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Gadwall hybrid

I blogged about hybrid ducks on a couple occasions during the past few months.  First there was a Mallard X Pintail hybrid near North Platte and then the Mallard X Gadwall hybrid at Lake Ogallala.    On Saturday, 3 May, I observed yet another  hybrid puddle duck at Hansen Waterfowl Production in Clay County.  Luckily, I got decent documentation of this bird.  Take a gander at the video. Gadwall is clearly one of the parent species and this drake appeared …

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Curlew courtship refresher

One of the pleasures of experiencing the outdoors is making observations and learning something about the world.  The great thing about birds, birding, and bird study is that there is no end to learning.  Occasionally observations from the past are lost in one’s mind to the point where they are essentially forgotten.  In other words, I am getting older and recently I had a refresher course in Long-billed Curlew courtship behavior. Over the past ten days I’ve been roaming the …

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Peregrine Falcons: History at the Capitol

Contributed by Lauren Dinan, Nongame Bird Biologist Each spring old and new Peregrine watchers have questions about the history of the falcons at the Nebraska Capitol.  As we wait for eggs to hatch, now is a good time to provide a “brief history of the Peregrine at the Nebraska Capitol“.   This is the 10th year in a row Peregrine Falcons have nested on the 18th floor of the Nebraska State Capitol building. The first Peregrine Falcoln was observed near …

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The (other) falcons have eggs, too

Yes, the Peregrine Falcons have five eggs.  While you are enjoying the Peregrine Falcons, remember there is another “falconcam”.  We also have a camera peering into an American Kestrel nestbox here at the NGPC headquarter’s building  (see the location on this old post).  The small falcons have also laid five eggs . Check out this LIVE! streaming video by clicking HERE.  Once there, click the still shot and the streaming video should start.  Internet Explorer does not work on this …

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Five is enough (almost too many)

It appears the Peregrines have been overcome by sanity and ceased egg production.   Five eggs is certainly enough and above normal.  Peregrine Falcons nesting at mid-latitudes average about 3.8 eggs per clutch.   If you happened to check the webcam during the weather on Sunday, you might have witnessed that five eggs was almost more than the birds could handle in the rain and wind.  For a while, a couple of the eggs got loose.  Fortunately, Jeanne Hibbert captured some screen …

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Egg #5

First, I have to apologize.  My post is delayed because I am on the road and in the field.   Yup, there are now a whopping five eggs. I think five is enough, but do these birds?   We’ll find out soon enough.  Streaming video is HERE.

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Egg #4

Even though we do not know when it was laid due to a brief outage, egg #4 did indeed arrive either late Monday or early Tuesday. That could be it as four eggs is about the average Peregrine Falcon clutch size.  We will know for sure in two or three days.  To see the LIVE! streaming video, click HERE.

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Egg #3

The female Peregrine Falcon laid egg #3 at approximately 8:00 a.m. this morning, approximately 62 hours after laying egg #2. The interval between eggs #1 and #2 was approximately 58 hours.  Intervals between later eggs tend to be a bit longer, but perhaps egg #4, if there is to be one, will arrive Monday evening.   Be sure to check in on the LIVE! video feed streaming from the 18th floor of the Capitol, go there now by clicking HERE.

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Egg #2

As expected, the female Peregrine Falcon laid her second egg late this afternoon. My best estimate is that it took about 58 hours for the number of eggs to double.  I would anticipate a third egg will be laid late Friday or early Saturday.  Visit the LIVE! streaming video HERE.  Enjoy the show!

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The first egg

The Peregrine Falcon female laid her first egg for 2014 this morning (31 March). Hopefully another egg follows in two or three days.  Remember, you can watch live by clicking HERE.  Happy Peregrine watching!

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