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07 Mar Re: Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese ["coybin AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Kearney gooses ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
8 Mar Carter Lake (Douglas Co.)- 3/07 (Small Influx) ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Trumpeter swans ["Marsha Nyffeler marshanyffeler AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Fw: eBird Report - Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Mar 7, 2015 ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Re: Rainwater basin ["Marc Lund lundmd AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Re: Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese ["'Eric Patdu' ericpatdu AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Sherman Reservoir ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
07 Mar Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese ["coybin AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
6 Mar Sarpy County ["Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Little owls ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
06 Mar Re: Central Platte this week ["lynnettegibson AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
06 Mar Re: Central Platte this week ["lynnettegibson AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
6 Mar Central Platte this week ["Andrew Furman ngpc.platteaccess AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
5 Mar GBBG and possible Slaty-backed still here ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
4 Mar Ruby-crowned kinglet ["David Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
3 Mar Re: Lake McConaughy gull photos ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
03 Mar Fontenelle Forest birds ["SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" ]
3 Mar Sutherland Brown Pelican ["Rick urbanfishbird AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
3 Mar Lake McConaughy gull photos ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
02 Mar Black Duck, Platte County ["scott_buss79 AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
2 Mar Jefferson County birds ["Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
2 Mar Signing Off On Posts (No Sightings) ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
02 Mar Re: Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
02 Mar Schramm Park ["aclarke AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
2 Mar Ogallala/McConaughy gulls -- Great Black-backed, Iceland, Glaucous, etc. ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
01 Mar Sherman Res Gulls--Trail 8 road ["heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Mar Sherman Lake ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Mar Greeley, Howard, Sherman trip ["'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" ]
1 Mar Fw: eBird Report - Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Mar 1, 2015 ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
1 Mar Re: Lancaster County Titmouse ["Susan Quinn susan-quinn44 AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Mar Re: Lancaster County Titmouse ["Rick urbanfishbird AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
28 Feb Lancaster County Titmouse ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
28 Feb Lake Ogallala gulls ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb RE: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS ["Henry Armknecht whatabirder AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb Re: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS ["Davidely AT comcast.net [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb RE: Prairie Chickens ~ March 14th weekend ["'Wheeler, Ben' ben.wheeler AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb FW: Songbird Prog. ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb Songbird Prog. ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb RE: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS ["'andrew.furman AT huskers.unl.edu' andrew.furman@huskers.unl.edu [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb RE: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb Re: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS ["pastorpaultdunbar AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS ["Matthew Van Den Broeke matthew.vandenbroeke AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb Photos ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb Carter Lake (Douglas Co.) 2/26 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
26 Feb My computer has virus--don't open attachments from me ["heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Feb Prairie Chickens ~ March 14th weekend ["lundmd AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Feb Re: Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County ["'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Lincoln County 2/24/15 ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Fwd: Schramm SRA ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Fwd: Unable to deliver your message ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Fontenelle Forest ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Re: Harlan ["'Jerry Jacobs' jacobs310 AT hamilton.net [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Harlan ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb NOU Membership ["Mark Brogie mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb BOL on Feb. 23--iced over with tiny holes. ["larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Birdwatching in the comics ["Barbara Straus barbstraus AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb RE: BOL gull "?" ["Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" ]
23 Feb BOL gull "?" ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
22 Feb Belated Scottsbluff Area Birding 2/14 and Branched Oak Lake 2/15 ["lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
22 Feb Medicine Creek Reservoir 2/21/15 ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Feb Re: Birding survey results ["'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Feb Lots of gulls at Branched Oak now! ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Feb Birding survey results ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
21 Feb RE: Sarpy Co. - Raptors and nothing else (literally!) ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
21 Feb Branched Oak -- some gulls still present including Thayer's! ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
20 Feb Sarpy Co. - Raptors and nothing else (literally!) ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
20 Feb Red Slough Birding Convention: Oklahoma ["Daniel Leger dleger1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" ]
20 Feb Branched Oak gulls GONE ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Feb Johnson Lake goodies ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Feb Looking for pictures for a show about the sandhills ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
19 Feb Sarpy County Yard Birds ["Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Feb California Gull at Branched Oak (plus continuing Glaucous and Great Black-backed) ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Feb Re: ruby crowned kinglet ["Paul Dunbar pastorpaultdunbar AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Feb ruby crowned kinglet ["'mstev4 AT aol.com' mstev4@aol.com [NEBirds]" ]

Subject: Re: Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese
From: "coybin AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 21:03:56 -0800
thousands of geese still present at Squaw Creek today. The best viewing 
location seemed to be Pintail Pool. Not too long before sunset, most of the 
ones at Pintail Pool flew off, possibly over to Bluff Pool. It appeared that 
the greatest congregations were always at Bluff Pool, which is somewhat 
unfortunate because there didn't seem to be any good way to get very close to 
Bluff Pool. Plenty of bald eagles around the refuge also 


Chuck C,  Omaha NE
Subject: Kearney gooses
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:38:44 -0800
This afternoon there were thousands of geese coming and going at the lake 
behind Grandpa's Steakhouse in Kearney. SNOW, ROSS'S, GREATER 
WHITE-FRONTED, CACKLING, and CANADA GEESE were all there, and 
"goodies" included a blue-morph ROSS'SxSNOW GOOSE HYBRID, and a 
very dark-breasted Cackling Goose with a prominent white neck-ring, which may 
be a West Coast "minima" Cackler. 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Carter Lake (Douglas Co.)- 3/07 (Small Influx)
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 01:37:40 +0000 (UTC)
 This afternoon I decided to check to see if any waterfowl had arrived on the 
heals of this (seemingly) long lasting warm front.  The diversity of waterfowl 
was present, though numbers of individual species were either down or 
sustained.  

  Impressive was the number of GREATER WHITE- FRONTED GEESE (around 250) and 
CACKLING GEESE (around 100).  Many skeins were observed traveling overhead 
around 6:00pm  Some new arrivals included AMERICAN WIGEON, a drake BUFFLEHEAD, 
and a small raft of LESSER SCAUP.  Thirty-three TRUMPETER SWANS were still 
present with the TUNDRA SWAN pair.  The swans were congregated in 
the east-northeast corner of the lake closer to the airport parking garage.  
  I would guess these birds will be taking off for a more northerly 
destination rather soon. 

 At the North Pump station, although all the ice has not yet melted, they seem 
to be filling up the lake.  Due to this, this year may not be very conducive 
for gulls if the water reaches a max level.  

 I also observed my first Lepidoptera this afternoon, a QUESTION MARK at my 
residence.      

e-bird...
Carter Lake, Douglas, US-NE
Mar 7, 2015 3:50 PM - 6:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Fair.  Very pleasant for early March.  Temp 60F dropping to 
about 52F 

31 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  250
Cackling Goose  110
Canada Goose  9000
Trumpeter Swan  32    Large numbers overwintering at Carter Lake this 
winter. 

Tundra Swan  2    Two individual birds that have been overwintering with 
Trumpeters since early January.  One is an adult.  The other has a rather 
dusky head.  I would post a photo I took today, however I am not sure how one 
would go about doing that. 

Gadwall  6
American Wigeon  5
Mallard  300
Northern Shoveler  18
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  1
Canvasback  2
Redhead  45
Ring-necked Duck  40
Lesser Scaup  8
Bufflehead  1
Common Goldeneye  30
Hooded Merganser  6
Common Merganser  15
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Coot  150
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  8
Downy Woodpecker  2
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  5
European Starling  8
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Red-winged Blackbird  200
House Finch  1
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Trumpeter swans
From: "Marsha Nyffeler marshanyffeler AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:22:53 -0600
South of Monroe, NE   (Platte Co.?)in a field we observed a flock of 14
Trumpeter Swans.  We had a great view - they were close to the road so we
could sit in the car and observe them.  NO yellow on any of their bills,
and had a very "wedge" shaped head (no concave bill).  Other birds seen i(n
Polk Co) included a lot of robins, cedar waxwings, 2 brown creepers and a
golden-crowned kinglet, flickers and a downy woodpecker.  Interestingly I
could hear a screech owl making the "tremolo" call in the middle of the day.

Marsha Nyffeler
Columbus, NE
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Mar 7, 2015
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:20:15 -0700
I went out to the Nature Center today in hopes of seeing the Evening 
Grosbeaks that were seen yesterday but no luck. Same birds are around as 
last weekend with the addition of Eastern and Mountain Bluebirds.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: 
To: 
Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2015 10:46 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Mar 7, 2015


> Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Scotts Bluff, US-NE
> Mar 7, 2015 9:30 AM - 10:10 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 14 species
>
> Wild Turkey  1
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> American Crow  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  3
> Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
> Pygmy Nuthatch  2
> Eastern Bluebird  1     1 male singing. These are normal breeding birds 
> for the hills
> Mountain Bluebird  1
> American Robin  1
> Dark-eyed Junco  6
> House Finch  9
> Cassin's Finch  8     a flock continues at the feeders this winter
> Pine Siskin  250     At least this many, probably more
> American Goldfinch  6
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22209036
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 



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Subject: Re: Rainwater basin
From: "Marc Lund lundmd AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:00:27 -0600
I will be going through the rainwater basin next Saturday coming back from 
Grand Island to Omaha. Does anyone know or can you direct me to the appropriate 
website for information on which of the waterfowl production areas actually 
have water and waterfowl. 


Thank you! Feel free to respond directly to me or to the group. 

Marc Lund
Attorney at Law
231 S. Bemiston Avenue
Suite 800
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Phone: 314-651-1872
Fax: 866-336-3391
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Subject: Re: Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese
From: "'Eric Patdu' ericpatdu AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:35:25 -0600
Would also love to hear if anyone can share more recent info for Squaw Creek. 
Their last count was 3/4. 



Eric Patdu
Omaha, NE
Millard


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Sent: Saturday, March 07, 2015 8:40 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese

  
is there a way to get near-real-time info on geese numbers at Squaw Creek &/ 
Desoto without having to drive all the way out there? 


Chuck Coyle,  Omaha, NE




Subject: Sherman Reservoir
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:49:37 +0000
I made a quick trip to Sherman Reservoir on 6 March to try my luck re-finding 
the gulls Brogie and Heidt found on Sunday. I only found about 200 gulls total 
at Sherman and none of the rare or uncommon species Mark and Dave observed 
despite searching the bays. However, I did find two adult Glaucous Gulls from 
the dam. Interestingly, a species not found by Mark and Dave. 


I also had a immature Golden Eagle southeast of Sherman Res., a Rusty Blackbird 
north of Genoa, Nance County, and 2 Northern Shrikes in Nance County. 


Sherman Res. was still mostly frozen with some small holes, but it seemed to be 
opening up by the minute with temps in the low 60s yesterday. Early waterfowl, 
including 5 species of geese, were present, but there did not appear to be a 
massive movement in mid-Nebraska yesterday (give it a day or two!). 


Good birding!

 - Joe

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Subject: Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese
From: "coybin AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 06:40:53 -0800
is there a way to get near-real-time info on geese numbers at Squaw Creek &/ 
Desoto without having to drive all the way out there? 


Chuck Coyle,  Omaha, NE
 

Subject: Sarpy County
From: "Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:01:42 -0600
Drove out to the Base Lake this afternoon. One small patch of open water with 
35 Common Merganser's on it. Nothing else. At Freedom Park, there were 4 
Mallards and 6 Canada Geese. 


Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: Little owls
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 02:49:27 +0000
Did a loop down Snell Canyon over to Brady-Moorefield Road in the Loess Canyons 
and back to Brady after sunset, stopping about every mile and heard at least 6 
(maybe 7) Northern Saw-whet Owls and at least 5 Eastern Screech-owls. Pretty 
surprised by those numbers. 


T. J. Walker
Brady, Lincoln County

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Subject: Re: Central Platte this week
From: "lynnettegibson AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Mar 2015 17:53:40 -0800
Stupid autocorrect. Of course, I know there are sandbars in the river, not 
sandbags. 


 Lynnette Gibson
 Grand Island, NE
Subject: Re: Central Platte this week
From: "lynnettegibson AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Mar 2015 17:50:48 -0800
I, too, saw the cranes on the sandbags this afternoon. I saw none on the usual 
route that I drive, except for the ones in the river. I saw them in the river 
once before, but that was a few years ago when we had an unusual 80 degree day 
in the end of March. At that time, I was told that they stayed near the river 
to cool off. While it was warm today, it wasn't nearly that warm. Any one else 
have any ideas about this? 


 Lynnette Gibson
 Grand Island, NE
Subject: Central Platte this week
From: "Andrew Furman ngpc.platteaccess AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 22:21:30 +0000
Cranes are increasing in number, and I've now seen groups as far west as the 
Minden exit. Today east of the Alda exit there were hundreds of cranes on 
sandbars in the river at around 3PM. I haven't seen them in the river during 
the day before. 



Non-Mallard ducks are also increasing, with Common Mergansers, Common 
Goldeneye, Redhead, Canvasback, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, and Ring-necked 
Ducks seen on various sandpit lakes. Geese of all five expected species are 
still around, though I feel like there may be fewer of the small ones (Cackling 
and Ross's) than earlier flocks. 



Earlier this week I saw a Prairie Falcon involved in an altercation with two 
Red-tailed Hawks. I'm not sure who started it, but the falcon fled in the end. 



Andrew Furman
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
1617 1st Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847
Office:308-865-5338

Subject: GBBG and possible Slaty-backed still here
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:37:06 -0800
I'm looking at the possible Slaty-backed Gull at Martin Bay (Lake 
McConaughy) right now. The Great Black-backed was also here this afternoon, 
along with many Thayer's, but no Icelands... 


I'm probably going to be back out here this weekend. Anyone else planning 
on going? More and better cameras would be good for documenting these gulls... 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Ruby-crowned kinglet
From: "David Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:28:23 -0600
Good morning!

I’ve got a ruby-crowned kinglet outside of my office window here at 144th and 
Dodge in West Omaha. First harbinger of Spring? 


Happy birding!

Dave
Omaha, NE
Dave Pantos
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Subject: Re: Lake McConaughy gull photos
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:03:36 -0600
Noah,

Considering your expertise with West Coast gulls, hybrids etc, and my lack of 
experience with imm Slaty-backed, I'm throwing this out. I'd like to hear 
comments from your West Coast friends too. 


I believe your bird is a first winter Slaty-backed for these reasons:

1. All dark bill, including base; one pic suggests a light area at the base, 
but I think it's a light artifact. 

2. Venetian blind effect throughout the primaries, including P10. To me this is 
most convincing, as HEGU (Herring Gull) or HEGU mixes (like Cook Inlet 
Glaucous-winged X HEGU) or Thayer's Gull (THGU) would at this age show more 
extensive blackish on the outer few primaries. 

3. At rest, only 3 primary tips are exposed; THGU and udually HEGU would have 
>4. 

4. The overall dumpy look of the bird with strong bill and gonys rather far 
forward. 

5. Legs are a bit pale, but not out of line for SBGU.
6. The eye is not at all imposing like a HEGU; apparently SBGU has a small, 
even "beady"eye. 


Just saying....

Ross 


From: Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds] 
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 10:12 PM
To: nebirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] Lake McConaughy gull photos


  

Hi everyone. Here's some photos of some of the rare gulls that were at Lake 
McConaughy yesterday (around Martin Bay). 



1st-winter possible Slaty-backed Gull: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157651130417031/ 



1st-winter 'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157650719884959/ 



adult probable 'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (pattern is okay for a dark Iceland, 
but could this be a Thayer'sXIceland hybrid? Seems like not enough black in the 
wingtip, especially P9, for a pure Thayer's): 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157651130417031/ 



I'm starting to think the 1st-winter bird I initially ID'ed as a probable 'Cook 
Inlet' Gull (Glaucous-wingedXHerring hybrid) might have been just a pale-winged 
northern Herring Gull... 



Noah Arthur, Lincoln


Subject: Fontenelle Forest birds
From: "SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Mar 2015 08:00:35 -0800
After a relatively birdless winter, I was happy to find the following birds at 
Fontenelle Forest (Sarpy Co, Bellevue) on Mar 2: 

 

 Greater White-fronted Goose (flock of ~24 flying over the nature center 
building) 

 Canada Goose (Missouri Trail)
 Common Goldeneye (2 drakes on Missouri Trail)
 Common Merganser (2 drakes on Missouri Trail)
 Mallard (small flock on North Stream)
 Green-winged Teal (flock on North Stream)
 Bald Eagle (several on Missouri Trail)
 Red-tailed Hawk (several along the railroad tracks in Handsome Hollow)
 Pileated Woodpecker (male along Missouri Trail)
 Crow (small flock over the nature center building)
 Fox Sparrow (1 on Walking Club Trail)
 White-throated Sparrow (small flock along Walking Club Trail)
 American Tree Sparrow (small flock along Walking Club Trail)
 Dark-eyed Junco (small flock along Walking Club Trail)
 

 Plus, all the usual resident woodpeckers, Black-capped Chickadee, 
White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Cardinal... 

 

 Good birding - Rick 
  
Subject: Sutherland Brown Pelican
From: "Rick urbanfishbird AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 00:13:44 -0500
 

.?? I stopped by Sutherland Reservoir this evening on my way home from Denver 
to look for the brown pelican previously reported. Luckily it was in the same 
location as previously reported as I had limited daylight left and the wind 
chill was unpleasant. New Nebraska bird for me. Tens of thousands of geese 
and?ducks in the area, but I was focused on finding the pelican and getting 
back on the road. Definitely a big increase in numbers since Thursday on my way 
out to Denver, except snow geese which were already abundant then. Swanson 
Reservoir was mostly ice-free at that time and had a good variety of ducks on 
it, but again was limited on time. Saw at least 100 Eurasian collared doves 
along Hwy?23 in?Perkins County this afternoon. 

?
Rick Eades
Lincoln
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Subject: Lake McConaughy gull photos
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 04:12:29 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi everyone. Here's some photos of some of the rare gulls that were at Lake 
McConaughy yesterday (around Martin Bay). 

1st-winter possible Slaty-backed Gull: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157651130417031/ 

1st-winter 'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157650719884959/ 

adult probable 'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (pattern is okay for a dark Iceland, 
but could this be a Thayer'sXIceland hybrid? Seems like not enough black in the 
wingtip, especially P9, for a pure Thayer's): 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157651130417031/ 

I'm starting to think the 1st-winter bird I initially ID'ed as a 
probable 'Cook Inlet' Gull (Glaucous-wingedXHerring hybrid) might have 
been just a pale-winged northern Herring Gull... 

Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Black Duck, Platte County
From: "scott_buss79 AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 16:13:41 -0800
Found an American Black Duck on the hospital pond in Columbus this afternoon. 
The pond is just east of the hospital, take the road that is just south of the 
hospital and there will be a turnoff that goes down to the pond. Earlier in the 
day there had been a few thousand snow geese, mixed with a couple hundred 
Canada geese and a few Cackling and Ross' geese. The black duck was with a 
couple dozen mallards on one of the few open water spots in the ice. 



Scott Buss
Norfolk NE

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Subject: Jefferson County birds
From: "Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:06:44 +0000 (UTC)
Elaine and I made a quick trip to Fairbury mid day and then headed over to 
Flathead WMA and Crystal Springs park, mostly to check out the area where I 
thought folks had seen a Pileated Woodpecker in prior months.  While we did 
not find one, we were tickled pink to find Tufted Titmice, along with the usual 
resident woodland birds along the Little Blue River, and over at Crystal 
Springs Park found some American Coot, Pintail, a single Greater White-fronted 
Goose, three Snow Geese joining the several hundred Canada Geese and Cackling 
Geese, and Mallards and some interesting Domestic Geese and Mallard crosses, 
especially those marked exactly like a male mallard but waddling around like a 
goose!  Added 8 birds to my Jefferson County list, which when you start small, 
isn't so hard to do, even if it is winter!   Both locations were definitely 
worth visits at other times of the year as well.    A few Horned Larks were 
seen on the county roads as we journeyed back east.   

Ruthie Stearns and Elaine BachelLincoln, NE  
Subject: Signing Off On Posts (No Sightings)
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:21:30 +0000 (UTC)
    Okay folks.  Just another reminder that we need to sign our NEbirds 
posts with name, city, and county so people will know who you are and where you 
are posting from.  

Sorry for taking up e-mail space.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Re: Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 06:12:49 -0800
Returned to the site of these sightings yesterday (March 1), and again found 
Mountain Bluebirds. 


 This time, I found seven birds on the small frozen pond, six of them with 
bright blue backs and the seventh with a dull gray back (though with some blue 
visible around the tail). The birds tended to face away from me, but I saw 
sky-blue on the underparts of three of them. 

 

 I'm afraid that I described the location incorrectly last time. From Hwy 40 
just southwest of Callaway, drive south on paved Cozad Road (not 785 Ave, as I 
incorrectly stated it). Cottonwood Creek Rd runs westward from Cozad Rd about 5 
miles south of Hwy 40; drive about a mile west to the junction with Dr 785. The 
small frozen pond is about half a mile up Dr 785, on the right side. The road 
is minimum-maintenance, but with care a passenger vehicle could probably 
negotiate it. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: Schramm Park
From: "aclarke AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 04:13:11 -0800
Slow tour of Schramm Park and the adjacent Platte Sunday:

Among the usual suspects, a Spring-like list of sorts:

Robins, about a dozen
Eastern Bulebirds (2)
Red Tail Hawk
Snow Geese - a flyover of 300+
Yellow-rumped warbler (3)
Great Blue Heron (3), both sides of the road
Common Merganser (6)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1)
Red Headed WP
Downy WP
Canada Geese
Mallard
Crow
Blue Jay
White-breasted Nuthatch
Cardinal
House Finch
Mallard
Chickadee (10+ and very active)
Junco (ok, not quite  Spring)
Starling
House sparrow

South on Hwy 31 by MoPac parking

Tree Sparrow
No. Flicker

Surprise - no Bald Eagle
 

Subject: Ogallala/McConaughy gulls -- Great Black-backed, Iceland, Glaucous, etc.
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:45:33 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi everyone. Today (well, actually yesterday) may have been the best gulling 
of my life... This afternoon Lake Ogallala and McConaughy yielded 7 gull 
species, including the continuing 1st-winter GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, at least 
one ICELAND GULL (1st-winter), at least eight THAYER'S GULLS, two GLAUCOUS 
GULLS, at least three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and a 1st-winter apparent 
'COOK INLET' GULL (Glaucous-wingedXHerring Gull hybrid). Another intriguing 
bird was a 1st-winter gull that may have been a Slaty-backed. The Great 
Black-backed and Glaucous were on Lake Ogallala; the other good ones were 
around Martin Bay on Lake McConaughy. 

I'll post photos of these guys when I have time tomorrow. 
Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Sherman Res Gulls--Trail 8 road
From: "heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Mar 2015 20:35:03 -0800
Hi all,
 I know Mark has already sent a short message on the bird run, but figured I'd 
add a few details if anyone plans on chasing gulls in the next couple of days. 

 

 The rarer species were on the Northeast end of the lake--Take Trail 8 road. 
Most of the gulls were working of fish frozen in the ice or floating into the 
few very small openings/cracks in the ice and the wind was out of the North, so 
I don't know if their choice of location was because the Northeast end had a 
better food source or if the Northeast end was just less windy.., 

 

 We also took Trail 10 road (the next access road west). That part of the lake 
had >100 gulls, but only ring-billed and Herring today. 

 

 We had started by birding from the dam--only a few gulls on the south side of 
the lake. 

 

 David Heidt
 Norfolk
Subject: Sherman Lake
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:13:08 -0800




Subject: Greeley, Howard, Sherman trip
From: "'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:42:36 -0600
Dave Heidt and I made a quick trip to Greeley, Howard, and Sherman Counties 
today. 


50 species.  Best finds included:

   1 Barred Owl - Howard Co. Northwest of Dannebrog Rose Rd north of 4th Ave. 
  11 Trumpeter Swans - Sherman Co. between 785 and 784 Rds Hwy 58
  
  Sherman Res. Gulls ~ 900  (5 sp.)
     1 1st winter Great Black-backed
     1 adult Lesser Black-backed
     2 Thayer's Gull 1st winter

     1 Purple Finch - Greeley Co. -Wolbach

Mark A. Brogie
Creighton, NE






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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Mar 1, 2015
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:07:02 -0700
Stopped by the nature center feeders today in hopes of seeing the Evening 
Grosbeaks but no luck. The Cassin's Finches are still around. I was only 
there a short time so might have missed other species. I was mainly looking 
for the grosbeaks.

At home the Red-bellied Woodpeckers have came back to our peanut feeder 
after not seeing them for a couple of months. The Mountain Chickadee was 
here a few days ago but I didn't see it this weekend. He might still be 
around, sometimes I hear it when I walk down the road to a pine tree 
windbreak.

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Sent: Sunday, March 01, 2015 4:56 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Mar 1, 2015


> Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Scotts Bluff, US-NE
> Mar 1, 2015 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 6 species
>
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Black-capped Chickadee  3
> Pygmy Nuthatch  4
> Dark-eyed Junco  3
> Cassin's Finch  25
> Pine Siskin  45
>


>
Our Yard
Mar 1, 2015 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     watching feeders off and on during the day
14 species (+1 other taxa)

Eurasian Collared-Dove  11
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Blue Jay  7
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  3
European Starling  5
White-crowned Sparrow  9
Dark-eyed Junco  5
Red-winged Blackbird  5
House Finch  10
American Goldfinch  24
House Sparrow  32




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Subject: Re: Lancaster County Titmouse
From: "Susan Quinn susan-quinn44 AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:22:50 +0000
Michael,
According to my eBird records, I have found Tufted Titmice twice in Lancaster 
County. The first time was 4-12-11 in Pioneers Park. The second time was 
4-28-14 also in Pioneers Park. Perhaps an April walk in Pioneers Park would 
yield a Tufted Titmouse. 


Since I live in Nebraska City, I do a lot of birding in eastern Nebraska. I 
have found Tufted Titmice in the Missouri River counties (from south to north) 
of Richardson, Nemaha, Otoe, Cass, Sarpy, and Douglas. Outside of the river 
counties, I have found Tufted Titmice in Lancaster, Gage (Homestead Monument), 
Johnson (Wirth Bros RA) and Pawnee (Burchard Lake). 


Susan Quinn
Nebraska City, Otoe County


---- "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" 
 wrote: 

> Nebirds,
>  
> After almost 3 winters, I have yet to find a Tufted Titmouse in Lancaster 
County. I was out this afternoon targeting that species, walking about 3 miles 
in Wilderness Park but no luck. Do any of you Lincolnites have a reliable spot 
for the species you can share with me? Other than a few feeders that may get 
them in the winter, I think they are a somewhat difficult species to locate in 
the county. 

>  
> Thanks,
>  
> Michael Willison
> Lancaster Co.
> 
> 
>


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Subject: Re: Lancaster County Titmouse
From: "Rick urbanfishbird AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:40:30 -0500
I've seen one tufted titmouse in my Lincoln yard in 15 years and have yet to 
see one anywhere else in the county that I can recall. My wife saw two in our 
front yard several years ago during a heavy snow. 

 
Rick Eades
Lincoln
 
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds] 
 

To: Posting to NEBirds 
Sent: Sat, Feb 28, 2015 7:47 pm
Subject: [NEBirds] Lancaster County Titmouse


 
  
    
                  

Nebirds,
 
After almost 3 winters, I have yet to find a Tufted Titmouse in Lancaster 
County. I was out this afternoon targeting that species, walking about 3 miles 
in Wilderness Park but no luck. Do any of you Lincolnites have a reliable spot 
for the species you can share with me? Other than a few feeders that may get 
them in the winter, I think they are a somewhat difficult species to locate in 
the county. 

 
Thanks,
 
Michael Willison
Lancaster Co.



  		 	   		  

    
             

  
Subject: Lancaster County Titmouse
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:47:33 -0600
Nebirds,
 
After almost 3 winters, I have yet to find a Tufted Titmouse in Lancaster 
County. I was out this afternoon targeting that species, walking about 3 miles 
in Wilderness Park but no luck. Do any of you Lincolnites have a reliable spot 
for the species you can share with me? Other than a few feeders that may get 
them in the winter, I think they are a somewhat difficult species to locate in 
the county. 

 
Thanks,
 
Michael Willison
Lancaster Co.


  		 	   		  
Subject: Lake Ogallala gulls
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:46:55 +0000
I drove to Lewellen and back 26-27 February. I stopped by Lake Ogallala on the 
afternoon of 26 February and the morning of 27 February. On the 26th, 40% of 
the lake was frozen and the following morning 95% of the lake was frozen. 
Highlights: 


Lewellen area
~3,000 Sandhill Cranes

Lake Ogallala
1 Tundra Swan
1 Red-breasted Merganser
2 Glaucous Gulls
4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
2 Thayer's Gulls
1 first-year Great Black-backed Gull
2 Black-billed Magpies

I also stopped by Johnson Lake this afternoon (27 Feb) and found it 99.9% 
frozen with very few birds. Finally, I stopped by Rowe Sanctuary and I was 
fortunate to see one Common Redpoll among all the goldfinches. 


Birds are certainly having to adjust to changing conditions with this bitter 
late-winter cold snap. 


 - Joel

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Subject: RE: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS
From: "Henry Armknecht whatabirder AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:10:28 -0700
This from Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Waterfowl Report:


Lovewell Over 250,000 light geese are here today (2/25) feeding on private 
cropland northeast of the reservoir into Nebraska. Most waterfowl loafing in 
the middle of the reservoir but feeding on private cropland mostly in Nebraska. 


Henry A
Hays KS


To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:29:18 -0600
Subject: [NEBirds] Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS














 

 



  


    
      
      
      Hello NEBirds, 

I'm a researcher currently working on a radar ornithology project, and am 
attempting to relate radar observations to observed flights/movements of 
particular species. As such, I may occasionally write asking whether there have 
been any observations in areas where interesting radar signatures have appeared 
recently. 


For the past several days, radar has indicated huge flights originating from a 
point near Lovewell Reservoir, in north-central KS. These flights leave this 
area in the morning, spreading out to the north and northeast, and based on the 
radar-estimated density, anyone in adjacent south-central Nebraska should 
notice. These birds often return to the same point in the evening. 


Has anyone noticed large flights in this area over the past week? Or, has 
anyone been down to Lovewell Reservoir in the past week? 


Thank you, 

Matthew 



    
     

    
    






   		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS
From: "Davidely AT comcast.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:19:36 +0000 (UTC)
I'm from Superior, NE and was recently there (1/30-2/9).  I actually made it 
to Lovewell Reservior on my trip.  There were several large open areas of 
water that had tens of thousands of Canada, cackling, snow, and Ross's geese.  
There were good numbers of mallards there as well.  The normal dispersal of 
geese here is that they go north in the morning to the fields north of Superior 
and in the Cadams and Ruskin areas.  In the evening they return to Lovewell. 


----- Original Message -----

From: "'andrew.furman AT huskers.unl.edu' andrew.furman AT huskers.unl.edu [NEBirds]" 
 

To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 3:13:37 PM 
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS 

  


This is a little farther north than that, but in the Alda to Overton stretch 
along the Platte, there have been plenty of Snow Geese in recent weeks. The 
giant flocks move around a bit so it's hard for me to tell if they are 
increasing in number, but lately some of the sandpit lakes near Kearney have 
been completely covered. I have seen some suspicious radar blobs in that 
vicinity on clear days. 





On an unrelated note, yesterday there were a few hundred Sandhill Cranes south 
of the river near Alda, but I've still only seen one lone individual west of 
there this year. Not a lot of non-Mallard ducks around yet either. I did find 
two Rusty Blackbirds in Phelps County, which is always nice. 





Andrew Furman 

Kearney, NE 
 
Subject: RE: Prairie Chickens ~ March 14th weekend
From: "'Wheeler, Ben' ben.wheeler AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:13:00 +0000
Marc,



It depends how far you are wanting to go. The area north of Lexington (about 
1.5 hours west of Grand Island) is some of the best area that I cover for 
prairie chickens. Take Highway 21 north of Lexington for about 15 miles. You 
will run into Buffalo Rd to the West and County Road 771 to the East. You can 
really dink around any where in this vicinity and be on chickens. Not many 
roads there, but they almost all take you by some great grassland landscapes. 




Chickens in the morning, Cranes in the evening...not a bad day.


Ben Wheeler  |  Coordinating Wildlife Biologist
Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever | 1614 N 28th St., P.O. Box 243 | 
Ord, Nebraska, 68862 

p. (308) 728-3244 | m. (308) 750-2652 | f. (308) 728-7917 | 
Ben.Wheeler AT nebraska.gov 


"Spread your arms and hold your breath, and always trust your cape"
     -Guy Clark

The Coordinating Wildlife Biologist program is a partnership with the Nebraska 
Game & Parks Commission. 


www.NebraskaPF.com ♦ 
www.PheasantsForever.org ♦ 
www.QuailForever.org ♦ 

________________________________
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:43 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Prairie Chickens ~ March 14th weekend



I will be in Grand Island to see the cranes the March 14th weekend. Is there a 
dependable place nearby to see Prairie Chickens on their booming ground? 



Feel free to email me directly or post on the listserv...


Thank you!


Marc Lund
Attorney at Law
231 S. Bemiston Avenue
Suite 800
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: 314-651-1872
Fax: 866-336-3391



Subject: FW: Songbird Prog.
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:06:24 -0600
To Clem and others, 

 

Sheila found this information concerning “The Nature of Things”.

 

From: Sheila Norton [mailto:SNorton AT Streck.com] 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 3:26 PM
To: 'Elliott Bedows'
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Songbird Prog.

 

Looks like you’ll be able to watch it on-line. The CBC program, “The Nature 
of Things” is available on their Web player. They have all past shows, the 
most recent one posted is February 12, 2015. So maybe 2 weeks after it airs, it 
will be available. Here’s the link: 


 

 

http://www.cbc.ca/player/search.html?q=The  Nature of Things&page=1   

 

 

 





Sheila Norton
R&D Associate Scientist
P: 402.537.5255 | 800.843.0912
  snorton AT streck.com |  
www.streck.com 


 

 

From: Elliott Bedows [mailto:ebedows AT cox.net] 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 3:15 PM
To: Sheila Norton
Subject: FW: [NEBirds] Songbird Prog.

 

Any chance that one our channels can pick this up?

 

 

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 2:32 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Songbird Prog.

 

  

This looks like an interesting nature program on the plight of songbirds in the 
western hemisphere. However, it is being shown on CBC - Canadian Broad. Comp. 
Maybe it will be picked up by PBS at some future time. The information about 
the program is still interesting to read and informative. See site below. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/songbirdsos





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Subject: Songbird Prog.
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:31:50 -0500
This looks like an interesting nature program on the plight of songbirds in the 
western hemisphere. However, it is being shown on CBC - Canadian Broad. Comp. 
Maybe it will be picked up by PBS at some future time. The information about 
the program is still interesting to read and informative. See site below. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE



http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/songbirdsos


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Subject: RE: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS
From: "'andrew.furman AT huskers.unl.edu' andrew.furman@huskers.unl.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:13:37 +0000
This is a little farther north than that, but in the Alda to Overton stretch 
along the Platte, there have been plenty of Snow Geese in recent weeks. The 
giant flocks move around a bit so it's hard for me to tell if they are 
increasing in number, but lately some of the sandpit lakes near Kearney have 
been completely covered. I have seen some suspicious radar blobs in that 
vicinity on clear days. 



On an unrelated note, yesterday there were a few hundred Sandhill Cranes south 
of the river near Alda, but I've still only seen one lone individual west of 
there this year. Not a lot of non-Mallard ducks around yet either. I did find 
two Rusty Blackbirds in Phelps County, which is always nice. 



Andrew Furman

Kearney, NE
Subject: RE: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:37:11 +0000
Lots of Snow Geese moving around and quite a few Canada/Cackling with some 
White-fronts mixed in – almost HAS to be geese. 


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, February 27, 2015 1:29 PM
To: NE Birds Listserve
Subject: [NEBirds] Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS


Hello NEBirds,
I'm a researcher currently working on a radar ornithology project, and am 
attempting to relate radar observations to observed flights/movements of 
particular species. As such, I may occasionally write asking whether there have 
been any observations in areas where interesting radar signatures have appeared 
recently. 

For the past several days, radar has indicated huge flights originating from a 
point near Lovewell Reservoir, in north-central KS. These flights leave this 
area in the morning, spreading out to the north and northeast, and based on the 
radar-estimated density, anyone in adjacent south-central Nebraska should 
notice. These birds often return to the same point in the evening. 

Has anyone noticed large flights in this area over the past week? Or, has 
anyone been down to Lovewell Reservoir in the past week? 

Thank you,
Matthew



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Subject: Re: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS
From: "pastorpaultdunbar AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Feb 2015 11:35:17 -0800
Interesting. I haven't been down that way. I'd bet it's geese, but do we have 
any birders who live in Superior? That's straight north of Lovewell. 


 Paul Dunbar 
 Hastings (Adams Co)
Subject: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS
From: "Matthew Van Den Broeke matthew.vandenbroeke AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:29:18 -0600
Hello NEBirds,

I'm a researcher currently working on a radar ornithology project, and am
attempting to relate radar observations to observed flights/movements of
particular species.  As such, I may occasionally write asking whether there
have been any observations in areas where interesting radar signatures have
appeared recently.

For the past several days, radar has indicated huge flights originating
from a point near Lovewell Reservoir, in north-central KS.  These flights
leave this area in the morning, spreading out to the north and northeast,
and based on the radar-estimated density, anyone in adjacent south-central
Nebraska should notice.  These birds often return to the same point in the
evening.

Has anyone noticed large flights in this area over the past week?  Or, has
anyone been down to Lovewell Reservoir in the past week?

Thank you,

Matthew
Subject: Photos
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:45:58 -0500
Kathy and Duane Schwery,
Great photos of the Cedar Waxwings and Bluebirds sharing a drink. Also love the 
Hermit Thrush at your birdbath. 


Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE


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Subject: Carter Lake (Douglas Co.) 2/26
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:22:47 +0000 (UTC)
    Today I braved the cold and ventured out to Carter Lake.  Not much was 
observed when I first arrived, but as the evening went on, more waterfowl 
flooded in including what I would call a "goose storm" around 6pm.  Although 
there were probably over 1000 MALLARDS, no Am. Black Ducks could be found.  
Highlights included about 60 CACKLING GEESE, 12 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, a 
single drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL, five (5) NO. PINTAIL, and slightly increasing 
numbers of NO. SHOVELER.  Unfortunately no signs of any dark stocky sea geese, 
however. 

 The TRUMPETER SWANS were present in lesser numbers than weeks past, still 
keeping the pair of TUNDRA SWANS company. 

e-bird....
Carter Lake, Douglas, US-NE
Feb 26, 2015 4:55 PM - 6:05 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:    Mostly Cloudy.  Very cold.  Light Snow.  Temp: 10-12F
19 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  12
Cackling Goose  60
Canada Goose  9000
Trumpeter Swan  18    Same Trumpeter Swans that have been overwintering at 
Carter Lake since January. 

Tundra Swan  2    Same two individuals (adult and dusky headed subadult with 
yellow lores that have been frequenting the area with numbers of Trumpeter 
Swans since early January. 

Gadwall  2
Mallard  1000
Northern Shoveler  22
Northern Pintail  5
Green-winged Teal  1
Canvasback  1
Redhead  17
Ring-necked Duck  20
Common Goldeneye  16
Hooded Merganser  5
Common Merganser  13
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  200    Many Am. Coots wintering on Carter Lake this year
European Starling  1
Good birding.

Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: My computer has virus--don't open attachments from me
From: "heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Feb 2015 07:56:32 -0800
Hi all,
 if you get an attachment or a link from my email address heidtdw AT gmail.com, 
don't open it. 

 Hit the shortcut keys for save instead of delete on the wrong emai--sorry 
about that. 

  
 David Heidt
Subject: Prairie Chickens ~ March 14th weekend
From: "lundmd AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Feb 2015 15:43:52 -0800
I will be in Grand Island to see the cranes the March 14th weekend. Is there a 
dependable place nearby to see Prairie Chickens on their booming ground? 

 

 Feel free to email me directly or post on the listserv...
 

 Thank you!
 

 Marc Lund
Attorney at Law
231 S. Bemiston Avenue
Suite 800
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: 314-651-1872
Fax: 866-336-3391

 

Subject: Re: Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County
From: "'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:14:11 -0600
We had one Mountain BB in the Wildcat Hills on Feb 15th too. 

Mannings
Omaha

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From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" 
To: 
Subject: [NEBirds] Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County
Date: Tue, Feb 24, 2015 8:33 PM

Pleased to report a flock of eight Mountain Bluebirds south of Callaway in 
Custer County today (Feb. 24). 

I'd driven south from about Callaway on 785 Ave, turned about a mile west on 
Cottonwood Creek Rd, and parked at the junction with minimum-maintenance 785 
Dr, then walked generally northward on 785 Dr. About half a mile north, there 
was a small frozen pond on the right side of the road; the bluebirds were on 
the surface of the pond. 

Two of the eight birds had dull gray-brown upperparts. The other six had fairly 
intense blue on the backs and wings. They tended to face away from me, but I 
was able to get poor profile views of two of the blue-backed birds, and had a 
three-quarters frontal view of another (although its underparts were in its 
shadow). The 3/4-view bird's underparts looked light to medium gray. The two 
profile birds showed blue on the upper flanks, turning into white on the lower 
flanks. I didn't see rufous on any of the birds, either on the ice or in the 
air. I assume that an Eastern with a bright-blue back would show lots of rufous 
in the underparts, so I'm ID'ing these as Mountains, although I'd have liked a 
better look at the underparts to be a little more sure. 

On the same walk, had a singing Horned Lark, possibly one who'd thought that 
the sunny day with temperatures in the 40's portended the arrival of spring. 
Not all the larks were convinced of this: I also found a tight flock of 15 
birds in Logan County. 

William FlackKearney






Subject: Lincoln County 2/24/15
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:34:42 -0800




Subject: Fwd: Schramm SRA
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:54:32 -0500
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:10:46 -0500
From:  
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Schramm SRA

With the nice weather today I stopped at the Schramm SRA today (Sarpy County) 
and saw: 

- 85 Canada Geese
- 35 Mallards
- 1 Red-tailed Hawk
- 2 RB Woodpeckers
- 2 N. Flickers
- 3 Downy Woodpeckers
- 12 BC Chickadees
- 7 WB Nuthatches
- 2 Tufted Titmice
- 5 Crows
- 4 Blue Jays
- 1 B. Kingfisher
- 1 Carolina Wren
- 65 Cedar Waxwings (looked for a Bohemian but no luck)
- 2 White-throated Sparrows
- 2 Harris's Sparrows
- 6 Cardinals
- 6 House Finches
- 2 Purple Finches 
- 6 Goldfinches
- 22 DE Juncos
- 12 House Sparrows

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE


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Subject: Fontenelle Forest
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:10:54 -0600
Hi all, 

 

Sylvia Hanson and I took advantage of the last nice day we'll likely see
this month by birding the surprisingly un-muddy lowlands of the Forest this
afternoon.   The trails north of Gifford Rd were essentially void of any
bird life.  But, while still pretty dead, we did pick up some notable
sightings as well circled The Great Marsh on Marsh and Hidden Lk Trs; the
best sightings occurring on the latter Tr. 

 

The two best sightings were (Red) Fox Sparrow [1] and Spotted Towhee [1m].
Other sparrows seen were: Amer. Tree [4]; Song [2]; and a lone Cassiar DE'd
Junco.

 

Other birds included: Bald Eagle [ 2 ad.]; No. Harrier [1m]; Red-tailed Hk
[5]; Barred Owl [1]; Red-headed Woodpecker [2]; Red-bellies and Downy's.
Blue Jay, Crow, BC'd Chickadee, Titmouse, WB'd Nuthatch, & Cardinals also
made an appearance.  

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.
Subject: Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Feb 2015 18:33:24 -0800
Pleased to report a flock of eight Mountain Bluebirds south of Callaway in 
Custer County today (Feb. 24). 

 

 I'd driven south from about Callaway on 785 Ave, turned about a mile west on 
Cottonwood Creek Rd, and parked at the junction with minimum-maintenance 785 
Dr, then walked generally northward on 785 Dr. About half a mile north, there 
was a small frozen pond on the right side of the road; the bluebirds were on 
the surface of the pond. 

 

 Two of the eight birds had dull gray-brown upperparts. The other six had 
fairly intense blue on the backs and wings. They tended to face away from me, 
but I was able to get poor profile views of two of the blue-backed birds, and 
had a three-quarters frontal view of another (although its underparts were in 
its shadow). The 3/4-view bird's underparts looked light to medium gray. The 
two profile birds showed blue on the upper flanks, turning into white on the 
lower flanks. I didn't see rufous on any of the birds, either on the ice or in 
the air. I assume that an Eastern with a bright-blue back would show lots of 
rufous in the underparts, so I'm ID'ing these as Mountains, although I'd have 
liked a better look at the underparts to be a little more sure. 

 

 On the same walk, had a singing Horned Lark, possibly one who'd thought that 
the sunny day with temperatures in the 40's portended the arrival of spring. 
Not all the larks were convinced of this: I also found a tight flock of 15 
birds in Logan County. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: Re: Harlan
From: "'Jerry Jacobs' jacobs310 AT hamilton.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:38:01 -0600
Was at Harlan on Saturday, and yes there were lot of eagles, but the 
lake was not frozen. Also saw a large group of pelicans on the north 
side.


Jerry














On Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:41:33 +0000
  "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" 
 wrote:
> My biologist at Alma just let me know that there are "hundreds" of 
>Bald Eagles at Harlan County Reservoir right now.
> 
> He also said that 90% of the lake is frozen and there aren't many 
>waterfowl, so I am guessing that would mean a "winter kill" on shad 
>or alewives is attracting the eagles.  Might be a place to watch for 
>gulls as the ice melts.
> 
> 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
> 




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Subject: Harlan
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:41:33 +0000
My biologist at Alma just let me know that there are "hundreds" of Bald Eagles 
at Harlan County Reservoir right now. 


He also said that 90% of the lake is frozen and there aren't many waterfowl, so 
I am guessing that would mean a "winter kill" on shad or alewives is attracting 
the eagles. Might be a place to watch for gulls as the ice melts. 


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

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Subject: NOU Membership
From: "Mark Brogie mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:27:51 -0600
I know I have not done yet this year!  Sending mine off today!!!  

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Subject: BOL on Feb. 23--iced over with tiny holes.
From: "larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:11:57 -0500
Hi!
    BOL is nearly entirely frozen over.  There are  a few tiny holes; 
however, there was no waterfowl present. From about 2000 common mergansers to 

none, and no geese or mallards or other ducks.  There  were still about 50 
bald eagles and only 2 herring gulls and 15 ring-billed  gulls on a tiny hole 
on the southwest arm--gull numbers down from 1000 or more  earlier.  Hope 
this helps anyone who wants to do BOL.  
Larry Einemann
 
 
In a message dated 2/24/2015 6:01:52 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
No knowledge  of recent days but as of Saturday morning there were only 
pin-holes of open  water at BOL.  Weather since has not been favorable to 
change that, until  maybe today. 
Thomas  Labedz, Lincoln  
 
 
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com  [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015  6:28 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] BOL  gull "?"

 
 
 
 
Hi all,  
Have  the gulls that were present on Branched Oak Lk  about a week ago 
returned.  In fact, is their currently open water at  BOL? 
Thanks, 
Elliott Bedows 
Bellevue, Sarpy Co.

 






Subject: Birdwatching in the comics
From: "Barbara Straus barbstraus AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:38:27 -0600
Dear nebirders,
It's not exactly birding in Nebraska, but thought you would enjoy this.
This week, Doonesbury is rerunning a week of comics from 1981 that features
a birdwatcher. Here's today's edition:

http://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury

Barb Straus
Lincoln, NE
Subject: RE: BOL gull "?"
From: "Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:01:39 +0000
No knowledge of recent days but as of Saturday morning there were only 
pin-holes of open water at BOL. Weather since has not been favorable to change 
that, until maybe today. 

Thomas Labedz, Lincoln

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 6:28 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] BOL gull "?"


Hi all,

Have the gulls that were present on Branched Oak Lk about a week ago returned. 
In fact, is their currently open water at BOL? 


Thanks,

Elliott Bedows
Bellevue, Sarpy Co.
Subject: BOL gull "?"
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:28:13 -0600
Hi all, 

 

Have  the gulls that were present on Branched Oak Lk about a week ago
returned.  In fact, is their currently open water at BOL?

 

Thanks,

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.
Subject: Belated Scottsbluff Area Birding 2/14 and Branched Oak Lake 2/15
From: "lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Feb 2015 19:00:10 -0800
My dad, brother, and I took a trip out to western Nebraska in order to find a 
few rare birds that were being seen primarily in the Scottsbluff area. We had 
an uneventful drive out to Ogallala on Friday (2/13). 

 

 We got up on Saturday (2/14) and drove to Scottsbluff.
 On the way we saw:
 2 Ferruginous Hawks along Highway 26 in Morrill County
 1 Prairie Falcon along Highway 92 in Scotts Bluff County.
 

 Our first main targets were the Evening Grosbeaks and Cassin’s Finches that 
were being seen at the Wildcat Hill SRA nature center. We arrived there at 
about 9:00 AM. We quickly found the Cassin’s Finches and soon afterwards, the 
Evening Grosbeaks began to call from a nearby pine tree. We watched them in the 
surrounding pine trees and at the feeders. We had a total of 15 Evening 
Grosbeaks (8 males and 7 females) and at least 15 Cassin’s Finches (7 males 
and 8 males). Also present were: 

 1 Golden Eagle
 4 Pygmy Nuthatches
 1 Mountain Bluebird
 3 Purple/Cassin’s Finches-two female type birds and one male type bird that 
resembled Purple Finches but our looks at them were not good enough to identify 
them for sure. 

 

 While we were there, some birders from the Scottsbluff area, including Kathy 
Delara, Alice Kenitz, and Ruben Siegfried, showed up and we tagged along with 
them for several of their birding stops. 

 Along Berggren Road in Scotts bluff County, we found 1 male Wood Duck and 3 
“Lesser” Canada Geese. Others in our group saw a second male while we were 
there. 

 

 Afterwards, we visited Kathy’s house to look for the Mountain Chickadee that 
has been frequenting her feeders. We waited about 5 minutes before it showed 
up. It was very cooperative, even getting within 10 feet of us. 

 

 We returned to Wildcat Hills SRA to check the feeders again and do some 
hiking. We only had 4 Cassin’s Finches and no Evening Grosbeaks at the 
feeders. We also found 1 Golden Eagle and 1 Prairie Falcon, flying by at Cedar 
Ridge. 

 While at Cedar Ridge, I had a 1 second glimpse at a small brownish bird 
disappearing into some cedars. I tried to pish it out for several minutes but 
it never revealed itself. After reading Paul Dunbar’s post about southwestern 
Nebraska, I realized the bird looked superficially similar to a Bushtit, but my 
looks were too brief and the bird seemed too brown to be one. 

 

 To end the day, we went to Scotts Bluff NM to look for the Black Rosy-Finch. 
We drove up and walked the trail from the top of the monument until the tunnel. 
We couldn’t find the Black Rosy-Finch or any Rosy-Finches. The only bird of 
note was 1 Prairie Falcon dive bombing an adult Bald Eagle. We returned to 
Ogallala for the night. 

 

 Sunday morning (2/15), we checked Lake Ogallala.  We found:
 3 Thayer’s Gulls-all nonbreeding adults
 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull-nonbreeding adult
 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler-its face pattern resembled an “Audubon’s” but 
its call resembled a “Myrtle” 

 

 We left and made the long drive to Omaha. The only interesting thing on the 
drive was one flock of about 5000 Snow Geese, that was circling low over I-80 
near York. 

 Once near Lincoln, we decided to check Branched Oak Lake for the continuing 
first cycle Great Black-backed Gull. We checked the gulls at the marina and 
found the Great Black-backed Gull roosting on the ice in a group of gulls. One 
first cycle Glaucous Gull was also roosting with the gulls. Also, there was one 
“interesting” first cycle gull that may have been the “Slaty-backed” 
like gull Noah Arthur photographed. But this bird slept the entire time and 
never raised it head. 

 


 Sam Manning
 Omaha, Douglas County, NE

 

Subject: Medicine Creek Reservoir 2/21/15
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:06:52 -0800




Subject: Re: Birding survey results
From: "'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:41:00 -0700
Joel,
Great summary and information. Thanks for sharing the results! 
Diane in Wyoming

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

"'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" 
 wrote: 


>  
>
>You may remember a few months ago I posted on NEbirds a couple request for 
individuals to take a survey about birding in Nebraska.  In those requests, I 
stated I would share the survey results once they were available.  That time 
has come.  My collaborators and I recently finalized a report entitled 
"Evaluating birding tourism markets in Nebraska".  The survey and report is an 
initial effort to improve information about what is important to Nebraska 
birders.   The report  includes summaries of responses to all the questions, 
including all comments received (in the appendices).  

>
>
>If you are interested in a little bit of an introduction for what motivated 
the project, you can visit this blog post link: 

>
>
>http://neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/2015/02/birders-want/
>
>
>If you want to go directly to the report, you can click on this link:
>
>

>http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/wildlife/programs/nongame/NGBirds/Papers/Evaluating%20Birder's%20tourism%20markets%20in%20Nebraska.pdf 

>
>
>The survey has some limitations, and there is plenty more to do, but I hope it 
stimulates some thought and perhaps some discussion.  Thanks to those who 
contributed to the project, including those who took the time to take the 
survey.   

>
>
>Thanks!
>
>
> - Joel
>

>------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 

>
>Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager  
>
>Nebraska Game & Parks Commission 
>
>2200 N 33rd | Lincoln, NE 68503
>
> joel.jorgensen AT nebraska.gov | 402.471.5440
>
>Nongame Bird Program Library Blog TV
>
>
>
> 
Subject: Lots of gulls at Branched Oak now!
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:19:05 -0800
There are 200+ gulls eating dead fish in the southwest corner of Branched Oak 
Lake right now, including the bird I've been calling a Thayer's. With 
closer views I'm starting to think it may be a West Coast hybrid... 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Birding survey results
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:10:48 +0000
You may remember a few months ago I posted on NEbirds a couple request for 
individuals to take a survey about birding in Nebraska. In those requests, I 
stated I would share the survey results once they were available. That time has 
come. My collaborators and I recently finalized a report entitled "Evaluating 
birding tourism markets in Nebraska". The survey and report is an initial 
effort to improve information about what is important to Nebraska birders. The 
report includes summaries of responses to all the questions, including all 
comments received (in the appendices). 


If you are interested in a little bit of an introduction for what motivated the 
project, you can visit this blog post link: 


http://neblandvm.outdoornebraska.gov/2015/02/birders-want/

If you want to go directly to the report, you can click on this link:


http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/wildlife/programs/nongame/NGBirds/Papers/Evaluating%20Birder's%20tourism%20markets%20in%20Nebraska.pdf 


The survey has some limitations, and there is plenty more to do, but I hope it 
stimulates some thought and perhaps some discussion. Thanks to those who 
contributed to the project, including those who took the time to take the 
survey. 


Thanks!

 - Joel

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 

Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
2200 N 33rd | Lincoln, NE 68503
 joel.jorgensen AT nebraska.gov | 402.471.5440
Nongame Bird Program 
Library 
Blog 
TV 
Subject: RE: Sarpy Co. - Raptors and nothing else (literally!)
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:29:57 -0600
Ooops !!!!!!!!  I forgot to sign my name :L

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.

 

From: Elliott Bedows [mailto:ebedows AT cox.net] 
Sent: Friday, February 20, 2015 8:28 PM
To: 'NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com'
Subject: Sarpy Co. - Raptors and nothing else (literally!)

 

Hi all, 

 

This afternoon while walking the hike-bike trail south of Hayworth Pk., I
was treated to a nice variety of raptors.  Found were: Bald Eagle [2 ad. + 3
imm.]; RT'd Hawk [2]; No. Harrier [1]; Cooper's Hk [2]; and Grt.-horned Owl
[1] - calling.  The sum total of non-raptor spp. seen or heard was ZERO.
Very strange!!

 

On the way back home I stopped by Base Lk, which was 100% frozen over, and
picked up another Bald Eagle and a RT'd Hk., but nothing sitting on the ice
or jumping in the bushes. 

 

 

 

 
Subject: Branched Oak -- some gulls still present including Thayer's!
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 03:20:19 +0000 (UTC)
 This afternoon I did manage to locate a smallish gull flock hanging around a 
tract of open water in the southwest portion of Branched Oak Lake. This flock 
included the continuing pale 1st-winter THAYER'S GULL. This is now a very easy 
Thayer's, since the Thayer's is one of only 2-3 first-winter gulls in this 
flock! They were distant, but the Thayer's is strikingly pale coffee-brown 
with medium to medium-dark brown primaries. 

Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Sarpy Co. - Raptors and nothing else (literally!)
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:28:08 -0600
Hi all, 

 

This afternoon while walking the hike-bike trail south of Hayworth Pk., I
was treated to a nice variety of raptors.  Found were: Bald Eagle [2 ad. + 3
imm.]; RT'd Hawk [2]; No. Harrier [1]; Cooper's Hk [2]; and Grt.-horned Owl
[1] - calling.  The sum total of non-raptor spp. seen or heard was ZERO.
Very strange!!

 

On the way back home I stopped by Base Lk, which was 100% frozen over, and
picked up another Bald Eagle and a RT'd Hk., but nothing sitting on the ice
or jumping in the bushes. 

 

 

 

 
Subject: Red Slough Birding Convention: Oklahoma
From: "Daniel Leger dleger1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:11:15 +0000
This post isn't about Nebraska birds, but many Nebraska birders have expressed 
an interest, so I thought I'd share this information. 

The Red Slough Birding Convention is held in extreme southeastern Oklahoma and 
it provides great access to some birds that are difficult or impossible to find 
in Nebraska (Swainson's Warbler, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Neotropic Cormorant 
and others). This year the meeting begins on Saturday May 9 (evening 
registration and a talk). May 10 and 11 has field trips all day, and May 12 has 
field trips until noon). I attended a few years ago and had a great time. 

If interested, visit redsloughconvention.com for more details.

Dan Leger
Lincoln
Subject: Branched Oak gulls GONE
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 01:36:29 +0000 (UTC)
 I checked Branched Oak today, and found it completely or almost completely 
iced over, with no gulls whatsoever. The hundreds that were there two days ago 
apparently vanished as soon as the lake iced (Last night? Two nights ago?). 
There are still good numbers of BALD EAGLES feeding on the still-exposed frozen 
dead fish. 

The gulls have to go somewhere... Heads up for potential incoming Great 
Black-backed, Glaucous, Thayer's, California, and possible Slaty-backed at 
Harlan Lake, Ogallala, Sutherland, and any other open waterbodies! 

Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Johnson Lake goodies
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:52:50 -0800




Subject: Looking for pictures for a show about the sandhills
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:52:15 -0700
Just passing this along in case someone has some good pictures that they would 
like to share. See info below. 


Kathy Delara
Mitchell NE


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Donna Vessey 
To: 'Kathy DeLara' 
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 4:20 PM
Subject: RE: Nebraska Birding


Kathy,

 

Thank you. We are producing a show on the sand dunes in the US and part of the 
episode was shot in the Sand Hills on Nebraska recently. So we thought we would 
include some photos of birds that migrate thru the Sand Hills. The show is 
called "Hittin' the Road" and this episode will air on Rocky Mountain PBS 
sometime in April. Let me know if you need any other information. 


 

Best!

 

 

Donna Vessey

President & CEO

Rocky Mountain Adventure Quest

www.rmaq.org

719.332.9185



 

From: Kathy DeLara [mailto:renosmom AT charter.net] 
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 4:16 PM
To: Donna Vessey
Subject: Re: Nebraska Birding

 

I will need more information before passing this along. Can you tell me who you 
work for and some information on the project? 


 

Kathy

 

 

----- Original Message ----- 

  From: Donna Vessey 

  To: renosmom AT charter.net 

  Cc: donna AT RMAQ.org 

  Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 1:46 PM

  Subject: Nebraska Birding

   

 Hello, We are looking for photos of sand hill cranes, trumpet swans and other 
water fowl that depend on the echo system of the sandhills for a documentar we 
are filming on sand dunes in the US. My number 719-332-9185 if someone could 
call as soon as possible. Gratefully, DV 
Subject: Sarpy County Yard Birds
From: "Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:51:01 -0600
Had a Red-headed WP land on my suet a few minutes ago. Had seen him earlier in 
the day up in one of the trees. Also had the Carolina Wren at the peanuts just 
now. 


Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: California Gull at Branched Oak (plus continuing Glaucous and Great Black-backed)
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:39:22 +0000 (UTC)
 Yesterday there was an adult CALIFORNIA GULL hanging around the Branched Oak 
Marina in with the hundreds of gulls there. The GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL and 
both GLAUCOUS GULLS were also present. 

Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Re: ruby crowned kinglet
From: "Paul Dunbar pastorpaultdunbar AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:40:43 -0600
Hey, Steve, I'm interested to hear more about the Goshawk you had a few days 
ago. Can you tell more about the bird, the location. Did you get a photo? 
That's a bird I missed in my big year in 2013, and one I'd love to see again. 
Thanks! And congrats on a very good NE bird. 


Paul Dunbar
Hastings

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 17, 2015, at 6:36 PM, 'mstev4 AT aol.com' mstev4 AT aol.com [NEBirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> I had a ruby crowned kinglet in my yard yesterday afternoon. We had 3 inchs 
of snow today but I didn't find it or the pine siskins today. Steve Morris 

> 
> 
Subject: ruby crowned kinglet
From: "'mstev4 AT aol.com' mstev4@aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:36:17 -0500
I had a ruby crowned kinglet in my yard yesterday afternoon. We had 3 inchs of 
snow today but I didn't find it or the pine siskins today. Steve Morris