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08 Jun: @ 04:36:15 
Re: Common Merganser [Clem and Bette Klaphake]
07 Jun: @ 20:21:20 
Re: Common Merganser [kmk]
07 Jun: @ 13:41:00 
Re: Common Merganser [Jorgensen, Joel]
04 Jun: @ 20:30:41 
Kenesaw BBS run yesterday [Ruth Stearns via groups.io]
04 Jun: @ 20:30:41 
Kenesaw BBS run yesterday [Ruth Stearns via groups.io]
03 Jun: @ 13:10:51 
Kramper Lake Birds [William Huser]
03 Jun: @ 13:10:51 
Kramper Lake Birds [William Huser]
01 Jun: @ 13:33:40 
Say's Phoebe Saline County [Walker, thomas]
31 May: @ 16:05:40 
Omaha Airport [Clem and Bette Klaphake]
31 May: @ 03:22:48 
Paul Johnsgard [wlfinkmd via groups.io]
30 May: @ 18:18:00 
Dr J [Ann Duey]
30 May: @ 15:27:51 
Re: Paul Johnsgard [Jennifer Hammett]
30 May: @ 13:50:26 
Re: Sandhill Crane [rcwells]
30 May: @ 02:58:12 
Sandhill Crane [Rick via groups.io]
30 May: @ 02:58:12 
Sandhill Crane [Rick via groups.io]
30 May: @ 02:25:59 
Re: Paul Johnsgard [MARK OTNES]
29 May: @ 22:26:50 
Re: [NEBirds] Paul Johnsgard [Matt Shurtliff]
29 May: @ 22:13:22 
Re: [NEBirds] Paul Johnsgard [Carolyn J. Hall]
29 May: @ 19:48:42 
Paul Johnsgard [Theresa Pella via groups.io]
29 May: @ 03:32:35 
Walnut Creek, Sarpy County [Loren Padelford]
27 May: @ 16:39:16 
Re: another reason to dislike house sparrows [flyingcarlini via groups.io]
27 May: @ 13:58:35 
Re: another reason to dislike house sparrows [lynnette]
27 May: @ 13:11:03 
Re: another reason to dislike house sparrows [Gordon Warrick via groups.io]
27 May: @ 13:00:55 
Re: another reason to dislike house sparrows [Ross Silcock]
26 May: @ 00:54:45 
another reason to dislike house sparrows [Gordon Warrick via groups.io]
26 May: @ 00:54:45 
another reason to dislike house sparrows [Gordon Warrick via groups.io]
25 May: @ 21:53:46 
Re: Common Gallinule at Wilderness Park [Sue Guild]
25 May: @ 17:27:21 
Re: Common Gallinule at Wilderness Park [Esa Jarvi]
25 May: @ 11:28:22 
Re: Common Gallinule at Wilderness Park [Esa Jarvi]
25 May: @ 11:27:25 
Re: Common Gallinule at Wilderness Park [Esa Jarvi]
25 May: @ 05:17:01 
Rose-breasted x Black-headed Grosbeak in Phelps County [William Flack via groups.io]
24 May: @ 21:59:08 
Common Gallinule at Wilderness Park [Linda Sullivan]
24 May: @ 18:44:47 
Re: odd song at Kinter's Ford WMA [Clem and Bette Klaphake]
23 May: @ 21:33:49 
Re: odd song at Kinter's Ford WMA [flyingcarlini via groups.io]
23 May: @ 03:29:34 
FOY's [pastorpaultdunbar via groups.io]
23 May: @ 03:29:34 
FOY's [pastorpaultdunbar via groups.io]
22 May: @ 20:25:16 
Re: odd song at Kinter's Ford WMA [Justin Rink via groups.io]
22 May: @ 19:24:59 
odd song at Kinter's Ford WMA [flyingcarlini via groups.io]
22 May: @ 18:29:40 
Re: Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021 Results [Neal Ratzlaff]
22 May: @ 17:28:54 
Re: Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021 Results [allenreyer via groups.io]
22 May: @ 02:20:50 
Re: Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021 Results [Don and Shirley Maas]
22 May: @ 02:20:50 
Re: Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021 Results [Don and Shirley Maas]
22 May: @ 01:25:55 
Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021 Results [Walker, thomas]
21 May: @ 04:39:27 
Basswood Ridge WMA, Dakota County birds [William Huser]
21 May: @ 04:39:27 
Basswood Ridge WMA, Dakota County birds [William Huser]
20 May: @ 12:34:41 
Blaine County [Jan Johnson]
20 May: @ 02:27:41 
Re: Adams Co [nancy68978]
19 May: @ 18:06:25 
Re: Adams Co [pastorpaultdunbar via groups.io]
19 May: @ 17:33:21 
Re: Adams Co [nancy68978]
19 May: @ 16:48:24 
Re: color photos wanted for Nebraska Bird Review [Gordon Warrick via groups.io]





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Subject: Common Merganser
Date: Mon Jun 7 2021 20:21 pm
From: ljkader AT gmail.com
 
Thanks for the correction. I don't know how I got those wrong. I definitely know the difference but I guess I was so excited I goofed, haha!
Thank you again!


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Subject: Common Merganser
Date: Mon Jun 7 2021 13:41 pm
From: Joel.Jorgensen AT nebraska.gov
 
Thanks for sharing this sighting.   Connecting the dots, I believe this is the report that is being referred to:  https://ebird.org/checklist/S8...

These are Hooded Mergansers. Still, a nice find and a relatively rare breeder, but this is a site where nesting does occur somewhat on the regular. As the Birds of Nebraska - Online species account notes:

Summer: Hooded Mergansers in Nebraska are at the west edge of the breeding range of the eastern population as described by Baldassarre (2014). Nebraska records of breeding are few and possibly overlooked, as this species nests in wooded stream and river valleys difficult of access by human observers. However in recent years use of nest boxes placed for Wood Ducks has led to increasing detection of nesting birds.
There were only three confirmed records of nesting prior to 1988 (Ducey 1988). The only regular nesting known has occurred for several years prior to 2019 at DeSoto NWR, Washington Co in Wood Duck nest boxes on the refuge; there have been 1-2 attempts each year (Fred Oslund, pers.comm., Mark Vrtiska, pers. comm.).
More information can be found here: https://birds.outdoornebraska....

-Joel

Joel Jorgensen | Nongame Bird Program Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd 68503 | 402.471.5440
joel.jorgensen@nebraska.gov

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Subject: [NEBirds] Common Merganser

Hello,
I hope this topic is ok to post. It's not in Nebraska but so close, depending on where you're at in the refuge. While at Desoto NWR this evening, I saw a Common Merganser with 4 chicks in a pond near the North entrance. They don't normally breed this far south if I am correct. Then again, I'm not always a consistent birder so don't always keep up to date with the birds, especially waterfowl.With it being so close to the Nebraska side,I just wanted to share.
Thank you



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Subject: Kenesaw BBS run yesterday
Date: Fri Jun 4 2021 20:30 pm
From: ruthstearns=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
 Mike and I ran the Kenesaw BBS route yesterday morning, in excellent conditions. (Adams and Clay counties)   Overall I had fewer species than 2019 (-4) and a higher individual count ((+56).  
Higher numbers were Upland Sandpiper +8 and Bell's Vireo +4.  I hadn't had any BEVI's since 2015.  Enjoyed having three Uppies fly in right in front of us and land and whistle at one stop, and one fly over low at another...counted 16 UPSA's seen or heard.  
Other birds with  higher numbers were Dickcissel, Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow, European Starling, Horned Lark, Killdeer, Morning Dove, Rock Pigeon and Canada Geese.  
Significant drops in numbers seen in Northern Bobwhite -7, Ring-necked Pheasant -10, Eurasian Collard-Doves -9, Barn Swallow -6, Brown Thrasher -9, American Goldfinch -5, Song Sparrow -7.  
Oddity were the Turkey Vultures where I had two singles, plus a flock of 11.  I'd only seen 2 TV's one year prior (since 2014).  
Also birded Saline, Fillmore, and Clay counties out and back and added a few county birds to my lists.  American White Pelican was new for Clay, (Smith Lagoon WPA) a Swainson's Hawk and Bell's Vireo new for Fillmore up road 7 from Grafton by the West Fork of the Big Blue River.    New for Saline, were Red-headed Woodpecker, Western Kingbird, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, House Finch, Bobolink, Brown-headed Cowbird, Indigo Bunting, Warbling Vireo, Chipping Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, and Yellow Warbler, all at or very close to Tuxedo Park in Crete.  
Ruthie StearnsLincoln NE


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Subject: Kenesaw BBS run yesterday
Date: Fri Jun 4 2021 20:30 pm
From: ruthstearns=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
 Mike and I ran the Kenesaw BBS route yesterday morning, in excellent conditions. (Adams and Clay counties)   Overall I had fewer species than 2019 (-4) and a higher individual count ((+56).  
Higher numbers were Upland Sandpiper +8 and Bell's Vireo +4.  I hadn't had any BEVI's since 2015.  Enjoyed having three Uppies fly in right in front of us and land and whistle at one stop, and one fly over low at another...counted 16 UPSA's seen or heard.  
Other birds with  higher numbers were Dickcissel, Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow, European Starling, Horned Lark, Killdeer, Morning Dove, Rock Pigeon and Canada Geese.  
Significant drops in numbers seen in Northern Bobwhite -7, Ring-necked Pheasant -10, Eurasian Collard-Doves -9, Barn Swallow -6, Brown Thrasher -9, American Goldfinch -5, Song Sparrow -7.  
Oddity were the Turkey Vultures where I had two singles, plus a flock of 11.  I'd only seen 2 TV's one year prior (since 2014).  
Also birded Saline, Fillmore, and Clay counties out and back and added a few county birds to my lists.  American White Pelican was new for Clay, (Smith Lagoon WPA) a Swainson's Hawk and Bell's Vireo new for Fillmore up road 7 from Grafton by the West Fork of the Big Blue River.    New for Saline, were Red-headed Woodpecker, Western Kingbird, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, House Finch, Bobolink, Brown-headed Cowbird, Indigo Bunting, Warbling Vireo, Chipping Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, and Yellow Warbler, all at or very close to Tuxedo Park in Crete.  
Ruthie StearnsLincoln NE


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Subject: Kramper Lake Birds
Date: Thu Jun 3 2021 13:10 pm
From: billfhuser AT gmail.com
 
*Monday, May 31*:
Eurasian Wigeon, 1 male (not seen since early that morning)
Veery, 1 (also, probably gone)
Willow Flycatcher, 5-6
Sedge Wren, at least 2
Marsh Wren, at least 2
N. Bobwhite, calling from 2 locations
Am. Avocet, 1 (gone)

*Tuesday, June 1:*
Acadian Flycatcher, 1 (ID by voice); not found on Wed., 6/2
Willow Flycatcher, 5-6
Sedge Wren, at least 2
Marsh Wren, 2
N. Bobwhite, 1

Most of these birds were seen and heard at the Kayak-in campsites on the
extreme south end. However, Bobwhite were heard near the easternmost pond,
and one Willow Flycatcher sings from the settlement basin near the fish
cleaning station.

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


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Subject: Kramper Lake Birds
Date: Thu Jun 3 2021 13:10 pm
From: billfhuser AT gmail.com
 
*Monday, May 31*:
Eurasian Wigeon, 1 male (not seen since early that morning)
Veery, 1 (also, probably gone)
Willow Flycatcher, 5-6
Sedge Wren, at least 2
Marsh Wren, at least 2
N. Bobwhite, calling from 2 locations
Am. Avocet, 1 (gone)

*Tuesday, June 1:*
Acadian Flycatcher, 1 (ID by voice); not found on Wed., 6/2
Willow Flycatcher, 5-6
Sedge Wren, at least 2
Marsh Wren, 2
N. Bobwhite, 1

Most of these birds were seen and heard at the Kayak-in campsites on the
extreme south end. However, Bobwhite were heard near the easternmost pond,
and one Willow Flycatcher sings from the settlement basin near the fish
cleaning station.

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


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Subject: Say's Phoebe Saline County
Date: Tue Jun 1 2021 13:33 pm
From: thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov
 
At the last stop of a pheasant crow count survey route this morning, I was surprised by the first sound that I heard as I stepped out of my vehicle.  I was greeted by the familiar (from my previous location out west) "puh-reer" call of a Say's Phoebe.

There was some appropriate looking "habitat" (old farm buildings) in the direction of the sound, which was located on CR 1400 and north of CR V in Saline County NW of Swanton and E of Western.

The Say's Phoebe continued to call repeatedly while I sat there for three minutes. Will be posted on eBird later.

T. J. Walker
Assistant Division Administrator
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Wildlife Division - Partners Section
2200 N 33rd St., Lincoln, NE 68503
Office - (402) 471-5439
Cell - (308) 530-7659
thomas.walker@nebraska.gov



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Subject: Omaha Airport
Date: Mon May 31 2021 16:05 pm
From: ckavian AT cox.net
 
I took a casual drive on the perimeter road around Eppley Airfield
(Omaha airport) yesterday May 30th. Not sent to e-birds
Didn't count the numbers of each species - the list is in the order in
which I quickly put it together since the Airport Authorities do not
look kindly upon a vehicle stopping and looking out the window with
binoculars.
- Turkey Vultures
- Western Kingbirds
- Eastern Kingbirds
- Grasshopper Sparrow
- Red-tailed Hawks
- Dickcissel
- Red-winged Blackbirds
- Common Grackle
- American Robins
- European Starlings
- Western Meadowlarks (singing)
- Killdeer
- House Sparrows
- Purple Martins

Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE


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Subject: Paul Johnsgard
Date: Mon May 31 2021 3:22 am
From: wlfinkmd=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
I too was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Johnsgard -I took “Introduction to Vertebrate Zoology” from him in 1969 at U of N and have a number of his books-it was a pleasure to meet him several years ago at an NOU meeting-what a great ambassador for birds in general and Nebraska birds in particular! Bill Fink Longmont Co


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Subject: Dr J
Date: Sun May 30 2021 18:18 pm
From: ddueyster AT gmail.com
 
We usually saw our zoology prof from the’60s at Rowe while volunteering.
Ann Duey


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Subject: Paul Johnsgard
Date: Sun May 30 2021 15:27 pm
From: jenham227 AT gmail.com
 
Thank you for letting us know. I met Dr. Johnsgard several times and have collected his books. He is one of the people that started by birding adventure many years ago and my love of the Sandhill Cranes. He will be missed.
On May 29, 2021, at 9:25 PM, MARK OTNES wrote:

?
So sad. I have several of his books. He signed his Breeding Birds of the Great Plains book for me at the Detroit Lakes Birding Festival a good 15 years ago.

Mark Otnes


On Sat, May 29, 2021 at 1:48 PM Theresa Pella via groups.io wrote:
> I received word that Dr. Johnsgard passed away Friday evening with his family around him. He'd been on hospice for a week or so but still able to communicate with many of his long time friends, near and far, as well as family.
>
> I think we're all aware of John's impact on building interest for birds of Nebraska over many decades. One of my fondest memories is seeing him during Wachiska's last Bird EnCOUNTer in 2019 sitting in a young person's chair at Walt Branch Library with youngsters around him drawing birds. His enthusiasm for their efforts was heartwarming!
>
> Rest In Peace John!
> Theresa Pella
> Lincoln, Lancaster County



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Subject: Sandhill Crane
Date: Sun May 30 2021 13:50 pm
From: rcwells AT cox.net
 
Thanks for the heads up Theresa.  While I can’t claim to know Dr. Johnsgard, I know lots of people who did.  All commented on his dedication to the birding world, calm nature and his overall respect for people that he met.  Your not was kind of an out of body feeling.  About a month a half ago I out of the blue received a Facebook friend request, FROM Dr. Johnsgard.

Bob


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Subject: Sandhill Crane
Date: Sun May 30 2021 2:58 am
From: urbanfishbird=aol.com AT groups.io
 
I received a message this evening there's a Sandhill Crane at the Wildlife Management Area between North Platte and Hershey on Wildlife Road that is in poor condition. Just passing this along wondering if there's any rehab facility for cranes.
Rick EadesLincoln


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Subject: Sandhill Crane
Date: Sun May 30 2021 2:58 am
From: urbanfishbird=aol.com AT groups.io
 
I received a message this evening there's a Sandhill Crane at the Wildlife Management Area between North Platte and Hershey on Wildlife Road that is in poor condition. Just passing this along wondering if there's any rehab facility for cranes.
Rick EadesLincoln


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Subject: Paul Johnsgard
Date: Sun May 30 2021 2:25 am
From: markotnes1 AT gmail.com
 
So sad.  I have several of his books.  He signed his Breeding Birds of the
Great Plains book for me at the Detroit Lakes Birding Festival a good 15
years ago.

Mark Otnes


On Sat, May 29, 2021 at 1:48 PM Theresa Pella via groups.io wrote:

> I received word that Dr. Johnsgard passed away Friday evening with his
> family around him. He'd been on hospice for a week or so but still able to
> communicate with many of his long time friends, near and far, as well as
> family.
>
> I think we're all aware of John's impact on building interest for birds of
> Nebraska over many decades. One of my fondest memories is seeing him
> during Wachiska's last Bird EnCOUNTer in 2019 sitting in a young person's
> chair at Walt Branch Library with youngsters around him drawing birds. His
> enthusiasm for their efforts was heartwarming!
>
> Rest In Peace John!
> Theresa Pella
> Lincoln, Lancaster County
>
>
>


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Subject: Paul Johnsgard
Date: Sat May 29 2021 22:26 pm
From: mmscornhusker AT gmail.com
 
Sad to hear this news.   I took Field Ornithology from him in 1989 - what a
thrill that class was! Last saw him three years ago, signing books at
Crane Meadows.

What a tremendous influence on this state!

Matt Shurtliff

On Sat, May 29, 2021 at 5:13 PM Carolyn J. Hall
wrote:

> Thank you, Theresa,
> I remember Paul from his books and from presentations at Wachiska and the
> Crane Festivals. Carolyn Hall
>
> ------------------------------
> *From: *"Theresa Pella via groups.io"
> *To: *"NEBirds"
> *Sent: *Saturday, May 29, 2021 2:48:40 PM
> *Subject: *[ADV] [NEBirds] Paul Johnsgard
>
> I received word that Dr. Johnsgard passed away Friday evening with his
> family around him. He'd been on hospice for a week or so but still able to
> communicate with many of his long time friends, near and far, as well as
> family.
>
> I think we're all aware of John's impact on building interest for birds of
> Nebraska over many decades. One of my fondest memories is seeing him
> during Wachiska's last Bird EnCOUNTer in 2019 sitting in a young person's
> chair at Walt Branch Library with youngsters around him drawing birds. His
> enthusiasm for their efforts was heartwarming!
>
> Rest In Peace John!
> Theresa Pella
> Lincoln, Lancaster County
>
>
> --
Matt Shurtliff
mmscornhusker@gmail.com


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Subject: Paul Johnsgard
Date: Sat May 29 2021 22:13 pm
From: c.j.hall AT abbnebraska.com
 
Thank you, Theresa,
I remember Paul from his books and from presentations at Wachiska and the Crane Festivals. Carolyn Hall


From: "Theresa Pella via groups.io"
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Subject: [ADV] [NEBirds] Paul Johnsgard

I received word that Dr. Johnsgard passed away Friday evening with his family around him. He'd been on hospice for a week or so but still able to communicate with many of his long time friends, near and far, as well as family.

I think we're all aware of John's impact on building interest for birds of Nebraska over many decades. One of my fondest memories is seeing him during Wachiska's last Bird EnCOUNTer in 2019 sitting in a young person's chair at Walt Branch Library with youngsters around him drawing birds. His enthusiasm for their efforts was heartwarming!

Rest In Peace John!
Theresa Pella
Lincoln, Lancaster County




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Subject: Paul Johnsgard
Date: Sat May 29 2021 19:48 pm
From: pella_t=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
I received word that Dr. Johnsgard passed away Friday evening with his family around him.  He'd been on hospice for a week or so but still able to communicate with many of his long time friends, near and far, as well as family.

I think we're all aware of John's impact on building interest for birds of Nebraska over many decades.  One of my fondest memories is seeing him during Wachiska's last Bird EnCOUNTer in 2019 sitting in a young person's chair at Walt Branch Library with youngsters around him drawing birds.  His enthusiasm for their efforts was heartwarming!

Rest In Peace John!
Theresa Pella
Lincoln, Lancaster County


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Subject: Walnut Creek, Sarpy County
Date: Sat May 29 2021 3:32 am
From: lpdlfrd AT cox.net
 
This morning at Walnut Creek Recreation Area we found:

Great Egret - 1

Least Tern - 3

Black Tern - 1

Field Sparrow - 1

Eastern Meadowlark - 1


Loren and Babs Padelford
Bellevue, NE
lpdlfrd@cox.net



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Subject: another reason to dislike house sparrows
Date: Thu May 27 2021 16:39 pm
From: flyingcarlini=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
What a bummer that the dryer was replaced for nothing!  But maybe it's not the House Sparrows that should be decried since it's not their fault that they're here in the first place!
As an aside, has anyone else noticed that HOSPs are the only bird that actually says "chirp"?
-Shari Schwartz, Lincoln On Thursday, May 27, 2021, 8:58:35 AM CDT, lynnette wrote:

Right now, I really dislike them. My dryer has not been getting my clothes dry for over 6 weeks. Apartment manager replaced vent tune from dryer to ceiling, replaced dryer, tried telling me I wasn't using it properly, checked my washing machine... FINALLY found a sparrow nest in the outside vent!

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Subject: Re: [NEBirds] another reason to dislike house sparrows Thanks!  Just robins....?  interesting.  Probably more species if we watch.  
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Hi Gordon,

 

This from Cornell’s Birds of the WorldHouse Sparrow - Passer domesticus - Birds of the World (might need subscription to access):

 

Food Capture And Consumption

Forage on ground, sometimes perch on stems to reach seed heads; occasionally catch insects by flycatching and hover pouncing. At night, sparrows may take insects attracted to lights (Summers-Smith 1963). Follow lawn mowers catching moths and work rough bark of mature elm trees for insects (R. Johnston pers. comm.).Steal food from American Robins (Turdus migratorius; Barrows 1889); pierce flowers to get at nectar (Stidolph 1974).

 

Ross

 

 

Ross Silcock

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Nebraska Bird Review

Co-Author Birds of Nebraska- Online

https://birds.outdoornebraska....

 

 

 

From: NEBirds@groups.io On Behalf Of Gordon Warrick via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 7:50 PM
To: NEBirds
Subject: [NEBirds] another reason to dislike house sparrows

 

They can be kleptoparasites!  I never observed this behavior before.  This morning in a Valentine business's yard I observed a house sparrow following a foraging robin as I drove by.  The same thing several hours later, but two house sparrows now.  A few minutes later, as I headed home from work, I stopped and watched.  I saw a female house sparrow rush in and steal a small insect from the robin as quickly as the robin caught it.  The sparrow immediately flew off with its stolen goods.  After a period of no sparrow near the robin, another sparrow returned (see photo).  It followed the robin around at a distance of a few feet (see photo).  However, when the robin caught a large caterpillar the robin moved quickly away from the sparrow, and maintained its distance.  The sparrow never attempted to steal that large food item. Has anyone seen or read of that behavior from house sparrows before?   

 

 





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Subject: another reason to dislike house sparrows
Date: Thu May 27 2021 13:58 pm
From: lynnettegibson AT hotmail.com
 
Right now, I really dislike them. My dryer has not been getting my clothes dry for over 6 weeks. Apartment manager replaced vent tune from dryer to ceiling, replaced dryer, tried telling me I wasn't using it properly, checked my washing machine... FINALLY found a sparrow nest in the outside vent!

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Thanks! Just robins....? interesting. Probably more species if we watch.

On Thursday, May 27, 2021, 08:00:50 AM CDT, Ross Silcock wrote:



Hi Gordon,



This from Cornells Birds of the World House Sparrow - Passer domesticus - Birds of the World (might need subscription to access):



Food Capture And Consumption

Forage on ground, sometimes perch on stems to reach seed heads; occasionally catch insects by flycatching and hover pouncing. At night, sparrows may take insects attracted to lights (Summers-Smith 1963). Follow lawn mowers catching moths and work rough bark of mature elm trees for insects (R. Johnston pers. comm.). Steal food from American Robins (Turdus migratorius; Barrows 1889); pierce flowers to get at nectar (Stidolph 1974).



Ross





Ross Silcock

Seasonal Reports Compiler

Nebraska Bird Review

Co-Author Birds of Nebraska- Online

https://birds.outdoornebraska....







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Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 7:50 PM
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They can be kleptoparasites! I never observed this behavior before. This morning in a Valentine business's yard I observed a house sparrow following a foraging robin as I drove by. The same thing several hours later, but two house sparrows now. A few minutes later, as I headed home from work, I stopped and watched. I saw a female house sparrow rush in and steal a small insect from the robin as quickly as the robin caught it. The sparrow immediately flew off with its stolen goods. After a period of no sparrow near the robin, another sparrow returned (see photo). It followed the robin around at a distance of a few feet (see photo). However, when the robin caught a large caterpillar the robin moved quickly away from the sparrow, and maintained its distance. The sparrow never attempted to steal that large food item. Has anyone seen or read of that behavior from house sparrows before? [Inline image]








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Subject: another reason to dislike house sparrows
Date: Thu May 27 2021 13:11 pm
From: prubinus=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Thanks!  Just robins....?  interesting.  Probably more species if we watch.  
On Thursday, May 27, 2021, 08:00:50 AM CDT, Ross Silcock wrote:


Hi Gordon,

 

This from Cornell’s Birds of the WorldHouse Sparrow - Passer domesticus - Birds of the World (might need subscription to access):

 

Food Capture And Consumption

Forage on ground, sometimes perch on stems to reach seed heads; occasionally catch insects by flycatching and hover pouncing. At night, sparrows may take insects attracted to lights (Summers-Smith 1963). Follow lawn mowers catching moths and work rough bark of mature elm trees for insects (R. Johnston pers. comm.).Steal food from American Robins (Turdus migratorius; Barrows 1889); pierce flowers to get at nectar (Stidolph 1974).

 

Ross

 

 

Ross Silcock

Seasonal Reports Compiler

Nebraska Bird Review

Co-Author Birds of Nebraska- Online

https://birds.outdoornebraska....

 

 

 

From: NEBirds@groups.io On Behalf OfGordon Warrick via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 7:50 PM
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Subject: [NEBirds] another reason to dislike house sparrows

 

They can be kleptoparasites!  I never observed this behavior before.  This morning in a Valentine business's yard I observed a house sparrow following a foraging robin as I drove by.  The same thing several hours later, but two house sparrows now.  A few minutes later, as I headed home from work, I stopped and watched.  I saw a female house sparrow rush in and steal a small insect from the robin as quickly as the robin caught it.  The sparrow immediately flew off with its stolen goods.  After a period of no sparrow near the robin, another sparrow returned (see photo).  It followed the robin around at a distance of a few feet (see photo).  However, when the robin caught a large caterpillar the robin moved quickly away from the sparrow, and maintained its distance.  The sparrow never attempted to steal that large food item. Has anyone seen or read of that behavior from house sparrows before?   

 

 





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Subject: another reason to dislike house sparrows
Date: Thu May 27 2021 13:00 pm
From: silcock AT rosssilcock.com
 
Hi Gordon,

This from Cornell’s Birds of the World House Sparrow - Passer domesticus - Birds of the World (might need subscription to access):

Food Capture And Consumption
Forage on ground, sometimes perch on stems to reach seed heads; occasionally catch insects by flycatching and hover pouncing. At night, sparrows may take insects attracted to lights (Summers-Smith 1963). Follow lawn mowers catching moths and work rough bark of mature elm trees for insects (R. Johnston pers. comm.). Steal food from American Robins (Turdus migratorius; Barrows 1889); pierce flowers to get at nectar (Stidolph 1974).

Ross


Ross Silcock
Seasonal Reports Compiler
Nebraska Bird Review
Co-Author Birds of Nebraska- Online
https://birds.outdoornebraska....



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Subject: [NEBirds] another reason to dislike house sparrows

They can be kleptoparasites! I never observed this behavior before. This morning in a Valentine business's yard I observed a house sparrow following a foraging robin as I drove by. The same thing several hours later, but two house sparrows now. A few minutes later, as I headed home from work, I stopped and watched. I saw a female house sparrow rush in and steal a small insect from the robin as quickly as the robin caught it. The sparrow immediately flew off with its stolen goods. After a period of no sparrow near the robin, another sparrow returned (see photo). It followed the robin around at a distance of a few feet (see photo). However, when the robin caught a large caterpillar the robin moved quickly away from the sparrow, and maintained its distance. The sparrow never attempted to steal that large food item. Has anyone seen or read of that behavior from house sparrows before? [Inline image]





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Subject: another reason to dislike house sparrows
Date: Wed May 26 2021 0:54 am
From: prubinus=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
They can be kleptoparasites!  I never observed this behavior before.  This morning in a Valentine business's yard I observed a house sparrow following a foraging robin as I drove by.  The same thing several hours later, but two house sparrows now.  A few minutes later, as I headed home from work, I stopped and watched.  I saw a female house sparrow rush in and steal a small insect from the robin as quickly as the robin caught it.  The sparrow immediately flew off with its stolen goods.  After a period of no sparrow near the robin, another sparrow returned (see photo).  It followed the robin around at a distance of a few feet (see photo).  However, when the robin caught a large caterpillar the robin moved quickly away from the sparrow, and maintained its distance.  The sparrow never attempted to steal that large food item. Has anyone seen or read of that behavior from house sparrows before?   



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Subject: another reason to dislike house sparrows
Date: Wed May 26 2021 0:54 am
From: prubinus=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
They can be kleptoparasites!  I never observed this behavior before.  This morning in a Valentine business's yard I observed a house sparrow following a foraging robin as I drove by.  The same thing several hours later, but two house sparrows now.  A few minutes later, as I headed home from work, I stopped and watched.  I saw a female house sparrow rush in and steal a small insect from the robin as quickly as the robin caught it.  The sparrow immediately flew off with its stolen goods.  After a period of no sparrow near the robin, another sparrow returned (see photo).  It followed the robin around at a distance of a few feet (see photo).  However, when the robin caught a large caterpillar the robin moved quickly away from the sparrow, and maintained its distance.  The sparrow never attempted to steal that large food item. Has anyone seen or read of that behavior from house sparrows before?   



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Subject: Common Gallinule at Wilderness Park
Date: Tue May 25 2021 21:53 pm
From: sguild AT inebraska.com
 
hi esa, thanks for all the fun bird outings this year.  looking forward
to fall.
sue guile

On 2021-05-25 12:27, Esa Jarvi wrote:
> I got the gallinule, that I have tried to document for years. I
> thought I had this bird taken care of as Moorhen in Europe, but then
> they split it. I saw it ..our gallinule...once in Missouri but that
> was pre eBird and I failed to document date and exact place.
>
> I would not have found the Least Bittern without a scope (only had
> camera and no tripod) but luckily got there when Michael W already had
> it in his scope.
>
> Both are still worth a try at sunset and tomorrow early. Watch for
> busy traffic on 14th St early mornings. The spot is in the original
> eBird post. The sign says to stay behind the gate.
>
> Esa Jarvi, Lincoln.
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Subject: Common Gallinule at Wilderness Park
Date: Tue May 25 2021 17:27 pm
From: esajarvibirding AT gmail.com
 
I got the gallinule, that I have tried to document for years. I thought I had this bird taken care of as Moorhen in Europe, but then they split it. I saw it ..our gallinule...once in Missouri but that was pre eBird and I failed to document date and exact place.

I would not have found the Least Bittern without a scope (only had camera and no tripod) but luckily got there when Michael W already had it in his scope.

Both are still worth a try at sunset and tomorrow early. Watch for busy traffic on 14th St early mornings. The spot is in the original eBird post. The sign says to stay behind the gate.

Esa Jarvi, Lincoln.


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Subject: Common Gallinule at Wilderness Park
Date: Tue May 25 2021 11:28 am
From: esajarvibirding AT gmail.com
 
oops, "many people use", not May


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Subject: Common Gallinule at Wilderness Park
Date: Tue May 25 2021 11:27 am
From: esajarvibirding AT gmail.com
 
Thanks, I've only seen one twice and I have no date for either, may go look for it. By the way, the Hotspot nearby is also "pond" in eBird. That pond is a little oxbow off the bike trail a short distance East. It is before the bridge. I tried to get Bill Flack to change it to "pond and bike trail" but nothing happened. I use "pond" to designate most of the half mile to the East of 14th. May people use "west" to note birds both East and West of 14th street. I don't see that we need the two spots, it could all be Wilderness Park 14th Street.

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Subject: Rose-breasted x Black-headed Grosbeak in Phelps County
Date: Tue May 25 2021 5:17 am
From: sparvophile=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Pleased to report the sighting of a male Rose-breasted x Black-headed Grosbeak this evening (May 24) in Sacramento-Wilcox WMA in Phelps County.

I found the bird in the woods near the small bridge on the WMA road not far east of the junction of county roads 728 and T.  It was countersinging with a male Rose-breasted.  I couldn't hear any obvious differences in the songs; but I don't know how to distinguish Rose-breasted from Black-headed by song, so wouldn't know what to listen for in a hybrid.

Both birds were high in trees, so I was mostly seeing them from below against a white sky.  This made it difficult to make out colors.  On the hybrid, the underparts were mostly whitish.  The upper breast was orange or orange-pink, something like the underparts color of a Black-headed or of a robin; a pure pink streak, clearly different from the color of the upper breast, extended down the center of the whitish belly.  When I looked at the male Rose-breasted, the color of the belly streak was clearly the same as that of the upper breast.  I tried to make out the bill color of the hybrid, but it was hard against that white sky; it appeared, though, that upper and lower mandibles were the same whitish color.

The eBird report that includes the sighting: https://ebird.org/checklist/S8...

William Flack
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Subject: Common Gallinule at Wilderness Park
Date: Mon May 24 2021 21:59 pm
From: linda.sullivan831 AT gmail.com
 
My son, John, and his wife , Laura, and I stopped at the pond on 14th St
after birding west and south of it. Laura spotted a Common Gallinule. We
all got a brief look, but no photo before it went back into the cattails.
We watched for about an hour and also saw a Least Bittern but not the
Gallinule again.

Both birds were just at the edge of water & cattails on the east side of
pond between or just right of goose nest stands.

We're going back this evening for another try.


Linda Sullivan


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Subject: odd song at Kinter's Ford WMA
Date: Mon May 24 2021 18:44 pm
From: ckavian AT cox.net
 
I think some of the KEWA are doing drugs!  Thanks Shari and John for all
of the research you do (going beyond just naming the species).
Clem Klaphake
Bellevue, NE


On 5/23/2021 4:33 PM, flyingcarlini via groups.io wrote:
> Thanks to everyone who replied regarding the oddball singer! All 4
> opinions were for Kentucky Warbler so we've now changed the "warbler
> species" audio files to KEWA on our eBird checklist. One reviewer
> called it a KEWA being goosed while it's singing - the perfect
> description!
>
> There's an epilogue to this story. One week earlier on May 7 at
> Waubonsie State Park ~60 away, we recorded ANOTHER 2 pitched KEWA song
> but it was distant and we didn't know what to make of it so didn't
> report it. Until now that is. We've never before come across a KEWA
> song with varying pitches and now within 8 days we come across 2 KEWAs
> singing "2 series" songs at completely different locations, and Justin
> had one in 2019, so now that begs the question: Is there some fad in
> our neighborhood in which KEWAs are learning 2 series songs? Or are
> these isolated individuals who all just coincidentally happen to be
> singing the KEWA version of "I Gotta Be Me?
>
> -Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln
> On Saturday, May 22, 2021, 3:25:30 PM CDT, Justin Rink via groups.io
> wrote:
>
>
> The tonality and deep vocalization suggests that this is indeed a
> wavy variable variation of a KEWA song. The first few notes are
> classic KEWA. However it then goes into an odd iteration of ascents
> and descents. I believe I have heard on the of the Fontenelle KEWAs
> sing a song similar to this in 2019.
>
> Justin Rink
> Midtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
> spindalis79@yahoo.com
>
> On Saturday, May 22, 2021, 02:24:59 PM CDT, flyingcarlini via
> groups.io wrote:
>
>
> Hello birders,
>
> On May 15 we visited Kinter's Ford WMA southeast of Table Rock for the
> first time, and were impressed with the great breeding birds we
> encountered in a short amount of time and relatively small area
> (Pileated Woodpecker, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler).
>
> We recorded a typical KEWA singing and also recorded another singer
> with a strange song that sounded kind of like a cross between a KEWA
> and a Mourning Warbler but never could chase the singer down for a
> visual because he was on the wrong side of a steep drop off. In his
> Peterson's guide, Pieplow mentions a "rare" version of KEWA song
> comprised of 2 different pitches so that may be what this is. Was
> curious if you have ever heard a KEWA with a song consisting of
> something other than a series of notes that are all one single uniform
> pitch? That strange song can currently be heard under "warbler
> species" on below checklist link:
>
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S8...
>
> Thanks in advance for any feedback you may have,
> -Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln
>



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Subject: odd song at Kinter's Ford WMA
Date: Sun May 23 2021 21:33 pm
From: flyingcarlini=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Thanks to everyone who replied regarding the oddball singer!  All 4 opinions were for Kentucky Warbler so we've now changed the "warbler species" audio files to KEWA on our eBird checklist.  One reviewer called it a KEWA being goosed while it's singing - the perfect description! 
There's an epilogue to this story.  One week earlier on May 7 at Waubonsie State Park ~60 away, we recorded ANOTHER 2 pitched KEWA song but it was distant and we didn't know what to make of it so didn't report it.  Until now that is.  We've never before come across a KEWA song with varying pitches and now within 8 days we come across 2 KEWAs singing "2 series" songs at completely different locations, and Justin had one in 2019, so now that begs the question:  Is there some fad in our neighborhood in which KEWAs are learning 2 series songs?  Or are these isolated individuals who all just coincidentally happen to be singing the KEWA version of "I Gotta Be Me? 
-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln On Saturday, May 22, 2021, 3:25:30 PM CDT, Justin Rink via groups.io wrote:

  The tonality and deep vocalization suggests that this is indeed a wavy variable variation of a KEWA song.  The first few notes are classic KEWA.  However it then goes into an odd iteration of ascents and descents.  I believe I have heard on the of the Fontenelle KEWAs sing a song similar to this in 2019.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79@yahoo.com
On Saturday, May 22, 2021, 02:24:59 PM CDT, flyingcarlini via groups.io wrote:

Hello birders,


On May 15 we visited Kinter's Ford WMA southeast of Table Rock for the first time, and were impressed with the great breeding birds we encountered in a short amount of time and relatively small area (Pileated Woodpecker, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler).

We recorded a typical KEWA singing and also recorded another singer with a strange song that sounded kind of like a cross between a KEWA and a Mourning Warbler but never could chase the singer down for a visual because he was on the wrong side of a steep drop off.  In his Peterson's guide, Pieplow mentions a "rare" version of KEWA song comprised of 2 different pitches so that may be what this is.  Was curious if you have ever heard a KEWA with a song consisting of something other than a series of notes that are all one single uniform pitch? That strange song can currently be heard under "warbler species" on below checklist link:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S8...

Thanks in advance for any feedback you may have,
-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln


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Subject: FOY's
Date: Sun May 23 2021 3:29 am
From: pastorpaultdunbar=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
I tried playing some nightjar calls predawn (there are historical records of C. Poorwill, for instance, just south of Adams Co at Bladen, NE, which is Webster Co), and while I struck out on my hoped-for species, I did get my first of the year C. NIghthawk calling down near Holstein, NE. Then I went fishing at Harlan Co. Reservoir -- no bites but I did have a calling Alder Flycatcher at the south end of the dam. On my way back, I drove around the SW part of Adams Co. hoping for something like Lazuli Bunting or BH Grosbeak or Lark Bunting; no luck on any of those but I did have a N. Mockingbird at the intersection of Blue Valley and Wanda Ave. It sat on a couple perches (short cedars in a pasture) and then flew across the road south into Webster Co. I thought "woo-hoo! Two new county birds!" but when I got home and checked, I discovered I've already got that bird for both counties! Shoot. Still, good find. The last time I had N. Mockingbird in Adams Co was April, 2003!
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Subject: FOY's
Date: Sun May 23 2021 3:29 am
From: pastorpaultdunbar=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
I tried playing some nightjar calls predawn (there are historical records of C. Poorwill, for instance, just south of Adams Co at Bladen, NE, which is Webster Co), and while I struck out on my hoped-for species, I did get my first of the year C. NIghthawk calling down near Holstein, NE. Then I went fishing at Harlan Co. Reservoir -- no bites but I did have a calling Alder Flycatcher at the south end of the dam. On my way back, I drove around the SW part of Adams Co. hoping for something like Lazuli Bunting or BH Grosbeak or Lark Bunting; no luck on any of those but I did have a N. Mockingbird at the intersection of Blue Valley and Wanda Ave. It sat on a couple perches (short cedars in a pasture) and then flew across the road south into Webster Co. I thought "woo-hoo! Two new county birds!" but when I got home and checked, I discovered I've already got that bird for both counties! Shoot. Still, good find. The last time I had N. Mockingbird in Adams Co was April, 2003!
Paul DunbarHastings


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Subject: odd song at Kinter's Ford WMA
Date: Sat May 22 2021 20:25 pm
From: spindalis79=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
  The tonality and deep vocalization suggests that this is indeed a wavy variable variation of a KEWA song.  The first few notes are classic KEWA.  However it then goes into an odd iteration of ascents and descents.  I believe I have heard on the of the Fontenelle KEWAs sing a song similar to this in 2019.
Justin RinkMidtown Omaha, Douglas Co., NEspindalis79@yahoo.com
On Saturday, May 22, 2021, 02:24:59 PM CDT, flyingcarlini via groups.io wrote:

Hello birders,


On May 15 we visited Kinter's Ford WMA southeast of Table Rock for the first time, and were impressed with the great breeding birds we encountered in a short amount of time and relatively small area (Pileated Woodpecker, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler).

We recorded a typical KEWA singing and also recorded another singer with a strange song that sounded kind of like a cross between a KEWA and a Mourning Warbler but never could chase the singer down for a visual because he was on the wrong side of a steep drop off.  In his Peterson's guide, Pieplow mentions a "rare" version of KEWA song comprised of 2 different pitches so that may be what this is.  Was curious if you have ever heard a KEWA with a song consisting of something other than a series of notes that are all one single uniform pitch? That strange song can currently be heard under "warbler species" on below checklist link:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S8...

Thanks in advance for any feedback you may have,
-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln


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Subject: odd song at Kinter's Ford WMA
Date: Sat May 22 2021 19:24 pm
From: flyingcarlini=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Hello birders,

On May 15 we visited Kinter's Ford WMA southeast of Table Rock for the first time, and were impressed with the great breeding birds we encountered in a short amount of time and relatively small area (Pileated Woodpecker, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Kentucky Warbler).

We recorded a typical KEWA singing and also recorded another singer with a strange song that sounded kind of like a cross between a KEWA and a Mourning Warbler but never could chase the singer down for a visual because he was on the wrong side of a steep drop off.  In his Peterson's guide, Pieplow mentions a "rare" version of KEWA song comprised of 2 different pitches so that may be what this is.  Was curious if you have ever heard a KEWA with a song consisting of something other than a series of notes that are all one single uniform pitch? That strange song can currently be heard under "warbler species" on below checklist link:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S8...

Thanks in advance for any feedback you may have,
-Shari Schwartz & John Carlini, Lincoln


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Subject: Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021 Results
Date: Sat May 22 2021 18:29 pm
From: nratzlaff AT cox.net
 
Thanks TJ.  Really appreciate your efforts and the info.



From: NEBirds@groups.io On Behalf Of Walker, thomas
Sent: Friday, May 21, 2021 8:25 PM
To: NEBirds@groups.io
Subject: [NEBirds] Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021 Results



Thanks to everyone that participated in the Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021.



You all did so well on day 1 (Saturday) this year that I thought we were
absolutely going to crush the 250 species reported last year. New additions
were hard to come by on day 2 (Sunday) but we did manage to top last year's
species list with a total of 252 species! Not a bad two days of effort!
Across the two years - we have reported 271 species in Spring Big Weekends,
with 19 species reported in 2020 but not 2021 and 21 species reported in
2021 but not 2020.



There was at least one report for 63 of the 93 counties (60 last year) -
with better western coverage this year (25 counties versus 16) and slightly
lower eastern coverage (38 counties versus 44 counties), but overall numbers
of reports were still heavily focused eastward. Interestingly 17 of 93
counties were not surveyed by anyone either spring with most of those in the
SW and SC portions of the state.



There was a total of 611 eBird reports across the two days (349 Saturday and
262 on Sunday) and maybe 12-15 email reports.



Most eBird Checklists by county included: Lancaster (96), Sarpy (55),
Douglas (54), Lincoln (38), Dixon (24), Scotts Bluff (23), Madison and
Kimball (19), Buffalo (17) and Saunders (15).



Most species reported by county included (county #2021 (#2020)): Lancaster
151 (149), Douglas 132 (106), Sarpy 124 (118), Dixon 117 (88), Lincoln 114
(78), Cedar 110 (38), Adams 107 (9), Stanton 100 (63), Buffalo 98 (45) and
Otoe 95 (77).



The most reported species (number of counties reported in - out of 63) for
2021 included Red-winged Blackbird (53), Mourning Dove (51), American Robin
(50), Common Grackle (47), Barn Swallow (46), Blue Jay and Yellow Warbler
(43), Red-headed Woodpecker and Starling and Brown-headed Cowbird (41), and
Baltimore Oriole (40). 29 species were reported from just one county.



Main species groups (group - #species 2021, #species 2020) - Waterfowl - 22,
21; Shorebirds - 33, 30; Sparrows - 21, 18 and Warblers - 26, 30.



Surprises (in my opinion)

* Broad-billed Hummingbird - obviously the BIGGEST surprise of the
weekend - nice job Caleb!!! A 1st State Record
* Ruby-throated Hummingbird reported in 15/63 counties - pretty good
* Sora - reported in 12 counties
* Least Tern - reported in 4 counties
* American Bittern - reported in 5 counties
* Broad-winged Hawk - reported in 6 counties
* Barred Owl - reported in 10 counties
* Black-billed Magpie - reported in JUST TWO counties (Madison and
Scotts Bluff)
* Northern Mockingbird - reported in just 4 counties
* Eastern Bluebird - reported in just 7 out of 63 counties (compared
to 18/60 in 2020)
* White-winged Crossbill - one reported - a good bird!
* Both McCown's (Thick-billed) and Chestnut-collared Longspurs
reported
* Green-tailed Towhee - one reported - a good bird!
* Yellow-breasted Chat - reported in just 3 counties
* Warblers - Louisiana Waterthrush (4 counties), Golden-winged,
Prothonotary, Connecticut, Kentucky (3 counties)
* Summer Tanager (8 counties)



Surprising Misses - again in my opinion



* Sharp-tailed Grouse
* Bonaparte's Gull
* Common Poorwill
* Western Wood-pewee ("spring" is late in the west this year which was
clear with western insectivores)
* American Pipit
* Western Tanager
* (253 and 254 - two of my team members in Chadron found both Lewis's
Woodpecker and Western Tanager on Monday in Sowbelly Canyon in Sioux County)



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



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



The second worksheet ("Species List" at the bottom) includes the 271 species
that have been reported during the two Spring Big Weekends 2020 and 2021.



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



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



Great job everyone - while it wasn't as good as an NOU meeting, it was great
to "interact" with all of you in some way.



Thanks



T. J. Walker

Milford, NE





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Subject: Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021 Results
Date: Sat May 22 2021 17:28 pm
From: allenreyer=aol.com AT groups.io
 
Thanks for doing all of that, T.J.. Super job!
Al


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Subject: [NEBirds] Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021 Results

Thanks to everyone that participated in the Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021.   You all did so well on day 1 (Saturday) this year that I thought we were absolutely going to crush the 250 species reported last year.  New additions were hard to come by on day 2 (Sunday) but we did manage to top last year’s species list with a total of 252 species!  Not a bad two days of effort!  Across the two years – we have reported 271 species in Spring Big Weekends, with 19 species reported in 2020 but not 2021 and 21 species reported in 2021 but not 2020.   There was at least one report for 63 of the 93 counties (60 last year) – with better western coverage this year (25 counties versus 16) and slightly lower eastern coverage (38 counties versus 44 counties), but overall numbers of reports were still heavily focused eastward.  Interestingly 17 of 93 counties were not surveyed by anyone either spring with most of those in the SW and SC portions of the state.   There was a total of 611 eBird reports across the two days (349 Saturday and 262 on Sunday) and maybe 12-15 email reports.   Most eBird Checklists by county included:  Lancaster (96), Sarpy (55), Douglas (54), Lincoln (38), Dixon (24), Scotts Bluff (23), Madison and Kimball (19), Buffalo (17) and Saunders (15).   Most species reported by county included (county #2021 (#2020)):  Lancaster 151 (149), Douglas 132 (106), Sarpy 124 (118), Dixon 117 (88), Lincoln 114 (78), Cedar 110 (38), Adams 107 (9), Stanton 100 (63), Buffalo 98 (45) and Otoe 95 (77).   The most reported species (number of counties reported in – out of 63) for 2021 included Red-winged Blackbird (53), Mourning Dove (51), American Robin (50), Common Grackle (47), Barn Swallow (46), Blue Jay and Yellow Warbler (43), Red-headed Woodpecker and Starling and Brown-headed Cowbird (41), and Baltimore Oriole (40).  29 species were reported from just one county.   Main species groups (group - #species 2021, #species 2020) – Waterfowl – 22, 21; Shorebirds – 33, 30; Sparrows – 21, 18 and Warblers – 26, 30.   Surprises (in my opinion) ·      Broad-billed Hummingbird – obviously the BIGGEST surprise of the weekend – nice job Caleb!!!  A 1st State Record ·      Ruby-throated Hummingbird reported in 15/63 counties – pretty good ·      Sora – reported in 12 counties ·      Least Tern – reported in 4 counties ·      American Bittern – reported in 5 counties ·      Broad-winged Hawk – reported in 6 counties ·      Barred Owl – reported in 10 counties ·      Black-billed Magpie – reported in JUST TWO counties (Madison and Scotts Bluff) ·      Northern Mockingbird – reported in just 4 counties ·      Eastern Bluebird – reported in just 7 out of 63 counties (compared to 18/60 in 2020) ·      White-winged Crossbill – one reported – a good bird! ·      Both McCown’s (Thick-billed) and Chestnut-collared Longspurs reported ·      Green-tailed Towhee – one reported – a good bird! ·      Yellow-breasted Chat – reported in just 3 counties ·      Warblers – Louisiana Waterthrush (4 counties), Golden-winged, Prothonotary, Connecticut, Kentucky (3 counties) ·      Summer Tanager (8 counties)   Surprising Misses – again in my opinion   ·      Sharp-tailed Grouse ·      Bonaparte’s Gull ·      Common Poorwill ·      Western Wood-pewee (“spring” is late in the west this year which was clear with western insectivores) ·      American Pipit ·      Western Tanager ·      (253 and 254 – two of my team members in Chadron found both Lewis’s Woodpecker and Western Tanager on Monday in Sowbelly Canyon in Sioux County)   I have attached the spreadsheet – which includes two worksheets (tabs at the bottom).   The first worksheet (“Tally” tab at bottom) can be used for “county ticks” for those that participate in the annual county list stuff, or those pursuing “all 93” if you don’t already have a way to record them.  If you enter a “1” in a county it “does the math” by county (how many “ticks” you have in that county – at the top) and by species (how many counties you have seen the species in and what percentage of counties – at the left in columns B and C).  That is actually what I had made that sheet for.   The second worksheet (“Species List” at the bottom) includes the 271 species that have been reported during the two Spring Big Weekends 2020 and 2021.   I thought about keeping track of observers, number of reports, etc. but this was already a lot of work to get to this point.  (On that note thank you – once again – Mark Brogie for doing the annual listing stuff every year!!!)   If you have any additions (species or county ticks) on the first worksheet, feel free to let me know, I will be glad to add them.   Great job everyone – while it wasn’t as good as an NOU meeting, it was great to “interact” with all of you in some way.   Thanks   T. J. Walker Milford, NE


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Subject: Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021 Results
Date: Sat May 22 2021 2:20 am
From: snowbirds2012 AT gmail.com
 
Thanks for all your hard work on this.



Don Maas

Maricopa Co. AZ








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> On May 21, 2021 at 6:25 PM, wrote:
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> Thanks to everyone that participated in the Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021.
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>
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>
>
>
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> You all did so well on day 1 (Saturday) this year that I thought we were absolutely going to crush the 250 species reported last year. New additions were hard to come by on day 2 (Sunday) but we did manage to top last year’s species list with a total of 252 species! Not a bad two days of effort! Across the two years – we have reported 271 species in Spring Big Weekends, with 19 species reported in 2020 but not 2021 and 21 species reported in 2021 but not 2020.
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> There was at least one report for 63 of the 93 counties (60 last year) – with better western coverage this year (25 counties versus 16) and slightly lower eastern coverage (38 counties versus 44 counties), but overall numbers of reports were still heavily focused eastward. Interestingly 17 of 93 counties were not surveyed by anyone either spring with most of those in the SW and SC portions of the state.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> There was a total of 611 eBird reports across the two days (349 Saturday and 262 on Sunday) and maybe 12-15 email reports.
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>
>
>
>
>
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> Most eBird Checklists by county included: Lancaster (96), Sarpy (55), Douglas (54), Lincoln (38), Dixon (24), Scotts Bluff (23), Madison and Kimball (19), Buffalo (17) and Saunders (15).
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> Most species reported by county included (county #2021 (#2020)): Lancaster 151 (149), Douglas 132 (106), Sarpy 124 (118), Dixon 117 (88), Lincoln 114 (78), Cedar 110 (38), Adams 107 (9), Stanton 100 (63), Buffalo 98 (45) and Otoe 95 (77).
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> The most reported species (number of counties reported in – out of 63) for 2021 included Red-winged Blackbird (53), Mourning Dove (51), American Robin (50), Common Grackle (47), Barn Swallow (46), Blue Jay and Yellow Warbler (43), Red-headed Woodpecker and Starling and Brown-headed Cowbird (41), and Baltimore Oriole (40). 29 species were reported from just one county.
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> Main species groups (group - #species 2021, #species 2020) – Waterfowl – 22, 21; Shorebirds – 33, 30; Sparrows – 21, 18 and Warblers – 26, 30.
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>
>
>
>
>
>
> Surprises (in my opinion)
>
>
>
> · Broad-billed Hummingbird – obviously the BIGGEST surprise of the weekend – nice job Caleb!!! A 1st State Record
>
>
>
> · Ruby-throated Hummingbird reported in 15/63 counties – pretty good
>
>
>
> · Sora – reported in 12 counties
>
>
>
> · Least Tern – reported in 4 counties
>
>
>
> · American Bittern – reported in 5 counties
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>
>
> · Broad-winged Hawk – reported in 6 counties
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>
>
> · Barred Owl – reported in 10 counties
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>
>
> · Black-billed Magpie – reported in JUST TWO counties (Madison and Scotts Bluff)
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>
>
> · Northern Mockingbird – reported in just 4 counties
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>
>
> · Eastern Bluebird – reported in just 7 out of 63 counties (compared to 18/60 in 2020)
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>
>
> · White-winged Crossbill – one reported – a good bird!
>
>
>
> · Both McCown’s (Thick-billed) and Chestnut-collared Longspurs reported
>
>
>
> · Green-tailed Towhee – one reported – a good bird!
>
>
>
> · Yellow-breasted Chat – reported in just 3 counties
>
>
>
> · Warblers – Louisiana Waterthrush (4 counties), Golden-winged, Prothonotary, Connecticut, Kentucky (3 counties)
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>
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> · Summer Tanager (8 counties)
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>
>
>
>
>
>
> Surprising Misses – again in my opinion
>
>
>
>
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>
>
> · Sharp-tailed Grouse
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>
>
> · Bonaparte’s Gull
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>
>
> · Common Poorwill
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>
>
> · Western Wood-pewee (“spring” is late in the west this year which was clear with western insectivores)
>
>
>
> · American Pipit
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>
>
> · Western Tanager
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>
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> · (253 and 254 – two of my team members in Chadron found both Lewis’s Woodpecker and Western Tanager on Monday in Sowbelly Canyon in Sioux County)
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> I have attached the spreadsheet – which includes two worksheets (tabs at the bottom).
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>
>
>
>
> The first worksheet (“Tally” tab at bottom) can be used for “county ticks” for those that participate in the annual county list stuff, or those pursuing “all 93” if you don’t already have a way to record them. If you enter a “1” in a county it “does the math” by county (how many “ticks” you have in that county – at the top) and by species (how many counties you have seen the species in and what percentage of counties – at the left in columns B and C). That is actually what I had made that sheet for.
>
>
>
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>
>
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> The second worksheet (“Species List” at the bottom) includes the 271 species that have been reported during the two Spring Big Weekends 2020 and 2021.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> I thought about keeping track of observers, number of reports, etc. but this was already a lot of work to get to this point. (On that note thank you – once again – Mark Brogie for doing the annual listing stuff every year!!!)
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> If you have any additions (species or county ticks) on the first worksheet, feel free to let me know, I will be glad to add them.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Great job everyone – while it wasn’t as good as an NOU meeting, it was great to “interact” with all of you in some way.
>
>
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> Thanks
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> T. J. Walker
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> Milford, NE
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Subject: Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021 Results
Date: Sat May 22 2021 2:20 am
From: snowbirds2012 AT gmail.com
 
Thanks for all your hard work on this.



Don Maas

Maricopa Co. AZ








>
> On May 21, 2021 at 6:25 PM, wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> Thanks to everyone that participated in the Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> You all did so well on day 1 (Saturday) this year that I thought we were absolutely going to crush the 250 species reported last year. New additions were hard to come by on day 2 (Sunday) but we did manage to top last year’s species list with a total of 252 species! Not a bad two days of effort! Across the two years – we have reported 271 species in Spring Big Weekends, with 19 species reported in 2020 but not 2021 and 21 species reported in 2021 but not 2020.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> There was at least one report for 63 of the 93 counties (60 last year) – with better western coverage this year (25 counties versus 16) and slightly lower eastern coverage (38 counties versus 44 counties), but overall numbers of reports were still heavily focused eastward. Interestingly 17 of 93 counties were not surveyed by anyone either spring with most of those in the SW and SC portions of the state.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> There was a total of 611 eBird reports across the two days (349 Saturday and 262 on Sunday) and maybe 12-15 email reports.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Most eBird Checklists by county included: Lancaster (96), Sarpy (55), Douglas (54), Lincoln (38), Dixon (24), Scotts Bluff (23), Madison and Kimball (19), Buffalo (17) and Saunders (15).
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Most species reported by county included (county #2021 (#2020)): Lancaster 151 (149), Douglas 132 (106), Sarpy 124 (118), Dixon 117 (88), Lincoln 114 (78), Cedar 110 (38), Adams 107 (9), Stanton 100 (63), Buffalo 98 (45) and Otoe 95 (77).
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> The most reported species (number of counties reported in – out of 63) for 2021 included Red-winged Blackbird (53), Mourning Dove (51), American Robin (50), Common Grackle (47), Barn Swallow (46), Blue Jay and Yellow Warbler (43), Red-headed Woodpecker and Starling and Brown-headed Cowbird (41), and Baltimore Oriole (40). 29 species were reported from just one county.
>
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>
>
>
>
>
> Main species groups (group - #species 2021, #species 2020) – Waterfowl – 22, 21; Shorebirds – 33, 30; Sparrows – 21, 18 and Warblers – 26, 30.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Surprises (in my opinion)
>
>
>
> · Broad-billed Hummingbird – obviously the BIGGEST surprise of the weekend – nice job Caleb!!! A 1st State Record
>
>
>
> · Ruby-throated Hummingbird reported in 15/63 counties – pretty good
>
>
>
> · Sora – reported in 12 counties
>
>
>
> · Least Tern – reported in 4 counties
>
>
>
> · American Bittern – reported in 5 counties
>
>
>
> · Broad-winged Hawk – reported in 6 counties
>
>
>
> · Barred Owl – reported in 10 counties
>
>
>
> · Black-billed Magpie – reported in JUST TWO counties (Madison and Scotts Bluff)
>
>
>
> · Northern Mockingbird – reported in just 4 counties
>
>
>
> · Eastern Bluebird – reported in just 7 out of 63 counties (compared to 18/60 in 2020)
>
>
>
> · White-winged Crossbill – one reported – a good bird!
>
>
>
> · Both McCown’s (Thick-billed) and Chestnut-collared Longspurs reported
>
>
>
> · Green-tailed Towhee – one reported – a good bird!
>
>
>
> · Yellow-breasted Chat – reported in just 3 counties
>
>
>
> · Warblers – Louisiana Waterthrush (4 counties), Golden-winged, Prothonotary, Connecticut, Kentucky (3 counties)
>
>
>
> · Summer Tanager (8 counties)
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Surprising Misses – again in my opinion
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> · Sharp-tailed Grouse
>
>
>
> · Bonaparte’s Gull
>
>
>
> · Common Poorwill
>
>
>
> · Western Wood-pewee (“spring” is late in the west this year which was clear with western insectivores)
>
>
>
> · American Pipit
>
>
>
> · Western Tanager
>
>
>
> · (253 and 254 – two of my team members in Chadron found both Lewis’s Woodpecker and Western Tanager on Monday in Sowbelly Canyon in Sioux County)
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> I have attached the spreadsheet – which includes two worksheets (tabs at the bottom).
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> The first worksheet (“Tally” tab at bottom) can be used for “county ticks” for those that participate in the annual county list stuff, or those pursuing “all 93” if you don’t already have a way to record them. If you enter a “1” in a county it “does the math” by county (how many “ticks” you have in that county – at the top) and by species (how many counties you have seen the species in and what percentage of counties – at the left in columns B and C). That is actually what I had made that sheet for.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> The second worksheet (“Species List” at the bottom) includes the 271 species that have been reported during the two Spring Big Weekends 2020 and 2021.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> I thought about keeping track of observers, number of reports, etc. but this was already a lot of work to get to this point. (On that note thank you – once again – Mark Brogie for doing the annual listing stuff every year!!!)
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> If you have any additions (species or county ticks) on the first worksheet, feel free to let me know, I will be glad to add them.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Great job everyone – while it wasn’t as good as an NOU meeting, it was great to “interact” with all of you in some way.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Thanks
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> T. J. Walker
>
>
>
> Milford, NE
>
>
>
>
>
>




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Subject: Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021 Results
Date: Sat May 22 2021 1:25 am
From: thomas.walker AT nebraska.gov
 
Thanks to everyone that participated in the Spring NOU Big Weekend 2021.

You all did so well on day 1 (Saturday) this year that I thought we were absolutely going to crush the 250 species reported last year. New additions were hard to come by on day 2 (Sunday) but we did manage to top last year's species list with a total of 252 species! Not a bad two days of effort! Across the two years - we have reported 271 species in Spring Big Weekends, with 19 species reported in 2020 but not 2021 and 21 species reported in 2021 but not 2020.

There was at least one report for 63 of the 93 counties (60 last year) - with better western coverage this year (25 counties versus 16) and slightly lower eastern coverage (38 counties versus 44 counties), but overall numbers of reports were still heavily focused eastward. Interestingly 17 of 93 counties were not surveyed by anyone either spring with most of those in the SW and SC portions of the state.

There was a total of 611 eBird reports across the two days (349 Saturday and 262 on Sunday) and maybe 12-15 email reports.

Most eBird Checklists by county included: Lancaster (96), Sarpy (55), Douglas (54), Lincoln (38), Dixon (24), Scotts Bluff (23), Madison and Kimball (19), Buffalo (17) and Saunders (15).

Most species reported by county included (county #2021 (#2020)): Lancaster 151 (149), Douglas 132 (106), Sarpy 124 (118), Dixon 117 (88), Lincoln 114 (78), Cedar 110 (38), Adams 107 (9), Stanton 100 (63), Buffalo 98 (45) and Otoe 95 (77).

The most reported species (number of counties reported in - out of 63) for 2021 included Red-winged Blackbird (53), Mourning Dove (51), American Robin (50), Common Grackle (47), Barn Swallow (46), Blue Jay and Yellow Warbler (43), Red-headed Woodpecker and Starling and Brown-headed Cowbird (41), and Baltimore Oriole (40). 29 species were reported from just one county.

Main species groups (group - #species 2021, #species 2020) - Waterfowl - 22, 21; Shorebirds - 33, 30; Sparrows - 21, 18 and Warblers - 26, 30.

Surprises (in my opinion)

* Broad-billed Hummingbird - obviously the BIGGEST surprise of the weekend - nice job Caleb!!! A 1st State Record

* Ruby-throated Hummingbird reported in 15/63 counties - pretty good

* Sora - reported in 12 counties

* Least Tern - reported in 4 counties

* American Bittern - reported in 5 counties

* Broad-winged Hawk - reported in 6 counties

* Barred Owl - reported in 10 counties

* Black-billed Magpie - reported in JUST TWO counties (Madison and Scotts Bluff)

* Northern Mockingbird - reported in just 4 counties

* Eastern Bluebird - reported in just 7 out of 63 counties (compared to 18/60 in 2020)

* White-winged Crossbill - one reported - a good bird!

* Both McCown's (Thick-billed) and Chestnut-collared Longspurs reported

* Green-tailed Towhee - one reported - a good bird!

* Yellow-breasted Chat - reported in just 3 counties

* Warblers - Louisiana Waterthrush (4 counties), Golden-winged, Prothonotary, Connecticut, Kentucky (3 counties)

* Summer Tanager (8 counties)

Surprising Misses - again in my opinion


* Sharp-tailed Grouse

* Bonaparte's Gull

* Common Poorwill

* Western Wood-pewee ("spring" is late in the west this year which was clear with western insectivores)

* American Pipit

* Western Tanager

* (253 and 254 - two of my team members in Chadron found both Lewis's Woodpecker and Western Tanager on Monday in Sowbelly Canyon in Sioux County)

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

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

The second worksheet ("Species List" at the bottom) includes the 271 species that have been reported during the two Spring Big Weekends 2020 and 2021.

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

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

Great job everyone - while it wasn't as good as an NOU meeting, it was great to "interact" with all of you in some way.

Thanks

T. J. Walker
Milford, NE


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Subject: Basswood Ridge WMA, Dakota County birds
Date: Fri May 21 2021 4:39 am
From: billfhuser AT gmail.com
 
*Thursday, May 20, 2021*:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 4-5
Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 im.
Blackpoll, 1
Tenn. Warbler, 1
(These, the only 2 migrating warblers found.)

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


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Subject: Basswood Ridge WMA, Dakota County birds
Date: Fri May 21 2021 4:39 am
From: billfhuser AT gmail.com
 
*Thursday, May 20, 2021*:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 4-5
Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 im.
Blackpoll, 1
Tenn. Warbler, 1
(These, the only 2 migrating warblers found.)

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


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Subject: Blaine County
Date: Thu May 20 2021 12:34 pm
From: janbirder AT gmail.com
 
Yesterday while traveling to North Platte we birded some along hey 2.  In Blaine County we took the first gravel road Off the highway  that ended in Dunning.  About halfway down he road we found a Lark Bunting, Bobolink, Grasshopper Sparrow, and the surprise, a LeConte’s Sparrow.  I put the binocs on it, grabbed the camera and it went down before I could snap a pic.  We waited quite some time for it to reappear but didn’t?  West of its usual migratory range I think and in a mostly dry pasture area, but nothing’s really wet out there this year.

No ebird

Jan Johnson





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Subject: Adams Co
Date: Thu May 20 2021 2:27 am
From: nancyfish AT windstream.net
 
Thank You Paul.
I know the earlier the better for birding but probably won't be there by 8am.
Hoping to fit up there soon.
Nancy


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Subject: Adams Co
Date: Wed May 19 2021 18:06 pm
From: pastorpaultdunbar=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Parkview Cemetery is right in the city of Hastings, on the east side, just north of Hastings College. If you typed "1246 N. Elm Ave, Hastings, NE" into Google maps (or whatever you use), it would put you at the main entrance. The gates officially open at 8am (though I often find them open and go in before that, and nobody seems to mind.)
Paul
On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 12:33:21 PM CDT, nancy68978 wrote:

Paul, what is the location of Parkview Cemetery please?   This makes me consider a day trip!  

Nancy Fish
Superior, NE


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Subject: Adams Co
Date: Wed May 19 2021 17:33 pm
From: nancyfish AT windstream.net
 
Paul, what is the location of Parkview Cemetery please?   This makes me consider a day trip!

Nancy Fish
Superior, NE


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Subject: color photos wanted for Nebraska Bird Review
Date: Wed May 19 2021 16:48 pm
From: prubinus=yahoo.com AT groups.io
 
Sorry.  I did not mean to send 4 photos of a female red crossbill to all of you.  
On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 07:42:15 AM CDT, Gordon Warrick via groups.io wrote:



On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 08:56:57 PM CDT, Don & Janis Paseka wrote:

NEBirders:
Regarding the question about when photos submitted for the Nebraska Bird Review color issue must have been taken, there is no date which is too early. The end date is July 31, 2021, the deadline for sending them in.

The color of a bird for the "Red Challenge" relates only to the bird's common name. So it doesn't matter if a towhee exhibits red or rust. It only qualifies for the Red Challenge if it has the word RED in its name. 

Any other questions?
Janis PasekaNBR editor

On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 12:58 PM Jan Johnson wrote:

What about birds exhibiting rust instead of red?  Like towhees?

Janhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/b...



On May 12, 2021, at 8:33 AM, Don & Janis Paseka wrote:



?
NEBirders,

 

It's time for the 14th annual color issue of the Nebraska Bird Review, thequarterly journal of the Nebraska Ornithologists' Union.  We arerequesting good quality bird photos for publication in an upcoming issue.

This is not a photo contest, but there are rules:
 
1. Images must be of wild, free-flying birds and must have been taken inNebraska, but you may submit photos taken in prior years.


2. Images must be of good quality: sharp focus and high enough resolution
to look good when printed.  Pleasedo not send low-resolution, “thumbnail” size images.

 

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

 

Ourspecial challenge this year is for photos of species with the word “red” intheir common names. Redhead, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Common Redpoll are allacceptable, as are many other species found in Nebraska. 

 

Thename must contain “red”, used to mean the color red. So Reddish Egret is acceptable,but Eared Grebe is not.  Conversely, abird doesn’t need to LOOK red to qualify. A juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker hasno red on it, but is fine and dandy for the Red Challenge.

 

Andthen there are birds like the male Northern Cardinal and Scarlet Tanager, whichare undeniably red, but don’t have “red” in their names. We’d be happy to have yourcardinal and tanager images, but they won’t work for the Red Challenge.

 
4. A maximum of 5 images per photographer may be submitted.  Pleasedo 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@gmail.com
 
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 submitting
for publication.
 
Contributors will be credited in the photo captions.
 
DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2021.
 
Thanks, and have fun!
 
Janis Paseka
Ames  NE
Editor, The Nebraska Bird Review

 

 









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  • 93 Clinton Street Suite ABA
  • Delaware City, DE 19706
  • Toll Free: (800) 850-2473
  • Phone: (302) 838-3660
  • Fax: (302) 838-3651

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