Sunday, November 19, 2017

Target Birds

we birders use an online database for keeping lists. There is a smart phone app as well. See

I keep seeing the same birds over and over, and yet some rather common birds have become "nemesis birds". Such as purple finch. I have found the more difficult common redpoll, of birds that show up in winter. The solution is just to go to slightly wooded areas or find bird feeders to follow in winter. It was an easy bird every winter in Wisconsin.

My Lancaster county target list. The 19 and 20 slots are an owl and red shouldered hawk.

Going state wide, a few fairly easy birds appear such as magpie. I have that from Colorado next door in my eBird list.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Winter is coming

An irruption is happening: red crossbills (above) have left their normal areas and are appearing South and East of it.

More waterfowl arrive, these for a month or two till the lakes freeze. A female bufflehead.

Some more winter birds: pine siskins:

Another female crossbill:

Harris's sparrows stay all winter:

Waxwings eating cedar "berries":

A Western grebe:

And a few cormorants may stay as late as possible. They do not mind cold but do need to dive long distances for fish, so the whole lake needs to be ice free. It is drying its wings here.

Even a kingfisher. We have salty creeks where they can fish into December.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fall sparrows are starting to come through Lincoln. Nelson's with orange head, hard to find Henslow's and some regulars.

Yellow-rumped warbler and a merlin

All through late Sep and Oct the Franklin's gulls migrate

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Various odd pictures

Green heron

Prairie yields sparrowlike birds but also ibises

Ibises took off

Friday, August 11, 2017

August shorebirds

August shorebirds that come through Eastern Nebraska seem to be fewer species than in the spring. Tht should make it easy to ID most. But there are more young birds among them.

These two were obviously least sandpipers:

But so was this:

There were tons of pectoral sandpipers at Tamora near Seward.

The yellow leg birds behind are Wilson's phalaropes

There was also one red-necked phalarope with a black smudge on the face and shorter bill. It also swims well and spins in the war.

Some birds look like they are working as a team or at least very tolerant of each other.

It's been hard to find anything without green or yellow legs, but here was the one semipalmated sandpiper at Jack Sinn (Killdeer for size comparison):

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Home Stretch I Hope

Nest Boxes Blog

There are still a few boxes to follow. One just hatched two and the third will hatch today. I will be going to that box in a week and then a week later, with minimal work to check it. However, it is in very tall grass.

South Side

The nest box with with three fledged all three. There is one more box with 4 blue eggs. In a week I cans say if anything came of it.

Wrens have taken over several boxes, but only one has a nest.

With the sticks out the hole, it's a good guess it is just a male doing his duty, filling every cavity with sticks.

North Side

The four in Box 11 are ready to leave any day, fully feathered.

In Box 18, three eggs were laid and all 3 will hatch today, one still an egg.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017



Grasshopper sparrow

Common Yellowthroat

Sedge Wren