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Wards Trogon,©Jan Wilczur

25 Oct Re: Re: Golden eagle? ["Tana tanaclem AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Oct Re: Re: Golden eagle? ["Liz Wickemeyer penguina08 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Oct Re: Re: Golden eagle? ["'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Oct Re: Re: Golden eagle? ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Oct Re: Golden eagle? ["CheekyGeek cheekygeek AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Oct Re: Golden eagle? ["tanaclem AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Oct Golden eagle? ["Tana tanaclem AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Oct Friday's Sightings ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Oct RE: Helping a friend ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
24 Oct Helping a friend ["jpkassik AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Oct Field trip ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
23 Oct Re: Golden Eagle ["Dave Brukner bbrukner AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
23 Oct Douglas Co.- 10/22 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
22 Oct Re: Golden Eagle ["Liz Wickemeyer penguina08 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
22 Oct Re: Golden Eagle ["Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
22 Oct Golden Eagle ["Liz Wickemeyer penguina08 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
22 Oct Re: ID on duck or other ["aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Oct Re: ID on duck or other ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
21 Oct ID on duck or other ["aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Oct this week in Platte and Polk Counties, NE ["Marsha Nyffeler marshanyffeler AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Oct a few sightings ["Moni Usasz musasz AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Oct Last notes on Wildcat Hills ["hmgarrod AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Oct Fw: eBird Report - Schilling WMA, Oct 21, 2014 ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
21 Oct RE: Help with bird ID please ["Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
21 Oct Help with bird ID please ["cleverk9s AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
21 Oct Spain Birding Tours (last message) ["stephen christopher s.christopher22 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
20 Oct Lake Ogallala grebes ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
20 Oct weekend sparrows ["SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" ]
20 Oct Ruby crowned kinglet - 144th and Dodge, Omaha ["Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Oct Merrick & Polk Counties 10/19/14 ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Oct Am. Three-toed Woodpecker photos ["'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" ]
19 Oct Kearney ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
19 Oct Fw: eBird Report - my yard, Oct 19, 2014 ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
19 Oct American Three-toed Woodpecker 10.19.14 ["'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" ]
19 Oct Seward, Saline, Fillmore and Thayer ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
18 Oct Grass Pads and Jack Sinn today ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Oct Grant sewage ponds ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Oct American Three-toed Woodpecker - Dawes Co. ["'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" ]
18 Oct Re: Harlan County CBC - 15 Dec ["Harlan County Tourism harlancountytourism AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Oct Backyard birds, Hastings, Adams Co ["hpsalyar AT tcgcs.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Oct Harlan County CBC - 15 Dec ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
16 Oct Recent birding encounters! ["larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Oct Re: identify ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
16 Oct Re: identify ["'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Oct identify ["pjlam44 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Oct Fontenelle Forest Birds ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
15 Oct Saline, Fillmore, Polk & Butler Cos ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
14 Oct Pawnee Lake and Lancaster Co. ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Oct Fw: eBird Report - Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Oct 14, 2014 ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
14 Oct migrants at Fontenelle Forest ["SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Oct Greenhouse Ammodramus- 10/13 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
13 Oct Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on East Campus in Lincoln ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
13 Oct RE: Question re Spring Creek Prairie ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
13 Oct RE: Question re Spring Creek Prairie ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
13 Oct Question re Spring Creek Prairie ["bkrrrrr AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
13 Oct FW: Part-time work: bird surveys in Ogallala, NE ["Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
13 Oct Notide the new address ["'Bill Huntley' birder AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct Oct 12 Howard Co ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct Swainson's Hawks ["'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct Smith's Longspurs & Sprague's Pipit ["lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct overview of the last week birds - Platte Co ["Marsha Nyffeler marshanyffeler AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ["'Kathleen Crawford' katcr AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct Gray Partridges + ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
11 Oct Bunting final word ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct Douglas Co.- Another Week In Review ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
11 Oct Bellevue Birds ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
11 Oct Farm birds ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
11 Oct Perkins County ["anitawatkinsksc AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
10 Oct Hummingbird ["Jeanine Lackey jeanine.dinan AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
10 Oct American Tree Sparrow in Brown County ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
10 Oct Black-billed Magpies in Keya Paha Co. ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
10 Oct NOU Newsletter ["Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
8 Oct possible Lazuli Bunting photos ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Oct Location ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
7 Oct Lake Ogallala/McConaughy ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
6 Oct Late report: possible Lazuli Bunting at Pioneers Park ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]

Subject: Re: Re: Golden eagle?
From: "Tana tanaclem AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:02:54 -0500
Thank you Justin! I had wondered on the excess white i saw.  
D, thx for the compliments on the pics;)


Thanks all

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 25, 2014, at 12:05 PM, "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
>   Tana and NEbirders,
> 
> Just wanted to let you folks know that the Henry Doorly Zoo eagle appears to 
be a third-year BALD EAGLE. Golden Eagles will show a lot less white, and even 
in juvenile plumage maintain a rather uniform dark/bronzed plumage, and in all 
plumages retain a lighter "golden" head. This bird appears to be mottled with 
white plumage, and even shows white on the head below the lower mandible onto 
the chin contrasting with a dark eyestripe above a mottled white brow line. The 
bird also seems to possess a rather light eye. 

> 
> Golden Eagles are also a bit more massive, barrel chested, and overall darker 
in all plumages. I believe the Golden Eagle observed at Henry Doorly was a 
flyover as most Golden Eagle sightings in east-central Nebraska are. 

> 
> Good birding.
> 
> Justin Rink
> Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
> spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
> 
>    
> 
> 
> On Saturday, October 25, 2014 11:38 AM, "CheekyGeek cheekygeek AT gmail.com 
[NEBirds]"  wrote: 

> 
> 
>  
> Awesome shot, Sis!
> 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NEBirds/photos/photostream/lightbox/1888889232?orderBy=mtime&sortOrder=desc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/1888889232 

> 
> By the way, is it a huge surprise that these are seen on our area. SE 
Nebraska isn't far away from where Golden Eagles are pretty thick (straight 
south in Kansas). I saw numerous Golden Eagles while driving down to Wichita on 
U.S. Hwy 75. In fact, there is a Golden Eagle Casino near Horton, KS that I 
assumed was so-named due to the numbers of them that I saw in the area. 

> 
> If their population is growing one might expect to see an expansion of the 
territory in which they became regular sights. 

> 
> It may also be a mistake to think that everyone is seeing the same exact one. 
There may be many young ones that are on the lookout for less competition and 
good hunting grounds. 

> 
> Respectfully,
> Darren Addy
> Kearney, Nebraska
> 
> "Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine having sons like these." Herman J. 
Blume, played by Bill Murray in "Rushmore" by Director Wes Anderson. 

> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Re: Golden eagle?
From: "Liz Wickemeyer penguina08 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:56:31 -0500
Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of the eagle I saw fly over the zoo the 
other day, but it did not look like the one in the photographs. While far away 
soaring, I admit it wasn't the greatest look, but I saw hardly any white in the 
body. I saw white windows in the wings and white at the base of the tail and 
that was about all the white I saw. I was also with a coworker who is 
originally from Colorado and is big on birds of prey, and she was positive it 
was a juvenile Golden Eagle. I wish I had snapped a picture before it got too 
far away so we could properly debate :) 


Liz Wickemeyer
Omaha, Nebraska

Sent from my iPhone 

> On Oct 25, 2014, at 12:18 PM, 'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie AT yahoo.com 
[NEBirds]  wrote: 

> 
> I agree with Justin, who gave a great description of details to look for to 
distinguish Goldens from subadult Balds. Great photos though, which greatly 
assist the ID. I always enjoy the discourse. 

> Diane T in Laramie, WY
> 
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
> 
> 
> "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]"  
wrote: 

> 
>  
>   Tana and NEbirders,
> 
> Just wanted to let you folks know that the Henry Doorly Zoo eagle appears to 
be a third-year BALD EAGLE. Golden Eagles will show a lot less white, and even 
in juvenile plumage maintain a rather uniform dark/bronzed plumage, and in all 
plumages retain a lighter "golden" head. This bird appears to be mottled with 
white plumage, and even shows white on the head below the lower mandible onto 
the chin contrasting with a dark eyestripe above a mottled white brow line. The 
bird also seems to possess a rather light eye. 

> 
> Golden Eagles are also a bit more massive, barrel chested, and overall darker 
in all plumages. I believe the Golden Eagle observed at Henry Doorly was a 
flyover as most Golden Eagle sightings in east-central Nebraska are. 

> 
> Good birding.
> 
> Justin Rink
> Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
> spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
> 
>    
> 
> 
> On Saturday, October 25, 2014 11:38 AM, "CheekyGeek cheekygeek AT gmail.com 
[NEBirds]"  wrote: 

> 
> 
>  
> Awesome shot, Sis!
> 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NEBirds/photos/photostream/lightbox/1888889232?orderBy=mtime&sortOrder=desc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/1888889232 

> 
> By the way, is it a huge surprise that these are seen on our area. SE 
Nebraska isn't far away from where Golden Eagles are pretty thick (straight 
south in Kansas). I saw numerous Golden Eagles while driving down to Wichita on 
U.S. Hwy 75. In fact, there is a Golden Eagle Casino near Horton, KS that I 
assumed was so-named due to the numbers of them that I saw in the area. 

> 
> If their population is growing one might expect to see an expansion of the 
territory in which they became regular sights. 

> 
> It may also be a mistake to think that everyone is seeing the same exact one. 
There may be many young ones that are on the lookout for less competition and 
good hunting grounds. 

> 
> Respectfully,
> Darren Addy
> Kearney, Nebraska
> 
> "Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine having sons like these." Herman J. 
Blume, played by Bill Murray in "Rushmore" by Director Wes Anderson. 

> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Re: Golden eagle?
From: "'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:18:43 -0600
I agree with Justin, who gave a great description of details to look for to 
distinguish Goldens from subadult Balds. Great photos though, which greatly 
assist the ID. I always enjoy the discourse. 

Diane T in Laramie, WY

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

"Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]"  wrote:

>  
>
>  Tana and NEbirders,
>
>
>  Just wanted to let you folks know that the Henry Doorly Zoo eagle appears 
to be a third-year BALD EAGLE.  Golden Eagles will show a lot less white, and 
even in juvenile plumage maintain a rather uniform dark/bronzed plumage, and in 
all plumages retain a lighter "golden" head.  This bird appears to be mottled 
with white plumage, and even shows white on the head below the lower mandible 
onto the chin contrasting with a dark eyestripe above a mottled white brow 
line.  The bird also seems to possess a rather light eye.  

>
>
>  Golden Eagles are also a bit more massive, barrel chested, and overall 
darker in all plumages.   I believe the Golden Eagle observed at Henry Doorly 
was a flyover as most Golden Eagle sightings in east-central Nebraska are. 

>
>
>Good birding.
>
>
>Justin Rink
>
>Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
>
>spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
>
>
>   
>
>
>
>On Saturday, October 25, 2014 11:38 AM, "CheekyGeek cheekygeek AT gmail.com 
[NEBirds]"  wrote: 

>
>
>
>  
>
>Awesome shot, Sis!
>

>https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NEBirds/photos/photostream/lightbox/1888889232?orderBy=mtime&sortOrder=desc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/1888889232 

>
>
>By the way, is it a huge surprise that these are seen on our area. SE Nebraska 
isn't far away from where Golden Eagles are pretty thick (straight south in 
Kansas). I saw numerous Golden Eagles while driving down to Wichita on U.S. Hwy 
75. In fact, there is a Golden Eagle Casino near Horton, KS that I assumed was 
so-named due to the numbers of them that I saw in the area. 

>
>
>If their population is growing one might expect to see an expansion of the 
territory in which they became regular sights. 

>
>
>It may also be a mistake to think that everyone is seeing the same exact one. 
There may be many young ones that are on the lookout for less competition and 
good hunting grounds. 

>
>
>Respectfully,
>
>Darren Addy
>
>Kearney, Nebraska
>
>
>"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine having sons like these." Herman J. 
Blume, played by Bill Murray in "Rushmore" by Director Wes Anderson. 

>
>
>
>
>
> 
Subject: Re: Re: Golden eagle?
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:05:37 +0000 (UTC)
  Tana and NEbirders,
  Just wanted to let you folks know that the Henry Doorly Zoo eagle appears to 
be a third-year BALD EAGLE.  Golden Eagles will show a lot less white, and 
even in juvenile plumage maintain a rather uniform dark/bronzed plumage, and in 
all plumages retain a lighter "golden" head.  This bird appears to be mottled 
with white plumage, and even shows white on the head below the lower mandible 
onto the chin contrasting with a dark eyestripe above a mottled white brow 
line.  The bird also seems to possess a rather light eye.  

  Golden Eagles are also a bit more massive, barrel chested, and overall 
darker in all plumages.   I believe the Golden Eagle observed at Henry Doorly 
was a flyover as most Golden Eagle sightings in east-central Nebraska are. 

Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com
    

 On Saturday, October 25, 2014 11:38 AM, "CheekyGeek cheekygeek AT gmail.com 
[NEBirds]"  wrote: 

   

   Awesome shot, 
Sis!https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NEBirds/photos/photostream/lightbox/1888889232?orderBy=mtime&sortOrder=desc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/1888889232 

By the way, is it a huge surprise that these are seen on our area. SE Nebraska 
isn't far away from where Golden Eagles are pretty thick (straight south in 
Kansas). I saw numerous Golden Eagles while driving down to Wichita on U.S. Hwy 
75. In fact, there is a Golden Eagle Casino near Horton, KS that I assumed was 
so-named due to the numbers of them that I saw in the area. 

If their population is growing one might expect to see an expansion of the 
territory in which they became regular sights. 

It may also be a mistake to think that everyone is seeing the same exact one. 
There may be many young ones that are on the lookout for less competition and 
good hunting grounds. 

Respectfully,Darren AddyKearney, Nebraska
"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine having sons like these." Herman J. 
Blume, played by Bill Murray in "Rushmore" by Director Wes Anderson. 
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Subject: Re: Golden eagle?
From: "CheekyGeek cheekygeek AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:38:27 -0500
Awesome shot, Sis!

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NEBirds/photos/photostream/lightbox/1888889232?orderBy=mtime&sortOrder=desc&photoFilter=ALL#zax/1888889232 


By the way, is it a huge surprise that these are seen on our area. SE
Nebraska isn't far away from where Golden Eagles are pretty thick (straight
south in Kansas). I saw numerous Golden Eagles while driving down to
Wichita on U.S. Hwy 75. In fact, there is a Golden Eagle Casino near
Horton, KS that I assumed was so-named due to the numbers of them that I
saw in the area.

If their population is growing one might expect to see an expansion of the
territory in which they became regular sights.

It may also be a mistake to think that everyone is seeing the same exact
one. There may be many young ones that are on the lookout for less
competition and good hunting grounds.

Respectfully,
Darren Addy
Kearney, Nebraska

"Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine having sons like these." Herman
J. Blume, played by Bill Murray in "Rushmore" by Director Wes Anderson.
Subject: Re: Golden eagle?
From: "tanaclem AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Oct 2014 08:57:16 -0700
I posted a few pics, search for Possible Golden Eagle. 

 thnx
 Tana C
 Douglas County Omaha
Subject: Golden eagle?
From: "Tana tanaclem AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:32:13 -0500
I am pretty sure I saw the golden eagle this afternoon at the Wildlife Safari. 
It hunted over the duck pond, ate a snack in a tree while being harassed by 
crows, then took off to the east. 

I took several pics. Will try to post tonight.

Tana Clemens
Douglas county, omaha

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Friday's Sightings
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:47:56 -0500
This a.m. we drove over to Wayne Co. to check a few areas and to hopefully find 
a LeConte's Sparrow for my list there. Didn't take long before I found a small 
triangular grass area with some edge trees and a small spring where I found 5 
and a Nelson's Sharp-tail Sparrow besides. I also found several small habitat 
areas along the road that I'll revisit next spring. 


Then we returned home and this afternoon I birded the place. 24 species in 
Wayne County, 26 species at home = 39 species for the day. 12 Sparrow species. 
Below are both eBird lists. 


This afternoon I was raking up pine needles when I heard the Red-tailed Hawk 
calling from he edge of the grove. I searched for it since I thought it sounded 
weak. To my surprise I flushed a Bluejay doing a darn good imitation albeit 
weaker. A first for me. 


Jan Johnson
Wakefield, Dixon Co.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bird-brained-quilter/

WAYNE CO.:
862 Rd., Wayne Co., Wayne, US-NE
Oct 24, 2014 9:45 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
45.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Most birding was done along 862 Rd. From hwy. 15 to hwy. 57
24 species

Wood Duck  2
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3     2 common redtails and one Harlan's
Killdeer  19
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  12
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  1
American Robin  250
European Starling  100
American Pipit  8
Savannah Sparrow  9
Le Conte's Sparrow 5 Orangish breast and sides with streaking on sides and nape 

Nelson's Sparrow 1 Seen close to the LeConte's for easy comparison. Much darker 
Orange on face, sides, with gray nape and heavily streaked back. Gray cheek 
patch. 

Song Sparrow  3
Lincoln's Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  2
Harris's Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco  20
Red-winged Blackbird  40
Western Meadowlark  15

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20323436 


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



HOME:
Oct 24, 2014
US-NE-Wakefield-86224-86232 581 Ave
Traveling
0.15 miles
45 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Eurasian Collared-Dove
2 Mourning Dove
1 Great Horned Owl
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
3 Blue Jay
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
14 American Robin
4 European Starling
6 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Clay-colored Sparrow -- Light brown cheeks, pale mustache, white throat.
2 Field Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
5 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrow
11 Harris's Sparrow
1 White-crowned Sparrow
6 Dark-eyed Junco
18 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Rusty Blackbird -- Single bird with rusty back and bright yellow eye.
3 Pine Siskin
1 American Goldfinch
17 House Sparrow
Subject: RE: Helping a friend
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:28:34 -0500
Hi all, 

 

Except for the spelling of my name (see below) your information is correct. On 
October 25th, the Fontenelle Forest Bird Club will venture down to Spring Creek 
Prairie departing 7:00 AM from the Forest parking lot, and 7:25 AM from the 
Chalco Hills parking lot, for those who live out west and want to car pool. We 
should make it down to the Prairie between 8:15 – 8:30 AM. Our target birds 
will be any and all sparrows, Sprague’s Pipit, and Smith’s Longspurs (not 
likely, but we have seen them there before). 


 

After a morning of birding, we will gather at the Denton Daily Double for a 
sociable lunch hour. Then, carefully avoiding football traffic, it’s off to 
some of the Lincoln area lakes including, but not limited to, BOL. 


 

The public is welcome and there is no charge other than the cost(s) of you 
lunch(es) if you choose to join us in Denton. Hope to see some new faces. 


 

Elliott Bedows, 

Fontenelle Forest Bird Club Chair

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Friday, October 24, 2014 6:46 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Helping a friend

 

  

On Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:53 PM, "Rice, Juanita" 
 wrote: 




Hi, Judy. I hope fall is going great for you. I am sending this because I have 
a big dumb computer glitch that won't get fixed until Thanksgiving (when I can 
buy a new computer cheaper/on sale). Here's the deal: I can't send email from 
my computer so I have to go to the webmail. When I send messages to NEBirds 
from webmail, it rejects them because it doesn't recognize THIS email address 
as a member. 


So I can't communicate w/NEBirds and I thought Eliot Beddows (however spelled) 
was leading a birding trip at Spring Creek this saturday (yes, 2 days from now) 
at 8:30 a.m. 


I can't confirm it because as I said. . .

Would you post on NEBirds the query? And ask for an email directly to me/ or to 
you and you forward it.?? 


Frustrating beyond tolerance.

Juanita/ Fairmont


Subject: Helping a friend
From: "jpkassik AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Oct 2014 04:45:58 -0700
 On Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:53 PM, "Rice, Juanita" 
 wrote: 

 


 Hi, Judy. I hope fall is going great for you. I am sending this because I have 
a big dumb computer glitch that won't get fixed until Thanksgiving (when I can 
buy a new computer cheaper/on sale). Here's the deal: I can't send email from 
my computer so I have to go to the webmail. When I send messages to NEBirds 
from webmail, it rejects them because it doesn't recognize THIS email address 
as a member. 


 So I can't communicate w/NEBirds and I thought Eliot Beddows (however spelled) 
was leading a birding trip at Spring Creek this saturday (yes, 2 days from now) 
at 8:30 a.m. 


 I can't confirm it because as I said. . .

 Would you post on NEBirds the query? And ask for an email directly to me/ or 
to you and you forward it.?? 


 Frustrating beyond tolerance.

 Juanita/ Fairmont



Subject: Field trip
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:26:32 -0500
In case anyone is interested:
The Audubon Society of Omaha will be having a birding field trip on this 
Saturday October 25th. We will be meeting at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot of 
the Papio NRD Building at 8901 So. 154th St. This is on the northwest corner of 
Wehrspann Lake in Sarpy County. We will be going to the Memphis SRA and Lake 
Wanahoo Lake, both in Saunders County. Bring lunch with you or we can grab a 
bite to eat in Wahoo. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE 
Subject: Re: Golden Eagle
From: "Dave Brukner bbrukner AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:56:37 -0500

Dave and Barb Brukner
I have read too many books to believe everything I have been told.

> On Oct 22, 2014, at 6:04 PM, Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> I too saw what I thought was a juvenile Golden Eagle on the golf course 
(Tregaron) around noon today. It was a very quick look, but I thought I saw the 
white patches in the wings. 

> 
> Al Reyer
> Bellevue, NE
> 
> Sent from my iPad
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> > On Oct 22, 2014, at 4:49 PM, Liz Wickemeyer penguina08 AT gmail.com [NEBirds] 
 wrote: 

> > 
> > I just saw a Golden Eagle soaring over the Henry Doorly Zoo as I was 
leaving work today at 4:30 pm. 

> > 
> > Liz Wickemeyer
> > Omaha, NE
> > 
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Subject: Douglas Co.- 10/22
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:28:14 +0000 (UTC)
    My first stop of the morning was the grass pads near 252nd an West Center 
Rd.  Unfortunately a large majority of Grass Pad two had been harvested and 
developed into sod rolls.   A few species observed included... 

-1 Great Egret (apparently the same bird observed by Michael on Sunday.  This 
bird was also observed at the sandpit lake on 10/16)-1 Red-tailed Hawk-70 
Killdeer-8 American Pipit (GP 1)-10 Horned Lark-2 Lapland Longspur 
(FOS) (heard only, rattle not nearly dry enough to be that of Smith's.  
Habitat now more conducive to that of LALO.)-1 Pine Siskin (audible flyover) 

Not a whole lot observed at the adjacent sandpit lake except for a couple AM. 
WHITE PELICANS, and D-C CORMORANTS. 

I then stopped at Bennington Lake and Prairieview.  A lack of waterfowl was 
apparent, not surprising due to the lack of cold fronts this season.  Here I 
also happened to run into Neal Ratslaff.  

-1 Am. White Pelican-3 Redhead-1 No. Shoveler-2 Red-tailed Hawk-2 Bald 
Eagle-   Ring-billed Gull-2 Am. Kestrel-1 Winter Wren (FOS) (Heard along 
"wooded" trail)-4 R-c Kinglet-4 Cedar Waxwing-2 Song Sparrow-2 Swamp Sparrow-5 
Harris's Sparrow-7 White-throated Sparrow-1 Pine Siskin (audible flyover) 

  Upon returning back to the Mercer property around noon, I found a few 
species around Mercer Woods.  A few of these included a single "chucking" 
HERMIT THRUSH (FOS), BROWN CREEPER, several W-T SPARROWS, and a flyover PINE 
SISKIN.  This is the first PINE SISKIN heard on property since 5/27/13. 

A third-year BALD EAGLE was observed as a flyover at Indian Creek Nursery 
(Midtown Omaha) yesterday evening. 

Misc-
On 10/17 I drove west out the Spring Creek Prairie.  Upon trudging back and 
forth among the short grass looking for Sprague's Pipits and Smith's Longspurs, 
I came up empty handed.  A few common raptors were observed (ie: Northern 
Harrier), but besides that, nothing.  

  Up to four GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS were noticed at Mercer Woods on 10/17 as 
well. 

Good birding.

Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com


Subject: Re: Golden Eagle
From: "Liz Wickemeyer penguina08 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:08:54 -0500
I should clarify that the Golden Eagle I saw this afternoon was in fact a 
juvenile, with white windows in the wings and white at the base of the tail. 


Liz Wickemeyer
Omaha, NE
Sent from my iPhone 

> On Oct 22, 2014, at 6:04 PM, Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> I too saw what I thought was a juvenile Golden Eagle on the golf course 
(Tregaron) around noon today. It was a very quick look, but I thought I saw the 
white patches in the wings. 

> 
> Al Reyer
> Bellevue, NE
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> > On Oct 22, 2014, at 4:49 PM, Liz Wickemeyer penguina08 AT gmail.com [NEBirds] 
 wrote: 

> > 
> > I just saw a Golden Eagle soaring over the Henry Doorly Zoo as I was 
leaving work today at 4:30 pm. 

> > 
> > Liz Wickemeyer
> > Omaha, NE
> > 
> > Sent from my iPhone 
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Subject: Re: Golden Eagle
From: "Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:04:00 -0500
I too saw what I thought was a juvenile Golden Eagle on the golf course 
(Tregaron) around noon today. It was a very quick look, but I thought I saw the 
white patches in the wings. 


Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

Sent from my iPad

> On Oct 22, 2014, at 4:49 PM, Liz Wickemeyer penguina08 AT gmail.com [NEBirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> I just saw a Golden Eagle soaring over the Henry Doorly Zoo as I was leaving 
work today at 4:30 pm. 

> 
> Liz Wickemeyer
> Omaha, NE
> 
> Sent from my iPhone 
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Subject: Golden Eagle
From: "Liz Wickemeyer penguina08 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:49:39 -0500
I just saw a Golden Eagle soaring over the Henry Doorly Zoo as I was leaving 
work today at 4:30 pm. 


Liz Wickemeyer
Omaha, NE

Sent from my iPhone 

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Subject: Re: ID on duck or other
From: "aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Oct 2014 09:21:44 -0700
Yay! Thank you for the help. Now I can add it to my meager list. 
  Have a great day! 
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Subject: Re: ID on duck or other
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:28:30 -0600
Your bird is a Pied-billed Grebe. 

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE 


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds] 
  To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:11 PM
  Subject: [NEBirds] ID on duck or other


    

  Hello,

 I'm new at identifying waterfowl and shorebirds. Can anyone help me ID a duck 
(Grebe?) I saw at Hidden Lake at Fontenelle Forest? I sent the photo to the 
album, titled "ID please" , hopefully in the correct place. I'm hoping the 
photo is decent enough for you experienced birders to ID. Thanks. 


 Some info...This duck was solo. I didn't see another like it or any other 
ducks around for 20 minutes or so. The info I can provide describing it is 
pretty narrow. It had a rather stubby bill and its feathers were brown , it had 
a thick neck, a bit of white under the bill which was a bit yellow . It also 
had a whitish/ or yellow eye line on the top of the eye . It was diving bird as 
well. Sorry I cannot describe more. It was a pretty bland color of brown all 
around. The main thing was the short bill. 


     Thanks so much for any help.







 PS....On October 16th about 4pm, I almost walked into a large beaver on the 
Stream trail just North of Gifford Spring Hollow Rd . It was right off the 
trail behind a large cottonwood, approx. 4-5ft from me . I don't know how it 
didn't notice I was coming because I had a child with me and you know how quiet 
kids are. I just froze, backed up and waited for it to do something. When it 
finally noticed me , 4-5 seconds had passed and it then proceeded into the 
stream .In all my years going there, I've never come upon a beaver like that. 
On my way back, as I passed that same tree, I heard breathing from a hole at 
the base. Spooky. I peered down and I saw a snout ,whiskers and a large set of 
beaver teeth at the top. Yikes. I didn't think beavers like to hang out where 
humans frequented. 


    




     Karen K.


  
Subject: ID on duck or other
From: "aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Oct 2014 19:11:31 -0700
Hello,
 I'm new at identifying waterfowl and shorebirds. Can anyone help me ID a duck 
(Grebe?) I saw at Hidden Lake at Fontenelle Forest? I sent the photo to the 
album, titled "ID please" , hopefully in the correct place. I'm hoping the 
photo is decent enough for you experienced birders to ID. Thanks. 

 Some info...This duck was solo. I didn't see another like it or any other 
ducks around for 20 minutes or so. The info I can provide describing it is 
pretty narrow. It had a rather stubby bill and its feathers were brown , it had 
a thick neck, a bit of white under the bill which was a bit yellow . It also 
had a whitish/ or yellow eye line on the top of the eye . It was diving bird as 
well. Sorry I cannot describe more. It was a pretty bland color of brown all 
around. The main thing was the short bill. 

    Thanks so much for any help.
 

 

 PS....On October 16th about 4pm, I almost walked into a large beaver on the 
Stream trail just North of Gifford Spring Hollow Rd . It was right off the 
trail behind a large cottonwood, approx. 4-5ft from me . I don't know how it 
didn't notice I was coming because I had a child with me and you know how quiet 
kids are. I just froze, backed up and waited for it to do something. When it 
finally noticed me , 4-5 seconds had passed and it then proceeded into the 
stream .In all my years going there, I've never come upon a beaver like that. 
On my way back, as I passed that same tree, I heard breathing from a hole at 
the base. Spooky. I peered down and I saw a snout ,whiskers and a large set of 
beaver teeth at the top. Yikes. I didn't think beavers like to hang out where 
humans frequented. 

   
 

    Karen K.
Subject: this week in Platte and Polk Counties, NE
From: "Marsha Nyffeler marshanyffeler AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:17:56 -0500
This is not a "comprehensive" list, just some notes of the more uncommon
birds (but I always look at the robins, blue jays, flickers etc etc)
 Polk County:
winter wren (2nd one I've seen this fall)
brown creeper - first of the fall/winte
ruby-crowned kinglets - harrassing an owl - so I even got to see the ruby
crown flashing
golden-crowned kinglets
swainson's thrush
a nice group of yellow-rump warblers

Platte County:
ruby-crowned kinglets
cedar waxwings
Harris sparrows
white-throated sparrows
eastern bluebirds
yellow-rump warbler

Marsha Nyffeler
Columbus, NE
Subject: a few sightings
From: "Moni Usasz musasz AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:08:42 -0500
Terri and I walked west on the Jamaica trail from Salillo road late afternoon 
on Sun. Heard a pair of Barred Owls doing their monkey calls. Very appropriate 
for the season - creepy. Then had a close look at a Northern Shrike. We had 
never heard a shrike vocalize beforee. First it peeped, then it chortled like a 
parakeet. Very odd. On the way back we saw 12 Bobwhites cross the trail - one 
at a time. I hadnt seen that many quail for a very long time. 


Moni Usasz
Lincoln, 

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Subject: Last notes on Wildcat Hills
From: "hmgarrod AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Oct 2014 17:31:06 -0700
Hello!

I apologize on the lateness of this message. The big day at Wildcat Hills was a 
success! We had 20 species observed and 12 species caught. Species caught 
included: Eastern Screech Owl, Northern Saw Whet Owl, Field Sparrow, Chipping 
Sparrow, Eastern bluebird, Spotted Towhee, House Finch, Pygmy Nuthatch, 
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-capped Chickadee and Red 
Crossbill. Other species observed included Lesser Goldfinch, Mourning Dove, 
American Goldfinch, and American Robin. 


We had a total of 423 individuals banded and a total of 41 species! With a 
total of 85 Chipping Sparrows banded and 74 Spotted Towhees. 


It turned out to be a great field season. thanks to everyone who came out and 
helped :) Happy fall and winter birding! 


Holly 
 

Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Schilling WMA, Oct 21, 2014
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:57:04 -0500
Birded at Schilling WMA in Cass County today.  There was a good variety of 
sparrows and lots of individuals of most species.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: eBird Report - Schilling WMA, Oct 21, 2014

Schilling WMA, Cass, US-NE
Oct 21, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
35 species

Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  3
Red-tailed Hawk  3     One was a beautiful dark morph (not a Harlan's)
Killdeer  3
Ring-billed Gull  34
Mourning Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  18
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Eastern Bluebird  15
American Robin  6
European Starling  65
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Chipping Sparrow  6
Savannah Sparrow  12
Fox Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  4
Lincoln's Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  16
Harris's Sparrow  24
White-crowned Sparrow  8
Dark-eyed Junco  9
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  180
Eastern Meadowlark  1     Singing
Common Grackle  36
Brown-headed Cowbird  18
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  45
House Sparrow  8

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20300859

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Subject: RE: Help with bird ID please
From: "Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:42:51 -0400 (EDT)
I would say you are correct. We have had finches similarly colored., 
always want to make them into something more exotic.

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 9:11 AM, cleverk9s AT cox.net [NEBirds] wrote:

    Hi All! I posted two pictures of a bit that showed up at our feeders 
yesterday afternoon. I *think* it is a leucistic female house sparrow 
but would really appreciate more expert feedback on it! :) Thanks in 
advance!

Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell
Dundee, Omaha, NE

  
Subject: Help with bird ID please
From: "cleverk9s AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Oct 2014 08:11:34 -0700
Hi All! I posted two pictures of a bit that showed up at our feeders yesterday 
afternoon. I *think* it is a leucistic female house sparrow but would really 
appreciate more expert feedback on it! :) Thanks in advance! 


Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell
Dundee, Omaha, NE


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Subject: Spain Birding Tours (last message)
From: "stephen christopher s.christopher22 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:19:09 +0200
Hi all

Apologies for the off-topic post but it will be the last of these (I
originally joined the group in error thinking it was based in the UK!).

Given the switch away from 'groups' in recent times, I wanted to give
anyone still out there a chance to add their details to my mailing list
before 'we' disappear altogether.

If anyone is interested in being kept informed re my *birding tours in
Spain* just send me your email address to catalanbirdtours AT gmail.com or, if
you prefer, I've begun a website overhaul so add my new home page -
www.catalanbirdtours.com - to your favourites.

In brief, news includes

a SPECIAL OFFER on new 5 and 6 Day Tours  AT  15% discount until the end of
March 2015 (great for a WINTER search for Wallcreeper, Snowfinch, etc.) and

a nudge towards anyone interested in a trip during SPRING (mid-March to
early June) that I'm already over 90% sold out for May 2015.

There are people already waiting for sharers to come forward for either
season.

Finally I may as well take this opportunity to offer a very big and sincere
thank you to everyone on the group over the past few years. I have valued
the content, keeping me in touch while I'm in Spain, greatly and, in
particular, appreciated the patience showed re my albeit occasional plugs
and so, should anyone make it out this way and need information for a
little self-birding, feel free to get in touch.


All the very best

Stephen Christopher
www.catalanbirdtours.com
Subject: Lake Ogallala grebes
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Oct 2014 15:32:11 -0700
Pleased to report five grebe species yesterday afternoon (October 19) at Lake 
Ogallala. 

 

 I found 10 Westerns and one Clark's, all ID'd by bill color; the Clark's dark 
cap also didn't come down to cover the eye. There were an additional 30 
Aechmophorus grebes that either had their bills tucked, or were too far away to 
identify to species. 

 

 Seven Pied-billed and two Horned; no Eared.
 

 One Red-necked Grebe, seen 100-200 feet off west shore of the lake, perhaps 
two-thirds of the way down to the tailrace. The sun was setting, but I was able 
to see it several times with the light on it. Large bill, mostly dull yellow 
and possibly darker on the top of the upper mandible. Dark cap, hindneck, and 
back; the dark cap blended with the dark auriculars. The lower edge of the 
auriculars wasn't well-defined; the border between them and the dull whitish 
lower part of the face was rather smudgy. The foreneck was also dull whitish; 
the sides of the neck were dark rufous. I didn't have my camera with me; I took 
some photos with my iPod, which I haven't been able to look at yet, but which I 
suspect will show little more than a dark speck. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: weekend sparrows
From: "SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Oct 2014 10:42:39 -0700
I spent a little time this past Sat/Sun out birding.  Highlights follow.
 

 Sat Oct 18, Douglas Co, Bennington, Prairie View Lake & Rec Area, 180th & Hwy 
36: 

 

 American White Pelican (likely sick or injured) - 1
 Coot - 4
 Pied-billed Grebe - 2
 Killdeer - 5
 Great Horned Owl (heard) - 1
 Belted Kingfisher - 1
 LeConte's Sparrow - 1
 Fox Sparrow - 1 
 Savannah Sparrow - a few
 Harris', Lincoln's, Song, Swamp Sparrows - numerous
 

 Sun Oct 19, Douglas Co, Bennington, Glacier Creek Preserve, ~160th & State 
Streets: 

 

 Ring-necked Pheasant - 1
 Great Horned Owl - 1
 Hairy Woodpecker - 1
 Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3
 LeConte's Sparrow - 1
 Grasshopper Sparrow - 1 
 Harris' Sparrow - 3
 Lincoln's, Savannah, Song, White-throated Sparrows - numerous
 Dark-eyed Junco - numerous
 * There were also two Variegated Fritillaries and several Clouded Sulphurs 
flying around in the prairie. 

 

 Good birding (and butterflying?) - Rick
Subject: Ruby crowned kinglet - 144th and Dodge, Omaha
From: "Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:50:19 -0500
Hi All,

Nice way to start the work week. I have a ruby crowned kinglet outside of
my window on a small conifer at my office on 144th and Dodge in Omaha,
busily foraging for bugs.

Dave Pantos
Omaha, NE
Subject: Merrick & Polk Counties 10/19/14
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:40:22 -0700




Subject: Am. Three-toed Woodpecker photos
From: "'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:43:31 -0500
Posted two photos of a female American Three-toed Woodpecker that Ed M. Brogie 
took today (10.19.14) in Dawes County, Nebraska. 


Mark A. Brogie
Creighton, NE

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Subject: Kearney
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:19:15 -0500
After visiting with the Big Bend Audubon Chapter in Kearney today I stopped 
briefly at Cottonmill Park just west of Kearney (Buffalo County). Found: 

- 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
- 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
- 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
- 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers
- 14 Cedar Waxwings
- 45 Robins
- 2 BC Chickadees
- 3 Cardinals

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - my yard, Oct 19, 2014
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:08:34 -0600
Finally had a few birds in the yard today. Below is the list. Juncos and 
White-crowned Sparrows showed up a week ago, today's was the first goldfinch 
I have seen for a while.
Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE

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> my yard, Scotts Bluff, US-NE
> Oct 19, 2014 8:00 AM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments:     birds seen in the yard through out the day
> 13 species
>
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Blue Jay  5
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> American Robin  7
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
> White-crowned Sparrow  1
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  9     two males with black heads
> Common Grackle  6
> House Finch  2
> American Goldfinch  1
> House Sparrow  7
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20281739
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Subject: American Three-toed Woodpecker 10.19.14
From: "'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:53:10 -0500
Ed Brogie, Bill Huser, Bob Livermore, Dave Stage, and I revisited East Ash 
Creek Canyon in Dawes Co. this morning. We found the female woodpecker a bit 
east of where we discovered it yesterday. Will post some photos! 

When last observed the bird was flying to the northeast over the high ridge to 
the north. 


Mark A. Brogie
Creighton, NE


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Subject: Seward, Saline, Fillmore and Thayer
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:12:03 +0000
I did a loop in Seward, Saline, Fillmore and Thayer Counties on 18 October. I 
had the following highlights: 


8 White-faced Ibis at the sheetwater wetland in FIllmore Co (RWB record late, 
now) 

120 American Golden-Plovers in a cut soybean field near Mallard Haven WPA
1 Northern Shrike in Saline County
1 Hermit Thrush along Seward hike/bike trail along Plum Creek
6 LeConte's Sparrows at Prairie Marsh WMA, Thayer Co.
1 LeConte's Sparrow at Meyer Recreation Area, Saline Co.
1 Fox Sparrow in Saline Co.
12 Brewer's Blackbirds at Real WPA

The shorebirds present on Wednesday in Fillmore County were mostly gone. I had 
one Lesser Yellowlegs and one Least Sandpiper, there, and another three Lesser 
Yellowlegs in southern Fillmore County. 


Good birding!

 - Joel

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Subject: Grass Pads and Jack Sinn today
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:21:40 -0500


I checked out the grass pads early this morning in Douglas County off West 
Center Rd. with the following highlights: 




3 Am. Golden Plover

3 Am. Pipits

1 Lapland Longspur

3 Longspur Un-ID'd to species

1 Great Egret flying over the Sand Pit to the west



The longspurs were out quite a ways and moving around in pad &2. Only able to 
ID 1 Lapland due to the rusty contrasting swath on the greater wing coverts. 
Presumably a fall female bird. Not sure how many of the 4 I saw on the ground 
as they were not together and would move in and out of the grass and fly about 
some. At one point they were all flying together and either silent or too far 
away for me to hear them. 




I then spent a couple hours walking around at Jack Sinn WMA in Saunders Co. Of 
interest were: 




10 Rusty Blackbirds (photos)

25 Am. Pipits

1 Greater Yellowlegs

4 Wilson's Snipe

5 Least Sandpiper

multiple Le Conte's Sparrows (photos)



https://www.flickr.com/photos/82286560 AT N06/

Some of my recent photos can be viewed with the above link.



Michael Willison

Lincoln
 		 	   		  
Subject: Grant sewage ponds
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Oct 2014 18:30:48 -0700
Regret to report that I visited the Grant (Perkins County) sewage ponds today, 
and found them all apparently dry. In particular, the northeastern pond, which 
is the one whose surface is visible from the east-west road, had nothing but a 
little damp patch in the bottom, with one forlorn-looking Killdeer on it. I 
couldn't see the surface of the southeastern pond, which I believe has had 
water as recently as this spring; but I suspect that it, too, has been drained. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: American Three-toed Woodpecker - Dawes Co.
From: "'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:31:06 -0600
Ed Brogie, Bill Huser, and I found and photographed a FEMALE American 
Three-toed Woodpecker today in East Ash Canyon, Dawes Co., NE 

All previous reports have been of male birds.
Location of bird: From East Ash Trailhead take drainage that lies north of 
trail eastward until it narrows and becomes steep. 


Long W 103 10.721 min
Lat N 42 37.617.  


Mark A. Brogie
Creighton, NE

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Subject: Re: Harlan County CBC - 15 Dec
From: "Harlan County Tourism harlancountytourism AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:17:50 -0700
 
Thank you, thank you, Joel and all who decide to participate! We will do our 
best to make you feel welcome! Pat 

 

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

To: "NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com"  
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 1:02 PM
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlan County CBC - 15 Dec
  


  



In a time when the promise of tomorrow seemed more evident, there was a 
Christmas Bird Count (CBC) that exemplified the spirit of possibility. Rising 
from the ashes of broken promises, the Harlan County CBC will once again take 
place this year after a 15+ year absence. The date is tentatively set for 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 15. Golden-crowned Sparrow, Black-legged Kittiwake and Spotted 
Sandpiper are a few of the rarities discovered during the first act of the 
Harlan County CBC. What will the next act produce? Well, friend, anything is 
possible when you believe in the promise of tomorrow. 

  
More details will be available as the date approaches. If you are interested in 
participating, please contact me off-list. 

  
Good birding!   
  
- Joel 
   
  
Joel Jorgensen   |  Nongame Bird Program Manager  
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission   
 2200 N. 33rd St.   |  Lincoln, NE 68503    
joel.jorgensen AT nebraska.gov  |  402.471.5440 
   
  
   


  
Subject: Backyard birds, Hastings, Adams Co
From: "hpsalyar AT tcgcs.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Oct 2014 08:11:55 -0700
Clouds of gnats attracting yellow rumped warbler, brown creeper, white breasted 
nuthatch, ruby crowned kinglet. Yard also has many juncos, cardinals, house 
finches, etc. Ruby crowned hummingbird visiting pineapple sage with red 
blossoms right outside back door on Oct 17, 2014. Phyllis Salyards 
Subject: Harlan County CBC - 15 Dec
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:02:22 +0000
In a time when the promise of tomorrow seemed more evident, there was a 
Christmas Bird Count (CBC) that exemplified the spirit of possibility. Rising 
from the ashes of broken promises, the Harlan County CBC will once again take 
place this year after a 15+ year absence. The date is tentatively set for 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 15. Golden-crowned Sparrow, Black-legged Kittiwake and Spotted 
Sandpiper are a few of the rarities discovered during the first act of the 
Harlan County CBC. What will the next act produce? Well, friend, anything is 
possible when you believe in the promise of tomorrow. 


More details will be available as the date approaches. If you are interested in 
participating, please contact me off-list. 


Good birding!

- Joel


Joel Jorgensen   |  Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
 2200 N. 33rd St.   |  Lincoln, NE 68503
joel.jorgensen AT nebraska.gov | 402.471.5440 



Subject: Recent birding encounters!
From: "larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:22:14 -0400
Hi!
    A brief summary of some local birding in Lancaster  County.  The best 
site was Holmes Lake on October 14, 2014.  It was a  windy morning, but even 
windier in the p.m. when I visited Pioneers Park.   HOLMES LAKE observations 
of note (37 species):  Osprey--2; Bufflehead--3;  Redhead--28; 
White-throated sparrow--12; Brown creeper--1; Ruby-crowned kinglet--8; 
Golden-crowned 

kinglet--1; Nashville warbler--1; Orange-crowned  warbler--2; Yellow-rumped 
warbler--24; Red-breasted nuthatch--4; Eastern  meadowlark--1.
     PIONEERS PARK on October 14 at  several sites, including Chet Ager 
Nature Center:  Not a whole lot of  diversity present of some note were 
Yellow-rumped warbler--22; Orange-crowned  warbler--3; Cedar waxwing--3 
Ruby-crowned kinglet--2; White-throated sparrow--1;  Red-breasted nuthatch--1.
    October 15, 2014 was a beautiful day (calm, clear,  mild); however, not 
a whole lot of new arrivals as I thought there would be  after the big 
blowing on October 14. Lots of Yellow-rumped warblers are about. There is an 

increase in the number of sparrows in brush piles and  roadside thickets.  
My first stop was lackluster CAPITOL BEACH LAKE:   Large numbers of 
Franklin's gulls (2000+); Bald eagle--1; Spotted  sandpiper--2.
    A brief stop at OAK Lake (west) produced 28  Pied-billed  grebes.       
                                           
    After encountering a lot of sparrows going up  North 1st Street to 
LITTLE SALT FORK MARSH at 1st and Raymond Road, I stopped  and walked into the 
LSFM area.  Of note were the following:  Savannah  sparrow--17; Swamp 
sparrow--6; Marsh wren--5; Nelson's sparrow--1; LeConte's sparrow--3; 
Long-billed 

dowitcher--2; Northern harrier--1.
    At BRANCHED OAK LAKE SRA I did not find much  in the way of new 
arrivals for the season as I had been hoping.  Sightings  of note were:  
Bonaparte's gull--2; Herring gull--3; Field sparrow--3; Ruby-crowned 
kinglet--1; Barn 

swallow--1; Bald eagle--1.  I did not see any  Turkey vultures assemble for 
roosting in the trees on the northwest arm as I  have in the late afternoon 
in previous visits.
    By the time I arrived at PAWNEE LAKE SRA in the  late afternoon, things 
were slowing down.  A boat towing a wet-suited water  skier back and forth 
from one end to the other stirred up the few species on the  lake.  Looking 
into the sun and to the southwest with a scope, I thought I  saw a scoter in 
the distance.  A large number of shorebirds on the west  beach were also 
seen, but they were too far away to identify.  I made a  quick decision to see 
if I could get better views on the west side.  By the  time I got there, 
the water skier disturbed the birds present.  No scoter  found.  I was 
disappointed that the natural treasures of the west beach were blocked by a 
gate. 

I had to hoof it in to see about 45 Killdeers on  the beach.  I was about 
to leave when I encountered Shari Schwartz, who was  just arriving.  Other 
signtings of note on the Pawnee visit:   White-throated sparrow--6; 
Yellow-rumped warbler--56 (conservatively); Cedar  waxwing--6.
    At quite a few sites I found a lot of Chipping  sparrows making their 
way southward.
Good birding!
Larry Einemann
 
In a message dated 10/16/2014 6:24:19 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
 
Yes Patsy, the first photo is of a E. Starling and the second one is of a  
Cooper’s Hawk (look at the large feet and head).
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
 
 

 
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Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:36 AM
To: _NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com)  
Subject: [NEBirds] identify


 

    
 
I downloaded two pictures of a bird that was at the top of a tree near my  
yard.  It kind of looks like a Starling, but do they have green,  reflective 
feathers and a light color under their wings?  He was up there  quietly 
chittering and crackeling.  thanks,,

Patsy
South  Central
Omaha







Subject: Re: identify
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:24:19 -0500
Yes Patsy, the first photo is of a E. Starling and the second one is of a 
Cooper’s Hawk (look at the large feet and head). 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

From: mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:36 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] identify

  
I downloaded two pictures of a bird that was at the top of a tree near my yard. 
It kind of looks like a Starling, but do they have green, reflective feathers 
and a light color under their wings? He was up there quietly chittering and 
crackeling. thanks,, 


Patsy
South Central
Omaha




Subject: Re: identify
From: "'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:57:48 -0600
Hi Patsy,
I haven't seen your photographs but have you considered a Lewis's woodpecker? 
It would, I believe, be a good bit out of range but during migration it might 
be worth a check. Lewis's will sit atop a tree and flycatch. Could you send me 
your photos? 

Diane T in Laramie

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"pjlam44 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]"  wrote:

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>I downloaded two pictures of a bird that was at the top of a tree near my 
yard.  It kind of looks like a Starling, but do they have green, reflective 
feathers and a light color under their wings?  He was up there quietly 
chittering and crackeling.  thanks,, 

>
>Patsy
>South Central
>Omaha
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> 
Subject: identify
From: "pjlam44 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Oct 2014 22:36:06 -0700
I downloaded two pictures of a bird that was at the top of a tree near my yard. 
It kind of looks like a Starling, but do they have green, reflective feathers 
and a light color under their wings? He was up there quietly chittering and 
crackeling. thanks,, 


Patsy
South Central
Omaha
 

Subject: Fontenelle Forest Birds
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:40:18 -0500
This morning in the Fontenelle Forest lowlands (with Eric Scholar, Jim & Sandy 
Kovanda & Roland Barth) we found: 


Pied-billed Grebe - 2
Double-crested Cormorant - 2
Turkey Vulture - 20
Cooper's Hawk
Pileated Woodpecker - 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 4
Carolina Wren 
Orange-crowned Warbler - 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3
Nashville Warbler
White-throated Sparrow - very numerous
Lincoln's Sparrow - 3
White-crowned Sparrow 
Harris's Sparrow 
Fox Sparrow - 3
Eastern Towhee - 3
Purple Finch - 6


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


Subject: Saline, Fillmore, Polk & Butler Cos
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:51:47 +0000
The forecast looked great for today (and it was) so I called an audible and 
went birding. I did a loop that included Saline, Fillmore, Polk and one stop in 
Butler County. Highlights: 


Meyer Recreation Area (Swan Lake), Saline County
1 Rusty Blackbird

Geneva Cemetery, Fillmore County
1 Winter Wren
1 Hermit Thrush

Sheetwater wetland north of Fairmont, Fillmore County
7 White-faced Ibis (ties record late date for RWB)
1 American Avocet
1 Semipalmated Plover (record late for RWB)
2 Greater Yellowlegs
3 Lesser Yellowlegs
~40 Least Sandpipers
32 Long-billed Dowitchers

Buckley Park, Stromsburg, Polk County
2 Hermit Thrushes

Flatsedge WMA, Polk County
1 Sora
1 Wilson's Snipe
14 Le Conte's Sparrows

+2 Brewer's Blackbirds at a cattle yard in Polk County

Platte River  AT  Duncan Bridge, Polk County
3 Great Egrets

Homestead Recreation Area, Butler County
1 Le Conte's Sparrow

I also believe I had a late Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the Stromsburg Cemetery, 
but I did not secure the identification so I will have to leave that one out on 
the field. 


Good birding!

 - Joel

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 joel.jorgensen AT nebraska.gov | 402.471.5440
Subject: Pawnee Lake and Lancaster Co.
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:27:22 -0700
After the rains and at the height of the winds late yesterday afternoon, I
ran out to Pawnee Lake, west of Lincoln.  Still not much in the way ducks
moving in, but the Franklin's Gulls are about peaked out and declining.  I
did have yesterday at Pawnee some late Terns.  2 COMMON, 1 FORSTER and
another 2 that I left as "tern species".  With the wind battering me and my
scope and the further distance of 2 of the tern's, it was too tough to get
the field marks needed.  Also present were 2 SABINE'S GULLS and several
BONAPARTE'S.  I am learning in my 2nd Nebraska Fall that SABINE'S GULL tends
to be quite regular in low numbers on autumn Lancaster Co.  waters.  Since
September 2nd of this year, I've observed SABINE'S GULL(S) on 14 occasions.
(Branched Oak Lake, Pawnee Lake, Capitol Beach Lake)

 

A couple mornings ago, several of us Lancaster Co birders converged
simultaneously on the Little Salt Fork Marsh, just north of Lincoln where we
were treated to 15 plus MARSH WRENS, 25 plus LE CONTE'S SPARROWS and at
least 4 NELSON'S SPARROWS.  More than 15 NELSON'S had been reported there
last week and due to their secretive nature, the tract certainly had to be
hosting dozens, if not more, of this species.

 

Michael Willison

Lincoln
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Oct 14, 2014
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:10:58 -0500
These trails at Fontenelle Forest have some wet spots where you have to 
detour around.
Best birds were: Hermit Thrush, E. Phoebe, and both Kinglet species - 
Probably undercounted White-throated Sparrow because of the strong wind 
today - hard to see them in all the leaf movement and hear because wind 
noise.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

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Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 4:04 PM
To: ckavian AT cox.net
Subject: eBird Report - Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Oct 14, 2014

Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Sarpy, US-NE
Oct 14, 2014 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Walked the Hidden Lake, Redbud and Cottonwood Trails
33 species

Wood Duck  4
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  4
Red-headed Woodpecker  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  8
European Starling  7
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
Eastern Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  3
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  24
Dark-eyed Junco  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  54
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  18
American Goldfinch  26

View this checklist online at 
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Subject: migrants at Fontenelle Forest
From: "SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Oct 2014 10:00:22 -0700
There are a lot of birds in the Forest today. On a short hike through Child's 
Hollow, Elizabeth and I found: 

 

 Sharp-shinned Hawk
 Red-tailed Hawk
 Turkey Vulture
 Franklin's Gull
 Red-headed, Red-bellied, Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers (as always)
 Brown Creeper (2)
 Golden-crowned Kinglet (at least 3)
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)
 Yellow-rumped Warbler (numerous)
 White-throated Sparrow (numerous)
 Fox Sparrow (1)
 

 There are still a lot of Great Spreadwings (damselflies) along Hickory Trail.
 

 Good birding - Rick 
Subject: Greenhouse Ammodramus- 10/13
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:47:31 +0000 (UTC)
    Yesterday morning (10/13) at Indian Creek Nursery, I ventured into one 
of the greenhouses to find a small Ammodramus sparrow.  Though I did not carry 
optics, I was able to see a rather plain breast, defined eye ring, buffy 
throat, wing bars, and dark crown with a gray median stripe.  I came to the 
conclusion that the small Midtown sparrow was a juvenile GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.  
Eventually the sparrow did leave through the sliding doors.  Apparently the 
bird became caught in the rather heavy rains yesterday morning. 

  To add to Noah's recent post, about twenty (20) CHIMNEY SWIFTS were still 
being observed over the Mercer property (Midtown Omaha) during the evening 
of 10/12.  Yesterday around 6:45pm,I noticed around 10-12 SWIFTS still 
remaining. 

Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com

Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on East Campus in Lincoln
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:07:22 -0700
Hi everyone

As I expected on a rainy day -- demonstrating what I'm starting to call "wet 
college campus effect" -- there was a LOT of bird activity on East Campus this 
afternoon. For some reason, rain on landscaped habitats such as city parks and 
college campuses really seems to bring out the birds! Among the swarms of 
ROBINS, BLUE JAYS, CHIPPING SPARROWS, and other common birds foraging around 
the berry bushes and on the lawns were a few WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and at 
least two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS. The best bird, however, was a young male 
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in some pine trees near the East Campus "prairie". 
Also interesting was a late flock of probably about 50 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, and a 
flyover NORTHERN HARRIER. 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln 
Subject: RE: Question re Spring Creek Prairie
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:34:12 -0500
Hi Brooks and whoever else this relates to:

 

Typically (and I fully realize that ‘typical’ can be taken to be an 
oxymoron when it is trying to describe late fall Nebraska weather….. but 
.,….) we generally see a lot of sparrows and much fewer Smith’s Longspurs 
and Sprague’s Pipits on our annual visit to Spring Crk. Pr. the last weekend 
of Oct. [that would be 10/25/14 at 8:00 AM this year]. That represents the back 
side of peak, but is always a productive trip and the Public is welcome to join 
us at no extra charge. 


 

I cannot – nor would I want to - predict what might be found in the following 
few weeks, but SCP is a great spot to bird almost any time of year. 


 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co. NE and

Field Trip Chair, Fontenelle Forest Bird Club

 

 

 

 

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 2:29 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Question re Spring Creek Prairie

 

  


 In early-mid November are there likely to be some species lingering at Spring 
Creek Prairie near Denton which would not usually be found in the grassier 
southern areas of Wilderness Park? eBird only has one November entry for Spring 
Creek Prairie, so I was hoping people here could provide more information. (I'm 
quite happy with mixed sparrows and finches, and hoping for some oddballs.) 


brooks 
waiakea, hi

 


Subject: RE: Question re Spring Creek Prairie
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:17:58 -0500
 

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 2:29 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Question re Spring Creek Prairie

 

  


 In early-mid November are there likely to be some species lingering at Spring 
Creek Prairie near Denton which would not usually be found in the grassier 
southern areas of Wilderness Park? eBird only has one November entry for Spring 
Creek Prairie, so I was hoping people here could provide more information. (I'm 
quite happy with mixed sparrows and finches, and hoping for some oddballs.) 


brooks 
waiakea, hi

 


Subject: Question re Spring Creek Prairie
From: "bkrrrrr AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Oct 2014 12:29:09 -0700
 In early-mid November are there likely to be some species lingering at Spring 
Creek Prairie near Denton which would not usually be found in the grassier 
southern areas of Wilderness Park? eBird only has one November entry for Spring 
Creek Prairie, so I was hoping people here could provide more information. (I'm 
quite happy with mixed sparrows and finches, and hoping for some oddballs.) 


brooks 
waiakea, hi
 

Subject: FW: Part-time work: bird surveys in Ogallala, NE
From: "Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:11:42 -0400 (EDT)
Forwarding this information from RMBO. Anyone in the Ogallala area 
looking for a partime job?

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Angela Dwyer < angela.dwyer AT rmbo.org 
 >
Date: Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Subject: FW: Part-time work: bird surveys in Ogallala, NE

   
   
“Melissa Wolfe with WEST Inc. is looking to hire someone to conduct 
roadside bird surveys near Ogallala, NE in an area of a proposed wind 
development. This person would be doing surveys just 2 days a week from 
Oct through spring and perhaps longer.  For more details you can contact 
her at;  mwolfe AT west-inc.com 
 . 
Please share!” 

Thanks! 

   
   
Angela M. Dwyer 

Wildlife Biologist, Nebraska Prairie Partners 

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory 

230 Cherry St. Ste. 150 

Fort Collins, CO 80521 

970-482-1707 ext. 17   
Skype ID: adwyer17  
www.rmbo.org   
Help conserve birds and their habitats  
Donate now online!  
   
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Subject: Notide the new address
From: "'Bill Huntley' birder AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:23:09 -0600
You will see that I have moved. Should you want to contact me, use this 
address. I am not back on NE birds yet..... 


Bill Huntley
Ogallala
Subject: Oct 12 Howard Co
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:34:45 -0700




Subject: Swainson's Hawks
From: "'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:19:59 -0500
 Harvest is late getting started and so are the Swainson's. We finally
started cutting beans Tuesday. Thursday afternoon I had the first
Swainson's hawk. They like to circle the the combine and watch for prey
scared up by the machine. The bird was still sitting on the ground in the
cut stubble the next morning.

I saw a couple more on Saturday afternoon in a different field, but this
morning there were 20+ sitting scattered around a cut field in the Platte
bottom.  With out optics I couldn't distinguish distant  hawks sitting on
the ground from the  clumps of mud that had fallen out of the duals on the
combine, so there were probably more than I could identify with the naked
eye.

During the day there were at least another 10 birds watching me and another
neighbor.

This is the second year in a row that there migration seems to be about a
week late.

Don Paseka
Ames NE

PS.
 I sure wish it could freeze and put these green beans out of their misery.
Subject: Smith's Longspurs & Sprague's Pipit
From: "lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Oct 2014 18:19:18 -0700
Sam and I birded Spring Creek Prairie for about an hour late Saturday. After 40 
minutes into our walk, Sammy spotted 1 Sprague's Pipit near the center of the 
farthest eastern section of the prairie, which is bordered by the Ridge Trail 
on the east side. I was about 100 yards west of Sammy at the time. As I 
approached Sammy's location I spooked two Longspurs. We both saw that they had 
white on their outer tail feathers before they landed. Once they had landed, we 
were able to get within about 10-15 feet of them as they foraged on the ground. 
One was definitely a Smith's Longspur, told by its warm buffy color, long 
primary extension, face pattern, and thin bill. The other Longspur we are 
unsure of the ID. It was much paler than the Smith's with a less distinct face 
pattern and a shorter primary extension. I posted several pictures of the 
unidentified Longspur along with one of it next to the Smith's, the Smith's is 
on the left. I will also post 3 pictures of the Smith's in a few minutes. We 
watched the Longspurs for several minutes before moving on. We were able to 
refind the Sprague's Pipit, getting good looks at it in flight and on the 
ground. 

 

 R. Manning
 Central Omaha
Subject: overview of the last week birds - Platte Co
From: "Marsha Nyffeler marshanyffeler AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:52:51 -0500
After a rather "dry" spell for birds - things picked up this last week or
so - just the highlights:
At Wilkinson WMS (wetlands) -  off highway 81 north west of Columbus, NE -
in the shallow flooded area,
lots of Wilson's snipes,
lots of Water Pipits,
11 lesser yellowlegs, 2 greater yellowlegs,
3 dowitcher (long or short bill? to far to tell),
 1 Wilson's Phalarope,
lots of killdeer,
1 Pectoral Sandpiper (got a great view!) ,
 1 Ibis (? species),
1 Kestrel,
1 Prairie falcon (my best guess - fly fast and swopping around!) ,
other locations in Platte Co:
Harris sparrows,
 Juncos,
 Ruby-Crowned Kinglets,
a little group of late warblers (most Yellow-rump, but some others I
couldn't decide on,
1  Winter Wren (in a flower bed on the campus of Central Community College
- as I was leaving work),
 a couple late brown thrashers.
  All in all, a nice change of the season birding week1
Marsha Nyffele

Columbus NE
Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
From: "'Kathleen Crawford' katcr AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:14:37 -0500
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker showed up in our yard today along with a bunch of
juncos and white-throated sparrows.  Guess winter is coming.

Kathleen Crawford-Rose

Bellevue, Sarpy Cnty
Subject: Gray Partridges +
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:44:23 +0000
I did a loop in Pierce, Wayne and Cedar Counties on 11 October. Best find was 
11 Gray Partridges a little less than a mile south southeast of Randolph, Cedar 
County. My first observation of the species in Nebraska in 18 years. I also had 
14 sparrow species including Fox at Willow Creek SRA, American Tree and many 
Swamp Sparrows. 


On 12 October, I found a Hermit Thrush, 2 Carolina Wrens, 2 Nashville Warblers, 
1 Blue-headed Vireo, a Brown Creeper and a Sharp-shinned Hawk on the Doane 
College campus in Crete. 


On 7 October, I heard and saw an American Golden-Plover flying over Martin Bay, 
Lake McConaughy. On 9 October, I saw one of the two Surf Scoters at Lake 
Ogallala that was first reported by T.J. Walker. 


Good birding!

 - Joel

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Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
2200 N 33rd | Lincoln, NE 68503
 joel.jorgensen AT nebraska.gov | 402.471.5440
Subject: Bunting final word
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:24:39 -0700
Hi everyone. After studying the photos and hearing from a copule of good 
birders, I've concluded that the Passerina bunting I photo'ed a week ago at 
Pioneers Park was an immature female LAZULI BUNTING. Sorry I didn't get the 
word out sooner; I'm thinking she's almost certainly gone by now... 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Douglas Co.- Another Week In Review
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:20:32 +0000 (UTC)
    This evening (10/11) I headed to the Lake Cunningham area.  A very small 
wetland strip behind the dam contained.... 

-1 Sedge Wren (FOS)-1 LeConte's Sparrow (FOY)
-3 Song Sparrow-4 Swamp Sparrow-2 Lincoln's Sparrow
Earlier in the day, I traveled further west and checked out the Grass Pads for 
Sprague's Pipits.  No Sprague's unfortunately, though the area with it's bare 
spots looks very promising for Sprague's in the next week or so. 

-16 Am. White Pelicans (Sandcove lake adjacent to Grass Pad 2)-12 Franklin's 
Gull (flyovers)-70 Killdeer-3 Least Sandpiper-30 American Pipit (Most on GP2, 
only one AMPI flushed from GP1)-2 Horned Lark-5 Spizella spp.-8 Western 
Meadowlark (yes, they vocalized) 

A juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (FOS) was observed this morning on Mercer 
Woods property.  Unfortunately the first YBSA of the season, also a 
juvenile, was found Monday (10/06) as a window kill victim at the front door. 

On Friday I drove up north to the Bennington Lake/ Prairieview Lake area.  
Species here included... 

-30 Ring-billed Gulls (Bennington Lake)-3 No. Shoveler-5 Redhead (FOS)-2 
Ring-necked Duck (FOS)-8 Ruddy Duck-40 Am. Coot-4 American Pipit (Flyovers)-4 
Song Sparrow-6 Swamp Sparrow-3 Lincoln's Sparrow-1 Pine Siskin (Heard snippet 
of call, but no other vocalizations.  Many Am. Goldfinches in the area.) 

On Tuesday (10/07) A GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET (FOS) was heard at Indian Creek 
Nursery in Midtown Omaha. During the morning of 10/05 a BROWN CREEPER (FOS) 
was observed at Mercer Woods. 

Expected common species for Mid-October have been observed at Mercer Woods for 
the past week as well, ie: YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, O-C WARBLER, W-T SPARROW, 
etc.  

Good birding.

Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Bellevue Birds
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:19:24 -0500
This morning in the Fontenelle Forest lowlands we found:

Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Rough-winged Swallow - 5
Carolina Wren - 1 singing
Sedge Wren - 1 - South Stream Trail
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 5
Orange-crowned Warbler - 5
Lincoln's Sparrow - 3
White-throated Sparrow - 25+
Song Sparrow - 2
Eastern Towhee - 2
Spotted Towhee - 1

In our yard this afternoon there was a Nashville Warbler in the birdbath.


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


Subject: Farm birds
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:58:07 -0500
What a difference in numbers of some species last night's cold freeze made. 
Noticibly fewer Lincoln's Sparrows and especially Yellow-rumped Warblers. The 
last two day's sightings from he farm are below. 


sandhill15
Oct 10, 2014
US-NE-Wakefield-86224-86232 581 Ave
Traveling
0.15 miles
55 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
2 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
5 Blue Jay
1 Winter Wren
4 American Robin
8 European Starling
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
35 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Clay-colored Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
12 Savannah Sparrow
27 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
6 Harris's Sparrow
2 White-crowned Sparrow
3 Dark-eyed Junco
2 American Goldfinch
7 House Sparrow

sandhill15
Oct 11, 2014
US-NE-Wakefield-86224-86232 581 Ave
Traveling
0.15 miles
40 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
1 Eurasian Collared-Dove
1 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
5 Blue Jay
6 American Robin
4 European Starling
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
9 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
16 Savannah Sparrow
15 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
6 White-throated Sparrow
8 Harris's Sparrow
2 White-crowned Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Junco
3 Pine Siskin
10 House Sparrow

Jan Johnson
Wakefield, Dixon County
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bird-brained-quilter/


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Subject: Perkins County
From: "anitawatkinsksc AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Oct 2014 08:35:47 -0700

 

 Oct 10, #1 our farm yard ; #2 driving 50 miles  AT 17mph SE of Elsie to farm 
Venango 1:30-4:30p.m. 

 

 Blue Jays--4 seen all at same time 9:00a.m. at water disc and 2 big sunflowers 
in fence, seen again at 5 p.m. in top of old locust. 2 are much brighter colors 
than the other 2. Different subspecies? 

 Pigeons--18,  E-Collared Doves--5, Robins---7, House Sparrows--15, 
 FOS: Chipping Sparrow--1,    Clay-Colored Sparrow--1
 

 

 #2 trip 1:30-4:30p.m 50 miles on gravel roads in big noisy Tractor/Grain Cart 
followed by Combine 

 Ring-necked Pheasant--8  5 in one group others single,  
 Northern Harrier--4  each single miles apart;   
 Red-tailed Hawk--2  singles miles apart
 

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

 

 Oct 11 Sat  7a.m. Cold Foggy, Frost on windshield
 

 Northern Flicker-- 8:00a.m 1 Yellow-Shafted female; 
 9:00a.m. No.Flicker--red nape +red mustache, Intergrade? Did not see under 
feather color. 

 Blue Jays--2 at least  
 House Sparrows--10  E.Collared Doves--4,  Pigeons--15, Robins--6
 Meadowlark--1  9 a.m.
 

 Anita Watkins, Perkins County in SW Nebraska
 

 

Subject: Hummingbird
From: "Jeanine Lackey jeanine.dinan AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:52:53 -0500
I had one Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting my salvia this morning (Oct.
10). I did not see it this evening.

Jeanine
Bellevue
Sarpy Co.

--
Subject: American Tree Sparrow in Brown County
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Oct 2014 14:49:48 -0700
Pleased to report a FOS American Tree Sparrow at South Pine WMA, south of Long 
Pine in Brown County, on Thursday morning (October 9). I wasn't expecting this 
bird, so checked its field marks rather carefully to make sure it wasn't an 
aberrant Chipper or Field. Reddish crown, unstreaked gray breast with a dark 
central spot and some rufous along the sides, bicolored bill with straw-colored 
lower mandible and dark upper. 

 

 Think this is the earliest I've ever seen ATS in Nebraska in the fall, 
although my first fall sighting in 2010 was October 12; otherwise, it looks 
like my first fall sightings have occurred after Oct. 20. 

 

 Incidentally, I think that South Pine WMA is fairly new: it doesn't show up on 
my Delorme map. I only found it because I was trying to get lost south of Long 
Pine, and checked the map in the Game & Parks 2014 public-access atlas. Some 
nice marsh and grassland habitat, with a decent-sized Sandhills lake; I'll 
definitely return there. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: Black-billed Magpies in Keya Paha Co.
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Oct 2014 14:39:40 -0700
Pleased to report a sighting of three Black-billed Magpies in northern Keya 
Paha County on Wednesday afternoon (October 8). 

 

 The birds were near the point where the Keya Paha River crosses the 
Nebraska-South Dakota border. A minimum-maintenance road runs north to a truss 
bridge over the river; as I drove north on this road, three magpies flushed up 
from a field with large cylindrical haybales on the east side of the road, 
about half a mile south of the bridge. About fifteen minutes later, as I walked 
south past that field, I saw a single magpie, possibly one of those that'd 
flushed earlier, perched in a tree along the river to the west. 

 

 This is a new county bird for me, and I believe it's the first time I've found 
magpies along the Keya Paha River. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: NOU Newsletter
From: "Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:38:08 -0400 (EDT)
The latest NOU newsletter is now on the NOU website at 
http://noubirds.org/Publications/NOUNews.aspx

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE
Subject: possible Lazuli Bunting photos
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 02:53:37 +0000 (UTC)
 I managed to get back the lost camera (it somehow didn't get stolen after 
sitting in a forgotten backpack in a public room all night!) So here's 
the photos of the Lazuli Bunting candidate I saw at Pioneers Park on Saturday 
(in the weeds around the Nature Center parking lot) 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157648506054791/ 

The very strong pale wing-bars seem wrong for Indigo and right for Lazuli, and 
the weakly contrasting, grayish throat is another Lazuli feature according 
to Sibley's and Stokes's field guides. Stokes's guide also says that immature 
Lazulis can retain some juvenile breast-streaking through their 1st winter, 
so (surprisingly) the streaky breast should be acceptable for Lazuli even 
though it gives the bird an Indigo-like first impression. I also think I can 
see some patches of buffy-orange coloration coming in on the breast, although 
I don't know if that's a good field mark either way...  

So at this point I'm tentatively thinking this is a Lazuli or maybe a 
LazuliXIndigo hybrid... But I have ZERO experience with female Indigos, so I'm 
looking forward to hearing others' opinions on this bird! 

Thanks!
Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Location
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:01:18 -0500
Yesterday I posted my sighting of 2 Smith’s Longspurs on Road 14 north of the 
northeast Jack Sinn wetland. My post came through e-bird listing the location 
in Lancaster County. It is in Saunders (close to Lancaster). However, I was 
aware of that and have corrected (edited) this in my Jack Sinn sightings 
several times, but it has always reverted back to Lancaster which originally I 
listed as Lancaster because of the other Jack Sinn just south of Ceresco which 
is entirely in Lancaster County. 

 Anyway, to make a long story short the Smith’s Longspurs were in Saunders 
County and I will have to work with the editing function of e-birds. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE   
Subject: Lake Ogallala/McConaughy
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 19:14:21 +0000
Looking at a flock of feeding gulls out from the south end of the dam at 
McConaughy that includes at least two Lesser Black-backed Gulls and one 
California Gull. A while ago I observed two first winter Surf Scoters on Lake 
Ogallala. Just wanted to get the word out in case anyone (like me) is heading 
out to Gearing for the Legacy Conference. 


T. J. Walker
Brady, NE

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Subject: Late report: possible Lazuli Bunting at Pioneers Park
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:07:04 -0700
Hi everyone. 

On Saturday I extensively studied and photographed a female Passerina bunting 
in the weeds by the nature center parking lot at Pioneers Park, that I at first 
assumed to be an Indigo because of a streaky breast. I was concerned by the 
presence of very broad, pale wing-bars (reminding me of a winter Yellow-rumped 
Warbler or even an American Goldfinch), but I thought the streaky breast ruled 
out Lazuli. However, I just looked at photos online and it looks like immature 
Lazulis CAN have streaks on the breast... So I suspect it might have actually 
been a Lazuli after all... 


Unfortunately, I lost the camera this afternoon, before I'd had a chance to 
download the bunting photos! 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln