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7/19/17 8:24 pm Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Hooded Warbler in Bellevue
7/16/17 7:51 pm 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Hamilton,Polk and York Counties
7/14/17 9:15 pm <lucas.rot...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Whimbrel Birder's Club
7/13/17 10:01 pm 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] RE: Philadelpia Vireo
7/13/17 8:41 pm Michael Willison <sendtomichael...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] RE: Philadelpia Vireo
7/13/17 5:15 pm Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Philadelphia Vireo
7/12/17 6:41 pm <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Rose Creek WMA gauntlet 7/11
7/12/17 9:13 am Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Belated Douglas Co.- 7/08
7/10/17 7:11 pm 'Kathy DeLara' <renosmom...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] First Hummingbird
7/9/17 4:20 pm 'Bruce Walgren' <Piranga...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Crescent Lake and Crawford BBS
7/9/17 9:49 am Matt Hansen <mmhansen52...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Swainsons or Ferrigunous hawk playing in a Dust Devil
7/9/17 9:32 am <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] White-winged Dove in Garden County
7/9/17 3:17 am 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] FW: Reports for Nebraska Bird Review Spring Seasonal Report
7/8/17 9:09 pm Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Oregon Trail birds
7/8/17 9:07 pm 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Oregon Trail birds
7/8/17 7:14 pm 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Reports for Nebraska Bird Review Spring Seasonal Report
7/8/17 11:47 am <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Wachiska Audubon road trip to Iowa state forest - Sun. 7/9
7/7/17 7:16 pm 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] caspian terns?
7/7/17 6:26 pm Marsha Nyffeler <marshanyffeler...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] caspian terns?
7/7/17 5:43 am Mary Clausen <mkclausen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Re: Fort Robinson lodging
7/6/17 7:32 pm Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Changes to Nebraska Checklist
7/6/17 6:47 pm Daniel Leger <dleger1...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Trumpeter Swan at Prairie Queen
7/6/17 3:12 pm pan <panmail...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Sarpy Cty. 7/6/17
7/5/17 8:35 pm <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] RE: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher report
7/5/17 3:24 pm Matt Hansen <mmhansen52...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Jefferson County 7/4/17
7/5/17 3:13 pm <esaterojarvi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Re: Editing eBird Locations
7/5/17 9:17 am 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] RE: NOU Spring meeting + Wood Stork in IA
7/5/17 7:16 am 'Don & Janis Paseka' <paseka76...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] deadline for Bird Review photos: July 15
7/5/17 5:33 am Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Burrowing Owl - Carolina Wren
7/4/17 3:20 pm William Huser <billfhuser...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Brown Booby
7/4/17 6:50 am Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Harris's Sparrow
7/3/17 7:53 pm <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Re: Editing eBird Locations
7/3/17 4:15 pm <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Re: Fort Robinson lodging
7/3/17 11:24 am <esaterojarvi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Editing eBird Locations
7/3/17 7:36 am Rick Wright <birdaz...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Re: Fort Robinson lodging
7/2/17 11:08 pm 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Kearney & Adams Cos 7/2/17
7/2/17 7:29 pm Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Summer Tanager - Cedar Co.
7/2/17 6:40 pm <mellis33...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Re: Brown Booby
7/2/17 5:24 pm '<mstev4...>' <mstev4...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Hummingbird
7/2/17 3:51 pm Allen <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Sarpy County Yard Bird
7/2/17 12:49 pm Paula Hoppe <pao.hoppe...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Re: Brown Booby
7/2/17 8:19 am Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] White-winged Dove- Sarpy Co./ Virginia Rail- Douglas Co.
7/1/17 8:59 pm Wendy Becker <wendybecker34...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Brown Booby
7/1/17 8:00 pm <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Fort Robinson lodging
7/1/17 6:41 am Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Larry's 'Rare' Rock Pigeon
6/30/17 10:43 am 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] RE: NOU Spring meeting announcement (with time sensitive information)
6/29/17 5:02 pm Janet Greer <janetgreer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Summer Surprise--non-breeding Scarlet Tanager
6/29/17 12:41 pm 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Recent sightings
6/29/17 12:27 pm Ruth Stearns <ruthstearns...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Re: NOU Spring meeting announcement (with time sensitive information)
6/29/17 6:18 am Eric <ejscholar...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Stairs
6/29/17 6:08 am 'Don & Janis Paseka' <paseka76...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Crossbill
6/29/17 6:04 am ejscholar <ejscholar...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Stairs
6/29/17 5:09 am 'eric scholar' <ejscholar...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] close call
6/28/17 2:10 pm 'Norm Jensen' <njen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] RE: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher report
6/27/17 3:05 pm 'Walker, TJ' <thomas.walker...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] RE: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher report
6/27/17 11:28 am 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] NOU Spring meeting announcement (with time sensitive information)
6/27/17 10:40 am 'Walker, TJ' <thomas.walker...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher report
6/26/17 2:09 pm <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Gender roles among the Red-wings
6/26/17 11:13 am 'Greg Stoiber' <gregst7...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Nemaha County
6/26/17 10:23 am Kevin Grams <nehwy2...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Brown Booby (Belated sighting)
6/26/17 9:14 am Tom Wittman <wxmanwitt...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Nemaha County
6/25/17 7:45 pm 'Elliott Bedows' <ebedows...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] FW: Why Are Bird Eggs Egg-Shaped? An Eggsplainer
6/25/17 2:27 pm 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Cooper's Hawk
6/25/17 1:25 pm Al Reyer <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Sarpy County
6/25/17 12:21 pm Matt Hansen <mmhansen52...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Jefferson County
6/25/17 12:17 pm Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] BBSs
6/24/17 9:58 pm <jpkassik...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Brown Booby
6/24/17 9:07 pm 'Elliott Bedows' <ebedows...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Tennessee Warbler- Neale Woods- 6/23 - & possible WiWa - Sarpy Co.
6/24/17 1:04 pm 'Cal Wolf' <calyjoey...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> RE: [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
6/24/17 12:50 pm David Stage <Dastage...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Re: [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
6/24/17 11:39 am 'Cal Wolf' <calyjoey...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
6/24/17 7:47 am <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Brown Booby--6/24
6/23/17 4:43 pm Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Tennessee Warbler- Neale Woods- 6/23
6/23/17 2:10 pm Allen <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Sarpy County
6/22/17 6:00 pm Janis Paseka <paseka76...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] brown booby
6/21/17 8:44 am Susan Quinn <susan-quinn44...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Brown Booby viewed Tues., 6-20-17
6/20/17 7:35 pm 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> [NEBirds] Eagle and tanager
 
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Date: 7/19/17 8:24 pm
From: Loren Padelford <lpdlfrd...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Hooded Warbler in Bellevue

Around 10 o’clock this morning a male Hooded Warbler came to our birdbath. It stayed for only about a minute.



Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE
<lpdlfrd...>




 

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Date: 7/16/17 7:51 pm
From: 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Hamilton,Polk and York Counties
Hello Nebraska birders,

No ebird

Saturday July 15, Robin and I looked in the three corners area of
Hamilton, York and Polk Counties for birds, with a little bit of
success. I will show you a list of our highlights followed by their
details.

Northern Bobwhite (many)
Upland Sandpiper (1)
Lark Sparrow (at least 2)
Song Sparrow (several)
Blue Grosbeak (2)
Indigo Bunting (2)

We started out our day with dueling Bell's Vireos at the edge of our
yard. Saturday's field trip in Hamilton, York and Polk Counties we
made at least six stops where we heard at least one Northern Bobwhite
each stop. In northeastern Hamilton County we saw an immature male
Blue Grosbeak that showed a blue head and blue spots on its otherwise
tan breast. Where the three counties come together one mile north of
the Big Blue River we heard an Upland Sandpiper. A mile south near
the Big Blue River Bridge we saw and heard an Indigo Bunting. Four
miles south of the Big Blue River Bridge we saw and heard a Lark
Sparrow. On and off for more than twenty minutes Robin could hear it,
but we could only catch glimpses of it. Then it flew and landed in
bare branches across the ditch from us. We studied it with a scope.
Further south we heard another Blue Grosbeak, saw another Indigo
Bunting and Robin heard more Lark Sparrows. We heard and/or saw
several Song Sparrows through out our bird trip.

Robin added a Lark Sparrow to her Hamilton County list for a new total
of 170. I already had Lark Sparrow on my Hamilton County list my total
remained at 167. We both added Lark Sparrow to our York County
lists. Robin's new total is 156 while mine is 152.

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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Date: 7/14/17 9:15 pm
From: <lucas.rot...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Whimbrel Birder's Club
Whimbrel Birders Club was founded at the first annual Illinois Young Birders Symposium in August 2016. Our first walk was in October 2016 when we went to Nelson Lake FP and Fermilab in Batavia, IL. That trip was great as we saw over 60 species and four species of geese (pretty good for Northern Illinois in October). We are a birding club truly meant for all ages, meaning that we offer walks for anyone 0 to 100. In fact, our motto is "a birding club for all ages". We have kept growing our club by starting competitions, offering two or more bird walks a month, by blogging, and now by having other young birders start their chapter of WBC in their part of the country (or world). Visit us atwhimbrelbirders.org http://whimbrelbirders.org/.


We have created competitions such as the Whimbrel Patch Birding Competition (WPBC) - when trip leaders lead people around their local patches, and at the end, the winning team will be revealed. Another, the Backyard Migratory Bird Count Competition (BMBCC) is a contest where people bird in their yard for a weekend and submit their counts through the website. Our final competition is the Whimbrel Big Day Competition (WBDC) in which a few birders from each chapter will go around their state trying to find as many birds as possible! Although the WBDC does have a $10 entry fee (which will pay for a prize and the leftover money will go to a charity of the winning team's choice), in my opinion, it is the most exciting contest that we offer.

We do not want this great opportunity to be limited to birders just in northern Illinois. So we are asking birders everywhere if they would like to start their chapter of Whimbrel Birders Club in their part of the country or the world.
We are looking for (preferably young) birders that can:
- ID the birds by sight and sound in their area
- That feel comfortable leading bird walks with everyone including adults.
- Can keep an up-to-date upcoming trip list.
- And can write trip reports.
If you meet the criteria, please fill out the form (see below), and I will get your chapter of WBC up and running ASAP.




Benefits of becoming a WBC chapter founder:
- You will meet many new birders who share your passion.
- This is the easiest way to start a birding club.
- You can chat on our site with every other member of every chapter!
- You get to compete in all of our competitions.
- and many other great benefits.
If you are interested in starting your chapter of WBC, please fill out the form at https://whimbrelbirders.org/start-your-wbc-chapter/ https://whimbrelbirders.org/start-your-wbc-chapter/



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Date: 7/13/17 10:01 pm
From: 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] RE: Philadelpia Vireo
Another confusion species is Warbling Vireo, whose juveniles (out and about
now) can show yellow underparts and at least a faint eyeline.

There are no previous July records of Philadelphia Vireo for Nebraska.



Ross



From: <NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2017 10:41 PM
To: posting to NEBirds <nebirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] RE: Philadelpia Vireo





A quick search of eBird historical data shows that away from Canada and
other than New England, there are scant few records of Philadelphia Vireo
ever recorded in the month of July in the remainder of the U.S. Those
records come from extreme Northern MN and WI and several in MI's U.P. So
yes, it would be an exceptional record in Nebraska. Some Bell's are quite
bright and show a thin dark line through the eye, although probably not a
yellow throat as you mention. Sounds intriguing.



Michael Willison

Lincoln, Lancaster Co.






Subject: Philadelphia Vireo
Date: Thu Jul 13 2017 19:15 pm
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com





Twice late this afternoon I had a Vireo in my pond that fit the description
of a Philadelphia Vireo to a T. Bright yellow breast, throat, sides, dark
eye stripe. Definitely not a Warbling or Yelliw-throated. Is this a bit
early for them to be migrating south?









Jan Johnson




Wakefield, Dixon Co.






 

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Date: 7/13/17 8:41 pm
From: Michael Willison <sendtomichael...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] RE: Philadelpia Vireo
A quick search of eBird historical data shows that away from Canada and other than New England, there are scant few records of Philadelphia Vireo ever recorded in the month of July in the remainder of the U.S. Those records come from extreme Northern MN and WI and several in MI's U.P. So yes, it would be an exceptional record in Nebraska. Some Bell's are quite bright and show a thin dark line through the eye, although probably not a yellow throat as you mention. Sounds intriguing.

Michael Willison
Lincoln, Lancaster Co.


Subject: Philadelphia Vireo
Date: Thu Jul 13 2017 19:15 pm
From: NEBirds AT yahoogroups.com



Twice late this afternoon I had a Vireo in my pond that fit the description of a Philadelphia Vireo to a T. Bright yellow breast, throat, sides, dark eye stripe. Definitely not a Warbling or Yelliw-throated. Is this a bit early for them to be migrating south?



Jan Johnson

Wakefield, Dixon Co.



 

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Date: 7/13/17 5:15 pm
From: Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Philadelphia Vireo
Twice late this afternoon I had a Vireo in my pond that fit the description of a Philadelphia Vireo to a T. Bright yellow breast, throat, sides, dark eye stripe. Definitely not a Warbling or Yelliw-throated. Is this a bit early for them to be migrating south?

Jan Johnson
Wakefield, Dixon Co.
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Date: 7/12/17 6:41 pm
From: <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Rose Creek WMA gauntlet 7/11
Hello birders,


A determined Louisiana Waterthrush scouting team may have been slowed down yesterday, but the oppressive heat and flesh-raking rose bushes couldn't ultimately halt our progress through the scenic wilds of Rose Creek WMA in Jefferson County.


A Red-shouldered Hawk was calling repeatedly from the same hillside where one was heard and seen last summer.


We checked the 4 seep streams that the Louisiana Waterthrushes love so much and found Louies on 2 them depite the late timing of our visit. But more importantly we found every single seep stream in beautiful shape and are extremely grateful to Nebraska Game and Parks Commission personnel Joel J. and the committed land managers of the WMA for protecting that precious fragile seep habitat from cattle pugging after becoming aware that damage had occurred last year. The longest most desirable seep was occupied by 2 Louies and their behavior suggested that at least 1 of them was a juv.


Rose Creek also had at least 2 Louies on it by the mausoleum territory (the hand-carved mausoleum is a must-see for anyone visiting this WMA.) An audio recording revealed what appears to have been a juv praticing his imitation of his dad. The super cool eBird spectrogram that creates a visual representation of the song recordings added to the checklist shows a solid well-defined song alternating with a squirrely poorly-defined song that's actually not a bad replica of the dad's song but still not quite there yet. Extremely fun to get a glimpse into a juv's learning process of song! Here's a link to the checklist for anyone interested:


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S38099241 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S38099241



Shari Schwartz, John Carlini, Ross Silcock
Lincoln NE and Tabor IA
 

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Date: 7/12/17 9:13 am
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Belated Douglas Co.- 7/08


  During the evening of July 8th I made an evening trip out to the 234th St. wetlands to see what other avian gems lurked in the marsh after the daylight hours.  
  Highlights included at least four (4) SORA calling within different areas of the marsh.  It wasn't until around 10:38pm that I finally started hearing a pair of VIRGINIA RAILS.  One began grunt vocalizations, and further south another answered with the dry, resonant tik-a-dik- call.  
  A rather crepuscular WILLOW FLYCATCHER was also audible on the south side of the marsh.  This bird had been previously heard by Sam Manning in the same vicinity.  
  Up to six (6) MARSH WRENS were also heard before dark.  

Movement Already?
  During the morning of July 2, a RED-EYED VIREO was briefly heard singing at Indian Creek Nursery.  On July 4, a second RED-EYED VIREO was heard and briefly observed at Mercer Woods.  My hypothesis is that these are first-year (birds hatched last year) who were unable to find a mate, or perhaps just non-breeding males.  The birds gave up on their territory and decided to wander instead.  These males probably had territories established as close as the Missouri River valley.  
  Lately I have noticed upon leaving work that small numbers of PURPLE MARTINS have been observed overhead later in the day, indicating that the roost at 44th and Farnam will be active again this year.
234th St. Marsh submitted to eBird.
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>




 

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Date: 7/10/17 7:11 pm
From: 'Kathy DeLara' <renosmom...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] First Hummingbird
Just saw my first hummingbird of the season. It is a bright male Rufous.

There have been a couple of reports of hummingbirds over the past few days
and one was seen at the WCH nature center over the weekend but not
identified.



Kathy DeLara

Mitchell, Ne



Reported on ebird


 

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Date: 7/9/17 4:20 pm
From: 'Bruce Walgren' <Piranga...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Crescent Lake and Crawford BBS
Dear Birders,



Donna and I did the Crescent Lake BBS Route on June 30. We camped at the
small campground at Crescent Lake the night before, and the camping
experience was fun just to experience the remoteness of the location, and of
course the night sky is just fabulous! The count was OK - not much too
unusual, we had 40 White-faced Ibis which is a high for the count. We only
heard one Long-billed Curlew, possibly due to the lateness of the season. A
nest box on a windmill at one stop yielded a Barn Owl. We did see a large
flock (50) of American White Pelicans, which is an above average number,
even though they are quite common in the area. I do not have numbers yet
for sparrows, but it seemed that the numbers were down.



We followed up with the Crawford BBS on July 1. Again camping near our
start point, we got to hear a couple of Eastern Screech Owls, but before the
official start time. There were a lot of Mourning Doves and Western
Meadowlarks, and we felt that there were quite a few young of the year in
the mix. We did have a good number of Dickcissels and Blue Grosbeaks.



We had almost perfect weather and roads for both these counts, and it is
always great to be in this part of Nebraska!



Bruce & Donna Walgren

Casper, WY




 

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Date: 7/9/17 9:49 am
From: Matt Hansen <mmhansen52...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Swainsons or Ferrigunous hawk playing in a Dust Devil
Yesterday driving west in southern nebraska on Hwy 34, I saw a large hawk swooping into then soaring out of a large dust devil. I had never seen this before.  It looked like the bird was having fun as it did repeated fly into then was lifted out of the swirling uplifts. It was maybe 300 yards off the road.  I could not distinguish species other than mostly white and gray / brown steaked wings and body. 
Matt Hansenfar southwestern nebraska along the Kansas / Colorado borders. 

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Date: 7/9/17 9:32 am
From: <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] White-winged Dove in Garden County
Birded the part of Oshkosh south of the railroad tracks yesterday morning (July 8) around sunrise. There, I heard but did not see a White-winged Dove.


Initially, I was at the south end of the alley running north from the dogleg in W. 5th St north of Ave. D, when I heard a single who-cooks-for-you phrase to the northwest. I stood and listened, but heard no further White-wing calls; I looked around, but found nothing but Eurasian Collared-Doves; I played recorded White-wing calls, but got no response.


I then circled the area from which I'd heard the call, heading north to the end of the alley, cutting south to the east end of Crescent Lane, then going west to W. 6th Street and south on that. As I passed in front of 405 W. 6th, a bit north of D, I heard a string of White-wing calls coming from behind the house: three well-formed who-cooks-for-you phrases and one of the longer, more complex calls. The bird again fell silent after that; it didn't respond when I played recorded calls; and I wasn't able to see it. Lighting conditions were poor: there were two trees right behind the house, a conifer and a leafy deciduous tree, but the low sun was almost directly behind them.


Although I never saw the bird, the calls are distinctive enough, and I know them well enough from my time living in Tucson, to be confident in this ID. As best I can approximate it, the bird's location was (41.406726, -102.353319).



William Flack
Kearney


 

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Date: 7/9/17 3:17 am
From: 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] FW: Reports for Nebraska Bird Review Spring Seasonal Report
Hi folks,



Regarding my post yesterday about spring records (below), perhaps the
simplest way to get these records to me would be forwarding directly to me
any emails containing non-eBird records that you posted to NEBIRDS of
sightings you made March 1 through May 31.



Thanks again,

Ross



Ross Silcock

Tabor, IA

(sorry I forgot to include this last post)



From: Ross Silcock [mailto:<silcock...>]
Sent: Saturday, July 8, 2017 9:07 PM
To: NEBIRDS (<NeBirds...>) <NeBirds...>
Subject: Reports for Nebraska Bird Review Spring Seasonal Report



Hi all,



I have had a problem with my computer which would require me to re-review
and re-extract records from the entire number of emails submitted 1 Mar
through 31 May 2017. Rather than go back to my very slow old computer and
repeat that week-long task, and since some 80% of records are submitted to
eBird these days, I am wondering if folks who don't use eBird or folks that
do but might still have important non-eBird records, could please summarize
the more significant records and email them to me?



Thank you very much,

Ross


 

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Date: 7/8/17 9:09 pm
From: Paul Roisen <roisenp1950...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Oregon Trail birds
Thanks for sharing, Lanny and Robin.

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Date: 7/8/17 9:07 pm
From: 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Oregon Trail birds
Nebraska birders,

Most of our birding trips don't go as planned, although they
usually turn-out alright anyway. On the 4th of July, Lanny
and I planned on birding the four corners area where Adams,
Clay, Nuckolls and Webster come together. Along the way,
Lanny saw a Swainson's Hawk north of Heartwell in Kearney
County.

We stopped in the southwest corner of Hastings, where we
heard a Great-tailed Grackle. Our next unintended stop was
at a marsh very near the southeast corner of Hastings. We
heard about five Song Sparrows singing in that area. We also
saw several Purple Martins.

Then we wandered south and east, ending up at Theesan WPA near
Glenvil (Clay Co.). We startled a hen Wood Duck with 10 chicks
trailing behind her. We also saw about 13 adult male Yellow-
headed Blackbirds and another Swainson's Hawk.

We traveled further south in Clay County to the Little Blue
River and the Oregon Trail. We birded the area around a rural
community and cemetery called Spring Ranch. We heard a Rose-
breasted Grosbeak, at least three Eastern Wood-Pewees and an
Indigo Bunting singing. We saw a couple Tree Swallows.

One of the historical markers claimed that a woman named
Elizabeth Taylor and her brother Tom Jones settled in the
Spring Ranch area during the pioneer years. They were
accused of murder and lynched in the 1880s.

NO eBird

Robin Harding
northern Kearney County

September 15-17 birding event based in Ogallala, Nebraska
Organized by dedicated volunteers of the Nebraska Ornithologists'
Union http://www.noubirds.org
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areas in the area.



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Date: 7/8/17 7:14 pm
From: 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Reports for Nebraska Bird Review Spring Seasonal Report
Hi all,



I have had a problem with my computer which would require me to re-review
and re-extract records from the entire number of emails submitted 1 Mar
through 31 May 2017. Rather than go back to my very slow old computer and
repeat that week-long task, and since some 80% of records are submitted to
eBird these days, I am wondering if folks who don't use eBird or folks that
do but might still have important non-eBird records, could please summarize
the more significant records and email them to me?



Thank you very much,

Ross


 

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Date: 7/8/17 11:47 am
From: <flyingcarlini...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Wachiska Audubon road trip to Iowa state forest - Sun. 7/9
An island chain of state forests peppers the map with patches of habitat that hopscotch across south-central Iowa to the eastern river forests. If you're in the mood for a summer road trip to a new area, then a journey to the Stephens State Forest Thousand Acres Unit might be of interest to you. Our destination is located south of Des Moines and has been a recent hotspot with Iowa birders. July can be a challenging month for birding, but we're hoping to encounter some of the great species that were reported to have been territorially singing at this unit as recently as early June. The goodies we'll be targeting are a prairie warbler, yellow-breasted chat, pine warbler, and blue-winged warblers. We plan to spend most of the day in that area but participants can return anytime earlier if they prefer.



Meet Sunday, July 9 at 6:00 a.m. on the south side of the State Capitol in Lincoln at 15th and H Streets, across the street from the governor's mansion. Participants can either caravan or carpool for the estimated 200-mile drive from Lincoln. Recommended items to bring include any food or beverages that you prefer to not purchase en route, sun protection, insect repellent, and binoculars and scope if you have them. There is no fee and the public is welcome. Arrangements off list can be made for anyone wanting to join the group in the Omaha area.



John Carlini, Lincoln























 

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Date: 7/7/17 7:16 pm
From: 'Ross Silcock' <silcock...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] caspian terns?
Marsha,



Sounds like a Caspian to me. A bit early- expected first fall dates are 10 Jul or so.



Ross



From: <NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Friday, July 7, 2017 8:26 PM
To: <nebirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] caspian terns?





Sitting on my deck this evening, I heard a loud "squawk" from overhead - I looked up expecting to see a Great Blue Heron or some other crane type bird. I observed 4 large (ish) birds - only from the underside - they were white with blackish wing tips - and most notable LARGE RED BILLS. My only conclusion is that they were Caspian terns - any other IDEAS? They turned, so I lost sight of them behind my house, and (as so often happens) I couldn't see them by the time I went to the front of my house. I tried searching for them at Lake North, Lake Babcock with no success. I looked on line for pictures of Caspian terns from the underside - found several that match!

Is it unusual to see Caspian terns at this time of year? I have observed them (one time) at Lake North, but I think it was during spring migration.

Cool find for July!

Marsha Nyffeler

Columbus, NE




 

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Date: 7/7/17 6:26 pm
From: Marsha Nyffeler <marshanyffeler...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] caspian terns?
Sitting on my deck this evening, I heard a loud "squawk" from overhead - I
looked up expecting to see a Great Blue Heron or some other crane type
bird. I observed 4 large (ish) birds - only from the underside - they were
white with blackish wing tips - and most notable LARGE RED BILLS. My only
conclusion is that they were Caspian terns - any other IDEAS? They turned,
so I lost sight of them behind my house, and (as so often happens) I
couldn't see them by the time I went to the front of my house. I tried
searching for them at Lake North, Lake Babcock with no success. I looked
on line for pictures of Caspian terns from the underside - found several
that match!
Is it unusual to see Caspian terns at this time of year? I have observed
them (one time) at Lake North, but I think it was during spring migration.
Cool find for July!

Marsha Nyffeler
Columbus, NE

 

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Date: 7/7/17 5:43 am
From: Mary Clausen <mkclausen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Re: Fort Robinson lodging
Hi William,

If you have my email please forward.

<Mkclausen...>

Thanks,
Mary Clausen

On Jul 3, 2017 6:15 PM, "<sparvophile...> [NEBirds]" <
<NEBirds...> wrote:

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>
> I'm continuing to get other people's confirmation e-mails for lodging at
> Ft. Robinson; so far, I've received a total of 9, including my own. If
> you've made reservations and haven't received a confirmation e-mail, drop
> me a line and I'll see if I've got yours and, if so, will forward it to you.
>
> William Flack
> Kearney
>
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Date: 7/6/17 7:32 pm
From: Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Changes to Nebraska Checklist
I just updated the NOU Official Checklist due to the recent 2017 publication of the AOU. (58th Supplement).

HERE ARE CHANGES TO THE “OFFICIAL NEBRASKA LIST”.
THAYER’S GULL IS NOW TREATED AS A SUBSPECIES OF ICELAND GULL.

(IF YOU HAVE THAYER’S AND ICELAND GULL ON YOUR LIST YOU CAN SUBTRACT ONE SPECIES!)
SOME NEW SCIENTIFIC NAME (SN) CHANGES:

Anser canagicus Emperor Goose.
Anser caerulescens Snow Goose.
Anser rossii Ross’s Goose.
Spatula querquedula Garganey.

Spatula discors Blue-winged Teal.

Spatula cyanoptera Cinnamon Teal.

Spatula clypeata Northern Shoveler.
Mareca strepera Gadwall.
Mareca penelope Eurasian Wigeon.

Mareca americana American Wigeon.

SPLITS FROM OLD WORLD SPECIES AND NEW SN CHANGES:

Circus hudsonius Northern Harrier.
Lanius borealis Northern Shrike.


Le Contes becomes one word LeConte’s!

Ammodramus leconteii LeConte’s Sparrow.



RECORDERING OF DUCK AND SOME SHOREBIRDS:

SOME NEW FAMILIES including:

PASSERELLIDAE (NEW WORLD SPARROWS)

ICTERIIDAE (YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT) not to be confused with ICTERIDAE (notice spelling from above) (New World Blackbirds)



Mark A. Brogie - NOU Records Committee Chair

Creighton, NE
 

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Date: 7/6/17 6:47 pm
From: Daniel Leger <dleger1...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Trumpeter Swan at Prairie Queen
Since I needed to go to Omaha I decided to stop by Prairie Queen in Sarpy to look for the Trumpeter Swan reported by Chris Olson and then Brian Peterson on the 4th. I quickly found the Swan along the north side. I chatted with a runner who lives near the lake, and he told me he's been seeing the bird for a couple of months, always alone, but at several spots around the lake.

Other birds of interest were Sedge Wrens and a single tern, too far away to ID but probably Forster's.

Dan Leger
lincoln



 

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Date: 7/6/17 3:12 pm
From: pan <panmail...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Sarpy Cty. 7/6/17
Hi, all,

I birded in the cool this morning, starting on the floodplain boardwalk
at Fontenelle Forest, where among the regulars (including the amazing
Red-headed Woodpeckers) I was surprised to find a singing Bell's Vireo
feeding a fledgling near the marsh blind.

South of Bellevue, I found one peep in a flooded field off Harlan Lewis
just south of highway 34 that I think was Semipalmated Sandpiper. A
Blue Grosbeak was singing near the Papio Creek bridge, and a Lark
Sparrow or two were in a traditional spot north of the water treatment
plant area. I wasn't surprised to find a Bald Eagle perched north of
that, but a perched Osprey caught me off guard near the small marshy
pond sometimes called gun club, green heron, or retriever marsh. (It
has permanent decoys.)

This afternoon, a Broad-winged Hawk soared over Mom's house on Childs
Road, East, another surprise. I'm impressed with the continuing
dominance of catbirds and redstarts (and House Wrens) at the Forest, and
the seeming scarcity of thrashers. I'm back to Seattle tomorrow --
sorry I couldn't stay longer and bird with more of you.

6 July, 2017,

Alan Grenon
visiting Bellevue

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Date: 7/5/17 8:35 pm
From: <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] RE: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher report
Visited McCook this morning (July 5) and chased the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Found it at the YMCA, at 901 W. E Street. An initial hunt for the bird turned up nothing; but when I went back again less than an hour later, I found a Scissor-tail perched on a wire. While I was watching it, it sat on wires along E Street just south of the YMCA, and on a wire running across the Y's lot. At one point, it approached one of two small trees near the Y's main entrance, but it didn't actually go in. I didn't look for a nest in that tree, not wanting to bother the bird unnecessarily.

My eBird report, with three photos, is at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37993492 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37993492


If anyone's chased or is interested in chasing the bird, I've created an eBird hotspot at the location where I found it. In keeping with eBird's naming conventions for such things, it's called "stakeout Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, McCook (2017)".


William Flack
Kearney



 

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Date: 7/5/17 3:24 pm
From: Matt Hansen <mmhansen52...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Jefferson County 7/4/17
 
Hi all, I spent the night at our pasture last night n/w of Fairbury on the river road.I saw lots of birdsLark SparrowChipping SparrowEastern Blue BirdEastern KingbirgBaltimore orieleNorthern MockingbirdGold FinchBrown ThrasherBarn Swallowcardinalblue jayMorning DovesHeard two Chuck will widows
Matt Hansen Lincoln
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Date: 7/5/17 3:13 pm
From: <esaterojarvi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: Editing eBird Locations
Thanks for reminding, Bill. Yes, you have to look at your posting while logged out, to see that all you wrote is visible to others. Then log back in before you forget your log in info. If the info was not visible, then go into Account settings and check the boxes again.

Esa Jarvi
 

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Date: 7/5/17 9:17 am
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] RE: NOU Spring meeting + Wood Stork in IA
Just a final reminder about reservations at Ft. Robinson State Park. There are currently only three (3) rooms remaining. All of the remaining rooms have two (2) twin beds. In regards to problems with the confirmation emails, Ft. Rob apologized and informed me that they will give sending those out another try in another day or two. Finally, I will stress that if you didn't get your room at Ft. Robinson there are other options available nearby so we hope to still see you (and, in turn, you see a bunch of good birds) at Ft. Robinson in May 2018. Meeting registration information will be made available at a later date. More info. can be found below.

Ross Silcock asked me to pass along that the Wood Stork at Dunbar Slough, IOWA, is still present this morning. This cooperative bird has been frequenting a ditch near a road. Dunbar Slough is only about 2 hours from Omaha. See Sam Manning's ebird checklist for additional information and photos (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37928783). If you look closely at the top photo on Sam's checklist, you can see the Wood Stork sitting on the rock, in front of vegetation, near the center of the photo :).

Good birding!

-Joel


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Sent: Friday, June 30, 2017 12:43 PM
To: <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] RE: NOU Spring meeting announcement (with time sensitive information)

NEbirders:
Just a reminder before you start lighting fireworks - if you want to be certain that you'll have a room at Ft. Robinson for the NOU's Spring 2018 meeting, rooms are being held exclusively for our meeting through c.o.b., 7 July 2017. Rooms currently remain available, but once they're gone, well, you know. If you're uncertain at this time whether you can attend, other convenient lodging options are available in the immediate area. More details are below in this email.
Also, while you're thinking about that, remember to save the date for the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union Fall Meeting which will take place at Ogallala 15-17 September 2017. The meeting's location near Lake McConaughy and the time of year translates into a myriad of birding opportunities. More details about that meeting will be available in the near future - I just wanted to mention it so that people "save the date(s)".
Good birding!
-Joel Jorgensen, NOU President

From: <NEBirds...><mailto:<NEBirds...> [mailto:<NEBirds...>]
Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1:29 PM
To: <NEBirds...><mailto:<NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] NOU Spring meeting announcement (with time sensitive information)

The Nebraska Ornithologist's Union (NOU) is pleased to announce the location of the Spring 2018 meeting, to be held Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, 2018. The meeting will be held at Nebraska at Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford.
This is a fantastic location, and a definite stop for birding right on the grounds. Additional great birding spots would include Gilbert Baker WMA, Sowbelly Canyon, Chadron State Park, Nebraska National Forest, and Oglala National Grasslands, just to name a few. A long list of western specialties likely to be observed during the meeting includes Cordilleran Flycatchers, McCown's and Chestnut-collared Longspurs, Western Tanagers, Brewer's Sparrows, Lazuli Buntings and possibly also Lewis's Woodpecker and Northern Saw-whet Owl (plus there will likely be a few surprises!). The last time the NOU met at Fort Robinson was September 1992. Meetings were held in Chadron in 2010 and 2000.
We'll be having our meals and meetings at Buffalo Barracks, located next to the Lodge.
Rooms have been held at the Lodge at Fort Robinson, and may be reserved by calling 308 665 2900<tel:(308)%20665-2900>. The Lodge has 22 rooms, some twins for $70 per night or doubles with queen bed for $65 per night. Each room has a private bathroom with shower. Please indicate you are with the NOU. ******We are able to hold these rooms only until cob JULY 7, 2017******. After that date, rooms may be reserved if still available. Therefore, if you are planning to attend the meeting, and wish to stay at Fort Robinson, it is advised to call as soon as possible.
In addition to the lodge rooms, Fort Robinson offers Cabins, Adobes, Bricks, as well as their campground sites. Information on all Lodging is available at their website at http://outdoornebraska.gov/fortrobinson/ and can be reserved online or by calling 308 665 2900<tel:(308)%20665-2900> as well.
Additional lodging could be found at the following locations.
Crawford: Hilltop Motel 304 McPherson St. 308 665 1144<tel:(308)%20665-1144>
Crawford Inn & RV 3591 US 20 509 979 5858<tel:(509)%20979-5858> (new owner, recent remodel)
Chadron: (27 miles east) Best Western West Hills Inn 1100 W. 10th 308 432 3305<tel:(308)%20432-3305>
Chadron Inn & Suites 755 Microtel Dr. 308 432 3000<tel:(308)%20432-3000>
Holiday Inn Express & Suites 27 Ash Street 308 747 2223<tel:(308)%20747-2223>
Westerner Motel 300 Oak Street 308 432 5577<tel:(308)%20432-5577>
Super 8 840 West Highway 20 308 432 4471<tel:(308)%20432-4471>
Finally, Chadron State Park has cabins and campgrounds as well, and is about 35 miles from Fort Robinson State Park.

- Joel Jorgensen, NOU President


 

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Date: 7/5/17 7:16 am
From: 'Don & Janis Paseka' <paseka76...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] deadline for Bird Review photos: July 15
NEBirders,

The deadline to submit photos for the 10th annual photo issue of the
Nebraska Bird Review, the quarterly journal of the Nebraska Ornithologists'
Union, is only 10 days away.

We are requesting good quality bird photos to be published in the upcoming
issue, but we need them by *July 15*.

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

1. Images must be of birds and must have been taken in Nebraska.

2. Images must be of good quality: sharp focus and high enough resolution
to look good when printed.
*Please send the highest resolution version you have. *
3. The subjects don't need to be rare birds, but images that document
something interesting about a species (behavior, date, nesting, etc.) are
more likely to be selected. *This year we are especially looking for
photos of birds in unexpected and unusual settings.*

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

5. The following information must be provided with each image:
SPECIES
DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN
SPECIFIC LOCATION
COUNTY

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

Please email your images to me at

<paseka76...>

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

Contributors will be credited in the photo captions.

*DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2017.*

Thanks,

Janis Paseka
Ames NE
Editor, The Nebraska Bird Review

 

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Date: 7/5/17 5:33 am
From: Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Burrowing Owl - Carolina Wren
Yesterday 07/04/17

Had a Burrowing Owl in Holt Co.
Road 503 south of Redbird (just .25 miles of where gravel turns to hardtop)

Carolina Wren - (i believe my 3rd for Knox Co. - other two were near Center Road North and Hwy 12)
Bohemia Prairie area - As you near Bohemia Prairie area ffrom east side - Road 521 turns minimum (and I do mean minimum) just before a big puddle on the right - this is where the bird was calling. Wood Thrush also calling.
I WOULD NOT recommend going any further down this road as it starts turning toward west.

Also had a single Solitary Sandpiper on hardtop road going west out of Verdigre just as you go into Holt Co. (pond on north side of road)

Mark A. Brogie
Creighton, NE

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Date: 7/4/17 3:20 pm
From: William Huser <billfhuser...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Brown Booby
Add me to those who believe the booby is no longer present at Harlan County
Reservoir. I monitored the dam' s gates from first light through 8am.
Excellent lighting also allowed me to scope far out onto the Lake. No signs
of the bird were seen.
Best bird of my visit was a Chuck Will' s Widow calling from trees to the
west of the dam' s south end.

Bill Huser
South Sioux City

 

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Date: 7/4/17 6:50 am
From: Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Harris's Sparrow
I was lazing in bed this morning reading when I heard that rich, two-note call of a Harris's Sparrow very close by! Hard to mis-identify. I heard it a second time but later when I got outside I couldn't get another vocalization. Either passing through or a darn good imitation by someone else.

This drought we're experiencing here coupled with loss of habitat to farming has driven lots of birds into my yard and the grove around it. This year I have Baltimore Orioles (at least 4 pair), Bluejays, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak, Brown Thrasher, and Eastern Phobes besides the usual, nesting here.

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Date: 7/3/17 7:53 pm
From: <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: Editing eBird Locations
It's also possible to describe exactly where you started, where you went, what the birding conditions were like, etc., in the general comments for an eBird report. Unfortunately, these general comments default to being hidden from the general public. To make them visible to all, you have to change your preferences. The procedure's described at http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1507910 http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1507910.

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Date: 7/3/17 4:15 pm
From: <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: Fort Robinson lodging
I'm continuing to get other people's confirmation e-mails for lodging at Ft. Robinson; so far, I've received a total of 9, including my own. If you've made reservations and haven't received a confirmation e-mail, drop me a line and I'll see if I've got yours and, if so, will forward it to you.

William Flack
Kearney


 

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Date: 7/3/17 11:24 am
From: <esaterojarvi...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Editing eBird Locations
I see a number of new names listing in my county, and that is probably true of other areas as well. When you find a bird, you report it, and it actually gives the map location so we have something. It will just tell you it is a PERSONAL LOCATION. But It does not really tell us what direction you walked or rode.


I just learned how to rename my personal locations. If you use an App, it does not allow you to name it there (or I did not find that function). So when you get home, you can open eBird, pull up your lists and make note of what you posted that day. Then you go to My Locations. It looks confusing, I think alphabetical. Click the heading that says COUNTY and it will show the locations in lists of county groups. Find the location that is to be RENAMED and click edit. Now you are allowed to edit the name of the location. You can rename your locations anything you like. I would name it after the start location and then hint at what direction you went. I named two sections that are on bike trails so they really do not sound like hot spots and some don't even have a parking lot, you have to go by bike.


The Jamaica trail South of Old Cheney goes under Denton road. Near a railroad bridge I have found wood thrush calling on two of my lists. There was a second wood thrush very close to Wilderness Park (the area North of Denton Rd) but it was more distant.


If you find your personal location happens to be a hotspot that you did not know about, your list location can be edited. This happened to me with the MoPac trail East of Walton.


Esa Jarvi, Lincoln
 

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Date: 7/3/17 7:36 am
From: Rick Wright <birdaz...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: Fort Robinson lodging
Apparently it's a problem with their group reservation protocols. When we
made our reservations yesterday afternoon, we were told that it was very
difficult to send e-mail confirmations and that it would be easier for them
if they could send us one by postal mail.

Rick Wright <http://www.ventbird.com/people/rick-wright>
Bloomfield, NJ

Victor Emanuel Nature Tours <http://www.ventbird.com/>: Nebraska
<http://www.ventbird.com/birding-tour/2016/03/19/nebraska-sandhill-cranes-prairie-grouse>,
and Birds and Art <http://www.ventbird.com/people/rick-wright> in Catalonia
<http://www.ventbird.com/birding-tour/2016/04/14/spain-birds-art-in-catalonia>,
Provence
<http://www.ventbird.com/birding-tour/2016/04/24/france-birds-art-in-provence>,
Burgundy
<http://www.ventbird.com/birding-tour/2016/05/29/france-birds-art-in-burgundy>,
Brandenburg
<http://www.ventbird.com/birding-tour/2016/09/30/germany-birds-art-in-berlin-brandenburg>,
Tuscany <http://www.ventbird.com/people/rick-wright>, Venice and the Po
Delta
<http://www.ventbird.com/birding-tour/2016/10/24/italy-birds-art-in-venice-and-the-po-delta>

Birding New Jersey and the World <http://birdingnewjersey.com>

ABA Field Guides to Birds of New Jersey
<http://www.amazon.com/American-Birding-Association-Field-Jersey/dp/1935622420/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401460984&sr=8-1&keywords=aba+field+guide+birds+new+jersey>
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Review Editor, Birding <http://www.aba.org/birding/bookreviews.html>

 

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Date: 7/2/17 11:08 pm
From: 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Kearney & Adams Cos 7/2/17
Hello Nebraska birders,
No ebird
Sunday July 2, 2017 Robin and I looked for birds in Kearney and Adams
Counties. I will show you a list of highlights followed by their
details.
Redhead (1)Ruddy Duck (1)Great Blue Heron (at least 6)Swainson's Hawk
(1)Upland Sandpiper (11)Bell's Vireo (3 total in more than one place)Purple
Martin (at least 5)Grasshopper Sparrow (1)Blue Grosbeak (1)
Leaving our yard, which is in north central Kearney County, we drove
past a Blue Grosbeak perched on the power line. It flushed to a bush
beside the road, from which we heard it singing. In northeastern
Kearney County there is an extra large power line following the road.
On one of the supports holding up the power line was perched a
Swainson's Hawk. Still in Kearney County a couple miles further east
Robin pointed out a Grasshopper Sparrow singing atop a fence post.
For at least twenty years I have been unable to hear a Grasshopper
Sparrow unless it is just across the road. Through a scope I was able
to watch it sing. I still couldn't hear it, but I could see it. They
are so dramatic with the way that they throw their head back with
their mouths wide open when they sing. This pleased me. Still in
Kearney County but further east we heard our first of three Bells
Vireos from separate places.
In Adams County at the Kenesaw Sewage Lagoons we saw at least five
Purple Martins fly past. Also there we saw a male Ruddy Duck in
breeding plumage and a male Redhead. Two miles east of Kenesaw in one
field we saw eleven Upland Sandpipers scattered around. The purpose
of the field trip had been to look for Scissor-taled Flycatchers. We
hadn't found any, but we had fun looking.
May your birds be lifers and your troubles temporary.
good birding and goodbye,
Lanny
Lanny Randolph2028 34th Rd.Minden Nebraskasouth central Nebraskanorth
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Date: 7/2/17 7:29 pm
From: Mark Brogie <mabrogie...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Summer Tanager - Cedar Co.
Dave Stage found a male Summer Tanager at Weismann Monument - Cedar Co. around a week ago.
I found the bird today east of the monument.

Mark A. Brogie
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Date: 7/2/17 6:40 pm
From: <mellis33...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: Brown Booby
I was also unsuccessful in finding the Brown Booby this weekend. I had about 2 hours Saturday morning that I spent along the dam with the majority of the time scanning the water and did not see anything resembling the bird. There was a mature bald eagle and an osprey both flying along the dam at different times. I also witnessed some interesting behavior by a great blue heron. It appeared to be fishing in the open water about 75 meters off the dam and occasionally dipped down in the water. After about 20 minutes of this it did successfully get a fish and flew away with its catch in beak.

Mike Ellis
Bennington, NE
 

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Date: 7/2/17 5:24 pm
From: '<mstev4...>' <mstev4...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Hummingbird
I had a female hummingbird in my yard this morning. It's way earlier than most years. Steve Morris. Grand Island

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Date: 7/2/17 3:51 pm
From: Allen <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Sarpy County Yard Bird
Just spotted a Yellow-billed Cuckoo building a nest in a maple tree right beside my back deck. Nice!!!

Yesterday, on the base, I saw a Western Kingbird (WEKI), fly catching over an open area. A Cooper's Hawk (COHA) came flying by and the WEKI gave chase and harassed it. The COHA land in a small tree, so I walked over for a better look. When it flew, the WEKI was immediately on it again. Don't think they are the best of buddies.

Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Date: 7/2/17 12:49 pm
From: Paula Hoppe <pao.hoppe...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: Brown Booby
Hi Wendy,

My family and I made a trip out Friday the 30th to attempt to see the Brown
Booby but were unsuccessful. Someone at the visitors center said it had
been about a week since he had seen it. We were there from 11:00 till 3:00
and checked both ends of the Lake. So, not saying it isn't there just that
in the time we spent we didn't see it.

To offset that disappointment, I was able to see a pair of White-winged
Doves that have been spending time at my friends house for the month of
June. Life bird for me.

Paula Hoppe
Colon, Saunders

 

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Date: 7/2/17 8:19 am
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] White-winged Dove- Sarpy Co./ Virginia Rail- Douglas Co.
6/30-
 Thanks to Dave Stage by way of Mark Brogie, I was able to successfully twitch a WHITE-WINGED DOVE (FOY) that had been frequenting a neighborhood in Gretna.  I observed the bird first along McKenna St,  The bird then made its way to Westplains Rd., and proceeded to utilize a feeder behind a brick apartment complex.  The bird then disappeared with Mourning and Eurasian Collared-Doves somewhere in the vicinity of Founder's Park.  
7/01
  Yesterday I decided to do a bit of afternoon birding at the 234th St. Wetlands.  While there I was a bit surprised to hear a VIRGINIA RAIL (FOY) performing its diagnostic dry "kik-ka-dik" call deep within the reeds.  A rather early OSPREY was also observed being harassed by a COOPER'S HAWK.  Finally, a pair of GREEN HERONS also made themselves known with their loud "skeeoww" call.  
  A gentleman walking his canine companion along the gravel road told me a bit of the history of the marsh how it is actually a man-made wetland, and was developed after Dodge St. and Hwy 92 were built.  He also informed me of a different access point off of the Dodge St. spur going east.  I birded this area later in the day, but did not find anything significant.  
  Stopping by Valley, I really did not expect to find much of anything, however despite the heavy aquatic holiday traffic on Mallard's Landing Lake, a pair of BLACK TERNS were observed.
6/24-
 On my last day of transects at Neale Woods (Washington Co.) I heard two separate ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS.  One of the birds was heard along Raccoon Hollow near Owl Trail.  Another was heard further down Owl Trail.  A few SCARLET TANAGERS were also in the area as well. 
Good birding.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., <NEspindalis79...>
 


 

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Date: 7/1/17 8:59 pm
From: Wendy Becker <wendybecker34...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Brown Booby
Greetings,
I was wondering if anyone has viewed the Harlan county Brown Booby this
week? I have an out of town visitor who is interested in making the drive
to see it. It doesn't look like there have been any ebird entries this
week.
Thanks,
Wendy

 

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Date: 7/1/17 8:00 pm
From: <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Fort Robinson lodging
Fort Robinson and Reserve America, which processes their lodge bookings, are apparently having trouble with NOU. I phoned and made a reservation, then called them back a few days later when I hadn't received a confirmation e-mail. They sent me one; but since then, I've received two more confirmation e-mails for other people.


I won't include full names, but they're both female; the initials are NP (1 guest) and BS (2 people). If you're one of those people, and you're wondering where your confirmation e-mail went, drop me a line and I'll forward it to you. I'm at: <sparvophile...>


William Flack
Kearney


 

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Date: 7/1/17 6:41 am
From: Jan Johnson <janbirder...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Larry's 'Rare' Rock Pigeon
I have been trying to add Rock Oigeon to all 93 counties and it isn't easy. Still need them in two and have searched and searched and been unable to find them. They are indeed becoming 'rare' replaced by Eurasian-collared Doves.

Jan
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Date: 6/30/17 10:43 am
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] RE: NOU Spring meeting announcement (with time sensitive information)
NEbirders:

Just a reminder before you start lighting fireworks - if you want to be certain that you'll have a room at Ft. Robinson for the NOU's Spring 2018 meeting, rooms are being held exclusively for our meeting through c.o.b., 7 July 2017. Rooms currently remain available, but once they're gone, well, you know. If you're uncertain at this time whether you can attend, other convenient lodging options are available in the immediate area. More details are below in this email.

Also, while you're thinking about that, remember to save the date for the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union Fall Meeting which will take place at Ogallala 15-17 September 2017. The meeting's location near Lake McConaughy and the time of year translates into a myriad of birding opportunities. More details about that meeting will be available in the near future - I just wanted to mention it so that people "save the date(s)".

Good birding!

-Joel Jorgensen, NOU President



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Subject: [NEBirds] NOU Spring meeting announcement (with time sensitive information)

The Nebraska Ornithologist's Union (NOU) is pleased to announce the location of the Spring 2018 meeting, to be held Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, 2018. The meeting will be held at Nebraska at Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford.
This is a fantastic location, and a definite stop for birding right on the grounds. Additional great birding spots would include Gilbert Baker WMA, Sowbelly Canyon, Chadron State Park, Nebraska National Forest, and Oglala National Grasslands, just to name a few. A long list of western specialties likely to be observed during the meeting includes Cordilleran Flycatchers, McCown's and Chestnut-collared Longspurs, Western Tanagers, Brewer's Sparrows, Lazuli Buntings and possibly also Lewis's Woodpecker and Northern Saw-whet Owl (plus there will likely be a few surprises!). The last time the NOU met at Fort Robinson was September 1992. Meetings were held in Chadron in 2010 and 2000.
We'll be having our meals and meetings at Buffalo Barracks, located next to the Lodge.
Rooms have been held at the Lodge at Fort Robinson, and may be reserved by calling 308 665 2900<tel:(308)%20665-2900>. The Lodge has 22 rooms, some twins for $70 per night or doubles with queen bed for $65 per night. Each room has a private bathroom with shower. Please indicate you are with the NOU. ******We are able to hold these rooms only until cob JULY 7, 2017******. After that date, rooms may be reserved if still available. Therefore, if you are planning to attend the meeting, and wish to stay at Fort Robinson, it is advised to call as soon as possible.
In addition to the lodge rooms, Fort Robinson offers Cabins, Adobes, Bricks, as well as their campground sites. Information on all Lodging is available at their website at http://outdoornebraska.gov/fortrobinson/ and can be reserved online or by calling 308 665 2900<tel:(308)%20665-2900> as well.
Additional lodging could be found at the following locations.
Crawford: Hilltop Motel 304 McPherson St. 308 665 1144<tel:(308)%20665-1144>
Crawford Inn & RV 3591 US 20 509 979 5858<tel:(509)%20979-5858> (new owner, recent remodel)
Chadron: (27 miles east) Best Western West Hills Inn 1100 W. 10th 308 432 3305<tel:(308)%20432-3305>
Chadron Inn & Suites 755 Microtel Dr. 308 432 3000<tel:(308)%20432-3000>
Holiday Inn Express & Suites 27 Ash Street 308 747 2223<tel:(308)%20747-2223>
Westerner Motel 300 Oak Street 308 432 5577<tel:(308)%20432-5577>
Super 8 840 West Highway 20 308 432 4471<tel:(308)%20432-4471>
Finally, Chadron State Park has cabins and campgrounds as well, and is about 35 miles from Fort Robinson State Park.

- Joel Jorgensen, NOU President


 

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Date: 6/29/17 5:02 pm
From: Janet Greer <janetgreer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Summer Surprise--non-breeding Scarlet Tanager

A non-breeding male Scarlet Tanager (all green with black wings) stopped in the yard briefly late this afternoon. I see these birds In the yard in the fall usually mixed in with a small flock of migrants. This is the first one I have seen here in June. He was eyeing the bird bath so there is hope for a picture if he returns. So far, he is a no show.

Janet Greer
Pottawattamie County
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Date: 6/29/17 12:41 pm
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Recent sightings
Below is a list of some recent sightings.

6/24 - Eastern Rainwater Basin
~110 White-faced Ibis, but not indication of nesting (I did not visit Harvard WPA, however)
5 Lesser Yellowlegs
7 White-rumped Sandpipers (the last of the spring migrants)
A male Wilson's Phalarope with a nest at Sora WMA, Fillmore Co. (nest photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37773405)
1 Bobolink at Father Hupp WMA

6/28

Playa in extreme eastern Keith County
1 Least Sandpiper
1 Solitary Sandpiper (fall migration is here!)

Lake McConaughy
2 Caspian Terns
2 Common Loons (basic-plumage, presumed imms)

Lake Ogallala
6 Common Mergansers
1-2 Ospreys

The Osprey platform located downstream of the Keystone Diversion had an adult and three (3) eyases approximately 5-6 weeks old.

Good birding!

-Joel

Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd 68503 | 402.471.5440
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Date: 6/29/17 12:27 pm
From: Ruth Stearns <ruthstearns...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Re: NOU Spring meeting announcement (with time sensitive information)
To those considering attending the Spring 2018 meeting at Fort Robinson...in addition to the usual dinners and sack lunch option as part of registration, breakfast will be an additional option for Saturday and Sunday morning.  Fort Robinson will be catering all our meals for the weekend.  
Ruthie StearnsSecretary - NOULincoln, NE  
 

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Date: 6/29/17 6:18 am
From: Eric <ejscholar...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Stairs
I apologize for accidentally sending out this non birding message out to the list serve. Eric


> On Jun 29, 2017, at 7:36 AM, ejscholar <ejscholar...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:
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Date: 6/29/17 6:08 am
From: 'Don & Janis Paseka' <paseka76...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Crossbill
I was surprised to see and hear a Red Crossbill flying northwest over the
yard about 8:00 pm last night. I wonder where it came from.

Don Paseka

Ames Ne

 

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Date: 6/29/17 6:04 am
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Subject: [NEBirds] Stairs






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Date: 6/29/17 5:09 am
From: 'eric scholar' <ejscholar...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] close call
We were returning from a trip to Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon on I80 in
central Iowa when this large bird came swooping down in front of the car
ahead of me.The bird just missed getting hit by the car. I was surprised to
see it was a mature bald eagle. Apparently it was aiming for road kill that
I saw when I passed the spot where the bird was. Eric S.,Omaha.


 

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Date: 6/28/17 2:10 pm
From: 'Norm Jensen' <njen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] RE: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher report
This has nothing to do with NE but my son lives in Mlps. and just traveled to south Minn. to see a scissor-tail. There were six cars there and one guy had been following him all day and they got it in his scope. It had been feeding most of the day on bugs attracted to wild turnips. This week-end he traveled to western Minn to see a pair of King rails. Two life birds for him in a few days. I think he’s at 399 for the U.S.


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This has now been confirmed by photos.

T. J. Walker

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Subject: [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher report

Took a report moments ago of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher nesting in McCook just S of the YMCA - you will have to look up where that is if you wish to pursue it.

T. J. Walker
Assistant Division Administrator
Wildlife Division - Partners Section
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Lincoln, NE 68503-0370
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Date: 6/27/17 3:05 pm
From: 'Walker, TJ' <thomas.walker...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] RE: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher report
This has now been confirmed by photos.

T. J. Walker

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Took a report moments ago of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher nesting in McCook just S of the YMCA - you will have to look up where that is if you wish to pursue it.


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Date: 6/27/17 11:28 am
From: 'Jorgensen, Joel' <Joel.Jorgensen...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] NOU Spring meeting announcement (with time sensitive information)
The Nebraska Ornithologist's Union (NOU) is pleased to announce the location of the Spring 2018 meeting, to be held Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, 2018. The meeting will be held at Nebraska at Fort Robinson State Park near Crawford.

This is a fantastic location, and a definite stop for birding right on the grounds. Additional great birding spots would include Gilbert Baker WMA, Sowbelly Canyon, Chadron State Park, Nebraska National Forest, and Oglala National Grasslands, just to name a few. A long list of western specialties likely to be observed during the meeting includes Cordilleran Flycatchers, McCown's and Chestnut-collared Longspurs, Western Tanagers, Brewer's Sparrows, Lazuli Buntings and possibly also Lewis's Woodpecker and Northern Saw-whet Owl (plus there will likely be a few surprises!). The last time the NOU met at Fort Robinson was September 1992. Meetings were held in Chadron in 2010 and 2000.

We'll be having our meals and meetings at Buffalo Barracks, located next to the Lodge.

Rooms have been held at the Lodge at Fort Robinson, and may be reserved by calling 308 665 2900<tel:(308)%20665-2900>. The Lodge has 22 rooms, some twins for $70 per night or doubles with queen bed for $65 per night. Each room has a private bathroom with shower. Please indicate you are with the NOU. ******We are able to hold these rooms only until cob JULY 7, 2017******. After that date, rooms may be reserved if still available. Therefore, if you are planning to attend the meeting, and wish to stay at Fort Robinson, it is advised to call as soon as possible.

In addition to the lodge rooms, Fort Robinson offers Cabins, Adobes, Bricks, as well as their campground sites. Information on all Lodging is available at their website at http://outdoornebraska.gov/fortrobinson/ and can be reserved online or by calling 308 665 2900<tel:(308)%20665-2900> as well.

Additional lodging could be found at the following locations.

Crawford: Hilltop Motel 304 McPherson St. 308 665 1144<tel:(308)%20665-1144>
Crawford Inn & RV 3591 US 20 509 979 5858<tel:(509)%20979-5858> (new owner, recent remodel)

Chadron: (27 miles east) Best Western West Hills Inn 1100 W. 10th 308 432 3305<tel:(308)%20432-3305>
Chadron Inn & Suites 755 Microtel Dr. 308 432 3000<tel:(308)%20432-3000>
Holiday Inn Express & Suites 27 Ash Street 308 747 2223<tel:(308)%20747-2223>
Westerner Motel 300 Oak Street 308 432 5577<tel:(308)%20432-5577>
Super 8 840 West Highway 20 308 432 4471<tel:(308)%20432-4471>

Finally, Chadron State Park has cabins and campgrounds as well, and is about 35 miles from Fort Robinson State Park.

- Joel Jorgensen, NOU President

 

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Date: 6/27/17 10:40 am
From: 'Walker, TJ' <thomas.walker...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher report
Took a report moments ago of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher nesting in McCook just S of the YMCA - you will have to look up where that is if you wish to pursue it.


T. J. Walker
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Date: 6/26/17 2:09 pm
From: <sparvophile...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Gender roles among the Red-wings
Spent yesterday (June 25) trying to pick up a few county birds that'd eluded me. Found the Bobolink I was hoping for in northeastern Webster County. Did not find the Yellow Warbler I'd wanted for Thayer County—one of only two in which I don't yet have the bird—despite seven stops, covering something like four miles of bird-walking. I think I can officially declare that a county nemesis. Found a Yellow-throated Vireo and a Blue Grosbeak for my county list, so the Thayer County venture wasn't altogether in vain.


While working northern Webster County, I found a male Red-winged Blackbird carrying what looked like a medium grasshopper. This struck me as unusual: generally, when I've seen a Red-wing carrying food, it's been a female. Looking through my eBird reports for Nebraska, I see that I've reported 17 females carrying food, and only 3 males (including this latest sighting, which I haven't yet reported).


According to "Birds of North America", there's considerable variation among populations in male participation in feeding young: numbers range from 6% in Washington to nearly 90% in Wisconsin and New York. My data suggest that Nebraska's closer to the lower end of this range. Does this accord with other people's experience?


William Flack
Kearney


 

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Date: 6/26/17 11:13 am
From: 'Greg Stoiber' <gregst7...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Nemaha County
J





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Subject: [NEBirds] Nemaha County





Yesterday 6/25 took the family to the wooded area of the Steamboat Trace
trail along the Missouri River east of Peru. In passing, heard at least one
vocalizing male Northern Parula. Also heard a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a
Wood Thrush. There were several Eastern Wood Pewee and many Indigo Buntings.

Tom Wittman
La Vista




 

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Date: 6/26/17 10:23 am
From: Kevin Grams <nehwy2...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Brown Booby (Belated sighting)
I was fortunate to see the Brown Booby on 6/25/17 from the Harlan County dam on the North end. She made a turn right in front of me for an very good look. We were able to watch her work her way West back out over the lake for a short time before losing sight altogether. This occurred at approximately 2 PM. 

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Date: 6/26/17 9:14 am
From: Tom Wittman <wxmanwitt...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Nemaha County
Yesterday 6/25 took the family to the wooded area of the Steamboat Trace trail along the Missouri River east of Peru. In passing, heard at least one vocalizing male Northern Parula. Also heard a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a Wood Thrush. There were several Eastern Wood Pewee and many Indigo Buntings.

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Date: 6/25/17 7:45 pm
From: 'Elliott Bedows' <ebedows...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] FW: Why Are Bird Eggs Egg-Shaped? An Eggsplainer
This is cool article - hope you enjoy it as much as I did!



Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.



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Sent: Friday, June 23, 2017 3:19 PM
To: Elliott Bedows
Subject: Why Are Bird Eggs Egg-Shaped? An Eggsplainer



A new study points to a surprising reason for the varied shape of bird
eggs-and shows that most eggs aren't actually egg-shaped.



Read More:

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/06/why-are-bird-eggs-egg-sha
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Date: 6/25/17 2:27 pm
From: 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Cooper's Hawk
Nebraska birders,

On Friday, June 23, at 7:30 am, I saw a Cooper's Hawk flying out of
our
yard with something in its talons. I couldn't stop because I was on
my
way to work. The bird flew into a large shelter belt nearby. We live
about
eight miles north of Minden in Kearney County. According to
Nebraska's
Breeding Bird Atlas, Cooper's Hawk may nest in this area.

Robin Harding



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Date: 6/25/17 1:25 pm
From: Al Reyer <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Sarpy County
Just had an adult Bald Eagle fly over the house (very high) and had a YB Cuckoo calling behind the house.

Al Reyer
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Date: 6/25/17 12:21 pm
From: Matt Hansen <mmhansen52...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Jefferson County
Hi There
Yesterday I spent the day birding in our 190 pasture which is a mix of native prarie, oak, cedars,  walnut, hackberry.  Yesterday I saw a Lark Sparrowheard a yellow billed cuckooMagpieBrown ThrasherCardinalBlue  Jay I camped overnight and kept hearing an owl hooting all night. I have gone through sibleys online book and the closest call I can compare what I heard is a long eared owl. I have seen both barred and great horned there. Any other ideas

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Date: 6/25/17 12:17 pm
From: Clem Klaphake <ckavian...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] BBSs
I have been doing Breeding Bird Surveys in western Nebraska the last
couple of days. Always a question as to what the weather
will be like, since waiting another day or two is not possible when you
have driven out to Sheridan and Cherry counties. When I got
to Thedford, from where I start my first route the next morning, it was
102 degrees (always appreciate the lower humidity the further
west you go in this state). However, the next morning I started the
route at 62 degrees.

The first route was pretty normal with an abundance of Upland Sandpipers
and a very cooperative Prairie Chicken perched on a fence post right
next to the road - seemed to be posing to have its picture taken
up-close first from its best side then from its not so good side. Both
mule and
white-tailed deer from time to time and a couple of pronghorns. Between
stop 43-44 a Burrowing Owl did the same thing as the Prairie Chicken,
just posed for its picture to be taken - no prairie dog town anywhere
near. This has happened before on this route where totally unexpectedly a
Burrowing Owl shows up.

The second route in Sheridan County also quite routine - delayed
slightly due to an early morning light rain. More deer and at least 8
pronghorns and
a coyote also. Loggerhead Shrikes are pretty predictable as to where
they are nesting and will show up for the count.

Some highlights, not necessarily on the count routes since I have a lot
of time traveling from one route to the next and waiting to start the
next day, were:

- Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Hooker County (not the easiest county to find
birds in)
- Yellow-breasted Chats - Custer, Thomas and Dawes Counties
- Green Heron - at Halsey in Thomas County
- Blue Grosbeaks in Thomas (west entrance to Halsey where 4 wheel drive
and high clearance are recommended) and Sheridan Counties
- Burrowing Owl mentioned above on the Cherry County route
- Red Crossbills in the Gordon Cemetery (Sheridan County) and Chadron
State Park (Dawes County)
- Western Wood Pewees Gordon cemetery and at Chadron State Park
- Mountain Bluebirds - Chadron State Park
- Western Tanager - Chadron state Park (nice close-up look)
- Black-headed Grosbeaks - Chadron State Park (very vocal and numerous)
- Black-crowned Night Heron along Hwy 2 in southern Sheridan County
- White-faced Ibis - also along Hwy 2 in southern Sheridan County

The only official reports of all of the sightings are the ones sent to
the U.S. Geological Service from the routes.

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Date: 6/24/17 9:58 pm
From: <jpkassik...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Brown Booby
I was lucky enough to see the Brown Booby at Harlan Lake today (6/24/17), around 5:00 pm. We were sitting on the rocks, on the west side of the dam, south of the gates. It made 4 large loops and came quite close to us. Would like to thank everyone who posted where they had seen it. Will put a picture on shortly.
Judy Kassik
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Date: 6/24/17 9:07 pm
From: 'Elliott Bedows' <ebedows...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Tennessee Warbler- Neale Woods- 6/23 - & possible WiWa - Sarpy Co.
speaking of which…………..



Hello everyone,



For the past week, I have been hearing what sounds for all the world to be a Wilson’s Warbler in our yard (that borders Fontenelle Forest) which would be about 750+ miles out of range if it was an individual that was nesting, but not one that only migrated “partially”.



Here is the problem that I have with that tentative ID: the bird in question remains up in the canopy where I cannot see it rather than calling from the low(er) shrubs where I’d expect t see a WiWa. Still, there are birds that do not finish their “correct” migration and do not read the literature to determine where they ‘should’ be located. And I have not seen the bird that is vocalizing ………



Anyone who cares to come over and try to ID this bird is more than welcome – contact me off line.



Elliott Bedows

Bellevue, Sarpy Co.







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Sent: Friday, June 23, 2017 6:44 PM
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Subject: [NEBirds] Tennessee Warbler- Neale Woods- 6/23





This morning while conducting point-count transects at Neale Woods (Douglas Co.) I was rather surprised to hear a snatch of song from a male TENNESSEE WARBLER while deciding which point I should travel to next. I waited for about a minute, and the bird started up again, singing its diagnostic song for about two minutes. In that time I was able to obtain some audio recording of this rather late migrant.



This was at a point just south of Gifford Trail overlooking the prairie, and just west of the nature center. The bird was singing from the woodland edge.



According to "Birds of Nebraska" this is nearly two weeks later than the latest date for this species (June 10) in the state.



I also failed to mention last week that a BROAD-WINGED HAWK was observed perched near the parking area at Camp Wakonda (Fontenelle Forest) last week 6/15.



Good birding.



Justin Rink

Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co ., NE

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Date: 6/24/17 1:04 pm
From: 'Cal Wolf' <calyjoey...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: RE: [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Thanks for checking it out Dave. We went back with the camera to try to spot it again and didn’t see it. We did not see the kingbird. This bird we saw had a super long split tail. We will check the area out again from time to time and try to get a picture of it if we get fortunate enough to see it again.

Jo Wolf

Millard area

Douglas County, NE



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Hi Jo, I checked out the location from 2:25 until 2:50 today-did not see/hear ST Flycatcher-there was a Western Kingbird active in the area-it came several times to the utility wires along the North side of Harrison between Bank of the West and Taco Bell

Dave Stage, Gretna

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On Jun 24, 2017, at 12:11 PM, 'Cal Wolf' <calyjoey...> <mailto:<calyjoey...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> <mailto:<NEBirds...> > wrote:



I saw a scissor-tailed flycatcher at corner right at northwest corner of 168th on Harrison about 11:50 A.M, just driving home. We were at the stoplight but light changed before I could get a picture. Any thoughts why I saw one?

Jo Wolf

Millard Area

Douglas County, Nebraska




 

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Date: 6/24/17 12:50 pm
From: David Stage <Dastage...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: Re: [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Hi Jo, I checked out the location from 2:25 until 2:50 today-did not see/hear ST Flycatcher-there was a Western Kingbird active in the area-it came several times to the utility wires along the North side of Harrison between Bank of the West and Taco Bell
Dave Stage, Gretna

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> On Jun 24, 2017, at 12:11 PM, 'Cal Wolf' <calyjoey...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> wrote:
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> I saw a scissor-tailed flycatcher at corner right at northwest corner of 168th on Harrison about 11:50 A.M, just driving home. We were at the stoplight but light changed before I could get a picture. Any thoughts why I saw one?
>
> Jo Wolf
>
> Millard Area
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> Douglas County, Nebraska
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Date: 6/24/17 11:39 am
From: 'Cal Wolf' <calyjoey...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
I saw a scissor-tailed flycatcher at corner right at northwest corner of
168th on Harrison about 11:50 A.M, just driving home. We were at the
stoplight but light changed before I could get a picture. Any thoughts why I
saw one?

Jo Wolf

Millard Area

Douglas County, Nebraska


 

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Date: 6/24/17 7:47 am
From: <sammanning19...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Brown Booby--6/24
We just had the Brown Booby give us a distant flyby off the dam at Harlan County Lake about 10 minutes ago.



Sam Manning
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Date: 6/23/17 4:43 pm
From: Justin Rink <spindalis79...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Tennessee Warbler- Neale Woods- 6/23
  This morning while conducting point-count transects at Neale Woods (Douglas Co.) I was rather surprised to hear a snatch of song from a male TENNESSEE WARBLER while deciding which point I should travel to next.  I waited for about a minute, and the bird started up again, singing its diagnostic song for about two minutes.  In that time I was able to obtain some audio recording of this rather late migrant.  
  This was at a point just south of Gifford Trail overlooking the prairie, and just west of the nature center.  The bird was singing from the woodland edge.
  According to "Birds of Nebraska" this is nearly two weeks later than the latest date for this species (June 10) in the state.  
  I also failed to mention last week that a BROAD-WINGED HAWK was observed perched near the parking area at Camp Wakonda (Fontenelle Forest) last week 6/15.
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Date: 6/23/17 2:10 pm
From: Allen <allenreyer...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Sarpy County
Had three raptors circling over the house this afternoon. One was a RT Hawk, one was a Broad-winged Hawk and the third went unidentified, as it was gone by the time I grabbed my binos. This morning, I had a Cooper's Hawk at Tregaron GC.

Al Reyer
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Date: 6/22/17 6:00 pm
From: Janis Paseka <paseka76...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] brown booby
We watched the brown booby fly on the lake side of the dam this afternoon (June 22). Can't believe it's still here after all this time. It was Don's 125th Harlan Co bird.

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Date: 6/21/17 8:44 am
From: Susan Quinn <susan-quinn44...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Brown Booby viewed Tues., 6-20-17
Sylvia Hanson and I drove to Harlan County Lake Tuesday, June 20. We were atop the dam watching the Brown Booby flying and circling around the lake for about an hour, 5:00-6:00. She never came in to roost while we were there.

Two other birders from eastern Nebraska, Kathleen Crawford Rose and Kathy Schwery, also observed the Brown Booby from atop the dam while we were there.

Sylvia and I stopped at Prairie Dog WPA in Kearney County on our way to Harlan County Lake and saw two Burrowing Owls.

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Date: 6/20/17 7:35 pm
From: 'Lanny and Robin' <snowbunting...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...>
Subject: [NEBirds] Eagle and tanager
Nebraska birders,

June 17, Lanny and I saw an adult Bald Eagle flying down
stream over the Platte River highway 10 bridge.

A friend of mine at Univ. Nebr. Kearney told me that he saw a
Scarlet Tanager near the West Center building around June 13.
He said that he saw an adult male just before dawn north of the
building and again later in the morning on the south side. He
knew that it was not a cardinal because it had black wings.

NO eBird

Robin Harding
northern Kearney County

September 15-17 birding event based in Ogallala, Nebraska
Organized by dedicated volunteers of the Nebraska Ornithologists'
Union http://www.noubirds.org
Field trips are planned to Lake McConaughy and other great birding
areas in the area.



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