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1 Sep Labor Day birds ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Sep Labor Day Birding ["'Neal Ratzlaff' nratzlaff AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
1 Sep Labor Day Birding ["'Neal Ratzlaff' nratzlaff AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
01 Sep American avocet location ["'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
01 Sep Re: DeSoto NWR Washington County, Least Tern ["cranewatcher2014 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
1 Sep Grass Pad Shorebirds (Douglas Co.)- 9/01 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
01 Sep DeSoto NWR Washington County, Least Tern ["'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
01 Sep Mississippi Kite ["olsonch4 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
1 Sep Little Gull near Yankton ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
01 Sep Cottonmill Park - Buffalo County ["kskaggs25 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
31 Aug Phelps County 8/31/14 ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
31 Aug Re: Grass Pads- Douglas Co.- 8/28 ["Sarah Newman sarahnewman AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
31 Aug Shorbs ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
31 Aug Keith Dyche out west- CANYON WREN ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
30 Aug Grass Pads (Douglas Co.)/ L-t Jaeger (Lancaster Co.) ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
30 Aug LT Jaeger continues ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
29 Aug LT Jaeger, Laughing Gull, Capitol Beach Lk, Lincoln ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
29 Aug Capitol Lake Mystery Duck ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
29 Aug Laughing Gull photos ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
29 Aug Wildcat Hills Banding Station ["hmgarrod AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
29 Aug Capitol Beach LT Jaeger plus Laughing Gull ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
29 Aug Re: Chadron SP Bird Banding Station ["jel260 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
29 Aug Grass Pad Directions ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
29 Aug LT Jaeger still present ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
29 Aug Re: Agave Nectar for Hummingbirds ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
29 Aug Agave Nectar for Hummingbirds ["'Greg Stoiber' gregst7 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
28 Aug Re: Grass Pads- Douglas Co.- 8/28 ["cranewatcher2014 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
28 Aug Long-tailed Jaeger, Capitol Beach Lake, Lincoln ["Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
28 Aug Grass Pads- Douglas Co.- 8/28 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
28 Aug Re: Chadron SP Bird Banding Station ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
28 Aug Re: Chadron SP Bird Banding Station ["jel260 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
28 Aug Black-throated Sparrow ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
28 Aug Chadron SP Bird Banding Station ["His Lefever jel260 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
28 Aug RE: NOU Meeting, Holdrege Sept 19-21 ["Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
28 Aug NOU Meeting, Holdrege Sept 19-21 ["Daniel Leger dleger1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" ]
27 Aug W-W Dove ["jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
26 Aug Sarpy County Birds ["Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
26 Aug Re: Hummingbird ["'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" ]
26 Aug Re: Hummingbird ["Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
26 Aug Hummingbird ["leeann2971 AT msn.com [NEBirds]" ]
26 Aug Harlan-Lewis Rd. ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
26 Aug Mississippi Kite over UNL East Campus ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
26 Aug Re: Black-throated Sparrow ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
26 Aug Re: Black-throated Sparrow ["'leamarart' leamarart AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
26 Aug Black-throated Sparrow ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
26 Aug Western Nebraska: 8/22 - 8/25 ["'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
25 Aug Douglas Co. Shorbs- 8/24 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Aug Shorbs ["ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
25 Aug Midtown Omaha Purple Martins? ["David Powers davekapow AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Aug Sandhills Birding ["Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
25 Aug RB Nuthatch ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Aug Oliver Res 8/24 (correction) ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Aug Kimball County 8/24 ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Aug Gosper County scouting ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
24 Aug Mississippi Kite - Hall Co. 8/24 ["Timothy Hajda timhajda AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Aug Saturday evening sightings ["'Neal Ratzlaff' nratzlaff AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
23 Aug Gotte Park, Kimball (Barn Owl) ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Aug Mercer Woods Migrants/ Carter Lake- 8/23 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Aug Red-breasted Nuthatch Omaha ["lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
23 Aug Woodpeckers in Sow Belly Canyon ["'Bruce Walgren' Piranga AT bresnan.net [NEBirds]" ]
22 Aug Douglas Co. Shorbs/ Misc.- 8/22 ["Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
22 Aug Chicken Dance Trail Newsletter ["'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" ]
22 Aug RE: Wachiska Jack Sinn/Martin Roost field trip Sun. 8/24 ["'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" ]
21 Aug Wachiska Jack Sinn/Martin Roost field trip Sun. 8/24 ["flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
21 Aug Quail ["Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Aug Fw: Keith's putative Ruff pics ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
19 Aug Keith's putative Ruff pics ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Aug multiple posts ["William Huser billfhuser AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
18 Aug Fwd: Ruff no more ["William Huser billfhuser AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Aug S.W. Kearney & N.W. Franklin Cos. 8/17/14 ["'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Aug Ruff no more ["William Huser billfhuser AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Aug My post on Dakota County shorebird ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Aug Dakota County shorebird ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Aug Broad-tailed? Hummingbird at Lake McConaughy ["gingerly57 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Aug Dakota County shorebird ["'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" ]
17 Aug Re: Ruff comments Franken Grackle Comparison ["Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" ]

Subject: Labor Day birds
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:42:36 -0700




Subject: Labor Day Birding
From: "'Neal Ratzlaff' nratzlaff AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:19:44 -0500
Oops!  Forgot to mention that we also had a single Buff-breasted Sandpiper
at the sod field on Harlan Lewis Road late this afternoon

 

Neal Ratzlaff
Subject: Labor Day Birding
From: "'Neal Ratzlaff' nratzlaff AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:09:11 -0500
Deb and I spent a couple of hours this morning at Grasspads #1 & 2

            Our sightings were pretty similar to Justin's except we did not
see the Semipalmated Plovers and American Golden-Plover this morning.

 

Grasspad #5 as many of you know is now a corn field, but there is a small
area just to the west of it which which has been planted in grass or some
other cover that is still short and which contained a bit of sheet water.

            There were 100+ Killdeer on it, but little else - a couple of
Pectorals and a few unidentified distant PEEPS

 

Sandpit area on West Fairview Road had 1 Spotted Sandpiper on the sand bank

 

Area north of Linoma Beach had 1 Great Blue Heron and a Canada Goose.  Most
of the sandbars there are now covered with vegetation and its not the good
place it used to be.

            This area and the stretch of west Fairview Road between Grasspad
#5 and Sandpit hosted a dozen or so Eastern Kingbirds - saw quite a few
today in small groups suggesting they may be on the move

 

This afternoon we visited:

 

La Platte Bottoms where we had:

            6 Semipalmated Plovers

            2 Least Sandpipers

            3 Great Egrets

            2 Great Blue Herons

 

and the Sod Field on Harlan Lewis Road where there were:

            40 Pectoral Sandpipers

            2 Greater Yellowlegs

            5 Lesser Yellowlegs

            1 Wilson's Snipe

            a single dowitcher  (??short-billed??)

            2 Semipalmated Sandpipers (there were 20 more PEEPS that flew
before we could ID them)

            at least 25 Killdeer

            1 American Golden-Plover

            8 Blue-winged Teal

 

This evening west of Gretna we observed at least 20 Common Nighthawks 

 

Neal & Deb Ratzlaff

            
Subject: American avocet location
From: "'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:12:27 -0500
A more specific location for anyone interested in the avocets: turn N at the 
east entry into Blair off Highway 30 (where the sign says Welcome to Blair).  
The white rocked road Marina Drive goes under the railroad and curves to the 
left and around a fallow field where there is a sizeable puddle. Five birds, 
four males and a female in transition to non-breeding plumage. 


Also got great looks at a very approachable yellow-billed cuckoo adult on the 
Nebraska side of DeSoto NWR late in the afternoon. 

Good birding,
Diane T from WY

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Subject: Re: DeSoto NWR Washington County, Least Tern
From: "cranewatcher2014 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Sep 2014 16:38:58 -0700
Oh, I was out at DeSoto this morning, too. Wish I would have known you were 
there. It would have been nice to meet someone from the group! 


Sylvia Hanson
Omaha (Millard), Sarpy Co, NE
Subject: Grass Pad Shorebirds (Douglas Co.)- 9/01
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:35:32 -0700
 I spent a large chunk of the afternoon checking out shorebirds on the Grass 
Pads, concentrating mainly on Pad 2. A couple of vehicles drove up to bird 
while I was scoping. One was a gentleman from Omaha named Johnathan. After 
Johnathan left, a fairly large influx of Pectoral Sandpipers arrived. A lady 
also drove up (sorry I cannot remember your name) eager to view shorebirds. 


Species today included...

-1 White-faced Ibis (Pad 1)
-1 Am. Golden-Plover (transitional)
-1 Piping Plover
-6 Semipalmated Plover
-150 Killdeer
-2 Greater Yellowlegs
-4 Lesser Yellowlegs
-2 Solitary Sandpiper
-6 Semipalmated Sandpiper
-20 Least Sandpiper
-85 Pectoral Sandpiper
-2 Buff-breasted Sandpiper
-2 Short-billed Dowitcher
-2 Wilson's Snipe

The sandpit lake to the west contained....

- B-w Teal
- No. Shoveler
-4 Least Tern
-45 Black Tern
-7 Forster's Tern (No black carpal bars visible to make any of the resting 
terns a Common). 


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: DeSoto NWR Washington County, Least Tern
From: "'dtandelsie AT yahoo.com' dtandelsie@yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:54:02 -0500
My sister Terese and I birded DeSoto NWR today. Highlight of the day was a 
Least Tern at the Bertrand Excavation site. The bird was extremely cooperative 
perching on a low rock "jetty" and occasionally venturing out for a small fish. 
Small size, distinct white forehead, yellow bill with dark dusky blackish tip. 
Eight additional terns (Forster's and Black) circled high above, with the 
former coming low to fish eventually. Other migrants included 5 American 
Avocets (between Blair and the DeSoto main entrance in a large puddle in a 
field), spotted sandpiper (same area as the Least Tern), Cedar Waxwings 
(including YOY), and most of the usual suspects. 

Diane T from Laramie, WY

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Subject: Mississippi Kite
From: "olsonch4 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Sep 2014 15:23:48 -0700
This morning at 11:00 Maggie and I came across this first year Mississippi Kite 
at Halleck park in Papillion. It was on the Cottonwood tree on the SE side of 
the lagoon. It appeared to be eating something and then stayed and cleaned 
itself for a while. I posted some pictures in my folder. Thanks to Phil and 
Ross for help with the ID. 

 

 Chris Olson
 Papillion
 Sarpy County
Subject: Little Gull near Yankton
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:20:08 -0700
Looking at a little gull found yesterday by David True at Lewis and Clark State 
Recreation Area below the dam on the Nebraska side. More details later but 
wanted to get the word out. Please excuse brevity and terseness as I am posting 
from my phone. thanks Michael Willison Lincoln 

 		 	   		  
Subject: Cottonmill Park - Buffalo County
From: "kskaggs25 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Sep 2014 14:04:45 -0700
Birded Cottonmill Park just west of Kearney for a couple of hours this morning. 
It was a little quiet, but did see a male summer tanager and a blue-headed 
vireo. Other species seen/heard were belted kingfisher, Bell's, warbling and 
red-eyed vireo, black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, cedar waxwing 
and Baltimore oriole. 

 

 Kent Skaggs
 Kearney, NE
Subject: Phelps County 8/31/14
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:16:12 -0700




Subject: Re: Grass Pads- Douglas Co.- 8/28
From: "Sarah Newman sarahnewman AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:03:57 -0500
Hi, Justin,

I just drove from Brownville to Omaha via back roads. Something has been 
nagging me in the back of my mind in recent years, but this time I made an 
effort to pay attention. During the whole trip, I never once saw a 
kestrel/sparrow hawk--that ubiquitous phone line sitter of decades ago. Where 
are they?! 


Sarah Newman
Dundee, Omaha, Nabraska

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Subject: Shorbs
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:49:57 -0500
I stopped at the small sod patch on Harlan Lewis Drive just south of Bellevue 
(Sarpy County) to look for shorebirds. Found: 


- 2 American-Golden Plovers
- 5 L. Yellowlegs
- 15 Least Sandpipers
- 6 Pectoral Sandpipers
- 55+ Killdeer

Then I stopped at LaPlatte Bottoms, which has water, but lots of grass mixed in 
(not good for shorebirds). Found 

- 1 Loggerhead Shrike
- 4 GB Herons
- 1 Great Egret
- 6 Killdeer

At the Base Lake were 3 Forester’s Terns sitting on a small floating log. And 
approx. 35 Purple Martins on the wires. 


Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
Subject: Keith Dyche out west- CANYON WREN
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:40:42 -0500
Posting for Keith:

Canyon Wren in Gotte Park, Kimball first seen in pines next to (on east side 
of) Rodeo Grounds, then flew into Rodeo Grounds (straight west of big missile). 


Also Townsend's, MacGillvray's, lots of Wilsons (various sites)
Still Sage Thrashers Oliver Res

Likely more to come!

Ross


Ross Silcock
New Zealand Land and Pelagic Bird Tours
www.rosssilcock.com
Tabor, IA  
Subject: Grass Pads (Douglas Co.)/ L-t Jaeger (Lancaster Co.)
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:26:43 -0700

 This afternoon I headed out to the Grass Pads. A few new species observed (as 
already mentioned by Michael W.) included four (4) WILSON'S SNIPE, a limping 
basic plumaged RUDDY TURNSTONE (FOY), and later a basic plumaged AM. 
GOLDEN-PLOVER (FOY). After a brief forage, the TURNSTONE flew into the sandpit 
lake area to the south. A few BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were spotted as well. 

  
The Tringa---

 Clem and I also observed a very light TRINGA sandpiper with a flock of LE. 
YELLOWLEGS. This bird was extremely light on the neck, breast and upperparts 
(Wilson's Phalarope basic light), and had greenish-yellow legs. The bird was 
about the size of a Lesser Yellowlegs, however the structure was a bit thinner, 
and the bill seemed slightly upturned. Mantle appeared light gray. I managed to 
get a couple poor pictures of this bird. This very light plumaged bird soon 
flew off with a flock of 12 or so Lesser Yellowlegs. The bird resembled a basic 
Common Greenshank or Spotted Redshank. However, it was possibly just a very 
light Lesser Yellowlegs. 

 
 I then introduced Clem to the sandpit lake (Sandcove South) which contained 
around forty (40) BLACK TERNS, ten (10) FORSTER'S TERNS, and two (2) CASPIAN 
TERNS (FOY). 

 We drove out to Lincoln afterwords to observe the very obliging light juvenile 
LONG-TAILED JAEGER (FOY). Shari Schwartz had just arrived to get a look at this 
bird as well. No luck with the aforementioned Laughing Gull. A few BLACK TERNS 
were present as well. 

 When we arrived back at Grass Pad 2, I was able to relocate the limping RUDDY 
TURNSTONE. Michael W. and Diane from Wyoming drove up shortly thereafter. 


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: LT Jaeger continues
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:46:45 -0700
I stopped briefly early this morning at Capitol Beach Lake where the 
Long-tailed Jaeger continued. I was also able to capture a few slightly 
improved photos in more favorable light. (link below) The Laughing Gull was 
present, however I heard from others that it was not around later in the day. 


 

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

 

Late afternoon, I checked out the Grass Pads on W. Center and 252nd in Douglas 
Co. Afternoon heat and light were not favorable, however there were plenty of 
shorebirds around. I had 15 species. Counting what several others who were also 
there had seen, I think there were at least 17 species represented today. 


 

Best shorebird for me was a Ruddy Turnstone that I initially saw flying over 
pad 1 in a flock of Pectorals. When I looked closer at this larger bird, I 
noted that it didn't have the neck rings I expected from what I thought was 
going to be a Killdeer. It was mostly blackish in the upper breast and throat. 
The flock sailed over my head towards pad 2. 


 

Shortly thereafter I drove over to Pad 2 where I bumped into Justin and Clem 
who had just seen a Ruddy Turnstone on the turf. We were unable to relocate it. 
Possibly the same bird that was seen last week here. 


 

The 15 shorb species I saw were:

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Ruddy Turnstone

Stilt Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Semiplamated Sandpiper

SB Dowitcher

Wilson's Snipe


In addition, others had:

Am.-Golden Plover

LB Dowitcher


Certainly there should be/could be:

Baird's Sandpiper

Wilson's Phalarope




Michael Willison

Lincoln 		 	   		  

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Subject: LT Jaeger, Laughing Gull, Capitol Beach Lk, Lincoln
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:59:11 -0700
Glad that several others have been able to get out and see the cooperative 
Jaeger and now Laughing Gull. As noted by Noah Arthur in an earlier post, there 
is also a Juvenile Laughing Gull present. I made a brief visit to the lake over 
lunch and somehow didn't see the Jaeger, but also saw the Laughing Gull. Nice 
find Noah! 



Returning after work late afternoon, I did relocate the Jaeger and was able to 
obtain some "record" photos as well as of the Gull. 



Below is a link to my flickr account where you can see a couple of the photos I 
obtained of the Jaeger as well as the gull. 



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


Michael Willison

Lincoln 		 	   		  

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Subject: Capitol Lake Mystery Duck
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:05:59 -0700
 It is my opinion that the mystery duck as reported and photographed by Noah is 
nothing more than a domesticated Mallard. This bird is possibly also in an 
eclipse stage as well (though this is not confirmed). The overall impression 
and body structure (jiss) suggests Mallard. The head and bill shape are also 
consistent with that species. Due to a light body plumage, very little head 
pattern, and gray bill we can automatically eliminate species such as Mottled 
and American Black Duck. Due to the bill shape, and a short thick neck without 
a slim structured body we can also rule out an aberrant Northern Pintail. 


 I have observed a couple Mallards that were similar to this bird at either 
Phantom Lake or Lakeside. I can't remember which, but both harbor large numbers 
of domesticated Mallards. 

 A domestic Mallard would also explain why this bird is unable to be IDed with 
source material. 


If anyone else has any further opinions on this bird, please let me know.

Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Laughing Gull photos
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:46:38 -0700
Hi everyone. What a day at Capitol Beach Lake! Thanks, Michael W. and Joel J., 
for finding and reporting the beautiful juv Long-tailed Jaeger, a life bird for 
me! 


Here are some very distant photos of the juvenile Laughing Gull that showed up 
while I was looking at the jaeger. My field notes are also on here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157646598532919/ 


...And the mystery duck: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157646598548789/ 

I must admit I've never been very good with duck ID, but I think this might be 
something genuinely unusual. I can't match the face pattern to anything in the 
field guides (not even anything in "Waterfowl of the World"!). My guess is some 
sort of hybrid... Any ideas on the ID of this duck would be very much 
appreciated! 


...And my one near-acceptable jaeger shot: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/sets/72157646958681746/ 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Wildcat Hills Banding Station
From: "hmgarrod AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Aug 2014 16:31:10 -0700
Hello!

I am the bander that is going to be running the banding station at Wildcat 
Hills. The banding station will be run on weekdays opening at 6 and running 
until about 11 am. I encourage people to stop by the banding station, it is 
always neat to see birds up close in the hand. Please contact me at hmg20 AT 
humboldt DOT edu if you are interested in volunteering or coming by. I will be 
posting both birds captured and observed at Wildcat Hills once or twice a week. 
I am an avid birder and I am looking forward to both birding and banding in 
Nebraska! 


Cheers,

Holly 
 

Subject: Capitol Beach LT Jaeger plus Laughing Gull
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:48:20 -0700
I'm just leaving Capitol Beach Lake, where the obliging LONG-TAILED JAEGER was 
swimming around fairly close on the water at the dead end of the street called 
Pier 2. 


Bonus bird was a striking dark juvenile LAUGHING GULL on the water in the 
northeast section of the lake. I'll post my (crappy) photos when I get back to 
the dorm room. 


Also on the lake near Pier 2 was a strange female duck that has me completely 
stumped; I'll post photos of her too... 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Re: Chadron SP Bird Banding Station
From: "jel260 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Aug 2014 12:39:56 -0700
Great question! To get to the banding station, enter Chadron SP from highway 
385, and take your second left once in the park. After turning, the road 
immediately splits into two directions- stay to your left. Follow this road for 
a while- it will take you up a large hill and past a few picnic shelters. 
Eventually the road will split again- stay to the right, and follow the road 
back down the hill. After going down a short distance, the station will be on 
your left, at the Sawmill Picnic Shelter. If you have any questions, you can 
stop at the park office for a map, and someone there can go over directions to 
the station. --Josh Lefever Bander, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory 
Subject: Grass Pad Directions
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:18:51 -0700
The Grass Pads are located on W. Center Rd. with 252nd Rd. separating them.

Grass Pad 1 is located just north of W. Center Rd, east of 252nd.

Grass Pad 2 is located south of W. Center Rd. and just west of 252nd.

A scope is highly necessary for viewing the large sod farm.
 Please remember to sign your city and county with your post.

Sincerely,

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: LT Jaeger still present
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:27:52 +0000
I was easily able to relocate, at about 9:30 a.m. this morning, the jaeger 
Michael Willison discovered yesterday evening at Capitol Beach Lake. The bird 
was observed from a good distance from the east cul-de-sac and only sitting on 
the water. Even though I have limited jaeger experience, I agree with Michael 
that the bird is consistent with Long-tailed Jaeger. It is relatively 
short-billed and dainty and there appeared to be NO reddish or rufous tones 
anywhere, which would be consistent with juv. Parasitic. 


Thanks to Michael for, impressively, finding a second LT Jaeger in as many 
years and also for reporting the sighting immediately on NEbirds even though 
there may have been a little bit of uncertainty regarding identification. 


While I am typing, I will pass along a belated sighting. On 16 August, I 
observed a Redhead hen with a brood of five duckling at North Lake Basin WMA. 
This is one of the few breeding records for the species in the RWB. 


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: Re: Agave Nectar for Hummingbirds
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:21:54 -0600
I found this online: 
"Sheri Williamson (author of Peterson Field Guide Hummingbirds of North 
America) pointed out that Agave Sweetener is not composed of the same sugar as 
nectar, is less appealing to the hummingbirds, spoils faster and is prone to 
ferment....Agave "nectar" (which is made from the plant's sap rather than its 
flowers) contains no sucrose, the sugar that hummingbirds prefer and the 
predominant sugar in the nectar of hummingbird-pollinated flowers. Its 
predominant sugar is fermentation-friendly fructose (~50-90%), a major 
component of the nectars of insect-pollinated flowers, and it contains other 
simple carbohydrates that could contribute to accelerated spoilage." 


So I would stick to using simple white sugar (4:1 water to sugar ratio). It's 
what hummingbirds require for energy and most closely replicates what they 
naturally get from flower nectar. White sugar may be bad for us, but good for 
them. 


- See more at: 
http://www.birdwatching-bliss.com/hummingbird-food-recipe.html#sthash.zzWo72Wa.dpuf 


Do not use honey as it can kill hummingbirds. 

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE 





  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: 'Greg Stoiber' gregst7 AT cox.net [NEBirds] 
  To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Friday, August 29, 2014 5:04 AM
  Subject: [NEBirds] Agave Nectar for Hummingbirds


    

 Has anyone had success using Agave nectar instead of sugar in their 
Hummingbird feeders. I've tried it with no results. 




  Greg

  Bellevue, NE


  
Subject: Agave Nectar for Hummingbirds
From: "'Greg Stoiber' gregst7 AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:04:53 -0500
Has anyone had success using Agave nectar instead of sugar in their
Hummingbird feeders. I've tried it with no results.

 

Greg

Bellevue, NE
Subject: Re: Grass Pads- Douglas Co.- 8/28
From: "cranewatcher2014 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Aug 2014 19:55:04 -0700
I'm new to the group and was wondering exactly where the grass pads are located 
on West Center Road. Thanks! Sylvia Hanson 
Subject: Long-tailed Jaeger, Capitol Beach Lake, Lincoln
From: "Michael Willison sendtomichael AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:55:02 -0700
I just found a Long-tailed Jaeger sitting out on Capitol Beach Lake in West 
Lincoln. I observed the bird at about 745pm in horrific lighting and quite 
distant, looking directly towards the setting sun. I was saved partially by 
clouds to the west. 




I am fairly confident to have ruled out the other Jaeger species, however 
wasn't able to observe all the field marks that I hope to see tomorrow, 
assuming the bird sticks around like did last September's bird. 




It appeared to be an intermediate juvenile. During the 20 minutes I could 
gather enough scope light to view the bird I saw it fly briefly once and 
resettle on the water. I saw small white windows at the base of the primary 
shafts. Wings and body appeared slender. Head small and rounded. Bill small. 
Overall build and size of the bird seemed light, not bulky. Central tail 
feathers were slightly longer than surrounding tail feathers and did not appear 
pointed as in Parasitic. The bird seemed quite like last year's bird to me. The 
bird was on the far west side of the lake. Viewing is at the end of Pier 2 road 
on the east side of the lake. 



ID of Jaegers can be tricky and I plan to look again tomorrow at lunch. Hope 
the weather doesn't move it out. 




Michael Willison

Lincoln 		 	   		  

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Subject: Grass Pads- Douglas Co.- 8/28
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:28:39 -0700
 Due to the recent heavy rains, the Grass Pads along W. Center Rd. were full of 
shorebirds. However, this afternoon Grass Pad 1 was the breadwinner. Species 
included.... 


-50 B-w Teal
-2 No. Pintail
-1 Piping Plover
-1 Semipalmated Plover
-250 Killdeer
-7 Gr. Yellowlegs
-8 Le. Yellowlegs
-5 Solitary Sandpiper
-12 Semipalmated Sandpiper (though may be low estimate with many concealed in 
the grass) 

-7 Least Sandpiper
-40 Pectoral Sandpiper
-5 Buff-breasted Sandpiper
-5 Stilt Sandpiper
-1 Short-billed Dowitcher (very flat back, rufous orange, see below)
-1 Wilson's Phalarope (basic)
-3 Ring-billed Gull

Grass Pad 2 Species--

-25 B-w Teal
-1 Black-bellied Plover (FOY) (alt. plumage)
-100+ Killdeer
-4 Solitary Sandpiper
-15 Semipalmated Sandpiper (probably a low estimate as birds took off and 
landed in taller grass) 

-15 Least Sandpiper
-25 Pectoral Sandpiper
-4 Short-billed Dowitcher (Flat backed. Resembled overgrown rufous-orange Stilt 
Sandpipers. Distinctive three-noted "tew" calls heard when a pair of birds took 
flight). 


 For anyone visiting this area, the Grass Pad employees and I want to lay down 
a few ground rules... 


-Stay on the gravel road to view (Grass Pad 2)
-Do NOT walk onto Grass Pads
-Do NOT drive onto Grass Pads
 I also sloshed my way to Sandcove Lake South where observed on the 
disappearing sandflats were 


-30 B-w Teal
-4 Semipalmated Sandpiper
-20 Black Tern
-7 Forster's Tern
-3 Least Tern

I also checked out Sandcove Lake in Valley. However the high water level made 
it unsuitable for shorebirds. However while leaving, a GREEN HERON was observed 
flying over a cornfield. 


Before heading out west, I walked around the Mercer Woods property. Here the 
only migrant I could find was a first-year male WILSON'S WARBLER (FOS). 


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Re: Chadron SP Bird Banding Station
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:21:43 -0600
Josh, were is the banding stating located in the park? 

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE 


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: His Lefever jel260 AT gmail.com [NEBirds] 
  To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2014 9:47 AM
  Subject: [NEBirds] Chadron SP Bird Banding Station


    
  Hello Nebraska Birders!

 My name is Josh Lefever, and I will be operating the bird banding station at 
Chadron State Park, in Dawes county, this fall. Banding begins this Saturday 
(8/30) and will continue through the Labor Day weekend. After this weekend, the 
banding station will operate on weekdays, weather permitting, from sunrise 
until around 11am or noon. Visitors are always welcome, and I look forward to 
meeting some of you in the coming weeks. If anyone is interested in 
volunteering to help work at the banding station, please email me at 
jel260 AT gmail.com. I will also be posting weekly summaries of the species 
captured at the station, along with bird sightings from the state park. The 
station will operate until October 10. Again, visitors are welcome to stop by 
anytime, but if you would like to volunteer for a more active role at the 
station, or have any other questions, please email me. 


  Thanks, and good birding!

  -- Josh Lefever
  Bander, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory 


  
Subject: Re: Chadron SP Bird Banding Station
From: "jel260 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Aug 2014 11:29:22 -0700
In case my email adress isn't showing for some users, its jel260 AT gmail DOT 
com -- Josh Lefever 
Subject: Black-throated Sparrow
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:51:37 +0000
Well, sorry to report it has been a "no-show" since being photographed. If it 
would happen to turn up again I will let all of you know. 


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

Office Phone:  308-535-8025
Cell Phone:  308-530-7659
Subject: Chadron SP Bird Banding Station
From: "His Lefever jel260 AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:47:04 -0600
Hello Nebraska Birders!


My name is Josh Lefever, and I will be operating the bird banding station at 
Chadron State Park, in Dawes county, this fall. Banding begins this Saturday 
(8/30) and will continue through the Labor Day weekend. After this weekend, the 
banding station will operate on weekdays, weather permitting, from sunrise 
until around 11am or noon. Visitors are always welcome, and I look forward to 
meeting some of you in the coming weeks. If anyone is interested in 
volunteering to help work at the banding station, please email me at 
jel260 AT gmail.com. I will also be posting weekly summaries of the species 
captured at the station, along with bird sightings from the state park. The 
station will operate until October 10. Again, visitors are welcome to stop by 
anytime, but if you would like to volunteer for a more active role at the 
station, or have any other questions, please email me. 



Thanks, and good birding!


-- Josh Lefever
Bander, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory  


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Subject: RE: NOU Meeting, Holdrege Sept 19-21
From: "Kathy DeLara renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:12:15 -0400 (EDT)
Here is the complete link to the newsletter 
http://noubirds.org/Publications/NOUNews.aspx

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE

On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 6:54 AM, Daniel Leger dleger1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds] 
wrote:

    Hi NEbirders:

I just wanted to remind everyone that the NOU will hold its fall meeting 
in Holdrege on September 19-21.
If you haven’t registered, please go to 
http://www.noubirds.org/Publications 
  to find the registration form 
(page 3 of the August issue of The Burrowing Owl). 

Registrations need to be sent in by Sept. 9 


  
The meeting kicks off with a pizza dinner at 6:00 pm on Friday, followed 
by a roundtable discussion of learning bird songs. 

Field trips will take up the full day on Saturday and again through noon 
on Sunday.  More details are available on the registration form. 


  
I’m looking forward to visiting a part of the state that I don’t get to 
very often, and I hope to see you there. 


  
Dan Leger  

  
NOU President  
  
Subject: NOU Meeting, Holdrege Sept 19-21
From: "Daniel Leger dleger1 AT unl.edu [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:54:37 +0000
Hi NEbirders:

I just wanted to remind everyone that the NOU will hold its fall meeting in 
Holdrege on September 19-21. 

If you haven't registered, please go to http://www.noubirds.org/Publications to 
find the registration form (page 3 of the August issue of The Burrowing Owl). 

Registrations need to be sent in by Sept. 9

The meeting kicks off with a pizza dinner at 6:00 pm on Friday, followed by a 
roundtable discussion of learning bird songs. 

Field trips will take up the full day on Saturday and again through noon on 
Sunday. More details are available on the registration form. 


I'm looking forward to visiting a part of the state that I don't get to very 
often, and I hope to see you there. 


Dan Leger

NOU President
Subject: W-W Dove
From: "jim_ochsner AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Aug 2014 11:51:15 -0700
Pleased to report the sighting of a White-winged Dove at our backyard feeder 
moments ago. This Dove has a much more extensive and prominent white marking 
than those we had last year. 

 Jim
 Ogallala
Subject: Sarpy County Birds
From: "Loren Padelford lpdlfrd AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:34:34 -0500
This morning at La Platte Bottoms we saw:
7 Semipalmated Plovers 
2  Western Kingbirds
150 Brown-headed Cowbirds
1 Yellow-headed Blackbird

This evening in western Sarpy on the Fairview Road sod farm and vicinity we 
found: 

1 Upland Sandpiper
5 Buff-breasted Sandpipers
95 Eastern Kingbirds
6 Horned Larks
100's of Robins


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





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Subject: Re: Hummingbird
From: "'Kathy DeLara' renosmom AT charter.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:47:50 -0600
It could be a Rufous, does it have rufus coloring on it's flanks, back and 
tail? 


Kathy DeLara
Mitchell NE
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds] 
  To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 6:44 PM
  Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Hummingbird


    

 Sibley says male RT Hummingbirds are basically orange-throated in fall 
plumage. 



  Dave Pantos
  All disclaimers apply

 On Aug 26, 2014 7:37 PM, "leeann2971 AT msn.com [NEBirds]" 
 wrote: 


      

 I have a hummingbird coming to my feeder and it's gorget looks bright orange. 
Is it just the way the light reflects off of it, or is it a different species? 
Debbie DeButts Fremont Ne. 





  
Subject: Re: Hummingbird
From: "Dave Pantos davepantos AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:44:23 -0500
Sibley says male RT Hummingbirds are basically orange-throated in fall
plumage.

Dave Pantos
All disclaimers apply
On Aug 26, 2014 7:37 PM, "leeann2971 AT msn.com [NEBirds]" <
NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> I have a hummingbird coming to my feeder and it's gorget looks bright
> orange.  Is it just the way the light reflects off of it, or is it a
> different species?
>                                                     Debbie DeButts
>
>                                                     Fremont Ne.
>  
>
Subject: Hummingbird
From: "leeann2971 AT msn.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Aug 2014 17:37:31 -0700
I have a hummingbird coming to my feeder and it's gorget looks bright orange. 
Is it just the way the light reflects off of it, or is it a different species? 
Debbie DeButts Fremont Ne. 
Subject: Harlan-Lewis Rd.
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:10:36 -0500
Hi all, 

 

Mid-afternoon and between errands, I stopped by and birded the - now really
flooded - sod farm area that Clem visited yesterday evening.  Today, the
lighting was ideal and the traffic was very light while I was there.  In
addition to birding along the narrow shoulder on Harlan-Lewis Rd, I drove
south to Cunningham Rd and birded from that little 'pull off' immediately to
the west.  Half way thru my birding stint, somebody began to mow that latter
area, so with the birds moving about, minimum numbers are reported below.

 

The big storms of last night seemed to have moved things in and out.  Seen,
other than the swallows & 100's of doves, starlings, blackbirds etc., were: 

 

Grt. Blue Heron [1]

Killdeer [75-100]

Amer. Golden Plover [1]

Gr. Yellowlegs [1]

Le. Yellowlegs [1]

We. Sandpiper [1]

Le. Sandpiper [1]

Baird's Sandpiper [2]

Pectoral Sandpiper [12's;  30+ for sure]

Buff-breasted Sandpiper [1 ]

Wilson's Snipe [4]

Wilson's Phalarope [1m/imm.]

Horned Lark [6]

 

Elliott Bedows,

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I stopped briefly tonight at the small sod field south of Bellevue (Sarpy
County) along Harlan Lewis Drive - just south of the railroad tracks.  I
stopped twice because of the traffic on the road and not much space on the
shoulders.  Saw:

- 2 Upland Sandpipers

- 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers

- 4+ Pectoral Sandpipers

- 2 L. Yellowlegs

- 80+ Killdeer

Lots of Mourning Doves and Starlings.

I think there may have been more shorebirds, but with looking into the sun
and traffic I really didn't have a chance to do a thorough scanning of the
birds.

 

Clem Klaphake

 
Subject: Mississippi Kite over UNL East Campus
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:58:22 -0700
Hi everyone. Today around noon an immature MISSISSIPPI KITE flew over me at the 
UNL East Campus in Lincoln. He never flapped at all during the two minutes or 
so I had him in view, but often did a rapid back-and-forth tilt or swirl, 
apparently catching insects, which he ate on the wing. I didn't have my binocs 
but I did have my camera, and managed a few distant but distinctive photos, in 
which I can see the diagnostic short outermost primary, flared tail tip, and 
dark remiges and tail. Life bird! 


Here's an iPhone-camera-screen photo: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529 AT N02/15048033375/ (I'll try to post the 
"real thing" later on if I can ever figure out how to get the internetin my 
dorm room.) 


Also big thanks toShari Schwartz for showing me one of "her" LOUISIANA 
WATERTHRUSHES at Platte River SP yesterday. Another life bird! 


Noah Arthur, Lincoln
Subject: Re: Black-throated Sparrow
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:00:39 -0500
I had the 3rd state record in 1993 I think it was. Stayed from January 2nd thru 
March 5th. 


Jan Johnson
Wakefield



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Subject: Re: Black-throated Sparrow
From: "'leamarart' leamarart AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:38:59 -0500
Back in the sixties, we had a black-throated sparrow daily in our Omaha yard in 
the winter for about two months. Fitzhugh and Hazel Diggs from Hamburg, Iowa, 
came and banded it. I believe it was the second of record in the state. Fred 
Thomas wrote about it in the World-Herald, and many people came to see it 
including Mary Tremaine. All those people are no longer with us, but the names 
might still be familiar to some. They were well-known at the time. 

Marian Leach

From: mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:44 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [NEBirds] Black-throated Sparrow

  

Virginia Clark photographed the sixth confirmed state record Black-throated 
Sparrow this morning at her residence north of North Platte, Nebraska. 



She has not seen the bird since she photographed it, and I sat in her back yard 
for an hour and a half (11:45 AM to 1:15 PM) with no luck – middle of the day 
isn’t always great for bird activity though. 



Virginia is going to keep me posted. If she sees it again, I will post about it 
and give directions on how to get to her house. 



Just wanted to get this out there so anyone interested would know to pay 
attention for updates. 



T. J. Walker

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

301 E State Farm Road

North Platte, NE  69101


Office Phone:  308-535-8025

Cell Phone:  308-530-7659

Subject: Black-throated Sparrow
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:44:50 +0000
Virginia Clark photographed the sixth confirmed state record Black-throated 
Sparrow this morning at her residence north of North Platte, Nebraska. 


She has not seen the bird since she photographed it, and I sat in her back yard 
for an hour and a half (11:45 AM to 1:15 PM) with no luck - middle of the day 
isn't always great for bird activity though. 


Virginia is going to keep me posted. If she sees it again, I will post about it 
and give directions on how to get to her house. 


Just wanted to get this out there so anyone interested would know to pay 
attention for updates. 


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

Office Phone:  308-535-8025
Cell Phone:  308-530-7659
Subject: Western Nebraska: 8/22 - 8/25
From: "'Jorgensen, Joel' Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:40:48 +0000
I birded western Nebraska 8/22 through 8/25. As Ross noted (and echoed by Kathy 
D. off-list), migrant passerines were in short supply, actually almost absent. 
Wilson's Warblers are a good indicator of migration activity in western 
Nebraska this time of year; I tallied zero. I also tallied no empids in western 
Nebraska (although I had a Least Flycatcher in my yard seconds after I pulled 
into my driveway). Nevertheless, I trudged forward, working on county lists, 
enjoying western and local specialties and the nice weather (highs in 70s). I 
did find a few decent birds and tallied 148 species. Highlights: 


8/22
3 Great Egrets at Sutherland Reservoir
1 Olive-sided Flycatcher at Lake Ogallala
1 Northern Waterthrush at Lake Ogallala
28 California Gulls at Lake McConaughy
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Chappell Lake
10 Sage Thrashers at Oliver Reservoir
5 Brewer's Sparrows at Oliver Reservoir (SE of dam)
7 Clay-colored Sparrows at Oliver Reservoir

8/23
4 Red-breasted Nuthatches at Oliver Reservoir
1 Sage Thrasher along Carter Canyon Rd.
2 male and 1 fledgling Lesser Goldfinches in Carter Canyon (see comments, 
below) 

1 Orange-crowned Warbler in Carter Canyon
1 Rufous Hummingbird at the Smith feeder, Gering
1 Marbled Godwit at Box Butte Res.
1 Caspian Tern at Box Butte Res.
8 Cassin's Kingbirds, including 1 fledgling, Deadhorse Rd, Dawes Co. (comments, 
below) 

1 Cassin's Kingbird north of Hay Springs, Sheridan Co.

8/24
2 Brewer's Blackbirds north of Hay Springs
2 Dickcissels at Chadron State Park (comments, below)
5 Black-necked Stilts at Antioch
2 Red-necked Phalaropes near Lakeside
1 leucistic Wilson's Phalarope near Lakeside
3 (1 ad, 2 juvs) Mississippi Kites at Ogallala
2 Mississippi Kites at Imperial

8/25
2 Mississippi Kites at Benkelman (comments, below)
5 Snowy Plovers at Swanson Reservoir (comments, below)
64 Semipalmated Sandpipers at Swanson Res. (surprisingly numerous)
1 Western Sandpiper at Swanson Res.
4 Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Swanson Res.
1 Snowy Egret at Harlan County Res.
62 Forster's Terns at Harlan Co. Res.
1 ad. Ruddy Turnstone at a sheetwater wetland north of Real WPA, Fillmore

One of the two black-backed male Lesser Goldfinches in Carter Canyon was 
observed feeding a just-out-of-the-nest fledgling. The young bird I observed 
had remnant down, underdeveloped remiges and retrices and had difficulty 
keeping balance when perched. Thus, this youngster was not capable of sustained 
flight and appears to have hatched locally. Just more evidence this species is 
now breeding regularly in the Wildcat Hills. 


The fledgling/juvenile Cassin's Kingbird along Deadhorse Road near the top of 
the ridge was also a young bird with undeveloped remiges and retrices. The 
group of adults at this spot was still very vocal. I also observed a 
similarly-aged fledgling/juvenile south of Interstate 80 Exit 1. Overall, I 
tallied 62 Cassin's Kingbirds in five counties, the most (22) in Carter Canyon. 


The Dickcissels wins the award for the oddest sighting. Two males popped out of 
the scrub at Chadron State Park in the middle of the pine woods at the same 
point where there were Pygmy Nuthatches, a Black-headed Grosbeak, and a 
Yellow-breasted Chat. 


The Snowy Plovers at Swanson Reservoir that I got good looks at were juveniles. 
I cannot say with absolute certainty there was not an adult in the mix since 
the birds were moving around so quickly. Swanson Reservoir is very low. It 
seems reasonably likely to me that these birds were hatched locally rather than 
somewhere else (and happened to stopover, as a group, at Swanson). SNPLs did 
breed at Harlan County Res in 2004 when the lake was similarly low (SJD). 
However, I obviously do not have definitive evidence showing that SNPLs bred at 
Swanson Reservoir. There were only about 200 shorebirds present at Swanson, but 
obviously a good diversity. It is about a mile walk to get to the area with 
shorebirds. 


I drove around a few other towns (Grant, Stratton, Trenton, Cambridge) looking 
for kites with no luck. 


Rather poor wader year, tallying only a single Snowy Egret (and 4 Great Egrets) 
at Harlan is notable IMHO. Harlan is also very low, but has limited mud since 
it has been low for a while, allowing vegetation to take hold, but is in good 
shape to host lots of waders. 


I added photos of the leucistic Wilson's Phalarope, Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 
one photo of Snowy Plovers and the Ruddy Turnstone to my folder. 


Whew, that's it.  Good birding!

- Joel


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


Nongame Bird Program 
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Subject: Douglas Co. Shorbs- 8/24
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:42:38 -0700
 This evening after work I headed to the Sod Farms in Western Douglas Co. 
along W. Center Rd. Sod Pad 2 contained quite a few shorebirds after the heavy 
rains a couple evenings before. Last night before the Wachiska Audubon drove 
out to the Martin Roost they stopped at the Grass Pads and had a couple good 
shorebirds including a basic plumaged RUDDY TURNSTONE and SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHER. 

 No luck today with the Ruddy Turnstone, however.

On Grass Pad 2 species included...

- Killdeer
-1 Solitary Sandpiper
-14 Semipalmated Sandpiper
-11 Least Sandpiper
-30 Pectoral Sandpiper
-1 Short-billed Dowitcher (FOY)- (Overall buffy, flattish back unlike the 
"swallowed a grapefruit" appearance of LBDO) 


I was also able to get a fairly good look at the remaining flats on Sandcove 
Lake South; west of Grass Pad 2. 

Species included...

-40 Blue-winged Teal
-1 Piping Plover
-1 Semipalmated Plover
- Killdeer (goes without saying)
-3 Greater Yellowlegs
-1 Lesser Yellowlegs
-1 Willet
-1 Spotted Sandpiper
-3 Semipalmated Sandpiper
-3 Long-billed Dowitcher (FOS)- (basic plumage)
-15 Black Tern

Numbers of PURPLE MARTINS are getting close to peak at 44th and Farnam in 
Midtown Omaha. Birds last night were estimated around 50,000. 


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Shorbs
From: "ckavian AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:49:02 -0500
I stopped briefly tonight at the small sod field south of Bellevue (Sarpy 
County) along Harlan Lewis Drive – just south of the railroad tracks. I 
stopped twice because of the traffic on the road and not much space on the 
shoulders. Saw: 

- 2 Upland Sandpipers
- 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers
- 4+ Pectoral Sandpipers
- 2 L. Yellowlegs
- 80+ Killdeer
Lots of Mourning Doves and Starlings.
I think there may have been more shorebirds, but with looking into the sun and 
traffic I really didn’t have a chance to do a thorough scanning of the birds. 


Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE 
Subject: Midtown Omaha Purple Martins?
From: "David Powers davekapow AT hotmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:59:38 -0500
Thinking of heading to 44th and Farnam. Has anyone heard if there are good 
numbers of roosting purple martins. Thanks. 

 		 	   		  
Subject: Sandhills Birding
From: "Ruth Stearns ruthstearns AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:15:17 -0700
Spent four days in the Sandhills (8/21-8/24) birding 13 counties, spending most 
of the time at the Niobrara Valley Preserve in Brown County. Completed a goal 
to have spent at least a small amount of time birding every county in Nebraska 
(adding Logan, McPherson, Loup, Garfield and Valley). I'll note some 
highlights below. 


Custer County: Swainson's Hawk, and a single pond along Hwy 47 had a few 
shorebirds, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpipers, 
Pectoral, Killdeer and a Great Blue Heron. 


Logan County: Redtail and a Kestrel, and at least two families of Pied-billed 
Grebes on Arbor Lake. 


McPherson County: Driving up the Ringgold/Seneca Rd: Ferruginous Hawk, 
Kestrel, Lark Buntings and Grasshopper Sparrows. 


Thomas County: I checked out the Barn Owl burrows in the sandy cliff just 
after the Dismal River, and located the two William Flack had mentioned a while 
back. Whitewash, evidence of claw marks at the burrows, but perhaps given it 
was mid-day, no owls were seen. Also Bell's Vireo, Upland Sandpiper, Lark 
Buntings, Grasshopper Sparrow, Kestrel and Red-tailed Hawk. 


Cherry County: Trumpeter Swans on a lake west of the highway to Valentine. 
Ferruginous Hawk. Bell's Vireo, B&W Warbler, American Redstart, Upland 
Sandpiper at Ft. Niobrara.  One day I was kayaking down the Niobrara from 
Berry Bridge to Fritzs Island.  There were often shorebirds startled up from 
the shorelines. I wasn't able to id them, but I could see at least two or 
three distinct species, definitely including Spotted Sandpipers.  


Brown County: FOY Screech Owl heard from my tent one night. Ruby-throated 
Hummingbird buzzed in at the Preserve picnic tables. Blue Grosbeak, 
Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-faced Ibis, Spotted Towhee, B&W Warbler, American 
Redstart, all along the short loop trail at the Preserve. Upland Sandpipers 
out in the prairie.  Bald Eagle at the Norden Bridge. At least 15 Nighthawks 
flew over one evening. Loggerhead Shrike along Hwy 183.  


Rock County: Trumpeter Swans in a sandhills lake. 

Also birded for a short time Loup, Garfield, Valley, Greeley and Howard 
counties, but birds generally were the usual suspects. 300 or so Ring-billed 
Gulls and Franklins Gulls and three young Herring Gulls at the Dam at Calamus 
Reservoir.  


72 species total for the weekend.  Getting to the Dismal River crossing was 
an adventure. At least two very nice old ranchers inquired to make sure I was 
ok. The Preserve was a beautiful spot and kayaking the Niobrara a great 
adventure, even if it was a tad bit crowded with rafts of inebriated tattoed 
young people.  


Ruthie Stearns
Lincoln, NE 
Subject: RB Nuthatch
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:55:16 -0500
I just had a FOS (fall) Red-breasted Nuthatch in the yard. This is the earliest 
I've had one appear in the yard in fall by a month. 


Jan Johnson
Wakefield, Dixon County
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Subject: Oliver Res 8/24 (correction)
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:25:48 -0500
instead of "west of west jetty" read "east of west jetty".

Sorry,
Ross

Ross Silcock
New Zealand Land and Pelagic Bird Tours
www.rosssilcock.com
Tabor, IA  
Subject: Kimball County 8/24
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:20:49 -0500
Spent about 3 hours Sun morning birding a few spots in perfect weather (sunny, 
55-70 degrees, no wind), looking for early migrants. A few found, but no 
migrant warblers or empids. Western Wood-Pewee on the move in good numbers 
though. I was probably a week too early, but I don't set Missouri River 
Recovery Implementation Committee meeting dates (Aug 19-21 Casper, WY). 


Noteworthy birds:

Lodgepole Creek (riparian, 0.5 mi w Bushnell on Hiway 30)

Western Wood-Pewee 6 (this species is on the move)
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow Warbler 2

Bushnell Cemetery (disappointingly quiet)

Red Crossbill 3

Oliver Reservoir (trees from main entrance south to lake; area west of west 
jetty; below dam riparian) 


Am. White Pelican 25
Franklin's Gull 1 immature
Western Wood-Pewee 14
Cassin's Vireo 
House Wren
Yellow Warbler 3, incl pale juv
Common Yellowthroat 2 (fem, imm)
Western Tanager  female 
Chipping Sparrow ca 35, incl a streaked juv, and various stages of molt; about 
20 still In alt plumage) 

Song Sparrow 1 
Bullock's Oriole adult female

Ross
  
Ross Silcock
New Zealand Land and Pelagic Bird Tours
www.rosssilcock.com
Tabor, IA  
Subject: Gosper County scouting
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:56:28 -0700




Subject: Mississippi Kite - Hall Co. 8/24
From: "Timothy Hajda timhajda AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:35:55 -0500
Hi,

At around 9:15 this morning I found an immature Mississippi Kite at Hall
County Park in Grand Island.  It was perched in a dead tree near the tent
area.  Here is link to a photo: http://flic.kr/p/oRdEv9

Hall County Park is located slightly east of the intersection of Highway
281 and West Schimmer Drive.

Tim Hajda
Broken Bow
Subject: Saturday evening sightings
From: "'Neal Ratzlaff' nratzlaff AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:58:58 -0500
Deb and I motored down River Road north of Omaha this evening to the Road
Closed sign at Nathan's Lake (yes, we turned around)

 

Sightings included:

12 Black Terns and a Wood Duck at Nathan's Lake

 

From the road we could see several Great Blue Herons and at least 5 Great
Egrets in the rather wet area at the north end of Neale Woods' Krimlofski
Tract along with a Belted Kingfisher.

 

There were a number of Eastern Kingbirds in the trees at Neale Woods and a
fly over of several others while we were at Nathan's Lake.  Looks like they
are on the move.

 

Neal & Deb Ratzlaff
Subject: Gotte Park, Kimball (Barn Owl)
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:49:18 -0500
On our way back from Casper, WY. Spent about 30 mins before dark at park. Very 
little variety, no migrants. 


Total list:

Barn Owl one flushed from deciduous tree about 40 yards southwest of missile
1 Great Horned Owl started calling in park (couldn't see it)
70 or so Eurasian Collared-Doves (ECDO)
30 or so Mourning Doves (MODO)
50 or so unidentified MODO and ECDO
5 Am Robins (flyovers)

Ross

Ross Silcock
New Zealand Land and Pelagic Bird Tours
www.rosssilcock.com
Tabor, IA  
Subject: Mercer Woods Migrants/ Carter Lake- 8/23
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:05:40 -0700
 It seemed that the storms that rolled through last night brought a few 
migrants into Midtown. This afternoon I observed my FOS warblers among other 
migrant species. These included... 


-3 R-t Hummingbird
-4 Purple Martin (Some like to stay close to the roost I suppose)
-1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
-1 Least Flycatcher
-3 or 4 American Redstart (FOS)(1st fall birds)
-3 Yellow Warbler (FOS) (1st fall birds)
-1 Chestnut-sided Warbler (FOS)(1st winter female)

This afternoon I also paid a visit to Carter Lake where despite several 
speedboats on the main section of the lake, a few species were observed... 


- Wood Duck & Mallard
-1 Osprey (flew from IA to NE side of lake)
-4 Ring-billed Gull
-5 Forster's Tern (some still in alternate plumage)
-4 Black Tern
-1 Yellow Warbler (1st fall)

Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch Omaha
From: "lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Aug 2014 15:26:36 -0700
We've had a Red-breasted Nuthatch visiting one of our feeders today. I was a 
little surprised when I saw him the first time. 

 
 R. Manning
 Central Omaha
Subject: Woodpeckers in Sow Belly Canyon
From: "'Bruce Walgren' Piranga AT bresnan.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:10:46 -0600
Friends,

 

This will be a partial report of our trip to Western Nebraska.  This
morning, after leaving Gilbert-Baker campground, where there wasn't a lot of
activity, we drove through Sow Belly Canyon.  We stopped at Coffee Park
where Donna found 2 Redstarts, and we both saw and heard Red-headed
Woodpeckers.  We visited with a local rancher who said that he had seen
quite a few woodpeckers this year.  We left Coffee Park and travelled toward
Pants Butte Road.  Just past Sow Belly Ranch we stopped to identify some
birds in the burned forest.  It turned out to be 4 or 5 Lewis's
Woodpeckers!!  The same rancher stopped to see what we were looking at, so
we didn't get to study them very long, but we thought that it may be a
family group.  Further along and on Pants Butte Road, we found more
Red-headed Woodpeckers and at least 2 more Lewis's Woodpeckers.  Great
Morning!

 

Bruce & Donna Walgren

Casper, WY 
Subject: Douglas Co. Shorbs/ Misc.- 8/22
From: "Justin Rink spindalis79 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:46:28 -0700
 This afternoon I headed out towards Western Douglas Co. At the Grass Pads I 
could only find four (4) BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS on Grass Pad 2.A CAROLINA 
WRENvocalizing near Grass Pad1 was a bit of a surprise. 

 However, the sandpit (Sandcove LakeSouth)just to the north was quite 
productive. I had to strategically position my scope around the multitudes of 
Heliopsis to get a good view of this secretivelake. 


Species included-

-25 Killdeer
-1 Piping Plover (FOS) (juv. or winter ad. plumage)
-1 Willet (FOS)
-1 Solitary Sandpiper
-4 Pectoral Sandpiper
-1 Least Tern
-10 Black Tern

Traveling further north into the weather, I checked out a very rainy Sandcove 
Lake near the town of Valley. 


Species at Sandcoveincluded...

-20 Killdeer
-12 Pectoral Sandpiper
-2 Least Sandpiper
-3 Least Tern
-4 Black Tern

 A small area of water on the way back south down 264th St. yielded a large 
flock of BLUE-WINGED TEAL as well as a single Great Blue Heron. 

 A little further down the road I spotted an OSPREY (FOS)flying in close 
proximity to one of the inaccessible sand pit lakes. 


In Mercer Woods birding, a juvenile RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD has recently 
arrived in the area. 

Not avifauna, but a GIANT SWALLOWTAIL was busy feeding on gardenphlox on 
property this afternoon. 


Domestics-

My roommate's aunt sent me a photo of a couple of odd birds near Hartland 
Barbeque at 54th St. and NW Radial Hwy. I IDed the odd nearly no-tailed birds 
as a pair of domestic HELMETED GUINEAFOWL.This is the first time I have heard 
of these in the Omaha area. No doubt someone's escapes. 


Martin Roost-

The Martin Mecca Midtown is getting close to peak. Numbers last night were 
estimated between 35-40,000PURPLE MARTINS. Ten (10) flyover COMMON NIGHTHAWKS 
were also observed. 


Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
spindalis79 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Chicken Dance Trail Newsletter
From: "'Walker, TJ' thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:54:17 +0000
If anyone has any shorebird photos, preferably fall photos, that they would be 
willing to share on the Chicken Dance Trail website along with a fall migration 
newsletter, please "reply to sender" below. You will of course be given photo 
credits. In the newsletter I talk about avocets - including the gray-headed 
fall version, Spotted and Solitary, Upland Sandpipers, Black-bellied and 
American Golden Plovers and the "peeps", but really any good shorebird photos 
would be usable. 


Thanks

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

Office Phone:  308-535-8025
Cell Phone:  308-530-7659
Subject: RE: Wachiska Jack Sinn/Martin Roost field trip Sun. 8/24
From: "'Elliott Bedows' ebedows AT cox.net [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:08:59 -0500
Hi John, 

 

For the benefit of those of us who keep losing things like directions, would 
you remind us (a.k.a. me!!) how to get to either the Capital Bldg. or the 
location at Jack Sinn you’ll be meeting. 


 

Thanks, 

 

Elliott Bedows

Bellevue 

 

From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com] 
Sent: Thursday, August 21, 2014 10:08 PM
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [NEBirds] Wachiska Jack Sinn/Martin Roost field trip Sun. 8/24

 

  

The saline wetlands at Jack Sinn Memorial Wildlife Management Area vary 
considerably this time of year. Water levels can fluctuate enticing different 
types of bird species that may be traveling south. The marshes and ponds can 
attract anything from large stately herons to small energetic shorebirds . 
We'll take an afternoon hike around the wetlands to scout for breeding birds 
that haven't departed yet and fall migrants who may have recently arrived. 


 

After our hike, participants can either return home or continue on to Omaha to 
view the massive annual gathering of purple martins at their pre-migratory 
roost. This regional roost can reach peak numbers of more than 50,000 martins 
in late August and early September. The show starts about a half hour before 
sunset and lasts for about an hour as martins arrive and fill the sky in a 
swirling vortex before settling into their favorite roost trees. The spectacle 
occurs next to Nebraska Medical Center on 44th Street immediately south of 
Farnam Street. The parking lot next to Clarkson Doctor's Building South is open 
to birders. 


 

Meet at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24 on the south side of the Capitol in 
Lincoln, at 15th and H Streets across the street from the governor's mansion. 
Recommended items to bring include sturdy shoes for the hike, insect repellent, 
water bottle, and binoculars and scope if you have them. Some martin watchers 
wear a hat and shirt for protection from receiving an unlikely but possible 
martin "offering". We'll plan to take a pit stop in between our destinations. 
There is no fee and the public is welcome. 



Subject: Wachiska Jack Sinn/Martin Roost field trip Sun. 8/24
From: "flyingcarlini AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Aug 2014 20:07:52 -0700
The saline wetlands at Jack Sinn Memorial Wildlife Management Area vary 
considerably this time of year. Water levels can fluctuate enticing different 
types of bird species that may be traveling south. The marshes and ponds can 
attract anything from large stately herons to small energetic shorebirds . 
We'll take an afternoon hike around the wetlands to scout for breeding birds 
that haven't departed yet and fall migrants who may have recently arrived. 

 

 After our hike, participants can either return home or continue on to Omaha to 
view the massive annual gathering of purple martins at their pre-migratory 
roost. This regional roost can reach peak numbers of more than 50,000 martins 
in late August and early September. The show starts about a half hour before 
sunset and lasts for about an hour as martins arrive and fill the sky in a 
swirling vortex before settling into their favorite roost trees. The spectacle 
occurs next to Nebraska Medical Center on 44th Street immediately south of 
Farnam Street. The parking lot next to Clarkson Doctor's Building South is open 
to birders. 

 

 
 Meet at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 24 on the south side of the Capitol in 
Lincoln, at 15th and H Streets across the street from the governor's mansion. 
Recommended items to bring include sturdy shoes for the hike, insect repellent, 
water bottle, and binoculars and scope if you have them. Some martin watchers 
wear a hat and shirt for protection from receiving an unlikely but possible 
martin "offering". We'll plan to take a pit stop in between our destinations. 
There is no fee and the public is welcome. 

 
Subject: Quail
From: "Jan Johnson janbirder AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:17:01 -0500
I got a thrill just a bit ago when I walked outside. I heard a Northern 
Bobwhite and then saw a lovely male about ten feet away. They have become quite 
rare in this area the past several years and I don't remember the last time I 
had them in the yard. He's still Bob-whiting away out there. Loud enough to be 
heard through the walls. 


Jan Johnson
Wakefield
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Subject: Fw: Keith's putative Ruff pics
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:59:17 -0500
Keith's pics are on NEBIRDS photos under "Jorgensen".  Even more confusing!!

Ross


From: 'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 9:40 PM
To: NEBIRDS 
Subject: [NEBirds] Keith's putative Ruff pics


  

These were taken at around 1.30 pm Saturday August 16 in Dakota County on Road 
I about 0.5 mi south of highway 35. It was the same bird that was first seen 
while dry about 150 yards further north. In both locations it was seen by 
Padelfords, Kovandas, and myself, just Keith and I at the south spot where 
Keith took the pics. 


It would be good if others posted the exact location and time they saw or 
photographed putative Ruffs. This confusing situation begs to be unraveled- 
might be as many as 3 of these weird birds. 


Ross


Ross Silcock
New Zealand Land and Pelagic Bird Tours
www.rosssilcock.com
Tabor, IA  
Subject: Keith's putative Ruff pics
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:40:31 -0500
These were taken at around 1.30 pm Saturday August 16 in Dakota County on Road 
I about 0.5 mi south of highway 35. It was the same bird that was first seen 
while dry about 150 yards further north. In both locations it was seen by 
Padelfords, Kovandas, and myself, just Keith and I at the south spot where 
Keith took the pics. 


It would be good if others posted the exact location and time they saw or 
photographed putative Ruffs. This confusing situation begs to be unraveled- 
might be as many as 3 of these weird birds. 


Ross


Ross Silcock
New Zealand Land and Pelagic Bird Tours
www.rosssilcock.com
Tabor, IA  
Subject: multiple posts
From: "William Huser billfhuser AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:22:27 -0500
Sorry for the multiple posts.
Bill Huser
S Sioux, NE
Subject: Fwd: Ruff no more
From: "William Huser billfhuser AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:18:56 -0500
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *William Huser* 
Date: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Subject: Ruff no more
To: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com


Bird #1, previously identified by me as a Ruff, then Reeve, has been now
scrutinized by several in the field and more who were able to weigh in
thanks to Paul Roisen's excellent photos that he posted for discussion.
Admittedly quite small for even a Reeve, this bird is not likely to pass
muster as a Ruff/Reeve after further study.

On Saturday, I located second bird (bird. #2) that I also identified as a
Ruff. This Bird was also seen by Al and Cindy Reyer, but no photos were
obtained. Today I made another attempt to locate this bird while Roger
Dietrich was there to photo the results. We did relocate the Bird and
eventually got good photos to document it's appearance. Clem K. was also
present to view the Bird. Roger's photos should be distributed shortly.
Bird #2 was both taller and much broader than nearby Pectoral and Killdeer,
putting it within the published size range for Ruff. The bill was longer
and bi-colored, orange at base, black distally. There was an extensive
black bib extending to the lower breast, that was marked with Rufus
feathers at the lower neck. Unlike bird #1, flanks, belly and undertail
were clean white. The mantle was marked with variously patterned feathers
 showing dark with cinnamon or buff edging or interiors.
I believe this bird is a stronger candidate for Ruff and look forward to
the discussion that Roger 's photos will initiate.

Bill Huser
S Sioux NE


I Ave
Subject: S.W. Kearney & N.W. Franklin Cos. 8/17/14
From: "'Lanny and Robin' snowbunting AT rcom-ne.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:37:14 -0700




Subject: Ruff no more
From: "William Huser billfhuser AT gmail.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:58:45 -0500
Bird #1, previously identified by me as a Ruff, then Reeve, has been now
scrutinized by several in the field and more who were able to weigh in
thanks to Paul Roisen's excellent photos that he posted for discussion.
Admittedly quite small for even a Reeve, this bird is not likely to pass
muster as a Ruff/Reeve after further study.

On Saturday, I located second bird (bird. #2) that I also identified as a
Ruff. This Bird was also seen by Al and Cindy Reyer, but no photos were
obtained. Today I made another attempt to locate this bird while Roger
Dietrich was there to photo the results. We did relocate the Bird and
eventually got good photos to document it's appearance. Clem K. was also
present to view the Bird. Roger's photos should be distributed shortly.
Bird #2 was both taller and much broader than nearby Pectoral and Killdeer,
putting it within the published size range for Ruff. The bill was longer
and bi-colored, orange at base, black distally. There was an extensive
black bib extending to the lower breast, that was marked with Rufus
feathers at the lower neck. Unlike bird #1, flanks, belly and undertail
were clean white. The mantle was marked with variously patterned feathers
 showing dark with cinnamon or buff edging or interiors.
I believe this bird is a stronger candidate for Ruff and look forward to
the discussion that Roger 's photos will initiate.

Bill Huser
S Sioux NE


I Ave
Subject: My post on Dakota County shorebird
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:26:16 -0500
Please disregard the first email - it was unfinished draft. Corrected version 
is the second one. 


Ross

Ross Silcock
New Zealand Land and Pelagic Bird Tours
www.rosssilcock.com
Tabor, IA  
Subject: Dakota County shorebird
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:23:45 -0500
Thanks to Joel for raising some interesting points about this bird (the one 
photographed by Paul Roisen), which has been identified by some as a male Ruff 
and by others as a Pectoral Sandpiper. 


I saw the bird at close range on Saturday around 1-1.30 pm. My first view was 
of a darkish bird with extremely worn plumage , noticeably darker and larger 
than the Pectorals it was with. Most of the very worn scapulars were dark with 
prominent white edging, despite their worn condition. There were dark blotches 
on the lower belly. The bill was long, too long and more tapered than bills of 
most Pectorals, drooping at the end and bicolored, orangeish proximally, dark 
on the distal third or so. The legs were greenish yellow, not bright yellow or 
orange. The bird had a prominent pale superciliary stripe, unexpected on a 
Ruff, although visible in several photos of non-breeding adult males on the 
internet. I also noted the absence of prominent tertials, a feature of male 
Ruffs and very noticeable on juv males. However these I thought may have been 
lost as the bird was undergoing molt (or the bird may have been one of the 
variants discussed below). It was obviously in some sort of stress, with most 
of its belly feathers gone, and earlier had been seen with fishing line tangled 
around its legs. I did not at this time notice white patches on the sides of 
the rump. 


The bird flew a short distance with a few Pectorals and we moved to where it 
had landed, still only 50 ft from the road. As we arrived it had taken a bath, 
and now with wet plumage looked about as bedraggled as any bird I've seen. The 
Pectorals flew off but the bird did not- I speculated that this was because it 
was unable to fly in its wet condition. However I was able to see clearly a 
large white patch on the outer rump (side of rump). 


Although expert birders have called this bird a Pectoral, I throw out the 
following. 


Joel has pointed out Pectoral-like features of this bird, but there are also 
several features associated with Ruff: bill and leg proportions leading to a 
lankier look, dark plumage, prominent white rump edge patches, blackish 
blotches on lower belly. Furthermore, Ruff has a very unusual breeding system, 
whereby about 15% of males ("satellite males") do not develop full breeding 
plumage and do not attempt to court or breed in competition with the superior 
males at the lek, but remain nearby. They also tend to be smaller than superior 
males, apparently an inherited condition, sometimes referred to as a "permanent 
female mimic". These birds attempt to mate with females when they can. 
Interestingly, it has recently been discovered that there is a rare female-like 
plumage attained by about 1% of males (known as "faeders"). Could the bird's 
smallish stature and extremely worn and featherless condition be related to its 
genetic status, hormonal suppression while on the breeding ground, as well as 
major stress, and the remote possibility that it was a faeder? 


I'm not saying it's a Ruff, but I'm not rushing into the Pectoral camp either 
(yet). 


Ross

Ross Silcock
New Zealand Land and Pelagic Bird Tours
www.rosssilcock.com
Tabor, IA  
Subject: Broad-tailed? Hummingbird at Lake McConaughy
From: "gingerly57 AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Aug 2014 19:13:06 -0700
Where I normally bird watch I can see both necter feeders. I was walking by the 
front door when I saw a hummer on the hanging basket. It looks exactly like the 
Broad-tailed Hummingbirds I have in Colorado, but Ginger and I both saw a bit 
of a collar. Hopefully it will be back for a better ID. My best shot is posted 
to our Lake McConaughy album.Jay & Ginger BelsanK-1 Cabin AreaKeith County 
Subject: Dakota County shorebird
From: "'Ross Silcock' silcock AT rosssilcock.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:57:30 -0500
Thanks to Joel for raising some interesting points about this bird (the one 
photographed by Paul Roisen), which has been identified by some as a male Ruff 
and by others as a Pectoral Sandpiper. 

I saw the bird at close range on Saturday around 1-1.30 pm. My first view was 
of a darkish bird with extremely worn plumage , noticeably darker and larger 
than the Pectorals it was with. Most of the very worn scapulars were dark with 
priminent white edging, despite their worn condition. There were dark blotches 
on the lower belly. The bill was long, too long for most Pectorals, drooping at 
the end and bicolored, orangeish proximally, dark on the distal third or so. 
The legs were greenish yellow, not bright yellow or orange. The bird had a 
prominent pale superciliary stripe, unexpected on a Ruff. I also noted the 
absence of prominent tertials, a feature of male Ruffs and very noticeable on 
juv males. However these I thought may have been lost as the bird was 
undergoing molt. It was obviously in some sort of stress, with most of its 
belly feathers gone, and earlier had been seen with fishing line tangled around 
its legs. I did not at this time notice white patches on the sides of the rump. 


The bird flew a short distance with a few Pectorals and we moved to where it 
had landed, still only 50 ft from the road. As we arrived it had taken a bath, 
and now with wet plumage looked about as bedraggled as any bird I've seen. The 
Pectorals flew off but the bird did not- I speculated that this was because it 
was unable to fly in its wet condition. However I was able to see clearly a 
large white patch on the outer rump (side of rump). 


Although expert birders have called this bird a Pectoral, I throw out the 
following. 


There is enough about this bird that doesn't fit Pectoral Sandpiper as does not 
fit Ruff (bill and leg proportions leading to a lankier look, dark plumage, 
prominent white rump edge patches, blackish botches on lower belly). 
Furthermore, Ruff has a very unusual breeding system, whereby subservient males 
do not develop full breeding plumage and do not attempt to court or breed in 
competition with the superior male at the lek, but remain in the presence of 
the superior male keeping company with "his" females ("hanging around on the 
off-chance?"). Could the bird's smallish stature and extremely worn and 
featherless condition be related to hormonal suppression while on the breeding 
ground as well as major stress? 


I'm not saying it's a Ruff, but I'm not rushing into the Pectoral camp either 
(yet). 


Ross

Ross Silcock
New Zealand Land and Pelagic Bird Tours
www.rosssilcock.com
Tabor, IA  
Subject: Re: Ruff comments Franken Grackle Comparison
From: "Noah Arthur semirelicta AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" <NEBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:26:26 -0700
Hi everyone. Sorry to have killed Santa Claus here! 

Yes, as soon as I saw the pictures I thought 'that doesn't look like a Ruff,' 
and Todd Easterla's opinion confirmed my suspicion that this was a Pectoral. I 
suspect that most everything weird about this bird has to do with his injury. 
It looks like he hasn't been preening his feathers, presumably because of poor 
health (look how frayed his scapulars are, etc...), which could explain the 
ruffled appearance of his neck. The feathers also look extremely worn, with the 
pale tips mostly worn off of many. As to unusual shape/posture, I suspect that 
could be from him holding himself awkwardly because of the injury... 


To me the other (2nd) Ruff definitely sounds like a Ruff, given the description 
of black patches on the head. I don't see how a Pec could do that... 


Interesting FrankenGrackle! I wonder what happened to him...

-- Noah in Oakland, CA; leaving today for college in Lincoln, NE!



 


On Sunday, August 17, 2014 3:42 PM, "lutherhaige AT yahoo.com [NEBirds]" 
 wrote: 

  


  
Sammy had an issue with the bird ID from the moment he saw it. His first call 
was that it was a Pectoral Sandpiper, but the body shape and the fact that 
other folks said is was a Ruff influenced him to think otherwise. He also noted 
that the bird had a very prominent white eye stripe. At one point he was 
wondering if it might be a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper instead. I talked to Justin 
Rink about that and he did not think it was. 

The body shape of the bird seemed to be very odd to me, so much so, that it was 
noticeably different than all the other Pectorial Sandpipers that were around 
it. When I saw it for the first time, it reminded me of the disfigured grackle 
we had in our yard two years ago. I dubbed that grackle "Franken Grackle". I 
reposted a picture of Franken Grackle so folks can see what I am talking 
about. Sometimes birds get injured or have some type of mutation and they look 
quite a bit different than they are supposed to look.  I'm thinking that the 
bird in question is a Pectorial Sandpiper that some how got injured and 
disfigured like Franken Grackle and is able to get about well enough so that it 
has migrated with the other Pectorials. Franken Grackle was mixed in with 
Grackles migrating through our area 

If the bird in question is just a disfigured Pectoral, the second bird that was 
also identified as a Ruff was more than likely another disfigured Pectorial? 
Any ideas on that? 

We also saw two other injured birds that seem to be functioning well enough to 
migrate. One Greater Yellow-legs and a Pectorial Sandpiper both had injured 
legs and were hopping around. Both appeared to be able to fly forage for food. 

Robert Manning
Central Omaha