Date: 10/30/18 6:07 pm From: Larry Einemann <larryeinemannl...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Subject: [NEBirds] Capitol Beach Lake and Branched Oak Lake birding.
Despite the windy day, I found a few birds that the stiff north wind brought in.
Capitol Beach Lake: 2 Pacific loons--had them in the scope for about 10 minutes before the two took off flying north for a bit and then circling over lake and then headed southwest. This was about 9:30 a.m. Smaller in size and not as bulky as COLO. Neck markings with a straight border, in contrast to jagged markings in COLO. Bill small and not as chunky as COLO and no white around the eye. Faint chin strap seen in one of them. Also present were 4 Canvasbacks, FOF for me.
Branched Oak Lake: Wind was even worse at BOL. I used the pines on the south shore campground knoll for protection. Not much like that at Lieber's Point as most trees there were sculpted up 15 to 20 feet, offering little protection from the wind when I got there later in the afternoon. It was hard to find a spot out of the wind. Best bird was viewed from the south shore and was with a raft of puddle and diving ducks. It was a Long-tailed duck. Since it was south east of Lieber's Point, I had to use high power on the scope to see. Lighting was decent and wave motion on the leeward side of the point was not bad. Mostly white and blotched with black in pattern of nonbreeders--leaning toward male. I spent some 40 minutes scoping from Lieber's Point, southeast side, later on in the afternoon. The ducks were a bit closer, but the wave action limited viewing. I did not find it. It is likely the duck is still there, as there was not boat action on the lake, nor were there hunters. I also had some FOFs, including 2 DUNLINS at Lieber's beach; a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK; a NORTHERN SHRIKE.
See ebird listing for complete list of sightings. I hope to get that done yet this evening.
From: Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
To: Nebraska Birds <NEBirds...>
Sent: Tue, Oct 30, 2018 4:56 pm
Subject: [NEBirds] Northern Polk County
I birded Polk County from Hwy 81 west to Co. Rd. R, south to 134 Rd. And then zig zagged back north and east. Not the best day with the wind but I did okay. I ended with 31 species and added 6 more at Lakes Babcock and North in Olatte County on the way home. The lack of any duck species was unbelievable other than mallards.
Red-tailed Hawk- 10
Red-winged Blackbird - a couple thousand
White-breasted Nuthatch - 3
Cardinal - 3 females
Fox Sparrow - 1
Harris’s Sparrow - approx. 35
Tree Sparrow - 12
White-throated Sparrow - 1
White-crowned Sparrow - 6
Song Sparrow - 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Bald Eagle - 2 (1 adult and 1 imm.)
Northern Harrier - 3 (2 females and 1 male)
Greater Yellowlegs - 2
Mallard - 2