Date: 10/2/18 8:09 pm
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Zorinski Lk, Douglas Co.
Wow.  Intriguing sighting.
If confirmed it would be one of the earliest on record for the entire Midwest/Great Plains region.  
 Looking forward to viewing photos obtained of this bird.

Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>


On ‎Tuesday‎, ‎October‎ ‎2‎, ‎2018‎ ‎06‎:‎41‎:‎53‎ ‎PM‎ ‎CDT, 'Elliott Bedows' <ebedows...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

 


Hello everyone,

This morning (and into the early afternoon), Mary Clausenand I hiked the entire nine [9] mile loop around Zorinski Lk in DouglasCo.  The best finding was a Black-legged Kittiwake (see below forthe documentation) but there were a number of other notable sightings aswell.  In total, 45 species were seen including:

Canada Gs. [X]; a Mute Swanof questionable origin; Wood Duck [1]; Mallard [X]; DC’dCormorant [300]; Amer Wht Pelican [250]; Grt. Blue Heron [6];Grt. Egret [10]; Cattle Egret [1]; Snowy Egret [1]; Broad-wingedHk [1]; RT’d Hk [1]; Grt. Yellowlegs [1]; Willet[1]; Blk-legged Kittiwake [1]**; Franklin’s Gull [250+];Ring-billed Gull [3]; Herring Gull [1]; Mourning Dove [X];Belted Kingfisher [1-2]; Red-bellied Woodpecker [X]; DownyWoodpecker [X]; Hairy Woodpecker [2]; No. Flicker [X]; Blue-headedVireo [1]; Blue Jay [X]; Amer. Crow [X]; Tree Swallow[8]; Barn Swallow [100+]; Blk-capped Chickadee [X]; Wht-brst’dNuthatch [X]; RC’d Kinglet [6]; Amer. Robin [X]; GrayCatbird [2]; Brn Thrasher [1]; Org-crowned Warbler [2]; Com.Yellowtht [1]; YR’d Warbler [50]; Vesper Sparrow [1]; SongSparrow [2]; Lincoln’s Sparrow [2]; No. Cardinal [X]; Com.Grackle [3]; Amer Goldfinch [X].

**= Gull sp. that was larger than theFranklin’s Gulls but slightly smaller than the Ring-billed Gulls that itwas flying with.  The wing tips were entirely black (i.e. with no whitemirrors) and the all yellow bill was shorter than that of the RB’d and Franklin’sGulls.  The Gull had a black ear ‘smudge’ and exhibited a morebuoyant flight than did the FrGu’s or the RBGu that were inproximity.  The leg color could not be seen as the bird remained in flightover the Lk for the entire time (several minutes) that it was being observedbefore flying off over the Lk.

ElliottBedows,

Bellevue,Sarpy Co.

 
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