NEBirds
Received From Subject
1/17/18 12:03 am 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Great Horned Owl subspecies records in Nebraska
1/16/18 10:57 pm 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Mew Gull at Lake McConaughy
1/16/18 9:00 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Great Horned Owl subspecies records in Nebraska
1/16/18 7:17 pm 'Gubanyi,Joe' <Joseph.Gubanyi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] red crossbills near Denton
1/16/18 4:45 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Mew Gull at Lake McConaughy
1/16/18 10:48 am 'Wheeler, Ben' <ben.wheeler...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Mourning Doves in winter
1/16/18 10:22 am Mary Clausen <mkclausen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Redpoll
1/16/18 9:13 am <NevaLCP...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Mourning Doves in winter
1/15/18 8:15 pm <wmollhoff...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Documenting unusual records in eBird
1/15/18 6:55 pm Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Sunday, 1/14, Douglas County
1/15/18 4:46 pm Michael Willison <sendtomichael...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Documenting unusual records in eBird
1/15/18 2:42 pm <aljdipper...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] GHO
1/15/18 9:12 am Allen <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Sarpy County
1/15/18 9:07 am John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Snowy and Long-eared Owls Observed
1/15/18 8:23 am Matt Hansen <mmhansen52...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Snowy and Long-eared Owls Observed
1/15/18 7:13 am John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Snowy and Long-eared Owls Observed
1/15/18 6:29 am John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Arctic Great Horned Owl, Washington County
1/15/18 6:15 am John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Arctic Great Horned Owl, Washington County
1/15/18 12:51 am 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] 'Tule' or 'Greenland' GWF Goose in Ogallala
1/15/18 12:27 am 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] 'Tule' or 'Greenland' GWF Goose in Ogallala
1/14/18 10:41 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Scott's Bluff no longer open to rosy-finch seekers
1/14/18 9:12 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] 'Tule' or 'Greenland' GWF Goose in Ogallala
1/14/18 9:04 pm Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Arctic Great Horned Owl, Washington County
1/14/18 8:39 pm <SCHMID_R...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] RE: Arctic Great Horned Owl, Washington County
1/14/18 7:51 pm 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Mourning Doves
1/14/18 6:31 pm Thomas Labedz <tlabedz1...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Arctic Great Horned Owl, Washington County
1/14/18 3:34 pm Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] YOUR NEBRASKA LISTS NEEDED
1/14/18 3:06 pm 'Kathy DeLara' <renosmom...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Scott's Bluff no longer open to rosy-finch seekers
1/14/18 2:43 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Scott's Bluff no longer open to rosy-finch seekers
1/14/18 6:30 am Michael Bradley <m_scottbradley...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Douglas Co. Afternoon - 1/13- Swans, Owls, etc.
1/13/18 7:35 pm Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Douglas Co. Afternoon - 1/13- Swans, Owls, etc.
1/13/18 5:11 pm Edward Allen <Sprallen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Snowy and Long-eared Owls Observed
1/13/18 1:26 pm Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Audubon Feeder Watch
1/13/18 10:47 am <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Wachiska Audubon wintry birds field trip in Omaha area - Sun. 1/14
1/13/18 6:39 am Edward Allen <Sprallen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] ?Snowy Owl and Long-eared Owls?
1/12/18 8:52 pm <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Snowy Owl and Tundra Swan--Douglas County 1/12
1/11/18 9:34 am William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting. A Northeast Colorado Perspective
1/11/18 9:07 am <tgannon2...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
1/11/18 6:20 am <garoberts...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Tundra Swan Pics
1/11/18 6:12 am <garoberts...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Tundra Swan
1/10/18 5:38 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
1/10/18 3:46 pm JON STRONG <jon.strong...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
1/10/18 3:27 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
1/10/18 2:28 pm JON STRONG <jon.strong...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
1/10/18 2:01 pm <birdaz...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
1/10/18 1:47 pm 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Omaha Snowy Owl
1/10/18 2:33 am Joe <jfreeborn58...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Re: Snowy owl
1/9/18 6:35 pm <john.duresky...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Re: Snowy owl
1/9/18 4:41 pm Carol Walker <cnkoda...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Re: Snowy owl
1/9/18 4:28 pm <esaterojarvi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
1/9/18 3:56 pm Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Re: Snowy owl
1/9/18 1:37 pm Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
1/8/18 11:37 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
1/8/18 8:21 pm Joe <jfreeborn58...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Re: Snowy owl
1/8/18 5:59 pm Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] RE:Snowy owl
1/8/18 4:27 pm 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
1/8/18 3:25 pm paul dunbar <pastorpaultdunbar...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
1/8/18 2:14 pm <garoberts...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Long Earred Owls still at Cunningham Lake.
1/8/18 2:04 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
1/8/18 11:54 am 'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] RE:Snowy owl
1/8/18 10:56 am 'Don & Janis Paseka' <paseka76...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Ames CBC tally
1/7/18 3:22 pm '<jwhall2...>' <jwhall2...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] I-680 and Maple St. Snowy Owl picture
1/7/18 2:44 pm '<deborah.murphy...> <deborah.murphy...>' <deborah.murphy...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] snowy today
1/7/18 1:24 pm Liz Wickemeyer <penguina08...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Re: Omaha Snowy Hedwig still there
1/7/18 1:22 pm Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] snowy today
1/7/18 1:21 pm Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] snowy today
1/7/18 12:42 pm JON STRONG <jon.strong...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Omaha Snowy Hedwig still there
1/7/18 11:58 am 'Rich Kern' <rich...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] snowy today
1/7/18 11:19 am 'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] snowy today
1/7/18 10:38 am 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Lower Platte River CBC - results
1/6/18 4:34 pm Jerry Probst <probstsuebee...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck not present - 1/6/18
1/6/18 3:27 pm <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck not present - 1/6/18
1/6/18 2:42 pm Susanne Hickey <shickey...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl
1/6/18 1:25 pm '<deborah.murphy...> <deborah.murphy...>' <deborah.murphy...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl Ongoing
1/6/18 1:03 pm Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl Ongoing
1/6/18 11:29 am <garoberts...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Snowy Owl Ongoing
1/6/18 9:52 am Sam Bennett <samcbennett...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl
1/6/18 9:51 am Sam Bennett <samcbennett...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl
1/6/18 9:50 am renosmom <renosmom...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl
1/6/18 8:20 am Sam Bennett <samcbennett...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Snowy Owl
1/5/18 9:05 pm Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Snowy-NO, FL Cemetery, etc.
1/5/18 7:43 pm Michael Bradley <m_scottbradley...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Omaha commute Snowy Owl
1/5/18 7:41 pm Michael Bradley <m_scottbradley...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Omaha commute Snowy Owl
1/5/18 7:34 pm Val Kollath <vkollath...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Omaha commute Snowy Owl
1/5/18 6:29 pm Jonas Grundman <jonasbirds...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Banded Redtail
1/5/18 5:47 pm 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Pileated report from BOL
1/5/18 4:31 pm Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Omaha commute Snowy Owl
1/5/18 4:22 pm Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Fw: Scottsbluff CBC
1/5/18 4:18 pm Michael Bradley <m_scottbradley...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Fw: Scottsbluff CBC
1/5/18 3:48 pm Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Omaha commute Snowy Owl
1/5/18 3:14 pm <ericbents...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Omaha commute Snowy Owl
1/5/18 2:38 pm 'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Banded Redtail
1/5/18 12:47 pm 'Alice Kenitz' <akenitz...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Fw: Scottsbluff CBC
1/5/18 8:52 am Thomas Labedz <tlabedz1...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Banded Redtail
1/5/18 8:09 am Jonas Grundman <jonasbirds...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Banded Redtail
1/4/18 11:41 am Marsha Nyffeler <marshanyffeler...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] swans
1/4/18 8:03 am Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck- 1/03
1/3/18 3:05 pm George Maly <nemaly09...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck- 1/03
1/3/18 12:34 pm Ruth Stearns <ruthstearns...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck- 1/03
1/3/18 11:59 am Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck- 1/03
1/3/18 11:28 am Al Reyer <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Fwd: [NEBirds] Redpolls
1/3/18 10:58 am Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Nebraska Birders Lists
1/3/18 10:42 am William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Nebraska Birders Lists
1/3/18 9:17 am <jim_ochsner...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Bird Bath
1/3/18 7:55 am 'Phil Swanson' <pswanson19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Redpolls
1/3/18 4:57 am <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Nebraska Birders Lists
1/3/18 4:57 am Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Nebraska Birders Lists
1/2/18 3:00 pm Ruth Stearns <ruthstearns...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck is still present at Summit Reservoir Burt County
1/2/18 2:43 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] RE: RE: Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
1/2/18 2:42 pm Michael Willison <sendtomichael...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] RE: Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
1/2/18 2:30 pm 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] RE: RE: Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
1/2/18 10:34 am <catpit...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
1/1/18 2:12 pm <garoberts...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin is Toughing it out
1/1/18 12:05 pm 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] RE: Orange-crowned Warbler - expired
1/1/18 12:03 pm 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Orange-crowned Warbler - expired
1/1/18 11:50 am Edward Raynor <edwardraynor...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
1/1/18 11:48 am Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
1/1/18 10:30 am Allen <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] 2018
1/1/18 9:14 am 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] NOU membership renewal time
1/1/18 8:31 am 'Dinsmore, Stephen J [NREM]' <cootjr...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Lake McConaughy CBC.
1/1/18 8:11 am Mary Clausen <mkclausen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Redpolls
12/31/17 9:13 pm 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Giant # of doves 12/26/17
12/31/17 6:00 pm <isucyclone69...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Re: Harlequin Duck - still present
12/31/17 5:39 pm Moni Usasz <musasz...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] re yard birds
12/31/17 2:47 pm Al Reyer <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Sarpy County
12/31/17 2:37 pm renosmom <renosmom...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Lesser Yellowlegs
12/31/17 5:56 am Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Documentation on MEW GULL
12/30/17 10:02 pm Sharla Meester via eBird <smeester33...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Sharla Meester has shared an eBird checklist with you from Summit Lake SRA on Dec 30, 2017 - 3:00 PM
12/30/17 9:58 pm Sharla Meester <smeester33...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck - still present
12/30/17 9:46 pm William Huser <billfhuser...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Charleston Duck
12/30/17 4:33 pm Paul Dunbar <pastorpaultdunbar...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin
12/30/17 2:03 pm Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck- 12/30
12/30/17 11:31 am Larry Einemann <larryeinemannl...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin
12/30/17 10:52 am Keith Dyche <kadyche...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin
12/30/17 10:02 am Al Reyer <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Carolina Wren
12/30/17 9:56 am Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin
12/30/17 9:28 am Tom Wittman <wxmanwitt...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] White Winged Dove
12/30/17 6:19 am John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin
12/29/17 8:27 pm <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Panhandle Sightings 12/23-12/26
12/29/17 3:43 pm 'Kathy DeLara' <renosmom...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Lesser Yellowlegs
12/29/17 3:21 pm <ericbents...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin
12/29/17 2:04 pm 'Kathleen Crawford' <katcr...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Purple finches
12/29/17 12:45 pm <djschw...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Purple finches
12/29/17 11:59 am Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin
12/28/17 9:35 pm <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck status
12/28/17 8:20 pm Thomas Labedz <tlabedz1...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck status
12/28/17 7:40 pm <prairysky...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Yard Birds Furnas County
12/28/17 7:32 pm <prairysky...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Swainsons Hawk plus more
12/28/17 7:12 pm <heidtdw...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] preliminary results of Calamus CBC
12/28/17 2:10 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Redpolls
12/28/17 2:09 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Redpolls
12/28/17 9:32 am Maas Email <snowbirds2012...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck status
12/28/17 9:25 am 'nratzlaff' <nratzlaff...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck status
12/28/17 8:48 am Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Crane Question
12/27/17 7:13 pm Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck - still present
12/27/17 7:02 pm 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck - still present
12/27/17 6:51 pm 'nratzlaff' <nratzlaff...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Feeder birds
12/27/17 8:38 am John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] RE: Harlequin Duck still present
12/27/17 8:19 am MARK OTNES <markotnes...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] RE: Harlequin Duck still present
12/27/17 7:49 am John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] RE: Harlequin Duck still present
12/27/17 7:25 am Michael Willison <sendtomichael...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] RE: Harlequin Duck still present
12/27/17 6:43 am <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck still present
12/27/17 5:54 am <esaterojarvi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck still present
12/27/17 5:45 am John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck still present
12/26/17 2:46 pm <garoberts...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck still present
12/26/17 1:54 pm 'Walker, TJ' <thomas.walker...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] North Plate CBC Results
12/26/17 10:27 am <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck—12/26
12/26/17 9:27 am Mary Clausen <mkclausen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Redpolls
12/25/17 3:35 pm William Huser <billfhuser...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck at Summit Lake
12/25/17 2:36 pm Allen <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Fwd: eBird -- Base Lake & LaPlatte Bottoms -- Dec 25, 2017
12/24/17 5:37 pm <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Probable Pacific Wren—Dawes County 12/24
12/24/17 2:52 pm 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Har;lequin
12/24/17 1:50 pm Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Har;lequin
12/24/17 1:28 pm Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Har;lequin
12/24/17 1:21 pm 'Bruce Walgren' <Piranga...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harrison and Crawford CBC
12/24/17 8:44 am David Ely <dcely.birdguy...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Snowy owl in Nuckolls county
12/24/17 8:23 am 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck? - Summit Lake, Burt Co.
12/23/17 8:44 pm Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck- Burt Co.- Yes/ Carter Lake
12/23/17 6:17 pm Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Waterfowl and Longspurs
12/23/17 3:13 pm 'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] DeSoto CBC Highlights
12/23/17 2:59 pm Tim Kavan <tkavan_76...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck? - Summit Lake, Burt Co.
12/23/17 10:06 am Edward Raynor <edwardraynor...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck? - Summit Lake, Burt Co.
12/23/17 10:05 am Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck? - Summit Lake, Burt Co.
12/22/17 5:19 pm pan <panmail...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Sarpy Cty. Palm Warbler
12/22/17 11:40 am 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harlan County CBC summary
12/22/17 11:25 am 'Gubanyi,Joe' <Joseph.Gubanyi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC Final Tally
12/22/17 4:58 am Marsha Nyffeler <marshanyffeler...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] owl fight
12/22/17 3:54 am John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl Saunders Co.
12/22/17 3:44 am John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl Saunders Co.
12/22/17 3:42 am <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Snowy Owl Saunders Co.
12/21/17 2:56 pm <john.manning...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
12/21/17 8:25 am <heidtdw...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Norfolk CBC results
12/20/17 5:59 pm 'Kathy DeLara' <renosmom...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] weekend Snowy Owl in Morrill Co
12/20/17 5:58 pm <panmail...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Ian Hoppe?
12/20/17 2:23 pm Cheryl Dickerson <rcdicker...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Pine Siskins
12/20/17 1:46 pm 'Elliott Bedows' <ebedows...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Cater Lk - Douglas Co.
12/20/17 1:07 pm 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Varied Thrush report in Sarpy County
12/20/17 10:35 am 'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Boyer Chute area for DeSoto CBC yesterday
12/20/17 7:46 am Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Rusty BB
12/19/17 3:46 pm oscar sarafian <osarafian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Re: Possible Dickcissel
12/19/17 11:38 am Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Prairie falcon
12/19/17 10:45 am Larry Einemann <larryeinemannl...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Black scoter at Capitol Beach Lake
12/18/17 5:03 pm 'Gubanyi,Joe' <Joseph.Gubanyi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC preliminary results
12/17/17 8:10 am Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Douglas/ Washington Co.- 12/16
12/17/17 5:34 am 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Bennington Snowy Owl (no sighting)
 
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Date: 1/17/18 12:03 am
From: 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Great Horned Owl subspecies records in Nebraska
Hi Noah and all,



Here is the current draft on Great Horned Owl taxonomy for “Birds of Nebraska Online”, Joel Jorgensen’s and my update of our 2001 “Birds of Nebraska”.



Comments, additional info, welcome. The last sighting Noah refers to has not yet been included.



Ross



Taxonomy: Variously 12-14 subspecies are recognized, 4-5 of these from Mexico south through South America (Clements et al 2016, Gill and Donsker 2017). Pyle (1997) divided the North American subspecies into three groups, Pacific Coastal (saturatus, pacificus), Interior Western (algistus, lagophonus, subarcticus, pallescens), and Eastern (scalariventris, heterocnemis, asio). Since Pyle (1997), a new subspecies was described, presumably part of Pyle’s Interior Western group, pinorum of southern Idaho to northern Arizona and northern New Mexico (Gill and Donsker 2017).

Assignment of Nebraska breeding birds is complicated by complex and clinal subspecies boundaries on the Great Plains (Pyle 1997). Previous authors have delineated two resident breeding subspecies. Eastern virginianus occupies the southeastern quarter of the state (Swenk 1937b; AOU 1957), and birds from the southeastern part of the range of western subarcticus (sometimes referred to as occidentalis) the remainder (Swenk 1937b, AOU 1957; Rapp et al 1958).

According to Artuso et al (2014), irruptions from Saskatchewan and Alberta involving striking southeasterly movement occur when population crashes of snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) occur in boreal forest and aspen parkland. These authors also state that it is not known whether such owls return to their areas of origin in spring, but also state: “typically, emigration is unidirectional”. Of interest in this context is a report of two pale birds on nests in extreme southeast Sheridan Co and in northwest Garden Co 20 Apr 2003 (TS, photos); these may have been previous winter immigrants that had not returned to their natal areas.

In winter, the pale, occasionally almost white (Bent 1938), birds from the northern parts of the range of subarcticus, previously (incorrectly: Artuso et al 2014) known as wapacuthu, exhibit a tendency to disperse eastward in fall and winter, beginning when young are abandoned by adults (Swenk 1937b; AOU 1957; Haecker et al 1945). Swenk (1937b) cited 11 specimens of subarcticus (wapacuthu) dated 11 Nov-1 Mar, from all parts of the state. Two of these, 2542 and 10686, are in the Hastings Museum. Another thought to be this subspecies was a road-kill in Hamilton Co 21 Jan 2012, likely associated with the huge Snowy Owl invasion that winter (JGr, JGJ, TEL). The northwestern US race lagophonus also appears casually in winter (AOU 1957), as does the pale southerly race pallescens (Swenk 1937b). Swenk (1937b) cited 8 records of lagophonus statewide in the period 28 Oct-mid Feb, one a specimen 2679 in the Hastings Museum, and 3 specimens of pallescens, from Adams Co 7 Dec 1933 and 19 Oct 1934, and from Saunders Co 9 Dec 1934, although one of the Adams Co specimens was later re-described as a small example of subarcticus (occidentalis; Swenk 1938). A “very pale gray” bird was seen in Dundy Co 25 Oct 2004 (TJW).





Ross Silcock

Seasonal Reports Compiler

Nebraska Bird Review

Tabor, IA

402-618-4933



From: <NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 10:59 PM
To: <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Great Horned Owl subspecies records in Nebraska





Intrigued by the recent sightings of at least one 'Subarcticus' Great Horned Owl in eastern Nebraska, I decided to look further into the forms of GHOW that have occurred in Nebraska, using eBird.



Judging by the photos on eBird, there seem to be three general categories of Great Horned Owls showing up in Nebraska: typical eastern 'virginianus' type owls with contrasting reddish facial disks; pale grayish 'subarcticus' type owls; and an intermediate-looking form with warm-colored plumage but tannish facial disks that don't contrast much with the rest of the plumage. I mapped out the photographed eBird records of these three forms on a map of Nebraska here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/38838134085/in/dateposted-public/



I also included on the map a mention of the very unusual pale buffy GHOW I found dead along I-80 in 2015, and brought to the UNL museum, where they were able to preserve a wing (the bird was pretty rotty).



If anyone has any photos of Great Horned Owls, please send them along! I'd like to add more dots to this map!



Good Owling!



Noah




 

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Date: 1/16/18 10:57 pm
From: 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Mew Gull at Lake McConaughy
Noah and other Nebraska birders,

It's interesting that you mentioned Tufted Duck as a possibility to be
mixed in with other scaup at Lake Ogallala in winter. Around 15 to 20
years ago for three or four winters in a row a Tufted Duck wintered at
Lake Ogallala just above the Keystone Diversion Dam.

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
snowbunting(at)rcom-ne.com
308-216-0427

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To: "<NEBirds...>" <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Mew Gull at Lake McConaughy
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:41:17 +0000 (UTC)

Sorry to not get around to posting this til now (it's on eBird
though)... but yesterday afternoon there was an adult MEW GULL with
the Martin Bay gull flock at Lake McConaughy (state life gull for
me!). Also present were RING-BILLED, AMERICAN HERRING, LESSER
BLACK-BACKED, and 'THAYER'S' ICELAND GULLS. On Lake Ogallala was a
very large flock of diving ducks that appeared to be mostly scaup, but
were too distant to ID... this would be a good flock to check for
Barrow's Goldeneye or Tufted Duck if they ever come in closer...
Mew
photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/albums/72157691560793654
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Date: 1/16/18 9:00 pm
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Great Horned Owl subspecies records in Nebraska
Intrigued by the recent sightings of at least one 'Subarcticus' Great Horned Owl in eastern Nebraska, I decided to look further into the forms of GHOW that have occurred in Nebraska, using eBird.
Judging by the photos on eBird, there seem to be three general categories of Great Horned Owls showing up in Nebraska: typical eastern 'virginianus' type owls with contrasting reddish facial disks; pale grayish 'subarcticus' type owls; and an intermediate-looking form with warm-colored plumage but tannish facial disks that don't contrast much with the rest of the plumage. I mapped out the photographed eBird records of these three forms on a map of Nebraska here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/38838134085/in/dateposted-public/
I also included on the map a mention of the very unusual pale buffy GHOW I found dead along I-80 in 2015, and brought to the UNL museum, where they were able to preserve a wing (the bird was pretty rotty). 
If anyone has any photos of Great Horned Owls, please send them along! I'd like to add more dots to this map!
Good Owling!
Noah
 

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Date: 1/16/18 7:17 pm
From: 'Gubanyi,Joe' <Joseph.Gubanyi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] red crossbills near Denton
I have been watching my feeders closely hoping to see redpolls, but instead I had three red crossbills (two females and a male) visit my feeders this morning near Denton. I did not hear them call, but noticed that they seemed small. Their bills also seemed smaller than other red crossbills I have seen (I had to look closely to see that the bills were actually crossed over).. I did get one poor photo with all three birds in it along with an American goldfinch in the photo that allows for size comparison. I assume that they were one of the smaller sized red crossbill types (i.e., Type 3 or 10). If they return, I will try and get more photos.

Joe Gubanyi

Denton

 

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Date: 1/16/18 4:45 pm
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Mew Gull at Lake McConaughy
Sorry to not get around to posting this til now (it's on eBird though)... but yesterday afternoon there was an adult MEW GULL with the Martin Bay gull flock at Lake McConaughy (state life gull for me!). Also present were RING-BILLED, AMERICAN HERRING, LESSER BLACK-BACKED, and 'THAYER'S' ICELAND GULLS. On Lake Ogallala was a very large flock of diving ducks that appeared to be mostly scaup, but were too distant to ID... this would be a good flock to check for Barrow's Goldeneye or Tufted Duck if they ever come in closer....
Mew photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/albums/72157691560793654
Noah Arthur (Oakland, CA/Lincoln, NE)<semirelicta...>
 

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Date: 1/16/18 10:48 am
From: 'Wheeler, Ben' <ben.wheeler...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Mourning Doves in winter
Not sure about winter roosting, but spending considerable time on the ground is not unprecedented with mourning doves. In the Great Plains here, mourning doves will often nest on the ground. Using the enclosure is new to me.



Interesting!


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Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:12 AM
To: <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Mourning Doves in winter



I always have a small flock (6-10 usually) of over wintering Doves coming to my feeder and heated birdbath in east central Lincoln. I have assumed they roost in the heavy conifers (cedar and spruce) in the next door backyard.

But last night, just at dark, when four of them left the birdbath after their bedtime hydration I noticed them walk across a few feet and go under the deck that supports our sunroom. There's 1-3 feet of space, bare ground, under there, the sides are partly open and the room above is heated. Is it usual for doves to seek a mostly enclosed bare ground space for overnight? Somehow I never noticed this before.

Neva Pruess, Lincoln.



 

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Date: 1/16/18 10:22 am
From: Mary Clausen <mkclausen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Redpoll
Haven't had any redpolls at my feeders for a little over a week. I have one
today along with pine siskins, 2 red breasted nuthatchs and other more
common birds.

Mary Clausen
Sarpy Co.
La Vista

 

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Date: 1/16/18 9:13 am
From: <NevaLCP...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Mourning Doves in winter
I always have a small flock (6-10 usually) of over wintering Doves coming to my feeder and heated birdbath in east central Lincoln. I have assumed they roost in the heavy conifers (cedar and spruce) in the next door backyard.

But last night, just at dark, when four of them left the birdbath after their bedtime hydration I noticed them walk across a few feet and go under the deck that supports our sunroom. There's 1-3 feet of space, bare ground, under there, the sides are partly open and the room above is heated. Is it usual for doves to seek a mostly enclosed bare ground space for overnight? Somehow I never noticed this before.

Neva Pruess, Lincoln.


 

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Date: 1/15/18 8:15 pm
From: <wmollhoff...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Documenting unusual records in eBird
Thanks for posting this, Michael. Not an e-birder, but long aware of the critical importance of documentation! Whether it is a specimen, a written description, a photo, or a recording, an improperly documented report, is not a record.
Wayne Mollhoff
Ashland, NE







-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Willison <sendtomichael...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
To: nebirds <nebirds...>
Sent: Mon, Jan 15, 2018 7:17 pm
Subject: [NEBirds] Documenting unusual records in eBird







NEBirders,
Some of you may remember former UNL student, Jon King, from a couple of years ago. He is a KS resident, extremely knowledgeable about bird distribution in KS, and has been an eBird reviewer there for some time. With his permission, I’m copying his January 11 post to the KS birders list serve as he makes some great points regarding eBird documentation. Those points are also quite pertinent for those of you that eBird in Nebraska.
There were several days of additional discussion on the KS site, which if you are interested you could access the KS posts from the ABA website for all the details.
Michael Willison
Lincoln



Subject: Documenting unusual records in eBird
Date: Thu Jan 11 2018 15:16 pm
From: jonking271 AT gmail.com





Hello all,





I'm writing to you on behalf of the Kansas eBird reviewers. If you don't


use eBird, you can press delete at this time. In the new year, we request


that eBird users make an effort to be thorough in documenting unusual bird


sightings. Some eBird users do a good job of this already, whereas others


have some room for improvement. Photographic documentation is obviously the


best in most cases, and more and more people are getting photos, which is


great. However, photos are not always possible, meaning written


descriptions are then necessary. When composing written descriptions please


be thorough in describing that rarity for example, or defining the


methodology you used to arrive at that high count. The more information you


provide us, the better. For a great many of the many lower level rarities,


unseasonal records, and unusually high counts, the documentation submitted


to eBird is all the documentation there ever will be. Thorough


documentation enables users (e.g. researchers, field ornithologists,


birders) from in-state or out-of-state, who are not familiar with the local


birding scene to decide for themselves what sightings are credible and


which ones aren't. When for example, someone wants to study the growing


winter distribution of the Sedge Wren in the plains, or the growing summer


distribution of the Mississippi Kite in Kansas, in depth descriptions lend


credibility to your records, and help to illustrate changing distributional


patterns. In depth descriptions also make the job of reviewers easier. In


the absence of a decent description reviewers often have to make educated


guesses about the validity of a record, taking into consideration known


patterns of occurrence, as well as our limited perceptions of user skill.


This is especially problematic when we don't even know you! Sometimes the


reviewers will contact you for more information, but keep in mind that our


activities are voluntary and that our time is limited. For those of you


wondering what "good" documentation is, I recommend you visit the following


links. Keep in mind that what I wrote above does not apply to previously


documented rarities. In such cases you can simply write "continuing" in


your notes, or nothing at all.





http://help.ebird.org/customer...


elements-of-a-bird-description





http://ebird.org/content/ebird...





http://ebird.org/content/ebird...





Another item worth discussing is filter limits. As many of you know data


are filtered through an automated system that specifies what amount of a


given species is allowed at any given time of the year, in any given region


of the state. If a species violates these specified limits, then the


observation is flagged (e.g. "eBird balked at my report of ..."). Currently


there are ~35 different filters in place, each covering a different part of


the state. Creating these filters was an extremely time consuming task, and


updating them takes a great deal of time and attention as well.


Unfortunately for the reviewers, the changing climate necessitates that we


make periodic updates. For those of you in the eastern counties (Flint


Hills, Osage Plains, Glaciated Plains) I'm in the process of creating a


climate adapted filtering system this year ... A report of 100


Double-crested Cormorants, 100 American White Pelicans, and 50 Bonaparte's


Gulls during January at John Redmond Reservoir is no longer news. In the


coming year please be patient as re-do all of the eastern Kansas filters.


If something is flagged that you don't believe should have been, feel free


to say so in the comments section. Keep in mind however, that there are


many cases where people think something should not have been flagged, but


if they were to take some time to dig around within the data and understand


the patterns of status and distribution at play, they would realize their


sighting was actually noteworthy ... They just didn't know it. After


spending many hours with Kansas' eBird data I can tell you there are many


subtle patterns of status and distribution within that have never been


talked about in print. When for example, your Sep 7th Clay-colored Sparrow


gets flagged at the Baker Wetlands, do realize this is actually early


despite the dates given in some references. Arrival is around 10+ days


earlier on average at Kansas' western border than on Kansas' eastern


border. You're unlikely to find a Clay-colored Sparrow around Lawrence


before Sep 15th in my experience. In eastern Colorado they start showing up


at the end of August. If anyone has questions about filters or suggestions


for improvement you are welcome to contact us. In some cases we may respond


to your inquiries publicly on the listserv if the issue is something that


others should know about too.





Jon King


Lawrence, KS





For KSBIRD-L archives or to change your subscription options, go to


https://listserv.ksu.edu/ksbir...


For KSBIRD-L guidelines go to


http://www.ksbirds.org/KSBIRD-...


To contact a listowner, send a message to


mailto:<ksbird-l-request...>










 

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Date: 1/15/18 6:55 pm
From: Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Sunday, 1/14, Douglas County
Yesterday we went to 264th St and found the Trumpeter Swans (46) about 1/4 mile south of Pacific in a field on the east side of the road. We did not see a Tundra Swan. We went to Two Rivers State Park where there is a little open water in some of the ponds. The only bird we found there was a Great Blue Heron.

Lots of birds at our feeders today including:

Mourning Dove - 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Tufted Titmouse - 1
American Robin - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 4
Cedar Waxwing - 3
Carolina Wren - 1
Pine Siskin - apprx. 20
Purple Finch - 1 female
American Goldfinch - 3

Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE
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Date: 1/15/18 4:46 pm
From: Michael Willison <sendtomichael...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Documenting unusual records in eBird
NEBirders,
Some of you may remember former UNL student, Jon King, from a couple of years ago. He is a KS resident, extremely knowledgeable about bird distribution in KS, and has been an eBird reviewer there for some time. With his permission, I'm copying his January 11 post to the KS birders list serve as he makes some great points regarding eBird documentation. Those points are also quite pertinent for those of you that eBird in Nebraska.
There were several days of additional discussion on the KS site, which if you are interested you could access the KS posts from the ABA website for all the details.
Michael Willison
Lincoln

Subject: Documenting unusual records in eBird
Date: Thu Jan 11 2018 15:16 pm
From: jonking271 AT gmail.com



Hello all,



I'm writing to you on behalf of the Kansas eBird reviewers. If you don't

use eBird, you can press delete at this time. In the new year, we request

that eBird users make an effort to be thorough in documenting unusual bird

sightings. Some eBird users do a good job of this already, whereas others

have some room for improvement. Photographic documentation is obviously the

best in most cases, and more and more people are getting photos, which is

great. However, photos are not always possible, meaning written

descriptions are then necessary. When composing written descriptions please

be thorough in describing that rarity for example, or defining the

methodology you used to arrive at that high count. The more information you

provide us, the better. For a great many of the many lower level rarities,

unseasonal records, and unusually high counts, the documentation submitted

to eBird is all the documentation there ever will be. Thorough

documentation enables users (e.g. researchers, field ornithologists,

birders) from in-state or out-of-state, who are not familiar with the local

birding scene to decide for themselves what sightings are credible and

which ones aren't. When for example, someone wants to study the growing

winter distribution of the Sedge Wren in the plains, or the growing summer

distribution of the Mississippi Kite in Kansas, in depth descriptions lend

credibility to your records, and help to illustrate changing distributional

patterns. In depth descriptions also make the job of reviewers easier. In

the absence of a decent description reviewers often have to make educated

guesses about the validity of a record, taking into consideration known

patterns of occurrence, as well as our limited perceptions of user skill.

This is especially problematic when we don't even know you! Sometimes the

reviewers will contact you for more information, but keep in mind that our

activities are voluntary and that our time is limited. For those of you

wondering what "good" documentation is, I recommend you visit the following

links. Keep in mind that what I wrote above does not apply to previously

documented rarities. In such cases you can simply write "continuing" in

your notes, or nothing at all.



http://help.ebird.org/customer...<http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/973980-reporting-rarities-->

elements-of-a-bird-description



http://ebird.org/content/ebird...<http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/counting-101/>



http://ebird.org/content/ebird...<http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/counting-201/>



Another item worth discussing is filter limits. As many of you know data

are filtered through an automated system that specifies what amount of a

given species is allowed at any given time of the year, in any given region

of the state. If a species violates these specified limits, then the

observation is flagged (e.g. "eBird balked at my report of ..."). Currently

there are ~35 different filters in place, each covering a different part of

the state. Creating these filters was an extremely time consuming task, and

updating them takes a great deal of time and attention as well.

Unfortunately for the reviewers, the changing climate necessitates that we

make periodic updates. For those of you in the eastern counties (Flint

Hills, Osage Plains, Glaciated Plains) I'm in the process of creating a

climate adapted filtering system this year ... A report of 100

Double-crested Cormorants, 100 American White Pelicans, and 50 Bonaparte's

Gulls during January at John Redmond Reservoir is no longer news. In the

coming year please be patient as re-do all of the eastern Kansas filters.

If something is flagged that you don't believe should have been, feel free

to say so in the comments section. Keep in mind however, that there are

many cases where people think something should not have been flagged, but

if they were to take some time to dig around within the data and understand

the patterns of status and distribution at play, they would realize their

sighting was actually noteworthy ... They just didn't know it. After

spending many hours with Kansas' eBird data I can tell you there are many

subtle patterns of status and distribution within that have never been

talked about in print. When for example, your Sep 7th Clay-colored Sparrow

gets flagged at the Baker Wetlands, do realize this is actually early

despite the dates given in some references. Arrival is around 10+ days

earlier on average at Kansas' western border than on Kansas' eastern

border. You're unlikely to find a Clay-colored Sparrow around Lawrence

before Sep 15th in my experience. In eastern Colorado they start showing up

at the end of August. If anyone has questions about filters or suggestions

for improvement you are welcome to contact us. In some cases we may respond

to your inquiries publicly on the listserv if the issue is something that

others should know about too.



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Date: 1/15/18 2:42 pm
From: <aljdipper...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] GHO

A little belated. I observed 2 GHO at the Chalco hills rec area on January 11th. One on the West side of lake Wehrspann, the other in the Pines off the road towards the soccer fields. I posted a photo just now. Title Jan.2018 of one of them.
Also, January 9th, I observed a Barred Owl.
Sorry for the delay.
I also have a question please.
Are Rusty BB common this time of year? A friend who lives in Case Co. sent me a photo of one. I asked a fellow birder in this group about the ID.
I see on ebird that they're not popular this time of year.
Thank you.

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Date: 1/15/18 9:12 am
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Subject: [NEBirds] Sarpy County
Both Carolina Wrens are currently at the peanuts, so looks like they have both survived the cold weather so far.

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Date: 1/15/18 9:07 am
From: John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Snowy and Long-eared Owls Observed
Good question on whether it avoids getting hit by a car until the mice are depleted and/or it decides to move on.  Pretty incredible that hasn't happened already.  Although the hunting sequence of events we saw yesterday didn't require it to cross roadways.

On Monday, January 15, 2018 10:21 AM, "Matt Hansen <mmhansen52...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  The question is will this owl.live and pass the hunting adaptation on to a new generation. It's really an interesting idea. Adaptation to new locations of a food source to survive. 
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On Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 9:13 AM, John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds]<NEBirds...> wrote:   Anyone who's following the riveting continuing saga of the I-680/Maple St. Snowy Owl may relate to the thought process of initially thinking Is it OK?  Why is it in such a lousy place?  Then after it stays right there for days on end, the question becomes is it putting up with traffic movement and such a minimal amount of open space because it's tapped into some some prey buffet?  Yesterday the Snowy Owl was MIA when we arrived but a scan at dusk revealed he had perched on a sign next to merge ramp on the northwest cloverleaf.  We knew he'd been there for less than an hour but in that short time we saw him fly off his perch and catch something nearby on the ground and then eat it.  Perhaps that's why he's so regularly reported perched on those cloverleaf signs at dusk, there's a bit of marshy vegetation in that quadrant on google and it looks like it's not mowed in the depression.  Could be a potential mouse gravy train (habitat, no predators - until now).  So we were wondering if one does the math how many mice does that Snowy need?  Nat. Geo. says they eat 3-5 per day so if it averages 4 daily, and that owl's been there at least since the 29th of Dec., yesterday would be 17 days so that's around 68 mice that owl would need to have eaten by now! 
-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln



On Saturday, January 13, 2018 7:11 PM, "Edward Allen <Sprallen...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  Friends,
I was able to observe the Snowy Owl at the Maple St./I-680 interchange, sitting on the lowest level of the communications tower. I then went to Cunningham Lake and found two Long-eared Owls, with some help from Justin Rink and others. It was cold, but well worth it to add two wonderful birds to my life list within just one hour!
I would highly recommend John and Sheri's trip tomorrow. It seems like you will have a good chance of seeing these fabulous birds.
Edward AllenLincoln, Lancaster County


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Sent: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 12:57 pm
Subject: [NEBirds] Wachiska Audubon wintry birds field trip in Omaha area - Sun. 1/14

  Winter's seemingly barren landscape can pose a formidable challenge for those who seek avian treasures, but cheer up fellow birders, that goal isn't impossible. Wachiska Audubon's January field trip will be dedicated to chasing winter specialties in the Omaha area. Conditions that influence availability of food sources have pushed some great birds into our region this winter and unusual visitors like Common Redpolls or a Snowy Owl could potentially make our checklist. We'll also look for Winter Wrens in area parks where they could be bopping along the wooded stream habitat. A detour west of Omaha on our return trip may allow us to enjoy the swan loafing site that Joel J. recently located.
Meet at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January 14 in Lincoln on the south side of the Capitol at 15th and H Streets, across from the governor's mansion. Participants can either caravan or carpool for the 60-mile drive. Anyone preferring to meet in Omaha can join the group around 1:45 p.m. on the north edge of Hummel Park in the parking lot off of Ponca Road. Dress for some winter hiking and bring a water bottle and binoculars if you have them. There is no charge and the public is welcome.
-John Carlini & Shari Schwartz, Lincoln


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Date: 1/15/18 8:23 am
From: Matt Hansen <mmhansen52...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Snowy and Long-eared Owls Observed
The question is will this owl.live and pass the hunting adaptation on to a new generation. It's really an interesting idea. Adaptation to new locations of a food source to survive. 
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

On Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 9:13 AM, John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds]<NEBirds...> wrote:  

Anyone who's following the riveting continuing saga of the I-680/Maple St. Snowy Owl may relate to the thought process of initially thinking Is it OK?  Why is it in such a lousy place?  Then after it stays right there for days on end, the question becomes is it putting up with traffic movement and such a minimal amount of open space because it's tapped into some some prey buffet?  Yesterday the Snowy Owl was MIA when we arrived but a scan at dusk revealed he had perched on a sign next to merge ramp on the northwest cloverleaf.  We knew he'd been there for less than an hour but in that short time we saw him fly off his perch and catch something nearby on the ground and then eat it.  Perhaps that's why he's so regularly reported perched on those cloverleaf signs at dusk, there's a bit of marshy vegetation in that quadrant on google and it looks like it's not mowed in the depression.  Could be a potential mouse gravy train (habitat, no predators - until now).  So we were wondering if one does the math how many mice does that Snowy need?  Nat. Geo. says they eat 3-5 per day so if it averages 4 daily, and that owl's been there at least since the 29th of Dec., yesterday would be 17 days so that's around 68 mice that owl would need to have eaten by now! 
-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln



On Saturday, January 13, 2018 7:11 PM, "Edward Allen <Sprallen...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  Friends,
I was able to observe the Snowy Owl at the Maple St./I-680 interchange, sitting on the lowest level of the communications tower. I then went to Cunningham Lake and found two Long-eared Owls, with some help from Justin Rink and others. It was cold, but well worth it to add two wonderful birds to my life list within just one hour!
I would highly recommend John and Sheri's trip tomorrow. It seems like you will have a good chance of seeing these fabulous birds.
Edward AllenLincoln, Lancaster County


-----Original Message-----
From: <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
To: NEBirds <NEBirds...>
Sent: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 12:57 pm
Subject: [NEBirds] Wachiska Audubon wintry birds field trip in Omaha area - Sun. 1/14

  Winter's seemingly barren landscape can pose a formidable challenge for those who seek avian treasures, but cheer up fellow birders, that goal isn't impossible. Wachiska Audubon's January field trip will be dedicated to chasing winter specialties in the Omaha area. Conditions that influence availability of food sources have pushed some great birds into our region this winter and unusual visitors like Common Redpolls or a Snowy Owl could potentially make our checklist. We'll also look for Winter Wrens in area parks where they could be bopping along the wooded stream habitat. A detour west of Omaha on our return trip may allow us to enjoy the swan loafing site that Joel J. recently located.
Meet at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January 14 in Lincoln on the south side of the Capitol at 15th and H Streets, across from the governor's mansion. Participants can either caravan or carpool for the 60-mile drive. Anyone preferring to meet in Omaha can join the group around 1:45 p.m. on the north edge of Hummel Park in the parking lot off of Ponca Road. Dress for some winter hiking and bring a water bottle and binoculars if you have them. There is no charge and the public is welcome.
-John Carlini & Shari Schwartz, Lincoln

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Date: 1/15/18 7:13 am
From: John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Snowy and Long-eared Owls Observed
Anyone who's following the riveting continuing saga of the I-680/Maple St. Snowy Owl may relate to the thought process of initially thinking Is it OK?  Why is it in such a lousy place?  Then after it stays right there for days on end, the question becomes is it putting up with traffic movement and such a minimal amount of open space because it's tapped into some some prey buffet?  Yesterday the Snowy Owl was MIA when we arrived but a scan at dusk revealed he had perched on a sign next to merge ramp on the northwest cloverleaf.  We knew he'd been there for less than an hour but in that short time we saw him fly off his perch and catch something nearby on the ground and then eat it.  Perhaps that's why he's so regularly reported perched on those cloverleaf signs at dusk, there's a bit of marshy vegetation in that quadrant on google and it looks like it's not mowed in the depression.  Could be a potential mouse gravy train (habitat, no predators - until now).  So we were wondering if one does the math how many mice does that Snowy need?  Nat. Geo. says they eat 3-5 per day so if it averages 4 daily, and that owl's been there at least since the 29th of Dec., yesterday would be 17 days so that's around 68 mice that owl would need to have eaten by now! 
-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln



On Saturday, January 13, 2018 7:11 PM, "Edward Allen <Sprallen...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  Friends,
I was able to observe the Snowy Owl at the Maple St./I-680 interchange, sitting on the lowest level of the communications tower. I then went to Cunningham Lake and found two Long-eared Owls, with some help from Justin Rink and others. It was cold, but well worth it to add two wonderful birds to my life list within just one hour!
I would highly recommend John and Sheri's trip tomorrow. It seems like you will have a good chance of seeing these fabulous birds.
Edward AllenLincoln, Lancaster County


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Subject: [NEBirds] Wachiska Audubon wintry birds field trip in Omaha area - Sun. 1/14

  Winter's seemingly barren landscape can pose a formidable challenge for those who seek avian treasures, but cheer up fellow birders, that goal isn't impossible. Wachiska Audubon's January field trip will be dedicated to chasing winter specialties in the Omaha area. Conditions that influence availability of food sources have pushed some great birds into our region this winter and unusual visitors like Common Redpolls or a Snowy Owl could potentially make our checklist. We'll also look for Winter Wrens in area parks where they could be bopping along the wooded stream habitat. A detour west of Omaha on our return trip may allow us to enjoy the swan loafing site that Joel J. recently located.
Meet at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January 14 in Lincoln on the south side of the Capitol at 15th and H Streets, across from the governor's mansion. Participants can either caravan or carpool for the 60-mile drive. Anyone preferring to meet in Omaha can join the group around 1:45 p.m. on the north edge of Hummel Park in the parking lot off of Ponca Road. Dress for some winter hiking and bring a water bottle and binoculars if you have them. There is no charge and the public is welcome.
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Date: 1/15/18 6:29 am
From: John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Arctic Great Horned Owl, Washington County
Forgot another thing that may be of interest.  The wildlife officer mentioned that a Snowy Owl was photographed at De Soto NWR yesterday 14 Jan.
-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln


On Monday, January 15, 2018 8:14 AM, "John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  Rick Schmid's jaw-dropping arctic GHOW photo is not only a stellar shot but also a perfect doppelgänger for the owl we observed yesterday.  We were informed by a passing wildlife officer that we were actually observing the owl on De Soto NWR land even though it was near Boyer Chute, seems there's a good chance it's the same individual.  Rick's owl shares the warm tone at the ear tuft base that Thomas mentioned we saw, and a comparable facial disk color and dorsal shade.  Both owls also exhibit a comparable amount of faint warm wash in the tail..
Justin's photo was excellent documentation of an additional trait those pale owls appear to exhibit which is a "necklace" of alternating vertical dark and light stripes across the breast almost like a chunky version of a Canada Warbler "necklace".  Sibley depicts that on other GH subspecies but it's difficult to see on the darker owls.
The woman in our group that spotted it initially was Anne Pamperl, and then when Thomas saw it he promptly recognized its significance and identified it as subarcticus.  The black and white tones almost made it feel like a ginormous gray morph Screech Owl or as one birder put it "penciled in only".
-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln

On Sunday, January 14, 2018 11:04 PM, "Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


 
 Contrary to what Tom mentioned in his post, an eBird report was compiled for this location.  I have included the URL in this post along with a couple rather mediocre photos of the bird.  I'm sure many in the group were able to obtain much better pictures.  
Apparently the subarcticus subspecies ranges from the Northwest Territories east to northern Ontario and down to Wyoming.  
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41908063
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>



On Sunday, January 14, 2018 8:31 PM, "Thomas Labedz <tlabedz1...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  On the Wachiska Audubon field trip led by John Carlini and Shari Schwartz today (14 Jan 2018), joined by Justin Rink and Brian Peterson in Omaha, we found what appears to be a Great Horned Owl of the arctic subspecies. We had stopped near the Boyer Chute NWR in southeastern Washington County (41.44776°N, 95.98312°W, along county road CR-P49 just south of its intersection with county road CR-34/234) to scope a rough-legged hawk when a member of the group noticed an owl perched in the ditch east of us about 100 yards east on the side of a ditch. I'm sorry to say I cannot remember the name of the original observer, but thank you very much! The Great Horned Owl nearly completely lacked any shade of rufous in the plumage. The facial disk was silver and the overall plumage was a most impressive silver/gray and  snowy white. There may have been a tinge of rufous at the base of the "horns" and in the feathers where the wing's wrist tuck into the body feathers. In the end it flew to the east showing wonderfully silvery wings and tail. Several of the group were taking photos and I hope someone will post a photo or two.The group stopped to look for the snowy owl at the intersection of I-680 and Maple St. in Omaha. While I was present we did not have any luck in finding the bird. Several people came by to tell us we should have been there yesterday. Not on e-bird.Thomas Labedz, Lincoln



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Date: 1/15/18 6:15 am
From: John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Arctic Great Horned Owl, Washington County
Rick Schmid's jaw-dropping arctic GHOW photo is not only a stellar shot but also a perfect doppelgänger for the owl we observed yesterday.  We were informed by a passing wildlife officer that we were actually observing the owl on De Soto NWR land even though it was near Boyer Chute, seems there's a good chance it's the same individual.  Rick's owl shares the warm tone at the ear tuft base that Thomas mentioned we saw, and a comparable facial disk color and dorsal shade.  Both owls also exhibit a comparable amount of faint warm wash in the tail.
Justin's photo was excellent documentation of an additional trait those pale owls appear to exhibit which is a "necklace" of alternating vertical dark and light stripes across the breast almost like a chunky version of a Canada Warbler "necklace".  Sibley depicts that on other GH subspecies but it's difficult to see on the darker owls.
The woman in our group that spotted it initially was Anne Pamperl, and then when Thomas saw it he promptly recognized its significance and identified it as subarcticus.  The black and white tones almost made it feel like a ginormous gray morph Screech Owl or as one birder put it "penciled in only".
-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln

On Sunday, January 14, 2018 11:04 PM, "Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


 
 Contrary to what Tom mentioned in his post, an eBird report was compiled for this location.  I have included the URL in this post along with a couple rather mediocre photos of the bird.  I'm sure many in the group were able to obtain much better pictures.  
Apparently the subarcticus subspecies ranges from the Northwest Territories east to northern Ontario and down to Wyoming.  
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41908063
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>



On Sunday, January 14, 2018 8:31 PM, "Thomas Labedz <tlabedz1...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  On the Wachiska Audubon field trip led by John Carlini and Shari Schwartz today (14 Jan 2018), joined by Justin Rink and Brian Peterson in Omaha, we found what appears to be a Great Horned Owl of the arctic subspecies. We had stopped near the Boyer Chute NWR in southeastern Washington County (41.44776°N, 95.98312°W, along county road CR-P49 just south of its intersection with county road CR-34/234) to scope a rough-legged hawk when a member of the group noticed an owl perched in the ditch east of us about 100 yards east on the side of a ditch. I'm sorry to say I cannot remember the name of the original observer, but thank you very much! The Great Horned Owl nearly completely lacked any shade of rufous in the plumage. The facial disk was silver and the overall plumage was a most impressive silver/gray and  snowy white. There may have been a tinge of rufous at the base of the "horns" and in the feathers where the wing's wrist tuck into the body feathers. In the end it flew to the east showing wonderfully silvery wings and tail. Several of the group were taking photos and I hope someone will post a photo or two.The group stopped to look for the snowy owl at the intersection of I-680 and Maple St. in Omaha. While I was present we did not have any luck in finding the bird. Several people came by to tell us we should have been there yesterday. Not on e-bird.Thomas Labedz, Lincoln

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Date: 1/15/18 12:51 am
From: 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] 'Tule' or 'Greenland' GWF Goose in Ogallala
I should clarify (to the extent that current extreme taxonomic confusion allows): frontalis and gambelli are both used for Gr. White-fronted Goose. IOC uses only gambelli (rather than frontalis) but Clements separates frontalis, wintering in the western US, from gambelli, wintering south to the Gulf. So it depends on your authority as to which subspecies occurs in Nebraska.



Ross Silcock

Seasonal Reports Compiler

Nebraska Bird Review

Tabor, IA

402-618-4933



From: <NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2018 2:27 AM
To: <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] 'Tule' or 'Greenland' GWF Goose in Ogallala





Noah et al,



Very nice photos. I think you are on the right track. Below is an excerpt (in blue) from Joel Jorgensen’s and my upcoming online revision of our 2001 “birds of Nebraska”.



Taxonomy of this species in North America has been in a confused state for some time (Ely and Dzubin 1994). The name frontalis is currently in general use for the most numerous subspecies, breeding on Arctic tundra from northeastern Siberia eastward to Hudson Bay, and migrating through Nebraska to winter in southeastern Texas and northeastern Mexico.



The name gambeli (note spelling) has been used for the larger, darker California birds, known as Tule Goose (Ely and Dzubin 1994). In order to remove confusion with the epithet gambelli (note spelling), Delacour and Ripley (1975) replaced gambeli with the subspecific epithet elgasi for Tule Goose. Banks (2011) named a new subspecies, A. a. sponsa, for a population breeding in western Alaska; it does not occur in Nebraska during migration or winter. Thus, the three North American taxa are elgasi, sponsa, and gambelli.

Delacour and Ripley (1975) believed that Tule Geese were the westernmost of two taiga-breeding populations that use separate breeding, migration, and wintering areas (Palmer 1976) with minimal crossover between flyways (Ely and Dzubin 1994). Very little is known about the eastern population, but it is thought to breed near the MacKenzie River delta (Palmer 1976). Banks (2011) and Ely (pers. comm.), however, believe these MacKenzie River Delta birds to be within the range of variation of gambelli (sensu Banks 2011) and thus not separable from them.

Occurrence of the taiga-breeding populations has not been documented in Nebraska, but there have been sightings of large, dark ("chocolate-colored") White-fronted Geese in the North American interior (Nick Lyman, Martin Reid, pers. comm.). In addition, band recoveries in Kansas and south-central Texas in the early 1980s of Tule Geese banded in the Pacific Flyway (four out of about 300 birds banded) suggest a crossover of migrants from the Pacific to Central Flyways of about 1% (Ely, pers. comm.).



Nice find!

Ross





Ross Silcock

Seasonal Reports Compiler

Nebraska Bird Review

Tabor, IA

402-618-4933



From: <NEBirds...> <mailto:<NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2018 11:12 PM
To: <NEBirds...> <mailto:<NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] 'Tule' or 'Greenland' GWF Goose in Ogallala





Yesterday there was a flock of 1,000-ish geese in the cornfield east of Mid-Plains Community College in Ogallala (best viewed from E. A Street, on the east side of the field). Most exciting bird was an adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE with a very dark brown neck, almost Bean Goose-like but with an obviously White-fronted bill and face. This bird appears to be either a 'Tule Goose' (subspecies elgasi) or a 'Greenland White-fronted Goose' (subspecies flavirostris). I posted photos on Facebook and have gotten a number of opinions from good birders -- some in favor of Tule, and others in favor of Greenland. I'm not sure if this bird will ever be ID'ed with certainty, but to me it definitely appears to be one of these two forms -- both of which would be quite a rarity here, and perhaps a state first...?



Photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/albums/72157662607114707



The flock was almost entirely CANADA and CACKLING GEESE, including a few "tweener" birds, at least two of which may have been 'Taverner's Geese' or some other western form. There were probably less than ten GREATER WHITE-FRONTS in the flock, as well as one juvenile SNOW GOOSE and one apparent CANADAxGREATER WHITE-FRONTED HYBRID. Quite the impressive goose flock!



The Lake Ogallala spillway no longer attracts large numbers of gulls, but the flock of less than ten birds there yesterday still included RING-BILLED, HERRING, LESSER BLACK-BACKED, and THAYER'S.



Noah Arthur (Oakland, CA/Lincoln, NE)

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Date: 1/15/18 12:27 am
From: 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] 'Tule' or 'Greenland' GWF Goose in Ogallala
Noah et al,



Very nice photos. I think you are on the right track. Below is an excerpt (in blue) from Joel Jorgensen’s and my upcoming online revision of our 2001 “birds of Nebraska”.



Taxonomy of this species in North America has been in a confused state for some time (Ely and Dzubin 1994). The name frontalis is currently in general use for the most numerous subspecies, breeding on Arctic tundra from northeastern Siberia eastward to Hudson Bay, and migrating through Nebraska to winter in southeastern Texas and northeastern Mexico.



The name gambeli (note spelling) has been used for the larger, darker California birds, known as Tule Goose (Ely and Dzubin 1994). In order to remove confusion with the epithet gambelli (note spelling), Delacour and Ripley (1975) replaced gambeli with the subspecific epithet elgasi for Tule Goose. Banks (2011) named a new subspecies, A. a. sponsa, for a population breeding in western Alaska; it does not occur in Nebraska during migration or winter. Thus, the three North American taxa are elgasi, sponsa, and gambelli.

Delacour and Ripley (1975) believed that Tule Geese were the westernmost of two taiga-breeding populations that use separate breeding, migration, and wintering areas (Palmer 1976) with minimal crossover between flyways (Ely and Dzubin 1994). Very little is known about the eastern population, but it is thought to breed near the MacKenzie River delta (Palmer 1976). Banks (2011) and Ely (pers. comm.), however, believe these MacKenzie River Delta birds to be within the range of variation of gambelli (sensu Banks 2011) and thus not separable from them.

Occurrence of the taiga-breeding populations has not been documented in Nebraska, but there have been sightings of large, dark ("chocolate-colored") White-fronted Geese in the North American interior (Nick Lyman, Martin Reid, pers. comm.). In addition, band recoveries in Kansas and south-central Texas in the early 1980s of Tule Geese banded in the Pacific Flyway (four out of about 300 birds banded) suggest a crossover of migrants from the Pacific to Central Flyways of about 1% (Ely, pers. comm.).



Nice find!

Ross





Ross Silcock

Seasonal Reports Compiler

Nebraska Bird Review

Tabor, IA

402-618-4933



From: <NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2018 11:12 PM
To: <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] 'Tule' or 'Greenland' GWF Goose in Ogallala





Yesterday there was a flock of 1,000-ish geese in the cornfield east of Mid-Plains Community College in Ogallala (best viewed from E. A Street, on the east side of the field). Most exciting bird was an adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE with a very dark brown neck, almost Bean Goose-like but with an obviously White-fronted bill and face. This bird appears to be either a 'Tule Goose' (subspecies elgasi) or a 'Greenland White-fronted Goose' (subspecies flavirostris). I posted photos on Facebook and have gotten a number of opinions from good birders -- some in favor of Tule, and others in favor of Greenland. I'm not sure if this bird will ever be ID'ed with certainty, but to me it definitely appears to be one of these two forms -- both of which would be quite a rarity here, and perhaps a state first...?



Photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/albums/72157662607114707



The flock was almost entirely CANADA and CACKLING GEESE, including a few "tweener" birds, at least two of which may have been 'Taverner's Geese' or some other western form. There were probably less than ten GREATER WHITE-FRONTS in the flock, as well as one juvenile SNOW GOOSE and one apparent CANADAxGREATER WHITE-FRONTED HYBRID. Quite the impressive goose flock!



The Lake Ogallala spillway no longer attracts large numbers of gulls, but the flock of less than ten birds there yesterday still included RING-BILLED, HERRING, LESSER BLACK-BACKED, and THAYER'S.



Noah Arthur (Oakland, CA/Lincoln, NE)

<semirelicta...> <mailto:<semirelicta...>

510-967-2179




 

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Date: 1/14/18 10:41 pm
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Scott's Bluff no longer open to rosy-finch seekers
Don't the finches leave the area at dawn or earlier? I remember when Michael W. tried the early morning hike thing a few years ago, he saw the finches but they were gone before it was light enough to make any IDs.

Whether or not the rule change was made for the benefit of the finches, I suspect it is much to their benefit, frustrating though it may be for us birders... If I remember right, the summit area was quite a zoo -- with literally bus loads of people -- when I visited a few winters ago, when people were allowed to stay up there til sunset. The finches were very flushy and moved around on an open slope just below the summit. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the birds now come to the more-sheltered summit and parking lot area, which is less exposed to wind and weather, now that it's not crawling with people when they fly in just before sunset...

Noah


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On Sun, 1/14/18, 'Kathy DeLara' <renosmom...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Scott's Bluff no longer open to rosy-finch seekers
To: <NEBirds...>
Date: Sunday, January 14, 2018, 4:05 PM


 









Noah, you can still walk up
the path.  The time you have to be off the summit road is
30 minutes before they close. They want to be sure everyone
is off the road before they leave. It has nothing to do with
the birds. Most of the Rosy-finch sightings have been from
the walking path and not from the road or parking lot. As
far as I know there haven’t been any sightings this winter
at the monument.  You can walk up the path early in the
morning and look for them.  Kathy DeLaraMitchell NE  From:
<NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2018 3:43
PM
To: <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Scott's Bluff no
longer open to rosy-finch seekers    I arrived at Scotts Bluff
Nat. Mon. this afternoon to find that as of this year, new
changes to the Park rules require visitors to leave the
summit road before 4:30pm (likely to protect the finches
from disturbance). This time is about 15 minutes before
rosy-finches are likely to arrive, so it is no longer
possible to get the birds here.

Noah










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Date: 1/14/18 9:12 pm
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] 'Tule' or 'Greenland' GWF Goose in Ogallala
Yesterday there was a flock of 1,000-ish geese in the cornfield east of Mid-Plains Community College in Ogallala (best viewed from E. A Street, on the east side of the field). Most exciting bird was an adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE with a very dark brown neck, almost Bean Goose-like but with an obviously White-fronted bill and face. This bird appears to be either a 'Tule Goose' (subspecies elgasi) or a 'Greenland White-fronted Goose' (subspecies flavirostris). I posted photos on Facebook and have gotten a number of opinions from good birders -- some in favor of Tule, and others in favor of Greenland. I'm not sure if this bird will ever be ID'ed with certainty, but to me it definitely appears to be one of these two forms -- both of which would be quite a rarity here, and perhaps a state first...?
Photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/albums/72157662607114707
The flock was almost entirely CANADA and CACKLING GEESE, including a few "tweener" birds, at least two of which may have been 'Taverner's Geese' or some other western form. There were probably less than ten GREATER WHITE-FRONTS in the flock, as well as one juvenile SNOW GOOSE and one apparent CANADAxGREATER WHITE-FRONTED HYBRID. Quite the impressive goose flock!
The Lake Ogallala spillway no longer attracts large numbers of gulls, but the flock of less than ten birds there yesterday still included RING-BILLED, HERRING, LESSER BLACK-BACKED, and THAYER'S. 
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Date: 1/14/18 9:04 pm
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Arctic Great Horned Owl, Washington County

 Contrary to what Tom mentioned in his post, an eBird report was compiled for this location.  I have included the URL in this post along with a couple rather mediocre photos of the bird.  I'm sure many in the group were able to obtain much better pictures.  
Apparently the subarcticus subspecies ranges from the Northwest Territories east to northern Ontario and down to Wyoming.  
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41908063
Good birding.
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On Sunday, January 14, 2018 8:31 PM, "Thomas Labedz <tlabedz1...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  On the Wachiska Audubon field trip led by John Carlini and Shari Schwartz today (14 Jan 2018), joined by Justin Rink and Brian Peterson in Omaha, we found what appears to be a Great Horned Owl of the arctic subspecies. We had stopped near the Boyer Chute NWR in southeastern Washington County (41.44776°N, 95.98312°W, along county road CR-P49 just south of its intersection with county road CR-34/234) to scope a rough-legged hawk when a member of the group noticed an owl perched in the ditch east of us about 100 yards east on the side of a ditch. I'm sorry to say I cannot remember the name of the original observer, but thank you very much! The Great Horned Owl nearly completely lacked any shade of rufous in the plumage. The facial disk was silver and the overall plumage was a most impressive silver/gray and  snowy white. There may have been a tinge of rufous at the base of the "horns" and in the feathers where the wing's wrist tuck into the body feathers. In the end it flew to the east showing wonderfully silvery wings and tail. Several of the group were taking photos and I hope someone will post a photo or two.The group stopped to look for the snowy owl at the intersection of I-680 and Maple St. in Omaha. While I was present we did not have any luck in finding the bird. 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Date: 1/14/18 8:39 pm
From: <SCHMID_R...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] RE: Arctic Great Horned Owl, Washington County
I noticed Tom Labedz's posting regarding the Arctic GHOW in Washington Co.


During the DeSoto CBC on Tue Dec 19, Gary Roberts and I found a similar looking bird (or the same one?) on the Nebraska side of the river in DeSoto NWR.


I have posted a photo of that bird:


https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NEBirds/photos/photostream/lightbox/1568520781?orderBy=mtime&sortOrder=desc&photoFilter=ALL https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NEBirds/photos/photostream/lightbox/1568520781?orderBy=mtime&sortOrder=desc&photoFilter=ALL



Tom, is this what you saw?


I guess I should have reported it myself in Dec. Sorry about that.


Good birding - Rick


 

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Date: 1/14/18 7:51 pm
From: 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Mourning Doves
Nebraska birders,

This afternoon (01/14/18) I saw six Mourning Doves take flight from
the county
road just north of our home in Kearney County about eight miles north
of Minden.
We rarely see Mourning Doves in the middle of winter around here.
This winter
is not what I would call a mild winter.

Robin Harding



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Date: 1/14/18 6:31 pm
From: Thomas Labedz <tlabedz1...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Arctic Great Horned Owl, Washington County
On the Wachiska Audubon field trip led by John Carlini and Shari Schwartz today (14 Jan 2018), joined by Justin Rink and Brian Peterson in Omaha, we found what appears to be a Great Horned Owl of the arctic subspecies. We had stopped near the Boyer Chute NWR in southeastern Washington County (41.44776N, 95.98312W, along county road CR-P49 just south of its intersection with county road CR-34/234) to scope a rough-legged hawk when a member of the group noticed an owl perched in the ditch east of us about 100 yards east on the side of a ditch. I'm sorry to say I cannot remember the name of the original observer, but thank you very much! The Great Horned Owl nearly completely lacked any shade of rufous in the plumage. The facial disk was silver and the overall plumage was a most impressive silver/gray and snowy white. There may have been a tinge of rufous at the base of the "horns" and in the feathers where the wing's wrist tuck into the body feathers. In the end it flew to the east showing wonderfully silvery wings and tail. Several of the group were taking photos and I hope someone will post a photo or two.

The group stopped to look for the snowy owl at the intersection of I-680 and Maple St. in Omaha. While I was present we did not have any luck in finding the bird. Several people came by to tell us we should have been there yesterday.

Not on e-bird.

Thomas Labedz, Lincoln

 

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Date: 1/14/18 3:34 pm
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Date: 1/14/18 3:06 pm
From: 'Kathy DeLara' <renosmom...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Scott's Bluff no longer open to rosy-finch seekers
Noah, you can still walk up the path. The time you have to be off the summit road is 30 minutes before they close. They want to be sure everyone is off the road before they leave. It has nothing to do with the birds. Most of the Rosy-finch sightings have been from the walking path and not from the road or parking lot. As far as I know there haven’t been any sightings this winter at the monument. You can walk up the path early in the morning and look for them.



Kathy DeLara

Mitchell NE



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Subject: [NEBirds] Scott's Bluff no longer open to rosy-finch seekers





I arrived at Scotts Bluff Nat. Mon. this afternoon to find that as of this year, new changes to the Park rules require visitors to leave the summit road before 4:30pm (likely to protect the finches from disturbance). This time is about 15 minutes before rosy-finches are likely to arrive, so it is no longer possible to get the birds here.

Noah




 

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Date: 1/14/18 2:43 pm
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Scott's Bluff no longer open to rosy-finch seekers
I arrived at Scotts Bluff Nat. Mon. this afternoon to find that as of this year, new changes to the Park rules require visitors to leave the summit road before 4:30pm (likely to protect the finches from disturbance). This time is about 15 minutes before rosy-finches are likely to arrive, so it is no longer possible to get the birds here.

Noah


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Date: 1/14/18 6:30 am
From: Michael Bradley <m_scottbradley...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Douglas Co. Afternoon - 1/13- Swans, Owls, etc.
Other noteworthy observations, also on eBird, include:

1/13

- 4 Red Crossbill - 1 Female / 3 Male (Forest Lawn Cemetery, near/above John Lauritzen memorial near the mausoleums.)
NOTE: Mostly stationary and did not re-check for Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, because I was taken by the Crossbills and then got super cold.

- 2 Pileated Woodpecker (with Rick Schmid far East trail/clearing at NP Dodge Park)


> On January 13, 2018 at 10:35 PM "Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:
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> This afternoon Scott Bradley, Sharla Meester, Rick Schmid and myself went tromping through the east most pines at Lake Cunningham searching for Long-eared Owls. We were later joined by Ed Allen of Lincoln. On our way back through we stumbled upon a LONG-EARED OWL. With the help of some very cooperative Blue Jays; the owl flushed a couple times awarding everyone good looks. Though I personally only observed one LONG-EARED OWL, there were apparently two.
>
> Upon hearing that both Scott and Sharla needed Tundra Swan for their life lists, we made tracks to 264th and Pacific, where we found forty (40) TRUMPETER SWANS and the single adult TUNDRA SWAN l ounging in a cornfield on the west side of the intersection. A few of the locals were also interested and while conversing with us, informed us that these birds had been here for a month.
>
> We decided then to stop off at Lakeside Pond (171st and W. Center) where we encountered a Mute Swan of unknown origin, and a few other more common waterfowl species.
>
> With light waning, we made our way back east, but not before stopping near the I-680/ Maple Rd. Interchange. We checked the cell tower without luck, and decided to pull in near the tattoo parlor on the northeast side. There on the southeast side, the SNOWY OWL was observed perched on top of a sign as oblivious motorists passed by.&n bsp; The bird later flew to a different sign in the same quadrant.
>
> Other observations in the past week have included....
>
> 1/07
>
> -1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker- (Forest Lawn Cemetery)
>
> -7 Pine Siskin- (Forest Lawn Cemetery)
>
> 1/08-
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> -7 Red-headed Woodpecker (Krimlovski Tract- Washington Co.)
>
> -1 Pileated Woodpecker- (Krimlovski Tract- Washington Co.)
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> 1/10-
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> -1 Winter Wren (Towl Park- Douglas Co.)
>
> For those wondering, Carter Lake has been "Swanless" for the past week and a half. Other more common and expected waterfowl are present, though in lower numbers than previous winters. The last instance of Trumpeter Swans at Carter Lake was 1/03.
>
> All of these sightings can be found on eBird.
>
> Good birding.
>
> Justin Rink
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Date: 1/13/18 7:35 pm
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Douglas Co. Afternoon - 1/13- Swans, Owls, etc.
  This afternoon Scott Bradley, Sharla Meester, Rick Schmid and myself went tromping through the east most pines at Lake Cunningham searching for Long-eared Owls.  We were later joined by Ed Allen of Lincoln.  On our way back through we stumbled upon a LONG-EARED OWL.  With the help of some very cooperative Blue Jays; the owl flushed a couple times awarding everyone good looks.  Though I personally only observed one LONG-EARED OWL, there were apparently two.
  Upon hearing that both Scott and Sharla needed Tundra Swan for their life lists, we made tracks to 264th and Pacific, where we found forty (40) TRUMPETER SWANS and the single adult TUNDRA SWAN lounging in a cornfield on the west side of the intersection.  A few of the locals were also interested and while conversing with us, informed us that these birds had been here for a month.  
 We decided then to stop off at Lakeside Pond (171st and W. Center) where we encountered a Mute Swan of unknown origin, and a few other more common waterfowl species.  
  With light waning, we made our way back east, but not before stopping near the I-680/ Maple Rd.  Interchange.  We checked the cell tower without luck, and decided to pull in near the tattoo parlor on the northeast side.  There on the southeast side, the SNOWY OWL was observed perched on top of a sign as oblivious motorists passed by.  The bird later flew to a different sign in the same quadrant.  
Other observations in the past week have included....
1/07
-1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker- (Forest Lawn Cemetery)
-7 Pine Siskin- (Forest Lawn Cemetery)
1/08-
-7 Red-headed Woodpecker (Krimlovski Tract- Washington Co.)
-1 Pileated Woodpecker- (Krimlovski Tract- Washington Co.)
1/10-
-1 Winter Wren (Towl Park- Douglas Co.)
  For those wondering, Carter Lake has been "Swanless" for the past week and a half.  Other more common and expected waterfowl are present, though in lower numbers than previous winters.  The last instance of Trumpeter Swans at Carter Lake was 1/03. 
All of these sightings can be found on eBird.
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>




 

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Date: 1/13/18 5:11 pm
From: Edward Allen <Sprallen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Snowy and Long-eared Owls Observed

Friends,

I was able to observe the Snowy Owl at the Maple St./I-680 interchange, sitting on the lowest level of the communications tower. I then went to Cunningham Lake and found two Long-eared Owls, with some help from Justin Rink and others. It was cold, but well worth it to add two wonderful birds to my life list within just one hour!

I would highly recommend John and Sheri's trip tomorrow. It seems like you will have a good chance of seeing these fabulous birds.

Edward Allen
Lincoln, Lancaster County



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To: NEBirds <NEBirds...>
Sent: Sat, Jan 13, 2018 12:57 pm
Subject: [NEBirds] Wachiska Audubon wintry birds field trip in Omaha area - Sun. 1/14







Winter's seemingly barren landscape can pose a formidable challenge for those who seek avian treasures, but cheer up fellow birders, that goal isn't impossible. Wachiska Audubon's January field trip will be dedicated to chasing winter specialties in the Omaha area. Conditions that influence availability of food sources have pushed some great birds into our region this winter and unusual visitors like Common Redpolls or a Snowy Owl could potentially make our checklist. We'll also look for Winter Wrens in area parks where they could be bopping along the wooded stream habitat. A detour west of Omaha on our return trip may allow us to enjoy the swan loafing site that Joel J. recently located.


Meet at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January 14 in Lincoln on the south side of the Capitol at 15th and H Streets, across from the governor's mansion. Participants can either caravan or carpool for the 60-mile drive. Anyone preferring to meet in Omaha can join the group around 1:45 p.m. on the north edge of Hummel Park in the parking lot off of Ponca Road. Dress for some winter hiking and bring a water bottle and binoculars if you have them. There is no charge and the public is welcome.


-John Carlini & Shari Schwartz, Lincoln







 

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Date: 1/13/18 1:26 pm
From: Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Audubon Feeder Watch
For the January field trip the Audubon Society of Omaha did some feeder
watching from WARM places at 3 locations:

Fontenelle Forest  (Sarpy County)
Bob and Kathleen Rose's backyard  (Sarpy County)
Duane and Kathy Schwery's back deck  (Cass County)

Birds seen while drinking coffee or cider and eating cookies, cheese and
crackers:

Not sent to e-birds

1. Downy Woodpeckers
2. Red-bellied Woodpeckers
3. Hairy Woodpeckers
4. Northern Flickers
5.Blue Jays
6. Black-capped Chickadees
7. Tufted Titmouse
8. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. BROWN CREEPER
11. CAROLINA WREN  (up close)
12. Eastern Bluebird (drinking from the birdbath)
13. E. Starling
14. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (drinking at the birdbath)
15. Dark-eyed Juncos
16. Northern Cardinals
17. House Finch
18. PINE SISKINS (20-30)
19. American Goldfinch
20. House Sparrows

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE



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Date: 1/13/18 10:47 am
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Subject: [NEBirds] Wachiska Audubon wintry birds field trip in Omaha area - Sun. 1/14
Winter's seemingly barren landscape can pose a formidable challenge for those who seek avian treasures, but cheer up fellow birders, that goal isn't impossible. Wachiska Audubon's January field trip will be dedicated to chasing winter specialties in the Omaha area. Conditions that influence availability of food sources have pushed some great birds into our region this winter and unusual visitors like Common Redpolls or a Snowy Owl could potentially make our checklist. We'll also look for Winter Wrens in area parks where they could be bopping along the wooded stream habitat. A detour west of Omaha on our return trip may allow us to enjoy the swan loafing site that Joel J. recently located.


Meet at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January 14 in Lincoln on the south side of the Capitol at 15th and H Streets, across from the governor's mansion. Participants can either caravan or carpool for the 60-mile drive. Anyone preferring to meet in Omaha can join the group around 1:45 p.m. on the north edge of Hummel Park in the parking lot off of Ponca Road. Dress for some winter hiking and bring a water bottle and binoculars if you have them. There is no charge and the public is welcome.


-John Carlini & Shari Schwartz, Lincoln
 

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Date: 1/13/18 6:39 am
From: Edward Allen <Sprallen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] ?Snowy Owl and Long-eared Owls?

Sam,

Thanks for the good report on the Maple St./I-680 Snowy Owl.

Does anyone have any advice about finding the Long-eared Owls at Lake Cunningham? I looked for them there a number of years ago and came up empty-handed. I searched the pine grove at the entrance of the park. Is that the most likely place to find them?

Edward Allen
Lincoln, Lancaster County





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To: NEBirds <NEBirds...>
Sent: Fri, Jan 12, 2018 10:52 pm
Subject: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl and Tundra Swan--Douglas County 1/12






This afternoon, I birded several locations around Douglas County. My first stop was to see if I could find the Snowy Owl again in the area of I-680 and Maple Street. After thoroughly checking the interstate interchanges, I found it perched on one of the structures at the base of the telephone tower along 102nd Street, northeast of the interchange. I then headed out to the Valley area to look for the Snowy Owl that has been hanging out in the area of the interchange of Highways 275 and 36. Today, I was sent pictures of it from several days ago that a friend of a coworker of mine took. I unfortunately couldn't find it, even though I checked most of the area. Also in this area were several massive flocks of Mallards, and one of the flocks contained approximately 5430 Mallards. My last stop of the day was the location where Gary Roberts and Joel Jorgensen had swans at 264th and Pacific S treet. I easily found the swans resting in a cornfield west of the intersection, and counted 36 Trumpeter Swan and 1 Tundra Swan.














All sightings in eBird.






Sam Manning
Omaha, Douglas County, NE







 

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Date: 1/12/18 8:52 pm
From: <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl and Tundra Swan--Douglas County 1/12
This afternoon, I birded several locations around Douglas County. My first stop was to see if I could find the Snowy Owl again in the area of I-680 and Maple Street. After thoroughly checking the interstate interchanges, I found it perched on one of the structures at the base of the telephone tower along 102nd Street, northeast of the interchange. I then headed out to the Valley area to look for the Snowy Owl that has been hanging out in the area of the interchange of Highways 275 and 36. Today, I was sent pictures of it from several days ago that a friend of a coworker of mine took. I unfortunately couldn't find it, even though I checked most of the area. Also in this area were several massive flocks of Mallards, and one of the flocks contained approximately 5430 Mallards. My last stop of the day was the location where Gary Roberts and Joel Jorgensen had swans at 264th and Pacific Street. I easily found the swans resting in a cornfield west of the intersection, and counted 36 Trumpeter Swan and 1 Tundra Swan.













All sightings in eBird.






Sam Manning
Omaha, Douglas County, NE
 

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Date: 1/11/18 9:34 am
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting. A Northeast Colorado Perspective
Nebraska Raven Seekers,

Northeast Colorado has almost no CORA records on eBird, but each of the five counties bordering Nebraska have Common Raven on their official (i.e., by the Colorado Field Ornithologists Bird Records Committee) county checklist. Those five counties are Yuma, Phillips, Sedgwick, Logan and Weld.

On eBird there is one observation by Steve Mlodinow from Sand Draw SWA that lies about 8 miles NW of Verdango, but that is the only CORA record on eBird other than Weld County observations.

In Weld, where CORA is not uncommon in the western part of the county, there are three records in ’16-’17 that are within 5 miles of the tri-state point (which I suggested as a hot-spot a few years back, but it never took). Interestingly, the most recent of these observations was on 12/3/17.

Bill Kaempfer
Boulder CO
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Date: 1/11/18 9:07 am
From: <tgannon2...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
“Just keep heading west.” ;-}

—T Gannon
Lincoln, NE
 

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Date: 1/11/18 6:20 am
From: <garoberts...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Tundra Swan Pics
I posted several pics of the Tundra Swan

Gary Roberts
Dodge County


 

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Date: 1/11/18 6:12 am
From: <garoberts...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Tundra Swan
After Joel reported the Trumpeter Swans on Pacific street yesterday i went down and located the birds and took some pics. Late last night i viewed the photos and found one bird was actually a Tundra Swan showing yellow lores. The location of the birds is about a 1/2 mile west of 264th street on Pacific in a corn field. If they are out as far as yesterday you will need a field scope. This is in Douglas County.

Gary Roberts
Dodge


 

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Date: 1/10/18 5:38 pm
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
I believe birds with nasal bristles that extend more than halfway out toward the bill tip can be confidently ID'ed as Chihuahuan Ravens; however, I don't think the converse is true (I.e. Chihuauhans may be able to have bristles that go less than halfway out).

I don't know much about this ID though...

I'm planning to go raven-ing this weekend... any ideas of likely areas to look, besides where the two recent sightings were?

Noah



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On Wed, 1/10/18, <birdaz...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
To: <NEBirds...>
Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 4:01 PM


 









I'm happy to believe that at least some of the
reports in recent years pertain to ravens. But few of those
recent reporters seem to understand that there are two
ravens possible in the state, and that distinguishing one
from the other, especially at interstate speeds, is a
problem that surpasses most birding challenges. My Linnaean
Society field trip had one this autumn just a few miles west
of the Wyoming line, and we had to leave it unidentified,
alas.
I'm more and
more skeptical as time goes on of all Nebraska records of
common ravens -- and look forward more and more to having my
skepticism proved wrong someday.
I suppose the best approach is the
old approach: tag along with a crow hunter and look close at
the big ones.
All best
wishes,











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Date: 1/10/18 3:46 pm
From: JON STRONG <jon.strong...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
Paul, I should have wrote "as the Corvid flies" to cover all possiblities!

Jon S.

Omaha, NE


> On January 10, 2018 at 6:27 PM "Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:
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>
>
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> Jon,
> Maybe that should read "as the Raven flies?"
>
> Paul O. Roisen
> Woodbury County, IA
> Mobile 712-301-2817
>
> On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 4:28 PM, JON STRONG <jon.strong...> mailto:<jon.strong...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> mailto:<NEBirds...> > wrote:
>
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> >
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> >
> > Hi Rick and others,
> >
> > There sure seems to be more Common Ravens reported down in southwest Kansas in the last couple of years . I think there may have even been a report of a raven down there this CBC season (may be wrong on that). However, SW Kansas is not so far from southwest Nebraska as the crow flies!
> >
> > Jon Strong
> >
> > Omaha, NE
> >
> >
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Date: 1/10/18 3:27 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
Jon,
Maybe that should read "as the Raven flies?"

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

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 4:28 PM, JON STRONG <jon.strong...> [NEBirds] <
<NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> Hi Rick and others,
>
> There sure seems to be more Common Ravens reported down in southwest
> Kansas in the last couple of years . I think there may have even been a
> report of a raven down there this CBC season (may be wrong on that).
> However, SW Kansas is not so far from southwest Nebraska as the crow flies!
>
> Jon Strong
>
> Omaha, NE
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/10/18 2:28 pm
From: JON STRONG <jon.strong...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
Hi Rick and others,

There sure seems to be more Common Ravens reported down in southwest Kansas in the last couple of years . I think there may have even been a report of a raven down there this CBC season (may be wrong on that). However, SW Kansas is not so far from southwest Nebraska as the crow flies!

Jon Strong

Omaha, NE
 

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Date: 1/10/18 2:01 pm
From: <birdaz...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
I'm happy to believe that at least some of the reports in recent years pertain to ravens. But few of those recent reporters seem to understand that there are two ravens possible in the state, and that distinguishing one from the other, especially at interstate speeds, is a problem that surpasses most birding challenges. My Linnaean Society field trip had one this autumn just a few miles west of the Wyoming line, and we had to leave it unidentified, alas.

I'm more and more skeptical as time goes on of all Nebraska records of common ravens -- and look forward more and more to having my skepticism proved wrong someday.

I suppose the best approach is the old approach: tag along with a crow hunter and look close at the big ones.


All best wishes,




 

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Date: 1/10/18 1:47 pm
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Omaha Snowy Owl
There was an article in the Omaha World Herald today about the owl that included statements about giving the owl some space and to avoid harassing it.

http://www.omaha.com/living/a-harry-potter-owl-draws-attention-in-northwest-omaha-but/article_485c1c64-f574-11e7-93b8-f3e05648385e.html

Media coverage is always tricky with sensitive wildlife. It does present an opportunity to provide important messages and to (hopefully) educate people, but it also leads to more publicity and more interest, including from the small percentage of individuals that will behave in an undesirable manner. However, with this bird, the cat is out of bag because of the speed information travels these days. The bird also is its own best publicist, I'm guessing several of the bad actors found the owl on their own rather than finding out about it on the internet. I was contacted by and did an interview with KETV this morning on-site about the owl. The reporter, cameraman and I relocated the owl southwest of the interchange in what appeared to be a vegetable garden on the church grounds. There were construction workers working around the church, but the bird did not seem phased or interested by their movements. The news crew should have some decent video, but they got no closer than the construction workers and did not bother the bird. A major theme of the interview was to enjoy seeing Snowy Owls but to avoid harassing them. Special emphasis was given to the fact that this bird could easily be flushed into traffic and collide with a vehicle. As always, though, I'm not sure what will end up in the final cut. I also asked them not to provide the bird's specific location. Snow forecasted for tonight will hopefully give it a little more camouflage, but it would be best if it found a new haunt.

On the way back to Lincoln, I found 23 Trumpeter Swans in a field north of Venice, along with a Ring-necked Duck and a Hooded Merganser in a small patch of open water near spot where the swans were hanging out.

Good birding!

-Joel

Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd 68503 | 402.471.5440
<joel.jorgensen...><mailto:<joel.jorgensen...>


 

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Date: 1/10/18 2:33 am
From: Joe <jfreeborn58...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: Snowy owl
I fear the owl is either going to get hurt or killed, or the over zealous photographers will cause an accident. And as mentioned, to the non-birding public, it looks as though we are harassing it just for the sake of a photo.

I was watching from across 680 on Monday for about 45 minutes starting at 11 am and observed 2 different vehicles stop on the on ramp, with one person getting out and moving towards the bird for a picture. Very dangerous on a busy interchange.

Perhaps law enforcement could be made aware so they can drive by more frequently to help curb this behavior?

And maybe the local news and radio outlets could run a short piece on proper etiquette. Like on the short radio spots Greg Wagner runs from Game & Parks. I kinda doubt it’d make a difference though to those who want a photo above anything else.

Bird needs to be relocated.

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Date: 1/9/18 6:35 pm
From: <john.duresky...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Re: Snowy owl
I want to thank all of you for posting about this bird. I haven't been a very active birdwatcher over the last few years, but then, I have nearly every bird that flies in the Nebraska on my life list. And I have a fishing boat... so if I have time to get out, it is usually in the boat.

Regardless, I did make the trek today, and after some hilarious frustrations, I did see the Snowy Owl.


I also saw another birder, with a huge telephoto lens, getting very close to the Owl. Maybe 15 - 20 yards. So my question is this? Why? I mean, with that lens, you could certainly get a good, focused shot? Why the need to push it even closer?


Here are the rules from the ABA:
1(b) To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming.
Limit the use of recordings and other methods of attracting birds, and never use such methods in heavily birded areas or for attracting any species that is Threatened, Endangered, of Special Concern, or is rare in your local area.
Keep well back from nests and nesting colonies, roosts, display areas, and important feeding sites. In such sensitive areas, if there is a need for extended observation, photography, filming, or recording, try to use a blind or hide, and take advantage of natural cover.
Use artificial light sparingly for filming or photography, especially for close-ups.
1(c) Before advertising the presence of a rare bird, evaluate the potential for disturbance to the bird, its surroundings, and other people in the area, and proceed only if access can be controlled, disturbance minimized, and permission has been obtained from private landowners. The sites of rare nesting birds should be divulged only to the proper conservation authorities.
1(d) Stay on roads, trails, and paths where they exist; otherwise, keep habitat disturbance to a minimum.



 

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Date: 1/9/18 4:41 pm
From: Carol Walker <cnkoda...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Re: Snowy owl
I am new. Cannot you relocate the owl in unsafe circumstances?

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 9, 2018, at 5:55 PM, Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
> I, too, wish he would find a new territory to utilize. As I pulled off the interstate on the way home this evening at 5:30, the owl was perched on the merge sign on the eastbound-to-northbound cloverleaf. As I came to a stop and rolled down my window for a clearer look, he launched into flight in my direction. He banked away at a distance of about 12-15 feet and flew right over the cars ahead of me, then turned back west and was narrowly missed by a car on the cloverleaf before he perched on a different road sign. It seems inevitable that a car will hit him sooner or later.
>
> Brian Peterson
> Omaha
>
>
>
>> On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 10:20 PM, Joe <jfreeborn58...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:
>>
>> Yes. That is bad form. I was observing from across N680 and seen two different vehicles do this. One person approached close. Owl was clearly agitated. It’s also illegal and quite dangerous. I’d hate to see an accident occur over this.
>>
>> I’m curious why the owl is staying put in this rather poor choice of location. At least in my estimation. Is it possible it is wounded or something like that? Seems odd it’d be in the same spot for so many days in a row. I don’t know if it goes out over night or not then resumes his spot at sunup though. Just seems a lousy spot for an owl if it were me.
>>
>> Did have great views though. Gorgeous creature. Thanks to all who initially reported.
>>
>> Joe Freeborn, Wahoo
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
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Date: 1/9/18 4:28 pm
From: <esaterojarvi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
It's always difficult to grasp what was seen by others in an unfamiliar (to me) area, but looking at eBird, there is a string of observations on the Wyoming side along I-80 from Pine Bluffs to Cheyenne. A number of people were driving an listed often other birds as well. There is an I-80 service road parallel to the interstate for part of that distance.

Going South there are a couple of observations at Pawnee grassland in Colorado. Some have seen the bird close enough to see a large bill. Most of these I believe are flying birds. There the striking feature is the large tail. Also the bird itself is large. But it could be mistaken by some people, especially if others have reported one in the area and you are then anxious to find one and add it to some list or other. This is probably the main problem with eBird. There is too much data and a false ID may appear where a bird is uncommon but not really rare. In areas where it is rare, if I were reviewer, I would ask if the observer saw both the head and the tail, or just the rear view of a bird flying away. I think I might make a call on a flying bird seen without binoculars if it was common to an area. An easy one is Magpie in Colorado. But about half the time I even leave those unlisted.


When traveling abroad, I probably get some birds wrong. I just assume the local people can decide if the tourist saw the right bird. Those are never rare birds. I may just have got two common birds mixed up. I had an odd bird in South Korea that turned out to be pipit rather than a thrush. I had help on that with a really bad picture. The experts knew it was a pipit right away. It was odd to be in a country with 40 million people and some few hundred active birders. So it seemed.


I've found ravens out West on and off, and nearly all were rather stationary and most of them I heard vocalize. The most trouble I had was in Minnesota where I could hear crows every day and one raven on and off. I could never see it very well, so I listened to it for two days at least.


Esa Jarvi, Lincoln
 

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Date: 1/9/18 3:56 pm
From: Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Re: Snowy owl
I, too, wish he would find a new territory to utilize. As I pulled off the
interstate on the way home this evening at 5:30, the owl was perched on the
merge sign on the eastbound-to-northbound cloverleaf. As I came to a stop
and rolled down my window for a clearer look, he launched into flight in my
direction. He banked away at a distance of about 12-15 feet and flew right
over the cars ahead of me, then turned back west and was narrowly missed by
a car on the cloverleaf before he perched on a different road sign. It
seems inevitable that a car will hit him sooner or later.

Brian Peterson
Omaha



On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 10:20 PM, Joe <jfreeborn58...> [NEBirds] <
<NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> Yes. That is bad form. I was observing from across N680 and seen two
> different vehicles do this. One person approached close. Owl was clearly
> agitated. It’s also illegal and quite dangerous. I’d hate to see an
> accident occur over this.
>
> I’m curious why the owl is staying put in this rather poor choice of
> location. At least in my estimation. Is it possible it is wounded or
> something like that? Seems odd it’d be in the same spot for so many days in
> a row. I don’t know if it goes out over night or not then resumes his spot
> at sunup though. Just seems a lousy spot for an owl if it were me.
>
> Did have great views though. Gorgeous creature. Thanks to all who
> initially reported.
>
> Joe Freeborn, Wahoo
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>

 

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Date: 1/9/18 1:37 pm
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.

Upon viewing these Raven comments and checklists, this entered my mind...
Common Raven is essentially the feathered Sasquatch of Nebraska.  Large, dark, and sometimes noisy.  Many have claimed to have observed it, but there is no hard core evidence (at least in recent years).  
Hopefully soon, some good photographic or audio evidence will come forth.
Just my two-cents.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>



On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 1:37 AM, "Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  Paul,   I believe that the posting was  http://ebird.org/ ebird/view/checklist/S41749134   someplace west of Kimball along I-80 on Monday.
Paul O. RoisenWoodbury County, IAMobile 712-301-2817
On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 5:24 PM, paul dunbar <pastorpaultdunbar...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

  Last Friday (Jan.5) I drove out through the area in which the first raven was reported, i.e., west of McCook on Hwy 6, saw lots of raptors in the vicinity and on the trip from and back to Hastings -- Red-tails, Rough-legs, B.Eagles, Kestrels, a couple Prairie Falcons, 1 Merlin, 1 GH Owl -- but no raven, and remarkably, not even a single Am.Crow! 
So, when and where was this second raven reported from, and by whom?
Paul DunbarHastings (Adams Co)

On Monday, January 8, 2018 4:04 PM, "Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  I see a 2nd Common Raven was listed on eBird.  Two Common Raven in NE in one week!   Wow.   Wish I had time to shoot out for the weekend but alsa.... 
God Bless,
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Date: 1/8/18 11:37 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
Paul, I believe that the posting was http://ebird.org/
ebird/view/checklist/S41749134 someplace west of Kimball along I-80 on
Monday.

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

On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 5:24 PM, paul dunbar <pastorpaultdunbar...>
[NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> Last Friday (Jan.5) I drove out through the area in which the first raven
> was reported, i.e., west of McCook on Hwy 6, saw lots of raptors in the
> vicinity and on the trip from and back to Hastings -- Red-tails,
> Rough-legs, B.Eagles, Kestrels, a couple Prairie Falcons, 1 Merlin, 1 GH
> Owl -- but no raven, and remarkably, not even a single Am.Crow!
>
> So, when and where was this second raven reported from, and by whom?
>
> Paul Dunbar
> Hastings (Adams Co)
>
>
> On Monday, January 8, 2018 4:04 PM, "Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...>
> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
>
>
> I see a 2nd Common Raven was listed on eBird. Two Common Raven in NE in
> one week! Wow. Wish I had time to shoot out for the weekend but
> alsa....
>
> God Bless,
>
> *Paul O. Roisen*
> *Woodbury County, IA*
> *Mobile 712-301-2817 <(712)%20301-2817>*
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/8/18 8:21 pm
From: Joe <jfreeborn58...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: Snowy owl
Yes. That is bad form. I was observing from across N680 and seen two different vehicles do this. One person approached close. Owl was clearly agitated.. It’s also illegal and quite dangerous. I’d hate to see an accident occur over this.

I’m curious why the owl is staying put in this rather poor choice of location. At least in my estimation. Is it possible it is wounded or something like that? Seems odd it’d be in the same spot for so many days in a row. I don’t know if it goes out over night or not then resumes his spot at sunup though. Just seems a lousy spot for an owl if it were me.

Did have great views though. Gorgeous creature. Thanks to all who initially reported.

Joe Freeborn, Wahoo

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Date: 1/8/18 5:59 pm
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] RE:Snowy owl
   This reckless behavior Jerry Toll witnessed is similar to what I observed on Saturday.  While I was there the bird flushed twice.  Once off of the cell tower possibly due to overzealous folks, and a second instance from someone stopping along the exit ramp to get a look/photo of the bird.   This particular vehicle had already stopped in the parking area on the hill at a safe distance.  For  whatever reason they felt they had to approach the already possibly malnourished bird closer causing it to expend energy and put themselves and other motorists at risk.  Another instance was when a car pulled off to the shoulder along Maple St., nearly on to the bridge portion.
  This CANNOT continue at this location.  It is making many of us who do follow the birding rules of ethics look bad, and just makes birders look bad in general.  As Jerry mentioned we are stressing out the bird as well.  I am very surprised there have been no accidents at this busy cloverleaf interchange due to people wanting to get a view of this uncommon owl.   
Please respect other motorists and this bird by viewing it from a more distant location.
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>



On Monday, January 8, 2018 1:44 PM, "'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  Twice this morning while running errands I drove past the Maple St exit on I-680 where the snowy owl is being seen. Both times I saw the owl in the SE quadrant inside the cloverleaf where it was yesterday. And both times I saw someone STOPPED on the on-ramp looking at the owl. The second time, the individual was out of the car to photograph the owl! Not only is this unethical behavior putting themselves and other motorists at risk by stopping on the on-ramp but getting out of the car to get the picture is clearly harassing wildlife and is unethical by birders code of conduct. I would estimate that the owl was about 30 feet from the photographer, much too close to insure that the owl would not flush from it’s position. The owls location makes it extremely vulnerable to a collision with a vehicle and to take a chance like this that you may cross the line passed its comfort zone is inexcusable. Please, everyone exercise common sense and good judgement when viewing wildlife.    Jerry <Tollgeritol48...>  

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Date: 1/8/18 4:27 pm
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
Here's the report: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41749134

-Joel

Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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Sent: Monday, January 08, 2018 5:24 PM
To: <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.



Last Friday (Jan.5) I drove out through the area in which the first raven was reported, i.e., west of McCook on Hwy 6, saw lots of raptors in the vicinity and on the trip from and back to Hastings -- Red-tails, Rough-legs, B.Eagles, Kestrels, a couple Prairie Falcons, 1 Merlin, 1 GH Owl -- but no raven, and remarkably, not even a single Am.Crow!

So, when and where was this second raven reported from, and by whom?

Paul Dunbar
Hastings (Adams Co)


On Monday, January 8, 2018 4:04 PM, "Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:



I see a 2nd Common Raven was listed on eBird. Two Common Raven in NE in one week! Wow. Wish I had time to shoot out for the weekend but alsa....

God Bless,

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





 

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Date: 1/8/18 3:25 pm
From: paul dunbar <pastorpaultdunbar...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
Last Friday (Jan.5) I drove out through the area in which the first raven was reported, i.e., west of McCook on Hwy 6, saw lots of raptors in the vicinity and on the trip from and back to Hastings -- Red-tails, Rough-legs, B.Eagles, Kestrels, a couple Prairie Falcons, 1 Merlin, 1 GH Owl -- but no raven, and remarkably, not even a single Am.Crow! 
So, when and where was this second raven reported from, and by whom?
Paul DunbarHastings (Adams Co)

On Monday, January 8, 2018 4:04 PM, "Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  I see a 2nd Common Raven was listed on eBird.  Two Common Raven in NE in one week!   Wow.   Wish I had time to shoot out for the weekend but alsa.... 
God Bless,
Paul O. Roisen
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Date: 1/8/18 2:14 pm
From: <garoberts...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Long Earred Owls still at Cunningham Lake.
Relocated the LEOW's in the pine grove along the road on the northeast side of Lake Cunningham. Thanks to the Mannings for reporting these birds and Brian Peterson for the tips to find them. Left the owls at 10:30 am this morning.

Gary Roberts
Dodge County


 

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Date: 1/8/18 2:04 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Common Raven--NOT a sighting.
I see a 2nd Common Raven was listed on eBird. Two Common Raven in NE in
one week! Wow. Wish I had time to shoot out for the weekend but
alsa....

God Bless,

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

 

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Date: 1/8/18 11:54 am
From: 'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] RE:Snowy owl
Twice this morning while running errands I drove past the Maple St exit on
I-680 where the snowy owl is being seen. Both times I saw the owl in the SE
quadrant inside the cloverleaf where it was yesterday. And both times I saw
someone STOPPED on the on-ramp looking at the owl. The second time, the
individual was out of the car to photograph the owl! Not only is this
unethical behavior putting themselves and other motorists at risk by
stopping on the on-ramp but getting out of the car to get the picture is
clearly harassing wildlife and is unethical by birders code of conduct. I
would estimate that the owl was about 30 feet from the photographer, much
too close to insure that the owl would not flush from it's position. The
owls location makes it extremely vulnerable to a collision with a vehicle
and to take a chance like this that you may cross the line passed its
comfort zone is inexcusable.

Please, everyone exercise common sense and good judgement when viewing
wildlife.





Jerry Toll

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Date: 1/8/18 10:56 am
From: 'Don & Janis Paseka' <paseka76...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Ames CBC tally
The Ames CBC was run on January 5.
The results are below. HC denotes
high count.

Greater W-F Goose 2 HC
Snow Goose 109
Ross's Goose 1 HC
Cackling Goose 10
Canada Goose 3049
Mallard 373
Common Goldeneye 7
Common Merganser 8
Northern Bobwhite 27 HC
Ring-necked Pheasant 25
Wild Turkey 25
Great Blue Heron 4
Bald Eagle 11
Northern Harrier 10 HC
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 4 HC
Red-tailed Hawk 51 HC
Rough-legged Hawk 14 HC
Wilson's Snipe 3 HC
Rock Pigeon 30
Eurasian Collared Dove 6
Mourning Dove 23
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Great Horned Owl 3
Barred Owl 4 HC
Long-eared Owl 2 HC
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 44 HC
Downy Woodpecker 32
Hairy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 26
American Kestrel 4
Merlin 3 HC
Prairie Falcon cw
Northern Shrike 1
Blue Jay 71
American Crow 15
Horned Lark 946 HC
Black-capped Chickadee 39
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 42
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren
MISS
Golden-crowned Kinglet
MISS
Eastern Bluebird 16
American Robin 462
European Starling 774
Cedar Waxwing 3
Lapland Longspur 255
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
Spotted Towhee cw
American Tree Sparrow 792 HC
Fox Sparrow 3 HC
Song Sparrow 11 HC
White-throated Sparrow 2
Harris' Sparrow 50 HC
White-crowned Sparrow 3 HC
Dark-eyed Junco 514
Northern Cardinal 48
Red-winged Blackbird 132
Meadowlark sp. 132
Rusty Blackbird 41 HC
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Purple Finch cw
House Finch 26
American Goldfinch 139
House Sparrow 208



TOTAL SPECIES 62
TOTAL INDIVIDUALS 8653



Don Paseka, compiler

 

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Date: 1/7/18 3:22 pm
From: '<jwhall2...>' <jwhall2...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] I-680 and Maple St. Snowy Owl picture
NeBirders, I posted a picture of the Snowy Owl taken today at 3:03 pm on the NOU Facebook page. Rachel is hoping to return tomorrow, when perhaps the sun will give a more advantageous opportunity. John and Rachel HallOmaha NE
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Date: 1/7/18 2:44 pm
From: '<deborah.murphy...> <deborah.murphy...>' <deborah.murphy...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] snowy today
My husband and I arrived as Clem was setting up his scope, so he was able to point

out where the Snowy Owl was located. Thanks Clem, for letting us view the bird

through the scope. It was exciting to see the bird two days in a row!

Deborah Murphy, Omaha


> On January 7, 2018 at 4:19 PM "Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
>
>
> At 2:30 the Snowy Owl was still sitting on the ground next to the small pole with the 3 small orange reflectors on top of it. From the church parking lot Jerry mentions you can walk down
> the grassy hill to the cyclone fence next to I-680 and with a scope you can get a nice look at the owl.
> Clem Klaphake
> Bellevue, NE
>
>
> On 1/7/2018 1:18 PM, 'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> mailto:<geritol48...> [NEBirds] wrote:
>
> ?space?--

About 12:30 today I was told by Abbe Richardson where to find the snowy owl at I-680 and Maple St. It was in the Southeast quadrant, within the northbound entrance cloverleaf to I-680 by a small pole. It appeared to me to be an adult male, very lightly marked dorsal, mostly white head and breast. The safest place to view it was from the Church of Christ parking lot entered via 108th st, south of Maple St just past the strip mall.



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Date: 1/7/18 1:24 pm
From: Liz Wickemeyer <penguina08...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: Omaha Snowy Hedwig still there
At 3:15 I observed the Snowy Owl near the I-680 N ramp at Maple St. It was in the grass in the loop of the ramp and could really only be observed from the shoulder getting on I-680 N. You could barely catch a glimpse exiting Maple from I-680 S.

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Date: 1/7/18 1:22 pm
From: Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] snowy today
At 2:30 the Snowy Owl was still sitting on the ground next to the small
pole with the 3 small orange reflectors on top of it. From the church
parking lot Jerry mentions you can walk down
the grassy hill to the cyclone fence next to I-680 and with a scope you
can get a nice look at the owl.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

On 1/7/2018 1:18 PM, 'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds] wrote:
>
> About 12:30 today I was told by Abbe Richardson where to find the
> snowy owl at I-680 and Maple St. It was in the Southeast quadrant,
> within the northbound entrance cloverleaf to I-680 by a small pole.
> It appeared to me to be an adult male, very lightly marked dorsal,
> mostly white head and breast. The safest place to view it was from
> the Church of Christ parking lot entered via 108^th st, south of Maple
> St just past the strip mall.
>
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Date: 1/7/18 1:21 pm
From: Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] snowy today
At 2:30 the Snowy Owl was still sitting on the ground next to the small
pole with the 3 small orange reflectors on top of it. From the church
parking lot Jerry mentions you can walk down
the grassy hill to the cyclone fence next to I-680 and with a scope you
can get a nice look at the owl.
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE

On 1/7/2018 1:18 PM, 'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds] wrote:
>
> About 12:30 today I was told by Abbe Richardson where to find the
> snowy owl at I-680 and Maple St. It was in the Southeast quadrant,
> within the northbound entrance cloverleaf to I-680 by a small pole.
> It appeared to me to be an adult male, very lightly marked dorsal,
> mostly white head and breast. The safest place to view it was from
> the Church of Christ parking lot entered via 108^th st, south of Maple
> St just past the strip mall.
>
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Date: 1/7/18 12:42 pm
From: JON STRONG <jon.strong...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Omaha Snowy Hedwig still there
As of 2:15pm today, the I-680 & Maple interchange Snowy Owl reported by Jerry Toll is still there.

Jon Strong

Omaha, NE
 

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Date: 1/7/18 11:58 am
From: 'Rich Kern' <rich...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] snowy today
I also saw it at 12:45. Here is a Google location someone else posted
earlier:

https://www.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8
<https://www.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=41.2854268,-96.0747782&ll=41
..2854268,-96.0747782>
&t=p&z=13&q=41.2854268,-96.0747782&ll=41.2854268,-96.0747782



I didn't think of it until driving back to Lincoln but you could part at Dr.
Jack's Drinkery, walk south on N 102nd St. and cross the Maple St. Then
walk along on the south sinde Maple Street towards the west and cross the I
680 exit to Maple Street. There was a panhandler right at that intersection
and looks like a safe place to stand. Just look towards the WSW and you
would see it right on the ground next to a culvert post.



From: <NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Sunday, January 07, 2018 1:19 PM
To: NEBirds
Subject: [NEBirds] snowy today





About 12:30 today I was told by Abbe Richardson where to find the snowy owl
at I-680 and Maple St. It was in the Southeast quadrant, within the
northbound entrance cloverleaf to I-680 by a small pole. It appeared to me
to be an adult male, very lightly marked dorsal, mostly white head and
breast. The safest place to view it was from the Church of Christ parking
lot entered via 108th st, south of Maple St just past the strip mall.



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Date: 1/7/18 11:19 am
From: 'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] snowy today
About 12:30 today I was told by Abbe Richardson where to find the snowy owl
at I-680 and Maple St. It was in the Southeast quadrant, within the
northbound entrance cloverleaf to I-680 by a small pole. It appeared to me
to be an adult male, very lightly marked dorsal, mostly white head and
breast. The safest place to view it was from the Church of Christ parking
lot entered via 108th st, south of Maple St just past the strip mall.



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Date: 1/7/18 10:38 am
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Lower Platte River CBC - results
Eighteen observers tallied a total of 71 species on the inaugural Lower Platte River Christmas Bird Count (CBC) which was held on a very chilly 4 January. Low temperatures were around zero and high temps got no better than the upper teens. Fortunately, winds were light but most of the day was cloudy. The sun did appear and take over in the middle afternoon. Approximately 99% of all water was ice-covered, including the Platte River.

It was a little challenging knowing what to expect because of the recent extreme cold and also since this was the first year of the CBC. I thought sixty species might be a reasonable expectation because I speculated waterfowl and numbers and species diversity might be very limited. However, waterfowl did better than expected with fifteen species recorded which included 5 species of geese. The best bird of the day was perhaps a Townsend's Solitaire, but 1 Trumpeter Swan, 2 Hermit Thrushes and 3 Rusty Blackbirds were also good. There were no glaring misses, but I thought we'd get a Pileated Woodpecker but we did not. Other species that could be considered mild misses include Northern Bobwhite, Ring-necked Pheasant, Northern Shrike, Winter Wren, Spotted Towhee, and White-crowned Sparrow. However, most of these species are probably pretty darn good birds in the CBC circle, especially as suburbia continues to gobble up open country in Sarpy County. Purple Finch, which I thought would be a lock, was a near miss with only a singleton being sighted. Good numbers of Mallards, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Fox Sparrows were tallied.

Thanks to the great group of birders that braved the cold and participated in the CBC. What I think are the final numbers are listed below.

Greater White-fronted Goose 5
Snow Goose 32
Ross's Goose 1
Cackling Goose 11
Canada Goose 5553
Trumpeter Swan 1
Gadwall 3
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 15032
Green-winged Teal 11
Redhead 3
Ring-necked Duck 1
Common Goldeneye 12
Hooded Merganser 3
Common Merganser 57
Wild Turkey 51
Great Blue Heron 5
Bald Eagle 46
Northern Harrier 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Cooper's Hawk 4
Red-tailed Hawk 85
Rough-legged Hawk 10
American Kestrel 7
Merlin 2
Rock Pigeon 53
Eurasian Collard-Dove 87
Mourning Dove 50
Eastern Screech-Owl 2
Great Horned Owl 3
Barred Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 59
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 47
Hairy Woodpecker 13
Northern Flicker 27
Blue Jay 137
American Crow 179
Horned Lark 183
Tufted Titmouse 15
Black-capped Chickadee 45
White-breasted Nuthatch 52
Red-breasted Nuthatch 9
Brown Creeper 3
Carolina Wren 18
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 65
American Robin 394
Hermit Thrush 2
Townsend's Solitaire 1
European Starling 596
Cedar Waxwing 292
Lapland Longspur 133
Yellow-rumped Warbler 34
American Tree Sparrow 1126
Fox Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow 7
White-throated Sparrow 5
Harris's Sparrow 48
Dark-eyed Junco 2271
Northern Cardinal 115
Red-winged Blackbird 27
Rusty Blackbird 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Meadowlark (sp.)/Western Meadowlark 272
Purple Finch 1
House Finch 81
Pine Siskin 14
American Goldfinch 276
House Sparrow 206

-Joel

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Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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Date: 1/6/18 4:34 pm
From: Jerry Probst <probstsuebee...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck not present - 1/6/18

We could not find the Harlequin looked 9-10am 1/6/18. found kingfisher and great blue heron
Bill Huser
Bob Livermore



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Sent: Sat, Jan 6, 2018 5:37 pm
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck not present - 1/6/18







This morning, my father and brother looked for the continuing Harlequin Duck at Summit Lake SRA in Burt County. After looking for it for about 2 hours, they were unable to find it. The only thing of note at the lake was 1 Hermit Thrush.










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Omaha, Douglas County, NE







 

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Date: 1/6/18 3:27 pm
From: <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck not present - 1/6/18
This morning, my father and brother looked for the continuing Harlequin Duck at Summit Lake SRA in Burt County. After looking for it for about 2 hours, they were unable to find it. The only thing of note at the lake was 1 Hermit Thrush.










Sam Manning
Omaha, Douglas County, NE
 

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Date: 1/6/18 2:42 pm
From: Susanne Hickey <shickey...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl
In Omaha north east corner of Maple and I 680. Sitting on fence around the cell tower behind tattoo parlor. Just left there at 12:05 PM

Susanne Hickey
Director of Conservation Programs, Iowa
515-360-4457

On Jan 6, 2018, at 11:52 AM, Sam Bennett <samcbennett...><mailto:<samcbennett...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...><mailto:<NEBirds...>> wrote:



10:00 to 11:00 this morning, 1-6-18.

On Jan 6, 2018 11:51, "Sam Bennett" <samcbennett...><mailto:<samcbennett...>> wrote:
Sorry, yes it is in Omaha Ne., Douglas County.

On Jan 6, 2018 11:49, "renosmom <renosmom...><mailto:<renosmom...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...><mailto:<NEBirds...>> wrote:


Please include the city or where the sighting was. Is this the one seen near Omaha yesterday?

Kathy DeLara
Mitchell, NE



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From: "Sam Bennett <samcbennett...><mailto:<samcbennett...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...><mailto:<NEBirds...>>
Date: 1/6/18 9:20 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: <nebirds...><mailto:<nebirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl



I found the Snowy Owl sitting on small building attached to the cell tower northeast of 680 & Maple. I am parked in the parking lot west of a tattoo parlor and north of the BP gas ststion



 

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Date: 1/6/18 1:25 pm
From: '<deborah.murphy...> <deborah.murphy...>' <deborah.murphy...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl Ongoing
I was thrilled to add this Snowy Owl to my life list today while I joined two other

birders near I-680 and Maple. Thanks to the guy who allowed

me to shoot a photo using my camera and his tripod.

It's attached.

Deborah, Omaha


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Date: 1/6/18 1:03 pm
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl Ongoing
The aforementioned SNOWY OWL has been observed for quite a while much
to the delight of many. The bird is positioned on the ground where
the east most quadrant of the W. Maple overpass begins. It is easily
observable from the parking lot near the tattoo parlor on the east
side of I-680 (cell tower side).
Please refrain from any dangerous vehicular maneuvers to try to get a
better look. This is a dangerous intersection, and we do not want to
stress the owl.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co.
On Jan 6, 2018 1:29 PM, "<garoberts...> [NEBirds]"
<NEBirds...> wrote:

Â

The Snowy Owl is still at the cell phone tower just northeast of
I-680 & Maple street. It's a bit difficult to see as he's
sitting on the cable racks that connect the buildings with the
tower. He is on the rack just right of the building closest to
I-680Â Â


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Date: 1/6/18 11:29 am
From: <garoberts...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl Ongoing

The Snowy Owl is still at the cell phone tower just northeast of I-680 & Maple street. It's a bit difficult to see as he's sitting on the cable racks that connect the buildings with the tower. He is on the rack just right of the building closest to I-680


Gary Roberts
Dodge County
 

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Date: 1/6/18 9:52 am
From: Sam Bennett <samcbennett...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl
10:00 to 11:00 this morning, 1-6-18.

On Jan 6, 2018 11:51, "Sam Bennett" <samcbennett...> wrote:

> Sorry, yes it is in Omaha Ne., Douglas County.
>
> On Jan 6, 2018 11:49, "renosmom <renosmom...> [NEBirds]" <
> <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Please include the city or where the sighting was. Is this the one seen
>> near Omaha yesterday?
>>
>> Kathy DeLara
>> Mitchell, NE
>>
>>
>>
>> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>>
>> -------- Original message --------
>> From: "Sam Bennett <samcbennett...> [NEBirds]" <
>> <NEBirds...>
>> Date: 1/6/18 9:20 AM (GMT-07:00)
>> To: <nebirds...>
>> Subject: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl
>>
>>
>>
>> I found the Snowy Owl sitting on small building attached to the cell
>> tower northeast of 680 & Maple. I am parked in the parking lot west of a
>> tattoo parlor and north of the BP gas ststion
>>
>>
>>
>

 

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Date: 1/6/18 9:51 am
From: Sam Bennett <samcbennett...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl
Sorry, yes it is in Omaha Ne., Douglas County.

On Jan 6, 2018 11:49, "renosmom <renosmom...> [NEBirds]" <
<NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> Please include the city or where the sighting was. Is this the one seen
> near Omaha yesterday?
>
> Kathy DeLara
> Mitchell, NE
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: "Sam Bennett <samcbennett...> [NEBirds]" <
> <NEBirds...>
> Date: 1/6/18 9:20 AM (GMT-07:00)
> To: <nebirds...>
> Subject: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl
>
>
>
> I found the Snowy Owl sitting on small building attached to the cell tower
> northeast of 680 & Maple. I am parked in the parking lot west of a tattoo
> parlor and north of the BP gas ststion
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/6/18 9:50 am
From: renosmom <renosmom...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl
Please include the city or where the sighting was.  Is this the one seen near Omaha yesterday?
Kathy DeLaraMitchell, NE


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I found the Snowy Owl sitting on small building attached to the cell tower northeast of 680 & Maple. I am parked in the parking lot west of a tattoo parlor and north of the BP gas ststion









 

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Date: 1/6/18 8:20 am
From: Sam Bennett <samcbennett...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl
I found the Snowy Owl sitting on small building attached to the cell tower
northeast of 680 & Maple. I am parked in the parking lot west of a tattoo
parlor and north of the BP gas ststion

 

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Date: 1/5/18 9:05 pm
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Snowy-NO, FL Cemetery, etc.
  I tried for the West Maple Rd/ I-680 Snowy Owl twice this evening with absolutely no luck.  I arrived home around the same time Val relocated it after Scott saw it fly off.  The second time I scoured the signs from my car along the ramp and West Maple Road to no avail.  It is probably still in the area, but there is a bum hovering around the intersection.  This individual is probably responsible for flushing this bird and causing its relocation.
Forest Lawn Cemetery-
Today (1/05) I paid a visit to a very frigid Forest Lawn Cemetery where birds were few and far between.  However a few highlights included three (possibly four) YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS each on opposite corners of the park.  A handful of PINE SISKINS were also observed.
Carter Lake-
Abysmal is the only way to describe it.  The pool that was once present is now beginning to freeze over as a complete lack of waterfowl this evening was painfully apparent.  Only two Canada Geese, five (5) domestic Mallards, and a drake Ring-necked Duck were the only birds present on the shrinking open water hole.  Possibly the upcoming warm front will open the ice up a bit.
On January 3rd, nineteen (19) TRUMPETER SWANS were observed in this area. 

NEbirds Tip of The Week-
Hitting <Reply> in response to an individuals' post will not reply to the individual poster, but to the entire NEBirds listserve.
Good birding.
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Date: 1/5/18 7:43 pm
From: Michael Bradley <m_scottbradley...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Omaha commute Snowy Owl
Appears Van may have relocated? To clarify, observed flying North to Northwest from location on map at link below at 9:05 sharp. https://www.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=41.2854268,-96.0747782&ll=41.2854268,-96.0747782 https://www.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=41.2854268,-96.0747782&ll=41.2854268,-96.0747782



> On January 5, 2018 at 10:34 PM "Val Kollath <vkollath...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> Brian,
>
> Just came through a few minutes ago and the owl was on the north side of Maple on the sign leading to southbound 680.
>
> On Jan 5, 2018 6:32 PM, "Brian Peterson <gordilly...> mailto:<gordilly...> [NEBirds]" < <NEBirds...> mailto:<NEBirds...> > wrote:
>
> > >
> >
> >
> >
> > Bad cellphone photo can be found here:
> >
> > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41659789 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41659789
> >
> > Upon reading Eric's post and living a half-mile away, I immediately went out in search of the owl. A quick circle of area turned up nothing in the rapidly fading light, so I stopped to gas up my car and put my camera in the trunk. Naturally, when I drove back across the Maple St. overpass it was sitting right there in plain sight. It was perched on the on-ramp sign to go from eastbound Maple to northbound I-680. I was fortunate to be stopped at a red light, so I snapped a couple of cellphone photos out the window. I'll have to try for a better shot in the morning.. I believe there was a snowy owl reported in this area a week or two ago, so obviously it is sticking around.
> >
> > Brian Peterson
> > Omaha
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 5:48 PM, Brian Peterson <gordilly...> mailto:<gordilly...> > wrote:
> >
> > > > > Still present a few minutes ago, perched on the north onramp sign as you come east on Maple St. I'll have a really bad cellphone photo posted later.
> > >
> > > Brian Peterson
> > > Omaha
> > >
> > > On Jan 5, 2018 5:14 PM, " <ericbents...> mailto:<ericbents...> [NEBirds]" < <NEBirds...> mailto:<NEBirds...> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > > > >
> > > >
> > > > During my commute home today, a snowy owl popped up onto a light pole at the Maple 680 https://maps.google.com/?q=Maple+680&entry=gmail&source=g overpass at 508pm today... Did not stop for a photo in the heavy traffic.
> > > >
> > > > Eric Bents
> > > > Omaha NE
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > > > >
> > > > >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > >
>
>
>
>


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Date: 1/5/18 7:41 pm
From: Michael Bradley <m_scottbradley...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Omaha commute Snowy Owl
My wife and I observed the Snowy Owl at 8:30 pm in same location... Southeast quadrant of intersection on North on ramp, best observed headed East on Maple.

However, when we returned with camera for better photo, observed bird flying North while stopped at intersection. Photos here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41663986


> On January 5, 2018 at 6:48 PM "Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Still present a few minutes ago, perched on the north onramp sign as you come east on Maple St. I'll have a really bad cellphone photo posted later.
>
> Brian Peterson
> Omaha
>
> On Jan 5, 2018 5:14 PM, " <ericbents...> mailto:<ericbents...> [NEBirds]" < <NEBirds...> mailto:<NEBirds...> > wrote:
>
> > >
> >
> > During my commute home today, a snowy owl popped up onto a light pole at the Maple 680 https://maps.google.com/?q=Maple+680&entry=gmail&source=g overpass at 508pm today. Did not stop for a photo in the heavy traffic.
> >
> > Eric Bents
> > Omaha NE
> >
> > >
>
>


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Date: 1/5/18 7:34 pm
From: Val Kollath <vkollath...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Omaha commute Snowy Owl
Brian,

Just came through a few minutes ago and the owl was on the north side of
Maple on the sign leading to southbound 680.

On Jan 5, 2018 6:32 PM, "Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds]" <
<NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> Bad cellphone photo can be found here:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41659789
>
> Upon reading Eric's post and living a half-mile away, I immediately went
> out in search of the owl. A quick circle of area turned up nothing in the
> rapidly fading light, so I stopped to gas up my car and put my camera in
> the trunk. Naturally, when I drove back across the Maple St. overpass it
> was sitting right there in plain sight. It was perched on the on-ramp sign
> to go from eastbound Maple to northbound I-680. I was fortunate to be
> stopped at a red light, so I snapped a couple of cellphone photos out the
> window. I'll have to try for a better shot in the morning. I believe there
> was a snowy owl reported in this area a week or two ago, so obviously it is
> sticking around.
>
> Brian Peterson
> Omaha
>
>
>
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 5:48 PM, Brian Peterson <gordilly...> wrote:
>
>> Still present a few minutes ago, perched on the north onramp sign as you
>> come east on Maple St. I'll have a really bad cellphone photo posted later.
>>
>> Brian Peterson
>> Omaha
>>
>> On Jan 5, 2018 5:14 PM, "<ericbents...> [NEBirds]" <
>> <NEBirds...> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>>
>>> During my commute home today, a snowy owl popped up onto a light pole at
>>> the Maple 680
>>> <https://maps.google.com/?q=Maple+680&entry=gmail&source=g> overpass at
>>> 508pm today.. Did not stop for a photo in the heavy traffic.
>>>
>>> Eric Bents
>>> Omaha NE
>>>
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/5/18 6:29 pm
From: Jonas Grundman <jonasbirds...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Banded Redtail
Will do. Hoping to get photos uploaded this evening.

On Jan 5, 2018 4:42 PM, "'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds]" <
<NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> Hey Jonas,
>
> Since we are practically neighbors, as far as a redtail is concerned, it
> could be one of the redtails I have banded at Hitchcock. In addition to
> reporting it to The BBL, could you also send me the band number? There are
> some folks up in the Dakotas banding diurnal raptors now but still highly
> likely we banded it.
>
> Jerry Toll
>
> <geritol48...>
>
>
>
> *From:* <NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
> *Sent:* Friday, January 5, 2018 10:09 AM
> *To:* <NEBirds...>
> *Subject:* [NEBirds] Banded Redtail
>
>
>
>
>
> Had a red tail feeding on Squirrel McFlaterson outside the house this
> morning. It was banded and I was able to get my 200mm lens on it. Should
> have enough to read the numbers but I need to import the photos.
>
>
>
> Where would I report the band id?
>
>
>
> Jonas
>
>
>
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Date: 1/5/18 5:47 pm
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Pileated report from BOL
I received the following report this evening via email:

"Definitely saw a pileated woodpecker on the west side of the reservoir [Branched Oak Lake] today while deer hunting. I've seen these woodpeckers while living in MI and MN before, and was able to view it through my rifle scope at 7x. He was about 40 yards away at I observed him for about 10 minutes."

In a follow-up email, the observer noted that it much larger in size than Hairy, Downy and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and also noted a crest.

With Pileated Woodpeckers increasing in Nebraska, it would not be out of the question for a pioneering bird to be traveling through Lancaster County in search of habitat. However, I am not overly confident in the reliability of this report, but I thought I would pass it along because I cannot easily dismiss it, either, and it would be a notable record if there indeed was a Pileated in northwest Lancaster Co.


-Joel

Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd 68503 | 402.471.5440
<joel.jorgensen...><mailto:<joel.jorgensen...>


 

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Date: 1/5/18 4:31 pm
From: Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Omaha commute Snowy Owl
Bad cellphone photo can be found here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41659789

Upon reading Eric's post and living a half-mile away, I immediately went
out in search of the owl. A quick circle of area turned up nothing in the
rapidly fading light, so I stopped to gas up my car and put my camera in
the trunk. Naturally, when I drove back across the Maple St. overpass it
was sitting right there in plain sight. It was perched on the on-ramp sign
to go from eastbound Maple to northbound I-680. I was fortunate to be
stopped at a red light, so I snapped a couple of cellphone photos out the
window. I'll have to try for a better shot in the morning. I believe there
was a snowy owl reported in this area a week or two ago, so obviously it is
sticking around.

Brian Peterson
Omaha





On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 5:48 PM, Brian Peterson <gordilly...> wrote:

> Still present a few minutes ago, perched on the north onramp sign as you
> come east on Maple St. I'll have a really bad cellphone photo posted later.
>
> Brian Peterson
> Omaha
>
> On Jan 5, 2018 5:14 PM, "<ericbents...> [NEBirds]" <
> <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> During my commute home today, a snowy owl popped up onto a light pole at
>> the Maple 680 <https://maps.google.com/?q=Maple+680&entry=gmail&source=g>
>> overpass at 508pm today. Did not stop for a photo in the heavy traffic.
>>
>> Eric Bents
>> Omaha NE
>>
>>
>

 

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Date: 1/5/18 4:22 pm
From: Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Fw: Scottsbluff CBC
Scott,

Maps for the various CBC's can be found on the NOU website here:

http://noubirds.org/Activities/CBC.aspx

Brian Peterson
Omaha


On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 3:44 PM, Michael Bradley <m_scottbradley...>
[NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> Alice,
> What area(s) are in scope for the count? My personal email is
> <m_scottbradley...>, if you wish to take this offline. :)
> Thanks and have a great weekend!
> Scott Bradley
>
>
> On January 5, 2018 at 3:46 PM "'Alice Kenitz' <akenitz...>
> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
>
>
>
> NEBirders,
> The Scottsbluff CBC was held Friday, December 29. We had 9 birders in 4
> groups plus one feeder watcher. We had 52 species plus 6 Count Week.
> I haven’t added the total individuals yet, but I would guess that is down
> because we had a lot fewer geese than sometimes.
>
> Cackling Goose 12
> Canada Goose 3409
> Gadwall 2
> American Wigeon 624
> Mallard 4174
> Northern Shoveler 13
> Northern Pintail 23
> Ring-necked Duck 55
> Lesser Scaup 2
> Common Goldeneye 85
> Ring-necked Pheasant 4
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Bald Eagle Adult 14 Immature 7
> Northern Harrier 4
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
> Cooper’s Hawk CW
> Red-tailed Hawk 8
> Ferruginous Hawk 2
> Rough-legged Hawk 14
> raptor sp. 1
> buteo sp. 1
> American Coot 1
> Killdeer 1
> Wilson’s Snipe 4
> Greater Yellowlegs 1
> Rock Pigeon 573
> Eurasian Collared-Dove 1359
> Mourning Dove 5
> Great Horned Owl 1
> Belted Kingfisher 2
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Hairy Woodpecker CW
> Northern Flicker ???29 Red 3 Yellow 2
> American Kestrel 17
> Prairie Falcon 2
> Northern Shrike 1
> Blue Jay 55
> Black-billed Magpie 7
> American Crow 2
> Horned Lark 527
> Black-capped Chickadee 3
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 8
> White-breasted Nuthatch CW
> Pygmy Nuthatch 2
> Townsend’s Solitaire 3
> American Robin 181
> European Starling 1654
> American Tree Sparrow 298
> Song Sparrow 18
> White-crowned Sparrow 176
> Dark-eyed junco ?? 249 Oregon 12 Slate 10 Pink-sided 2
> White-winged 1 Cassiar 1
> Northern Cardinal CW
> Red-winged Blackbird 141
> Western Meadowlark 16
> Meadowlark sp. 15
> Common Grackle CW
> House Finch 80
> Red Crossbill CW
> Pine Siskin 83
> American Goldfinch 27
> House Sparrow 478
>
> Alice Kenitz
> Gering
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/5/18 4:18 pm
From: Michael Bradley <m_scottbradley...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Fw: Scottsbluff CBC
Alice,
What area(s) are in scope for the count? My personal email is <m_scottbradley...>, if you wish to take this offline. :)
Thanks and have a great weekend!
Scott Bradley




> On January 5, 2018 at 3:46 PM "'Alice Kenitz' <akenitz...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
>
>
>
> NEBirders,
> The Scottsbluff CBC was held Friday, December 29. We had 9 birders in 4 groups plus one feeder watcher. We had 52 species plus 6 Count Week.
> I haven’t added the total individuals yet, but I would guess that is down because we had a lot fewer geese than sometimes.
>
> Cackling Goose 12
> Canada Goose 3409
> Gadwall 2
> American Wigeon 624
> Mallard 4174
> Northern Shoveler 13
> Northern Pintail 23
> Ring-necked Duck 55
> Lesser Scaup 2
> Common Goldeneye 85
> Ring-necked Pheasant 4
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Bald Eagle Adult 14 Immature 7
> Northern Harrier 4
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
> Cooper’s Hawk CW
> Red-tailed Hawk 8
> Ferruginous Hawk 2
> Rough-legged Hawk 14
> raptor sp. 1
> buteo sp. 1
> American Coot 1
> Killdeer 1
> Wilson’s Snipe 4
> Greater Yellowlegs 1
> Rock Pigeon 573
> Eurasian Collared-Dove 1359
> Mourning Dove 5
> Great Horned Owl 1
> Belted Kingfisher 2
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Hairy Woodpecker CW
> Northern Flicker ???29 Red 3 Yellow 2
> American Kestrel 17
> Prairie Falcon 2
> Northern Shrike 1
> Blue Jay 55
> Black-billed Magpie 7
> American Crow 2
> Horned Lark 527
> Black-capped Chickadee 3
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 8
> White-breasted Nuthatch CW
> Pygmy Nuthatch 2
> Townsend’s Solitaire 3
> American Robin 181
> European Starling 1654
> American Tree Sparrow 298
> Song Sparrow 18
> White-crowned Sparrow 176
> Dark-eyed junco ?? 249 Oregon 12 Slate 10 Pink-sided 2 White-winged 1 Cassiar 1
> Northern Cardinal CW
> Red-winged Blackbird 141
> Western Meadowlark 16
> Meadowlark sp. 15
> Common Grackle CW
> House Finch 80
> Red Crossbill CW
> Pine Siskin 83
> American Goldfinch 27
> House Sparrow 478
>
> Alice Kenitz
> Gering
>
>
>



>


 

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Date: 1/5/18 3:48 pm
From: Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Omaha commute Snowy Owl
Still present a few minutes ago, perched on the north onramp sign as you
come east on Maple St. I'll have a really bad cellphone photo posted later.

Brian Peterson
Omaha

On Jan 5, 2018 5:14 PM, "<ericbents...> [NEBirds]" <
<NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> During my commute home today, a snowy owl popped up onto a light pole at
> the Maple 680 <https://maps.google.com/?q=Maple+680&entry=gmail&source=g>
> overpass at 508pm today. Did not stop for a photo in the heavy traffic.
>
> Eric Bents
> Omaha NE
>
>

 

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Date: 1/5/18 3:14 pm
From: <ericbents...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Omaha commute Snowy Owl
During my commute home today, a snowy owl popped up onto a light pole at the Maple 680 overpass at 508pm today. Did not stop for a photo in the heavy traffic.

Eric Bents
Omaha NE

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Date: 1/5/18 2:38 pm
From: 'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Banded Redtail
Hey Jonas,

Since we are practically neighbors, as far as a redtail is concerned, it could be one of the redtails I have banded at Hitchcock. In addition to reporting it to The BBL, could you also send me the band number? There are some folks up in the Dakotas banding diurnal raptors now but still highly likely we banded it.

Jerry Toll

<geritol48...>



From: <NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Friday, January 5, 2018 10:09 AM
To: <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Banded Redtail





Had a red tail feeding on Squirrel McFlaterson outside the house this morning. It was banded and I was able to get my 200mm lens on it. Should have enough to read the numbers but I need to import the photos.



Where would I report the band id?



Jonas





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Date: 1/5/18 12:47 pm
From: 'Alice Kenitz' <akenitz...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Fw: Scottsbluff CBC

NEBirders,
The Scottsbluff CBC was held Friday, December 29. We had 9 birders in 4 groups plus one feeder watcher. We had 52 species plus 6 Count Week.
I haven’t added the total individuals yet, but I would guess that is down because we had a lot fewer geese than sometimes.

Cackling Goose 12
Canada Goose 3409
Gadwall 2
American Wigeon 624
Mallard 4174
Northern Shoveler 13
Northern Pintail 23
Ring-necked Duck 55
Lesser Scaup 2
Common Goldeneye 85
Ring-necked Pheasant 4
Great Blue Heron 2
Bald Eagle Adult 14 Immature 7
Northern Harrier 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper’s Hawk CW
Red-tailed Hawk 8
Ferruginous Hawk 2
Rough-legged Hawk 14
raptor sp. 1
buteo sp. 1
American Coot 1
Killdeer 1
Wilson’s Snipe 4
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Rock Pigeon 573
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1359
Mourning Dove 5
Great Horned Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker CW
Northern Flicker ???29 Red 3 Yellow 2
American Kestrel 17
Prairie Falcon 2
Northern Shrike 1
Blue Jay 55
Black-billed Magpie 7
American Crow 2
Horned Lark 527
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 8
White-breasted Nuthatch CW
Pygmy Nuthatch 2
Townsend’s Solitaire 3
American Robin 181
European Starling 1654
American Tree Sparrow 298
Song Sparrow 18
White-crowned Sparrow 176
Dark-eyed junco ?? 249 Oregon 12 Slate 10 Pink-sided 2 White-winged 1 Cassiar 1
Northern Cardinal CW
Red-winged Blackbird 141
Western Meadowlark 16
Meadowlark sp. 15
Common Grackle CW
House Finch 80
Red Crossbill CW
Pine Siskin 83
American Goldfinch 27
House Sparrow 478

Alice Kenitz
Gering
 

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Date: 1/5/18 8:52 am
From: Thomas Labedz <tlabedz1...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Banded Redtail
All band reports should be submitted to the Bird Banding Laboratory.

www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/<http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/>


Thomas Labedz, Lincoln


________________________________
From: <NEBirds...> <NEBirds...> on behalf of Jonas Grundman <jonasbirds...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Sent: Friday, January 5, 2018 10:09 AM
To: <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Banded Redtail



Had a red tail feeding on Squirrel McFlaterson outside the house this morning. It was banded and I was able to get my 200mm lens on it. Should have enough to read the numbers but I need to import the photos.

Where would I report the band id?

Jonas



 

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Date: 1/5/18 8:09 am
From: Jonas Grundman <jonasbirds...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Banded Redtail
Had a red tail feeding on Squirrel McFlaterson outside the house this
morning. It was banded and I was able to get my 200mm lens on it. Should
have enough to read the numbers but I need to import the photos.

Where would I report the band id?

Jonas

 

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Date: 1/4/18 11:41 am
From: Marsha Nyffeler <marshanyffeler...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] swans
just spent some time watching 37 Trumpeter Swans loafing in a corn field
just a little west of Columbus

Marsha Nyffeler
Columbus, NE

 

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Date: 1/4/18 8:03 am
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck- 1/03
Harlequin Duck also see briefly by Paul and Anna Roisen around 3:45PM. It
was sitting on a piece of wood just to the left (if facing downstream) of
the metal culvert pipe. Also see was and angry Belted Kingfisher who
kept returning to see if we had left. Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay and
American Tree Sparrow. The Lake is completely frozen but both outlets are
clear of ice. It seems to be willing to stay until food source dries up.

God Bless,

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

On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 1:50 PM, Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds]
<NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> The first fall male HARLEQUIN DUCK was observed by Susan Quinn, Clem
> Klapake, a couple other birders and myself. The bird was hanging out on
> the edge of a pipe with fast moving water until he pulled a Super Mario,
> and disappeared within the pipe cavity.
>
> Justin Rink
> Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
> <spindalis79...>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/3/18 3:05 pm
From: George Maly <nemaly09...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck- 1/03
I want to thank you Ruthie for helping spot the little duck. I arrived about 10:30, hike up and down the spillway, with no luck. Went and had some lunch and reread your email and surmised I had given up too soon. Went back and parked by the southern most stream culvert and there he was, sitting right outside the entrance. Justin had also pulled up and then the others so we all enjoyed nice views of the the little beauty. 
George MalyLincoln NE


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On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 2:17 PM, Ruth Stearns <ruthstearns...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

 

I swear that's where he was hiding the first time I was at the stream yesterday, and I thought I saw footprints which did not preclude them being those of a duck going into the tube.  I tried to look into the tube from afar, but couldn't!   Very cool!  
Ruthie StearnsLincoln, NE  
On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 2:03:32 PM CST, Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

 

The first fall male HARLEQUIN DUCK was observed by Susan Quinn, Clem Klapake, a couple other birders and myself.  The bird was hanging out on the edge of a pipe with fast moving water until he pulled a Super Mario, and disappeared within the pipe cavity.
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Date: 1/3/18 12:34 pm
From: Ruth Stearns <ruthstearns...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck- 1/03
I swear that's where he was hiding the first time I was at the stream yesterday, and I thought I saw footprints which did not preclude them being those of a duck going into the tube.  I tried to look into the tube from afar, but couldn't!   Very cool!  
Ruthie StearnsLincoln, NE  
On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 2:03:32 PM CST, Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

 

The first fall male HARLEQUIN DUCK was observed by Susan Quinn, Clem Klapake, a couple other birders and myself.  The bird was hanging out on the edge of a pipe with fast moving water until he pulled a Super Mario, and disappeared within the pipe cavity.
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Date: 1/3/18 11:59 am
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck- 1/03
The first fall male HARLEQUIN DUCK was observed by Susan Quinn, Clem
Klapake, a couple other birders and myself. The bird was hanging out
on the edge of a pipe with fast moving water until he pulled a Super
Mario, and disappeared within the pipe cavity.
Justin RinkOmaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>

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Date: 1/3/18 11:28 am
From: Al Reyer <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Fwd: [NEBirds] Redpolls
Send one here!!!

Al

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: "'Phil Swanson' <pswanson19...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...>
Date: January 3, 2018 at 9:53:57 AM CST
To: <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Redpolls
Reply-To: <NEBirds...>



I have at least three Redpolls in my yard today.

Phil Swanson
Papillion




 

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Date: 1/3/18 10:58 am
From: Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Nebraska Birders Lists
Bill:
Thanks!! Another trip or so and you will be go over on List C

Keep at it! Have a GREAT 2018!!

Mark


> On Jan 3, 2018, at 12:42 PM, William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
>
> Mark,
>
>
>
> I am making progress on my NE lists. My records are all on eBird, so the Iceland issue has already been resolved—if there was an issue (I’m not sure that I have Iceland in NE, just “Thayer’s” in Keith).
>
>
>
> List A:
>
> Dundy 131
>
> Keith 158
>
>
>
> List B: 1073—NE total ticks
>
>
>
> List C: Alas, I’m still 21 short of 250.
>
>
>
> List D: 184—2017 NE Year List
>
>
>
> List E: Hey, I’ve only made it to 36 counties so far!
>
>
>
> Bill Kaempfer
>
> Boulder CO
>
>
>
>
>
> From: <NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 4:59 AM
> To: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
> Subject: [NEBirds] Nebraska Birders Lists
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Nebraska Birders:
>
> Wishing you a “HAPPY NEY YEAR and now that 2018 is underway - it is time to update your NEBRASKA lists.
> ,
> For those who "play this game" - Please get me your updated lists as soon as you can after the NEW YEAR. Jan. 31 is my deadline.
>
> REMEMBER: ONLY SPECIES ON THE “OFFICIAL NEBRASKA LIST” are countable on these lists. SEE: NOU HOMEPAGE for "Official List"
>
> ALSO: IF your have THAYER’S GULL and ICELAND GULL on your list or both in a county you need to subtract one species (as these have been lumped).
>
> If you have any questions let me know!
>
>
>
> Contact me off line for an excel spreadsheet for your records and a copy of last years report.
>
>
>
>
> <mabrogie...> <mailto:<mabrogie...>
>
>
> For those interested, here is what I am looking for:
>
> You can submit any songle List (A through E)you like (you do not need to submit all)
>
>
>
> NEBRASKA ORNITHOLOGISTS' UNION COUNTY & LIFE-LIST TOTALS
> ** Do not count new species seen after Dec. 31, 2017
>
> LIST A: Report your # of species below (highlight) those counties with 125 or more species. (ask me for spreadsheet)
>
>
>
> Adams _______
>
> Antelope ______
>
> Arthur_______
>
> Banner_______
>
> ETC.
>
> LIST B: Total Nebraska County Number:__________(500 minimum). Add totals of all species for=
> EVERY
> (including those below 125) county visited. For example if you have seen 100 species of NE
> birds in every NE county; your total county number=
> would be: 100 X 93 =3D 9,300.
>
> LIST C: Nebraska Life List Total :______= (250 minimum). Total of all species you have EVER seen in NE.
>
> LIST D: = 2017 year total: __________ (100 minimum). Total of all species seen in NE in the year 2017.
>
> LIST E: (ALL 93 County LIST)! Number of species observed in ALL of the 93 Nebraska counties: _______.
> If you have seen a Mallard, American Robin, & European Starling in EVERY NE county; this # would be 3.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>


 

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Date: 1/3/18 10:42 am
From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Nebraska Birders Lists
Mark,

I am making progress on my NE lists. My records are all on eBird, so the Iceland issue has already been resolved—if there was an issue (I’m not sure that I have Iceland in NE, just “Thayer’s” in Keith).

List A:
Dundy 131
Keith 158

List B: 1073—NE total ticks

List C: Alas, I’m still 21 short of 250.

List D: 184—2017 NE Year List

List E: Hey, I’ve only made it to 36 counties so far!

Bill Kaempfer
Boulder CO


From: <NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 4:59 AM
To: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Nebraska Birders Lists






Nebraska Birders:

Wishing you a “HAPPY NEY YEAR and now that 2018 is underway - it is time to update your NEBRASKA lists.
,
For those who "play this game" - Please get me your updated lists as soon as you can after the NEW YEAR. Jan. 31 is my deadline.

REMEMBER: ONLY SPECIES ON THE “OFFICIAL NEBRASKA LIST” are countable on these lists. SEE: NOU HOMEPAGE for "Official List"

ALSO: IF your have THAYER’S GULL and ICELAND GULL on your list or both in a county you need to subtract one species (as these have been lumped).

If you have any questions let me know!

Contact me off line for an excel spreadsheet for your records and a copy of last years report.


<mabrogie...><mailto:<mabrogie...>

For those interested, here is what I am looking for:
You can submit any songle List (A through E)you like (you do not need to submit all)

NEBRASKA ORNITHOLOGISTS' UNION COUNTY & LIFE-LIST TOTALS
** Do not count new species seen after Dec. 31, 2017

LIST A: Report your # of species below (highlight) those counties with 125 or more species. (ask me for spreadsheet)

Adams _______
Antelope ______
Arthur_______
Banner_______
ETC.

LIST B: Total Nebraska County Number:__________(500 minimum). Add totals of all species for=
EVERY
(including those below 125) county visited. For example if you have seen 100 species of NE
birds in every NE county; your total county number=
would be: 100 X 93 =3D 9,300.

LIST C: Nebraska Life List Total :______= (250 minimum). Total of all species you have EVER seen in NE.

LIST D: = 2017 year total: __________ (100 minimum). Total of all species seen in NE in the year 2017.

LIST E: (ALL 93 County LIST)! Number of species observed in ALL of the 93 Nebraska counties: _______.
If you have seen a Mallard, American Robin, & European Starling in EVERY NE county; this # would be 3.




 

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Date: 1/3/18 9:17 am
From: <jim_ochsner...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Bird Bath
The heated bird bath is very popular this morning. There are about two dozen Cedar Waxwings vigorously bathing, flying back and forth between trees and bath, and preening. Joining them are about two dozen sparrows and a Starling. I suspect the Waxwings will soon find the Mountain Ash berries.


Jim
Ogallala
 

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Date: 1/3/18 7:55 am
From: 'Phil Swanson' <pswanson19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Redpolls
I have at least three Redpolls in my yard today.

Phil Swanson
Papillion

 

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Date: 1/3/18 4:57 am
From: <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Nebraska Birders Lists


Nebraska Birders:

Wishing you a “HAPPY NEY YEAR and now that 2017 is runway it is time to update your NEBRASKA lists.

For those who "play this game" - Please get me your updated lists as soon as you can after the NEW YEAR. Jan. 31 is my deadline.

REMEMBER: ONLY SPECIES ON THE “OFFICIAL NEBRASKA LIST” are countable on these lists. SEE: NOU HOMEPAGE for "Official List"

ALSO: IF your have THAYER’S GULL and ICELAND GULL on your list or both in a county you need to subtract one species (as these have been lumped).

If you have any questions let me know!


Contact me off line for an excel spreadsheet for your records and a copy of last years report.



<mabrogie...>




For those interested, here is what I am looking for:
You can submit any songle List (A through E)you like (you do not need to submit all)




NEBRASKA ORNITHOLOGISTS' UNION COUNTY & LIFE-LIST TOTALS
** Do not count new species seen after Dec. 31, 2017

LIST A: Report your # of species below (highlight) those counties with 125 or more species. (ask me for spreadsheet)


Adams _______
Antelope ______
Arthur_______
Banner_______
ETC.

LIST B: Total Nebraska County Number:__________(500 minimum). Add totals of all species for=
EVERY
(including those below 125) county visited. For example if you have seen 100 species of NE
birds in every NE county; your total county number=
would be: 100 X 93 =3D 9,300.

LIST C: Nebraska Life List Total :______= (250 minimum). Total of all species you have EVER seen in NE.

LIST D: = 2017 year total: __________ (100 minimum). Total of all species seen in NE in the year 2017.

LIST E: (ALL 93 County LIST)! Number of species observed in ALL of the 93 Nebraska counties: _______.
If you have seen a Mallard, American Robin, & European Starling in EVERY NE county; this # would be 3.


 

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Date: 1/3/18 4:57 am
From: Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Nebraska Birders Lists

>
>>
>> Nebraska Birders:
>>
>> Wishing you a “HAPPY NEY YEAR and now that 2018 is underway - it is time to update your NEBRASKA lists.
>> ,
>> For those who "play this game" - Please get me your updated lists as soon as you can after the NEW YEAR. Jan. 31 is my deadline.
>>
>> REMEMBER: ONLY SPECIES ON THE “OFFICIAL NEBRASKA LIST” are countable on these lists. SEE: NOU HOMEPAGE for "Official List"
>>
>> ALSO: IF your have THAYER’S GULL and ICELAND GULL on your list or both in a county you need to subtract one species (as these have been lumped).
>>
>> If you have any questions let me know!
>>
>> Contact me off line for an excel spreadsheet for your records and a copy of last years report.
>>
>> <mabrogie...>
>>
>>
>> For those interested, here is what I am looking for:
>> You can submit any songle List (A through E)you like (you do not need to submit all)
>>
>>
> NEBRASKA ORNITHOLOGISTS' UNION COUNTY & LIFE-LIST TOTALS
> ** Do not count new species seen after Dec. 31, 2017
>
> LIST A: Report your # of species below (highlight) those counties with 125 or more species. (ask me for spreadsheet)
>
> Adams _______
> Antelope ______
> Arthur_______
> Banner_______
> ETC.
>
> LIST B: Total Nebraska County Number:__________(500 minimum). Add totals of all species for=
> EVERY
> (including those below 125) county visited. For example if you have seen 100 species of NE
> birds in every NE county; your total county number=
> would be: 100 X 93 =3D 9,300.
>
> LIST C: Nebraska Life List Total :______= (250 minimum). Total of all species you have EVER seen in NE.
>
> LIST D: = 2017 year total: __________ (100 minimum). Total of all species seen in NE in the year 2017.
>
> LIST E: (ALL 93 County LIST)! Number of species observed in ALL of the 93 Nebraska counties: _______.
> If you have seen a Mallard, American Robin, & European Starling in EVERY NE county; this # would be 3.
>
>
>
>


 

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Date: 1/2/18 3:00 pm
From: Ruth Stearns <ruthstearns...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck is still present at Summit Reservoir Burt County
Took me two tries up and down the creek below the spillway and the spillway pond to find the Harlequin Duck, who just must be named Brian, what a terrific find!  Arriving just before noon, we walked from the spillway back to the fence, and then back to the road, driving downstream so I could walk in downstream by the culvert with a road of sorts over it.   A woman had indicated another woman had reported seeing the duck that morning, but neither of us could find him.   About an hour or so later, I walked down to the dam from above, walked down to the spillway, and then continued downstream this time all the way to the culvert, and there he was, sunning and resting on the ice at the side of the stream, on the south side of the culvert.  I decided to call Mike who was sunning back in the warm car, so he got to see it too!  It was about 1:45 when I saw it.  
Here's my eBird checklist for Summit Reservoir, with photos.   http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41557410
Another treat at Summit were a pair of Rusty blackbirds, with their brown heads and yellow eyes, over in the archery area.   On the way up came across a large mixed flock of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs, just a couple miles below Tekamah off Highway 75.  And always fun to find Rough-legged Hawks kestreling over the fields, in Washington, Burt, and Dodge counties.   
All sightings in eBird.   You know, once you take the plunge and get out of the house, January birding is really fun, a whole new year just beginning to keep track of things.  
Ruthie Stearns and Mike MattsonLincoln, NE  
 

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Date: 1/2/18 2:43 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] RE: RE: Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
😁 Joel, I had no idea you were the owner of fine stallions. Could you
please send me photos of the the three so I have some incentive to go Raven
hunting in this cold weather (-23 yesterday in eastern Iowa). 😇

Thanks to both Micheal and Joel for giving us some good history. That
said I do think the time for a Common Raven to be photographed in Nebraska
is certainly past due based on surrounding states.


*** Harlequin Duck ***

First seen the day Anna and I left for eastern Iowa to spend Christmas and
New Year with family.
Who would have thought it would be seen again today, nearly 10 days later.

..... so planning on heading back early tomorrow from Davenport to go see
this beautiful bird.... I am certain that I have a better chance of
winning the lottery than seeing it tomorrow but we will give it a try.

God Bless you all and have a fantastic 2018 birding year.



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

On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 4:02 PM, 'Jorgensen, Joel'
<Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> Michael makes a very good point and I’m glad he made it on this forum.
> There has been a slow trickle of Common Raven reports over the past several
> years, with perhaps 3-4 just this year. A couple of those from this year
> were eBird reports that were clearly misidentification by individuals not
> aware of the species rarity in the state. So maybe those really don’t
> count. An observation at Valentine NWR in 2006 was accepted by the NOU
> Records Committee (see http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/
> cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1954&context=nebbirdrev). However, and other
> than written descriptions, there is no extant evidence that can be
> independently reviewed that shows a Common Raven has freely entered
> Nebraska for decades, if not for more than a century. Reports from
> neighboring states are increasing and one would expect one to pop in every
> once in a while, but every additional sight observations makes the need for
> an observation supported by a photograph, specimen or recording all the
> more important.
>
>
>
> I will hand-over my finest stallion to the first person that brings us
> proof of a Common Raven in Nebraska.*
>
>
>
> -Joel
>
>
>
> *I own no stallions to hand over.
>
> Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
>
> Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
>
> 2200 N. <https://maps.google.com/?q=2200+N.%C2%A0+33&entry=gmail&source=g>
> 33 <https://maps.google.com/?q=2200+N.%C2%A0+33&entry=gmail&source=g>rd
> 68503 | 402.471.5440 <(402)%20471-5440>
>
> <joel.jorgensen...>
>
>
>
> *From:* <NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
> *Sent:* Tuesday, January 02, 2018 3:38 PM
> *To:* posting to NEBirds
> *Subject:* [NEBirds] RE: Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
>
>
>
>
>
> There are no documented records of Raven in the state of Nebraska in the
> last 80 years. Prior to that there are said to be 2 documented records,
> which I am assuming may be in the form of specimens/skins. There are a
> handful of reports of Ravens up through the 1970’s, and then very few
> reports after. All undocumented.
>
>
>
> In the last couple years, there have been 3 or 4 reports (off the top of
> my head), however no documentation on any of them. I am hoping that
> someone can obtain Nebraska’s first photographically documented Raven on
> any subsequent report.
>
>
>
> Michael Willison
>
> Lincoln, NE
>
>
>
> ____________________________________________________________
> ___________________________________
>
> *Subject: Common Raven - Red Willow Co.*
> Date: Tue Jan 2 2018 12:33 pm
> From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com
>
>
>
> Hi! Did you see a companion Raven anywhere close? They like to travel
>
>
> with a Raven in tow.
>
>
>
>
>
> -----------------------------------------From: "Danny Akers
>
>
> <birdmandan1231...> [NEBirds]"
>
>
> To: "<nebirds...>"
>
>
> Cc:
>
>
> Sent: 01-Jan-2018 19:48:00 +0000
>
>
> Subject: [NEBirds] Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
>
>
>
>
>
> Hi All,
>
>
> I just encountered a COMMON RAVEN being mobbed by American Crows,
>
>
> just a couple miles west of McCook, and just east of the intersection
>
>
> of Hwy 34/6 and Road 716.
>
>
> Danny Akers Ames, Iowa
>
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/2/18 2:42 pm
From: Michael Willison <sendtomichael...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] RE: Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
There are no documented records of Raven in the state of Nebraska in the last 80 years. Prior to that there are said to be 2 documented records, which I am assuming may be in the form of specimens/skins. There are a handful of reports of Ravens up through the 1970's, and then very few reports after. All undocumented.

In the last couple years, there have been 3 or 4 reports (off the top of my head), however no documentation on any of them. I am hoping that someone can obtain Nebraska's first photographically documented Raven on any subsequent report.

Michael Willison
Lincoln, NE

_______________________________________________________________________________________________
Subject: Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
Date: Tue Jan 2 2018 12:33 pm
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com



Hi! Did you see a companion Raven anywhere close? They like to travel

with a Raven in tow.



-----------------------------------------From: "Danny Akers

<birdmandan1231...> [NEBirds]"

To: "<nebirds...>"

Cc:

Sent: 01-Jan-2018 19:48:00 +0000

Subject: [NEBirds] Common Raven - Red Willow Co.



Hi All,

I just encountered a COMMON RAVEN being mobbed by American Crows,

just a couple miles west of McCook, and just east of the intersection

of Hwy 34/6 and Road 716.

Danny Akers Ames, Iowa




 

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Date: 1/2/18 2:30 pm
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] RE: RE: Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
Michael makes a very good point and I'm glad he made it on this forum. There has been a slow trickle of Common Raven reports over the past several years, with perhaps 3-4 just this year. A couple of those from this year were eBird reports that were clearly misidentification by individuals not aware of the species rarity in the state. So maybe those really don't count. An observation at Valentine NWR in 2006 was accepted by the NOU Records Committee (see http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1954&context=nebbirdrev). However, and other than written descriptions, there is no extant evidence that can be independently reviewed that shows a Common Raven has freely entered Nebraska for decades, if not for more than a century. Reports from neighboring states are increasing and one would expect one to pop in every once in a while, but every additional sight observations makes the need for an observation supported by a photograph, specimen or recording all the more important.

I will hand-over my finest stallion to the first person that brings us proof of a Common Raven in Nebraska.*

-Joel

*I own no stallions to hand over.
Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd 68503 | 402.471.5440
<joel.jorgensen...><mailto:<joel.jorgensen...>

From: <NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 3:38 PM
To: posting to NEBirds
Subject: [NEBirds] RE: Common Raven - Red Willow Co.


There are no documented records of Raven in the state of Nebraska in the last 80 years. Prior to that there are said to be 2 documented records, which I am assuming may be in the form of specimens/skins. There are a handful of reports of Ravens up through the 1970's, and then very few reports after. All undocumented.

In the last couple years, there have been 3 or 4 reports (off the top of my head), however no documentation on any of them. I am hoping that someone can obtain Nebraska's first photographically documented Raven on any subsequent report.

Michael Willison
Lincoln, NE

_______________________________________________________________________________________________
Subject: Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
Date: Tue Jan 2 2018 12:33 pm
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com



Hi! Did you see a companion Raven anywhere close? They like to travel


with a Raven in tow.





-----------------------------------------From: "Danny Akers


<birdmandan1231...><mailto:<birdmandan1231...> [NEBirds]"


To: "<nebirds...><mailto:<nebirds...>"


Cc:


Sent: 01-Jan-2018 19:48:00 +0000


Subject: [NEBirds] Common Raven - Red Willow Co.





Hi All,


I just encountered a COMMON RAVEN being mobbed by American Crows,


just a couple miles west of McCook, and just east of the intersection


of Hwy 34/6 and Road 716.


Danny Akers Ames, Iowa





 

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Date: 1/2/18 10:34 am
From: <catpit...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
Hi! Did you see a companion Raven anywhere close? They like to travel
with a Raven in tow.

-----------------------------------------From: "Danny Akers
<birdmandan1231...> [NEBirds]"
To: "<nebirds...>"
Cc:
Sent: 01-Jan-2018 19:48:00 +0000
Subject: [NEBirds] Common Raven - Red Willow Co.

Hi All,
I just encountered a COMMON RAVEN being mobbed by American Crows,
just a couple miles west of McCook, and just east of the intersection
of Hwy 34/6 and Road 716.
Danny Akers Ames, Iowa



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Date: 1/1/18 2:12 pm
From: <garoberts...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin is Toughing it out

The Harlequin is still going strong as of 11:45 am this morning.


Gary Roberts
Dodge County
 

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Date: 1/1/18 12:05 pm
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] RE: Orange-crowned Warbler - expired
Apologies, I provided the wrong link for the checklist with the photos of the carcass. The correct link is:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41512828

-Joel


________________________________
From: <NEBirds...> [<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Monday, January 01, 2018 2:02 PM
To: <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Orange-crowned Warbler - expired



I found an expired Orange-crowned Warbler right outside of our back door in Lincoln early this afternoon. The door faces toward the southeast and sits on an inside corner of the house, so it was probably about the warmest spot around the house since it was out of the wind and in the sun. We go in and out of this door at a minimum of twice daily to take out our dog, so I can confidently say the bird was not there long and possibly just found this spot since this morning. This is likely the same bird I observed on 9 December (see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40986034). Certainly not the only victim of the terribly cold weather.

Photos of the carcass can be found at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40986034

Good birding!

-Joel

Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd 68503 | 402.471.5440
<joel.jorgensen...><mailto:<joel.jorgensen...>




 

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Date: 1/1/18 12:03 pm
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Orange-crowned Warbler - expired
I found an expired Orange-crowned Warbler right outside of our back door in Lincoln early this afternoon. The door faces toward the southeast and sits on an inside corner of the house, so it was probably about the warmest spot around the house since it was out of the wind and in the sun. We go in and out of this door at a minimum of twice daily to take out our dog, so I can confidently say the bird was not there long and possibly just found this spot since this morning. This is likely the same bird I observed on 9 December (see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40986034). Certainly not the only victim of the terribly cold weather.

Photos of the carcass can be found at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40986034

Good birding!

-Joel

Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd 68503 | 402.471.5440
<joel.jorgensen...><mailto:<joel.jorgensen...>


 

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Date: 1/1/18 11:50 am
From: Edward Raynor <edwardraynor...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
Danny,
Grab a photograph!

E

On Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 1:47 PM, Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...>
[NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> Hi All,
>
> I just encountered a COMMON RAVEN being mobbed by American Crows, just a
> couple miles west of McCook, and just east of the intersection of Hwy 34/6
> and Road 716.
>
> Danny Akers
> Ames, Iowa
>
>
>



--
Edward J. Raynor
Lincoln, NE
Photo site: www.pbase.com/ether9

 

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Date: 1/1/18 11:48 am
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Common Raven - Red Willow Co.
Hi All,

I just encountered a COMMON RAVEN being mobbed by American Crows, just a couple miles west of McCook, and just east of the intersection of Hwy 34/6 and Road 716.

Danny Akers
Ames, Iowa


 

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Date: 1/1/18 10:30 am
From: Allen <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] 2018
First bird of the year was a Barred Owl in the back yard. He's still up there, having a good sleep.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Date: 1/1/18 9:14 am
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] NOU membership renewal time
Dear Nebraska Ornithologists' Union (NOU) members and prospective members:

HAPPY NEW YEAR! - 2017 was a great year of birding in the state and hopefully 2018 will be even better, if that is even possible. New Year's Day means it is time to make plans to renew your NOU membership or, if you are currently not a member, to think about starting the year out right by joining the organization. Thanks to those individuals that have already sent in their membership renewal checks for 2018.

For everyone wanting to join the NOU or renew their membership, please take a minute to write a check (payable to NOU) for $25 (regular membership), $40 (sustaining membership, which includes a $15 donation), or $10 (student membership). Send your check to Jan Johnson, NOU Treasurer, 86252 581 Ave., Wakefield, NE 68784. A handy form is available at the following link:

http://www.noubirds.org/Documents/MembershipForm.pdf

The NOU is the State's official birding organization, and we've been at it since 1899. We publish the Nebraska Bird Review, which is a quarterly journal of Nebraska's ornithology, as well as our newsletter, The Burrowing Owl.. As noted on the form and an important change in 2018, the electronic version of The Burrowing Owl will be in full color and issues may have expanded content. The hard copy version mailed via the U.S. Postal Service will be in black-and-white and be limited to essential content. Thus, individuals are strongly encouraged to receive The Burrowing Owl electronically via email. The NOU also hosts two annual meetings in various locations around the state, giving us all excellent opportunities for birding. This year's spring meeting will be at Ft. Robinson State Park 18-20 May 2018.

Whether you're an old pro at birding, or just getting started, now is the time to join the NOU as everyone interested in Nebraska's birds is welcome.

Good birding in 2018!

Joel Jorgensen
NOU President


 

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Date: 1/1/18 8:31 am
From: 'Dinsmore, Stephen J [NREM]' <cootjr...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Lake McConaughy CBC.
Hello everyone-


The Lake McConaughy CBC was held on Saturday, December 30th and tallied 98 species. This total is slightly above the long-term average, although we have reached the century mark ten times since 1999. The weather on count day was cold (1 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit), but with light winds the birding was tolerable. Lake McConaughy was steaming all day from heat loss, which made it impossible to see birds far out on the lake. The count highlights included 23 waterfowl species (Blue-winged Teal and White-winged Scoter were notable), single Red-throated and Common loons, 4 grebe species including Red-necked, 11 Virginia Rails, 7 gull species (Bonaparte's and Mew were notable), 3 American Pipits, Snow Bunting, and Harris's Sparrow. An American White Pelican seen the day before the count couldn't be relocated. Other notable misses included Ferruginous Hawk, Long-eared Owl, Prairie Falcon, Mountain Bluebird, White-crowned Sparrow, and all icterids except for Red-winged Blackbird and meadowlark. Many thanks to all those who helped with the count this year!


On our way home yesterday, Kevin Murphy and I detoured by Summit Lake where the male Harlequin Duck was still present in the small pool below the dam. I wonder how long it will persist at this location?


Steve

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Date: 1/1/18 8:11 am
From: Mary Clausen <mkclausen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Redpolls
Happy New Year,

Hadn't seen the redpolls at my feeders since reported last week. Today 3
are back. Maybe the extreme cold brought hem back.

Mary Clausen
La Vista
Sarpy Co

 

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Date: 12/31/17 9:13 pm
From: 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Giant # of doves 12/26/17
Nebraska birders,

On Tuesday, December 26, Lanny and I estimated at least 1000
Eurasian-collared Doves in Kearney along 39th Street near the
fairgrounds. There is a big pile of corn on the fairgrounds
property.

Also on December 26, we saw about 35 Lapland Longspurs in a
flock of Horned Larks on the county road near our home.

At our home north of Minden, we have been hosting a couple
Red-breasted Nuthatches.

NO eBird

Robin Harding
northern Kearney County

Nebraska Ornithologists' Union http://www.noubirds.org



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Date: 12/31/17 6:00 pm
From: <isucyclone69...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: Harlequin Duck - still present
Duck was present at 3pm today 12/31.

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Date: 12/31/17 5:39 pm
From: Moni Usasz <musasz...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] re yard birds
We’ve had about 30 mourning doves hanging out in the yard and at the ground feeders. Also have a handful of white-throated sparrows and one tree sparrow amongst the multitude of house sparrows. A male and female Cooper's Hawks come through occasionally and rattle a short spruce bush to see what bird pops out. Not seen it work yet. Otherwise: red-bellied wp, downy wp, and 1 hairy wp, white-breasted nuthatches, cardinals, blue jays and lots of juncos. We were seeing Carolina Wrens but not in the past week. Hope they make it.

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Date: 12/31/17 2:47 pm
From: Al Reyer <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Sarpy County

I’ve got 21 Mourning Doves sitting up in the trees behind the house.. Usually have two or three, but never this many.

Also had the Carolina Wren at the peanuts, so he/she made it thru the cold night. We’ll see what tonight brings.

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Date: 12/31/17 2:37 pm
From: renosmom <renosmom...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Lesser Yellowlegs
After looking at the yellowlegs pictures better today, and getting the input of a few people I'm changing the id to Greater Yellowlegs. 
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-------- Original message --------From: "'Kathy DeLara' <renosmom...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> Date: 12/29/17 4:42 PM (GMT-07:00) To: <NEBirds...> Subject: [NEBirds] Lesser Yellowlegs

 









 We held our Scottsbluff CBC today. Elliott Bedows, Alice Kenitz and I found a Lesser Yellowlegs along Berggren Road. There are pictures of it on ebird on this check list.  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41413770There were also 4 Wilson’s Snipe in the same area. Alice will send a report of all birds seen later. Kathy DeLaraMitchell NE








 

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Date: 12/31/17 5:56 am
From: Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Documentation on MEW GULL
Person or persons that observed the Mew Gull on the Lake McConaughy
Count I would like documentation for the NOU Records Committee!

I saw no posts of it on eBird!


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Date: 12/30/17 10:02 pm
From: Sharla Meester via eBird <smeester33...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Sharla Meester has shared an eBird checklist with you from Summit Lake SRA on Dec 30, 2017 - 3:00 PM
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Harlequin Duck was still present late this afternoon below the dam. He was the only waterfowl present and was actively diving the entire hour I was there.

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Date: 12/30/17 9:58 pm
From: Sharla Meester <smeester33...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck - still present
The Harlequin Duck was still present late this afternoon, 30 December, below the dam. He was the only waterfowl present and was actively diving the entire time. I hope he is finding some fish, as I did not see him catch anything during the 'cold' hour I was there.Thank you everyone for reporting his status and Brian for originally spotting him.
Some photos of him can be seen on my ebird report at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41455550
Sharla MeesterOmaha, NE

 

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Date: 12/30/17 9:46 pm
From: William Huser <billfhuser...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Charleston Duck
Sat. Dec 30, 2017, Summit Lake Spillway, Burt County, NE:
Harlequin Duck, female or im. male, was actively hunting in the reservoir
Spillway at 0915-0930.
Also,
Great Blue Heron, 1, at spillway,
Merlin, 1 f.

Jerry Probst, South Sioux City
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Date: 12/30/17 4:33 pm
From: Paul Dunbar <pastorpaultdunbar...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin
It looks to me like a Green Sunfish he’s eating.

Paul Dunbar

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> On Dec 30, 2017, at 12:30 PM, Larry Einemann <larryeinemannl...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
> Hi!
> Jan, when were you present at Summit Lake on December 29? I ask because I arrived about 11:35 a.m. When I arrived there was only one duck on the small hole on the lake. I identified it as a lesser scaup male, apparently sick. I then ventured over to dam and the spillway. As I approached the site, a great blue heron flew off down the stream. The Harlequin duck was in the small pool at the base of the spillway where I saw it actively diving. It looked healthy to me. It dove often in the small pool. Even though the air temperature was 18 F, there was a SE breeze blowing 10 to 15 mph, making a frigid wind chill. I damn near froze my hands trying to take a couple of pictures, before I left to scout the area on the west side of the lake. When I returned, the scaup had moved some 100-200 feet south of the hole and was sleeping on the ice. I then stopped near the north end of the spillway on my way out hoping for some passerines, I did not find any; however, I did see the duck in the south spillway pool where the water flowed over rocks into the pool to the north. It was about 1 p.m. when Eric Bents drove up and I showed him the duck. I saved him the effort to walk on top of the dam as I did earlier. It was easier to see the male duck from this area along the stream north of the spillway pond. I looked at the 2 poor pictures that I took and I noticed a white vertical streak on the neck below the white dot, indicative of a male transitioning to nonbreeding. So I too think it was a male rather than a female.
> I then drove east of Tekamah searching for birds. By this time it was snowing moderately with a 15 mph northeast wind and the temperature had fallen a couple of degrees. Visibility was down to 1/2 mile by 2:45 p.m. when I left Burt County heading into Washington County.
> So Jan, if you were there before 11:30, and did not venture out on top of the dam looking down at the spillway pool, you did not see the Harlequin duck, but a scaup.
> Good birding!
> Larry Einemann
> Lincoln, Nebraska
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> Larry Einemann
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>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
> To: Nebraska Birds <NEBirds...>
> Sent: Fri, Dec 29, 2017 2:41 pm
> Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin
>
>
> I decided to drive today and chance seeing if the Harlequin was still at Summit Lake. She was! In fact, she was the only species of waterfowl in the small open spot of water. Twenty below tonight will probably seal that spot over, too. I’m wondering if she may be sick since she is the only species left?
>
> It was too cold and being alone I thought a bit chancy for me to walk into the cedars birding without someone knowing where I’d trekked to. So other than the duck I only found Bluejays. Along the highways driving down there were several mixed flicks of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. I was hoping for a Snow Bunting.
>
> A half hour after I got home I had a Northern Shrike in the yard.
>
> Jan Johnson
> Wakefield, Dixon County
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/bird-brained-quilter/
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Date: 12/30/17 2:03 pm
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck- 12/30
 I am posting this on behalf of Sharla M. who just saw the bird constantly diving by itself around 3:56pm.  She mentioned that the Harlequin Duck is still feeding by the dam (spillway).
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>


 

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Date: 12/30/17 11:31 am
From: Larry Einemann <larryeinemannl...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin
Hi!
Jan, when were you present at Summit Lake on December 29? I ask because I arrived about 11:35 a.m. When I arrived there was only one duck on the small hole on the lake. I identified it as a lesser scaup male, apparently sick. I then ventured over to dam and the spillway. As I approached the site, a great blue heron flew off down the stream. The Harlequin duck was in the small pool at the base of the spillway where I saw it actively diving. It looked healthy to me. It dove often in the small pool. Even though the air temperature was 18 F, there was a SE breeze blowing 10 to 15 mph, making a frigid wind chill. I damn near froze my hands trying to take a couple of pictures, before I left to scout the area on the west side of the lake. When I returned, the scaup had moved some 100-200 feet south of the hole and was sleeping on the ice. I then stopped near the north end of the spillway on my way out hoping for some passerines, I did not find any; however, I did see the duck in the south spillway pool where the water flowed over rocks into the pool to the north. It was about 1 p.m. when Eric Bents drove up and I showed him the duck. I saved him the effort to walk on top of the dam as I did earlier. It was easier to see the male duck from this area along the stream north of the spillway pond. I looked at the 2 poor pictures that I took and I noticed a white vertical streak on the neck below the white dot, indicative of a male transitioning to nonbreeding. So I too think it was a male rather than a female.
I then drove east of Tekamah searching for birds. By this time it was snowing moderately with a 15 mph northeast wind and the temperature had fallen a couple of degrees. Visibility was down to 1/2 mile by 2:45 p.m. when I left Burt County heading into Washington County.
So Jan, if you were there before 11:30, and did not venture out on top of the dam looking down at the spillway pool, you did not see the Harlequin duck, but a scaup.
Good birding!
Larry Einemann
Lincoln, Nebraska










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Sent: Fri, Dec 29, 2017 2:41 pm
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin






I decided to drive today and chance seeing if the Harlequin was still at Summit Lake. She was! In fact, she was the only species of waterfowl in the small open spot of water. Twenty below tonight will probably seal that spot over, too. I’m wondering if she may be sick since she is the only species left?

It was too cold and being alone I thought a bit chancy for me to walk into the cedars birding without someone knowing where I’d trekked to. So other than the duck I only found Bluejays. Along the highways driving down there were several mixed flicks of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. I was hoping for a Snow Bunting.

A half hour after I got home I had a Northern Shrike in the yard.

Jan Johnson
Wakefield, Dixon County
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Date: 12/30/17 10:52 am
From: Keith Dyche <kadyche...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin
Harlequin Duck
Still present at 12:30 in below the dam.

Keith Dyche

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> On Dec 30, 2017, at 11:55 AM, Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
> Thanks to the stellar photos by John Carlini, I think we can safely say without a doubt that this is indeed a first-fall male Harlequin Duck molting into adult plumage. I had reservations about the bird being a female when I saw how crisp the pale spot toward the back of the head actually was, not to mention the white plumage around the bill.
>
> Now that I see a white streak coming in toward the hindneck, and a bit of pale feathers coming in on the flanks, I think it is now safe to place this bird within the masculine gender. I recall twitching a very apparent female at Chicago's Montrose Point in early 2000. I recall how the pale markings appeared somewhat faded and rather "blurred." This bird was also an overall dingy gray in color. Though the Summit Lake bird is earth-toned, the plumage does not seem quite as dull and subdued.
>
> Just my two cents.
>
> Stay warm, and good birding.
>
> Justin Rink
> Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
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>
>
> On Saturday, December 30, 2017 8:19 AM, "John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:
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>
>
> Jan & NEBirders,
>
> Do you suppose we can rule out health issues as the reason the HADU is lingering if it appears to have a healthy appetite? We were treated to a fun show 2 days ago with Tom L. watching it energetically foraged in the spillway below the dam, at times simulating kayak maneuvers as it worked the turbulent riffle area between the two pools. At one point it was putting its head below just below the surface facing into the current as it kicked its big outstretched feet behind as if dog paddling to hold its position as it foraged the "rapids".
>
> Got a blurry photo of something in its mouth - does anyone have an opinion if it's a fish or what it might be?
>
> Also the reason this duck is being referred to as "it" in this post is because I'm questioning my former conclusion of the HADU being a female due to some white feathers on the neck and wrist. Sibley depicts more adult-like plumage by November for imm. males but none of the field guides show any white on the neck or wing for females so could our Neb. HADU be an imm. male with less developed plumage?
>
> Thanks Joel and Brian for the heads up on Scott B.'s rediscovery in the new spillway hangout. Really appreciate the opportunity to get some photos:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41423508
>
> -Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln
>
>
> On Friday, December 29, 2017 2:01 PM, "Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
>
>
> I decided to drive today and chance seeing if the Harlequin was still at Summit Lake. She was! In fact, she was the only species of waterfowl in the small open spot of water. Twenty below tonight will probably seal that spot over, too. I’m wondering if she may be sick since she is the only species left?
>
> It was too cold and being alone I thought a bit chancy for me to walk into the cedars birding without someone knowing where I’d trekked to. So other than the duck I only found Bluejays. Along the highways driving down there were several mixed flicks of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. I was hoping for a Snow Bunting.
>
> A half hour after I got home I had a Northern Shrike in the yard.
>
> Jan Johnson
> Wakefield, Dixon County
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/bird-brained-quilter/
>
>
>
>
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Date: 12/30/17 10:02 am
From: Al Reyer <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Carolina Wren
Just had a Carolina Wren at my peanuts. Hope it can make it thru the next couple of cold days.

Al Reyer
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Date: 12/30/17 9:56 am
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin
  Thanks to the stellar photos by John Carlini, I think we can safely say without a doubt that this is indeed a first-fall male Harlequin Duck molting into adult plumage.  I had reservations about the bird being a female when I saw how crisp the pale spot toward the back of the head actually was, not to mention the white plumage around the bill.
  Now that I see a white streak coming in toward the hindneck, and a bit of pale feathers coming in on the flanks, I think it is now safe to place this bird within the masculine gender.  I recall twitching a very apparent female at Chicago's Montrose Point in early 2000.  I recall how the pale markings appeared somewhat faded and rather "blurred."  This bird was also an overall dingy gray in color.  Though the Summit Lake bird is earth-toned, the plumage does not seem quite as dull and subdued.  
 Just my two cents.  
Stay warm, and good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>



On Saturday, December 30, 2017 8:19 AM, "John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  Jan & NEBirders,
Do you suppose we can rule out health issues as the reason the HADU is lingering if it appears to have a healthy appetite?  We were treated to a fun show 2 days ago with Tom L. watching it energetically foraged in the spillway below the dam, at times simulating kayak maneuvers as it worked the turbulent riffle area between the two pools.  At one point it was putting its head below just below the surface facing into the current as it kicked its big outstretched feet behind as if dog paddling to hold its position as it foraged the "rapids".
Got a blurry photo of something in its mouth - does anyone have an opinion if it's a fish or what it might be?
Also the reason this duck is being referred to as "it" in this post is because I'm questioning my former conclusion of the HADU being a female due to some white feathers on the neck and wrist.  Sibley depicts more adult-like plumage by November for imm. males but none of the field guides show any white on the neck or wing for females so could our Neb. HADU be an imm. male with less developed plumage?
Thanks Joel and Brian for the heads up on Scott B.'s rediscovery in the new spillway hangout.  Really appreciate the opportunity to get some photos:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41423508

-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini,  Lincoln

On Friday, December 29, 2017 2:01 PM, "Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  I decided to drive today and chance seeing if the Harlequin was still at Summit Lake. She was! In fact, she was the only species of waterfowl in the small open spot of water. Twenty below tonight will probably seal that spot over, too. I’m wondering if she may be sick since she is the only species left?

It was too cold and being alone I thought a bit chancy for me to walk into the cedars birding without someone knowing where I’d trekked to. So other than the duck I only found Bluejays. Along the highways driving down there were several mixed flicks of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. I was hoping for a Snow Bunting.

A half hour after I got home I had a Northern Shrike in the yard.

Jan Johnson
Wakefield, Dixon County
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bird-brained-quilter/



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Date: 12/30/17 9:28 am
From: Tom Wittman <wxmanwitt...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] White Winged Dove
Had a White Winged Dove briefly visit the backyard underneath my feeder this morning. Did manage a quick photograph.

Tom Wittman
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Date: 12/30/17 6:19 am
From: John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin
Jan & NEBirders,
Do you suppose we can rule out health issues as the reason the HADU is lingering if it appears to have a healthy appetite?  We were treated to a fun show 2 days ago with Tom L. watching it energetically foraged in the spillway below the dam, at times simulating kayak maneuvers as it worked the turbulent riffle area between the two pools.  At one point it was putting its head below just below the surface facing into the current as it kicked its big outstretched feet behind as if dog paddling to hold its position as it foraged the "rapids".
Got a blurry photo of something in its mouth - does anyone have an opinion if it's a fish or what it might be?
Also the reason this duck is being referred to as "it" in this post is because I'm questioning my former conclusion of the HADU being a female due to some white feathers on the neck and wrist.  Sibley depicts more adult-like plumage by November for imm. males but none of the field guides show any white on the neck or wing for females so could our Neb. HADU be an imm. male with less developed plumage?
Thanks Joel and Brian for the heads up on Scott B.'s rediscovery in the new spillway hangout.  Really appreciate the opportunity to get some photos:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41423508

-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini,  Lincoln

On Friday, December 29, 2017 2:01 PM, "Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  I decided to drive today and chance seeing if the Harlequin was still at Summit Lake. She was! In fact, she was the only species of waterfowl in the small open spot of water. Twenty below tonight will probably seal that spot over, too. I’m wondering if she may be sick since she is the only species left?

It was too cold and being alone I thought a bit chancy for me to walk into the cedars birding without someone knowing where I’d trekked to. So other than the duck I only found Bluejays. Along the highways driving down there were several mixed flicks of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. I was hoping for a Snow Bunting.

A half hour after I got home I had a Northern Shrike in the yard.

Jan Johnson
Wakefield, Dixon County
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bird-brained-quilter/

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Date: 12/29/17 8:27 pm
From: <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Panhandle Sightings 12/23-12/26
My father, brother, and I spent 12/23 through 12/26 birding western Nebraska, primarily in Dawes County looking for several target birds, including Clark’s Nutcracker. Our drive out to Chadron on the 12/23 was relatively uneventful with only a Northern Shrike along Highway 26 in Garden County being worth mentioning.

On 12/24, we were unsuccessful in finding any Bohemians Waxwings in both Chadron and Crawford. In Chadron, we checked a few locations in which they have been seen in the past as well as several cemeteries. Most of the morning was spent trying to find the Clark’s Nutcrackers that have been reported in East Ash Creek Canyon. Unfortunately, the road leading into the canyon had about 18 inches of snow on it, and we had to turn back after nearly sliding off the road at the very beginning. Along Eleson Road leading into and out of the area, we found:
1 Sharp-tailed Grouse
1 Rough-legged Hawk
1 Northern Shrike
21 Lapland Longspurs
15 Common Redpolls

We then birded Chadron State park in the afternoon. There we found:
2 “Interior West” White-breasted Nuthatches
20 Pygmy Nuthatches
1 Brown Creeper
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet

We briefly stopped at Chadron Creek Ranch WMA and near the end of our visit, my brother heard and then spotted 1 PACIFIC WREN. This bird was actively calling from along the creek directly west of the parking lot, and was moving around that area and the parking lot. I was able to get decent pictures and a recording of its call. I have posted my pictures and audio recording to eBird as well as on the Advanced Bird ID Facebook group. So far, I have received only feedback supporting its identification as a Pacific Wren from the group. I will also post several pictures of it in my album.

On 12/25, we headed towards Lake McConaughy before staying overnight in Kearney. A snow storm caused us to stay only a short time at Lake McConaughy and Ogallala. The only birds of note in the area was 1 Common Loon off the overlook at the south end of the Kingsley Dam and 1 Black-billed Magpie along the Keystone-Roscoe Road where it crosses the Platte River. Lake Ogallala also had approximately 500 ducks on it, but distance and the snow didn’t allow us to scope them well. The only other notable sighting during the day was that we saw a total of 1244 Horned Larks along the various highways we drove along.

We did not have any notable sightings on 12/26 besides the Harlequin Duck at Summit Lake.



All sightings in eBird.

Sam Manning

Omaha, Douglas County, NE


 

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Date: 12/29/17 3:43 pm
From: 'Kathy DeLara' <renosmom...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Lesser Yellowlegs


We held our Scottsbluff CBC today. Elliott Bedows, Alice Kenitz and I found
a Lesser Yellowlegs along Berggren Road. There are pictures of it on ebird
on this check list. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41413770

There were also 4 Wilson's Snipe in the same area. Alice will send a report
of all birds seen later.

Kathy DeLara

Mitchell NE


 

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Date: 12/29/17 3:21 pm
From: <ericbents...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin
Thanks to all for the Harlequin updates ... finally had the opportunity to run up there where she was faithfully maintaining her post at the dam spillway as of 1pm today. Never imagined my first Harlequin duck would be in east Nebraska....


Also, good numbers of Lapland Longspurs on the Tekamah bottoms in east Burt County.


Eric Bents
Omaha NE
Burt County #130

 

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Date: 12/29/17 2:04 pm
From: 'Kathleen Crawford' <katcr...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Purple finches
Here is me all jealous. Having a feederwatch count tomorrow and we don’t even have house finch, much less purple finch! Haven’t seen a pine siskin, either. Can we send you some starlings? They showed up in mass today. Splashed all the water out of the bird bath.

I noticed there are redpolls in La Vista. That would be nice, too.

K



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Sent: Friday, December 29, 2017 2:42 PM
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Subject: [NEBirds] Purple finches





Finally the purple finches showed up. We had three of them at our feeders today along with lots of siskins. Some bluebirds dropped in just to brighten up the day. Photos posted. Kathy and Duane Schwery, Plattsmouth





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Date: 12/29/17 12:45 pm
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Subject: [NEBirds] Purple finches
Finally the purple finches showed up. We had three of them at our feeders today along with lots of siskins. Some bluebirds dropped in just to brighten up the day. Photos posted. Kathy and Duane Schwery, Plattsmouth

 

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Date: 12/29/17 11:59 am
From: Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin
I decided to drive today and chance seeing if the Harlequin was still at Summit Lake. She was! In fact, she was the only species of waterfowl in the small open spot of water. Twenty below tonight will probably seal that spot over, too. I’m wondering if she may be sick since she is the only species left?

It was too cold and being alone I thought a bit chancy for me to walk into the cedars birding without someone knowing where I’d trekked to. So other than the duck I only found Bluejays. Along the highways driving down there were several mixed flicks of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. I was hoping for a Snow Bunting.

A half hour after I got home I had a Northern Shrike in the yard.

Jan Johnson
Wakefield, Dixon County
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Date: 12/28/17 9:35 pm
From: <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck status
I hit Summit Lake at about 4 p.m. today (December 28), and found the Harlequin in the plunge pool just below the dam's outlet. The bird was cooperative: I was able to approach within about 50 feet and watch it preening.

I went back to the car for the camera and returned; when I did, I was unable to find the duck, so worked my way several hundred feet down the outlet stream. I didn't find the duck there, but noted that the stream was open as far down as I'd followed it, suggesting that the duck might continue to find food if it's willing to work the slower water farther downstream from the plunge pool.


As I continued to watch the plunge pool, the bird flew back in from upstream, and swam around the pool, occasionally diving completely underwater for a few seconds at a time. I got some poor photos of it during this time, which are on my eBird report at http://ebird.org/ebird/taiwan/view/checklist/S41391517 http://ebird.org/ebird/taiwan/view/checklist/S41391517
(and I have no idea why the "taiwan" in the URL). As I left, I ran into a couple from Wisconsin, who told me that they'd seen the bird on the small (ca. 50 ft) patch of open water in the center of the lower portion of the lake; that's probably where it was while I was vainly looking for it in the outlet stream.


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Date: 12/28/17 8:20 pm
From: Thomas Labedz <tlabedz1...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck status
With the pleasurable company of John and Shari we observed the Harlequin Duck below the Summit Lake dam from about 1:20 to 2:30 today, 28 Dec 2017.

Thomas Labedz, Lincoln.


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On Dec 28, 2017, at 11:25 AM, 'nratzlaff' <nratzlaff...><mailto:<nratzlaff...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...><mailto:<NEBirds...>> wrote:



The Harlequin Duck was seen this morning at about 8:30 AM at the site

Scott spotted it yesterday in the small spillway pool below the dam..

Thanks Scott!! And thanks to Joel and Brian for posting it.



There still is a small pool of open water on the lake - occupied today by about 200 Mallards

and 4 Canada Geese.



Two small mixed flocks of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs were seen on roads

south and west of Tekamah.



Neal & Deb Ratzlaff

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Date: 12/28/17 7:40 pm
From: <prairysky...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Yard Birds Furnas County
The last snow and cold wave we had an abundance of birds at the feeder.


5 Cardinals
5 Blue Jays
Numerous amounts and varieties of Juncos
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpeckers
Red Bellied Woodpeckers
Numerous Northern Flickers
Harris Sparrows
White Crowned Sparrows
House and Gold Finchs


2 Great Horned Owls


1 Sharp Shin Hawk


Will be interesting to see what round number two cold wave will bring.


Linda Ollinger
Furnas County Nebrqaska




 

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Date: 12/28/17 7:32 pm
From: <prairysky...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Swainsons Hawk plus more
We watched a Swainsons Hawk up close this afternoon on Highway 89 about 3 miles West of Beaver City in Furnas County. Also Saw a Kestrel and numerous other hawks, large and small further West on Highway 89 in Furnas County. We didn't have our Binocs with us, so many remain unidentified.


I don't normally see this numerous amount of hawks hanging around here this time of year.


Linda Ollinger
Furnas County Nebraska
 

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Date: 12/28/17 7:12 pm
From: <heidtdw...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] preliminary results of Calamus CBC
Hi all,
The Calamus Christmas Bird Count was held today (12/28) with 7 participants. 58 species were found--one of which was Gull (sp).


Many thanks to those who participated and thank you to those who tried to make it, but had circumstances change. Could not have the count without your willingness and effort.


Highlights included Wilson's Snipe (1), Prairie Falcon (1), Spotted Towhee (1), and Common Redpoll (3).


Only four species of ducks were observed, so notable misses were ducks other than Mallard, Gadwall, Common Goldeneye, and Common Merganser.


Reservoir was frozen over (except for small pockets of open water where the river, streams, and springs enter) and once again froze before the fish kill, so American Crow numbers were only 4445 and only one lone (unidentifiable) gull was seen (a couple of participants had seen "hundreds of gulls on the reservoir" just a week before the count). The one positive with the reservoir having frozen over was that the Trumpeter Swans were congregating on the ice (100 observed).


Hope you will consider participating in next year's count and hope you can stay warm over the next several days.


David Heidt
compiler Calamus CBC (NECL)
 

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Date: 12/28/17 2:10 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Redpolls
Apologize for broadcasting my request to Mary over the entire listserve.

God Bless,


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

On Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 4:09 PM, Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> wrote:

> Good afternoon, Mary.
>
> This is Paul Roisen (Sioux City). I may be coming down to visit my
> brother-in-law and family. Do not have Common Redpoll or Pine Siskin in
> Sarpy County. I do a lot of birding with Mark Brogie, and the Padelfords
> among other.
>
> Would you be willing to allow me to view your feeders next time I am down
> there? If, OK then I would need an address.
>
> My phone number is 712-301-2817 <(712)%20301-2817> if you wish to speak
> with me.
>
> God Bless and Blessed New Year to you.
>
> *Paul O. Roisen*
> *Woodbury County, IA*
> *Mobile 712-301-2817 <(712)%20301-2817>*
>
> On Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 11:27 AM, Mary Clausen <mkclausen...>
> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Amid a flock of goldfinches, house finches and 7 pine siskins. Just had 3
>> common redpolls at my feeders. Have pictures if needed. Will submit to
>> ebird.
>>
>> Mary Clausen
>> Sarpy Co
>> La Vista
>>
>>
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 12/28/17 2:09 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Redpolls
Good afternoon, Mary.

This is Paul Roisen (Sioux City). I may be coming down to visit my
brother-in-law and family. Do not have Common Redpoll or Pine Siskin in
Sarpy County. I do a lot of birding with Mark Brogie, and the Padelfords
among other.

Would you be willing to allow me to view your feeders next time I am down
there? If, OK then I would need an address.

My phone number is 712-301-2817 if you wish to speak with me.

God Bless and Blessed New Year to you.

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

On Tue, Dec 26, 2017 at 11:27 AM, Mary Clausen <mkclausen...>
[NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> Amid a flock of goldfinches, house finches and 7 pine siskins. Just had 3
> common redpolls at my feeders. Have pictures if needed. Will submit to
> ebird.
>
> Mary Clausen
> Sarpy Co
> La Vista
>
>
>

 

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Date: 12/28/17 9:32 am
From: Maas Email <snowbirds2012...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck status


> On Dec 28, 2017, at 11:25 AM, 'nratzlaff' <nratzlaff...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:
>
> The Harlequin Duck was seen this morning at about 8:30 AM at the site
>
> Scott spotted it yesterday – in the small spillway pool below the dam.
>
> Thanks Scott!! And thanks to Joel and Brian for posting it.
>
>
>
> There still is a small pool of open water on the lake - occupied today by about 200 Mallards
>
> and 4 Canada Geese.
>
>
>
> Two small mixed flocks of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs were seen on roads
>
> south and west of Tekamah.
>
>
>
> Neal & Deb Ratzlaff
>
> reported to ebird
>
>

 

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Date: 12/28/17 9:25 am
From: 'nratzlaff' <nratzlaff...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck status
The Harlequin Duck was seen this morning at about 8:30 AM at the site

Scott spotted it yesterday - in the small spillway pool below the dam.

Thanks Scott!! And thanks to Joel and Brian for posting it.



There still is a small pool of open water on the lake - occupied today by
about 200 Mallards

and 4 Canada Geese.



Two small mixed flocks of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs were seen on
roads

south and west of Tekamah.



Neal & Deb Ratzlaff

reported to ebird


 

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Date: 12/28/17 8:48 am
From: Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Crane Question

I have a friend from California coming to witness the numbers of Sandhills in March. She’s seen cranes just not in our numbers. My question is, does anyone have a preference to using one of the paid for viewing blinds over just standing in one of the public viewing areas? I have done both myself and usually just do the latter. And if you do prefer the blinds which do you recommend?

Thanks!

Jan Johnson



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Date: 12/27/17 7:13 pm
From: Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck - still present
I was about to post this information on behalf of Scott, as he is not a
member of NEBirds, but yes it was still present this afternoon about 3 pm.
He told me that the lake was essentially frozen over except for a few very
small openings. He had walked out on the dam to get a closer look at the
waterfowl still congregated in the openings when he just happened to look
down and notice the duck in the spillway. While the fast water may remind
her of her native range, I can't imagine that the food supply will last
long.

Brian Peterson
Omaha





On Wed, Dec 27, 2017 at 9:02 PM, 'Jorgensen, Joel'
<Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> Not sure this will get reported here, so passing along that the Harlequin
> Duck was apparently observed this afternoon, 27 December, and it has not
> moved on (at least not that far). See the eBird checklist at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41359473. What is noteworthy is
> that the observer (Scott Bradley) relocated it in the dam's "spillway" and
> not on the lake. Interesting turn of events.
>
> -Joel
>
>
>
> Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
>
> Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
>
> 2200 N. <https://maps.google.com/?q=2200+N.%C2%A0+33&entry=gmail&source=g>
> 33 <https://maps.google.com/?q=2200+N.%C2%A0+33&entry=gmail&source=g>rd
> 68503 | 402.471.5440 <(402)%20471-5440>
>
> <joel.jorgensen...>
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 12/27/17 7:02 pm
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck - still present
Not sure this will get reported here, so passing along that the Harlequin Duck was apparently observed this afternoon, 27 December, and it has not moved on (at least not that far). See the eBird checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41359473. What is noteworthy is that the observer (Scott Bradley) relocated it in the dam's "spillway" and not on the lake. Interesting turn of events.

-Joel

Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd 68503 | 402.471.5440
<joel.jorgensen...><mailto:<joel.jorgensen...>


 

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Date: 12/27/17 6:51 pm
From: 'nratzlaff' <nratzlaff...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Feeder birds
Returned home just before dusk and was surprised to find the following birds
at my ground feeder:

9 White-throated Sparrows - always have a couple, but 9 is a record for my
yard

1 Harris's Sparrow

1 Spotted Towhee



Didn't watch feeders during the day today, but Pine Siskins have been
increasing in numbers at

the feeders all of last week - maximum number was 18 on Christmas Day.



Neal Ratzlaff

Omaha - near 84th and Pacific Sts.

Reported to a rather dubious ebird - they don't like the number 9 for
White-throats


 

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Date: 12/27/17 8:38 am
From: John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] RE: Harlequin Duck still present
If there was a birder's trophy for bitter long-distant misses, it certainly would belong on your mantelpiece Mark - ouch, Fargo is indeed far far away!
-Shari Schwartz, Lincoln

On Wednesday, December 27, 2017 10:19 AM, "MARK OTNES <markotnes...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  About 12+ years ago I did the long drive from Fargo, ND to Grand Island in March hoping to view a Common Crane and to spend a long weekend viewing other species in the area.  I just missed the Common Crane by 10 minutes on the evening I arrived and I believe it was not seen after that the rest of the year.
Mark OtnesFargo, ND
From: "John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...>
To: <NEBirds...>
Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:49:11 AM
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] RE: Harlequin Duck still present

 Ugh, I feel your pain on that missed MO Ivory Gull awhile back Michael!  We drove something like 5 hours and deliberated not taking the extra 10 minutes to stop for gas en route.  But alas, we stopped for gas and it meant our view of the departing Ivory Gull lasted about 10 seconds.  We decided to stay overnight and tried again the next day but like you, ended up consoling ourselves with Eurasian Tree Sparrows instead.  Funny walk down memory lane, thanks for that!
-Shari Schwartz, Lincoln

On Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:31 AM, "Michael Willison <sendtomichael...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


 
I had a similar experience with Joel’s Arctic Tern at Marsh Duck WMA two years ago.  Rolled up just in time to watch the bird for about 5 minutes and then a flock of Franklin’s Gulls migrated over the marsh in which the Tern joined them, disappearing to northerly grounds.  Shari is right though, better to have fleeting and/or brief looks than none at all.  I tried for that MO Ivory Gull, only to be the first group of early a.m.’er’s to dip on the then-moved-along-gull.   My only consolation was seeing Eurasian Tree Sparrows at the same location and joining in on the pity party with hundreds of other birders. Michael Willison, Lincoln 
| Subject: Harlequin Duck still present
Date: Wed Dec 27 2017 8:43 am
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com |
|   |
| You're right Esa that is our fate - to drive long distances only to see rare lifers just as they're flying away (the recent Harris's Hawk, an Ivory Gull in MO, and now the Harlequin).  But hey, better fleeting than not at all!  Just a few minutes later on arrival time would have meant a miss on that Harlequin so luck was really on my side.



-Shari Schwartz, Lincoln |

 



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Date: 12/27/17 8:19 am
From: MARK OTNES <markotnes...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] RE: Harlequin Duck still present
About 12+ years ago I did the long drive from Fargo, ND to Grand Island in March hoping to view a Common Crane and to spend a long weekend viewing other species in the area.  I just missed the Common Crane by 10 minutes on the evening I arrived and I believe it was not seen after that the rest of the year.
Mark Otnes
Fargo, ND

----- Original Message -----

From: "John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...>
To: <NEBirds...>
Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:49:11 AM
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] RE: Harlequin Duck still present

 
Ugh, I feel your pain on that missed MO Ivory Gull awhile back Michael!  We drove something like 5 hours and deliberated not taking the extra 10 minutes to stop for gas en route.  But alas, we stopped for gas and it meant our view of the departing Ivory Gull lasted about 10 seconds.  We decided to stay overnight and tried again the next day but like you, ended up consoling ourselves with Eurasian Tree Sparrows instead.  Funny walk down memory lane, thanks for that!

-Shari Schwartz,  Lincoln


On Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:31 AM, "Michael Willison <sendtomichael...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


 

I had a similar experience with Joel’s Arctic Tern at Marsh Duck WMA two years ago.  Rolled up just in time to watch the bird for about 5 minutes and then a flock of Franklin’s Gulls migrated over the marsh in which the Tern joined them, disappearing to northerly grounds.  Shari is right though, better to have fleeting and/or brief looks than none at all.  I tried for that MO Ivory Gull, only to be the first group of early a.m.’er’s to dip on the then-moved-along-gull.   My only consolation was seeing Eurasian Tree Sparrows at the same location and joining in on the pity party with hundreds of other birders.
 
Michael Willison, Lincoln
 
Subject: Harlequin Duck still present
Date: Wed Dec 27 2017 8:43 am
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com

 

You're right Esa that is our fate - to drive long distances only to see rare lifers just as they're flying away (the recent Harris's Hawk, an Ivory Gull in MO, and now the Harlequin).  But hey, better fleeting than not at all!  Just a few minutes later on arrival time would have meant a miss on that Harlequin so luck was really on my side.



-Shari Schwartz, Lincoln
 






 

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Date: 12/27/17 7:49 am
From: John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] RE: Harlequin Duck still present
Ugh, I feel your pain on that missed MO Ivory Gull awhile back Michael!  We drove something like 5 hours and deliberated not taking the extra 10 minutes to stop for gas en route.  But alas, we stopped for gas and it meant our view of the departing Ivory Gull lasted about 10 seconds.  We decided to stay overnight and tried again the next day but like you, ended up consoling ourselves with Eurasian Tree Sparrows instead.  Funny walk down memory lane, thanks for that!
-Shari Schwartz, Lincoln

On Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:31 AM, "Michael Willison <sendtomichael...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  I had a similar experience with Joel’s Arctic Tern at Marsh Duck WMA two years ago.  Rolled up just in time to watch the bird for about 5 minutes and then a flock of Franklin’s Gulls migrated over the marsh in which the Tern joined them, disappearing to northerly grounds.  Shari is right though, better to have fleeting and/or brief looks than none at all.  I tried for that MO Ivory Gull, only to be the first group of early a.m.’er’s to dip on the then-moved-along-gull.   My only consolation was seeing Eurasian Tree Sparrows at the same location and joining in on the pity party with hundreds of other birders.   Michael Willison, Lincoln  
| Subject: Harlequin Duck still present
Date: Wed Dec 27 2017 8:43 am
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com |
|   |
| You're right Esa that is our fate - to drive long distances only to see rare lifers just as they're flying away (the recent Harris's Hawk, an Ivory Gull in MO, and now the Harlequin).  But hey, better fleeting than not at all!  Just a few minutes later on arrival time would have meant a miss on that Harlequin so luck was really on my side.



-Shari Schwartz, Lincoln |

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Date: 12/27/17 7:25 am
From: Michael Willison <sendtomichael...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] RE: Harlequin Duck still present
I had a similar experience with Joel's Arctic Tern at Marsh Duck WMA two years ago. Rolled up just in time to watch the bird for about 5 minutes and then a flock of Franklin's Gulls migrated over the marsh in which the Tern joined them, disappearing to northerly grounds. Shari is right though, better to have fleeting and/or brief looks than none at all. I tried for that MO Ivory Gull, only to be the first group of early a.m.'er's to dip on the then-moved-along-gull. My only consolation was seeing Eurasian Tree Sparrows at the same location and joining in on the pity party with hundreds of other birders.

Michael Willison, Lincoln

Subject: Harlequin Duck still present
Date: Wed Dec 27 2017 8:43 am
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com



You're right Esa that is our fate - to drive long distances only to see rare lifers just as they're flying away (the recent Harris's Hawk, an Ivory Gull in MO, and now the Harlequin). But hey, better fleeting than not at all! Just a few minutes later on arrival time would have meant a miss on that Harlequin so luck was really on my side.



-Shari Schwartz, Lincoln



 

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Date: 12/27/17 6:43 am
From: <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck still present
You're right Esa that is our fate - to drive long distances only to see rare lifers just as they're flying away (the recent Harris's Hawk, an Ivory Gull in MO, and now the Harlequin). But hey, better fleeting than not at all! Just a few minutes later on arrival time would have meant a miss on that Harlequin so luck was really on my side.

-Shari Schwartz, Lincoln
 

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Date: 12/27/17 5:54 am
From: <esaterojarvi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck still present
This sounds familiar. What was it last time? Whoopibg cranes? I seem to remember you and John seeing the departure and getting a photo of the departing bird.

Esa Jarvi, Lincoln

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Date: 12/27/17 5:45 am
From: John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck still present
Thanks to Sam M. for the HADU update yesterday!  I hadn't bothered to chase it the previous day assuming the lake would surely be frozen over by then and not wanting to drive the lengthy trip in vain.  Skedaddled up there yesterday afternoon just in time to see it, must of missed Gary and Joe by just minutes.  The Harlequin was surprisingly conspicuous through the scope in the primo light conditions despite a surrounding mass of mallards, because it was very active and zipped hither thither repeatedly dunking its head determinedly while bathing.  After about 5 minutes at the most, it appeared to explode into the sky in a flurry of movement but looking through the zoomed-in scope I wasn't quite sure what had just happened so grabbed binoculars and tried to track the group of several small flocks of geese and mallards that were departing to the south and there was a lone duck in that loose gang but I couldn't discern what kind.  After that, I was unable to relocate the Harlequin on the lake despite 3 thorough scans with the scope.  Can't say for certain and wouldn't want to discourage any searches if I'm incorrect, but I strongly suspect that Harlequin departed at about 4 p.m. yesterday.  Thanks to Brian P. for finding that cool clown-faced lifer!
also on eBird-Shari Schwartz, Lincoln

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  After seeing the Mannings post headed to Summit SRA to find the Harlequin Duck.  Located in the only small patch of water left open.  Got good looks through the scope was to distant to get a decent photo.  The duck was still there along a Joe Gubayani at 3:20 pm this afternoon.  Take note that the open water is now only about a 1/3 of a single football field in size and shrinking fast.  Thanks to Brian for reporting the bird originally and Sam for reporting it was still there.
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Date: 12/26/17 2:46 pm
From: <garoberts...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck still present
After seeing the Mannings post headed to Summit SRA to find the Harlequin Duck. Located in the only small patch of water left open. Got good looks through the scope was to distant to get a decent photo. The duck was still there along a Joe Gubayani at 3:20 pm this afternoon. Take note that the open water is now only about a 1/3 of a single football field in size and shrinking fast. Thanks to Brian for reporting the bird originally and Sam for reporting it was still there.


Gary Roberts
Dodge County
 

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Date: 12/26/17 1:54 pm
From: 'Walker, TJ' <thomas.walker...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] North Plate CBC Results
The North Platte Christmas Bird Count was held on December 18, 2017.

13 Field Participants and 2 feeder watchers documented 81 species, just 4 short of the species record set in 2015 when we had 27 participants. We missed a Snowy Owl, which was found in North Platte two days after the count. Here are some highlights:

21 Waterfowl species including record high counts for Greater White-fronted Goose (79), Gadwall (126), Canvasback (9), Redhead (20) and Red-breasted Merganser (2 - tied record high).

16 Northern Harriers - doubling the previous high count of 8 from 1937!

Record High on Sharp-shinned Hawks - 6

2 Merlins and 2 Prairie Falcons - both tying record highs

Sandhill Crane - a single and first ever for the CBC

White-winged Doves - 8 of them at a feeder in North Platte thanks to a great tip - first ever for the CBC

Red-headed Woodpecker - a single and first ever for the count

2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers - record high count (unfortunately one of them apparently replaced the Williamson's Sapsucker that was there a while back)

22 Red-breasted Nuthatches (record high) and 13 White-breasted Nuthatches (tied - last three years we have had 13 of them recorded).

Mountain Bluebird - record high "conservative" estimate of 115 found on Old Highway 83 in SE part of the circle

American Robins - 4,228 (record high)

Yellow-rumped Warblers (4) and Lapland Longspurs (60) both record highs

So 3 firsts for the circle, 13 record high counts and 5 record ties with less people and poorer overall coverage of the circle than a couple previous years.

133 different species have now been documented in this count circle during CBC's with the three additions this year.

Notable misses:

Bufflehead - found in 4 of last 5 years
Killdeer - found in 4 of last 5 years
Wilson's Snipe - found in 7 of 8 previous counts and count week in the one miss - none located
Great Horned Owl.....
Black-billed Magpie - found in previous three years and seen week before count week
Great-tailed Grackle - found 8 of previous 9 years including count week observations

So overall - a great job by those that participated!!! Thank you!

I still think that circle can break 100 species in any given year if conditions are right and we get enough observers.

Happy Holidays!

T. J. Walker
Assistant Division Administrator
Wildlife Division - Partners Section
2200 N 33rd St.
Lincoln, NE 68503-0370
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Date: 12/26/17 10:27 am
From: <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck—12/26
The Harlequin Duck continues at Summit Lake as of 12 PM. It is mixed in with about 400 Mallards and Canada Geese on the only open match of water off the “fishing access” road on the east side of the lake. A scope is needed to see it due to the distance and other birds present.



Sam Manning
Omaha, Douglas County, NE

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Date: 12/26/17 9:27 am
From: Mary Clausen <mkclausen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Redpolls
Amid a flock of goldfinches, house finches and 7 pine siskins. Just had 3
common redpolls at my feeders. Have pictures if needed. Will submit to
ebird.

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La Vista

 

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Date: 12/25/17 3:35 pm
From: William Huser <billfhuser...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck at Summit Lake
Any reports from today? Still some open water?

Bill Huser
South Sioux City

 

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Date: 12/25/17 2:36 pm
From: Allen <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Fwd: eBird -- Base Lake & LaPlatte Bottoms -- Dec 25, 2017
Birded south of Bellevue. Was surprised to find so much open water at the base lake. I would estimate about 50% open. Counted at least 12 Bald Eagles, with 4 adults and 8 sub adults. Shortly after we talked to Padelfords, 6 Trumpeter Swans flew in and landed.
Complete list below.

Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Allen <allenreyer...>
> Date: December 25, 2017 at 4:29:29 PM CST
> To: Allen Reyer <allenreyer...>
> Subject: eBird -- Base Lake & LaPlatte Bottoms -- Dec 25, 2017
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> Base Lake & LaPlatte Bottoms
> Dec 25, 2017
> 2:30 PM
> Traveling
> 8.00 miles
> 90 Minutes
> All birds reported? Yes
> Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.1 Build 25
>
> 150 Canada Goose
> 6 Trumpeter Swan
> 40 Gadwall
> 120 Mallard
> 4 Ring-necked Duck
> 1 Common Goldeneye
> 12 Bald Eagle
> 1 Red-tailed Hawk
> 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
> 1 American Kestrel
> 1 Blue Jay
> 26 Horned Lark
> 35 American Tree Sparrow
> 10 Dark-eyed Junco
>
> Number of Taxa: 14
>
>
> Sent from my iPad

 

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Date: 12/24/17 5:37 pm
From: <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Probable Pacific Wren—Dawes County 12/24
This evening, my father, brother, and I found what we believe to be a Pacific Wren at the Chadron Creek Ranch WMA in Dawes County. It was actively calling and moving around the area of the parking lot as well along the creek to the west of there. Its appearance and calls seem to match a Pacific Wren well, and I’ll post photos and audio of it later.


Sam Manning
Omaha, Douglas County, NE

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Date: 12/24/17 2:52 pm
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Har;lequin
I agree, I figured there was less than a 50% chance there would be ANY open water this morning and if there was any open water, it was a coin toss whether the bird would be there. However, the patches of open water were actually quite large, perhaps a few football fields in size, and maybe not too different than yesterday. It wont last, though.

-Joel

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Sent: Sunday, December 24, 2017 3:49 PM
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Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Har;lequin

Frankly I am shocked and surprised that the HARLEQUIN DUCK is still present. Michael and I were nearly 100% positive that the bird would have departed by now. With the very frigid temperatures I am surprised that there is any open water available on Summit Lake at this point. However I am glad to see that birders are still viewing it successfully.

Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
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On Sunday, December 24, 2017 3:28 PM, "Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:



The Harlequin was still at Summit Lake at 12:00 noon today - no other
ducks present. Just a small flock of Canadas and a couple of Snow Geese.

Also at Boyer Chute this afternoon there was a mixed flock of Lapland
Longspurs and Horned Larks just north of Nathan's Lake.

Clem Klaphake
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Date: 12/24/17 1:50 pm
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Har;lequin
  Frankly I am shocked and surprised that the HARLEQUIN DUCK is still present.  Michael and I were nearly 100% positive that the bird would have departed by now.  With the very frigid temperatures I am surprised that there is any open water available on Summit Lake at this point. However I am glad to see that birders are still viewing it successfully.  
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>



On Sunday, December 24, 2017 3:28 PM, "Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  The Harlequin was still at Summit Lake at 12:00 noon today - no other
ducks present.  Just a small flock of Canadas and a couple of Snow Geese.

Also at Boyer Chute this afternoon there was a mixed flock of Lapland
Longspurs and Horned Larks just north of Nathan's Lake.

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE
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Date: 12/24/17 1:28 pm
From: Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Har;lequin
The Harlequin was still at Summit Lake at 12:00 noon today - no other
ducks present.  Just a small flock of Canadas and a couple of Snow Geese.

Also at Boyer Chute this afternoon there was a mixed flock of Lapland
Longspurs and Horned Larks just north of Nathan's Lake.

Clem Klaphake
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Date: 12/24/17 1:21 pm
From: 'Bruce Walgren' <Piranga...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harrison and Crawford CBC
Dear Birders,



Unfortunately, the help the we had lined up to fill in for us at work is
unable be there. And due to the recent snow and wind in western Nebraska,
and after consulting with Kathy DeLara, we have decided to cancel the
Harrison and Crawford CBCs.



We hope that you all have successful counts elsewhere and have a great
Christmas and new year.



Sincerely,



Bruce & Donna Walgren


 

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Date: 12/24/17 8:44 am
From: David Ely <dcely.birdguy...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Snowy owl in Nuckolls county
Happy Holidays,

I just found a snowy owl (0800) about 1 mile east of Superior along Highway
8. It was atop a utility pole on the north side of the road. I didn't
have my camera or binoculars, though I snapped 2 cell phone photos. After
I drove off, the owl flew south towards the Aurora East Co-op (yes, the
Aurora Co-op in Superior). While probably only of local interest, I
believe this represents the southernmost dot on the snowy owl map in
Nebraska this year. This location is less than a mile from the KS border.

David Ely
Broomfield, CO

On Dec 23, 2017 10:44 PM, "Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds]" <
<NEBirds...> wrote:




Today (12/23) Michael Willison and I arrived at around the same time to
view the female HARLEQUIN DUCK ; a great find discovered initially by Brian
Peterson.

The bird was easy to locate, swimming in an open slit of water with a
single LESSER SCAUP and HOODED MERGANSER. I first observed the bird within
the State Recreation area. Michael and I then drove about two miles to the
"fishing road" (as mentioned by Tim) side. Here the bird was more easily
observed.

We then made tracks southward toward Carter Lake. What a difference 24
hours makes. Yesterday the lake was completely open with the only ice
being in some of the tucked away coves.

Today, a stark difference as the majority of the lake was completely
frozen over. Most waterfowl were confined to an open deep water patch, or
to the unfrozen riprap edges.

24 Hour Notable avian differences included....

-9 Trumpeter Swans (None observed yesterday evening)

-45 Cackling Goose (up from four yesterday)

-18 Ring-necked Duck 12/22 (None observed today)

-2 Long-tailed Duck 12/22 (No sign of any despite scanning through flocks
and searching the oxbow)

-70 Common Goldeneye (Down from 145 yesterday)

-16 Hooded Merganser (Up from 10 yesterday)


All of these sightings with soon-to-come photos of the Harlequin Duck can
be found on eBird.

Good birding.

Justin Rink
Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
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Date: 12/24/17 8:23 am
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck? - Summit Lake, Burt Co.
Harlequin Duck currently present and accounted for at 10:18 a.m. thanks and congrats on the find, Brian P.

-Joel

Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2017 12:03 PM
To: NEBirds
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck? - Summit Lake, Burt Co.

I believe this is a Harlequin Duck, please correct me if I'm wrong.

Just observed minutes ago from the southwest shore of Summit Lake. Back of camera shot in my checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41268524

Brian Peterson
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Date: 12/23/17 8:44 pm
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck- Burt Co.- Yes/ Carter Lake

  Today (12/23)  Michael Willison and I arrived at around the same time to view the female HARLEQUIN DUCK ; a great find discovered initially by Brian Peterson.  
  The bird was easy to locate, swimming in an open slit of water with a single LESSER SCAUP and HOODED MERGANSER.  I first observed the bird within the State Recreation area.  Michael and I then drove about two miles to the "fishing road" (as mentioned by Tim) side.  Here the bird was more easily observed.  
  We then made tracks southward toward Carter Lake. What a difference 24 hours makes.  Yesterday the lake was completely open with the only ice being in some of the tucked away coves.  
 Today, a stark difference as the majority of the lake was completely frozen over. Most waterfowl were confined to an open deep water patch, or to the unfrozen riprap edges.
 24 Hour Notable avian differences included....
-9 Trumpeter Swans (None observed yesterday evening)
-45 Cackling Goose (up from four yesterday)
-18 Ring-necked Duck 12/22 (None observed today)
-2 Long-tailed Duck 12/22 (No sign of any despite scanning through flocks and searching the oxbow)
-70 Common Goldeneye (Down from 145 yesterday)
-16 Hooded Merganser (Up from 10 yesterday)

All of these sightings with soon-to-come photos of the Harlequin Duck can be found on eBird.  
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>







  
 

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Date: 12/23/17 6:17 pm
From: Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Waterfowl and Longspurs
I drove around Sarpy and Saunders Counties today to see how much water
was still ice free and if so, were there waterfowl
using it.  Not reported to e-bird.

Memphis SRA was completely covered with ice.  However, driving north
from there on Memphis Road I came across a large
flock of Lapland Longspurs.  Approximately (you know how difficult it is
to try and count moving L. Longspurs) 175-200.

Lake Wanahoo's northern sections were all ice covered.   However, the
main lake to the south was ice free and had huge numbers
of:
- Mallards 2500-3000
- Canada Geese 800-1000   (a few Cacklers mixed in)

Other waterfowl present in much smaller numbers:
- 1 Common Loon
- Lesser Scaup
- Ring-necked Duck
- Redhead
- Canvasback
- Common Mergansers
- Common Goldeneye

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Date: 12/23/17 3:13 pm
From: 'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] DeSoto CBC Highlights
Greetings everyone.

The DeSoto CBC was held Tuesday December 19th. This CBC straddles the
Missouri River north of Omaha and includes parts of Pottawatomie and
Harrison counties in Iowa and Washington and Douglas counties in Nebraska.
68 species were seen. In the last six years, 4 of the last six exceeded 70
species. Notable:

53 Trumpeter Swans, 42 of which were in the DeSoto area

22,648 Mallards

1 Pied-billed Grebe

98 Bald Eagles-78 of which were in the DeSoto area

16 Northern Harriers

1 Wilson's Snipe

52 Mourning Doves

9 Red-headed Woodpeckers

3 Pileated Woodpeckers

1 Prairie Falcon, Boyer Chute NWR

1 Northern Shrike

3 Red-breasted Nuthatches

7 Brown Creepers

6 Golden-crowned Kinglets

167 Cedar Waxwings

LeConte's Sparrow (well documented) Near Fort Calhoun

8 Rusty Blackbirds

5 Common Grackles

21 Purple Finches



Anticipated species that were missed

Great Blue Heron

Golden Eagle

Killdeer

Ring-billed Gull

E. Screech Owl

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Horned Lark

Winter Wren

Towhee sp.

More sparrows!

Common Redpoll

Pine Siskin





Jerry Toll compiler

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Date: 12/23/17 2:59 pm
From: Tim Kavan <tkavan_76...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck? - Summit Lake, Burt Co.
Harlequin female is still present. Easily observed at end of fishing access road.

Sent from my iPhone

On Dec 23, 2017, at 12:03 PM, Brian Peterson <gordilly...><mailto:<gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...><mailto:<NEBirds...>> wrote:



I believe this is a Harlequin Duck, please correct me if I'm wrong.

Just observed minutes ago from the southwest shore of Summit Lake. Back of camera shot in my checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41268524

Brian Peterson
Omaha


 

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Date: 12/23/17 10:06 am
From: Edward Raynor <edwardraynor...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck? - Summit Lake, Burt Co.
Great find Brian! It sure is!

On Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 12:03 PM Brian Peterson <gordilly...>
[NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:

>
>
> I believe this is a Harlequin Duck, please correct me if I'm wrong.
>
> Just observed minutes ago from the southwest shore of Summit Lake. Back of
> camera shot in my checklist:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41268524
>
> Brian Peterson
> Omaha
>
>
>
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Date: 12/23/17 10:05 am
From: Brian Peterson <gordilly...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlequin Duck? - Summit Lake, Burt Co.
I believe this is a Harlequin Duck, please correct me if I'm wrong.

Just observed minutes ago from the southwest shore of Summit Lake. Back of
camera shot in my checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41268524

Brian Peterson
Omaha

 

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Date: 12/22/17 5:19 pm
From: pan <panmail...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Sarpy Cty. Palm Warbler
Hello, all,

Yesterday morning, I took a walk in the drizzle and rain on the north floodplain of Fontenelle Forest. Highlights:
60 Gadwall
7 Green-winged Teal
1 Red-headed Woodpecker
a half dozen Wild Turkeys (I'm from out of town now, remember)
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Brown Creeper
1 Winter Wren
a few Fox Sparrows
a dozen White-throated Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
a few Song Sparrows
60 Rusty Blackbirds

On my drive out in the uplands, I saw more turkeys and a Barred Owl.

Today, I was with Neal R. and Clem K. at the headquarters at Wehrspann Lake, and found a PALM WARBLER on the south side of the building, on the ground and on a sunny window sill around 12:30 p. m. (warbler, dull green back, pale with slight streaking below, yellow vent, tail wagging).

Among other waterfowl on various lakes, Neal and I saw about 50 Greater White-fronted Geese on Walnut Creek lake. (Neal's got a couple Pine Siskins at his feeders, too.)

22 December, 2017,

Alan Grenon
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Date: 12/22/17 11:40 am
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harlan County CBC summary
I've assembled a summary of the record-breaking Harlan County CBC on my blog at the following link:

http://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2017/12/harlan-county-cbc-recap-another-record-smasher/

Good birding!

-Joel

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Date: 12/22/17 11:25 am
From: 'Gubanyi,Joe' <Joseph.Gubanyi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC Final Tally
The 24th Seward-BOL CBC was run on Sunday, December 17. In contrast to last year in which extreme cold led to almost no open water resulting in 61 species, the mild weather and open water led to better numbers of water-associated species resulting in 76 species recorded for the day which is above the count average of 69, but far from the record high of 88 species (there have been three counts with 80+ species). No new species were added to the count although two species were recorded that had been seen on only one previous count. Notable observations are listed below followed by the count totals.

A big thanks to all who helped make it a successful count.
Joe Gubanyi

Denton

Notable Observations include the following:
30 hooded mergansers (ties highest)
27 ruddy ducks (previous record 7)
3 American white pelicans (previous record 1)
7 great blue herons (ties highest)
6 Cooper's hawks (ties highest)
1 lesser black-backed gull (one previous record)
10 belted kingfishers (previous record 6)
1 brown thrasher (one previous record)
51 yellow-rumped warblers (shatters old record of 31; For perspective, in 15 counts from 1991 to 2008, a TOTAL of 25 yellow-rumped warblers were tallied; in 7 counts from 2009-2017, 131 were tallied; if you think yellow-rumped warblers have become more common in winter, data from this cbc strongly supports that)


Notable Misses include the following:
Horned Lark (only third time missed)
White-crowned sparrow
White-throated sparrow
Rusty blackbird

Common grackle



Summary of all Birds Counted

Snow Goose 62
Ross' Goose 2
Cackling Goose 106
Canada Goose 2542
Gadwall 11
American Wigeon 8
Mallard 3917
Northern Pintail CW
Green-winged Teal 5
Common Goldeneye 85
Hooded Merganser 30
Common Merganser 55
Red-breasted Merganser 4
Ruddy Duck 27
duck species 20
Northern Bobwhite 11
Ring-necked Pheasant 3
Wild Turkey 7
Double-crested Cormorant 2
American White Pelican 3
Great Blue Heron 7
Northern Harrier 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5
Cooper's Hawk 6
Bald Eagle 8
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 76
Rough-legged Hawk 10
hawk species 1
Ring-billed Gull 400
Herring Gull 31
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Glaucous Gull CW
Rock Pigeon 24
Eurasian Collared Dove 53
Mourning Dove 34
Eastern Screech Owl 3
Great Horned Owl 3
Barred Owl 4
Long-eared Owl 2
Belted Kingfisher 10
Red-bellied Woodpecker 64
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 53
Hairy Woodpecker 12
Northern Flicker (race?) 37
yellow-shafted flicker 54
red-shafted flicker 1
American Kestrel 13
Merlin 1
Northern Shrike 5
Blue Jay 172
American Crow 228
Black-capped Chickadee 36
Red-breasted Nuthatch 9
White-breasted Nuthatch 58
Brown Creeper 4
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 13
Eastern Bluebird 141
Townsend's Solitaire 1
American Robin 909
Brown Thrasher 1
Starling 549
Cedar Waxwing 31
Yellow-rumped Warbler 51
American Tree Sparrow 678
Fox Sparrow 13
Dark-eyed Junco (race?) 347
slate-colored junco 357
Oregon junco 2
Harris' Sparrow 64
Song Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 143
Red-winged Blackbird 994
Western Meadowlark 16
Meadowlark species 42
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
House Finch 87
Purple Finch 33
red crossbill 20
Pine Siskin 9
American Goldfinch 209
House Sparrow 307
Total Individuals 13374
Total Species 76



 

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Date: 12/22/17 4:58 am
From: Marsha Nyffeler <marshanyffeler...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] owl fight
Stepped out to front porch this a.m. to listen to a Great Horned Owl...then
I heard another owl start in - I think a Long-eared owl (?). Lots of
hooting (GHO) and screeching (LEO) and wing flapping noised - till all
faded away. Wish it wasn't dark!

Marsha Nyffeler
Columbus, NE

 

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Date: 12/22/17 3:54 am
From: John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl Saunders Co.
Ok, third time's a charm, the Snowy Owl was seen on WEDNESDAY Dec 20.  Apologies!

On Friday, December 22, 2017 5:44 AM, "John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  Sorry had the wrong sighting date - meant to say that owl was seen Tuesday Dec 20!

On Friday, December 22, 2017 5:42 AM, "<flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  Hello birders,
A Snowy Owl was observed near Jack Sinn WMA on Tuesday morning 22 Dec by Terry Sims.  He saw it on Rd. 14 sitting 4 poles away from paved Rd. A, just north of the big marsh.  When he eventually drove his truck past it, it didn't flush.  Yesterday we made a pass midday searching for it but struck out.  Conditions were so lousy though at that time with the squall moving through, it easily could easily have been sitting somewhere out of the wind taking a nap.  That area seems to be a notorious hunting grounds for winter predators so hopefully that Snowy will have a reason to stick around. Also saw a Northern Harrier busily hunting in the strong winds at that east end and another N. Harrier on the west end along with a Bald Eagle.
Not on eBird.-John Carlini & Shari Schwartz, Lincoln


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Date: 12/22/17 3:44 am
From: John Carlini <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl Saunders Co.
Sorry had the wrong sighting date - meant to say that owl was seen Tuesday Dec 20!

On Friday, December 22, 2017 5:42 AM, "<flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds]" <NEBirds...> wrote:


  Hello birders,
A Snowy Owl was observed near Jack Sinn WMA on Tuesday morning 22 Dec by Terry Sims.  He saw it on Rd. 14 sitting 4 poles away from paved Rd. A, just north of the big marsh.  When he eventually drove his truck past it, it didn't flush.  Yesterday we made a pass midday searching for it but struck out.  Conditions were so lousy though at that time with the squall moving through, it easily could easily have been sitting somewhere out of the wind taking a nap.  That area seems to be a notorious hunting grounds for winter predators so hopefully that Snowy will have a reason to stick around. Also saw a Northern Harrier busily hunting in the strong winds at that east end and another N. Harrier on the west end along with a Bald Eagle.
Not on eBird.-John Carlini & Shari Schwartz, Lincoln
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Date: 12/22/17 3:42 am
From: <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Snowy Owl Saunders Co.
Hello birders,



A Snowy Owl was observed near Jack Sinn WMA on Tuesday morning 22 Dec by Terry Sims. He saw it on Rd. 14 sitting 4 poles away from paved Rd. A, just north of the big marsh. When he eventually drove his truck past it, it didn't flush. Yesterday we made a pass midday searching for it but struck out. Conditions were so lousy though at that time with the squall moving through, it easily could easily have been sitting somewhere out of the wind taking a nap. That area seems to be a notorious hunting grounds for winter predators so hopefully that Snowy will have a reason to stick around. Also saw a Northern Harrier busily hunting in the strong winds at that east end and another N. Harrier on the west end along with a Bald Eagle.


Not on eBird.
-John Carlini & Shari Schwartz, Lincoln


 

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Date: 12/21/17 2:56 pm
From: <john.manning...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Looked out at feeders an hour ago, an adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on one of the suet feeders. First time seen at our farm.


John Manning, Norfolk
 

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Date: 12/21/17 8:25 am
From: <heidtdw...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Norfolk CBC results
Hi all,
the Norfolk CBC was held last Saturday (12/16). We had 55 species on the count. Only found 7 species of waterfowl.


Had three unusual species on the count-- one Brown Thrasher, one Eastern/Spotted Towhee hybrid (group even got a picture showing the spotting of a spotted towhee with an additional slightly misshapen white wing rectangle of an eastern towhee), ten Baird's Sandpipers.
Notable misses were northern bobwhite, great blue heron, american coot, wilson's snipe, eastern bluebird, and song sparrow.


Had an additional 3 species count week (lapland longspur, red crossbill, snowy owl).



Many thanks to everyone who participated in the count--would not be successful without you.




David Heidt
assistant compiler Norfolk CBC
 

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Date: 12/20/17 5:59 pm
From: 'Kathy DeLara' <renosmom...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] weekend Snowy Owl in Morrill Co
A Snowy Owl was seen between Bridgeport and Broadwater, in Morrill county,
on Saturday. I just found out about it today. I drove around the area today
but didn't re-locate it.



Kathy DeLara

Mitchell NE


 

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Date: 12/20/17 5:58 pm
From: <panmail...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Ian Hoppe?
I'm trying to contact Ian Hoppe (and hoping not to blast the entire state).

Alan Grenon
<panmail...>
visiting Bellevue
 

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Date: 12/20/17 2:23 pm
From: Cheryl Dickerson <rcdicker...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Pine Siskins
Counted 4 Pine Siskins at my feeders yesterday morning. Didn't see them on
Sunday during the CBC, so I missed them or they just arrived. Also saw
Green-winged Teal (4), one Red-tailed Hawk, one Red-bellied Woodpecker, one
Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch (2), Dark-eyed Junco (2), House Finch (2)
and guessing about 80 Goldfinches. They move around so much its hard to get
an accurate count. Reported to eBird.


I am located at Woodland Acres Retreat Center in Seward County. We are 1
mile south of Hwy 34 and 4 miles directly south of Garland.


Cheryl D.

 

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Date: 12/20/17 1:46 pm
From: 'Elliott Bedows' <ebedows...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Cater Lk - Douglas Co.
Hi everyone,



I stopped by Carter Lk this AM and birded starting at the Red Pavillion,
working my way south to Kawanis Pk. Other than 100's of Canada Gs, most of
the waterfowl activity was at the north and south ends of the Lk rather than
at the boat ramp. In total for the morning I saw:



Long-tailed Duck [2] near the Red Pavillion where they have been hanging
out, 12's of RB'd Gulls mostly congragating/sitting on the ice sheets that
are beginning to form; Com. Goldeneye [65]; Co. Merg. [3]; Hooded Merg [14];
RN'd Duck [1]; Redhead [4] and a lone Bald Eagle [imm.] circling overhead.
Absent were any Swans and any Mallards - I mean not even one Mallard!?!



Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.


 

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Date: 12/20/17 1:07 pm
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Varied Thrush report in Sarpy County
FYI - this was reported on eBird today.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41214537

If anyone knows the observer and can get some more details on location, etc.., that would be groovy.

-Joel

Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd 68503 | 402.471.5440
<joel.jorgensen...><mailto:<joel.jorgensen...>


 

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Date: 12/20/17 10:35 am
From: 'Jerry Toll' <geritol48...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Boyer Chute area for DeSoto CBC yesterday
Abbe Richardson, Laurine Blankenau and I counted 46 species in the Boyer
Chute area of the DeSoto CBC yesterday.

Highlights

A single ring-necked pheasant

4 N. Harriers including a prairie ghost (male)

Wilson's snipe at the marina pool at N. P. Dodge park

45 mourning doves at the Krimlofsky

9 red-headed WP

Merlin (prairie)

Prairie Falcon being harassed by a female N. Harrier (COOL)

Brown creeper

67-Robins

53- cedar waxwings

A near dirth of sparrows

6- rusty blackbirds

5- common grackles

6- Purple finches also at the Krim





Jerry Toll

<geritol48...> <mailto:<geritol48...>





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Date: 12/20/17 7:46 am
From: Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Rusty BB
I had a single Rusty Blackbird in the yard this morning. The first this
year. Usually I have a few spring and fall but if so I’ve missed them till
today. I also have a single Pine Siskin hanging around.
No ebird

Jan Johnson
Wakefield, Dixon County
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Jan

 

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Date: 12/19/17 3:46 pm
From: oscar sarafian <osarafian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: Possible Dickcissel
"Possible Dickcissel" is a good name for a band or a Bond girl.
 

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Date: 12/19/17 11:38 am
From: Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Prairie falcon
Had a Prairie Falcon 2 miles east of Hoskins, Wayne County, along hwy 35 this morning.

No ebird

Jan Johnson



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Date: 12/19/17 10:45 am
From: Larry Einemann <larryeinemannl...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Black scoter at Capitol Beach Lake

Hi!
Finally figured out how to change the subject topic. Yesterday afternoon, December 18, 2017, I saw a late black scoter at Capitol Beach Lake in Lincoln. It was located in a bay on the southeast side with lesser scaup and Canada geese. A scope was necessary to see it. Viewing was from Lakeshore Drive and Marina Bay Place as viewed from the west side of the latter area.
Good birding!
Larry Einemann
Lincoln, Nebraska


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-----Original Message-----
From: <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
To: NEBirds <NEBirds...>
Sent: Sat, Dec 16, 2017 11:46 pm
Subject: [NEBirds] Bennington Snowy Owl (no sighting)







I just saw on the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union Facebook page that a Snowy Owl was photographed near Bennington today. Does anybody have any more specifics on where this bird was at or at least a general area in which to check for it? Feel free to email me off the list.




Thanks






Sam Manning
Omaha, Douglas County, NE







 

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Date: 12/18/17 5:03 pm
From: 'Gubanyi,Joe' <Joseph.Gubanyi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC preliminary results
The 24th Seward-Branched Oak Lake CBC took place Sunday, December 17. The preliminary species total is 74 which is better than our average of 69 but well below our record of 88 species in 1998.
A few highlights:
12 species of waterfowl, including Hooded and Red-breasted Merganser
American White Pelican (3rd time)
Probable Red-shouldered Hawk- it was photographed by Esa Jarvi and two sources from the Bird Forum agree with the id; there is one count week record for the cbc
Brown Thrasher - surprisingly, we have two prior records
Red Crossbill (4th time)

Notable misses include:
Horned Lark
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Rusty Blackbird

I will post the complete results after I have received all the data.

Joe Gubanyi

Denton

 

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Date: 12/17/17 8:10 am
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Douglas/ Washington Co.- 12/16
  Yesterday I guided Scott B. around some good habitats in Douglas and Washington Counties.
  We first met up in the morning at Carter Lake.  The Long-tailed Ducks appear to have dispersed.  However, in their place were a few family groups of TRUMPETER SWANS consisting of 10 individuals.  These birds were not seen at the end of the day, however.
  We then moved further north to NP Dodge Park where not much of interest was observed.
 Species became a bit more interesting at the Ponca Road Hummel Park trails. Here we found three (3) WINTER WRENS, at least seven (7) RED-HEADED WOODPECKRS. In addition to this was a small flock of  PURPLE FINCHES (FOY) detected by their dry "pik" call notes.  
  Moving on to Washington County we found four (4) additional PURPLE FINCHES at the Krimlofski Tract feeding on Box Elder seeds.  These birds were a lot more cooperative.  In addition to the pik notes, one of the females/ first-year males began the odd "vireo song" call.
  We then drove to Bennington and Prairie View RA which didn't offer a whole lot of diversity.
  After a slight "detour" along 168th St., we found ourselves at Lake Cunningham in the pines tromping around for Long-eared Owls.  No owls were observed, but a pair of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS were flushed from the pine rows. 
  We concluded the day with Scott snagging three life birds.  
  All locations posted to eBird.
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>


 

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Date: 12/17/17 5:34 am
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Bennington Snowy Owl (no sighting)
Sam:

The owl was found along 168th St. between State and Ida. I also received another report, supported with a photo, of one near the intersection of Highway 36 & 75 near Valley.

-Joel

Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd 68503 | 402.471.5440
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From: <NEBirds...> [<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:46 PM
To: <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Bennington Snowy Owl (no sighting)



I just saw on the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union Facebook page that a Snowy Owl was photographed near Bennington today. Does anybody have any more specifics on where this bird was at or at least a general area in which to check for it? Feel free to email me off the list.



Thanks




Sam Manning

Omaha, Douglas County, NE



 

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