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Date: 7/9/20 7:27 pm
From: Wendy Becker <wendybecker34...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed flycatcher
Nebraska Birders,
Carla Barbaro and I ventured from North Platte to the location posted for
the Scissor tailed Flycatcher today (Thursday Jul 9). After birding the
area for an hour or so we briefly located it on a wire close to the
intersection of CR 626 and 712. It flew into a tree line out of sight. We
continued down the road for a while and then doubled
back to the south. We again saw the Scissor tail Flycatcher flying high
east across 626 and over a field where we could not relocate it.

Our list is in ebird.
Thanks all, for the shared info on this bird!!
#BirdOn,
Wendy

On Wed, Jul 8, 2020 at 2:03 PM birder770 <bcrieke...> wrote:

> My husband and I also went looking for the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher with
> success! Follow highway 50 east of Pawnee City to county road 626 and go
> north. We found it on a power pole north of 711 trail road.
>
> Thanks Bob and Jerry. They are such cool birds.
>
> Carolyn Rieke
> Firth
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> On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM Jerry Toll <geritol48...> wrote:
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>> Hi everyone
>>
>> Carol and ventured south to Pawnee County looking for the Scissor-tailed
>> Flycatcher. Sure enough, it was just about where Bob Wells said it would
>> be. It was seen about 11:30 this morning on County Road 626 about 3 miles
>> east of Pawnee City and mile north to 710 Trail Rd. Has anyone seen a
>> pair?
>>
>>
>>
>> Jerry Toll
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Date: 7/9/20 3:47 pm
From: allenreyer via groups.io <allenreyer=<aol.com...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Sarpy County
Sitting out on the back deck around 1630, had a pair of Broad-winged Hawks overhead. They were calling to each other and at one point did an aerial maneuver, interacting with each other. At about the same time, had a YB Cuckoo calling and then had good looks at him in the ash tree behind the house.

In ebird.

Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Date: 7/9/20 1:36 pm
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Subject: [NEBirds] Sarpy County
Sitting out on the front driveway after mowing the lawn, I got a very brief look at a Hawk. Belly was darker than that of a Red-tailed Hawk. In that quick look, I suspect that it could possibly have been a Red-shouldered Hawk, but far from convinced. Just putting it out to be on the lookout. Five minutes after that sighting and from a different direction, I had good looks at a Broad-winged Hawk chasing a RT Hawk. The BW was much smaller and I was able to see the banding in the tail.

BW and RT are in ebird.

Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Date: 7/8/20 7:28 pm
From: Theresa Pella via groups.io <pella_t=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Louisiana Waterthrush
Tomorrow’s Wachiska Audubon Society Zoom meeting will star John Carlini and Shari Schwartz with a presentation about work they do to document sit ings of the Louisiana Waterthrush.  The meeting begins at 7:00 pm ( x-apple-data-detectors://16 ).  You can register at:

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Lincoln, Lancaster Co.

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Date: 7/8/20 12:03 pm
From: birder770 <bcrieke...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed flycatcher
My husband and I also went looking for the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher with
success! Follow highway 50 east of Pawnee City to county road 626 and go
north. We found it on a power pole north of 711 trail road.

Thanks Bob and Jerry. They are such cool birds.

Carolyn Rieke
Firth

On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM Jerry Toll <geritol48...> wrote:

> Hi everyone
>
> Carol and ventured south to Pawnee County looking for the Scissor-tailed
> Flycatcher. Sure enough, it was just about where Bob Wells said it would
> be. It was seen about 11:30 this morning on County Road 626 about 3 miles
> east of Pawnee City and mile north to 710 Trail Rd. Has anyone seen a
> pair?
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Date: 7/6/20 4:00 pm
From: Jerry Toll <geritol48...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed flycatcher
Hi everyone

Carol and ventured south to Pawnee County looking for the Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher. Sure enough, it was just about where Bob Wells said it would be.
It was seen about 11:30 this morning on County Road 626 about 3 miles east
of Pawnee City and mile north to 710 Trail Rd. Has anyone seen a pair?



Jerry Toll

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Date: 7/6/20 11:27 am
From: allenreyer via groups.io <allenreyer=<aol.com...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Sarpy County
Just had a Tufted Titmouse at my feeder. That’s the first one I have seen there in over a year.

In ebird.

Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Date: 7/5/20 11:16 am
From: <ljkader...>
Subject: [NEBirds] 5 Fledgling Coopers Hawks
A few weeks ago I found a Coopers hawk nest at Kimberly Creek glamping cabin resort. This is Southeast of the Wildlife Safari just a few miles. It's located in a heavily treed area in a Cedar about 3/4 of the way up.
All 5 have now left the nest & both parents are around. They're testing out their wings & venturing out to branches now. It's been a real treat watching them grow from fluffballs to fledgling in the15 days since I first found them.
The collage photo I attached has a few shots of the chicks ,a parent and a few fledglings.
Karen Kader
Omaha

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Date: 7/5/20 7:18 am
From: Linda Ollinger <prairysky...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Varied Thrush and WW Dove
Justin,

I've tried looking for the bird the past couple of days with no success. We had a violent thunderstorm a few days ago and I haven't seen it since.

I feel that until I can observe the bird in question, it should remain a possible sighting and not one for the summer count, yet anyway.

Another item I've been puzzled over the past few weeks was a bird song I kept hearing from one bird that I could never see because of the overgrown and dense foliage in the vacant lot next door. The first half of the song sounded like a Robin but would always end in a very LOUD ka-chink, ka-chink, ka-chink.  I know most of the Robin song's, chirps, cheeps etc., including a parent looking for it's chick, a chick calling to a parent, an alarm call, territorial/mating calls etc., etc. This new call was way different to me and I wish I could have identified the bird that went with the song. For now I'm just going to think it was just a robin with a weird accent. And again, I have not heard the call since the severe storm we had the other day.

Linda Ollinger
Furnas County, Nebraska

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Date: 7/5/20 6:49 am
From: Paul Hubert <paulhubert123...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Dead Timber SRA
I went to Dead Timber SRA Saturday. About an hour from Omaha, it’s in
northern Dodge county, right off hwy 275 a few miles north of Scribner. It
lies along the Elkhorn river, with open habitat along some shallow, weedy,
carpy oxbow lakes, and over 100 acres of mature forests.

I brought recording equipment to try to capture a crazy bird song I’d heard
the week before while fishing. It sounded like a bobolink, but it came from
a tree beside the lake. I got some glimpses of the bird but was unable to
ID it. It didn’t sing for my recorder, but it turned out to be a warbling
vireo, except it inserted a chirp or a tweet or a gurgle between each
change of pitch in its normal wavering song. I think it was mimicking the
catbird it shared a tree with. Maybe one of the notorious adolescents
learning to sing?

Last week, I stepped off the road for just a few steps through some
knee-high grass and got about a dozen chiggers in that short period. This
week I wore coveralls treated with Permethrin (Sawyer clothing treatment)
and was able to walk through waist high weeds with no problem. So beware if
you’re prowling the weeds.

Birds near the lake:

Belted Kingfisher

Warbling vireos (singing- normal and crazy)

Barn swallows

Common yellowthroat (singing)

Yellow warbler (singing)

Rose-breasted grosbeak (singing)

Ruby throated hummingbird

catbird

Baltimore orioles

Orchard orioles

Also, there were tons of orioles near the campground host campsite (near
the park entrance) along with cardinals, goldfinches, indigo buntings,
brown thrashers, and another rose-breasted grosbeak.

Not in ebird.

Chip Hubert

Omaha NE

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Date: 7/4/20 4:59 pm
From: Kathy DeLara <renosmom...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Mississippi Kite in Scottsbluff
Yes, I remember you coming up to look for them. These are about 6 blocks to the west of the 2011 birds. As far as I know there was no nest found, but they are hard to see. I just lucked out when I found this nest, the wind and the sun were just right for me to spot it. I went back and took a picture and it took me at least 5 minutes to find it again. Very well hidden.



Hope you and Bette are doing well and enjoy the 4th.



Kathy



From: <NEBirds...> <NEBirds...> On Behalf Of Clem and Bette Klaphake
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Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Mississippi Kite in Scottsbluff



Kathy,
Do you remember the Mississippi Kite you and I saw in Scottsbluff in 2011? I don't recall any nesting evidence, but it had been seen in the same area by neighbors (residential) in the summer.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE





On 7/3/2020 8:33 PM, Wendy Becker wrote:

That's awesome Kathy!



On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 7:48 PM Kathy DeLara <renosmom...> <mailto:<renosmom...> > wrote:

Yesterday afternoon Tony Leukering reported a Mississippi Kite flyover in Scottsbluff at the 20th Street and Ave I intersection so I decided to check that area out this afternoon. I found the kite a couple of blocks from the intersection then found another one on a nest. As far as I know the last time kites were seen here was in 2011 when we had 7 of them hanging out in a neighborhood about 5 blocks from where these are. Maybe they have been around all along and not seen? I drive down 20th street all the time but seldom venture off into the neighborhood where I found these.

I also think that this is the first nesting of kites in Scotts Bluff County, and probably the panhandle. I’ll keep checking on them and hopefully get some photos of young ones later on. I have pictures of the one I saw in a tree. Couldn’t get a pic of the nest because of the sun and wind blowing branches around. I’ll try in the morning when there are better conditions.



Kathy DeLara

Mitchell, NE








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Date: 7/4/20 2:21 pm
From: Matt Shurtliff <mmscornhusker...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed flycatchers?
Thanks Bob - found them at the intersection!

Matt

On Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 12:12 PM rcwells <rcwells...> wrote:

> Matt,
>
> This is Bob Wells, I was down earlier this week. The birds have been been
> consistently in the same spot for over a month. From Omaha take Hwy 50,
> 144th St. south, about 90 miles to Pawnee City. After going through Pawnee
> City travel roughly 2-3 miles to county ave. 626. The first siting I had
> was just north of the intersection of 626 and Trail 710. If you drive the
> entire length of Av. 626 to Hwy 4 the birds have been seen along this
> stretch. I saw a bird at the Pawnee City turn off and then saw another
> bird just before hitting Hwy 4.
>
> I know that the pictures of these birds are very dramatic, but carefully
> search the telephone wire and barbed wire fence. The flycatcher are
> smaller than they appear in photos and their tails are not obvious unless
> they are fluttering. Good luck!!!
>
> Someone saw the birds later than I so presumably they are still there.
>
> Bob
>
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Date: 7/4/20 11:58 am
From: ogalbirder <jim_ochsner...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Another song for ID help
After listening to the Carolina Wren on All About Birds, I agree! This is/was a Carolina Wren and the brief view I got of it would match as well.
The call I heard the other day was very much different but since Justin said it might match part of the Wren’s song , this might have been the “mystery” bird I heard the other day, just a different call.
Thanks for the help.
A new backyard bird. Cool.

Jim
Ogallala

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Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Another song for ID help

Jim,
There's a Carolina Wren singing its "tea kettle tea kettle" song in your recording.  Justin was right!  
-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln NE

On Saturday, July 4, 2020, 12:16:17 PM CDT, ogalbirder <jim_ochsner...> wrote:


If you can open the attachment there is a stronger bird song near the beginning and then again toward the end of a bird I do not recognize.
(This is not the one I asked about several days ago.)
This bird flew into a tree near me and sang once more before taking off or allowing a picture.
 
The bird was small, fairly dull in color, and from what I can find on allaboutbirds might be a vireo.
 
Any ideas?  Thanks.
 
Jim
Ogallala
 
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Date: 7/4/20 11:36 am
From: flyingcarlini via groups.io <flyingcarlini=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Another song for ID help
Jim,There's a Carolina Wren singing its "tea kettle tea kettle" song in your recording.  Justin was right!  -Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln NE

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If you can open the attachment there is a stronger bird song near the beginning and then again toward the end of a bird I do not recognize.

(This is not the one I asked about several days ago.)

This bird flew into a tree near me and sang once more before taking off or allowing a picture.

 

The bird was small, fairly dull in color, and from what I can find on allaboutbirds might be a vireo.

 

Any ideas?  Thanks.

 

Jim

Ogallala

 

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Date: 7/4/20 10:16 am
From: ogalbirder <jim_ochsner...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Another song for ID help
If you can open the attachment there is a stronger bird song near the beginning and then again toward the end of a bird I do not recognize.
(This is not the one I asked about several days ago.)
This bird flew into a tree near me and sang once more before taking off or allowing a picture.

The bird was small, fairly dull in color, and from what I can find on allaboutbirds might be a vireo.

Any ideas? Thanks.

Jim
Ogallala

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Date: 7/4/20 10:12 am
From: rcwells <rcwells...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed flycatchers?
Matt,

This is Bob Wells, I was down earlier this week.  The birds have been been consistently in the same spot for over a month.  From Omaha take Hwy 50, 144th St. south, about 90 miles to Pawnee City.  After going through Pawnee City travel roughly 2-3 miles to county ave.  626.  The first siting I had was just north of the intersection of 626 and Trail 710.  If you drive the entire length of Av. 626 to Hwy 4 the birds have been seen along this stretch.  I saw a bird at the Pawnee City turn off and then saw another bird just before hitting Hwy 4.

I know that the pictures of these birds are very dramatic, but carefully search the telephone wire and barbed wire fence.  The flycatcher are smaller than they appear in photos and their tails are not obvious unless they are fluttering.  Good luck!!!

Someone saw the birds later than I so presumably they are still there.

Bob

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Date: 7/4/20 5:42 am
From: Matt Shurtliff <mmscornhusker...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed flycatchers?
Anyone know if they are still viewable near Pawnee City? If so - I’d
take any location tips you have.

Matt Shurtliff
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Date: 7/3/20 9:22 pm
From: Clem and Bette Klaphake <ckavian...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Mississippi Kite in Scottsbluff
Kathy,
Do you remember the Mississippi Kite you and I saw in Scottsbluff in
2011? I don't recall any nesting evidence, but it had been seen in the
same area by neighbors (residential) in the summer.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE




On 7/3/2020 8:33 PM, Wendy Becker wrote:
> That's awesome Kathy!
>
> On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 7:48 PM Kathy DeLara <renosmom...>
> <mailto:<renosmom...>> wrote:
>
> Yesterday afternoon Tony Leukering reported a Mississippi Kite
> flyover in Scottsbluff at the 20^th Street and Ave I intersection
> so I decided to check that area out this afternoon. I found the
> kite a couple of blocks from the intersection then found another
> one on a nest. As far as I know the last time kites were seen here
> was in 2011 when we had 7 of them hanging out in a neighborhood
> about 5 blocks from where these are. Maybe they have been around
> all along and not seen? I drive down 20^th street all the time
> but seldom venture off into the neighborhood where I found these.
>
> I also think that this is the first nesting of kites in Scotts
> Bluff County, and probably the panhandle. I’ll keep checking on
> them and hopefully get some photos of young ones later on. I have
> pictures of the one I saw in a tree. Couldn’t get a pic of the
> nest because of the sun and wind blowing branches around. I’ll try
> in the morning when there are better conditions.
>
> Kathy DeLara
>
> Mitchell, NE
>
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Date: 7/3/20 6:34 pm
From: Wendy Becker <wendybecker34...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Mississippi Kite in Scottsbluff
That's awesome Kathy!

On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 7:48 PM Kathy DeLara <renosmom...> wrote:

> Yesterday afternoon Tony Leukering reported a Mississippi Kite flyover in
> Scottsbluff at the 20th Street and Ave I intersection so I decided to
> check that area out this afternoon. I found the kite a couple of blocks
> from the intersection then found another one on a nest. As far as I know
> the last time kites were seen here was in 2011 when we had 7 of them
> hanging out in a neighborhood about 5 blocks from where these are. Maybe
> they have been around all along and not seen? I drive down 20th street
> all the time but seldom venture off into the neighborhood where I found
> these.
>
> I also think that this is the first nesting of kites in Scotts Bluff
> County, and probably the panhandle. I’ll keep checking on them and
> hopefully get some photos of young ones later on. I have pictures of the
> one I saw in a tree. Couldn’t get a pic of the nest because of the sun and
> wind blowing branches around. I’ll try in the morning when there are better
> conditions.
>
>
>
> Kathy DeLara
>
> Mitchell, NE
>
>
>
>
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Date: 7/3/20 3:34 pm
From: pastorpaultdunbar via groups.io <pastorpaultdunbar=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] ID by sound?
Good sleuthing, Justin
> On Jul 3, 2020, at 5:10 PM, Justin Rink via groups.io <spindalis79=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> 
> Okay, let's think a bit about Jim's mystery bird. Starting off we can probably rule out Northern Cardinal since they are present and breed in the Ogallala area. The second possibly is a wayward Tufted Titmouse, however the description of the slight ascent at the end does not seem to fit with this species.
>
> In keeping with a wandering Eastern breeding species, the description fits one species...CAROLINA WREN. These birds are sometimes known to wander post-breeding. The description of a loud "tweet" slightly ascending at the end seems to fit some versions of the song. Being from the western part of the state, it would make sense that Jim would not be familiar with the song of a bird that is more prevalent on the eastern edge of NE.
>
> This is just my hypothesis based on the description.
>
> Good birding.
>
> Justin Rink
> Midtown Omaha
> Douglas Co., NE
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>
> On Jul 2, 2020 1:01 PM, ogalbirder <jim_ochsner...> wrote:
> We heard a bird in our backyard today that we have never heard before. But we could not locate it visually, at least while it vocalized.
>
>
>
> I am sure you pro birders would immediately know what it was as soon as you heard it.
>
>
>
> The bird was consistent with five very sharp/loud chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp (or was it tweet) with a bit of an uplift on the end of each chirp.
>
>
>
> Ideas?
>
>
>
> Thanks.
>
> Jim
>
> Ogallala
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>
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Date: 7/3/20 3:10 pm
From: Justin Rink via groups.io <spindalis79=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] ID by sound?
Okay, let's think a bit about Jim's mystery bird. Starting off we can
probably rule out Northern Cardinal since they are present and breed
in the Ogallala area. The second possibly is a wayward Tufted
Titmouse, however the description of the slight ascent at the end does
not seem to fit with this species.
In keeping with a wandering Eastern breeding species, the description
fits one species...CAROLINA WREN. These birds are sometimes known to
wander post-breeding. The description of a loud "tweet" slightly
ascending at the end seems to fit some versions of the song. Being
from the western part of the state, it would make sense that Jim would
not be familiar with the song of a bird that is more prevalent on the
eastern edge of NE.
This is just my hypothesis based on the description.
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown OmahaDouglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>
On Jul 2, 2020 1:01 PM, ogalbirder <jim_ochsner...> wrote:

We heard a bird in our backyard today that we have never heard
before. But we could not locate it visually, at least while it
vocalized.



I am sure you pro birders would immediately know what it was as
soon as you heard it.



The bird was consistent with five very sharp/loud chirp, chirp,
chirp, chirp, chirp (or was it tweet) with a bit of an uplift on
the end of each chirp.



Ideas?



Thanks.

Jim

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Date: 7/3/20 2:57 pm
From: Justin Rink via groups.io <spindalis79=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Varied Thrush and WW Dove
I too am curious regarding your Varied Thrush sighting. A species that
breeds in the far northwestern corners of the nation usually will not
be just hanging out in parts of the Midwest during the summer. Is is
possible it could be an abberation or mutation of another more common
species?
I am also looking forward to the photos if you are able to obtain
them.
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown OmahaDouglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>
On Jul 2, 2020 4:38 PM, Linda Ollinger <prairysky...> wrote:

Hello Nebraska Birders,
It's been a busy summer watching a variety of yardbirds and I
enjoy every minute of it.
I wanted to share that I just saw a Varied Thrush foraging under
one of our mulberry trees and I saw a White wing Dove sitting in
the tree above one of my yard's watering station.
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Date: 7/3/20 7:14 am
From: Linda Ollinger <prairysky...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Varied Thrush and WW Dove
Ross,

I will certainly try to get photo of the Varied Thrush should it still be here after last nights violent storms. I wish I would have had camera ready yesterday.

And, yes, it was surprising to see the VT here during this season. I'm not sure what's up with that, but many bird species are behaving "differently" this year.

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Date: 7/2/20 5:48 pm
From: Kathy DeLara <renosmom...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Mississippi Kite in Scottsbluff
Yesterday afternoon Tony Leukering reported a Mississippi Kite flyover in
Scottsbluff at the 20th Street and Ave I intersection so I decided to check
that area out this afternoon. I found the kite a couple of blocks from the
intersection then found another one on a nest. As far as I know the last
time kites were seen here was in 2011 when we had 7 of them hanging out in a
neighborhood about 5 blocks from where these are. Maybe they have been
around all along and not seen? I drive down 20th street all the time but
seldom venture off into the neighborhood where I found these.

I also think that this is the first nesting of kites in Scotts Bluff County,
and probably the panhandle. I'll keep checking on them and hopefully get
some photos of young ones later on. I have pictures of the one I saw in a
tree. Couldn't get a pic of the nest because of the sun and wind blowing
branches around. I'll try in the morning when there are better conditions.



Kathy DeLara

Mitchell, NE




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Date: 7/2/20 3:29 pm
From: Matt H via groups.io <mmhansen52=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] ID by sound?
Jim, there is an app called birdnet from Cornell University.  If you use an android phone you can record the sound snippet and it will tell you what the bird is.Matt



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We heard a bird  in our backyard today that we have never heard before.  But we could not locate it visually, at least while it vocalized.

 

I am sure you pro birders would immediately know what it was as soon as you heard it.

 

The bird was consistent with five very sharp/loud chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp (or was it tweet) with a bit of an uplift on the end of each chirp.

 

Ideas?

 

Thanks.

Jim

Ogallala

 

 

 

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Date: 7/2/20 3:02 pm
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Varied Thrush and WW Dove
Hi Linda,

Would you be able to get a photo of the Varied Thrush? As you know, a very surprising date for one to show up!

Thanks,
Ross


Ross Silcock
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Subject: [NEBirds] Varied Thrush and WW Dove

Hello Nebraska Birders,

It's been a busy summer watching a variety of yardbirds and I enjoy every minute of it.

I wanted to share that I just saw a Varied Thrush foraging under one of our mulberry trees and I saw a White wing Dove sitting in the tree above one of my yard's watering station.

Happy birding to all.

Linda Ollinger
Furnas County, NE




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From: Linda Ollinger <prairysky...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Varied Thrush and WW Dove
Hello Nebraska Birders,

It's been a busy summer watching a variety of yardbirds and I enjoy every
minute of it.

I wanted to share that I just saw a Varied Thrush foraging under one of our
mulberry trees and I saw a White wing Dove sitting in the tree above one of
my yard's watering station.

Happy birding to all.

Linda Ollinger
Furnas County, NE

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Date: 7/2/20 1:56 pm
From: Clem and Bette Klaphake <ckavian...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] ID by sound?
Jim,
I can't give you an answer you probably would like. But this time of
year also consider young juveniles or fledglings of species you have in
your backyard. I have been duped or fooled a number of times thinking I
have something 'new' and it turns out to be a young 'Oriole' (you have 2
possible species in Ogallala) or young Catbird. One year I had a very
melodic sounding bird and it turned out to be a young Robin. Just a
suggestion to watch to see if any of your known adults seem to hang
around or may even feed a fledgling. Sorry I can't be more specific
from your description.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

On 7/2/2020 1:01 PM, ogalbirder wrote:
>
> We heard a bird in our backyard today that we have never heard
> before. But we could not locate it visually, at least while it vocalized.
>
> I am sure you pro birders would immediately know what it was as soon
> as you heard it.
>
> The bird was consistent with five very sharp/loud chirp, chirp, chirp,
> chirp, chirp (or was it tweet) with a bit of an uplift on the end of
> each chirp.
>
> Ideas?
>
> Thanks.
>
> Jim
>
> Ogallala
>
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Date: 7/2/20 11:01 am
From: ogalbirder <jim_ochsner...>
Subject: [NEBirds] ID by sound?
We heard a bird in our backyard today that we have never heard before. But we could not locate it visually, at least while it vocalized.

I am sure you pro birders would immediately know what it was as soon as you heard it.

The bird was consistent with five very sharp/loud chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp (or was it tweet) with a bit of an uplift on the end of each chirp.

Ideas?

Thanks.
Jim
Ogallala



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Date: 7/2/20 6:16 am
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Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Complimentary Nebraska Bird Review
The special Nebraska Bird Review promotion is now closed due to overwhelming demand and interest! Thanks for all the interest!

-Joel

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Date: 7/1/20 8:19 pm
From: Colleen Childers <cchilders64...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Complimentary Nebraska Bird Review
I’d love to receive a copy - thank you!

Colleen Childers
2735 Idaho Ave
Grand Island, NE. 68803
> On Jul 1, 2020, at 8:31 PM, Jorgensen, Joel <Joel.Jorgensen...> wrote:
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> Special 24 hour promotion! If you have never been a member of the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union and would like to receive a 100% free copy of the upcoming issue of the Nebraska Bird Review, please send me a message with your name and address off-list by 9 p.m. 2 July. The Nebraska Bird Review is the NOU's quarterly journal and it is worth a read. Again, special one-time offer to the first 6 people who respond off-list!
>
> This opportunity may never happen again! Thanks.
>
> -Joel
>
>
>
> Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
>
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Date: 7/1/20 6:31 pm
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Subject: [NEBirds] Complimentary Nebraska Bird Review
Special 24 hour promotion! If you have never been a member of the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union and would like to receive a 100% free copy of the upcoming issue of the Nebraska Bird Review, please send me a message with your name and address off-list by 9 p.m. 2 July. The Nebraska Bird Review is the NOU's quarterly journal and it is worth a read. Again, special one-time offer to the first 6 people who respond off-list!

This opportunity may never happen again! Thanks.

-Joel

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Date: 7/1/20 12:15 pm
From: Don & Janis Paseka <paseka76...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Nebraska Bird Review color photo issue deadline approaching
NEBirders,


*The deadline to send in color photos for publication in the Nebraska Bird
Review is July 15, 2020*. Here are the details:



It's time for the 13th annual color issue of the *Nebraska Bird Review*,
the quarterly journal of the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. We are
requesting good quality bird photos to be published in an upcoming issue.



Since both birding and photography can easily be solitary activities,
participating in this activity should not make it necessary for a
participant to be in areas where there are groups of people. It is also
permissible to submit photos taken in prior years.



****PLEASE OBSERVE THE CURRENT COVID-19 GUIDELINES CONCERNING PHYSICAL
DISTANCING AND USE OF FACE MASKS.****

This is not a photo contest, but there are rules:

1. Images must be of wild, free-flying birds and must have been taken in
Nebraska.

2. Images must be of good quality: sharp focus and high enough resolution
to look good when printed. *Please send the highest resolution version you
have*.

3. The subjects don't need to be rare birds, but images that document
something interesting about a species (behavior, date, nesting, etc.) are
more likely to be selected.



****Our special request this year is for photos of 2 or more species
together. Our extra challenge (call it the Odd Couple Challenge) is to
photograph 2 or more species together that are unlikely to be seen
together.****


4. *A maximum of 5 images per photographer may be submitted.* Please do
not expect us to look through dozens of photos you have posted on a website.

5. The following information must be provided with each image:



* SPECIES DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN SPECIFIC LOCATION COUNTY*

6. The final selection of images to be published is solely the decision of
the NBR editors (see #3).

Please email your images to me at

<paseka76...> <paseka76@...>

or send me a URL for images posted on a website. If you have a number of
photos posted, please direct me to the specific 5 images you are suggesting
for publication.

Contributors will be credited in the photo captions.

DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2020.

Thanks,

Janis Paseka
Ames NE
Editor, The Nebraska Bird Review

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Date: 7/1/20 8:22 am
From: Walker, thomas <thomas.walker...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Fish Crow? Seward County
Shortly after 9 AM this morning, from my front yard I am 99% sure that I heard a Fish Crow call three different times over the course of about 20-25 seconds. Distinct "caw-aw" and tone was perfect. It was fairly distant, and seemed to be WNW of my home.

I went and searched briefly in that direction, but road construction on Highway 6 N of Milford, including a pilot car, made that a little difficult.

The bird would have been somewhere west or northwest of the intersection of Highway 6 and Van Dorn, which includes the Big Blue River.

Ross and NOU records committee - I will not be "counting" this myself nor will I be reporting it to eBird so you don't need to consider it for official records either at this point. I will continue to listen and watch for crows in the area in the days to come and will update if I hear/find anything.

Just wanted to get the possibility out there in case anyone feels like searching for it.

I have noted some talented Starlings in the area - recent calls including a perfect "ch-queeer" that had me looking for a wayward Cassin's Kingbird but the sounds led to a starling on a distant telephone pole - but I don't think starlings could do the "caw-aw"...

T. J. Walker
Assistant Division Administrator
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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Date: 6/30/20 3:11 pm
From: Rick Wright <birdaz...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Changes to "Official List of Nebraska Birds"
I didn't know that; I thought there had been a couple. Are they all now
assumed to have been mottleds?
Rick Wright
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On Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 6:08 PM Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> wrote:

> Not on Official List! No Accepted Records for Mexican Duck in NE!
>
> On Jun 30, 2020, at 4:49 PM, Rick Wright <birdaz...> wrote:
>
> What about the Mexican duck, restored to species status by the NACC?
> Rick Wright
> Birds and Art <https://ventbird.com/our-team/RickWright/62> tours with Victor
> Emanuel Nature Tours <https://ventbird.com/content/116/Tours.aspx>
>
> Selected recent publications
> <https://www.amazon.com/Rick-Wright/e/B00HDUI4H6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1578963055&sr=8-1>
>
>
> On Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 5:42 PM Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> wrote:
>
>> The 2020 Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s
>> Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American
>> Birds is out!
>>
>>
>> This year, there were no lumps or splits affecting the Nebraska
>> checklist. There are some sequence involving the pheasant family –
>> Phasianidae, the Selaphorus hummingbirds, the rail family, and the
>> cormorants. The following are the new sequences for these groups.
>>
>>
>>
>> Wild Turkey
>>
>> Ruffed Grouse
>>
>> Greater Sage-Grouse
>>
>> Sharp-tailed Grouse
>>
>> Greater Prairie-Chicken
>>
>> Lesser Prairie-Chicken
>>
>> Gray Partridge
>>
>> Ring-necked Pheasant
>>
>> Calliope Hummingbird
>>
>> Rufous Hummingbird
>>
>> Broad-tailed Hummingbird
>>
>>
>>
>> Clapper Rail
>>
>> King Rail
>>
>> Virginia Rail
>>
>> Sora
>>
>> Common Gallinule
>>
>> American Coot
>>
>> Purple Gallinule
>>
>> Yellow Rail
>>
>> Black Rail
>>
>>
>>
>> The Cormorant family will now follow Anhingas and has a reshuffle in
>> species order.
>>
>> Double-crested Cormorant
>>
>> Neotropic Cormorant
>>
>>
>> I have made the changes to OFFICIAL LIST OF NEBRASKA BIRDS on the NOU
>> Home Page!
>>
>> https://noubirds.org/Birds/StateList.aspx
>>
>>
>> Mark A. Brogie - NOU Records Committee Chairperson
>> 508 Seeley
>> Creighton, NE 68729
>> <mabrogie...>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
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Date: 6/30/20 3:08 pm
From: Mark Brogie <mabrogie...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Changes to "Official List of Nebraska Birds"
Not on Official List! No Accepted Records for Mexican Duck in NE!

> On Jun 30, 2020, at 4:49 PM, Rick Wright <birdaz...> wrote:
>
> What about the Mexican duck, restored to species status by the NACC?
> Rick Wright
> Birds and Art <https://ventbird.com/our-team/RickWright/62> tours with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours <https://ventbird.com/content/116/Tours.aspx>
>
> Selected recent publications <https://www.amazon.com/Rick-Wright/e/B00HDUI4H6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1578963055&sr=8-1>
>
>
> On Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 5:42 PM Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> <mailto:<mabrogie...>> wrote:
> The 2020 Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds is out!
>
>
> This year, there were no lumps or splits affecting the Nebraska checklist. There are some sequence involving the pheasant family – Phasianidae, the Selaphorus hummingbirds, the rail family, and the cormorants. The following are the new sequences for these groups.
>
>
>
> Wild Turkey
>
> Ruffed Grouse
>
> Greater Sage-Grouse
>
> Sharp-tailed Grouse
>
> Greater Prairie-Chicken
>
> Lesser Prairie-Chicken
>
> Gray Partridge
>
> Ring-necked Pheasant
>
>
> Calliope Hummingbird
>
> Rufous Hummingbird
>
> Broad-tailed Hummingbird
>
>
>
> Clapper Rail
>
> King Rail
>
> Virginia Rail
>
> Sora
>
> Common Gallinule
>
> American Coot
>
> Purple Gallinule
>
> Yellow Rail
>
> Black Rail
>
>
>
> The Cormorant family will now follow Anhingas and has a reshuffle in species order.
>
> Double-crested Cormorant
>
> Neotropic Cormorant
>
>
>
> I have made the changes to OFFICIAL LIST OF NEBRASKA BIRDS on the NOU Home Page!
>
> https://noubirds.org/Birds/StateList.aspx <https://noubirds.org/Birds/StateList.aspx>
>
>
> Mark A. Brogie - NOU Records Committee Chairperson
> 508 Seeley
> Creighton, NE 68729
> <mabrogie...> <mailto:<mabrogie...>
>
>
>
>


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Date: 6/30/20 2:50 pm
From: Rick Wright <birdaz...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Changes to "Official List of Nebraska Birds"
What about the Mexican duck, restored to species status by the NACC?
Rick Wright
Birds and Art <https://ventbird.com/our-team/RickWright/62> tours with Victor
Emanuel Nature Tours <https://ventbird.com/content/116/Tours.aspx>

Selected recent publications
<https://www.amazon.com/Rick-Wright/e/B00HDUI4H6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1578963055&sr=8-1>


On Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 5:42 PM Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> wrote:

> The 2020 Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s
> Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American
> Birds is out!
>
>
>
> This year, there were no lumps or splits affecting the Nebraska checklist.
> There are some sequence involving the pheasant family – Phasianidae, the
> Selaphorus hummingbirds, the rail family, and the cormorants. The following
> are the new sequences for these groups.
>
>
>
> Wild Turkey
>
> Ruffed Grouse
>
> Greater Sage-Grouse
>
> Sharp-tailed Grouse
>
> Greater Prairie-Chicken
>
> Lesser Prairie-Chicken
>
> Gray Partridge
>
> Ring-necked Pheasant
>
> Calliope Hummingbird
>
> Rufous Hummingbird
>
> Broad-tailed Hummingbird
>
>
>
> Clapper Rail
>
> King Rail
>
> Virginia Rail
>
> Sora
>
> Common Gallinule
>
> American Coot
>
> Purple Gallinule
>
> Yellow Rail
>
> Black Rail
>
>
>
> The Cormorant family will now follow Anhingas and has a reshuffle in
> species order.
>
> Double-crested Cormorant
>
> Neotropic Cormorant
>
>
> I have made the changes to OFFICIAL LIST OF NEBRASKA BIRDS on the NOU Home
> Page!
>
> https://noubirds.org/Birds/StateList.aspx
>
>
> Mark A. Brogie - NOU Records Committee Chairperson
> 508 Seeley
> Creighton, NE 68729
> <mabrogie...>
>
>
>
>

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Date: 6/30/20 2:42 pm
From: Mark Brogie <mabrogie...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Changes to "Official List of Nebraska Birds"
The 2020 Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds is out!



This year, there were no lumps or splits affecting the Nebraska checklist. There are some sequence involving the pheasant family – Phasianidae, the Selaphorus hummingbirds, the rail family, and the cormorants. The following are the new sequences for these groups.



Wild Turkey

Ruffed Grouse

Greater Sage-Grouse

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Greater Prairie-Chicken

Lesser Prairie-Chicken

Gray Partridge

Ring-necked Pheasant


Calliope Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Broad-tailed Hummingbird



Clapper Rail

King Rail

Virginia Rail

Sora

Common Gallinule

American Coot

Purple Gallinule

Yellow Rail

Black Rail



The Cormorant family will now follow Anhingas and has a reshuffle in species order.

Double-crested Cormorant

Neotropic Cormorant



I have made the changes to OFFICIAL LIST OF NEBRASKA BIRDS on the NOU Home Page!

https://noubirds.org/Birds/StateList.aspx



Mark A. Brogie - NOU Records Committee Chairperson
508 Seeley
Creighton, NE 68729
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Date: 6/28/20 1:51 pm
From: Moni <musasz...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] fledged Red-breasted Nuthatch and question of feeder activity this year
Re bird feeding. It’s just been in the past two summers that we’ve continued feeding the birds. We have a jelly station, a tube feeder of nut mix and one of niger/crushed sunflower mix.

Earlier we had at least five orioles at the jelly feeder. Now we have four and two of them are recently fledged. Have had cardinals, house finch, robins, starlings and grackles. This summer is the first time we’ve seen robins are pigging out on jelly.

For the nut mix, we’ve had most of the woodpeckers at various times. Even had a red-headed woodpecker several times this week. We regularly see downies, hairies (spell corrected to fairies - so was imagining little wings and pixy dust) and red-bellies. Flickers we seemore in the winter. Carolina wrens and white-breasted nuthatches also like the nut mix.

Moni Usasz
Lincoln

p.s. On a walk we found two red-headed woodpeckers about 2 blocks from the house.



> On Jun 27, 2020, at 6:33 PM, Linda Ollinger <prairysky...> wrote:
>
> Hi Dave,
>
> Apologies for the delay in replying to your post. I noticed a HUGE difference around the feeder this year. I normally don't put seed out much past May, but there were so many birds of all sorts of varieties searching for food that I gave in and put a little more seed out in the first week of June.
>
> As for oranges, jelly feeder and suet, I kept those going longer than usual, with a huge variety of birds eating at those feeding stations and there have been many fights and scuffles over the food. I stopped the jelly last week, but am still putting out suet. That may finally come to the end for summer very soon. The birds eating suet were Orioles, Grackles, Brown Thrashers, House Finches, House sparrows, Cardinals, Cat birds and I'm certain I have left some out.
>
> I was puzzled about this late season feeding frenzy at feeders, so have been observing what's going on for many weeks now. The late freeze and cool weather later in the season seems to have been the culprit. Lot's of insects that birds eat were slow to emerge, and yes, there were lots of bird fights over the first wave of insects to hatch out.
>
> Second observation was the fruit and berries the birds depend on to help feed their chicks either froze and didn't produce, or had a very late start, especially mulberries. I observed many varieties of birds, especially Orioles and Grackles, pecking at immature mulberries, of course with no edible results. Now that the insects, mulberries and choke cherries are bearing ripened fruit, the numbers of birds visiting the suet stations has greatly subsided.
>
> When the migrating songbirds started to arrive this spring they set about courting, mating and building nests as usual. But some of the birds had to start over due to cold spells, storms, predators etc. It was a tough year, especially for the grackles. Here, after rearing their young into adolescence, many, many families of grackles will gather and take off toward some unknown vacation spot toward the North, for which I am always happy about, as I can finally hear the other song birds and a little peace and quiet (sometimes) for the rest of summer. Ha!
>
> Linda Ollinger
> Furnas County Nebraska
>


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Date: 6/28/20 1:50 pm
From: Clem and Bette Klaphake <ckavian...>
Subject: [NEBirds] eBird Report - Platte River State Park, Jun 23, 2020














Platte River State Park, Cass, Nebraska, US
Jun 23, 2020 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
36 species

Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Black-billed Cuckoo 1 First heard it and knew it wasn't a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Then I briefly played the Audubon playback of this species and it responded immediately. I saw it briefly and could see the red eye-ring. The trees heavy foliage was hard to see through to see the whole bird, but was satisfied with the call and eye-ring to know the ID was a Black-billed Cuckoo.
Chimney Swift 3
Killdeer 2
Turkey Vulture 3
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
Barn Swallow 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 4
Carolina Wren 1
European Starling 2
American Robin 11
House Sparrow 2
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 2
Chipping Sparrow 2
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Baltimore Oriole 3
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Common Grackle 6
Northern Cardinal 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Dickcissel 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S70923193

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Date: 6/28/20 1:49 pm
From: Clem and Bette Klaphake <ckavian...>
Subject: [NEBirds] eBird Report - Louisville State Rec. Area, Jun 23, 2020














Louisville State Rec. Area, Cass, Nebraska, US
Jun 23, 2020 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
29 species

Canada Goose 32
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Barn Swallow 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 3
Carolina Wren 1
European Starling 4
Gray Catbird 1
American Robin 12
House Sparrow 4
House Finch 2
Chipping Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Baltimore Oriole 2
Common Grackle 6
Northern Cardinal 2

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Date: 6/28/20 10:37 am
From: John W. Hall <jwhall2...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Pine Siskins
NeBirdersOur run of Pine Siskins continued up until the evening of June 24, 2020. We had two juvenile Pine Siskins coming to feeders and water feature until that time. Adult use of our feeders ended June 14, 2020.John & Rachel Hall
Millard NE

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Date: 6/28/20 10:23 am
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: [NEBirds] FW: Full run Neb Bird Review

I should add that all issues of NBR are online at UNL Digital Commons up through 2016.

Ross

From: <NEBirds...> <NEBirds...> On Behalf Of Ross Silcock via groups.io
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Subject: [NEBirds] Full run Neb Bird Review

I have a complete run of Nebraska Bird Review (bound through 1966 Vol 34) that I will give to preferably an institutional entity but to a good home otherwise.

Please let me know if you are interested.

Thanks,
Ross

Ross Silcock
PO Box 57, 402 Orange St
Tabor, IA 51653
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Date: 6/28/20 10:21 am
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Full run Neb Bird Review

I have a complete run of Nebraska Bird Review (bound through 1966 Vol 34) that I will give to preferably an institutional entity but to a good home otherwise.

Please let me know if you are interested.

Thanks,
Ross

Ross Silcock
PO Box 57, 402 Orange St
Tabor, IA 51653
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Date: 6/27/20 4:33 pm
From: Linda Ollinger <prairysky...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] fledged Red-breasted Nuthatch and question of feeder activity this year
Hi Dave,

Apologies for the delay in replying to your post. I noticed a HUGE difference around the feeder this year. I normally don't put seed out much past May, but there were so many birds of all sorts of varieties searching for food that I gave in and put a little more seed out in the first week of June.

As for oranges, jelly feeder and suet, I kept those going longer than usual, with a huge variety of birds eating at those feeding stations and there have been many fights and scuffles over the food. I stopped the jelly last week, but am still putting out suet. That may finally come to the end for summer very soon. The birds eating suet were Orioles, Grackles, Brown Thrashers, House Finches, House sparrows, Cardinals, Cat birds and I'm certain I have left some out.

I was puzzled about this late season feeding frenzy at feeders, so have been observing what's going on for many weeks now. The late freeze and cool weather later in the season seems to have been the culprit. Lot's of insects that birds eat were slow to emerge, and yes, there were lots of bird fights over the first wave of insects to hatch out.

Second observation was the fruit and berries the birds depend on to help feed their chicks either froze and didn't produce, or had a very late start, especially mulberries. I observed many varieties of birds, especially Orioles and Grackles, pecking at immature mulberries, of course with no edible results. Now that the insects, mulberries and choke cherries are bearing ripened fruit, the numbers of birds visiting the suet stations has greatly subsided.

When the migrating songbirds started to arrive this spring they set about courting, mating and building nests as usual. But some of the birds had to start over due to cold spells, storms, predators etc. It was a tough year, especially for the grackles. Here, after rearing their young into adolescence, many, many families of grackles will gather and take off toward some unknown vacation spot toward the North, for which I am always happy about, as I can finally hear the other song birds and a little peace and quiet (sometimes) for the rest of summer. Ha!

Linda Ollinger
Furnas County Nebraska

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Date: 6/25/20 4:28 pm
From: Clem and Bette Klaphake <ckavian...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Bombs away
Jim,
I hear you and am with you all the way.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

On 6/25/2020 4:24 PM, ogalbirder wrote:
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> Due to the intelligence of those who claim to be town leaders,
> fireworks sales began today.
>
> The boomers are going off in our neighborhood as I write this!
>
> Our Orioles, Cardinals, WW Doves and others will all be leaving us as
> they are not tolerant of the noises.
>
> Yes, I am angry!!
>
> Jim
>
> Ogallala
>
> Sent from Mail <https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=550986> for
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Date: 6/25/20 2:24 pm
From: ogalbirder <jim_ochsner...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Bombs away
Due to the intelligence of those who claim to be town leaders, fireworks sales began today.
The boomers are going off in our neighborhood as I write this!

Our Orioles, Cardinals, WW Doves and others will all be leaving us as they are not tolerant of the noises.

Yes, I am angry!!

Jim
Ogallala



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Date: 6/25/20 11:43 am
From: Kathleen J Crawford-Rose <katcr...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Eastern Wood Pewee
This afternoon while I was mowing our resident EW Pewee settled onto a low,
bare limb above the yard to hunt. He picked off several nice fat bugs and
stayed around until I finished. We've had Barn Swallows do this but never
before a Pewee.

Kathleen Crawford-Rose

Bellevue, Sarpy Cnty




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Date: 6/25/20 3:09 am
From: Paul Hubert <paulhubert123...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Henslow's Sparrow
Great photos!

On Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 6:45 PM Linda Sullivan <linda.sullivan831...>
wrote:

> Thank you, Moni, for the details in your Henslow's Sparrow sighting at
> Spring Creek. I'm heading there tomorrow with high hopes for a similar
> experience.
>
> Linda S
>
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2020, 4:02 PM Moni <musasz...> wrote:
>
>> I also found a singing Henslow’s Sparrow several hours earlier out at
>> Spring Creek as well as at least one male bobolink east near the cows.
>>
>> Moni Usasz
>> Lincoln
>>
>> On Jun 24, 2020, at 12:24 AM, Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd...> wrote:
>>
>> We found a singing Henslow’s Sparrow around 12:30 pm today at Spring
>> Creek Prairie in Denton, Lancaster County.
>>
>> Also singing there was a Bell’s Vireo.
>>
>>
>> Loren and Babs Padelford
>> Bellevue, NE
>> <lpdlfrd...>
>> <Henslow's Sparrow * (1).jpg>
>>
>> <Henslow's Sparrow **.jpg>
>>
>>
>>
>
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Date: 6/24/20 4:45 pm
From: Linda Sullivan <linda.sullivan831...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Henslow's Sparrow
Thank you, Moni, for the details in your Henslow's Sparrow sighting at
Spring Creek. I'm heading there tomorrow with high hopes for a similar
experience.

Linda S

On Wed, Jun 24, 2020, 4:02 PM Moni <musasz...> wrote:

> I also found a singing Henslow’s Sparrow several hours earlier out at
> Spring Creek as well as at least one male bobolink east near the cows.
>
> Moni Usasz
> Lincoln
>
> On Jun 24, 2020, at 12:24 AM, Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd...> wrote:
>
> We found a singing Henslow’s Sparrow around 12:30 pm today at Spring Creek
> Prairie in Denton, Lancaster County.
>
> Also singing there was a Bell’s Vireo.
>
>
> Loren and Babs Padelford
> Bellevue, NE
> <lpdlfrd...>
> <Henslow's Sparrow * (1).jpg>
>
> <Henslow's Sparrow **.jpg>
>
>
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Date: 6/24/20 2:53 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Saunders County mostly
Thanks for the response, Paul. God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
*Mobile 712-301-2817*


On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 5:23 AM pastorpaultdunbar via groups.io
<pastorpaultdunbar=<yahoo.com...> wrote:

> I remember doing a Breeding Bird Survey at Harvard WPA a few years back,
> and it was when I was out there listening for night birds in the wee hours
> that I discovered a sizable population of Henslows, calling very actively
> in the dark, but when I went back mid-morning they were silent.
>
> Paul Dunbar
>
>
> On Jun 22, 2020, at 11:30 PM, Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:
>
> 
> To a walkabout from Sioux City to Council Bluffs (for an Iowa Least Tern)
> then off to Saunders for the Henslow's and attempt to get the county to
> 125.
>
> Stopped at Narrow River Access County Park (Pottawattamie Co. IA) to see
> if I could pick an Iowa Least Tern. NO luck on the Iowa side but upriver
> (viewing from the boat ramp) there is a set of rocks on the Douglas County
> side. Out on the last rocks there was a Least Tern--A totally unexpected
> Douglas County bird and year bird for Nebraska.
>
> Saunders County: started out at Tim Kott Tallgrass Prairie. Bobolinks,
> WillowFC, and a number of other species. Not a peep from Henslow's so I
> walked around for a good period of time. Every once in a while I would
> get quick glimpses of a Henslow. Refused to sit in the wind or sing.
> Bobolinks, Common Yellowthroats, and several other species were quite
> vocal. Interestingly, as I was approaching a Bobollink for photos I was
> surprised (startled) by a young Henslow's which fluttered about 5 feet and
> dove into the grass. My assumption was that I had disturbed a nest (never
> found one).
> Odd that at 10:30 there were no vocalizing Henslow's.
>
> Picked up 17 new county species for Saunders (131). Missed Western
> Kingbird in Saunders. Crazy, but as I entered Inglewood (just into Dodge
> County) one flew high up to snag something to eat. I was disappointed
> that I did not get that bird in Saunders-UNTIL I found it was a new county
> bird for Dodge. Sometimes things just work out.
>
> Three year birds. 20 county tics. Pleasant day though quite windy after
> 9:30 this AM.
>
> God Bless,
>
> *Paul O. Roisen*
> *Woodbury County, IA*
> *Mobile 712-301-2817*
>
>>
>
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Date: 6/24/20 2:02 pm
From: Moni <musasz...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Henslow's Sparrow
I also found a singing Henslow’s Sparrow several hours earlier out at Spring Creek as well as at least one male bobolink east near the cows.

Moni Usasz
Lincoln

> On Jun 24, 2020, at 12:24 AM, Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd...> wrote:
>
> We found a singing Henslow’s Sparrow around 12:30 pm today at Spring Creek Prairie in Denton, Lancaster County.
>
> Also singing there was a Bell’s Vireo.
>
>
> Loren and Babs Padelford
> Bellevue, NE
> <lpdlfrd...> <mailto:<lpdlfrd...><Henslow's Sparrow * (1).jpg>
>
> <Henslow's Sparrow **.jpg>
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Date: 6/24/20 5:24 am
From: Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Henslow's Sparrow
We found a singing Henslow’s Sparrow around 12:30 pm today at Spring Creek Prairie in Denton, Lancaster County.

Also singing there was a Bell’s Vireo.


Loren and Babs Padelford
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Date: 6/23/20 3:23 am
From: pastorpaultdunbar via groups.io <pastorpaultdunbar=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Saunders County mostly
I remember doing a Breeding Bird Survey at Harvard WPA a few years back, and it was when I was out there listening for night birds in the wee hours that I discovered a sizable population of Henslows, calling very actively in the dark, but when I went back mid-morning they were silent.

Paul Dunbar
> On Jun 22, 2020, at 11:30 PM, Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:
>
> 
> To a walkabout from Sioux City to Council Bluffs (for an Iowa Least Tern) then off to Saunders for the Henslow's and attempt to get the county to 125.
>
> Stopped at Narrow River Access County Park (Pottawattamie Co. IA) to see if I could pick an Iowa Least Tern. NO luck on the Iowa side but upriver (viewing from the boat ramp) there is a set of rocks on the Douglas County side. Out on the last rocks there was a Least Tern--A totally unexpected Douglas County bird and year bird for Nebraska.
>
> Saunders County: started out at Tim Kott Tallgrass Prairie. Bobolinks, WillowFC, and a number of other species. Not a peep from Henslow's so I walked around for a good period of time. Every once in a while I would get quick glimpses of a Henslow. Refused to sit in the wind or sing. Bobolinks, Common Yellowthroats, and several other species were quite vocal. Interestingly, as I was approaching a Bobollink for photos I was surprised (startled) by a young Henslow's which fluttered about 5 feet and dove into the grass. My assumption was that I had disturbed a nest (never found one).
> Odd that at 10:30 there were no vocalizing Henslow's.
>
> Picked up 17 new county species for Saunders (131). Missed Western Kingbird in Saunders. Crazy, but as I entered Inglewood (just into Dodge County) one flew high up to snag something to eat. I was disappointed that I did not get that bird in Saunders-UNTIL I found it was a new county bird for Dodge. Sometimes things just work out.
>
> Three year birds. 20 county tics. Pleasant day though quite windy after 9:30 this AM.
>
> God Bless,
>
> Paul O. Roisen
> Woodbury County, IA
> Mobile 712-301-2817
>
>

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Date: 6/22/20 9:30 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Saunders County mostly
To a walkabout from Sioux City to Council Bluffs (for an Iowa Least Tern)
then off to Saunders for the Henslow's and attempt to get the county to
125.

Stopped at Narrow River Access County Park (Pottawattamie Co. IA) to see if
I could pick an Iowa Least Tern. NO luck on the Iowa side but upriver
(viewing from the boat ramp) there is a set of rocks on the Douglas County
side. Out on the last rocks there was a Least Tern--A totally unexpected
Douglas County bird and year bird for Nebraska.

Saunders County: started out at Tim Kott Tallgrass Prairie. Bobolinks,
WillowFC, and a number of other species. Not a peep from Henslow's so I
walked around for a good period of time. Every once in a while I would
get quick glimpses of a Henslow. Refused to sit in the wind or sing.
Bobolinks, Common Yellowthroats, and several other species were quite
vocal. Interestingly, as I was approaching a Bobollink for photos I was
surprised (startled) by a young Henslow's which fluttered about 5 feet and
dove into the grass. My assumption was that I had disturbed a nest (never
found one).
Odd that at 10:30 there were no vocalizing Henslow's.

Picked up 17 new county species for Saunders (131). Missed Western
Kingbird in Saunders. Crazy, but as I entered Inglewood (just into Dodge
County) one flew high up to snag something to eat. I was disappointed
that I did not get that bird in Saunders-UNTIL I found it was a new county
bird for Dodge. Sometimes things just work out.

Three year birds. 20 county tics. Pleasant day though quite windy after
9:30 this AM.

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
*Mobile 712-301-2817*

>

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Date: 6/22/20 5:04 pm
From: dt via groups.io <dtandelsie=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Fw: [NEBirds] Bobolink at Chadron Creek Ranch Wildlife area
I neglected to mention that you stay to the right at the first intersection in as well.Diane
----- Forwarded Message ----- From: "dt via groups.io" <dtandelsie=<yahoo.com...> To: "NE listserv" <nebirds...> Cc: Sent: Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 5:40 PM Subject: [NEBirds] Bobolink at Chadron Creek Ranch Wildlife area Hi all, perhaps this is just a nemesis bird for me that I rarely see, but I was thrilled to see a displaying bobolink at the Chadron Creek WMA.  It was just over a mile in on the trail (just past the intersection, where you stay to the right). It was about 80 meters before the power line.  eBird list.
Good birding to all.Diane T in Laramie, WY



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Date: 6/22/20 4:40 pm
From: dt via groups.io <dtandelsie=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Bobolink at Chadron Creek Ranch Wildlife area
Hi all, perhaps this is just a nemesis bird for me that I rarely see, but I was thrilled to see a displaying bobolink at the Chadron Creek WMA.  It was just over a mile in on the trail (just past the intersection, where you stay to the right). It was about 80 meters before the power line.  eBird list.
Good birding to all.Diane T in Laramie, WY

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Date: 6/21/20 5:35 pm
From: heidtdw <heidtdw...>
Subject: [NEBirds] fledged Red-breasted Nuthatch and question of feeder activity this year
Hi all,
when filling the feeders before work the last couple of days, I've had an adult red-breasted nuthatch feeding at a feeder and a less coordinated (immature/fledgling) struggling to land on a feeder.

I also wanted to see if  those of you who have feeders if this year has been different than past years.  I've noticed three oddities this year:
1) Normally (the past 8+ years) the birds go through at least 50 lbs of sunflower seed (black oil) a week--this year 50 lbs is lasting 3-4 weeks.

2) Normally, they don't eat much suet April-late May (1-2 cakes a week), with a slight spike at the end of May when the common grackles are feeding young (1-2 cakes a day).  This year the increase started in mid-April (1-2 cakes a day) and they went through 6-8 cakes a day from May 15-June 17.  Never been so glad to see most of the common grackles do their annual mid-summer departure.  Suet feeders hit by grackles (lots), blue jays, robins, house sparrows, house finches, downy woodpeckers (the only reason I keep the suet feeders up this time of year), nuthatches, and at least two orioles.

3)  Normally, the jelly feeders peak of 2+ jars of jelly a day during the third week of May and drop quickly to <1 jar every 3 days.  This year, they were going through 2+ jars of jelly a day until Friday (May 13th-June 19th)--June was mostly robins, but also orioles (at least 6) and house finches.

Anyone else having an odd May-June feeder experience? (can reply directly if you don't want to tie-up the site).

Thanks
Dave Heidt
Norfolk

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Date: 6/21/20 4:15 pm
From: Tana Clemens <tanaclem...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Upland sandpiper

Hi all, my husband and I observed a lone upland sandpiper today between Elmwood and Murdock. Actually it was only about one mile north of Elmwood on highway one. It was up on power lines. Attached are 2 poor pics.
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Date: 6/21/20 12:34 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Smiley and Sowbelly Canyon field trip results
Kathy,
Sounds like a great time. Thanks so much for posting. Will try for
Henslow's Sparrow which would be a state bird sometime Monday or Tuesday.

God Bless,

*Paul O. Roisen*
*Woodbury County, IA*
*Mobile 712-301-2817*


On Sun, Jun 21, 2020 at 1:29 PM Kathy DeLara <renosmom...> wrote:

>
>
> Yesterday Wildcat Audubon had a small group of people take a field trip to
> Sowbelly Canyon and Smiley Canyon
>
> I haven’t taken the time to figure up the species numbers, and some may
> not be listed if they weren’t seen in these specific areas. I also don’t
> necessarily have the correct numbers on the more numerous species like
> Meadowlarks and House Wrens.
> We were looking for the Lewis’s Woodpeckers in Smiley Canyon and found
> them on the same snag as I saw them a couple weeks ago.
>
> It was a beautiful day to be out, hardly any wind!! We had lunch at Coffee
> Park and just enjoyed the area.
>
>
>
> Kathy DeLara
>
> Mitchell, Ne
>
>
>
>
>
> Smiley Canyon Scenic Drive,
>
> 1 Turkey Vulture
> 2 *Lewis's Woodpecker*
> 3 Northern Flicker
> 1 American Kestrel
> 2 Black-billed Magpie
> 3 Black-capped Chickadee
> 1 Barn Swallow
> 3 Rock Wren
> 2 House Wren
> 2 Brown Thrasher
> 7 Lark Sparrow
> 5 Spotted Towhee
> 9 Western Meadowlark
> 2 Bullock's Oriole
>
>
>
> Coffee Park
>
> 1 Prairie Falcon
> 4 Western Wood-Pewee
> 1 Say's Phoebe
> 1 Eastern Kingbird
> 2 Red-eyed Vireo
> 1 American Crow
> 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
> 1 Violet-green Swallow
> 4 House Wren
> 1 Gray Catbird
> 1 Brown Thrasher
> 5 American Robin
> 2 Yellow-breasted Chat
> 4 Yellow Warbler
> 1 Black-headed Grosbeak
>
>
>
> Harrison WTP
>
>
> 2 Blue-winged Teal
> 3 Gadwall
> 14 Mallard
> 1 Eared Grebe
> 2 Mourning Dove
> 2 Killdeer
> 2 Spotted Sandpiper
> 13 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
> 3 Violet-green Swallow
> 2 Grasshopper Sparrow
> 1 Common Grackle
>
>
>
> Fort Robinson Tent Camp Grounds and a few additions
>
> 4 Wild Turkey
> 1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
> 2 Mourning Dove
> 2 Turkey Vulture
> 1 Swainson's Hawk
> 4 Western Wood-Pewee
> 2 Eastern Kingbird
> 2 Red-eyed Vireo
> 6 Horned Lark
> 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
> 11 American Robin
> 4 Cedar Waxwing
> 2 Chipping Sparrow
> 1 Lark Sparrow
> 2 Western Meadowlark
> 2 Orchard Oriole
> 5 Common Grackle
> 2 Yellow Warbler
>
>
>
> Other birds
>
> 1 Sharp-tailed Grouse
> 1 Upland Sandpiper
> 3 Lark Bunting
>
> Ferruginous Hawk
>
> Red-tailed hawk
>
> Swainson’s Hawk
> Osprey
> Burrowing Owls
> Western Kingbird
>
>
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Date: 6/21/20 11:29 am
From: Kathy DeLara <renosmom...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Smiley and Sowbelly Canyon field trip results


Yesterday Wildcat Audubon had a small group of people take a field trip to Sowbelly Canyon and Smiley Canyon

I haven’t taken the time to figure up the species numbers, and some may not be listed if they weren’t seen in these specific areas. I also don’t necessarily have the correct numbers on the more numerous species like Meadowlarks and House Wrens.
We were looking for the Lewis’s Woodpeckers in Smiley Canyon and found them on the same snag as I saw them a couple weeks ago.

It was a beautiful day to be out, hardly any wind!! We had lunch at Coffee Park and just enjoyed the area.



Kathy DeLara

Mitchell, Ne





Smiley Canyon Scenic Drive,

1 Turkey Vulture
2 Lewis's Woodpecker
3 Northern Flicker
1 American Kestrel
2 Black-billed Magpie
3 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Barn Swallow
3 Rock Wren
2 House Wren
2 Brown Thrasher
7 Lark Sparrow
5 Spotted Towhee
9 Western Meadowlark
2 Bullock's Oriole



Coffee Park

1 Prairie Falcon
4 Western Wood-Pewee
1 Say's Phoebe
1 Eastern Kingbird
2 Red-eyed Vireo
1 American Crow
2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
1 Violet-green Swallow
4 House Wren
1 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher
5 American Robin
2 Yellow-breasted Chat
4 Yellow Warbler
1 Black-headed Grosbeak





Harrison WTP


2 Blue-winged Teal
3 Gadwall
14 Mallard
1 Eared Grebe
2 Mourning Dove
2 Killdeer
2 Spotted Sandpiper
13 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
3 Violet-green Swallow
2 Grasshopper Sparrow
1 Common Grackle





Fort Robinson Tent Camp Grounds and a few additions

4 Wild Turkey
1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Mourning Dove
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Swainson's Hawk
4 Western Wood-Pewee
2 Eastern Kingbird
2 Red-eyed Vireo
6 Horned Lark
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
11 American Robin
4 Cedar Waxwing
2 Chipping Sparrow
1 Lark Sparrow
2 Western Meadowlark
2 Orchard Oriole
5 Common Grackle
2 Yellow Warbler





Other birds

1 Sharp-tailed Grouse
1 Upland Sandpiper
3 Lark Bunting

Ferruginous Hawk

Red-tailed hawk

Swainson’s Hawk
Osprey
Burrowing Owls
Western Kingbird








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Date: 6/21/20 7:55 am
From: Colleen Childers <cchilders64...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] north central Hall County 6/14/20
I changed my location of the stilts.
> On Jun 20, 2020, at 6:25 PM, William Flack via groups.io <sparvophile=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> Robin, are you sure you're looking at Hall Co. 80? If you've birded from One R and 80, you might remember that there's a house right at the southwest corner of the junction, and that 80 north of the junction is a minimum-maintenance road with some trees along the east side. If you look at the satellite photos, that's a short distance north of the point where Rita Flohr submitted three stilt reports this month, and it's two miles west and half a mile north of where Colleen's got her marker, which is on a road that eBird and Google Maps calls 22. Notice that if you zoom in on that road, you eventually get small type labelling it 60, along with the boxed 22.
>
> Google Maps and eBird also have a boxed 26 on what's actually 80. I've got no idea where that came from, but presumably eBird is just following Google Maps.
>
> When you're birding a new location and plan to submit it on ebird, it's always a good idea to note features that'll be visible in the satellite image, and rely on that rather than on the labels on eBird's map. Google (hence eBird) have enough problems with their labels that the precaution's necessary. As the eBird hotspot coordinator for Nebraska, I've had to deal with lots of misplaced locations based on the mislablled Google map—among other things, for a long time their marker for Crescent Lake NWR wasn't on the NWR at all; and (quickly checking) the street where my mother lives in Norfolk has the wrong name on it.
>
> William Flack
> Kearney
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Date: 6/20/20 7:24 pm
From: RITA FLOHR <motherhen2k...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Burrowing Owl returns to area north of Hultine WPA #'Burrowing Owl #Clay County #Hultine WPA
correction ... Road S and 320 is where the owl was seen where the prairie dog town is very active ... also, be advised there are road closed barricades on both ends of this mile. From hwy 14, 320 is open east to R road, and you encounter the first barricade. We drove south on R, to 321 and went east and turned on S and went north to 320, and the barricade was on the east of that mile, as well. Road appeared fine, but I'm sure it was if it rains, as the road is impassable without gravel. Dry during our visit.

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Date: 6/20/20 4:40 pm
From: Colleen Childers <cchilders64...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] north central Hall County 6/14/20
Thank you William - I’ve been out of town for a few days but will check my location when I get back!

Colleen
> On Jun 19, 2020, at 12:31 PM, Robin and Lanny <snowbunting...> wrote:
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> Nebraska birders,
>
> When I entered my sightings from this part of Hall County on ebird, I noticed that the north-south roads are numbered different than the Nebraska county road map and the posted signs. 80th Road is labeled 22 on ebird. Does anyone know why?
>
> Robin Harding
> Kearney County
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> --- sparvophile=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> From: "William Flack via groups.io" <sparvophile=<yahoo.com...>
> To: <NEBirds...>
> Subject: Re: [NEBirds] north central Hall County 6/14/20
> Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:35:33 -0700
>
> I visited the junction of county roads One R and 80 in Hall County east of Cairo this morning (June 18), hoping to find some of the reported Black-necked Stilts. Pleased to report that I had a sighting—rather, two sightings of what I assume were the same bird. Both times, the bird flew across One R: the first time, a short distance east of the junction with 80, flying northeast until lighting perhaps a quarter-mile east of the junction and 1/8 mile north of One R; the second time, flying southwest and going out of sight after crossing 80 perhaps half a mile south of the junction. Details are in my eBird report: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70578579
>
> I didn't see any shorebirds in the large puddle/marsh on the north side of One R just east of the junction, nor did I find any ibis. After I'd finished walking the half-mile of One R east of the junction, I drove south on 80, hoping to find where the stilt had landed, but didn't see anything.
>
> Colleen, could you check your eBird reports? It looks like you've got your location marker about 2 miles east of 80. If that's not accurate, you might want to move it.
>
> William Flack
> Kearney
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Date: 6/20/20 4:25 pm
From: William Flack via groups.io <sparvophile=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] north central Hall County 6/14/20
Robin, are you sure you're looking at Hall Co. 80?  If you've birded from One R and 80, you might remember that there's a house right at the southwest corner of the junction, and that 80 north of the junction is a minimum-maintenance road with some trees along the east side.  If you look at the satellite photos, that's a short distance north of the point where Rita Flohr submitted three stilt reports this month, and it's two miles west and half a mile north of where Colleen's got her marker, which is on a road that eBird and Google Maps calls 22.  Notice that if you zoom in on that road, you eventually get small type labelling it 60, along with the boxed 22.

Google Maps and eBird also have a boxed 26 on what's actually 80.  I've got no idea where that came from, but presumably eBird is just following Google Maps.

When you're birding a new location and plan to submit it on ebird, it's always a good idea to note features that'll be visible in the satellite image, and rely on that rather than on the labels on eBird's map.  Google (hence eBird) have enough problems with their labels that the precaution's necessary.  As the eBird hotspot coordinator for Nebraska, I've had to deal with lots of misplaced locations based on the mislablled Google map—among other things, for a long time their marker for Crescent Lake NWR wasn't on the NWR at all; and (quickly checking) the street where my mother lives in Norfolk has the wrong name on it.

William Flack
Kearney

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Date: 6/20/20 2:14 pm
From: Robin and Lanny <snowbunting...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Nighthawk
Nebraska birders,
June 20 at about 3pm, Lanny and I heard and then saw a Common
Nighthawk flying over our home
about eight miles north of Minden (Kearney Co.). We believe that a
pair may be nesting in the hillssouth of our home. We have been
hearing them regularly during this past week.
ebird yes

Robin HardingKearney Co.
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Date: 6/20/20 12:30 pm
From: RITA FLOHR <motherhen2k...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Burrowing Owl returns to area north of Hultine WPA #'Burrowing Owl #Clay County #Hultine WPA
We went for a drive in northern Clay County, specifically Road S and Road 321 (north of Hultine), where we have seen a Burrowing Owl in previous years. This morning's owl, was on a fence post on north side of Road 321, just west of Road S a ways.  I've attached one of my husband's captures, as I still have mine in the camera. Will update eBird accordingly.

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Date: 6/19/20 10:31 am
From: Robin and Lanny <snowbunting...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] north central Hall County 6/14/20
Nebraska birders,
When I entered my sightings from this part of Hall County on ebird, I
noticed that the north-south roads are numbered different than the
Nebraska county road map and the posted signs. 80th Road is labeled
22 on ebird. Does anyone know why?
Robin HardingKearney County

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Subject: Re: [NEBirds] north central Hall County 6/14/20
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:35:33 -0700

I visited the junction of county roads One R and 80 in Hall County
east of Cairo this morning (June 18), hoping to find some of the
reported Black-necked Stilts. Pleased to report that I had a
sighting—rather, two sightings of what I assume were the same bird.
Both times, the bird flew across One R: the first time, a short
distance east of the junction with 80, flying northeast until lighting
perhaps a quarter-mile east of the junction and 1/8 mile north of One
R; the second time, flying southwest and going out of sight after
crossing 80 perhaps half a mile south of the junction. Details are in
my eBird report: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70578579

I didn't see any shorebirds in the large puddle/marsh on the north
side of One R just east of the junction, nor did I find any ibis.
After I'd finished walking the half-mile of One R east of the
junction, I drove south on 80, hoping to find where the stilt had
landed, but didn't see anything.

Colleen, could you check your eBird reports? It looks like you've got
your location marker about 2 miles east of 80. If that's not
accurate, you might want to move it.

William Flack
Kearney

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Date: 6/18/20 7:41 pm
From: Neal Ratzlaff <nratzlaff...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Hsnslow's Sparrow
Thank you to Wachiska for preserving such a fine place. I was there actually looking at
the diverse plant species and incidentally ran across the bird. Subsequent observers
have seen even more Henslow's - from what I can gather, at least 4.

Sure wish I could join you at the open house, but old guys like me are still avoiding
larger group gatherings.

Thanks again for preserving such a special place.

Neal Ratzlaff

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Thank you, Neal,
Wachiska is planning an open house on Knott Prairie for Sunday, July 5th, starting around 3:00 pm. We’ll keep our eyes open for the Henslow’s and try to let those interested see it but keep their distance. If someone has a telescope that they’d like to bring that’d be awesome! Initial details of the open house are in the June edition of the Babbling Brook, which can be found on Wachiska’s website. Additional information will be forthcoming in the July newsletter.

Theresa Pella
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Date: 6/18/20 4:38 pm
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Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Hsnslow's Sparrow
Thank you, Neal,
Wachiska is planning an open house on Knott Prairie for Sunday, July 5th, starting around 3:00 pm. We’ll keep our eyes open for the Henslow’s and try to let those interested see it but keep their distance. If someone has a telescope that they’d like to bring that’d be awesome! Initial details of the open house are in the June edition of the Babbling Brook, which can be found on Wachiska’s website. Additional information will be forthcoming in the July newsletter.

Theresa Pella
Lincoln, Lancaster Co.
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Date: 6/18/20 3:35 pm
From: William Flack via groups.io <sparvophile=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] north central Hall County 6/14/20
I visited the junction of county roads One R and 80 in Hall County east of Cairo this morning (June 18), hoping to find some of the reported Black-necked Stilts.  Pleased to report that I had a sighting—rather, two sightings of what I assume were the same bird.  Both times, the bird flew across One R: the first time, a short distance east of the junction with 80, flying northeast until lighting perhaps a quarter-mile east of the junction and 1/8 mile north of One R; the second time, flying southwest and going out of sight after crossing 80 perhaps half a mile south of the junction.  Details are in my eBird report: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70578579

I didn't see any shorebirds in the large puddle/marsh on the north side of One R just east of the junction, nor did I find any ibis.  After I'd finished walking the half-mile of One R east of the junction, I drove south on 80, hoping to find where the stilt had landed, but didn't see anything.

Colleen, could you check your eBird reports?  It looks like you've got your location marker about 2 miles east of 80.  If that's not accurate, you might want to move it.

William Flack
Kearney

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Date: 6/18/20 1:09 pm
From: William Huser <billfhuser...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Dakota County bird highlights
Thursday, June 18, 2020:
I Avenue, east of Hubbard:
Sedge Wren, 3 singing males and a suspected mate.
Blue Grosbeak, 1-2 males,

Basswood Ridge WMA, north of Homer:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1
Scarlet Tanager, 1 male
Red-shouldered Hawk, 1
(A large buteo seen in flight above the closed canopy of the wooded
ravine, Seen mostly in silhouette against the heavily overcast sky. Long,
narrow wings and long tail, relative to Red-tailed Hawk, were noted. Tail
appeared barred but the pattern was obscured by the fact that the outer two
or three rectrices on each side were much shorter than the central
rectrices. Underside was not white and appeared uniformly finely patterned,
giving it a grayish look. The color could not be determined due to the
lighting limitations. Silhouette and size ruled out Broad-winged Hawk.

Bill Huser, South Sioux City
Jerry Probst, South Sioux City

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Date: 6/17/20 10:56 am
From: John W. Hall <jwhall2...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Pine Siskins
Nebirders, We have had Pine Siskins at our feeders since the middle of January 2020, including 2 so far today. To make matters more interesting, we have identified these two individuals as "fledglings" from a recent hatch. We notice then interacting with adult individuals, performing the begging, wind fluttering activities normally associated with fledgling birds. Rachel then photographed some of the interactions so we could further study individuals. The fledglings have orange to tan shade of wing bars compared to all whitish color of wing bars for adults. Using the Nebraska birds online publication by Jorgenson and Silcock, we determined this event is in record setting range for eastern Nebraska Pine Siskins. John & Rachel HallMillard NE near Walnut Grove Park... ps. Should pics not work here, then view at e-bird https://ebird.org/checklist/S70537009
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Date: 6/17/20 6:56 am
From: Andrew Furman <ngpc.platteaccess...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Mississippi Kite musings
On June 7, I saw a pair of Mississippi Kites flying low over the neighborhood near Centennial Park in Kearney. That seems pretty late to be migrating, but I haven’t seen them since. I have not checked the neighborhood north of downtown, where several were seen throughout the summer of 2016.


Andrew Furman
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
1617 1st Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847
Office:308-865-5338



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It seems our once famous (?) colony has all but disappeared. A majority of the Kite’s favorite “big ole trees” have been cut down.
We are now seeing only a very few Mississippi Kites here.

Jim
Ogallala

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Thanks! I continue to see a pair over Hastings, could be more. I’ve seen them all over this middle part of town— over the courthouse, over my house a mile plus away, etc., most recently yesterday, but still can’t figure out if/where they’re nesting

Paul Dunbar
Hastings (Adams Co)



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It's been great to read everyone's eBird reports on the Mississippi Kites that have returned to Lincoln again this season. Intriguing details and photos provided by different observers indicate a yearling and 2 adults have been reported but never all at the same time. We read about some interesting research that found ~1 in every 6 yearlings will nest with an adult so it wouldn't be impossible for a yearling to be in a pair, however, there's also mention of the species' propensity to reuse nests so perhaps the pair from last year returned with their offspring as a helper? Could this possibly be the beginning of a MIKI colony smack dab in the middle of town? A birder can dream. Here's a link to that paper for anyone interested in reading it:
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/jrr/v016n01/p00014-p00017.pdf<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsora.unm.edu%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fjournals%2Fjrr%2Fv016n01%2Fp00014-p00017.pdf&data=02%7C01%<7Cngpc.platteaccess...>%7Ceb2da086b3ad48ae91ca08d8116201ac%7C043207dfe6894bf6902001038f11f0b1%7C0%7C0%7C637278459944895984&sdata=wf3lHetpSipTB4Pb6eE3f5M7PfodTvA3vs%2FekwAakWc%3D&reserved=0>

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Date: 6/16/20 2:52 pm
From: colleen childers via groups.io <colleen.childers64=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] north central Hall County 6/14/20
That's great!  As many as 6 BN Stilts have been spotted there - but the most I've seen is 2.  When they first appeared, there was tons of water there - now there is hardly any!
Have you checked out 90th and Airport Road?

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Date: 6/16/20 11:38 am
From: Neal Ratzlaff <nratzlaff...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Hsnslow's Sparrow
This morning I found a Henslow's Sparrow in Tim Knott Prairie.

Knott Prairie is one of Wachiska Audubon's Platte River floodplain

prairies north of Yutan.



Directions are as follows:

1.0 mile north on Rd 5 from Rd 5/NE 92 intersection at the southeast edge
Yutan to Rd N, 1 mile east on

Rd N to intersection with Rd 4, 0.5 mile north on Rd 4; Prairie on east side
of road bordered by

evergreen grove on north and NRCS Conservation Easement prairie on south.
(These are unimproved

roads. If Rd N is not passable, proceed 1 more mile north on Rd 5 to Rd O,
followed by traveling 1 mile

east on Rd O to end of Rd O at intersection with Rd 4, and, 0.5 mile south
on Rd 4 to prairie site on east.

The road in from the south is a bit dicey so, if you go, suggest the second
option - Road O.



The bird was in the northwest portion of the prairie. There is a line of
white posts going east to west

across the prairie. It was in the area just south of the 2nd and 3rd posts
.



Please remember that this bird was here first. It's his (and hopefully her)
temporary home for the summer.

Please don't mess up their courtship by using audio playbacks. This 83
year-old, one-eyed, half deaf (that's

deaf, not dead!) found it without technological accoutrements. I challenge
you to do the same.



Neal Ratzlaff


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Date: 6/15/20 9:59 pm
From: Robin and Lanny <snowbunting...>
Subject: [NEBirds] north central Hall County 6/14/20
Hello Nebraska birders,

Robin plans soon to report these to Ebird.

Sunday June 14 Robin and I looked for birds in north central Hall
County. I will show you a list of highlights followed by details.

Black-necked Stilt (1)
White-faced Ibis (14)
Bald Eagle (1)
Grasshopper Sparrow (1)
Yellow-headed Blackbird (2)
Bobolink
Indigo Bunting (1)

In north central Hall County near the intersection of 80th and One R
Roads while Robin was looking through our window mounted scope at a
distant bird, I asked her to look at the fence right beside us. A
Grasshopper Sparrow was perched there and stayed for several minutes.
Wonderful. We drove perhaps a quarter mile further west and Robin saw
a Bobolink fly around. This was in the general area where a
Black-necked Stilt had been seen. That is why we were there that
day. But, no stilt yet, so we tried Cornhusker WMA. At Cornhusker
WMA Robin saw a Yellow-headed Blackbird fly from a good distance. I
drove us around so that we could be a mile west of where we were when
Robin spotted the distant Yellow-headed Blackbird along the west edge
of Cornhusker WMA. A male Yellow-headed Blackbird flew over and
landed on the fence next to where we were parked. The closest view
either of us ever had. It looked just the way they look in a field
guide. It was beginning to warm up and we wanted to take another
chance to find a stilt before we turned on the air conditioning to
drive home. When we got back Robin spotted a group of dark birds on
the opposite side of the road from where we had been looking before.
A scope showed us that these were White-faced Ibis, six adults and
eight juveniles. The Black-necked Stilt was near the ibis. A magical
morning.

Both of us added two birds to our Hall County lists, Black-necked
Stilt and White-faced Ibis. Robin’s total is now 183 and mine is
182.

May your birds be lifers and your troubles temporary.

good birding and goodbye,

Lanny

Lanny Randolph
2028 34th Rd.
Minden Nebraska
south central Nebraska
north central Kearney County
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Date: 6/15/20 12:25 pm
From: ogalbirder <jim_ochsner...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Mississippi Kite musings
It seems our once famous (?) colony has all but disappeared. A majority of the Kite’s favorite “big ole trees” have been cut down.
We are now seeing only a very few Mississippi Kites here.

Jim
Ogallala

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Thanks! I continue to see a pair over Hastings, could be more. I’ve seen them all over this middle part of town— over the courthouse, over my house a mile plus away, etc., most recently yesterday, but still can’t figure out if/where they’re nesting

Paul Dunbar
Hastings (Adams Co)




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Hello birders,
It's been great to read everyone's eBird reports on the Mississippi Kites that have returned to Lincoln again this season.  Intriguing details and photos provided by different observers indicate a yearling and 2 adults have been reported but never all at the same time. We read about some interesting research that found ~1 in every 6 yearlings will nest with an adult so it wouldn't be impossible for a yearling to be in a pair, however, there's also mention of the species' propensity to reuse nests so perhaps the pair from last year returned with their offspring as a helper?  Could this possibly be the beginning of a MIKI colony smack dab in the middle of town?  A birder can dream.  Here's a link to that paper for anyone interested in reading it:    
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/jrr/v016n01/p00014-p00017.pdf

-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln



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Date: 6/15/20 10:19 am
From: Jerry Toll <geritol48...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] OPPD Falcon Cam
It is all those details that have kept my interest in birds in general and raptors specifically all these years.

Happy to share.

Jerry Toll



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Thank you for the interesting information. Really appreciate knowing the details about the birds.

Linda S



On Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 11:56 AM Jerry Toll <geritol48...> <mailto:<geritol48...> > wrote:

Steve and anyone else interested,

The male was the first to fledge. He left the nestbox and began his journey of flight at 7:39 PM June 10th. I have been watching their activities visually from a distance just outside of the powerplant for the last two mornings and also on screen now that my computer and the YouTube website are both back online. He has been flying from one perch to another gaining confidence. Last night (Saturday night) he revisited the nestbox and his two siblings oddly at 7:39 pm and stayed until early this morning. Left, but is back. His sister has been practicing running-flying on the catwalk now for two days and I am surprised she has not fledged yet. As of this writing they are all 3 in the nestbox and were fed about 10 am.

Jerry Toll



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Is there any word about what has happened to the third eyas? It seems to have been missing for a couple of days.
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Date: 6/15/20 7:33 am
From: William Huser <billfhuser...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Dakota County birds
I Avenue, Dakota County, NE; June 15, 2020:
Sedge Wren, 1
Grasshopper Sparrow, 1

Site has very little standing water this year, with several of last year's
species absent and Sedge Wren numbers much reduced.


Bill Huser
South Sioux City, NE

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Date: 6/15/20 6:39 am
From: pastorpaultdunbar via groups.io <pastorpaultdunbar=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Mississippi Kite musings
Thanks! I continue to see a pair over Hastings, could be more. I’ve seen them all over this middle part of town— over the courthouse, over my house a mile plus away, etc., most recently yesterday, but still can’t figure out if/where they’re nesting

Paul Dunbar
Hastings (Adams Co)
> On Jun 15, 2020, at 5:57 AM, flyingcarlini via groups.io <flyingcarlini=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
>
> Hello birders,
> It's been great to read everyone's eBird reports on the Mississippi Kites that have returned to Lincoln again this season. Intriguing details and photos provided by different observers indicate a yearling and 2 adults have been reported but never all at the same time. We read about some interesting research that found ~1 in every 6 yearlings will nest with an adult so it wouldn't be impossible for a yearling to be in a pair, however, there's also mention of the species' propensity to reuse nests so perhaps the pair from last year returned with their offspring as a helper? Could this possibly be the beginning of a MIKI colony smack dab in the middle of town? A birder can dream. Here's a link to that paper for anyone interested in reading it:
> https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/jrr/v016n01/p00014-p00017.pdf
>
> -Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln
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Date: 6/15/20 3:57 am
From: flyingcarlini via groups.io <flyingcarlini=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Mississippi Kite musings
Hello birders,
It's been great to read everyone's eBird reports on the Mississippi Kites that have returned to Lincoln again this season.  Intriguing details and photos provided by different observers indicate a yearling and 2 adults have been reported but never all at the same time. We read about some interesting research that found ~1 in every 6 yearlings will nest with an adult so it wouldn't be impossible for a yearling to be in a pair, however, there's also mention of the species' propensity to reuse nests so perhaps the pair from last year returned with their offspring as a helper?  Could this possibly be the beginning of a MIKI colony smack dab in the middle of town?  A birder can dream.  Here's a link to that paper for anyone interested in reading it:
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/jrr/v016n01/p00014-p00017.pdf

-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln

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Date: 6/14/20 7:25 pm
From: Linda Sullivan <linda.sullivan831...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] OPPD Falcon Cam
Thank you for the interesting information. Really appreciate knowing the
details about the birds.

Linda S

On Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 11:56 AM Jerry Toll <geritol48...> wrote:

> Steve and anyone else interested,
>
> The male was the first to fledge. He left the nestbox and began his
> journey of flight at 7:39 PM June 10th. I have been watching their
> activities visually from a distance just outside of the powerplant for the
> last two mornings and also on screen now that my computer and the YouTube
> website are both back online. He has been flying from one perch to another
> gaining confidence. Last night (Saturday night) he revisited the nestbox
> and his two siblings oddly at 7:39 pm and stayed until early this morning.
> Left, but is back. His sister has been practicing running-flying on the
> catwalk now for two days and I am surprised she has not fledged yet. As of
> this writing they are all 3 in the nestbox and were fed about 10 am.
>
> Jerry Toll
>
>
>
> *From:* <NEBirds...> <NEBirds...> *On Behalf Of *Steve McIlree
> *Sent:* Saturday, June 13, 2020 1:45 PM
> *To:* <NEBirds...>
> *Subject:* [Special] [NEBirds] OPPD Falcon Cam
>
>
>
> Is there any word about what has happened to the third eyas? It seems to
> have been missing for a couple of days.
> --
> *Steve McIlree*
> *Owner NEBirds*
> *Organ, New Mexico*
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Date: 6/14/20 1:17 pm
From: Steve McIlree <smcilree...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] OPPD Falcon Cam
Jerry--

Thanks for the update.

--
Steve

On Sun, Jun 14, 2020, 10:56 AM Jerry Toll <geritol48...> wrote:

> Steve and anyone else interested,
>
> The male was the first to fledge. He left the nestbox and began his
> journey of flight at 7:39 PM June 10th. I have been watching their
> activities visually from a distance just outside of the powerplant for the
> last two mornings and also on screen now that my computer and the YouTube
> website are both back online. He has been flying from one perch to another
> gaining confidence. Last night (Saturday night) he revisited the nestbox
> and his two siblings oddly at 7:39 pm and stayed until early this morning.
> Left, but is back. His sister has been practicing running-flying on the
> catwalk now for two days and I am surprised she has not fledged yet. As of
> this writing they are all 3 in the nestbox and were fed about 10 am.
>
> Jerry Toll
>
>
>
> *From:* <NEBirds...> <NEBirds...> *On Behalf Of *Steve McIlree
> *Sent:* Saturday, June 13, 2020 1:45 PM
> *To:* <NEBirds...>
> *Subject:* [Special] [NEBirds] OPPD Falcon Cam
>
>
>
> Is there any word about what has happened to the third eyas? It seems to
> have been missing for a couple of days.
> --
> *Steve McIlree*
> *Owner NEBirds*
> *Organ, New Mexico*
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Date: 6/14/20 9:57 am
From: Jerry Toll <geritol48...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] OPPD Falcon Cam
Steve and anyone else interested,

The male was the first to fledge. He left the nestbox and began his journey of flight at 7:39 PM June 10th. I have been watching their activities visually from a distance just outside of the powerplant for the last two mornings and also on screen now that my computer and the YouTube website are both back online. He has been flying from one perch to another gaining confidence. Last night (Saturday night) he revisited the nestbox and his two siblings oddly at 7:39 pm and stayed until early this morning. Left, but is back. His sister has been practicing running-flying on the catwalk now for two days and I am surprised she has not fledged yet. As of this writing they are all 3 in the nestbox and were fed about 10 am.

Jerry Toll



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Is there any word about what has happened to the third eyas? It seems to have been missing for a couple of days.
--
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Owner NEBirds
Organ, New Mexico





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Date: 6/14/20 7:35 am
From: dt via groups.io <dtandelsie=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Merlin in northwestern KS
Hi all,I know this is a Nebraska listserv, but thought I would let you know about a merlin I found near Phillipsburg, KS, since it is so close to the NE border.  Photos can be seen at eBird Checklist - 12 Jun 2020 - 135 East Ridge Road, Phillipsburg, Kansas, US (39.756, -99.302) - 6 species.

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Good birding to all!
Diane T in Laramie, WY






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Date: 6/13/20 12:30 pm
From: Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Sarpy County Birds
This morning we went to La Platte Bottoms and here is what we found:

American Avocet - 1
American White Pelican - 73
Great Blue Heron - 4
Wood Duck - female with 2 young
Blue-winged Teal - 6
Bald Eagle - 9 (1 adult, 8 immature)
Ring-necked Pheasant - 1

Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE
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Date: 6/13/20 11:45 am
From: Steve McIlree <smcilree...>
Subject: [Special] [NEBirds] OPPD Falcon Cam
Is there any word about what has happened to the third eyas? It seems to have been missing for a couple of days.
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Date: 6/13/20 11:08 am
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Subject: [NEBirds] New yard bird
I guess it was inevitable, and June 13, 2020 became the day I can finally add Eurasian collared dove to my backyard bird list.

Rick Eades
Central Lincoln


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Date: 6/13/20 8:59 am
From: Gordon Warrick via groups.io <prubinus=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] A few birds
I'm glad to hear there are still some c c longspurs to be found in Keya Paha Co.  I used to see a few on the side of Highway 12 back in the 80s.   
On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 07:11:57 PM CDT, Clem and Bette Klaphake <ckavian...> wrote:

NEBirders I was out in Yellowstone National Park last week to enjoy the
park, not to bird.  Saw wolves (one being chased by a cow elk and
another being chased by several bison). Mother grizzly with 2 cubs, lots
of moose, mountain goats, Sandhill Crane all brown and more. So here are
a few more of the significant birds I did see in Nebraska on my way
there and back.  Not reported to e-bird

June 1st
KIMBALL County - Upland Sandpiper and Common Nighthawk
June 6th
DAWES County -Western Wood Pewee, Spotted Towhee, Red Crossbills feeding
fledged young
June 7th
SHERIDAN County -2 Trumpeter Swans, Loggerhead Shrike, and 2 adult
Long-billed Curlews - (in Curlew Valley, my name for this location). 
Always get my yearly fix of Long-billed curlews here - this year these 2
had just taken a bath and were preening themselves.
CHERRY County - Yellow-breasted Chat
June 8th
KEYA PAHA County - Chestnut-collared Longspur
BROWN County - Western Wood Pewee and Rose-breasted Grosbeak
GARFIELD County  - Great-tailed Grackle

Water levels are still very high in the Sandhills. In Sheridan County
the signs were still up from last year "Water over the Road" reduce
speed.  Only part of one lane had water, but an inch or more of rain
would put the water all over the road again.  Also on highway 183 the
water in places is up on the shoulders.    The water table is just too
high for this water to seep into the ground like it does in a lot of
other places.
Clem Klaphake
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Date: 6/11/20 8:41 am
From: pastorpaultdunbar via groups.io <pastorpaultdunbar=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Least Bittern, Lincoln
Such a cool bird. Has anyone been out to check Harvard WPA or any of the other Clay Co wetlands for Least Bittern? I've had it there other years, and the last time I was out there (2 weeks ago?), the water levels certainly seemed sufficient to host them. 
Also this morning at Harlan Co Reservoir at the south end of the dam right in that little circle drive parking area there was a loudly calling Chuck-wills Widow.
Paul DunbarHastings (Adams Co)
not on ebird
On Thursday, June 11, 2020, 10:28:26 AM CDT, Daniel Leger <dleger1...> wrote:

#yiv4141651984 P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}The Least Bittern was found again this morning about 8:45 a.m. at the same location described by Sam Manning and others, namely the  pond area just to the SE of the small bridge over the north-most pond of Lincoln Saline Wetlands.  I happened to be standing at the SE end of the pond when the Bittern flew up from the reeds near the bridge and flew almost directly toward me, landing nearby but out of my view.  Luckily, Steve Kruse was on the bridge at that moment and got a useful picture of it in flight.  It called several times (very soft calls) and then, after a few minutes, took another flight during which Steve got some very nice pictures.  The Bittern settled into the reeds again, out of view.
Linda Sullivan was out there as well and told me that she had first seen this bird a couple of weeks ago.  Somehow I missed that, but it's really interesting that the bird has held this long and should encourage others to go out.  Patience is paramount.  The calls are soft and his flights brief and infrequent.  It would be terrific luck to see him in the open, but it is a striking bird in flight.
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Date: 6/11/20 8:30 am
From: Donna Matlock <dmatlock...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Sarpy County
No, not at all. From the vacant lot they were nextdoor! See Al’s post for location.

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Do you need a scope to see them? Thanks!

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Yes! Thanks so much Allen. Saw nine yesterday evening. I've always missed them before.

Donna Matlock
Elkhorn

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Good. Glad you did!
> On Jun 10, 2020, at 9:15 PM, Elliott Bedows <ebedows...><mailto:<ebedows...>> wrote:
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Thanks Al, got it this evening...................

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After the report of BB Whistling Ducks at Hawaiian Village, we drove down to look for them. Found 9 of the reported 10. To see them, go down 87th St. to Oahu and take a left. After the second house, there is a vacant lot. They were there by the water. The guy next door is putting out cracked corn, so think they will stay.

At home around 3 pm, had 2 BW Hawks circling over head and then the Northern Bobwhite called from behind my neighbors house.

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Date: 6/11/20 8:28 am
From: Daniel Leger <dleger1...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Least Bittern, Lincoln
The Least Bittern was found again this morning about 8:45 a.m. at the same location described by Sam Manning and others, namely the pond area just to the SE of the small bridge over the north-most pond of Lincoln Saline Wetlands. I happened to be standing at the SE end of the pond when the Bittern flew up from the reeds near the bridge and flew almost directly toward me, landing nearby but out of my view. Luckily, Steve Kruse was on the bridge at that moment and got a useful picture of it in flight. It called several times (very soft calls) and then, after a few minutes, took another flight during which Steve got some very nice pictures. The Bittern settled into the reeds again, out of view.

Linda Sullivan was out there as well and told me that she had first seen this bird a couple of weeks ago. Somehow I missed that, but it's really interesting that the bird has held this long and should encourage others to go out. Patience is paramount. The calls are soft and his flights brief and infrequent. It would be terrific luck to see him in the open, but it is a striking bird in flight.

Dan Leger
Lincoln

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Date: 6/11/20 6:51 am
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Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Sarpy County
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Yes! Thanks so much Allen. Saw nine yesterday evening. I've always missed them before.

Donna Matlock
Elkhorn

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Good. Glad you did!
> On Jun 10, 2020, at 9:15 PM, Elliott Bedows <ebedows...> wrote:
>

Thanks Al, got it this evening...................

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After the report of BB Whistling Ducks at Hawaiian Village, we drove down to look for them. Found 9 of the reported 10. To see them, go down 87th St. to Oahu and take a left. After the second house, there is a vacant lot. They were there by the water. The guy next door is putting out cracked corn, so think they will stay.

At home around 3 pm, had 2 BW Hawks circling over head and then the Northern Bobwhite called from behind my neighbors house.

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Date: 6/11/20 6:16 am
From: Donna Matlock <dmatlock...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Sarpy County
Yes! Thanks so much Allen. Saw nine yesterday evening. I've always missed them before.

Donna Matlock
Elkhorn

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Good. Glad you did!
> On Jun 10, 2020, at 9:15 PM, Elliott Bedows <ebedows...> wrote:
>

Thanks Al, got it this evening...................

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After the report of BB Whistling Ducks at Hawaiian Village, we drove down to look for them. Found 9 of the reported 10. To see them, go down 87th St. to Oahu and take a left. After the second house, there is a vacant lot. They were there by the water. The guy next door is putting out cracked corn, so think they will stay.

At home around 3 pm, had 2 BW Hawks circling over head and then the Northern Bobwhite called from behind my neighbors house.

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Date: 6/10/20 7:57 pm
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Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Sarpy County
Good. Glad you did!
> On Jun 10, 2020, at 9:15 PM, Elliott Bedows <ebedows...> wrote:
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Thanks Al, got it this evening...................

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After the report of BB Whistling Ducks at Hawaiian Village, we drove down to
look for them. Found 9 of the reported 10. To see them, go down 87th St. to
Oahu and take a left. After the second house, there is a vacant lot. They
were there by the water. The guy next door is putting out cracked corn, so
think they will stay.

At home around 3 pm, had 2 BW Hawks circling over head and then the Northern
Bobwhite called from behind my neighbors house.

Al Reyer
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Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Sarpy County
Thanks Al, got it this evening...................

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After the report of BB Whistling Ducks at Hawaiian Village, we drove down to
look for them. Found 9 of the reported 10. To see them, go down 87th St. to
Oahu and take a left. After the second house, there is a vacant lot. They
were there by the water. The guy next door is putting out cracked corn, so
think they will stay.

At home around 3 pm, had 2 BW Hawks circling over head and then the Northern
Bobwhite called from behind my neighbors house.

Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE





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Date: 6/10/20 5:11 pm
From: Clem and Bette Klaphake <ckavian...>
Subject: [NEBirds] A few birds
NEBirders I was out in Yellowstone National Park last week to enjoy the
park, not to bird. Saw wolves (one being chased by a cow elk and
another being chased by several bison). Mother grizzly with 2 cubs, lots
of moose, mountain goats, Sandhill Crane all brown and more. So here are
a few more of the significant birds I did see in Nebraska on my way
there and back. Not reported to e-bird

June 1st
KIMBALL County - Upland Sandpiper and Common Nighthawk
June 6th
DAWES County -Western Wood Pewee, Spotted Towhee, Red Crossbills feeding
fledged young
June 7th
SHERIDAN County -2 Trumpeter Swans, Loggerhead Shrike, and 2 adult
Long-billed Curlews - (in Curlew Valley, my name for this location).
Always get my yearly fix of Long-billed curlews here - this year these 2
had just taken a bath and were preening themselves.
CHERRY County - Yellow-breasted Chat
June 8th
KEYA PAHA County - Chestnut-collared Longspur
BROWN County - Western Wood Pewee and Rose-breasted Grosbeak
GARFIELD County - Great-tailed Grackle

Water levels are still very high in the Sandhills. In Sheridan County
the signs were still up from last year "Water over the Road" reduce
speed. Only part of one lane had water, but an inch or more of rain
would put the water all over the road again. Also on highway 183 the
water in places is up on the shoulders. The water table is just too
high for this water to seep into the ground like it does in a lot of
other places.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE





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Date: 6/10/20 2:45 pm
From: allenreyer via groups.io <allenreyer=<aol.com...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Sarpy County
After the report of BB Whistling Ducks at Hawaiian Village, we drove down to look for them. Found 9 of the reported 10. To see them, go down 87th St. to Oahu and take a left. After the second house, there is a vacant lot. They were there by the water. The guy next door is putting out cracked corn, so think they will stay.

At home around 3 pm, had 2 BW Hawks circling over head and then the Northern Bobwhite called from behind my neighbors house.

Al Reyer
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Date: 6/10/20 7:00 am
From: Deborah Murphy <deborah.murphy...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] What's Going On with the Falcon Cam at OPPD?
Does anyone know why the OPPD Falcom cam is not showing current video ?
It quit recording around 1:20 yesterday afternoon and I’m wondering how the chicks
fared the storm last night.

Thanks for any help,
Deborah in Omaha


> On May 14, 2020, at 10:17 PM, Jerry Toll <geritol48...> wrote:
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> Steve and everyone,
> OPPD had an issue with YouTube this morning. OPPD decided the best resolution was to continue the monitoring of the Peregrine Falcon nestbox using a different link.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TFcYtjLhSA <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TFcYtjLhSA>
>
> The 3 young peregrines are growing rapidly! They are about 11 days old now and moving around much more and eating like horses. Clark stopped brooding them this afternoon but they are keeping an eye on them out of camera range when they are not hunting. They were fed 8 times each of the last two days.
> Jerry Toll
>
> From: <NEBirds...> <mailto:<NEBirds...> <NEBirds...> <mailto:<NEBirds...>> On Behalf Of Steve McIlree
> Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2020 4:20 PM
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> Subject: [NEBirds] What's Going On with the Falcon Cam at OPPD?
>
> I am pretty sure I checked it out yesterday morning and it was working. I just looked and it is completely out of focus and there appears to be something on the lens. Also, it appears that it stopped working sometime between 5:00 and 6:00 this morning. The focus problem was present as far back as I was able to rewind, sometime after 1:00 this morning.
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Date: 6/9/20 2:54 pm
From: William Flack via groups.io <sparvophile=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Mammals and reptiles at Wood Duck WMA
Looked much too big; and the distance beteen wet footmarks suggests something much bigger than a mink.

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Date: 6/9/20 2:42 pm
From: N Drilling <dril0008...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Whistling-ducks, Clay Co.
This afternoon there were two Black-bellied Whistling-ducks at Kissinger
WMA, north side of the town of Fairfield in Clay Co. They were roosting on
the east side of the marsh were a large group of other ducks. There also
were two Cattle Egrets and Black Terms at the marsh. This marsh has had a
good diversity of waterbirds all spring. The cattle have been moved out of
the marsh so now vegetation is growing quickly making viewing much harder.

Today I also saw a couple of flocks of Franklin's Gulls as well as
White-rumped and Pectoral sandpipers in eastern Adams and Clay counties,
presumably knocked down by the stiff north winds.

Nancy Drilling
Rapid City, SD
Rainwater Basin, NE-summer 2020

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