Magpies are not common out there in Nebraska, and they are not at all in cities like they are in Europe. I did find one more leaving Scott's Bluff going East to Bridgeport.
I had found my first magpies to document in 2003 on a trip we made to Alberta. I had found them in Colorado after that. But only now in Nebraska.
In my early days of birding I have the first 100 or so birds listed, not in very good order. But I had yet to go on Audubon trips locally and had not sought a lot of birds in Missouri. So this list of birds, which are fro that trip, is a bit comical, for "lifers." It took me years to see avocets again, in 2009. The first bird on the trip list was actually lifer 43.
- yellow-bellied sapsucker (June 2003 Manitoba)
- gray catbird (Alberta)
- yellow warbler (Manitoba, other birds were MO a year or two later)
- spotted towhee (Alberta)
- black-billed magpie (Alberta)
- ring-billed gull (Alberta)
- Clark’s nutcracker (Alberta)
- Gray Jay (Alberta)
- Common Raven (Alberta)
- Song sparrow (Alberta)
- Chipping Sparrow (Alberta)
- Great horned owl (Alberta, mobbed)
- American avocet (Saskatchewan)
- Canvasback (Saskatchewan)
- double-crested cormorant (Saskatchewan)
- Lazuli bunting (North Dakota)
- white-breasted nuthatch (ND)
- black-capped chickadee (ND)
- northern flicker (Nebraska) THEN MISSOURI:
- ruby-throated hummingbird (Sep 2003)
- common nighthawk
- red-breasted nuthatch
- wood thrush
- american kestrel
- carolina wren
Carolina wrens were in my yard! Why did I not bother to write it down before!
I saw a lazuli bunting on that trip, and it is the only one I have seen so far. I don't have a date for it so it does not appear on my eBird list.