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21 Dec Re: Peregrine Falcon in extreme western IA ["sschmitt1 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
21 Dec Norfolk CBC preliminary results ["heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Dec pier park ["'mstev4 AT aol.com' mstev4@aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
20 Dec Seward-BOL CBC final tally ["'Gubanyi,Joe' Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu [NEBirds]" ]
20 Dec Peregrine Falcon message correction ["SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" ]
20 Dec Peregrine Falcon in extreme western IA ["SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Dec Re: AMES CBC ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
19 Dec AMES CBC ["'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Dec Re: mystery "sparrow?" Bird ID help needed ["Rick urbanfishbird AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Dec mystery resolved! Lincoln ["Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Dec Re: mystery "sparrow?" Bird ID help needed ["Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Dec Re: mystery "sparrow?" Bird ID help needed ["Gregston Nelson gnelson AT primarycares.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Dec mystery "sparrow?" Bird ID help needed ["Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Dec Harlan County CBC - preliminary summary ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
15 Dec Fw: eBird Report - my yard, Dec 15, 2014 ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
15 Dec Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC preliminary results ["'Gubanyi,Joe' Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu [NEBirds]" ]
14 Dec Dodge Co Short-eared Owls ["'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Dec Northern Mockingbird Lancaster County ["Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
13 Dec Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches ["petermhill AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Dec Harlan County Res - scouting trip ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
12 Dec Winter Wren ["Ami Sheffield littlebluedog AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
12 Dec Sarpy Co. ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
12 Dec Schilling WMA ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
12 Dec Douglas Co. Lakes- 12/12 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Dec North Platte CBC ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
12 Dec Snowy Owl ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
12 Dec Harlan County CBC - postponed! ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
11 Dec CALIFORNIA GULL AT BOL. ["larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
10 Dec eBird hotspots ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
9 Dec Buffalo Co Snowy Owl: 12/6-yes, 12/8-no ["'andrew.furman AT huskers.unl.edu' andrew.furman@huskers.unl.edu [NEBirds]" ]
9 Dec Sarpy County ["Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
8 Dec Gull?? ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
8 Dec Carolina Wren ["Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
8 Dec NOU newsletter ["Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
08 Dec Golden Crowned Kinglet ["hpsalyar AT tcgcs.com [NEBirds]" ]
07 Dec Pine Ridge (SD) Xmas Count ["petermhill AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Dec Ogallala and BOL birds ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Dec winter raptor survey ["'Jerry Toll' geritol48 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
6 Dec Butler Co. ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
6 Dec Otoe County - 12/5/14 ["Susan Quinn susan-quinn44 AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" ]
5 Dec Re: Gavin's Point Gulls ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
5 Dec Re: Snowy Owl photos ["John Carlini flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
04 Dec Snowy Owl photos ["kskaggs25 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
3 Dec Fwd: eBird Report - Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Dec 3, 2014 ["Allenreyer allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
3 Dec Wren!! ["catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
03 Dec Snowy Owl - Buffalo County ["kskaggs25 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
2 Dec Iceland/Thayer Gull photos ["Bill Huser bhuser AT suebeehoney.com [NEBirds]" ]
2 Dec RE: Gavin's Point Gulls ["'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [NEBirds]" ]
2 Dec Thomas and Hooker Counties 11/28/14 ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Dec Re: Gavin's Point Gulls ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Dec Gavin's Point Gulls ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Dec Re: Lost Habitat ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Dec Re: Lost Habitat ["Matt Hansen mmhansen52 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Dec Lost Habitat ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
30 Nov Yard birds ["Jeanine Lackey jeanine.dinan AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
29 Nov Fontenelle Forest ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
28 Nov Gavin's Point Dam gulls ["William Huser billfhuser AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
28 Nov Two Black Scoters and more ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
28 Nov Re: Black Scoter at Offutt Base Lake, Sarpy County ["Karen Wagoner kwagoner21 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
28 Nov Schramm Park and Hwy 31 South ["aclarke AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
27 Nov Black Scoter at Offutt Base Lake, Sarpy County ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
27 Nov Clark's Grebe at Fremont State Lakes SRA ["'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
26 Nov Black Scoter- Cass Co.- Yes/ Possible BAGO (Douglas Co.)- 11/25 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Nov Re: Lake McConaughy CBC. ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Nov Lake McConaughy CBC. ["'Dinsmore, Stephen J [NREM]' cootjr AT iastate.edu [NEBirds]" ]
25 Nov RE: Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC will be Sunday, Dec 14 ["'Jerry Toll' geritol48 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
25 Nov Re: Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC will be Sunday, Dec 14 ["'Gubanyi,Joe' Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu [NEBirds]" ]
24 Nov RE: Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC will be Sunday, Dec 14 ["'Jerry Toll' geritol48 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
24 Nov Hawk ID ["aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Nov Re: orange house finch ["gingerly57 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Nov Re: House Finches ["gingerly57 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Nov Rough-legged Hawk in Omaha ["SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Nov Re: Black Scoter - still present Louiseville SP ["Ruthie Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Nov Re: Black Scoter - still present Louiseville SP ["lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Nov Black Scoter - still present Louiseville SP ["lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
22 Nov Crystal Cove waterfowl ["William Huser billfhuser AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]

Subject: Re: Peregrine Falcon in extreme western IA
From: "sschmitt1 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:06:20 -0500
Rick, Awesome you and Brian got a Shrike. Did you get a Merlin? Steve ---- 
"SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]"  wrote: > Today I 
participated in the Omaha CBC with Brian Peterson and Steve Schmitt. Our 
territory was in the Glenwood IA quadrant, basically north of Hwy 370, south of 
Hwy 34, west of I-29 and east of the Missouri River. This is in Mills County 
IA. > > > Birds of note are listed below, but the best bird was an adult 
Peregrine Falcon on a telephone pole near the intersection of Allis Rd and 
182nd St, just north of St Mary's Island WMA. We had a front view of the bird 
for about 30 seconds, and then it flew. We drove in the direction it flew, but 
we were not able to relocate it. > > > I am not a member of the Iowa bird 
list-serve, so if someone wants to post this message to Iowa, please do. > > > 
Other birds of note were: > > > Trumpeter Swan (6) - flying behind the 
southbound rest area just north of the I-29 Glenwood exit > Northern Harrier 
(5) - in St Mary's Island WMA > Rough-legged Hawk (3) - in St Mary's Island WMA 
> Golden-crowned Kinglet (1) - in Martin's Cemetery > Northern Shrike (1) - 
west of the Glenwood exit > Swamp Sparrow (1) - at the new lake north of the 
new Hwy 34 about 1/2 mi west of the Glenwood exit > Rusty Blackbird (1) - in St 
Mary's Island WMA right behind the southbound rest area just north of the 
Glenwood exit > > > Good birding and Merry Christmas - Rick 



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Subject: Norfolk CBC preliminary results
From: "heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Dec 2014 11:40:05 -0800
Hi all, 
 the Norfolk Christmas Count was held yesterday (December 20). We had 19 
participants. 

 Current results are 62 species  totaling 18197 individuals.
 One of the members of the remnant Black-billed Magpie population did put in an 
appearance (first time in several years found on the count). Hooded Mergansers 
and Purple Finch were two other species found this time that have been missing 
in previous counts. 

 

       2  Snow Goose
     33  Cackling Goose
 2438  Canada Goose
       1  American Wigeon
 2065 Mallard
       2 Northern Pintail
       1 Redhead
       8 Ring-necked Duck
       1 Greater Scaup
       5 Lesser Scaup
     11 Common Goldeneye
       2 Hooded Merganser
       4 Ring-necked Pheasant
   103 Wild Turkey
       1 Northern Bobwhite
       1 Great Blue Heron
     14 Bald Eagle
       1 Northern Harrier
       1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
       3 Cooper's Hawk
    50  Red-tailed Hawk
      5 Rough-legged Hawk
     (2 Buteo (sp))
    17 American Kestrel
       1 Merlin
       1 Prairie Falcon
       8 American Coot
 1043 Rock Pigeon
    208 Eurasian Collared-Dove
      25 Mourning Dove
        5 Eastern Screech-Owl
      25 Great Horned Owl
       2 Long-eared Owl
       1 Belted Kingfisher
     30 Red-bellied Woodpecker
     20 Downy Woodpecker
       5 Hairy Woodpecker
    34 Northern Flicker
     70 Blue Jay
       1 Black-billed Magpie
     27 American Crow
     20 Horned Lark
     73 Black-capped Chickadee
       4 Red-breasted Nuthatch
     41 White-breasted Nuthatch
       3 Brown Creeper
       4 Golden-crowned Kinglet
     88 American Robin
 9098 European Starling
   442 American Tree Sparrow
   405 Dark-eyed Junco
       6 White-crowned Sparrow
     10 Lapland Longspur
     47 Northern Cardinal
   360 Red-winged Blackbird
       1 Western Meadowlark
     10 Brown-headed Cowbird
       5 Purple Finch
     25 House Finch
   165 American Goldfinch
 1114 House Sparrow
 

 David Heidt (reporting for Duane Wolff--compiler NENO CBC)
 Norfolk
 

Subject: pier park
From: "'mstev4 AT aol.com' mstev4@aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 11:51:10 -0500
12/21/14There were 11 hooded mergansers today. They have been there around 10 
days now. There were also 24 wood ducks,20 northern shovelers, 50 mallards with 
2 small ones about the size of the wood ducks, 4 goldeneyes, and 100 canada 
geese. I saw a prairie falcon 10 miles west of benedict on my way to moms house 
saturday afternoon. I also saw 7 redtails and 1 roughleg hawk on the way. I 
didn't count but there were several kestrals also. Steve Morris Grand Island 
Subject: Seward-BOL CBC final tally
From: "'Gubanyi,Joe' Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:56:19 +0000
The tally is complete for the Seward-Branched Oak Lake Christmas Bird Count 
which was held Sunday December 14. The species count was 75 with 11,452 
individuals seen. Two count week species were also seen. Highlights include the 
following: 

Three new species added to the count:
California Gull - Tom Labedz found 2 and Larry Einemann one at Branched Oak 
Lake 

A Thayer's Gull was seen and photographed by Noah Arthur at Branched Oak Lake
A juvenile Baltimore Oriole visited a feeder on count day in Seward and was 
photographed two days later at the same feeder 

A mockingbird was seen by Ruthie Stearns for only the 3rd time in the 21 year 
history of the count 

Snow buntings were seen the day before by Michael Willison at Branched Oak Lake 
(had they been seen on count day, it would have been only the second time 
recorded on the count) 

Notable misses include:
Northern Pintail
Great Blue Heron
Merlin
Long-eared Owl (only one individual has been seen since 2011; in the previous 
16 counts they averaged just under 5 birds per count) 

Other observations:
American Crows totaled only 52 which is the lowest total in count history; 
previous low was 170; 21 year average is 587 

Ring-necked Pheasants totaled only 3 which is the lowest total in count 
history; previous low was 4; 21 year average is 25 

Northern Bobwhites continue to be down with 6 birds seen; 21 year average is 
39; the last time the count was higher than the average was 2006 when 41 were 
seen 

Totals for all species are below.

Joe Gubanyi
Concordia University
800 North Columbia
Seward, NE 68434
(402) 643-7316
Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu


Snow Goose

2

Cackling Goose

42

Canada Goose

1788

Gadwall

7

American Wigeon

9

Mallard

1259

Green-winged Teal

14

Common Goldeneye

37

Hooded Merganser

4

Common Merganser

1835

Red-breasted Merganser

1

Ruddy Duck

2

Ring-necked Pheasant

3

Wild Turkey

350

Northern Bobwhite

6

Bald Eagle

2

Northern Harrier

12

Sharp-shinned Hawk

4

Cooper's Hawk

1

Accipiter sp.

2

Red-tailed Hawk

48

Rough-legged Hawk

1

American Kestrel

4

falcon sp.

1

Ring-billed Gull

655

California Gull

3

Herring Gull

88

Thayer's Gull

1

Lesser Black-backed Gull

0

Glaucous Gull

0

Gull sp.

0

Rock Dove

41

Eurasian Collared Dove

27

Mourning Dove

1

Eastern Screech Owl

2

Great Horned Owl

12

Barred Owl

5

Belted Kingfisher

1

Red-bellied Woodpecker

64

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

2

Downy Woodpecker

58

Hairy Woodpecker

16

yellow-shafted flicker

27

red-shafted flicker

1

Northern Flicker (race?)

53

Northern Shrike

6

Blue Jay

95

American Crow

52

Black-capped Chickadee

55

Red-breasted Nuthatch

3

White-breasted Nuthatch

67

Brown Creeper

6

Carolina Wren

1

Winter Wren

1

Golden-crowned Kinglet

10

Eastern Bluebird

136

Townsend's Solitaire

1

Hermit Thrush

cw

American Robin

940

Mockingbird

1

Starling

1568

Cedar Waxwing

233

Yellow-rumped Warbler

16

Spotted Towhee

1

American Tree Sparrow

425

Fox Sparrow

2

Song Sparrow

2

White-throated Sparrow

7

Harris' Sparrow

32

White-crowned Sparrow

2

Sparrow sp.

15

slate-colored junco

333

Oregon junco

4

Dark-eyed Junco (race?)

152

Lapland Longspur

1

Snow Bunting

cw

Northern Cardinal

116

Red-winged Blackbird

79

Meadowlark species

39

Brown-headed Cowbird

1

blackbird sp.

198

Baltimore Oriole

1

Purple Finch

31

House Finch

76

Common Redpoll

0

Pine Siskin

3

American Goldfinch

169

House Sparrow

81

Total Individuals

11452

Total Species

75

Count week birds

2


Subject: Peregrine Falcon message correction
From: "SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Dec 2014 15:27:26 -0800
I made a directional mistake in my previous post regarding the Peregrine 
Falcon. We were south of Hwy 370 and north of Hwy 34. Sorry about that. Rick 
Subject: Peregrine Falcon in extreme western IA
From: "SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Dec 2014 15:14:18 -0800
Today I participated in the Omaha CBC with Brian Peterson and Steve Schmitt. 
Our territory was in the Glenwood IA quadrant, basically north of Hwy 370, 
south of Hwy 34, west of I-29 and east of the Missouri River. This is in Mills 
County IA. 

 

 Birds of note are listed below, but the best bird was an adult Peregrine 
Falcon on a telephone pole near the intersection of Allis Rd and 182nd St, just 
north of St Mary's Island WMA. We had a front view of the bird for about 30 
seconds, and then it flew. We drove in the direction it flew, but we were not 
able to relocate it. 

 

 I am not a member of the Iowa bird list-serve, so if someone wants to post 
this message to Iowa, please do. 

 

 Other birds of note were:
 

 Trumpeter Swan (6) - flying behind the southbound rest area just north of the 
I-29 Glenwood exit 

 Northern Harrier (5) - in St Mary's Island WMA
 Rough-legged Hawk (3) - in St Mary's Island WMA
 Golden-crowned Kinglet (1) - in Martin's Cemetery
 Northern Shrike (1) - west of the Glenwood exit
 Swamp Sparrow (1) - at the new lake north of the new Hwy 34 about 1/2 mi west 
of the Glenwood exit 

 Rusty Blackbird (1) - in St Mary's Island WMA right behind the southbound rest 
area just north of the Glenwood exit 

 

 Good birding and Merry Christmas - Rick
Subject: Re: AMES CBC
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:22:48 -0600
Good report Don.  Thanks.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

From: mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2014 1:29 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] AMES CBC

  

The 9th Ames CBC was held yesterday with 66 species counted which ties with the 
2012 number. So far there are 4 additional count week birds compared to just 
one in 2012. The recent mild weather with a lot of open water really helped. 


There were 3 new species for the count: American Wigeon, Ruddy Duck and 
Pie-billed Grebe. 



Twenty other species set new high counts. Showing the biggest jumps among the 
waterfowl were 1200 Snow Geese and 12 Gadwall. 



Other notable high counts were: 7 Eastern Screech Owls, 14 Golden-crowned 
Kinglets, 1036 American Robins, 10 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2124Red-winged 
Blackbirds, 26 Common Grackles and 17 Purple Finches. 



Two species were missed for the first time. No Horned Larks were seen, and we 
weren't home yesterday to see the Sharp-shinned Hawk that chased through the 
yard now as I was writing this. 



Song Sparrow was missed for only the second time.


Thanks to all the participants and landowners who made this a success.


Don Paseka 
Subject: AMES CBC
From: "'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:29:50 -0600
The 9th Ames CBC was held yesterday with 66 species counted which ties with
the 2012 number. So far there are 4 additional count week birds compared to
just one in 2012. The recent mild weather with a lot of open water really
helped.

There were 3 new species for the count: American Wigeon, Ruddy Duck and
Pie-billed Grebe.

Twenty other species set new high counts. Showing the biggest jumps among
the waterfowl were 1200 Snow Geese and 12 Gadwall.

Other notable high counts were:  7  Eastern Screech Owls, 14
Golden-crowned Kinglets,  1036 American Robins, 10  Yellow-rumped
Warblers,  2124Red-winged Blackbirds, 26  Common Grackles and 17 Purple
Finches.

Two species were missed for the first time. No Horned Larks were seen, and
we weren't home yesterday to see the Sharp-shinned Hawk that chased through
the yard now as I was writing this.

Song Sparrow was missed for only the second time.

Thanks to all the participants and landowners who made this a success.

Don Paseka
Subject: Re: mystery "sparrow?" Bird ID help needed
From: "Rick urbanfishbird AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:53:30 -0500
 Look up Lincoln's sparrow. The photos and description, particularly the 
yellowish chin stripes make me think Lincoln's and the photos seem to confirm 
that, though the quality isn't great. The other possibility is song sparrow, 
but you said that wasn't it. It's definitely a sparrow, not a wren anyway. 

 
Rick Eades
Lincoln

 
-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds] 
<NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com> 

To: NEBirds <NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thu, Dec 18, 2014 2:35 pm
Subject: [NEBirds] mystery "sparrow?" Bird ID help needed

                                                     Good afternoon, all!

I am at my office at 144th and Dodge in West Omaha. I am fortunate to have been 
able to install a birdfeeder outside my office window! 



Today I had a mystery bird that, even though it is currently about 7 feet away 
from me (through the window) I cannot for the life of me identify it. 



I need help! Below is the link to my flickr photostream which has 33 
middling-to-poor photos taken with my cell phone. The lighting just isn't great 
today. 


Anyway, it's about 5 1/2 inches (much smaller than the DE Juncos around today), 
it's underparts are streaked on the side but he is mostly white underneath 
beyond that. He has yellowish-buff stripes on each side from his chin. He has a 
thin light, almost white stripe running on his crown to the back of his neck. 



I've looked up several possibilities like all of the wrens, AT Sparrow, Song 
Sparrow, etc. and no luck. I hope my photos and descriptions help. It has been 
here for several hours today! 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/130180294 AT N08/



Thanks very much for any help!

Dave


 
      
                 
   
              


Subject: mystery resolved! Lincoln
From: "Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:29:25 -0600
Dear All,

Thanks for your responses.

Allen Reyer suggested the mystery sparrow might be a Lincoln's, and I
believe he's nailed it.

And, as I am sending this email, the Lincoln's is back!

The office park here at 144th and Dodge is clearly a hotspot for migrants!

Dave Pantos
West Omaha
Subject: Re: mystery "sparrow?" Bird ID help needed
From: "Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:22:58 -0600
Dr. Nelson,

Thank you! Someone else emailed me that I should look up Lincoln Sparrow,
and I believe that's the best match! Pretty exciting as I have only seen a
couple before in my life.

Best,
Dave Pantos
Omaha, NE

On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM, Gregston Nelson gnelson AT primarycares.com
[NEBirds]  wrote:
>
>
>
> Dave, your description puts me in mind of the White-Throated Sparrow.  Any
> chance that’s your mystery bird?  I’m at 132nd and Center and have seen
> those outside my office window, too.  Just a thought.
>
>
> Gregston R. Nelson, M.D.
> Douglas county
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Dec 18, 2014, at 2:35 PM, Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds] <
> NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:
>
>
> Good afternoon, all!
>
> I am at my office at 144th and Dodge in West Omaha. I am fortunate to have
> been able to install a birdfeeder outside my office window!
>
> Today I had a mystery bird that, even though it is currently about 7 feet
> away from me (through the window) I cannot for the life of me identify it.
>
> I need help! Below is the link to my flickr photostream which has 33
> middling-to-poor photos taken with my cell phone. The lighting just isn't
> great today.
>
> Anyway, it's about 5 1/2 inches (much smaller than the DE Juncos around
> today), it's underparts are streaked on the side but he is mostly white
> underneath beyond that. He has yellowish-buff stripes on each side from his
> chin. He has a thin light, almost white stripe running on his crown to the
> back of his neck.
>
> I've looked up several possibilities like all of the wrens, AT Sparrow,
> Song Sparrow, etc. and no luck. I hope my photos and descriptions help. It
> has been here for several hours today!
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/130180294 AT N08/
>
>
> Thanks very much for any help!
>
> Dave
>
>
>  
>
Subject: Re: mystery "sparrow?" Bird ID help needed
From: "Gregston Nelson gnelson AT primarycares.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:17:29 -0600
Dave, your description puts me in mind of the White-Throated Sparrow. Any 
chance that’s your mystery bird? I’m at 132nd and Center and have seen 
those outside my office window, too. Just a thought. 



Gregston R. Nelson, M.D.
Douglas county








> On Dec 18, 2014, at 2:35 PM, Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> Good afternoon, all!
> 
> I am at my office at 144th and Dodge in West Omaha. I am fortunate to have 
been able to install a birdfeeder outside my office window! 

> 
> Today I had a mystery bird that, even though it is currently about 7 feet 
away from me (through the window) I cannot for the life of me identify it. 

> 
> I need help! Below is the link to my flickr photostream which has 33 
middling-to-poor photos taken with my cell phone. The lighting just isn't great 
today. 

> 
> Anyway, it's about 5 1/2 inches (much smaller than the DE Juncos around 
today), it's underparts are streaked on the side but he is mostly white 
underneath beyond that. He has yellowish-buff stripes on each side from his 
chin. He has a thin light, almost white stripe running on his crown to the back 
of his neck. 

> 
> I've looked up several possibilities like all of the wrens, AT Sparrow, Song 
Sparrow, etc. and no luck. I hope my photos and descriptions help. It has been 
here for several hours today! 

> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/130180294 AT N08/ 
 

> 
> 
> Thanks very much for any help!
> 
> Dave
> 
> 
Subject: mystery "sparrow?" Bird ID help needed
From: "Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:35:30 -0600
Good afternoon, all!

I am at my office at 144th and Dodge in West Omaha. I am fortunate to have
been able to install a birdfeeder outside my office window!

Today I had a mystery bird that, even though it is currently about 7 feet
away from me (through the window) I cannot for the life of me identify it.

I need help! Below is the link to my flickr photostream which has 33
middling-to-poor photos taken with my cell phone. The lighting just isn't
great today.

Anyway, it's about 5 1/2 inches (much smaller than the DE Juncos around
today), it's underparts are streaked on the side but he is mostly white
underneath beyond that. He has yellowish-buff stripes on each side from his
chin. He has a thin light, almost white stripe running on his crown to the
back of his neck.

I've looked up several possibilities like all of the wrens, AT Sparrow,
Song Sparrow, etc. and no luck. I hope my photos and descriptions help. It
has been here for several hours today!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/130180294 AT N08/


Thanks very much for any help!

Dave
Subject: Harlan County CBC - preliminary summary
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:53:15 +0000
After a thirteen year hiatus and a one-day postponement, the Harlan County 
Christmas Bird Count was held on 16 December 2014. The first iteration of this 
CBC took place from 1996-2001. Final numbers are still being received and I 
will provide a full summary in the future. Here, though, I am providing a brief 
summary. 


The final tally will almost certainly be around 75 species, which is about the 
average species tally during the previous iteration. We had several new species 
tallied for the first time on the CBC, but several notable misses as well. Some 
of the misses are likely a consequence of the bitter cold snap in November. 
Notable species/Highlights: 


5 goose species
Cackling Goose - First time recorded on the CBC since the split from Canada 
Goose occurred in 2004. 

6 gull species including Bonaparte's, Thayer's, Glaucous, and Lesser 
Black-backed 

Eurasian Collared Dove - First time recorded on the CBC.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2 different birds, first time recorded on the CBC.
Hermit Thrush - First time recorded on the CBC.
Winter Wren
Black-billed Magpie - At least 3 tallied, more than I expected. During the 
earlier iteration of the CBC, we averaged about 25 each year. 

Mountain Bluebird - 5 near the Alma sewage lagoons, first time recorded on the 
CBC. 

Townsend's Solitaire
Fox Sparrow - Second time recorded on the CBC.
Lincoln's Sparrow - Second time recorded on the CBC.
Rusty Blackbird - at least 31.
Brown-headed Cowbird - at least 3.

Notable misses (this list may change if there were some, as of yet unreported, 
late day heroics) - several duck species including Gadwall and any Aythya 
species, Merlin, Northern Bobwhite, Great Blue Heron, Prairie Falcon, Eastern 
Screech-Owl (even though we had two owling parties), Hairy Woodpecker, Carolina 
Wren and Spotted Towhee. 


It was a good time and it was good to resurrect this CBC.

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: Fw: eBird Report - my yard, Dec 15, 2014
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:53:40 -0700
Couldn't get into work today because of the snow so counted birds and did 
some work from home. Here is my list for today, nothing unusal or too 
exciting, the Harris's Sparrow has been around for a couple of weeks. Not a 
single Pine Siskin and only 3 Blue Jays, we normally would have 7 or more 
jays and about the same numer siskins as goldfinches. Siskins were scarce 
out here last winter too, but I think there are still a good number in the 
hills.

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE


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> my yard, Scotts Bluff, US-NE
> Dec 15, 2014 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     feeder watching throughout the day. foot of new snow on the 
> ground, about 30 degrees most of the day
> 15 species (+3 other taxa)
>
> Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
> Eurasian Collared-Dove  11
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  3
> Hairy Woodpecker  3
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
> Blue Jay  3
> European Starling  5
> Harris's Sparrow  1
> White-crowned Sparrow  36
> Dark-eyed Junco  6
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  14
> Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)  21
> Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided)  2
> Red-winged Blackbird  1
> House Finch  23
> Pine Siskin  0
> American Goldfinch  35
> House Sparrow  39
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20919936
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 



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Subject: Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC preliminary results
From: "'Gubanyi,Joe' Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:41:43 +0000
The Seward-Branched Oak Lake Christmas Bird Count was held Sunday, December 14 
before the arrival of the rainy weather that arrived last night. The count 
total for the day is currently at 74 with a number of species that could be 
added when all the tallies are turned in. With the recent warm weather, lakes 
and ponds had reopened and all water was open. The general consensus from 
observers was that overall numbers were low although diversity was relatively 
high. Below is a preliminary list with notable sightings bold-faced. I will 
wait to share notable misses after all the tallies have been submitted. Thanks 
to all who helped. 


Joe Gubanyi
Concordia University
800 North Columbia
Seward, NE 68434
(402) 643-7316
Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu

Snow Goose

Cackling Goose

Canada Goose

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mallard

Green-winged Teal

Common Goldeneye

Hooded Merganser

Common Merganser

Red-breasted Merganser (6th time seen)

Ruddy Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant

Wild Turkey

Northern Bobwhite

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Rough-legged Hawk

American Kestrel

falcon sp. (peregrine or prairie)

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

California Gull (new to the count)

Thayer's Gull (probable- would be new))

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared Dove

Mourning Dove

Eastern Screech Owl

Great Horned Owl

Barred Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Northern Shrike

Blue Jay

American Crow

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown Creeper

Carolina Wren

Winter Wren

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Townsend's Solitaire

Hermit Thrush

American Robin

Mockingbird (3rd time seen)

Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Yellow-rumped Warbler

American Tree Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Harris' Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Lapland Longspur

Snow Bunting (2nd time seen)

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Meadowlark species

Brown-headed Cowbird

Purple Finch

House Finch

Pine Siskin

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

Subject: Dodge Co Short-eared Owls
From: "'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:11:29 -0600
About 6 pm tonight Janis, Gary Roberts and I were driving back from the
Seward-BOL count when we saw a pair of short eared owls hunting along Road
12 between Roads R and S northeast of North Bend.

Earlier in the day we had already found a Barred, an Eastern Screech and
two Great-horned Owls on the count,  making it a four owl species day.

Perhaps the highlight of the count for us was seeing six Northern Harriers
at dusk hunting and interacting east of Garland at Old Mill and 186th
Roads. None of us had ever seen such an activity before.

Don Paseka
Ames NE
Subject: Northern Mockingbird Lancaster County
From: "Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:31:02 +0000 (UTC)
Birded a section of the Seward CBC this morning, and had a couple of birds 
worthy of note.  Was absolutely thrilled and delighted to find a flock of 20 
Purple Finches at the NW arm of Pawnee Lake, diving down from the fruit trees 
into the cattails and flying back up.    They acted like they were familiar 
with the area.   I have only seen Purple Finches a few times in Nebraska, and 
never a flock of this size.  Just delighted!  Later, at the cemetery on Bluff 
Rd,  NE of Malcolm found a Northern Mockingbird.  It was south of the 
cemetery, past the brush pile, over the barb wife fence, back atop the tall 
cedar trees.  The light was not great this morning, but eventually got close 
enough to get some field marks, and when it flew and the white patches on the 
wings became visible, it was obvious what it was.   Also surprised to see a 
Brown-headed Cowbird, on McElvie Rd west of Malcolm.  Not alot of species for 
me today, but the temps were great.   

Ruthie Stearns
Lincoln, NE
Subject: Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches
From: "petermhill AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Dec 2014 20:21:07 -0800
I took my daughters over to Toadstool Park in Dawes Co. this afternoon to hike 
around. Several dozen Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches were present. After only seeing 
flocks fly by at a great distance, I finally got excellent, close views of this 
lovely and strangely unwary bird. It was a lifer for me - the first one of 
those I've had for a few years, and entirely unexpected for a little day trip! 

 

 Interestingly enough, in two hours at Toadstool, GCRF was literally the only 
species of bird I saw or heard the entire time. Many of the finches were 
flocking around a cliffside area, roosting in holes in the rock, and in nests 
that I assume were Cliff Swallow nests? If it had been the summertime, I would 
have thought I was observing a small nesting colony. 

 

 Anyway, cool bird!
 

 Peter Hill
 Sheridan Co.
  
Subject: Harlan County Res - scouting trip
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 02:18:37 +0000
I made a quick trip to Harlan County Reservoir (and back) today to do some 
scouting ahead of the CBC before the weather turns lousy. Highlights: 


4 geese species
~20,000 Snow Geese
Ross's Geese
~15,000 Common Mergansers
4 Hooded Mergansers
1 Red-breasted Merganser (certainly more among the COMEs)
1 Prairie Falcon
1 Merlin
~30 Bonaparte's Gulls
~300 Ring-billed Gulls
~500 Herring Gulls
4 adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls
2 first-year Thayer's Gulls
1 adult Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Methodist Cove campground
12 Yellow-rumped Warblers
~20 Song Sparrows

I did not have the time to scrutinize the gulls or waterfowl (or anything, for 
that matter) as much as I would have liked. Obviously, we will have no shortage 
of birds for the CBC. I also had a Golden-crowned Kinglet in Franklin County. 


Good birding!

 - Joel

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Subject: Winter Wren
From: "Ami Sheffield littlebluedog AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:17:11 -0600
Went hiking around the woods at Zorinsky today in search of deer (scored 
a few great pics!) and at dusk I was lucky to stumble upon a loud little 
Winter Wren, and he even had an insect for dinner.

Managed to snap a couple photos, despite the poor light.

   -Ami, West Omaha

https://www.flickr.com/photos/little-blue-dog/16007597172/in/photostream/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/little-blue-dog/15822287039/in/photostream/

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Subject: Sarpy Co.
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:39:32 -0600
Hi all, 

 

After being obligated to be inside for most of the day, I took off for a
late afternoon walk along the Papio Crk Hike- Bike trail south of Hayworth
Pk.  Best sightings along the 5 mile walk were: Grt. Blue Heron [1]; No.
Harrier [1]; Amer. Kestrel [1]; Barred Owl [2]; Belted Kingfisher [1];
Harris' Sp. [4]; Wht-crwn'd Sp. [2]; Wht.-thrt'd Sp. [1].  Although Tree
Sp.'s and Juncos were seen as well, it was the first time in a month that I
failed to see Meadowlarks or Bald Eagles along that walk.

 

Elliott Bedows,

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.
Subject: Schilling WMA
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:39:30 -0600
Since the sun finally came out this afternoon I took a short drive to Schilling 
WMA and the confluence of the Platte and Missouri Rivers (Cass County). 

Not real birdie, but did see:
- 1 Pileated Woodpecker (female – I watched her try to dismantle a dead 
cottonwood tree for about 15 minutes) – I have seen them in southern Cass 
County near the Otoe County line, but this was a first for Schilling) 

- 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
- 5 Bald Eagles
- 3 Red-tailed Hawks
- 3 A. Kestrels
- 3 Song Sparrows
- 2 Harris’s Sparrows
- 8 A. Tree Sparrows
- 3 WB Nuthatch
- 2 BC Chickadee
- 15 House Sparrows

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
Subject: Douglas Co. Lakes- 12/12
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:06:47 +0000 (UTC)
    This morning I headed out to check out the waterfowl situation on a few 
reservoirs in northern Douglas Co.  I started out heading west towards 
Bennington Lake,  north toward the Valley area, and I finished up at Carter 
Lake. 

Bennington Lake- 98% Frozen
-No birds
Sandcove Lake North (Valley)- 100% Open- (Skeins of hundreds of geese arriving 
from west) 

-30 Cackling Goose-3000 Canada Goose-3 Snow Goose-35 Mallard-1 Common 
Merganser-20 Am. Coot-1 Bald Eagle (2nd year over Valley) 

Mallard's Landing Residential Sandpit- 100% Open
-2000 Canada Goose-60 Mallard-6 Ring-necked Duck-2 Lesser Scaup-300 Common 
Goldeneye-10 Hooded Merganser-20 Common Merganser-40 Am. Coot 

"Panfish Lake" (264th and Dewey)- 100% Open
-3000 Canada Goose-35 Mallard-1 MUTE SWAN (Light juvenile. Quite possibly same 
bird observed nearly a month ago at Grass Pad Sandpit)-8 Gadwall-1000 Common 
Goldeneye-600 Common Merganser-2 Ruddy Duck 

Grass Pad Sandpit (W. Center Rd)- 100% Open
- Only a handful of Mallards and several Canada Geese observed here.

Carter Lake- 85% Frozen
-5000 Canada Goose-22 Trumpeter Swan-1 TUNDRA SWAN (Juvenile bird.  Smaller 
than Trumpeters, lighter dusky gray than surrounding brownish-gray "splotchy" 
 juv. Trumpeters.  Less sloping bill.  Soon took off after observation 
toward northwest.  No other swans joined this bird upon departure.)-70 
Mallard-12 Gadwall-1 American Wigeon-4 Northern Shoveler-11 Redhead-7 
Ring-necked Duck-40 Common Goldeneye-7 Hooded Merganser-30 Common Merganser-2 
Ruddy Duck-600 American Coot 

Misses included any grebes, gulls, or various expected waterfowl.
Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com







Subject: North Platte CBC
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:39:05 +0000
Due to weather forecast for this Sunday (rain changing to snow 1 to 3 inches 
possible), we have rescheduled the North Platte Christmas Bird Count. 


It will now be on Sunday, December 21st.

Please let me know if you are interested in participating (using "reply to 
sender" below). 


Thanks


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: Snowy Owl
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:35:49 +0000
Just took a second hand report of a Snowy Owl seen yesterday "near Arnold" 
along Highway 92 (not sure east or west of Arnold) in Custer County. Also not 
sure of the first hand observer's birding abilities, but sounded legitimate. 
Just wanted to get the word out in case anyone is in/heading to/through that 
area. 


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: Harlan County CBC - postponed!
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:15:44 +0000
Due to forecasts of inclement weather (rain changing to snow Sunday night with 
snow extending into Monday, winds 20-30 mph) for the Harlan County area, the 
Harlan County Christmas Bird Count, originally scheduled for Monday, 15 
December, has been postponed. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 16 December. 


If you are interested in participating on the new date, please contact me 
off-list. 


Thank you and 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: CALIFORNIA GULL AT BOL.
From: "larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:10:36 -0500
Hi!
    I visited Branched Oak Lake on December 10,  2014.  It is about 90% 
ice-covered with a number of open areas. There is not much diversity present: 

 Canada geese, a few Cackling geese, large  numbers of Common mergansers, 
Mallards, some Common goldeneyes, and good numbers  of Ring-billed and 
Herring gulls. A scope is needed for viewing. I did find 2 Hooded mergansers 

and an adult California gull,  easily compared to nearby Ring-billed gulls.  
Best viewing is from Lieber's  Point and from the southeast shore.
Passerines were sparse when I was in the area in the afternoon with an  
immature Yellow-bellied sapsucker and a male Purple finch being the best  
sightings.
Good birding!
Larry Einemann
Lincoln, Nebraska
 
In a message dated 12/9/2014 3:42:09 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
Went out to the Base Lake this afternoon, but could not find the gull that  
Clem reported yesterday. Did not scope the lake, so probably missed some  
things, but all we saw were about a dozen Common Merganser's and a half dozen 
 Common Goldeneye's. On Missouri River Road, saw 4 Morning Doves and a 
Kestrel.  

Driving thru Bellevue right at dusk, we had three Barred Owls in trees  
about 100 yards apart, all calling to each other. They were right at the  
entrance to College Heights (just east of the cemetery).

Al  Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: eBird hotspots
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Dec 2014 07:47:12 -0800
In connection with Dan Leger's piece on eBird in the latest issue of the 
Burrowing Owl, I'd like to mention that I'm currently in charge of managing 
hotspots in Nebraska. If anyone's found a problem hotspot like the "Pioneers 
Park--not" location that Dan referred to in his article, please feel free to 
call it to my attention and we'll see if we can get it straightened out. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: Buffalo Co Snowy Owl: 12/6-yes, 12/8-no
From: "'andrew.furman AT huskers.unl.edu' andrew.furman@huskers.unl.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:46:03 +0000
I went out to look for the Snowy Owl in Buffalo County a few times recently (I 
also saw it the day it was first reported). On Saturday morning, it was on the 
ground in the field northwest of Coal Chute and Imperial. It was quite far out 
there, but still visible with the naked eye. On Monday afternoon I dropped by 
again and could not relocate it. I didn't spend too much time looking, so it 
may still be in the area. 





Andrew Furman


Kearney, NE

Subject: Sarpy County
From: "Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 17:41:59 -0600
Went out to the Base Lake this afternoon, but could not find the gull that Clem 
reported yesterday. Did not scope the lake, so probably missed some things, but 
all we saw were about a dozen Common Merganser's and a half dozen Common 
Goldeneye's. On Missouri River Road, saw 4 Morning Doves and a Kestrel. 


Driving thru Bellevue right at dusk, we had three Barred Owls in trees about 
100 yards apart, all calling to each other. They were right at the entrance to 
College Heights (just east of the cemetery). 


Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: Gull??
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:46:46 -0600
I stopped at the Base Lake late this afternoon and spent time trying to decide 
whether one of the gulls I was looking at was a Herring or Thayer’s. It 
remained on the ice, next to open water a long way from shore. At times while 
looking through the scope I was sure it was a Thayer’s, but then I would 
doubt myself and think it was a Herring. Any time I tried to get closer, it 
would move further away. In the end I went with the default and called it a 
Herring – just couldn’t get enough field marks to call it a Thayer’s 
(even though at times I was sure it had a very dark eye). 


Birds seen at the Base Lake (Sarpy County):
- 1 Kestrel
- 1 Bald Eagle
- 14 C. Goldeneye
- 3 C. Mergansers
- 5 Ring-billed Gulls
- 1 Herring Gull

Also stopped at the sandpit lake on Beach Road in Cass County:
- 4500-5000 Mallards
- 80 C. Mergansers
- 75 Canada Geese

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE 
Subject: Carolina Wren
From: "Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:16:29 -0600
We've got a Carolina Wren roosting on our front porch at night. I've seen it a 
couple of times in the morning when I go out to get the paper. Last night, I 
went out with a flashlight. It was in the corner of the shadowbox, all 
scrunched up. Looked like a tennis ball with feathers. 


Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: NOU newsletter
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Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 12:53:34 -0500 (EST)
The latest NOU newsletter, The Burrowing Owl, is now on the NOUbirds.org 
website at
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Subject: Golden Crowned Kinglet
From: "hpsalyar AT tcgcs.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Dec 2014 08:23:30 -0800
Yesterday during misty foggy day, saw golden crowned kinglet in elderberry bush 
on west side of house in central residential Hastings, Adams co. Also had both 
white and red breasted nuthatches, downy woodpecker, carolina wren, many juncos 
of various color gradations, robin, blue jay, flicker as well as usual 
assortment of finches and sparrows. Have had ruby crowned kinglet multiple 
times in past during migration but the golden crowned was a first yard bird for 
me. Phyllis Salyards 
Subject: Pine Ridge (SD) Xmas Count
From: "petermhill AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Dec 2014 21:10:40 -0800
Hello NE Birds,
 

 As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, I am a former South Dakota resident, 
now in rural Sheridan County, NE, and I run a Christmas count just over the 
state line back in SD. Pine Ridge is only 25 minutes from Rushville, 45 minutes 
from Chadron (via the back road), and not terribly far away from anywhere in 
the northern Panhandle, at least not with the distances we're accustomed to out 
here. 

 

 Anyway, below is the information for our upcoming CBC that I just posted to 
SD-Birds. Anyone from the Nebraska side would be more than welcome to come up 
and help count!! 

 

 ***The fourth annual Pine Ridge Christmas Bird Count will take place this 
coming Sunday, Dec. 14. I am excited to see what this year brings, since the 
week leading up to the count will feature unseasonably warm temperatures. We 
have never done the count before without significant snow cover or with any 
decent amount of open water. Should be interesting! Sunday appears to be the 
first day back at a more normal temp. range for the season, but after last 
year's brutally cold count day (-10 with -30 wind chill at one point), we'll 
take it! 

 

 As of now, I'm planning to run the count like usual: meeting at Big Bat's in 
downtown Pine Ridge to kick off the count and divvy up areas, checking back in 
at lunch time to compare notes before the afternoon shift, and this year I 
would like to have a dinner to end the day, for people who want to stick 
around. 

 

 Everyone is welcome to come help count! Because we're somewhat off the beaten 
path, and not as well-established as many of the other local counts, I very 
much appreciate anyone and everyone who is willing and able to take the time to 
come and help count. And it is a nice count circle encompassing a lot of 
beautiful country! 

 

 So for those people interested, and/or wanting more info, you can call me at 
(605) 595-3715, (605) 441-9346, or email me at petermhill AT yahoo.com. Looking 
forward to a glorious week ahead as we count down to another fruitful CBC 
season. 

 

 Peter Hill
 Pine Ridge CBC Compiler
 
 Oglala Lakota County, SD
 

Subject: Ogallala and BOL birds
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 16:30:55 -0600
I headed west to look for the SNOWY OWL found by Kent yesterday morning. It was 
still in the general vicinity, although quite distant and only found by scoping 
the fields. I then headed out to Lake Ogallala and spent most of the remaining 
daylight birding around Lake Ogallala. Best birds were a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 
THAYER'S GULLS, CALIFORNIA GULLS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. 

 
This morning Branched Oak Lake in Lancaster Co., were 2 HERMIT THRUSHES and 8 
PURPLE FINCHES. 

 
Photos and checklists can be accessed by the below links.
 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20820640
 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20820640
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/82286560 AT N06
 
Michael Willison
Lincoln


  		 	   		  
Subject: winter raptor survey
From: "'Jerry Toll' geritol48 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 16:05:28 -0600
Sue Mattix, Greg Nelson and I ran a Winter Raptor Survey through Washington
and Burt Counties yesterday. 

Kestrel-3

Bald Eagle -4

Accipiter species-1

Northern Harrier-1

Northern Shrike-1

Red-tailed hawk-48

N=58

I was surprised to see this many hawks on the route in early December. Most
years the number is lower. Of those 48 redtails, 57% were adults, 4% were
juveniles and 39% age could not be determined. Practically all that we were
able to get a good look at were of the calurus, western, subspecies.
Although I didn't keep track, a surprising number of those had the dark
brown eye suggesting they were at least 3-4 years old.

 

Jer Toll

2741 Wyoming St

Omaha NE 68112

402.312.1635

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Subject: Butler Co.
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 21:43:01 +0000
I birded in Butler County today (6 Dec) and I had the following highlights:

4 Rough-legged Hawks
1 Northern Shrike southwest of David City
1 Hermit Thrush approximately 4 miles northwest of David City
1 Spotted Towhee at the same spot as the Hermit Thrush
11 Purple Finches across the road from the Linwood Cemetery

All the Purple Finches were in female-type plumage; no adult males. I stopped 
by Branched Oak Lake on the way home and in the small open patches of water I 
found 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and 3 Hooded Mergansers. 


Good birding!

 - Joel

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Subject: Otoe County - 12/5/14
From: "Susan Quinn susan-quinn44 AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 2:08:29 +0000
Hello Birders,
Larry Falk and I traveled mainly country roads in Otoe County today (Friday). 
The ponds were either mostly or completely frozen. Consequently, the only 
waterfowl observed were skeins of Canada Geese flying overhead. A total of 25 
species were observed. 


The two highlights of the day were a GOLDEN EAGLE and a PILEATED WOODPECKER. 
The GOLDEN EAGLE was observed sitting atop a huge brush pile and then flying 
away in western Otoe County along County Road N between CR 16 and CR 14. The 
PILEATED WOODPECKER was observed in eastern Otoe County flying across a road 
near the Minersville entrance to the Steamboat Trace Trail. 


Susan Quinn
Nebraska City
Otoe County


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Subject: Re: Gavin's Point Gulls
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 19:03:15 -0600
Thanks to many, both on forum and off forum, around the Kumlien's/Iceland vs. 
Thayer's Gull discussion of the bird that was up at Gavin's Point a week ago. 
At least for me, I've concluded that this gull does not fall entirely within 
the expected extremes for either Kumlien's or Thayer's, although it held a 
number of traits for both. I'll have to let this one fall into the 
"Thayer's/Kumlien's" column. Nonetheless, a neat gull to study and always fun 
to learn more about the complexity of identification and the many unknowns 
surrounding the definition of a species in this grouping. 


Michael Willison
Lincoln

  		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Snowy Owl photos
From: "John Carlini flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 05:13:11 +0000 (UTC)
Fantastic photos!  It's hard to see from the underside but the tail looks like 
it might have wide unbroken stripes like a female.  There was a Snowy in 
Oklahoma in mid-November (sadly it got killed by a car), another is hanging out 
by Wichita about 80 miles north of the 1st owl, and a pair was reported by Des 
Moines last weekend. 

Interesting article on their nesting season:Report from the Arctic - Project 
SNOWstorm 


|   |
|   |  |   |   |   |   |   |
| Report from the Arctic - Project SNOWstormBy Jean-François Therrien Every 
year since the late 1980s, a group of researchers of which I feel lucky to call 
myself part has heade... | 

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| View on www.pr... | Preview by Yahoo |
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|   |

  Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln   

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Subject: Snowy Owl photos
From: "kskaggs25 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Dec 2014 18:45:51 -0800
Posted to my folder. 

 Kent Skaggs
 Kearney, NE
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Dec 3, 2014
From: "Allenreyer allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 18:11:01 -0500
Cindy and I went down late this afternoon and walked Stream and Morman Hollow 
Trails. Best birds were a Belted KIngfisher on Stream Trail and a Carolina Wren 
on Morman Hollow Trail. Complete list is as follows 



Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Sarpy, US-NE
Dec 3, 2014 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
15 species

Wild Turkey  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  7     Lots of Red-headed WPs, including a couple of 
juveniles.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
European Starling  5
American Tree Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  10
Northern Cardinal  1
American Goldfinch  2

Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE
 
Subject: Wren!!
From: "catpit AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 17:53:27 -0500 (EST)
Hello Everybody....I was going to exit the house via the sliding glass 
door when I saw a wren, upturned tail and all. Shades of Brown, 
pugnacious like there's no tomorrow. The tiny mite drove off an Eurasian 
Collared Dove. It's exploring everywhere. It hopped off the deck right 
after I saw it. Wow! Too fast for the Supercilium. Sorry.  I'm Marty 
Mathieson, Eastern Buffalo County, Nebraska.
Subject: Snowy Owl - Buffalo County
From: "kskaggs25 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Dec 2014 08:36:58 -0800
On my way to work this morning, I crossed paths with a snowy owl. It was 
located just east of Kearney at the intersection of Coal Chute and Imperial 
Ave. I have photos which I'll try to remember to post to my folder shortly. 

 

 Kent Skaggs
 Kearney, NE
Subject: Iceland/Thayer Gull photos
From: "Bill Huser bhuser AT suebeehoney.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 16:21:06 +0000
I will try to process my photos from Friday's Iceland/Thayer's Gull at Gavin's 
Point Dam today or tomorrow. 

Though far from Michael Willison's quality, they may show something more and, 
theoretically, could be a different bird. 


Bill Huser
140 Oakmont Drive
South Sioux City, NE  68776
h. 402-494-1657
c. 712-574-3107
Subject: RE: Gavin's Point Gulls
From: "'Ricky Olson' tatanka40 AT pie.midco.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 07:23:06 -0600
Eye color might be one of the deciding factors if I observed the gull.

 

Light eye would lean more to Iceland .

 

Even though books say Iceland usually have light iris and Thayer's dark
iris- they also say some individuals do not conform and have the opposite
color.

 

I am with Ross - I think primary tips should be more grey than black in an
Iceland.

 

Just my 2 cents.

 

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2014 10:27 PM
To: Posting to NEBirds
Subject: [NEBirds] Gavin's Point Gulls

 

  

With the report of an Iceland Gull, I ventured up to Gavin's Point in Cedar
County this weekend.  A nemesis species for me until this springs' Branched
Oak Lake bird, I had interest in observing another.
 
I relocated the bird under the spillway amongst hundreds of mostly
Ring-billed and Herring Gulls.  This gull had more dark in the primaries
than the BOL  bird.  However, I still think it is within the spectrum of
Iceland/Kumlien's (vs. Thayer's) as well as the primary pattern appearing to
match Iceland/Kumlien's.  I'd be interested in hearing discussion and
opinions from any of you that have thoughts...
 
Also present were the continuing Thayer's, Glaucous and California Gulls.
My checklist and photos can be accessed below.
 
Michael Willison
Lincoln
 
ebird checklist link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20724296

Flickr photo link:

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

  


Subject: Thomas and Hooker Counties 11/28/14
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 01:20:30 -0800




Subject: Re: Gavin's Point Gulls
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 23:11:26 -0600
This is an interesting bird, first reported by Bill Huser and Bob Livermore and 
photographed by Michael Willison- it's great to have a series of good photos! 


Just to throw out a couple thoughts- I'm not sure this bird can be identified 
for sure between Iceland (ie Kumlien's) or Thayer's. The outer primaries show 
blackish coloration rather than shades of grey, and the primaries show black 
coloration in the outer 5 primaries. If the black extended to a 6th primary it 
would be a Thayer's, but birds showing black in 5 primaries "are best left 
indeterminate" (Olsen and Larsson- Gulls of North America, Europe, and Asia). 
Because the black is pretty much black and is present on 5 primaries, the bill 
looks hefty, and the bird has a flat-headed rather than rounded look, I'd go 
out on a limb and say this bird is likely just inside the Thayer's camp, but 
it's a close call if indeed it can be called at all. I don't think it can be 
called a Kumlien's. 


What do others think?

Ross


From: Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds] 
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2014 10:26 PM
To: Posting to NEBirds 
Subject: [NEBirds] Gavin's Point Gulls


  

With the report of an Iceland Gull, I ventured up to Gavin's Point in Cedar 
County this weekend. A nemesis species for me until this springs' Branched Oak 
Lake bird, I had interest in observing another. 

 
I relocated the bird under the spillway amongst hundreds of mostly Ring-billed 
and Herring Gulls. This gull had more dark in the primaries than the BOL bird. 
However, I still think it is within the spectrum of Iceland/Kumlien's (vs. 
Thayer's) as well as the primary pattern appearing to match Iceland/Kumlien's. 
I'd be interested in hearing discussion and opinions from any of you that have 
thoughts... 

 
Also present were the continuing Thayer's, Glaucous and California Gulls. My 
checklist and photos can be accessed below. 

 
Michael Willison
Lincoln
 
ebird checklist link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20724296

Flickr photo link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/82286560 AT N06/
  
Subject: Gavin's Point Gulls
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 22:26:49 -0600
With the report of an Iceland Gull, I ventured up to Gavin's Point in Cedar 
County this weekend. A nemesis species for me until this springs' Branched Oak 
Lake bird, I had interest in observing another. 

 
I relocated the bird under the spillway amongst hundreds of mostly Ring-billed 
and Herring Gulls. This gull had more dark in the primaries than the BOL bird. 
However, I still think it is within the spectrum of Iceland/Kumlien's (vs. 
Thayer's) as well as the primary pattern appearing to match Iceland/Kumlien's. 
I'd be interested in hearing discussion and opinions from any of you that have 
thoughts... 

 
Also present were the continuing Thayer's, Glaucous and California Gulls. My 
checklist and photos can be accessed below. 

 
Michael Willison
Lincoln
 
ebird checklist link:
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Flickr photo link:
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Subject: Re: Lost Habitat
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:19:49 -0600
It's privately owned and now will be farmed.

Jan


> On Dec 1, 2014, at 1:47 PM, Matt Hansen mmhansen52 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> Jan and group is there not a federal law about filling in permanent marsh?  
> How about that you nebraska game and parks guys.
> Matt
> 
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
> 
> From:"Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" 
> Date:Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 6:35
> Subject:[NEBirds] Lost Habitat
> 
>  
> Just drove thru Pender and found the marsh south of town has been tiled. It 
was the best location in Thurston County and a large radius around for 
shorebirds, waders, and puddle ducks. Such a shame. 

> 
> Jan Johnson
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Lost Habitat
From: "Matt Hansen mmhansen52 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:47:38 -0800
Jan and group is there not a federal law about filling in permanent marsh? 
How about that you nebraska game and parks guys.
Matt

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Subject: Lost Habitat
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:35:10 -0600
Just drove thru Pender and found the marsh south of town has been tiled. It was 
the best location in Thurston County and a large radius around for shorebirds, 
waders, and puddle ducks. Such a shame. 


Jan Johnson



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Subject: Yard birds
From: "Jeanine Lackey jeanine.dinan AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 16:56:07 -0600
Hi everyone

I still have two female Purple Finches coming to the feeder here in
Bellevue.  Also, a lone Fox Sparrow showed up today and then the party
ended when the Coopers Hawk flew in.

Jeanine Lackey
Sarpy County.

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Subject: Fontenelle Forest
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 12:17:26 -0600
Hi all, 

 

Took advantage of the beautiful day and birded the wetland flood plain.  In
addition to the usual winter residents, the following notable birds were
seen: Sharp-shinned Hk [1 imm.]; Red-headed Woodpecker [1 ad.]; Wht-thrt'd
Sp. [2]; Song Sp. [4]; and Pine Siskin [2-3] mixed in with a flock of 12's
of Goldfinches on So. Stream Tr..

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.
Subject: Gavin's Point Dam gulls
From: "William Huser billfhuser AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 22:29:36 -0600
Friday, Nov 28, 4pm:

Although we could not locate the previously reported Black Scoter and
Long-tailed Duck, there were a number of gulls present with the Herring and
Ring-billed Gulls. The ice of Lake Yankton held a roosting 1st winter
Glaucous Gull (previously reported by Mark Brogie) and later in the day an
adult California Gull. A 1st winter Thayer's Gull was on the river 400
yards below the spillway. However, the best was an adult Iceland Gull
hunting below the power plant.

Bob Livermore and Bill Huser
South Sioux City
Subject: Two Black Scoters and more
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:04:32 -0600
Hi all, 

 

I planned to meet up with Sylvia  Hanson this AM at Louisville SRA, but
stopped by Offutt Base Lk first.  I easily located the Blk Scoter reported
by the Paddelfords' yesterday along with the following birds of note (i.e.
not counting Mallards) during my quick scan of the Lk:  Com. Merg [7];
Gadwall [1]; Le. Scaup [4]; Com. Goldeneye [4]; Ruddy Duck [2]; Bald Eagle
[1 imm.].

 

At Louisville SRA we found the Blk Scoter with some, but not a whole lot of
effort and in the same general area that it has been seen recently.  Thus,
there are (at least) two Blk Scoters in our area.  Also seen at the SRA
were:  Cackling Gs. [X]; Canada's [100+]; Gadwall [4]; Redhead [9]; Le.
Scaup [3]; Com. Goldeneye [5];  Ruddy Duck [4]; Grt Blue Heron [1]; Bald
Eagle [1 ad.]; Cooper's Hk [1]; Killdeer [1].

 

After birding Louisville, we returned to Sarpy Co. where Sylvia showed me a
new wetland area north of 132nd & Hwy 370, which is going to open to the
public this spring. There we added the following day birds:  a possible
Ross' X Snow Gs. hybrid {the bird was considerably smaller than the Canada's
with it was associating, had a stubby triangular bill, but that bill had a
distinct "smile" marking}; Wht-fronted Gs. [1]; Wood Duck [4]; Ring-necked
Duck [3]; Pied-billed Grebe [2]; Kestrel [1], and more Gadwall, Redhead,
Scaup, Goldeneye and Ruddy's.

 

Finally, on the way home the dog and I walked around Walnut Crk, which was
pretty dead except for the usual sparrows, but where: Le. Scaup [4]; Ruddy
Duck [5]; and Com. Goldeneye [5] where seen on the Lk.

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.
Subject: Re: Black Scoter at Offutt Base Lake, Sarpy County
From: "Karen Wagoner kwagoner21 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:55:01 -0600
I went to Base Lake to look for the Black Scoter today (Nov 28) and was able to 
locate it quickly with the help of Clem who was already there. 


Karen Wagoner
Bellevue

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Subject: Schramm Park and Hwy 31 South
From: "aclarke AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Nov 2014 04:19:40 -0800
11/27 Visited Schramm Park mid-morning.

Mallard -10
Blue Jay - 14
Cardinal - 1 (usually a dozen)
Red Headed WP - 2
Robin - 45+
Juncos - 14
Crow - 7
House Sparrow - 2
Bald Eagle - 1
E. Bluebirds - 4
White-throated Sparrow - 2
Cedar Waxwings - 15
Downy WP - 3
White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
Chickadee - 3
Flicker - 2 
Red-tail Hawk - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Canada Geese 35+
Ring Billed Gull -1
Starlings - 30 well South of the Park

Lots of ice on the river and no ducks spotted.

Kelly Clarke, Omaha

 

Subject: Black Scoter at Offutt Base Lake, Sarpy County
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:39:57 -0600
At 3:30 this afternoon we found a Black Scoter with about 10 Common Goldeneye 
at the Base Lake. Also seen there were 30 Common Mergansers, 2 Scaup, 2 Bald 
Eagles and 10 Ring-billed Gulls. 


At Retriever Marsh on Missouri River Road there were 5 Ring-necked Ducks and an 
American Coot swimming with the mallard decoys. At the southeast end of 
Missouri River Road there were: 


meadowlark sp. - 25
Rusty Blackbird - 4
Brown-headed Cowbird - 1
Red-winged Blackbirds - 30

There were another 15 meadowlark sp. at LaPlatte Bottoms.

Happy Thanksgiving -

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


Subject: Clark's Grebe at Fremont State Lakes SRA
From: "'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:44:39 -0600
Ken Shuster called this morning with a report and later sent a couple of
great photos (the only kind he takes) of a large black, grey, and white
grebe on the northwest corner of Lake Leba which is viewable from the paved
road just east of the east end of Lake 20. This is the southernmost paved
road in the SRA.

This bird had a  yellow bill, extensively white flight feathers and light
feathers along the flanks. The black on the back of the neck was a little
wider than I would have expected on a Clark's, but when comparing
observations with Gary Roberts, he heard the bird give a  call which he
felt was consistent with a Clark's.

Thanks to Ken for serving us grebe instead of turkey.

 Don Paseka
Ames NE
Subject: Black Scoter- Cass Co.- Yes/ Possible BAGO (Douglas Co.)- 11/25
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:04:18 +0000 (UTC)
    I am pleased to report that the aforementioned female BLACK SCOTER (FOY) 
discovered by Clem Klapake is still hanging out at Louisville State Recreation 
Area in Cass Co.  All the usual divers and dabblers were present as well.  I 
attempted to get a photo of a GOLDENEYE with a partially orange bill.  It was 
keeping company with the COMMON GOLDENEYE.  However its erratic feeding 
habits made this nearly impossible.  A KILLDEER was also still present in the 
beach area.    Oddly enough I did succeed in getting shots of a second 
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE/ HYBRID candidate later in the evening (as you will discover 
soon if you read further down). 

  Since I was already fairly far west, I decided to drive up to western 
Douglas Co. and check out the Grass Pad Sand Lake along West Center Rd.  The 
lake was completely open, and among the more common ducks I was somewhat 
surprised to find a light juvenile MUTE SWAN. 

  Venturing further north towards Valley, I stopped by a developing Sand Lake 
known as "Mallard's Landing" (264th and W. Maple Rd.)  Among the more common 
species I spotted a rather tired WESTERN GREBE.  Unfortunately the lakes in 
Valley held virtually no waterfowl except for Canada Geese.  

  I soon decided to head back toward Omaha taking Hwy 36.  Due to this route, 
I decided to stop off at Bennington Lake.  At this location I found a 
possible female BARROW"S GOLDNEYE.  This bird possessed an orange bill, and 
appeared smaller than the other COMMON GOLDENEYE around it.  As I had 
mentioned at the beginning of the post, I was able to snap a photo of it with 
a few male COMMON GOLDENEYE which I will post to the NEbirds photos section. 

Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com
     
Subject: Re: Lake McConaughy CBC.
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:46:01 -0600
Count me in!

Ross

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


From: 'Dinsmore, Stephen J [NREM]' cootjr AT iastate.edu [NEBirds] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 3:18 PM
To: 'NEBirds (NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com)' 
Subject: [NEBirds] Lake McConaughy CBC.


  
Hi folks-

The 24th annual Lake McConaughy CBC will be held on Saturday, 27 December 2014. 
As usual, we'll plan to meet for dinner the night before the count to discuss 
area assignments and other plans for the count. Please email me if interested 
in helping this year. 


Steve
**********
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Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
203 Science II
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-1348
E-mail: cootjr AT iastate.edu
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Subject: Lake McConaughy CBC.
From: "'Dinsmore, Stephen J [NREM]' cootjr AT iastate.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:18:21 +0000
Hi folks-

The 24th annual Lake McConaughy CBC will be held on Saturday, 27 December 2014. 
As usual, we'll plan to meet for dinner the night before the count to discuss 
area assignments and other plans for the count. Please email me if interested 
in helping this year. 


Steve
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Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
203 Science II
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-1348
E-mail: cootjr AT iastate.edu
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Subject: RE: Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC will be Sunday, Dec 14
From: "'Jerry Toll' geritol48 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:47:27 -0600
WOW! 

Joe, what an exciting time in your life! A great adventure in a foreign land
with your son as a guide to help you get to know the culture and landscape.
Then there is that adventure called retirement! It seems that a group of us
in the birding community are retiring about the same time. I too will be
fully retired by next fall. I am easing into it though with a part-time job
now. I think I am busier now than when I was working! That's good because it
is all fun!

 

Sorry I cant do Twin Lakes. I think I was just lucky to find some
interesting birds those years and it helped that you told me some of the
hotspots to look!

Take care,

 

Jer Toll

2741 Wyoming St

Omaha NE 68112

402.312.1635

geritol48 AT cox.net 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2014 9:26 PM
To: 
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC will be Sunday, Dec 14

 

  

Jer,

Thanks for the email. I wish you could help especially this year but I
understand. Joel Jorgensen has been covering Twin Lakes for several years
now, but he agreed to help T.J. on the North Platte count. My recollection
is that you covered Twin Lakes better than anyone who has ever covered it
when you helped in the past. I have to have an early count this year because
my wife and I are going to Taiwan December 21 to visit our son who teaches
at an international school there. I will get to see some different bird
species there - bought the books but have not had a chance to study yet. On
another note, I got kestrels to use  a nest box this year. Some of my boxes
are on the edges of woods, so I wanted to check them this fall for migrating
saw-whets but never had a chance to get out. That will change next year. I
am retiring at the end of this academic year.

Joe


Sent from my iPad


On Nov 24, 2014, at 9:01 PM, "'Jerry Toll' geritol48 AT cox.net [NEBirds]"
 wrote:

  

Joe,

Cant do it again this year. Your early dates are killing me! This is my
anniversary! Better to spend it with my wife!

jer

Jer Toll

2741 Wyoming St

Omaha NE 68112

402.312.1635

geritol48 AT cox.net 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
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To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC will be Sunday, Dec 14

The Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC will be held Sunday, Dec 14. The Seward-BOL
CBC circle includes all of Branched Oak Lake, most of Twin Lakes, the west
end of Pawnee Lake, all of Meadowlark Lake, two WMAs and lots of good road
driving with bridges over creeks and wooded areas. We have a variety of
interesting habitats and seldom are able to cover it all. If you work the
larger lakes, you should have a spotting scope. Traditionally, we have met
at 2 PM on Main Street in front of the Post Office in Garland for a midday
compilation and to share sightings. The chances are always good for
interesting sightings at Branched Oak Lake if the lake stays open until the
day of the count. If you like walking, there are plenty of places to walk
on public land throughout the circle. If you can only help for part of the
day, we can still use the help. Please email back offline or leave a
message at the phone number below if you are able and willing to help. 

Joe Gubanyi
Concordia University
800 North Columbia
Seward, NE 68434
402-643-7316

 Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu

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Subject: Re: Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC will be Sunday, Dec 14
From: "'Gubanyi,Joe' Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 03:25:44 +0000
Jer,
Thanks for the email. I wish you could help especially this year but I 
understand. Joel Jorgensen has been covering Twin Lakes for several years now, 
but he agreed to help T.J. on the North Platte count. My recollection is that 
you covered Twin Lakes better than anyone who has ever covered it when you 
helped in the past. I have to have an early count this year because my wife and 
I are going to Taiwan December 21 to visit our son who teaches at an 
international school there. I will get to see some different bird species there 
- bought the books but have not had a chance to study yet. On another note, I 
got kestrels to use a nest box this year. Some of my boxes are on the edges of 
woods, so I wanted to check them this fall for migrating saw-whets but never 
had a chance to get out. That will change next year. I am retiring at the end 
of this academic year. 

Joe

Sent from my iPad

On Nov 24, 2014, at 9:01 PM, "'Jerry Toll' 
geritol48 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" 
> wrote: 




Joe,

Cant do it again this year. Your early dates are killing me! This is my
anniversary! Better to spend it with my wife!

jer

Jer Toll

2741 Wyoming St

Omaha NE 68112

402.312.1635

geritol48 AT cox.net

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
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Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2014 9:13 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC will be Sunday, Dec 14

The Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC will be held Sunday, Dec 14. The Seward-BOL
CBC circle includes all of Branched Oak Lake, most of Twin Lakes, the west
end of Pawnee Lake, all of Meadowlark Lake, two WMAs and lots of good road
driving with bridges over creeks and wooded areas. We have a variety of
interesting habitats and seldom are able to cover it all. If you work the
larger lakes, you should have a spotting scope. Traditionally, we have met
at 2 PM on Main Street in front of the Post Office in Garland for a midday
compilation and to share sightings. The chances are always good for
interesting sightings at Branched Oak Lake if the lake stays open until the
day of the count. If you like walking, there are plenty of places to walk
on public land throughout the circle. If you can only help for part of the
day, we can still use the help. Please email back offline or leave a
message at the phone number below if you are able and willing to help.

Joe Gubanyi
Concordia University
800 North Columbia
Seward, NE 68434
402-643-7316

 
Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu 


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Subject: RE: Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC will be Sunday, Dec 14
From: "'Jerry Toll' geritol48 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:01:21 -0600
Joe,

Cant do it again this year. Your early dates are killing me! This is my
anniversary! Better to spend it with my wife!

jer

Jer Toll

2741 Wyoming St

Omaha NE 68112

402.312.1635

geritol48 AT cox.net 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2014 9:13 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC will be Sunday, Dec 14

 

  

The Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC will be held Sunday, Dec 14. The Seward-BOL
CBC circle includes all of Branched Oak Lake, most of Twin Lakes, the west
end of Pawnee Lake, all of Meadowlark Lake, two WMAs and lots of good road
driving with bridges over creeks and wooded areas. We have a variety of
interesting habitats and seldom are able to cover it all. If you work the
larger lakes, you should have a spotting scope. Traditionally, we have met
at 2 PM on Main Street in front of the Post Office in Garland for a midday
compilation and to share sightings. The chances are always good for
interesting sightings at Branched Oak Lake if the lake stays open until the
day of the count.  If you like walking, there are plenty of places to walk
on public land throughout the circle. If you can only help for part of the
day, we can still use the help.  Please email back offline or leave a
message at the phone number below if you are able and willing to help.   


Joe Gubanyi
Concordia University
800 North Columbia
Seward, NE 68434
402-643-7316

  Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu

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Subject: Hawk ID
From: "aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Nov 2014 17:11:53 -0800
Good evening birders,
 Can anyone please help me out? I am just starting to learn hawk ID and cannot 
seem to identify a hawk I saw yesterday at Cabelas in La Vista. It was perched 
on a light on the South Drive off of Giles. I just posted a photo in the photo 
page. Hopefully it's decent enough for an ID. I am confused about the band of 
dark feathers around his front side. Rough Legged Hawk? I tried to compare my 
photo with all sorts of others but still cannot figure it out. 

  I would appreciate any help. Thanks! :)
 On a different note ,I was out at Louisville State Park on Nov. 16,18 and 21st 
and there has been a Great Blue Heron fishing in the ponds each time. I have 
mainly seen it on the South lake next to the RR tracks. Don't they move a 
little more South this time of year? 

     Thanks for any help.
  Karen
  Omaha
 

 

Subject: Re: orange house finch
From: "gingerly57 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:18:32 -0800
Susan,

I have had a couple of orange House Finches the past couple of years, although 
I do not have them now. If your yellow House Finch is smaller than the others, 
it may be a Pine Siskin. I have a few of them mixed in with my Gold and House 
Finches. 


Jay Belsan
Lake McConaughy
Keith County
Subject: Re: House Finches
From: "gingerly57 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Nov 2014 08:26:09 -0800
House Finches are found from the Canadian border to Central America. I believe 
what happens is that the ones you see during the summer migrate south to Mexico 
or farther. They are replaced by other finches that were farther north all 
summer and migrate south to here. I expect you will see more soon. 


Jay Belsan
Lake McConaughy
Keith County
Subject: Rough-legged Hawk in Omaha
From: "SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Nov 2014 13:51:45 -0800
On Sat Nov 22 a Rough-legged Hawk flew right over me near 140th & Pacific 
Streets (Douglas Co, Omaha). It was headed southwest and didn't appear to be 
stopping anywhere nearby. 
Subject: Re: Black Scoter - still present Louiseville SP
From: "Ruthie Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:07:58 -0600
Black Scoter present more west of center of south open water pond with a Common 
Goldeneye and Common Merganser at 12:55 pm. 



Ruthie Stearns
Lincoln, NE

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Subject: Re: Black Scoter - still present Louiseville SP
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Date: 23 Nov 2014 07:13:05 -0800
West end of the lake.

Manning

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Subject: Black Scoter - still present Louiseville SP
From: "lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Nov 2014 07:02:46 -0800
The Black Scorer is on the main south lake that has the swimming beaches. When 
this guy goes under, he goes under coming up 150 yards away. 


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Subject: Crystal Cove waterfowl
From: "William Huser billfhuser AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:01:45 -0600
Sat, 11/22/14:
Though 98% ice covered,11 species of waterfowl were present, the highlight
being a lone female Greater Scaup.

Bill Huser
S Sioux City