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19 Oct Am. Three-toed Woodpecker photos ["'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" ]
19 Oct Kearney ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
19 Oct Fw: eBird Report - my yard, Oct 19, 2014 ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
19 Oct American Three-toed Woodpecker 10.19.14 ["'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" ]
19 Oct Seward, Saline, Fillmore and Thayer ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
18 Oct Grass Pads and Jack Sinn today ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Oct Grant sewage ponds ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Oct American Three-toed Woodpecker - Dawes Co. ["'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" ]
18 Oct Re: Harlan County CBC - 15 Dec ["Harlan County Tourism harlancountytourism AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Oct Backyard birds, Hastings, Adams Co ["hpsalyar AT tcgcs.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Oct Harlan County CBC - 15 Dec ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
16 Oct Recent birding encounters! ["larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
16 Oct Re: identify ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
16 Oct Re: identify ["'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Oct identify ["pjlam44 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
15 Oct Fontenelle Forest Birds ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
15 Oct Saline, Fillmore, Polk & Butler Cos ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
14 Oct Pawnee Lake and Lancaster Co. ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Oct Fw: eBird Report - Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Oct 14, 2014 ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
14 Oct migrants at Fontenelle Forest ["SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" ]
14 Oct Greenhouse Ammodramus- 10/13 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
13 Oct Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on East Campus in Lincoln ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
13 Oct RE: Question re Spring Creek Prairie ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
13 Oct RE: Question re Spring Creek Prairie ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
13 Oct Question re Spring Creek Prairie ["bkrrrrr AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
13 Oct FW: Part-time work: bird surveys in Ogallala, NE ["Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
13 Oct Notide the new address ["'Bill Huntley' birder AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct Oct 12 Howard Co ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct Swainson's Hawks ["'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct Smith's Longspurs & Sprague's Pipit ["lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct overview of the last week birds - Platte Co ["Marsha Nyffeler marshanyffeler AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct Yellow-bellied Sapsucker ["'Kathleen Crawford' katcr AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct Gray Partridges + ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
11 Oct Bunting final word ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
12 Oct Douglas Co.- Another Week In Review ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
11 Oct Bellevue Birds ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
11 Oct Farm birds ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
11 Oct Perkins County ["anitawatkinsksc AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
10 Oct Hummingbird ["Jeanine Lackey jeanine.dinan AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
10 Oct American Tree Sparrow in Brown County ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
10 Oct Black-billed Magpies in Keya Paha Co. ["sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
10 Oct NOU Newsletter ["Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
8 Oct possible Lazuli Bunting photos ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
7 Oct Location ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
7 Oct Lake Ogallala/McConaughy ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
6 Oct Late report: possible Lazuli Bunting at Pioneers Park ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
6 Oct Fw: eBird Report - Memphis SRA, Oct 6, 2014 ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
6 Oct Fw: eBird Report - Jack Sinn Memorial WMA--east, Oct 6, 2014 ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
6 Oct Monday's sightings ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
05 Oct Highlights and lowlights ["flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
5 Oct Medicine Creek Reservoir 10/5/14 ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
5 Oct Sunday's yard birds ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
5 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Oct 4, 2014 ["Allenreyer allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
5 Oct Re: Junco ["'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
5 Oct Re: Junco ["Harry & Phyllis Salyards hpsalyar AT tcgcs.com [NEBirds]" ]
4 Oct Mercer Woods 10/03-10/04 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
4 Oct Mercer Woods 10/03-10/04 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
4 Oct Spotted Towhee ["'Eric Patdu' ericpatdu AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
4 Oct Re: Chadron SP Banding Station 9/28-10/2 ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
04 Oct Chadron SP Banding Station 9/28-10/2 ["jel260 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
4 Oct Bellevue Birds ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
04 Oct Swainson's Thrush ["hpsalyar AT tcgcs.com [NEBirds]" ]
3 Oct Re: Junco ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
03 Oct Wachiska Audubon field trip to Fairbury area Sun. 10/5 ["flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
03 Oct Junco ["aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
2 Oct Warblers in FF ["jonathan crews crews4crane AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
3 Oct Sutherland and Mormon Is. ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
2 Oct Sarpy County Birds, 9/2 ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
02 Oct Tucker in magazine @FUS ["Leslie P & Angela J Lutter lutter AT wiatel.net [NEBirds]" ]
1 Oct Belated and recent sightings in Lancaster/Saunders counties. ["larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Oct Re: Hummer Help ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Oct Mercer Woods/ W. Douglas Co.- 9/01 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
01 Oct Hummer Help ["bkgr10 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
01 Oct Black-billed Cuckoo and five warblers at Fontenelle Forest ["SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Oct Gosper Co. warblers ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
30 Sep Hummers ["'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]

Subject: Am. Three-toed Woodpecker photos
From: "'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:43:31 -0500
Posted two photos of a female American Three-toed Woodpecker that Ed M. Brogie 
took today (10.19.14) in Dawes County, Nebraska. 


Mark A. Brogie
Creighton, NE

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Subject: Kearney
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:19:15 -0500
After visiting with the Big Bend Audubon Chapter in Kearney today I stopped 
briefly at Cottonmill Park just west of Kearney (Buffalo County). Found: 

- 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
- 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
- 2 White-breasted Nuthatch
- 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers
- 14 Cedar Waxwings
- 45 Robins
- 2 BC Chickadees
- 3 Cardinals

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - my yard, Oct 19, 2014
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:08:34 -0600
Finally had a few birds in the yard today. Below is the list. Juncos and 
White-crowned Sparrows showed up a week ago, today's was the first goldfinch 
I have seen for a while.
Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE

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Subject: eBird Report - my yard, Oct 19, 2014


> my yard, Scotts Bluff, US-NE
> Oct 19, 2014 8:00 AM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments:     birds seen in the yard through out the day
> 13 species
>
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Blue Jay  5
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> American Robin  7
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
> White-crowned Sparrow  1
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  9     two males with black heads
> Common Grackle  6
> House Finch  2
> American Goldfinch  1
> House Sparrow  7
>
> View this checklist online at 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20281739
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 



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Subject: American Three-toed Woodpecker 10.19.14
From: "'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:53:10 -0500
Ed Brogie, Bill Huser, Bob Livermore, Dave Stage, and I revisited East Ash 
Creek Canyon in Dawes Co. this morning. We found the female woodpecker a bit 
east of where we discovered it yesterday. Will post some photos! 

When last observed the bird was flying to the northeast over the high ridge to 
the north. 


Mark A. Brogie
Creighton, NE


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Subject: Seward, Saline, Fillmore and Thayer
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:12:03 +0000
I did a loop in Seward, Saline, Fillmore and Thayer Counties on 18 October. I 
had the following highlights: 


8 White-faced Ibis at the sheetwater wetland in FIllmore Co (RWB record late, 
now) 

120 American Golden-Plovers in a cut soybean field near Mallard Haven WPA
1 Northern Shrike in Saline County
1 Hermit Thrush along Seward hike/bike trail along Plum Creek
6 LeConte's Sparrows at Prairie Marsh WMA, Thayer Co.
1 LeConte's Sparrow at Meyer Recreation Area, Saline Co.
1 Fox Sparrow in Saline Co.
12 Brewer's Blackbirds at Real WPA

The shorebirds present on Wednesday in Fillmore County were mostly gone. I had 
one Lesser Yellowlegs and one Least Sandpiper, there, and another three Lesser 
Yellowlegs in southern Fillmore County. 


Good birding!

 - Joel

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Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
2200 N 33rd | Lincoln, NE 68503
 joel.jorgensen AT nebraska.gov | 402.471.5440
Subject: Grass Pads and Jack Sinn today
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:21:40 -0500


I checked out the grass pads early this morning in Douglas County off West 
Center Rd. with the following highlights: 




3 Am. Golden Plover

3 Am. Pipits

1 Lapland Longspur

3 Longspur Un-ID'd to species

1 Great Egret flying over the Sand Pit to the west



The longspurs were out quite a ways and moving around in pad &2. Only able to 
ID 1 Lapland due to the rusty contrasting swath on the greater wing coverts. 
Presumably a fall female bird. Not sure how many of the 4 I saw on the ground 
as they were not together and would move in and out of the grass and fly about 
some. At one point they were all flying together and either silent or too far 
away for me to hear them. 




I then spent a couple hours walking around at Jack Sinn WMA in Saunders Co. Of 
interest were: 




10 Rusty Blackbirds (photos)

25 Am. Pipits

1 Greater Yellowlegs

4 Wilson's Snipe

5 Least Sandpiper

multiple Le Conte's Sparrows (photos)



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

Some of my recent photos can be viewed with the above link.



Michael Willison

Lincoln
 		 	   		  
Subject: Grant sewage ponds
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Oct 2014 18:30:48 -0700
Regret to report that I visited the Grant (Perkins County) sewage ponds today, 
and found them all apparently dry. In particular, the northeastern pond, which 
is the one whose surface is visible from the east-west road, had nothing but a 
little damp patch in the bottom, with one forlorn-looking Killdeer on it. I 
couldn't see the surface of the southeastern pond, which I believe has had 
water as recently as this spring; but I suspect that it, too, has been drained. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: American Three-toed Woodpecker - Dawes Co.
From: "'Mark A. Brogie' mbrogie AT esu1.org [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:31:06 -0600
Ed Brogie, Bill Huser, and I found and photographed a FEMALE American 
Three-toed Woodpecker today in East Ash Canyon, Dawes Co., NE 

All previous reports have been of male birds.
Location of bird: From East Ash Trailhead take drainage that lies north of 
trail eastward until it narrows and becomes steep. 


Long W 103 10.721 min
Lat N 42 37.617.  


Mark A. Brogie
Creighton, NE

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Subject: Re: Harlan County CBC - 15 Dec
From: "Harlan County Tourism harlancountytourism AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:17:50 -0700
 
Thank you, thank you, Joel and all who decide to participate! We will do our 
best to make you feel welcome! Pat 

 

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 From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" 
 

To: "NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com"  
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 1:02 PM
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlan County CBC - 15 Dec
  


  



In a time when the promise of tomorrow seemed more evident, there was a 
Christmas Bird Count (CBC) that exemplified the spirit of possibility. Rising 
from the ashes of broken promises, the Harlan County CBC will once again take 
place this year after a 15+ year absence. The date is tentatively set for 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 15. Golden-crowned Sparrow, Black-legged Kittiwake and Spotted 
Sandpiper are a few of the rarities discovered during the first act of the 
Harlan County CBC. What will the next act produce? Well, friend, anything is 
possible when you believe in the promise of tomorrow. 

  
More details will be available as the date approaches. If you are interested in 
participating, please contact me off-list. 

  
Good birding!   
  
- Joel 
   
  
Joel Jorgensen   |  Nongame Bird Program Manager  
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission   
 2200 N. 33rd St.   |  Lincoln, NE 68503    
joel.jorgensen AT nebraska.gov  |  402.471.5440 
   
  
   


  
Subject: Backyard birds, Hastings, Adams Co
From: "hpsalyar AT tcgcs.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Oct 2014 08:11:55 -0700
Clouds of gnats attracting yellow rumped warbler, brown creeper, white breasted 
nuthatch, ruby crowned kinglet. Yard also has many juncos, cardinals, house 
finches, etc. Ruby crowned hummingbird visiting pineapple sage with red 
blossoms right outside back door on Oct 17, 2014. Phyllis Salyards 
Subject: Harlan County CBC - 15 Dec
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:02:22 +0000
In a time when the promise of tomorrow seemed more evident, there was a 
Christmas Bird Count (CBC) that exemplified the spirit of possibility. Rising 
from the ashes of broken promises, the Harlan County CBC will once again take 
place this year after a 15+ year absence. The date is tentatively set for 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 15. Golden-crowned Sparrow, Black-legged Kittiwake and Spotted 
Sandpiper are a few of the rarities discovered during the first act of the 
Harlan County CBC. What will the next act produce? Well, friend, anything is 
possible when you believe in the promise of tomorrow. 


More details will be available as the date approaches. If you are interested in 
participating, please contact me off-list. 


Good birding!

- Joel


Joel Jorgensen   |  Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
 2200 N. 33rd St.   |  Lincoln, NE 68503
joel.jorgensen AT nebraska.gov | 402.471.5440 



Subject: Recent birding encounters!
From: "larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:22:14 -0400
Hi!
    A brief summary of some local birding in Lancaster  County.  The best 
site was Holmes Lake on October 14, 2014.  It was a  windy morning, but even 
windier in the p.m. when I visited Pioneers Park.   HOLMES LAKE observations 
of note (37 species):  Osprey--2; Bufflehead--3;  Redhead--28; 
White-throated sparrow--12; Brown creeper--1; Ruby-crowned kinglet--8; 
Golden-crowned 

kinglet--1; Nashville warbler--1; Orange-crowned  warbler--2; Yellow-rumped 
warbler--24; Red-breasted nuthatch--4; Eastern  meadowlark--1.
     PIONEERS PARK on October 14 at  several sites, including Chet Ager 
Nature Center:  Not a whole lot of  diversity present of some note were 
Yellow-rumped warbler--22; Orange-crowned  warbler--3; Cedar waxwing--3 
Ruby-crowned kinglet--2; White-throated sparrow--1;  Red-breasted nuthatch--1.
    October 15, 2014 was a beautiful day (calm, clear,  mild); however, not 
a whole lot of new arrivals as I thought there would be  after the big 
blowing on October 14. Lots of Yellow-rumped warblers are about. There is an 

increase in the number of sparrows in brush piles and  roadside thickets.  
My first stop was lackluster CAPITOL BEACH LAKE:   Large numbers of 
Franklin's gulls (2000+); Bald eagle--1; Spotted  sandpiper--2.
    A brief stop at OAK Lake (west) produced 28  Pied-billed  grebes.       
                                           
    After encountering a lot of sparrows going up  North 1st Street to 
LITTLE SALT FORK MARSH at 1st and Raymond Road, I stopped  and walked into the 
LSFM area.  Of note were the following:  Savannah  sparrow--17; Swamp 
sparrow--6; Marsh wren--5; Nelson's sparrow--1; LeConte's sparrow--3; 
Long-billed 

dowitcher--2; Northern harrier--1.
    At BRANCHED OAK LAKE SRA I did not find much  in the way of new 
arrivals for the season as I had been hoping.  Sightings  of note were:  
Bonaparte's gull--2; Herring gull--3; Field sparrow--3; Ruby-crowned 
kinglet--1; Barn 

swallow--1; Bald eagle--1.  I did not see any  Turkey vultures assemble for 
roosting in the trees on the northwest arm as I  have in the late afternoon 
in previous visits.
    By the time I arrived at PAWNEE LAKE SRA in the  late afternoon, things 
were slowing down.  A boat towing a wet-suited water  skier back and forth 
from one end to the other stirred up the few species on the  lake.  Looking 
into the sun and to the southwest with a scope, I thought I  saw a scoter in 
the distance.  A large number of shorebirds on the west  beach were also 
seen, but they were too far away to identify.  I made a  quick decision to see 
if I could get better views on the west side.  By the  time I got there, 
the water skier disturbed the birds present.  No scoter  found.  I was 
disappointed that the natural treasures of the west beach were blocked by a 
gate. 

I had to hoof it in to see about 45 Killdeers on  the beach.  I was about 
to leave when I encountered Shari Schwartz, who was  just arriving.  Other 
signtings of note on the Pawnee visit:   White-throated sparrow--6; 
Yellow-rumped warbler--56 (conservatively); Cedar  waxwing--6.
    At quite a few sites I found a lot of Chipping  sparrows making their 
way southward.
Good birding!
Larry Einemann
 
In a message dated 10/16/2014 6:24:19 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
 
Yes Patsy, the first photo is of a E. Starling and the second one is of a  
Cooper’s Hawk (look at the large feet and head).
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
 
 

 
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Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:36 AM
To: _NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com_ (mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com)  
Subject: [NEBirds] identify


 

    
 
I downloaded two pictures of a bird that was at the top of a tree near my  
yard.  It kind of looks like a Starling, but do they have green,  reflective 
feathers and a light color under their wings?  He was up there  quietly 
chittering and crackeling.  thanks,,

Patsy
South  Central
Omaha







Subject: Re: identify
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:24:19 -0500
Yes Patsy, the first photo is of a E. Starling and the second one is of a 
Cooper’s Hawk (look at the large feet and head). 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

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Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:36 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] identify

  
I downloaded two pictures of a bird that was at the top of a tree near my yard. 
It kind of looks like a Starling, but do they have green, reflective feathers 
and a light color under their wings? He was up there quietly chittering and 
crackeling. thanks,, 


Patsy
South Central
Omaha




Subject: Re: identify
From: "'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:57:48 -0600
Hi Patsy,
I haven't seen your photographs but have you considered a Lewis's woodpecker? 
It would, I believe, be a good bit out of range but during migration it might 
be worth a check. Lewis's will sit atop a tree and flycatch. Could you send me 
your photos? 

Diane T in Laramie

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"pjlam44 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]"  wrote:

>  
>
>I downloaded two pictures of a bird that was at the top of a tree near my 
yard.  It kind of looks like a Starling, but do they have green, reflective 
feathers and a light color under their wings?  He was up there quietly 
chittering and crackeling.  thanks,, 

>
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Subject: identify
From: "pjlam44 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Oct 2014 22:36:06 -0700
I downloaded two pictures of a bird that was at the top of a tree near my yard. 
It kind of looks like a Starling, but do they have green, reflective feathers 
and a light color under their wings? He was up there quietly chittering and 
crackeling. thanks,, 


Patsy
South Central
Omaha
 

Subject: Fontenelle Forest Birds
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:40:18 -0500
This morning in the Fontenelle Forest lowlands (with Eric Scholar, Jim & Sandy 
Kovanda & Roland Barth) we found: 


Pied-billed Grebe - 2
Double-crested Cormorant - 2
Turkey Vulture - 20
Cooper's Hawk
Pileated Woodpecker - 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 4
Carolina Wren 
Orange-crowned Warbler - 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3
Nashville Warbler
White-throated Sparrow - very numerous
Lincoln's Sparrow - 3
White-crowned Sparrow 
Harris's Sparrow 
Fox Sparrow - 3
Eastern Towhee - 3
Purple Finch - 6


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


Subject: Saline, Fillmore, Polk & Butler Cos
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:51:47 +0000
The forecast looked great for today (and it was) so I called an audible and 
went birding. I did a loop that included Saline, Fillmore, Polk and one stop in 
Butler County. Highlights: 


Meyer Recreation Area (Swan Lake), Saline County
1 Rusty Blackbird

Geneva Cemetery, Fillmore County
1 Winter Wren
1 Hermit Thrush

Sheetwater wetland north of Fairmont, Fillmore County
7 White-faced Ibis (ties record late date for RWB)
1 American Avocet
1 Semipalmated Plover (record late for RWB)
2 Greater Yellowlegs
3 Lesser Yellowlegs
~40 Least Sandpipers
32 Long-billed Dowitchers

Buckley Park, Stromsburg, Polk County
2 Hermit Thrushes

Flatsedge WMA, Polk County
1 Sora
1 Wilson's Snipe
14 Le Conte's Sparrows

+2 Brewer's Blackbirds at a cattle yard in Polk County

Platte River  AT  Duncan Bridge, Polk County
3 Great Egrets

Homestead Recreation Area, Butler County
1 Le Conte's Sparrow

I also believe I had a late Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the Stromsburg Cemetery, 
but I did not secure the identification so I will have to leave that one out on 
the field. 


Good birding!

 - Joel

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Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
2200 N 33rd | Lincoln, NE 68503
 joel.jorgensen AT nebraska.gov | 402.471.5440
Subject: Pawnee Lake and Lancaster Co.
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:27:22 -0700
After the rains and at the height of the winds late yesterday afternoon, I
ran out to Pawnee Lake, west of Lincoln.  Still not much in the way ducks
moving in, but the Franklin's Gulls are about peaked out and declining.  I
did have yesterday at Pawnee some late Terns.  2 COMMON, 1 FORSTER and
another 2 that I left as "tern species".  With the wind battering me and my
scope and the further distance of 2 of the tern's, it was too tough to get
the field marks needed.  Also present were 2 SABINE'S GULLS and several
BONAPARTE'S.  I am learning in my 2nd Nebraska Fall that SABINE'S GULL tends
to be quite regular in low numbers on autumn Lancaster Co.  waters.  Since
September 2nd of this year, I've observed SABINE'S GULL(S) on 14 occasions.
(Branched Oak Lake, Pawnee Lake, Capitol Beach Lake)

 

A couple mornings ago, several of us Lancaster Co birders converged
simultaneously on the Little Salt Fork Marsh, just north of Lincoln where we
were treated to 15 plus MARSH WRENS, 25 plus LE CONTE'S SPARROWS and at
least 4 NELSON'S SPARROWS.  More than 15 NELSON'S had been reported there
last week and due to their secretive nature, the tract certainly had to be
hosting dozens, if not more, of this species.

 

Michael Willison

Lincoln
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Oct 14, 2014
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:10:58 -0500
These trails at Fontenelle Forest have some wet spots where you have to 
detour around.
Best birds were: Hermit Thrush, E. Phoebe, and both Kinglet species - 
Probably undercounted White-throated Sparrow because of the strong wind 
today - hard to see them in all the leaf movement and hear because wind 
noise.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

-----Original Message----- 
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 4:04 PM
To: ckavian AT cox.net
Subject: eBird Report - Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Oct 14, 2014

Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Sarpy, US-NE
Oct 14, 2014 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Walked the Hidden Lake, Redbud and Cottonwood Trails
33 species

Wood Duck  4
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  4
Red-headed Woodpecker  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  8
European Starling  7
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
Eastern Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  3
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  24
Dark-eyed Junco  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  54
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  18
American Goldfinch  26

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20233250

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



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Subject: migrants at Fontenelle Forest
From: "SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Oct 2014 10:00:22 -0700
There are a lot of birds in the Forest today. On a short hike through Child's 
Hollow, Elizabeth and I found: 

 

 Sharp-shinned Hawk
 Red-tailed Hawk
 Turkey Vulture
 Franklin's Gull
 Red-headed, Red-bellied, Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers (as always)
 Brown Creeper (2)
 Golden-crowned Kinglet (at least 3)
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)
 Yellow-rumped Warbler (numerous)
 White-throated Sparrow (numerous)
 Fox Sparrow (1)
 

 There are still a lot of Great Spreadwings (damselflies) along Hickory Trail.
 

 Good birding - Rick 
Subject: Greenhouse Ammodramus- 10/13
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:47:31 +0000 (UTC)
    Yesterday morning (10/13) at Indian Creek Nursery, I ventured into one 
of the greenhouses to find a small Ammodramus sparrow.  Though I did not carry 
optics, I was able to see a rather plain breast, defined eye ring, buffy 
throat, wing bars, and dark crown with a gray median stripe.  I came to the 
conclusion that the small Midtown sparrow was a juvenile GRASSHOPPER SPARROW.  
Eventually the sparrow did leave through the sliding doors.  Apparently the 
bird became caught in the rather heavy rains yesterday morning. 

  To add to Noah's recent post, about twenty (20) CHIMNEY SWIFTS were still 
being observed over the Mercer property (Midtown Omaha) during the evening 
of 10/12.  Yesterday around 6:45pm,I noticed around 10-12 SWIFTS still 
remaining. 

Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com

Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on East Campus in Lincoln
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:07:22 -0700
Hi everyone

As I expected on a rainy day -- demonstrating what I'm starting to call "wet 
college campus effect" -- there was a LOT of bird activity on East Campus this 
afternoon. For some reason, rain on landscaped habitats such as city parks and 
college campuses really seems to bring out the birds! Among the swarms of 
ROBINS, BLUE JAYS, CHIPPING SPARROWS, and other common birds foraging around 
the berry bushes and on the lawns were a few WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and at 
least two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS. The best bird, however, was a young male 
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in some pine trees near the East Campus "prairie". 
Also interesting was a late flock of probably about 50 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, and a 
flyover NORTHERN HARRIER. 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln 
Subject: RE: Question re Spring Creek Prairie
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:34:12 -0500
Hi Brooks and whoever else this relates to:

 

Typically (and I fully realize that ‘typical’ can be taken to be an 
oxymoron when it is trying to describe late fall Nebraska weather….. but 
.,….) we generally see a lot of sparrows and much fewer Smith’s Longspurs 
and Sprague’s Pipits on our annual visit to Spring Crk. Pr. the last weekend 
of Oct. [that would be 10/25/14 at 8:00 AM this year]. That represents the back 
side of peak, but is always a productive trip and the Public is welcome to join 
us at no extra charge. 


 

I cannot – nor would I want to - predict what might be found in the following 
few weeks, but SCP is a great spot to bird almost any time of year. 


 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co. NE and

Field Trip Chair, Fontenelle Forest Bird Club

 

 

 

 

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 2:29 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Question re Spring Creek Prairie

 

  


 In early-mid November are there likely to be some species lingering at Spring 
Creek Prairie near Denton which would not usually be found in the grassier 
southern areas of Wilderness Park? eBird only has one November entry for Spring 
Creek Prairie, so I was hoping people here could provide more information. (I'm 
quite happy with mixed sparrows and finches, and hoping for some oddballs.) 


brooks 
waiakea, hi

 


Subject: RE: Question re Spring Creek Prairie
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:17:58 -0500
 

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 2:29 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Question re Spring Creek Prairie

 

  


 In early-mid November are there likely to be some species lingering at Spring 
Creek Prairie near Denton which would not usually be found in the grassier 
southern areas of Wilderness Park? eBird only has one November entry for Spring 
Creek Prairie, so I was hoping people here could provide more information. (I'm 
quite happy with mixed sparrows and finches, and hoping for some oddballs.) 


brooks 
waiakea, hi

 


Subject: Question re Spring Creek Prairie
From: "bkrrrrr AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Oct 2014 12:29:09 -0700
 In early-mid November are there likely to be some species lingering at Spring 
Creek Prairie near Denton which would not usually be found in the grassier 
southern areas of Wilderness Park? eBird only has one November entry for Spring 
Creek Prairie, so I was hoping people here could provide more information. (I'm 
quite happy with mixed sparrows and finches, and hoping for some oddballs.) 


brooks 
waiakea, hi
 

Subject: FW: Part-time work: bird surveys in Ogallala, NE
From: "Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:11:42 -0400 (EDT)
Forwarding this information from RMBO. Anyone in the Ogallala area 
looking for a partime job?

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Angela Dwyer < angela.dwyer AT rmbo.org 
 >
Date: Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Subject: FW: Part-time work: bird surveys in Ogallala, NE

   
   
“Melissa Wolfe with WEST Inc. is looking to hire someone to conduct 
roadside bird surveys near Ogallala, NE in an area of a proposed wind 
development. This person would be doing surveys just 2 days a week from 
Oct through spring and perhaps longer.  For more details you can contact 
her at;  mwolfe AT west-inc.com 
 . 
Please share!” 

Thanks! 

   
   
Angela M. Dwyer 

Wildlife Biologist, Nebraska Prairie Partners 

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory 

230 Cherry St. Ste. 150 

Fort Collins, CO 80521 

970-482-1707 ext. 17   
Skype ID: adwyer17  
www.rmbo.org   
Help conserve birds and their habitats  
Donate now online!  
   
Connect with us on Facebook  and 
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Subject: Notide the new address
From: "'Bill Huntley' birder AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:23:09 -0600
You will see that I have moved. Should you want to contact me, use this 
address. I am not back on NE birds yet..... 


Bill Huntley
Ogallala
Subject: Oct 12 Howard Co
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:34:45 -0700




Subject: Swainson's Hawks
From: "'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:19:59 -0500
 Harvest is late getting started and so are the Swainson's. We finally
started cutting beans Tuesday. Thursday afternoon I had the first
Swainson's hawk. They like to circle the the combine and watch for prey
scared up by the machine. The bird was still sitting on the ground in the
cut stubble the next morning.

I saw a couple more on Saturday afternoon in a different field, but this
morning there were 20+ sitting scattered around a cut field in the Platte
bottom.  With out optics I couldn't distinguish distant  hawks sitting on
the ground from the  clumps of mud that had fallen out of the duals on the
combine, so there were probably more than I could identify with the naked
eye.

During the day there were at least another 10 birds watching me and another
neighbor.

This is the second year in a row that there migration seems to be about a
week late.

Don Paseka
Ames NE

PS.
 I sure wish it could freeze and put these green beans out of their misery.
Subject: Smith's Longspurs & Sprague's Pipit
From: "lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Oct 2014 18:19:18 -0700
Sam and I birded Spring Creek Prairie for about an hour late Saturday. After 40 
minutes into our walk, Sammy spotted 1 Sprague's Pipit near the center of the 
farthest eastern section of the prairie, which is bordered by the Ridge Trail 
on the east side. I was about 100 yards west of Sammy at the time. As I 
approached Sammy's location I spooked two Longspurs. We both saw that they had 
white on their outer tail feathers before they landed. Once they had landed, we 
were able to get within about 10-15 feet of them as they foraged on the ground. 
One was definitely a Smith's Longspur, told by its warm buffy color, long 
primary extension, face pattern, and thin bill. The other Longspur we are 
unsure of the ID. It was much paler than the Smith's with a less distinct face 
pattern and a shorter primary extension. I posted several pictures of the 
unidentified Longspur along with one of it next to the Smith's, the Smith's is 
on the left. I will also post 3 pictures of the Smith's in a few minutes. We 
watched the Longspurs for several minutes before moving on. We were able to 
refind the Sprague's Pipit, getting good looks at it in flight and on the 
ground. 

 

 R. Manning
 Central Omaha
Subject: overview of the last week birds - Platte Co
From: "Marsha Nyffeler marshanyffeler AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:52:51 -0500
After a rather "dry" spell for birds - things picked up this last week or
so - just the highlights:
At Wilkinson WMS (wetlands) -  off highway 81 north west of Columbus, NE -
in the shallow flooded area,
lots of Wilson's snipes,
lots of Water Pipits,
11 lesser yellowlegs, 2 greater yellowlegs,
3 dowitcher (long or short bill? to far to tell),
 1 Wilson's Phalarope,
lots of killdeer,
1 Pectoral Sandpiper (got a great view!) ,
 1 Ibis (? species),
1 Kestrel,
1 Prairie falcon (my best guess - fly fast and swopping around!) ,
other locations in Platte Co:
Harris sparrows,
 Juncos,
 Ruby-Crowned Kinglets,
a little group of late warblers (most Yellow-rump, but some others I
couldn't decide on,
1  Winter Wren (in a flower bed on the campus of Central Community College
- as I was leaving work),
 a couple late brown thrashers.
  All in all, a nice change of the season birding week1
Marsha Nyffele

Columbus NE
Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
From: "'Kathleen Crawford' katcr AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:14:37 -0500
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker showed up in our yard today along with a bunch of
juncos and white-throated sparrows.  Guess winter is coming.

Kathleen Crawford-Rose

Bellevue, Sarpy Cnty
Subject: Gray Partridges +
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:44:23 +0000
I did a loop in Pierce, Wayne and Cedar Counties on 11 October. Best find was 
11 Gray Partridges a little less than a mile south southeast of Randolph, Cedar 
County. My first observation of the species in Nebraska in 18 years. I also had 
14 sparrow species including Fox at Willow Creek SRA, American Tree and many 
Swamp Sparrows. 


On 12 October, I found a Hermit Thrush, 2 Carolina Wrens, 2 Nashville Warblers, 
1 Blue-headed Vireo, a Brown Creeper and a Sharp-shinned Hawk on the Doane 
College campus in Crete. 


On 7 October, I heard and saw an American Golden-Plover flying over Martin Bay, 
Lake McConaughy. On 9 October, I saw one of the two Surf Scoters at Lake 
Ogallala that was first reported by T.J. Walker. 


Good birding!

 - Joel

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Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
2200 N 33rd | Lincoln, NE 68503
 joel.jorgensen AT nebraska.gov | 402.471.5440
Subject: Bunting final word
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:24:39 -0700
Hi everyone. After studying the photos and hearing from a copule of good 
birders, I've concluded that the Passerina bunting I photo'ed a week ago at 
Pioneers Park was an immature female LAZULI BUNTING. Sorry I didn't get the 
word out sooner; I'm thinking she's almost certainly gone by now... 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Douglas Co.- Another Week In Review
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:20:32 +0000 (UTC)
    This evening (10/11) I headed to the Lake Cunningham area.  A very small 
wetland strip behind the dam contained.... 

-1 Sedge Wren (FOS)-1 LeConte's Sparrow (FOY)
-3 Song Sparrow-4 Swamp Sparrow-2 Lincoln's Sparrow
Earlier in the day, I traveled further west and checked out the Grass Pads for 
Sprague's Pipits.  No Sprague's unfortunately, though the area with it's bare 
spots looks very promising for Sprague's in the next week or so. 

-16 Am. White Pelicans (Sandcove lake adjacent to Grass Pad 2)-12 Franklin's 
Gull (flyovers)-70 Killdeer-3 Least Sandpiper-30 American Pipit (Most on GP2, 
only one AMPI flushed from GP1)-2 Horned Lark-5 Spizella spp.-8 Western 
Meadowlark (yes, they vocalized) 

A juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER (FOS) was observed this morning on Mercer 
Woods property.  Unfortunately the first YBSA of the season, also a 
juvenile, was found Monday (10/06) as a window kill victim at the front door. 

On Friday I drove up north to the Bennington Lake/ Prairieview Lake area.  
Species here included... 

-30 Ring-billed Gulls (Bennington Lake)-3 No. Shoveler-5 Redhead (FOS)-2 
Ring-necked Duck (FOS)-8 Ruddy Duck-40 Am. Coot-4 American Pipit (Flyovers)-4 
Song Sparrow-6 Swamp Sparrow-3 Lincoln's Sparrow-1 Pine Siskin (Heard snippet 
of call, but no other vocalizations.  Many Am. Goldfinches in the area.) 

On Tuesday (10/07) A GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET (FOS) was heard at Indian Creek 
Nursery in Midtown Omaha. During the morning of 10/05 a BROWN CREEPER (FOS) 
was observed at Mercer Woods. 

Expected common species for Mid-October have been observed at Mercer Woods for 
the past week as well, ie: YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, O-C WARBLER, W-T SPARROW, 
etc.  

Good birding.

Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Bellevue Birds
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 17:19:24 -0500
This morning in the Fontenelle Forest lowlands we found:

Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Rough-winged Swallow - 5
Carolina Wren - 1 singing
Sedge Wren - 1 - South Stream Trail
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 5
Orange-crowned Warbler - 5
Lincoln's Sparrow - 3
White-throated Sparrow - 25+
Song Sparrow - 2
Eastern Towhee - 2
Spotted Towhee - 1

In our yard this afternoon there was a Nashville Warbler in the birdbath.


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


Subject: Farm birds
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:58:07 -0500
What a difference in numbers of some species last night's cold freeze made. 
Noticibly fewer Lincoln's Sparrows and especially Yellow-rumped Warblers. The 
last two day's sightings from he farm are below. 


sandhill15
Oct 10, 2014
US-NE-Wakefield-86224-86232 581 Ave
Traveling
0.15 miles
55 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
2 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
5 Blue Jay
1 Winter Wren
4 American Robin
8 European Starling
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
35 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Clay-colored Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
12 Savannah Sparrow
27 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
6 Harris's Sparrow
2 White-crowned Sparrow
3 Dark-eyed Junco
2 American Goldfinch
7 House Sparrow

sandhill15
Oct 11, 2014
US-NE-Wakefield-86224-86232 581 Ave
Traveling
0.15 miles
40 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
1 Eurasian Collared-Dove
1 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
5 Blue Jay
6 American Robin
4 European Starling
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
9 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
16 Savannah Sparrow
15 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
6 White-throated Sparrow
8 Harris's Sparrow
2 White-crowned Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Junco
3 Pine Siskin
10 House Sparrow

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


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Subject: Perkins County
From: "anitawatkinsksc AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Oct 2014 08:35:47 -0700

 

 Oct 10, #1 our farm yard ; #2 driving 50 miles  AT 17mph SE of Elsie to farm 
Venango 1:30-4:30p.m. 

 

 Blue Jays--4 seen all at same time 9:00a.m. at water disc and 2 big sunflowers 
in fence, seen again at 5 p.m. in top of old locust. 2 are much brighter colors 
than the other 2. Different subspecies? 

 Pigeons--18,  E-Collared Doves--5, Robins---7, House Sparrows--15, 
 FOS: Chipping Sparrow--1,    Clay-Colored Sparrow--1
 

 

 #2 trip 1:30-4:30p.m 50 miles on gravel roads in big noisy Tractor/Grain Cart 
followed by Combine 

 Ring-necked Pheasant--8  5 in one group others single,  
 Northern Harrier--4  each single miles apart;   
 Red-tailed Hawk--2  singles miles apart
 

 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 

 Oct 11 Sat  7a.m. Cold Foggy, Frost on windshield
 

 Northern Flicker-- 8:00a.m 1 Yellow-Shafted female; 
 9:00a.m. No.Flicker--red nape +red mustache, Intergrade? Did not see under 
feather color. 

 Blue Jays--2 at least  
 House Sparrows--10  E.Collared Doves--4,  Pigeons--15, Robins--6
 Meadowlark--1  9 a.m.
 

 Anita Watkins, Perkins County in SW Nebraska
 

 

Subject: Hummingbird
From: "Jeanine Lackey jeanine.dinan AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 20:52:53 -0500
I had one Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting my salvia this morning (Oct.
10). I did not see it this evening.

Jeanine
Bellevue
Sarpy Co.

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Subject: American Tree Sparrow in Brown County
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Oct 2014 14:49:48 -0700
Pleased to report a FOS American Tree Sparrow at South Pine WMA, south of Long 
Pine in Brown County, on Thursday morning (October 9). I wasn't expecting this 
bird, so checked its field marks rather carefully to make sure it wasn't an 
aberrant Chipper or Field. Reddish crown, unstreaked gray breast with a dark 
central spot and some rufous along the sides, bicolored bill with straw-colored 
lower mandible and dark upper. 

 

 Think this is the earliest I've ever seen ATS in Nebraska in the fall, 
although my first fall sighting in 2010 was October 12; otherwise, it looks 
like my first fall sightings have occurred after Oct. 20. 

 

 Incidentally, I think that South Pine WMA is fairly new: it doesn't show up on 
my Delorme map. I only found it because I was trying to get lost south of Long 
Pine, and checked the map in the Game & Parks 2014 public-access atlas. Some 
nice marsh and grassland habitat, with a decent-sized Sandhills lake; I'll 
definitely return there. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: Black-billed Magpies in Keya Paha Co.
From: "sparvophile AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Oct 2014 14:39:40 -0700
Pleased to report a sighting of three Black-billed Magpies in northern Keya 
Paha County on Wednesday afternoon (October 8). 

 

 The birds were near the point where the Keya Paha River crosses the 
Nebraska-South Dakota border. A minimum-maintenance road runs north to a truss 
bridge over the river; as I drove north on this road, three magpies flushed up 
from a field with large cylindrical haybales on the east side of the road, 
about half a mile south of the bridge. About fifteen minutes later, as I walked 
south past that field, I saw a single magpie, possibly one of those that'd 
flushed earlier, perched in a tree along the river to the west. 

 

 This is a new county bird for me, and I believe it's the first time I've found 
magpies along the Keya Paha River. 

 

 William Flack
 Kearney
 

Subject: NOU Newsletter
From: "Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:38:08 -0400 (EDT)
The latest NOU newsletter is now on the NOU website at 
http://noubirds.org/Publications/NOUNews.aspx

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE
Subject: possible Lazuli Bunting photos
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 02:53:37 +0000 (UTC)
 I managed to get back the lost camera (it somehow didn't get stolen after 
sitting in a forgotten backpack in a public room all night!) So here's 
the photos of the Lazuli Bunting candidate I saw at Pioneers Park on Saturday 
(in the weeds around the Nature Center parking lot) 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157648506054791/ 

The very strong pale wing-bars seem wrong for Indigo and right for Lazuli, and 
the weakly contrasting, grayish throat is another Lazuli feature according 
to Sibley's and Stokes's field guides. Stokes's guide also says that immature 
Lazulis can retain some juvenile breast-streaking through their 1st winter, 
so (surprisingly) the streaky breast should be acceptable for Lazuli even 
though it gives the bird an Indigo-like first impression. I also think I can 
see some patches of buffy-orange coloration coming in on the breast, although 
I don't know if that's a good field mark either way...  

So at this point I'm tentatively thinking this is a Lazuli or maybe a 
LazuliXIndigo hybrid... But I have ZERO experience with female Indigos, so I'm 
looking forward to hearing others' opinions on this bird! 

Thanks!
Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Location
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 15:01:18 -0500
Yesterday I posted my sighting of 2 Smith’s Longspurs on Road 14 north of the 
northeast Jack Sinn wetland. My post came through e-bird listing the location 
in Lancaster County. It is in Saunders (close to Lancaster). However, I was 
aware of that and have corrected (edited) this in my Jack Sinn sightings 
several times, but it has always reverted back to Lancaster which originally I 
listed as Lancaster because of the other Jack Sinn just south of Ceresco which 
is entirely in Lancaster County. 

 Anyway, to make a long story short the Smith’s Longspurs were in Saunders 
County and I will have to work with the editing function of e-birds. 

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE   
Subject: Lake Ogallala/McConaughy
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 19:14:21 +0000
Looking at a flock of feeding gulls out from the south end of the dam at 
McConaughy that includes at least two Lesser Black-backed Gulls and one 
California Gull. A while ago I observed two first winter Surf Scoters on Lake 
Ogallala. Just wanted to get the word out in case anyone (like me) is heading 
out to Gearing for the Legacy Conference. 


T. J. Walker
Brady, NE

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Subject: Late report: possible Lazuli Bunting at Pioneers Park
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 20:07:04 -0700
Hi everyone. 

On Saturday I extensively studied and photographed a female Passerina bunting 
in the weeds by the nature center parking lot at Pioneers Park, that I at first 
assumed to be an Indigo because of a streaky breast. I was concerned by the 
presence of very broad, pale wing-bars (reminding me of a winter Yellow-rumped 
Warbler or even an American Goldfinch), but I thought the streaky breast ruled 
out Lazuli. However, I just looked at photos online and it looks like immature 
Lazulis CAN have streaks on the breast... So I suspect it might have actually 
been a Lazuli after all... 


Unfortunately, I lost the camera this afternoon, before I'd had a chance to 
download the bunting photos! 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln 
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Memphis SRA, Oct 6, 2014
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:45:14 -0500
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

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To: ckavian AT cox.net
Subject: eBird Report - Memphis SRA, Oct 6, 2014

Memphis SRA, Saunders, US-NE
Oct 6, 2014 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
32 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  160
Pied-billed Grebe  6
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Franklin's Gull  45
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Blue Jay  6
Tree Swallow  15
Barn Swallow  24
Black-capped Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Winter Wren  1
American Robin  45
European Starling  270
Orange-crowned Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Yellow-breasted Chat  1     First heard its mixed song/calls, then saw it 
briefly - yellow breast and throat, dark gray back and eye-rings like 
spectacles.  Larger than the Orange-crowned Warblers close by in a tree.
Lincoln's Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  68
Western/Eastern Meadowlark  3
Common Grackle  2
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  8

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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Jack Sinn Memorial WMA--east, Oct 6, 2014
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 19:44:15 -0500
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Subject: eBird Report - Jack Sinn Memorial WMA--east, Oct 6, 2014

Jack Sinn Memorial WMA--east, Lancaster, US-NE
Oct 6, 2014 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     The water is very high and grasses and cattails are too tall 
to see over.
12 species (+1 other taxa)

Pied-billed Grebe  2
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3     One was a Harlan's - very dark with white tail - 
mottled black on the breast
American Coot  125
Franklin's Gull  35
Mourning Dove  2
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  24
American Robin  2
European Starling  24
Smith's Longspur  2     The two birds were with the 12 Meadowlark species in 
grass about 5 inches in height.  I first didn't see them but after the 
Meadowlarks flew up I noticed two other birds.  They had a buffy look to 
them, light streaking on the breast, small beak as compared to other 
Longspurs.  They stayed in one place as I stopped my car and got out.  They 
still didn't fly away.  Not until I got to within 15-20 feet did they take 
off.   They then flew off and they were noticeably smaller, but had the 
white outer tail-feathers.  As they flew I could pick up a faint rattling 
sound.  This was just north of the northeast pond at Jack Sinn on Road 14.
Savannah Sparrow  3
Western/Eastern Meadowlark  12

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Subject: Monday's sightings
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 18:25:51 -0500
I walked around the place again this morning. Many the same and some new. The 
biggest surprise was a female Blue Grosbeak. Both she and a female Indigo 
Bunting were bathing in the stream amongst a dozen Yellow rumps and the 
differences were very evident. First I've seen one here in almost a month. I 
think I had a Fox Sparrow, too, but the light was poor (clouds covering the 
sun) and the way it was perched in the weeds I couldn't say for sure. 


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

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> 0.15 mile(s)
> Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 > 22 species > > Ring-necked Pheasant 1 > Mourning Dove 5 > Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 > Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2 > Blue Jay 6 > American Robin 6 > European Starling 8 > Orange-crowned Warbler 2 > Yellow-rumped Warbler 23 > Chipping Sparrow 1 > Clay-colored Sparrow 3 > Lincoln's Sparrow 19 > Swamp Sparrow 2 > White-throated Sparrow 1 > Harris's Sparrow 4 > White-crowned Sparrow 1 > Dark-eyed Junco 2 > Blue Grosbeak 1 Female. Brown with large beak and two faint wing bars. Easily compared in size and features to a female Indigo Bunting that was bathing at the same time. > Indigo Bunting 1 > Common Grackle 23 > American Goldfinch 3 > House Sparrow 13 > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20051596 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) ------------------------------------ Posted by: Jan Johnson ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------ Yahoo Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NEBirds/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NEBirds/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: NEBirds-digest AT yahoogroups.com NEBirds-fullfeatured AT yahoogroups.com <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: NEBirds-unsubscribe AT yahoogroups.com <*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to: https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
Subject: Highlights and lowlights
From: "flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Oct 2014 21:49:26 -0700
Hello birders,
 

 Oct. 5 - Flathead WMA in Jefferson Co. wasn't terribly birdy today but there 
were plenty of woodpeckers including a Pileated (thanks Joel) near a slough 
with 5 Flickers not too far from the river, south of the gravel trail. 

 

 Oct. 2 - Last Thurs. found an imm. Sora downtown in an alley shortly after a 
pre-dawn migration movement on a gusty cold front but unfortunately it didn't 
survive long enough to take to Wildlife Rescue. It's behavior made us think it 
was a victim of head injury from a window strike. Such a beautiful bird. 

 

 John Carlini & Shari Schwartz, Lincoln
 

 

  
Subject: Medicine Creek Reservoir 10/5/14
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 21:46:12 -0700




Subject: Sunday's yard birds
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 11:57:43 -0500
Nice and quiet so I decided to walk around the place a bit. I was out for about 
an hour beginning at 8:10. Nice variety of 23 species. ** are the surprises 
today. Lincoln's Sparrows are definitely the dominant bird at the moment. We 
let some weeds grow around the old barn and hog house and they love them now 
for food and cover. 


4 Mourning Dove
1 Great Horned Owl (heard just before daylight)
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
3 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6 American Robin
4 European Starling
23 Yellow-rumped Warbler
3 Clay-colored Sparrow
1 Savannah Sparrow
34 Lincoln's Sparrow -- They are all over in the wild hemp that grows around 
our old barn. 

                                        Probably more than the given number.
** 1 Swamp Sparrow **
1 White-throated Sparrow
3 Harris's Sparrow
1 White-crowned Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Junco
** 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak -- Adult male bathing in my pond's stream.  **
** 1 Indigo Bunting -- adult or juvenal female. **
1 Common Grackle
2 American Goldfinch
17 House Sparrow



Jan Johnson
Wakefield, Dixon County
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Oct 4, 2014
From: "Allenreyer allenreyer AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 12:17:39 -0400

 
 
Cindy and I birded the wetlands yesterday afternoon. Was pretty quiet. Below is 
what we saw. 


Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE


Fontenelle Forest--Wetlands, Sarpy, US-NE
Oct 4, 2014 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
19 species

Turkey Vulture  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Barred Owl  2     Heard only.
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  2
European Starling  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Northern Cardinal  2
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  5

Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

 
Subject: Re: Junco
From: "'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:58:34 -0500
Yesterday morning's  (10/4) light freeze brought three junco to the yard.
We still had one hummer, but have not seen it today.

I don't think that we've ever had those two species here on the same day
before.

Janis and Don Paseka
Dodge Co. Ames NE
Subject: Re: Junco
From: "Harry & Phyllis Salyards hpsalyar AT tcgcs.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 09:41:22 -0500

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Subject: Mercer Woods 10/03-10/04
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 16:22:23 -0700
 A few migrants were seen yesterday and today around the Mercer property. 
Yesterday (10/03) among the multitudes of Am. Robins and E. Starlings clamoring 
for cedar berries, these included... 


-1 House Wren
-1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
-2 Brown Thrasher
-2 Orange-crowned Warbler
-2 Yellow-rumped Warbler (FOS)
-1 Spotted Towhee (FOS) (female)
-1 Lincoln's Sparrow
-1 Dark-eyed Junco (FOS) (earliest record for MW)
-2 White-throated Sparrow

Today 10/04 a few species were sighted during the early afternoon to evening 
hours. 


-1 Blue-headed Vireo
-2 TUFTED TITMOUSE (Only the 2nd record for the property. Very uncommon midtown 
bird). 

-1 House Wren
-1 Brown Thrasher
-1 Orange-crowned Warbler
-1 Common Yellowthroat (ad. female)
-1 Black-throated Green Warbler (FOS)
-1 Field Sparrow (FOS) (In a four foot Dense Yew with HOSPs.)
-1 Dark-eyed Junco
-3 White-throated Sparrow

I also stopped by Orchard Hill this evening which was fairly quiet except for a 
small pocket containing R-C KINGLETS and O-C WARBLERS. A couple D-E JUNCOS were 
also flushed. 


The Mystery Chip- 10/03

 While birding I began to hear an emphatic dry call note I was unfamiliar with. 
The vocalization sounded like that between an Eastern Wood-Pewee call and the 
smack of a Brown Thrasher, though softer than a thrasher. It was coming from a 
Cedar where numerous Robins and Starlings were feeding. Sometimes the call 
would cease only to begin again 45 or so seconds later. The flycatcher-esque 
call continued for the next 20 minutes as I attempted to locate the bird 
without flushing it. 

 
 After about 30 minutes of trying to locate the bird, I was underneath of the 
cedar and it seemed like I was right on top of the bird. Actually the bird was 
above me, and I traced the call to a still-spotted juvenile AMERICAN ROBIN. I 
have never heard this common species make dry chipping noises. Has anyone else 
ever heard this odd un-thrushlike vocalization? 


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com 
Subject: Mercer Woods 10/03-10/04
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 16:21:44 -0700
 A few migrants were seen yesterday and today around the Mercer property. 
Yesterday (10/03) among the multitudes of Am. Robins and E. Starlings clamoring 
for cedar berries, these included... 


-1 House Wren
-1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
-2 Brown Thrasher
-2 Orange-crowned Warbler
-2 Yellow-rumped Warbler (FOS)
-1 Spotted Towhee (FOS) (female)
-1 Lincoln's Sparrow
-1 Dark-eyed Junco (FOS) (earliest record for MW)
-2 White-throated Sparrow

Today 10/04 a few species were sighted during the early afternoon to evening 
hours. 


-1 Blue-headed Vireo
-2 TUFTED TITMOUSE (Only the 2nd record for the property. Very uncommon midtown 
bird). 

-1 House Wren
-1 Brown Thrasher
-1 Orange-crowned Warbler
-1 Common Yellowthroat (ad. female)
-1 Black-throated Green Warbler (FOS)
-1 Field Sparrow (FOS) (In a four foot Dense Yew with HOSPs.)
-1 Dark-eyed Junco
-3 White-throated Sparrow

I also stopped by Orchard Hill this evening which was fairly quiet except for a 
small pocket containing R-C KINGLETS and O-C WARBLERS. A couple D-E JUNCOS were 
also flushed. 


The Mystery Chip- 10/03

 While birding I began to hear an emphatic dry call note I was unfamiliar with. 
The vocalization sounded like that between an Eastern Wood-Pewee call and the 
smack of a Brown Thrasher, though softer than a thrasher. It was coming from a 
Cedar where numerous Robins and Starlings were feeding. Sometimes the call 
would cease only to begin again 45 or so seconds later. The flycatcher-esque 
call continued for the next 20 minutes as I attempted to locate the bird 
without flushing it. 

 
 After about 30 minutes of trying to locate the bird, I was underneath of the 
cedar and it seemed like I was right on top of the bird. Actually the bird was 
above me, and I traced the call to a still-spotted juvenile AMERICAN ROBIN. I 
have never heard this common species make dry chipping noises. Has anyone else 
ever heard this odd un-thrushlike vocalization? 


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com 
Subject: Spotted Towhee
From: "'Eric Patdu' ericpatdu AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 13:46:32 -0500
Hi,

First time I saw a Towhee visit my feeder. I believe it is a Spotted Towhee. 
Managed to take a snapshot for identification before it flew away. 


Photo for verification can be seen in the folder EricP.



- Eric Patdu
Millard (near 120th and Q)
Subject: Re: Chadron SP Banding Station 9/28-10/2
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 12:23:35 -0600
Thanks for the report Josh. I think the Swamp Sparrow would be considered a 
rarity at this end of the state. I need to pay more attention to the sparrows 
going though. 


We enjoyed stopping by the banding station and seeing the birds and visiting 
with you, glad you had a good season. 


Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE 


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: jel260 AT gmail.com [NEBirds] 
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  Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2014 11:34 AM
  Subject: [NEBirds] Chadron SP Banding Station 9/28-10/2


    

  Greetings Nebraska Birders!




 This was the final week of bird banding at Chadron State Park, and despite 
getting rained out on Monday and Tuesday, it was a fairly successful week. Over 
just three days, a large number of birds were banded, highlighted by 56 
Orange-crowned Warblers. We had no more rarities for the season, but Blue-gray 
Gnatcatcher, Tennessee Warbler, and Dark-eyed Junco (both Slate-colored and 
Oregon) were some of the notable migrants that were captured. The first Swamp 
Sparrow ever caught at the park was also banded this week. 





 In regards to overall number of birds banded and species captured, this season 
was Chadron's most successful yet. In total, 572 new bands were placed on birds 
(first time the station has been over 500), representing 43 species, just 
barely beating out last year's record of 42. The most common species banded 
this year were Orange-crowned Warbler (86), House Wren (75), and Chipping 
Sparrow (80). Since the wildfire in 2012, there has been a very noticeable 
spike in the number of birds banded and species captured at the park. In face 
of the understandable anxiety that comes with fires around public places such 
as State Parks, its still an important reminder of the essential role wildfires 
play in rejuvenating Pine Forest habitat for wildlife. 





 It has been hugely satisfying to spend the past 5 weeks bird banding at 
Chadron State Park, and I'd like to thank all of you who have been following 
along with my posts, as well to all the visiting birders who stopped by the 
station. As many of you already know, the Pine Ridge is a very special spot for 
birds in Nebraska. It was a thrill to spend time birding and banding in such a 
remarkable and beautiful area, host to a truly unique diversity of birds. 
Lastly, I'd like to encourage everyone to consider supporting Rocky Mountain 
Bird Observatory, who helps fund and organize western Nebraska's banding 
stations (along with many other important bird conservation projects), by 
becoming a member. If you're interested, please take a moment to check out 
their webpage- http://rmbo.org/v2/web/getInvolved/membership.aspx 





  Sep 28 - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19973205

  Black-capped Chickadee (2)

  House Wren (1)

  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1)

  Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)

  Eastern Bluebird (2)

  Orange-crowned Warbler (13)

  "Myrtle" Yellow-rumped Warbler (1)

  Wilson's Warbler (1)

  Spotted Towhee (2)

  Chipping Sparrow (1)

  Lincoln's Sparrow (2)

  Swamp Sparrow (1)

  White-crowned Sparrow (1)

  "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco (1)

  "Slate-colored" Dark-eyed Junco (2)




  Oct 1 - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20001765

  House Wren (3)

  Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)

  Orange-crowned Warbler (30)

  "Myrtle" Yellow-rumped Warbler (2)

  "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler (1)

  Spotted Towhee (2)

  Chipping Sparrow (1)

  Lincoln's Sparrow (7)

  White-crowned Sparrow (6)




  Oct 2 - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20009340

  Black-capped Chickadee (1)

  House Wren (3)

  Tennessee Warbler (1)

  Orange-crowned Warbler (13)

  Spotted Towhee (3)

  Chipping Sparrow (1)

  Lincoln's Sparrow (1)

  White-crowned Sparrow (6)




  Birds observed around Chadron State Park, 9/28-10/2:


  Wood Duck

  Turkey Vulture

  Northern Harrier

  Red-tailed Hawk

  Killdeer

  Eurasian Collared-Dove

  Mourning Dove

  Red-bellied Woodpecker

  Hairy Woodpecker

  Northern Flicker

  Blue Jay

  American Crow

  Black-capped Chickadee

  Red-breasted Nuthatch

  White-breasted Nuthatch

  Pygmy Nuthatch

  Brown Creeper

  House Wren

  Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  Eastern Bluebird

  American Robin

  Gray Catbird

  Brown Thrasher

  Orange-crowned Warbler

  Common Yellowthroat

  Yellow Warbler

  Yellow-rumped Warbler

  Wilson's Warbler

  Spotted Towhee

  Chipping Sparrow

  Clay-colored Sparrow

  Song Sparrow

  Lincoln's Sparrow

  Swamp Sparrow

  White-throated Sparrow

  White-crowned Sparrow

  Dark-eyed Junco

  Red-winged Blackbird

  Common Grackle

  House Finch

  Red Crossbill

  Pine Siskin


  American Goldfinch




  -- Josh Lefever

  Bander, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory





  
Subject: Chadron SP Banding Station 9/28-10/2
From: "jel260 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Oct 2014 10:34:29 -0700
Greetings Nebraska Birders!
 

 This was the final week of bird banding at Chadron State Park, and despite 
getting rained out on Monday and Tuesday, it was a fairly successful week. Over 
just three days, a large number of birds were banded, highlighted by 56 
Orange-crowned Warblers. We had no more rarities for the season, but Blue-gray 
Gnatcatcher, Tennessee Warbler, and Dark-eyed Junco (both Slate-colored and 
Oregon) were some of the notable migrants that were captured. The first Swamp 
Sparrow ever caught at the park was also banded this week. 

 

 In regards to overall number of birds banded and species captured, this season 
was Chadron's most successful yet. In total, 572 new bands were placed on birds 
(first time the station has been over 500), representing 43 species, just 
barely beating out last year's record of 42. The most common species banded 
this year were Orange-crowned Warbler (86), House Wren (75), and Chipping 
Sparrow (80). Since the wildfire in 2012, there has been a very noticeable 
spike in the number of birds banded and species captured at the park. In face 
of the understandable anxiety that comes with fires around public places such 
as State Parks, its still an important reminder of the essential role wildfires 
play in rejuvenating Pine Forest habitat for wildlife. 

 

 It has been hugely satisfying to spend the past 5 weeks bird banding at 
Chadron State Park, and I'd like to thank all of you who have been following 
along with my posts, as well to all the visiting birders who stopped by the 
station. As many of you already know, the Pine Ridge is a very special spot for 
birds in Nebraska. It was a thrill to spend time birding and banding in such a 
remarkable and beautiful area, host to a truly unique diversity of birds. 
Lastly, I'd like to encourage everyone to consider supporting Rocky Mountain 
Bird Observatory, who helps fund and organize western Nebraska's banding 
stations (along with many other important bird conservation projects), by 
becoming a member. If you're interested, please take a moment to check out 
their webpage- http://rmbo.org/v2/web/getInvolved/membership.aspx 
http://rmbo.org/v2/web/getInvolved/membership.aspx 

 

 Sep 28 - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19973205 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19973205 

 Black-capped Chickadee (2)
 House Wren (1)
 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1)
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)
 Eastern Bluebird (2)
 Orange-crowned Warbler (13)
 "Myrtle" Yellow-rumped Warbler (1)
 Wilson's Warbler (1)
 Spotted Towhee (2)
 Chipping Sparrow (1)
 Lincoln's Sparrow (2)
 Swamp Sparrow (1)
 White-crowned Sparrow (1)
 "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco (1)
 "Slate-colored" Dark-eyed Junco (2)
 

 Oct 1 - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20001765 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20001765 

 House Wren (3)
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1)
 Orange-crowned Warbler (30)
 "Myrtle" Yellow-rumped Warbler (2)
 "Audubon's" Yellow-rumped Warbler (1)
 Spotted Towhee (2)
 Chipping Sparrow (1)
 Lincoln's Sparrow (7)
 White-crowned Sparrow (6)
 

 Oct 2 - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20009340 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20009340 

 Black-capped Chickadee (1)
 House Wren (3)
 Tennessee Warbler (1)
 Orange-crowned Warbler (13)
 Spotted Towhee (3)
 Chipping Sparrow (1)
 Lincoln's Sparrow (1)
 White-crowned Sparrow (6)
 

 Birds observed around Chadron State Park, 9/28-10/2:

 Wood Duck
 Turkey Vulture
 Northern Harrier
 Red-tailed Hawk
 Killdeer
 Eurasian Collared-Dove
 Mourning Dove
 Red-bellied Woodpecker
 Hairy Woodpecker
 Northern Flicker
 Blue Jay
 American Crow
 Black-capped Chickadee
 Red-breasted Nuthatch
 White-breasted Nuthatch
 Pygmy Nuthatch
 Brown Creeper
 House Wren
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
 Eastern Bluebird
 American Robin
 Gray Catbird
 Brown Thrasher
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 Common Yellowthroat
 Yellow Warbler
 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 Wilson's Warbler
 Spotted Towhee
 Chipping Sparrow
 Clay-colored Sparrow
 Song Sparrow
 Lincoln's Sparrow
 Swamp Sparrow
 White-throated Sparrow
 White-crowned Sparrow
 Dark-eyed Junco
 Red-winged Blackbird
 Common Grackle
 House Finch
 Red Crossbill
 Pine Siskin
 
 American Goldfinch
 

 -- Josh Lefever
 Bander, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
 

Subject: Bellevue Birds
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:12:19 -0500
Four Dark-eyed Juncoes in our yard this morning. Yesterday afternoon (10/3) at 
the birdbath we saw: 


Cedar Waxwing - 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Black-throated Green Warbler - 1
Nashville Warbler - 1
Orange-crowned Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2


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





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Subject: Swainson's Thrush
From: "hpsalyar AT tcgcs.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Oct 2014 07:53:29 -0700
Phyllis Shannon Salyards : Central residential Hastings, Adams Co, Nebraska 
.Had a Swainson's thrush in backyard in underbrush with robins and brown 
thrashers on 9/29/14. Several good views over a period of 20 minutes. Mature 
trees including conifers,serviceberry etc. 1/4 acre. What did I leave out this 
time! 
Subject: Re: Junco
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 23:07:23 -0500
Karen,

Earliest dates for juncos are in early September. I've seen a few reports so 
far in the Region, but still a fairly early arrival. 


Ross

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


From: aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds] 
Sent: Friday, October 03, 2014 11:49 AM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] Junco


  

Hello to all,

 In my yard this morning I saw my first Juncos of the season. 3 of them. Is 
this when they usually arrive? I have had 2 Hummingbirds the last three weeks 
but didn't see any yesterday or day before. Hopefully they are well on their 
way South. 


  Karen 

120th & Q Omaha

Subject: Wachiska Audubon field trip to Fairbury area Sun. 10/5
From: "flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Oct 2014 20:36:07 -0700
October seems like a perfect month to take a hike, or visit a mausoleum, so why 
not do both at the same time? We'll combine those activities as we explore some 
public lands on a field trip to the Fairbury area. 

 

 Our first hike will be on level terrain at Flathead Wildlife Management Area 
and will give us a chance to check the woods by the Little Blue River for 
migrant sparrows, late season warblers, and possibly catch a glimpse of one of 
the Pileated Woodpeckers that Joel J. discovered in this area. From there we'll 
travel to Rose Creek Wildlife Management Area for a short but challenging hike 
to the Mausoleum. This hike has a short section of path through vegetation and 
a single steep step, but hikers with a little agility can easily hoist up to 
the trail. The Mausoleum is a tomb that was hand-carved by Nelson McDowell, the 
son of one of the founding fathers of Fairbury. He intended to be buried there 
and spent nearly a decade carving the two rooms with a hammer and chisel. Today 
the walls are covered with the initials of many generations of teenagers, but 
the tomb remains intact. 

 

 
 Meet 8:00 a.m. Sunday, October 5 in the Wachiska office parking lot at 4547 
Calvert Street in Lincoln. Participants can either carpool or caravan for the 
76-mile drive to Fairbury. Bring a water bottle, insect repellent, and 
binoculars if you have them. After our hike we'll have a midday stop at 
Fairbury's Mainstreet Coffee House where pastries and flavored coffees will be 
available is anyone's interested in having lunch there. There are no entrance 
fees required at the WMAs. The public is welcome. 
Subject: Junco
From: "aljdipper AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Oct 2014 09:49:04 -0700
Hello to all,
 In my yard this morning I saw my first Juncos of the season. 3 of them. Is 
this when they usually arrive? I have had 2 Hummingbirds the last three weeks 
but didn't see any yesterday or day before. Hopefully they are well on their 
way South. 

   Karen 
 120th & Q Omaha
Subject: Warblers in FF
From: "jonathan crews crews4crane AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:53:36 -0700
NE birders

Great last 2 days for migrant passerines in Fontanelle Forest. Ovenbird, 4 
orange-crowned warblers, male & female scarlet tanagers & 2 brown thrashers 
yesterday in addition to NORTHERN PARULA (May have been more than 1; hard to 
tell b/c I kept seeing one at different times), several nashville warblers, 1 
black-and-white, 1 orange-crowned, a handful of yellow-rumped (all 
Myrtle's) & 2 r-c kinglets today - all just behind the nature center, 
mostly congregated in and around the large maple tree around 5:30p. Stunning 
display. It's amazing that there are moments when you can't get a binoc 
on them fast enough & then so many other times when you're searching so 
hard for anything. 


Jonathan Crews
Omaha (Dundee), NE
Subject: Sutherland and Mormon Is.
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 01:29:40 +0000
On my way from Ogallala, today, I stopped at Sutherland Reservoir and Mormon 
Island SRA. At Sutherland Reservoir, I found a juvenile Sabine's Gull and a 
White-throated Sparrow. At Mormon Island SRA, I found 2 Nashville Warblers and 
a juv. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker among common species. 


On 1 October, I spent about a half hour in Central Park in Alliance and found 1 
Golden-crowned Kinglet and 7 Pine Siskins. Also on 1 October, I found a 
juvenile Black-bellied Plover with several KIlldeer in a fallow wheat field 
southeast of Alliance. 


Good birding!

 - Joel

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Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
2200 N 33rd | Lincoln, NE 68503
 joel.jorgensen AT nebraska.gov | 402.471.5440
Subject: Sarpy County Birds, 9/2
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 18:27:09 -0500
This morning at Haworth Park in Bellevue we saw 35 Double-crested Cormorants, 3 
Osprey, an immature Bald Eagle and many Barn Swallows and Rough-winged 
Swallows. South of Offutt AF Base at La Platte Bottoms there were 2 Great 
Egrets, 2 Great Blue Herons, 6 American Kestrels and about 15 Killdeer. Another 
11 Killdeer were found at the sod farm on Harlan Lewis Rd. 



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


Subject: Tucker in magazine @FUS
From: "Leslie P & Angela J Lutter lutter AT wiatel.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 02 Oct 2014 17:34:07 -0500
http://en.calameo.com/read/0000568546d412565417d  PAGE 5 full page ! I 
am only disappointed that it says he's from Sioux City and not Bronson 
:(
Subject: Belated and recent sightings in Lancaster/Saunders counties.
From: "larryeinemannl AT aol.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 23:20:37 -0400
Hi!
    Sightings reported here were on September 29 and  October 1, 2014.  
September 30 was a very rainy day.  By the time it  stopped raining on the 1st 
about 7 a.m. at my place in Lincoln, I had 6.60  inches of rain in my rain 
gauge.  I first circled Holmes Lake, it was  entirely closed to traffic, as 
it was so full that it covered some of the road  on north side and no sandy 
beach was visible along the face of the dam.  It  was the fullest that I have 
seen in my 35 years in Lincoln.    I  then stopped at Capitol Beach Lake.  
There were large  numbers of Franklin's gulls present, about 2500+ on the 
29th & 1100 on the  1st and still large numbers of Barn swallows with some 
Tree swallows mixed  in.  As I passed over Salt Creek, about 3/4ths full, I 
went up North 27th  Street to Whitehead Saline Wetland.  It was the fullest I  
have seen it, about 3X its normal size.  Present were 2 Great egrets, 5  
Wilson's snipe, 5 Lesser yellowlegs and 15 Great-tailed grackles among other  
species.
    Arbor Lake was covered with  water over  its whole extent and many 
blackbirds were present.
    Jack Sinn WMA in both  Saunders/Lancaster counties had some flooding 
and many ponds along Rock  Creek.  Flood levels were not as high as they were 
in the spring when  the whole flood plain was covered in several feet of 
running water.  I  spoke to a local farmer who said he had about 2 inches in 
that general  area.  At N. 112th and Ashland Road, I trudged through some 
weedy areas on the 29th and the 1st. These sites were loaded with passerines, 

many unknowns, as I was able to identify about 20% of the ones that  mostly 
evaded me.  On the 29th I had a Marsh wren and Green heron, but  not on the 
1st.  Sparrows are moving through as I found 4 to 6  Nelson's sparrows on 
the 26th, 29th and 1st.  The area was dry on the  first two dates and it was 
warm (85 degrees).  The area on the 1st had  standing water and many/many 
mosquitoes on all 3 visits.  I was drenched in  perspiration on the 1st as it 
was sunny (mid 70s) and very humid after walking  about 3/4 mile. The 
minimum maintenance road was under water south of Rock Creek and was very muddy 

when I walked it in boots.  Birds were best on the  1st with 2 Orange-crowned 
warblers, 9 Savannah sparrows, 14 Lincoln's  sparrows, 4 Dickcissels, 4 
Common yellowthroats, 7 Song sparrows, 2 Clay-colored  sparrows, 3 Nashville 
warblers, 7 White-crowned sparrow; 4 Nelson's sparrows,  and 1 LeConte's 
sparrow and the best of all an immature Henslow's  sparrow.  (The bulk of the 
area in both counties is covered with reed  canary grass, essentially a 
biological desert when it comes to plant and  animal diversity in these large 
expanses of grass.)  The NE pond had  44 Pied-billed grebes and 4 Great egrets 
and a few other common species.   It was much better on the 29th with the 
following of note:  Redhead--8,  Ruddy duck--3, Northern shoveler--2, 
Pied-billed grebe--35, Northern pintail--8  and 137 Blue-winged teal.
   By the time I got to North 14th and Agnew Road, there was  little to no 
flooding.  Branched Oak Lake SRA was  essentially the same level for both 
days with little to no flooding.  On  September 29, I found 51 Cattle egrets 
around the lake and the following of  note:  American avocet--3, Eared 
grebe--6, Caspian tern--2, Little blue  heron--1 immature, Forster's tern--5; 
Northern pintail--2; Great egret--7;  Spotted sandpiper--2 among other more com
mon species.  On October 1, I  found the following species of note:  
Osprey--1; Snowy egret--1; Little blue heron--1 immature; Cattle egret--2; 
Sabine's 

gull--1; Nashville warbler--1;  Tennessee warbler--1; American 
golden-plover--1; Eastern phoebe--1; Yellow-rumped warbler--5; Great egret--10; 

Forster's term--15; Spotted  sandpiper--3; Pied-billed grebe--42. 
    As I was heading home on September 29, at about S.  27th and Capitol 
Parkway I saw what looked like an adult Mississippi kite that  was in an 
aerial skirmish with a large raptor. I could not stop to further investigate as 

there was too much rush hour traffic along the  parkway.  
    Good birding!
Larry Einemann
Lincoln, Nebraska
 
In a message dated 10/1/2014 6:32:28 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
 
After last night's heavy rains, a few migrants are beginning to be  seen in 
and over the Mercer Woods property.  This list is comprised of  birds 
observed at three different times of the day.  


-40 American White Pelican
-8 Turkey Vulture
-1 Osprey
-20 Chimney Swift
-1 Blue-headed Vireo
-1 Warbling Vireo
-8 R-c Kinglet
-1 Gray Catbird
-1 Ovenbird
-2 Orange-crowned Warbler
-1 Tennessee Warbler
-2 Nashville Warbler
-1 PROBABLE WESTERN TANAGER (dull female foraging about 40  ft. in canopy 
of "Oak Grove" area.  Observed for a few  seconds.  Plain olive-yellow gray 
face with very dull gray breast and  underbelly. At first glance suggested 
large WAVI from underneath.   Pale wing bars apparent against gray wings.  
Gray mantle region not  observed.  Bird was not relocated despite several 
attempts.)
-2 Scarlet Tanager (FOS) (basic plumage males)


R-T HUMMINGBIRDS have not been observed on property since 9/25.


I also decided to check out the Grass Pads as well as west Douglas Co.  
lake localities.  Birds were few and far between, and all of the lakes  were 
not conducive to shorebirds due to recent heavy precipitation.   


-20 P-b Grebe (Bennington Lake)
-20 Am. White Pelican (Sandcove Lake South)
-    D-c Cormorant (scattered throughout)
-1 Great Egret (Valley Sandcove Lake)
-1 Cooper's Hawk (Bennington Lake)
-1 Spotted Sandpiper (Sandcove Lk. South)
-25 Franklin's Gull (Sandcove Lk. South)
-3 Ring-billed Gull- (Grass Pad 2)
-1 Common Yellowthroat- (Valley Sandcove Lk.)


Interestingly, sparrows for the most part still appear to be  absent.  
However, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW (FOS) was observed briefly at Indian Creek Nursery 

on 9/29.


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com













Subject: Re: Hummer Help
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:38:38 -0700
Hi Bob.

It looks like a first-fall male Ruby-throated Hummingbird to me. You can see 
the gorget starting to come in like scattered stubble on the face of a 
teenager. 


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com

 


On Wednesday, October 1, 2014 3:35 PM, "bkgr10 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" 
 wrote: 

  


  
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NEBirds/photos/albums/610804494



I snapped a couple pics of a hummer about an hour ago in my back yard. They are 
in the album listed above. I would appreciate any identification help I can 
get. 


Bob g, Garfield county  
 
Subject: Mercer Woods/ W. Douglas Co.- 9/01
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 18:32:24 -0700
 After last night's heavy rains, a few migrants are beginning to be seen in and 
over the Mercer Woods property. This list is comprised of birds observed at 
three different times of the day. 


-40 American White Pelican
-8 Turkey Vulture
-1 Osprey
-20 Chimney Swift
-1 Blue-headed Vireo
-1 Warbling Vireo
-8 R-c Kinglet
-1 Gray Catbird
-1 Ovenbird
-2 Orange-crowned Warbler
-1 Tennessee Warbler
-2 Nashville Warbler
-1 PROBABLE WESTERN TANAGER (dull female foraging about 40 ft. in canopy of 
"Oak Grove" area. Observed for a few seconds. Plain olive-yellow gray face with 
very dull gray breast and underbelly. At first glance suggested large WAVI from 
underneath. Pale wing bars apparent against gray wings. Gray mantle region not 
observed. Bird was not relocated despite several attempts.) 

-2 Scarlet Tanager (FOS) (basic plumage males)

R-T HUMMINGBIRDS have not been observed on property since 9/25.

I also decided to check out the Grass Pads as well as west Douglas Co. lake 
localities. Birds were few and far between, and all of the lakes were not 
conducive to shorebirds due to recent heavy precipitation. 


-20 P-b Grebe (Bennington Lake)
-20 Am. White Pelican (Sandcove Lake South)
-    D-c Cormorant (scattered throughout)
-1 Great Egret (Valley Sandcove Lake)
-1 Cooper's Hawk (Bennington Lake)
-1 Spotted Sandpiper (Sandcove Lk. South)
-25 Franklin's Gull (Sandcove Lk. South)
-3 Ring-billed Gull- (Grass Pad 2)
-1 Common Yellowthroat- (Valley Sandcove Lk.)

Interestingly, sparrows for the most part still appear to be absent. However, a 
LINCOLN'S SPARROW (FOS) was observed briefly at Indian Creek Nursery on 9/29. 


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Hummer Help
From: "bkgr10 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Oct 2014 13:35:28 -0700
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NEBirds/photos/albums/610804494 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NEBirds/photos/albums/610804494 


 

 

 I snapped a couple pics of a hummer about an hour ago in my back yard. They 
are in the album listed above. I would appreciate any identification help I can 
get. 

 

 Bob g, Garfield county
Subject: Black-billed Cuckoo and five warblers at Fontenelle Forest
From: "SCHMID_R AT msn.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Oct 2014 09:12:32 -0700
Jeanine, Elizabeth and I took a rare trip away from our offices and found the 
following migrants from the east side of the second loop of the Riverview 
Boardwalk: 

 

 Black-billed Cuckoo (lifer for Elizabeth, and state bird for me)
 Red-Headed Woodpecker (adult and juv)
 American Robin (flock of migrants)
 Common Yellowthroat
 Ovenbird
 Nashville, Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warblers
 

 I also had a Palm Warbler earlier this morning in the Old Mill area (10822 Old 
Mill Rd). 

 

 Good birding - Rick 
Subject: Gosper Co. warblers
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 03:37:54 +0000
I made a brief stop at Johnson Lake today. I checked out the wooded area along 
the Larry Roper Trail on the east side of the lake (40.689972, -99.830496) for 
passerines and found a nice assemblage of birds that included: 


1 Yellow Warbler
10 Orange-crowned Warblers
3 Nashville Warblers
many Yellow-rumps
1 Northern Parula
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Wilson's Warbler
1 Black-headed or Rose-breasted Grosbeak

On 27 September, I came across the same puddle in Dodge County where the 
Padelfords found shorebirds. I observed about the same, but did not have any 
dowitchers. I did find about 25 American Golden-Plovers at the sod farm 
southwest of the Highway 77/275 interchange. I also had a Yellow-billed Cuckoo 
at Red Fox WMA. 


Good birding!

 - Joel

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Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
2200 N 33rd | Lincoln, NE 68503
 joel.jorgensen AT nebraska.gov | 402.471.5440
Subject: Hummers
From: "'Don & Janis Paseka' paseka76 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:33:32 -0500
We had last seen hummingbirds at the feeders and flowers here at home on
Sept. 18 before we left for the NOU meeting. Today, Sept. 30, we had two of
them again. The one that spent most of the day here has a very short tail.
When it is perched on the back side of the feeder, all that is visible are
the crossed wings making an "X" with only the very tip of the tail seen in
the top of the "X".

We are thinking that this could be a calliope, but have not gotten a good
photo through the dirty glass and window screen due to the bad light (it
rained here all day) and the camera's auto-focus.

Maybe tomorrow.

Don and Janis Paseka
Ames Nebraska