Date: 5/5/17 10:53 pm
From: Eric Patdu <ericpatdu...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Laurtizen Gardens, Etc. (Douglas Co.)- 5/05
Hi Justin,

How do you easily differentiate a Spotted from an Eastern Towhee? Saw a towhee today at Fontenelle that I believe is an Eastern but when I saw your report, I just thought that it could also be a Spotted.

Also, for both the 234th and 264th Wetlands, are those open to the public? If so, can you share their exact locations? Would love to try to visit those birding spots too. 😊

Eric Patdu
Millard (120th & Q)

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Sent: Friday, May 5, 2017 11:32 PM
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Subject: [NEBirds] Laurtizen Gardens, Etc. (Douglas Co.)- 5/05

This morning Clem Klapake and I had a fairly early start birding Lauritzen Gardens. A few species included....

-1 Solitary Sandpiper (Same area as last week)

-6 Warbling Vireo

-4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

-2 Swainson's Thrush

-2 Black-and-White Warbler

-4 Nashville Warbler

-1 Blackpoll Warbler (FOY) (Singing male)

-1 Spotted Towhee

-1 Eastern Towhee

-2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak (FOY) (Males heard singing in canopy)

-2 Baltimore Oriole

Later in the afternoon I made my way to Towl Park with the intention of heading further west. Here I re-found the aforementioned hen RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. I also came across a single NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH. Many of the other species that I observed were to be expected. An odd call was heard across from the narrow waterway. It started out as a yelp-like chirp and continued with a downward trill decreasing in intensity. After listening for about three minutes, I noticed a RED FOX ascending the hillside. A very well fledged CAROLINA WREN was also observed with its parents. While we are on the subject of family groups; upon my departure from Towl Park, I met Danny Magruder (?) and his mother who were making their way in to bird the park.

I then proceeded to the 234th Street Wetlands. A few species here included....

-2 American Bittern (A great look at a bird in flight, and another heard calling).

-1 Great Egret

-1 White-faced Ibis (FOY)

-1 Sora (Visual- actually flew out of the reeds).

-1 Eastern Kingbird (Detected on wires upon arrival).

-1 Marsh Wren

-8 Yellow-headed Blackbird (count may be low)

-5 Great-tailed Grackle (males)

On the way to this marsh, I noticed well over 1000 FRANKLIN'S GULLS in a vortex over a large private lake.

Heading toward the Valley area I also stopped by the 264th St. Wetlands (Salerno Marsh). Here I observed three (3) BLACK TERNS (FOY), a handful of YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS, three (3) WILSON'S PHALAROPES (FOY), a flyby AMERICAN BITTERN, and various duck species.

When dusk arrived, I made one more attempt at listening for nightjars along a certain side road off of Skyline Drive. Unfortunately, no goatsuckers were audible.

All areas covered submitted to eBird.

Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE

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