them in great 
shape. My personal scope is higher end now but I spent years using the 
Spacemaster. 


Diane T in Wyoming

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"'Greg Stoiber' gregst7 AT cox.net [NEBirds]"  wrote:

  

Garrett,

 

I like Clem recommend Eagle Optics but it looks like they are lean on spotting 
scope selection – from my perspective. Using Clem’s link I own a Bushnell 
spotting scope and have for the past 19 years with no regrets - 
http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-spacemaster-15-45x60-spotting-scopes-781818.html. 
It was recommended to me by a Audubon Educator/Birder and I highly recommend 
it. 


 

Greg

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:35 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Spotting scope

 

  

Garrett,

In general I think if you check out Eagle Optics out of Wisconsin you will have 
a very reliable dealer. Scopes are like binoculars – there are so many things 
you want to think about: 1. Price 2. Your comfort level with a particular model 
3. think about a good tripod also 4. Angled or straight lens/body 5. 
Zoom/non-zoom 6. Brand (warranties can make a difference) 7. Try some out – 
go to Cabela’s or any of the other outdoor optics stores here in Omaha – Or 
if you know someone locally who uses one for birding ask them if you can look 
at it. I don’t have any financial interest in Eagle Optics, but as a business 
I have always had good service through them and I don’t know anyone else who 
has not been satisfied with them – and I know a lot of birders who have used 
them for tripods, binocs, and scopes. Here is their scope website: 


 

http://www.opticsplanet.com/spottingscopes.html?utm_source=bing 
 
&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=EO-SS-US&utm_campaign=Eagle%20Optics-US-S-FAIL 


 

Clem Klaphake

Bellevue, NE

 

From: mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 

Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:05 AM

To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 

Subject: [NEBirds] Spotting scope

 

  

Hello NEBirds,
I'm looking at getting a scope finally and I want to know a decent brand for 
300-500 dollar range. I'm in no position to get a super fancy one, and I don't 
know enough about optics brands to decide on my own. I was recommended vortex 
as a good brand but other than that I don't know. If anyone replies could you 
specify a good zoom range to look for as well. Thanks and happy birding! 


From Garrett's iPhone. 
Midtown Omaha


Subject: Re: 5-7 Long-eared Owls Omaha
From: "'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:11:46 -0600
At least 3 more long-eared owls , maybe 4 in two separate locations from 
earlier sighting. We are really trying to find Sswhet Owls. Details when we are 
out of the field. 


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone

----- Reply message -----
From: "'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" 
 

To: "NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com" 
Subject: [NEBirds]5-7 Long-eared Owls Omaha
Date: Sun, Jan 18, 2015 11:36 AM

5-7 Long-eared Owls near Omaha. still doing our survey, Will update details 
later. 


Mannings

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone

----- Reply message -----
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" 
 

To: 
Subject: [NEBirds] Spotting scope
Date: Sun, Jan 18, 2015 10:54 AM

Nebraska birders,Lanny and I had a Bushnell scope for years. I believeit was 
called a Trophy. It was fairly inexpensive andwe loved it. We had a zoom 
eyepiece, a tripod and awindow mount. We could find birds on low power and 
thenzoom-in. The highest power was usually blurry however.We were able to 
upgrade to a Swarovski a few years ago. OurSwarovski has an angled eyepiece 
which I like very much. Itis more comfortable to look through and it makes the 
scopemore versatile. When using a window mount, you can pivotthe scope and look 
through from the side. If you want tolook over the top of something you can put 
the scope on atripod, pivot the scope and look up through it from below.You can 
also sit on something, adjust the tripod to its lowestposition and look through 
the scope from above. We have also purchased from Eagle Optics and were happy 
withthe service.Robin Hardingnorthern Kearney County--- NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
wrote:From: "'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" 
To: "'Greg Stoiber' gregst7 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" 
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Spotting scopeDate: Sun, 18 Jan 
2015 07:10:36 -0700 




















I do agree that Bushnell Space master is a good scope in your price range. We 
have them at work and they stand up to rugged conditions because they are 
armored--something so many are not. They are easy to use, and Bushnell has been 
great about annual cleaning and adjustments. We send them in every year with a 
$10 check for return postage and they clean, adjust, and return them in great 
shape. My personal scope is higher end now but I spent years using the 
Spacemaster.Diane T in WyomingSent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID"'Greg 
Stoiber' gregst7 AT cox.net [NEBirds]"  wrote: 








Garrett, I like Clem recommend Eagle Optics but it looks like they are lean on 
spotting scope selection – from my perspective. Using Clem’s link I own a 
Bushnell spotting scope and have for the past 19 years with no regrets - 
http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-spacemaster-15-45x60-spotting-scopes-781818.html. 
It was recommended to me by a Audubon Educator/Birder and I highly recommend 
it. Greg From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] Sent: 
Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:35 AMTo: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.comSubject: Re: 
[NEBirds] Spotting scope Garrett,In general I think if you check out Eagle 
Optics out of Wisconsin you will have a very reliable dealer. Scopes are like 
binoculars – there are so many things you want to think about: 1. Price 2. 
Your comfort level with a particular model 3. think about a good tripod also 4. 
Angled or straight lens/body 5. Zoom/non-zoom 6. Brand (warranties can make a 
difference) 7. Try some out – go to Cabela’s or any of the other outdoor 
optics stores here in Omaha – Or if you know someone locally who uses one for 
birding ask them if you can look at it. I don’t have any financial interest 
in Eagle Optics, but as a business I have always had good service through them 
and I don’t know anyone else who has not been satisfied with them – and I 
know a lot of birders who have used them for tripods, binocs, and scopes. Here 
is their scope website: 
http://www.opticsplanet.com/spottingscopes.html?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=EO-SS-US&utm_campaign=Eagle%20Optics-US-S-FAIL 
Clem KlaphakeBellevue, NE From: mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com Sent: Saturday, 
January 17, 2015 10:05 AMTo: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com Subject: [NEBirds] 
Spotting scope Hello NEBirds,I'm looking at getting a scope finally and I want 
to know a decent brand for 300-500 dollar range. I'm in no position to get a 
super fancy one, and I don't know enough about optics brands to decide on my 
own. I was recommended vortex as a good brand but other than that I don't know. 
If anyone replies could you specify a good zoom range to look for as well. 
Thanks and happy birding!From Garrett's iPhone. Midtown Omaha 
Subject: 5-7 Long-eared Owls Omaha
From: "'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 11:36:01 -0600
5-7 Long-eared Owls near Omaha. still doing our survey, Will update details 
later. 


Mannings

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone

----- Reply message -----
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" 
 

To: 
Subject: [NEBirds] Spotting scope
Date: Sun, Jan 18, 2015 10:54 AM

Nebraska birders,Lanny and I had a Bushnell scope for years. I believeit was 
called a Trophy. It was fairly inexpensive andwe loved it. We had a zoom 
eyepiece, a tripod and awindow mount. We could find birds on low power and 
thenzoom-in. The highest power was usually blurry however.We were able to 
upgrade to a Swarovski a few years ago. OurSwarovski has an angled eyepiece 
which I like very much. Itis more comfortable to look through and it makes the 
scopemore versatile. When using a window mount, you can pivotthe scope and look 
through from the side. If you want tolook over the top of something you can put 
the scope on atripod, pivot the scope and look up through it from below.You can 
also sit on something, adjust the tripod to its lowestposition and look through 
the scope from above. We have also purchased from Eagle Optics and were happy 
withthe service.Robin Hardingnorthern Kearney County--- NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
wrote:From: "'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" 
To: "'Greg Stoiber' gregst7 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" 
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Spotting scopeDate: Sun, 18 Jan 
2015 07:10:36 -0700 




















I do agree that Bushnell Space master is a good scope in your price range. We 
have them at work and they stand up to rugged conditions because they are 
armored--something so many are not. They are easy to use, and Bushnell has been 
great about annual cleaning and adjustments. We send them in every year with a 
$10 check for return postage and they clean, adjust, and return them in great 
shape. My personal scope is higher end now but I spent years using the 
Spacemaster.Diane T in WyomingSent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID"'Greg 
Stoiber' gregst7 AT cox.net [NEBirds]"  wrote: 








Garrett, I like Clem recommend Eagle Optics but it looks like they are lean on 
spotting scope selection – from my perspective. Using Clem’s link I own a 
Bushnell spotting scope and have for the past 19 years with no regrets - 
http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-spacemaster-15-45x60-spotting-scopes-781818.html. 
It was recommended to me by a Audubon Educator/Birder and I highly recommend 
it. Greg From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] Sent: 
Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:35 AMTo: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.comSubject: Re: 
[NEBirds] Spotting scope Garrett,In general I think if you check out Eagle 
Optics out of Wisconsin you will have a very reliable dealer. Scopes are like 
binoculars – there are so many things you want to think about: 1. Price 2. 
Your comfort level with a particular model 3. think about a good tripod also 4. 
Angled or straight lens/body 5. Zoom/non-zoom 6. Brand (warranties can make a 
difference) 7. Try some out – go to Cabela’s or any of the other outdoor 
optics stores here in Omaha – Or if you know someone locally who uses one for 
birding ask them if you can look at it. I don’t have any financial interest 
in Eagle Optics, but as a business I have always had good service through them 
and I don’t know anyone else who has not been satisfied with them – and I 
know a lot of birders who have used them for tripods, binocs, and scopes. Here 
is their scope website: 
http://www.opticsplanet.com/spottingscopes.html?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=EO-SS-US&utm_campaign=Eagle%20Optics-US-S-FAIL 
Clem KlaphakeBellevue, NE From: mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com Sent: Saturday, 
January 17, 2015 10:05 AMTo: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com Subject: [NEBirds] 
Spotting scope Hello NEBirds,I'm looking at getting a scope finally and I want 
to know a decent brand for 300-500 dollar range. I'm in no position to get a 
super fancy one, and I don't know enough about optics brands to decide on my 
own. I was recommended vortex as a good brand but other than that I don't know. 
If anyone replies could you specify a good zoom range to look for as well. 
Thanks and happy birding!From Garrett's iPhone. Midtown Omaha 

































Subject: Re: Spotting scope
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:54:03 -0800




Subject: Fw: eBird Report - 69361, Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County, NE, US, Jan 17, 2015
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:59:56 -0700
I went out to the Wildcat Hills Nature Center yesterday morning to look for 
the Evening Grosbeaks that had been seen there on Friday. No luck on them , 
but I did see several Cassin's Finches, they were with the house finches and 
siskins in the pine trees so there may have been more than the 5 I reported. 
There was a Sharp-shined Hawk looking for breakfast so the number of birds 
was limited and they were pretty nervous so not coming down to the feeders.

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE





----- Original Message ----- 
From: 
To: 
Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2015 4:11 PM
Subject: eBird Report - 69361, Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County, NE, US, Jan 
17, 2015


> 69361, Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff County, NE, US, Scotts Bluff, US-NE
> Jan 17, 2015 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 7 species
>
> Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
> American Kestrel  1
> American Crow  3
> Black-capped Chickadee  7
> House Finch  36
> Cassin's Finch  5
> Pine Siskin  150     Correct
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21386305
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 



------------------------------------
Posted by: "Kathy DeLara" 
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Subject: Re: Spotting scope
From: "'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 07:10:36 -0700
I do agree that Bushnell Space master is a good scope in your price range. We 
have them at work and they stand up to rugged conditions because they are 
armored--something so many are not. They are easy to use, and Bushnell has been 
great about annual cleaning and adjustments. We send them in every year with a 
$10 check for return postage and they clean, adjust, and return them in great 
shape. My personal scope is higher end now but I spent years using the 
Spacemaster. 

Diane T in Wyoming
Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

"'Greg Stoiber' gregst7 AT cox.net [NEBirds]"  wrote:

>  
>
>Garrett,
>
> 
>
>I like Clem recommend  Eagle Optics but it looks like they are lean on 
spotting scope selection – from my perspective. Using Clem’s link I own a 
Bushnell spotting scope and have for the past 19 years with no regrets - 
http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-spacemaster-15-45x60-spotting-scopes-781818.html. 
It was recommended to me by a Audubon Educator/Birder and I highly recommend 
it. 

>
> 
>
>Greg
>
> 
>
>From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
>Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:35 AM
>To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
>Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Spotting scope
>
> 
>
>  
>
>Garrett,
>
>In general I think if you check out Eagle Optics out of Wisconsin you will 
have a very reliable dealer.  Scopes are like binoculars – there are so many 
things you want to think about: 1. Price  2. Your comfort level with a 
particular model  3. think about a good tripod also  4. Angled or straight 
lens/body  5. Zoom/non-zoom  6. Brand (warranties can make a difference)  7. 
Try some out – go to Cabela’s or any of the other outdoor optics stores 
here in Omaha – Or if you know someone locally who uses one for birding ask 
them if you can look at it.    I don’t have any financial interest in 
Eagle Optics, but as a business I have always had good service through them and 
I don’t know anyone else who has not been satisfied with them – and I know 
a lot of birders who have used them for tripods, binocs, and scopes.  Here is 
their scope website: 

>
> 
>

>http://www.opticsplanet.com/spottingscopes.html?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=EO-SS-US&utm_campaign=Eagle%20Optics-US-S-FAIL 

>
> 
>
>Clem Klaphake
>
>Bellevue, NE
>
> 
>
>From: mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
>
>Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:05 AM
>
>To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
>
>Subject: [NEBirds] Spotting scope
>
> 
>
>  
>
>Hello NEBirds,
>I'm looking at getting a scope finally and I want to know a decent brand for 
300-500 dollar range. I'm in no position to get a super fancy one, and I don't 
know enough about optics brands to decide on my own. I was recommended vortex 
as a good brand but other than that I don't know. If anyone replies could you 
specify a good zoom range to look for as well. Thanks and happy birding! 

>
>From Garrett's iPhone. 
>Midtown Omaha
>
>
>
> 
Subject: RE: Spotting scope
From: "'Greg Stoiber' gregst7 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 03:29:29 -0600
Garrett,

 

I like Clem recommend Eagle Optics but it looks like they are lean on spotting 
scope selection – from my perspective. Using Clem’s link I own a Bushnell 
spotting scope and have for the past 19 years with no regrets - 
http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-spacemaster-15-45x60-spotting-scopes-781818.html. 
It was recommended to me by a Audubon Educator/Birder and I highly recommend 
it. 


 

Greg

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:35 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Spotting scope

 

  

Garrett,

In general I think if you check out Eagle Optics out of Wisconsin you will have 
a very reliable dealer. Scopes are like binoculars – there are so many things 
you want to think about: 1. Price 2. Your comfort level with a particular model 
3. think about a good tripod also 4. Angled or straight lens/body 5. 
Zoom/non-zoom 6. Brand (warranties can make a difference) 7. Try some out – 
go to Cabela’s or any of the other outdoor optics stores here in Omaha – Or 
if you know someone locally who uses one for birding ask them if you can look 
at it. I don’t have any financial interest in Eagle Optics, but as a business 
I have always had good service through them and I don’t know anyone else who 
has not been satisfied with them – and I know a lot of birders who have used 
them for tripods, binocs, and scopes. Here is their scope website: 


 

http://www.opticsplanet.com/spottingscopes.html?utm_source=bing 
 
&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=EO-SS-US&utm_campaign=Eagle%20Optics-US-S-FAIL 


 

Clem Klaphake

Bellevue, NE

 

From: mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 

Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:05 AM

To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 

Subject: [NEBirds] Spotting scope

 

  

Hello NEBirds,
I'm looking at getting a scope finally and I want to know a decent brand for 
300-500 dollar range. I'm in no position to get a super fancy one, and I don't 
know enough about optics brands to decide on my own. I was recommended vortex 
as a good brand but other than that I don't know. If anyone replies could you 
specify a good zoom range to look for as well. Thanks and happy birding! 


From Garrett's iPhone. 
Midtown Omaha


Subject: Gifford point eagles
From: "coybin AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2015 20:11:47 -0800
yesterday i went over to Gifford Farm / F Forest area & made my way to the 
river via trails near Hidden lake. No shortage of bald eagles perched on trees 
along the river; at least a dozen (both adult & immature). Some mallards along 
w/ a few common mergansers & golden eyes on the river, ice shelves, & bank. One 
small group of mallards was riding an ice raft down the river, but the ice 
rafts were getting to be few & far between. Also saw what i believed to be a 
mink near Marsh lake. 


Chuck Coyle, Omaha, NE
 

Subject: Sarpy County
From: "Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:03:09 -0600
Did a run around Bellevue today. Really slow. Saw the following:

Haworth Park. Common Merganser. 3

Base Lake. Zero

LaPlatte Bottoms. Mallards 400
                              Starling. 100
                              RT Hawk. 1

Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: Re: Spotting scope
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:35:28 -0600
Garrett,
In general I think if you check out Eagle Optics out of Wisconsin you will have 
a very reliable dealer. Scopes are like binoculars – there are so many things 
you want to think about: 1. Price 2. Your comfort level with a particular model 
3. think about a good tripod also 4. Angled or straight lens/body 5. 
Zoom/non-zoom 6. Brand (warranties can make a difference) 7. Try some out – 
go to Cabela’s or any of the other outdoor optics stores here in Omaha – Or 
if you know someone locally who uses one for birding ask them if you can look 
at it. I don’t have any financial interest in Eagle Optics, but as a business 
I have always had good service through them and I don’t know anyone else who 
has not been satisfied with them – and I know a lot of birders who have used 
them for tripods, binocs, and scopes. Here is their scope website: 



http://www.opticsplanet.com/spottingscopes.html?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=EO-SS-US&utm_campaign=Eagle%20Optics-US-S-FAIL 


Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

From: mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2015 10:05 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] Spotting scope

  
Hello NEBirds,
I'm looking at getting a scope finally and I want to know a decent brand for 
300-500 dollar range. I'm in no position to get a super fancy one, and I don't 
know enough about optics brands to decide on my own. I was recommended vortex 
as a good brand but other than that I don't know. If anyone replies could you 
specify a good zoom range to look for as well. Thanks and happy birding! 


From Garrett's iPhone. 
Midtown Omaha
Subject: Re: Spotting scope
From: "Ed Brogie ebrogie AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:13:59 -0600
http://stuccu.com/s/Kowa+Spotting+Scopes-MbSLsTI-Buy-Exclusive-Deals-70-OFF-Save-Big-Lowest-Price-On-Kowa-Spotting-Scopes-Best-In-Stock-Fast-Free-Shipping?keyword=kowa%20spotting%20scopes&matchtype=e&querystring=kowa%20spotting%20scope&netid=2&aaid=5491796eb1b1c613ec09016e&oid=29079512189&caid=5462d670b1b1c61e78a879f0&device=c&msclkid={mscklid} 



On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 10:05 AM, Garrett Day gday3600 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds] <
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hello NEBirds,
> I'm looking at getting a scope finally and I want to know a decent brand
> for 300-500 dollar range. I'm in no position to get a super fancy one, and
> I don't know enough about optics brands to decide on my own. I was
> recommended vortex as a good brand but other than that I don't know. If
> anyone replies could you specify a good zoom range to look for as well.
> Thanks and happy birding!
>
> From Garrett's iPhone.
> Midtown Omaha
>  
>



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Subject: Spotting scope
From: "Garrett Day gday3600 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:05:10 -0600
Hello NEBirds,
I'm looking at getting a scope finally and I want to know a decent brand for 
300-500 dollar range. I'm in no position to get a super fancy one, and I don't 
know enough about optics brands to decide on my own. I was recommended vortex 
as a good brand but other than that I don't know. If anyone replies could you 
specify a good zoom range to look for as well. Thanks and happy birding! 


From Garrett's iPhone. 
Midtown Omaha

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Subject: Fw: ONCE AGAIN!!! NOU 2014 List Report - Need your numbers!
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:17:10 -0600
Should have gone to Mark.  Sorry.


From: 'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds] 
Sent: Friday, January 16, 2015 8:12 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] ONCE AGAIN!!! NOU 2014 List Report - Need your numbers!


  

Hi Mark,

My Neb list is 405 (nothing new, but hopefully this year- I'm retired!)

That's it for me.

Ross






From: Mark Brogie mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds] 
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:31 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] ONCE AGAIN!!! NOU 2014 List Report - Need your numbers!


  
Subject: Re: ONCE AGAIN!!! NOU 2014 List Report - Need your numbers!
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:12:57 -0600
Hi Mark,

My Neb list is 405 (nothing new, but hopefully this year- I'm retired!)

That's it for me.

Ross






From: Mark Brogie mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds] 
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:31 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] ONCE AGAIN!!! NOU 2014 List Report - Need your numbers!


  
Subject: Jack Sinn birds
From: "Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:24:27 +0000 (UTC)
Elaine and I headed up to Jack Sinn WMA this morning, stopping first at 112th 
and Ashland, and later driving the western segment of Ashland Road.  Our first 
bird was a Rough-legged Hawk, which we saw looking west from the bridge at 
112th street.  We then saw a smaller bird fly north into Saunders County at 
that location, which we later re-found, it being a Northern Shrike.  Elaine 
and I both realized it was the first time we'd watched a shrike eating 
something, then it flew again, and as we watched it, it seemed to fly from one 
thorny tree to another, inspecting and picking at some of the thorns.  There 
were a few Red-winged Blackbirds in the area, Tree Sparrows, then a Red-tailed 
Hawk, and as we left the 112th street area we saw perhaps a female Northern 
Harrier, followed by a young harrier.  

On the way back, near 27th street and Raymond Road, we watched a young Bald 
Eagle circling around the fields.   

Nice morning, on a nice day, and winter raptors and rapacious passerines are 
always fun to see.   

Ruthie Stearns and Elaine BachelLincoln, NE
Subject: Re: RFI open water at Ogallala? Gavin's Point?
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:53:04 -0600
Noah, when I was at Gavin's Point yesterday everything was frozen except the 
river water below the dam. But, with the warm weather some of that may change. 
There were no gulls, only one duck species, and little else around other than 
what I posted yesterday. Good luck! 


Jan
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bird-brained-quilter/

> On Jan 16, 2015, at 9:29 AM, 'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov 
[NEBirds]  wrote: 

> 
> Noah, there is currently good amounts of open water at Lake McConaughy, Lake 
Ogallala, and Sutherland Reservoir. Today is supposed to get to 48 degrees out 
here, tomorrow is supposed to be slightly cooler, but windy, and Sunday they 
are calling for 51 degrees. Don’t think water/ice conditions would be a 
problem, unless a lot MORE water opens up – however I cannot speak for gull 
numbers – but several others have been to McConaughy/Ogallala and Sutherland 
lately, maybe they can chime in. 

> 
>  
> 
> T. J. Walker
> 
> Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
> 
> 301 E State Farm Road
> 
> North Platte, NE  69101
> 
>  
> 
> Office Phone:  308-535-8025
> 
> Cell Phone:  308-530-7659
> 
>  
> 
> From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
> Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 6:17 PM
> To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [NEBirds] RFI open water at Ogallala? Gavin's Point?
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> Hi everyone. I'm going to be out birding this weekend and I'm wondering, will 
there still be open water and good birding on Lake Ogallala? How about at 
Gavin's Point Dam? Is there anywhere else that will still be good for 
waterbirds? I'm mostly hoping to find good numbers of gulls somewhere... 

> 
> Alternatively I might just head for the Great Lakes...
> 
> Noah Arthur, Lincoln
> 
> 
> 
Subject: RE: RFI open water at Ogallala? Gavin's Point?
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:29:02 +0000
Noah, there is currently good amounts of open water at Lake McConaughy, Lake 
Ogallala, and Sutherland Reservoir. Today is supposed to get to 48 degrees out 
here, tomorrow is supposed to be slightly cooler, but windy, and Sunday they 
are calling for 51 degrees. Don’t think water/ice conditions would be a 
problem, unless a lot MORE water opens up – however I cannot speak for gull 
numbers – but several others have been to McConaughy/Ogallala and Sutherland 
lately, maybe they can chime in. 


T. J. Walker
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
301 E State Farm Road
North Platte, NE  69101

Office Phone:  308-535-8025
Cell Phone:  308-530-7659

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 6:17 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] RFI open water at Ogallala? Gavin's Point?


Hi everyone. I'm going to be out birding this weekend and I'm wondering, will 
there still be open water and good birding on Lake Ogallala? How about at 
Gavin's Point Dam? Is there anywhere else that will still be good for 
waterbirds? I'm mostly hoping to find good numbers of gulls somewhere... 


Alternatively I might just head for the Great Lakes...

Noah Arthur, Lincoln


Subject: RFI open water at Ogallala? Gavin's Point?
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:17:17 -0800
Hi everyone. I'm going to be out birding this weekend and I'm 
wondering, will there still be open water and good birding on Lake Ogallala? 
How about at Gavin's Point Dam? Is there anywhere else that will still be 
good for waterbirds? I'm mostly hoping to find good numbers of gulls 
somewhere... 



Alternatively I might just head for the Great Lakes...


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: RE: ogallala
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:53:16 +0000
Steve (and others),

The Brown Pelican at Sutherland Reservoir has been hanging out on the "Cooling 
Pond" which is on the far SE corner of the property. Water from the power plant 
flows down a waterfall into the pond, coming in at something like 55 degrees I 
believe, so the water on the cooling pond almost never freezes. To get to the 
cooling pond go south of the power plant on Highway 25 to the first gravel road 
south of the plant (Power Road), go 3 miles east to the first gravel road going 
north (Bubble Road), go about 1.25 miles north and turn left, going past a big 
sign on large wood posts (Sutherland Reservoir or something like that is on the 
sign). From there, once you come over the berm, continue straight ahead. You 
should be able to see a rock jetty sticking out into the water pretty much 
straight in front of you (unless the temp is low enough that there is dense fog 
above the water, which seems to be somewhere in the low 20's Fahrenheit-wise). 
The Brown Pelican has been hanging out on and around that jetty and on the 
baffles (floating things in the cooling pond). 


From there if you work your way north and west, you will go past "Hershey 
Beach" on your right as you pass between the cooling pond and the main 
reservoir, when the road circles back, you are as close as you can get to "the 
bubble" where the cooling pond water enters the main reservoir. This is usually 
a pretty good area to see wintering waterfowl and gulls, there is a small 
parking area inside of the loop in the road. 


Don't ignore the upland habitats around the property either, some good CRP-like 
grassland, weed patches, trees and shrubs are present. 


T. J. Walker
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
301 E State Farm Road
North Platte, NE  69101

Office Phone:  308-535-8025
Cell Phone:  308-530-7659

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Friday, January 16, 2015 6:49 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] ogallala



Thanks to Joels report I went to lake ogallala wednesday before the warm up. 
The Lesser black backed and Glaucous gulls were easy to find. Not being a gull 
person it took a long time to find a Thayers gull-a lifer for me- that I was 
confident with. I found 11 species of ducks including both Scaups,Ring 
necked,Canvasback,Redhead and Bufflelhead. I found Gadwall and 2 American 
widgeon on the river below the lake. On the canal road to the outlet I saw 3 
Magpie, 1 Townsend solitare and a Bluebird. At the outlet I found 1 Pied billed 
grebe with a flock of Coots. I should have tried to find out where to look for 
the Brown pelican at Sutherland. I assumed it would be at the inlet but there 
was nothing there. Iwent to the dirt road inside the berm-lucky it was still 
frozen- and at least a quarter of the lake was unfrozen,There were hundreds of 
ducks mostly to far out and into the afternoon sun to identify. I scoped the 
lake at intervales but I didn't find any kind of Pelican. Steve Morris Grand 
Island 

Subject: ogallala
From: "'mstev4 AT aol.com' mstev4@aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:49:13 -0500
Thanks to Joels report I went to lake ogallala wednesday before the warm up. 
The Lesser black backed and Glaucous gulls were easy to find. Not being a gull 
person it took a long time to find a Thayers gull-a lifer for me- that I was 
confident with. I found 11 species of ducks including both Scaups,Ring 
necked,Canvasback,Redhead and Bufflelhead. I found Gadwall and 2 American 
widgeon on the river below the lake. On the canal road to the outlet I saw 3 
Magpie, 1 Townsend solitare and a Bluebird. At the outlet I found 1 Pied billed 
grebe with a flock of Coots. I should have tried to find out where to look for 
the Brown pelican at Sutherland. I assumed it would be at the inlet but there 
was nothing there. Iwent to the dirt road inside the berm-lucky it was still 
frozen- and at least a quarter of the lake was unfrozen,There were hundreds of 
ducks mostly to far out and into the afternoon sun to identify. I scoped the 
lake at intervales but I didn't find any kind of Pelican. Steve Morris Grand 
Island 
Subject: Re: Re: Wachiska Audubon field trip w/ Don Poggensee & Iowa owls Sun. 1/11
From: "John Carlini flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:55:42 +0000 (UTC)
Ida Grove is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Lincoln but if you're in Omaha it's an 
hour closer.  You don't have to spend any time searching for the owls if you 
arrange to meet with Don when you're there.  He's an authority on those 
Saw-whets and knows right where to find them.  The new nature center is in 
Moorehead Park where the owls are.-John & Shari, Lincoln 


 On Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:34 PM, "patsyj pjlam44 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" 
 wrote: 

   

   Ida Grove? Iowa?  How long does it take to get there?  Where exactly do 
you see them?  Where is the nature center?thanks 

 ~~Patsy“Some people say I’m easily distrac- Hey Look, a bird!” 
 From: "John Carlini flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" 
 

 To: "NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com"  
 Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:12 PM
 Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Re: Wachiska Audubon field trip w/ Don Poggensee & Iowa 
owls Sun. 1/11 

   
  Yes Ken,As of today Don Poggensee had located 8 (!) Northern Saw-whet Owls 
at Ida Grove, a new record high count surpassing the previous record of 7. 
 Our group got to see 6 of them on Sunday and it was incredible!  Highly 
recommended - viewing is so close binoculars aren't necessary.  It's a drive 
but you're pretty much guaranteed to see them this year if you meet up with Don 
(he's a really nice guy.)  If you go stop in and support the new nature center 
which is a great addition to the park's owls.Don's email: 

donpog AT netllc.net
-John & Shari
 

   

 On Thursday, January 15, 2015 9:07 PM, "berrysheepfarm AT att.net [NEBirds]" 
 wrote: 

   

   Did the northern saw-whet owl get found?Any more news on the snowy owl 
reported a few days back ?In town  from Texas for one more day any help would 
be appreciatedthanksken 

  

      

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Subject: Re: Re: Wachiska Audubon field trip w/ Don Poggensee & Iowa owls Sun. 1/11
From: "patsyj pjlam44 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:34:48 +0000 (UTC)
Ida Grove? Iowa?  How long does it take to get there?  Where exactly do you 
see them?  Where is the nature center?thanks 

 ~~Patsy“Some people say I’m easily distrac- Hey Look, a bird!” 
 From: "John Carlini flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" 
 

 To: "NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com"  
 Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:12 PM
 Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Re: Wachiska Audubon field trip w/ Don Poggensee & Iowa 
owls Sun. 1/11 

   
  Yes Ken,As of today Don Poggensee had located 8 (!) Northern Saw-whet Owls 
at Ida Grove, a new record high count surpassing the previous record of 7. 
 Our group got to see 6 of them on Sunday and it was incredible!  Highly 
recommended - viewing is so close binoculars aren't necessary.  It's a drive 
but you're pretty much guaranteed to see them this year if you meet up with Don 
(he's a really nice guy.)  If you go stop in and support the new nature center 
which is a great addition to the park's owls.Don's email: 

donpog AT netllc.net
-John & Shari
 

   

 On Thursday, January 15, 2015 9:07 PM, "berrysheepfarm AT att.net [NEBirds]" 
 wrote: 

   

   Did the northern saw-whet owl get found?Any more news on the snowy owl 
reported a few days back ?In town  from Texas for one more day any help would 
be appreciatedthanksken 

  

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Subject: Re: Re: Wachiska Audubon field trip w/ Don Poggensee & Iowa owls Sun. 1/11
From: "John Carlini flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:12:48 +0000 (UTC)
Yes Ken,As of today Don Poggensee had located 8 (!) Northern Saw-whet Owls at 
Ida Grove, a new record high count surpassing the previous record of 7.  Our 
group got to see 6 of them on Sunday and it was incredible!  Highly 
recommended - viewing is so close binoculars aren't necessary.  It's a drive 
but you're pretty much guaranteed to see them this year if you meet up with Don 
(he's a really nice guy.)  If you go stop in and support the new nature center 
which is a great addition to the park's owls.Don's email: 

donpog AT netllc.net
-John & Shari
 

   

 On Thursday, January 15, 2015 9:07 PM, "berrysheepfarm AT att.net [NEBirds]" 
 wrote: 

   

   Did the northern saw-whet owl get found?Any more news on the snowy owl 
reported a few days back ?In town  from Texas for one more day any help would 
be appreciatedthanksken 

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Subject: Re: Wachiska Audubon field trip w/ Don Poggensee & Iowa owls Sun. 1/11
From: "Ken Shuster shusterken AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 04:22:55 +0000 (UTC)
 Searched for two days for the snowy owl and did not find him. Went out with 
Gary Roberts and still no luck finding it. 
Subject: Re: Wachiska Audubon field trip w/ Don Poggensee & Iowa owls Sun. 1/11
From: "berrysheepfarm AT att.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jan 2015 19:07:56 -0800
Did the northern saw-whet owl get found?
 Any more news on the snowy owl reported a few days back ?
 In town  from Texas for one more day any help would be appreciated
 thanks
 ken 
 

Subject: Barred Owl, Sarpy County
From: "Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:36:28 -0600
Yesterday afternoon around 4 pm, Cindy saw a large bird fly by the kitchen 
window. We looked out to see a Barred Owl sitting in a tree in my neighbor's 
back yard. He stayed there till almost dark. My neighbor called later to tell 
me that he had seen him catch two mice under his feeders. I just checked a few 
minutes ago (4:30 pm) and there he is, perched and watching the feeders, 
waiting for a repeat of yesterday. 


Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: So-so Birding Today
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:34:37 -0600
We left early this a.m. For the Gavin's Point area to hopefully nail down 
Magpies early this year. No luck. In fact, there were few birds around today 
despite the nice weather. Below is what we found: 


Cedar Co.:
Prairie Falcon -on 554 Rd. About 1/2 mile south of 897 Rd. Funny that last year 
I looked all over for a Prairie Falcon and never found one. Today's was the 
third I've seen in 2015 all in different counties. 

Sharp-shinned Hawk
Junco - few
Bluejay - only one all day!
Robin
Common Goldeneye - approx 20 below the dam
Red-tailed Hawk
Crow

Knox County:
Niobrara area
Rough-legged Hawk -3
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Am. kestrel - 1
Crow
No. bobwhite - 9 - by the entrance sign to Niobrara State Park
No. Flicker (YS) - only one all day
Bald Eagle - 4
Eastern Bluebird - 4
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Turkey - 75

Antelope County - Grove Lake area:
Robin
Tree Sparrow - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Merlin ( northwest end of the lake)
Mallard - 3
Hermit Thrush - along south road into the southwest part of the lake about 1/4 
mile down the road. 


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Subject: ONCE AGAIN!!! NOU 2014 List Report - Need your numbers!
From: "Mark Brogie mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:31:30 -0600
> IF YOU HAVE SENT IN YOUR NUMBERS, YOU CAN VIEW THEM AT THE NOU HOMEPAGE. 
> 
>> Nebraska Birders:
>> Time to send in your totals for the 2014 Nebraska List Report!
>> Last years 2013 Nebraska List Report totals can be found as a pdf in the 
FILES section of NEBirds or at the NOU Home page. 

>> 
>> NEBRASKA ORNITHOLOGISTS' UNION COUNTY & LIFE-LIST TOTALS
>> 
>> ** Do not count new species seen after Dec. 31, 2014
>> 
>> LIST A:  Report below only those counties with 125 or more species.
>>   1._______Adams     	32._______Frontier    	63._______Nance
>> 
>>   2._______Antelope   	33._______Furnas    	64._______Nemaha
>> 
>>   3._______Arthur   	34._______Gage       	65._______Nuckolls
>>   4._______Banner      	35._______Garden    	66._______Otoe
>> 
>>   5._______Blaine      	36._______Garfield    	67._______Pawnee
>> 
>>   6._______Boone   	37._______Gosper      	68._______Perkins
>> 
>>   7._______Box Butte  	38._______Grant      	69._______Phelps
>> 
>>   8._______Boyd      	39._______Greeley   	70._______Pierce
>>   
>>   9._______Brown    	40._______Hall          	71._______Platte
>> 10._______Buffalo     	41._______Hamilton  	72._______Polk
>> 
>> 11._______Burt          	42._______Harlan    	73._______Red Willow
>> 
>> 12._______Butler     	43._______Hayes     	74._______Richardson
>> 
>> 13._______Cass       	44._______Hitchcock    	75._______Rock
>> 14._______Cedar        	45._______Holt         	76._______Saline
>> 
>> 15._______Chase      	46._______Hooker       	77._______Sarpy
>> 
>> 16._______Cherry        	47._______Howard       	78._______Saunders
>> 
>> 17._______Cheyenne 48._______Jefferson 79._______ Scotts Bluff
>> 

>> 18._______Clay           	49._______Johnson     	80._______Seward
>> 
>> 19._______Colfax      	50._______Kearney      	81._______Sheridan  
>> 
>> 20._______Cuming 51._______ Keith 82._______Sherman
>> 

>> 21._______Custer        	52._______Keya Paha  	83._______Sioux
>> 
>> 22._______Dakota        	53._______Kimball      	84._______Stanton
>> 
>> 23._______Dawes 54._______Knox 85._______Thayer
>> 

>> 24._______Dawson      	55._______Lancaster   	86._______Thomas
>> 25._______Deuel         	56._______Lincoln     	87._______Thurston
>> 
>> 26._______Dixon           57._______Logan       	88._______Valley
>> 
>> 27._______Dodge         	58._______Loup       	89._______Washington
>> 
>> 28._______Douglas      	59._______McPherson   90._______Wayne
>> 
>> 29._______Dundy        	60._______Madison      	91._______Webster
>> 
>> 30._______Fillmore       	61._______Merrick      	92._______Wheeler
>> 
>> 31._______Franklin 62._______Morrill 93._______York
>> 
>> 

>> 
>> LIST B: Total Nebraska County Number:__________(500 minimum). Add totals of 
all species for EVERY 

>> (including those below 125) county visited. For example if you have seen 100 
species of Nebraska 

>> birds in every Nebraska county; your total county number would be: 100 X 93 
= 9,300. 

>> 
>> LIST C: Nebraska Life List Total :________(250 minimum). Total of all 
species EVER seen in Nebraska. 

>> 
>> LIST D: 2014 total: __________ (100 minimum). Total of all species seen in 
Nebraska in 2014. 

>> 
>> LIST E: (ALL 93 LIST)! Number of species observed in ALL of the 93 Nebraska 
counties: _______. 

>> Example: If you have an American Robin & European Starling in every county; 
this # would be 2. 

>> 
>> SEND  or E-MAIL TO:
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RECEIVE A HARD COPY OF 

>> 508 Seeley, Box 316 THE 2014 NOU COUNTY AND LIFE-LIST TOTALS REPORT. 

>> Creighton, NE  68729
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Subject: Re: Baltimore oriole still in Seward
From: "'Marty Mathieson' catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:48:37 -0600
Hello Everybody.....The summer of 2013 saw a male Baltimore Oriole feeding from 
our peanut feeder from dawn on another 20 minutes. Hard telling when he 
started. He was trying to beat the other birds who hogged the peanut feeder 
later on. Marty Mathieson Eastern Buffalo County Nebraska 
Subject: Baltimore oriole still in Seward
From: "'Gubanyi,Joe' Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:12:50 +0000
A Baltimore oriole was seen at a feeder on the Seward-BOL CBC on December 14 
and then photographed at the same feeder two days later. It was seen at the 
same feeder last week. I was surprised when my wife told me that she saw an 
oriole at our feeder on Saturday (January 10). We live only 4 blocks from the 
residence where the Baltimore oriole was seen on the CBC so it isn't 
unexpected. Today, I was pleasantly surprised when I finally saw the oriole at 
our feeder feeding on both mixed seeds and suet. I did not get my camera out 
quick enough to get a photo but will try and get a photo if it returns. 


Joe Gubanyi
Concordia University
800 North Columbia
Seward, NE 68434
(402) 643-7316
Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu
Subject: Kilgore Road Post
From: "'Marty Mathieson' catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:23:46 -0600
Hello Everybody...I forgot to sign my previous post. Also, Kilgore Road is 
south of Gibbon Nebraska and north of Elm Island Road, the one going to 
Audubon. All this is south of town, on your way to I-80, about 1:30 in the 
afternoon. Being anxious to enter all this on e-bird is no excuse. I'm sorry. 
Marty Mathieson, Eastern Buffalo County, Nebraska 
Subject: A day of birding!!
From: "'Marty Mathieson' catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:02:21 -0600
Hello everybody! We piled in the Hybrid and went West to Kilgore Road because 
Bald Eagles have been congregating to the fields where Gibbon Pack dumps the 
paunch from dead cows. The Bald Eagles don't eat that paunch; they're after the 
stomach lining from each one. There were easily 30 Bald Eagles there flying 
around, landing, fighting over the spoils, hopping from here to there. Doing 
what Bald Eagles do best. All this happens about 1 1/2 miles east of Gibbon 
road. Everyday Gibbon butchers, trucks bring the paunch. We also saw 3 Western 
Meadowlarks 


4 Horned Larks

1 Redtail Hawk

15 Eurasian Collared Doves

2 Kestrels

16 Starlings










redtail  
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Schilling WMA, Jan 11, 2015
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:16:19 -0600
Spent a short time at Schilling WMA in Cass County today.  Interesting that 
at the confluence of the Platte and Missouri = the Missouri is totally 
clogged with large ice chunks (but moving as usual), the Platte on the other 
hand for at least 2 miles upstream from the confluence was completely open, 
no ice.  Thus is where all of the Bald Eagles were hanging out along the 
Platte and on some of the sandbars.  The Missouri looked treacherous for any 
eagle to attempt to catch a fish with all that moving ice.   Nice assortment 
of sparrows for my 2015 state list.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: eBird Report - Schilling WMA, Jan 11, 2015

Schilling WMA, Cass, US-NE
Jan 11, 2015 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
19 species

Northern Harrier  1     Male
Bald Eagle  11     5 adults and 6 immature
Red-tailed Hawk  4     2 adult eastern, 1 Harlan's, 1 immature eastern
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
American Tree Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  1
Harris's Sparrow  2
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  24
Northern Cardinal  2
American Goldfinch  12

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21306379

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 



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Subject: Re: Tundra Swans- Carter Lake- 1/01
From: "kensztraky AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jan 2015 15:37:22 -0800
We will be in Omaha for a few days this coming week 1- 13 thu 16 2015 Can You 
please provide more directions to the swan area on Carter lake? Are there any 
other rarities in the area 

 best
 Ken
 Silsbee Texas
Subject: Juvenile Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker?
From: "bkgr10 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jan 2015 16:11:53 -0800
I have posted a couple of photos of what we believe to be a juvenile Yellow 
Bellied Sap Sucker here. It has shown up periodically at our suet feeder and 
visited us a half dozen times this afternoon. 


NEBirds https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NEBirds/photos/albums/610804494  


Bob and Kathi, Burwell, Garfield County.