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14 Nov FW: Hitchcock Nature Center (12 Nov 2016) 33 Raptors ["Jerry Toll" ]
8 Nov FW: Hitchcock Nature Center (06 Nov 2016) 72 Raptors ["Jerry Toll" ]
3 Nov FW: Hitchcock Nature Center (02 Nov 2016) 122 Raptors ["Jerry Toll" ]
1 Nov Hitchcock HawkWatch Oct. wrap-up ["Elliott Bedows" ]
29 Oct Re: RE: [ia-bird] FW: Hitchcock Nature Center (25 Oct 2016) 67 Raptors [Paul Hertzel ]
2 Oct September wrap-up at the Hitchcock HawkWatch ["Elliott Bedows" ]
23 Sep Hitchcock HawkWatch - today's tally and yet another (impending) milestone ["Elliott Bedows" ]
21 Sep Swallowtail kite at Hitchcock today ["Jerry Toll" ]
1 May DeSoto NWR Spring bird count held April 30-results ["Jerry Toll" ]
4 Mar Lk Manawa Woodcocks ["Elliott Bedows" ]
4 Jan DeSoto CBC held saturday Jan 2 ["Jerry Toll" ]
28 Dec RE: [NEBirds] Snow Buntings East of DeSoto ["Jerry Toll" ]
22 Dec DeSoto CBC Refuge Sector ["Don & Janis Paseka" ]
19 Nov Fwd: Today's totals [Clem Klaphake ]
27 Oct Lake Manawa ["'Allen' via IA-BIRD" ]
24 Oct DeSoto CBC date ["Jerry Toll" ]
07 Mar Re: Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese ["coybin AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Kearney gooses ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
8 Mar Carter Lake (Douglas Co.)- 3/07 (Small Influx) ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Trumpeter swans ["Marsha Nyffeler marshanyffeler AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Fw: eBird Report - Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Mar 7, 2015 ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Re: Rainwater basin ["Marc Lund lundmd AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Re: Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese ["'Eric Patdu' ericpatdu AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Sherman Reservoir ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
07 Mar Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese ["coybin AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
6 Mar Sarpy County ["Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Mar Little owls ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
06 Mar Re: Central Platte this week ["lynnettegibson AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
06 Mar Re: Central Platte this week ["lynnettegibson AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
6 Mar Central Platte this week ["Andrew Furman ngpc.platteaccess AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
5 Mar GBBG and possible Slaty-backed still here ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
4 Mar Ruby-crowned kinglet ["David Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
3 Mar Re: Lake McConaughy gull photos ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
03 Mar Fontenelle Forest birds ["SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" ]
3 Mar Sutherland Brown Pelican ["Rick urbanfishbird AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
3 Mar Lake McConaughy gull photos ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
02 Mar Black Duck, Platte County ["scott_buss79 AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
2 Mar Jefferson County birds ["Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
2 Mar Signing Off On Posts (No Sightings) ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
02 Mar Re: Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
02 Mar Schramm Park ["aclarke AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
2 Mar Ogallala/McConaughy gulls -- Great Black-backed, Iceland, Glaucous, etc. ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
01 Mar Sherman Res Gulls--Trail 8 road ["heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Mar Sherman Lake ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Mar Greeley, Howard, Sherman trip ["'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" ]
1 Mar Fw: eBird Report - Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Mar 1, 2015 ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
1 Mar Re: Lancaster County Titmouse ["Susan Quinn susan-quinn44 AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Mar Re: Lancaster County Titmouse ["Rick urbanfishbird AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
28 Feb Lancaster County Titmouse ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
28 Feb Lake Ogallala gulls ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb RE: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS ["Henry Armknecht whatabirder AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb Re: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS ["Davidely AT comcast.net [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb RE: Prairie Chickens ~ March 14th weekend ["'Wheeler, Ben' ben.wheeler AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb FW: Songbird Prog. ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb Songbird Prog. ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb RE: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS ["'andrew.furman AT huskers.unl.edu' andrew.furman@huskers.unl.edu [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb RE: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb Re: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS ["pastorpaultdunbar AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS ["Matthew Van Den Broeke matthew.vandenbroeke AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb Photos ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
27 Feb Carter Lake (Douglas Co.) 2/26 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
26 Feb My computer has virus--don't open attachments from me ["heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Feb Prairie Chickens ~ March 14th weekend ["lundmd AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Feb Re: Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County ["'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Lincoln County 2/24/15 ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Fwd: Schramm SRA ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Fwd: Unable to deliver your message ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Fontenelle Forest ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Re: Harlan ["'Jerry Jacobs' jacobs310 AT hamilton.net [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Harlan ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb NOU Membership ["Mark Brogie mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb BOL on Feb. 23--iced over with tiny holes. ["larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb Birdwatching in the comics ["Barbara Straus barbstraus AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Feb RE: BOL gull "?" ["Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" ]
23 Feb BOL gull "?" ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]

Subject: FW: Hitchcock Nature Center (12 Nov 2016) 33 Raptors
From: "Jerry Toll" <geritol48 AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:08:20 -0600
Eagles are picking up.

Jerry Toll

 

From: reports AT hawkcount.org [mailto:reports AT hawkcount.org] 
Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2016 6:34 AM
To: geritol48 AT cox.net
Subject: Hitchcock Nature Center (12 Nov 2016) 33 Raptors

 

Hitchcock Nature Center
Honey Creek, Iowa, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 12, 2016


Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total


Black Vulture

0

0

0


Turkey Vulture

0

0

3478


Osprey

0

0

150


Bald Eagle

23

95

439


Northern Harrier

1

59

169


Sharp-shinned Hawk

1

59

537


Cooper's Hawk

0

18

280


Northern Goshawk

0

0

3


Red-shouldered Hawk

0

0

5


Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

689


Red-tailed Hawk

8

500

1888


Rough-legged Hawk

0

4

5


Swainson's Hawk

0

0

68


Ferruginous Hawk

0

0

1


Golden Eagle

0

3

11


American Kestrel

0

3

73


Merlin

0

1

26


Peregrine Falcon

0

0

55


Prairie Falcon

0

0

2


Gyrfalcon

0

0

0


Mississippi Kite

0

0

6


Unknown Accipiter

0

0

11


Unknown Buteo

0

0

1


Unknown Falcon

0

0

6


Unknown Eagle

0

0

0


Unknown Raptor

0

2

17


Swallow-tailed Kite

0

0

1


Total:

33

744

7921

 


Observation start time: 

09:00:00 


Observation end time: 

16:00:00 


Total observation time: 

7 hours


Official Counter

Bethany Thornton


Observers: 

Heidi Swanson, Jenny Janes



Weather:
Sunny with clear skies and strong winds out of the SSW. Temps in the 40s and
low 50s, with wind chill in the 30s. Wind gusts up to 32 kph. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor migrants: 176 American Crow

  _____  

Report submitted by Mark Orsag (morsag AT doane.edu  )
Hitchcock Nature Center information may be found at:
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/html/hitchcock.html



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Subject: FW: Hitchcock Nature Center (06 Nov 2016) 72 Raptors
From: "Jerry Toll" <geritol48 AT cox.net>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2016 07:06:58 -0600
Looks like the rough-legs are starting.

Jerry Toll

 

 

 

Hitchcock Nature Center
Honey Creek, Iowa, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 06, 2016


Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total


Black Vulture

0

0

0


Turkey Vulture

0

0

3478


Osprey

0

0

150


Bald Eagle

3

23

367


Northern Harrier

1

38

148


Sharp-shinned Hawk

4

49

527


Cooper's Hawk

0

17

279


Northern Goshawk

0

0

3


Red-shouldered Hawk

0

0

5


Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

689


Red-tailed Hawk

62

246

1634


Rough-legged Hawk

2

3

4


Swainson's Hawk

0

0

68


Ferruginous Hawk

0

0

1


Golden Eagle

0

0

8


American Kestrel

0

1

71


Merlin

0

1

26


Peregrine Falcon

0

0

55


Prairie Falcon

0

0

2


Gyrfalcon

0

0

0


Mississippi Kite

0

0

6


Unknown Accipiter

0

0

11


Unknown Buteo

0

0

1


Unknown Falcon

0

0

6


Unknown Eagle

0

0

0


Unknown Raptor

0

1

16


Swallow-tailed Kite

0

0

1


Total:

72

379

7556

 


Observation start time: 

10:00:00 


Observation end time: 

15:30:00 


Total observation time: 

5.5 hours


Official Counter

Bethany Thornton


Observers: 

Garrett Behrends, Jean Martin, Sandy Reinken, Sara Crayton



Weather:
Partly cloudy with winds out of the SE. Temps in the 60s and 70s. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:



  _____  

Report submitted by Mark Orsag (morsag AT doane.edu  )
Hitchcock Nature Center information may be found at:
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/html/hitchcock.html



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Subject: FW: Hitchcock Nature Center (02 Nov 2016) 122 Raptors
From: "Jerry Toll" <geritol48 AT cox.net>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2016 08:48:06 -0500
 

 

From: reports AT hawkcount.org [mailto:reports AT hawkcount.org] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 6:38 PM
To: geritol48 AT cox.net
Subject: Hitchcock Nature Center (02 Nov 2016) 122 Raptors

 

Hitchcock Nature Center
Honey Creek, Iowa, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 02, 2016


Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total


Black Vulture

0

0

0


Turkey Vulture

0

0

3478


Osprey

0

0

150


Bald Eagle

3

7

351


Northern Harrier

25

29

139


Sharp-shinned Hawk

17

32

510


Cooper's Hawk

5

13

275


Northern Goshawk

0

0

3


Red-shouldered Hawk

0

0

5


Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

689


Red-tailed Hawk

71

116

1504


Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

1


Swainson's Hawk

0

0

68


Ferruginous Hawk

0

0

1


Golden Eagle

0

0

8


American Kestrel

0

0

70


Merlin

0

1

26


Peregrine Falcon

0

0

55


Prairie Falcon

0

0

2


Gyrfalcon

0

0

0


Mississippi Kite

0

0

6


Unknown Accipiter

0

0

11


Unknown Buteo

0

0

1


Unknown Falcon

0

0

6


Unknown Eagle

0

0

0


Unknown Raptor

1

1

16


Swallow-tailed Kite

0

0

1


Total:

122

199

7376

 


Observation start time: 

08:00:00 


Observation end time: 

16:00:00 


Total observation time: 

8 hours


Official Counter

Bethany Thornton


Observers: 

Heidi Swanson, Jerry Toll



Weather:
Mostly cloudy early with skies clearing in the late afternoon. Winds from
the NE, and temps in the 60s and low 70s.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Non-raptor migrants: 20 Snow Goose, 748 American Crow. 

  _____  

Report submitted by Mark Orsag (morsag AT doane.edu  )
Hitchcock Nature Center information may be found at:
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/html/hitchcock.html



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Subject: Hitchcock HawkWatch Oct. wrap-up
From: "Elliott Bedows" <ebedows AT cox.net>
Date: Tue, 1 Nov 2016 20:56:58 -0500
Hi everyone, 

 

Once again I am doing some number crunching and by almost all accounts, this
Oct. was, historically, a well below average month (where 'average' is
defined as the median - or eighth best & worst value - of the past 15
HawkWatch seasons dating back to yr. 2002).  We counted 3942 raptors, or
almost exactly 1000 less than our median value of 4944.  But a closer look
at the numbers reveals some interesting reasons why this may have been true.


 

Allowing for a possible late straggler, the five early migrating species
have now come thru (well technically seven spp. if we include MS. Kite and
Blk Vulture, which at 6 and 0 individuals respectively, hit their median
values spot on, but really contribute nothing significant to our overall
annual numbers).  So what happened?  Well, let's get the bad news off of the
table right off: we saw less than 10% of the average number of Swainson's
Hks [68 vs. 693], which continues a disturbing trend where they have not
been coming thru like they have in the past for at least three years now.
But other than that, the numbers look pretty good for the other early
migrants.

 

Turkey Vulture [TV], Osprey [OS], Brd-winged Hk [BW] and Peregrine Falcon
[PG] all had above average count years: [TV - 3478 vs. a 3074 median value;
OS - 150 vs. a 102 median value; BW - 689 vs. a 579 median value; and PG -
55 vs. a 44 median value].  So is it possible that the raptors that migrate
later are just staying up north longer because of the warmer weather?  If
so, then we should be in for an above average November!

 

Consistent with that notion is that Cooper's Hk [CH] numbers, which usually
wind down by late Oct. are still going strong into Nov. this year [currently
at 270 vs. a median value of 235].  So, while it is way too early to tell,
this year may reveal more late season raptor migrants than usual.  Stay
tuned..

 

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co., NE

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Subject: Re: RE: [ia-bird] FW: Hitchcock Nature Center (25 Oct 2016) 67 Raptors
From: Paul Hertzel <phertzel AT rconnect.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2016 20:14:05 -0500
At 04:45 PM 10/29/2016, 'Jerry Toll' geritol48 AT cox.net [NEBirds] wrote:
>  Mark,
>Clem mentioned the other day that he didn't think the Gyrfalcon was 
>accepted by the committee. Any insight?
>Jer

Mark documented a juvenile gray-morph Gyrfalcon 11 Nov 2014 which was 
accepted by the committee.

Paul Hertzel

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Subject: September wrap-up at the Hitchcock HawkWatch
From: "Elliott Bedows" <ebedows AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2016 22:01:46 -0500
 

Hi everyone, 

 

Just doing some number crunching and by almost all accounts, this Sept. was,
historically, an above average month (where 'average' is defined as the
median - or eighth best & worst value -  of the past 15 HawkWatch seasons
dating back to yr. 2002).

 

With 3235 hawks counted in Sept. of this year, we surpassed our median Sept.
value of 3074 seen in the year 2013, a year in which we ultimately counted
13,365 hawks, our second best year overall, ever!  

 

Highlights included: the first ever Swallow-tailed Kite ever recorded**; our
150,000th hawk ever counted, and the most Bald Eagles ever counted in a
Sept., 121, which was ten Bald Eagles better that the previous Sept. BE
total recorded in yr. 2011. 

 

Other notables: we have already surpassed our median annual Osprey,
Brd-winged Hk and Peregrine numbers with, hopefully, more of those yet to be
counted...

 

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.,  NE

 

** = subject to approval by the Iowa State records committee

 

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Subject: Hitchcock HawkWatch - today's tally and yet another (impending) milestone
From: "Elliott Bedows" <ebedows AT cox.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:53:52 -0500
Hi everyone, 

 

Considering that we had winds out of the south for the umpteenth consecutive
day, today's count of 132 indiv. represented by 11 speices was pretty good.
We saw: TV [80]; Osprey [3]; [ Bald Eagle [2]; No. Harrier [4];
Sharp-shinned Hk [7]; Cooper's Hk [3]; Brd-winged Hk [18]; RT'd Hk [4]; Amer
Kestrel [3]; Merlin [2]; Peregrine F. [5], and UR[ 1].

 

So that means that since the beginning of the Hitchcock HawkWatch in 2002,
we have now counted 149,182 indiviual raptors, leaving us 818 short of
150,000!  Given that the winds are predicted to turn around out of the north
by Sunday and stay that way for at least a little while, and given that we
are now approaching the peak of hawk migration season, we could easily go
over the 150,000 mark sometime next week.  

 

Will you be on the tower when that happens?J?

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co., NE

 

 

 

 

From: Jerry Toll [mailto:geritol48 AT cox.net] 
Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2016 8:09 PM
To: Bethany Thornton; Chad Graeve; Clem Klaphake; Don and Janis Paseka; Don
and Shirley Maas; Elliott Bedows; Greg Nelson; Heidi Swanson; Jean Martin;
Jeff Franco; Jenny Janes; Jerry Toll; JIm Meyer; Katherine Simmons;
lpdlfrd AT cox.net; Mark Orsag; Robert Wells; Ryan Johnson; Sandy Reinken;
Suzanne Gucciardo; Ty Smedes; Veronica Mecko
Subject: FW: Hawkwatcher wants to know

 

Thought you might want to hear what Ryan earl is up to down at Corpus
Christy hawkwatch.

jer

 

From: Earl Johnson [mailto:RyanEarl123 AT msn.com] 
Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2016 8:33 AM
To: Jerry Toll 
Subject: Re: Hawkwatcher wants to know

 

Hi Jerry, 

 

Looks like you guys are seeing some birds!  Also from the looks of the
emails, there is loads of volunteer activity this year, so that sounds
awesome.  Thanks for adding me to the email list.  Are you getting to band
many birds this season?  Mississippi Kites are really slowing down here but
the Broad-wings are picking up.  

 

Talk to you soon,

RyanEarl

 

  _____  

From: Jerry Toll 
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 7:04 PM
To: 'Earl Johnson'
Subject: RE: Hawkwatcher wants to know 

 

Ryan Hawkwatcher. Her name is Bethany and she will be very good we hope! 

I will get back to you when I have more time

Later gator,

Jer

 

From: Earl Johnson [mailto:ryanearl123 AT msn.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 5:04 PM
To: Jerry Toll 
Subject: RE: Hawkwatcher wants to know

 

Hi Jerry,

From what I hear, they've had one or two Short-tailed Hawks over the years
but not many.  I've been on the platform for a few days and it's pretty
neat!  Very slow since I've been here though due mostly to rain.  A bunch of
way cool resident birds around: Green Jay, Black Crested Titmouse, Wood
Stork, Harris's Hawk, and Crested Caracara are some of my favorites so far.
The hawks here seem to be much further away than I experienced at Hitchcock
for the most part but I'm getting used to it.  White-tailed Hawk vs.
Swainson's at a distance continue to give me fits though!

Sorry to hear there's no counter yet, I've got another friend from my summer
jobs I'd recommend if Chad still hasn't found one.  Hopefully that's been
sorted out by now though.

I'm still hoping to make it to Hitchcock either late November or early
December.  Nothing really figured out yet but that day last year with all
the Rough-legged Hawks and Eagles was one of my favorite days ever! 

Talk to you soon,
RyanEarl

  _____  

From: geritol48 AT cox.net
To: ryanearl123 AT msn.com
Subject: RE: Hawkwatcher wants to know
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 20:58:51 -0500

Hi Ryan,

WOW, those early birds at Corpus are pretty cool! Do they see short-tailed
hawks also? So you start Monday, I would love to come down to Corpus while
you are there..but don't see how I can unfortunately. You'll have to take
the long way home to Colorado and stop at Hitchcock for a few days. 

 

We don't have a hawkwatcher yet. Chad is really dragging his feet this year.
He has a prospect but we don't know any details yet. 

 

Take care and enjoy your time in Texas!

jer

 

 

From: Earl Johnson [mailto:ryanearl123 AT msn.com] 
Sent: Friday, August 5, 2016 3:15 PM
To: Jerry Toll 
Subject: RE: Hawkwatcher wants to know

 

Hi Jerry,

Thanks and I can only say that I wish I could do both, Hitchcock is great!
I'll be starting down there on the 15th but they have been counting since
the first of the month and it looks like they've already had a few
Mississippi and Swallow-tailed Kites!

Hope that the counter at Hitchcock has been figured out by now.  Your Cape
May trip sounds awesome!  Hope you get to band/see some neat birds!

I'll keep you posted about when my trip back north is likely to be.  I'll be
working at Corpus Christi from Aug 15 to Nov 15 and will only have one day
off/week for that time period so I'd be pretty tied to the watch if you
wanted to bird Texas in that time frame.  It does sound like the birding in
the park where the watch is is pretty great though (and relativity close to
where the Whooping Cranes winter).  I'd go bird down there any time though,
I love birding trips!

Thanks for everything and talk to you soon,
RyanEarl

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From: geritol48 AT cox.net
To: ryanearl123 AT msn.com
Subject: RE: Hawkwatcher wants to know
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:38:45 -0500

Hi Ryan,

While I am disappointed you will not be our counter this year, I know you
will greatly benefit from your association with Corpus Christi and I look
forward to hearing the posts from there when the broadwings go through!!! We
certainly appreciate your time here and also appreciate your sharing a
potential candidate (Katie) with us. 

 

I'll keep you on the Hitchcock email list and look forward to seeing you in
November, I hope. I will be at Cape May, banding, Thanksgiving week and will
take another week before or after to visit friends and family on the eastern
seaboard.

Jer

When do you want to bird Texas!!!

 

P.S. 

 

 

From: Earl Johnson [mailto:ryanearl123 AT msn.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:59 AM
To: Jerry Toll 
Subject: RE: Hawkwatcher wants to know

 

Hi Jerry, 

Just wanted to let you know I just accepted a position (about 2 minutes ago)
with HawkWatch International near Corpus Christi, TX.  I just let Chad know
as well and he sounded like he had a candidate in mind but I gave him the
name of another potential Hawkwatcher (Katie Merewether) I've been doing
point counts with the last two summers who I think would be a great
candidate.  I'm kinda bummed I won't be spending the fall at Hitchcock this
year but this was just too good to pass up.  On the plus side, this job
finishes up in early November so it's very likely I'll be able to swing up
to Hitchcock for a few days to say hi and spend some time on the tower.
I'll definitely keep you posted about this as the time draws nearer.

Still haven't gotten the chance to head east to the pothole region, I was
home for a couple of days before some more funding came though and I got
sent back north for another round of super late surveys in ND.  Currently in
Rapid City, SD waiting for survey location information.  Seems like
shorebird migration might be happening by the time I get going up there so
that might be interesting even if a lot of the breeders have quieted down by
then.

I'd love to stay on the Hitchcock Hawkwatch email list and I'll sure be
checking the HMANA website to see how the season progresses.

Talk to you soon and hope to see you later on in the fall!
RyanEarl

P.S. let me know if you get the itch to come see some birds in Texas!

  _____  

From: geritol48 AT cox.net
To: ryanearl123 AT msn.com
Subject: RE: Hawkwatcher wants to know
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 11:52:38 -0500

Hi Ryan,

Glad you liked the report. I had to make it short and succinct due to space
available in the HMANA newsletter, in fact the editor was going to edit it
further. (Probably drop the banding station revelation).

 

IF you get a chance to go east to the potholes, You make take I-90 which,
when you cross the Missouri River at Chamberlain you will see some really
great country that I think would be a good location for a HawkWatch (I
suggested that to some of the SDOU folks when I was there).  Just about
anywhere within 50 miles east of crossing the river you will be in Pothole
Country.

 

Carol and I are staying at Hitchcock in one of the cabins this holiday
weekend. Fireworks drives our dog wild so we escape to Iowa where fireworks
are still illegal. 

 

You have a good 4th and look forward to hearing your decision. 

Graeve is on vacation until next weekend but will be getting in touch with
you after then.

Jer

 

From: Ryan Johnson [mailto:ryanearl123 AT msn.com] 
Sent: Saturday, July 2, 2016 8:29 AM
To: Jerry Toll 
Subject: RE: Hawkwatcher wants to know

 

Hi Jerry, 

That Hitchcock Hawkwatch summary is great!  I particularly like the info on
mean and average raptors/hour and how well you guys did at the banding
station vs. what was being seen on the tower.  Good job!

They ended up sending me almost straight south from the Theodore Roosevelt
National Park in ND to do a survey on Pine Ridge Reservation land just
outside the Badlands National Park in SD so I haven't been able to check out
that prairie pothole region yet.  Hopefully I'll be able to make a detour up
that way on the way home thanks for the recommendation though!

Totally understandable about the owl box project, next winter sounds like
it'll work out well.  To bad about no responses with the audio surveys but I
bet there is a bit of a learning curve for that just like anything.  At
least you got to go to some neat spots!

Almost done with my surveys for the summer so I ought to be in better shape
for getting fall figured out then.
Talk to you soon,
RyanEarl

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From: geritol48 AT cox.net
To: ryanearl123 AT msn.com
Subject: RE: Hawkwatcher wants to know
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:48:23 -0500

Ryan,

Waubay NWR SW of Sisseton South Dakota is a really nice area. It is
driftless plain with rolling hills and tons of wetlands in the area. Great
for waterfowl and grasslands.

 

We decided to not put up owl boxes until next winter but did audio surveys
at night for them in extreme NE Iowa at some amazing places. Unfortunately,
we did not get any responses due to, I think, our inexperience as much as
anything. I will be fully retired from work next winter so will be able to
devote more time to the project.

 

Jer

 

 

 

From: Ryan Johnson [mailto:ryanearl123 AT msn.com] 
Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2016 11:14 AM
To: Jerry Toll 
Subject: RE: Hawkwatcher wants to know

 

Hi Jerry, 

Sure have, it's beeWaun amazing!  Now that you mention it I do remember you
talking about working in the area, that must have been neat!  That office
work is killer though.  I've got many hours of data entry to look forward to
after I'm done in the field this summer.  I've been west of the Missouri
pretty much the whole time but that prairie pothole region sounds amazing.
I'm going to try to swing through there on my way back south. Any spots you
remember as being particularly neat?

Glad to hear all hope is not lost for me getting the hawkwatcher job again!
I'm thinking there is very little chance of me getting to go anywhere exotic
this year for work, but I'll give them just a little bit longer, just to be
sure.

Either way talk to you soon!
Any luck with your owl boxes this season?

RyanEarl    

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From: geritol48 AT cox.net
To: ryanearl123 AT msn.com
Subject: RE: Hawkwatcher wants to know
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:45:15 -0500

Hi Ryan!

 

Sounds like you had a really great summer thus far with seeing some really
wonderful landscape and great birds therein! Are you in the pothole region
of the Dakotas or west of the Missouri? I spent two summers surveying the
potholes of the Dakotas and loved every  minute (except the time spent in
the office !). 

 

The South Dakota talk was good but really not many woodland migrants in
central South Dakota and we didn't walk grasslands which would have been
good! I realized I misspoke before, it was red-necked phalaropes. Still good
but not as great as red, which is still on my want life-list.

 

Chad is out of town this week and I haven't spoken to him lately about the
hawkwatcher position. Usually I post for him on the national boards but have
not done so. Likely he has not hired anyone yet! I will let him know you are
still interested but with reservations. If I were in your position, I would
also not pass up the chance to work in the Galapagos or Veracruz. You would
be nuts not to try! And Best of luck to you! Having said that though, would
really like you to come back to Hitchcock this fall!

 

Keep in touch,

Jer

 

From: Ryan Johnson [mailto:ryanearl123 AT msn.com] 
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2016 4:35 PM
To: Jerry Toll 
Subject: RE: Hawkwatcher wants to know

 

Hi Jerry, 

Sorry it's taken me forever to get back to you.  I'm currently in central
North Dakota.  Didn't get any surveys in Colorado or Wyoming this year, been
in NM,TX,OK,KS,NE,SD, and ND though!  Got to see Northern Goshawk and
Broad-winged Hawk on one of my high elevation surveys in the Black Hills!
Had a Snow Goose on my survey at the Lonetree Wildlife Management Area this
morning and thought that was pretty odd, since it was able to fly and sure
didn't look like it had any reason not to be up north.  Had some very young
and downy American Avocets this morning as well as the closest encounter
with an angry skunk I've ever had.  All in all a pretty interesting day!  

The South Dakota Ornitholgists' Union hawkwatch talk seems neat, glad you
got some use out of the photos!  Red Knots and Red Phalaropes are some
pretty great finds, sounds like you nailed the timing of that trip pretty
well!  How have the birds in Nebraska and Iowa been for you this season?

Not sure if you've already found a hawkwatcher for the season or not, but
I'm struggling trying to commit one way or the other.  Had a blast last
season and agree it's about time for a better season numbers-wise!  I know
this season would be amazing as well!  The only thing holding me back is a
couple of applications I've got in to crazy places like the Galapagos and
Veracruz, along with some other long-shot positions.  I know the decision
will be made for me if I don't commit to Hitchcock soon (if it hasn't been
already).  I've only got about a weeks worth of surveys left for the summer.
So perhaps I'll give the long shot jobs another week and then see what the
status is at Hitchcock?  Of course all of this is for naught if it's already
too late for the Hitchcock job.

Apologies again for the delayed response, I won't let it happen again.
Talk to you soon,
RyanEarl

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From: geritol48 AT cox.net
To: ryanearl123 AT msn.com
Subject: Hawkwatcher wants to know
Date: Sun, 5 Jun 2016 17:56:25 -0500

Hi Ryan,

 

Where are you now? You must be near Colorado or Wyoming by now? Are you
seeing Mountain Plovers and McCowns logspurs?

Chad Graeve is going to be looking in earnest soon to fill the hawkwatch
position and I would really like you to consider returning again this year!
We had a great time last year and you were amazing! With 2 seasons in the
basement (numbers-wise) this has GOT to be a better year!

 

I did a talk on the hawkwatch in May for the South Dakota Ornitholgists'
Union and used some of the raptor photos you provided. The audience was
really taken by them and that such wonderful photos (especially appreciated
by the photographers in the audience) that they were taken at Hitchcock! On
the fieldtrip, probably the best birds were Red Knots and Red Phalaropes.

 

Let us know what you decide,

Jer

 

 

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Subject: Swallowtail kite at Hitchcock today
From: "Jerry Toll" <geritol48 AT cox.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:57:04 -0500
Bethany and Jenny observed a swallow-tailed kite while on the tower at
Hitchcock at about 3:30 this afternoon. They saw it coming down the east
side of the park and then lost it in the trees south of the barn. Bethany
ran down to an overlook near the barn and tried to relocate it but was
unable to find it again. 

 

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Subject: DeSoto NWR Spring bird count held April 30-results
From: "Jerry Toll" <geritol48 AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 14:28:23 -0500
The DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge Spring Count is held annually and is
located in Harrison County in Iowa and Washington County in Nebraska. This
count is conducted purely for and on the refuge to aid them in their overall
management plan. Ten intrepid souls in 3-4 teams spent most of the day in in
wet and windy conditions looking for birds. To my mind, we did surprisingly
well coming up with 94 species for the day. Our historical range averages
between 110 and 120 species but given the weather conditions and the fact
the count was held a week earlier than usual surely contributed to the lower
species total. Waterfowl species were about average. Raptors were very low,
especially considering we were top-heavy with hawkwatchers in our crew but
we saw hardly anything flying above treetops, except waterfowl, all day.
With so much standing water about, there was 11 species of shorebirds but in
very low numbers. The only flycatchers were one E. wood peewee and 2 E.
phoebes. There were 12 sedge wrens and 11 marsh wrens. No thrushes were seen
except robin and E. bluebird. Only 7 species of warbler and a lone warbling
vireo. Sparrows were strong with 12 species including 2 clay-colored. There
were no orioles. Perhaps the best birds of the day were an American bittern
and 4 pileated woodpeckers. 

 

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Subject: Lk Manawa Woodcocks
From: "Elliott Bedows" <ebedows AT cox.net>
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2016 21:37:57 -0600
Hi everyone, 

 

This evening I visited Lk Manawa, south of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co.
in hopes of finding my FOY Amer. Woodcocks and was successful, BUT..

 

.. the road into the parking lot on the south side of the Lk and just (i.e.,
ca. 200 yds.) east of the southwestern-most parking lot where the best
Woodcock viewing has always been has, within the past week or two, been
closed to automobile traffic.  Three, four-foot concrete barricades that in
no way impede bicycle or foot traffic into the area have been constructed
blocking the road into the area.  I don't know why!!

 

I initially arrived at the Woodcock viewing area a little before sundown and
wound up parking in the southwest parking lot mentioned above and walked
back the one-third of a mile or so to the viewing area, also mentioned
above.  I arrived there just at sunset and about 15 min. later I heard the
familiar 'pnneeet' call of a Woodcock and quickly saw a pair lifting off
into the evening sky.  However, the two birds remained silent as they
climbed together, higher and higher, and finally disappeared from view to
the northeast, never returning to the area from which they initially flew.
I can only surmise that these two birds were migrating and not interested in
doing any courtship display. 

 

For the next 20 min. or so I neither heard nor saw any more Woodcock so I
headed back to my car and from the wooded area at the western-most edge of
the Nature Trail loop begins at the southwest parking lot, I heard another
'pnneeet' call, but was unable to locate that bird.

 

Prior to looking for the Woodcock I birded the Lk where many thousands of
Gulls were coming in to roost.  99.9% of the Gulls I saw were Ringed-bills
with a few Herring Gulls and a single adult California in the mix.  Also saw
some ducks, specifically: Pintail [3]; Canvasback [8]; Redhead [6]; Le.
Scaup [7]; Grt. Scaup [1]; Com. Goldeneye [15], Com. Merg. [20];
Red-breasted Merg. [6]; Hooded Merg. [1];  Ruudy Duck [10].

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co., NE

 

 

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Subject: DeSoto CBC held saturday Jan 2
From: "Jerry Toll" <geritol48 AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2016 16:49:29 -0600
The DeSoto CBC was held last Saturday on the second under clear skies and
moderate temperatures and wind. 15 counters recorded 69 species and 12, 539
individuals. This is a respectable tally for the count but below the record
of 74 species. 22 of those species were represent by 2 or less individuals
suggesting to me that some hangers-on were still in evidence after the cold
and snow came to the refuges. Six Coots were a new species for the count.
Some of the more unusual sightings were: Gr. white-fronted goose, gadwall,
ring-necked duck, lesser scaup, hooded merganser, great blue heron,
red-headed woodpecker, pileated woodpecker, prairie falcon, northern shrike,
winter wren, snow bunting, both towhees, savannah sparrow, and purple finch.
New high counts were 3 great blue herons and 439 meadowlarks (species).
Thanks to the DeSoto Refuge staff and all the birders who came to the count.


Jerry Toll, compiler

 

 



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Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Snow Buntings East of DeSoto
From: "Jerry Toll" <geritol48 AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:46:33 -0600
Update from yesterday. After speaking with Don and asking him to post my 
sighting of the snow buntings I found another flock of 50 then another flock of 
20 along the Wilson Island road. All three locations were within 2 miles of one 
another. Never seen so many snow buntings! 


 

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Subject: [NEBirds] Snow Buntings East of DeSoto

 

  

Jerry Toll asked me to report finding about 50 Snow Buntings mixed in with 
Horned Larks in the flats east of DeSoto NWR as well as a lesser number of 
Lapland Longspurs. All water on the refuge this morning was completely open 
with about 100 gulls remaining. 


Just a reminder that the DeSoto count scheduled for tomorrow December 28 has 
been postponed till Saturday January 2. 


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Subject: DeSoto CBC Refuge Sector
From: "Don & Janis Paseka" <paseka76 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:22:38 -0600
The DeSoto CBC is scheduled for next Monday, December 28, 2015.

Unlike most years in the past, we will not meet at the refuge headquarters
building near the entrance. We will meet instead at the refuge visitor's
center at 8AM to divide up the coverage for the sector.

If you are interested in counting and we have not already been in touch,
please contact me.
You may choose to participate for just the morning, or bring a lunch if you
plan on staying all day.

The current weather forecast for that day looks less than ideal right now,
If the count is postponed, we will let you know as soon as that decision is
made. If the count is not postponed, but you choose not to come, please let
us know.

If you have any questions, or just want to let us know that you are or are
not participating, our contact information is:

Home: (402)-727-9229
Janis : (402)-830-5558
Don:    (402)-620-8904
Email:  paseka76 AT gmail.com

Janis and Don Paseka
DeSoto Sector  Coordinators

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Subject: Fwd: Today's totals
From: Clem Klaphake <ckavian AT COX.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:52:17 -0600
Today's totals for the Hitchcock HawkWatch.  Good day with a total of 
183 birds.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE


*Hitchcock Nature Center*
Honey Creek, Iowa, USA

*Daily Raptor Counts: *Nov 19, 2015
*Species* 	Day's Count 	Month Total 	Season Total
Black Vulture 	0 	0 	0
Turkey Vulture 	0 	0 	2374
Osprey 	0 	2 	124
Bald Eagle 	98 	186 	274
Northern Harrier 	3 	16 	110
Sharp-shinned Hawk 	3 	64 	751
Cooper's Hawk 	0 	3 	215
Northern Goshawk 	0 	0 	0
Red-shouldered Hawk 	0 	0 	2
Broad-winged Hawk 	0 	0 	836
Red-tailed Hawk 	61 	221 	1140
Rough-legged Hawk 	13 	20 	20
Swainson's Hawk 	0 	0 	23
Ferruginous Hawk 	0 	0 	0
Golden Eagle 	2 	7 	8
American Kestrel 	0 	2 	59
Merlin 	1 	7 	34
Peregrine Falcon 	0 	2 	44
Prairie Falcon 	1 	2 	2
Gyrfalcon 	0 	0 	0
Mississippi Kite 	0 	0 	12
Unknown Accipiter 	0 	0 	3
Unknown Buteo 	1 	1 	3
Unknown Falcon 	0 	1 	2
Unknown Eagle 	0 	0 	0
Unknown Raptor 	0 	0 	3
*Total:* 	183 	534 	6039



Observation start time: 	08:15:00
Observation end time: 	17:00:00
Total observation time: 	8.75 hours
Official Counter 	Ryan Johnson
Observers: 	Bob Wells, Ryan Johnson



*Weather:*
Clear skies with strong winds from west all day. Max recorded gust 46.9 
KM/HR Temp from 2-7 degrees(C).

*Raptor Observations:*
13 Rough-legged Hawk 2 Golden Eagle 1 Prairie Falcon

*Non-raptor Observations:*
96 Sandhill Crane 80 Canada Goose 120 American Crow 1065 Snow Goose 35 
Greater White-fronted Goose

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Report submitted by Mark Orsag (morsag AT doane.edu )
Hitchcock Nature Center information may be found at: 
http://www.pottcoconservation.com/html/hitchcock.html


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Subject: Lake Manawa
From: "'Allen' via IA-BIRD" <ia-bird AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:57:34 -0500
Cindy and I went over to Lk Manawa yesterday afternoon. There were two loons on 
the lake, both staying fairly close to each other, actively diving and fishing. 


One was a Common Loon, with a large bill and pale eye lids. The other was 
smaller, with a smaller bill. The throat was not all white. The upper half of 
the neck was grey, all around. My best guess would be Juvi Red-throated Loon, 
but I'm no expert. Never had great looks, as I only had him in the scope for 
seconds before he would dive again. 


A few ducks, including Ruddy, Shoveler and Wigeon.

Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: DeSoto CBC date
From: "Jerry Toll" <geritol48 AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Oct 2015 08:11:07 -0500
The DeSoto Christmas Bird Count is breaking with tradition and having the
count on a week day. The Count will be held Monday December 28.

Contact Jerry Toll

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Subject: Re: Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese
From: "coybin AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 21:03:56 -0800
thousands of geese still present at Squaw Creek today. The best viewing 
location seemed to be Pintail Pool. Not too long before sunset, most of the 
ones at Pintail Pool flew off, possibly over to Bluff Pool. It appeared that 
the greatest congregations were always at Bluff Pool, which is somewhat 
unfortunate because there didn't seem to be any good way to get very close to 
Bluff Pool. Plenty of bald eagles around the refuge also 


Chuck C,  Omaha NE
Subject: Kearney gooses
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:38:44 -0800
This afternoon there were thousands of geese coming and going at the lake 
behind Grandpa's Steakhouse in Kearney. SNOW, ROSS'S, GREATER 
WHITE-FRONTED, CACKLING, and CANADA GEESE were all there, and 
"goodies" included a blue-morph ROSS'SxSNOW GOOSE HYBRID, and a 
very dark-breasted Cackling Goose with a prominent white neck-ring, which may 
be a West Coast "minima" Cackler. 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Carter Lake (Douglas Co.)- 3/07 (Small Influx)
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 01:37:40 +0000 (UTC)
 This afternoon I decided to check to see if any waterfowl had arrived on the 
heals of this (seemingly) long lasting warm front.  The diversity of waterfowl 
was present, though numbers of individual species were either down or 
sustained.  

  Impressive was the number of GREATER WHITE- FRONTED GEESE (around 250) and 
CACKLING GEESE (around 100).  Many skeins were observed traveling overhead 
around 6:00pm  Some new arrivals included AMERICAN WIGEON, a drake BUFFLEHEAD, 
and a small raft of LESSER SCAUP.  Thirty-three TRUMPETER SWANS were still 
present with the TUNDRA SWAN pair.  The swans were congregated in 
the east-northeast corner of the lake closer to the airport parking garage.  
  I would guess these birds will be taking off for a more northerly 
destination rather soon. 

 At the North Pump station, although all the ice has not yet melted, they seem 
to be filling up the lake.  Due to this, this year may not be very conducive 
for gulls if the water reaches a max level.  

 I also observed my first Lepidoptera this afternoon, a QUESTION MARK at my 
residence.      

e-bird...
Carter Lake, Douglas, US-NE
Mar 7, 2015 3:50 PM - 6:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Fair.  Very pleasant for early March.  Temp 60F dropping to 
about 52F 

31 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  250
Cackling Goose  110
Canada Goose  9000
Trumpeter Swan  32    Large numbers overwintering at Carter Lake this 
winter. 

Tundra Swan  2    Two individual birds that have been overwintering with 
Trumpeters since early January.  One is an adult.  The other has a rather 
dusky head.  I would post a photo I took today, however I am not sure how one 
would go about doing that. 

Gadwall  6
American Wigeon  5
Mallard  300
Northern Shoveler  18
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  1
Canvasback  2
Redhead  45
Ring-necked Duck  40
Lesser Scaup  8
Bufflehead  1
Common Goldeneye  30
Hooded Merganser  6
Common Merganser  15
Cooper's Hawk  1
American Coot  150
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  8
Downy Woodpecker  2
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
American Robin  5
European Starling  8
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Red-winged Blackbird  200
House Finch  1
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Trumpeter swans
From: "Marsha Nyffeler marshanyffeler AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:22:53 -0600
South of Monroe, NE   (Platte Co.?)in a field we observed a flock of 14
Trumpeter Swans.  We had a great view - they were close to the road so we
could sit in the car and observe them.  NO yellow on any of their bills,
and had a very "wedge" shaped head (no concave bill).  Other birds seen i(n
Polk Co) included a lot of robins, cedar waxwings, 2 brown creepers and a
golden-crowned kinglet, flickers and a downy woodpecker.  Interestingly I
could hear a screech owl making the "tremolo" call in the middle of the day.

Marsha Nyffeler
Columbus, NE
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Mar 7, 2015
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:20:15 -0700
I went out to the Nature Center today in hopes of seeing the Evening 
Grosbeaks that were seen yesterday but no luck. Same birds are around as 
last weekend with the addition of Eastern and Mountain Bluebirds.

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Subject: eBird Report - Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Mar 7, 2015


> Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Scotts Bluff, US-NE
> Mar 7, 2015 9:30 AM - 10:10 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 14 species
>
> Wild Turkey  1
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> American Crow  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  3
> Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
> Pygmy Nuthatch  2
> Eastern Bluebird  1     1 male singing. These are normal breeding birds 
> for the hills
> Mountain Bluebird  1
> American Robin  1
> Dark-eyed Junco  6
> House Finch  9
> Cassin's Finch  8     a flock continues at the feeders this winter
> Pine Siskin  250     At least this many, probably more
> American Goldfinch  6
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22209036
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 



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Subject: Re: Rainwater basin
From: "Marc Lund lundmd AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:00:27 -0600
I will be going through the rainwater basin next Saturday coming back from 
Grand Island to Omaha. Does anyone know or can you direct me to the appropriate 
website for information on which of the waterfowl production areas actually 
have water and waterfowl. 


Thank you! Feel free to respond directly to me or to the group. 

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Subject: Re: Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese
From: "'Eric Patdu' ericpatdu AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:35:25 -0600
Would also love to hear if anyone can share more recent info for Squaw Creek. 
Their last count was 3/4. 



Eric Patdu
Omaha, NE
Millard


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Subject: [NEBirds] Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese

  
is there a way to get near-real-time info on geese numbers at Squaw Creek &/ 
Desoto without having to drive all the way out there? 


Chuck Coyle,  Omaha, NE




Subject: Sherman Reservoir
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:49:37 +0000
I made a quick trip to Sherman Reservoir on 6 March to try my luck re-finding 
the gulls Brogie and Heidt found on Sunday. I only found about 200 gulls total 
at Sherman and none of the rare or uncommon species Mark and Dave observed 
despite searching the bays. However, I did find two adult Glaucous Gulls from 
the dam. Interestingly, a species not found by Mark and Dave. 


I also had a immature Golden Eagle southeast of Sherman Res., a Rusty Blackbird 
north of Genoa, Nance County, and 2 Northern Shrikes in Nance County. 


Sherman Res. was still mostly frozen with some small holes, but it seemed to be 
opening up by the minute with temps in the low 60s yesterday. Early waterfowl, 
including 5 species of geese, were present, but there did not appear to be a 
massive movement in mid-Nebraska yesterday (give it a day or two!). 


Good birding!

 - Joe

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Subject: Squaw Creek & Desoto NWR geese
From: "coybin AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 06:40:53 -0800
is there a way to get near-real-time info on geese numbers at Squaw Creek &/ 
Desoto without having to drive all the way out there? 


Chuck Coyle,  Omaha, NE
 

Subject: Sarpy County
From: "Allen allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:01:42 -0600
Drove out to the Base Lake this afternoon. One small patch of open water with 
35 Common Merganser's on it. Nothing else. At Freedom Park, there were 4 
Mallards and 6 Canada Geese. 


Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Subject: Little owls
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 02:49:27 +0000
Did a loop down Snell Canyon over to Brady-Moorefield Road in the Loess Canyons 
and back to Brady after sunset, stopping about every mile and heard at least 6 
(maybe 7) Northern Saw-whet Owls and at least 5 Eastern Screech-owls. Pretty 
surprised by those numbers. 


T. J. Walker
Brady, Lincoln County

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Subject: Re: Central Platte this week
From: "lynnettegibson AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Mar 2015 17:53:40 -0800
Stupid autocorrect. Of course, I know there are sandbars in the river, not 
sandbags. 


 Lynnette Gibson
 Grand Island, NE
Subject: Re: Central Platte this week
From: "lynnettegibson AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Mar 2015 17:50:48 -0800
I, too, saw the cranes on the sandbags this afternoon. I saw none on the usual 
route that I drive, except for the ones in the river. I saw them in the river 
once before, but that was a few years ago when we had an unusual 80 degree day 
in the end of March. At that time, I was told that they stayed near the river 
to cool off. While it was warm today, it wasn't nearly that warm. Any one else 
have any ideas about this? 


 Lynnette Gibson
 Grand Island, NE
Subject: Central Platte this week
From: "Andrew Furman ngpc.platteaccess AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 22:21:30 +0000
Cranes are increasing in number, and I've now seen groups as far west as the 
Minden exit. Today east of the Alda exit there were hundreds of cranes on 
sandbars in the river at around 3PM. I haven't seen them in the river during 
the day before. 



Non-Mallard ducks are also increasing, with Common Mergansers, Common 
Goldeneye, Redhead, Canvasback, Northern Pintail, Lesser Scaup, and Ring-necked 
Ducks seen on various sandpit lakes. Geese of all five expected species are 
still around, though I feel like there may be fewer of the small ones (Cackling 
and Ross's) than earlier flocks. 



Earlier this week I saw a Prairie Falcon involved in an altercation with two 
Red-tailed Hawks. I'm not sure who started it, but the falcon fled in the end. 



Andrew Furman
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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Subject: GBBG and possible Slaty-backed still here
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:37:06 -0800
I'm looking at the possible Slaty-backed Gull at Martin Bay (Lake 
McConaughy) right now. The Great Black-backed was also here this afternoon, 
along with many Thayer's, but no Icelands... 


I'm probably going to be back out here this weekend. Anyone else planning 
on going? More and better cameras would be good for documenting these gulls... 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Ruby-crowned kinglet
From: "David Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:28:23 -0600
Good morning!

I’ve got a ruby-crowned kinglet outside of my office window here at 144th and 
Dodge in West Omaha. First harbinger of Spring? 


Happy birding!

Dave
Omaha, NE
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Subject: Re: Lake McConaughy gull photos
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:03:36 -0600
Noah,

Considering your expertise with West Coast gulls, hybrids etc, and my lack of 
experience with imm Slaty-backed, I'm throwing this out. I'd like to hear 
comments from your West Coast friends too. 


I believe your bird is a first winter Slaty-backed for these reasons:

1. All dark bill, including base; one pic suggests a light area at the base, 
but I think it's a light artifact. 

2. Venetian blind effect throughout the primaries, including P10. To me this is 
most convincing, as HEGU (Herring Gull) or HEGU mixes (like Cook Inlet 
Glaucous-winged X HEGU) or Thayer's Gull (THGU) would at this age show more 
extensive blackish on the outer few primaries. 

3. At rest, only 3 primary tips are exposed; THGU and udually HEGU would have 
>4. 

4. The overall dumpy look of the bird with strong bill and gonys rather far 
forward. 

5. Legs are a bit pale, but not out of line for SBGU.
6. The eye is not at all imposing like a HEGU; apparently SBGU has a small, 
even "beady"eye. 


Just saying....

Ross 


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Sent: Monday, March 02, 2015 10:12 PM
To: nebirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] Lake McConaughy gull photos


  

Hi everyone. Here's some photos of some of the rare gulls that were at Lake 
McConaughy yesterday (around Martin Bay). 



1st-winter possible Slaty-backed Gull: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157651130417031/ 



1st-winter 'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157650719884959/ 



adult probable 'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (pattern is okay for a dark Iceland, 
but could this be a Thayer'sXIceland hybrid? Seems like not enough black in the 
wingtip, especially P9, for a pure Thayer's): 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157651130417031/ 



I'm starting to think the 1st-winter bird I initially ID'ed as a probable 'Cook 
Inlet' Gull (Glaucous-wingedXHerring hybrid) might have been just a pale-winged 
northern Herring Gull... 



Noah Arthur, Lincoln


Subject: Fontenelle Forest birds
From: "SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Mar 2015 08:00:35 -0800
After a relatively birdless winter, I was happy to find the following birds at 
Fontenelle Forest (Sarpy Co, Bellevue) on Mar 2: 

 

 Greater White-fronted Goose (flock of ~24 flying over the nature center 
building) 

 Canada Goose (Missouri Trail)
 Common Goldeneye (2 drakes on Missouri Trail)
 Common Merganser (2 drakes on Missouri Trail)
 Mallard (small flock on North Stream)
 Green-winged Teal (flock on North Stream)
 Bald Eagle (several on Missouri Trail)
 Red-tailed Hawk (several along the railroad tracks in Handsome Hollow)
 Pileated Woodpecker (male along Missouri Trail)
 Crow (small flock over the nature center building)
 Fox Sparrow (1 on Walking Club Trail)
 White-throated Sparrow (small flock along Walking Club Trail)
 American Tree Sparrow (small flock along Walking Club Trail)
 Dark-eyed Junco (small flock along Walking Club Trail)
 

 Plus, all the usual resident woodpeckers, Black-capped Chickadee, 
White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Cardinal... 

 

 Good birding - Rick 
  
Subject: Sutherland Brown Pelican
From: "Rick urbanfishbird AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 00:13:44 -0500
 

.?? I stopped by Sutherland Reservoir this evening on my way home from Denver 
to look for the brown pelican previously reported. Luckily it was in the same 
location as previously reported as I had limited daylight left and the wind 
chill was unpleasant. New Nebraska bird for me. Tens of thousands of geese 
and?ducks in the area, but I was focused on finding the pelican and getting 
back on the road. Definitely a big increase in numbers since Thursday on my way 
out to Denver, except snow geese which were already abundant then. Swanson 
Reservoir was mostly ice-free at that time and had a good variety of ducks on 
it, but again was limited on time. Saw at least 100 Eurasian collared doves 
along Hwy?23 in?Perkins County this afternoon. 

?
Rick Eades
Lincoln
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Subject: Lake McConaughy gull photos
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 04:12:29 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi everyone. Here's some photos of some of the rare gulls that were at Lake 
McConaughy yesterday (around Martin Bay). 

1st-winter possible Slaty-backed Gull: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157651130417031/ 

1st-winter 'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157650719884959/ 

adult probable 'Kumlien's' Iceland Gull (pattern is okay for a dark Iceland, 
but could this be a Thayer'sXIceland hybrid? Seems like not enough black in the 
wingtip, especially P9, for a pure Thayer's): 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157651130417031/ 

I'm starting to think the 1st-winter bird I initially ID'ed as a 
probable 'Cook Inlet' Gull (Glaucous-wingedXHerring hybrid) might have 
been just a pale-winged northern Herring Gull... 

Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Black Duck, Platte County
From: "scott_buss79 AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 16:13:41 -0800
Found an American Black Duck on the hospital pond in Columbus this afternoon. 
The pond is just east of the hospital, take the road that is just south of the 
hospital and there will be a turnoff that goes down to the pond. Earlier in the 
day there had been a few thousand snow geese, mixed with a couple hundred 
Canada geese and a few Cackling and Ross' geese. The black duck was with a 
couple dozen mallards on one of the few open water spots in the ice. 



Scott Buss
Norfolk NE

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Subject: Jefferson County birds
From: "Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:06:44 +0000 (UTC)
Elaine and I made a quick trip to Fairbury mid day and then headed over to 
Flathead WMA and Crystal Springs park, mostly to check out the area where I 
thought folks had seen a Pileated Woodpecker in prior months.  While we did 
not find one, we were tickled pink to find Tufted Titmice, along with the usual 
resident woodland birds along the Little Blue River, and over at Crystal 
Springs Park found some American Coot, Pintail, a single Greater White-fronted 
Goose, three Snow Geese joining the several hundred Canada Geese and Cackling 
Geese, and Mallards and some interesting Domestic Geese and Mallard crosses, 
especially those marked exactly like a male mallard but waddling around like a 
goose!  Added 8 birds to my Jefferson County list, which when you start small, 
isn't so hard to do, even if it is winter!   Both locations were definitely 
worth visits at other times of the year as well.    A few Horned Larks were 
seen on the county roads as we journeyed back east.   

Ruthie Stearns and Elaine BachelLincoln, NE  
Subject: Signing Off On Posts (No Sightings)
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:21:30 +0000 (UTC)
    Okay folks.  Just another reminder that we need to sign our NEbirds 
posts with name, city, and county so people will know who you are and where you 
are posting from.  

Sorry for taking up e-mail space.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Re: Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 06:12:49 -0800
Returned to the site of these sightings yesterday (March 1), and again found 
Mountain Bluebirds. 


 This time, I found seven birds on the small frozen pond, six of them with 
bright blue backs and the seventh with a dull gray back (though with some blue 
visible around the tail). The birds tended to face away from me, but I saw 
sky-blue on the underparts of three of them. 

 

 I'm afraid that I described the location incorrectly last time. From Hwy 40 
just southwest of Callaway, drive south on paved Cozad Road (not 785 Ave, as I 
incorrectly stated it). Cottonwood Creek Rd runs westward from Cozad Rd about 5 
miles south of Hwy 40; drive about a mile west to the junction with Dr 785. The 
small frozen pond is about half a mile up Dr 785, on the right side. The road 
is minimum-maintenance, but with care a passenger vehicle could probably 
negotiate it. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: Schramm Park
From: "aclarke AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 02 Mar 2015 04:13:11 -0800
Slow tour of Schramm Park and the adjacent Platte Sunday:

Among the usual suspects, a Spring-like list of sorts:

Robins, about a dozen
Eastern Bulebirds (2)
Red Tail Hawk
Snow Geese - a flyover of 300+
Yellow-rumped warbler (3)
Great Blue Heron (3), both sides of the road
Common Merganser (6)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1)
Red Headed WP
Downy WP
Canada Geese
Mallard
Crow
Blue Jay
White-breasted Nuthatch
Cardinal
House Finch
Mallard
Chickadee (10+ and very active)
Junco (ok, not quite  Spring)
Starling
House sparrow

South on Hwy 31 by MoPac parking

Tree Sparrow
No. Flicker

Surprise - no Bald Eagle
 

Subject: Ogallala/McConaughy gulls -- Great Black-backed, Iceland, Glaucous, etc.
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:45:33 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi everyone. Today (well, actually yesterday) may have been the best gulling 
of my life... This afternoon Lake Ogallala and McConaughy yielded 7 gull 
species, including the continuing 1st-winter GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL, at least 
one ICELAND GULL (1st-winter), at least eight THAYER'S GULLS, two GLAUCOUS 
GULLS, at least three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and a 1st-winter apparent 
'COOK INLET' GULL (Glaucous-wingedXHerring Gull hybrid). Another intriguing 
bird was a 1st-winter gull that may have been a Slaty-backed. The Great 
Black-backed and Glaucous were on Lake Ogallala; the other good ones were 
around Martin Bay on Lake McConaughy. 

I'll post photos of these guys when I have time tomorrow. 
Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Sherman Res Gulls--Trail 8 road
From: "heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Mar 2015 20:35:03 -0800
Hi all,
 I know Mark has already sent a short message on the bird run, but figured I'd 
add a few details if anyone plans on chasing gulls in the next couple of days. 

 

 The rarer species were on the Northeast end of the lake--Take Trail 8 road. 
Most of the gulls were working of fish frozen in the ice or floating into the 
few very small openings/cracks in the ice and the wind was out of the North, so 
I don't know if their choice of location was because the Northeast end had a 
better food source or if the Northeast end was just less windy.., 

 

 We also took Trail 10 road (the next access road west). That part of the lake 
had >100 gulls, but only ring-billed and Herring today. 

 

 We had started by birding from the dam--only a few gulls on the south side of 
the lake. 

 

 David Heidt
 Norfolk
Subject: Sherman Lake
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:13:08 -0800




Subject: Greeley, Howard, Sherman trip
From: "'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:42:36 -0600
Dave Heidt and I made a quick trip to Greeley, Howard, and Sherman Counties 
today. 


50 species.  Best finds included:

   1 Barred Owl - Howard Co. Northwest of Dannebrog Rose Rd north of 4th Ave. 
  11 Trumpeter Swans - Sherman Co. between 785 and 784 Rds Hwy 58
  
  Sherman Res. Gulls ~ 900  (5 sp.)
     1 1st winter Great Black-backed
     1 adult Lesser Black-backed
     2 Thayer's Gull 1st winter

     1 Purple Finch - Greeley Co. -Wolbach

Mark A. Brogie
Creighton, NE






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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Mar 1, 2015
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:07:02 -0700
Stopped by the nature center feeders today in hopes of seeing the Evening 
Grosbeaks but no luck. The Cassin's Finches are still around. I was only 
there a short time so might have missed other species. I was mainly looking 
for the grosbeaks.

At home the Red-bellied Woodpeckers have came back to our peanut feeder 
after not seeing them for a couple of months. The Mountain Chickadee was 
here a few days ago but I didn't see it this weekend. He might still be 
around, sometimes I hear it when I walk down the road to a pine tree 
windbreak.

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Subject: eBird Report - Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Mar 1, 2015


> Wildcat Hills RA--Nature Center, Scotts Bluff, US-NE
> Mar 1, 2015 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 6 species
>
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Black-capped Chickadee  3
> Pygmy Nuthatch  4
> Dark-eyed Junco  3
> Cassin's Finch  25
> Pine Siskin  45
>


>
Our Yard
Mar 1, 2015 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     watching feeders off and on during the day
14 species (+1 other taxa)

Eurasian Collared-Dove  11
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Blue Jay  7
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  3
European Starling  5
White-crowned Sparrow  9
Dark-eyed Junco  5
Red-winged Blackbird  5
House Finch  10
American Goldfinch  24
House Sparrow  32




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Subject: Re: Lancaster County Titmouse
From: "Susan Quinn susan-quinn44 AT neb.rr.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:22:50 +0000
Michael,
According to my eBird records, I have found Tufted Titmice twice in Lancaster 
County. The first time was 4-12-11 in Pioneers Park. The second time was 
4-28-14 also in Pioneers Park. Perhaps an April walk in Pioneers Park would 
yield a Tufted Titmouse. 


Since I live in Nebraska City, I do a lot of birding in eastern Nebraska. I 
have found Tufted Titmice in the Missouri River counties (from south to north) 
of Richardson, Nemaha, Otoe, Cass, Sarpy, and Douglas. Outside of the river 
counties, I have found Tufted Titmice in Lancaster, Gage (Homestead Monument), 
Johnson (Wirth Bros RA) and Pawnee (Burchard Lake). 


Susan Quinn
Nebraska City, Otoe County


---- "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" 
 wrote: 

> Nebirds,
>  
> After almost 3 winters, I have yet to find a Tufted Titmouse in Lancaster 
County. I was out this afternoon targeting that species, walking about 3 miles 
in Wilderness Park but no luck. Do any of you Lincolnites have a reliable spot 
for the species you can share with me? Other than a few feeders that may get 
them in the winter, I think they are a somewhat difficult species to locate in 
the county. 

>  
> Thanks,
>  
> Michael Willison
> Lancaster Co.
> 
> 
>


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Subject: Re: Lancaster County Titmouse
From: "Rick urbanfishbird AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 00:40:30 -0500
I've seen one tufted titmouse in my Lincoln yard in 15 years and have yet to 
see one anywhere else in the county that I can recall. My wife saw two in our 
front yard several years ago during a heavy snow. 

 
Rick Eades
Lincoln
 
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds] 
 

To: Posting to NEBirds 
Sent: Sat, Feb 28, 2015 7:47 pm
Subject: [NEBirds] Lancaster County Titmouse


 
  
    
                  

Nebirds,
 
After almost 3 winters, I have yet to find a Tufted Titmouse in Lancaster 
County. I was out this afternoon targeting that species, walking about 3 miles 
in Wilderness Park but no luck. Do any of you Lincolnites have a reliable spot 
for the species you can share with me? Other than a few feeders that may get 
them in the winter, I think they are a somewhat difficult species to locate in 
the county. 

 
Thanks,
 
Michael Willison
Lancaster Co.



  		 	   		  

    
             

  
Subject: Lancaster County Titmouse
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:47:33 -0600
Nebirds,
 
After almost 3 winters, I have yet to find a Tufted Titmouse in Lancaster 
County. I was out this afternoon targeting that species, walking about 3 miles 
in Wilderness Park but no luck. Do any of you Lincolnites have a reliable spot 
for the species you can share with me? Other than a few feeders that may get 
them in the winter, I think they are a somewhat difficult species to locate in 
the county. 

 
Thanks,
 
Michael Willison
Lancaster Co.


  		 	   		  
Subject: Lake Ogallala gulls
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 01:46:55 +0000
I drove to Lewellen and back 26-27 February. I stopped by Lake Ogallala on the 
afternoon of 26 February and the morning of 27 February. On the 26th, 40% of 
the lake was frozen and the following morning 95% of the lake was frozen. 
Highlights: 


Lewellen area
~3,000 Sandhill Cranes

Lake Ogallala
1 Tundra Swan
1 Red-breasted Merganser
2 Glaucous Gulls
4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls
2 Thayer's Gulls
1 first-year Great Black-backed Gull
2 Black-billed Magpies

I also stopped by Johnson Lake this afternoon (27 Feb) and found it 99.9% 
frozen with very few birds. Finally, I stopped by Rowe Sanctuary and I was 
fortunate to see one Common Redpoll among all the goldfinches. 


Birds are certainly having to adjust to changing conditions with this bitter 
late-winter cold snap. 


 - Joel

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Subject: RE: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS
From: "Henry Armknecht whatabirder AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:10:28 -0700
This from Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Waterfowl Report:


Lovewell Over 250,000 light geese are here today (2/25) feeding on private 
cropland northeast of the reservoir into Nebraska. Most waterfowl loafing in 
the middle of the reservoir but feeding on private cropland mostly in Nebraska. 


Henry A
Hays KS


To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:29:18 -0600
Subject: [NEBirds] Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS














 

 



  


    
      
      
      Hello NEBirds, 

I'm a researcher currently working on a radar ornithology project, and am 
attempting to relate radar observations to observed flights/movements of 
particular species. As such, I may occasionally write asking whether there have 
been any observations in areas where interesting radar signatures have appeared 
recently. 


For the past several days, radar has indicated huge flights originating from a 
point near Lovewell Reservoir, in north-central KS. These flights leave this 
area in the morning, spreading out to the north and northeast, and based on the 
radar-estimated density, anyone in adjacent south-central Nebraska should 
notice. These birds often return to the same point in the evening. 


Has anyone noticed large flights in this area over the past week? Or, has 
anyone been down to Lovewell Reservoir in the past week? 


Thank you, 

Matthew 



    
     

    
    






   		 	   		  
Subject: Re: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS
From: "Davidely AT comcast.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:19:36 +0000 (UTC)
I'm from Superior, NE and was recently there (1/30-2/9).  I actually made it 
to Lovewell Reservior on my trip.  There were several large open areas of 
water that had tens of thousands of Canada, cackling, snow, and Ross's geese.  
There were good numbers of mallards there as well.  The normal dispersal of 
geese here is that they go north in the morning to the fields north of Superior 
and in the Cadams and Ruskin areas.  In the evening they return to Lovewell. 


----- Original Message -----

From: "'andrew.furman AT huskers.unl.edu' andrew.furman AT huskers.unl.edu [NEBirds]" 
 

To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 3:13:37 PM 
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS 

  


This is a little farther north than that, but in the Alda to Overton stretch 
along the Platte, there have been plenty of Snow Geese in recent weeks. The 
giant flocks move around a bit so it's hard for me to tell if they are 
increasing in number, but lately some of the sandpit lakes near Kearney have 
been completely covered. I have seen some suspicious radar blobs in that 
vicinity on clear days. 





On an unrelated note, yesterday there were a few hundred Sandhill Cranes south 
of the river near Alda, but I've still only seen one lone individual west of 
there this year. Not a lot of non-Mallard ducks around yet either. I did find 
two Rusty Blackbirds in Phelps County, which is always nice. 





Andrew Furman 

Kearney, NE 
 
Subject: RE: Prairie Chickens ~ March 14th weekend
From: "'Wheeler, Ben' ben.wheeler AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:13:00 +0000
Marc,



It depends how far you are wanting to go. The area north of Lexington (about 
1.5 hours west of Grand Island) is some of the best area that I cover for 
prairie chickens. Take Highway 21 north of Lexington for about 15 miles. You 
will run into Buffalo Rd to the West and County Road 771 to the East. You can 
really dink around any where in this vicinity and be on chickens. Not many 
roads there, but they almost all take you by some great grassland landscapes. 




Chickens in the morning, Cranes in the evening...not a bad day.


Ben Wheeler  |  Coordinating Wildlife Biologist
Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever | 1614 N 28th St., P.O. Box 243 | 
Ord, Nebraska, 68862 

p. (308) 728-3244 | m. (308) 750-2652 | f. (308) 728-7917 | 
Ben.Wheeler AT nebraska.gov 


"Spread your arms and hold your breath, and always trust your cape"
     -Guy Clark

The Coordinating Wildlife Biologist program is a partnership with the Nebraska 
Game & Parks Commission. 


www.NebraskaPF.com ♦ 
www.PheasantsForever.org ♦ 
www.QuailForever.org ♦ 

________________________________
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 5:43 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Prairie Chickens ~ March 14th weekend



I will be in Grand Island to see the cranes the March 14th weekend. Is there a 
dependable place nearby to see Prairie Chickens on their booming ground? 



Feel free to email me directly or post on the listserv...


Thank you!


Marc Lund
Attorney at Law
231 S. Bemiston Avenue
Suite 800
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: 314-651-1872
Fax: 866-336-3391



Subject: FW: Songbird Prog.
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:06:24 -0600
To Clem and others, 

 

Sheila found this information concerning “The Nature of Things”.

 

From: Sheila Norton [mailto:SNorton AT Streck.com] 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 3:26 PM
To: 'Elliott Bedows'
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Songbird Prog.

 

Looks like you’ll be able to watch it on-line. The CBC program, “The Nature 
of Things” is available on their Web player. They have all past shows, the 
most recent one posted is February 12, 2015. So maybe 2 weeks after it airs, it 
will be available. Here’s the link: 


 

 

http://www.cbc.ca/player/search.html?q=The  Nature of Things&page=1   

 

 

 





Sheila Norton
R&D Associate Scientist
P: 402.537.5255 | 800.843.0912
  snorton AT streck.com |  
www.streck.com 


 

 

From: Elliott Bedows [mailto:ebedows AT cox.net] 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 3:15 PM
To: Sheila Norton
Subject: FW: [NEBirds] Songbird Prog.

 

Any chance that one our channels can pick this up?

 

 

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 2:32 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Songbird Prog.

 

  

This looks like an interesting nature program on the plight of songbirds in the 
western hemisphere. However, it is being shown on CBC - Canadian Broad. Comp. 
Maybe it will be picked up by PBS at some future time. The information about 
the program is still interesting to read and informative. See site below. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/songbirdsos





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Subject: Songbird Prog.
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:31:50 -0500
This looks like an interesting nature program on the plight of songbirds in the 
western hemisphere. However, it is being shown on CBC - Canadian Broad. Comp. 
Maybe it will be picked up by PBS at some future time. The information about 
the program is still interesting to read and informative. See site below. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE



http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/songbirdsos


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Subject: RE: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS
From: "'andrew.furman AT huskers.unl.edu' andrew.furman@huskers.unl.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:13:37 +0000
This is a little farther north than that, but in the Alda to Overton stretch 
along the Platte, there have been plenty of Snow Geese in recent weeks. The 
giant flocks move around a bit so it's hard for me to tell if they are 
increasing in number, but lately some of the sandpit lakes near Kearney have 
been completely covered. I have seen some suspicious radar blobs in that 
vicinity on clear days. 



On an unrelated note, yesterday there were a few hundred Sandhill Cranes south 
of the river near Alda, but I've still only seen one lone individual west of 
there this year. Not a lot of non-Mallard ducks around yet either. I did find 
two Rusty Blackbirds in Phelps County, which is always nice. 



Andrew Furman

Kearney, NE
Subject: RE: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:37:11 +0000
Lots of Snow Geese moving around and quite a few Canada/Cackling with some 
White-fronts mixed in – almost HAS to be geese. 


T. J. Walker
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
301 E State Farm Road
North Platte, NE  69101

Office Phone:  308-535-8025
Cell Phone:  308-530-7659

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 1:29 PM
To: NE Birds Listserve
Subject: [NEBirds] Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS


Hello NEBirds,
I'm a researcher currently working on a radar ornithology project, and am 
attempting to relate radar observations to observed flights/movements of 
particular species. As such, I may occasionally write asking whether there have 
been any observations in areas where interesting radar signatures have appeared 
recently. 

For the past several days, radar has indicated huge flights originating from a 
point near Lovewell Reservoir, in north-central KS. These flights leave this 
area in the morning, spreading out to the north and northeast, and based on the 
radar-estimated density, anyone in adjacent south-central Nebraska should 
notice. These birds often return to the same point in the evening. 

Has anyone noticed large flights in this area over the past week? Or, has 
anyone been down to Lovewell Reservoir in the past week? 

Thank you,
Matthew



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Subject: Re: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS
From: "pastorpaultdunbar AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Feb 2015 11:35:17 -0800
Interesting. I haven't been down that way. I'd bet it's geese, but do we have 
any birders who live in Superior? That's straight north of Lovewell. 


 Paul Dunbar 
 Hastings (Adams Co)
Subject: Request for Observations: S-central NE/N-central KS
From: "Matthew Van Den Broeke matthew.vandenbroeke AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:29:18 -0600
Hello NEBirds,

I'm a researcher currently working on a radar ornithology project, and am
attempting to relate radar observations to observed flights/movements of
particular species.  As such, I may occasionally write asking whether there
have been any observations in areas where interesting radar signatures have
appeared recently.

For the past several days, radar has indicated huge flights originating
from a point near Lovewell Reservoir, in north-central KS.  These flights
leave this area in the morning, spreading out to the north and northeast,
and based on the radar-estimated density, anyone in adjacent south-central
Nebraska should notice.  These birds often return to the same point in the
evening.

Has anyone noticed large flights in this area over the past week?  Or, has
anyone been down to Lovewell Reservoir in the past week?

Thank you,

Matthew
Subject: Photos
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:45:58 -0500
Kathy and Duane Schwery,
Great photos of the Cedar Waxwings and Bluebirds sharing a drink. Also love the 
Hermit Thrush at your birdbath. 


Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE


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Subject: Carter Lake (Douglas Co.) 2/26
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:22:47 +0000 (UTC)
    Today I braved the cold and ventured out to Carter Lake.  Not much was 
observed when I first arrived, but as the evening went on, more waterfowl 
flooded in including what I would call a "goose storm" around 6pm.  Although 
there were probably over 1000 MALLARDS, no Am. Black Ducks could be found.  
Highlights included about 60 CACKLING GEESE, 12 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, a 
single drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL, five (5) NO. PINTAIL, and slightly increasing 
numbers of NO. SHOVELER.  Unfortunately no signs of any dark stocky sea geese, 
however. 

 The TRUMPETER SWANS were present in lesser numbers than weeks past, still 
keeping the pair of TUNDRA SWANS company. 

e-bird....
Carter Lake, Douglas, US-NE
Feb 26, 2015 4:55 PM - 6:05 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:    Mostly Cloudy.  Very cold.  Light Snow.  Temp: 10-12F
19 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  12
Cackling Goose  60
Canada Goose  9000
Trumpeter Swan  18    Same Trumpeter Swans that have been overwintering at 
Carter Lake since January. 

Tundra Swan  2    Same two individuals (adult and dusky headed subadult with 
yellow lores that have been frequenting the area with numbers of Trumpeter 
Swans since early January. 

Gadwall  2
Mallard  1000
Northern Shoveler  22
Northern Pintail  5
Green-winged Teal  1
Canvasback  1
Redhead  17
Ring-necked Duck  20
Common Goldeneye  16
Hooded Merganser  5
Common Merganser  13
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  200    Many Am. Coots wintering on Carter Lake this year
European Starling  1
Good birding.

Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: My computer has virus--don't open attachments from me
From: "heidtdw AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Feb 2015 07:56:32 -0800
Hi all,
 if you get an attachment or a link from my email address heidtdw AT gmail.com, 
don't open it. 

 Hit the shortcut keys for save instead of delete on the wrong emai--sorry 
about that. 

  
 David Heidt
Subject: Prairie Chickens ~ March 14th weekend
From: "lundmd AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Feb 2015 15:43:52 -0800
I will be in Grand Island to see the cranes the March 14th weekend. Is there a 
dependable place nearby to see Prairie Chickens on their booming ground? 

 

 Feel free to email me directly or post on the listserv...
 

 Thank you!
 

 Marc Lund
Attorney at Law
231 S. Bemiston Avenue
Suite 800
Clayton, MO 63105
Phone: 314-651-1872
Fax: 866-336-3391

 

Subject: Re: Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County
From: "'lutherhaige AT yahoo.com' lutherhaige@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:14:11 -0600
We had one Mountain BB in the Wildcat Hills on Feb 15th too. 

Mannings
Omaha

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From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" 
To: 
Subject: [NEBirds] Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County
Date: Tue, Feb 24, 2015 8:33 PM

Pleased to report a flock of eight Mountain Bluebirds south of Callaway in 
Custer County today (Feb. 24). 

I'd driven south from about Callaway on 785 Ave, turned about a mile west on 
Cottonwood Creek Rd, and parked at the junction with minimum-maintenance 785 
Dr, then walked generally northward on 785 Dr. About half a mile north, there 
was a small frozen pond on the right side of the road; the bluebirds were on 
the surface of the pond. 

Two of the eight birds had dull gray-brown upperparts. The other six had fairly 
intense blue on the backs and wings. They tended to face away from me, but I 
was able to get poor profile views of two of the blue-backed birds, and had a 
three-quarters frontal view of another (although its underparts were in its 
shadow). The 3/4-view bird's underparts looked light to medium gray. The two 
profile birds showed blue on the upper flanks, turning into white on the lower 
flanks. I didn't see rufous on any of the birds, either on the ice or in the 
air. I assume that an Eastern with a bright-blue back would show lots of rufous 
in the underparts, so I'm ID'ing these as Mountains, although I'd have liked a 
better look at the underparts to be a little more sure. 

On the same walk, had a singing Horned Lark, possibly one who'd thought that 
the sunny day with temperatures in the 40's portended the arrival of spring. 
Not all the larks were convinced of this: I also found a tight flock of 15 
birds in Logan County. 

William FlackKearney






Subject: Lincoln County 2/24/15
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:34:42 -0800




Subject: Fwd: Schramm SRA
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:54:32 -0500
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 23:10:46 -0500
From:  
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Schramm SRA

With the nice weather today I stopped at the Schramm SRA today (Sarpy County) 
and saw: 

- 85 Canada Geese
- 35 Mallards
- 1 Red-tailed Hawk
- 2 RB Woodpeckers
- 2 N. Flickers
- 3 Downy Woodpeckers
- 12 BC Chickadees
- 7 WB Nuthatches
- 2 Tufted Titmice
- 5 Crows
- 4 Blue Jays
- 1 B. Kingfisher
- 1 Carolina Wren
- 65 Cedar Waxwings (looked for a Bohemian but no luck)
- 2 White-throated Sparrows
- 2 Harris's Sparrows
- 6 Cardinals
- 6 House Finches
- 2 Purple Finches 
- 6 Goldfinches
- 22 DE Juncos
- 12 House Sparrows

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE


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Subject: Fontenelle Forest
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:10:54 -0600
Hi all, 

 

Sylvia Hanson and I took advantage of the last nice day we'll likely see
this month by birding the surprisingly un-muddy lowlands of the Forest this
afternoon.   The trails north of Gifford Rd were essentially void of any
bird life.  But, while still pretty dead, we did pick up some notable
sightings as well circled The Great Marsh on Marsh and Hidden Lk Trs; the
best sightings occurring on the latter Tr. 

 

The two best sightings were (Red) Fox Sparrow [1] and Spotted Towhee [1m].
Other sparrows seen were: Amer. Tree [4]; Song [2]; and a lone Cassiar DE'd
Junco.

 

Other birds included: Bald Eagle [ 2 ad.]; No. Harrier [1m]; Red-tailed Hk
[5]; Barred Owl [1]; Red-headed Woodpecker [2]; Red-bellies and Downy's.
Blue Jay, Crow, BC'd Chickadee, Titmouse, WB'd Nuthatch, & Cardinals also
made an appearance.  

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.
Subject: Mountain Bluebirds in Custer County
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Feb 2015 18:33:24 -0800
Pleased to report a flock of eight Mountain Bluebirds south of Callaway in 
Custer County today (Feb. 24). 

 

 I'd driven south from about Callaway on 785 Ave, turned about a mile west on 
Cottonwood Creek Rd, and parked at the junction with minimum-maintenance 785 
Dr, then walked generally northward on 785 Dr. About half a mile north, there 
was a small frozen pond on the right side of the road; the bluebirds were on 
the surface of the pond. 

 

 Two of the eight birds had dull gray-brown upperparts. The other six had 
fairly intense blue on the backs and wings. They tended to face away from me, 
but I was able to get poor profile views of two of the blue-backed birds, and 
had a three-quarters frontal view of another (although its underparts were in 
its shadow). The 3/4-view bird's underparts looked light to medium gray. The 
two profile birds showed blue on the upper flanks, turning into white on the 
lower flanks. I didn't see rufous on any of the birds, either on the ice or in 
the air. I assume that an Eastern with a bright-blue back would show lots of 
rufous in the underparts, so I'm ID'ing these as Mountains, although I'd have 
liked a better look at the underparts to be a little more sure. 

 

 On the same walk, had a singing Horned Lark, possibly one who'd thought that 
the sunny day with temperatures in the 40's portended the arrival of spring. 
Not all the larks were convinced of this: I also found a tight flock of 15 
birds in Logan County. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: Re: Harlan
From: "'Jerry Jacobs' jacobs310 AT hamilton.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:38:01 -0600
Was at Harlan on Saturday, and yes there were lot of eagles, but the 
lake was not frozen. Also saw a large group of pelicans on the north 
side.


Jerry














On Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:41:33 +0000
  "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" 
 wrote:
> My biologist at Alma just let me know that there are "hundreds" of 
>Bald Eagles at Harlan County Reservoir right now.
> 
> He also said that 90% of the lake is frozen and there aren't many 
>waterfowl, so I am guessing that would mean a "winter kill" on shad 
>or alewives is attracting the eagles.  Might be a place to watch for 
>gulls as the ice melts.
> 
> 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
> 




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Subject: Harlan
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:41:33 +0000
My biologist at Alma just let me know that there are "hundreds" of Bald Eagles 
at Harlan County Reservoir right now. 


He also said that 90% of the lake is frozen and there aren't many waterfowl, so 
I am guessing that would mean a "winter kill" on shad or alewives is attracting 
the eagles. Might be a place to watch for gulls as the ice melts. 


T. J. Walker
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
301 E State Farm Road
North Platte, NE  69101

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Subject: NOU Membership
From: "Mark Brogie mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:27:51 -0600
I know I have not done yet this year!  Sending mine off today!!!  

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Subject: BOL on Feb. 23--iced over with tiny holes.
From: "larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:11:57 -0500
Hi!
    BOL is nearly entirely frozen over.  There are  a few tiny holes; 
however, there was no waterfowl present. From about 2000 common mergansers to 

none, and no geese or mallards or other ducks.  There  were still about 50 
bald eagles and only 2 herring gulls and 15 ring-billed  gulls on a tiny hole 
on the southwest arm--gull numbers down from 1000 or more  earlier.  Hope 
this helps anyone who wants to do BOL.  
Larry Einemann
 
 
In a message dated 2/24/2015 6:01:52 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
No knowledge  of recent days but as of Saturday morning there were only 
pin-holes of open  water at BOL.  Weather since has not been favorable to 
change that, until  maybe today. 
Thomas  Labedz, Lincoln  
 
 
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com  [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015  6:28 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] BOL  gull "?"

 
 
 
 
Hi all,  
Have  the gulls that were present on Branched Oak Lk  about a week ago 
returned.  In fact, is their currently open water at  BOL? 
Thanks, 
Elliott Bedows 
Bellevue, Sarpy Co.

 






Subject: Birdwatching in the comics
From: "Barbara Straus barbstraus AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:38:27 -0600
Dear nebirders,
It's not exactly birding in Nebraska, but thought you would enjoy this.
This week, Doonesbury is rerunning a week of comics from 1981 that features
a birdwatcher. Here's today's edition:

http://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury

Barb Straus
Lincoln, NE
Subject: RE: BOL gull "?"
From: "Thomas Labedz tlabedz1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:01:39 +0000
No knowledge of recent days but as of Saturday morning there were only 
pin-holes of open water at BOL. Weather since has not been favorable to change 
that, until maybe today. 

Thomas Labedz, Lincoln

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 6:28 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] BOL gull "?"


Hi all,

Have the gulls that were present on Branched Oak Lk about a week ago returned. 
In fact, is their currently open water at BOL? 


Thanks,

Elliott Bedows
Bellevue, Sarpy Co.
Subject: BOL gull "?"
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:28:13 -0600
Hi all, 

 

Have  the gulls that were present on Branched Oak Lk about a week ago
returned.  In fact, is their currently open water at BOL?

 

Thanks,

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.