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Yellow Rail,©David Sibley

23 Apr Sarpy Birds [Loren Padelford ]
23 Apr Re: Correction on District Birding Day Invitation ["Walker, TJ" ]
23 Apr A few birds - a lot of area ["Jorgensen, Joel" ]
23 Apr Correction on District Birding Day Invitation ["Walker, TJ" ]
23 Apr Southwest District NGPC District Birding Day ["Walker, TJ" ]
23 Apr White Throated Sparrow []
23 Apr County Count []
23 Apr ASO Field Trip []
22 Apr Re: re E birds question ["Kathy DeLara" ]
22 Apr Calamus Outfitters and Calamus Lake [Moni Usasz ]
22 Apr birding - Pioneers Blvd - Wilderness Park [Moni Usasz ]
22 Apr Palm Warbler & Spotted Towhee []
22 Apr Spotty []
22 Apr re E birds question [Moni Usasz ]
22 Apr Re: [SPAM] Fw: [Allen ]
22 Apr Hooded Warbler at Walnut Grove, Omaha [Loren Padelford ]
22 Apr [SPAM] Fw: [allenreyer AT aol.com ]
22 Apr Fw: [allenreyer AT aol.com ]
22 Apr April 21, an avocet birding day! []
22 Apr Thurston County birds ["Bill Huser" ]
21 Apr Lancaster Scissor-tail; Saunders YC Night-Heron [Michael Willison ]
21 Apr Re: Fremont Ne. []
21 Apr Fw: eBird Report - Summit Lake, Apr 21, 2014 []
21 Apr Hudsonian Godwits at Wehrspann Lake []
21 Apr Re: Re: [NEBirds] Re: Female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Creek ["Phil Swanson" ]
21 Apr Re: Unusual sighting of American Coot-Downtown Omaha-Douglas County [Dave Pantos ]
21 Apr Unusual sighting of American Coot-Downtown Omaha-Douglas County []
21 Apr Recent sightings (Richardson CO and Jefferson CO (great egret) ["Gubanyi,Joe" ]
21 Apr Re: Re: Female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Creek ["Don & Janis Paseka" ]
21 Apr Re: Re: Female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Creek ["Phil Swanson" ]
21 Apr Re: Female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Creek [Robert Wells ]
21 Apr Re: Walnut Creek Lake 20 April, 2014 [Garrett Day ]
20 Apr Re: Bird ID please ["Eric Patdu" ]
20 Apr Re: Bird ID please ["Kathy DeLara" ]
20 Apr Re: Fremont Ne. [Justin Rink ]
20 Apr Glossy IBIS at Jack Sinn East []
20 Apr Fremont Ne. []
20 Apr Fontenelle Forest ["Neal Ratzlaff" ]
20 Apr Dodge county Short eared owl [Jerry Mulliken ]
20 Apr Good day in Custer Co ["Lanny and Robin" ]
20 Apr Bird ID please ["Eric Patdu" ]
20 Apr Re: email address for John Sullivan? (no sightings) []
20 Apr Walnut Creek Lake 20 April, 2014 [garrett Day ]
20 Apr Fw: eBird Report - Schilling WMA, Apr 20, 2014 []
20 Apr Hooded Warbler- Walnut Grove Park (Omaha)- Yes- 4/20 [Justin Rink ]
20 Apr Re: Hooded warbler at walnut grove [James Kovanda ]
20 Apr Re: Lake North/Babcock ["Walker, TJ" ]
20 Apr Lake North/Babcock ["Walker, TJ" ]
19 Apr Re: Fw: news [Allen ]
20 Apr Fw: news [allenreyer AT aol.com ]
19 Apr Upland Sandpiper [Jeanine Lackey ]
19 Apr Re: sorry - forgot to sing [Marsha Nyffeler ]
19 Apr Great Egret neaar Ogallala ["Bill Huntley" ]
19 Apr NEW EMAIL [Paul Roisen ]
19 Apr NEW EMAIL [Paul Roisen ]
19 Apr Re: sorry - forgot to sing [Paul Roisen ]
19 Apr sorry - forgot to sing [Marsha Nyffeler ]
19 Apr Townsend's Solitaire and more [Marsha Nyffeler ]
19 Apr Re: [NEBirds] female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Grove Park ["Phil Swanson" ]
19 Apr Re: female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Grove Park []
19 Apr female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Grove Park []
19 Apr Hooded warbler at walnut grove [Phil Swanson ]
18 Apr Cranes [Michael Willison ]
18 Apr Niobrara area ["Mark A. Brogie" ]
18 Apr Another Semi-eclipse Fontenelle Report- 4/18 [Justin Rink ]
18 Apr Font. For., & vicintiy ["Elliott Bedows" ]
18 Apr Font. For. []
18 Apr Spring Meeting NOU/IOU [Paul Roisen ]
18 Apr Re: Fw: eBird Report - Base Lake, Apr 17, 2014 [Aaron Howe ]
17 Apr Fw: eBird Report - Base Lake, Apr 17, 2014 []
17 Apr Sarpy County Birds [Loren Padelford ]
17 Apr White winged doves [Tony Ikuko Curtis ]
14 Apr Prairie Chicken [Tony Ikuko Curtis ]
17 Apr Fontenelle Forest - Yellow-throated Warbler [Ruth Stearns ]
17 Apr RE: Yellow-throated Warbler []
17 Apr Re: yellow-headed blackbird [Dave ]

Subject: Sarpy Birds
From: Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd AT cox.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:12:32 -0500
This morning south of Offutt Air Force Base we found a White-faced Ibis at 
Retriever Marsh on Missouri River Road. On Cunningham Road we had a singing 
Clay-colored Sparrow and a singing Vesper Sparrow. 



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


Subject: Re: Correction on District Birding Day Invitation
From: "Walker, TJ" <thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:57:50 +0000
OK, was trying to do too many things at once today.....forgive me....please 
RSVP by May 12th if you are interested in attending. 


Thanks

T. J. Walker

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


"Walker, TJ"  wrote:


Disregard previous email – my email address was incorrect, so use this one.


AN INVITATION TO ATTEND



NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION –

DISTRICT IV BIRDING DAY


At Medicine Creek Reservoir and Wildlife Management Area
Thursday, May 15th, 2014

What is District Birding Day?

District Birding Day is an opportunity to share knowledge about the wildlife of 
our area. While the name of the event shows that the main goal is to identify 
what bird species are using habitats at these WMAs, other wildlife species, as 
well as plants and insects will also be examined and recorded. This is also a 
great opportunity to get to know each other while learning about birds, 
habitats, habitat management and other conservation topics. 


What do I need to bring?


Each participant should bring binoculars and field guides. If you do not have 
these items, there will probably be some extras around that can be borrowed for 
the day. Also feel free to bring spotting scopes, cameras, notebooks, writing 
utensils or any other items that you feel could be useful. Sunscreen and insect 
repellant might also be valuable resources to bring. Dip nets, seines, fishing 
poles, mammal traps or other trapping devices could also come in handy as could 
waders or hip boots if anyone wants to wade through wetlands. We will be 
starting the day out at the Southwest WMA headquarters located on the east side 
of the Reservoir at 7:00 AM. There will be a lunch provided, most likely hot 
dogs/brats, chips, etc. and there will be a “nominal fee” for lunch. You may 
also want to bring drinks/snacks of your choice as you see fit. 


What will Birding Day’s schedule be like?

All participants will meet at the headquarters at 7:00 AM CST. We may divide 
into groups that will set out for different parts of the area. We will bird 
until about 11:00 AM, then return to the headquarters where we will eat lunch 
and continue the birding after lunch if there is interest in doing so. We will 
wrap up no later than 3:30 PM. If you can’t make it for the whole day, feel 
free to join us for part of it. You may even wish to camp out under the full 
moon on the night of May 14th in an effort to document Common Poorwills, 
various owls, and other nightlife on the area. 


What do I need to do if I am interested in attending?


PLEASE RSVP - Contact T. J. Walker (by May 30th) by phone (308) 535-8025 or 
(308) 530-7659 or email 
thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov for further 
details on where and when to meet, how to get there, or any other questions you 
may have. 



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: A few birds - a lot of area
From: "Jorgensen, Joel" <Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:30:34 +0000
I have made the following sightings over the past week.

17 April
Lekking Greater Prairie-Chickens southwest Hooker Co.

18 April
3 Common Loons at Box Butte Reservoir
1 Rough-legged Hawk in Sheridan County
6 Black-necked Stilts at Lakeside, Sheridan County
1 Willet in Sheridan County
FOY Wilson's Phalaropes (numerous since then)
Brewer's Blackbirds in Sheridan County

19 April
1 Common Goldeneye at the Scottsbluff sewage lagoons
1 Common Goldeneye at Lake Ogallala
2 Piping Plovers at Martin Bay, Lake McConaughy
1 first-year Lesser Black-backed Gull at Martin Bay, Lake McConaughy
1 first-year Thayer's Gull at Lake Ogallala
White-breasted Nuthatches at Bridgeport SRA
Northern Cardinals at Bridgeport SRA
Single Great-tailed Grackles in Scottsbluff and Sheridan County

21 April
Lekking Greater Prairie-Chickens in Hall Co.
1 Grasshopper Sparrow in Hall Co.
Several Field Sparrows
1 Black-crowned Night-Heron at Cottonwood-Steverson WMA, Cherry Co.

Several observations of Trumpeter Swans, Long-billed Curlews and Say's Pheobe 
(SAPH = Loup, Blaine, Cherry, Brown, McPherson, Hooker, Sheridan, Sioux, Dawes 
and Box Butte Counties) over the past week. 


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 


Nongame Bird Program 
Library 
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Subject: Correction on District Birding Day Invitation
From: "Walker, TJ" <thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:30:07 +0000
Disregard previous email - my email address was incorrect, so use this one.


AN INVITATION TO ATTEND



NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION -

DISTRICT IV BIRDING DAY


At Medicine Creek Reservoir and Wildlife Management Area
Thursday, May 15th, 2014

What is District Birding Day?

District Birding Day is an opportunity to share knowledge about the wildlife of 
our area. While the name of the event shows that the main goal is to identify 
what bird species are using habitats at these WMAs, other wildlife species, as 
well as plants and insects will also be examined and recorded. This is also a 
great opportunity to get to know each other while learning about birds, 
habitats, habitat management and other conservation topics. 


What do I need to bring?


Each participant should bring binoculars and field guides. If you do not have 
these items, there will probably be some extras around that can be borrowed for 
the day. Also feel free to bring spotting scopes, cameras, notebooks, writing 
utensils or any other items that you feel could be useful. Sunscreen and insect 
repellant might also be valuable resources to bring. Dip nets, seines, fishing 
poles, mammal traps or other trapping devices could also come in handy as could 
waders or hip boots if anyone wants to wade through wetlands. We will be 
starting the day out at the Southwest WMA headquarters located on the east side 
of the Reservoir at 7:00 AM. There will be a lunch provided, most likely hot 
dogs/brats, chips, etc. and there will be a "nominal fee" for lunch. You may 
also want to bring drinks/snacks of your choice as you see fit. 


What will Birding Day's schedule be like?

All participants will meet at the headquarters at 7:00 AM CST. We may divide 
into groups that will set out for different parts of the area. We will bird 
until about 11:00 AM, then return to the headquarters where we will eat lunch 
and continue the birding after lunch if there is interest in doing so. We will 
wrap up no later than 3:30 PM. If you can't make it for the whole day, feel 
free to join us for part of it. You may even wish to camp out under the full 
moon on the night of May 14th in an effort to document Common Poorwills, 
various owls, and other nightlife on the area. 


What do I need to do if I am interested in attending?


PLEASE RSVP - Contact T. J. Walker (by May 30th) by phone (308) 535-8025 or 
(308) 530-7659 or email 
thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov for further 
details on where and when to meet, how to get there, or any other questions you 
may have. 



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: Southwest District NGPC District Birding Day
From: "Walker, TJ" <thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:05:08 +0000
AN INVITATION TO ATTEND



NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION -

DISTRICT IV BIRDING DAY


At Medicine Creek Reservoir and Wildlife Management Area
Thursday, May 15th, 2014

What is District Birding Day?

District Birding Day is an opportunity to share knowledge about the wildlife of 
our area. While the name of the event shows that the main goal is to identify 
what bird species are using habitats at these WMAs, other wildlife species, as 
well as plants and insects will also be examined and recorded. This is also a 
great opportunity to get to know each other while learning about birds, 
habitats, habitat management and other conservation topics. 


What do I need to bring?


Each participant should bring binoculars and field guides. If you do not have 
these items, there will probably be some extras around that can be borrowed for 
the day. Also feel free to bring spotting scopes, cameras, notebooks, writing 
utensils or any other items that you feel could be useful. Sunscreen and insect 
repellant might also be valuable resources to bring. Dip nets, seines, fishing 
poles, mammal traps or other trapping devices could also come in handy as could 
waders or hip boots if anyone wants to wade through wetlands. We will be 
starting the day out at the Southwest WMA headquarters located on the east side 
of the Reservoir at 7:00 AM. There will be a lunch provided, most likely hot 
dogs/brats, chips, etc. and there will be a "nominal fee" for lunch. You may 
want to also bring drinks/snacks of your choice as you see fit. 


What will Birding Day's schedule be like?

All participants will meet at the headquarters at 7:00 AM CST. We may divide 
into groups that will set out for different parts of the area. We will bird 
until about 11:00 AM, then return to the headquarters where we will eat lunch 
and continue the birding after lunch if there is interest in doing so. We will 
wrap up no later than 3:30 PM. If you can't make it for the whole day, feel 
free to join us for part of it. You may even wish to camp out under the full 
moon on the night of May 14th in an effort to document Common Poorwills, 
various owls, and other nightlife on the area. 


What do I need to do if I am interested in attending?


PLEASE RSVP!!! Contact T. J. Walker (by May 30th) by phone (308) 535-8025 or 
(308) 530-7659 or email 
thomas.walker AT ngpc.ne.gov for further details 
on where and when to meet, how to get there, or any other questions you may 
have. 



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: White Throated Sparrow
From: <speedypeepsdipper AT yahoo.com>
Date: 23 Apr 2014 10:41:59 -0700
Woke up this A.M. to a couple of FOY White Throated Sparrows in my yard. 
Yesterday at Heron Haven I saw 2 FOY Yellow Rumped Warblers and FOY 3 Lincoln 
Sparrows right at the entrance to the walking path. They were munching on some 
part of a Maple tree. Also, there was a shorebird I couldn't get a great look 
at but was either a Greater or Lesser Yellowlegs skimming the pond on the West 
side. I'm new at shorebirds so I cannot yet be certain as to which bird it was. 
After comparing my photo to the books I assume it's one of the Yellowlegs. It 
mostly skimmed and had very long dark wings .Other species I saw were three 
pairs of Wood Ducks , 3 snapping turtles ,15 Cedar Waxwings, 2 pairs of 
Northern Cardinals, and many nesting Canada Geese. Have a great day! Karen K. 
120th & Q Omaha Ps. I hope I posted this properly. 
Subject: County Count
From: <ckavian AT cox.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:18:13 -0500
Initial notice that the Annual Sarpy County Bird Count will be held on Saturday 
May 10th. I will again divide the county into 4 sections with a captain(s) for 
each section. Anyone interested in joining or helping out for half or full day 
let me know OFF LINE at ckavian AT cox.net DO NOT respond on this listserv. 


Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
402-292-2276
Subject: ASO Field Trip
From: <ckavian AT cox.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:10:25 -0500
The Audubon Society of Omaha (ASO) will be going on a field trip on Saturday 
April 26th. We will meet at the entrance to Louisville SRA in Cass County at 
8:00 a.m. After birding at Louisville we will drive over to Platte River State 
Park. Anyone is welcome – you need not be a member of ASO to join us. 
Vehicles will need a Game and Parks Sticker or purchase a day pass. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
Subject: Re: re E birds question
From: "Kathy DeLara" <renosmom AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:58:36 -0600
Moni, have you set up an account?
First you click on the Submit Observations tab on the top of the page.
Then you chose your location either from one that you have set up, or find 
one on the map, then hit the continue button.
I'm guessing you aren't getting to the right place to begin. If you are 
still having problems let me know

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Moni Usasz" 
To: 
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:47 PM
Subject: [NEBirds] re E birds question


First off, this is not birds I’ve seen because I can’t figure out how to use 
e birds.

I have been trying to use e birds but have been stymied so far.  I’m 
soliciting help.  I’m using "find it on the map" to get to new birding 
sites.  Once I've gotten to the spot on the map, I can't figure out get how 
to move to the place where I list species seen there.   I've tried clicking 
on the x for the site.  I've tried clicking next.  I've tried clicking on 
the map.  I have 5 favorites so occasionally hit on the right combination 
but have no idea what I've done.

It’s either ask you folks or yell at the computer (or worse).

Moni Usasz
Lincoln




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Subject: Calamus Outfitters and Calamus Lake
From: Moni Usasz <musasz AT neb.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:57:16 -0500
4/19 - We went out to Calamus Outfitters to watch the Sharp-Tail Grouse boom. 
Had 10 males, one prairie chicken/grouse male cross and 7 females. Then watched 
prairie chickens from a distance on their property as well. Drove farther up 
Dry Creek road, they said it would be a good spot to see a curlew but no luck. 
Did see a lark, Harris's and savannah sparrow. Heard field and grasshopper. 


100s of pelicans at the Gracie Creek end of the reservoir. Also cormorant, 
coot, chipping and song sparrows, brown-headed cowbird, western meadowlarks, 
red-winged and yellow-headed blackbirds, common and great-tailed grackles,, 
shrike (Loggerhead I think), great blue heron, wood duck, gadwall, wigeon, 
blue-winged and green-winged teal, n. shoveler, ring-necked and ruddy ducks. 


Noticed on highway along North Loup River out of Ord - maybe past Scotia - a 
heron rookery along the river. 


Moni Usasz
Lincoln

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Subject: birding - Pioneers Blvd - Wilderness Park
From: Moni Usasz <musasz AT neb.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:40:07 -0500
THANKS to Ruthie.  I was able to get this on e birds!!!!!!!!!

Moni Usasz
Lincoln

Wilderness Park - south of Pioneers Blvd., Lancaster, US-NE
Apr 21, 2014 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
22 species

Canada Goose  1
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  2
Wild Turkey  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  X
Blue Jay  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  X
House Wren 6 Heard and saw them. Actually think I saw and heard at least twice 
that many. 

Carolina Wren  X
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  X
American Robin  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Eastern Towhee  1
Field Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X
American Goldfinch  X

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18035806 
Subject: Palm Warbler & Spotted Towhee
From: <SCHMID_R AT msn.com>
Date: 22 Apr 2014 17:15:17 -0700
I spent the evening birding the FF wetlands (Sarpy Co, Bellevue, Fontenelle 
Forest, east end of Gifford Rd). Highlights were: 

  
 Broad-winged Hawk (2 over Child's Rd near Bellevue Blvd)
 Bald Eagle (adult near Hidden Lake)
 Brown Thrasher (at least 5)
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)
 Palm Warbler (1 - just east of the blind at the Great Marsh)
 Yellow-throated Warbler (at least 3: 1 on Redbud Tr and at least 2 near Hidden 
Lake) 

 Yellow-rumped Warbler (3 near Hidden Lake)
 Northern Parula (heard only - near Hidden Lake)
 Spotted Towhee
 Eastern Towhee
 Lincoln's, Harris', Song, Chipping & White-throated Sparrows
  
 Good birding - Rick
Subject: Spotty
From: <ckavian AT cox.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:41:54 -0500
I stopped by Wehrspann Lake in Sarpy County today after a dental appointment 
and found my FOY Spotted Sandpiper and Semipalmated Sandpiper. Then made a 
quick stop at 144th and ‘F’ and found a male Great-tailed Grackle that 
Justin had reported (also FOY for me ) (Douglas County). Maybe I should go to 
the dentist more often! 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
Subject: re E birds question
From: Moni Usasz <musasz AT neb.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:47:59 -0500
First off, this is not birds I’ve seen because I can’t figure out how to use e 
birds. 


I have been trying to use e birds but have been stymied so far. I’m soliciting 
help. I’m using "find it on the map" to get to new birding sites. Once I've 
gotten to the spot on the map, I can't figure out get how to move to the place 
where I list species seen there. I've tried clicking on the x for the site. 
I've tried clicking next. I've tried clicking on the map. I have 5 favorites so 
occasionally hit on the right combination but have no idea what I've done. 


It’s either ask you folks or yell at the computer (or worse).    

Moni Usasz
Lincoln




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Subject: Re: [SPAM] Fw:
From: Allen <allenreyer AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:05:36 -1000
I've been hacked. Don't open.

Al

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Subject: Hooded Warbler at Walnut Grove, Omaha
From: Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd AT cox.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:03:51 -0500
We saw the female Hooded Warbler this morning from about 11:15 to 11:25. She 
was in the same area near the spillway foraging north along the stream. 



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


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Subject: April 21, an avocet birding day!
From: larryeinemannl AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:13:47 -0400 (EDT)
Hi! 
    I birded at a number of sites on April 21,  2014.   
    Highlights at Capitol Beach Lake, despite gusty north winds:  
Franklin's gulls--2500; Forster's tern--2 (F0Y); Cliff swallow--2 (FOY); Purple 

martin--8;  Bank swallow--2 (FOY); Cedar waxwing--7; American avocet--39; 
Marbled godwit--2; Lark sparrow--1 (FOY); Hudsonian godwit--2; Barn swallow--2. 

    Pawnee Lake SRA:  Bank  swallow ` 10 at nesting bank; Yellow-rumped 
warbler--2 brilliant males; American  avocet--70; Marbled godwit--1; 
Long-billed dowitcher--2; Brown  thrasher--1.
    Branched Oak Lake  SRA:      Osprey--3; Bonaparte's gull--6;  Snow 
goose--1; Ross's goose--1; Semipalmated plover--4 (FOY); Pectoral sandpiper--1; 

Lark sparrow--1; Field sparrow--3 FOY; American avocet--68.
    Jack Sinn WMA:  Wilson's  phalarope--96 FOY; Great-tailed grackle--2; 
White-faced ibis--1 FOY;  Yellow-headed blackbird--1; Lesser yellowlegs--4.  
This was probably an  hour before Michael Willison's visit to the same 
places I had been.
    A complete list of my sightings at these sites  is in ebirds.
    Good birding!
Larry Einemann
Lincoln, Nebraska
 
 
In a message dated 4/21/2014 8:27:16 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
sendtomichael AT hotmail.com writes:

 
 
 
NEBirds,

I made a run up to Jack Sinn WMA after work this evening,  hoping to locate 
the large Ibis flock that was reported yesterday. No luck  with any Ibis 
however.

Highlights of my visit did included a male  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at 
Jack Sinn "West" on the Lancaster (south) side of  the road. The bird was seen 
at approx. 1.7 miles east of Hwy 77 on Ashland Rd.  where the road comes to 
a crest and you see a "cattle pond" off to the south.  I observed the bird 
flying and eventually landing. In the time I was trying to  set up the scope 
for a better look and possible photo, it disappeared. The  winds were a 
fairly steady 20-30 mph and any birds in the air moved a considerable distance 

in a matter of seconds.

At Jack Sinn "east" were  102 Wilson's Phalarope all out in the middle of 
the "NE Pond" swimming and  feeding. Several Brewer's Blackbirds in the area 
were both seen and heard  well. About 27 Yellow-headed Blackbirds were along 
the edge of the same pond.  Thousands of Red-winged Blackbirds are 
migrating through. Eventually I was joined by Jon King and we spent the waning 

light watching for anything else. When we walked over to the "NW Pond" we were 

quite surprised to see a  sub-adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron glide in low 
over the water and land. I  was able to get an identifiable digiscoped photo 
even though it was well after  sunset.

Checklist and photo can be accessed  below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18024307

Michael  Willison

Lincoln 

Subject: Thurston County birds
From: "Bill Huser" <bhuser AT suebeehoney.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:59:09 -0500
On Saturday, April 19, Jerry Probst and I did our annual trek for Pileated
Woodpeckers on the Omaha Reservation near Hole in the Rock. This is a
stretch of river bluffs covered with mature oak-basswood-walnut forest.

Though we saw evidence of Pileated chiseling on downed timber, we once again
did not see or hear the Pileated.

 

Birds of note:

Louisiana Waterthrush, 1 pr, the male singing a little; another male singing
enthusiastically further downstream

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, 1 m.

Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 pr.

Eastern Phoebe, 1 pr.

House Wren, 2 

Barred Owls, 3

 

Bill Huser

140 Oakmont Drive

South Sioux City, NE  68776

 

402-494-1657

712-258-0638  x3127 bus.

 
Subject: Lancaster Scissor-tail; Saunders YC Night-Heron
From: Michael Willison <sendtomichael AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:27:11 -0700
NEBirds,


I made a run up to Jack Sinn WMA after work this evening, hoping to locate the 
large Ibis flock that was reported yesterday. No luck with any Ibis however. 



Highlights of my visit did included a male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Jack 
Sinn "West" on the Lancaster (south) side of the road. The bird was seen at 
approx. 1.7 miles east of Hwy 77 on Ashland Rd. where the road comes to a crest 
and you see a "cattle pond" off to the south. I observed the bird flying and 
eventually landing. In the time I was trying to set up the scope for a better 
look and possible photo, it disappeared. The winds were a fairly steady 20-30 
mph and any birds in the air moved a considerable distance in a matter of 
seconds. 



At Jack Sinn "east" were 102 Wilson's Phalarope all out in the middle of the 
"NE Pond" swimming and feeding. Several Brewer's Blackbirds in the area were 
both seen and heard well. About 27 Yellow-headed Blackbirds were along the edge 
of the same pond. Thousands of Red-winged Blackbirds are migrating through. 
Eventually I was joined by Jon King and we spent the waning light watching for 
anything else. When we walked over to the "NW Pond" we were quite surprised to 
see a sub-adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron glide in low over the water and 
land. I was able to get an identifiable digiscoped photo even though it was 
well after sunset. 



Checklist and photo can be accessed below:


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18024307


Michael Willison

Lincoln 		 	   		  

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Subject: Re: Fremont Ne.
From: <leeann2971 AT msn.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 18:56:01 -0700
When I was there watching the gulls, I recorded there sound. When I compared 
this to the laughing gull and the Franklin gull, it clearly sounded more like 
the laughing gull than the franklin. That is why I thought that they were the 
laughing gulls. 
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Summit Lake, Apr 21, 2014
From: <ckavian AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:33:22 -0500
Stopped at Summit Lake in Burt County today.  Probably would have had more 
than 58 species if it hadn't been so windy.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

-----Original Message----- 
From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 7:25 PM
To: ckavian AT cox.net
Subject: eBird Report - Summit Lake, Apr 21, 2014

Summit Lake, Burt, US-NE
Apr 21, 2014 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
58 species

Canada Goose  16
Gadwall  45
American Wigeon  18
Mallard  8
Blue-winged Teal  60
Northern Shoveler  55
Green-winged Teal  16
Redhead  12
Ring-necked Duck  8
Lesser Scaup  22
Bufflehead  8
Ring-necked Pheasant  2
Wild Turkey  2
Pied-billed Grebe  12
Eared Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Egret  7
Turkey Vulture  8
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  1500
Killdeer  6
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Wilson's Phalarope  6     5 females and 1 male
Franklin's Gull  32
Ring-billed Gull  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Mourning Dove  18
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Tree Swallow  25
American Robin  65
European Starling  40
Cedar Waxwing  2
Chipping Sparrow  15
Field Sparrow  6
Vesper Sparrow  2
Lark Sparrow  22
Savannah Sparrow  9
Song Sparrow  6
Harris's Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  12
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Eastern Meadowlark  5
Common Grackle  24
Brown-headed Cowbird  35
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  16
House Sparrow  12

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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits at Wehrspann Lake
From: <SCHMID_R AT msn.com>
Date: 21 Apr 2014 16:42:21 -0700
I birded today at Walnut Grove Park (Douglas Co, Omaha, 150th & Q Streets). I 
did not find the female Hooded Warbler, but I did find: 

  
 Yellow-rumped Warbler (small flock of ~10 in the large Cottonwood on the 
northwest end of the creek) 

 Orange-crowned Warbler (2)
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 House Wren
  
 Then I went to Chalco Hills SRA / Wehrspann Lake (Sarpy Co, Millard, Hwy 50 & 
Giles Rd) and found the following birds on the nature trail: 

  
 Winter Wren
 House Wren
 Lincoln's, White-throated, Field and Song Sparrows
  
 And the following on the southwest side of the hike/bike trail that crosses 
the lake: 

  
 Hudsonian Godwit (10)
 Greater Yellowlegs (2)
 Lesser Yellowlegs (2)
 Killdeer (2)
 Baird's Sandpiper (1)
 Northern Shovelers, Blue-winged Teal, Mallards
  
 Good birding - Rick 

Subject: Re: Re: [NEBirds] Re: Female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Creek
From: "Phil Swanson" <pswanson19 AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:14:40 -0500
Yes it is at Walnut Grove.

Phil Swanson
Papillion

From: Don & Janis Paseka 
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 12:43 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [SPAM]Re: [NEBirds] Re: Female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Creek

  

Just to clear up confusion, the hooded warbler is at Walnut Grove and not 
Walnut Creek, right? 



By the way, there were lots of Swainson's hawks on the move yesterday. They 
were hunting whatever little creatures I stirred up out in the field. Biggest 
group was about 25 birds. 



Don Paseka 

Ames NE
Subject: Re: Unusual sighting of American Coot-Downtown Omaha-Douglas County
From: Dave Pantos <davepantos AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:54:34 -0500
No doubt captured and eaten by Mintaka, the Woodmen Tower Peregrine Falcon.


On Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 3:31 PM,  wrote:

>
>
>   I noticed an American Coot "perched" in a flowering tree (Cherry?) on
> the North side of Harney Street about 1 block West of the Douglas  County
> Courthouse this morning at 11:25 a.m.
>
> It was about 25 feet high, just outside a parking garage, between 19 and
> 20th Street.  When I returned at 12:20 pm, Coot was gone.
>
> Dave Stage, Elkhorn, NE
>
>  
>
Subject: Unusual sighting of American Coot-Downtown Omaha-Douglas County
From: Dastage AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:31:53 -0400 (EDT)


I noticed an American Coot "perched" in a flowering tree (Cherry?) on the North 
side of Harney Street about 1 block West of the Douglas County Courthouse this 
morning at 11:25 a.m. 


It was about 25 feet high, just outside a parking garage, between 19 and 20th 
Street. When I returned at 12:20 pm, Coot was gone. 


Dave Stage, Elkhorn, NE
 
Subject: Recent sightings (Richardson CO and Jefferson CO (great egret)
From: "Gubanyi,Joe" <Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:18:05 +0000
I went to Kansas Easter weekend and birded a bit en route.
Friday, April 18, Verdon SRA, Richardson CO;
I have stopped at Verdon SRA many times over the years going to Kansas and 
seldom found much. This time, due to road construction on Highway 75, I was 
detoured right by it, and finally had a few migrants. Nothing special, but I 
did add to 11 species to my Richardson County list: 

Double-crested Cormorant
Waterfowl included:
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Gadwall
Ringneck Duck
Redhead
Canvasback
Shorebirds included:
Lesser yellowlegs
Hudsonian Godwit
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope
Also had 3 gull species:
Ring-billed Gull
Franklin's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
On Saturday, April 19, I took a different route heading north on U.S. 77 and 
then Highway 8 west towards Fairbury. I had seen a scissortail flycatcher along 
U.S. 75 about 40 miles south of the Nebraska border, so I thought I would see 
if scissortails had returned to southern Gage CO near Odell where they were 
last year. I did not see any scissortails along Highway 8. I then meandered 
through southeast Jefferson County looking for migrating waterfowl at private 
lakes along back roads. I stopped at 8 different spots and found very few 
birds. Several lakes were completely dried up. I would not even report my 
Jefferson County sightings except that I did find a great egret on a private 
lake 6 miles north and 2 miles east of Fairbury. 





Joe Gubanyi
Concordia University
800 North Columbia
Seward, NE 68434
(402) 643-7316
Joseph.Gubanyi AT cune.edu
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Subject: Re: Re: Female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Creek
From: "Don & Janis Paseka" <paseka76 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:43:55 -0500
Just to clear up confusion, the hooded warbler is at Walnut Grove and not
Walnut Creek, right?

By the way, there were lots of Swainson's hawks on the move yesterday. They
were hunting whatever little creatures I stirred up out in the field.
Biggest group was about 25 birds.

Don Paseka
Ames NE
Subject: Re: Re: Female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Creek
From: "Phil Swanson" <pswanson19 AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:04:56 -0500
I have gotten some nice feedback on the Hooded Warbler, but just to set the 
record straight, it was Rick Schmid who discovered and identified the bird. He 
just happened to use my phone to send out the first message. 


Phil Swanson
Papillion

From: Robert Wells 
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 9:10 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: Female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Creek

  
Got out to the park on Saturday late afternoon and had good views for about a 
half an hour. What fun. The bird was right where Phil described. The advice 
about if you don't see her, sit quietly and she'll pop out of the thicket and 
forage unperturbed was spot on also. Walnut Creek never ceases to amaze me. The 
warbler was right in the middle of a densely populated children's playground, 
several fishermen on the concrete spillway and a large family gathering on the 
east side. A true testament to the habitat being just right. 


Bob Wells
84th and Pacific
Subject: Re: Female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Creek
From: Robert Wells <rcwells AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:10:47 -0500
Got out to the park on Saturday late afternoon and had good views for about a 
half an hour. What fun. The bird was right where Phil described. The advice 
about if you don't see her, sit quietly and she'll pop out of the thicket and 
forage unperturbed was spot on also. Walnut Creek never ceases to amaze me. The 
warbler was right in the middle of a densely populated children's playground, 
several fishermen on the concrete spillway and a large family gathering on the 
east side. A true testament to the habitat being just right. 


Bob Wells
84th and Pacific

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Subject: Re: Walnut Creek Lake 20 April, 2014
From: Garrett Day <gday3600 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:56:48 -0500
I also forgot to mention a Brown Thrasher was seen and heard. 

From Garrett's iPhone. 
Midtown Omaha

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Subject: Re: Bird ID please
From: "Eric Patdu" <ericpatdu AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:48:08 -0500
Hi Kathy,

Thanks for the ID. What throws me off on the bird ID is the white eyebrow on 
the bird. Is this common for Eastern Phoebe? 


I’ve got several shots of this bird and all have this “eyebrow”.


Thanks and best regards,
Eric Patdu
Millard, Omaha, NE




From: Kathy DeLara 
Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 9:42 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Bird ID please

  
ï»ż 

Eric, you bird is an Eastern Phoebe. 


Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Eric Patdu 
  To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 6:47 PM
  Subject: [NEBirds] Bird ID please

    
  Hi everyone,

 Did a little birding today at Mahoney State Park and took a photo of a bird I 
can’t ID. Sorry, I’m only familiar with backyards birds so any help on the 
ID is appreciated. 


  I posted the photo of the bird for ID under the album in my name.

 By the way, went yesterday afternoon at Walnut Grove Park hoping to see the 
female Hooded Warbler but not fortunate enough to see it (I saw a male once in 
Ohio and it is very beautiful!). I was looking for it by the concrete spillway 
(near the playground). 


 Anyway, might drop by again tomorrow after work and check if it is still 
there. 


  Regards,
  Eric Patdu
  Millard, NE

  [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


Subject: Re: Bird ID please
From: "Kathy DeLara" <renosmom AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:42:22 -0600
Eric, you bird is an Eastern Phoebe. 


Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE

 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Eric Patdu 
  To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2014 6:47 PM
  Subject: [NEBirds] Bird ID please


    
  Hi everyone,

 Did a little birding today at Mahoney State Park and took a photo of a bird I 
can’t ID. Sorry, I’m only familiar with backyards birds so any help on the 
ID is appreciated. 


  I posted the photo of the bird for ID under the album in my name.

 By the way, went yesterday afternoon at Walnut Grove Park hoping to see the 
female Hooded Warbler but not fortunate enough to see it (I saw a male once in 
Ohio and it is very beautiful!). I was looking for it by the concrete spillway 
(near the playground). 


 Anyway, might drop by again tomorrow after work and check if it is still 
there. 


  Regards,
  Eric Patdu
  Millard, NE

  [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



  
Subject: Re: Fremont Ne.
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:28:04 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Debbie.
 
  I do believe that your reported "Laughing Gulls" are actually Franklin's 
Gulls.  These birds migrate through Nebraska in large numbers on their way 
to the prairie pothole breeding grounds further north in the northern U.S. and 
Canada.  Laughing Gulls are on the review list and thus quite uncommon.  They 
are larger with a heavier structure, thicker bill. and much longer 
wingspan.  When this coastal gull is reported it is usually a bit later.  
Usually these birds are observed in August and September after their breeding 
along the Gulf Coast is complete.  This is known as post-breeding dispersal 
and they share this "reverse migration phenomenon" with other species such as 
herons.  

 
Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
 
 
On Sunday, April 20, 2014 8:56 PM, "leeann2971 AT msn.com"  
wrote: 

  
  
This weekend at the Fremont State Lakes , we saw a Kingfisher, House wren, 
Brown Thrasher, Tree swallows, Laughing Gulls,(numerous on Sat.)  Pelicans,12, 
and a Great Egret.and numerous Cormorants,all F.O.Y.         Debbie 
DeButts, Fremont Ne. 

 
Subject: Glossy IBIS at Jack Sinn East
From: <garoberts AT qwest.net>
Date: 20 Apr 2014 18:55:47 -0700
Greetings All:
 This morning I decided to venture to Jack Sinn WMA at the east end. While 
scoping the NE pond a very large group of WFIB flew in and found one Glossy 
IBIS in the group. An adult bird seen from only 100' away. Below is a list of 
the birds seen this morning. The IBIS were in the NW corner of the pond until a 
farm tractor pulling some plowing equipment came roaring down the road and 
everything on Cty Rd. 14 and down Ashland Rd took off for different parts of 
the pond or went to the west pond. 

 

 

 Jack Sinn SWMA, Saunders Cty., Saunders, US-NE Apr 20, 2014 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

 

 Protocol: Traveling
 

 1.0 mile(s)
 

 48 species
 

  
 

 Canada Goose  2
 

 Gadwall  6
 

 Mallard  4
 

 Blue-winged Teal  75
 

 Northern Shoveler  14
 

 Green-winged Teal  40
 

 Ruddy Duck  10
 

 Northern Bobwhite  2
 

 Ring-necked Pheasant  3
 

 Pied-billed Grebe  4
 

 Double-crested Cormorant  4
 

 Glossy Ibis 1 This Ibis was found among a large group of White Faced Ibis that 
flew into the marsh pond while I was scoping the pond. In the process of 
counting the Ibis I took notice of one bird that was noticeably different in 
color hues. Upon viewing this bird as it stood with many WFIB the bird appeared 
to be a Glib. The WFIB legs are brighter and lighter in their red, while the 
GLIB legs are darker and duller red. The upper body of the bird was the same 
darker, duller hue of red than the brighter lighter hue of red. The GLIB was 
noticeably darker hued than any of the WFIB. The WFIB bill was a soft gray 
while GLIB was light brownish color. The GLIB also showed a dark eye with soft 
blue narrow lines around the face with a dusky face. Was seen clearly from 
about 100' with the sun over my right shoulder. These birds were in the NE pond 
at the east end of Jack Sinn. 

 

 White-faced Ibis  48     This count was accurate and done twice to be sure...
 

 Turkey Vulture  2
 

 Northern Harrier  1
 

 Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
 

 Bald Eagle  1
 

 Broad-winged Hawk  1
 

 American Coot  4
 

 Killdeer  5
 

 Greater Yellowlegs  2
 

 Lesser Yellowlegs  4
 

 Baird's Sandpiper  14
 

 Least Sandpiper  3
 

 Wilson's Phalarope  18
 

 Ring-billed Gull  1
 

 Forster's Tern  4
 

 Mourning Dove  5
 

 American Kestrel  1
 

 Eastern Phoebe  1
 

 Blue Jay  1
 

 American Crow  6
 

 Tree Swallow  4
 

 Marsh Wren  1
 

 American Robin  18
 

 European Starling  8
 

 Eastern Towhee  1
 

 Chipping Sparrow  3
 

 Savannah Sparrow  8
 

 Red-winged Blackbird  300
 

 Eastern Meadowlark  2
 

 Western Meadowlark  2
 

 Yellow-headed Blackbird  18
 

 Brewer's Blackbird  1
 

 Common Grackle  12
 

 Great-tailed Grackle  4
 

 Brown-headed Cowbird  6
 

 House Sparrow  6
 

  
 

 View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17986392 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17986392 

 Gary Roberts
 Dodge County
  
 

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

 

Subject: Fremont Ne.
From: <leeann2971 AT msn.com>
Date: 20 Apr 2014 18:53:21 -0700
This weekend at the Fremont State Lakes , we saw a Kingfisher, House wren, 
Brown Thrasher, Tree swallows, Laughing Gulls,(numerous on Sat.) Pelicans,12, 
and a Great Egret.and numerous Cormorants,all F.O.Y. Debbie DeButts, Fremont 
Ne. 
Subject: Fontenelle Forest
From: "Neal Ratzlaff" <nratzlaff AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:21:06 -0500
Spent a short time at Fontenelle Forest this afternoon.

 

Heard FOY House Wren - a single bird on the flood plain and another in the
neighborhood near the forest.

Heard what we thought was the Yellow-throated Warbler - it was high in a
sycamore and back lit so views of it were considerably less than diagnostic.

Yellow-rumped Warblers and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were FOY birds for Deb and
I.

 

Great spring woodland wildflower viewing on Hackberry and Linden Trails, by
the way.

 

Neal and Deb Ratzlaff
Subject: Dodge county Short eared owl
From: Jerry Mulliken <jmulliken AT microlnk.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:56:21 -0500
I stirred up a short eared owl in some upland corn stalks  5 miles north of
Fremont while working a field, two days ago, April 16.  It was resting on
the ground.

Jerry Mulliken
Subject: Good day in Custer Co
From: "Lanny and Robin" <snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:51:43 -0700




Subject: Bird ID please
From: "Eric Patdu" <ericpatdu AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:47:59 -0500
Hi everyone,

Did a little birding today at Mahoney State Park and took a photo of a bird I 
can’t ID. Sorry, I’m only familiar with backyards birds so any help on the 
ID is appreciated. 


I posted the photo of the bird for ID under the album in my name.

By the way, went yesterday afternoon at Walnut Grove Park hoping to see the 
female Hooded Warbler but not fortunate enough to see it (I saw a male once in 
Ohio and it is very beautiful!). I was looking for it by the concrete spillway 
(near the playground). 


Anyway, might drop by again tomorrow after work and check if it is still there.




Regards,
Eric Patdu
Millard, NE

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Subject: Re: email address for John Sullivan? (no sightings)
From: janetgreer AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:52:09 -0400 (EDT)
Sorry to respond so late to this but Tanya Bray, a former Omaha birder who  
also moved to the Pacific Northwest has John's email.  Do you want me to  
contact her?  Janet Greer, Council Bluffs
 
 
In a message dated 4/15/2014 10:28:37 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
SCHMID_R AT msn.com writes:

 
 
 
Does anyone have a current email address for John Sullivan (former NE  
birder who moved to the Pacific Northwest)?  If so, please email me  at:  
schmid_r AT msn.com or email John and ask him to email me. There is a researcher 
on 

the east coast who wants to contact him regarding some  insect photos he 
took when he lived here.  Thanks, Rick

Subject: Walnut Creek Lake 20 April, 2014
From: garrett Day <gday3600 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:02:26 -0700 (PDT)
 This Morning I walked around at Walnut Creek Lake for a couple hours. As a 
highlight, I found a pair of Horned Grebes, two Wilson Snipes, and a single 
Great Blue Heron. List as follows. 


Song Sparrow 15
Eastern Meadow Lark 3 and Western 2 (heard both calls)
Swamp Sparrow 3
Blue Winged Teal 22
Northern Shoveler 14
Horned Grebe 2
Pied Billed Grebe 2
American Kestrel 2 (Male and Female)
Great Blue Heron 1
American Coot 34
Wilson's Snipe 2
Plenty of Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Starlings, and House 
Sparrows. I didn't observe any Great-tailed Grackles but I wasn't really 
looking too hard. 


Liz and I also went to Base Lake yesterday and FINALLY found our Yellow-headed 
Blackbird. There was two seen in a giant flock of Red-winged Blackbirds. We 
also saw two non-breeding Common Loons and a few Song Sparrows. The water was 
completely empty except for the loons and a pair of Belted Kingfishers. We had 
a flock of 12 or so Double Crested Cormorants fly over. 


Thanks!

Garrett Day
Mid-town Omaha
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Schilling WMA, Apr 20, 2014
From: <ckavian AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:44:08 -0500
Stopped at Schilling for a short time today and got 2 FOY birds.  House Wren 
and Lark Sparrow.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: eBird Report - Schilling WMA, Apr 20, 2014

Schilling WMA, Cass, US-NE
Apr 20, 2014 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
42 species

Canada Goose  4
Blue-winged Teal  34
Wild Turkey  3
Double-crested Cormorant  2
American White Pelican  45
Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  6
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  5     4 imm. 1 adult on a nest
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  6
Franklin's Gull  250
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  12
Barred Owl  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  1     FOY
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  35
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  45
Lark Sparrow  4     FOY
Savannah Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  5
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
Harris's Sparrow  8
White-crowned Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  5

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17979851

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Subject: Hooded Warbler- Walnut Grove Park (Omaha)- Yes- 4/20
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:56:19 -0700 (PDT)
  Late this morning I went out to attempt to relocate the female HOODED WARBLER 
discovered by Phil Swanson yesterday.  At first, I waited and then walked the 
creek.  Here I came across many of the species observed yesterday.  While there 
I ran into Andrew Furman who had just spotted the bird.  We then walked back to 
the location and about three minutes later the female HOODED WARBLER (FOY) made 
an appearance.  All field marks for HOODED were noted as well (ie: white outer 
retricies, dark olive mantle, darker auriculars, etc.).  Ironically when the 
bird was perched at rest,  the immediate background was....an Eastern 
Cottontail. 

 
  Thanks again to Phil Swanson for finding this bird.
 
  I then stopped by Phantom Lake (144th and F) on my way back.  The lake had a 
fair assortment of dabbling and diving ducks.  I did notice five (5) 
GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES consisting of a male and his "harem" of four females 
along F Street. 

 
Mercer Woods-  
 
  As many of you in the immediate Omaha area may have heard, the Mercer Mansion 
experienced a fire yesteday afternoon.  Luckily the structure and all residents 
are fine.  It was caught before it had the chance to spread, and some damage 
was done to a single apartment.  I do appreciate the calls from concerned 
birders who wanted to know if everything was okay. 

 
Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Re: Hooded warbler at walnut grove
From: James Kovanda <kovanda4 AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:27:13 -0500
Phil,

Thanks for letting us see what we saw.  Great photos.

Sandy & Jim 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 19, 2014, at 10:45 AM, Phil Swanson  wrote:
> 
> Female just north of pond by concrete spillway (Douglas co, Omaha, 150th & Q)
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
Subject: Re: Lake North/Babcock
From: "Walker, TJ" <thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:26:40 +0000
Forgot - 2 Forster's Terns also on Lake Babcock standing on opposite ends of a 
small 1 foot long 2 inch thick floating stick - wondered if one flew off if the 
other would end up in the water..... 


T. J. Walker


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


"Walker, TJ"  wrote:



Took two trips around Lake North this morning and a drive through the 
campground on the north side of Lake Babcock. Highlights: 


Common Loon - 1 in non-breeding plumage on Lake North
Eared Grebe - good numbers and moving into full breeding plumage
American Avocet - 8 on Lake Babcock at "the point" viewable from "the curve"
Semipalmated Plover - 1 far NW corner of Lake North
Baird's (13), Semipalmated (1) and Spotted (1) Sandpipers along the wall.
Franklin's (5,000 plus), Bonaparte's (maybe 10), Ring-billed (75) and I think 
an immature Thayer's (deep pink legs, tail and wing pattern matched Sibley's - 
has a broken leg and doesn't seem to want to leave the west wall of Lake 
North). 

Eastern Towhee - 1 singing male in campground area N side Lake Babcock by and 
in the two "yellow-bud bushes" (you will know them when you see them) 


And one Easter cottontail....whoops...Eastern Cottontail.....Happy Easter 
everyone. 


T. J. Walker (currently in Columbus)


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

Subject: Lake North/Babcock
From: "Walker, TJ" <thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:23:28 +0000
Took two trips around Lake North this morning and a drive through the 
campground on the north side of Lake Babcock. Highlights: 


Common Loon - 1 in non-breeding plumage on Lake North
Eared Grebe - good numbers and moving into full breeding plumage
American Avocet - 8 on Lake Babcock at "the point" viewable from "the curve"
Semipalmated Plover - 1 far NW corner of Lake North
Baird's (13), Semipalmated (1) and Spotted (1) Sandpipers along the wall.
Franklin's (5,000 plus), Bonaparte's (maybe 10), Ring-billed (75) and I think 
an immature Thayer's (deep pink legs, tail and wing pattern matched Sibley's - 
has a broken leg and doesn't seem to want to leave the west wall of Lake 
North). 

Eastern Towhee - 1 singing male in campground area N side Lake Babcock by and 
in the two "yellow-bud bushes" (you will know them when you see them) 


And one Easter cottontail....whoops...Eastern Cottontail.....Happy Easter 
everyone. 


T. J. Walker (currently in Columbus)


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
Subject: Re: Fw: news
From: Allen <allenreyer AT aol.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:01:44 -1000
Looks like I may have been hacked. Do no open

Allen

Sent from my iPad

> On Apr 19, 2014, at 8:28 PM, allenreyer AT aol.com  wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> Hi!     
> News: http://watchrus.ru/hxoq/info.php   
>           
> allenreyer AT aol.com      
>    
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Fw: news
From: allenreyer AT aol.com <allenreyer@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2014 06:28:48 +0000
Hi!      
News: http://watchrus.ru/hxoq/info.php    
           
allenreyer AT aol.com       
    
Subject: Upland Sandpiper
From: Jeanine Lackey <jeanine.dinan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:21:39 -0500
Observed and heard a FOY Upland Sandpiper this evening in rural Cass County. It 
was hanging out in a soybean stubble field. 


Jeanine Lackey
Of Bellevue, Sarpy Co

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Subject: Re: sorry - forgot to sing
From: Marsha Nyffeler <marshanyffeler AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:57:50 -0500
yeah - tired and wanting to remove ticks leads to bad spelling


On Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 6:57 PM, Paul Roisen  wrote:

>
>
> I still did not hear you SING
 [image: *:) happy]
>
> God Bless,
>
>
> Paul O. Roisen
> Sioux City, IA
> 712-301-2817
>   On Saturday, April 19, 2014 6:56 PM, Marsha Nyffeler <
> marshanyffeler AT gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
>  sorry forgot to sing my post from Kearney -
> Marsha Nyffeler
> Columbus, NE
>
>
>    
>
Subject: Great Egret neaar Ogallala
From: "Bill Huntley" <birder AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:37:59 -0600
This morning (Saturday), while walking with my dog, I saw a Great Egret resting 
on a small pond just south of the South Platte Rier. It was near about a dozen 
D.C Cormorants, also on the shore except for a bird in the shallows. As I 
started walking on something seemed to disturb the cormorants and they took to 
the water and then flew. The egret left also. A G.B. Heron must have been 
nearby for one flew from that general direction Bimy way at tree topp height, 
veered off and continued on. 


Bill Huntley

Ogallala (Keith Co)



Ogall
Subject: NEW EMAIL
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:20:30 -0700 (PDT)
Due to Yahoo permanently messing up my ability to post to groups I need to 
change my email address.  Yahoo will be completely dropped in thirty days. 
 Hopefully this will not inconvenience most of you. 


NEW EMAIL--
  roisenp1950 AT gmail.com
 
God Bless,


Paul O. Roisen
Sioux City, IA 
712-301-2817
Subject: NEW EMAIL
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:20:30 -0700 (PDT)
Due to Yahoo permanently messing up my ability to post to groups I need to 
change my email address.  Yahoo will be completely dropped in thirty days. 
 Hopefully this will not inconvenience most of you. 


NEW EMAIL--
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God Bless,


Paul O. Roisen
Sioux City, IA 
712-301-2817
Subject: Re: sorry - forgot to sing
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:57:56 -0700 (PDT)
I still did not hear you SING
 
 
God Bless,


Paul O. Roisen
Sioux City, IA 
712-301-2817
On Saturday, April 19, 2014 6:56 PM, Marsha Nyffeler  
wrote: 

 
  
>sorry forgot to sing my post from Kearney -
>Marsha Nyffeler
>Columbus, NE
>
>
>
>
Subject: sorry - forgot to sing
From: Marsha Nyffeler <marshanyffeler AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:56:16 -0500
sorry forgot to sing my post from Kearney -
Marsha Nyffeler
Columbus, NE
Subject: Townsend's Solitaire and more
From: Marsha Nyffeler <marshanyffeler AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:47:30 -0500
Birded Buffalo Co - around Kearney NE, on Saturday April 19
3 Townsend's Solitaire - great views
3 Blue-grey Gnatcatchers
1 Yellow- rump Warbler
2 Osprey
other birds...but these were the best
a few Sandhill Cranes still around
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Grove Park
From: "Phil Swanson" <pswanson19 AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:54:01 -0500
I just posted to NEBirds four photos of the Hooded Warbler that Rick mentions 
below. Two of the photos show white in the tail. 


Phil Swanson
Papillion

From: SCHMID_R AT msn.com 
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:44 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [SPAM][NEBirds] female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Grove Park

  

Here is more detail on the female (probable 2nd year bird) Hooded Warbler at 
Walnut Grove Park (Douglas Co, Omaha, 150th & Q Streets). I was birding there 
this morning and not finding a whole lot. As I was walking back to my car to 
leave, I saw a bright yellow bird in the shrubs by the stream below the 
concrete spillway just north of the pond. I watched it for about 20 minutes and 
couldn't figure out what it was. I called the Ratzlaffs and Phil Swanson to 
help me out. After they arrived, we determined that it was a female Hooded 
Warbler based on: 




- underparts all bright lemon yellow, including undertail coverts

- longish (for a warbler), dark, slightly downcurved bill

- upperparts all brownish-olive, including crown

- yellow face/auricular 

- black eye with no eyering, eyeline or supercilium



The clincher was that the bird occasionally fanned its tail, and there was a 
noticeable white spot on the outer rectrix. Once we knew what it was, I used 
Phil's phone to post the bird (hence the previous post from Phil). Phil was 
able to get several nice photos, which I'm sure he will post. 




We ruled out Orange-crowned Warbler and Common Yellowthroat based on the amount 
of yellow on the underparts, especially belly. We ruled out Wilson's based on 
the size/shape of the bill and size of the bird itself. We ruled out Yellow 
Warbler based on the color and behavior of the bird. Again, the white in the 
tail makes things pretty definitive. 




If you go to look for the bird, I recommend sitting patiently in the grass on 
the east side of the creek about 35 feet north of the concrete spillway. When 
people (or dogs) approach, the bird hides in the underbrush near the spillway, 
but once things calm down, she forages actively in the creek, fallen logs, 
underbrush and grass and is quite easy to observe. 




Other birds at Walnut Grove today:

- Tree Swallow

- Orange-crowned Warbler

- Swamp, Song, Field and Chipping Sparrows

- plus all the expected residents



Good luck and good birding and sorry for the long post.  Rick Schmid


Subject: Re: female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Grove Park
From: <ckavian AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:53:30 -0500
I stopped by Walnut Grove at 1:30 after Rick had called me. Found the female 
Hooded Warbler and got a decent photo of it. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE 

From: SCHMID_R AT msn.com 
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:44 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Grove Park

  

Here is more detail on the female (probable 2nd year bird) Hooded Warbler at 
Walnut Grove Park (Douglas Co, Omaha, 150th & Q Streets). I was birding there 
this morning and not finding a whole lot. As I was walking back to my car to 
leave, I saw a bright yellow bird in the shrubs by the stream below the 
concrete spillway just north of the pond. I watched it for about 20 minutes and 
couldn't figure out what it was. I called the Ratzlaffs and Phil Swanson to 
help me out. After they arrived, we determined that it was a female Hooded 
Warbler based on: 




- underparts all bright lemon yellow, including undertail coverts

- longish (for a warbler), dark, slightly downcurved bill

- upperparts all brownish-olive, including crown

- yellow face/auricular 

- black eye with no eyering, eyeline or supercilium



The clincher was that the bird occasionally fanned its tail, and there was a 
noticeable white spot on the outer rectrix. Once we knew what it was, I used 
Phil's phone to post the bird (hence the previous post from Phil). Phil was 
able to get several nice photos, which I'm sure he will post. 




We ruled out Orange-crowned Warbler and Common Yellowthroat based on the amount 
of yellow on the underparts, especially belly. We ruled out Wilson's based on 
the size/shape of the bill and size of the bird itself. We ruled out Yellow 
Warbler based on the color and behavior of the bird. Again, the white in the 
tail makes things pretty definitive. 




If you go to look for the bird, I recommend sitting patiently in the grass on 
the east side of the creek about 35 feet north of the concrete spillway. When 
people (or dogs) approach, the bird hides in the underbrush near the spillway, 
but once things calm down, she forages actively in the creek, fallen logs, 
underbrush and grass and is quite easy to observe. 




Other birds at Walnut Grove today:

- Tree Swallow

- Orange-crowned Warbler

- Swamp, Song, Field and Chipping Sparrows

- plus all the expected residents



Good luck and good birding and sorry for the long post.  Rick Schmid


Subject: female Hooded Warbler at Walnut Grove Park
From: <SCHMID_R AT msn.com>
Date: 19 Apr 2014 10:44:23 -0700
Here is more detail on the female (probable 2nd year bird) Hooded Warbler at 
Walnut Grove Park (Douglas Co, Omaha, 150th & Q Streets). I was birding there 
this morning and not finding a whole lot. As I was walking back to my car to 
leave, I saw a bright yellow bird in the shrubs by the stream below the 
concrete spillway just north of the pond. I watched it for about 20 minutes and 
couldn't figure out what it was. I called the Ratzlaffs and Phil Swanson to 
help me out. After they arrived, we determined that it was a female Hooded 
Warbler based on: 

  
 - underparts all bright lemon yellow, including undertail coverts
 - longish (for a warbler), dark, slightly downcurved bill
 - upperparts all brownish-olive, including crown
 - yellow face/auricular 
 - black eye with no eyering, eyeline or supercilium
  
 The clincher was that the bird occasionally fanned its tail, and there was a 
noticeable white spot on the outer rectrix. Once we knew what it was, I used 
Phil's phone to post the bird (hence the previous post from Phil). Phil was 
able to get several nice photos, which I'm sure he will post. 

  
 We ruled out Orange-crowned Warbler and Common Yellowthroat based on the 
amount of yellow on the underparts, especially belly. We ruled out Wilson's 
based on the size/shape of the bill and size of the bird itself. We ruled out 
Yellow Warbler based on the color and behavior of the bird. Again, the white in 
the tail makes things pretty definitive. 

  
 If you go to look for the bird, I recommend sitting patiently in the grass on 
the east side of the creek about 35 feet north of the concrete spillway. When 
people (or dogs) approach, the bird hides in the underbrush near the spillway, 
but once things calm down, she forages actively in the creek, fallen logs, 
underbrush and grass and is quite easy to observe. 

  
 Other birds at Walnut Grove today:
 - Tree Swallow
 - Orange-crowned Warbler
 - Swamp, Song, Field and Chipping Sparrows
 - plus all the expected residents
  
 Good luck and good birding and sorry for the long post.  Rick Schmid
  
Subject: Hooded warbler at walnut grove
From: Phil Swanson <pswanson19 AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:45:33 -0500
Female just north of pond by concrete spillway (Douglas co, Omaha, 150th & Q)

Sent from my iPhone


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Subject: Cranes
From: Michael Willison <sendtomichael AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:37:28 -0700
I'm heading west from Lincoln to look for Whooping and Common Crane first thing 
in the morning. I know I may be late as I haven't seen any positive reports in 
almost a week. However, if anyone has any more recent sighting details or 
reports that they are willing to share, I'd be appreciative of any tips that 
come my way. 




I'll check my email periodically throughout the day tomorrow. Thanks!



Michael Willison

Lincoln

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Subject: Niobrara area
From: "Mark A. Brogie" <mbrogie AT esu1.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:57 -0500
Spent about 3 hours this morning to and from (and near) Niobrara - Knox Co.
Had around 70 species:

Highlights:
Waterfowl  16 species
Sharp-tailed Grouse 7 birds at lek in Niobrara State Park
 Horned Grebe 2 (FOY)
American Avocet 20 birds Ferry Landing WMA, east of Niobrara (FOY)
Hudsonian Godwit 5 (FOY)
Swainson's Hawk pair in same shelterbelt as last year

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Subject: Another Semi-eclipse Fontenelle Report- 4/18
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:03:31 -0700 (PDT)
  I'm sure we are all getting tired of the listings from Fontenelle, so here is 
another one (!)  Today I went out birding with Eduardo M.  from Omaha.  
Fontenelle was quite "birdy" and we ended up with around 50 species for the 
location.  However, no raptors were observed.  A few highlights from the 
lowlands/ wetlands (and Mormon Hollow) included... 

 
-2 Pileated Woodpecker ( One observed on Missouri Trail.  A life bird for 
Eduardo that he had wanted to see for 30 years). 

-1 Brown Creeper (singing male)
-4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
-1 Hermit Thrush (FOY) (Stream Trail)
-2 Brown Thrasher
-3 Yellow-throated Warbler (FOY) (One bird observed on Stream Trail, one heard 
further down, and another heard on Missouri Trail). 

-2 Louisiana Waterthrush (FOY) (Just like everyone else).
-6 Eastern Towhee
-1 Swamp Sparrow
-2 Lincoln's Sparrow (FOY)
 
  I would like to add to Clem's F.F. lepidoptera list a Varigated Fritillary.
 
We also stopped by Base Lake.  It seems most of the birds observed yesterday by 
Clem had departed.  However, we did spot a basic plumaged COMMON LOON and 
several HORNED GREBES.  The swallows mentioned yesterday were completely 
absent. 

  Our next stop was Retriever (Gun Club) Marsh in which several shorebirds were 
present including single LEAST (FOY)., and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.  A pair of 
WILSON'S SNIPE were also observed in "probing mode." 

 
4/17--
Last night before meeting Clem and the Ratslaff's at the Woodcock location I 
stopped by Bennington Lake.  Amidst the thousands of FRANKLIN'S GULLS and 
smattering of R-B GULLS. I spotted a pair of SNOWY EGRETS (FOY) resting on the 
opposite wall with the gulls.  Later that evening, the closest AM. WOODCOCK 
once again put on a great display. 

 
4/16-  
  At least three (3) YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were observed on Mercer Woods 
property.  I was told a pair of GREAT HORNED OWLS have taken up residence near 
the property as well. 

 
Good birding.
 
Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Font. For., & vicintiy
From: "Elliott Bedows" <ebedows AT cox.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:19:28 -0500
Hi all, 

 

When Clem said the ‘floodplain, I’m not sure if he included Mormon Hollow. 
If not, then a third Fontenelle Lo. Waterthrush [FOY] was seen by yours truly 
this AM. Minus the Creeper, Hermit Thrushes and BW’d Hk, but plus Winter Wren 
[2], Brn. Thrasher [2- FOY], and Belted Kingfisher [1 –FOY], our lists look 
very similar. 


 

This afternoons’ list at the Base Lk. & vicinity looked very similar to the 
one posted by the Paddleford’s yesterday, except I did not see the Godwit – 
again [L!!] or Savannah Sp.’s along Cunningham Rd., but did see Solitary S.P. 
[FOY] and Semipalmated S.P. [FOY] at Retriever Marsh and Com. Loon [2 – both 
in basic plumage] at Base Lk. I recorded a total of 8 FOY’s today (all the 
above plus the YT’d-Warbler and BG Gnatcatcher [FF], and Yellow-hd’d 
Blackbird [Base Lk]). 


 

Elliott Bedows, 

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.

 

 

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
ckavian AT cox.net 

Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 4:51 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Font. For.

 

  

Spent about an hour and a half today on the flood plain at Fontenelle Forest. 
Highlights were: 


 

- 2 Yellow-throated Warblers (one on Missouri Trail next to the river and one 
on Cottonwood Trail) 


- 2 Louisiana Waterthrushes

- 2 Pileated Woodpeckers (one male and one female)

- 1 Brown Creeper

- 1 Broad-wimged Hawk (being chased by a nesting Cooper’s Hawk)

- 2 E. Towhees

- 1 Barred Owl (gave me great close-up looks)

- 2 Hermit Thrushes

- 2 Swamp Sparrows

- 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers

 

- 2 gigantic Snapping Turtles

 

- numerous Comma Butterflies

- numerous Sulphur Butterflies

- 2 Cabbage White Butterflies

- 2 Mourning  Cloak Butterflies

- 5 Red Admiral Butterflies

- Variety of Dragonflies

 

Clem Klaphake

Bellevue, NE

 


Subject: Font. For.
From: <ckavian AT cox.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:51:12 -0500
Spent about an hour and a half today on the flood plain at Fontenelle Forest. 
Highlights were: 


- 2 Yellow-throated Warblers (one on Missouri Trail next to the river and one 
on Cottonwood Trail) 

- 2 Louisiana Waterthrushes
- 2 Pileated Woodpeckers (one male and one female)
- 1 Brown Creeper
- 1 Broad-wimged Hawk (being chased by a nesting Cooper’s Hawk)
- 2 E. Towhees
- 1 Barred Owl (gave me great close-up looks)
- 2 Hermit Thrushes
- 2 Swamp Sparrows
- 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers

- 2 gigantic Snapping Turtles

- numerous Comma Butterflies
- numerous Sulphur Butterflies
- 2 Cabbage White Butterflies
- 2 Mourning  Cloak Butterflies
- 5 Red Admiral Butterflies
- Variety of Dragonflies

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
Subject: Spring Meeting NOU/IOU
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:28:24 -0700 (PDT)
Greeting from NW Iowa!

Registration for the IOU/NOU Spring Meeting is in full swing.  45 registered so 
far--22 from Nebraska, 20 from Iowa, 1 from Arkansas, 1 from South Dakota, 1 
from Washington, and our speaker is from North Dakota.  6 states represented so 
far. 


FIELD TRIPS
The Nebraska side is incredibly tantalizing with the star attraction being 
Fontenelle Forest with its 16.2  miles of trails.  Add the rest of the 
locations in Cass, Sarpy, Douglas, and Washington counties and we have a "can't 
miss" opportunity.  And that is just the Nebraska side.   


As for the Iowa side of the river, anyone familiar with Mills, Pottawattamie, 
Harrison, and Fremont counties already knows that participants are in for a 
treat if they choose any one of those field trips. 



Every field trip leader is an exceptional well-know birder and very familiar 
with the area they will be helping you explore.  These include such notables as 
Ross Silcock, Loren and Babs Padelford, Clem Klamkake, Jerry Toll, Keith Dyche, 
Justin Rink, Rick Schmid, Al Reyerm and I am sure I left several someones out! 
 Sorry. 


For some of you this is a long ways to come.  However, this is a rather 
historic meeting in the sense that this will be the first time the NOU has 
hosted the Iowa group.   We have many birders in common who bird both Nebraska 
and Iowa. 


Many of the NOU and IOU members regularly bird both states.  Steve Dinsmore is 
one of the top birders in Nebraska.  Keith Dyche and I joined the NOU last year 
for their fall meeting in western Nebraska.  What a treat it was both bird-wise 
and in the friends we made.   We look forward to meeting even more of you at 
the meeting.  New friends, new birding opportunities, WOW!  Sign up now.  


I have already challenged the Iowa birders try outnumber the NE attendees at 
the meeting.  It goes without saying that I fully expect NE birders to take up 
the friendly challenge as well and to do their best to stay ahead of IA 
registrants.   


Sign up now and prepare for a lot of fun.

Next Meeting

 
   Next Meeting  
View on www.iowabirds.org Preview by Yahoo  
 
Just a last minute thought:
If Rick Wright showed up it would add Arizona
If Kay Niyo showed up it would add Colorado
If Paul Skrade showed up it would add Illinois
If the Berriers showed up it would add Wisconson
If Jon Dunn showed up it would add California.
Etc. etc.

This could be an all USA adventure.


Paul Roisen--President
Iowa Ornithologists' Union
Subject: Re: Fw: eBird Report - Base Lake, Apr 17, 2014
From: Aaron Howe <alh68304 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:46:46 -0500
Cass co. NE. Pond at 238 and van dorn is full of pelicans and about 20 
cormorants. Mounts pond to the west. Private property but can drive down Van 
Dorn. 



Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 17, 2014, at 11:17 PM,  wrote:
>
> Decent number of birds for a small area and a little over an hour of birding
> mostly out of the car. Still a few duck species, Loons, Grebes, lots of DC
> Cormorants, and 3 species of Gulls.  Nice to see the A. Pipits and 3 new
> year Swallow species.
> Clem Klaphake
> Bellevue, NE
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org
> Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:11 PM
> To: ckavian AT cox.net
> Subject: eBird Report - Base Lake, Apr 17, 2014
>
> Base Lake, Sarpy, US-NE
> Apr 17, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 41 species
>
> Canada Goose 4
> Mallard 2
> Blue-winged Teal 24
> Northern Shoveler 8
> Ring-necked Duck 4
> Lesser Scaup 4
> Ruddy Duck 2
> Common Loon 2
> Pied-billed Grebe 2
> Horned Grebe 6
> Double-crested Cormorant 85
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> American Coot 25
> Killdeer 4
> Greater Yellowlegs 1
> Baird's Sandpiper 6
> Pectoral Sandpiper 2
> Bonaparte's Gull 2
> Franklin's Gull 110
> Ring-billed Gull 22
> Mourning Dove 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 1
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6
> Purple Martin 2
> Tree Swallow 35
> Cliff Swallow 3 Mixed in with a large flock of Tree Swallows, a few N.
> Rough-winged Swallows and a few Purple Martins. Clearly saw the buffy rump
> and the cream colored forehead.
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> American Robin 90
> European Starling 45
> American Pipit 2
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> Savannah Sparrow 4
> Northern Cardinal 4
> Red-winged Blackbird 70
> Yellow-headed Blackbird 2
> Common Grackle 35
> Brown-headed Cowbird 25
> American Goldfinch 4
> House Sparrow 4
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17939620
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
> 
>
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Base Lake, Apr 17, 2014
From: <ckavian AT cox.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:17:04 -0500
Decent number of birds for a small area and a little over an hour of birding 
mostly out of the car.  Still a few duck species, Loons, Grebes, lots of DC 
Cormorants, and 3 species of Gulls.  Nice to see the A. Pipits and 3 new 
year Swallow species.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

-----Original Message----- 
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Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 11:11 PM
To: ckavian AT cox.net
Subject: eBird Report - Base Lake, Apr 17, 2014

Base Lake, Sarpy, US-NE
Apr 17, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
41 species

Canada Goose  4
Mallard  2
Blue-winged Teal  24
Northern Shoveler  8
Ring-necked Duck  4
Lesser Scaup  4
Ruddy Duck  2
Common Loon  2
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Horned Grebe  6
Double-crested Cormorant  85
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  25
Killdeer  4
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Baird's Sandpiper  6
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Bonaparte's Gull  2
Franklin's Gull  110
Ring-billed Gull  22
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Purple Martin  2
Tree Swallow  35
Cliff Swallow  3     Mixed in with a large flock of Tree Swallows, a few N. 
Rough-winged Swallows and a few Purple Martins.  Clearly saw the buffy rump 
and the cream colored forehead.
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  90
European Starling  45
American Pipit  2
Chipping Sparrow  3
Savannah Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  70
Yellow-headed Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  35
Brown-headed Cowbird  25
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  4

View this checklist online at 
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Subject: Sarpy County Birds
From: Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd AT cox.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:53:11 -0500
This evening we saw 82 Franklin's Gulls at the Base Lake. Just south of the 
lake we saw a Yellow-headed Blackbird. 


On Cunningham Road we saw:

Brown Thrasher
Lincoln's Sparrow - 2
White-crowned Sparrow - 2
Harris's Sparrow - 14

At Retriever Marsh on Missouri River Road we saw:

Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler and Gadwall.
Great Blue Heron - 2
Killdeer - 4
Greater Yellowlegs - 6
Lesser Yellowlegs - 10+
Hudsonian Godwit - 1
Baird's Sandpiper - 25
Least Sandpiper - 1
Wilson's Snipe - 4


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Bellevue, NE
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Subject: White winged doves
From: Tony Ikuko Curtis <mapacurtis AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:17:26 -0500
This evening about 1730 hours, there were two White Winged Doves on and under 
my feeders on the 2000 West 10th. They acted like they were a pair. Also was a 
Mourning Dove near them. I have seen Cedar Waxwings 5 days in a row. 

Anton Curtis, Grand Island, Hall County, NE
Subject: Prairie Chicken
From: Tony Ikuko Curtis <mapacurtis AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:35:35 -0500
Saturday, April 12, 5 of us took 60th Rd north from Hwy 2 to 1R Rd and turned 
west and driving a little less than 1 mile and could see Prairie Chickens to 
the north just after sunrise. A scope was needed for good viewing and the color 
was good with the sun on the birds. But, we could not see any hens, just about 
8 males on the letch. 

A coyote wandered thru them, but we could not see that it made an attempt to 
catch one. Of course, all activity stopped for a while. Prairie Chickens were 
at the same location on March 23. 

This location is on private property, and all viewing must be from the gravel 
road. 

We heard other drumming, but could not locate any other PC. About 37 miles 
round trip from my home on West 10th Street in Grand Island to the area north 
west of GI. 


Birds we were able to ID from my home and back.
Bob White 1
Blue Jay 2
Cardinal male 1 There were many small birds in the brush we could not id. 

Cow Birds
Crow `
Downy wp 1
Eurasian Collared Dove
Morning Doves
Northern Flicker
Grackle
Great Tailed Grackle (Hwy 281-Webb Road area west side of GI)
Red Wing Blackbirds
Horned Lark
Kill Deer
Meadow Lark
Mallard
Prairie Chickens
Rooster Pheasant Crow
Robins
Lark Sparrow 
Red Tailed Hawk
Starlings Plus feeder birds in my yard not in above House Sparrow, House Finch, 
Gold Finch and a fly over of large noisy sea gulls. 

The many Juncos that have been around have not been seen since April 10.
Besides the White Winged Dove, Eurasian collared Doves and Mourning Doves, 
Cedar Wax Wings were on the property south of me eating crab apples, a Savannah 
Sparrow, and a male House Finch with yellow instead of red were in my yard 
today. 

Sorry this report is so late as for some reason, I was unable to post. Got help 
from my son-in-law this evening. 

Anton Curtis
 
Subject: Fontenelle Forest - Yellow-throated Warbler
From: Ruth Stearns <ruthstearns AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:17:47 -0700 (PDT)
I had great hopes today would end my YTWA drought in the state of Nebraska and 
we were in luck!  Found one singing and high up in the sycamores in the general 
area where John and Shari found it a few days back, north on Cottonwood trail 
about 1/4 mile from the parking lot, altho today I'll bet it wasn't quite that 
far up the trail.   We saw it about 9:30am, (Thanks to Jer Toll!)  and when I 
returned at 12:30pm, the lighting was better and he was providing a much better 
view.   He was singing both times.   


Another treat was a Winter Wren just into the trail from the parking lot, there 
both around 9:20 and 12:30, rummaging on the ground like a little mouse and 
being fairly cooperative as far as views were concerned.   


Other highlights (42 species total)...the Pileated called and could be seen 
flying up Stream Trail from our vantagepoint on Cottonwood.   Mike found a 
Barred Owl in a tree around the same area.  A Swamp Sparrow later in the 
morning along Stream Trail.  After lunch we went up to the Nature Center and 
walked down to Child's Hollow and back up around the boardwalk.   Lots of 
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, RC Kinglets, Titmice, and three quite obliging 
Broad-winged Hawks called overhead as they flew overhead, otherwise I might 
have missed them.   A very nice walk....cool til the sun came out, but the wind 
was down.      


eBird lists:   Wetlands - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17935650
                       Uplands 
- http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17935725 


Ruthie Stearns
Lincoln, NE  
Subject: RE: Yellow-throated Warbler
From: <aekurth AT cox.net>
Date: 17 Apr 2014 16:27:10 -0700
Sorry Elliott,  

I'll post more complete information. The Yellow-throated viisted my deck near a 
bird feeder in the Fontenelle Hills Subdivision of Bellevue Nebraska. 



Allen Kurth
Bellevue, Nebraska
Subject: Re: yellow-headed blackbird
From: Dave <Dastage AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:44:16 -0500
I agree with TJ-lots of YHBB migrating through now-I saw 3 flocks of mixed 
"blackbirds" today on about 30 miles of I-80 between Gretna & Lincoln-all 
included some YHBB's 

Dave Stage-Elkhorn

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 17, 2014, at 1:42 PM, "Walker, TJ"  wrote:

> Debra, I don’t know if anyone replied to your inquiry or not. Yellow-headed 
Blackbirds are definitely migrating through right now. You can find them almost 
anywhere large “blackbird” flocks will be for the next couple of weeks at 
least I would think. Wetlands with cattails and other emergent vegetation would 
be a good possibility. But definitely do not overlook flocks of blackbirds in 
crop fields, pastures, etc. I have looked through a dozen or more blackbird 
flocks in the North Platte area in the last few days and I think there was only 
one of those flocks that did NOT have Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and it was a 
flock of Brewer’s Blackbirds. 

> 
> T. J. Walker 
> Nebraska Game and Parks Commission 
> 301 E State Farm Road 
> North Platte, NE 69101 
> 
> Office Phone: 308-535-8025 
> Cell Phone: 308-530-7659 
> 
> From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Deb Hansen 

> Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:48 PM 
> To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
> Subject: [NEBirds] yellow-headed blackbird 
> 
> 
> I have a friend visiting from the east. He is looking for a yellow-headed 
blackbird to add to his life list. Last year some were seen at the northeast 
pond of Jack Sinn. Can anyone help with finding that area or locating that 
species. Thanks. 

> 
> Debra Hansen 
> 
> 
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> 
>