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Peregrine Falcon egg #2

Even though it arrived a little later than expected, Peregrine Falcon egg #2 was present in the nest box Friday morning. Expect a third egg to magically appear late Saturday or early Sunday.  If you are looking for our live streaming video from the 18th floor of the Nebraska Capitol, please click HERE .  If your interested in joining a Facebook group focused on the Capitol Peregrine Falcons created by falcon followers, you can find that HERE*. *Note:  For the sake …

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Checking Bald Eagle Nests!

Contributed by Lauren Dinan, Nongame Bird Biologist Spring is here, which means Bald Eagles are hunkered down on eggs waiting for them to hatch. This also means we have been out checking eagle nests to determine which nests are active.  Bald Eagle nest monitoring is annual project of the Nongame Bird Program in Nebraska, but we do not do this alone. We mentioned in a previous post about a record of 111 active nests recorded in Nebraska in 2014.  With a large and …

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Peregrine Falcons welcome first egg of 2015

The Peregrine Falcons at the Capitol just welcomed there first eggs on Tuesday afternoon (March 31).  This is no April fool’s day joke because it is not April quite yet.  A screenshot is provided below. Expect another egg in about 36-48 hours.   To watch our live streaming video of the Peregrine Falcons, click HERE.

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Male Peregrine Falcon identified

This morning Brett Daugherty, Troy Kroger and I ventured up to the 18th floor of the Capitol.  One reason was to take a look at the cameras (Troy is our IT guy).  As some have already noticed, Troy fiddled with the view of one the cameras.  The second reason was to take some photos of the two falcons to hopefully capture band combinations so the birds could be identified.  Confirming the identity of the male this year is a bit intriguing compared …

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Kestrels laying eggs – already!

It is spring and in the spring a young kestrel’s fancy turns to thoughts of love.   In this case, the love has happened a little earlier than expected.  Many know we (NGPC) have live streaming video coming from our kestrel nestbox that sits on the north wall of our headquarters building in Lincoln. The American Kestrels have already laid two eggs as of 26 March, which is the earliest I can remember them getting started with this springtime ritual.  Expect a …

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Pelicans, pelagic trips and Harlan County Lake

On Monday (23 March) I had a great time assisting with a national media tour highlighting American White Pelicans and birding at Harlan County Lake.  The event is part of Harlan County Tourism’s Pelican Watch and Homecoming Celebration.  I served as a bird expert during the “pelagic trip” portion of the tour.  Clem Klaphake and Lauren Dinan also participated in this capacity.  This was yet another chance to help show off Nebraska’s birding opportunities to visitors, most of whom came from out-of-state. The term …

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Showing off Nebraska’s migration spectacle

On Thursday (19 March), I led a field trip for Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival.  All thirteen participants came to Nebraska to see our spring migration spectacle.  All were from far off destinations that included Los Angeles, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Denver, New Mexico and Kentucky.  The field trip provided me with an opportunity to show off Nebraska as well as see some birds for myself.  We began our day with a stop at the Plautz Crane viewing platform, located 1.5 miles south …

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Sandhill Cranes Arriving Late?

Any long time resident of Nebraska knows there is no such thing as a “normal” spring*.  This spring provides more evidence.  The bitter cold snap of late February extended into the first days of March and today (16 March) the afternoon temperatures are going to be bumping 90.   Long time resident birders and birdwatchers know that weather in late winter/early spring will affect the progression (e.g., arrival) of the first waves of migrant birds.  The bitter late winter cold snap, which …

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The battle for Omaha

In late February, the news that the long-time resident male Peregrine Falcon at the Capitol was spotted at the nestbox up at the Woodmen Building in downtown Omaha was shared on this blog.  In an expanded article in the Lincoln Journal Star, I noted that Peregrine Falcons will battle over breeding territories, even to the death.  We often do not see the battles, but if you needed evidence they occur, check out this YouTube video captured by Carolyn Evans from the …

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