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


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Just a few pics

These speak for themselves

 Bank swallows

In june, waxwings appear solo, at tops of trees. Maybe the male of a pair. They do not sing much.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

An entry from my bluebirds blog

We were worried about low nesting success, but it looks like there are up to 12 bluebird eggs now in the boxes. They may not all turn into something, as last year the last four eggs were not hatched. Not sure if there was a problem with those eggs. Bluebirds tend not to abandon viable eggs.

South Side

The first two boxes have been quiet for weeks, though there was a grass nest of the bluebird type in Box 1. Now there are finally blue eggs in it. Two were distinctly blue, two close to white. The absence of feathers tells me it is a bluebird nest.

Boxes 3 and 6 had swallows inside, so I assume they are still nesting. Box 7 bluebirds did not renest, but they fledged four birds. Next door is a box I do not need to open (picture via iPhone) but swallows have hatched in Box 8:

In Box 12 there is no change, but eggs should hatch soon enough:

Box 11 swallows hatched a week ago and the box was not opened.

Box 13 and Box 14 closest to Coyote Point were the mystery. I had seen both swallows and bluebirds around these boxes in April and May.

Box 13 definitely has swallows nesting,(hatching not known). Box 14 had swallows before that fledged. It now has four WHITE bluebird eggs. They are slightly bigger than swallow eggs. I had never seen white bluebird eggs before.

North Side
There are no active bluebird nests that I know of. I checked Box 13 and the pair nesting there have not renested. It was empty. I was returning from the rounds and noticed swallows going in and out of box 13. Yet there is nothing inside, Their nest is next door in Box 14.

I became suspicious. I approached Box 14 ( I had seen nestlings there earlier) and they did not attack me. So I opened the box. Their nestlings had died and they had abandoned the box. The swallows have good success, but as we lost some bluebirds this May, it is not surprising we lost swallows too. I will need to open all the boxes in a week or two because of this.

There are a number of empty nest boxes still, so I will not inspect all the North Side boxes for another week. The swallow nestlings in most boxes are a week old, though one box had just eggs. Box 15 is typical.

Then there are the house wren eggs in Box 17. They have hatched. The young look just like bluebird or swallow young at this point:

So there are now three nests of Bluebirds still to track.