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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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Peregrine Falcon primer

Yes, it is that time of year and if you are not already, it is time to begin enjoying our Peregrine Falcons.  I know many falcon faithful have been diligently watching our live video feed (click HERE to go there now) originating from the 18th floor our state’s Capitol.  With activity poised to take off (pun intended), I’m providing a brief Peregrine primer, below, on what to expect through the progression of the breeding season. A few falcon watchers have …

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Bald Eagle nest check time

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 that we will be out checking eagle nests to determine which nests are active this year.  Bald Eagle nest monitoring is annual project of the Nongame Bird Program in Nebraska, but we do not do this alone. With the increasing number of eagles nesting in the state, we rely on the assistance of …

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Five essential spring birding trips – #4

Spring is a terrific time for birds and birding.  I am currently in the middle of highlighting five birding trips and experiences that all outdoor enthusiasts should consider attempting this year.  Certainly there are hundreds more out there for the taking, but I’ll start slow.  Now is time to pencil in dates and make plans.   Essential spring birding trips #1 and #2 focused on migration spectacles, #3 is focused on prairie grouse courtship and #4 returns to the Rainwater Basin …

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Searching for Nebraska Piping Plovers in Texas

Last week, I was in Galveston, Texas, for the Central Flyway meeting and I had the opportunity to spend a little over 24 hours searching for “our” Piping Plovers in nearby wintering habitats.  Lauren Dinan and I have blogged (for example, here and here) about our Piping Plover color-banding program we do in collaboration with the University of Nebraska’s Tern and Plover Conservation Partnership.  We color-band Piping Plovers on and along the lower Platte River in eastern Nebraska, where they …

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What we do with dead eagles

Most Nongame Bird Program responsibilities are tasks we rarely, if ever, discuss or draw attention to in a public setting such as this one.  In most cases the reasons are obvious.  A quick way to bore everyone is to to discuss the thrills of data management or write about the excitement of reading a lengthy proposed regulation in the Federal Register.  Sometimes the task seems ordinary and perfunctory.  Such is the case with what we do with dead eagles.  It …

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Brewer’s Duck

Over President’s Day weekend, a key associate and I took a birding trip to Nebraska’s western reservoirs.  We visited Lakes McConaughy and Ogallala, which were both iced over with the exception of a little open water in the spillway.  On the evening of 15 February, we observed an odd puddle duck which I identified as a “Brewer’s Duck”.  Perhaps you’ve never heard of this species and there is good reason.  “Brewer’s Duck” is the name John James Audubon gave a …

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Five essential spring birding trips – #3

Spring is a terrific time for birds and birding.  I am currently in the middle of highlighting five birding trips and experiences that all outdoor enthusiasts should consider attempting this year.  Certainly there are hundreds more out there for the taking, but I’ll start slow.  Now that we are in the latter days of winter, it is time to pencil in dates and make plans.   Essential spring birding trips #1 and #2 focused on migration spectacles, #3 is focused on …

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