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Fox Sparrow,©Barry Kent Mackay

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]" ]
22 Nov Cass & Sarpy County Birds ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
22 Nov Cass and Lancaster Birds ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
22 Nov Bald eagle at Holmes Lake ["Carolyn Rieke bcrieke AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
22 Nov Carter Lake- 11/21 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Nov Lancaster County, November 21 ["larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Nov Cass County ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
21 Nov Fox & Swamp Sparrows; Sharp-shinned Hawk ["SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Nov Fw: [WYOBIRDS] A Berquist Brambling in Saratoga! ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Nov Dutch Hall Road ["Patricia Williams pat64williams AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
20 Nov 11/20 birding ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
20 Nov Branched Oak Lake ["Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
20 Nov Bohemian Waxwing ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
20 Nov DeSoto CBC date ["'Jerry Toll' geritol48 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
20 Nov Sorry for the double email ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
20 Nov Ducks and gulls! ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Nov Louisiana Waterthrush map of nests & territories ["flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Nov Lancaster County birding updates! ["larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Nov Sapsucker ["rebarth AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
19 Nov "Out west" weekend recap (RN Grebes, Black/Mottled type duck) ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Nov Branched Oak Lake ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Nov Bird Feeding ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
18 Nov Boxes ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Nov Re: Cardinals and Robins ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
18 Nov Ord to Lincoln ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
17 Nov Re: Re: House Finches ["Marsha Nyffeler marshanyffeler AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Nov Cardinals and Robins ["aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Nov Re: Re: House Finches ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
17 Nov Re: Re: House Finches ["'Al Gnuse' al.gnuse AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Nov Birds at Shadow Lake, Papillion, NE & Lake Manawa, IA ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
16 Nov Re: House Finches ["heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Nov birds in Franklin County 11/16/14 ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Nov California Gull at Lake Ogallala ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Nov Re: Probable Black or Mottled or Mexican Duck near Hershey ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
16 Nov Probable Black or Mottled or Mexican Duck near Hershey ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Nov House Finches ["Al Gnuse al.gnuse AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Nov around our bird feeding station ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Nov yard birds ["Moni Usasz musasz AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Nov Sarpy County Birds, 11/15/14 ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
15 Nov Carter Lake/ Lincoln Area- 11/14 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Nov Wachiska Audubon fIeld trip-Conestoga Lake-Sun. 11/16 ["flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Nov Lesser Black-backed and probable Barrow's at Branched Oak ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Nov orange house finch ["Susan Quinn susan-quinn44 AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Nov Siskins ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Nov Yard birds ["Rick urbanfishbird AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Nov Hall County Bird Count. ["Tony Ikuko Curtis mapacurtis AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Nov Lone Rusty at Branched Oak Lake ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
13 Nov Red-throated Loon, Pawnee Lake ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Nov RE: Christmas Bird Count Dates ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
13 Nov Christmas Bird Count Dates ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
13 Nov Omaha Xmas Count ["Elizabeth Grenon grenon925 AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
13 Nov NENO & NECL X-mas counts (Norfolk & Calamus) ["heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Nov Red-throated Loon & Surf Scoter ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
13 Nov RE: ID Help Please ["'Jim Ochsner' jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
13 Nov Re: ID Help Please ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
13 Nov RE: ID Help Please ["Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" ]
13 Nov ID Help Please ["jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
13 Nov Re: Sunday Combine Birding in Dodge County ["Don and Shirley Maas snowbirds2012 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]

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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Stephen J. Dinsmore
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
Web: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~cootjr/

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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
Web: http://www.public.iastate.edu/~cootjr/



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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


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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] 
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: "'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

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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
From: "lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Nov 2014 07:13:05 -0800
West end of the lake.

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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. 


Manning
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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
Subject: Cass & Sarpy County Birds
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:02:31 -0600
We saw the Black Scoter this afternoon at about 2:30 at Louisville Lakes. Also 
the Killdeer. The only other ducks present were Mallards, 2 Common Goldeneye 
and 19 Redheads. 


At Offutt Base Lake there were:

Snow Goose - 2
Lesser Scaup - 3
Common Goldeneye - 40
Horned Grebe - 1


Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE
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Subject: Cass and Lancaster Birds
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:51:05 -0600
Thanks to Clem for finding and reporting the BLACK SCOTER at Louisville SRA 
yesterday. It was still present this morning on the main westerly pond. Photos 
attached to checklist below. 

 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20637310
 
I continued to Branched Oak Lake and Pawnee Lake in Lancaster Co. where there 
were I saw nothing of significant note. At Capitol Beach Lake, there was an 
adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 2 ROSS'S GEESE out on the ice, as well as 
the continuing LONG-TAILED DUCK. 


Michael Willison
Lancaster Co.

  		 	   		  
Subject: Bald eagle at Holmes Lake
From: "Carolyn Rieke bcrieke AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:36:10 -0600
Pretty sure there's a Bald Eagle sitting on the ice. We are walking across the 
d and don't have binocs but large brown bird with white head!! 


Carolyn Rieke 
Lincoln

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Subject: Carter Lake- 11/21
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:17:06 +0000 (UTC)
   Yesterday I did a bit of birding around Carter Lake.  90 percent of the 
lake appears to be frozen over.  The areas that are open are filled with 
waterfowl (mainly Canada Geese and Mallards).  The TRUMPETER SWANS appear to 
be back as well.  Eight (8) were observed yesterday including four (4) 
juveniles.  

E-bird...
Carter Lake, Douglas, US-NE
Nov 21, 2014 10:45 AM - 11:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Partly to Mostly Cloudy and Cold.  Temp 30F.  Most of lake 
frozen over. 

23 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  2
Snow Goose  3
Cackling Goose  85
Canada Goose  6500
Trumpeter Swan  8
Wood Duck  1
Gadwall  15
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  4000
Northern Shoveler  65
Green-winged Teal  3
Canvasback  5
Redhead  15
Ring-necked Duck  7
Common Goldeneye  15
Hooded Merganser  8
Ruddy Duck  6
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Bald Eagle  2
American Coot  500
Downy Woodpecker  1
Dark-eyed Junco  2
American Goldfinch  3
  Earlier in the week I noted six (6) PINE SISKINS at the Mercer Woods feeding 
station with several Am. Goldfinches.  PINE SISKINS have made it very far 
south this year.  I recall hearing a few flyovers almost two weeks ago at 
South Padre Island, TX. 

Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Lancaster County, November 21
From: "larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:51:49 -0500
Hi!
    Just a quick update from November 21, 2014,  compared to what I found 
at some area lakes that I recently visited on November  19, 2014.  Capitol 
Beach Lake not much change except that  the open hole was perhaps a bit 
bigger, but hard to see due to houses blocking the view to the northwest of the 

houses at Pier 2.  Present:  Canada  goose--650; Mallard--200; Green-winged 
teal--4; Common goldeneye--12; Cackling  goose--15; Ruddy duck--6; 
Canvasback--1; Long-tailed duck--1; Bald eagle--1; Gadwall--2; Northern 
pintail--2; 

Redhead--3.
    In the area where I saw 85 Wild turkeys on the  19th, I found 30 of 
them foraging today.
    As Ruth mentioned in her post, Branched Oak  Lake SRA was about 97% 
frozen over.  At least three holes  northwest of the SE parking lot had some 
waterfowl on them with the bulk of them  being thousands of  Mallards.  Noisy 
low-flying airplanes, loud  rumbling bulldozers, a Bald eagle or two and 
other unknown disruptions would  cause the birds to flush and then settle in 
the 3 open areas or on the  ice.  This at least allowed one to see what was in 
the densely packed  Mallards.  When I first arrived, I could only find 2 
gulls, later in  the afternoon more arrived from wherever they were 
feeding--by that time I was a bit too far away to really check the 50 gull 
arrivals 

that came  in--Ring-billed, Herring and 1 adult Lesser black-backed  gull.  
Waterfowl species found reflected what Ruth Stearns  found:  Common 
merganser--250; Red-breasted merganser--1; American wigeon--4; Lesser scaup--2; 

Common goldeneye--35; Hooded merganser--7; Bufflehead--8; Northern pintail--3; 

American coot--5; Double-crested  cormorant--2; Wood duck--1; Canada 
goose--1; Cackling goose--1; Ross's  goose--1.  In my encounter, the best was 
finding a group of about  85 Rusty blackbirds  and 2 Common grackles along the 
creek between NW  126 and NW 140 on Rock Creek Road.  Just a half mile north 
of Rock  Creek and on NW 126 I found a flock of some 500 blackbirds.  In a  
small cutoff group I was able to find another 26 Rusty blackbirds, a Common  
grackle and a Brown-headed cowbird as well as some 150  Red-winged 
blackbirds. The 100+ Rusty blackbirds is the largest number I have seen in a 
day 

(all year).  Also of note were the  Northern shrike and Rough-legged hawk and 
2 Northern harriers at BOL.
    At Pawnee Lake SRA later  in the day I found that it was nearly frozen 
over--99.9%.  There  is one small hole open now.   The hole had 34 Mallards, 
5 Wood ducks,  2 Lesser scaup, 4 Ruddy ducks, 1 Green-winged teal, 1 
Canvasback, 1 Common goldeneye, 1 Red-breasted merganser, and on the grassy 
shore 

south of the marina  was a lone Greater white-fronted goose.
    Conestoga Lake SRA was 99% frozen  over with a tiny hole along the 
southeast shore. Present were 60 Canada geese, 2 Cackling geese and 3 American 

coots.
    Who knows if the warming temperatures over the next  week will open up 
some of the frozen over areas or not. With little wind  and a temperature of 
40 degrees, it felt like spring compared to the frigid days  earlier in the 
week.
    Good birding!
Larry Einemann
Lincoln, Nebraska
 
In a message dated 11/21/2014 5:09:08 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
 
I drove to Cass County this afternoon to see if any of the sandpit lakes  
were frozen – they often are the last freeze over. None of them had any ice 

on them.  The sandpit on Beach Road just south of the Platte River  had a 
large flotilla of Mallards (250+) but nothing else.  I then drove  to the 
Louisville SRA on the south side of the Platte.  There was a  little better 
variety of waterfowl and ONE really good duck.
Seen at Louisville SRA:
 
- 1 BLACK (AMERICAN) SCOTER – It has been a couple of years since I saw  
one these – the last ones I saw were at Summit Lake in Burt County on  
11-14-2010
- C. Geese – 165
- L. Scaup – 4
- Redhead – 8
- A. Wigeon – 3
- Mallards – 13
- C. Goldeneye – 5
- C. Merganser – 1 (female)
- Hooded Merganser – 2 (females)
- Bald Eagle – 2
- Red-t Hawk – 1
- G. Blue Heron – 1
- Killdeer – 1
- Kingfisher – 2
- Red-b Woodpecker – 2
- Downy Woodpecker – 3
- Hairy Woodpecker – 1
- N. Flicker – 3
- BC Chickadee – 3
- WB Nuthatch – 4
- Blue Jay – 4
- Carolina Wren – 1
- A. Robin – 130
- Cedar Waxwing – 2
- Starling – 240
- A. Tree Sparrow – 8
- DE Junco – 15
- N. Cardinal – 2
- Purple Finch – 2
- House Finch – 3
- House Sparrow – 15
 
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE 




Subject: Cass County
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:09:18 -0600
I drove to Cass County this afternoon to see if any of the sandpit lakes were 
frozen – they often are the last freeze over. None of them had any ice on 
them. The sandpit on Beach Road just south of the Platte River had a large 
flotilla of Mallards (250+) but nothing else. I then drove to the Louisville 
SRA on the south side of the Platte. There was a little better variety of 
waterfowl and ONE really good duck. 

Seen at Louisville SRA:

- 1 BLACK (AMERICAN) SCOTER – It has been a couple of years since I saw one 
these – the last ones I saw were at Summit Lake in Burt County on 11-14-2010 

- C. Geese – 165
- L. Scaup – 4
- Redhead – 8
- A. Wigeon – 3
- Mallards – 13
- C. Goldeneye – 5
- C. Merganser – 1 (female)
- Hooded Merganser – 2 (females)
- Bald Eagle – 2
- Red-t Hawk – 1
- G. Blue Heron – 1
- Killdeer – 1
- Kingfisher – 2
- Red-b Woodpecker – 2
- Downy Woodpecker – 3
- Hairy Woodpecker – 1
- N. Flicker – 3
- BC Chickadee – 3
- WB Nuthatch – 4
- Blue Jay – 4
- Carolina Wren – 1
- A. Robin – 130
- Cedar Waxwing – 2
- Starling – 240
- A. Tree Sparrow – 8
- DE Junco – 15
- N. Cardinal – 2
- Purple Finch – 2
- House Finch – 3
- House Sparrow – 15

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE 
Subject: Fox & Swamp Sparrows; Sharp-shinned Hawk
From: "SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Nov 2014 16:46:30 -0800
I found the following two species on my patio this week (Douglas Co, Omaha, 
122nd north of Center). Both were new yard birds for me: 

 

 Fox Sparrow on Nov 18
 Swamp Sparrow on Nov 21
 

 Today at Fontenelle Forest (Sarpy Co, Bellevue) in Child's Hollow, I found a 
Sharp-shinned Hawk. There was also a report of a Great Blue Heron there, but I 
didn't see it. 

 

 Good birding - Rick 
Subject: Fw: [WYOBIRDS] A Berquist Brambling in Saratoga!
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:36:20 -0600
Something to look out for in the North Platte Valley (and elsewhere)!

Ross

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

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From: "Matt Fraker" <0000022256054407-dmarc-request AT HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM>
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2014 5:42 PM
To: 
Subject: [WYOBIRDS] A Berquist Brambling in Saratoga!

>
> This morning, the Berquists sent me a picture of a "strange critter" that 
> was foraging beneath their feeders. Strange indeed! It was a female 
> Brambling,  photographed in typical wonderful fashion by Francis.
>
>
> This is the third record for Wyoming, the other two both occurring during 
> Nov 1985.
>
>
> She did not stay very long and was not seen for the rest of the day. 
> Hopefully she will stick around for a little bit of a Brambling share; in 
> the meantime, continue the due diligence at those Wyoming feeders! In the 
> last three weeks, the west coast of Canada and the US has had at least 
> four Bramblings. So who knows....
>
>
> Great find, Berquists!!
>
>
> Matt Fraker
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Subject: Dutch Hall Road
From: "Patricia Williams pat64williams AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:38:32 +0000 (UTC)
 I drove Dutch Hall Road from 156th St. to 72nd St. (am uncertain if it is in 
N. Douglas or S. Washington county - it may be right on the county line) early 
this afternoon, and did not find much, but here is my list: 

Bald Eagle - 1Red Tailed Hawk - 1American Kestrel - 1Turkey Vulture - 1Mourning 
Dove - 1Blue Jay - 1Eastern Bluebird - 2Meadowlark sp. - 2 separate flocks - 
75+ totalLapland Longspur - 40+Slate Colored Junco - 12-15Northern Cardinal - 1 

Also made a quick swing by Lake Bennington, but did not get the scope out, so 
there were probably more species.  There were quite a few patches of open 
water.Canada Goose - too many to countSnow Goose - 2Mallard - 5 

Pat WilliamsOmaha
Subject: 11/20 birding
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:55:38 +0000
I was seduced to go birding today by a forecast of calm winds. I did a loop 
essentially to Columbus and back (to Lincoln). Highlights: 


south of Wahoo
3 Fox Sparrows

Lake Wanahoo (frozen)
6 Canvasbacks sitting on the ice (not a good place to be, if you're a 
Canvasback) 


Railroad Ave, west of Czechland Lake, Saunders Co.
5 Brown Creepers
3 Golden-crowned Kinglets

Northern Butler Co.
1 Merlin (Richardson's)
1 Brown Creeper
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
48 Rusty Blackbirds

Schuyler city park, Colfax Co.
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler

near Richland, Colfax County
~500 Lapland Longspurs
1 Fox Sparrow
4 Rusty Blackbirds

Northeast Polk Co.
2 Golden-crowned Kinglets
2 Hermit Thrushes (bluffs south of Platte River with dense cedars)
3 Rusty Blackbirds

Branched Oak Lake (brief visit)
2 American Coots
3 Double-crested Cormorants
1 Red-breasted Merganser
1 ad. Lesser Black-backed Gull

Good birding!

 - Joel

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Subject: Branched Oak Lake
From: "Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:48:20 +0000 (UTC)
Scoped at the dam at Branched Oak Lake for 2 1/2 hours this morning, if that's 
any indication as to weather conditions and such.  Larry Einemann had reported 
that yesterday 3 % of the lake was frozen.   This morning 3 % of the lake was 
NOT frozen.  However this concentrated all the waterfowl in three slivers of 
open water, not ridiculously far from the dam parking lot.  The sun was at my 
back, and there was no wind, no heat waves, just perfect.  Just had to stomp 
around some to warm up my feet and get out the handwarmers for my frozen 
fingers.   

It was obvious there were a lot of mallards, then I could see the Common 
Goldeneye (2 dozen) and Hooded Mergansers (dozen or so).  Then I spotted the 
white bird, then I knew it was a goose, then I could see it was a Ross.  There 
were Ruddies, and then I spotted some DC Cormorants, and off in the distance a 
sizeable number of Common Mergansers (80 or so).  Zeroed in on the gulls, and 
Michael's Lesser Black-back was sitting amongst a couple dozen Herring Gulls. 
 There was a darker mantled gull, darker gray than the Herring Gulls, and of a 
similar size, but I'm not prepared to surmise what that was.  Eventually some 
oddly marked ducks showed themselves as Pintails, found a couple of American 
Wigeon and a small grebe.    

Then Jeff from Omaha joined me on the knoll just as an adult Bald Eagle swooped 
through and scared up all the waterfowl.  I watched it fly across the open 
area and then come in low at the dam end of the nearest slice of open water and 
watched (in some horror) as it swooped down to snag a Western Grebe.    I 
think it did grab the grebe, but then the grebe dove into the water.  The 
eagle flew off empty handed, but I did not see the grebe again.  It was too 
far away from any other waterfowl to think it might have surfaced amongst all 
of them.   So we watched then as the waterfowl returned, and then refound the 
small grebe, confirming it was an Eared Grebe by the shape of the head and its 
fluffy butt.   Jeff then found a female Redhead with white patches on the back 
and sides of the head.   I see the new Sibley's does show a white-headed 
variant, altho the bird we saw did not have as much white as Sibley's shows.   
Then Jeff spotted three male Bufflehead, and I noticed two nearby females. 
 There were coots around too 

Eventually I left this wonderful spot, and headed to Liebers Point to get 
closer to the Common Mergansers.     Scoping them did reveal a single 
Red-breasted Merganser amongst all the Commons.   

Pawnee Lake was 99.99% frozen, just a handful of Mallards, Common and Hooded 
Mergs, Common Goldeneye, Ruddies and some Coot.   Photographed a stuck in the 
ice duck of the non-descript plastic variety.  I will refrain from posting it. 

A perfectly lovely morning of birding!
Ruthie StearnsLincoln, NE  
Subject: Bohemian Waxwing
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:26:59 +0000
Virginia Clark (a little ways north of North Platte) photographed a Bohemian 
Waxwing around 2:00 PM today. 


Anyone wishing to pursue it can email me by using reply to sender below for 
directions. 


Virginia is going to keep me posted if it is hanging around or not.

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: DeSoto CBC date
From: "'Jerry Toll' geritol48 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:29:53 -0600
The DeSoto CBC will be held Saturday January 3rd.

Interested parties may contact me off-list below.

 

Jer Toll

2741 Wyoming St

Omaha NE 68112

402.312.1635

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Subject: Sorry for the double email
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:36:21 +0000 (UTC)
  Sorry everyone for the email to Shari that apparently got copied to the 
whole list! My email has been acting up and I'm thinking I might have to 
unsubscribe... (I think a few times it's gone the other way too, that an email 
I send to the list copies to individual addresses too...) 

Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Ducks and gulls!
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:34:06 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi Shari. I tried calling you a couple times but couldn't get through. Want 
to bird together tomorrow or Friday afternoon, and maybe go to Branched Oak 
or one of the other big lakes? The ducks and gulls are starting to get really 
good these days; in the last week I've had Lesser Black-backed Gull, California 
Gull, Black Duck, and Red-necked Grebe. Also some beautiful Rusty Blackbirds 
and my lifer Snow Bunting. 

Noah
Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush map of nests & territories
From: "flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Nov 2014 19:19:34 -0800
Hello birders,
 

 Curiosity about the mysterious lives of Platte River SP's Louisiana 
Waterthrushes inspired a fun project this breeding season that consisted of 
near weekly surveys along Stone Creek to see what would (and wouldn't) be 
revealed. 

 

 Sometimes the Louies were conspicuous but other times they were as invisible 
as little ninjas. Decker Creek flooded which caused us to lose contact with 
that singing male, so our search was focused solely on Stone Creek where we 
observed 4 territories, 2 nests, and 1 or more fledglings on each of the 4 
territories. 

 

 There was enough info to make a map of the 2014 territories and all of the 
nests located to date which includes the 2010 nest found by Gary Roberts and 
Jim Cunningham. The map is attached to an ebird checklist with a photo of the 
July nestlings and can be accessed from this link: 

 

 View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19058359 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19058359 

 

 Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln
 

 

Subject: Lancaster County birding updates!
From: "larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:27:55 -0500
Hi!
    I made  a tour of several areas in Lancaster  County, today, November 
19, 2014.  I did a similar route on Monday November  17.  The only exception 
was that on Monday I also visited Holmes Lake (50%  frozen over on the 17th) 
and on the 18th (75 % frozen over).  Not much  present except Canada geese, 
Mallards and coots and some Red-breasted  mergansers.  The rest of the 
observations were done both days for the  following sites.  Capitol Beach Lake 
on the 17th was about  95% frozen over and about 98% on the 19th.  The open 
area was hard to  approach as it was to the northwest of the houses on Pier 
2.  I had to  cruise over to the north side to see little windows of the open 
areas between  houses, even then requiring 60X on the scope to see with 
some distortion with  best bird being 6 American white pelicans.  Today (19th) 
was even more  restrictive with a narrow east to west sliver of open water 
that had to be  viewed between houses on the north side, not real easy to do. 
 Best bird  was a Long-tailed duck--hard to see as it dove often.   
Otherwise a few other waterfowl and a few gulls were present along the entire  
length of the open area.
    Pawnee Lake SRA on the 17th  was 98% open with roiling waves as it was 
17 degrees and the wind was northwest  to 35 mph.  Present were a number of 
waterfowl scattered about in small  groups.  Best were Common loon, 1 A. 
white pelican; 1 Pied-billed grebe; 2  Wood ducks; 3 Hooded mergansers and 2 
Canvasbacks.  Fields around  the lake had 11 Horned larks + 1 Lapland longspur 
and 4 Horned  larks + 1 Lapland longspur.  Just south of U.S. 34 and NW 
126th, I encountered a flock of about 350 Lapland longspurs--all on the 17th. 

                                                                            
                                                                            
On the 19th, I did not find any Horned larks or longspurs anywhere along my 
 route to the lakes.  The big shock was that Pawnee Lake was  about 98% 
frozen over. There was a couple of small holes open in the center of the lake 

south of the marina.  Present were 28 Mallards, 3  Lesser scaup, 1 Redhead, 
2 Hooded mergansers, 1 Green-winged teal, 1  Canvasback, 11 Ruddy ducks, 1 
Red-breasted merganser.  The pelican from the  17th was still present in the 
northeast frozen section of the lake  southeast of the marina.  As I was in 
the NE campground area, I encountered  Loren and Babs Padelford.  After we 
chatted a bit, they departed for the  dam face and I eased my way northward 
to BOL.
   North and west of Malcolm I found 2 Yellow-rumped  warblers and 15 Cedar 
waxwings along Bluff Road and between Bluff and Waverly  roads on NW 84, I 
counted about 85 Wild turkeys in a field.
    Branched Oak Lake SRA was for the  most part open.  Perhaps 3% covered 
in ice on the 19th.  Viewing was  slightly better than on the 17th when the 
wave motion was greater and  distortion worse.  By far the most common bird 
was Mallard--with some 4000  or so present.  Since they were far away, it 
was hard to say if other  species were present.  Birds of interest were 1 
Bonaparte's gull, 1 Ross's  goose, 4 Western grebes, 1 Wood duck (below dam), 
130 Common mergansers, 1  Belted kingfisher (below dam), 1 White-throated 
sparrow (below dam).  East  marina bay was nearly frozen over with the adult 
Lesser black-backed gull (reported at the lake by Michael Willison earlier) on 

an ice  shelf.  In the nearby bay were 12 Double-crested cormorants, 5 
American  coots, and 1 very elusive Eared grebe (perhaps 1 of the 2 Joel 
Jorgensen had  there earlier).  Also present in widely scattered areas were 1 
Northern shoveler, 2 Canvasbacks, 6 Hooded mergansers, 2 Rusty blackbirds with 

American robins at the west marina bay, 2 Mourning doves at a farm home on 
the  west side along NW 140th and 2 Northern harriers over grassland in the 
Lieber's  Point area.  On November 17, I had a Killdeer along Rock Creek  
Road near the dog trial area; otherwise the mix was about the same or less in  
diversity.
    Good birding!
Larry Einemann
Lincoln, Nebraska  
 
In a message dated 11/19/2014 9:12:02 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
An adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker came to my suet feeder in  Bellevue 
today. Looks like the one who visited last winter. 
Roland 


Subject: Sapsucker
From: "rebarth AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Nov 2014 09:11:49 -0800
An adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker came to my suet feeder in Bellevue 
today. Looks like the one who visited last winter. 

 Roland
Subject: "Out west" weekend recap (RN Grebes, Black/Mottled type duck)
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:52:54 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi everyone. Thought I'd add more details to my observations from last weekend 
at and near Lake Ogallala. 

First off, I forgot to report that there were two drab-plumaged RED-NECKED 
GREBES on Lake Ogallala on Saturday (Nov. 15th). They were very cooperative, 
swimming together and fairly close to shore on the west side of the lake. 

I did get one blurry photo of the American Black/Mottled type duck that I 
saw at Bowley's Pond near Hershey. In this photo, the duck's bill is hidden 
behind a goose, but you can see enough to tell that it's not a Mallard. Here's 
the photo and my field notes, which I wrote down soon after the sighting and 
before looking through any field guides: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/15638709908/  

I'm torn between American Black and Mottled. The weak eye-line suggests 
Mottled, but the very dark plumage suggests Black. He looks too dark to be a 
Mexican Mallard (which I see a lot of in New Mexico), but I'm not ruling that 
out either... Any opinions on this duck are much appreciated! 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Branched Oak Lake
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:56:12 -0600
I had friends in town for a long weekend and although I wasn't birding per se, 
we did drive around Branched Oak Lake yesterday where I noted at least 175 
LAPLAND LONGSPURS in flocks of varying sizes all around the lake. They were 
mostly on along the edges of the road although the largest flock was just feet 
north of the SW corner overlook parking area. 

 
I also noted an Adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL sitting on the ice amongst the 
much lighter mantled gulls. 

 
Michael Willison
Lincoln

  		 	   		  
Subject: Bird Feeding
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:50:44 -0600
Not a bird sighting. There are many sources on what and how we should feed 
birds in winter. Here is just one of many sources you can check if you have 
some questions. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE



http://www.birdchannel.com/wild-bird/back-yard-birding/snowbound-with-birds.aspx?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wildbird_2014_11_17%20(1)& 
Subject: Boxes
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:01:39 -0600
I have two wood duck boxes in the yard hoping the wood ducks that visit a few 
weeks each spring will stay. No luck yet. This a.m. I looked out to see a 
Screech Owl perched in the entrance hole to each box! That's a nice first. 


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

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Subject: Re: Cardinals and Robins
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:07:48 -0700
Karen, the Robins stay all winter, they will just move around to find food. You 
don't have to feed them, they will be just fine. In the winter they eat cedar 
berries and other fruit like crab apples, etc that stay on the trees and shrubs 
and I'm sure other things they find. I see large flocks of them in cedar and 
juniper groves and in alfalfa and hay fields foraging on the ground with 
starlings. Not sure what they are finding in the fields but must be good. 


Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE 


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds] 
  To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 4:30 PM
  Subject: [NEBirds] Cardinals and Robins


    
  Hello birders, 
 I still have 13 Robins hanging around my yard . I feel bad for them so I toss 
out raisins. I hope they go South soon. I have given out 2 canisters of raisins 
a day for the past week and cannot afford to do this much longer. I don't want 
to abruptly stop now due to the bitter cold. 

 This evening at the feeder I just counted 11 male Cardinals and 12 female. All 
season I had many Gold Finches and House Sparrows visit the feeders but today I 
have not seen a single one of them. ?? Also, there was a Yellow Shafted Flicker 
last Thursday through Saturday. 

 Other regulars seen in yard today include numerous Juncos, 4 Bluejays, 1 
Northern Flicker, Downy, Red Belly and Hairy Woodpecker, 2 Black Capped 
Chickadees, 1 Nuthatch and 15 or so Starlings trying to steal the goods. 

  Have a great evening. 
  Karen Kader
  120th & Q St Omaha




  
Subject: Ord to Lincoln
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:52:35 +0000
I made a return trip to Lincoln today (17 Nov) after checking deer all weekend. 
Even though the weather was terrible (temps in teens, winds even higher), I had 
a few decent birds which included the following: 


2 Rusty Blackbirds near Ord
2 Snow Buntings on the Sherman Reservoir dam
1 Ferruginous Hawk at a prairie dog town south of Sherman Res. dam
1 Prairie Falcon near Archer, Merrick County
Lapland Longspurs in several counties including thousands in Polk Co.
1 late Chipping Sparrow with juncos in Merrick Co.

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: Re: House Finches
From: "Marsha Nyffeler marshanyffeler AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:28:35 -0600
To Dave - If I may chime in here - just enjoy the visit of the Cooper's
hawk - I have always felt that watching/appreciating birds includes all
birds.  If you want to give the smaller  birds a better chance, make sure
you have cover (bushes etc) pretty close to your feeders so they can escape
into them.  I have had a "family" of Cooper's hawks use my yard for
several  years now - 2 winters ago I basically had an immature live in my
yard all winter - it was interesting. Enjoy
Marsha Nyffeler
Columbus, NE

On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM, 'Al Gnuse' al.gnuse AT gmail.com [NEBirds] <
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
>  Dave,
>
> Thanks for the reply.  This morning there was a cooper’s hawk dining on
> the remains of a bird in my back yard so that may be the reason.  I knew
> there were some hawks in the area but this is the first time I have seen
> one in the yard.  As soon as the hawk flew away all the regular the birds
> returned to the area.  If the hawks become more of a nuisance is there any
> way to keep them at bay?
>
> Al
>
>  *From:* mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
> *Sent:* Sunday, November 16, 2014 9:59 PM
> *To:* NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
> *Subject:* [NEBirds] Re: House Finches
>
>
>
> Al,
> haven't seen another reply, so you're getting my two cents instead of an
> expert.
> It is not uncommon for house finches to shift their areas during the
> winter.  They need food, water, shelter, in an area with as few predators
> as possible.  They move from one area with food to another throughout the
> day.  If your yard is one of only a few in the neighborhood with food, they
> will find somewhere with a more stable food supply.  If your neighborhood
> doesn't have access to open water (heated bird bath, etc), they will move
> to another area.  If your neighborhood has a high concentration of cooper's
> or sharp-shinned hawks right now, they will make themselves scarce (at
> least until the hawks shift their routes out of your neighborhood).
>
> Also, if you didn't start "winter feeding" until they already had found
> other areas, you aren't on their route yet-if a few of their other stops
> either run out of food or start having hawks buzzing the feeders, you might
> still pick up some house finches (three years ago, I started the winter
> with cooper's hawks visiting the yard 5-6 times a day--I didn't see a house
> finch until January when the hawks had scared off most of the other birds
> and had moved on to better hunting areas).
>
> Dave Heidt
> Norfolk
>
>  
>
Subject: Cardinals and Robins
From: "aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Nov 2014 15:30:18 -0800
Hello birders, 
 I still have 13 Robins hanging around my yard . I feel bad for them so I toss 
out raisins. I hope they go South soon. I have given out 2 canisters of raisins 
a day for the past week and cannot afford to do this much longer. I don't want 
to abruptly stop now due to the bitter cold. 

This evening at the feeder I just counted 11 male Cardinals and 12 female. All 
season I had many Gold Finches and House Sparrows visit the feeders but today I 
have not seen a single one of them. ?? Also, there was a Yellow Shafted Flicker 
last Thursday through Saturday. 

 Other regulars seen in yard today include numerous Juncos, 4 Bluejays, 1 
Northern Flicker, Downy, Red Belly and Hairy Woodpecker, 2 Black Capped 
Chickadees, 1 Nuthatch and 15 or so Starlings trying to steal the goods. 

 Have a great evening. 
Karen Kader
120th & Q St Omaha
    



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Subject: Re: Re: House Finches
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:10:53 -0600
Al,
Both Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned Hawks feed almost exclusively on birds, which 
is a trait of accipiters, including the larger Northern Goshawk which we 
don’t see a lot of here in Nebraska except during migration (especially not 
in urban areas). So another way of looking at this is that they also have to 
eat to survive. The little birds have to deal with these predators all of the 
time and as you experienced they move out of an area where one of these hawks 
is hanging out. Then then they will come back when the hawks move on, 
especially if you leave your feeders full of food. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE  

From: mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 11:00 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Re: House Finches

  

Dave,

Thanks for the reply. This morning there was a cooper’s hawk dining on the 
remains of a bird in my back yard so that may be the reason. I knew there were 
some hawks in the area but this is the first time I have seen one in the yard. 
As soon as the hawk flew away all the regular the birds returned to the area. 
If the hawks become more of a nuisance is there any way to keep them at bay? 


Al

From: mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 9:59 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: House Finches

  
Al, 

haven't seen another reply, so you're getting my two cents instead of an 
expert. 

It is not uncommon for house finches to shift their areas during the winter. 
They need food, water, shelter, in an area with as few predators as possible. 
They move from one area with food to another throughout the day. If your yard 
is one of only a few in the neighborhood with food, they will find somewhere 
with a more stable food supply. If your neighborhood doesn't have access to 
open water (heated bird bath, etc), they will move to another area. If your 
neighborhood has a high concentration of cooper's or sharp-shinned hawks right 
now, they will make themselves scarce (at least until the hawks shift their 
routes out of your neighborhood). 


Also, if you didn't start "winter feeding" until they already had found other 
areas, you aren't on their route yet-if a few of their other stops either run 
out of food or start having hawks buzzing the feeders, you might still pick up 
some house finches (three years ago, I started the winter with cooper's hawks 
visiting the yard 5-6 times a day--I didn't see a house finch until January 
when the hawks had scared off most of the other birds and had moved on to 
better hunting areas). 


Dave Heidt 
Norfolk
Subject: Re: Re: House Finches
From: "'Al Gnuse' al.gnuse AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:00:12 -0600
Dave,

Thanks for the reply. This morning there was a cooper’s hawk dining on the 
remains of a bird in my back yard so that may be the reason. I knew there were 
some hawks in the area but this is the first time I have seen one in the yard. 
As soon as the hawk flew away all the regular the birds returned to the area. 
If the hawks become more of a nuisance is there any way to keep them at bay? 


Al

From: mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Sunday, November 16, 2014 9:59 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: House Finches

  
Al, 

haven't seen another reply, so you're getting my two cents instead of an 
expert. 

It is not uncommon for house finches to shift their areas during the winter. 
They need food, water, shelter, in an area with as few predators as possible. 
They move from one area with food to another throughout the day. If your yard 
is one of only a few in the neighborhood with food, they will find somewhere 
with a more stable food supply. If your neighborhood doesn't have access to 
open water (heated bird bath, etc), they will move to another area. If your 
neighborhood has a high concentration of cooper's or sharp-shinned hawks right 
now, they will make themselves scarce (at least until the hawks shift their 
routes out of your neighborhood). 


Also, if you didn't start "winter feeding" until they already had found other 
areas, you aren't on their route yet-if a few of their other stops either run 
out of food or start having hawks buzzing the feeders, you might still pick up 
some house finches (three years ago, I started the winter with cooper's hawks 
visiting the yard 5-6 times a day--I didn't see a house finch until January 
when the hawks had scared off most of the other birds and had moved on to 
better hunting areas). 


Dave Heidt 
Norfolk
Subject: Birds at Shadow Lake, Papillion, NE & Lake Manawa, IA
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 08:34:08 -0600
Yesterday morning, 11/16, we found some waterfowl on Shadow Lake which was 
about 3/4 open: 


Canada Goose -  many
Cackling Goose - approx. 25
Green-winged Teal - 2
Mallards
Gadwall - 1
Common Goldeneye - 4
Hooded Merganser - 1
Ruddy Duck - 4
Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Bald Eagle - 1 adult

In the afternoon we found Lake Manawa had only a small open hole on the west 
side: 


Mallards
Northern Pintail - 1
Scaup - 1
Ring-necked Duck - 1
Common Goldeneye - 9
Ruddy Duck - 4
Bald Eagle - 2 adult
Bonaparte's Gull - 1
Ring-billed gull - 24
Herring Gull - 5


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


Subject: Re: House Finches
From: "heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Nov 2014 19:59:27 -0800
Al, haven't seen another reply, so you're getting my two cents instead of an 
expert. 

 It is not uncommon for house finches to shift their areas during the winter. 
They need food, water, shelter, in an area with as few predators as possible. 
They move from one area with food to another throughout the day. If your yard 
is one of only a few in the neighborhood with food, they will find somewhere 
with a more stable food supply. If your neighborhood doesn't have access to 
open water (heated bird bath, etc), they will move to another area. If your 
neighborhood has a high concentration of cooper's or sharp-shinned hawks right 
now, they will make themselves scarce (at least until the hawks shift their 
routes out of your neighborhood). 

 

 Also, if you didn't start "winter feeding" until they already had found other 
areas, you aren't on their route yet-if a few of their other stops either run 
out of food or start having hawks buzzing the feeders, you might still pick up 
some house finches (three years ago, I started the winter with cooper's hawks 
visiting the yard 5-6 times a day--I didn't see a house finch until January 
when the hawks had scared off most of the other birds and had moved on to 
better hunting areas). 

 

 Dave Heidt 
 Norfolk
Subject: birds in Franklin County 11/16/14
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:18:06 -0800




Subject: California Gull at Lake Ogallala
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:18:23 -0800
Had a beautiful adult male CALIFORNIA GULL at the north end of Lake Ogallala 
today. He seemed to enjoy scaring the ducks for no apparent reason -- which 
meant wheeling around too fast for my camera -- but I eventually got him on the 
water right in front of me. Beautiful bird! 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Re: Probable Black or Mottled or Mexican Duck near Hershey
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:36:31 +0000
Bowley's Pond - and it is west of North Platte - good luck finding it again. 
Stay on the road, pond is private land. 


T. J. Walker

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


"Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]"  wrote:



I just had a 5-second view of a Black/Mottled/Mexican type duck on a large pond 
along I-80 east of North Platte. The pond is covered in thousands of waterfowl 
and I almost immediately lost the duck in the crowd. This pond is along South 
River Road (which parallels I-80), about 3 miles east of the Hershey/56C exit 
off of 80. The duck was on the east end of the pond. 


More details when I get to a real computer...

Noah Arthur, Lincoln


Subject: Probable Black or Mottled or Mexican Duck near Hershey
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:16:14 -0800
I just had a 5-second view of a Black/Mottled/Mexican type duck on a large pond 
along I-80 east of North Platte. The pond is covered in thousands of waterfowl 
and I almost immediately lost the duck in the crowd. This pond is along South 
River Road (which parallels I-80), about 3 miles east of the Hershey/56C exit 
off of 80. The duck was on the east end of the pond. 


More details when I get to a real computer...

Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: House Finches
From: "Al Gnuse al.gnuse AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:54:38 -0600
Question for the experts. I am a newbie...my first winter
feeding/watching birds.  Throughout the summer we had a lot of house
finches in our back yard.  About a month ago the sparrows and juncos
started showing up and now the house finches are gone.  Goldfinches
are still around.  Is this normal.  Thanks


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Subject: around our bird feeding station
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:08:15 -0800




Subject: yard birds
From: "Moni Usasz musasz AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:50:25 -0600
Have had two fox sparrows, 5 or 6 white-throated sparrows, a Carolina wren and 
two Tufted Titmouse at the feeders today. 


Moni Ussasz
Lincoln

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Subject: Sarpy County Birds, 11/15/14
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:52:58 -0600
Birders,

At Offutt Base Lake:

Mallard 50
Gadwall 1
Northern Shoveler 3
Common Goldeneye 4 females

On Missouri River Road:

Rusty Blackbird 50
Harris's Sparrow 5
Tree Sparrow 1
Meadowlark sp. 1
Bluebird 3
Mourning Dove 14

Also 2 American Kestrels, a Ret-tailed Hawk and a Rough-legged Hawk in the 
area. 


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


Subject: Carter Lake/ Lincoln Area- 11/14
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:51:43 +0000 (UTC)
    Yesterday morning I started out birding locally around Carter Lake.  I 
was a bit concerned since the lake seemed completely frozen, but a few pockets 
of open water held a few birds.  Waterfowl was much more diverse than it had 
been when compared to just a couple weeks ago. 

Carter Lake, Douglas, US-NE
Nov 14, 2014 9:15 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:    Very unseasonably cold.  Temp around 15F.  Sunny to P-cloudy
20 species

Canada Goose  600
Gadwall  8
American Wigeon  6
Mallard  80
Northern Shoveler  6
Canvasback  12
Redhead  10
Ring-necked Duck  6
Lesser Scaup  4
Bufflehead  15
Common Goldeneye  25
Hooded Merganser  4
Common Merganser  8
Ruddy Duck  10
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Great Blue Heron  1
American Coot  3500    Instead of heading for more open water, the many 
coots on the lake decided to instead form a huge raft. 

Ring-billed Gull  12
Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  1

  After covering Carter Lake I drove westward in an attempt to twitch Michael 
Willison's Red-throated Loon.  When I arrived I did not find the Red-throated, 
but instead a rather petite adult COMMON LOON in basic plumage.  Other 
expected waterfowl species were present as well including up to eight (8) 
CACKING GEESE. 

  From there I headed to Branched Oak Lake.  At the dam I found a single 
COMMON LOON, a lone WESTERN GREBE (FOS) two RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS (FOS), 
and four (4) HERRING GULLS of varying ages.  Oddly the diversity of waterfowl 
was lower than what I had experienced during the morning at Carter Lake.  Here 
I also ran into Joel Jorgensen who had also spotted a pair of EARED GREBES at 
the dam. 

Omaha Area--
Mercer Woods-   A FOX SPARROW was present yesterday scratching around in the 
south parking area while Am. Robins foraged on persimmon fruit. 

At Indian Creek Nursery a HARLAN'S (Red-tailed) HAWK has been present around 
the property for at least two weeks, and is usually observed at least once on 
a daily basis.  A moderate skein of about 30 SNOW GEESE also flew over 
on 11/13. 

Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Wachiska Audubon fIeld trip-Conestoga Lake-Sun. 11/16
From: "flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Nov 2014 14:40:04 -0800
A blanket of snow on the grasslands next to Conestoga Lake SRA will be the 
setting for an early afternoon bird hike with Wachiska Audubon. We'll check the 
woodlands for treasures lurking in the cedar stands like purple finches, fox 
sparrows, cedar waxwings, and golden-crowned kinglets. Migrants could also 
possibly be traveling overhead depending on wind conditions. 

 

 
 We'll meet at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 16 on the south side of the State 
Capitol in Lincoln, at 15th and H Streets across from the governor's mansion. 
Anyone preferring to meet at the lake can join the group around 1:30 p.m in the 
parking lot on the south side of the lake. Bring binoculars and scope if you 
have them. State park entry permits are required and day passes are available 
for $5 per vehicle. The public is welcome. 

 

 John Carlini, Lincoln
 

 

Subject: Lesser Black-backed and probable Barrow's at Branched Oak
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:09:29 -0800
There were a lot more birds on Branched Oak Lake today than there were a couple 
days ago. Good ones included a huge 3rd-winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a 
very distant probable female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, both of which were on the 
water off the end of West Branched Oak Rd. 


The goldeneye was with a flock of COMMON GOLDENEYES, but seemed edgy, usually 
swimming a few yards in front of or behind the flock, with her neck craned as 
tall as it would go. She was a goldeneye with an entirely dusky yellow bill, 
and seemingly noticeably large eyes, but was too far to make out details of 
head shape. 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: orange house finch
From: "Susan Quinn susan-quinn44 AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 1:53:44 +0000
Every so often I see a different colored house finch in the yard. Last year I 
had a yellow-colored house finch. Today an orange house finch was visiting the 
backyard along with many regularly colored finches. 


Susan Quinn
Nebraska City
Otoe County


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Subject: Siskins
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:40:30 -0600
I find it interesting that others are reporting their first Siskins of the 
year. Usually I'm envious since if I see them they're here for a day or two and 
then gone. This year, however, I had 8 show up on Sept. 17th and still have at 
least two coming to the feeders almost 2 months later. Of course, they could 
leave morrow but I've enjoyed them longer than ever before. 


Another anomaly... Last year the woodpeckers and other birds left my suet 
blocks (2 different brands) alone all winter not even beginning to work on them 
till late March. This year they've almost worked their way through two of them. 


Jan Johnson
Wakefield
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Subject: Yard birds
From: "Rick urbanfishbird AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:40:40 -0500

At least the cold and snow has brought some new birds to my backyard feeders. 
Had the first two pine siskins of the season show up today. The wild turkey 
that's been in my neighborhood on and off for the past year and a half showed 
up in my driveway this morning looking for food. Had four white-throated 
sparrows and a Carolina wren at the feeders yesterday. Hoping snow tomorrow 
brings in some more new species. 



Rick Eades
Lincoln

Subject: Hall County Bird Count.
From: "Tony Ikuko Curtis mapacurtis AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:40:51 -0600
Grand Island’s Christmas bird count will be Saturday, Dec 13 December. We 
meet at Tommy’s restaurant on south Locust street and depart about sunrise. 

We need people. Many come early and have breakfast there before going out. 
Inexperienced people are welcome, and go out with those who have been out 
before. 

There is an early AM owl count for the early risers leaving from Tommy’s 
also. Contact Connie McCartney at 308 850 3084 for info on the owls and the 
bird count. 1/2 day or all day. 

I always pack a sack lunch, but some return to Tommy’s for noon lunch.  
Anton Curtis Grand Island 308 384 1236. PLEASE say Bird Count if the answering 
machine comes on, as we screen calls. 

 
Subject: Lone Rusty at Branched Oak Lake
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:21:32 +0000 (UTC)
  Hi everyone. I visited Branched Oak Lake for gulls yesterday afternoon, but 
was waylaid on the drive down the little road to the marina by an astronomical 
swarm of AMERICAN ROBINS in the trees along the road. There were so many robins 
-- I've never seen so many at once! And in with the robins was a lone, 
stunningly beautiful male RUSTY BLACKBIRD. He perched briefly with robins in a 
tree, then flew off with them when they flushed. He definitely seemed to be 
intentionally flocking with the robins. This, to me, is a very interesting 
sighting: a lone Rusty associating with robins. Rusties should, as far as I 
know, be in flocks of their own kind (or perhaps, occasionally, on their own). 
The fact that this bird was flocking with robins makes me think that he 
wanted to flock, but was unable to find others of his kind -- as you might 
expect with a bird that has declined as severely as Rusty Blackbird has in 
recent years... It had the feel of a sighting that will be described in detail 
in a 2100 edition of "Hope Is The Thing With Feathers"... 

There were hundreds of gulls out on the lake, but it was so cold by the time I 
got around to them that I didn't manage to pick out much. Just lots of 
RING-BILLS and AMERICAN HERRING GULLS. Chances are there was something else in 
there but I just didn't notice it... 

Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Red-throated Loon, Pawnee Lake
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:09:58 -0600
Having been out of country for the last 3 weeks, I was welcomed back by 
winter's arrival. It was in the upper 80's the day I left and some odd 80-90 
degrees cooler by tonight... 

 
I made a quick visit out to Pawnee Lake in Western Lancaster Co. early 
afternoon during my lunch break to see if I could find the Red-throated Grebes 
as reported by Larry yesterday. No luck on the Grebes but a consolation was a 
Red-throated Loon! The loon appeared to be an immature bird. It was very small, 
seemed almost smaller than the Western Grebe that was nearby (although they are 
supposed to be about the same size). It's small thin bill was raised most of 
the time. Slight amount of white at flank was visible above water line. Some 
minimal red coloring noted a couple of times in throat. Head was grayish. I 
observed the bird from the south shore and it quickly moved farther away. 
Scoping was difficult as heat distortion and frigid breeze made things 
uncomfortable. I did manage a couple poor photos which I will attach to my 
ebird report. 

 
Michael Willison
Lincoln


  		 	   		  
Subject: RE: Christmas Bird Count Dates
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 03:10:11 +0000
Thanks Kathy for putting these all in one place.



Now that almost all of them are set, I would like to offer up an unofficial CBC 
that we are doing as a portion of the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project 
activities in the Loess Canyons BUL SE of North Platte. 




I will be running a CBC in the Loess Canyons BUL (includes Jeffrey Lake and a 
LOT of the Loess Canyons) on Tuesday, December 16th. With the exception of 
Jeffrey Lake, the count takes place literally entirely within the Loess 
Canyons. Should be lots of Mountain Bluebirds, herds of Wild Turkeys, thousands 
of crows and robins, some Northern Shrikes, maybe some Townsend's Solitaires 
and a diversity of raptors. Last year we had a couple Golden Eagles and Merlins 
also. Pretty much all private land, so vast majority of the survey is done from 
a vehicle. 




If anyone is interested in assisting with this unofficial CBC, please contact 
me using "reply to sender" below. 




Thanks




T. J. Walker - District Manager, Wildlife Division - Partners Section
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
301 East State Farm Road
North Platte, NE  69101
Office Phone 308-535-8025
Cell Phone 308-530-7659

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Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 8:35 PM
To: NEBirds
Subject: [NEBirds] Christmas Bird Count Dates



Below are the Christmas Bird Counts that I have so far on the NOU website at 
http://noubirds.org/Activities/CBC.aspx 

if the compilers for the ones not listed (Beaver Valley & Grand Island) would 
post them or send me an email I will get them listed. 


I don't have any contact info for the Lake McConaughy count

There are two pages for the CBCs, on the lower right side of the window there 
is a link you can click to go to page 2 


Thanks
Kathy DeLara


Dec 14
   North Platte
   Seward/Branched Lake
   Ponca

Dec 15
   Harlan County

Dec 18
   Ames

Dec 20
   Lincoln
   Omaha
   Scottsbluff
   Norfolk

Dec 27
   Crawford
   Lake McConaughy

Dec 28
   Harrison

Dec 30
  Calamus/Loup

Jan 3
   Desoto


Subject: Christmas Bird Count Dates
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:35:27 -0700
Below are the Christmas Bird Counts that I have so far on the NOU website at 
http://noubirds.org/Activities/CBC.aspx 

if the compilers for the ones not listed (Beaver Valley & Grand Island) would 
post them or send me an email I will get them listed. 


I don't have any contact info for the Lake McConaughy count

There are two pages for the CBCs, on the lower right side of the window there 
is a link you can click to go to page 2 


Thanks
Kathy DeLara


Dec 14
   North Platte
   Seward/Branched Lake
   Ponca
   
Dec 15
   Harlan County

Dec 18
   Ames

Dec 20
   Lincoln
   Omaha
   Scottsbluff
   Norfolk

Dec 27
   Crawford
   Lake McConaughy
   
Dec 28
   Harrison
   
Dec 30
  Calamus/Loup

Jan 3
   Desoto
   
Subject: Omaha Xmas Count
From: "Elizabeth Grenon grenon925 AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:27:15 -0500
The Omaha CBC will be held Dec. 20th; centered at the Base Lake and covers land 
on both sides of the river. Half-day, full day, walking or driving; something 
for everyone. Newbies will be paired with experienced birders. Potluck 
compilation supper at my house about 5:30 PM. 



Contact me off list with your interests.

Betty Grenon
Compiler
grenon925 AT aol.com
Subject: NENO & NECL X-mas counts (Norfolk & Calamus)
From: "heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Nov 2014 17:20:15 -0800
Hi all,
 The Norfolk Christmas Count will be Saturday, December 20th. For more 
information you can contact Duane Wolff (402-841-0130) or Dave Heidt 
(402-371-3412 or heidtdw AT gmail.com). 

 

 The Calamus Christmas Count will be Tuesday, December 30th (backup bad-weather 
date of January 3rd). 

 We will meet at Verda's Cafe in Burwell at 6:45 am to divide up the count 
circle. For more information contact Dave Heidt (402-371-3412 or 
heidtdw AT gmail.com). 

 

 Dave Heidt
 Norfolk
  
Subject: Red-throated Loon & Surf Scoter
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 01:01:22 +0000
I did a birding loop today in western Lancaster, Saline, southeast Fillmore, 
northeast Thayer, Jefferson, Gage, Pawnee and Johnson Counties. I was mostly 
checking reservoirs for waterbirds. Numbers were underwhelming, as Larry E. 
noted yesterday, as it seems a lot of birds have moved through. Highlights: 


Branched Oak Lake
3 Red-breasted Mergansers
2 Eared Grebes
only 3 Bonaparte's Gulls

Pawnee Lake
1 Red-throated Loon (only loon of the day)
1 Horned Grebe
1 Western Grebe

Lone Star Recreation Area, Fillmore Co.
12 Fox Sparrows

Northeast Thayer County
1 Loggerhead Shrike (excellent looks)
1 Northern Shrike

Alexandria SRA, Jefferson County
1 Western Grebe
1 Surf Scoter

Gage County
1 Rough-legged Hawk

Pawnee County
~60 Brewer's Blackbirds

Johnson County
1 Northern Shrike

Red-throated Loon may be a better bird from a statewide perspective, but the 
Surf Scoter (and even Western Grebe) in Jefferson County was the best birds of 
the day, IMHO. 


Good birding!

 - Joel

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Subject: RE: ID Help Please
From: "'Jim Ochsner' jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:47:40 -0700
Gentlemen, thanks for the ID help. Exciting for us novices to see a new bird in 
our backyard. 


Jim
Ogallala

P.S. Yes, sorry, I realize I forgot td sign my first posts – so excited!!!
Subject: Re: ID Help Please
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:59:04 -0600
Jim,
I agree with Tom. A likely Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, however at this age it can 
be difficult to separate from a Red-naped Sapsucker. There have been YB 
Sapsuckers on the Lake McConaughy CBC in past years. Keep watching, you never 
know what will turn up this time of year. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
 

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Likely a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker but maybe a Red-naped Sapsucker. Hard to tell 
at that age, it is a youngster. 


Thomas Labedz, Lincoln.


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We have plenty of food and heated water in our backyard which has brought in an 
amazing number and variety of birds. We just had a new visitor we have never 
seen before. There are four pics (WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4) added to the J.and 
C.O.Photos album. We think it is and American Three-toed Woodpecker. Please 
identify for us. Thanks! 


Subject: RE: ID Help Please
From: "Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:21:11 +0000
Likely a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker but maybe a Red-naped Sapsucker. Hard to tell 
at that age, it is a youngster. 

Thomas Labedz, Lincoln.

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To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] ID Help Please



We have plenty of food and heated water in our backyard which has brought in an 
amazing number and variety of birds. We just had a new visitor we have never 
seen before. There are four pics (WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4) added to the J.and 
C.O.Photos album. We think it is and American Three-toed Woodpecker. Please 
identify for us. Thanks! 


Subject: ID Help Please
From: "jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Nov 2014 14:16:06 -0800
We have plenty of food and heated water in our backyard which has brought in an 
amazing number and variety of birds. We just had a new visitor we have never 
seen before. There are four pics (WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4) added to the J.and 
C.O.Photos album. We think it is and American Three-toed Woodpecker. Please 
identify for us. Thanks! 
Subject: Re: Sunday Combine Birding in Dodge County
From: "Don and Shirley Maas snowbirds2012 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:32:59 -0700
Good Luck with the harvest.  Weather great here in sunny AZ.

HAPPY BIRDING

Don & Shirley Maas

On Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 8:09 PM, 'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com
[NEBirds]  wrote:

>
>
> This morning I flushed a woodcock near a spring behind a grove of trees.
> He seemed content to flutter just ahead of the combine.
>
> This evening about 7:30 when I was getting out to go home and unload the
> truck,  a  yellow  rump was sitting the step to the grain tank just inches
> from my face.
>
> I have been seeing a covey of quail almost daily, but have yet to flush a
> pheasant.
>
> The harvest from hell continues to grind along. I might get done in two
> days, but it could be two weeks. I think that seeing sunrises and sunsets
> are over-rated experiences.
>
> Don  Paseka
> Ames NE
>
>
>  
>



-- 
Don & Shirley Maas


The Snowbirds have returned to OK and are
nesting in Choctaw, OK