Friday, January 25, 2019

Mountain Bluebird

A single Mountain Bluebird out from the Colorado and Wyoming edge has wandered far East. Spends its time with our Eastern Bluebirds.

It was a cloudy days so that is as much as I could get as proof for my list. The regular bluebird:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

My 127th report of Red-bellied Woodpeckers

Most of them are in Nebraska. I have reported this bird in eBird 127 times.

Today I walked all over Wilderness park at 14th St. I was looking for waxwings but found none. Got some frozen flooded trail over here and had to cut over 150ft of brush to catch another return trail.

The last dot is near the parking lot. Here we see my car. 

I continue:

and further to the East and to the North end of park land:

All I got was woodpeckers and a few juncos and such. Not even a bird for the year list. The map came out to some 4 miles. You can see how trails wrap around the blue ribbon of the creek. There are just a few bridges, one right at the parking lot.

I then went to eBird to find out it was the 127th report of that species of woodpecker.

Same spot on January 13th:

The creek continues North and South of here:

The bike trail goes some 60 miles South to Beatrice, shown here diagonally across the map and crossing 14th street. I use part of it on walks and ride the several miles up and down in town by bike.

Monday, January 7, 2019

2018 and 2019 Winter

This winter with early ice and snow cover took a lot of wintering song birds further South than last year, and November was not as good as 2017. But the ice largely melted and we had things like swans hanging out in Dec and January.

I had one rough legged hawk, but not that many yet.

A glaucous gull spent a few weeks at Branched Oak lake. It looks huge by the ringbill.

Red-breasted nuthatches have been everywhere. This one has been ringed.

And pine siskins are here, not seen every winter but now quite a few.

Harriers are on the prairie all year. This one I found in a fog on Pawnee Lake:

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

Nesting birds

Barn swallows

Purple Martins take 30 days from hatching to full grown

Tree Swallows

And Eastern Bluebirds. These four fledged about a week ago:

Mallard ducklings

NOU and Wikipedia entries

Wikipedia is very selective in what topics are suitable for new articles. Nebraska birds have an article and it refers to the NOU website for the list there.

I was the one that added the second external link to our free on line encyclopedia of Nebraska birds.

In this hot June and July period I had time to fiddle with an actual Wikipedia article. I will not submit that one again, twice rejected. But I learned something. It was rejected due to:

This submission's references do not adequately show the subject's notability. Wikipedia requires significant coverage (not just mere mentions) about the subject in published, reliable, secondarysources that are independent of the subject—see the guidelines on the notability of organizations and companies, the golden rule and learn about mistakes to avoid when addressing this issue. Please improve the submission's referencing etc.
I submitted the following:

Nebraska Ornithologists' Union

The Nebraska Ornithologists' Union, Inc. was founded in 1899 and is currently a non-profit. It has its beginnings in the 1860s with Professor Samuel Aughey, who published the first state list in 1878.[1]
The NOU exists for the purpose of keeping track of birds that are found in Nebraska. It also has two meetings each year where members can go on field trips. Membership is a few hundred.

The main publication is a quarterly, The Nebraska Bird Review. Birds located each quarter are cataloged with the initials of the birder listed under each species of note. The president also writes in the Burrowing Owl newsletter, with meeting announcements and member activity covered. This newsletter is obtained by e-mail or at the NOU website.

 12:04, 28 June 2018 (UTC)
  1.  Swenk, Myron. The Wilson Bulletin (Vol. 28, No. 2 (Jun., 1916)
Here is the link to that history article:

If you had ideas about writing a Wikipedia article, it will not be allowed unless you can cram in dozens of footnotes and links to external pages that describe your Important Subject.


Suppose you are the world expert on some topic. You have 100 publications on it. Others have some. You cannot write the article on it. You can write the review article in a journal and then convince a lesser colleague to write the Wiki article based on your review.