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24 Jul Re: SmartPhone Apps ["'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Jul Louie latest ["flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Jul Re: SmartPhone Apps ["'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Jul RE: SmartPhone Apps ["'Rich Kern' rich AT richkern.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Jul SmartPhone Apps ["catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
22 Jul RE: ID Suggestions ["Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" ]
22 Jul Re: ID Suggestions ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
22 Jul Re: ID Suggestions ["'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
22 Jul RE: ID Suggestions ["Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
22 Jul ID Suggestions ["jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
21 Jul Re: Prothonotary Warbler fledgling at Fontenelle Forest ["Roland Barth rebarth AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
21 Jul Prothonotary Warbler fledgling at Fontenelle Forest ["Rick Schmid SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Jul Fw: [nfc-l] And so it begins ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
20 Jul Birds playing Hide and Seek! ["catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
19 Jul Boone Co. + belated sightings ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
19 Jul Re: Feeding Oriole ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
19 Jul Scissor-tailed Flycatcher east end of the Mormon Bridge - IA side ["lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Jul Re: No incoming mail ["jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
19 Jul Feeding Oriole ["jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
19 Jul Yellow-billed cuckoos ["john.manning AT nucor.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Jul No incoming mail ["'Bill Huntley' birder AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
17 Jul New gopher trap ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Jul Barred Owl & Wood Thrush Colfax Co (Whitetail WMA) ["heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Jul Re: Mottled Duck ["Don and Shirley Maas snowbirds2012 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Jul Spring Creek Prairie birds ["KPOAGUE AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jul Mottled Duck ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jul C. Tern ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jul Re: Mottled Duck ["larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Jul RE: Swallows ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
15 Jul Panhandle birds July 11-13 ["kskaggs25 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Jul Re: Mottled Duck- No (July 15) ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Jul Swallows ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Jul Re: Mottled Duck- No (July 15) ["'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" ]
15 Jul Mottled Duck- No (July 15) ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Jul Northern Mockingbird, York County ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Jul Mottled Duck ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
14 Jul Brown Booby ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
13 Jul La Platte Bottoms ["'Neal Ratzlaff' nratzlaff AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
13 Jul Mottled Ducks- 7/12 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
13 Jul Least Bittern ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
13 Jul Lake North - Caspian Tern ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
12 Jul Fw: Question about birding in Nebraska ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
12 Jul Re: Re: MOTTLED DUCKS- Sarpy Co.- 7/11 ["Paul Roisen roisenp1950 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Jul Blind Robin? ["aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Jul Mottled Duck + a few belated sightings ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
12 Jul hummingbirds ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
12 Jul More White-winged Doves in Kearney ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Jul Article ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Jul Re: White-winged Doves breeding ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
11 Jul White-winged Doves breeding ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
11 Jul Re: MOTTLED DUCKS- Sarpy Co.- 7/11 ["lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
11 Jul MOTTLED DUCKS- Sarpy Co.- 7/11 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
9 Jul Re: Flocking grackles ["patsyj pjlam44 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
9 Jul La Platte Bottoms, Sarpy ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
09 Jul Wachicka Audubon field trip to the Platte River Sun. 7/13 ["flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
09 Jul Flocking grackles ["mjrome46 AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
08 Jul New Louisiana nest & thanks to birders ["flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
8 Jul Magpies and more in the Loess Canyons this morning ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
7 Jul Sarpy Birds ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
6 Jul correction Lincoln County 7/5/14 ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
6 Jul Lincoln County 7/5/14 ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
5 Jul Sarpy Birds ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
5 Jul West Douglas Co.- 7/05 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
5 Jul Birding groups ["rjensen AT midlands.net [NEBirds]" ]
5 Jul Booby Attempt- Day 2- 7/04 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
4 Jul Booby Search/ Hansen Lake "Pelagic"- 7/03 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
03 Jul Louies & Least Bitterns ["flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
3 Jul Hansons + Lakes and Brown Booby ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
3 Jul More Sarpy Co. BROWN BOOBY Info ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
3 Jul RE: BELATED BROWN BOOBY - SARPY CO. ["Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" ]
3 Jul BELATED BROWN BOOBY - SARPY CO. ["Mark Brogie mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" ]
2 Jul Stratton BBS - Hitchcock County ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
1 Jul North Platte - Broad-winged Hawk hotspot ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
29 Jun Sumner BBS ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
29 Jun Black-chinned Hummingbird? ["gingerly57 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
27 Jun Vireo call ID? ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]

Subject: Re: SmartPhone Apps
From: "'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:24:29 -0500
I use it on my HTC M8. It works great.

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone

----- Reply message -----
From: "catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" 
To: 
Subject: [NEBirds] SmartPhone Apps
Date: Wed, Jul 23, 2014 4:45 PM

Hello Everybody....I need your help....What Birding Apps do you have on your 
smartphones? I downloaded Sibley but we've noticed that several people have 
other Birding Apps on their smartphones. Is IBird Pro 3 feasible for an HTC 
One. Is there another app that any of you might recommend? Please advise. I'm 
Marty Mathieson, Eastern Buffalo County Nebraska 






Subject: Louie latest
From: "flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jul 2014 00:28:29 -0700
Hello birders,
 

 Fantastic birding today at Platte River SP - enjoyed Summer and Scarlet 
Tanagers, Carolina Wren, and juvenile Louisiana Waterthrushes by just barely 
leaving the parking lot. 

 

 Had the best day so far this year for observing Louisiana Waterthrush 
juveniles, similar to best observation days last year which were in June 
instead of July. A check of Stone Creek revealed juveniles on 3 of the 4 
territories today which now confirms juveniles on all 4 Stone Creek 2014 
territories. Saw parents delivering food on 2nd territory and feeding juvie on 
4th territory. No sign of the recent nestlings on 3rd territory that hopefully 
fledged about a week ago. 

 

 On Sun. 7/20 scoped 2 Caspian Terns with some Forster's at Branched Oak Lake.
 Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln 
Subject: Re: SmartPhone Apps
From: "'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:04:41 -0600
I also am sold on Ibird Pro. It works great on my smartphone (Droid Razor)
Diane

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

"'Rich Kern' rich AT richkern.com [NEBirds]"  wrote:

>  
>
>I’m totally sold on IBird Pro 3 but I use it on an Android tablet with no 
experience with it on a smartphone. 

>
>Rich Kern
>
>Lincoln
>
>From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
>Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:45 PM
>To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [NEBirds] SmartPhone Apps
>
>Hello Everybody....I need your help....What Birding Apps do you have on your 
smartphones? I downloaded Sibley but we've noticed that several people have 
other Birding Apps on their smartphones. Is IBird Pro 3 feasible for an HTC 
One. Is there another app that any of you might recommend? Please advise. I'm 
Marty Mathieson, Eastern Buffalo County Nebraska 

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Subject: RE: SmartPhone Apps
From: "'Rich Kern' rich AT richkern.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:50:17 -0500
I’m totally sold on IBird Pro 3 but I use it on an Android tablet with no 
experience with it on a smartphone. 


 

Rich Kern

Lincoln

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:45 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] SmartPhone Apps

 

  

Hello Everybody....I need your help....What Birding Apps do you have on your 
smartphones? I downloaded Sibley but we've noticed that several people have 
other Birding Apps on their smartphones. Is IBird Pro 3 feasible for an HTC 
One. Is there another app that any of you might recommend? Please advise. I'm 
Marty Mathieson, Eastern Buffalo County Nebraska 






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Subject: SmartPhone Apps
From: "catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:00 -0400 (EDT)
Hello Everybody....I need your help....What Birding Apps do you have on 
your smartphones?  I downloaded Sibley but we've noticed that several 
people have other Birding Apps on their smartphones.  Is IBird Pro 3 
feasible for an HTC One. Is there another app that any of you might 
recommend?  Please advise. I'm Marty Mathieson, Eastern Buffalo County 
Nebraska
Subject: RE: ID Suggestions
From: "Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:35:24 +0000
Perhaps a first year male Baltimore or Bullock's oriole, or molting oriole of 
unknown age. As female orioles (at least Baltimore) age their plumage becomes 
more male-like to a point they can be confused with young males. 


Thomas Labedz, Lincoln, NE

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From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com  on behalf of 'Walker, 
TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]  

Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:18 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] ID Suggestions



Yellow-breasted Chat?  Never heard of them feeding on that though.

T. J. Walker
North Platte

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


"'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]"  
wrote: 




Cedar Waxwing? Not larger than a Baltimore Oriole, but it does have a 'mask' 
and could be described as yellowish or brownish. 


Janis Paseka
Ames


On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:54 AM, 
jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds] 
> wrote: 



Hi Birders,


Our friends told us about a "masked" eye bird, primarily a "yellowish" body to 
"brownish" on top, a bit larger than an Oriole (which they have frequently) 
that savored the Oriole feeder sugar water. 


What ideas do you have? We will pass on ideas so that they can look at pictures 
of suggested birds. 


Thanks!!

Jim

Ogallala


Subject: Re: ID Suggestions
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:18:39 +0000
Yellow-breasted Chat?  Never heard of them feeding on that though.

T. J. Walker
North Platte

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


"'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]"  
wrote: 




Cedar Waxwing? Not larger than a Baltimore Oriole, but it does have a 'mask' 
and could be described as yellowish or brownish. 


Janis Paseka
Ames


On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:54 AM, 
jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds] 
> wrote: 



Hi Birders,


Our friends told us about a "masked" eye bird, primarily a "yellowish" body to 
"brownish" on top, a bit larger than an Oriole (which they have frequently) 
that savored the Oriole feeder sugar water. 


What ideas do you have? We will pass on ideas so that they can look at pictures 
of suggested birds. 


Thanks!!

Jim

Ogallala


Subject: Re: ID Suggestions
From: "'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:11:46 -0500
Cedar Waxwing?  Not larger than a Baltimore Oriole, but it does have a
'mask' and could be described as yellowish or brownish.

Janis Paseka
Ames


On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:54 AM, jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds] <
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi Birders,
>
>
> Our friends told us about a "masked" eye bird, primarily a "yellowish"
> body to "brownish" on top, a bit larger than an Oriole (which they have
> frequently) that savored the Oriole feeder sugar water.
>
> What ideas do you have?  We will pass on ideas so that they can look at
> pictures of suggested birds.
>
> Thanks!!
>
> Jim
>
> Ogallala
>
>  
>
Subject: RE: ID Suggestions
From: "Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:11:37 -0400 (EDT)
I'm guessing a first year male Bullock's or Orchard Oriole which can 
have quite a bit of black on their face or a hybrid, Bullock's x 
Baltimore Oriole which can have all kinds of interesting markings.

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE

On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 8:54 AM, jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds] 
wrote:


Hi Birders,

Our friends told us about a "masked" eye bird, primarily a "yellowish" 
body to "brownish" on top, a bit larger than an Oriole (which they have 
frequently) that savored the Oriole feeder sugar water.
What ideas do you have?  We will pass on ideas so that they can look at 
pictures of suggested birds.
Thanks!!
Jim
Ogallala
  
Subject: ID Suggestions
From: "jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jul 2014 07:54:48 -0700
Hi Birders,
 

 Our friends told us about a "masked" eye bird, primarily a "yellowish" body to 
"brownish" on top, a bit larger than an Oriole (which they have frequently) 
that savored the Oriole feeder sugar water. 

 What ideas do you have? We will pass on ideas so that they can look at 
pictures of suggested birds. 

 Thanks!!
 Jim
 Ogallala
Subject: Re: Prothonotary Warbler fledgling at Fontenelle Forest
From: "Roland Barth rebarth AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:22:20 -0500
I also briefly saw the same pair of Prothonotary Warblers at that same location 
a few days ago, but was not sure enough to report them. 

Roland
On Jul 21, 2014, at 9:17 PM, Rick Schmid SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds] wrote:

> 
> This evening I vistied the Fontenelle Forest wetlands (Sarpy Co, Bellevue, 
Fontenelle Forest, end of Gifford Rd) and found a fledgling Prothonotary 
Warbler on a branch over the water near the nest box where I had earlier this 
year observed an adult carrying food. There was also an adult nearby tonight. I 
have posted two photos of the fledgling. The photos are a little fuzzy, but 
then...so is the bird. I think it is pretty safe to say that the warblers 
nested successfully this year in the nest boxes our Bird Club provided in 2010. 

> Other observations of note this evening:
> Broad-winged Hawk soaring over Camp Brewster
> numerous Gray Catbirds on all parts of our property
> House Wrens, Tufted Titmice, Black-capped Chickadees and Downy Woodpeckers 
all in family groups with juveniles 

> Wood Thrush (2)
> Very few odonata and almost no butterflies
> Good birding - Rick
> 
> 



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Subject: Prothonotary Warbler fledgling at Fontenelle Forest
From: "Rick Schmid SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:17:26 -0500
This evening I vistied the Fontenelle Forest 
wetlands (Sarpy Co, Bellevue, Fontenelle Forest, end of Gifford Rd) and found a 

fledgling Prothonotary Warbler on a branch over the water near the nest box 
where I had earlier this year observed an adult carrying food.  There was also 
an adult nearby tonight. I have posted two photos of the fledgling. The photos 

are a little fuzzy, but then...so is the bird. I think it is pretty safe to say 

that the warblers nested successfully this year in the nest boxes our Bird Club 

provided in 2010.
 
Other observations of note this 
evening:
 
Broad-winged Hawk soaring over Camp 
Brewster
numerous Gray Catbirds on all parts of our 
property
House Wrens, Tufted Titmice, Black-capped 
Chickadees and Downy Woodpeckers all in family groups with 
juveniles
Wood Thrush (2)
 
Very few odonata and almost no 
butterflies
 
Good birding - Rick  		 	   		  
Subject: Fw: [nfc-l] And so it begins
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:08:08 -0500
Hi all,

Interesting post from Ted Floyd regarding nocturnal west to east molt migration 
of Chipping Sparrows. Makes one wonder if the huge flocks of Spizella sparrows 
in western Nebraska in fall might contain good numbers of these migrants. 
Recently we are discovering that other species that leave early might be doing 
something similar, like Bullock's Oriole, at least as far as adults are 
concerned. 


Ross


From: Ted Floyd 
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2014 6:39 PM
To: NFC-L 
Subject: [nfc-l] And so it begins


Hi, all. 


I heard three Chipping Sparrow flight calls this morning, Friday, July 18, 
2014, at 4:28 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, Lafayette, eastern Boulder County, 
Colorado, USA. Calm night, bright moonlight, no wind. 



West-to-east vector, as expected: These Chipping Sparrows are midsummer 
nocturnal migrants flying from pinewoods in the Rocky Mountains to recently 
discovered molting grounds in far eastern Colorado and western Kansas (and 
perhaps elsewhere). 



For me, there is no greater thrill in this life than hearing their tiny voices 
on hot summer nights in the western Great Plains. People say geese fly south in 
the autumn, and so they do; also, sparrows fly east in the middle of the summer 
in the dead of night. Is that cool or what? 



Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County, Colorado, USA


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Subject: Birds playing Hide and Seek!
From: "catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:28:11 -0400 (EDT)
Hello Everybody!  This thread reminds me of 4 Common Grackles playing 
Hide and Seek in our daughter's tomato Plants. They were running around 
in there having a high old time.  They did that for nearly 15 minutes. 
We were never able to discover any predation on those plants.
Subject: Boone Co. + belated sightings
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:35:28 +0000
I birded Boone County this morning (19 July) in order to beef up my dismal list 
for that jurisdiction. In addition to expected species, I found singing Swamp 
Sparrows (at least two) in a marshy area where Beaver Valley Rd crosses Beaver 
Creek in the northwest corner of the county. Also at this location was an adult 
and a recently-fledged Northern Harrier, as well as a Willow Flycatcher. I also 
tallied dozens of Bobolinks (area of Sandhills in the NW portion of the 
county), 6 Blue Grosbeaks and a Green Heron in Boone Co. 


I also found a Semipalmated Plover at Tamora WPA and 6 American Coot broods at 
Marsh Duck WMA on 19 July. 


On 14 July, Mary Brown and I made brief stops in Kearney to look for 
White-winged Doves and North Platte to see the nesting Broad-winged Hawks. We 
found one recently-fledged juvenile White-winged Dove just outside Thompson 
Hall on the UNK campus and an adult and at least one young Broad-winged Hawk at 
the nest site in North Platte. Thanks to Robin, Lanny and T.J. for sharing 
information about these sightings. 


Also on 14 July, Mary and I saw two California Gulls and a Caspian Tern at Lake 
McConaughy. 


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: Re: Feeding Oriole
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:25:37 -0600
I have a lot of orioles but have never seen them in the tomatoes. I would think 
they would be after insects unless the fruit is really ripe, but who knows, 
they do eat blossoms off fruit trees so maybe the blossoms. You will have to 
watch and let us know 


Kathy Delara
Mitchell NE


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds] 
  To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 10:17 AM
  Subject: [NEBirds] Feeding Oriole


    

 Yesterday afternoon we watched a female Oriole spend a great deal of time in 
our tomato plants. Might she be eating the blossoms or the small fruits? Or 
might we be so lucky she was only finding insects? The garden is too far and 
she was too hidden to be able to tell using binoculars. What are the habits or 
Orioles concerning tomatoes? 


  Jim

  Ogallala


  
Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher east end of the Mormon Bridge - IA side
From: "lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jul 2014 10:26:22 -0700
My wife and sons just saw a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, a female or juvenile, as 
they drove over the Mormon Bridge in north Omaha into Iowa. The bird was any 
where from a quarter of a mile to a half mile east of the Mormon Bridge, on the 
south side of east bound lanes of I-680. The bird was sitting on the fence line 
on the south side of I-680E. My family turned around and saw the Flycatcher a 
second time from the west bound lanes. Sammy got a couple of blurred 
photographs of it as they drove passed it. (There was too much traffic to stop 
safely for a better look and better picture.) When my family finally got the 
car turned around and headed back east over the bridge a second time, the 
Flycatcher was gone. 

 

 Manning's
 Omaha
Subject: Re: No incoming mail
From: "jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jul 2014 09:40:48 -0700
I visited with Bill concerning his email issues. I was able to determine that 
the emails are incoming but suddenly disappear, an indication to me that they 
are moving to a spam or trash folder. We didn't have time right now to attempt 
to resolve this problem, but he is going to contact his ISP for additional 
help. Jim 

 Ogallala
Subject: Feeding Oriole
From: "jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jul 2014 09:17:51 -0700
Yesterday afternoon we watched a female Oriole spend a great deal of time in 
our tomato plants. Might she be eating the blossoms or the small fruits? Or 
might we be so lucky she was only finding insects? The garden is too far and 
she was too hidden to be able to tell using binoculars. What are the habits or 
Orioles concerning tomatoes? 

 Jim
 Ogallala
Subject: Yellow-billed cuckoos
From: "john.manning AT nucor.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jul 2014 08:56:23 -0700
There are at least two maybe three yellow- billed cuckoos calling behind the 
house this am. Haven't heard them in the neighborhood for a few years. 

 

 John, west of Norfolk
Subject: No incoming mail
From: "'Bill Huntley' birder AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:22:19 -0600
After experiencing difficulties with my computer I am now unable to receive any 
of the NEbirds. Unless this changes within the next day or two I shall contact 
someone to help me get it back. 

Meanwhile, I’m still getting e-mail at birder AT charter.net      Thanks!

Bill Huntley
Ogallala
Subject: New gopher trap
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:02:03 -0500
You've got to see this.  Unbelievable...


https://www.facebook.com/photo.phpv=10204262495191468&set=vb.1500784159&type=2&theater 


Jan Johnson
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bird-brained-quilter/
Subject: Barred Owl & Wood Thrush Colfax Co (Whitetail WMA)
From: "heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jul 2014 10:38:37 -0700
Hi all,
 decided to to make a quick trip to Whitetail WMA just southwest of Schuyler 
this morning (needed a stress reliever). Not certain whether this is "better 
lucky than good" or "right spot, right time", hadn't had anything special until 
I was almost back to the parking lot--at which point a Wood Thrush and Barred 
Owl start calling (approximately 9:30 am). 

 

 Wood Thrush was about 20 yards South of the parking lot about 30 yards East of 
the trail. 

 

 Barred Owl was East of the parking lot at least 100 yards away.
 

 

 Bell's Vireo just North of parking lot.
 on the walk south had:
 blue-winged teal (on old oxbow)
 chimney swift
 red-bellied woodpecker
 downy woodpecker
 northern flicker
 eastern wood-pewee
 eastern kingbird
 warbling vireo
 red-eyed vireo
 blue jay
 cliff swallow
 barn swallow
 black-capped chickadee
 white-breasted nuthatch
 house wren 
 american robin
 gray catbird
 brown thrasher
 cedar waxwing
 common yellowthroat
 eastern towhee
 northern cardinal
 rose-breasted grosbeak
 brown-headed cowbird
 orchard oriole
 baltimore oriole
 american goldfinch
 

 David Heidt
 Norfolk
Subject: Re: Mottled Duck
From: "Don and Shirley Maas snowbirds2012 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:33:50 -0500
Looks like the dog days of summer have set in and we are killing time with
puzzle's.

Not much happening here in Ok but did see 200 to 400 thousand Mexican Bats
last
Friday night in Western OK along with three Great Horned Owls that were too
slow
for a Bat dinner.

Don Maas
Displaced Nebraskan in OK


On Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 11:43 PM, ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds] <
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
>  A few birders gathered at the LaPlatte Bottoms this evening to look for
> the Mottled Duck.  But since the Mottled Duck decided not to show up we had
> a breaking-in celebration of the new Hwy 34 bridge across the Missouri
> River, saw tons of G. B. Herons, fly-overs of Solitary Sandpipers and a MIG
> Jet, a nursery for Mallards and Wood Ducks, a coyote, lots of deer and
> Killdeer (not related), Lesser Yellowlegs, an immature Black Tern, Coots
> and a vocalizing Pied-billed Grebe.  Those in attendance don't want their
> pictures or names shown for failing to find THE DUCK.  But here are some
> clues as to who they maybe were:
> _l_m  _l_p_a_e
> _o_s  _i_c_c_
> _o_e_  p_d_l_o_d
> S_a_I  S_h_a_t_
> E_i_  S_h_l_r
> B_b_  p_d_l_o_d
> J_c_i_  S_h_l_r
> S_n_y  K_v_n_a
> J_h_  C_r_i_i
> _i_  K_v_n_a
>
> C. Klaphake
> Bellevue, NE
>
>
>
>
>
>  
>



-- 
Don & Shirley Maas


The Snowbirds have returned to OK and are
nesting in Choctaw, OK
Subject: Spring Creek Prairie birds
From: "KPOAGUE AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Jul 2014 09:58:26 -0700
Hello,
 Last Tuesday evening at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, we saw at least 
30 bobolinks all together in one area, a combination of adults and recently 
fledged young. Also saw an immature red-headed woodpecker with an adult, 
several willow flycatchers, and a green heron. 

 

 Kevin Poague
 Spring Creek Prairie
 (SCP is 3 miles south of Denton on SW 98th Street)
Subject: Mottled Duck
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:43:02 -0500
A few birders gathered at the LaPlatte Bottoms this evening to look for the 
Mottled Duck. But since the Mottled Duck decided not to show up we had a 
breaking-in celebration of the new Hwy 34 bridge across the Missouri River, saw 
tons of G. B. Herons, fly-overs of Solitary Sandpipers and a MIG Jet, a nursery 
for Mallards and Wood Ducks, a coyote, lots of deer and Killdeer (not related), 
Lesser Yellowlegs, an immature Black Tern, Coots and a vocalizing Pied-billed 
Grebe. Those in attendance don’t want their pictures or names shown for 
failing to find THE DUCK. But here are some clues as to who they maybe were: 

_l_m  _l_p_a_e
_o_s  _i_c_c_
_o_e_  p_d_l_o_d
S_a_I  S_h_a_t_
E_i_  S_h_l_r
B_b_  p_d_l_o_d
J_c_i_  S_h_l_r
S_n_y  K_v_n_a
J_h_  C_r_i_i
_i_  K_v_n_a

C. Klaphake
Bellevue, NE


Subject: C. Tern
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:17:00 -0500
While running an errand in western Sarpy County today I made a quick stop at 
Linoma Beach – North. Not much there except a Caspian Tern. Five minutes 
after I got there it took off heading southeast along the Platte R. Just lucky. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE 
Subject: Re: Mottled Duck
From: "larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:48:37 -0400 (EDT)
Hi!
    Thanks Clem for posting the sighting of the Mottled  duck on Monday 
morning. Thanks also for agreeing to meeting me there and giving directions. 

I was unable to get to the LaPlatte Bottoms over the  weekend.  I have 
never been to the site before and with some instructions from Clem, I was able 

to scout it out.  Unfortunately there was not much  diversity present and 
the area was drying up.  
    After I left the area, I traveled west to the  gravel pits in the 
western part of Sarpy County.  I found a lone Least tern  passing by and an 
Upland sandpiper, making the duck and the sandpiper two new  county birds.  I 
also visited Platte River State Park. There was not much activity or singing. 

 Best birds were a single Louisiana waterthrush  with food and a singing 
Yellow-throated vireo.  At a lake along CR 274 and  U.S. 34 in Cass County, I 
found two male Yellow-headed blackbirds.  It  was at a site that I did not 
expect to find them as the habitat seemed  marginal.
Good birding!
Larry Einemann
Lincoln, Nebraska 
 
 
In a message dated 7/14/2014 9:09:40 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
 
I met Larry Einemann this morning at LaPlatte Bottoms and the Mottled  Duck 
was still there.  It appears to be most active (almost always with a  
Mallard hen and drake) in the morning and early evening. During mid-day the 3 

seem to kind of ‘disappear’ (siesta time).  The Mottled Duck is  very wary 
and is best seen by staying in your vehicle and using a window  mounted scope.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE 




Subject: RE: Swallows
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:56:55 +0000
Jan, swallows always seem to be starting to group up right about now.

Many Cliff Swallow colonies are done nesting and are gathering at random areas, 
I have also noticed Rough-winged and Barn grouping up, along with a few Tree. 
Bank Swallow colonies in the area all still seem to be very active. 


Running 12 BBS routes (4 USGS and 8 in the Loess Canyons) always gets me close 
(or slightly over) my "end date" of July 7th, and I frequently get groups of 
swallows in the July 5th to 15th time frame when I am tardy getting those 
routes completed. 


So I would say they are right on time.

Some blackbirds are also starting to group up already including Common 
Grackles, Brown-headed Cowbirds and Red-winged Blackbirds. 


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: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:42 PM
To: Nebraska Birds
Subject: [NEBirds] Swallows



They seem to be flocking the last couple of days either because of the cooler 
weather or ??? Today I had all species in the yard except violet green and 
purple Martin. E-bird questioned me reporting 12 Tree Swallows but I think that 
was a very conservative estimate. The birds were lined up shoulder to shoulder 
on three different power lines that run through the place. They, mostly Trees 
and No. Rough-winged, were constantly landing in the apple trees hawking some 
sort of insect I couldn't see. We have a large flooded field north of us a half 
mile and I'm wondering if this is a partial draw. Has anyone else noticed high 
numbers of swallows? 


Jan Johnson
Wakefield
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bird-brained-quilter/
Subject: Panhandle birds July 11-13
From: "kskaggs25 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Jul 2014 19:18:14 -0700
Took a quick trip out to the panhandle this past weekend with my brother. A 
couple of surprises for us were 3 Marbled Godwits in northern Garden county and 
a Northern Mockingbird in SE Banner county. Some other species seen were: 

 

 Gadwall
 Blue-winged Teal
 Green-winged Teal
 Canvasback
 Redhead
 Common Merganser
 Ruddy Duck
 Eared Grebe
 Western Grebe
 Green Heron
 White-faced Ibis
 Mississippi Kite (in Ogallala)
 Broad-winged Hawk (in North Platte)
 Swainson's Hawk
 Golden Eagle
 American Kestrel
 Piping Plover
 Black-necked Stilt (with young)
 American Avocet (with young)
 Greater Yellowlegs
 Lesser Yellowlegs
 Willet
 Upland Sandpiper
 Long-billed Curlew
 Least Sandpiper
 Baird's Sandpiper
 Stilt Sandpiper
 Long-billed Dowitcher
 Wilson's Phalarope
 Common Nighthawk
 White-throated Swift
 Western Wood-Pewee
 Say's Phoebe
 Cassin's Kingbird
 Loggerhead Shrike
 Plumbeous Vireo
 Black-billed Magpie
 Violet-green Swallow
 Pygmy Nuthatch
 Rock Wren
 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
 Mountain Bluebird
 Black-and-white Warbler
 American Redstart
 Yellow-breasted Chat
 Western Tanager
 Lark Bunting
 McCown's Longspur
 Chestnut-collared Longspur
 Black-headed Grosbeak
 Blue Grosbeak
 Bullock's Oriole
 Red Crossbill
 

 Kent Skaggs
 Kearney, NE
Subject: Re: Mottled Duck- No (July 15)
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:53:35 -0500
Thanks Mark. Actually had a good candidate in that pond until it flew and 
showed me white in its tail! 


Ross


From: 'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:23 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Mottled Duck- No (July 15)


  

Ed M. Brogie, Justin Rink, Marc Bathke, Shari Schwartz, John Carlini, and I 
found the bird last evening around 8:30 pm in the northeast pond that is north 
of the gravel road going east. 



Mark A. Brogie
Creighton, NE

Sent from my iPad

On Jul 15, 2014, at 8:11 PM, "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" 
 wrote: 



    

 Spent about 3 hours with Carolyn Gann looking for the Mottled Duck this 
evening (3.30 pm to 6.15 pm) but no luck. Saw at least 40 Mallards in various 
stages of molt plus 2 broods, but nothing that looked like a Mottled. Also 
present: 2 Solitary Sandpipers. 


  Was the last sighting early on the 14th (Clem and Larry)?

  Ross

  Ross Silcock
  New Zealand Land and Pelagic Bird Tours
  www.rosssilcock.com
  Tabor, IA  

Subject: Swallows
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:41:38 -0500
They seem to be flocking the last couple of days either because of the cooler 
weather or ??? Today I had all species in the yard except violet green and 
purple Martin. E-bird questioned me reporting 12 Tree Swallows but I think that 
was a very conservative estimate. The birds were lined up shoulder to shoulder 
on three different power lines that run through the place. They, mostly Trees 
and No. Rough-winged, were constantly landing in the apple trees hawking some 
sort of insect I couldn't see. We have a large flooded field north of us a half 
mile and I'm wondering if this is a partial draw. Has anyone else noticed high 
numbers of swallows? 


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

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Subject: Re: Mottled Duck- No (July 15)
From: "'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:23:01 -0500
Ed M. Brogie, Justin Rink, Marc Bathke, Shari Schwartz, John Carlini, and I 
found the bird last evening around 8:30 pm in the northeast pond that is north 
of the gravel road going east. 


Mark A. Brogie
Creighton, NE

Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 15, 2014, at 8:11 PM, "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com 
[NEBirds]"  wrote: 

> 
> Spent about 3 hours with Carolyn Gann looking for the Mottled Duck this 
evening (3.30 pm to 6.15 pm) but no luck. Saw at least 40 Mallards in various 
stages of molt plus 2 broods, but nothing that looked like a Mottled. Also 
present: 2 Solitary Sandpipers. 

>  
> Was the last sighting early on the 14th (Clem and Larry)?
>  
> Ross
>  
> Ross Silcock
> New Zealand Land and Pelagic Bird Tours
> www.rosssilcock.com
> Tabor, IA 
> 
Subject: Mottled Duck- No (July 15)
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:11:00 -0500
Spent about 3 hours with Carolyn Gann looking for the Mottled Duck this evening 
(3.30 pm to 6.15 pm) but no luck. Saw at least 40 Mallards in various stages of 
molt plus 2 broods, but nothing that looked like a Mottled. Also present: 2 
Solitary Sandpipers. 


Was the last sighting early on the 14th (Clem and Larry)?

Ross

Ross Silcock
New Zealand Land and Pelagic Bird Tours
www.rosssilcock.com
Tabor, IA  
Subject: Northern Mockingbird, York County
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Jul 2014 15:29:11 -0700
Pleased to report the sighting of a Northern Mockingbird yesterday afternoon 
(July 13) at Recharge Lake on the western edge of York. 

 

 At a little after 4 p.m., the bird was singing from the top of a tree by one 
of the houses on the north side of Recharge Road near the west end of the dam. 
I was able to hear it quite well and to see the bird from the southwest corner 
of the Recharge Lake park. The song was classic mockingbird: strings of 3-4 
repeated phrases, varying considerably from one string to the next. The bird 
looked mockingbird, too: light to medium gray, unstreaked breast, white patches 
visible on folded wings, white outer rectrices visible in flight. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: Mottled Duck
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:09:35 -0500
I met Larry Einemann this morning at LaPlatte Bottoms and the Mottled Duck was 
still there. It appears to be most active (almost always with a Mallard hen and 
drake) in the morning and early evening. During mid-day the 3 seem to kind of 
‘disappear’ (siesta time). The Mottled Duck is very wary and is best seen 
by staying in your vehicle and using a window mounted scope. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE 
Subject: Brown Booby
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:24:24 -0500
The Omaha World Herald had this article on the Brown Booby that showed up at 
the Hanson Lake number 2 just south of Bellevue. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE


http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/tropical-brown-booby-makes-first-nebraska-appearance/article_c9cfb218-1090-5751-8d07-468435dd7a40.html 
Subject: La Platte Bottoms
From: "'Neal Ratzlaff' nratzlaff AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:09:16 -0500
Deb and I spent a bit over an hour looking for the Mottled Ducks this AM,
but were not successful.

 

The only notable sighting not mentioned last evening by Justin was a single
American Avocet on the south side of Harlan Lewis Road.

 

Neal Ratzlaff
Subject: Mottled Ducks- 7/12
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:48:33 -0700
Yesterday evening I was joined by Brian Peterson, Michael Willison, and later 
Paul Roisen. After sweating it out for several hours, one of the MOTTLED 
DUCKSwas observed on the furthestpond along the gravel roadaround 7:00pm.We 
then drove to this location. Unfortunately shortly thereafter the bird flushed 
along with a drake and hen Mallard. 


 I then spotted the bird distantly to the north associating with a pair of 
Mallards. After about 45 minutes the birdsflew up and landedonceagain in 
the furthest pond.We drove back to the gravel road and were rewarded with 
excellent scope views on the bird in the waning light. Whenwe left the area 
around 8:50pm, the MOTTLED DUCK was still present.  


Other species observed included...

-2 No. Shoveler
- Blue-winged Teal
-1 Green-winged Teal
- Wood Duck
-16 Great Egret
-1 Bald Eagle (dining on a gar)
-1 Spotted Sandpiper
-4 Solitary Sandpiper (FOS)
-9 Least Sandpiper
-3 Pectoral Sandpiper
-1 Black Tern

Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Least Bittern
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:08:44 +0000
Found a Least Bittern perched up in the cattails on the west side of a small 
open water area at Wilkinson WMA in Platte County. This was a mile west of 
Highway 81, north of the drainage ditch running through the middle and north of 
the parking lot on the west side of the road. Got some poor digiscoped photos - 
bird was lit up so brightly with the sun at my back that it overexposed a bit 
in the picture, but you can tell what it is. 


T. J. Walker
Visiting Columbus, Nebraska

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: Lake North - Caspian Tern
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:01:42 +0000
An early morning drive around Lake North produced a single Caspian Tern (adult 
plumage) and two Black Terns. Nothing else unexpected. The Caspian Tern was the 
only water bird flying around the lake. 


T. J. Walker
Visiting Columbus, Nebraska.

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Subject: Fw: Question about birding in Nebraska
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:36:43 -0600
Recieved this request via the NOU website. Can someone email her with the 
information? Peggy's email is 1bookworm AT comcast.net

Thanks
Kathy DeLara


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peggy Cadigan" <1bookworm AT comcast.net>
To: 
Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2014 6:31 PM
Subject: Question about birding in Nebraska


Hi Kathy,

I found your contact information on the Nebraska Audubon Society site.  My 
husband and I are members of the New Jersey Audubon Society.  We will be 
visiting the Longmont, CO area from July 25-August 3, 2014 and will be 
spending two days at Lake McConaughy in Nebraska.

I was wondering if you could help us by suggesting some good birding sites? 
I would really love to see a Greater or Lesser Prairie Chicken - I've never 
seen one before, but I don't know if I will be in the right section of the 
state.

I would appreciate any tips!

Thanks so much.

Peggy Cadigan
732-614-5044

My flickr page - featuring some New Jersey birds: 
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Subject: Re: Re: MOTTLED DUCKS- Sarpy Co.- 7/11
From: "Paul Roisen roisenp1950 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 23:14:15 -0500
Justin,
  Thanks for taking the time to help us locate the Mottle Duck.  Great
bird!  I will try again in the AM for some decent photos.


If you have the time, please send me the video of the possible
Black-chinned Hummingbird.  I will send it on to Ann and it will probably
end up with Sherri Williamson.

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
*Mobile 712-301-2817*


On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 6:36 PM, lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds] <
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Relocated one of the Mottled ducks at 5:40pm. Just below the north side of
> the approach to the new bridge, in a slew of water that goes diagonally
> from northeast to southwest. It is almost at the southwest end of the
> water, on the edge off the water. A scope is really essential to ID at this
> distance. Manning's Central Omaha
>  
>
Subject: Blind Robin?
From: "aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Jul 2014 13:25:36 -0700
120th and Q st. Omaha Can anyone help me? I have a weird situation regarding a 
robin. There is a fledgling robin outside my door and all it's feathers look 
great,his parents feed it and it's siblings etc but I think it is blind. The 
reason I think its blind is because it has a white membrane covering both eyes. 
You cannot see it's eyes,nor any part of them. This covering is only on the 
eyes(not on face or anywhere else.) It's a very tidy covering and has a slight 
pattern like gauze. Weirdest thing I've ever seen. This robin has a lot of 
feathers and appears quite healthy otherwise. I have been misting it much of 
the day and gave it some water. The parents are not bothering me(are they 
giving up?) and the robin takes drinks from a syringe. I normally don't mess 
with nature but the eyes have me stumped. This robin doesn't show fear from me 
and perches on my finger and does not even attempt to leave. This robin moves 
around fine on the ground and is communicating fine with the parents as well. 
The parents can only care for it so long before they have to migrate. Sad. Any 
input would help. Thank you. Karen 
Subject: Mottled Duck + a few belated sightings
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:47:22 +0000
I made the trek over to La Platte Bottoms this morning to look for the Mottled 
Duck. Before seeing the duck, I ran into Dan Leger, Thomas Labedz and Joe 
Gubanyi. We eventually found the Mottled Duck associating with three Mallards 
in the very southern portion of the wetland. The group of ducks eventually flew 
to the most southerly puddle, which is about 0.4 mile from the road. The 
Manning's advice that a scope is essential (if the bird is in this portion of 
the wetland) is spot on. In addition to common species, also present this 
morning was about 20 Great Egrets and a single adult Short-billed Dowitcher. On 
my return trek home I found a Loggerhead Shrike and Northern Mockingbird in 
Otoe County. 


On 10 July, I stopped by Troester WPA to check on a White-faced Ibis rookery 
and found it abandoned; approximately 50 WFIB and several nests were here on 2 
July. I was a little surprised to find WFIB nesting at Troester since it is not 
a large wetland compared to other sites, such as Harvard WPA and Kissinger WMA, 
where WFIB nested in recent years. Water levels declined at the wetland since 
earlier in the spring. Even so, I believe this is the sixth nesting record for 
the RWB and the first nesting record for this species in Hamilton County. I do 
not have information that shows any breeding attempt in the RWB has been 
successful. 


Also on 2 July, a single Black-necked Stilt was at Troester WPA. On 10 July, I 
found a Spotted Sandpiper with a brood at a private wetland adjacent to 
Kirkpatrick Basin North WMA. 


Good birdng!

 - Joel

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Subject: hummingbirds
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:17:14 -0600
Saw my first hummingbird of the year on Wed. July 9th. Didn't get a good look 
at it, was a dark green female, probably Ruby-throat and I haven't seen it 
again. Today we have an adult male Rufus. 


Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE
Subject: More White-winged Doves in Kearney
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Jul 2014 09:18:30 -0700
Found either one or two White-winged Doves in Kearney this morning; about a 
quarter-mile east of the UNK campus, so probably not the ones reported by Robin 
near Thomas Hall. These birds were along 27th Street in the vicinity of 6th and 
7th Avenues, where they've been seen in several previous years. 

 

 I heard the "who cooks for you" call delivered repeatedly from the area of 
27th and 7th, and was able to triangulate it to the area between 27th and the 
next alley north, and between the westernmost two houses in the block. I got 
poor naked-eye looks at the bird atop a tree and later atop a house; both 
times, it was silhouetted against a white sky, but I was able to dimly make out 
the white wing-patches. 

 

 I tried to get a better look at the bird atop the house, but couldn't see it 
for trees. At about this time, I heard WWDO calls coming from about one block 
to the east. These were both the "who cooks for you" call and the longer more 
complicated one; I localized it to the southeast corner of 6th and 27th, but 
couldn't see the bird. It's possible that the first bird had flown eastward 
after I lost sight of it by moving behind trees, but I suspect that this was a 
different individual. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: Article
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:13:40 -0500
An interesting article on how birding as evolved.


http://m.washingtonpost.com/opinions/birders-should-return-to-observation-instead-of-collecting/2014/07/11/47ac7f44-07b5-11e4-a0dd-f2b22a257353_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines 


Jan Johnson
Wakefield
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bird-brained-quilter/
Subject: Re: White-winged Doves breeding
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:18:21 -0500
I believe there are two previous records of breeding. The Albion record 
mentioned by Robin, and another in Lincoln, Lancaster County. There are several 
records of pairs (or more) in summer that are indicative of breeding as well. 


Ross


From: 'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds] 
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2014 10:23 PM
To: Nebraska Birds 
Cc: hardingr AT unk.edu 
Subject: [NEBirds] White-winged Doves breeding


  


Nebraska birders,

On Thursday, July 10, on the Univ. of Nebr. Kearney campus,
I saw two adult and two young White-winged Doves.  They were
in a tree in front of Thomas Hall.  The two adults were
flying around and singing.  The two young appeared to be
about half the size of the adults but fully feathered. 
They were perched on a branch.  I did not see a nest.
I saw one of the adults feeding the two young ones.  I did
not see the young ones fly.  

I have seen and heard many reports of White-winged Doves
all over Nebraska.  Mark Brogie told about a young dove
unable to fly seen in Albion.  How many other confirmed
breeding records are there for Nebraska?  Will they
migrate or die next time we have a really tough winter?

Robin Harding
northern Kearney County
Subject: White-winged Doves breeding
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:23:04 -0700




Subject: Re: MOTTLED DUCKS- Sarpy Co.- 7/11
From: "lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Jul 2014 16:36:29 -0700
Relocated one of the Mottled ducks at 5:40pm. Just below the north side of the 
approach to the new bridge, in a slew of water that goes diagonally from 
northeast to southwest. It is almost at the southwest end of the water, on the 
edge off the water. A scope is really essential to ID at this distance. 
Manning's Central Omaha 
Subject: MOTTLED DUCKS- Sarpy Co.- 7/11
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:20:52 -0700
 I became curious earlier this week when I read that the Padelfords had 
observed an American Black Duck around LaPlatte Bottoms (Sarpy Co.).I thought 
there was a slight chance they might be MOTTLED DUCKS. Myhunch was confirmed 
when I arrived yesterday evening and found the bird along with the Padelfords. 

 This morningthe bird was also observed and scrutinized. Mark Brogie, Dave 
Heidt, and Clem Klapake were also able to study the bird at fairly close 
range. 


Noted field marks included abuffy (not grayish) face, black spoton the gape, 
buffychevrons on the overall body plumage,paler crown and nape than that of 
Ameican Black Duck, and narrow white bars on the speculum. 


The bird appears to be a juvenile or darker female. 

 While viewing this bird in a further pond, Clem noticed anotherdark duck 
which turned out to be a second MOTTLED DUCK across road from the first one. 


TheMOTTLED DUCKShave been observedalong the winding gravel road withthe 
dead endsign. Look for the birds in the "fluddle" areas closest to 
theroad. 


 Other birds thismorning included a single CATTLE EGRET and SPOTTED 
SANDPIPER. A BLUE GROSBEAK was heard singing as well. 


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Re: Flocking grackles
From: "patsyj pjlam44 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:12:25 -0700
when will the Martins begin to gather at the Med Center?

 
~~Patsy
“Some people say I’m easily distrac- Hey Look, a bird!” 
Subject: La Platte Bottoms, Sarpy
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 22:31:42 -0500
Tonight at La Platte Bottoms we found:

La Platte Rd. east (gravel road) - 
American Black Duck  - 1
Blue-winged Teal - 5
Mallard - 6
Woodduck - 20
Lesser Scaup - 1 female

La Platte Rd. west (paved road)
Woodduck - female with 9 ducklings
Great Blue Heron - 20+
Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Killdeer - 20+
Lesser Yellowlegs - 8
Least Sandpiper - 4
Pectoral Sandpiper - 2
Stilt Sandpiper - 6
Black Terns - 9
Cliff Swallow - 100+ - sitting on wires 


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


Subject: Wachicka Audubon field trip to the Platte River Sun. 7/13
From: "flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Jul 2014 20:20:26 -0700
In the summertime Least Terns grace rivers and lakes with their aerial 
acrobatics as they fish by swooping, hovering, and then plunging head first 
into the water. Our smallest tern was once an abundant species but is now 
listed as federally endangered. Interior Least Terns face an array of threats 
to their sandbar habitat including competition for water needed to scour 
sandbars for nesting on upper parts of rivers, human disturbance, contaminants 
in rivers, and flooding of colonies due to untimely dam releases. The lower 
Platte River is one of a few remaining river sections in Nebraska that has 
naturally occurring sandbar habitat. We'll visit a couple of public access 
areas by the Platte River starting at Two Rivers State Recreation Area where we 
hope to see some Least Terns. It may also be possible to see Piping Plovers, a 
species listed as threatened in the northern Great Plains, and a frequent 
nesting neighbor of Least Terns. We'll also stop at nearby Memphis State 
Recreation Area and check for the Bald Eagle pair and Bobolinks that chose to 
spend their summer breeding season in the area. 

 

 
 Meet Sunday, July 13 at 8:00 a.m., on the south side of the State Capitol in 
Lincoln, at 15th and H Streets across from the governor's mansion. Participants 
can either carpool or caravan the 55 mile trip to our destination. Anyone 
preferring to join up at the park can meet at the entrance about 9:00 a.m. A 
state park entry permit is required and available for $5 per vehicle for a 
daily permit. Bring a water bottle, sun protection, insect repellent, and 
binoculars and scope if you have them. We plan to return midday. The public is 
welcome. 

 

Subject: Flocking grackles
From: "mjrome46 AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Jul 2014 06:59:02 -0700
I work at the Nebraska Medical Center. This morning at 6am looking at the 
Kiewit Tower north of our building, the roof was lined with Grackles and 
possibly other "black" birds". Seems too soon for this. I imagine there were 
several birds in the trees also but had to get working! 

 Mary Jo Rome
 Omaha,Ne
Subject: New Louisiana nest & thanks to birders
From: "flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Jul 2014 22:44:38 -0700
Hello birders,
 

 Located the 2nd Louisiana Waterthrush nest of the season at Platte River SP on 
Stone Creek on the territory above the falls and observed both parents 
dutifully carrying food to a cavity in the bank on July 7 & 8. This is the same 
area where the pair was seen in May even though this must be a re-nest. It will 
be interesting to see how long these Louies stay since they typically depart as 
early as July and August. One parent (assuming the female) would sometimes sit 
in the nest for a few minutes. Got a photo of both parents in the nest cavity 
and when they left got a photo of 3 bald babies w/ their eyes still closed in 
the nest. 

 

 Saw some great birds last weekend thanks to tips from NEBirders.
 On 7/4 saw 19 Burrowing Owls (15 juveniles) in Lincoln Co. south of Sutherland 
mm 94 - thanks Larry! Also saw a male Lark Bunting & Blue Grosbeak on that 
prairie. 

 

 Got great views of the Broad-winged Hawk parent and 2 chicks in the nest in 
North Platte on 7/5 - thanks TJ! 

 

 Washboard Rd. in N. Platte was excellent on 7/6 with Bobolinks, a Virginia 
Rail, and female Wood Duck w/chicks - thanks Lanny & Robin! 

 

 -John Carlini & Shari Schwartz, Lincoln
 

 

  
Subject: Magpies and more in the Loess Canyons this morning
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 18:35:41 +0000
I found a family group of Black-billed Magpies (8 of them) in the south part of 
Snell Canyon (Lincoln County) this morning during a Breeding Bird Survey (not a 
USGS route - one of "my" Loess Canyons routes). Didn't find a single individual 
at 453 point count locations in the canyons in 2013, so very glad to see there 
are still a few out there. 


Other highlights:

Northern Bobwhites - good numbers - played with one nearby male this morning 
and called him literally right to my feet - not sure who was more scared when 
he flew off..... 

Yellow-billed Cuckoos - quite a few including one carrying food to nestlings 
somewhere nearby 

Vireos - may have been a first for me, at least in the canyons, at one stop I 
had Bell's, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos all singing. Red-eyed seems to be 
slowly increasing as a breeder out there. 

Black-capped Chickadees - numbers seem to be coming back up (say that every 
year....) 

Rock Wrens at two locations
Gray Catbirds - slowly becoming more common as a breeder in the canyons, really 
like the deciduous tree/shrub/vine mixed spots which we seem to be getting more 
of possibly due to cedar removal and fire. 

Northern Mockingbird - one seen on S County Line Rd between Snell and 
Cottonwood 

Cedar Waxwings - two pairs in one day - interesting.
Yellow-breasted Chats - just love them.....several singing birds today
Indigo Buntings - seem to be slowly increasing as well.
Dickcissels - not back to the 2010 and 2011 numbers, but at least they are 
present after having been nearly absent in the canyons 2012 and 2013 


All in all 67 species along the BBS route which starts at Jeffrey Lake, goes 
south, then west and then south down Snell Canyons, not too bad. One route left 
to go.... 


Eastern Cottontails - my goodness there are a lot of them around this year, 
seeing lots of little ones - I am anticipating a much better "beetle year" for 
the American burying beetles. 




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
Subject: Sarpy Birds
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 22:18:13 -0500
This evening at LaPlatte Bottoms we found an American Black Duck with Mallards, 
Blue-winged Teal, Woodducks and a Lesser Scaup. The ducks were in a flooded 
field east of Harlan Lewis Rd. just north of the intersection with new Highway 
34. In the same area we also saw 9 Cattle Egrets, a Great Egret and 15 Great 
Blue Herons. At the Offutt Base Lake we saw 2 Green Herons. 



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


Subject: correction Lincoln County 7/5/14
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:38:50 -0700




Subject: Lincoln County 7/5/14
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 21:28:04 -0700




Subject: Sarpy Birds
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 20:24:43 -0500
This evening we checked Offutt Base Lake for Brown Boobies, and found none. At 
La Platte Bottoms we found: 


Woodduck - 4
Lesser Scaup - male & female
Great Blue Heron - 21
Great Egret - 7
 
On the west side of Missouri River Rd. we saw a singing Blue Grosbeak.


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





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Subject: West Douglas Co.- 7/05
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 17:03:46 -0700
 This afternoonI made one final futile attempt to relocate the Brown Booby to 
no avail. I first drove out west to the Grass Pads. I scanned the sandpit 
lake just to the west of it where I spotted two or three LEAST TERNS and a 
GREAT BLUE HERON. 


I then turned my attention onto Grass Pad 2 where a small muddy area with 
standing watercontained.... 


-1 Piping Plover (ad.)
-3 Least Sandpiper (FOS) 
-12 Killdeer
-1 Franklin's Gull (alt. plumage)

I then drove further eastward to 144th and F to check out "Phantom" Lake and 
Zorinsky. At "Phantom" Lake I spotted four (4) juvenile GREAT-TAILED 
GRACKLES. With their skinny reptiian appearance, partially streaked flanks, 
masked face and long tail, I could see how someone glancing at this bird could 
mistake it for a Greater Roadrunner. I believe this happened in the area a 
couple years ago. An adult male and female GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE were also 
observed. A COMMON NIGHTHAWK decided to divebomb the lake only to wet its 
breast and take off again. An adult GREEN HERON was perched atop one of the 
pergolas on the lake's north end. 

 Nothing of note was observed at Zorinsky despite a lengthy scan.

Good birding.

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Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
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Subject: Birding groups
From: "rjensen AT midlands.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 18:32:41 -0500
I recently returned from New Mexico where I enjoyed the company of fellow
birders in the UFO-Roswell group.  Are there any groups that meet
regularly for meetings and outings in the Fremont/Hooper/West Point area? 
Thanks!

Rita Jensen
Hooper, NE




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Subject: Booby Attempt- Day 2- 7/04
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:22:31 -0700
 Yesterday I attempted a water body scan around Douglas County to search for 
the Brown Booby. Most lakes were teeming with folks enjoying the water during 
the holiday weekend.Water areasviewed included Carter Lake, N.P. Dodge Park, 
Cunningham Lake, Bennington Lake, Sandcove Lake, and Standing Bear Lake. No 
luckin locating this tropical Sulid. 


 Sandcove Lake in Valley was the quietest of all. While scanning, a couple 
pairs of LEAST TERNS flew over indicatingnesting in this sand quarry lake. 


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Booby Search/ Hansen Lake "Pelagic"- 7/03
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 09:51:15 -0700
 Yesterday evening after work I drove south to the Hansen/Chris Lakes. While 
driving around, I ran into Steve and Patty S. who knew about the Booby, but had 
not seen it themselves. They were just about to go on a boat ride around 
Hansen Lake, and asked me if I wanted to go as well. I was more thanhappy to 
accept their invitation. 


 While trolling around the lake, we came across the boat cover where the Brown 
Booby had been resting. There were still signs of some of the rarest avian 
excrement ever observed in Nebraska. 


 We encountered people around the lake out on their decks enjoying the 
pleasant weather. A few had viewed the bird earlier in the week. Ironically 
one of the residents had observed the bird on Steve and Patty's property! Sure 
enough, upon returning we noticed large webbed footprints on the beach 
bordering the lake. Despite circlingthe lakefive or six times, the bird 
wasnot spotted. 


 Thanks goesto Steve and Patty for their hospitality.

 I learned many different attributes about this lake including the fact that 
it is very clean, and has a huge number of baitfish that will swirl at the 
surface. Because of this, feeding was probably a breeze for the Booby. Most 
of the "backyards"contain a beach from Platte River sand that probably made 
the bird feel at home. 


Thereappeared to be small numbers of GREEN HERONSgoing to roost around 
dusk. This included one being harrassed by an EASTERN KINGBIRD.  


 It may be worth it to check out other bodies of water in the Douglas/Sarpy 
Co. area such as Base Lake, Cunningham, Standing Bear, and Carter Lake. 


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Louies & Least Bitterns
From: "flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Jul 2014 22:55:07 -0700
Hello birders,
 

 On Wed. 7/2 found a juvenile Louisiana Waterthrush at Platte River SP, when we 
heard it doing a softer juvie version of the "chich" call. Got some photos of 
its light undeveloped breast streaking and splotchy supercilium. An adult 
eventually came in to check up on it. This was the second sighting of a juvie 
on the territory closest to the Stone Creek trailhead parking lot. The first 
time was about 30 ft. from the nest located in May. 

 

 Also saw a female Kentucky Warbler bathing on the lower stretch of Stone Creek 
which was an unexpected location. 


 

 On the way home stopped at Jack Sinn WMA and enjoyed a family of 3 Least 
Bitterns south of the parking lot that's on Rd. 14 west of the main marsh. They 
were coo-coo-cooing and sputtering around now and then. 

 

 On 6/22 had a LOWA chiching us out from a rocky section of creek at Rose Creek 
WMA in Jefferson Co. 

 

 Maybe all those jet skis will motivate the Brown Booby to find a nice quiet 
public fishing lake. 

 Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln
 

 

Subject: Hansons + Lakes and Brown Booby
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 20:52:34 -0500
NEBirders:
I just want to add my 2 cents about the location (or post-location) of the 
Brown Booby since this location is practically in my backyard. These lakes, and 
there are several including one called Chris Lake, are not conducive to 
birding. They are just south of Bellevue in Sarpy County and are heavily 
developed. I have been by or close to them for 35 years and have never recorded 
anything there except CAGE or Mallards. Over the years these sandpit lakes have 
been developed with homes (hardly ‘summer homes’), many of which I would 
call close to mansions. By 2005 it became hard to see the lakes from the roads 
because of the houses (and development has continued). This whole area (all the 
lakes) is like a small suburb. Today I drove through the area stupidly or 
blindly thinking maybe I could just get a peek at a boat dock and just get 
lucky and see this rare bird. Well I was lucky to even see any docks or water, 
and the docks I did see had people sitting on them watching jet skiers speed 
from one end of a lake to the other. It is too bad this bird chose such an 
inaccessible or invisible lake area – at least from a birder’s perspective. 
But then birders don’t get to choose where rare birds should show up – that 
is one of many reasons why I enjoy birding – THE UNEXPECTED! 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
Subject: More Sarpy Co. BROWN BOOBY Info
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 15:06:00 -0700
 Yesterday I received an email from Dan Cassidy who works at Henry Doorly Zoo 
in Omaha. He later sent some photos taken at HansenLakes by a friend of his. 
The four photos clearly showed an adult male BROWN BOOBY of nominate 
Atlanticrace leucogaster sitting on a boat covered by a tarp. 

 After talking to this friend of his named Joan on the phone I discovered that 
the bird was observed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. She thought it was odd and 
took photos onSunday. She thensubsequently showed themto Dan and other zoo 
personnel. 


 The photos do not show any sign of a band, and Joan mentioned that she 
observed the bird several times diving and catching fish. 


 The closest this species has come to Nebraska is southern Arkansas (adult 
female). There are NO records for the Midwest or western Great Lakes region. 
An adult female was observed at Niagra, New York onOctober13, 2013. 
Anotherbird was apparently observed andocumented in inland North Carolina 
close to the Virginia border. This bird is anoccasional visitor to the warm 
waters off of southern Florida and the Gulf Stream. A few coastal Texas records 
also exist The Atlantic race breeds as close to the U.S. as the Caribbean. 
The western subspecies issometimes observed in Arizona and California, and 
nests on anisland just south of San Diego in Baja California Norte, Mexico. 


 If accepted this will constitute the first Sulid for the state of Nebraska. 
Thanks to Dan Cassidy for alerting me to this. 


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown, Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: RE: BELATED BROWN BOOBY - SARPY CO.
From: "Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:10:29 +0000
Yes, the Hansen Lake area and surrounding lakes are private property with no 
public access of which I am aware. There are narrow roads surrounding the lake 
but very few offer views of the lake. Fourth of July weekend will probably send 
hundreds of boats onto the lake and jam the roads with residents and invited 
visitors of residents. 

Thomas Labedz, Lincoln (former summer resident (1970s) of Hansen Lakes)


From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2014 12:27 PM
To: NEBirds
Subject: [NEBirds] BELATED BROWN BOOBY - SARPY CO.


 Received a second-hand report of a Brown Booby at Hansen Lake near LaPlatte 
last seen on July 1st. 


 I do not know for sure the specific area the bird was see, but the photo (I 
will post them on NOU Home page - Records Committee - Rare Bird Photos) clearly 
shows an Atlantic race Brown Booby. 


    I believe this may be a private? housing area!

 Anyone searching, put the word out immediately of what you discover! GOOD 
LUCK!!!! 



   Mark A. Brogie - NOU Records Committee Chairperson
   508 Seeley, Box 316
   Creighton, NE  68729





Subject: BELATED BROWN BOOBY - SARPY CO.
From: "Mark Brogie mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 12:27:07 -0500 (CDT)
Received a second-hand report of a Brown Booby at Hansen Lake near LaPlatte 
last seen on July 1st. 



I do not know for sure the specific area the bird was see, but the photo (I 
will post them on NOU Home page - Records Committee - Rare Bird Photos) clearly 
shows an Atlantic race Brown Booby. 



I believe this may be a private? housing area! 


Anyone searching, put the word out immediately of what you discover! GOOD 
LUCK!!!! 





Mark A. Brogie - NOU Records Committee Chairperson 
508 Seeley, Box 316 
Creighton, NE 68729 




Subject: Stratton BBS - Hitchcock County
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:47:05 +0000
Ran my last USGS BBS route this morning for 2014 (still have some non-USGS 
routes to go yet in the Loess Canyons). The Stratton Route in Hitchcock County 
is a little different. Lots of low-diversity stops that somehow all combine 
into a fairly impressive species list - 54 species this time. Route includes 
shortgrass prairie, sandsage prairie, lots of cropland, two stops in the 
Republican River valley, some mixed grass prairie in canyon-like areas, a stop 
in Stratton, and catches a few playa wetlands. Some species are found at nearly 
every stop but I bet nearly 1/3 of them were found at a single stop or just a 
few. 


Highlights:

Mallard hen with two ducklings and what I am calling a "melanistic" Mallard 
(the drake?) with them - same size and shape as the hen, all dark black with 
exception of a slightly lighter edge on the speculum, even the bill and feet 
were nearly black. Didn't look like oil and it flew just fine, so guessing it 
was actually the pigment of the bird. 


Northern Bobwhite/Ring-necked Pheasant - fair numbers of both

White-winged Dove - male singing in Stratton one block north of Highway 34 on 
Veterans Memorial Highway 


Say's Phoebes - several between Stratton and the Kansas line, couple north of 
Stratton as well 


Rock Wren - one calling up north of Stratton

Eastern Meadowlark - 2 singing males in brome CRP about 1 mile N of Stratton - 
pretty unusual in SW Nebraska (it has been wet this year!) 


Plus some Mule Deer, Black-tailed Jackrabbit, Prairie Dogs, Kangaroo Rats 
(pre-survey in dark), Ornate Box Turtle and some dead snakes..... 


Still have 3 and a half routes to complete in the canyons (got rained out 
halfway through one route). 


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
Subject: North Platte - Broad-winged Hawk hotspot
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 21:08:38 +0000
Got a pair of Broad-winged Hawks nesting (at least 2 young in nest) at 2615 
Birchwood in North Platte. 5th or 6th year in a row with at least one nesting 
pair discovered. If you go to look, view nest (in front yard) from sidewalk 
across street as they will dive bomb you if you get near their tree. 


T. J. Walker
North Platte

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: Sumner BBS
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:13:05 -0700




Subject: Black-chinned Hummingbird?
From: "gingerly57 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Jun 2014 11:47:38 -0700
Ginger and I saw our first hummer of the season today.
I have posted a couple pictures to our Lake McConaughy album.
To me it looks to be a Black-chinned Hummingbird.

Jay Belsan
K-1 Cabin Area 
Keith County
Subject: Vireo call ID?
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:27:38 -0700
Hi. I'm visiting Lincoln for the New Student Enrollment event, and trying to 
fit in some birding. Yesterday I heard and briefly saw what appeared to be a 
vireo in some woods near the hotel. I couldn't get a good look, but clearly 
heard its calls: a hoarse, husky "zhreeer", similar to Spotted Towhee,and a 
short "tzp", both repeated incessantly. Which vireo is this likely to be? 


Thanks everyone!

Noah Arthur, still living in Oakland, CA but soon to be in Lincoln!