As usual, I apologize for the long delay in reporting what Lanny and I saw on Sunday, August 06. Maybe someday when I'm not working full time, I'll have more leisure time. Below is our list of highlights followed by the details.
Blue Grosbeak Trumpeter Swans Upland Sandpiper Northern Bobwhite Bobolink Bell's Vireo Cedar Waxwings Sedge Wren Swamp Sparrow Green Heron Indigo Bunting
As we were preparing to leave our home in Kearney County north of Minden, we heard a Blue Grosbeak singing. In Buffalo County, we stopped for a moment at the marsh just south of Ravenna to look at two adult and two immature Trumpeter Swans.
In Sherman County, we stopped to walk along highway 68 and across the bridge over the Middle Loup River near Rockville. There is a nice wet meadow in this area. We heard Upland Sandpiper's flight call. We also heard Bobwhite, Bell's Vireo, Sedge Wren and Swamp Sparrow. The wren sounded like it was close so we played a little bit of a recording of the wren's song. The wren came up close and we saw it very well.
The Swamp Sparrow's song sounded like to was a quarter mile away but when we played a recorded song, a Swamp Sparrow flew out of the tall grass right beside us and perched for a few moments. We saw it very well.
Also near the Rockville bridge, we saw at least one female Bobolink, six Cedar Waxwings and a Green Heron. The heron was out in the river on a bare sand bar. It looked as though it was stalking prey. It was moving very slow, with its head low and ready to strike. I'm not accustomed to seeing a Green Heron out in the open.
In Rockville, we heard and saw an Indigo Bunting. After lunch, we drove south and east of Rockville. Along 775th Road just barely into Howard County, we heard another Sedge Wren singing. It was our only new county bird for the day. Lanny and I are tied at 177 in Howard County.
Robin Harding northern Kearney County
September 15-17 birding event based in Ogallala, Nebraska Organized by dedicated volunteers of the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union http://www.noubirds.org Field trips are planned to Lake McConaughy and other great birding areas in the area.