Date: 5/22/20 9:50 am
From: Robin and Lanny <snowbunting...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] NOU Big Weekend
Nebraska birders,
A very big thank you to T.J. for compiling the numbers for the Big
Weekend. I really enjoy reading about
what all of you are seeing. It encourages me to get out and bird
more. I'd love to chase after some ofthe species that you all have
been seeing. When it dries up a little, Lanny and I will go birding.

Robin HardingKearney County

--- <thomas.walker...> wrote:

From: "Walker, thomas" <thomas.walker...>
To: "<NEBirds...>" <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] NOU Big Weekend
Date: Fri, 22 May 2020 02:34:34 +0000

We hit 250 species on the weekend – barring any late additions –
not bad for the first social-distancing NOU Big Weekend (and hopefully
the last).

There was a least one report for 60 of the 93 counties, not
surprisingly with better coverage east and central than far west or

Top County List was Lancaster with 149 species reported, five other
counties broke the hundred species mark including Sarpy (118), Scotts
Bluff (110), Seward (107), Douglas (106) and Madison (101).

The most reported species (number of counties reported in) included
Red-winged Blackbird and Common Grackle (46 counties each), Mourning
Dove (45), House Wren/Starling/Yellow Warbler (43), American Goldfinch
(40), Brown-headed Cowbird (39), and Barn Swallow/Blue Jay/Common
Yellowthroat (37). 33 species were reported from just one county
(some by multiple observers, others by one sole reporter).

Group-wise – Waterfowl (21 species), shorebirds (30 species),
sparrows (17 – 18 with House Sparrow) and Warblers (30 species).

Surprises (in my opinion)

Black-bellied Whistling-duck – pair “just north of Burwell”

Dunlin – reported in 6 counties

Seven vireo species is pretty nice

A single winter wren was reported with pretty good description

Veery (5 counties) and Gray-cheeked Thrush (6 counties) also is nice

WARBLERS – Louisiana Waterthrush (3 counties), Golden-winged (5
counties), Prothonotary (2), MacGillivray’s (1), Mourning (10),
Kentucky (4), Hooded (2), Cape May (2), Magnolia (10), Bay-breasted
(4), Blackburnian (7), Chestnut-sided (8), Blackpoll (25), Palm (3),
Yellow-throated (2) and Canada (3) – all pretty neat numbers.

TANAGERS – Summer (6 counties in one weekend), Scarlet (9) and
Western (3)

Surprising Misses (not considering distribution of birders) – again
in my opinion


Sharp-tailed Grouse

Mountain Plover

Golden Eagle

Ferruginous Hawk

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher – all those people chasing warblers on
the “east coast”, thought for sure someone would come up with a

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – coverage in “South-central” was a
little slim

Cassin’s Sparrow – basically NO bird reports from SW Nebraska

Henslow’s Sparrow

McCown’s Longspur

Chestnut-collared Longspur

Individual tallies – yeah I didn’t track that – seems like Kathy
DeLara said she had 130 species which would be tough to beat. I had
101 species in two days in Seward County. Feel free to share if you
had more than 100 species over the weekend.

County birds – I actually added 7 species to my Seward County list
(up to 180) over the two days. Feel free to share “state” or
“county” or “life” list birds found during the weekend.

I have attached the spreadsheet – which includes two worksheets
(tabs at the bottom).

The first worksheet (“Tally” tab at bottom) can be used for
“county ticks” for those that participate in the annual county
list stuff, or those pursuing “all 93” if you don’t already have
a way to record them. If you enter a “1” in a county it “does
the math” by county (how many “ticks” you have in that county
– at the top) and by species (how many counties you have seen the
species in and what percentage of counties – at the left in columns
B and C). That is actually what I had made that sheet for.

The second worksheet (“Species List” at the bottom) includes 370
species that have been reported to eBird during the month of May in
Nebraska (across all years) – with those we reported with a “1”
beside them and then below that those we didn’t with a “0” –
you could look at that tab to see if any of the “0’s” were
something you saw.

I thought about keeping track of observers, number of reports, etc.
but this was already a lot of work to get to this point. (On that
note thank you Mark Brogie for doing the annual listing stuff every

If you have any additions (species or county ticks) on the first
worksheet, feel free to let me know, I will be glad to add them.

Great job everyone – while it wasn’t as good as an NOU meeting, it
was great to “interact” with all of you in some way, great to get
“warbler neck” like I would at an NOU meeting (still hurts by the
way) and of course just to “get out with a purpose” birding wise.


T. J. Walker

Milford, NE


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